Going for the Best of Europe
Enjoy several regions of Europe in a single, efficient, thrilling trip!
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. Here's a little more information to whet your travel appetite...
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Have more freedom, save $1,000. Rick Steves' new, "un-guided" tour lets you enjoy the freedom of independent travel — without the headaches. We give you comfortable rooms in centrally-located hotels, private bus transportation from city to city, and a trip escort to help advise you along the way. "My Way: Europe in 14 Days" costs $1,000 less than our fully-guided Best of Europe in 14 Days tour, yet follows essentially the same star-studded route ("My Way" visits Italy's Riviera/Cinque Terre instead of Tuscany/Florence). Learn more...
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. Learn more...
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 and David in the Accademia. You'll also sneak through the back door: time-tripping through Roman and Venetian alleyways, and connecting with Europeans like no other tour can. Learn more...
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! Learn more...
Read All About It...
|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.
Interview with Best of Europe guide Martin de Lewandowicz
This esteemed historian sees life as one big festival of discovery.
Interview with Best of Europe guide Ben Cameron
He has been on the road with Rick's tours nearly non-stop since 1997.
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.
Listen To Rick Steves' Audio Europe...
We are about to launch Rick Steves Audio Europe (watch for the email) — a free, information-packed app for the iPhone and iPod touch. It includes Rick's audio walking tours through Europe's most interesting neighborhoods and museums, plus dozens of his radio interviews on top destinations with interesting local experts. Here's a preview of a few "Best of Europe" segments you can listen to now...
- Architecture for Travelers (2006, Kathryn Rogers Merlino, 39 min)
- Art Appreciation for Travelers (2008, Gene Openshaw, 47 min)
- Art Outside the Museums (2009, Gene Openshaw, 30 min)
- Paris City Guide I (2006, Arnaud Servignat, 39 min)
- Paris City Guide II (2008, Patrick Vidal, 45 min)
- Paris Cuisine (2009, Arnaud Servignat, 21 min)
- Netherlands Cultural Insights I (2006, Rolinka Bloeming, 45 min)
- Netherlands Cultural Insights II (2009, Rolinka Bloeming, 30 min)
- Munich and Bavaria (2010, Daniela Wedel, 38 min)
- Frances Mayes: 20 Years Under the Tuscan Sun (2010, Frances Mayes, 42 min)
- Salman Rushdie's "The Enchantress of Florence" (2008, Salman Rushdie, 30 min)
- Michelangelo in Florence (2010, William Wallace, 19 min)
- Michelangelo in Rome (2010, Angela Nickerson, 18 min)
- Rome City Guide I (2008, 48 min)
- Rome City Guide II (2009, 46 min)
Having trouble listening here? You can listen to Audio Europe on iTunes!