Tibet Train Booking Advice

September 1, 2014 on 12:43 pm | In , Adventure Travel, Asia, China, Rail Tours | Comments Off



Tibet Railway, the highest railway on the planet, is the most scenic and popular tourist route in China. Many people want to travel to Tibet by train, but it’s always hard to get the tickets. Tibet Vista, the biggest local tour operator, now offers very useful train ticket booking advice.

1.The best city to leave for Tibet by train
At present, travelers can go to Lhasa by train from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Xining, Shijiazhuang, Nanjing, Zhengzhou, Xi’an and Taiyuan. But those who carry heavy luggage may find it difficult to board the train, which stops only 2-3 minutes. “Some travelers want to make a stop to enjoy the stunning plateau landscape,” said Debbie, the OP manager of Tibet Vista. “I would suggest they stop at Xining. First of all, the most beautiful part of Qinghai-Tibet Railway is from Golmud (the next stop of Xining) to Lhasa. Travelers starting from Xining have the perfect timing to fully enjoy the scenery; Secondly, all the trains starting from Xining to Lhasa stop for 10-20 minutes, long enough for boarding,” Debbie added.

2. Booking the train tickets
The easiest way is through the official website of China Railway Bureau (12306.cn). After booking a ticket online, one will get a code, which he can exchange for the paper ticket at the train station in the departure city. “Many travelers want to book tickets by themselves, however, the entire website is in Chinese,” said Debbie. “If you have Chinese friends who can help, that will be good. Otherwise, you can book train tickets via a travel agency. Railway to Tibet, especially Beijing to Lhasa Train is a very hot tourist line. It’s very hard to get tickets during the peak season.”

“We are confident to help our travelers to get the train tickets because we work with many booking agents in China, such as Beijing, Xining, Shanghai, Chengdu, etc. But, please inform us as early as possible. After we receive your orders, we will upload the purchase plan to our booking agents, which will make reservations with the China Railway Bureau. This procedure takes about several days,” said Debbie.

3. Train Travel in Tibet
Lhasa-Shigatse Railway put into use in August 2014, the 251-kilometer and three-hour-long journey has involves 14 stations, traveling along the Yarlung Zangbo River. The railway extends the Qinghai-Tibet Railway and makes the terminal near to Mount Everest. Tourists can travel by train from Lhasa to Shigatse then start Everest Travel from Shigatse.

About Tibet Vista
Tibet Vista (http://www.tibettravel.org ) is the best local tour operator, sending more than 1,000 individual travelers and over 100 tour groups to Tibet annually. It helps travelers obtain the Tibet Travel Permits, book air/train tickets to Tibet and customize their tours.


The Orient Express Journey at Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong

August 31, 2014 on 3:34 pm | In Asia, China, Rail Tours | Comments Off



The modern, five-star hotel Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong has launched The Orient Express, a brand new spa and lunch experience,jointly presented by the award-winning Chuan Spa and stylish Portal – Work & Play.

Thepackage takes guests on a rejuvenating journey to start the day and is ideally suited for Hong Kong’s day spa goers. The journey begins with a 2-hour Chuan Spa signature treatment, including a coffee body scrub, a choice of a Lymphatic or Harmony massage, and is finished with a purifying Oxygen Facial.

Following the treatment, guests can re-energise over Portal’s Express Lunch including the day’s healthy soup, salad bar and seasonal fruits from the buffet, served with a fresh juice. Guests may enjoy extras* including a choice of hot main courses, dessert, a brewed specialty coffee, and free flowing house wine, beer or juice, with an additional charge.

Priced at HK$1,500**, The Orient Express is available from now until 30 September 2014 on weekdays. Spa treatments will be available from 10:00am to 12:00pm while the Portal Express Lunch is available from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.

Bookings for The Orient Express may be made at (852) 3552 3510 or via email lphkg.info@chuanspa.com

Chuan Spa
Level 41, Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong
555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
(852) 3552 3510

Reservations are essential and may be made by calling (852) 3552 3510 or emailing lphkg.info@chuanspa.com

Chuan Spa – The journey begins…
Water is the basis of life and the foundation of wellbeing and vitality. In Chinese, ‘Chuan’ means flowing water and Chuan Spa is the spring to wellness with treatments and surroundings that restore the mind, body and soul. For more information on Chuan Spa, visit:
www.chuanspa.com

For more information on Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong, visit: http://hongkong.langhamplacehotels.com

*The Express Extras include:

$10 for a Daily Dessert
$10 for a Brewed Specialty Coffee
$30 for a Daily Main Course
$50 for Free Flowing House Wine, Beer or Juice

**Offer is subject to availability and a 10% service charge. Advance reservation is required.

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China Train Reaches The Gates of Everest

August 29, 2014 on 9:27 am | In Adventure Travel, Asia, China, Rail Tours | Comments Off



With its new connection between Lhasa and Shigatse, the highest railway in the world, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, can now bring passengers from Beijing to the gateway to Mount Everest without their feet touching the snow. The new $2.1 billion 150-mile long connection is now complete after four years of construction on what has to be the world’s most scenic train ride. The view from the train will give passengers a veritable wonderland of Himalayan splendors of the world’s highest peaks, deepest valleys and swiftest rivers.

The Kathmandu Post/Asia News Network quotes Yang Chu Lin, an official at the Shigatse Railway Service as saying, “We plan to extend the line up to Kerung in the long run.”

Shigatse is the second largest town in Tibet after Lhasa. On Aug. 16, the train made its inaugural run on the new length of track carrying more than 800 passengers on the three hour journey that traveled at an average speed of 72 miles per hour. According to the China Post the new service cuts “travel time between the two cities by half,” from the six hours the bus takes to the three hour ride by train and with a fare of 45 yuan ($7.31), it’s about half that of the bus.

Altogether, the Chinese government has invested about $2.2 billion on the Tibetan railway and considers it a marvel of modern engineering with the numerous bridges and tunnels that had to be built at the world’s highest altitudes ranging from 11,000 to 13,000 feet. According to The Telegraph, the existing train to Tibet carried 7.5 million passengers to Lhasa, a number “more than twice the population of the Tibetan Autonomous Region itself.” Six airports now operate on the Tibetan Plateau with plans for two more.

The Chinese hope in time to extend the rail line to both the Nepalese and Indian borders, talk that excites Nepal for tourism purposes but gives India anxiety over China’s intentions regarding a disputed border between the two Asian giants. Both China and India claim Arunachal Pradesh, a conflict the led to 1962’s Sino-India war. With its recent surge in economic and geopolitical clout China has been aggressively asserting its power in territorial conflicts, such as the ongoing Spratly Island conflict in the South China Sea.

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Premier Rail Collection: Eight Passenger Railroads Offer Train Adventures Across America‏

August 27, 2014 on 12:24 pm | In Adventure Travel, California, Rail Tours, USA | Comments Off



A RAIL JOURNEY REVIVAL:

Premier Rail Collection’s Eight Passenger Railroads Offer Train Adventures

From Mount Hood in West to Cape Cod in East to Pullman in the Central U.S.

Comprised of eight uniquely individual passenger railroads, Premier Rail Collection invites modern travelers to experience the revival of the golden age of rail travel. Owned and operated by Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC, Premier Rail Collection is the nation’s largest operator of specially-themed and holiday rail events, offering a bounty of train adventures from The Polar Express train in Saratoga Springs, NY to a heritage journey from Chicago to New Orleans aboard Pullman Rail Journeys. Please see below for a complete list of Premier Rail Collection’s eight passenger railroads and their new offerings for the 2014-2015 season.

Mount Hood Railroad

Offering unforgettable journeys through the scenic valleys of the Columbia River Gorge in the shadow of Mount Hood, OR, the Mount Hood Railroad takes passengers through the valley’s orchards, forests, vineyards and farmlands. The railroad’s most popular train ride, The Parkdale Excursion offers up picturesque views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams in the spring, summer and fall including a picnic stop for lunch. In addition, the railroad offers a Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Wild West Train Robbery Train, Tribute Artist Dinner Train, Polar Express Train and The Dinosaur Train based off the hit PBS Kids Television series by Jim Henson. For more information, please visit www.mthoodrr.com  or call 800-872-4661.

Key Holidays

In coordination with Pullman Gold Service train travel on the Amtrak privately-scheduled network, Key Holidays offers a superior way to explore California through a variety of hotel and/or sightseeing packages. Cities reachable by Key Holidays service via Amtrak include San Francisco, Sacramento, Napa, Lake Tahoe, Virginia City, Reno and more. Key Holidays also operates a 15-car, 600-passenger excursion train as the Reno Fun Train and Sierra Scenic Train in the winter, offering themes and special guest riders from a Motown Journey with Martha Reeves to a Valentine’s Day railway renewal of vows. For more information, please visit www.keyholidays.com  or call 800-783-0783.

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad winds its way through the Southern Rockies on historic railcars, including two authentic City of New Orleans club cars, pulled by a stylish mid-century diesel engine. Guests can choose from a number of excursions or a one-of-a-kind concert at the top of LaVeta-Pass at 9,400 feet, as part of its Mountain Rails Live Summer Concert Series. New for the 2014 season was the railroad’s Americana Music Festival, featuring over 20 of the country’s hottest western folk artists. For more information please visit www.coloradotrain.com  or call 877-726-7245.

Texas State Railroad

Journeying through the scenic piney woods and hardwood creek bottoms of East Texas, the Texas State Railroad offers guests a full lineup of special events all year long as well as regularly scheduled excursion trains. Departing daily is the 4 ½ hour roundtrip Piney Woods Steam Train Excursion in addition to Engine Cab Rides and a number of specialty trains including the Moonlight Dinner Train, Pumpkin Patch Express, Fall Foliage Brunch Train, Teddy Bear Train Ride and Polar Express Train. For more information, please visit www.texasstaterr.com  or call 877-726-7245.

Pullman Rail Journeys

Chicago-based Pullman Rail Journeys is an independently-owned operator of first-class passenger service on both the Amtrak scheduled network and private train and charter service. Featuring artfully restored vintage rail cars, Pullman’s regular scheduled service operates between Chicago and New Orleans via the Illinois Central line, with three sneak peak fall 2014 trips from Chicago to New York City now available for booking. Pullman Rail Journeys seeks to provide the same authentic experience of the golden era of rail travel with their Art Deco design, luxury accommodations and superb service. For more information, please visit www.travelpullman.com or call 888-978-5563.

Saratoga & North Creek Railway

The Saratoga & North Creek Railway journeys through the heart of the Adirondacks along 52 miles of the mighty Hudson River. The railroad offers passengers a variety of tour options, from the unique dining experiences aboard the Saratoga Dinner Trains and the historic Snow Trains, to the holiday favorite for families, The Polar Express. New for 2014 is Saratoga & North Creek Railway’s North End Local Service out of Thurman, NY, offering a new tourism experience for Lake George visitors. For more information, please visit www.snrcc.com  or call 877-726-7245.

Cape Cod Central Railroad

Specializing in showing travelers the hidden beauty of the Cape only accessible by train, the Cape Cod Central Railroad journeys through woodlands, sand dunes, cranberry bogs and salt marshes. Guests can choose from relaxing scenic rides, elegant dinner trains, family friendly lunch and brunch trains or one of the many special events available throughout the year such as The Train to Christmas Town. Based on the beloved children’s book by Peggy Ellis, the annual train ride is a family favorite featuring music, a cheerful conductor, jolly elves and milk and cookies. For more information, please visit www.capetrain.com  or call 888-797-7245.

The Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Railway

Running select dates mid-November through the end of December, The Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Railway features The Train to Christmas Town. The book of the same name written by Peggy Ellis comes to life aboard vintage passenger rail cars decorated for the holidays as passengers follow Janice’s journey to Christmas Town. The book is read aloud accompanied by whimsical illustrations of the lively characters including Janice and Bumble Bee the Polar Bear. A cheerful Conductor punches each rider’s ticket while elves travel through cars serving hot chocolate and cookies. For more information, please visit www.santacruzrailway.com  or call 888-978-5562.

About Premier Rail Collection

Comprised of eight uniquely individual passenger railroads, Premier Rail Collection invites modern travelers to experience the revival of the golden age of rail travel. Owned and operated by Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC, Premier Rail Collection is the nation’s largest operator of specially-themed and holiday rail events. Premier Rail Collection’s eight passenger railroads include The Mount Hood Railroad, Key Holidays, The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, The Texas State Railroad, Pullman Rail Journeys, The Saratoga & North Creek Railway, The Cape Cod Central Railroad and The Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Railway. For more information, please visit www.premierrails.com


Vacations By Rail Adds New Journeys for 2015

August 26, 2014 on 11:21 am | In Adventure Travel, Rail Tours | Comments Off



Vacations By Rail (VBR) unveiled nine new programs for its 2015 brochure as well as a new Rail/Cruise Match-up and as an Early Booking Bonus for certain bookings prior to Oct. 31. “We have terrific new offerings around the world from seeing the national parks of the west and the Christmas Markets in Europe, to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta,” said Todd Powell, co-founder and president of VBR.

VBR’s partnership with seven different cruise lines allows them to fashion rail/cruise match-ups that allow an almost seamless connection for those wanting to travel by both rail and sea. The new VBR brochure offers a match-up key to allowing travelers to easily identify vacations and routes that pair with cruise ports. Travelers can depart on a cruise from Miami, New York, New Orleans and Seattle among others. Popular match-ups range from river cruises on the Mississippi or the Danube to matching up with an ocean liner to visit Alaska or the Caribbean.

One new match-up is a rail cruise itinerary from Quebec to Toronto along the St Lawrence Seaway (from $3,440 per person):, which includes a six-night cruise aboard the Canadian Empress, a visit to the river town of Trois Riviéres and sightseeing in Montreal.

“Rail/cruise vacations have grown in popularity and, along with a selection of itineraries including Journeys Along the Upper Mississippi; Burgundy and Provence Rail Cruise; and Trans Canada By Rail and Alaska by Sea, we now offer an easier way for travelers to pair a rail vacation with the cruise line of their choice,” said Powell.

RELATED: Vacations by Rail Adds New Canadian Itineraries

Rail Your Way is another new wrinkle for VBR in 2015. It offers travelers the ability to choose when and where they want start the rail portion of their trip. For example, travelers can now take the train from the nearest Amtrak station to the first off-train stop of a vacation, or begin at any point along the train route. This is available for all vacation types whether traveling independently or on an escorted trip.

VBR’s new vacations include Ecuador by Rail; European Christmas Markets; Geneva and Lucerne with Mont Blanc; Chicago, New Orleans, Washington DC and New York City; National Parks and The Wild West; Calgary Stampede and The Rockies; Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta By Rail; and the Fall Colors of New England, Quebec and Montreal. VBR works with numerous luxury rail providers globally including The Royal Scotsman, The Venice Simplon-Orient Express and the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express.

The Early Booking bonus is good for any USA or Canada train vacation or rail-cruise package in the VBR brochure that is valued at $1,000 or more per person. The bonus includes a pre- or post-night hotel stay or a coach class connecting rail ticket—the traveler’s choice (maximum value of $175 per couple). The promotion is valid for new bookings made by Oct. 31, 2014 for 2015 travel.

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VIA Rail Canada Offers Students Two Deals

August 25, 2014 on 11:57 am | In Adventure Travel, Alberta, British Columbia, Canada, Ontario, Rail Tours, Saskatchewan, Toronto | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThat death knell to summer and most dreaded phrase in the language, “Back to school,” is being sounded by VIA Rail Canada as it promotes two new products that should be a big help to students travelers aged 12 to 25 (and 26+ with ISIC card): the 20/20 Discount Card and the Unlimited Semester Pass.

“Whether travelling between school and home, visiting friends or exploring new destinations, these discounts make train travel more attractive and affordable. Also, VIA offers complementary Wi-Fi on the Québec City-Windsor corridor, making young travelers trips seamlessly connected”, says Martin R. Landry, VIA Rail’s COO.

Priced at $20, the v20/20 Discount Card offers 20 percent discounts throughout a year on Economy or Economy Plus fares across VIA Rail’s network. It also offers a 10 percent discount on VIA Rail’s Escape fares. The Unlimited Semester Pass allows unlimited travel between Kingston and Windsor or Kingston and Québec City for a period of 120 days, in Economy class for $499 + taxes. The offers are for a limited-time only through Sept. 19.

Visit www.viarail.ca/en/fares-and-packages/discounts/youth-12-25.

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Complimentary Italian Sightseeing from Rail Europe

August 25, 2014 on 11:55 am | In Adventure Travel, Italy, Rail Tours, Rome | Comments Off



Rail Europe is adding value on e-tickets of $250 or more on Italy’s Trenitalia system. Those who purchase such tickets will be entitled to two free Italy City Sightseeing Tours. Use the coupon code ITALYCITY by Sept. 16. In March, Trenitalia unveiled its new e-ticketing capabilities making it possible for travelers to get tickets while they’re on the move.

 

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KTX High-Speed Rail Connects Korea’s Major Cities to Incheon Airport

August 21, 2014 on 8:10 am | In Airlines, Asia, Korea, Rail Tours | Comments Off



Starting from June 30, 2014, Korail began operation of KTX express trains that directly link to and from Incheon International Airport reducing the trouble of having to transfer. The trains operate between Incheon International Airport and major cities outside of Seoul like Busan, Daejeon and Gwangju.

These KTX trains will still make stops in Seoul as trains departing from Busan Station, Jinju Station and Daejeon Station will make a short stop at Seoul Station before heading to the airport, while trains from Gwangju Station, Mokpo Station and Yeosu Station will stop by Yongsan Station before they head to Incheon International Airport.

This is great news for leisure travellers, the MICE sector and domestic tourism!


Rail Europe’s 2014 End of Summer Sale

August 19, 2014 on 11:08 am | In Europe, Rail Tours, Spain | Comments Off



During our End of Summer Sale, you will get great deals on some of our most popular trains like domestic TGVs, France-Spain High Speed trains and international TGV trains between France and Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Belgium and more. See below for details.

Simply book by August 18, 2014 to take advantage of this great end of summer offer. Explore even more of France and beyond, while spending less. The TGV provides comfort and style, traveling at speeds of up to 201mph. For added convenience, e-tickets are offered on TGV and France-Spain High Speed trains. There are no travel restrictions associated with this offer, so if you’re planning that last minute Summer vacation or perhaps a Fall getaway, you can save big on your train tickets. Deals like this won’t last long, so don’t miss out. Book Now!

- Use coupon code: 25FRANCE to get $25 off your purchase of $250 – $499 that includes a domestic TGV, France-Spain High Speed or TGV International train ticket.
- Use coupon code: 50FRANCE to get $50 off your purchase of $500 or more that includes a TGV, France-Spain High Speed or TGV International train ticket.

Book TGV tickets for travel in France
Book TGV Lyria tickets for travel between France & Switzerland
Book TGV International tickets for travel between France & Italy, Spain or Germany
Book TGV Est tickets for travel between France & Germany, Luxembourg & more

Book France-Spain High Speed tickets for travel between France & Spain

Fine Print
From August 5 through August 18, 2014 use coupon code 25FRANCE to get $25 off your purchase of $250-$499 (before shipping) that includes a TGV, TGV Lyria, TGV International, TGV Est or France-Spain High Speed train ticket. use coupon code 50FRANCE to get $50 off your purchase of $500 or more (before shipping) that includes a TGV, TGV Lyria, TGV International, TGV Est or France-Spain High Speed train ticket. One coupon code per booking may be applied. No other discounts can be combined with this offer other than qualified free shipping. Minimum booking amount is required. Offer is subject to change or extension without notice. Offer is limited to the first 1,000 bookings, or until the promotion’s end date of 5:59 pm ET on August 18, 2014, whichever comes first. Normal travel restrictions apply.


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The Ghan’s Next Stop: Coober Pedy

August 9, 2014 on 11:20 am | In Australia, New South Wales, Northern, Queensland, Rail Tours, South Australia, Sydney, Victoria, Western | Comments Off



For the first time in its 86 year history, The Ghan will make a regular extended stop at Coober Pedy from 2015.

Guests will be free to enjoy a full day in the world’s opal mining capital as part of The Ghan’s new extended journey, on sale now for travel between 23 May and 22 August 2015.

Coober Pedy is one of Australia’s most unusual and intriguing travel destinations. Celebrating its centenary in 2015, the town offers a range of attractions including tours of its amazing network of underground residences and the nearby arid landscapes of the Breakaways Reserve.

The four-day Ghan will add an extra day and night to the standard Ghan journey from Darwin to Adelaide, taking guests through the heart of the Australian Outback on a 76-hour adventure.

The four-day, three-night Ghan includes:

• Off Train Excursions at the magnificent Nitmiluk Gorge in Katherine

• Day and night Off Train Excursions in Alice Springs, including a dinner under the stars at the MacDonnell Ranges

• The option to undertake a fly-in visit of Uluru (at extra cost), getting back in time to rejoin The Ghan

• A full day to explore underground at Coober Pedy, the opal mining capital of the world

“We’ve previously featured some of these experiences in our special events program and on every occasion, the feedback from our guests has been extraordinary,” Great Southern Rail spokesman Steve Kernaghan said.
“It was important for us to share these incredible Outback moments with a wider audience, which is why we’ve now included them as highlights in our regular schedules.”

“There’s really no other way you can visit three or four iconic Australian destinations in such a short space of time, while still enjoying the luxury and comfort that The Ghan delivers.

Great Southern Rail’s 2015/16 journeys for The Ghan, Indian Pacific and The Overland are on sale now. Visit www.greatsouthernrail.com.au  or call 1800 725 993 to book.


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