Steam in the former Yugoslavia

Friday 5th June to Wednesday 17th June 2020
13 - Days


Prices from: £1995


Discover the contrasting culture and scenery of historic Yugoslavia on a unique steam tour of four of its
former republics.


Departure Date: 05-Jun-2020
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  • Experience vintage steam in the timeless city of Bled and marvel at the locomotives in the Slovenian Railway Museum in Ljubljana.
  • In Bosnia you’ll see the everyday steam locomotives that work this coal mining area and enjoy the ‘first electrical tram’ in Sarajevo.
  • Enjoy a day trip from Sarajevo to World Heritage city Mostar, on one of the most scenic train routes in the world.
  • 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’ railway while based for two nights in Mokra Gora, before your tour concludes in style in Belgrade.
  • Staged run pasts, sumptuous cuisine and plenty of excursions including visits to steam depots and museums are an ideal recipe for a delightful holiday visiting some special destinations.

Friday 5th June
Flight to Ljubljana, Slovenia
  You take an early afternoon direct flight from London to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. On arrival you transfer to your 4-star hotel in Kranjska Gora, on the Sava Dolinka River in the Upper Carniola region of north western Slovenia, near the Austrian and Italian border. (D)

Saturday 6th June
Steam through the Julian Alps on the ’Transalpina’ Railway
Today you travel by road coach to Jesenice, a town in the Upper Sava Valley, near the Austrian border. Travelling by service train in a vintage carriage hauled by a Class 33 steam locomotive for a scenic trip on the ’Transalpina’ Railway, connecting Jesenice in Slovenia with Gorizia in Italy. Travelling through the Julian Alps to Nova Gorica, where you stop for lunch. Returning by service train to Jesenica and road coach to Kranjska Gora, for dinner at your hotel. (B L D)

Sunday 7th June
Road tour of Lake Bled; Visit to Ljubljana and the National Railway Museum 
After breakfast transfer by coach to Bled in northwestern Slovenia. Enjoy a road tour of Lake Bled and visit the picturesque Bled Castle. Enjoy Lunch at a local restaurant 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 in the restored roundhouse. Afterwards, continue by coach to Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, where you check in to a 4-star hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)

Monday 8th June
 Guided tour of Zagreb; Croatia to Tuzla, Bosnia
This morning after a guided city tour of Zagreb, you board an Inter-City train to Vinkovci, the main railway junction of eastern Croatia. After lunch, depart 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 or Motel Onix for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)

Tuesday 9th June
Steam depot at Bukinje; Rare route by steam from Banovici to Turija
This morning you visit the locomotive depot in Bukinje, where Class 33 steam locomotives are in regular use. Afterwards, transfer to the station at Banovici, where you can see the locomotives series 19-12 and 62 shunting on standard gauge. After lunch, your trip continues with photo stops, from Banovici to Turija station in a special train consisting of passenger wagons, hauled by locomotive series 25. Dinner is served at your hotel in Lukavac. (B L D)

Wednesday 10th June
 Steam at Banovici
After breakfast you transfer by coach to Sikulje station where you can photograph the Series 33 locomotive. Afterwards, you transfer to Banovici and travel on a special train with locomotive 55-99 and 3 passenger wagons on the line from the Separacija to Kolska, including photo stops and a workshop visit. After lunch, you continue to Grivice station and then back to Separacija, with more photo opportunities staged. Returning back to Lukavac for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)

Thursday 11th June
 Steam at Banovici and Dubrave; Bus transfer via Doboj to Sarajevo
Today, you transfer by coach to Dubrave, and visit the coal mine with its working Class 33 steam locomotives. You’ll join your specially chartered train at Banovici, hauled by two locomotives series 83, 83-159 and 82-158, with 5 coal wagons and one passenger wagon, on the line from Separacija via Jama Omazici to Banovici, with photo stops. Following lunch, you continue double-headed from Jama Omazici to Turija. Afterwards, you transfer by bus to Sarajevo for dinner and overnight stay in a 4-star hotel. (B L D)

Friday 12th June
Mediaeval Mostar: Capljina to Sarajevo, one of the world’s most beautiful train routes
Today, you travel by coach through the Valley of Neretva River to the mediaeval city of Mostar, a cultural gem and on the World Heritage list. Stopping at Jablanica you visit the site and museum of the famous Battle for the Wounded, when in January 1943 18,000 partisan forces defeated 120,000 Axis solders, and so saved the lives of 4.000 wounded from their convoy. In Mostar you’ll have free time before travelling to Vrelo Bune for lunch by the river. Afterwards you visit Pocitelj, and take a service train from Capljina to Sarajevo, on one of the ten most beautiful train routes in the world (Daily Telegraph). On arriving at Sarajevo railway station, you have a short walk to your hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)

Saturday 13th June
 Sarajevo tram depot and city tour
After breakfast you visit the Sarajevo tram depot for a private charter on a vintage ‘First Electrical Tram’. Followed by 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 taken in the national restaurant by the market. The remainder of the afternoon is free to relax and explore at leisure. Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant. (B L D)

Sunday 14th June
Border Crossing; Steam to Mokra Gora
  Today your coach takes you from Sarajevo to Visegrad, with a short break at Rogatica. Enjoy lunch in Visegrad before you board a narrow-gauge train hauled by a Class 83 0-8-2 steam locomotive, travelling through the Bosnian/Serbian border, along the river gorge on the Sargan narrow-gauge railway to Mokra Gora (literally Wet Mountain). From here you transfer by coach to your hotel in Drvengrad village, where you’ll enjoy two nights’ accommodation. After dinner relax and watch movies directed by internationally acclaimed director Emir Kusturica, winner at both Cannes and Berlin film festivals. (B L D)

Monday 15th June
Mokra Gora and the Sargan 8
Today you join a special train, hauled by a Class 83 steam locomotive, and travel 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 one of the most beautiful railways in the world. You’ll have lunch at Jatare Station before returning to Mokra Gora in the early afternoon with time to relax and explore before dinner is served at the hotel. (B L D)

Tuesday 16th June
Narrow Gauge Railway Museum at Pozega; Tito’s train to Belgrade
You transfer by coach to Pozega to visit a fascinating narrow-gauge Railway Museum with a diverse collection of Yugoslavian steam locomotives. Afterwards you join former Yugoslavian president 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. Afterwards enjoy a guided tour of the Serbian capital. You then check into your 4-star hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B L D)

Wednesday 17th June
Homeward bound
  After breakfast you transfer to Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, Surcin, for your 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 based on two persons sharing.

Price Includes

  • Flights from London to Ljubljana and Belgrade to London
  • 12 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • 11 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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