Our brand new tour to Poland is centred for the first time around the Parowozjada Steam Festival at Chabowka, with steam excursions including Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains. Add to this an extended stay in beautiful Krakow, the Wieliczka Salt Mines, fascinating Warsaw and the unique city of Berlin, with a visit to the International Garden Show, for an extended rail and steam adventure.
Saturday 12 August 2017
Return rail to Poland in the class of your choice
Tour Berlin, a city with a unique history
Visit the International Garden Exhibition
Get to know Warsaw on our guided sightseeing tour
Visit Sochaczew Railway Museum and ride on its historic train
Guided sightseeing tour of charming Krakow
Two day ticket to the Parowozjada Festival in Chabowka
Guided tour of the Chabowka Open Air Museum
Steam excursion to Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains
Steam excursion to Mszana Dolna
Excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Wieliczka Salt Mines
Dinner in Krakows Jewish Quarter with live music
Experience Wuppertals dingle-dangle railway
Also included in your Tour Fare:
12 nights bed, breakfast & evening meal, plus two lunches at the festival
Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager
We depart London St Pancras by Eurostar to Brussels and onwards along the high-speed line to Berlin for three nights at the InterCity Hotel.
Today begins with a half-day guided sightseeing coach tour of Berlin, which uncovers this unique city's turbulent past. The afternoon is then free to explore independently.
Every ten years Germany hosts an International Garden Exhibition and 2017 is Berlin's turn. We visit the show today and view garden art, nature and landscape design. Of particular interest in the 'Gardens of the World' exhibition, which showcases garden styles from across the globe.
Heading eastwards into Poland, we arrive in Warsaw for two nights at the Polonia Palace Hotel. Our introductory guided coach tour of Warsaw features the painstakingly reconstructed Old Town, Cathedral, Lazienki Park and Royal Castle.B, D
This morning we travel to Sochaczew Railway Museum for a short guided visit, followed by a ride on its heritage narrow-gauge railway, travelling through the Kampinos Forest through the region in which Frederick Chopin was born. The rest of the day is then free to sightsee in Warsaw.B, D
Our tour of Poland turns south today as we depart for Krakow and five nights at the Mercure Krakow Old Town. On arrival there is free time to explore the nearby Old Town ahead of dinner.B, D
Our guided tour of Krakow includes a walk along the Royal Way, viewing Wavel Hill, home to the castle in which Polish kings lived, as well as the Cloth Hall and St Mary's Church amidst Europe's largest fully-intact medieval square.B, D
We spend two days at the Parowozjada Festival in Chabowka, with a guided tour of the open air museum in the former locomotive shed, which houses exhibits related to the history of Polish railways. On the tracks there will be a parade of steam, electric and diesel locomotives, wagons and ploughs. In the afternoon of the first day there will be a steam journey to Zakopane in the heart of the Tatra Mountains National Park, whereas on the second day the excursion will take us to Mszana Dolna.
No visit to Krakow would be complete without a visit to the Salt Mines at Wieliczka, the oldest operational mines in Europe and also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our guided tour uncovers a remarkable underground 'cathedral' with intricate carvings from the salt miners, including a statue of Pope John Paul II, and even an underground post office made from salt. Back in Krakow, our final dinner is taken at a restaurant in the Jewish Quarter with live klezmer music.B, D
We retrace our tracks through Poland and Germany, spending a further night at the InterCity Hotel in Berlin and a night at the InterCity Hotel in Wuppertal, with the opportunity to ride on Wuppertal's suspended railway.B, D
We depart Wuppertal for Cologne, changing for Brussels to board our Eurostar to London St Pancras.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Convenient and comfortable 3 and 4 star accommodation across Germany, InterCity Hotels are ideal for rail tours in both location and quality.
Polonia Palace Hotel, Warsaw
An upscale 4* hotel well located for central Warsaw. Since its opening in 1913 by Count Konstanty Przezdziecki, the Polonia Palace has survived war and political turmoil with dignity to remain one of Warsaws grand hotels.
Mercure Old Town, Krakow
A brand new hotel situated in the heart of Krakow within close proximity to the station and just five minutes walk from the Old Town itself.
From London St Pancras International:
Standard Class rail travel
to and from Poland, including
First Class rail travel
To and from Poland, including
Standard Premier Eurostar
Single Traveller Supplement
12 nights bed, breakfast & evening meal, plus 2 lunches at the Steam Festival
Rail travel to & from Poland in the class of your choice
All excursions and admissions as detailed
Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager
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