|Routes and layovers may be revised in accordance with Amtrak’s or other railroad requirements and operating procedures.|
On a limited basis, passengers may be able to board and disembark at Amtrak stations between the normal boarding and disembarking station, to enjoy a shorter Journey by Rail, overnight or not. Ask reservations for fares and details.
INCLUDED IN ALL-INCLUSIVE FARES
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Accommodations – Private bathroom, with shower – Daily linen changes – Sheet selection – Pillow menu – Fresh blankets/bed covers – Beds turned down as desired – 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 storage, 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 – Many Journeys include an off-train restaurant dinner featuring regional/local cuisine, alone or as part of a provided tour – Most Journeys with extended en-route travel times include an 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 but not special Journeys, capabilities may not include 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 park at departure and final arrival locations, and are dropped off at en-route destinations by one train where they park on railroad sidings and spurs. Cars are picked up by another subsequent train. Parking locations may vary between wonderful and okay; security is provided. Passengers experience unique aspects of railroading while living on Cars with full on board services.
Ground Transportation at En-route Destinations – Reasonable ground transportation is included in all-inclusive Journey services during layovers between parked rail Cars and primary attractions/locations. Additional optional transportation is available.
Security at Layovers – When rail Cars are parked, additional security exists as may be necessary to adequately secure Cars, passengers and property.
Extra, Optional Days – Extra days on board may be available before and at initial departure and after and at final destination points, prior to and following scheduled Journey by Rail days.
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 – In addition to Tracks to Adventure tours that may be provided as part of all-inclusive Journeys, many other optional off-car things to do are available.
All-inclusive fares also include – Optimum service – Taxes – Normal customs and immigration fees, where applicable.
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED IN ALL-INCLUSIVE FARES, AND ADDITIONAL SERVICES
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 – Airline: Connecting airline travel arrangements are available through selected independent travel agents, and others, but are not included as part of Journey by Rail prices. – Amtrak: Although not included in Journey by Rail fares, travel by Amtrak train to and from Journey boarding and/or disembarking locations may offer desirable convenience, with easy transfers to and from Journey by Rail trains. – Ground transfers: Arrangements to and from Journey boarding locations and airports 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.
Terms and Conditions – The Terms and Conditions include details governing Journey by Rail travel.
Attire – Daytime 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, dressy casual attire is suggested, which may include suitable daytime resort casual wear. For women. this 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. Additional space may be available for skis, golf clubs and other large items 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 110v electrical outlets are standard.
Safes – Accommodation amenities normally includes 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.