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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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Stockholm

Premiered On: January 1, 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.

  • Saturday January 29, 2022 1:00 pm ET on KET
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Poland Rediscovered: Krakow, Auschwitz, and Warsaw

Premiered On: January 1, 2005

Rick explores three very different Polish cities. Krakow, with its bubbly Baroque and cobbled charm, is emerging as ?the next Prague.? Nearby Auschwitz teaches timeless, soul-searching lessons. And Warsaw, systematically destroyed during World War II, is a lively, thriving capital once again.

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Helsinki and Tallinn: Baltic Sisters

Premiered On: December 8, 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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Galicia and the Camino de Santiago

Premiered On: December 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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Basque Country

Premiered On: December 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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Rome: Ancient Glory

Premiered On: November 3, 2012

Focusing on the grandeur of classical Rome, Rick visits the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the empire's exquisite art. He bicycles the Appian Way and marvels at Roman engineering.

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Budapest: The Best of Hungary

Premiered On: January 8, 2005

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.

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Rome: Baroque Brilliance

Premiered On: November 10, 2012

Rick rambles through the venerable heart of Rome, admires breathtaking Bernini statues, ponders sunbeams inside St. Peter's Basilica, and mingles with the Romans during an early-evening stroll. Following an exquisite Roman dinner, he joins locals after dark, lacing together the Eternal City's most romantic nightspots.

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Rome: Back-Street Riches

Premiered On: November 17, 2012

Venturing through the crusty Trastevere district, Rick visits the historic Jewish Ghetto, enjoys art treasures in a string of rarely visited churches, and uncovers charms of hidden Rome that compete with its marquee sights.

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Florence: Heart of the Renaissance

Premiered On: December 8, 2012

Rick explores Michelangelo's David, Botticelli's Birth of Venus, Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise, Fra Angelico's serene beauty, and the dome that kicked off the Renaissance.

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Florentine Delights and Tuscan Side Trips

Premiered On: December 15, 2012

Enjoy more of the exquisite artistic treasures of Florence and a couple of rival cities and cultural capitals in their own right, Pisa and Lucca.

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Paris: Regal and Intimate

Premiered On: December 22, 2012

Explore the Seine River, Napoleon's tomb, and the Louvre. Experience the pulse of Paris-shopping, church in a grand pipe organ loft, and a patriotic Bastille Day.

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Lisbon and the Algarve

Premiered On: January 15, 2005

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.

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Paris: Embracing Life and Art

Premiered On: December 29, 2012

Explore the Cluny Museum, heavenly stained glass in Sainte-Chapelle, Pere Lachaise Cemetery, and the Parisian cafe scene.

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London: Historic and Dynamic

Premiered On: January 5, 2013

In many-faceted London, Rick ponders royal tombs in Westminster Abbey, learns how to triple the calories of an English scone at teatime, discovers treasures in the British Library, and more.

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North England's Lake District and Durham

Premiered On: January 12, 2013

Rick admires idyllic lakes, discovers misty waterfalls, tours a slate mine, and conquers stony summits. He plays cricket, hikes Hadrian's Wall, and visits Durham's Norman cathedral.

  • Wednesday February 16, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Venice: City of Dreams

Premiered On: January 19, 2013

Rick cruises the Grand Canal, luxuriates in a venerable cafe, and savors fresh fish canalside with Venetian friends. He views masterpieces of the Venetian Renaissance and goes on a gondola ride under the moonlight.

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Venice and Its Lagoon

Premiered On: January 26, 2013

Along with sampling the sumptuous art treasures of Venice and exploring its back-street wonders, Rick visits Murano for glass, Burano for lace, and murky Torcello for a sense of where Venice was born.

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Sevilla

Premiered On: January 22, 2005

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.

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European Travel Skills, Part I

Premiered On: February 2, 2013

The first of a three-part mini-series distills Rick Steves' 30 years of travel experience into 30 minutes of practical advice on how to have a fun, affordable, and culturally broadening trip to Europe.

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European Travel Skills, Part II

Premiered On: February 9, 2013

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, avoiding scams, eating well, and more.

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European Travel Skills, Part III

Premiered On: February 16, 2013

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.

  • Wednesday February 23, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Western Turkey

Premiered On: October 11, 2014

From the port of Kusadasi, Rick wanders the streets of ancient Ephesus, soaks in a natural spa at Pamukkale, learns why the dervishes whirl at Konya, and more.

  • Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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Central Turkey

Premiered On: October 18, 2014

Rick experiences the landscape of Cappadocia from a hot air balloon, explores troglodyte ghost towns, shops for sheep, and chats with an imam. He visits Turkey's capital, Ankara.

  • Friday February 25, 2022 11:00 am ET on KET
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England's Bath and York

Premiered On: November 1, 2006

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.

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France's Loire: Chateau Country

Premiered On: October 25, 2014

Rick visits four unique castles: elegant Chenonceau, massive Chambord, stately Cheverny, and fragrant Villandry. Along the way, he tours Leonardo's home, feeds hunting dogs, and savors a princely garden.

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Paris Side-Trips

Premiered On: November 1, 2014

Rick explores Versailles, Europe's palace of palaces; exquisite Vaux le Vicomte; and extravagant Fontainebleau, home to centuries of French rulers.

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French Riviera: Uniquely Chic - S3 E9

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

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Iran: Tehran and Side Trips - S5 E13

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Istanbul - S5 E12

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

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Denmark: Beyond Copenhagen - S5 E11

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Copenhagen - S5 E10

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Greece's Peloponnese - S5 E9

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Athens and Side Trips - S5 E8

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Belgium: Bruges and Brussels - S3 E7

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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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