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Austria, Hungary & Slovenia Scenic Steam Explorer

Austria, Hungary & Slovenia Scenic Steam Explorer

A unique new tour exploring European steam and vintage narrow gauge trains amidst wonderful scenery in delightful destinations. Travelling, mostly by rail, through Austria, Slovenia and Hungary with some of the rail journeys truly 'off the beaten track'.

11 Days From £2195

 

DEPARTS

Friday 18 September 2020

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travel on the scenic Mariazellerbahn

  • Ride the Mariazell Steam Tram to the Erlaufsee Lake

  • Travel over the famous Semmering Pass

  • A trip on the vintage electric Hollentalbahn

  • Stay in beautiful Hungarian city of Sorpon

  • Climb the firetower in Sopron

  • Steam charter on the Nagycenki Széchenyi Museum Railway

  • Stay in the attractive lakeside village of Badacsony

  • Tour of Lake Balaton including a trip on the last narrow gauge railway to still be run by Hungarian State Railways (Máv)

  • Visit the large model railway at Keszthely

  • A trip on the Narrow Gauge Mesztegnyői Forest Railway

  • Stay in Zalaegerszeg, more trees in this city than any other in Hungary

  • Steam charter on the "Main Line" of the Zala Narrow Gauge Forestry network

  • Scenic journey from Zalaegerszeg to Ljubljana

  • Visit Ljubljana Railway Museum

  • Slovenia Main Line steam over the Julian Alps

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 10 nights bed & breakfast, 1 evening meal, 1 packed lunch

  • Rail travel in the class of your choice to Austria & from Germany

  • All excursions and admissions as detailed

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

DAY 1

Depart London by Eurostar 08.54 hrs* to Brussels and speeding onwards aboard the ICE train services to Linz arriving 21.36 hrs* having changed trains just the once at Frankfurt. At Linz we have one night at the Kolping hotel. Due to the late arrival time it is too late to dine at the hotel and suggest you dine during the journey in the restaurant aboard the ICE train.

DAY 2

This morning we travel on a main line service to St Polten. Here we board the scheduled modern unit 760 mm train service along the beautiful, 100 kms long, Mariazellerbahn travelling through the picturesque valleys to Laubenbachmühle before climbing via a double horse-shoe curve off into the mountains - a truly scenic journey climbing to Mariazell. After transferring to our hotel, we have an afternoon trip on the steam tramway up to the lake. The rest of the day is free to explore this beautiful mountain resort.

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DAY 3

We travel by coach through the mountains to Mürzzuschlag where we visit the railway museum before taking the train over the stunningly scenic and UNESCO protected Semmering Pass to Payerbach-Reichenau station where there is a plinthed steam locomotive that used to work over the Semmering line. Here we join the vintage electric 760 mm narrow gauge line to Hirschwang and return. Back at Payerbach we continue by train changing at Vienna Neustadt for the onward journey to Sopron in Hungary where there is another plinthed steam locomotive. A coach transfer takes us to the Hotel Sopron.

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DAY 4

We begin the day with a guided tour of Sopron, you'll be able to climb the historic fire tower for fine views over the city. Our coach will then take us to Nagycenk where we enjoy a steam charter on the 2 miles long 760 mm gauge Nagycenki Széchenyi Museum Railway between Nagycenk and Fertöboz and return. There are various steam locomotives on display at both ends of the line. Our coach then takes us to Badacsony on the banks of Lake Balaton where we stay for the next two nights at our hotel that is conveniently located for the lake and promenade.

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DAY 5

Today we enjoy a tour of Lake Balaton via coach, train and boat including free time in picturesque Tihany and Siófok. From Siófok we travel by train for approximately 30 miles along the southern shore of beautiful Lake Balaton to Balaton Fenyves where we take a return trip on the last narrow-gauge railway to still be part of the Hungarian State Railways to Somogyszentpál. We complete our day returning by ferry to Badacsony.

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DAY 6

This morning we visit the large model railway at Keszthely featuring a HO gauge layout of the Semmering Pass amongst other German & Hungarian layouts. We then continue to Mesztegnyö by road for a vintage diesel charter on the Narrow Gauge Mesztegnyöi Forest Railway. We then check into our hotel in Zalaegerszeg for the next two nights.

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DAY 7

Today we enjoy a full day of steam on the extensive Zala Forestry Narrow Gauge Railway Network which is the largest narrow-gauge system in Hungary. This industrial line is used for the extraction of timber. A packed lunch is included.

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DAY 8

After a free morning n Zalaegerszeg we depart Hungary on the Cittadella train to Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia. The rail journey to Ljubljana sees the countryside become ever more mountainous and ever more scenic. There are a number of plinthed steam locos to be glimpsed during the journey. On arrival at Ljubljana we transfer to the railway museum which has a fine collection of Austro-Hungarian and Yugoslavian steam locos. Our coach then takes us to our hotel at Bohinjska in the Julian Alps where we stay for the next two nights.

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DAY 9

This morning we travel by coach to Jesenice where we enjoy one of the highlights of the tour as we board a 90 Kms main line steam excursion over the extensive Bohinj Line to Nova Gorica and return. We'll travel through spectacular scenery and over the largest stone arch bridge in Europe. On arrival at Nova Gorica, we have a break of approximately 3 hours in which you might like to walk across the border into Italy and the old town of Gorizia.

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DAY 10

Today we bid farewell to Slovenia and board our train for a scenic rail journey into Austria and onwards to Nuremberg for our last night and a farewell group meal including a glass of cheer!

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DAY 11

This morning we travel back to London departing Nuremberg 08.00 hrs* via Frankfurt and Brussels arriving London 16.05 hrs*

* Train times correct as February 2020 but could change by departure date.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTELS

Hotel Kolping, Linz

A 10 minute walk from the railway, this relaxed hotel is close to the city centre.

The modern rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges, plus desks and sitting areas. Breakfast is served buffet style.

 

Hotel Magnus Klause, Mariazell

A comfortable 3 star hotel ideally located in the main square of Mariazell, opposite the Basilica. Mariazell, the jewel in the countryside surrounded with mountains, is one of the best-known shrines to the Virgin Mary and pilgrimage sites in Central-Europe There is a beautiful view from the restaurant, and the first- floor panoramic terrace to the square, church and the nearby mountains. All rooms are en-suite with traditional décor.

 

Hotel Sopron, Sopron

Located close to the historic city centre, this refined hotel is a 10 minute walk from the medieval Fire Tower and the old town. The modern, relaxed en-suite rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, along with a minibar.

 

Hotel Bonvino, Badacsony

Situated on the Northern Shore of Lake Balaton in the Balaton Uplands National Park, this stylish spa hotel is a 5 minute walk from the promenade of Lake Balaton. Chic en-suite rooms with both modern and rustic accents feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars.

A modern restaurant serves regional cuisine and has a seasonal shaded terrace and a wine bar. The full-service spa has an indoor pool, a hot tub, a steam bath and saunas.

 

Hotel Arany Bárány, Zalaegerszeg

Situated in the centre of Zalaegerszeg, the greenest city in Hungary, this upscale hotel in a 19th-century building with a modern annex is a 3-minute walk from the Göcseji Múzeum of regional history. Low-key, warmly decorated rooms feature free Wi-Fi, TVs and minibars. Room service is available. There’s a restaurant, a casual bar and a brasserie with a terrace, plus billiards and foosball. Other amenities include a fitness room, and a spa with saunas, an ice fountain and wellness treatments.

 

Bohinj ECO Hotel, Bohinjska Bistrica

A short walk from Bohinjska Bistrica Railway Station the en-suite rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. There's also a warm bar/restaurant with a fireplace. Other amenities include a bowling alley and a bar, as well as a sauna, a steam room and an indoor pool with mountain views.

 

IntercityHotel, Nuremberg

This unpretentious business hotel is a 3 minute walk from Nürnberg Hbf Railway Station.

En-suite rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, safes and desks. Some rooms have railway station views. Public transportation passes are complimentary. There's a international restaurant and a bar.

 

FARE

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel including

Standard Eurostar

£2195

First Class rail travel including

Standard Premier Eurostar

£2595

Join in Linz & leave in Nuremburg

£1895

Single Traveller Supplement

£395

 

10 nights bed & breakfast, 1 evening meal, 1 packed lunch

Rail travel in the class of your choice to Austria & from Germany

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

GUARANTEED FARE

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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