Loire Valley & French Narrow Gauge Steam

Loire Valley & French Narrow Gauge Steam

A visit to the unique Pithiviers Transport Museum with its 60cm gauge line to Bellebat, a day of steam at the 60cm gauge Tacot des Lacs Railway with its collection of over 40 locomotives, a private steam charter on the Le Train du Bas Berry, a trip on the scenic metre gauge Blanc d'Argent Line & the historic city of Orléans.

5 Days From Only £725

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 12 September 2019

 

A great value tour to delight enthusiasts and partners alike, who appreciate the unique history of these railways along with the gentle pace of the tour allowing ample time to enjoy the relaxing café culture or even take a break from the steam and enjoy a full day sightseeing in Orléans and Tours. In the evenings take time to visit Orléans’ beautiful cathedral and enjoy local drink and cuisine in restaurants idyllically set on the banks of the Loire.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pithiviers Transport Museum

  • Full day of steam at the unique Tacot des Lacs 60cm gauge railway

  • Private steam charter on the Metre Gauge Le Train du Bas Berry Line

  • Travel on the scenic Meter Gauge Blanc d’Argent Line

  • Based at the historic city of Orléans

DAY 1

We depart London St. Pancras International by Eurostar to Paris where we catch a train service to Orléans where we stay for four nights at the Ibis Centre Foch Hotel approximately 10 minutes from the station with numerous bars and restaurants nearby in the pedestrianised city centre.

Each evening is free for you to explore and to dine at leisure at a restaurant of your choice, or to join your Tour Manager at our choice of typical French restaurants (not included in tour fare).

DAY 2

We commence our day by taking the train to Tours where we board as private coach to Ecueille for a steam charter on the Le Train du Bas Berry Meter Gauge Line to Argy. We then continue by road where we take a regular diesel railcar over the Meter Gauge Blanc d'Argent Line to Salbris. At Salbris we change to the main line back to Orléans.

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DAY 3

After breakfast we travel by coach to Grez sur Loing were we visit the fascinating Tacot des Larc 60cm Gauge Railway which has a collection of over 40 locomotives. We'll take a trip on the line which runs beside lakes which were once gravel pits and attractive woodland.

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DAY 4

Today we travel by road to Pithiviers where we visit the "Musée des Transports" which is holding a gala with regular trains running along the 60cm Gauge Line to Bellebat.

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DAY 5

Our final day taking the mainline train to Paris where we take the Eurostar back to London St Pancras International.

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B=Breakfast

HOTELS

Ibis Orléans Centre Foch Hotel

At the gateway to the Loire Valley, the Ibis Orléans Centre Foch hotel is located in a quiet area of the city centre, 5 mins from the SNCF train station and shopping area. This modern, non-smoking, hotel has WiFi with all rooms en-suite and air conditioned.

 

FARE

Standard Class rail travel to/from France including Standard Eurostar

£725

Single Room Supplement

£100



 

Fare inclusive of:

4 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation

 

Standard class rail travel and seat reservations where available

 

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Fare based upon sharing a twin-bedded en-suite room; single rooms available – supplement as shown.

 

GUARANTEED FARE – no currency surcharge

 

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.

Name Address Contact Details
London St Pancras Int London St Pancras Int (LNE)

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