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Why We Travel

In times of crisis and challenge, we ask ourselves: What is the true value of travel? Is it just hedonism...or something more powerful? After a lifetime of exploring Europe Rick Steves shares his reasons why. This special episode is a sonnet to travel — an introspective love story, set in Europe, that vividly celebrates the rewards of exploring our world and the joy that awaits those who travel.
Season 11 Episode 1108 Length 26:47 Premiere: 12/4/20

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Rick Steves' Europe

About Rick Steves' Europe

Rick Steves, America's leading authority on European travel, returns to transport viewers to the continent's bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque countryside.

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Norway's West: Fjords, Mountains, and Bergen

Premiered On: 11/24/2010

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.

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The Best of Israel

Premiered On: 11/08/2014

Rick explores Tel Aviv, the fortress of Masada, the Sea of Galilee, Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, and more.

  • Monday June 27, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Palestine

Premiered On: 11/15/2014

Follow pilgrims to the place of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, harvest olives and bob in the Dead Sea.

  • Tuesday June 28, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Italy's Riviera: Cinque Terre

Premiered On: 11/22/2014

Rick visits the five tiny port towns of Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore, and Monterosso.

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Italy's Veneto: Verona, Padua, and Ravenna

Premiered On: 12/13/2014

In the shadow of Venice, Rick explores the great cities of Padua, Verona, and Ravenna.

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Amsterdam

Premiered On: 12/20/2014

Europe's best-preserved 17th-century city, Amsterdam is quaint and jarring, traditional and modern.

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Stockholm

Premiered On: 01/01/2011

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.

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The Netherlands Beyond Amsterdam

Premiered On: 12/27/2014

Rick visits charming Dutch sights from Haarlem to Rotterdam and from Delft to the Zuiderzee.

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Prague

Premiered On: 01/03/2015

Prague's massive castle, statue-lined bridge, evocative Jewish Quarter and more are explored.

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Berlin

Premiered On: 01/10/2015

Rick explores Berlin's trendy east side, people-friendly riverfront, and its vibrant social scene.

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Germany's Hamburg and the Luther Trail

Premiered On: 12/10/2016

Rick visits Hamburg, Germany's mighty port city, and the great historic sights of Martin Luther.

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Germany's Dresden and Leipzig

Premiered On: 12/17/2016

Opulent palaces and art treasures in Dresden and the Bach heritage of Leipzig are explored.

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Helsinki and Tallinn: Baltic Sisters

Premiered On: 12/08/2010

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.

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Germany's Frankfurt and Nurnberg

Premiered On: 12/24/2016

Skyscraper-studded Frankfurt and the maze of underground bomb shelters in Nurnberg are explored.

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Bulgaria

Premiered On: 12/31/2016

Bulgaria, so mysterious to most Americans, has a vivid identity as a crossroads of the Balkans.

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Romania

Premiered On: 01/07/2017

Romania's vibrant capital, Bucharest, and its "Little Paris of the East" architecture is explored.

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Assisi and Italian Country Charm

Premiered On: 01/14/2017

In the Italian countryside, Rick connects with rustic, traditional culture: enjoying an agriturismo (farmhouse inn), seeing how prosciutto and pecorino cheese are made, and hiking down into deep and ancient wine cellars. He ends in Assisi - the hometown of St. Francis.

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Siena and Tuscany's Wine Country

Premiered On: 01/21/2017

Siena, once a proud and independent city-state, retains its confidence and unique traditions. Rick enjoys a front-row seat at its wild horse race - the venerable Palio - and marvel at cultural treasures from the days when Siena rivaled Florence for leadership of Tuscany.

  • Friday July 15, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Galicia and the Camino de Santiago

Premiered On: 12/15/2010

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.

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West England

Premiered On: 01/28/2017

Quaint Cotswold villages; the New Age capital of Glastonbury, with its legends of the Holy Grail and King Arthur; and the dramatic prehistoric stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury are explored.

  • Monday July 18, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Southeast England

Premiered On: 02/04/2017

Rick travels from Canterbury to Dover and visits the beachy resort of Brighton (England's Coney Island).

  • Tuesday July 19, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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England's Cornwall

Premiered On: 02/11/2017

Rick explores a world of flowers springing from towering hedges and visits Dartmoor National Park.

  • Wednesday July 20, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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The Heart of England

Premiered On: 12/08/2018

Rick Steves visits Winston Churchill's birthplace at Blenheim Palace. At Ironbridge Gorge, he fires up memories of the Industrial Revolution. Rick drives on the left and polishes his pub etiquette.

  • Thursday July 21, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Lisbon

Premiered On: 12/15/2018

Rick explores Lisbon, Portugal and strolls the city's back lanes and the reinvigorated waterfront. He takes a side trip to Sintra to explore the fanciful castles of Portuguese royalty and climbs hilltop ramparts with grand views.

  • Friday July 22, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Basque Country

Premiered On: 12/22/2010

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.

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Portugal's Heartland

Premiered On: 12/22/2018

Rick Steves dances on the beach at Nazare, marvels at a medieval abbey in Batalha, visits a royal library and revels with university students in Coimbra.

  • Monday July 25, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Travel Skills: Cruising

Premiered On: 12/29/2018

Setting sail on the Mediterranean, Rick explores the ins and outs and pros and cons of cruising. Along with the joys and efficiencies of cruising, Rick considers the downsides, including the inevitable congestion and commercialism that comes with mass tourism.

  • Tuesday July 26, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Greek Islands: Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes

Premiered On: 01/05/2019

Rick island-hops through the Aegean, sampling the Greek getaways of Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes. He tours ancient ruins, traces the vestiges of the Crusaders, samples rustic cuisine, savors classic Greek-island views, and compares beaches.

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Paris Side-Trips - S8 E4

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Basque Country - S6 E12

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Oslo - S6 E7

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France's Loire: Chateau Country - S8 E3

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Galicia and the Camino de Santiago - S6 E11

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Helsinki and Tallinn: Baltic Sisters - S6 E10

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Stockholm - S6 E9

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Norway's West: Fjords, Mountains, and Bergen - S6 E8

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Central Turkey - S8 E2

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Andalucia, Gibraltar, and Tangier - S6 E6

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Granada, Cordoba, and Spain's Costa del Sol - S6 E5

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The Best of Slovenia - S6 E4

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Dubrovnik and Balkan Side-Trips - S6 E3

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Croatia: Adriatic Delights - S6 E2

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Western Turkey - S8 E1

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Rick Steves' Europe: The Making Of - S4 E11

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Salzburg and Surroundings - S4 E10

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Vienna - S4 E9

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Italy's Great Hill Towns - S4 E8

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Tuscany's Dolce Vita - S4 E7

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European Travel Skills, Part I - S7 E12

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Milan and Lake Como - S4 E6

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Italy's Amalfi Coast - S4 E5

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Naples and Pompeii - S4 E4

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S11 E1106 Length 26:15 Premiere Date 11/24/20

Egypt’s Cairo

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Germany’s Fascist Story

S11 E1104 Length 26:16 Premiere Date 11/24/20

French Alps and Lyon

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Egypt: Yesterday and Today

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