Road & Rail

Big Fat Road & Rail Wrap

Choo- choo- choose to spend your afternoon reading up on all the latest news concerning roads and rails. There might even be something on railroads if you’re lucky.

Explore Uzbekistan by Bicycle with Grasshopper Adventures

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On the 14-day cycling journey through the heart of Central Asia, guests will experience mountain gorges, desert oases, ancient fortified cities, bustling bazaars, tented caravans, and the Great Steppe, all while absorbing the rich history that has shaped empires for millennia.

This tour offered exclusively by Grasshopper Adventures will have guests exploring the ancient cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz, and Khiva; cycling the incredible canyons and peaks of the Nuratau Mountains; and experiencing the ancient nomadic way of life in yurt camps stationed on the old Silk Road.

The mixture of adventurous cycling and camping in very remote areas makes this a slightly more challenging itinerary than most Grasshopper tours.

The tour covers 505 km and starts at $4,950 USD. For more info, visit https://www.grasshopperadventures.com.

Ride Through Italy and Three Islands on New TDA Global Cycling Tour

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Ride through Tuscany to Siena and Florence, over the islands of Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily, and up the Tyrrhenian coast through Naples on TDA Global Cycling’s new Viva Italia tour in Italy and France, debuting in 2019.

Covering 1,450 miles in 5 1/2 weeks, the tour will take cyclists through hilly vineyards and olive groves, mountainous islands, ancient cities and seaside villages, and allow them to savor handmade pasta, fresh seafood and traditional pizza along the way.

The full tour begins Sept. 14, 2019, starting at $10,800 per person based on double occupancy.

For more information, visit https://tdaglobalcycling.com/viva-italia or call 416-364-8255.

Rocky Mountaineer rolls into 2019 with two limited-time promotions

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Rocky Mountaineer, the world’s largest privately-owned luxury tourist train that travels through Western Canada and the Pacific northwest, is kicking off the new year with two promotions for guests booking trips for the 2019 season.

The 2019 Classic Journey offer* saves guests $320 AUD per couple on a four-day/three-night trip on Rocky Mountaineer in GoldLeaf Service This promotion is for new bookings and for a short time only – trips must be booked between 5 and 31 January.

Guests on First Passage to the Wet travel between Vancouver and Banff and are treated to two luxurious days onboard the train and 3 nights of accommodation in Vancouver, Kamloops and Banff, with highlights including the legendary Spiral Tunnels The Journey through the Clouds travels between Vancouver and Jasper, where guests enjoy two days onboard the train, staying overnight in Vancouver, Kamloops and Jasper and witness highlights including Pyramid Falls

Guests looking to add value to their trip on Rocky Mountaineer can earn $550 towards an extra experience, activity or over-night stay using the ‘Stay and Play’** offer.

The credit, worth up to $550 per couple, can be redeemed when a couple books a 2019 minimum four-night Rocky Mountaineer package before 31 March 2019.

The credit can be put towards a variety of luxurious add-ons, including extra hotel nights in Seattle, Vancouver or Calgary, additional Rocky Mountaineer routes as well as once in a lifetime activities and tours

For more information on these promotions go to www.rockymountaineer.com, or contact Rocky Mountaineer directly at 1-877-460-3200.

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PONANT now offers free unlimited WIFI on all ships

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Malindo Air cabin crew alleged to have carried $21 million worth of drugs into Australia

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