August Tour News

Hi from Rick: Turn On to Off-Season Touring

Eager to start planning a 2016 trip to Europe? Then you'll be happy to know we've just launched our early 2016 dates for 10 great itineraries. Why just 10? Not every destination is a good fit for February–March travel, but the ones we've chosen really transcend the seasons (and save you enough money to brighten any gray day).

In our 10 off-season destinations the fun doesn't set with the's just getting started. Fewer crowds, relaxing dinners, and cool comfort make even a winter getaway an ideal opportunity to recharge the soul — in just a few magical days and nights.

I love off-season travel. Getting to Europe is cheaper, and it's easier to find seats on the flight you want. Once you've arrived... Read more

In this issue

Early 2016 Tours are Here!

We're gearing up for our complete launch of 2016 tour dates in the second half of August (we'll email all Tour News subscribers as soon as that happens). You can't wait? There's hope. Our popular off-season tours (February–March 2016) are ready for you to book TODAY… Read more

Raves About Off-Season Touring

"I cannot imagine a better tour experience! The Heart of Italy provided a great balance between urban, traditional sightseeing and off-the-beaten-path sights. Our guide's professional knowledge and skills made the tour experiences come alive. I appreciated the sights…" Read more

Slideshow: The Best of Sicily (Off-Season), Day by Day

Rick Steves' most popular off-season tour immerses you in the culture, cuisine and history of Sicily. On your early spring ramble across the island, your Rick Steves guide will introduce you to the tasty pleasures of local fruits, pastries and traditional cooking, Italy's brightest... Read more

Video of the Month: Greece's Magnificent Monemvasia

Often referred to as the "Gibraltar of Greece," Monemvasia is much more than a big rock — it's also a virtual showcase of Byzantine, Turkish, and Venetian history dating back to the 13th century. You'll have an entire day to explore this remarkable place on an early 2016… Watch the Video

Select Summer & Fall Tours On Sale Now!

Act quickly to pick your dream trip from more than 40 discounted departures summer and fall! You'll find them all (with savings of up to $400 per person) on our sale page!