Meet a Handful of Our Best of Europe Guides

Ben Cameron

Ben has practically grown up around Rick Steves. He has been on the road with Rick's tours nearly non-stop since 1997, and has been leading Best of Europe and Italy tours since 2003. Even though Ben was raised in Rick's hometown of Edmonds, he considers himself a European-based guide as he now makes his home in Rome. Read more...

Daniela Wedel

Daniela is a dynamo who brings her high-energy brand of guiding to Rick Steves' Best of Europe, Venice-Florence-Rome and Germany-Austria-Switzerland tours. Summer travel is especially close to her heart, when warm weather and long evenings make “outdoor Europe” a big part of every tour experience. Read more

Dimitri Rigas

We first got to know Dimitri as a coach driver for our tours. Like all our drivers, he enjoyed spending time with tour members. But he also showed a keen interest in learning all about the sights and cities we visited. He would park and lock up the bus — then run to catch up with the group and guide on their walking tour. He didn't just do this once or twice, but on every tour he drove. Read more

Martin de Lewandowicz

Martin is a rugged, Welsh individualist and historian. He is also among our most versatile guides leading tours in Italy, London, England, Scotland, Family Europe and the Best of Europe in 14 and 21 Days. Whew! When not guiding tours for Rick Steves, he leads "mindbending tours" (as Rick describes them in his guidebooks) of his hometown Castle, Caernarfon. Read more...

Mary Carlson

Mary’s first experience on a Rick Steves tour was back in 1990, when she was invited to "go along for the ride" on a three-week Best of Europe tour led by Steve Smith and assisted by his wife, Karen. By the next summer Mary was apprenticing to be a guide, and by 1993 she was leading tour groups for Rick Steves — the first American woman to do so. Read more...

Ragen Van Sewell

Ragen is one of our ace Family Tour guides — but that's just the tip of his involvement. When he's not touring around Europe, Ragen manages the behind-the-scenes logistics for all of Rick Steves' Best of Europe and Family Europe tours (hotel and restaurant selection and booking, planning for daily activities and more). Read more...

Rolinka Bloeming

Rolinka was born and raised in the Netherlands, and now makes her home in France. Her zest for variety is reflected in her career, as she has mastered the guiding of many Rick Steves tours, ranging from Germany, Austria & Switzerland to Loire to the South of France, the Heart of Belgium & Holland, and the Best of Europe. She tackles every tour with infectious enthusiasm and a real love for teaching. Read more...