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Vacations By Rail® Introduces New Rail/Cruise Tours To Explore America’s Rivers In 2014

Explore the Columbia, Mississippi and Ohio Rivers by Steamboat and Train for a True Taste of Americana

Vacations By Rail® Introduces New Rail/Cruise Tours To Explore America’s Rivers In 2014
Explore the Columbia, Mississippi and Ohio Rivers by Steamboat and Train for a True Taste of Americana

CHICAGO – June 9, 2014 – Vacations By Rail, the most comprehensive global rail provider in the United States, is offering four new rail/river cruise itineraries to discover the Pacific Northwest and the heartland of America this year. Travelers who want to explore the Columbia River in Oregon are able to depart from Chicago aboard the Empire Builder, which travels over the northern part of the U.S., or from Los Angeles aboard the Coast Starlight up the Pacific Coast. Travelers interested in the Mississippi and its river towns have several new options to explore both the upper and lower portions of the Mississippi River including a New Orleans-style New Year’s Eve cruise followed by a trip on the City of New Orleans train to Chicago.

“A rail/cruise vacation allows travelers to discover America while taking in beautiful vistas on storied train routes and exploring different ports of call during the cruise,” said Todd Powell, co-founder and president of Vacations By Rail. “Many Vacations By Rail customers want an experience that harkens back to a simpler time and as a result we are seeing a greater demand for Rail/ River cruise vacations.”

New Rail/Cruise Offerings for 2014 include:

Pacific Northwest and Columbia River Cruise -- Embark on a rail and river cruise adventure following the path taken by explorers Lewis and Clark in 1805. Beginning in Chicago, board Amtrak's Empire Builder train for the storied two-night journey across the northern prairies into Big Sky Country, ending in Portland, Oregon. Explore the “City of Roses” during a short city stay before boarding the American Empress, your floating boutique hotel for the journey into the heart of Washington's wine country. From Portland's lovely International Rose Test Garden to the hallowed artifacts on the Nez Perce Reservation, the region comes to life. Tour a classic Victorian home in Astoria, Oregon and marvel at the engineering achievement of the Bonneville Dam. Whether travelers choose to take in the scenery from Mt. Hood's Timberline Lodge nestled among the pines or climb a lighthouse to view the expansive Pacific, a voyage on the Columbia and Snake Rivers offers a view of the world from a new perspective. Prices start at $4,577.

Coast Starlight and Columbia River Cruise -- See the best of the Pacific Northwest on a rail and river cruise adventure that begins in Los Angeles, where travelers board Amtrak's Coast Starlight for the overnight journey along the Pacific Coast into Oregon and onto Portland. Travelers board the American Empress for a seven-night river cruise along the Columbia and Snake Rivers offering a new perspective of the land explorers Lewis and Clark traversed. Travel to the top of Astoria Column for panoramic views of the city, learn about hydropower at the Bonneville Dam, and view a collection of pioneer artifacts from when the region was first settled. Prices for the nine-day rail/cruise start at $4,472.

Journey Along The Upper Mississippi -- Journey through America's Heartland on a rail-river cruise vacation that takes travelers from Chicago to St. Louis by train and along the Upper Mississippi aboard the American Queen steamboat. During the voyage, travelers will discover the true inspiration behind Mark Twain's beloved American classics and the river lore that's woven around classic Midwest cities in Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Prices start at $3,244 for two adults.

Ohio and Mississippi River Cruise-- The American Spirit thrives on this 10-day rail-river cruise along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Enjoy an overnight stay and sightseeing in Chicago before traveling by train through Illinois and into Missouri to St. Louis. Here, travelers will meet up with the American Queen Steamboat for your leisurely seven-night river cruise. Meander along the rivers, visiting cities steeped in Americana as the boat winds it way to Cincinnati, where the rail-river cruise journey comes to an end. Prices start at $2,981.

New Year’s and the Antebellum South Cruise -- Embark on the ultimate New Year's holiday! The festive vacation begins in New Orleans for a seven-night sailing along the Lower Mississippi River aboard the Steamboat American Queen. Enjoy ports of call in lovely destinations like Oak Alley, St. Francisville, charming Natchez with its unrivaled collection of antebellum mansions, historic Vicksburg with its Civil War battlefield, Louisiana's state capitol of Baton Rouge, and Plantation Road. Returning to New Orleans, board Amtrak's City of New Orleans for your leisurely overnight rail journey to Chicago. Prices start at $3,050.

All rail-cruise vacations include train travel, cruise bookings, and select sightseeing. Vacations By Rail can arrange for connecting rail from a traveler’s nearest Amtrak station or any point along the route. Prices listed are land-only, per person based on double occupancy. Call for single rates.

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