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Rick Steves - 7000 tours booked in 2 days

Old Jun 9th, 2021, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by barbrn View Post

This will be my 4th Rick Steves Tour. I have a strategy, I go a couple days early before the tour to relax and see a few sights, then stay a few days afterwards for independent sightseeing. My tour is not until September of 2022, (England and Wales), but it shall be a great motivator to stay healthy and fit.

Travel is back baby!! His tours are really well run, and like a lot of fellow travelers, I've been impressed with the way Rick has handled his business during the pandemic. He is a strong advocate for vaccines. He's paid his employees throughout the pandemic, which could not have been easy when the travel industry tanked.
I like that approach.

I've never taken one of his tours, but I am more likely to based on how he treated his employees during the pandemic.
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Old Jun 10th, 2021, 05:00 AM
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I would try one of his tours as long as they take me where I want to go. I found a tour with another company and they have a few I would love to take. However, I am not sure if due to the pandemic or what but no dates are available. I could contact them but I am not looking to book this year so will see. RS just doesn't have these same tours from what I can find but who knows what will happen in the future.
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Old Jun 10th, 2021, 07:44 AM
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Do you remember, after the Spanish Flu we had "roaring 20s"? So this is what we'll have in 2022. I just hope there will be no Great Depression to follow!
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Old Jun 10th, 2021, 03:24 PM
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I am definitely NOT staying home! My husband and I are both in our 70's, and we have too many places to visit on our bucket list, so we can't afford (time-wise) to stay home another year! Moving forward, I think we will be cramming a lot in to make up for what we lost in 2020 and the first half of 2021. Please don't misunderstand me. I am not complaining or feeling sorry for myself. My family, close friends and I came out of this relatively unscathed. None of us got COVID, and none of us lost jobs. We haven't seen our daughter and grandchildren who live in France for almost 2 years because of the pandemic, but at least we are all safe and healthy. My heart goes out to the people who died and to the people who lost jobs and had to wait in food lines. So I know we are the lucky ones! But crowded travel destinations will not keep us away going forward!
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Old Jun 10th, 2021, 05:04 PM
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If we're going to gossip about him let's keep reminding people where to look!
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Old Jun 11th, 2021, 07:42 AM
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We've held onto a rescheduled mid-Autumn trip to Italy (not a tour) and hope there is no Autumn surge after summer travel.

Right now I'm working on planning a Camino de Santiago walk with CaminoWays -- they book the hotels and luggage transfers etc.--for April 2022. I'm getting a sense that things are booking up there as well, given all the postponed walks and the 2021/22 "Holy Year."

Never done an RS tour--we usually don't use tours at all -- but would use one in unfamiliar countries. For ex, if/when we go to Russia we would definitely be on a tour of some kind.
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Old Jun 11th, 2021, 09:40 AM
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annw: Wise decision to go to Russia on a tour. I did an eastern Europe tour, which included St.Petersburg, and didn't get into a single venue because the lines were so long. I am sure that if you go on a tour, you'll be able to get into all those gorgeous palaces.

As for me, I have scheduled a river cruise down the Dnieper River from Kiev to Bucharest. I had planned on an extra 3 days in Bucharest and Transylvania, but lately I've been thinking I'll cancel that extra 3 days. I'm so danged old and will be even older in June 2022 that I'm thinking that the 3 extra days in Bucharest will be too much for me. I just can't walk the distances I used to walk.

I have a doc appointment in a few days to get a general rundown on my health--to see if the doc thinks I'm healthy enough to do this tour.

I have never taken a Rick Steve's tour, partly because I understand there can be some fairly strenuous walking. Besides, I like to do my own thing.

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Old Jun 11th, 2021, 03:06 PM
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I figured that it would be a busy year with less availability; Im waiting to see what the rest of 2021 will shake out of the tree. But I will say that is because I prefer hostels and hitting museums on whim. If I could afford a good hotel in Rome or Paris, just travel to be in the cities, I think Id be doing that, plus a real trip in late 2022/2023.

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Old Jun 12th, 2021, 06:16 PM
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I received a huge Road Scholar catalog today and it opened up to Thailand. I found a tour there I really like. Also the Galapagos. I've always planned my own trips - and love the planning - but I think I'm going to line up 5 "big" trips in the next 5 years and try to get them in before my health and/or my knees get in the way. I haven't looked at the RS equivalents. Will still plan my own "easy" trips.
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Old Jun 13th, 2021, 07:46 PM
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Peg, I hope you get the thumbs up to go on your trip.

I hope all Fodorites who feel ready. are able to get out and about soon!
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If we're going to gossip about him let's keep reminding people where to look!
Suze, thank you very much 🥂
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Old Jun 14th, 2021, 09:19 AM
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Well for people assuming 2022 will be safer, there is one model predicting that UK could hit 80k new cases a day this fall as the delta variant spreads all over.

More transmissible, more resistant to vaccines. Even claim t hat it's 40% more transmissible outdoors.

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