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End of Tour, Mission Accomplished, Happy Travels

Rick Steves | Posted 10.24.2016 | Home
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With my staff and guides tuning in to see how I'd do after nearly 20 years of not actually leading one of our tours, I have to say I did it: I finishe...

Sciacchetrà -- The Liquid Gold of the Cinque Terre

Rick Steves | Posted 10.24.2016 | Home
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This little clip captures one of the great joys of travel: discovering a new drink, perfectly local, with just the right accompaniment (a biscotto), a...

Video: Building a Gothic Church with 13 Tourists

Rick Steves | Posted 10.21.2016 | Home
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One of my great joys as a tour guide is teaching art and architecture in a way that makes it both fun and meaningful. And a good way to do that is by ...

Touring the Louvre

Rick Steves | Posted 10.20.2016 | Home
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Europe's greatest museum is the Louvre in Paris. It was a thrill to take our Best of Europe in 21 Days tour group there to enjoy its unforgettable col...

Experience Is Good Travel

Rick Steves | Posted 10.19.2016 | Home
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Every time I huddle with my guides, exploring ways to improve Rick Steves Europe Tours, our goal is the same: "How do we maximize the experience?" The...

Three Hardworking Guides: Rick, Trish, and Ben

Rick Steves | Posted 10.18.2016 | Home
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For me, a big part of the joy in leading this three-week tour has been collaborating with two fine guides: Trish Feaster and Ben Cameron. We tag-teame...

A Great Bus Driver Enhances a Tour

Rick Steves | Posted 10.17.2016 | Home
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If you've ever been on a bus tour, you know what an important part of the mix your driver is. And if you've ever been a tour guide, you know that the ...

Road Testing the Rick Steves Audio Europe app

Rick Steves | Posted 10.17.2016 | Home
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Photo: thetravelphile.com / facebook.com/thetravelphile As museums get more and more crowded, the value of the free audio tours on our Rick Steves Aud...

Teaching in Europe

Rick Steves | Posted 10.17.2016 | Home
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Photo: thetravelphile.com / facebook.com/thetravelphile I enjoy many aspects of my work. But perhaps the most gratifying is to stand before a great pi...

A Tight and Happy Group

Rick Steves | Posted 10.14.2016 | Home
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One of the great things about taking a tour is the people you get to travel with (assuming you join a tour that markets itself in a way that attracts ...

Video: Glasses and Crêpes in France

Rick Steves | Posted 10.13.2016 | Home
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Just after crossing from Switzerland into France we made a quick lunch stop at a modern mall next to the expressway. In this clip, one of my tour memb...

Video: Bang A Gong On A Bus

Rick Steves | Posted 10.12.2016 | Home
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I've been leading bus tours since the 1970s. Back then, my groups were nearly all women. (My theory: Guys were comfortable having a travel adventure o...

Video: I Can't Resist Yodeling in the Swiss Alps

Rick Steves | Posted 10.11.2016 | Home
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We'll do just about anything to give our travelers memorable cultural experiences when they join us on a Rick Steves bus tour. And this passion for cr...

Video: The Cows Come Home

Rick Steves | Posted 10.10.2016 | Home
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Every guide dreams of having his or her group enjoy the happy moment when the farmers bring their cows down from the high meadow. They don't announce ...

Video: The Mighty Trümmelbach Falls

Rick Steves | Posted 10.10.2016 | Home
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I love Switzerland's Lauterbrunnen Valley, which is named for its many "loud waterfalls." The loudest of these waterfalls is Trümmelbach, which for e...

Video: The New Thrill Walk at Birg

Rick Steves | Posted 10.10.2016 | Home
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The Swiss, who are both great engineers and great lovers of nature, know how to make Alpine thrills accessible to almost any traveler. Follow me on th...

Video: To the Toilet -- James Bond Style

Rick Steves | Posted 10.07.2016 | Home
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The Swiss love to cap their peaks with restaurants. One of the most popular is the Schilthorn's Piz Gloria, a revolving restaurant perched at 10,000 f...

Video: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau

Rick Steves | Posted 10.06.2016 | Home
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This clip is the first of a five-day series of fun I had with my Rick Steves' Best of Europe Tour group high in the Swiss Alps. (Up next on my travel ...

Video: Our Favorite Bites...So Far

Rick Steves | Posted 10.05.2016 | Home
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We're waiting to catch our early train out of the Italian Riviera. We have six days left in our Best of Europe in 21 Days tour and I've asked our grou...

Video: Good-bye Italy; Hello Switzerland

Rick Steves | Posted 10.04.2016 | Home
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After a glorious free day on the beaches of the Italian Riviera, my tour group is heading north for the Swiss Alps. Because we sleep deep in the chara...

Video: Italian Experiences and the Joy of Guiding

Rick Steves | Posted 10.03.2016 | Home
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On a Best of Europe in 21 Days tour, we are admittedly getting just a quick introduction to the greatest sights in Europe. But this route (with eight...

Video: Autostrada Rest Stop Is the Full-Meal Deal

Rick Steves | Posted 10.03.2016 | Home
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When leading a busload of merry travelers around Europe, our practical challenge is to keep things on time and everyone safe, happy, and well fed. Eur...

The Joy of Guiding: Making Memories

Rick Steves | Posted 10.03.2016 | Home
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For me --  and my amazing team of guides at Rick Steves Europe Tours -- the great joy of guiding is to take tour members' lifelong imaginings, transf...

Video: Dining Fine in Venice

Rick Steves | Posted 09.30.2016 | Home
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We include half the dinners on Rick Steves Europe Tours, and for the other dinners, we set people free to enjoy meals on their own. That means we can ...

Creating Mealtime Magic in Venice

Rick Steves | Posted 09.29.2016 | Home
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Video: thetravelphile.com / facebook.com/thetravelphile One of the joys of travel is eating well. And one of the challenges of leading a good tour is...