Great Continental Railway Journeys

  

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Great Continental Railway JourneysBatumi to Baku Part 2: Michael Portillo takes a trip along the 120-mile Georgian Military Road, built by the colonising Russian army in the early nineteenth century. Also in HD. [S]Thu, May 17, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysBatumi to Baku Part 1: Michael Portillo travels one of the most stunning rail routes of the world, the historic Trans-Caucasus Railway, from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea. Also in HD. [S]Wed, May 16, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysKiev to Odessa Part 2: Michael Portillo continues his journey through the borderland where Europe meets Asia and fulfils a lifelong ambition to visit the Black sea port of Odessa. Also in HD. [S]Tue, May 15, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysKiev to Odessa Part 1: Michael Portillo journeys from the grasslands of the Steppe to the shores of the Black Sea. Michael explores Kiev, described as the 'Jerusalem of Russia'. Also in HD. [S]Mon, May 14, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysBatumi to Baku: Michael Portillo travels from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea. Michael discovers a surprise 19th-century tea plantation in the West Georgian countryside. Also in HD. [AD,S,SL]Fri, Apr 27, 8:00 AMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysBatumi to Baku: Michael Portillo travels from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea. Michael discovers a surprise 19th-century tea plantation in the West Georgian countryside. Also in HD. [AD,S]Thu, Mar 15, 8:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysKiev to Odessa: Michael Portillo visits Kiev, described in his guide as the Jerusalem of Russia. At the St Sophia Cathedral he discovers how Ukraine adopted Orthodox Christianity. Also in HD. [AD,S]Thu, Mar 8, 8:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysJourneying from Riga to Tampere, Michael Portillo discovers how Latvia, Estonia and Finland, when part of the Russian Tsar's vast empire, retained their own national identities. Also in HD. [S]Mon, Jun 12, 7:00 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysGenoa to Brenner Pass Part 2: Michael Portillo continues his journey. At La Spezia Michael discovers how Italy's imperial ambitions put her at the forefront of modern aerial warfare. Also in HD. [S]Sat, Jun 10, 6:00 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysGenoa to Brenner Pass Part 1: Michael Portillo journeys from the Italian Riviera to the Austrian Alps. Michael is ambushed by singers of the city's trallalero. Also in HD. [S]Fri, Jun 9, 7:00 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysZermatt to Geneva Part 2: Michael Portillo completes his journey through Switzerland. He is caught up in a war zone with the Red Cross and tries watchmaking, James Bond style. Also in HD. [S]Thu, Jun 8, 7:00 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysZermatt to Geneva Part 1: Michael Portillo journeys from the Swiss Alps to the shores of Lake Geneva. He marvels at the Matterhorn and is saved from an 'avalanche' by a puppy. Also in HD. [S]Wed, Jun 7, 7:00 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysTransylvania to the Black Sea Part 2: Michael travels through Romania, experiencing the nation's musical soul in Bucharest and loading cargo from a 100-foot crane in Constanta. Also in HD. [S]Tue, Jun 6, 7:00 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysTransylvania to the Black Sea Part 1: Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide in hand, Michael Portillo ventures through Romania. He meets a bloodsucking vampire in Transylvania. Also in HD. [S]Mon, Jun 5, 7:00 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysRotterdam to Utrecht: Armed with his 1913 Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide, Michael Portillo discovers the magnificent art and architecture of the Dutch Golden Age. Also in HD. [AD,S]Fri, Mar 31, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysRiga to Tampere: Armed with his 1913 Bradshaw's Guide, Michael Portillo ventures to the northernmost reaches of Europe, where he braves the freezing temperatures of the Baltic Sea. Also in HD. [AD,S]Thu, Mar 30, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysGenoa to the Brenner Pass: Michael Portillo embarks on an action-packed adventure from the Italian Riviera to the Austrian Alps with his Bradshaw's 1913 Guidebook in hand. Also in HD. [AD,S]Wed, Mar 29, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysTangier to Marrakech: Michael Portillo takes in the sights, smells and tastes of north Africa as he travels from the Mediterranean port of Tangier to the Berber city of Marrakech. Also in HD. [AD,S]Fri, Mar 24, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysZermatt to Geneva: Armed with his railway guide, Michael Portillo travels from the Swiss Alps to Lake Geneva. He is caught up in a war zone and rescued from an avalanche by a puppy. Also in HD. [S]Thu, Mar 23, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysTransylvania to the Black Sea: Michael Portillo ventures east through Romania. Also in HD. [AD,S]Wed, Mar 22, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysThe Black Forest to Hannover - Part 1: Michael Portillo ventures into the Black Forest to discover the essence of Germany and discovers how Hansel and Gretel helped unify the nation. Also in HD. [S]Thu, Mar 2, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysAthens to Thessaloniki - Part 2: Michael Portillo ends this journey in Thessaloniki where, in 1913, Greece's King George I was assassinated. Also in HD. [S]Wed, Mar 1, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysAthens to Thessaloniki - Part 1: Armed with his 1913 Continental Railway Guide, Michael Portillo embarks on a Greek odyssey from Athens's port of Piraeus to the city of Thessaloniki. Also in HD. [S]Tue, Feb 28, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysPisa to Lake Garda - Part 2: Heading north to Gargnano, Michael discovers the romantic hideaway of a famous British writer and ends his journey with a boat trip across Lake Garda. Also in HD. [S]Mon, Feb 27, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysPisa to Lake Garda - Part 1: Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide in hand, Michael Portillo experiences Italy's need for speed in a state-of-the-art Maserati sports car. Also in HD. [S]Fri, Feb 24, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysVienna to Trieste - Part 2: Michael Portillo travels the Habsburg imperial line across the Semmering Pass. Michael savours the imported coffee which fuelled Vienna's cafe culture. Also in HD. [S]Thu, Feb 23, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysVienna to Trieste - Part 1: Armed with his 1913 railway guide, Michael Portillo travels the Habsburg imperial line from Vienna across the awe-inspiring Semmering Pass. Also in HD. [S]Wed, Feb 22, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysSofia to Istanbul - Part 2: Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide in hand, Michael Portillo travels through the Balkans. In Istanbul, Michael takes a boat trip on the Bosphorus. Also in HD. [S]Tue, Feb 21, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysSofia to Istanbul - Part 1: Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide in hand, Michael Portillo travels through the Balkans, following the route of the historic Orient Express. Also in HD. [S]Mon, Feb 20, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysRotterdam to Utrecht: Armed with his 1913 Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide, Michael Portillo discovers the magnificent art and architecture of the Dutch Golden Age. [AD,S,SL]Thu, Dec 15, 8:00 AMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysRiga to Tampere: Armed with his 1913 Bradshaw's Guide, Michael Portillo ventures to the northernmost reaches of Europe, where he braves the freezing temperatures of the Baltic Sea. [AD,S,SL]Thu, Dec 8, 8:00 AMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysGenoa to the Brenner Pass: Michael Portillo embarks on an action-packed adventure from the Italian Riviera to the Austrian Alps with his Bradshaw's 1913 Guidebook in hand. [AD,S,SL]Thu, Dec 1, 8:00 AMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysTangier to Marrakech: Michael Portillo takes in the sights, smells and tastes of north Africa as he travels from the Mediterranean port of Tangier to the Berber city of Marrakech. [AD,S,SL]Thu, Nov 24, 8:00 AMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysZermatt to Geneva: Armed with his railway guide, Michael Portillo travels from the Swiss Alps to Lake Geneva. He is caught up in a war zone and rescued from an avalanche by a puppy. [AD,S,SL]Thu, Nov 17, 8:00 AMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysTransylvania to the Black Sea: With Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide in hand, Michael Portillo ventures east through Romania. He uncovers an unlikely fan of his Bradshaw's. [AD,S,SL]Thu, Nov 10, 8:00 AMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysRotterdam to Utrecht: Armed with his 1913 Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide, Michael Portillo discovers the magnificent art and architecture of the Dutch Golden Age. Also in HD. [AD,S]Tue, Oct 25, 9:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysRiga to Tampere: Armed with his 1913 Bradshaw's Guide, Michael Portillo ventures to the northernmost reaches of Europe, where he braves the freezing temperatures of the Baltic Sea. Also in HD. [AD,S]Tue, Oct 18, 9:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysGenoa to the Brenner Pass: Michael Portillo embarks on an action-packed adventure from the Italian Riviera to the Austrian Alps with his Bradshaw's 1913 Guidebook in hand. Also in HD. [AD,S]Tue, Oct 11, 9:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysTangier to Marrakech: Michael Portillo takes in the sights, smells and tastes of north Africa as he travels from the Mediterranean port of Tangier to the Berber city of Marrakech. Also in HD. [AD,S]Tue, Oct 4, 9:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysTransylvania to the Black Sea: Michael Portillo ventures east through Romania. Also in HD. [AD,S]Tue, Sep 20, 9:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway Journeys6/6. 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. Also in HD. [AD,S]Thu, Jul 14, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway Journeys5/6. The Black Forest to Hannover: Michael Portillo ventures deep into the Black Forest to discover the essence of Germany. Also in HD. [AD,S]Wed, Jul 13, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway Journeys4/6. Athens to Thessaloniki: Michael Portillo embarks on a Greek odyssey from Piraeus to the city of Thessaloniki. Also in HD. [AD,S]Tue, Jul 12, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway Journeys3/6. Pisa to Lake Garda: Michael Portillo visits Italy, where he sees first-hand the nation's need for speed. Also in HD. [AD,S]Thu, Jun 23, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway Journeys2/6. Vienna to Trieste: Michael Portillo travels the Habsburg imperial line from Vienna across the Semmering Pass, a handmade railway line blasted through the Alps. Also in HD. [AD,S]Wed, Jun 22, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway Journeys1/6. Sofia to Istanbul: Michael Portillo travels east through the Balkans along the most exotic section of the Orient Express, heading for Istanbul. His journey begins in Sofia. Also in HD. [AD,S]Tue, Jun 21, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysHungary to Austria: With his 1913 guide, Michael Portillo explores the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, domain of the Habsburg monarchs, visiting Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg. Also in HD. [AD,S]Thu, Jun 9, 4:15 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysLyon to Marseille: Michael Portillo follows a route recommended in Bradshaw's guide, journeying from the heart of France to the Mediterranean coast. Also in HD. [AD,S]Tue, Jun 7, 4:15 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysHaifa to the Negev: Following his 1913 Bradshaw's guide, Michael Portillo ventures beyond Europe to the Holy Land, where he visits Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the Dead Sea. Also in HD. [AD,S]Mon, Jun 6, 4:15 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great Continental Railway JourneysLa Coruna to Lisbon: Michael Portillo retraces journeys in Spain and Portugal from the 1913 guide. He meets pilgrims from around the world on the trail to Santiago de Compostela. Also in HD. [AD,S]Fri, Jun 3, 4:15 PMBBC TWO60 mins