Going for the Best of Europe
Every trip to Europe is worthwhile. But there's nothing like the thrill of experiencing a multi-course feast of different cultures and places you've always dreamed of — all in a single vacation.
Whether you're looking forward to your first trip to Europe — or a more full-filling return after having nibbled on a city or two — Rick Steves 'Best of Europe' tours can't be beat for variety and value.
Rick and his guides have been leading, researching, and fine-tuning the Best of Europe tours for three decades now...so there's no need to wait any longer. Here's a little more information to whet your travel appetite...
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The tour that started it all. This is the classic tour that inspired Rick's "Europe Through the Back Door" and "Best of Europe" guidebooks. The must-sees are all here — Amsterdam, Venice, Florence, Rome and Paris — with all their artistic marvels. You'll also enjoy Europe's quieter treasures, like Germany's Rhine, the snowy Swiss Alps and Italy's sun-drenched Cinque Terre. Got the time? You'll be amazed at how much of Europe you'll get to know on this tour.
Europe's best two weeks. Looking to pack Europe's top cultural treats and travel thrills into a two-week vacation? You've found it with the Best of Europe in 14 Days. You'll enjoy a colorful mix of must-see cities — Paris, Venice, Florence and Rome — and rural, stroll-around charms. You'll meet Mona in the Louvre, David in the Accademia and "Mad" King Ludwig at Neuschwanstein Castle. You'll also sneak through the back door: time-tripping through Roman and Venetian alleyways, and connecting with Europeans like no other tour can.
Bring the kids. Enjoy the same great sightseeing as on our "Best of Europe in 14 Days" trip — but with more kid-friendly presentations and pace. Your family will experience a colorful mix of must-see cities — Rome, Florence, Venice and Paris — and rural, stroll-around charms. It's a rewarding way for couples, grandparents and single parents to introduce their kids to Europe. Relax — don't worry about hotel hunting, transportation and being your family's tour guide. We've designed this to be YOUR vacation, too!
|An 'I'm-really-here' evening by the Eiffel Tower is one of many 'wows' on our Best of Europe tours.|
A flood of favorite memories from our Best of Europe tour members.
The Art of Parisian Living
Paris is more than a Best of Europe destination — it's a way of life.
A city's heart persistently beats beneath all that grandeur.
Gimmelwald: For the Swiss Alps in Your Lap
The Best of Europe's most spectacular day is 100% museum-free!
The Temple of David
Our top stop in Florence is an eye-opening place to eavesdrop.
An Art-Lovers Guide to Europe
Art history specialist, co-author of "Europe 101" and one of our original Best of Europe tour guides, Gene Openshaw joins Rick to inspire us with a close-up view of masterpieces including paintings, sculptures and architecture travelers can't afford to miss in Europe (originally aired 9/13/2008).
- Listen to the entire show (Windows Media, approx. 50 minutes)
Rick's Audio Tours
As a fun preview of where you'll wander (with your guide or during your free time), listen to Rick's free MP3 audio tours of the greatest sights in Rome, Florence, Venice and Paris.