Trains & Travel International LLC

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

IN 2020 OUR TOUR DIRECTOR

CELEBRATED 55 YEARS OF ARRANGING

AND GUIDING TOUR GROUPS

 

 

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The Hungary Vampire

 

Tour

departure - May 2, 2022

RAILFAN TOUR

On this year’s 9 day Hungary enthusiasts railtour we again visit rare lines, use unusual locomotives and travel in vintage stock provided by MÁV Nosztalgia, with two ex-ÖBB first class open carriages, one at each end of the train. A restaurant car and former governmental saloon No. 55, offering a big central table, will be situated in the middle of the train.

the best of European trains

 

Tour

departure - jun 13, 2022

RAILFAN/TOURIST TOUR

We have offered a number of tours to Europe in the past, but they have primarily visited one or two countries. This 25 day tour satisfies the interests who would like to re-visit some of the past highlights as well as dig deeper into the fascinating destinations and train rides that Europe offers. We will start in Germany, travel through Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary before ending in Austria.

White Nights By Steam

 

Tour

departure - jun 15, 2022

TOURIST/RAILFAN TOUR

Join us on an incredible 15 day rail journey during the celebratory White Nights season as we cross deep into the Arctic Circle by private train. Incomparable cities, remote communities, serene forests and stories recounting a turbulent history awaits you on this adventure of a lifetime. A tour that will be a photographer’s dream, what better way is there to experience the land of the midnight sun than by private train? Seven classes of Russian Steam Locomotives will be used including doubleheaders.

By Train To The Midnight Sun

 

Tour

departure - jul 6, 2022

RAILFAN/TOURIST TOUR

We travel by train to Lapland, the Land of the Midnight Sun, where reindeer stroll the streets and Father Christmas is said to live, and where you can ski round the clock in the summer. A long train journey can be a wondrous and romantic experience, like a fairytale. The train takes you away from your world and whisks you off through magic landscapes to mythical places you’ve only ever heard of, converting the dreamlands of your imagination into almost unbelievable realities. Along the way, we will occasionally break our journey in order to visit some fabled northern Baroque cities, built on islands and shimmering in the summer sea.

Golden Eagle

Trains Siberian Express Charters

 

Tour

eastbound departure - jul 24, 2022

eastbound departure - aug 21, 2022

westbound departure - aug 6, 2022

westbound departure - sep 3, 2022

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.

Journey Buenos Aires To Lima

 

Tour

departure - sep 4, 2022

TOURIST/RAILFAN TOUR

This 21 day 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. We then continue into Peru to Lake Titicaca. From the lake we continue our trek north to Cusco onboard Peru Rail’s Titicaca Express. Finally we take the train to the wonder of the world known as Machu Picchu and beyond. This journey brings you to many of the region’s must-see sites, but you’ll also explore some tourist destinations that are frequently omitted from most other mainstream tours, including Cafayate, the Quebrada de Humahuaca, Uyuni and Lake Titicaca, among others.

Western States Rail & National Park Adventure

 

Tour

departure - sep 24, 2022

Railfan Tour

This 15 day 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 eastward from California to Colorado using vans which allows us more flexibility over a bus. With the wide variety of trains and scenic interest this is a great tour for the railfans to bring their wives.

New England Fall Colors Rail Spectacular

 

Tour

departure - oct 1, 2022

TOURIST / RAILFAN TOUR

Fall colors in New England, there is nothing like it anyplace else in the United States. Join us for a spectacular 10 days 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.

Colorado Trains in fall colors

 

Tour

departure - oct 8, 2022

Railfan Tour

We invite you to come join us for our Fall Colors tour of Colorado and the colorful trains that make this state, popular with the railfans all around the world. During our 12 day tour we will ride these colorful trains on the Cumbres & Toltec, Durango & Silverton, Royal Gorge, Pikes Peak Cog, Georgetown Loop, Leadville, Colorado & Southern plus visit several railroad museums. This tour will present to you spectacular train rides into the Rocky Mountains pulled by steam, diesel and railcars. We also want to welcome back the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway of which has been closed for a couple of years and will reopen in 2021.

rio grande photographers special

 

Tour

departure - oct 13, 2022

Railfan Tour

This 2 day tour is our 11th railfan excursion on the 3-foot gauge Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad running in the Rockies of New Mexico and Colorado. 64 spectacular miles between Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado are now operated for tourist and railfans. Our private charter train will travel into the high country of the San Juan range to Cumbres Pass, at 10,015 feet through the rugged Toltec Gorge, on steep 4% grades, including high bridges, tunnels and many loops. Each day we will have a different steam locomotive . Our special charter trains will have various authentic Rio Grande freight and passenger cars. Everything including the steam locomotive will be lettered for the "Rio Grande". On the 2nd day out of Antonito we will have the railroad’s newly refurbished and painted “Historic Passenger Train” being pulled by Rio Grande 168.

fall colors private car rail adventure

westbound

 

Tour

departure - oct 11, 2022

TOURIST / PRIVATE RAIL CAR / RAILFAN TOURS

We invite you to come join us for a Fall Colors 3 day tour starting in Chicago, going through Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Donner pass in California, ending in Emeryville. Private railroad cars 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. This form of luxury rail travel is being offering to everyone. A small number of railfans have purchased and refurbished private rail cars familiar to the first half of the 20th century. This was the golden age of passenger rail travel.

fall colors private car rail adventure

eastbound

 

Tour

departure - oct 14, 2022

TOURIST / PRIVATE RAIL CAR / RAILFAN TOURS

We invite you to come join us for a Fall Colors 3 day tour starting in Emeryville California, Donner Pass in California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, ending in Chicago. Private railroad cars 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. This form of luxury rail travel is being offering to everyone. A small number of railfans have purchased and refurbished private rail cars familiar to the first half of the 20th century. This was the golden age of passenger rail travel.

The Old Patagonian Express

 

Tour

departure - nov 4, 2022

100 YEAR CELEBRATION IN ARGENTINA

Join us on this 15 day tour on the old patagonian express. Over the past 100 years this 251 mile 2’ 5 1/2” (75cm) gauge line has seen good and bad times, has seen several trains per day to just one train per week and during the Covid Pandemic no trains at all. One very important fact now stands out about this rail line… IT IS THE LAST AND LONGEST 100% STEAM OPERATED RAILROAD IN ALL OF SOUTH AMERICA! The Baldwin and Henschel 2-8-2’s are still being repaired in the workshops at El Maiten, Esquel and Ingeniero Jacobacci to keep the tourist trains operating. For several days in November 2022 we will turn back the clock and operate several charter trains that will look just like the way it was many years ago.

The Old Patagonian Express Short Option

 

Tour

departure - nov 6, 2022

100 YEAR CELEBRATION IN ARGENTINA - short option

Join us on this shortened 10 day version of the full tour on the old patagonian express. Over the past 100 years this 251 mile 2’ 5 1/2” (75cm) gauge line has seen good and bad times, has seen several trains per day to just one train per week and during the Covid Pandemic no trains at all. One very important fact now stands out about this rail line… IT IS THE LAST AND LONGEST 100% STEAM OPERATED RAILROAD IN ALL OF SOUTH AMERICA! The Baldwin and Henschel 2-8-2’s are still being repaired in the workshops at El Maiten, Esquel and Ingeniero Jacobacci to keep the tourist trains operating. For several days in November 2022 we will turn back the clock and operate several charter trains that will look just like the way it was many years ago.

TOUR CONDITIONS FOR 2022 **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% conveyance 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: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 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 if noted differently. 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 International LLC

P.O.BOX 312

Portola CA 96122

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

1-800-752-1836 CANADA