Rick Steves

The queen stays at Windsor — why not you?

almost a thousand years ago — and it’s still… Continue reading

At Siena’s Palio, 500 years of history happens in 90 seconds

In the gorgeously preserved Tuscan hill town of Siena, Italy, the Middle Ages seem to survive in the architecture and in the civic spirit. The… Continue reading

The American motorist’s guide to surviving a road trip in Europe

Horror stories about driving in Europe abound. They’re fun to tell, but driving is really only a problem for those who make it one. If… Continue reading

Chartres Cathedral: The age of faith in stone and stained glass

For a chance to experience the mystery of the medieval church through statues, glass and relics, France’s Chartres Cathedral, just an hour from Paris by… Continue reading

Travel back in time at the open-air museums of Europe

One of the great joys of European travel is to journey back in time thanks to its many open-air folk museums. You’ll find these sprawling… Continue reading

A dazzling day trip in Ireland’s capital city

While Dublin beckons with reminders of its stirring modern history on nearly every street corner, the best place to commune with the ancient soul of… Continue reading

A beginners’ guide to Italy’s Tuscany region

Wedged between Florence and Rome, Tuscany offers the quintessential Italian experience: sun-soaked hill towns, green and rolling screensaver hills, romantically fortified farms and cypress trees… Continue reading

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