Rick Steves' Europe

West England

The quintessence of charming England is the “West Country”: quaint Cotswold villages with their fine churches, manor homes, and gastropubs; Wells, England’s smallest cathedral town; and the New Age capital of Glastonbury, with its legends of the Holy Grail and King Arthur. He finishes by pondering the dramatic prehistoric stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury.

Air Date 12/29/16

 
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RICK STEVES' EUROPE offers a fresh perspective on the best travel advice, including where to stay, what to see and how to get around in Europe. Rick Steves shares his extensive knowledge of European history, art and culture. His years as America's most popular European guidebook author blends with his relaxed but informative style to make this one of public television's most popular series.
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    Saturday, Jan 21 at 1am TPT LIFE
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    Saturday, Jan 21 at 2:30pm TPT 2
  • #901 — Germany's Hamburg and the Luther Trail |
    Monday, Jan 23 at 11am TPT LIFE
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    Monday, Jan 23 at 11:30am TPT LIFE
  • #602 — Croatia: Adriatic Delights
    A fascinating land with a hard-fought history in a complex corner of Europe, Croatia is emerging as one of Europe's top destinations. Sampling the very best of Croatia, we start by exploring the fabled Dalmatian Coast from dramatic Dubrovnik to crusty Adriatic island ports. Heading inland, we hike through Plitvice Lakes National Park and enjoy the thriving capital city Zagreb. Our Croatian finale: the Istrian Peninsula and its enchanting port town of Rovinj.
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  • #603 — Dubrovnik and Balkan Side-Trips
    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.
    Friday, Feb 10 at 7:30pm TPT LIFE
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  • #604 — The Best of Slovenia
    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.
    Friday, Feb 17 at 7:30pm TPT LIFE
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  • #605 — Granada, Cordoba, and Spain's Costa Del Sol
    Andalucia'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 Andalucian culture. And we top it off with fun in the Spanish sun on the Costa del Sol.
    Friday, Feb 24 at 7:30pm TPT LIFE
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  • #901 — Germany's Hamburg and the Luther Trail
    Hamburg, Germany's mighty port city has risen from the ashes of World War II with a gleaming new skyline and a brisk creative energy. From there, Rick visits the great historic sights of Martin Luther and the Reformation (Erfurt, Wittenberg, and Wartburg Castle) before finishing in the capital of Franconia: wine-loving Wurzburg.
    Saturday, Jan 21 at 1am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Jan 23 at 11am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Jan 23 at 4pm TPT LIFE
  • #902 — Germany's Dresden and Leipzig
    Saxony, part of the former East Germany, remains a secret to most travelers. Rick visits the two great cities of the region: the capital city of Dresden, with the opulent palaces and art treasures of the Wettin dynasty, and Leipzig, with its Bach heritage, a massive monument to the day Europe beat Napoleon, and museums remembering its communist heritage.
    Saturday, Jan 21 at 1:30am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Jan 23 at 11:30am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Jan 23 at 4:30pm TPT LIFE
  • #903 — Germany's Frankfurt and Nurnberg
    Skyscraper-studded Frankfurt - with so much commerce it's nicknamed "Bankfurt" - has a delightful-to-explore old center. Rick also visits Nurnberg, a capital for both the First Reich (the Holy Roman Empire) and the Third. From its towering castle and playful fountains to its Nazi Documentation Center and maze of underground bomb shelters, Nurnberg is a fascinating study in contrasts.
    Saturday, Jan 21 at 2:30pm TPT 2
    Friday, Jan 27 at 7pm TPT LIFE
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    Monday, Jan 30 at 11am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Jan 30 at 4pm TPT LIFE
  • #904 — Bulgaria
    Bulgaria, so mysterious to most Americans, has a vivid identity as a crossroads of the Balkans. Rick traces the country's complex history, from ancient Thracian tombs to medieval Orthodox Christian monasteries to Soviet monuments. And he enjoys an intimate taste of contemporary culture: the yellow brick road of Sofia; the gregarious craftspeople of the medieval capital, Veliko Tarnovo; and the thriving pedestrian zones of cosmopolitan Plovdiv.
    Saturday, Jan 28 at 2:30pm TPT 2
    Friday, Feb 3 at 7pm TPT LIFE
    Saturday, Feb 4 at 1am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Feb 6 at 11am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Feb 6 at 4pm TPT LIFE
  • #905 — Romania
    Rick and his team tour Romania's vibrant capital, Bucharest, with its "Little Paris of the East" architecture and lingering reminders of a brutal communist dictator. Then they head into Transylvania, where they visit fortified churches, cobbled merchant towns like Sighisoara, and castles made famous by an imported German king and the real-life Dracula. Finally, they explore Maramures, where everyday life still feels like an open-air folk museum.
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  • #906 — Assisi and Italian Country Charm
    In the Italian countryside, Rick connects with rustic, traditional culture: enjoying an agriturismo (farmhouse inn), seeing how prosciutto and pecorino cheese are made, and hiking down into deep and ancient wine cellars. He ends in Assisi - the hometown of St. Francis - which retains its spiritual aura to this day. Like pilgrims, he explores its stony center before trekking to its awe-inspiring basilica, built on the tomb of the beloved saint.
    Saturday, Feb 11 at 2:30pm TPT 2
    Friday, Feb 17 at 7pm TPT LIFE
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    Monday, Feb 20 at 4pm TPT LIFE
  • #907 — Siena and Tuscany's Wine Country
    Siena, once a proud and independent city-state, retains its confidence and unique traditions. Rick enjoys a front-row seat at its wild horse race - the venerable Palio - and marvel at cultural treasures from the days when Siena rivaled Florence for leadership of Tuscany. Then he heads into wine country for a little dolce vita under the Tuscan sun.
    Saturday, Feb 18 at 2:30pm TPT 2
    Friday, Feb 24 at 7pm TPT LIFE
    Saturday, Feb 25 at 1am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Feb 27 at 11am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Feb 27 at 4pm TPT LIFE
  • #908 — West England
    The quintessence of charming England is the "West Country": quaint Cotswold villages with their fine churches, manor homes, and gastropubs; Wells, England's smallest cathedral town; and the New Age capital of Glastonbury, with its legends of the Holy Grail and King Arthur. He finishes by pondering the dramatic prehistoric stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury.
    Saturday, Feb 25 at 2:30pm TPT 2
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