This marketplace is a listing of creative services and experiences that Rick Steves guides are offering during the COVID-19 crisis to earn some income by entertaining, educating, and inspiring our travelers.
While we love and respect our guides, their businesses are entirely their own, and we offer this directory as a free service to them and to our travelers with no guarantee or endorsement of what they offer. It's just our hunch that you'll enjoy the travel-type experiences to be found here.
Our Market Picks of the Week
Our team of guides inspire, educate, and stoke travel dreams with passion and creativity. Among the Marketplace's offerings of travel fun and inspiration, these are our picks of the week:
Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 10 a.m. (PT) / 1 p.m. (ET)
In this introduction designed to immerse you in Portuguese culture, Rick Steves guide Rafael will cover many different topics, ranging from geography and history to gastronomy and culture. A "must" for anyone who has been to Portugal and wishes to refresh their memory, or for those preparing for a future visit. ($)
Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 12 p.m. (PT) / 3 p.m. (ET)
Home of the ancient Olympic Games and location of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (the Statue of Zeus), Olympia is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Join Rick Steves guide Niki on a virtual tour through the Archaeological Museum of Olympia and learn about some of the site's important discoveries, including the famous helmet of general Miltiades and the statue of Hermes by Praxiteles. (free)
Spring has arrived in Piemonte, which means that the locals are out foraging for fresh ingredients to use in their delicious cuisine. Join Rick Steves guide Lisa as she carefully combs the fields of northern Italy searching for the tender tips of stinging nettles, which she then turns into the centerpiece of homemade tajarin (tagliatelle) pasta. (free)
Almost everyone who visits Sevilla, Spain, has walked past the popular Bar Giralda on Calle Mateos Gago without a second thought. However, city historians knew that a hammam (bath) was located in the space now occupied by the bar. Join Rick Steves guide Robert as he writes about his curious adventures and explorations when the site was opened for public viewing during restorations. (free)
Champion paintings, Hemingway, silk and gold boleros, and various breeds of bulls: Join Rick Steves guide Francisco in a very particular home decorated with bullfighting paraphernalia, and discover the beauty, mystery, history, and cultural seriousness of this intense Spanish tradition. (free)
Stephen leads Rick Steves tours in Ireland and offers a collection of Irish songs from his tours and travels around the Emerald Isle. He also offers accommodations at his hotels in Ireland and the Swiss Alps.
Virginie leads Rick Steves tours in France and offers accommodations at her guest house in Saint-Vérand in southern Burgundy and trip planning services.
Guides Offering Their Own Tours
Stefan Bozadzhiev and Yuri Boyanin offer tours in Bulgaria, the Balkans, Romania, central Asia, and the Caucasus. lyubatours.com
Kateřina (Katka) Svobodova offers trip planning services, private tours in Prague, and custom excursions around the Czech Republic, including UNESCO sites, Terezin ghetto/concentration camp memorial, and hikes in Bohemian Switzerland. www.praguewalker.com
Jana Hronková offers day trips in and around Prague as well as longer tours around the former Czechoslovakia. www.praguediscoveries.com
Arnaud Servignat offers walking and museum tours in Paris and boat trips on the Oise and Seine rivers. parisandbeyondwitharnaud
Torben Brown and Carlos Meissner offer tours of Berlin and the surrounding area including including the Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial, Potsdam, Dresden, and Wittenberg. www.berlinperspectives.com
Elizabeth Boardman offers cultural immersion tours in England and private walking tours of Bath and the surrounding area. www.ewapuk.com
Francesca Caruso (Italy) is a local guide for Rick Steves' Europe who writes about the history, art, and culture of Rome's past as well as the city's surrounding areas (including Ostia Antica and Hadrian's Villa). She also gives private walking tours of the Eternal City. francescacaruso.com