My wife and I have been Rick Steves fans for many years, including going on tours of Spain and England. We will definitely be going on more RS tours in the coming years. For our next adventure though, we are thinking about going to Japan or Vietnam and are interested in a 'Rick Steves-type' tour in one of those countries. Can you recommend any companies that provide the RS style, quality and itinerary in those countries? Thanks,
Take a look at Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT). I have taken one trip with them and am signed up for another one next month.
I would look at the Tauck company.
Quality tours to places Rick Steves tours do not cover.
Asia, Australia, Africa, Egypt, and more.
We are also thinking Japan. I’m looking at Inside Japan and Samuri Tours. Inside Japan has self guided tours similar to RS my way tours.
The Travelphile: https://thetravelphile.com/
The owner is named Trish, a native of the Philippines. She used to be a Rick Steves tour guide and researcher. I met Trish once in Chicago during a Rick Steves lecture. She's wonderful.
She offers tours of Vietnam, as well as those in Europe and the Middle East.
Sarah Murdoch, who worked as an RS guide for many years, and co-wrote the Sicily guidebook, has her own company now, adventureswithsarah.net and she offers tours to Vietnam and is going to be offering a trip to Japan. You can get a sense of her style and approach through her many videos.