Rail travel remains a bucket list item for many travelers around the world. And for good reason. Luxury train vacations like those prepared by USA River Cruises evoke a sense of adventure and a connection with history.

Rail lines traverse the planet like vines, crisscrossing great plains and the Great Plains, thundering alongside rivers of astonishing power and beauty that lead to the sea, and up, over, under, and through granite mountaintops.

Railways carry passengers to and through great cities, too. And across verdant hills stitched with vineyards and punctuated with silos.

Around the world, luxury train travel experiences still exist, perhaps bringing out one’s sentimental and romantic side. Add in a bit of luxury and some of the world’s most stunning destinations, and you create a once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

That’s what we’re here for at USA River Cruises. Because, although “river cruise” is in our name, extraordinary experiences are what we are all about.

Plus, we can combine a cruise and a train trip into one memorable package.

Train Vacations: Luxury, Destinations, Variety

Train journeys can feature all the best and most gracious amenities, including luxury sleeper cars, fine dining, bar cars, and more.

Take a look below at just a sampling of the amazing train trips you can experience with USARC. 

Call us today to learn more and to begin putting together a travel itinerary that finds you in the lap of railway luxury.

USA River Cruises: Luxury Train Vacations

No matter where you’re going or where you’d like to end up, chances are that USA River Cruises has a vacation and travel itinerary to match your luxury train vacation dreams.

For more than 25 years, the travel experts at USA River Cruises have harnessed their passion for cruising and their dedication to customer service to create vacation trips filled with adventure, luxury, relaxation, and memories.

That’s why our agents are encouraged to help our clients imagine the journey. And it’s why our family-owned business approaches each interaction with potential travelers with an emphasis on being helpful, warm, friendly, and knowledgeable.

We want your first trip with us to be the first of many. And we want your next trip with us to be the next of many! We have customized luxury train vacations that will please and delight you; everything will be handled by your agent.

It couldn’t be easier. And you couldn’t be closer to the train travel luxury that you’ve always imagined for yourself and your family.

Don’t wait another day! We want you ready to go when the conductor hollers all aboard!

And we’ll make sure that everything’s in order, just the way you’d want it.

Get in touch with USA River Cruises today.

Rail & Red Rocks Adventure

Cross the Continental Divide as you travel by rail aboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Denver, Colorado, to Salt Lake City, Utah. This extraordinary trip takes place over seven days and six nights, and it features rails and roads and some of the most spectacular landscapes in the American West.

Along the way, you’ll be treated to natural wonders and the history of this beautiful region of the world. Tour Arches National Park after breakfast. Visit Capitol Reef National Park and have a picnic lunch while searching for hieroglyphics. There’s even a scenic drive to visit the famed Sundance Resort.

With dates remaining in September and October 2022, now is the time to book this fantastic trip. Get in touch with USA River Cruises for more details.

Door Arch at the Arches National Park, Utah to illustrate Luxury Train Vacations Among the World’s Greatest Wonders

Trans Canada By Rail

Before we even get to the itinerary details, the other highlights of this trip are enough to make one want to book some dates right now. For example, this seven-day, six-night trip across Canada includes two nights in a hotel and four nights with Sleeper Plus accommodations on VIA Rail’s Canadian, including meals.

The trip begins in gorgeous Vancouver, British Columbia, where you’ll get to explore the city before hopping aboard the train. (Your cab fare to the train station is already covered, as are lunch and dinner on board the train.)

Next, sit back, relax, and marvel at the scenery as you’re whisked to Jasper during an overnight stay on the train, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You’ll even make a quick stop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, after you’ve learned some of the fascinating histories of the towns you go roaring by.

The train is equipped with a cool and comfortable Skyline Car, featuring a 360-degree observation dome. You’ll arrive in big, bright, beautiful, cosmopolitan Toronto, Ontario, in the afternoon, just in time to enjoy a hop-on/hop-off tour to experience all the city has to offer.

And remember: If this trip seems too short, then consider taking our 13-night Vancouver-Halifax trip, which includes a trip to Niagara Falls, among many other exciting excursions. Or add more fun to that extensive trip and climb aboard our 16-day, 15-night Canada Coast to Coast trip.

Fall Colors of New England, Quebec & Montreal

Now here’s a trip that has a little something for everyone, including a border crossing that will create memories that last a good long while.

The Fall Colors of New England, Quebec & Montreal rail-and-road trip is an 11-day, 10-night journey from Boston, Massachusetts, to Quebec, and back down into the United States, passing through Maine before heading back to Boston.

Along the way: enough excitement and beauty to last a couple of lifetimes.

Consider what’s included:

  • Rail travel on VIA Rail’s Corridor Service
  • Rail excursions aboard the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad and Mt. Washington Cog Railway
  • Hotel accommodations for 10 nights, including two nights at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort
  • 13 meals, including a New England Lobster Bake
  • America’s top fall foliage drive: the 34-mile Kancamagus Highway
  • Montreal and Quebec City city tours
  • Montmorency Falls
  • Acadia National Park excursion
  • National park entrance fees
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Baggage handling

And those are just the highlights. You’ll have ample opportunities to fill in the details on a magical journey through some of the most gorgeous fall scenery available anywhere in the world.

Autumn scene with road to illustrate Fall Colors of New England, Quebec & Montreal

The Great Smoky Mountains

The Osborne Brothers warned us a long time ago. They sang, “Don’t let Smoky Mountain smoke get in your eyes. If you do, I’m tellin’ you: You’ll want to live there the rest of your life.”

It’s hard to argue with that advice, especially if you’ve ever experienced the misty, mystical Smokies on one of our trips from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Memphis, Tennessee — part of our Great Smoky Mountains adventure.

Thinking you might need a lift to Charlotte, too? Not a problem. USA River Cruises has made it possible for you to experience complimentary train travel from any Northeast city to Charlotte aboard the Carolinian when booked early. Plus, we have low add-on fares from all U.S. cities and towns ranging from $99 to $299 per person.

This trip also includes two nights in Asheville, North Carolina, which is quickly becoming one of America’s favorite small cities. The tour also features the Biltmore Estate and a complete tour of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the second-most-visited national park in the country.

And those are just a few of the highlights. Adventure awaits! Climb aboard!

Grand Canyons of the West

USA River Cruises has put together train-travel packages of dazzling delights, incredible sights, and starry nights. And just when we think we’ve seen it all, we check out the itinerary for our Grand Canyons of the West trip.

Jaw-dropping? Yup. For starters.

But you’ll need to act quickly; there are three August trips, and they’re filling up fast!

For 10 days and nine nights, you’ll travel aboard a private train — the vista-domed Great Western Limited — with Pullman sleeping car accommodations. Meals, wines and spirits are included.

As you travel by rail and road, you’ll visit six national parks:

  • Arches
  • Canyonlands
  • Capitol Reef
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Zion
  • Grand Canyon

All along the way, you’ll be guided and entertained by a professional tour manager. They will handle all the details. You focus on the fun — and focus that camera to capture some astonishing shots of wild Western beauty.

Oh, yeah — the trip begins in Las Vegas and ends in San Francisco.

You’ll pardon the understatement; this trip is just too much.

Read all about it!

Alaska by Rail & Cruise Featuring Glacier Bay

With this one, you’ll get a lot of what USA River Cruises does best — cruises and rail trips — all across the breathtaking landscapes of Alaska.

You’ll spend time aboard an intimate cruise ship and thrill to the glorious rail routes of the Alaska Railroad.

In short, it’s a front-row seat to “The Last Frontier,” and it includes Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Kenai Fjords National Park, and Denali National Park.

This is 15 days and 14 nights of comfortable travel through some of the most rugged terrain in the world.

There’s really nothing like lounging in safety and splendor as the ships and trains traverse this magnificent landscape.

You can learn more about the incredible itinerary here.

Glacier Ice alaska to illustrate Luxury Train Vacations Among the World’s Greatest Wonders

First Passage to the West: Canadian Rockies Rail Vacation

Our popular seven-day, six-night First Passage to the West trip is the perfect way to introduce oneself to some of the natural wonders of the Canadian wild.

Highlights include the following. Book now!

  • Two days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Six nights of hotel accommodation
  • Banff Gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain
  • Tour of Vancouver, B.C.
  • The Canadian Rockies
  • Lake Louise
  • Banff
  • Calgary

The trip to Banff includes a comfy motor coach that will shuttle you in style to the scenic — and oft-photographed — city. There you’ll spend the evening exploring and return to your hotel for an overnight stay.

The First Passage to the West adventure is one of anticipation and scenic beauty. You can learn more about it by requesting info here.