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Smart Travels--Europe with Rudy Maxa

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Ch. Title Description # Day Date Time Length RPT CC DVS AD MD
36.3 Switzerland and the Alps The Swiss Alps reverberate with cowbells, accordions, and laughter. It is considered the year-round playground of Interlaken, the "town between two lakes". Rudy Maxa sail across glacial Lake Brienz, famous for its beautiful woodcarving. He heads to the spectacular Lauterbrunnen Valley, for a heart-stopping gondola ride to alpine heights, and hikes past flower-filled meadows and mountain chalets. Then, it's off to vibrant Zurich for shopping, chocolate, and tasty Swiss cuisine. Tips on transit passes and buying cheese are also given.
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407 TH 07/10/14 08:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Switzerland and the Alps The Swiss Alps reverberate with cowbells, accordions, and laughter. It is considered the year-round playground of Interlaken, the "town between two lakes". Rudy Maxa sail across glacial Lake Brienz, famous for its beautiful woodcarving. He heads to the spectacular Lauterbrunnen Valley, for a heart-stopping gondola ride to alpine heights, and hikes past flower-filled meadows and mountain chalets. Then, it's off to vibrant Zurich for shopping, chocolate, and tasty Swiss cuisine. Tips on transit passes and buying cheese are also given.
WEB LINK
407 TH 07/10/14 02:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Alpine Christmas Hot-spiced cider and strains of "O Tannenbaum" warm hearts as Rudy Maxa heads to Europe for Christmas. Switzerland has a special glow this time of year, and he finds plenty of good cheer in the bright Christmas markets and toasty ski lodges. He begins in the magical atmosphere of Zurich, with its glittering trees and festive music. Then, he veers off the beaten path to the medieval town of Bremgarten, for a visit with St. Nicholas. Finally, he discovers a winter paradise in glamorous St. Moritz, the famous ski resort with the "dry, sparkling champagne climate". Tips on Christmas ornaments and winter sports are also given.
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408 TU 07/15/14 08:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Alpine Christmas Hot-spiced cider and strains of "O Tannenbaum" warm hearts as Rudy Maxa heads to Europe for Christmas. Switzerland has a special glow this time of year, and he finds plenty of good cheer in the bright Christmas markets and toasty ski lodges. He begins in the magical atmosphere of Zurich, with its glittering trees and festive music. Then, he veers off the beaten path to the medieval town of Bremgarten, for a visit with St. Nicholas. Finally, he discovers a winter paradise in glamorous St. Moritz, the famous ski resort with the "dry, sparkling champagne climate". Tips on Christmas ornaments and winter sports are also given.
WEB LINK
408 TU 07/15/14 02:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Out of Rome Rudy Maxa leaves the eternal city behind, by way of the famous Appian Way, to explore the environs of Rome. First, it's the majesty of Emperor Hadrian's villa, and the wine and lakes of the Alban Hills. Next, it's south to the ancient seaport of Ostia, Rome's Pompeii. Along the way, he watches olive oil pressing, stops at the ancient's favorite beach, and visits a medieval hilltop town. Tips on tasting olive oil and navigating Rome's ring road are also given.
WEB LINK
409 TH 07/17/14 08:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Out of Rome Rudy Maxa leaves the eternal city behind, by way of the famous Appian Way, to explore the environs of Rome. First, it's the majesty of Emperor Hadrian's villa, and the wine and lakes of the Alban Hills. Next, it's south to the ancient seaport of Ostia, Rome's Pompeii. Along the way, he watches olive oil pressing, stops at the ancient's favorite beach, and visits a medieval hilltop town. Tips on tasting olive oil and navigating Rome's ring road are also given.
WEB LINK
409 TH 07/17/14 02:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Croatia's Dalmatian Coast Europe's best kept secret, the Croatian coast of Dalmatia, dazzles with stunning white stone cities and azure waters. Rudy Maxa begins in Dubrovnik, then island hops up the coast, snorkeling, swimming, sunning, and reveling in the scenery. In Split, he visits a Roman emperor's palace, and makes excursions to ruins, timeless towns, and fortresses. Tips on boating, food, and driving are given.
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410 TU 07/22/14 08:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Croatia's Dalmatian Coast Europe's best kept secret, the Croatian coast of Dalmatia, dazzles with stunning white stone cities and azure waters. Rudy Maxa begins in Dubrovnik, then island hops up the coast, snorkeling, swimming, sunning, and reveling in the scenery. In Split, he visits a Roman emperor's palace, and makes excursions to ruins, timeless towns, and fortresses. Tips on boating, food, and driving are given.
WEB LINK
410 TU 07/22/14 02:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Four Great Cities II Rudy Maxa takes a whirlwind tour of four cities that represent a bit of the old, and bit of the new, in Europe. He shows how to get the most out of one-day visits to Copenhagen, Berlin, Munich, and Rome. Tips on maximizing travel memories from a 24-hour stay in a European big city are given.
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411 TH 07/24/14 08:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Four Great Cities II Rudy Maxa takes a whirlwind tour of four cities that represent a bit of the old, and bit of the new, in Europe. He shows how to get the most out of one-day visits to Copenhagen, Berlin, Munich, and Rome. Tips on maximizing travel memories from a 24-hour stay in a European big city are given.
WEB LINK
411 TH 07/24/14 02:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Europe Just for Fun Rudy shares his personal picks of Europe "Just for Fun". As more travelers return to Europe for multiple visits, many are on the lookout for another dimension in travel, including hot-air-balloon trips, mountain luge rides, country hikes, or amusement park visits. (12 of 13)
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412 TU 07/29/14 08:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Europe Just for Fun Rudy shares his personal picks of Europe "Just for Fun". As more travelers return to Europe for multiple visits, many are on the lookout for another dimension in travel, including hot-air-balloon trips, mountain luge rides, country hikes, or amusement park visits. (12 of 13)
WEB LINK
412 TU 07/29/14 02:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 A Music Lover's Europe Rudy shows smart travelers how to organize a trip around a theme. He sets out on a music lover's tour. Winning, live performances by the Sicilian folk band Diascouri; he visits folkdance groups in Greece, Sweden, and Norway; and delights in the classics in Italy and Austria. Everywhere, the music provides a backdrop for enthralling local scenery and engaging local stories.
WEB LINK
413 TH 07/31/14 08:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 A Music Lover's Europe Rudy shows smart travelers how to organize a trip around a theme. He sets out on a music lover's tour. Winning, live performances by the Sicilian folk band Diascouri; he visits folkdance groups in Greece, Sweden, and Norway; and delights in the classics in Italy and Austria. Everywhere, the music provides a backdrop for enthralling local scenery and engaging local stories.
WEB LINK
413 TH 07/31/14 02:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Madrid The Spanish capital Madrid welcomes people with grand plazas and sparkling fountains. First stop is the Prado, one of Europe's great museums and home to Goya, El Greco, and Velazquez. He tours El Palacio Real, the seat the Spanish empire, and the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, a fascinating hoard of art treasures hidden away in the center of the city. After dark, he sways to the rhythms of Flamenco dancers, and loses himself in Madrid's pulsating nightlife. Then, he day-trips to the imperial city of Toledo, to roam the twisting streets and narrow alleyways of this historic center. Tips on traditional food and jewelry are also given.
WEB LINK
404 SA 08/16/14 09:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Madrid The Spanish capital Madrid welcomes people with grand plazas and sparkling fountains. First stop is the Prado, one of Europe's great museums and home to Goya, El Greco, and Velazquez. He tours El Palacio Real, the seat the Spanish empire, and the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, a fascinating hoard of art treasures hidden away in the center of the city. After dark, he sways to the rhythms of Flamenco dancers, and loses himself in Madrid's pulsating nightlife. Then, he day-trips to the imperial city of Toledo, to roam the twisting streets and narrow alleyways of this historic center. Tips on traditional food and jewelry are also given.
WEB LINK
404 SA 08/16/14 09:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Madrid The Spanish capital Madrid welcomes people with grand plazas and sparkling fountains. First stop is the Prado, one of Europe's great museums and home to Goya, El Greco, and Velazquez. He tours El Palacio Real, the seat the Spanish empire, and the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, a fascinating hoard of art treasures hidden away in the center of the city. After dark, he sways to the rhythms of Flamenco dancers, and loses himself in Madrid's pulsating nightlife. Then, he day-trips to the imperial city of Toledo, to roam the twisting streets and narrow alleyways of this historic center. Tips on traditional food and jewelry are also given.
WEB LINK
404 SU 08/17/14 03:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Stockholm & Sweden Rudy cruises through Stockholm's sun-dappled archipelago; visits a designer hotel; and sips cocktails in the trendy Ice Bar (a lounge built completely of ice!). He strolls through the Karl Milles sculpture garden, and admires the world's best-preserved 17th century warship, the Vasa. Then it's off to the woodsy "Kingdom of Crystal," where he peeks in on Sweden's best glass artists; and gets rowdy at a traditional herring dinner. He pays tribute to a grand medieval castle once called the "key to Sweden."
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308 SA 08/23/14 09:30am 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Stockholm & Sweden Rudy cruises through Stockholm's sun-dappled archipelago; visits a designer hotel; and sips cocktails in the trendy Ice Bar (a lounge built completely of ice!). He strolls through the Karl Milles sculpture garden, and admires the world's best-preserved 17th century warship, the Vasa. Then it's off to the woodsy "Kingdom of Crystal," where he peeks in on Sweden's best glass artists; and gets rowdy at a traditional herring dinner. He pays tribute to a grand medieval castle once called the "key to Sweden."
WEB LINK
308 SA 08/23/14 09:30pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Stockholm & Sweden Rudy cruises through Stockholm's sun-dappled archipelago; visits a designer hotel; and sips cocktails in the trendy Ice Bar (a lounge built completely of ice!). He strolls through the Karl Milles sculpture garden, and admires the world's best-preserved 17th century warship, the Vasa. Then it's off to the woodsy "Kingdom of Crystal," where he peeks in on Sweden's best glass artists; and gets rowdy at a traditional herring dinner. He pays tribute to a grand medieval castle once called the "key to Sweden."
WEB LINK
308 SU 08/24/14 03:30pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST