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Culture, Colditz and Cars – The Great Escape Train Tour

A 7 day train holiday visiting the cultural highlights of Weimar, Leipzig and Dresden,and an opportunity to visit the infamous Colditz Castle.

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Description

The new East Germany now much renewed following years under communist rule still feels different to Western Germany.  Still very much a cultural hub with Goethe’s home and many other museums in Weimar, tour Leipzig with its famous Gewandthaus orchestra, the home of Johann Sebastian Bach also elegant Dresden sympathetically restored after near destruction during the Second World war. There are fascinating Colditz tours, a POW prison in a castle for British officers and the escape attempts they made!.  You can also tour the BMW factory near Leipzig designed by the late Zaha Hadid, and watch the whole production cycle.

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Price

Costs are per person based on 2 travelling staying in Twin/Double bedded rooms at hotels. Prices subject to availability and are based on 3* hotels (2nd class train travel) or 4* hotels (1st class train travel).  Please note if you are travelling within 2 weeks or over public holidays a surcharge may apply.

  2nd Class
3* Hotel
1st Class
4* Hotel
Low Season - Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec £495 £695
Mid Season - Mar-May, Sept, Oct £595 £795
High Season - Jun, Jul, Aug, Holidays £695 £995

Please note public holidays and trade fairs may affect these prices. Prices are based on the current exchange rate. We reserve the right to increase these if the rate changes by 10% or more. Bookings subject to terms and conditions.

 

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Travel by high speed trains from St Pancras changing at Brussels, Frankfurt to Weimar staying at the 3* Koenigin Augusta opposite the station.
  • Day 2 Weimar is the home to Germany’s famous poets Goethe and Schiller, and the birthplace of the Bauhaus architectural design movement.  Close by is the Buchenwald concentration camp.
  • Day 3 Take a short train trip to Leipzig, the great centre of classical music with the annual Bach festival and home of the Gewandthaus orchestra. Stay at the 4*Westin Leipzig City near the train station.
  • Day 4 Leipzig offers more than just culture, it is the home of BMW’s most modern factory designed by Zaha Hadid with tours available.  Also an opportunity for Colditz tours of the infamous POW camp of the Second World War, a 30 minute trip by bus from Leipzig.
  • Day 5 High speed train to Dresden now completely rebuilt, visit the restored Frauenkirche and the famous Semper Opera house. Stay 2 nights at the 4* superior Westin Bellevue on river Elbe with great city views.
  • Day 6 Take a river trip along the Elbe to Saxon Switzerland or visit Meissen for its world famous porcelain museum and Baroque castle  Moritzburg travelling by steam train from nearby Radebeul.
  • Day 7 Return on the ICE high speed train and Eurostar to London.

Availability

Daily throughout the year. At the beginning or the end of your journey stay at the 4* Pullman St Pancras or for a touch of luxury at the 5* Renaissance on the concourse of St Pancras station, London.

Included

  • 2nd class train travel including seat reservations on day trains and 6 nights in 3* Twin/Double Hotel accommodation with breakfast – room only at Weimar and Dresden.
  • 1st class train travel including seat reservations on day trains and 6 nights in 4* Twin/Double Hotel accommodation on Bed and Breakfast basis – room only at Weimar and Leipzig