A rail and river cruise is the perfect way to take a holiday, allowing you to sit back and relax as you pass effortlessly through different countries,drifting by spectacular scenery and stopping at quaint towns and historical cities along the way.
Norwich-based specialty travel company Holidays By Rail grows its North American product line with the addition of five new rail-cruise holidays across the USA and Canada, bringing the number of land and sea combination trips offered by the company to more than 30.
Rail-cruise holidays marry two unique yet complementary travel components to create a best of both worlds holiday, said Eric Hutchins, general manager of Holidays By Rail. These new rail-sail packages expand a travellers holiday possibilities to destinations like Mexico and the Caribbean in addition to supplementing our offerings in Alaska.
In Canada, the new 16-day Rocky Mountaineer & Alaska by Land and Sea holidays pairs a scenic all-daylight rail journey through the Canadian Rockies aboard the renowned Rocky Mountaineer with a comprehensive city stay in Vancouver, 7-day cruise through Alaskas Inside Passage, and touring in Denali National Park and Fairbanks. This dual-country itinerary departs 21 May, 18 June, 16 July, and 13 and 27 August 2013 and starts at starts at £2147 land-only, per person based on double occupancy plus port taxes.
In the USA, travellers can select from four new itineraries:
- The 15-day Empire Builder, Glacier & Alaska Cruise showcases the beauty of the Pacific Northwest by rail aboard the Empire Builder train travelling a storied pioneer route from Chicago to Seattle. Holiday-goers enjoy a visit to one of America’s beloved Glacier National Park as well as Seattle, where travellers meet their cruise ship for a 7-night sailing through Alaska’s Inside Passage. Departures are available 8 June, 29 June and 3 August and start at £2063 land-only, per person based on double occupancy plus port taxes.
- Yosemite & Denali National Parks with Cruise takes travellers on a 17-day journey to two of the world’s most majestic National Parks as well as Alaska’s most inspiring destinations. Beginning in San Francisco, explore the City by the Bay and stunning Yosemite National Park before traveling north by train to Seattle and then Vancouver to begin a 7-day cruise to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Glacier Bay. Disembark in Seward and transfer to Denali National Park, home to Mt. McKinley and a plethora of wildlife. The adventure concludes with the trip by train from Denali to Anchorage for a one-night stay. Departures are available 6 May, 17 June, 15 July, 25 August and 29 August and start at £2443 land-only, per person based on double occupancy plus port taxes.
- Chicago, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise takes travellers on a 12-day rail-sail adventure. Travelling round trip from Chicago, journey south to New Orleans by train, continuing to Mexico, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica by ship. There is one 2013 departure available on 27 March starting at £1321 land-only, per person based on double occupancy plus port taxes. Call for 2014 dates and prices.
- California Zephyr & Mexico Cruise pairs a train journey from Chicago to San Francisco aboard the legendary California Zephyr with a cruise to Catalina Island, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and San Diego. It’s not too late to take advantage of 2013’s only departure date on 28 March. Dates and prices for 2014 are available upon request.
Holidays By Rail’s collection of rail-cruise holidays pair a holiday at sea with a comprehensive land package by rail.
To view all of Holidays By Rail’s rail-cruise packages as well as the company’s extensive product line including rail tours throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and beyond and tailor-made getaways, visit http://www.holidaysbyrail.com.