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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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Durango & Silverton Train
Heritage Tour
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4.6 stars(212 reviews)
2024JunJulAugSepOct
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South Rim of the Grand Canyon
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4.3 stars(144 reviews)
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Kancamagus Highway During Foliage Season
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2024SepOct
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Glacier Express over Stone Bridge
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Scenic Switzerland & Glacier Express
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2024Jul
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland, The Netherlands
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Bunches of Ripe Grapes
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Strathspey Railway
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2024AprMayJunJulSepOct
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Edinburgh
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4.2 stars(9 reviews)
2024AprSep
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Alaska by Day
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Alaska Railroad Traveling Through Mountains
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure - Los Angeles
26 Feb 2024
VANESSA COLE
5 stars
“Great adventure
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland in Winter
09 Jan 2024
DENYS and THELMA WEBSTER
5 stars
“We did our Grand Tour of Switzerland in December. Getting around Switzerland by train was easier than we had expected, and all of the rail and hotel bookings went seamlessly. The scenery was simply fantastic. Thank you to Vacations by Rail who arranged and customised the trip to our specific requirements, inluding securing hard to get tickets in Excellence Class on the Glacier Express. Our only suggestion is that it would have been better if Vacations by Rail could have provided our final ticket documentation a little earlier than just a few days prior tio our departure.
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New England Autumn Foliage Express
13 Nov 2023
SAMANTHA RUBIO
5 stars
“Exploring by train the romantic countryside painted with green fields, covered bridges, quaint running streams, and enchantingly fiery foliage. This trip had been in my manifestation journal for years, and it DELIVERS. Our trip was the week of October 8-15, 2023 and the foliage was PEAK! The whole trip is jam packed with activities, you really feel you're getting the most out of your experience and the best of New England because you're jumping from spot to spot. Mary Reed our guide was so considerate, always cautioning us what few activities could possibly pose a challenge to those with mobility issues, which most did very well with and had a great experience regardless. Mary was great, making sure we were all on schedule, pointed out remarkable sights, and made the experience informational, fun, humorous, and full of great surprises. Our driver Tom from Brown Coach was so great and personable. We were traveling by motor coach the whole trip, taking us from hotel to train and train to hotel, each train ride lasting 2-3 hours. We had a seat rotation to make sure there is no fighting for the "best seat". Tips: - Italian food in Boston Day 1 (we had Famiglia Di Gorgio, Incredible!) - I found the most unique shopping was in Mystic, Ct. Make time to roam around in it. - Wear really good walking shoes - Bring gloves, a warm hat, and extra layers for day 4 as you go on the Mt. Washington train. - Bring lots of vitamin D and C to maintain your health, everyone was sniffling and sneezing by the end
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Colorado Rail Experience
22 Oct 2023
PHILIP SIMILA
5 stars
“Generally excellent. Some places had a food desert . Trains all excellent. Need to warn people about the altitude sickness.
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New England Autumn Rails & Sails
22 Oct 2023
LESLIE MILLER
5 stars
“Mary made it a fun trip!
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New England in a Nutshell
21 Oct 2023
Stephanie Koch-Prest
5 stars
“Christine very personable and Vincent very attentive driver.
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Highlights of Tuscany
11 Oct 2023
Mary Maki-Rich
5 stars
“Loved the leader, Gilly. Loved the amount of free time and planned time as well. Perfecto. Loved the food at Ercolini and Savi. Loved that it wasn’t based in Florence. Loved the size of the group.
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Best of Switzerland by Rail
05 Oct 2023
MOLL, RICHARD
5 stars
“Extremely well coordinated throughout the entire trip out guide was superb; very knowledgeable, very concerned for all of us, and a tremendous sense of humor. Loved the fact that my suitcase was retrieved every morning and forwarded to the next hotel. Only one hotel was not up to snuff, but luckily we were only there one night.
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First Class Colorado Rail Adventure featuring Rocky Mountaineer
04 Oct 2023
BETTY PAUL
5 stars
“Beautiful scenery and great service!
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