Steam in Bohemia and Moravia

Tuesday 9th June to Wednesday 17th June 2020
9 - Days


Prices from: £1895


The historic cities of Prague and Brno and the rural landscapes of the Czech Republic create a superb backdrop to this unique tour, packed with main line and narrow-gauge steam highlights.


Departure Date: 09-Jun-2020
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  • Explore the ‘Golden City’ of Prague and Moravia’s capital Brno on private charter trips by luxury tram, classic car and vintage boat.
  • Sample an eclectic line-up of unusual main line steam locomotives, including big tank engines that have only just returned to service after decades out of use.
  • Experience lots of ‘rare track’ excursions with private charter trips on scenic countryside routes and unusual branch lines.
  • Enjoy private sunset cruises aboard historic 1930s ships in Prague and the Moravian Wine Country south of Brno.
  • Kolin and Mladejov narrow-gauge railways on private steam charters, including the recent track extensions on both lines.
  • For a holiday rich in culture, nature and history, with luxury hotel stays in two convenient city locations, look no further than this relaxed steam tour of unsung European destinations.

Tuesday 9th June
Arrival in Prague; City Sightseeing on vintage cars; Sunset cruise on River Vltava
Following a direct flight to Prague you check into an elegant city centre hotel for a welcome lunch. After a look around the Old Town, you enjoy a private sightseeing tour in delightful classic cars with open, convertible roofs. In the evening you then embark on a privately chartered sunset cruise on the River Vltava aboard an historic motor vessel dating from the 1930s. (L D)

Wednesday 10th June
Classic Prague by luxury tram and steam at the Kolin Sugar Beet Railway
This morning you board a smart luxury tram for a sightseeing tour of Prague, with complimentary drinks served aboard. See the city’s premier landmarks while criss-crossing the River Vltava on its famous bridges. The tour concludes near the hilltop Prague Castle, looking down on the rooftops and spires of the city, before you have lunch at an elegant Grand Café. In the afternoon you transfer from Prague’s historic main station on a service train to Kolin in Central Bohemia, where you ride the entire length of the re-opened 600 mm narrow gauge railway, including the most recent extensions. This delightful railway runs through fields and forests and will also pause for run-pasts. Motive power is provided by a rugged industrial tank engine and, weather permitting, your private charter train will be formed of semi-open ‘fresh air’ summer coaches, providing excellent views of the passing scenery. After a visit to the local steam shed, you return to Prague by service train to spend the evening at leisure in the city. (B L)

Thursday 11th June
Main line steam off the beaten path in North Bohemia
Main line steam takes centre stage today, as you first steam through the rolling hills of North Bohemia past hilltop castles and impressive rock formations in the region known as ‘Czech Paradise’. Your private steam train is formed of traditional green coaches and hauled by an old tank engine dating from the Austro-Hungarian era. You travel steam-hauled over on the main line on ‘rare track’, taking the route from the junction station of Turnov to Jicin, then onwards to Kopidlno and on the freight-only line via Dolni Bousov to Bakov nad Jizerou and finally again Turnov, thus completing a large circular journey for the day. Lunch and drinks will be served in the bistro car of the train. In the late afternoon you return to Prague. (B L)

Friday 12th June
Main line steam in Central Bohemia from Luzna to Kralovice
This morning you board a Czech Railways service train hauled by an impressive ‘Goggle’ type diesel locomotive. Travelling westward, you reach Luzna u Rakovnika, home to a large collection of steam locomotives at the Czech Republic’s premier railway museum. You have time to visit the roundhouse and grounds and see the collection, before a private steam charter takes you on the unusual line via Rakovnik to Kralovice. You have lunch at a typical Czech countryside inn and pause for plenty of photo stops. Traction today will either be provided by a Class 354 4-6-2 tank engine or a Class 423 2-8-2 tank engine. After arriving at Kralovice, you return by steam train to Luzna, before taking a service train back to Prague. (B L)

Saturday 13th June
Steam in Moravia at the Mladejov narrow-gauge railway; arrival at Brno
Today you explore the other principal region of the Czech Republic, Moravia. You arrive in the town of Mladejov by service train and visit the local industrial museum, which holds an impressive range of tank engines. It’s also the base of the namesake 11 km long 600 mm narrow-gauge railway, on which you’ll enjoy a private charter in semi-open summer coaches through rolling fields, up several hills and into dense forests. You make the full-length return journey and have lunch at the museum grounds in Mladejov. Afterwards you travel by service train onward to Brno, arriving in Moravia’s principal city by early evening. You have dinner at a centrally located hotel, where your luggage has already been directly transferred. (B L D)

Sunday 14th June
Vintage trams and leisure in Brno
After a lie in and a leisurely breakfast, you have time to have a look around the charming Old Town of Brno, framed by the hilltop Petrov Cathedral and Spilberk Fortress. There is much Viennese charm in this splendid city, located close to the Austrian border. In the early afternoon you enjoy a private sightseeing tour on a wood-bodied teak tram, covering the highlights of the city’s expansive tram network. Every effort will also be made to secure a ride behind Brno’s famous steam tramway locomotive ‘Caroline’ at the local technical museum, although this can never be guaranteed in advance, so is therefore only a potential option. A free evening caps a relaxed day in the city. (B)

Monday 15th June
Main line steam in Moravia from Brno to Oslavany; Wine country sunset cruise
You return to the Czech main line on a private charter train behind the rugged 2-8-2 tank engine 433.001 from the late 1940s. You travel from Brno south-westward and cover the branch line to Oslavany, pausing along the way for photos and lunch. You return to Brno in the evening for a welcome sunset cruise with dinner on the local Nove Mlyny lake aboard a vintage vessel. This pretty reservoir is located in the heart of the South Moravian Wine Country, not far from the Austrian border and the Austrian Weinviertel wine-growing region. (B L D)

Tuesday 16th June
Main line steam in Eastern Moravia with 525.101
A ‘big beast’ provides a fitting steam finale to your memorable tour, as you steam in Eastern Moravia from Veseli nad Moravou to the spa town of Luhacovice, hauled by your big 0-10-0 tank engine, only recently overhauled after decades out of service. Travelling through the tranquil rural scenery of Eastern Moravia, you once again get to experience the hallmarks of the picturesque Czech railway network. Your train will stop as usual for photos along the way, while lunch will be taken in Luhacovice. After returning to Veseli nad Moravou by steam train, you return to Brno on a service train. (B L)

Wednesday 17th June
Return to London
You conclude your memorable Czech holiday with a direct flight back to London. (B)


Details

Price

  • Tour price £1995
  • Single supplement £325
  • Ground only (Prague – Brno) £1895

All prices shown are per person based on two persons sharing.

Price Includes

  • Flights from London to Prague and Brno to London
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • 7 lunches and 3 dinners
  • All specially chartered steam trains as detailed in the itinerary
  • All specially chartered trips on heritage trams and vintage ships
  • All train and road coach travel as detailed in the itinerary
  • All transfers and visits as detailed in the itinerary
  • The services of a tour manager

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

 

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