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Vacations By Rail® Offers 10 New Itineraries for Global Rail Vacations in its 2015 Brochure
Introduction of Simple Cruise Add-On Key, Rail Your Way Offering and Early Booking Bonus Among Highlights of the 2015 Brochure
CHICAGO – August 18, 2014 – Vacations By Rail, the most comprehensive global rail provider in the United States, has launched its 2015 brochure featuring popular rail vacations and 10 new itineraries for travelers who want to discover the world by train. Along with the launch of the brochure comes an Early Booking promotion for 2015 travel. Book any USA or Canada train vacation or rail-cruise package in Vacations By Rail's 2015 brochure valued at $1,000 or more per person, and enjoy an early booking bonus: a complimentary pre- or post-night hotel stay or a complimentary coach class connecting rail ticket—the traveler’s choice (maximum value of $175 per couple). This promotion is valid for new bookings made by October 31, 2014 for 2015 travel.
Whether traveling by luxury train, enjoying a rail-cruise vacation or discovering the national parks of North America, Vacations By Rail can help travelers plan the perfect rail vacation.
“A rail vacation is on many people’s bucket lists and at Vacations By Rail we are dedicated to creating spectacular vacation options that provide once-in-a-life-time experiences,” said Todd Powell, co-founder and president of Vacations By Rail. “We have terrific new offerings around the world from seeing the national parks of the west and the Christmas Markets in Europe, to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Rail/cruise vacations have grown in popularity and, along with a selection of itineraries including Journeys Along the Upper Mississippi, Burgundy and Provence Rail Cruise and Trans Canada By Rail and Alaska by Sea, we now offer an easier way for travelers to pair a rail vacation with the cruise line of their choice.”
Highlights of the 2015 Vacations By Rail brochure and new vacation offerings include:
Rail Your Way
Vacations By Rail now offers travelers more flexibility when planning their rail vacation with the addition of Rail Your Way for 2015. Travelers can now choose when and where to start the rail portion of their trip. For example, travelers can now take the train from the nearest Amtrak station to the first off-train stop of a vacation, or begin at any point along the train route. This is available for all vacation types whether traveling independently or on an escorted trip.
Pairing a cruise with a rail vacation is a favorite option among travelers whether it’s a river cruise down the Mississippi or the Danube in Europe, or meeting-up with an ocean liner to visit Alaska or the Caribbean. Vacations By Rail offers a variety of packaged rail-cruise vacations but the opportunities are limitless. Vacations By Rail works with seven different cruise lines from Holland America Lines to Cunard—or customers can select their preferred cruise line—and has added a Rail/Cruise match-up key to this year’s brochure allowing travelers to easily identify vacations and routes that pair with cruise ports. Travelers can depart on a cruise from Miami, New York, New Orleans and Seattle among others.
A new rail cruise itinerary for 2015 is Quebec to Toronto Along The St Lawrence Seaway: Visit delightful towns along the route on this scenic Canada rail-cruise vacation. Highlights of the journey include exploring historic Quebec City, a six-night cruise aboard the Canadian Empress, a visit to the river town of Trois Riviéres and sightseeing in Montreal. Prices start at $3,440 per person.
Luxury rail vacations call to mind a bygone era of train travel that was truly centered on the journey itself. Hallmarks of these trips were vintage rail cars, sumptuous meals, attentive white-gloved cabin stewards and a shared experience with your fellow travelers. During the Golden Age of rail travel, exclusive rail journeys were considered an utterly refined means of travel—and they still are today. Vacations by Rail works with numerous luxury rail providers globally including The Royal Scotsman, The Venice Simplon-Orient Express and the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. New offerings for 2015 include a famed South American “cruise-train” vacation:
Ecuador by Rail: Explore the multifaceted country of Ecuador on this 10-day escorted tour. Visit regional markets, colonial-era cities, national parks and nature reserves, and enjoy nostalgic rail travel on a four-day journey along the iron rails through the majestic Andes to the Pacific Coast aboard Tren Crucero. Prices start at $3,550 per person.
European Christmas Markets: Celebrate the holiday season with visits to four of Europe’s Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria. Highlights include visits to the Nuremberg Christmas Market, Munich Christmas Market and the classic Austrian cities of Salzburg and Vienna. Prices start at $2,195 per person, based on double occupancy.
Geneva and Lucerne with Mont Blanc: Visit two of Switzerland’s acclaimed cities by train with the snow-capped Alps providing the picturesque background for this trip to Geneva and the charming town of Lucerne. A highlight of this vacation is an excursion across the Swiss-French border to the ski town of Chamonix with a cable car ride to its highest peak, Mont Blanc. Prices start at $1,985 per person, based on double occupancy.
Chicago, New Orleans, Washington DC, New York City : Combine travel aboard three renowned rail routes with visits to Chicago, New Orleans, Washington DC, and New York City for a memorable vacation through the Midwest, Deep South, and East Coast. Prices start at $2,419 per person, based on double occupancy.
National Parks and The Wild West: Discover Cowboy Country on a 12-day tour through America's Wild West. Beginning in Chicago, San Francisco and anywhere in-between, board the legendary California Zephyr and head west to Utah. Highlights of the trip include visits to Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. Prices start at $2,899 per person, based on double occupancy.
Calgary Stampede and The Rockies: This 12-day adventure through Cowboy Country includes the best of the Old West with visits to Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park, Big Sky Country and Yellowstone National Park, the Wild West town of Cody, and Glacier National Park. Prices start at $2,595 per person, based on double occupancy.
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta By Rail: Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta attracts visitors from around the world to revel in the excitement of this annual event and is the cornerstone of this nine-day autumn tour through the southwest aboard the California Zephyr. In addition to the Balloon Fiesta, travelers will enjoy visits to Moab, Utah; Arches National Park; a scenic ride aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad; and a walking tour of historic Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital city. Prices start at $2,399 per person, based on double occupancy.
Fall Colors of New England, Quebec and Montreal: Discover the fall colors in New England and French Canada on this 11-day seasonal tour featuring acclaimed rail excursions, grand hotel stays and brilliant autumn scenery. Highlights of the trip include visits to New Hampshire for excursions aboard the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, Mt. Washington Cog Railway, and Conway Scenic Railroad, a VIA Rail Canada train from Montreal to Quebec City and visits to Vermont, Acadia National Park, Portland, and Cape Ann in Maine. Prices start at $2,699 per person, based on double occupancy.
For more information or to secure a 2015 Vacations By Rail brochure visit www.vacationsbyrail.com or call 1-877-929-7245. All prices quoted are per person, based on double occupancy.
About Vacations by Rail:
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