"Highly Recommended! This is a colossal series that viewers will want to watch again and again; it is filled with insight, and the appeal of each destination is clearly defined." -CITC Review
Filmed entirely on location, featuring world-famous attractions to lesser-known hideaways, various hosts and tour guides in this series provide you with an experienced insider's look at each destination, leaving you with a better understanding and deeper appreciation of the people you meet, the places you see, the histories you learn and the cultures you get absorbed in. Co-produced by Jake and Mieke DeBoer; updated by Chip Taylor. The series is divided into 6 geographic regions. The programs below on Europe are available on 33 or 56 DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 33-Disc Set. The other geographic regions include: "Africa"; "Asia and the Middle East"; "Australia, French Polynesia, New Zealand"; "North America"; "South and Central America." (Note: The entire series is available on 110 or 155 DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 110-Disc Set.) For pricing call in US: 800.876.2447/Intl. 603.434.9262 or e-mail
Austria is a country that offers unsurpassed beauty, a musical history that dates back hundreds of years, and an unmatched Winter Olympic heritage. Focusing on those three themes, this programs treats viewers to a tour of Austria's three most famous cities, Vienna, Graz and Innsbruck. In Vienna, we visit Ring Street, Click for more
Beautiful music always surrounds you in Vienna; the notes can come floating through the air from inside a cafe or can linger about inside your head after the opera. But no matter where it comes from, the music of Vienna was certainly inspired by the city's grand architecture and superb culture. This program offers Click for more
A combined version of Austria 1: Intro to Vienna, Graz and Innsbruck and Austria 2: Vienna - A Classical Look is available.
Austria 1: Intro to Vienna, Graz and Innsbruck
Austria is a country that offers unsurpassed beauty, a musical history that dates back hundreds of years, and an unmatched Click for more
This program offers a royal tour of the kingdom of Denmark, whose capital city, Copenhagen, is located on the island of Zealand. Here we visit Kronborg Castle, the original setting for William Shakespeare's play Hamlet; then learn of King Christian IV, whose passion for architecture over 500 years ago left the Click for more
Jake and Mieke deBoer guide us through Copenhagen, the capital of the oldest kingdom in the world, a crossroads of Nordic, Baltic and European cultures, a city on two islands connected by bridges, and a city you can see via bicycle for free. This Medieval city of narrow canals was founded back in 1167 and became the Click for more
A combined version of Denmark 1: Intro to Denmark and Denmark 2: Copenhagen is available.
Denmark 1: Intro to Denmark
This program offers a royal tour of the kingdom of Denmark. Here we visit Kronborg Castle, the original setting for Shakespeare's play "Hamlet"; we learn of King Christian Click for more
What better way to learn more about England than through its many world-famous sights? We begin at the Tower Bridge, a symbol of London with its two towers and its suspension bridge over the Thames River. Next to the bridge is the Tower of London, an ancient fortress started by William the Conqueror in the 1080s, with Click for more
This program will delight lovers of nature, history and literature. In the North Country, we visit Beamish, the North of England Open Air Museum, where the past comes to life. This sprawling complex, set on over 300 acres of beautiful countryside, vividly recreates life in the North of England in the early 1800s and Click for more
A combined version of England 1: Intro to London, Bath, Devon and England 2: North Country and the Lake District is available.
England 1: Intro to London, Bath and Devon (cc)
What better way to learn more about England than through its many world-famous sights? We begin at the Tower Bridge, Click for more
This program provides an informative introduction to getting to, from, and around the great city of London, England. One of the world's largest cities, London offers a very extensive transportation system. The Heathrow International Airport currently uses four terminals to serve a large number of airlines offering Click for more
This program highlights important sights to seen when visiting London, up close and personal. First, to Buckingham Palace, to witness the celebrated British tradition of the Changing of the Guard at the official residence of the queen; then we board a double-decker bus, which offers an inexpensive way to see famous Click for more
A combined version of England 3: Heathrow & London Transportation and England 4: London - Up Close and Personal is available.
England 3: Heathrow and London Transportation
This program provides an informative introduction to getting to, from, and around the great city of London. Heathrow Click for more
Schiphol Airport, officially known as Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, and the main airport in the Netherlands, is located only about 11 miles southwest of Amsterdam, the country's capital and largest city. The airport welcomes millions of visitor every year and for anyone landing in Schiphol for the first time, this program Click for more
The history of Portugal is being preserved in "pousadas," which are castles, convents, and monasteries that have been converted into hotels. Here we experience the splendor of these historic hotels on this fabulous European tour. In a picturesque village near Lisbon is the Castle of Palmela. This pousada was originally Click for more
A combined version of Europe 1: Schiphol Airport and Eurail and Europe 2: A Tale of Two Castles is available.
Europe 1: Schiphol Airport and Eurail
Schiphol Airport, officially known as Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, and the main airport in the Netherlands, is located only about 11 miles Click for more
Officially, the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express, Ltd., the Orient Express is not only the world's most deluxe train, it is also a work of art! Now, for the first time, viewers get the chance of a lifetime to experience a two-day ride on this magnificent train that lives up to all of one's expectations. From Victoria Click for more
Stop! Listen! You can almost hear that beautiful waltz, On the Beautiful Blue Danube, written by the great Austrian composer Johann Strauss II, as you begin an unforgettably romantic journey, seeing fairy-tale castles and medieval villages, on this Danube River Cruise, which spans 10 great cities from Germany Click for more
A combined version of Europe 3: The Orient Express and Europe 4: The Blue Danube Cruise is available.
Europe 3: The Orient Express
Officially, the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express, Ltd., the Orient Express is not only the world's most deluxe train, it is also a work of art! Now, for the Click for more
This is an exciting and informative program which offers viewers a taste of Western Europe with visits into Holland, Germany, and Switzerland. In Holland, viewers are introduced to the cities of Delft, The Hague, and Utrecht. In Switzerland, Lucerne and Lausanne. In Germany, viewers are taken through the Mosel wine Click for more
Hosts Jake and Mieke deBoer guide viewers on the popular Tour Holland America's ms Maasdam Scandinavia Symphony Cruise. They start their journey in London, prepared to see the greatest of sights in the following locations: Norway's beautiful capital, Oslo; Arhus, the world's largest small city, in Denmark; Warnemonde, Click for more
A combined version of Europe 5: A Tour of Western Europe and Europe 6: Scandinavian Symphony Cruise is available.
Europe 5: A Tour of Western Europe
This is an exciting and informative program which offers viewers a taste of Western Europe with visits into Holland, Germany, and Switzerland. Click for more
Croatia, a picturesque country along the Adriatic coast, has reopened its attractions to the world after a hard-won independence. Here we travel to the southern coast to explore the port city of Dubrovnik, known as "the Pearl of the Adriatic"; it is a 1,000-year-old medieval walled city and an architectural wonder Click for more
Rightly called "The Paris of the East," Budapest offers a rich cultural heritage, magnificent architecture, and busy shopping districts. The Danube River flows through this modern metropolis that maintains its links to its 2000-year-old-past. Here we see Budavari Palota, "Buda Castle," once a royal palace, today is Click for more
A combined version of Europe 7: Croatia and Europe 8: Hungary - Budapest is available.
Europe 7: Croatia
Croatia, a picturesque country along the Adriatic coast, has reopened its attractions to the world after a hard-won independence. Here we explore the port city of Dubrovnik, known Click for more
Istanbul, the only city in the world built on two continents, stands on the shores of the Bosphorus. The city has been the capital of three empires: the Roman Empire in the 4th century; the Byzantine Empire in the 6th, and the Ottoman Empire in the 15th. And though it is Turkey's largest city, and a bustling metropolis, Click for more
Ukraine became independent from the former Soviet Union in 1991. To gain insight into this country, which has a history of East Slavic culture that dates back to Medieval times, this program guides us through two of the country's most well-known and important cities: Kiev, the largest city and capital, and Lvov (Lviv), Click for more
A combined version of Europe 9: Turkey - Istanbul and Europe 10: Ukraine - Kiev and Lvov (Lviv) is available.
Europe 9: Turkey - Istanbul
Istanbul, the only city in the world built on two continents, stands on the shores of the Bosphorus. The city has been the capital of three empires: Click for more
Located in southern Finland, the capital city of Helsinki has one of the highest standard of livings in the world. Once an outpost of the Russian empire, it extends into the Finland Gulf and is a leading seaport and industrial city. Here we explore its Parliament Building, the workplace of the Finnish legislature, Click for more
This exciting program begins with a picture-book cruise down the Rhine River, whose flowing history dates back to Roman times with ruins, castles and vineyards. In St. Goarshausen we learn the famous legend of a siren called "Lorelei" who bewitched the hearts of the sailors on the Rhine. In the Black Forest we visit Click for more
The scenic route of the Romantic Road, from the foothills of the Bavarian Alps to the wine country of central Germany, is one of the most popular ways to see medieval Germany. Begin your trip at the fairytale castles of the Schwangau area, many of which were built by King Ludwig II of Germany to express his idea of Click for more
A combined version of Germany 1: Captivating Villages and Germany 2: Romantic Road and Intro to the Rhine is available.
Germany 1: Captivating Villages (cc)
This exciting program begins with a picture-book cruise down the Rhine River, whose flowing history dates back to Roman times Click for more
Our cruise begins in Cologne, Germany, a vibrant city filled with Gothic architecture. Visitors first tour the city's famous Cologne Cathedral, then board the floating hotel, The Britannia, to begin the cruise itself. Visitors are captivated by the picturesque views of castles, vineyards, and the scenic countryside Click for more
The Lake Constance district in Germany is located at the northern edge of the Alps on the Rhine River and is known as the German Riviera because of its charm and wealth. This area has been inhabited since the Stone Age when homes were built on stilts and is steeped in history The island of Lindau is the first stop Click for more
A combined version of Germany 3: A Rhine River Cruise and Germany 4: Lake Constance and the Mosel Wine Region is available.
Germany 3: A Rhine River Cruise
Our cruise begins in Cologne, Germany, a vibrant city filled with Gothic architecture. Visitors first tour the city's famous Cologne Click for more
During WWII, 90% of Nurnberg was destroyed. When the time came to rebuild the city, the decision was made to retain its original medieval character. Today, it is one of the most charming cities in all of Europe; plus it is a major toy center. After visits to the famous Nurnberg Castle and the Chamber of Commerce, we Click for more
Bamberg is a city like none other in Europe. Never destroyed by war, it is truly a "gift from all time." Buildings from the Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance epochs still stand and the city's medieval ground plan makes exploring it by bicycle both necessary and exciting. Visiting its Empirical Castle and "Little Venice", Click for more
A combined version of Germany 5: Nurnberg and Bayreuth and Germany 6: Bamberg and Burghausen is available.
Germany 5: Nurnberg and Bayreuth
During WWII, 90% of Nurnberg was destroyed. When the time came to rebuild the city, the decision was made to retain its original medieval character. Click for more
Founded by monks in 1158 A.D., Munich has grown into a vibrant and exciting metropolis. This capital city is the 3rd-largest in Bavaria and boasts the largest city park in the world. Here we can see grand cathedrals and palaces, as well as the Viktualienmarket, a colorful food market at the end of the pedestrian zone Click for more
This program takes us to two Baltic locations in Germany, Warnemunde and Rostock. Warnemunde is part Baltic beach resort, and part old fishing village. Here we see the Warnemunde Lighthouse, which stands 115 feet tall and is over 100 years old; also Warnemunde Beach, which used to be called "the bathtub of Berliners." Click for more
A combined version of Germany 7: Munich and Germany 8: Warnemünde and Rostock is available.
Germany 7: Munich
Founded by monks in 1158 A.D., Munich has grown into a vibrant and exciting metropolis. This capital city is the 3rd-largest in Bavaria and boasts the largest city Click for more
This program offers an in-depth and historical look at famous locations of ancient Greece. Beginning in the ancient city of Athens and its Acropolis, the "Sacred Rock," this site was considered sacred for ancient Athenians and was the epicenter of Greek genius during the Golden Age. The largest building on the Acropolis Click for more
This program offers a fantastic tour of the Eastern Mediterranean. The beautiful Greek islands of Katakolon, Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes and Kithera are explored, each one affording endless possibilities. Here it is possible to witness the truly spectacular: sparkling blue seas reflecting the white-washed houses on Click for more
A combined version of Greece 1: A Land of Temples & Ruins and Greece 2: A Greek Islands Cruise is available.
Greece 1: Land of Temples and Ruins (cc)
This program offers an in-depth and historical look at famous locations of ancient Greece. Beginning in the ancient city of Athens and Click for more
Our wonderful tour of Ireland begins in the capital city of Dublin, which was founded by the Vikings over 1000 years ago, and is known for its historic buildings and beautiful gardens. Here we see Christ Church Cathedral, originally constructed in 1038, but rebuilt many times since, it is the oldest building in the Click for more
The culture, landmarks, and people of three of Italy's most beautiful cities highlight this tour of Italy. The first stop is Florence in the heart of Tuscany, home of the Renaissance and Michelangelo, where the Duomo symbolizes the city itself and cathedrals are on almost every piazza. Visitors can stroll the open-air Click for more
Venice was founded in 1421 A.D. and remains today an architectural wonderland; it has 3 large bridges, including the Ponte dei Sospiri (the Bridge of Sighs), the Ponte Rialto, and the Ponte Accademia that span the Grand Canal, the main street that sweeps through the heart of the city. We learn that gondolas first appeared Click for more
"Recommended. Highlights include wonderful views of the interior and exterior of the Basilica St. Marco, a history of Venice's famous gondola, and a visit to the glass factories on the island of Murano. Clips focus on the cafe culture and food of Venice, as well as lace-making on the island of Burano." -EMRO Click for more
A 3-Disc Set of Italy 1: Florence, Milan and Rome; Italy 2: An Introduction to Venice and Italy 3: Venice - An Italian Treasure is available.
Italy 1: Florence, Milan and Rome
The culture, landmarks, and people of three of Italy's most beautiful cities highlight this tour of Italy. Click for more
Our opening tour of the Netherlands begins in Amsterdam, the "Venice of the North," with its canals and 1200 bridges. Its Western Church, where the great Dutch painter Rembrandt is buried, is one of city's major landmarks; also we see Anne Frank's house, which is located next door. We learn how the diamond trade was Click for more
What better way to tour the Netherlands than to view it by water! Our visit begins with a leisurely cruise on the Vecht River to see the charming villages, countryside, and windmills along its banks. As we meander the river, we also glimpse lovely historic homes, many of which were originally built by wealthy merchants Click for more
A combined version of Netherlands 1: Intro to Amsterdam, Maastricht, Gelderland and Netherlands 2: Central and Western Holland is available.
Netherlands 1: Intro to Amsterdam, Maastricht, Gelderland
Our opening tour of the Netherlands begins in Amsterdam, the "Venice of the North," Click for more
Exploring North Holland, a province of the Netherlands, offers us a chance to learn about Holland's "Golden Age." Located in the northwest part of the country, it is divided into 65 gemeente or local governments. In the fishing village of Volendam, on the IJsselmeer coast, one can still see villagers wearing traditional Click for more
Here we discover typical Dutch towns and villages that surround the Zuiderzee, linked by a thriving fishing industry and a golden history of trade. First to Spakenburg, a vibrant fishing community centuries ago, but it lost most of its importance in 1932 with the construction of the Afsluitdijk. Next to Hoorn with Click for more
A combined version of Netherlands 3: North Holland and Netherlands 4: Holland's Golden Circle is available.
Netherlands 3: North Holland (cc)
Exploring North Holland, a province of the Netherlands, offers us a chance to learn about Holland's "Golden Age." In the fishing village of Click for more
Past and present are intertwined in Maastricht, the oldest city in the Netherlands, which dates back to the Paleolithic Era. Located in the southern part of the Dutch province of Limburg, Maastricht is its capital city. Here we discover the strong ties to its historical roots by touring its Romanesque churches. The Click for more
This program offers us an up close and personal look at one of the most colorful cities in the world, Amsterdam. With 1280 bridges, 150 different nationalities and 400,000 bicycles, it is a city like no other. First we learn that Amsterdam's Schipol Airport is the busiest airport in Europe and is just 15 miles from Click for more
A combined version of Netherlands 5: Maastricht and Thorn Up Close and Netherlands 6: Amsterdam - Up Close and Personal is available.
Netherlands 5: Maastricht and Thorn Up Close
Past and present are intertwined in Maastricht, the oldest city in the Netherlands, which dates back to the Click for more
In this program on Northern Ireland, we see that Belfast is a unique large city that maintains the charming quality of a small village with friendly and hospitable people; here too one will find Ferguson's Irish Linen, considered the "Rolls-Royce" of linen, this company is the only manufacturer of double-damask linen. Click for more
Northern Ireland's County Fermanagh boasts stately manors, majestic waterways, rolling hills and all the charms of Europe. First we visit Devenish or Ox Island, located in Lower Lough Erne, it contains one of the finest monastic sites in Northern Ireland, along with an almost perfect 12th century Round Tower, which Click for more
A combined version of Northern Ireland 1: Belfast and the Antrim Coast and Northern Ireland 2: County Fermanagh is available.
Northern Ireland 1: Belfast and the Antrim Coast
In this program on Northern Ireland, we see that Belfast is a unique large city that maintains the charming quality Click for more
This program offers an artistic tour of Norway's capital, Oslo, whose galleries and museums are world famous. Here you can learn of Viking history, Thor Hyerdahl and Kon-Tiki, traditional Norwegian folk dance and music, Edward Munch's famous oil painting, The Scream, in the National Gallery of Art, and Gustav Click for more
Offering one of the most dramatic settings in Europe, complete with coastline and fjords, Oslo is the cultural and financial center of Norway; and with Jake and Mieke deBoer as our guides that is just the beginning. Here we find the famous Kon Tiki Museum, celebrating Thor Hyerdahl's 57-day voyage in 1970 across the Click for more
A combined version of Norway 1: Intro to Norway and Norway 2: Oslo is available.
Norway 1: Intro to Norway
This program offers an artistic tour of Norway's capital, Oslo, whose galleries and museums are world famous. Here you can learn of Viking history, Thor Hyerdahl and Kon-Tiki, Click for more
Tracing the history of Portugal from its capital, Lisbon, to the Algarve region, viewers get a true understanding of this country by meeting a variety of its people; then learn of its Moorish ties in Sintra. We begin our visit in Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world. Archaeological evidence suggests that Lisbon Click for more
This program offers an unforgettable "insider's" tour of Moscow and an introduction to St. Petersburg, formerly known as Leningrad. In Moscow we begin with one of the most recognized landmarks in Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, which was built in the 1550s by Ivan the Terrible. Lenin's Tomb is where the founder Click for more
Jake and Mieke deBoer take viewers on a historical and cultural tour of beautiful St. Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia. The historical core of St. Petersburg is the Peter and Paul Fortress, the oldest building in the city. In the center of the fortress is the Peter and Paul Cathedral, built in 1733, which Click for more
A combined version of Russia 1: Moscow and Intro to St. Petersburg and Russia 2: St. Petersburg Up Close is available.
Russia 1: Moscow and Intro to St. Petersburg
This program offers an unforgettable "insider's" tour of Moscow and an introduction to St. Petersburg, formerly Click for more
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and is often called the "Athens of the North" because of its magnificent architecture. In the center of it all is Old Town on the Royal Mile that dates back to medieval days. The most famous landmark is Edinburgh Castle, a fortress and former royal residence, which offers a Click for more
Deborah Burgess is our guide as we begin our tour in Barcelona, the exciting and stylish capital city of Catalonia, which is an autonomous community in Spain located along the Mediterranean coast about 100 miles south of the Pyrenees mountains. Host to the 1992 Summer Olympic games, here we find the Olympic Click for more
Welcome to the Canary Islands, an island paradise and a tourist's delight! This cluster of seven Spanish islands near the northern coast of Africa has a mild climate and is filled with natural attractions to thrill any visitor. We arrive at the port of Santa Cruz on the island of Tenerife to begin our tour. This island Click for more
A combined version of Spain 1: Barcelona and Santiago and Spain 2: The Canary Islands is available.
Spain 1: Barcelona and Santiago
Deborah Burgess is our guide as we begin our tour in Barcelona, the exciting and stylish capital city of Catalonia, which is an autonomous community Click for more
The town of San Sebastian dates back to 1000 A.D. when it was a small hamlet of 1200 people who devoted their lives to fishing. In this program we visit the enormous fish markets and see how the industry has grown over time; also our visit reveals the landscape that inspired Robert Graves, author of I, Claudius. Click for more
This exciting tour takes us to three of southern Spain's most interesting and beautiful cities: Granada, Cordoba, and Seville. Granada we discover is an ancient city of cathedrals, mosques, and palaces that date back over 3,000 years. One of the greatest sights of Europe and the focal point of Granada is Alhambra, Click for more
A combined version of Spain 3: San Sebastian and Mallorca and Spain 4: Seville, Cordoba and Granada is available.
Spain 3: San Sebastian and Mallorca
The town of San Sebastian dates back to 1000 A.D. when it was a small hamlet of 1200 people who devoted their lives to fishing. In this Click for more
This program offers viewers a tour of the "floating city" of Stockholm, which is built on 14 islands. First, Stadhuset, this City Hall is the capital's center and the site of the annual Nobel Prize dinner; next is Kungliga Slottet, the Royal Palace, built in the 18th century and one of the largest palaces in Europe. Click for more
Stockhom, the 13th century capital and economic center of Sweden, is the natural gateway to the Baltic Sea. Built on 14 islands and surrounded by canals, it is often referred to as the "floating city." Its magnificent architecture illustrates its wealth of the past. Though the royal family no longer lives at the Royal Click for more
A combined version of Sweden 1: Intro to Stockholm and Smaland and Sweden 2: Stockholm and Visby is available.
Sweden 1: Intro to Stockholm and Smaland
This program offers viewers a tour of the "floating city" of Stockholm, which is built on 14 islands. First, Stadhuset, this City Hall Click for more
Located at the foot of the Swiss Alps, Lucerne is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Surrounded by mountains, the Reuss River, and Lake Lucerne, this medieval city is a tourist's delight. Its most historical landmark is the Chapel Bridge, a 669-foot long wooden bridge first built in the 14th century. Visitors Click for more
Tour the French-speaking part of Switzerland by visiting Lausanne and Montreux, cities located on the shores of Lake Geneva. Lausanne is best known for its historic cathedral and as the headquarters for the International Olympic Committee and its Olympic Museum. Enjoy the culture and the cuisine of this beautiful city Click for more
Interlaken is all that you'd expect from a city in the heart of Switzerland. Here we visit the Unterseen Church, which dates back to the 11th century and is actually older than the country of Switzerland; then we visit the magnificent Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, a landmark hotel named after Queen Victoria. Click for more
A 3-Disc Set of Switzerland 1: Lucerne; Switzerland 2: Lausanne and Montreux and Switzerland 3: Interlaken and the Alps is available.
Switzerland 1: Lucerne
Located at the foot of the Swiss Alps, Lucerne is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Surrounded by mountains, the Click for more
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