Raves About Happy Returns

Let's say you've already experienced Europe's "blockbuster" sights (and were thrilled!) with us. What's next on your list? Here are four popular picks for tour members' happy returns. Don't just take it from us — read what these alums have to say about the delights of Switzerland, Germany, Eastern Europe, and the Basque Country of Spain and France…

La Maison du Gruyère cheese factory, Gruyères, Switzerland

"We had a fabulous tour. The guide was superb and our teammates were all great fun. There were 'wow' moments every day, but I couldn't help but love our afternoon on the cheese farm. After climbing the mountains in endless switchback, we entered a world of picture-book beauty, a lovely husband and wife, and a great cheese tasting. I was so impressed with this small family and their desire to produce a quality product, live a life of seemingly anonymity, and show that bigger is not always better. I loved it when she yodeled to us as we left the mountain side. What a day!"

— Paul in Anchorage, AK — Best of Switzerland in 12 Days Tour

"We expected a great experience after taking the Heart of Italy trip in 2008, but our expectations were exceeded in every way. We really loved every day of the trip. The locations were beautiful, often breathtaking. The group meals were all delicious and never redundant. The hotels were all first rate. The guided tours were packed with interesting background information. Walking on the Camino de Santiago was really the highlight of the trip, but viewing the Guggenheim museum from a boat on the river was a stunning moment. Finally, jostling for pintxos in San Sebastian was great fun!"

— Michael in Dallas, TX — Basque Country of Spain & France in 9 Days Tour

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

"My 'wow' moment is not a single location, like seeing a Roman road in Cologne (or its cathedral), the walls of Rothenberg, medieval and quaint Erfurt, revitalized Berlin, World War II sites, or the castles along the Rhine, but rather the conglomeration of the entire tour. The sights and experiences are so many and varied it is hard to believe we saw so much and learned so much on a 13-day tour, that the entire trip is my 'wow' moment."

— Paul in Orland Park, IL — Best of Germany in 13 Days Tour

"Our Best of Eastern Europe tour was a memorable experience and one we will treasure. Staying on an island off the Croatian coast at Rovinj and being able to swim in the beautiful, clear, warm waters of the Adriatic Sea was a unique experience for me! Loved it! Our fabulous guide was definitely a key to the success of our trip. I honestly feel that we saw so much more than we would have if we had done this tour on our own. We came home with an incredibly rich cultural experience with great people — a real treasure!"

— Kristin in Pleasant Grove, UT — Best of Eastern Europe in 14 Days Tour