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December Tour News

Hi from Rick: Feeling Grateful for Travel Dreams

This year, as I enjoy this festive holiday season, I'm feeling grateful. With all the uncertainty and frustration in today's world, that may sound strange. But as a traveler, I've learned things go better when you embrace a "mindset of abundance": counting your blessings rather than fretting over what isn't going your way.

I'm feeling grateful that I enjoyed a wonderful month of travel in Europe this fall — exploring France, Italy, and Athens with good company and at a time when COVID was contained enough to make things feel surprisingly safe and normal. On those trips, I learned that nearly all the wonderful mom-and-pop guest houses, pubs, and trattorias — those labors of love that are such a fundamental part of the joy of European travel — are standing strong through the lean times of the pandemic. Visiting with them, I was reminded that a very warm and appreciative European welcome awaits us in 2022… Read more

In this issue

Couple on Charles Bridge

Slideshow: Best of Prague & Budapest, Day by Day

What's better than touring a great city in the Rick Steves style? Being thrilled by two in the same trip! Rick Steves' Best of Prague & Budapest in 8 Days tour brings together two of Eastern Europe's… Read more

Meet Prague & Budapest Guide Etelka Parine Berecz

Back when our Eastern European tour program was just beginning, our groups visited a Hungarian winery where no English was spoken. The vintner recruited Etelka, the local language teacher, to translate… Read more

Raves About Our Prague & Budapest Tour

If you want to experience some of the best treats in the east, our eight-day Best of Prague & Budapest tour might be just right for you. But don't take our word for it — here's what some past tour members… Read more

Paprika stand in the Great Market Hall, Budapest, Hungary

Budapest’s Great Market Hall

Budapest's Great Market Hall is a commotion of produce stands, butcher stalls, peppers, spices, and people. Paprika is everywhere, in varieties ranging from very sweet to very, very hot… Watch the video

A Walk Across Prague

Known as the "Golden City of 100 Spires," Prague boasts a fairytale medieval Old Town, historic churches and synagogues, and perhaps Europe's largest castle. A good way to introduce yourself to the city… Read more


Monday Night Travel: January Lineup

Rick will be back for Monday Night Travel in 2022 sharing a fun mix of mountain thrills in Switzerland, talking travel skills with guest Samantha Brown, and exploring Columbia with his son Andy… Register here