Routes and Fares

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Rapid Journey by Rail expansion will occur after ‘shakedown’ Journeys by Rail, and when the following subsequent Circle America Journeys are completed. Circle America Journey routes and fares are described below. Service on more itineraries will begin as Car improvements are finished.

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WEB SITE RESERVATIONS

For group travel click groups. For Private Car Journey information click private

INDIVIDUAL JOURNEYS ON TRAIN SETS
Itineraries, Departure Dates and Fares
Eastern USA
and into Canada
Western
USA
West Coast USA
and into Canada
Southern USA
and Mid America
CIRCLE AMERICA JOURNEYS
For a route summary, click on Circle Journeys review
Click on blue itineraries of interest for route details and fares, below
Pending
CA Journey 6 – 8 days
Chicago to
New York City
Pending
CA Journey 2 – 8 days
Chicago to
Portland
Pending
CA Journey 3 – 5 days
Portland to
Vancouver, Seattle
Pending
CA Journey 1 – 6 days
San Antonio
to Chicago
Pending
CA Journey 7 – 8 days
New York
to Miami
Pending
CA Journey 5 – 8 days
San Francisco
to Chicago
Pending
CA Journey 4 – 8 days
Seattle to
Los Angeles
Pending
Journey 8 – 8 days
Miami to
San Antonio
Click on Special Offers
SCHEDULED JOURNEYS BY RAIL
Black itinerary details and fares will follow Circle America Journeys. They can be held with no deposit
Gray Journeys will start to become available in 2018
Washington to
Montreal, return
Chicago to
Seattle/Vancouver
Los Angeles to
Chicago
Fort Worth to
New Orleans, return
Washington to
Toronto, return
Vancouver/Seattle
to Chicago
Los Angeles to
Seattle/Vancouver
San Antonio to
Chicago
Washington
to Miami
Chicago to
San Francisco
Vancouver/Seattle to
Los Angeles
Chicago to
San Antonio
Miami to
Washington
San Francisco
to Chicago
San Diego to
Wine Country, return
San Antonio to
Orlando
Washington to
Orlando, return
Chicago to
Los Angeles
San Diego to
Reno, return
Orlando to
San Antonio
Washington to
Boston, return
San Diego to
Grand Canyon (4 days)
Click on Special Offers

WEB SITE RESERVATIONS


INCLUDED IN ALL-INCLUSIVE FARES
Click on Terms and Conditions and/or see travel Documents for related information
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Accommodations – Daily linen changes – Sheet selection – Pillow menu – Fresh blankets/bed covers – Beds turned down as desired – A full length mirror – Superior bath and beauty amenities – Hairdryers – Television and Wi-Fi (within geographic limitations) – DVD player (select from an on board movie library) – 24 hour food, beverage and other room services – Adequate in room and there is normally additional storage space.
Food and Beverage – Menus are based on seasonal supplies, regional selections, and pre Journey passenger input – Dinner reservations can be made, but are not necessary – Meal service includes full or light breakfasts, delightful lunches, fine evening dinners, take-away picnic snacks, personalized event meals and in-room service – Most Journeys include an off-train restaurant dinner featuring regional/local cuisine – Most Journeys include a elegant on board white glove evening meal (formal attire for passengers is not necessary) – Alcoholic beverages are complimentary with on-board meals and at frequent social events – Special menus and beverages are available for individual passengers, if requested at least 14 days before departure. They may be included in all-inclusive fares but there may be a nominal surcharge for some – If no special requests are received, reasonable efforts are made to cater to specific passenger dietary requirements by preparing suitable meals with the ingredients and provisions normally available on board – Regretfully, on normal (not special Journeys) facilities prevent preparation of meals in accordance with strict religious requirements.
On Board Activities and Services (varying based on routes, seasons and Journey objectives) – Photo opportunities, sharing and contests – On board, just for fun, after off-train group activity and award events – Music, dancing and parties, scheduled and for special occasions – Cuisine experiences – Experts speaking about en-route history, cultural, geographic and other Journey experiences – Table games, and competitions – Television and Wi-Fi (within geographic/travel limitations) – Fashion shows – Pleasant social gatherings – Karaoke – Readily available electrical outlets – Baggage assistance, and extra storage for skis, golf clubs and other large items – Special, predetermined on board events (weddings, celebrations, meetings, etc) if requested at least 14 days before departure; there may be a reasonable surcharge – etc.
Rail/Train Car Parking at En-route Destinations – Passengers are able to experience attractions and things to do at various en-route destinations without the inconvenience and cost of moving to and from hotels. Cars are dropped of by one train, park on railroad sidings and spurs, and are picked up by another train. Passengers experience unique aspects of railroading while living on Cars with full on board services. Transportation to and from central destination locations is provided.
Off Car Activities – There is a wide variety of Tracks to Adventure and other activities and things to do at en-route destinations; some may be included in all-inclusive fares depending on the route, passenger preferences and objectives of a Journey by Rail.
Off Car Services – Transportation between parked rail Cars and primary locations at en-route destinations – Exclusive passenger security during all en-route destination layovers – On most Journeys, an off-train dinner featuring regional/local cuisine – On some Journeys, one or more featured Tracks to Adventure tours.
All-inclusive fares also include – Optimum service – Taxes – Customs and immigration fees.

NOT INCLUDED IN ALL-INCLUSIVE FARES
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On-route Destination Activities – Off Car services and activities vary based on Journey objectives, passenger interests and en-route destination features. Although some may be include in Journey fares, an unlimited selection of optional off train activities are available at preferred rates. Things to do can be reserved in advance and during a Journey, or can be arranged on an impromptu basis after arrival.
Travel to/from Journey by Rail Trains – Connecting airline travel arrangements are available through selected travel specialists. If not included in fares, transfers from and to airports or other appropriate places will be provided on request, for a reasonable charge.
Pre and Post Journey Accommodations – Excellent pre and post Journey hotel and resort accommodations are available near boarding and disembarking locations, at preferred rates. In some instances pre and post Journey stays on board rail Cars is offered, for a reasonable additional charge.
Private Car – Exclusive, Private Car Journeys by Rail for up to 8 passengers may be available; traveling with a Train Set on a scheduled route, or alone on an itinerary selected by passengers.
Travel Insurance – Travel insurance is available from selected agencies; it is strongly recommended.
Gratuities – Tips are not necessary but can be given if desired.

OTHER INFORMATION
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Terms and Conditions – The Terms and Conditions include details governing Journey by Rail travel.
AttireDaytime attire is ‘resort casual’. Typical woman’s wear may include a sundress, long or short skirt, casual slacks or nice jeans, walking shorts, t-shirt without controversial slogans, polo shirt, casual button-down blouse and equivalent attire. Men’s attire should be casual slacks or good jeans without holes, cargo or Bermuda shorts, plain t-shirt without controversial slogans, polo shirt, casual button-down shirt, sweater or equivalent attire. Flipflops, worn looking tennis shoes and ‘tired’ sandals should be avoided. – Typical evening attired is ‘dressy casual’. Apart from events immediately following off-car and normal extended on board daytime activities when daytime attire is still being worn, dress casual attired is suggested. Woman’s wear can include a skirt and attractive top, stylish pants outfit, nice jeans with dressy top, suitable matching footwear, or equivalent attire. Men’s shirts should be dress, casual button-down, open-collar or ‘spiffy’ polo style, with slacks or nice jeans; a sport coat or blazer is optional. Non dressy tennis or very casual shoes and sandals should be avoided. – ‘Sophisticated casual’, a step up from dressy casual, is suitable for a ‘white glove’ dinner night, ‘Rail Baron’s Reception’, special off Car restaurant dining, or other more formal affairs. Women can wear chic, spiffy cocktail attire. Men’s clothing should include dress pants and button down or stylish shirts, with or without a sport coat or blazer. Both women and men may want to improvise to feature individual personalities. Footwear should match selected attire. – Outdoor clothing’ should be suitable for expected activities and climates on different routes. Comfortable walking shoes are normally needed. Sun lotion and hats may be desirable. – Not permitted attire while on board Cars includes swimming suits or excessively revealing womens wear. Men must wear tops in rail Car public areas.
Smoking – On a limited number of larger train sets, there may be a designated smoking area. Otherwise, no smoking is permitted on Cars. This includes tobacco products, electronic smoking devices and marijuana. To comply with applicable laws and to avoid discomfort of other passengers, the use or transportation of marijuana for any purpose is prohibited, even in states where recreational use is legal or permitted medically. If off Car smoking at Amtrak stations during stopovers is allowed and time permits, passengers are solely responsible for compliance with related smoking rules and for re-boarding Cars on time.
Laundry – No regular laundry service is available on board. The crew will make reasonable efforts to provide emergency laundry service; including use of off Car facilities at en-route destinations.
Baggage – Baggage limitations are described in the Terms and Conditions. There is adequate in room storage and additional space is normally available for skis, golf clubs and other large items item that are approved at least 10 days before departure.
Gifts – Journey related gifts are available on board or on the Internet by going to Choo Choo Store. Toothbrushes, razors and other basic personal items are available at no cost if required.
Special Occasions –  We would like to celebrate special occasions with passengers that list them on the Pre Journey Questionnaire.
Travel Documents – Passengers are responsible for acquiring and having passports and other travel documents required for travel into Canada.
Health/medical – Passengers are responsible for providing information about medical conditions, physical disabilities, or allergies as requested on the Pre Journey Questionnaire provided before respective departure dates. Rail Car construction prevents provision of typical wheelchair access. There is no doctor on board. Medical aid is available at various Amtrak or other railroad station stops.
Children – Journeys by Rail may not be suitable for younger children. There are no children’s facilities or specific activities for children on board.
Mobile Devices and Internet – For the comfort of all passengers and to maintain the spirit and exclusivity of luxury train travel, there are no radios or television sets in some public areas. The use of mobile phones, laptops and essentially anything that has the ability to disturb other passengers should be confined to the privacy of a passenger bedroom or otherwise used apart from other passengers. Geographic and topographic restrictions may limit Internet and television reception
Books, Magazines, Videos and Games – There are board games, playing cards, video movies for use in bedrooms, books and magazines available on board the train.
Electricity – Readily available electrical outlets are standard 110V plugs.
Safes – Accommodation amenities include an electronic safe.
Air Conditioning – Each bedroom has air-conditioning with individual cool/heat temperature controls.
Journey Terms and Conditions – For details governing the purchase and use of Journeys by Rail click on Terms and Conditions.