Tour Date:  19 - 26 May 2022Location: The Netherlands

This tour is based in the City of Rotterdam, which, as well as its own attractions, is centrally located for touring the Western part of the Netherlands.  It is timed to co-inside with the World famous bi-annual steam Festival “Dordt in Stoom” which features, among other activities, steam trains on the main line, steam and other ships and road steam engines.

We have arranged a program of excursions has been arranged which will appeal not only to railway, steam and shipping enthusiasts, but which will also be enjoyable for those with more general interests.
Travelling from London by Eurostar via Brussels, extensive use will be made of the Dutch railway system to visit rail, maritime and other attractions.

We will be staying at the recently built Holiday Inn Express hotel is only 600 meters from Rotterdam Central Station and is therefore very convenient as a base for touring around.

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Tour Highlights


  • All seven nights at same, central hotel
  • All breakfasts and dinners included (if you choose HB option)
  • Bi-annual steam festival “Dordt in Stoom”
  • City tour on a vintage tram
  • City tram and Metro pass included
  • Zeeland and the Goes-Borsele steam railway
  • Boat tour of the Amsterdams’s famous canal system
  • Dutch National Railway Museum
  • Stoomtram Hoorn- Medemblik steam railway
  • Cruise over the Ijsselmeer to the historic, picturesque town of Enkhuizen
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Thursday 19 May (D)

Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels where we change trains to an express to Rotterdam Central. Our hotel for the week, the recently opened Holiday Inn Express, is only 600 meters from the station, but we will have a road transfer to save carrying our luggage. After checking in, we have dinner at the Hotel.

Friday 20th May (B,D)

This morning we take a tram to the Rotterdam Tram Museum for a visit followed by a city tour on a vintage tram which will finally put us off at the riverside where we board a boat from the Spido company for a 75 minute tour which includes viewing the preserved trans-Atlantic liner, SS Rotterdam. The rest of the day is free to explore with your city tram and Metro pass. A recommended option for steam and maritime enthusiasts is the Maritime Museum with its extensive collection including marine steam, and even a diesel shunting engine. We meet back at the hotel for dinner.

Saturday 21st May (B,D)

The highlight of the holiday: We take a train from Rotterdam to Dordrecht for the Bi-annual steamfestival “Dordt in Stoom”. This is one of Europe’s largest steam events which features Steam on Rail, Road and Water. We will have tickets which are valid for steam train rides, a model exhibition, steam boat trips and a vintage bus connection between the harbour and the main station.It is possible to do a round trip which involves all of these. The town has a party atmosphere with a large number of traction engines etc. in the streets, as well as food stalls and live music. On the quay, several steam ships are open to visit, while steam tugs are operating short cruises. In the early evening, we return to Dordrecht Station and take the train back to Rotterdam for dinner in the Hotel.

Sunday 22nd May (B,D)

Today a road coach takes us south to the province of Zeeland and the Goes-Borsele steam railway. After a depot visit to inspect the railways collection of locomotives, we ride a steam hauled train for a return trip to Hoedekenskerke on the banks of the River Schelde. The coach then takes us on a scenic drive over the Zeeland bridge, which is more than 5 Kilometers long, and the islands of the Rhine Delta to Ouddorp, The home of a museum and historic tramline dedicated to the old Rotterdam steam tramways which served this area until the 1960’s. The museum has an extensive collection of 3 foot 6 inch gauge locos and rolling stock original to this system. We take a ride on a steam or diesel hauled tram before returning to Rotterdam for dinner.

Monday 23rd May (B,D)

This morning we take the train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam where we first take a boat tour of the city’s famous canal system. We have a public transport rover ticket and the rest of the day is free to explore by tram or visit one of the city’s famous art museums until we take the train back to Rotterdam and dinner in the hotel.

Tuesday 24th May (B,D)

Again we take a train, this time heading East to UtrechtCentralwhere we change to a local train to take us tothe Dutch National Railway Museum. There are several British built locos in the extensive collection. Afterwards there is time to visit the town of Utrecht or, for those interested, visit the acclaimed Speelklok museum of mechanical music. Afterwards, it is back to Rotterdam for dinner.

Wednesday 25th May (B,D)

Another highlight today!We leave Rotterdam early by train to Hoorn, North of Amsterdam. This is the home of Holland’s premier steam railway, the Stoomtram Hoorn- Medemblik. We start with a museum visit before taking a steam hauled train to Medemblik.About one hour after we arrive, we can board the MV Friesland, a classic motor passenger ship built in 1958. We cruise over the Ijsselmeer to the historic, picturesque town of Enkhuizenwhich there will be time to explore before we return to Hoorn and Rotterdam by mainline train. Dinner in the Hotel.

Thursday 26th May (B)

Our transfer vehicle picks us up at the hotel with our luggage and we say farewell to Rotterdam and board a train to Brussels connecting with Eurostar to London St Pancras.

Prices (Breakfast only)

  • Joining in London: £1,390
  • Joining in Rotterdam: £1,260

Prices (Half Board)

  • Joining in London: £1,590
  • Joining in Rotterdam: £1,460

Options

  • Double for Single Use Supplement (at Holiday Inn): £425
  • Single Room Supplement (Hotel Van Walsum): £160

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