Berlin, Dresden & the Elbe Valley Steam

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11 Jun 2018 - 22 Oct 2018
Duration: 7 nights departing 11th Jun, 10th Sep or 15th Oct
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Go back to the days when steam ruled the waves and railways, and discover the unique charm surrounding Saxony. This beautiful corner of Germany is etched with miles of preserved railways which are a gem in Saxony’s cultural heritage. We travel on three different routes and enjoy untouched landscapes with a wistful blend of hot steam and billowing smoke teasing the senses. We also step aboard a paddle steamer for a cruise along the river Elbe, and we visit the baroque wonderland that is Dresden as well as the capital of Berlin, a city which lives and breathes history. We even take some time out to visit Colditz, the most famous prisoner-of-war camp in the Second World War and the scene of many daring and ingenious escapes. It’s full steam ahead!

DAY 1: LONDON – BERLIN

We journey aboard Eurostar from London to Brussels and continue by rail to Berlin where we check in at our hotel.

DAY 2: BERLIN

The flourishing capital of Germany is a fascinating place to explore. Our coach tour makes it easy to get around this large city and see some of the main sights before exploring on foot. Dinner is included at our hotel tonight.

DAY 3: BERLIN – DRESDEN

After a leisurely morning we take the train to Dresden, a beautiful city shaped by the soaring towers and dominant domes of its palaces, churches and stately homes. Our city tour is a great way to see the highlights, after which you can explore at leisure. Dinner is included at our hotel tonight.

DAY 4: COLDITZ & MEISSEN

This morning we visit Colditz Castle, which was used to detain significant allied prisoners of war and became the subject of numerous legendary escapes. In the afternoon we visit the nearby House of MEISSEN®, where this exclusive porcelain has been produced for more than 300 years.

DAY 5: WEIΒERITZ VALLEY STEAM RAILWAY, PILLNITZ PALACE & ELBE PADDLE STEAMER CRUISE

Today we get to experience one of the oldest steam trains in Saxony, which weaves through the beautiful scenery of the Eastern Ore mountains. We also visit the beautiful gardens of Pillnitz Palace before boarding a paddle steamer for a relaxing cruise on the Elbe to Dresden with coffee and cake included.

DAY 6: LÖΒNITZ VALLEY STEAM RAILWAY, MORITZBURG CASTLE & WACKERBARTH CASTLE

Our second steam train journey takes you through picturesque villages, vineyards and dreamy forestland on the Löβnitz Valley Steam Railway. We also visit the fairytale castle of Moritzburg, which is built as a hunting lodge, before a light lunch and wine tasting at the Wackerbarth Castle, Saxony’s oldest sparkling wine producer, situated at the foot of the vineyards.

DAY 7: ZITTAU MOUNTAIN STEAM TRAIN

We enjoy our final steam train journey today, which takes us from the city of Zittau to the mountain spa resort of Oybin. After some free time in Oybin we return to Dresden for an afternoon at leisure. We enjoy a farewell meal in a local restaurant this evening.

DAY 8: DRESDEN – LONDON

We set off on the rail journey to Brussels and meet Eurostar for the return to London.

PRICES:

11th June 2018: £1395 per person
10th September 2018: £1445 per person
15th October 2018: £1395 per person

Single supplement: £169
Deposit: £275

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return Eurostar from London to Brussels
  • Connecting rail journeys to Berlin, returning from Dresden
  • Two nights’ bed and breakfast in Berlin with one evening meal
  • Five nights’ bed and breakfast in Dresden with two evening meals
  • Services of our Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • Guided tour of Berlin and Dresden
  • Entrance to Colditz Castle
  • Visit to the House of MEISSEN®
  • Journey on the Weiβeritz Valley Steam Railway
  • Entrance to Pillnitz Park and Gardens
  • Paddle Steamer cruise on the Elbe river with coffee and cake
  • Journey on the Löβnitzgrund Steam Railway
  • Entrance to Moritzburg Castle
  • Saxony wine tasting at Wackerbarth Castle
  • Journey on the Zittau Mountain Steam Railway

BERLIN MARK HOTEL, BERLIN

This 4 star hotel is in a quiet side street just 200 metres from the lively Kurfürstendamm boulevard. The bedrooms have modern fittings with all the facilities you need, including high quality mattresses which are perfect after a day of exploring. There’s also a stylish bar with a terrace, a large restaurant, and free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel.

IBIS DRESDEN

This 3 star hotel is only 550 yards from the train station and a 10 minute walk from Dresden’s world-famous Old Town district. The classic style bedrooms are all en suite and have air conditioning, flat-screen TV and a hairdryer. There is a 24 hour bar and a snack bar.