Enjoy a special New Year tour as we steam through glorious Black Forest scenery in its magical winter setting with New Year's Eve in beautiful Freiburg, and a relaxing New Year's Day at the French National Railway Museum, Cité du Train, just over the border at Mulhouse.
Steam through the heart of the Black Forest on the Zollernbahn steam line
Enjoy a second day of Black Forest steam on the Three Lakes Line, climbing from Titisee lake-side to almost 1000m
Introductory tour of historic Freiburg aboard a private charter vintage tram
Celebrate New Years Eve in attractive Freiburg
Visit and guided tour of the superb French National Railway Museum
Also included in your Tour Fare:
Dinner every day, including New Years Eve
Eurostar and rail travel to and from Germany, and all local rail
Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager
Thursday 28 December: We depart London St Pancras International by Eurostar to Paris, and then by high speed train via Mannheim to Freiburg im Breisgau an attractive city and gateway to the Black Forest and a welcome evening meal at the conveniently located InterCity Hotel.D
Friday 29 December: We commence our stay with an introductory tour of the city in our privately chartered vintage tram. Afterwards enjoy the remainder of the day relaxing in beautiful Freiburg, perhaps taking the funicular railway that connects the city with the Schlossberg Hill to enjoy the spectacular views, visit the Old Town and the Gothic Minster.B, D
Saturday 30 December: Today we have the first of our mainline Black Forest steam train journeys. Organised by the Zollernbahn, our train steams through the heart of the Black Forest on the scenic Schwarzwaldbahn route, famed for its tunnels. We travel from Triberg to St Georgen and onto Hausach. Here we have free time to admire the model railway version of the Schwarzwaldbahn, before retracing our tracks to Triberg.B, D
Sunday 31 December: Our second mainline steam excursion takes in the high Black Forest Line between Titisee and Seebrugg, known as the 'Three Lakes Railway' as it steams past the lakes Titisee, Windgfällweiher and Schluchsee on a 19km stretch. One of southern Germany's most scenic lines, it reaches an altitude of almost 1,000 metres at its highest point. Back in Freiburg, we enjoy New Year's Eve dinner at a local restaurant, before Freiburg's sky is illuminated by fireworks at midnight.B, D
Monday 1 January: After a leisurely breakfast, we take the train across the border into France to enjoy a day at the magnificent Cité du Train, the French National Railway Museum. Having undergone a complete renovation taking over a decade there are now over one hundred and fifty items of rolling stock, along with thousands of railway objects, displayed in an area covering 50,000 square metres. In terms of size, collections and exhibitions, the Cité du Train is the largest railway museum in Europe and one of the 10 largest railway museums in the world.B, D
Tuesday 2 January: We conclude this fabulous New Year tour with a speedy return to Paris via Karlsruhe and onwards with Eurostar to London St Pancras International arriving late afternoon.B, D
Inter City Hotel Freiburg
Situated across the road from the station and features modern rooms with soundproofed windows, flat-screen TV with Sky Sport and Bundesliga, radio, working area and minibar, complimentary WiFi, nutritious buffet breakfast, restaurant with large selection of international and national dishes, bar with snacks and cocktails, CityTicket for free use of public transport in Freiburg.
From London St Pancras International:
Standard Class rail travel to / from Freiburg including Standard Eurostar
First Class rail travel to / from Freiburg, including Standard Premier Eurostar
Single Room Supplement
Fare inclusive of:
5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast, including New Years Eve DinnerStandard Class rail travel and seat reservations where
available (subject to selected rail travel option)
All transfers, excursions and admissions as detailed
Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager
If wishing to travel BY AIR to join the tour: Please contact us with your variation request so that we may confirm availability and fare variation.
Important Note: Whilst the arrangements for all described steam train travel are in place we do reserve the right to make substitutions should it be deemed necessary for whatever reason. Your acceptance of this is a condition of your booking.
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