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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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Sirmione on Lake Garda
Small Group
4.3 stars(126 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Taj Mahal, Agra
2 for 1 Flights
4.7 stars(15 reviews)
2023MarAprSepOctNovDec
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
4.6 stars(344 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
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£715 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
4.2 stars(127 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
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£1,015 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
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USA Coast to Coast
4.5 stars(36 reviews)
2023AprMayJunAugSepOct
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong Delta
4.8 stars(34 reviews)
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  • DestinationCambodia, Vietnam
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Machu Picchu
4.7 stars(6 reviews)
2023JunSepOct
2024MayJunOct
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  • DestinationPeru
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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The Enchanting Emerald Isle
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2023MayJunSep
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  • DestinationIreland
  • Starts / EndsDublin
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The Trans-American Rail Tour
4.5 stars(22 reviews)
2023AprMayJunSepOct
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Brazil, Argentina and Patagonia
2023Feb
2024Feb
15 days from
£7,495 pp
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  • DestinationArgentina, Brazil
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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South African Adventure
4.4 stars(8 reviews)
2023Oct
2024AprOct
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Bryggen, Bergen
2023MayJunJulSep
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  • DestinationNorway
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Our customers love our Michael Portillo's Great Railway Journeys tours
Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
15 Nov 2022
M Fairfield
5 stars
“Great itinerary, despite the weather.
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Grand Tour of Vietnam and Cambodia
09 Nov 2022
Austin
5 stars
“This was a full on experience expertly handled by Great Rail Journeys. The hotels and food were superb. The tour manger was excellent and had great attention to detail. Even a typhoon did not phase him and with quickly arranging a different hotel and internal flights we were back on track. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and will certainly book another with Great Rail.
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India’s Golden Triangle, Tigers and Shimla
03 Nov 2022
M Royle
5 stars
“Excellent trip.
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America Coast to Coast
30 Oct 2022
Paul D
5 stars
“It was our first visit to America, and it was great. Steve Pritchard our tour guide was brilliant from start to finish, the hotel and tour in New York was great, Washington tour very good hotel could have been better. Chicago was amazing hotel great, we will not be doing a overnight train again but the rest of the train trips were lovely, even the 12hr trip from L A to San Francisco. We loved the trip and will do one again.
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Grand Tour of America
28 Oct 2022
Gillian Thornhill
5 stars
“An amazing adventure expertly led across the USA
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Dublin and the Enchanting Emerald Isle
29 Sep 2022
Louisa
5 stars
“I thought the journey was excellent and good value. I loved all the travel and activities. The hotels were good on the whole and the food provided was better than I had expected I did not take either photos or videos so cannot answer the next question.
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Grand Tour of South Africa
16 Nov 2022
Mrs M Templeton
4 stars
“We travelled with Rovos Rail. The train was superb but the travelling was severely curtailed by the state of the South African Railway system which is non existent but the tour manager Bob Whitworth could not have done more to make our holiday so enjoyable under somewhat trying circumstances at times
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Yorkshire and Northumberland
07 Nov 2022
Janet Wright
4 stars
“Good holiday although a couple of alterations would be advantageous e.g visit Harlow Carr in the afternoon instead of morning and catch an earlier N Yorks Moors train as the last part of our journey was in the dark and we returned very late to the hotel. It was well organised, both hotels were satisfactory and the food in the Crowne Plaza in Harrogate was excellent especially the choice at breakfast. There were some very nice excursions with enthusiastic local guides
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Sirmione on Lake Garda
06 Nov 2022
Alan Smith
4 stars
“A tiring holiday but a very good experience
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