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Festive Steam in Saxony

Enjoy the festive season with a Saxony Steam escorted rail holiday combining two fabulous mainline steam excursions, a steam hauled excursion from Dresden to the historic Polish city of Breslau (Wroclaw), three wonderful Saxon narrow-gauge steam lines and tours of Dresden Alstadt steam depot and the Transport Museum, as well as a visiting both Dresden and Leipzig traditional Christmas Markets where only local products manufactured in the region are sold.

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7 days from £1629

 

DEPARTS

Wednesday 30 November 2022

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Steam along the whole of the Lössnitzgrundbahn from Radebeul to Radeburg and return

  • Take a steam hauled excursion with heritage carriages from Dresden to the historic Polish city of Breslau (Wroclaw)

  • Steam on the extended Weisseritztalbahn from Freital to Kipsdorf in the Ore Mountains

  • Enjoy a return steam journey from the Saxon city of Leipzig to Zeitz

  • Experience a return journey on the Zittau narrow gauge railway to the Polish border

  • Explore the Dresden Museum of Transport including the reserve collection not normally open to the public

  • Immerse yourself in the nostalgia of Dresden Altstadt steam shed and locomotives

  • Visit the traditional Christmas markets in Dresden & Leipzig

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 6 nights’ bed & breakfast plus 1 lunch & 1 evening meal

  • Rail travel of your choice and seat reservations where available

  • All transfers, excursions, and admissions as detailed

  • Services of an experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • GUARANTEED FARE

DAY 1

We depart London St. Pancras International and travel by Eurostar and ICE train to Erfurt for our overnight at the InterCity Hotel. We enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

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DAY 2

This morning we depart Erfurt to Dresden by train and after dropping off luggage at our hotel we travel by train to Radebeul for a steam run on the 750 mm narrow gauge Lössnitzgrundbahn, a delightful 17 kms line which still operates a public service between Radebeul and Radeburg including some street running! We then return to Dresden and arrive at our accommodation at the centrally located Ibis Hotel in the heart of this historic city.

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DAY 3

We transfer by train to enjoy a morning of 750 mm gauge steam on the extended Weisseritztalbahn line meandering up the Weisseritz valley. Operating over 26 kms through varying scenery, with 13 stations, and the steepest part of the line including the reopened section to the terminus at Kipsdorf. Known as one of Europe's great narrow-gauge railways, this is a ride not to be missed. In the afternoon we enjoy a trio of guided visits to the Dresden Museum of Transport, the steam depot at Alstadt, and the reserve collection, which is not normally open to the public.

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DAY 4

This morning we enjoy a steam hauled excursion with heritage carriages from Dresden to the historic Polish city of Breslau (Wroclaw) for an afternoon free for sightseeing. Upon arrival at Breslau (Wroclaw) an optional, additional, steam excursion may be available using the steam locomotive from the journey from Dresden to travel over the scenic, recently re-opened, line to Schweidnitz. A decision on the operation of this additional steam excursion be taken by the organisers nearer to the departure date.

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DAY 5

Today we transfer by train to Leipzig and have some free time to explore this Saxon city and one of Germany's oldest Christmas Markets which dates back to 1458 and also enjoy a return mainline steam train excursion to the historic town of Zeitz.

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DAY 6

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. A main course lunch is also included during our day excursion. We then return to the Ibis hotel for our last night in beautiful Dresden.

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DAY 7

We conclude our tour with return rail travel aboard the ICE trains from Dresden via Frankfurt to Brussels and onwards to London St Pancras via Eurostar.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTELS

Inter City Hotel Erfurt

Located adjacent to the railway station, this 4-star hotel has a pleasant bar and restaurant serving local and international specialities. The modern en-suite bedrooms include satellite TV, radio, mini-bar and Wi-Fi.

 

Ibis Dresden Zentrum Hotel, Dresden

The 3-star Ibis is ideally situated just a short stroll from the railway station and in the heart of the city near to the historic Old Town. The modern and comfortable en-suite bedrooms are equipped with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, satellite TV and hair dryer.

 

FARE

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel to / from Dresden, including Standard Eurostar

£1629

Supplement for Standard Premier Eurostar upgrade return

£199

First Class rail travel to / from

Dresden, including Standard Premier Eurostar

£1929

Join at Erfurt and leave at Dresden

£1429

Single Room Supplement

£135


 

Fare inclusive of:

6 nights’ bed & breakfast plus 1 lunch & 1 evening meal

Rail travel of your choice and seat reservations where available

All transfers, excursions, and admissions as detailed

Services of an experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

GUARANTEED FARE

 

Fares based upon sharing a Twin/Double-bedded an-suite room, single occupancy rooms available for a supplement

 

GUARANTEED FARE – No currency surcharge

 

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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