Holidays 2018

Harz Mountains, Pistons & Steam

Departs:
21st July 2018 | 8 Days

Harz Mountains, Pistons & Steam

Tour Price:
£719.00 per person

Your Holiday Centre

The Harz Mountains rise from the North German Plain, covering an area of 100km long and 30km wide and spreading over three states: Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Lower Saxony. The Harz has a landscape of mountains, deep valleys with rich alpine forests, mysterious caves and clear mountain lakes and waterfalls.

From 1952 until reunification, the region was divided between East and West Germany, effectively becoming a political holiday camp straddling the Iron Curtain. Now you can trek along what was the former border line. There are many very interesting treks across the Harz National Park, taking in the Brocken which at 1142m (3,743 feet) is the highest point of the region.

It is said that the Harz is the location for the many lost art treasures that were stolen during the Second World War, including the lost amber room from Russia.

Tour Inclusions

  • All coach travel
  • 7 nights half board
  • Excursions
  • 2 steam rain rides
  • Guided tour Hamlin with Pied Piper
  • Guided tour Wernigerode
  • Courier escorted

Special Notes

  • The currency you will need for this tour is the Euro.
  • A valid passport.
  • An EHR card (European Heath Insurance Card)
  • Insurance.
  • To ring back to England, you dial: - +44 then minus the 0 from your code, followed by your number.
  • There is no tea or coffee making facilities in the hotel rooms.
  • European 2 pin adapter plugs will be needed.
  • Please inform us of any special dietary requirements.
  • Your request is put forward to the hotel, and they will do their utmost to accommodate your needs.
  • Overnight bags can be taken.
  • Exchange Rate: The price is NOT guaranteed against any alterations as a result of currency fluctuations. We have done our best to calculate in advance.

Tour Price

Price Per Person
£719.00

Single Room Supplement: £104.00

Your Accommodation

Main Hotel

Maritim Hotel Braunlage

At the Pfaffenstieg, 38700 brown background, Germany.
Tel: +49 5520 805-0

In an attractive location, on the outskirts of Braunlage, you will find the Maritim Berghotel. At the foot of the 971 meter high Wurmberg, surrounded by the magnificent nature of the national park. Enjoy the unique panorama view into the surrounding countryside with its beautiful mountain landscapes and wild-romantic river valleys, which have already inspired poets.

The hotels friendly team welcomes you with a smile, and with hearty service. Your hotel room invites you to linger with a spacious balcony and free internet. All bedrooms are en-suite with TV, hairdryer, telephone, mini bar and safe. Switch off in the indoor and outdoor pool or let yourself be pampered by the wellness team with various massages and treatments.

In the Dachgarten-Cafe you can enjoy fine cakes and coffee with fantastic views over the Harz Mountains, and typical Harzer treats in the Old-English pub. In the Pfaffenstieg restaurant, you can enjoy the best views of the countryside.

There is also a wide range of activities around the hotel, including two tennis courts and a volley ball court facility. The Wurmberg cable car is reachable by the top location of the hotel within a few minutes.

Outward/Return Hotel

H + Hotel Cologne Bruhl

Romerstra├če 1, 50321 Bruhl-Koln, Germany.
Tel: +49 2232 2040

Harz Mountains, Pistons & Steam
Harz Mountains, Pistons & Steam

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Local Area

After boarding your luxury coach and all cases have been loaded, we travel to Dover for our ferry to Calais. We then travel through Belgium and into Germany with comfort stops en-route. We arrive at our overnight hotel in Koln Bruehl Germany with dinner bed and breakfast.

Day 2: Depart for Braunlage

After an early breakfast, we continue our journey through Germany to the Harz Mountains and the Maritim Berghotel Braunlage, where we will stay for the next 5 nights with dinner bed and breakfast.

Day 3: Goslar

Today we travel to the edge of the Harz Nature Reserve to the World Heritage City of Goslar, founded by Emperor Henry 1 in 10th century, Goslar is just one the regions many beautiful preserved old towns, with that picture postcard view. The town was strongly influenced by mining and you can experience an exceptional collection of industrial monuments and cultural heritage. These include the Emperors Palace 11C, Town Hall and Rammelsberg Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will have a guided tour here (approx 1hr) followed by time at leisure to explore the grand squares and cobbled streets. Later we travel back to the hotel to relax before dinner.

Day 4: Wernigerode & Train to Brocken

Today we will spend time in wonderful Wernigerode, Overlooked by the impressive castle, this medieval town with many half timbered houses, including the crooked house and the smallest house, plus the 16th century town square and Baroque Town Hall. Wernigerode is also one of the departure points for the famous 'Harzquerbahn' narrow gauge railway, which takes you to the highest mountain in the Harz, the Brocken, as seen with Michael Portillo. There is a return ride to the Brocken (included). Returning back to our hotel.

Day 5: Alexisbad Steam Train to Gernrode

We start the day with a scenic steam train ride from the little spa town of Alexisbad through the Selketal to Gernrode. Here we rejoin our coach and continue to Quedlinburg, a beautiful preserved medieval town. Wander the narrow streets and take the opportunity to sample some local Bratwurst. After a busy day we return to the hotel to relax.

Day 6: Hamelin & the Pied Piper

The enchanting and historic town of Hamelin has medieval half timbered houses and traffic free streets. There's more to Hamelin than the Pied Piper tale, of course. Well worth visiting (and guaranteed rodent-free) are the town's beautiful churches. The Minster of St. Boniface dating from the 9th century and is the oldest church in Hamelin. The market church of St. Nicholas built before 1200, while the Garrison Church from 1713 is a modest yet beautiful baroque building. Today we have a guided tour of Hamelin by the Pied Piper himself, showing the best of Hamelin.

Day 7: Depart for Overnight Hotel

We depart our hotel in the Hartz Mountains and head West towards Koln and our overnight stay in Bruehl. There will be stops en-route. We arrive at our hotel where we will have dinner bed and breakfast.

Day 8: Depart for Home

After breakfast and all luggages have been loaded, we depart our overnight hotel and travel back through Belgium and France to Calais and our ferry to Dover. We then finish the last leg of our tour with comfort stops en-route to arrive at your local area mid to late evening.

The driver and tour manager will do their professional best to ensure that you enjoy this tour. It will be at their discretion to rearrange the itinerary to better the tour for your comfort.