The world-wide trip that Henry Jones, Jr. embarks upon in the early 1900s next takes him and his family to Russia. A fit of clumsiness lands Junior into hot water with his father. Not bearing any more punishment, Indy runs away into the Russian countryside. He encounters an odd, cantankerous old man named Leo Tolstoy, who is in full agreement that hell is other people. Both are running away to seek a simpler life. They cross the countryside, encountering colorful Gypsies and avoiding fierce Imperial Cossack troops. The hardships of the journey make Indy homesick, but he won't soon forget his journey with the stubborn old man.
Indy's next destination is Greece, where his mother Anna realizes that father and son need to spend more time together. The two bristle at each other's company as they explore the sites of ancient Greece, but Henry finally reaches past Indy's impudence and stubbornness when the topic turns to philosophy and the teachings of Aristotle. A series of misadventures lead them to an isolated monastery perched high on the peak of a mountain. While studying in the library, Indy meets Nikos Kazantzakis, the writer who would some day write Zorba the Greek. Lessons on causality come in handy on the harrowing trip in a tiny cage reeled up a thousand-foot mountainside.
- Indiana Jones
- Henry Jones, Sr.
- Anna Jones
- Leo Tolstoy
- Nikos Kazantzakis
- Jiddu Krishnamurthy
- Lowell Thomas
Behind the scenes
- Travels with Father was shot in Prague, Meteora, Delphi, and Athens from April through June of 1994. It is set in 1909.
- The original broadcast version differs from the DVD version in that there used to be bookend segments with Sean Patrick Flanery as a 20-year old Indy.
- Travels with Father won the 1997 Emmy award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries or a Special (dramatic underscore) for Laurence Rosenthal.
Companion Historical Documentaries
- Seeking Truth - The Life of Leo Tolstoy
- Unquiet Voices - Russian Writers and the State
- Aristotle - Creating Foundations
- Ancient Questions - Philosophy and Our Search for Meaning