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Rave Reviews: Tour Guides

Rick is adamant about hiring guides he personally knows and trusts, and who share his love for Europe and passion for teaching. It's the biggest reason why more than one-third of our tour members are repeat customers. Here are some "raves" about just a few of the fine guides who lead our tours.



"From the first moment we met him until we said goodbye on our last evening together, it was abundantly clear that Robert is the ideal tour guide! Robert's genuine passion and enthusiasm for Spain were equally balanced by his deep knowledge of cultural history, his professionalism, and his leadership skills." — Gregory in Glen Allen, VA


"What can one say about Cristina? She is simply the best. She really brought Portugal alive for us, both historically and in current everyday living. She is a supreme storyteller. We also enjoyed her many surprises, from the Lisbon tuk-tuks to the Evora treats to the soccer masks and flags in Porto." — Mary in Tempe, AZ



"James is the soul of Scotland. What a fantastic guide he was. We had lessons in Brexit and the Scottish independence movement, and he gave us so many extras. He even sang in the abbey on Iona so we could listen to the acoustics, and his knowledge of the Jacobite rebellion brought the story to life." — Cindy in Aurora, CO


"Yaren is an exceptional tour guide and host for her country. She helped us feel welcome and confident moving around Turkey. She provided the insights into her country's beginnings and current political and economic conditions that also allowed us to reflect on our own country and place in the world." — William in Olympia, WA


"Virginia was amazing! As an Italian, she brought an intimate knowledge of the land, culture, and people to our tour. She took care of everything, but also gave us the knowledge and confidence to strike out on our own adventures. She was a key ingredient in making this trip so memorable." — Daryl in Kingsclear, NB



"Sašo is a truly special person, and it was a pleasure getting to know him over the course of the trip. He is an excellent read of groups and kept our itinerary flexible so that it felt like we were traveling with a friend. We learned a lot about the history of the area and had a ton of fun." — Sarah in Chicago, IL


"Our guide, Eszter, was fantastic! She thought of every detail and guided us from one country to another with ease. She always had treats and snacks at just the right moment. At the end of the tour, she arranged transportation for all of us wherever we were headed. I cannot write enough about Eszter!" — Pamela in Silverdale, WA


"Declan started as our guide and ended as a dear friend. He treated us to biscuits and fresh apples on the bus, and he even sang for us on multiple occasions. Every group meal he made a point to sit with different people, so he really got to know all of us. We learned about so much of his beloved Ireland." — Anthony in Downers Grove, IL