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Day 1 – April 16 – Arrive in Cologne, Germany. April 16, 2018 – Most US and international airlines have very good connection into Amsterdam from all US international airports.  Delta & KLM have several direct flights from the Twin Cities to Amsterdam. Several people with the 261 organization will be flying into Amsterdam prior to the tour and traveling via regular train service from Amsterdam to Cologne. We gather in Cologne on the afternoon of April 16th for an afternoon of relaxing and settling into the time change from the United States.   Pullman passengers will be staying at the 5 star Excelsior Hotel Ernst, just a few yards from the Station. Premier Dining will be staying at the Mondial am Dom or Hyatt hotel just a five minute walk from the Cathedral.  Dinner will be on your own this evening  (Additional supplemental charge applies, see attached rate sheet)

Day 2 – April 17 – Cologne to Berlin – We gather in Cologne in the early afternoon to board our vintage coaches and travel diesel hauled on a leisurely journey across Germany, arriving in Berlin mid evening. This will be our base for the night. Pullman Style Dining guests will be staying in the luxurious Adlon Kempinski Hotel, located just yards from the Brandenburg  Gate. Premier Dining guests will be at the Westin Grand Hotel in the heart of Berlin’s exclusive shopping area and close to the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag.

Day 3 – April 18 – Berlin to Dresden – In the morning explore the vibrant city of Berlin, and visit some of the historical icons like the Brandenburg Gate or join a 2 hour guided coach tour of the city. In the afternoon we enjoy our first taste of steam as we are hauled south by one of Germany’s preserved express locomotives to the wonderful city of Dresden. On arrival in Dresden you will be coached to your hotels where you will stay for the next three nights. Pullman and Premier Dining passengers will have dinner in their hotel on arrival.

Brandenburg Gate

Berlin Hotels

Pullman guests will be staying in the luxurious 5 Star Adlon Kempinski Hotel, located just yards from the Brandenburg Gate and one of the most sought after hotels in the city.

Premier Dining guests will be at the 4 Star Westin Grand Hotel in the heart of Berlin’s exclusive shopping area and close to the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag.


Day 4 – April 19 – Dresden – Local tours will include coach or walking tours of Dresden taking in the many sights including the museums, Palaces, Gardens, Frauenkirche and Riverside walks. There will also be optional trips to nearby Meissen (home to the world famous china factory), a wine tour and a sightseeing tour of the local Saxony area.

Optional Steam Trips Amazingly, as a legacy of its past as part of East Germany, Dresden still has local railways in the suburbs that are steam operated. There will be optional excursions to both the Freital Railway and the Radebeul Railway during the day.

Dresden Hotels Pullman guests will be staying in the beautiful 5 Star Taschenberg Palais Kempinski, built by the King of Saxony in the 18th century and beautifully restored in 1995. It is just yards from the Royal Palace, and the famous Frauenkirche. Premier Dining guests will be staying at the 4 Star Steigenberger Hotel in the main square which overlooks the Frauenkirche.


Day 5 – April 20 – Optional tour to Prague – You may opt for a trip by steam along the banks of the River Elbe across the border into the Czech Republic all the way to the capital city of Prague. Our journey will allow several hours to explore historic Prague before we return steam hauled to Dresden. Alternatively, you may choose to remain in Dresden for a day at leisure or join one of our optional coach excursions.

Day 6 – April 21 – Dresden to the Harz Mountains by Steam – The Harz Mountains Explorer now heads West, and we enjoy a lunchtime break in the Cathedral City of Leipzig. Soon after leaving Leipzig we have views of the distant Harz Mountains towering over the surrounding plains. Soon we will be arriving at our destinations of the pretty market towns of Ilsenborg and Wernigerode where passengers will be staying for their three nights here in the Harz Mountains.

Harz Mountains Hotels

Pullman guests will be staying in the picture postcard 5 Star Landhaus Zu den Rothen Forellen, Ilsenborg that overlooks the lake in Ilsenborg and
is in the town center.
Premier Dining guests will be staying in the 4 Star Travel Charme Gothisches Haus Wernigerode. This historic hotel is located in the central square of Wernigerode and is easy walking distance to all the main attractions.


Wernigerode Castle

Day 7 – April 22 – Exploring the Harz Mountains and a chance to see Faust at the Brocken! – Throughout the day passengers will have opportunities to explore both the local tourist attractions of the Harz Mountains, or if they prefer, spend the entire day travelling on a specially chartered train steam hauled through the mountains. In the afternoon and evening passengers who wish will have the chance to steam up to the top of the Brocken Mountain to watch a special Harz Mountains edition of Faust, an opera about the Harz, and enjoy dinner in the mountain top restaurant. Others who are not culture vultures can carry on steaming on our private charter

Day 8 – April 23 – Another day for exploring the Harz Mountains – For steam lovers there will be an all day excursion to give you an opportunity to cover the whole of the extensive Harz Mountains network. Alternatively you may choose to join a tour to the Unesco World Heritage medieval town of Quedlinburg, which has over 1,300 half-timbered houses.


Cologne Cathedral

Day 9 – April 24 – Harz Mountains to Cologne – Our final day of steam will involve some fast mainline running across Western Germany to the beautiful Cathedral city of Cologne.

Cologne Hotels Pullman guests will be staying the luxurious 5 Star Excelsior Hotel Ernst which is a few yards from the station and overlooks the Cathedral. Dinner will be taken in the hotel. Premier Dining guests will be staying at the 4 Star Mondial am Dom 5 minutes walk from the Cathedral. Dinner will be taken in the hotel.


Day 10 – April 25 – Cologne to London – After a morning free to explore Cologne, passengers who have chosen to travel by train, will return home in a little under 5 hours in a combination of the famous German High speed ICE trains and Eurostar to St Pancras. Alternatively, as before passengers will be able to fly if they so wish and this can be organised by Steam Dreams.


CARRIAGES – On the German and Czech Republic main line trips we will be using a mixture of vintage coaches from the former railways of Germany and Austria. Some of our dining coaches are beautifully restored, and have been used in countless period films.

We will also have some compartments that will be used for our Premier Dining package with 4 passengers per compartment.

STEAM LOCOMOTIVES – On the German and Czech Republic main line trips we will be using a range of steam
locomotives, including 032155-4 and 01509, both built in the 1930’s as express passenger locomotives. We will also be using 23058, built in the 1950’s for express passenger services. In the Harz Mountains, we will be using both the ‘standard locomotives’ built in the 1930s and the Mallet tank locomotives, which are over 100 years old.

BOOKING INFORMATION

Our tour will start and end in Cologne. However, passengers are being given the following
options for joining the tour:

  1. Independent Travel- Make your own way to Europe and join us in Cologne (early afternoon) on 16th April and make your own independent travel options for your homeward journey from Cologne on April 25th.
  2. Train Travel from London – Travel with Steam Dreams on an early morning scheduled Eurostar from London St Pancras and a high speed train service to Cologne via Brussels on 17th April, with the same arrangements for the return journey on April 25th. Supplement applies.
  3. Train Travel from London with Steam Dreams (extra night) – Travel with Steam Dreams on a scheduled Eurostar from London St Pancras and a high speed train service to Cologne via Brussels on 16th April for an extra night in Cologne prior to onward travel to Berlin (see day 1). Passengers will be taken home on a high speed train service from Cologne to London St Pancras via Brussels on April 25th. Supplement applies.

There are two Classes, the details of which are described as 5 Star Pullman Style Dining and 4 Star Premier Dining.


There are two Classes, the details of which are described as Pullman Style Dining & Premier Dining.

All the hotels that we have booked for this trip have been visited by 261 tour guides Steve & Megan Sandberg we believe they offer great quality at an affordable price. In all classes of travel the price is inclusive of all the mainline vintage train trips within Germany. The only optional extra for train travel will be from London to Brussels & Cologne Euro Star and on the vintage trains will be the optional day trip from Dresden to Prague, any off train excursions and the Faust opera performance and meal (included for Pullman Style Dining guests only).

Pullman Style Dining – 5 Star

Passengers who book the Pullman Style Dining package will be staying in 5 star hotels, including the only hotel with that rating in the Harz Mountains.

Also included in the Pullman Style Dining package will be seating in the vintage Austrian dining coaches on all mainline trips, including the diesel leg from Cologne to Berlin. 

Meals

  • Breakfast will be taken in your hotel every morning
  • On mainline train days (days 1, 2, 4, 5, and 8) meals will be served on board at your seat. Depending the time of day, this will be brunch, light lunch or afternoon tea.
  • Dinner is included in the hotels on nights 1, 2, 5 and 8.
  • On night 6 dinner is included if you attend “Faust” at the Brocken, or otherwise will be provided in your hotel.
  • On nights 3 and 4 in Dresden, and night 7 in the Harz Mountains, you will be free to make your own dining arrangements in one of the many restaurants available, or you can opt for dinner in your hotel which Steam Dreams will organise for you at a supplement.

Full details of these options will be sent to you early in 2018 along with details of optional tours.
On the Harz Mountains trains Pullman Style Dining passengers will be allocated two seats per person in the vintage carriages, to allow them to stretch out and enjoy the view. No meals and only occasional hot drinks will be available on the Harz Mountains trains as these coaches are small and not equipped for dining.

Pullman Style Dining passengers who opt to travel to and from Germany via London will be allocated seats on these trains in the operator’s equivalent of First Class.

Premier Dining – 4 Star

Our Premier Dining passengers will stay in 4 star city centre hotels including the Travel Charme Gothisches Haus in the centre of the market square in the historic town of Wernigerode in the Harz Mountains.

On the mainline trips, including the diesel section between Cologne and Berlin on Day 2, Premier Dining passengers will be in compartments for 6, but only 4 seats will be allocated, giving ample space for passengers to spread out and enjoy the views of springtime Germany.

Meals

  • Breakfast will be served in the hotels on every day
  • Dinner is also included in the hotel on days 1, 2, 5 and
  • On days 3 and 4 in Dresden, and days 6 and 7 in Wernigerode, passengers will be free to make their own arrangements at the many bars and restaurants there, but if they would rather eat in their hotel Steam Dreams will organise this option for them at a supplement
  • On mainline train days (days 1, 2, 4, 5, and 8), you will be served hot and cold snacks or luxury hampers at your seats during the trip, but these compartments do not have tables so we cannot serve our usual Premier Dining

On the Harz Mountains trains there are no full catering facilities, and only occasional drinks will be available, but there will be plenty of opportunities to buy food to eat during the day.

Premier Dining passengers who opt to travel to and from Germany with Steam Dreams will be allocated seats on these trains in the operator’s equivalent of Standard Class.

Pricing –  Pullman Style Dining Premier Dining
Ground fare(Cologne – Cologne) $3,995.00 $3,395.00
Supplement for train travel from UK (London – London) $500.00 $275.00
Supplement for extra night in Cologne. April 16th, 2018 $350.00 $250.00
Single Supplement $750.00 $500.00
Dresden to Prague Day Trip  $225.00  $175.00
Faust Performance and dinner Included $80.00

*Fares for other optional excursions will be confirmed early in 2018