BBC's Great Continental Railway Journeys
The BBC's 'Great Continental Railway Journeys' presented by Michael Portillo has returned for a second series! Once again the programme follows many of the routes and destinations featured in George Bradshaw's Edwardian Continental Railway Guide and Handbook and sees Michael exploring many corners of Europe.
Rail Discoveries customers often get in touch with us to enquire about tours featuring the journeys and destinations featured in the show. We have therefore put together the following list of episodes with corresponding Rail Discoveries tours.
Great Continental Railway Journeys begins at 8.00pm on Sunday 26 October on BBC Two.
|Madrid to Gibraltar||Michael Portillo discovers the Spanish capital before moving southwards to Andalucia, stopping to explore Cordoba and Seville. He continues to Jerez and Algeciras, then concludes his journey at the Rock of Gibraltar.|
|Turin to Venice||This week, Michael Portillo makes the journey through the beautiful landscape of northern Italy from bustling Turin to romantic Venice, exploring fashionable Milan, glittering Lake Como and the ancient city of Verona along the way.|
|Dresden to Kiel||Episode 3 begins in the eastern German city of Dresden and continues on a historic railway line to Leipzig. Michael Portillo then travels northwards to Hamburg before reaching his destination, Kiel, a maritime city on the shores of the Baltic Sea.||Saxony Castles & Steam|
|Prague to Munich||This week's episode begins in beautiful Prague, where Michael discovers the art nouveau architecture of the Czech capital. On leaving Prague, he makes a journey through Bohemia, stopping in Marianske Lazne and Pilsen before crossing the border into Germany, where he makes his way to the Bavarian city of Munich.|
|Bordeaux to Bilbao||In the sixth and final episode of the series, Michael Portillo begins his journey in Bordeaux, then travels to the fashionable French seaside resort of Biarritz and the equally fashionable Spanish seaside resort of San Sebastián. He heads into Spanish Basque country before arriving at his final destination of the series, the vibrant city of Bilbao.|
|London to Monte Carlo||Michael Portillo returns to travel in Edwardian style through Paris and the glamorous Cote d'Azur to Monte Carlo.|
|Hungary to Austria||This week Michael roams between cities of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, from the majestic twin-city of Budapest to classical Vienna and on through the beautiful Salzkammergut region.||Vienna, Prague & Berlin|
|Berlin to the Rhein||Exploring the history of Germany on a great rail journey through its capital, Berlin, Michael continues through the scenic Harz Mountains and along the country's most prominent river: the Rhine.||
|Switzerland||Michael begins his journey in Basel, taking in the city of Zurich, before heading into the Alps where he visits beautiful Lake Lucerne and makes the journey to Europe's highest railway station, Jungfraujoch.|
|Amsterdam to Northern France||Beginning in Amsterdam, Michael visits the cities of the 'low countries' before travelling to the Belgian capital, Brussels, and then on to northern France to the Western Front of the First World War.|