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European Travel Skills Part III

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


The last episode in this 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. We cover tips on planning an itinerary, hurdling the language barrier, driving and catching the train, avoiding scams, eating well, sleeping smart, and staying safe Continue


European Travel Skills Part I

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


The first episode in this 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. We cover tips on planning an itinerary, hurdling the language barrier, driving and catching the train, avoiding scams, eating well, sleeping smart, and staying safe Continue


Venice: City of Dreams

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


After sorting through the monuments of Venice’s past, we trace its decline from Europe's most powerful city to its most hedonistic one. We cruise the Grand Canal, luxuriate in a café, and savor fresh fish canalside with Venetian friends. Becoming as anonymous as possible in this city of masks, we’ll be dazzled by masterpieces of the Venetian Renaissance and get intimate with the city of Casanova. Continue


London: Historic and Dynamic

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


In many-faceted London, we ponder royal tombs in Westminster Abbey, learn how to triple the calories of an English scone at teatime, discover treasures in the British Library, enjoy the vibrant evening scene in Soho, uncover Churchill's secret WWII headquarters, join the 9-to-5 crowd in the new London, shop where the queen shops, and straddle the Prime Meridian at Greenwich. Continue


Florentine Delights and Tuscan Side Trips

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


In this second of a two episodes on Florence, we enjoy more of the exquisite artistic treasures of the city that propelled Europe out of the Middle Ages. Then we side-trip to a couple of rival cities and cultural capitals in their own right, Pisa and Lucca, where we’ll marvel at a tipsy tower, circle a city on its ramparts, and enjoy some Puccini in his hometown. Continue


Galicia and the Camino de Santiago

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


We follow the trail pilgrims have trod for centuries, from the French border to Santiago de Compostela in the northwest corner of Spain. Along the way, we stop off in Pamplona to run with the bulls, and dive into the unique Celtic culture of Galicia—where Riverdance meets flamenco. Continue


Stockholm

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Sweden's capital, confident and self-assured, glitters with souvenirs from the day when it ruled as a superpower. From pondering gilded royal staterooms to sampling gourmet reindeer and sipping vodka in an ice bar, we experience the city's cultural highlights. Then we sail the archipelago for the prettiest island-hopping in northern Europe. Continue


Oslo

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


The proud spirit of the Norwegian people shines in every dimension of their capital city—from its once-fearsome Viking ships to its sleek new Opera House, from tales of World War II heroism to the constant festival of its thriving harborfront. Connecting with the culture, we enjoy art—from Vigeland's statues to Monch's scream—and cap things off by joining local friends for a sail on their fjord. Continue


Granada, Cordoba, and Spain's Costa del Sol

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Andalucía's Moorish heritage sparkles in the historic capitals of Granada and Cordoba. And the pride of the Reconquista and the power of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand enliven the region's great sights. Tasting the smooth sherry and marveling at prancing stallions, we find the passion in Andalucían culture. And we top it off with fun in the Spanish sun on the Costa del Sol. Continue


Dubrovnik and Balkan Side-Trips

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Nestled inside its mighty ramparts is Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic." From this remarkably preserved medieval fortress city, we venture into less-touristed corners of the former Yugoslavia. In Bosnia, we visit Mostar — war-torn in the 90s, but bursting with promise today. In Montenegro, we sail the fjord-like Bay of Kotor and explore its mysterious, mountainous interior. Continue


European Travel Skills Part II

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


The second episode in this 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. We cover tips on planning an itinerary, hurdling the language barrier, driving and catching the train, avoiding scams, eating well, sleeping smart, and staying safe Continue


Venice and its Lagoon

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Venice, more than any other European city, has an endlessly seductive charm. For centuries, it was nicknamed La Serenissima, "The Most Serenely Beautiful One"—and for good reason. Along with sampling the art treasures of Venice and exploring its back-street wonders, we cruise its lagoon, stopping in Murano for glass, pastel Burano for lace, and murky Torcello for a sense of where Venica was born. Continue


North England’s Lake District and Durham

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Hiking through the Cumbrian Lake District—England's green and pristine mountain playground—we admire idyllic lakes, discover misty waterfalls, tour a slate mine, and conquer stony summits. And we'll meet the locals—and their beloved dogs and sheep—everywhere. Then we play a little cricket, hike Hadrian’s Wall, and are dazzled by Durham’s Norman cathedral. Continue


Paris: Embracing Life and Art

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


In this second of two episodes on Europe’s “City of Light,” we ride a unicorn into the Middle Ages at the Cluny Museum, take a midnight Paris joyride in a classic car, get an extremely close-up look at heavenly stained glass in Sainte-Chapelle, go on a tombstone pilgrimage at Père Lachaise Cemetery, and savor the Parisian café scene. Continue


Basque Country

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


The homeland of the proud and resiliant Basque people is split between France and Spain. From our San Sebastián home base, we tour the ancient Basque capital of Gernika, the dazzling Guggenheim Modern in Bilbao, and then cross into France for more Basque Country charms. From yummy tapa bars to lightning-fast jai alai games, we'll experience Basque culture at its most vivid. Continue


Helsinki and Tallinn: Baltic Sisters

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


The fascinating capitals of Finland and Estonia offer a chance to sample each country's history, art, and distinct love of life. We'll start 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. Continue


Norway's West: Fjords, Mountains and Bergen

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


For Scandinavia's most thrilling sightseeing, we sail under towering fjord cliffs, hike on powerful glaciers, and find surviving traditions in remote farm hamlets. Then we delve into the Hanseatic heritage and enjoy the salty hospitality of Norway's historic capitol, Bergen. Continue


Andalucía, Gibraltar and Tangier

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Exploring Andalucía, we experience the quintessence of Spanish culture. Starting up high in Spain's whitewashed hill towns, we roll down to the coast to enjoy the windsurfing mecca of Tarifa. Then we catch a bit of Britain on the Rock of Gibraltar, and sail to Africa for a Moroccan finale in Tangier. Continue


The Best of Slovenia

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Little Slovenia is the least visited and most underrated of Europe's alpine countries. From its prosperous capital of Ljubljana, we enjoy the mountain resort of Lake Bled, venture into the Julian Alps for natural thrills mixed with World War I history, go spelunking in a gigantic cave, and swim with Slavs in a charming Adriatic port. Continue


Croatia: Adriatic Delights

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


A fascinating land with a hard-fought history, Croatia is emerging as one of Europe's top destinations. Sampling the best of Croatia, we start by exploring the Dalmatian Coast from Dubrovnik to Adriatic island ports. Heading inland, we hike through Plitvice Lakes National Park and enjoy thriving capital city Zagreb. Our Croatian finale: the Istrian Peninsula and its enchanting port town of Rovinj. Continue


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