• Chapel Bridge in Luzern
  • Engelberg
  • Mount Titlis, Engelberg, Switzerland
    Summit of Mount Titlis
  • Lake Lugano, Switzerland
    Lake Lugano
  • The Matterhorn
  • Mürren
  • Near the Schilthorn summit overlooking the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
    Hiking in the Berner Oberland
  • 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 $625

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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

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 • Gruyères • Olympic Museum • Lake Geneva cruise (weather permitting) • Château de Chillon • Lavaux wine tasting • Avenches Roman Ruins • Bern walking tour • Swiss culture Q&A… 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
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • 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 2018
  • 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/interrupt 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 be free to visit the evocative Bourbaki Panorama, or the impressive Swiss Transport Museum. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 3: Enchanting Engelberg

Our morning drive takes us 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 visit 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 our Ticinese cooking class and dinner together. Sleep in Lugano (2 nights). 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: 1.5 hours. Bus: 4.5 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: Gruyères and Lausanne

This morning we'll take a scenic drive to Lake Geneva, tracing a route so spectacular it's been given the name "Golden Pass." We'll pause on our way to the storybook town of Gruyères to see if a cheese by any other name would taste as sweet. 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 the Château de Chillon

It's market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our afternoon boat cruise on Lake Geneva. 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

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"

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)."

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

Justin

Prilly, VD

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Yes, a thousand times yes

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."

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"

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!"

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."

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..."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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""

Carol

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Top of the mountain breakfast with revolving seats."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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

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"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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!)."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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!! :)"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!!!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!!"

Shiping

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 ..."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Susan

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour provided an excellent overview of Switzerland covering cities, small towns, mountains, lakes, history and people. The bus transportation was roomy and comfortable and tour hotels central and nicely appointed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day provided a new "wow" moment but particular favorites were the day spent in Engelberg on Mt. Titlis and our time in Murren and trekking in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Also, viewing the scenery on the 'from here to there' travel was a real treat."

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."

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."

Allan

Sonora, CA

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After using Rick's books on previous "self guided" tours, this was our first "official" tour. We liked the idea of letting Rick do the planning, and details for the trip. We throughly enjoyed the tour and beautiful Switzerland. We feel lucky to have had two guides, an excellent bus driver, and a great group of tour mates. We also enjoyed staying two nights in each destination, which allows time to explore on your own. I'm ready for another Rick Steves trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed all of the tour! Murren was fantastic, even though it was shrouded in fog, during most of our visit. Actually, the fog added an eerie beauty. The storybook village of Sologno was quintessential Switzerland...it deserves more time."

Mary

Sonora, CA

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, and we weren't sure what to expect. We had friends who had taken some of his trips, and we read many reviews online, and all the reviews were very positive. We were most nervous about the whole "group tour" idea, since we didn't know anyone, and had never been on a guided tour before. Ironically, it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip. We loved meeting and getting to know our fellow tour mates, and it was a wonderful group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the hiking moments of our Switzerland trip, and exploring the many small, quaint villages. My favorites have to be the charming Swiss town of Sologno, and walking in the absolutely beautiful Lauterbrunnen Valley, below Murren. It was the quintessential Switzerland, just like we had imagined!"

Katharine

Tiffin, IA

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. We chose exactly the right tour for us. Unforgetable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and the valley. I could stay there much longer. Also Titliss completely astounded me. I am in love with Switzerland."

Kirk

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabian and Martin were very good guides and worked well together. As always with a Rick Steves tour, well organized, high quality experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cheese making demonstration and tasting in the alp."

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."

Mary

Clarksburg, MD

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour guides are amazing! They knew their stuff and brought humor and energy to the tour. The tour brought us to places that we would never have thought of and we enjoyed learning and experiencing new things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Engelberg!"

Jamie

Lawrenceville, GA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was a complete pleasure. The guide, Donald White, was an expert in handling schedules and people. He was an expert in the culture and sights to see. The bus was always clean and I mean really clean windows to see out of. The bus driver, Erwin, was completely skilled in navigating narrow spaces and a pleasure to talk to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eating breakfast in the rotating restaurant at the top of the Stilthorn Mountain. The weather was clear and the view awesome. Visiting a farm in the alps where the cows and goats were brought up for the summer and seeing where the cheese was made. It was a WOW moment because the neighbors [INVALID]ped by to perform a "yodel" and having a large cheese and bread sampling outdoors with the views of the alps."

Margaret

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Switzerland tour was all that was promised and more. We were able to visit many places in Switzerland that were beyond the usual hotspots for tourists. We were treated as experienced travelers when given so many options to hike on our own, walk around a lake, or just enjoy a beer while enjoying superb views from Mt. Pilatus or Mt. Titlus. Learning about Swiss culture, history, politics, food, wine and cheesemaking made it an excellent, complete, experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was the "Wow" moment of my traveling life! Hotel was lovely, food superb, and unforgettable views from our deck. We paid the extra money to ride the gondola up to the top of the Schilthorn, got the views along with the divine breakfast while enjoying the 360 degree view. Incomparable."

Cynthia

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think we experienced the true essence of Switzerland. From the lakeside to mountain tops to the alps the trip was fantastic. I learned about the melting pot of cultures and experienced

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was not only one Wow moment but a few. I especially loved the hike down the hillside from Mt Titlis through the alpine meadows back to Engelberg. I also loved the experience of Muren and the multitude of hikes and gondola experiences to be had in that area. I only wish we had another day in Muren to fully take in the area."

Thomas

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guide Donald was superb! I liked the participants best of all my trips. The local guides were superior to any previous trip, especially in Bern, where the quirky details of the political reality came out. Just a GREAT TRIP. Packed for cool weather and got warm, humid instead. Oh well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking down from Mt Titlis on obscure trail in great weather to town. 8 miles Seeing the Matterhorn in great weather. A magical stay in lofty Murren hiking, meandering, and watching a Sierra-like mountain late afternoon rainstorm."

David

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip! Donald was obviously very experienced guide and did a wonderful job herding the group through train stations, on to gondolas, on to boats. All with good humor. And a very friendly and cooperative group. We managed to see a great deal of Switzerland in a relatively short time. Really a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Muren and breakfast at the top of the Schilthorn. Stunning scenery with the Eiger, Monck and Jungfrau mountains. Also really enjoyed the trip to Mt. Pilatis from Luzern and the time in Engleberg with Mt. Titlis. I was also very impressed with the engineering that the Swiss put into roads and rails in such a "vertical" country. Really quite amazing."

William

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

just a great guide and driver and a wonderful group of travelers.

Emery

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The scenery of Switzerland is phenomenal. The group we were with was very friendly and we had a great time making new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to Zermat and seeing the Matterhorn so clearly. We were extremely fortunate with th weather."

Anna

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guide, Donald was great. Switzerland was beautiful. We had great weather so we were able to see all of the mountains and enjoy hiking. The food was good, Donald was a big help helping me with my food allergies. We enjoyed our fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite days were up in Murren. My wow moment was having breakfast up on Schilthorn. We were very early and had the place to ourselves for a couple of hours. It was great to view the mountains and have a quiet time to drink in the quiet and the beauty of the Alps. A second wow moment would be our trip up into the Alps to the farm. The tour, the neighbors yodeling, the view, the cheese and the family that we met."

Kathryn

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent tour--well organized and thought out

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the mountains from Murren was outstanding as was the spectacular view from Mount Titlis."

Robin

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an awesome trip! Dramatic scenery everywhere, lovely cities, picturesque villages, gorgeous lakes, stunning and accessible mountains, diverse cultures, great food, fascinating history, an incredible transportation system, plus lots of chocolate[INVALID]what's not to love? We had a wonderful group and a great guide (Reid). As on other RS tours, the on-the-way stops in Bellinzona, Gruyères and other small towns were special bonuses.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up Mt. Titlis on a beautiful morning, then viewing Titlis from Brunnihütte in the late afternoon. Reid, our guide, pulling Champagne from his backpack to celebrate our gorgeous, cloud-free views of the Matterhorn! My second time in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, again with perfect weather. The enchanting Verzasca Valley. Every gondola ride up every mountain. The surprise of seeing the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau from Bern. And[INVALID]especially[INVALID]sharing these experiences with a truly incredible group."

James

Huntsville, AL

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Although we had visited several times before this trip took us to a few places we had not seen. Reid's commentary and historical background information gave added depth to our understanding of the country. The tour group was a very friendly and cooperative bunch which added to our enjoyment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neither of us had been to Zermatt and seen the Matterhorn before; fortunately the weather was perfect the day we were there. That was a "wow" experience. The visit to Baderalp to see their cheese making process and learn about farming life was especially interesting. That was an experience that we would not have expected on a trip of this type -- keep that in the itinerary. The time spent in the Lauterbrunnen area was the heart of the trip. Although I had been there, visiting again was great."

Joy

Burien, WA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pre tour experience set the tone for a successful trip, and it didn't hurt that we caught a window of sunshine throughout the trip and did not miss out on any mountain peaks we set out to see. The guide managed the time well, and we got often more than enough time to have leisure breaks throughout. I would say this is not a very strenuous tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switching languages every three days was quite fun. Watch the bus driver maneuvering the bus onto a train so to be taken through a 14.6 mile tunnel was amazing. Having gone through more hairpin turns in ten days than I have my life time put together was something else. Of course, if I must, breaking through the clouds in a lift and there they are, the Eiger/Mönch/Jungfrau, equipped with the James Bond museum, definitely won a few wows from me."

Allan

Mountain View, CA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of people, great guide, great itinerary - even mostly great weather, despite initial predictions of two week of rain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After rain in Luzern, waking up in the morning to clear weather and mountain views in Engelberg. Closely followed by views of the mountains in Zermatt and Murren. Cheese farm was a highlight, too - hard to pick one winner!"

George

Nashville, TN

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. I wouldn't change a single detail of the tour. Great fellow travelers, great sights, and the best possible tour guide, Reid!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many "wow" moments so not possible to choose one. It was one "wow" moment after another from start to finish."

Marie

Nashville, TN

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing guide - very knowledgeable and a wonderful host. Switzerland is a beautiful country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps!"

Betty Jo

Omaha, NE

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed Reid, our guide, and the local guides who led us through Switzerland and taught us so many interesting facts about a country of which I knew so little. Each had an engaging personality along with a fun sense of humor. Having only 24 tour members was a definite plus. I felt as though we were a very cohesive group by the end of the tour. The Swiss food, spectacular sights, different forms of transportation, and hotels in which we stayed made for a most enjoyable trip!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to choose one particular moment as there were so many beautiful sights and fun times!! However, the sighting of the Matterhorn was spectacular and is imprinted in my memory."

Ronald

Omaha, NE

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Better than I expected. Small tour group made getting to know Reid and travel members very easy, which made the trip more fun. Guide made looking out for others more comfortable for all. Good humor made for fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loading the bus on the rail to ride through the 25 mile long Train Tunnel from Goppenstein to Gandersteg. Also the visit to the cheese farm on Juanpass. Difficult to say as the Shilthorn, Matterdhorn, and Mt Titlis were spectacular. Also enjoyed the downtime to explore on our own. Guides pre instructions made getting around our our own quite easy as well as more comfortable."

Kazuyo

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first Rick Steves tour and first trip to Switzerland. The tour covered almost all areas in Switzerland so that we could learn a little bit of Italian, French and German cultures altogether in one tour. We highly recommend this tour if you go to Switzerland for the first time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was captivated by breathtaking views of the glorious Swiss Alps from the top of Rothorn as well as Schilthorn. It was incredibly sunny and we were above the clouds which quickly covered those majestic peaks in about 30 minutes. I was glad that our resourceful guide, Reid took us there early in the morning to beat the crowd and introduce us to the once-in-a-lifetime views."

Howard

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Maybe too much free time, would prefer more guided events.

Barbara

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was over-the-top fabulous! I loved every minute of it. From the lakes to the cities to the Alps and everything in between! I didn't want it to end. Each day was well organized and packed with beauty and wonderfully woven together with history lessons and cultural tidbits provided by our Guides. After Mt Titlus, the Materhorn and the Berner Oberland views I thought I had died and gone to heaven, but no!, there was even more to experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really hard to choose. I think the ramp up of mountain viewing, starting with Mt Titlus/BrunniHut, then the Matterhorn, and then Murren/Berner Oberland made for such a grand emotional experience that was particularly amazing for me! But I loved it all! The little cheese farm with the alphorn serenade in the rolling green hills was such a sweet cultural touch, and the tour of the WWII fortress inside the mountain was an exquisite history lesson."

John

Spokane Valley, WA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Tour experience was an easy way to see the touristy areas of Switzerland. Primary guide (Reid) was good and a wealth of knowledge. Claudia (local guide)was also very good. I thought Reid would have provided a much better local tour than the other local guides. Several of the accommodations were culturally sterile. Indeed, the tour bus seemed like an an insulated bubble on an amusement ride through a Disney amusement park. This is not what I expected on a Rick Steve's tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery was breathtaking."

Darrell

Chanhassen, MN

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Picked this tour on purpose as we wanted to see a wide swath of Switzerland. Stick with the 2 night stays rather than any situation that would cause a one night stay. I love the mountains, but really enjoyed the variability the tour offered within the mountains (out of the way Sonogno versus Murren versus hill top farm making cheese versus wine country). Someone did a very good job of setting up an overall initial itinerary. Reid managed daily activities well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one wow moment...the tour was a wow moment"

Lynn

Cedar Rapids, IA

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved our group...people really gelled well together and it was a lot of fun. Our guide as well as local guides were excellent...clear, concise, informative without going overboard. There was lots of variety on the tour from museums, to hiking to sampling the food and specialties. Our guide was helpful in providing us information whether it was about finding a good restaurant, the best hike to take that fit our abilities or just connecting and interacting with everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Lucerne...the Swiss Army Fortress in Furigen...the beauty of the alps and having time to hike...great bus driver...Murren...the Olympic Museum"

George

Gresham, OR

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good tour, excellent views. Engelberg was nice but the hike was way to long and not enough flora and fauna to be interesting. I would certainly trade Lugano for another day in Murren. Zermatt was beautiful, Murren was outstanding, the paddle wheel boat rides were very nice and interesting to watch the old steam engines working. Would I go back? Absolutely, I am making plans as I write this. Once in the Alps, you can't get it out of your blood. Cannot think of anywhere I would rather

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was a village walk thru Sonogno. This stopover is a must on top of fantastic."

Marlene

Moxee, WA

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves Tour and it was everything we expected and more! We chose this trip to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary and were so glad we did. It was fun getting to know the other travelers on the trip and our guide, Reid. The country of Switzerland is absolutely beautiful! We enjoyed every experience from mountain climbing to visiting an underground Swiss army bunker. We also enjoyed all the different modes of transportation we encountered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Mt. Titlis was a wonderful experience. Riding the rotating aerial tramway cable car to the top with breathtaking views, walking on the Titlis Cliff Walk, the highest suspension bridge in Europe, and sledding down a steep section of the mountain were all 'wow' moments. I also loved visiting the Schilthorn Summit and experiencing the Thrill Walk along the mountainside."

Patrick

Moxee, WA

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had no expectations. I am glad as I was able to take in all that was presented by Reid and then some. It was fun to interact with my fellow travelers and share their insights. The lodging and meals were five star as well as the mode of transportation. Reid kept us well-informed on what to look for and a good outline of the history/culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to choose but the rooms at Murren facing the peaks of the Alps makes one wonder why the world is so fast paced and in disarray. The many modes of travel kept me interested for such a small country. They get around very well."

Joanne

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful scenery, great group of people, great food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Kornhauskeller restaurant in Bern."

Richard

Mountain View, CA

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Attending the Lucerne symphony on the night prior to the start of the tour. The whole tour was a "wow" moment."

John

Medina, OH

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves tour. I specifically chose the Switzerland Tour after my experience in the French Alps last year. Overall, it was a very enjoyable tour with "my" main focus on Engelberg and Murren. I know the tour is billed as the Best of Switzerland not Alpine Switzerland and is designed to give an overview of the entire country but my main reason for choosing the tour was the mountains. Therefore, for me personally, I rank it Good rather than Outstanding. I know not fair.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW" moment was my time On the top of Mt. Titlis in Engelberg and the Schilthorn/Birg in Murren. I specifically was wowed by the Cliff Walk and suspension bridge on Mt. Titlis in Engelberg and the Skyline Walk and the "new" Thrill Walk on Schilthorn/Birg. I have never been a big fan of heights but surprisingly I found myself climbing and walking on these things with total impunity and fearlessness. "WOW" go figure."

Donna

Strongsville, OH

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour. Switzerland is a beautiful country and I loved all the opportunities for hiking and other outdoor activities. It was also interesting to see the cultural diversity - Germany, Italy, and France all rolled into one country!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments for me. Switzerland is all about the scenery. The views from the cable cars and at Mt. Titlis, Zermatt, and Murren were breathtaking. In our free time we went up to the Schilthorn and did the Thrill Walk in Birg (very cool!)."

Kathy

Hanover, NH

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall this tour was very nice and the fellow travelers were great, friendly and interesting. I would have enjoyed the trip more if the weather had been cooler which I realize is beyond control, but still affects overall enjoyment. I would have enjoyed more small town and mountain stays and fewer large city destinations. I was looking for cool mountain breezes and scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I had not seen Murren and Gimmelwald during a previous Germany, Austria, Switzerland tour, I would have been wowed by those. On this tour the skill of the bus driver was a definite wow. Also I stumbled upon and was wowed by an unbelievably beautiful, old street behind the Grotto Redorta restaurant in Sonogno which had very old, interesting homes."

Jeffrey

Longmeadow, MA

Tour: 08/29/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A first year tour which has a wonderful mix of cities and villages. There are some rough patches on scheduling and meals which can certainly be improved.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had high expectations for the spectacular mountain scenery and was not disappointed. However the boat cruise on Lake Geneva from Lausanne to Chateau de Chillon was a perfect day for relaxing on the top deck and watching the beautiful towns and vineyards roll by topped by magnificent peaks. The ride up Mount Titlis was beautiful. The summit was fogged in so we were thrilled to just walk through the snow on the glacier. Then the clouds parted reveling some unbelievably splendid views."

Sandra

Winter Park, FL

Tour: 08/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was outstanding. It was very well balanced between group time and time on our own. The tour managed to hit the different cultural areas as well as geological highlights of Switzerland. Everyone in our group got along well and our guides were amazing. Using the Switzerland guide book, we added time at the beginning of our tour to go to Ebenalp, Mt Pilatus and Mt Rigi and at the end we returned to Murren to further explore the Berner Oberland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The geography of Switzerland alone is enthralling so there were many wow moments but our trip to Mt Titlus was absolutely joyful. We had a clear, sunny day and while most of the visitors were adults, they had smiles pasted on their faces like they were kids on Christmas day. Waking up to a view of Lake Lugano before the streets filled with visitors was another glorious moment and our time with local guide, Diccon Bewes was the perfect ending to a perfect trip."

Lee

San Marcos, CA

Tour: 08/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the first day to the last, the Best of Switzerland in 12 Days Tour was fantastic. The tour afforded all of us travelers an excellent introduction to Switzerland including the absolutely gorgeous Alps, picturesque lakes (Lucern, Lugano, Geneva), and many cultural highpoints including the nations military, religous, and political history, great restaurants, cheese and winemaking, castles, churches, and unique government. The tour guides were knowledgeable, patient, and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting a small dairy farm high in the Alps where the owners make cheese the old fashioned way. I also greatly enjoyed the gondola trips up to the top of the Shilthorn and Titlis."

Mark

Meridian, ID

Tour: 08/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. The tour never had a dull moment and the itinerary provided a great overview of Switzerland's sights, culture, and food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Schilthorn revolving restaurant"

Peggy

San Marcos, CA

Tour: 08/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the trip and we had a great group of people to travel with. Our guides, Maisy and Yourick were wonderful guides. Our trip went picture perfect - even the weather cooperated in the mountains. Our bus driver, Roland, was the BEST!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "WOW" moments. Every day we had wow moments, but if I had to pin it down, Murren was spectacular! I loved the location of our hotel in that little village. The gondola to the Schlithorn was amazing!"

Rebecca

Meridian, ID

Tour: 08/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Swiss tour included every possible experience I was hoping for in Switzerland. Very favorable weather enabled us to see the famous peaks of the Alps clearly at each location. Our accommodations were top notch in every possible way and offered front-row magnificent views whether in city or countryside. I had a new camera, the best I've ever owned, and I got some marvelous, memorable photos which I shared with family and friends on Facebook.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is VERY hard to pick just one, but viewing the fabled Matterhorn in Zermatt, followed by the annual Swiss folk festival was really special."

Robert

Murray, UT

Tour: 08/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great sunny days with only two days of rain. saw a lot of interesting places. tour was well thought though. staff were well informed. WOULD SUGGEST a map of you hotel and a major sight so one could better find your back to your hotel or people could tell you how to get to the major sight , like a cathredal, and then you could walk from there to the hotel .getting grounded in each new location can be stressfull. once you have returned to the landmark you are on your home to the hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"arriving early and seeing mt. plities , mt riggi, anf later mt tilies the matterhorn , and the youngfrau area by train etc."

Patrick

Houston, TX

Tour: 08/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour of Switzerland guided by the RS Book and 2 Tour Friends (Guides) who enjoyed Switzerland as much as the Members of the Tour. Never reciting route verbiage but sharing their insight to peoples customs and country. Showing us little places that could only be found by being there previously.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we boarded the train on the tour bus. Wow! Very impressive. Watched cars load up and the we got in line and in we went. Coming from the States with wide open roads the train carry our bus was very neat to me."

Norman

Fort Mill, SC

Tour: 08/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another (our third with a fourth on the books) fantastic RS tour. Can't go wrong in Switzerland. We had seen a little of it in 2010 Best of Europe 21 Days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On a free day (thanks for including) three of us ventured off, took the trams and trains to hike from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. Fantastic hike and views. Thanks to our 2010 RS guide Jennifer for making us comfortable using European transit there and on other adventures."

Carolyn

Olympia, WA

Tour: 08/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My final toast From city to city, we've all become friends, But, sadly, tonight, we now reach the end. Torben had our backs, and kept us on our toes, Donald was at the front, sharing all he knows. The food, the sites, we surely will miss, But we'll always remember our trip with the Swiss. So thanks to you both and all that you've done, To teach us, to guide us, as you made it so fun. Danke, merci, as we go our own ways, Hope to see you in January, as Rick Steves would say!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching my husband learn more about his family's native country!!!!"

Werner

Olympia, WA

Tour: 08/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the private farm in Berner Oberland because of my ancestry. My parents were also Swiss farmers. The alphorn was a nice touch, and I spoke to the owners in Swiss German."

Sibyl

Wimberley, TX

Tour: 08/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I expected to be wowed on my first adventure with Rick Steves and that's exactly what happened. I used Rick's audio guides to Rome when I was on my own there for ten days and have watched his travel shows on PBS for years. Felt it was about time to give him a few sheckles.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two moments stand out: the cheese farm and the wine tasting. Hiking up into the Alps to the sound of the musical Alphorn as played by the wife of the family-run business gave me goosebumps. I appreciate her lung power (being an opera singer myself). It was an extraordinary slice of Swiss life, not to mention Swiss cheese! The wine tasting adventure required a very steep downward hike to within spitting distance of the Lake of Murten with the feeing that something great was about to occur."

Abigail

Mahtomedi, MN

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. We enjoyed Switzerland. And Donald, our guide, was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Engleberg or Mürren. Both were stunningly beautiful."

Laura

Santee, CA

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was wonderful. visiting Geman-Swiss, Italian-Swiss and French-Swiss areas of Switzerland was well rounded. The balance between CH cities and CH scenery such as the Berner Oberland and Engelberg was wonderful. Learning so much about the history of Switzerland and the current politics of CH gave me a better understand of the country. I thoroughly enjoyed the balance between the group activities and the time on our own. Donald was an informative and excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment was the scenery all over Switzerland. I felt that my head has on a swivel as we traveled through the country."

Marilyn

La Grange Park, IL

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WOW!! Rick Steves' "Best of Switzerland in 12 Days" was truly superb and tour guide, Donald, was outstanding! The cities and mountain towns offered a variety of scenic beauty and interesting cultural and historic experiences. Strategically chosen hotels were ones that offered easy access to lake shore/river front and transportation centers. And I must add the Swiss hotel rooms themselves were a nice upgrade from previously experienced typical Rick Steves European city-center rooms

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Donald!! Another superb R.S. guide. Encouraged us to get up early and get to the tops of mountains and the clouds parted so we could see each peak. 30 minutes later the clouds came back and covered them again so those coming later lost out. Sorry for them. Over joyed for us."

Kel

Conyers, GA

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great people on the tour and Donald was very good in answering all questions, just a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the gondolas to Mount Titlis"

Steven

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed the total travel experience. Just the right mix of guided tours & free time. Great group of travel companions, tour guide leader, & tour bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to pick out a single favorite because there were so many. How about walking across our Hotel Alpenruh room in Murren, opening the door out onto the deck, & there were the Eiger, Monch, & Jungfrau mountain peaks seemingly close enough to touch? Then looking left & right as other tour members on their own hotel decks sharing the same awestruck moment."

Teresa

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just an amazing tour experience. Did not realize the diversity of Switzerland. Truly feel like I now know Switzerland has a more varied culture than just the German influence.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Total cheese making experience beginning with the drive up the Alps, hearing the Alpine horn music, witnessing cheese being made, the cheese/meat presentation for all of us to sample, the gracious hospitality of the Swiss couple & their obvious pride in their home & what they do."

Francea

Steilacoom, WA

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was well planned and hit a great variety sites and experiences in Switzerland. Our guide, Doanld was was excellent. He was knowledgeable and personable. Even though it was a large group, 27 people people on time for trips and times to be at a specific location. i liked mixture of free time with tour experiences as well as choices. I would take anther tour n the future. The use of local guides with specific experience and knowledge was also great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am not sure that I had a wow moment, but really enjoyed going to the Alp and listening to the woman play the Alp horn. Seeing how they live in the Alps was impressive n addition to the cheese making process. I also really enjoyed the transportation museum in Lucerne and the tour of the war encampments tunneled into the mountains and the history of Switzerland's WWII situation."

James

Fuquay-varina, NC

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour . Once again, the the trip was well organized with the right amount of schedules activities and free time.The trip exceeded our expectations. Switzerland was a breathtaking journey that is hard to describe.There is so much beauty.I urge anyone that is thinking about touring Switzerland to take the trip-you will not be disappointed. Thanks Rick for adding this country to your tours. Bobby G

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is no way to pick just one. Every day was a WOW day !!! The Alps are the most beautiful mountains in the world."

Joanne

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were blown away by this tour and truly loved every minute of it. We take other tours w/family members that have loads of wasted bus time and luggage handling. The big difference in your tours vs the other tours is more time to sight see. Also every single meal was good and that is not the case on other tours. We are big fans and w/sign up for more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"seeing the Matterhorn and all the great hotel choices."

Debra

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It couldn't have been better. We had Fabian on our first R Steves tour and this one too! Fabian was as great and organized as he was in the first tour. I am bragging but we were fortunate to see the Jungfrau,,Monk, and Eiger mountains without clouds along with the Matterhorn. The boat lake trips along with the gondola rides to Pilatus, Titlist, Monte Brea gave a different perspective to the view below and straight ahead. The food and hotels were great, nice to hear French, German, Italian!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As Before in the Germany, Austria, Switzerland trip, the Eiger, Monk, and Jungfrau mountains and now my first view of the Matterhorn."

Tom

Tremont, IL

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was outstanding! Fabian and Maisie were very professional, knowledgeable, and helpful. The other tour members were fun to be with and friendly. The tour itinerary was good in that it balanced urban and rural settings so that we got a varied experience while in Switzerland. The hotels were nice (some of them perhaps too nice) and the food allowed us to sample Swiss cuisine. It was a wonderful 12 day experience that I will never forget!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Murren and seeing the beauty of the alps was incredible. Just riding the cable car up from the Lauterbrunnen valley floor to Gimmelwald & Murren was awesome. Then, when we arrived at the Hotel Jungfrau in Murren and saw the view from our balcony, it was amazing! Going up to the Schilthorn peak and hiking on the trails around Murren were the highlights of the tour for me! I wish we could have stayed in Murren another day!"

Teri

Tremont, IL

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, and I certainly hope it won't be our last. There was a good mix of planned and unplanned time, with the planned activities being very interesting, scenic, and well worth the time. Some of the best experiences of the tour for me were "surprises" not mentioned in the itinerary, short excursions during the bus rides from city to city. We also had a great group of fellow travelers, friendly and positive, people I enjoyed spending time with and getting to know.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think that would have to be going to the top of the Schilthorn. We had perfect weather, and it was simply incredible."

Jim

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour, enjoyed every day, great fellow travellers

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren"

Hans

Hendersonville, NC

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable and informative. Nice group of people. Excellent guide, very comfortable tour bus. Skillful and pleasant driver. Visited interesting places and a few not so interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Zermatt or Murren would have received my WOW moment if I hadn't lived in the Berner Oberland for 1.5 years a long time ago. My WOW moment came when I took a picture of my wife standing in front of the drill bit used to drill the new 36 mile long st-gothardt tunnel and observing the Swiss infra structure (highways, tunnels, railroads, bridges and ongoing construction thru the whole country. Very impressive."

Sara

Wilsonville, OR

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and it was fantastic! I definitely will sign up for another one in the future. Every place we visited was interesting, great pace of travel and exercise, and loads of fun. This tour gives you a view and education of all the many parts and cultures that make Switzerland a dynamic country. The scenery is absolutely beautiful. The hotels, the sights,the activities, the food, and especially our guides were outstanding. I fell in love with Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is no way to pick one because there were many "wow" moments. Schilthorn and the Matterhorn were beautiful postcard sunny days and breathtaking to experience. The gondola rides to and from Murren were fun but they had me holding my breath occasionally. The visit to the cheesemaking farm and to the lovely winery on the way to Lausanne were special treats."

Joe

Wadsworth, OH

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was a perfect combination of many fascinating experiences and enough free time to explore or relax. I learned so much about Switzerland while experiencing all that it has to offer. There were unbelievable views of the Alps, scenic lake cruises, surprise adventures, tours, picturesque scenes of the countryside, and always stimulating historical and cultural insights from our guide. After 12 days I may not have experienced all that there was about Switzerland, but I didn't miss much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It had to be the Schilthorn. We saw it on a perfectly clear morning, with no clouds. It was an awe inspiring 360 degree view of snow covered peaks, steep rock faces, green lush valleys, and lakes. No picture can really portray what you experience in person. It was the Alps close up. We were so lucky to have such ideal conditions. There were the same conditions to view the Matterhorn too. Both were unforgettable."

Beth Doherty

Milton, MA

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I entered this tour not knowing what to expect. This is my first Rick Steve's Tour, and I was very pleased with almost all aspects of the tour. First, the tour guide Fabian is a real plus to the Rick Steve organization. He was kind, knowledgeable and fun. He made our 12 days enjoyable. With Jennifer and Yorick in attendance our group's needs were immediately met. Switzerland is a beautiful country. The tour plan was excellent. It was a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments on this tour. Here is my list: Hiking the North Face Trail in Murren Staying In Murren Top of the Schilthorn Seeing the Matterhorn Songono and the road to it The cheese farm Wine tasting Taking in the views of the countryside Luzern, Lugano, Lausanne and Bern Avenches and Murten All Boat rides"

Marvin

Fleetwood, PA

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We love the area and had been there once before on the Germany, Austria, Switzerland tour. But this tour exceeded even our high expectations. The scenery and views are indescribable. Bring a good camera with a large memory card.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was one every day, sometimes two. I guess the most memorable was in Zermatt with clouds blocking the view of the Matterhorn. We heard it had been that way for a few weeks. Suddenly, the clouds started to break and this fantastic view of the mountain was visible. It stayed clear the rest of the afternoon. I have about 50 pictures."

Linda

Fleetwood, PA

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I returned from Switzerland about a week ago, and everyday we still talk about something we saw, learned, or did on our tour. Everything was well-organized. There was just the right balance between scheduled activities and free time. It was fascinating to experience three different cultures within the same country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday had a "wow" moment, whether it was viewing the stunning alpine vistas of the Berner Oberland, visiting a mountainside family farm where cheese is made, or cruising Lake Geneva to Chateau de Chillon. The journey to Mt. Titlis, especially the ride on the rotating gondola, was definitely a high point for me. Equally exciting, however, was the day we arrived in Zermatt, and the Matterhorn was shrouded in clouds. Suddenly the clouds dissolved, and there it was in clear view--Awesome!"

Scott

Visalia, CA

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Guide and assistants were fabulous. Side trips were excellent, except Gruyeres. Why? We had already stopped at cheese making farm for lunch. It was warm and there wasn't that much to see in the 2 1/2 hours we were in the town. Everyone seemed bored and tired.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Clear view of Matterhorn"

Diana

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had such a good time on this tour. Our tour director, Fabian, was great and I loved having him handle all the details and pace his informational talks so that it was enjoyable and not overwhelming. He gave us chocolate treats to introduce us to Switzerland's chocolate! I especially appreciated the guided explorations of the many places we traveled and especially the Cheese Alp and wine tasting event.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many that it is hard to pick. I was Wow'd for the first time as we traveled on the gondolas to Muren, and loved everything about our time there. Visiting the Cheese Alp was also very special."

Ann

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought this was an excellent tour. I liked the balance of free and structured time. I really enjoyed the alp cheese experience because it was so unique. Fabian was a fabulous guide throughout.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several but I loved staying in Murren and going to the Schilthorn."

Joan

Aviston, IL

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour experience, and I loved traveling with such a friendly group. I most enjoyed the out of the way places. My favorites were the boat ride across Lake Lucerne, Bellinzona, the Alpkäserei, and tasting wine at the vineyard. Some of my fondest memories are of things we discovered on our own, like getting free tickets to a symphony concert in Lugano. It was a good learning experience to travel on boats, buses, trains, a subway, and a variety of different types of mountain lifts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had 3 WOW moments: #3 the ride to Mt. Titlis; #2 taking the funicular to Sunnegga on the Rothorn and walking onto the patio to see the clouds had lifted, giving us an amazing view of the Matterhorn as we ate lunch; #1 hiking the Mountain View Trail. We had fabulous views the whole way and crossed waterfalls and flower-carpeted meadows. It was my dream come true and the highlight of my trip, enjoying all the wonders of God's creation and the perfect weather He blessed us with on this trip."

Hugh

Greer, SC

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was to celebrate our 45 Weddig Anniversary and it was a great trip. We saw a beautiful country and met many wonderful people. This was a trip of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One would have say there were many "wow" moments - from a view of the Matterhorn, view of other mountains and peaceful valleys and participating in country traditions. The wine tasting in the wine region was awesome; 5 generations of traditions."

Deane

Kirkwood, MO

Tour: 06/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wanted to see distinctive mountains close up and hillside farms plus enjoy the company of the other travelers. I was not dish;p;pointed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Making my way through the "blizzard" on Mt. Titlis and across the ice bridge."

Joshua

Amarillo, TX

Tour: 06/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fantastic time on my very first rick stoves tour, the overall pace and mixture of the Switzerland tour has me looking forward to the next time i tour with y'all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"murren. murren was spectacular and just out right amazing the beauty of it was just so crazy and unexpected. i would definitely recommend another night there."

Rebecca

Dublin, CA

Tour: 06/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was well-planned with a balanced mix of cities & mountains and a taste of Swiss German, Italian, and French culture. Favorite moments include hiking to the cheese alp in Engleberg, busing over Gotthard pass, walking the lake side from Gandria to Lugano, hiking the Lauterbrunnen valley, the boat ride to Chateau de Chillon, wine tasting outside Lausanne, touring the chocolate factory in Gruyeres, and Q&A with Diccon Bewes in Bern. The bus-train ride through the mountain was cool too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the North Face trail near Murren with the glorious mountain views and the cheery sound of tinkling cow bells is a memory of a lifetime. The warm sun, the rich green grass, the mighty snow-capped mountains, and the up-close-and-personal cow encounters were just amazing. Later, as we hiked down from Gimmelwald to Stechelberg, we had a chance encounter with the gentle and curious cows being herded up the trail and across a waterfall bridge. Where else do you experience something like that?!"

Robert

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/13/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Being a new tour I thought the flow of the trip went very well. It was good to alternate between the lake towns and mountain villages. Since there is not a comment section concerning our coach driver, I would just like to say Hans was fantastic. He could have gone the easy route on numerous occasions but chose to take a more challenging routes so we could see the real Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No matter how many times I go, the Lauterbrunnen Valley is my kind of paradise. I really enjoy staying on the less touristy side in Murren. My only regret is that we did not have more time there."

Sally

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/13/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a very smooth trip and a fun group. There were no problems (at least not visible to us). Some of the extra things that Robyn lined up for us were nice (ex. cruise out of Luzern the first night/meetup.) Loved travelling by boat on Lac Leman.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive up the Val Verzasca in Ticino (before arriving in Lugano) was very beautiful. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the cheesemaker and hike with Sarah in Engleberg. Driving over the St. Gotthard Pass was so much nicer than a tunnel."

Geoffrey

Dublin, CA

Tour: 06/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For me the best of Switzerland was the fantastic blend of local culture and popular sights mixed with breathtaking mountains, stunning valleys, the natural outdoors, and just enough city experiences to give me an all around taste of this wonderful tucked away European country. I thoroughly enjoyed the influence and Swiss blending of each of the German, Italian, and French regions that we traveled through.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is so much visually stimulating beauty in this region of Europe. For me, what makes a wow moment is to be able to experience that instant with all my senses. Both hikes at Engelberg & in Murren combined the fresh smells of the mountain air, the visual beauty of the Alps, & the magical orchestra of cow bells were enough to cause one to pause & take notice. Those are what made for the uniquely Swiss experience & wow moment. FYI Amazing post trip wow was floating in the Aare river in Bern"

Janet

Torrance, CA

Tour: 06/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another excellent Rick Steves tour group! Some days were rushed, but the tour is new and Robyn was trying new things. Cheese maker and the winery and the chocolate factory were highlights. But the Shilthorn was the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Shilthorn. We had the perfect day with great views of the Alps. Breakfast and watching the mountains go by. Lovely!"

Teresa

Redmond, WA

Tour: 05/30/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour itinerary was wonderful and I would not change it! Really enjoyed all the variety Switzerland has to offer with mountains, lakes, cities, villages, history, food, wine, chocolate, and people. It's hard to imagine any form of transportation we missed on this vacation... planes, trains, boats, bus, cable cars, gondolas, funiculars, bus train ferry, and lots of hiking. I love how Switzerland's "constant battle to control nature" has made it possible to enjoy it's beauty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wasn't day without "wow" moments. Of course when the sky is clear blue you know it never gets better than spending the day in the Berner Oberland with the gorgeous views from the Schilthorn, and you can see Mont Blanc the highest peak in Europe 100 miles away! The Panorama Mountain hike with beautiful views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, wooded areas, meadows with spring mountain flowers in full bloom, crossing streams and snow covered paths is my all time favorite hike."

Martha

Hendersonville, NC

Tour: 05/30/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the places we visited - the major cities or towns as well as the smaller places we dropped by for short visits. Really enjoyed all the history and facts we learned about the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Schilthorn was amazing. The view from there was so beautiful! Also the breakfast in the revolving restaurant was both fun and delicious."

Gail

Newberry, FL

Tour: 05/30/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We liked Reid and Fabian but being a new tour it seemed a bit disorganized. We had rain 8 of 12 days so we missed many of the scenic vistas we were hoping for. Switzerland is very expensive, don't expect alcohol with group meals like most RS tours. Our driver Andy was great,our guides worked hard to give us a good experience. The country is amazing and all our overnights were well timed with nice hotels. This is a busy trip, Murren is the highlight and what you go to Switzerland for!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the gondola for breakfast atop Schilthorn with amazing views. Our best weather of the trip and we were rewarded with a crystal clear day. Hiking with Reid in Murren where every view was breathtaking. Fabian playing the song from the Sound of Music as we left the picturesque town of Murren. The view from our balcony in Murren and listening to the cow bells in the background."

Anita

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 05/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really loved our tour especially since we had never been to Switzerland. The pace of the tour was perfect. Really liked the buddy system. Loved the treats that our guides shared with us. I really enjoyed the different transportation opportunities we got to experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the tour bus maneuver and drive on and off the train. Our bus driver, Bruno, was great."

Ginny

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 05/23/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good tour needs work Don't need the Cheese factory tour The tour could be better paced

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the nature Muren Lake Lugano"

Henry

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 05/23/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the lakes muren"

Kenneth

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 05/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liked the buddy system. Really liked the different transportation opportunities. The pace of the tour was perfect. Liked the treats that our guides shared with us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the bus maneuver and drive on and off the train."

Weather

Switzerland / Bern

Bern Weather

Pre-Tour Planning

We've put together some specific information on what you should know about this tour before you go. You'll also find more general information about "Getting Ready for Your Tour" on our Tour FAQ.

Trip Resources

Learn more about Switzerland: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews, and articles, plus recommended books and movies.

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. About one month prior to the tour departure, we'll email you directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as the complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Transportation

Many tour members arrive a day or two before the tour begins — and those who don't, wish they had. This allows you ample time to get over jet lag and make the most of the first few days of the tour.

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. Most tour members will arrange to fly round-trip to Zürich.

Zürich International Airport is the main airport in Switzerland — 40 miles from Luzern. If you fly into Zürich, you will need to take a train from the airport to Luzern, a 90-minute journey. If you fly out of Zürich at the end of your tour, you will need to take a train from Bern back to the airport, a 75-minute journey. You can also arrange to fly into Zürich and out of Bern ("multicity" on flight-booking websites).

For information about flying within Europe, ask your travel agent or check Rick's list of European budget airlines.

Read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips to decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

If you have additional European travel or tour questions, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing on Your Own

If you arrive in Luzern before your tour begins, use the Rick Steves Switzerland guidebook to get oriented, try out a few words of German, and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise (consider renting a bike and pedaling along the lakefront; get details in the guidebook or from any tourist office).

Here are some suggestions for sightseeing in Luzern that we will not be doing as a group: Museum of Art, Swiss Transport Museum, Mount Pilatus, and Stanserhorn excursions.

Packing

While it is important to pack light, there are a few items we'd like you to consider including when packing for this tour. There are great opportunities to hike during our stays in Mürren and Engelberg (weather permitting). While hiking boots are not necessary, we recommend you bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes with soles offering good traction. In addition, spas and healthy living are very prevalent in Swiss culture, and you may find an opportunity to visit a sauna, pool, or lake during your stay, so you may wish to pack a swimsuit and perhaps a lightweight microfiber towel.

For more advice on what (and what not!) to pack, see Rick's packing tips.

Special packing note: We use an audioguide system for many of our sightseeing and museum tours. If you wear a hearing aid, we strongly recommend bringing headphones that go over your ears to allow you to fully enjoy these tours.