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

 

 

current rail Tour offerings

 

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2023 - alcos of spain

 

Tour

departure - jan 22

RAILFAN TOUR

Join us for 7 days on our special charter train around Southern Spain – one of the traditional winter havens for Europeans, offering pleasantly warm temperatures especially on the coast. Four long branches run to four very different ports, two of which are not electrified and so offer better photographic opportunities. There are mountain ranges to cross as well and some of the grades will certainly test our class 316 and 321 Alco locomotives. Iberian gauge railways in Andalucía are in a precarious position with some reduced to freight-only operation and others under threat from new high speed lines and services. Now is definitely the time to travel these historic railways, some of which offer spectacular scenery and magnificent railway infrastructure.

sure go

2023 - panama water and rail adventure

 

Tour

departure - feb 12

RAILFAN TOUR

Join us for 8 days as we journey through the Panama Canal. In recent years new interest has been added with the opening of the expanded locks at each end. While the original canal locks still accommodate an average of 42 vessels per day, the new locks handle about 7 or 8 huge ships. Up to 15,000 containers may be aboard, compared to the smaller ships of 5,000. Other types include streamlined auto carriers, bulk freighters, refers and cruise ships. While our cruise through the six locks will surely be one of the highlights of this tour there is so much more to see and do in Panama one being riding the Panama Railroad from sea to sea.

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2023 - italian vintage

Tour

departure - apr 29

TOURIST/RAILFAN TOUR

You are invited to join us on an exclusive 10 day rail-based holiday in northern Italy and the Italian Lakes. We spend 6 nights based in Turin and 3 nights in Venice. This will include seeing - the 15th century Renaissance cathedral and the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, travel to Superga on the historic rack tramway, travel by high-speed train service to Milan, and more.

2023 - sprintime in scotland

Tour

departure - jun 1

TOURIST TOUR

Come and join us on a 11 day tour from Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, via some of the “most scenic rail journeys in the world” to Glasgow and the River Clyde. Heading north, east and west from the railway hub of the city, you will ride on a heritage train, be hauled by two steam engines, and cross the “Harry Potter” viaduct as you traverse the famous West Highland line.

2023 - Gorgeous Georgia And Armenia

Tour

departure - jun 10

TOURIST/RAILFAN TOUR

Join us for 17 days and imagine if you will, a land almost as old as time itself, and from where, according to anthropologists, the Caucasian race began. It’s a land where mountains higher than the Alps tumble into a warm blue sea, and where also, those verdant lower slopes were the birthplace of fine wine. A land whose contours house many charming Orthodox Monasteries adorned with frescos of former monarch David the Builder, and patron saint St George. That land is of course Georgia, once a vassal of the Soviet Union, and now a country paving its own way, whilst looking westward to Europe for its future.

2023 - Great Western Rail Adventure

 

Tour

departure - jun 24

RAILFAN/TOURIST TOUR

Join us for 7 days as we celebrate The 38th annual National Garden Railroad Convention will be held in Santa Clara, California which is in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Bay Area Garden Railway Society will be the host for this convention. This tour has been approved by the convention committee. We will accept bookings from both conventioneers and even folks that have not signed up for this convention.

2023 - Vintage Southern France And The Pyrenees

 

Tour

departure - jun 29

TOURIST TOUR

Whether you are in search of culture and antiquity, with fine architecture and interesting places to visit; or you enjoy traveling on scenic railways that climb mountains; or you want to potter around at your leisure – there is something for everyone on this 12 day tour which covers the length of France, from the Alps to the Pyrenees!

2023 - By Train To The Midnight Sun

 

Tour

departure - jul 5

TOURIST TOUR

For 15 Days 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.

2023 - Swiss Rails And Trails

 

Tour

departure - jul 24

TOURIST TOUR

JOIN US ON AN INCREDIBLE 12 DAY RAIL AND TRAIL JOURNEY, WITH 3 DIFFERENT DEPARTURE DATES, INTO THE MOUNTAINS OF SWITZERLAND. YOU WILL EXPERIENCE BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF WATER FALLS, GLACIERS, AND HIGH MOUNTAIN PEAKS. YOU'LL RIDE EUROPE’S SECOND HIGHEST RAILWAY AND THE HIGHEST OPEN-AIR RAILWAY ON THE CONTINENT—THE GORNERGRAT COGWHEEL TRAIN CLIMBING UP TO THE 10,134 FEET OFFERING INCREDIBLE VIEWS OF THE MATTERHORN ALONG THE WAY.

2023 - Vintage Slovenia

 

Tour

departure - sep 10

TOURIST TOUR

Join us for a short option of 13 days, or a long option for 22 days. If you’ve ever wanted to visit a place that few people even know exists (and fewer still can point out on a map), then come with us to Slovenia; it won’t be long before this smart central European country is setting the tone for fashionable travel. With less than two million inhabitants, and a few tourists attracted by tales of its idyllic beauty, Slovenia is very tranquil and sophisticated. Its beauty has drawn comparisons with Switzerland, a country twice its size but with some similarities. Slovenia is blessed with fantastic, jagged mountains, turquoise rivers and silver lakes, vast subterranean caves and just enough medieval castles to conjure up a fairy tale or two!

2023 - RAIL ADVENTURE TO BERLIN

DRESDEN AND THE HARZ MOUNTAINS

 

Tour

departure - sep 10

TOURIST TOUR

Travel from London, by rail to Germany for 11 days, spending time in Berlin and Dresden before we arrive at the Harz Mountains. Famous for its network of narrow-gauge railways, many of which are still hauled by steam locomotives. Some say it is the greatest steam railway in the world. 48 stations with 86 miles of track on three lines. It runs through the fairytale villages of Germany’s famous Harz mountains. This is Europe’s longest railway network and while other steam trains are now run for tourists only, this line serves the locals too. On board you can take a step back in time and enjoy a ride to the land of mysterious forests, medieval towns and the highest mountain peak in Germany. On our return to London we stop off for a night in Wuppertal, home to the unique, World famous, “Schwebebahn” hanging monorail.

2023 - Rail Wonders Of Corsica And Sardinia

 

Tour

departure - oct 1

RAILFAN/TOURIST TOUR

Join su for 17 days. Our tour of Sardinia gives you the chance to travel over every open railway line on the island, both standard and narrow gauge, and includes the two tramway systems. Corsica, the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean is also called “The island of beauty”; a veritable mountain in the sea and an island of strong character. Just look at the wild and rugged natural environment and the island’s tumultuous history. We start our tour in Pisa and tour the sights before traveling to Corsica and its narrow-gauge lines.

2023 - Western States

rail & National Park Adventure

 

Tour

departure - oct 2

Railfan Tour

This 17 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.

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2023 - Nevada Northern Railway

Photo Spectacular

 

Tour

departure - oct 6

Railfan Tour

Join us for 4 days as we tour northern Nevada.The Nevada Northern Railway was the last Nevada Bonanza mining railroad built over a century ago to service what would become one of the largest copper mines in North America. Today this railway is considered the best preserved shortline in the west.

2023 - Northern Sky And Northern Dreams

Private Car Rail Adventure - Westbound

 

Tour

departure - oct 14

TOURIST / PRIVATE RAIL CAR / RAILFAN TOURS

Join us for 3 days as we revisit a time that 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. These railfans have spent millions of dollars to bring back this golden age of travel. Passengers can sip on cocktails and nibble on hors d' oeuvres while sinking into deep leather sofas in lounges and domes and relax by the rhythm of the train wheels rolling down the track.

2023 - Northern Sky And Northern Dreams

Private Car Rail Adventure - Eastbound

 

Tour

departure - oct 18

TOURIST / PRIVATE RAIL CAR / RAILFAN TOURS

Join us for 3 days as we revisit a time that 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. These railfans have spent millions of dollars to bring back this golden age of travel. Passengers can sip on cocktails and nibble on hors d' oeuvres while sinking into deep leather sofas in lounges and domes and relax by the rhythm of the train wheels rolling down the track.

2023 - The old patagonian express

 

Tour

departure - nov 3

RAILFAN/TOURIST TOUR

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.

TOUR CONDITIONS **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