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Rail Vacations

Amtrak/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.


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.

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

Rocky Mountaineer is the largest privately owned luxury tourist train in the world. It 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. The line's SilverLeaf Service, offered on its Rainforest to Gold Rush route, includes gourmet snacks and complimentary wine, beer and spirits.

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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