‘Comrades No More’: Rick Steves cancels all tours that include Russia

The following is republished with permission from the Feb. 24 Rick Steves Europe travel blog:

Today is a profoundly sad day. Russia’s aggressive action is heartbreaking for the death, suffering, and economic turmoil it will cause in Ukraine and, indirectly at least, beyond. Here at Rick Steves’ Europe, we hope that a diplomatic solution can be found and peace will return to that fragile and long-suffering part of our world.

Our mission at RSE is to help Americans better know and understand our neighbors through travel. But when we bring travelers to another country, we also bring their dollars — dollars that would support Putin’s aggression. Therefore, as of today, we have canceled all 2022 tours that include a stop in Russia.

Of course, we will keep a close eye on unfolding events and monitor any travel impacts through the rest of Europe. But it is important to keep geographic realities in mind and remember that a war in Ukraine is as far from our European vacation dreams as a war in Guatemala would be from Texas or Florida. For 40 years now, we have lived, worked, and traveled through many periods of tragic warfare in lands far from where we lead our tours (and some closer). And at this time, we see no reason to change the rest of our travel and touring plans.

The tragic reality unfolding in Ukraine only reminds me how important it is for Americans to keep on traveling and to do so in a way that makes us better and more engaged citizens of our world. I’m flying to Europe next month for a 40-day trip through a dozen great cities from London to Athens — and I’m proud that thousands of my fellow travelers will experience the European trip of their dreams while having rich learning experiences far from home on a 2022 Rick Steves tour.

In the meantime, let’s be thankful for our blessings, support our nation’s leaders as they do their best to navigate this crisis, and keep the troubled corners of our world (Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan, and more) in our thoughts and prayers.

—Rick 

6 Replies to “‘Comrades No More’: Rick Steves cancels all tours that include Russia”

  1. Well done,Rick. I contacted a tour company I used in St.Petersburg.She said of course it is the politicians waging war,not the Russian people, Thousands came out in St,Petersburg to show their anger against Putin and to stop the war.

  2. Rick Steves went to Iran. It is my favorite VLog series of his. Ukraine is incredibly corrpupt. The US President and Speaker of the House have sons who have/had no-show jobs as boardmembers of the largest oil Ukrainian oil companies. The President’s son received large cash gifts from the window of a Moscow mayor. Why was Ukraine on the docket in the first place? Why is it off the table now? There is a weird affinity between the US Democrat Party and Ukraine. Lots of Americans seem to be changing their Ukrainian plans.

    1. Matt Richardson, I believe you are off topic.
      It is RUSSIAN tours that are cancelled because of Putin’s aggression against Ukraine. I see no need for political mud slinging in this discussion but if we were talking corrupt countries or states, Russian and the leadership again comes to mind.

      1. This comment thread is likely to veer even more off topic, I fear, so I’m closing it — Teresa

  3. I am glad to see RSE taking a stand and not contributing to the coffers of Russia. I have sympathy for the people of Russia who will of course suffer the brunt of sanctions and the like but I believe we must stand up for the people of Ukraine, even when it hits us in our pockets. And it will.

  4. Rick Steve
    I command you for your act of cancelling all tours to Russia. Also, do the same to Lebanon to get the Iranian aggression out. Afifi Durr

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