Hi from Rick: My Way Vacations Are Just Right

Dear Traveler,

When I'm on the road in Europe, I bump into lots of great travelers — out exploring on their own — who are thinking of making the leap to our bus tours…but wonder if they'll have to give up too much independence. (As an independent traveler at heart, I can relate.)

That's why I love our My Way® European Vacations. Our My Way program lets free-spirited travelers have their cake, and eat it too: You can take full advantage of our well-crafted itineraries and the efficiency of a bus tour (two dozen people saving money and enhancing their experience by sharing a big bus and having all your lodgings taken care of). And then, when you reach your destination, your time is all yours to spend how you choose, with personalized input from your very own dedicated travel expert…and none of the stress of independent travel.

My Way itineraries aren't conventional tours, but vacations that handle the three most stressful parts of your European trip: hotels, transportation, and crafting the ideal itinerary. (In fact, years ago, we called these "Bus, Bed, and Breakfast" tours.) To help you make the most of your time, you'll be traveling with an expert manager from our staff, who keeps "office hours" each morning to advise you on getting the most out of your wide-open schedule.

We have My Way vacations in some of our travelers' favorite destinations: France, Italy, Spain, and the best of the Alps. In fact, I personally escorted a My Way Alpine Europe group a few years ago, helping our travelers chart out the daily plan that best fit their travel dreams and abilities.

I also appreciated how the My Way bus helped our crew of travelers reach out-of-the-way places that would have been tricky to get to otherwise. This reminded me of how these vacations can be a great alternative for independent travelers, as well as for those who enjoy fully guided bus tours. For everyone on that bus, My Way was the juuuust-right Goldilocks of travel. If My Way sounds like the right fit for you, you're in luck: We still have plenty of seats available on our 2023 Italy, France, and Spain itineraries.

In this month's Tour News, we'll hop aboard a My Way Italy tour with a day-by-day slideshow of Italy's must-see sights in Venice, Florence, and Rome and hill town vineyards, alpine meadows, and cliff-hugging villages. Plus, we'll get to know My Way onboard manager Laurel James, take a little hike along the Cinque Terre's breathtaking trails, and learn why our travelers love the My Way style of touring.

Our fully guided tours are just right for lots of travelers. But for others, our My Way vacations are the perfect alternative. At Rick Steves' Europe, we're here to help you get the most out of your trip, whether it's your guide's way…or your way.

Happy travels…your way!



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