I take a Rick Steves tour every year (it’s so much more fun than leading them) — and I know I’ll be staying in hotels that are warm, welcoming, ideally located, and often family-run. Here in Óbidos, Portugal, I opened my window each morning and marveled at our setting — peace and beauty you just can’t park a tour bus in front of. Our tour members understand that you earn that magic. They pack light and are ready to walk a couple of blocks to our awaiting bus.
The tour guide inside me loves departure mornings — I find myself singing the Rawhide theme as our tour groups load up and ride away. Head ‘em up…move ‘em on!
(You can find out more about our tours at https://www.ricksteves.com/tours — and if you’d like to learn how to pack as light as our tour members do, you can find lots of tips at https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/packing-light.)