• This year's big "Class of 2018" Tour Reunion and Test Drive a Tour Guide™ weekend was a nonstop celebration of the ingredients that whip-up the best travel experiences: great destinations, great guides — and great travelers to share the fun with! Here, guide Mine Karahan Taner (in blue) and Rick Steves connect with Best of Turkey tour alums. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)

  • At Friday night's welcome reception, Best of Scotland guide Colin Mairs (in kilt, naturally) cracks-up Rick with his storytelling, as Ireland guide Cathie Ryan and Italy guide Alfio Di Mauro helplessly look on. Nearly 2,000 tour alums and 125 guides attended this year's event. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)

  • Italy guide David Tordi (center) brought his "Bartender" trio all the way from Orvieto to entertain a packed house at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)

  • During Friday night's intermission, tasty hors d'oeuvres, wine, and travel conversations were served up by a happy, hard-working team of tour guides, who flew in from all across Europe. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)

  • All day Saturday Rick hosted several gymnasium-packed tour reunion parties, and our guides participated in 21 Test Drive a Tour Guide™ presentations at three venues in downtown Edmonds. And the weather cooperated! (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)

  • At the reunion parties, alums got to reunite with their tour buddies and guides — and learn about what we have in store for our 2019 tours. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)

  • Tour staffers Ruth Ann Rouse and Julia Reims-Giersch (with catalog) cheerfully answered hundreds of questions during the weekend. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)

  • Guide George Farkas shared his favorite St. Petersburg, Tallinn & Helsinki tour highlights with a crowd at the North Sound Center. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)

  • Meanwhile, back at the ECA, we live-streamed eight hours of Test Drive a Tour Guide™ presentations covering 20 itineraries. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)

  • Backstage, Amy Duncan made sure we were connecting with thousands of fans on social media. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)

  • We hope you can join us in Europe this year… (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)

  • …and then let's reunite in Edmonds at our big "Class of 2019" Tour Reunion on January 24–25, 2020! (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)

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