Road Testing the Rick Steves Audio Europe app

10/17/2016 07:05 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

As museums get more and more crowded, the value of the free audio tours on our Rick Steves Audio Europe app is increasing. This year, we've been producing several very important new tours and spiffing up existing ones, and I've been road-testing them as I travel. As our local guide led us through the Vatican Museum, I kept switching my earbuds between her tour and my recorded tour. Both worked great. (We fear that in the future, places like the Vatican Museum could get so crowded that leading a tour group through the collection will become simply impractical. In that case, it may be easier for our travelers to go through on their own. As guides, our job would be to simply get people in the front door, and then turn them loose with a Rick Steves audio tour.)

(Follow along on my travel blog and on Facebook as I guide the Rick Steves Europe Tours Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour.)

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