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  • Monday Night Travel with Rick Steves

Join Us for Monday Night Travel

Are you ready for some virtual travel? Join Rick's live Monday Night Travel party! Experience the fun, conviviality, intimacy, and spontaneity as Rick hosts a travel happy hour on Zoom from his living room. Each week he'll share his personal, inspirational, and sometimes hilarious behind-the-scenes commentary, followed by a Q&A — your chance to ask questions and interact with Rick.  

You do not need a Zoom account to participate but you must register below for each event. After registering through Zoom, you'll receive a confirmation email with a link to the event. Registration doesn't guarantee admission. These events fill up quickly, so your best bet is to join us on time (or even a bit early) — and if you don't make it into the first show, please try again at 7:00 p.m. PT. By registering for an event, you're agreeing to the Rick Steves' Europe Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


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September 20: On the Hippie Trail Through Afghanistan and India, 1978

5:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. ET | REGISTER
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Take a trip back to 1978 as Rick and his old friend (and frequent collaborator) Gene Openshaw take us down the "Hippie Trail." Looking back at the best trip of their lives, Rick and Gene will share photographs and stories from an epic adventure that took them from Istanbul to Kathmandu, with lots of exciting stops along the way. Tonight's menu will reflect the humble food that kept the two 23-year-olds fed and happy — chai tea, melons, and bread — but it'll be a great party! Come along for the adventure of a lifetime.


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September 27: Watch with Rick Steves — “Little Europe: Five Micro-Countries”

5:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. ET | REGISTER
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Don't blink as Rick guides us on a blitz tour through Europe's tiniest countries: Vatican City, the planet's smallest country, boasts its biggest church. The fairytale princedom of Monaco lures high rollers with its fancy casino and glamorous views. Italy's last independent hill town, San Marino, still looks formidable, as does the castle-guarded principality of Liechtenstein. And amid the rugged beauty of the Pyrenees, tiny Andorra draws shoppers and hikers alike. Along the way, Rick offers commentary and behind-the-scenes stories from this episode of his public television series. For dinner, he'll dig into a tasty antipasto platter while enjoying a robust Italian wine.


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October 4: Watch with Rick Steves — The Netherlands: Beyond Amsterdam

5:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. ET | REGISTER
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”Everything's so...Dutch!" You just can't help thinking as you roll through the Netherlands and connect with its people. Join Rick as he offers commentary and behind-the-scenes stories about this episode of his public television series. By train, bike, and boat, we visit the top Dutch sights outside of Amsterdam: from Haarlem to Rotterdam, and from Delft to the disappeared Zuiderzee. Along the way, we enjoy charming towns with fragrant cheese markets, soggy polderland, mighty dikes, and windmills both new and old. And for dinner... rijsttafel, a Dutch innovation designed to highlight the best food of Indonesia, its former colony.


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October 11: Turkey Favorites with Special Guest Lale Surmen Aran

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Turkey — with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia — is one of Rick's favorite destinations. He's joined by co-host (and Istanbul guidebook co-author) Lale Surmen Aran for a virtual tour of Turkish delights. In Istanbul, peeling back the layers of a fascinating city, we visit Topkapı Palace, drop in on a prayer leader singing in a minaret, and suck on a hookah. Then we head deeper into Turkey: its urban capital, Ankara (with Ataturk’s grandiose mausoleum); the ancient Roman ruins of Aphrodisias; and the unshaven eastern Turkish village of Güzelyurt where Rick plays backgammon and befriends an Imam. On the menu tonight is a mezze plate from local Seattle restaurant Café Turko. Why not support a local business, get your own Turkish takeout, and join the fun?

 

Video Recordings

It's never too late to enjoy Rick's live Monday Night Travel party with our weekly video recordings. Experience the fun, conviviality, intimacy, and spontaneity of joining Rick in his living room as he drinks his favorite wine and shares his inspirational and sometimes hilarious behind-the-scenes stories.


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Spain Favorites with Special Guest Federico García Barroso

This event was recorded on September 13, 2021.

Join Rick and his co-host, tour guide Federico García Barroso (from Madrid), on a virtual trip to the highlights of Spain. We'll visit the historic university town of Salamanca (with the finest Plaza Mayor in Spain) and the proud Catalan capital of Barcelona (with its dazzling Gaudi architecture). After dropping by Toledo — the historic, artistic, and spiritual capital of Spain — we'll head to the southern city of Sevilla, with its lively flamenco dancing. And we'll ponder Spain's controversial national pastime, bullfighting. Throughout the show, we'll sample authentic tapas from Ocho, a Seattle tapas bar, and enjoy a refreshing pitcher of sangria. Order some takeout from a Spanish restaurant in your area to nibble and sip along.