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Travels in Europe with Rick Steves

All Episodes 1991 - 1998

  • Ended
  • PBS
  • 1991-04-01T01:00:00+01:00
  • 30 mins
  • 1 day, 2 hours, 30 mins
  • United States
  • English
Welcome to the Travels in Europe with Rick Steves guide at TV Tome. In April of 1991, after twenty years of traveling through the well-known and the unknown, Rick Steves brought his expertise to television. It was the perfect time for Travels in Europe with Rick Steves. Given newborn confidence, American Public Television viewers caught on to this series almost immediately, and it has remained one of the all-time favorite travelogues that PBS affiliates have ever run. Following this series, Steves would enter the next millennium with a similar series, called Rick Steves' Europe.

54 episodes

1x01 Amsterdam

  • Series Premiere

    1991-04-01T06:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

It's the beginning of Rick's 3,000-mile grand tour of Europe. In the midst of seeing all of Holland's freedom, Rick advises wearing a money belt to keep your valuables close by.

1x02 Rhine & Mosel

  • 1991-04-08T05:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Rick tours Germany's famed Rhine and Mosel river valleys on train. It's the perfect way to discuss travel strategies and Eurail Passes.

1x03 The Romantic Road

  • 1991-04-15T05:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Timelessness is the word to describe Germany's Romantic Road. Rick passes along Prince Bishop's Palace in Wurzburg, among other places. Walking tours of the Romantic Road also provide a backdrop for self-defense.

1x04 Munich & Bavaria

  • 1991-04-22T05:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Diversity is the dictum as Rick spans from a beer hall to a haunting World War II memorial. He provides lessons on traveling with children and alternate forms of lodging.

1x05 Venice

  • 1991-04-29T05:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Rick delves into the formation of Venice. His advice to tourists: It's okay to get pleasantly lost. Just remember to plan an itinerary.

1x06 Italy's Hilltowns

  • 1991-05-06T05:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Tuscany and Umbria represents small town Italy. Rick tells all to pack light to really enjoy these and other locales.

1x07 Rome

  • 1991-05-13T05:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Rick concentrates on the lesser-known landmarks in Rome, particularly inexpensive hotels and restaurants. His back-door approach includes a stop at Mussolini's old neighborhood.

1x08 Florence

  • 1991-05-20T05:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Rick battles fatigue in Florence with cappucino and gelati stops in his selective sightseeing. He also gives advice on interpreting the city's telephone system.

1x09 The Italian Riviera

  • 1991-05-27T05:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Pisa, Lucca, and Portofino are first up Rick scouts the villages on the Italian Riviera. He advises how to stay clean and healthy abroad.

1x10 The Berner Alps

  • 1991-06-03T05:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Swiss Alps are the order of the day. Rick recommends using gondolas, funiculars and trains to see the Berner Alps and close contact with Nature. He also discusses wise use of credit cards, travelers' cheques, and money exchanges.

1x11 Western Switzerland

  • 1991-06-10T05:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Rick devotes this program to renting and driving cars in Europe. That will direct us to the remote villages of French Switzerland. Part of the journey is an appreciation of modern art, specifically Paul Klee.

1x12 Paris

  • 1991-06-17T05:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Rick tackles the sometimes-difficult task of using public transportation in this tour of Paris. He includes a history lesson on Napoleon and the fascinating world of Rodin.

1x13 London

  • no air date — 30 mins

2x01 Western Ireland

  • Season Premiere

    1993-01-01T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Rick Steves begins another 3,000-mile tour at Ireland's West Coast. He tells viewers to slow down when visiting Ireland.

2x02 The Irish Capitals: Dublin and Belfast

  • 1993-01-08T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Both the capitals of Ireland and Northern Ireland are rooted in a bitter struggle for independence. Rick shows some of the passion evident in Irish city citizens.

2x03 North Wales

  • 1993-01-15T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Rich enters Wales via ferry. Once on land, he scours through castles and cuisine, talking about driving on the left side of the road. He also gets to hear a bit of the Welsh language.

2x04 Edinburgh

  • 1993-01-22T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

It's Festival time in Edinburgh, and Rick commutes through the city at its busiest time. Planning ahead is the key, both to an organized city like Edinburgh and its tourists.

2x05 Cotswold and Bath

  • 1993-01-29T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Rick concludes his U.K. stretch of the tour in rhe Cotswold traditions. He walks through Chipping Campden to Bath to Avebury.

2x06 Normandy and Brittany

  • 1993-02-05T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Both Normandy and Brittany have seen its historic battles. Rick mentions several struggles in both regions, to be sure, but he also has tips on local French cuisine.

2x07 Belgium and Luxembourg

  • 1993-02-12T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Brugge in Belgium is fast becoming a tourist mecca while retaining its old charm. Rick visits the locales common to medieval citizens: an almshouse, a lace-making school, a refuge for war widows. Brussels is but a whistle-stop en route to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, storied in fortresses and battles. Today Luxembourg is the model country for a unifying Europe.

2x08 France's Burgundy

  • 1993-02-19T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Thoughts of Burgundy lead to the top of the French wine list and other elegant images. Rick turns for guidance to Steve Smith, a savvy Francophile. Rick reminds viewers how best to use the metric system, and shows alternate means of overnight stay.

2x09 Loire and Provence

  • 1993-02-26T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

The TGV whisks Rick to the popular Loire Valley, starting in Amboise. Rick tells of the hard-fought history in the region. Then it's off to the Mediterranean splendor of Provence. Rick advises all to be polite when visiting France.

2x10 Toledo and Madrid

  • 1993-03-05T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

""Holy Toledo"" is a daytime mecca for tours from Madrid. Rick tackles both regions, discussing the Moorish ways of Spain.

2x11 Andalusian Hilltowns and Seville

  • 1993-03-12T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Rick avoids the traffic jams of Costa del Sol (at least until the fourth season). His goal is for Andalusia's interior villages. Spain offers Zahara, Grazalema and Arcos de la Frontera. And of course, there is Seville, as Rick labors into Spain's Moorish past.

2x12 Algarve, Portugal's South Coast

  • 1993-03-19T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

There are still parts of the Algarve Coast that are not well-known, such as the village of Salema. Within the resort town of Lagos and ancient Cape Sagres, Rick shares safety tips for traveling alone as well as using the metric system in markets.

2x13 The Best Travels in Europe

  • 1993-03-01T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

This 70-minute pledge special rounds up some of Rick's favorite scenes from the first two seasons.

2x14 Lisbon

  • 1993-03-26T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

The second 3,000-mile tour ends in Lisbon. Rick retells Portugal's glorious past. He reminds us how to find inexpensive and comfortable lodgings in expensive parts of Europe.

3x01 Berlin and Potsdam

  • Season Premiere

    1995-01-01T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Rick starts the third season in country and city reunified just a half-decade before. He relates some of Berlin's stormy history and visions of a more prosperous future.

3x02 Prague and Budapest

  • 1995-01-08T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Prague is in the Czech Republic now, still splendid in 14th-century elegance. Rick spots the corner where Mozart put the finishing touches on Don Giovianni. Rick delves into the 1,000-year Magyar history while in Budapest. Rick's travel tip concentrates on keeping a good eye on not getting ripped off.

3x03 Vienna

  • 1995-01-15T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Vienna is old, and Rick presents its artistic landmarks. He gives tips on buying concert tickets and traveling on the Danube.

3x04 Salzburg

  • 1995-01-22T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Salzburg seems to be rooted in Mozart's music. But Austria also has a spectacular medieval fort, the Salzkammergut Lakes District, Augustiner monks, and an ancient salt mine. Rick tips off where and how to find free music concerts.

3x05 French Dordogne

  • 1995-01-29T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Castles, markets, and art await along the Dordogne River. Rick advises how to get the most out of budget shuttle service and hotel accommodations.

3x06 French Riviera

  • 1995-02-05T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

The Mediterranean's Cote d'Azur, Villefranche-Sur-Mer, and Cannes can be a hectic place. Rick tells us how to avoid the crowds and interpret information at train stations.

3x07 Milan and Lake Como

  • 1995-02-12T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Rick introduces the powerhouse Italy of the 1990s while detailing its past unification struggles, some of which took place in and around Milan.

3x08 Naples and the Amalfi Coast

  • 1995-02-19T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Naples is everything the viewer expects. Rick begins in this birthplace of pizza, settling for the night with 20 miles of Sorrento. He observes Roman ruins and Greek temples on his way to the Amalfi Coast.

3x09 Athens

  • 1995-02-26T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Ruins are just part of Rick's first venture into Greece. He advises us on car and taxi travel.

3x10 Greek Islands

  • 1995-03-05T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Rick hops around from the island bus tour of Santorini to Lipsi for some out-of-the-way places.

3x11 Western Turkey

  • 1995-03-12T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Rick advises all on how to stay healthy as he journeys along the Meander River.

3x12 Central Turkey

  • 1995-03-19T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

From the cliffs and caves in Cappadocia to the modern capital of Ankara, Rick continues to peruse inexpensively through Turkey. He gives a historical perspective on Ataturk, praised as father of the Turks.

3x13 Istanbul

  • 1995-03-26T06:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Istanbul resides in two continents. Rick enters from the European side of Turkey and begins that tantalizing path into the next continent (and the following season).

4x01 Israel

  • Season Premiere

    1997-11-01T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

The new and the old Israel become a thrillingly different start to Rick's fourth seasopn. He talks extensively of Israel's religious sites. The Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and the Dome of the Rock and Christians at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are tops. But Rick also steps into Tel Aviv and the present-day Mediterranean beach.

4x02 Egypt

  • 1997-11-08T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Rick transports down Egypt's less-traveled roads. Inevitably he rides the camel, stops at a bazaar, and cruises down the Nile.

4x03 Denmark

  • 1997-11-15T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Delightful Copenhagen is first on Rick's journey through Denmark, and the locals are a friendly bunch. After visiting the carnival at Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park, Rick treks to Aero Island for visions of the Old World ways.

4x04 Stockholm & Helsinki

  • 1997-11-22T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

In Stockholm, Rick combs through centuries of Swedish life, both fortunate and unfrotunate events. An overnight cruise leads to through the Baltic Archipelago to Helsinki, Finland.

4x05 Norway

  • 1997-11-29T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Rick finds that boat across the Oslo harbor for ocean adventure. Historically, this city has ties to the Vikings, Thor Heyerdahl, and Nazi Resistance. ""Norway in a Nutshell"" leads Rick to Bergen.

4x06 North England

  • 1997-12-06T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Rick brings his family along as he shares tips on traveling with children. On their itinerary: Ironbridge Gorge, Blackpool, the Cumbrian Lake District, and the Norman cathedral at Durham.

4x07 London and Beyond

  • 1997-12-13T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Rick pays his respects to Winston Churchill in London's Cabinet War Room. Along with stops at the Globe Theatre, Rick and family attend Stratford, Warwick Castle, Cambridge, and York. The new tunnel under the English Channel awaits.

4x08 Paris and Beyond

  • 1997-12-20T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Rick presentst his avorites: a familiar restaurant and a neighborhood market. The old familiar sights in Paris get a once-over before Rick jaunts to the palace of Versailles. He also salutes the Impressionists' artistic revolution.

4x09 France's Alsace

  • 1997-12-27T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Rick rents a car for his sight-seeing tour of Alsace's route du vin, full of vineyards, villages, and fortresses. Alsatian village-hopping precedes a trek into Verdun and Reims Cathedral. Epernay, birthplace of champagne, comes at the end.

4x10 French and Swiss Alps

  • 1998-01-03T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Back to the Alps for Rick, who visits Chamonix, the original French Alpine resort. He takes a balloon ride over Mount Blanc before his train trek to Appenzell, Switzerland. This gives Rick the chance for more rail travel tips.

4x11 Austrian and Italian Alps

  • 1998-01-10T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Rick begins at the border of Germany and Austria and shoots down to Innsbruck. A lesson on Austrian cuisine preceds a trek into Italy's Reifenstein Castle and the Italian Dolomites.

4x12 Barcelona and Segovia

  • 1998-01-17T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Barcelona is a Catalonian cornucopia, as Rick spots the art of Gaudi and Picasso. In the heart of Spain, Rick contrasts the 15th-Century palace of El Escorial with rhe 20th-Century Valley of the Fallen. Finally, there's Segovia.

4x13 Costa del Sol

  • 1998-01-24T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Southern Spain offers the greatest Moorish feel. Rick finally shows off the fabulous Costa del Sol beach. After Gibraltar, Rick floats across the Mediterranean to Tangier, Morocco.

4x14 Best of the Mediterranean with Rick Steves

  • 1998-12-01T05:00:00+00:00 — 30 mins

Selected scenes from Seasons 3 and 4 are highlighted as Rick revisits the Mediterranean countries in this 80-minute pledge special.

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