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Cozy up to Winter Train Vacations

​Winter is a magical time of year complete with festive holidays and fantastic seasonal activities. It's also the perfect time of year for a train vacation to truly memorable destinations.


Winter is a magical time of year complete with festive holidays and fantastic seasonal activities. From snow-capped mountains to sun destinations, winter train vacations offer a variety of exciting travel options. Set your sights on some of the world’s most interesting locales this winter.

European Christmas Markets
There’s no better way to soak up holiday ambiance than a vacation to Nuremburg, Munich, Salzburg and Vienna, where you can take in the sights, smells and sounds of some of Europe's best Christmas Markets. Holiday spirits are high making this trip one to remember for years to come.

Canadian Rockies
Majestic mountains, glittering snow and city excitement await when travelers spend winter in the Rockies. Highlights include a cozy overnight rail journey aboard VIA Rail’s iconic overnight train, the Canadian, and stays in Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff.

For a truly special experience, celebrate Christmas in the Rockies and wrap your holiday in impressive city sightseeing and mountain scenery.

Eastern Canada
Historic sites and modern marvels await when you visit two of Canada's most popular cities - Montreal and Quebec City - this winter. Itineraries include comprehensive sightseeing in both destinations, which allow for in-depth looks at the most exciting offerings of the cities.

Explore Toronto, Montreal and Saint Alexis des Monts over the course of 9 days when you spend Winter in Eastern Canada. Dogsledding, snowmobiling and city sightseeing are just some of the high points of this unique getaway.

Grand Canyon National Park
Winter travel to the Grand Canyon is one of a kind in that you get to see one of America's most-traveled destinations without all of the crowds that typically accompany a natural wonder. Grand Canyon vacations feature overnight rail travel aboard the legendary Southwest Chief as well as a journey aboard the vintage Grand Canyon Railway.

New Orleans
A southern holiday experience at its best, uncover the mystique of winter in New Orleans with the new winter New Orleans Holiday Express vacation. Beginning in Chicago travel by overnight train through the Mississippi Delta to New Orleans where the Cajun-French Creole holiday spirit envelops every visitor.

Combine rail travel with the charm of a river cruise on a charming journey through the Deep South. New Orleans Holiday and the Spirit of the Antebellum South begins in Chicago with a full day of sightseeing and continues into New Orleans via Amtrak's City of New Orleans. The unique allure of the city is apparent, and travelers haveample time to explore the Big Easy before boarding the American Queen for a steamboat voyage along the mighty Mississippi. Uncover exciting ports of call throughout Louisiana and Mississippi before returning back to New Orleans and home.

Sun Destinations
Escaping cold temperatures is a breeze with rail-cruise vacations to sunnier locales. Cross America’s western frontier by trains bound for San Francisco or Los Angeles and step aboard a cruise ship sailing for sandy shores like the Hawaiian Islands, Mexican Riviera or Panama Canal.

For a truly unique getaway, embark on a distinctive People to People cultural program to Cuba. Beginning in New York City or Washington DC, travel aboard Amtrak’s Silver Meteor for the overnight journey along America’s east coast to Miami, where travelers board a cruise ship for the 9-night circumnavigation of Cuba. Guests have a unique opportunity to experience many seldom-visited port cities and have unmatched experiences with locals, uncovering the history and culture of the island through their eyes.

From the United States to Canada, Europe and beyond, the options for winter travel are bountiful.

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