Travel with Rick Steves

Saturday 12:00 - 1:00pm


Travel with Rick Steves is a fun, hour-long, and practical talk show with guest experts and calls and questions from travelers. This weekly program is a lively conversation between travelers and the experts as we learn to explore our world smartly, smoothly, and thoughtfully.

Remembering the Titanic; Jewish Prague; Global Peacebuilding

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Learn how Ireland is displaying its connections with the infamous Titanic — in Belfast, where it was built, and in County Cork, its final port of call. We'll also explore the historic synagogues and neighborhoods of Prague, once home to Europe's largest Jewish population. And we'll meet a woman who's been helping former enemies make peace in a number of the world's hot spots. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

Joanna Lumley's Travels; Holy Toledo; Good Night and God Bless

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British actress and global traveler Joanna Lumley tells Rick why her family is revered in Bhutan, then Spanish tour guides describe the highlights of their country's spiritual capital, Toledo. Plus, Rick shares tips for finding an affordable room and a good breakfast in Europe’s convents and monasteries. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

Issues in Germany; Democracy In Turkey; Open Phones

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International news gets personal as Rick's friends give us a peek into what current affairs are on Germans' minds, and a tour guide from Turkey explains what prompted her to join the thousands protesting in the streets of Istanbul last year. Plus, Rick shares travel notes with listeners about Egypt, Italy, and France. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

Germany Faux-Pas; Ferenc Mate's Real Life; Becoming a Road Trip Pilgrim

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Author Ferenc Máté shares the rewards of relying on one another, instead of our gadgets, and filmmaker Dan Austin describes how a low-budget bike journey changed his view of the world — and spurred him to do the same for others. Plus, listeners share teachable moments they encountered while traveling in Germany. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

Cuba by Motorcycle; Celtic Middle Earth; Irish Craic

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We'll hear how Americans can now legally visit Cuba, from a Cuba travel expert who leads motorcycle tours across the island. Also, author Graham Robb tells us about the accomplishments of the ancient Celts, and the sophisticated celestial-based geometry they used to organize their world, and a pair of Irishmen share a beer and a little banter with Rick for Saint Patrick's Day. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

Chachapoyas, Peru; Embedded; Exploring Andalucia

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This week, we'll learn about the pre-Inca sites of the northern Peru cloud forest, where the tourist crowds of Cuzco are hundreds of miles away. Also, a radio journalist describes what it was like to be embedded with the U-S military in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he got to observe the day to day lives of soldiers in the green zone, and guides from Spain explain how the southern region of Andalucia is a soulful home to many of the time-honored traditions of Spain. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

Disappearing Places USA; The Irish Sea

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Hear about the threats to iconic places in the United States that the World Monuments Fund has added to its latest "watch list" of endangered places. Guides from Wales and Ireland share their favorite highlights of the Irish Sea that unites the Celtic lands of Britain and Ireland.  Also, get a wee taste of Irish storytelling prowess. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

Ask Rick; A Heart for Street Art; Urban Explorers

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Meet an urban explorer who tells us why his favorite part of Paris is underground, and how he gets to enjoy a view of the Manhattan skyline from the top of the Brooklyn Bridge. We'll also hear how a street artist brings color and panache to people around the world. Also, soon-to-be travelers ask Rick for advice on upcoming trips to Europe. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

More Eastern Mediterranean Antiquities; Italy's Instep; Exploring Morocco

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Guides from Greece and Egypt share tips for sightseeing the historical highlights of the eastern Mediterranean. Plus, guides from southern Italy and Morocco take listener calls with ideas for exploring the local color of the "instep" of southeast Italy, and for going deep into Morocco. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

The Love of French Cheese; Marrying Into France; West African Homecoming

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Learn about a few of the many traditional cheeses that go with the seasons in France. Two authors tell us about the culture shock that comes with marrying a Frenchman and living in Paris. Also, an American clothing designer tells us how he awakened a part of himself, by returning to West Africa, where his parents were born.  For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

Telling the Stories of the Monuments Men; Doc Martin in Cornwall

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The heroic efforts of Allied troops known as The Monuments Men are about to be depicted in a major motion picture.  Hear how the film's co-author and producer was inspired to tell their story, and how the effort to recover important works of art stolen by the Nazis in World War Two continues today as a work in progress. Plus, the star of the Doc Martin TV series tells us what it's like to film the show in a fishing village on the coast of Cornwall.  For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

Glasgow; Roman Britain; Pompeii

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Get tips for planning a visit to the well-preserved ruins of Pompeii, near Naples. Explore ancient monuments, dating to the Roman Empire and earlier, that are scattered across the countryside of England from Hadrian's Wall to Stonehenge. Also, hear how recent renovations have turned Glasgow into an energetic showpiece city in the center of Scotland. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

Curry Nation; Java Trekker; Open Phones

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The stereotype of bland food in Britain is changing. Actress and cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey tells us how Britain has become a "Curry Nation." Also, the owner of a fair trade coffee company explains the workings of the coffee industry, from the perspective of the growers. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

Italy On and Off the Rails; Romantic Amalfi Coast

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There's a lot you can understand about Italy by observing how they operate their rail lines.  Author and long-time Verona resident Tim Parks lets us in on the Italian way of doing things. Guides from the scenic Amalfi Coast take listener calls and share highlights of their corner of Italy, from Positano to the isle of Capri.  For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

Disappearing Places; Ed Viestur's Everest; Vanishing Voices

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Hear about some of the heritage sites around the world that are in danger of being destroyed by war, weather, and neglect.  Learn what is lost when an endangered minority language disappears from earth. Also, mountain climbing legend Ed Viesturs explains how he tackles Mount Everest and the rest of the world's highest peaks — without an oxygen mask. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

Sochi 2014; Pauline Frommer's New York City; European New Year's Traditions

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Find out more about Russia's Black Sea resort city of Sochi and how the Winter Olympic games are affecting local attitudes. Pauline Frommer offers enthusiastic tips for making a visit to New York City fun and affordable. And friends from Europe share their local traditions for welcoming in the New Year in Spain, Croatia, Wales, Scotland, Belgium and Portugal. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

International Christmas Party

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Hear about holiday traditions in Wales, Hungary, Sicily, Scotland, and even Santa Fe where locals have unique ways to light up the season.  Hear how scientists at a research station in Antarctica make merry.  Plus listeners share some of their favorite Christmas memories from holiday travels. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

War Zone Correspondent; Embedded Christmas; Holidays in the Alps; The French Cheese Plate

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Take a look at the conflict centers of the world through the lens of a foreign correspondent from the BBC.  We hear how Christmas with the troops in Afghanistan can be a bit of a surreal experience.  Get a look at how they celebrate the holidays in Switzerland and Austria.  Rick also learns the essentials of serving a well-balanced savory cheese plate the way it's done in France. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

More Loire Valley Chateau Country; Exploring Brittany; Notorious Royal Marriages

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In the Loire Valley in central France, dozens of historic estates are ready to impress you with everything from elaborate gardens and architecture to authentic displays of medieval hunting and defense techniques. Plus, two guides recommend the sites in Brittany where even the rocks can show you a good time.  Also, Leslie Carroll digs up juicy backstories on Europe's ruling families, and their "notorious royal marriages." For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

Walking Budapest; Open Phones: Iran & Palestine

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Guides to Budapest tell us about their favorite places. Learn why each side of the Danube feels like a different city and where you can find everything from Hapsburg-era elegance, to the latest trend for enjoying a late night drink and conversation. Plus, listeners tell Rick about their recent forays into Iran and Palestine where American tourists are uncommon, but not unwelcome. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.