Great Continental Railway Journeys

October 2019

Season 6 Episode 6 - Batumi To Baku

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Following the historic Trans-Caucasus Railway, Michael begins in the port of Batumi on the dazzling Caucasian Riviera. He savours the soul of Georgia in its wine and discovers a surprise nineteenth century tea plantation in the West Georgian countryside. The seat of power beckons in Kutaisi, home to the wonderful glass dom...

Season 6 Episode 5 - Kiev To Odessa

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With his Bradshaw’s 1913 Continental Railway Guide in hand, Michael Portillo ventures east to a land which a century ago was part of the Russian Empire and today is the independent state of Ukraine. His rail journey will take him from the grasslands of the Steppe to the shores of the Black Sea. In this borderland where Eu...

S1 Ep5 - Amsterdam To Northern France

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Michael Portillo uses George Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide to explore the dazzling cities of the pre-war Low Countries before tasting the delicacies of Brussels. He then travels to the French sector of the Western Front, where from 1914 the trains carried a new cargo of artillery shells, with the Edwardian tour...

S1 Ep4 - Switzerland

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Michael Portillo uses George Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide to explore Switzerland, whose remarkable railways helped make it a favourite with Edwardian tourists. He begins in the truly international city of Basel and travels east to visit industrial Zurich. He then heads for the glorious Alps and learns how astonishi...
September 2018

S1 Ep2 - Hungary To Austria

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Steered by his 1913 railway guide, on this journey Michael Portillo explores the once-great empire of Austria-Hungary, domain of the famous Habsburg monarchs. Starting in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, he travels via Bratislava in Slovakia to the beautiful and elegant city of Vienna, where he immerses himself in pre-war...

S1 Ep1 - London To Monte Carlo

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Michael Portillo embarks on a nostalgic railway adventure, which takes him across the heart of Europe. Steered by his 1913 ‘Bradshaw’s Continental Railway Guide’, Michael journeys through a prosperous pre-war Europe of emperors and kings, pomp and elegance. A continent whose industrialists, factories and mines had created...
April 2017

Season 5 Episode 6 - Rotterdam To Utrecht

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Steered by his 1913 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 largest container port, Rotterdam, and investigates Amsterdam’s famous red light district.
March 2017

Season 5 Episode 5 - 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. On his journey from the Latvian capital, Riga, to Tampere, Finland, Michael encounters medieval knights in Tallinn, grills sausages in Helsink...

Season 5 Episode 4 - Genoa To The Brenner Pass

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Michael Portillo discovers how an Edwardian Briton brought 'the beautiful game' to the historic port of Genoa. He's ambushed by singers of the city's legendary trallalero and learns to whip up a mean pesto Genovese. Then he takes the train as it clings to the cliffs along the Riviera Di Levanti to reach the picturesque and...

Season 5 Episode 3 - 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.