7.7
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Travel Man: 48 Hours in...

Travel Man: 48 Hours in...

Channel 4 2015

Richard Ayoade takes a ruthlessly efficient approach to travel, covering everything top tourist destinations have to offer in just 48 hours.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Travel Man: 48 Hours in...

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#1 - Zurich

7.75

Season 7 - Episode 1

Richard Ayoade returns with the offbeat tourism show and is joined in the first edition by comedian and Room 101 host Frank Skinner for a short break in Switzerland's largest city. Their two-day break in Zurich features trips to a football museum and the Cabaret Voltaire, which was the birthplace of the Dada art movement, while they also go on the steepest funicular railway in the world, pay homage to the Swiss army knife and go for a pedalo ride on Lake Zurich.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 71 votes.

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#2 - Lisbon

7.73

Season 3 - Episode 3

Writer, actor, comedian and podcaster Adam Buxton accompanies Richard Ayoade on a voyage of discovery in Lisbon, Europe's sunniest capital. The Portuguese city is known for its decorative tiling and maritime history. Adam and Richard first tackle it at breakneck speed in an electric rickshaw. They also visit a tinned-fish emporium, take the celebrated iron lift - the Elevador de Santa Justa - and listen to some fado, Lisbon's version of the blues. There's potent cherry liqueur for breakfast; a tram ride up a steep hillside; a trip to a doll hospital; and a visit to Belem, home to Lisbon's famed custard tarts.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 96 votes.

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#3 - Stockholm

7.72

Season 5 - Episode 4

Richard and actor Sally Phillips have a fulsome time with fika, meatballs, scaling high rooftops, singing Abba, and staying up late playing on their phones.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 75 votes.

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#4 - Ljubljana

7.71

Season 7 - Episode 3

Richard Ayoade is joined by Eddie Izzard for two days in Slovenia, where they begin by trying Slovenian tapas and the country's orange wine in the capital city Ljubljana. Day two starts with a trip out of town to the stunningly beautiful Lake Bled, where they try summer tobogganing and a spot of rowing, while there's also a magic church bell, custard pastries and a funicular ride to Ljubljana Castle.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 68 votes.

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#5 - Athens

7.70

Season 8 - Episode 1

Richard Ayoade returns with the offbeat tourism show and is joined in the first edition by comedy actress and writer Dawn French, with the pair spending two days in the Greek capital. Their mini-break features doughnuts, the Acropolis and the thermal waters of Lake Vouliagmeni, which is rumoured to be the goddess Athena's favourite bathing spot. Richard and Dawn sample a 14-course tasting menu at a temple to molecular gastronomy, before they go on an Olympic tour featuring discus and javelin training.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 61 votes.

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#6 - Vienna

7.68

Season 2 - Episode 1

Richard goes to Vienna with comedian Chris O'Dowd to sample the sausages, cakes, wines and spirits. The pair also take a hot rod tour, visit a fairground, the Freud museum and the city sewers.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 111 votes.

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#7 - Copenhagen

7.67

Season 2 - Episode 3

Comedian Noel Fielding joins Richard for 48 fast and funny hours in the Danish capital, with cycling, sightseeing, art, sandwiches, beer and rollercoasters.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 104 votes.

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#8 - Tallinn

7.67

Season 8 - Episode 3

Richard Ayoade is joined by TV and radio presenter Alice Levine for a packed two-day break in the Estonian capital Tallinn. The pair head to the top of the country's tallest building, while Alice gives a masterclass in TV presenting, and they walk through a thousand years of Estonian history - including peeping Toms and a cold-war cocktail. They also visit an old KGB outpost, try the sport of kick sledging and sample some new Baltic cuisine, before boarding a submarine for an end-of-trip recap.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 57 votes.

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#9 - Miami

7.65

Season 4 - Episode 4

Richard Ayoade and comedian Rhod Gilbert take on 48 hours in Florida's hot spot, for a densely packed mini-break including art, art deco slobbing, alligators, yoga, speedboats - and dominoes. There's also an airboat tour of the Florida's everglades and a trip to Little Havana.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 77 votes.

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#10 - Porto

7.63

Season 8 - Episode 2

Richard Ayoade is joined by comedian Nish Kumar for a short break in Portugal's second city, starting their trip with a welcome tipple of its eponymous fortified wine. To get their bearings, they hire electric scooters and refuel with Porto's favourite sandwich, the meaty francesinha, before having a 5D cinema experience and climbing the Arrabida bridge. Nish makes a confession at a church, and then the duo indulge in a selection of local pastries with a cake connoisseur, and test out artisanal soap.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 60 votes.

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#11 - Moscow
7.63
Season 2 - Episode 4

Richard and Greg Davies clash with army tanks and head into space in the Russian capital.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 94 votes.

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#12 - Madeira
7.61
Season 6 - Episode 3

Richard heads to the Portugese island with actor/writer Robert Webb, for two days of wine, cake, fish, bananas, cable cars and embroidery lessons

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 69 votes.

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#13 - Kraków
7.60
Season 9 - Episode 3

Richard Ayoade is joined by comedian Joe Wilkinson for a two-day break in Poland's second city Krakow, beginning by attending a baking workshop, before heading to a salt mine to marvel at the world's largest underground chapel. They also drive to Nowa Huta, a showcase suburb of socialist realism, where they end up in an authentic communist-era apartment - with obligatory vodka and pickles. After a lunch of pierogi dumplings, they take part in a stained glass workshop at the centre of Krakow's art nouveau movement.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 42 votes.

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#14 - Oslo
7.59
Season 6 - Episode 2

Richard heads to Norway with actor Fay Ripley for two days of sledging, screaming, skiing, sculpture and scoff.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 68 votes.

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#15 - Kraków
7.59
Season 10 - Episode 3

Richard Ayoade is joined by comedian Joe Wilkinson for a two-day break in Poland's second city Krakow, beginning by attending a baking workshop, before heading to a salt mine to marvel at the world's largest underground chapel. They also drive to Nowa Huta, a showcase suburb of socialist realism, where they end up in an authentic communist-era apartment - with obligatory vodka and pickles. After a lunch of pierogi dumplings, they take part in a stained glass workshop at the centre of Krakow's art nouveau movement.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 41 votes.

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#16 - Naples
7.57
Season 3 - Episode 4

Richard and Jack Dee take a trip to Naples featuring humour, history, culture, pizza, Vespas and chaotic traffic, a trip to Capri, and a guide to the meaning of dreams

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 90 votes.

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#17 - Bergen
7.53
Season 9 - Episode 2

Richard Ayoade is joined by comedian Lou Sanders for a two-day break in the Norwegian city of Bergen, taking a speedboat transfer from the airport to their waterfront lodgings. They explore the historic neighbourhood of Bryggen, ride a cable car to the top of Mt Ulriken and fly down the the fastest zipline in Norway - against Richard's better judgement.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 60 votes.

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#18 - Istanbul
7.53
Season 1 - Episode 2

Richard and comedian Adam Hills embark on a whirlwind visit in Istanbul, including a boat trip, a massage, a very close shave, and some haggling at the Grand Bazaar.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 119 votes.

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#19 - Hamburg
7.52
Season 8 - Episode 4

Richard Ayoade and Bob Mortimer go for a spin round cosmopolitan Hamburg. There's a Beatles tour in the red-light district, some local hash - corned beef - and hip cocktails.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 50 votes.

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#20 - Brussels
7.51
Season 6 - Episode 1

Richard brings inspiration to all mini-breakers as he heads to Belgium with comedian Lee Mack, for culture, comics, puppets, waffles, mussels and pralines.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... from 63 votes.

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