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:
The Jardines de la Taconera (Taconera Gardens) are the oldest, most beautiful, and most emblematic of all parks in Pamplona, Spain. Located near the old city walls, it features trees that come from every corner of the world and animals that roam freely throughout its 22 acres. Join Rick Steves guide Fran as he takes you on a historical stroll through the St. Nicholas Gate entrance and lets the mystery of its Versailles-esque character unfold within. (free)
Just over an hour from Sevilla, on the same train that goes to Jerez and Cádiz, most visitors zoom past El Puerto de Santa María without a second thought. But as Rick Steves guide Robert points out, its beautiful beaches, interesting architecture, and vibrant cuisine scene make for a great, non-touristy overnight stay. Explore with him as he writes about a new discovery well worth the pause. (free)
Pizza is certainly one of the most popular foods in the world, and while the world owes pizza's origins to Italy in the late ninth century AD, its popularity greatly increased when Italians emigrated to other countries a millennia later. Even today in Italy, when pizza traditionally appears as an appetizer on restaurant menus, it is now made with a variety of crusts, ingredients, and sizes. So be creative! Follow Rick Steves guide Tommaso and his mamma as they share their recipe for the most delicious pizza — fatto in casa (homemade) — for your family and friends! (free)
Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. PDT/11:30 a.m. EDT (watch live or recorded video)
Walls? Check! Amphitheater? You bet! Romanesque architecture? Aplenty! Join Rick Steves guide Anna for a virtual walk through this Tuscan walled city as we discover its Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance past and enjoy Art Deco storefronts and the locals having a passeggiata (leisurely stroll in the evening). Now that restrictions have eased, people will be out for their aperitivi (pre-dinner drink) for sure! As Lucca's the home of opera great Giacomo Puccini and a musical high school, perhaps you'll even hear an aria along the way. ($)
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