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Great Continental Rail Journeys season 4

Follow Michael Portillo on classic rail journeys, discovering tours which feature the routes from the Great Continental Railway Journeys series.

Great Continental Railway Journeys Season 4

Returning for a another 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.

See also: Great Indian Railway Journeys.

Great Continental Railways series 5.

Series 1 to 3 can be viewed here.

Palma de Mallorca Cathedral

Episode 6 - Barcelona to Mallorca

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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. 

Black Forrest

Episode 5 - The Black Forest to Hannover

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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

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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.


Episode 3 - Pisa to Lake Garda

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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.


Episode 2 - Vienna to Trieste

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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. 

Istanbul Blue Mosque

Episode 1 - 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 of his brand new BBC series.

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