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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:
Add your AARP member benefit to any of Vacations By Rail’s Scenic Cruises holidays
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.
Keep reading for suggestions to make the most of your next Québec rail adventure >>
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!
- Save up to $1,600 per couple on Gems of the Danube
- Save up to $1,000 per couple on Jewels of Europe, Black Sea Explorer, Romantic Rhine & Moselle, Vienna to the Danube Delta, Christmas Markets, Danube Discovery Christmas Markets and Christmas River Cruise
- Save up to $800 per couple on Imperial Jewels of Russia
- Save up to $650 per couple on Gems of the Seine, Bordeaux River Cruise, South of France, and Enchanting Rhone
- Save up to $600 per couple on Highlights of the Rhine and Dutch Sights & Belgian Delights
Free Shore Excursion
Receive a free shore excursion when you book any of the following rail-cruise vacations by January 30!
- California Zephyr & Hawaii Cruise
- California Zephyr & Mexico Cruise
- Canada’s Rockies & Alaska Cruise
- Chicago to New Orleans & Western Caribbean Cruise
- Coast Starlight & Alaska Cruise
- Coast to Coast & the Queen Mary
- Eastern Canada Rail & Cruise
- Empire Builder, Glacier National Park & Alaska Cruise
- Empire Builder with Alaska Cruise
- Rocky Mountaineer & Alaska Cruise
- Southwest Chief & Panama Canal
- Trans Canada By Rail & Alaska By Sea
- Yosemite & Denali National Parks with Cruise
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:
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
- Airport transfers
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
Book With Us
Vacations By Rail’s complete product line can be found online featuring detailed itineraries and package inclusions. For additional information about any of our hundreds of rail vacations or to book, call our dedicated AARP member travel desk at 1-888-323-4200. Please have your AARP member number available to provide to us.
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
- Exclusive AARP members travel desk staffed by knowledgeable rail specialists
- Customer care from the first point of contact through the conclusion of your vacation
- Peace of mind with Vacations By Rail’s 24-hour customer service line for passengers in-travel
Traveling with Vacations By Rail means traveling aboard some of the world’s most renowned trains.
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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