Eight Off-Season Escapes
Travel during the winter months comes with a bevy of benefits, from cheaper airfare to a less-crowded Europe to cooler temperatures. Some European destinations are better than others for travel from November through March, so we've put together a slideshow of our best off-season getaways to inspire your future travels. Let's go!
Rick Steves' most exotic tour in Italy will immerse you in the distinctive culture, cuisine, and history of Sicily — including Palermo, Taormina, Agrigento, Syracuse, Catania, and more! On this island adventure, your Rick Steves guide will introduce you to the hearty welcome and home cooking of a Sicilian family farm, the steamy power of Mount Etna, Italy's brightest pottery and boldest wines, Europe's most amazing ancient Greek ruins, and slow sunsets from picture-perfect seaside villages.
Can't wait to go? We have a few seats left on our 2022 departures or save up to $900 on our February, March, November, and December 2023 departures for the Best of Sicily in 11 Days tour!
Let's go where classical music, towering castles, and the-hills-are-alive scenery welcome you to the gemütlichkeit of Bavaria and opulence of Austria's Golden Age. On this tour of Germany and Austria, your Rick Steves guide will bring this region's rich history and culture to life in festive Munich, Baroque Salzburg, sparkling Lake Hallstatt, monastic Melk, the blue Danube, and royal Vienna — with cozy villages and alpine vistas all along the way.
Can't wait to go? We have a few seats remaining on our 2022 departures or save $200 on our November and December 2023 departures for the Best of Munich, Salzburg & Vienna in 8 Days tour!
The Rick Steves Best of Barcelona & Madrid tour combines Spain's top cities to create a sparkling, full-bodied eight-day adventure. First, you'll experience the pride and energy of Barcelona — tapping into the tapas scene, digging into delicious seafood, and marveling at architecture and art by Gaudí and Picasso. Then we'll hop a high-speed train to Madrid for its terrific tapas, masterpiece-packed Prado Museum, and a day in historic Toledo. You'll come home with more memories than you ever thought possible in a week-long getaway.
Can't wait to go? We have a few seats available on our 2022 departures or save up to $500 on our February, March, and November 2023 departures for the Best of Barcelona & Madrid in 8 Days tour!
Italy's three greatest cities are like fine gelato — why settle for just one flavor if you can get three scoops at once? The Rick Steves Best of Venice, Florence & Rome tour begins with Venice's timeless St. Mark's Square and Basilica, then revels in the Renaissance at Michelangelo's stunning David and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and ends with Rome's ancient Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican Museums, and Sistine Chapel. You'll also enjoy guided neighborhood walks, memorable meals, and full-bodied Italian wines.
Can't wait to go? We have a few seats left on our 2022 departures or save up to $800 on our February, March, and November 2023 departures for the Best of Venice, Florence & Rome in 10 Days tour!
London has just what you need for a quick escape: direct flights, the best live theater scene on the planet, an inviting pub on every corner, and the simple pleasure of conversing with Europeans with (almost) no language barrier. During your week in London, your Rick Steves guide will lead you on a magical history tour along the Thames and through the Tower, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's, historic neighborhoods, and plenty of priceless art — and even take you on a train trip to Windsor Castle.
Join us on a February, November, or December 2023 departure and save up to $300 per person on our Best of London in 7 Days tour!
Paris is synonymous with the finest things that culture can offer — in art, fashion, food, literature, and ideas. On this tour, your Paris-savvy Rick Steves guide will immerse you in the very best of the City of Light: the masterpiece-packed Louvre and Orsay museums, resilient Notre-Dame Cathedral, exquisite Sainte-Chapelle, and the extravagant Palace of Versailles. You'll also enjoy guided neighborhood walks through the city's historic heart, as well as quieter moments to slow down and savor the city's intimate cafés, colorful markets, and joie de vivre.
Join us on a February, March, November, or December 2023 departure and save up to $600 per person on our Best of Paris in 7 Days tour!
The Rick Steves Best of Turkey tour combines the convenience of European travel with the rich traditions of the Middle East. You'll marvel at Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, and Grand Bazaar; Cappadocia's "fairy-chimney" landscape; the ancient Greek sites of Ephesus and Aphrodisias; and the azure water of the Mediterranean. You'll also experience legendary Turkish hospitality firsthand, from artisans to imams. If you're looking for different travel delights — and a broader world perspective — you'll find it here.
Can't wait to go? We have a few seats left on our 2022 departures or save up to $400 on our March and November 2023 departures of the Best of Turkey in 13 Days tour!
Rome serves up Europe's most intoxicating brew of dazzling art, earth-shaking history, and city life with style. On this tour, your guide will resurrect the grandeur of ancient Rome's Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, and nearby Ostia Antica. From the Renaissance and Baroque eras, you'll marvel at St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Borghese Gallery. You'll also enjoy today's Rome, with neighborhood walking tours, memorable restaurants, and time to explore on your own.
Join us on a February, March, November, or December 2023 departure and save up to $500 per person on our Best of Rome in 7 Days tour!
Learn more about our off-season tours.