German Coastal Steam & Berlin's Garden Show

German Coastal Steam & Berlin's Garden Show

Berlin is becoming more popular every year and 2017 will be a great year in which to visit, as the city hosts the International Garden exhibition. As well as touring Berlin, experience two great Hanseatic cities and two great coastal railways - the charming Molli and the Racing Roland - and explore Herrenhausen Gardens, whose history is entwined with our own Royal Family.

9 Days From Only £1,295.00

 

DEPARTS

Sunday 25 June 2017

Sunday 13 August 2017

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Return rail to Germany in the class of your choice

  • Experience Wuppertal’s ‘dingle-dangle railway’

  • Tour Berlin, a city with a unique history

  • Visit the International Garden Exhibition

  • Spend time in the charming Hanseatic city of Stralsund

  • Tour Rügen island by steam on board the ‘Racing Roland’

  • Steam through the streets to the coast on the Molli train

  • Tour Herrenhausen Royal Gardens in Hanover

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 8 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

DAY 1

We depart London St Pancras by Eurostar to Brussels and onwards through Germany to Wuppertal for our first night at the conveniently situated InterCity Hotel. Ahead of dinner, why not use your included transport ticket to experience Wuppertal's Schwebebahn suspended railway.

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DAY 2

Our journey across Germany continues along the high-speed line to Berlin to the fantastically modern Hauptbahnhof. We stay nearby at the InterCity Hauptbahnhof for three nights and, if you wish, armed with our included local transport tickets, your Tour Manager will take you for a short introductory walk along Unter den Linden.

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DAY 3

Today begins with a half-day guided sightseeing coach tour of Berlin, which uncovers this unique city's turbulent past. The tour will introduce both the east and west of this once divided city, including part of the remaining Berlin Wall, but also passing Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, Museum Island, the Kurfürstendamm and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which remains in ruins as a reminder of the destruction of war. The afternoon is then free to explore independently using your transport ticket.

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DAY 4

Every ten years Germany hosts an International Garden Exhibition and 2017 is Berlin's turn. We travel by public transport to Marzahn-Hellersdorf in the suburbs of Berlin, where a new landscape has been created over the last few years, featuring garden art, nature and landscape design. Of particular interest in the 'Gardens of the World' exhibition, which showcases garden styles from across the globe, from Japan, China and Bali to the latest addition, an English landscape garden.

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DAY 5

Leaving Berlin, we travel northwards through the rural east of Germany towards the coast and the Hanseatic city of Stralsund. After checking in for two nights at the InterCity Hotel, we use our local train tickets to visit the island of Rügen and the seaside village of Sassnitz. Back in Stralsund this evening, take time to explore the charming red brick Gothic architecture of the Old Town, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.

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DAY 6

Today we explore the beautiful island of Rügen in greater detail and, what's more, we do it by steam train. Let the narrow-gauge Rügensche Bäderbahn, better known as the 'Racing Roland', transport you between the island's charming seaside villages, meandering through the heart of nature on this beautiful, unspoilt holiday island.

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DAY 7

Departing Stralsund, we head west to another Hanseatic city, the port city of Rostock. In the afternoon we continue on a rail excursion to Bad Doberan, where we join the Mecklenburgische Bäderbahn, affectionately known as 'Molli'. This steam hauled journey begins in the most charming fashion, chugging through the quaint streets of Bad Doberan, before heading through idyllic natural landscapes and tree-lined avenues to the coast at Bad Kühlungsborn. After free time at the resort we return to Bad Doberan by steam train and spend a night at the InterCity Hotel Rostock.

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DAY 8

Heading south by train, we make a short stop at the very unique station of Uelzen. In this sleepy backwater of Lower Saxony the train station was redesigned at the end of the last century according to plans from Austrian artist and architect, Friedensreich Hundertwasser. We arrive in Hanover for one night, visiting the Royal Gardens of Herrenshausen this afternoon for a guided tour. Created for Princess Sofia of Hanover, the gardens include the Great Garden and the George Garden, named for our own King George III, who owned the garden during his reign as King of Hanover. Our final night is spent at the InterCity Hotel Hanover.

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DAY 9

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

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTEL

InterCity Hotels

Throughout this tour we stay in InterCity Hotels. Historically this hotel chain was part of the German railways, which explains not only their close proximity to train stations, but also the unique policy of including a local transport ticket for the duration of your stay. Now part of the Steigenberger Hotel Group, InterCity hotels provide convenient and comfortable 3 and 4 star accommodation across Germany and beyond.

 

FARE

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel

to and from Germany, including

Standard Eurostar

£1,295

First Class rail travel

To and from Germany, including

Standard Premier Eurostar

£1,595

Single Traveller Supplement

£250


 

8 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

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

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

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