Enjoy the wine regions of the Rhine & Moselle, the stunning Harz Mountains and its steam trains, or the historic renaissance and waterfront vista at Dresden ...
Imagine the sweet aroma of chestnuts, almonds and spicy, warming gluehwein amidst the half-timbered picturebook squares of Wernigerode and Goslar - a perfect pre-Christmas backdrop. And not forgetting a mountain steam adventure and a journey aboard the Emperor's Carriage!
Hot chestnuts, almonds, glühwein - Germany's Christmas Markets are a taste sensation. Explore Cologne's varied markets, the quaint smaller markets of Linz and Ahrweiler, and explore the Rhine Valley by rail, including the Vulkan Express by steam!
A brand new tour to two of our favourite destinations, featuring the Christmas Markets and steam railways in both northern and southern Germany. Steam through "Franconian Switzerland", around Munich, through the wintry Selketal Valley and up to the peak of the Brocken, whilst enjoying Christmas Markets in Nuremberg, Bamberg, Munich and Wernigerode.
Celebrate Christmas by the Rhine in riverside Remagen with dinner every evening, two lunches and a complimentary evening bar on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Uncover Remagen's history on a guided walk with our hotelier, sail along the Loreley Valley from beautiful Boppard, climb through the Ahr Valley by train and experience the Vulkan Express.
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.
Welcome in 2018 by the Rhine in riverside Remagen with a 5 course dinner, music, dancing and a complimentary evening bar on New Year's Eve. Uncover Remagen's history on a guided walk with our hotelier, sail along the Loreley Valley from beautiful Boppard, climb through the Ahr Valley by train and experience the Vulkan Express.
Germany's timeless Harz Mountains are arguably even more spectacular in winter. Towns brimming with half-timbered houses resemble Christmas card scenes and the surrounding forests glisten in the snow. February offers the best of the Harz in winter, so join us on a narrow gauge and mountain railway adventure to warm your Harz.
Celebrate the best of German steam at Dresden Steam Festival plus 4 amazing mainline steam journeys, 2 private charters at Saxon Narrow gauge lines, and experience 3 of the other famous Saxon narrow gauge steam lines. Add to that a paddle steamer cruise on the Elbe and a night in Colditz Castle.
Dampfspektakel finally returns to Trier in 2018, with a once-a-decade festival of steam and a fabulous line-up of locomotives converging on Germany's oldest city with a 4-day festival of passenger trains hauled by steam locos galore. What's more, on this extended tour we arrive at Dampfspektakel on a steam-hauled non-public train and make a rare visit to Losheim for a private steam charter.
Experience four of the Rhine Valley's rail highlights on one fabulous tour! Including Germany's oldest rack railway, the Drachenfelsbahn, the heritage railbuses of the Kasbachtalbahn, the scenic branch line through the red wine vineyards of the Ahr Valley and, not forgetting, heritage steam and diesel on the Vulkan Express!
After what seems like the longest wait, Dampfspektakel finally returns to Trier in 2018, with a once-a-decade festival of steam and a fabulous line-up of locomotives converging on Germany's oldest city with a 4-day festival of passenger trains hauled by steam locos galore.
In 2018 the German National Tourist Office is celebrating 'Culinary Germany'. Rob studied German and lived there in his youth, whereas Dave lost his heart to the beautiful Harz. So here is their love letter to Germany, on the face of it a tour of German beers, from Düsseldorf's Altbier to Cologne's rival Kölsch, with Gose, Bockbier, Rotbier and even smoked ale. Yet delve deeper to discover a country with colourful regional differences of taste, language, culture and lifestyle. Prost!
Following in the footsteps of the TEE Trans Europ Express network, EuroCity trains connect important European cities with speed, comfort and more than a hint of nostalgia. This tour pays homage to the network of cross-border trains and international co-operation on a grand tour of Europe, featuring its most celebrated routes.
Stay in a wine village at the heart of the Rhine Gorge, exploring the romantic Rhine and Moselle Valleys by rail and riverboat, and visiting a wide variety of winemakers to discover the region's wealth of wine culture.
We have been taking steam enthusiasts to Saxony for many years to discover some of Germany's best narrow-gauge railways, but here is a tour with broader appeal, featuring funicular railways, steam lines, trams and river steam boats, plus Meissen porcelain, castles, gardens, the beautiful city of Dresden and the enthralling landscape of Saxon Switzerland. Introducing the Magnificent Seven!
We often ask our customers where they would like to go next and Sweden is a popular response. So here it is, a tour spending a week in Sweden, visiting Stockholm and Linköping, three heritage railways and with two gentle cruises along idyllic waterways on board historic vessels. But that's not all, as our overland adventure uncovers three proud German Hanseatic cities and three more heritage railways.
Festive & Winter Tours 2017 - 2018