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RICK STEVESEUROPE: Burgundy: Profoundly France

Airs Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 4 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: With his all-new series, Rick Steves (hard at work here cruising a canal in Burgundy) finds and shares the good life in Europe.

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.

Rick's Travel Tips

Explore Europe confidently, efficiently and safely using these travel tips.

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The Rick Steves Audio Europe app organizes Rick's vast and varied library of audio content into geographic-specific playlists so you can enjoy ready access to the information that relates specifically to your travel plans. You'll get Rick's self-guided tours for dozens of Europe's top museums, sights and historic walks — plus 200 tracks of travel tips and cultural insights from his radio show — all for FREE! View a demo.

"Burgundy: Profoundly France" - Burgundy is a calm and cultivated corner of France, where nature is as sophisticated as the people. Traditions are strong here. We'll slow down to enjoy the region's edible, drinkable, scenic, and floatable delights.

We'll travel on a canal barge, visit a medieval hospice and a modern monastery, build a barrel, appreciate fine Burgundy wine, slurp escargot, and eat very, very well. If you're looking for the quintessential French culture, you'll find it in Burgundy. Read more of Rick Steves' travel details online.

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

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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Rick Steves Barging in Burgundy, France

Above: Burgundy, like much of France, is laced with canals just made for spending lazy afternoons gliding by pastoral scenes. From small captain-it-yourself boats to full-service barges complete with captain and crew, cruising a canal is a great option for a relaxing trip through one of France's most popular regions. For more information on the RICK STEVES' EUROPE TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit www.ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves: The Wine of the Côte d'Or

Above: Burgundy is a big part of why France is famous for wine. The rolling hills of the Côte d'Or are blanketed by lovingly tended vineyards which, to the connoisseur, are a kind of pilgrimage. A bike route laces together scenic villages, with signs that make it clear where visitors are welcome to drop in, enjoy a little tasting...and pick up a bottle or two. For more information on the RICK STEVES' EUROPE TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit www.ricksteves.com.