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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Viewers learn about European destinations and get helpful travel tips.
The series offers insights about European highlights, and features tips and hints to best enjoy the continent.
Positive Role Models
Steves is very positive when it comes to understanding and embracing cultural differences in each country he visits.
Products & Purchases
Steves often recommends local hotels, restaurants, and sightseeing
destinations, but it's appropriate within the context of a travel guide show. He also often refers to his published guidebooks. Show sponsors and underwriters are announced prior to each episode's beginning.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Steves and friends are sometimes shown drinking beer, wine, and other local alcoholic beverages.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this family-friendly travel series featuring travel writer Rick Steves offers historic information and practical travel tips for destinations throughout Europe. The host recommends specific local hotels, restaurants, and tourist destinations and occasionally refers to his guidebooks. Drinking (beer, wine, etc.) is sometimes visible, but not to excess. It's definitely a mild choice, though kids may not be too excited about it.
Is It Any Good?
The series offers an interesting look at some of Europe's top destinations through the eyes of its articulate host. Steves' descriptions often take on a poetic quality as he describes some of each area's works of art, parks, and churches. The show is a promotional vehicle for Steves' many guidebooks, and many of his recommendations are obvious endorsements of local businesses. But that's appropriate within the context of a travel guide show, and it's not jarring within the series' gentle, positive take on Europe, which is both informative and helpful.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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