From a short break in the glorious Highlands of Scotland to the marvellous lakes and mountain railways of Switzerland in their alpine winter glory. Explore festive Christmas Markets and take great steam railway journeys through stunning scenery.
Although this tour is timed to coincide with Harrogate's Christmas Market weekend, it includes so much more! We also visit two of the country's best known Christmas Markets, contrasting charming York with metropolitan Manchester, and feature two great steam railways, one in Yorkshire and one in Lancashire, plus UNESCO World Heritage Saltaire. We're coming up smelling of roses again with festive cheer!
We have been escorting groups to the Harz Mountains for many years, come spring, summer, autumn or winter. This one is a little bit different though, staying in the mountain resort of Braunlage at our hotel in superior rooms with balcony, with two special steam runs, including a rare visit to the Rübeland Railway and three Christmas Markets. A Festive tour to warm your Harz!
Here's something a little bit different - an 8 day tour to our popular hotel on Lake Lucerne, but with a festive twist! Compare Hergiswil's village Christmas Market with Lucerne's, which is actually inside the station, and the stunning market in Einsiedeln's abbey square. Marvel at the Golden Pass route, the revolving cable car at Mount Titlis and Mount Pilatus. Cruise on Lake Lucerne, take the Rigi Railway up the 'Queen of the Mountains' and relax at two St Nicholas Parades.
Designed to coincide with the Jacobite Steam, this tour stays at the Alexandra Hotel in Fort William and packs in lots of content, with three included excursions, all meals included during your stay at the hotel and some drinks each evening, along with entertainment on two nights on our welcoming winter warmer in the western Highlands.
A firm favourite for a number of years, we return to Dresden for a festive tour packed with steam. This time around we've turned it into more of a touring holiday, with excursions from Dresden including the return of a fabulous steam-hauled run to Prague, plus the Ore Mountains explored from nearby Chemnitz.
From our base in the heart of the Rhine Gorge we visit Frankfurt's fantastic Christmas Market, set within the historic reconstructed Old Town, Rüdesheim's village Christmas Market and cruise the atmospheric Rhine Gorge to the legendary Loreley Rock. On our way home we stop in Cologne for our final evening to visit another of Germany's finest Christmas Markets, set beneath the masterpiece Cologne Cathedral.
A tour packed with festive cheer, designed with fans of Belgian beers in mind, but also featuring Christmas Markets amidst the timeless gables, belfries and waterways of Bruges and Gent. We visit three Christmas Markets, three breweries, cruise the waters of Gent and trundle along the North Sea coastline on a privately chartered vintage tram, all from our brand new 4* hotel in Bruges.
Browse Winchester's Christmas Market, set beneath its magnificent cathedral, enjoy Salisbury's own festive market and impressive Gothic cathedral, then contrast with Bournemouth's own German-inspired stalls on a great value short break to the Dorset coast.
Hot chestnuts, almonds, glühwein - Germany's Christmas Markets are a taste sensation. Explore Cologne's varied markets, the quaint smaller markets of Linz and Ahrweiler, and explore the Rhine Valley by rail, including the Vulkan Express by steam!
The West Highland Line by Jacobite Steam Train, the Kyle Line & the Cairngorms Line - experience a truly magical pre-Christmas rail tour of the Scottish Highlands in all their wintry glory, followed by a relaxing and homely Christmas in Stirling with all the trimmings and an excursion to Edinburgh.
Combining two of our favourite destinations at that 'wonderful time of the year', enjoy the pre-Christmas festivities in the wintry Harz Mountains, with tempting Christmas Markets & the Brocken by steam. Then celebrate Christmas itself by the Rhine in riverside Remagen, sailing along the Loreley Valley from beautiful Boppard, climbing through the Ahr Valley by train and experiencing the Vulkan Express.
How do you fancy a Christmas with a difference amidst the lakes and mountains of Switzerland? Marvel at wintry scenery on the Goldenpass Line, the route of the Glacier Express and the Rigi Mountain Railway, soar up Mount Titlis, and relax on Lake Lucerne's shore at the 4* Seehotel Pilatus, whose leisure facilities open out onto a fantastic panorama of lake and mountain scenery.
Enjoy a special New Year tour as we steam through glorious Black Forest scenery in its magical winter setting on three included steam excursions! We also spend New Year's Eve in beautiful Freiburg and tour the city at the 'Gateway to the Black Forest' by vintage tram.
Welcome in 2019 by the Rhine in riverside Remagen with a 5 course dinner, music, dancing and a complimentary evening bar on New Year's Eve. Uncover Remagen's history on a guided walk with our hotelier, sail along the Loreley Valley from beautiful Boppard, climb through the Ahr Valley by train and experience the Vulkan Express.
Germany's timeless Harz Mountains are arguably even more spectacular in winter. Towns brimming with half-timbered houses resemble Christmas card scenes and the surrounding forests glisten in the snow. February offers the best of the Harz in winter, so join us on a narrow gauge and mountain railway adventure to warm your Harz.
Festive & Winter Tours 2018 - 2019