Sunday, September 18, 2011

Marco Polo documentary on German TV

Less than a week now before the German public TV station SWR broadcasts the first of the Marco Polo films. The films follow me as I retrace the route of Marco Polo from Venice to China via Syria, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Western China, trying to reinterpret the places and things Marco saw on his trip 700 years ago.

The five films are broadcast every Sunday at 5.15pm. See the schedule, description and some photos on the SWR website and also here. You can even watch the films online (in German) at the SWR website.

If you can't watch the films live, or don't speak German (!), check out, our Web-based documentary of the entire trip, including pictures, video clips and commentary not included in the documentaries. It's online in stages from 2 October 2011.

Until then, you can get a taste of the trip on a couple of Youtube videos. Click below or on the videos to the right of the screen:
Marco Polo Reloaded page

Please do let us know what you think of the clips or the films, either here or on the Marco Polo Reloaded Facebook page, where we'll continue to post links and video clips.

Thanks to Along Mekong Productions for putting together the clips and the web-doc.


  1. Hi,
    sorry to comment on such an old post... we are watching the documentaries right now on German television, Phoenix is showing all four parts tonight. We are enjoying very much following you on your adventures!
    One question popped up, though: how long did the trip take you all in all?
    Happy and safe travels and regards from Frankfurt, Germany,

  2. Hi Nicolette,
    Glad you enjoyed the documentaries! The trip took about 5 months in total. There was one flight in Afghanistan and one boat trip from Venice but the rest was overland.
    Thanks for watching.



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