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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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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
4.6 stars(216 reviews)
2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
6 days from
£695 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
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  • TransportRail, Coach
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
4.1 stars(67 reviews)
2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
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£945 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
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Sirmione on Lake Garda
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4.5 stars(48 reviews)
2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
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£1,795 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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USA Coast to Coast
4.8 stars(24 reviews)
2022JunAugSepOct
2023AprMayJunAugSepOct
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£3,995 pp
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Taj Mahal, Agra
4.7 stars(7 reviews)
2022SepOctNov
2023JanFebMarAprSepOct
14 days from
£1,995 pp
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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The Enchanting Emerald Isle
3.9 stars(16 reviews)
2022JunSep
9 days from
£1,695 pp
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  • DestinationIreland
  • Starts / EndsDublin
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The Trans-American Rail Tour
4.8 stars(10 reviews)
2022SepOct
2023AprMayJunSepOct
18 days from
£4,295 pp
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong Delta
4.8 stars(31 reviews)
2022OctNov
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£3,395 pp
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  • DestinationCambodia, Vietnam
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Machu Picchu
2022MayOct
2023MayJunSepOct
15 days from
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  • DestinationPeru
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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15 days from
£6,995
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  • DestinationArgentina, Brazil
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
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South African Adventure
4.3 stars(6 reviews)
2022OctNov
2023AprOct
17 days
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Sirmione on Lake Garda
26/Apr
Alison
5 stars
“Well what an amazing holiday in Sirmione on Lake Garda, perfect from start to finish !! A professionally ran company giving 5* customer service, a well planned and executed holiday, the tour manager 'Tim' who accompanied us on our holiday was well organised, friendly but never intrusive, his fluency in several languages definetly helped from time to time !! An amazing hotel in Sirmione gaurenteed us a fantastic time away with a lovely group of people, I cannot wait to book again with Great Railway Journeys !!
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Yorkshire and Northumberland
25/Apr
J Tansley
5 stars
“Excellent ride on Settle to Carlisle with interesting commentary on train from volunteer guide. Icing on the cake was first class return from Alnmouth to York.
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India’s Golden Triangle, Tigers and Shimla
13 Mar 2020
Mrs K Harper
5 stars
“EXCELLENT HOLIDAY, PROFESSIONAL FRIENDLY SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE KNOWLEDGEABLE GUIDES.
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America Coast to Coast
31 Oct 2019
Mr M Green
5 stars
“Loved everything and everywhere- went with an open mind. Obviously some places were better than others but still enjoyed all
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Grand Tour of America
18 Oct 2019
Mr J Cattigan
5 stars
“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.
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India's Golden Triangle
28 Apr 2019
Mr D Knights
5 stars
“Well organised well informed. Ivan the tour manager was fantastic. Hemms the local guide was full of knowledge and kept us well informed. All tours throughout were fantastic and made the holiday.
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
16/May
D Moore
4 stars
“Very good trip which managed to cover most of the island's highlights. There was a ferry change that was not well intimated befoire the holiday began. This resulted in a stressful scrabble to get train times changed. The company paid for any expenses that resulted in this change without demur - someting I appreciated. The hotel we stayed in had excellent staff but there was not enough of them which resulted in overly long waits for service. The tour manager was pleasant, friendly, polite and acted upon any issue that arose. Could have been five stars but for the initial handling of the ferry change.
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Dublin and The Enchanting Emerald Isle
20 Oct 2021
M Anderson
4 stars
“Had only been to Dublin before so enjoyed seeing and visiting some of the interesting places Ireland has to offer.
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Grand Tour of South Africa
08 Dec 2019
Mrs R Buckland
4 stars
“Great experience especially the train.spoiled only by BA.
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