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Dresden Steam Festival & More

Dresden Steam Festival & More

The amazing Dresden Steam Festival including 4 mainline steam runs and 3 fantastic Saxon Narrow Gauge lines including a private steam charter featuring Saxon-Meyer locomotive - See our previous tour films on our website

8 Days from £1549

 

DEPARTS

Tuesday 14 April 2020

 

We can’t emphasise enough just what a ‘time warp’ tour this is, both in the venues visited and what we are able to do that you can’t do in the UK anymore – Dresden Steam Festival with visiting engines coming on and off shed, footplate rides, tour the reserve collection not normally open to the public. Plus four mainline steam journeys from Dresden hopefully including parallel running, a private steam charter on the Döllnitztalbahn one of the best of the Saxon Narrow gauge lines, and experience two more of the other famous Saxon narrow gauge steam lines.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • The famous Dresden Steam Festival at Dresden Altstadt Depot

  • Night photo parade at Dresden Alstadt

  • 4 mainline steam excursions from Dresden

  • Guided tour of Dresden Museum of Transport

  • Private steam photo charter on Döllnitztalbahn

  • Articulated 8-wheeled Saxon-Meyer locomotive

  • A full day rover on the Zittau-Oybin-Jonsdorf line

  • Tour Bertsdorf shed

  • Steam along the whole of the Lössnitzgrundbahn

  • Conveniently located hotels in Erfurt & Dresden

 

Also included in tour fare:-

  • 7 nights’ bed & breakfast, 1 evening meal, 1 light lunch

  • rail travel in a class of your choice

  • seat reservations where available (subject to selected rail travel option)

  • All transfers, excursions and admissions as detailed

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

Depart London St. Pancras International and travel by Eurostar and ICE train, via Frankfurt Flughafen (Airport) to Erfurt. For one night at the InterCity Hotel in this most beautiful of historic towns.

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DAY 2

We transfer by train to Dresden and after registering at our city centre hotel we travel by train to Radebeul for a return steam run on the 17 kms long, 750mm gauge Saxon narrow gauge Lössnitzgrundbahn line to Radeburg. This delightful steam line is still very much a public service and includes some street-side running before it reaches the true rural nature of the line. After a break to run-round its train at Radeburg we steam back to Radebeul and onwards by S-Bahn to Dresden.

Dresden is a beautifully reconstructed city and is home to many stunning architectural buildings, restaurants and cafes. The River Elbe which flows through the city is home to the largest paddle steamer fleet in the world, and you may also like to enjoy a beer at the brewery tap house adjacent to the landing stages.

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DAY 3

We board our regional train to the Polish border for one of Saxony's finest 750 mm narrow gauge routes, from Zittau to the mountain spa resorts of Oybin and Jonsdorf, which is still very much a public service over the ten miles long route. This is a full day rover, including a light lunch at Oybin, so all steam lines will be covered, including the opportunity to photograph the parallel departure at Bertsdorf, and an engine shed tour at this junction station.

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DAY 4

We transfer by private coach for a visit to the fabulous Dresden Steam Festival at Alstadt amidst the nostalgic atmosphere of a traditional working steam shed, with lots of locos in steam, footplate rides and visiting engines, including the opportunity to visit the reserve collection of the museum not normally open to the public. In the evening we return to Alstadt for the very atmospheric night steam photo parade with the remainder of the evening free to enjoy this truly wonderful city with its magnificent waterfront of historic buildings

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DAY 5 - 6

It's two full days of steam out on the mainline from Dresden using locomotives from the festival. Whilst destinations have not yet been announced we have always previously been able to include the unique experience of parallel steam running over a considerable distance, and a thrash up the steep Tharandt incline with the two trains each taking turns overtaking the other - see our previous Dresden Steam Festival tour film on our website it's an amazing sight giving all participants the opportunity to see at close quarters powerful steam locomotives hard at work. Over the two days we are anticipating a total of four different runs two each morning and afternoon.

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DAY 7

Travelling by train to Oschatz for an exclusive private steam photo charter on one of our personal favourite lines the 20 kms long Döllnitzbahn. Our private charter is scheduled for one of the beautiful Saxon-Mayer locomotives and we will also have a light snack lunch aboard the train.

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DAY 8

Today it's homeward bound, as we speed our way back to London St Pancras via Frankfurt & Brussels

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTELS

InterCity Hotel, Erfurt

Situated adjacent to the station the hotel has a pleasant bar and restaurant serving local and international specialities. Modern en-suite rooms include satellite TV, radio, mini-bar and WiFi.

 

Ibis Hotel, Dresden

A short stroll from the station, located in the heart of the city near to the historic Old Town, the Ibis hotels are inviting and modern, with comfortable bedrooms, air-conditioning, WiFi access, satellite TV and en-suite bathrooms with shower and hair dryer.

 

 

FARE

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel to Dresden / from Berlin, including

Standard Eurostar

£1549

First Class rail travel to Dresden, and From Berlin including

Standard Premier Eurostar

£1849

Single Room Supplement

£215

 

Fare inclusive of:

7 nights’ bed & breakfast, 1 evening meal, 1 light lunch

rail travel in a class of your choice

seat reservations where available (subject to selected rail travel option)

All transfers, excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

GUARANTEED FARE

 

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.

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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