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New Rail-River Cruise Journeys in Europe

Five-Star. All-Inclusive. Luxury European river cruises.

Embark on the ultimate rail and river cruise experience in Europe or create your own by pairing any Scenic Cruise with a pre- or post-cruise rail package! Luxury Scenic Space-Ships glide along Europe’s famed waterways, offering unforgettable scenery at every river bend. Shore excursions offer memorable experiences as you explore historic towns and their famous sites with local guides. Dine on gourmet meals, toast to a spectacular vacation with premium drinks, and be pampered with the exclusive amenities of a personal butler and concierge service at every port.

Well-planned itineraries include:

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Allons-y! An Insider’s Guide to Quebec City & Montréal

Quebec offers a distinctive blend of history and culture that accents every trip to this lovely province and makes the must-see cities of Quebec City and Montreal top destinations for Canada rail vacations. Québec’s aristocratic French heritage and North American grit have mingled over the generations to produce a culture that is entirely unique. In Québec, you’ll get all the style and glamour of France with the down-to-earth pleasantness of Canada.
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Special Offers

Book Early & Save up to $1,600 per couple on New Luxury River Cruises

Book a 2015 departure of the following luxury European river cruises and enjoy special early booking savings. Book by February 27!

Valid on new 2015 bookings. Subject to availability and qualifying departure dates. Terms and conditions may apply.

Free Shore Excursion

Receive a free shore excursion when you book any of the following rail-cruise vacations by January 30!

Valid for new 2015 bookings made by January 30, 2015. Free shore excursion is valued at $150 per couple. Promotional credit will be applied to customer account at time of final payment. This offer may be combined with other promotions. Not valid on group bookings. Offer has no cash value and is non-transferable. Additional terms and conditions may apply.

Complimentary 2-Cabin Category Upgrade – Save up to $3800

Book a 2015 rail-river cruise vacation aboard the American Queen or American Empress and receive a 2-cabin category upgrade – a savings of up to $3,800 per stateroom!

Qualifying vacations include:

Offer expires March 31, 2015 and is valid on new, paid-in-full bookings only. Full payment at time of booking is required to redeem this offer. The 2-cabin category upgrade means that guests will be upgraded into cabin(s) that are 2 sequential categories above initial cabin(s) requested and paid for at time of booking. Offer is valid on 2015 rail-cruise bookings that include the American Queen initially booked and paid as cabin categories A, B, C and D; and on 2015 rail-cruise bookings that include the American Empress initially booked and paid as cabin categories C and D. Offer is not valid on March 18 departure of Memphis-New Orleans Rail-River Journey and August 7 departure of Coast Starlight & the Columbia River. Estimated savings of up to $3,800 per stateroom ($1,900 per person) is based on an upgrade from category C to category A for a 9-day American Queen voyage. Offer is based on cabin availability and only while inventory lasts. Offer is not valid on existing reservations. Additional terms and conditions may apply.

Save 20% on London, Paris & Rome Departures

Save 20% on 2015 London, Paris & Rome vacations booked by January 30.

Bookings must be made, under deposit and discount applied by January 30, 2015 for travel in 2015. Not valid on group or existing bookings. Additional terms and conditions may apply.

Stay & Play in the Canadian Rockies with up to $1300 in Added Value

Receive up to $1300 per couple* in added value on qualifying Rocky Mountaineer vacations of 4 nights or more when you book by February 27, 2015.

Added value credit can be used towards:

  • Extra hotel nights in any destination in your vacation package
  • Meals
  • Airport transfers

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Offer valid on new 2015 bookings made by February 27, 2015. Offer is applicable to qualifying Rocky Mountaineer vacations of 4 or more nights. Deposit is required at time of booking. *Maximum offer value of $650 CAD per adult bonus credit ($1300 per couple) is with qualifying holidays of 7+ nights in GoldLeaf Service on select dates in April and May. Bonus credit amount varies by package class of service, duration of holiday and date selected. Travel must occur between April and October 2015. Credited option must be selected at time of booking. An amendment fee of $50 CAD/booking will be charged for changes to the use of the credit after the booking has been confirmed. Credits can only be used toward the purchase of additional services as listed; they may not be used to upgrade rail service or accommodation and cannot be used against the core package price. Add-on credit values are expressed in CAD and will be converted to USD at time of booking at the exchange rate used for the package booking. Credit cannot be deferred to a later trip. Offer is not applicable to child prices, 2-day rail only bookings, or Group bookings. Offer has no cash value and is non-transferable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be modified, withdrawn or amended without prior notice.

Exclusive Everyday AARP Member Benefits

AARP members receive special benefits when traveling with Vacations By Rail:

  • Save 5% on rail tours and train vacations in the USA, Canada, Europe and beyond aboard some of the world’s most legendary trains like the Rocky Mountaineer traveling through the Canadian Rockies, Amtrak’s Empire Builder connecting Chicago, Glacier National Park, and Seattle along a storied pioneer route through the Northern Prairies, and Europe’s luxury trains like the Venice Simplon-Orient Express, the Royal Scotsman, and the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express
  • Save 5% on select city-to-city regional and long-distance North American train tickets
  • No service fees on European rail passes and tickets
* Please see terms and conditions for additional details about these discounts.
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Why Vacations By Rail

Embark on a rail journey to the most sought-after destinations around the globe, from North America’s beautiful national parks and the breathtaking Canadian Rockies to the majestic Swiss Alps and Africa’s game reserves—and everywhere in-between. Vacations By Rail is the trusted authority on rail, offering an extensive collection of independent rail vacations, escorted train tours, rail-cruise combination packages, luxury rail journeys, and tailor-made packages.

  • Well-planned itineraries combine hotel accommodations, regional sightseeing, transfers and more with an outstanding rail experience aboard legendary trains around the globe
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Terms and Conditions

AARP member benefit is available for new bookings only. Proof of AARP membership is required in order to receive these exclusive savings. 5% savings on rail vacations and tours is applied to the base package price. Savings on North American train tickets is off the base rail fare. Discount is not applicable on Northeast Corridor trains and other excluded routes. Discount is combinable with pulse offers and other Vacations By Rail promotions.


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