Travel documentaries

All aboard! Join a star-studded cast of travel guides as they take you to some of the most remote and fascinating corners of the globe. BBC Select is the home for travel shows that explore amazing places around the world and introduce you to the people, places, culture and history that makes them so special.

Joanna Lumley in the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon

Watch Joanna Lumley in the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon

Bhutan, the beautiful land-locked nation in the Eastern Himalayas, has always been steeped in mystery.

In this revealing BBC travel documentary, Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley retraces the steps her grandparents took in the country 60 years before. Through her eyes, a world that challenges accepted ideas of wealth and happiness is explored.

But what family secrets will Joanna uncover?

The Silk Road

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Covering 5,000 miles, passing through 13 countries and crossing some of the most dramatic landscapes on the planet, this is the fascinating story of the lucrative trade route which changed the course of civilization forever.

In this extraordinary documentary series, Dr Sam Willis explores how the fortunes, ideas and history of the West were shaped and exchanged by travelers from the East.

Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby

Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby

Discover what it takes to make some of the most incredible hotels on the planet run and the hidden ‘everyday miracles’ that makes them a unique and memorable home for their demanding guests. In this luxurious travel documentary, Monica Galetti and Rob Rinder check-in and experience these opulent resorts as guests, before working alongside the dedicated staff at every level.

The Story of Egypt

The Story of Egypt

Egypt is home to one of the world’s earliest civilizations. Its settlements date back to 17000 BC. It was a powerful and influential empire that grew from the Nile River Valley to the eastern Mediterranean. In this fascinating series, Professor of Egyptology Joann Fletcher examines Egypt’s extraordinary rise and fall, from the empire’s humble nomadic beginnings to its zenith as pyramid builders.

Japan: The Way I See It

Japan: The Way I See It

Japan is a country of beautiful landscapes, unique culture and formidable contrasts. Blind broadcaster and disability rights activist Lucy Edwards travels the country and experiences the smells, sounds and tastes in this singular travel documentary. She meets fellow, inspirational blind people who have overcome a diversity and now thrive in this remarkable nation.