British Airways Partners with Rail Companies to Offer Single Ticket Journeys

December 19, 2014 on 1:44 pm | In Airlines, London, Rail Tours, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off



Traversing the southwest United Kingdom is about to get a whole lot easier.

According to the Telegraph’s Natalie Paris, British Airways has teamed up with train companies Heathrow Express and First Great Western to offer single bookings that will combine air and rail travel, making international journeys more convenient for customers in Wales and western England.

The combined ticket for air and rail travel means that passengers who miss their flight will be provided a seat on the next available flight. And if the next available flight is on the following day, travelers will be provided overnight accommodation.

“This partnership removes a layer of hassle for customers and affords them extra protection against possible problems,” said Keith Greenfield, managing director of Heathrow Express.

The tickets will be available to book through travel agents beginning on Dec. 5.

British Airways head of UK&I sales and marketing Stephen Humphreys says the combined ticket “is a great new way for our customers living in Wales and the West Country to get on track right from the start to enjoy a terrific trip with British Airways.”

“Our partnership with First Great Western and Heathrow Express will make flying more accessible and convenient for customers travelling from regions in the UK without local airports,” Humphreys added.

The combined tickets will apply to nearly a dozen First Great Western stations, including Oxford, Cardiff, Swansea and St. Austell.

As Humphreys points out, the new single ticket option will make international travel much easier for those in regions outside of the U.K.’s major cities. But in addition to convenience, the combined ticket will provide peace of mind for travelers. Read more travel news at www.TravelPulse.com

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Belmond Has Surprises on Track for 2015

December 18, 2014 on 11:32 am | In Adventure Travel, Rail Tours | Comments Off



Luggage ProsSince it opened in 1976 under its former name of Orient Express, Belmond has been ahead of the pack in marketing a style of travel that for many travelers is appealing as the destinations being traveled to. Unlike most luxury companies, which trend toward product complacency, Belmond is perpetually reviving and redefining its product line.

In 2015 Belmond is once again revitalizing its offer of hotels as well as luxury rail and river cruising experiences. In 2014, Belmond introduced the Belmond Orcaella on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River where the Belmond Road to Mandalay has been cruising since 1995. Earlier this year, Belmond announced the coming of the Belmond Grand Hibernian, a luxury rail product for Ireland due in 2016.

In 2015, Belmond’s trains will be headed down some unusual tracks in two separate parts of the globe. The Eastern & Oriental Express will operate the five-night “Fables of the Peninsula” from Singapore to Bangkok on March 29 and the two-night “The Ancient Temples of Lanna” (Bangkok to Chiang Mai) departs on its inaugural journey on Oct. 15 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

Over on the European continent the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is returning to Scandinavia in 2015 for the first time since 2013 on the new “Nordic Adventures” on June 1 (Venice to Stockholm) and June 6 (Stockholm to Venice).

The Ancient Kingdom of Lanna is an overnight journey departing from Bangkok for Chiang Mai. The Lanna kingdom was a small kingdom located between the two powerhouse kingdoms of Siam and Burma. Its capital Chiang Mai now finds itself as a gateway between Thailand and the emerging destination of Myanmar, where the Belmond Road to Mandalay will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an impressive list of photography, wildlife and military history experts (prices start from £1,640 for a three-night cruise). The Belmond Orcaella will also cruise the temple-studded Chindwin River.

The Ancient Kingdom package also visits Lampang for a tour in horse-drawn carriages, originally imported from England for use by Thai nobility. The guided Chiang Mai tour includes explorations of thoroughfares and side streets as well as Thai cooking demonstrations; shopping in markets for arts and crafts that represent Chiang Mai’s Lanna heritage such as decorative mulberry-paper parasols; and a visit to the Dhara Dhevi Tea House.

eBags Packing Cubes + OnSite OfferThe Fables of The Peninsula “land-cruise” starts with an overnight at Raffles Singapore followed by a journey through Malaysia and Thailand. The train’s observation car gives passengers a rich visual experience of Southeast Asia. Daily excursions to stops in such destinations as Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Huay Yang and the Cameron Highlands, with a night at the Cameron Highlands Resort located on a tea plantation. The journey also offers some beach time and a beach BBQ at Koh Chaan before heading on to Bangkok.

The Eastern & Oriental Express has en-suite accommodation for up to 132 guests; three dining carriages serving European and Asian cuisine and a Bar Car with nightly entertainment. Prices start from £1,580 for the Ancient Kingdom of Lanna journey per person double sharing a Pullman cabin and including all table d’hote meals. Prices start from £4,800 per person double for the Fables of The Peninsula experience. That includes all beverages and table d’hote meals.

Venice, Copenhagen and Stockholm are at the center of Venice Simplon-Orient-Express’ four-night, five-day Scandinavia journeys. The packages are from £4,500 per person double. The route moves through Italy, Austria and Germany with two nights’ in Copenhagen at the Marriott before arriving in Stockholm. The journey includes two days and one night travelling on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. In Copenhagen, the program includes sightseeing and a gala dinner at an exclusive venue before re-joining the train for an overnight journey to Stockholm.

Recently Belmond became a Silver Member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. Last week, Belmond launched a microsite on its website for LGBT travelers looking to experience the full product line from the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera to the luxury rail cruise aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman. The new microsite is a one-stop portal where LGBT travelers can explore the collection’s holiday, celebration, honeymoon and group offerings. Regularly updated, the new microsite is broken down into different sections such as “Celebrations” and “Groups.”

Belmond’s collection includes 45 hotels as well as rail and river cruise experiences. The hotels include Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg; Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya; and Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara.

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Eurail Discounts Both Global and Select Passes By 20 Percent

December 18, 2014 on 11:29 am | In Austria, Belgium, Czech, Denmark, Europe, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Paris, Portugal, Rail Tours, Rome, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Luggage ProsEurail has been reaching out to groups not normally associated with their passes such as older travelers. The off-season, when students are in school, is a prime season for reaching older travelers and to instigate that, Eurail has produced some deep discounts for off-season travel. Eurail put its Global and Select Passes on sale of at least 20 percent off through Dec. 31 for travel through March 31. When purchased of groups of two to five people an extra 15 percent discount is available. Travelers must reside outside of Europe.

The discounts are available in both first and second class in all travel categories: Adult, Child and Youth. The European off season is a great time to travel with fewer crowds, lower prices and multiple festivals including major Carnival celebrations in February in Italy, Spain, France, Germany and Belgium.

Global Passes, Eurail’s most popular product, are valid for travel in 24 European countries (including free or discounted travel on some major shipping lines). The Select Pass is valid for travel in four adjoining Eurail countries, offering travelers 27 participating countries to choose from. Each pass varies in length and class. The Global Pass comes in lengths of 15, 21 days as well as 1, 2 and 3 months continuous; 10 or 15 days within two months. Select, Passes allow travelers to choose which days they travel within a longer period of validity.

To purchase Eurail Passes contact any of several distributers at www.eurailgroup.org/eurail-vendors. Eurail Passes also offer their holders such value added services as accommodation benefits and more.

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Peru Announces Tram to Another Remote Ruin‏

December 10, 2014 on 11:25 am | In Adventure Travel, Peru, Rail Tours, South America | Comments Off




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December 9, 2014 – Following last year’s announcement to build a tram to the ruins of Choquequirao, the government of Peru has announced plans for a second tram to the ancient Chachapoyas fortress of Kuelap. To see these remote ruins in their current, barely visited state before the trams are built, book Adventure Life’s Chachapoyas Discovery trip or the Choquequirao Trek. To speak with a trip planner, call 800-344-6118 or visit http://www.adventure-life.com.

It is anticipated that by the end of 2015, the first aerial tramway in Peru will be built to the remote Inca ruins of Choquequirao. What, to-date, has been a several day trek on sometimes steep terrain would now be accessed in a matter of minutes from the comfort of a cable car. This historic sister-city to Machu Picchu that currently gets just a handful of hikers each week could see 3,000 visitors per day.

Now, another remote ruins site in Peru is slated to get a cable car. A Peruvian Times article explained that a cable car system will be built to the Kuelap archaeological site. These Chachapoyas ruins in Peru’s north are currently off the beaten path and remarkably underexplored. The goal of this new cable car is to accommodate as many as 1,000 visitors to Kuelap every hour.

Jonathan Brunger, General Manager of Adventure Life said, “Choquequirao and Kuelap will always be magnificent. Nothing will change that. However, the overall experience is sure to be very different in the future. So, now is the time to go if you want to see these ancient ruins in their current, barely visited state.”

wickers.com COUPON 10% OFF all ordersIf you want to see the remote Kuelap fortress in the cloud forest of Peru’s northern Amazonas region before the crowds arrive, Adventure Life offers a Chachapoyas Discovery trip which visits Kuelap as well as several other remote ruins in the area.

The Chachapoyas Discovery trip is a 9-day trip from $2,195 that explores Chiclayo and the Tucume Pyramids and Sipan ruins before continuing into the cloudforest to the lost civilization of Chachapoyas. This trip in northern Peru features visits to the huge mountaintop temple and fortress of Kuelap, the Leimebamba museum with its collection of 200 mummies, and the Revash tombs. There is an optional hike to Gocta Falls, the world’s third tallest free-falling waterfall. Details can be seen here: http://www.adventure-life.com/tours/chachapoyas-discovery-2020

Adventure Life’s Choquequirao Trek is a 12-day trip from $3,450 including Lima, Cusco, five-days of hiking and camping getting to and from the ancient city of Choquequirao, and a visit to legendary Machu Picchu. Details can be found here: http://www.adventure-life.com/tours/choquequirao-trek-and-machu-picchu-2356/.

About Adventure Life:

Adventure Life is a company of travelers with a passion for sharing the world with others. Our travel experience runs deep, from years volunteering in rural Africa and Central America, to research trips in Asia, studying in Europe, guiding in the Rockies, and just bouncing around every corner of the world.

This deep experience is the reason behind our pioneering approach to travel and award winning itineraries. For nearly fifteen years we have been creating personal itineraries that immerse our travelers in the vibrant colors of a place, leaving both our guests and hosts enriched by the experience. From our beginnings as a Latin America specialist, we now offer private journeys, small group tours, and expedition voyages throughout the world. We pride ourselves on our intimate knowledge of our destinations and our dedication to sharing the world. To explore the world with Adventure Life, visit http://www.adventure-life.com  or call 800-344-6118.


Winter Storms Build Excitement for 2015 Key Holidays’ Reno Trains‏

December 9, 2014 on 11:25 am | In Adventure Travel, California, Rail Tours, San Francisco, Skiing Snowboarding | Comments Off



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Key Holidays Announces New Party Themes & Online Reservations

Walnut Creek, CA., – Operating Feb. 6 through March 13, 2015, Key Holidays’ Reno Fun Train and Sierra Scenic is celebrating 52 years of service by offering online reservations, early booking discounts, boomer 50+ savings and group savings.

The 15-car, 500-passenger excursion train operates as the Reno Fun Train on the weekends and Sierra Scenic Train on the weekdays, complete with meals served roundtrip, dance car, piano lounge with live music, smoking car with cigar lounge and onboard gift shop.

New themes for 2015 include Soul Train, Mardi Gras, Rock N’ Roll, St. Patrick’s Day with Beer Tasting, Fabulous 50’s and a Motown Celebration with Martha Reeves. Journeying through the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Reno Fun Train is ideal for those looking for an over-21 railway getaway, while the Sierra Scenic Train is popular among retirees and families.

Weekend Fun Train (over 21 party train):

Departing on Friday and returning Sunday, from Feb. 6 through March 13, the Reno Fun Train begins at $250 per person.

· Feb. 7: Soul Train

100% Guarantee· Feb. 20: Mardi Gras

· Feb. 27: Rock N’ Roll- Chocolate & Wine Tasting

· Mar. 6: Iron Horse- Country & Western

· Mar. 13: St. Patrick’s Day with Beer Tasting

Weekday Sierra Scenic Train (family friendly):

Departing on Tuesday and returning Thursday, from Feb. 17 through March 10, the Sierra Scenic Train begins at $240 per person.

· Feb. 17: Fat Tuesday- Mardi Gras

· Feb. 24: Fabulous 50’s

· March 3: Motown with Martha Reeves

· March 10: Railroad Celebration

All fares include roundtrip coach seating from various cities in California including Emeryville, Richmond (BART connection), Martinez, Suisan and Sacramento plus Roseville on the Sierra Scenic Train, entertainment and light meals on board. Passengers also receive a Reno “Winner’s Book” of coupons good for discounted meals, gaming, shows and more. Guests can add a two-night hotel package with choice from seven hotel casinos in coordination with train departures.

Guests can upgrade to reserved Dome Car seats in Pullman Gold Service onboard the Reno Fun Train and Sierra Scenic Train for $150 per person, which also includes afternoon refreshments and three-course luncheon roundtrip. Organized groups of 16 or more passengers receive $10 off per person with the 16th guest free. Boomers ages 50+ receive $10 off per person. An Early Booking Discount of $15 per person applies to all reservations paid for prior to January 5, 2015.

For more information and reservations, contact Key Holidays at (800) 783-0783 or go to www.keyholidays.com

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Ultimate Mexico & Palm Springs by Train & Dutch Ocean Liner!

December 5, 2014 on 10:29 am | In Adventure Travel, Mexico, Plains States, Rail Tours, Rockies, Southwest | Comments Off




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We have long been fans of Palm Springs, believing it to be the perfect warm weather destination with its beautiful setting against the San Jacinto Mountains and the fact that with a nice hotel downtown, the entire ‘small town’ village is within a few blocks making it even more appealing. The casual lifestyle, dozens of superb restaurants and rugged natural beauty, combined with sunshine, swimming, golf and tennis make it the ideal vacation destination. In fact, we have taken hundreds of people to ‘The Desert’ as Frank Sinatra worded it over the years and all have praised it as one of their finest vacations in years. Similarly, we have long been fans of Holland America Line and their superbly run Dutch Ocean Liners. With teak decks, roomy staterooms, fine art, legendary dining and service as well as little touches like beautiful floral arrangements, Rosenthal china and 24 hour room service, Holland America is near the top of our list of favorite ways to spend a week. Therefore, it was only natural that we combine Palm Springs with a short but indulgent Holland America cruise, into an affordable holiday with little or no flying required.

Our vacation begins in downtown Palm Springs with a four-night stay at the wonderfully located Palm Mountain Resort, in the center of downtown. We have included an interesting though entirely optional sightseeing adventure daily, as well as at least one meal. Naturally, if you would rather golf, bicycle or lay by the pool, this too, is fine. Since we know the area so well, both our sightseeing and dining are of exceptional quality, as you would expect from Uncommon Journeys.

Everything that you wish to see or visit is a few short blocks from our hotel, making this a vacation of great ease and relaxation. After four blissful days in Palm Springs, we have a short but scenic ride South to San Diego where the ms Veendam awaits. Here too, great dining is featured including the acclaimed Pinnacle Grill one evening in addition to acres of deck space, pools, a cinema, a choice of lounges and nightclubs, a spa, casino and much more. Onboard, there are special parties and events for our guests and in a way, our ports in Mexico are almost incidental to the fun and relaxation of being on this beautiful ship, so much so that many of our guests do not even disembark in port! For those that do disembark, a range of excellent shore tours are available for purchase and one of our favorites is Mismayola Beach in Puerto Vallarta, where the film ‘Night of the Iguana’ was made. Of course, ruggedly beautiful Cabo San Lucas, at the very tip of Baja California never fails to impress.

We are naturally biased but for an elegant and relaxing escape to warm weather, with little or no flying, foreign airports, intrusive security checks and general discomfort, there may be a better holiday but we doubt it. We look forward to welcoming you aboard this elegant pairing of a great resort destination with a fine Dutch liner. All Aboard!


Saratoga & North Creek Railway: Polar Express Train Ride‏

November 28, 2014 on 10:13 am | In Adventure Travel, East Coast, New York City, Rail Tours | Comments Off



Backcountry.com Winter ClearanceSaratoga Springs, NY., – The Saratoga & North Creek Railway is pleased to announce tickets are still available for The POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride, which departs select dates through Dec. 28 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The magical story comes to life when the train departs Hood River for a one hour round-trip journey to the North Pole.

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™

Once onboard, hot chocolate and treats are served as passengers read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers greet passengers at the North Pole and then board the train, where each child is given the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. Chefs aboard each car lead passengers in singing Christmas carols on the ride back to Bristow.

Exact dates, fares and excursion times are available by calling 877-726-7245, or by visiting https://www.sncrr.com/buy-polar-tickets.html

Ticket prices for children (ages 2-11) start at $30 and for adults from $40, depending on date and class of service. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!

The Saratoga & North Creek Railway Train Station is located at 26 Station Lane, Saratoga Springs, NY.

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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.

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Oakley - Free Shipping - Shop OnlineTHE 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.

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Eurostar Unveils 200 mph e320 Trains: Bigger, Free Wi-Fi and 15 Minutes Faster to Paris

November 24, 2014 on 10:40 am | In Adventure Travel, Belgium, France, London, Paris, Rail Tours, United Kingdom | Comments Off




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When the folks at Eurostar begin to unwrap the gifts they received for their train’s 20th birthday this Nov. 14, the biggest package will contain the new e320 train that promises to revolutionize the still revolutionary practice of riding from Paris to London by rail. They’re unveiling that gift at London’s St. Pancras station today.

In 1994, Eurostar was established as a partnership between three railway companies: SNCF, SNCB and LCR (London and Continental Railways). On Sept. 1, Eurostar became a single, unified corporate entity owned by three shareholders: SNCF, SNCB and LCR. Twenty years after its launch, the Eurostar dominates market share against the airlines for London/Paris traffic and the new train should only accelerate that trend.

The e320 train (see video below) will enter commercial service with ten e320 trains at the end of 2015 and now Eurostar has decided to order a further seven more e320s. With the original order of e320s now in the final stage of completion, this increases the number of new trains to 17 in total.

The e320 trains will entirely broaden Eurostar’s horizons because they are ‘inter-operable’ with the ability to operate across diverse European signaling systems, opening up the potential for a whole range of new direct services between the UK and European city center destinations. Beyond its core routes connecting London to Paris, Brussels and Lille, Eurostar also connects to the French Alps, Swiss Alps and Geneva. In May begins a new year-round direct service to Provence, stopping at Lyon, Avignon and Marseille, followed at the end of 2016 by the launch of a direct route to Amsterdam with stops in Antwerp, Rotterdam and Schiphol along the way.


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“With just one year to go until our new e320 train comes into service, passengers will see a complete transformation of our service,” said Nicolas Petrovic, chief executive of Eurostar. “The combination of bold design, chic interiors and Wi-Fi connectivity will raise the bar, providing an unprecedented level of style and comfort for our customers.”

It’s an improvement that may help Eurostar compete against the possibility of a second rail company using the Chunnel. Plans to put another rail line in the Chunnel. The Channel Tunnel issued a ‘Certificate B’ operating license to Deutsche Bahn (DB), the German rail line. DB has for year’s coveted the notion of high-speed service between Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Köln and London.

The e320s can carry 900 passengers, percent. Furthermore the train can reach speeds of 200 mph. The look will beautiful as well with external livery and interiors designed by Pininfarina, an Italian design house, known for car designs. Energy efficiency and enhanced passenger experience are the goals. The Eurostar fleet will feature free Wi-Fi throughout and a broader range of information and entertainment options including live news feeds and weather reports as well as a collection of destination guides. The e320s will also feature more space per seat with each seat equipped with power points and a USB socket as well as a newly designed bar buffet, ergonomically designed reclining seats and increased luggage areas.

To mark its two decades of service, over the next two weeks, Eurostar will be staging celebratory activities on-board its trains and in its stations. This includes surprise golden tickets, giveaways and special events for customers as well as a dedicated birthday promotion running between Nov. 13 and 24 offering return trips in Standard for £59/€69 and in Standard Premier for £149/€179 – for travel between Jan 5 and Feb. 12.

Last year, Eurostar more than doubled its profits, earning £52 million. Currently, the British government is hoping to sell its 40 percent share of the train, as part of its economic austerity plan.

Read more travel news at www.travelpulse.com

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Classic Train Charters

November 24, 2014 on 9:59 am | In Adventure Travel, London, Rail Tours, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off



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Breaking news from The Train Chartering Company provides insight into some of its range of rail applications.

In one week, Train Chartering delivered quality train events for:

- A large group;

- The hosted VIP party;

- A TV advert shoot;

- The hire of a private train.

Large group: A significant player in the finance sector needed comfortable and reliable transport for 300 employees for its annual out-of-office convention at a business hotel. Train Chartering identified and delivered the optimum travel solution, which included some management of coach transfers. On-time managed journeys both ways added tangible value to the smooth-running of their event.

Hosted VIP party: A venue in rural England has developed a strategy for seeking investment to develop its niche offering. Integral to its planning is the repeat use of Train Chartering’s quality project management and VIP guidance. This includes welcoming reception facilities prior to departure, the securing of private First Class carriages on intercity train services and the provision of tailored on-board catering during the escorted journey. In this focus week, Train Chartering once again operated a successful journey with measurable impact on increased funding for our long-standing client.

TV advert shoot: Finding train- or rail-based film locations on the mainline railway is a challenge for many location managers and media agencies. Train Chartering has many years’ experience in this area for a range of applications, from feature movies and TV dramas to ads and photoshoots. Most recently, the client required a modern commuter train at a platform of a normal station for an 8-hour TV ad shoot. This could have been a challenging brief on the busy British rail network without Train Chartering’s expertise, which delivered everything the director required.

Hire of a private train: Although group travel on scheduled train services often fulfils customer requirements, there are occasions when a client requires the profile and privacy of a special train charter; profile for itself with its guests (private trains always impress) and a degree of privacy in restricting public access. Our passengers on their hired train had a seamless and enjoyable journey, which was appreciated by the corporate organiser.

Simon Pielow of Train Chartering says, “We chose to highlight this period for the diversity of solutions we delivered, but there are not enough days in the week to illustrate all the applications of quality rail travel.”

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About The Train Chartering Company Ltd (Train Chartering):

Contact: Simon Pielow, www.trainchartering.com, infoATtrainchatering.com, +44 (0)1249 890 176

CHARTER TRAINS & GROUP RAIL TRAVEL SINCE 1998. REAL EXPERIENCE FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR CLIENTS: Train Chartering, now in its 17th year, has provided private train charters and carriage hires to an extraordinary range of clients. Extensive experience allows the company to select the best trains available along with a suite of onboard services, handling every detail from complex scheduling to food, entertainment and train branding. Train Chartering is a member of ABTA.

GROUPS OF 10 TO 700+: Private carriages and escorted group travel provide a rail travel solution for any reasonable budget, from groups of 10 to over 700 per train.

LUXURY & VIP TRAIN TRAVEL: Train Chartering handles unique, individual and private luxury train journeys for clients; from individual seats to entire rail cars, carriages and trains. Its business, the Luxury Train Club, now has over 7,500 members and is ABTA-registered.

PASSENGER TRANSPORT CHARTER BY AIR, LAND AND WATER: Train Chartering offers transfers, ground handling & on-board services.

CATERING: Train Chartering facilitates catering as well as the branding and theming of the train or carriage for a memorable and unique event for every charter.

BRANDING: Brand individual carriages or an entire train, such as the Soundwave Express. Most branding is on a smaller scale, such as window signs or embroidered headrest covers.

PROFESSIONALISM & EXPERIENCE: The extent and professionalism of the company’s project and guest management services is unique in the rail industry and rare in the passenger charter sector; caring for every aspect of the event, from first contact through to ground handling in stations and transfers to the post-trip event.


2015 the Ghan ANZAC Tribute on Sale Now

November 21, 2014 on 8:57 am | In Adventure Travel, Australia, New South Wales, Northern, Queensland, Rail Tours, South Australia, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria, Western | Comments Off



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)


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