The Railway Touring Company’s 2014 heritage rail tour programme features new destinations, with Berlin and Potsdam, the Swiss Bernese Oberland, Austria and the Czech Republic, Denmark & Southern Sweden and Autumn in Alsace some of the tours on offer.
New for this year is an eight-day Swiss Bernese Oberland tour which departs on June 14, August 6 and September 4 and costs from £1,150 per person. The Bernese Oberland is renowned for its lakes and the Swiss Alps’ tallest peaks, including the Jungrau and the Eiger. Highlights include travel on mountain rack railways, such as the Brienz Rothorn Railway and Jungfrau Railway to the ‘Top of Europe’, boat cruises on Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, visits to Bern to ride the steam tram and a visit to Lucerne.
A ten-day Caucasus Mountains and Russian Black Sea tour, which departs on September 27, leads in at £3,600 per person. The train will be steam hauled throughout, using six different classes of locomotives often working in pairs to tackle steep gradients. The journey crosses the steppes, through Cossack country, to spa towns beside the sea and over mountain routes.
European destinations in the programme also include Tuscany, Berlin, Sardinia, Yugoslavia and Austria, while worldwide rail tours take in Java, Sri Lanka and The Viceroy Special, New England and South America, which includes The Old Patagonian Express and the recently re-opened Guayaquil and Quito Railway, all using steam.
For more information call 01553-661500 or visit www.railwaytouring.net