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Unique Winter Rail Vacations

Winter is a season full of opportunity brimming with exciting seasonal activities and fantastic natural phenomena.


Winter is a season full of opportunity brimming with exciting activities and fantastic natural phenomena. It is a season of glowing lights dancing in the sky whether tied to the Capilano Suspension Bridge or appearing above the Scandinavian landscape to remind us of the magic in the universe. From a once in a life time journey to the Arctic or a Caribbean getaway, consider these unique winter rail vacations packed with memorable experiences.

  • The Northern Lights and Lapland
    Journey through Norway and the Swedish Lapland from Oslo to Sami. On the way, explore the natural beauty of the Scandinavian landscape and witness the breathtaking performance of the Northern Lights in the night sky.
  • Polar Bear and Churchill Adventure
    Embark on a two-night rail journey from Winnipeg to Churchill for a true bucket list journey: a polar bear safari on Churchill’s icy tundra. Witness Arctic wildlife in action as they await the freezing of Hudson Bay. Guests also learn about the historical significance of Churchill and enjoy a truly Canadian winter activity—dog sledding!

  • The Golden Eagle—The Trans Siberian Express Winter Wonderland
    This luxurious and historical vacation takes you along one of the most famous railways in the world: the Trans Siberian Railroad. On this adventure through Russia’s eastern most landscape, you will spend twelve nights aboard the Golden Eagle, where you can experience the beauty and rich histories of Russia, the Buryat Republic and Mongolia all from the comfort of the regal Golden Eagle train carriages.
  • Pacific Northwest at Christmas Time
    Witness the natural beauty of winter in the Pacific Northwest from Seattle, WA to Vancouver, BC. This scenic winter vacation features an excursion to Snoqualmie Falls and a Winter Wonderland Adventure at Vancouver’s famous Capilano Suspension Bridge. Wrap up your time in British Columbia with a visit to the world-renowned Butchart Gardens, decorated for the holidays.
  • Chicago to New Orleans & Western Caribbean Cruise
    Travel from the Windy City to New Orleans onboard Amtrak’s City of New Orleans to kick off your winter rail-cruise vacation. Experience the historic Creole city before embarking on a tropical adventure to Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico, Roatan and the Bay Islands of Honduras, and Harvest Caye, Belize.

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