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Kick off your next Europe trip with Rick Steves
Just about any guidebook series will cover Europe...but none of them know Europe the way Rick Steves does. Giving people the tools they need to be smart travelers is Rick's passion, and his guides help travelers see Europe with a minimum of "tourist trap" and a maximum of local flavor.
If you've never been to Europe before (or if it's been a very long time), start with his classic on how to travel in Europe, Europe Through the Back Door. Updated annually, this guide tells you everything you need to know about how to get there and how to get around; finding places to stay and eat; and how to make the best use of your time, without getting skin't. (Unlike the backpacker guides, it's not just about penny-pinching; it's about knowing how things work so you avoid spending time and money needlessly, leaving you more for the things you're there to enjoy.)
Rick's detailed country and city guides tell you what's underappreciated and what's overrated; give you succinct and thoughtful walking and museum tours; and fill you in on local favorites, including smaller hotels and restaurants. And don't overlook his phrasebooks and background guides like Europe 101--they'll take you beyond the treadmill of cathedrals and museums and turn seeing into understanding.
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Updated annually, Rick Steves' classic guide tells you everything you need to know about getting to Europe and getting around; finding places to stay and eat; and making the best use of your time, without getting skin't. (Unlike the backpacker guides, it's not just about penny-pinching; it's about knowing how things work so you avoid spending time and money needlessly, leaving you more for the things you're there to enjoy.)
Cruises around the Baltic and North Seas are increasingly popular, as a way to sample a variety of cultures and countries in a short time. But when it comes to shore excursions, planning them on your own can be daunting. Rick Steves makes it all simple, with one-day itineraries in or near 18 of the most popular ports of call in northern Europe. He'll give you self-guided walks and tours, and tell you which excursions are best for a guided tour...and which you can confidently tackle on your own.
By many accounts, this is the most popular guidebook in America! Rick makes Italy approachable, manageable and enjoyable. Guided tours of all the major museums help you see the best works, without getting bogged down, and his helpful charts of what's open when help you make the most of your time in each city.
Remember your European history textbook from high school or college? Of course not! Turns out, though, Europe's history is really interesting, and it's filled with amazing art. Rick Steves and his co-author Gene Openshaw bring Europe to life in this fun but informative classic.