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A Symphonic Journey

A Symphonic Journey

Rick Steves, America's leading authority on European travel, teams up with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra and maestro Michael Miropolsky for a musical journey that begins in the United States, and touches down in seven different European countries. The special, taped at the Edmonds Center for the Arts near Seattle, Washington celebrates music's power to stir the patriotic soul.
Length 56:08 Premiere: 1.22.19

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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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Helsinki and Tallinn: Baltic Sisters - S6 E10

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.

  • Tuesday September 21, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Tuesday September 21, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

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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Galicia and the Camino de Santiago - S6 E11

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.

  • Wednesday September 22, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Wednesday September 22, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

Basque Country - S6 E12

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.

  • Thursday September 23, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Thursday September 23, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

Rome: Ancient Glory - S7 E1

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.

  • Friday September 24, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Friday September 24, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

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.

  • Saturday September 25, 2021 1:00 pm ET on KET
  • Saturday September 25, 2021 12:00 pm CT on KET

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.

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Rome: Baroque Brilliance - S7 E2

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.

  • Monday September 27, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Rome: Back-Street Riches - S7 E3

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.

  • Tuesday September 28, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Florence: Heart of the Renaissance - S7 E4

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.

  • Wednesday September 29, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Florentine Delights and Tuscan Side Trips - S7 E5

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.

  • Thursday September 30, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Paris: Regal and Intimate - S7 E6

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.

  • Friday October 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.

  • Saturday October 2, 2021 1:00 pm ET on KET
  • Saturday October 2, 2021 12:00 pm CT on KET

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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Paris: Embracing Life and Art - S7 E7

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

  • Monday October 4, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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London: Historic and Dynamic - S7 E8

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.

  • Tuesday October 5, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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North England's Lake District and Durham - S7 E9

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 October 6, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Venice: City of Dreams - S7 E10

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.

  • Thursday October 7, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Venice and Its Lagoon - S7 E11

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.

  • Friday October 8, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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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.

  • Saturday October 9, 2021 1:00 pm ET on KET
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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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European Travel Skills, Part I - S7 E12

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.

  • Monday October 11, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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European Travel Skills, Part II - S7 E13

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.

  • Tuesday October 12, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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European Travel Skills, Part III - S7 E14

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 October 13, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Wednesday October 13, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

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.

  • Thursday October 14, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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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.

  • Friday October 15, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Friday October 15, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

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.

  • Saturday October 16, 2021 1:00 pm ET on KET
  • Saturday October 16, 2021 12:00 pm CT on KET

French Alps and Lyon

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

  • Sunday October 17, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET2
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France's Loire: Chateau Country - S8 E3

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.

  • Monday October 18, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Monday October 18, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

Paris Side-Trips - S8 E4

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

  • Tuesday October 19, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Tuesday October 19, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

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 October 20, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Wednesday October 20, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

Palestine - S8 E6

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

  • Thursday October 21, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Thursday October 21, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

Italy's Riviera: Cinque Terre - S8 E7

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

  • Friday October 22, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Friday October 22, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET
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Stockholm - S6 E9

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Scotland's Islands - S10 E11

  • Sunday September 19, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET2
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Norway's West: Fjords, Mountains, and Bergen - S6 E8

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Oslo - S6 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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The Best of Slovenia - S6 E4

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Scotland's Highlands - S10 E10

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Dubrovnik and Balkan Side-Trips - S6 E3

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Croatia: Adriatic Delights - S6 E2

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Iran's Historic Capitals - S5 E14

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Iran: Tehran and Side Trips - S5 E13

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Istanbul - S5 E12

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Sicilian Delights - S10 E9

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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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The Czech Republic Beyond Prague - S5 E7

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The Best of Sicily - S10 E8

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Vienna and the Danube - S5 E6

  • Friday August 27, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Great Swiss Cities - S5 E5

  • Thursday August 26, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Little Europe: Five Micro-Countries - S5 E4

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European Festivals II - S10 E7

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Barcelona and Catalunya - S5 E3

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France's Dordogne - S5 E2

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Burgundy: Profoundly French - S5 E1

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