Hi from Rick: Meet our 2010 Tours
|The wealth of fresh information that comes from my annual guidebook research (like my discovery of the perfect local guide for Tangier) keeps our tours ahead of the crowd.|
Whenever I'm making TV shows or updating our guidebooks in Europe, I love the way the experience I gain from that research work contributes to the quality of our tours. Recently, while researching my Spain guidebook, I thought I'd hop on the ferry to Morocco to check on what it had to offer travelers (other than lots of hassles).
The once notoriously rundown and scuzzy city of Tangier was suddenly a delight. The transformation (thanks to some serious focus by a new king) was astounding. This long-neglected city had transformed itself into an art deco showcase, offering a friendly look at an Islamic city, succeeding with a smile.
Working with a talented local guide, I mapped out an in-depth sightseeing itinerary for my guidebook readers — and then huddled with my tour staff to see how we could incorporate this fascinating city (and this top-notch guide) into our tour program. And today that's a reality, included in our 2010 Best of Spain with Morocco in 16 Days tour.
Today I'm proud to introduce you to this and 34 more just-released tours for 2010 — all designed and priced to give you the best value in European travel.
As we do every year, we've taken what's been a proven success, evaluated hundreds of new ideas from my book research, our tour guides, and tour members — and then fine-tuned each itinerary to bring you even more travel thrills per mile, minute and dollar.
To celebrate our new tour season, we'll take $100 off the price of any 2010 tour seat you reserve through November 30, 2009. This early-booking discount can be added to your tour alum discount for even more savings. And to give you flexibility and peace of mind, any deposit you make will be 100% refundable until December 31, 2009, if you should need to cancel, no questions asked.
Visit our 2010 Tours website and you'll also find more video content than ever — from my personal 'Ten Commitments' to lively previews of each region we'd love to take you to.
You'll also find some exciting new tour itineraries waiting for you in this month's Tour News — all featuring the "small groups, great guides and no grumps" that have made our tours so popular for the past 30 years.
Browse through all we have to offer, and you'll find plenty of reasons to make 2010 your year to experience Europe — affordably — the Rick Steves way.
I hope you can join us!