What's Included In Our Tours
As far as possible our tours are all inclusive with no hidden extras. What follows are those elements which are included in the tour price. The only extra items you will need to budget for include personal expenses such as international and internal flights, visa costs, travel insurance, drinks from the Bar Lounge Car and laundry.
Experienced Tour Managers
Our experienced tour managers and their assistants are selected for their travel knowledge and their linguistic and organisational abilities allowing you to relax and enjoy your rail cruise. We receive exceptional passenger comments about our Tour Managers and their aim is to ensure you enjoy every minute of your holiday.
Arrival and Departure Transfers
Arrival and departure transfers are included.
Most travel will be on board our private charter of the Prestige Continental Express and The Glacier & Bernina Pullman Express. Where we travel on historic or regular trains, we will be accommodated in first class where available.
Overnights in luxury accommodation is included throughout the journey. You will find your hotel room a welcome retreat at the end of each day. All hotels are of, at least, four-star standard.
Welcome and Farewell Dinners
Each tour begins with a Welcome Dinner, an ideal opportunity to get to know your fellow passengers; for the Tour Manager to brief you on the trip; and introduce you to the Golden Eagle Luxury Trains team and the Tour Doctor. The Farewell Dinner is the perfect end to your adventure by private train where you can relive the journey and look ahead to future tours.
Route Guide, Itinerary and Information Pack
Our Tour Manager will organise a programme of briefings on the cities or places we visit and, each evening, will issue a programme for the next day’s touring schedule.
Meals (8 Breakfast, 1 Brunch, 8 Lunches and 6 Dinners)
Meals are included as marked in the itinerary. B = Breakfast, Br = Brunch, L = Lunch, D = Dinner. Our departure features uniquely designed restaurant cars where you can enjoy the excellent waiter-served food and wine. Several times during the tour we will also sample authentic local cuisine off the train.
Drinks with Meals
A generous drinks allowance, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, with meals on and off the train.
On Board Service
You can expect service which is attentive, friendly and unintrusive.
Guided Off-Train Excursions
The history and culture of the places we visit on our rail cruises will come alive through our expert local guides. We include several guided excursions, such as the Triacco Winery and the fortress at St Gotthard's Pass plus special train journeys as detailed in the itinerary.
On all the off–train excursions, to enhance your enjoyment and comprehension of the places you visit, you will be provided with a lightweight personal headset on which to listen to your tour guide as you take in the sights. So you do not need to worry about missing any of the interesting details on your excursions.
On Board Doctor and Medical Facilities
To give you peace of mind our tours are accompanied by a doctor who travels with us for the entire journey; so you can rest assured that medical assistance is always available. On call 24 hours a day, the doctor is on hand to give primary care as required. Normally, the doctor will be English speaking and be registered with the General Medical Council in the UK.
Porterage is included. All baggage is taken directly from hotel to hotel by road and will be in your room upon arrival each evening.
You will not have to worry about tipping on and off the train on your rail journey with Golden Eagle Luxury Trains as all gratuities are included in the tour price.