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Why We Travel

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.
S11 E1108 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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Budapest: The Best of Hungary - S3 E11

Budapest, once Vienna's partner in ruling the Austro-Hungarian empire, feels like the capital of Eastern Europe. It's actually two cities—busy Pest and noble Buda—straddling the Danube and laced together by mighty bridges. Stone Lenins and cast-iron Stalins litter a theme park at the edge of town, Gypsy orchestras feature smoking violins, venerable mineral baths are all the rage, and 19th-century coffeehouses are enjoying a renaissance.

  • Monday March 8, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Monday March 8, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

Lisbon and the Algarve - S3 E12

In Lisbon, Rick discovers a ramshackle mix of glorious old and fun-loving new. Salty sailors' quarters and wistful Fado singers mix with ornate architecture to recall the glory days when Vasco da Gama and Magellan made Portugal a world power. Heading to Portugal's south coast, the Algarve, Rick visits windy and historic Cape Sagres before savoring pristine beaches and arm-wrestling octopi in the sleepy fishing village of Salema.

  • Tuesday March 9, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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The Best of Israel - S8 E5

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

  • Wednesday March 10, 2021 10:30 am ET on KET2
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Sevilla - S3 E13

In Sevilla, the flamboyant city of Carmen and Don Juan, bullfighting is still politically correct, and little girls dream of growing up to be flamenco dancers. Sevilla also offers a lacy Moorish palace, a massive cathedral, lavish royal tombs, a labyrinthine Jewish quarter, and tasty tapas. After exploring its crowded streets, Rick heads south to Andalusia's ultimate whitewashed hilltown, Arcos de la Frontera.

  • Wednesday March 10, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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England's Bath and York - S4 E1

Rick explores Roman hot springs, cruises quiet canals, marvels at England's finest Gothic church, and gets a surprising dose of Viking history while enjoying some urban delights.

  • Thursday March 11, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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North Wales: Feisty and Poetic - S4 E2

Rick rides a steam train up a mountain, learns some Welsh, follows a miner deep into a slate mine, herds sheep with a very clever dog, and makes a pop pilgrimage to the Beatles' Liverpool.

  • Friday March 12, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Highlights of Castile: Toledo and Salamanca - S3 E2

Castile sparkles with Roman Segovia, walled Avila, student-filled Salamanca, and holy Toledo. The region's attractions include El Greco paintings, explosive pickles, Spain's most awe-inspiring medieval walls, tasty jamon, and one of Europe's most enchanting squares.

  • Saturday March 13, 2021 1:00 pm ET on KET
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Palestine - S8 E6

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

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Edinburgh - S4 E3

Rick explores Edinburgh Castle, peeks at the new Scottish Parliament, dabbles in the local literature, sips a little Scotch, gets wrapped up in a kilt, and "stows away" on Her Majesty's yacht Britannia.

  • Monday March 15, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Naples and Pompeii - S4 E4

Back-street fish markets, fast-moving Vespas, pizza made and served in the town where it was invented, a climb up Mount Vesuvius, and the amazing ruins of Pompeii.

  • Tuesday March 16, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Italy's Amalfi Coast - S4 E5

The trendy resort of Positano, the limoncello charms of Sorrento, ancient Greek temples at Paestum, and the iridescent Blue Grotto hidden beneath the enchanting isle of Capri.

  • Wednesday March 17, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Milan and Lake Como - S4 E6

Milan has Italy's highest fashion, fanciest delis, grandest cemetery, and greatest opera house—not to mention Leonardo's The Last Supper. Leaving the city, Rick cruises along Lake Como to the lakeside village of Varenna, where Italy meets the Alps.

  • Thursday March 18, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Tuscany's Dolce Vita - S4 E7

The small towns and rural charms of Tuscany provide a healthy dose of the "sweet life" as Rick hunts for truffles in an oak forest, nibbles through an artichoke festival, shares a farmhouse feast, and rides in a classic convertible through the cypress groves of Mona Lisa's backyard.

  • Friday March 19, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Normandy: War-Torn Yet Full of Life - S3 E3

After exploring the half-timbered charm of Rouen, Rick visits Monet's lily ponds, peeks in on local artisans, sets up an easel at Honfleur's harbor, ventures into composer Eric Satie's eccentric world, and feasts on the finest of Normandy cuisine. The trip ends with reflections on sacrifice and freedom on the D-Day beaches and a hike with pilgrims to the enchanted island abbey of Mont St. Michel.

  • Saturday March 20, 2021 1:00 pm ET on KET
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Italy's Riviera: Cinque Terre - S8 E7

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

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Italy's Great Hill Towns - S4 E8

Rick tours towns sitting on lofty perches that seem to protect them from the modern world, exploring San Gimignano's medieval towers, Cortona's charming lanes, Orvieto's papal intrigue, and Civita di Bagnoregio's cliff-hanging vistas.

  • Monday March 22, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Vienna - S4 E9

While tiptoeing through the palace of Maria Theresa in Europe's classiest capital, Rick is dazzled by the Hapsburg crown jewels. After a picnic on the Danube, he nibbles strudel in an Old World café, blushes at slinky Art Nouveau, and waltzes to the three-four beat of Johann Strauss.

  • Tuesday March 23, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Salzburg and Surroundings - S4 E10

Birthplace of Mozart and home to a multitude of Sound of Music fantasies, Salzburg is a Baroque jewel of a town and a springboard for alpine fun—from thrilling summer bobsledding to idyllic boat rides in the Salzkammergut lake district.

  • Wednesday March 24, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Rick Steves' Europe: The Making Of - S4 E11

Rick and his crew host a behind-the-scenes look at how they produce their travel series. While scampering through Milan and around Lake Como, they demonstrate their creative process while dealing with the inevitable challenges and surprises.

  • Thursday March 25, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Burgundy: Profoundly French - S5 E1

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.

  • Friday March 26, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Belfast and the Best of Northern Ireland - S3 E4

No trip to the Emerald Isle is complete without a visit to Northern Ireland. Rick tours bustling Belfast, sneaking a peek at its politically charged neighborhoods; goes wild in Portrush, Ulster's answer to Coney Island; taste-tests Irish whiskey; scrambles over six-sided rock columns; putters through a world-class golf course; and stomps his feet to Irish music in rough-and-tumble Derry.

  • Saturday March 27, 2021 1:00 pm ET on KET
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Italy's Veneto: Verona, Padua, and Ravenna - S8 E8

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

  • Sunday March 28, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET2
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France's Dordogne - S5 E2

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.

  • Monday March 29, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Barcelona and Catalunya - S5 E3

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 Dali country. Stops include Dali's home in seaside Cadaques and his playfully surreal mausoleum/museum in nearby Figures.

  • Tuesday March 30, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Little Europe: Five Micro-Countries - S5 E4

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.

  • Wednesday March 31, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Great Swiss Cities - S5 E5

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.

  • Thursday April 1, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Vienna and the Danube - S5 E6

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.

  • Friday April 2, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Friday April 2, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

London: Mod and Trad - S3 E5

Rick checks out both the new and the old in London, from the Millennium Bridge and the British Museum's Great Court to well-wrapped mummies and a rare Leonardo. After bantering with Beefeaters at the Tower of London, he does some riverside beachcombing and strolls the trendy South Bank of the Thames, from the Tate Modern to the dizzying London Eye.

  • Saturday April 3, 2021 1:00 pm ET on KET
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Amsterdam - S8 E9

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

  • Sunday April 4, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET2
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The Czech Republic Beyond Prague - S5 E7

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.

  • Monday April 5, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Athens and Side Trips - S5 E8

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.

  • Tuesday April 6, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Greece's Peloponnese - S5 E9

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.

  • Wednesday April 7, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Copenhagen - S5 E10

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.

  • Thursday April 8, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Poland Rediscovered: Krakow, Auschwitz, and Warsaw - S3 E10

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French Riviera: Uniquely Chic - S3 E9

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Paris Side-Trips - S8 E4

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Provence: Legendary Light, Wind, and Wine - S3 E8

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Belgium: Bruges and Brussels - S3 E7

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Highlights of Paris: Eiffel and Monet to Creme Brulee - S3 E6

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London: Mod and Trad - S3 E5

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Belfast and the Best of Northern Ireland - S3 E4

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Normandy: War-Torn Yet Full of Life - S3 E3

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Highlights of Castile: Toledo and Salamanca - S3 E2

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France's Loire: Chateau Country - S8 E3

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The Majesty of Madrid - S3 E1

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Egypt's Nile, Alexandria, and Luxor

  • Wednesday February 17, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Egypt's Cairo

  • Tuesday February 16, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Germany's Fascist Story

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Central Turkey - S8 E2

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Why We Travel

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French Alps and Lyon

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Swiss Alps

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Austrian and Italian Alps

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Glasgow and Scottish Passions - S10 E12

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Scotland's Islands - S10 E11

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Western Turkey - S8 E1

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Ethiopia: A Development Story

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Scotland's Highlands - S10 E10

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Sicilian Delights - S10 E9

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Season 11 Episodes

Why We Travel

S11 E1108 Length 26:47 Premiere Date 12.4.20

Ethiopia: A Development Story

S11 E1107 Length 25:33 Premiere Date 11.24.20

Egypt’s Nile, Alexandria, and Luxor

S11 E1106 Length 26:15 Premiere Date 11.24.20

Egypt’s Cairo

S11 E1105 Length 25:02 Premiere Date 11.24.20

Germany’s Fascist Story

S11 E1104 Length 26:16 Premiere Date 11.24.20

French Alps and Lyon

S11 E1103 Length 25:02 Premiere Date 10.22.20

Swiss Alps

S11 E1102 Length 25:02 Premiere Date 10.20.20

Austrian and Italian Alps

S11 E1101 Length 25:02 Premiere Date 10.19.20

Western Turkey Preview

Preview Length 00:30 Premiere Date 9.30.14

Specials

Egypt: Yesterday and Today

Length 55:02 Premiere Date 9.23.20

Cruising the Mediterranean

Length 55:05 Premiere Date 2.1.19

A Symphonic Journey

Length 56:08 Premiere Date 1.22.19

The Story of Fascism in Europe

Length 56:19 Premiere Date 9.4.18

European Festivals

Length 54:54 Premiere Date 10.1.17

Luther and the Reformation

Length 55:37 Premiere Date 8.3.17

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