From a short break in the glorious Highlands of Scotland to the marvellous lakes and mountain railways of Switzerland in their alpine winter glory. Explore festive Christmas Markets and take great steam railway journeys through stunning scenery.
Treat yourself to luxury short break with Railtrail to beautiful Bath. With stunning honey-coloured Georgian architecture like a scene from a Jane Austen novel, this compact city is perfect for a relaxing break and offers museums, attractions including the famous Roman Baths, galleries, restaurants, bars, and independent shops, that are ideal for Christmas shopping inspiration! We also enjoy an evening visit to Longleat's magical Festival of Light with its stunning display of festive lanterns.
Our Scottish Christmas markets tour is based in stunning Stirling and packed with festive cheer! We explore Edinburgh and Glasgow's extensive Christmas markets, enjoy a scenic cruise along the Firth of Forth, experience two great rail journeys and sample a wee dram at the Dalwhinnie Distillery!
Our new Harrogate winter break visits Castle Howard to see the wonderful festive decorations and iconic 25 ft. Christmas tree in the Great Hall adorned with over 3000 baubles. We explore York's famous St Nicholas Fayre with over one hundred traditional stalls scattered throughout the atmospheric streets. We enjoy festive afternoon tea as we steam through the Dales on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway and visit the RHS Harlow Carr Gardens as dusk falls to view the beautifully illuminated trees.
Magnificent Chatsworth House is even more glorious at Christmas time with an array of lavish festive decorations adorning the house, and combined with Chatsworth's very own wonderful Christmas market our popular Derbyshire tour will be a truly festive experience! Our great value break in the beautiful Peak District also includes visits to the pretty market town of Bakewell, home of the famous Bakewell pudding and a journey beneath the earth to explore the two million year old vast limestone.
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.
Step back in time and experience the magic of Christmas in a bygone era on our new Shropshire festive tour. Explore Blists Hill Victorian town, soak up the atmosphere, revel in the traditional celebrations and see 1800's style entertainment. Explore the historic market town of Shrewsbury with its black & white timber buildings, abbey, and castle. Steam through the beautiful Severn Valley in vintage carriages. Tempt your taste buds at Birmingham's Christmas market with bratwursts and glühwein!
Our great value rail holiday to the Rhine Valley Christmas Markets is based at the popular family run Hotel Pinger and includes visits to two contrasting Rhineland festive markets, the impressive Cologne Christmas Market at the Dom and the traditional Christmas market in picturesque Rudesheim. This escorted railway holiday also includes a scenic Rhine cruise, visit to the pretty walled town of Ahrweiler plus lunch and wine tasting at Germany's oldest wine co-operative!
Our great value pre-Christmas Scottish tour stays at the Alexandra Hotel in Fort William and is packed with fantastic included attractions and stunning scenery! This winter warmer in the western Highlands includes excellent excursions, great rail journeys on the West Highland Line and Kyle Line, full board at the hotel and three drinks vouchers each evening, along with entertainment on one night.
The West Highland Line, the Kyle Line & the Cairngorms Line - experience a truly magical pre-Christmas circular rail tour of the Scottish Highlands in all their wintry glory, followed by a relaxing and homely Christmas in Stirling with all the trimmings and an excursion to the Royal Yacht Britannia and Edinburgh.
A festive and relaxing rail holiday, we invite you to 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, experience the Vulkan Express and travel on Germany's oldest rack railway, the Drachenfelsbahn.
How do you fancy a Christmas with a difference amidst the lakes and mountains of Switzerland? Marvel at wintry scenery on the Goldenpass Line, the route of the Glacier Express and the Rigi Mountain Railway, soar up Mount Titlis, and relax on Lake Lucerne's shore at the 4-star Seehotel Pilatus, whose leisure facilities open out onto a fantastic panorama of lake and mountain scenery.
Enjoy a special New Year tour as we steam through glorious Black Forest scenery in its magical winter setting on three included steam excursions! We also spend New Year's Eve in beautiful Freiburg and tour the city at the 'Gateway to the Black Forest' by vintage tram.
A wonderful railway holiday to see in the New Year exploring Austria by train. Celebrate 2021 in style at the historic 4-star Hotel Plankenhof in the beautiful Tyrol including a 5-course dinner, a glass of bubbly and fireworks on New Year's Eve. The tour also features two great steam train journeys on the Zillertalbahn and Pinzgauer Railways, traditional Tyrolean music, Schnapps tasting and a trip to the top of the Hafelekar overlooking stunning Innsbruck…this tour has something for everyone!
Celebrate the New Year in style in the wonderful Rhine Valley with a New Year's Eve party night including a 5-course dinner, live music, fireworks and a free bar! Uncover Remagen's history on a guided walk with our friendly hotelier, sail along the Loreley Valley from beautiful Boppard, climb through the Ahr Valley by train and experience the Vulkan Express with a glass of sparkling wine. Here's to a New Year of good health and great company!
Our White Pass Winter Snow Train Adventure is a Swiss lakes and mountains tour with a difference. Don't miss out on this amazing tour featuring a great selection of excursions not found anywhere else! Marvel at wintry scenery on the Goldenpass Line, the route of the Glacier Express and the Rigi Mountain Railway, soar up Mount Titlis, and relax on Lake Lucerne's shore at the 4* Seehotel Pilatus, whose leisure facilities open out onto a fantastic panorama of lake and mountain scenery.
Germany's timeless Harz Mountains are arguably even more spectacular in winter with the towns half-timbered houses and snow dusted forests resembling a picturesque Christmas card scene. For 2020 our popular Harz Winter Wonderland tour has been extended to 7 days to include an extra day to explore beautiful Wernigerode. We have also added an extra date for 2020 due to the 2019 date selling out so quickly, don't delay, join us on a narrow gauge and mountain railway adventure to warm your Harz.
Our great value winter and spring breaks based at the Alexandra Hotel in Fort William are packed with fantastic inclusions and stunning scenery! The popular tours explore the beautiful western Highlands and offer excellent excursions, great rail journeys on the West Highland Line and Kyle Line, full board at the hotel and three drinks vouchers each evening, along with entertainment on one night.
A circular tour of the spectacular 'Great Railway Journeys of the Scottish Highlands'. You may have seen them on TV and now you too can experience some of the most stunningly beautiful scenery in Europe. A superb value Railtrail holiday.
Steam Tours 2020 - More to be added weekly