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

 

2020 rail Tour offerings

 

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INFORMATION AND PRICES

 

Rail and Ancient Wonders of Jordan

Tour

departure - mar 22, 2020

RAILFAN/TOURIST TOUR

Join us for 11 days as we explore the railways and ancient wonders of the kingdom of Jordan. Beginning at Amman. Then visiting the Citadel, the Roman Theater, and to many other sites of antiquity. The highlight of the tour being – the “Red Rose City” of Petra where we can visit the giant red mountains and vast mausoleums of a departed race at sunrise, or later if you wish. Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place: it has to be seen to be believed.

Golden Eagle

Trans-Siberian Express Charters

Tour

Eastbound departures 2020 - may 3 - may 31 - jul 26 - aug 23

Westbound departures 2020 - may 16 - jun 13 - aug8 - sep 5

TOURIST TOUR

15 days east from Moscow to Vladivostok, and 15 days west from Vladivostok to Moscow, Indisputably 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. By the time our train arrives in Vladivostok it will have passed through eight time zones, and traveled over 6,000 miles - one third of the way around the world.

Hungary A Branchline Farewell

Tour

departure - may 5, 2020

Tourist / Railfan Tour /Private Rail Car

7 days you may not want to miss. There are rumors in the rail industry that the Hungarian government wishes to close many branch lines after local elections in October 2019. A list has been circulated in the press. Although we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the list we have seen, nor that all the lines really will be closed , this tour was designed to cover all those branch lines in Hungary that are on that certain list. This tour will also cross over into Romania.

Grand Alpine Express

Tour

departure - may 8, 2020

TOURIST TOUR

Join us for 11 days as we travel from the classic capital cities of Budapest and Vienna, we venture deep into the Austrian Tyrol before heading across the valleys of the Swiss Alps and onwards through the Italian Lake District as we visit Como and Garda before heading into the lesser-known but equally beautiful country of Slovenia and its jewel in the crown, Lake Bled. Traverse some of the most scenic railway lines in the world as the Golden Eagle Danube Express weaves its way through tunnels, across viaducts and over mountain passes. Journeys end will be in the stunning maritime city of Venice, an outstanding mix of Gothic and Renaissance palaces perched on the edge of the Italian coast. A perfect end to a memorable journey of alpine discovery.

rocky mountain express

Tour

departure - may 15, 2020

Tourist / Railfan Tour /Private Rail Car

We invite you to spend 3 days with us and enjoy luxury first class rail travel the way it was meant to be. Every passenger has a guaranteed dome seat with a fantastic view of the High Sierra in California, the Wasatch Range in Utah, Rocky Mountains in Colorado. and the farms of Iowa. We are pleased to announce the return of the Rocky Mountain Express using two of the original streamlined Union Pacific passenger cars. The Northern Sky is a dome/sleeper/lounge with four double bedrooms on the lower level plus the lounge area and 17 seats in the dome. The Northern Dreams is a sleeper/lounge car with six double bedrooms. Both cars will be attached to the rear of Amtrak.

balkan odyssey

Tour

departure - jun 17, 2020

TOURIST TOUR

Relaxing and sophisticated, you’ll relish the leisurely pace as you’re transported for 10 days to some of Europe’s most intriguing destinations, whilst enjoying the intimacy of your private carriage.

balkan explorer

Tour

departure - jun 23, 2020

TOURIST TOUR

Absorb the unique blend of culture, ancient tales and architectural treasures on this fascinating 11 day voyage aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express. Meandering through verdant landscapes and along turquoise coastlines, this exclusive rail cruise delivers a captivating exploration of the Balkan nations and their surrounding countries.

castles of transylvania

Tour

departure - jul 1, 2020

TOURIST TOUR

Join us for 7 days as we Absorb the vibrant cultures, ancient castles and spectacular scenery of Transylvania on this exclusive rail cruise aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express.

Central European Classics

Tour

departure - jul 5, 2020

TOURIST TOUR

Our romantic 8 day exploration through captivating landscapes and charmed cities, combines architectural masterpieces from some of Europe’s most poignant periods, with a fascinating insight into modern European culture and traditions. This journey can be combined with Castles of Transylvania.

steam in the andes

Tour

departure - aug 8, 2020

Railfan Tour

Join us for 14 day as we travel, Ecuador…..last stronghold of rugged mountain railroading using steam in the Andes of South America and the gem of the Equatorial Andes, is a small but spectacular country that encompasses an amazing variety of landscapes, with great biodiversity, not to mention a fascinating cultural and historical lagacy once associated with the great Empire of the Inca.

Journey Buenos Aires To Lima

Tour

departure - sep 6, 2020

TOURIST / RAILFAN TOUR

This out-of-the-ordinary tour will take you from Buenos Aires, Argentina through Bolivia to Lima, Peru in a 21-day, once-in-a-lifetime adventure! We will take travelers from the iconic city of Buenos Aires to Tucuman, from where we visit the famous wine region of Cafayate. You then travel on the iconic “Tren a las Nubes” on the famous C-14 Line and continue the journey through the incredible landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats to La Paz in Bolivia.

China and tibet rail discovery

Tour

departure - sep 26, 2020

TOURIST TOUR

Enjoy 15 days of Touring On Board The Shangri-La Express With A Difference Traversing Across The Remote Wilderness Of China Through Stunning Scenery And Ancient Cities Before Offering A Magical Exploration Of Tibet, Known Affectionately As The Roof Of The World, And Home To More Himalayan Peaks Than Anywhere Else.

NEW ENGLAND FALL COLORS RAIL SPECTACULAR

Tour

departure - oct 3, 2020

Tourist / Railfan Tour

Induldge yourself for 10 days of Fall colors in New England, there is nothing like it any place else in the United States. Join us for a spectacular week of sightseeing and train journeys in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont during the height of the fall colors. This tour will present to you some of the most awesome scenery in New England. The mountains are covered in blazing color that signals winter is again approaching. This tour features a number of spectacular train rides in all four states. The tour begins and ends in Boston.

Crimean Express By Steam

Tour

departure - oct 19, 2020

RAILFAN/TOURIST TOUR

Join us for a 17-day adventure on our private train, consisting of Golden Eagle Imperial Class en-suite sleeping accommodation as well as Gold and Silveler Class accommodation plus lounge and restaurant cars. Scheduled to be steam-hauled throughout the 3,750 miles (6,050 km) journey, the Crimean Express is a wonderful opportunity to journey through cities of great historical importance and natural beauty as we travel from St Petersburg, calling into Belarus and onto the Crimean Peninsula situated on the Black Sea, where the warm Mediterranean climate created the ‘Playground of the Tsars’.

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.

 

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