Hi from Rick: Authentic, Affordable Europe
|"While a chance to save money has never made me decide to take a trip, I think it can be a smart factor in timing your travels: when to go where."|
If you're traveling to Europe this year, the strongest dollar since July 2010 will give you a nice bonus each time you visit an ATM. While a chance to save money has never made me decide to take a trip, I think it can be a smart factor in timing your travels: when to go where.
In this month's Tour News you'll find a bunch of opportunities to save hundreds of dollars on a Rick Steves tour. The departures we've chosen are every bit as wonderful as the rest — they just need a little help filling, or they are scheduled for a week that's less in demand. And the extra savings may get you thinking, "Hmmm, I've always wanted to do a week-long Paris tour, and now that I can save an extra $600..." See what I mean?
In this month's slideshow, you'll see some tempting pictures from the half-dozen summer and fall departures we've discounted, while they last. You'll also find an article that introduces the first of our 2013 tours — off-peak winter itineraries that let us pass hundreds of dollars of hotel savings on to you. This includes our all-new Best of the French Riviera in 7 Days Tour, based in Nice.
There is another advantage to traveling when and where the crowds are not: the ease with which you can connect with the authenticity of a place, wearing less of its tourism make-up. Greece is certainly a prime example now, as "all crisis all the time" news has encouraged most travelers to put Greece on their wait-list for another year or two. This is a real shame, as this year presents thoughtful travelers with a chance to learn about a proud country's current reality as well as its past glories — and experience a warmer-than-ever welcome. To give you a look at the travel reality of Greece today, you'll find a timely interview with guide Colin Clement, and raves from tour members who have traveled with us to Greece this year.
To wrap things up, check out our latest updates from Italy's Cinque Terre, where Vernazza and Monterosso continue to make a remarkable recovery from the devastating floods of last year. Old friends are back in business, travelers are returning, and the summer sun is working its magic again, as it should. It's a great time to get out.