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July Tour News

Hi from Rick: Great Guides and Magic Moments

I haven't been to Europe in close to two years. Instead, I've been reliving my favorite European memories: gliding silently through Dutch polder land villages in a canoe, learning how to make the perfect cannoli in Sicily, tossing handmade dice on a backgammon board while sucking on a three-foot-tall hookah in Turkey, marveling at how the bark of a cork tree in a Portuguese forest ends up capping bottles of wine…and so many more.

I savor decades of memories like these — vivid souvenirs from a lifetime of travels. And as I think back on each one, there's usually a top-notch tour guide standing by my side, making sure I get the absolute most out of every experience. Guides are the experts, teachers, and friends who allow us at Rick Steves' Europe to do what we do — whether producing travel TV, researching our guidebooks, or leading tours. And as we emerge from COVID and resurrect our travel plans, we're particularly tuned in to just how important guides are to our travelers… Read more

In this issue

Tom Hooper points as he gives a guided tour

Slideshow: Touring London with Tom Hooper

Join world-class tour guide Tom Hooper as he leads a Rick Steves group on a magical history tour along the Thames and through the Tower, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's, historic neighborhoods, and plenty… Read more


Meet Our Great Guides

Rick Steves guides aren't just amazing at their jobs — they're fun, caring, interesting people in their own right! To help you get acquainted, here's a handful of interviews we've done with a few… Read more

Ben Cameron points as he gives a guided tour

Video of the Month: A Great Guide Can Make (or Break) Your Trip

No matter where you travel on a tour, the quality of your guide can make or break your vacation. Rick is adamant about hiring guides he personally knows and trusts, and who share his love for Europe and… Watch video

Peter and a tour member

Guide Raves: Great Guides Make a Big Difference

For 25 years, Rick led many of our tours while apprenticing hand-picked new tour guides. Before long, those Rick-trained guides would apprentice another "generation" and now that second generation… Read more

Tour in Turkey

Enchanting Turkey, Packing Tips, Viking Words, and More

Check out our weekly picks in the Guides' Marketplace — from guides' tales of exploring enchanting Turkey with 20 intrepid fellow guides to a lesson in the language of the Vikings to packing tips from a seasoned pro… See more


Join Scotland Guide Colin Mairs on Monday Night Travel

On July 26, Scotsman and tour guide Colin Mairs joins Rick for a virtual tour through the highlights of Scotland. We'll start in the rugged Highlands, with its clans, hairy coos, and dramatic castles… Register