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All aboard the Chocolate Express – Cologne

Created: 06 February 2017

With its pretty riverside setting, characterful cobbled streets and superb selection of bars and restaurants, Cologne has much to commend it. For sweet-toothed visitors, however, a major draw has to be the city’s World of Chocolate Museum, easily reached on foot or by hopping aboard the delightfully named Chocolate Express (Bimmelbahn) mini train. A three-night break over Easter costs from £500 pp (two sharing) including rail travel from London to Cologne, B&B and a Köln card, giving free transport in the city and discounts at an array of museums, galleries, shops and eating places. 


The Magnificent Seven… by train

Created: 20 January 2017

Released this week (23 Jan.) on DVD, Antoine Fuqua’s modern take on classic 1960s film ‘The Magnificent Seven’ stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke, as well as the spectacular scenery of North America’s Old West. Create your own Stateside adventure, riding Colorado’s magnificent seven railroads, on a 13-day escorted tour aimed at train aficionados. Departing 15 June, Mountains, Trains and Touch of Old West - The Best of Colorado costs from £3,550 pp (two sharing) including flights (London) to/from Denver, 12 nights’ room-only accommodation, two lunches, excursions as per the itinerary and tour leader. 


Bulgaria by steam… and in royal style

Created: 11 January 2017

Brimming with beautiful scenery, fascinating cultural sites and characterful cities, towns and villages, Bulgaria is particularly intriguing when explored from the comfortable of a privately chartered steam train. This new nine-day escorted tour does just that, using historic carriages from the Royal Train of King Boris III for several of its journeys. Departing 11 May, Bulgaria by Steam costs from £3,750 pp (two sharing) including flights (London Heathrow), eight nights’ B&B, eight dinners, all rail journeys and excursions as per the itinerary, and the services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour. 


Escorted South Africa for steam train enthusiasts

Created: 11 November 2016

Created with the rail connoisseur in mind, this 16-day escorted tour ticks of many of South Africa’s key sights – think Cape Town, Robben Island, Shamwari Private Game Reserve, Knysna, Johannesburg and more. It also spends three days at the famous Stars of Sandstone Steam Festival, where a myriad of steam-driven vehicles and machines await. Departing 22 March 2017, South Africa & Stars of Sandstone costs from £3,995 pp (two sharing) including international (London) and domestic flights, 15 nights’ B&B, all rail journeys, excursions and admissions as per the itinerary, welcome & farewell dinners, and tour leader. 


Full steam ahead for Christmas – Stralsund, Germany

Created: 02 November 2016

Enjoy the festive traditions of the Baltic coast resort of Stralsund - a UNESCO World Heritage town - during an eight-day escorted tour that combines Christmas Market shopping opportunities with optional excursions that train enthusiasts will adore. Visit the narrow gauge steam railways of Bad Doberan and the Island of Rügen, or use the included InterRail pass to enjoy unlimited mainland rail travel for the duration of your stay. Departing 24 November, the price is from £970 pp (two sharing) including standard class rail throughout, InterRail pass for Germany, seven nights’ B&B, one evening meal and tour leader. 


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