Great Continental Railway Journeys


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 Amsterda...

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,...

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 cli...

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.

Season 5 Episode 2 - Zermatt To Geneva

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Armed with his 1913 railway guide, 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. He takes to the skie...


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Michael Portillo embarks on a new series of railway adventures across Europe, disovering new regions, cities and cultures through the eyes of followers of Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide, which in 1913, opened up foreign travel to the discernin...

S4 Ep6 - Barcelona To Mallorca

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Barcelona to Mallorca - Steered by his 1913 Bradshaw's Guide, Michael Portillo returns to Spain to trace the early 20th-century roots of the Spanish Civil War, which divided his Spanish family and sent his father into exile. On his travels, he is tr...

S4 Ep5 - Black Forest To Hanover

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Black Forest to Hanover - Armed with his 1913 Continental Railway Guide, Michael Portillo ventures deep into the Black Forest on a quest to discover the essence of Germany and discovers how Hansel and Gretel helped to unify the nation. From carving ...

S4 Ep4 - Athens To Thessaloniki

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Athens to Thessaloniki - In this episode: A Greek odyssey from Athens's port of Piraeus north to the city of Thessaloniki, ruled by the Ottomon Turks for 400 years. From Acropolis' delights of moussaka and baklava; Greek national heroes; the first m...

S4 Ep3 - Pisa To Lake Garda

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Pisa to Lake Garda - Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide in hand, Michael Portillo makes a grand tour of a favourite Edwardian destination, Italy. There he experiences the country's state-of-the-art Maserati sports car, how the Leaning Tower o...