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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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Glacier Express over Stone Bridge
Escorted
4.1 stars(17 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
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Bunches of Ripe Grapes
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5.0 stars(8 reviews)
2023MaySep
2024MayJunJulAugSep
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$3,195 pp
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Durango & Silverton Train
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4.5 stars(153 reviews)
2023JunJulAugSepOct
2024JunJulAugSepOct
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South Rim of the Grand Canyon
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4.4 stars(97 reviews)
2023FebMarAprMayJun...
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$1,138 pp
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Tuscany
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  • DestinationItaly
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Elk In Jasper National Park
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4.3 stars(23 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
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Scenic Switzerland & Glacier Express
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2023AprJunJulAugSep
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Alaska by Day
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4.8 stars(31 reviews)
2023JunJulAugSep
2024JunJulAugSep
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Alaska Railroad Traveling Through Mountains
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4.3 stars(6 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
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Caribou Deer on Mount Denali
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4.6 stars(16 reviews)
2023JunJulAug
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  • DestinationNorway
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Our customers love our Round Trip & Circle Tours tours
Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure
19/Jan
Patty
5 stars
“Wonderful meals and enjoyable travel. Loved it!
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Autumn at the Greenbrier & Historic Trains
01 Nov 2022
JEANNINE GILBERT
5 stars
“Eric our guide was full of facts presented in an interesting way.Eric was caring and enthusiastic. We would definitely sign up on another trip with him. My husband and I had walked through the memorials two days before yet still learned more on our guided tour. We liked the variety of trains,each different. The Potomac Eagle was our favorite.The dining experience was wonderful. The train, we did not enjoy, was the Cass was the one train we didn’t like.It was open air and unfortunately, the weather was awful, cold and light snow. Very uncomfortable. The Hobo lunch was unappetizing,with stale buns.The historic steam engine was what we liked about it..This was our first time in West Virginia, the scenery was beautiful and the history interesting.We liked the way Eric recommended restaurants in walking distance for each evening, The Greenbrier Inn was was very interesting in a beautiful location. We enjoyed learning about the history and seeing all the extravagant chandeliers. The formal dining was fun and a chance to get to know new friends better. Rick our driver was skilled and personable. The whole experience was a 5.
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New England Autumn Foliage Express
30 Oct 2022
FRANCIS BANASZEWSKI
5 stars
“Great Adventure to the northeast USA
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New England in a Nutshell
24 Oct 2022
REGINA BALDRIDGE
5 stars
“Perfect little trip. Just enough to make a person want to revisit their favorite places, which in my opinion was Vermont.
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Best of Switzerland by Rail
24 Oct 2022
Switzerland
5 stars
“Our tour manager, Oliver Treacy was excellent and accommodating to our travelers. Would like to have him again on a trip. It would have been helpful for him to use the radios when speaking so those with difficulty could hear easily. I would have liked more local specialists and staying in each place x2 nights to see the city we were in. It was wonderful NOT to feel rushed in the mornings with bags and early leaving times as we have experienced on coach tours.
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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure - Los Angeles
23 Oct 2022
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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New England Autumn Rails & Sails
23 Oct 2022
MARK ALBERS
5 stars
“We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Our tour director, Mary was excellent. She did a very good job of improvising when things didn't go according to planned.
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New Orleans Express
19 Oct 2022
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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Autumn Tour in New England
18 Oct 2022
Glen
5 stars
“Mike the tour guide, and manny the bus driver were professional, thoughtful, and ready to assist those of us on the tour. You might consider deleting one, or more sites to allow us all more time at the other stops. I’d recommend building into the tour more down time.
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