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Product Details

  • Series: Rick Steves
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing (March 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598800558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598800555
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,958,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series Rick Steves' Europe, and best-selling author of 40 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals." He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe -- and Europeans -- for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.

Over the past 20 years, Rick has hosted over 100 travel shows for public television, and numerous pledge specials (raising millions of dollars for local stations). His Rick Steves' Europe TV series is carried by over 300 stations, reaching 95 percent of U.S. markets. Rick has also created two award-winning specials for public television: Rick Steves' European Christmas and the ground-breaking Rick Steves' Iran. Rick writes and co-produces his television programs through his company, Back Door Productions.

Rick Steves also hosts a weekly public radio program, Travel with Rick Steves. With a broader approach to travel everywhere, in each hour-long program Rick interviews guest travel expert, followed by listener call-ins. Travel with Rick Steves airs across the country and has spawned a popular podcast. Rick has also created a series of audio walking tour podcasts for museums and neighborhoods in Paris, Rome, Florence and Venice (with more tours, including London, coming in 2010).

Rick self-published the first edition of his travel skills book, Europe Through the Back Door (now updated annually), in 1980. He has also written more than 40 other country, city and regional guidebooks, phrase books, and "snapshot" guides. For several years, Rick Steves' Italy has been the bestselling international guidebook sold in the U.S. In 2009, Rick tackled a new genre of travel writing with Travel as a Political Act, reflecting on how a life of travel has broadened his own perspectives, and travel can be a significant force for peace and understanding in the world. Rick's books are published by Avalon Travel, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

In addition to his guidebooks, TV and radio work, Rick is a syndicated newspaper columnist with the Tribune Media Services. He appears frequently on television, radio, and online as the leading authority on European travel.

Rick took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. By the time he reached 18, Rick jokes, "I realized I didn't need my parents to travel!" He began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started Europe Through the Back Door (ETBD), a business which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a well-traveled staff of 70 full-time employees. ETBD offers free travel information through its travel center, website (www.ricksteves.com), European Railpass Guide, and free travel newsletters. ETBD also runs a successful European tour program with more than 300 departures -- attracting around 10,000 travelers -- annually.

Rick is outspoken on the need for Americans to fit better into our planet by broadening their perspectives through travel. He is also committed to his own neighborhood. He's an active member of the Lutheran church (and has hosted the ELCA's national video productions). He's a board member of NORML (working to reform marijuana laws in the USA). And Rick has provided his local YWCA with a 24-unit apartment building with which to house homeless mothers.

Rick Steves spends about a third of every year in Europe, researching guidebooks, filming TV shows, and making new discoveries for travelers. He lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington, where his office window overlooks his old junior high school.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ed Kohler on May 27, 2007
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I just got back from a trip to Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro planned by my wife using this book. The sites, restaurants, and lodging recommended by Steves are exactly how he describes them: interesting and affordable. Exactly what we were looking for.

If you're looking for tips on hot night-life scenes or a hostel hopping trip, this isn't the book for you. It's more for people who enjoy great food, comfortable and clean hotels, and learning about the history and culture of areas they visit.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris on June 5, 2007
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I've been to Europe 3 times and used National Geographic, Eyewitness and now Rick Steves. Except for the pretty pictures in the other two, they just don't compare to Rick's guide.

If your not familiar with Rick's guids here is the difference: They are written from the point of view of a real traveler.

This guide tells you (in ricks opinion and/or his staff) what's worth seeing, how to get there, where to stay, where to eat. Second it goes so far as to give hours, email, phone and real prices (as well as comments like "overly perfumed rooms") for every hotel/restaurant in the book. This is exactly the insight you need when your showing up in a foreign country and a big step above the generic information found in other guides.

I highly recommend that if you're going to buy this book, you do it before you book a single thing on your trip.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Balto Reader on January 11, 2008
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I was in Montenegro for business and took a 3-day trip to see Dubrovnik. This guidebook was excellent for seeing the town. You don't need any other guidebook. Additionally, it was perfect for touring the "Bay of Kotor" area of Montenegro, which is a popular day-trip from Dubrovnik.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Momof3 on June 14, 2007
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I used Rick Steve's throughout Germany and Belgium and his tips and recommendations were spot on. We are now planning a trip to Italy and Croatia and I am once again, using his money & time saving tips, and recommendations on where to stay.

If you want to be simply a tourist, then Rick Steve's is not for you. If you want to truly experience a culture and have a great time then use his book.
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I am traveling to Croatia and Slovenia in May. I was looking for a book that would describe many of the places I will be visiting. This book was exactly what I was looking for -- it had just enough detail and information. Rick really knows Europe and I find his opinions to be very much like my own. He takes you to the places that are really worth seeing. This book is a must if you are going to Croatia or Slovenia.
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The book was extremely helpful in my travels in Croatia. Some of his suggestions saved money and time, as well as helping us find things, decide where to stay and what to eat, and navigate the transportation options. As he said, one should pony up the few extra dollars and buy the newest edition, which we didn't, but still it was a great help.
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