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Athens to Thessaloniki

Corinth Canal - © PixabayMultiple dates

Series 4, Episode 4, Great Continental Rail Journeys. We again follow in the footsteps of Michael Portillo as he embarks on a Greek odyssey from the Athens's port of Piraeus travelling north to the city of Thessaloniki. Visit the Corinth Canal where Michael found out about the surprisingly ancient origins of the modern railway. This journey also includes one of the narrowest gauge railways in the world, the Little Train of Pelion.


Australia in Style

Puffing BillyMultiple dates

Travelling to the other side of the world can be exhausting, but for those who can afford luxury, comfort and some personal touches along the way will find this amazing 17-day holiday to Australia very tempting. Travel first class, stay in the top hotels enjoy private tours and sit back and experience some unforgettable rail journeys that will give you a relaxing armchair view of Australia’s colourful landscapes.


Barcelona and Madrid

Park Güell - Gaudi's Garden, Barcelona - © Manon DaviesMultiple dates

This week-long unescorted rail holiday to Spain's wonderful cities of Barcelona and Madrid is all about letting the train take the strain and making the journey an enjoyable experience. Instead of hanging around at the airport keep on the move on this great European rail trip. Spend a relaxed afternoon on Eurostar from St Pancras to Paris before boarding a sleeper train to Barcelona where you can unwind further in a 2-berth sleeper compartment and wake-up the next morning in Barcelona fresh as a daisy for two-days of independent sightseeing. Spain's high-speed AVE trains mean on day four it's a quick transfer to Madrid for a three-night stay and plenty of time to explore this grand capital city.


Barcelona to Mallorca

Soller RailwayMultiple dates

Series 4, Episode 6, Great Continental Rail Journeys. In this final episode in this series Michael Portillo continues to be steered by his 1913 Bradshaw's Guide and returns to Spain to trace the early 20th Century roots of the Spanish Civil War, which divided his own Spanish family and sent his father into exile. A special dispensation to fly to the Balearic island of Mallorca allows Michael to experience spectacular scenic rides aboard a sublime 1912 vintage railway and a 1913 tram.


Barcelona, Seville & Madrid

Passion Facade showing Pontius Pilate, Segrada Familia, Barcelona - © Manon DaviesMultiple dates

Travel by plane and train to enjoy the cosmopolitan culture of three of Spain's popular cities whilst sitting back and delighting in the Spanish landscape in between. Sightseeing tours and visits can be arranged in advance.


Belmond British Pullman

The British Pullman travelling to Bath at Great Wishford - © R.L. SewellThroughout the year from February to December 

Whether you’re looking for a special Steam Hauled Rail Trip, a Festive Rail Journey or a Murder Mystery Lunch, reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, then consider booking a seat on the opulent Belmond British Pullman train.


Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express

Grand Palace Bangkok - © Tom Jutte via FlickrDeparts on various dates throughout the year

If you are thinking of touring South East Asia why not do it in style and luxury and treat yourself to an unforgettable adventure as you head from Singapore to Thailand by rail. Luxury trips aboard the Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express are guaranteed to inspire and fulfil great train journey expectations.



Belmond Hiram Bingham

Machu Picchu - © John Serrao via FlickrDaily throughout the year

If you are planning a trip to South America and in particular Peru , top of your ‘must see’ landmarks is likely to be Machu Picchu. One of the best ways to see the Lost City of the Incas is on a day return journey on the Belmond Hiram Bingham. A trip to Machu Picchu is a once in a lifetime experience and to travel there on the luxury Belmond Hiram Bingham will make it an extra special, magical journey never to be forgotten. Named after the explorer who rediscovered the Inca citadel, the train has two dining cars, an observation/bar car and a kitchen car and can carry up to 84 passengers.



Bilbao to Lisbon

Santiago de Compostela - © Bob CableMultiple dates

Series 3, Episode 4 Great Continental Railway Journeys. Another rail journey mirroring Michael Portillo's travels as he heads to the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula from Galicia in the north to the Portuguese capital Lisbon in the south.


Black Forest Discovery

Black Forest near TitiseeMultiple dates

Titisee is an excellent centre for exploring the Black Forest. It is also a lovely resort in its own right and ideal for a walking holiday with a network of well-marked footpaths. In addition to the normal public transport services, the Wutachtal and Kandertal steam railways are easily reached by regular rail service.


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