Watch Rick Steves' Europe on Create Channel on July 15.
Guidebook guru Rick Steves dispenses valuable travel advice as he experiences the local culture and cuisine of destinations throughout Europe and beyond. Destinations include Western Turkey, Amsterdam, Bulgaria, Lisbon, Sicily, the Swiss Alps, Cairo, and Ethiopia.
8:00 - Why We Travel
In times of crisis and challenge, we ask ourselves: What is the true value of travel? Is it just hedonism...or something more powerful? After a lifetime of exploring Europe Rick Steves shares his reasons why.
8:30 - Western Turkey
Rick Steves explores the streets of ancient Ephesus and a natural spa at Pamukkale, has lunch in a Turkish pizzeria, and cruises the Mediterranean on a traditional Turkish gulet.
9:00 - Amsterdam
Exploring Amsterdam's history, art, and culture.
9:30 - Bulgaria
The complex history of Bulgaria, from ancient Thracian tombs to medieval Orthodox Christian monasteries to Soviet monuments.
10:00 - Lisbon
A visit to Lisbon, Portugal, features cod, hot pastries, a stroll of the city's back lanes, fado music, and exploration of the castles of Portuguese royalty.
10:30 - Travel Skills: Cruising
The ins and outs and pros and cons of cruising, including making smart use of limited time on shore and the congestion and commercialism that comes with mass tourism.
11:00 - The Best of Sicily
A look at the Romanesque cathedral of Monreale, Mount Etna, Greek temples at Agrigento, Roman mosaics at the Villa Romana del Casale, the Greek theater in Taormina, and most importantly: cannoli!
The challenges and surprises of travel are shaped into a finished show.