About the tour: Little Trains, Paddle Steamers & Grand Palaces of Saxony

On this wonderful tour, we combine two nostalgic rail rides with a host of cultural delights. Explore Dresden’s historical old town and its host of famous attractions. See the stunning Pillnitz Palace – built to rival the palace of Versailles, it is one of Saxony’s architectural treasures. We witness more amazing architecture as we journey to Moritzburg, where the 15th century Baroque palace stands surrounded by water. Ride the Weisseritztalbahn train and pass through picturesque valleys and over the bridges of the Ore Mountains, cruise past palaces, vineyards and the famous Blue Wonder suspension bridge on a River Elbe paddle steamer and take the Lobnitzgrundbahn rail, passing vineyards and forests.

Tour Includes


  • 6 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver service coach

7 days from £799 pp

DATES & PRICES

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  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
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  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

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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    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
    Weisseritztalbahn Train Ride
    Weisseritztalbahn Train Ride

    Included highlights

    • Weisseritztalbahn Train Ride

    Optional highlights

    • Dresden Guided Sightseeing

    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
    Dresden to Pillnitz Palace Boat trip
    Dresden to Pillnitz Palace Boat trip

    Included highlights

    • Dresden to Pillnitz Palace Boat trip

    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 return to Dresden for free time.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Radebeul to Moritzburg Train Ride
    Radebeul to Moritzburg Train Ride

    Included highlights

    • Radebeul to Moritzburg Train Ride

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

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Additional Information


    Single Room Supplement from £135.00 (7 days).

    Little Trains, Paddle Steamers & Grand Palaces of Saxony 7 days from £799pp

    OR Call our reservations team on:
    01709 787 463

    Accommodation

    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.

    You will stay for four nights at the 4-star Ringhotel Residenz Alt Dresden, located in Dresden-Cotta. The local tram takes you to the heart of Dresden in only 15 minutes. The restaurant serves a range of regional and international specialities.

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

    The 4 Star Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport is a stylish and modern hotel located a short drive away from the airport and Brussels city centre. The hotel facilities include fitness and wellness centre, a restaurant, a bar, lounge, on site spa (available on request with additional charges), sauna, steam room and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature T.V, Tea and Coffee making facilities, hairdryer, telephone and en-suite bathroom.


    Hotel Features

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift

    Room Features

    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone


    Hotel Features

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available

    Room Features

    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Silver Service, refreshments

    Silver Service Features

    • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
    • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
    • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
    • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
    • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
    • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
    • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
    • Onboard toilet

    Silver Service Seating Plan

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    Find your nearest pickup point

    You can join your coach at your nearest joining point – we’ve hundreds to choose from throughout England, Scotland and Wales. To find your nearest pick up, search using your postcode below.

      *Please note pickups are subject to availability.

      Travel Extras

      Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

      You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

      To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

      On most holidays if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines. Excludes holidays to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

      On Single Traveller holidays and coach holidays of 7 days’ duration or more, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point. If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining points we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer vehicle, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. The cost is from £35 per booking each way for up to four people per booking.

      If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge – please enquire at the time of booking.

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      Little Trains, Paddle Steamers & Grand Palaces of Saxony 7 days from £799pp

      OR Call our reservations team on:
      01709 787 463