If anyone was on this tour I would be interested if you could list the names of the hotels in the different cities. I am particularly interested if any of them were air conditioned especially in Italy. I plan to go on this tour in 2020. Thanks again
Hotels change so someone else’s list won’t help that much - my friend and I both did exact same tour ( 14 days family Europe tour ) one year apart and we compared and we only had like two of same hotels .
What I can say is both our hotels in Rome were air conditioned
Most are likely to be. Tours do not always use the same hotel at each stop, so what someone encountered this year, may not apply to next year, or even next month.
I have not taken this tour but have taken multiple RS tours. The hotels change year to year, so a list won’t do you much good. Some are the same year to year, others not. If 100% guarantee of AC at each hotel is a deal breaker, well... you really won’t know until you get that final list a month before you depart. My overall experience has been that the quality of hotels on these tours has been improving and that includes AC.
I have taken this tour although it was in Fall 2014. The hotels in Venice (Hotel Mercurio), Florence (Hotel California, hahahah!), Rome ( Hotel Nardizzi Americana) and Monterosso al Mare (Albergo Punta Mesco) were all air conditioned. I'd agree with the others that the hotels may not be the same. Even in the same season hotels are sometimes different for the same tour.
The hotel in Paris was also air conditioned.
I traveled the end of August - the tour might have left on about the 27 of August. It was very hot in Italy although we started out chilly in Haarlem, Germany and Austria. Switzerland was perfect. Paris was fine as well but I've since stayed at the same hotel and it is air conditioned.
This is a wonderful, wonderful tour! I do recommend you arrive in Haarlem at least a night or 2 ahead of the tour start. Give yourself time to adjust to jet lag and recover from travel tiredness as well as to allow some flex time in case of a travel delay. This is a long and busy tour so the more rested you are at the start the more you will enjoy it!
editing to add: You may have no interest in this but here is a link to my Trip Report from 2014. I see the tour started on Aug 26. What I didn't put in the TR was that I had spend about a week in London ahead of time and took the Eurostar to Haarlem the day before the tour started. I wished I had given myself at least 2 full days (3 nights) ahead - 1 full day for Haarlem as there is a lot to see and 1 full day for Amsterdam which isn't enough but gets you to more of the major sights.
We've taken this tour twice, and only two of the hotels were the same on both tours.
So you really didn't get a list from people, but there is one other source. You can look at the scrapbooks for this tour for previous years and at least see where they stayed that year.
Also be aware that just because a hotel has air conditioning doesn't mean it will be turned on. It depends on what time of year. This is especially true in Italy. In July, yes. In May, maybe not.
Good point, Frank II. I remember on one tour some of our tour mates were very upset that the a/c was not available. The same is true for heat, as well, I believe.
I have been to Europe not only in the service but on 2 Rick Steves tours before so my initial time that I thought I would go on the tour was mid May but my concern more was for the leg of the tour which was in Italy. Thanks for all of the input, greatly appreciated.
Weather in Europe is becoming more unpredictable it appears. We were in Italy from May 2-23, first week Rome, the rest in Sicily. In Rome it was cold and rainy nearly every day. Sicily got warmer but not a lot and we had rain as well. Wish we had needed AC! Now they are broiling.