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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, Austria, Switzerland, and France and now Rest of the World.

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.

Please look at our Expressions of Interest section at the bottom of the page.  These are currently being finalised and then will be put on the tour list for when the tour is released.

  

 

Last updated 21 January 2022

 

 

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


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7 April, 12 May, 23 June & 22 Sept (5 days)  Scottish Steam, Malt & Ale Trail

fares from £519

 

Build up a head of steam, uncovering Scotland's heritage from a different angle. Enjoy the Bo'ness & Kinneil Steam Railway, soar above the canals by boat on the remarkable Falkirk Wheel, cruise Loch Katrine and steam through the Highlands on the Strathspey Railway, this great railway holiday also features The Kelpies, a distillery tour, and a brewery visit.

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11 April & 18 July 2022 (5 days)  Forest of Dean Steam & the Wye Valley

fares from £599

 

From our hotel in the beautiful Forest of Dean we explore the magical region between the Welsh borderland and the River Severn on a new tour including three heritage steam railways and a boat trip on one of the country's most scenic river landscapes. We also visit some of the areas many charming towns and villages including picturesque Broadway, historic Ledbury, and the famous book town of Hay-on-Wye.

 

14 April 2022 (5 days)    Kent & Sussex Easter Steam Explorer  fares from £669

 

We stay beside the River Medway in the historic county town of Maidstone on this fascinating Easter break featuring SEVEN steam venues including THREE private steam charters – plus a taste of Kent with a real ale Brewer’s Supper

 

 

 

26 April 2022 (7 days)  East German Steam & Wolsztyn Steam Festival    fare £1699

 

Amongst the highlights of this tour we include a full day mainline steam run to the famous Wolstyn Steam Festival in Poland including the renown locomotive parade. A full day private steam charter at the 600 mm 12 miles long Waldeisenbahn Muskau Forest Railway. A tour of the amazing graveyard of steam locomotive collection at Falkenberg. Finally, a mainline steam run from Berlin and a full day on the Polish border at the Zittau Narrow Gauge Railway as backup.

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9 May, 20 June & 12 Sept 2022 (8 days)  Roses Battle By Steam Plus Settle & Carlisle Line  fares from £975

 

We thought we would celebrate the steam and rail heritage of the north country with our own ‘battle of the roses’ tour, including Yorkshire and Lancashire steam and heritage railways every day from our base at an iconic railway hotel. With Railtrail escorting this great railway holiday you are sure to come up smelling of roses!

 

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19 May, 4 Aug & 6 Oct 2022 (5 days)   Cotswolds & Swindon Steam Explorer

fares from £479

 

This great value tour takes us through the beautiful Cotswolds by steam train and on a journey of exploration as we sail through the Gloucester Docks with visits to the Didcot Railway Museum and STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway also included. Round off your holiday in great style with a tour and tasting at the award winning Hook Norton Brewery.

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1 June & 21 Sept 2022 (8 days)   Swiss Mountain Steam       fares from £2145

 

Switzerland and steam trains - a delightful combination as Railtrail Tours take you to the heart of this beautiful country to experience some amazing mountain rail journeys and glorious lake steamer cruises.

 

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18 June & 27 Aug 2022 (8 days)    Little Trains of the Tyrol      fares from £1735

 

A wonderful Austrian summer rail holiday exploring the floral villages, glacial lakes, and imposing mountains of Tyrol. The tour includes three great steam train journeys on the Zillertalbahn, Achenseebahn and Pinzgauer Railway, plus, relaxing boat trip on Lake Achen and visit to the famous Krimml Waterfalls.

 

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2 July & 3 Sept 2022 (8 days)              Switzerland's Steam-powered Six

fares from £1979

 

See stunning Switzerland in style on our great steam powered railway holiday, based on the lakeshore of lovely Lake Lucerne. Cruise across three Swiss lakes the nostalgic way by paddle-steamer and experience three exhilarating steam train excursions in the Swiss mountains, plus take a trip on the world's steepest cogwheel railway!

 

 

 

31 July 2022 (9 days) Northern Germany & Baltic Coast Steam Explorer  fare £1995

 

Our ever-popular tour of Northern Germany that includes the superb ‘Molli’ with the street running through the town of Bad Doberan and then runs to the Baltic seaside resort of at Kühlungsborn. As always we also include the Rügen Island’s 15 miles long 750 mm Rasender Roland line. We have timed the tour to feature a visit to the standard gauge Bruchausen-Vilsen Steam Railway at the usual time for it’s steam festival (however at the time of writing the steam festival dates for 2022 have not yet been published). This great tour also includes steam on the rarely visited by UK groups standard gauge Jan Harpstedt line, plus a vintage tram charter and a cruise on a steam boat!

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9 April 2023  (17 days)  Australia - Steam on Five Gauges Flight Inc  Fares £3599 + Flights TBC

 

Start 2023 with a trip of a lifetime for any dedicated steam enthusiasts! Our escorted rail holiday to Australia boasts six steam railways including four exclusive charters, three railway museums, a major steam festival featuring parallel running, a first class journey on the XPT train between Melbourne and Sydney, plus free time in both amazing cities!

 

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10 April 2023 (15 days)  Australia - Steam on Five Gauges (Ground Only)

fares £3599

 

Start 2023 with a trip of a lifetime for any dedicated steam enthusiasts! Our escorted rail holiday to Australia boasts six steam railways including four exclusive charters, three railway museums, a major steam festival featuring parallel running, a first class journey on the XPT train between Melbourne and Sydney, plus free time in both amazing cities!

 

 

 

1 September 2022 (6 days)    Steaming to Meiningen         fare £TBC

 

The last steam locomotive works in Western Europe holds an annual steam festival and we travel there by mainline steam hauled train from Nuremberg to Meiningen. More steam as we travel on the scenic DÓmpfbahn Frankische Schweiz (DFS) in Northern Bavaria and take the run from Ebermannstadt to Behringersmühl. Plus a visit to the German Steam Locomotive Museum at Neuenmarkt,and a vintage tram charter in Nuremberg in this steam action packed short break.

 

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20 September 2022 (8 & 11 days)    Dresden Steam Festival & Saxon Narrow Gauge       fare £TBC

 

A repeat of the fabulous tour that re-commenced our post Covid lockdown steam tours programme this Autumn. A hugely enjoyable tour that is 11 days of steam magic at a truly unique event – the Dresden Steam Festival, plus travelling through beautiful Saxony from rolling meadows to the high hills on a plethora of world famous Saxon Narrow-Gauge lines. A shorter 8 day version missing out on some of the Saxon Narrow Gauge Steam lines is also available.

 

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Please keep visiting the Railtrail Steam calendar for updates to our site.  Many thanks for looking.

 

 

 

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