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Best Time of Year for My Way Alpine Tour

My husband and I were considering taking the My Way Alpine tour next year. I had thought we would go mid to late June; he was thinking September. I've been checking the website from time to time while we're on our current trip, and it seems like the September dates for this tour have practically sold out--sometimes literally going from Sign Up to Join Waitlist overnight. I know you can't predict future weather, but is the weather generally that much better in September than in June in those areas the tour visits?

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One of my favorite Rick Steves tours! I went on the last September tour in 2023 with spectacular weather everywhere except two rainy nights in Füssen Germany. The only drawback for being the last tour of the year was the lift to Italy from Mont Blanc was closed for the season. It looks like those tours for 2025 are waitlisted so you could sign up for the earlier dates in September. I absolutely loved this tour! Like all of Rick’s tours, there is so much to do! Plus, you will love the 3 nights in Switzerland with its stunningly beautiful Alpine mountains.

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I did this tour late May 2022. We had great weather aside from the usual 1 or 2 rainy days. I think the upside to going in September is it might be less crowded, I imagine late June would be much more crowded in some spots. It's a wonderful tour! I've considered going on it again.

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I am going this September, I think it starts September 16th. Looking so forward to this type of tour. Hoping for good to great weather, but will be prepared for all types. Any helpful suggestions for those of you that have gone? Thanks.

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Thanks Judy B. and thigpen.katie. Looks like either end of the summer might work. I'd rather not risk early September in case the summer heat is lingering, so we might join the waitlist of our ideal September date and see what happens. Next September is over 15 months away, so someone currently signed up might drop out.

regina--you might want to start your own thread so people who have tips on the actual trip can respond to your question.

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@regina I suggest doing a bit of research beforehand so you can have an idea of what you want to do in each place. RS will send a book for the tour as it gets closer. I booked a good number of things in advance that I knew I wanted to see/experience and am glad I did. It's a really beautiful trip!

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I went mid- June and weather was great and crowds were low. Everything was perfect except a few hiking trails in the Alps were still closed — which I knew could happen and happily found others since there are so many. From my previous research you could/should have much the same experiences in off-peak/end-of season Sept. Enjoy.