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Saxony by Steam

(Tour code: SDS17)Germany's most scenic region by steam

Boasting winding valleys and rugged mountain ranges, Saxony is among Germany's most scenic regions. We discover its prettiest towns and its beautiful scenery on excursions by historic narrow-gauge railway.


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Tour Highlights
  • Dresden
  • Weisseritz Valley Railway
  • Paddle steamer cruise to Meissen
  • Meissen Porcelain
  • Zittau Steam Railway
  • Nuremberg
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • All Transfers Included
    Selected Porterage
    Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Days 1-2

London to Nuremberg

We travel by Eurostar to Brussels from our dedicated St Pancras Departure Office. Here we join the highspeed service via Cologne, to Nuremberg where we stay overnight. On Day 2 we enjoy a guided tour of Nuremberg before boarding the rail service to Dresden.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, dinner
  • Day 2 - Guided City Tour
Weisseritz Valley Railway
Days 3-4

Dresden and Weisseritz Valley Railway

On Day 3 we embark on a guided tour of this historic city, visiting its many famous sights before an afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace.

On Day 4 we travel to Freital, where we board the scenic Weisseritz Valley Railway and climb up into the mountains, travelling 16km through the wild Rabenauer Grund Valley to the town of Dippoldiswalde. We cross 34 bridges and pass the valley of the River Weisseritz on this historic line, which first opened in 1882.

  • Day 3 - Breakfast
  • Day 3 - Guided City Tour
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, dinner
  • Weisseritz Valley Railway
Day 5

To Meissen by Paddle Steamer

We take a historic paddle steamer along the Elbe today. The boat passes Dresden, and continues into the picturesque Elbe Valley.

We travel past treelined hilltops on our way to Meissen. Here we visit the famous Porcelain Manufacturer for a guided tour, with time to explore the idyllic Old Town.

  • Breakfast
  • Elbe Cruise
  • Meissen Porcelain Tour
Day 6

The Zittau Railway

Today's excursion takes us by rail to the medieval town of Zittau. Here we enjoy a journey on the steam-hauled Zittau Railway through the pretty wooded hillsides and dramatic rock structures of the Zittau Mountains, as we head to Oybin.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
  • Zittau Railway
Days 7-8

Home by rail

Leaving Dresden by rail on Day 7, we head to Cologne via Frankfurt for an overnight stay. On Day 8 we take the train from Cologne to Brussels. Here we join the Eurostar service to St Pancras International.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.


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