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Begin and end your vacation in the same destination with a round trip vacati0n by rail. These grand adventures double the sights you see as the train travels a northern and southern route, or in a loop, to your beginning and endpoint. Each course is highlighted by stops in vibrant cities and scenic destinations that bring to life the essence of the regions through which they travel. Select from circle tours in the United States, Canada or Europe, and enjoy distinct geographical differences, as well as completely different train experiences, in each country.

Amtrak roundtrip rail vacations in the U.S. can travel west from Chicago and over the Colorado Rockies to Salt Lake City and San Francisco aboard the California Zephyr. The return to the Windy City follows a course through the colorful Southwest aboard the Southwest Chief. Set out through the unique landscapes of California, departing from San Francisco and  visiting Yosemite National Park and the wineries of Napa Valley. There are also  tours that highlight the colorful autumn hues and historical sites of New England. These convenient tours even make their rounds through Alaska.

In Canada, join a grand rail circle through the Canadian Rockies. You can elect to travel roundtrip aboard the all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer train or take one leg of the trip aboard VIA Rail's Canadian, adding a classic overnight rail experience to your vacation. Across the pond, these spectacular journeys can include time in Switzerland, home to some of the most scenic railways in the world and the awe-inspiring Swiss Alps. Vacations in Scotland present ancient castles and moving views of the Scottish Highlands aboard iconic rail lines. Join us for an expedition to remember in some of the world's best locales. 

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Tuscany
Great Rail Journeys
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  • DestinationItaly
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Glacier Express over Stone Bridge
Great Rail Journeys
4.2 stars(13 reviews)
2022JunAugSep
2023MayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
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Durango & Silverton Train
Escorted
Special Offer
4.6 stars(114 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSepOct
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South Rim of the Grand Canyon
Independent
USA Rail Sale
4.5 stars(77 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSepOct...
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USA Rail Sale
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  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
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Boston Massachusetts
Escorted
4.5 stars(20 reviews)
2022SepOct
2023SepOct
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Elk In Jasper National Park
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4.6 stars(17 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSepOct
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  • AccommodationRail
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  • DestinationScotland
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Alaska by Day
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4.9 stars(28 reviews)
2022AugSep
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Alaska Railroad Traveling Through Mountains
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Caribou Deer on Mount Denali
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2022Aug
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  • DestinationNorway
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Autumn Foliage In White Mountain
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4.3 stars(39 reviews)
2022SepOct
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Our customers love our Round Trip & Circle Tours tours
Glacier National Park & Chicago
10 Oct 2021
Cheryl
5 stars
“Vacations by Rail took care of all the details and we had a wonderful, relaxing time in Glacier National Park.
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure
21 Sep 2021
Joanne C., Two Rivers, WI
5 stars
“Everything went as planned from the ease of booking the trip, to the hotel arrangements and the rail reservations.
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure - Los Angeles
20 Sep 2021
Leticia
5 stars
“EASY TRAVEL, GREAT ADVENTURE ,OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE ALL THE WAY AROUND . A MUST DO ON YOUR LIFE LIST !!
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Alaska by Day
12 Sep 2021
George E, Verona, WI
5 stars
“All connections, transfers, credit processing and keeping us informed were exemplary. The timing and sequencing of the various tours and stops were perfect and allowed recovery and prep time for the next leg. VBR (Bridget) was also excellent in responding to questions or concerns.
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Alaska Wildlife Adventure
06 Sep 2021
Nancy R, Durham, NC
5 stars
“It was a unique way to see the real Alaska and everything was so well ogranized.
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Glaciers, Trains & Trails of Alaska
25 Jul 2021
Kimberly H, North Richland Hills, TX
5 stars
“We had an amazing time and everything was so professionally done! All the connections with the trains were easy and accommodations were super nice and fun!
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Best of the Rockies
26 Aug 2019
RANDALL
5 stars
“Beautiful train ride on the Rocky Mountaineer and the Canadian Rail system. As a passenger train, we were low on the priority list, so had to give way to freight trains. But it was worth it, as it provided an opportunity to take in more of the scenery and watch the passing trains! Service was excellent and the food was great. Breakfast and lunch included on the Rocky Mountaineer. Due to traffic and frequent pull overs, we were 2 & 1/2 hr late getting into our town. The chef threw together a great dinner for us, which was a great treat!
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Colorado Rail Experience
26 Apr 2019
Frances, E., The Villages, FL
5 stars
“Everything was 5-Star from arrival until departure. Sheryl is as good as they come, as well as our bus driver, James. The tour was breath-taking, fun, memorable and moving. America is truly BEAUTIFUL! Thanks, again to everyone who put this remarkable tour together!
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New England Autumn Rails & Sails
31 Dec 2018
Eva H, Sycamore, OH
5 stars
“Very impressed with the quality of accommodations, knowledge of the tour director and organization. I can truthfully say I have nothing to complain about
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