2020 Summer Travel Guide: Week Six

During week six Rick Steves and Samantha Brown travel to the Hungary, Greece, New Zealand, Florida, California, the Mediterranean Sea and throughout Europe to experience festivals. Below you’ll find travel logs, links to more information about each episode, additional educational materials on PBS LearningMedia related to the countries and topics, and maps tracking our progress!

Monday, July 6

Rick Steves: Travel Skills: Cruising
Setting sail on the Mediterranean, explore the ins and outs and pros and cons of cruising. Learn how to get the most out of a cruise and exercise independence to make smart use of limited time on shore by planning well, avoiding lines, and eating quick-but-local meals on the go. Along with the joys and efficiencies of cruising, consider the downsides, including the inevitable congestion and commercialism that comes with mass tourism. Learn more about this episode.

Samantha Brown: Budapest, Hungary
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Everyone has heard of Budapest, but few can grasp its magnificence. It’s a captivating city with a confluence of history, art and music. As one of Europe’s largest cities, it boasts an exuberant energy that must be felt to be believed. It’s a powerhouse of grand experiences that range from the worldly to the local, from the deeply emotional to the joyous.  Learn more about this episode.

View Samantha Brown Study Guides
Budapest K-5 Study Guide
Budapest Junior High Study Guide

Tuesday, July 7

Rick Steves: Greek Islands: Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes
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Island-hop through the Aegean, sampling three classic Greek getaways — Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes — and basking in their dramatic beauty. Tour ancient ruins, trace the vestiges of the Crusaders, sample rustic cuisine, savor classic Greek-island views, and compare beaches — from the ultimate party beach to idyllic quiet hideaways. Also see how a cruise ship can be an efficient way to link up great island stopovers. Learn more about this episode.

Learning connections on PBS LearningMedia
The Greeks (grades 6-12)
Crash Course: The Persians and Greeks (grades 9-12)

Samantha Brown: The Florida Keys & Key West
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A long string of coral islands stretching beautifully across the sea, the Florida Keys ultimately forms the southernmost tip of the continental U.S. Though it’s considered the land of the Eternal Vacation, there’s a passionate community here that seeks to protect all the things  travelers want from it – from shimmering waters, to vibrant marine life, as well as its unique culture. People may come here to party, but they stay for so much more. Learn more about this episode.

Learning connections on PBS LearningMedia
Hemingway’s Cats (grades 7-12)

Wednesday, July 8

Rick Steves: European Festivals Part I
In addition to all its epic history and high culture, Europe also knows how to celebrate — and it does so with amazing gusto. Drop in on the Continent’s top 10 festivals, each one rich with tradition, great food, and fun with the locals. Run with the bulls at Pamplona, don a mask in Venice for Carnevale, dance with Spaniards at the April Fair, cheer on the horses at Siena’s Palio, hoist a frothy stein at Munich’s Oktoberfest, toss a caber at a Scottish Highland Games, and join European families for their traditional Easter and Christmas celebrations. No museums or galleries…just Europe at play. Learn more about this episode.

Samantha Brown: Top of the South Island, New Zealand
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In New Zealand, jaw-dropping beauty sits around every corner. Remote beaches and far-flung lands are commonplace, and yet exceptional. It’s a place where people who live here today still feel tied to ancestors who arrived over 800 years ago. That said, the locals eagerly share their unique culture with anyone arriving with an open mind and heart. It’s truly a destination known as a place of belonging. Learn more about this episode.

Learning connections on PBS LearningMedia
Conserving New Zealand’s Rarest Kiwi Species (grades 6-12)

Thursday, July 9

Rick Steves: European Festivals II
In addition to all its epic history and high culture, Europe also knows how to celebrate — and it does so with amazing gusto. Drop in on the Continent’s top 10 festivals, each one rich with tradition, great food, and fun with the locals. Run with the bulls at Pamplona, don a mask in Venice for Carnevale, dance with Spaniards at the April Fair, cheer on the horses at Siena’s Palio, hoist a frothy stein at Munich’s Oktoberfest, toss a caber at a Scottish Highland Games, and join European families for their traditional Easter and Christmas celebrations. No museums or galleries…just Europe at play. Learn more about this episode.

Samantha Brown: Sonoma County, California
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Sonoma County is a destination that is easily considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world.  But there’s so much more to it. Sommeliers let wine “breathe” or “open up” to better taste the flavor. This is a perfect metaphor for what Sonoma County does: It calls to “open up” and experience the subtleties of life people miss elsewhere. Sonoma County not only inspires you to uncover new experiences — it will inspire you to uncover something new within yourself. A fresh sense of adventure. A renewed connection to nature.  Learn more about this episode.

View Samantha Brown Study Guides
Sonoma K-5  Study Guide
Sonoma Junior High Study Guide

OUR TRIP’S PROGRESS AT THE END OF WEEK SIX: