Vacations By Rail Announces New Rail Vacations for 2012

Rail travel offers a unique perspective; here, a high-speed rail train pulls into Munich station, Germany© 2012 Karen Rubin/

Chicago-based specialty travel company Vacations By Rail kicks off the New Year with the addition of 20 new rail tours to its collection of worldwide train vacations. New tours range from 8 to 16 days and visit popular destinations and annual events throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

The new Fall Colors and Scenic Trains tour places travelers in the heart of New England’s spectacular autumn foliage, providing a firsthand look at the brilliant colors in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut by coach, charming lake cruises and the region’s most scenic trains including the Maine Eastern Railroad, Conway Scenic Railroad and Cape Cod Central Railroad.

2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede, the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.” Beginning and ending in Chicago, the new Calgary Stampede and the Canadian Rockies tour spends three days at this annual event in addition to touring throughout the Canadian Rockies and travel aboard Amtrak’s legendary Empire Builder train.

Head to Spring Training and root for the home team with Arizona Spring Training by Rail. Combine Arizona’s most popular sights and tickets to one of the most popular springtime activities with roundtrip rail travel aboard the Southwest Chief.

Celebrate the July 4 holiday with a rail-river cruise combination tour brimming with Americana. American Legends includes travel aboard a private rail car from Chicago to St. Louis, the chance to see the nation’s largest fireworks display and a leisurely 6-night steamboat cruise aboard the American Queen from St. Louis to Louisville.

Iconic America can also be discovered in new tours highlighting the music that made America famous; the scenic rail adventures of the Colorado Rockies; and, new tours to some of North America’s most popular National Parks.

New rail tours include outstanding train experiences, hotel accommodations, select meals and comprehensive sightseeing among other package inclusions. Detailed itineraries for new tours as well as Vacations By Rail’s complete product line can be found at

To book a Vacations By Rail train vacation, contact a rail specialist at 1-877-929-7245.

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