Rick Steves' Mediterranean Mosaic on WXXI-TV

Rick Steves' Mediterranean Mosaic on WXXI-TV

Sat, 03/20/2010 - 5:00pm

Rick in Rovinj, Croatia, his favorite stop between Dubrovnik and Venice.

Join European travel expert Rick Steves for a vivid high-destination adventure across the Mediterranean, with colorful stops in Istanbul, Greece's Peloponnese Peninsula, and Croatia's Dalmatian Coast.

In this two-hour, public television travel special, Steves will first explore the fascinating, multilayered city of Istanbul. He'll munch his way through the famously fragrant Spice Market, trace the fall of Byzantium and the rise of Islam, delve into the Hagia Sophia, and make friends over backgammon in a local teahouse. Rick Steves' Mediterranean Mosaic airs Saturday, March 20 at 5 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable1011/cable11).

In Greece's Peloponnese, the pulse of this country's cultural heart, Steves will enjoy the charming old port town of Nafplio, hop, skip and jump through the ruins of the Olympics, relax in the idyllic beach town of Kardymli and marvel at Greece's Rock of Gibraltar: the fortress town of Monemvasia.

Finally, in Croatia — an intriguing land with a hard-fought history in a complex corner of Europe, Steves will sample the very best of the Dalmatian Coast. He'll sail from dreamy Dubrovnik to weather-beaten Adriatic island ports and head inland to hike through Plitvace Lakes National Park and visit the Istrian Peninsula and its mini-Venice port town of Rovinj.

Stow away with public television's favorite tour guide to enjoy the exotic and idyllic charms of Turkey, Greece, and Croatia. In addition, Rick will be with viewers during the pledge event to celebrate all the quality public television programming made possible by their generous support.

Rick Steves in on a mission: to help make European travel accessible and meaningful for Americans. Since 1973, Rick has spent four months every year exploring Europe. He has researched and written more than thirty travel guidebooks, writes and hosts the public television series Rick Steves' Europe, and also produces and hosts the weekly public radio show Travel with Rick Steves. He is currently the best selling guidebook author for international travel in the United States.