Rick Steves' Hidden Europe Pledge Special

This two-hour TV special highlighting a dozen of Rick's favorite discoveries is an adventure sure to stoke your travel dreams with places most American travelers don't even know exist. In this select and intriguing collection of European gems, you venture with Rick from a fairytale Danish isle to a forgotten Tuscan hill town to a proud Basque capital. From the Slovenian Alps to a Bohemian dream town to your own hidden Greek port, this is your chance to enjoy the glories of offbeat Europe — truly Through the Back Door. Don't miss this countdown featuring Rick's picks for Europe's dozen most overlooked destinations.

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I have enjoyed producing this virtual pledge special with Seattle's KCTS and hope to continue bringing successful pledge specials to American Public Television stations at no charge. We hope these events continue to be successful fundraisers for your station.

If you have any questions or would like additional publicity support, please contact Ashley Sytsma at my office by phone (425-608-4293, fax 425-771-0833), or email: ashley@ricksteves.com.

Good luck with your event, and thanks for running the program!

 

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Rick Steves

 

Sample Press Release

Rick Steves' Hidden Europe

A countdown of Rick's favorite undiscovered European destinations

City, State – This March on KXXX, join Rick Steves for a two-hour television special highlighting a dozen of his favorite discoveries is an adventure sure to stoke your travel dreams with places most American travelers don't even know exist.

In this select and intriguing collection of European gems, you venture with Rick from a fairytale Danish isle to a forgotten Tuscan hill town to a proud Basque capital. From the Slovenian Alps to a Bohemian dream town to your own hidden Greek port, this is your chance to enjoy the glories of offbeat Europe – truly Through the Back Door.

Rick Steves' picks for Europe's dozen most overlooked destinations are:

12. Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy: The most dramatic Italian hill town of all is a time-passed village barely surviving into the 21st century.

11: San Sebastián, Spain: The Basque culinary capital offers a fascinating glimpse at this plucky and resilient "nation without a state."

10: Český Krumlov, Czech Republic: Hemmed in by a tight bend in its river, this adorable town is watched over by a fanciful castle.

9. Tangier, Morocco: Bristling with minarets and crammed with colorful market stalls, this historic port city is an easy detour from Spain.

8. Lucca, Italy: This untrampled town's once-formidable walls corral plenty of good living.

7. Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina: Formerly war-torn, this Bosnian city is on the mend.

6. Hallstatt, Austria: Made wealthy by the salt trade, this village is nestled on a sleepy lake high in the Alps.

5. Slovenia's Julian Alps: The "sunny side of the Alps" mingles spectacular mountain scenery with unexpected World War I intrigue.

4. Volterra, Italy: This stony wonder boasts a rich history going back to Etruscan times.

3. Ærø, Denmark: This Denmark's capital of quaint is a hit with strollers, bikers, and those who just want to relax.

2. Rovinj, Croatia: A castaway Old Town and mighty bell tower distinguish this romantically crumbling seaside village.

1. Hydra, Greece: Idyllically traffic-free, this island is notorious for ruining carefully crafted trip plans: Visitors tend to toss their itineraries into the bay and find themselves thoroughly on vacation.

For all the details on each of Europe's dozen most overlooked destinations, don't miss Rick Steves' Hidden Europe on KXXX!

Rick Steves' film crew consists of Steves, producer Simon Griffith, cameraman Karel Bauer, and editor Steve Cammarano. The special is produced by Back Door Productions based at Rick Steves' Europe Through The Back Door Inc., presented by KCTS, and distributed through American Public Television at no cost to public television stations nationwide.

To learn more about Rick Steves' books, tours, television projects, and radio program, visit www.ricksteves.com.

For review tapes, photos, or interviews, contact Ashley Sytsma at Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door, 130 Fourth Avenue North, Edmonds, WA 98020, Tel: 425-608-4293 / Fax: 425-771-0833 / ashley@ricksteves.com.

 

About Rick Steves

Rick Steves in on a mission: to help make European travel accessible and meaningful for Americans. Since 1973, Rick has spent four months every year exploring Europe. He has researched and written more than thirty travel guidebooks, writes and hosts the public television series Rick Steves' Europe, and also produces and hosts the weekly public radio show Travel with Rick Steves. He is currently the best-selling guidebook author for international travel in the United States. With the help of his hardworking staff at Europe Through the Back Door, Rick organizes tours of Europe and offers an information packed website (www.ricksteves.com).

 

Viewer Guide Articles

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

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Rick Steves' Hidden Europe [1046 Words]

A countdown of Rick's favorite undiscovered European destinations

This two-hour television special, highlighting a dozen of Rick Steves' favorite discoveries, is sure to stoke your travel dreams with places most American travelers don't even know exist. You'll venture with Rick from a fairy-tale Danish isle to a forgotten Tuscan hill town to a proud Basque capital. This travel special is all about connecting intimately with Europe, past and present, by getting off the beaten path. From the Slovenian Alps to a Bohemian dream town to your own hidden Greek port, this is your chance to enjoy the glories of offbeat Europe — truly "through the back door."
 
Here's a sneak preview of Rick's countdown. For the actual identities of these unheralded wonders, you'll have to tune into the Rick Steves' Hidden Europe special...or you can just skip to the end of this article.

12. Remote Italian Hill Town: In the chaos that came after the fall of Rome, communities literally ran for the hills, establishing stony escapes. And to this day, there are incredible enclaves of the Old World still hiding out in the hillsides of Italy. We'll climb up to the most dramatic Italian hill town of all, a time-passed pinnacle village barely surviving into the 21st century.

11. Basque Culinary Capital: When they drew the border separating France and Spain, they ignored the Basque people. To this day, this plucky and resilient "nation without a state" straddles the French-Spanish border on the Atlantic coast. The best stop in all of Basque Country also just happens to cook up the tastiest of tapas — or pintxos, as the Basques would say.

10. Bohemian Retreat: Most travelers to the Czech Republic visit only its capital city, Prague. But digging deeper into the heartland of any country comes with rich rewards. This little town, hemmed in by a tight bend in its river and watched over by a fanciful castle, offers an endearing taste of small-town Czech Republic.

9. Moroccan Detour: While not actually part of Europe, Morocco, just a one-hour ferry ride from Spain's Costa del Sol, is the perfect way to spice up your European travels. After sailing the Strait of Gibraltar, the ferry docks, and you walk right into the heart of this thriving and historic port city — bristling with minarets, crammed with colorful market stalls, and laced with tight lanes lined by keyhole arches and engaging locals.

8. Walled Tuscan Town: Italy is one of Europe's most crowded destinations. A key to avoiding its hordes of tourists is to go somewhere without famous sights: no Colosseum, no Leaning Tower, no opera-singing gondoliers...just pure Italy. One of the most underrated Tuscan towns, just an hour outside of Florence, features once-formidable walls that corral plenty of good living and travel fun.

7. War-Torn Yet Inspiring Bosnia-Herzegovina: Part of the thrill of traveling in Europe is sorting out its complicated cultural mix. And nowhere is Europe's ethnic make-up more complex than in Bosnia. Once the heart of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia is a world where East meets West, where minarets and church spires compete for your attention, and where the cultural tectonic plates of Islam and Christendom rub together. We'll visit a Bosnian city that was in our headlines two decades ago as its landmark old Turkish-style bridge was blasted to bits. It's a fascinating place to learn about the last generation's war...and about how a new generation is knitting the city back together.

6. Austrian Lakeside Retreat: While almost everyone enjoys Austria's heavily promoted Salzburg, it can feel like a tourist trap. But nearby is an often-overlooked little town nestled on a sleepy lake high in the Alps. In this lazy village, in-the-know visitors join locals to commune with nature and enjoy a heritage made very rich...by salt.

5. Alpine Slovenia: Europe's Alps can be crowded — which you may discover the hard way when you jostle with fellow nature-lovers on alpine trails and lifts. But to the south, on the "sunny side of the Alps," is an entire region that few American tourists even consider visiting. This corner of Slovenia's Alps mingle spectacular mountain scenery with unexpected World War I intrigue — a combination sure to please history buffs and hikers alike.

4. Cliff-Capping Etruscan Burg: In Italy, so many appealing hill towns compete for your vacation dollar. But the hill town with the best crowds-to-charm ratio is a stony wonder just west of Florence. Hiding out in Tuscany, this hill town boasts a rich history going back to Etruscan times and a vibrant and proud community today.

3. Ship-in-a-Bottle Danish Isle: Islands have an advantage when it comes to being remote. And tucked away in the south of Denmark — but still handy to Copenhagen — is an island with a salty ambience that any retired sea captain could enjoy calling home. Denmark's capital of quaint is a hit with strollers, bikers, and those who just want to relax.

2. The Cozy Croatian Adriatic: Venice and Dubrovnik may be the gems of the Adriatic, but with their fame comes high prices and mobs of tourists. If you scour the eastern Adriatic coastline, you'll find one port with the flavor of Venice, the Slavic intrigue of Dubrovnik...and none of the touristic intensity of either. This romantically crumbling seaside village — with its castaway Old Town and mighty bell tower — is the most Italian-feeling town in Croatia's most Italian-feeling region.

1. Undiscovered Greek Island Escape: The finale of Rick Steves' Hidden Europe features Rick's vote for the most underrated attraction on the Continent. This island provides a quick escape from one of Europe's most intense mega-cities, Athens — just 90 minutes away by boat. While sprawling Athens is congested and chaotic, this getaway is entirely traffic-free; only people and donkeys climb its idyllic lanes. The island is notorious for ruining carefully crafted trip plans: Visitors here tend to toss their itineraries into the bay and find themselves thoroughly on vacation.

For the identity of each of Europe's dozen most overlooked destinations, don't miss Rick Steves' Hidden Europe countdown. (Or, if you just can't wait, here are the answers: 12. Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy; 11. San Sebastián, Spain; 10. Český Krumlov, Czech Republic; 9. Tangier, Morocco; 8. Lucca, Italy; 7. Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina; 6. Hallstatt, Austria; 5. The Julian Alps, Slovenia; 4. Volterra, Italy; 3. Ærø, Denmark; 2. Rovinj, Croatia; 1. Hydra, Greece.)

 

Rick Steves' Hidden Europe [599 Words]

A countdown of Rick's favorite undiscovered European destinations

This two-hour television special, highlighting a dozen of Rick's favorite discoveries, is sure to stoke your travel dreams with places most American travelers don't even know exist. You'll venture with Rick from a fairy-tale Danish isle to a forgotten Tuscan hill town to a proud Basque capital to your own hidden Greek port. This is your chance to enjoy the glories of offbeat Europe — truly "through the back door." Here's a sneak preview of Rick's countdown. For the actual identities of these unheralded wonders, you'll have to tune into the Rick Steves' Hidden Europe special...or you can just skip to the end of this article.

12. Remote Italian Hill Town: We'll climb up to the most dramatic Italian hill town of all, a time-passed village barely surviving into the 21st century.

11. Basque Culinary Capital: The best stop in all of Basque Country (the plucky and resilient "nation without a state" that straddles the French-Spanish border on the Atlantic coast) also just happens to cook up the tastiest of tapas — or pintxos, as the Basques would say.

10. Bohemian Retreat: This little town, hemmed in by a tight bend in its river and watched over by a fanciful castle, offers an endearing taste of small-town Czech Republic.

9. Moroccan Detour: Morocco's best stop (just a one-hour ferry ride from Spain) is this thriving and historic port city — bristling with minarets, crammed with colorful market stalls, and laced with tight lanes lined by keyhole arches and engaging locals.

8. Walled Tuscan Town: One of the most underrated Tuscan towns, just an hour outside of Florence, features once-formidable walls that corral plenty of good living and travel fun...with none of the crowds of Italy's more famous sights.

7. War-Torn Yet Inspiring Bosnia-Herzegovina: Here where the cultural tectonic plates of Islam and Christendom rub together, we'll visit a now on-the-mend Bosnian city that was in our headlines two decades ago as its landmark old Turkish-style bridge was blasted to bits.

6. Austrian Lakeside Retreat: Near Salzburg is an often-overlooked little town nestled on a sleepy lake high in the Alps. Here, in-the-know visitors join locals to commune with nature and enjoy a heritage made very rich...by salt.

5. Alpine Slovenia: The "sunny side of the Alps" mingles spectacular mountain scenery with unexpected World War I intrigue — a combination sure to please history buffs and hikers alike.

4. Cliff-Capping Etruscan Burg: Hiding out in Tuscany, this stony wonder boasts a rich history going back to Etruscan times and a vibrant and proud community today.

3. Ship-in-a-Bottle Danish Isle: Tucked away in the south of Denmark is an island with a salty charm that any retired sea captain could enjoy calling home.

2. The Cozy Croatian Adriatic: This romantically crumbling seaside village — with its castaway Old Town and mighty bell tower — is the most Italian-feeling town in Croatia's most Italian-feeling region.

1. Undiscovered Greek Island Escape: This idyllic, traffic-free island provides a quick escape from one of Europe's most intense mega-cities, Athens (just 90 minutes away by boat). The island is notorious for ruining carefully crafted trip plans: Visitors tend to toss their itineraries into the bay and find themselves thoroughly on vacation.

For all the details on each of Europe's dozen most overlooked destinations, don't miss Rick Steves' Hidden Europe. (Or, if you just can't wait, here are the answers: 12. Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy; 11. San Sebastián, Spain; 10. Český Krumlov, Czech Republic; 9. Tangier, Morocco; 8. Lucca, Italy; 7. Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina; 6. Hallstatt, Austria; 5. The Julian Alps, Slovenia; 4. Volterra, Italy; 3. Ærø, Denmark; 2. Rovinj, Croatia; 1. Hydra, Greece.)

 

Rick Steves' Hidden Europe [310 Words]

A countdown of Rick's favorite undiscovered European destinations

This two-hour television special, highlighting a dozen of Rick's favorite discoveries, is sure to stoke your travel dreams with places most American travelers don't even know exist. Enjoy these glories of offbeat Europe — truly "through the back door":

On a breath-taking and inspirational whirlwind tour, this special will take you to the top dozen under-appreciated wonders in Europe: Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy: The most dramatic Italian hill town of all is a time-passed village barely surviving into the 21st century. San Sebastián, Spain: The Basque culinary capital offers a fascinating glimpse at this plucky and resilient "nation without a state." Český Krumlov, Czech Republic: Hemmed in by a tight bend in its river, this adorable town is watched over by a fanciful castle. Tangier, Morocco: Bristling with minarets and crammed with colorful market stalls, this historic port city is an easy detour from Spain. Lucca, Italy: This untrampled town's once-formidable walls corral plenty of good living. Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina: Formerly war-torn, this Bosnian city is on the mend.  Hallstatt, Austria: Made wealthy by the salt trade, this village is nestled on a sleepy lake high in the Alps.  Slovenia's Julian Alps: The "sunny side of the Alps" mingles spectacular mountain scenery with unexpected World War I intrigue. Volterra, Italy: This stony wonder boasts a rich history going back to Etruscan times. Ærø, Denmark: This Denmark's capital of quaint is a hit with strollers, bikers, and those who just want to relax. Rovinj, Croatia: A castaway Old Town and mighty bell tower distinguish this romantically crumbling seaside village. And the finale: The Isle of Hydra in Greece.  Idyllically traffic-free, this island is notorious for ruining carefully crafted trip plans: Visitors tend to toss their itineraries into the bay and find themselves thoroughly on vacation.

For all the details on each of Europe's dozen most overlooked destinations, don't miss Rick Steves' Hidden Europe.

 

Rick Steves' Hidden Europe [295 Words]

A countdown of Rick's favorite undiscovered European destinations

This two-hour television special, highlighting a dozen of Rick's favorite discoveries, is sure to stoke your travel dreams with places most American travelers don't even know exist. Enjoy these glories of offbeat Europe — truly "through the back door":

12. Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy: The most dramatic Italian hill town of all is a time-passed village barely surviving into the 21st century.

11. San Sebastián, Spain: The Basque culinary capital offers a fascinating glimpse at this plucky and resilient "nation without a state."

10. Český Krumlov, Czech Republic: Hemmed in by a tight bend in its river, this adorable town is watched over by a fanciful castle.

9. Tangier, Morocco: Bristling with minarets and crammed with colorful market stalls, this historic port city is an easy detour from Spain.

8. Lucca, Italy: This untrampled town's once-formidable walls corral plenty of good living.

7. Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina: Formerly war-torn, this Bosnian city is on the mend.

6. Hallstatt, Austria: Made wealthy by the salt trade, this village is nestled on a sleepy lake high in the Alps.

5. Slovenia's Julian Alps: The "sunny side of the Alps" mingles spectacular mountain scenery with unexpected World War I intrigue.

4. Volterra, Italy: This stony wonder boasts a rich history going back to Etruscan times.

3. Ærø, Denmark: This Denmark's capital of quaint is a hit with strollers, bikers, and those who just want to relax.

2. Rovinj, Croatia: A castaway Old Town and mighty bell tower distinguish this romantically crumbling seaside village.

1. Hydra, Greece: Idyllically traffic-free, this island is notorious for ruining carefully crafted trip plans: Visitors tend to toss their itineraries into the bay and find themselves thoroughly on vacation.

For all the details on each of Europe's dozen most overlooked destinations, don't miss Rick Steves' Hidden Europe.

 

Rick Steves' Hidden Europe [101 Words]

A countdown of Rick's favorite undiscovered European destinations

This two-hour television special, highlighting a dozen of Rick Steves' favorite discoveries, is sure to stoke your travel dreams with places most American travelers don't even know exist. Connecting intimately with Europe, past and present, you'll get off the beaten path in a fairy-tale Danish isle, a forgotten Tuscan hill town, and a proud Basque capital. From the Slovenian Alps to a Bohemian dream town to your own hidden Greek port, this is your chance to enjoy the glories of offbeat Europe — truly "through the back door." Don't miss this exciting countdown featuring Rick's picks for Europe's 12 most overlooked destinations.

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

This two-hour TV special highlighting a dozen of Rick's favorite discoveries is an adventure sure to stoke your travel dreams with places most American travelers don't even know exist. In this select and intriguing collection of European gems, you venture with Rick from a fairytale Danish isle to a forgotten Tuscan hill town to a proud Basque capital. From the Slovenian Alps to a Bohemian dream town to your own hidden Greek port, this is your chance to enjoy the glories of offbeat Europe – truly Through the Back Door. Don't miss this countdown featuring Rick's picks for Europe's dozen most overlooked destinations.

Program Description

Rick's Hidden Europe Pledge Special features these twelve European destinations. The segment lengths and show structure are:

1. Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy (3:20)
2. San Sebastián, Spain (7:50)
3. Český Krumlov, Czech Republic (5:10)

Break 1

4. Tangier, Morocco (7:10)
5. Lucca, Italy (4:30)
6. Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina (6:20)

Break 2

7. Hallstatt, Austria (6:10)
8. The Julian Alps, Slovenia (4:20 or 5:50 with caves)
9. Volterra, Italy (7:30)

Break 3

10. Ærø, Denmark (8:20)
11. Rovinj, Croatia (2:40)
12. Hydra, Greece (3:50)

Break 4

Total: 1 hour & 57 minutes

70 minutes programming in 4 sections
40 minutes pledge breaks in 4 sections
7 minutes: bridges (9 at 30 seconds each), intro (1 min), and close (1 min)

Broadcast Information

Title: Rick Steves' Hidden Europe (Pledge Event)

Release Date: March 1, 2012

#/Length: 1/120

Formats: HD

Licensees: Available to the American Public Television Exchange Group

Broadcast Rights: Unlimited Use/13 Months

Available Version: 
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NOLA/ Feeds:
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Sunday, February 26, 2012
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Create Version:
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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Thank You Gifts for Pledge Supporters

Rick Steves' Hidden Europe 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' Hidden Europe guidebook
    • Station Cost: $5.00
    • Market Value: $14.99
    • Item #: BK-RS-HID
$60 Level
  • Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door book (most recent year)
    • Station Cost: $9.00
    • Market Value: $24.99
    • Item #: BK-RS-ETBD
$90 Level
  • Rick Steves' Hidden Europe guidebook
  • Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door book (nost recent year)
  • Rick Steves' Travel Skills DVD
    • Station Cost: $14.00
    • Market Value: $39.98
    • Item #: ZZ-HIDDEN-90
$180 Level
  • Rick Steves' Hidden Europe Guidebook
  • Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door book (most recent year)
  • Rick Steves' Travel Skills DVD
  • Rick Steves' All 100 Shows Box Set 2000-2014
    • Station Cost: $35.00
    • Market Value: $139.97
    • Item #: ZZ-HIDDEN-180

All levels will include Rick Steves' 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' Hidden Europe 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.

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

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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.

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Station Gift Descriptions

Rick Steves' Hidden Europe guidebook

In this book Rick Steves selects his dozen favorite discoveries and shares all you need to know to enjoy a fun, efficient, and economic visit to each. These places, sure to stoke your travel dreams, are places most American travelers don't even know exit. You'll venture, with Rick's guidance, from a fairytale Danish isle to a forgotten Tuscan hill town to a proud Basque capital. From the Slovenian Alps to a Bohemian dream town to your own hidden Greek port, this is your chance to enjoy the glories of offbeat Europe – truly through the back door.
(Retail Price $14.99)

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' 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' 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 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
Edmonds, WA 98020
Tel: 425-771-8303
Fax: 425-771-0833