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

North America

 

South To Los Angeles

Christmas onboard

PRIVATE RAIL CAR/TOURIST TOUR

DECEMBER 24-25 , 2017

 

South To Los Angeles

 

Private railroad cars now allow travelers 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.

 

Passengers can sip on cocktails and nibble on hors d' oeuvres while sinking into deep leather sofas in lounges and vista domes and relax by the rhythm of the train wheels rolling down the track. All meals are prepared fresh onboard and made to order by the onboard gourmet chefs.

 

These private luxury rail cars are coupled onto the rear of scheduled Amtrak passenger trains all over the country. Our first class passengers are separated from the Amtrak passengers by locked doors. We provide our own onboard staff including our chef and make up our own gourmet menus for all meals. All drinks and food is included in the ticket price from the time you step onboard until you detrain. Everything is first class with every detail included. This is passenger train travel at it's finest.

 

South To Los Angeles

 

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 positioning move will be the Silver Solarium Vista Dome-Sleeper-Rear end Lounge, the Silver Lariat Vista Dome Coach, and the Silver Rapids Sleeper.

 

Our chefs will prepare all meals on board from fresh ingredients. Daily meals will include breakfast, lunch, afternoon hors d'oeuvres and dinner. The bar, which features complimentary premium labels of beer, wine, and spirits, will be open until midnight.

 

Accommodations: Note: This car will be added if needed. Silver Rapids has roomettes and bedrooms. Bedroom pairs may be opened ensuite, providing a couple with lower berth accommodations and individual rest rooms. Silver Rapids has a shower/changing room at one end of the car. Bedrooms have rest room annexes in each room, with toilet and sink. Roomettes have a sink in the room. Toilet facilities are a few feet down the hall.

 

Silver Solarium has bedrooms, a drawing room, and a stateroom. Each room has a rest room annex that includes a shower. All overnight guests will be provided with cotton terry cloth robes for use while aboard. The other usual hotel amenities will also be provided.

 

 

South To Los Angeles

 

 

South To Los Angeles

 

 

DAY 1 sunday DECEMBER 24: (B-L-D)

 

We will board our private cars, located at the rear of Amtrak's Coast Starlight at Seattle and depart at 9:35AM. Guests may also board at any Amtrak station served by this train. As we make our way south enjoy breakfast in one of the Vista Dome cars as the scenery speeds by. The train arrives in Portland at 1:50PM and departs at 2:25PM so you are welcome to take a stroll on the platform right after lunch. The train rolls down the Willamette River Valley home to some of Oregon's finest vineyards. After departing Eugene at 5:10PM we start the gentle climb towards the Cascade Range as dinner is served. As the train gets closer to the mountains the grade gets steeper in order to reach the summit at Odell Lake which will be reached around 7:30PM. As darkness falls you may want to have a nightcap with your follows passengers before turning in. Klamath Falls will be reached at 10:00PM.

 

DAY 2 monday DECEMBER 25: (B-L-D)

 

Morning finds us arriving in Sacramento at 6:35AM and breakfast will be served after departing Martinez which is one hour out of the Capitol. Enjoy views of the Bay and if it is clear the Golden Gate Bridge. You may want to stretch your legs at Oakland as the train will make a 15 minute stop here. Departure is scheduled for 8:50AM and San Jose at 10:07AM. Our next stop is at Salinas as we head down the Salinas Valley we pass through many farms with field after field of lettuce and vegetables. This is Americas salad bowl. Our next stop is at Paso Robles which is located on the Salinas River. This city is known for its hot springs and mud baths, its abundance of wineries, production of olive oil, and almond orchards. All to soon we start down the steep grade of the Santa Lucia Mountains with spectacular views of the San Luis Obispo Valley and our own train as it rounds a horseshoe curve and continues to drop towards San Luis Obispo. Arrival is scheduled for 3:20PM and if the Northbound Coast Starlight is running on time we may meet it here. We pass through the many vineyards soon you get your first view of the California Coastline at Pismo and again at Surf. Santa Barbara is reached at 6:02PM and for the next hour enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean as dinner is served. Arrival in Los Angeles is scheduled for 9:00PM.

 

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South To Los Angeles

 

 

South To Los Angeles

 

 

 

all prices are per person

 

 

roomette ................................................................ $1,299  
bedroom .................................................................. $1,299  
drawing room ....................................................... $1,649  
stateroom ............................................................... $1,649  
Bedroom ensuite .................................................. $1,949  
Day Rider Oakland To Los Angeles ............... $299  
Day Rider Seattle to Eugene ......................... $259  
Day Rider, Seattle to Portland .................... $179  
Full payment is due at time of booking    

roomette $1,299

bedroom$1,299

drawing room$1,649

stateroom$1,649

Bedroom ensuite$1,949

Day Rider Oakland To Los Angeles$299

Day Rider Seattle to Eugene$259

Day Rider, Seattle to Portland$179

Full payment is due at time of booking

TOUR CONDITIONS FOR 2017 **PLEASE READ CAREFULLY**

Tour Price: All tour prices are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.

 

Prices do not include:Personal items, meals not listed in the itinerary, laundry, phone calls, excess baggage charges, rental cars, side tours, insurance, passport fees including visas, vaccinations, gratuities, medical costs, tips to train or motor coach staff, extra tour costs due to unanticipated changes in the itinerary for reasons beyond our control, including weather, travel conditions, or cancellations, government intervention, sickness, political disputes, and failure of transportation or other causes beyond our control.

 

TRAVEL AND HEALTH DOCUMENTS:A valid passport is required for our international tours. In some cases a visa is also needed. Consult your health professional for the recommended immunizations and documents. Trains and Travel , here on referred to as TT, assumes no other responsibility if a client is refused entry into a country. Cost and cancellation fees will be paid by the client in the event they do not have valid documents.

 

CHANGE OF ITINERARY:We reserve the right to substitute, alter or modify the tour if any unexpected and unforeseen conditions beyond our control preventing the completion of such. Conditions can include weather, train schedules, equipment, motive power, revision of train consist, train delays, labor strikes, political disputes, derailments, closure of a rail line, break down of railroad or motive power equipment, railroads not honoring contracts and bus equipment problems. We will always endeavor, in each case, to provide substitutes, if any changes take place. TT is not responsible for canceled trains, delays, hotel rooms, route changes or missed connections, for any reason whatsoever. We will not give refunds if such conditions or cancellations take place.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE:Travel insurance is strongly suggested. Insurance will cover and give tour members many benefits and protection. Benefits include baggage loss, accident, life, trip cancellation, sickness, bankruptcy, strike, weather conditions, employer termination or layoff effecting you or a person sharing the room with you, terrorist incident in your departure city or city of destination, jury duty, you are subpoenaed, hijacked, or quarantined, your residence or traveling companion residence is rendered uninhabitable, emergency military duty, traffic accident, single supplement upgrade when your room- mate cancels their trip, trip interruption, trip delay, missed connections, itinerary change, emergency medical benefits, medical evacuation, pre-existing medical conditions if enrollment is within 21days of your invoice date, assault of you or your traveling companion before departure, burglary of you or your companion before departure 24 hour hotline emergency assistance, emergency cash transfer and more .

 

RESPONSIBILITY AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:Accepting your payment represents an agreement that you understand all the conditions, to be a member of our tours. TT gives notice that they are acting agents for the owners, contractors and suppliers, providing the transportation and all related travel services and assume no responsibility for equipment problems, mechanical failures, injury, sickness, damage, loss, additional expenses accidental delay or irregularities which may be caused through willful and or negligent acts or omissions on the part of the companies providing or engage in transportation, accommodations or services related to the accomplishment of the tour. Nor do we assume responsibility for natural disasters, social or political upheaval, acts of terrorism or acts of nature. TT reserves the right to substitute hotels, tour leaders, equipment, motive power, trains, onboard accommodations, routes and to alter the itinerary when deemed necessary without notice. The right is also reserved to cancel any trip or train prior to departure for any reason . TT is not responsible for expenses incurred by tour members in preparing for the tour, including non-refundable airline tickets, visa fees, planning, phone calls, or any other expenses. TT reserves the right to decline to accept, or ask to leave a tour, any person whose actions impede the daily operations of a tour, welfare or or enjoyment of other tour members. TT cannot give any refunds for any unused services. The terms contained herein shall serve as a waiver of liability to TT . Assumption of risk on behalf of the client, their heirs, executor, administrators, successors, and assigns for any and all known persons injuries. In many cases it is not possible to advise the passengers on reasons for train delays if beyond our control.

 

RESERVATIONS: A deposit is due in our office within 14 days after you make your bookings. Full payment is due 90 days before departure except for the Grand Canyon Limited in which full payment is due on a different schedule. You will receive an invoice, reservation form and current tour bulletins with your confirmation and travel insurance forms. No notice for final payment will be sent to you. It is your responsible to make the final payment on-time.

 

CANCELLATIONS:TT does not accept cancellations on the phone. Cancellations must be received by postal mail, email or fax before any refunds will be considered. Allow enough time if sending your written notice by US mail postal system. When a written cancellation is received in the Trains and Travel office this will be the effective date of the cancellation. Please take note that it can take up to 60 days to to process some refunds. Cancellation refund rules: 120 days prior to the start of any tour you will receive a refund less a $200 per person administration fee. 119 to 61 days before the departure of any tour there will be a 80% cancellation penalty based on the full cost of the tour. Cancellations received 60 or less days before the start of any tour will not receive any refund. GW Travel Ltd has their own cancellation rules and these will apply. If booking on GW Travel Ltd ask for cancellation rules.

 

PRE-DEPARTURE TOUR BULLETINS:Tour bulletins will be sent to clients that have booked on tours operated by TT . Bulletins include travel info related to the tour. Final documents will be sent out about two to three weeks before a tour begins. We offer tours operated by other companies and they may or may not send out tour bulletins and updates and most send out final documents only one to two weeks prior to the start of their tours.

 

PAYMENTS: Payments can be made with personal check drawn on a U.S. Dollar account, money order for U.S. Dollars, bank wire transfer, or credit card. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express. Final payment for all tours is due 90 days prior to departure and we will charge your credit card on file unless you have given us other instructions. If final payment has not been received 7 days after the due date, a late fee of $50 per week will apply.

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:All prices are based on double room occupancy. We will try and match you with a roommate if one is available. If not, you may be charged the single room supplement listed for the tour you are booked on. Single rooms may not be available in some remote locations and on some trains.

 

TOUR REFUNDS:If for any reason tour members amend or delete any arrangements during travel, and leave the tour on their own, we cannot give any refunds on unused portions of the tour. If buses and trains are cancelled by the carrier or there is a labor strike or they go out of business, we cannot be held responsible and we cannot give refunds. Travel insurance will protect you for any of these reasons. If TT needs to cancel any tour everyone will receive a full refund. Please take note that in some cases refunds can take up to 60 days to process.

 

PARTIAL TOURS:We will allow passengers to join or leave a tour at certain points. Give us a call and we will try and work up a custom option for you.

 

MILEAGE COLLECTORS:Mileage collectors please take note that TT does not cater just to mileage collectors. We cater to all folks that enjoy trains and Rail journeys. We give strong warning that itinerary and route changes do happen and this is totally beyond our control when it does. If the only reason that you would want to book a tour is to collect the rare mileage, you need to understand that possible route changes do happen.

 

Questions? Send Email To: Chris@traintrips.biz

Trains & Travel

P.O.BOX 312

Portola CA 96122

1-800-359-4870 USA or (530) 836-1944

1-800-752-1836 CANADA