RISTOW, OK – As Christmas carols are added to shopping mall playlists, families can escape the crowds for a winter getaway promising sing-alongs and Santa aboard everyone’s favorite holiday train. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride launches its one-hour round-trip journeys aboard The Eastern Flyer departing from Bristow starting on Nov. 21 and running through Dec. 28. Vintage-style rail cars will transport pajama-clad passengers to the North Pole on an unforgettable story-book journey complete with hot chocolate, dancing chefs and vintage passenger train cars.
A Premier Rail Collection Family Getaway pairs THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride tickets with hotel accommodations at a choice of two hotels for a weekend getaway or mid-week escape.
Package prices begin at $95 per adult and $22 per child (ages 2 – 12), based on double occupancy, and include:
· Coach seats aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
($20 per passenger upgrade to First Class or $40 per passenger upgrade to Diamond Class; babe-in-arms add $30 upgrade fare for First Class or $50 for Diamond Class)
· Hotel accommodations as selected, including tax, at either Best Western Stroud Motor Lodge or Super 8 Sapulpa
· Steam train collectible ornament
For package reservations, contact your professional travel agent or call Key Holidays at (800) 783-0783.
To make Polar Express train-only reservations, please call 855-847-1430 or visit www.easternflyerpolarexpressride.com/buy-tickets.
ABOUT THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
Official THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides are licensed by Rail Events, Inc. on behalf of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Inc. Since 2005, Rail Events, Inc. has held the exclusive license to operate THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
ABOUT THE POLAR EXPRESS Film
The Academy Award winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for THE POLAR EXPRESS, an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Sony Pictures Imageworks and visual effects supervisor Ken Ralston, Oscar winners for their innovative work, help bring the story vividly to the screen in full CG animation through Imageworks’ next-generation motion capture process that allows live-action performances to drive the emotions and movements of the digital characters. Warner Home Video will once again offer THE POLAR EXPRESS in standard-definition, Blu-ray and 3D DVD versions this holiday season.
ABOUT THE POLAR EXPRESS Book
THE POLAR EXPRESS film is based on Chris Van Allburg’s classic Christmas picture book, which tells the story of a boy who takes a magical Christmas Eve train ride to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa. First published by Houghton Mifflin Company in 1985, The Polar Express became an instant family favorite and has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide. In 1986 it won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for Illustration.
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
About Rail Events Inc.
Rail Events Inc. is the industry leader in rail-related special events management. In 2013, we hosted over 600,000 guests at 50 licensed events with 34 partner railroads in the US, Canada, and the UK. Rail Events Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Heritage Railways, which is the premier operator of heritage railroads in the United States.
Images issued alongside this press release are for illustration purposes.
THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Based on THE POLAR EXPRESS book and characters TM & © 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
The eTicketing system has been enabled on every Amtrak train route throughout the nation saving both time and money. Booking an Amtrak Vacations trip and boarding the train is now easier and more convenient than ever with eTickets. eTicketing simplifies the ticketing process and enhances the rail travel experience with Amtrak Vacations.
Travelers no longer are required to wait in ticket lines at the station because eTickets can be printed whenever and wherever. For even more convenience, travelers can also present their eTicket with their smartphones or tablets to the conductor after boarding.
“We are very excited to offer eTicketing and eDocuments on all of our Amtrak Vacations packages to our travel agent partners and customers. Over the past three years we have seen unbelievable growth, both domestically and internationally on our Rail Vacations. Having eTicketing & eDocuments means agents now have the ability to book last minute getaways for their customers. And since travel agents will now be able to email their clients all tickets and travel documents, they can also book rail vacations for customers residing outside the U.S,” said Frank Marini, president of Amtrak Vacations.
With more than 300 rail vacations to choose from across the U.S. and Canada to popular destinations like the Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park or world-class cities like New York, Chicago, New Orleans or Washington, DC, adding the ability to offer eTickets and eDocuments gives Amtrak Vacations the added convenience of booking their clients right away, securing their dream vacations.
Amtrak Vacations will be offering an Early Booking Discount for their NEW 2015-2016 Escorted and Independent Rail Journeys. Travelers will save $500 per couple for any 2015 Escorted Rail Journey booked by Dec. 31, 2014, and $300 per person for any 2015 Independent Rail Journey booked by Dec. 31, 2014.
For a complete list of Amtrak Vacations Rail Journeys, Rail and Sail Vacations, Family Adventures or Rail Getaways please visit www.AmtrakVacations.com.
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G Adventures is trail blazing rail-based trips as a new way for travelers to have grass-roots travel experiences. The new ‘Rail’ travel style launches with 25 itineraries between seven and 54 days duration, taking in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. All trips use trains as the primary mode of transport.
G Adventures created this new program to meet the demand for affordable train-based trips. A relaxing and scenic way to travel, rail travel holds a certain romanticism and the new line-up of trips includes both local and famous train routes.
In true G Adventures style, trips include cultural encounters such as home stays, home-cooked meals with local families and visits to projects run by the operator’s non-profit organization, Planeterra.
Rachel Wasser, Innovation Manager, G Adventures, says the introduction of a mid-range rail option will capture the attention of adventurous, budget-conscious travelers who enjoy the social aspect of small group travel.
“The new rail trips link remote, scenic and iconic destinations in an eco-conscious way. Our small groups of international travelers will have the same cultural interactions they do on all our trips, with insider knowledge provided by a local chief experience officer,” says Wasser.
Countries featured in the new Rail program include Bulgaria, Canada, China, Hungary, India, Japan, Norway, Russia, Sweden, South Africa and the USA. The rail itineraries feature as an insert in G Adventures’ popular 2015 ‘Earth’ brochure, which is available now.
Example itineraries include:
The Silk Road of China: This 18-day crossing by rail takes travelers deep into the China few ever see. On this trip they will see the sun rise over the dunes outside Dunhuang, explore the world of the Muslim Uyghurs, spend the night in traditional yurts near Urumqi and venture into the Taklamakan Desert to Kashgar. Priced from $2,499 per person for an 18-day trip from Beijing to Kashgar.
Budapest to Istanbul by Rail – Travelers will see it all on this trip from pastoral countryside to forbidding forests and fairytale villages. Taking the train from Budapest to Istanbul is taking the road less traveled and over 13 days travelers will experience highlights such as the architecture of Budapest and Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania, all via comfortable trains. Priced from $1,799 per person for a 13-day trip from Budapest to Istanbul.
Kolkata to Goa by Rail - Travelers on this journey will get a unique look at India, traveling by train and learning about Indian customs and culture as they go. Highlights include a tour of the magical Taj Mahal, enjoying a local lunch in Kalimpong and visiting the seaside town of Goa, with plenty of time to disembark and get to know the locals. Priced from $2,449 per person for a 24-day trip from Kolkata to Goa.
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Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, the world’s leading operator of exclusive, long-distance luxury rail tours, offers the opportunity to journey into some of the most culturally diverse locations the world has to offer. Destinations range from the grand wilderness of Siberia to the disparate crossroads of South Caucasus, and the Nomadic lands of Mongolia to the drama of the Arctic Circle. Among the pioneering voyages offered for 2015 is the new Arctic Explorer – a quest to see the Northern Lights.
Join a fully escorted rail cruise to uncover vast landscapes and exotic locations from the comfort of the private train, the Golden Eagle. Once aboard the hotel-on-wheels, passengers can relax in the knowledge that every need will be taken care of, from cabin attendants on hand 24 hours a day to fine dining menus and even an onboard doctor. Private en-suite cabins, some with double beds, provide a comfortable haven while the elegant Bar Lounge Car is the social hub. A variety of on-board activities is on offer, including Russian language lessons, talks on local history and vodka tasting sessions.
Off-train, passengers are able to customise their experience with a range of Freedom of Choice touring options offered at no extra cost. Choose from: joining a cooking class in Irkutsk; visiting a traditional Russian Banya (sauna); horse riding in Mongolia’s Gorkhi-Terelj National Park; and sharing lunch with a local family in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, to name but a few.
VOYAGES OF A LIFETIME
Trans-Siberian Express: Undoubtedly the greatest rail journey on the planet, the Trans-Siberian Express weaves its way from East to West, travelling through Russia, over the Urals and across the endless Steppe. Journey along the Trans-Siberian line, the longest single-service railway in the world stretching from Moscow to Vladivostok, and detour along the shores of Lake Baikal, hauled by a Soviet-era steam locomotive, and into Mongolia. Over two weeks, pass through eight time zones and cover a distance of 11,000kms. Highlights include a private viewing of the Kremlin; a glass of champagne with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia at Yekaterinburg; a refreshing swim in Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world; a folk performance in the Old Believers Village at Ulan Ude; and a tour of Gandan Monastry in Ulaan Baatar, home to 500 monks. Price: from £9,895 all-inclusive, including 12 nights onboard the Golden Eagle and 2 nights’ hotel accommodation. Departures in 2015: Eastbound – 5 May, 5 June, 26 July, 22 Aug; Westbound – 18 May, 18 June, 8 Aug, 4 Sept.
Winter Wonderland: Travel the Trans-Siberian in winter to experience winter wonderland scenery and detour to the historic city of Vladimir and to the pastoral town of Suzdal, where guests can enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride and watch a choral performance by the resident monks at St. Euthymius Monastery. Lake Baikal is completely frozen in winter and provides a great spot for a range of snowy activities: visit an Ice Festival, drive a snowmobile, take an exhilarating dog sled ride, or observe ice fishing and sample the catch. Passengers are provided with hats, felt boots and gloves to brave the sub-zero temperatures. Price: from £9,895 all-inclusive, including 12 nights onboard the Golden Eagle and 2 nights’ hotel accommodation. Departures in 2015: Eastbound – 22 Feb; Westbound – 6 March.
***NEW*** Arctic Explorer: This new tour to seek out the Northern Lights has the added bonus of a guest astronomer onboard. Step aboard in St Petersburg to embark upon a rail adventure deep into the Arctic Circle. Leave the train behind at Nikel to travel by bus across the Russian/Norwegian border to Kirkenes. Spend two nights here to visit the Snow Hotel, enjoy a husky excursion and take a tour in pursuit of the magnificent Aurora Borealis. Rejoin the Golden Eagle to travel to Murmansk, Petrozavodsk, Vladimir and Suzdal enroute to Moscow, a fitting finale. Travelling in December, celebrate New Year and Rozhdestvo (Russian Christmas, celebrated on 7 Jan) in style. Price: from £7,495 all-inclusive, including 6 nights onboard the Golden Eagle and 5 nights’ hotel accommodation. Departures: 29 Dec 2014, 29 Dec 2015.
Trans-Mongolian Express: This special tour journeys from Moscow to Ulaan Baatar to take in the Naadam Festival. This colourful annual festival is the world’s second oldest Olympics and translates as ‘three manly games’, involving archery, wrestling and horse riding. Golden Eagle guests spend three nights in Ulaan Baatar and have the unique opportunity to be among the few non-Mongolians to witness the festivities which include an elaborate opening ceremony with local dancers, athletes, horse riders and musicians, and a 20kms horse race where competitors are children aged between 5 and 12 years. Whilst offering a fuller insight into Mongolia, this tour also visits Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal and Ulan Ude. Price: from £9,895 all-inclusive, including 8 nights onboard the Golden Eagle and 4 nights’ hotel accommodation. Departures in 2015: Eastbound – 1 July; Westbound – 10 July.
Silk Road: Following in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and Marco Polo along one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilisation, this epic 21-day journey stretches from Moscow to Beijing. Passing through Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and China, reaching areas only accessible by train, passengers can enjoy this adventurous route in comfort and style. The passage begins on the Golden Eagle, and switches onto the Shangri-La Express in China. Expect to see some of the most magnificent, yet little-visited, sites and oasis cities from the ancient world. Highlights include: the architectural sites at Samarkand; seeing the oldest Koran in the world at Tashkent; exploring the Gobi Desert by camel; touring the Great Wall of China; and discovering the famous Terracota Warriors in Xian. Price: from £15,395 all-inclusive, including 10 nights onboard the Golden Eagle, 5 nights on the Shangri-La Express and 5 nights’ hotel accommodation. Departures in 2015: Eastbound – 19 Sept; Westbound – 23 Sept, 22 Oct. A 13-day Taste of the Silk Road journey between Moscow and Almaty (or vv) is also available from £10,595.
Caspian Odyssey: This breathtakingly beautiful journey discovers the mysteries, diversities and traditions of the South Caucasus before crossing the Caspian Sea to explore the great trading posts of the Silk Road. Beginning in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, the Golden Eagle takes a scenic route around stunning Lake Sevan before weaving through Georgia and Azerbaijan. At Baku, the train is loaded onto a cargo ferry for the crossing to Turkmenistan where guests visit the capital, Ashgabat, and Darvaza’s famous burning gas crater. Next stop is Uzbekistan to visit the ancient city of Khiva, Samarkand and Tashkent ahead of the final port of call, Almaty in Kazakhstan. Price: from £13,395 all-inclusive, including 11 nights onboard the Golden Eagle and 4 nights’ hotel accommodation. Departure: 15 Oct 2015.
** Prices are per person, based on 2 sharing an en-suite cabin in Silver Class (Gold and Imperial also available) on the Golden Eagle, and include all meals, wine, beer and soft drinks, fully guided off-train excursions programme, porterage throughout, arrival and departure transfers, the services of a Tour Manager and all gratuities. Hotel accommodation is 5* (4* in Vladivostok and Kirkenes). Flights are extra. **
For further information contact Golden Eagle Luxury Trains (www.goldeneagleluxurytrains.com , 0161 9289410).
The Union Pearson Express will serve four key stations; Toronto Pearson, Union Station downtown, Bloor and Weston GO stations, running every 15 minutes and taking 25 minutes from Union Station to the Airport. The new connecting line or ‘spur’ is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed in time for the opening of the PANAM Games taking place in Toronto next summer.
The Canadian Rockies are beckoning thanks to Rocky Mountaineer’s Early Booking Bonus. Available to travelers booking 2015 Rocky Mountaineer packages by Nov. 22, the Bonus features an added value of up to $1,200 per couple. The credit can be used towards such add-ons as the Whistler Sea to Sky Climb train journey, additional hotel nights, cruise portion of Rocky Mountaineer’s Rail and Cruise packages and more.
To receive the maximum credit of $1,200 per couple, the booking must include a package of seven or more nights in GoldLeaf Service. Credit amounts vary by level of service as well as number of nights in the package.
The 12-day/11-night Grand Rail Circle, for instance, would be applicable.
It includes all of the popular Canadian Rockies destinations, such as Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff, AB and Vancouver and Whistler.
With five days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer and the rest of the days spent sightseeing. The Early Booking Bonus is applicable for select travel dates and must be requested at the time of booking.
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BritRail’s most popular passes now on sale with up to 20% off!
Starting October 1st, you’ll be able to save up to 20% off the purchase of a classic BritRail Pass, BritRail England Pass and BritRail South West Pass. The low season BritRail Passes can be used for travel during the months of November, December, January and February, providing you with the opportunity to enjoy destinations throughout England Scotland and Wales.
There’s a BritRail Pass for every need! Spend your low season in the mild climate of South West England as you travel with a BritRail South West Pass, discover cities and explore the countryside throughout all of England with a BritRail England Pass or simply enjoy the freedom to travel on as many trains as you wish, during your stay in England, Scotland and Wales using a classic BritRail Pass. All in all, there are more than 18,000 daily departures to over 2,500 destinations in England, Scotland and Wales.
All low season BritRail Passes are offered in a wide range of validities, including Flexi Passes for a period of 3, 4, 8 or 15 travel days to be used within 2 months or Consecutive Passes for a period of 3, 4, 8, 15, 22 days or 1 month of travel. You can also choose to travel in either first or standard class BritRail pass, where first class offers additional benefits on select trains such as free Wi-Fi, more spacious seating, at seat meal service, free newspapers and complimentary tea and biscuits. You can take advantage of savings from the Low Season Discount if you purchase your pass between October 1st, 2014 and February 21st, 2015.
This season, take advantage of the Eurail Off Peak Promotion! Get a Eurail Global Pass or Eurail Select Pass by December 31st, 2014 and save up to 20% off regular prices.
Eurail Passes are an essential part of a traveler’s kit. The Eurail Global Pass lets you to board as many trains as you want in any of the 23 participating countries throughout Europe, helping make possible the most ambitious travel plans. Travelers with a more focused itinerary can pick 4 bordering countries from a choice of 26 countries and travel by train without worries in those 4 countries using the Eurail Select Pass.
The Eurail Global Pass and the Eurail Select Pass are available in a number of validities. The Eurail Global Consecutive Pass lets you select between 15 days and up to 3 months of continuous access to the railways. The Eurail Global Flexi Pass offers either 10 or 15 days of travel to be used within a period of 2 months. The Eurail Select Pass is valid for a period of 5, 6, 8 or 10 travel days to be used within 2 months.
The Eurail Off-Peak Promotion is available for Eurail Global Passes and Eurail Select Passes purchased by December 31st, 2014 for travel up and including March 31st, 2015.
Use the coupon code UKSIM14
Scotland is getting ready to welcome visitors with attractions and events that celebrate its gastronomy. From Scottish Whisky to fresh sea plates, the mouth-watering offerings of Scotland will take center stage all year.
While on visit, one must try a plate of Haggis, Scotland’s national dish. Haggis is a savoury sausage-like dish that combines meat with oatmeal, onions, salt and spices. It is typically served with mashed potatoes.
As you travel, follow one of the many food trails which take you on savoury journeys while teaching you about local food and drinks. The Seafood Trail, Whisky Trail and Scottish Cheese Trail are examples of some of the unique itineraries that highlight the many flavours of Scotland.
The best way to explore Scotland’s unspoiled landscapes remains the train. Widely recognized as having some of the most scenic railways in the world, Scotland’s railway is also considered first in its class when it comes to the level of service it provides its customers. Experience it for yourself with a BritRail Freedom of Scotland Pass, valid for travel in Scotland.
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