Hi from Rick: My 2014 Tours Are Here
My full 2014 season of European tours has arrived, and all 39 itineraries are ready to book at ricksteves.com.
Our tours have always been about maximizing experiences, not just sightseeing. And for me, the launch of each new season always stirs up memories of tours I've taken as a tour member.
This past summer it was the Best of Scotland tour, and the fun we had with sheepdogs and their pups. The year before I enjoyed the Best of Turkey tour, and was enthralled at how easy it was to be part of the neighborhood scene over a backgammon board in a tea house. Before that, I tagged along on an Athens & the Heart of Greece tour, and found myself becoming a connoisseur of olives and looking at the sunset through my ouzo glass. And, before that, on our Village Italy tour, I got good at appreciating how locals savor the sounds of their hometown bell towers. As I was a tour member, all these vivid travel moments come with associated memories of the wonderful groups I traveled with. (I love enjoying Europe with the kinds of people who take our tours.)
In this special edition of Tour News, we're celebrating our 2014 lineup of European experiences with special memories and pictures from our tour alums. If you can picture yourself traveling with free-spirited people like these, and sharing experiences like the ones they describe, then we'd love to have you aboard.
Many of our 2014 departures will fill quickly, so it pays to act soon. We're making it easy with our $100 early-booking discount — and 100 percent deposit refundability if you should change your mind (and tell us!) before the end of 2013.
Have fun browsing — and dreaming — through our array of Rick Steves tours for 2014. From Edinburgh to Istanbul, from St. Petersburg to Sevilla, and just about everywhere in between, great travel experiences are waiting to be discovered. It's what we do best.
I plan to sign up for a Rick Steves tour myself in 2014...perhaps we'll be travel buddies.
I hope you can join us.