Dresden Festive Steam

Dresden Festive Steam

A stunning winter wonderland tour to the beautiful city of Dresden, combining great steam trains, scenic journeys, enchanting countryside and magical festive markets in wonderful traditional towns.

7 Days From Only £1,199.00

 

DEPARTS

Wednesday 29th November 2017 (7 days)

 

This tour will delight the enthusiast of steam trains with its featured locos and variety of lines, and is a must for partners who enjoy the nostalgia of steam and the opportunity to visit some of the finest rural scenery and towns in Saxony and beyond – crowned with traditional carved wood decorations and Christmas stalls that feature locally-made, hand-crafted, quality products. A totally unique and magical festive tour.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stay in the beautiful city of Dresden at this magical time of year

  • Superb mainline steam excursion to Regensburg

  • Fabulous Saxon narrow gauge steam on four famous rural lines: the Zittau, Weisseritztalbahn, Döllnitztalbahn & Lössnitzdackel

  • The final extension of the Weisseritztalbahn to Kipsdorf included

  • Explore the renowned Christmas Markets in Dresden & Regensburg

  • Dresden Museum of Transport & Alstadt steam depot

  • View glorious Saxon countryside & villages off the tourist trail

  • An all-rail holiday

DAY 1

Wednesday 29 November: We depart London St Pancras International circa 10.57 hrs by Eurostar to Brussels, and then by ICE train via Frankfurt (circa 18.11 hrs), to Erfurt and the InterCity Hotel adjacent to the station, where we have a welcome evening meal.

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DAY 2

Thursday 30 November: After breakfast we travel by regional train to Dresden, arriving 13.30 hrs. We then take an afternoon steam train ride along the Lössnitzgrundbahn - a superb 17kms long, 750mm gauge line with eleven stations between Radebeul and Radeburg and return to enjoy our first night of the Christmas festivities in beautiful Dresden where the magical and very traditional Christmas markets only stock souvenirs and presents that are made by local craftsmen and women.

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DAY 3

Friday 1 December: We begin with a guided tour of Dresden Transport Museum plus the atmospheric steam loco depot at Dresden Alstadt, followed by a return steam ride on the second of our fantastic Saxony narrow gauge lines, up the picturesque Weisseritz valley including the newly opened extension to the new terminus at Kipsdorf.

Alternatively, you may wish to relax in Dresden and explore other magnificent attractions, such as the stunning rebuilt Frauenkirche, Semper Opera House, Royal Palace, Procession of Princes, Bruehl Terrace, and Zwinger Palace. All these beautiful historic buildings form the magnificent waterfront along the River Elbe, also home to the world's biggest paddle steamer fleet.

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DAY 4

Saturday 2 December: Today we enjoy our mainline steam train journey, with Pacific locomotive 01 0509 or Class 35 1097 currently scheduled to be hauling a vintage train to the pretty Bavarian town of Regensburg to enjoy sightseeing with Christmas Markets in full swing.

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DAY 5

Sunday 3 December: Today we take the local train service to Oschatz to spend a day on another of the fabulous Saxon narrow-gauge lines, travelling through rural countryside along the Döllnitztalbahn line with a light lunch included at the railway courtesy of Railtrail Tours. As an alternative you may wish to spend the day Christmas shopping in Dresden for that truly unique souvenir.

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DAY 6

Monday 4 December: Again you may wish to spend the day locally Christmas shopping in Dresden, or go on our search for "Steam in the Snow" that takes us to the Polish border for one of Saxony's finest narrow gauge routes - from Zittau to the mountain spa resorts of Oybin and Jonsdorf, which is still very much a public service over the ten mile long route, and includes a light lunch and an engine shed tour at the junction station of Bertsdorf.

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DAY 7

Tuesday 5 December: We depart Dresden by High Speed train via Frankfurt and Brussels to London St Pancras International.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTELS

 

InterCity Hotel, Erfurt

Situated adjacent to the station the hotel has a pleasant bar and restaurant serving local and international specialities. Modern en-suite bed rooms include TV, radio, mini-bar and WiFi. internet connection.

Ibis Hotel, Dresden

A short stroll from the station, located in the heart of the city near to the historic Old Town, the Ibis hotels are inviting and modern, with comfortable bedrooms, air-conditioning, WiFi access, satellite TV and en-suite bathrooms with shower and hair dryer.

 

FARES

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel to / from Erfurt / Dresden including

Standard Eurostar

£1199

First Class rail travel to / from Erfurt /Dresden, including Standard Premier Eurostar

£1499

Single Room Supplement

£165



 

Fare inclusive of:

6 nights’ bed & breakfast, 1 evening meal, 2 light lunches

Standard Class rail travel and seat reservations where available (subject to selected rail travel option)

All transfers, excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

FARES Independent travel option:

Join Frankfurt Day 1 / leave Frankfurt Day 7

As described in itinerary

£998

Single Room Supplement

£165



 

Fare inclusive of:

6 nights’ bed & breakfast, 1 evening meal, 2 light lunches

Standard Class rail travel and seat reservations where available

All transfers, excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Fares based upon sharing a twin-bedded an-suite room, single rooms available for a supplement

 

GUARANTEED FARE – No currency surcharge

 

If wishing to travel BY AIR to join the tour: Please contact us with your variation request so that we may confirm availability and fare variation.

Important Note: Whilst the arrangements for all described steam train travel are in place we do reserve the right to make substitutions should it be deemed necessary for whatever reason. Your acceptance of this is a condition of your booking.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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London St Pancras Int London St Pancras Int (LNE)

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