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Rick Steves’ Europe: Waterways

Airs Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Rick Steves with FjordSafari. FjordSafari takes little groups out onto the fjord in small, open Zodiac-type boats with an English-speaking guide. Participants wear full-body weather suits, furry hats, and spacey goggles. The shorter Flåm–Gudvangen–Flåm tour focuses on the Nærøyfjord, and gets you all the fjord magnificence you can imagine. A longer version includes a stop in sleepy Undredal.

Rick Steves will explore some of his favorite European waterways. Explore the fabled Dalmatian Coast from dramatic Dubrovnik to crusty Adriatic island ports. Travel to the west of Norway for a sail under towering fjord cliffs and a hike on powerful glaciers. And then Rick is off to the Costa del Sol for some fun in the Spanish sun.

App for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android

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

Rick Steves with a group of people hiking a glacier in Norway
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Above: Rick Steves with a group of people hiking a glacier in Norway

Rick's Travel Tips

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

"Croatia: Adriatic Delights" - A fascinating land with a hard-fought history in a complex corner of Europe, Croatia is emerging as one of Europe's top destinations. Sampling the very best of Croatia, we start by exploring the fabled Dalmatian Coast from dramatic Dubrovnik to crusty Adriatic island ports.

"Norway's West" - For Scandinavia's most thrilling sightseeing, we sail under towering fjord cliffs, hike on powerful glaciers, and find surviving traditions in remote farm hamlets.

"Spain's Costa del Sol" - Here in southern Spain, we explore Granada's Alhambra — Europe's last and greatest Moorish palace, and we soak up the sun on a Costa del Sol beach. We check out British-influenced Gibraltar and feed its famous monkeys.

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.

This program is part of our TV Membership Campaign. Support quality programming you depend on from KPBS. Join or renew today! At the $60 level you'll receive a "Rick Steves' 2012 Europe Through the Back Door Travel Skills" handbook, plus the "Travel Skills" DVD (4hrs), Smithsonian magazine and Tour News- Best Destinations. There's a DVD combo package available at the $150 level, and a premium package at $240.

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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.

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Rick Steves: Norway's West: A Sognefjord Safari

Above: Glaciers spent eons carving up western Norway as they worked their way to the sea. Slowly, they gouged u-shaped valleys that later filled with water, creating the defining feature of Norway's landscape — fjords.

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Rick Steves' Europe: Jotunheim, Norway: Home of the Giants

Above: Norway's Jotunheim, or, "home of the giants," is a high plateau that feels like the top of the world. These are northern Europe's highest mountains, steeped in Norse legends and folk lore, and home to Europe's biggest surviving glacier, Jostedal. 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: Nerja, Spain: Holiday in the Costa del Sol

Above: Nearly every country from Europe's drizzly north tucks an expatriate community somewhere along the Costa del Sol. Rick's favorite stop is the resort town of Nerja, which has kept some of its charm despite capitalizing on its vacation culture. 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' Audio Europe

Above: This app organizes the vast and varied library of Rick Steves audio content into geographic-specific playlists so that travelers can enjoy ready access to the information that relates specifically to their travel plans. Many tracks provide general cultural and sightseeing information gleaned from his public radio program, "Travel with Rick Steves." Other tracks are self-guided tours to great sights and historic walks. While we travel there's lots of down time, and this application can both entertain and teach. Rick Steves Audio Europe will hopefully make your European travels more meaningful and more fun.