Steaming through Holland

Amsterdam - © Bob Cable
Hoorn - © Bob Cable
Hoorn - Medemblik train - © Hoorn-Medemblik Tourist Office
Maastricht - © WV Maastricht-Paul Mellaart
Hoorn to Medemblick Steam Tram at Medemblik - © John Robson
Stoomtram Goes Borsele Locomotive 2 at Goes - © John Robson
South Limburg Railway, Simpelveld - © Bob Cable
Spooerwegmuseum, Utrecht - © Bob Cable

Holiday Highlights

  • Rail Pass for unlimited travel throughout the holiday
  • Guided tour of Utrecht Railway Museum
  • Hoorn - Medemblik Steam Railway
  • Goes-Borsele Steam Railway
  • South Limburg Railway
  • Time to explore Amersfoort and Maastricht
  • 8 Days from £935pp

Tour Dates:
Thursday 7 July to Thursday 14 July 2016

Tailor this tour for independent travel

This tour offers a wonderful look at Holland through journeys on three memorable steam railways. A guided tour of Utrecht Railway Museum is included together with a rail pass to let you explore further afield or simply relax and enjoy the continental charms of Amersfoort and Maastricht.


Day 1 – London to Amersfoort

Mid-morning departure on Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels, then onward rail to Amersfoort for our 5-night stay.

Day 2 – Utrecht Railway Museum

We take a short train journey to Utrecht to visit the railway museum. Located in the former Maliebaan Station, the museum has recently been extensively rebuilt and is well presented. Our visit to the Museum includes a guided tour with additional free time for further viewing.

Day 3 – Hoorn-Medemblik Railway

Today we visit the first of the steam railways. We take the train from Amersfoort to Hoorn. We make a return journey to Medemblik, which is situated on the shores of the Ijsselmeer. On arrival back at Hoorn there is time to visit the Tram Museum before returning to Amersfoort.

Day 4 – Stoomtrein Goes-Borsele

This railway is situated in the province of Zeeland, in the south of the country. We travel from Amersfoort to Goes before embarking on a nostalgic return train ride to the village of Hoedekenskerke. We are due back into Goes early afternoon and the rest of the day is at leisure. Your tour leader will be happy to offer ideas and timings if required. Your rail pass is valid also in Belgium which is very close to here.

Day 5 – Leisure Time

A free day to undertake sightseeing or further rail travel. Make use of the excellent train connections to any of the major cities in Holland or even Belgium which can be reached free of charge by using your rail pass. Nijmegen, Arnhem and Den Haag are all possibilities. Your tour leader will offer an optional escorted excursion.

Day 6 – Limburg Province

After a relaxing breakfast we transfer by rail to Maastricht. Afternoon at leisure. The town is well worth exploring and you can buy a small leaflet in the tourist office for a town trail to take in the important sights. You will find cobbled streets, the oldest working water mill in Holland and you may even be able to take a river cruise.

Day 7 – South Limburg Railway

Our final steam excursion is aboard the ZLSM – South Limburg Railway. We have to travel the short distance on the main line to Valkenburg to make the connection with the steam train to Simpelveld. There is time to visit the small museum here before taking a return trip to Kerkrade on a railbus, which spent its working life in Germany. The steam train returns to Valkenburg from where we travel back to Maastricht.

Day 8 – To London

We return to Brussels to make the connection with Eurostar to London St Pancras, arriving early afternoon.


  • Rail travel to and from Holland in standard class
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Standard class rail pass for unlimited travel in Holland and Belgium
  • Excursions on steam trains as stated
  • Entrance to Utrecht Railway Museum and guided tour
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour
Price per person:  
Escorted holiday: £935
Single room supplement: £173
Deposit for this holiday: £100
Rates of exchange used are as at 1st August 2015

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Mercure Hotel Amersfoort Centre, Amersfoort

Amrâth Grand Hotel de l’Empereur, Maastricht

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

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