Steam Enthusiast Tour Calendar

 

Our unique programme of steam tours are now open for booking plus a small series of Steam, Rail & Ale tours to whet your appetite.

A super series of UK steam tours offer wonderful extended weekends in a sociable environment with like-minded friends at great value fares.

For the continent a whole series of brand new tours give a fresh new look  to our ever popular steam destinations in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Romania, Slovakia and France.

We Look forward to the pleasure of your company soon, and perhaps raising a glass to Railtrail - Refreshing the parts that other tour operators do not reach.

  

 

Last updated 7th February 2018

22nd March 2018 (5 days) Double Somerset Steam Galas & South Devon Steam        Fare £599

 

Here's a double steam whammy to get the 2018 steam calendar up and running! Not one but two steam events over the same weekend, as we enjoy a day at both the West Somerset Railway and East Somerset Railway steam galas. That's not all though, as we break the steam gala action with a trip along the Dawlish sea wall to Devon to celebrate the opening weekend of the South Devon Railway and the coastal magic of the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway.

29th March 2018 (5 days)    Kent & Sussex Easter Steam Explorer       Fare £595

 

We stay beside the River Medway in the historic county town of Maidstone on this fascinating Easter break featuring six famous steam lines, a historic dockyard steam festival - plus a taste of Kent with a real ale Brewer's Supper.

4th April 2018 (10 days)        Dresden Steam Fest & Saxon Narrow Gauge Steam              Fare £1895

 

Celebrate the best of German steam at Dresden Steam Festival plus 4 amazing mainline steam journeys, 2 private charters at Saxon Narrow gauge lines, and experience 3 of the other famous Saxon narrow gauge steam lines. Add to that a paddle steamer cruise on the Elbe and a night in Colditz Castle.

25th April 2018 (8 days)      Dampfspektakel Trier 2018 & Much More   Fare £1299

 

Plandampf finally returns to Trier in 2018, with a once-a-decade festival of steam and a fabulous line-up of locomotives converging on Germany's oldest city with a 4-day festival of passenger trains hauled by steam locos galore. What's more, on this extended tour we arrive at Plandampf on a steam-hauled non-public train and make a rare visit to Losheim for a private steam charter.

 

27th April 2018 (6 days)          Dampfspektakel Trier 2018           Fare £999

 

After what seems like the longest wait, Plandampf finally returns to Trier in 2018, with a once-a-decade festival of steam and a fabulous line-up of locomotives converging on Germany's oldest city with a 4-day festival of passenger trains hauled by steam locos galore.

 

3rd May 2018 (5 days)        World War I Centenary & Flanders Steam Gala            Fare £699

 

The Maldegem Steam Centre's festival in 2018 will be themed around World War I, so it seemed fitting to commemorate the centenary of the end of the war with a special one-off tour, featuring a day exploring the poignant battlefields of Ypres and Paschendaele. As well as Maldegem's gala, we also enjoy a private steam charter on Belgium's Puurs-Dendermonde heritage line, a visit to gorgeous Gent to cruise its waterways and we also get a taste of Belgian beer at a local brewery.

 

14th June 2018 (5 days)    Great Central & More Steam, Rail & Ale      Fare £459

 

A brilliant Steam, Rail & Ale tour timed to coincide with the huge Great Central Model Railway event, the 150 anniversary celebrations on the Ecclesbourne Valley line, plus Peak Rail Steam & Vintage bus rides. Add in a visit and tour of Marston's Heritage brewery and a Victorian ale house and we can drink to that!

25th June 2018 (8 days)      The Roses Clash Steam Thrash         Fare £895

 

At the end of June the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway celebrates its 50th anniversary with a once-in-a-generation week of festivities of steam and diesel, with locos of all sizes, plus a recreation of the line's inaugural running in 1967. We thought we would celebrate with our own 'battle of the roses' tour, picking off Yorkshire and Lancashire steam and heritage railways from our base at an iconic railway hotel. With Railtrail opening the batting you are sure to come up smelling of roses!



29th June 2018 (11 days)   Northern  Germany & Baltic Coast Maximum Steam      Fare £1795

 

Enjoy a superb summer steam tour as we meander across Northern Germany on a sojourn of discovery to enjoy the very best of the steam railways from town, countryside to seaside!

 

We feature an amazing variety of steam lines, a plethora of differing gauges, locomotives, and rolling stock. It is achieved in a relaxing style enabling everyone to unwind and enjoy themselves on a magnificent holiday.

Initially travelling from London to Osnabrück to experience two fabulous heritage steam lines new to Railtrail, the Hasetalbahn from Haselünne to Löningen, and the 20 Kms long standard gauge Rinteln-Stadthagen. Then we have a private steam charter at the ever friendly Mühlenstroth narrow gauge line en-route to Rostock where we are based for 4 nights to enjoy the amazing Molli complete with street running and over to Rüegen Island to enjoy the delightful Rasender Roland. By popular request we have also included a private vintage tram charter of Rostock with ample time to then enjoy the rest of their tram system. From Rostock it’s off to Hamburg to view the biggest model railway in the world – Miniatur Wunderland, great steam on the Angelner Dampfeisenbahn and concluding this magnificent holiday with a mainline steam run from Minden.

 

This tour is always popular and we anticipate it being even more so with the inclusion of some lines not previously visited on this tour.

14th July 2018 (8 days)          Switzerland's Steam-powered Six            Fare £1699

 

Cruise across three Swiss lakes the nostalgic way by paddle-steamer and experience three exhilarating steam train excursions in the Swiss mountains all on one tour based in Lake Lucerne's lovely Hergiswil. Also featuring the Pilatus Cogwheel Railway and a family-run 4* hotel by the lake.

18th July 2018 (11 days)          Romania, Dracula, Narrow-gauge Steam Spectacular!             Fare £1995

 

We have been asked many times for a tour to Romania and we hate to disappoint. This compact adventure to one of Europe's most untouched nations combines the major cities and sights with no less than six narrow-gauge steam excursions, plus Sibiu's Steam Locomotive Museum and a sprinkle of Count Dracula.

18th July 2018 (11 days)          Romania, Dracula, Narrow-gauge Steam - Land Only               Fare £1795

 

We have been asked many times for a tour to Romania and we hate to disappoint. This compact adventure to one of Europe's most untouched nations combines the major cities and sights with no less than six narrow-gauge steam excursions, plus Sibiu's Steam Locomotive Museum and a sprinkle of Count Dracula.

If you wish to join the tour in Bucharest and meet your Tour Manager at the Mercure Unirii Hotel, click the above link for our ‘Land Only’ package. Please note, however, that this tour will operate subject to a minimum number of participants, so please don’t book flights before we advise that the tour is guaranteed.

 

19th July 2018 (5 days)    Spitfire, Titanic & Staffordshire by Steam    Fare £415

 

Spitfire and Titanic? Okay, we've got your attention! Yes, we see Spitfire RW388 at the Potteries Museum and visit the Titanic Brewery for a tour and tasting, but this superb value tour features so much more - the Churnet Valley, Rudyard Lake Railways plus the unique Apedale Railway and the annual Steam Gala at Foxfield. All excursions are aboard a vintage coach with more than a taste of real ale.

 

16th August 2018 (10 days)    Chabowka 2018, the Tatras & Slovakia Steam   Fare £1995

 

Last year we featured for the first time the Parowozjada Steam Festival at Chabowka, with steam excursions included. This year's tour takes in even more! Flying from Heathrow, we explore Krakow, enjoy the Steam Festival, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Wieliczka Salt Mines and take the train to Zakopane in the beautiful tatras. But that's only the beginning, as we transfer across the mountains into Slovakia to sample the Vychylovka Forest Railway and much more.

 

16th August 2018 (10 days)     Chabowka 2018, the Tatras & Slovakia Steam Land Only    Fare £1795

 

Last year we featured for the first time the Parowozjada Steam Festival at Chabowka, with steam excursions included. This year's tour takes in even more! Flying from Heathrow, we explore Krakow, enjoy the Steam Festival, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Wieliczka Salt Mines and take the train to Zakopane in the beautiful tatras. But that's only the beginning, as we transfer across the mountains into Slovakia to sample the Vychylovka Forest Railway and much more.

If you wish to join the tour at the Krakow hotel and leave the tour at the Bratislava hotel, click the link above for our ‘Land Only’ package. Please note, however, that this tour will operate subject to a minimum number of participants, so please don’t book flights before we advise that the tour is guaranteed.

 

30th August 2018 (5 days)             Norfolk Steam Explorer                 Fare £479                                                                                                      

A superb variety of steam, from garden railways to a steam gala, as we visit SEVEN steam venues and journey through spectacular scenery on this amazing short break based in medieval Norwich.

 

29th August 2018 (6 days)         Meiningen Steam Festival & Much More          Fare £1375

 

A wonderful steam holiday featuring a truly unique full day excursion travelling by mainline steam from Frankfurt to Meiningen for the annual Open Day at the last major steam works in Europe. Plus steam on heritage lines of various gauges.

 

Meiningen will be awash with steam as visiting steam hauled excursions arrive from around the country to add to the locomotives in steam within the works giving footplate rides and photographic positioning - unique opportunity to enjoy what has been lost in the UK. Additionally, we enjoy heritage steam from Feldbahn to standard gauge with a vintage steam hyjgtram tour for good measure.

                  

1st September 2018 (10 days)                    Swiss Maximum Steam                     Fare £2699

 

This unique steam-packed ten days includes more highlights than we could have ever envisaged when we started to plan it! Six steam train excursions, 5 paddle steamers, a steam tram, Lucerne's excellent Transport Museum, Swiss Vapeur Park, and a historic electric train with accompanying absinthe Schnapps! Even our visit to the Brienz Rothornbahn is different, with a guided visit of the depot and the special 'sausage train'. Oh, and there's also the Brünig Pass, Voralpen Express and Golden Pass! 

27th September 2018 (5 days)               World War I Centenary & Somme Steam Gala               Fare £795

 

Enjoy a great steam gala at the unique and historic WW1 Somme line at Froissy, a day exploring the scenic Baie de Somme line and a day commemorating those who fell in the Battle of the Somme almost a hundred years after the end of the war. Fittingly, our final visit is to the replica of the Armistice Carriage at Compiègne, a railway carriage in which the German surrender was made.              

11th October 2018 (5 days)               Swanage Gala & Isle of Wight Steam Beer & Buses                    Fare £495

 

Imagine a short break that combines the Swanage Autumn Steam Gala in delightful Dorset plus the amazing Isle of Wight 'Beer & Buses Festival', with 80 vintage buses shuttling between a similar number of real ale pubs on the island, plus Isle of Wight Steam, and a tour and tasting at the Ringwood Brewery. We hope this tour is as appealing to you as it is to us!

       

11th October 2018 (5 days)               Yorkshire Dales Steam, Rail & Ale Trail                    Fare £455

 

Enjoy a day at the Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway, pop into a Timothy Taylor inn, visit two other great Yorkshire heritage railways, one a steam ride through the foothills and one a diesel journey through Wensleydale. We also feature two great breweries from our base in Ilkley just below the famous Ilkley Moor. Don't forget your hat!

       

18th October 2018 (5 days)               Scottish Steam Rail & Ale Trail                 Fare £565

 

Build up a head of steam, uncovering Scotland's heritage from a different angle. Enjoy a day at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Steam Gala, soar above the canals by boat on the remarkable Falkirk Wheel and steam through the Highlands on the Strathspey Railway on a tour that also features the best of Scottish brewing.

       



Overseas fares are ex London. Flexible “Tour Joining” arrangements available, including “Own flight” discounts.






 

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