DRESDEN & THE ELBE,

  August 14th - 23rd

 

After a gap of several years it is time to return to the city of Dresden and its many attractions, steamy and otherwise! The centre of this fine baroque city has been rebuilt and restored following the destruction of WWII, and once again can justly be called “The Florence of the Elbe”. Apart from its architectural splendours it is home to the largest fleet of paddle steamers in the world, and a variety of steam narrow gauge lines survive in the region. I have set out an itinerary below, although this may vary slightly as timetables for 2018 become available.

OUTLINE ITINERARY

Tuesday 14th) Morning departure by Eurostar to Brussels and thence onward via Frankfurt to Erfurt, our overnight stop.

Wednesday 15th) We continue onward to Dresden

Thursday 16th) By train and paddle steamer to Bad Schandau for a privately chartered vintage tram on the delightful rural tramway, the Kirnitzschtalbahn.

 

Friday 17th) A day on the two narrow gauge lines close to the city, the Lossnitzgrundbahn and my own favourite, the Weisseritztalbahn which only reopened to Kurort Kipsdorf in 2017, following the disastrous floods fifteen years ago.

Saturday 18th) A day to enjoy the city, followed by the evening parade of all NINE paddle steamers. I hope to arrange a visit to the Altstadt roundhouse in the morning.

Sunday 19th ) A free day in the city, or maybe take a steamer to the historic city of Meissen.

Monday 20th ) We travel to Zittau for the narrow gauge sytem which operates to Kurort Oybin and Kurort Jonsdorf.

Tuesday 21st ) More narrow gauge with a privately chartered train at the Waldeisenbahn Muskau.

Wednesday 22nd ) Off to Chemnitz to visit the Hilbersdorf museum mpd, and for those who wish, the Industrial museum too. Alternatively, you could stop off at Freiburg and visit the cathedral.

Thursday 23rd ) Time to return to London

HOTELS

We will be using the InterCity Hotels in Erfurt and Dresden, both of which we have used previously, and are conveniently situated. Tour price is £1395 per person sharing twin / double room, with £225 single supplement if required.

I hope you will decide to join us. Deposit £200 per person to confirm your booking please.