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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.

Why We Travel

32m 45s

In times of crisis, 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 is a sonnet to travel — an introspective love story, set in Europe and beyond, that vividly celebrates the rewards of exploring our world and the joy that awaits those who travel.

Episodes

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

  • 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.

  • Fontainebleau, France: Royal Château: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Fontainebleau, France: Royal Château

    S8 E4 - 3m 5s

    It seems every king, queen, and emperor since has loved this palace — Louis XIII was born here, Louis XV was married here — but Fontainebleau has more Napoleon Bonaparte connections than any other palace.

  • 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.

  • Güzelyurt, Turkey: Beautiful Land: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Güzelyurt, Turkey: Beautiful Land

    S8 E2 - 3m 58s

    Güzelyurt is the kind of discovery I love to feature in my guidebooks — almost no tourism, lots of history, plenty of character.

  • 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.

  • Cheverny, France: Château and Hounds: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Cheverny, France: Château and Hounds

    S8 E3 - 2m 39s

    The stately hunting palace of Cheverny is immaculately preserved, having stayed in the same family for five centuries. The kennel is also worth a visit at dinnertime, when the 70 hunting hounds are fed.

  • Antalya, Turkey: Relaxing Gulet Cruise: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Antalya, Turkey: Relaxing Gulet Cruise

    S8 E1 - 3m 9s

    A popular excursion from Antalya is a cruise on a gulet — the traditional Turkish sailboat. Sailing away, we marvel at the dramatic shoreline under snow-capped peaks. Resorts, park-like beaches, and ancient ruins clinging to cliffs are all tucked into this rugged-yet accessible Riviera playground.

Schedule

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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Helsinki and Tallinn: Baltic Sisters

    Thursday
    Feb 2

    30 Minutes

    Helsinki, Finland's Neoclassical old town has a modern flair for design; two-hour boat ride to Tallinn, Estonia.
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    Galicia and the Camino de Santiago

    Friday
    Feb 3

    30 Minutes

    Tracing the trail of pilgrims, from the French border to Santiago de Compostela; running with the bulls in Pamplona; Celtic culture of Galicia.
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    Basque Country

    Saturday
    Feb 4

    30 Minutes

    The ancient Basque Country capital of Gernika; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Germany's Fascist Story

    Saturday
    Feb 4

    30 Minutes

    The rise and fall of fascism in Germany; tracing the roots of Nazism after World War I, from Munich to Nuremberg to Berlin; exploring the totalitarian society built by Adolf Hitler.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Barcelona and Catalunya

    Sunday
    Feb 5

    30 Minutes

    The festivity of Barcelona; Montserrat; pilgrimage along the Costa Brava; Salvador Dali's home and mausoleum/museum.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Little Europe: Five Micro-Countries

    Sunday
    Feb 5

    30 Minutes

    Vatican City, the world's smallest country; Monaco; San Marino, Italy; Liechtenstein; Andorra.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Great Swiss Cities

    Sunday
    Feb 5

    30 Minutes

    Luzern, Bern, Zurich and Lausanne; art created by inmates of an asylum; Swiss innovations such as drug policies and underground arsenals.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Vienna and the Danube

    Sunday
    Feb 5

    30 Minutes

    Vienna's gardens, art and fine music; a trip along the Danube River; hiking through the Baroque Melk Abbey.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Rome: Ancient Glory

    Tuesday
    Feb 7

    30 Minutes

    Rome's Colosseum and Pantheon; bike riding along the Appian Way; Roman engineering.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Rome: Baroque Brilliance

    Wednesday
    Feb 8

    30 Minutes

    Bernini statues; St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican; Roman dinner; romantic nightspots.
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    Rome: Back-Street Riches

    Thursday
    Feb 9

    30 Minutes

    The Trastevere district's historic Jewish Ghetto; churches.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Florence: Heart of the Renaissance

    Friday
    Feb 10

    30 Minutes

    Michelangelo's "David"; Botticelli's "Birth of Venus"; Ghiberti's "Gates of Paradise"; Florentine artists live and work across the Arno.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Florentine Delights and Tuscan Side Trips

    Saturday
    Feb 11

    30 Minutes

    Pisa y Lucca; a tipsy tower; Puccini.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Egypt's Cairo

    Saturday
    Feb 11

    30 Minutes

    Exploring the back streets of Cairo on a tuk-tuk; baking pita bread; chiseling a tombstone; King Tut's gold; the ancient Sphinx; climbing to the center of a pyramid.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    The Czech Republic Beyond Prague

    Sunday
    Feb 12

    30 Minutes

    Art Nouveau; peat bathing in Olomouc, Moravský Krumlov, Trebon and Konopiste; Holocaust memorial in Terezen.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Athens and Side Trips

    Sunday
    Feb 12

    30 Minutes

    The Parthenon, Agora and National Archaeological Museum in Athens; the ruins of the oracle at Delphi; traffic-free Isle of Hydra.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Greece's Peloponnese

    Sunday
    Feb 12

    30 Minutes

    Old port town of Nafplio; the ruins of Olympia; preserved theater at Epidauros; ancient capital of Mycenae; Mani Peninsula.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Copenhagen

    Sunday
    Feb 12

    30 Minutes

    Copenhagen's Viking history; Europe's first pedestrian boulevard; palace treasury; bike ride through a hippie squatter community; Tivoli Gardens.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Paris: Regal and Intimate

    Tuesday
    Feb 14

    30 Minutes

    Cruising the River Seine; Napoleon's tomb; Louvre; shopping in Paris; Bastille Day celebration.
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    Rick Steves' Europe

    Paris: Embracing Life and Art

    Wednesday
    Feb 15

    30 Minutes

    Cluny Museum; midnight ride in a classic car; stained glass in Sainte-Chapelle; Père Lachaise Cemetery; Parisian cafes.

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