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wonders of sri lanka by rail
departure - feb 3, 2019
Join us for 15 days in beautiful sir lanka. Sri Lanka is a beautiful tropical island the size of Ireland that has it all: endless beaches, World Heritage, wildlife, beautiful scenery. And above all, a wonderful broad-gauge railway system still very much as originally built and we cover much of this system partly on service trains and partly with our own private train.
HIDDEN TAIWAN STEAM PLUS SOUTH KOREA
departure - mar 14, 2019
Traveling Taiwan and South Korea for 19 days. It may not be a name which immediately comes to mind when one thinks of rail travel. It is an island with a length approximately 246 miles. It is largely mountainous, and that rail which there is forms a circle around the perimeter of the island. In addition to the ring of conventional rail, the tracks on the west coast are duplicated by a parallel high speed rail line, operating at188 mph
rail wonders of sicily
departure - apr 1, 2019
See Sicily in 12 days. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and has a population of approximately five million. It also has a very interesting and extensive railway system with most lines still in use. For those who like to travel on all lines now is the time to visit before the inevitable closures take place. Sicily has seen a variety of different cultures, including the original Italic people, the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Saracens, Normans, Spaniards, French, each contributing to the island’s culture, particularly in the areas of cuisine and architecture.
THE STARS OF SANDSTONE
departure - APr 3, 2019
10 days of travel. Sandstone is a large commercial farming estate on the picturesque South African / Lesoto border. The principal business here is agriculture, with crops including wheat, soya and the very colorful cosmos flower that are grown for their seed. The estate is very open, you can walk freely almost everywhere and there will also be organized walks. Many years ago, owner Wilf Mole started collecting vintage agricultural machinery, eventually branching out into a railway that is used to carry crops back to the central area.
Rail And Natural Wonders Of Alaska
departure - jul 18, 2019
Join us for 13 days as we travel across Alaska. Alaska is the westernmost, northernmost, and easternmost state. It is rugged and wild with glaciers, countless rivers and lakes, majestic mountain peaks, some active volcanoes, and nearly 34,000 miles of tidal shoreline. North America’s highest peak at 20,320 ft, Mt. McKinley (or Denali), is located in Alaska. Our tour is designed to cover all of the fascinating railways in Alaska – including the legendary Alaska Railroad and the White Pass & Yukon Railroad (WP&YR). In addition to amazing scenery we should see some extraordinary wildlife including bears, eagles and whales.
switzerland - rail tunnels & mountain passes
departure - jul 26, 2019
Our 13 day visit to Switzerland will be different in 2019, in addition to the favorite Swiss trains and towns we will explore the base tunnels and the mountain passes that carry the trains. Included in this tour will be travel through the recently opened 35 mile Gotthard Base Tunnel which opened up to full rail traffic on December 11, 2016 and is the longest and deepest rail tunnel in the World.
Hidden Colombia by Rail
departure - sep 2, 2019
For 13 days we travel along 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, before decay and virtual closure. Now, as part of a strategy to remove damaging heavy freight traffic from the roads, the government has awarded rehabilitation contracts for sections that have remained mothballed since the 1980s. We visit and travel on significant parts of the system, where possible using all of the operating steam fleet.
SOUTHERN FRANCE AND THE PYRENEES
departure - sep 20, 2019
This 11 day tour is our “rail and culture tour” and that is exactly what this tour sets out to achieve, with a combination of modern and historic trains and fascinating towns and scenery, making this one of our most popular tours.
Classic Montenegro and Serbia
departure - oct 6, 2019
Join us for 8 days as we tour The Balkan countries of Montenegro and serbia. Montenegro is a varied country of rugged mountains, thick forests, fortified towns, medieval villages and narrow beaches, which became a sovereign state as recently as 2006. It is connected to the rest of the European passenger railway network only by a long and very scenic line from Serbia.
Western States Trains & Treasures
RAIL & NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE
departure - oct 16, 2019
For 15 days this tour will present to you some of the most exciting and scenic excursion train rides in six western states of the USA during the fall colors. This tour includes visiting Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California. Additionally many spectacular national and state parks will be visited as we make our way westward from Colorado to California using vans which allows us more flexibility. Group size will be kept small at 20 persons. This tour was so popular in 2018 that it sold-out early and we had a wait-list of folks wanting to get on board.
wonders of sri lanka by rail II
departure - nov 17, 2019
Join us for 15 days in beautiful sir lanka late in the year. Sri Lanka is a beautiful tropical island the size of Ireland that has it all: endless beaches, World Heritage, wildlife, beautiful scenery. And above all, a wonderful broad-gauge railway system still very much as originally built and we cover much of this system partly on service trains and partly with our own private train.
TOUR CONDITIONS FOR 2020 **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.
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Trains & Travel
Portola CA 96122
1-800-359-4870 USA or (530) 836-1944