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A real steamboat “bonanza”

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A real steamboat “bonanza”

Every two years, Germany's northernmost city of Flensburg hosts a unique steam festival which can be likened to a continental equivalent of the Great Dorset Steam Fair.
And while some stationary steam equipment and steam rollers also feature along the quayside in Flensburg, the main difference is that the "Dampf Rundum" ("Steam All Around") fest showcases first and foremost Europe's greatest coastal steamers. Proud, original, tall-stacked steamers from the North Sea and Baltic Coast descend on Flensburg for a unique gathering that has all the hallmarks of a typical steam railway gala, except that the action takes place on the water. It's a scene and sight to behold and a spectacle that simply is a lot of fun to experience. Best of all, the massive machinery and fascinating operations with large volunteer crews can be witnessed first-hand and up-close. See some of the largest preserved and fully functional steam engines up close in the engine room, while watching the stoker hand-fire huge boilers with old coal shovels. It's a trip to yesteryear and all the more amazing in a 21st century context.

For the very first time, we are running a tour to visit the "Dampf Rundum" festival in mid July 2019. The entire tour is comfortably based for 7 days in the exciting, nearby port city of Hamburg, allowing you to experience the very best of Northern Germany, without having to change hotels or worry about luggage transfers. Aside from maximum steam in Flensburg, our highly customized itinerary also includes private charter cruises in Hamburg on 2 different river steamers and a private dinner cruise on the Kiel Canal aboard the splendid paddle steamer "Freya". There are so many different highlights in the programme, best to read the full itinerary here.

Starting at £1345 this unique summer holiday represents tremendous value for money and is bound to provide a memorable experience by land and water. Don't miss out.