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Rick Steves’ Mediterranean Mosaic

Airs Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 11 a.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Rick in Rovinj, Croatia, his favorite stop between Dubrovnik and Venice.

Join European travel expert Rick Steves for a vivid high-destination adventure across the Mediterranean, with colorful stops in Istanbul, Greece's Peloponnese Peninsula, and — in an exciting new episode rushed to completion just for this special — Croatia's Dalmatian Coast.

Istanbul's Hagia Sophia marks the high point of Byzantine architecture.
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Above: Istanbul's Hagia Sophia marks the high point of Byzantine architecture.

In this two-hour, public television travel special, Steves will first explore the fascinating, multilayered city of Istanbul. He'll munch his way through the famously fragrant Spice Market, trace the fall of Byzantium and the rise of Islam, delve into the Hagia Sophia, and make friends over backgammon in a local teahouse.

In Greece's Peloponnese, the pulse of this country's cultural heart, Steves will enjoy the charming old port town of Nafplio, hop, skip and jump through the ruins of the Olympics, relax in the idyllic beach town of Kardymli and marvel at Greece's Rock of Gibraltar: the fortress town of Monemvasia.

Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of Europe's top natural wonders.
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Above: Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of Europe's top natural wonders.

Finally, in Croatia — an intriguing land with a hard-fought history in a complex corner of Europe, Steves will sample the very best of the Dalmatian Coast. He'll sail from dreamy Dubrovnik to weather-beaten Adriatic island ports and head inland to hike through Plitvace Lakes National Park and visit the Istrian Peninsula and its mini-Venice port town of Rovinj.

Stow away with public television's favorite tour guide to enjoy the exotic and idyllic charms of Turkey, Greece, and Croatia.

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Video Excerpt: Istanbul, Turkey: Hagia Sophia

Above: Built under the rule of Emperor Justinian, the great church Hagia Sophia represents Byzantium at its finest, during the glory days of the 6th Century. 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: Dubrovnik, Croatia: Pearl of the Adriatic

Above: Dubrovnik is the pearl of the Adriatic, jutting confidently out to the sea. The city's 15th Century walls, kid-friendly squares, and traffic-free old town are just some of the charms Dubrovnik has in store for travelers. 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.