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Great Continental Railway Journeys

Returning for a fourth season, Michael Portillo's Great Continental Railway Journeys is back on BBC 2 from Friday 16th October at 9pm. Guided by George Bradshaw's 1913 handbook to continental rail travel, the programme follows Michael Portillo to a series of fascinating locations, all accessed by railway routes that have run since the Edwardian era. With past episodes exploring destinations as diverse as Taormina, Copenhagen and Monte Carlo, the latest in the series promises new horizons and window-seat views, from places including Istanbul, Vienna and Trieste, providing a televisual treat for travel-lovers.

Episode 6 - Barcelona to Mallorca

In the last instalment of the series, Michael travels from Barcelona to Mallorca unearthing the history of his family, divided by the start of the tumultuous Spanish Civil War. He also meets the architect who is charged with finishing Antoni Gaudí's magnum opus, the Sagrada Familia. 

Episode 5 - The Black Forest to Hannover

In this episode, Michael delves into the Black Forest, unearthing the history of Hansel and Gretel, being schooled in the art of cuckoo-clock making, and investigating the future of German rail travel. 

Episode 4 - Athens to Thessaloniki

This episode follows Michael as he explores the ancient wonders of Athens, samples traditional Greek cuisine, and discovers the history of Greece, as he makes his way to Thessaloniki by rail. Along the way he boards one of the narrowest gauge railways in the world, the Little Train of Pelion.

Episode 3 - Pisa to Lake Garda

In this episode of Michael Portillo's Great Continental Railway Journeys we follow Michael as he journeys from Pisa to the shores of stunning Lake Garda. Along the way he learns about how the marble used by Michealangelo is still quarried today, he goes exploring for pasta bolognese in Bologna, he walks in the footsteps of DH Lawrence in Gargnano, before finally arriving in style on the shores of Lake Garda.

Episode 2 - Vienna to Trieste

Travelling from the glorious former Imperial capital of Vienna, this episode of Great Continental Railway Journeys sees Michael Portillo cross the stunning Semmering Pass on the historic Semmering Railway, as he travels to Trieste. Formerly the primary Imperial port for the Habsburg Empire, Trieste once played an important role in supplying the coffee that furnished Vienna with its still-famous coffee house culture - some of which Michael samples during his visit to the Adriatic port.

Episode 1 - Sofia to Istanbul

Bound for Istanbul, Michael Portillo explores the exotic Balkan region on the Orient Express in the first episode of his brand new BBC series. A region rich in tumultuous history, Michael discovers Bulgaria's Sofia, before investigating the new £300 million rail expansion across this region of Western Europe. Michael gets a chance to drive the legendary train from Parvomay, before finishing this stretch of his journey amongst the bazaars of Istanbul.

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Simply Lake Garda Fly:Rail

Picturesque, peaceful and perfectly placed for our visits to Verona and Venice, the lakeside town of Desenzano forms the ideal base for a wonderful and relaxing holiday. The delightful scenery and attractions of Lake Garda and northern Italy are just some of the highlights on this marvellous tour.

Departs from April 2017 to June 2017.
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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 Sigurta Gardens, and iconic Venice, where we enjoy dinner in a palace on the Grand Canal.

Departs in October 2016 and from March 2017 to October 2017.
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10 days from £1,645per personView tour details
Grand Imperial Cities

Fascinating grand imperial cities and high-speed intercity train journeys showcase the turbulent history of Central Europe. Discover what turned these former Habsburg and Prussian cities into four of Europe's greatest destinations.

Departs from March 2017 to October 2017.
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13 days from £1,995per personView tour details
Grand Imperial Cities Fly:Rail

Fascinating grand Imperial cities and high-speed intercity train journeys showcase the turbulent history of Central Europe. Discover what turned these former Habsburg and Prussian cities into four of Europe's greatest destinations.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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12 days from £1,795per personView tour details
Simply Lake Garda

Picturesque, peaceful and perfectly placed for our visits to Verona and Venice, the lakeside town of Desenzano forms the ideal base for a wonderful holiday with a delightful setting on the shores of tranquil Lake Garda - one of Italy's best-loved lakes.

Departs in October 2016 and from March 2017 to October 2017.
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10 days from £1,245per personView tour details
A Tuscan Retreat

From our base at the beautiful Villa San Paolo, close to San Gimignano, we explore the Renaissance delights of striking Florence, see the Gothic beauty of Siena, and sample the rich fruits of Tuscan sunshine with a Chianti wine tasting, on this relaxed, scenic Italian holiday.

Departs from May 2017 to October 2017.
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10 days from £2,295per personView tour details
Vienna, Salzburg & the Danube

Combining the magnificent cities of Salzburg and Vienna with some of Austria's most scenic railways is the recipe for a truly wonderful tour. Add to this a scenic river cruise through the stunning Danube valley of the Wachau and a 'Sound of Music' tour, for an unforgettable Austrian holiday experience.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
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The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Board the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to step back in time to a world of romance, indulgence and adventure. Travel in comfort and style as this wonderful tour takes in seductive Paris, vibrant Milan and Venice - the most beguiling of Europe's cities, offering the best in culture, art and architecture.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
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9 days from £4,395per personView tour details
Christmas in Vienna & Salzburg

This twin centre Christmas rail holiday gives you the opportunity to experience the festive delights of charming Salzburg in a classical 5-Star hotel, as well as enjoying the musical and cultural delights of elegant Vienna.

Departs in December 2016.
9 days from £1,895per personView tour details
New Year in Vienna & Salzburg

This twin centre Christmas rail holiday gives you the opportunity to experience the festive delights of charming Salzburg in a classical 5-Star hotel, as well as enjoying the musical and cultural delights of elegant Vienna.

Departs in December 2016.
9 days from £1,975per personView tour details
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