• Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland

March Tour News

Hi from Rick: A Virus Can Delay Trips but Not Stop Dreams. Imagine Scotland

Coronavirus has put countless travel dreams on hold. And until we overcome this crisis, many will stay on hold. But for those of us who are forever nursing travel bug bites, dreaming on and planning future travels is good medicine.

As a tour company (with about 20,000 travelers currently signed up on Rick Steves bus tours in 2020), we have a responsibility to look out for the health and safety of those traveling with us, our guiding staff, and those we work with in Europe. And that means continually assessing the situation each day — cancelling tour departures when it's prudent. (As of now, we've cancelled our departures through April 30 and are providing a 100 percent refund to affected tour members.) We are sorry for all the disappointment that comes with this unfortunate situation. And, as… Read more

Quarantine Reports from Our Guides Around Europe

Our guides in Europe are sharing their stories from home isolation and quarantine. If you're missing your favorite guide, check out these on-the-ground reports from Norway, Bulgaria, Italy, Slovenia, and more… Read more

Slideshow: Best of Ireland in 14 Days, Day by Day

Take a moment for some travel dreaming with a colorful slideshow of our Best of Ireland tour. We'll kick off with the best of Dublin, followed by Ireland's must-see historical sights, charming towns… Read more

Samplings of Scotland and Ireland

Brooding castles, stunning seasides, warm cultures — it's easy to fall in love with Scotland and Ireland. And on a Rick Steves tour, you'll find even more reasons to treasure these intoxicating… Read more

Raves About Rick’s Ireland and Scotland Tours

Ireland and Scotland offer a marvelous mix of travel thrills, from the unexpectedly exotic to the nearly familiar. Take it from our tour members: Each of our tours in Ireland and Scotland… Read more

Guide Interview: Pascal Fitzpatrick

A native of County Monaghan in the northeast of Ireland, Pascal Fitzpatrick enjoys sharing his love for his country with travelers, from the romantic Dingle Peninsula to the breathtaking… Read more

Video of the Month: Highlands, Scotland: Clan Heritage

The Highlands are where dreams of Scotland are set. The land of kilts, clans, and lonely castles, the Highlands offer the quintessence of Scottish charms… Watch video

Interview with the Zeitz Foundation

We spoke with founder Jochen Zeitz about how a Climate Smart grant will help address deforestation in the Greater Segera Region of Kenya and improve the well-being of the people who call it home… Read more

Tour Forum: What's Your Favorite Tour?

Garrison in Austin, TX, has taken the Rick Steves Best of Ireland tour, signed up for the Best of Scotland, and is now pondering which tour to pick next. They ask forum users what their favorite tour is… Read more