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RICK STEVESEUROPE: Athens And Side Trips

Airs Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 4 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: In this episode of RICK STEVES’ EUROPE, we travel to breathtaking corners of Europe—like Delphi in Greece.

Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series RICK STEVES' EUROPE, and best-selling author of 40 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals." He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe — and Europeans — for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.

Courtesy of American Public Television

Rick Steves, enjoying the shade on Greece’s Peloponnesian Peninsula, shares more of the best of Europe.

Courtesy of American Public Television

In this episode of RICK STEVES’ EUROPE, travel to breathtaking corners of Europe—like the ghostly town of Vathia on the south coast of Greece’s Peloponnesian Peninsula.

"Athens And Side Trips" - The thriving capital of Greece sprawls out from the foot of its magnificent Acropolis. In this episode, we'll tour the must-sees of ancient Athens, including the Parthenon, Agora, and amazing National Archaeological Museum. We'll take the fast-paced pulse of the modern city, but waste no time getting to Rick's favorite side trip destinations: the ruins of the mystical oracle at Delphi, and a fast boat to the romantic, traffic-free Isle of Hydra.

This episode originally aired in 2010.

For lots more information, check out our best-selling Rick Steves' Athens & the Peloponnese guidebook — or join us on one of our free-spirited tours in Europe.

Enjoy watching video excerpts from some of Rick's favorite episodes, segments on European travel skills, and even a few outtakes and bloopers online.

Rick's Travel Philosophy:

Travel is freedom...one of the last great sources of legal adventure. Travel is intensified living, with maximum thrills per minute. It's recess, and we need it. Experiencing the real Europe requires catching it by surprise, going casual...Through the Back Door.

Rick Steves is on Facebook, and you can follow @RickSteves on Twitter.

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Delphi, Greece: Spectacular Ancient Site

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Video Excerpt: Rick Steves' Europe: Athens And Side Trips

Above: Only a 90-minute hydrofoil ride from bustling Athens, Hydra is the prettiest of the Greek isles. The community is an easy blend of work-a-day commerce, fancy yachts and lazy tourists meandering through traffic-free streets, alongside the occasional donkey. For more information on the RICK STEVES EUROPE TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves' Europe: Athens, Greece: Parthenon and Agora

Above: Built in the 5th Century B.C. for the Goddess Athena, the Parthenon is considered the greatest Classical temple in the Greek world. Nestled at the foot of the Acropolis, the modern agora, or market, surrounds the ancient agora where Athenians have traded for over 3000 years. For more information on the RICK STEVES' EUROPE TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit ricksteves.com.