Steam in the former Yugoslavia

Friday 7th June to Wednesday 19th June 2019
13 - Days


Prices from: £1995


Experience vintage steam in the timeless city of Bled and marvel at the locomotives in the Slovenian Railway Museum in Ljubljana.


Departure Date: 07-Jun-2019
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In Bosnia you’ll get to travel on the everyday steam locomotives working this coal mining area and enjoy ”first electrical tram“ in Sarajevo. At Mokra Gora in Serbia you’ll travel on the world’s only preserved steam operated International Narrow Gauge Railway. Savour the thrills of the ‘Sargan 8’ while based for two nights on Mokra Gora, before the tour concludes in style in Belgrade. Staged run pasts, sumptuous cuisine and plenty of excursions including visits to steam depots and museums are the ideal recipe for this delightful holiday treat to rare destinations.

Friday 7th June
Flight to Ljubljana, Slovenia
You take an early afternoon direct flight from London to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. On arrival you transfer from Ljubljana to your 4-star hotel in Kranjska Gora for dinner and overnight accommodation. Kranjska Gora is a town steeped in folklore, situated on the Sava Dolinka River in the Upper Carniola region of north western Slovenia, close to the Austrian and Italian borders. (D)

Saturday 8th June
Steam through the Julian Alps
Today you travel northwards by road coach to Jesenice, a steel-producing town in the Upper Sava Valley, close to the Austrian border. Travelling on a service train in a vintage carriage you will be hauled by a Class 33 steam locomotive for the scenic trip on the ‘Transalpina’ Railway, which connects Jesenice in Slovenia with Gorizia in Italy. You pass through the Julian Alps, chasing rivers and skirting lakes en route to Nova Gorica, a new town created after border changes, where you stop for lunch. You return by service train to Jesenica where you will travel by road coach back to Kranjska Gora, for dinner and a second night in your hotel. (B L D)

Sunday 9th June
Lake Bled and National Railway Museum
After breakfast in the hotel you transfer by road coach to Bled to enjoy a road tour of the spectacular Lake Bled and a visit to picturesque Bled Castle. Lunch is taken at the Mayer Restaurant in Bled itself before you continue by road to Ljubljana. Here you’ll visit the National Railway Museum, one of the best in Europe, and discover the extensive collection of steam locomotives displayed in the restored roundhouse. You continue by road coach, travelling from Ljubljana to Croatia’s capital, Zagreb. Dinner and accommodation will be in the 4-star Hotel. (B L D)

Monday 10th June
Zagreb, Croatia to Tuzla, Bosnia
This morning, after a guided city tour, you transfer by road coach to Zagreb Station and board an Inter-City train to Vinkovci, the main railway junction of eastern Croatia. You’ll have a light lunch here before departing by coach to Lukavac, a town near Tuzla in north eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. You arrive early evening and check into Hotel Senad od Bosne, double and twin rooms , and Hotel Lukavac, single rooms. Dinner and overnight accommodation. (B D)

Tuesday 11th June
Rare route for steam
Today there’s a morning visit to the locomotive depot in Bukinje, the last steam depot where Class 33 steam locomotives are in regular use. You then transfer to Tuzla Railway Station and join a specially chartered train hauled by a Class 33 steam locomotive. There’s a 110 km (68 mile) round trip from Tuzla north to Bosanska Bijela, near Brcko and back to enjoy, while en route there will be plenty of time for staged run-pasts to film or photograph this rare event. Dinner and accommodation will be back in Lukavac this evening. (B L D)

Wednesday 12th June
Steam at Banovici
After breakfast you transfer by road coach to Tuzla Railway Station to join a specially chartered train hauled by a Class 33 steam locomotive. You travel on to Banovici where both standard and narrow gauge steam locomotives are in regular service on the coal mine railways. After lunch you rejoin your train which will now be hauled by a 25-30 steam locomotive for the journey to Separacija via Turija. There are sure to be spectacular photo and film opportunities en route. Later a road coach takes you back to Lukavac for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)

Thursday 13th June
Steam at Banovici and Dubrave
Today you transfer by road coach to Banovici, with time to visit the coal mine at Dubrave with its working Class 33 steam locomotives. You’ll join another specially chartered train at Banovici, hauled by ex-Hungarian State Railways (MAV) 0-8-0T steam locomotive No. 55-99. A visit to the workshop is included. Leaving Banovici after lunch you join the line to Kolska travelling on to Grivice and Separacija. You then transfer by road coach back to Lukavac for dinner and overnight acommodation. (B L D)

Friday 14th June
Steam at Banovici and Sikulje , bus transfer via Doboj to Sarajevo
This morning a specially chartered train, double headed by 83-159 and 83-158 steam locomotives, takes you from Banovici through the picturesque countryside through Separacija and Turija before returning to Banovici. During the journey there’ll be many staged photo opportunity run pasts. A visit to the coal mine at Sikulje has been arranged where you will witness a Class 33 at work. You transfer from here by road coach to Sarajevo via Doboj. On arrival you transfer to the 4-star Hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. (B L D)

Saturday 15th June
Sarajevo
After breakfast there’s a scheduled visit to the Sarajevo tram depot to enjoy a private charter on a vintage “First Electrical Tram”. The day continues with a tour of Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which lies in the Sarajevo valley in the heart of the Dinaric Alps. The hub of the city is the Old Town with its cobbled streets and Oriental style shops, including a preserved Ottoman Inn. Lunch will be served today in the national restaurant by the market. The remainder of the afternoon is free to relax and explore at leisure. Dinner will be taken in the hotel restaurant. (B L D)

Sunday 16th June
Border Crossing; Steam to Mokra Gora
A road coach takes you today from Sarajevo to Visegrad, with a short break en route at Rogatica and another for lunch at Andrićgrad in Visegrad. In Visegrad we board a narrow gauge train, hauled by a Class 83 0-8-2 steam locomotive, and travel through Bosnian/Serbian border, along the river gorge on the Sargan Narrow Gauge Railway to Mokra Gora. From here you travel by road coach to your hotel where you will enjoy two nights’ accommodation. After dinner you will be able to relax and watch movies directed by famous director Emir Kusturica, and winners at Cannes and Berlin film festivals, or for those keen photographers there will be the opportunity to photograph Locomotive 83 at night. (B L D)

Monday 17th June
Mokra Gora and the Sargan 8
Today you join a special train, hauled by a Class 83 steam locomotive, for the journey from Mokra Gora to Sargan Vitasi. The railway is known as ‘Sargan 8’ because of the unusual figure-of-eight loop by which it gains 300 metres in height between the Mokra Gora Valley and the Sargan. This narrow gauge railway line is located amidst gorgeous scenery and is one of the most beautiful railways in the world. You’ll have lunch at Jatare Station before returning to Mokra Gora early afternoon. You have some free time this afternoon to relax and explore before dinner. (B L D)

Tuesday 18th June
Narrow Gauge Railway Museum
This morning you transfer by road coach to Pozega to visit a fascinating Narrow Gauge Railway Museum with a diverse collection of Yugoslavian steam locomotives. After your visit you will join the Tito’s salon train known as the Blue Train and travel electric hauled to Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia. A 3 course lunch will be served on the train. A guided tour of the Serbian capital, which lies at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers, follows. You then check into overnight accommodation at a Belgrade 4-star hotel, have your farewell dinner at a national restaurant. (B L D)

Wednesday 19th June
Homeward bound
After breakfast you transfer to Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, Surcin, for the return flight to London, arriving there in the afternoon. (B)


Details

Price

  • Tour price £2195
  • Single supplement £259
  • Ground only (Ljubljana – Belgrade) £1995

All prices shown are per person.

Price Includes

  • Flights from London to Ljubljana and Belgrade to London
  • 12 nights hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • 9 lunches (some packed) and 12 dinners
  • All train travel, steam charters and transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • Private coach throughout transferring your luggage daily
  • The services of a tour manager

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

 

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