Series 4 - Reversions


Series 4 - Reversions

Michael Portillo travels on the great train routes of Europe, as he retraces the journeys featured in George Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide.


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Sofia to Istanbul - Part 1

1. Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 4 - Reversions, Sofia to Istanbul - Part 1

In Plovdiv, Michael discovers a Roman amphitheatre built in the 2nd century AD.

Sofia to Istanbul - Part 2

2. Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 4 - Reversions, Sofia to Istanbul - Part 2

Arriving in Istanbul, Michael orients himself with a boat trip on the Bosphorus.

Vienna to Trieste - Part 1

3. Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 4 - Reversions, Vienna to Trieste - Part 1

Michael travels the Habsburg imperial line across the awe-inspiring Semmering Pass.

Vienna to Trieste - Part 2

4. Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 4 - Reversions, Vienna to Trieste - Part 2

Michael savours the imported coffee which fuelled the cafe culture of Vienna.

Pisa to Lake Garda - Part 1

5. Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 4 - Reversions, Pisa to Lake Garda - Part 1

Michael Portillo experiences Italy's need for speed in a Maserati sports car.

Pisa to Lake Garda - Part 2

6. Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 4 - Reversions, Pisa to Lake Garda - Part 2

Michael ends this journey in futuristic style with a speedy boat trip across Lake Garda.

Athens to Thessaloniki - Part 1

7. Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 4 - Reversions, Athens to Thessaloniki - Part 1

Michael embarks on a Greek odyssey from Athens's port of Piraeus to Thessaloniki.

Athens to Thessaloniki - Part 2

8. Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 4 - Reversions, Athens to Thessaloniki - Part 2

Michael travels to Thessaloniki where, in 1913, Greece's King George I was assassinated.

The Black Forest to Hannover - Part 1

9. Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 4 - Reversions, The Black Forest to Hannover - Part 1

Michael Portillo travels from the Black Forest to Hanover, via Heidelberg.

The Black Forest to Hannover - Part 2

10. Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 4 - Reversions, The Black Forest to Hannover - Part 2

At Goettingen Michael discovers two sides of student life at the turn of the 20th century.