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

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Best of Switzerland in 12 Days Tour

from $3,795 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $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!

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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 • Lake Luzern boat cruise (weather permitting) • Rütli Meadow • Fortress Fürigen • Engelberg orientation walk • Engelberg Monastery • Mountain excursion (weather permitting) • Bellinzona • Lugano orientation walk • Ticino cooking class • Zermatt • Hiking orientation for day in the Berner Oberland • Cheese farm • Olympic Museum • Lake Geneva boat cruise (weather permitting) • Château de Chillon • Lavaux wine tasting • Bern walking tour • Swiss culture Q&A • Chocolate experience… and more
  • All group transportation from Luzern to Bern
  • 11 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2020
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Switzerland

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

Day 2: Luxurious Luzern

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

Day 3: Enchanting Engelberg

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

Day 4: Peaks of Engelberg

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

Day 5: Italian Switzerland

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

Day 6: Free Day on Lake Lugano

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

Day 7: Matterhorn and the Heart of the Alps

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

Day 8: Hiking in the Berner Oberland

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

Day 9: Scenic Jaun Pass and Lausanne

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

Day 10: Lake Geneva and Château de Chillon

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

Day 11: The Swiss Capital of Bern

Today we'll experience urban Switzerland as we make our way to stately-but-human 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

Debra

Macon, GA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the first day, Mirjam lead our group on a delightful tour!! She shared interesting historical tidbits about the culture and places we were visiting ( and in case you didn't know, Switzerland has 4 official languages and you visit areas where 3 of these are spoken). She even share favorite chocolates from several of the areas with her group....THANKS MIRJAM!!!! The hotels where the group stayed were outstanding and the locations were always central to the towns. This made for easy walking

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hotel room my husband and I had in Lugano was over the top "wow". It was previously the room of the daughter of the owner of the hotel....they had refurbished the room several years ago with original furnishings. Of course, the scenery at every location (Murren, Engelberg, etc, etc) were picture-postcard worthy!!!"

Reginald

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was a wonderful experience with many new adventures every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Opening up the window to our hotel room in Murren and having the Jungfrau Alps overlooking us."

Xiaotong

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The nature and the landscape were beautiful, especially in Zermatt, Engelberg, and Murrein."

Deborah

Carson City, NV

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

After visiting the Schilthorn, Monch, Eiger, Jungfau on previous RS tours, I wanted to see more of the country and was not dissapointed in the variety on this tour. The itinerary provided a great glimpse into the heart of Switzerland. I loved visiting each area with German, Italian, and French languages being the principal language. It was like visiting three different countries in one. I highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Murren and the Schilthorn again. Driving into Lauterbrunnen I was so glad to be back as it is truly breathtaking. I was also hoping to see the Matterhorn and we had a glorious sunny day. So this would be a second wow for me."

Joseph

Cape May Court House, NJ

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour had a blend of some fantastic experiences I don't think can be found on any other tours, as well as some frustrations. Murren, Matterhorn, Risotto dinner on Lake Lugano, Engleberg, and visiting a cheese farm were all highlights that we will remember forever. Not being met at the airport, and trying to find things to do in Lugano for 2 days (which the RS book concluded) was a downer. Lugano would've been better as a quick stop and more time in Murren or Zermatt!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Zermatt and seeing the Matterhorn. We are always "wowed" by seeing iconic features of Europe and the world. There were so many options of hiking and vantage points that we did not have an opportunity to get to as we only had 2-3 hours here. Murren was a very close 2nd. Also notable was the amazing risotto dinner on Lake Lugano."

Lori

Clay Center, KS

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 1st RS tour enjoying the sights and tastes of a very clean and beautiful country. Lovely cruises on the lakes: Luzern, Lugano and Geneva. Nice tour group size and getting to know one another, especially cooking risotto and tasting white merlot in a grotto at Ticino. Free time included the Luzern market, the beautiful village of Morcote and hiking around Murren. Mirjam, an excellent guide and even a cow whisperer. She received an immediate weather forecast answer from the nod of the cow. Fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! The view of the Alps from hotel balcony in Murren. A sunny day marveling the picturesque Matterhorn. The alpine cheese-making farm with a tasting, alpine horn, accordion and yodeling. Beautiful Italian village of Morcote."

Bradford

Concord, CA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"logono"

Mary Ann

Upper Marlboro, MD

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I choose the Switzerland tour for the beauty I expected to experience and I was not disappointed. Additionally, I'm especially appreciative of the tour staff for scheduling such a wonderful group of travelers to share my experience with. Everyone was interesting, amicable, and such fun on a daily basis. No complaining. No stragglers. Nothing but smiles and appreciation for our experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are probably two "Wow" moments, both of Switzerland's awesome landscapes. First was our drive through the Gotthard Pass at the hands of our super coach driver Remo. Next was the view of Schilthorn peak from my room in Murren. I was overwhelmed when I dragged my suitcase into the room and stepped out on the balcony where I'd enjoy my morning coffee for the next 2 mornings! Even the gondola rides up the mountain didn't prepare me for the mountain view."

James

La Porte, IN

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lautterbrunner valley, Murren and the revolving restaurant!"

Dan

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic experience. Breathtaking scenery (we had spectacular weather). Friendly and helpful people that we interacted with. Learned a ton!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alpine meadow dairy/cheese making tour. This seemed to present the true flavor of old Switzerland with its agrarian heritage, coupled with a beautiful setting and wonderful host."

Kelly

Milton, GA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS tour & I loved it! Am used to independent travel & this was my first "organized" tour. I was visiting family in Basel for a month, but also wanted to see more of Switzerland. I signed up for the BOS tour after my Basel visit, because my husband couldn't join me, and I didn't want to travel solo. Great itinerary, friendly people & so nice to have everything all arranged - so no stress for me. My Swiss cousins were impressed & told me that I had seen the best of Switzerland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Boy this is hard, but I loved being in Mürren. Although I hated the gondola rides because of my fear of heights, I was in awe the entire time I was there...and the brunch in Schilthorn, wow, those views, that's what you think of when someone says "Switzerland." Three other highlights for me were the cheese farm, Benedictine monastery and Chillon Castle."

John

Loveland, OH

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Relaxing, informative. This tour gave us a closeup look at the beautiful mountains and valleys of Switzerland and also gave us some understanding of what sets the Swiss way of life apart from the way we live.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mountain top views and hikes are what set this trip apart from our other European tours. Absolutely fabulous scenery from Pilatus, Titilis, Matterhorn, and Schilthorn. Ability to choose our own hikes on or near these mountains led to numerous unforgettable moments."

Barbara

Ottawa, ON

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first guided tour. The treat was in having the travel between locations taken care of by a great bus driver, Mirianne, and the information about the locations explained by our guide, Yorick, a Manchester chap, whose historical, geographical, and social knowledge was much appreciated. Hotels were downtown, close to sites, provided great breakfasts, and views. The group meals were special, boats, trains, buses, tickets to castles,vineyards taken care of. A big plus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking down on the service road halfway from the Titlis mountain peak back to town. It took quite a bit longer than the senior Swiss hikers had indicated, but looking down at Engleberg in the valley with the cows and their clanging bells keeping a close eye on us, stopping at a farm for an ice cream, was everything I imagined Switzerland to be. A close second was the 2hr boat tour from Lausanne to Chillon castle and finishing with the wine tasting, overlooking Lake Geneva. Perfect."

Elaine

Loveland, OH

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour! Loved the beauty of the Alps as well as the lakes. Most of the food was good and our guide was very knowledgeable. Our bus driver became like one of the family, as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the whole Alps Experience was one big "WOW". Loved seeing Zermatt and having lunch almost next to it, Incredible experience going up Mt. Titlis and then hiking down, and beautiful views of the Eiger and Jungfrau from another great hike in Murran."

Marcia

Destrehan, LA

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Switzerland was a trip of a lifetime. When my husband first mentioned the idea of traveling to Switzerland, I felt like I was in a dream, and having realized the idea exceeded all I ever envisioned about this amazing place. It was a very stimulating trip from the cultural aspect, the people that we met, and the beauty of the cities that we visited made it all a beautiful and memorable experience. I also enjoyed meeting the people that were part of the tour. I now have new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments on this trip, it is hard to narrow it to just one. For me, I would have to say was hiking down Mount Titlis, although I had trained for the hike prior to the trip, nothing could have prepared me for this amazing experience. This was a true test of endurance. Sharing time with my tour buddies, seen the beautiful scenery and hearing the cowbells as we hiked and just taking it all in stimulated all my senses. It was certainly a "wow" moment."

Nancy

Humble, TX

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, the tour was well organized with a variety of attractions. The tour director was excellent and letting us know the schedule for the day so we could plan accordingly. We had a great group of travelers, as people were friendly and willing to share other vacation experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments - most from the views we were able to experience from the mountains."

Guy

Destrehan, LA

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The beautiful scenery wildly exceeded expectations; Switzerland may possibly be the most beautiful place on earth. The diversity and interest of the many side trips and included tours and many other unexpected highlights. Our tour guide Yorick facilitated, translated, and put it all in prespective, from the Roman ruins to Olympics to the present. Within all this beauty, the charming city and hospitable people of Lucerne remain a great memory, as do our 26 tour mates. No regrets, not a one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many wow moments; the hike down from Mount Titlis tested my stamina but was so stimulating, it left me wanting for more. Another was the views provided from the villages of Murren of Gimmelwald, the Lauterbrunen Valley below, and the Schilthorn high above all of that, including the clouds. It's amazing to say anything other than "Wow" amidst such beauty."

Beverly

Livermore, CA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best tour ever! We got to see everything we wanted and more. Rick Steve's has tours down to a proven science with great exposure to new places, easy transportation, lovely accommodations, and just the right amount of time for you to explore yourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the gondola ride into Murren and seeing the Alps rise above you was my wow moment. The view from the town of Murren was amazing in itself."

Carol

Winter Park, FL

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent Rick Steves tour. Fantastic guide, great itinerary, great sites, good mix of tour time and time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW moments: 1. Visiting cheese making/dairy farm on top of the Juanpass. What a treat! This is the real deal and what makes a Rick Steves tour so special. We toured a working farm and saw how cheese is made, sampled it, and were serenaded with "alpen horn," accordion, and yodeling! 2. Having less than 3 hours in Zermatt, we had perfect weather and incredible views of the Matterhorn! 3. Visit to the Benedictine Monastery in Engelberg."

David

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing, very efficient, everything on time, no wasted tines.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Engleberg walk around lake"

Linda

Ellison Bay, WI

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The scenery was wonderful, especially the mountains. What a nice group of fellow travelers and a great guide Mirjam! The cities gave us a good taste of metro Switzerland while the small towns provided the 'storybook' Switzerland. It was fun to learn a few words in Swiss German, Italian and French, even tho I sometimes got my greetings mixed up. We were lucky to have good weather to see all the mountain peaks. The Swiss wine was delightful also,Especially the wine tasting at Domaine du Daley. I

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say, being back in Murren and hiking the mountain trails was my 'wow' moment. I just wanted to soak it all up and sear it into my brain to bring back memories. Is there a more beautiful place on earth?"

David

Reading, MA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wanted mountians and I got them. As a bonus I experienced 4 distinct cultures; Swiss, Germain, Italian and French, and 3 lakes. What more could I ask for?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the snow on the glacier at the top of Mount Titlis."

Byron

Worthington, OH

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The weather mostly cooperated and we had a great time. Would highly recommend this tour with Martin as guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views of the mountains in Zermatt and Murren and the countryside. Also the Swiss transportation system. Wish we had train service like that in the US. Had been in Switzerland before but only on work assignments in the larger cities so never saw the countryside and mountains."

Cathy

Havertown, PA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was wonderful! Our guide was fantastic, the people in the group were as nice as could be, the scenery and tours were indescribable. Your company always spices up our travels with experiences that we wouldn't be able to have otherwise (e.g., visiting a dairy farm and watching cheese be made). We recommend Rick Steves tours to everyone!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Matterhorn appear from the clouds!"

Tim

Havertown, PA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There is nothing that can prepare you for the beauty and efficiency of this country. The alps are magnificent, the cities are picturesque and clean. The transportation system is easy to navigate and on time. The members of the tour were varied, compatible and fun. Martin, our leader, was relaxed, but efficient, and made things happen seemingly effortlessly. His advice on options was appropriate and valuable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting at lunch at an outdoor restaurant table just above Zermatt watching the Matterhorn emerge from the clouds."

Mary

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide, Martin, was excellent, in every way! He was very knowledgeable. The itinerary was good and the placement of free time was good. I enjoyed the local city tours, the cheese making stop, the chocolatier visit and the winery tour. Tasting the local foods was special. The military complex tour was very interesting I was a bit concerned about the possibility of carrying luggage up flights of stairs and in general transporting my luggage throughout the trip but it wasn't too bad.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My best moments were hiking on the North Face trail in Mürren. It was awesome. Martin was very helpful in describing possible hiking routes, such as the one I mentioned, but also in other areas, too."

Luann

Shreveport, LA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved getting to meet other travelers from around the US who love to explore and travel. The areas that we explored in Switzerland were amazing! Our guide was extremely patient and cared that we all had a fabulous experience n his country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps, walking by the cows and being able to reach out and pet them! Seeing cheese being made in a farm The way it has been done for 100 years!"

Mark

Shreveport, LA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the accommodations, Martin was great, the tour was fabulous, met some wonderful people. The combination of site seeing and travel was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wife and I really enjoyed Mürren. We wish we could have stayed there one more day and cut out a day from say Bern."

John

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Martin, our tour leader was outstanding. What a joy having a native of switzerland lead us through the country. We all benefited by his experience and knowledge of the country. The trip covered a great amount of territory and gave me a nice understanding of Switzerland and its mountains, the various cultures that make up this country, the nature of its people and how they have adapted to their geography, language differences while creating an interesting Democracy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several: 10,000ft. mountains, twice. The peaks becoming snow capped while we were there. Hiking past the cows and their bells. Friendly people everywhere. The Italian section and the tunnel to get there. The roaring water down through the 2000 foot mountain near Murren in the middle of that mountain. And, a wonderful group of people on our tour who all mixed extremely well throughout the 12 days together! And Martin!"

Joann

Worthington, OH

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren was a great place. I would have loved to stay there longer."

Cynthia

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well paced, excellent [INVALID]ion of diverse places in Switzerland, a very upbeat group of travelers and an excellent guide. Martin Minich is the best guide we've ever had. He works hard to do more to make each person comfortable, listens to the needs of the group and is one step ahead of any problems that might have incurred (road blockage, weather, etc.). This made our trip fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our days in Murrin were magical. I could have spent the rest of the trip there, but would have missed the other great things that were ahead. It would have been nice to have spent three days there instead of two. The hiking was fantastic."

Mary

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour of a beautiful country. So well organized and so many wonderful sights were included. We left feeling so much more aware of Swiss culture and history. It was a very active tour, with many days of walking 5-10 miles.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time in the Alps. We were blessed with glorious weather, seeing the Matterhorn, the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau peaks was absolutely amazing. We loved our breakfast at the Schilthorn and walking out on the viewing platform. Truly awe inspiring. Also, had no idea there were 3 distinct language/cultural areas in Switzerland--very cool."

Lynelle

Woodbridge, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 16th Rick Steve's Tour and as you can see we are hooked! We enjoy coming to Europe for at least 30 days and always include a Rick Steve's Tour in our plans. We had been to Switzerland a few times but this tour offered quite a few places we had not been. Once again it far exceeded our expectations. And we cannot say enough about Martin as our guide. He was fabulous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say we thoroughly enjoyed all of it. Enjoying the hike up to be able to see the Matterhorn come out from behind the clouds was definitely a wow. And although we had been up to the Schilthorn a couple times, getting a clear morning and enjoying a great breakfast was again a wow! We really also enjoyed going up to Mt. Pilatus, again with a clear view. We felt we were very blessed!"

Carmen

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour. I loved not having to plan out a vacation for our original group of seven. Not having to figure out transportation, hotels, and sites was great. I read some reviews and there was some conversation centered around the cost of the tour and if you could do it cheaper. I felt the tour was well worth the money. Not having to worry about the details was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Funny how some things work out. There were a couple of stops that didn't seem exciting but ended up being amazing. A couple of those were the chocolate tasting and the cheese farm. It only goes to prove that you should make judgment calls before hand. The thing I loved about this trip is that you experienced sites and cities you normally wouldn't seek out on your own."

Lana

Maple Valley, WA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour"

Noriko

Huntington Beach, CA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My second RStour. It exceeded my expectations again. Centrally located hotels. Very knowledgeable/supportive guides. Various types of activities and good balance of group activities/free time. To be honest I am a little bit concerned about my free time about how to plan. But our guide was always there to give us enough options and she led us to one of the options which I enjoyed so much. We had bad weather on the top of Mt Titlus and Schilthorn but enjoyed the clear view of Matterhorn.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many WOW moments. View from Mt Pilatus and very exciting Funicula ride(downward). Hiking with cows at the midpoint of Mt Titlis. Visit to WW2 Fortress Furingen. Evening boat ride in Lake Lugano. Love visiting two amazing falls/Staubbach-fall and Trummelbach-fall in my free time. Three boat rides were wonderful under perfect weather. And of course clear view of Matterhorn."

Carol

Santa Fe, NM

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really great experience overall, with some misses: 1.) Fortress Furingen was claustrophobic and airless and many people complained. 2.) don't stop at stone bridge en route to Gotthard pass unless you tell people to dehydrate themselves or wear diapers: all that rushing water and no WC. When we finally got to Gotthard Pass it was a race to the pay WC. 3.) Skip Simplon on day 7. It was crowded and rushed. 4.) Skip Gruyeres, very crowded and rushed. 5.) Skip Avenches and get to Bern earlier!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down, the cheese farm Baderalp. Such a beautiful, authentic scene. And the generosity of the hosts: while we were gawking at the surrounding splendor and enjoying that awesome homemade "snack", she burst into a lovely yodeling song and then sat down and played an accordion duet with the wife of the shuttle driver. I nearly wept. I thought cooking our own dinner would suck, but the boat ride, the grotto, the risotto, the wine, the esprit de corps.....very fun."

Gene

Johnson City, TN

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

I am concerned that my comments will be "excerpted" to minimize my concerns. I have been on 4 tours but will not go on another one or recommend them to others. 12 days tour actually 10 days and 3-4 hours. 2 nights in a location actually mean 1 day and some hours on the day of transit. So you really have 6 days of quality time, not 12. The tour felt rushed much of the time. Best of Switzerland is not cities, but trip was 2/3 cities. The time spent in the mountains was most rewarding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the clouds and rain in Murren, the Alps. Actually being in the mountains rather than just looking from afar (as with the Matterhorn). I would have traded 2 or 3 days in other places to stay longer in Murren (as it cleared the morning we left)."

Nancy

Monroe, MI

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I loved it! The itinerary was superb, affording us a comprehensive introduction to Switzerland including city, village, farmhouse, mountain tops and valleys. The tour guide and assistant were exceptional and insured that the tour was interesting, informative, and fun. They also brought a dimension of reflection on their own part which encouraged me to explore what was happening within me as I experienced a new country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first "wow" moment happened on our first tour of Luzern with guest tour guide "Claudia" whose freshness, sense of humor and her honest depiction of Swiss history and culture delighted me. But that was just my first "wow" moment. There was the water in every form: lakes, drinking water fountains, waterfalls, glaciers, humidity in the WWII bunker. I came away with an overwhelming sense of water in Switzerland. The mountains, too, but I expected that. And they were stunning."

Diana

Maple Valley, WA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a recent widow who had never been to Europe I was anxious about the trip. But immediately felt safe and comfortable. That had as much to do with the organization of your tour as everyone on the tour. I felt like I was traveling with 27 good friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. The 2 days in Murren. The boat ride on Lake Lugano to a restaurant where we made our own risotto! The view from our hotel in Luzern. I couldn't stop taking pictures."

Karen

Georgetown, ON

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm so pleased so happy so enthralled with the tour. Our guide was so knowledge so funny so personable. Loved Maxie so much a treat. The chosen sites and tours were grand. No improvement needed Had a blast. Felt I had seen the true Switzerland. Great bus driver had enormous confidence in her as we weaved our way through the mountains. Can't say enough about the marvelous time I had Hotels well chosen. Restaurants the best. Such good people. I feel riddled with the beauty of the country. Super.o

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh the mountains for sure. The gondola rides boat tours Bua rides museums seeing the Matterhorn the scenery period. Breakfast on top of the mountain. The trails the people. The calmness and serenity of the mountains and little places we visited. Restored my soul. I will forever remember my tour."

Douglas

Georgetown, ON

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first experience and we loved it. The sights and experiences were great. Our Guide was outstanding (Maisie) as well as our driver Marion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The village of Murren and the SCHilthorn. But really so was the Matterhorn sighting and of Cours MT titlus."

Roberta

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the entire tour. Maisie was phenomenal, the hotels were super comfortable, the meals were great and enjoyed all the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think visiting the real cheese-making place was one the biggest of the many highlights. I don't think I would have been able to find a place like that on my own let alone have a chance to witness first hand this type of operation. It was very authentic and oh so Swiss! Thank goodness Maisie was able to translate for us and we learned so much about the cheese-making process, cows and their lives and the lives of these lovely people and we got to hear them blow the alpine horn. So cool!"

Marie

New Hope, AL

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour around Switzerland and just LOVED Maisie! Both Maisie and our bus driver, Marriane, were awesome and talented. This trip was to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and we loved every minute of it. Murrin was our favorite stop and happened to be on the day of our anniversary so we were hiking in the Oberlin on our special day which was a dream come true! We loved the mountains as well as the cruises - this is an amazing tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our WOW moment was the gondola ride up to Mt. Titlis. It was cloudy so we were not expecting much visibility at the top. But then about half way up we came through the clouds and could see all of the mountains clearly and all of the valley was still hidden beneath the clouds. Literally - everyone said "Wow" almost in unison! It was an amazing day with outstanding views after all of the clouds cleared. We were also impressed with how exceptionally beautiful the water is everywhere!"

Jim

Keizer, OR

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great trip, Great weather, good itinerary. Very beautiful country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The little town of Mürren and our trips to the top of the various mountains. Weather really cooperated so it made the experience incredible."

Shaun

Coos Bay, OR

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of Switzerland was amazing! The Alps were beautiful and the small towns were quaint. Our guide, Maisie was really excellent and took great care of us. Our tour group members were so much fun to be with and we got along great. Our bus driver was great as well. The tour was well designed and there was plenty of free time to explore on our own. The cities visited were great. I look forward to returning to Switzerland in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved our time in Murren, Engleberg and Lugano. Our breakfast at Piz Gloria on the Schilthorn was a true "Wow" moment. From the top we could see the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks. The cheese making was truly authentic and delicious and seemed to be a hit with our group. I loved visiting the Olympic museum in Lausanne and could have spent the better part of a day there."

Anne

Coos Bay, OR

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Maisie was a wonderful and funny tour guide. This group was much bigger than the first group tour we were on but it was totally manageable. Maisie did a great job handling the sometimes stressful train transfers. The city guides we had were super knowledgeable and great to walk around with. We had a wonderful time and loved the small towns we stayed in. I LOVED the Heimberg/Gerber Family dairy we visited. Could have done without stopping in Gruyere

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the mountains. I loved the Olympic Museum and would have really liked more time to spend there."

Josh

College Station, TX

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Based upon the locations to be visited, I had high expectations that this would be the perfect itinerary for touring Switzerland, and the trip itself exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide, Maisie, was absolutely wonderful and just could not have been better. We were blessed to have beautiful weather. The members of our tour could not have been nicer and we believe that we have become acquainted with a number of life long friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose. I guess that I would have to say getting to see the Matterhorn on a beautiful day stands out the most, followed closely by the hike down from Lake Trubsee, and the walk from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg, which is located right next to the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. Also, worthy of mention was the meal we shared across the Lake in Lugano, after making risotto."

Ruth

Ocala, FL

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's all about the guide in my opinion and Maisie was the best at it. Great sense of humor and interesting dialogue while riding on the bus. She kept the information about how to avoid the crowds and get the most out of each adventure concise and not too far strung out that we forgot. Awesome balance of planned and free time. Her name game was fun introducing our buddy with a truth and a lie we voted on which was the fact

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the glacier, suspension bridge and Walking out on James Bond terrace so early there were no other tourist. Both days we had perfect weather."

Kimberley

Georgetown, ON

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the moment we began until the very end, we had an amazing, action-packed adventure. This was our first Rick Steves' tour and we were looking for a much closer look at the country than you can get on a cruise of any type, and we were really thrilled with the experience! My husband had been to Switzerland on a business trip many years ago, and really wanted to show me what he'd seen and more, and we did! Our guide was terrific, and we were able to bond together as a group, too. Fantastic time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The two mountain villages--Engelberg and Mürren were our favorites, I'd have to say-with Mount Titlis and breakfast at the Shilthorn really special times. After going up to Piz Gloria at the Shilthorn we sat on our hotel balcony that afternoon drinking wine, watching the para-sailors and taking in the mountains.It was magical!"

Beverly

Highland, IN

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour! Especially the variety of it. The majesty of the mountains; the history of their cities; the beautiful lakes and rivers; the cool, refreshing water to drink; the efficiency of Swiss trains as opposed to stores that close for lunchtimes; gelato in Bellinzona; cheese fondue in Mürren; fresh peaches at the market in Lucerne; and of course delicious Swiss chocolate!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Mürren even though the weather was rainy and cloudy and we could only see glimpses of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. There was still beauty to be seen in the clouds hanging in the valley, the houses with their carefully tended flower boxes and gardens, and the sound of cow bells in the distance."

Jean

Arroyo Grande, CA

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabian, our group leader, made us all very comfortable and responsible for each other. So that was established at our first meeting. So our group became cohesive. The hotel and the bus were clean, comfortable, and well kept. Hotel service people were always welcoming and took care of my needs, ice for my foot twice a day!! Marcus, our bus driver, was knowledgeable of routes, helpful with luggage and always in a good mood. Our stops with points of interest were great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The farm, cheese making , and visit with the cows. The best!!"

Thomas

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Switzerland tour was fantastic. Great mix of scheduled and free time. Incredible hiking, beautiful scenery. Fabian was a terrific guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are many, but really enjoyed going to top of Mt. Titlis and then hiking around Trübsee. Lauterbrunnen Valley, Mürren, and Mt. Schilthorn were fantastic. Visiting the cheese alp to see cheese being made was interesting and fun."

Denise

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic! We saw all of the highlights of Switzerland from the Alps, winery, cheese alp, Lake resort, cooking class, quaint towns and big cities. This was our 2nd Rick Steve's tour. I enjoyed the variety of activities - we experienced every season from Summer to Winter and in between. Each day was packed with wonderful activities and down time. I recommend flying in a few days ahead to get acclimated and staying a few extra days to decompress.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many I can't pick just one! I really enjoyed the quaint town of Murren. The cheese alp was spectacular and a very authentic experience. I certainly have a new appreciation for how cheese is made. I also loved Schilthorn Piz Gloria and the Champagne breakfast. We stumbled upon a local concert in enchanting Engelberg complete with yodeling and Alphorns. I also enjoyed the "Italian" feel of Bellinzona. Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau peaks were breathtaking!"

Jeff

Fayetteville, GA

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Top of the Alps with James Bond setting"

Glenn

Mariposa, CA

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steves guide (Fabian) and all the local guides were excellent, as was the bus driver (Marcus). All the hotels were very good to excellent. The pace of the trip was very good -- the right balance of organized touring and free time. The bus time was reasonable and very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was a first place tie among all the ascents of mountain peaks, including Mount Titlis and the two extra-cost optional (but encouraged and accompanied by the guide) ascents of Piz Gloria and the overlook for the Matterhorn accessed from Zermatt."

Tara

Maryville, IL

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing tour with the right amount of balance between free time and scheduled events. Accommodations were very nice in great locations. Donald was an excellent guide and Kevin a great assistant. This was our 4th Rick Steves tour and it won't be our last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wow moments to list on this tour, but really enjoyed waking up in Murren to the beautiful view of the mountains outside our hotel windows and balcony. Spending Switzerland Day on August 1st in Engelberg and celebrating with the locals. Going up 10,000 feet on Mt. Titlis and The Schilthorn was amazing. We had a great traveling group and a lot of fun at our cooking class on Lake Lugano then sitting outside and enjoying our meal afterwards. Bern was a neat town to end the tour at."

Peter

Maryville, IL

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th RS tour and the one I'd been not as excited about as the other three. I wasn't totally sold on Switzerland as a destination but went into it with an open mind based on past experience with the RS product. What an experience! Donald and Kevin did an outstanding job shepherding the large group through the absolute beauty of the Swiss countryside. Don't much care for German fare, don't worry, French or Italian fare is only a stop or two away!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was waking up in the village of Mürren and being in the heart of the most beautiful scenic views."

Liz

New Albany, OH

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, I enjoyed most of the tour. The only part I would remove is the time in Lugano. The experience of cooking risotto was fun, but the rest of my time there was forgettable. I enjoyed everything else about the tour. I wish we had more time in Murren and in Bern.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eating breakfast on top of the Schilthorn."

Audrianne

Frederick, MD

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was another (I've taken 8 others) good tour. The country was beautiful, the activities varied, and the pace was good. The unfortunate accident on the tour could have been prevented by bussing everyone up and down the hill.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in Murren was exceptional."

Bob

Albany, CA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great overall survey of the four primary aspects of Switzerland (German, Italian and French corners plus the Alps). Nice mix of travel partners (age, sex, partners vs singles, ethnicity, USA region, etc). Well organized, a specific tribute to the experience of leader Donald - who also provided a wonderful tone for the trip (humor, information, stories).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Long hike down into Engelberg from the midway tram stop, after spending the morning atop snow-capped Mt. Titlus - and luckily experiencing Switzerland's 'independence day' festivities while in Engelberg."

Darwin

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstandng tour guide + same in each city. great hotel locations absolutely no complaints and have bragged about the Rick Steves' tour system to all of our friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"everything met our expectations"

Mary

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very helpful on the tour. The tour guide was great. Would of liked air conditioning in some of the hotel rooms but we managed

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the farm where they made the cheese. Riding to the top of the mountain and having a great breakfast with Swiss food."

Linda

Delmar, NY

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. Donald was a knowledgeable and organized guide who facilitated the group through every change of venue and days together and on-your own. The only single traveler on the tour, I felt very included in group activities and the tour provided ample opportunity for solo exploring. The scenery was fantastic and the mix of small cities and villages was just what I wanted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many more than one. "Wow" moments included the federation day festivities in Engleberg and the organ concert; a swim and Lunch on the olive walk on the shore of Lake Lugano, Murren, my new 'happy place'; the vineyard tour/wine tasting and the risotto making activity. I would cut Guyeres from itinerary. It was a touristic mess."

Donald

Wichita, KS

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Switzerland tour was excellent! The hotels were clean and ideally located in each town, the group dinners were fun because we were enjoying local cuisine. I could honestly say that the tour exceeded our expectations in that we felt like we saw and experienced the true spirit of what it means to be Swiss.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour was one "Wow" moment after another but if I had to name one it was the day we hiked from Murren to Gimmelwald, the weather was clear and we were surrounded by the majestic Swiss Alps, our guide lead the trip and told us of his experiences while being in the tour guide business. Another wow moment for my wife and myself is when we first saw the Matterhorn, we were very lucky in that the sky was totally clear and a beautiful blue sky greeted us, it was a moment I treasured."

Kristi

Amherst, NH

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Switzerland is the most beautiful place I've ever seen. Everywhere we looked, the scenery was like a picture postcard! Even though it is expensive, it is SOOO worth it! I would recommend the RS Switzerland Tour to everyone!! We were also very lucky to have perfect weather every day. I really enjoyed how we did something as a group on the first day in a location, and then our guide would give us suggestions as to things we could do off on our own on the second day. Perfect vacation!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We got off the gondola half way down Mount Titlis and walked around the lake. The scenery was breathtaking, and I loved that the cows were grazing nearby. listening to their bells and enjoying the wildflowers and the pretty lake. My favorite memory! I feel so thankful and blessed to have had this wonderful experience!"

Larry

Louisville, KY

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the first day meeting Donald White on the first day until seeing him at breakfast the last day, we had an outstanding tour experience. We had an excellent guide who handled all the possible snafus with efficiency and confidence. He treated us well. The group was also outstanding, helping each other, friendly, and considerate. The weather cooperated to allow us to see all the nice scenery. Donald was very knowledgable and thorough, giving us an understanding and insight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We saw all the good mountains - Matterhorn, Eiger, Jungfrau, and the Monk."

Irene

Independence, OH

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great tour with a variety of activities and excellent guide. My fellow travelers were interesting, genial companions. Excellent weather prevailed throughout the trip allowing us to view the spectacular scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first WOW moment was the cog rail trip up Mt. Pilatus and the spectacular scenery which came into view the higher we ascended. This WOW moment was repeated on the ascent of Mt. Titlus and the walk around Trobsee Lake."

John

Portola Valley, CA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed the tour. We had a great group and an outstanding guide. (See more comments on him below.) Most of the local guides were also great. I would change this tour by having more days in Murren, Engelberg, and Bern and by cutting out (or cutting down) on time in Lugano and Lausanne. In general, I would prefer more days in fewer places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren. I would spend at least one more night here on this tour. There are so many things to see in the Berner Oberland, it was unfortunate we didn't have more time here."

Alison

Earlysville, VA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This story is a good way to rate our Best of Switzerland tour: We were on a boat in Lake Lugano, taking a ride to Gandria, where we then hiked back to Lugano. Beautiful! I met a young Swiss couple with an adorable baby girl, and we got chatting. I told them about Rick Steves, and they asked to see my trip itinerary, which I happened to have with me. After viewing it, they both said that yes, the tour hits all the hot spots of this beautiful country, and is indeed the "Best of Switzerland!"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite CATEGORY of wow moments was viewing and experiencing the glacial Bernese Alps. We were truly blessed with miraculously clear weather, so enjoyed the full majesty of the Matterhorn, Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau, Schilthorn and all their glorious companions. We took funiculars and cable cars to the peaks of some, had breakfast after sunrise in a rotating restaurant on the Schilthorn, and hiked the Northface Trail outside the cliffside village of Murren. The scenery and weather were stunning!"

Karen

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip and were blessed with clear weather for viewing the spectacular mountains of Switzerland. I had considered planning and doing Switzerland on my own with my husband, but the travel was looking complicated (trains, gondolas, cable cars, cogwheels, and some places wishing for a rental car). The Rick Steves Tour seemed to be the smart and easy answer. Our Guide Donald White and Bus Driver Rolf did a wonderful job getting us around the country in comfort!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one! We loved Mt. Titlis and then descending partway to walk around Trubsee Lake, enjoying the gorgeous color of the lake, the wildflowers and the cows with their bells. Going up to the Schilthorn for breakfast in the revolving restaurant with incredible views of the snowy peaks was also amazing! And, of course, it was such a thrill to see the Matterhorn!"

John

Giddings, TX

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Always enjoy Switzerland. Our guides were, as usual, excellent. Hotels were "over the top"...didn't strike me as a Rick Steves 3.5 star, more like 4.5. Perhaps Rick is "upping his game". Not like some of the flea infested traps we've stayed in before ;)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in Murren during the clouds enveloping the Eiger and Jung Frau mountains during the evening hours...great photos of the peaks poking up thru the clouds. And the next day hiking to the valley below with the clouds enveloping Lauterbrunnen."

Betty

Madison, WI

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was fantastic! My one criticism is that I would have like more time in the High Alp and less time in the cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cheese making and the Matterhorn! The weather in Murren wasn't anything that could be controlled and I was really pleased that the next day was perfect."

Mary Jane

Doylestown, PA

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour from beginning to end. The guides were well-informed and shared intelligent information throughout about the sites we visited. The sequence of cities/towns seemed right and well chosen. There was a nice mix of group activities and independent options. I liked the "mini-lessons" with appropriate greetings, etc., in the native languages we encountered. I would have liked more chances to rest tired feet along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is very hard to choose, really. I did enjoy the trip to the 10,000 plus peak in Engelberg as it was so breathtakingly beautiful, of course."

John

Madison, WI

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fabulous trip. Martin was a fantastic guide who gave us lots great information to help us understand Switzerland. To have Mirjam in addition was icing on the cake!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The chance to see the Matterhorn. What an iconic view."

Earl

Plano, TX

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was excellent. We're really glad we had Martin for our guide. We did miss out on the champagne breakfast at the top of Mt. Shilthorn because of weather (not much you can do about that)and I think that might have been the highlight of the trip, but maybe next time. We did enjoy visiting all three language ares of Switzerland and we had the entire range of weather experiences. That made packing a little tricky but that's Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since the weather wasn't particularly good for hiking in Murren we did the tour of the waterfall inside the mountain (Trummelbach falls)in Lauterbrunnen. That turned out to be much more impressive than I expected and if we had good weather we might have missed it. So, I guess we turned a potentially sour day into something quite interesting. I ran out of space adding to this, so..........."

Margaret

Gidding, TX

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour guides were excellent! I was invited to come along on this trip and, while I appreciated all aspects of the tour for what they were, I personally prefer more outdoor excursions and hiking-type options 9

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and Lauderbrunnen valley - the views were incredible, as were the alpine hiking options. I loved getting right up next to the waterfalls and being deep in the trees. I would have loved more than one day there to really explore and not have to rush, especially since we were clouded in the first day. Still, being in the clouds was mystical in itself and there were clear views of the Eiger and the Jungfrough the morning we departed."

Sarah

Washington, NC

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The scenery was beyond gorgeous and we had a super friendly group of travelers. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable about the country and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but walking though the alps was magic."

Raymond

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our fourth Rick Steves tour, and the previous three met out considerable expectations. This one exceeded our expectations because of the itinerary, spectacular sites, and a really congenial travel group. Additionally, Switzerland is a very expensive country, and I think this tour provided the best value of all of our tours because prices in Switzerland are so high.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fantastic mountain top vistas and hiking the trails down the mountains are two that immediate come to mind. I really also enjoyed our lakeside dinner at Lake Lugano Italian style with risotto, delicious appetizers, and main dishes on long red checker pattern table cloths. Lastly, we were fortunate to get a full unobstructed viewing of the Matterhorn, which made a long day of driving well worth the effort."

Virginia

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful blend of small towns & large cities. I feel we had a real taste of Switzerland thru the knowledge of our terrific guide, Fabian Rueger.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Matterhorn. We had exceptional weather & it was beautiful."

Jennie

Rolling Hills Estates, CA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Switzerland exceeded my expectations! I expected the beautiful scenery and clean environment but was surprised by the unexpected from the Trummelbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen to just drinking the clean and pure Swiss water from the tap. Having a guide like Fabian Rueger was the main reason why we choose a tour over traveling independently. No matter how much we research, we learn so much more from an experienced and knowledgeable guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour was a string of "wow" moments. We took so many "Christmas card" photos. I was especially amazed by Trummelbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen which I have never experienced. I did not realize how good water could taste until I drank the pure and clean Swiss water which I will miss when I return home."

Mary

Columbus, OH

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a very compatible travel group with an excellent guide. I loved the flow of the tour and appreciated getting to see the different aspects of Switzerland and understand their culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved all aspects of the alpine cheese-making. I felt like Heidi up in the mountains with the cows. Gracious hosts, well explained. Loved the squeezebox and alphorn."

Kelly

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our second tour with RS and we both enjoyed the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Matterhorn from Zermatt on a clear day."

Dianna

Sebring, FL

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabian, the tour guide, blew me away with every aspect of knowledge, leadership, patience, putting us first. All our questions were answered with great respect. I can't say enough about him. He represented Rick and your team in an outstanding manner. My view of the world and how it worked then and now was greatly expanded. I am more we'll rounded in my political views. The fellow in Bern who gave us a tour was very knowledgeable but his political views seemed unfair and bias.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Muren (spelled?) and the L. Valley unbelievably beautiful."

Barbara

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time! We got to see and go to all the mountain tops as scheduled even though it didn't seem probable the night before. Loved the variety of places and experiences - army bunker, monastery, alpine farm, winery, Olympic museum, chateau. Good mixture of bus, boat and train rides. The tours for chocolate,cheese and wines were fun, informative and tasty!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As we walked through Zermatt following Fabrian, he gets to the corner and tells us it will be worthwhile to ride up the mountain as you can see the Matterhorn!"

Terry

Columbus, OH

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing tour! Fabian was an excellent guide. I learned so much about Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The top of Titlis, seeing the Matterhorn, viewing Eiger, Monsch, and Jungfrau, wine tour on Lake Geneva. There could not possibly be just one!"

Lily

Monterey, CA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a very gratifying experience. We were exposed to a variety of environments that make up the personality of Switzerland: Lake cities, Alpine villages, magnificent mountains, charming valleys. Along the way we learned about the culture and history of country and how that impacts the modern Swiss character. We got a taste of all four language areas of the country and learned about the distinctive of each region. The schedule was full, but not jam-packed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the observation platform at Schilthorn I realized the immensity of the Alpine Mountains. We have mountains in the U.S. (the Rockies, the Sierra Nevadas), but they pale in comparison."

John

Columbia, MO

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was great, however the weather did not cooperate. The heat was oppressive at times and made some of the event difficult to enjoy. Nobody's fault. Just an unfortunate distraction

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen valley! It was our favorite visit two years ago from our taste of Europe tour and was the primary reason we selected the Swiss tour this year."

Paul

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another wonderful tour. Switzerland is amazing ! And Martin was the perfect guide/host. He managed to keep everything moving smoothly despite the heat and provided very interesting commentary on what life is like for the Swiss.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Murren. The view of the Alps from there is incredible and the hiking options spectacular."

Suresh

Tampa, FL

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of people added to wonderful experience of scenic Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In mountain fall"

Paul

Elk River, MN

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have loved all five of our Rick Steves' tours, but this rivaled the best of them. The scenery was stunning, our guide was great and our group became a family. These are memories we will never forget!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery was unbelievable! We booked this tour because we loved our time in Murren during our Best of Europe in 21 Days tour. We were not disappointed! In fact, we thought we had exaggerated the beauty of the Lauterbrunnen Valley in our minds, but as soon as we saw it again, we realized it was just a stunning as we had remembered!"

Janet

Columbia, MO

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Martin, along with excellent local guides, brought Switzerland to life for me. We visited beautiful cities and countryside, and learned how this country's people and history have made it what it is today. It was extremely warm, making the very active tour more challenging. But the hotels were very nice and did what they could to make us comfortable without air conditioning. I enjoyed the side trips to the farm in the Alps, the former Swiss military bunker, and Olympics headquarters.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting on the balcony of our hotel in Murren looking at Eiger and Jungfrau peaks. Awesome!"

Lois

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Martin is a fabulous guide. The tour itinerary was a very good mix of city and mountains, group time and free time. After Martin's orientation, it was very easy to navigate the cities on my own. Hotels were very convenient to the sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountains around Latterbrunnen and Murrin! I could have stayed there for weeks. Being in a very small town surrounded by gigantic mountains gives you a new perspective on life."

John

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time and the places we visited were interesting. Learning the history and culture of the area we were heading to was one of the highlights for me. A few times we had the opportunity to talk with a local and it was surprising to me how many languages they speak and how much they know about US politics - I caught an ear full about Trump.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two moments. The first was eating breakfast at the top of Schilthorn at the 360 degree revolving restaurant. The view of the mountains was spectacular. My second moment was visiting the Olympic museum in Lausanne. There was a lot to see but I wish we had more time to look."

Donald

Charlestown, RI

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had been wanting to do this tour since it came out and had the opportunity this year to travel as a family with my wife, son, and myself. I thought the tour was very good and was made even better by our excellent guide Maisie. We began the tour by arriving in Zurich Old Town a day early and taking the train to the group meeting the next afternoon. I enjoyed all the places we visited but enjoyed the alpine areas the most.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not necessarily a WOW moment but I really liked being in, and touring through, the alpine areas. We stayed in Murren two years ago on the G.A.S. tour and the weather was good but this time it was excellent. We went up the Schilthorn for breakfast and the weather could not have been better. Both days we were there it was spectacular and we got to enjoy watching our son paraglide out over the valley in the late afternoon."

Sandi

Orange, CA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first ever group tour and choosing Rick Steves'Best of Switzerland in 12 Days was the best decision we could have made! We saw and did more with our awesome guide Maisie than we ever could have accomplished on our own. Yes, many in Switzerland speak English, but many more do not, and having Maisie along with her fluent German was great. (She was especially helpful to me with retrieving a forgotten overnight bag from our fancy bus and with helping with train tickets. Love her!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are MANY "wow" moments on this tour, especially those dealing with views of the Swiss Alps. But if I MUST choose, I would pick these two especially memorable moments: Touring the Engleberg monastery with its chanting monks and its amazing medieval library collection of ancient manuscripts (not usually part of the abbey tour), and, on our own, taking the Sonnenberg funicular up to hike around the green meadows with the cattle and their cow bells. Oh, and, of course, the Matterhorn!"

Mary

Moline, IL

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Many friends have recommended RS Tours to us and after our first experience, we KNOW why!From the moment we met the group to our parting good byes, the trip was wonderful. Let's just go ahead and change Maisie to Amazing Maisie! Her expertise and professionalism sets the standard very, very high. We also appreciated her genuine and kind spirit, quick wit, and obvious love of what she does that was never anything but authentic proving that being highly intelligent doesn't mean "stuffy."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murrin Matterhorn view and the mountain experience in general"

Robert

Williamstown, MA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

well planned and organized, interesting stops, excellent timing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"seeing the Eige rup close and the Alps."

Karen

Chandler, AZ

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour- well thought out itinerary. Great guide; great drivers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was a total Wow! The charm factor was off the charts for this place!"

Kathleen

Williamstown, MA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed with how Rick Steves tour thought of everything: every detail was thought through and planned. There were no surprises (except the cost to do laundry in Ascona). Our tour guide Maisie was the best!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps!!"

Robert

Moline, IL

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was AMAZING! Let's start with our guide Maisie. She was witty, knowledgeable, and all one could ask for and more. She ANTICIPATED questions'and needs (but in a good way); the trip would have been much less without her. All but one hotel was fantastic, but that was probably a last-minute booking due to the jazz festival. Each day was "wow-filled" and more than I anticipated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every single day of the trip, and that is NOT a copout!"

Jon

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've been on numerous RS tours. This is one of the better ones. The history is significant. The views magnificent. Not too much time in the bus. The mix of people on the tour was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren. Without a doubt. The gondola ride. Eiger. Monch. Jungfrau. The high country. The cows with their bells. Grimmelwald. Hotel Alpenruh."

Valerie

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

You know it's an amazing trip when all you can think about once you get home is when you can get back there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tandem-paragliding in the shadow of the Jungfrau on a postcard-perfect afternoon!"

Lori

Charlestown, RI

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful experience! Loved every bit of it. It was nice to be able to see so much of Switzerland. I enjoyed the cities and the small towns, the countryside, alpine meadows, the Swiss alps, chocolate, cheese, cows, lakes etc. We had a wonderful group of people and a superb guide! Our meals and hotels were all great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and Gimmerwald were unbelievable. Such beauty everywhere you turn! Watching my son paraglide over Murren and the Lauterbrunnen Valley was also a scary WOW!"

Sheila

Sunset Beach, NC

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Holger, really helped to make our trip such a wonderful experience. Also the local guides really brought things to life. Especially liked our local guide in Bern.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved our time in Murren. Liked being up on a cliff. Enjoyed our hikes in the area. It was beautiful with meadows, forests, cows, waterfalls and snow topped mountains. It was so peaceful and relaxing. Also really enjoyed our cheese making visit. I am from a dairy farm in NC, and it was great to be on a farm."

Suzanne

West Richland, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good. Most interesting was gaining understanding of the unique Swiss government structure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The two clear days in Murren were beautiful. Also, the World War II defence systems were interesting."

Harry

West Richland, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very nice tour covering the three major language regions of Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The balcony view from our room in Murren looking across the Lauterbrunnen Valley was spectacular."

Don

Sioux Falls, SD

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was all perfectly balanced. Very well run. Excellent tour guide. Fantastic selection of diverse things to do each day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the underground/cave fortress for Swiss soldiers."

Verle

Cape Fair, MO

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A great tour. real nice people to travel with, good guides, great bus driver, Raymond, bus's were good. Hotels were above average for the normal Rick Steve's hotels, and the included meals were very good. In my opinion we could have skipped the Fortress Fürigen part of the trip, the trip to Zermatt and the Matterhorn,and headed straight to Murren. So many things to do in and around Murren that we could have used more time there. Also, we could have skipped Avenches.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride to Chillon, first class was good due to the crowd onboard, Chillon itself, and the wonderful vineyard/wine tasting after Chillon. A really great day!!!!!!!! Also, we spent our "free" day in Lugano, taking a boat trip to the charming village of Morcote. Beautiful village, good food too. Very Italian. We took the bus back to Lugano. Much prettier than Gandria. Try it out if you get there!"

Ellen

Cape Fair, MO

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, great guide, great tour mates, and the scenery was beautiful. Our bus driver did an excellent job maneuvering in some tight spaces and hair pin curves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed going to Mt. Pilatus in Lucerne during our free time. The views from the top were beautiful. I enjoyed the beautiful sunny day on the steamer boat on Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Château de Chillon, and the Lavaux vineyard. The views from the winery were stunning and it was a magical afternoon. I also enjoyed the cheese making demonstration and tasting at the Alpine farm. We spent our free day in Lugano taking the ferry boat to the charming village of Morcote. Morcote was a "wow" also."

Latha

Concord, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Rushed, but got to see a lot. Skip Zermatt - very touristy and crowded, and time wasted trying to see the Matterhorn, although bad weather prevented that. In fact, rain and clouds prevented us from seeing any of the big peaks, but I knew that might happen, so am OK with it. Skip the Olympic museum and wine tasting- needed the time to see the town of Lausanne, which we did not have enough time to see. Engelberg was also not a very appealing town, & too many changes to get to top of Mt.Titlis.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland is wonderful, varied and historic, but crowded! Trummelbach falls (on my own) and Lauterbrunnen valley fabulous. Tour of the Engelberg monastery with humorous Brother Thomas great, as well as the evensong prayers sung by the brothers, out of sight, at the monastery cathedral that evening. All the lake cruises were great, especially Lake Lucerne. Bern's medieval streets and energy were a wonderful surprise."

Lynn

Kalispell, MT

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We arrived from Zurich to Lucerne and were greeted by Donald and directed to our room. The meet and greet was warm and informative. The accommodations throughout the tour were better than the last Rick Steves tour. The provided breakfasts were generally great, but the provided dinners were carbohydrate heavy to my taste. The risotto making was great fun and the two fondues gave a taste of Switzerland. Unfortunately, the weather put a damper (pun intended) on the Alp viewing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Alp and observing the cheese making."

Teresa

Denver, CO

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a first time tour taker, I was extremely hesitant to tell others I was taking a tour; however, it was one of the best experiences of my life! Every aspect of every minute was thoughtfully calculated to give us the very best opportunity to see the culture in which we were immersing ourselves. The tour guide was knowledgeable, patient, and engaging. The hotels and restaurants were classy and we never felt as if we were in a tour group. The tour was steeped in rich opportunities. Loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably my favorite "wow" moment was when I came to the realization that most of the tour takers were on their fifth or even ninth trip! They spoke so highly of the plethoras of adventures had on each tour, and seeing their dedication to all things Rick Steves caused me to take the trip with a different lens, one of appreciation and commitment to all the places we visited."

Marcia

Greenwood, IN

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed Max's chocolates, the Ticinese cooking class, the Alpine farm, the wine tasting and the boat cruise on Lake Geneva.

Edith

West Linn, OR

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For 12 days we enjoyed a carefully planned and [INVALID]d itinerary of adventures in Switzerland. Our tour guide had a warm friendly way of moving us from place to place and kept all of us engaged by telling us about the history and culture of each of our many stops. Fabian's commentary during the bus rides (and during walking tours, via the little green box) were varied and carefully tailored to his audience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day was better than the last. The Wow factor for this particular tour was that our guide who, on several occasions, got us together for photos of the whole group. These photos were later distrusted via email and made a nice contribution to the photo album we put together after the trip was over."

Scott

Burlington, VT

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Switzerland was a fabulous tour filled with spectacular beauty, interesting cities and towns, and so many engaging and interesting tour members. Fabian, our tour guide, did a superior job of bringing Switzerland to life in talking about its history, culture, economics, and unique place in European history. We were fortunate to have fantastic weather which made our time in the Alps magical.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had multiple days of clear blue skies that made for breathtaking trips to Mount Titlis, the Matterhorn, and Schilthorn. However, hiking on the North Face Trail in Murren ranks as a highlight."

Debra

Mason, OH

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was a "wow" moment. The hotels, food, cities, and tours were all well chosen and memorable. Our guide, Fabian, was over-the-top. This is such a wonderful tour with the scenery and the activities. Hightly recommend to anyone who wants an excellent tour with a small group that gets you off the beaten path.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Both Engelberg / Titlus and Lauterbrunnen Valley/ Murren. The majesty of the mountains and being able to see them from both the valley as well as a more up close view was wonderful. Walking around the town of Engelberg, talking to locals was also very special. Hiking from Murren down to the valley was wonderful. Every turn in the path brought us to another special forested space or mountain stream or impressive view. Oh - and the cheese farm! That was extra special as well!"

Thomas

West Linn, OR

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lots of activities, as many as I could handle. The tour guide ran the tour smoothly. Like the best of England tour this tour throws a lot of information at you. It is like drinking out of a fire hose. Since we stayed in Bavaria for five days before this tour started to get used to the time change, I have some idea how much work it is to arrange lodging, transportation, and meals, so I appreciate having that done for me during the tour. I enjoyed interacting the the other tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Boat ride on Lake Lucern, looking at all the beautiful steep green mountains surrounding the lake. I also liked the falls coming of the sides of the canyon at Berner Oberland."

Julie

Burlington, VT

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful guide and tour members (no grumps policy is awesome!). We love the format of RS tours: time in a new city together, followed by time on our own, once we've been given the "lay of the land". We were incredibly fortunate with weather: clear skies at Titlis, Matterhorn, Murren, at the farm, Lake Lugano...amazing to see it all. We especially appreciated Fabian's knowledge of the history of the area. And having mostly seasoned RS travelers made connecting with others easy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The natural beauty of Switzerland (mountains, lakes and waterfalls) has got to be number one on the WOW meter, although that was expected. The real unexpected WOW moment was learning about the history, politics and culture of such a small country. 4 national languages. An almost direct democracy. A livable wage. Hidden fortresses. Fascinating!"

Caroline

Upland, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great tour! This is my seventh Rick Steves' tours and one of the best! Very balanced tour vs. free time. Excellent tour guide! I don't think you should change anything!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matterhorn, Mt. Titlus and the Schilthorn all cloud free!"

Christine

Milton, MA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Switzerland was not our first choice. It was chosen because of scheduling. I am so happy it worked out because the beauty of this trip would be hard to match. Fabian our tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly and funny...not to mention he always had chocolate! It was nice to have a tour guide who did this trip many times still get excited about the mountains and the beauty. My friends marveled that I was able to pack for all seasons -- rain, snow in the mountains, sun in Lugano. Outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose from on this trip. Engelberg was a highlight and the visit to Mount Titlus was breathtaking and beautiful. The waterfalls as we traveled through Lauterbrunnen valley were equally as breathtaking. If I HAD to choose [INVALID] the hike led by Fabian while in Murren will always stick in my head. I said it at the time and as I write this I can still feel it [INVALID] there is an overload of beauty everywhere you look from the mountains to the flowers in the valley."

Kathleen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was most wowed by seeing the Eiger, Monk and Jungfrau from our hotel in Murren. Wonderful combination of majestic landscapes and fascinating history of the Swiss people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the most Wow moment was seeing the Monk, Eiger and Junfrau from our hotel in Murren."

Emily

Perkasie, PA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabian very knowledgeable and attentive, very capable bus drivers, hotels outstanding, trip outstanding as one day rain in Luzern, and rest of trip thru magnificent scenery was sky blue clear, no clouds, warm weather and varied group of friendly travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to name just one. Switzerland is gorgeous, friendly residents, everything clean and efficiently run on every level of living life to the fullest"

Richard

Winter Garden, FL

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide, Fabian was excellent and very knowledgeable about the history and traditions of Switzerland. I have been to Switzerland many times on business, but this time I felt like I was really experiencing the way a citizen of Switzerland might see their homeland. The weather was perfect and the scenery was breathtakingly beautiful. Overall we could not have asked for a better tour, historical insight, and fantastic experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite WOW moment was view of the Eiger, Jungfrau, and Moench mountains as the sunset across from them."

Lauren

Winter Garden, FL

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an absolute pleasure. We had the best tour guide in Fabian, and 26 interesting travel companions. The hotels and restaurants were perfect and the scenery in Switzerland was breathtaking. It was nice to just relax and enjoy the trip. We enjoyed traveling by bus, train, steamship, funicular, cable car, cogwheel and gondola. Fabian keep us entertained with history, stories, treats of Swiss Chocolate and St. Bernard dogs! Overall an exceptional vacation!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had several "wow" moments, but the biggest WOW was the picture perfect weather at Matterhorn. Second biggest was the perfect weather for seeing the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch."

Paul

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guide. Good companions. Gorgeous scenery. Fun activities. Interesting bits of information that I would never have found for myself. Lots of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved staying in Murren. The views are spectacular, the town is comfortable. It's small enough that you can't get lost. We have stayed in Wengen, on the other side of the valley, on previous trips and enjoyed it too. Murren was even better."

Karen

Dekalb, IL

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A trip of a lifetime. A few days I felt like we were being herded too quickly (in Engelberg, Zermatt & Berner Oberland, and Lake Geneva & Bern. On the other hand, as I look back on it, the main reason those days were so rushed was that the weather was near perfect. We made full use of our luck. But you had wisely built backup plans into the schedule. So,the days turned out to be totally crammed. I'm grateful for our luck & your foresight. But it was exhausting at the time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a wow moment almost every day. My favorite moment though was uncharacteristically quiet and contemplative (given how busy the rest of the trip was). The morning when we were staying at the hotel in Murren, I woke up very early. I had to pinch myself as I realized where I was. Then I went out to my room balcony in PJs & bare feet. I spent a wonderful hour or two just listening to the birds and watching the sun rise over the Eiger. The mountains were awe inspiring."

Carole

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A trip full of experiences...from the first day, we had days packed with new experiences, good company and the beautiful backdrop of Switzerland. A cheese farm, making our own risotto, gondolas to incredible vistas-every day was something new! A Rick Steves' tour at its finest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not ready to [INVALID] the winning "wow" moment. Thoroughly enjoyed the cheese farm experience despite the rain. Seeing the clouds part for a view of the Matterhorn was spectacular. Gondola and funicular rides into the majestic Alps were unforgettable. The trip was like a buffet with too many food choices to pick just one."

Harwinder

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent trip and our guide was wonderful and knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every about this trip was great"

Kenneth

Winona, MN

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautifully thought-out itinerary, excellent guides, good overall choice of "experiences" for travelers. Also a good balance of planned "tourism" and free time. Too bad it rained so much, but Donald was very savvy in making adjustments and proposing alternatives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I expected the risotto-making in Lugano to be a bit hokey (it was, of course). But it was also just a lot of fun--a lovely chance to mix, mingle, and eat a copious, unpretentious meal in a beautiful setting. Good choice."

Robert

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent. My sister and I took our respective partners on this trip. We had lived in Lausanne almost 50 years ago. I was surprised at how little I remembered, but this was the trip of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view in Murren"

Sandra

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Donald, was absolutely amazing. Calm, organized, professional, funny and extremely knowledgeable. The trip was perfectly balanced between group activities and time on our own. I did not want to leave. Switzerland is a truly stunning country. I had no idea how clean, organized and well run it would be. The food was delicious, the hotels were very nice and clean. Breakfasts were amazing and at every single turn the scenery was spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the mountains, alps and lakes was indescribable. The precision of the transportation system was awe inspiring. At every turn it seemed there was another awe inspiring scene of beauty."

Jill

Dallas, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I decided on this trip because the Scotland tour was full when I was ready to book. Must have been kismet because this was a wonderful trip & country! I didn't know there were true regions in the country & it was obvious as we moved through Switzerland. Each region was uniquely special. If I had a critique, I would say add a day to the Murren and Lugano stops & make it a 14 day trip! I would have liked an extra day in each, as both have so much to offer and see. Donald was a terrific guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each stop we made, whether for a few hours or overnight, were special in their own way. The Swiss alps are incredible! Wow moments-MANY-walk to Gimmelwald from Murren, Titlis, seeing the Matterhorn, old town of Bern, cheese farm/the cows, cooking and dining on Lake Lugano, boat trip on Lake Geneva, Laveaux region/wine tasting. The whole country is scenic!"

Dennis

O Fallon, IL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the experience was what I expected. This is my second Rick Steves tour and was exactly what I planned for.

Debra

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very interesting to learn about Switzerland's history, military and government and to experience the differences in the Swiss, German, Italian and French regions! The views were beautiful, the mountains amazing with waterfalls! I especially enjoyed the boat rides, the cooking lesson, the wine tasting, and the visit to the cheese farm. Donald was an excellent guide and Gabe was great as the tour assistant!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride up to Mount Titlis was an adventure! Seeing and hearing the cow bells in the meadows, and opening my hotel room windows at one location to learn we were on the side of an ledge and my only view was to breathtaking mountains!"

Michael

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was our first with Rick Steves and it was an excellent start to make my wife and I plan on another. The tour allowed us some freedom to do our own sightseeing while also letting someone else worry about handling the details of where to stay, what to see, and how to get there. We had 27 in our group. Some we got to know better than others but we had a good time with all of them. Perhaps change or eliminate the visit to the chocolate shop. Seemed a little like a sales pitch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The local guides brought into the select areas were outstanding. Each had their their own character but their subject knowledge and presentation were multiple "wow" moments for me. Claudia in Luzern, the guide for the Fortress Furigen, the head priest in Engelberg, and the guide for the Roman ruins in Avenches were the best. These were the essence of what a Rick Steves tour brings to a tour. The several boat trips were also very good."

Elizabeth

Richmond, VA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this was one of the best vacations I've been on. Loved the experience, the guides were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Muren was beautiful, so picturesque. Enjoyed the free time to hike and explore."

James

Lititz, PA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Switzerland was amazing. Our group were a diverse group of very interesting people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"being surrounded by the Alps."

Diane

O'fallon, IL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Donald White was just excellent[INVALID]always engaged, helpful and consistently providing advice and tips to maximize the tour experience [INVALID]whatever the location/setting. The tour provided a great overview of Switzerland. The boat excursion with making dinner was a real treat[INVALID]and a perfect opportunity to get to know others on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Titlus view--WOW"

Newell

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip. Donald kept us informed with his broad knowledge of Switzerland. We enjoyed getting to know our fellow tour members, who were a pleasure to travel with. The itinerary was well planned. Gabe was very personable and help a lot with the trip details.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed getting familiar with Bern. What a beautiful walkable city!"

Betty

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a special treat to be able to tour Switzerland as it's beauty is breathtaking. The hotels and the meals were wonderful. Our guide Donald was professional, organized, interesting and funny. The coach driver, Marion was a delight and became part of the group even helping to stir our risotto. More time for me to enjoy the wine! Among my favorite activities were the boat rides, the risotto cooking class and the wine tasting overlooking Lake Geneva.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walk down to Gimmelwald, hearing the lovely cow bells and getting a glimpse of daily life in the Alps. I would have loved an additional day in Murren. Engleberg monastery tour by the head priest was special. Just simply the fresh air and beauty everywhere!!"

Catherine

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great trip full of lots of history, details, authentic local tou r guides and great old city locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many parts were excellent. I keep changing my mind. I loved visiting the Alp. Very nice people there who took us onto their home. I loved seeing the fortress in the rock from the war. I loved seeing the little children watch the 10am chime in the city square for the their first time."

Brian

Orland Park, IL

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steve's tour and the experience was awesome. We really like the balance of tour time and on your own time. Our guides were outstanding. We really appreciated having both a guide and apprentice. They added to an overall positive experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment on this tour was the steamboat ride on Lake Geneva and visit to the winery. It was a beautiful day and very relaxing. Fantastic."

Michele

Crossville, TN

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very informative tour Guide, and Miriam provided more specific details when relevant, such as the health care perspective in Switzerland. Able to see unexpected sights beyond the stated itinerary due to some natural phenomena at this time of year. Fabian helped us make the most of the mountain experiences despite the persistent rain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to define one moment as the most WOW. The scenery has to be the answer. It was incredibly peaceful on the lakes, and mystically moody because of the rain in the mountains. For example, the sunset over Mt. Pilatus in Lucerne, the view from the winery in Lausanne, the avalanche in the rain in Murren - incredible photos."

Curtis

Aiea, HI

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Even though we had some periods of bad weather, it still was a great trip! Fabian was the main reason for making it such a great experience. His background and vast knowledge of Switzerland was amazing! Learned so much on this trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to monastery with a bebedictine monk as a guide. Unbeleivable experience!"

Barbara

Urbandale, IA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Trip was well planned. We got places we wouldn't have gotten to on our own. The weather wasn't the the best but no one said we could count on weather

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fact that we covered so much of Switzerland. And the army tunnels."

Steven

Crossville, TN

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The pre-tour information and instructions were very clear and precise. Once the tour started there were several times where rain limited some of the views but it never stopped the group from going forward and enjoying where we were. This was our 5th tour with Rick Steves and as in the past our guide and the local guides were helpful and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the Lavaux vineyard wine tasting. It was a sunny day and we were looking down the hill at the vineyards and over Lake Geneva. It was also special because we had several rainy days leading up to the tasting. It's also hard not to be "wowed" by the Alps as well."

Michelle

Livingston, MT

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the tour very much. Switzerland is beautiful and the 12 day trip allowed us to see it's diverse geography, culture and people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking down from Mt. Titlis, hearing the Swiss cowbells and eating the local cheeses and cured meats! It was a great day."

Ken

Elmhurst, IL

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Yorick was very professional, extremely knowledgeable about the country and the culture, and was very patient with the tour group even when the same question was asked repeatedly. He showed patience and kindness.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up to the top of St. Pilatus. Also the defense system tunnel and the Landwasser viaduct (which we toured on our own)"

Lorelyn

Fredonia, WI

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed having free time to explore on my own. Staying two nights at a hotel makes travel so much more relaxing. Our guide York was very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren- It snowed and it was like a winter wonderland. We were blessed with great weather."

Michele

Reno, NV

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. I enjoyed staying in each hotel at least 2 nights. It felt a little like we were settling in. I liked the variety of the tour time and the free time too. It was a great mix. I also enjoyed being in just one country, to immerse specifically about Switzerland. And RS added so much variety. We were on mountain tops, in cities, on cheese making farms, traveling with trains. So much diversity. Thank you for doing all the upfront investigation for a great Swiss tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Engelberg was amazing and just as I pictured Switzerland to be. I would imagine Murren is also typical Swiss but we had rain and clouds."

Jenny

Milford, OH

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experience on the Best of Switzerland tour was fantastic. While I am partial to the flexibility the My Way tours offer, this fully guided tour included several memorable highlights. Dinner in Lugano where the group prepared our own risotto for dinner, the visit to the home of the dairy farm to sample their cheese, and the wine tasting at the vineyard overlooking Lake Geneva - all were great additions to the itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rain, snow and fog prevented us from truly enjoying the majesty of the Alps when we visited Murren. So, I would have to say our visit to Mt. Titlis delivered. It was a crystal clear day and the views from the top wowed us all."

Lars

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was "good" and I enjoyed it, but it did not "wow" me like previous Rick Steves tours (Scandinavia, Heart of France, Heart of Italy).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nothing really WOWed me. I really liked Trummelbach falls (near Murren), Swiss Transportation Museum (near Luzern), Museum of Communication (in Bern), and Swiss National Museum (in Zurich) - all done on our own. The Alps (Engelberg, Zermatt, and Murren) all had the potential to wow me, but all were fogged in."

Cynthia

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Enjoyed doing outdoor nature activities in Europe. Enjoyed tour. Not as happy with allocation of free vs. tour time as previous RS tours. Some days had few activities, others too tightly scheduled. We rushed away from Murren to visit Gruyeres which wasn't worth the trade-off. Too little time in Murren. Need 1 day for Peaks/Alpine trails and 1 day for Lauterbrunnen. Time in Olympic Museum short; Little free time in Lausanne.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Liked lake & hiking in Engelberg. We enjoyed Trummelbach Falls and the Lauterbrunnen Valley falls - not part of the tour. Our gondola to Schilthorn was cancelled for bad weather; next day was clear early, but we had to leave at 7:55am. Some accommodation for weather to 9 or 10 am would've been great! That was a potential Wow! We liked city walls in Lucerne, not even in your book, not mentioned by our guide. Matterhorn also fogged in."

Doug

Milford, OH

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Yorick was amazing with his knowledge of Swiss history and the history on the individual cities we visited. The towns that we visited were all interesting in their own way, but I suggest longer stay in each city with moe free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Murren. I would have loved to stay an extra day in Murren."

Robert

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Switzerland is an incredibly beautiful country. We had outstanding weather which made each locale and the bus/train/boat journeys so much more enjoyable. The tour included a really nice variety of different experiences from a dairy farm to a cold war era military installation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss countryside, mountains and lakes provided many wow moments."

Janet

Boonville, CA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable itinerary; generally had enough free time. Hotels were very good choices, reflecting the areas where we stayed overnight. Included dinners were 50/50; mac and cheese with potatoes was interesting to hear about, not so much to eat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to visit the dairy farm where they made cheese. Not so much wow as it was the real deal; life as they live it. Very enjoyable, guide played Swiss music and yodeling during the drive there, lovely combination. Very scenic and memorable. And, I have to say, one wow moment was the Olympic Museum, wow, how could they make it so bad? That museum was worthless and a waste of time and money. I say toss it and find something to replace it with on the tour."

Steve

Livingston, MT

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour experience was excellent. It was a nice blend of group activities and personal time to experience Switzerland on our own. Our guide was very good at explaining the local and national history at any given location. We really loved the historic and cultural places your tour chose for us. We have a much better grasp of Switzerland's place in history and and its role in European history/geography. The hotels,restaurants, trains, buss and local tours all exceeded our highest expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While the scenery was spectacular, my personal "wow" moment was to see my family name on a plaque on the wall of the Bern cathedral. It really inspired me to more fully research my family roots back to Switzerland!"

Marilyn

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great group to travel with; a mixture of RS repeats and some first timers. It was fun to share other tour experiences with them. Switzerland was beautiful and the weather really worked with us...from sunshine to snow. Yorick kept the group on a comfortable pace and kept us informed of possible changes to the itinerary (weather dependent). He readily shared his knowledge of Switzerland; I was impressed by his command of the many languages of Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't have a particular moment. I just loved the raw beauty of the country. Our time at the farm was special when our van driver played the flugelhorn and we had a little concert while enjoying their delicious cheese. Group bonding was a great time at the Grotto; the food was great."

Vincent

Townsend, MA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Switzerland is picture perfect in every direction, and the tour helped me appreciate many wonderful aspects of the country. Very well chosen things to see and do and experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very hard to decide -- perhaps hiking in Engelberg at Mt Titlus(?). Just like all the movies and pictures people see about Switzerland."

Pamela

Camas, WA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Switzerland has vistas so beautiful they defy description. A refreshing model of unity embracing the diverse cultures and languages that comprise this country. Leader Yorick was organized but flexible, and accessible whilst encouraging independence. A wide variety of experiences, and mostly good weather to enjoy them. (Snowy Murren was pretty, but we missed the spectacular view. Add a day here!). Hotel rooms were small but clean.We enjoyed friendly fellow travelers and our skilled bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"From bunkers to bovines, each day had wow moments. Loved the cooking class dinner with its candlelit meal lakeside, the cheese farm lunch and mini- concert, wine tasting overlooking the sunlit vineyards and sparkling lake, the camaraderie of "happy hour" sharing stories and experiences, and Diccon's personal forum in Bern tying together all we had seen and done. Glad for my hundreds of photo memories of snow- capped peaks, lush green hills, deep valleys and broad blue- green lakes and rivers."

Brenda

Elmhurst, IL

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really, Switzerland is a wow a minute! Every mountain climb was thrilling- including the funiculars, ski lifts and gondolas that took us to the top. I also very much enjoyed the cheese farm and the couple of hours we spent at the vineyard sampling the wine. Along with the military fortification, these stops are highlights of our trip that we would not have been able to find on our own."

Carol

Campbellford, ON

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and I had an amazing trip to Switzerland with our group. Loved every minute. We certainly lucked out on weather the whole way - wishing I had taken a few more clothes for the warmer weather instead of warmer clothes for cooler weather. Had to purchase a couple of cooler tops to wear. Every day was an adventure! The options to undertake on our free days were perfect in every way. The tours as a group were a lot of fun and very well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me being up in the Alpes was my "wow" moment or moments. Beautiful view from Mount Pilatus. Mount Titlis was amazing - walking across the suspension bridge and walking through the ice cave! Seeing the Matterhorn and the glaciers. The village of Murren was beautiful! Experiencing all the different modes of transportation that we did was great."

Dan

Fort Bragg, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Martin made our already good tour into a GREAT ONE!! We couldn't ask for more. His insights and knowledge made us feel very comfortable in HIS country...We are already signed up for Sicily 2019!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alpes were our favorite part of the tour. Trips out of Murren were excellent."

Laurie

Canandaigua, NY

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing time on this tour. Martin was an excellent guide and did a nice job of "switching things up". Every day was a different sort of adventure. Plenty of free time to go exploring on your own. The local guides that were chosen were great. Martin did a wonderful job of giving us an in depth cultural experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is not one "wow" moment that I could choose; there were many "wow" moments! When you are standing by a lake with the Swiss Alps in the background or standing at the top of a peak and looking all around at the beauty of the country, well, it's hard not to have a "wow" moment... pretty much every day."

Mary

Fort Bragg, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was wonderful. Great lodging, great activities. Our tour guide Martin brightened our tour with his knowledge, warmth, accessibility and thoughtfulness. Thank you

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the tram to the Matterhorn. Stunning!"

Carolyn

Warkworth, ON

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Switzerland is a beautiful, clean country with the spectacular Alps adding to the beauty. Our Rick Steve's tour was excellent and I would not hesitate to take another tour. Everything was well organized- hotels centrally located and very nice; food excellent; day trips outlined many highlights that Switzerland had to offer, and free afternoons offered us time to explore on our own. Martin, our guide, was excellent- very knowledgeable, approachable and offered humour to our days was fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lucerne was my favorite introduction to Switzerland. The wooden bridges with flowers everywhere with the Alps in the background. There was so much to see in this town- the "lion" sculpture, walled part of the city, funicular, river, cobblestone streets. This town was quaint-easy to walk everywhere. Mount Titlus was pretty spectacular with views, glacier cave and suspension bridge."

George

Stillwater, OK

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great being introduced to the diversity of Switzerland--German, Swiss German, Italian and French speaking geographic areas by our outstanding guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed being in Murren and the surrounding area but I also througeh enjoy Luzern and Lausanne as well plus all the beautiful scenery."

Larry

Prairie Village, KS

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour, travel group, Martin's humor and expertise, the setting far exceeded my greatest expectations. This particular tour was recommended by a couple when we were together on the Village Italy tour last year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to say because there were so many. Probably the Murren area."

Barbara

Campbellford, ON

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

What a fabulous tour. I enjoyed a variety of accommodations staying in the small centers with quaint hotels in the down town area as well as mountainous views from our chalet. We experienced multiple means of travel including hiking, trains, buses, Metros, boats, gondolas and funiculars. All added to our overall experience of discovering Switzerland at it's best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery had to be the wow factor for me. We kept repeating "How can it get any better than this"? Yet it continued to amaze every day. The tour provided a wide selection of landscapes to enjoy."

Rich

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations and all of them were met. The tour had exactly the right balance of unique Swiss destinations with plenty of time to explore each location with the group and on our own. Switzerland is a small country but amazingly diverse and stunningly beautiful throughout. Our guide ensured we maximized the experience without feeling rushed. Highly recommended.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"With a trip this well put together there were many competitors for my favorite moment. But just edging out the group dinner in Lugano and the hike though the Engelberg Valley was the moment in Murren when the clouds parted after a foggy morning and all at once above us appeared the snowcapped peaks of the Eiger, the Monch, and the Jungfrau. I've never seen anything like to compare."

Joanne

Rockford, IL

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was memorable, filled with great experiences and great people. Maisie is a very skilled and pleasant guide very enthusiastic, knowledgeable, patient and a great sense of humor! With her guidance we were able to negotiate the cities with no problems and found some gems on our own too. The only other Rick Steve's experience I have had is the 17 Day Best of Italy that I took with family in 2007. I recall it being a more relaxing trip, with more free time. This trip was booked solid.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat tours were very relaxing and the mountain experiences were the best! Rick Steves Tours best features are the unusual "off the grid" experiences like the farm and the risotto cooking."

Lucy

The Villages, FL

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the amazing views"

Frank

Long Valley, NJ

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour of Switzerland was beautiful, relaxing and fun Traveling with this Rick Steves group of people was very enjoyable and memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The clifftop village of Murren. Just loved the view, the food and people"

John

The Villages, FL

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Yes,an outstanding travel experience in all respects. We especially liked the pace and spacing of the tour. When we arrived in a new city/location the orientation and welcome dinner allowed us to use our free time the next day so much more effectively. As for our tour guide, she was exceptional in her knowledge, communication skills and ability to relate to all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Lugano, "Italy run by the Swiss" and our walk on our own to Gandri. It was very special. The boat ride on the Lake was also special. I also found the Castle Chillon to be absolutely amazing followed of course by a wine tasting at a 14th century winery. My last one was in Engelberg at the Dominican Monastery when we had a monk who lives in the abbey give us our tour. I have been in many churches etc in Europe but he made the whole thing so real since he was actually living it."

Trudy

Satellite Beach, FL

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip. Thorough tour of Switzerland. Hit all the highlights. Favorites: Chocolate tasting at Max's, hike around base of Mt Titlis with Maise, visit to working dairy farm, monastery at Engleberg, Chateau de Chillon (excellent guide-can't remember his name), Avenches (Madeline is excellent guide), walking tour of Bern (Diccon is excellent guide) Least favorites: army bunker (claustrophobic; difficult to hear tour guide if stuck in back of group), bus ride (motion sick), late-evening dinners

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping out on Hotel Alpenruh balcony early next morning after late (dark) arrival night before. Terrifying, breathtaking and exhilarating! Sun rising and illuminating slopes of mountain peaks - gorgeous! Loved all the varied modes of transport: gondolas, funiculars, steam-driven boats, trains,"

Margaret

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour covered enormous territory for such a small place. The bus rides along the high curvy roads to our destinations, along with Maisie's excellent narrative, provided insight about the role of the Alps in Swiss history. The local guides were all very knowledgeable and gave informative, enjoyable tours. Loved the monastery tour in Engleberg, the dairy farm in Baderalp, the Lugano risotto experience and of course the wine tasting in Lausanne.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the 360 view at the top of Schilthorn in Murren, incredible. I also enjoyed the cliff walk on Mt. Titlis. For local flavor I really enjoyed the visit to the dairy farm at Baderalp, loved the cheese and the music!"

Scott

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was very well organized and took us through an amazing section of Europe. Some of the days were a bit overwhelming and adding a day or two to the agenda would help that. Great mix of mountain and lake experiences. Enjoyed the dairy farm visit as well as the night of the cruise and making risotto.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time spent in Murren was incredible but Engelberg was a very close second."

Sally

Tampa, FL

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very impressed with the itinerary and the variety of planned activities. Information imparted from The guide, local guide and others helped me to know the Swiss.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner cooked together and the mountain scenery were the two "wow" moments of the trip."

Dona

Castle Rock, CO

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were able to experience so much more on this tour than doing it on our own - The chocolate tasting, risotto making and dinner by the lake, the Benedictine abby tour, stopping in Bellinzona and Gruyere. We also learned a lot from Maisie and the other tour guides. Our bus driver Jeanette was an excellent driver and I felt very safe. It was nice to experience, gondolas, boats and trains too. The bus was roomy so we could spread out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything about Murren! Our hotel was great and the view from the balcony was wonderful! the whole little village. Even though the hike from Murren to Gimmelwald was very strenuous and hard on the back and hips, the scenery was breathtaking. The cheese fondu that night was delicious. The gondola ride and views at the top were great. The cheese farm visit afterward was memorable walking up their drive, hearing the cowbells tinkle. The farm lady yodeled a birthday greeting for one of us."

William Vance

Castle Rock, CO

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It exceeded my expectations. We were able to see and do much more than trying to do it on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking up the lane to the high farm to see cheese making - hearing the bells around the necks of the cows - I realized we really were in Switzerland."

Robert

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was outstanding, from the pre-tour information and planning to the last breakfast in Bern. The weather was great, except for Zermatt, when the Matterhorn was hidden by the only rain clouds we had. But then I had signed up for this trip with the express desire of finally seeing the Matterhorn. Anybody remember the Disney movie, "Third Man on the Mountain" or the book, "Banner in the Sky"? I do and I remember both. So now I have an excuse to get back to Zermatt, to see that mountain...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was the the high point of the trip. The hike on the North trail was stunning. The Eiger, Munch and Jungfrau were at their best. NO clouds to block the view. The cows were friendly as were the goats. The pigs were a bit standoff-ish, but that is a pig for you. WE were exhausted, but wanted more, more mountains, more cable car rides, more trains through mountains, like another day in Murren (hint, hint...)"

John

Golden, CO

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steves tour and it was amazing! Had a great group of people to start with, and Yorick was fantastic! He had a lot of ins and outs, things like being first on a tram, got us to the top early, and our walk through an ice cave was virtually by ourselves! Was really impressed with his knowledge of the history of the area. Even more impressed with his mastering of all the languages he knew. The local guides we had were also fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was amazing, but I was extremely fond of Murren. The tram to the top of the mountain with breakfast in the revolving restaurant, with the stunning views. May have been the hike from the train station 2 villages over back to Murren, with the amazing views of the 3 peaks!"

Gregory

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The places we went and the tour guide were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"View from the Bond restaurant."

Anthony

Owasso, OK

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful country, very happy with the tour, our guide and logistics provided ie. transportation and boarding, were all great really enjoyed being in the center of the places we visited, every place we stayed the people and staff were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would have to be Murren, if I would change anything it would be another day spent there."

Ken

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Jungfrau"

Janelle

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, exceptional. The perfaect balance of informative guided tours and time on our own to explore. Beautiful scenery and hiking for all levels of hikers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from atop of Mount Titlis were indescribable."

Amy

Fresno, CA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful! What a beautiful country,and such kind people. I always like that we stay at the hotels at least 2 nights, making it feel more relaxed,and not just living out of your suitcase. Having the free time is great. We get to explore some things on our own that may not be included in the daily events. I also really enjoy that it's a small group. You truly get to know each other and get to be more up close and involved in the events and sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite??? I was blown away by the view from my room in Mürren. I opened the door and literally a jaw [INVALID]ping view! I loved the dinner and risotto demo at the café on Lake Lugano. To sit back and enjoy the great food and wine, the happy chatter and laughter of everyone, along with the beautiful sunset was truly magical."

John

Bend, OR

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the small group of people we toured with. All like minded and fun to be around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, definitely Murren. All the Hotel rooms faced the mountains. We sat out on the deck and ate lunch and sipped wine, just enjoying the view. Plus hiking the trails."

Joyce

Golden, CO

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have taken 6 Rick Steve's trips and Switzerland certainly is one of the top ones. The majestic beauty of the Alpes cannot be beat!!! (and we're from Colorado with the beautiful Rocky Mts). As always the tour features special events like visiting an authentic cheese making farm where the family members also play the alpenhorn, accordion and female yodels; visiting a family owned business with 4 employees making handmade chocolates(Yum!!); and an evening making risotto that we all ate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Murren hiking the North Face trail viewing the spectacular Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau range in glorious sunny amazing weather was WOW! WOW! WOW! and sitting on our balcony across from those peaks was heavenly!! Engleberg and the Titlis Mt. experience ranked 2nd in beauty and enjoyment for us. On our free time in Luzern, taking the Mt. Pilatus Golden round trip by rail, steepest cogwheel in the world, and gondola was truly amazing."

Jan

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour did exactly what I wanted [except I would have wanted more]. It was a well thought-out blend of what Switzerland has to offer that seemed to meet the varied needs of those on the trip. Some in the tour were into the mountain experience [hikes, views, etc.] while others were willing to just absorb the environment more passively [me]. The design of the tour made this possible. The weather and the knowledgeable/friendly guide helped tremendously.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time with Diccon talking about the Swiss was the best part of the tour for me. Lucern was also special. I really enjoyed the architecture and the history of the region. It was a great intro to Switzerland. I was also impressed with spectacular views afforded by our mountain hotel."

Mary Beth

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my husband's and my very first Rick Steves tour. We could not have chosen better for our first one! We did this one, because I am half Swiss. It was beyond what I could have imagined. I absolutely loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably in Murren when I stepped out of my hotel room onto the balcony and saw the mountains. Incredible, gorgeous, breathtaking! There is so much more I could choose. I loved everything!"

Deborah

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good experience Enjoyed historical recount of the different areas by our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in Muren, Switzerland. Would like a longer time there than just a day."

Roger

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There was not one part of our tour that I didn't appreciate. I loved the way were were escorted into each new area and celebrated the different locations with eagerness.I was enthralled with the different areas of Switzerland and came to love each area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Berner Oberland and everything about Murren. The Alps were stunning and I can now tell my friends that I saw the Matterhorn, even with a little cloud."

Bob

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful Country, good group, excellent guide and overall, just a delightful tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The alps in general"

Ann

Dublin, OH

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved The scenery was beautiful everywhere you looked. We walked up to the Hotel Des Alpes for lunch and enjoyed the beautiful view all around us. We also enjoyed visiting the many lovely churches. The views of the mountains and the lake are definitely breathtaking! We loved the beauty in Engelberg, experiencing the beautiful Alps, hiking and enjoying the gentle cows with the sounds of cowbells echoing all around us! We loved Lagano,and cooking our dinner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite WOW moments were in in Zermatt and Mmurren. Viewing the Alps, going up the lift and traveling through the snow tunnel, hiking around and viewing the Matterhorn! The amazing view from our beautiful Hotel balcony was the biggest surprise! WOW,WOW ! LOVED hiking there! Loved the gentle cows with their bells everywhere!"

Kay

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Switzerland was always a country I wanted to explore and this trip was perfect in showing me a wonderful sampling of what there is to see. Loved the beautiful lakes and the cities that sit on those lakes. They were magical...Lake Lucerne..Lake Lugano..Lake Geneva. The castles were fun to explore and the countryside was gorgeous...the green green of the hillsides with the cows grazing with their bells ringing...the high and snow covered Alps were amazing...and beautiful flowers everywhere.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is a toss up between the beautiful lakes but during the day and at night and Murren with the steep cliffs, snow capped mountains and green meadows crisscrossed with wonderful paths to hike. Really glorious."

Barbara

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every minute of this tour. The beautiful scenery wherever we went, the friendly people in the group, and our excellent guide, Martin. The weather was perfect - much better than the forecasts. Fun towns in which to spend time. Good combo of together time and time on our own. Group tours were enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip was a WOW!"

Linda

Venice, FL

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall this trip ranks in the top 3 of the 6 Rick Steves trips I've taken. Switzerland is an extraordinary country. The intelligent planning and attention to detail served to stimulant not only mind and body, but the soul as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On a day-to-day basis our guide, Martin Minnick, delivered one wow experience after another. Beyond that, I think I have the warmest memories of our risotto making cruise & grotto dinner while in Lugano. Of course the time spent in Murren left it's indelible mark on my sensibilities. In fact, if given the choice between bypassing the Matterhorn in exchange for more time in Murren, I would gladly do so. The view from our hotel room was at once breathtaking and heartbreaking."

John

Canby, OR

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned tour. The key to success was our tour guide, Martin. He set a good pace and was always tuned in to the needs of the tour members. I thought we had the right amount of time in each location. I particularly enjoyed learning about the Swiss culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time in Murren. The view from our hotel was fantastic, and the hike that Martin led had an unending number of wow moments."

William

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Switzerland is a very beautiful country and I enjoyed the tour. We had plenty of free time and options to do what we what we wanted. Martin was very helpful and being Swiss but living in the US gave him a good perspective for both nations. Hotel rooms were usually very small but workable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class in Lugano."

David

Land O' Lakes, FL

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The mountains of Switzerland are outstanding in their own right but viewing them is greatly dependent on the weather. I was fortunate that only Pilatus was obscured by heavy clouds. Even the Matterhorn was visible on a mostly cloud free day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No particular ' Wow ' moment, as the continuous view of the mountains was impressive."

John

Peoria, AZ

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Visiting Switzerland has always been high on our bucket list. Having been on previous Rick Steves tours of Ireland and Spain we knew this tour would not disappoint and it surely didn't. Absolutely wonderful in every respect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Alps from our hotel veranda in Murren. Simply breathtaking!"

Gary

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific! We saw so much of this beautiful, historic country....mountains, lakes, meadows & cities. we travelled by boat, bus, gondola, funicular, train, etc. We were lucky with excellent weather. The hotels were all local and very adequate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pretty much every day was a "wow". My favorite was a "optional" hike we took in Murren led by our guide Martin. The scenery was amazing; pure Switzerland."

Janet

Oro Valley, AZ

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had very high expectations for Switzerland......and our tour exceeded them! Martin, our guide, did an excellent job of making that happen. Our fellow tour members proved to be a fun and interesting group of people and their companionship added a very positive element to our journey. Every place we visited was just fabulous. I expected Switzerland to be a beautiful place and I was in no way disappointed...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "WOWs"! Certainly the views of the Matterhorn and the Jungfrau and other mountains to the beautiful green valleys to the chalets dotting the velvet green slopes. Hiking along the North Slope from Murren was a bit more hearty than I expected, but very very worth it!"

James

Venice, FL

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th Rick Steves tour and it was wonderful. The tour guide was courteous and very informative. Also very helpful. The hotels/lodges were perfect. Once again, the tour was a perfect balance of activities and free time. I can't think of anything negative to say --- thanks for a great time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps! The sights were breath taking !"

Joe

Dallas, TX

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great as usual.....just wish the weather had been a little better in some areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Parasailing over the Murren Valley at about 4,000 feet!"

Barbara

Coupeville, WA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had a fantastic trip in Switzerland, particularly due to our wonderful tour guide Maisie. We enjoyed her wit and wisdom of all the locations and all the languages she knew. We especially liked the time we spent in Murren and wish we had just one more day there. We tend to enjoy the smaller villages when we travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say our time in Murren. It is such a beautiful village and there was so much to do."

William

Bloomingdale, IL

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing, better than I ever anticipated. It confirmed why everyone else in our group was a repeat customer. There were special surprises everyday, whether it was the thoughtful treats from Maisie or the wonderful music events we happened onto. The scenery, people, hotels, Maisie and other special guides, activities, bus driver and group all were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I felt like I had traveled to three different countries. Each area was special and unique, from the language and food to the architecture. I was not expecting that and it was a pleasant bonus."

Lawrence

Reno, NV

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought the itinerary was well thought out. The organization and leadership by the guide was flawless. I believe we experienced a good representation of Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery along the coastline of Lake Geneva. The skyline in Murren."

Jeff

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Suzanne

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Blacklick, OH

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Teresa

San Anselmo, CA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Suzanne

Thomasville, GA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves tour and it was fabulous!! Prior to the trip, I knew that Switzerland has several different languages, but was so fascinated to learn that the country actually has four official languages with very distinct regions and cultures. Our itinerary took us on a beautiful loop through scenery as spectacular as I had imagined. We visited several mountain summits and my husband and I did a couple of additional ones during our early days in Lucerne prior to the tour start.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but Murren was breathtaking. Our hotel room faced three of the most famous peaks in Switzerland. Other favorites places included Lake Lucerne, Schilthorn, the Matterhorn and Mt. Titlus. The cheese farm was also really fun and the wine tasting near Lausanne was fantastic. Another unique RS tour experience was our happy hour in Bern with Diccone sharing such an intriguing range of topics on all things Swiss. It was a really great conversation and Q&A."

James

Pittsburg, CA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jodi

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathleen

Reno, NV

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized. We had a good representation of the country, the itinerary was well thought out. Our tour guide was very accommodating and tried to be of help to all. Fortunately, the group was very compatible making it easier for the guide and more enjoyable for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the places we went in Switzerland were WOW moments. The scenery of both Luzern, Lake Geneva were just great. The time in Murren the gondola ride up to Schilthorn would have been the Wow moment except for the fog - we didn't see anything...."

Daniel

Bellaire, TX

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Bedford, MA

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Suzanne

Bedford, MA

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband said it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband said it !!!"

Steven

Denver, CO

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diane

Newbury, MA

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Burlington, MA

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephen

Burlington, MA

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Greg

Denver, CO

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Newbury, MA

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Katherine

Orono, ME

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marie

Burlington, MA

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ginny

Agoura Hills, CA

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sheila

Visalia, CA

Tour: 08/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dave

Bokeelia, FL

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Peter

Evanston, IL

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandra

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dolores

Affton, MO

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Craig

Mentor, OH

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Leslie

Mahtomedi, MN

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Murren was very special!"

Karen

Simpsonville, SC

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kristin

Mahtomedi, MN

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Roger

Ostrander, OH

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Merren, Gimmelwald and Lauterbrunnen again"

Mary

Ojai, CA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Novato, CA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Koon

Hermosa Beach, CA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"top of Mount Titlus"

Mary

Henderson, NV

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lisa

Pottsville, PA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Engelberg and Mt. Titlis!"

Irene

Sublimity, OR

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Hermosa Beach, CA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view at the top of Mount Titlus"

John

Keller, TX

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Pismo Beach, CA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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