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Rick Steves' Lectures: Iran

Subscribe at for new travel talks! Rick describes his experience traveling through Iran and filming his one-hour TV special Rick Steves' Iran. From a prayer service in a mosque and non-conformist teen fashions at the mall, to anti-American murals and the hospitality of a family dinner, Rick helps us understand this perplexing nation and the 70 million people who call Iran home.

In addition to being the host of public television and radio travel programs and the author of over 30 travel books, Rick Steves is an active and charismatic lecturer. In Rick Steves' Travel Talks you'll travel with Rick across the United States as he speaks on topics ranging from European Travel Skills to Travel as a Political Act:
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Rick Steves After Travelling to Iran: “Why Death To America

In this video which is part of the TEDxRainier talk, Rick Steves sharing lessons learned from Iran and tells why spending all that time and money away from home has broadened his perspective, enriched his life, and made it clear to him, as he says in his talk, “Fear is for people who don’t get out very much.”

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Rick Steves on Israel and Palestine Today

In the last month, I’ve traveled to both Denver and Palo Alto to share my experiences in the Holy Land and help raise money for Bright Stars of Bethlehem, a nonprofit that promotes peace and justice in Palestine through Bethlehem’s Dar al-Kalima University of Arts & Culture. Policymaking in the US and the Middle East has been impulsive and erratic lately, making it more important than ever for American citizens to reach out and gain a little context on the Holy Land — and that was the focus of my talk.

I put this report together after traveling to the Holy Land to produce a public television special, which you can stream at — but I’d say it’s more important to watch this hour-long talk, recorded at Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto. While the production is simple, the content is both timely and important.

We don’t need a one-sided narrative about the Holy Land told by someone dug-in on this complicated issue. To understand this situation, we need a “dual-narrative” approach that respects both sides. And that was what I shared in this talk: the lessons I learned by walking with caring people on both sides of the wall that divides this land.
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IRAN: Don't trust the mainstream media!

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Travel as a Political Act: Rick Steves on Dialogue

Guidebook author and PBS travel host Rick Steves talks with Dialogue host Marcia Franklin about his philosophy of 'travel as a political act,' and how his documentaries on Israel/Palestine and Iran illustrate that.

IRAN: Country and people

A fascinating journey of the famous traveler Valery Shanin and his friends on Iran in the framework of the project World without visas. Iran is a unique country. In the opinion of UNESCO specialists it is included in the list of three countries with the wealthiest cultural and historical heritage. And at the same time it is not included in TOP 100 on number of tourists. The reason is evident — image of “country of evil”. But one may reject prejudices and look at Iran with his own eyes.

Iran: Personal Impressions - Rick Steves Travel Talks

Subscribe at for new travel talks! Rick describes his experience traveling through Iran and filming his one-hour TV special Rick Steves' Iran. From a prayer service in a mosque and non-conformist teen fashions at the mall, to anti-American murals and the hospitality of a family dinner, Rick helps us understand this perplexing nation and the 70 million people who call Iran home.

In addition to being the host of public television and radio travel programs and the author of over 30 travel books, Rick Steves is an active and charismatic lecturer. In Rick Steves' Travel Talks you'll travel with Rick across the United States as he speaks on topics ranging from European Travel Skills to Travel as a Political Act:

Today's Winning Holiday Story: The Winter Solstice in Iran

Thank you for your Global Holiday contest submissions. It was a tough call, but over the coming days I will announce our winners. Today's winner gives us a peek into winter solstice traditions in Iran. Take it away, Maryam Zolecki!

Sítio, Portugal: Surfing and Seafood - Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide - Travel Bites

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The Sítio district of Nazaré overlooks a stretch of the Atlantic that's famous among surfers for some of the biggest waves in the world. After hitting the beach, you can enjoy fresh seafood washed down with a refreshing glass of vinho verde (Portuguese green wine). Visit for more information about this destination and other destinations in Europe.

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Glasgow, Scotland: Graffiti Street Art - Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide - Travel Bite

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Glasgow's rough urban-scape — with its many blank walls — provides an inviting canvas for city-approved street artists. Visit for more information about this destination and other destinations in Europe.

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Rick Steves, America's most respected authority on European travel, writes European travel guidebooks, and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio.
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Ironbridge Gorge, England: Blists Hill Victorian Town - Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide

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Step back into the 1890s at Blists Hill Victorian Town, an open-air museum in Ironbridge Gorge that re-creates the area as it was during its Industrial Revolution heyday.

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Check out more Rick Steves’ Europe travel resources:
“Rick Steves’ Europe” public television series:
“Travel with Rick Steves” public radio program:
European Tours:
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Trip Consulting:
Travel Classes:
Rick Steves Audio Europe App:

Rick Steves, America's most respected authority on European travel, writes European travel guidebooks, and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio.

Skye, Scotland: Historic Peat Farming - Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide - Travel Bite

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On the Isle of Skye, peat was a vital resource for hundreds of years. People would use it to heat their homes, as a fuel source for cooking, and to add a smoky flavor to whisky.

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Check out more Rick Steves’ Europe travel resources:
“Rick Steves’ Europe” public television series:
“Travel with Rick Steves” public radio program:
European Tours:
Guidebooks:
Travel Gear:
Trip Consulting:
Travel Classes:
Rick Steves Audio Europe App:

Rick Steves, America's most respected authority on European travel, writes European travel guidebooks, and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio.

Rick Steves' Europe Preview: Palestine

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Palestine is the Muslim and Arab half of the Holy Land. After visiting Jerusalem, we harvest olives near Ramallah, follow pilgrims to the place of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, approach Abraham's tomb — as both Jews and Muslims do — in Hebron, drop in on friends for dinner, and bob in the Dead Sea. We'll also learn about walls, Israeli settlements, and the challenges facing this region.

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Rick Steves' Cruising the Mediterranean

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In this one-hour special, Rick sails from Barcelona to Athens, with stops in the French Riviera, Rome, and more. Our goal: to explore the ins and outs and pros and cons of cruising. We’ll learn how to make the most of the cruise experience, from enjoying time on the ship to exercising independence on shore — savoring iconic sights and romantic island getaways.

Rick Steves' European Christmas: Norway

More info about travel to Norway: Rick travels to Drøbak, Norway's self-proclaimed capital of Christmas, for Santa Lucia Day, and enjoys a Norwegian Girls' Choir concert in Oslo.

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Rick Steves Goes to Washington, D.C.

Over the last 15 days, 1,319 of you have responded to my annual Christmas challenge: Help Bread for the World with $100 or more, and I'll send you a free gift — and I'll match your donation 2-to-1 (contributing $200 for each $100 given, up to $700K).

Together, we’ve already raised over $177,318 to empower Bread to speak up for hungry people in Congress — and if I can inspire just 1,727 more of you to join in, we’ll hit our million-dollar goal:

There are plenty of great opportunities to be generous and make a difference. This initiative leverages your hard-earned charitable dollar powerfully for these reasons:

• It’s advocacy. (I love advocacy — as you’ll learn in this little clip I made with Bread a few years ago.) Every dollar given ends up generating $100 in helpful developmental aid and more compassionate trade policies via our government.
• I’ll match it 2-to-1. It’s very simple: You give $100, and Bread for the World gets $300.
• I’ll send you a cool thank-you gift, on my dime. Choose either my European Christmas gift pack or my 20-Year Anthology DVD Box Set. (You'll receive it before Dec. 25.)
• Together, we'll give a voice to hungry people in our country and around the world.

We've all seen news footage of desperate people at our southern border, and I imagine caring Americans are wondering what they can do to help. Here's an opportunity that, dollar for dollar, has a huge love-thy-neighbor impact. Learn more at — and please let your loved ones know about this challenge as well. Imagine: As an extended family of caring (and traveling) people, together we can empower Bread for the World’s work with a million dollars.

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Preparing to film dinner in Alexandria, Egypt

When we film a dinner in a restaurant, I like to eat there the night before to make friends with the wait staff, learn the rhythm and quirks of the place, reserve the best table for the cameraman’s needs, and learn which dishes we’d like to feature in the show—while actually enjoying a meal there. Then, the next night, we return with our gear, create the lighting we need, be sure those dining around us are ok with us filming them, and make it happen. There are so many complicated little dimensions of filming a great meal, but we do our best to include one in each show.

While filming a meal is never relaxing, it almost always looks that way. Here’s a candid little moment as we set up to film dinner at a fish joint in Alexandria. Although we were eating before many other diners arrived, we peopled the place with the entourage that accompanies us everywhere we go: driver, security, and local officials excited to get a photo with us.

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Rick Steves' European Christmas: The Christmas Story

More info about travel to Europe: In this segment, we begin where the Christmas story begins: with the Annunciation of Mary and the birth of Christ.

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Rick Steves' European Christmas: Switzerland

More info about travel to Switzerland: High in Switzerland, the mighty Alps seem to shout the glory of God. Up here, where villages huddle under towering peaks, Christmas fills a wintry wonderland with good cheer. It may be cold outside, but, as the sun sets, it's impossible not to linger in this cozy setting.

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Oxford, England: Prestigious University - Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide - Travel Bite

More information about travel to Oxford:

Oxford is home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Today, there's plenty to see and do on a visit to Oxford University, from punting on the River Cherwell to marveling at historic colleges and important artifacts. Visit for more information about this destination and other destinations in Europe.

Check out more Rick Steves’ Europe travel resources:
“Rick Steves’ Europe” public television series:
“Travel with Rick Steves” public radio program:
European Tours:
Guidebooks:
Travel Gear:
Trip Consulting:
Travel Classes:
Rick Steves Audio Europe App:

Rick Steves, America's most respected authority on European travel, writes European travel guidebooks, and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio.

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