Travel by Rail

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Getting to and from a vacation destination sometimes has a notorious reputation, involving wrong turns and lost bags. Traveling by train, however, allows your clients a chance to kick-back and relax, taking in the view as they go.

North America Vacations By Rail takes the planning out of rail travel with 20 new rail tours added to its 2012 collection. Each new itinerary includes hotel accommodations, select meals and comprehensive sightseeing, with opportunities for further exploration also available. Of the newest tours available, here are a few of our top picks:

• The 10-day Fall Colors and Scenic Trains tour, Oct. 4-13, passes through five states in New England in search of the bright colors of autumn. In addition to their excursions, travelers will enjoy a traditional lobster dinner in Portland and a harbor cruise of Cape Cod. Rates start at $2,299 pp dbl.

• The 10-day American Legends itinerary, July 2-11, combines rail travel with a 6-night cruise. Guests visit the sites and learn the tales of American history, with stops including Chicago, Louisville and St. Louis. Rates start at $2,495 pp dbl.

• The 10-day Arizona Spring Training by Rail, March 3-12, takes your clients all the way from Chicago to Phoenix and back, stopping for three Chicago Cubs or Chicago White Sox spring training games. While they’re in the area, guests will also stop by the Grand Canyon and the red rocks of Sedona. Rates start at $1,539 pp dbl.

For more information, call (877) 929-7245 or visit vacationsbyrail.com.

Europe Visitors can see all the sights of Sweden with a Eurail Sweden Pass through Rail Europe. Kiruna in the north offers excellent views of the Aurora Borealis, while Stockholm and Copenhagen in the south show off the country’s history and culture.

The rail pass can be purchased for unlimited travel for three, four, five, six or eight days within one month, and doesn’t have to be used consecutively. The pass also includes free train transfers to the Copenhagen Airport, border crossing into Norway, select bus transportation and discounts on ferries.

Plus through March 30, 6- and 8-day Eurail Sweden Pass bookings will receive one extra day of free travel. Standard rates start at $264 pp, with first and second class seating options available. For more information, visit raileurope.com.

And in March, Italy is set to receive its first private high-speed train line through Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV), which plans to be Europe’s first private open-access operator. It will travel to 12 stations within nine cities, making travel possible from north to south in cities such as Venice, Rome, Salerno, Turin, Milan and Florence.

The train, called .Italo, will be super fast, super red, and super luxurious. The exclusive Club Class features only 19 seats, two private lounges, individual TV screens, and meals served by Italian food company Eataly. First Class features large seats and personalized menus, while the Relax car affords guests a peaceful trip in a cell phone-free environment. Smart Class is the option for travelers who are looking for fast luxury travel at an affordable price.

Launching .Italo is Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, NTV president and Ferrari chief—so you know it’ll be fast, with speeds of up to 224 miles per hour. Ticket prices have not yet been announced. For more information, visit ntvspa.it/en.