Trams of Central Europe

Last of the class, 2040, Budapest - © Ray Smith
Budapest Childrens Railway - © Richard Lemon
Budapest Childrens Railway - © Richard Lemon
Budapest Childrens Railway - © Richard Lemon
Cologne - © SeanPavonePhoto/Shutterstock.com
Trams 4030 and 4274 outside Delhi station, Budapest - © Ray Smith
4-6-0, 109 109 is propelled into Fusti railway museum - © Ray Smith
4-8-0, 464365 at Budapest Fusti railway museum. Behind is 4-6-4 303002 - © Ray Smith
Bo-Bo V41 523 at Budapest Fusti railway museum - © Ray Smith
With crumbling paint work, M46 2001 is in the Fusti museum - © Ray Smith
The Gloriette in the Schönbrunn Palace Garden, Vienna, Austria - © John Robson
Cologne - © Ray Smith
Cologne - © Ray Smith
Mariazellerbahn, Vienna - © John Robson
Nohab, M61 001 with M61 020 behind it at Fusti museum - © Ray Smith
Nyugati station - © István Práczky/budapestinfo.hu
Vienna - © Richard Lemon
Tram 4026 in Vienna - © Ray Smith
Tram 408 in Vienna - © Ray Smith
Tram 57 AM6, built in 2005, seen in Vienna - © Ray Smith
Vienna Tram - © Ray Smith
Vienna Tram - © Ray Smith
Westringbrücke Prague tram museum
Railcar 20, Budapest Fusti railway museum - © Ray Smith
Vienna Lokalbahn - © Ray Smith
Vienna Lokalbahn - © Ray Smith

Holiday Highlights

  • Private historic tram tours in Vienna, Prague and Budapest
  • Opportunities to travel on 7 tram networks
  • Tram museums in Vienna, Mariazell and Hannover
  • Enjoy independent sightseeing using your European Global Pass
  • Leisure time to explore the cities we visit and further afield
  • Specialist escorted tour with like-minded fellow travellers
  • 16 days from £1,995pp
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Tour Dates:
Saturday 10 June to Sunday 25 June 2017

Via Cologne we take the scenic rail route along the River Rhine to Vienna to begin this specialist tram tour visiting Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, the Czech Republic and Hannover. Lots of tram museums to visit and historic tram rides to enjoy.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – London to Cologne

Depart on Eurostar at lunchtime from London St Pancras to Brussels, then onwards by Thalys service to Cologne, arriving mid-evening for an overnight stay. Cologne boasts an extensive tram system.

Day 2 – Rhine Gorge

We take a direct train from Cologne to Vienna, following the scenic Rhine route for the first stages of the journey. Arrive in Vienna early evening for a 4-night stay. The city has over a hundred miles of tram lines and over 1000 tram stops.

Day 3 – Vienna Tram Museum

We have a private tour of the city in a historic tram, including a guided tour of the tram museum. Our route takes us throughout Vienna, including tramlines no longer regularly used. There will be photo stops en route. The afternoon is free to explore the Lokalbahn or other attractions of Vienna.

Day 4 – Trams of Vienna

A free day to explore the Vienna tram system. In addition to the traditional trams, there are ULF (ultra low floor) trams that are more easily accessible. Explore Vienna’s magnificent ring boulevard with all its glorious sights such as the Vienna State Opera, Imperial Palace, Parliament, City Hall and much more while enjoying the audio-visual information offered by the Vienna Ring Tram, or choose from the 29 tram routes forming the network.

Day 5 – Mariazell

A visit to the tram museum at Mariazell. We take a train to St Pölten where we transfer to the 760mm gauge railway to Mariazell. We visit the tram museum and then return to Vienna via St Pölten.

Day 6 – On to Budapest

A last chance to travel on any lines you have missed before an afternoon departure to Budapest arriving around tea time. We have a 4-night stay in Budapest.

Day 7 – Trams of Budapest

Today we have our own private heritage tram on tramline 2 (the sightseeing line of Budapest) on the Pest side (East side) bank of the river. We also take the HÉV suburban train to Szentendre in order to visit the Urban Public Transport Museum.

Day 8 – Exploring Budapest

A morning visit to the railway museum at Vasuttorteneti Park. The roundhouse and its 34 bays provide an ideal home for the operational vintage fleet. This includes a steam engine built in 1870 and the legendary Árpád railcar, built in 1934. The gem of the vintage fleet is the elegant teak dining car built for the Orient Express in 1912. In the afternoon we take a tram ride to the cog railway, transferring to the Children’s Railway before catching a tram back to the city.

Day 9 – Margaret Island

Today we can take an optional river cruise to the peaceful hideaway of Margaret Island, with its large green areas, flowers and old trees. Alternatively ride the Budapest railway and tram network.

Day 10 – Bratislava

We now take the train to Bratislava for a 1-night stay. Here we have the chance to ride the Slovakian capital’s tram and trolley bus system. Bratislava's Old Town is known for its many churches, riverbank promenade and cultural institutions.

Day 11 – Onwards to Prague

We depart Bratislava for Prague, home to one of the most extensive tram systems in Europe, and the largest in the Czech Republic. We stay in Prague for 3 nights.

Day 12 – Nostalgic Tram

We visit the Public Transport Museum and have a private ride on a nostalgic tram from Střešovice Depot through Hradčanská, Strossmayerovo náměstí, Náměstí Republiky, Václavské náměstí, Národní divadlo, Staroměstská, Malostranská, Pražský hrad (Prague Castle), Brusnice and back to the depot. The afternoon is free to explore the tram system.

Day 13 – Czech Republic

Our day begins with a tour of the Dopravni podnik hl.m. Prahy tram depot. The remainder of the day is free to use your global pass to visit one of the Czech Republic’s other tram networks. Brno, Ostrava and Pilzen are all within reach today. If you prefer not to travel so far Tram 22 follows one of Prague's most scenic routes, passing by the National Theatre to Staroměstská and Malostranská metro stations, and continuing up to the Belveder, Prague Castle and Pohořelec, with some stunning views along the way.

Day 14 – Hannover

Now on to Hannover for a 2-night stay. Hannover has an underground and surface tram system.

Day 15 – Hannover Tram Museum

We visit Hannover Tram Museum, the only nationwide collection of tramcars in Germany, and there will be time to ride the city tram network.

Day 16 – Homeward Bound

We leave Hannover for London, with train changes in Cologne and Brussels.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Ibis Köln am Dom, Cologne

InterCity Hotel, Vienna

Ibis Budapest City, Budapest

Hotel Matyšák, Bratislava

Hotel Beránek, Prague

InterCity Hotel, Hannover

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Return Eurostar in standard class
  • Passes for tram networks in Vienna, Budapest, Prague and Hannover
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Excursions as listed
  • 15 day Global InterRail pass in standard class for unlimited travel (European residents only)
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £1,995
Single room supplement: £395
Supplement for Non European residents: £152
Deposit for this holiday: £100
   
Due to a change in currency rates a surcharge has been applied to this tour. Please refer to clause 4 of our Booking Conditions. The surcharge is as follows:
   
Escorted holiday: £12
Single room supplement: £11
Supplement for Non European residents: £20
   
Rates of exchange used are as at 1st August 2016

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