Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. We'll take a scenic, all-day drive to Venice today, stopping en route for lunch at the Tirolean town of Bolzano. In July and August, temperatures can reach the 80s and 90s, but this is also the time when many Europeans go on vacation, leaving major cities less crowded. You'll have time to explore this vibrant town and put together the perfect picnic browsing Bolzano's colorful street market. His second show, Rick Steves' Europe , debuted in September 2000, and has aired episodes through 2019, though because he does not produce a season every year, this accounts for 10 … This information will be available at the end of the summer. Winding our way into the foothills of the Alps, we'll cross the border into Austria and arrive at our Tirolean guest house in time for a hearty dinner together. Plus you'll get all this, too. Although I had visited Rheinfels castle several times in the past, the castle guide made this visit special. The kids learned a lot of history but they just thought they were having fun! Tend days, first trip (for her), winter, dark, must include Amsterdam, Paris & Angers. Rick Steves: "Here I am, heading off to Europe the day after high school graduation in 1973 — with a budget of $3 a day, a ten-week Eurail pass in my pocket, and the biggest backpack I could find, jam-packed. My child's wow moment was "all of it".". Join us for Family Europe: Amsterdam to Venice in 10 Days! I appreciate all the experiences, the able leadership, and the pleasant travel companions. Having been twice before, this was an amazing experience and perspective that was awesome. No bus. Was my first time out of the country.". Sleep on the Lido di Venezia. Most days are moderate to strenuously paced with 2–8 miles of walking, including hilly terrain and lots of stairs. Since time is tight, I'd fly between most country pairs instead of using trains that might take 8 - 10 hours. You can do all you want. See Rick's overview map to estimate rail travel time and (full-fare) ticket cost. Rick's 48 itineraries include Italy, France, Turkey, Ireland, Britain, Spain, and much more! "Seeing my family with many new relationships bond and create memories they should enjoy after I am gone.". Wish we had more time. The tour overall was a great mix of group and individual time. You can do the three cities if you don't mind the rush, but adding on Italy or Switzerland would really be exhausting. The walking tours, museums, sights, and mix of cities and towns provided interesting variety. We'll begin our day with a short drive and a hilly forest hike up to Germany's most famous castle (the one that inspired Disney) — Neuschwanstein. You'll have time to explore the village and perhaps enjoy a tasty picnic lunch in a park by the river. "Rome You may want to check out Cross-Pollinate.com for lodging in Barcelona, London, Paris. Sleep in Bacharach. Everything-- guides, meals, accommodations, sites visited, bus comforts, fellow travelers-- exceeded expectations which were quite high from the getgo! Airbnb is nice because you're renting from and interacting with a local. In this new wall calendar, Steves introduces a different region of Europe for every month of the year, diving into its most fascinating, unexpected sites with expert text and hundreds of photographs—not just one photo for each month, but one for nearly every day … Rick Steves Family Europe: Amsterdam to Venice in 10 Days makes the wonders of Europe come alive for kids — and cuts the stress for parents, too. Instead of jumping into the peak-season pig pile, consider planning a trip for the off-season — generally that means … This was my first trip to Europe and the tour was an outstanding experience. 425-608-4217. Charlie leads Rick Steves tours in Great Britain and offers 10 virtual tours throughout Great Britain and Europe, trip planning, and poetry classes. You have given me a lot to think about. Rothenburg I could have stayed at for several days.". I want to see those major cities but also some quieter remote parts of those countries. Bus: ½ hour. As with any rental site, read the reviews, email and speak with the host over the phone if you can, and go with your gut. Biggies: The luge for the young and old kiddoes, Burchio, seeing Otzi in Bolzano, and the Venetian mask factory were all really special and things that my husband and I (veterans of numerous trips to Europe) had not experienced previously.". What I would recommend is prioritize. Has anyone done this in Barcelona, Paris on London? ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy, http://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/sightseeing/avoiding-lines. These are fast express (TGV) trains, total about 8 hours. Very much met our expectations. Our first European trip on an organized tour (past experience was traveling on our own [INVALID]- 9 previous trips to Europe over 25 years). "A total surprise! I am starting to nail down my itinerary. From the group to the guides to the locations to the experiences...it was wonderful! Rome felt like a big warm hug. "Highlights were the gelato master in San Gimgignino - so authenic & the gelato was amazing. I came home with no money, a malnourished body, and an enduring love of Europe." This evening, we'll gather together for our final dinner and toast our great adventure together. I haven't been able to find it. Very reasonable on the prices. This is not a complaint at all about the other tour, but a credit to this one. You all are amazing! Although my wife and I had been lucky enough to have been to many of the places included on the tour, the Rick Steves approach provided many new experiences for us and great new experiences for our grandsons. Am I stretching myself too thin? My niece and her boyfriend travel about 15 times a year and use airbnb almost exclusively...they also have never had problems even in places like Chile and Guadalajara. A guided tour will show us that castle life was not all fairy tales and knights in shining armor. Bea and Mine were so knowledgable about the history of the towns we visited and were so passionate about the area. Bra and Mina were always helpful and informative, the tour was cool and I enjoyed all of the places we went and the things we did. This website shows three trains from Barcelona to Paris (Montparnasse) via Toulouse. Our tour experience was outstanding! A great exposure to parts of Europe, culture and geography. Terms of Service | Privacy, Family Europe: London to Florence in 13 Days tour, Family Europe: Amsterdam to Venice in 10 Days Tour 2021. It exceeded my expectations. The last dinner together in a restaurant's grotto was incomparable. Bus: 1 hour. I felt that it was a well paced trip, with enough down time for us to explore on our own, but still with enough group time to have fun and get to know the cities we were visiting. My Account. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Best of Europe guidebook. Lots to keep adults and youth interested. Our adventure begins in the canal-laced city of Amsterdam. Along with booking rooms quickly, you should lock down your itinerary and book the train and airline tickets as soon as possible. Sorry, we're unable to access departure availability at this time. Our group was kind, curious, and engaging. Remember a one hour flight can chew up four or five of travel time. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, What an anthropological game changer!". Go Amsterdam, Paris, Angers (or A'dam > Angers > Paris). I have traveled alone and really enjoyed it. I have lodging set in Barcelona and Paris and just booked my train to Paris from Barcelona! See also http://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/sightseeing/avoiding-lines or more specifics in your guidebook. I really like the blend of guided experiences and "on your own" time to individually explore. If you try to see more than 3 places, you will spend over half your time traveling between them. There is also information about neighborhoods on the website and blog as far as good neighborhoods for your trip. We had so many that were just amazing, but I would have to say the Highline 179 in Reutte. Chris Coleman: Virtual Yoga Classes Chris leads Rick Steves … Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Starting in the Netherlands with your Rick Steves … I also spent 8 days … My tour experience was excellent. Not including travel time. I have done one RS tour before, the Europe in 21 days, so have been all over some of the bigger attractions. This was our fourth Rick Steves tour and we are already planning for our next one in 2020. Then it's all aboard! Then another travel/settling in day with 3-4 additional days to see the second place. There is nothing you could add that would be better. This morning we'll enjoy an eye-opening tour through one of the world's greatest collections of paintings, including masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer. If you read up on RS book on Paris, he gives great hints to avoid/minimize such things. Our family's favorite stop was Bacharach. There are interesting smaller towns between Barcelona and Paris, but that means you're on the train for most of two days and need two nights at your mid-point destination. Finally, it’s time I saw the good old USA. The tour with our grandchildren was a wonderful experience. It was a perfectly timed tour!". We'll hop on a boat and cruise past miles of vineyards, villages, and more castles (including one that pokes out of the river). We had a great time and my granddaughter learned a lot. The hardest part for me was going to dinner alone. We enjoyed Netherlands, Germany and Austria the most. What made the tour great was not only the guides and driver, but the other families!! It's a breeze to reach Venice's airport by boat taxi or public transportation. This is an ideal place to explore, on your own, whatever interests you — from the pointy towers of the town's walkable wall to the creepy Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum to acres of cute shops and half-timbered photo ops. Be able to get up and "at 'em" in the morning, often departing around 8 a.m. Be content with the possibility of your family sharing bathroom facilities on this tour. What is the itinerary recommendation for that many days travel … I will warn you at this point you are going to have to jump on it.. the best hostels book up fast.. and you are going peak time. I know its not ideal, but I have already set aside the last day of my trip to fly back to dublin for an afternoon flight back home. Sleep in Amsterdam. I loved the people on the tour. This was our second RS family tour, having taken the London-to-Florence tour in 2017. Booking in advance does get you cheaper prices, so I would book whenever you figure out your schedule. The tour was exceptionally well organized resulting in maximum enjoyment, "The biggest unexpected surprise for me was the visit to see Otzi, The Ice Man, in Bolzano, It. I am struggling to decided between the major airlines/airports and the budget airlines/remote airports. ... On me: I am going alone, female, in my 30's. I would certainly not want to spend all my time in a tour group. You could probably fit three cities in, but if you are also wanting to see "quieter remote parts of those countries" then I would choose 2 destinations and plan some day trips from there. The walk across the suspension bridge near Reutte was another thrilling experience. Right now I am inclined to do Airbnb and rent a room from a local. There are some travelers on here that will do a city in one day and they like it. With a taste of Europe tour in order to see everything the schedule has to be packed but it was way too scheduled and too rushed. Which 2 places are your biggest draws? But whats left over is for the next time. This evening we'll have an orientation to our island-away-from-home, before setting you free for dinner on your own. "If we look at what Europe went through — and it wasn't just Germany, half of Europe was fascist back in the 1930s — they had a playbook for these dictators," Steves … You have no real idea how difficult everyday actions can be when you don't speak the language, don't know where you are going, need to find your lodging and feed yourself, etc. We thought that the tour offered the right amount of exposure to "the big sites" in each location...enough to give us a taste for what we would want to explore further if/when we ever return.". Because you say you plan on flying between destinations - want to make sure you realize that flying Dublin --> Barcelona makes sense, but you may want to do Barcelona to Paris by train (there are direct ones that go in 6h30m). After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own. I would probably choose 2 of the cities for about 5 days each and do a day trip or two from each city. Great tour guides, nice families. 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 tour account. The tour met and exceeded expectations. "There were many, and I got the "wow" sensation early on, as I thought the initial gathering in the pub in Amsterdam was splendid and set the tone for two weeks of excellent travel experiences. Also, the Night Watchman's tour in Rothenburg was very special and fun. This is a very active tour! The tour was fast paced yet still allowed time for independent exploration many afternoons (or not; sometimes we opted for downtime) Our hotels were comfortable and hospitable. Our teenager actually admits to having enjoyed the trip!! Sleep in or near Reutte. It was very relaxing. Very well organized. On our Best of Poland in 10 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily… Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement … How easy/hard is it to get the more remote airports these budget airlines use? I have also heard they can nail you with fees. But I wouldn't mind paying a bit more for the right spot. I have been reading Rick Steves books, online articles and watching some of his videos. That was neat to see and seemed going above and beyond. You also need time to see the things you are going to see, not just walk past it. My Account. You might tour the Doge's Palace, or simply get lost (remember, it's an island) exploring Venice's alleyways. See Rick's overview map to estimate rail travel time and (full-fare) ticket cost. "My favorite "wow" moment were the little extra planned things our guide did to fit the group. Our guides and driver were amazing. Hi, John. Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. "The sky bridge in Germany and Neushwanstein castle were best for me.". We very much enjoyed the free time nearly every day, as well as the suggestions for those times by our guides. And my 2nd is Paris, again because of the architecture but also because the general consensus of what I have gathered is it is the 'best' european city. My favorite moment was actually our final evening in Tuscany. And do you have a host you would recommend!? Then I would make my way up to Paris then London and finally back to Dublin. Rick Steves European tours and vacations feature the best value and travel experience around. We were not disappointed in any way by any detail of our trip. I would choose two places and make the visits quality ones. Well done! The people are tall and fit from riding bicycles everywhere. We came home with lots of great memories. Also, if this is your first trip, you will figure out by the end what was good/bad and what needs to be changed on your next trip. It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. I really appreciated having my phone available to keep in text contact with people while I was alone. Our tours are physically active! As we wander around the perfectly restored farm houses, gardens, shops, and working windmills, we'll get a hands-on experience of what life was like for people here in centuries past. The WOWS just kept coming and coming.". "Nights Watchman, Otsi the frozen caveman, walking over the boarder from germany into austria, VENICE, the Colleseum. "It really is hard to pick just one. Hi, John. Rarely were those two the same. I stumbled across this forum and saw that it offers an opportunity to get some more specific advice to what I am looking to do so I figured I would ask! As a newbie to Europe, the Amsterdam to Rome Family Tour was a nice mix of big cities and small towns, with lots of history built into the itinerary! Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Spent two days in Bruge before joining tour to adjust after 6 hour time change. It was a great mix of expected tour sites with unique unexpected stops (like the Gardens of Bomarzo). Great locations, accommodations, guides, food, and a great group of fellow travelers too! Any tips in this regard would also be helpful! Austria was my favorite. His travel philosophy encourages people to explore less-touristed areas of destinations and to become immersed in the local people's way of life. ", This tour was just outstanding; with the locations, guides, and every last detail taken care of for us. RICK STEVES ’ EUROPE: French Alps And Lyon Stream now or tune in Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 at 4 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV Thursday, November 5, 2020 Would I be able to do that trip with a selective EuroRail pass? see our FAQ. After an impressive look at the gold-lined interior of St. Mark's Basilica, the afternoon is all yours. Bea and Mine did a fantastic job providing background and insight ahead of and during our time in the various cities, which added to the level of appreciation of what we were seeing. I wouldn't have had the time or intimate knowledge to plan an independent trip that included as much as our tour did in two weeks. Venice is a quick, 15-minute vaporetto ride from the Lido. John, June offers milder weather and fewer crowds. Do you have any advice about this? Overall we had a wonderful time. You'll waste much less time traveling. That was, quite literally, the experience of our lifetimes, and I was a bit nervous before this trip because the bar had been set so impossibly high. "There really were too many to list only one! Rick Steves' Europe. Look at the information on train travel on this Rick Steves website, including the links he provides. Thanks so much for all the help so far! ", We (11)were celebrating my husband's and my 50th wedding anniversary, and we could not have asked for a more memorable experience for everyone (ages 8 to 73). Sleep in Bacharach. Rick Steves' Europe. Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. I appreciated the together time in the mornings and being able to have some alone time each city. Even though I would love to, I would rather spend my time more wisely. Plenty for 10 days. Traveling across Germany, we trace the roots of Nazism in the aftermath of World War I. S11 Ep1104 | 26m 16s Great family experience with our son and his family including grandkids ages 10 and 12. Karaoke night with BBQ was a lot of fun. His tourism company — Rick Steves’ Europe, founded in 1976 when he was 21 years old — has, in recent years, guided 30,000 travelers annually on bus-tour getaways, bringing in $100 … I see trains leaving from Barcelona at 0920, 1320 and 1620, taking 6h33m to get to Paris. That's longer than the flight would be, of course, but when thinking about flying you have to consider the extra time it takes to get out to the airport (rather than using train stations that drop you off in the city centers), getting there early for security, and so on. Some dont. "1) The realization of just how big and complex the ancient Roman culture was, along with the amazing architecture from thousands of years ago! The fewer cities the better on this trip. 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. And have a wonderful time! Everything was so well planned, but there was also plenty of time out on our own to explore. Boat: ½ hour. If you divide up the cities by your days, you will get an idea on how many days you have per city. I think my 1st priority is to see a Mediterranean city, which is why I chose Barcelona. Most tour members arrange to fly into Amsterdam (AMS) and out of Venice (VCE) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. You may also want to consider our Family Europe: London to Florence in 13 Days tour. I picked July 4 because it's 90 days from now, normally as far ahead as you can reserve, and close to your timeframe. The tour was exceptional. There we'll get nestled into our quaint historic hotel and have dinner together. Stephanie was exceptional.I cannot say enough about how great Stephanie was to have as our guide!!!!! Stay in Venice for a gondola ride on your own — or head back to the Lido to bake on a sunny beach and take a dip in the Adriatic. Since I am flying into Dublin it made sense to book a round trip flight out of Dublin. I was concerned that we had so much bus time between cities but that didn't end up being hard at all, our bus rides were fun and informative with Jody giving us history lessons and information about our next stop. 2) Taking in the cultures! I, too, think it's too much to tackle in 10 days, particularly since this is your first trip. Bea even prepared a spreadsheet for us to explain some of the highlevel ecenomics of the different countries we visited. From those cities, you might get a taste of a smaller town as a daytrip. Grazie e ciao! Rick Steves—host of public television's most popular travel series, a national public radio show, and a travel program for thousands of tourists each year—is your personal guide to Europe every day … This morning we'll sleep in a bit before heading to the nearby village of St. Goar and Rheinfels Castle — a mighty fortress that towers over the banks of the Rhine. Afterward, you'll be free for the rest of the afternoon to visit the Anne Frank House*, Van Gogh Museum*, stroll or bike through Vondelpark, or make more discoveries on your own. Bus: 4 hours. We'll meet our coach and driver this morning and make the short drive to Arnhem's amazing open-air museum. Just keep wanting to go back for more. I have told everyone who asks that I can not say enough great things about our experience. See our FAQ | Call Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements are completely up to you. This afternoon we'll drive into the Bavarian countryside, stopping to learn why Germany's fanciest Rococo-style church, the Wieskirche, sits in the middle of a cow pasture. Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Europe. ", "Probably our grandchildren's collective "AWE" when walking into the Colosseum in Rome!". Realize that Barcelona - Florence - Murren - Paris - London - Dublin (just as an example, based on what you mentioned) covers over 2000 miles. The Best of Europe in 14 Days tour offered by Rick Steves takes travelers to some of the great European cities, including Paris, Munich, Venice, Florence, and Rome. Prior to this tour we had not done a guided tour; but it was excellent and took all of the stress out of it allowing us to enjoy literally every second of it, "Just one??? Bus: 7 hours. His tour was geared toward kids and it was much more fun and interesting than my previous visits. Let me explain the method to our madness in terms of the format/information that you can find on each page. For 30 years, I’ve spent all my travel time overseas…mostly in Europe. She did an outstanding job of fostering a sense of family and harmony within our tour group.". "Our grandson has food allergies and we had concerns about our ability to communicate with restaurant staff. I have never been to Europe before, so I am looking for a friendly, leveled head push in the right direction. I have done some research on various cities I would like to see. Fly, fly, fly...that's my two cents! In the evening, I usually passed time by reviewing my plans for the next day(s) and going through my pictures. We strongly 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. You have lots of options but limited time. Save London for another trip. The best part was when the kids had a spontaneous karaoke session that was so entertaining after dinner. FWIW, I think flying Dublin to Barcelona, train to Paris, and flying back to Dublin makes the most sense for you since you're already committed to Dublin for returning home. ", "My For Everett while Moment is visiting the American cemetery". Then you'll have 3-4 days to spend in the first location. Our tour guide "Bea" and our assistant "Mina" were fantastic, and to not leave out our fabulous driver "Paul" would be a mistake. "Walking into the Colosseum onto the gladiator field! (Okay, day … The food was amazing, the entertainment was incredible and everyone enjoyed themselves. In addition to the architecture and culture. On our Family Europe: Amsterdam to Venice in 10 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…. Tour Questions? Our fellow tour participants were grounded, easy-going, and fun-loving and our group enjoyed each other's company while still respecting each family's privacy. Tonight we'll get to know each other during dinner together and learn how to take a sleek, efficient tram ride back to our hotel. This topic has been automatically closed due to a period of inactivity. If it's Barcelona and London, choose those two. 10 days is stretching it for Barcelona - Paris - London, you wouldn't be able to fit in Italy or the Swiss Alps. This morning's destination is the easy-going city of Munich. Enjoying a snack at a canal-side restaurant in Amsterdam & sharing a late night pizza & drink on the Adriatic in Venice rank among my favorite memories! Since family vacation time is generally during the summer months, we offer our Family Europe tours in June, July, and early August. Starting in the Netherlands and ending in Italy, your enthusiastic Rick Steves guide will introduce your family to Amsterdam's Golden Age, Germany's Rhine Valley and Romantic Road, the castles and forests of Austria's Tirol, and the sun-speckled canals of Venice. It was fabulous. I will be in Ireland with for a week with family doing a guided tour at the very ended of June. You are on your own schedule and can see what you want when you want. With ten days, you are still very limited if you want to see things. I have used them a number of times and have always been happy with where we have stayed. We'll have a guided tour of the castle's furnished rooms, followed by free time to hike a bit farther up to Mary's Bridge over the Pöllat Gorge, for that photo of a lifetime. "The sheer number of castles in Germany. Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. A Eurorail pass is hardly ever a financially beneficial decision. Wow, super fun!". 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