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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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Europe & The Great British Isles 2021

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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
Small Group
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4.6 stars(72 reviews)
2021SepOct
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
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Sirmione on Lake Garda
Small Group
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4.5 stars(42 reviews)
2021JunJulAugSepOct
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsLondon
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Taj Mahal, Agra
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4.7 stars(7 reviews)
2021SepOctNovDec
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
Small Group
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4 stars(19 reviews)
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
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USA Coast to Coast
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4.8 stars(24 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong Delta
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  • DestinationCambodia, Vietnam
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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The Enchanting Emerald Isle
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2021JunSep
2022MayJunSep
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  • DestinationIreland
  • Starts / EndsDublin
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Trans-American Rail Tour
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4.8 stars(10 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
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£4,195 pp
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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South African Adventure
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4.3 stars(6 reviews)
2021Nov
2022MayOctNov
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Machu Picchu
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2021Oct
2022MayOct
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  • DestinationPeru
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • DestinationArgentina, Brazil
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • DestinationIndia
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Our customers love our Michael Portillo's Great Railway Journeys tours
Yorkshire and Northumberland
10 Oct 2020
Miss Christine Diwell
5 stars
“Well organised, attentive tour manager, well spaced varied and interesting programme and good hotels
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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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Sirmione on Lake Garda
09 Aug 2019
Mrs L Beech
5 stars
“Excellent organisation. Information well communicated. High quality hotels and food. Interesting excursions.
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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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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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Dublin and The Enchanting Emerald Isle
25 Oct 2019
Mrs M Hemmelman
4 stars
“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.
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
16 Oct 2019
Mrs M James
4 stars
“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.
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