For the past few years, Rick Stevesâ€™ Audio Walking Tours of Europe have been a big hit on iTunes, racking up more than 4 million downloads. And podcasts of his Travel with Rick Steves radio show have reached an even wider audience online than the one broadcast over the airwaves. Rick Stevesâ€™ Audio Europe, a smart new app designed for iPhone, iPad, or Android, organizes all of this free content so you can easily access information that relates to your individual travel plans. Unlike most travel apps on the market, it also works offline. So once youâ€™ve downloaded a selection of files, theyâ€™re saved on the device and an internet connection is no longer needed â€“ saving you the cost of pricey European data charges or the hassle of finding a good WiFi connection. Handy PDF maps that complement the appâ€™s audio tours can be also viewed on the device or printed from a computer beforehand.
At the heart of the app is Stevesâ€™ series of 25 self-guided audio tours through some of Europeâ€™s most important museums, sights and historic walks, plus 200 tracks of travel tips and cultural insights from his radio shows. The simple and intuitive interface is unique because you can download and play not only audio files but also guided audio tours segmented by chapters with photos. It all sinks in more deeply and fluidly with Rickâ€™s voice keeping your eyes focused on the surrounding sights, too, instead of buried in the crook of a guidebook. Best of all, it comes in the trustworthy voice of everyoneâ€™s favorite public television travel geek.Â And itâ€™s free.