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The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows

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The very best travel documentary shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest travel documentary shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular travel documentary TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining travel documentary show of all time is. Don't let your favorite travel documentary television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of travel documentary television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different shows, including An Idiot Abroad and Fishing with John.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best travel documentary show of all time?" and "What are the greatest travel documentary shows?" And if you love these shows, be sure to check out these travelers tv series.

  • 1

    An Idiot Abroad

    Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2010

    An Idiot Abroad is a British travel documentary television series broadcast on Sky1, as well as a series of companion books published by Canongate Books, created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant...  more


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  • 2

    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

    Guy Fieri, Duff Goldman

    PremieredApril 23, 2007

    Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives is an American food reality television television series that premiered on April 23, 2007, on the Food Network. It is hosted by Guy Fieri. The show originally began as a...  more

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  • 3

    Rick Steves' Europe

    Welcome to the Rick Steves' Europe guide at TV Tome. Rick Steves has been the "travel guinea pig" for American Public Television since Travels in Europe with Rick Steves debuted in April of 1991. He...
  • 4

    Around the World in 80 Days

    Myleene Klass, Lee Mack


    Around the World in 80 Days is a British travel documentary series made to support the annual BBC Children in Need charity appeal in 2009. It sees twelve celebrities attempt to circumnavigate the...  more
  • 5

    Destination Truth

    Josh Gates, Gabriel Copeland

    PremieredJune 6, 2007

    Destination Truth was a weekly American paranormal reality television series that premiered on June 6, 2007, on Syfy. Produced by Mandt Bros. Productions and Ping Pong Productions, the program...  more

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  • 6

    Great Continental Railway Journeys

  • 7

    PremieredFebruary 26, 2007

    Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern is a travel and cuisine television show hosted by Andrew Zimmern on the Travel Channel. The first season debuted on Monday, February 26, 2007 at 9pm ET/PT. Bizarre...  more

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  • 8

    PremieredJuly 25, 2005

    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel, 2005) is an American travel and food show. Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain visits overseas countries, cities worldwide, and places within the U.S.,...  more

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  • 9

    PremieredJanuary 8, 2015

    Expedition Unknown (Travel Channel, 2015) is an American reality television. The series follows Josh Gates as he investigates mysteries and legends....  more
  • 10

    Beast Legends

    Francis Manapul

    PremieredSeptember 9, 2010

    Beast Legends was a science fiction mini-series produced by a Toronto and Leeds based independent film company called Yap Films, Inc. It was first shown on the Canadian History Channel in the summer...  more
  • 11

    Travel Man: 48 Hours in...

    Keeley Hawes, Josh O'Connor

    PremieredApril 3, 2016

    Travel Man (Channel 4, 2015) is a British television travel documentary series. In each episode, presenter Richard Ayoade travels to a popular city with a celebrity guest....  more
  • 12

    Aerial America

  • 13

    Globe Trekker

    Christina Chang, Megan McCormick


    Globe Trekker is an adventure tourism television series produced by Pilot Productions. The British series was inspired by the Lonely Planet travelbooks and began airing in 1994. Globe Trekker is...  more
  • 14

    Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan

    Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan is a wildlife documentary series produced by BBC America and presented by actor Dominic Monaghan, who also serves as an executive producer for the show. Each...  more
  • 15

    Only in America

    Only in America is a children's television programme that originally aired in 2005 on the CBBC Channel. It is presented by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates. They are sent on a roadtrip of a lifetime...  more
  • 16

    Amazing Vacation Homes

    Didiayer Snyder


    Amazing Vacation Homes is a documentary-styled homestead and travel series on the Travel Channel that debuted in October 2004. The first two seasons of the show were hosted by Tom Jourden. In 2006,...  more
  • 17

    Jamie's Food Escapes

    Jamie Oliver's Food Escapes is a 2011 television series in which Chef Jamie Oliver travels across Europe and North Africa to find authentic ingredients and extraordinary characters. Oliver stops in...  more
  • 18

    Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin

    Jeff Corwin


    Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin is a television show where host Jeff Corwin travels to various parts of the world and samples diverse, local foods and learns about the various methods of preparation...  more
  • 19


    Riku Rantala, Tuomas Milonoff


    Madventures is a Finnish travel documentary television series that concentrates on backpacking in the most off-the-beaten-path destinations on the planet. It is presented by Riku Rantala and Tuomas...  more
  • 20

    Geographically Speaking

    Geographically Speaking is an American travel series that debuted on June 9, 1946, on NBC, and aired Sundays at 8:15 pm EST immediately following the game show Face to Face. The weekly 15-minute...  more
  • 21

    The Getaway

    Joel McHale, Aziz Ansari

    PremieredSeptember 25, 2013

    The Getaway is an American travel documentary television series that airs on the Esquire Network. It was set to premiere April 24, 2013, on but was pushed to September 25, 2013, the same week the...  more
  • 22

    Pinoy Adventures

    Richard Gutierrez


    Pinoy Adventures is a weekly 45-minute Filipino travel-adventure show created by GMA News and Public Affairs and presented by actor, model and self-proclaimed environmentalist Richard Gutierrez. It...  more
  • 23

    Fishing with John

    Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon


    Fishing with John is a 1991 television series conceived, directed by and starring actor and musician John Lurie, which earned a cult following. On the surface, the series resembles a standard travel...  more


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  • 24

    Off the Beaten Track

    Off the Beaten Track is a British travel documentary show that aired on ITV from 1 November to 13 December 2013 and was hosted by Christine Bleakley. In the series, a rival to the BBC's Countryfile,...  more
  • 25

    Food Crafters