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Europe Awaits

Europe Awaits

Travel lovers are dreaming of where they'll go post-COVID. In this special, Rick Steves visits some European favorites he'd love to see when we can travel again. Rick shares a montage of travel delights: Sicily, Mykonos, Porto, the Cotswolds, Tuscany, and Romania. It's an adventure with remote beaches, gourmet food, and an English hike; Rick even drops in on an eccentric lord and a Tuscan pig farm
Length 1:16:34 Premiere: 6.3.21

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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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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

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.

  • Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00 pm ET on KET
  • Saturday October 23, 2021 12:00 pm CT on KET

Germany's Fascist Story

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

  • Sunday October 24, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET2
  • Sunday October 24, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET2
  • Wednesday October 27, 2021 10:30 am ET on KET2
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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.

  • Monday October 25, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Monday October 25, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

Amsterdam - S8 E9

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

  • Tuesday October 26, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Tuesday October 26, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

The Netherlands Beyond Amsterdam - S8 E10

Rick visits charming Dutch sights from Haarlem to Rotterdam and from Delft to the Zuiderzee.

  • Wednesday October 27, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Wednesday October 27, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

Prague - S8 E11

Prague's massive castle, statue-lined bridge, evocative Jewish Quarter and more are explored.

  • Thursday October 28, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Thursday October 28, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

Berlin - S8 E12

Rick explores Berlin's trendy east side, people-friendly riverfront, and its vibrant social scene.

  • Friday October 29, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Friday October 29, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

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.

  • Saturday October 30, 2021 1:00 pm ET on KET
  • Saturday October 30, 2021 12:00 pm CT on KET

Egypt's Cairo

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

  • Sunday October 31, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET2
  • Sunday October 31, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET2
  • Wednesday November 3, 2021 10:30 am ET on KET2
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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.

  • Monday November 1, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Monday November 1, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

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.

  • Tuesday November 2, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Tuesday November 2, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

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.

  • Wednesday November 3, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Wednesday November 3, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

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.

  • Thursday November 4, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Thursday November 4, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

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.

  • Friday November 5, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Friday November 5, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

Denmark: Beyond Copenhagen - S5 E11

Using Copenhagen as a springboard, Rick visits the very best of Denmark. He goes to Aarhus, a charming open-air museum; Roskilde, with its royal burial church and the best Viking ship museum anywhere; and the delightfully quaint Isle of Aer? comes with half-timbered cottages, ships in bottles, and cobbled alleyways.

  • Saturday November 6, 2021 1:00 pm ET on KET
  • Saturday November 6, 2021 12:00 pm CT on KET

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.

  • Sunday November 7, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET2
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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.

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

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.

  • Tuesday November 9, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Tuesday November 9, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

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.

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

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.

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

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.

  • Friday November 12, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Friday November 12, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

Istanbul - S5 E12

Where Europe comes face to face with Asia, Rick explores the fascinating, multilayered city of Istanbul. He shops the Grand Bazaar and the famously fragrant Spice Market. He follows the fall of the ancient capital of Byzantium and the rise of Islam at the city's ancient wall, and wanders among the treasures of the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace. Then, he takes a cruise on the Bosphorus, makes friends over backgammon, and tries a traditional Turkish bath.

  • Saturday November 13, 2021 1:00 pm ET on KET
  • Saturday November 13, 2021 12:00 pm CT on KET

Ethiopia: A Development Story

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

  • Sunday November 14, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET2
  • Sunday November 14, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET2
  • Wednesday November 17, 2021 10:30 am ET on KET2
  • Wednesday November 17, 2021 9:30 am CT on KET2
  • Wednesday November 17, 2021 3:00 pm ET on KET2
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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.

  • Monday November 15, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Monday November 15, 2021 10:00 am 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.

  • Tuesday November 16, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Tuesday November 16, 2021 10:00 am 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.

  • Wednesday November 17, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Wednesday November 17, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

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.

  • Thursday November 18, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Thursday November 18, 2021 10:00 am 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.

  • Friday November 19, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
  • Friday November 19, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET

Iran: Tehran and Side Trips - S5 E13

Visiting Tehran, Shiraz, Persepolis, and a small village, Rick gets a rare present-day look at of some of civilization's most important historical sites, and a sense of Iran's 21st-century culture.

  • Saturday November 20, 2021 1:00 pm ET on KET
  • Saturday November 20, 2021 12:00 pm CT on KET

Why We Travel

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

  • Sunday November 21, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET2
  • Sunday November 21, 2021 10:00 am CT on KET2
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The Best of Israel - S8 E5

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

Paris Side-Trips - S8 E4

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

France's Loire: Chateau Country - S8 E3

  • Monday October 18, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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French Alps and Lyon

  • Wednesday October 20, 2021 3:00 pm ET on KET2
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Athens and Side Trips - S5 E8

  • Saturday October 16, 2021 1:00 pm ET on KET
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Central Turkey - S8 E2

  • Friday October 15, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Western Turkey - S8 E1

  • Thursday October 14, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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European Travel Skills, Part III - S7 E14

  • Wednesday October 13, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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European Travel Skills, Part II - S7 E13

  • Tuesday October 12, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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European Travel Skills, Part I - S7 E12

  • Monday October 11, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Swiss Alps

  • Wednesday October 13, 2021 3:00 pm ET on KET2
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The Czech Republic Beyond Prague - S5 E7

  • Saturday October 9, 2021 1:00 pm ET on KET
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Venice and Its Lagoon - S7 E11

  • Friday October 8, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Venice: City of Dreams - S7 E10

  • Thursday October 7, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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North England's Lake District and Durham - S7 E9

  • Wednesday October 6, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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London: Historic and Dynamic - S7 E8

  • Tuesday October 5, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Paris: Embracing Life and Art - S7 E7

  • Monday October 4, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Austrian and Italian Alps

  • Wednesday October 6, 2021 3:00 pm ET on KET2
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  • Sunday October 3, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET2
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Vienna and the Danube - S5 E6

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

Paris: Regal and Intimate - S7 E6

  • Friday October 1, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Florentine Delights and Tuscan Side Trips - S7 E5

  • Thursday September 30, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Florence: Heart of the Renaissance - S7 E4

  • Wednesday September 29, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Rome: Back-Street Riches - S7 E3

  • Tuesday September 28, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Rome: Baroque Brilliance - S7 E2

  • Monday September 27, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Glasgow and Scottish Passions - S10 E12

  • Wednesday September 29, 2021 3:00 pm ET on KET2
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Great Swiss Cities - S5 E5

  • Saturday September 25, 2021 1:00 pm ET on KET
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Rome: Ancient Glory - S7 E1

  • Friday September 24, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Basque Country - S6 E12

  • Thursday September 23, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Galicia and the Camino de Santiago - S6 E11

  • Wednesday September 22, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Helsinki and Tallinn: Baltic Sisters - S6 E10

  • Tuesday September 21, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Stockholm - S6 E9

  • Monday September 20, 2021 11:00 am ET on KET
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Scotland's Islands - S10 E11

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Season 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

Europe Awaits

Length 1:16:34 Premiere Date 6.3.21

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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