Rick Steves' European Travel Skills Pledge Special

Rick Steves' 30 years of travel experience is distilled into this lively, all new, two-hour pledge special. Beautifully filmed on location along his favorite "Best of Europe" loop — Amsterdam, Germany's Rhineland and Bavaria, Italy's Riviera, Siena and Venice, the Swiss Alps, Paris, and London — Rick shares his most up-to-date tips on planning an itinerary, hurdling the language barrier, driving cars, catching trains, avoiding crowds and crime, eating and sleeping on a budget, and more. It's packed with information — and inspiration — to help turn travel dreams into smooth and affordable reality.

Content: Three complete Rick Steves' Europe "Series 7" episodes — Travel Skills I (712), Travel Skills II (713) and Travel Skills III (714) — plus 35 minutes for pledge breaks.

 

European Travel Skills Station Support

Viewer Guide Articles

Stations can publish these two articles (of varying lengths), free of charge, to promote the special. Feel free to edit as needed. You can also download high resolution photos below (see "Download Promotional Media").

 

Rick Steves' Europe: Travel Skills Special [295 words]

For twenty years, travel writer Rick Steves has taken us along to his favorite destinations through his TV series,Rick Steves' Europe. Now, with the release of his new, three-part Travel Skills Special, Rick takes us beyond the sights, and shares his most up-to-date tips on how to have a fun, affordable, culturally broadening trip to Europe.

In true Rick Steves style, this is no dry lecture. Rick presents each travel skill "on location" along a dream trip that laces together some of Europe's most interesting and beautiful destinations: Amsterdam, Germany's Rhineland and Bavaria, Italy's Riviera, Siena and Venice, the Swiss Alps, Paris, and London.

In part one — while enjoying sights in Amsterdam, along the Rhine Valley, and in medieval Rothenburg — Rick shares tips for properly settling-in upon arrival, getting cash, and using your guidebook. You'll also learn the basics of zipping around smartly, by train or by car.

In part two — while traveling through Italy's Riviera, Siena and Venice — you'll learn how to pack light, plan a smooth itinerary, and avoid crowds and crime. Rick also offers some practical communication tips, and discusses the pros and cons of bus tours and cruises.

In part three — as we go from the Swiss Alps to Paris and London — Rick provides insights on choosing accommodations, eating well on a budget, staying healthy, and calmly coping with the challenges of big-city transportation systems.

Watching this lively, beautifully-filmed special — as America's favorite tour guide shares the lessons he's gleaned from decades of making travel mistakes and taking careful notes — you'll hardly realize you're soaking up the information and inspiration it takes to turn your own travel dreams into smooth and affordable reality. Europe, here you come!

Travel along with Rick Steves' Europe: Travel Skills Special on [station, date, time].

 

Rick Steves' Europe: Travel Skills Special [196 words]

For twenty years, travel writer Rick Steves has taken us along to his favorite destinations through his TV series,Rick Steves' Europe. Now, with the release of his new, three-part Travel Skills Special, Rick shares his most up-to-date tips on how to have a fun, affordable, culturally broadening trip to Europe.

In part one — while enjoying sights in Amsterdam, along the Rhine Valley, and in medieval Rothenburg — Rick shares tips for properly settling-in upon arrival, getting cash, using your guidebook, and zipping around by train or by car.

In part two — while traveling through Italy's Riviera, Siena and Venice — you'll learn how to pack light, plan a smooth itinerary, communicate with the locals, and avoid crowds and crime.

In part three — as we go from the Swiss Alps to Paris and London — Rick provides insights on choosing accommodations, eating well on a budget, staying healthy, and getting around in big cities.

Watching this lively, beautifully-filmed special, you'll hardly realize you're soaking up the information and inspiration it takes to turn your own travel dreams into smooth and affordable reality. Europe, here you come!

Travel along with Rick Steves' Europe: Travel Skills Special on [station, date, time].

Host Biography

Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series Rick Steves' Europe, and best-selling author of over 50 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals." He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe — and Europeans — for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.

Over the past 20 years, Rick has hosted over 100 travel shows for public television, and numerous pledge specials (raising millions of dollars for local stations). His Rick Steves' Europe TV series is carried by over 300 stations, reaching 95 percent of U.S. markets. Rick has also created two award-winning specials for public television: Rick Steves' European Christmas and the ground-breaking Rick Steves' Iran. Rick writes and co-produces his television programs through his company, Back Door Productions.

Rick Steves also hosts a weekly public radio program, Travel with Rick Steves. With a broader approach to travel everywhere, in each hour-long program Rick interviews guest travel expert, followed by listener call-ins. Travel with Rick Steves airs across the country and has spawned a popular podcast. Rick has also created a series of audio walking tour podcasts for museums and neighborhoods in Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, London and Athens.

Rick self-published the first edition of his travel skills book, Europe Through the Back Door (now updated annually), in 1980. He has also written more than 50 other country, city and regional guidebooks, phrase books, and "snapshot" guides. For several years, Rick Steves' Italy has been the bestselling international guidebook sold in the U.S. In 2009, Rick tackled a new genre of travel writing with Travel as a Political Act, reflecting on how a life of travel has broadened his own perspectives, and travel can be a significant force for peace and understanding in the world. Rick's books are published by Avalon Travel, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

In addition to his guidebooks, TV and radio work, Rick is a syndicated newspaper columnist with the Tribune Media Services. He appears frequently on television, radio, and online as the leading authority on European travel.

Rick took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. By the time he reached 18, Rick jokes, "I realized I didn't need my parents to travel!" He began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started Europe Through the Back Door (ETBD), a business which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a well-traveled staff of 80 full-time employees. ETBD offers free travel information through its travel center, website, European Railpass Guide, and free travel newsletters. ETBD also runs a successful European tour program with more than 450 departures — attracting around 12,000 travelers — annually.

Rick is outspoken on the need for Americans to fit better into our planet by broadening their perspectives through travel. He is also committed to his own neighborhood. He's an active member of the Lutheran church (and has hosted the ELCA's national video productions). He's a board member of NORML (The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). And Rick has provided his local YWCA with a 24-unit apartment building with which to house homeless mothers.

Rick Steves spends about a third of every year in Europe, researching guidebooks, filming TV shows, and making new discoveries for travelers. Rick was divorced in March, 2010. He lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington, where his office window overlooks his old junior high school.

 

Fact Sheet

Episode Description

Rick Steves' 30 years of travel experience is distilled into this all new two-hour special, with practical advice on how to have a fun, affordable, and culturally broadening trip to Europe. Filmed on location on his favorite "Best of Europe" loop — Amsterdam, the Rhineland, Bavaria, Venice, Siena, the Italian Riviera, the Swiss Alps, Paris, and London — Rick shares the essential skills of smart travel. You'll learn tips on planning an itinerary, hurdling the language barrier, driving rental cars and catching trains, avoiding scams, eating well, sleeping smart, staying safe, and everything you need to know to turn your travel dreams into smooth and affordable reality.

Program Information

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Sunday, February 24, 2013
1630-1830ET /HD04

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Sunday, February 24, 2013
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Thank You Gifts for Pledge Supporters

Rick Steves' European Travel Skills is produced as a fundraiser for public television stations. To encourage viewers to call in pledges of support, stations and Rick are offering thank you packages of $60, $90 and $180 gift levels. Read a full description of the items offered (see "Station Gift Descriptions" below).

$60 Level

  • Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door book (most recent year)
    • Station Cost: $11.00
    • Market Value: $34.98
    • Item #: ZZ-SKILLS-ETBD

$60 Level

  • Rick Steves' 11 New Shows DVD set 2013-2014 (2 disc DVD set)
    • Station Kit Cost: $7.00
    • Market Value: $34.98
    • Item #: ZZ-SKILLS-11SHOWS

$90 Level

  • Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door book (most recent year)
  • Rick Steves' 11 New Shows DVD set 2013-2014 (2 disc DVD set)
    • Station Kit Cost: $16.00
    • Market Value: $59.97
    • Item #: ZZ-SKILLS-SET

$180 Level

  • Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door book (most recent year)
  • Rick Steves' 100 Shows DVD Box Set 2000-2014
  • Rick Steves' Civita Day Pack – Graphite
    • Station Kit Cost: $46.00
    • Market Value: $159.96
    • Item #: ZZ-SKILLS-COMBO

All levels will include Rick Steves' Europe Planning map, Travel Skills DVD and Best Destinations Newsletter.

Stations pay all shipping charges.

Questions: Angie@ricksteves.com

To order, please contact:

pledge@ricksteves.com
Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door
130 Fourth Avenue North
P.O. Box 2009
Edmonds, WA 98020
Tel: 425-771-8303
Fax: 425-771-0833

Download Promotional Media

Here you will find everything you will need to promote Rick Steves' European Travel Skills Pledge Special. If you would like assistance in downloading these images, or prefer another format, please email Ashley Sytsma (ashley@ricksteves.com) or call 425-608-4293.

Rick Steves' European Travel Skills Photos: High-resolution photos for viewer guides, websites, and other publications.

Rick Steves' European Travel Skills Pledge Premium Images: Completed Screenshots or composite images to create your own.

 

Rick Steves' European Travel Skills Preview Video

A Rick Steves' European Travel Skills preview is available for download and can be used directly on your public television website.

  • Download the 30-second promo (please right click and select "Save Target As")

Rick Steves' European Travel Skills Photos

Pledge Premium Images

Below are composite JPEGs of each of the pledge levels shown below, formatted for a 1920 x 1080 screen.

You can download a zipped archive that contains high resolution JPEGs of all six pledge premiums, flat or 3-dimensional, for use in your own layouts.

A layered Photoshop file containing each pledge level as an editable group (with rasterized type) is also available for download.

All Levels: Screen image

$60 Level with Skills book: Screen image

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$90 Level: Screen image

$180 Level, with Day Bag: Screen image

All Products: Screen image
Zipped archive of all products

 

Station Gift Descriptions

Rick Steves' Travel Skills DVD

Rick Steves, the best-selling author of more than 40 travel guidebooks and host of public television's Rick Steves' Europe and public radio's Travel with Rick Steves, shares his expertise on how to travel smoothly and affordably through Europe. Learn practical tips on planning a trip, getting around, finding accommodations, staying safe, packing right and more!
(No Retail Value)

Rick Steves' Europe Planning Map

This map is printed on tough, water-resistant paper, and it's perfect for pre-trip planning. It includes freeways and main train lines and eight city-center maps on the reverse side. Designed by travelers, it's the best of Europe, from Lisbon to Warsaw, Bergen to Sicily, in a colorful, easy-to-use 25" x 28" format.
(Retail Price $9.95)

Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door book (most recent year)

Packed with lessons gleaned from more than 30 years of budget European travel, Rick's travel handbook answers all the questions you have now — and those you wouldn't have asked until faced with them on your trip.
(Retail Price $24.99)

Rick Steves' 11 New Shows DVD set 2013-2014 (2 disc DVD set)

This all-new, 2-DVD set is the perfect introduction to Rick's TV shows. Rick's latest season of shows takes you through the best of Europe's top city destinations: Venice, Florence, Rome, Paris, London, and beyond. Running time 5½ hours. All shows widescreen, closed captioned, NTSC format, all region compatible.
(Retail Price $24.99)

Rick Steves' Civita Day Pack — graphite

Rick's personal day pack in Europe is ultra-soft, ultra-light but tough and roomy enough for all your day-trip items. It's surprisingly roomy (14" x 11" x 5.5", over 850 cubic inches), featuring three zippered compartments, a pair of padded straps, and two toggle-tight side mesh water bottle pockets.
(Retail Price $24.99)

Rick Steves' 100 Shows DVD Box Set 2000-2014

You'll get all 100 Rick Steves' Europe TV shows and specials on 14 DVDs with outtakes and interviews.
(Retail Price $99.99)

All levels will include the Rick Steves' Best Destination Newsletter.

Stations pay all shipping charges.

Questions: angie@ricksteves.com

To order, please contact:

pledge@ricksteves.com
Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door
130 Fourth Avenue North
Edmonds, WA 98020
Tel: 425-771-8303
Fax: 425-771-0833