The Most Value for Your Money

Compare what's included: many "budget" tours expect you to shell out extra cash during your trip.

Would you rather travel with a group of 48...or 28? A different hotel every night...or 2-night stays? When comparing Rick Steves tours with other companies, take a close look at what's included, and how many extra-cost "sightseeing options" and tips you'll be expected to pay for once you're in Europe.

Here's what a Rick Steves tour includesand why it matters!

What we include…

A professional guide and local experts: Our guides are carefully selected by Rick and paid a full salary so their focus is on teaching, not shopping.

Why it matters…

Guides from most tour companies make their income from tips and merchant kickbacks.


What we include…

Group sightseeing: We include all tours and admissions in the price of our fully guided tours.

Why it matters…

Many companies charge $50 to $100 extra for each sightseeing excursion. This adds up fast.


What we include…

All group transportation: We'll get you from the tour's starting city to the ending city in the most efficient ways we know.

Why it matters…

The transportation we use helps you get the most out of every minute of your trip.


What we include…

A reasonable pace: Even our fastest-moving tour will nearly always have you enjoying two restful nights in each location.

Why it matters…

Beware of frequent, one-night hotel stops — typical with lower-priced tours. They can really wear you out!


What we include…

All breakfasts and half your dinners: We'll give you a generous taste of the best local dishes and the freedom to make your own yummy discoveries.

Why it matters…

Mainstream, 50-person tours rely on restaurants designed for tourists, not for locals.


What we include…

A small, friendly group of 24–28 people: We've built our tours around small groups to maximize our ability to sightsee, dine, and sleep where mainstream groups can only dream.

Why it matters…

The goal of most tour companies is to fill every seat of a 50-person bus which limits options and can feel like a mob.


What we include…

All tips: The tips for your guides and driver are included.

Why it matters…

Most companies expect you to pay out-of-pocket for tips. This can add up to several hundred dollars!


What we include…

Free guidebooks: With your tour you get a Rick Steves guidebook (or books) for your trip.

Why it matters…

We help equip you with up-to-date information so you get the most out of your free time — no other tour company does this.


What we include…

Guaranteed tour price: Your tour price is set the moment you book. We won't raise your "balance due" if our costs go up.

Why it matters…

Many tour companies reserve the right to increase your price after you've signed up. We guarantee it will not change.


What we include…

Choice for solo travelers: On all our tours, paying extra to get a private, single room is an option — not a requirement.

Why it matters…

Most tour companies require each solo traveler to pay a single supplement.


What we include…

Tour alum discount: We give you a $50 discount for each tour you've taken with us.

Why it matters…

With our uniquely "cumulative" discount, the more you travel with us, the more you'll save.


What we include…

50% off a consulting appointment: Our in-house experts can assist with your pre/post-tour travel plans.

Why it matters…

Our expert travel advisors also guide our tours so they're an excellent resource for pre/post-tour travel plans.


What we include…

Flexibility: Sometimes plans change so we offer options should you need to transfer or cancel your tour.

Why it matters…

You can switch to a different date or destination — with no charge or penalty — up to 60 days before your departure date.


Fine print: On a fully guided Rick Steves tour, you are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. An "un-guided" My Way tour includes no sightseeing, admissions, lunches or dinners, and a tour manager is provided (not a tour guide). Everything else mentioned above applies equally to full -guided tours and My Way tours. See our Tour Conditions Agreement for important details regarding everything listed above.