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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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Anthony Bourdain: No Reservati... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
jemcat added Anthony Bourdain
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 ...more

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An Idiot Abroad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
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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Rick Steves' Europe is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
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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Destination Truth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
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 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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Expedition Unknown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
Josh Gates

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Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimm... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
Andrew Zimmern
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. ...more

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Travel Man: 48 Hours in... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
Richard Ayoade
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.

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Wild Things with Dominic Monag... is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Long Way Round is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman
Long Way Round is a documentary television series, DVD set and book documenting the 19,000-mile journey of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman from London to New York City on motorcycles. They ...more

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Aerial America is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
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Only in America is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 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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Amazing Vacation Homes is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Sancharam is listed (or ranked) 17 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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California's Gold is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Around the World in 80 Days is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
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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Travels & Traditions is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corw... is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Beast Legends is listed (or ranked) 22 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) 23 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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Madventures is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows
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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Pinoy Adventures is listed (or ranked) 25 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