Steam in Poland from the Baltic to the Giant Mountains

Thursday 12th April to Friday 20th April 2018
9 - Days


Prices from: £2110


Experience main line steam on private charters from the Baltic Sea to the Giant Mountains.


Departure Date: 12-Apr-2018
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Experience main line steam on private charters from the Baltic Sea to the Giant Mountains on this special spring tour of Northern and Western Poland. With overnight stays in Posnan, Torun, Koscierzyna and Wroclaw and associated sightseeing to enjoy, you’ll savour main line steam behind three different giant steam locomotives as well as narrow gauge delight on the Sroda Wielkopolska Railway. The most scenic railway routes in the snow-capped Giant Mountains will be covered, as well as traditional Plandampf at Wolsztyn. Other highlights include a trip to Hel – a port situated on a long narrow peninsular close to the Baltic Sea, a tour of historic Grudziadz and ascent to the mountain ski resort of Szklarska Poreba. Lots of run pasts and photo opportunities combine with fabulous cuisine and elegant accommodation to round out your holiday – a glorious chance to discover the best of Polish landscape, food and culture against a heady backdrop of mighty railway steam.

Thursday 12th April
Fly to Poznan
This morning you fly directly to Poznan in Western Poland from London. On arrival, you transfer to your 4-star city centre hotel and have the rest of the day to explore this vibrant city. You’ll receive a complimentary public transport ticket, which gives you the chance to explore the tram network as well. Poznan is a major cultural and economic centre, steeped in history, and its Old Town is crowded with churches, museums, cobblestoned streets and colourful Burgher houses. You’ll have a welcome dinner in your hotel this evening. (D)

Friday 13th April
Steam to Torun via historic Gniezno
After breakfast, you transfer to Poznan main line station and board your steam hauled special comprising four first class coaches, restaurant and bar car, so you can buy meals, drinks and snacks throughout the journey. You’ll be hauled by an impressive Pt47-65 2-6-2 locomotive for the next four days. You steam out of Poznan and head for historic Gniezno, where the various tribes of this region were first united as Poles in the 10th century. Your destination is Torun, one of the oldest cities in Poland. Its mediaeval Old Town is a UNESCO Heritage Site. On arrival, you transfer to your 4-star hotel, then the afternoon is free for you to sightsee in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. (B)

Saturday 14th April
Steam to Grudziadz; sightseeing tour then on to Koscierzyna
This morning you leave Torun steam hauled by your PT47-65. You continue to Grudziadz, an historic city of around 96,000 inhabitants on the Vistula river, where you stop for a 2-hour guided tour. Sights include the Catholic St Nicholas’ Church, parts of which originate from the 13th century, the Memorial to Polish soldiers and the iconic Market Square. Your journey continues from Grudziadz north through Laskowice to Koscierzyna. Here you check into your 4-star hotel Hotel Stary Browar for two sumptuous nights. (B)

Sunday 15th April
Steam to Gdynia; trip to Hel or sightseeing to Sopot and Gdansk
After breakfast, you transfer to the station and depart Koscierzyna steam hauled heading for Gdynia, a pretty seaside resort. There you have the option to continue to Hel Peninsula for a 2-hour stay or join a longer sightseeing tour along the coast from Gdynia to visit Sopot and Gdansk. Hel Peninsular is a 34-km long sandbank that arcs out into the Baltic Sea, much of it covered with picturesque, wind-deformed pine trees. Hel itself is one of two ports at its southern end. Sopot is known for its health spas, sandy beach and its long wooden pier that extends into the Bay of Gdansk. Whichever tour you choose, afterwards you return to your hotel in Koscierzyna for overnight accommodation. (B)

Monday 16th April
Return by steam to Poznan
You depart Koscierzyna this morning hauled by your PT47-65, soon passing through Gydinia and taking the branch line to the seaside town of Lepa and on to Szecinek, before continuing via Pila to Poznan. You arrive in Poznan in the early evening and transfer to your comfortable hotel. (B)

Tuesday 17th April
Main line steam from Zbaszyn via Wolsztyn to Leszno with a O149 locomotive
This morning you transfer by coach from your Poznan hotel for a short trip on the quintessentially Polish 750mm narrow gauge steam on the Środa Wielkopolska Railway. You’ll be hauled over the 14km long line by a post war 0-8-0 tank locomotive class PX48, with plenty of photo opportunities. Another exciting main line steam experience awaits you later when, after transferring to Zbaszyn, the junction of the Warsaw - Berlin main line with the secondary line to Leszno, you board another main line steam train. First there’s a private charter from Zbaszyn to Wolsztyn to enjoy, before you join the regular Plandampf service for the timetabled run from Wolsztyn to Leszno, hauled by an impressive PKP class type Ol49 2-6-2 tender locomotive. At Leszno there’s time for film and photos, before you continue with an electric service train to Wroclaw. You arrive in the afternoon and check into your centrally located hotel, where your luggage has already been transferred. For the rest of the day you’ll have time to enjoy the city and make use of a complimentary public transport rover to discover the local tram network or sightsee. Wroclaw, the ‘Venice of Poland’, has a unique architectural and cultural make-up, and is situated on the Odra River, with 12 islands, 130 bridges and riverside parks adding to its idyllic beauty. (B L)

Wednesday 18th April
Main line steam charter with TKt48-18 on a circular route through the Giant Mountains
After breakfast, you make the short transfer from Wroclaw to the Jaworzyna Slaska railway museum. This attractive roundhouse is also the base of the 2-8-2 tank engine TKt48-18, which will haul your private charter train on the two next days. On the first day, the large circular route goes via Wałbrzych to Kłodzko, before returning on rare track via Swidnica Miasto.The Wałbrzych to Kłodzko route opened in 1879, intended to serve as a direct path from Berlin to Vienna, but today the formidably engineered line only is served by regional trains.As you gaze from your window at the snow-capped Giant Mountains, you can hear the rugged tank engine battle the gradients. Lunch will be taken at a typical Polish restaurant, while there’ll be ample photo stops. You reach Jaworzyna Slaska by late afternoon before making the short transfer back to Wroclaw. (B L)

Thursday 19th April
Main line steam to Jelenia Gora and Szklarska Porebna Gorna
Another exciting day out behind TKt48-18 awaits you, as you steam once again into the Giant (Karkonosze) Mountains, this time on the busy main line to Jelenia Gora, and then on to the mountain ski resort of Szklarska Poreba, situated in the beautiful valley of the Kamienna, between the Karkonosze in the south and the Izera Mountains in the west. The landscape here features breath-taking views, crystal clear waterfalls and cascades, surrounded by towering granite rocks. Lunch will be taken at a typical mountain cottage, before you return to Jaworzyna Slaska. Photo stops will once again be featured. You return to Wroclaw in the early evening to enjoy one more night in the city, perhaps visiting Ostrów Tumski, the ‘Cathedral Island’, within easy walking distance northeast of the market square, and site of the first settlement of Wrocław, by Slavic tribes in the 9th century. (B L)

Friday 20th April
Return flight to London
This morning there is still time for you to further sightsee the historic city of Wroclaw, before catching a direct flight back to London. (B)


Details

Price

  • Tour price £2195
  • Single supplement £249
  • Ground only (Poznan – Wroclaw) £2110

All prices shown are per person.

Price Includes

  • 8 nights accommodation with breakfast in the hotels
  • 3 lunches
  • 1 dinner
  • All specially chartered steam trains as detailed in the itinerary
  • All visits as detailed in the itinerary
  • All transfers
  • The services of a tour manager

Meals included each day are shown as:
B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner

 

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