2017 Saxony Seven Steam & Rail Explorer

2017 Saxony Seven Steam & Rail Explorer

We have been taking steam enthusiasts to Saxony for many years to discover some of Germany's best narrow-gauge railways, but here is a tour with broader appeal, featuring funicular railways, steam lines, trams and river steam boats, plus Meissen porcelain, castles, gardens, the beautiful city of Dresden and the enthralling landscape of Saxon Switzerland. Introducing the Magnificent Seven!

9 Days From Only £1,395.00

 

DEPARTS

Monday 12 June 2017

Monday 4 September 2017

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Return rail to Germany in the class of your choice

  • Soar up to Augustusburg Castle on the Augustusburg Cable Railway

  • Steam through the Ore Mountains on the Fichtelbergbahn

  • Visit Oberwiesenthal, Germany’s highest town

  • Guided sightseeing tour of Dresden

  • Experience Dresden’s hill railways

  • Spend a day exploring the Saxon Switzerland National Park

  • Kirnitschtal tramway ride from Bad Schandau to the Lichtenhainer Waterfall

  • Stroll through the gardens of Pillnitz Palace

  • Steam boat trip on the River Elbe with coffee and cake

  • Lößnitzdackel steam journey to Moritzburg

  • Guided tour of the royal hunting lodge of Moritzburg

  • Visit to Meissen Porcelain

  • Day ticket on the Zittau narrow-gauge steam railway

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 8 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal, 1 coffee & cake

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

DAY 1

We depart London St Pancras by Eurostar to Brussels and onwards through Germany to Erfurt for our first night at the conveniently situated InterCity Hotel.

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DAY 2

Travelling by local train into Saxony, we deposit our cases at our hotel for two nights, the Mercure Hotel Chemnitz, before continuing to Erdmannsdorf, the valley station of the Augustusburg Castle Funicular Railway. The cable railway opened in 1911, covering a distance of over 1 km and a height difference of 168 metres on its way up to Augustusburg Castle, former residence of the Duke of Saxony.

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DAY 3

Our rail adventure continues southwards into the Ore Mountains and the village of Cranzahl. Here we board the Fichtelbergbahn Steam Railway, following a fabulously scenic route along 17 km of track, skirting the border with the Czech Republic through the Ore Mountains. Towards journey's end we cross a 110 metre long steel viaduct before arriving at Oberwiesenthal, Germany's highest town.

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DAY 4

Departing Chemnitz by coach, we head across Saxony to Dresden. Here we begin with a guided coach tour of one of Germany's most beautiful cities. Known as the 'Florence of the Elbe', Dresden's stunning riverside cityscape reflects the ambition of Saxony's former royal family, particularly Elector Augustus the Strong, who was for two periods also King of Poland. We then continue to the third of our 'Saxony Seven', the Dresdner Bergbahn or 'mountain railway'. This is in fact two rail experiences in one, as we climb from the bottom station on the suspended railway. Opened in 1901, it is the oldest of its type in the world and covers a height difference of 84 metres in just 274 metres of track on its way to the Loschwitzhöhe viewpoint. Our return is on the cable funicular railway, which dates from 1895 and descends 95 metres in height over a distance of 547 metres. Our hotel in Dresden for four nights is the Pullman Hotel.

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DAY 5

For our next two 'Saxony Seven' experiences we transfer by coach into the landscape of table mountains alongside the Elbe known as Saxon Switzerland, we join the Kirnitzschtal tram. This tourist tramway opened in 1898 and is the only tramway serving a German National Park, trundling 8 km along the Kirnitzsch river valley to the Lichtenhain Waterfall. Later we visit the gardens of Pillnitz Palace, which Augustus the Strong gave as a gift to one of his many mistresses. From Pillnitz we then sail gently back to Dresden enjoying coffee and cake on board one of the nine historic steamships comprising the largest and oldest fleet of its type in the world.

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DAY 6

It's back to the age of steam today as we sample the popular Lößnitzgrundbahn from Radebeul to the Palace of Moritzburg, the former hunting lodge of the Saxon royal family. After a guided tour of the palace, we continue by coach to Meissen, the famous home of porcelain, where we also include a visit to the Porcelain Manufacture.

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DAY 7

Our final excursion heads east through Upper Lusatia by train into the romantic Zittau Mountains to experience the Zittau narrow gauge steam railway. Leaving Zittau we skirt the Olbersdorf Lake on our way to Oybin, beautifully set beneath Oybin Mountain crowned by the ruins of a castle and monastery.

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DAY 8

Leaving Dresden by train, we head back across Germany for our final night at the InterCity Hotel Wuppertal, where you will have the chance to ride on Wuppertal's own suspended railway, the Schwebebahn.

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DAY 9

We depart Wuppertal for Cologne, changing for Brussels to board our Eurostar to London St Pancras.

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HOTEL

Mercure Hotel Chemnitz

A modern 3 star superior hotel, and a short walk to the shopping area, featuring bar, high-level restaurant and gym with sauna; all bedrooms en-suite, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, wi-fi and hairdryer.

 

Pullman Hotel Dresden Newa

This modern and stylish 4* hotel is conveniently situated beside Dresden’s main station. All rooms are air-conditioned and feature floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows and satellite tv.

 

FARE

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel

to Erfurt & from Dresden, including

Standard Eurostar

£1,395

First Class rail travel

to Erfurt & from Dresden, including

Standard Premier Eurostar

£1,695

Single Traveller Supplement

£195


 

8 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal, 1 coffee & cake

Rail travel to & from Germany in the class of your choice

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

 

GUARANTEED FARE

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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