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Festive Steam in Saxony

Festive Steam in Saxony

Enjoy the festive season with a Saxony Steam escorted rail holiday combining two fabulous mainline steam excursions, including a trip to Prague by steam, with three wonderful Saxon narrow-gauge steam lines, plus tours of Dresden Alstadt steam depot and the Transport Museum. Topped off with free-time at both Dresden and Leipzig traditional Christmas Markets where only local products manufactured in the region are sold.

7 Days From £1345

 

DEPARTS

Wednesday 2 December 2020

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

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

  • Visit the Czech Republic by public steam train ride from Dresden to beautiful Prague

  • Steam on the newly 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

  • Guided tour of Dresden Museum of Transport

  • View the reserve collection not normally open to the public

  • Enjoy the nostalgia of Dresden Altstadt steam shed and locomotives

  • Visit the traditional Christmas markets in Dresden & Leipzig

  • Centrally located hotel in the heart of historic Dresden

 

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

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 newly 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 travel to Prague, the capital of Czech Republic via a public steam train from Dresden and enjoy a light snack served on board. Prague is an architectural gem with many famous attractions including the famous 15th century Charles Bridge, Castle and Old Town Square. The Czech Republic is home to some of the world's finest breweries and is the perfect place to sample a famed national brew such as Budweiser Budvar in one of the city's many bars and cafes. After our busy day we return to Dresden by steam.

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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 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

£1345

First Class rail travel to / from

Dresden, including

Standard Premier Eurostar

£1645

Join & Leave at Dresden

£1079

Single Room Supplement

£125


 

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

 

Fares based upon sharing a Twin/Double-bedded an-suite room, single occupancy 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.

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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