In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARCO POLO captures the remarkable, two-year, 25, 000-mile attempt to retrace Marco Polo's legendary trek from Venice, Italy to China. This illuminating epic follows two friends from Queens, New York - one photographer and one visual artist and ex-Marine - as they complete the journey by land and by sea, a feat in which all others have fallen short. Equal parts travelogue, adventure story, history trek and buddy movie, IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARCO POLO finds present-day explorers Denis Belliveau and Francis O'Donnell surviving deadly skirmishes and capture in Afghanistan, crossing its forgotten ancient passageway to China (the first Westerners in a generation to do so), encountering the stinging sands of the Taklamakan and Gobi deserts in a Silk Road camel caravan, and living among cultures, including the expert horsemen of Mongolia. Along the way, they interweave their own feats with Marco Polo's account of his own travels and life.

Previously Aired

Day
Time
Channel
6/21/2009
1 p.m.
11/13/2011
noon
11/13/2011
8 p.m.
11/14/2011
2 a.m.
8/14/2012
10:30 p.m.
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