A brand new steam tour with a unique twist as we combine fabulous mainline steam, heritage steam depot, vintage trams, a brewery and beautifully traditional German Christmas markets in the picture box imaged towns of Germany's rural heartland. Plus the UNESCO World Heritage attraction of Wartburg Castle.
Thursday 5 December 2019 (7 days)
Private Charter of a historic tram in Erfurt
Steam journey on the Wartburg Express
Steam journey from Leipzig to Zeitz
Journey on the Oberweissbach mountain railway
Guided tour of the Loco shed in Arnstadt
Dinner at a Brewery restaurant in Arnstadt
Private charter of the historic Waldbahn tram in Gotha
Visit Medieval Wartburg Castle Christmas market
Guided tour of the railway museum in Weimar
Tour based in beautiful and famous Weimar
Optional free-time at the Christmas Markets in Weimar, Erfurt, Leipzig, Eisenach
Depart London St. Pancras International and travel by Eurostar and ICE trains, to Weimar. Our hotel for 6 nights is the Leonardo Hotel Weimar.
We transfer by train to Erfurt, the state capital of Thuringia, for a private charter of a historic tram which takes us on a sightseeing tour of the city which is famed for its lovingly restored half-timbered buildings. Following this, we have time to explore the city's Christmas Market which is held in view of St. Mary's Cathedral and the Church of St. Severus.
We transfer by train to Gera where we join the Wartburg Express for a steam journey to Eisenach, the old capital of Thuringia. Today we have free time to explore the Christmas Market at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wartburg Castle before we re-join our steam train back to Gera and change onto the mainline back to Weimar.
Today we transfer by train to Leipzig and have some free time to explore this Saxon city and it's Christmas Market which dates back to 1458 and also enjoy a mainline steam train excursion to Zeitz and return.
We commence our day with a train journey into a very rural area in the Thuringian Schiefergebirge mountains, where an attraction of a very special kind can be experienced the Oberweissbach Mountain Railway and Schwarza Valley Railway.From the base station at Obstfelderschmiede we travel on the only broad gauge funicular railway in Germany for 1.4 Kms at a 25% gradient to the summit station at Lichtenhain mountain station. Here we transfer for the flat 2.5 Kms journey along the high plain to the lines terminus at Cursdorf. There is a short break before we return to the base station as outward and returning by rail to Arnstadt to visit the steam and heritage diesel former DB depot and then take the short transfer to the Arnstadt brewery for a tour followed by a 3 course evening meal at the brewery, after which we return to Weimar.
Travelling by train to Gotha, yet another of the chocolate box image towns of Thuringia, to ride aboard the historic Waldbahn Gotha tram on the Thuringian Forest Railway which begins at Gotha station, and leads to Bad Tabarz, 21.7 kilometers away. The travel time over the entire route is just under an hour. We then return by train to Weimar for a visit to the Weimar Railway Museum followed by a further free evening for dining and sightseeing in this most famous of historic towns.
Leaving Weimar, we make our way back via Frankfurt. In Brussels we join the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.
Leonardo Hotel Weimar
Ideally located within walking distance of the downtown area between the old town and the famous Belvedere Castle. All rooms are equipped with a bathroom with bathtub and shower, air-con, TV, internet connection and a direct telephone.
From London St Pancras International:
Standard Class rail travel to / from Weimar, including
First Class rail travel to / from
Standard Premier Eurostar.
Single Room Supplement
Fare inclusive of:
6 nights bed & breakfast plus 2 evening meals
Rail travel of your choice and seat reservations where available
All transfers, excursions and admissions as detailed
Services of an experienced Railtrail Tour Manager
Fares based upon sharing a twin-bedded an-suite room, single rooms available for a supplement
GUARANTEED FARE No currency surcharge
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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