Stories of Great Guides

Rick Steves guides aren't just amazing at their jobs — they are fun, caring, interesting people in their own right! To help you get acquainted, here's a collection of interviews we've done with some of the guides who were featured at our recent Test Drive a Tour Guide™ event.

Cathie Ryan

Cathie Ryan has been guiding tours of Ireland for more than 15 years, but she is most widely known for her work as a singer and songwriter. Cathie has been in the vanguard of Irish music for three decades… Read more

Virginia Agostinelli

Virginia Agostinelli is Rick Steves' only native Italian guide who lives in the US. She came to Seattle to complete her PhD in Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies at the University of Washington, and stayed… Read more

Roy Nicholls

Our Villages of South England tour is sparking lots of interest, which is music to the ears of Roy Nicholls. A veteran of more than 25 years of leading tours for Rick (longer than any other of our guides), the ever-dapper Roy… Read more

Elena Zampiron

Elena Zampiron grew up in the watery wonderland of Venice, where she once led kayak tours through the canals of her hometown. After being discovered by another Rick Steves guide, Elena was hired as a guide for… Read more

Virginie Moré

Virginie Moré is a bundle of positive energy with a winning smile and a deep understanding of French history and French attitudes (she is, after all, French). Virginie also "gets" Americans well, as she lived in Montana… Read more

Tommaso Pantè

Tommaso Pantè worked with Rick Steves first as a local guide in Taormina, then as a Rick Steves guide for the entire Best of Sicily tour. Tommaso redefines the word "passionate" — he is a vivacious promoter… Read more

Agustín Ciriza

When tour members return from nine days in the Basque Country with Agustín Ciriza, they describe him (over and over) as "humorous, delightful, energetic, impressive, outstanding, amazing, fabulous, charming, calm…" Read more

Gillian Chadwick

Gillian (or Lady Chadwick, as we call her) is a lucky gal — she's made a career out of showing off her hometown and beloved country. Part professor and part entertainer, she's been energetically leading tour groups through… Read more

Graeme Sutherland

Graeme Sutherland has been called a young Renaissance man. He has brewed beer in London, speaks French without an accent, has a master's degree in Italian studies, and has led bicycling tours through Europe… Read more