Dresden & the Elbe Valley Steam Railways

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10 May 2019 - 13 Sep 2019
Duration: 7 days
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GO BACK TO THE DAYS WHEN STEAM RULED THE WAVES AND RAILWAYS

Join us on this mesmerising tour which takes you through fascinating landscapes, picturesque villages as you travel along two steam railways. Discover the beautiful city of Dresden, take in its main sights and step aboard a paddle steamer for a relaxing cruise along the river Elbe. With superb journeys on steam railways, a paddle steamer, fairytale castles and free time to explore - this break has it all.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return Eurostar from London to Brussels
  • Connecting rail journeys
  • One night’s half board accommodation in Wuppertal
  • Five nights’ half board accommodation in Dresden
  • A farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Dresden
  • Services of our Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • Walking tour of Dresden
  • A mesmerising Paddle Steamer cruise on the Elbe River with coffee and cake
  • Journey on the Löβnitzgrund Steam Railway
  • Explore Moritzburg Hunting Lodge
  • A city ticket for Dresden to be used on trams and buses
  • An unforgettable journey on the Weiβeritz Valley Steam Railway
  • Free time to explore Dippoldiswalde

Day 1: London – Wuppertal

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

Day 2: Wuppertal – Dresden

After breakfast we take the train to Dresden, a beautiful city shaped by the soaring towers and dominant domes of its palaces, churches and stately homes.

Day 3: Dresden

After breakfast we have a guided walking tour of Dresden, to take in some of the main sights, fascinating buildings and impressive museums such as the Frauenkirche, the Blue Wonder, the picturesque banks of the Elbe and the Wilhelmimian. Later on we step aboard a paddle steamer for a relaxing cruise along the river. Sit back, relax, take in the views from the river and enjoy coffee and cake as we sail along.

Day 4: Löβnitz Valley Steam Railway - Moritzburg Castle

This morning we board the train from Dresden to Radebeul and board the Löβnitz Valley Steam Railway to Moritzburg which takes you through fascinating landscapes and picturesque villages, as it weaves through vineyards and dreamy forestland before arriving in Moritzburg. On arrival we visit the fairytale castle of Moritzburg, which was built as a hunting lodge on its own Island.

Day 5: Dresden

Today is free to explore Dresden at your leisure. To make it easy for you to get around and see all the sights make sure you use your city ticket, which allows you to hop on and hop off trams and buses in Dresden. The city has many art museums and classic architecture of its reconstructed old town. The baroque church Frauenkirche is famed for its grand dome, which was rebuilt after it was reduced to ruins in World War II. Neumarkt Square is full of history with gabled houses, Royal Palaces, cathedrals and museum are in abundance and not to be missed. Take a stroll along the promenade of the Elbe River where there are many shops and restaurants.

Day 6: Weiβeritz Valley Steam Railway & Dippoldiswalde

Today, we take the train from Dresden to Freital and join the Weiβeritz Valley Steam Railway, one of the oldest steam trains in Saxony, which weaves through the beautiful scenery of the Eastern Ore Mountains. We arrive in peaceful and tranquil Dippoldiswalde and have free time to explore the historic city centre with it’s market, town hall, castle and the church. This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant in Dresden, the perfect way to round off a pleasurable holiday.

Day 7: Dresden – London

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

TRAIN TIMES

    Outward Journey

      Departs London 08.58
      Arrives Wuppertal 17.09

    Return Journey

      Departs Dresden 08.21
      Arrives London 19.57

Intercity Hotel Wuppertal

This 4 star hotel is a short walk from the station. The hotel is ideal for our overnight stop and has a restaurant, bar, fitness area and Wi-Fi.

Intercity Hotel Dresden

This 4 star hotel is centrally located and a 15 minute walk from Dresden’s world-famous Old Town district. There is a restaurant serving regional and national cuisine, a bar, a sports bar and an interior courtyard. The bedrooms have flat screen TV’s, a minibar, telephone and air conditioning. Free Wi-Fi is available.