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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.
Great Swiss Cities: Luzern, Bern, Zurich and Lausanne #505
While exploring an often overlooked side of Switzerland, Rick gets some exercise, from ringing a very big bell to doing a little river rafting—without the raft. He also enjoys a variety of eye-opening art, from Chagall and Klee to pieces created by inmates of an asylum, and ponders a few Swiss innovations, including hush-hush underground arsenals.
- KET2 Tuesday, July 15 at 7:00 pm EDT
Venice Side Trips #202
Pulling on hip boots, Rick settles into the muck of Venice, then takes a speedboat tour of the lagoon. On the mainland, he heads for Padua to tour a once-illegal anatomy theater and track the restoration of Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel. In Vicenza, he admires elegant Palladian-style streets and villas. And in Verona, he climbs the Roman colosseum, jostles with tourists to rub the brass breast of Juliet, and taste-tests grappa before riding the train to Ravenna for its dazzling 1,500-year-old mosaics.
- KET Saturday, July 19 at 2:30 pm EDT
Viennese Delights #506
Take in the city's wealth of elegant gardens, great art, and fine music. Rick explores the city's surroundings with a trip along the Danube River and a hike to the breathtakingly Baroque Melk Abbey.
- KET2 Tuesday, July 22 at 7:00 pm EDT
Florence: City of Art #203
In the birthplace of the Renaissance, Rick looks into the eyes of Michelangelo's David and Botticelli's Venus, tours the Uffizi art gallery, and climbs the dome that kicked off the Renaissance to discover how it was built. The Florentine good life includes visiting a fragrant 400-year-old perfumery, sipping Campari on a rooftop, chasing the sunset on a Vespa, and sleeping serenely in a converted monastery.
- KET Saturday, July 26 at 2:30 pm EDT
The Czech Republic Off the Beaten Path #507
Rick gets started with a whirlwind of Art Nouveau, local pub music, stinky cheese-tasting, river-rafting, and peat-bathing in places like Olomouc, Moravsky Krumlov, Telc, Trebon and Konopiste. Also, he tours a remarkable memorial to the holocaust in Terezen, and the charming castle town of Cesky Krumlov.
- KET2 Tuesday, July 29 at 7:00 pm EDT
Athens and Side Trips #508
Rick tours the must-sees of ancient Athens, including the Parthenon, Agora, and amazing National Archaeological Museum. He takes side trips to the ruins of the mystical oracle at Delphi, and a fast boat ride to the romantic, traffic-free Isle of Hydra.
- KET2 Tuesday, August 5 at 7:00 pm EDT
Siena and Assisi: Italy's Grand Hill Towns #204
In red-bricked Siena, Rick tours an innovative medieval hospital, a lavish cathedral, and a bakery that makes panforte (like fruitcake, only better). The Chianti region offers chances to taste Brunello di Montalcino with its makers, spend the night with a farm family, and hear about the "slow food" movement. In Assisi, he follows the footsteps of St. Francis from his humble chapel to the grand basilica—frescoed by Giotto—that holds his tomb.
- KET Saturday, August 9 at 2:30 pm EDT
Greece's Peloponnese #509
After enjoying the charming old port town of Nafplio, Rick goes to the ruins of Olympia and explores the ancient capital of Mycenae. He wanders off the beaten path along the rustic, rough-and-tumble Mani Peninsula, relaxes in the idyllic beach town of Kardymli, and marvels at Greece's Rock of Gibraltar: the fortress town of Monemvasia.
- KET2 Tuesday, August 12 at 7:00 pm EDT
Cinque Terre: Italy's Hidden Riviera #205
Five idyllic port towns offer samples of Italian village life: fishing for anchovies at midnight, savoring the best pesto, picking grapes, cheering cliff divers while hiking the "walkway of love," and taking a sunset stroll with an entire village. Rick also takes a side trip to the Carrara quarries where Michelangelo selected his marble.
- KET Saturday, August 16 at 2:30 pm EDT
Rick discovers reminders of Copenhagen's Viking history and symbols of its proudly independent ways. He strolls through Europe's first great pedestrian zone, admires crown jewels in the palace, and takes a bike ride through a famous hippie squatter community, finishing at Copenhagen's full-time carnival, Tivoli Gardens.
- KET2 Tuesday, August 19 at 7:00 pm EDT
Amsterdam and Dutch Side Trips #206
With Rembrandts and stately architecture from its Golden Age, hidden churches and Holocaust memorials from its troubled times, and Van Goghs and titillating street life from its modern age, Amsterdam stimulates all the senses. Rick also takes side trips into the Dutch countryside (and below sea level) to hike dikes, climb windmills, and tour the world's biggest flower market.
- KET Saturday, August 23 at 2:30 pm EDT
Denmark: Beyond Copenhagen #511
Using Copenhagen as a springboard, Rick visits the very best of Denmark. He goes to Aarhus, a charming open-air museum; Roskilde, with its royal burial church and the best Viking ship museum anywhere; and the delightfully quaint Isle of Aerø comes with half-timbered cottages, ships in bottles, and cobbled alleyways.
- KET2 Tuesday, August 26 at 7:00 pm EDT
Prague and the Czech Republic #207
Newly energized Prague, Eastern Europe's top destination, has Europe's best beer, biggest castle, liveliest pedestrian bridge, and most evocative Jewish Quarter. From Prague, Rick takes a side trip to Kutna Hora, once a silver-mining boomtown, to descend into its medieval mine and ponder its eerie chapel, decorated centuries ago with 40,000 bones.
- KET Saturday, August 30 at 2:30 pm EDT
Where Europe comes face to face with Asia, Rick explores the fascinating, multilayered city of Istanbul. He shops the Grand Bazaar and the famously fragrant Spice Market. He follows the fall of the ancient capital of Byzantium and the rise of Islam at the city's ancient wall, and wanders among the treasures of the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace. Then, he takes a cruise on the Bosphorus, makes friends over backgammon, and tries a traditional Turkish bath.
- KET2 Tuesday, September 2 at 7:00 pm EDT
Iran, Yesterday and Today #513
As he's done with previous programs on Israel, Egypt, and Eastern Turkey, Rick goes beyond Europe to a place that's rich with historyâ¦and mystery. Visiting Tehran, Shiraz, Persepolis, and a small village, Rick gets a rare present-day look at of some of civilization's most important historical sites, and a sense of Iran's 21st-century culture.
- KET2 Tuesday, September 9 at 7:00 pm EDT
Iran's Historic Capitals #514
Rick 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.
- KET2 Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 pm EDT
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