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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.
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
Dublin and Mystical Side Trips #208
Dublin's story is of feast and famine—from its 18th-century Golden Age to its 20th-century struggles for independence to its boomtime today. Rick explores a foreboding castle, a patriotic jail, and Trinity College with its Book of Kells—a bright light in the Dark Ages. At night, he parties in Temple Bar, awash with Celtic music and frothy pints of Guinness. Side trips include the prehistoric necropolis of Newgrange and the medieval monastery at Glendalough, tucked in the scenic Wicklow Mountains.
- KET Saturday, September 6 at 2:30 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 Thursday, September 11 at 6:30 pm EDT
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
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
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
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, 2014 at 6:30 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, 2014 at 6:30 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, 2014 at 6:30 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, 2014 at 6:30 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, 2014 at 6:30 pm EST
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