Little Trains, Paddle Steamers and Grand Palaces of Saxony

7 days from £699pp.

Weisseritztalbahn Steam Train

Visit: Weisseritztalbahn Steam Train, Germany

Baroque Palace Moritzburg

Visit: Baroque Palace Moritzburg, Germany

On this wonderful new tour, we include two nostalgic rail rides combined with a host of cultural delights, including the historic city of Meissen, home to the famous porcelain.

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    We head east across Germany to our hotel in Dresden for four nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Join our optional guided walking tour through Dresden’s historic old town. You will see, hear and experience a wealth of history and anecdotes linked to Dresden’s famous attractions: the Zwinger Palace; the world-renowned Semper Opera House; the Catholic Hofkirche; Dresden Castle; and the Taschenberg Palace. The 'Procession of Princes' (the longest porcelain image in the world), the Brühl Terrace (known locally as the 'Balcony of Europe) and the Frauenkirche (the Church of Our Lady) are also included in the route. We later head to Freital, where we board the Weisseritztalbahn, one of Saxony's oldest narrow gauge railways offering a public service. The Weisseritztalbahn follows a course regarded as one of the most beautiful routes in Europe, passing through the picturesque valleys, winding rivers and numerous bridges of the eastern Ore Mountains from Freital to Dippoldiswalde near the Czech border. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Rabenau Gorge, as we climb nearly 350 metres, on a line which was originally constructed in the 1880s.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Board one of the famous Elbe paddle steamers for a 90-minute cruise to Pillnitz Palace, the former summer residence of the Saxon royal court. Beautifully situated on the banks of the River Elbe on the southern edge of the city, the palace is one of Saxony's architectural treasures and was built to rival the Palace of Versailles. The beautiful gardens and the architecture of the Chinese-style palace are a true delight. Enjoy the unique nostalgic charm of the paddle steamers as our cruise takes us along the Elbe past beautiful palaces, vineyards, and the famous Blue Wonder suspension bridge. At the time of its completion, the bridge was one of the longest bridges ever built that wasn't supported by pillars and the citizens of the city declared it a masterpiece of technology, painting it blue.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Join our included excursion as we travel to Radebeul for a train ride to the sleepy village of Moritzburg. Travelling on the Lößnitzgrundbahn narrow gauge railway, we head through the pretty scenery along the 16 kilometre track, passing vineyards, forests and ponds. If the weather is suitable, you may get the opportunity to sit in the open summer car. In Moritzburg you will see the impressive 15th century Baroque palace, surrounded by water, and one of the finest castles of its kind. This 15th century hunting lodge was converted and expanded by Augustus the Strong in the early 1700s, turning it into the Baroque palace that you see today. Later, we visit nearby Meissen, where you may wish to visit the famous Meissen Porcelain Factory. We include a guided tour of the workshop and you will learn the processes involved in the production, which lead from a rather unimpressive chunk of porcelain to a beautiful ornamented cup or plate.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We leave Dresden and head to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Prices are per person, based on two sharing.

    Extras: optional excursions; single room supplement £129; travel insurance from £44.95.

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Superior Park Inn by Radisson Dresden, situated in the district Dresden-Neustadt with its numerous restaurants, pubs, cafés and shops. The hotel is located within walking distance of the historic city centre with the Albertinum Art Museum and the Zwinger Palace, approximately 40 minutes walk away. All bedrooms have a shower or bath, W.C., hairdryer, T.V., radio, WiFi and mini-bar.

    Overnight stays in Belgium will be in city-style hotels.

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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