Amtrak Vacations vs Rail Discoveries - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 2
Value — 1.7
Guide — 1.7
Activities — 2.0
Lodging — 2.2
Transportation — 1.6
Meals — 1.8
Overall — 2.5
Value — 2.7
Guide — 3.0
Activities — 2.7
Lodging — 2.7
Transportation — 3.3
Meals — 3.3
Recent Reviews

Don’t do it!

0.0 August 2019
Does Not Recommend
We went coast to coast (New York to San Francisco). It was miserable. The trains were seriously disgustingly dirty. We waited over an hour for every breakfast and lunch. We were 5 hours behind schedule when we were stopped by a mudslide in Utah. The train ran out of most food. There was very little information given but the train decided not to go to San Francisco but to dump all the passengers in Reno at about 5am. Then we got bussed to Sacramento, then another train and another bus...we got to SFO 18 hours late. Missed our (prepaid in the vacation price) night in a hotel in San Fran. When I called to try to reschedule the hotel stay for the night we actually arrived, the delightful (not) Amtrak non-service representative told me it was my fault for not calling the hotel directly (ummm we were in Utah with no signal, no wifi and no freaking information!). She basically shrugged her shoulders and told me to suck it up. No help, no compensation, no refund for the hotel that was part of their stinking vacation package. . Worst customer service ever. Never again.
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Worst Customer Service Ever

0.0 July 2019
Does Not Recommend
The sleepers are filthy, it smells inside, not good ventilation, the car attendants some are so-so others are down straight grumpy & lazy. I don’t know how Amtrak can sell this as a vacation. It is an absolute nightmare of vomit of how dirty it is. Car attendant was kicking us out of our sleeper to do the beds for the next patrons. I’ve never been kicked out of my hotel room to have the room cleaned for the next people??? Stupid!
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Don’t waste your hard earned money

0.0 July 2019
Does Not Recommend
From the first night this trip has been a nightmare. Barely on day 3 and it has been nothing but problems which I suspect are all due to crappy engines. Hard to believe I wasted close to $10k dollars on lousy service. And I have a feeling this will be the whole way thru.
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We had a lovely holiday and met a lovely group of people.

0.0 January 2016
The holiday in Roses Spain is beautiful. Hotel excellent. The train ride in Roses has beautiful views' recommend the 2 hour ride. The visit to Girona is a must do trip. The inclusive trips are good, but did think Barcelona would be better replaced by Girona and the trip to Barcelona optional.
Make sure you travel light and you can cope with carrying your luggage onto trains.
On the downside, our tour guide was not very good. Very pleasant and polite but she was not organised and didn't seem to know her job very well. We became helpers for other people that could not cope. The train tickets from our destination did not include underground tickets to Kings Cross. The London Hotel that was booked put us in a different hotel when we arrived but had to go back there for breakfast!
Apart from these we had a lovely holiday and met a lovely group of people.
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Tour Rail Discoveries Company Reviews

Tours 2 Trips 0 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 304 $ 0
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Local Specialist Global Operator
Trip Styles
  • Group Tours
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
  • Group Tours
Service Level Standard Standard
  • North America
  • North America
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Adventure
  • Train & Rail
  • 50+
  • Train & Rail
Headquarters Beverly, Massachusetts, United States York, England, United Kingdom
Year Established 1972 2008
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages English N/A
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    About Amtrak Vacations

    Amtrak Quick Facts

    Age Range: All ages

    Average Tour Price:  Under $2,000

    Average Tour Duration: 3-10 days

    Travel Style: Relaxing train experiences with options to explore different destinations on foot.

    Amtrak offers train vacation packages across the United States and Canada. There are hundreds of itineraries to choose from but travelers can also create their own rail vacation. Amtrak is dedicated to flexible, hassle-free and breathtaking experiences.

    What Makes Amtrak Vacations Stand Out?

    Amtrak Vacations offer memorable train experiences.

    If responsible travel is important to you, Amtrak is a great way to explore the United States. Amtrak offers unbeatable train experiences that leave little negative impact on the earth. Trains are the most eco-friendly way to travel because they emit around 66-75 percent less carbon.

    Amtrak offers many pre-planned itineraries as well as fully customizable trips. They offer a lot of variety when it comes to duration, price, and destination. Whether you’re looking for a quick getaway or a longer more leisurely vacation, you can be sure to have an amazing journey.

    As you explore the United States and Canada with Amtrak, the expansiveness of the landscape will awe and inspire. Especially as you relax into the pace of rail. These trips are meant to be hassle free and luxurious as you take in the breathtaking landscapes out your window.

    Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Amtrak Vacations?

    train track through national park

    Rail journeys with Amtrak Vacations are appealing to a wide range of travelers. The ease and comfortability makes this mode of travel very popular among families, older groups, and those with limited mobility. A large part of taking a rail journey is the opportunity to sit back and relax, watching stunning scenery go by. So these trips are ideal for travelers wanting an easy experience full of stunning natural beauty.

    When the train stops, travelers have a few chances here and there to get out and explore the beautiful landscapes on foot. Travelers will get to sightsee some iconic landmarks all throughout the United States including the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park and Zion National Park.

    Top Destinations

    Glacier national park with Amtrak

    Amtrak Vacations are available in North America including the United States and Canada on Amtrak railways, and through connections to boats, ferries, and motorways.

    You can travel in many different directions and there is a large variety of durations available. Some of the most popular Amtrak Vacations are through national parks. Currently they offer rail journeys through Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Crater Lake National Park, Glacier National Park, the Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone, and Yosemite.

    In addition, Amtrak covers all major geographical regions of the United States and Canada, including most major cities.

    Amtrak Vacations Travel Style

    Amtrak specializes in easy, inclusive travel packages - including accommodations, meals, and of course your transportation. This is a great option for travelers seeking some flexibility in each destination when it comes to sightseeing and activities, but want the stability of having some key logistics taken care of.

    Budget travelers and luxury travelers alike can find the right train experience for them with Amtrak. With several dining options, and accommodation options on board, such as deluxe sleeper cars, there’s something to be found for everyone. They provide excellent customer service and a knowledgeable staff available for any and all questions throughout your trip.

    Amtrak offers a few different types of rail vacation packages:

    Rail Getaways - These quick jaunts are great for a weekend getaway, solo or with a few friends or family members. Get to know a specific region and enjoy taking some time off the train to explore.

    Independent Journeys - Multi city vacations ideal for those who are looking for an adventure, and a lot of independent choice when it comes to activities and sightseeing.

    Round Trip - Fairly self explanatory, these can be long or short trips. Different routes aren’t taken, so you will be seeing double. But for some travelers this is a great way to pass the same sites and maybe explore some in more depth than you did going the opposite direction.

    City stop in Chicago Amtrak vacation

    National Parks - As stated above, national park visits are one of the most popular Amtrak Vacation packages available. The incredible scenery envelopes you and there are many opportunities to disembark and explore. These journeys are especially memorable for the opportunity to stay at hotels within the park itself - and feel truly a part of the incredible nature.

    Rail and Sail - These trips are a unique way to make your journey to the cruise ship about more than just getting from point A to point B. Every component, land, sea, and rail becomes something special.

    Coast to Coast - Really get into the landscape and enjoy the rhythm of what it means to really embrace slow travel. Coast to coast trips with Amtrak typically last between 15 and 17 days, and are a great way to feel the true spirit of rail travel.  

    Family Adventures - These journeys are great for family bonding, and really take into consideration activities that kids will enjoy. This definitely includes a theme park visit or two! Learning and educational excursions also take center stage, as the incredibly expansive US or Canada comes to life.

    Why Amtrak Vacations?

    Rail travel is like taking a ride through history. The implementation of the railroad had such an enormous effect on exploration as well as making connection between the coasts easier that ever before.

    When you travel with Amtrak Vacations, the adventure begins the minute you step on board. And the train journey itself is a large part of the experience. If you’re looking for an experience that includes relaxation, stunning natural landscapes and opportunities for exploration, Amtrak is a great option for you.

    About Rail Discoveries

    Based in York, England, Rail Discoveries – formerly called Treyn -- puts together tours that feature a wide range of rail travel.

    What Makes Them Stand Out

    Their variety of rail tours include steam train tours, river cruising tours (that combine trains with river cruises), seasonal trips such as European Christmas market tours, classic train journeys such as Switzerland’s Glacier Express and the Jungfraujoch, vintage train tours, and special interest trips such as battlefield tours.

    Who Travels With Them?

    Train buffs or anyone who wants to sample the joys of great train travel with a group.

    Where Do They Operate?

    Primarily in the UK and Ireland, as well as 17 countries in mainland Europe, but also in India, China, Vietnam, Morocco, the U.S., and Canada.

    How Does it Work?

    Rail Discoveries tours are accompanied by a tour manager who oversees logistics such as lodging and scheduling, making sure everything runs smoothly, and offers information about local sights and cultures. Most itineraries leave from London. If traveling to mainland Europe, you’ll take the high-speed Eurostar to Paris and then other high-speed trains to your base city. Excursions, lodging and many meals are included on all-inclusive tours, but time is allotted for independent exploration and dining. Flights are included if going beyond Europe. Tours typically average 30-35 people per group.

    Why Travel With Them?

    Rail Discoveries takes the worry out of train travel, letting you fully relax in comfort as you rumble past gorgeous scenery and experience some of the world’s greatest railway journeys, with a variety of intriguing options. Tours are good for solo travelers who enjoy having company along the way.

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