Thankfully, I was able to talk my dad into experiencing Europe with me. Here are some of our adventures with the Rick Steves tour group from May 2017.


Countries Covered

Yes, I am counting Vatican City


Churches Seen

The museum count was pretty high too


Castles Stormed

We didn't need luck or a miracle


Average Miles Per Day

I couldn't help myself as there was so much to see


Photos Taken

Because every picture tells a story


Journal Pages Penned

The pen may be mightier than the sword, but I fancy a pencil

How to navigate this site

Clicking on one of the photos above will take you to our experiences in that country. They will be broken down by city or region. If you want to hear about the best gelato on our tour, click on Italy. If you fancy the best beer, Germany – surprise, surprise – is the place to go. While you are on these city pages, you will see a traditional menu at the top to take you from place to place. Otherwise click on the button here to start at the beginning of our trip. Happy travels!

And away we go!

During the trip I found some interesting and amusing experiences. Typically there wasn’t a big story but you will find my musings in the blog.

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Day 1 Fly to The Netherlands
Day 2 Haarlem
Day 3 Amsterdam
Day 4 Keukenhof Garden & Bacharach, Germany
Day 5 Bacharach City Tour, Rheinfels Castle & Rhine River Cruise
Day 6 Medieval Rothenburg & Night Watchman’s tour
Day 7 Dachau, Wieskirche & Reutte in Austria’s Tirol region
Day 8 Neuschwanstein Castle
Day 9 Italian town & Venice, Italy
Day 10 Tour Venice, St. Mark’s Basilica & Gondola ride
Day 11 Ferrara, Florence & Michelangelo’s David
Day 12 Duomo Museum & Uffizi Gallery
Day 13 Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and night tour of Rome
Day 14 Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon & Moses
Day 15 Arezzo & Cinque Terre
Day 16 Cinque Terre
Day 17 Bus to Lauterbrunnen Valley in the Swiss Alps
Day 18 Gondola to Schilthorn, & the mountain villages
Day 19 Burgundy wine country, Beaune, France
Day 20 Paris: Military Museum, Sainte-Chapelle, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Orsay & Seine river cruise
Day 21 Paris: Bus tour, Louvre, Opera House
Day 22 Versailles
Day 23 Fly home