trains and treasures of europe
JULY 20-AUGUST 3, 2017
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Poland and the Czech Republic have some great steam trains as well as historic cities, fascinating heritage and delightful countryside. This trip starting in Berlin, Germany that includes both the railways and other attractions that Poland and the Czech Republic offer before ending in Vienna, the capital of Austria. At the end of the tour there will be an optional trip through Austria, taking in a great selection of train rides as well as the two major Alpine cities of Saltzburg and Innbruck.
PRE TOUR ITINERARY
A four day tour in Germany will precede the main tour. Information will be added here soon.
main tour itinerary
Day 1 Thursday July 20: (D)
If you have participated in the pre tour option, today will be the last day of your program before joining the main tour for dinner this evening. If you have not participated in the pre tour, arrive in Berlin today and make your way to the hotel. Meet the rest of the group at an included dinner tonight.
Day 2 Friday July 21: (D)
Enjoy some free time in Berlin before we transfer you to the main railway station for an afternoon journey by train to Zbaszynek in Poland. We will travel first class, which allows you access to the first class lounge in Berlin, with drinks and snacks included whilst you wait for departure time. On arrival at Zbaszynek, a bus transfer will take you to your hotel in Wolsztyn.
Day 3 Saturday July 22:
Join two steam trains today, the first from Wolsztyn to Zbaszynek and back, and the second to Zbaszyn. It should be possible to have a cab ride.
Day 4 Sunday July 23: (L)
Spend today exploring the history of Poland with a bus excursion to the German fortifications at Kalawa with its underground railway lines, followed by a visit to Lagow and its Castle for a late lunch.
Day 5 Monday July 24: (D)
Travel by bus this morning to Zinn or Gniezno for a steam operated narrow gauge train ride. Cab rides and workshop visits are possible. Your luggage will be stored in the bus until you are taken this afternoon to the mainline station for a train to Warsaw.
Day 6 Tuesday July 25:
Guided tour of Warsaw , including the remarkably rebuilt Old Town and the castle and learn about the history of the Warsaw Uprising. Following the guided tour there will be an option for railfans to visit the narrow gauge railway museum at Sokaczew, About 35 miles from Warsaw and the PKP (National Railway) museum in Warsaw.
Day 7 Wednesday July 26:
This morning, travel by train to Krakow . This afternoon, join a city tour to enjoy the sights and sounds of Poland's cultural hub. Explore the Jewish section and main square.
Day 8 Thursday July 27:
Enjoy some free time in Krakow this morning before catching an afternoon train to Prague in the Czech Republic.
Day 9 Friday July 28: (D)
Spend the day sampling the transport delights offered around the capital city of the Czech Republic. Your first trip will be a standard gauge train ride to the 600mm narrow gauge railway in Sendražice, originally built to transport sugar beets to the factory in Kolin, the railway closed in 1965 and reopened in 2007. A vintage bus will be used for transfers between the main line and the narrow gauge railways. Later today, visit the tram museum in Prague followed by a chartered vintage tram trip through the city. There will be a few free hours to explore the old city before an included dinner.
Day 10 Saturday July 29: (D)
This morning we take a train to Lužná u Rakovníka , travelling past hops fields, the raw material for the production of the popular Czech beer. The Czech Railways Museum is located in Lužná. We visit the impressive collection of old steam locomotives, well known for their unusual design and outstanding performance. See the class 556.0, able to haul goods trains up to 4000 ton, The class 477.0 "Blue Parrot" built for suburban traffic, the class 387.0 "Mikado" for fast passenger trains and many more. Also featured will be a steam train ride from Luzna to Krupá and back.
Day 11 Sunday July 30:
Leave Prague this morning for a journey by train and bus to Jindřichův Hradec, to ride on the longest 760 mm narrow gauge railway in the Czech Republic. Travel by steam train from Jindřichův Hradec, through deep forests and past romantic lakes to Nová Bystřice. From there, travel by bus to Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its Old Town with 300 protected medieval buildings and its castle complex, the second largest in the Czech Republic. Continue your journey by bus and train through České Budějovice to Gmund, just over the border in Austria.
Day 12 Monday July 31:
Two narrow gauge railway lines leave Gmund, we will ride on both of them today. The railways operate regular passenger services with modern railcars, but our trains will use heritage coaches and vintage diesel locomotives. If available, our train to Groß Gerau will be with a steam locomotive.
Day 13 Tuesday August 1:
Enjoy a train ride to Vienna this morning, followed by a city tour.
Day 14 Wednesday August 2:
Your tour ends in Vienna after breakfast today.
POST TOUR ITINERARY
Day 1 Wednesday August 2:
Alternatively, join us for a post tour exploration of Austria. Ride a high speed inter-city train out of Vienna to St Polten to join the narrow gauge 'Stairway to heaven' railway to the pilgrimage town of Mariazell. We will ride in a modern electric train over this scenic line.
Day 2 Thursday August 3:
This morning, enjoy a trip in an historic railcar from Salzburg to Ostermiething and back, with a stop at Oberndorf to visit the "Silent Night chapel" where the famous Christmas song was composed. Included will be a visit to the Salzburger Lokalbahn depot. Following your depot visit, catch a bus to Marabellplatz, where there will be time for lunch and afternoon sightseeing tour of Salzburg hosted by a local English speaking tour guide.
Day 3 Friday August 4:
Today we will travel by rail from Salzburg to Innsbruck. Stop en-route at Zell am See, where we will board a narrow gauge train to Krimml and back. The Pinzgauer Lokalbahn is a scenic 33 mile narrow-gauge railway that follows the Salzach valley from Zell am See to Krimml through the Pinzgau Mountains.
Day 4 Saturday August 5:
Travel to Jenbach this morning to travel on the rack (cog wheel) steam train to Achensee. The Achensee Steam Cog Railway makes its way up to the Tyrol's largest alpine lake, driven by Europe's oldest steam cog locomotives. The meter gauge railway is 4.2 miles long. Within this length it rises some 1,444 ft in height, with the steeper sections using the Riggenbach rack system. On arrival, enjoy a scenic boat tour on Lake Achensee with a break for lunch at Achenkirch.
Day 5 August 6 2017:
Your tour ends after breakfast this morning.
all prices per person
|DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY....................................||$3,995|
|SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT.....................................||$595|
|DEPOSIT TO HOLD SPACE CONFIRMED.................||$1,500|
|EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BOOK BY december 1||-$200|
|FINAL PAYMENT DUE BY APRIL 20, 2017|
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|PRE TOUR SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT................||tba|
|POST TOUR DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY.............||tba|
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DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY$3,995
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT$595
DEPOSIT TO HOLD SPACE CONFIRMED$1,500
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BOOK BY december 1-$200
FINAL PAYMENT DUE BY NOVEMBER 16, 2016
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PRE TOUR SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENTTBA
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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.
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