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Smart Travels--Pacific Rim with Rudy Maxa

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Ch. Title Description # Day Date Time Length RPT CC DVS AD MD
36.1 Queensland, Australia Sun-washed beaches, chic beachside towns, cliffs, rainforests, and one of the seven natural wonders of the world--The Great Barrier Reef, in Queensland, Australia, help make up the ultimate outdoor adventure. Host Rudy Maxa begins, north of Brisbane, along the sunshine coast, exploring sand dune-covered islands, coastal towns, and parks. Then, he flies north to Cairns, the gateway to the coral, multicolored sea life and azure waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Tips are included on avoiding poisonous creatures and diving.
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509 SA 09/13/14 09:30pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 San Francisco The port city of San Francisco, CA, revels in art, diversity, and food. Host Rudy Maxa gets savvy on sourdough and tours notorious Alcatraz Island. A stroll through the Haight neighborhood harkens back to the "Summer of Love," and the Italian cafes of North Beach serve up a dollop of hospitality with their espresso. Crossing the Golden Gate, Rudy heads to Napa Valley wine country for a relaxing mud bath and some off-beat garden art. Tips on vegetarian food and wine-tasting are included.
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503 TU 08/12/14 08:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 San Francisco The port city of San Francisco, CA, revels in art, diversity, and food. Host Rudy Maxa gets savvy on sourdough and tours notorious Alcatraz Island. A stroll through the Haight neighborhood harkens back to the "Summer of Love," and the Italian cafes of North Beach serve up a dollop of hospitality with their espresso. Crossing the Golden Gate, Rudy heads to Napa Valley wine country for a relaxing mud bath and some off-beat garden art. Tips on vegetarian food and wine-tasting are included.
WEB LINK
503 TU 08/12/14 02:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Seattle A hip, happening urban center surrounded by natural beauty, Seattle, WA, combines city life with the great outdoors. Host Rudy Maxa explores the vibrant downtown, samples microbrews and lattes, noses around Seattle's neighborhoods, and hops aboard a ferry. Excursions take him hiking at magnificent Mount Rainier, and boating through the San Juan Islands, in search of whales. Tips are included on great seafood and getting outfitted for the outdoors.
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504 TH 08/14/14 08:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Seattle A hip, happening urban center surrounded by natural beauty, Seattle, WA, combines city life with the great outdoors. Host Rudy Maxa explores the vibrant downtown, samples microbrews and lattes, noses around Seattle's neighborhoods, and hops aboard a ferry. Excursions take him hiking at magnificent Mount Rainier, and boating through the San Juan Islands, in search of whales. Tips are included on great seafood and getting outfitted for the outdoors.
WEB LINK
504 TH 08/14/14 02:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Vancouver & Victoria, British Columbia As Canada's door to the Pacific Rim, Vancouver is a vibrant mix of European heritage and Asian cultures. In this vital, young, and dynamic city, host Rudy Maxa explores the mix of cultures that inspires world-class cuisine, a spirited night life, and modern Asian shopping centers. Nature is ever-present, and Rudy visits a temperate rainforest and rides a gondola to the top of a mountain, just minutes from downtown.
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505 TU 08/19/14 08:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Vancouver & Victoria, British Columbia As Canada's door to the Pacific Rim, Vancouver is a vibrant mix of European heritage and Asian cultures. In this vital, young, and dynamic city, host Rudy Maxa explores the mix of cultures that inspires world-class cuisine, a spirited night life, and modern Asian shopping centers. Nature is ever-present, and Rudy visits a temperate rainforest and rides a gondola to the top of a mountain, just minutes from downtown.
WEB LINK
505 TU 08/19/14 02:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Shanghai China's new powerhouse, Shanghai, dazzles with fantastic skyscrapers, non-stop shopping, and delicious dining. From traditional Tai Chi in the parks and teahouses, to market madness, and tumbling acrobats, host Rudy Maxa explores tradition and modernity in this burgeoning city. Excursions to the gardens of Suzhou and the canal town Zhouzhuang bring the ancient past alive. Tips are included on getting around and eating well.
WEB LINK
506 TH 08/21/14 08:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Shanghai China's new powerhouse, Shanghai, dazzles with fantastic skyscrapers, non-stop shopping, and delicious dining. From traditional Tai Chi in the parks and teahouses, to market madness, and tumbling acrobats, host Rudy Maxa explores tradition and modernity in this burgeoning city. Excursions to the gardens of Suzhou and the canal town Zhouzhuang bring the ancient past alive. Tips are included on getting around and eating well.
WEB LINK
506 TH 08/21/14 02:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Hong Kong Host Rudy Maxa gets a Pacific Rim rush when he visits energetic, ever-changing Hong Kong. On a famous Star Ferry, Rudy savors one of the most majestic skylines on earth. Here, where ancient tradition cozies up to ultramodern, he takes in monasteries, Chinese herbs, and a city obsessed with shopping. The island of Lantau features one of the world's largest statues of Buddha. And, in the fishing village of Sai Kung, Rudy feasts on freshly-caught seafood. Tips are included on markets and feng shui.
WEB LINK
507 TU 08/26/14 08:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Hong Kong Host Rudy Maxa gets a Pacific Rim rush when he visits energetic, ever-changing Hong Kong. On a famous Star Ferry, Rudy savors one of the most majestic skylines on earth. Here, where ancient tradition cozies up to ultramodern, he takes in monasteries, Chinese herbs, and a city obsessed with shopping. The island of Lantau features one of the world's largest statues of Buddha. And, in the fishing village of Sai Kung, Rudy feasts on freshly-caught seafood. Tips are included on markets and feng shui.
WEB LINK
507 TU 08/26/14 02:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Sydney Australia's stunning metropolis, Sydney, seduces with its glorious harbor, carefree attitude, and sunny beaches. From the Opera House, to the Harbor Bridge, to Circular Quay, host Rudy Maxa basks in the sights along the harbor. Then, it's pub hopping in the old Rocks quarter, admiring aboriginal art, and a watery adventure at the aquarium. Excursions take him surfing at Bondi beach, and exploring the cliffs and rainforests of the Blue Mountains. Tips are included on eating well and best beaches.
WEB LINK
508 TH 08/28/14 08:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Sydney Australia's stunning metropolis, Sydney, seduces with its glorious harbor, carefree attitude, and sunny beaches. From the Opera House, to the Harbor Bridge, to Circular Quay, host Rudy Maxa basks in the sights along the harbor. Then, it's pub hopping in the old Rocks quarter, admiring aboriginal art, and a watery adventure at the aquarium. Excursions take him surfing at Bondi beach, and exploring the cliffs and rainforests of the Blue Mountains. Tips are included on eating well and best beaches.
WEB LINK
508 TH 08/28/14 02:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Queensland, Australia Sun-washed beaches, chic beachside towns, cliffs, rainforests, and one of the seven natural wonders of the world--The Great Barrier Reef, in Queensland, Australia, help make up the ultimate outdoor adventure. Host Rudy Maxa begins, north of Brisbane, along the sunshine coast, exploring sand dune-covered islands, coastal towns, and parks. Then, he flies north to Cairns, the gateway to the coral, multicolored sea life and azure waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Tips are included on avoiding poisonous creatures and diving.
WEB LINK
509 TU 09/02/14 08:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Queensland, Australia Sun-washed beaches, chic beachside towns, cliffs, rainforests, and one of the seven natural wonders of the world--The Great Barrier Reef, in Queensland, Australia, help make up the ultimate outdoor adventure. Host Rudy Maxa begins, north of Brisbane, along the sunshine coast, exploring sand dune-covered islands, coastal towns, and parks. Then, he flies north to Cairns, the gateway to the coral, multicolored sea life and azure waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Tips are included on avoiding poisonous creatures and diving.
WEB LINK
509 TU 09/02/14 02:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 New Zealand's South Island The South Island of New Zealand weaves Kiwi culture with scenic splendor. The vast vineyards of Marlborough helped bring this country's wines to the world stage. At a local artists' colony, Host Rudy Maxa gets a crash course in Maori bone carving. The breathtaking city of Queenstown draws adventure enthusiasts from around the world. Rudy brave white-water rapids on river boards, and rides a hot air balloon, for soaring views of "Lord of the Rings" country. Tips are included on Maori crafts and eating mussels.
WEB LINK
510 TH 09/04/14 08:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 New Zealand's South Island The South Island of New Zealand weaves Kiwi culture with scenic splendor. The vast vineyards of Marlborough helped bring this country's wines to the world stage. At a local artists' colony, Host Rudy Maxa gets a crash course in Maori bone carving. The breathtaking city of Queenstown draws adventure enthusiasts from around the world. Rudy brave white-water rapids on river boards, and rides a hot air balloon, for soaring views of "Lord of the Rings" country. Tips are included on Maori crafts and eating mussels.
WEB LINK
510 TH 09/04/14 02:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 New Zealand's North Island With spectacular seismic activity, fascinating plant and animal life, and to-die-for natural beauty, New Zealand is a traveler's dream. In the Bay of Islands, host Rudy Maxa kayaks along the North's most glorious coastline. A Maori guide shows where local tribes signed a controversial treaty with European settlers. Known as the country's bread basket, Hawke's Bay offers bike rides through fruit and olive groves, and a town with one of the highest concentrations of art deco buildings in the world. Rudy includes tips on oyster shucking and olive oil.
WEB LINK
511 TU 09/09/14 08:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 New Zealand's North Island With spectacular seismic activity, fascinating plant and animal life, and to-die-for natural beauty, New Zealand is a traveler's dream. In the Bay of Islands, host Rudy Maxa kayaks along the North's most glorious coastline. A Maori guide shows where local tribes signed a controversial treaty with European settlers. Known as the country's bread basket, Hawke's Bay offers bike rides through fruit and olive groves, and a town with one of the highest concentrations of art deco buildings in the world. Rudy includes tips on oyster shucking and olive oil.
WEB LINK
511 TU 09/09/14 02:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Guadalajara & Puerto Vallarta Guadalajara is alive with the music of mariachis, flowers, colonial architecture, and passionate artists. Host Rudy Maxa explores the rich history and culture of "The Most Mexican of Cities." Art and artists are an important part of Guadalajara, and Rudy takes it all in, from the papier-mache pinatas, to the dramatic murals of Orozco. Rudy tours a tequila factory, learns about margaritas, and samples the best of traditional Mexican cooking. Then, it's an easy hop to the coast, where Puerto Vallarta's traditional charm still survives next to its new resorts.
WEB LINK
512 TH 09/11/14 08:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Guadalajara & Puerto Vallarta Guadalajara is alive with the music of mariachis, flowers, colonial architecture, and passionate artists. Host Rudy Maxa explores the rich history and culture of "The Most Mexican of Cities." Art and artists are an important part of Guadalajara, and Rudy takes it all in, from the papier-mache pinatas, to the dramatic murals of Orozco. Rudy tours a tequila factory, learns about margaritas, and samples the best of traditional Mexican cooking. Then, it's an easy hop to the coast, where Puerto Vallarta's traditional charm still survives next to its new resorts.
WEB LINK
512 TH 09/11/14 02:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Mexico City and Ixtapa Mexico City, the world's largest metropolis, is modern, crowded, cosmopolitan, and steeped in tradition. Host Rudy Maxa begins, with Mexico's ancient roots, just outside the city, at pre-Aztec Teotihuacan. The superb National Museum of Anthropology provides more insights into ancient Mexico. For modern day excitement, he hangs out at the Zocolo, the world's second largest square, and the center of national life since the Aztec era. Finally, he heads beach-ward, to the resorts of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, on the Mexican Riviera; and includes tips on getting around and water sports.
WEB LINK
513 TU 09/16/14 08:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Mexico City and Ixtapa Mexico City, the world's largest metropolis, is modern, crowded, cosmopolitan, and steeped in tradition. Host Rudy Maxa begins, with Mexico's ancient roots, just outside the city, at pre-Aztec Teotihuacan. The superb National Museum of Anthropology provides more insights into ancient Mexico. For modern day excitement, he hangs out at the Zocolo, the world's second largest square, and the center of national life since the Aztec era. Finally, he heads beach-ward, to the resorts of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, on the Mexican Riviera; and includes tips on getting around and water sports.
WEB LINK
513 TU 09/16/14 02:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Queensland, Australia Sun-washed beaches, chic beachside towns, cliffs, rainforests, and one of the seven natural wonders of the world--The Great Barrier Reef, in Queensland, Australia, help make up the ultimate outdoor adventure. Host Rudy Maxa begins, north of Brisbane, along the sunshine coast, exploring sand dune-covered islands, coastal towns, and parks. Then, he flies north to Cairns, the gateway to the coral, multicolored sea life and azure waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Tips are included on avoiding poisonous creatures and diving.
WEB LINK
509 SA 09/20/14 09:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Queensland, Australia Sun-washed beaches, chic beachside towns, cliffs, rainforests, and one of the seven natural wonders of the world--The Great Barrier Reef, in Queensland, Australia, help make up the ultimate outdoor adventure. Host Rudy Maxa begins, north of Brisbane, along the sunshine coast, exploring sand dune-covered islands, coastal towns, and parks. Then, he flies north to Cairns, the gateway to the coral, multicolored sea life and azure waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Tips are included on avoiding poisonous creatures and diving.
WEB LINK
509 SA 09/20/14 09:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Queensland, Australia Sun-washed beaches, chic beachside towns, cliffs, rainforests, and one of the seven natural wonders of the world--The Great Barrier Reef, in Queensland, Australia, help make up the ultimate outdoor adventure. Host Rudy Maxa begins, north of Brisbane, along the sunshine coast, exploring sand dune-covered islands, coastal towns, and parks. Then, he flies north to Cairns, the gateway to the coral, multicolored sea life and azure waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Tips are included on avoiding poisonous creatures and diving.
WEB LINK
509 SU 09/21/14 03:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST