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Great Continental Railway Journeys Season 5

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 Season 5

Michael's back, and this time he and his trusty railway guide are travelling through time to a Europe just about to feel the first tremors of the fast approaching Great War. So tune in and experience Edwardian life on the railways as Michael Portillo's acclaimed series, Great Continental Railway Journeys enters its 5th series. From the Carpathian Mountains to the Swiss Alps and beyond, navigate tracks that have been hauling history for generations.

Coming soon, Great Indian Railway Journeys.

Great Continental Railways series 4

Details of series 1 to 3 can be viewed here.

Tullips and windmill

Episode 7 - Rotterdam to Utrecht

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Steered by his 1913 Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide, Michael Portillo heads for the Netherlands, where he roots around the world's largest flower auction in Haarlem, operates a crane in Europe's largestcontainer port, Rotterdam, and investigates Amsterdam's famous red-light district.


Episode 6 - Riga to Tampere

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Michael Portillo ventures to the northernmost reaches of Europe, where he braves the freezing temperatures of the Baltic Sea and finds peace paddling a canoe on the lakes of Finland. 


Episode 5 - Genoa to the Brenner Pass

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Michael Portillo embarks on an action-packed adventure from the Italian Riviera to the Austrian Alps with his Bradshaw's 1913 Guidebook in hand. Along the way, our man of the match discovers how an Edwardian Briton brought 'the beautiful game' to the historic port of Genoa. 


Episode 4 - Tangier to Marrakech

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Michael Portillo leaves Europe behind to take in the sights, smells and tastes of north Africa as he travels from the Mediterranean port of Tangier to the Berber city of Marrakech.


Episode 3 - Zermatt to Geneva

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Michael Portillo travels from the Swiss Alps to the shores of Lake Geneva. Along the way, he is caught up in a war zone with the Red Cross and rescued from an avalanche by a St Bernard puppy. 

Danube Pelican

Episode 2 - Transylvania to the Black Sea

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Michael Portillo ventures east through Romania. He encounters a bloodsucking vampire in Transylvania and brown bears in the Carpathian forest before visiting a fairy tale castle with modern conveniences in Sinaia.

Castle Romania

Episode 1 - Transylvania to the Black Sea

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In this very first episode Michael's latest adventures take him to Romania, where he explores the Gothic legend of Count Dracula before a wild encounter with brown bears, thriving in a habitat that's changed little since 1913

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The Italian Riviera

Colourful villages cling to the dramatic coastline of the Italian Riviera, with the glittering Mediterranean forming picture-postcard vistas in every direction, and glamorous yachts clamouring for attention alongside quaint fishing boats in idyllic harbours.

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10 days from £1,795 pp

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Traditional Glacier Express

Stunning scenery and spectacular views regale us as we travel by rail through the heart of the Swiss Alps on the world-famous Glacier Express. We enjoy mountain railways, charming towns and dramatic Alpine scenery on this tour through the breathtaking landscapes of Switzerland.

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8 days from £1,495 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 £1,345 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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