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Lonely Planet (later renamed to "Globe Trekker" and sometimes called "Pilot Guides") is an adventure tourism television series produced by Pilot Productions. The series was inspired by the Lonely Planet travel books. Each episode features a host who travels with a camera crew to a country -- often a relatively exotic locale -- and experiences the sights, sounds, and culture that the location has to offer. Special episodes feature in-depth city, beach, dive, shopping, history, festival, and food guides.


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S01E01 Indonesia: The Eastern Islands 00/00/0000 Traveller Mark Crowdy starts his Indonesian journey in Bali and takes a ferry from the Port of Padangbai to Lombok (sometimes called the new Bali) and the Eastern Islands. Lombok has a drier climate than Bali and its population is predominantly Moslem as opposed Bali's Hindu majority. Tourism is developing fast here but the animist culture still survives, especially amongst the local Sasak tribe. Mark attends a stick fight or Peresehan, a traditional form of combat. Local spirit magicians known as Dukans put spells on the sticks to protect the fighters from injury. Indonesia has some 400 volcanoes and Mark spends a day making a steep climb up Mount Rinjani to the rim of the crater lake just below the summit, where people of all religions come to pray and meditate. Mark takes a boat ride to the island of Komodo to see the famous Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard. Its razor sharp teeth can tear apart the hindquarter of a deer in seconds. It was feared that the dragons were facing extinction but money earned from tourists watching the grizzly spectacle has been used to ensure their survival. From Komodo Mark takes a peaceful boat ride to Flores, one of Indonesia's largest islands. He sees the dramatic sight of the sulphuric lakes of Kelimut, which locals believe the souls of the dead go into the brilliant coloured lakes: the young to the green, the old to the blue and the criminals to the black.
S01E02 La Ruta Maya 00/00/0000 La Ruta Maya was once was the centre of the great Mayan culture, which stretches back 4000 years, and covers Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsular (South Eastern tip of Mexico), Belize and Guatemala. The Mayans were one of the western hemisphere’s greatest but least known civilizations, and the sites of their impressive stone pyramids, temples and buildings are set against a backdrop of tropical jungles and stunning beaches.
S01E03 Morocco 00/00/0000 Ian Wright travels to Morocco on the Northwestern tip of Africa. It's a country of stark desert, high mountain ranges, and some of the most richly cultured cities in the world. He begins his journey in the port of Tangier, where most travellers enter the country. He shares a ride with an American businesswoman far as the small market town of Chaouen, and picks up some valuable tips about travelling in Morocco. He then hitches to the walled city of Fez, through the Rif mountains, the country’s main Hashish growing region. Fez remains the most complete medieval city in the Arab world, and is Morocco’s religious capital. Ian spends a day exploring the Medina and winding back-alleys, before heading for the hammam, where he experiences a violent Moroccan massage. Ian continues his journey to the village of Tamtachoute in the High Altas Mountains, where he’s invited to stay the night with a local family - to a Moroccan a guest is a gift from Allah, and he’s made to feel very welcome. Next day he witnesses Aid El Kabir, one of the Islamic world’s oldest and most important religious festivals celebrating the time when Abraham was asked by God to slaughter his son, Isaac. Every family that can afford to buys a sheep and slaughters it at home. Ian hires a motorbike and heads down the Dades Valley to Zagora, following the route of a thousand Kasbahs, an ancient caravan trail that runs out to the desert. He embarks on a two day camel trek form the village of Tinfou, but unfortunately a sandstorm is brewing and Ian spends the most of the trip with his head wrapped in a shash to screen out the blasting sand. Ian heads for Marrakech, the imperial city which is the largest market centre in southern Morocco. The streets are teeming with performers, artists and hawkers. From here he hires a guide and attempts a challenging climb up the highest mountain in North Africa, Mount Toubkal. He’s elated to reach the summit, but is suffering from the effects of the high altitude,
S01E04 Jamaica 00/00/0000 Traveller Ian Wright begins his Jamaican journey in the once famous hippy hangout and renowned beach resort of Negril. He travels through the centre of Jamaica to visit a plantation house, then heads down the south coast. At Black River Ian travels through the swamp with a crocodile expert and feeds a crocodile himself, before heading further along the south coast to Treasure Beach, a hideaway paradise. Up through the centre of Jamaica, Ian catches a bus from Mandeville to Bob Marley's mausoleum and arrives in Hope Bay, where he stays with rastas who run a guest house and a school for orphaned kids. Ian's payment for staying at the guest house teaching a few lessons at the school - a common arrangement. Ian visits Port Antonio, an old fashioned resort full of colonial buildings. Jamaica has more churches per square mile than any other country in the world, so Ian attends a lively, traditional service. He is invited to share a typical Sunday lunch with a Jamaican family. Between Port Antonio and Kingston are the Blue Mountains, a relatively unexplored part of Jamaica. Ian hires a motorbike and rides up to visit a Maroon Village. Maroons are descendants of runaway slaves who made their escape to the hills of the interior and hid out for centuries. Their culture is more African than Caribbean. This is where the famous Jamaican jerk chicken was invented. Ian attends their drumming ceremony and visits the headman or colonel. Early in the morning Ian climbs the Blue Mountain Peak to watch the sunrise, and catches a glimpse of Cuba. He ends his journey in Kingston, where he celebrates Jamaican Carnival.
S01E05 Alaska 00/00/0000 Traveller Ian Wright begins his journey in the town of Eagle, on the banks of the Yukon River. Eagle is home to the Athabascan Indians who live a subsistence lifestyle, eating salmon in the summer and moose in the winter. From Eagle, Ian travels to the town of Chicken (population 25) which has no running water, electricity or telephones and is completely isolated in the winter. He parties with the locals and goes on a tour in a 1946 light aircraft made of wood and fabric. While he’s in town, Ian also goes gold-dredging in the Fortymile River. Ian continues his journey north, to the twin towns of Kennicott and McCarthy, situated in the Wrangell-St Elias National Park. Kennicott was once the richest source of copper in the world, but when copper prices collapsed in the 1930s, the 800 miners were made redundant and Kennicott became a ghost town. Just outside McCarthy, Ian goes glacier climbing on the Root Glacier. Next, Ian heads for the coast. He travels up Prince William Sound on the state-run marine ferry and eventually arrives in the town of Seward. This is the departure point for a sea kayaking trip, and Ian encounters whales, dolphins and sea lions. En route to Homer, Ian stops off on the Kenai River for a spot of fishing. He discovers he’s not a natural fisherman however, as he doesn’t manage to catch even one salmon. Arriving in Homer, Ian goes sky trekking in a Cessna 185. Lori, the pilot takes him out to remote lakes and mountains and they spend the afternoon watching grizzly bears and catching salmon in waterfalls. The final leg of the journey takes Ian north, past Mt McKinley, the highest peak in North America, and up above the Arctic Circle to the land of the midnight sun.
S01E06 Pacific Islands 00/00/0000 an Wright visits the Pacific Islands of Fiji, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, once infamous amongst explorers for head-hunting and cannibalism. He begins his journey in Fiji, where he is welcomed by a local tribe with a Kava drinking ceremony. The mild narcotic is often offered to guests as a sign of friendship, and is also used to seal alliances, start chiefly conferences and commemorate births, deaths and marriages. He also goes diving on the Astrolabe Reef, which stretches unbroken for 30 kms along the east side of the small island north of Kadavu. With a vertical drop off of 10 metres in the inside and 1,800 metres in the outside and a visibility of about 75 metres, it is known as one of the finest dive destinations in the world. On the Fijian island of Manna Ian goes feeding sharks with a local man named Api. Api comes from a family that believes it has an affinity with sharks, and has been training the sharks to fed from him for the last two years. From Mana, Ian flies to Vanuatu – a group of islands christened the New Hebrides by Captain Cook in 1774 , because it’s ruggedness reminded him of the Scottish Islands. On the island of Ambryn he meets with the chief of a tribe that used to practice cannibalism, and witnesses the traditional Rom dance, where the dancers pretend to be a spirit which lives inside their costumes. These costumes are burnt after the ceremony in case the spirit takes it over and haunts the dancer. He also visits the hot spring on the island of Sesivi, and Tanna island, where he climbs the massive Yassur volcano. It’s the most accessible active volcano in the world, and has three large vents which bubble away at a temperature of 4000 degrees Fahrenheit, constantly showering the crater with red hot pumice and lava. Ian continues his journey to the Solomon Islands. During World War II the islands were used as a battle ground between the Americans and the Japanese, and thousands of abandoned ships and tanks now litter the country and
S01E07 South East Australia 00/00/0000 Ian Wright’s antipodean adventure begins at the huge international Country and Western festival in Tamworth, New South Wales. After sampling the music, dancing and rodeos, he hitches to Byron Bay on the North coast of the province, where he hang-glides high above the miles of golden beaches. He also runs into some bikers and comes away with the ultimate souvenir of his trip – a tattoo. Ian heads south, via Sydney to Albury and the vast Mount Buffalo National Park. His riding skills are put to the test as he embarks on a horse trek through the High Plains. He views of the blue mountain ranges ate breath-taking, and it is the perfect setting for bush camping and sleeping out under the stars. Ian hops on a train to Melbourne, where he finds work in a coffee bar. After a few altercations with the cappuccino machine he saves enough to invest in an old car, with which he hopes to explore Victoria. Things don’t quite go according to plan, however, as the car breaks down and he’s forced to go on alone. After going rock climbing in the Grampian Mountains, Ian takes a flight to Tasmania. The Asbestos National Park in the north of this island is home to large communities of Australia’s national animal, the kangaroo. Ian also comes face to face with wallabies and wombats. Mountain bike is his preferred mode of transport, and he starts on a tour all around the island. Near Bicheno he stays with a farmer in Tasmanian Devil country. Ian journeys to the South West Wilderness National Park, where he is taken on a tour through the mysterious black lagoons and estuaries teeming with local wildlife. His journey ends on a more sombre note, with a visit to Port Arthur, the prison in which Australia’s first white settlers, the British convicts were incarcerated.
S01E08 Vietnam 00/00/0000 Justine Shapiro travels to Vietnam, a country which stretches 1000 miles along the east coast of the Indochinese peninsula. She begins her journey in Ho Chi Minh City (called Saigon until the coming of communism in 1975), where she explores the Cholon quarter, where a vibrant market takes place every day. She’s in town for the new years TET festival, and that evening she joins the crowds letting off firecrackers in the streets to scare away the evil spirits. No American can visit Vietnam without confronting the war issue, and next morning Justine travels 22 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh to Cu Chi District. Here she sees some chilling reminders of the conflict, such as the 100 mile network of underground rooms and passages where the Viet Cong both hid and lived. She also visits Cao Dai in the province of Tay Ninh – the centre of one of Vietnam’s new religions, which combines the beliefs of Buddhism with Cofuscism, Taoism, Christianity and Islam. Their god is represented by one huge eye. From Tay Ninh Justien travels by bus to Vietnam’s premier seaside resort, Nha Trang. She finds a room for the night at the Bao Di Villas, once the private seaside residence of the Emperor. She takes an all day boat trip to some of the islands off the coast, all including a fantastic lunch, comprising squid, tofu, stir fry noodles and fresh fruit. Justine travels into central Vietnam on the Reunification Express. After North and South Vietnam united in 1975 one of the government’s first programmes was to replace the rail Practicing Tai Chi on the beach at Nha Trangsystem that had been destroyed in the war. It takes 16 hours to reach her destination, a peninsular in the middle of the country called Lang Co. It’s one of the most tranquil spots in Vietnam with miles of unspoiled beaches. She also visits the nearby city of Hue, where the Emperors lived from the beginning of the 20th century until the second world war, but most of the splendid buildings they constructed were bombed dur
S01E09 North East Brazil 00/00/0000 Ian Wright travels in the North East of Brazil. He starts his journey in Salvador, the colonial capital of Bahia, where he samples the famous Brazilian coffee and participates in Capoeira - a traditional martial art combining ballet and acrobatics. Travelling into the interior of Brazil, Ian attends a Candomble ceremony, the fastest growing religious cult in Brazil. He also explores the stunning Chapada Diamantina National Park near Lencois. Ian flies to Recife where he chances upon a traditional wedding ceremony. It just so happens that he is invited to join in the festivities at the wedding of the great Brazilian football legend, Pele. Travelling up the coast, Ian visits the multi-coloured sandhills of Morro Branco, where intricate sand paintings are made. He joins in the party at a carnival in Fortaleza, and stops off at the isolated fishing village of Jericoacoara, where he stays with a Brazilian family. The final leg of Ian’s trip takes him to the mouth of the Amazon, and the port of Belem, where local food specialities are on sale at the thriving market.
S01E10 Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands 00/00/0000 Justine Shapiro begins her journey in Guayaquil, Ecador's main port and the largest city in the country. She embarks on a 9 hour train up into the Andes, to a small town called Alausi. Here she discovers that the locals Indians are on strike in protest at recent land reforms. From Alausi Justine heads to Banos, a spa town which lies on the edge of the Andean foothill and the Amazon jungle. She bathes in thermal baths, which are heated by the nearby volcanoes and goes biking and hiking in the Pastaza Valley. After climbing snow-capped Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano on earth, Justine stops off in Quito, the capital of Ecuador and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Quito she journeys a few hours north to Otavalo, Ecuador's most famous market town where you can buy all sorts of crafts made by the local Ottovalo Indians. Here, Justine is invited to eat guinea pig - a great delicacy of Andean cuisine dating back to pre-Inca times. She also attends the festival of San Juan (Saint John the Baptist) in the largest hacienda in Ecuador, owned by the famous Plaza family. Justine flies into the jungle to spend a few days with the Siecoyan Indian community. During her visit she treks in the jungle, watches a traditional dance, learns the art of canoe making and samples a couple of the local beverages: chicha, made from yucca and fermented human spit, and Ayhuasca, a hallucinogenic drink made from the Ayhuasca vine. Justine concludes her trip with 6 days in the Galapagos Islands on board a magnificent sailing boat called the Angelique. The Galapagos Islands are renowned as a spectacular wildlife haven and Justine sights sea lions, penguins, frigate birds, marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, flamingoes and pelicans.
S01E11 Japan: Tokyo to Taiwan 00/00/0000 Ian Wright goes on an unusual journey to the Southern Islands of Japan - from Kyushu down to the Yaeyama Islands, Japan’s westernmost point, only 110 km from Taiwan. Using a combination of flights and ferries, Ian island-hops through the Pacific Islands and proves that even Japan can be done on a budget. He begins his trip in Tokyo, with it’s congested sprawl of high rises, narrow alleys ablaze with neon lights and surging crowds of office workers. Ian takes refuge in one of Japan’s many hostess bars, where European girls are paid large amounts of money just to sit and make polite conversation with Japanese businessmen. No trip to Tokyo is complete without experiencing the Japanese youth scene at Yoyigikoen Park. Bands ranging from hip hop to heavy metal compete to create a cacophony of noise pollution. Ian has a bit of a run in with some Rockabillies, after inadvertently treading on their turf. The bullet train whisks Ian out of Tokyo at 200 mph to the skiing resort of Zao Onsen. Here he becomes the terror of the slopes and tries his hand at that peculiar Japanese tradition of skiing after nightfall. After all his exertions he takes an open air bath surrounded by the slopes and snow capped mountains. Ian flies to Kyusho, the largest of Japan’s Southern islands. He takes a trip to Mount Aso, exploring the volcano at the centre of the island. It’s then a short overland journey east to Nagasaki, where Ian learns about the city’s unfortunate fate as the second target of the atomic bomb, that was to signal the end of hostilities during World War II. A flight south takes him to Kagoshima, where he samples the lively night -life and traditional fish restaurants. In nearby Beppu, Ian experiences a sand bath – the heat rises from the hot springs the create a boiling beach where the locals lie down in a shallow trench and are buried up to their necks. The sauna-like properties of the sand contain many therapeutic properties for all types of aches and pains. Another fli
S01E12 North India: Varanasi to the Himalayas 00/00/0000 Andrew Daddo begins his intense journey through North India with a dawn boat trip on the holy River Ganges in Varanasi.
S01E13 Africa: Zimbabwe, Botswana & Namibia 00/00/0000 Andrew Daddo explores three very different countries in the south of this great continent, from tranquil serenity of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe to amazing wildlife in Botswana’s parks and the unspoilt landscapes of Namibia.
S02E01 Israel and the Sinai Desert 00/00/0000 Justine Shapiro's journey through the Holy Land begins in Tel Aviv where she joins the Israeli population celebrating the start of Shabbat. Traditionally Friday night is spent with the family, but Justine finds there's a thriving clubbing scene in Israel's capital. The first leg of her journey takes her north of Tel Aviv to the holy city of Safed where she learns about Jewish mysticism and spend time working with other travellers on a kibbutz near the Golan Heights. When Justine arrives in Jerusalem its the beginning of Easter and Passover. She follows the way of the cross and observes a Bar Mitzvah ceremony taking place at the Western Wall. She then journeys on to Hebron, capital of the Occupied West Bank, which is under curfew due to terrorism attacks. She meets a young Arab student who explains about life for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. Justine is taken on a tour of Masada, Israel's most spectacular archaeological site and learns to abseil in the stunning Judean desert. She crosses the border into the Sinai desert and buys Bedouin veils and a keffiyah at markets in Al-Arish, before venturing south down the coast to Sharm el-Sheikh. Here, Justine scuba dives in the Red Sea amongst some of the world's most brilliant and amazing underwater scenery and meets travellers in tents along the beaches of Dahab. Justine takes a camel trek with the Bedouin people and enjoys their famous hospitality in a small tent community. She ends her journey at Mount Sinai, the place revered by Christians, Jews and Muslims who all believe that this is where God delivered the Ten Commandments to Moses.
S02E02 Central Asia 00/00/0000 These two former Soviet Republics are in the heart of Central Asia in a vast inaccessible wilderness, surrounded by harsh deserts and high mountains. It was once the site of the ancient caravan routes and its towns were oases on the Great Silk Road of the East.
S02E03 South West China 00/00/0000 Justine Shapiro uncovers 4 of China’s hidden provinces, only recently opened to travellers, from the beauties of Moon Hill, Yangshuo, to rare tribes in Guiyang, bustling markets in Chengdu and trekking in Songpan.
S02E04 South India 00/00/0000 Justine Shapiro travels through South India, an enchanting land of Hindu Temples, hill forts, pigeon English and vegetarianism which has become a favourite destination for backpackers.
S02E05 Iceland & Greenland 00/00/0000 Ian Wright's journey to the Arctic takes him through the volcanic landscapes of Iceland and the frozen wilderness of Greenland. Beginning in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, Ian joins the crew of a replica Viking ship to learn about Iceland's history and Viking ancestors. He then sets out for a plane journey to Vatnajokul, but the unpredictable Icelandic weather proves a major obstacle and the plane is grounded. Travelling east, Ian hitches a lift to the natural wonders of Gulfoss, a 32 metre waterfall and Geysir, where boiling water is shot 20 metres in the air every 3 minutes. Ian's next adventure is tasting the local delicacy - fermented shark. The shark is left in rock covered boxes for two months and then hanging for several more. As if this isn't enough, the shark is accompanied by Icelandic potato wine, known as Black Death. A short place trip north-east takes Ian to Greenland, the largest island in the world and the most northerly country. The landscape is rugged, dramatic and at times, forbidding but the Inuit, or Eskimo people have survived thousands of harsh winters. Ian joins an Inuit family in Ammassalik for a dinner of raw seal liver. Ammassalik is also the starting point for the highlight of Ian's trip to Greenland: an action-packed dog-sledding trip across the snowfields. From Ammassalik Ian travels to Isotoq, a small piece of land in the fjords of the south west coast which is the site of Greenland's only reindeer farm. The harsh conditions here mean there is little else to eat, so reindeer is the main source of food. Nuuk, the capital of Greenland is rather more hospitable. Here Ian visits a school in an abortive attempt to learn the native Greenlandic language, then heads for the bay to join local fishermen sea kayaking. For the final leg of his trip, Ian joins Ono Rasmussen, grandson of the great Arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen, on an Arctic safari. They head off from Illulissat cross country skiing and sp
S02E06 Turkey 00/00/0000 Justine Shapiro heads for Turkey – a land fusing many people, continents, culture and religions from East and West, discovering great food, ancient history and bustling markets.
S02E07 New York 00/00/0000 Ian Wright explores New York, one of the world's greatest cities, which is situated on the East Coast of the United States. He visits not only the famous landmarks but also lesser known attractions which are rarely visited by tourists. Ian's New York experience begins at the city's most enduring and evocative symbol - The Statue of Liberty. Two million foreign tourists visit New York every summer and no trip would be complete without seeing this sight. Then after checking into Manhattan's Gershwin Hotel, patronised by models and socialites, Ian takes a taxi to the Lower East Side. The taxi driver gives Ian some lessons in New York Attitude - you are not only welcome to be as obnoxious as you please but it's actually expected of you. Be specific and decisive, but don't forget to tip... Ian goes shopping for trainers in preparation for a basketball game in Washington Square Park, and later in Central Park he has a go at the ultimate New York exercise - rollerblading. That evening Ian goes out and experiences New York's hectic nightlife. Ian hangs with the homeboys in Harlem and the Bronx before moving on to Brooklyn where he plays dominoes in a Puerto Rican cassita. Finally he heads to Coney Island beach, best known for its gruesome freak shows and fairground rides, but also an ideal spot to soak away the cares of city life. Before leaving New York Ian takes a helicopter ride over Manhattan by all accounts the world's most spectacular city skyline and the perfect way to end a hectic week in this incredible city.
S02E08 East Africa: Tanzania and Zanzibar 00/00/0000 Ian Wright’s African adventure takes him from the historic slavery island of Zanzibar to Tanzania, from bustling Dar Es Salaam to fantastic wildlife, nature and treks – tackling the mighty Kilimanjaro.
S02E09 The American Rockies 00/00/0000 Traveller Ian Wright's explores the Rocky Mountain States of South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Steeped in myths and legends of Native Indians and cowboys, Ian sets out on a journey to find out how the West was really won. Ian begins his journey in the Badlands of South Dakota - learning the history and culture of the Lakota Indians on the Pine Ridge Reservation. After staying a night in a teepee, Ian heads for the Black Hills, where 60 million years of erosion have created a honeycomb of tunnels and caves. Ian goes potholing with experienced caver Stan, exploring the endless caverns that make up the Wind Caves. Ian's next stop is the Indian holy mountain of Bear Butte. This is the place where the Sioux gather to pray and pay homage to the spirits. From Bear Butte, Ian travels north to the town of Deadwood near the border with Wyoming. Deadwood was once a wealthy gold mining town, but now the main source of income is the gaming parlours along the main street. Ian tries his hand at poker and hears stories about the legends of the 'Wild West' from one of the local cowboys. Just outside Deadwood, Ian joins cowboy Dave at the Dude Ranch and tries the local delicacy - bull calf gonads - euphemistically known as Rocky Mountain Oysters. On next leg of Ian's journey he drives through Montana to Jackson Hole. He dons his leathers, joins a group of Harley Davidson bikers and hits the open road to take in more of the spectacular scenery the region offers. En route to Jackson Hole, Ian stops off at the historic site of Little Bighorn where General Custer fell to the Sioux Indians. Arriving in Jackson Hole, Ian goes gliding over the Teton Mountains. He hooks up with a local who takes him to the world famous Yellowstone National Park and Whitefish for a few quick lessons in the art of snowboarding. At the Nez Perce Reservation in Idaho Ian witnesses an authentic Pow wow - a spectacular song and dance ceremony performed by the Nez Perce to ho
S02E10 Chile & Easter Island 00/00/0000 Ian Wright's journey down the length of Chile takes him from the driest desert in the world to the southern-most point before the Antarctic Ocean. Nearly three thousand miles of stunning countryside encompass a vast and beautiful country with a variety of terrains and climates. The scorching aridity of the Atacama Desert is a great preserver of history and Ian sees beautiful hillside geolyths made hundreds of years ago and ancient mummies, their glossy black hair still neatly braided. From the northern deserts where the llama farmers continue their forefathers ways; to the modern technology of the largest telescope in the world; to the spectacle of a pilgrimage of thousands of devotees... finally reaching the countryís geographical and commercial centre - Santiago. From Santiago Ian continues south to Temuco on a luxurious wood panelled 1930's train to visit the indigenous Mapuche Indians who still struggle to retain their own language and identity in their on-going fight against Chilean colonisation. Nearby, across the lakes and volcanoes, live 8th generation German ex-pats who have been allowed to retain their native language along with their distinctive architecture, music and strudel. Patagonia is penguin country. The wind and weather conditions here can be brutal but the astounding natural beauty of the glacier-streamed mountains in Torres del Paine National Park more than makes up for the chill factor. Nearing the end of his trip, Ian flies north to Robinson Crusoe Island, named after Daniel Defoe's famous novel Robinson Crusoe, which was set there. He finds it's not as exotic and palm-lined as the book would have you believe, but the local people are hospitable and lobsters are excellent. Finally, 2,000 miles west of Santiago, Ian ends his journey on Easter Island, the most remote inhabited place on earth. The people here are Polynesians who are segregated from mainland Chileans and the island is also home to huge protective moais th
S02E11 Baja California 00/00/0000 Intrepid traveller Ian Wright begins his journey down the peninsular of Baja California in the border town of Tijuana. This is the place where hundreds of thousands of Mexicans risk their lives every year attempting to cross into the United States. Ian is challenged to run through no-man's land and having survived the armed air and land patrol he begins hitching south on Baja's only highway. After miles of uninterrupted cacti, Ian has a sea-spray shower at one of the world's best blowholes, and then ends the first part of his adventure at San Quintin - a typical Baja one-horse town. The only accommodation available in San Quintin is a faded hotel originally built for Hollywood stars. After a short stop in the beautiful Bahia de Los Angeles, where travellers sleep in huts on the beach Ian continues south on the back of a motorbike, through more desert landscapes to the mission oasis of San Ignacio. Here the over zealous religious imperialism of the Catholic missionaries is evident: the cemetery holds the remains of the indigenous people who refused to convert. One of the highlights of Ian's journey is a whale watching trip with two local fishermen in Mulege. Not content with simply swimming around the tiny boat, the whales actually come close enough for Ian to touch them. Ian also goes in searches of the perfect beach, experiences a true ranchero style dance - complete with a hangover the following morning, and enters into the spirit of a wild and hedonistic carnival at La Paz on Baja's southern tip. The last part of Ian's journey involves a ferry ride east across the Sea of Cortez to mainland Mexico, where he ventures into the stunning Copper Canyon. Here he meets real cowboys who give him very useful lessons on picking up senoritas. Finally, Ian climbs high into the mountains where he is privy to an ancient ceremony of the cave dwelling Tarahumara Indians - the ritualistic killing of a goat - something which has rarely been witne
S02E12 West Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso and Mali 00/00/0000 Traveller Justine Shapiro’s journey begins in Benin, once notorious as the slave coast of Africa. After experiencing Voodoo culture she travels North to Natitingou and the remote Somba valleys. She then crosses the border into Burkina Faso where she heads North East from Ouagadougou into the desert. She ends her journey in Mali trekking through spectacular Dogon country and finally to the legendary Timbuktu.
S02E13 Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily 00/00/0000 Mediterranean islands Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily are the stepping stones between Europe and Africa. Ian Wright begins his journey on the French island of Corsica, throwing himself into every water sport imaginable before heading for the cooler climes of the mountains. Mountains cover a third of Corsica and hikers flock to the peaks and gorges in the Valley of Restonica. From the mountains Ian heads south to Ajaccio. It is the birthplace of the famous French ruler, Napoleon, a fact which you can't escape in this small town where every shop, cafe, restaurant plays on the 'Napoleon theme'. The Italian island of Sardinia is Ian's next port of call, but he has his work cut out to get there: he finds a yacht at the Corsican port of Bonifacio and Ian pays his way to Sardinia as a deck hand/assistant chef. The mountain village of Sedilo is where the S'Ardia takes place, a two day festival in honour of Saint Constantine. Sardinians have a long tradition of fine horsemanship and a high-speed race through the narrow streets is the main feature of the festival. The best way to see Sardinia is by car, so Ian rents an old Fiat Topolino and drives east to Orgosolo. Orgosolo is a former bandit town and is now famous for its powerful political murals. Nearby Ian witnesses the Mammutones perform a folk dance, where black-masked men wearing goat bells representing Moorish prisoners are rounded up by dancers dressed as Sardinian soldiers. Ian leaves the frenetic mountain lifestyle behind him and heads south to the beaches of Costa Verde, also known as 'The Silent Coast'. Continuing his island hopping, Ian catches a ferry to Sicily and journeys to the capital, Palermo. Here he cooks up a storm with a local pasta chef and then tears around town on his rented scooter. The highlight of his trip to Palermo is the Festival of Santa Rosalia, complete with operatic music, flying angels and fireworks. The volcanic island of Stromboli is Ian's f
S02E16 Great festivals 00/00/0000 Wherever you are in the world at any time of year, you'll never be too far from people gathered together in celebration. From ancient tribal rituals to pagan parties, Globe Trekker The Jamaican Easter CarnivalGreat Festivals is a month-by-month compilation guide to the most flamboyant festivals experienced by Globe Trekker travellers all around the world. January is the month of Ethiopia's biggest festival, the medieval Christian pageant Timkat (Epiphany). It is celebrated all over the country but is most spectacular in Lalibela, a village famous for its ancient architectural curiosities. In Vietnam, Justine Shapiro witnesses Tet, Vietnam's most important festival which marks the end of the lunar calendar in February. Many families spend a year's savings on food, flowers and firecrackers, which are meant to frighten away bad spirits. Also in February, Mardi Gras is held in most Catholic countries. It's the last feast day before the beginning of lent, though these days revellers are more concerned with having a ball. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi GrasJustine joins in the tradition of tossing beads to bystanders in New Orleans. From here she heads to Sydney, Australia, where the world famous Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is a really wild party. The ultimate Mardi Gras experience is Carnivale in Rio de Janeiro, and Ian Wright learns samba, takes part in the parade and crashes one of the hundreds of carnival balls all over town. In Canada's Northwest Territories the Caribou Festival takes place very March in Yellowknife. Originally to welcome the coming of spring, these days it's a whacky event where anything goes - from computer-bashing to ugly dog and truck competitions. In Antigua in Guatemala a unique Easter tradition takes place during the Holy Week in April. The locals fabricate beautiful alfombras from sawdust and flower petals in the streets, then dress up as biblical characters to accompany the processions in memory of
S02E17 Best Beaches 00/00/0000 Globe Trekker Best Beaches takes traveller Justine Shapiro on a month-by-month tour of the world's number one hot spots and chill-out destinations. Whether you're an intrepid traveller, seasoned back-packer or just pleasure seeking holiday maker, whatever your style your dream beach awaits. January - In the Northern Hemisphere the cold grey month of January is time to head off on your hols, where sunshine, white sands and clear blue waters await you. Justine doesn't mess about, she hot-foots it to the ancient Mayan city of Tulum on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. February - Neil Gibson discovers the finest beaches around the fishing village of Montezuma in Costa Rica, where a strict eco-friendly tourist policy preserves its natural assets and wildly contrasting beaches. March - The Mexican state of Baja California, surrounded by hundreds of miles of unspoilt coastline, is dream destination for nature lovers. In March the whale watching season is in full swing and Ian Wright explores the region to find the best beaches off the beaten track. April - The coolest, driest month to visit the South American tropics and Ian Wright visits the country that invented beach culture, Brazil. There's secluded beaches all along the coastline but they don't get more remote than the northern village of Jericoacora. It's a rough journey but well worth it for the stunning scenery and fantastic fishing you'll find there. May - The Philippines has an island for everyone and Shilpa Mehta checks out paradise on earth on the island of Boracay. There's a variety of active pursuits on offer for those whose dream vacation involves more than lounging on the sands. Shilpa takes a diving trip to some of the best diving sites the islands have to offer. Best Diving Beaches - On the Banda Islands in Eastern Indonesia there's incredible marine life just waiting for the underwater explorer. Ian Wright goes to the Solomon Islands whose waters are loa
S03E01 Syria, Jordan & Lebanon 00/00/0000 Traveller Ian Wright begins his journey in the Middle East in Jordan. In the Wadi Rum desert he joins guests at a Bedouin wedding. Before travelling south to the ruins of Petra he rides a camel and has a swim in the Dead Sea. After Jordan, Ian travels on to Lebanon. In Beirut he rides with a motorbike brigade, then heads south into the occupied zone where he talks to the UN peacekeeping forces. Ian's next destination is Baalbeck in the fertile Bekaa valley, one of the most spectacular Roman temples in the world. It was a major place of worship sacred to the god Jupiter. Ian begins his visit to Syria in Damascus, where he observes the 'jumping sufis' experiencing religious ecstasy in a mosque, and relaxes in a Turkish bath. Camel trekking in the Wadi Rum Desert In Aleppo, Ian goes shopping in a large outside market called a Souk, then goes to see some clay beehive style houses nearby. He is introduced to the world of the 'whirling dervishes', one of Islam's important mystical orders, inspired in the 13th Century by the poet Mevlana Rumi. The final leg of his journey takes Ian south east to the ancient Roman desert town Palmyra. He ends his trip in the peace and quiet of a desert monastery.
S03E02 Ethiopia 00/00/0000 Ian Wright rides through Ethiopia, shaking of images of famine to reveal a land of warm people, unusual wildlife and cuisine, and epic celebrations.
S03E03 Cuba & Haiti 00/00/0000 Traveller Ian Wright skydives onto a Havana beach, where he begins his journey through Cuba & Haiti. He explores the bustling street markets in Havana and discovers the back-streets Waterfall in Camaguey which throb to the sound of the Rumba.
S03E04 Pakistan 00/00/0000 Pakistan was formed by the division of India half a century ago, and founded in the name of Islam. Few Western people venture here but as traveller Neil Gibson discovers it offers some of Asia’s most mind-blowing landscapes, a kaleidoscope of cultures and a deeply generous people.
S03E05 Outback Australia 00/00/0000 overing three quarters of the continent of Australia, the Outback is one of the most sparse and rugged landscapes in the world. Ian Wright begins his journey in Darwin, where many travellers meet before trekking through the Outback. From Darwin Ian passes through Kakadu National Park where he feeds the crocodiles and encounters a black headed python. From there he journeys to Katherine in time for the Barunga Aboriginal Festival of sports and culture. Cloncurry used to be the biggest copper producer in the British Empire, but these days the town is rather quieter. Ian is invited to participate in a Kangaroo hunt, which he does somewhat reluctantly. He also tries his hand at Bush Poetry with a little help from the locals. The next leg of Ian's journey takes him to Alice Springs where he looks at some Aboriginal Art and experiences working life on a cattle station covering a modest 300,000 acres of land. After all that hard work, Ian finds the most luxurious way to travel, floating in a hot air balloon over Alice Springs. About three hundred miles South West of Alice is Australia's most famous natural landmark - Ayers Rock. It's now known as Uluru, and Ian meets some of the few Aborigine people who still live around here. The area was home to the Anangu aborigines for thousands of years but now that it has become a major tourist attraction only a few communities remain. Ian heads north west along the 600 mile Tanami track which links Alice Springs and Hall Creek in Western Australia. Whilst travelling through the desert Ian eats a bush grub dug up on the roadside and also dines on kangaroo tail. Another four hundred miles west of Halls Creek, Ian visits the coastal town of Broome. At night he sees light reflecting on the mud flats, known locally as the staircase to the moon. He also visits an area around Cape Leveque, home to aborigines known as the Bardi people, where he is shown how to catch crabs. The final leg of his journey takes Ian to the t
S03E06 South West USA 00/00/0000 Justine Shapiro's journey through south west United States begins in Gallup on the New Mexico border, where she visits a Native American intertribal ceremonial. The event lasts for six days and whilst there, Justine attends an Indian Rodeo, checks out Native American cuisine and watches some amazing tribal dances. From Gallup, Justine takes a spectacular train journey north east to Santa Fe, where she acquires a motorbike and cruises along to Taos. She stops in Taos to investigate the Earthships - homes constructed entirely with recycled materials. Justine heads south from Taos to Roswell, the site of a reported UFO crash in 1947. Justine investigates the incident, which has become shrouded in secrecy, and hears some convincing evidence about the case. Justine continues her journey by bike, stopping next at the small town of Deming, where she takes part in the Great American Duck Race. She then heads north west to Tucson, in the state of Arizona. Here she meets some cowboys and takes a horse ride through the desert. She also trades in the motorbike for a car and finds a fellow traveller to share costs on the way North to Sedona. When they reach the New Age capital of Sedona, Justine has a physic reading, and is told that her new car will break down in six to eight months time. The next day the car gets towed to the nearest garage, and Justine gets a lift to Peach Springs at the West rim of the Grand Canyon. She goes on a white water rafting trip, then takes to the skies in a helicopter to view this awesome natural beauty. After picking up her car again, it's an eighteen hour drive north-west via the bright lights of Vegas, to the Black Rock Desert. Here, Justine ends her journey at the Burning Man festival. All that is weird and wonderful can be found here, as Justine discovers, when she visits the smut shack, is offered frozen bugs, and joins the Pagan revellers for the burning of a forty foot neon man.
S03E07 Trekking in Uganda & the Congo 00/00/0000 Nikki Grosse's trek in Central Africa takes her through the dramatic and remote landscapes of Uganda and Eastern Congo (formerly Zaire). Nikki's route begins in South West Uganda in the 'Switzerland of Africa', where she travels on the back of a truck to Bwindi National Park, also known as the "Impenetrable Forest". Bwindi is one of the last remaining habitats of mountain gorillas in the world, and the current gorilla population is estimated at 320. With the help of guides and slashers who cut at the dense undergrowth with machetes, Nikki tracks a gorilla family for hours through difficult terrain and is finally rewarded when she finds herself only metres from a Silverback.
S03E08 Argentina 00/00/0000 Traveller Justine Shapiro explores the world's eighth largest country, Argentina. Her journey It takes 2-can: Justine uncovers the local wildlifebegins in Iguazu where she visits the incredible Iguazu Falls, which are almost a mile wide. From Iguazu Justine travels west to Jujuy, the most traditional region of Argentina and the first part of the country to be colonised by the Spanish. She buys a bracelet made from goat's toenails and drinks mate with the locals. Her journey then takes her to Salta to catch the train known as The Train to the Clouds, one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the whole of South America. The journey takes three days and rises to 15000 feet in places. Back in Salta, after a late night with an English bar owner and his singing customers, she travels south to Catamarca. Justine spends a day with the Gauchos, the Argentinian cowboys and feeds bread to the alligators. She also attends a religious festival in honour of the Virgin of the Valley. From Catamarca, Justine heads to Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, with it's 20 lane roads and European atmosphere. She visits Eva Peron's grave, learns to Tango and parties the night Queen of the Cactus: Justine Shapiroaway in the city which is arguably one of the most exciting in the world. For a welcome break from the hectic lifestyle of the capital, Justine travels to south Argentina's lake district and El Bolson. Here she samples the simple life and visits a fellow American who left the rat race behind to build his own house here, living on just $2000 a year. From El Bolson Justine hitches east to Trelew where she visits the largest penguin colony in the South Atlantic. In Gaiman she visits a theme park made entirely of garbage. The final leg of her journey takes Justine to the southern most extremes of Argentina, to El Calafate. She visits the mystic caves, beautiful scenery and the Parque Nacional Los Glaciales, a spectacular sight, where glaciers meet g
S03E09 South Africa & Lesotho 00/00/0000 Justine Shapiro and Sami Sabiti return to South Africa to see how much the rainbow nation has changed in the decade since the end of apartheid. They start their journey in beautiful Cape Town where they explore the beaches and its gay district before heading to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and experiencing a healing sangoma ceremony in a black township on the city’s outskirts.
S03E10 Philippines 00/00/0000 Traveller Shilpa Mehta visits some of the Philippines' 7000 islands. She begins her journey in the town of Baguio on the island of Luzon, where she visits the giant statue of Marcos and finds out what life was like in the Philippines during his rule. She also visits a faith healer renowned for his ability to perform surgery without the use of tools or incisions. From here, Shilpa takes the bus and journeys south to Sagada through the beautiful Filipino countryside, where she visits the famous Hanging Coffins and the amazing rice terraces, often considered to be the eighth Wonder of the World. Next stop San Fernando, where every year on Good Friday incredible real-life crucifixions take place as a form of penance. Shilpa travels south to Manila to witness one of the Philippines' most popular sports, cockfighting. She meets a karaoke singing taxi driver and goes to one of the busy ballroom dancing nightclubs, as well as seeing evidence of the darker side of Manila - child prostitution. A local outrigger boat takes Shilpa to the island of Boracay and its stunning beaches. She explores the old part of Boracay on horseback and goes diving around the corals off its exotic shores. Shilpa's next stop is the island of Negros, the sugarland of the Philippines, and the town of Bacolod. She travels on the vintage steam engines still used on this plantation, the largest in the world, and visits the beautiful but controversial Saint Joseph's Chapel. From Negros Shilpa travels to Davao on the island of Mindanao, where she samples local delicacies such as roast pig, the Durian fruit that 'tastes like heaven and smells like hell' and a popular aphrodisiac - a duck embryo. She also visits the Sea Gypsies and the amazing Tiboli people that live on Lake Sebu, as well as attending a horsefight. Next, Shilpa travels west to the island of Palawan and the city of Puerta Princesa, where she visits the open prison. North from here in El Nido, cavers risk t
S03E11 Peru 00/00/0000 Neil Gibson heads down to Peru, one of the most geographically and culturally diverse countries on earth, stretching from the Amazon, across the Andes to the Pacific Coast.
S03E12 Northern Spain 00/00/0000 Sixty million visitors come to Spain each year but most head for the tourist resorts in the south. Shilpa Mehta's journey takes her through the less travelled north of the country.
S03E13 Hungary & Romania 00/00/0000 Ian Wright starts his adventure in Budapest, the capital of Hungary where he finds that tourism has boomed since the fall of communism in 1989. He samples the traditional Hungarian sausage, luxuriates at the thermal baths and steps into the past when he visits a communist theme park.
S04E01 North Thailand & Laos 00/00/0000 Ian Wright treks to a travel haven, exploring backpacker life and floating markets in Bangkok through to village life and outstanding festivals.
S04E02 Central America: Costa Rica & Nicaragua 00/00/0000 Neil Gibson travels to Central America, where he visits two contrasting countries; Costa Rica, one of the most affluent lands in Latin America, and Nicaragua, better known for it’s volatile politics.
S04E03 Indonesia: Bali & Sulawesi 00/00/0000 The Indonesian archipelago stretches from the Asian mainland all the way to Australia. Our traveller, Shilpa Mehta explores just two contrasting islands of the thirteen thousand that make up Indonesia – Bali and Sulawes. Starting in Bali, Shilpa arrives in Kuta. She meets an Australian who came to visit in 1974 and never went home. She then checks out Kuta’s beautiful beach, and has a go at surfing, before relaxing with a massage from Kutas’ world famous massage ladies. From Kuta, Shilpa travels by bus to the artists’ village, Ubud, where she has a meal in a warung, an Indonesian café. She also visits the rice fields. Bali is renowned for it’s extraordinary rice terraces and the ones around Ubud are among its most spectacular. Shilpa tries her hand at mask making and learns how important masks are to Hindu sacred stories. Not far from Ubud is the volcano of Gunung Batur. Shilpa climbs Gunung Batur with a guide, cooking breakfast in a volcanic geyser on the way. They catch an amazing sunrise. Heading onto Lovina on the North coast, Shilpa joins tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of dolphins swimming. Before leaving Bali, Shilpa attends the New Year festival. She helps with preparations for the festival where the bad spirits from the old year are scared away, and good luck is ushered in with the new. From Bali, Shilpa catches a cheap flight to the strangely shaped island of Sulawesi. She explores the southern province starting in the capital city of Ujung Pandang, which is the gateway to the Spice Islands. After the tranquillity of Bali, Sulawesi is rather different and there are many reminders that this is a Muslim country. At the port Shilpa works up an appetite shifting flour before hooking up with some local girls who guide her through the bewildering choice of food on offer at the sea front. Shilpa takes a bus to Rantepao in the region of Torajaland, following an inland route that reveals some spectacular scenery along the way. After a ten-hour journey, she
S04E04 Iran 00/00/0000 Ian Wright makes an expedition to a country which, though not on a regular travellers ‘must visit’ list, proves to be alive with warm people, stunning architecture and history, and even posh nosh…
S04E05 Norway 00/00/0000 Ian Wright begins his Nordic journey high on a cliff in Stavanger, where he witnesses the extreme sport of Base Jumping. He journeys from Staveanger to Bergen by ferry, which takes him along just 150 of Norway’s 21,000 miles of coastline. Ian enjoys a night out with locals and travellers in Bergen and discovers that drinking in Norway requires a small mortgage. The next stage of the journey is from Bergen to Voss by train. The usually highly reliable train breaks down and Ian has to complete his journey by taxi. He arrives in Voss before nightfall and camps out at the edge of a clear lake – not a very comfortable option but next morning aches and pains are soon forgotten as Ian takes on nature with a lesson in river boarding. Ian travels onwards to Stryn, one of Norway’s three summer ski resorts. The journey takes two days by coach and Ian has the opportunity to see Norway’s mountainscapes at their best, as well as take a short trip in a replica Viking boat. Ian has a go at a telemart skiing – a traditional form of skiing that combines downhill and cross country styles. To help him recover, he takes a quick sauna. Three hundred miles further north by bus to Trondheim, Ian rents a bike and takes a whistle stop tour of the town. He then travels by train and plane to Lapland, the land of the Midnight Sun. Lapland is also known as Samiland and it covers parts of Sweden , Russia and Finland. Ian thumbs a lift from a Sami Reindeer farmer and soon finds himself erecting a Norwegian Labu or tent. Dinner that night is dried reindeer meat, which seems to be a staple of the Sami diet. Before leaving Lapland Ian is invited to a colourful Sami wedding. After the ceremony the guests enjoy a lavish feast of, not surprisingly, reindeer meat! Ian dons his wellies, hat and white overalls and spends three days gutting fish to earn enough money for a helicopter flight to Spitzbergen, the Northern most point of Norway. With a greater population of polar bears than humans, this is
S04E06 Mongolia 00/00/0000 Ian Wright travels through the grasslands, mountains and deserts of Mongolia. He begins his journey in Beijing, once the ancient capital of the Mongolian Empire, and catches the train to the present day capital – Ulaan Baatar.
S04E07 London City Guide 00/00/0000 Jonathan Atherton finds himself among snap-happy tourists on the trail of famous landmarks such as Trafalgar Square and Soho, then explores the alternative London of Gay Pride and Bangladeshi Brick Lane.
S04E08 Czech Republic & Southern Poland 00/00/0000 Justine Shapiro begins her journey in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic and a great starting point for a journey through Eastern Europe. Since the collapse of Communism in 1989, Prague has become an incredibly popular destination for travellers.
S04E09 Papua New Guinea 00/00/0000 Jonathan Atherton explores the rivers, mountains, and towns of Papua New Guinea and uncover vibrant tribes, wily wildlife and stunning nature and crafts.
S04E10 Nepal 00/00/0000 Traveller Ian Wright starts his journey in the bustling and expanding modern day capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. He visits the most sacred Hindu temple in Nepal, Pashupatinath Temple and the home of the young princess goddess. Whilst in Kathmandu Ian takes the opportunity to sample some Nepalese food, and has a night out Kathmandu style. He then hitches south to the Royal Badia National Park where he goes looking for Bengal tigers with a local guide, astride an Indian Elephant. Unfortunately the rare and reclusive tiger is not spotted that day by anybody. Ian spends the evening in a small village nearby where he is introduced to some of the local families and witnesses a local celebration. From the Terai region Ian flies to the Lukla, in the eastern Himalayas. Here he plans to make his way to the popular bazaar at Namche, before trekking along a section of the Everest highway. At Pangboche monastery Ian also catches a glimpse of what is alleged to be a Yeti skull. Avoiding the Yaks on the pathways, Ian continues his trek to Tengpoche Monastery where he witnesses a traditional Buddhist celebration. Ian joins up with a sherpa guide who has been up Everest twice, and can offer Ian some insight into the nature of trekking in the heights of the Himalayas. Together they make a simple offering to the gods that are said to protect trekkers and climbers. On the last leg of his journey Ian flies to Humla. This town is well off the trekkers track, and his four hour horse ride takes him even further into an area of Nepal seldom visited by tourists. Ian's last night is spent at a local wedding celebration. To Ian's surprise the wedding involves five grooms and one bride. Ian enjoys the ensuing party, which involves a fair bit of barley wine.
S04E11 Paris City Guide 00/00/0000 Justine Shapiro spends a week in Paris, the capital of France and one of the most cultural and romantic cities in Europe. Justine’s first night in Paris is spent with an old American friend, who now lives in Paris. He takes her to a traditional café, where they enjoy copious amounts of traditional French fare and a few glasses of vin rouge before they join the other customers in their songs that go on till the early hours of the morning. The following day Justine attends a cookery class at the Ecole Cordon Bleu. Cooks from all over the world come here to learn a little about French haute cuisine. In the evening she takes part in an event that reflects a different side of Paris: she joins over 3,000 roller-bladers and their police escorts in their weekly night-time skate through and around the city centre. The architecture of Paris provides some fabulous views, and after her trip to the Arc de Triomphe in the morning, Justine spends the afternoon visiting and climbing some of the more contemporary buildings that Paris is renowned for, such as La Grande Arch de la Defence, L’Opera Bastille, and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. She also rides the the number 73 bus, which offers some of the best views of Paris for a fraction of the prices charged by official sight seeing buses. Later, Justine attends one of Paris’ most famous shows, the cabaret at the Lido. Justine goes shopping in the markets which cater for Paris’ ethnically diverse population. Here she is shown around by a Ghanaian gentleman, who explains the uses and properties of various African foods. Later, she shops for the goods that Paris is more famous for: with a professional designer she is taken to some of the designer boutiques, although in the end she save her francs and picks up some bargains in the popular store, ‘Tati’. Paris is famous for its galleries and museums that represent both the traditional artistic movements of France, as well as some of its more avant-garde elements. On her way
S04E12 Southern Italy 00/00/0000 Justine Shapiro begins her journey in Rome, the capital of Italy and the gateway to the south. She rents a scooter to get around and goes first to the Colosseum. This was the scene of some of the Roman Empire's bloodiest excesses. The first games were held here in 80 AD and lasted for 100 days and nights - enough time for 5000 animals to be slaughtered and 9000 gladiators to fight to the death. Next stop in Rome is Vatican City, the centre of the Catholic Church and an independent state since 1929. At its heart is St Peter's Square and Basilica which was designed by Michaelangelo in the 16th century. Leaving Rome, Justine catches a train south towards Naples, stopping first at Terracina and the hill town village of Bonito. Terracina is a fishing village and Justine arrives for the festival of the Madonna del Carmine. Every year the local fishermen and clergy and their families lead a procession in honour of those who have lost their lives at sea and to bless the waters for the coming year. In Bonito Justine visits an old man, known locally as Uncle Vincent. He is famous for performing miracles, and people visit him to talk about their problems. Until she actually sees him, however, Justine’s unaware that Uncle Vincent he is actually a corpse found in the remains of Bonito Church 100 years ago! Two hours by bus south of Bonito is Naples. Justine tries real Neapolitan pizza. Less than an hour's train ride from Naples is Pompeii - a bustling wealthy port until August 79 AD when Mt Vesuvius erupted, covering the town in lava, ash and pumice stone. Justine walks around the excavated frescoes. From Pompeii Justine carries on south along the beautiful Amalfi Coast to the picturesque town of Positana. Heading inland from the coast she takes a bus to Alberobello, a town best known for its rustic conical shaped homes called trulli. Justine is taken out on a small boat with three Italians who catch urchins and give them to Justine to eat raw - they're
S04E13 Amsterdam City Guide 00/00/0000 Jonathan Atherton arrives in Amsterdam, a city notorious for its liberal attitudes to drugs, sex, and hedonism. Although he is intent on discovering the less infamous sides of Amsterdam, its museums, its canals, and its architecture, Jonathan is not going to let the alternative Amsterdam pass him by. His first night is spent in the Hemp Hotel, a hotel pioneering the use of Hemp in the construction of fabrics, food, and cocktails. Jonathan arrives in Amsterdam in time for the gay parade, an annual event attended by 300,000 gay men and women from around the world. This year the parade coincides with the Gay Olympics. Much of the parade takes place on the canals. Jonathan rents a bicycle to explore the city. One of the best ways to get around Amsterdam is by bike. Although there are many trams which run a regular service, the flatness of the city and its cycle friendly laws make cycling extremely popular. There are approximately 500,000 bikes in the town – and, it is estimated, just as many are at the bottom of the canals! Leaving the roads, Jonathan turns to the canals to transport him around the city. There are over 60 miles of canal in Amsterdam, over 170 canals, and approximately 2,000 bridges. Amsterdam has a severe housing shortage, and in an attempt to shorten the waiting lists, squatting in empty properties is often condoned by the government. Jonathan visits one of the larger squats, which houses a skate park, artists spaces, parties and a bar. Jonathan meets two of the residents – artists who design and make costumes for Amsterdam’s alternative club scene. The following day Jonathan investigates some of Amsterdam’s many museums. There are over 141 galleries in Amsterdam, and some 42 museums. Some museums cater exclusively for tourists, such as the Sex Museum, and the Hemp Museum. Jonathan suggests visitors should visit some of Amsterdam impressive ‘serious’ museums such as the Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam is renowned for it liberal approach to soft drugs, an
S05E01 Hawaii 00/00/0000 Traveller Megan McCormick begins her journey in the island paradise of Hawaii on Kauai, the least explored of the islands. She is invited to a Hula ceremony and learns that dancing was how the natives expressed their history and culture in the days before the Hawaiian language evolved. The main staple of the Hawaiian diet is a vegetable called taro. Megan lends a hand with the harvest, and is invited to taste the fruit of her labours at a Luau the following evening. Meanwhile, she kayaks down the Wailua River into the rainforest and treks into the forest to an isolated spot where she takes a refreshing dip in a waterfall. From Kauai, Megan flies to Oahu, the most populated of the islands. At the tourist haven of Waikiki she heads for the beach and takes a surfing lesson, learning how to feel the manna and ride the waves. The next morning Megan goes to the Honalulu fish market to find out how to tell the quality and shelf-life of a fresh catch. Although Hawaii has been an American state since 1959, the Japanese community makes up a quarter of the population and Megan learns that today there's a growing sovereignty movement among native Hawaiians. She attends a ceremony in remembrance of the attack upon the US marine base by Japanese bombers on December 7th 1941, when more that 2500 people were killed and the course of the Second World War was irrevocably altered. Megan hitches a ride with a bunch of young marines who are heading for the North Shore to check out the surf. Further along the north shore, Megan is invited to an intimate marriage ceremony. Same sex marriages are commonplace in Hawaii, although a recent referendum asking Hawaiians to vote in favour of same-sex marriages was lost by a narrow margin. Nevertheless, David and Scott make a great couple. Megan flies to Maui and, as hitch hiking is illegal on this island, she hires a car. She takes the Hana Highway all the way to the Haleakala Crater, the largest inactive volcano on earth and camps out
S05E02 West India 00/00/0000 Megan McCormick's journey in one of the ultimate travellers' destinations, West India, begins in the small holy town of Pushkar. Along with hundreds of thousands of visitors, she takes part in the annual religious festival and receives a blessing on the shores of the lake. The town is also famous for its camel fair every November and Megan drives a hard bargain with the traders. After a gruelling 8 hour bus ride north to Bikaner, a remote desert city, Megan puts on a brave face and visits the extraordinary Karnimassar Temple. The temple is filled with rats, which are worshiped as the reincarnations of story tellers. In a small village just outside the city she bears witness to fire-dancing at the Sidh sect festival. The golden city of Jaisalmer, which was built in the 12th century, is at the very heart of Rajasthan. Megan, with her hands freshly adorned with henna, wanders through the market streets and samples Bhang Lassi, the infamous local speciality, at the Jaisalmer Fort. Megan makes the most of the renowned tailors in Udaipur, 'The Venice of the East', and has a traditional Punjabi suit made in just a few hours. Meanwhile a famous astrologer tells Megan what the next few years have in store for her. Megan makes a brief stop at Ranakpur, the site of one of the oldest and most impressive Jain temples in India, before heading 400 miles south by plane to Mumbai, formerly Bombay - the biggest, fastest and richest city in India. Startled by the number of street children in Mumbai, Megan pays a visit to a children's hostel and learns that travellers can volunteer to teach English at the hostel while in Mumbai. Whilst in Mumbai, Megan goes to Bollywood, where 750 feature films are made every year, and meets popular actor Jackie Shroff. Before leaving town Megan samples local cuisine at Juhu Beach, Mumbai's answer to New York's Coney Island. Some people come to India just to visit Pune, the home of the Osho community. Megan take
S05E03 New Zealand 00/00/0000 Pilot Guide traveller Ian Wright discovers that New Zealand, far from merely being home to a larger population of sheep than of humans, is a land of wonderful landscapes, ancient Maori culture and the most extreme sports under the sun. After a long flight he arrives in Auckland. Next day he gets to know the city in true kiwi style 'rap jumping' down 13 stories of a city skyscraper. Ian has been invited to a Maori community in Rawhiti, so he catches the ferry across to the Bay of Islands. About 15% of the country's population claim descent from the Marae tribes who first came to New Zealand a thousand years ago from Polynesia. Outsiders can only visit a Marai (the church and hall at the centre of every Maori community) by invitation. On arrival Ian has to undergo the powhirl ceremony to find out if he's friend or foe. Catching a ride back down south Ian arrives in Rotorua, the Sulphur City. Because it's on a fault line the underground activity bubbles up and comes up here as sulphur springs. It's a thermal wonderland but it don't half stink! Before leaving town Ian experiences Zorb, another weird kiwi pastime which involves rolling through the countryside in a giant transparent sphere. The Kiwi Experience bus is a great way to see the country. It's cheap and easy and Ian is dropped off in the Akatarawa Valley near Wellington. He's arranged to work on an emu farm for a couple of days, as part of a scheme called Willing Workers on Organic Farms. For 2 or 3 hours work a day you can get free board and lodging. The Cook Strait is named after Captain Cook, and Ian takes the ferry to the South Island, and on to Christchurch by train. There's an amazing view from the train and Christchurch itself is a twee, leafy city built to a plan by members of Christchurch College, Oxford, 150 years ago. Queenstown is the extreme sports capital of the world. Overlooked by the Remarkables mountain range on the shores of Lake Wakatipu
S05E04 Malaysia & Southern Thailand 00/00/0000 Presenter Justine Shapiro explores the heart of South East Asia - modern Malaysia, with its ancient forests and vibrant mix of cultures, and the beaches of Southern Thailand just across the border. Her first taste of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur. The capital is central to the Government's Vision 2020 policy, which aims to make Malaysia a fully developed nation by the year 2020. Justine visits during Ramadan, when Muslims fast each day until sunset, but she finds out that there are two places to find food before dark - Chinatown and India Street. Justine hires a car and heads north through the Cameron Highlands to the Temenggor Dam. The area is home to ancient rainforests and tribes, and Justine and her guide Ruben, who is trained in jungle survival skills, take a boat trip out to a village where the Orang Astli people live. In preparation for a hunting party the next day, Justine witnesses the villagers making deadly poison darts. That evening the celebratory Sawang dance is performed in the village for the new year, where the dancers wear woven leaves and the women beat out the rhythm with bamboo poles. Next morning Justine joins the hunting party and takes lessons in the law of the jungle. The party build their own shelter for the night out of palm leaves and the hut will remain standing for 6 months. Meanwhile the hunters catch a tasty dinner of frogs in the river which are cooked in bamboo. From Temanggor Justine travels to Kota Bharu in the Islamic state of Kelantan. She is invited into a home to celebrate the festival of Hari Raya the end of Ramadan, where she helps out in the kitchen preparing an enormous feast and meets the pet monkey, trained to pick the best coconuts from the trees. The family also takes her kite-flying, a popular competitive sport on the east coast. Before flying back to Kuala Lumpur, Justine spends a day on the unspoiled Perhentian Islands, where the beaches are fabulous and the crystal clear waters invite scuba divers to explore t
S05E05 Sydney City Guide 00/00/0000 Traveller Justine Shapiro spends a week in Sydney, the gateway to Australia. On the eastern Pacific coast in the state of New South Wales, Sydney was the first port of call for the convict ships of the 1800s, carrying their cargo of outcasts from British cities to the penal colonies. The best way to get your bearings in Sydney is to take a ferry tour around the harbour. Justine buys a weekly travel ticket, then finds a cheap hostel to rest her weary backpack in the King's Cross district. On a mission to overcome her fear of heights Justine gets up early to scale Sydney Harbour Bridge. The climb can only be done with an organised group, so in spite of her vertigo Justine is in safe hands and the panoramic harbour view is definitely worth it. Back on terra firma Justine sets off to explore of Sydney's history at The Rocks, an early settlement, and at the Colonial House Museum. Bondi Beach, the most famous beach in the world, is the place to flaunt the body beautiful or just check out the lifeguards. Bondi is also the starting point for the coastal walk, a scenic cliff top promenade which many Sydney-siders incorporate into their fitness regime. En route to the Waverley Cemetery, which is surrounded by stunning coastal vistas, there's the less populated Tamarama Beach and Bronte Beach, more popular with the locals but no less spectacular. For all its European heritage Australia's closest neighbours are Asian countries. The Sydney suburb Cabramatta is populated by a vast Vietnamese community. Also of non-European descent are the Aboriginal peoples, who, although they lived on the land for 64,000 years before the arrival of the first convict ships, have only been counted as citizens since the referendum of 1967. Justine joins a tour which takes in cultural aspects of aboriginal life and gives an insight into the way the Aborigines have been brutally treated by the European colonisers. Justine ventures outside the city limits to Katoomba, gateway
S05E06 West Africa: Ghana and the Ivory Coast 00/00/0000 Megan McCormick journeys to West Africa, where 500 years ago Europeans uncovered bounties of gold in Ghana (formerly the Gold Coast) and ivory in the Cote d'Ivoire. Her trip begins in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Here Megan visits an intriguing coffin shop and is invited to attend a funeral. For the Ga people it's traditional to be buried in a coffin which symbolises what you did in life.
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S05E08 Finland and the Baltic States 00/00/0000 Neil Gibson journeys through the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and then to Finland. He begins his journey in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. It is the biggest Baltic capital and its large Russian population means it's hard to forget that until the beginning of the 1990s Lithuania was under Soviet rule. After looking around a waste ground full of crumbling Soviet statues that were pulled down and vandalised when Lithuania declared its independence, Neil visits the huge Garunai flea market. The huge Garunai flea is a man eater but its legs are perfect for building large buildings. Traders come from all over Eastern Europe and it's possible to pick up some good bargains - as long as you can pay in American dinars,
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S05E11 Rio De Janeiro City Guide 00/00/0000 Presenter Ian Wright travels the south-east coast of Brazil, where exports in sugar cane, gold and coffee once made Rio de Janeiro one of the greatest cities of the colonial era. Nowadays the capital city of Brazil and the carnival capital of the world is most renowned as the home of samba & soccer. After checking into a cheap hotel, Ian checks out the beach at Copacabana. After a white-knuckle bus ride to the overcrowded half-mile strip of seashore where the locals cariocas hang out, he's quick to find instruction in beach etiquette from two seasoned beach regulars. From the Centro district of the city Ian takes the only remaining tram in Rio to the wealthy district of Santa Tereza. Since 1971 this area has been called home by notorious ex-train robber Ronnie Biggs. He was sentenced to 30 years for his part in the Great Train Robbery of 1963 but escaped from his British jail and went on the run. He's still a wanted man in Britain but he's enjoying his twilight years in Rio running barbecues for carnival-goers and telling his life story to tourists. A tourist train takes Ian to the top of Corcovado, the 2,200 foot mountain at the top of which is the massive statue of Christ the Redeemer is the most enduring picture-postcard image of Rio as it towers over the entire city. He then takes in the Taguca National Park, a seventy square-mile tropical rainforest right in the centre of the city. The Peak at Pedra Bonita is a natural wonder, and for the best aerial views of Rio, Ian goes hang-gliding over the city vistas. The favellas of Rio are well off the usual tourist trail and many visitors don't venture into these shanty towns to find out how a third of the population lives. Ian is shown around this city-within-a-city by tour organiser Marcelo Armstrong. A short trip across the bay is the Museum of Contemporary Art at Niteroi. It's Rio's most modernist building and architect Oscar Niemeyer based his design on a champagne glass. He
S05E12 Egypt 00/00/0000 The vast, isolated country of Egypt in the North Eastern corner of African is central to studies of the world's oldest civilisations. Traveller Megan McCormick begins her journey in the sprawling city of Cairo where the most impressive monuments and fascinating sights and relics can be discovered in the old city: The Bazaar of Khan al-Khalili is a huge market, which has been open for business since the middle ages. Megan learns about herbal medicine from a "doctor's " clinic and sees craftsmen in the workshops at the bazaar. From here she pays a visit to the mosque at Ibn Tulun: although the site has been Islamic since the mosque was built in the 9th century AD, according to legend this was the spot where Noah's arc came to rest and where Moses confronted Pharaoh's magicians. No one comes to Cairo without seeing it's most famous landmark, the Great Pyramids at Giza, just outside the city. They were built as the tombs of three Pharaohs, the first in a string of pyramids running all the way down the Nile to the Sudenese border. Evidence suggests that the first pyramid took hundreds of thousands of workers thirty years to construct. Egypt was one of the earliest places where Christianity took hold and the monastery at St Antony's, three hours to the south east of Cairo, was reputedly the very first monastery. St Antony lived as a hermit in a nearby cave for twenty years. Father Lazarus, a former university lecturer who emulates St Antony's way of life, tells Megan why he chose to live on this mountain saturated with prayer. En route to Siwa in Egypt's Western Desert Megan stops at the war cemetery at El Alamein, commemorating the soldiers who fought in World War Two. Tens of thousands of young men on both sides died in the Battle of El Alamein. When she arrives in the remote oasis town of Siwa, close to the Lybian border, Megan is invited to a Siwan stag celebration. The laid-back town is famous for its dates and o
S05E13 Arctic Canada 00/00/0000 Ian Wright travels as far north as he's ever likely to get - to Arctic Canada, the Land Of The Midnight Sun. He begins his trip in Montreal, the heart of the Quebec and the world's largest French speaking city after Paris. After sampling gourmet delights in town he heads out to a 'sugar shack' where, when the sap rises in March, Canada's renowned maple syrup is made. He learns all about the process of tapping the sap from the trees and boiling it down, and at the end of the day tastes the fruit of his labours. From Montreal Ian takes a trip to the Madeline Islands. The region used to be a hunting ground for the seal pups which are born on the ice fields each March but these days the only trade the pups are mixed up in is tourism. Ian is accompanied by an expert on seals and it's an incredible experience. Ian is warned about the wintry weather in Yellowknife, nevertheless he's intent on journeying to the Northwest territories, known as the Great White North. The capital, on the Great Slave Lake, was built just 50 years ago by pioneers looking for gold. He's there at the time of the Caribou Carnival, an annual festival originally held to welcome the spring. It's a whacky event where anything goes, from computer-bashing to ugly dog & truck competitions. In the evening Ian joins a Japanese group heading out of town to see the spectacular aurora borealis, the northern lights. This unbelievable sight which occurs when the earth's magnetic field generates electric energy by inter-reacting with solar winds. Even further north is Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut. It's the only territory in history that has been peacefully handed over to its native people. In Iqaluit, the capital of the province, he hears the ancient Inuit tradition of throat singing and shares tales of abating frostbite in temperatures that can reach as low as -89°F. It's a four day dogsled trek from Iqaluit to Kimmirut across a pl
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S06E02 Ireland 00/00/0000 Traveller Ian Wright journeys through a land which, though ripped apart by political conflict, is renowned for its hospitality. The spirit of good time is known only in Ireland as the craic. Ian begins his trip on the spectacular Antrim coast in Northern Ireland, boasting a geological wonder known as Giant's Causeway. The origins and name of this rocky landmark are enshrouded in myth and speculation, though Ian has his own theories. Belfast is the city where Northern Ireland's political troubles have been most intense. Ian takes a cab ride through the city and learns about the perils of Belfast life, and the terrifying events his driver has witnessed. That evening Ian tours the lively bars and clubs of the city on a mission to discover for himself the true meaning of craic. From Belfast Ian heads south towards Dublin. His journey takes him through the county of Armagh - known as bandit country due to the troubles - where he joins a game of road bowls. He also takes a detour to Boa Island in Fermanagh in order to visit a statue called Janus - a 2000 year old fertility symbol which was one of the first Christian burial sites. When he finally reaches Dublin Ian spends the evening at the Dublin Music Centre, hotbed of burgeoning Irish talent following in the footsteps of the internationally successful band U2. Also on the entertainment agenda is the semi-final hurling match between Kilkenny and Cork. It's the world's oldest surviving stick and ball game, faster than hockey and even more violent then rugby. Ian travels by train to Cobh in County Cork, a seaside town which was once a major shipping port and final resting place of victims of the Lusitania, sunk by a German submarine in the first World War. While he's in the vicinity of Cork Ian visits Blarney Castle, Ireland's most popular tourist spot where each year thousands come to kiss the Blarney stone, reputed to give you the gift of the gab. Not that Ian needs it! From Cork Ian
S06E03 Deep South USA 00/00/0000 Ian Wright journeys through America's 'Bible Belt' - the Deep South, home to the civil rights movement, the American civil war, and blues, jazz and rock. His trip begins with a trek in the stunning Smoky Mountains on the Tennessee / North Carolina border. It's the most visited National Park in the country but there's still incredible remote wilderness and breathtaking vistas all the way to the top of Mount Le Cont. Driving south, Ian's first stop in North Carolina is Asheville. The town is best known for its home-grown entertainment and the lively mountain music festival in the summer. Back on the road he learns a little about the Cherokee Indians who lived in this region until the white man arrived, a whole tribe of Cherokees was to walk to Oklahoma. In Scottsboro, Alabama, Ian pays a visit the baggage reclaim superstore. Ian discovers there's thriving business to be made out of bargains and bizarre articles which never find their way back to their owners hands at airports all around the world. In the conservative, fundamentalist southern states of the 'Bible Belt' it is thought that the snake is the embodiment of the devil. Ian meets Reverend Carl Porter uses deadly snakes during his sermons, believing that if you can master a snake you can master the power of the devil. Not surprisingly, his five hour services have had a few casualties! Ian begins his day in Atlanta, gateway to the Deep South, with the ultimate southern breakfast of country fried steak and grits & gravy. Atlanta is the place where the world famous drink Coca-Cola was invented. The birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr, Atlanta's most famous son, is situated at the end of 'Freedom Walk'. The house is now a national monument. When he was shot dead in Memphis in 1968 his body was returned home and every year thousands of pilgrims inspired by dreams of interracial harmony pay their respects. From Atlanta Ian takes a greyhound bus to
S06E04 Sri Lanka & The Maldives 00/00/0000 Traveller Megan McCormick heads beyond the southern tip of India, to two of the most beautiful tropical locations on earth: Sri Lanka and the Maldive Islands. Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has been an important trading port and commercial centre since the 1870s. It here that Megan begins her trip, travelling around town on a bajajs and sampling some exotic foods. From Colombo Megan sets our along the coast for Matara. On the way she sees toddy-tappers at work high in the coconut trees and stops off at Weligama, where the local industry is a peculiar type of fishing: stilt fishing. Megan wades out to the stilts embedded into the seabed and tries her hand with little success. Next day she reaches Matara and just outside the town is the temple of Wewurukannala, site of Sri Lanka's largest statue of Buddha. In Buttula Megan stays at a sanctuary called Yala Tissa. It's situated in the midst of beautiful countryside where reforestation programmes are in progress. She then takes a bus to Arugam Bay, a fantastic place for hardcore surfers but also an area which has been caught in the crossfire of the civil war between the government and Tamil rebels. Megan sees the evidence of political turmoil first hand when she takes a tour of the bombed cinema. From Arugam Bay Megan hitches a ride to Ratnapura, which means 'City of Gems'. This is the town where miners come to sell their gems to the dealers the most abundant being pink and blue sapphires and the occasional ruby. Megan goes down the nearby mine accompanied by a guide - it's a terrifying experience but they do find some topaz to reward their efforts. Megan then hires a car to drive up into the hills to visit the tea plantations. Also in hill country is Pinjnewala, home of the famous elephant orphanage. The parents of the orphan elephants have been poached for their ivory and Megan hears some incredible stories about the backgrounds of the animals that live here. A few miles up the road is
S06E05 Bolivia 00/00/0000 Presenter Ian Wright explores Bolivia, one of the poorest countries in Latin America but one of the richest in culture and landscape. His journey begins on Lake Titicaca. It's the highest navigable lake in the world and covers some 3000 square miles, linking Bolivia and Peru. The Island of the Sun is the place where the Inca Empire began and Ian learns that the first Inca married his sister, then convinced the people that they were the children of the sun god who had risen up from the lake. An hour by boat from the Island of the Sun is Copacabana, where every Sunday the locals bring their cars for a blessing by Father Bernadino. The ceremony is Christian but has its roots in the Inca tradition. From Copacabana Ian hitches a ride to La Paz where he hunts out some bargains at the Market of Sagarnaga. Next door is the Witches Market, the place to find bizarre cures for uncommon ailments, such as llama foetus. Ian flies to Sucre and plans to catch a bus to Potosi from there, however there's a bus strike and Ian has to spend the night at an enchanting hacienda just outside town. Next morning he resumes his journey and en route to Potosi he witnesses preparations for a bull fight. He also stops off Tarabuco, famous for its handmade clothes and weavings. At last Ian reaches Potosi, one of the richest cities in South America due to the discovery of silver in the 16th century, by a llama herder called Diego Huallpa. Ian plans to go underground and experience the mines for himself, but first he stops at the miners market to purchase gifts for the miners: cigarettes, alcohol, coca leaves and a few sticks of dynamite! Miners start their career at the age of 8 or 10. They are self-employed and gifts from visitors supplement their meagre incomes. During colonial times millions of African and Indian slaves died due to the harsh conditions in the mines. From Potosi Ian makes his way to Uyuni. Just outside the town is the largest salt flat in the world and Ian hooks u
S06E06 Madagascar 00/00/0000 Presenter Ian Wright travels through Madagascar, 'the red island' 250 miles off the east coast of Africa. It's the 4th largest island in the world, with landscapes ranging from rainforest to arid desert, and animal and plant life found nowhere else in the world. His journey begins in Antananarivo (Tana), the capital of Madagascar. Here he learns about the unique history and culture of the Malagasy. The earliest rulers were the highland 'Merina' tribe, and the first king Andrianampoinimerina united the island by marrying one wife from each of the 12 tribes. His granddaughter, Queen Ranavalona, came to power in 1828 and became the most notorious ruler - she threw foreigners out of the country, banned Christianity and slaughtered her own people in the most brutal ways.
S06E07 World Food: Vietnam 00/00/0000 When you’re on the road, there are some incredible foods to tempt your taste buds as well as dubious dishes which turn the stomach of even the most seasoned traveller. Ian Wright gets a taste for the most intriguing morsels which are served up to travellers around the world.
S06E08 Micronesia 00/00/0000 Megan McCormick discovers Micronesia, a little known region in Oceania consisting of over 2,000 islands and making up over a quarter of the world’s atolls. Making a splash: Megan hits the waves She begins her journey in Guam, the gateway to Fox Hill, which boasts one of the most important military bases in the Pacific. Megan is invited on board the USS Freight and Cable’, where she learns about how the island was liberated by the marines at the end of World War II. She also visits a traditional tattooist and learns about the art, which is indigenous to Micronesia.
S06E09 Cambodia 00/00/0000 Traveller Ian Wright ventures to the heart of south-east Asia, to Cambodia - a country which has endured a history of famine, civil war and mass genocide, but in recent years has become increasingly popular as a tourist destination. Ian starts his journey with a trip through the mango swamps to the oldest temple in the country. In the sixth century Phnom Da was the capital of the Chenla dynasty. Nowadays it’s home to a community of monks and nuns who invite Ian to stay overnight so that he can witness the Buddah’s Day celebrations the next day. From Phnom Da Ian travels to Kampot, at the foot of the Elephant Mountains. The mountain used to be a major Khmer Rouge stronghold but as Ian discovers from his Italian guide David, its now safe for trekkers and travellers to visit the extraordinary Bokor Hill Station, built by French colonisers in 1912. Cambodia’s trains are notoriously slow and it takes a whole day for Ian to reach the seaside resort of Sinhanoukville. He meets up with a group of tourists who have hired a boat to take them to the nearby island of Koh Rong, where a local chef prepares a fantastic seafood dinner for his guests. Next, Ian heads for the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. He hitches a ride with some members of the Mines Advisory Group who take him on a detour via one of the villages which the group is clearing of mines. It is estimated that there’s about 6 million unexploded mines in Cambodia, remnants of the fighting which has consumed the country for much of the last 50 years. Ian is dropped off at a killing field just outside the capital - one of the 450 sites where the Khmer Rouge carried out mass extermination of their countrymen by the most gruesome means. He meets Yuk Tang, a local historian who has been documenting the genocide for 20 years who tells him some poignant tales about the troubled times he has lived through. Ian finally arrives in Phnom Penh, where traditional arts and culture are enjoying a revival and after exploring the
S06E10 Eastern Caribbean 00/00/0000 Justine Shapiro travels to the Eastern Caribbean, a 600 mile long group of islands also known as the Lesser Antilles. Most people think of the Caribbean as a luxury vacation destination for the rich and famous. But as Justine discovers, the Caribbean has a unique history and fascinating culture that will captivate the independent traveller.
S06E11 Russia: Moscow, St Petersburg and Murmansk 00/00/0000 Ian Wright journeys to Russia, the largest country in the world which covers more than 10 million square miles and spans 11 time zones. For 70 years travellers were unable to visit the then USSR, but since the collapse of communism Russia has become an increasingly popular destination. Ian begins his trip in Moscow, the most affluent city in European Russia. He visits the Kremlin, the seat of the Russian government, and takes a tour of the palaces, churches and bell towers. He witnesses the changing of the guards, sees Red Square and the tombs of Russian dignitaries, as well as the embalmed body of Lenin. Later that day he takes a tour of the rest of city on horseback. Next morning, Ian ventures out to the Izmaylovsky Market, which is held in the east of Moscow every Sunday. It’s a great place to find eccentric Russian souvenirs and communist memorabilia. Another relic of the communist era is Moscow’s impressive metro system: clean, safe and reliable, it was built in the 1930’s to showcase Soviet engineering, and is one of the great achievements of the Stalinist period. Ian heads out of Moscow to Star City, home of the Russian space programme. This was where Yuri Gagarin trained to be the first man in space in 1961. It was once a top secret location, but these days it’s open to tourists who want to try out simulated moon walking, tour a replica of the Meer space station and even experience zero gravity in a special training jet used to prepare cosmonauts for space travel. Ian takes the train from Moscow to St Petersburg, stopping off at the Monastery of St Boris and Gleb in Torzhok. Since the fall of communism, the Russian Orthodox Church is experiencing a revival and places of worship such as the wooden church built in 1742 are now being restored. He finally reaches St Petersburg, which is the second biggest city in Russia with a population of 5 million. When Lenin died in 1924 the city was renamed Leningrad but 65 years later the people of the city voted
S06E12 Short History of England 00/00/0000 Justine starts her historical journey dodging swords at the re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings, then travels up the coast to visit the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Passing through London she takes a canal ride up to the Yorkshire Moors where she boards a double decker bus/hotel. Next stop Whitby, the eerie coastal town which inspired Bram Stoker to write the world famous horror story, “Dracula”. Then a stroll along the Roman built Hadrian’s Wall, a chance meeting with a Roman centurion, and a ride on a steam train before visiting Liverpool to pay homage to “The Beatles”. Venturing south in a vintage car into England’s West Country, Justine meets the very eccentric Marquess of Bath, and joins a pagan celebration in Glastonbury before ending her journey in Ottery St. Mary. Here fearless locals terrify spectators by running through narrow streets with huge, flaming tar barrels, to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night.
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S07E01 Queensland & Great Barrier Reef 00/00/0000 Megan McCormick travels to Queensland, Australia’s second largest state whose 3000 mile coastline borders the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest living organism. She begins her journey at Surfers’ Paradise on the Gold Coast. Surfers were originally attracted by the beautiful deserted beaches and gigantic waves, but unfortunately they were followed by the big developers eager to exploit 70 kilometres of idyllic coastline. From here, Megan heads north by bus to Noosa – another surfers’ mecca but one which has avoided the scourge of the poms. It’s also renowned for it’s fabulous cuisine, and Megan meets a local chef called Gary Rhodes, who combines produce form Queensland with Thai food to make innovative dishes unique to Noosa. She then continues her journey along the Bruce Highway to Harvey Bay, from where she catches the ferry to Fraser Island.
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S07E03 Greek Islands 00/00/0000 Scattered around the blue waters of the Ionian and the Aegean Seas, the Greek Islands are one of Europe’s favourite holiday destinations. Megan McCormick begins her journey with a boat trip to the island of Hydra, where the annual Miaoulia Festival is taking place. The festival, which takes place in June, celebrates the fight for Greek independence from Turkey around 1800. The islanders dress up in period costume and they re-enact the events of a glorious sea-battle, when they wreaked havoc by sending small rowing boats packed with explosives amongst the Turkish battle ships. After the explosions have died down, the dancing continues throughout the night.
S07E04 California 00/00/0000 California is the richest and most populated state in the US and is situated on the West Coast. Justine begins her journey in the Joshua Tree National Park – 800,000 acres of desert, which receives just 3 to 5 inches of rainwater a year. It's a surreal experience, and Justine's guide introduces her to several colourful local characters.
S07E05 Scotland 00/00/0000 Megan McCormick explores Scotland, the land of untamed highlands, windswept islands, spectacular locks, glens and intriguing cities which has struggled for self-determination for more than a millennium. During the course of her journey she meets a cast of hardy inhabitants and experiences the vibrant culture of a land which is completely distinct from the rest of the British Isles. She begins her journey in Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, where she visits some of the city's cultural attractions, including the Macintosh Museum which is dedicated to Scotland's most celebrated architect and designer Charles Renny Macintosh. She also takes a lesson in playing the bagpipes, the traditional Scottish instrument which was invented by young shepherd boys in the highlands. Scotland had always had a stormy relationship with England, known as 'The Old Enemy'. Scotland's national hero is William Wallace, who led successful guerrilla campaigns against the English in the late 13th century. The story of his victories and eventual betrayal became famous the world over when the 'Braveheart' movie starring Mel Gibson was made. Megan travels to Stirling, the sight of one of William Wallace’s most famous victories, where a re-enactment of the battle and a Braveheart Banquet is taking place. From Stirling Megan heads to the Hebrides to explore the island of Islay. Islay's main industry is the distillation of whiskey and she takes a tour of the Ardberg distillery, one of the best in all of Scotland. Megan also meets musician Fiona Middleton who first came to Islay in 1976 and is known all over the island for playing her violin to the seal population. Megan continues her journey to the mountainous region of Oben on the west coast of the mainland. She sets out on a mission to climb Ben Truerton, the biggest hill in the Campbell area and one of the 284 mountains in Scotland over 3,000 feet. Known as 'munroes', the feat of conquerin
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S07E07 Central China 00/00/0000 Megan McCormick travels through the heart of third largest country in the world. China is home to 20% of the world’s population. It’s one of the oldest civilisations, and its future will image: Shanghai undoubtedly be shaped in the 21st century. Though it’s been closed to tourism throughout much of the communist era, it’s now beginning to open it’s doors to travellers.
S07E08 Venezuela 00/00/0000 Ian Wright travels to Venezuela, the country where Columbus first set foot on South American soil. Venezuelans have been voted the world’s happiest people – and who could blame them for being chipper, living as they do in a country that has mountains, rainforests and savannas, and where petrol is cheaper than water. Ian starts his journey in the Andes. Home to the country’s five highest peaks which souring to heights exceeding 15,000 feet, the state of Meridas is known as the roof of Venezuela. Ian takes a cable car to the top of a mountain – it’s the unashamedly easy option, but he finds an even faster way down again, paragliding! He then sets out to explore Meridas. It’s a university town, and the lively student nightlife also attracts the backpackers. From Meridas Ian heads south by bus to Hato Pinero, a vast 500 square mile ranch situated in the flat grasslands that cover almost a third of the country. This is Venezuela’s answer to the Wild West, and it’s inhabited by the Yanieros, some of the toughest cowboys on the planet. Ian thinks he could learn a thing or two from these guys, whose ancestors fought the Spanish in the wars of independence and who are famed for their strength and bravery. He helps out with the cattle round-up, then rides off around the ranch hoping to encounter some of the wildlife that thrives there. He’s not disappointed – crocodiles and piranhas are just some of the creatures who call Hato Pinero home. But it’s not until the following day that he teams up with a local biologist and goes in search of the most fearsome inhabitant of all: the anaconda. Growing up to ten metres long weighing more than a grisly bear, anacondas have been known to eat humans, crush a man to death before swallowing him head first. He also joins in a water buffalo race, as he comes in last he realises this isn’t one of his strong points! From Hato Pinero Ian heads to Caracas, the capital of Venezuela where a quarter of the country’s population lives. He stops o
S07E09 Northern Italy 00/00/0000 Megan’s journey starts by air, in the Roman town of Aosta, an ideal location for observing the spectacular and historic valley of Val Da Oasta. In Ivrea she experiences the strangest and most ancient carnival celebrations in Italy. A three day battle using oranges for ammunition to commemorate the 12th century revolt against the tyrannical Count Rinari, who had his wicked way with all new brides, until a feisty miller’s daughter named Violetta beheaded him. Up to 100,000 contestants bombard the nobility represented in the carts paraded in the square. Teams are selected from the neighbourhoods in which they live, so rivalry is fierce!
S07E10 Tunisia & Libya 00/00/0000 Ian starts his journey in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, where he explores the markets and food. From there he heads out to the countryside, where he gets a lesson in falconry. His next stop is El Djem, a huge Colosseum that is almost as big as its counterpart in Rome and better preserved. Continuing south to Tamerza he finds an oasis pool in the middle of nowhere. His next stop is Nefta, the centre of Sufi mysticism. In Tozeur, at the gateway to the desert, Ian gets on a quad bike and goes in search of the Star Wars set in the middle of the desert. Heading across the Chott Djerid, a huge salt plain, Ian reaches Douz where he goes hunting with desert greyhounds. In Matmata he stays in the same hotel that Luke Skywalker stayed in and visits a traditional cave dwelling. On his way to the island of Djerba, he stops off at the WWII German General Rommel's last stand. He finally reaches the island and meets a local Jewish guitar player who talks of the Jewish communities' longstanding good relationship with Muslims on the island. Over the border Ian starts his Libyan trip in the capital Tripoli. After a brief visit to the souk, he goes to Leptis Magna, one of the finest examples of Roman ruins on the Mediterannean. From here, Ian embarks on a grueling journey south to the heart of the Libyan desert, 2,000 kms away. He arrives at Sabha where there is the biggest camel market in the Sahara region. He continues through the desert, past some surprising lakes, and ends his desert journey skiing: sand skiing on the dunes. His final trek takes him through the rugged Akakus mountains, where he meets the 90 year old Tuareg Godfather of the mountain region who discovered the 10,000 year old rock art in the mountains around him.
S07E11 Tahiti & French Polynesia 00/00/0000 Ian's journey starts in Tahiti, where he starts off by judging the Mr. Tahiti contest. From there he visits the Gaugain museum. He then heads out to the neighboring island of Moorea, where he witnesses a wedding special: Tahitian style weddings for westerners. His island hopping continues on to Bora Bora, where he goes for an underwater reef walk, wearing a huge aqua helmet. On Bora Bora he meets with "the Shark Man", who takes him out to meet some sharks and manta rays. Continuing on, Ian flies to Western Samoa. While there he stays in a traditional village, where he goes fishing, meets the tattoo artist, and partakes of a huge feast and dance. His final island destination are the Marquesas, where Ian treks through some mountains to join villagers in a traditional wild boar hunt. The end of his journey culminates back in Tahiti for the Heiva festival, which includes canoe racing, fire walking, dancing…a perfect end to a trip in paradise.
S07E12 South West Australia 00/00/0000 Traveller Estelle Bingham begins her journey in the tiny town of Goolwa, where the first free settlers landed. While there, she builds and races a boat in the local boat festival. From there she goes to Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, gorging herself at the food and wine festival. She has a Harley Davidson chauffered ride down to the wine region, the Barossa Valley, where she helps make some wine: picking and treading the grapes. She then flies to the outback town of Coober Pedy, to try her hand at some opal mining. She encounters the yearly camel mustering, which she attends along with a traditional aboriginal ritual called a corroboree. Her outback adventures take her to the wild west gold mining town of Kalgoorlie, where she has a wild night on the town, including gambling and a tour around a famous brothel. She then makes her way to Perth, famous for its beaches, and site of the Naked Olympics. After viewing some of those events, she heads out of town to a wildlife sanctuary, where she gets to cuddle a baby koala and wombat. Before leaving the Perth area, she tries her hand at catapulting: a kind of reverse bungy-jumping which gets you up in the air. Her adventure continues with a trek in the Karjini gorges, where she hikes and abseils her way through some of the most stunning scenery in South West Australia. Our journey ends in Exmouth, the westernmost tip of the continent, where Estelle encounters one of the most awesome creatures of the sea: the whale shark.
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S08E01 Istanbul City Guide 00/00/0000 Estelle Bingham starts her exploration of the ancient city of Istanbul at the famous Topkapi Palace, former home of sultans and their concubines. From there she visits the former seat of Christendom, the beautiful Aya Sophia church. She interrupts her sight-seeing for a day trip to Gallipoli, the site of an infamous World War I battlefield in which thousands of Anzac soldiers died. Continuing her journey around Istanbul, she visits the opulent Pera Palace hotel, visited by Agatha Christie amongst many others, and has a belly dancing lesson from some gypsies. She visits the Florence Nightingale museum and has some retail therapy in the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest markets in the world. She takes another day trip to the amazing Edirne Wrestling Festival, with over 1000 well-oiled men competing for the gold belt. Her last day in Istanbul has her visiting the famous Blue Mosque, and going to see some Whirling Dervishes.
S08E02 South of France 00/00/0000 Christina starts her journey in the wine region of Bordeaux, where she gets a very unique beauty treatment: vinotherapy, or wine therapy.
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S08E04 New England USA 00/00/0000 Suffused with colonial history, New England boasts a mixture of Old World Charm and New World sophistication. A visit to New England at this time of year guarantees a fantastic spectacle of autumnal natural beauty throughout the region. Our journey begins in Plymouth, site of the first Pilgrim community in America, where Megan visits the restored Plymouth Plantation. From there she heads to Boston, the lively and cultured hub of New England. She passes by the Boston Tea Party Ship, and visit some other Revolutionary War sites in and around Boston. A quick visit to Harvard, a college football game and some delicious local oysters rounds out her Boston visit. Heading out of town in her rental car, Megan meets some witches in notorious Salem, eats at the original hamburger stand in New Haven, and takes in a biker convention in Danbury Connecticut. From there she heads west to the Hancock Shaker Village, then drives through historic Deerfield before landing in Stowe Vermont for some gorgeous fall foliage and hiking. She continues north into Maine for some rafting and lobster, before getting some sun in New Englands' summer playground of Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. She ends her journey in Newport, taking in the famous mansions and having a sail on a beautiful old 12 meter yacht.
S08E05 Rome city guide 00/00/0000 Estelle starts her trip to Rome touring the famous Forum, the hub of ancient Rome. Starting her second day she tastes as many different forms of espresso as possible before continuing her exploration of the city by visiting Michelangelo's beautiful Piazza Campidoglio, and the historic museums flanking the piazza. She then learns how to make a real Roman pizza, before strolling through charming Trastevere, and visiting the oldest church in Rome, Santa Maria. Her next day finds her watching a mass in St. Peters, trying on the latest in clerical garb on some streets nearby, and visiting the home near the Spanish Steps where Romantic poet John Keats died. Taking a break from Rome, she goes on a day trip to Anzio, site of a famous Allied landing and victory during World War II. Back in Rome she visits the Piazza Navona before taking in the sumptuous sights of the Villa Borghese, one of the greatest private art collections in the world. She looks at the balcony where former dictator Mussolini exhorted the crowds, before visting the famous Colosseum. She takes another day trip away from Rome to go to a unique festival in Tuscany: a duck derby. On her last day in Rome she has lunch with a movie star, and visits the Pantheon, the resting place of Raphael.
S08E06 Southern Mexico 00/00/0000 Ian starts his journey at the unique Day of the Dead festival in Pazcuaro. After reveling late into the night, he goes to the old colonial town of Guanajuato, where he spends time bull riding with some Mexican cowboy. From there he goes to Acapulco, where he takes in the glitzy nightlife and watersports before watching the famous cliff divers. Continuing his search for the perfect beach, he heads to Puerto Escondido for the annual surfing festival. He then travels to the Mayan ruins of Palenque, before visiting the Zapatista stronghold of San Cristobal. He ends his journey with an amazing trek through the Lancondon jungle.
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S08E09 Java and Sumatra 00/00/0000 Megan McCormick's journey of Indonesia takes her to two of the most fascinating and sophisticated countries in the South China Sea. She starts her adventure in Java's capital Jakarta where she tries her hand at Car Jockeying, the street people's response to the three in one car pooling system introduced by the Jakartan government. From there she Heads north of the city to Sunda Kelapa Harbor, a 800 year old port originally used by the Dutch. After sampling the nightlife and the Jakartan answer to fast food Megan travels to the site of one of the most volcanically active places on the earth Krakatau. Megan climes Anak Krakatau the volcano that grew on the site of one of the most violet eruptions of all time. She also dives the seas around Krakatau which have some of the most wonderful sea life due to its undersea thermal springs keeping the water warm. From here Megan takes a train ride to Yogyakarta, Java's old capital. On the way she stops off to take in the splendor of one of Indonesia's religious biggest attractions, the Buddhist temple of Borobudur. Heading north takes Megan to the Islamic center, Kudus, where she learns how to make the much loved Indonesian cigarette Kretek. Sumatra is Megan's next destination and it's just a short flight to the Capital Medan, from there an hour bus journey to the travelers chill out resort of Danau Toba. After a visit to the witch doctor in Lake Tuba, Megan meets Solomon who tells her of the speculation surrounding the ancient tribe of this area the Batak. With stories of sacrifice and cannibalism behind her Megan heads north again to Sumatra's Gunauagleuser National park, and Bukit Lawang nature reserve to meet our closes ancestors the beautiful Orangutans. After a 10 hour ferry ride Megan's last stop is the island of Pulau Nias, where she meets the Niasans, who are more willing to exhibit the traditions of life where war was a frequent occurrence. A more modern tribe to emerge
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S08E11 South Korea 00/00/0000 Ian Wright starts his amazing journey of South Korea in the Capital Seoul. After finding a place to stay, he takes in the delights of the Kyongdong market with a hired guide. Still in Hog Head Farm: street food in KyongdongSeoul Ian tries his hand at Tae Kwon-Do with the national team of Korea, and gets to train with the Womans Olympic team. After taking in the nightlife of Seoul, Ian heads north to the North - South Korean Boarder to experience Military power at it most dramatic at the DMZ.
S08E12 Beijing City Guide 00/00/0000 Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China has been described by tourists as China's largest theme park; for the Chinese it is the 'Promised Land' with its lure of prosperity. Tiananmen Square, the former stage of Cultural Revolution rallies and now a place of recreation is where we begin this journey to the beat of the daily flag-raising ceremony where PLA soldiers are drilled to march at 108 paces per minute, 75cm per pace as the sun rises. Not far away lies the largest and best preserved group of ancient buildings in China, the Forbidden City, kept out of bounds for 500 years by the Ming and Qiung dynasty emperors and now a place that welcomes visitors. Following a climb to the roof of the Ancient Observatory for a great view of the city, we sample Mao's revolutionary cooking prepared by his townsfolk whilst admiring the grounds of the Lama Temple, the most colourful in Beijing, with its beautiful gardens, stunning frescoes and tapestries. Inside we look for the image of the Buddha having sex, formerly used to educate Emperors' sons, and that evening carrying colourful paper lanterns, we join revellers of the Lantern Festival during the evening of the 15th day of the first moon, before driving to the Longquin Gorge, a canyon in Yanquin County about 60 miles north-west of Beijing where we end our journey at Beijing's Ice Lantern Festival amidst a colourful fiesta of ice and light.
S08E13 Vienna City Guide 00/00/0000 In seven days, Ian Wright explores the home of Mozart, Freud, the Hapsburgs and of course the nation that brought you the sausage! At the centre of Europe, Vienna, the capital of Austria flaunts some of the best and most varied architecture on the continent and the Hofburg Palace is no exception. Home to the Hapsburgs at their height, Ian explores the crypt holding the remains of many Hapsburg bodies, admires the stunning emerald (the largest in the world) and marvels at the bizarre collection of relics including the tooth of John the Baptist. On to the city's cemetery which houses 2 ½ million bodies including Schubert, Brahms and Beethoven. After taking a look around the Freud museum and sitting in his old waiting room, Ian travels to Mauthausen, a Nazi concentration camp. Witnessing 100,000 deaths, Mauthausen is an example of one of the many torture camps existing during the Second World War. Ian is shown around the site and speaks to a survivor of the camp. In the conclusion to his trip Ian winds his way away from Vienna to Salzburg, the home of Mozart, and the Danube before enjoying his final night back in the capital at one of the city's stunning balls.
S09E01 Northern France 00/00/0000 Famous for its cuisine, art and architecture, France is the world’s most popular tourist destination. Visitors are lured by the romance of Paris and the sophistication of the south – but is there life beyond the Eiffel Tower, can-can girls and haughty waiters? Justine Shapiro travels to the western and northern regions of this surprisingly diverse nation to find out.
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S09E03 Tuscany 00/00/0000 Traveller Ian Wright makes the cultural pilgrimage to the extraordinary Italian region of Tuscany - a finely made combination of cultural wealth, beautiful landscapes, quality food, fashion and passion. Ian starts his journey in Florence, a massive, beautiful monument to the Renaissance. It's a cultural treasure trove as Ian discovers touring the Piazza della Signoria, the Accademia and the Uffizi Museum, coming face-to-face with priceless works like Michelangelo's David statue and Caravaggio's Medusa shield. Inspired, he tries his hand at painting himself, at the Palazzo de Cataloni that's been teaching art since 1975 - amazingly he's not too bad! No visit to Florence would be complete without a tour of its dominating cathedral the Duomo which is so big there's nowhere in the city where you can see in all its entirety. A climb into its dome takes his breath away. As does the Palio, a crazy version of football combined with wrestling, boxing and rugby, dating back to the fifteenth century. He's had his fill of Florence, but not before he tucks into two city favourites, ice-cream and a Florentina steak. In Carrara, Ian meets an American artist who gives him the lowdown on the area. Its marble has been quarried since Roman times and 40 per cent of US marble comes from here. Michelangelo even spent five years up in the mountains here, such is the quality of its stone. Then it's off south to the home of another Renaissance master, Leonardo da Vinci, where he visits a museum showcasing the designs of his great scientific mind - he not only invented the bicycle but even an underwater diving suit! Chianti is synonymous with its fine wines - Ian meets the owner of Castello de Brolio where Chianti Classico was invented in the 19th century. Then it's off to Castello di Cafaggio to visit a beautiful old farmhouse near the village of Impruneta. The farmhouse is owned by Enrico Benci and is part of the Italian agriturismo ho
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S09E05 Arab Gulf States 00/00/0000 Traveller Megan McCormick ventures into perhaps the most misunderstood region in the world - the Arab Gulf States. Megan's journey begins in the oil fields of Kuwait, which were set alight and destroyed by the invading Iraqi army of 1990. The nation then celebrates Liberation Day and Megan joins in the festivities on the streets of Kuwait city. Megan is then invited to stay with a Kuwaiti family who were camping in the desert, a tradition that many Kuwaitis hold dear, and samples some local dishes. She then makes her way south, across the Arabian Gulf to the United Arab Emirates, where she explores the exciting cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Megan stays at the world famous Burj Al Arab hotel, a landmark of modern Dubai, before going abayya shopping in one of the city's many shopping malls. In Abu Dhabi, she tees off at a unique desert golf course and meets one of the most flamboyant sheiks in Arabia, who car collection includes a giant custom made Dodge pickup truck! She travels across the border into Oman and discovers one of the hidden jewels of the Gulf. Immersing herself in the natural beauty, Megan finds herself irresistibly charmed by the country, as she goes swim-trekking in the Wadi Bani Khalid and cattle shopping in Nizwa. Megan's adventure ends in the south of Oman, in the city of Salalah. She visits the mystical tomb of Job and finds the source of one of the treasures of the ancient world - frankincense. Led by a Bedouin guide, she treks into the Empty Quarter, which is one million square miles of nothing but sand.
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S09E09 World History: the Middle East 00/00/0000 The Middle East is known as the 'cradle of civilisation' for good reason. The area has been home to some of the most formidable empires the world has ever known and is the birthplace of the world's three biggest monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The Pilot team go in search of the major empires, religions and conflicts that have, and continue, to shape the region. The Ancient Egyptian Empire flourished for over 3000 years and bequeathed us some of the most amazing structures in the world. Estelle Bingham visits the Giza plateau, home to the Pyramid of Khufu, the only remaining wonder of the world where renowned Egyptologist Dr Selima Ikram explains the significance of the Sphinx and the Pyramids. Then Megan McCormick travels south down the Nile to the Valley of the Kings and cycles round this working archaeological site. Dr Badir takes her into Tomb No. 34 where he deciphers the scenes and texts depicting the trip through the afterlife. Rameses II built his sun temple at Abu Simbel on the southern border of Egypt to awe travellers from Africa. Megan discovers that the effect hasn't waned even after thousands of years. Meanwhile, the Persian civilisation was flourishing to the northeast on the site of modern-day Iran. Ian Wright visits the ruined city of Persephelis built by Darius the Great over 2,500 years ago. Then it's north to the Tombs of Naghsh-É-Rostam where the four greatest shahs of the empire are buried. The Nabatinian empire's capital was Petra, a city carved out of sheer rock in the sixth century BC and now in modern-day Jordan. Ian checks out this premier tourist attraction and puffs his way up the to the 2500-year-old monastery above. In 100 BC the next great empire appeared on the scene. Justine Shapiro goes in search of the Roman's premier archaeological sites in the Middle East. Ephesus in Turkey was a powerful and influential city in its time; nowadays it's a stunning site with some
S09E10 Hongkong & Taiwan 00/00/0000 They are countries inextricably linked to their massive neighbour, full of eastern traditions yet inspiring in their modernity; Megan McCormick goes in search of two places forging forward into the twenty-first century, China's 'little dragons' Hong Kong and Taiwan. Mindful of her budget in one of the world's most expensive cities, Megan checks in at Hong Kong's infamous Chungking Mansions and finds that it's actually pretty good value for money. Taking a trip from mainland Kowloon to Central on the Star Ferry which carries 100,000 people per day, Megan gets to grips with the combination of traditional and modern with an exploration of the theories of feng shui which governed the construction of some of the skyscrapers in its impressive skyline. After a ride along the world's longest escalator she takes the Peak Tram to the top of Victoria Peak for some fantastic views of the city. Megan goes to Wong Kai Fin Temple, devoted to the art of fortune telling and one of Hong Kong's most popular temples. Here she follows the traditional visits a fortune-teller who tells her that, as a child of the year of the Rat, she shouldn't gamble. Still, at Happy Valley Racecourse in the centre of the city she has a flutter on the horses, a pastime that the Hong Kongese are particularly partial to. As foretold, she loses and to commiserate she hits the town in style at the city's trendiest club, Dragon Eyes. For a break from the city, Megan travels into the New Territories, to the island of Tap Mum Chau, stopping off in Lin Village to make a wish at the Wishing Tree. The island is a real breath of rural Hong Kong, giving you an idea of what the city used to be like - just a string of fishing villages. For a complete contrast, she crosses the border to the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone where cheap imports of Chinese goods and a flagrant disregard for piracy laws make for a truly indulgent shopping spree. The next morning she's
S09E11 New York 2 00/00/0000 New York has always been a city of superlatives: biggest, brashest, best - at least that's the opinion of its proud inhabitants - and with over 30 million visitors a year it seems that there are plenty of others who agree! Ian Wright and Megan McCormick return to New York to seek out a city that is now known as much for its resilience in the face of tragedy as its economic power, cultural dominance and ethnic diversity.
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S10E02 Cameroon 00/00/0000 Zay Harding veers off the tourist trail to explore the Central African country of Cameroon. Here he meets many different ethnic groups from the hunter gatherer pygmies of Djoum, tothe Kirdi of the north who predict his fortune using crabs, to the chiefdom of Oudjilla where he meets not only the king but also his fifty wives!
S10E03 Florida & the Bahamas 00/00/0000 Lavinia Tan visits one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, a place with more sun, sand, sea and theme parks than you can possibly visit in one go but also a place with the largest sub tropical wilderness in the USA and the only place in the Western hemisphere to have launched man into space - it can only be Florida and the Bahamas. Lavinia samples the sights of Miami, including the Cuban Calle Ocho street party, South Beach's Art Nouveau architecture, the Gay and Lesbian Winter Party and the striking Holocaust Memorial. From there it's off to Florida Keys for diving and Ernest Hemingway's home before traveling to Cape Canaveral for an astronaut experience and to Orlando where she visits not just Disney World but also Celebration, the corporation's very own planned community. Then it's on to St Augustine, America's oldest town, a place with Spanish colonial architecture before experiencing a real contrast at Daytona Beach's Bike Week. In the Everglades, Lavinia meets the Seminole Indians and watches alligator wrestling. Finally, she ends up in the Bahamas where over three million tourists sun worship every year where she visits a massive straw market, takes a mini submarine out to a World War Two wreck, goes diving with sharks and ends her journey kayaking through a tropical nature reserve.
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S10E05 Pacific Northwest USA 00/00/0000 Our traveler Sami Sabiti sets off through the sparsely populated Pacific Northwest states of Washington and Oregon in the USA, an area of immense, awe inspiring natural beauty, hi-tech, forward looking cities and some of the friendliest people in the United States.
S10E06 Southeast China 00/00/0000 Zay Harding travels through four provinces of the southeast of China, one of the world’s ultimate traveling destinations and a place of fascination in every way. He starts in the country’s fourth largest city Guanzhou, capital of the province of Guangdong, its gateway to the west where he visits a Buddhist temple, learns about the Opium War won by the British Empire, visits the Qingping Market full of unusual fare and then dines out on it! Flying to the province of Hunan, Zay hikes through the Wulingyuan National Park where he climbs to the top of the park’s highlight, one of its many stunning rock pinnacles. Moving on to Shaoshan, Mao’s birthplace, and then to Nanchang, the historic revolutionary city, Zay learns all about the infamous Chairman. Then it’s off to Ruijin, where the communist army started the Long March where Zay meets a surviving marcher who still wears his uniform. Near Yongding in the Fujian province, Zay visits the extraordinary houses of the Hakka people which house up to 40 families and often have 70 rooms! Moving onto Anxi, a massive centre of tea export and home to the world’s biggest tea market, and Dehua, a major centre of ceramics, Zay discovers the products that made Fujian province so rich. In the ancient port of Quanzhou, Zay sees the mixture of ancient and modern before taking the boat over to the Mazu Festival at the temple that’s her spiritual home. The last leg of Zay’s trip takes him to the developing Chinese tourist resort island of Hainan Dao. It’s also home to the minority group Li group who he visits before hitting the stunning beaches – a much needed rest after 2000 miles of traveling!
S10E07 South Africa 2 00/00/0000 Justine Shapiro and Sami Sabiti return to South Africa to see how much the rainbow nation has changed in the decade since the end of apartheid. They start their journey in beautiful Cape Town where they explore the beaches and its gay district before heading to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and experiencing a healing sangoma ceremony in a black township on the city’s outskirts.
S10E08 Tokyo City Guide 00/00/0000 Throwing Ian Wright into the heart of the world's most extraordinary capital is bound to be interesting. In Tokyo, Ian crosses between the spiritual aspects of the peace-loving Buddhist Senso-Ji temple and the Bushido philosophy of the Samurai warriors - through which he learns to wield a lethally sharp sword. He explores the hi-tech of Odaiba's technology centres and the weird and wonderful aspects of the Tokyo fashion scene. Outside the city, Ian joins in with two of the great harvest festivals in Aomori's Nebuta Festival and the Akita Kanto Festival, where he tries the traditional trick of balancing a thirty foot bamboo pole and twenty giant paper lanterns on various parts of his body. A crowded climb up the 11,000 foot Mount Fuji leads to Ian exploring Tokyo's fragile volcanic environment - including the Earthquake training centre and the joys of an onsen, or volcanic hot spa. A sushi breakfast in the Tsukiji Fish Market, noodles in one of the ubiquitous ramen shops, chicken yakitori barbecue under the rail tracks of Shinjuku and squid balls and beer at the baseball ensures Ian stays well fed and bizarre cocktails in the Alcatraz ER nightclub keep him fuelled throughout the trip to one of the greatest cities on earth.
S10E09 Western Canada 00/00/0000 Globe Trekker traveler Zay Harding visits the west of Canada, a landmass bigger than the entire area of the European Union encapsulating the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon – yet home to a mere nine million people.
S10E10 Ultimate Carribean 00/00/0000 Justine Shapiro, Ian Wright and Megan McCormick set out on a voyage around the massive gulf that separates the North and South American continents. They delve beneath the perception many people have that the Caribbean is merely a rich man's playground, to bring you the Ultimate Caribbean experience.
S10E11 Ultimate China 00/00/0000 With over 1.3 billion citizens and a land mass barely larger than the USA, it would be easy to think China is just crammed with people, but as Globe Trekker's Ultimate China shows, this is a land of incredible diversity. Megan McCormick starts out in the old capital, Xianyang, which was established over 2000 years ago and is the home of Emperor Qin's huge mausoleum with its army of terracotta warriors. On a brief journey through the history of the nation, Megan McCormick, Justine Shapiro and Zay Harding visit the forbidden city of Beijing and the centuries of Imperial reign. During these centuries, we find that China led the world in arts and sciences and became rich selling silk, porcelain and tea along the silk route and from ports such as Quanzhou. But the Imperial era was brought to an end by the Opium wars with Britain and the series of revolutions that followed, culminating in the communist revolution under Mao Zedong. Justine meets a teacher who experienced Mao's oppression in the cultural revolution and Zay talks to one of the original "long marchers" who fought beside Mao against Chiang Kai Shek's Nationalist army. Now in the years after Chairman Mao, China is beginning to open up, becoming a major trading nation again. Megan finds shopping heaven in Shenzhen and Shanghai and goes to the races in Hong Kong. Zay meets a Chinese Canadian who has decided to come back to China to live. As China begins to open up, religion and traditional practices and philosophies are returning. We visit stunning Buddhist and Taoist temples, mosques and churches and see a stunning festival to the Goddess of the sea, Mazu. Megan tries Tai chi and a traditional massage, Zay has his skin cleaned by nibbling fish and foot-scraping therapists, and Justine undergoes acupuncture and has a bonfire lit on her belly! They also experience the vast range of Chinese cuisine, from delicious dim sum to scorpion's on a stick. China seems to be modernizin
S10E12 Ultimate India 00/00/0000 In this episode, our explorers take you to the ultimate travelers’ destination – India. Megan McCormick blows herself away with the hot native cuisine, Holly Morris gets a close up view of Holly Morris meets a Saddhu in East IndiaIndian sanitation, Andrew Daddo tries his hand (and the rest of his body) at the ancient practice of yoga, and Justine Shapiro hugs her way to spiritual enlightenment – and that’s just the beginning of their trip across this stunning sub-continent.
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S11E02 Mid West USA 00/00/0000 Justine Shapiro takes an exhilarating journey around the heartland of the United States, from skyscrapers, hip hop and gangsters in the city, to breathtaking scenery, old , Chicagotraditions and adventure in the countryside.
S11E03 Venice City Guide 00/00/0000 Traveller Justine Shapiro explores what is arguably the world's most stunning city, Venice. Situated in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea off mainland Italy, this city built on water is a maze of over 100 tiny islands linked together by a network of bridges. The way to explore Venice is either by boat or on foot - there are no cars in the city. Justine hops aboard a public waterbus, or vaporetto, that takes her along the Grand Canal to her evening's accommodation, an elegant palazzo with amazing views over the city. Justine begins her sight-seeing at the epicentre of Venice, St. Mark's Square. Napoleon described it as the 'the finest drawing room in Europe' but Justine finds it full of tourists and pigeons today. She marvels at the basilica, and its ornate mosaics that tell of how daring Venetians stole St. Mark's body from the Orient and brought it to the city for prestige and honour. As Justine leaves the main sights behind and explores Venice's backstreets she finds that it's all too easy to become lost in the labyrinthine alleyways, although she also discovers this is a perfect way to stumble upon hidden treasures. No visit to Venice would be complete without a ride in a gondola; Justine gets a romantic ride and a cheeky insider's view on the city from pin-up gondolier Gianbattista. Justine takes a ten-minute boat ride from Venice across the lagoon to the island of The Lido for some glamour. It is the setting for the annual Venice Film Festival and she lines up with other tourists along the red carpet hoping for a glimpse and a chat with some of Hollywood's hottest stars. Next stop is Burano, a complete contrast to The Lido. This sleepy fishing village is famous for its brightly coloured houses and lace-making. Justine tries her hand at the intricate needlework with the help of an octogenarian islander. Back in Venice, Justine mingles with young Venetians at a popular bar and tries the local seafood tapa
S11E04 South East USA 00/00/0000 Megan McCormick takes a trip to the South East States of America. A place where tobacco farms and cotton fields populate the countryside, and breathtaking views of the Appalachian Mountains provide a backdrop for the colonial houses of the cities.
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S11E06 Malaysia - Penang, Malacca & Borneo 00/00/0000 Ian's adventures begin at the ancient port of Malacca (known locally as "Melaka"), birthplace of Malaysia and one of the region's top cultural heritage sites. Its rich and varied architecture bears witness to its former rulers - from crumbling old colonial mansions, beautiful Chinese shophouses, and the windmill on Dutch Square, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and English colonists have all left their mark here. Ian decides to soak up the local culture with a trip around town in a trishaw, with its garish décor and cowboy driver, it’s loud, cheap and extremely cheerful! But don't get stuck there during bank holiday because you can't get any money and have to live like Flowers In The Attic for 4 days with nothing more than a Liverpool game to keep you amused. Malacca also happens to be the arm wrestling capital of Malaysia and Ian simply can't resist signing himself up for the annual Arm Wrestling Championship. Naturally, he can’t say no when asked to challenge the reigning champion, a former Mr. Asia! Watch the show to find out who wins...
S11E07 Indian Ocean Islands 00/00/0000 The Indian Ocean Islands, off the east coast of Africa, are a paradise on earth. With superb resorts, sun-kissed beaches, and sparkling turquoise seas - countless Africans, Indians, Europeans, and even pirates, have all settled in this timeless, tropical location. From horse racing to hedgehog hunting and swimming with whale sharks, to the sheer indulgence of 6-star luxury hotels, traveller Ian Wright samples slow-paced island life at its best with a whole lot of action thrown in! Ian starts his trip in the Republic of Mauritius and the capital city Port-Louis, where he samples some delicious local fare at a street market and learns all about the Dodo in the place where these now extinct, flightless birds once made their home. Then it’s off to the Champ de Mars, the second oldest racecourse in the world, for 'a flutter' on the horses. Next stop is the Flacq region, where Ian stops off at the 6-star Touessrok Hotel to enjoy his racecourse winnings and indulge in a spot of pampering at one of the most luxurious hotels in the whole of the Indian Ocean. Never one to miss a trend, Ian discovers a lot of couples get married in Mauritius, and… just happens to bump into a couple who not only plan to hold their wedding ceremony 20 feet under the sea, but also invite Ian to be their best man! Leaving the underwater world behind, and the newly-weds to enjoy their honeymoon, Ian decides to get back to nature and go in for a spot of hedgehog hunting. He gets to tuck into his first tasty mouthful of a local delicacy called ‘tang’, otherwise known as hedgehog meat. He also makes the acquaintance of a 90-year old giant tortoise, not to mention a whole bunch of hungry crocodiles. And, as if that wasn’t adventurous enough, he heads to Reunion, the ‘Island of Adventure’ and takes to the hills to try his hand at canyoneering - an extreme adventure sport which involves abseiling, sliding, jumping, swimming and climbing down waterfalls and steep canyons. Then it’s time for
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S11E10 Beirut City Guide 00/00/0000 Filmed in June 2006, 2 weeks before the latest outbreak of conflict in the Middle East, Megan McCormick travels to Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. It is a city with a long history of political and social unrest, but retains an atmosphere of optimism and hope for the future.
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S12E01 Sweden and Denmark 00/00/0000 Megan McCormick travels to the lands of Abba, Vikings and Smorgasbords as she uncovers what Sweden and Denmark can offer to the global traveller. Starting in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, Megan takes herself on a city tour to learn more about the famous mermaid and Hans Christian Anderson, all with the aid of a free city bike!
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S12E03 Las Vegas City Guide 00/00/0000 Ian Wright spends a week in Las Vegas, the non-stop party city, exploring the fantastical hotels and neon casinos of "The Strip". He gains a bird’s eye view of the city from atop the Stratosphere tower and takes his chances on the world’s highest thrill ride, before undertaking some alternative sightseeing at Vegas' famously kitsch wedding chapels.
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S12E05 Panama and Columbia 00/00/0000 Megan McCormick takes an epic trip through Colombia and Panama: 2 countries that remain refreshingly untouched by mass tourism. Panama, in Central America is a country world famous for its canal, with mesmerising landscapes and vibrant cultural life. She then travels down to South America and Colombia where - despite its recent troubles - she discovers an amazingly beautiful country steeped in fascinating history.
S12E06 Trekking in Turks & Caicos and Milford Track (NZ) 00/00/0000 Ian Wright island hops around the pristine coral atolls of the Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean and Zay Harding is hiking the Milford Track, the most famous and spectacular trekking route in New Zealand.
S12E07 World War II in Europe 16/01/2009 The Trekkers visit many of the European sites that played a major role in World War II. From the forests of Compiegne in northern France to the island of Crete, where veterans and locals recount the first major airborne invasion by the Germans, this episode takes viewers on a haunting journey of discovery. Other locations include Nuremberg, Vienna, Dunkirk, the Italian town of Anzio, the Normandy beaches, Dresden, Berlin and Auschwitz
S12E08 Paris City Guide 2 00/00/0000 Adela Ucar Innerarity and Justine Shapiro explore the city of light, love and culture and enjoy a wonderful week of museums, romance, haute cuisine and superb entertainment. This is the old Paris City Guide episode intercut with new footage shot with Adela Ucar.
S12E09 Cyprus & Crete 00/00/0000 K.T. Comer travels around the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Beginning her adventures in the southern resort of Ayia Napa, she checks out the beach party scene, before moving on to the ruins of Kourion to catch a midsummer's day festival in honour of the ancient Greek god Apollo. Meanwhile, traveller Adela Ucar Innerarity heads to the Greek island of Crete to learn more about the island’s past in World War II and experience its stunning natural beauty along one of Europe’s most popular walking trails: the E4.
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S12E13 Great Natural Wonders 00/00/0000 Megan, Ian, Neil, Justine, Eils, Bradley and Holly explore the great natural wonders found around the world.
S14E01 Antartica 00/00/0000 Zay Harding sets sail on a quest to explore the ultimate symbol of the natural world and last true remaining wilderness.
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S14E06 Madrid City Guide 00/00/0000 Adela visits the spanish city Madrid and gets a taste of the local cuisine.
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S00E01 Great Historic Sites 00/00/0000 History comes to life in this episode of the travel series Globe Trekker from Escapi and Pilot Productions. In Globe Trekker: Great Historic Sites, viewers are given looks at such famous ancient landmarks as Egypt's great pyramids and Iran's mosque of Esfahan
S00E02 Sweden Denmark 00/00/0000 Megan McCormick travels to the lands of Abba, Vikings and Smorgasbords as she uncovers what Sweden and Denmark can offer to the global traveller. Starting in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, Megan takes herself on a city tour to learn more about the famous mermaid and Hans Christian Anderson, all with the aid of a free city bike! In Aarhus on the Danish mainland, one of the biggest Viking festivals in the world brings together 300 warriors for one almighty battle, and a weekend of living and drinking like the Vikings! Then it’s onto one of Denmark’s most famous attractions, the free state of Christiania. Megan is welcomed by the locals and spends time learning about their lives, taking a tour of the collective and sussing out a few passing policemen!
S00E03 Las Vegas 00/00/0000 Globe Trekker Ian Wright spends a week in this non-stop, party city, exploring the fantastical hotels and neon casinos of “The Strip”. He gains a bird’s eye view of the city from atop The Stratosphere twer and takes his chances on the world’s highest thrill ride, before undertaking some alternative sightseeing at Vegas’ famously kitsch wedding chapels.
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S00E05 Great Spiritual Journeys 00/00/0000 Spotlights religious and spiritual sites as the series travelers visit temples like Varanasi, venture high into the Himalayas to meet monks in rural Buddhist monasteries, and explore majestic mosques like Istanbul's famous Blue Mosque. They also encounter the three pivotal religions of Jerusalem, join in dramatic Easter celebrations in Guatemala, witness a reenactment of the crucifixion in the Philippines, and celebrate with Inca worshipers in the Peruvian Andes.
S00E06 Extra - Best Treks - Diving in the Turks & Caicos Islands 00/00/0000 Megan goes diving for conchs with some locals.
S00E07 Extra - Food Customs 00/00/0000 Ian Wright explores some of the more 'exotic' food customs practiced around the world.
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