Globe Trekker: The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1Closed Captioning
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An adventure tourism travel series which transports viewers to unforgettable destinations through its stunning photography and spirit of adventure. In each episode, charismatic hosts go off the beaten path to soak up the local culture, sample the cuisine and revel in breathtaking vistas. Globe Trekker’s motto? “living as the locals do!”
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoUltimate UK||Globe Trekker travelers Ian Wright, Megan McCormick, Jonathan Atherton and Justine Shapiro travel the length and breadth of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to experience the best of the countries’ heritage, history, nature, festivals, food and drink and eccentric traditions! Our team start off by looking at the monarchy in different periods of England’s history; Ian visits Windsor castle whilst Jonathan learns about the bloody and gory past of the Tower of London. Although the United Kingdom doesn’t hold the best reputation for food, our travelers tuck in to all manner of delightful and doubtful food; from the cooked English breakfast to deep fried chocolate bars, jellied eels and Cornish pasties. Strange sports are sampled, from dog racing in North London to grand horse racing at Ascot, bizarre road bowling in Northern Ireland and the Highland Games in Scotland. Our travelers complete their journeys by taking in some of the UK’s most stunning vistas, from atop the Scottish Highlands, Northern Ireland’s Giants Causeway and Wales’ Snowdonia.||55:43||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoUltimate China||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. China seems to be modernizing at an incredible place, but many millions of Chinese still live peasant lifestyles. Away from the cities, Justine visits the beautiful Miao people of the south west and sees the swinging festival of the Akka people. Zay sees the extraordinary Tolou mud homes of the Hakka people of Fujian. And between them all they see that China has stunning rural landscapes, ranging from jagged mountains to vast deserts. In the midst of that, Chinese ingenuity is everywhere, from elevators up mountains, to the Great Wall of China and, most recently and dramatically, the Three Gorges Dam project which is transforming the Chinese landscape forever.||55:18||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoUltimate Caribbean||Our travelers Justine Shapiro, Ian Wright and Megan McCormick set out on a voyage around the massive gulf that separates the North and South American continents to delve beneath the perception many people have that the Caribbean is merely a rich man’s playground to bring you the Ultimate Caribbean experience! There are hundreds of tiny islands strung out across the Caribbean but the largest islands have the strongest characters. We visit Trinidad, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic to discover the history of the Caribbean – and its decidedly dark underside. It was colonized by European settlers who put the native Carib and Arawak Indians to work on the sugar plantations; when they were virtually wiped out the colonists brought over millions of African slaves. Our travelers visit Santo Domingo, a plantation on Jamaica and the Maroons (descendants of escaped slaves who still live in the hills) to discover more. If you want to avoid the crowds, head to some of the smaller islands such as St Kitts which still has a seriously English feel while Dominica remains a jungle paradise. Tobago is a beautiful peaceful island and a great place to get involved in local events – where the Bacoo Goat Race is the place to be seen at! Just outside the Caribbean the Turks & Caicos Islands are the place to escape. Animal lovers will find another sort of paradise in the Caribbean from exceptional diving to swimming with dolphins to keeping out of the way of alligators and communing with massive leatherback turtles. If you want to get trekking, Dominica has the biggest rainforest in the Caribbean and big tracts of it are still untouched while the Dominican Republic’s pine forests are a great place to go mule riding as Megan discovers! Jamaica also offers some wonderful views – for an amazing experience climb the Blue Mountain in time for the sunrise – a perfect way to end our Caribbean odyssey!||55:30||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoUltimate Italy||The cradle of European art and science, romance, intrigue as well as the style and fashion mecca of the world – it can only be Italy. Unified in 1861, Italy has still maintained a unique identity owing to a very proud and illustrious history and an immensely diverse cultural heritage. And the Pilot Guides team are off to find out what makes it tick. We begin with KT Comer hitching a ride in a Ferrari, which proceeds to scream along a racetrack followed by an equally intense trip in a taxi. Meanwhile Ian Wright gets into a spot of bother not realising he has to get his ticket validated before being allowed on the bus. Estelle Bingham is in Rome, the country’s capital set amid seven hills and home to the Vatican City and the Coliseum. Beginning at the Forum, Estelle investigates the administrative heart of the Roman Empire, which over a period of 700 years grew to encompass most of Europe as well as part of Asia and North Africa. Ian strikes up a friendship with a local baron and stays in an idyllic farmhouse from 90 euros per night. He also gets to indulge in some wine tasting at a local cellar and does some olive picking in the groves. Meanwhile Estelle stays in a hostel for the night for 15 dollars while in the southern Italian town of Albero Bello, Megan stays in a hotel overlooking the town’s conical shaped houses. Megan gives us a quick peek at the designer boutiques in Milans Quadrillatero dOro or Golden square. Estelle tries her hand at making a pizza and Ian indulges in some ice cream and a rather dubious tripe salad. Finally we end our action packed programme with a visit to Siena’s annual Palio, a hectic horserace held between rival towns in the main square. Ian watches a match of Calcio Storico Florence’s traditional yet violent sport where teams combine rugby, football wrestling and boxing and Megan partakes in a game of orange throwing in the town of Ivrea – a three day celebration that commemorates the town’s revolt against the tyrannical Count Ranieri.||56:18||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoUltimate France||Justine Shapiro, Ian Wright and Christina Chang travel to the four corners of France to taste the food the wine and the culture. Ian climbs the mountains of Corsica, only to be rescued by helicopter. Christina dons mediaeval costume to enter the spirit of the wine festival of Chateauneuf du Papes and Justine attempt to impress with her cordon bleu cooking. From Roman amphitheatres to science fiction towers, France remains the most charming, perplexing, varied and fascinating of countries. Christina helps make Roquefort and perfume, the two extremes of olfactory pleasure. Ian debates Corsican claims for independence and Justine reaches dizzy heights on the Eiffel Tower.||54:43||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoWorld History: The Middle East||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.||56:37||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoUltimate Mexico||For over 4000 years, Mexico has been the home of huge and complex civilizations and today it’s one of the most colorful cultures in the world. In this ultimate guide to Mexico, Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro and Zay Harding explore the country’s many different facets. In search of the history of Mexico, Justine and Ian trek into the mountains and the jungles, climbing the mighty pyramids and seek out the remains of Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza, Palenque, Tulum, and Tenochtitlan to find out how the Mayans, Aztecs and other pre-colonial Mexicans lived, died, and worshipped. Ian then heads to the coast to investigate the arrival of Cortez and his conquistadores near Acapulco in 1519. Mexican artistry, food and drink also show a blend of indigenous and Spanish flavors, from the silversmiths of Taxco and the tile makers of Talavera, to the global influence of Mexican ingredients and cuisine. Justine finds the origins of tomatoes, maize, peppers, tequila, chillis and chocolate and Ian finds that a tortilla can make a pretty good Frisbee. But away from the cities, Mexico offers adventure, from cliff diving and surfing near Acapulco, to desert treks in search of prehistory. Ian comes nose to nose with whales in Baja. Zay Harding sweats it out with the Tarahumara Indians in the spectacular Copper Canyon and rafts the jungle whitewater of Vera Cruz. And finally, Ian goes back deep into Mexican history, living in the jungle with the last descendents of the Mayan people of Pelenque, the Lancandon Indians and taking a spiritual journey into the overgrown jungle home of their ancestors.||54:54||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoUltimate India||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 Indian sanitation, Andrew Dado 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.||56:34||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoBest American Water Treks 1||Globe Trekker Best Water Treks explores 4 of the wettest rides in the USA. Christina Lamonica couldn’t be further away from the heat and dust of Oklahoma – she’s in Hawaii, getting a taste of paradise with some rough waters and high adventure thrown in. Christina kayaks along the rugged Na Pali coast, made famous in South Pacific, and now, heaven for kayakers in search of rugged, remote beauty. New Yorker Bradley Cooper finds himself in the most famous Blue-water kayaking spot in the world – Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Here he discovers the stark beauty of the environment here – and its resilience after the world’s most devastating oil spill ten years ago. Bradley and his guide Kenny then get a close up view of one of Alaska’s true wonders – the majestic (and loud!) Columbia Glacier. Zay Harding canoes down the Rio Grande, through the Big Bend of Texas. This is border country – hot desert and spectacular canyon landscapes. Zay learns from his vivacious guide that this area is a wonder of millions of years of evolution – a ten day canoe journey that takes him to the heart of how our earth began. Bradley Cooper has his adventure set out for him by the army on this trip – it’s the time of year in West Virginia for kayaking the premiere river in the United States – the Gauley. Every October, the Gauley’s dam is released, making it a huge challenge for even the best kayakers. It’s known as the Gauley Season and it draws river rafters and kayakers from all over the world for the thrill of experiencing Class IV and V rapids.||55:26||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoBest Cycling Trips USA||Holly Morris bicycles from Colorado to Utah along the challenging Kokopelli Trail – single track peddling across mountainous terrain, steep canyons and the infamous Fisher Towers – backdrop to many 1950s Hollywood westerns. Bradley Cooper cycles the Alaskan Golden Circle – from Haines to Skagway following a 360 mile road over the infamous Alcan Highway. Bradley’s pedalling takes him past sites that haven’t changed since the Gold Rush – some of the most spectacular scenery in North America, along with ramshackle saloons and even a real Alaskan gold hunter. Bradley Cooper is transported back in time to the beginnings of our planet, a little explored place in the most eastern part of Canada. With guide Eric, (who really does look like a Viking!), Bradley travels with the prevailing winds, traverses long distances and heads of some steep hills. His final destination? The remains of the oldest European colony in North America – the very spot where the Vikings landed their ships a thousand years ago. Holly Morris is back on her bike, following the Continental Divide through New Mexico. This trip takes her from Grants through the lava flows of El Mapais National Monument, and the spectacular views of the Sandstone Bluffs. Crossing over the divide and hitting rugged dirt track, Holly finds herself meeting some of the few hardy settlers in this area – owners of a goat dairy farm who specialise in cheese. Finally, Holly gets her reward - the spectacular views of the Sawtooth Mountains.||54:47||$1.99||View in iTunes|
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I am SO excited to see Globe Trekker show up in iTunes. Being from Trinidad and Tobago, Ultimate Caribbean is truly one of my favorite episodes from the show’s entire series.
This is a fabulously compelling show and feels like a true adventure. Looking forward to more episodes!
I remember watching these with my brother in the late 90s! We thought we'd never go to such places. Twenty years later & almost 20 countries later, I want to see more! Thanks GT(formally know as Lonely Planet)!
Please add more on here! Much appreciated!