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Michael Portillo's Great Railway Journeys

Follow in the footsteps of George Bradshaw and Michael Portillo discovering tours which feature the routes from the BBC's Great Railway Journeys TV series.

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.

The Bernina Express

Great Continental Railway Journeys

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From season one's beginnings in wonderful Western Europe, to season six's exploration of the less known, but no less beautiful, Eastern Europe, this series is wonderful for those who want to explore the wonder of the continent by the magnificent medium of rail.

Taj Mahal India

Great Indian Railways

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India is a country as colourful as Portillo himself, so this wonderful place with over 75,000 miles of railway is the ideal location for Portillo to explore. Enjoy the wonder of all of India's most major cities, learning the often turbulent history, and discovering the wonderful local customs that make India so vibrant.

British Pullman

Great British Railway Journeys

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As the home of the railway, it makes sense that the British Isles have some of the most wonderful, varied, and beautiful lines scattered about its countries. Delight in the wonderful railways that date from the earliest inceptions of railways, to modern marvels that connect the farthest reaches of the country. 

American Pullman

Great American Railroads

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Mainland North America is open to us all thanks to railroads, from the depths of the southern states, to the tip of Canada. Follow Portillo and his Appleton's guide as you are swept away in a glorious whirlwind adventure, discovering magnificent beauty spots, modern cities, and fascinating histories of these two amazing countries. 

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Sirmione on Lake Garda
Topseller
(54 reviews)
2020AprMayJunJulAug...
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsLondon
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USA Coast to Coast
(37 reviews)
2020MayJunSepOct
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Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong Delta
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  • DestinationCambodia, Vietnam
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
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2020AprMayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationEngland
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The Trans-American Rail Tour
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2020MayJunSep
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
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2020OctNov
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
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The Enchanting Emerald Isle
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2020MayJunSep
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Bryggen, Bergen
2020MayJunJulAug
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Taj Mahal, Agra
2019Dec
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Tigers, the Taj Mahal and Mumbai
2020FebMarAprMaySepOct
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Huskies
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
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South African Adventure
Mr P Edmond
“Arrangements, organisation, accommodation, food, drink, train and excursions all excellent and up to expectation except see below
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.
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.
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
Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia
Mr N Buttler
“Well organised. Good quality accommodation throughout. Good local guides. Great itinerary with variety means of travel.
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
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“Marred by poor food in Harrogate hotel
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