We’ll explore a different destination for each Book Club, and a lucky Silver Travel Book Club reader can win a free copy of that month’s book.
This month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by Railbookers – is reading Great Continental Railway Journeys by Michael Portillo. A lavishly illustrated tie in to the TV series, capturing all the colour, beauty, excitement and fervour of journeying across the continent by train.
Great Continental Railway Journeys is a BBC2 series, fronted by ex-politician Michael Portillo.
In this European odyssey he travels around continental Europe using George Bradshaw’s 1913 Continental Railway Guide. Portillo guides the train-travelling fan across Europe, arriving at a myriad of magical and historically fascinating cities we all dream of travelling to by train.
From London to Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Copenhagen, Oslo, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin, Monte Carlo, Prague, Munich, Zurich, Rome, Budapest, and St Petersburg all the way down to Constantinople, Haifa and Jerusalem, Portillo describes the great feats of engineering that built the various railway lines connecting Europe and further afield and the men and women who made these journeys famous through their deeds and words.
A must-have read for any armchair fan and for anyone who wants to experience the magic of travelling through Europe by rail, when it comes to independent rail holidays, Railbookers are the experts.
Grand Venice, Florence and Rome
A popular choice for many Railbookers customers is to explore Italy by train for a sense of adventure, romance, and the ability to get anywhere in the country quickly and easily – from the canals of Venice and the monuments of Rome to the gorgeous coastlines of the Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast. It’s entirely possible to visit all of your favourite Italian destinations, from top to toe, in one amazing trip.
A firm favourite is Railbookers’ Grand Venice, Florence and Rome holiday where you’ll enjoy the charms and landmarks of three Italian gems on one scenic holiday along the rails. Explore the cities to their fullest with sightseeing tours and skip-the-line passes all included with travel in First Class comfort throughout the trip. Travel from London, spending a night in Geneva en route, and roll through the spectacular Alpine scenery of the Simplon Pass towards Italy. Sail down the canals of Venice with a gondola ride, unearth artistic masterpieces in Florence and gaze in awe at the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling in Rome. This is one Italian adventure you won’t want to miss!
How to win a copy of Great Continental Railway Journeys by Michael Portillo
Travelling by train can be incredibly scenic and is an all round better and more relaxing experience. Comment below to describe your favourite train journey and what made it special
A winner will be chosen in early July 2022.
The competition closes on 30 June 2022.
Read more about all of our Silver Travel Book Club reads.