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 just a few of them.


Cathie Ryan: Best of Ireland; Heart of Ireland

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


Fabian Rueger: Best of Germany; Germany-Austria-Switzerland, Berlin-Prague-Vienna

He's what you might call a German-American-German-American. Raised in West Berlin, Fabian Rueger traveled to the US to attend Stanford University, then returned to Berlin. There he met his American wife… Read More


Rolinka Bloeming: Best of Europe, Germany-Austria-Switzerland, Heart of Belgium & Holland, Loire to the South of France

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Rolinka Bloeming now makes her home in France. Rolinka's zest for variety is reflected in her career, as she's mastered the guiding of many Rick Steves tours… Read more


Torben Brown: Best of Germany; Germany-Austria-Switzerland; Munich-Salzburg-Vienna; Berlin-Prague-Vienna

Torben Brown was born in Heidelberg and raised on (as he puts it) the mean streets of suburban Long Island. After high school, he took his can-do New York attitude back to Germany… Read more


Sarah Murdoch: Best of Italy; Best of Sicily; Venice-Florence-Rome; Heart of Italy; Best of Europe; Family Europe tours

Sarah Murdoch is one of Rick's most experienced and versatile guides. Her passions include Italy, contemporary European culture, and all things architectural… Read more


Alfio Di Mauro: Best of Sicily, Heart of Italy, Venice-Florence-Rome

Born and raised — and now raising his own family — in Sicily, Alfio Di Mauro weaves his passion for southern Italy into every tour he leads. He is also a born storyteller, as our interview shows… Read more


Lisa Friend: Best of Europe tours

Lisa Friend is a dynamo of energy and knowledge. She works with Rick Steves in Europe and in Edmonds, WA. When stateside, Lisa is an ace travel consultant, giving one-on-one advice to help independent travelers prepare for their trips… Read more


Agustin Ciriza: Basque Country of Spain & France; Best of Spain

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


David Tordi: Any tour in Italy

David Tordi was born in the Italian hill town of Orvieto, and still happily lives there today. He's been leading tours all over Italy for Rick Steves, and making plenty of music as well… Read more


Graeme Sutherland: any tour in France and Italy

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