The BEST Episodes of Travel Man: 48 Hours in...
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2019
Network: Channel 4
Richard Ayoade takes a ruthlessly efficient approach to travel, covering everything top tourist destinations have to offer in just 48 hours.
#1 - Miami
Season 5 - 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.
#2 - Brussels
Season 7 - 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.
#3 - Zurich
Season 8 - 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.
#4 - Madeira
Season 7 - 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
#5 - Dubai
Season 3 - Episode 3
Richard stretches the description mini break to the limit as he heads to the United Arab Emirates for a luxury bonanza with comedian Johnny Vegas
#6 - Ibiza
Season 8 - Episode 2
Richard Ayoade is joined by writer and actor Jessica Knappett for his latest trip, touring the island in a silver Citroen 2CV, discovering there is more to Ibiza than foam parties, and visiting the Unesco world heritage site of Dalt Vila in the capital. They also take in al fresco art at the island's version of Stonehenge, experience an exclusive supper club run by the global superstar chef Boris Buono and sample a selection of pricy cocktails, flowriding and a hippy gong bath.
#7 - Naples
Season 4 - 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
#8 - Amsterdam
Season 6 - Episode 3
Richard and comedian Joe Lycett head to the mini break mecca of Amsterdam, for some culture, cardio, canals, cuisine, drawing, Dutch gin, and the museum of street organs.
#9 - Porto
Season 9 - 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.
#10 - Slovenia
Season 8 - 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.
#11 - Moscow
Season 2 - Episode 4
Richard and Greg Davies clash with army tanks and head into space in the Russian capital.
#12 - Copenhagen
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.
#13 - Helsinki
Season 4 - Episode 2
Time-conscious traveller Richard Ayoade is joined by Hollywood actor Paul Rudd for a brisk 48 hour romp round Helsinki. To get their bearings the pair head straight to the Ladies toilet in the Torni hotel, which offers the best view of the city. They go kayaking and snack on some reindeer jerky at the city's Hakaniemi market. Richard and Paul also visit not one, but two saunas - one of which can be found in a well-known burger chain.They visit the beautiful wilderness island of Seurassari, go foraging, and finish up at a sweet shop.
#14 - Vienna
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.
#15 - Tallinn
Season 9 - 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.
#16 - Milan
Season 8 - Episode 4
Richard Ayoade is joined by actress and comedian Morgana Robinson for a two-day break in the Italian city of Milan, taking in art, pasta, the bowling game of bocce, and a drink in Backdoor 43 - a tiny bar that can hold a maximum of four customers at a time. At a viewing of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, Richard finds the painting to be quite good, but Morgana thinks it's "no Tracey Emin". The pair also take in the city's epic cathedral and drop in on a pasta-making lesson that proves strangely musical.
#17 - Budapest
Season 5 - Episode 2
Richard Ayoade descends upon Hungary's fairy tale capital Budapest for a whistle-stop tour with comedian, actor and writer Aisling Bea. There's a starter lesson with the seemingly impenetrable national language and a selfie tour taking in as many of the city's sights as possible - including a statue of Columbo actor Peter Falk. There's also goulash; a 'ruin pub' for a taste of unicum, the local herbal liquor; a game of chess at the thermal baths; a children's railway; some chimney cake; and a ride on the Zugliget chairlift, high in the Buda hills.
#18 - Berlin
Season 3 - Episode 4
Richard heads for super-cool Berlin with comedian Roisin Conaty, taking in the city's famed nightlife, Checkpoint Charlie, fancy food, and a replica Cold War apartment
#19 - Hamburg
Season 9 - 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.
#20 - Rome
Season 6 - Episode 1
Joined by comedian Matt Lucas for a frenetic 48 hours in the Italian capital. Their first challenge is finding suitable headgear to protect from the scorching Italian sun. They then take a guided tour in vintage Fiat 500 cars, and after wending their way past the Circus Maximus finish atop Gianicolo Hill in time for the cannon being fired - a daily ritual since the 1850s. Next they head to the border of the Vatican, before experiencing the very best of modern Italian cuisine. Day two sees visits to the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum, perhaps Rome's most incredible antiquity.
#21 - Valencia
Season 6 - Episode 2
Richard and Sara Pascoe visit the birthplace of paella, for cocktails, zorbing, a four-wheel bike ride and a hunt for the holy grail.
#22 - Oslo
Season 7 - Episode 2
Richard heads to Norway with actor Fay Ripley for two days of sledging, screaming, skiing, sculpture and scoff.
#23 - Istanbul
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.
#24 - Iceland
Season 1 - Episode 3
Richard takes actor Jessica Hynes on a whirlwind weekend away to the stunning scenery of Iceland, for waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, whales, rotten shark and elf school
#25 - St. Petersburg
Season 5 - Episode 1
Due to overwhelming availability, Richard Ayoade returns as Travel Man, bringing sense and order to the potential chaos of the mini break. This time he visits Russia's cultural capital St Petersburg with comedian Rob Beckett. Together they embark on a fast and funny, post-Soviet itinerary, that includes an armoured tank, fish eggs, vodka, ice, culture, more ice, and a herring in a fur coat. They also visit a retro communist-era apartment popular with the hipster crowd.