Good Morning. There has been a packing thread the last few days on which several folks mentioned tours by Sarah Murdoch. An easy google search will find her. It seems Sarah is working for has worked with RS.
Her website describes her tours this way:
Our concept is to provide the same reliable quality of a Rick Steves
tour in places that Rick doesn’t go–Asia, Africa, South America. While
the format is what we’ve learned from Rick, these tours are a little
more edgy, perfect for anyone ready to find real adventure.
The packing thread was the first time I heard of Sarah and her tours, so I cannot provide any additional info. However, often, this forum gets requests about RS-like tours in places other than Europe. Maybe this will be helpful. Thank you to the posters on the other thread for sharing this info.