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Rick Steves' Europe

Website: http://www.ricksteves.com
Next Airing: Thu, Sep 19th, 2019 at 10:31 PM on KUED-HD

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RICK STEVES' EUROPE offers a fresh perspective on the best travel advice, including where to stay, what to see and how to get around in Europe. Rick Steves shares his extensive knowledge of European history, art and culture. His years as America's most popular European guidebook author blends with his relaxed but informative style to make this one of public television's most popular series.

Episodes:

  • North England's Lake District and Durham

    Hiking through the Cumbrian Lake District-England's green and pristine mountain playground-we admire idyllic lakes, discover misty waterfalls, tour a slate mine, and conquer stony summits. And we'll meet the locals-and their beloved dogs and sheep-everywhere. Then we play a little cricket, hike Hadrian's Wall, and are dazzled by Durham's Norman cathedral.

    Next Airing: Thu, Sep 19th, 2019 at 10:31 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2012 to 5/31/2022
  • Venice: City of Dreams

    After sorting through the monuments of Venice's powerful past, we trace its decline from Europe's most powerful city to its most hedonistic one. We cruise the Grand Canal, luxuriate in a venerable cafe, and savor fresh fish canalside with Venetian friends. Becoming as anonymous as possible in this city of masks, we'll be dazzled by masterpieces of the Venetian Renaissance and get intimate with the city of Casanova...on a gondola under the moonlight.

    Next Airing: Fri, Sep 20th, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2012 to 5/31/2022
  • European Festivals I

    In this first of two episodes on Europe's greatest festivals, Rick cheers with the masses at Siena's crazy Palio horse race, tosses a caber at a Scottish Highland Games, dons a mask for Carnevale in Venice, and celebrates Easter in Greece. Dropping in on some of the Continent's top parties, he discovers that each one is a celebration of traditional culture, and all of them are full of opportunities to sing and dance, feast on traditional food, and party with locals.

    Next Airing: Sun, Sep 22nd, 2019 at 12:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 10/5/2023
  • Venice and Its Lagoon

    Venice, more than any other European city, has an endlessly seductive charm. For centuries, it was nicknamed La Serenissima, "The Most Serenely Beautiful One"-and for good reason. Along with sampling the sumptuous art treasures of Venice and exploring its back-street wonders, we cruise its lagoon, stopping in fiery Murano for glass, pastel Burano for lace, and murky Torcello for a sense of where Venice was born.

    Next Airing: Thu, Sep 26th, 2019 at 10:31 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2012 to 5/31/2022
  • European Travel Skills, Part I

    The first episode in this three-part mini-series distills Rick Steves' 30 years of travel experience into 30 minutes of practical advice on how to have a fun, affordable, and culturally broadening trip to Europe. Shot on location in Amsterdam, Germany's Rhineland, Venice, Siena, the Italian Riviera, the Swiss Alps, Paris, and London, these episodes cover Rick's favorite 3,000-mile European loop while providing viewers with essential travel skills. We cover tips on planning an itinerary, hurdling the language barrier, driving and catching the train, avoiding scams, eating well, sleeping smart, staying safe, and everything you need to enjoy the best possible experience.

    Next Airing: Fri, Sep 27th, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2012 to 5/31/2022
  • European Festivals II

    In this second of two episodes on Europe's greatest festivals, Rick dances with Spaniards at Sevilla's April Fair, celebrates Bastille Day in Paris, runs with the bulls at Pamplona, and hoists a frothy stein at Munich's Oktoberfest. And he celebrates a traditional family Christmas, browsing the holiday market in Nurnberg and sledding down alpine slopes by torchlight in Switzerland. With the entire Continent as his playground, fun is his mission.

    Next Airing: Sun, Sep 29th, 2019 at 12:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 10/5/2023
  • European Travel Skills, Part II

    The second episode in this three-part mini-series distills Rick Steves' 30 years of travel experience into 30 minutes of practical advice on how to have a fun, affordable, and culturally broadening trip to Europe. Shot on location in Amsterdam, Germany's Rhineland, Venice, Siena, the Italian Riviera, the Swiss Alps, Paris, and London, these episodes cover Rick's favorite 3,000-mile European loop while providing viewers with essential travel skills. We cover tips on planning an itinerary, hurdling the language barrier, driving and catching the train, avoiding scams, eating well, sleeping smart, staying safe, and everything you need to enjoy the best possible experience.

    Next Airing: Mon, Sep 30th, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2012 to 5/31/2022
  • European Travel Skills, Part III

    The last episode in this three-part mini-series distills Rick Steves' 30 years of travel experience into 30 minutes of practical advice on how to have a fun, affordable, and culturally broadening trip to Europe. Shot on location in Amsterdam, Germany's Rhineland, Venice, Siena, the Italian Riviera, the Swiss Alps, Paris, and London,these episodes cover Rick's favorite 3,000-mile European loop while providing viewers with essential travel skills. We cover tips on planning an itinerary, hurdling the language barrier, driving and catching the train, avoiding scams, eating well, sleeping smart, staying safe, and everything you need to enjoy the best possible experience.

    Next Airing: Tue, Oct 1st, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2012 to 5/31/2022
  • Western Turkey

    From the port of Kusadasi, we wander the streets of ancient Ephesus, soak in a natural spa at Pamukkale, learn why the dervishes whirl at Konya, munch lunch in a Turkish pizzeria, and cruise the Mediterranean on a traditional Turkish gulet from Antalya. Turkey is a mighty nation whose ancient heritage, Muslim faith, and western ways are coming together...and we'll see how.

    Next Airing: Wed, Oct 2nd, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/4/2014 to 10/3/2020
  • Central Turkey

    We marvel at the fascinating landscape of Cappadocia from high above in a balloon...and from deep below, prowling an underground city where Christians once hid out. We'll join a circumcision party, explore troglodyte ghost towns, shop for sheep at the market, and chat with an imam. Then we enjoy the modern capital, Ankara, and pay our respects to the father of modern Turkey, Ataturk.

    Next Airing: Thu, Oct 3rd, 2019 at 10:35 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/4/2014 to 10/3/2020
  • France's Loire: Chateau Country

    Along the Loire River Valley, the beautiful French countryside is studded with evocative chateaux. Home-basing in Amboise, we visit four unique castles: elegant Chenonceau, massive Chambord, stately Cheverny, and fragrant Villandry. Along the way, we tour Leonardo's home, feed hunting dogs, enjoy the local cuisine, and savor a princely garden.

    Next Airing: Fri, Oct 4th, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/4/2014 to 10/3/2020
  • The Best of Sicily

    This tour of Sicilian highlights starts in Palermo, where Rick sings with the merchants in the markets, joins locals in their passeggiata, drops in on a contessa, and marvels at the Romanesque cathedral of Monreale. Then he sips wine on the slopes of Mount Etna, munches cannoli, ponders Greek temples at Agrigento, admires Roman mosaics at the Villa of Casale, and marvel at the view from the Greek theater in Taormina.

    Next Airing: Sun, Oct 6th, 2019 at 12:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 10/5/2023
  • Paris Side-Trips

    Side-tripping from Paris into the Ile-de-France, we indulge in the world of royal and aristocratic extravagance in the pre-Revolutionary playground of France's elite. We explore Versailles, Europe's palace of palaces; exquisite Vaux le Vicomte; and extravagant Fontainebleau, home to centuries of French rulers. We'll also marvel at the glass and statuary of Chartres cathedral and dine like kings.

    Next Airing: Mon, Oct 7th, 2019 at 10:33 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/4/2014 to 10/3/2020
  • The Best of Israel

    We start in Jerusalem, alive with religious tradition and passion - Christian, Muslim, and Jewish. We then visit cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, with its in-love-with-life beaches; ponder the sad fortress of Masada; and join pilgrims at biblical sights around the Sea of Galilee. We'll also pay our respects at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, drop into an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, and savor the local cuisine.

    Next Airing: Tue, Oct 8th, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/4/2014 to 10/3/2020
  • Palestine

    Palestine is the Muslim and Arab half of the Holy Land. After visiting Jerusalem, we harvest olives near Ramallah, follow pilgrims to the place of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, approach Abraham's tomb - as both Jews and Muslims do - in Hebron, drop in on friends for dinner, and bob in the Dead Sea. We'll also learn about walls, Israeli settlements, and the challenges facing this region.

    Next Airing: Wed, Oct 9th, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/4/2014 to 10/3/2020
  • Italy's Riviera: Cinque Terre

    Exploring Italy's most remote and romantic stretch of Riviera, we visit five tiny port towns: dramatic Vernazza, surrounded by vineyards; reclusive Corniglia, high on its bluff; pastel Manarola; hardscrabble Riomaggiore; and the pint-sized resort of Monterosso. Fishing for anchovies, sipping wine out of rustic barrels, and savoring twinkling Mediterranean vistas, we enjoy the ultimate Riviera adventure.

    Next Airing: Thu, Oct 10th, 2019 at 10:33 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/4/2014 to 10/3/2020
  • Italy's Veneto: Verona, Padua, and Ravenna

    In the shadow of Venice, we visit three great cities. Padua is famed for its venerable university, precious Giotto frescoes, and pilgrim-packed Basilica. Verona is a hit with aficionados of Roman ruins and Romeo and Juliet fans. And Ravenna, with its shimmering mosaics, was once the western bastion of the Byzantine Empire. We enliven each stop with a tasty dose of Italian dolce vita.

    Next Airing: Fri, Oct 11th, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/4/2014 to 10/3/2020
  • Sicilian Delights

    Sicily serves up a full-bodied and tasty travel experience. Rick dines on fresh seafood at the fisherman's harbor in Cefalù, ponders ancient Greek greatness in Siracusa, communes with monks - alive and departed - in a Capuchin crypt, sleeps in an olive orchard at an agriturismo, and eats his way through a classic Sicilian banquet with a famous chef.

    Next Airing: Sun, Oct 13th, 2019 at 12:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 10/5/2023
  • Amsterdam

    Europe's best-preserved 17th-century city, Amsterdam is quaint and jarring, traditional and modern. Filled with history and happy-go-lucky, it's a delight to explore. Uniquely entertaining Amsterdam shows us Rembrandts and Van Goghs, more bikes than cars, flirting prostitutes, and pot-filled coffeeshops - all under tall, skinny facades leaning out below quaint church towers.

    Next Airing: Mon, Oct 14th, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/4/2014 to 10/3/2020
  • The Netherlands Beyond Amsterdam

    By train, bike, and boat, we visit the top Dutch sights outside of Amsterdam: from Haarlem to Rotterdam, and from Delft to the Zuiderzee. Along the way, we enjoy charming towns with fragrant cheese markets, soggy polderland, mighty dikes, and windmills both new and old. Rolling through the Netherlands and connecting with its people, you can't help but think, "Everything's so... Dutch!"

    Next Airing: Tue, Oct 15th, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/4/2014 to 10/3/2020
  • Prague

    The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is the best-preserved Baroque city in Central Europe. We experience its massive castle, beloved statue-lined bridge, evocative Jewish Quarter, and thrilling 20th-century history while enjoying its infectious love of music and perhaps the best beer in Europe. With a beautifully preserved Old Town, Prague deserves its nickname: the Golden City of a Hundred Spires.

    Next Airing: Wed, Oct 16th, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/4/2014 to 10/3/2020
  • Berlin

    A tumultuous 20th century left Berlin filled with powerful sights - from evocative memorials, to surviving bits of its communist and fascist days, to its glass-domed Reichstag. We enjoy its now-trendy east side, its people-friendly riverfront, and its vibrant social scene. Reunited Berlin - perhaps the fastest changing and most happening city in Europe - is entertaining more visitors than ever.

    Next Airing: Thu, Oct 17th, 2019 at 10:35 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/4/2014 to 10/3/2020
  • Germany's Hamburg and the Luther Trail

    Hamburg, Germany's mighty port city has risen from the ashes of World War II with a gleaming new skyline and a brisk creative energy. From there, Rick visits the great historic sights of Martin Luther and the Reformation (Erfurt, Wittenberg, and Wartburg Castle) before finishing in the capital of Franconia: wine-loving Wurzburg.

    Next Airing: Fri, Oct 18th, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/8/2016 to 10/7/2021
  • Scotland's Highlands

    The Highlands stoke kilted dreams of Scotland...where legends of Bonnie Prince Charlie swirl around lonely castles. Rick visits the "Weeping Glen" of Glencoe, bustling Inverness, and the battlefield at Culloden. Then he makes a pilgrimage to the spiritual capital of a major clan, and goes prehistoric at Stone Age burial grounds and Iron Age island forts. Venturing along the Caledonian Canal and watching for Nessie at Loch Ness, Rick watches a sheepdog demonstration and enjoys traditional folk music.

    Next Airing: Sun, Oct 20th, 2019 at 12:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 10/5/2023
  • Germany's Dresden and Leipzig

    Saxony, part of the former East Germany, remains a secret to most travelers. Rick visits the two great cities of the region: the capital city of Dresden, with the opulent palaces and art treasures of the Wettin dynasty, and Leipzig, with its Bach heritage, a massive monument to the day Europe beat Napoleon, and museums remembering its communist heritage.

    Next Airing: Mon, Oct 21st, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/8/2016 to 10/7/2021
  • Germany's Frankfurt and Nurnberg

    Skyscraper-studded Frankfurt - with so much commerce it's nicknamed "Bankfurt" - has a delightful-to-explore old center. Rick also visits Nurnberg, a capital for both the First Reich (the Holy Roman Empire) and the Third. From its towering castle and playful fountains to its Nazi Documentation Center and maze of underground bomb shelters, Nurnberg is a fascinating study in contrasts.

    Next Airing: Tue, Oct 22nd, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/8/2016 to 10/7/2021
  • Bulgaria

    Bulgaria, so mysterious to most Americans, has a vivid identity as a crossroads of the Balkans. Rick traces the country's complex history, from ancient Thracian tombs to medieval Orthodox Christian monasteries to Soviet monuments. And he enjoys an intimate taste of contemporary culture: the yellow brick road of Sofia; the gregarious craftspeople of the medieval capital, Veliko Tarnovo; and the thriving pedestrian zones of cosmopolitan Plovdiv.

    Next Airing: Wed, Oct 23rd, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/8/2016 to 10/7/2021
  • Romania

    Rick and his team tour Romania's vibrant capital, Bucharest, with its "Little Paris of the East" architecture and lingering reminders of a brutal communist dictator. Then they head into Transylvania, where they visit fortified churches, cobbled merchant towns like Sighisoara, and castles made famous by an imported German king and the real-life Dracula. Finally, they explore Maramures, where everyday life still feels like an open-air folk museum.

    Next Airing: Thu, Oct 24th, 2019 at 10:35 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/8/2016 to 10/7/2021
  • Assisi and Italian Country Charm

    In the Italian countryside, Rick connects with rustic, traditional culture: enjoying an agriturismo (farmhouse inn), seeing how prosciutto and pecorino cheese are made, and hiking down into deep and ancient wine cellars. He ends in Assisi - the hometown of St. Francis - which retains its spiritual aura to this day. Like pilgrims, he explores its stony center before trekking to its awe-inspiring basilica, built on the tomb of the beloved saint.

    Next Airing: Fri, Oct 25th, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/8/2016 to 10/7/2021
  • Scotland's Islands

    Rick begins on the tranquil Isle of Iona, where Christianity first reached the shores of Scotland, and nearby Staffa, with a lovable puffin colony. Then he visits another of the Inner Hebrides, road-tripping across the Isle of Skye, where he explores Iron Age forts, thatched crofter huts, and the dramatic Trotternish Peninsula. Finally, he sails to Orkney - more Nordic than Celtic - with its stony remnants of a thriving Iron Age civilization and evocative reminders of the 20th-century wartime harbor at Scapa Flow.

    Next Airing: Sun, Oct 27th, 2019 at 12:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 10/5/2023
  • Siena and Tuscany's Wine Country

    Siena, once a proud and independent city-state, retains its confidence and unique traditions. Rick enjoys a front-row seat at its wild horse race - the venerable Palio - and marvel at cultural treasures from the days when Siena rivaled Florence for leadership of Tuscany. Then he heads into wine country for a little dolce vita under the Tuscan sun.

    Next Airing: Mon, Oct 28th, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/8/2016 to 10/7/2021
  • West England

    The quintessence of charming England is the "West Country": quaint Cotswold villages with their fine churches, manor homes, and gastropubs; Wells, England's smallest cathedral town; and the New Age capital of Glastonbury, with its legends of the Holy Grail and King Arthur. He finishes by pondering the dramatic prehistoric stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury.

    Next Airing: Tue, Oct 29th, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/8/2016 to 10/7/2021
  • Southeast England

    Arcing along the southeast coast of England, Rick travels from Canterbury (with its famous cathedral) to Dover (stoutly fortified from Roman times to the Battle of Britain). Then he hikes the trails that top the towering chalk cliffs of the South Downs, wander into the beachy resort of Brighton (England's Coney Island), and push on to Portsmouth, whose naval heritage has left it with the best collection of historic sailing ships anywhere.

    Next Airing: Wed, Oct 30th, 2019 at 10:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/8/2016 to 10/7/2021
  • England's Cornwall

    The far southwest of England is a world unto itself, with a persistent Cornish culture. He explores a world of flowers springing from towering hedges, a tin-mining heritage going back to biblical times, salty pirates' towns and fishing villages, and the Land's End of England. Then, side-tripping deep into the vast and mysterious Dartmoor National Park, he hikes to forgotten stone circles and chase wild ponies.

    Next Airing: Thu, Oct 31st, 2019 at 10:35 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/8/2016 to 10/7/2021
  • Glasgow and Scottish Passions

    Glasgow, once an industrial powerhouse, offers a fun look at Scotland's vibrantly gritty urban side - full of edgy street art, trendy dining, and the striking architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Leaving town, Rick taps into Scottish passions as he tours historic Stirling Castle, enjoys a bagpiping lesson, samples a dram at the land's most beloved distilleries on the Speyside Whisky Trail, and struggles to lift the Manhood Stone at a Highland Games.

    Next Airing: Sun, Nov 3rd, 2019 at 12:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 10/5/2023
  • Andalucia, Gibraltar and Tangier

    Exploring Andalucia, we experience the quintessence of Spanish culture. Starting up high, in Spain's whitewashed hill towns, we roll down to the coast to enjoy the windsurfing mecca of Tarifa. Then we catch a bit of Britain on the Rock of Gibraltar, and sail to Africa for a Moroccan finale in Tangier.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/2/2010 to 9/30/2019
  • Basque Country

    The homeland of the proud and resiliant Basque people is split between France and Spain. From our San Sebastian home base, we tour the ancient Basque capital of Gernika, the dazzling Guggenheim Modern in Bilbao, and then cross into France for more Basque Country charms. From yummy tapa bars to lightning-fast jai alai games, we'll experience Basque culture at its most vivid.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/2/2010 to 9/30/2019
  • Copenhagen

    Denmark's capital is the most fun-loving in Scandinavia. As we get to know Copenhagen, we'll discover reminders of its Viking history and symbols of its proudly independent ways today. We'll stroll through Europe's first great pedestrian zone, ogle crown jewels in the palace and take a bike ride through a famous hippie squatter community, finishing at Copenhagen's full-time carnival, Tivoli Gardens.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/4/2008 to 5/31/2022
  • Croatia: Adriatic Delights

    A fascinating land with a hard-fought history in a complex corner of Europe, Croatia is emerging as one of Europe's top destinations. Sampling the very best of Croatia, we start by exploring the fabled Dalmatian Coast from dramatic Dubrovnik to crusty Adriatic island ports. Heading inland, we hike through Plitvice Lakes National Park and enjoy the thriving capital city Zagreb. Our Croatian finale: the Istrian Peninsula and its enchanting port town of Rovinj.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/2/2010 to 9/30/2019
  • Denmark: Beyond Copenhagen

    Using Copenhagen as a spring board, we'll visit the very best of Denmark. Aarhus welcomes us with its ruddy affluence, charming open air museum and eerily well-preserved ancient bog man. Roskilde impresses visitors with its royal burial church and the best Viking ship museum anywhere. And the delightfully quaint Isle of Aero beckons a bike ride among thatched cottages, "snooping mirrors", and cobbled alleyways that reminds us of the world of Hans Christian Andersen.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/4/2008 to 5/31/2022
  • Dubrovnik and Balkan Side-Trips

    Nestled inside its mighty ramparts is Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic." From this remarkably preserved medieval fortress city, we venture into less-touristed corners of the former Yugoslavia. In Bosnia, we visit Mostar - war-torn in the 90s, but bursting with promise today. In Montenegro, we sail the fjord-like Bay of Kotor and explore its mysterious, mountainous interior.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/2/2010 to 9/30/2019
  • Florence: Heart of the Renaissance

    Fifteenth-century Florence was the home of the Renaissance and the birthplace of our modern world. In this first of two episodes, we gaze into the self-assured eyes of Michelangelo's David, enjoy Botticelli's Birth of Venus, delve into the 3-D wonders of Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise, appreciate Fra Angelico's serene beauty, and climb the dome that kicked off the Renaissance. Then we cross the Arno to where Florentine artisans live, work, and eat...very well.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2012 to 5/31/2022
  • Florentine Delights and Tuscan Side Trips

    In this second of a two episodes on Florence, we enjoy more of the exquisite artistic treasures of the city that propelled Europe out of the Middle Ages. Then we side-trip to a couple of rival cities and cultural capitals in their own right, Pisa and Lucca, where we'll marvel at a tipsy tower, circle a city on its ramparts, and enjoy some Puccini in his hometown.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2012 to 5/31/2022
  • Galicia and the Camino De Santiago

    We follow the trail pilgrims have trod for centuries, from the French border to Santiago de Compostela in the northwest corner of Spain. Along the way, we stop off in Pamplona to run with the bulls, and dive into the unique Celtic culture of Galicia-where Riverdance meets flamenco.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/2/2010 to 9/30/2019
  • Granada, Cordoba, and Spain's Costa Del Sol

    Andalucia's Moorish heritage sparkles in the historic capitals of Granada and Cordoba. And the pride of the Reconquista and the power of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand enliven the region's great sights. Tasting the smooth sherry and marveling at prancing stallions, we find the passion in Andalucian culture. And we top it off with fun in the Spanish sun on the Costa del Sol.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/2/2010 to 9/30/2019
  • Greek Islands: Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes

    Rick island-hops through the Aegean, sampling three classic Greek getaways - Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes - and basking in their dramatic beauty. He tours ancient ruins, traces the vestiges of the Crusaders, samples rustic cuisine, savors classic Greek-island views, and compares beaches - from the ultimate party beach to idyllic quiet hideaways. And he shows how a cruise ship can be an efficient way to link up great island stopovers.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 10/5/2023
  • Helsinki and Tallinn: Baltic Sisters

    The fascinating capitals of Finland and Estonia offer a chance to sample each country's history, art, and distinct love of life. We'll start in Helsinki with its Neoclassical old town, modern flair for design, and steamy saunas. Then it's just a two-hour boat ride to Tallinn-with its medieval charms and new-found prosperity-celebrating its freedom and thriving in its post-USSR renaissance.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/2/2010 to 9/30/2019
  • Iran's Historic Capitals

    Iran's rich history goes back millennia, to the days when Persepolis was home to "the king of kings." In this episode, Rick Steves explores three historic capitals of Iran: Persepolis, with its splendid monuments; Shiraz, with the tombs of Iran's most beloved poets; and Esfahan, with its extraordinary mosques and endearing people.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/4/2008 to 5/31/2022
  • Iran:Tehran and Side Trips

    As he's done with previous programs on Israel, Egypt, and Eastern Turkey, Rick takes us beyond Europe to a place that's rich with history...and mystery. In this first of two half-hour shows on Iran, Rick dodges traffic in Tehran, enjoys the tranquility of a nearby village, and encounters both anti-American propaganda and a warm welcome from everyday Iranians.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/4/2008 to 5/31/2022
  • Istanbul

    Where Europe comes face to face with Asia, we'll explore the fascinating, multilayered city of Istanbul. We'll lose our way in the Grand Bazaar and feast like kings with locals at a fisherman's wharf. We'll follow the fall of the Byzantium and the rise of Islam at the city's ancient wall, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. To escape the city bustle, we'll board a boat on the churning Bosphorus, make friends over backgammon, and try a traditional bath.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/4/2008 to 5/31/2022
  • Lisbon

    Lisbon, built with the riches of Portugal's New World discoveries, has a rustic charm. Great navigators are remembered. Rick eats lots of cod, enjoys pastries hot out of the oven, strolls the city's back lanes and its reinvigorated waterfront, marvels at an exquisite church built with spice taxes, and listens to some soulful fado music. Then he takes a side-trip to Sintra to explore the fanciful castles of Portuguese royalty and climbs hilltop ramparts with grand views.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 10/5/2023
  • London: Historic and Dynamic

    In many-faceted London, we ponder royal tombs in Westminster Abbey, learn how to triple the calories of an English scone at teatime, discover treasures in the British Library, enjoy the vibrant evening scene in Soho, uncover Churchill's secret WWII headquarters, join the 9-to-5 crowd in the new London, shop where the queen shops, and straddle the Prime Meridian at Greenwich.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2012 to 5/31/2022
  • Norway's West: Fjords, Mountains and Bergen

    For Scandinavia's most thrilling sightseeing, we sail under towering fjord cliffs, hike on powerful glaciers, and find surviving traditions in remote farm hamlets. Then we delve into the Hanseatic heritage and enjoy the salty hospitality of Norway's historic capitol, Bergen.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/2/2010 to 9/30/2019
  • Oslo

    The proud spirit of the Norwegian people shines in every dimension of their capital city-from its once-fearsome Viking ships to its sleek new Opera House, from tales of World War II heroism to the constant festival of its thriving harborfront. Connecting with the culture, we enjoy art-from Vigeland's statues to Monch's scream-and cap things off by joining local friends for a sail on their fjord.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/2/2010 to 9/30/2019
  • Paris: Embracing Life and Art

    In this second of two episodes on Europe's "City of Light," we ride a unicorn into the Middle Ages at the Cluny Museum, take a midnight Paris joyride in a classic car, get an extremely close-up look at heavenly stained glass in Sainte-Chapelle, go on a tombstone pilgrimage at Pere Lachaise Cemetery, and savor the Parisian cafe scene. Few cites are so confident in their expertise in good living-and as travelers, we get to share in that uniquely Parisian joie de vivre.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2012 to 5/31/2022
  • Paris: Regal and Intimate

    In Paris, amidst all of its grandeur, the little joys of life are still embraced. In this first of two episodes on Paris, we cruise the Seine River, visit Napoleon's tomb, and take in the Louvre. Then we feel the pulse of Paris-shopping in village-like neighborhoods, attending church in a grand pipe organ loft, and celebrating the mother of all revolutions with a big, patriotic Bastille Day bang.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2012 to 5/31/2022
  • Portugal's Heartland

    Portugal has an oversized history, fascinating culture, and boatloads of sardines. Saving the capital city of Lisbon for another episode, Rick dances on the beach at Nazare, marvels at a medieval abbey in Batalha, visits a royal library and revels with university students in Coimbra, savors port wine with the people who made it along the Douro River, and gets to know Portugal's gritty and fascinating second city, Porto.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 10/5/2023
  • Rome: Ancient Glory

    Part one of three on the Eternal City, this episode resurrects the rubble and brings back to life the capital of the ancient world. Focusing on the grandeur of classical Rome, we marvel at the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the empire's exquisite art. Then we go offbeat by bicycle to see the Appian Way and marvels of Roman engineering.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2012 to 5/31/2022
  • Rome: Back-Street Riches

    In this third of three episodes on the Eternal City, we explore this grand metropolis-so rich in art and culture-on a more intimate scale, delving into its back lanes and unheralded corners. Venturing through the crusty Trastevere district, visiting the historic Jewish Ghetto, and enjoying art treasures in a string of rarely visited churches, we uncover charms of hidden Rome that compete with its marquee sights.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2012 to 5/31/2022
  • Rome: Baroque Brilliance

    This second of three episodes on Rome reveals a city busy with life and bursting with Baroque. We ramble through the venerable heart of Rome, admire breathtaking Bernini statues, ponder sunbeams inside St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, and mix and mingle with the Romans during an early-evening stroll. Following an exquisite Roman dinner, we join locals after dark, lacing together the Eternal City's most romantic nightspots.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2012 to 5/31/2022
  • Stockholm

    Sweden's capital, confident and self-assured, glitters with souvenirs from the day when it ruled as a superpower. From pondering gilded royal staterooms to sampling gourmet reindeer and sipping vodka in an ice bar, we experience the city's cultural highlights. Then we sail the archipelago for the prettiest island-hopping in northern Europe.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/2/2010 to 9/30/2019
  • The Best of Slovenia

    Little Slovenia is the least visited and most underrated of Europe's alpine countries. From its prosperous capital of Ljubljana, we enjoy the mountain resort of Lake Bled, venture into the Julian Alps for natural thrills mixed with World War I history, go spelunking in a gigantic cave, and swim with Slavs in a charming Adriatic port.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/2/2010 to 9/30/2019
  • The Heart of England

    The heartland of England has sights that put the "Great" in Britain - its venerable universities, its royal heritage, and reminders of its industrial might. At Oxford and Cambridge, see where kings and prime ministers studied. At Blenheim Palace - Winston Churchill's birthplace - Rick connects with English aristocracy. At Ironbridge Gorge, he fires up memories of the Industrial Revolution. And all along the way, Rick drives on the left and polishes his pub etiquette.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 10/5/2023
  • Travel Skills: Cruising

    Setting sail on the Mediterranean, Rick explores the ins and outs and pros and cons of cruising. He learns how to get the most out of a cruise, and exercises his independence to make smart use of limited time on shore by planning well, avoiding lines, and eating quick-but-local meals on the go. Along with the joys and efficiencies of cruising, Rick considers the downsides, including the inevitable congestion and commercialism that comes with mass tourism.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2018 to 10/5/2023

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