Author: Rick Steves

Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves is America's most respected authority on European travel. Rick took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. As an 18-year-old, he realized, "I don't need my parents to travel!" Rick began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started Europe Through the Back Door, a business which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a staff of 80 full-time, well-travelled employees at his headquarters in Washington State. There he produces over 50 guidebooks on European travel, the most popular travel series in America on public television, a weekly hour-long national public radio show, a weekly column syndicated by the Chicago Tribune, and free travel information available through his travel center and website (www.ricksteves.com). Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door also runs a successful European tour program. In 2012, its best year ever, Rick's tour program took over 12,000 Americans on more than 450 bus tours around Europe, covering 30 different itineraries. Rick Steves lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington. His office window overlooks his old junior high school.

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Rick Steves' Pocket Venice 2013

Rick Steves' Pocket Venice 2013
  • Number: 9781598803839
  • Release: 2013-07-09
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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Rick Steves’ Pocket guidebooks truly are a ?tour guide in your pocket.” Each colorful, compact 280-page book includes Rick’s advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip planning and practicalities, and a fold-out city map.

Rick Steves’ Pocket Venice includes the following walks and tours:

St. Mark’s Square Tour

St. Mark’s Basilica Tour

Doge’s Palace Tour

Frari Church Tour

St. Mark’s to Rialto Walk

Rialto to Frari Church Walk

St. Mark’s to San Zaccaria Walk


Rick Steves' Northern European Cruise Ports 2013

Rick Steves' Northern European Cruise Ports 2013
  • Number: 9781612385891
  • Release: 2013-07-09
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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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.


Rick Steves' Pocket Florence 2013

Rick Steves' Pocket Florence 2013
  • Number: 9781598803822
  • Release: 2013-07-02
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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Rick Steves’ Pocket guidebooks truly are a ?tour guide in your pocket.” Each colorful, compact 280-page book includes Rick’s advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip planning and practicalities, and a fold-out city map.

Rick Steves’ Pocket Florence includes the following walks and tours:

Renaissance Walk

Accademia Tour: Michelangelo’s David

Uffizi Gallery Tour

Bargello Tour

Duomo Museum Tour


Rick Steves' Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels 2013

Rick Steves' Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels 2013
  • Number: 9781612385433
  • Release: 2013-06-04
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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Check out works by Rembrandt and Van Gogh and bike along canals fringed with Dutch elm trees?with Rick Steves’ Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels, travelers can experience the best of this world-class destination?economically and hassle-free. From historic sights to progressive politics, the Netherlands offers endless sights and activities, and no one knows how to experience it all without wasting time and money better than Rick Steves and Gene Openshaw. They cover the famous destinations, such as the Anne Frank House and the Red Light District, as well as a number of off-the-beaten path options that will take travelers away from the city and into a countryside filled with windmills and old farm houses. So whether it’s enjoying Flemish art in Bruges or some of the world's best marijuana in Amsterdam, Rick Steves’ Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels leads the way.


Rick Steves' Snapshot St. Petersburg, Helsinki & Tallinn

Rick Steves' Snapshot St. Petersburg, Helsinki & Tallinn
  • Number: 9781612386065
  • Release: 2013-05-28
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Tallinn.

In this compact guide, Rick Steves covers the essential spots of each city, including the Hermitage, the Church of the Spilled Blood, Linnanmäki (a classic amusement park), and Toompea Castle. Take a day trip to the Peterhof, stroll through Kaivopuisto Park, or visit the Kumu Art Museum. You’ll get Rick’s firsthand advice on the best sights, eating, sleeping, and nightlife, and the maps and self-guided tours will ensure you make the most of your experience. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves Snapshot guide is a tour guide in your pocket.

Rick Steves’ Snapshot guides consist of excerpted chapters from Rick Steves’ European country guidebooks. Snapshot guides are a great choice for travelers visiting a specific city or region, rather than multiple European destinations. These slim guides offer all of Rick’s up-to-date advice on what sights are worth your time and money. They include good-value hotel and restaurant recommendations, with no introductory information (such as overall trip planning, when to go, and travel practicalities).


Rick Steves' Budapest 2013

Rick Steves' Budapest 2013
  • Number: 9781612385464
  • Release: 2013-04-30
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Budapest.

In this guide, you'll find a thorough exploration of Europe's most underrated city. Soak with Hungarians in a thermal bath, sample paprika at the Great Market Hall, and take a romantic twilight cruise on the Danube. Wander through the opulence of Budapest's late-19-century Golden Age: the Parliament, Opera House, Great Synagogue, and Heroes' Square. For a break from the big city, head into the countryside?to Habsburg palaces, Hungarian folk villages, the historic wine-making capital of Eger, and colorully tiled Pécs.

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 get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.


Rick Steves' Greece 2013 - Athens & the Peloponnese

Rick Steves' Greece 2013
  • Number: 9781612385471
  • Release: 2013-04-16
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Greece.

Following the self-guided tours in this book, you’ll explore Athens' most popular sights, including the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, and the National Archaeological Museum. Experience the culture like a local?enjoy an evening meal of souvlaki at a breezy café, then sip ouzo at a rollicking taverna in the Plaka. Line up at the starting block at Olympia's historic stadium, then set sail for the idyllic Greek island of Hydra.

Rick’s candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. You’ll learn how to get around Athens and the Peoponnese like a local, and get advice on 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' Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol 2013

Rick Steves' Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol 2013
  • Number: 9781612385457
  • Release: 2013-03-26
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Vienna.

With this guide, you'll explore elegant Vienna?the epicenter of opera, coffee, Art Nouveau, and waltz music. Meander through Habsburg palaces and nibble a Sacher torte in a velvet-lined café. In the evening, catch a classical concert, or sip wine with the locals in a traditional Heuriger garden. Beyond Vienna, stroll the Baroque street of Salzburg, home to Mozart and The Sound of Music. For a taste of the Alpine living, head to the snowy peaks and green valleys of Tirol.

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 get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.


Rick Steves' Portugal 2013

Rick Steves' Portugal 2013
  • Number: 9781612385440
  • Release: 2013-03-12
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Portugal.

With this guide, you'll explore this relaxed country at the western edge of Europe. Tour Lisbon's cobbled lanes and grand squares, reminders of Portugal's seafaring glory days. Step back into history at the palaces in Sintra and the bone chapel of Évora. Soak up the sun at the Algarve beach of your dreams. When evening comes, enjoy a dinner of fresh seafood stew, and raise a glass of port wine in a toast.

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 get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.


Rick Steves' Snapshot Italian Lakes District 2013 - Rick Steves Snapshot

Rick Steves' Snapshot Italian Lakes District 2013
  • Number: B0068MQKP8
  • Release: 2013-01-08
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in the Italian Lakes District.

Rick Steves covers the essentials of the Italian Lakes District, including Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, and Lake Orta. Visit Lake Como’s small wooded island of Isola Comacina or tour Stresa, Lake Maggiore’s incredibly scenic town. You’ll get Rick’s firsthand advice on the best sights, eating, sleeping, and nightlife, and the maps and self-guided tours will ensure you make the most of your experience. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves Snapshot guide is a tour guide in your pocket.

Rick Steves’ Snapshot guides consist of excerpted chapters from Rick Steves’ European country guidebooks. Snapshot guides are a great choice for travelers visiting a specific city or region, rather than multiple European destinations. These slim guides offer all of Rick’s up-to-date advice on what sights are worth your time and money. They include good-value hotel and restaurant recommendations, with no introductory information (such as overall trip planning, when to go, and travel practicalities).


Rick Steves' Snapshot Milan 2013 - Rick Steves Snapshot

Rick Steves' Snapshot Milan 2013
  • Number: B00692LQHE
  • Release: 2013-01-08
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when visiting Milan.

Rick Steves covers the essentials of Milan, including the Duomo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, and the La Scala Opera House. Visit the world’s greatest artistic masterpieces, Michelangelo’s last Pietà or Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. You’ll get Rick’s firsthand advice on the best sights, eating, sleeping, and nightlife, and the maps and self-guided tours will ensure you make the most of your experience. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves Snapshot guide is a tour guide in your pocket.

Rick Steves’ Snapshot guides consist of excerpted chapters from Rick Steves’ European country guidebooks. Snapshot guides are a great choice for travelers visiting a specific city or region, rather than multiple European destinations. These slim guides offer all of Rick’s up-to-date advice on what sights are worth your time and money. They include good-value hotel and restaurant recommendations, with no introductory information (such as overall trip planning, when to go, and travel practicalities).


Rick Steves' Barcelona 2013

Rick Steves' Barcelona 2013
  • Number: 9781612381954
  • Release: 2013-01-08
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Barcelona.

With the self-guided tours in this book, you'll ramble down the Ramblas, explore the medieval Old City, and discover funky boutiques and hangouts in characteristic El Born. Learn how to master the Metro and how to bypass the long lines at Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família. Immerse yourself in Catalan culture, ponder the art at the Picasso Museum, and go on a tapas bar crawl. Then head to the Eixample?Barcelona's "uptown"?to marvel at the Modernista architecture of Casa Milà and the Block of Discord.

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 get up-to-date recommendations on what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.


Rick Steves' Snapshot York 2013 - Moon Spotlight

Rick Steves' Snapshot York 2013
  • Number: B006ZOYLWI
  • Release: 2013-01-01
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when visiting York.

Rick Steves covers the essentials of York, including York Minster and The Shambles. Visit the York Castle Museum or take a stroll along York’s wall and through its gardens. You’ll get Rick’s firsthand advice on the best sights, eating, sleeping, and nightlife, and the maps and self-guided tours will ensure you make the most of your experience. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves Snapshot guide is a tour guide in your pocket.

Rick Steves’ Snapshot guides consist of excerpted chapters from Rick Steves’ European country guidebooks. Snapshot guides are a great choice for travelers visiting a specific city or region, rather than multiple European destinations. These slim guides offer all of Rick’s up-to-date advice on what sights are worth your time and money. They include good-value hotel and restaurant recommendations, with no introductory information (such as overall trip planning, when to go, and travel practicalities).


Rick Steves' Snapshot England's Lake District 2013 - Rick Steves Snapshot

Rick Steves' Snapshot England's Lake District 2013
  • Number: B006VCSE1S
  • Release: 2013-01-01
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in England’s Lake District.

Rick Steves covers the essentials of England’s Lake District, including Keswick and the North Lake District, as well as the South Lake District. Visit Derwentwater, one of Cumbria’s most photographed and popular lakes, or explore South Lake District’s Ullswater by hike or boat. You’ll get Rick’s firsthand advice on the best sights, eating, sleeping, and nightlife, and the maps and self-guided tours will ensure you make the most of your experience. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves Snapshot guide is a tour guide in your pocket.

Rick Steves’ Snapshot guides consist of excerpted chapters from Rick Steves’ European country guidebooks. Snapshot guides are a great choice for travelers visiting a specific city or region, rather than multiple European destinations. These slim guides offer all of Rick’s up-to-date advice on what sights are worth your time and money. They include good-value hotel and restaurant recommendations, with no introductory information (such as overall trip planning, when to go, and travel practicalities).


Rick Steves' Snapshot Bath, Stonehenge & Nearby 2013 - Rick Steves Snapshot

Rick Steves' Snapshot Bath, Stonehenge & Nearby 2013
  • Number: B006VCSDZK
  • Release: 2013-01-01
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when visiting Bath, Stonehenge, and nearby.

In this compact guide, Rick Steves covers the essentials of Bath and Stonehenge?as well as nearby Glastonbury, Wells, Avebury, and Salisbury?including Bath’s Roman and Medieval Baths and Glastonbury Abbey. Visit Stonehenge, one of Europe’s most iconic sights, or view the gothic masterpiece of Salisbury Cathedral. You’ll get Rick’s firsthand advice on the best sights, eating, sleeping, and nightlife, and the maps and self-guided tours will ensure you make the most of your experience. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves Snapshot guide is a tour guide in your pocket.

Rick Steves’ Snapshot guides consist of excerpted chapters from Rick Steves’ European country guidebooks. Snapshot guides are a great choice for travelers visiting a specific city or region, rather than multiple European destinations. These slim guides offer all of Rick’s up-to-date advice on what sights are worth your time and money. They include good-value hotel and restaurant recommendations, with no introductory information (such as overall trip planning, when to go, and travel practicalities).


Rick Steves' Spain 2013

Rick Steves' Spain 2013
  • Number: 9781612383958
  • Release: 2012-12-23
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Spain.

In this guide, you’ll find an inviting mix of exciting cities and cozy towns. Explore the lively cities of Madrid, Barcelona, and Sevilla, and follow the Route of the White Hill Towns in Andalucía’s sun-drenched countryside. Experience the works of the great masters?from El Greco to Picasso to Dalí?and learn how to avoid the lines at the most popular museums. Self-guided walks lead you through the castles, cathedrals, and villages of this ancient but modern land. End your day with a glass of Rioja wine and a plate of tapas?then join the locals for an evening of flamenco.

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 get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.


Rick Steves' Snapshot North Wales 2013 - Rick Steves Snapshot

Rick Steves' Snapshot North Wales 2013
  • Number: B0071B6ZRI
  • Release: 2012-12-18
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in North Wales.

Rick Steves covers the essentials of North Wales, including Ruthin, Conwy, and Snowdonia National Park. Visit the quintessential Snowdon village of Beddgelert, the incredibly picturesque Conwy Castle or take a step back in time by participating in the Ruthin Castle Welsh Medieval Banquet. You’ll get Rick’s firsthand advice on the best sights, eating, sleeping, and nightlife, and the maps and self-guided tours will ensure you make the most of your experience. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves Snapshot guide is a tour guide in your pocket.

Rick Steves’ Snapshot guides consist of excerpted chapters from Rick Steves’ European country guidebooks. Snapshot guides are a great choice for travelers visiting a specific city or region, rather than multiple European destinations. These slim guides offer all of Rick’s up-to-date advice on what sights are worth your time and money. They include good-value hotel and restaurant recommendations, with no introductory information (such as overall trip planning, when to go, and travel practicalities).


Rick Steves' Ireland 2013

Rick Steves' Ireland 2013
  • Number: 9781612383859
  • Release: 2012-12-11
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Ireland.

With this guide, you can explore lively Dublin, quaint Kilkenny, and the moss-draped ruins of the Ring of Kerry. Navigate meandering back roads that lead to windswept crags on the dramatic Dingle Peninsula. Explore Ireland’s revered past by following St. Patrick’s footsteps to the Rock of Cashel. Marvel at Newgrange, the mysterious mound older than the pyramids; then connect with today’s Irish culture by grabbing a pint at the local pub, enjoying the fiddle music, and jumping into conversations that buzz with brogue.

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 get up-to-date recommendations on what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.


Rick Steves' France 2013

Rick Steves' France 2013
  • Number: 9781612383835
  • Release: 2012-12-04
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in France.

With this guide, you’ll explore sleepy villages, romantic hill towns, and cosmopolitan cities, including Paris, Avignon, and Nice. Climb the Eiffel Tower, wander world-renowned museums, and dine at sidewalk cafés. Then escape to the sunny countryside, where you can explore castles of all shapes and sizes or pedal your way from village to vineyard. With its Swiss-like Alps, Italian-style Riviera, and Germanic Alsace, France offers Europe’s greatest variety. A good vin rouge is never more than a stroll away.

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 get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.


Rick Steves' Paris 2013

Rick Steves' Paris 2013
  • Number: 9781612383811
  • Release: 2012-11-13
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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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' Italy 2013

Rick Steves' Italy 2013
  • Number: 9781612383798
  • Release: 2012-11-06
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Italy.

From the beaches to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta, Italy has it all. With this book, you’ll trace Italian culture from Rome’s Colosseum to Michelangelo’s David to the bustling elegance of Milan. Experience the art-drenched cities of Venice and Florence, explore the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum, and learn how to avoid the lines at the most popular museums. Discover the villages of Tuscany and Umbria and the lazy rhythms of the Cinque Terre. Shop at local market stalls, sip a cappuccino at an outdoor café, and pick up a picknic lunch at an allimentari. Relax and enjoy the life of Bella Italia!

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 get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.


Rick Steves' Venice 2013

Rick Steves' Venice 2013
  • Number: 9781612383774
  • Release: 2012-10-16
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when visiting the island city of Venice.

Following the self-guided tours in this book, you’ll explore Venice’s most important landmarks and cruise the Grand Canal for a close-up look at the elegant palaces, bridges, and churches. You’ll discover picturesque lanes, enjoy the best city views, and tour outlying islands in the lagoon. Dine at a romantic canal-side restaurant, or join the locals at a characteristic cicchetti bar and munch seafood-on-a-toothpick. As the stars shine over St. Mark’s Square, sway to the free music of café orchestras.

Rick’s candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. You’ll learn how to explore Venice hassle-free and get up-to-date advice on what’s worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.


Rick Steves' Great Britain 2013

Rick Steves' Great Britain 2013
  • Number: 9781612383910
  • Release: 2012-10-09
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Great Britain.

With this guide, you’ll explore the misty isle of Great Britain, from lively London to the lush green fields of Wales and the craggy beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Wander the sheep-dotted hillsides of the Lake District, and stroll the promenade at the kitschy beach resort of Blackpool. On Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, ask a proud Scot about the local whisky. Trace Britain’s history from prehistoric Stonehenge to Roman Bath, and from tout Welsh castles to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. After a busy day of sightseeing, relax at a neighborhood pub, sharing a chat and a pint with a friendly local.

Rick’s candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels, B&Bs, and restaurants in big cities and small villages. You’ll learn how to travel by train, bus, or car and discover 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' England 2013

Rick Steves' England 2013
  • Number: 9781612383897
  • Release: 2012-10-02
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in England.

In this guide, you’ll find a mix of splendid cities, ever-so-quaint villages, historic ports, and seaside resorts. Visit the manors, museums, cathedrals, and castles that preserve England’s history. Explore the scenic bays of Cornwall, hike the wild moors of Dartmoor, and discover why the Lake District is Londoners’ favorite playground. Travel back in time at Stonehenge, tour the remnants of the Roman Empire along Hadrian’s Wall, and see the ancient baths in the city of Bath. After a bustling day of sightseeing, relax at a neighborhood pub, sharing a chat and a pint with a friendly local.

Rick’s candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. You’ll learn how to get around England by train, bus, or car, and discover 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' Florence & Tuscany 2013

Rick Steves' Florence & Tuscany 2013
  • Number: 9781612383750
  • Release: 2012-09-25
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling through Florence and Tuscany.

With the self-guided tours in this book, you’ll discover the geographic heart of Italy. Take the Renaissance Walk and tour the Uffizi Gallery to learn how Florence taught civilized living to the rest of Europe. Wander through the medieval city of Siena and find out what Pisa has to offer beyond the Leaning Tower. Relax in sunny Tuscan hill towns where you’ll enjoy full-bodied wine, the world’s best gelato, and the company of friendly locals.

Rick’s candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. You’ll learn how to get around by train, bus, or rental car and get up-to-date advice on what’s worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.


Rick Steves' Rome 2013

Rick Steves' Rome 2013
  • Number: 9781612383736
  • Release: 2012-09-11
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in the Eternal City of Rome.

With the self-guided tours in this book, you’ll walk the same streets as the Caesars and discover the secrets of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Learn how to avoid the lines at the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica. Take a night walk across the city and enjoy floodlit fountains and piazzas. Then grab a sidewalk table at the locals’ favorite trattoria and watch the world go by.

Rick’s candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. You’ll learn how to navigate the Rome Metro 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 2013

Rick Steves' London 2013
  • Number: 9781612383873
  • Release: 2012-09-04
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in London.

With the self-guided tours in this book, you’ll explore historic Big Ben, bustling Trafalgar Square, and the Tower of London?home of the crown jewels. Learn how to save time and money on the Tube, and how to avoid the mobs at the Changing of the Guard. Investigate London’s world-class museums, where you can trace Western civilization from the Magna Carta and Shakespeare to Van Gogh and Picasso. Venture into Soho’s theater district for a glitzy musical or a delicious Indian dinner. End a great day at a neighborhood pub, sharing a pint and a chat with a friendly local.

Rick’s candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants in delightful London neighborhoods. You’ll learn how to get around by bus and on the Tube, 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' Best of Europe 2013

Rick Steves' Best of Europe 2013
  • Number: 9781612383712
  • Release: 2012-08-28
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when planning a Grand Tour of Europe. In this guide, Rick covers the best of Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland. Rick’s candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. You’ll learn how to find the right bus in Rome, an inexpensive crêpe in Paris, and which museums and sights are worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.

You’ll find a healthy mix of big cities, small towns, and exciting regions, including:

London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Prague, and Barcelona

Rothenberg, Siena, Toledo, Hallstatt, and Gimmelwald

Provence, the French Riviera, the Romantic Road, the Berner Oberland, and the Cinque Terre


Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door 2013 - The Travel Skills Handbook

Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door 2013
  • Number: 9781612383699
  • Release: 2012-08-28
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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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' Snapshot Scotland 2013

Rick Steves' Snapshot Scotland 2013
  • Number: 9781598806939
  • Release: 2012-01-24
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Scotland.

In this 188-page compact guide, Rick Steves covers the best of Scotland, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, and the Northern Highlands. Tour the Edinburgh Castle, walk the Royal Mile, visit the Glasgow Cathedral, or look for Nessie in Loch Ness?you’ll get tips on the best tours, museums, festivals, and more. Rick offers firsthand advice on the best sights, eating, sleeping, and nightlife, and the maps and self-guided tours will ensure you make the most of your experience. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves Snapshot guide is a tour guide in your pocket.

Rick Steves’ Snapshot guides consist of excerpted chapters from Rick Steves’ European country guidebooks. Snapshot guides are a great choice for travelers visiting a specific city or region, rather than multiple European destinations. These slim guides offer all of Rick’s up-to-date advice on what sights are worth your time and money. They include good-value hotel and restaurant recommendations, with no introductory information (such as overall trip planning, when to go, and travel practicalities).


Rick Steves' French, Italian and German Phrase Book

Rick Steves' French, Italian and German Phrase Book
  • Number: 9781598801873
  • Release: 2008-12-02
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel, Learning & Education
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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Ordering cafe au lait in Paris, calamari in Venice, or bratwurst in Munich, it helps to speak some of the native tongue. Rick Steves, bestselling author of travel guides to Europe, offers well-tested phrases and key words to cover every situation a traveler is likely to encounter. This handy guide provides key phrases for use in everyday circumstances, complete with phonetic spelling; an English-French/Italian/German dictionary; the latest information on European currency and rail transportation, and even a tear-out cheat sheet for continued language practice. Informative, concise, and practical, Rick Steves' French, Italian and German Phrase Book is an essential item for any traveler's backpack.


Rick Steves' French Phrase Book and Dictionary

Rick Steves' French Phrase Book and Dictionary
  • Number: 9781598801866
  • Release: 2008-11-11
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel, Learning & Education
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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Bonjour! From ordering a cafe au lait in Paris to making new friends in the Loire Valley, it helps to speak some of the native tongue. Rick Steves, bestselling author of travel guides to Europe, offers well-tested phrases and key words to cover every situation a traveler is likely to encounter. This handy guide provides key phrases for use in everyday circumstances, complete with phonetic spelling; an English-French and French-English dictionary; the latest information on European currency and rail transportation, and even a tear-out cheat sheet for continued language practice as you wait in line at the Louvre. Informative, concise, and practical, Rick Steves' French Phrase Book and Dictionary is an essential item for any traveler's sac a dos.


Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book and Dictionary

Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book and Dictionary
  • Number: 9781598801880
  • Release: 2008-11-11
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel, Learning & Education
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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Buon giorno! From ordering calamari in Venice to making new friends in Tuscan hill towns, it helps to speak some of the native tongue. Rick Steves, bestselling author of travel guides to Europe, offers well-tested phrases and key words to cover every situation a traveler is likely to encounter. This handy guide provides key phrases for use in everyday circumstances, complete with phonetic spelling; an English-Italian and Italian-English dictionary; the latest information on European currency and rail transportation, and even a tear-out cheat sheet for continued language practice as you wait in line at the Sistine Chapel. Informative, concise, and practical, Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book and Dictionary is an essential item for any traveler's zainetto.


Rick Steves' Europe 101 - History and Art for the Traveler

Rick Steves' Europe 101
  • Number: 9781566915168
  • Release: 2007-05-17
  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Travel, Arts, Crafts & Supplies
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
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Now in full-color comes a witty and engaging look at Europe's history and art, from America's European travel guru. Rick Steves' Europe 101 helps you make the most of your sightseeing. A fun but informative guide, this "professor in your pocket" features chronologically organized chapters—from the pyramids to Picasso—that explain the forces behind Europe's most important cultural and artistic periods. Other features include handy lists of sights that allow you to link your newly acquired knowledge with the specific paintings, sculptures, and buildings you'll see on your trip, a humorous, readable style that is a joy to read compared with the history textbooks you slept on in school, and timelines, maps, drawings, and photos that illustrate Europe's story and round out your education.


Book Library

  • Rick Steves' Northern European Cruise Ports 2013 Rick Steves' Northern European Cruise Ports 2013
  • Rick Steves' Pocket Venice 2013 Rick Steves' Pocket Venice 2013
  • Rick Steves' Pocket Florence 2013 Rick Steves' Pocket Florence 2013
  • Rick Steves' Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels 2013 Rick Steves' Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels 2013
  • Rick Steves' Snapshot St. Petersburg, Helsinki & Tallinn Rick Steves' Snapshot St. Petersburg, Helsinki & Tallinn
  • Rick Steves' Budapest 2013 Rick Steves' Budapest 2013
  • Rick Steves' Greece 2013 Rick Steves' Greece 2013
  • Rick Steves' Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol 2013 Rick Steves' Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol 2013
  • Rick Steves' Portugal 2013 Rick Steves' Portugal 2013
  • Rick Steves' Barcelona 2013 Rick Steves' Barcelona 2013
  • Rick Steves' Snapshot Milan 2013 Rick Steves' Snapshot Milan 2013
  • Rick Steves' Snapshot Italian Lakes District 2013 Rick Steves' Snapshot Italian Lakes District 2013
  • Rick Steves' Snapshot Bath, Stonehenge & Nearby 2013 Rick Steves' Snapshot Bath, Stonehenge & Nearby 2013
  • Rick Steves' Snapshot England's Lake District 2013 Rick Steves' Snapshot England's Lake District 2013
  • Rick Steves' Snapshot York 2013 Rick Steves' Snapshot York 2013
  • Rick Steves' Spain 2013 Rick Steves' Spain 2013
  • Rick Steves' Snapshot North Wales 2013 Rick Steves' Snapshot North Wales 2013
  • Rick Steves' Ireland 2013 Rick Steves' Ireland 2013
  • Rick Steves' France 2013 Rick Steves' France 2013
  • Rick Steves' Paris 2013 Rick Steves' Paris 2013
  • Rick Steves' Italy 2013 Rick Steves' Italy 2013
  • Rick Steves' Venice 2013 Rick Steves' Venice 2013
  • Rick Steves' Great Britain 2013 Rick Steves' Great Britain 2013
  • Rick Steves' England 2013 Rick Steves' England 2013
  • Rick Steves' Florence & Tuscany 2013 Rick Steves' Florence & Tuscany 2013
  • Rick Steves' Rome 2013 Rick Steves' Rome 2013
  • Rick Steves' London 2013 Rick Steves' London 2013
  • Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door 2013 Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door 2013
  • Rick Steves' Best of Europe 2013 Rick Steves' Best of Europe 2013
  • Rick Steves' Snapshot Scotland 2013 Rick Steves' Snapshot Scotland 2013
  • Rick Steves' French, Italian and German Phrase Book Rick Steves' French, Italian and German Phrase Book
  • Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book and Dictionary Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book and Dictionary
  • Rick Steves' French Phrase Book and Dictionary Rick Steves' French Phrase Book and Dictionary
  • Rick Steves' Europe 101 Rick Steves' Europe 101