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A weekly one-hour conversation with guest experts and callers about travel, cultures, people, and the things we find around the world that give life its extra sparkle. Rick Steves is America's leading authority on travel to Europe and beyond. Host and writer of over a hundred public television travel shows and author of 30 best-selling guidebooks, Rick now brings his passion for exploring and understanding our world to public radio. Related travel information and message boards on www.rickst ...
 
Rick Steves Italy Audio Tours provide humorous and insightful commentary on the art and history of many of Italy's most notable museums and historic sites in Assisi, Florence, Pompeii, Rome, and Venice. Each tour includes a PDF companion map, downloadable at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours. Subscribe to get them all! Excerpted from Rick Steves guidebooks. All rights reserved. You'll find related travel information for these destinations at http://www.ricksteves.com.
 
Rick Steves Germany Audio Tours provide humorous and insightful commentary on the art and history of many of Germany's most notable cities and historic sites. Each tour includes a PDF companion map, downloadable at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours. Subscribe to get them all! Excerpted from the Rick Steves Germany guidebook. All rights reserved. You'll find related travel information for these destinations at www.ricksteves.com.
 
Rick Steves Britain and Ireland Audio Tours provide humorous and insightful commentary on the art and history of Britain and Ireland's most notable museums and historic sites. Each tour includes a PDF companion map, downloadable at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours. Subscribe to get them all! Excerpted from the Rick Steves London, Ireland, and Scotland guidebooks. All rights reserved. You'll find related travel information for these destinations at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours.
 
Rick Steves Athens Audio Tours provide humorous and insightful commentary on the art and history of many of Athen's most notable museums and historic sites. Each tour includes a PDF companion map, downloadable at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours. Subscribe to get them all! Excerpted from the Rick Steves Greece guidebook. All rights reserved. You'll find related travel information for these destinations at http://www.ricksteves.com.
 
Rick Steves Paris Audio Tours provide humorous and insightful commentary on the art and history of many of Paris' most notable museums and historic sites. Each tour includes a PDF companion map, downloadable at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours. Subscribe to get them all! Excerpted from the Rick Steves Paris guidebook. All rights reserved. You'll find related travel information for Paris at http://www.ricksteves.com.
 
Rick Steves Austria Audio Tours provide humorous and insightful commentary on the art and history of many of Austria's most notable museums and historic sites. Each tour includes a PDF companion map, downloadable at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours. Subscribe to get them all! Excerpted from the Rick Steves Vienna, Salzburg and Tirol guidebook. All rights reserved. You'll find related travel information for these destinations at http://www.ricksteves.com.
 
Rick Steves Spain & Portugal Audio Tours provide humorous and insightful commentary on the art and history of many of Spain & Portugal's most notable historic sites. Each tour includes a PDF companion map, downloadable at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours. Subscribe to get them all! Excerpted from the Rick Steves Spain and Portugal guidebooks. All rights reserved. You'll find related travel information for these destinations at http://www.ricksteves.com.
 
Rick Steves Turkey Audio Tours provide humorous and insightful commentary on the art and history of many of Turkey's most notable museums and historic sites. Each tour includes a PDF companion map, downloadable at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours. Subscribe to get them all! Excerpted from the Rick Steves Istanbul guidebook. All rights reserved. You'll find related travel information for Turkey at http://www.ricksteves.com.
 
Rick Steves Netherlands Audio Tours provide humorous and insightful commentary on the art and history of many of the Netherland's most notable museums and historic sites. Each tour includes a PDF companion map. Subscribe to get them all! Excerpted from the Rick Steves Amsterdam and the Netherlands guidebook. All rights reserved. You'll find related travel information for the Netherlands at http://www.ricksteves.com.
 
Rick Steves' European Christmas gives viewers a look at sacred, intimate family Christmas traditions. From England to Norway, Burgundy to Bavaria, Rome to the top of the Swiss Alps, locals brimming with holiday cheer celebrate Christmas in seven European countries, including a very memorable Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's in Rome. For more information on Rick Steves' European Christmas — including the European Christmas DVD, Blu-ray, Music CD and Book — visit https://www.ricksteves.com.
 
Rick Steves Eastern Europe Audio Tours provide humorous and insightful commentary on the art and history of the area. Each tour includes a PDF companion map, downloadable at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours. Subscribe to get them all! Excerpted from the Rick Steves Prague and the Czech Republic guidebook. All rights reserved. You'll find related travel information for these destinations at http://www.ricksteves.com.
 
Rick Steves' European Easter takes you on a spring journey through Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, Italy, and Greece, to celebrate this 2,000-year-old story in a variety of cultures. You'll feel the emotion of this special time as the Passion of Christ unfolds during Holy Week. We'll join Andalusians carrying parade floats, Greek priests tossing showers of flower petals, and villagers blessing olive branches, plus feasting, fireworks, and more. Exploring a rich and fascinating mix of tradition ...
 
Join Rick as he explores the most surprising and fascinating land he's ever visited: Iran. In Rick Steves' Iran you'll discover the splendid monuments of Iran's rich and glorious past, learn more about the 20th-century story of this perplexing nation, and experience Iranian life today in its historic capital and in a countryside village. Most important, you'll meet the people of this nation whose government so exasperates our own. To learn more visit http://www.ricksteves.com. At www.rickste ...
 
Destination Cosmo Podcast is a Rick Steves Europe like Video Podcast. We bring you to Beautiful Places in HD! We bring Serial, This American Life like production to Video Podcast!!
 
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Two tour guides from Sofia explain why Bulgaria is one of Europe's most underrated travel destinations (hint: it has a long, fascinating history — and bargain prices). Author Francine Falk-Allen shares know-how and insights for traveling with a physical disability. And author Richard Cohen describes the varied ways human cultures have long celebrat…
 
Three tour guides from Berlin suggest sights to see and experiences to enjoy in Germany's vibrant, changing capital. And to celebrate Oktoberfest season, a tour guide from Munich explains why beer gardens are so important to Bavarian culture. Then two guides from Italy walk us through the typical Italian's daily visit to a coffee bar, and share tip…
 
Find out what makes the small Danish island of Ærø a perfectly charming and cozy getaway, which region Italophile Fred Plotkin considers Italy's greatest source of culinary and cultural achievements, and why the large island of Sicily is such a favorite with visitors, whether from elsewhere in Italy or abroad. For more information on Travel with Ri…
 
A writer with Atlas Obscura describes some of the world's most unusual foods — and extraordinary places to eat them. Then the author of Frommer's guide to Orlando shares tips for visiting Disney World, which has introduced big changes to its reservations system just in time for its 50th anniversary. And listeners share some of the travel memories t…
 
Scottish tour guides share their best advice for a spirit-boosting trip to the enchanting isles of Scotland's Inner Hebrides. Then author Lori Erickson invites us to gain a deeper understanding of our own family histories as she describes what she discovered about her Norwegian ancestors — and the realization that her day-to-day life remains influe…
 
In this episode, we chat about the 2013 episode of Rick Steves' Europe, "Vienna and the Danube." From Vienna's cafes to its river cruises, travel to Vienna is magical. So magical that Stephanie has a mini-meltdown because Vienna feels so far away at the moment, while Chris does his best to keep us on course! Join Us! Join our Facebook Group: Rick S…
 
Author Terry Tempest Williams describes the various "personalities" of a dozen US national parks, and examines each one's contributions to the American character. Then historian Flannery Burke tells us how Arizona and New Mexico came to embody what we now think of as the Great Southwest. And travel writer Christopher Solomon enjoys getting dusty on…
 
Travel writer Don George shares the reflections that have helped him get through the pandemic with a positive outlook. Then tour guides from the border-straddling Basque Country of Spain and France lend insights on their home turf, plus advice for enjoying it. And a pair of British guides describe a few of their favorite historic villages in the we…
 
For this minisode, we chat about the places we miss the most in Europe! We know one day we will travel to Europe again, but right now we are homesick for some of our favorite places in Europe! Join Us! Join our Facebook Group: Rick Steves Over Brunch Podcast Listeners. Get exclusive mini-episodes on Our Patreon Account For more, find us: Chris Mitc…
 
Listen in as a University of British Columbia professor describes the woodsy charm of Bowen Island, just offshore from Vancouver, and a nature photographer shares what he's learned from decades of working amid the often-surprising light of the Alaskan Arctic. Then hear how Poland's capital city has shaken off its difficult 20th-century history to b…
 
In this minisode, Stephanie is solo and sharing her best Jackson, Mississippi travel tips from her recent road trip around the South! She talks about where to eat in Jackson, the best things to do in Jackson, where to stay in Jackson or nearby, and her favorite Jackson tours. See below for links to help you plan your own trip to Jackson, Mississipp…
 
American-born tour guides who've settled in Tuscany explain why it's an ideal region for experiencing the essence of Italy. And the curator of mammalogy at the American Museum of Natural History tells us what scientists are learning about the fantastic beasts that used to roam the Earth — as they investigate why they went extinct. For more informat…
 
In this minisode, Stephanie interviews Dr. Lindsey Harvell-Bowman about flight anxiety including tips for how to reduce it. We also chat about Dr. Bowman's new book The Psychology and Communication Behind Flight Anxiety: Afraid to Fly. Join Us! Join our Facebook Group: Rick Steves Over Brunch Podcast Listeners. Get exclusive mini-episodes on Our Pa…
 
In Switzerland's Berner Oberland region, a train takes visitors through mountain tunnels up to the highest railway station in Europe, the Jungfraujoch. At more than 11,000 feet, spectacular views of the Aletsch Glacier and majestic alpine peaks await, along with hiking paths, ice tunnels, and shops and restaurants. For more European travel informat…
 
Get tips on becoming a "digital nomad" from an American who relocated to the Republic of Georgia. Then consider ideas for taking a deeper look at the US as a geologist shares advice on making the most of the view from your next domestic flight, and an Arizona novelist describes how the overwhelming beauty of the Grand Canyon inspires her writing. F…
 
In this minisode, Stephanie is solo and sharing her best Gatlinburg travel tips (and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!) from her recent road trip around the South! She talks about where to eat in Gatlinburg, the best things to do in Gatlinburg, where to stay in Gatlinburg or nearby, and her favorite Gatlinburg tours. See below for links to h…
 
In this minisode, Stephanie is solo and sharing her best Nashville travel tips from her recent road trip around the South! She talks about where to eat in Nashville, the best things to do in Nashville, where to stay in Nashville, and her favorite Nashville tours. See below for links to help you plan your own trip to Nashville, Tennessee! Join Us! J…
 
Find out what makes the coastline of southern Portugal's Algarve region an ideal destination for family vacations. And learn about some of Fiji's most interesting customs as a guidebook author describes how the indigenous population of this South Pacific island nation has maintained its cultural identity. Plus listeners share tales of how the pande…
 
Journalist and author Marie Arana describes her cross-cultural experience of growing up in both Peru and the US, and another author, Linda Leaming — one of very few Americans to ever live in the Himalayan nation of Bhutan — shares her experiences of teaching in and marrying into Bhutanese culture. Plus Spanish tour guide Jorge Román joins Rick to d…
 
A pair of seasoned tour guides discuss the romantic allure of Germany's Rhine Valley, and author David Mould recounts his journeys in the Indian Ocean region while sharing what he's loved most from his time in India, Bangladesh, and Madagascar. Plus, with some restrictions on international travel winding down, listeners tell us where they're most e…
 
The Dolomites, Italy's dramatic rocky rooftop, offer some of the best mountain thrills in Europe. Here, the region's Austrian history survives in a warm, blue-aproned, felt-hat-with-feathers way. The Tirolean village of Kastelruth is a good home base for your exploration of the Alpe di Siusi, Europe's largest alpine meadow. For more European travel…
 
In this episode, Rick Steves (yes, THE RICK STEVES) joins to discuss his travel special "Why We Travel." In this Rick Steves interview, we discuss his approach to travel and business over the past year, learn some never-before-discussed behind the scenes of "Rick Steves' Europe," and share our hopes for the future of travel. Looking for a particula…
 
A flamenco enthusiast from Sweden explains her lifelong passion for the fiery dance traditions of southern Spain. Then writer Will McGrath tells us what he learned from his neighbors while living in southern Africa's small mountainous nation of Lesotho. And Rick checks in with listeners to hear how the mistakes they've made as travelers became open…
 
Get ideas for visiting some of Paris' unique, under-appreciated small museums, as well as tips for tackling its massive grande dame, the Louvre — and an author's insights into the former palace's remarkable history. And French tour guides tell us what they love best about the cities along the Mediterranean's sparkling Cote d'Azur. For more informat…
 
Taking a multi-day Nile cruise gives you a firsthand look at some of the famous river's most scenic stretches, with timeless slices of natural beauty and seemingly ancient scenes interrupted only by other boats. Travelers have few options other than to sit back, relax, and live at the pace of the Nile. For more European travel information, visit ri…
 
For this minisode, Stephanie is joined by travel writer Emily Lush, who lived in Vietnam for a year, to discuss our best tips for traveling to Vietnam. We chat about Vietnamese food and cuisine, scams, and why we absolutely adore this country. Join Us! Join our Facebook Group: Rick Steves Over Brunch Podcast Listeners. Get exclusive mini-episodes o…
 
Esteemed travel writer Paul Theroux recounts his cross-country adventure driving from Cape Cod to southern California amid a pandemic, and Don George of National Geographic Traveler describes how he's dealt with wanderlust while staying close to home. Then Laurence Brown of YouTube series Lost in the Pond shares a few of the surprises he's found si…
 
For this minisode, we chat about more of the worst things that have gone wrong on our travels that we *mostly* caused ourselves! Join Us! Join our Facebook Group: Rick Steves Over Brunch Podcast Listeners. Get exclusive mini-episodes on Our Patreon Account For more, find us: Chris Mitchell Find him at travelingmitch, Ultimate Ontario, & His Writer'…
 
Writer Porter Fox tells us what he discovered when he followed the US-Canada border from Maine to Washington State. Then writer and photographer Becky Lomax shares her favorite national park experiences. And guidebook author Kimberley Lovato recommends day trip options for enjoying beaches, redwood groves, and wineries within easy reach of San Fran…
 
Of the hundred or so whisky distilleries in Scotland, about half lie near the valley of the River Spey — making the area practically a pilgrimage for Scotch whisky aficionados. Step inside a distillery for an up-close look at the whisky making process. For more European travel information, visit ricksteves.com.…
 
In this episode, Bri joins Chris to discuss the 2010 special of Rick Steves' Europe, "Andalucía: The Best of Southern Spain." Join Us! Join our Facebook Group: Rick Steves Over Brunch Podcast Listeners. Get exclusive mini-episodes on Our Patreon Account For more, find us: Chris Mitchell Find him at travelingmitch, Ultimate Ontario, & His Writer's P…
 
After learning why a midday stop at the public market is always a good idea in Turkey, get an insider's look at how the tour industry is rebuilding itself as Rick and the head of Perillo Tours compare notes on what the road to normalcy looks like for their companies. And New York Times travel writer Tariro Mzezewa examines what "inclusivity" really…
 
Get ideas and tips from TV host Samantha Brown for finding little corners of Europe in the New World, then hear an author's dramatic firsthand account of a near catastrophe on a cruise ship caught powerless in a freak winter storm off the coast of Norway. And a tour guide takes us to the wild, windy, and wonder-inspiring backcountry of Iceland. For…
 
There's an invisible layer to the city where you live. It's meant to make your life easier, but is easy to overlook. Roman Mars of the podcast "99% Invisible" helps us examine how our urban environments are designed. And author Paul Theroux tells us how he explores getting older and the surfing culture near his home on Oahu's North Shore in his lat…
 
There's something about the city of Rome that lets you know you get to be part of its incredible history. On the next Travel with Rick Steves, we'll hear how the locals love their city, even with all its flaws. The author of "Garden Lust" tells us about his favorite contemporary botanical gardens around the world. And we get advice for hiking and t…
 
For this minisode, Stephanie interviews Rob Taylor, the author of The Road Trip Survival Guide, about road trip tips and his new book. Join Us! Join our Facebook Group: Rick Steves Over Brunch Podcast Listeners. Get exclusive mini-episodes on Our Patreon Account For more, find us: Chris Mitchell Find him at travelingmitch, Ultimate Ontario, & His W…
 
Enjoy a picnic of comfort foods from the American Midwest, as Matthew Gavin Frank describes a few of his favorites. Author Mary Morris tells us what she discovered on a challenging winter trip to central India, when she decided to travel "All the Way to the Tigers." And listeners share recommendations and feedback with Rick from what they've heard …
 
There's a largely unknown world to explore, right beneath your feet. Author Robert Macfarlane tells us what he finds intriguing about the "Underland." Plus, hop aboard for a sail to Oslo. And Dutch tour guides help us plan a trip to the Netherlands, where they recommend Haarlem, cycling to the sea, and other attractions beyond the usual sights in A…
 
Looming nearly two miles above the town of Chamonix is the Aiguille du Midi, part of the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps. At 12,600 feet, it's also the highest mountain peak served by cable car. Take the ride up from Chamonix to immerse yourself in snow-capped peaks, a sea of glaciers, and unforgettable views of France and Italy. More info abo…
 
On our Mother's Day edition, we hear what it was like to relocate a Midwestern family to the Croatian village their great-grandparents came from. An American who married a Frenchman tells us what it’s like raising a child in Paris. We go on a sentimental family trip to San Francisco, and hear how mamma is center stage in Sicily. Plus Rick pays trib…
 
In this episode, we chat about the second half of the 2016 special of Rick Steves' Europe, "European Easter." Join Us! Join our Facebook Group: Rick Steves Over Brunch Podcast Listeners. Get exclusive mini-episodes on Our Patreon Account For more, find us: Chris Mitchell Find him at travelingmitch, Ultimate Ontario, & His Writer's Portfolio. His po…
 
New York Times correspondent Dionne Searcey tells us about her work as the paper's West Africa bureau chief, where her team's reporting on the women kidnapped by Boko Haram won them a Pulitzer. Learn how the palace of Versailles was built to impress — and still does so for visitors today. And hear about the elaborate traditions of Bulgaria and Gree…
 
In the famous Berner Oberland, gondola lifts and funiculars take visitors high into the Alps, making for easy and jaw-droppingly beautiful hikes back down. Along the way, cliff-clinging villages like Mürren and Gimmelwald offer hikers the chance to rest their feet, experience traditional Swiss alpine culture, and toast their adventure with a refres…
 
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