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Wednesday 15 to Wednesday 22 October 2014

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Our autumn escorted tour to the glorious Harz Mountains in Germany always delivers in steam and rail content, fabulous scenery and convivial company and this year will be no different. Imagine a late summer break enjoying steam giants on a small narrow gauge railway surrounded by mountains carpeted in colourful autumnal foliage and our Harz Autumn Gala tour ticks all the boxes.

99-7234 at Wernigerode © Richard Stedman-Jones

This year we return to enchanting Wernigerode to enjoy three days of steam trains courtesy of the world renowned Harzer Schmalspurbahnen (HSB). We spend a day travelling behind one of the railways' historical Mallets (built in 1897) and head towards Drei Annen Hohne and up the Brocken reaching 1,141m. The Brocken is the highest peak in the Harz Mountains and on a clear day the views are spectacular.
Photographic opportunities and run pasts on the Harz Railway © Alan Heywood

We really rack up the mileage on day two and cover around 150km by narrow gauge railway delighting in the HSB and the views as we travel between Wernigerode and Nordhausen and then back to Quedlinburg via Harzgerode. It is planned to use locomotive 99 6101 to haul our heritage passenger train and one of the railways' heritage DMU's number 187 025.

Another highlight for rail enthusiasts among you will be a journey that focuses on the HSB's standard gauge transporter wagons when there will be plenty of run pasts to allow for some great photo opportunities.

This tour offers something for everyone as there's lots to enjoy from the 'olde world charms' of Wernigerode and you will have plenty of time to discover them including the castle and its fascinating museum. The hotel is very central allowing you to explore on foot and get a real taste of this pretty historical mountainside town, its culture and cuisine.

This 8-day tour is a perfect mix of railways, views, culture and relaxation and we make the most of our return trip home by stopping at Wuppertal overnight. Here you can spend the afternoon exploring the Rhine-Ruhr area and ride its famous suspension railway using your local transport card, included in the tour price.
The Wuppertal elevated monorail © GNTB/Merten, Hans Peter

The tour price is currently set at £1,110, but we must emphasise that this is a guide price only and subject to change as the exchange rate will not be set until 1st May 2014. We can accept bookings on the understanding that the deposit is fully refundable should you not wish to go ahead after seeing the final price.

We wanted to announce details of the tour as early as possible to allow time for you to factor it into your holiday arrangements for 2014. To find out more visit the Harz Autumn Gala page on our website which has the full tour itinerary details and what the price includes. If you would like further details contact us direct on 01766 772030 or email to discuss options.

Yours sincerely

Dan May
Tour Administrator

Ffestiniog Travel, First Floor, Unit 6, Snowdonia Business Park, PENRHYNDEUDRAETH, LL48 6LD

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