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:
May 15–29, 2021
The Istrian Peninsula encompasses three countries (Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia) and is rich with history and culture. Lovely coastal resorts, charming hill-top towns, quaint little villages, an abundance of intriguing nature, good food, and wonderful wine are some of the things you'll learn about in this series of webinars, plus the history of the Romans, Venetians, and Austro-Hungarians. Join Rick Steves guides Chris, Sašo, and Tina and friend Ervin on a fun, educational, and motivational adventure through the region and experience the beautiful cultural mix of the three countries. ($)
Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 10:30 a.m. PDT/ 1:30 p.m. EDT
England's Lake District has long been home to adventurers, writers, artists, and farmers. Join Rick Steves guide Charlie for a virtual presentation about this breathtaking area. Listen to some incredible stories of women who resided there and explore the hiking trails, plus other fun activities. With prehistoric stone circles, incredible day hikes, and plenty of pubs, this is a fabulous area to explore. ($)
As the most important family in European history, the Habsburgs amassed some pretty amazing real estate. Built over the centuries, these lavish constructions span the continent from Spain to Austria to the shores of the Adriatic Sea. Habsburg expert and Rick Steves guide Ben ranks his top picks for the most fabulous palaces that will make you dream of living big and relishing the crème-de-la-crème life of European royalty. (free)
The southeastern coast of the US boasts a wealth of historic forts, remnants of the days when the territory was a battleground between the British, Spanish, and French and later, Union and Confederate forces. Today, these forts' picturesque constructions and peaceful grounds reflect none of the bloodshed they once witnessed, but instead provide informative, fun visits for the whole family. Join Rick Steves guide and Jacksonville, FL, native Molly as she describes how the forts' intertwining histories illustrate the turmoil this region has witnessed as many countries battled for supremacy. (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