Eleven teams of 2 travel from Gloucester, Massachusetts to Eastnor, Great Britain. The first team to check in at the Pit Stop wins an Express Pass, which allows them to skip one task of their choice at any point in the next seven legs of the race.
The eight remaining teams travel from the Sweden/Norway border to Norvik, Norway. A Norwegian delicacy forces a vegetarian to make a difficult decision at the Fast Forward. At the Road Block, several people have to face their fear of heights.
The seven remaining teams travel from Norvik, Norway to St. Petersburg, Russia, where they experience a variety of aspects of the local culture, including a choice of classical film or classical music at the Detour, and manual labour for one person at the Road Block.
The five remaining teams travel from Muscat, Oman to Dhaka, Bangladesh. In a first for the series, tensions run high at a double U-turn when two teams' chances of staying in the race are jeopardised by them having to complete both of the Detour choices.