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 home to BBC travel documentaries you can watch in the US and Canada today.

Joanna Lumley in the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon

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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?

Oceans Apart: Art and the Pacific

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It’s a story of exploration and exploitation. 250 years ago, Captain Cook voyaged into the Pacific region for the first time.

While this encounter between the West and Pacific peoples undoubtedly devastated indigenous communities, it also opened the world’s eyes to their images and ideas, forever changing the global imagination.

Art historian James Fox looks at this momentous meeting of cultures in this insightful documentary.

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.

Rituals

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Anglican priest Peter Owen Jones embarks on an epic year-long journey to experience 80 rituals practiced by different faiths across six continents.

This ambitious eight-part BBC documentary follows Peter around the globe as he witnesses and occasionally takes part in astonishing rites carried out by some of the world’s major religions, as well as lesser-known sects, tribes and new religious movements.

Confronting rituals that sometimes surprise him – and with rarely seen footage of customs and ceremonies – Owen Jones takes us on a journey of discovery, exploring humanity’s fascination with the divine.

Secrets Of The Bermuda Triangle

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This gripping documentary explores the mysteries surrounding our planet’s most notorious stretch of water: the Bermuda Triangle. Ships and planes have vanished without a trace in this half-million-square-mile expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Theories about their disappearance abound, from the plausible to the paranormal, from hurricanes to human error, ghosts to UFOs and sea creatures to time travel.