$180 Rick Steves Symphonic Journey Combo - Includes everything below plus Travel Skills DVD and Best Destinations Newsletter
Book: Europe 101: History and Art for the Traveler
Let's face it: museums can ruin a perfectly good
vacation. But with our all-new, full-color edition of Europe 101, you can open
Europe's treasure chest of great sights and watch them come alive.
After three decades of travel, Rick and Gene have distilled what you need to know (and no more!) in order to fully appreciate Europe's sights and culture. Written for smart people who slept through their history and art history classes, Europe 101 tells the story of Europe — from the pyramids to Picasso — illustrated with hundreds of color photos, featuring Europe's most important art, architecture, places and people.
Great Taste, Less Filling: Europe 101 doesn't just tell you what happened way back when, but more importantly, why it matters and where to see the most vivid examples. Written in a breezy, humorous style, Europe 101 will actually get you excited about art and history — not feeling like you just ate an encyclopedia.
What's Inside: You'll get a 420-page,
dozen-chapter, fully-illustrated rundown of Europe's history, plus 40 pages on
art and music appreciation, and a handy six-page timeline digest of the past 32
For Travelers: Maps, timelines, and lists of must-see sights will help you plan your next itinerary...and the ones after that.
For Armchair Travelers: It's the perfect, fat-free introduction to Europe's rich art and history, and a handy reference book (what exactly was Baroque, anyway?).
It Works: The New York Times says, "Europe 101 is a diligent and thorough review of the subject that steers visitors in the right directions." The Boston Globe calls it a "humorous and historical perspective covering a mere 5,000 years of Western civilization." The Chicago Tribune calls this new edition "fun, informative, entertaining and practical."
Sneak Peak: Preview slideshow images and captions from 10 chapters of Europe 101.
DVD and CD: Rick Steves Europe: A Symphonc Journey
Just as travel broadens one's perspectives, so can music.
Rick Steves Europe: A Symphonic Journey is an hour-long concert and video special. Rick teams up with his "hometown" (Edmonds, WA) Cascade Symphony Orchestra on a musical tour that starts in the USA, then touches down in seven different European countries.
The DVD: For each stop, Rick paints the cultural context of Nationalism and Romanticism in words, then the orchestra plays stirring 19th-century anthems — Strauss in Austria, Wagner in Germany, Smetana in the Czech Republic, Verdi in Italy, Elgar in England, Grieg in Norway, Berlioz in France — each accompanied by glorious video footage. While each piece celebrates a particular nationality, the finale, Beethoven's Ode to Joy (Europe's official national anthem), celebrates a continent whose motto is "united in diversity." (DVD running time: 56½ minutes)
Rick Steves' 100 Shows DVD Box Set 2000-2014
And here's where Rick Steves' All 100 Shows 2000-2014 DVD Box Set will take you...
1. Italy's Cities 8 shows, 4 hours • Rome: Ancient Glory (WS) • Rome: Baroque Brilliance (WS) • Rome: Back Street Riches (WS) • Florence: Heart of the Renaissance (WS) • Florentine Delights and Tuscan Side Trips (WS) • Venice: City of Dreams (WS) • Venice and its Lagoon (WS) • Venice Side-Trips: The Best of Veneto
2. Italy's Countryside 8 shows, 4 hours • Milan and Lake Como (WS) • Tuscany's Dolce Vita (WS) • Italy's Great Hill Towns (WS) • Naples and Pompeii (WS) • Italy's Amalfi Coast (WS) • Cinque Terre: Italy's Hidden Riviera • Siena and Assisi • The Best of Sicily
3. France 8 shows, 4 hours • Paris: Regal and Intimate • Paris: Embracing Life and Art • Highlights of Paris: Eiffel and Monet to Crème Brulée (WS) • Normandy: War-Torn Yet Full of Life (WS) • Provence: Legendary Light, Wind and Wine (WS) • French Riviera: Uniquely Chic (WS) • Burgundy: Profoundly French (WS) • France's Dordogne (WS)
4. Spain 8 shows, 4 hours • Barcelona and Catalunya (WS) • Basque Country (WS) • Northern Spain and the Camino de Santiago (WS) • The Majesty of Madrid (WS) • Highlights of Castile: Toledo and Salamanca (WS) • Sevilla (WS) • Granada, Cordoba and Spain's Costa del Sol (WS) • Andalucía, Gibraltar and Tangier (WS)
5. Germany, Benelux & More 8 shows, 4 hours • Munich and the Foothills of the Alps (WS) • Germany's Romantic Rhine and Rothenburg (WS) • Germany's Black Forest and Cologne • Berlin: Resilient, Reunited and Reborn • Belgium: Bruges and Brussels (WS) • Amsterdam and Dutch Side-Trips • France's Alsace • Little Europe: Five Micro-Countries (WS)
6. Austria & the Alps 7 shows, 3½ hours • Vienna (WS) • Vienna and the Danube (WS) • Salzburg and Surroundings (WS) • Alps of Austria and Italy • Alps of France and Switzerland • The Best of the Alps: Switzerland's Jungfrau Region (WS) • Switzerland’s Great Cities (WS)
7. England & Wales 8 shows, 4 hours • London: Historic and Dynamic (WS) • London: Mod and Trad (WS) • North Wales: Feisty and Poetic (WS) • England's Bath and York (WS) • North England’s Lake District and Durham (WS) • South England: Dover to Land's End • Heart of England and South Wales • Great Side Trips from London
8. Ireland & Scotland 6 shows, 3 hours • Dublin (WS) • The Best of South Ireland (WS) • The Best of West Ireland (WS) • Belfast and the Best of Northern Ireland (WS) • Scotland's Islands and Highlands (WS) • Edinburgh (WS)
9. Scandinavia 7 shows, 4 hours • Copenhagen (WS) • Denmark beyond Copenhagen (WS) • Norway's West: Fjords, Mountains and Bergen (WS) • Oslo (WS) • Stockholm (WS) • Helsinki and Tallinn: Baltic Sisters (WS) • Bonus Extra: Rick Steves’ Europe, A Symphonic Journey (WS)
10. Eastern Europe 8 shows, 4 hours • Prague and the Czech Republic • Czech Republic Beyond Prague (WS) • Poland: Krakow, Auschwitz and Warsaw (WS) • Budapest: The Best of Hungary (WS) • Croatia: Adriatic Delights (WS) • The Best of Slovenia (WS) • Dubrovnik and Balkan Side-Trips (WS) • Surprising Bulgaria
11. Greece, Turkey & Portugal 8 shows, 4 hours • Athens and Side Trips (WS) • Greece's Peloponnese (WS) • Greek Islands • Istanbul (WS) • West Turkey • Central Turkey • Eastern Turkey • Lisbon and the Algarve (WS)
12. Travel Skills & Specials 6 shows, 4 hours • Travel Skills Special, Parts I, II & III (3 shows) • Rick Steves' Europe: The Making Of (WS) • Rick Steves' Iran Special (WS) • Rick Steves' European Christmas Special (WS)
13. Travel Extras 6 shows + outtakes, 4 hours • Portugal's Heartland • Israel (1997) • Egypt (1997) • Europe Through the Back Door TV Pilot (1989) • Opening the Door to Luther, with Rick Steves • A Foreign Affair, featuring Seattle Men’s Chorus • Seven Seasons of Bloopers
Bonus DVD: Rick Steves' Lectures & Tour Experience This 14th bonus DVD (not from the TV series) includes Rick’s popular "European Travel Skills" and "Travel as a Political Act" lectures — plus a trip across Europe with a Rick Steves tour group.
Want Blu-ray? Rick Steves' Europe: The Blu-ray Collection is a special 12-disc set that features 70 of the shows listed above in super-sharp Blu-ray format (requires a Blu-ray player)
"Wild Applause" (highest rating) from the San Francisco Chronicle: "Lately, when I want to relax, I put on slippers and I put on a Rick Steves show. The sameness about the shows is comforting: The theme music, the interplay of voice-over and stand-up narration, the exceptional photography, and the encounters with locals — these elements are consistent. At the same time, the sights and locations change. There's always something new, fascinating and glorious to look at. Without doubt, the shows generate an intense desire to go places. At the same time, they give you some of the benefits of travel without your having to leave your sofa, and that's not bad either. The programs are also a document of what Europe and Europeans look like today, and in the future, the shows will be valuable as history. I find Steves enormously appealing — good-natured, somewhat goofy in manner and yet clearly nobody's fool. If the Europeans he encounters come away believing that all Americans are like Rick, that's OK by me." — Mick LaSalle