Also, several of the hotels did not have elevators, or if they did, they were small and slow so it was easier to just walk up the stairs with your luggage. I will be posting the rest of this report in sections so I do not exceed the limits. How many times did you it? Now is the best time to start preparing for your ideal retirement! On this tour through Europe, your Rick Steves guide will surround you with the must-see sights of Rome followed by Renaissance Florence, a countryside stay in Tuscany, the romantic canals of Venice, festive Munich, a hike in the majestic Swiss Alps, a hearty taste of Burgundy, the art treasures of Paris — and chances to connect with Europeans like you never thought possible. I cannot say for sure how steep the others are, but this one was not real steep with lots of wide s-curves. Surprise visit here for just a few hours where we were all set free. It’s my job to sort through all the travel-industry superlatives and “top 10” lists. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. They dream about going. I won’t say too much so you can be surprised at it’s grandeur too. It sounds like the group camaraderie is still there with the My Way tours. Our Rick Steves’ Europe Tours mantra: maximize the experience. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. You asked about dealing with “trip let down”. Your time is better spent at Sognefjord, Norway’s most spectacular fjord. Rick Steves' Europe Bingo is a fun way to enjoy your time at home while also learning about the great cities of Europe. But I did not want to miss anything and kept going and figured I could rest up on the long trip home and when it was over. On our last day by ourselves, after the tour was done, we took a whole day just to explore 3 different parts of town slowly. But I’d say the average American visitor who’s seen more than three trees in one place would prefer Germany’s Romantic Road and Bavaria, or the Rhine and Mosel country — all high points that cut the Black Forest down to stumps. I would guess that we averaged 6-8 miles a day, some days more, a few days maybe less.Lots of hills and lots of stairs. There are so many great market streets all over Paris, and this one comes across as a bit touristy for us. We blast an alphorn, get sprayed by waterfalls raging deep inside a mountain, and munch muesli for breakfast at 10,000 feet. Also, what about those "My Way Tours" which are certainly less expensive? I had envisioned it to be much more crowded and maybe even more brown, with not many trees compared to where we live in Oregon. If it were all Germany offered, it would be worth seeing. But of course there are many who have not even been out of their own state. fun, unless you happen to be behind a slow person. Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. Buy Rick Steves' Best of Europe by Steves, Rick online on Amazon.ae at best prices. We were so active on the days that we were not on the bus, that the time on the bus was actually a welcome rest time to just sit and look out the big picture windows at the beautiful scenery, read up on the next place we were going, listen to our guide share info with us about our next stop, and to edit photos and get ready for that next facebook posting when we had wi-fi again at the hotels. But next time! It was very moving and impactful to visit here….felt disbelief that we humans could do such a thing. It was worth it! I take time to weed out the prints I want and take time in manually cropping and placing the prints on colorful paper sheets that go into album sleeves. Europe is old!!! We could purchase bottled water on the bus for 1 euro or wine for 2 euro. A few we had were Antoinela in Rome, Elizabeth in Paris, Thomas in Bacharach, and two other great women in Florence and in Venice. I do understand getting burned out on certain activities. Don’t forget too that Rick’s milieu is Europe. Florence- Loved walking over to Michelangelo Plaza across the river with view over town. Join Date: Jan 2004. Limoncello and Grappa again! I would say that most of the beds were quite firm on the trip, which is ok with me. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 20,000 travelers to Europe annually. He had such a way of keeping us all together, informing us of important locations of toilets, and helping us all to be independent travels after the tour. Will be my second RS event after Scotland earlier this year. Download Rick Steves Best of Europe 2008 Books now!Available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. I have been blessed beyond measure by being there and experiencing it all for myself. “Europe, at least some parts, has become a high priced version of Canada”, writes “w”. (would like that at home!) you get there. Rick Steves Classroom Europe® is a free online video library for teachers, students, and parents. The one we were at you always had a wide open view to see the other person in front of you and we were all spaced out quite a bit, so it seems it would be hard to have this kind of accident. Also found the Tower Bar at Hotel Torre Guelfa, with a great view over the city...a great place for a drink at sunset. Great article . I also had the Dimitri/Peter duo for this trip. Last year I introduced five friends to Europe with Steve’s help and my past experiences and they were amazed at how fabulous driving free through Europe is. We got into this early in the trip and enjoyed it right up to the end. France Great view of the city if you do not do the Eiffel. Walked and Wall and the Nightwatchman’s tour very interesting It’s pleasantly situated on a lake — just like Buffalo is. I would say that all of our tour group kept up with everything, except for one precious woman friend who broke her ankle the day before the tour started and she had to miss a few things. I also clean out out my closets - after living out of a carry on for 3 weeks I take a good, hard look at whatever excess I see and donate it to my favorite women's charity. Browse Rick's best Europe tours and vacation packages: Best of … Norway’s Stavanger, famous for nearby fjords and its status as an oil boomtown, is a large port that’s about as thrilling as…well, put it this way: Emigrants left it in droves to move to the wilds of Minnesota. Bucharest, Romania’s capital, has little to offer. What an exceptional guide he is! We stayed in all but two places for 2 nights so the 2nd night we were on our own for dinner, and we usually ended up eating somewhere with some of our tour mates which was always enjoyable. Did you really ride it fast down the hill? I really enjoyed reading about all your experiences. We also started several days early and visited the Mauritius (?sp) and Delft. We usually walked out the door and we were a block or two from a major attraction with many sidewalk cafes to choose from. Wish we could have stayed an extra day here to really relax. Tour Highlights for me- There are so many that I will try to pick out one or two from each place: Rothenberg felt like Disneyland, so crowded and touristy the day we were there. Driving along the Mosel River, through the Black Forest, the Bodensee, Oerammerau, down to Switzerlands Interlaken, Luzern and Zermatt, Austria’s Salzburg and Vienna all in three weeks they were in awe. I want to do the same for others after our trip. As an 18-year-old, Rick began traveling on … We lived in Germany 20 + years ago, and managed to do all traveling we could fit in for the four years we were there. What about the Common Riding Festivals? Germany- I had my bar of expectations set so high that I was a little concerned at one point whether I had let it get too high and if it might not be all that impactful for me. I am on the BOE21 next October. The group dinners were wonderful and they usually did not start until 7 or 730, so by the time were were all done with many courses, it could be 930 or later. Thanks Steve I never feel alone as along as I have Rick Steves’ travel book with me. Having seen RS shows on PBS and listen to him give some talks in person, I decided that I would sign up for one of his tours. (That’s what Facebook comments are for.) We are heading on our first RS tour in May 2020 - the 21 BOE, so I appreciate any feedback regarding your experience. Will definitely apply it to my blog. On a couple other trips driving through Italy was awesome and I can’t wait to go again. We stayed in Wengen, a train ride up from Lauterbrunnen Valley. I for one, feel much better equipped to travel in Europe on our own sometime, although we had so much fun with our group, and we loved having all of the logistics taken care of, that I probably will want to do one again. Again, thanks for the memories. And Abbotsford, Sir Walter Scott’s home. We came away with yet another group of wonderful people to keep in touch with. The itinerary is so well thought out with the right combination of bigger cities and smaller towns to stay in. One wouldn’t expect him to branch out to another continent. Even on the nights where we did not have a “group dinner” we often would get together with a small group somewhere and enjoy a meal together. Of course I knew this being a history major in Thank you for your trip report , I really enjoyed reading it ! I think we ALL can relate to the let-down of a trip ending! I am not sure why they picked it. We also keep our trips alive by talking about them with each other and sharing our experiences with friends and neighbors - we are one of the older couples on our block (60 and 70) and our younger neighbors are always eager to hear about our experiences. We want to stay in Rue Clar for our New Years Eve stay. We enjoyed skip the line privileges for them and there seemed to be much better crowd control. We did most of this itinerary in 2006 with two college age kids, backpacks and Eurail passes. The bathrooms in Europe - let's just say that I was really happy to get back to a US airport and find them so clean, with toilet seats, toilet paper, hot water and soap, and paper towels to dry off with. We did not stay in Rue Cler area, because it was a first time trip for them and we wanted to be close to the museums. Our local guide at the Accademia and Uffizi galleries was absolutely the best- American born, Art History Student who married a local man. Germany’s famous Black Forest disappoints more people than it excites. And yes - I think we became addicted to a having a new thrill every day so it was quite the let down to return home to hum drum regular life. Beaune was a rare one night stand and based on the hotel we stayed at it, it was hardly worth it. It took us both quite a long time to catch up on our sleep after this trip and not feel like we were all fuzzy headed by mid day. You really can't appreciate it if you've only seen one or the other (European visitors often have no real concept of distances in the US until they actually come here, and as you say, it's hard to have a real concept of how old Europe is compared to the US until you visit). We did the MyWay Europe Tour in 2015, the MyWay Alpine Europe Tour in 2017 and the guided Best of Sicily Tour in February of 2019. If I am going to travel to other parts of the world I will use travel info that is specializing in that area. It offers a valuable service, it has outstanding guides, RS himself adds value (most times), and there is a large demographic that benefits from this kind of tour. I plan to go through my 1000s of photos on google sometime soon and make a shorter slide show so it is easier to show. Thanks for the fun speed tour through best & worst of Europe. Also great balconies with our first look at the Alps...wow! Best of Europe Itineraries– Suggestions for planning the ideal trip, based upon Rick's professional guidance of what's worth your time and also exactly what you could miss. Thanks for a lovely and informative report! Rick Steves: The best and worst of Europe. We just returned a few days ago from our first RS tours, and my first time to Europe. In addition, nearly every arrondisement has its own market street – which are just lovely and much more authentic than Rue Cler. However, I really did not sleep well on the trip at all, but it is partly just me. It felt a bit surreal on last night when 14 of the kids on our tour all sat at one big table , all laughing and chatting , boy and girls aged 8-17 - all having been very friendly and welcoming to all other kids ( we had an amazing group , seeing kids from all different places and ages all mixing together , no bullying or sulking , it was amazing ) and thinking “ we will never see any of these people again that we’ve shared so many firsts with . We had to wait outside of the Coliseum for well over an hour before we got in, even though we arrived 30 minutes before opening. The views were beyond belief up there and I can hardly wait to go back someday and hike more. Beautiful area! But how to select the right destination? Stay away from booby traps like the Devil’s Toenail (a rock that looks just like a…toenail), Land’s End (you’ll pay, pay, pay), and cloying Clovelly (a one-street knickknack town selling useless goodies). This is the land of the Douglas Clan whose role Scottish history was powerful and long. The twinkling lights went off on the hour which I was not expecting so it was a nice bonus when we found ourselves in front at that time. Our group was very active and participated in all planned activities and even optional activities with gusto. Congrats. I took the Villages of South England trip this year and have been working on the album little by little since this summer. Yes there are large tracts of forest in the US and Canada, but unfortunately they are just forests (what I call the Grossegrunwald). I am going back to England next May...Best of England. But I’m glad to read (sometimes between the lines) that ETBD is trying to tack into the wind. Rick Steves, America's leading authority on European travel, returns to transport viewers to the continent's bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque countryside. The show is produced by Back Door Productions and Oregon Public Broadcasting and distributed by American Public Television. I better get on it! With that in mind, I’ve pulled together a round robin of my candid opinions on the best and worst European destinations. I know that an easy cure is booking or planning another trip but it may be awhile for us. There were a few of us still in our mid to late 50s but most people were in their 60s or early 70s, and the majority were retired. Very interesting and very useful for others. Table for 2 became table for 4 (or 8) pretty quickly. (and I will probably never do a trip of such breath and magnitude as this one again either. Stayed at Hotel Ernberg, near Reutte, but our activities took us back to Germany. The British are masters at milking every conceivable tourist attraction for all it’s worth. You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when planning a Grand Tour of Europe. With Rick Steves, Andreas Clemens, Georg Reichlmayr, Holger Zimmer. Rick Steves Best of Europe functions: Whatever in Full-Color– Dazzling photos and helpful preparation maps. Since our Best of Europe in 21 Days tour happened to be passing through Munich, we guides made it a point to drop in with our group (as we do whenever there’s a festival nearby). In the "Our Trip" section, you can get to know us, see our packing list, and get a … Extra caution is merited in southwest England, a minefield of tourist traps. I'm glad you had such a good time. One thing I’ve never understood though is the attraction to Rue Cler. Munich can be pleasant too. The greenness of Holland, the lush rolling vineyard dotted hills of the Rhine Valley and Bavaria in Germany, the magnificence of the Austrian, Italian and Swiss Alps, and the abundance of green rolling hills and vineyards throughout Italy and France; I guess I really appreciate the green landscapes of this earth. They usually had something like cornflakes and coco rice cereal. Venice- The entire group elected to take optional gondola rides before dinner. We Americans get the shortest vacations in the industrial world. The water throughout Europe was good to drink so I tried to refill my water bottle wherever we went. And thank you lizthemadhatter for your feedback as well. Original Poster . Your report brings back great memories. Our tour guide Dimitri was born in Greece but lived in Belgium, so he knew Europe as a local and maneuvered us around each town with experience and finesse. By braking at the top, it made the rest of the ride down slower. It was very quaint and walkable and had such a nice old world feeling. But don’t skip Hadrian’s Wall; it covers history buffs like me with goose bumps (or goose pimples, as the English say). My 71 year old husband did not get as tired as I did. . I am happy to hear from each of you some similar feelings. Enough said. But those prices, “argh” They are enough to make you want to go on your own. I am guessing we were all pretty tired by the time it was over. It is safe and fun, unless you happen to be behind a slow person. Europe’s most scenic train ride is the Glacier Express across southern Switzerland. Orvieto- the hilltown we visited in Umbria for a few hours on way to Cinque Terra. After all my travels in England, Germany, Austria, Australia, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, Canada, U.S. and Netherlands I just feel Europe is overly gushed about. Now, I have to make sure I get this album done before my next RS trip. The one day we had we did the hike from Monterosso to Corniglia, then used a train to get to Riomaggiore then the ferry boat back.It took all day because we took it slow and lingered. The most boring countryside is Sweden’s (yes, I’m Norwegian). ): the ultimate medieval walled town in Germany (Rothenburg), prehistoric stone fortress in Ireland (Dún Aenghus), Italian Riviera port town (Vernazza), hike in England’s Lake District (Catbells above Keswick), neighborhood pub in London (The Anglesea Arms), castle in North Wales (nope, I still can’t pick just one)…and pedestrian market street in Paris (Rue Cler). Europe’s most underrated sight is Rome’s ancient seaport, Ostia Antica, and its most misunderstood wine is Portugal’s vinho verde (green wine). Thank, Rick, for these candid opinions. Tip- Let it go at the top to However, that was a very conservative estimate and we stopped at least every 1.5 - 2 hours for a 20 minute or longer break. A few favorite things were bitterballen in the Netherlands, octopus and lobster in Monterroso, croissants in France and Italy, the pasta, oh the pasta and pesto and fresh baguettes, and gelato, limoncello and most all of the local wine that we tried which was relatively inexpensive (and pretty decent) compared to the US, especially Oregon wines (which are very good but expensive!) Rick Steves Best of Europe: An honest-to-goodness guidebook, now in gorgeous full color, with all the specifics on sights, hotels, and restaurants for travelers on a whirlwind trip around western Europe (who don't want to buy — or lug — separate guidebooks for every stop on the way) Would love to do the My Way Alpine Tour next! Traquair House whose Bear Gates were shut as Prince Charlie’s army headed south again, not to be opened until a Stuart reigns again. They usually had self serve espresso machines in the breakfast rooms and the coffee was actually very good with an option for many types of coffee. We sat in outdoor cafes at each one and enjoyed the scene. I am savoring the trip right now in my memories and want to take this time to write down some final thoughts. Don’t get me wrong……..I loved the trip!!). After settling into a traditional village where locals scythe hay by hand, we hike and bike. The food in Europe was really delicious wherever we went and I loved trying out the local cuisine (except for the snails!) Aspect and I thought it would be more relaxing for me to have someone else handle the details so I could just enjoy time with my child ( and I was right ), Yes , near end of tour I did feel sad to think I’d never see any of the other members again . Also, I have stayed in touch with a couple of ladies from the trip. I cannot say enough about what a wonderful tour this was. In Canada you can drive for miles through forest which is pristine and calming but also often dull. I found it kind of unbelievable really, but I guess it was not long ago that one could do that in the US and even smoke on an airplane. Thanks for the fun speed tour through best & worst of Europe. Tip- Let it go at the top to get the best ride, don’t worry about braking too early. Nuff said. And before you say you don’t want to, consider Broadway, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Art, Lincoln Center etc etc. Best Sellers Today's Deals Electronics Gift Ideas Customer Service Books New Releases Home Computers Gift Cards Coupons Sell. It’s one of my favorite places to stay, I can tell you that you could not be disappointed there. I loved Dimitri. Loved this old walled town on the hill and would LOVE to come back and stay sometime. Buy Rick Steves' Best of Europe 2013 2013 ed. The camaraderie on all three was wonderful. The Rick Steves' Europe 401(k) Plan is here to help guide you on your journey to retirement readiness. Bathrooms were often smaller than what we are use to in the US and always there was something interesting, like a hair dryer that looked like a vacuum cleaner, a bidet which came in handy for me to soak my tired feet in one night, and warm towel drying racks in every place we stayed at. I am interested in riding the luge when I am in Schwangu and wondered how safe it is. It was and is a fabulous tour. Having stuck my neck out to say all this, I must add that it’s always fun — and necessary — to reassess opinions (mine have certainly changed over the years). Went to an optional wine tasting before dinner...tasted and rated 12 wines...not great wines but fun! Tune out the hype around Ireland’s Blarney Stone (slobbered on by countless tourists to get the “gift of gab”), Spain’s Costa del Sol resorts, and the French Riviera in July and August. We were all so excited to be there and make the most of our time. This tour is VERY active. Let me explain the method to our madness in terms of the format/information that you can find on each page. With Rick Steves' "Best of Eastern Europe", travellers can experience Rick's favorite destinations in Eastern Europe, including Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Krakow, Ljubljana, and Dubrovnik - economically and hassle-free.Completely revised and updated, this guide includes: opinionated coverage of both famous and lesser-known sights, friendly places to eat and sleep, … What a great report! London, York, Bath, and Edinburgh are the most interesting cities in Britain. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Europe is old!!! Our driver Peter got us around like a pro. We arrived 3 days early so that we could acclimate and get over the jet lag, and spend a couple of days with some local Dutch friends. I’ve only done one RS tour , over ten years ago now - it was a Family Europe in 24 days . I’ve been traveling with your books since 1986. Keep up the good work. A lot of bus tours there for the day. My favorite churches were St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice with its gilded mosaic ceiling, and Sainte Chapelle with it’s beautiful stained glass windows. I tended to eat a lot more for breakfast than I do at home, but I figured we were walking so much each day that by lunch time I felt starving again. I was ready to take my first trip to Europe in 2001 and was doing some research on the trip. The Armstrongs, Johnstons, Bells, Grahams, Elliots are just some of the names from the Borders. Bucharest, Romania's capital, has little to offer. Honestly though, with all of the walking that we did I found that I only gained a pound in 3.5 weeks...pretty amazing considering we ate about twice as many calories as usual! I also liked Wellington, NZ and Sydney, Australia. … Warning...it will be long :-), A few comments about our Rick Steve’s 21 Day Best of Europe Tour-. You asked about the camaraderie regarding the MyWay Tours compared to the guided tours. I am not sure if others found the same thing. Europe, at least some parts, has become like a high priced version of Canada (which I like a lot). Belfast, Liverpool, and Glasgow are quirky enough to be called interesting. I packed extra shoes to trade off and flip flops for quiet evenings—as well as minty foot cream for the end of the days. Loved the feeling here and laid back vibe. Lyon, France: City of Capitals. It's hard not to get bit by the Europe travel bug after such a memorable trip. The second time I hardly used the break at all and the ride was much more thrilling. Italy Our stress-free European vacations package together small groups, great guides, central hotels, all sightseeing — and memories to last a lifetime. Someone told me the other day she had never seen NYC. As for the age of Europe, I love the saying, "In Europe, 100 miles is a long distance. Had fun sitting at a table with an international group of young people and sharing a beer and some songs. For Europeans, any large forest is understandably a popular attraction. During trip- 1st group dinner and meeting our tourmates, day in Amsterdam and enjoying sidewalk cafes and a “coffee shop” What Rick Steves just said is exactly the reason why you, and he, should branch out. In each episode, he travels to the continent of Europe, documenting his experiences along the way. Thank you for your very enthusiastic trip report! It was interesting that you noted your Swiss stay in Wengen rather than Stechelberg. I agree that one of the special aspects of a Rick Steves Tour is the congenial group of people that you travel with. We were spoiled by being able to have these wonderful fresh pastries at every hotel we stayed at during this trip. Reply Subscribe . Rick Steves Best of Europe covers London, Paris, Provence, the French Riviera, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, the Swiss Alps/Berner Oberland, Munich, Rothenberg and the Romantic Road, the Rhine Valley, Berlin, and Amsterdam Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought Rick Steves Belgium: Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp & Ghent American travel authority Rick Steves guides viewers through his favorite European cities. We dream about going back. I was expecting something like a forrest of deciduous redwoods in Europe. I did 3 weeks in Italy in 2015. They each had their own local feel and charm. Welcome to the scrapbook for our trip on Rick Steves' Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour! Then there are the Abbey’s–Jedburgh, Melrose, Kelso, Drysdale. Yes, the Highlands are wonderful, but lowlanders have their own special place in Scotland and there are so many other places that belong on a worst list. I think it was much more than the jet lag (9 hours difference on the west coast) but more recovering from all of the activity and sleepless nights on the trip (my own issues) . Fast and free shipping free returns cash on delivery available on eligible purchase. It was the right thing to do for us. I have to say I disagree with you about the Borders of Scotland. And, yes, Canada also has streets teeming with tourists, but no bullet trains, ancient castles, cabbage slaw sandwiches with big chunks of cabbage that fall into your lap instead of your mouth, and no milkshakes made of colored flavored milk shaken up (in McD’s, Scotland: ours have ice cream). Have to say we are still in contact with many and continue to correspond or visit. They enriched our lives and our tour and we thank each of them for being there. If you can, take an extra day or more here to relax and unwind and just enjoy being there. Its top-selling postcard is a view of the InterContinental Hotel. I took my then 11 yr old daughter , it was not my first trip to Europe but probably my 15 th lol - but I had never taken my 11 yr old and while I had taken her older brother two years previous and just did it in my own with him I chose a Tour for my dd as I knew she’s enjoy the social Where we stopped was at these very fancy “rest stops”, sometimes called “Auto-Grills” which included gift shops, restaurants with good food and espresso bars, and bathrooms. The 21 day is our only tour with RS and we felt much the same as you - awed by the age and splendor or European buildings and the scenery. Did you get to see Trummelbach falls? It was a long time dream of mine to go to Europe and this trip was the perfect introductory trip. Venice wowed me! Austria- Local folk music and dinner was lively at hotel. Thanks for always being honest with your travel advice. 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