Tour Member Raves From Rick Steves' City Getaways
|"...coming face to face with the famous 'bored gargoyle' at the top of Notre-Dame!"|
Rick Steves' city tours pack a lot in — but in ways that make you feel like you are really settling into some place special, not just moving through it. And there is no shortage of "wow!" moments, according to our recent city tour alums...
"I'll never forget on our orientation walk through Prague, walking down the street next to the Tyn church and coming out into the Old Town Square. It was full of people and vendors, we could smell wonderful food cooking and the buildings around the square were spectacular. It was like Disneyland for grown-ups!"
— Lynn in Pleasanton, CA — Berlin, Prague & Vienna in 12 Days, June 2011
"One of the many things I'd looked forward to on my first trip to Paris was seeing the stained glass windows of Sainte-Chapelle. I had seen pictures, but nothing prepared me for the moment I stepped inside. This 'wow!' moment truly took my breath away. Photos cannot capture the riot of vivid color that greets visitors to the dark interior of this beautiful, ancient church. The other 'wow!' moment was coming face-to-face with the famous 'bored gargoyle' at the top of Notre-Dame! Well worth the strenuous climb up what must have been hundreds of well-worn steps in spiral staircases."
— Charlee in Rockville, MD — Best of Paris in 7 Days, April 2011
"...then there was the daily purchase of a chocolate gelato across the street from our hotel. While taking in every yummy bite of that blissful concoction, I sat in the bar and watched as Romans came in and out — getting their quick espresso, sandwiches — all the while speaking animated Italian with the owners and each other, and sometimes with me!"
— Beth in Elgin, SC — Best of Rome in 7 Days, April 2011
"The first time I heard the call to prayer from the Blue Mosque was really amazing. It gave me goose bumps the first time and every time I heard it. I actually recorded it on my iPhone so I can preserve the memory. Walking through the Fener neighborhood was really fantastic. We were off the beaten path...no shiny touristy shops, just regular people going about their lives in their home. (That's why I take Rick Steves' tours, because you see what's real, not just what the tourist board puts in a brochure.) The Turkish Bath was definitely something to remember. There's nothing that quite compares to being scrubbed up like dirty laundry by a woman my mother's age wearing a bikini. I admit it...I loved the experience and I wish I would have done it the day we got there — so I would have had time to do it twice!"
— Kristine in San Antonio, TX — Best of Istanbul in 7 Days, April 2011
"As a painter, my favorite 'wow' moment was in the Prado when I first saw Velazquez's Las Meninas. It is indeed a magnificent painting, and I now understand why he is considered 'the painter's painter.' I had waited all my life to see that painting. All of the Gaudí architecture we saw in Barcelona was impressive, but the interior of Sagrada Familía took my breath away."
— Diane in Binghamton, NY — Barcelona and Madrid in 8 Days, May 2011
"Favorite moment at the Tower of London: A little boy contemplating Henry VIII's armor with its very prominent codpiece, bursting into giggles, pointing and saying to his dad, 'It's for his winkie!'"
— Melissa in Sonoma, CA — Best of London in 7 Days, May 2011
"This was the last time our oldest granddaughter would be able to join us in travel. (She is in college and now begins internships and all that comes with an adult life.) Our youngest had never been outside the U.S. We hoped for magic and it happened. In Venice, our guide arranged for gondolas for our group with musicians. The girls were enchanted as we rode through small canals and then on the Grand Canal holding our boats together while being serenaded. When we disembarked the faces of the girls were alight, they threw their arms around each other and kissed in obvious delight. That moment alone was worth the entire trip. And for the youngest, the world and all its allure had opened."
— Roger in St. Michaels, MD — Venice, Florence & Rome in 10 Days, June 2011
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