BOOK: Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door:
- How To Travel: If one book can make your first trip a success, this is it. Read Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door 2015 before you've even decided when, where, or how you'll travel in Europe!
- Sage Advice: Packed with lessons gleaned from 30 years of budget travel, Rick answers the questions you have now — and those you wouldn't have asked until faced with them on your trip.
- Timely Topics: Travel and technology are changing fast — don't rely on old guidebooks! You'll get Rick's latest tips for finding cheap airfares online, using your smartphone in Europe, top mobile travel apps, digital maps and navigation, using social media, and calling over the internet.
- All the Essentials: You'll also find Rick's trusted, step-by-step advice on packing, itinerary planning, budgeting your time and money, ATMs, credit cards, phones, internet, languages, eating, sleeping, sightseeing, safety, staying healthy, traveling with kids, and getting around Europe by car, train and air. In a special section, Rick gives a country-by-country rundown of his favorite destinations throughout Europe, and shares some of his most unforgettable experiences.
- It Works: John Flinn of the San Francisco Chronicle writes, "Of all the dunderheaded things I did on my first trip to Europe, the dumbest thing was failing to read Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door before I went. Simply put, it's the most valuable tool I've ever found for traveling independently in Europe."
DVD Box Set 2000-2016:
One Sweet Deal: You'll get all the newest "Rick Steves' Europe" TV shows, specials and extras in this 16-DVD box set.
Cheap Travel Thrills: You'll experience more than 50 hours of travel thrills for one low price. NTSC format, all region compatible, discs 1-15 are closed captioned.
And here’s where Rick’s newest and best DVD box set will take you...
- 1. Italy's Cities 8 shows, 4 hours • Rome: Ancient Glory • Rome: Baroque Brilliance • Rome: Back Street Riches • Florence: Heart of the Renaissance • Florentine Delights and Tuscan Side Trips • Venice: City of Dreams • Venice and its Lagoon • Italy’s Verona, Padova and Ravenna
- 2. Italy's Countryside 8 shows, 4 hours • Milan and Lake Como • Tuscany's Dolce Vita • Italy's Great Hill Towns • Naples and Pompeii • Italy's Amalfi Coast • Italy's Riviera: Cinque Terre • Siena and Assisi • The Best of Sicily
- 3. Paris & Loire 5 shows, 2½ hours • Paris: Regal and Intimate • Paris: Embracing Life and Art • Highlights of Paris: Eiffel and Monet to Crème Brulée • France's Loire: Château Country • Paris Side-Trips
- 4. France’s Countryside 6 shows, 3 hours • Normandy: War-Torn Yet Full of Life • Provence: Legendary Light, Wind and Wine • French Riviera: Uniquely Chic • Burgundy: Profoundly French • France's Dordogne • France's Alsace
- 5. Germany, Benelux & More 8 shows, 4 hours • Munich and the Foothills of the Alps • Germany's Romantic Rhine and Rothenburg • Germany's Black Forest and Cologne • Berlin • Belgium: Bruges and Brussels • Amsterdam • The Netherlands: Beyond Amsterdam • Little Europe: Five Micro-Countries
- 6. Austria & the Alps 7 shows, 3½ hours • Vienna • Vienna and the Danube • Salzburg and Surroundings • Alps of Austria and Italy • Alps of France and Switzerland • The Best of the Alps: Switzerland's Jungfrau Region • Switzerland’s Great Cities
- 7. England & Wales 8 shows, 4 hours • London: Historic and Dynamic • London: Mod and Trad • North Wales: Feisty and Poetic • England's Bath and York • North England’s Lake District and Durham • 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 • The Best of South Ireland • The Best of West Ireland • Belfast and the Best of Northern Ireland • Scotland's Islands and Highlands • Edinburgh
- 9. Scandinavia 7 shows, 4 hours • Copenhagen • Denmark beyond Copenhagen • Norway's West: Fjords, Mountains and Bergen • Oslo • Stockholm • Helsinki and Tallinn: Baltic Sisters • Bonus Extra: Rick Steves’ Europe, A Symphonic Journey
- 10. Eastern Europe 8 shows, 4 hours • Prague • The Czech Republic Beyond Prague • Poland: Krakow, Auschwitz and Warsaw • Budapest: The Best of Hungary • Croatia: Adriatic Delights • The Best of Slovenia • Dubrovnik and Balkan Side-Trips • Surprising Bulgaria
- 11. Spain 8 shows, 4 hours • Barcelona and Catalunya • Basque Country • Northern Spain and the Camino de Santiago • The Majesty of Madrid • Highlights of Castile: Toledo and Salamanca • Sevilla • Granada, Cordoba and Spain's Costa del Sol • Andalucía, Gibraltar and Tangier
- 12. Greece, Turkey & The Holy Land 8 shows, 4 hours • Athens and Side Trips • Greece's Peloponnese • Greek Islands • Istanbul • Western Turkey • Central Turkey • Eastern Turkey • The Best of Israel • Palestine
- 13. European Travel Skills 5 shows, 3½ hours • European Travel Skills, Parts I (Amsterdam, Rhine, Rothenburg), II (Venice, Siena, Italian Riviera), and III (Swiss Alps, Paris, London) • European Travel Skills Lecture • Bonus Extra: The Rick Steves Tour Experience
- 14. Travel Specials 4 shows, 4 hours • Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey • Rick Steves' European Christmas • Rick Steves’ The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today • Rick Steves’ Iran
- 15. "The Making Of" & More 5 shows, 2½ hours • Rick Steves' Europe: The Making Of • Portugal's Heartland • Lisbon and the Algarve • Greek Islands • Egypt (1997)
- 16. Bonus Extras 5 extras, 4 hours • Travel as a Political Act Lecture • Rick Steves' Europe: Eight Seasons of Bloopers • Europe Through the Back Door TV Pilot (1989) • Opening the Door to Luther, with Rick Steves • A Foreign Affair, featuring Seattle Men’s Chorus
- Want Blu-ray? Rick Steves' Europe: The Blu-ray Collection is a special 12-disc set that features the 70 of Rick’s TV shows 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
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