Trains & Travel

P.O.Box 312

Portola CA 96122

chris@traintrips.biz (Rail Tour Manager)

1-800-359-4870 (USA)

1-800-752-1836 (Canada)

1-800-266-8751 (Fax)

1-530-836-1944

 

2016 rail Tour offerings

 

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INFORMATION AND PRICES

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

Tour

eastbound Departures:

may 5 sold out

jun 5 sold out

jul 26 sold out

aug 22 sold out

westbound departures:

may 18 sold out

jun 18 sold out

aug 8 sold out

sep 4 sold out

tourist - first class luxury tour

Undisputable the world's greatest railway journey, the Trans-Siberian Railway runs from Moscow over the Urals, across the magnificent Russian steppes and alongside the shores of the world's largest freshwater lake end at Vladivostok. This 15 day journey covers 8 times zones & over 6000 miles.

sure go all dates

garratts to victoria falls

Tour

Departure: may 8

rail fan/tourist TOUR

This 12 day tour will start with charters in Harare, followed by two days on the Mbalabala branch line and a daytime run from Bulawayo to Dete. All of the traditional Thomson Junction to Victoria Falls charters are included. there is also a 4 day add on (extra cost) Chobe Wildlife Safari traveling through the The Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana. This must be one of the best mainline steam tours for 2016.

sure go

uss midway on armed forces day

Tour

Departure: may 21

tourist TOUR

What better way to celebrate our armed forces than to spend 1 day and encounter the awesome size and power of the USS Midway and experience what it must have been like to serve on a ship that was once the largest in the world.

cancelled

balkin odyssey

Tour

Departure:

jun 1

jul 4

tourist-first class luxury TOUR

Relaxing and sophisticated, you'll relish the leisurely pace as you're transported for 12 days to some of Europe's most intriguing destinations, whilst enjoying the intimacy of your private carriage

sure go

classical portugal

Tour

Departure: jun 2

tourist TOUR

We invite you to join us on a 15 day Classic Tour of Portugal taking in the fascinating city of Porto, the extraordinary scenery of the world famous Douro Valley and the unspoiled Minho region in Northern Portugal. Then during the 2nd week we will be based out of the fine HF Fenix Lisboa Hotel in the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon.

sure go

private rail cars positioning moves

Tour

Southbound Departures:

june 15 sure go

dec 19

Northbound departure:

Nov 30

PRIVATE RAIL CAR/TOURIST/RAILFAN TOURS

WHEN THE PRIVATE CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR VISTA DOME CARS SILVER LARIAT AND SILVER SOLARIUM NEED TO BE RE- POSITIONED YOU RECEIVE A GREAT TRIP WITH ALL OF THE AWARD WINNING ON BOARD SERVICE INCLUDING MEALS AND OPEN BAR AT A GREAT PRICE

Balkan explorer

Tour

Departure: Jun 9

tourist-first class luxury tour

Discover the fascinating history, vibrant culture and medieval relics of this enchanting region, as we take a 12 day venture through the lush landscapes of the Balkan states and their neighboring countries, aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express.

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great western rail adventure

Tour

Departure: Jun 24

pre 32nd annual garden railway convention tour

Welcome Garden Scale Conventioneers to Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. The 32nd National Garden Railway Convention Committee and Trains & Travel Inter-national has teamed up to offer you a very exciting and interesting eight day pre-convention tour that will start and end at the convention hotel in Santa Clara. Your tour guide will be Chris Skow, who is a retired Western Pacific conductor of 26 years with the railroad.

sure go

british heritage steam

Tour

Departure: Jun 25

railfan/tourist tour

Britain has an amazing selection of heritage railways, but planning a visit to a varied selection of them in a short holiday can be daunting. Our 14 day British Heritage Steam tour visits many of the most important railways, mainly but not all standard gauge. Start in London, travel across much of England before heading to the highlands of Scotland and back down to London again.

sure go

Golden Eagle Trans-Mongolian Express

Tour

eastbound Departure:

Jul 1 sold out

westbound departure:

jul 10 sold out

tourist - first class luxury tour

This unique departure features 13 days of train travel between Moscow & Ulaan Baatar. Included is a day in the beautifully scenic location of Lake Baikal where we will provide steam haulage along the shores of the lake, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

sure go

los angeles to chicago express

route of the super chief

Tour

Departure: Jul 6

private rail car/tourist TOUR

We invite you to join us on a very unique and spectacular 3 day private rail car journey onboard the classic Silver Solarium California Zephyr Vista Dome, Sleeper, Lounge, and Round End Observation car. This is the sole car of this type left in operation in the United States and will be on a repositioning move from Los Angeles to Chicago via the route of the historic Santa Fe Super Chief. We will have a chef and steward aboard, so expect to be pampered!

sold out

glacier np to los angeles

the montana experience

Tour

Departure: Jul 11

private rail car/tourist TOUR

We invite you to join us on a 4 day very unique and spectacular private rail car journey onboard the classic Silver Solarium California Zephyr Vista Dome, Sleeper, Lounge, and Round End Observation car. this trip will be a repositioning move from Whitefish, Montana to Los Angeles via the Colombia River Gorge. you will see some of the most spectacular scenery found in America's west. We will have a chef and steward aboard, so expect to be pampered!

sure go

treasures of eastern europe

Tour

Departure: Jul 12

tourist-first class luxury TOUR

Uncover the treasured relics of Eastern Europe on this 13 day remarkable rail journey aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express. Hidden beneath its poignant past, we explore some of Europe's most influential cities, rich in ancient culture and magnificent architecture.

sure go

portland, oregon to los angeles

the pacific northwest express

Tour

Departure: Jul 12

private railcar / tourist tour

Private railroad cars now allow travelers on this 3 day tour the option to step back in time and recapture that romantic era of train travel that Amtrak cannot provide. Once upon a time rail barons and wealthy socialites traveled the country on luxurious private railroad cars, dining on fine china and crystal and being pampered by the onboard staff. Now this form of luxury rail travel is being offering to everyone at a very reasonable price.

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colorado to california trains & treasures

Tour

Departure: Jul 23

tourist/railfan tour

This 14 day tour will visit Colorado, California, New Mexico, Utah and Nevada linked by one of the most scenic Amtrak rides in the country, narrow gauge railroads, articulated and geared steam locomotives, interesting railroad museums, stunning scenery and some great towns and cities for a varied railroad and scenic tour. The tour will undoubtedly appeal to railfans, particularly those with a special interest in narrow gauge.

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dinner at hearst castle

Tour

Departure: aug 12

tourist tour

Experience what it was like to be an honored guest of William Randolph Hearst! This exclusive 2 day getaway which includes travel from Los Angeles to the region and back in a vintage private railcar, a private catered dinner at Hearst Castle and special behind-the-scenes tour Also included is lodging in a deluxe oceanfront resort in San Simeon, and additional sightseeing along the scenic California Coast between Morro Bay and San Simeon plus a wine-tasting tour in Paso Robles.

sure go

the king of instruments

Tour

Departure: aug 13

private rail car/tourist tour

The King of Instruments! We'll visit some of the finest examples of this most grand and complex of musical machines on our 16 day round trip tour from San Diego to Seattle. We will visit concert organs, church organs, and theater organs. We'll make the same city stops in both directions (except San Luis Obispo), but each locale has many organs of interest, so we won't be visiting the same instrument twice.

sure go

switzerland by rail

Tour

Departure: aug 18

tourist/railfan tour

Our annual visit to Switzerland will once more be a feast of rail, tram and lake steamer travel. Many of the places visited are different from previous tours, and for 14 days we will step into Germany, Italy and France in addition to exploring the length and breadth of Switzerland.

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germany by rail

Tour

Departure: sep 3

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tourist/railfan tour

Our 16 day tour will explore the heritage and railways in Germany. Visit great cities and attractive towns as we travel by rail, road and river through delightful country side. There is an emphasis on train travel, particularly narrow gauge steam trains.

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silk road

Tour

eastbound Departure:

sep 19

westbound departure:

sep 23

tourist - first class luxury tour

Retracing one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilization, this remarkable tour follows in the footsteps of such legendary figures as Alexander the Great and Marco Polo. This 21 day tour crosses both Russia and China as well as some of the remotest former Soviet republics, visiting some cities that are an amazing 2500 years old.

sure go

a taste of the Silk Road

Tour

eastbound Departure:

sep 19

westbound departure:

oct 1

tourist - first class luxury tour

This 13 day tour retraces one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilization. For centuries, merchants and adventurers journeyed to and from China on through some of the most testing landscapes in the world trading silk, spices and perfumes. These 'highways' – stretching some 4,000 miles (6,400 km) – collectively came to be called the 'Silk Road'.

sure go

cuban classic trains & cars

Tour

Departure: sep 17

tourist/railfan tour

We invite you to come with us for 12 day to Cuba before the flood gates of Americans Tourist ruin this very unique culture forever! This will be our 10th tour to Cuba since 2001. We aim to bring you the Classic Cuba with a focus on the wonderful old American built cars most dating from the 1950's and still in everyday operation.

rescheduled to Mar 2017

Bulgaria & Romania Steam Extravaganza

Tour

Departure: Oct 1

railfan/tourist tour

You are warmly invited to join us on this year's 16 day autumn steam extravaganza to Bulgaria and Romania featuring a wide variety of different steam locomotive types. This tour covers many scenic routes through mountains and canyons, across wide and expansive plains and along river valleys. through two countries steeped in history and culture.

sure go

fall colors zephyr

to chicago & huntington

Tour

Departure: Oct 7

PRIVATE RAIL CARS/TOURIST/RAILFAN

Celebrate the glories of Fall for 5 days from your seat in a Vista-Dome! Experience what it was like to travel on the Scenic Way Across America in our Silver Fleet of cars that were built for this route! Our Silver Fleet cars will be coupled to the rear of Amtrak's California Zephyr and will travel over what is arguably the most beautiful rail route in the US as we make our way to Chicago, and on to Huntington, West Virginia, where Silver Lariat is to be a part of the famed New River Gorge special trains, which are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year!

sure go

Caspian Odyssey

Tour

Departure: Oct 15

tourist - first class luxury tour

This 16 day tour explores the countries on both the eastern and western shores of the Caspian Sea – Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. These countries are home to fascinating modern cultures as well as some of the world's most ancient and timeless architecture.

sold out

fall colors zephyr to california

Tour

Departure: Oct 26

PRIVATE RAIL CARS/TOURIST/RAILFAN

Celebrate the glories of Fall from your seat in a Vista-Dome! Experience what it was like to travel on the Scenic Way Across America in our Silver Fleet of cars that were built for this route! Our Silver Fleet cars will be coupled to the rear of Amtrak's California Zephyr and will travel over what is arguably the most beautiful rail route in the US as we make our way from Huntington WV, where Silver Lariat was a part of the famed New River Gorge special trains, to Chicago then on to Emeryville CA.

sure go

sierra railway steam in the foothills

Tour

Departure: Oct 29

RAILFAN/TOURIST

The Central Coast Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) will run a 1 day trip, Sierra Railway steam excursion trip out of Railtown 1897 State Historic Park at Jamestown, California on Saturday, October 29, 2016. This excursion will include at least one or more photo run-bys for the photographers.

sure go

north to seattle

Tour

Departure: nov 30

private railcar/tourist tour

Three former California Zephyr cars need to be in Seattle for a charter train assignment and we are offering space on the positioning move Los Angeles to Seattle. Included in this 2 day positioning move will be the Silver Solarium Vista Dome-Sleeper-Rear end Lounge, the Silver Lariat Vista Dome Coach, and the Silver Rapids Sleeper.

sure go

south to los angeles

Tour

Departure: dec 18 sold out

private railcar/tourist tour

Three former California Zephyr cars have just completed an assignment in Seattle and need to be returned to their home base in Los Angeles and we are offering space on the positioning move Seattle to Los Angeles. Included in this 2 day positioning move will be the Silver Solarium Vista Dome-Sleeper-Rear end Lounge, the Silver Lariat Vista Dome Coach, and the Silver Rapids Sleeper.

sure go