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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?"
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No Reservations is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
jemcat added No Reservations Marc Summers, Lee Anne Wong Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations was an American travel and food show that aired on the Travel Channel; it also airs on the Discovery Travel & Living channel around the world. In it, host ...more

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An Idiot Abroad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
An Idiot Abroad Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant 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 ...more

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Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy Fieri, Duff Goldman, Michael Symon 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 ...more

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Rick Steves' Europe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
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 ...more

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Destination Truth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
Destination Truth Josh Gates, Gabriel Copeland, Mike Morrell 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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Globe Trekker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
Jack Hopkins added 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

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Great Continental Railway Jour... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
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Wild Things with Dominic Monag... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
jemcat added 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

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Only in America is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
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 ...more

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Billy Connolly: Journey To The... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
Billy Connolly: Journey To The Edge Of The World Billy Connolly Billy Connolly: Journey to the Edge of the World is a four-part documentary series produced by ITV Studios, presented by Scottish comedian and actor Billy Connolly. In the summer of 2008, ...more

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Sancharam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
Sancharam Sancharam, is the first telecast of a visual travelogue in Malayalam language television. It is being aired at prime time 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on every Sunday in Asianet news television ...more

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Aerial America is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
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Around the World in 80 Days is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
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 ...more

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Amazing Vacation Homes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
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 ...more

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California's Gold is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
California's Gold California's Gold is a public television travel program that explores the natural, cultural, and historical features of the state of California. The show ran for 18 seasons from 1994 to 2012 and ...more

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Travels & Traditions is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
Travels & Traditions Burt Wolf: Travels and Traditions or Travels & Traditions is a television series hosted by Burt Wolf. The series began airing in 2000 and is currently in its 12th season.

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Beast Legends is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
Beast Legends Francis Manapul 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 ...more

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Jamie's Food Escapes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
jemcat added 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 ...more

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Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corw... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
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 ...more

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Madventures is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
Madventures 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 ...more

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Afrika: Cape Town to Cairo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
Afrika: Cape Town to Cairo Afrika: Cape Town to Cairo is a nominated work in 1999 Logie Awards for Most Outstanding Documentary.

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Pinoy Adventures is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
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. ...more

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The Getaway is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
The Getaway José Andrés, Aziz Ansari, Eve 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 ...more

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Off the Beaten Track is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
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 ...more

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Food Crafters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
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Fishing with John is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
Fishing with John Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon, Dennis Hopper 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 ...more

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Geographically Speaking is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
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

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5 Takes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
5 Takes 5 Takes is a travel series that airs on the Travel Channel. The series documents bloggers and vloggers traveling to locations of the world while interacting online with viewers. Viewers often ...more

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Taradise is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
Taradise Taradise is an American reality series hosted by actress Tara Reid that aired on E! from August 10, 2005 to 2006.

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Bump! is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
Bump! Charlie David, Shannon McDonough Bump! is a Canadian travel documentary television series that premiered in 2004 and originally airs on OUTtv in Canada. The program targets an LGBT audience. Currently, Bump! is hosted by Deb ...more

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Naruhodo! The World is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
Naruhodo! The World Naruhodo! The World was a travelogue and information quiz show that was broadcast from October 6, 1981, until March 26, 1996 on Fuji TV.

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Kill Arman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
Kill Arman Kill Arman is a reality/documentary TV-series about martial arts, created by Tuukka Tiensuu and Arman Alizad, and hosted by Arman Alizad. The series was first broadcast in Finland on 9 March ...more