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Smart Travels - Europe with Rudy Maxa

Bologna & Emilia Romagna (#305)

A trip to the mountainous Apennines, Ravenna's 6th century mosaics and a beach resort at Rimini. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: SMART TRAVELS - EUROPE WITH RUDY MAXA delivers Europe's premier destinations - from the grand plazas and sparkling fountains of Madrid and Barcelona to the castles and sweeping vineyards dotting France's Dordogne River Valley.

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  • Naples and the Amalfi Coast (#101)

    Marvel at the ancient city of Pompeii, visit Mount Vesuvius and trek across an active volcano. [28 minutes]

  • Rome (#102)

    Explore the Forum, Palatine Hill, the Colosseum, the Baths of Caracalla, modern streets and cafes. [28 minutes]

  • Venice (#103)

    Tour the Piazza San Marco, the Basilica of San Marco and the Rialto Bridge and take a gondola ride. [28 minutes]

  • Genoa and the Italian Riviera (#104)

    Tour palaces, the leaning tour of Pisa, death-defying cliffs and beaches that shimmer like jewels. [28 minutes]

  • Florence (#105)

    Bring the Renaissance to life with visits to great museums and landmarks such as the Bapistery. [29 minutes]

  • Hill Towns of Tuscany and Umbria (#106)

    Visit castles, vineyards, walled cities and a learn about a medieval rivalry that lingers today. [29 minutes]

  • Provence (#107)

    Driving tours of the Alpilles and Luberon regions lead to the red rock village of Rousillion. [29 minutes]

  • Paris (#108)

    Experience extraordinary art, intimate neighborhoods and sites from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower. [29 minutes]

  • London (#109)

    Savor traditional sights, such as Buckingham Palace and visit the new London Eye observation wheel. [28 minutes]

  • Out of London (#110)

    Gaze on Oxford's dreamy spire and visit Hampton Court, Stonehenge and the royal city of Winchester. [28 minutes]

  • Belgium (#111)

    Cruise the canals, admire intricate handmade lace and pay homage to a Michelangelo masterpiece. [28 minutes]

  • Amsterdam and the Netherlands (#112)

    Visit the great art museums, prowl the windmills and check out the infamous red-light district. [28 minutes]

  • Copenhagen and Denmark (#113)

    Visit incredibly well preserved Viking ships and ride horseback through the Danish countryside. [27 minutes]

  • Athens and Delphi (#201)

    After climbing the Acropolis, explore the oracle of Delphia and a beautiful medieval monastery. [27 minutes]

  • Greek Islands (#202)

    Island-hop the Aegean & visit exotic Santorini, trendy Mykonos & an archeological site at Akrotir. [27 minutes]

  • French Riviera (#203)

    From Nice to St. Tropez, drop in on the hot spots along the Mediterranean's famous Cote d'Azur. [27 minutes]

  • France's Burgundy and Loire Regions (#204)

    Visit the regions' vineyards, Romanesque churches, famous chateaux and cathedrals. [27 minutes]

  • Berlin (#205)

    Feel the past and see the future in the city from new architecture, shopping & museum treasures. [26 minutes]

  • Munich and Bavaria (#206)

    Explore outdoor cafes, shops and a family palace. Take a sobering visit to a concentration camp. [28 minutes]

  • Salzburg and the Lakes District (#207)

    Visit the city's grand cathedral, a great medieval fortress & shop along fine Baroque streets. [28 minutes]

  • Vienna and the Danube (#208)

    Visit the elegant Schoenbrunn Palace, a porcelain manufacturer, Habsburg palaces and coffee houses. [28 minutes]

  • Milan and Lake Como (#209)

    Visit an extravagant Gothic cathedral, the Milan Design Museum & look at Da Vinci's Last Supper. [28 minutes]

  • Sicily (#210)

    Sicily offers up a vibrant brew of history, architecture, tradition and intense cultural pride. [28 minutes]

  • Classical Europe: Ancient Greece and Rome (#211)

    Visit the classical sites of Athens, Delphi, Delos, Paestum, Syracuse, Pompeii, Rome and Provence, [28 minutes]

  • Renaissance Europe (#212)

    Visit works by Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo & Titian. Explore castles & abbeys. [28 minutes]

  • Europe's Getaways (#213)

    Visit to the windmills & canals Holland & ancient tombs in Tuscany. Cruise the Danube in Austria [28 minutes]

  • Ireland's West Coast (#301)

    Shop for Celtic jewelry, take boat trip to the fabled Aran Islands & sample Irish folk music. [26 minutes]

  • Dublin and Beyond (#302)

    Explore Trinity College, the Book of Kells, the Guinness Brewery and the hillsides of Glendalough. [26 minutes]

  • Germany's Romantic Road (#303)

    Winds through picturesque countryside complete with medieval villages and Baroque Palaces. [26 minutes]

  • Germany's Rhine and Mosel Rivers (#304)

    Start in the ancient Roman city of Trier and travel up river visiting vineyards and ancient castles. [26 minutes]

  • Italy's Veneto & Dolomites (#306)

    Charming cities, countryside villas, precious art and a playground of Alpine peaks and meadows. [26 minutes]

  • Prague & Budapest (#307)

    Venture to these exotic cities to see flourishing shops, mineral spas, an Opera House and a castle. [26 minutes]

  • Stockholm & Sweden (#308)

    Visit glass artists, a herring dinner, a sculpture garden and a trendy bar built completely of ice. [26 minutes]

  • Oslo & Norway (#309)

    Visit Viking ships, and the former homes of composer Edvard Grieg and painter Edvard Much. [26 minutes]

  • France's Champagne Region (#310)

    Visit wine country, champagne producers, picturesque towns and discover a collection of modern art. [26 minutes]

  • France's Normandy (#311)

    Visit the museums in Rouen and seaside Honfleur and the Bayeux tapestry near the beaches of D-Day. [26 minutes]

  • Medieval Europe (#312)

    Visit some favorite spots and find several short itineraries in Ireland, Austria, Germany, & France. [26 minutes]

  • Four Great Cities of Europe (#313)

    These cities bustle with commerce, art, energy, surprise, international flavor and urban culture. [26 minutes]

  • Bath and South Wales (#401)

    Marvel at ancient Roman spas and explore an abbey that inspired poet William Wordsworth. [26 minutes]

  • Edinburgh and Scotland (#402)

    Visit a famous castle and a mysterious chapel and try skeet shooting and falconry. [26 minutes]

  • Barcelona and Costa Brava (#403)

    Visit beautiful beaches, medieval mazes, eye popping art, hypnotic architecture & a local festival. [26 minutes]

  • Madrid (#404)

    Grand plazas, sparkling fountains, the Prado Museum, El Palicio Real & the pulsating nightlife. [26 minutes]

  • Carcassonne and the Pyrenees (#405)

    Explore the romantic castles, peaks, countryside and art work of this magical region. [26 minutes]

  • Bordeaux and the Dordogne (#406)

    The finest wines, sweeping vineyards and fine food couple with a river valley dotted with castles. [26 minutes]

  • Switzerland and the Alps (#407)

    Take a gondola ride to alpine heights and hike past flower-filled meadows and mountain chalets. [26 minutes]

  • Alpine Christmas (#408)

    Encounter bright markets, toasty ski lodges, glittering trees and festive music in Switzerland. [26 minutes]

  • Out of Rome (#409)

    Explore Emperor Hadrian's villa, the wine and lakes of the Alban Hills and the seaport of Ostia. [26 minutes]

  • Croatia's Dalmatian Coast (#410)

    Visit stunning white stone cities, azure waters, an emperor's palace, timeless towns and fortresses. [26 minutes]

  • Four Great Cities II (#411)

    Learn how to get the most out of one-day whirlwind visits to Copenhagen, Berlin, Munich and Rome. [26 minutes]

  • Europe Just for Fun (#412)

    Skip the historical sites and try hot hair balloon trips, mountain luge rides and country hikes! [26 minutes]

  • A Music Lover's Europe (#413)

    Visit folkdance groups in Greece, Sweden & Norway and delight in the classics in Italy & Austria. [26 minutes]

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