Autumn Steam in Saxony

Thursday 17th October to Wednesday 23rd October 2019
7 - Days


Prices from: £1150


Enjoy inspiring landscapes, spectacular autumn colour and exhilarating steam travel on land and water on this magical holiday tour in Eastern Germany.


Departure Date: 17-Oct-2019
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  • Based in a centrally located 4-star hotel in Dresden for the tour duration
  • Enjoy steam travel by land and water in and around the city on narrow-gauge trains and genuine paddle steamers
  • Ample time to enjoy Dresden and its stunning landmarks and ambience using a complimentary issued travel rover ticket
  • Experience German ‘Plandampf on 5 different narrow-gauge railways on 2 different gauges, including the re-opened Weisseritztalbahn to Kurort Kipsdorf
  • Private steam charter at the 15-inch Dresden Park Railway with an iconic ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive
  • See the famed national park in the heart of ‘Saxon Switzerland’ on a private charter on the scenic Kirnitzschtal tramway

Thursday 17th October
London to Dresden
Travel by train from London St Pancras via Brussels and Frankfurt to Saxony’s capital city Dresden. On arrival you check in to a 4-star city centre hotel, which is your base for the tour. On arrival you’ll receive a complimentary public transport ticket, valid on all local trains, trams, buses and ferries for the duration of your stay.

Friday 18th October
Paddle steamer cruise to Pillnitz Castle; Vintage Monorail in Loschwitz
You’ll enjoy a sightseeing cruise of Dresden on a 19th century paddle steamer. You steam upstream on the River Elbe to Pillnitz Palace, En route you pass vineyards, villas and the 1893 ‘Blue Wonder’ Loschwitz steel bridge. Stopping at Loschwitz on the way back you take the local funicular to the summit for views of the city. You descend back to Loschwitz by ‘dingle-dangle’ mountain monorail dating back to 1901. Afterwards you have time to explore Dresden’s local tram network using your public transport ticket or to visit the local museums and sights. (B)

Saturday 19th October
Steam at the Dresden Park Railway and at the Lössnitz Narrow Gauge Railway
Today you visit Germany’s premier 15-inch line, the Dresden Park Railway. Travelling behind a classic 1920s 4-6-2 ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive covering the entire 5.6 km long circular line within the ‘Grosser Garten’ park, pausing for several run-pasts. The visit concludes with a guided tour of the shed and workshop. After free time in the city you visit the nearby 16.5 km Radebeul-Radeburg steam railway just outside Dresden, which passes the Moritzburg castle. The local vineyards offer wonderful autumn colours at this time of year. At the Radeburg terminus, your locomotive takes on water before travelling back to Radebeul, continuing to downtown Dresden on either the scenic overland tramway route or by frequent DB service train. In late afternoon and evening you have time at leisure in the city. (B L)

Sunday 20th October
Steam at the at the Weisseritz Valley Railway
Another steam highlight awaits today on an excursion to the re-opened narrow-gauge Weisseritz Valley Railway. You’ll be steam-hauled through the region’s ‘canyon’ landscape from Freital-Hainsberg to Kurort Kipsdorf along the River Weisseritz, passing cliffs, narrow bridges and lakes on the way. Enjoy the panoramic views from the your open-top observation car. After the full round-trip you return to Dresden, with free time to enjoy and explore the city once more. (B)

Monday 21st October
Narrow-gauge steam in Zittau
Another narrow-gauge highlight awaits today on the Zittau steam railway in Saxony, on the German border with Poland and the Czech Republic. From Zittau the 12.2 km branch line runs to the resort town of Kurort Oybin. There’s also a short 3.8 km long stub from the junction station of Bertsdorf to Kurort Jonsdorf to enjoy. Using a complimentary day-long rover ticket you can explore both lines and film the double departure from Bertsdorf. Impressive 2-10-2 tank engines run every day on the Zittau network with two or three in steam. Rocky cliff formations frame the line around Oybin. You return in late afternoon to Dresden by service train. (B)

Tuesday 22nd October
Heritage Tramway in the ‘Saxon Switzerland’ National Park at Bad Schandau
This morning you make a quick transfer on a direct train to Bad Schandau and enjoy a private charter journey on the Kirnitzschtal tramway. Travelling on an original 1920s tramway, the route runs from the spa town of Bad Schandau to the waterfalls at Lichtenhain. Along the way there’ll be several photo stops staged in the Saxon Switzerland National Park. To cap the excursion, you enjoy a guided shed visit in Bad Schandau, before returning to Dresden on the scenic main line from Bad Schandau via Königstein on a direct service train. (B)

Wednesday 23rd October
Return to London
You return to London St Pancras, travelling on high speed trains via Frankfurt, Cologne and Brussels. (B)


Details

Price

  • First Class £1425
  • Standard Class £1295
  • Single supplement £195
  • Ground only (Dresden – Dresden) £1150

All prices shown are per person.

Price Includes

  • First Class or Standard class rail travel from London to Dresden and return
  • 6 Nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel with breakfast
  • Complimentary 7-day Dresden public transport ticket included
  • All rail trips and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Paddle steamer cruise
  • The services of a tour manager

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


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