• Chapel Bridge, Luzern, Switzerland
    Chapel Bridge in Luzern
  • Engelberg, Switzerland
    Engelberg
  • Mount Titlis, Engelberg, Switzerland
    Summit of Mount Titlis
  • Lake Lugano, Switzerland
    Lake Lugano
  • Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland
    The Matterhorn
  • Mürren, Switzerland
    Mürren
  • Near the Schilthorn summit overlooking the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
    Hiking in the Berner Oberland
  • Château de Chillon, Montreux, Switzerland
    Château Chillon on Lake Geneva
  • Bern, Switzerland
    Bern

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Best of Switzerland in 12 Days Tour

from $3,795 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $825

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Our 12-day Best of Switzerland tour will have you delighting in the majesty, diversity, and cultural quirks that make this place so…Swiss! From lakeside towns to flowerbox-perfect villages, and hiking trails surrounded by cut-glass mountains — you'll find yourself in a nature-lover's nirvana. Peek at its peaks, marvel at its love of precision, and savor a daily dose of cow-milking, chocolate, and cogwheel trains. Already been to Switzerland? Treat yourself to a generous second Alping. Join us for the Best of Switzerland in 12 Days!

Dates & Prices

2018

2019

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Switzerland come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 20 group sightseeing events • Luzern walking tour • Rütli Meadow • Fortress Fürigen • Engelberg orientation walk • Engelberg Monastery • Mountain excursion (weather permitting) • Bellinzona • Lugano orientation walk • Ticino cooking class • Zermatt • Hiking orientation for day in the Berner Oberland • Cheese farm • Olympic Museum • Lake Geneva boat cruise (weather permitting) • Château de Chillon • Lavaux wine tasting • Avenches Roman Ruins • Bern walking tour • Swiss culture Q&A • Chocolate experience… and more
  • All group transportation from Luzern to Bern
  • 11 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2–8 miles of walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Switzerland

We'll meet at 5 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a "Welcome to Switzerland" meeting. Then we'll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland's most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Luxurious Luzern

We'll begin our day with a walking tour of Luzern, learning how a backwater fishing village grew to become a bustling center of trade in medieval times, and one of Europe's must-see destinations on the "Grand Tour" a century ago. Our guided walk will take us through the city's restored medieval core and over its famously colorful pedestrian bridges. This afternoon you’ll find out why the Swiss consume the most chocolate in Europe, sampling a selection to judge for yourself if it’s really the best in the world. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 3: Enchanting Engelberg

This morning, by bus and boat, we'll travel from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army, tracing the tale of William Tell and the birthplace of Switzerland. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we'll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We'll settle into our lodge, then head out for an orientation walk with free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 1 hour. Walking: light.

Day 4: Peaks of Engelberg

Nestled between two mountain peaks, Engelberg is the perfect place for an Alpine adventure. We'll begin our day riding Engelberg's unique rotating gondola all the way up to the snowy 10,000-foot summit of Mount Titlis for breathtaking panoramic views (weather permitting). This afternoon we'll gather to tour the town's Benedictine monastery, with its own cheese-making operation. The rest of the day is all yours to explore the vast network of Swiss hiking trails, find a cozy mountain hut offering beautiful views, or enjoy a tasty fondue dinner. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 5: Italian Switzerland

Today we'll trade our mountains and meadows for palm trees and a taste of Ticino, the Italian side of Switzerland. On our way, we'll stop in the fortified town of Bellinzona to practice our best Swiss passeggiata. This afternoon's destination is the dolce vita lakeside city of Lugano. Your guide will take you on an orientation walk before we board a boat for our Ticinese cooking class and dinner together. Sleep in Lugano (2 nights). Boat: 1 hour. Bus: 3 hours. Walking: light.

Day 6: Free Day on Lake Lugano

It's time to take a vacation from your vacation, on the sunny side of the Alps! The day is yours to stroll along Lugano's shops and harbor, ride the funicular up to the top of 3,000-foot San Salavatore for great lake views, or hop aboard a ferry and cruise to nearby Swiss and Italian villages in search of idyllic open-air restaurants and a little…ciao! No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 7: Matterhorn and the Heart of the Alps

This morning we'll leave the beaches behind and drive to the heart of Switzerland's Berner Oberland. Along the way we'll visit the quaint mountain village of Zermatt, framed by Switzerland's iconic Matterhorn. We'll have free time to explore the village and enjoy the views of one of the most recognizable mountains on the planet — if the weather cooperates. Then it's on to the Berner Oberland. We'll end our afternoon with a thrilling gondola ride from the Lauterbrunnen Valley floor up to the clifftop village of Mürren, where we'll settle in to our hotel before enjoying dinner together. Sleep in Mürren (2 nights). Train: 1½ hours. Bus: 4½ hours. Walking: light.

Day 8: Hiking in the Berner Oberland

Don't sleep in this morning — the day is all yours to experience some of Switzerland's best hiking. Join your guide for an optional gondola ride up to the 10,000-foot Schilthorn for breakfast with a view of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks. Later, explore more of the magnificent mountains on one of many walking trails, then find your way back to Mürren. Whatever adventure you choose, you won't be far from the three essential ingredients of the area: cows, cheese, and chocolate. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 9: Scenic Jaun Pass and Lausanne

This morning we'll take a scenic drive to Lake Geneva, up and over the Jaun Pass. We'll pause on our way to visit a working Alpine farm where the area's famous Gruyere cheese is produced and the cows say "meaux." After lunch, we'll continue to pretty and progressive Lausanne, where we'll visit the inspiring Olympic Museum and test our French during dinner together. Sleep in Lausanne (2 nights). Bus: 3 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 10: Lake Geneva and Château de Chillon

It's market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our afternoon boat cruise on Lake Geneva (weather permitting). A few miles downshore we'll dock at Château de Chillon, where we'll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we'll take time to peek into the Lavaux vineyards for a wine tasting before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hours. Bus: 1 hour. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: To Bern via Ancient Rome

We'll begin our day with a time-travel visit to the village of Avenches. Two thousand years ago, as ancient Aventicum, this was one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. A short drive catapults us a thousand years ahead to Bern, the country's present-day capital and our final stop. After a guided tour of the city center, we'll sit down with a local for a cultural Q&A session on all things Swiss. Tonight, we'll gather for a farewell dinner together, where we'll share travel memories and toast new friends. Pröschtli, cin cin, and salud! Sleep in Bern (1 night). Bus: 2 hours. Walking: light.

Day 12: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. It's a breeze to reach Zürich's airport by train (75 minutes, 2 trains per hour). You'll have easy connections to home, or on to other points in Europe. Tschüssli!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Switzerland in 12 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily...

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. Adjust to frequent Alpine weather changes that can interfere with sightseeing.

Reviews

Jodi

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my third Rick Steves' tour and they just keep getting better! I really loved this trip. The natural beauty of Switzerland as well as the educational and cultural aspects of the tour melded perfectly into an almost perfect vacation. I love hiking and walking so I really appreciated the "free" time given to pursue these opportunities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" of the mountains combined with the "wow" of the lakes."

William

Bloomingdale, IL

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really nice group of tour members, and–as usual–an exceptional tour guide in Maisie Hitchcock, and Jeanette–a lovely driver who really knows how to move a bus! We'd been to many of the stops on the tour, and were hoping for better weather, which was really the only downside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Like most of us, I go to the store and buy "cheese" or whatever is on our shopping list without giving it much thought. So seeing the couple and their adult son who raise the cows, provide a pasture for them, put up and take down fencing every year, milk the cows twice a day...and only then begin the arduous process ofactually making the cheese...WOW, what a LOT OF WORK! No wonder she wanted to yodel and play the accordion for us! Great insight for me."

Jeff

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Mazey (?)our tour guide was outstanding! We enjoyed the others on the tour. Liked the villages, cities and activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting another tourist who is from my hometown! Bellingham, WA."

Suzanne

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed our tour of Switzerland. I was disappointed that the weather was so poor in Engleberg, preventing us from witnessing the breathtaking views from our gondola ride on the way up to Mt. Titlis. However, as our tour continued, the weather improved giving us sunshine in beautiful Murren. Our guide, Maize, truly made our trip delightful with her wonderful sense of humor and knowledge of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we got to Zermatt, we were unable to see the Matterhorn as it was engulfed in clouds, which is what we were expecting as the weather hadn't been very nice. However, we started to notice the clouds slowing parting, so we took a seat and waited patiently. Little by little, the clouds drifted to reveal a spectacular view of the mountain. It was truly a WOW moment."

John

Blacklick, OH

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour members were a good fit and gelled well together. Maisie was an excellent guide and talked freely with tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Swiss farm cheese making and the trip up to the Schilzthorn, except for the fog. I enjoy the more rural, country visits. The Chillion palace was also great."

Teresa

San Anselmo, CA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was THE BEST one so far! I felt it was quite underrated. Little did I know how spectacular the landscape was in Switzerland. I enjoyed how we jockeyed lakes, then mountains, the lakes, then mountains ending in Bern - more water! Our tour guide, Maisie, was fabulous and fun - she was quite well versed on the history and others issues and I oot a big kick out of her witty sensibility. The hotels were wonderful - we had some great rooms with great views.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our room in Murren - I am strongly considering going back on another tour that would get me back to Murren for at least 3 nights. LOVE this place."

James

Pittsburg, CA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour is an excellent overview of Switzerland, its culture, people, geography, language, and vistas. The mountains are breathtaking, and the hotels we stayed in were for the most part very good and clean accommodation centrally located and when available with beautiful and the sweeping views of the majestic Swiss Alps. We were well taken care of by our well informed, enthusiastic, and caring guide Maisie Hitchcock and the efficient, skilled bus driver. Excellent scheduling well managed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many and the one that stands out above all the rest and only available in Switzerland, staying in the Heart of the Alps, at 6,000 feet, in Murren, in a hotel at the edge of the mountainside, my room with a balcony with sweeping views of the Lauterbrunnen Valley 6000 feet down and all the way up to the top of the 10,000 feet high mountains. Second to this wow moment was the thrilling gondola ride from the valley floor up to the clifftop village of Murren and the return gondola ride."

Sheila

Visalia, CA

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was very enjoyable with just a few tweaks that I would recommend for future swiss tours. Don, our guide, did a great job with the group and seemed to be very knowledgeable of the area, the history, the people, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite 'wow' moment was not something that can be controlled by Rick Steves. It was in Murren. We had had just A+ sunny warm weather over the whole tour and we prepared (on our free day) to have a 'hotel room picnic' on the balcony of our room which overlooked Murren, the canyon, and Mt Eiger. Just as we sat down with a glass of wine, the weather changed and a storm came in. We were in the perfect place to enjoy it. Secondly, on our first night in Murren, the Alpenglow was just great"

William

Bedford, MA

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed this tour. My favorite days were those that included trips to the top of the Alps. The hotels in Luzern and Murren were outstanding for their location and their views. Only wished that we could have stayed in Murren one more day. Our guide, Donald, was outstanding. He provided a wealth of information about the locations we were traveling to, plus many suggestions about what we might see or do in our free time. Our bus driver Deiter and the local guides were all very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The top wow moment for me was the ever changing view from the hotel balcony in Murren. The view of the mountains across the Lauterbrunnen valley kept changing with the evening sunlight, clouds and even a rainbow."

Ginny

Agoura Hills, CA

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments but probably the Schiltorn tram and Titlus."

Steven

Denver, CO

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I have been wanting to tour Switzerland for many years and this trip met my expectations in most areas. I wanted to experience the Swiss Alps and there was plenty of opportunities. I have been on a number of your tours and Donald ranks near the top as one of the best and most experienced tour guides I have had. I wish we could have at least one more day in Murren as this area is the epitome of the Swiss Alps. The two boat trips we took were also highlights of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting at dinner in Murren and looking out the window at the alpenglow !"

Diane

Newbury, MA

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I couldn't be happier with my tour in Switzerland! Everything was very well put together! The tour guide Don went above and beyond to make everything work smoothly for us. Our bus driver Ditre was amazing and all of the transport went like clockwork. It was nice to be able to see everything without having to worry about making the arrangements. I will definitely be going on future Rick Steves tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I actually have 3 WOW moments! I was able to go to the top of Mount Pilatus, Mount Titless as well as The Schilthorn and had a clear view of the Alps from all of them! Going up the Schilthorn first thing in the morning to have breakfast in the revolving restaurant was truly magical!"

Mary

Burlington, MA

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent, our tour guide Donald was exceptional. All the hotels were "Swiss", meals were good, and the sites wonderful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are several but I would have to say the view of the mountains from our room in Murren. It would be nice to have stayed there longer and hike through the area and spend more time in Gimmewald. However, I don't know where else to cut short. Possibly Engelberg but I really loved that also. Why wasn't Engelberg in the guide book??? Also loved Zermatt and seeing the Mattehorn. We were there for the annual folk festival which was fun to see but there just wasn't enough time."

Marie

Burlington, MA

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time tour participants. and visitors to Switzerland. What a beautiful country! Loved the structure of one day planned, one day flex time. Lots of suggestions for down time. So enjoyed meet & greet night. Really set the tone for the trip & "Buddies" proved invaluable. Bonded with lots of interesting folks, relaxed, learned lots & Can't wait for another exciting tour in the future!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Truly there were many. From seeing the Matterhorn up close & personal to having a private breakfast at the top of the Schilthorn while rotating in front of the the Eiger, just spectacular!"

Stephen

Burlington, MA

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour experience. Donald was an excellent tour leader, providing timely, appropriate and interesting information on-time. Very responsive to the entire group. The pace of the tour was very good, with appropriate time for individual activities. Hotels were terrific, especially in Lucerne - perfect location and Murren. The tour and weather were perfect allowing us to accomplish all of our viewing objectives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Matterhorn viewing in Zermatt at the top of the funicular and restaurant."

Daniel

Bellaire, TX

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour and we now can take Switzerland off our bucket list. Switzerland has some special features that you do not see in other countries. We both want to go back an see other parts and do other activies in the near future. Some of the local waling tours exceded the ideal duration of 1-1/2hours. This tour had a high activity rating and there was a couple of days where we were worn out, but that was our issue because we did not get in top shape for the activites required.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the three mountain ventures would be the top wow monments. We were very foutunate that we had sun shine on all three excursions"

Greg

Denver, CO

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was really a wonderful tour. The group was good. Don was excellent. Being from Colorado, i am at home in the mountains. I enjoyed seeing the Swiss mountains Getting around by all the various modes of transportation was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tram up to Gimmelwald and Murren. Such a beautiful area. I want to return and spend more time there."

James

Newbury, MA

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful, Amazing, the mountains, lakes, castles, churches, history, the wonderful group of people both first timers like us and old hands that had been on 7 Rick Steves tours. The tour guide Donald was both knowledgeable and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say that most of the tour was wow moments. Luzern, Engelberg, Murren and the cheese making stand out, but seeing the alpine glow on the mountains from the hotel in Murren, has to be one of the top moments!"

Katherine

Orono, ME

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fun tour which included many different regions of Switzerland, and different aspects of Swiss culture. I loved being in the wonderful mountains (Murren; Engelberg/Titlis; the Matterhorn; and Pilatus during free time in Lucerne). Nice mix of Swiss cities and small towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour to the remote, family-run cheese farm was outstanding, as was the tasting experience at the artisanal chocolate store. These are the kind of unique experiences I value on RS tours. Instead of taking us to a huge commercial chocolate or cheese factory, we got to see these Swiss specialties in a personal, individual way. Kudos to our guide for finding such wonderful locations!"

Craig

Mentor, OH

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip - beautiful scenery, excellent guides, fun tour group and exhilarating views. We used boats, trains and a bus to see the spectacular mountain and lake views. Weather was quite warm but there was ice cold water in fountains in every town to fill our bottles but there was limited A/C in most hotels so a little sticky at night. We have been on several RT tours (6) and this was different than all the rest - I think we only saw one museum, church and castle. The rest of the time was out

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking back from a mountain pass at 6000 ft and seeing the lake at the bottom of the mountains and the sun reflecting off the ribbon of highway that we had just taken that snaked up the hill to the pass. The depth of the view was spectacular."

Roger

Ostrander, OH

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have done a number of coach tours. This was our first Rick Steves tour.. Friends have done numerous RS tours and recommended we give it a go. We thought it was excellent and would heartily recommend RST to others. Switzerland is our favorite place in the world and we have been to many of the places before that we visited on this trip, so we could really focus on the beauty and grandeur that is Switzerland this time. Joining Swiss friends post-trip made this trip especially nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Merren, Gimmelwald and Lauterbrunnen again"

Dave

Bokeelia, FL

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was wonderful. Our guides Maise and Holger were always one step ahead of any issues, and had the knowledge to make each stop a wonderful learning experience. They also were simply delightful people and made the experience fun and their friendship something to remember. I really enjoyed the hotels and stops selected by Rick Steves Tours. I thought we hit the highlights without being one of the "regular" tourists. The pace and freedom to have your own experiences was a perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren is without a doubt our image of "Switzerland". Taking a longer hike there along the mountains, looking down on the village and across to the Eiger, Munch and Jungfrau was something Iwill never forget!"

Kristin

Mahtomedi, MN

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

At each location we had excellent information and guidance as to what to do. Our guides were wonderful and the group was a lot of fun to travel with. We felt we got a great overall look at Switzerland and enjoyed the variety of locations we stopped at from Luzern to Bern. We really enjoyed the special opportunities to mix with the "locals", which we felt enriched our tour experience a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We especially loved our time at Murren! The 2 1/2 hour hike we took with Holger, up in the Alps above Murren was outstanding and unforgettable! Amazing scenery!"

Karen

Simpsonville, SC

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first time that my husband and I had done a packaged tour like this and I was a little nervous that it would be too slow moving and limiting. The opposite was true! We were constantly on the go seeing beautiful and interesting sights! It was very relaxing letting someone else worry about the schedule and the tickets. All we had to do was enjoy the beautiful country! And the other folks on the tour were friendly and interesting. And I loved our leaders, Maisie and Holger!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps near Murren. It was a perfect day and the scenery was amazing!"

Leslie

Mahtomedi, MN

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Switzerland's scenery is awesome! Our leaders helped us to understand the culture differences within the country and the history. The days were full, but with enough time to savor the experience and enough free time to explore on our own. Our leaders made the time fun and brought our group into friendship.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Murren was very special!"

Dolores

Affton, MO

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was the experience of a lifetime. Our quides were wonderful, our group of travelers were the friendliest bunch ever and the cities and towns were exceptional. I cannot explain the beauty of Switzerland, it is beyond compare. So many things on my bucket list were fulfilled. We had perfect weather, albeit a wee on the warm side, but Mother Nature will have her way. I would recommend this trip for those who love beautiful mountains and wonderful cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from the top of the Schilthorn and the Matterhorn. But there were too many moments to point to just two. From exquisite sunsets to medieval towns and castles. We ran into many town fairs and saw parades and cow bells being rung in Murren. Waterfalls roaring after a rain shower and the peace and quiet of alpine walks. I left with my heart full."

Sandra

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steve's tour was wonderful. We would.go again. We were celebrating our 55th wedding anniversary. All our many experiences were well organized and informative. Loved our tour guides and travel mates. Everyone was friendly and on time I only wish we would have had an extra day in Mürren. We really only had one full day as we did not arrive till evening on first night. Not enough time to explore the most beautiful area. This is the are we wanted to see more of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren. Give me more time Not enough time to visit Lauterbruin valley. Skip maybe Zermat. It was long day. With train and bus"

Peter

Evanston, IL

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really loved the tour. Clearly the high alps were the highlight. This trip will always be remembered for the nights in Murren and the views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. We were treated to the alpenglow at sunset. I also found the Olympic Museum to be "can't miss", although other in our group were less impressed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our balcony of the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne was the "WOW" moment. The Hotel Des Alpes was lovely. Not much we could do about the heat. I very much enjoyed touring Switzerland on August 1, National Day. The festivities in both Altdorf and Engelberg were enjoyable. However the attempt to "spot" the Rütli Meadow took a lot of time and probably could have been skipped."

Koon

Hermosa Beach, CA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Switzerland was beautiful. The hotels and meals weren't as good as I was expecting We needed another day in Murren. Such a beautiful location and so many great hikes and sights but so little time. 28 members in a tour group is a little too large

Favorite "WOW" moment

"top of Mount Titlus"

John

Keller, TX

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A very nice overview of Switzerland, touching its mountains, cities, and culture. Guide was excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Boat trip/tram to Mt Pilates and hiking the Brunnihutte area above Engelberg. Both recommended by the guide."

Mary

Ojai, CA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nice diverse group- we often travel w OAT and enjoyed having some young people on trip (teen-young adults w parent) Hotels were in great locations- except Lausanne- would have preferred by lake- and overall we nice- so hot! Air conditioning would be nice!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Morning we left Mürren clouds finely were gone and we could see entire mountain range- wish we could have gone up the gondola THAT morning for breakfast! But gorgeous"

Karen

Novato, CA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

This was our eighth Rick Steves trip and was somewhat disappointing. In the past, many more included activities were part of the tour. On this tour, however, the few activities that were included either were unnecessary or gave us far too little time to experience. The tour was rushed, included several cities that could have been shortened in time, or gave us far too little time in the Alps, which was the highlight of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Wow moment was an experience we had that was not included in the tour, a hike through Trumellbach Falls, which should really be included. We were actually inside the Falls and were able to experience the rushing waters. This took place in Murren. We also enjoyed walking through a glacier cave on Mt. Engleberg."

Mary

Henderson, NV

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The group was very interesting and diverse. We came together nicely as a group. Maisie was delightful and funny. The itinerary covered a vast amount of geography and gave a full spectrum view of Switzerland. I feel it needed more time in certain areas and less time in others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow was stumbling onto a Ricola garden while hiking toward the Matternhorn at Zermot. It was a beautiful and unexpected find. Another "wow" was when we went to Trummelback Falls. Both were during free time and were not part of the tour."

David

Hermosa Beach, CA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Switzerland is a great country and I'm glad I went. We really needed an extra day in Murren. There was so much to do and so little time. As the weather was cloudy at the mountain peaks it wasn't appropriate to go up to the Schilthorn but the next day was glorious but we had to leave. Oh if we had only had another day. Even if the weather didn't clear up there were so many places to hike and see that we needed to stay another day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view at the top of Mount Titlus"

Lisa

Pottsville, PA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Switzerland is beautiful, and the trip was was definitely memorable! I do feel that it could do with editing certain activities, giving more free time. Maisie is an awesome guide--very helpful with transportation questions, and gave very helpful suggestions at each location. Experienced a lot in 12 days, but would love a trip that focused solely on the smaller Alpine locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Engelberg and Mt. Titlis!"

Irene

Sublimity, OR

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great combination of group and independent travel. Our tour leader, Maisie, was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I learned that "Engelberg" means "Mount Angel" and that the Engelberg monastery is over the the benedictine monastery in Mount Angel Oregon, just 20 miles from our house! Who knew? Small world."

Brenda

Cambria, CA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome! Better than I could have imagined. I went with my two grown daughters and had the time of my life. I love Switzerland with its natural beauty, how it's so clean and would go back to spend more time in the mountains and lakes. Our tour guide Fabulous Fabian was also awesome, a great story teller, such a knowledgeable historian, fun, so considerate with my dietary needs supplied at each communal dinner, gave us chocolate sometimes and kept us completely happy. He was a great leader.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"High in the mountains Murren. Arrived late in the day via gondolas to rain, thunder and lightning. Exciting, a little scary, and spectacular."

Linda

Pismo Beach, CA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We met lifelong friends in our cohesive group. The activity level was good, though I added in a few workouts on my own. The sequence of mountain villages and cities was optimal as each was better/more unique than the one before. I loved every stop except the military cave. I believe an option to sit at the little cafe where the bus parked would have been much better for me. It was difficult to breathe and a bit claustrophobic and I had little interest in it. My husband loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time spent at the top of the Schilthorn was my wow 3 hours. I almost didn't go as I thought we were only going for breakfast! That's all that was mentioned. Since I don't eat white bread, pastries or meat, that didn't hold much appeal. All of the activities and wow factors should have been presented. I'd have really felt amiss had I opted out! The breakfast was the best we had and the revolving view...wow!!! We did everything, the thrill walk, playing the alphorn, James Bond."

Arti

Cerritos, CA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour of Switzerland and I highly recommend it. This was my first Rick Steve's tour and after going on this tour, I would definitely go on another Rick Steve's tour. I feel like we got to see a lot of interesting things and learn a lot about Swiss history and culture. And I like that we also had a couple of free days to explore a couple of the towns on our own. We definitely saw some hidden treasures that I think we would have missed if we had just gone on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was when we took the cable cars up all the way to the small town of Murren, checked into our hotel and then saw the view from our room. It was an amazing view despite the rain and thunder. It felt incredible to be staying on a mountain at 5300 ft elevation and to be getting that amazing view of the mountains, the valley and the trees."

Richard

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The scenery in Switzerland was all that I hoped it would be. We were very fortunate to have excellent weather for sightseeing [INVALID] only two quick thunderstorms (once while shopping and once while eating dinner) that served to clear the muggy air. Our fellow tour members were a very congenial group, and we have been able to share pictures among us. The pace of the walking portions was too rapid and there were many times that my wife and I were out of range for the orange radios.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Matterhorn, the Eiger, the Monc, and the Jungfrau in all their glory."

David

Roswell, GA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

never wanted a tour but best of Switzerland looked stunning- it was!Trip well done/easy. Rick get's it[INVALID] small group[INVALID] free time[INVALID] not rushed/pushed-awesome guide. beautiful country. tour picked the 'best' and We feel we not only saw the best but experienced the best[INVALID]stunning scenery, Cool hotels[INVALID]cool restaurants- delicious food (cheese-chocolate) afternoon in a cheesemaking Alp farm[INVALID] owner yodelled for us! 12th century winery, lake tour for a cooking class- we ate what we cooked!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting on our 5th floor Balcony at stunning view in Lucerne Jaw [INVALID]ping view Schilthorn"

Deborah

Roswell, GA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was wonderful! I feel we experienced all that Switzerland had to offer from the chocolates tasting to the chees alpine; from the wine tasting to the risotto cooking class! We got to experience all the cultural influences from German to Italian to French! We got HIGH on a mountain and low around beautiful lakes! Big cities and small villages were included! We were blessed with great weather so we're able to experience all the sites and sounds in all their glory! Loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"2 WOW moments for me were the chalet town of Murren ! Loved the view and the Schilthorn! The cheese alp was my second! To experience that part of Swiss culture was amazing! And when Teresa began to yodel as we made our way back to the bus, it brought tears to my eyes!"

Nina

Micanopy, FL

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my third Rick Steves tour (including Scotland), views from the top of the Alps, flower filled villages, and cities selling luxury were wonderful, but the pace on some days felt like bootcamp. I had some difficulty with altitude sickness. The hotels were perfectly located, the food is chocolate, cheese and croissants - all delicious, and there are mountaintops and castles to explore. Private boat ride to restaurant in Lugano was memorable, as was rotating restaurant at Schilthorn.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the Schilthorn restaurant (the Eiger! the air!) and the Matterhorn will always be with me. The flowers in the alpine villages and on market day, the chocolate, the cheese, the efficiency of the Swiss - they are all "wow" moments. I am from Florida, so the mountain views from the cable cars were a real treat."

Steve

Pismo Beach, CA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Simply outstanding tour. We saw, experienced, enjoyed, and learned so much about Switzerland and its people and history. This was our first Rick Steves' tour and it greatly exceeded our expectations. We are already planning for our next tour with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide asked the same question, and really, we had at least one "wow" moment each day. Here's my top ones: - Upon departing the Alp cheese farm; being yodeled to across the fields from the farmhouse, pure magic and totally unexpected. - Standing on the Schilthorn deck and trying to absorb the absolutely stunning view completely surrounding the deck. We missed the group hike that afternoon because we had so much fun on the Schilthorn. The James Bond exhibit was also a total blast."

James

Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Switzerland is beautiful. There was always something to do, and if one didn't want to participate, generally he didn't have to. Fabian Rueger was first rate. He is a very good historian/story teller. This information we get from the tour guide and the specific/local guides is the difference between a Rick Steves' tour and a tour on your own. A significant point: On all of our Rick Steves' tours, the contributors (bus driver, specific tour guides and events) all occurred on time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and the surrounding area. The snow covered Alps are super."

Patricia

Spokane, WA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much. There was a nice mix of mountains, lakes, cities and countryside scenery. There were a couple of activities I liked less than others. The hike to the Ruttli(sp?) meadow was a lot of work for what it was. Wasn't too interested in the Fortress Furrigan (sp?) and the experience at the cheese alp was just way, way too long. Also the walking tour in Bern was too long. It seemed like we were killing time until we could check into our hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 360 degree gondola ride from Engelberg to Mt. Titlis. Just breathtaking."

Nancy

Spokane, WA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a whirlwind tour of Switzerland with stops in the mountains, on the lakes and zig zagging across the country. This is the first guided tour I've taken and I wondered if there would be an added value in being part of a tour group. The greatest value was having a knowledgable to ur guide. He added historical background to the places we visited providing context and greater appreciation. I definitely got value from this tour and would recommend it highly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite place was Murren. I loved the feel of the village and the proximity to such great mountain views. There were lots of walks in the area for all different levels. I can close my eyes and see the mountain tops, the green alps and the trees. The gondola ride up to the mountain top was a highlight and we had great weather so I could see mountain tops all around."

Linda

Auburn, CA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After feeling somewhat lost in Zurich on Sunday and somewhat lost in Lucern prior to our meet and greet at 5 PM . My friend and I were afraid that the rest of the trip was not going to be so good. Neither of us were disappointed. This trip was spectacular !!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the Alps !"

Sharon

Granite Bay, CA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour. We saw many amazing sights and I was very impressed at how well organized everything was. It was actually relaxing even though we were traveling to so many different places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren stood out as the highlight of the trip. Just spectacular scenery, great weather and such a quaint area. Loved it."

Ellen

Saratoga Springs, NY

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had very high expectations before the trip - this tour, tour guide (Martin) and tour assistant (Nygil) exceeded my expectations! I very much enjoyed the other participants as well. I liked having a "buddy" and I really enjoyed the "buddy introductions".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were 3 "wow" moments for me with a "runner-up wow moment": 1. The evening in Lugano when we went to the Grotto San Rocco by boat and made risotto - the setting, the food, the experience from start to finish - exquisite! 2. Visiting the cheese making farm - awesome! 3. Visiting the Domaine du Daley and tasting their wines - also awesome! Runner-up wow moment:The tour of Bern and the question and answer session (at the brewery) with guide Miriam. She was amazing and I learned so much!"

Norman

Lakewood, CA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour, our tour guides Martin and Nygil were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stop at Murren with the amazing view of the Swiss Alps."

George

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

When I was raised in the '50s, I was told and lectured that the USA was the greatest country on all social, political, economic,and physical fronts. Umm Switzerland is sheer wonderment and has stood the test of time in a better way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm staring at this huge range of mountain peaks in Murren after a week of traversing throughout the central Alps region and I'm told the Swiss built a rail tunnel through that same range at 10,000 feet."

William

Winston Salem, NC

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour, even better than I expected. Martin is a great tour guide, very friendly and helpful. As Martin grew up in Switzerland his knowledge of the country was excellent. Nygil was a valuable tour assistant especially with his knowledge of wines and coffee! We had a fun group... no grumbles.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Muren/Gimmelwald Would have loved to spend at least two full days there."

Ben

Arlington Heights, IL

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very positive experience....Switzerland is a beautiful country. The tour itinerary was well designed,and the guides/leaders very good at their jobs. What made our tour experience especially gratifying was the mix of wonderful people we traveled with. We had been to Europe many times as independent travelers and very few times in a group tour. I was apprehensive about having political discussions which have made our country so divided....this never came up.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Easily, the views from Schilthorn!"

Gail

Lakewood, CA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour had the perfect recipe: knowledgeable, friendly tour guides, pleasant tour mates and wonderful places to visit. Additionally, our bus driver, Marion, was outstanding - a great driver who liked people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ubiquitous fountains throughout Switzerland; where cool delicious spring water flowed. I loved filling my water bottle throughout the day at these fountains."

Michael

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic We had a blast, we loved the country, the guides (Martin and Nigel), the group. Martin did many things that seemed to be unique like helping people navigate the train system, navigate public transportation. He was great with language and helping us connect with normal people on the street by helping us with the culture, and especially the language. He modeled respect. The food, the hotels, the beer and local "sites" added up to a fantastic trip. Spending time in all parts was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming down the gondola from Mt Titlis, hiking around Lake Truebsee and then jumping into the lake when the sun came out. Hiking up all the stairs from Lake Lugano to the top of Mt Bre was also so cool."

Isabel

San Ramon, CA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

At first, I was a little surprised by the size of the group (over 24 of us. I'm glad we had two tour guides to manage it. We had a wonderful time. Both guides were knowledgeable, professional, fun, and helpful. We rode every mode of transportation available. It was awesome! This is my second RS tour and I'm feeling more and more confident as a European visitor. The hotels were comfortable, clean, and the breakfasts delicious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband found me crying as I sat on the bench facing the valley during our visit to the Alpine dairy. We arrived and the Alp horn was played for us. We watched as cheese was being made. We met the cows and goats that provided the milk. We tasted all types of cheese, meats and breads. We visited the cellar where the cheeses were kept. I wept. The was so taken by the beauty of the location. The pure simplicity of life there and experience I was blessed with...it touched my heart."

Vanessa

San Diego, CA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had no idea what to expect on this tour of Switzerland. Why go to Switzerland...what's there to do? This trip exceeded my expectations. Not only was the scenery spectacular, but the activities planned for us were so very memorable. I will forever remember making risotto, and eating lakeside, watching cheese being made in the mountains, wine and chocolate tasting. These personal activities were what made the trip fabulously memorable for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments that I didn't realize that word was such a predominate part of my vocabulary. The majestic mountains, the mirrored lakes, sage colored rivers, roaring waterfalls, little countryside villages, brought "wow" to my lips over and over again."

Brenda

Coupeville, WA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our second Rick Steves tour, and the first one where we travel from place to place. Everything was well organized. Our tour guide and bus driver were great. We had pretty high expectations going in, and we were not disappointed. I wouldn't have minded extra time in Engleberg or Murren, and less time in Lugano and Lausanne, but that's because I prefer small towns and countryside vs. cities. Overall, the itinerary was excellent, and the entire trip was truly memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the North Face Trail during our stay in Murren. The views and setting were phenomenal. I stopped one time to take in the views and thought to myself, "this is heaven"."

Norman

Concrete, WA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nothing is perfect but this was pretty close...Well organized with plenty of activities...Tour guide Fabian was well versed in the area and provided all the answers to our questions...Of course being a historian helped,he provided a lot of facts not normally known...Kept it very interesting indeed... All accommodations were well located and very comfortable... Also I think the value was exceptional for all that we got in the tour... I would recommend this tour to anyone...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list..."

Myles

San Diego, CA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned, guided, run with Swiss efficiency, but all the while fun and full of fascination.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"By the way that this tour was designed, it was apparent that much planning, sequencing, and coordination was involved. It Worked !! The most unique moments were: - the cheese making and tasting experience..including balcony yodeling by the farmer's wife. - the risotto making, just plain fun and very scenic. - breakfast in a revolving restaurant on Mt.Schilthorn - driving into Montreux, having Fabian explaining the lyrics to "Smoke on the Water"."

Morgan

San Diego, CA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing, the sights were wonderful, and the experience was one I will always remember.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Matterhorn was an unexpected joy. We were told many times that due to cloud cover, there was a good chance we would not be able to see it, but low and behold, it was a clear, sunny day. The matterhorn was in clear view, and the view (and experience) was outstanding."

Megan

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

If breathtaking views, bountiful hiking opportunities, delicious cheese and breathing fresh mountain air is your jam then this tour is for you! My family and I had a wonderful experience and a trip we will never forget!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Lauterbrunnen Valley and the Oberland. Absolutely stunning. I also adored our cooking class overlooking Lake Lugano!"

Kyle

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was absolutely amazing. I will definitely remember this trip for a long time and will recommend more Rick Steves tours to people in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Engelberg and the Latterbrunnen valley"

Michael

Coupeville, WA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was only our second tour but we enjoyed it. We were not let down about the Rick Steves tour experience from the our "Best of Paris" tour last year. We enjoy the free time and the planned tours and dinners.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to say honestly...the beauty of Switzerland is close to what I remember in '85. A wonderful country. But my 'wow' moment for me was sitting in a church listening to monks sing (whom I couldn't see) during a ceremony. It just took me to a place I don't frequent often."

Robert

Orangevale, CA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing. I am one who prefers the country-side rather than cities, but there was a great blend of both. The scenery was beautiful, so many mountains, valleys, lakes and rivers. And the chocolate tasting, cheese tasting and wine tasting were great too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say there were many "wow" moments. Starting with cruising on Lake Luzern to the Rütli meadow and then on to Fortress Fürigen. The cable car ride to Mount Titlis and the fantastic view from the top. The perfect weather in Zermatt and the view of the Matterhorn. Eating breakfast at the top of the Schilthorn and watching the scenery go by. And definitely taking in the Trümmelbach falls, with the water thundering down and providing a refreshing cool-off on a warm afternoon."

Kristin

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fantastic time. Martin and Karin were professional, knowledgeable, helpful, and fun. The hotels were in great locations and very nice[INVALID]much nicer than I usually stay in. The breakfasts had enough choice for everyone and the beds were comfortable. The activities were great[INVALID]a good mix of experiences and out doors. The people were fantastic. I loved it all!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paragliding in Mürren! But I loved so many things--the chocolate tasting, the dinners, the Alps! I loved going to the tops of the mountains."

John

White Plains, NY

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved it. It had a good balance of cities and country. Martin and Karen appropriately provided great information at the right time. Switzerland is a beautiful country and the tour provided it at its best in a balanced approach. There was also a nice combination of great scheduled events at the appropriate time and some free time to do things on an individual preference.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed when surprisingly, the tour's boat drove in a great area in Lugano and the tour was greeted to appetizers and wine with very nice hosts. Then we all got together in groups and cooked risotto. Also, a close runner up was visiting Claus on his gorgeous cheese farm and having wine and cheese after witnessing how the cheese was made. At that farm, it was wonderful to hear the Alpine Horn played in such a beautiful setting as the music echoed off the mountains."

John

Tampa, FL

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The product was just as presented. This is to contrast with offerings that are often well less than advertised. I found the organization to be very good with all pleasant surprises rather than some unpleasant ones. The type of tour appeals to a certain set of the travelling public and a very appealing one to me. The pace was generally good. The accommodations largely quite satisfactory.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was the unexpected "extras" that pleased me so much: the risotto cooking and the cheese making."

Monika

Saint Augustine, FL

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fabulous tour! It's great having all the details handled so all we needed to do is show up. We really enjoy having an even mix of planned tours and free time to do what we want.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several 'wow' moments but the natural beauty of the Berner Oberland tops my list."

Kathy

Jersey City, NJ

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour lived up to all my expectations. Martin was excellent as our tour guide preparing us for each location as we progressed through the tour. He did this very well, and I found this to be very helpful. Since the tour was larger than usual I think it was helpful for us all to have the support of an additional guide. The pacing of the tour was a balanced well with tours and free time. I enjoyed the variety. The only suggestion I have is more veggies for group dinners.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a few. Lugano was my favorite city. The hiking in the mountains. The Cheese family farm experience. The Bunker most historically interesting. winery I just had fun! But the team building cooking class in Lugano made us all feel at home with each other and set the tone for the tour. We had a really engaging group that made the trip more memorable."

John

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves tour as well are our first trip to Europe. A great trip experience!!!! Great mix of guided tour and free-time. Reallly helped having a walking tour of each town before being encouraged to explore on our own. Martin was an outstanding guide - really nice having a guide who was a native. Loved learning about Siwiss history and governing - something we wouldn't have learned on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to Murren - first experiencing the Lauterbrunnen Valley, then on up the mountain via gondola. Wonderful little town with such wonderful scenery and so many hiking opportunities."

Susan

Belmont, NC

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. We were able to see so much more than anything we could have done on our own. It was so gracious, caring of everyone, ensuring needs were met and people were included. They were able to create a welcoming atmosphere for everyone. We felt like we had lots of choices, and a fabulous array of experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner where we competed with making risotto. Fun as a group, a little competition, a fabulous sunset on the lake, excellent food, great company."

Mark

Saint Augustine, FL

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen valley"

Jeanine

Fargo, ND

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredible beauty and hiking. Would have liked to know there is Lyme disease there; I would have gotten treated pants to wear when hiking. (Got a tick bite-so far, so good.) Martin was a wonderful guide-enjoyed learning so many aspects of Switzerland. Group was great; found 2 other couples that we clicked with. Appreciated how Martin helped the group connect. Hotels were better than expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! It's just a gorgeous country."

Joan

Tampa, FL

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Appreciate the overall pace and combined methods of travel; bus, boat and walks. Love the two night stays. Much more relaxing to not have to pack each day. Really like the personal time to explore and hike after the shorter "orientation" walks. I feel we experienced the best of the whole country. It was lots of fun to have the "hands on experience" of risotto preparation, chocolate production and cheese making. Delightful to have such interaction with the local experts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful vistas while hiking in the high meadows. Getting to see the Matterhorn."

Chris

Wylie, TX

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great tour group and tour guide. Our coach driver, Phillipe, was very professional and added to the camaraderie. However, the tour bus, was not as good as the HeidleBloom coach in my opinion. The AC could not cool the bus adequately. The hotels were nice, the rooms were nice, but again the AC was inadequate in the towns of Lucerne, Lugano and Bern. Activity level seemed to be higher than what was described for the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was our Polenta cooking lesson on Lake Lugano, our dinner of polenta with our braised beef and experiencing the charm of our hostess and tasting the Ticino white wine from the Merlot grapes."

Gregory

Fargo, ND

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although it was a "sampler" tour it was rich with sights, sounds, information, and of course tastes. Our tour guide Martin was exceptionally knowledgeable about Switzerland which helped enrich the overall appreciation I gained for Switzerland. The interaction was great with the other travelers and the pace was variable. There was structure to the tour but also enough independent time to feel free to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the really small villages and the visit to the dairy to see cheese being made. That really connected me to the roots of the country."

Joanne

Estero, FL

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great itinerary, in-depth experiences in each of the stops and unique areas of Switzerland. Everyone (including fellow tour participants) was so nice, relaxed, happy to help. Loved the free time in-between the intense tours so that we could do what we wanted and got great suggestions from our guides. Local transport travel passes were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tie between summit of Mount Titlis and the optional breakfast at top of Schilthorn, breathtaking views."

John

Winter Park, FL

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Donald and Martin led us through 12 outstanding days of stunningly beautiful Switzerland. The diversity of the German, Italian and French speaking sections of Switzerland was unexpected but interesting. Weather was favorable for all "must see" vistas, even the Matterhorn. Good pace with plenty of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the Schilthornbahn cable car through the clouds to the Schilthorn peak for breakfast at Piz Gloria revolving restaurant. Expected James Bond to join us for a quick ski run down the mountain."

David

Lancaster, PA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a classic Rick Steves tour, nice people, great tour leader, saw the important sites but more important, became intimately aware of the culture and learned so much more than "drive by" tours could accomplish. Great choice of cities and places to visit. Comfortable hotels, good meals, exceptional tour leader in Donald. Martin added a nice touch of Swiss nationalism and extra layer of safety and person to answer questions and direct us on our "free" time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting in our hotel (Alpenruh) in Murren looking out at the Jungfrau."

Wendy

Winter Park, FL

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations for this tour and I was not disappointed ! The tour not only delivered on spectacular scenery (which I was totally expecting) but also provided in-depth information on the history and culture of a very interesting country thanks to an outstanding guide (Donald) and his assistant (Martin).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Jungfrau Region had to be my WOW moment. The mountains were surreal and spectacular...the view from our hotel balcony in Mürren took your breath away. I expected beautiful mountains but this was beyond that."

Rebecca

Lancaster, PA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized with a great balance of planned meals and activities and free time. And the scenery in Switzerland is extraordinary[INVALID]whether it was cloudy or sunny! The hotels we stayed in were fabulous, very convenient, comfortable and clean. This was our second Rick Steves tour and both tour groups were filled with a wonderful group of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several WOW moments, but the top of the list was coming home from dinner in Murren on my husband's birthday and seeing a rainbow over the Eichorn and Jungfrau peaks. Murren in general is just Wow! Wow! Wow! And it was his birthday! Another WOW moment was going up to Pilatus in Lucerne on a beautiful sunny day and hearing the sounds of church bells and cow bells in the distance. Another extraordinary moment was the alp dairy farm where we heard beautiful music played on an alp horn."

Donna

Mount Sidney, VA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Quite pleased. The tour was just what it was advertised to be - a great overview of Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gosh. Hard to say. Probably the gorgeous mountain scenery in many places. Maybe Berner Oberland views??"

Ken

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour had very good coverage of the different areas of the country. The knowledge imparted of the history and culture was very enlightening. The cities were interesting, but obviously one comes to Switzerland for the scenery and the mountain culture. And it was awesome! The compactness of the country also made it easy to visit the various sites without several long bus rides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the 007 facility at the top of the Schilthorn was terrific. Fortunately, we had good weather for at least half the day and the views were spectacular!"

Kathleen

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and I was very pleased. I really appreciated the cheese farm, the risotto making class/dinner, the visit to Rutli and the Swiss Fortress. These are all things that I would not have been able to realistically do as a solo traveler.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the top of San Salvatore in Lugano. The weather was perfectly clear and we had no expectations on what was to be seen at the top. The view was incredible and made me fall in love with the Italian part of Switzerland."

Miranda

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great combination of location, arrangement of group time and individual time. Martin is an excellent, considerate, knowledgeable tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"scenery sites, location of some hotels, Murren"

Diane

Yeppoon, QLD

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The philosophy of Rick Steve's travel was apparent on our Swiss tour. I found it to be a very good fully guided tour, with the inclusion of some day to day experiences which would have not been possible without a guide. i.e. the cheese making day on the farm including yodelling. I can still hear the cow bell jingling. The overall organisation, tour leader guidance etc. was very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was a stand out, being located two gondolier rides from the bus and then the breakfast experience at the Shilthorne was outstanding mainly due to the view."

Marina

Haverhill, MA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well paced, fun activities, GREAT TOUR GUIDE (Fabian).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to see the rarely seen Matterhorn, walking around the Ice Lake in Trubsee post Mt. Titlis excursion, as well as the Risotto Cooking class - so fun"

Jaye

Salem, OR

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed this tour. Our favorite part was in the mountains of the Alps (Mt. Pilatus - on our own before tour), Murren (Schilthorn piz Gloria) and Titlus. The evening at the cooking class was fantastic! Great fun, wine and food with a beautiful view and super nice hosts. The best addition is the whisper quite system with ear piece. Made it SO much easier to hear the guide - even when not standing very near. Love this! All tours need this!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Matterhorn up close! Having breakfast 10,000 feet up at the Schilthorn, hiking in the JungFrau and staying in/walking around Murren. Also loved the chocolate making/class and cooking class. Super fun events. Can't say enough about the awesome food, drinks, service and views at the cooking class. The wine tasting was wonderful!"

Glen

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a very good group of diverse travelers that came together and had a good time touring new sites. Switzerland was just wonderful, although a bit more expensive than we planned. Our tour guide, Fabian, was just the best, His total goal was to help the group make this a tour of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A "wow" moment was probably the evening that our Lake Lugano tour ended at Grotto San Rocco. We had a lesson in cooking risotto. The risotto turned out to be relatively easy to cook and was delicious. Everyone got to participate in 5-6 person groups. We all had fun "competing" to see which group made the best risotto. While there was no official winner, our group had the best risotto, of course. It was just a wonderful evening. A little good local wine added to the festivities."

Martin

Waterloo, IA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour.I believe I got a very good look at Switzerland. The people on the tour where great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wonderful view of the Materhorn."

Josephine

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a Wonderful tour with Fabian in Switzerland!!! He was an Extraordinary Guide!!! We had Such A Great Time!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I Think Our Whole Tour of Switzerland Was A Wow!!! We Loved It!!! Every Where We Went!!!"

Jennifer

Clackamas, OR

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned and enjoyed the wonderful variety of destinations. Nice to leave the planning to the experts! Group size of 28 made it easy to get around and also become familiar with everyone. Good balance of group time and on your own time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing The Matterhorn!"

Ellen

Bradford, MA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful experience with a great guide and fun tour group members in a beautiful country. Nicely paced between all of the lake and mountain towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many on this trip- Alpine Cheese Making Demonstration near Bern-when our host and cheesemaker began to yodel all of her cows came running. All the strolls along the beautiful lakes All the cable and funicular rides at Mount Titlis, Schilthorn and the Matterhorn Boat ride in Lausanne around the lake and the stop at the winery Singing Smoke on the Water on the Bus and learning the history of the song-who knew!! Boat ride and cooking class and then dinner in Lugano"

Carol

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best tour I have taken in Europe. The weather was sunny and warm, the accommodations and transportation very comfortable, the food excellent, the scenery outstanding and so much more. The group size worked well and it was nice to make friends with others from around the states and Australia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, but I guess I would have to say that actually seeing the Matterhorn in all its glory with blue sky in the background was a "wow" plus moment. All the mountain destinations were beautiful and I took many photos to share with my family. The fields and valleys were green and pristine. Switzerland is the cleanest country I have visited in Europe and I would highly recommend is a European destination to all my friends."

Kyle

Waynesboro, VA

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was a great balance of "handholding" with instruction on how to navigate our way through Switzerland and free time to do as we pleased with all that we learned. Our tour director, Donald White, was excellent[INVALID]well organized, good sense of humor, extremely patient and knowledgeable...The group dinners were excellent, the city tours well-done, the exciting trips up mountains[INVALID]exhilarating and the fellow travelers were lovely people! Our bus driver, Irene was exceptionally cheerful !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many WOWs...hard to pick one...each mountaintop, each hike, each group dinner, each hotel, the cheese farm, the risotto making...the chocolate tasting, the vineyard...learning how to navigate mass transit in a foreign country with confidence!"

Teri Dee

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous way to see so much of Switzerland with Donald as our guide, Irene as our driver and a wonderful group of travelers. The activity variety made each day very different and fun. Cruises, trains, gondolas, trams, hikes/walks, cliff walks, cooking class, alp horn concert accompanied by cow bells, breakfasts, dinners, chocolate, cheese, beer, wine and amazing views from the tops of the alps to the valley and everywhere between.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW! Murren was how I imagined Switzerland. The side trip to Shilthorn breakfast and cliff walk was amazing. Hated to leave the beautiful waterfall view from my hotel."

George

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour, the major sites with more time for more exploration on our own. Very well planned, and well timed. Walking was easy. Beautiful places, all the hotel locations are excellent. Weather was perfect !! Second half of May, in the 60's to 70's F, and the 40s on the mountains, a lot of the snow had diminished. We flew in via Zurich, so got to see it again too. And Switzerland is like 4 different countries, nice to see each.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"View from Murrien Hotel! And that valley! View from Luzern Hotel ! All the lake cruises The Bunker, Mt Titlis, the Schlitterhorn, Zermatt, and the rest of the cities! and the Lakes. (I took a lot of photos!)"

Cynthia

Escondido, CA

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great blend of customer service, historical & cultural guidance and free time to play our way! We so appreciated "pushing the easy button" on the planning and 4 languages. It was very nice to meet other American travelers who were very much like us and yet not be in cramped quarters with them the whole 12 days. We loved all the towns chosen and all but one hotel. We loved all the activities pre-booked for us as well. We're spreading the word, it was GREAT!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On Lake Lugano, the boat ride to our cooking class dinner at sunset was a sublime evening! After all the expected snow and Alp hiking, churches & museums, this warm evening outdoor dinner party was unexpected and refreshing. But hey, those stunning views of the Alps had us singing Sound of Music songs quite heartily, too! And the cheese farm visit! That was very special, too!!!"

Joy

Wadsworth, IL

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves Tour so it was meant to be somewhat of an experiment - Would we like going with a tour group? Was it well-organized? Did we get to see what we wanted to see? Were we spending more time on a bus than seeing what there was to offer? Was there a good balance on free time v. scheduled time? On all fronts it exceeded our expectations! Overall, the trip was spectacular and memorable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say Murren was my favorite location. To that point, we kept saying "can this get any better or be any more beautiful?" Murres had a great mix of spectacular views, hiking, things to do and a balance of group v. personal time. Other favorites: cooking class, cheese making cottage."

James

Wadsworth, IL

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and was amazing. Each day was perfectly balanced with sights and activities and guided tours. Our tour guide Donald set the bar so high that it will be hard for others to beat. We will definitely take more tours with Rick Steve's. Hotels, food, tour bus, and guides (town and site experts) were all first class. Also a great balance of personal time. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"They were all WOW, but the day spent in Engelberg was the best. Breath taking views of mountains, hiking down from Trubsee, gondola rides, and valleys so beautiful it is hard to imagine. Oh ya, the alps dairy farm for cheese production was pretty great too."

Russell

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second tour lead by our Guide Donald. He is a very organized person is very passionate about his role. As in past RS tours the education value is an important reason we sign up for more tours. In my mind this is what sets RS tours apart from other choices including traveling on your own even with the RS guidebook. We suggested to Donald that we needed more time after first arriving in a city - Donald made changes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment was seeing the Matterhorn. We were lucky to have almost a total clear view of the Matterhorn."

Rebecca

Mahtomedi, MN

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved traveling in Switzerland for many reasons including the obvious outstanding scenery, but other things stand as well. Experiencing THREE cultural areas, all clean and advanced. I like alternating between cities and small villages. Each day seemed better than the last from awesome mountain experiences to super charming villages (Engelberg and Murren were favorites).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many! Being on the top of Mt. Titlis The cheese farm...OMG, it was so charming being amid the cows! The gondola ride(s) to Murren and Mt. Schilthorn. Breakfast there was great. Walking to Gimmelwald ..exactly like RS says! The winery....and getting back up the hill (at my age)!"

Susan

Lake Leelanau, MI

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour ever and it far exceeded my expectations. Switzerland is amazing! I loved all the places we stayed, the tour group was great and Donald was incredible. The only things I would change: our stop in Gruyere and a much shorter city tour of Bern.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't come up with one favorite. I had many. I loved the boat trip where we ended at a restaurant and made risotto. Going up to the mountain tops was a thrill. Our visit to the cheese making family was sweet. My favorite destination was Murren. Hiking in Murren and seeing the waterfalls in the mountain, amazing. Breakfast atop a mountain in a revolving restaurant, incredible."

Steven

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several [INVALID] Lugano (a gorgeous city and lake), the Matterhorn (you have to see it), and the Alps (everywhere, the Alps)."

Fereshteh

Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

In general, the tour was very well organized; the tour guide was very personable, knowledgable, and skilled. The group members were very cooperative and got along well with each other. The places we were taken to visit were unique and amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful scenery of mountains, lakes, rivers, streams, and waterfalls."

Jody

Uniontown, OH

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip to Switzerland was our best Rick Steves' tour ever. The sights and cities that we visited were truly amazing. I really enjoyed all the members of our tour group. They were a good blend of friendly couples, comic characters, and very interesting individuals. As for our guide Fab-ian, he was fab-ulous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt, it was a family hike that my husband and I took with our two adult children during our stay in Murren. We hiked to Almenhubbel. The scenery from that altitude is amazing ... beautiful mountains, spring green meadows, and even soaring paragliders. The most spectacular thing along the way was the thousands of crocuses in bloom where the snow had recently melted away!"

Justin

Prilly, VD

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Yes, a thousand times yes

Lex

Morgantown, WV

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my sixth Rick Steves tour. I have enjoyed all of them. The only reason I did not rate this tour as outstanding was the meal [INVALID]ion. The group of people on this tour was my favorite of all the tours. My fellow travelers and Fabian combined to make this a wonderful tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although I had been to Murren three years ago as part of the GAS tour, Murren was once again my WOW moment. The scenery is just so spectacular. It also helped that we had beautiful, warm, sunny weather at Murren. Before the trip began, I thought that seeing the Matterhorn would be a WOW moment. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. It was rainy and foggy. The Matterhorn was not visible during our 3 hour stay in Zermatt."

Jill

Morgantown, WV

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The format of the tour is great. About half of the time is organized by the Rick Steves group and the other half is on our own. The guide is available for suggestions and support when needed. We saw so many beautiful sights, learned quite a bit, and had delicious meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to narrow it down to one moment because there were so many but ... Sitting on the hotel balcony in Murren at sunrise. I could see the beautiful, snowcapped Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau mountains clearly but the only sounds I heard were a gurgling waterfall and a lone cow mooooooing. That is what will come to mind first when I think of Switzerland."

Martin

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabian fun and very knowledgeable, did great job of "team bonding" and provided a perfect pace for the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"two wow moments! Taking two gondolas to our hotel halfway up a mountain and crossing Lake Lugano for a cooking lesson in a delightful restaurant on the lake."

Stephanie

West Linn, OR

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 7th rick steves tour, and once again, our tour guide, Fabian, was very knowledgeable about both the history and contemporary life of the country. Our group was fabulous, good travelers with some common core interests, and seriously, how could Switzerland itself be anything but amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Murren and looking out the window to see the Eiger, the Mönch, and the YungFrau right there. I was on scenery overload from that moment forward I was also surprised by the amount of water and the times we used it for transportation in Switzerland"

Elmer

Washington, MO

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was excellent. The guide gave us detailed historical background for each of the areas we visited. Everything was well organized and ran very smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The countryside of Switzerland is beautiful. The first time I saw green meadows on the mountainsides leading up to the craggy snow covered peaks was definitely a "wow" moment."

Patricia

Washington, MO

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we were so happy with it. Our guide, Fabian, couldn't have been better. We loved our group members. All our activities were great and our overall itinerary was full of wonderful and interesting experiences for us. We look forward to going on more Rick Steves tours in our future!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being high up in the mountains is always my favorite part of a trip. We loved Engelberg and Murren. and the hikes we took there. Another favorite activity was going to the Grotto on Lake Lugano and making Risotto."

Morteza

Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our fifth tour with your organization. There are so many things to love about this tour. Fabian was fantastic. The tour stops and hotels locations were excellent. The guided tours were very informative. I really enjoyed this whole tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was breakfast at Schilthorn revolving restaurant."

Cathy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour of Switzerland mountains plus delicious cheese & chocolate! Loved the visits to learn about Swiss cheese making, chocolate tasting & the winery tour with tasting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many for me! Boat ride on beautiful Lake Lugano & then a fun Risotto cooking class for our group dinner at Grotto San Rocco! Delicious appetizers too! Loved our stay in Murren, with fabulous mountain views from our hotel balcony, breakfast at the top of Schilthorn peak & great walking trails!"

Gary

Escondido, CA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour, great cities, secure and clean! Yorick was very knowledgable and helpful, enjoyed this experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps, seeing the Matterhorn and the Mount Titlis."

Pat

Escondido, CA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well-organized and showcased the majesty of Switzerland. I was overwhelmed with the natural beauty, cleanliness, friendliness, and safety of this country. Our group was composed of gregarious, professional folks, and we quickly found travel buddies who were willing to share a bottle of wine. Yorick, our guide, set the stage for our adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing Mt. Titlis; the Luzern hotel view of the Chapel Bridge; priceless sites from our balcony in Murren; being in Murren. Weather prevented the Jungfrau experience or visit to the Gruyere dairy farm, [altho we appreciated the alternative efforts.] The river gorge was amazing- pls keep in the tour. The wine tasting at Chateau Chillon was a great tour conclusion. And- cogwheels, funiculars, gondolas, trains, trams, paddlewheel boat, suspension bridge..."

Marybeth

Kailua, HI

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was the perfect combination of touring and free time to enjoy the amazing scenery and cities of Switzerland. We really appreciated Yorick's commentary on the social, political, and physical forces that shaped Switzerland's history and landscape.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Do I have to pick just one?! Hiking at Mt. Titlis and around Lake Lugano, wine tasting in Epesses, seeing the Matterhorn come out from behind the clouds, our first glimpse of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, getting to see the cows come through the town of Engelberg, learning about cheese making, and walking the North FaceTrail in Mürren were definite highlights."

Karin

Entiat, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An absolutely well done tour in all aspects. Interesting, informative, and educational. Areas we visited were off the beaten path, uncrowded and beautiful. Just the way we had hoped it would be. Our guide was so great that we wished he would not stop sharing his knowledge, but of course he deserved a break now and then too......:) Everything was well organized and planned so there was never a lag in the exciting itinerary. It was a fantastic trip, we will cherish the experience for years.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Swiss Alps in all of their glory. The Matterhorn appearing out of the clouds as if by magic as we sat on the deck of a restaurant having a glass of wine with other trip members. The Eiger, and Jungfrau with the moon rising above them in the mist the evening we arrived in Murren. The cows bells quietly ringing in the evening, adding to the beauty of the moment. A memory that will not be erased for me. Peace of a lovely mountain hideaway."

Patrice

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent itinerary -- felt we saw a good sampling of, and some of the best of Switzerland. Our guide was uber knowledgeable and expressed similar appreciation for and interests in the outdoor activities and the beautiful landscapes that are Switzerland --- made for companionable and informed travels!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, walking out onto our balcony, clouds dispersing to reveal the snow capped Alps and an almost full moon! Our guide, Yorick, was on his balcony next door, as much in awe --- and, he's been there, done that many times!"

Mary

Cayce, SC

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First of all, Yorick was an outstanding guide. Flexible, attentive, and always cheerful while helping others obtain train tickets or otherwise being accessible. His knowledge of the areas was remarkable and he was a pleasure to be chosen as our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course it was those mountains!"

Jacqueline

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience we just experienced on this tour was exceptionally great. The variety of locales,activities and venues kept our interest at peek. Sharing the activities with this great group made it over the top.I know have first hand knowledge that Switzerland and it's people are something extraordinary. I enjoyed comparing the cities and their differences of culture and language. RR museum of Luzern helped show this. The beauty of the country from Lakes to Alps was even more extraordinary than

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many but both Engleberg and Murren,hikes to the views!"

Joseph

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour provided a great overview of the various environments in Switzerland. The pace of the tour was challenging so as to fit in as much as possible.We had a fun group and we appreciated traveling with others who had very diverse backgrounds.The bus driver Hans was great and was a Swiss native who helped us to enjoy the country.Very happy overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking down Mount Titlis to Engelberg was unforgettable."

Marilyn

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My expectations were high and this tour definitely exceeded them. The itinerary was great, covering all the places I most wanted to see in Switzerland. I loved having two nights at each hotel and having some time on our own to explore. The size of the group was good and it was very nice to have the big, luxurious coach so we weren't cramped. Overall, it was a fantastic tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's tough to pick just one....the scenery was one "wow" after another! If pressed, I'd have to say seeing the Matterhorn suddenly appear from behind the white fluffy clouds was a thrill. Taking the gondola to our hotel in Murren was really awesome, too."

Shirley

Nanaimo, BC

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 8th Rick Steves tour and it was one of the best. Yorick was a great guide. He ranks in my top 3 with Colin in Greece and Tomaso in Sicily. He is funny, knowledgeable and unflappable. The extras he added made the tour great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walk through the Aare river gorge was amazing. Who else but the Swiss would see a beautiful gorge and decide to build a walkway through it? And Mount Titlis was beautiful and walking around the lake was fun."

Robert

Entiat, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife Casey and I enjoyed the entire tour. However getting there, Zurich Air Port to train for Lucerne was hectic. A typed page of directions and a sketched map of the interior of the buildings with general directions might be worthy of consideration.

Alan

Kailua, HI

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In a nutshell, this was the best vacation my wife & I have ever taken. Switzerland is wonderful in every way and the Rick Steves' aspect made it even better. Loved it and have already recommended the trip to many friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first day in Luzerne enjoying a peaceful lunch by the lake. Couldn't believe I was there enjoying that beauty. Also, hiking the north loop at Murren in a lovely mist in the countryside. A hike along the far shore at Lake Lugano was also a surprise wow moment. Sorry, I can't pick just one!"

Illona

Portage La Prairie, MB

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We we were taken to very interesting places. Yorrick took us to places that were not listed and that made them all the more interesting. The local guides are great. They give you more information than the average person would find by reading. Our bus driver Hans was exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we walked from Murren to Grimelwald. I felt like I was in a snow globe without the snow"

Celia

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another incredible experience on a Rick Steves tour! The tour was very well organized with fun surprises throughout!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Reid took us up to the top of Mt. Titlis in Engelberg on a crystal clear day! The view was absolutely spectacular. This trip I said too many "wows" to count!"

Gale

Middletown, NJ

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Switzerland took my breath away!! It was just like everything you'd imagine it to be ...and so much more. My eyeballs were on overload! I couldn't figure out where to look next. I was in awe of God's creation. "Godsmacked". Everything...the bridges, rivers, villages, and MOUNTAINS! All the hotels were in a central location which made our limited alone time do-able. The itinerary was wonderful. Weather was perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"EVERYTHING!!! Checking out the constellations in Murren at 3:AM ...the cow parade...the cheeses...the chocolates!!!! Visiting the cheese farm and seeing the newborn calves...hearing the proprietress yodel. Sharing a table with a young lad from Lausanne and making a friend."

Bonnee

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the tour I was waiting for: a comprehensive tour of Switzerland, the most insanely beautiful country on the planet! Instead of trudging through cathedrals and viewing monuments, we had a glorious experience of the natural wonders of the Alps and the charming cities and towns. Hikes to whet our appetite for beer and sausages; the camaraderie of a wonderful tour group, and a guide that told us just enough to keep us fascinated and engaged.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Other than the magnificent Alps -- I was so touched by our trip to the cheese farm, the welcoming couple who provided us with an intimate local experience of traditional farming and food -- and yodeling! -- which I'd never heard first hand."

Cathy

Tempe, AZ

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour, awesome fellow travelers, very informative and enthusiastic guide and great accommodations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing that the mountains are my "happy place", the gondola to Mt. Titlis and its breathtaking views, a clear sunny day of viewing the Matterhorn and hiking in the Berner Oberland were my "wow" moments."

Susan

Washington, DC

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I would rate the tour Outstanding except for a couple of things. One, the size was too large at 28 and only one guide. RS might consider reducing the maximum. Second, I was looking forward to peeking into the Lavaux vineyards for a wine tasting as described in the itinerary. This did not happen. As a substitute we drank wine at Chateau de Chillon, but our host knew nothing about wine, which she announced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Berner Oberland."

Dennis

St Paul, MN

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was another great life experience for me. We had been here 10 years ago and the weather was lousy to say the best. This time it was superb! Going up the Schilthorn and seeing the view was fantastic. We really enjoyed the overall experience and had great weather and fellow travelers!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot actually find a wow moment. The whole tour from beginning to end was fantastic. As a RS tour veteran I think the scenery in general, plus the 3 new calves at the farm were just a memorable experience. Walking along the trail from Wengen while seeing the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau will be forever etched in my mind. The group of people we had were the best of 9 tours we have taken. Just a memorable group of folks."

Stephen

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour, and we had some pre trip concerns. These turned out to be non-issues, and we were pleasantly surprised and delighted with the tour--- surpassed our expectations. Great itinerary, hotels, bus, guide-- and pleasant travelling companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking at 7000 feet beneath the Jungfrau massive"

Susan

North Branford, CT

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had to read my travel diary to remember all that we did. Was happy I could keep up as I am 75 and not in as good shape as I was when I signed on for the trip. Liked the free time to explore and eat on my own. Had a great group of people. Unless you see Switzerland with your eyes and in the sun you wo't be able to understand the beauty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count."

Kathy

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As a first-time tour participant, it was far better than I expected. I appreciate the effort made to allow for an experience of the country, in this case Switzerland, beyond the normal tourist visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "wow" experiences to limit to one favorite. I particularly enjoyed the visit at the cheese-making farm as well as the walking tour and discussion in Bern with Diccon Bewes."

Ed

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Reid was a terrific guide, great hotels, too numerous wow moments to list and superb value!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from Schilthorn."

Carol

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Top of the mountain breakfast with revolving seats."

Hella

Granite Bay, CA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Having traveled in Europe many times on my own, this was my first trip with Rick Steves,not my last !! I loved it! It was a wonderful experience.The entire trip was well thought out,a good mixture of culture and scenery. I met some very friendly, fun loving people, everybody got along with each other , and on occasion was helpful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was sleeping in Muerren with that outstanding view of the Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau! The trip up to Mt.Titlis and Schilthorn. The Gotthard pass and the numerous lake crossings!I cannot single out one " WOW""

Sheila

Alpharetta, GA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the variety of experiences and learning opportunities - from bustling, historic cities to beautiful countryside, Alpine vistas, and relaxing lake cruises. Plus meeting interesting, friendly people (including a gondola operator, Diccon (our Bern guide) and the couple on the cheese farm. Some highlights - the IOC museum, the mountain fortifications, all the gondola rides, visit to monastery in Engelberg with the beautiful carvings, Lion monument. Enjoyed the free transport passes!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely it was the view of the Jungfrau, Eigre, and Monch from the Schilthorn. A perfect sunny day and those glorious peaks! And that breakfast buffet - wow!! Walking tour of Gimmelwald, and buying cheese from an'honor' farm, which we shared at a happy hour. Viewing the torch ceremonies at the IOC. All the glorious views from our hotel windows - the covered bridge, the lake or mountains, seeing the sunrise in Murren."

Walter

Charleston, SC

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Scenery exceptional with great weather. Tour guide Reid perhaps the most uninvolved guide we have had. Very much "you are adults" take care of yourselves attitude. Should not have left us in Berne to catch an early train before making sure all were accounted for. Perhaps he is jaded and should take a break from guiding tours which seem to be more of an imposition to him. Still had a great experience just seeing the many sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Matterhorn in the am. Also being driven through the great Swiss passws"

Cherylann

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great balance between guided time and group activities and private time to explore on ones own. Although our weather was always a surprise we still were able to accomplish all that was described on the tour. The days were quite full with a variety of activities and sprinkled with culture and history along with way. It was our first tour and i believe it lived up to the criteria promised in the itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having the clouds lift and reveal the Matterhorn in all its glory. The next day was especially beautiful waking to a beautiful sunrise Murren. Then having breakfast on top of Mt Shilthorne offering 360 degree awe inspiring views as we feasted on an amazing breakfast buffet. To climax the day was an spectacular hike in the mountains with the Eiger jungfrau and Monch as our backdrop along with cow bells ringing out the songs of "sound of music". In"

Roberta

Cornville, AZ

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Provided a good overview of country, history and culture. Tour manager was very good in educating group in history and culture and customs. Tour was executed well. Itinerary was well planned and and paced. Accommodations for vegetarian worked out well in Switzerland. We added about 3 weeks onto the trip for hiking in several locations in Switzerland using the RS tour book. The tour book made going on our own very easy and minimized stress.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the mountain bus routes chosen for this trip provided incredible scenery and pictures."

Janet

Lodi, CA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful blend of lakes and mountains. We were blessed with good weather throughout the tour. The occasional rain did not interfere with the enjoyment of the glorious scenery- clear views of the Matterhorn, Schilthorn, Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau and much more. I appreciated the steady leadership of our guide, Reid. The historical background and cultural insights he provided enriched our tour experience. The hotels were very good, especially overlooking the Chapel Bridge in Luzern.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scene I keep returning to in my mind is when we walked into an open area and saw a full view of the Matterhorn. A view which stayed clear for a long time. We were so fortunate. I also have happy memories of a relaxing, warm afternoon while wine tasting in the Lausanne area. Gondola and tram rides, the Lauterbrunnen Valley, boat rides on beautiful lakes...so many "Wow" moments in Switzerland."

Kathleen

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The scenery was fabulous and we learned so much about the people and history of Switzerland We saw things we would have never seen on our own

Gail

Little Silver, NJ

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a great trip to see various areas of Switzerland. It was well organized and the hotels were very comfortable. The bus was spacious and everything was easy to navigate. Switzerland is very beautiful AND very organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and seeing the mountains of the Bernese Oberland. The ride up to the Shilthorn (an extra fee) and breakfast at the top of the mountain (included) was spectacular."

Leonie

Charleston, SC

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We visited many places in Switzerland which was interesting .I was very disappointed that there was an additional charge for Schilthorn since this is usually included in Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Matterhorn"

Judith

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Maisie was a tremendous guide, my fellow travelers were friendly, accommodations were top-notch, and food was good and served with smiling faces.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so very many...but heading up the Gotthard Pass we were in the clouds so visibility was either limited (or nonexistent. Josef, our driver (he was superb), suggested that we stop at a different place than usual at the top. What a great decision because as soon as we crested the peak the skies cleared and we could see for miles. "Wow moment..." Then there was the Matterhorn...We saw it!"

Ethel

Radcliff, KY

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed seeing Switzerland, all it's mountains and lakes. I had a good visit, But due to my age and physical problems, I didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped. But more than I expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ride on Lake Geneva and the visit to the Chateau de Chillon. And of course the vineyard and wine-tasting."

Ronald

South Lyon, MI

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and informative. Maisie was always pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful. The local guides were exceptionally knowledgeable and informative. It was our first time to Switzerland but it seems that we were privileged to see many cultural and scenic places that represent the varied country of Switzerland. The planned time on our own helped make the tour more personalized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. The experience of being at the Shilthorn and taking in the massive scenery. Riding cable cars in full sunlight and full fog. Being able to see the Matterhorn with small clouds forming behind it. Traveling around an through the mountains. Learning and seeing how multiple cultures and history have come together to link past and present."

Vicki

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed every day of the Switzerland tour and have so many wonderful memories. The country is amazingly beautiful and the tour brought us to a variety of charming towns and mountain villages. Our tour guide, Maisie, has such a great personality with a good sense of humor and is also a good communicator and full of knowledge. The other members of the tour were all fun to be with to and share experiences with. This was my third Rick Steves tour and I am already thinking about the next one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day seriously included a "wow" moment but I would say visiting a cheese farm on the side of a hill surrounded by the open meadows and distant snow covered peaks was indescribably beautiful. Sitting out in the warm sun and eating from a beautifully presented cheese platter was magical. I also enjoyed starting our tour in the charming town of Lucerne. Located on a lovely lake with mountains surrounding, the cobblestone streets with picturesque buildings and bridges was a perfect place."

Gabriele

Wauna, WA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th RS tour and it did not disappoint. Our fellow travelers were great, the bus driver was outstanding and Maisie was fun and very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Matterhorn was one, visiting a farm on an Alpine Meadow was another, the whole tour was "wow"."

Linda

Fort Mc Coy, FL

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. The group members got along well. The guide was knowledgeable, organized and efficient. We were on time with departures and arrivals. Hotels were mostly good. Food not great. And Switzerland itself was magnificent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It has to be moments. Seeing the Matterhorn on a sunny day! The view from my room in Murren! The view from the top of the church on San Salvatore! Looking back over the Grimsel pass."

David

Radcliff, KY

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the trip was very nice , it had some hot days at the beginning then cool days in the mountains, lots of mountains to look at , had some days for free time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"going up to mount titlis see the view and going over the bridge, ice tunnel. also getting to bern and knowing that the trip was over"

Paul

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous tour. The guide was superb and our teammates were all great fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was one everyday, but I couldn't help but love our afternoon on the cheese farm. After climbing the mountains in endless switchback we entered a world of picture book beautify, a lovely husband and wife, and a great cheese tasting. I was so impressed with this small family and their desire to produce a quality product, live a life a seemingly anonymity, and show that bigger is not always better. I loved it when she yodeled to us as we left the mountain side. What a day!"

Norman

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an amazing trip! Maisie was fabulous, the tour group was the greatest. We had great weather for all but one day. Viewing the Matterhorn was a special treat, but spending time at the cheese farm on the hillside with the cowbells was the best. Great cheese, sunny weather, very talented bus driver - nothing could be better. I would highly recommend this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Let me see: the Matterhorn, Murren, breakfast at the top of the Schilthorn, the cheese farm, Lugano - too many WOW moments to limit it to just one."

Lorne

Douglassville, PA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, and it was fantastic! Every aspect of the tour was memorable. Our guide, Maisie was wonderful - knowledgeable, attentive, thoughtful and overall a joy. The tour group was a great collection of people, and we made real connections with our fellow travelers. The sights of Switzerland took our breath away almost every day - especially when we traveled into the mountain areas. The Berner Oberland area was magical! We greatly enjoyed entire experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was emerging from the fog while descending over the Gotthard Pass, and seeing the surrounding valley and mountains. It was our first clear view of what waited ahead for us and it really made us all excited for what was to come."

Ann

South Lyon, MI

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our group, with our wonderful guide Maisie, experienced and saw so many wonderful things! We had a great group of friendly tour members that helped enhance an already wonderful experience. Wish I could scope them all up and go again with this same group. This was our first Rick Steve's tour and hope to do more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorites were the visit on a sunny day to the cheese farm, hearing the cow bells in the valley below, getting to see the Matterhorn, riding the gondolas to the Shilthorn and finding the beautiful view of the Eiger, Monch & Jungfrau and breakfast high up at Piz Gloria."

Gary

Redding, CA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first tour of any kind. We did not give an outstanding rating because at times it seemed a bit unorganized. We did not get the notice about the opening meeting being moved up by one hour. Another couple that had taken other RS tours also did not get the message. Seems like an email or other communication other than a posted note in the lobby would have been used. In addition some of the tour meals were a bit disappointing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ability of Joseph our driver was amazing. We would not think he would even attempt some of the rides he took us on. Also the rides up to the high country were thrilling. Even though we did not get perfect weather it did not seem to matter when surrounded by such beauty."

Mary

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We booked this tour because we wanted to visit Murren again and see other parts of Switzerland. It had the perfect balance of scheduled vs. free time. We received a good value for our tour dollars because we saw so many different places, and we didn't spend too much time any one day on the bus. We had a terrific group of tour members and an organized, funny, relaxed, and informative guide in Maisie. With some tweaking, this will be a great tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several - seeing the Matterhorn on a clear day, breakfast in the rotating restaurant on the Shilthorn with a 360-degree view of the Alps, visiting the local farmer for an introduction to cheese-making, and the drive up the Grimsel Pass (courtesy of our driver, Josef!)."

Mary

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For years I have wanted to see Switzerland so it was quite built up in my mind and imagination. There's always a fear in such situations that it will be impossible for reality to live up to your imagination. My 12 day Rick Steves Switzerland tour exceeded all that I was imagining. The mountains themselves are beyond description. I would change the tour by including more mountain days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger on a crystal clear day from the Shilthorn."

Marlyce

Falcon, CO

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great guide, interesting things to see and places to visit and all around a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the gondola up to the Schilthorn, gorgeous views, the rotating restaurant and the James Bond "museum", time to explore on our own-a perfect day."

Donna

Pottstown, PA

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves tour was a real pleasure and has us eager for more. In the past we planned our own travel experiences and it was so great to leave all the logistics to others and just sit back and enjoy every wonderful day as the incredible alpine scenery wowed us from our bus. Our guide, Donald, was truly amazing, and the great experience we enjoyed is largely due to his terrific "people skills" which include humor, patience, organization and a deep knowledge of the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's almost impossible to choose just one or two places or activities because every day brought something or someplace that was beautiful or interesting or both. Visiting an alpine meadow farm and seeing and then tasting cheese made from the milk from that morning's milking was amazing. And the bus rides through the alpine passes were stunning! Towns like Lugano, Lausanne and especially, Murren and little Gimmelwald were charming and quaint and fun to explore."

Douglas

Houston, TX

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked the tour. It was a good experience to see a small country that has the diversity of German, Italian and French cultures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the time spent in Zermat, with a folk parade and the Matterhorn."

William

Richmond, VA

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Every place we went was worth a visit. We probably didn't make any permanent friends, but we got along well with the other members of our group. Our guide was really good. And I'm pretty sure our driver was some kind of magician. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a Rick Steves tour to my friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was the glorious, clear day in Murren and the views from the North Face Trail."

Janet

Sun Lakes, AZ

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 1st Rick Steves tour. I had a wonderful experience. I appreciated the free time I/we had at the end of our day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Breakfast at Schilthorn was just breathtaking. Ours was one of the 1st groups so we had fantastic views of the mountains as the sun was beginning to rise."

Marilyn

Los Alamitos, CA

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Donald, our guide did an excellent job providing the history of the various cities and scheduling activities that were exceptional. As always I always enjoy the tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having breakfast at the top of the Shilthorn and being able to view the Alps from our table. Tha view of the Alps was spectacular. Also hiking and enjoying the view on the North Face Trail was beautiful as well. I also enjoyed the festival and Matterhorn in Zermatt. The tour guides in the various cities and sights were excellent as well."

Gordon

Los Alamitos, CA

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the North Face Trail and breakfast at 10,000 feet."

Mike

Falcon, CO

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour pushed much too hard, trying to see far too much and driving the tour participants far too hard. The tour needs to be significantly refashioned to slow down, allow people a chance to breathe and see stuff without the next deadline and the next move looming over them. We would far rather stay longer and see more in depth than try to see all of Switzerland through bus windows. But it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and our tour guide, Donald White, was extraordinary beyond words.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day spent at the Schilthorn and breakfast at the restaurant."

Joanne

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first tour I have ever taken. We have only ever traveled on our own. It was a great tour with a wonderful guide and wonderful activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Swiss Alps...so not one particular moment."

Jay

Richmond, VA

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Switzerland is a beautiful country. Our tour guide was great and provided additional assistance when needed. There were some places that needed additional time to visit instead of rushing off to the next stop (i.e., Engleberg could have been skipped and more time in Luzern or Laguno).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jungfrau, Egor and Monach"

Denise

Saint Petersburg, FL

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exactly what I've come to expect from a Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the turquoise color of the the lakes."

Linda

Harmony, PA

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

beyond all expectations. The tour was wonderful. We didn't feel rushed, had plenty of free time. The hotels we're comfortable. Most places we stopped at on this tour were interesting, informative, just a joy to be there. Donald, our guide couldn't have been more prepared, organized, helpful knowledgeable if he wanted, we we're very happy to be on his tour. My husband and I had to keep pinching ourselves that we we're actually seeing all these beautiful places that we'd been talking about.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh my which one. There were so many wow moments. I think when we walked out onto the balcony of our hotel in Murren. It was like a postcard staring back at us. The alps in our reach. Also the Folklore parade we experienced in Zermatt. Just wonderful."

Michelle

San Bruno, CA

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour certainly provides you with a wide variety of experiences across the majority of the country. Our guide Maise provided a wealth of knowledge, kept us moving forward on the aggressive timeline, and introduced us to some wonderful local guides. For those considering this tour in the future, I would suggest an extra day in Lucern and an extra day in Bern. Both cities are beautiful and the extra time will allow you to explore areas not covered on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment (from over 10 to choose from) was getting to the top of a mountain pass, after a long rainy drive and seeing a beautiful rainbow...from the top! Our vantage point provided us a view over the top of a rainbow spanning the width of a valley. It was breathtaking."

Doris

Terre Haute, IN

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great. I'd been in Switzerland many times years ago. Loved speaking German and French with native speakers. I love Switzerland, my ancestors hailed from here.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting out of the stalled cable car enroute to Mt. Titlis and finally standing at the summit on a disturbingly hot day."

Victoria

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 2nd Rick Steves tour. I loved everything and it exceeded my expectations. I don't know how you would improve any part of the tour. Just fabulous on every aspect. My tour group was delightful and an enjoyable, fun group. Already planning my next tour for 2018 and getting excited just reading about the various trips. Thank you all for the top notch planning, guides, hotels---everything.

James

Chandler, AZ

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We saw many wonderful sights in Switzerland, sometimes we were too rushed to fully enjoy them. An example would be Chateau de Chillon, The Olympic Museum. Loved the whisper system and making friends as we toured Switzerland. Still can not believe how beautiful it was everywhere we went! It was very fun to have Dominicthe photographer on our tour! He brought in a whole new dimension of fun every day! LOVED IT SO MUCH! I can not wait to take another Rick Steves tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up in Mürren in a room with a view of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau! WOW!! It was "make you cry" beautiful!! I had a feeling Rick Steves would show up! AND HE DID! He popped in at our Farewell Dinner in BERN! That was so exciting! He was so kind. He spoke to everyone at the table! That was the frosting on the cake!! :)"

Sue

Brewster, MA

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had been to Switzerland before on GAS tour and loved Murren so much it brought us back. We enjoyed Luzern we had arrived three days early.. we saw everything. Did the mountains (outstanding) went to the "Blue Balls" concert. Watched the fireworks for hours on our balcony with wine and new buddies. Tour was great just needs a tiny tweaking. More time in Murren..Murren scream Switzerland.. I would add a day there. I think everyone on our tour would agree.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Murren and hiking the Northface hike. Listening to the cow bells as I hiked... I recorded them in hopes of making it my ringtone."

Charles

Brewster, MA

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was outstanding. Maisie knows her stuff and she was always on her game. It was a nice group of buddies. Would of liked shorter boat ride to spend more time at castle. No transportation center. Three night in Murren is MUST..Murren sells this tour.. went on GAS in 2014. Murren brought us back. City guide in Bern was five stars..She was nice always smiled and most importantly new her "Switzerland " she knew it all. Dominic was a great addition very personable. Maisie handled hipcups well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"By far Murren.. that is the only reason we came on this tour. Please please add another day to Murren.Murren is Switzerland . Luzern could have one more day too. We had arrived three days early and saw so much that others didnot see. We went up the mountain there. Well worth it."

Jack

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A comprehensive tour of Switzerland. We went from bottom to top (Alps) touching on the parts that spoke principally German, Italian and French. I was surprised to find the weather everywhere except the Alps to be hot and a bit muggy. Should have brought shorts and a swimsuit. The architecture was unique with a ski chalet flavor. The Alps were incredible. Two gondolas get to our hotel in a wonderful mountain village at the base of magnificent cliffs rising another 10,000 feet. Went to the top.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When returning from dinner in Engelberg,we heared mountain horns coming from nearby. Following the sounds we found a park that was presenting a folk music concert. The horns, singing, yodeling and kids dancing overwhelmed me with a sense of being in the heart of Switzerland. I would have liked to try blowing a mountain horn. They seemed very challenging to play, much like a French horn with no curves."

Susan

Pasadena, CA

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I chose this tour because I had a personal mission, to spend time gazing at Eiger, Moench, and Jungfrau contemplating the gift of love of mountains which my father had given me. That opportunity was one of my WOW moments. I am also deeply touched by the friendships formed and continuing with fellow-travelers who are curious, eager to learn, and enthusiastic. I appreciate visiting and sampling the three major linguistic areas and learning a few words to help us along as we explored on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, being left swinging in a Gondola almost two hours gave our group an opportunity to sing, watch cows, count cows, and thoroughly enjoy listening to their huge bells. The main reason I joined the tour was to spend time meditating on my father, watching Eiger, Moench, and Jungfrau; he climbed Jungfrau as a bachelor and gave me his love for these mountains. And that was accomplished! Thank you very much. Herzlichen Dank!"

NJ

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a terrific experience and I learned a lot. Some changes I'd make: (1) cut out Lugano (2) add three days in Bern (Bern was an incredible city, pretty, historical, with a lot going on), (3) add a couple of art museums.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly liked the farm, watching the cheese-making, and lunch with the farm's cheese."

Arthur Wong

Sunnyvale, CA

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I totally enjoyed the trip. There was a good mix of free time and included meals. Maisie did a great job of corralling 20+ people to be on time. The buddy system worked well. Dominic was also a real plus. I would have liked to stay in Murren for two nights. This trip is my first with Rick Steves and I plan to go on more. Having just one tour of a church was fine. If there were more, I probably would be bored. I really enjoyed going to Pilatus on my own since I was there one day earlier.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out our window and seeing the three peaks in Murren."

Sharon

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour and it was fabulous...a perfect balance between group activities and free time. The group was an interesting, well-traveled, FUN bunch. Our tour guide, Yorick, was super helpful with a great sense of humor, positivity, energy, and understanding of American sensibilities. Loved the related music or funny connections Yorick shared about places we were visiting. Our tour assistant, Monica, and our skilled bus driver, Josef, added enthusiasm and charm, too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was when the tour was done and Yorick highlighted on a map, for one of the tour participants, all the places and ground we traveled. I was amazed!"

Anna

Chicago, IL

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lovely overview of regions of Switzerland. There was a balance of cities and mountain areas. The vistas were lovely, when it was not raining. My fellow tour members were what made this a good tour. Everybody was sociable, and made the best of the bad weather. There was always someone to have a drink, meal, or to simply chat with. My only disappointment was the "wine tasting", which was more of a drinking and missed the heritage of the vineyards.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Didn't really have one, since the weather obscured the view of the mountains. It was fun being in the gondola going up Mt. Titlis, when the mountain emerged from the clouds, and all the Chinese tourists went "AHHHH" very loudly. Their sense of wonder was inspiring."

Michael

Milton, PA

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour was very well organized, educational, and nicely paced. The tour gave us a very good overview of the history, culture, and beautiful scenery of Switzerland. Combine that with a great guide, Yorick, and assistant, Veronica, and a great group of fun loving fellow travelers, and it was a great time! This tour is underrated. Rainy weather in the Alps and a couple meals were the only downers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat tours on Lake Luzern, Lake Lugano, and Lake Geneva. The visit to the cheese farm was great too."

Cynthia

Murrieta, CA

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent! I loved the fact that there was aleays free time on most days. The hardest day was the long bus day even though there were frequent breaks. It was just a long, long day. Our bus driver was super.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. Probably the storybook scenery and every mountaintop experience."

James

Morgan Hill, CA

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour and we enjoyed it very much. We have used Rick's books on all of our European travels and we found them very helpful, so we thought we would give the tour experience a try. Switzerland is a very beautiful country; the itinerary allowed us to experience the highlights and culture of the country. Our group was congenial (no grumps), the hotels were very good (even those without air conditioning) and the tour guides were quite good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of our favorite experiences on this tour was traveling and hiking in the Berner Oberland. Seeing the Matterhorn was clearly a highlight for us and capturing it in photographs, even though it was not 100% exposed, provided a lasting memory. Sitting by the Reuss River early one evening, listening to a local street quartet playing classical selections, is also a favorite memory."

Lisa

Seabeck, WA

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Yorick's depth of knowledge about the history of Switzerland was impressive. Especially enjoyable was how he started some of his talks with clips from Monty Python sketches. He also gave good insights into the current Euro-state climate from an insider's point of view. He was always available for extra info and support. Between his leadership, Veronica's additional support, the beautiful Swiss countryside, good itinerary and planning, and a great group of fellow travel enthusiasts, it was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved sleeping at Murren, in the hotel on top of the mountains. I loved the waterfall inside the rock in the valley. I also loved the ride on Lake Geneva on the 1902 steam-driven paddlewheel boat."

Scott

Chandler, AZ

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trip planned with another couple (Sue & Tim) who had been on a prior tour and recommended we join them in Switzerland. The tour was with like-minded people and not too large. Good balance of included tour items and free time to hike, or rest. Two nights per town was just right and lodging was great. Tour guides were knowledgeable with good people skills and handled the group well, injecting just the right amount of humor along the way. Sights were great even when weather failed to cooperate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was looking forward to the Berner Oberland and disappointed that the weather was poor. None-the-less, the drive from Zermatt to Murren and the hikes above Muren were my wow moments. City tours were interesting, however the guidance for free time excursions lead to most wow moments with close friends."

Susan

San Diego, CA

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour! Switzerland is beautiful! The travel was extremely well organized with varied methods of transportation. Bus, boat, train, funicular, gondola...a fantastic showcase of Swiss engineering. Despite less than ideal weather, there were still so many gorgeous things to see and fun experiences to try. Yorick was an extremely knowledgeable guide with a laid back style and hugely positive vibe. He taught us history and how to get around modern Switzerland. Veronica was a great help.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed visiting the family farm and seeing the cheese being made. It was something totally unique that we never could have experienced if we were traveling on our own. Despite wind and rain, the beauty of the area shone through, and I loved seeing the cows, the cheesemaking and the natural beauty of the area. The road up there was fantastic....as was Jozef's driving...always felt safe and confident in his abilities...and enjoyed his happy spirit."

Peggy

St George, UT

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was really quite wonderful, all in all. It was quite beyond Yorick's control to give us clear days and great views in the Alps .. (too bad, would have been nice if he could have kept the rain at bay). The one long bus day was too long, don't know how it could be different, but it was too long of a drive. I was very fantastic to see the all the so-different parts of Switzerland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mt Titlis was quite an experience. I had no idea that the tunnel fortresses even existed; Fortress Furigen was quite interesting. I love the lakes and towns along them, would have liked time to explore more of them."

Lisa

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The pace was perfect, the locations and hotels were full of character, we learned and saw things we wouldn't have if we had gone on our own. Yorick was a very knowledgeable guide with a wicked sense of humor, which kept everything light, even when the rain wouldn't stop (until we walked into a building). I especially appreciated the clear expectations for behavior [INVALID] everyone on the tour was friendly and upbeat. Veronica was so sweet and easy going. A great addition to the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That crazy climb up the Grimsel Pass. Joseph deserves a medal. And going to the farm to see the cheesemaking."

Michael

White Bear Lake, MN

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again an excellent itinerary and guide along with a great group of travelling companions - what we expect on a Rick Steves tour. Also another great driver who is fun to talk to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The switchback road up to Grimsel Pass."

John

Andover, KS

Tour: 07/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The selection of towns and attractions we saw were very interesting and the tour guide and local guides added a great deal to the quality of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the tour of the cheese farm and the mountains."

Linda

Belden, MS

Tour: 07/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fabulous! Like being in heaven. I liked the variety, but the transportation museum was tedious. This is our third RS tour, and we continue to be amazed at the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many!!! The perfect view of the Matterhorn was spectacular! Murren was definitely our favorite!!!"

Thomas

Mount Laurel, NJ

Tour: 07/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed everything about this tour. The variety of landscape and culture for such a small country is simply incredible. The alpine scenery is jaw dropping. This was our third Rick Steves Tour, and what we really appreciate is the perfect blend of tour and free time. We rarely felt rushed and at each location we had ample time and opportunity to do our "own thing".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sorry can't pick just one, there were two. The first was stepping off of the Sunegga Funicular in Zermatt and seeing the Matterhorn in all of its glory. The second was the spectacular 360 degree mountain panorama atop the Schilthorn."

Karen

Denton, TX

Tour: 07/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and though, we expected to love Switzerland, the tour experience exceeded all expectations! We had a really great group of people to share Switzerland with!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the village of Murren and surrounding area. We loved hiking in those green mountain meadows!"

Neva

Auburn, WA

Tour: 07/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded all of my expectations and then some. Switzerland is my favorite European country and I have done both the GAS tour and the Alpine my way tour already. It was fun to visit some of the other areas of the country as well as some of the major cities though I prefer the mountain villages. Our guide, Fabian was excellence and extremely knowledgeable in the history something I really enjoy about Rick Steves Europe tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are many WOWS on this tour. The boat ride to one end of Lake Luzern the first highlight with perfect weather. The scenery was beautiful. Going up and over some of the mountain passes with stunning views was an added bonus. We hit a perfect weather day in Zermatt to view the famous Matterhorn, something that doesn't always happen. But my all time favorite WOW is Murren and the Lauterbrunnen region. It keeps me coming back."

Linda

Colleyville, TX

Tour: 07/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip to Switzerland was fantastic. We loved the mountains, the lakes,the wonderful clean cities, the people we met and our travel partners. Each of the places we visited was unique and all were interesting. Our guide, Yorik was extremely organized and made each of our days a fun experience. He became one of our travel partners and we enjoyed having him as part of our group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was amazing. The view of the mountains and waterfalls from our hotel, breakfast at Shilthorn and the awesome Tummelback Falls. But the wow was taking the cable car back up after a brief rain storm and seeing a perfect rainbow across the whole valley. One our our favorite photos!"

Kristen

Lockport, IL

Tour: 07/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For a first Rick Steves tour, first trip to Europe, and a first solo traveling experience, the Best of Switzerland cannot be beat. My tour mates were an incredible group to travel with; I loved spending time with them and hearing everyone's stories. Our leader, Yorick, was helpful, patient, and kind. From the lakes to the mountain tops, Switzerland's landscape is stunning! I loved watching the cows grazing in the meadows and listening to the sound of their cowbells and nearby waterfalls.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments on the trip: the town of Lucerne, Mt. Pilatus and walking the flower trail, Mt. Titlis and hiking around Lake Trubsee (cows, cows, and more cows!), Lake Lugano boat cruise, walking out of dinner right into an Italian Jazz concert, driving the mountain passes, the town of Murren, the Birg thrill walk, walking around Gimmelwald, watching the paragliders, boat cruise on Lake Geneva, Lavaux wine tasting (beautiful vineyard), and the camaraderie of the tour group."

Carol

Matthews, NC

Tour: 07/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour experience, as we have always traveled on our own. We loved the fact that we still had a lot of free time to ourselves and/or options of being with the group. The fact that the expectations were set in advance, i.e. no grumbling, pack lightly, be willing to walk, was very helpful. We were definitely looking for an active tour experience. And of course, having the logistics taken care of by someone else, was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the trails around Engleburg and Murren. I felt like I was living inside of a postcard. Each time I looked down and then up again, I was newly awed by the beauty."

Cynthia

Hillsborough, NC

Tour: 07/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide was excellent and clearly one of the best in our 6 Rick Steves tours. Yorick was the outgoing, inclusive person that we appreciate in our tours. The tour is relatively new and he is a fast learner regarding Switzerland's secrets. I would welcome the opportunity to travel under his guidance again. The hotels were excellent choices, especially the ones in Lucerne, Lugano ( thanks for the air conditioning), Murren, and Lusanne.. I would like to have had more time in Murren.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was my favorite wow moment among many. The lakes and mountains were stunning. I expected to see "Heidi" at any time. Our local guide in Bern was delightful."

Doug

Hillsborough, NC

Tour: 07/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A waste of time to chase into Zermat just so you can say the tour includes the Matterhorn. Odds are greater than 50% that mt will be covered (it was for us) and the town is a tourist trap. Add the time to wonderful Murren.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the northface trail in Murren."

Sam

Matthews, NC

Tour: 07/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first RS tour fully met my expectations. I enjoyed the free day in each town and the location of our hotels in the middle of the old town districts. Very relaxed approach to touring with an easy-going approach, but with an emphasis on being considerate of each other within the tour group. The towns selected in Switzerland were a wonderful representation of the distinctive regions making up the country. A good mix of cities and towns to experience mountain hiking and city life. Wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a tie between the views from Mt. Pilatus and the long hike we took down from Mt. Titlis. Hiking through the pastures with the free-ranging, bell clanging cows, was exactly what I wanted to experience. The beautiful weather made it even better."

Alexandra

Fountain Hills, AZ

Tour: 07/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the experience in Switzerland. The tour was very organized and efficient. It went very smoothly without glitches. The itinerary was excellent. I really enjoyed seeing all sides of Switzerland and I was surprised to see the Italian and French areas being so much like those countries. I travel extensively and gave been with many diffferent tour companies. I like the higher activity levels on this tour and the free time allowed. The guide was good but not one of my best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and the Bernese Oberland was the best! I wish we could have stayed another night."

Barbara

Chino Hills, CA

Tour: 07/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The no grumps philosophy helps! We had a great group of people on our tour. It seemed like right from the beginning everyone "jelled" together, got along, looked out for each other, looked to be together during our unscheduled times and had a great time together. This really made the tour a wonderful experience for me! The places we stayed in Switzerland were breath taking, particularly in Murren. I highly recommend this tour if you love to be near beautiful lakes, mountains and hike!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren. We checked in to our hotel. We stepped outside onto the patio. The view was amazing! Then we looked left, right, and up above. All our tour group were doing the same and we were all on our patios/balconies chatting back and forth together and being amazed together."

Catherine

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great trip! John and I wish we were still there...two weeks went very fast. Everything went smoothly and Switzerland is so beautiful. I am very glad we chose to do the Rick Steves tour...it exceeded our expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Though almost every part of Switzerland is beautiful, for me Mürren was surreal. Just watching the paragliders soar past our balcony, with the majestic alps as a back[INVALID] and the beautiful valley below, was a thrilling experience. My husband John and I enjoyed a bottle of Ticino Merlot on our Mürren hotel balcony and drank up the incredible view."

John

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip of a life time and a long time coming... and it exceeded our expectations! The tour provided an excellent taste of the various parts of Switzerland, and took us places we would not have visited on our own. The tour balanced guided group time with personal free time very well. It was great to not have to be concerned with logistics, and simply hop on the bus and soak-in the picturesque scenery. The pace was good, and while we covered a lot of territory, the tour felt relaxed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren! When the fog and clouds lifted our first morning there, the views were amazing! I enjoyed the natural high from sitting on our balcony and basking in the scenery."

Christine

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Please know this review is for me and my husband for this trip. The hotels were clean and friendly with great accommodations. The locations were well chosen but our thoughts on Gruyere would be to skip it for additional time in the Berner Oberland or at the Chateau de Chillion. Local information on meals was spot on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through a glacier, crossing the suspension bridge at 10,000 ft on Mt Titlis, seeing the Eiger, Monk, and Jungfrau, walking to Gimmelwald from Mürren, my husband running the 100 M dash at the Olympic museum, the improptu airshow over Lake Lugano, walking back from lunch in Gandria."

Diane

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the people on the tour along with the breathtaking scenery. Guide was not as in touch with the group as on my previous trip to Italy with Alfio.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the gondola up to the Schilthorn and seeing the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau."

Marcia

San Diego, CA

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Though I knew the expense of Switzerland it was shockingly expensive as a person on her own given the meals and things NOT included. I found Switzerland beautiful. The tour did what it said and was well organized overall. We saw and did quite a lot. Personal choice would have had me longer in the alps vs. time in cities. Would have been good to know Lugano would have huge motorcycle event which changed the place for us. Personally I was VERY lonely as a single (something I'd discuss more..)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1- Going up on the Gondola from Murren (it was extra $$ and I am glad I did it) 2- Hiking, alone, on the North Face Trail from Murren 3- a quick lunch at elvetia du lac after taking a boat from Lugano and then walking on Olive Trail"

Nancy

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Switzerland was a magical tour full of Nature experiences. Maisie our Tour Guide was excellent with suggestions for free time, walking around Lake Trubsee near Mt. Titlus and in Murren to stop at Birg near the Shilthorn to experience the Skyline Walk that was great fun. Our Tour Group was fun and a great group of fellow travelers. I have so many memories of another wonderful Rick Steves Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pre-Tour, "Wow" experience the Jesuit Church in Luzern. I happened upon a free concert with a choir and orchestra from Paraguay, South America. They sang and played music during the Swiss German Mass. The experience was very moving and powerful. During Tour, "Wow" experiences walking around Lake Trubsee near Mt. Titlus. Also, taking boat on Lake Lugano to Gandria and walking along the scenic lakeside back to Lugano."

Edward

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Best of Switzerland was very enjoyable and active. Switzerland was not all that I had expected, it was filled with more variety than I had expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was the most spectacular and picturesque."

Patti

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an excellent overall experience on the Best of Switzerland tour. I did not realize how diverse the Country of Switzerland was. Most people think of the Alps however, there is so much more. I loved hiking in Lugano and Murren. All the boat rides on Lake Lucerne and Lake Geneva were very beautiful and relaxing. The experience at the cheese farm meeting the family and learning how to make cheese was very fun. The 3 diverse cultures of German, French and Italian make it very unique.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WOW" moment was taking the rotating gondola up Mt. Titlis and enjoying the spectacular scenery, walking thru the ice cave, and hiking around the lake at the Tubesee stop."

Nelson

Holualoa, HI

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my first trip with Rick Steves' tour and a first in Europe. What a pleasant surprise to be able to experience all of the places that I've read about or seen on TV. Lucked out on the weather which was rather warm but clear traveling until the last couple of days at the end. Visiting Switzerland on tour was the best decision instead of doing it on our own itinerary. Yorick provided a Rick Steve highest quality of leadership. Seeing the Swiss alps, visiting historic sites, visiting a farm

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Matterhorn on a clear day. The view of the snow capped Swiss Alps with the glaciers. The views down the valleys from Titlis."

Ruth

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the tour and things we saw. The large peaks and opportunities for lake cruising were wonderful. Good choice of hotels, but really felt the lack of air conditioning (no fan in 1). Inadequate bus air conditioning. Great, considerate bus driver! Disappointed in Murren - needs 2 days. In 1997, our guide volunteered to take a group to Trummelbach falls, across the Lauterbrunnen valley, up a cog wheel, to walk at the Eiger. That was what should have been offered here.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eating lunch on the terrace of Gütsch hotel overlooking Luzern and its lake - it felt absolutely decadent. Hiking down from Mt. Titlis past lakes and streams, through the cow pastures (around the cows), surrounded by mountains and the sound of cow bells. Seeing the Matterhorn with virtually no clouds! Cruising on sparkling Lake Lugano, with the sun shining down and the breeze from our movement cooling us, and then stopping off to explore tiny towns."

Robert

Norwood, MA

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked the wide range of geography covered in the tour. From the rolling lowlands to the high peaks each turn of the road brought new vistas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiger and Matterhorn."

Lyn

Groton, MA

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I feel every effort was given to teach us something about the towns/cities we visited. Staying in the European hotels was a definite positive. That said, but I did not feel immersed in the culture. The trip was somewhat of a whirlwind. I brought a journal, but I could not begin to tell you everything we saw. This was my first tour. I have always traveled my own or with one other person. I found keeping to the schedule a bit frustrating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"OK I had a few wow's 1. The alps and hiking 2. The cheese farm 3. The gelato/ice cream 4. Touring the WWII mountain camouflage"

Bob

Abbotsford, BC

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Twelve blue sky days and a couple thunder storms in the mountains were exceptional and made the tour memorable. Other tour details were overshadowed by a previous Rick Steves tour of Greece, proving how significant an impact a tour guide injects to a tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The spectacular sights of Titlis, Matterhorn, Schilthorn, Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau peaks were awe inspiring. The described walk along the west side of Trubsee Lake, with its wildflower signposts was extremely well done and a trip highlight."

Kathleen

Hercules, CA

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! Loved Switzerland and the tour. Excellent balance of group activities and time on our own. The format allowed for a mix of big draws like the Matterhorn, unique experiences like a cheese-making demonstration at a family-owned farm in the Alps, and free time to explore in the mountains and cities at our own pace. Great guide really contributed to the overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stunningly beautiful views especially on Mt. Titlis, through the Grimsel Pass, and in the Lauterbrunnen Valley / Murren / Schilthorn areas. A hike from Trubsee to Engelberg on a brilliantly clear day was amazing. Loved quiet moments - the hush in the cable car to Mt. Titlis as a vista came into view, listening to the Engelberg Abbey monks singing in the stillness of an early morning service, gazing at mountains and waterfalls at night from the balcony of my room in Murren as rain gently fell."

Susan

Richmond, CA

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

1st Rick Steves tour pro: all tips paid, no "shopping" opportunities, varied itinerary. con: until Rick Steves guides become more familiar with towns, you need to employ local guides to give travelers info: helpful maps, the flavor of the town, ins and outs, museums, or other things that might be of interest, when meals not supplied -- what restaurants have interesting, local fare (or might be interesting for folks to visit). E.g. Engelberg-lovely town/moutain, not much to do in town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"view of Eiger, Monch, Jungfra from Stilthorn. We were lucky to have wonderful day. Had it been cloudy, the guide didn't have many option except hiking down the mountain. A visit to Ballenberg would have been a great option but he wasn't aware of that. Also the Matterhorn was clear! Loved visit to the farm. Would have liked more activities such as this."

Kimland

Richmond, CA

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

the overall trip was a wonderful experience. It was planned very well and the guide was very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment was in Murren when i got to see the jungfrau and Eiger mountains."

Theresa

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The scenery was the "wow" of the entire trip. We didn't plan well for heat so a lot of it was uncomfortable in hotels without fans. The Hotel in Lugano was the best, Des Alpes was great but stiflingly uncomfortable, The hotels overall were fine and you can't predict weather. An email before the trip would have helped with packing when there's a European heat wave. The guide was fine - more athletic than knowledgeable- though great with languages.He managed the group quite well

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matterhorn & Schilthorn Museum of Transportation Ferry rides Trip to the meadow a total waste Need to adjust schedule when it's scorching & nothing to see"

Richard

Richmond, VA

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is an absolutly wonderful tour. Even though Switzerland was experiencing its hottest summer since 2003, tha pay back was clear skys and spectacular mountain views. Switzerland is an easy country to love, but cloudy skys would have dramatically changed the entire experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was drizzling as our group trekked up a hill to visit a Swiss farm for lunch and a cheese making demonstration when a singular Alpinhorn's muted sound engulfed the entire mountain valley. That rich sonorous sound accompanied us all the way to the farm. During the farm tour the sun came out and blue sky framed the gorgeous snow capped Alps before us as we lunched al fresco on local cheeses, sauaages, bread and beer. Wow! My only thought was, "How did Uncle Rick arrange such an experience?""

Rachel

Laurel, MS

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour allowed us to see and do things in ths spectacular country that we either could not accomplish or would have been significantly more difficult on our own. We had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We experienced no "hitched" or difficulties during the course of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The magnificent Titlus mountaintop, early morning, before the crowds. The evening thunderstorm in Murren."

Anne

Chesterfield, MO

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I felt that our tour guide was not fully acquainted with all the details of our Switzerland experience. On the first night, I explained to him that I was somewhat handicapped, but still would like to hike the easy trails from the Schilthorn. He said that the red and white signs were "Swiss Grandma" easy and only 1 and 1/2 hours long. The trail was NOT EASY. It was extremely steep, slippery, and rocky. It took us over 3 hours and I was practically crying when we got back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably having clear skies and viewing the Matterhorn and the Schilthorn. Breakfast in the revolving restaurant was fabulous."

Anita

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Switzerland is so unbelievably beautiful everywhere. I'm glad we got to see so much of the country. The city guides and the guide trainee Martin were informative and likeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had perfect weather for seeing the Matterhorn and the Eiger."

Alan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well planned to include a wide variety of sights. I liked spending time outdoors versus inside museums.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Materhorn with no clouds in the sky. We had beautiful weather for all of the mountain excursions."

Gary

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful and provided a great chance to see many of the exciting sites of Switzerland. This was our 4th Rick Steves Tour and it was great! There were the thorns with the roses, such as the little heat wave we had. But it was all worth it. I felt like we got a great chance to see some incredible sites along with a glimpse into Swiss culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a number of "wow" moments. The Abbey in Engelberg was astounding. I had no idea that they had such incredible structures in the mid 1700's. Our view of the Matterhorn was stupendous! It was just good luck that we had crystal clear sky and beautiful weather. Our trip to the dairy farm was perfect. Seeing the owner separate the curds from the whey with the cows in the other room was spectacular. Visiting a vineyard on the slopes of Lake Geneva was incredible!"

Susan

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour of Switzerland met my expectations. I chose it because of where and what activities were planned. I would suggest cutting the time in Luzern by one day and spend an extra night/day in 'Murren . Most tour folks arrive early and explore city before. Consider mtg. Day one by 3or 4pm to meet guide /RS policies etc And city walking tour that afternoon then group dinner; next full day do Swiss Transportation tour in am When folks are more rested!Then let group have free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Zermatt and going to Murren and MT. Titilus were my favorite activities! Being able to view the magnificent Matterhorn while picnicking with my husband was so fun! We were so blessed To have clear sunshine during this tour! Hiking around the alpine lake at the lower level of Mt.Titlus was magnificent!!"

Joan

Farmingdale, NY

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great experience touring Switzerland. It is such a beautiful and interesting country. We saw and learned so much. Our group was very friendly & cooperative. It was very enriching.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the gondola up to Murren, and seeing our mountainside 2 night destination was breathtaking & so unique. Another highlight was the cheese making demonstration by such a warm, welcoming farm family."

Deborah

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour consisted of a variety of locations in Switzerland. The guides were excellent as well as our fellow companions. I suggest 3 nights in Murren, we did not have enough time to do all we wanted. Most of the tour felt we left too soon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was walking in the high pastures in Murren with Martin."

Patrick

Dover, NH

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was obvious from the beginning of this tour, that a lot of planning and work was performed to provide us with a memorable and enjoyable experience. Our tour leaders Maisie and Martin were simply the best. The activities and sites visited were world class. Nice weather helped also. Experiencing the tour however, becomes much more than words can describe. It really was something special that I will never forget.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When grading "wow" moments on this tour the scores varied from 10.0 to 9.9 so there is not a lot of difference between the high and the "not as high". The Matterhorn on a clear day with a crystal clear blue sky, and white puffy clouds, however is at the top. Hearing an Alpenhorn, yodeling and listening to cowbells while traversing around mount Pilatus was pretty special also. It was like hitting the trifecta of Swiss experiences."

Robert Scott

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The group was a very well matched group. It was fun sharing experiences & hearing about different adventures. Maisie & Martin were well paired & added to the trip. I enjoyed all the places we visited & thought it represented Switzerland nicely. The local tour guides were of top quality.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The float down the river in Bern was fantastic!! Even my wife participated which was a real feat. Those who didn't try it missed out. It was amazing the 100 + people that were on the path back & in the water. It was a local favorite & worth doing it again. I went 4 times."

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Acton, MA

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with Rick Steve, and we weren't quite sure what to expect. However, we really enjoyed it and our overall experiences are beyond my expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren/Schlthorn was definitely my wow moment. Lucerne and Engelberg/Title were also great ..."

Carol

Palm Desert, CA

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip, well organized, a good variety of experiences, and best of all A TERRIFIC GROUP OF FELLOW TOUR MEMBERS!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps are a WOW EXPERIENCE!! Everyday, really, from the beautiful wildflowers, to the iconic peaks, it's a trip filled with visual wonder. During our free choice time individual WOW experiences occurred. Short and long hikes revealed the butterflies, and small birds, occasional marmot, countless cows with bells, and awesome up close view of waterfalls. A personal WOW experience was seeing and hearing the loud crash of a glacier calving into the rocks below."

Cindy

Flower Mound, TX

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall tour was wonderful. Loved the variety of activities that we did from visiting the Alps to see them made cheese, touring castles, to touching the snow on top of the mountains. Enjoyed the language diversity since we visited the German, Italian and French sides of Switzerland. Loved the variety in the different modes of transportation that were utilized during the tour from bus, train, cable cars, tram and paddle boats.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was my favorite - waking up at 3 am in the morning with the moonlight creating a glow on the snow in the mountains. Listening to the cow bells! Seeing the Matterhorn clearly was also really cool."

Wee Li

Singapore,

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour had a nice mix of city life and the mountains. The different regional linguistic and cultural flavors also helped me to discover Switzerland's ethnic diversity. It was an excellent introduction to the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was the infinitesimal being up close to the mountains in Murren. There was a sense of timelessness and endurance in the landscape and the traditions and customs of the people. Watching the mountains wear different hues at different times of the day was just wonderful."

Mary

Chesterfield, MO

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was a good balance of planned/guide time and free time. There was also a good balance of time in historic towns and mountains. I loved the murals on buildings in Luzern. We got lucky and got to see all the big mountain peaks. However seeing Mt Titlis was too crowded; especially on the big gondola. Lake Trubsee halfway up Titlis was enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved staying in Murren and seeing the beautiful group of high mountains right across the valley. Hiking in Murren was enjoyable although Allmendhubel Funicular being closed meant I had to skip the North Face trail I had hoped to do. I also enjoyed a visit to the village of Gimmelwald and cable car ride back to Murren."

Heather

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour was generally good for getting an overview of Switzerland, but I have to say that it lacked a certain essential Rickness that I felt on my previous six tours. While it covered a lot of territory, that meant it was rushed in some places, lagged in others. However, this particular group of people was great fun to be with, as were our guide and bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stop at the cheese making farm made the trip special. As the most "local color" experience we had, it made the trip. Of course seeing the grand scale of the mountains is a breathtaking "wow" experience beyond description."

Amy

Hertford, NC

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am so happy that we decided to go on this tour. I enjoyed that we had plenty of time on our own to explore the sites we wanted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was by far my favorite spot, it is what I pictured Switzerland to be."

William

Hertford, NC

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. We had no idea of what to expect and were not disappointed. Every aspect of the trip was well organized and there were no problems with logistics.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cities if Lucern, Lugano and Lausanne were nice however we enjoyed Murren and the rural mountain atmosphere the best."

Jonathan

Archbold, OH

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized from the company to the guides to the driver. The sites and activities with the tour were excellent. The sizable amount of free time with no tour guide or bus travel was also great for the independence of seeing other sites that suited the individual. The tour participants were all very nice and made the trip even more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mount Titlis was the best specific place and the weather was perfect. The best area was the Schilthorn and the Lauterbrunnen Valley which were spectacular. Schilthorn, Murren, Gimmelwald, and the valley were all very picturesque whether partly cloudy or clearer later in the day."

Carol

Essex Junction, VT

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It is hard to pack so much into only 12 days...but we loved it, just wish we could have spent one more night in each place. For Murren we had no views until the next day, when we were scheduled to leave very early in the morning. I loved the charming village of Sonogno and wished we could have spent the night. Swiss restaurant prices had us shopping Coop for dinners on our own, lunches too. Make it a 17 or 21 day tour please!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Arnold backerei stop in Simplon was incredible, Sonogno was a highlight, Luzern a delight, loved Lausanne, but if Murren wasn't socked in, would have been my favorite. The view from the winery near Montreux was breathtaking, wish we could have stayed the night. Could have skipped Fortress visit at Bellinzona for more time in Sonogno. Could tweak timing so we get to hotels about 4 pm instead of at 6 pm. Sometimes this was not the fault of guide or driver but too many activities."

Daniel

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of the best RS tours I have taken. Switzerland is a wonderful place to visit. Not only are there so many extraordinary views of mountains, green valleys, tiny villages and absolutely pristine scenery BUT there is also the multicultural part of the tour. When we visited Italian Switzerland, we could have been in Italy - the look, the language, the people, the expressions and the culture. The same can be said for the French part. We had a good group of folks who meshed well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley - even with all the clouds. Still impressive. I suppose if the weather was clear, my best would have been Schilthorn but I only saw that in pictures. Second best - The Grimsel Pass - just an amazing road up the side of a valley. Fantastic views on that very long bus ride. The Mt. Titlis visit was great for mountains and scenery and watching people from southern climes play in the snow."

David

Tiffin, IA

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The special fondue supper that Fabian negotiated for us. Apparently, fondue is a winter meal in Switzerland, seldom offered in other times of year. But, we knew it to be "traditional", so Fabian got it for us."

Weather

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email, as well as in your online customer account. About one month prior to the tour departure, in your customer account you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly in and out of Zürich International Airport. Zürich is a 90-minute train ride to Luzern where the tour begins, and a 75-minute train ride from Bern where the tour ends. You can also arrange to fly into Zürich and out of Bern ("multicity" on flight-booking websites).

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Switzerland guidebook.