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Rick Steves Guides’ Marketplace

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Rick's guides are hand-picked and passionate about teaching.

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.

Marketplace Directory

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. 

New! Local Guides for Hire

We're excited to launch this "Local Guides for Hire" directory, a fun and creative way for you to connect with our amazing friends in Europe. As teachers at heart, they're itching for the chance to connect with independent travelers and bring meaning to your next European adventure.

To keep things simple, these guides have agreed to a fixed, discounted rate — you simply email them, set a date for your tour, and tell them what you're interested in seeing and doing. This is an excellent value for any traveler wanting to get the very most out of their 2021 trip, with the luxury of having their own private Rick Steves tour guide.

And if you need a hand with building your itinerary, setting priorities, and figuring out transportation for your upcoming European vacation, we're currently offering 50 percent off our in-house Trip Consulting Services.


Czech Republic

Rates: €150 per half day (4 hours); €225 per full day (8 hours)

Jana Hronková offers tours around Prague and surrounding areas. Email: janah@ricksteves.com
Jana Kratka offers tours around Prague and surrounding areas. Email: janas@janastravel.com


England

Rates: €250 per half day (4 hours); €375 per full day (8 hours)

Charlie Rawson offers tours of Bath, the Cotswolds Way, and Bristol. Email: charlie@charlierawson.com
Deborah Heyburn offers tours of Devon, Cornwall, and surrounding areas. Email: heyburndeborah@gmail.com
Jamie Blair Gould offers tours in London and surrounding areas. Email: jamie.blairgould@gmail.com
Jeanie Carmichael offers tours in London and surrounding areas. Email: jeanie.car@virgin.net
Steven Back offers tours of London and surrounding areas. Email: stevenaback@aol.com
Tom Hooper offers tours in London and surrounding areas. Email: tomh1@btinternet.com


France

Rates: €250 per half day (4 hours); €375 per full day (8 hours)

Nina Seffusatti offers tours in the Provence and Occitaine regions. Email: nina.seffusatti@gmail.com
Virginia Moré offers tours in Lyon. Email: virginiemoretravel@gmail.com


Germany

Rates: €250 per half day (4 hours); €375 per full day (8 hours)

Carlos Meissner offers tours in Berlin. Email: carlos_meissner@hotmail.com
Holger Zimmer offers tours around Berlin, Potsdam, Dresden, and Leipzig. Email: explore@berlin.de
Matthias Unger offers tours around Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt, and surrounding areas. Email: matti-the-guide@gmx.de


Greece

Rates: €200 per half-day (4 hours); €300 per full day (8 hours)

Danae Kousouri offers tours in Athens. Email: danaekousouri@gmail.com
Ioanna Papakosta offers tours in Athens, Delphi, the Peloponnese, Nafplion, Mycenae, Epidavros and Olympia. papakio70@gmail.com
Niki Vlachou offers tours in Athens and Olympia. niki@olympictours.gr


Hungary

Rates: €150 per half day (4 hours); €225 per full day (8 hours)

Eszter Bokros offers tours in Budapest. Email: eszterbokros1@gmail.com
George Farkas offers tours in Budapest. Email: georgef@ricksteves.com
Monika Posch offers tours in Budapest. Email: monikap@ricksteves.com


Ireland

Rates: €250 per half day (4 hours); €375 per full day (8 hours)

Joe Darcy offers tours of Dublin. Email: josdarcy@gmail.com


Italy

Rates: €200 per half day (4 hours); €300 per full day (8 hours)

Anna Piperato offers tours in Siena and Florence. Email: annap@ricksteves.com
Ann Long offers tours of Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. Email: annrlong@hotmail.com
Cristina Pernechele offers tours of Padua, Venice, and the surrounding areas. Email: cristina@pernechele.eu
David Tordi offers tours of Orvieto and the Umbria region. Email: info@davidtordi.com
Francesco Gronchi offers tours of Volterra and the Tuscany region. Email: info@tuscantour.com
Nina Bernardo offers tours of Rome. Email: sparpa@hotmail.com
Tommaso Pantè offers tours in Sicily. Email: tpante@gmail.com


Netherlands and Belgium

Rates: €200 per half day (4 hours); €300 per full day (8 hours)

Dimitri Rigas offers tours throughout Belgium. Email: guidedimi@gmail.com
Nico Favoreel offers tours in Bruges, Ghent, other cities of the Low Countries, and northern France. Email: nicofavo@gmail.com


Portugal

Rates: €150 per half day (4 hours); €225 per full day (8 hours)

Claudia Costa offers tours in and around Lisbon. Email: claudiadacosta@hotmail.com
Cristina Duarte offers tours in and around Lisbon. Email: cristina@lisbonbeyond.pt
Fátima Bugarin offers tours in and around Lisbon. Email: shareportugalwithfatima@gmail.com
Rafael Pereira offers tours in and around Lisbon. Email: rafaelp@ricksteves.com


Scotland

Rates: €250 per half day (4 hours); €375 per full day (8 hours)

Helen Houston offers tours throughout Scotland. Email: helenh@ricksteves.com
Liz Lister offers tours throughout Scotland. Email: liz@jaggy-thistle.com


Scandinavia

Rates: €250 per half day (4 hours); €375 per full day (8 hours)

Åsa Danielsson offers tours of Stockholm and throughout Sweden and Scandinavia. Email: aasa.danielsson@gmail.com


Slovenia

Rates: €150 per half day (4 hours); €225 per full day (8 hours)

Tina Hiti offers tours of Lake Bled, the Julian Alps, and surrounding areas. Email: tinahiti@gmail.com


Spain

Rates: €200 per half day (4 hours); €300 per full day (8 hours)

Amanda Buttinger offers tours of Madrid and surrounding areas. Email: am.buttinger@gmail.com
Agustín Ciriza offers tours in the Spanish and French Basque Country. Email: info@agustinciriza.com
Francisco Glaria offers tours in Pamplona. Email: francisco@gesrural.es
Helen Inman offers tours of Granada, Almuñecar, Nerja, Malaga, and surrounding areas. Email: helenita10@hotmail.com
Javier Menor offers tours of Madrid, Toledo, and Segovia. Email: info@theguidingcompany.com
Jorge Román offers tours in Madrid. Email: travelingwithjorge.web@gmail.com
Robert Wright offers tours of Sevilla and Cádiz. Email: robert@endlessmile.com


Switzerland

Rates: €250 per half day (4 hours); €375 per full day (8 hours)

Mirjam Grob offers tours throughout Switzerland. Email: mirjamg@ricksteves.com

Our Market Picks of the Week

Our team of tour guides inspire, educate, and stoke travel dreams with passion and creativity. Among the Marketplace's offerings of travel fun and inspiration, these special places to stay are our picks of the week:

Unique, Guide-Run Accommodations in Europe

Many of our guides are again welcoming adventurous travelers to the unique accommodations they run with care and personal touches.

Happy planning and bonne visite!

France: Houseboat near Paris (run by Arnaud Servignat)

France: Guesthouse in Burgundy (run by Virginie Moré)

France: Guesthouse in Languedoc-​Roussillon (run by Rolinka Blooming)

Hungary: Apartment in Budapest (run by George Farkas)

Ireland and Switzerland: Hotels in Dingle, Ireland and the Swiss Alps (run by Stephen McPhilemy)

Italy: Apartments in Sicily (run by Tommaso Pantè)

Turkey: Hotel in Cappadocia (run by Tan Aran)

Virtual Experiences and More

Alfredo Cafasso Vitale: Trip Planning and Cooking Lessons

Alfredo leads Rick Steves tours in Italy and offers trip-planning services for Naples and southern Italy, as well as online cooking lessons of Italian favorites.

Amanda Buttinger: Virtual Events

Amanda leads Rick Steves tours in Spain and offers virtual events about Spanish cuisine and culture.

Anna Piperato: Virtual Tours

Anna leads Rick Steves tours in Italy. She offers virtual tours of Siena and classes on Italian art history and culture.

Arnaud Servignat: Accommodations

Arnaud leads Rick Steves tours in France and offers accommodations and customized cruises on his houseboat located near Paris.

Åsa Danielsson: Trip Planning

Åsa leads Rick Steves Scandinavia tours and offers trip planning services for Sweden and throughout Scandinavia.

Ben Curtis: European History and Music Books

Ben leads Rick Steves Eastern Europe tours and is the author of a few books on European history and music available for purchase at Amazon.

Cary Walker: Trip Planning

Cary leads Rick Steves Best of and Family Europe tours. She designs vacations across the globe for families and offers consulting for those traveling to Europe.

Charlie Rawson: Trip Planning, Virtual Walks

Charlie leads Rick Steves tours in Great Britain and offers 10 virtual tours throughout Great Britain and Europe, trip planning, and poetry classes.

Chris Coleman: Virtual Yoga Classes

Chris leads Rick Steves tours in France and offers live and pre-recorded yoga classes.

Dafni Panteloglou: Language and Cooking Lessons

Dafni leads Rick Steves tours in Greece and offers Greek language and cooking lessons.

Daniela Wedel: Photography and Trip Planning

Daniela leads Rick Steves tours in France, Germany, and Italy. She's a photographer and offers trip-planning services.

David Tordi: Virtual Classes, Language Lessons, Music

David leads Rick Steves tours in Italy and offers Italian culture classes, Italian language lessons, and live Zoom concerts with his acoustic guitar trio, Bartender.

Declan Field: Art, Music

Declan leads Rick Steves tours in Ireland and is a musician and artist, creating sculptures, paintings, and drawings.

Elena Zampiron: Language Lessons

Elena leads Rick Steves Italy tours and offers private German, Spanish, and Italian language lessons.

Ellen Janzing: Trip Planning and Language Lessons

Ellen leads Rick Steves tours in the Netherlands and Belgium and offers trip planning for those countries as well as Dutch language lessons.

Federico García Barroso: Virtual Tours

Federico leads Rick Steves tours in Spain and offers virtual tours of Madrid's museums and on Spanish history.

Francesco Gronchi: Virtual Wine Tastings, Consultations

Francesco leads Rick Steves tours in Italy. He's also a sommelier and offers online wine tastings and trip and wedding planning in Tuscany.

Francisco Glaría: Virtual Tours

Francisco leads Rick Steves tours in Spain and offers virtual tours in the Basque Country.

George Farkas: Accommodations

George leads Rick Steves tours in Eastern Europe. He offers accommodations in a historic building in Budapest, and transfers.

Helen Houston and Liz Lister: Podcasts

Helen and Liz lead Rick Steves tours in Scotland. Along with friend Susan Brown, they host a regular podcast to blether (chat) about all things Scottish.

Helen Inman: Art

Helen leads Rick Steves tours in Spain and represents her artist husband, Rachid Hanbali, and his oil paintings.

James MacLetchie: Photography

James leads Rick Steves tours in Scotland and is also a photographer offering framed images of Hebridean life, including Highland cows, thatch cottages, Scottish scenery, and wildlife.

Kateřina (Katka) Svobodova: Trip Planning

Katka leads Rick Steves tours in Eastern Europe and offers trip planning services for the Czech Republic and surrounding countries.

Lale Surmen Aran: Trip Planning

Lale leads Rick Steves tours in Turkey. She and her team offer trip planning services.

Laurel James: Apparel

Laurel leads Rick Steves tours in Scandinavia and sells Scandinavian-inspired T-shirts online.

Liz Lister: Trip Planning

Liz leads Rick Steves Scotland tours and offers trip-planning services for Scotland.

Niki Vlachou: Virtual Tours and Accommodations

Niki leads Rick Steves tours in Greece and offers virtual tours of ancient Greek sites and cooking classes. She also rents apartments in Athens.

Nina Bernardo: Pilates classes

Nina leads Rick Steves tours in Italy and offers virtual Pilates classes as well as day tours of Rome.

Pål Johansen: Video Tours

Pål leads Rick Steves tours in Scandinavia and shares video tours (and more) about his life in Norway.

Rafael Pereira: Virtual Classes

Rafael leads Rick Steves tours in Portugal and teaches online classes about Portugal's history and culture.

Robert Wright: PDF Guides

Robert leads Rick Steves tours in Spain and Portugal. He offers PDF guides of walking tours in Portugal and Argentina.

Rolinka Blooming: Accommodations

Rolinka leads Rick Steves tours in France and offers accommodations at her Eco guest house in southern France for individuals and private boutique retreats.

Sašo Golub and Tina Hiti: Virtual Tours and Classes

Sašo and Tina lead Rick Steves Adriatic tours and offer virtual tours and webinars about Slovenia.

Stacy Gibboni: Art

Stacy leads Rick Steves tours in Italy, and her paintings can be viewed and purchased online at Saatchi Art.

Stephen McPhilemy: Music and Accommodations

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.

Tan Aran: Accommodations

Tan leads Rick Steves tours in Turkey and offers accommodations at his hotel in the village of Mustafapaşa in Cappadocia.

Taylan Tasbasi: Apparel

Taylan leads Rick Steves tours in Turkey and sells traditional harem pants (şalvar) online.

Tommaso Pantè: Accommodations, Trip Planning, Genealogy Research

Tommaso leads Rick Steves Sicily tours and offers accommodations, trip planning, and genealogy research services in Sicily.

Véronique Savoye: Virtual Tours, Language Lessons

Véronique leads Rick Steves tours in France. She teaches French culture and language lessons and offers virtual tours in Paris.

Virginie Moré: Accommodations and Trip Planning

Virginie leads Rick Steves tours in France and offers accommodations at her guest house in Saint-Vérand in southern Burgundy and trip planning services.

Travel Blogs

Ben Curtis (Eastern Europe) hosts a blog and podcast about travel, history, culture, and politics in Eastern Europe. www.benjamincurtis.me

Carlos Meissner and Torben Brown (Germany) co-write a blog providing insights into the many dimensions of Berlin. www.berlinperspectives.com

Colin Mairs (Scotland) blogs about Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, and more. www.mondumo.com/blog

Cristina Pernechele (Italy) posts videos of Padua and the Veneto region on Instagram. explore_veneto_with_us

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

Helen Houston (Scotland) writes about all things Scottish on her Facebook page. tourscotlandwithhelen

Jana Hronková (Eastern Europe) writes about life in Prague and the Czech Republic. praguediscoveries.com/blog

Lale Surmen Aran (Turkey) shares travel stories on her blog. www.lalearan.com

Lisa Anderson (Italy) writes about her her life as an American living in Piedmont, Italy. lisasdolceitalia.com

Liz Lister (Scotland) provides insights into the diversity of Scotland on her blog. www.stravaigingwithliz.com

Lynn and Paul Corken (Ireland) write about life in Ireland on their Facebook page. imagineirelandtours

Margaret Cassady (Best of Europe) writes travel stories, people profiles, and life lessons on her blog. margarettraveling.com

Margaret Monnier (Spain) blogs about life in Granada. mooninspain.com

Mark Seymour (Great Britain) writes a blog about various aspects of British life. seymourtravels

Molly Verlin (Italy) blogs about the American Southeast. mollysoldsouth.com

Roy Nicholls (Great Britain) blogs about historical aspects of England. www.travelwithroy.com/blog

Stefan Bozadzhiev (Bulgaria) writes about his travels and virtual walks on his Facebook page. DownTheRoadWithStefan

Tim Tendick (Best of Europe) writes a blog about his favorite places in Europe. TimTheGuide

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