A Journey on the Rails

written by | Posted on January 23rd, 2013

Golden Pass Line, part of the Swiss Travel System.

With rail offers in North America and Europe, travelers can sit back and enjoy the scenery while traveling by train.

Travelers interested in exploring North America by rail can choose from a variety of itineraries with Amtrak Vacations’ five Escorted Rail Journeys and 22 new Independent Rail Journeys, heading to places like the Grand Canyon and Glacier National Park. And when couples book now through Feb. 28, they can save $600 on Escorted Rail Journeys and $300 on Independent Rail Journeys.

On the Great American-Northern Adventure, travelers spend 16 days and 15 nights going from the west to the east, starting in Seattle and ending in New York City. Rates start at $4,349.

For more information, visit amtrakvacations.com.

With VIA Rail Canada’s Romance by Rail service, couples can embark on a romantic getaway and experience Canada, with local Canadian food on board and stunning scenery from the panoramic dome car, offering a 360-degree view.

On the Canadian, a 4-day journey starting in Toronto or Vancouver, couples will have a private suite with a queen bed. They can also spend the morning in bed and order breakfast in. Couples interested in stopping along the way can spend the night in Toronto, Jasper or Vancouver with accommodations at Fairmont Hotel & Resorts.

For rates and more information on VIA Rail, visit viarail.ca.

Travelers looking to explore more of Western Canada can receive up to $800 per couple in travel enhancements with Rocky Mountaineer’s new Stay and Play offer. When booking seven or more nights, guests can receive extra hotel nights, activities and meal plans.

“We are delighted to give travelers further incentive to extend their stay in Western Canada,” says Hubert Wat, v.p., global marketing. “Numerous enhancement options, such as the Whistler Sea to Sky Climb rail journey or extra hotel nights will allow guests to explore more of what Western Canada has to offer.”

On the 8-day Western Explorer, travelers ride through the Canadian Rockies, sightsee on a helicopter tour, and stay overnight in Vancouver, Kamloops, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary. The trip costs $5,719 and the Stay and Play offer is available until March 28.

For more information, call (800) 665-7245 or visit rockymountaineer.com. For more on the Rocky Mountaineer experience, see the onboard review in the November 2012 issue.

Meanwhile, Rail Europe has teamed up with Switzerland Tourism and the Swiss Travel System to offer travelers the Swiss Sale: 5 Days for the price of 4. From Feb. 1-April 25, travelers will receive a first-class 5-day Swiss Saver Pass for the price of a 4-day pass for travel completed by April 30.

With the pass, travelers will have access to the Swiss Travel System’s network of trains, buses and boats; public transportation in more than 45 cities; 50 percent off of most mountain railways; and free admission to over 450 museums in Switzerland.

Rates start at $482 for the 4-day consecutive Swiss Pass and $410 for the 4-day Swiss Saver Pass. To book, visit agent.raileurope.com.