Simon begins the final leg of his pilgrimage journey in Istanbul, Turkey, gateway to the east. He travels on to the Holy Land, following in the footsteps of Victorian travellers who used the definitive guide book published in 1876 by Thomas Cook.
World-renowned travel presenter Simon Reeve is back with this all-new fascinating series as he sets off to discover the meaning of pilgrimage today and its place in our modern world. A lapsed Methodist, he has a genuine interest in finding out whether it can offer him life-changing enlightenment. He learns about the forgotten aspects of pilgrimage, including all the vices, thrills, sex, adventure and dangers that travellers encountered, while for others it was the summit of a religious life, a pious journey, a divine experience.
Simon Reeve follows in the footsteps of thousands of travellers from previous centuries, as he travels from northern France to northern Spain, and then crosses Western Europe to arrive in Rome. Along the way, Simon meets people from all different walks of life who are undertaking these pilgrimage treks for a variety of reasons.