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Steam Enthusiast Tour Calendar

 

Welcome to our unique programme of steam tours which are now open for booking. Below you will find a fantastic series of steam tours in the UK, Europe, and Worldwide including ever popular steam destinations such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, America, and New Zealand.

 

We look forward to the pleasure of your company soon discovering destinations that other tour operators do not reach.

 

Please also find our Expressions of Interest section at the bottom of this page. These are tours that are currently being finalised which will then be added to the tour list once released. You can follow the link to Express Your Interest and be one of the first to receive details of the tour as soon as they are available.

 

Last Updated: 17 April 2024

 

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Harz Mountains Steam     8 Jun, 20 Jul & 14 Sep 2024 (7 days) - Fares from £1475

A great Railtrail holiday to discover picturesque medieval towns and villages surrounded by a panoramic range of stunning mountains, romantic valleys, and fairytale woods - full of folklore, fascinating history, and superb steam trains.

 

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Forest of Dean Steam & The Wye Valley     10 Jun & 9 Sep 2024 (5 days) - Fares from £689

From our hotel in the beautiful Forest of Dean we explore the magical region between the Welsh borderland and the River Severn 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 Broadway 'Jewel of the Cotswolds', picturesque Ross-on-Wye, and the historic market town of Abergavenny.

 

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Heart of Wales Steam    13 Jun, 15 Aug, 12 Sep 2024 (5 days) - Fares from £690

Introducing four great preserved steam railways and a scenic mainline on one great rail holiday based in the Heart of Wales spa town of Llandrindod Wells. View coastlines, valleys, reservoirs, and mountains from your window on the Vale of Rheidol Railway, the Heart of Wales Line, the Brecon Mountain Railway and, last but not least, the Talyllyn, the world’s first ever preserved railway.

 

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Roses Battle By Steam     17 Jun & 9 Sep 2024 (8 days) - Fares from £1099

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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Scottish Steam, Malt & Ale Trail     20 Jun, 18 Jul 19 Sep 2024         (5 days) - Fares from £699

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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Swiss Glacier Express and the Bernina     10 Jul, 18 & 25 Sep 2024 (9 days) - Fares from £2499

Two of the world’s greatest railway journeys in one tour! Enjoy the classic Glacier Express journey across the Swiss Alps followed by the Bernina Express in its full glory. Not forgetting Lausanne, Montreux, and St Moritz plus stays on Lake Geneva and in the Engadin Valley. We have also enhanced the tour by adding an outbound overnight in the beautiful city of Basel for a more leisurely travel experience.

 

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Northern Germany by Steam     11 Jul 2024 (9 days) - Fares from £2399

Experience our exciting tour full of steam action and variety in Northern Germany. Featuring the amazing Flensburg Steamboat Festival, two rarely visited steam railways including an exclusive charter, special arrangements on the "Molli" steam line with a unique photo session at the depot plus vintage trams, a steamboat cruise, and a visit to the world's largest model railway. This is not a tour to be missed!

 

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Bavarian Rail Roamer      8 Aug 2024 (6 days) - Fares from £1199

Discover Railtrail's exciting, new, all-rail holiday to Germany. This value-for-money tour travels over some of Germany's most scenic rail routes, taking in a large railway museum, a vintage railcar, steam tram, the lovely lakeside town of Lindau, and the opportunity to explore beautiful Munich.

 

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Swiss Mountain Steam     19 Aug & 23 Sep 2024 (9 days) - Fares from £2939

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. Plus, for 2024, we have enhanced the tour by adding an outbound overnight in the beautiful city of Basel for a more leisurely travel experience.

 

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Dutch Maximum Steam Weekend      5 Sep 2024 (5 days) - Fares from £1199

Experience a fantastic major steam festival featuring big engines, demonstration freight trains, and traction engines plus a steam powered sawmill, model railways, and lots more on this exciting and action-packed tour. We also visit three other steam railways in the Netherlands, enjoy a vintage boat cruise, and explore a superb outdoor recreated village museum in this short break, value for money tour.

 

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Yorkshire Gold - Steam, Coast & Country     8 Sep 2024   (8 days) - Fares from £1339

Discover the delights of England's most diverse county with our Yorkshire Gold tour staying in superb hotels in the spa town of Harrogate and coastal resort of Scarborough. Enjoy steam nostalgia in the magnificent Dales, explore historic houses & gardens, stroll York's medieval streets, sail the Leeds & Liverpool canal, and steam across brooding moors to charming Whitby.

 

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Swiss Rail Roamer     11 Sep 2024 (8 days) - Fares from £2049

Experience Railtrail's newest tour to Switzerland. Discover spectacular routes such as the Gotthard, Lötschberg, and Albula Passes on the comfortable and remarkably efficient Swiss trains. Marvel at the scenery on the classic Glacier Express and the Rigi Mountain Railway, uncover the rarely visited "backwater" routes in the east of the country, and enjoy a relaxing lake cruise on this fantastic tour.

 

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South of France Steam      23 Sep 2024 (8 days) - Fares from £1899

We are proud to offer this highly anticipated, special tour to the South of France riding steam hauled trains over some of the most scenic routes in France. Experience the stunning Doux Gorge line to the gourmet town of Lamastre, an exclusive charter train, the superb viaducts aboard the Cévennes steam train, and steam into the Provence countryside plus a ride along the Mediterranean coast and a fantastic branch line into the mountains.

 

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USA Fall Colours Steam (Flight Inclusive)     2 Oct 2024 (13 days) - Fares from £4289

Join us on this truly amazing, new tour to the USA featuring 7 steam lines including marvellous double headed shay locomotives and a phenomenal 2-6-6-2 Mallet in operation. On this action-packed adventure we will also experience two scenic diesel excursions, an Amtrak ride into New York with free time in the infamous "Big Apple", and two fascinating railroad museums. This is the journey of a lifetime to create lasting memories!

 

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USA Fall Colours Steam (Ground Only)     2 Oct 2024 (12 days) - Fares from £3399

Join us on this truly amazing, new tour to the USA featuring 7 steam lines including marvellous double headed shay locomotives and a phenomenal 2-6-6-2 Mallet in operation. On this action-packed adventure we will also experience two scenic diesel excursions, an Amtrak ride into New York with free time in the infamous "Big Apple", and two fascinating railroad museums. This is the journey of a lifetime to create lasting memories!

 

This is the Ground Only option and you will have to make your own flight arrangements to Philadelphia and return from Washington Dulles.

 

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New Zealand Steam Adventure (Flight Inclusive)     7 Feb 2025 (26 days) - Fares from £9995

Experience the trip of a lifetime on our unique escorted tour to New Zealand showcasing the best of both the North and South Islands. Immerse yourself in the charm of KiwiRail's scenic routes with breathtaking rides on all three journeying through magnificent mountain scenery and coastlines. Enjoy numerous charter trains, exclusive steam charters, a lake cruise, visits to railway museums, and much more plus time to explore and soak in the culture, beauty, and history of this amazing country.

 

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New Zealand Steam Adventure (Ground Only)     10 Feb 2025 (22 days) - Fares from £7995

Experience the trip of a lifetime on our unique escorted tour to New Zealand showcasing the best of both the North and South Islands. Immerse yourself in the charm of KiwiRail's scenic routes with breathtaking rides on all three journeying through magnificent mountain scenery and coastlines. Enjoy numerous charter trains, exclusive steam charters, a lake cruise, visits to railway museums, and much more plus time to explore and soak in the culture, beauty, and history of this amazing country.

 

This is the Ground Only option and you will have to make your own flight arrangements to Auckland and return from Christchurch.

 

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Saxony & Harz Winter Steam Extravaganza     14 Feb 2025 (11 days) - Fares from £2399

Experience the ultimate steam tour adventure in Germany with no less than ten steam lines to explore on this action-packed itinerary! Journey through beautiful landscapes on exhilarating steam hauled rides, travel on a unique suspended monorail, ride charming branch lines on the Zittau Railway, and visit the fascinating Altstadt roundhouse in Dresden.

 

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Canadian Rail Explorer (Flight Inclusive)      22 March 2025 (13 days) - Fares from £7999

Experience the adventure of a lifetime with a unique rail journey across Canada aboard the iconic train - "The Canadian". Travel in a classic 1950's train with dome cars, tail observation car, and fantastic dining car across the Canadian Shield, wide-open Prairies, and dramatic Rockies. Visit vibrant cities including Montréal and Toronto, gaze out at the thundering waters of Niagara Falls, soak in coastal breezes in Vancouver, and take a scenic ferry ride to Victoria on this unforgettable tour.

 

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Canadian Rail Explorer (Ground Only)      22 March 2025 (12 days) - Fares from £6999

Experience the adventure of a lifetime with a unique rail journey across Canada aboard the iconic train - "The Canadian". Travel in a classic 1950's train with dome cars, tail observation car, and fantastic dining car across the Canadian Shield, wide-open Prairies, and dramatic Rockies. Visit vibrant cities including Montréal and Toronto, gaze out at the thundering waters of Niagara Falls, soak in coastal breezes in Vancouver, and take a scenic ferry ride to Victoria on this unforgettable tour.

 

This is the Ground Only option and you will have to make your own flight arrangements to Montréal and return from Vancouver.

 

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Dresden Steam Festival & More      8 April 2025 (8 days) - Fares from £2159

Every year Dresden hosts one of the major steam festivals in Europe, and this year is no exception! Visit magnificent steam locomotives at the festival, experience two main-line steam rides, travel on a unique suspended monorail, and ride charming branch lines. Journey through beautiful landscapes, ride a vintage tram charter, and enjoy free time to explore the historic city of Dresden.

 

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The South African     July 2025 (15 or 16 days) - Fares from £TBA

Our exclusive South African tour offers an unparalleled opportunity to discover the allure of South Africa from the comfort of a luxurious train carriage. Explore the continent's rich tapestry of landscapes, cultures, and natural wonders, and traverse along a route that weaves through South Africa's iconic Table Mountain and majestic Victoria Falls. Revel in the splendour of these awe-inspiring landmarks while indulging in world-class service.

 

  • Embark on an unforgettable journey through South Africa’s breathtaking scenery

  • Visit iconic landmarks like Victoria Falls and Table Mountain

  • Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures and histories of South Africa

  • Experience luxury rail travel with all the modern comforts on board the Rovos Rail

  • Travel on board the "Pride of Africa" from Victoria Falls to Capetown

  • Indulge in a relaxing dinner cruise on the stunning Zambezi River

 

Don't Miss This Adventure of a Lifetime!

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