Our Tour Guides Are Dedicated to the Rick Steves Way

The Rick Steves 2014 annual Tour Guide Summit is well under way. In the past four days, our guides have endured 10 hours of my lectures and workshops on how to lead a tour in the Rick Steves way. As was stressed all along, “Each of you is an excellent guide with your own style. We want to keep that and mesh it with what our travelers expect when they sign up on a Rick Steves tour. Because our travelers have high and unique expectations and we aim to exceed them with every trip.”

Thirty years ago only one guide led a Rick Steves tour. His name was Rick Steves.

Thirty years ago only one guide led a Rick Steves tour. His name was Rick Steves.

In 2014, well over a hundred guides lead Rick Steves tours (and each guides in his or her region far better than Rick could). These are the guides who make up the 2014 Rick Steves’ Europe Tour Guide Summit (many of them in the USA for the first time.)

In 2014, well over a hundred guides lead Rick Steves tours (and each guides in his or her region far better than Rick could). These are the guides who make up the 2014 Rick Steves’ Europe Tour Guide Summit (many of them in the USA for the first time.)

A highlight in my social calendar is inviting 140 guides from nearly every country in Europe into my home for a multicultural festival and celebration. We love our work (and my ears are still ringing from all the boisterous fun we had last night).

A highlight in my social calendar is inviting 140 guides from nearly every country in Europe into my home for a multicultural festival and celebration. We love our work (and my ears are still ringing from all the boisterous fun we had last night).

Tomorrow (Saturday), January 18, with voices still a little hoarse, join me and our guides online from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. PST for the live streaming of Test Drive a Tour Guide — eight free one-hour slideshows on Europe’s top tour destinations for 2014.  Happy travels!

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