A brand new tour enjoying summer in the Netherlands begins with a day in Amsterdam, cruising its canals and a private vintage tram charter. We then steam across North Holland from Hoorn to the Ijsselmeer and enjoy a day at the VSM's 'Terug Naar Toen' steam festival, before a final day on the German holiday island of Borkum by ship, little steam railway and vintage bus.
Wednesday 30 August 2017
Steam across North Holland on the Museumstoomtram from Hoorn to Medemblik
Sail along the shores of the Ijsselmeer
Travel on Amsterdams vintage tram network on a private charter from Amstelveen to Bovenskerk
Cruise Amsterdams network of canals by boat
Enjoy a day at the Terug Naar Toen steam festival at the Veluwsche Stoomtrein Maatschappij
Day trip by ferry to the German island of Borkum
Return journeys on the steam-hauled Borkumer Kleinbahn
Private tour of Borkum by Oldtimer vintage bus
Our journey begins at London St Pancras International, travelling by Eurostar to Brussels Midi. Here we change trains for onward travel into the Netherlands and our hotel for three nights, the NH Hotel Amersfoort, with dinner provided this evening.D
We travel by rail to Amsterdam, where we take a cruise along the city's most beautiful canal belt, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Observe the gracious 17th century gabled merchants' houses, the numerous baroque churches and the enchanting bridges. Our day continues with a specially chartered vintage tram ride on the Amsterdam Electric Tramway Museum's preserved line from Haarlemmermeer Station through the Amsterdam Forest to Bovenkerk.B
Travelling northwards to the town of Hoorn, we join the historic Museumstoomtram steam train that meanders across the West Frisian meadows between the Zuiderzee towns of Hoorn and Medembllik. Here an old-fashioned steamer awaits to sail gently along the Ijsselmeer lake to the village of Enkhuizen. After a day of nostalgia amidst the timeless scenery of North Holland, we rejoin the rail system at Enkhuizen, travelling back to Amersfoort.B
We depart Amersfoort by coach for the short journey to Apeldoorn's Veluwsche Stoomtrein Maatschappij, a heritage railway running trains between Apeldoorn and Dieren. 'Terug naar Toen' ('Back to Then') is the railway's internationally renowned annual festival, with several steam and diesel engines hauling trains between the stations, including demonstration freight trains, steam operated machines and miniature steam trains. We include a day ticket to hop on and off as you please, before continuing to our next hotel, the Hampshire Hotel Groningen.B
We head north from Groningen by coach to the port of Eemshaven to join the ferry to the German holiday island of Borkum. At Borkum's ferry terminal we are picked up by the Borkumer Kleinbahn, which is in steam today, with the vintage loco 'Borkum' hauling historic wagons the 7.5km to Borkum's station. This is not only the oldest island railway in Germany, but also the longest-running dual track narrow gauge railway in the country. During the day we also enjoy lunch and a specially chartered 'Oltimer' island bus tour by 1950s coach.B, L
We travel by train to Brussels Midi, where we join the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.B
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
NH Hotel Amersfoort
Conveniently located for Amersfoort station, yet just a short walk from the pleasant centre and impressive Koppelpoort gate, the NH boasts stylish, modern rooms with free wifi, air-conditioning, safe, satellite tv, and bathroom with bath and shower. The hotel also has a restaurant and bar.
Hampshire Hotel Groningen
The hotels central location allows easy walking access to Groningens canals and café bars. Modern rooms are equipped with free wifi, satellite tv and shower. The hotel also boasts a bar and gymnasium.
From London St Pancras International:
Standard Class rail travel to / from Holland including Standard Eurostar
First Class rail travel to / from Holland, including Standard Premier Eurostar
Single Room Supplement
5 nights bed, breakfast, one evening meal and one lunch
Eurostar and rail travel to Holland and return
All transfers, excursions & admissions as detailed
Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager
Fares based upon sharing a twin-bedded en-suite room; single rooms available for a supplement.
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