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Best of Europe 14 days in May/June?

Hi there folks!

I wanted to get some help about timing of a honeymoon tour that I was thinking of going on with my soon to be wife. We were thinking of booking the Best of Europe 14 days tour as she's never been to Europe and it hits a lot of the major places that we'd like to visit. There seems to be a lot of long bus rides but I'd imagine the scenery is beautiful so I hopefully that will help pass the time. This will be my 2nd Rick Steve's tour.

There are a few tours in May/June but I'm not familiar with the crowds/weather/anything else to look out for and wanted to get some advice on things to consider. The available dates are 5/10-5/23, 5/17-5/30, and 5/31-6/13.

Here's the list of cities in case in helps: Paris, Beaune, Lauterbrunnen Valley, Munich, Venice, Tuscany/Florence, and Rome

Appreciate your help, thanks!

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We did the 21 day best of Europe and bus times were not bad at all as we stopped frequently for restroom stops. We started the first week of June and it was very hot except for part of Switzerland which was cool but not cold. We had a only few hours of rain.

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We just finished this tour. It was wonderful and covers SO much. I know the closer you get to June the more crowded it gets, especially Rome.

The bus rides weren’t bad and offered some time to rest between walking. We did a lot of walking but your probably know this having been on a RS tour before. Our favorite part was the hike from Lauterberunnen to Murren. It was a perfect fall day with clear views.
We went to the beer garden in Munich in the evening and talked to an expat that lives there now. Loved meeting the “locals”.
Even with the crowds, your guide will get you into the museums without much wait. The colosseum tour with local guide Maria was another highlight. She was delightful.
Enjoy!

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Hi Diane!

Thanks for the reply. How hot was "very hot"? Are we talking triple digits/unbearable?

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Not triple digits that trip. High 80s to mid 90s. I remember Rome and Paris being the hottest. Amsterdam too! But you might have a cold snap. Hard to predict.

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Hi there! My husband and I took this trip in the timeframe that you are talking about in 2018. It was chilly and rainy in Paris and Lauterbrunnen but it was beautiful both places. The bus trips were great-time to decompress and enjoy the scenery. We stopped every two hours and had a couple of surprise stops as well to see sites of local interest. It was a little warm in Rome-low 80's-which was great. We went at at time that ended with Memorial Day weekend. I wouldn't want to go to Rome much later than that just due to heat-I like my hot vacations near the ocean ;). Our hotel had great air conditioning so no worries there. Our only complaint was that we wanted to spend more time in every location! We are headed back to some of them in 2020. Enjoy and congratulations!

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We did that tour in mid june to late june .. and while yes it was hot in some places (Rome) Im still glad we didnt do it earilier as I really looked forward to some hiking in Alps and paths were just clear when we went.. but still bits of snow left off trail.. I imagine eariler more paths would be covered..

The thing is you wont get perfect weather in every place at the same time.. Rome would be nice early May.. but Ive been cold and wet in Paris in early May too..