Rail-Cruise Vacations Offer Travelers the Best of Both Worlds

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Vacations By Rail offers more than 20 rail-cruise combination packages including five new itineraries throughout North America.

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Chicago-based specialty travel company Vacations By Rail offers more than 20 well-planned rail-cruise train vacations, five of which are new to the company’s 2013 North America product line and include fresh new destinations.

“Rail-cruise combinations are one of our most popular vacation packages,” said Todd Powell, president of Vacation By Rail. “The essence of the vacation marries two unique yet complementary travel components and the result is a relaxing, scenic journey to amazing destinations. Even better, the traveler doesn’t have to make the hard decision of what type of vacation to take when they can experience the best of both worlds rolled into one packaged experience.”

Popular favorites take travelers along one of three iconic long-distance train routes through North America—the Empire Builder from Chicago through the Pacific Northwest to Seattle; the Coast Starlight connecting Los Angeles and Seattle; and, from Toronto through the Canadian Rockies to Vancouver aboard VIA Rail’s Canadian—and continues through Alaska’s scenic Inside Passage by ship. “These typify our classic rail-cruise vacation,” explained Powell. While demand for these combinations remains high, the company embellishes one of their tried and true rail-sail packages in 2013, adding a two-night stay in Glacier National Park to a variation of the Empire Builder and Alaska Cruise vacation package. “It’s the one must-see destination that we would recommend every traveler along that route add if they could, so we created a vacation that included it from the start,” Powell said. The new 15-day package, aptly called Empire Builder with Glacier & Alaska Cruise, offers departures from Chicago on June 8, June 29, and August 3. Prices start at $3532 land-only, per person, double occupancy plus port taxes.

Other new combination packages featuring an Alaska cruise include the 17-day Yosemite & Denali National Parks with Cruise vacation, highlights of which include travel aboard Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, visits to San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Seattle, Vancouver, and Denali National Park, and scenic ports of call in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and Seward. Departures are available May 8, June 17, July 15 and 19, and August 25. Prices start at $3739 land-only, per person, double plus port taxes. The new Rocky Mountaineer & Alaska By Land and Sea vacation, a 16-day itinerary features a two-day all-daylight journey aboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer train from Banff to Vancouver, ports of call in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, and stays in Anchorage, Denali National Park and Fairbanks. Departures are available May 21, June 18, July 16, and August 13 and 27. Prices start at $3579 land-only, per person, double not inclusive of port taxes.

While vacations featuring an Alaska cruise remain high on many travelers’ bucket lists, Vacations By Rail expands their rail-cruise product line in 2013, offering innovative rail-cruise getaways combining new train routes and cruise destinations. The California Zephyr & Mexico Cruise itinerary takes travelers from Chicago across America’s western frontier aboard the legendary California Zephyr to San Francisco followed by a 10-day Mexico cruise, and the new Chicago, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise offers a 12-day itinerary including roundtrip travel between Chicago and New Orleans aboard Amtrak’s City of New Orleans and a 7-night cruise to Mexico, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica. Spring and summer departures are available and start at $2611 land-only, per person, double occupancy; port taxes additional.

Browse Vacations By Rail’s entire collection of rail-cruise vacations online for detailed itineraries, departure dates and pricing. To book a Vacations By Rail rail-cruise vacation, contact a rail specialist at 1-877-929-7245 or book online.

About Vacations by Rail:
Vacations By Rail is North America’s leading seller of rail travel and tours and the trusted authority on rail vacations. Travelers can choose from the largest selection of independent rail vacations, escorted rail tours, and luxury rail journeys around the world. Vacations By Rail also provides virtually every European rail pass and ticket to meet customers’ European travel needs. For more information on Vacations By Rail and the company’s products, visit http://www.vacationsbyrail.com or call 1-877-929-7245.

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