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Embark on an independent tour by train and get set for adventure! Set your own pace as you follow a well-crafted itinerary to popular destinations throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Blaze a trail of discovery on heritage and history tours. Uncover North America's natural wonders with national parks vacations.  Revel in the romance of Europe's capital cities.

Each independent rail tour features travel along legendary train routes, comprehensive sightseeing and ample time at leisure. Choose from an extensive selection of regional tours, cross-country rail vacations, rail-drive getaways, and rail-cruise packages.

 

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Moraine Lake in Banff
Independent
4.3 stars(115 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
7 days from
$2,089 pp
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2023AprMayJunJulAug...
9 days from
$2,295 pp
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9 days from
$2,295
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  • DestinationItaly
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8 days from
$2,350
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Cabin Emerald at Lake Yoho National Park
Independent
4.7 stars(43 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
6 days from
$2,408 pp
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Moraine Lake Banff National Park
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4.5 stars(47 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
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$2,571 pp
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St Joseph Oratory Montreal
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4.7 stars(35 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
14 days from
$3,373 pp
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14 days from
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  • AccommodationRail
  • TransportRail
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8 days from
$4,250
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13 days from
$3,575
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  • DestinationItaly
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9 days from
$2,233
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Iconic View of Morants Curve
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4.7 stars(14 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
17 days from
$7,472 pp
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Train in Canadian Rockies
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4.6 stars(36 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
12 days from
$5,606 pp
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Cuisine & Culture: Barcelona, Madrid, Seville
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4.6 stars(5 reviews)
2022Dec
2023JanFebMarAprMay...
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Canadian Snow Train
30/Nov
Shylock
5 stars
“The experience is wonderful, the crew outstanding, the food delicious, and the scenery beautiful. If the beds were slightly larger it would be perfect.
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Vienna, Salzburg & Munich
14/Nov
MARY CATHERINE JOHNSTON
5 stars
“THE TRIP WAS WONDERFUL! I wish to compliment the Piaristenkeller in Vienna. Owner Erick E. personally gave us historical tour of his restaurant and the mini museum it houses. Wow! Karen, our guide, for Salzburg walking tour was excellent! The private transfers were quality and our even our final trip to airport ended with another detailed historical explanation of passing architecture and the rulers responsible. My journal records our experiences. It is over 45 pages long. I am happy to recommend Agent Hilary! We will travel again on Vacations By Rail for sure!
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Canadian Rockies by Rail
2/Nov
MICHELLE PUCKETT
5 stars
“We really enjoyed our trip it was our 1st on a train so we got to know what we liked and don't like. Food on train was fantastic, met a lot of new people. 1st time on a guided motorcoach tour and we really enjoyed it, made it really nice for my husband as he normally does most of the driving he actually got to sit back and enjoy the sites. Would recommend this to my friends and family. Looking for our next vacation. Our motorcoach guide was wonderful, full of places to see and her knowledge of the area was great.
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New York to Niagara Falls
1/Nov
MONICA BROWN
5 stars
“Smooth ride, comfortable reclining seating, amazing leg room and beautiful views.
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Trans Canada By Rail Featuring VIA Rail's Prestige Class
27/Oct
MARY KATHLEEN DUNCAN
5 stars
“All of the transfers arranged by Vacations by Rail worked flawlessly. No stress there. The train trip itself was as promised, beautiful views out our picture window, very good food and very pleasant and accommodating staff, with one exception. The dining car manager, who had originally agreed that we could have a table for two, when we arrived for the first lunch seating said she couldn't accommodate us - she was too full. Since all of the literature about Prestige Class says you are entitled to room service dining, and since COVID is definitely not over and the usual seating in the dining room is four to a table we had no intention of sitting across the table from two strangers. We had, however, agreed to try the dining room as long as we had our own table. The dining room manager told Sunny, our cabin attendant, that she could accommodate us, so we told Sunny we would try it out. Unpleasant experience when we arrived for lunch, so we left and had room service for the rest of the trip.
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure - Los Angeles
23/Oct
Robert Ferreri
5 stars
“Nice that our luggage was forwarded after each part of the trip. Food on Amtrak was better than I expected (and I'm a retired chef).
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Cuisine & Culture: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville
23/Oct
TIFFANY LEIGH RETZLAFF
5 stars
“This was my first trip to Europe so I didn't really have a frame of reference for what to expect, but everything with Vacations By Rail was great and a very smooth experience! The hotels booked for us were lovely and in excellent parts of town, the trains between cities were easy to navigate, clean, and comfortable, and we loved the optional add-on experiences! We particularly enjoyed the sightseeing tours we took on the first day that we traveled to each city - these helped us to get a feel for the area and plan for the thing we wanted to see and the places we wanted to eat! We had a lovely trip overall and would happily recommend Vacations By Rail to others who like a little bit of structure on trips but a good amount of free time to do as you please!
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Montreal & Quebec City by Rail
22/Oct
NANCY BEARDSLEY
5 stars
“Very comfortable and manageable for solo traveler.
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New Orleans Express
19/Oct
STERLING WHITAKER
5 stars
“My wife and I used Vacations By Rail to book our annual anniversary trip this year. We have long looked forward to taking a train trip. They booked us into a first-class hotel in Chicago, the Palmer House, and then the train trip (we rented a sleeper bedroom) was wonderful. Much better than air travel. They booked us into the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, which was another absolutely wonderful hotel. Both hotels are historic grand hotels with an enormous amount of history to them, so it's like a trip and history lesson all in one. The staff was great in both places. The Chicago hotel was right on the Magnificent Mile, and the New Orleans hotel was right on the French Quarter. The customer service from Vacations By Rail was exemplary at every turn. I wish every travel experience could be as easy as this one was. It made our anniversary truly unforgettable.
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