Two popular brands are offering rail on a global scale as both Cox & Kings and Vacations By Rail are increasing their offerings with new destinations and new rail tours.
It’s not surprising that Cox & Kings, the oldest Indian travel specialist should offer an Indian classic rail ride the Deccan Odyssey, but their new Rail Journeys are now featuring opulent trains on four continents, which can be booked as an integral part of a custom designed journey.
The Blue Train and Rovos Rail in Africa, the Trans-Siberian and Glacier Express in Europe, the Eastern and Oriental Express in Asia and the Spirit of the Andes and Tren Crucero in Latin America are now in their brochures as are such Indian rail tours as their Indian Odyssey, which uses the Deccan Odyssey visits Taj Mahal, Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park, the cave complexes of Ajanta and Ellora.
Vacations By Rail is introducing six new rail tours in 2014 including independent and escorted tours in the USA, Canada, Europe and South America; they’ve also enhanced some of their most popular existing packages. The new vacations range from eight to 11 days.
The new 11-day Memphis to New Orleans Rail-River Journey, for instance, goes from Chicago to Memphis aboard Amtrak’s City of New Orleans, and from Memphis to New Orleans via steamboat with ports of call including Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge and Plantation Road.
The new 10-day Rail through the Canadian Rockies escorted rail tour features an all-daylight journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer between Vancouver and Banff and a classic overnight rail trip between Jasper and Vancouver aboard VIA Rail’s Canadian—and visits to Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks, Lake Louise and Vancouver.
The new 10-day Best of Western Europe includes three nights in both London and Amsterdam and two nights in Paris with city orientation tours and transportation in each city; and, rail travel aboard the high-speed Eurostar and Thalys trains. Two new escorted tours, one in England and one in Italy, round out new offerings in Europe in 2014.
The eight-day escorted tour to Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu on the new Highlights of Peru vacation travels aboard the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu, a visit to the Sacred Valley, and sightseeing in Lima and Cusco.
Some of the additions and modifications to popular rail vacations include the addition of an excursion to Martha’s Vineyard on the seasonal Fall Colors, Scenic Trains & Martha’s Vineyard tour, and a revamped independent journey aboard Eastern Canada’s premier Le Massif de Charlevoix train on the expanded eight-day Le Massif de Charlevoix & Quebec vacation.