Rick Steves

Car-free Hydra is a Greek island idyll

less than two hours south of Athens by ferry — offers the ideal Greek island experience, without a long journey… Continue reading

In France, savor a Burgundy blend of bikes and wine

Biking and wine tasting may not seem like natural partners when traveling through France. But if you like biking and wine, mixing the two can… Continue reading

Rick Steves’ tips for traveling in Europe with teenagers

Imagine being a teenager forced to spend your summer vacation with robo-tourist Rick Steves (aka “Dad”). My kids, Jackie and Andy, now in their 20s,… Continue reading

Heaping portions of lamb, gusto on menu for Easter in Greece

A few years ago in Greece, I noticed flags flying at half-staff, and wondered who had died. Then I remembered it was Good Friday —… Continue reading

A tale of two castles shows two sides of European travel

When I was 18, I took my first independent trip to Europe. During that trip, I toured “Mad” King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany —… Continue reading

Book yourself a tour through the literary treasures of Europe

the Acropolis, the palace of Versailles, the Colosseum — can be the spine-tingling… Continue reading

How to plan a dream vacation in eight easy steps

The best travelers aren’t those with the fattest wallets, but those who take planning seriously. Jack might jet off to Europe as a free spirit,… Continue reading

A London evening offers something for just about everyone

London, one of the world’s busiest and biggest cities, bubbles with top-notch entertainment seven nights a week. It’s also ever-changing and expensive, so it can… Continue reading

Krakow: The heart and soul of Poland

Krakow is easily Poland’s most popular destination, located in the southern region of perhaps Europe’s most underappreciated country. It’s a charming, old-fashioned city buzzing with… Continue reading

Soaking it up — while naked, of course — in the best spas of Europe

With my intense travel schedule, I savor detours where I put away the schedule and notes and simply enjoy the moment. And for me, there’s… Continue reading

The art of journaling for travelers

When I travel, I make it a habit to collect only one thing: memories. The most treasured keepsake of any trip I take is the… Continue reading

Don’t let Ugly American syndrome ruin your Europe experience

I’m going to be brutally frank: Many Americans’ trips to Europe suffer because they’re treated like “ugly tourists.” But those who are treated like ugly… Continue reading

What’s new this year in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic

There’s plenty of news for 2017 in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, including a big 500th anniversary and impressive new infrastructure, making travel here… Continue reading

What’s new for travelers in France and the Low Countries

One of Europe’s best organized regions for sightseeing, France and the Low Countries (Belgium and the Netherlands) are better than ever with new people-friendly zones,… Continue reading

What’s new in 2017 for travelers in Italy

with more culture, crowds and chaos per square kilometer than anywhere else in Europe — is most enjoyable when you’re up to date… Continue reading

What’s new in Spain and Portugal for travelers in 2017

Both Spain and Portugal have interesting stories to tell and interesting cultures to share. Here’s some travel news for those visiting in 2017. Neglected corners… Continue reading

Getting into New Year’s party spirit with everyday Cubans

I welcomed 2016 in Cuba, prowling Havana’s streets with my family. In one wild night, I made a new friend and was invited to a… Continue reading

After a millennium, stunning Mont St-Michel still inspires

For more than 1,000 years, the distant silhouette of Mont-St-Michel has sent pilgrims’ spirits soaring. Today, it does the same for tourists. This island abbey… Continue reading