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.
Burgundy: Profound France #501
Burgundy is a calm and cultivated corner of France where nature is as sophisticated as the people and traditions are strong. Rick travels on a canal barge, visits a medieval hospice and a modern monastery, builds a barrel, appreciates fine Burgundy wine, slurps escargot, and eats very well.
- KET2 Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 pm EDT
- KET Saturday, June 22 at 2:30 pm EDT
European Travel Skills, Part III #714
Practical advice on how to have a fun, affordable, and culturally broadening trip to Europe is shared. Rick covers tips on planning an itinerary, hurdling the language barrier, driving and catching the train, and more.
- KET Saturday, June 15 at 2:30 pm EDT
France's Dordogne #502
The Dordogne River Valley offers an unforgettable blend of manmade and natural beauty with dramatic castles, prehistoric cave paintings, and prized cuisine. Rick takes an idyllic canoe ride, visits a goose farm, savors foie gras, wanders through a lamp-lit castle, enjoys a country market, and visits the Sistine Chapel of the prehistoric world. Then he heads south to Albi, home of Toulouse Lautrec, and the imposing fortress city of Carcassonne.
- KET2 Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00 pm EDT
- KET Saturday, June 29 at 2:30 pm EDT
Barcelona and Catalunya #503
After enjoying vibrant street scenes, tasty tapas, and the pedestrian-friendly Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, Rick takes a scenic side trip to mountaintop Montserrat and an artist's pilgrimage along the Costa Brava to Salvador Dalí country. Stops include Dalí's home in seaside Cadaques and his playfully surreal mausoleum/museum in nearby Figures.
- KET2 Tuesday, June 25 at 7:00 pm EDT
- KET Saturday, July 6 at 2:30 pm EDT
Little Europe: San Marino, Monaco, Vatican City, Liechtenstein, and Andorra #504
Rick visits Europe's tiniest countries. Vatican City, the world's smallest country, comes with the planet's biggest church. The fairy-tale princedom of Monaco lures visitors with its fancy casino and glamorous views. San Marino, Italy's last independent hill town, still looks formidable, as does the castle-guarded principality of Liechtenstein. And tiny Andorra entertains shoppers and hikers alike.
- KET2 Tuesday, July 2 at 7:00 pm EDT
- KET Saturday, July 13 at 2:30 pm EDT
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 9 at 7:00 pm EDT
- KET Saturday, July 20 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 16 at 7:00 pm EDT
- KET Saturday, July 27 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 23 at 7:00 pm EDT
- KET Saturday, August 3 at 2:30 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, July 30 at 7:00 pm EDT
- KET Saturday, August 10 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 6 at 7:00 pm EDT
- KET Saturday, August 17 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 13 at 7:00 pm EDT
- KET Saturday, August 24 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 20 at 7:00 pm EDT
- KET Saturday, August 31 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, August 27 at 7:00 pm EDT
- KET Saturday, September 7 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 Tuesday, September 3 at 7:00 pm EDT
- KET Saturday, September 14 at 2:30 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 10 at 7:00 pm EDT
- KET Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm EDT
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