• Visit the Van Gogh Museum
  • Visit Amsterdam and see the world's greatest collections of paintings, including masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer
  • Explore Venice and Experience the amazing history of this unique, maze-like city of canals, walkways, and slowly sinking palaces
  • Visit a local mask-making workshop to learn about the tradition of Venetian masks
  • Visit the16th century Gardens of Bomarzo, filled with larger-than-life sculptures and monstrous statues

Rick Steves Family Europe: Amsterdam to Rome in 14 Days makes the wonders of Europe come alive for kids — and cuts the stress for parents, too. 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, the canals of Venice, the countryside charms of Tuscany, and the Eternal City of Rome. Join us for Family Europe: Amsterdam to Rome in 14 Days!

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Our Rick Steve's "Best of Italy Tour," starting in Varenna, October 18, through Rome, November 3, 2015. January 2017

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We flew into Milan and toured the town on our own a few days. Then we took the train to Varenna on Lake Como to formally start our Rick Steves tour with our guide, Lisa Anderson. She was excellent; very organized, helpful to a fault, and took us to a lot of out-of-way places not on the itinerary. What I liked most was the mixture of planned activities and time our own own; a nice balance which I believe gave us a good feel for the people, culture, and historical places we toured throughout Italy. You can read any itinerary for this trip and learn about what you're going to see, but getting to know your traveling companions (there were 28 of us) well, share food (and a cold- achoo!) made it all the better. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who would really like to get a taste of Italy from Rome north. I had no interest in visiting Italy before, but would go back in a heartbeat. I especially enjoyed our time high up in a ski village in the Dolomite Mountains. Seeing the "big three" of Venice, Florence, and Rome was great, but I also enjoyed seeing Pisa and Assisi, and spending time in places I had never heard of before - Cinque Terre , Siena, and Orvieto. While I know you can't pick your tour hosts, I would give the highest marks to our guide Lisa, her assistant, Alex, and our bus driver extraordinaire, Adrian. They helped put an excellent adventure over the top. Kudos to you Rick Steve's! We'll book another one of your tours in the next few years.
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Great Tour of Paris July 2016

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My family and I took the seven day Paris tour run by Rick Steves and had a great time. Excellent guide and perfect mix of scheduled events and free time. The specialist guides in the museums provided essentially a college level class on art history and appreciation which made it all the more special. The accommodations were well located and nicely sized. The mix of free time was excellent for my photography so I never felt rushed nor did we hold up the group. We look forward to booking another Rick Steves tour sometime in the future.
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Excellent! October 2015

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We went on the My Way Best of Euope 14 day tour last month. Excellent tour. So much to see!!! We loved it!! I would highly recommend it if you are an independent traveler who doesn't want any stress.

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Absolutely fantastic tour! October 2015

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Just got back from the Best of Scandinavia Tour. It was absolutely fantastic in every respect: Great venues and sights, great food and lodging, great local tour guides, a wonderful group to travel with, but the best part was having two fantastic professional guides with us every day to make everything come to life and help us connect in a very meaningful way with the cultures and lands we were there to experience. This is my second RS tour and I would say both have exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend RS tours to anyone looking to travel in this part of the world!!
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Rick Steve's tours are the best! October 2015

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We had a glorious time in Europe. Rick Steve's tours are the best way to learn about the various country's history, people, and culture. Great recommendations for places to eat when you're on your own. Fun meeting people in the tour group.
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Day 1: Welcome to Amsterdam

Our adventure begins in the canal-laced city of Amsterdam. We'll get together for a quick introduction meeting at our hotel at 3 p.m. Soon after, we'll head outdoors for a "Golden Age" walking tour of Amsterdam's historic streets, lined with teetering, gable-topped houses overlooking centuries-old canals. 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. Sleep in Amsterdam (2 nights). No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 2: Eye-Opening Amsterdam

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. After time for reflection and lunch on your own, we'll rendezvous and hop aboard a canal boat for a floating sightseeing tour of the city. Then we'll visit the Anne Frank House, where the teenage writer and her family hid from the Nazis for two years during World War II. Afterward, you'll be free for the rest of the afternoon to visit the Van Gogh Museum, stroll or bike through Vondelpark, or make more discoveries on your own. No bus. Boat: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

Day 3: To Arnhem and Germany

We'll meet our coach and driver this morning and make the short drive to Arnhem's amazing open-air museum. As we wander around the perfectly restored windmills, farm houses, gardens, shops, and peasant huts, we'll get a hands-on experience of what life was like for people here in centuries past. We'll gather for a traditional lunch of Dutch pancakes before heading south into Germany and into the Rhine River Valley. There we'll get nestled into our very quaint, very old hotel, and have dinner together. Sleep in Bacharach (2 nights). Bus: 6 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 4: Rhine Castles and Cruising

This morning we'll sleep in a bit before heading to the nearby Rheinfels Castle — a mighty fortress that towers over the banks of the Rhine. A guided tour will show us what fortress life was like back in the day. We'll regroup for a tasty picnic lunch in a park by the river, then it's all aboard! A boat will take us on a smooth river cruise, past miles of vineyards, villages, and more castles (including one that pokes out of the river). Back at our "home village" your evening will be free for more wandering and dinner on your own. Boat: 1 hr. Bus: 1/2 hr. Walking: strenuous.

Day 5: Medieval Rothenburg

After an early breakfast we'll pack up and head for the jewel of medieval Germany, the perfectly preserved walled town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. 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 Crime and Punishment Museum to acres of cute shops and photo ops. After a break for dinner on your own, tag along on this evening's very entertaining Night Watchman's tour. Sleep in Rothenburg (1 night). Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 6: Munich and Austrian Tirol

This morning's destination is the easy-going city of Munich. We'll get oriented at the Viktualienmarkt — an outdoor farmers' market, beer garden, and park, all rolled into one. You'll have time to assemble a lunch and share a picnic table, then wander through the city's pedestrian-friendly center. 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. 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. Sleep in or near Reutte (2 nights). Bus: 6 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 7: Neuschwanstein and the Luge

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. 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 Pollat Gorge, for that photo of a lifetime. Back at the bus after lunch, we'll drive to a nearby luge course where (weather permitting) you'll have a chance to go barreling down a mountain on a tiny sled with wheels. We'll arrive back at the hotel afterward with more time to stroll in the woods, or just relax, before dinner together. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: strenuous.

Day 8: To Venice

We'll take a scenic, all-day drive to Venice today, stopping en route for lunch at the Italian-Tirolean town of Bolzano. You'll have time to explore this vibrant town and put together the perfect picnic browsing Bolzano's colorful street market. Then we'll make a beeline for the Adriatic Sea, where we'll trade our bus for a boat, and get a ship's-eye-view of Venice before we go ashore on the family-friendly beach island of the Lido. This evening we'll have an orientation to our island-away-from-home, and dinner together. Sleep on the Lido (2 nights). Boat: ½ hr. Bus: 7 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 9: Magical Maze of Venice

Venice is a quick, 15-minute vaporetto ride from the Lido. This morning we'll cruise there for a walking tour through the heart of Venice. You'll learn about the amazing history of this unique, maze-like city of canals, walkways, and slowly sinking palaces. We'll also visit a local mask-making workshop to learn about the tradition of Venetian masks. After an impressive look at the gold-lined interior of St. Mark's Basilica, the afternoon is all yours. You might tour the Doges Palace — or simply get lost (remember it's an island) exploring Venice's alleyways. Stay in Venice for dinner and a gondola ride on your own — or head back to the Lido early, to bake on a sunny beach and take a dip in the Adriatic. Boat: ½ hr. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 10: To the Tuscan Countryside

Today we say "ciao Venezia" as we hop back aboard our bus and drive deep into the heart of Italy. On the way, we'll stop in Emilia Romagna for exploring and lunch on your own. Then we'll continue on our way through the Tuscan hills to our cozy countryside hotel, nestled among the trees and vineyards. The grownups will have time to sit back and relax over a glass of the local wine. The kids will have a ball swimming and goofing around in the pool. When our stomachs begin to rumble we'll gather together for tonight's feast. Sleep at a Tuscan agriturismo (2 nights). Boat: ½ hr. Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 11: Hill Towns and Towers in Tuscany

After breakfast we'll take our bus and time-travel to the hill town of San Gimignano, famous for its many medieval towers. We'll visit a fascinating museum and ceramics workshop where the artists have painstakingly created a scale model of the town — complete with all 72 towers — as it was 600 years ago. You'll have free time for lunch and to climb a tower on your own and marvel at how unchanged this town has remained. A few hours later, back at our country hotel, the afternoon is yours for taking it easy, Tuscany-style. Before dinner tonight, our chef will give us a hands-on demonstration of how Italians turn dough into pasta. Bus: 2 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 12: All Roads Lead to Rome

This morning we'll visit the 16th century Gardens of Bomarzo, filled with larger-than-life sculptures and monstrous statues, where fantasy and reality meet. Then we'll press on to our final destination, the Eternal City of Rome. We'll check into our hotel in the city's center, and take a little time to catch our breath. Then we'll use Rome's public transportation system to reach the most impressive building from ancient Roman times: the perfectly domed, 2,000-year-old Pantheon. After a post-Pantheon break for dinner on your own, we'll rendezvous for a stroll together through the floodlit heart of the city, lacing together lively pedestrian lanes, classy piazzas, and splashy fountains. Sleep in Rome (2 nights). Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 13: Ancient Rome

Today we'll be transported back to the days of emperors, slaves, and gladiators. We'll tour Rome's famous Colosseum and the nearby Roman Forum, where you'll trip over the same stones as the Caesars did 20 centuries before you (history class will never be the same)! We'll set you free for lunch and the entire afternoon. This is an ideal time to take a taxi to St. Peter's Basilica or the Sistine Chapel (Sistine is part of the Vatican Museums, make reservations in advance). This evening we'll gather together for our final dinner on the tour, and toast our great adventure together. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. It's a breeze to reach Rome's airport by taxi, or public transportation. Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Grazie e ciao!

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 3,995

Price Per Day:

$ 285 per day
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 725
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Trip Includes
  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Kids ages 8 through 17 are welcome — and save $200
  • A full-time Rick Steves guide, tour assistant, and local experts — who will make the history, art, culture — and fun! — of Europe come alive for you and your kids
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 23 group sightseeing events, Amsterdam walking tour, Amsterdam canal cruise, Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum tour, Arnhem Open-Air Museum, Rheinfels Castle tour, Rhine River cruise, Rothenburg orientation, Rothenburg Night Watchman tour, Munich orientation, Wieskirche visit, Neuschwanstein Castle tour, Mountain luge (weather permitting), Venice walking tour, Venice mask demonstration, St. Mark's Square and Basilica, San Gimignano visit, Hands-on pasta-making demonstration, Gardens of Bomarzo, Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Colosseum tour, Forum tour…and more
  • All group transportation from Amsterdam to Rome
  • 13 nights' accommodations (all stops but one are for 2 nights) in memorable, family-friendly hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2017
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 28
Start City
End City
Cancellation Policy:

our tour deposit is 100% refundable for 30 days from the date it is received, unless noted otherwise below. After 30 days your deposit becomes nonrefundable, and will be forfeited should you decide to cancel your reservation. Deposits made 60–90 days before a tour departs become nonrefundable on the final payment due date. If you book a tour less than 60 days before its departure date, the entire tour cost becomes non-refundable after 7 days.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 8

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