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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 2 October 2020

 

 

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


15 October 2020   (5 days)    Steam, Rail & Ale in Scotland     Fare £629

 

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 and steam through the Highlands on the Strathspey Railway on a tour that also features the best of Scottish brewing.

 

02 December 2020  (7 days)       Festive Steam in Saxony         Fare £1345

 

A wonderful winter steam adventure into the Saxony region, staying one night in Erfurt and five in Dresden.  Visiting a wonderful railway at Lößnitzgrundbahn travelling from Radebeul to Radeburg. We also travel on the Weißeritztalbahn on the Saxony steam railway route.  Admission and guided tour to the Altstadt Railway Museum Dresden. Two public steam train rides.  A visit to the Zittau railway and as its near Christmas, why not a visit to Leipzig Christmas Markets.

 

27 December 2020 (7 days)   Black Forest New Year Steam & More  Fare £1479

 

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

 

29 December 2020  (7 days)  Austria New Year Celebrations with Steam

Fare £1445

 

A wonderful railway holiday to see in the New Year exploring Austria by train. Celebrate 2020 in style at the historic 4-star Hotel Plankenhof in the beautiful Tyrol including a 5-course dinner, a glass of bubbly and fireworks on New Year's Eve. The tour also features two great steam train journeys on the Zillertalbahn and Pinzgauer Railways, traditional Tyrolean music, Schnapps tasting and a trip to the top of the Hafelekar overlooking stunning Innsbruck…this tour has something for everyone!

 

3 April 2021  (18 days)  Australia - Steam on Five Gauges Flight Inclusive    Fare £4425

 

Start 2021 with the 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!  We are using Singapore Airlines and flying out from Heathrow and starting our tour in Melbourne and a fortnight later will be departing from Sydney with Singapore Airlines and landing at London Heathrow.  Flight Details are on our Other information page

on the website.

 

 

4 April 2021  (16 days)  Australia - Steam on Five Gauges (Ground Only)  Fare £3250

 

Start 2021 with the 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!  Please make sure you make your own return flight arrangements.  The Flight Inclusive flight arrangements are on other information on the website.

 

21 May 2021 (7 days)   Northern & Central France Steam Explorer     Fare £1299

 

Our amazing French tour includes SIX steam lines, FOUR inclusive charters and ONE steam gala plus hotel accommodation in picturesque Amiens and the heart of Orléans. Enjoy a great steam gala at the unique and historic WW1 Somme line at Froissy, a day exploring the scenic Baie de Somme line, visit the MTVS new line at Crevecoeur for a private steam charter and private steam charter on the metre gauge Le Train du Bas Berry Line.

 

 

10 May, 21 June & 13 Sept 2021  (8 days)   Roses Battle By Steam Plus Settle & Carlisle Line

Fare £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!

 

23 June, 4 Aug & 1 Sept 2021  (8 days)   Swiss Mountain Steam     Fare £1775

 

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.

 

3 July & 28 August 2021  (8 days)   Switzerland's Steam-powered Six   Fare £1779

 

See stunning Switzerland in style on Railtrail's 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!

 

1 October 2021        Colorado Steam Spectacular     Fare £3995 (Ground Only)

 

Another new tour to tick off with Railtrail tours.  Why not steam through the untamed beauty of Colorado on this 12 day Rocky Mountain Adventure.  Where we discover expanses of landscape hidden from moddern traffic aboard up to present six fantastic railways: the Georgetown Loop Railroad, the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the Royal Gorge Route Railroad and the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway.  Whilst we ride the rails we will be joined by rail experts and have our very own Escorted Tour Manager who has indepth knowledge in this area.  On this tour there is plenty of photographing opportunities  as we visit loco sheds and Rail Society roundhouses.

 

 

1 October 2021      Colorado Steam Spectacular Flight Inclusive       Fare £4695 (Flight Inclusive)

 

Another new tour to tick off with Railtrail tours.  Why not steam through the untamed beauty of Colorado on this 12 day Rocky Mountain Adventure.  Where we discover expanses of landscape hidden from moddern traffic aboard up to present six fantastic railways: the Georgetown Loop Railroad, the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the Royal Gorge Route Railroad and the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway.  Whilst we ride the rails we will be joined by rail experts and have our very own Escorted Tour Manager who has indepth knowledge in this area.  On this tour there is plenty of photographing opportunities  as we visit loco sheds and Rail Society roundhouses.

 

Return flights from London Heathrow to Denver USA with British Airways.  Awaiting Flight numbers and specific times.

 

5 October 2021     Dresden Steam Festival & Saxon Narrow Gauge Steam   (8 & 11 day tours)  Fares £1625 / £1975

 

Steam Gala – Remember them!

 

Sadly 2020 has to date ruined our opportunity to enjoy the superb atmosphere of a steam gala. But 2021 will be different and let’s start with inviting you to ‘express your interest’ in joining our regular annual visit to arguably Europe’s best steam gala with the massive plus of visiting those fabulous Saxon Narrow-Gauge lines that still manage to avoid the financial cut backs and give you the unique opportunity to enjoy a unique world of steam.

 

This fabulous 11 day tour (with a shorter 8 day option) celebrates the best of German steam at Dresden Steam Festival including a night photo-shoot, plus 4 amazing mainline steam journeys, 5 Saxon Narrow gauge steam lines including a private steam photo charter, steam on the Dresden Parkeisenbahn and a paddle steamer cruise.

 

 

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

 

 

Express your interest in receiving details of this tour as soon as they are available

 





 



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