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Raves About Touring in Greece, Portugal, and Sicily

Have you already experienced Europe north of the Alps? For the perfect, culturally rich and seasonally sunny follow-up, look to the south! Tour members on Rick Steves' Greece, Portugal, and Sicily itineraries returned home with lots of raves — here are just a few:

"If possible, I would give our tour a double outstanding! Everything about our tour surpassed all my expectations. Our guide, Apostolos, made it a most memorable trip with his superb organization, knowledge of the history, personality, and, most notably, his passion for his homeland and the Greek culture. The local guides were outstanding as well! The choice of accommodations was perfect and the food…delicious!"

— Brian in Everett, WA — Athens & the Heart of Greece in 14 Days tour

"This was an amazing adventure. I loved it. The rugged beauty of the arid landscape, thousands of olive trees in rows and random bunches, stone terraces that lined steep hills, infinite laces built over deep time. These are strong, visual, take-away memories. But the wow factor comes from feeling connected to ancient people every bit as smart as we."

— Lynn in Alexandria, VA — Athens & the Heart of Greece in 14 Days tour

Douro Valley, Portugal

"The tour was outstanding. The itinerary was perfect. We liked the fact that we weren't on the bus for lengthy periods. We especially enjoyed the visit to the cork forest, the vineyard, and the ceramics factory, as well as the food tour. The hotels and food were great and sharing the experience with 26 fellow travelers from different parts of the country (and world) added to the experience."

— Lynette in Fort Mill, SC — Best of Portugal in 12 Days tour

"This was a jam-packed tour filled with adventures. Our guide was enthusiastic, energetic, and eager to teach us about her beloved country. It was a fascinating mix of history, wining, dining, music, never-before-done activities (e.g. grape-stomping — which we were lucky enough to do given the timing of our trip), and, my favorite, interactions with locals. Our hotels were beyond our expectations and group dinners were fabulous."

— Jeanne in Madison, WI — Best of Portugal in 12 Days tour

"Experiencing Sicily was a wonderful adventure into a lovely island rich with history grounded in several interesting cultures. Each town was interesting in its own way. I enjoyed travelling along the coastline and walking the towns, particularly Ortygia, Taormina, and the hill town of Castelmola — and oh, that afternoon view of Trapani and the sea from Erice! The seafood was phenomenal and discovering local restaurants was great fun."

— Melanie in Bethesda, MD — Best of Sicily in 11 Days tour

"I was incredibly "WOWED" on this tour of Sicily. Having traveled to the Italian mainland several times, I now consider Sicily to be the hidden gem that the mainland doesn't want anyone to know about. Sicily's beauty is breathtaking. The mix of cultures over the centuries provide a unique travel experience — be it food, art, lifestyle, nature, or architecture. Our guide was outstanding — top notch and a true professional in every way."

— Jane in Georgetown, TX — Best of Sicily in 11 Days tour