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Rick Steves' Lecture Series

  1. Beginning Italian for Travelers2018/07/06
    Teacher and travel expert Trish Feaster offers a crash course for travelers going to Italy. You'll learn how to pronounce Italian words, master some key phrases every traveler should know, and better understand how Italy's language is tied to its culture. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  2. Iceland2018/05/25
    In this travel talk, Cameron Hewitt shares tips for traveling in Iceland — whether for 24 hours or 2 weeks. (Filmed March 17, 2018.)
  3. Traveling with a Mobile Device2017/11/17
    In this travel class, Rick Steves' Europe travel consultant Kevin Williams explains how your smartphone or tablet can enhance your trip — including helpful travel apps, tips for avoiding high roaming fees, and what to ask your service provider. (Filmed January 9, 2016.)
  4. Art III: Modern 1800–20002017/10/20
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  5. Art II: Renaissance and Baroque 1400–18002017/09/22
    In this lecture, Rick Steves describes how Europe explodes with new ideas in religion, exploration, and politics, resulting in some of the Western world’s greatest art treasures. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  6. Art I: Medieval 500–14002017/08/24
    In this lecture, Rick Steves describes how Europe pieces itself back together after Rome shatters into a thousand kingdoms in A.D. 500. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  7. Mediterranean Cruise Ports2017/07/24
    In this travel class, Rick Steves guidebook co-author Cameron Hewitt shares a port-by-port rundown of the top Mediterranean cruise destinations. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  8. Northern European Cruise Ports2017/06/26
    In this travel talk, Rick Steves guidebook co-author Cameron Hewitt shares a port-by-port rundown of the top Northern European cruise destinations. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  9. European Cruising 101 2017/05/26
    In this talk, Rick Steves guidebook co-author Cameron Hewitt provides a wide range of advice for first-time cruisers, including the factors to weigh when choosing and booking a cruise, how to approach all the optional add-ons, and practical travel skills for enjoying your time both on the ship and in port. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  10. Reykjavik Highlights2017/05/05
    In this travel class, Rick Steves' Europe travel consultant Kevin Williams suggests the best strategy for experiencing Iceland on a brief stopover in Reykjavik, including side-trips to the Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, and hiking on a glacier. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  11. Holy Land: Israel and Palestine Today2017/03/24
    In this travel lecture, Rick Steves shares his personal experience traveling through Israel and Palestine and filming his one-hour TV special "Rick Steves' The Holy Land." Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  12. Switzerland2017/02/24
    In this travel talk, Rick Steves helps us understand Switzerland, one of Europe's richest, best organized, most diverse and expensive countries. We'll explore the breathtaking Swiss Alps, cruise Lake Geneva, and experience other charming Swiss villages and scenic lakes. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  13. Spain2017/02/17
    In this travel talk, Rick Steves describes traveling in Spain from gawking at astounding architecture and rambling down the Ramblas in Barcelona to eating tasty tapas and visiting top museums in Madrid to exploring southern Spain's Granada, Sevilla, and the whitewashed hill towns of Andalucía. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  14. Scotland2017/02/10
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  15. Scandinavia2017/02/03
    In this travel class, Rick Steves explores the diversity of Europe's Nordic countries from agricultural Denmark, to industrial Sweden, to fjord-splintered Norway. Along the way, we'll visit a salty fishing island, frolic in fjord country, and compare the capitals in Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  16. Portugal2017/01/27
    In this travel class, Rick Steves takes us on a journey through Portugal's modern capital city, charming small towns, beautiful seacoast, delicious food and wine, and soulful music. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  17. Greece2017/01/13
    In this travel lecture, Rick Steves' tour guide Ried Coen takes us through the bustling capital city of Athens, then we'll explore the Peloponnese and go island-hopping among the Greek islands, ending with a visit to the traffic-free island of Hydra. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  18. Germany and Austria2016/12/30
    In this travel lecture, Rick Steves takes us on a scenic tour of the heart of Europe. In Germany we'll learn about the poetic Rhine, Romantic Road, and Bavaria's fantasy castles and favorite beers; and in Austria we'll visit Mozart's Salzburg, the blue Danube, and stately Vienna. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  19. England and Wales2016/12/23
    In this travel talk, Rick Steves explores the cultural hubs of London, Bath, and York; as well as the rural charms of the Cotswolds and Lake District; the historical thrills of places like Canterbury, Dover, and Warwick; and the rugged beauty of North Wales.
  20. Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary2016/12/02
    In this travel talk, Rick Steves' guidebook co-author Cameron Hewitt takes us on a journey through a trio of Eastern Europe's most accessible and enjoyable countries: the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary. Along the way, we'll stop off in bohemian Prague, charming Kraków, gorgeous Gdańsk, and bustling Budapest. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  21. Croatia and Slovenia2016/11/18
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  22. Europe: The Joy of Travel2016/11/11
    In this travel lecture, Rick Steves explains what excites and inspires him about Europe: finding "Back Door" alternatives to crowded destinations; connecting with locals; appreciating cultural, artistic, and natural wonders; learning about both history and contemporary life; and having an experience-driven trip. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  23. Travel as a Political Act2016/11/04
    Rick Steves explains how travel — from Europe to the Middle East to Latin America — has broadened his perspective and shaped his worldview on drug policy reform, the role of government, and America's place in the world. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  24. France: Provence & the French Riviera2016/10/28
    In this travel class, Rick Steves' guidebook co-author Steve Smith describes Provence, with its romantic hill towns, dynamic cities, and Roman ruins; and the French Riviera, with bustling Nice, world-class modern art, fine beaches, scenic drives, and glitzy Monaco. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  25. France: Burgundy and the Alps2016/10/21
    In this travel lecture, Steve Smith tours Burgundy (with fine wine and cuisine, inviting villages, stately abbeys, and Guédelon Castle) and the French Alps, where Mont Blanc towers over cable cars that zip across the peaks to Italy. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  26. France: Dordogne and Languedoc2016/10/14
    In this travel class, Rick Steves guidebook co-author Steve Smith explains the highlights of the Dordogne (scenic gorge with canoe rides, decadent foie gras, and prehistoric cave art) and Languedoc (mighty Carcassonne, cliff-topping Cathar castles, and seafront Collioure). Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  27. France: Normandy and the Loire2016/10/07
    In this travel lecture, Rick Steves guidebook co-author Steve Smith describes Normandy (D-Day beaches, Monet's gardens at Giverny, half-timbered Honfleur, and evocative Mont St-Michel) and the belle-époque châteaux of the Loire Valley (including Chenonceau). Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  28. France: Paris2016/09/30
    In this travel class, Rick Steves guidebook co-author Steve Smith suggests strategies for touring Paris — the Louvre, Orsay, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, Rodin Museum, and Montmartre — plus tips on sleeping, eating, and getting around affordably. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  29. France: Travel Skills2016/09/23
    In this travel talk, Rick Steves guidebook co-author Steve Smith teaches skills for traveling in France: finding hotels, enjoying restaurants, using your credit card, appreciating fine art (while beating lines at top museums), and getting around by train or rental car. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  30. Italy: South Italy2016/09/16
    In this travel class, Rick Steves explains how Italy intensifies as you plunge deeper — from the urban jungle of Naples (birthplace of pizza) to the ancient ruins at Pompeii to the stunning scenery of the Amalfi Coast. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  31. Italy: Rome2016/09/09
    In this travel lecture, Rick Steves tours Rome — from the ancient ruins at the Forum and Colosseum to St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (with Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel) — then enjoys Bernini's bubbling Baroque fountains after dark. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  32. Italy: Hill Towns of Tuscany and Umbria2016/09/02
    In this travel class, Rick Steves describes Italy's Tuscany and Umbria — adjoining regions famous for their scenery, food, wine, and fine cities and hill towns (including Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Volterra, San Gimignano, Orvieto, Civita, and Assisi). Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  33. Italy: Florence2016/08/26
    In this travel class, Rick Steves explains how Florence was the cradle of the Renaissance — and how today's travelers enjoy its art treasures (from the Uffizi to Michelangelo's David), art-filled churches, and delicious Tuscan cuisine. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  34. Italy: Venice & the Veneto2016/08/19
    In this travel class, Rick Steves outlines the glories of Venice, from the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge to St. Mark's Square — including art-filled churches, opulent palazzos, twilit gondola rides, and the cities of Padua, Verona, and Ravenna. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  35. Italy: Northern Italy2016/08/12
    In this travel lecture, Rick Steves describes Italy's north: the Cinque Terre, on the traffic-free Riviera; bustling Milan, with da Vinci's Last Supper; Lake Como, with mellow Varenna and glittering Bellagio; and Italy's Alps, the Dolomites. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  36. Italy: Travel Skills2016/08/05
    In this travel talk, Rick Steves covers practical skills for making the most of Italy, including transportation (trains and rental cars), avoiding lines, planning an itinerary, choosing hotels, taking a cruise, and enjoying Italy's cuisine and wine. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  37. Rick Steves' Guide to Cuba2016/07/29
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  38. Packing Light and Right: What Not to Pack2016/07/22
    In this travel class, Sarah Murdoch explains that, even when packing light, everyone is entitled to bring a "luxury item" or two — but she also gives examples of what not to bring if you want to save space. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  39. Packing Light and Right: Toiletries2016/07/15
    In this travel class on packing light, Sarah Murdoch gives you a tour of her toiletries kit, making tough calls about which cosmetics and other toiletries you really need — and don't need — while on the road. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  40. Packing Light and Right: Day Bag2016/07/01
    In this travel class, Sarah Murdoch shows you how to pack light while still fitting all of the essentials into your day bag: water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, spot remover, umbrella, emergency snacks, headphones, iPad, down vest, and more. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  41. Packing Light and Right: Bags and Travel Gear2016/06/24
    In this travel class on packing light, Sarah Murdoch gives you a tour of her carry-on-the-plane-sized luggage (with everything she needs for several weeks in Europe), and outlines the pros and cons of backpacks vs. rolling bags. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  42. Packing Light and Right: Clothes for Travel2016/06/17
    In this packing light travel lecture, Sarah Murdoch explains how the best travel clothes are lightweight, winkle-resistant, easy to layer, color-coordinated, and versatile. She also demonstrates how one piece of clothing can have multiple uses. Visit www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  43. Packing Light and Right: The Pack Light Philosophy2016/06/10
    In this travel talk, Sarah Murdoch explains why it's essential to pack light — and teaches key skills for how to do it. She'll explain her motto: "Nobody ever said 'I wish I'd brought more.'" Visit www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  44. European Travel Skills: Sleeping2016/05/27
    In this travel talk, Rick Steves covers the skills you'll need to find the ideal European hotel, B and B, or hostel, and offers advice for using hotel-review and booking websites, getting online, and doing laundry. Visit www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  45. European Travel Skills: Eating2016/05/20
    In this travel class, Rick Steves takes you on a culinary tour through Europe, with advice on choosing the perfect restaurant, interpreting menus, enjoying local specialties, tipping, and joining local cooking classes and food tours. Visit www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  46. European Travel Skills: Transportation2016/05/13
    In this travel skills talk, Rick Steves outlines your options for getting around Europe — by train, bus, rental car, or plane — and explains how you can master big cities by using public transportation, taxis, and bicycles. Visit www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  47. European Travel Skills: Communicating2016/05/06
    In this travel lecture, Rick Steves offers tips on using your mobile phone in Europe without incurring high roaming charges, and explains how easy it is to hurdle the language barrier if you learn a few polite phrases and trust yourself to make educated guesses. Visit www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  48. European Travel Skills: Money and Safety2016/04/29
    In this travel skills talk, Rick Steves explains how to avoid fees while getting cash from European ATMs, demystifies Europe's "chip-and-PIN" technology, offers tips on outsmarting pickpockets and con artists, and discusses the fear of terrorism. Visit www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  49. European Travel Skills: Packing2016/04/22
    In this travel class, Rick Steves offers advice for packing light and fitting everything you'll need for a European trip into one carry-on-the-plane-sized bag — whether you're going for a few days or a few months. Visit www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  50. European Travel Skills: Trip Planning2016/04/16
    In this travel lecture, Rick Steves offers tips on gathering information, planning a smart itinerary, avoiding crowds, taking a tour or a cruise, traveling in peak season vs. off-season, and joining local walking, bus, or bike tours. Visit www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
  51. Michelangelo's Italy2012/04/14
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  52. Italy Travel Skills2012/04/14
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  53. Packing Light and Right2012/04/14
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  54. Ireland Travel Skills2012/04/14
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  55. France Travel Skills2012/04/14
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  56. Rick Steves' Italy Lecture2011/02/08
    You'll almost be able to smell the linguini and taste the vino rosso as Rick explores enchanting Italy in this 80-minute lecture. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  57. Rick Steves' Iran Lecture Part 13: Iranian Hospitality2009/12/01
    In the final segment, we join Rick as he celebrates his birthday in an Iranian family's home. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  58. Rick Steves' Iran Lecture Part 12: Iran's Ancient History2009/11/24
    Rick is on the road discovering Iran's great ancient sites. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  59. Rick Steves' Iran Lecture Part 11: Making Friends in Isfahan2009/11/17
    In this segment, we enjoy some people-watching in one of Iran’s greatest cities, Isfahan. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  60. Rick Steves' Iran Lecture Part 10: Prayer Service2009/11/10
    In this segment, we visit a prayer service while Rick discusses religious freedom. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  61. Rick Steves' Iran Lecture Part 9: Separation of Mosque and State2009/11/03
    Rick explores the countryside and the relationship between mosque and state. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  62. Rick Steves' Iran Lecture Part 8: The Revolution2009/10/27
    Rick explores the Islamic Revolution and its place in today’s Iran. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  63. Rick Steves' Iran Lecture Part 7: The Life of the Wealthy2009/10/20
    From the Shah's palaces to sleek stores, Rick explores wealth in Iran. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  64. Rick Steves' Iran Lecture Part 6: Women's Rights2009/10/15
    Rick explores women’s rights in Iran. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  65. Rick Steves' Iran Lecture Part 5: Death to Traffic?2009/10/13
    See thought provoking murals and conformity in universities. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  66. Rick Steves' Iran Lecture Part 4: US/Iran Relations2009/10/08
    Learn about the history of US/Iran relations. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  67. Rick Steves' Iran Lecture Part 3: Meeting Iranians2009/10/06
    Rick learns what motivates the Iranian people. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  68. Rick Steves' Iran Lecture Part 2: First Impressions2009/10/01
    Rick describes his first observations as he explores Tehran. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  69. Rick Steves' Iran Lecture Part 1: Introduction2009/09/29
    Rick explains what inspired him to make Rick Steves' Iran and his experience landing in Tehran. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  70. Travel as a Political Act Part 15: What Shapes Our World View?2009/09/22
    Rick believes how we approach today's challenges is shaped by our world view and our travels. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  71. Travel as a Political Act Part 14: Mind the Gap2009/09/17
    Rick explores how to constructively mind the gap between the wealthy and the desperately poor. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  72. Travel as a Political Act Part 13: Is Big Good Government Possible?2009/09/15
    High taxes and "Socialism" – Rick talks about European social services and the price they pay for it. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  73. Travel as a Political Act Part 12: Reducing Harm vs. Fighting Crime2009/09/10
    Europe has realized you can't legislate morality. Listen as Rick explores Europe's pragmatic approach to fighting crime. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  74. Travel as a Political Act Part 11: Travel Challenges Our Truths-Continued2009/09/08
    Rick continues his discussion on how travel challenges our "truths." For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  75. Travel as a Political Act Part 10: Travel Challenges Our Truths2009/09/03
    Rick celebrates how travel challenges truths that are "self evident and god-given." For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  76. Travel as a Political Act Part 9: Terrorism, Fear and Common Sense2009/09/01
    Rick considers the reality of terrorism and its affect on travelers and the world. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  77. Travel as a Political Act Part 8: How Others See Us2009/08/27
    Rick illustrates how the rest of the world views the United States. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  78. Travel as a Political Act Part 7: Peace Pays for Progress2009/08/25
    Rick describes how nations across Europe are trading away some sovereignty in exchange for a peaceful union. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  79. Travel as a Political Act Part 6: Infrastructure, Not Borders2009/08/20
    Rick explores the new role regions play in the European Union. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  80. Travel as a Political Act Part 5: Europe is Reinventing Itself2009/08/19
    Europe is uniting. From the economy to immigration, learn what challenges are facing Europe today. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  81. Travel as a Political Act Part 4: Get Connected or be Dumbed Down2009/08/13
    As a student of history, Rick explains the need for travelers to engage with Europe's past and present. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  82. Travel as a Political Act Part 3: The Magic of Travel2009/08/11
    Rick gets turned on by teaching the magic of travel. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  83. Travel as a Political Act Part 2: A Kid's Perspective2009/08/06
    Rick talks about experiencing Europe for the first time as a teenager. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
  84. Travel as a Political Act Part 1: Introduction2009/08/04
    In the first installment of his Travel as a Political Act lecture, Rick Steves explains why a travel writer would have something to say about politics. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
Rick Steves Travel Talks
http://www.ricksteves.com
In addition to being the host of public television and radio travel programs and the author of over 50 travel books, Rick Steves is an active and charismatic lecturer. In Rick Steves Travel Talks you'll join Rick and his travel experts as they speak on topics ranging from European Travel Skills to Travel as a Political Act.

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