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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: 12/04/20

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Season 11 Episodes

Why We Travel

S11 E1108 Length 26:47 Premiere Date 12/04/20

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 09/30/14

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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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European Festivals I

Premiered On: 01/12/2019

Rick cheers with the masses at Siena's crazy Palio horse race, tosses a caber at a Scottish Highland Games, dons a mask for Carnevale in Venice, and celebrates Easter in Greece.

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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.

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European Festivals II

Premiered On: 01/19/2019

Rick dances with Spaniards at Sevilla's April Fair, celebrates Bastille Day in Paris, runs with the bulls at Pamplona, and hoists a frothy stein at Munich's Oktoberfest. And he celebrates a traditional family Christmas, browsing the holiday market in Nurnberg, and sledding down alpine slopes by torchlight in Switzerland.

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The Best of Sicily

Premiered On: 01/26/2019

This tour of Sicilian highlights starts in Palermo, where Rick sings with the merchants in the markets. He sips wine on the slopes of Mount Etna, munches cannoli, ponders Greek temples at Agrigento, admires Roman mosaics at the Villa of Casale, and marvels at the view from the Greek theater in Taormina.

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Sicilian Delights

Premiered On: 02/02/2019

Rick dines on fresh seafood at the fisherman's harbor in Cefalu, ponders ancient Greek greatness in Siracusa, communes with monks in a Capuchin crypt, sleeps in an olive orchard at an agriturismo, and eats his way through a classic Sicilian banquet with a famous chef.

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Scotland's Highlands

Premiered On: 02/09/2019

Rick visits the "Weeping Glen" of Glencoe, bustling Inverness, and the battlefield at Culloden. Then he makes a pilgrimage to the spiritual capital of a major clan and goes prehistoric at Stone Age burial grounds and Iron Age island forts. Venturing along the Caledonian Canal and watching for Nessie at Loch Ness, Rick watches a sheepdog demonstration and enjoys traditional folk music.

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Scotland's Islands

Premiered On: 02/16/2019

Rick begins on the tranquil Isle of Iona, where Christianity first reached the shores of Scotland, and nearby Staffa, with a lovable puffin colony. Then he visits another of the Inner Hebrides, road-tripping across the Isle of Skye.

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The Netherlands Beyond Amsterdam - S8 E10

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Amsterdam - S8 E9

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Italy's Veneto: Verona, Padua, and Ravenna - S8 E8

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Italy's Riviera: Cinque Terre - S8 E7

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Palestine - S8 E6

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The Best of Israel - S8 E5

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Paris Side-Trips - S8 E4

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France's Loire: Chateau Country - S8 E3

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Central Turkey - S8 E2

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Western Turkey - S8 E1

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European Travel Skills, Part III - S7 E14

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European Travel Skills, Part II - S7 E13

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Romania - S9 E5

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The Heart of England - S10 E1

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European Travel Skills, Part I - S7 E12

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Venice and Its Lagoon - S7 E11

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Venice: City of Dreams - S7 E10

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North England's Lake District and Durham - S7 E9

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London: Historic and Dynamic - S7 E8

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Bulgaria - S9 E4

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England's Cornwall - S9 E10

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Paris: Embracing Life and Art - S7 E7

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Paris: Regal and Intimate - S7 E6

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Florentine Delights and Tuscan Side Trips - S7 E5

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Florence: Heart of the Renaissance - S7 E4

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Rome: Back-Street Riches - S7 E3

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Germany's Frankfurt and Nurnberg - S9 E3

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Southeast England - S9 E9

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