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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.

Europe Awaits

1h 16m

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

Episodes

  • Why We Travel: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why We Travel

    S11 E1108 - 26m 47s

    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.

  • Ethiopia: A Development Story: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ethiopia: A Development Story

    S11 E1107 - 25m 33s

    Venturing beyond Europe, and with local experts as his guides, Rick uses Ethiopia as a classroom for understanding global hunger and extreme poverty — and how to beat it. Together, we witness the importance of water, education, empowering women, and nutrition during a child's first thousand days. And we see firsthand the impact of globalization and climate change.

  • Egypt’s Nile, Alexandria, and Luxor: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Egypt’s Nile, Alexandria, and Luxor

    S11 E1106 - 26m 15s

    Exploring the Nile Valley from north to south, we see the highlights of Egypt. In the fabled city of Alexandria, we venture through a market wonderland, smoke a shisha, and stroll a Mediterranean promenade. In Luxor, we explore the pharaohs’ tombs and temples before sailing on a timeless felucca. Our finale: Ramesses II's magnificent temple at Abu Simbel.

  • Egypt’s Cairo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Egypt’s Cairo

    S11 E1105 - 25m 2s

    Teeming Cairo, straddling the Nile, is the capital of Egypt and one of the leading cities of the Muslim world. With 20 million people, greater Cairo pulses with energy. We explore the back streets on a tuk-tuk, drop in on a mosque, haggle with a gauntlet of eager merchants, bake some pita bread, marvel at King Tut’s gold, greet the ancient Sphinx, and climb into the center of the greatest pyramid.

  • Germany’s Fascist Story: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Germany’s Fascist Story

    S11 E1104 - 26m 16s

    Traveling across Germany, we learn how fascism rose and then fell, taking millions of people with it. Visiting actual locations — from Munich to Nürnberg to Berlin — we trace the roots of Nazism in the aftermath of World War I, when masses of angry people were enchanted by Hitler. We explore the totalitarian society Hitler built, and see the consequences: genocide and total war.

  • French Alps and Lyon: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    French Alps and Lyon

    S11 E1103 - 25m 2s

    After exploring the proud cuisine capital of Lyon — which, at least in its own mind, rivals Paris — we head for Chamonix, in the shadow of Europe’s tallest peak: Mont Blanc. With the classic alpine resort as our springboard, we make some high-altitude cheese, then ride the lift up to Aiguille du Midi and over to the border of Italy.

  • Swiss Alps: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Swiss Alps

    S11 E1102 - 25m 2s

    Switzerland draws travelers from around the world for its legendary mountains. From the Matterhorn to the Jungfrau to Appenzell, we savor both the country’s jaw-dropping alpine beauty and the rich and resilient culture of its people. As we lace together that dramatic mountain wonder with scenic train rides, breathtaking lifts, and unforgettable hikes, we also enjoy alpine life.

  • Austrian and Italian Alps: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Austrian and Italian Alps

    S11 E1101 - 25m 2s

    In the Alps of Austria and Italy, we celebrate both nature and culture. After conquering the Zugspitze, we tour Innsbruck, visit a remote farm in Austria, and join in a Tirolean village festival. Then we cross the Alps into Italy and tour a uniquely well-preserved medieval castle before joyriding deep into the rugged Dolomite Mountains.

Extras + Features

  • Berlin, Germany: Trendy Prenzlauer Berg: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Berlin, Germany: Trendy Prenzlauer Berg

    S8 E12 - 3m 42s

    Young, in-the-know locals agree that Prenzlauer Berg is one of Berlin’s most colorful neighborhoods. There are no real sights -- just a lively, laid-back neighborhood ignoring its wonderful late-19th-century architecture high overhead.

  • Prague, Czech Republic: Old Town Square: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Prague, Czech Republic: Old Town Square

    S8 E11 - 1m 52s

    Prague’s Old Town Square is filled with beautifully preserved landmarks: the Gothic Týn Church, a memorial to Jan Hus, and a 15-century Astronomical Clock.

  • Haarlem, Netherlands: Herring and Heritage: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Haarlem, Netherlands: Herring and Heritage

    S8 E10 - 4m 39s

    Haarlem is a “Dutch Masters” kind of town, with plenty of 17th-century architecture. Dodge bikes down narrow lanes to discover some of Haarlem’s gems — pickled herring, masterpieces by Dutch Masters, and, at 100 feet high, Holland’s greatest pipe organ.

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands: Coffeeshops and Red Light District: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Amsterdam, Netherlands: Coffeeshops and Red Light District

    S8 E9 - 2m 44s

    Amsterdam has plenty of examples of their progressive approach to subjects many people consider unsavory: curbside urinals, prostitutes who are unionized, taxed, and regulated…and “coffeeshops” that sell marijuana.

  • Verona, Italy: Ambience and a Grappa Taste Test: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Verona, Italy: Ambience and a Grappa Taste Test

    S8 E8 - 3m 29s

    About two hours from touristy Venice is Verona — a welcome sip of pure, easygoing Italy. Its main attractions are its wealth of Roman ruins and its 21st-century quiet, pedestrian-only ambience.

  • Padova, Italy: The Scrovegni Chapel: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Padova, Italy: The Scrovegni Chapel

    S8 E8 - 3m 32s

    Padova’s Scrovegni Chapel, with its precious 14th-century Giotto frescoes, is one of Italy’s most beloved art treasures.

  • Ramallah, Palestine: Cultural Capital: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ramallah, Palestine: Cultural Capital

    S8 E6 - 2m 14s

    Ramallah hosts the Palestinian government and international agencies, and is filled with positive energy from the students at nearby Birzeit University.

Schedule

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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Why We Travel

    Wednesday
    Aug 4

    30 Minutes

    Rick Steves talks about the value of travel.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Edinburgh

    Wednesday
    Aug 4

    30 Minutes

    Edinburgh Castle; the new Scottish Parliament Building; Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia.
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    The Majesty of Madrid

    Thursday
    Aug 5

    30 Minutes

    Madrid, Spain; museums; Picasso masterpiece; flamenco dancers.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Naples and Pompeii

    Thursday
    Aug 5

    30 Minutes

    Back-street fish markets; pizza; climbing Mount Vesuvius; the ruins of Pompeii.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Highlights of Castile: Toledo and Salamanca

    Friday
    Aug 6

    30 Minutes

    Castile; pickles; medieval walls; bachelorette party; troubadours.
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    Italy's Amalfi Coast

    Friday
    Aug 6

    30 Minutes

    The Amalfi Coast: Positano resort; Sorrento; ancient Greek temples at Paestum; the Blue Grotto.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Normandy: War-Torn Yet Full of Life

    Saturday
    Aug 7

    30 Minutes

    Normandy, France; lily ponds; artisans; composer Erik Satie; cuisine; pilgrims.
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    England's Bath and York

    Sunday
    Aug 8

    30 Minutes

    Roman hot springs; cruising canals; Gothic church; Viking history.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    North Wales: Feisty and Poetic

    Sunday
    Aug 8

    30 Minutes

    Mount Snowdon; medieval castles; Victorian promenades; slate mine; sheep-herding dog.
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    Edinburgh

    Sunday
    Aug 8

    30 Minutes

    Edinburgh Castle; the new Scottish Parliament Building; Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Naples and Pompeii

    Sunday
    Aug 8

    30 Minutes

    Back-street fish markets; pizza; climbing Mount Vesuvius; the ruins of Pompeii.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Milan and Lake Como

    Monday
    Aug 9

    30 Minutes

    Fashion in Milan, Italy; cruising Lake Como; lakeside village of Varenna.
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    Belfast and the Best of Northern Ireland

    Tuesday
    Aug 10

    30 Minutes

    Belfast, Northern Ireland; Irish whiskey; rock columns; golf course; Irish music.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Tuscany's Dolce Vita

    Tuesday
    Aug 10

    30 Minutes

    Hunting for truffles; artichoke festival; farmhouse feast; a ride through cypress groves.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    London: Mod and Trad

    Wednesday
    Aug 11

    30 Minutes

    London; Millennium Bridge; mummies; riverside beachcombing; the Thames.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Italy's Great Hill Towns

    Wednesday
    Aug 11

    30 Minutes

    Italy's classic hill towns include San Gimignano, Cortona, Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio.
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    Highlights of Paris: Eiffel and Monet to Crème Brulée

    Thursday
    Aug 12

    30 Minutes

    Eiffel Tower; Orsay Gallery; French cuisine; Parisian history.
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    Vienna

    Thursday
    Aug 12

    30 Minutes

    The palace of Maria Theresa; Hapsburg crown jewels; a picnic on the Danube.
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    Belgium: Bruges and Brussels

    Friday
    Aug 13

    30 Minutes

    Headquarters of the European Union; medieval hospital; carillon concert; lace; art; Belgian chocolate.
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    Salzburg and Surroundings

    Friday
    Aug 13

    30 Minutes

    Alpine adventures include summer bobsledding, hiking around Hitler's Eagles Nest hideout and a boat ride on Lake Hallstatt.

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