Travel Weekly Readers Choice 2015


Rail vacations

Amtrak Vacations/Yankee Holidays

The packaged-holiday arm of U.S. national passenger rail carrier Amtrak, Amtrak Vacations, offers getaways that include rail, hotel and attractions admission in some 50 U.S. and Canadian destinations.  This year, Yankee Leisure Group, operator of Amtrak Vacations, enabled agents to book Via Rail Canada packages through Amtrak Vacations.

Belmond

In addition to hotels, safaris and cruises, Belmond operates six tourist trains, including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in Europe, the only product that still uses the Orient-Express name, and similar upscale rail services in the U.K., Peru and Southeast Asia. Next summer, Belmond will debut its first train in Ireland with the launch of the Belmond Grand Hibernian, its seventh luxury rail experience.

Rail Europe

Rail Europe represents more than 50 European train companies. Rail Europe is the largest distributor of European rail products in North America, offering a wide range of passes and train tickets to North American travelers. Rail Europe’s products include classic Eurailpasses and exclusive France and Switzerland rail passes.

Rocky Mountaineer

This year marked the 25th anniversary for Rocky Mountaineer, the largest privately owned luxury tourist train in the world, which has welcomed nearly 2 million guests on over 45 vacation packages, and five rail routes to destinations such as Seattle, Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies in Alberta. This year the line began offering SilverLeaf Service, which includes gourmet snacks and complimentary wine, beer and spirits, on its Rainforest to Gold Rush route.

Via Rail Canada

The Canadian government has invested almost $1 billion into Via Rail, its national rail passenger service, since 2007, with a significant portion devoted to infrastructure improvements on the Ontario-Quebec corridor, Via’s busiest market. Via Rail transports nearly 4 million passengers annually on almost 8,000 miles of track serving 450 communities across Canada. In partnership with tour operators, Via offers both short, urban Via Getaways to Toronto and Montreal and longer, themed Via Train Packages across Canada.

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