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June 15, 2009 at 11:54 AM

New Rick Steves iPhone app: pocket tours and potty finder, $4.99

Heading to Paris or Rome with your iPhone?

You lucky dogs may be interested in new iPhone Apps from Edmonds travel guru Rick Steves.

The apps are multimedia walking tours that show your location and can be tapped to present more information about nearby sites, history and viewpoints.

A compass icon can be used to find nearby hotels and restaurants, with prices and phone numbers, plus the nearest restrooms.

The latter feature could be worth the $4.99 price per tour.

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Publisher Avalon Travel today announced the first four apps, which are sold individually: Rick Steves’ Historic Paris Walk & Tour, Rick Steves’ Louvre Tour, Rick Steves’ Orsay Museum Tour, and Rick Steves’ St. Peter’s Basilica Tour. Coming by July are tours of Versailles and the Roman Forum and Colosseum.

The apps also include a “pull-down” audio player to hear Steves talk about sections of a tour or work. Some sights also include video clips from his PBS travel show.

They’re also self-contained, so they won’t cause roaming charges after they’re downloaded (other than the price of the trip …).

Seattle developer Ubermind Inc. built the apps.

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