Rick Steves' Europe: Season 7

Every two years Rick Steves produces a new series of travel shows exploring his favorite European destinations. Season 7 includes 14 new, vivid episodes covering London, Paris, Venice, Florence, and Rome in delicious, wide-screen, hi-def — plus the highlights of Northern England and three European travel skills episodes filled with practical, experience-enhancing, money-saving tips and insights.

Season 7 Episodes

Season 7 Station Support

Promotional Tips

We are excited that your station is planning to run Season 7 of Rick Steves' Europe. Thank you! To help you promote this event and make it a success, we are offering these free resources:

Use the 60-minute Rick Steves' Rome special to kick off the new season.

While Season Seven episodes are beautiful to air on their own, I produced the new 60-minute Rick Steves' Rome to kick-off this new season. Produced with primetime programming in mind, consider scheduling the Rome special as the opening celebration of the 14 new 30-minute episodes.

Offer related travel information on your website.

We have dedicated special web pages with the latest on travel to the destinations visited in each episode of Season 7 (see "Season 7 Episodes" above). You can link directly to this page or transfer the content to your own site. You will attract more visitors (and supporters) to your station's website by offering them additional information on the show.

Announce the special to Rick Steves' customers in your area.

We have a national database of 250,000 travelers who have enjoyed our TV series and guidebooks. We can send tailored email messages to our customers in your viewing area to announce the program. Just let us know the zip code range for your viewing area, details about the special (date, time, etc.), and we'll do the rest!

Promote the event in your viewer guide and local media.

I wrote the enclosed article (see "Viewer Guide Article" below) to help promote this new special. Feel free to tailor the article to fit the format of your viewer guide or website. We also have photographs to accompany the article (see "Download Promotional Media" below). The enclosed press release (see "Sample Press Release" below) may be helpful to publicize the event to travel editors and entertainment and television guides in your area. The text for both the article and the press release, as well as the photos, can be emailed to you by request.

I have enjoyed producing this new season and hope to continue bringing engaging television to American Public Television stations at no charge.

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

 

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

Sincerely,

Rick Steves

 

Sample Press Release

Rick Steves' Europe: Season 7

Steves' latest series of travel shows debuts this fall on KXXX.

City, State — As has been his production tempo since 1990, every two years Rick Steves produces a new series of travel shows featuring his favorite European destinations. This October, KXXX will air the newest season of Rick Steves' Europe. The 14 half-hour episodes highlight the best of Europe from Venice to Paris to London.

Steves, America's leading authority on European travel, returns to public television to transport viewers to the continent's bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque countryside. In the seventh season of Rick Steves' Europe, he'll rediscover Rome, Florence, Paris, London, England's Lake District, and Venice. The season will conclude with a three-part "Travel Skills" mini-series. These episodes distill Steves' 30 years of travel experience into 90 minutes of practical advice for taking a fun, affordable and culturally broadening trip to Europe.

Don't miss Rick Steves' Europe: Season 7, Sunday, October X, Xpm, 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 OPB, 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: 425-608-4233 / 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 web site (www.ricksteves.com).

 

Viewer Guide Articles

Stations can publish these articles, free of charge, to promote the new season. Feel free to edit as needed. You can also download high resolution photos (see "Download Promtional Media" below).

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Rick Steves' Europe: Season 7 is Ready for Take-Off [696 words]

The seventh season of Rick Steves' Europe — 14 new episodes — debuts October xx on KXXX. Two years in the making, Rick's theme this season is: Europe's greatest cities and how to fully enjoy them. With dynamic destinations like Rome, Paris and London — and artistic treasure chests like Florence and Venice — the more you know them, the more you realize that each one remains a work in progress offering a lifetime of rewarding exploration. In addition to its 11 "destination" shows, this season includes a three-episode mini-series featuring all the essential skills you need to spend your limited vacation time and money wisely on your next trip.

Resurrecting the rubble of ancient Rome and marveling at the empire's exquisite art provides a deeper appreciation for a city eternally bursting with Baroque and busy with life. In Renaissance Florence, looking into the eyes of Michelangelo's David, climbing Brunelleschi's dome, and eating like a Medici helps us understand how Florentine pride remains strong to this day. And the sights of Paris — from Napoleon's tomb and the majestic Louvre to thunderous pipe organs and cemeteries filled with celebrities from every generation — stir the historian and Francophile hiding in so many travelers.

Wherever you travel, the key is to connect with locals. In each great city, Steves takes the camera into rustic neighborhoods. He taste-tests the last cookie bakery in Rome's Trastevere, and peers over the shoulder of an artisan pounding gold leaf onto a halo in Florence's Oltrarno. He takes his viewers along, joining a beret-capped student in his vintage 2CV for a midnight joyride through floodlit Paris, and then sharing a pint in London's skyscraper-sprouting Docklands. And with his film crew, Rick is in the right place at the right time — whether wading through the crypt of a flooding church at high tide in Venice, or celebrating the mother of all revolutions with a big, patriotic Bastille Day bang in Paris.

In all of his shows, Steves provides context to understand how something really is exciting. Pondering Churchill's cigar, bowler hat, and pin-covered maps marking troop movements is intriguing. But considering those artifacts while knowing how grim England's prospects were against the Nazis and how brilliantly and courageously Churchill led his people to ultimate victory takes your sightseeing to a higher level. And with Steves as your guide, you enjoy a sense of wide-eyed wonder as the nearly-erotic tapestry of a lady and a unicorn introduces 15th-century French society to the possibilities of a life where our senses — all of them — are given to us by God to be fully enjoyed.

And, like a palette-cleansing sorbet between courses, a bonus show that celebrates the awe-inspiring nature of North England gives us a break from this season's urban thrills, taking us on hikes along Hadrian's Wall and Cumbrian Lake District summits. Along the way we join Rick to shear sheep, play cricket, and delve deep into a dripping slate mine.

The Rick Steves philosophy behind all his travel shows is: you can do this. In keeping with his passion for accessibility, Rick has an ethic of never including anything in a show that viewers can't do as regular travelers. And he believes that, armed with the basic skills and a determination to travel smart, any viewer can enjoy any sight featured in Rick Steves' Europe on their own. These essential travel skills are packed into the final three episodes of his new series, as Rick uses his favorite all-star loop through Europe (Amsterdam, the Rhine, Bavaria, Venice, Siena, Cinque Terre, the Swiss Alps, Paris, and London) as a colorful classroom in which to teach the practical skills any good traveler needs: planning a smart itinerary, eating and sleeping well, packing light, and (the most rewarding skill of all) connecting with the locals.

Now into his third decade of bringing the best of Europe home to public television viewers, Rick Steves is committed to the notion that how fully you're able to enjoy the delights of Europe depends upon how well you plan and how skillfully you travel. Rick Steves' Europe — your springboard to smooth and rewarding travel — returns to KXXX, Xxxdays at x pm, starting October xx. Keep on traveling!

 

Rick Steves' Europe: Season 7 is Ready for Take-Off  [605 words]

The seventh season of Rick Steves' Europe — 14 new episodes — debuts October xx on KXXX. Two years in the making, the theme this season is: Europe's greatest cities and how to fully enjoy them. With dynamic cities like Rome, Paris and London — and artistic treasure chests like Florence and Venice — the more you know them, the more you realize that each one is a work in progress, offering a lifetime of rewarding exploration. In addition to its 11 "destination" shows, this season includes a three-episode mini-series featuring all the essential skills you need to spend your limited vacation time and money wisely on your next trip.

Resurrecting the rubble of ancient Rome and marveling at the empire's exquisite art provides a deeper appreciation for a city eternally bursting with Baroque and busy with life. In Renaissance Florence, looking into the eyes of Michelangelo's David, climbing Brunelleschi's dome, and eating like a Medici helps us understand how Florentine pride remains strong to this day. And the sights of Paris — from Napoleon's tomb and the majestic Louvre to thunderous pipe organs and cemeteries filled with celebrities from every generation — stir the historian and Francophile hiding in so many travelers.

Wherever you travel, the key is to connect with locals. In each great city, Steves takes the camera into rustic neighborhoods. He taste-tests the last cookie bakery in Rome's Trastevere, and peers over the shoulder of an artisan pounding gold leaf onto a halo in Florence's Oltrarno. He takes his viewers along, joining a beret-capped student in his vintage 2CV for a midnight joyride through floodlit Paris, and then sharing a pint in London's skyscraper-sprouting Docklands. And with his film crew, Rick is in the right place at the right time — whether wading through the crypt of a flooding church at high tide in Venice, or celebrating the mother of all revolutions with a big, patriotic Bastille Day bang in Paris.

In all of his shows, Steves provides context to understand how something really is exciting. Pondering Churchill's cigar, bowler hat, and pin-covered maps marking troop movements is intriguing. But considering those artifacts while knowing how grim England's prospects were against the Nazis and how brilliantly and courageously Churchill led his people to ultimate victory takes your sightseeing to a higher level. And with Steves as your guide, you enjoy a sense of wide-eyed wonder as the nearly-erotic tapestry of a lady and a unicorn introduces 15th-century French society to the possibilities of a life where our senses — all of them — are given to us by God to be fully enjoyed.

The Rick Steves philosophy behind all his travel shows is: you can do this. And he believes that, armed with the basic skills and a determination to travel smart, any viewer can enjoy Europe independently. Those essential travel skills are packed into the final three episodes of his new series, as Rick uses his favorite all-star loop through Europe (Amsterdam, the Rhine, Bavaria, Venice, Siena, Cinque Terre, the Swiss Alps, Paris, and London) as a colorful classroom in which to teach the practical skills any good traveler needs: planning a smart itinerary, eating and sleeping well, packing light, and (the most rewarding skill of all) connecting with the locals.

Now into his third decade of bringing the best of Europe home to public television viewers, Rick Steves is committed to the notion that how fully you're able to enjoy the delights of Europe depends upon how well you plan and how skillfully you travel. Rick Steves' Europe — your springboard to smooth and rewarding travel — returns to KXXX, Xxxdays at x pm, starting October xx. Keep on traveling!

 

Rick Steves' Europe: Season 7 is Ready for Take-Off  [463 words]

The seventh season of Rick Steves' Europe — 14 new episodes — debuts October xx on KXXX. Two years in the making, the theme this season is: Europe's greatest cities and how to fully enjoy them. With dynamic cities like Rome, Paris and London — and artistic treasure chests like Florence and Venice — the more you know them, the more you realize that each one is a work in progress, offering a lifetime of rewarding exploration.

Resurrecting the rubble of ancient Rome and marveling at the empire's exquisite art provides a deeper appreciation for a city eternally bursting with Baroque and busy with life. In Renaissance Florence, looking into the eyes of Michelangelo's David, climbing Brunelleschi's dome, and eating like a Medici helps us understand how Florentine pride remains strong to this day. And the sights of Paris — from Napoleon's tomb and the majestic Louvre to thunderous pipe organs and cemeteries filled with celebrities from every generation — stir the historian and Francophile hiding in so many travelers.

Wherever you travel, the key is to connect with locals. In each great city, Steves takes the camera into rustic neighborhoods. He taste-tests the last cookie bakery in Rome's Trastevere, and peers over the shoulder of an artisan pounding gold leaf onto a halo in Florence's Oltrarno. He takes his viewers along, joining a beret-capped student in his vintage 2CV for a midnight joyride through floodlit Paris, and then sharing a pint in London's skyscraper-sprouting Docklands. And with his film crew, Rick is in the right place at the right time — whether wading through the crypt of a flooding church at high tide in Venice, or celebrating the mother of all revolutions with a big, patriotic Bastille Day bang in Paris.

In all of his shows, Steves provides context to understand how something really is exciting. Pondering Churchill's cigar, bowler hat, and pin-covered maps marking troop movements is intriguing. But considering those artifacts while knowing how grim England's prospects were against the Nazis and how brilliantly and courageously Churchill led his people to ultimate victory takes your sightseeing to a higher level. And with Steves as your guide, you enjoy a sense of wide-eyed wonder as the nearly-erotic tapestry of a lady and a unicorn introduces 15th-century French society to the possibilities of a life where our senses — all of them — are given to us by God to be fully enjoyed.

Now into his third decade of bringing the best of Europe home to public television viewers, Rick Steves is committed to the notion that how fully you're able to enjoy the delights of Europe depends upon how well you plan and how skillfully you travel. Rick Steves' Europe — your springboard to smooth and rewarding travel — returns to KXXX, Xxxdays at x pm, starting October xx. Keep on traveling!

 

Rick Steves' Europe: Season 7 is Ready for Take-Off  [308 words]

The seventh season of Rick Steves' Europe — 14 new episodes — debuts October xx on KXXX. Two years in the making, the theme this season is: Europe's greatest cities and how to fully enjoy them. With dynamic cities like Rome, Paris and London — and artistic treasure chests like Florence and Venice — the more you know them, the more you realize that each one is a work in progress, offering a lifetime of rewarding exploration.

Resurrecting the rubble of ancient Rome and marveling at the empire's exquisite art provides a deeper appreciation for a city eternally bursting with Baroque and busy with life. In Renaissance Florence, looking into the eyes of Michelangelo's David, climbing Brunelleschi's dome, and eating like a Medici helps us understand how Florentine pride remains strong to this day. And the sights of Paris — from Napoleon's tomb and the majestic Louvre to thunderous pipe organs and cemeteries filled with celebrities from every generation — stir the historian and Francophile hiding in so many travelers.

Wherever you travel, the key is to connect with locals. In each great city, Steves takes the camera into rustic neighborhoods. He taste-tests the last cookie bakery in Rome's Trastevere, and peers over the shoulder of an artisan pounding gold leaf onto a halo in Florence's Oltrarno. He takes his viewers along, joining a beret-capped student in his vintage 2CV for a midnight joyride through floodlit Paris, and then sharing a pint in London's skyscraper-sprouting Docklands. And with his film crew, Rick is in the right place at the right time — whether wading through the crypt of a flooding church at high tide in Venice, or celebrating the mother of all revolutions with a big, patriotic Bastille Day bang in Paris.

Rick Steves' Europe — your springboard to smooth and rewarding travel — returns to KXXX, Xxxdays at x pm, starting October xx. Keep on traveling!

 

Rick Steves' Europe: Season 7 is Ready for Take-Off  [211 words]

The seventh season of Rick Steves' Europe — 14 new episodes — debuts October xx on KXXX. Two years in the making, the theme this season is: Europe's greatest cities and how to fully enjoy them. With dynamic cities like Rome, Paris and London — and artistic treasure chests like Florence and Venice — the more you know them, the more you realize that each one is a work in progress, offering a lifetime of rewarding exploration.

In each episode, Rick shows how connecting with locals is the key to good travel. He taste-tests the last cookie bakery in Rome's Trastevere, and peers over the shoulder of an artisan pounding gold leaf onto a halo in Florence's Oltrarno. He takes his viewers along, joining a beret-capped student in his vintage 2CV for a midnight joyride through floodlit Paris, and then sharing a pint in London's skyscraper-sprouting Docklands. And with his film crew, Rick is in the right place at the right time — whether wading through the crypt of a flooding church at high tide in Venice, or celebrating the mother of all revolutions with a big, patriotic Bastille Day bang in Paris.

Rick Steves' Europe — your springboard to smooth and rewarding travel — returns to KXXX, Xxxdays at x pm, starting October xx. Keep on traveling!

 

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

Season Description:

Rick Steves, America's leading authority on European travel, returns to transport viewers to the continent's bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque countryside. In the seventh season of Rick Steves' Europe, Rick rediscovers Rome, Florence, Paris, London, England's Lake District and Durham, and Venice. The season concludes with a three-part "Travel Skills" mini-series. These episodes distill Rick's 30 years of travel experience into 90 minutes of practical advice for taking a fun, affordable and culturally broadening trip to Europe.

To kick-off this new season, Rick will also release the 60-minute special Rick Steves' Rome: Eternally Engaging.

 

Episode Descriptions:

Rick Steves' Special: Rome, Eternally Engaging (60-minutes)

In this hour-long travel special, Rick Steves explores the "Eternal City" of Rome, a grand and ancient metropolis rich with exquisite art, vibrant culture and centuries of history. In Rick Steves' Special: Rome, Eternally Engaging, Rick traces the rise and fall of classical Rome, meanders through the heart of Bernini's Baroque Rome and makes a pilgrimage to the Vatican. Then, he uncovers the charms of hidden neighborhoods filled with character and energy, enjoys a Roman feast, and mixes and mingles with the locals during an early-evening stroll through the city's romantic nightspots.

Rome: Ancient Glory (30-minutes) #701

Part one of three on the Eternal City, this episode resurrects the rubble and brings back to life the capital of the ancient world. Focusing on the grandeur of classical Rome, we marvel at the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the empire's exquisite art. Then we go offbeat by bicycle to see the Appian Way and marvels of Roman engineering.

Rome: Baroque Brilliance (30-minutes) #702

This second of three episodes on Rome reveals a city busy with life and bursting with Baroque. We ramble through the venerable heart of Rome, admire breathtaking Bernini statues, ponder sunbeams inside St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, and mix and mingle with the Romans during an early-evening stroll. Following an exquisite Roman dinner, we join locals after dark, lacing together the Eternal City's most romantic nightspots.

Rome: Back-Street Riches (30-minutes) #703

In this third of three episodes on the Eternal City, we explore this grand metropolis — so rich in art and culture — on a more intimate scale, delving into its back lanes and unheralded corners. Venturing through the crusty Trastevere district, visiting the historic Jewish Ghetto, and enjoying art treasures in a string of rarely visited churches, we uncover charms of hidden Rome that compete with its marquee sights.

Florence: Heart of the Renaissance (30-minutes) #704

Fifteenth-century Florence was the home of the Renaissance and the birthplace of our modern world. In this first of two episodes, we gaze into the self-assured eyes of Michelangelo's David, enjoy Botticelli's Birth of Venus, delve into the 3-D wonders of Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise, appreciate Fra Angelico's serene beauty, and climb the dome that kicked off the Renaissance. Then we cross the Arno to where Florentine artisans live, work, and eat...very well.

Florentine Delights and Tuscan Side Trips (30-minutes) #705

In this second of a two episodes on Florence, we enjoy more of the exquisite artistic treasures of the city that propelled Europe out of the Middle Ages. Then we side-trip to a couple of rival cities and cultural capitals in their own right, Pisa and Lucca, where we'll marvel at a tipsy tower, circle a city on its ramparts, and enjoy some Puccini in his hometown.

Paris: Regal and Intimate (30-minutes) #706

In Paris, amidst all of its grandeur, the little joys of life are still embraced. In this first of two episodes on Paris, we cruise the Seine River, visit Napoleon's tomb, and take in the Louvre. Then we feel the pulse of Paris — shopping in village-like neighborhoods, attending church in a grand pipe organ loft, and celebrating the mother of all revolutions with a big, patriotic Bastille Day bang.

Paris: Embracing Life and Art (30-minutes) #707

In this second of two episodes on Europe's "City of Light," we ride a unicorn into the Middle Ages at the Cluny Museum, take a midnight Paris joyride in a classic car, get an extremely close-up look at heavenly stained glass in Sainte-Chapelle, go on a tombstone pilgrimage at Père Lachaise Cemetery, and savor the Parisian café scene. Few cites are so confident in their expertise in good living — and as travelers, we get to share in that uniquely Parisian joie de vivre.

London: Historic and Dynamic (30-minutes) #708

In many-faceted London, we ponder royal tombs in Westminster Abbey, learn how to triple the calories of an English scone at teatime, discover treasures in the British Library, enjoy the vibrant evening scene in Soho, uncover Churchill's secret WWII headquarters, join the 9-to-5 crowd in the new London, shop where the queen shops, and straddle the Prime Meridian at Greenwich.

North England's Lake District and Durham (30-minutes) #709

Hiking through the Cumbrian Lake District — England's green and pristine mountain playground — we admire idyllic lakes, discover misty waterfalls, tour a slate mine, and conquer stony summits. And we'll meet the locals — and their beloved dogs and sheep — everywhere. Then we play a little cricket, hike Hadrian's Wall, and are dazzled by Durham's Norman cathedral.

Venice: City of Dreams (30-minutes) #710

After sorting through the monuments of Venice's powerful past, we trace its decline from Europe's most powerful city to its most hedonistic one. We cruise the Grand Canal, luxuriate in a venerable café, and savor fresh fish canalside with Venetian friends. Becoming as anonymous as possible in this city of masks, we'll be dazzled by masterpieces of the Venetian Renaissance and get intimate with the city of Casanova...on a gondola under the moonlight.

Venice and its Lagoon (30-minutes) #711

Venice, more than any other European city, has an endlessly seductive charm. For centuries, it was nicknamed La Serenissima, "The Most Serenely Beautiful One" — and for good reason. Along with sampling the sumptuous art treasures of Venice and exploring its back-street wonders, we cruise its lagoon, stopping in fiery Murano for glass, pastel Burano for lace, and murky Torcello for a sense of where Venice was born.

European Travel Skills, Parts I, II & III (3 episodes, 30-minutes each) #712, 713, 714

These three episodes distill Rick Steves' 30 years of travel experience into 90 minutes of practical advice on how to have a fun, affordable, and culturally broadening trip to Europe. Shot on location in Amsterdam, Germany's Rhineland, Venice, Siena, the Italian Riviera, the Swiss Alps, Paris, and London, these episodes cover Rick's favorite 3,000-mile European loop while providing viewers with essential travel skills. We cover tips on planning an itinerary, hurdling the language barrier, driving and catching the train, avoiding scams, eating well, sleeping smart, staying safe, and everything you need to enjoy the best possible experience.

Program Information:

Contract Period: October 6, 2012-October 31, 2017
Broadcast Rights: Unlimited Use/3 Years
Available Formats: HD

Distributor: American Public Television
APT Program Service: Exchange
Producer: Back Door Productions
Presenter: Oregon Public Broadcasting
Genre: Travel

*Additional feed details will be posted by APT Exchange

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Bernini's Rape of Persephone

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Rome: the interior of the Colosseum

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Rome: Rick Steves beneath the Oculus of the Pantheon

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Rome: at the Ostia Antica

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Rome: Victor Emmanuel Monument

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Florence with Rick Steves

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Florence: Rick at the Accademia with David

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Florence skyline

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Lucca viewpoint

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Paris: Luxembourg Gardens

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Paris: Rick Steves and Notre Dame

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Paris: the interior of St. Chappelle

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Paris: La Defense

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London: Changing of the Guards

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London: Rick Steves and the Parliament buildings

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London: The Millennium Bridge

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North England: Hadrian's Wall

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North England: Rick Steves at the Packhorse Bridge

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North England: Derwentwater in the Lake District

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North England: from Rick's viewpoint

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Venice: view toward San Giorgio Maggiore

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Venice Lagoon: Zattere waterfront

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