Tramways of Germany – “The Return”

Berlin, Brandbenburg Gate & flowerbeds - © VisitBerlin
Berlin Trams - © Calflier001
Essen Stadbahn - © Stefan Baguette
Leipzig Reichsgericht - © Dirk Goldhahn

Holiday Highlights

  • InterRail pass for free rail travel
  • Free travel on public transport systems of Essen, Hannover, Leipzig, Berlin & Cologne
  • Guided tour of Wehmingen Tram Museum & historic tram ride
  • Historic tram rides & workshop tours Schöneiche-Rüersdorfer Strassenbahn & Wolterdorfer Strassenbahn
  • 15 days from £1,990pp

Tour Dates:
Wednesday 16 September to Wednesday 30 September 2015

Tailor this tour for independent travel

Following our popular and successful visit to the Tramways of Germany in 2013, we are returning to look at different cities and tram networks, including time in the vibrant capital, Berlin. There will be plenty of time in Essen, Hannover, Leipzig, Berlin and Cologne to use your unlimited travel pass and ride on the trams to explore at leisure.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – To Essen

Early morning Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Brussels where we catch the afternoon Thalys service direct to Essen. The InterCityHotel is a short walk from the station and will be our hotel for the next 2 nights.

Day 2 – Essen

Our hotel provides us with a transport card for Essen. We spend today looking at the metre gauge network of this city in the Ruhr. The Essen tramway network is a 52.4km network of tramways forming part of the public transport system in Essen which lies in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Day 3 – To Hannover

We take a morning ICE direct to Hannover and again stay at the InterCityHotel located close to the main station. The afternoon is free to explore using your InterRail pass or the public transport ticket supplied by the hotel. Kassel is only an hour away by regular ICE and has a unique light rail system, alternatively the tram network in Braunschweig is only half an hour away by hourly ICE services. (Tram tickets in Kassel and Braunschweig are not included in the holiday)

Days 4 & 5 – Hannover

Hannover boasts an extensive standard gauge tram network, part of which is underground. We explore it at leisure whilst taking in the sights of the city. We also make a visit to the Tram Museum in Wehmingen where we take a guided tour and a ride on one of the museums historic trams.

Day 6 – To Leipzig

We take a mid-morning InterCity train to Leipzig where we again check into the InterCityHotel before enjoying a free afternoon exploring the city and its extensive standard gauge tram network. Leipzig is the second largest city in the German federal state of Saxony. It is the industrial centre of the region and a major cultural centre, offering interesting sights and shopping possibilities.

Days 7 & 8 – Leipzig

Two days to explore the Leipzig network. With such an extensive system two days is not enough to cover it all! The tram network is structured like a star with a circle in the centre. Tram lines generally lead from the outskirts into the city, where they half-circle on the ring and continue to someplace else in the outskirts.

Day 9 – Leipzig at leisure

With your transport card you can explore further in Leipzig or if you would prefer a change of scenery the large tram network in Halle is well worth a visit. Halle is a 30 minute journey on the S-Bahn (InterRail is valid) but a Halle transport ticket must be purchased locally for the trams.

Day 10 – To Berlin

We take a lunchtime InterCity service to Germany's capital, Berlin. Our hotel for the next 4 nights is the InterCityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof which is located adjacent to the main station.

Day 11 – Berlin

Berlin has a large tram network and there is plenty to see in this vibrant city so today is free to explore at leisure with your public transport ticket supplied by the hotel.

Day 12 – Schöneiche-Rüersdorfer Strassenbahn and Wolterdorfer Strassenbahn

This morning we visit the only narrow gauge tram line in Berlin the "Schöneiche-Rüersdorfer Strassenbahn" and also the standard gauge Wolterdorfer Strassenbahn both with their heritage trams. The afternoon is free for you to continue your exploration of Berlin.

Day 13 – Potsdam

Today we make the short trip to Potsdam where Churchill, Truman and Stalin met in the summer of 1945 after WW2 ended. Here we explore the standard gauge network.

Day 14 – Cologne

After breakfast we make our way to Cologne. We arrive in Cologne in the early afternoon giving plenty of time to explore the city with your transport ticket after checking in to our hotel, the Hotel Eden.

Day 15 – Homeward bound

We say Auf Wiedersehen to Germany and head back via Brussels arriving in London early evening.

Includes:

  • Rail travel as specified in standard class
  • 15-day second class InterRail Pass
  • Public transport tickets for Essen, Hannover, Leipzig, Berlin & Cologne
  • Visit to tram museum at Wehmingen
  • Visit to Schöneiche-Rüersdorfer Strassenbahn and Wolterdorfer Strassenbahn tram lines
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour
   
Price per person:  
Escorted holiday: £1,990
Single room supplement: £490
Senior Citizen discount (European residents): £36
Deposit for this holiday: £100
   
Rates of exchange used are as at 1st August 2014 

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

InterCity Hotel, Essen

InterCity Hotel, Hannover

InterCity Hotel, Leipzig

InterCity Hotel, Berlin

Eden Hotel, Cologne

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

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