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

 

2017 rail Tour offerings

 

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INFORMATION AND PRICES

 

private rail cars positioning moves

Tour

Northbound Departures:

mar 28

jun 20

oct 9

nov 29

soutbound Departures:

jun 14

oct 3

nov 11

dec 18

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

sure go - all departures

slow railcar to guantanamo cuba

Tour

Departure: feb 16 sold out

Rail Historians/Educational & People to People tour

This 15 day tour will appeal to both the dedicated and casual railway historians and also those intrigued by many of the outlying places we visit and meet the local people, where the passage of time has been suspended. On rail we travel with diesel, steam and antique electric traction, and our own chartered vintage Budd RDC railcar.

 

FIRST AMERICAN FLIGHT TO CUBA. see tour details

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the real cuba - steam and culture

Tour

Departure: mar 2 sold out

Rail Historians/Educational & People to People TOUR

our 15 day tour will travel by rail to the east of the island using our own chartered diesel railcar, but we commerce our journey on the Hershey Railway with electric traction. We will be accompanied throughout by our chartered motorcoach, which will convey our luggage and undertake our transfers.

FIRST AMERICAN FLIGHT TO CUBA. see tour details

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china in spring

Tour

Departure: mar 22

RAILFAN/TOURIST TOUR

china in 16 days. It has been amazing to see the changes in less than twenty years – transformed cities, water buffalo giving way to machines, and realization of the world's largest dam among other items. As to railways, there were still steam locos in mainline service up until 2005. A railway to Tibet (world's highest) was completed in 2006. And, high speed trains began operating on one short route in 2008.

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springtime zephyr los angeles to charlotte

Tour

Departure: mar 28

PRIVATE RAIL CARS/TOURIST/RAILFAN

For 7 days celebrate the glories of Spring 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 private luxury rail cars. Our Silver Fleet cars which will be the Silver Rapids, Silver Lariat and Silver Solarium, will be coupled to the rear of Amtrak's Coast Starlight, California Zephyr, Capitol Limited, and Carolinian and will travel over what is arguably the most beautiful rail route in the US between Emeryville and Denver as we make our way to Chicago, Washington DC and on to Charlotte.

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stars of sandstone festival

Tour

Departure: mar 31 sold out

RAILFAN/TOURIST TOUR

This 9 day tour offers the Stars of Sandstone Festival with accommodation, coach transfer from Johannesburg to Sandstone and back and the use of a private coach for transfers between hotel and the Sandstone Estate during your stay. You can also include some of the Tourist Option activities, such as the three day train and coach journey between Johannesburg and Sandstone and the day trip to Lesotho.

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garratts to victoria falls

Tour

Departure: apr 9 sold out

RAILFAN/TOURIST TOUR

Last years steam tour to Zimbabwe was a great success. We used the NRZ premier class sleeper coaches in 2016, and relaxed in a more than adequate twin dining car / lounge. Using this train rather than hotels improved the tour for participants, both financially and by putting them in the middle of the action. The 2017 tour will use the same coaches, with a few improvements. This tour offers Garratts thundering through the African bush, excellent run past locations, on-train accommodation, magnificent scenery (including Victoria Falls) and great wildlife. 7 days plus 4 optional days

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great hungary rare mileage adventure

Tour

Departure: apr 26

RAILFAN/RARE MILAGE/TOURIST TOUR

We visit these three countries on this 7 day tour to sample more of the indigenous locomotive classes of mostly Hungary and to travel on rare or freight only lines. We plan to cross into both Slovakia and Ukraine. There really is something for everybody on this trip that loves railroads and trains. If you like to travel on rare freight only trackage then this is your opportunity to do it.

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Golden Eagle trans siberian express

Tour

eastbouind Departure:

may 6

jun 4

jul 23

aug 20

westbound departure:

my 19

jun 17

aug 5

sep 2

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 departures

Golden Eagle trans mongolian express

Tour

eastbouind Departure:

jul 1

westbound departure:

jul 10

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.

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los angeles to portland for the sp 4449

Tour

Departure: jun 20

RAILFAN/TOURIST

Join us for 2 days as we reposition our cars from Los Angeles to Portland June 21-22, 2017. Silver Lariat, Silver Rapids and Silver Solarium will be on the rear of Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, departing Los Angeles at 10:10 AM on June 21st, arriving Portland June 22 at 3:25 PM. Meal service will be in the Vista-dome of Silver Lariat. Naturally our service includes our original California Zephyr tablecloths, and our own registered-pattern monogram china.

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great canadian rail adventure

150th year birthday

Tour

Departure: jun 23

TOURIST/RAILFAN TOUR

Join us for Canada's sesquicentennial –150th birthday! We will enjoy 19 days of special events celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday, as we ride by rail through the best scenery in Western Canada on some restored steam trains, interurbans and street cars. There will be time to tour the Canada Rocky Mountains parks, cruise the inside passage along the B.C. Coast, visit heritage villages, and stop for photos of the trains we will ride. We will make a loop around British Columbia and Alberta.

cancelled

Chicago To Los Angeles

santa fe all the way

Tour

Departure: jun 30

PRIVATE RAIL CAR/TOURIST TOUR

We invite you to join us as we reposition our cars from Chicago to Los Angeles, June 30-July 2, 2017. Silver Rapids and Silver Solarium will be on the rear of Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, departing Chicago at 3:00 PM on June 30th, arriving Los Angeles 8:15 AM. July 2. This journey will travel through Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

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southern finland by private rail

Tour

Departure: jul 1

RAILFAN/RARE MILAGE/TOURIST TOUR

join us for 9 days Starting and ending in Helsinki, we travel by rail to Turku on the west coast then across the country via Tampere to Joensuu near the Russian border, and through Kouvola on the south coast back to Helsinki. Called the Land of Woods and Lakes, and the itinerary will take us to many sites of great railway interest as well as some rarely visited freight lines and a narrow gauge line.

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balkan odyssey

Tour

Departures:

jul 9

sep 7

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 all departures

whitefish to chicago

Tour

Departures jul 16

TOURIST/PRIVATE RAIL CAR TOUR

this 2 day tour offords a ride aboard The luxurious Northern Sky and Northern Dreams private rail cars which need to be moved from Whitefish, Montana to Chicago, Illinois in July. This is a positioning move and the cars will operate empty if need be but we can offer you a fun and unique experience if you would like to book space on this trip.

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trains and treasures of europe

Tour

Departure: jul 20

tourist/railfan tour

Poland and the Czech Republic have some great steam trains as well as historic cities, fascinating heritage and delightful countryside. This 23 day 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.

cancelled

treasures of eastern europe

Tour

Departure: aug 16

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.

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trains and treasures of wales and england

Tour

Departure: aug 27

tourist/railfan tour

Wales is a mecca for narrow gauge rail enthusiasts with magnificent scenery and an outstanding collection of heritage railways. This 14 day tour explores the best railways and other iconic attractions before travelling through the south western part of England to visit historic towns, railways, ships, museums and stone age sites before spending time in London.

sold out

high sierra rail adventure

Tour

Departure: sep 2

railfan/tourist tour

The Central Coast Railway Club and Trains & Travel invites you to come join us over the three day Labor Day Weekend for an exciting get-a-way up in the High Sierra Mountains and the Reno/Carson City/Virginia City areas. Our relaxing mini vacation will include riding Amtrak’s California Zephyr both directions over scenic Donner Pass, spending an evening in the wild west mining town of Virginia City, riding the steam powered Virginia & Truckee Railroad, visiting the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City, sightseeing around Lake Tahoe and enjoying the vast rail collection at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola located at the upper end of the Feather River Canyon.

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hidden colombia by rail

Tour

Departure: sep 15

Railfan/Tourist Tour

this 13 day tour Starts in Cali and ends in Santa Marta, this is a south to north tour of Colombia taking in Salento, Giradot, Bogota, Zipaquirá, Villa de Leyva, Barichara, and Cartagena. A three-foot gauge railway system once linked this mountainous country from Buenaventura on the southern Pacific coast to Santa Marta on the northern Atlantic coast is being rebuilt by the Colombian government.

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silk road

Tour

eastbound Departure:

sep 22

westbound departure:

sep 26

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.

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a taste of the silk road

Tour

eastbound Departure:

sep 22

westbound departure:

oct 4

TOURIST TOUR

spend 13 days 2 directions Retracing one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilization, the Silk Road follows in the footsteps of such legendary figures as Alexander the Great and Marco Polo. For centuries, merchants and adventurers journeyed to and from China on ancient routes 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 all departures

fall colors zephyr

california to west virginia

Tour

Departure: oct 9

TOURIST TOUR

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 private luxury rail cars. For 10 days we 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.

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caspian odyssey

Tour

westbound departure:

oct 17 sure go

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.

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fall colors zephyr

west virginia to california

Tour

departure: nov 1

TOURIST/PRIVATE RAIL CAR TOUR

This 5 day tour Celebrates 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 the route through the Rockies.

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north to seattle

Tour

Departure: nov 29

private rail car / tourist tour

For 2 days 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.

south to los angeles

Tour

Departure: dec 17

private rail car / 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.

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. Those people that use a credit card for payments a 3% convenance fee will be added to the tour price. 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