Back in the Tour-Guiding Saddle

07/15/2016 02:49 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

For 25 years, I personally led lots of Rick Steves Europe Tours. But for the last decade or so, I've preferred to just rideᅡᅠalong as a tour member instead -- enjoying the work of our hardworking and passionate guides. But this year I've decided to get back into the tour-guiding saddle and personally lead a couple of tours.

My first tourᅡᅠ-- a Rick Steves My Way Alpine Europe Tour -- just kicked off in Salzburg, where I met my 26 happy co-travelers. (OurᅡᅠMy Way toursᅡᅠare "un-guided," designed to includeᅡᅠample free time. Rather than a tour guide, a My Way tour comes with a tour managerᅡᅠ-- that's meᅡᅠ-- whoᅡᅠgetsᅡᅠtour members from point to point, orients them to their options, handles logistics, and answers questions.)ᅡᅠIt's a joy to be leading our tours again. And over the next 12 days or so, I'll be reporting on the fun we're having, right here on myᅡᅠtravel blogᅡᅠand onᅡᅠFacebook.

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