Globe Trekker. 3 HOURS. Everywhere you go in the world, you find monuments to a different age. Each civilization has left its mark. In this special three-part DVD, we explore three different eras of the great historic sites of the world. In episode one, learn about ancient civilizations from the New World Mayans to the Ancient Egyptians. In episode two, explore empire led civilizations enshrined through medieval European cities and palaces and the earliest sites of the New World and the Americas. In episode three, discover the great monuments of the modern era, the 19th and 20th Century battlefields of the World Wars, and post war relics and icons of power in the modern world.
Join hosts Megan McCormick, Ian Wright, Holly Morris, Katy Haswell, Justine Shapiro, Zay Harding and Holly Morris on this global tour back in time to the most fascinating historic sites from the very beginnings of known civilization through to our modern age.
Episode 1: The Ancient World
Join Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Neil Gibson, Christina Chang , Estelle Bingham and Megan McCormick, as we time travel through the ages to the ancient world’s historic sites. We start with Stonehenge in England, one of the earliest remaining monuments to ancient man. Around the same time in Africa, the ingenuity of the Egyptian master builders resulted in the Great Pyramids at Giza and the Valley of the Kings. Travelling through time, we explore the power and sophistication of the Greek empire, while thousands of miles away the Qin dynasty in China was building the incredible terracotta warrior tomb. We visit Petra, a city carved out of glowing red rocks by the Nabatean people, deep in the Jordanian desert. But the ancient world’s most powerful civilization was the glorious Roman Empire, whose monuments are found throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Once the might of Rome was in decline, the growing Christian and Islamic faiths started creating their own magnificent monuments. Heading east, we explore the majesty of Ankor Wat in Cambodia, and in the New World, the mystery of the Inca and Maya cities of the Americas. We end our historic journey with the lost civilization of Easter Island.
Episode 2: The Age of Empires
In this Globe Trekker Special, hosts Zay Harding, Katy Haswell, Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Megan McCormick, Estelle Bingham and Zoe Palmer explore the world’s most historic sites from the Age of Empires, travelling across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, visiting spectacular sites dating from medieval times to the 19th Century. Zay Harding visits the Dome on the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, while Holly Morris travels to Syria to check out the mighty Aleppo Citadel and Krak des Chevaliers fortress. In Italy, Ian Wright marvels at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, whilst Justine Shapiro explores the Doge’s Palace in Venice. In Mongolia, Ian Wright visits Karakorum, capital of the Mongol Empire, whilst Megan McCormick enjoys a visit to China’s greatest historic sites, the Great Wall, and the Forbidden City. Back in Europe, Ian Wright checks out the wonders of the Renaissance in Florence, while Estelle Bingham explores the Ottoman Empire’s most historic sites in Istanbul – the Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque, and the Topkapi Palace. Megan McCormick visits many of the earliest sites in the New World, Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, the astonishing San Filipe fort in Cartagena, Colombia, and the Puritans’ first settlement in Plymouth, Massachusetts. From the era of the brutal transatlantic slave trade, Zoe Palmer explores Rodney’s Fort in St. Lucia, whilst back in Africa Ian Wright checks out San Sebastiao fort, Mozambique, and Megan McCormick shudders at the horrors of Elmina Fort in Ghana. In America, Justine Shapiro visits the greatest sites from the Age of Revolution. She explores the historic battle for American Independence from England at Williamsburg and Yorktown, Virginia, whilst Adela Ucar checks out Versailles Palace and the French Revolution sites of the Bastille fortress and Conciergerie in Paris, France. In England, Ian Wright marvels at the historic battleship HMS Victory in Portsmouth harbour, whilst Katy Haswell visits the battlefields of Waterloo. Meanwhile, Justine Shapiro takes a look at the great Industrial Revolution historic sites of England’s canals and railways, which presaged the huge technological changes to come that would influence the 20th and 21st centuries’ great historic sites.
Episode 3: The Modern World
In this episode Megan McCormick, Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Katy Haswell and Holly Morris visit famous modern era landmarks such as Gettysburg, site of the famous speech given by President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War, Little Bighorn battlefield in Montana, site of General Custer's Last Stand during the Indian Wars and the goldmining ghost town of Bodie, once part of the great California Gold Rush. In Europe, Katy Haswell visits Ypres, Belgium - one of the most bloody of all World War I battlefields. Meanwhile Ian Wright travels to the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, where the Tsars were overthrown, and to Moscow, to visit Red Square, the Kremlin and Lenin's Tomb. Back in America Megan McCormick travels to New York City and marvels at the magnificent Art Deco Chrysler Building and the extraordinary Empire State Building, while in Germany, Megan McCormick visits Nuremberg, where Hitler's Nazi Party rallies set the country on the path to World War II, while Justine Shapiro travels to the Auschwitz Death Camp in Poland, which still bears witness to the horrors of the Holocaust. We look at era of the Cold War as Ian Wright visits the former US nuclear test site in Nevada, whilst in the Ukraine Holly Morris explores the once top secret Soviet nuclear missile base at Pervomais'k, now open to visitors as the Museum of the Strategic Rocket Troops. Justine Shapiro looks at a post Cold War era and ventures to Africa to look at more recent events such as the prison on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned until 1990. In New York, Megan McCormick visits the site of the former World Trade Centre towers to learn about the new buildings that are now rising from the ashes of the infamous 2001 terrorist attack.