• Whether your travel dreams are set in Italy, the Adriatic coast, or on a "Best of Europe" sampler, summer is a prime time for a European getaway. Traveling on a Rick Steves tour this summer has a huge advantage over independent travel: Our great guides, private buses, and prebooked hotels protect you from the crowds, the lines, and the stress of Europe's busiest season. This slideshow takes you on seven different Rick Steves tours that deliver an unbeatable summer value. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, pictured here!)

  • Best of Venice, Florence & Rome in 10 Days Tour

    The Rick Steves Best of Venice, Florence & Rome tour begins with Venice's timeless St. Mark's Square and Basilica, then revels in the Renaissance at Michelangelo's stunning David and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and ends with Rome's ancient Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican Museums, and Sistine Chapel. You'll also enjoy guided neighborhood walks, memorable meals, and full-bodied Italian wines. Italy's three greatest cities are like fine gelato — why settle for just one flavor if you can get three scoops at once? Join us for the Best of Venice, Florence & Rome in 10 Days tour! (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)

  • Pletna boat, Lake Bled, Slovenia

    Best of the Adriatic in 14 Days Tour

    Our Adriatic adventure explores Europe's "new frontier" — and it offers rich rewards. You'll meander from pristine hill towns to sun-soaked islands, lacing together the best destinations in this diverse corner of Europe: Slovenia's Ljubljana and fairy-tale Lake Bled; Croatia's seaside Rovinj, waterfall-laced Plitvice, historic Split, the island of Korčula, and picturesque Dubrovnik; and an enlightening visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina's once-war-torn town of Mostar. Along the way, your Rick Steves guide will bring you intimate encounters with European cultures that mainstream travelers often miss. Join us for the Best of the Adriatic in 14 Days tour! (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)

  • Best of Italy in 17 Days Tour

    The Rick Steves Best of Italy tour is exactly that — the very best. Starting on beautiful Lake Como, this tour treats you to Italy's must-see destinations: timeless Venice, Renaissance Florence, eternal Rome, and St. Francis' Assisi. You'll also soak in Italy's quieter side: hill-town vineyards, mountain-ringed Alpine meadows, cliff-clinging Cinque Terre villages, and cozy fishing harbors — all accompanied by memorable meals and local wines. And Rick's guides will make Italy's art, history, and dolce vita come vividly to life. Join us for the Best of Italy in 17 Days tour! (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)

  • Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour

    Our classic, three-week Best of Europe tour packs more travel thrills into a single vacation than you can imagine. Starting in the Netherlands with your Rick Steves guide, you'll experience the best of Amsterdam, Germany's Rhine Valley and Romantic Road, castles and forests of Austria's Tirol, canals of Venice, Renaissance Florence, the art and history of Rome, seaside villages of the Cinque Terre, the majestic Swiss Alps, country charms of France's Burgundy region, and the City of Light — Paris. Join us for the Best of Europe in 21 Days tour! (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)

  • Best of Eastern France in 14 Days Tour

    The bountiful vineyards, classic villages, and hearty cuisine of eastern France are legendary. Starting in the effervescent Champagne capital of Reims, you'll spend 14 fascinating days with your Rick Steves guide, exploring Colmar's cobbled lanes, Alsace's meandering Route du Vin, Verdun's historic battlefields, Burgundy's fabled Côte d'Or, Chamonix's majestic mountains, Provence's scenic Côtes du Rhône, and ending with a farewell toast in exquisite Aix-en-Provence. Join us for the Best of Eastern France in 14 Days tour! (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)

  • Best of Eastern Europe in 15 Days Tour

    Starting in beautifully preserved Prague, for 15 days you'll experience the rich diversity of Eastern Europe, from the energetic cities of Kraków and Budapest to tradition-rich "back door" towns and villages across the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, and Slovenia — including the waterfall wonderland of Plitvice and the picture-perfect Alpine beauty of Lake Bled. Join us for the Best of Eastern Europe in 15 Days tour! (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)

  • Best of Europe in 14 Days Tour

    Dreaming of how to pack Europe's top travel thrills and cultural treats into a two-week vacation? You've found it! Your Rick Steves guide will surround you with the art treasures of Paris, followed by a hearty taste of Burgundy, a hike in the majestic Swiss Alps, festive Munich, the romantic canals of Venice, Renaissance Florence, a countryside stay in Tuscany, the must-see sights of Rome — and chances to connect with Europeans like you never thought possible. Join us for the Best of Europe in 14 Days tour! (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)