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Top Destinations for 2019 Rail Travel Around the Globe

Whether you desire history, culture or the serenity of nature, there are incredible destinations both far and near to pique your interest.


Catch the travel bug this year and set out on a journey of a lifetime. Whether you desire history, culture or the serenity of nature, there are incredible destinations both far and near to pique your interest. These are some of the top destinations for 2019:

America’s National Parks

Experience the ambiance of America’s untouched lands with a visit to one of the 58 National Parks that can be found from coast to coast. From the mountains and waterways of Yellowstone to the colorful rock formations of Arches National Park, the county is filled with natural beauty. America’s Great National Parks offers a look at five of the West’s most inspiring parks, along with a ride aboard Amtrak’s famed Empire Builder.

Alaska

America’s Last Frontier beckons. Endless expanses of untouched nature meet interesting towns and villages, making this land one to remember. By rail, water, and road, there are many ways to enjoy Alaska. The Alaska the Greatland tour is a prime example, with rides aboard the Alaska Railroad’s signature routes, a cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park and unforgettable looks at Alaska’s backcountry.

Australia

Beautiful sandy beaches, cosmopolitan cities and a colorful Outback filled with natural formations and aboriginal history: These are just some of the great things that travelers can expect from this popular destination. On the Across Australia by Train journey from Vacations By Rail, there is no shortage of sites to see as experience as guests travel through big cities, Kangaroo Island and along one of the country’s most famous train lines.

Canada

From the unforgettable scenery and vast array of year-round activity in the Canadian Rockies to the deep history of Quebec City and the Maritimes, Canada is chock-full of bucket-list destinations to explore. On the Canada Coast to Coast tour, travelers spend 17 days experiencing all the best. Complete with rides aboard iconic railways and sightseeing in the country’s most beautiful locales, this is one of the best ways to see everything Canada has to offer.

Italy

Whether you seek the sun-soaked Amalfi Coast or the centuries-old history that radiates through cities such as Rome and Venice, Italy offers a wonderful variety of contemporary amenities and old-world charm. Take a peek for yourself with our Best of Italy tour. Beginning in Rome, travelers have 11 days to explore destinations such as Florence, Tuscany, Pompeii, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast before the tour concludes in Naples.

Scotland

One of the top destinations for 2019, Scotland offers rolling green terrain, interesting cities, and undeniable culture. Experience the exceptional beauty of the Scottish Highlands or venture offshores to one of the hundreds of islands that make up this unique locale. Experience it all with Vacations By Rail’s Edinburgh, the Highlands & Islands tour, which takes travelers to ancient castles, along the lines of storied railways and to picturesque destinations all throughout Scotland over the course of 10 days.

Switzerland

A place where towering mountain peaks contrast modern cities, Switzerland is a sightseers dream. Some of the most impressive scenic railways in the entire world can be found in this country - appropriately so, considering the views. Let the Swiss vistas catch your eye as you travel through Zurich, Montreux, Zermatt, Lugano, Lucerne, and other scenic destinations by train with the 12-day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland.

Your next great rail adventure is just a few clicks away when you choose to travel with Vacations By Rail. Contact a Rail Specialist to learn more about these destinations or to find the tour that fits your group’s needs.

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