Steam in Wolsztyn and Western Poland

Tuesday 9th April to Tuesday 16th April 2019
8 - Days


Prices from: £1895


Experience six different days of main line steam on this delightful spring tour around western and northern Poland, including the world famous Plandampf experience in Wolsztyn.


Departure Date: 09-Apr-2019
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Based in the vibrant cities of Wrocław and Poznan, as well as an elegant resort hotel near Wolsztyn, you’ll be steam-hauled by impressive Class Pt47 and Ol49 type locomotives dating from the late 1940s and early 1950s, as you travel around Southwestern and Northwestern Poland in exclusively reserved First Class coaches with comfortable compartment seating. Aside from the main line adventure of ‘Intercity Steam’, your itinerary also features ‘rare track’ excursions to Baltic sea ports on two separate days. A private dinner cruise on the River Odra in beautiful Wrocław is an added bonus. Naturally one of the signature attractions of your tour will be a visit to Europe’s last active main line steam shed, as you sample Wolsztyn’s famed Plandampf operations. For a special steam holiday with a relaxed pace of travel and plenty of engaging destinations ‘off the beaten path’, look no further than this highlight-packed main line travel tour.

Tuesday 9th April
Direct flight to Wrocław
You have a morning flight from London directly to Wrocław in Southwestern Poland. On arrival you transfer to your conveniently located city centre hotel, with the rest of the day free to explore this historic city, famous for its delightful Old Town and enchanting river landscape. You’ll also receive a complimentary public transport ticket, so you can conveniently explore the expansive tram network. You’ll have a group lunch with your fellow travellers after arrival at the hotel. (L)

Wednesday 10th April
Steam around the Wrocław Docks and Odra River Cruise
After breakfast you take the tram to Poland’s most attractive railway station, renowned for its Neo-Gothic Tudor-Revival style dating from 1904. You’ll then enjoy a private charter steam train tour of the city over Wrocław’s countless railway viaducts and river bridges, originally modelled on the Stadtbahn in Berlin. Your rugged tank engine then proceeds to the freight-only docklands, for a trip over truly ‘rare track’ and a fascinating glimpse into the city’s industry. Your excursion concludes around mid-day, giving you more time to explore at your own pace in the afternoon. In the evening, you reconvene with your fellow travellers for a relaxing private dinner cruise on the River Odra. Built upon twelve islands, Wrocław is surrounded by rivers and canals and boasts approximately 130 bridges within the city boundaries. You’ll quickly understand why it’s become known as the ‘Venice of Poland’. (B L D)

Thursday 11th April
‘Plandampf’ on the Leszno to Wolsztyn line, Wolsztyn Roundhouse Visit, photo charter on the disused Powodowo branch line
Today you take a PKP Intercity service from Wrocław to Leszno, travelling in First Class comfort. After lunch in Leszno, you join the early afternoon steam service to Wolsztyn to experience the world’s last standard gauge main line steam shed, where mighty tender locomotives continue to haul regular service trains running on all-stations stopping services. On arrival in Wolsztyn you’ll have time to visit the collection of stored locomotives at the iconic roundhouse, pausing to take pictures while the locomotives are re-fuelled by crane. This iconic steam depot is a unique place for European rail buffs. Completely restored over recent decades, it was built between 1896 and 1905 and includes an impressive station hall, roundhouse and water tower. As a late afternoon treat you then have a short steam-hauled trip on the disused branch line to Powodowo, with run-pasts staged for filming purposes. You then transfer by coach to a nearby resort hotel, where you can relax and unwind before a welcome evening meal is served. (B L D)

Friday 12th April
Main line steam with Pt47-65 from Wolsztyn via Poznan and Torun to Koscierzyna
One of your holiday highlights begins today, on a landmark 4-day main line steam tour of the Northwest and Baltic Coast of Poland. You join a special train organized by the award-winning Wolsztyn Experience, hauled by the impressive 2-8-2 tender locomotive Pt47-65 throughout. The train is formed of traditional First Class compartment coaches with deep-cushioned seats and a bar car in the consist. You have reserved compartments in a semi-private coach and for extra comfort and refinement only 4 people will be seated in a compartment made for 6, giving everyone plenty of space to relax. While you enjoy the main line performance of the vintage 1949 locomotive, your luggage will be forwarded to your next hotel in the historic town of Koscierzyna. Your steam train special travels from Poznan to Koscierzyna via Torun, Bydgoszcz and Kostrzyn, running over busy main line corridors as well as unusual secondary lines. There will be a mid-day break to visit the historic city of Torun, which is framed by red brick buildings, pretty churches and a Teutonic fortress. You arrive to Koscierzyna by evening and will be accommodated at the attractive boutique Hotel Stary Browar, which is not just housed in an old brewery building, but also has its own brewpub and elegant restaurant on premises. This centrally located hotel will be your base for the next two nights. (B)

Saturday 13th April
Main line steam to the Baltic Sea and Hel Peninsula
Another exciting steam excursion awaits today, as you travel on the special train to the far north of Poland and journey along the Baltic Coast. You pass the port of Gdynia and then venture over the scenic Hel Peninsula to the iconic terminus of Hel, which stands for Helium in Polish. This is a popular seaside resort with fish restaurants and sandy beaches. From Hel you return to Koscierzyna via Gdynia, Gdansk, Starogard and Czersk, travelling over more ‘rare track’ in the Polish hinterland. (B)

Sunday 14th April
Main line steam along the Baltic Coast to Leba and Kolobrzeg
Pt47-65 once again does the honours today and hauls you north-westwards towards different Polish port towns, including the Leba branch line and the idyllic route from Koszalin to the coastal resort town of Kolobrzeg, where you arrive by the evening and spend one night at a quality hotel right on the beach. (B)

Monday 15th April
Main line steam via Szczecin and Pila to Poznan
To conclude your tour in fine style, another full day of steam on the Polish main line awaits, as you head south to Szczecin and then take the route via Stargard and Pila to Poznan, passing over parts of the old Prussian Ostbahn. After several hundred miles of steam-hauled travel, your big steam ‘bash’ concludes in Poznan in the evening. You then check into a centrally located hotel in the heart of this vibrant city. (B)

Tuesday 16th April
Return to London
After a relaxing lie in, you have plenty of time to see the sites in the historic Old Town of Poznan during a free morning, including the main market square and Baroque City Hall, before an afternoon flight from Poznan takes you directly back to London. (B)


Details

Price

  • Tour price £1995
  • Single supplement £245
  • Ground only (Wrocław – Poznan) £1895

All prices shown are per person.

Price Includes

  • 7 Nights hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • All steam, tram, boat and rail services 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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