March Travel News

Hi from Rick: No More Europe Trips...for Now

It's astonishing how much the world has changed in the week since I wrote this message. Italy went into full lockdown. The CDC moved most of Europe (except the UK, Ireland, and Turkey) to "Level 3" travel advisory: Americans should cancel nonessential travel there. And across the US, everything from local schools, to NBA and March Madness games, to theme parks and music festivals have been cancelled. And that’s just as of March 13. 

We've decided to cancel all of our Rick Steves' Europe tour departures through April 19, and we are closely monitoring the situation, with a plan to cancel additional departures as needed. If you are booked on a Rick Steves tour, keep an eye on our up-to-date Coronavirus Tour Member FAQ. Our top priority is the health and well-being of our travelers and tourRead more

In this issue


Coronavirus Health Tips for Traveling

If you choose to keep on traveling, you’ll want to keep yourself healthy — and be a responsible traveler by taking steps to avoid spreading the virus… Read more


Canterbury Cathedral, England

What’s New in Great Britain for 2020

Britain, even while engulfed in Brexit politics, is constantly investing in renovations and first-class exhibits to share its heritage — and, in so many ways, Britain's heritage is linked to… Read more


A Sunny Hike Through Irish History on Great Blasket Island

Travelers flock to Ireland's Dingle Peninsula, but most of them miss the untrampled gem that is Great Blasket Island. To skip out on the crowds, set aside a day for a glorious hike to the… Read more


Cameron’s Blog: 12 Reasons to Love the Swiss

What's so great about Switzerland? Cameron Hewitt offers a dozen reasons why it's a wonderful place to travel — from glorious nature to enthralling cities to pretty fountains and prettier currency… Read more


Video of the Month: Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia may be poor compared to London or Paris, but you wouldn't know it strolling its vibrant boulevards. And because of its strategic position, Sofia sits on layers of history, from ancient Greeks… Watch the video


Live music at Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Bavaria

App Bite of the Month: Old World Bavaria

Tour guide Daniela Wedel highlights the best of Munich and Bavaria, what to expect in southern Germany during Oktoberfest, and some kid-friendly activities… Hear the track


Forum Discussion: How Do Books Influence Your Travels?

Allan from Calgary asked our travel forum users how fiction and non-fiction books (and movies) have inspired their trip planning and enhanced their travels… Read more


Rail Pass Sale

Save 15% on 1st-class or 10% on 2nd-class Eurail Global Passes and most One-Country Eurail Passes through March 30, 2020. For information about how to choo-choose the right rail pass… Read more