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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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Egypt's Nile, Alexandria, and Luxor

Explore Ramesses II's magnificent temple at Abu Simbel, the fabled city of Alexandria, and other highlights of Egypt.

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Assisi and Italian Country Charm - S9 E6

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 - S9 E7

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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West England - S9 E8

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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Southeast England - S9 E9

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

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England's Cornwall - S9 E10

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

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Egypt's Cairo

Teeming Cairo, the capital of Egypt and one of the leading cities of the Muslim world, is explored.

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Ethiopia: A Development Story

Rick Steves uses Ethiopia as a classroom for understanding global hunger and extreme poverty.

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The Heart of England - S10 E1

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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Lisbon - S10 E2

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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Portugal's Heartland - S10 E3

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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Travel Skills: Cruising - S10 E4

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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Greek Islands: Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes - S10 E5

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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Why We Travel

Set in Europe, Rick Steves shares his views on the rewards of exploring our world and the joy of travel.

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European Festivals I - S10 E6

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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European Festivals II - S10 E7

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 - S10 E8

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 - S10 E9

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 - S10 E10

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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Western Turkey - S8 E1

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.

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Scotland's Islands - S10 E11

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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Glasgow and Scottish Passions - S10 E12

Glasgow, once an industrial powerhouse, offers a fun look at Scotland's vibrantly gritty urban side. Leaving town, Rick taps into Scottish passions as he tours historic Stirling Castle, enjoys a bagpiping lesson, and more.

  • Tuesday February 9, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Austrian and Italian Alps

After conquering the Zugspitze, Rick tours Innsbruck and visits a remote farm in Austria. As he crosses the Alps into Italy, Rick tours a well-preserved medieval castle before joyriding into the Dolomite Mountains.

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Swiss Alps

From the Matterhorn to the Jungfrau to Appenzell, Rick savors Switzerland's alpine beauty and the rich and resilient culture of its people.

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French Alps and Lyon

Rick explores the cuisine of Lyon and goes to Chamonix, in the shadow of Europe's tallest peak: Mont Blanc.

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Central Turkey - S8 E2

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.

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Germany's Fascist Story

Traveling across Germany, discover how fascism rose and then fell and trace the roots of Nazism.

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Romania - S9 E5

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Bulgaria - S9 E4

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Germany's Frankfurt and Nurnberg - S9 E3

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Germany's Dresden and Leipzig - S9 E2

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Germany's Hamburg and the Luther Trail - S9 E1

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Egypt's Cairo

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Berlin - S8 E12

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Prague - S8 E11

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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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Germany's Fascist Story

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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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French Alps and Lyon

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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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European Travel Skills, Part I - S7 E12

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Swiss Alps

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Why We Travel

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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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Austrian and Italian Alps

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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

European Easter

Length 56:15 Premiere Date 1.1.17

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