Rick Steves Best of Europe

Author: Rick Steves
Publisher: Rick Steves
ISBN: 9781631211782
Release Date: 2017-01-24
Genre: Travel

You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you need to know to experience the Best of Europe. In this guide, Rick covers the best of England, France, Germany, England, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland. You'll find a mix of big cities and inspiring landscapes, including: London, Paris, Rome, Venice, Florence, Berlin, Munich, Amsterdam, and Barcelona The Cinque Terre, Provence, the French Riviera, the Rhine Valley, and the Berner Overland Rick Steves Best of Europe features: Everything in Full-Color—Dazzling photos and helpful planning maps. Best of Europe Itineraries—Suggestions for planning the perfect trip, based on Rick's expert advice for what's worth your time and what you can skip. Rick's Tips—Helpful hints for key sights and experiences, organized so you quickly learn what you need to know. You'll love how much these simple tips help make your trip smooth and stress-free! Authentic Experiences—Leave the tourist traps behind and enjoy real, cultural experiences and opportunities to connect with local people. Plus Practicalities—Essential eating, sleeping, and transportation information is neatly arranged to be ready when you need it.

Rick Steves European Festivals

Author: Rick Steves
Publisher: Rick Steves
ISBN: 9781631218002
Release Date: 2017-11-14
Genre: Travel

It's party time in Europe! Bestselling author Rick Steves explores the best festivals in Europe, from the Running of the Bulls in Spain to Carnival in Venice. There will be no museums! And no art galleries! Just Europeans having lots of fun. Across Europe, festival traditions go back centuries and are filled with time honored pageantry and ritual. Entire communities hurl themselves with abandon into the craziness. We'll careen all over Europe: the Palio horse races in Siena, the Highland games near Edinburgh, the colorful masquerade of Carnival in Venice, Slovenia, and Luzern, Easter festivities in Andalucía, Tuscany, and Greece, the springtime April Fair in Sevilla, Bastille Day in Paris, the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Oktoberfest in Munich, and Christmas markets and traditions in Nurnberg and Switzerland. With fascinating insights, rich history, and vivid photos, this great gift book captures the spirit of Europe's rich and fun-loving heritage. Hang on to your party hats!

Rick Steves Eastern Europe

Author: Rick Steves
Publisher: Rick Steves
ISBN: 9781631216145
Release Date: 2017-07-03
Genre: Travel

You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Eastern Europe—including the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia. Explore Eastern Europe's top cities, from the romantic spires of Prague and the steamy thermal baths of Budapest to charming Kraków and laid-back Ljubljana. Enjoy the imperial sights of Vienna and walking tours of exotic Dubrovnik. Then delve into the region's natural wonders: hike through the waterfall wonderland at Plitvice Lakes National Park, drive the winding road to the Julian Alps, and watch the sun dip slowly into the Adriatic from the Dalmatian Coast. Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. He'll help you plan where to go and what to see, depending on the length of your trip. You'll learn which sights are worth your time and money, and how to get around by train, bus, car, and boat. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.

Rick Steves Iceland

Author: Rick Steves
Publisher: Rick Steves
ISBN: 9781641710190
Release Date: 2018-03-27
Genre: Travel

Hike vast glaciers, marvel at steaming volcanic lakes, and explore the land of the midnight sun: with Rick Steves on your side, Iceland can be yours! Inside Rick Steves Iceland you'll find: Comprehensive coverage for exploring Iceland, whether you've got a long layover in Reykjavík or two weeks to dive into the whole country Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites Top sights and hidden gems, from the stunning northern lights to hidden hikes and cozy bookstores How to connect with local culture: Soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, sample smoked fishes, and chat with locals in stark and lovely rural towns Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight The best places to eat, sleep, and relax Self-guided walking tours of lively Reykjavík and art and history museums Complete, mile-by-mile driving tours, including the Golden Circle, the Ring Road, and more, with recommendations of Iceland's most scenic detours Detailed maps for exploring on the go Useful resources including a packing list, an Icelandic phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended reading Over 500 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down Complete, up-to-date information on Reykjavík, the Reykjanes Peninsula, the Golden Circle, the South Coast, the Westman Islands, West Iceland, The Ring Road, the East Fjords, and more Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Iceland. Expanding your trip? Try Rick Steves Scandinavia or Rick Steves Northern European Cruise Ports.

Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door

Author: Rick Steves
Publisher: Rick Steves
ISBN: 9781631216268
Release Date: 2017-09-12
Genre: Travel

You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling through Europe, including how to: Plan your itinerary and maximize your time Pack light-and right Find good-value hotels and restaurants Travel smoothly by train, bus, car, and plane Avoid crowds and tourist scams Hurdle the language barrier Understand cultural differences and connect with locals Save money while enjoying the trip of a lifetime After 30 years of exploring Europe, Rick considers this travel skills handbook his life's work. He shares his favorite off-the-beaten-path towns, trails, and natural wonders. With this guidebook, you'll experience the culture like a local, spend less money, and have more fun.

Rick Steves Postcards from Europe

Author: Rick Steves
Publisher: Avalon Travel
ISBN: 9781598803617
Release Date: 2009-04-01
Genre: Travel

In Postcards from Europe, Rick Steves takes you on a private tour through the heart of Europe -- introducing you to his local friends and sharing his favorite travel moments -- from the Netherlands through Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, with a grand Parisian finale. Whether you're dreaming in an armchair, have packed, or are unpacking, Postcards from Europe will inspire a love of travel, of Europe, and of Europeans.

Travel as a Political Act

Author: Rick Steves
Publisher: Rick Steves
ISBN: 9781641710473
Release Date: 2018-02-06
Genre: Travel

Change the world one trip at a time. In this illuminating collection of stories and lessons from the road, acclaimed travel writer Rick Steves shares a powerful message that resonates now more than ever. With the world facing divisive and often frightening events, from Trump, Brexit, and Erdogan, to climate change, nativism, and populism, there's never been a more important time to travel. Rick believes the risks of travel are widely exaggerated, and that fear is for people who don't get out much. After years of living out of a suitcase, he still marvels at how different cultures find different truths to be self-evident. By sharing his experiences from Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East, Rick shows how we can learn more about own country by viewing it from afar. With gripping stories from Rick's decades of exploration, this fully revised edition of Travel as a Political Act is an antidote to the current climate of xenophobia. When we travel thoughtfully, we bring back the most beautiful souvenir of all: a broader perspective on the world that we all call home. All royalties from the sale of Travel as a Political Act are donated to support the work of Bread for the World, a non-partisan organization working to end hunger at home and abroad.

Rick Steves Switzerland

Author: Rick Steves
Publisher: Rick Steves
ISBN: 9781641710466
Release Date: 2018-05-22
Genre: Travel

Cross the Alps in a cable car, cruise Lake Geneva, and visit a medieval château: with Rick Steves on your side, Switzerland can be yours! Inside Rick Steves Switzerland you'll find: Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring Switzerland Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites Top sights and hidden gems, from bustling Zürich to the cozy small-town atmosphere of Appenzell How to connect with culture: Chat with friendly Swiss locals at mountain retreats, swim in the alpine waters of the Aare River, and treat yourself to delicious cheese fondue Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight The best places to eat, sleep, and relax over wine and Swiss chocolate Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and mountain towns Detailed maps for exploring on the go, including scenic railroad journeys such as the Golden Pass, Gotthard Panorama Express, Bernina Express, Glacier Express, and Chur Useful resources including a packing list, German, French, and Italian phrase guides, a historical overview, and recommended reading, as well as tips on visiting Switzerland in the winter Over 400 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down Complete, up-to-date information on Zürich, Luzern, Central Switzerland, Bern, Murten, Avenches, Gimmelwald and the Berner Oberland, Zermatt and the Matterhorn, Appenzell, Lausanne, Château de Chillon, Montreux, Gruyères, Lugano, Pontresina, Samedan, St. Moritz, and more Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Switzerland.

Rick Steves European Christmas with video

Author: Rick Steves
Publisher: Rick Steves
ISBN: 9781612380537
Release Date: 2011-11-08
Genre: Travel

From England to Norway, Burgundy to Bavaria, and Rome to the top of the Swiss Alps, Rick Steves' European Christmas with Video gets you a seat at the family feast, up in the loft with the finest choirs, and into the kitchen with grandma and her best-kept holiday secrets. With enchanting photos and more than a dozen recipes, this great gift book captures the spirit of the season perfectly. Rick Steves' European Christmas with Video includes the following video segments: Rick Steves reads the Biblical Christmas Story Bath Bach Choir sings the Twelve Days of Christmas Bath Abbey Choir of Boys and Men Norwegian Girls Choir sings Carol of the Bells Santa Lucia Day in Norway Medieval Music in Burgundy Phonema Faisons Rejouissance Noel traditionnel Christmas Carols in Germany Wilhelm-Loehe School Choir Da pacem Domine Rick Steves interviews the Christkind Concert in Cathedral, Salzburg Silent Night Shepherd Carols in Tuscany Explanation of Nativity Scenes Presepi Manger Scenes Pope John Paul II, Final Christmas Midnight Mass Sacred Music of Monks Merry Christmas Norwegian Girls Choir sings Joy to the World Christmas Eve Around the World

Rick Steves Best of Italy

Author: Rick Steves
Publisher: Avalon Travel
ISBN: 9781631213120
Release Date: 2016-06-21
Genre: Travel

Experience the best of the best with Rick Steves Best of Italy. Ê Rick Steves Best of Italy puts the very best of Italy in your hands, with RickÕs straightforward, time-tested advice in an easily scannable format so you can quickly find what you need on the go. With RickÕs strategic tips on saving time and money, you can worry less about your trip, and focus on enjoying the experienceÑwhether thatÕs climbing to the top of FlorenceÕs campanile or marveling at VeniceÕs architecture on a moonlight Grand Canal cruise. Ê Rick Steves Best of Italy features: Ê Everything in Full-Color Ñ Dazzling photos and helpful planning maps. Best of Italy in Two Weeks Ñ Suggestions for planning the perfect trip, based on RickÕs expert advice for whatÕs worth your time and what you can skip. RickÕs Tips Ñ Helpful hints for key sights and experiences, organized so you quickly learn what you need to know. YouÕll love how much these simple tips help make your trip smooth and stress-free! Authentic ExperiencesÑLeave the tourist traps behind and enjoy real, cultural experiences and opportunities to connect with local people. Plus PracticalitiesÑEssential eating, sleeping, and transportation information is neatly arranged to be ready when you need it. Ê Choose the best Rick Steves guide for your trip: Ê Rick Steves Best of Italy collects the very best the country has to offer. Ê Planning a longer trip? Rick Steves Italy 2016 is the classic guide to exploring the country in-depth, updated annually. Ê Time for a quick getaway? Colorful Rick Steves Pocket Rome and Rick Steves Pocket Florence are perfect when you have a week or less. Include a full-size, fold-out city map.

Rick Steves Paris 2018

Author: Rick Steves
Publisher: Rick Steves
ISBN: 9781631216879
Release Date: 2017-11-21
Genre: Travel

You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in the City of Light-Paris. With the self-guided tours in this book, you'll explore the grand Champs-Elysées, the eye-popping Eiffel Tower, and the radiant cathedral of Notre-Dame. Learn how to save money and avoid the lines at the Louvre and Orsay Museums. Enjoy the ambience of Parisian neighborhoods, and take a day trip to the glittering palace of Versailles, or to the Champagne-soaked city of Reims. Then grab a café crème at a sidewalk café and listen to the hum of the city. You'll see why Paris remains at the heart of global culture. Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants in delightful neighborhoods. You'll learn how to navigate the Paris Métro, and which sights are worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.

Rick Steves London 2018

Author: Rick Steves
Publisher: Rick Steves
ISBN: 9781631216923
Release Date: 2017-12-19
Genre: Travel

Explore London from the sacred stones of Westminster Abbey to the top of the London Eye: with Rick Steves on your side, London can be yours! Inside Rick Steves London 2018 you'll find: Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring London Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites Top sights and hidden gems, from Trafalgar Square and the Victoria & Albert to where to find the best tikka masala or fish and chips How to connect with local culture: Catch a show in Soho, meet the ravens at the Tower of London, and end your day at the pub sharing a pint and chat with a friendly Londoner Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight The best places to eat, sleep, and relax over a cup of tea Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums Detailed neighborhood maps and a fold-out city map for exploring on the go Useful resources including a packing list, popular British slang, a historical overview, and recommended reading Over 500 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down Annually updated information on the whole city, plus day trips to Windsor, Cambridge, and Stonehenge Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves London 2018. Spending just a few days in the city? Try Rick Steves Pocket London.

Rick Steves European Easter

Author: Rick Steves
Publisher: Avalon Travel
ISBN: 9781631213601
Release Date: 2016-02-23
Genre: Travel

Rick Steves, America's expert on Europe, explores the rich traditions, celebrations, and history behind some of Europe's most colorful and charming Easter celebrations. Discover Carnevale in Venice, Lent in Cantiano, Holy Week in Sevilla, Easter Sunday in Greece, and beyond. Rick examines "Easter Through the Ages," including the Biblical story of Easter and the pagan and secular traditions that have shaped the Easter celebrations of today. He compares the beliefs of Eastern and Western Orthodox traditions, and shows how holidays are uniquely celebrated across cities and countries. In Rome, the Vatican blesses palm fronds on Palm Sunday, while in Tuscany, olive branches are blessed instead. Churches in Sevilla display elaborate floats for Easter Sunday, while villages across Italy, Slovenia, and Greece celebrate with feasts. Touching on Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, and the Vatican, and filled with fascinating insights and vibrant full-color photos, Rick Steves European Easter is a delightful way to understand Easter heritage from a multicultural perspective.

Rick Steves Northern European Cruise Ports

Author: Rick Steves
Publisher: Avalon Travel
ISBN: 9781631211133
Release Date: 2015-10-20
Genre: Travel

In this guide, Rick Steves focuses on some of the grandest sights in Northern Europe. As always, he has a plan to help you have a meaningful cultural experience while you’re there—even with just a few hours in port. Inside you'll find one-day itineraries for sightseeing at or near the major Northern Europe ports of call, including: • Southampton and Dover (London) • Le Havre (Paris and Normandy) • Zeebrugge (Bruges and Brussels) • Amsterdam • Oslo • Copenhagen • Warnemünde/Rostock (Berlin) • Stockholm • Helsinki • Tallinn • St. Petersburg Rick Steves Northern Europe Cruise Ports explains how to get into town from the cruise terminal, shares sightseeing tips, and includes self-guided walks and tours. You'll learn which destinations are best for an excursion—and which you can confidently visit on your own. You'll also get tips on booking a cruise, plus hints for saving time and money on the ship and in port. You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when cruising through Northern Europe.