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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.

Treyn 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 Treyn tours.

Great Continental Railway Journeys begins at 8.00pm on Sunday 26 October on BBC Two.

Series 2

Route Description Treyn tours
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.

The Catalan Coast

The Orange Blossom Coast

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.

Tuscany & Venice

Italian Explorer

Magnificent Italian Lakes

Lake Como All Inclusive

Sirmione on Lake Garda

Enchanting Lake Garda

Lake Garda All Inclusive

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.

Vienna, Prague & Berlin

Bavaria All Inclusive

The Bavarian Alps in Winter

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.

Biarritz & the Atlantic

Garonne & the Dordogne

Series 1

Route Description Treyn tours
London to Monte Carlo Michael Portillo returns to travel in Edwardian style through Paris and the glamorous Cote d'Azur to Monte Carlo.

The French Riviera

Nice Carnival & the French Riviera

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.

The Harz Mountains

Vienna, Prague & Berlin


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.

The Glacier Express

The Jungfrau Express

Jungfrau Express All Inclusive

Lake Lucerne at Carnival Time

Winter on the Glacier Express

Swiss All Inclusive in Winter

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.

Arras & the Somme

Amiens & the Somme

Little Trains of the Somme


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  • Full programme of excursions
  • Many meals


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