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Rick Steves' Europe

Specials 2005 - 2018

  • 2005-10-21T05:00:00+01:00 on PBS
  • 25 mins
  • 17 hours, 11 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary

Rick Steves has been the "travel guinea pig" for American Public Television since Travels in Europe with Rick Steves debuted in April of 1991. In his program, Rick shows some out-of-the-way places the average traveler misses, offers countless travel tips, and always enjoys being immersed in the adventure.

50 episodes

Special 1 European Christmas

  • 2005-10-21T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Join Rick Steves for a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas across Europe. From England to Wales, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, you'll see the bright Christmas markets, hear local choirs, share holiday traditions with families...and even play in the snow.

Special 4 European Insights

  • 2009-06-06T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

The special collections of never-before seen clips brings art and history to life in Pisa; provides a thoughtful assessment of history from Europe's Nazi sights; and ponders Europe's direction for the century ahead.

In a fun collection of footage from the past 15 years, we watch Rick and Anne Steves' children, Andy and Jackie, grow up on-camera in Europe. From the Travel Skills DVD.

Special 7 The Making Of

  • 2006-12-16T05:00:00+00:00 — 25 mins

After 16 years and more than 100 travel shows, Rick and his crew take you behind the scenes to show you just how they produce this series. Joining the crew as they scamper through Milan and around Lake Como, you'll follow the creative process as the challenges and surprises that come with travel are shaped into a finished show. From the Travel Skills DVD.

Special 11 European Travel Skills Lecture

  • 2012-12-29T05:00:00+00:00 — 25 mins

In this feature, produced by Twin Cities Public Television, Rick gives his popular 75-minute Travel Skills lecture to a theater packed with enthusiastic Minnesotans who can't wait to get to Europe. From the Travel Skills DVD.

Special 13 A Symphonic Journey

  • 2013-01-24T05:00:00+00:00 — 25 mins

Usually you'll find Rick Steves touring the great destinations of Europe. Now you can join him on a different journey: a Symphonic Journey. Just as travel broadens one's perspectives, so can music. In this hour-long concert special — Rick Steves' Europe: A Symphonic Journey — Rick teams up with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra on a musical tour that begins in the USA, then touches down in seven different European countries. People of every nation have music that quickens their heartbeat and sets their patriotic spirit soaring. For each stop, Rick paints the cultural context in words, and then the orchestra plays stirring anthems — Strauss in Austria, Wagner in Germany, Smetana in the Czech Republic, Verdi in Italy, Elgar in England, Grieg in Norway, Berlioz in France — each accompanied by glorious video footage. While each piece celebrates a particular nationality, the finale, Beethoven's Ode to Joy (Europe's official national anthem), celebrates a continent whose motto is "united in diversity." This one-hour special debuts on public television in January 2013.

Public television host, author and ELCA Lutheran Rick Steves takes you on a journey through Lutherland. Travel from Eisleben where Luther was born to the university town of Wittenberg where he taught and preached. After a pilgrimage south to the Vatican in Rome, the program follows the tumultuous events of the Reformation at Worms, Erfurt, Eisenach, Marburg and Augsburg.

In another of his popular lectures, Rick explains how thoughtful travel can expand our worldview and shape our actions at home.

Special 20 Alps of France and Switzerland

  • 2005-09-05T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

This program is filled with dizzy alpine thrills, starting on the tip of a peak high above the French resort town of Chamonix, and ending in a cozy mountain hut in Switzerland.

Special 21 Alps of Austria and Italy

  • 2005-09-06T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

This program brings more Alpine thrills: starting at 10,000 feet up on the Zugspitze on the Austrian border and ending in the rugged Dolomites mountains of Italy.

Special 22 France's Alsace

  • 2005-09-07T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

On the loose in France's countryside, we drive up Alsace's Route du Vin for miles of vineyards, half-timbered villages, and feudal fortresses. We head to Verdun to walk the trenches of World War I before visiting Reims Cathedral to marvel at Gothic splendor and Chagall's stained glass. Our final stop is Epernay, the bubbly birthplace of champagne.

Special 23 Spain's Costa del Sol

  • 2005-09-08T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

This time we're in Spain to explore the delights of Granada and its famous Alhambra palace, then we'll unroll our beach towel in Europe's fun-in-the-sun headquarters: the Costa del Sol.

Special 25 Stockholm and Helsinki

  • 2005-09-12T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

In Scandinavia, Sweden and Finland are separated by the Baltic Sea. From the stunning capital of Stockholm, we'll take a ferry across the Baltic to Russian-flavored Helsinki.

Special 26 Oslo, Bergen, and the Fjord

  • 2005-09-13T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Norway in the far north of Europe stretches high into the Arctic and takes up the Western part of Scandinavian Peninsula. From its metropolis of Oslo, we catch the train to Sognefjord in the Fjord country, finishing in Bergen.

Special 27 Northwest England

  • 2005-09-14T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

From Iron Bridge Gorge to the seaside amusements of Blackpool and from the pristine Lake District to Durham's magnificent cathedral, we'll see a great deal from England's fascinating past while enjoying its friendly present.

Special 28 Great Side Trips from London

  • 2005-09-15T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Using London as a starting point and base from which to explore, we'll first head West to the Cotswolds, then up to Straffords upon-Avon and Warwick, and finally we take a short side-trip to Cambridge.

Special 30 Greek Islands

  • 2005-09-19T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

The Greek Islands' sunny climate, great beaches, and relaxed culture attract travelers from all corners. Island-hopping on Aegean ferries, we visit touristy Santorini, ride a motorbike around Samos, and hang out on barely-known Lipsi. With tips from the tourist office, we find offbeat ways to enjoy the islands and our own picturesque places to stay.

Special 31 West Turkey

  • 2005-09-20T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

We visit spectacular Greek ruins at Ephesus and Aphrodisias and ancient hot springs at Pamukkale before traveling up the Meander River and steaming in a Turkish bath. Rick provides tips on staying healthy in foreign countries, and makes exotic Turkey feel more familiar, showing its devout Muslim beliefs and compelling blend of ancient and modern nomadic life.

Special 32 Central Turkey

  • 2005-09-21T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

In central Turkey, we folk-dance through tea-soaked and hospitable ancient villages, seeing geological wonders, cliff dwellings, and the red pottery kilns of Avanos. Leaving the camel rides and carpets behind, we arrive at the modern city of Ankara to learn about Ataturk — the "father of the Turks" — who led this sultans' empire through to the 20th century.

Special 33 Istanbul

  • 2005-09-22T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Istanbul is one of the great cities on earth. Period. Few places on earth have witnessed more history than this sprawling metropolis on the Bosphorus. We'll cruise the golden horn, shop the grand bazarre, and check out a poor-man's Wall Street. We'll sample some Turkish delights, smoke a nardia, eat fish fresh off the boat, explore the harem in the Topkapi Palace, marvel at Byzantine domes, and lose ourselves in a sea of people in this vast and complex city.

Special 34 Egypt

  • 2005-09-23T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Egypt offers a visual potpourri of high energy and ancient mystery — from chaotic Cairo to the silent temples and tombs near Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. We explore pharaohs' pyramids at Giza and gold treasures at Cairo's National Museum. Each stop on the route — including a trip down the Nile — leaves an unforgettable imprint.

Special 35 Israel

  • 2005-09-26T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

The crossroads of three great religions, Jerusalem has been fought over for centuries. This is the Holy Land. Whether you're a pilgrim or a tourist or a little of both, Israel offers a world of memorable experiences.

Special 36 TPT Travel Class

  • no air date — 25 mins

Rick shares his expertise on how to travel smoothly and affordably. You'll learn practical tips for planning your trip, getting around, finding accommodations, staying safe, packing right, and more.

Special 37 (Less Than) Magic Moments

  • 2003-10-11T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

It takes 6 days to produce one of Rick Steves' 30-minute PBS episodes. One reason it takes so darn long is Rick’s screw-ups. Enjoy some of these embarassing moments. Learn your lines Rick!

Special 38 Family Moments

  • 2010-04-13T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

In this episode, Rick shares tips about traveling in Europe with kids. He shares the best moments of his family travels throughout 20 years, getting around with two small kids and his wife.

Hear about the unexpected and fascinating trip Rick Steves' took to Iran in this behind-the-scenes discussion.

Join Rick as he travels through the Holy Land in this hour long special, weaving together both the Israeli and the Palestinian narratives. In Israel, we'll travel from the venerable ramparts of Jerusalem to the vibrant modern skyline of Tel Aviv. In Palestine, we'll harvest olives near Hebron, visit a home in Bethlehem, and pop into a university in Ramallah. We'll also learn about the persistent challenges facing the region today

Special 41 Rick Steves on I Remember

  • 2004-03-22T05:00:00+00:00 — 25 mins

Travel writer Rick Steves, host of the TV series Travels in Europe with Rick Steves, talks with host Jim Peck on I Remember series number 1022.

Special 42 Dynamic Europe

  • 2015-03-03T05:00:00+00:00 — 25 mins

Travel guru Rick Steves tours three of Europe's most energetic capitals — Amsterdam, Prague, and Berlin. In each city, Rick shares his valuable insights on art, culture, and history, along with his practical, experience-enhancing travel advice.

Special 43 Delicious Europe

  • 2013-02-24T05:00:00+00:00 — 25 mins

When it comes to good eating, Europe is a food lover's wonderland: elegant cuisine, rustic delights, seasonal treats, beloved bakeries, a passion for wine, and slow food rather than fast food. However you slice it, Europeans take pride in their food: eating well is living well. In this tasty, half-hour pledge event, we dine with Rick Steves as he enjoys Europe's very best — from gourmet tapas in Galicia to the trattoria of your dreams in Rome, and from the catch of the day in Greece to the ancient vines and wines of Burgundy. For garlicky snails, creamy buffalo mozzarella, savory bouillabaisse, the best of the wurst, and much more, join Rick on this fun celebration of European cuisine — Delicious Europe.

Special 44 Iran

  • 2009-11-01T04:00:00+00:00 — 25 mins

As he's done with previous programs on Israel, Egypt, and Eastern Turkey, Rick takes us beyond Europe to a place that's rich with history...and mystery.

Special 45 European Easter

  • 2016-04-01T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Taking you on a spring journey through Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, Italy, and Greece, "Rick Steves' European Easter" celebrates this 2,000-year-old story in a variety of cultures. You'll feel the emotion of this special time as the Passion of Christ unfolds during Holy Week. We'll join Andalusians carrying parade floats, Greek priests tossing showers of flower petals, and villagers blessing olive branches, plus feasting, fireworks, and more. Exploring a rich and fascinating mix of traditions

Special 48 The Rick Steves Tour Experience

  • 2013-05-09T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Join Rick Steves for a taste of what it's like to travel the Rick Steves way with his company's staff of personal tour guides, and see testimonials of satisfied patrons who had the trip of a lifetime.

Special 49 Rick Steves Tasty Europe

  • 2017-11-26T05:00:00+00:00 — 25 mins

Join Rick as he slurps seasonal raw herring in Holland and then savors a "zero kilometer," farm-to-table country feast with a noble family in Tuscany. We'll drink some local firewater during the salad course in Bulgaria. And then we'll enjoy the elegant simplicity of steak tartare and foie gras in the garden of a French château. From dining al fresco in Rome, to joining the locals on a Madrid pub crawl, to learning the secrets of a wine lover's enoteca in Verona, Rick learns that slowing down to truly appreciate what you eat is an essential part of any great travel experience.

Special 50 European Festivals

  • 2017-10-01T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

In this one-hour special, it's party time in Europe. In addition to all its epic history and high culture, Europe also knows how to celebrate — and it does so with amazing gusto. Joining Rick, we drop in on the Continent's top 10 festivals, each one rich with tradition, great food, and fun with the locals. We run with the bulls at Pamplona, don a mask in Venice for Carnevale, dance with Spaniards at the April Fair, cheer on the horses at Siena's Palio, hoist a frothy stein at Munich's Oktoberfest, toss a caber at a Scottish Highland Games, and join European families for their traditional Easter and Christmas celebrations. No museums or galleries…just Europe at play. Filmed on location across Europe, this promises to be a very entertaining hour.

Special 51 The Story of Fascism in Europe

  • 2018-08-30T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

In this one-hour special, Rick travels back a century to learn how fascism rose and then fell in Europe — taking millions of people with it. We'll trace fascism's history from its roots in the turbulent aftermath of World War I, when masses of angry people rose up, to the rise of charismatic leaders who manipulated that anger, the totalitarian societies they built, and the brutal measures they used to enforce their ideology. We'll see the horrific consequences: genocide and total war. And we'll be inspired by the stories of those who resisted. Along the way, we'll visit poignant sights throughout Europe relating to fascism, and talk with Europeans whose families lived through those times. Our goal: to learn from the hard lessons of 20th-century Europe, and to recognize that ideology in the 21st century.