trains and treasures of europe
JULY 20-AUGUST 3, 2017
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Poland and the Czech Republic have some great steam trains as well as historic cities, fascinating heritage and delightful countryside. This trip starting in Berlin, Germany that includes both the railways and other attractions that Poland and the Czech Republic offer before ending in Vienna, the capital of Austria. At the end of the tour there will be an optional trip through Austria, taking in a great selection of train rides as well as the two major Alpine cities of Saltzburg and Innbruck.
PRE TOUR ITINERARY
A four day tour in Germany will precede the main tour. Information will be added here soon.
main tour itinerary
Day 1 Thursday July 20: (D)
If you have participated in the pre tour option, today will be the last day of your program before joining the main tour for dinner this evening. If you have not participated in the pre tour, arrive in Berlin today and make your way to the hotel. Meet the rest of the group at an included dinner tonight.
Day 2 Friday July 21: (D)
Enjoy some free time in Berlin before we transfer you to the main railway station for an afternoon journey by train to Zbaszynek in Poland. We will travel first class, which allows you access to the first class lounge in Berlin, with drinks and snacks included whilst you wait for departure time. On arrival at Zbaszynek, a bus transfer will take you to your hotel in Wolsztyn.
Day 3 Saturday July 22:
Join two steam trains today, the first from Wolsztyn to Zbaszynek and back, and the second to Zbaszyn. It should be possible to have a cab ride.
Day 4 Sunday July 23: (L)
Spend today exploring the history of Poland with a bus excursion to the German fortifications at Kalawa with its underground railway lines, followed by a visit to Lagow and its Castle for a late lunch.
Day 5 Monday July 24: (D)
Travel by bus this morning to Zinn or Gniezno for a steam operated narrow gauge train ride. Cab rides and workshop visits are possible. Your luggage will be stored in the bus until you are taken this afternoon to the mainline station for a train to Warsaw.
Day 6 Tuesday July 25:
Guided tour of Warsaw , including the remarkably rebuilt Old Town and the castle and learn about the history of the Warsaw Uprising. Following the guided tour there will be an option for railfans to visit the narrow gauge railway museum at Sokaczew, About 35 miles from Warsaw and the PKP (National Railway) museum in Warsaw.
Day 7 Wednesday July 26:
This morning, travel by train to Krakow . This afternoon, join a city tour to enjoy the sights and sounds of Poland's cultural hub. Explore the Jewish section and main square.
Day 8 Thursday July 27:
Enjoy some free time in Krakow this morning before catching an afternoon train to Prague in the Czech Republic.
Day 9 Friday July 28: (D)
Spend the day sampling the transport delights offered around the capital city of the Czech Republic. Your first trip will be a standard gauge train ride to the 600mm narrow gauge railway in Sendražice, originally built to transport sugar beets to the factory in Kolin, the railway closed in 1965 and reopened in 2007. A vintage bus will be used for transfers between the main line and the narrow gauge railways. Later today, visit the tram museum in Prague followed by a chartered vintage tram trip through the city. There will be a few free hours to explore the old city before an included dinner.
Day 10 Saturday July 29: (D)
This morning we take a train to Lužná u Rakovníka , travelling past hops fields, the raw material for the production of the popular Czech beer. The Czech Railways Museum is located in Lužná. We visit the impressive collection of old steam locomotives, well known for their unusual design and outstanding performance. See the class 556.0, able to haul goods trains up to 4000 ton, The class 477.0 "Blue Parrot" built for suburban traffic, the class 387.0 "Mikado" for fast passenger trains and many more. Also featured will be a steam train ride from Luzna to Krupá and back.
Day 11 Sunday July 30:
Leave Prague this morning for a journey by train and bus to Jindřichův Hradec, to ride on the longest 760 mm narrow gauge railway in the Czech Republic. Travel by steam train from Jindřichův Hradec, through deep forests and past romantic lakes to Nová Bystřice. From there, travel by bus to Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its Old Town with 300 protected medieval buildings and its castle complex, the second largest in the Czech Republic. Continue your journey by bus and train through České Budějovice to Gmund, just over the border in Austria.
Day 12 Monday July 31:
Two narrow gauge railway lines leave Gmund, we will ride on both of them today. The railways operate regular passenger services with modern railcars, but our trains will use heritage coaches and vintage diesel locomotives. If available, our train to Groß Gerau will be with a steam locomotive.
Day 13 Tuesday August 1:
Enjoy a train ride to Vienna this morning, followed by a city tour.
Day 14 Wednesday August 2:
Your tour ends in Vienna after breakfast today.
POST TOUR ITINERARY
Day 1 Wednesday August 2:
Alternatively, join us for a post tour exploration of Austria. Ride a high speed inter-city train out of Vienna to St Polten to join the narrow gauge 'Stairway to heaven' railway to the pilgrimage town of Mariazell. We will ride in a modern electric train over this scenic line.
Day 2 Thursday August 3:
This morning, enjoy a trip in an historic railcar from Salzburg to Ostermiething and back, with a stop at Oberndorf to visit the "Silent Night chapel" where the famous Christmas song was composed. Included will be a visit to the Salzburger Lokalbahn depot. Following your depot visit, catch a bus to Marabellplatz, where there will be time for lunch and afternoon sightseeing tour of Salzburg hosted by a local English speaking tour guide.
Day 3 Friday August 4:
Today we will travel by rail from Salzburg to Innsbruck. Stop en-route at Zell am See, where we will board a narrow gauge train to Krimml and back. The Pinzgauer Lokalbahn is a scenic 33 mile narrow-gauge railway that follows the Salzach valley from Zell am See to Krimml through the Pinzgau Mountains.
Day 4 Saturday August 5:
Travel to Jenbach this morning to travel on the rack (cog wheel) steam train to Achensee. The Achensee Steam Cog Railway makes its way up to the Tyrol's largest alpine lake, driven by Europe's oldest steam cog locomotives. The meter gauge railway is 4.2 miles long. Within this length it rises some 1,444 ft in height, with the steeper sections using the Riggenbach rack system. On arrival, enjoy a scenic boat tour on Lake Achensee with a break for lunch at Achenkirch.
Day 5 August 6 2017:
Your tour ends after breakfast this morning.
all prices per person
|DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY....................................||$3,995|
|SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT.....................................||$595|
|DEPOSIT TO HOLD SPACE CONFIRMED.................||$1,500|
|EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BOOK BY december 1||-$200|
|FINAL PAYMENT DUE BY APRIL 20, 2017|
|PRE TOUR DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY...............||tba|
|PRE TOUR SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT................||tba|
|POST TOUR DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY.............||tba|
|POST TOUR SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT..............||tba|
DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY$3,995
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT$595
DEPOSIT TO HOLD SPACE CONFIRMED$1,500
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BOOK BY december 1-$200
FINAL PAYMENT DUE BY NOVEMBER 16, 2016
PRE TOUR DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCYTBA
PRE TOUR SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENTTBA
POST TOUR DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCYTBA
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