Web site: http://www.ricksteves.com
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.
South Ireland: Waterford to the Ring of Kerry #209
Along the fascinating south coast, Rick visits some Irish icons: Waterford's much-loved crystal factory, the Kennedy family homestead, the Dunbrody famine ship, and Kinsale's star-shaped fortresses. After learning why locals don't kiss the Blarney Stone, he savors the scenic charms of the Emerald Isle by driving the Ring of Kerry.
- KET Saturday, September 13 at 2:30 pm EDT
Croatia: Adriatic Delights #602
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, Rick explores the fabled Dalmatian Coast from dramatic Dubrovnik to crusty Adriatic island ports. Heading inland, he hikes through Plitvice Lakes National Park and enjoys the thriving capital city Zagreb. The Croatian finale: the Istrian Peninsula and its enchanting port town of Rovinj.
- KET2 Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 pm EDT
The Best of West Ireland: Dingle, Galway, and the Aran Islands #210
Deepest Ireland is best experienced on its west coast in Gaeltachts—where the people speak Gaelic and the remote villages have changed little over the generations. After exploring the rugged Aran Islands, Rick settles into Galway, dances in a castle at a medieval folk banquet, and delves into Ireland in the extreme on Dingle Peninsula.
- KET Saturday, September 20 at 2:30 pm EDT
Dubrovnik and Balkan Side-Trips #603
Nestled inside its mighty ramparts is Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic." From this remarkably preserved medieval fortress city, Rick ventures into less-touristed corners of the former Yugoslavia. In Bosnia, he visits Mostar — war-torn in the 90s, but bursting with promise today. In Montenegro, he sails the fjord-like Bay of Kotor and explores its mysterious, mountainous interior.
- KET2 Thursday, September 25 at 6:30 pm EDT
The Best of Slovenia #604
Little Slovenia is the least visited and most underrated of Europe's alpine countries. From its prosperous capital of Ljubljana, Rick enjoys the mountain resort of Lake Bled, ventures into the Julian Alps for natural thrills mixed with World War I history, goes spelunking in a gigantic cave, and swims with Slavs in a charming Adriatic port.
- KET2 Thursday, October 2 at 6:30 pm EDT
Granada, Cordoba, and Spain's Costa del Sol #605
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, Rick finds the passion in Andalucian culture. And he tops it off with fun in the Spanish sun on the Costa del Sol.
- KET2 Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 pm EDT
Western Turkey #801
From the port of Kusadasi, Rick wanders the streets of ancient Ephesus, soaks in a natural spa at Pamukkale, learns why the dervishes whirl at Konya, and more.
- KET Saturday, October 11 at 2:30 pm EDT
Andalucia, Gibraltar, and Tangier #606
Exploring Andalucia, Rick experiences the quintessence of Spanish culture. Starting up high, in Spain's whitewashed hill towns, he rolls down to the coast to enjoy the windsurfing mecca of Tarifa. Then Rick catches a bit of Britain on the Rock of Gibraltar, and sails to Africa for a Moroccan finale in Tangier.
- KET2 Thursday, October 16 at 6:30 pm EDT
Central Turkey #802
Rick experiences the landscape of Cappadocia from a hot air balloon, explores troglodyte ghost towns, shops for sheep, and chats with an imam. He visits Turkey's capital, Ankara.
- KET Saturday, October 18 at 2:30 pm EDT
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, Rick enjoys art - from Vigeland's statues to Monch's scream - and caps things off by joining local friends for a sail on their fjord.
- KET2 Thursday, October 23 at 6:30 pm EDT
France's Loire: ChÂTeau Country #803
Rick visits four unique castles: elegant Chenonceau, massive Chambord, stately Cheverny, and fragrant Villandry. Along the way, he tours Leonardo's home, feeds hunting dogs, and savors a princely garden.
- KET Saturday, October 25 at 2:30 pm EDT
Norway's West: Fjords, Mountains, and Bergen #608
For Scandinavia's most thrilling sightseeing, Rick sails under towering fjord cliffs, hikes on powerful glaciers, and finds surviving traditions in remote farm hamlets. Then he delves into the Hanseatic heritage and enjoys the salty hospitality of Norway's historic capitol, Bergen.
- KET2 Thursday, October 30 at 6:30 pm EST
Paris Side-Trips #804
Rick explores Versailles, Europe's palace of palaces; exquisite Vaux le Vicomte; and extravagant Fontainebleau, home to centuries of French rulers.
- KET Saturday, November 1 at 2:30 pm EST
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, Rick experiences the city's cultural highlights. Then he sails the archipelago for the prettiest island-hopping in northern Europe.
- KET2 Thursday, November 6 at 6:30 pm EST
The Best of Israel #805
- KET Saturday, November 8 at 2:30 pm EST
Helsinki and Tallinn: Baltic Sisters #610
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.
- KET2 Thursday, November 13 at 6:30 pm EST
- KET Saturday, November 15 at 2:30 pm EST
Galicia and the Camino de Santiago #611
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.
- KET2 Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 pm EST
Italy's Riviera: Cinque Terre #807
- KET Saturday, November 22 at 2:30 pm EST
Basque Country #612
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.
- KET2 Thursday, November 27 at 6:30 pm EST
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