Poland: Steam, Trams & History

Auschwitz-Birkenau - © The Polish Tourist Office
Krakow, Poland - © Ramona Cazacu
Krakow, Poland - © Ramona Cazacu
Wieliczka Salt Mine - © The Polish Tourist Office
Wolsztyn - © Bob Cable

Holiday Highlights

  • 4-day steam hauled tour with the Wolsztyn Experience in first class
  • Visit some of Poland's best railway museums
  • Explore the tram networks of Warsaw & Krakow
  • Visit Auschwitz and the Wieliczka Salt Mine
  • 15 Days from £2,420pp
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Tour Dates:
Wednesday 1 April to Wednesday 15 April 2020

By rail to Poland for an unforgettable 4-day steam hauled tour with the Wolsztyn Experience to Szczecin. Ride on Warsaw's trams, visit its railway museums and take a 1-day tour from Krakow to Auschwitz and the Wieliczka Salt Mines.


Day 1 – To Aachen

Lunchtime Eurostar to Brussels and then onto Aachen for a 1-night stay with an evening meal included.

Day 2 – East to Western Poland

Travel eastwards by rail to Zbąszynek in western Poland via Berlin. On arrival, we have a bus transfer to Wolsztyn for a 1-night stay. Our hotel is located within walking distance of the railway station.

Days 3-6 – Wolsztyn Experience

Join the Wolsztyn Experience this morning for a 4-day steam hauled tour, exploring the Szczecin area of Poland. We travel in First class compartments which each seat up to 6 people. A shed visit is included on day 3 on arrival into Szczecin.

For those who don’t wish to travel on the train on all four days, Szczecin is an interesting city with some beautiful historic buildings. A boat trip along the river, past the shipyards, is also fascinating way to spend a couple of hours. There is also the possibility of taking a service train into Germany to visit Peenemunde, where the V1 and V2 rockets were built and tested.

From Swinoujscie Port (day 4) ferries run across to Swinoujscie town and also across the mouth of the Odra/Oder to Germany. If you would like to spend more time in the vicinity, it should be possible to catch up with the steam trip after the run to Kamien Pomorskie for the return to Szczecin. Similarly, if you’d like to spend time exploring Kolobrzeg (day 5), a spa town on the Baltic sea – there are lots of seafood restaurants to test.

Day 7 – Wolsztyn & Leszno

Having arrived back into Wolsztyn the previous day, we have a day to enjoy the scheduled steam service to Leszno and a workshop tour in Wolsztyn. A limited number of footplate rides are available to book on a first come, first served basis at no extra charge.  

Day 8 – Warsaw’s Trams

Transfer to Zbaşzynek for a direct train to Warsaw. Arriving at lunchtime allows us to explore the extensive tram network with a 24-hour public transport ticket (included). There are 27 lines in operation, forming a rail network of 75 miles. For those who prefer a more leisurely pace, there are regular boat cruises on the Vistula River.

Day 9 – Warsaw’s Railway Museums

We travel west by rail this morning to Sochaczew where the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum is located. It has a fleet of historic 750mm-gauge steam, diesel and electric locomotives, goods wagons, passenger cars and draisines. This afternoon, we travel back to the city where we visit the Warsaw Railway Museum.

Day 10 – Rail to Krakow

After breakfast, we leave Warsaw on a direct service to Krakow. Lunchtime arrival for a 3-night stay and an afternoon at leisure. Once again we have a 24-hour travel ticket for use on the city's buses and trams. The tram network here is made up of 27 lines covering over 50 miles.

Day 11 – Wieliczka Salt Mine & Auschwitz

A private coach takes us to the Wieliczka Salt Mine today, which is often referred to as the "Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland". Carved into the salt rock are chapels, statues, monuments and even underground lakes. Every element here, from chandeliers to altarpieces, is made of salt and it took 3 men over 30 years to complete. After a break for lunch (packed lunch included), we continue to Auschwitz Birkenau, the largest concentration camp in occupied Europe during 1940-1945.

Day 12 – Easter Sunday in Krakow

We have a day at leisure today to soak up the holiday atmosphere. Shops and museums will be closed today, but many cafes and restaurants will still be open. The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and well worth exploring on foot.

Day 13 – Rail to Berlin

We say goodbye to Poland and head back to Germany for a 1-night stay in Berlin. Our hotel is located close to the railway station and a public transport pass is included.

Day 14 – Berlin Technology Museum

Morning visit to the Berlin Technology Museum which has a large permanent railway exhibition. This afternoon, we take a direct train to Cologne for a 1-night stay.

Day 15 – Homeward Bound

After breakfast, we travel by rail to Brussels for the Eurostar back to London, arriving early afternoon.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Ibis Hotel am Marschiertor, Aachen

Hotel Kaukaska, Wolsztyn

Novotel Szczecin Centrum, Szczecin

Hotel Metropol, Warsaw

PURO Krakow Old Town, Krakow

InterCity Berlin HBF, Berlin

Ibis Köln am Dom, Cologne

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • All rail travel as stated in standard class
  • All transfers as stated
  • Public transport tickets for Warsaw, Krakow and Berlin
  • 4-day Wolsztyn Experience steam-hauled trip in first class
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 1 packed lunch and 1 evening meal
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £2,420
Single room supplement: £460
Deposit for this holiday: £100

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