Rail Deals Keep Rolling In

July 22, 2014 on 11:41 am | In Czech, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lichtenstein, London, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Rail Tours, Romania, Scotland, Slovakia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off



European rail is going out of its way this summer to attract American travelers with incentives. Rail travel in Europe this summer is not only more convenient, more intimate and more sustainable; it’s also more likely to add value to the travel plans of cagey consumers.

British Rail Adds a Free Day

British Rail is giving away a free day of travel in a promotion using its most popular passes. BritRail Passes allow holders to get on and off trains while traveling anywhere in England, Scotland or Wales. The BritRail Free Day Promotion is offered on all BritRail Passes and BritRail England Passes, in First or Standard Class purchased through Aug. 31.

Passengers can purchase now and still take advantage of the deal by traveling later. BritRail Passes are valid for six months from the date of purchase. The deal can also be combined with BritRail’s various discount passes, including the BritRail Party Pass (up to 50 percent off on the third through ninth passengers), BritRail Family Pass (one child per adult travels free), BritRail Senior Pass (up to 15 percent off in first class), BritRail Youth Pass (up to 20 percent off in first or standard class), Eurail Pass Holder Rate (up to 50 percent off for youth with a valid Eurail Pass) and the BritRail Guest Pass (up to 25 percent off for you and a British resident).

Free Roaming with Eurail

Eurail is offering a “Free Roaming” summer promotion to the first 2,500 Eurail Select and Global Pass customers who register their pass purchase on www.eurail-roaming.com. These passengers can apply for a Eurail Free Roaming SIM Card. The offer is good on all categories and classes of the passes purchased through Sept. 30 or as long as supplies last.

PHOTO: Rail Europe has sweetened the Swiss Pass with a $75 discount. (Courtesy of Rail Europe)

The offer includes a prepaid, pre-activated +44 (United Kingdom) and +1 (United States) SIM Card which provides free incoming calls and 200 minutes of free Wi-Fi at selected Premium Hotspots. For the U.S. number, a surcharge of €0.20 is charged per minute. The card holder can freely combine up to 100 minutes of international calls, 300 text messages or up to 100 MB of data as long as the prepaid credit lasts.

Once the prepaid credit has expired, the customer can recharge the Eurail SIM Card and receive the same attractive Eurail Roaming conditions. The Eurail Roaming SIM Card has coverage in 30 European countries, including all those participating in the Eurail Pass program.

Swiss Pass Deal from Rail Europe

As we previously reported, Rail Europe is offering $75 off of a Swiss Pass alongside a baggage service. Clients who purchase any Eurostar ticket through Aug. 7 will be automatically entered into a Rail Europe sweepstakes for a chance to win a $500 Rail Europe gift card. Prices start at $71 for a Eurostar ticket.

Rail Europe is offering $75 off each booking that consists of a Swiss Pass or Swiss Flexi Pass and either a Fly Rail Baggage or Fast Baggage service if booked by Aug. 14 using coupon code SWISSSAVE75. Travelers can opt for either the Swiss Pass or Swiss Flexi Pass, and then select either the Fast Baggage or Fly Rail Baggage Service. The Swiss Pass offers four, eight, 15, 22 days or one month of consecutive travel days.

The Swiss Flexi Pass offers three to six days of rail travel within a one month period. Fast Baggage incudes same-day luggage delivery between 45 cities throughout Switzerland. Fly Rail Baggage allows you to check in your luggage with an airline carrier in North America and receive it once you’ve arrived at your final rail station destination in Switzerland.

s most scenic routes such as the Bernina Express, Glacier Express, GoldenPass Line or Wilhelm Tell Express, and public transportation in more than 75 Swiss cities. Plus, the Swiss Pass offers a 50 percent price reduction off most mountain railways, and free admission to more than 470 museums in Switzerland. Read more travel news at www.travelpulse.com

 



Great Deals for Seeing Europe on the Cheap

July 22, 2014 on 11:33 am | In Rail Tours, Switzerland | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe integration of high speed rail has been achieved in the Swiss Rail system, where all systems seem to flow in harmony toward convenience. Rail Europe is offering $75 off the purchase of a Swiss Pass alongside a baggage service to maximize travel experiences in Switzerland.

Furthermore, clients who purchase any Eurostar ticket through Aug. 7 will be automatically entered into a Rail Europe sweepstakes for a chance to win a $500 Rail Europe gift card. Prices start at $71 for a Eurostar ticket.

Rail Europe’s partnership with Switzerland Tourism and The Swiss Travel System has resulted in an offer of $75 off each booking that consists of a Swiss Pass or Swiss Flexi Pass and either a Fly Rail Baggage or Fast Baggage service if booked by Aug. 14 using coupon code SWISSSAVE75.

Travelers can opt for either the Swiss Pass or Swiss Flexi Pass, and then select either the Fast Baggage or Fly Rail Baggage Service. The Swiss Pass offers four, eight, 15, 22 days or one month of consecutive travel days.

The Swiss Flexi Pass offers three to six days of rail travel within a one month period. Fast Baggage incudes same-day luggage delivery between 45 cities throughout Switzerland. Fly Rail Baggage allows you to check in your luggage with an airline carrier in North America and receive it once you’ve arrived at your final rail station destination in Switzerland.

The Swiss Pass is good for transport on some of Switzerland’s most scenic routes such as the Bernina Express, Glacier Express, GoldenPass Line or Wilhelm Tell Express, and public transportation in more than 75 Swiss cities. Plus, the Swiss Pass offers a 50 percent price reduction off most mountain railways, and free admission to more than 470 museums in Switzerland.

Airberlin Makes it Affordable

Beginning today, Bastille Day! Airberlin is offering reduced rates for travel to Europe that can be booked through July 25 for travel as from Aug. 24 through selected dates ending on March 25. Fares start at $699 including taxes and surcharges from New York (JFK) to Copenhagen or Moscow. Fares to Germany start from $849 from New York to Dusseldorf. The lowered fares are for many premier destinations throughout Europe including Helsinki, Krakow, Oslo and Warsaw just to name a few. Visit the website or call 866-266-5588.  Read more travel news at www.travelpulse.com


BritRail’s Free Day Promotion and the Oyster Card Giveaway

July 22, 2014 on 8:17 am | In Ireland, London, Rail Tours, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off



The BritRail Free Day Promotion gives you one additional day of rail travel for free on BritRail’s most popular passes. With a BritRail Pass, you can hop on and off trains at will while traveling anywhere in England, Scotland or Wales. With the extra day, you have a chance to add a few more destinations to your list such as Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Birmingham and more.

Adding value to your pass are the BritRail Bonus Offers from which you can make savings in various places and attractions, often by simply presenting your BritRail Pass.

The BritRail Free Day Promotion is offered on all BritRail Passes and BritRail England Passes, in First or Standard Class. Any eligible passes purchased between July 15th and August 31st, 2014 will receive an additional day of rail travel to extend their validity.

Use our coupon code for the perfect solution to travel in London

Take advantage of the Oyster Card giveaway! By entering the coupon code FREEOYSTER during checkout, users will receive a free 15£ Oyster Card for travel by bus and underground transport within London. That’s not all though as the Oyster Card now give access to over 20 exclusive discounts at leading London restaurants and shops including Victoria & Albert Museum, Liberty, M& M’s and Foyles bookshop.

Make sure you place your order quickly though as this special giveaway is available for a limited time only, while supplies last.



German Rail Pass ‘Sit and Save’ Promotion

July 22, 2014 on 8:10 am | In Airlines, Germany, Rail Tours | Comments Off



Book your seat and take advantage of savings with your German Rail Pass purchase

Purchase your German Rail Pass between June 15th and September 30th, 2014 and save up to 25% off the regular retail price. To take full advantage of the ‘Sit and Save’ promotion you must also present a seat reservation with your pass when using long distance and high speed trains, night trains or IC bus services on routes in Germany.

High speed trains in Germany are among the most advanced and comfortable trains in Europe, with cozy seats, entertainment systems and amazing panoramic views on select cars. Travel in First class to sample delicious meals and drinks served at your seat and also gain access to the DB lounges in cities like Berlin, Hamburg and Munich.

Book your seat reservations today, then sit back and enjoy your journey as you realize savings on your German Rail Pass, German Rail Twin Pass in First and Standard Class or German Rail Youth Pass in Standard Class. You can travel with your promotional pass between July 1st and October 31st, 2014.

Promotional passes sold during the German Rail Pass ‘Sit and Save’ Promotion are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.



Eurail gives away free SIM cards to pass holders

July 22, 2014 on 8:09 am | In Europe, Mobile Apps, Rail Tours | Comments Off



Eurail Select & Global Pass holders can get a FREE Eurail SIM Card to stay connected in Europe.

Eurail has launched the “Free Roaming” summer promotion and makes it easier for pass holders to stay connected with friends and family while traveling in Europe. This limited time promotion will allow the first 2,500 Eurail Select and Eurail Global Pass customers who register their pass purchase on www.eurail-roaming.com to apply for a free Eurail Roaming SIM Card. The passes must have been purchased between July 7th and September 30, 2014.

The Eurail “Free Roaming” promotion includes a prepaid and pre-activated SIM Card with free incoming calls and 200 minutes of free Wi-Fi! In addition, you receive up to 100 minutes of international calls, 300 text messages or up to 100 MB pf data that can be used for as long as the phone line is active.

The Eurail Roaming SIM Card comes with a UK and a North American phone number and offers coverage in 30 European countries, including all those where the Eurail Pass is valid.

Get a Eurail Pass and register for a free Eurail SIM Card today while quantities last! For more information, visit www.eurail-roaming.com



Get a Free Oyster Card in London

July 22, 2014 on 8:05 am | In London, Rail Tours, United Kingdom, Webbandstand | Comments Off



Enjoy transport around London for Free!

Get a free 15£ Oyster card when you buy a BritRail Pass or train ticket. This offer is exclusive to the first 50 orders using the coupon code :

FREEOYSTER

One free Oyster card will be included for each traveler with a BritRail Pass or train ticket.

The Oyster card provides access to London’s transport services including London Underground, buses, trams, Docklands Light Railway, London Overland Services and some National Rail services in the London area. The Oyster Card is reusable and allows you to simply add credit when you run out.

This promotion is only valid while quantities last. The offer is only applicable on online orders that require shipping, thereby excluding e-tickets. This offer is only available for shipments to Canada or the United States.



Rail Europe Shows High-Speed Trains Save Time & Money, Plus Exclusive Summer Deals‏

July 17, 2014 on 12:32 pm | In Adventure Travel, Europe, Rail Tours, Switzerland | Comments Off




30,000 destinations . Book yours now
In time for peak travel season abroad, Rail Europe has developed a fun, insightful infographic that displays the ways European train travel saves travelers both time and money. (See low-res infographic attached).

Rail Europe data confirms that high-speed trains are the most efficient and convenient way to travel across Europe. The infographic, “Sometimes It’s the Train that Really Flies,” illustrates time comparisons between rail, car and air travel, as well as the energy efficiencies of high-speed trains as compared to regional trains and cars.

Travelers can easily see the value in booking high-speed European rail this summer with Rail Europe, and today we’ve announced two more reasons:

· Receive $75 off the purchase of a Swiss Pass alongside a baggage service to maximize travel experiences in Switzerland.

· Purchase any Eurostar ticket and be automatically entered into a Rail Europe exclusive sweepstakes for a chance to win a $500 Rail Europe gift card

BE ENTERED TO WIN A $500 RAIL EUROPE GIFT CARD WHEN YOU BOOK ANY EUROSTAR TRAIN TICKET

Details: Rail Europe, Inc., the largest distributor of European rail products in North America, announces an exclusive offer where travelers who book any Eurostar train ticket will be automatically entered for a chance to receive one of ten $500 Rail Europe Gift Cards. Eurostar is the best way to swiftly between top European travel destinations including London, Paris, Brussels, or beyond.

The gift card award can be used on any Rail Europe product, including train tickets, rail passes and activity offerings, allowing travelers to explore more of Europe’s greatest cities or to travel off the beaten path for genuine interactions with Europeans.

· Booking dates: July 10 – August 7

· Prices start at $71 for a Eurostar ticket

· Prices subject to change

· Visit: http://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/index.html

RECEIVE $75 OFF THE COMBINED PURCHASES OF SWISS PASSES AND BAGGAGE SERVICES

Details: Rail Europe Inc., the largest distributor of European rail products in North America, in partnership with Switzerland Tourism and The Swiss Travel System, is offering $75 off each booking that consists of a Swiss Pass or Swiss Flexi Pass and either a Fly Rail Baggage or Fast Baggage service.

Travelers will choose between the Swiss Pass or Swiss Flexi Pass, and then select either one of the two great ways to maximize their travel experience by limiting the burden of luggage with either the Fast Baggage or Fly Rail Baggage Service:

· The Swiss Pass offers 4, 8, 15, 22 days or 1-month of consecutive travel days.

· The Swiss Flexi Pass offers 3-6 days of rail travel within a 1-month period.

· Fast Baggage incudes same-day luggage delivery between 45 cities throughout Switzerland.

· Fly Rail Baggage allows you to check in your luggage with an airline carrier in North America and receive it once you’ve arrived at your final rail station destination in Switzerland.

With the Swiss Pass, travelers can enjoy transport on some of Switzerland’s most scenic routes such as the Bernina Express, Glacier Express, GoldenPass Line or Wilhelm Tell Express, and public transportation in more than 75 Swiss cities. Plus, the Swiss Pass offers a 50% price reduction off most mountain railways, and free admission to more than 470 museums in Switzerland.

· Booking dates: July 8 – August 14

· Use coupon code SWISSSAVE75

· Prices start at $495 for the 4 Day First Class Consecutive Swiss Pass, and $25 for a baggage service

· Swiss pass must be booked in conjunction with a baggage service to receive discount

· Prices subject to change

· For Swiss Passes, visit: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html

· For Baggage Services, visit: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/fly-rail-baggage-to-switzerland/index.html http://www.raileurope.com/activities/fast-baggage/index.html

Unlimited travel through Switzerland


SuperBreak offers rail-inclusive packages

July 16, 2014 on 7:08 am | In Adventure Travel, London, Rail Tours, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off



SuperBreak is offering rail-inclusive packages with guaranteed seats at no extra cost for the first time, saving agents the hassle of booking train tickets as an add-on.

Like the operator’s Eurostar and flight-inclusive packages, the new rail system packages hotel and rail options together as part of the main booking process.

Agents can select the hotel plus rail option on the website, select a departure date, departure station and approximate departure and return train times.

SuperBreak will then recommend packages showing the lowest fare rail options and its recommended hotels based on value for money or special offers.

National sales manager Graham Balmforth said: “This makes things so much clearer and convenient for agents.

“Previously rail tickets were added as an add-on at the end of a booking but now they are an integral part of the process.

“Agents can find the cheapest routes for customers, show them clearly how prices change depending on when they travel during the day and then confirm their seats and times so everything is booked and sorted.

“This system follows the same template as our Eurostar and flight-inclusive packages and we believe we are the first travel company to offer flexible flight, Eurostar and UK rail packages on one system.”



Steam Powered Adventure to Visit a Railroad Logging Camp

July 15, 2014 on 8:52 am | In Adventure Travel, Rail Tours | Comments Off



For nearly 40 years visitors have enjoyed leisurely paced train rides through the forest and foothills south of Mount Rainier along the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad. Visitors from around the world climb aboard living history to experience the Railroad’s rare, vintage locomotives. In 2013, this heritage railroad debuted Phase 1 of its new Railroad Logging Camp museum project and offered visitors the chance to explore the world’s most comprehensive collection of steam logging locomotives on display. On July 19, the organization will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil Phase 2 of its 5 phase museum plan.

“When most people conjure up an image of a railroad logging camp they envision a lumberjack. What people don’t realize is men and women and in some cases families called these camps home,” said Meilee Anderson, Sales and Marketing Director for the railroad. “Most people have never heard of a steam donkey before, let alone seen one. The new exhibits are a fascinating and nostalgic look back at what life was like for these pioneers,” said Anderson.

“We’re proud to deliver a new guest experience that combines entertainment and education for multiple generations,” said Wayne Rankin, Executive Director of the railroad and museum. Rankin joins the nonprofit railroad and museum after 14 years of experience with Disney. “There has never been a better time to visit. We have a fun afternoon planned on July 19. Folks are invited to come for the ribbon cutting, tour the exhibits, and see the improvements we’ve made to our guest experience.”

For more information on the ribbon cutting ceremony or to purchase train tickets, visit www.mrsr.com

About Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum
The Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum is a steam-powered heritage railroad operating in Washington State between the towns of Elbe and Mineral. This heritage railroad is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the longest continuously operating steam train railroad in the Pacific Northwest. Approximately 30,000 passengers travel the forest and foothills of Mount Rainier annually on these vintage restored trains. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales support continued preservation and restoration efforts.

The Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum offers weekly departures June thru October, and again during the month of December.


New for 2014, an Epic Passage through Yellowstone & Grand Teton this Autumn!‏

July 7, 2014 on 11:04 am | In Adventure Travel, Rail Tours, Rockies | Comments Off



For years, we have wanted to offer a holiday with the sublime joy of Yellowstone & Grand Teton in Autumn when scenery is magnificent, crowds are a fraction of what they are in Summer and wildlife is abundant. This Fall we have the perfect Yellowstone & Grand Teton escape, with the spectacular Lodge at Big Sky for our two-night stay in Yellowstone followed by two-nights in quaint Jackson, Wyoming, an old West favorite for many of our alumni. Nicer still, we begin this holiday in one of our favorite cities, Portland with a two-night stay in the City of Roses and best of all, we travel to Montana by riverboat, in the wake of Lewis & Clark, on the Columbia & Snake Rivers. This stunning passage through space and time is a visual feast with highlights like historic Astoria, the Dalles, the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge and much more. Many savvy travelers consider the Columbia & Snake River voyage to be the prettiest river cruise in North America. Naturally, all meals and entertainment aboard the riverboat are included as are all shore excursions!

With extraordinary scenery, a relaxed pace, historic ‘ports’, deluxe hotels and fine dining, this one-time departure will sell out quickly. In fact, we are only sending it to Alumni since space is limited. We invite you to join us. All Aboard!

http://uncommonjourneys.com/destination/usa-west/autumn-yellowstone-grand-teton/


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