The final four teams race in Rio de Janeiro before heading to the finish line in the Florida Keys as the season concludes. In Rio, teams endure a body waxing before one duo are eliminated. In Florida, teams bike the Seven Mile Bridge to the finish line.
The race continues in Zermatt, Switzerland, where teams choose between locating a buried training dummy on a snow-covered hill or repelling into an icy crevasse to rescue a person trapped there. Next, a team member creates a gnome made of chocolate.
The race continues in Lichtenstein and Switzerland and the teams face a Double U-Turn. In Lichtenstein, a member of each duo rides a motorized bike the length of the country using a pedometer to measure the distance. In Switzerland, the teams choose between eating a pot of fondue or delivering 20 suitcases to five hotels.
The race continues in Vienna, where teams choose between eating a large meal on a Ferris wheel in 12 minutes or carrying a couch one mile to a university. Later, one member of each team cleans a chimney to receive a clue. The pit stop is at the Von Trapp estate in Salzburg.
The race continues in Varanasi, India, where teams must locate six colorfully dressed holy men along a busy street, who provide words to a proverb. Next, the racers choose between making 50 fuel patties out of manure or delivering haystacks to a buyer.
The race continues in Kunming, China, the capital of the Yunnan Province, where teams choose between installing solar tubes on a rooftop or putting traditionally garbed dolls in a unique order. Later, the pairs erect a life-size replica of a dinosaur.
The race continues in Lijiang, located in the Yunnan Province of China, where teams search for the 12 symbols of the Chinese zodiac at an outdoor market and choose between hammering hot molten candy into bars or carrying a large ceremonial horn through streets to find a specific location.
The race continues in Japan, where a member of each team dons traditional Samurai clothing and shoots a target using a bow and arrow while atop a mechanical horse. Later, the teams choose between finding a frog figurine in frigid mud or taking part in a Shinto cleansing ritual that requires them to stand beneath a chilly waterfall.
The race continues in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, where teams choose between creating an Aboriginal artwork or a tribal mosaic. Later, the racers dress as kangaroos and hop around neighborhood streets to locate a specific intersection. At the pit stop, the first pair are eliminated.
The 18th season begins with 11 former teams who failed to win returning for a chance to claim the $1 million prize. The race starts in Palm Springs, Cal., and continues in Sydney, Australia, where the teams swim with sharks and receive a surprise from Phil at the pit stop.
Because it's never too early to plan Thursday night... two months from now.