December Tour News

Hi from Rick: We Won't Be Terrorized

After last Friday's horrifying events in Paris, as we keep the victims and their families in our prayers and marvel at how violent hatred can express itself, it's natural for those of us with travels coming up to wonder what the correct response is. Let me share my thoughts:

I have two fundamental concerns: what is safe, and what is the appropriate response to terrorism.

About safety, I believe Paris will be no more dangerous next week or next month than it was the day before that terrible Friday the 13th. If anything it's safer, as security in Paris and throughout Europe has already been heightened in response to this attack.

As for how to respond to terrorism, I believe we owe it to the victims of this act not to let the terrorists succeed in terrorizing us... Read more

In this issue

Don't Be Terrorized: Your Comments and Rick's Response

A disaster — like Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris — is always met with an emotional response stoked by lots of media. Watching the news unfold on Friday night, I decided to quickly write and post my thoughts… Read more

Video of the Month: Backpacking Europe with Gilmore Girls

Let's face it: The biggest obstacle to traveling beyond our borders is often…our own loved ones. In this timely "repeat" video of the month, let's revisit how Rory and Lorelei pushed for their Rick Steves–inspired travel dream… Watch video

Hurry — Book by December 1, Save $100

Reserve seats on any 2016 Rick Steves tour by December 1, and you'll automatically save $100 per person! Booking early is the best way to lock in your departure date — and save — before tours fill up. Start setting your travel dreams in motion today… Browse our tours

Rick's Big Tour Reunion Party!

Attention 2015 tour alums! You are invited to our annual Tour Reunion on Friday, January 15 and Saturday, January 16, in Edmonds, WA. Join Rick, your guides and tour buddies for two days of reunion parties and… Read more

Your Scrapbook Could Win a Free Tour!

Have you traveled on a Rick Steves tour in 2015? If so, you could win your next tour by creating a website of your 2015 tour experience and entering it into our Online Scrapbook Contest… Read more