March Tour News

Hi from Rick: Serious Travel Fun

Thanks to all of you who attended our big Tour Reunion and Test Drive™ a Tour Guide event, in person and via web streaming! It was an energizing celebration of travel. More than 2,000 of you got to reunite with your fellow tour buddies and 120 of our European guides. The enthusiasm — helped by some free-flowing wine — was intoxicating. (Apologies to the 47,000 of you watching our streaming presentations at home, who had to provide your own beverages.)

All partying aside, there is a serious commitment at the heart of this gathering of the guides: at Rick Steves' Europe we consider it a huge responsibility to be entrusted with your vacation time and investment. For a solid week before the big Test Drive event, our staff and guides met here in Edmonds to debate the best ways to wring maximum experiences and fun out of every day of each Rick Steves tour itinerary for 2018. And now, following a festive sendoff, our guides are back in their homelands, eager to meet their first Rick Steves groups of 2018 and make this our — and your — best-ever year of touring… Read more

In this issue


Slideshow: The Best of Italy in 17 Days

If you'd love to experience the greatest cities, art, and natural wonders of Italy in a single trip, you'll find that our Best of Italy tour truly lives up to its name. This slideshow gives you a colorful preview of all… Read more


Slideshow: The Heart of Italy in 9 Days

Tight on time? This tour is Rick's personal "best of" distillation of our Best of Italy tour. This slideshow gives you a sneak peek at what's in store if you join us in 2018 for the Heart of Italy in 9 Days… Read more


Interview with Karin Kibby

Once upon a time Karin Kibby took a trip to Italy…and she made it her home! Over the many years that she's been working as a Rick Steves guide, her tour members have described Karin as an adventurous, fun-loving spirit who… Read more


Video of the Month: The Heart of Italy in 9 Days

As Rick says, if you want to experience the best mix of Italy's urban thrills and rural delights — but your time is limited — our Heart of Italy tour might be just right for you. Here's a one-minute preview… Watch the video


St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, Rome, Italy

Tour Forum: Wanting Advice on Italy Tours

David in Dallas writes, "My wife and I are planning a trip to Italy this July and are interested in the Heart of Italy tour. It is our first time to Europe and we will be flying in and out of Rome. We also plan to visit…" Read more


Last-Minute Savings

Ready to get away? We're happy to give you a helpful nudge with special discounts on select departures over the next few weeks. Our "sale page" always has some pleasant surprises… Read more


Win Your Next Tour!

Hurry — the deadline is February 28! Enter your online scrapbook of a 2017 Rick Steves tour experience in our annual contest for a chance to win your next tour… Read more