Next ANZAC Day, The Ghan will embark on its fifth annual ANZAC Tribute journey (April 23-26) commemorating the role of our servicemen and women in all major conflicts.
Marking the centenary of ANZAC, the special four-day journey from Darwin to Adelaide will take guests to Alice Springs to experience an unforgettable and poignant day of commemoration at ANZAC Hill.
The ANZAC Tribute journey will feature:
- Included dining, beverages and touring for all Gold and Platinum Service guests
- Nitmiluk Gorge cruise and a live concert under the stars in Katherine
- Spectacular Outback dinner at the MacDonnell Ranges
- Dawn Service at ANZAC Hill in Alice Springs followed by gunfire breakfast
To be part of the 2015 journey, book through www.greatsouthernrail.com.au or call 1800 725 993 to speak to a member of the friendly Great Southern Rail team.
The Ghan is a proud supporter of the Returned & Services League of Australia. For every ticket sold on the ANZAC Tribute Journey, $100 is donated to RSL Australia in support of returned and service personnel.
Fares per person one way
Platinum Service: $4849 (adult/pension)
Gold Twin Service: $3599 (adult), $2799 (pension)
Gold Single Service: $3239 (adult), $2519 (pension)
Rail Europe has come up with a pretty nice Christmas gift for that traveler on your list. Rail Europe’s “Cyber Week” specials are discounting two of the company’s most popular passes if booked between Dec. 1 and Dec. 5. During that period, travelers can get $75 off of a Swiss Pass and $100 off of a Eurail Global Pass when they book online.
The Eurail Global Pass entitles travelers to 15 days of unlimited travel on the national rail networks of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland (includes Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland), Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
You must use coupon code EURAILCYBER14 to get $100 off Eurail Global Passes. Prices start at $484 for a Eurail Global Pass and if you’re traveling by March 31, book the Eurail Global Pass Off Peak Promotion for 20 percent off. You can book the Eurail Global Pass at http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html
The Swiss Pass provides extensive travel throughout the Swiss Travel System, including trains, buses and boats. It also includes free entry at more than 470 museums. Use coupon code SWISSCYBER14 to get $75 off Swiss Passes. Prices start at $276 for a Swiss Pass.
Read more travel news at www.travelpulse.com
You can book the Swiss Pass at http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html
Read the Jetsetters Magazine feature about Ride The High Country with Swiss Pass.
Starting December 14, 2014, Thello will offer journeys between the Southeast of France and Italy with a new journey from Milan to Marseille.
Milan has the reputation of being the most modern of Italian cities, while staying faithful to its pas history. It is a place where the Duomo di Milano, Italy’s largest cathedral and a monument that took almost 600 years to complete, meets a bustling, cultivated, fashionable and forward thinking city. Cafes, chique boutiques museums, universities and sports clubs help elevate the status of Milan as on of Italy’s must-see destinations.
Marseille is the second largest city in France, after Paris. It’s a romantic city with a mild Mediterranean climate that makes it one of France’s sunniest destinations. While in Marseille, check out the city’s Old Port located at the end of the historic street of La Canebière. It offers a lovely view of nearby islands and landmarks including Château d’If, famous for being the setting for Alexandre Dumas’ famous novel The Count of Monte Cristo.
The best part about the newest routes served by Thello is that you’re not limited to Milan and Marseille. The train ride features stops in Genoa, Savona, Monaco, Nice, Cannes and Toulon, among others.
Book your tickets today and catch the first trip of this new Thello journey on December 14, 2014.
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.
Here is your chance to participate in our great UK Scavenger Hunt! Every week we will be posting a new Google Street View link to a train station within the UK; all you have to do is find the items we ask for and take a screenshot.
Simply send us your screenshot of the located item via Facebook private message and you will be entered to win a pair of 15-day Eurail Global Flexi Passes in First Class for travel across Europe!
Here’s how you can participate
1.) Visit ACP Rail’s Facebook page every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday this November to correctly locate the requested item and capture a picture of it via a screenshot.
2.) Send in your screenshot of the item to us via Facebook message BEFORE we post the subsequent item.
3.) A winner will be randomly selected among the participants who have successfully found all 12 items.
Do you want to give it a try? Here is your first challenge!
Your first item can be found at Manchester Piccadilly Station! You have to find:
The Tie Rack!
Participation in this contest is subject to the official rules. The approximate retail value of the prize is $2,292 USD. The contest is open until November 30, 2014.
Visit Berlin this fall and winter seasons as the city gears up to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the historic Fall of the Wall. The 7 Day and 10 Day German Rail Pass have a discount of up to 25% off regular prices when purchased between October 1st and December 7th, 2014. The promotional passes are ideal for those who will travel by rail on German trains between November 1st, 2014 and end by January 31st, 2015.
Along with the savings on their German Rail Pass, pass holders will also be eligible for a number of offers and discounts within Berlin including:
- One of 500 free Welcome Cards from Berlin Tourism, given on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Up to 25% discount on boat trips on the river Spree and Havel.
- Up to 25% discount on the Late Night Ticket at TV Tower Alexanderplatz.
- Up to 20% discount for sightseeing on the Basic City Circle Yellow bus tours.
As you plan you stay in Berlin, why not visit a few more German destinations such as Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne and many more? The “25 Years Fall of the Wall” promotion for the German Rail Pass applies to the 7 Day and 10 Day German Rail Pass in both First and Standard class adult fares. Two adults traveling together can benefit from a discounted Twin Pass and youths under the age of 26 can choose a promotional pass in standard class.
German Rail Pass Promotion must be purchased prior to December 7th, 2014 for travel between November 1st and January 31st 2015.
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.
ACP Rail is giving away a free UK SIM card when you use the coupon code UKSIM14 with your purchase of a BritRail Pass on ACPRail.com. This exclusive limited time promotion will allow the first 100 travelers using the coupon code with a BritRail Pass in their cart to receive a free Pay As You Go UK SIM Card.
Stay in touch with friends and family while traveling. A UK SIM card enables your phone to access the O2 cell phone network to use for phone calls and mobile data. This SIM card provides coverage in over 160 countries. It includes a US phone number and a UK phone number.
- Receive a UK and US phone number
- Works on the O2 network in the UK
- FREE incoming calls and text messages in the UK
- FREE for family and friends to call you
- FREE voicemail and 24/7 Customer Service (in the UK)
- Pay as you go! No contracts, no credit checks and no monthly fees
- Recharge minutes anytime via the phone or web, or enable auto-recharge
- View call records and receipts online
For more information visit the UK SIM Card information page
Book your pass now as this offer is valid through November 30, 2014 or while supplies last.
* This offer is only valid for purchases made in Canada and in the United States
Why It Rates: Ireland is a misleading destination when it comes to the logistics of getting around and this train makes a nice contribution to alleviating that problem. While Ireland is relatively small, the country roads can be very narrow two lane passageways between towering hedgerows on either side. Add to that the steering wheel being on the other side and the proclivity for very fast driving and you get a situation that can be dicey for self-drives. The train will be a welcome form of transport. Furthermore, the inclusion of Northern Irish stops is a nice touch as it helps further connect the two Irelands as a destination. Now the U.K. has an Irish product that should match the Royal Scotsman. – James Ruggia, TravelPulse Europe editor
Belmond Ltd. proudly announces its first train in Ireland – the Belmond Grand Hibernian. Expected to launch in the summer of 2016, the train marks the first luxury overnight rail experience of its kind in Ireland and will provide tours of the magnificent open countryside, dramatic coastal scenery and fascinating cities of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Belmond has acquired ten carriages from Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail, which the company will transform into a luxury sleeper train comprised of 20 elegant cabins with accommodations for up to 40 guests. James Park Associates, who also worked with the Belmond Northern Belle and Eastern & Oriental Express, has been commissioned to design the train’s interiors.
Drawing inspiration from Dublin’s classic Georgian architecture and elements of Ireland’s ancient folklore and traditions, the cabins will evoke the country’s celebrated cultural heritage with a contemporary twist. Belmond Grand Hibernian will also feature four interconnecting suites to accommodate families, two restaurant cars and an observation bar car.
With a name derived from Hibernia, the classical Latin name for the island of Ireland, Belmond Grand Hibernian will journey throughout the island offering two-, four- and six-night rail experiences that visit the most prominent destinations of the North and South, including the train’s Dublin base, Belfast and Cork.
Traveling aboard Belmond Grand Hibernian will be akin to a land cruise, offering daily excursions such as tours of historic estates, a round of golf on one of the finest courses in the world, a visit to the new Titanic Belfast center, or an immersion into the world of Ireland’s legendary writers, musicians and artists.
“Belmond Grand Hibernian will be Belmond’s seventh luxury rail experience, building on our expertise in operating a stable of the world’s most famous trains, including Belmond Royal Scotsman, currently the UK’s only luxury sleeper train, and the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express,” said John Scott, president and chief executive officer. “Ireland offers today’s luxury traveler a rich and diverse cultural experience, with unrivalled scenery and warm hospitality that fit perfectly with Belmond’s offering of enriching and authentic hotel, rail and river cruise experiences.”
Belmond Grand Hibernian’s haulage services and Dublin depot facilities will be provided by Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail, Ireland’s national train operator and rail infrastructure provider.
David Franks, chief executive of Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail said, “We are proud and delighted to welcome Belmond Grand Hibernian to Ireland’s rail network. Our railways provide a unique aspect on the countryside, towns and cities of Ireland. Rail is therefore a key element of our national tourism product, and the launch of Belmond Grand Hibernian represents a strong endorsement of Ireland as a destination by Belmond.” Read more travel news at www.travelpulse.com
Bristow, OK – Debuting in Oklahoma for the first-time this Holiday season, The Eastern Flyer POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride is thrilled to report 20,000+ tickets have been sold since reservations opened in late August. The Eastern Flyer Polar Express is scheduled to depart from Bristow, OK, running select dates Nov. 21 through Dec. 28. Seats are still available and can be purchased online at www.easternflyerpolarexpressride.com.
“We could not be more thrilled to be the host city for Oklahoma’s first-ever Polar Express Train Ride,” states Mayor Leonard Washington of Bristow, OK. “We so look forward to welcoming travelers from all over the state to experience this magical journey.”
Pajama-clad children and their parents board vintage-style rail cars to the North Pole on an unforgettable story-book journey complete with hot chocolate, dancing chefs and whimsical elves. Santa hops onboard at the North Pole where he greets each child with the first gift of Christmas- a silver sleigh bell. Guests can also turn the adventure into a winter getaway with the Premier Rail Collection Family Getaway package, which pairs train tickets with hotel accommodations at a choice of two hotels in Bristow.
“We look forward to providing families in Oklahoma with an unforgettable experience and new Christmas tradition this Holiday season,” states Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Premier Rail Collection Angela Arias. “We are pleased to report ticket sales have far exceeded expectations and we hope to reach 30,000 by the end of bookings.”
Tickets onboard The Eastern Flyer’s Polar Express Train Ride begin at $35 per adult and $25 per child in Standard Class. The Premier Rail Collection Family Getaway package begins at $95 per adult and $22 per child, based on double occupancy. For package reservations, call Key Holidays at 800-783-0783. To make train-only reservations, call 855-847-1430 or visit www.easternflyerpolarexpressride.com.
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.
About the Eastern Flyer
In February 2013, Iowa Pacific Holdings ran demonstration trains between Midwest City and Sapulpa to showcase their capability to operate superior passenger service. Offering classic passenger rail experiences with modern conveniences like wi-fi, on board dining, and increased speeds, The Eastern Flyer aims to offer travelers a unique option for transportation in which getting there is part of the journey. More information can be found at www.EasternFlyer.com.
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.
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.
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 Houghtin 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.
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