Rick Steves, the European Travel Expert, announces the release of his free app, Rick Steves’ Audio Europe, for Android, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Designed to help heighten traveler’s sightseeing experience, it organizes Steves’ vast library of audio files — 25 audio walking tours of Europe’s top sights plus 200 tracks of travel tips and cultural insights from his radio shows — into geographic-specific playlists covering all of Europe. Interested travelers can learn more at www.ricksteves.com or go directly to the iTunes App Store. Rick Steves is known for his popular European travel guidebooks, hosts a travel show on public television and talks about smart travel on public radio on Saturdays.
For the past few years, ‘Rick Steves’ Audio Walking Tours’ for Europe’s top sights and museums have been a big hit on iTunes, with more than 4 million downloads. And podcasts of his ‘Travel with Rick Steves’ public radio show have reached an even broader audience online than through broadcast. Rick Steves’ Audio Europe organizes this audio library so travelers can enjoy ready access to the information that relates specifically to their travel plans. At the heart of this app is Rick Steves’ series of 25 self-guided audio tours through Europe’s most important museums, sights and historic walks. In London, Paris, Venice, Florence, and Rome, Rick’s voice will keep travelers’ eyes focused on the wonders that surround them — not buried in a guidebook. “This app thrills the tour guide in me,” explains Steves. “The combination of hearing about the art as you see it heightens your ability to really appreciate it. It all sinks in more deeply and fluidly than the disconnectedness of the experience when your eyes jump back and forth from book to masterpiece, again and again. It frees you up to maximize your focus and be in the artistic moment.”
Rick Steves’ Audio Europe is designed to be used at home or on the road. Travelers always encounter downtime (riding on trains, for example), so, unlike most travel apps on the market, it also works offline. Once a user downloads their selection of files, they are saved on the device and a connection is not needed to listen. This will save travelers the cost of pricey European data charges and the hassle of finding a good WiFi connection.