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Michael Portillo's Great Railway Journeys

Michael Portillo has been captivating audiences, not only with his marvellous taste in clothing, but also thanks to his fantastic and informative railway programmes. Armed with Bradshaw's variety of railway guides, Portillo explores beautiful countries through the eyes of the eponymous man, who wrote his guides well over 100 years ago. Enjoy experiencing how the variety of countries, railways, and people have changed in the last century. Experience the beauty of India and its development from being under the British Raj to India as a magnificent independent country.

Discover the turbulent Eastern Europe with almost unrecognisable kingdoms of the past to the countries of today, morphed and changed by wars and communism. In the British Isles uncover a country once connected entirely by steam, now enjoying stunning heritage rails as a tourist experience, and in America, the country once built on the back of railroads, enjoy the epic adventures that can take you from sea to shining sea. Of course, all of these wonderful destinations are lent Portillo's unique charm and charisma, moving Bradshaw's into the modern age, and showing the audience some of every featured countries most wonderful hidden treasures - both old and new.

Rocky Mountaineer will appear in Michael Portillo's Great Canadian Railway Journeys, airing at 6.30pm on 24th January 2019 on BBC Two. Find out more about the Rocky Mountaineer here.

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Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong Delta
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(47 reviews)
2020MarMaySepOctNovDec
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  • DestinationCambodia, Vietnam
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Sirmione on Lake Garda
Topseller
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(54 reviews)
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsLondon, St Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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USA Coast to Coast
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(37 reviews)
2020MayJunSepOct
2021AprMayJunSepOct
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
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(96 reviews)
2020AprMayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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The Trans-American Rail Tour
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(15 reviews)
2020MayJunSep
2021AprMayJunSep
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
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(7 reviews)
2020MayOctNov
2021MayOctNov
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
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2020AprMayJunAugSep
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate / York
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  • TransportRail
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The Enchanting Emerald Isle
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2020MayJunSep
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  • DestinationIreland
  • Starts / EndsDublin
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Bryggen, Bergen
2020MayJunJulAug
2021MayJunJulAugSep
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Rail Discoveries Value Tour
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  • DestinationNorway
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Taj Mahal, Agra
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Tigers, the Taj Mahal and Mumbai
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2020MarAprMaySepOctNov
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail
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The Trans-American Rail Tour
Mr J Cattigan
“It was exactly what we thought it would be and met all our needs. Travel was good, hotels excellent (apart from Niagara, which didn’t detract from the overall experience). Guide was excellent and what we saw was exceptional.
Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia
Mr N Buttler
“Well organised. Good quality accommodation throughout. Good local guides. Great itinerary with variety means of travel.
Sirmione on Lake Garda
Anonymous
“I very much enjoy the holiday but my enjoyment was spoiled by the fact that two people who clearly were unsuited to a holiday which involved changing trains and with a 700 metre walk over cobbles to get between the nearest coach pickup point had apparently been told that they would have no problem with this holiday. It also involved our rep. and another passenger taking their luggage for them.
South African Adventure
Mrs R Buckland
“Great experience especially the train.spoiled only by BA.
The Enchanting Emerald Isle
Mrs M Hemmelman
“The Enchanting Emerald Isle trip was very good. We enjoyed the places visited, but would like to have had more time in Dublin. The guided tours (Jameson, Kilmainham Gaol, Titanic Experience and Glen Keen Farm) were excellent, except for the guide picked up in Dublin--she was knowledgeable, but did nothing at the Book of Kells. The Royal Marine Hotel had excellent service, great rooms, and very accommodating personnel as did the Innisfallen. The Oriel left a lot to be desired. The Ardilaun was okay. The bus driver, Dan, was excellent!!! I understand the amount of people for the trip was doubled at the last minute, which wasn't fair for us or the tour manager. Excellent help in setting up the trip and answering our questions from Great Rail Journeys. Thank you.
USA Coast to Coast
Anonymous
“The holiday was well organised from start to finish . I knew from day to day what to expect, info on our day and time and where to meet
Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
Mrs M James
“Enjoyed the whole holiday especially the steam train and the trip to the top of the hill although the electric railway was a bit noisy and uncomfortable .The hotel was good with very good food. The coach driver was one of the best ever, a mine of information and an expert in motor bike racing. I wish I could have seen a Manx cat but I didn’t have enough time.
Yorkshire & Northumberland
Mrs. M. Pusey
“Problems with rail travel on several occasions; cancelled and late trains and Great Rail did not book seats on the travel from home to Leeds
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