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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.

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.

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.

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. 

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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USA Coast to Coast

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime coast to coast rail journey across the most diverse country in the world! Your photo album will include many of America's highlights including the Statue of Liberty, the White House, the Wild West, the Rockies, the Grand Canyon, Hollywood Boulevard and the Golden Gate Bridge.

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20 days from £3,995 pp

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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is famous for its stunning coastline, superb sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and gentle pace of life. This charming island also boasts some of the most impressive heritage railways found anywhere in the British Isles, not to mention the historic horse-drawn trams.

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6 days from £695 pp

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Essential Norway

Marvel at the beauty and majesty of spellbinding Norway on this enthralling seven-day holiday. Travel from the elegant city of Oslo to the breathtaking fjords and mountains of Norway's west coast. This tour is operated by our sister company Rail Discoveries.

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7 days from £1,445 pp

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Five-Star India’s Golden Triangle, Tigers & Shimla

Marvel at historic temples, spot an elusive tiger and visit beautiful palaces and gardens as we explore kaleidoscopic India, taking in the tranquillity of Shimla, enigmatic Delhi, the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and Agra with its resplendent marble icon, the Taj Mahal.

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14 days from £1,995 pp

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Sirmione on Lake Garda

Known as the 'Pearl of the Lake', picture-perfect Sirmione is perched on a peninsula on the southern shore of Lake Garda. On this exceptional tour we visit Mantova, the Sigurtá Gardens, and iconic Venice, for a guided tour of this incredible 'Floating City.'

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10 days from £1,645 pp

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Tigers, the Taj Mahal and Mumbai

Explore India's iconic landmarks and enchanting wildlife on this incredible tour. From bustling Delhi, discover ancient cities by modern rail, visit the incredible Taj Mahal, and take two game drives to spot the elusive tiger. This tour is operated by our sister company Rail Discoveries.

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11 days from £1,395 pp

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