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Classic Show Collection includes two programs in the Alps: "Alps of France and Switzerland" and "Alps of Austria and Italy"; two programs in Turkey: "West Turkey" and "Central Turkey"; and four more programs from everywhere in between: "France's Alsace"; "Greek Islands"; "Egypt" and "Israel."

Back Door Productions
1 Season, 8 Episodes
October 1, 1997
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  • In Jerusalem, the Holy Land's capital city, we see Israel's past unfold, with Jews praying at the Wailing Wall, Muslims worshipping at the Dome of the Rock, and Christians celebrating at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Near chic Tel Aviv, we stop to enjoy a Mediterranean beach, as we watch fishermen on the Sea of Galilee.

  • Egypt offers a visual potpourri of high energy and ancient mystery - from chaotic Cairo to the silent temples and tombs near Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. We explore pharaohs' pyramids at Giza and gold treasures at Cairo's National-Museum. Each stop on the route -- including a trip down the Nile -- leaves an unforgettable imprint.

  • In central Turkey, we folk-dance through tea-soaked and hospitable ancient villages, seeing geological wonders, cliff dwellings, and the red pottery kilns of Avanos. Leaving the camel rides and carpets behind, we arrive at the modern city of Ankara to learn about Ataturk -- the "father of the Turks" -- who led this sultans' empire through to the twentieth century.

  • We visit spectacular Greek ruins at Ephesus and Aphrodisias and ancient hot springs at Pamukkale before traveling up the Meander River and steaming in a Turkish bath. Rick provides tips on staying healthy in foreign countries, and makes exotic Turkey feel more familiar, showing its devout Muslim beliefs and compelling blend of ancient and modern nomadic life.

  • The Greek Islands' sunny climate, great beaches and relaxed culture attracts travelers from all corners. Island-hopping on the Aegean ferries, we visit touristy Santorini, ride a motorbike around Samos, and hang out on barely-known Lipsi. With tips from the tourist office, we find offbeat ways to enjoy the islands and our own picturesque places to stay.

  • On the loose in France's countryside, we drive up Alsace's Route du Vin for miles of vineyards, half-timbered villages and feudal fortresses. We head to Verdun to walk the trenches of World War I before visiting Reims Cathedral to marvel at Gothic splendor and Chagall's stained glass. Our final stop is Epernay, the bubbly birthplace of champagne.

  • From high on the German and Austrian border, Rick makes his way down to Innsbruck, the historic capital of the Hapsburgs. We slap-dance the night away in a nearby Tyrolean village before turning to feudal Italy at Reifenstein Castle. Then we're out-of-doors, zooming up rock cliffs and hiking through alpine meadows in the Italian Dolomites.

  • From the French town of Chamonix, we hop on a gondola lift with Rick and glide past Mt. Blanc and glistening glaciers, touching down in Italy. Then we train over to Appenzell, Switzerland, on the Glacier Express Railway and find Swiss traditions thriving in yodel-happy, cowbell country.

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