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Rick Steves is on a mission: to help make European travel accessible and meaningful .
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  • Series: Rick Steves
  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; Revised edition (November 28, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1566918626
  • ASIN: B001Q3M6S4
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,023,454 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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Rick Steves gives the best advice for travel.
Nancy A. Gomulinski
This is the best book you will find for a visit to London.
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If you're traveling to London, this is the book for you.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Foster on December 29, 2007
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If you're traveling to London, this is the book for you. Look no further. Mr. Steves offers an everyperson's perspective on the makeup of the city, how to get there, and how to enjoy yourself once you're there; all within thrifty, modest or splurge budgets. From the engaging narrative to the hand-drawn maps, this book is well-constructed, thorough, and insightful. Don't get on the plane without it...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ~JudyR on April 1, 2008
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...where my family of 5 stayed for 7 days. We took a DK guide book, Frommer's guide book and this one. We favored Steves' book so much that by the end of the week we were carrying only this book and didn't bother looking at the others. For any future trips I will invest in Rick Steves' book first and only.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By travlin5 on July 18, 2008
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I am in London right now delighted with how helpful this book is. Many guide books try to give too much information and end up more like phone books. This book is perfect in that it gives you the most important information about what is worth seeing. His tips on saving time and money are right on. This is the best book you will find for a visit to London.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nelson T. Floyd on May 31, 2008
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My wife and I returned for our 4th trip to London last spring and the most current edition of this book has always gone with me. I tear it apart while I'm there, taking sections with me for the day as I explore. It is updated annually so I always get the newest version before I leave. Rick's guides are not comprehensive - they don't list every hotel or eatery - but they do filter out the best ones in each area of town and that is what I want in a guide book. Recommendations on hotels, sites, local culture and transportation are more valuable than those on eateries. Maps are simple but accurate, providing enough direction to keep you from getting lost while still encouraging you to wander a bit and discover your own gems. There is a heavy emphasis on history, the arts and experiencing life with the locals. The abbreviated tours - like the one of the National Gallery - help you see the "best of" the site when you don't have time to see it all. First timers, don't leave home without it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nancy A. Gomulinski on February 27, 2008
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Rick Steves gives the best advice for travel. We have always used his books and we were never disappointed in the recommendations he makes. Would not travel without the advice from his guide books.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Lucier on February 21, 2008
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Rick Steves includes great tours in the book.
He also finds great cheap eats.
I love his guides.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 19, 2008
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This was a great book for maximizing our time in London. It is very thorough and a great resource that covered all aspects of our travel. I wish I had read it more thoroughly before we went, but it was great as we traveled. Next time we will avoid more of the lines and get our museum passes and discounted tickets where Rick recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KayBee on June 3, 2008
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I loved this book. I used it to help plan my trip beforehand and it helped me re-evaluate the plan when I couldn't cover all the stops I wanted.
The information was very accurate with great tips.
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