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A Hopeful Holiday Season

Dear Traveler,

This year has been a true exercise in patience — patience for postponed travels, for staying at home to help beat the pandemic, and for seeing a tough election through. But with vaccines on the horizon and new leadership (that respects science) for our country, I'm hopeful that we're finally heading down the path toward normalcy — and that we'll be touring in late 2021.

We have our tours booked, our guides on deck, and are taking wish-list names, so those interested will be the first to know when we're confident that the time is right to fire up our tour program. (Signing up to be a "wish-list traveler" is easy — just check out our tours, find the tour and departure dates you prefer, then select "Notify Me.")

In the meantime, we're directing our travelers to the creative work of our many guides — who are so passionate about teaching and sharing their cultures. Each week, we'll be sharing our "marketplace favorites" on the Rick Steves Guides' Marketplace. This week's picks include baking Norwegian Christmas cookies, a holiday walk through Siena, and a virtual pilgrimage from France's Loire Valley to breathtaking Mont St-Michel. You won't want to miss out on all the fun.

You'll find more travel inspiration in this month's Tour News, which highlights the many joys of visiting Scotland: Read our interview with Scottish tour guide Anne Doig, experience the dramatic scenery of the Isle of Skye's Trotternish Peninsula, take a day-by-day journey through our bonnie Best of Scotland tour, and much more.

Until we can embark on European travels, we all need to do our part by being patient and diligent so that together, as a society, we can get through this pandemic. Our reward? The chance to once again explore our world and find the joy that awaits those who travel.

From my family to yours, have a safe, smart, and happy holiday season,



Read more Tour News

Slideshow: Best of Scotland Tour, Day by Day

On our Best of Scotland tour along mossy mountains, windswept isles, mysterious lochs, and heathered glens, you'll discover a land and culture that are strongly persistent…and persistently lovable… Read more

The Trotternish Peninsula on the Isle of Skye

Video of the Month: Skye’s Trotternish Peninsula

Escape the crowds and experience some of Scotland's most dramatic scenery on the Isle of Skye's Trotternish Peninsula. With its jaw-dropping cliffs, unique geologic formations, and windswept views, it's… Watch video

Interview with Scotland Guide Anne Doig

Anne is a true Scot: Someone who lives and breathes her unique culture, adores her country's unpredictable weather and quirky customs, and even loves haggis. She leads our Scotland tours, and… Read more

Christmas ornament on a tree

Guides’ Marketplace: Our Picks of the Week

From baking Norwegian cookies to taking a holiday stroll through Siena to learning about Victorian Christmas traditions, our Picks of the Week are sure to make your season merry and bright… Read more

Holiday Sale Extended

We've extended our holiday sale through the end of the year. Stock up now on travel gear for future trips and enjoy savings of up to 50% on travel bags, accessories, guidebooks, and more! Shop now