Tour Date:  TBC May 2026Location: 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.

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.

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.

Your Tour Manager for this trip is Kevin. If you need further details of this trip then feel free to email him at kevin@ptg.co.uk

 

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Tour Highlights


  • All seven nights at same, central hotel
  • All breakfasts and five dinners included
  • Bi-annual steam festival “Dordt in Stoom”
  • City tour on a vintage tram
  • City tram and Metro pass included
  • Veluwe 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
  • Tour Itinerary
  • Prices & Options
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  • Transport & Accommodation

Day 1, Thursday 23 May, 2024 (D)

Eurostar at 11:04 from London St Pancras direct to Rotterdam Central. Our hotel for the week, the recently opened 3 star Holiday Inn Express, is only 600 meters from the station. After checking in, we have a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. There is an option for singles to stay at the Hotel Breitner a short tram ride from the station and pay no single supplement.

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Day 2, Friday (B)

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, after a lunch break, 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.  An option this evening is to take a train or waterbus to Dordrecht to witness the Parade of steamboats. Dinner is not included tonight to allow flexibility for the option of the parade.

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View of Oude Haven In Rotterdam

Day 3, Saturday (B, D)

The highlight of the holiday: We take a train from Rotterdam to Dordrecht for the Bi-annual steam  festival “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 take dinner in a local restaurant then we return to Dordrecht Station and take the train back to Rotterdam.

Holland rail tours

Day 4, Sunday (B)

Today we take a train East to the City of Apeldoorn and  the Veluwe steam railway which operates a large collection of German mainline steam locos.  We join a steam hauled train for a return trip to Dieren, stopping at Beekbergen on the return to visit the railway’s loco depot. before returning to Rotterdam in time for dinner.

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Day 6, Monday (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 on foot, or visit one of the city’s famous art museums until we meet back at Central Station for dinner at a local restaurant, then take the train back to Rotterdam.

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Amsterdam

Day 7, Tuesday (B,D)

Again we take a train, this time heading East to Utrecht Central  where we change to a local train to take us to  the 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 (not included). Afterwards, dinner in a local restaurant before returning to Rotterdam.

Steam locomotive No.89 "Nestor" at the National Railway Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands
Steam locomotive No.89 “Nestor” at the National Railway Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands

Day 8, Wednesday (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.

Steam train on tourist railway line with windmill Medemblik Netherlands
Steam train on tourist railway line with windmill Medemblik Netherlands

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 Enkhuizen  which there will be time to explore before dinner in a local restaurant and return to Rotterdam by mainline train.

Museum ship "Friesland" at the pier, Enkhuizen, North Holland, Netherlands, Europe
Museum ship “Friesland” at the pier, Enkhuizen

Day 9, Thursday (B)

Today we say farewell to Rotterdam and board a Eurostar at 17:28 for through travel to London St Pancras. Arriving back in London at 19:47. If you booked in time to get the Interrail included then you can use it to travel back to your home station free of charge (UK only).

Holiday Prices (per person)

  • From your home station* or London St. Pancras (Eurostar): £1,850
  • Joining in Rotterdam: £1,650

Options

  • Double/Twin for single use at main hotel, supplement: £490
  • Single room at Hotel Breitner instead of main hotel: £0 (very limited places)

Deposit

  • £600 (£100 at time of booking followed by £500 after confirmation sent)

*First Class Travel from UK home station – if you book early enough your holiday price includes a first class Interrail pass which includes travel between your home station and London St Pancras. Also book early to get the upgrade to Standard Premier on the Eurostar (places are limited for Interrail pass holders). Travel within Holland is first class.

Online Booking

Bookings open September 2025

Our online booking system will just ask for a £100 per person deposit. We will contact you to pay the Remaining deposit balance.

Travel from UK

Eurostar 11:04 London St Pancras to Rotterdam

Eurostar 17:28 Rotterdam to London St Pancras

Hotels

Holiday Inn Express
Hotel Breitner (single rooms with no supplement)