Great Continental Rail Journeys

If you've been avidly following Michael Portillo in his brightly coloured blazers as he criss-crosses continental Europe by rail with his trusty Bradshaw's Guide, then you may be inspired to travel in his footsteps. In which case we can help! Have a look at our suggested itineraries below, or let us help you use BBC2's Great Continental Railway Journeys as inspiration to put together your own tailor made itinerary.

Recommended Itineraries

Great Continental Rail Journeys
10 Days
  • Vienna
  • Graz
  • Ljubljana
  • Trieste
Follow in the footsteps of Michael Portillo as you travel from Vienna, through the Semmering Pass to Graz and onwards to Ljubljana, ending on the shores of the Adriatic Sea in Trieste.
From £899
12 Days
  • Cluj Napoca
  • Sibiu
  • Brasov
  • Sinaia
  • Constanta
  • Bucharest
Follow in the footsteps of Michael Portillo as you travel from the castles of Transylvania, through Romanian capital Bucharest and onwards to the Black Sea resort of Constanta on this Romanian rail adventure.
From £899
12 Days
  • Riga
  • Tartu
  • Tallinn
  • Helsinki
  • Tampere
Travel from the Latvian capital through Estonia to Helsinki and finally to Tampere in Finland on this exciting journey inspired by Michael Portillo's BBC2 series.
From £949
9 Days
  • Freiburg
  • Heidelberg
  • Frankfurt
  • Gottingen
Follow in the footsteps of Michael Portillo as you travel from southern Germany’s enchanting Black Forest, via the romantic city of Heidelberg, the financial powerhouse of Frankfurt, through to the university city of Göttingen, in the northern region of Saxony.
From £1,049