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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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Whale Breaching in the Alaskan Ocean Near Seward
4.8 stars(18 reviews)
2021MayJunJulAug
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Autumn Foliage In White Mountain
4.3 stars(39 reviews)
2021Sep
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Glacier Express over Stone Bridge
4.2 stars(13 reviews)
2021AugSep
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Durango & Silverton Train
4.6 stars(118 reviews)
2021JunJulAugSepOct
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Kenai Fjords National Park
4.7 stars(18 reviews)
2021MayJunJulAug
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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
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Mt Washington Cog Railway
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2021SepOct
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Field of Wildflowers in Glacier
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South Rim of the Grand Canyon
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Caribou Deer on Mount Denali
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2021JunJulAug
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Allegheny Front in West Virginia
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2021Oct
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Elk in Jasper National Park
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Our customers love our Round Trip & Circle Tours tours
Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure
28 Mar 2020
Raymond
5 stars
“This was a great trip and a wonderful experience
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Alaska by Day
11 Nov 2019
DANA
5 stars
“We booked an Alaskan vacation through Vacations By Rail. Everything from customizing the itinerary, booking the vacation and the vacation itself went so smoothly. We were so impressed with the trains and their staff. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. The trains were comfortable and the meals very good. It was absolutely amazing to be in the glass dome cars and watch the scenery and wildlife. Our vacation was so stress free as everything was so organized. We never had to worry about our luggage. It was always where it was supposed to be! We were spoiled and I want to book all future vacations through Vacations by Rail and travel by train!! We cannot say enough good things.
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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
14 Oct 2019
LORRAINE
5 stars
“Tour was very well run, organized, and included a variety of daily activities, including free time. The tour leader was so experienced, had a wealth of information. Was courteous and patient and seemed to be enjoying himself along with us. I highly recommend traveling with Vacations by Rail.
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Deluxe Alaska Highlights
30 Sep 2019
BETH
5 stars
“Our agent, Frank H, was great! He answered all of my many questions and together we discussed which was the right travel package for us. Everything ran like clockwork in Alaska. Our shuttles were on time, our reservations were waiting for us and the trip was everything and more that I had hoped for. I would definitely use them again!
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Glacier National Park & Chicago
22 Sep 2019
Ronald
5 stars
“Really enjoyed the trip.
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Glaciers, Trains & Trails of Alaska
06 Sep 2019
NORMAN
5 stars
“Well laid out plan with all vouchers ready.
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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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Alaska Wildlife Adventure
20 Aug 2019
Charlotte Mattingly
5 stars
“Alaska was amazing. I am so thankful that we chose Vacations by Rail. Everything is handled for you. You go to the hotel, they give you your key, when you leave you hand in your key and move on. We had a full seven-day adventure we will never forget.
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure - Los Angeles
30 May 2019
Pat
5 stars
“the Grand Canyon train was a blast because our car steward was so funny. AS with any natural formation, we had weather that was not perfect. snow and fog one day. one day fine.
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