Raves About Rick’s Spring Tours

Spring is a wonderful time to visit Europe. Flowers begin to bloom, temperatures are mild, and crowds are a more digestible size. But don't just take it from us. Here's what past tour members had to say about our spring tours…

"This is quite possibly my favorite RS tour yet! I knew almost nothing about Sicily other than what little I had time to learn before the tour began. I found the history, culture, people, food, art — everything! — about this beautiful island fascinating! Our guide was skilled at sharing its unique history both ancient and modern through bus talks, stories, and mythology. All of that plus the fabulous food and daily experiences made the place come alive for me."

Leeann in Seabrook, TXBest of Sicily in 11 Days tour in February

"There were two places I'd dreamed of visiting, and both far exceeded my expectations (which were very high): Hagia Sophia and Cappadocia. I have seen so many photos of Hagia Sophia and knew a bit about its history, but the beauty, size, and power of the place needs to be experienced in person; it lifts your eyes and your spirit. Experiencing snow in Cappadocia, outlining the incredible rock formations in white dust and chilling the stone churches, was magical."

— Lorraine in Dana Point, CA — Best of Turkey in 13 Days tour in March

"We had a glorious time in Paris! We were lucky to have great weather also. The hotel was perfect — in just the right area and with a wonderful staff. Our guide was amazing as were all of the local guides. I've dreamed of traveling to Paris for years and it exceeded my expectations!"

— Katherine in Aurora, IL — Best of Paris in 7 Days tour in February

"The tour route was a great balance of more urban and rural sights. The pace of the trip was perfect, with a good balance of free time and active time. I had wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the history as well as the culture, and that was achieved while having lots of fun. Going in the spring was a great surprise; I hadn't expected to see ruins blanketed by wildflowers!"

— Elizabeth in Seattle, WA — Athens & the Heart of Greece in 14 Days tour in March

"The Borghese Gallery was the tour highlight for me. Francesca was a wonderful guide who really taught the group how to experience and question art. Another wow was the Trastevere food tour — delicious bites of food, a history lesson, and a very humorous guide!"

— Kathy in Chatham, ON — Best of Rome in 7 Days tour in March

"Eight days was just long enough to fall in love with Barcelona and Madrid! So much of the enjoyment of this trip was because of our wonderful guide. His passion and love of the country was contagious. We were lucky enough to be in Barcelona for a festival day as well. All of our local guides were informative and kept things interesting. It was a terrific trip."

— Dawn in Farmington, UT — Best of Barcelona & Madrid in 8 Days tour in February

"I had wanted to go to Istanbul for a long time and I was not disappointed. The city has many beautiful historical sites, friendly helpful people, delicious food, and fabulous experiences to be had. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and learned a lot about another culture from a historical and political point of view."

— Rebecca in Bronx, NY — Best of Istanbul in 7 Days tour in March

"Everything about the tour was great. We chose February for Italy to avoid the crowds. The weather was fine (nippy, but it was winter after all), and the lines were short. This was our fourth Rick Steves tour, and the thing that I noticed this time was how well-curated it was. Our guide, Tina, was fantastic, as were all of the local guides."

— Patti in Port Townsend, WA — Best of Venice, Florence & Rome in 10 Days tour in February

Rooftops of Volterra, Italy

"This was a fabulous tour from start to finish! Our tour guides were extremely knowledgeable, organized, and professional, and tour members were friendly, considerate, and fun to get to know. This tour was a good mix of big cities (Rome, Florence) and small towns (Lucca, Volterra, the Cinque Terre). The group meals were also excellent and hearty, and trying new things was fun!"

— Katherine in Scottsdale, AZ — Heart of Italy in 9 Days tour in March

"The Best of Spain tour far exceeded my expectations. Every day was filled with new and exciting experiences. Hopes were high after our first Rick Steves tour, and again the guides, the travel, and the stays were great. Food and drink were outstanding at every stop. The variety of events, cultural, and historic locations added to the understanding of the past and present of the people of Spain. Seeing the events around Easter added to the joy. I only wished the tour could have continued!"

— Mark in Corvallis, OR — Best of Spain in 14 Days tour in March