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This series 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.

TV Schedule

Closed Captioned The Majesty of Madrid #301 [TV-G]
Riches from Madrid's glory days, including the lavish Royal Palace, art-packed museums, and Picasso's greatest masterpiece; the fun side of the city, from flamenco dancers to munching on pig's ears; and history-oriented side trips to El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen.

  • KET2 Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 pm EDT

Helsinki and Tallinn: Baltic Sisters #610 [TV-G]
The fascinating capitals of Finland and Estonia offer a chance to sample each country's history, art, and distinct love of life. Rick starts 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.

  • KET Saturday, June 27 at 2:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Highlights of Castile: Toledo and Salamanca #302 [TV-G]
Castile sparkles with Roman Segovia, walled Avila, student-filled Salamanca, and holy Toledo. The region's attractions include El Greco paintings, explosive pickles, Spain's most awe-inspiring medieval walls, tasty jamon, and one of Europe's most enchanting squares.

  • KET2 Thursday, July 2 at 6:30 pm EDT

Galicia and the Camino de Santiago #611 [TV-G]
Rick follows the trail pilgrims have trod for centuries, from the French border to Santiago de Compostela in the northwest corner of Spain. Along the way, he stops off in Pamplona to run with the bulls, and dives into the unique Celtic culture of Galicia - where Riverdance meets flamenco.

  • KET Saturday, July 4 at 2:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Normandy: War-Torn Yet Full of Life #303 [TV-G]
After exploring the half-timbered charm of Rouen, Rick visits Monet's lily ponds, peeks in on local artisans, sets up an easel at Honfleur's harbor, ventures into composer Eric Satie's eccentric world, and feasts on the finest of Normandy cuisine. The trip ends with reflections on sacrifice and freedom on the D-Day beaches and a hike with pilgrims to the enchanted island abbey of Mont St. Michel.

  • KET2 Thursday, July 9 at 6:30 pm EDT

Basque Country #612 [TV-G]
The homeland of the proud and resilient Basque people is split between France and Spain. From his San Sebastian home base, Rick tours the ancient Basque capital of Gernika, the dazzling Guggenheim Modern in Bilbao, and then crosses into France for more Basque Country charms. From yummy tapa bars to lightning-fast jai alai games, Rick experiences Basque culture at its most vivid.

  • KET Saturday, July 11 at 2:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Belfast and the Best of Northern Ireland #304 [TV-G]
No trip to the Emerald Isle is complete without a visit to Northern Ireland. Rick tours bustling Belfast, sneaking a peek at its politically charged neighborhoods; goes wild in Portrush, Ulster's answer to Coney Island; taste-tests Irish whiskey; scrambles over six-sided rock columns; putters through a world-class golf course; and stomps his feet to Irish music in rough-and-tumble Derry.

  • KET2 Thursday, July 16 at 6:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned London: Mod and Trad #305 [TV-G]
Rick checks out both the new and the old in London, from the Millennium Bridge and the British Museum's Great Court to well-wrapped mummies and a rare Leonardo. After bantering with Beefeaters at the Tower of London, he does some riverside beachcombing and strolls the trendy South Bank of the Thames, from the Tate Modern to the dizzying London Eye.

  • KET2 Thursday, July 23 at 6:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Highlights of Paris: Eiffel and Monet to Creme Brulee #306 [TV-G]
Packing the best of Paris into one episode, Rick scales the Eiffel Tower and savors classic treats from steak tartare to crème brulée. He also marvels at Monet, Manet, and others in the stunning Orsay Gallery; traces the sad steps of Marie Antoinette; and relives French history from its bloody revolution to its extravagant belle epoch.

  • KET2 Thursday, July 30 at 6:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Belgium: Bruges and Brussels #307 [TV-G]
Belgium is a land of contrasts, from the powerhouse headquarters of the European Union and Europe's grandest square in big-city Brussels to the quaint back lanes of small-town Bruges. Rick checks into a medieval hospital, savors the exquisite art of Memling, climbs a bell tower to get up close and fortissimo at a carillon concert, and samples French fries and fine chocolate.

  • KET2 Thursday, August 6 at 6:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Edinburgh #403 [TV-G]
Rick explores Edinburgh Castle, peeks at the new Scottish Parliament, dabbles in the local literature, sips a little Scotch, gets wrapped up in a kilt, and "stows away" on Her Majesty's yacht Britannia.

  • KET Saturday, August 8 at 2:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Provence: Legendary Light, Wind, and Wine #308 [TV-G]
The Provence region of southern France, known for its soft light and fierce wind, is as loved by Americans as it is by the sun. Its wonders include Roman ruins in Nimes, a papal palace in Avignon, vivid views immortalized by Van Gogh in Arles, acres of wispy vineyards, and the Côtes du Rhone.

  • KET2 Thursday, August 13 at 6:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Naples and Pompeii #404 [TV-G]
Back-street fish markets, fast-moving Vespas, pizza made and served in the town where it was invented, a climb up Mount Vesuvius, and the amazing ruins of Pompeii.

  • KET Saturday, August 15 at 2:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned French Riviera: Uniquely Chic #309 [TV-G]
A long-time favorite escape of Europe's elite, the Riviera coastline still sparkles with yachts. After following the footsteps of 19th-century aristocrats along Monaco's harbor and Nice's promenade des Anglais, Rick visits the picturesque artist's hangouts of Chagall, Matisse, and Picasso.

  • KET2 Thursday, August 20 at 6:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Italy's Amalfi Coast #405 [TV-G]
The trendy resort of Positano, the limoncello charms of Sorrento, ancient Greek temples at Paestum, and the iridescent Blue Grotto hidden beneath the enchanting isle of Capri.

  • KET Saturday, August 22 at 2:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Poland Rediscovered: Krakow, Auschwitz, and Warsaw #310 [TV-G]
Rick explores three very different Polish cities. Krakow, with its bubbly Baroque and cobbled charm, is emerging as "the next Prague." Nearby Auschwitz teaches timeless, soul-searching lessons. And Warsaw, systematically destroyed during World War II, is a lively, thriving capital once again.

  • KET2 Thursday, August 27 at 6:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Milan and Lake Como #406 [TV-G]
Milan has Italy's highest fashion, fanciest delis, grandest cemetery, and greatest opera house—not to mention Leonardo's The Last Supper. Leaving the city, Rick cruises along Lake Como to the lakeside village of Varenna, where Italy meets the Alps.

  • KET Saturday, August 29 at 2:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Budapest: The Best of Hungary #311 [TV-G]
Budapest, once Vienna's partner in ruling the Austro-Hungarian empire, feels like the capital of Eastern Europe. It's actually two cities—busy Pest and noble Buda—straddling the Danube and laced together by mighty bridges. Stone Lenins and cast-iron Stalins litter a theme park at the edge of town, Gypsy orchestras feature smoking violins, venerable mineral baths are all the rage, and 19th-century coffeehouses are enjoying a renaissance.

  • KET2 Thursday, September 3 at 6:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Tuscany's Dolce Vita #407 [TV-G]
The small towns and rural charms of Tuscany provide a healthy dose of the "sweet life" as Rick hunts for truffles in an oak forest, nibbles through an artichoke festival, shares a farmhouse feast, and rides in a classic convertible through the cypress groves of Mona Lisa's backyard.

  • KET Saturday, September 5 at 2:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Lisbon and the Algarve #312 [TV-G]
In Lisbon, Rick discovers a ramshackle mix of glorious old and fun-loving new. Salty sailors' quarters and wistful Fado singers mix with ornate architecture to recall the glory days when Vasco da Gama and Magellan made Portugal a world power. Heading to Portugal's south coast, the Algarve, Rick visits windy and historic Cape Sagres before savoring pristine beaches and arm-wrestling octopi in the sleepy fishing village of Salema.

  • KET2 Thursday, September 10 at 6:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Italy's Great Hill Towns #408 [TV-G]
Rick tours towns sitting on lofty perches that seem to protect them from the modern world, exploring San Gimignano's medieval towers, Cortona's charming lanes, Orvieto's papal intrigue, and Civita di Bagnoregio's cliff-hanging vistas.

  • KET Saturday, September 12 at 2:30 pm EDT

Closed Captioned Sevilla and Andalusia #313 [TV-G]
In Sevilla, the flamboyant city of Carmen and Don Juan, bullfighting is still politically correct, and little girls dream of growing up to be flamenco dancers. Sevilla also offers a lacy Moorish palace, a massive cathedral, lavish royal tombs, a labyrinthine Jewish quarter, and tasty tapas. After exploring its crowded streets, Rick heads south to Andalusia's ultimate whitewashed hilltown, Arcos de la Frontera.

  • KET2 Thursday, September 17 at 6:30 pm EDT
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