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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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Special Offers

​12 Days of Deals

Enjoy a daily travel deal for 12 days. Preview them here and start planning your next trip. PLUS, enjoy a $250 per person Low Deposit on qualifying North America and Europe vacations booked by December 31, 2018.

Deal 1 (December 7): $200 per person off The Royal Scotsman – Scotland’s Classic Splendors.
Use promo code D1BRS

Deal 2 (December 8): Free one-category upgrade on the Grand Canyon Railway.
Use promo code D2GCR. Qualifying vacations include:

Grand Canyon Rails to the Rim
Southwest Chief with the Grand Canyon
America Coast to Coast with the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon & the West Coast

(Sunday, December 9 – Santa’s workshop is closed, but you can enjoy yesterday’s deal online only.)

Deal 3 (December 10): Free breakfast in Vancouver.
One free breakfast available for qualifying vacations including Vancouver. Use promo code D3YVR.

Deal 4 (December 11): $100 per person off Edinburgh & the Scottish Highlands.
Use promo code D4SCOT

Deal 5 (December 12): $100 per person off the June 21 departure of Colorado Rail Adventure
Use promo code D5CRA

Deal 6 (December 13): $100 per person off the June 20 departure of Flavors of Switzerland.
Use promo code D6FLS

Deal 7 (December 14): $100 per person off the October 20 departure of Historic Trains of West Virginia & Maryland.
Use promo code D7HTMW

Deal 8 (December 15): $100 per person off the October 5 departure of Fall Colors, Scenic Trains & Martha’s Vineyard.
Use promo code D8FC

(Sunday, December 16 – Santa’s workshop is closed, but you can enjoy yesterday’s deal online only.)

Deal 9 (December 17): Free pre- or post-night hotel on select North America winter vacations.
Use promo code D9WH. Qualifying vacations include:

Winter in the Rockies
Banff & Jasper Winter Magic
Winter in Whistler, Banff & Jasper
Canadian Snow Train
Canadian Snow Train with Jasper
Winter Escape to the Grand Canyon
California Zephyr & Hawaii Cruise
Chicago to New Orleans & Western Caribbean Cruise
Southwest Chief & Panama Canal Cruise

Deal 10 (December 18): Free room category upgrade in Vancouver or Toronto.
Available for qualifying vacations in Deluxe Class. Use promo code D10VT. 

Beautiful Banff Rail & Drive
Canadian Rockies by Rail
Across Canada by Train
Canada Coast to Coast
Excursion to the Canadian Rockies
Exploring Western Canada
Getaway to the Canadian Rockies
Lakes, Mountains & the Rockies
Luxury Rockies Explorer
Northern Adventure Rail & Drive
Quebec to Toronto along the St. Lawrence Seaway
Rocky Mountaineer & Edmonton Mall
Trans Canada by Rail
Trans Canada by Rail & the Rockies
Trans Canada by Rail with Jasper
Vancouver to Montreal Trans Canada Adventure
Vancouver, the Rockies & Winnipeg 

Deal 11 (December 19): $25 per person off Montreal & Quebec Holiday and Montreal & Quebec City Getaway.
Use promo code D11MQ

Deal 12 (December 20): $1000 per couple in added value for luxury rail journeys of $5,000 or more per person.
Use promo code D12LUX

Daily offers are subject to availability. Each offer is valid for new bookings only, have no cash value, are non-transferable and may be modified or withdrawn without notice. Individual offer terms and conditions apply.

Two Weeks Only: Save up to $295 in Canada

Book a qualifying 2019 rail vacation and save up to $295 per person. Vacations include:

Hurry! Offer ends December 14. Use promo code VIA12.

Offer is valid for new bookings only made between December 3 and December 14, 2018 for travel in 2019. Offer is not valid for travel in Prestige Class. Published maximum savings is valid is based on 3% savings on September 2019 departures of Canada Coast to Coast. Offer has no cash value and is non-transferable. Not valid for Group Travel. Offer is subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time.

Traveler’s Choice: Hotel, Sightseeing or Rail

Book a qualifying 2019 USA or Canada rail vacation or rail-cruise package and receive $150 per couple in added value to use towards the travel add-on of your choice:

  • Pre- or post-night hotel stay
  • Sightseeing tour
  • Connecting rail

Book by December 31, 2018. Use promo code TC18.

Offer is valid for new bookings made between December 3 and December 31, 2018 for travel in 2019. Promotional value is $150 per couple. Added value item must be requested at time of booking and cannot be added retroactively. Should selected travel-add on exceed $150 per couple in added value, the difference is travelers's responsibility. Pre- or post night hotel accommodations will be in the same class of service as vacation. Connecting rail is offered in coach class. Offer is not valid for Group Travel,is non-transferable and has no cash value. Offer is subject to availability and may be modified or withdrawn at any time. Additional terms and conditions may apply.

Save up to $300 PLUS Your Travel Bonus

Book a qualifying Switzerland rail vacation and save up to $300 per person.* PLUS, enhance your vacation with the Swiss travel bonus of your choice:

  • Traditional fondue dinner or Swiss wine/champagne and treat
  • Mountain/boat excursion
  • Wellness voucher for spa services**

Qualifying vacations include:

Book by December 31 to lock in savings and value-added offers. Use promo code ASWISS.

Offer valid on new bookings made by December 31, 2018 for travel in 2018/19. Blackout dates may apply. Offers are non-transferable, have no cash value, subject to availability and may be modified or withdrawn at any time. Additional terms and conditions may apply. *Published maximum savings is based on a $75 per person promotional savings plus AARP member benefit on January-March 2019 departures of Deluxe Switzerland in Winter. Selection of travel bonuses may vary based on class of service. **Wellness voucher is available for Deluxe packages only.

$250 Low Deposit

Secure your spot on a qualifying 2019 USA, Canada or Europe rail tour for a reduced deposit of just $250 per person. Book by December 31 and mention promo code LD250.

Offer is valid for new bookings made by December 31, 2018 for travel in 2019. Offer is not valid for vacations including travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer or travel in Prestige Class. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Additional terms and conditions may apply.

Save $100 in Italy and Switzerland

Book a fall departure of one of the following escorted rail tours and save $100 per person:

Offer is valid for new bookings made by December 31, 2018 for travel on select departure dates in 2019. Offer is non-transferable and has no cash value. Not valid for Group Travel. Offer is subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Additional terms and conditions apply.

Fly Free on Select 2019 River Cruises

Fly free on select 2019 Europe rail and river cruise vacations booked through December 18, 2018.

Offer is valid for new bookings only made by December 18, 2018, for travel on select departure dates in 2019. Offer is valid for new bookings made by December 18, 2018 for travel on select departure dates in 2019. Free roundtrip economy class trans-Atlantic air is from LAX, NYC, WAS, BOS and CHI. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class fare available at time of reservation. Once ticketed, air reservations are subject to change/cancellation penalties of $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Additional airline baggage fees apply. Offer is non-transferable and has no cash value. Offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Receive up to $600 in Added Value in Canada

Book a qualifying 2019 rail vacation on Rocky Mountaineer and receive up to $600* per couple in added value to be used towards your choice of hotels, dining, sightseeing and more. Offer ends December 21, 2018.

*Offer valid on new 2019 bookings made by December 21, 2018. This offer is applicable to qualifying 2019 Rocky Mountaineer packages of five or more days on select dates only. Deposits are required at the time of booking and full payment of the balance must be made by January 11, 2019. Maximum offer value of $300 USD per adult credit ($600 USD per couple) is with qualifying holidays of eight days or more in GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service. Qualifying packages of five to seven days in GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service will receive $200 USD per adult credit ($400 USD per couple). Applicable to single, double, triple or quad package prices. Qualifying packages can be purchased in any class of train travel or grade of accommodation. Credits can only be used towards the purchase of additional services; credit cannot be used to upgrade rail service or accommodation. Offer is not applicable to child prices, 2 or 3-day rail only bookings or Group Tour bookings. Offer has no cash value and is non-transferable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be modified, withdrawn or amended without prior notice. Additional conditions apply.

Save 10% on Worldwide Rail Tours

Save 10% on select 2019 vacations in Europe*, North America, Asia, and beyond! Book January 17, 2019, to take advantage of this special offer.

Saving is based on maximum 10% Early Payment Discount. Early Payment Discount is on the land-only portion of selected trips and does not apply to extra nights' accommodation, optional extensions, airfares, flight supplements and surcharges, taxes and fees and airport transfers. A deposit is required on booking and the full amount must be paid no later than January 17, 2019 *(Europe tours: January 31, 2019) for land only guided trips to qualify for the 10% savings. Offer is subject to availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time.

Save 5% on Asia, Africa, and South Pacific Vacations

Save 5% per person on 2019 Asia and South Pacific vacations booked through April 30, 2019.

Offer is valid for new bookings made, under deposit and discount applied by April 30, 2019 for travel in 2019. Offer is non-transferable, has no cash value and is subject to availability. Additional terms and conditions may apply.

2020 Luxury Rail Journeys at 2019 Prices

Book a qualifying 2020 luxury rail holiday at 2019 rates:

Offer ends December 31, 2018.

Offer is available for new 2020 departures booked and under deposit by December 31, 2018. Offer is non-transferable and has no cash value. Offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Additional terms and conditions may apply.

The Gift of Rail Travel

A Vacations By Rail gift certificate gives memories that last a lifetime! Recipients can apply their gift certificate to any rail vacations offered by Vacations By Rail. To purchase a gift certificate, call  877-929-7245.


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

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Traveling with Vacations By Rail means traveling aboard some of the world’s most renowned trains.

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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.

Disclaimer

AARP member benefits are provided by third parties, not by AARP or its affiliates. Providers pay a royalty fee to AARP for the use of its intellectual property. These fees are used for the general purposes of AARP. Some provider offers are subject to change and may have restrictions. Please contact the provider directly for details.

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