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TRAVEL CHANNEL Programming - Feb 22-Mar 6

THE TRIP: 2016

One-Hour Special Premieres Tuesday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

Travel Channel and its expert hosts, Samantha Brown, Josh Gates, Jack Maxwell, Anthony Melchiorri and Andrew Zimmern, scoured the Caribbean for this year’s most over-the-top getaway, and reward one lucky viewer with the ultimate two-week travel itinerary worth approximately $100,000. “The Trip: 2016” features a collection of exclusive and world-class activities that only Travel Channel can create. Viewers will get an underwater look at one of the top 10 dive sites in the world – the wreck of a WWII German warship, the Antilla, located just off the coast in only 50 feet of water. Plus, explore the French-Caribbean cuisine with a local celebrity chef at his restaurant, Au Widdy’s, in the St. Francois harbor; take an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Mount Gay Rum Distillery; swim side by side with dolphins in the Bahamas; and soak in a volcano-fed natural hot springs mud bath at Sulphur Springs Park.



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“Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations,” an extension of the long-running and popular “Bizarre Foods” franchise, is back for a third season. Hosted by renowned chef and culinary explorer Andrew Zimmern, this series features the not-to-be-missed foods that define a location. Most travelers want to experience the local favorites, whether it’s classic cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, authentic satay in Singapore or traditional falafel in Tel Aviv, Israel. But how many really know the origins of these iconic foods, how they are prepared and the right way to eat them? Destinations explored in the new season will include Seattle; Honolulu; Louisville, Ky.; Portugal; Sicily; Puerto Rico and Manila, Philippines. [Hour-long episodes]

“Manila” – Premieres Tuesday, February 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

From popular street snacks to classic homemade stews, Andrew Zimmern reveals iconic foods of Manila, Philippines. Succulent whole roasted pork, crispy batter-fried quail eggs and a sweet treat made with ice cream and fermented beans are on the menu.

“Providence” – Premieres Tuesday, March 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Andrew Zimmern reveals the iconic foods of Providence, R.I. Local favorites include hot wieners made with a special meat sauce, johnnycakes, coffee milk, grilled pizza and the legendary Rhode Island clam chowder.


Travel Channel’s witty explorer, Josh Gates, continues his search for answers to some of the world’s most captivating unsolved stories and legends in the second season of the hit series, “Expedition Unknown.” Gates is on a mission to find the truth behind each iconic legend, digging through years of historical evidence, facts and myths. Leaving no stone unturned, his adventures take him around the globe as he immerses himself in the core locales linked to each tale. From excavating ruins in search of the real Robin Hood to sailing the high seas investigating Christopher Columbus and exploring Nepal’s “sky caves” for Shangri-La, Gates’ archaeological background and ubiquitous sense of humor generate a new take on age-old stories. [Hour-long episodes]

SPECIAL EPISODE: “What to Know Before You Go” – Premieres Wednesday, February 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Inspired by his adventures while filming “Expedition Unknown,” Josh Gates shares tips on the best way to travel in this special episode. He also highlights bonus scenes and hilarious outtakes from some of his recent expeditions.

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Premieres Wednesday, March 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

PART ONE: “Search for Shangri-La” – 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

In the first half of this two-part special episode, Josh Gates treks into the remote Mustang Valley region of Nepal to investigate unique sky caves and their relation to the Buddhist legend of Shangri-La – a mystical utopian valley hidden deep in the Himalaya Mountains. Gates begins his journey in Kathmandu, exploring local markets and surveying the area’s recovery from the devastating 2015 earthquake. At Swayambhunath – the Monkey Temple – Gates learns that Shangri-La is actually based on Shambhala, a mythical kingdom in Tibetan Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Gates makes plans to join several archaeologists on a mission to locate the origins of this Shambhala myth. But getting to the archaeological team in the isolated Mustang region is no easy task, made even more difficult by a fuel crisis and challenging geography. When Gates finally arrives in the town of Chussang, archaeologists Mark Aldenderfer and Mohan Singh Lama take him to the sky caves. Hand dug in the sandstone nearly 1,000 years ago, the caves are as high as 1,000 feet off the ground with no access to the points of entry. No one knows how they were made or what most of them contain; and while there are nearly 10,000 of them, only 200 have been explored. Gates and the team investigate a mountainside monastery filled with ornate carvings. Making their way further north into the valley, they enter a group of sky caves through a makeshift ladder. Inside, they discover telling evidence that the cave was once a destination for Buddhist pilgrims from far away – an important find. Nearby, Gates and Aldenderfer spot an unusual tower…and make an amazing discovery inside this unexplored structure.

PART TWO: “Shangri-La Found” – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

In the second half of this special episode, Josh Gates continues his epic adventure through the Himalayas, as he explores the Mustang region’s ancient sky caves in search of the Buddhist legend of Shangri-La. Accompanied by archaeologists Mark Aldenderfer and Mohan Singh Lama, they make an incredible discovery inside a manmade tower structure, which they mark for further investigation. Next, they head to Lo Manthang – the best preserved Tibetan town in the world. People here still live much the same way as their ancestors did centuries ago. The group embarks on an arduous journey to explore another set of sky caves in Pau Mambo. Over 200 feet off the ground, they carefully climb the sheer cliff face to reach the cave entrance. Once inside, they come across a once-in-a-lifetime discovery – an immense network of tunnels used as a habitation for dozens of families. Aldenderfer believes these caves might have been used as a safe haven from outside attacks, a vital aspect of the Shangri-La myth. The next morning, Gates and team continue on yet another grueling journey, to a cliffside monastery perched 14,000 feet uphill. Inside, they uncover important statues and artifacts that altogether could indeed prove the existence of Shangri-La.



Gear up for exhilarating new adventures with actor, wildlife enthusiast and curious traveler Dominic Monaghan (“Lost,” “The Lord of the Rings”) as he treks through the world’s most extraordinary places in search of some of the weirdest, most majestic and dangerous animals out there. “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan,” debuting on Travel Channel with brand-new episodes, features new expeditions that take Monaghan diving into the emerald waters of a South Pacific paradise to face a giant crab; scouring the Peruvian Amazon for a creature that’s part fish and part stun gun; and hiking through Madagascar’s rich ecosystem to uncover a mythical lemur. Throughout his journeys to some of the most spectacular and remote landscapes known to man, he meets with experts who help him seek out the most exotic and rarest wildlife found only in that region. But his close encounters extend beyond nature’s critters; along roads less traveled, he stumbles into locals who introduce him to traditions, rituals and foods unique to each area. [Hour-long episodes]


“Chaos in Kenya” – Premieres Wednesday, February 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

Dominic Monaghan explores Kenya's savannahs in search of the giant spitting cobra whose venom can kill an adult in less than an hour. He runs into blue-balled monkeys (literally) and nearly gets trampled by an injured elephant.

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