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Great Continental Railway Journeys Series 1-3

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

Great Continental Railway Journeys Series 1-3

The first and third series of Great Continental Railway Journeys follows Michael Portillo around Europe. Michael's adventures often follow George Bradshaw's Edwardian book, the Great Continental Railway Guide.

Many of our customers enjoyed the previous series and are interested in finding out whether our tours head to destinations that are visited in the programme. Check this page to see all Great Continental Railway Journeys episodes and the corresponding Great Rail Journeys tour. 

Great Continental Railway Journeys series 4.

Great Continental Railway Journeys series 5.

See also: Great Indian Railway Journeys.

Tula to St Petersburg

Tula to St Petersburg

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The opening episode of series there sees Michael travel through eastern Europe travelling through Russia and visiting places such as Tula, Moscow, St Petersburg and traveling on the first ever railway built in Russia between St Petersburg and the Tsar's village - Tsarskoye Selo.

Rome to Taormina

Rome to Taormina

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The second episode features Italy and Sicily as Michael travels down the spine of Italy visiting Rome, Naples, Capri and Reggio Calabria before boarding a ferry over to Sicily. In the episode Michael visits historic landmarks such as Pompeii, Mount Etna and the ancient hilltop town of Taormina.

Warsaw to Krakow

Warsaw to Krakow

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Episode three sees Michael travel to Poland starting off in historic Warsaw and then travelling to Lodz, Poznan, Wroclaw and finishing in the ancient capital of Poland, Krakow.

La Coruna to Lisbon

La Coruna to Lisbon

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Episode 4 sees Michael in Spain visiting the stunning city of La Coruna. He then journeys along the pilgrims trail to Santiago de Compostela later jumping aboard the West Galicia Railway. Michael then journeys over to Portugal, visiting Porto, the Douro Valley, Coimbra and Lisbon.

Haifa to the Negev

Haifa to the Negev

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In Episode 5, Michael visits the Holy Land, Israel. His journey begins in Haifa, taking in the beauty of the Shire of the Baha'I and its beautiful gardens. Michael then travels to the more futuristic city of Tel Aviv and the historic city of Jerusalem. He then crosses the separation barrier, heading to Bethlehem, the Dead Sea and Beersheba.

 

Istanbul Blue Mosque

Sofia to Istanbul

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Bound for Istanbul, Michael Portillo explores the exotic Balkan region on the Orient Express in the first episode.

Madrid to Gibraltar

Madrid to Gibraltar

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Michael Portillo discovers the Spanish capital before moving southwards to Andalucia, stopping to explore Cordoba, Seville and Ronda. He continues to Jerez and Algeciras, then concludes his journey at the Rock of Gibraltar.

Turin to Venice

Turin to Venice

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This week's episode begins in Turin, the home of Fiat, and continues via Milan to beautiful Lake Como. From here, Michael Portillo travels to the historic city of Verona, home to a magnificent Roman amphitheatre before ending his journey in the romantic city of Venice.

Dresden to Kiel

Dresden to Kiel

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Beginning in the eastern German city of Dresden, Michael Portillo takes Germany's first mainland railway to Leipzig. He then travels northwards to Hamburg before completing his journey in Kiel, a large maritime city standing on the southwestern shore of the Baltic Sea.

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Copenhagen to Oslo

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This week, Michael Portillo starts his journey in the Danish capital before crossing the Oresund Bridge which links Denmark with Sweden. After stops in Lund and Gothenburg, he continues into Norway and ends his journey in Oslo.

London to Monte Carlo

London to Monte Carlo

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Michael Portillo returns to travel in Edwardian style through Paris and the glamorous Cote d'Azur to Monte Carlo.

Hungary to Austria

Hungary to Austria

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This week Michael roams between cities of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, from the majestic twin-city of Budapest to classical Vienna and on through the beautiful Salzkammergut region.

Berlin to the Rhein

Berlin to the Rhein

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Exploring the history of Germany on a great rail journey through its capital, Berlin, Michael continues through the scenic Harz Mountains and along the country's most prominent river: the Rhine.

Switzerland

Switzerland

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Michael begins his journey in Basel, taking in the city of Zurich, before heading into the Alps where he visits beautiful Lake Lucerne and makes the journey to Europe's highest railway station, Jungfraujoch.

Amsterdam to Northern France

Beginning in Amsterdam, Michael visits the cities of the 'low countries' before travelling to the Belgian capital, Brussels, and then on to northern France to the Western Front of the First World War.

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Sirmione on Lake Garda
Topseller
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2020AprMayJunJulAug...
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The Italian Riviera
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2020AprMayJunSepOct
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
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2020AprMayJunJulAugSep
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  • Starts / EndsHeysham
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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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Tigers, the Taj Mahal and Mumbai
2020FebMarAprMaySepOct
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  • DestinationIndia
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Huskies
2020JanFebMar
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
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Nashville
2020AprMaySepOct
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Moscow
2020MayJunAugSep
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The Great Wall of China
2020AprMaySepOctNov
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Ranthambore National Park
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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.
The Italian Riviera
Mr C Williams
“The holiday overall was fine, as we had done this trip before, two years ago. The Villa Balbi is a very good hotel with excellent facilities and staff. The journey home was not something I would recommend to anyone. It was something that you, Great Rail, could not control; the total cancellation of our train from Sestri Levanti to Milan. We ended up in a coach, driven by someone who in my opinion, was dangerous, and had no knowledge of Milan and the location of our train station at all. We did, eventually, arrive at Mulhouse, after a couple of quick train changes, although rather later than was planned. The following day, when arriving in Paris we thought nothing else could go wrong. On getting ready to get on our Euro Star train we had a last minute alteration to all our tickets as the train had been changed, which meant that we were seated randomly in three different carriages, which spoilt the final journey home. Once again this was out of the control of Great Rail. Let me add that our tour manager, Rosie Sharp, was excellent in calmly dealing with all of the problems we encountered, and also, we were very lucky to have a gentleman on our trip who spoke fluent Italian. This was our thirteenth journey with Great Rail. I have never been superstitious before.?
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
Mrs. M. Pusey
“Problems with rail travel on several occasions; cancelled and late trains and Great Rail did not book seats on the travel from home to Leeds
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