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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
May 2, 2017

Yankee Leisure Group Introduces Railbookers into the US Market

Laguna Hills, CA – May 2, 2017 – Yankee Leisure Group (YLG), operator of travel brands Amtrak Vacations and Yankee Holidays, announced the US introduction of Railbookers, the UK’s largest operator of independent rail vacations, offering expertly planned, tailor-made vacation packages to sought after destinations in Europe and beyond.

YLG acquired the award-winning tour operator in 2016 to complement and round-out its existing rail product offerings with an expert, European-focused provider, and to coincide with the introduction of Amtrak Vacations to the UK market.  “The Railbookers brand allows us to enhance our rail product portfolio with a one-stop solution for agents to provide their clients with independent, customizable European rail holidays,” said Frank Marini, President of Yankee Leisure Group.

Railbookers has been a British Travel Award winner for five consecutive years, and has consistently maintained a 99% Feefo rating for customer satisfaction.

Railbookers currently offers hundreds of customizable vacation packages to the most sought after destinations in Europe, North America and beyond.  Popular journeys include Paris to Venice via the Alps, Scandinavian Grand Tour, Classic Glacier and Bernina Express, Switzerland’s Lakes and Mountains, and Ultimate Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Budapest.

Railbookers’ brochure is available to view online at www.railbookers.com and can be requested by calling 1-888-829-3040.

 

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
January 7, 2017

Yankee Leisure Group Celebrates Super Bowl LI with Food and Fun

It was ‘game on’ for Yankee Leisure Group (YLG), as each of our three offices celebrated Super Bowl LI in their own unique and special way the Friday before Super Bowl Sunday!

The Beverly, MA office got into the spirit with their New England Patriots jerseys and a potluck, while the Laguna Hills, CA office came out in force representing a number of staff favorite teams, and hosting a feast featuring homemade chili.  Not to be left out, the London office donned their favorite rugby teams’ jerseys, all the while claiming that a football is, in fact, round.

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
January 9, 2016

Toys for Tots – DONATING FOR A GOOD CAUSE DURING THE HOLIDAYS

This holiday season, Yankee Leisure Group (YLG) was proud to participate in the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program, hosting a toy donation drop box in our Laguna Hills, CA office.  Employees were able to donate toys to benefit the 5th Battalion 14th Marines, the official U.S. Marine Corps entity sponsoring Toys for Tots in Orange County, CA.

YLG supports Toys for Tots mission of delivering a new toy during the holiday season to less fortunate children in the community as a message of hope and assistance.  For more information on how to donate to Toys for Tots, and for local drop box program in your community, visit their website at http://www.toysfortots.org

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
November 22, 2016

TRAVEL AGE WEST:  5 Family Destinations to Visit by Train

Yankee Leisure Group president Frank Marini names top itineraries when traveling with children!

From watching the surrounding scenery go by to playing Uno with the entire family, there are numerous reasons to swap a car ride or plane trip for a train journey. U.S. rail offerings may not be as flashy as some high-speed trains that zip around Europe and Asia, but an onboard adventure in the States still brings family time to the forefront.

“Traveling by train is just cool,” said Frank Marini, president of Yankee Leisure Group. “For kids growing up with Thomas the Train or ‘The Polar Express,’ it’s fun to have the transportation portion of a family vacation be a big part of the overall experience. It’s something they’ll never forget.”   <<READ MORE HERE >>

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
November, 2016

TOURISM CARES:  National Park Series – New York Harbor

The Yankee Leisure Group (YLG) staff joined forces with Tourism Cares once again this year for the final event in their National Park Service Centennial volunteer series.  Tourism Cares for New York Harbor brought 350 travel and tourism industry volunteers back to where it all began for Tourism Cares 12 years ago — Ellis Island — and Liberty State Park in New Jersey.  This year the team’s focus was to help get the island ready for winter.  The majority of the day on the Island consisted of them pulling out weeds and tearing up the grass so they could lay down the mulch.  New plants were planted, trees were pruned, and trash was picked up.  They group was delighted to be Arborists for the day!

We are honored to have been part of Tourism Cares’ amazing work in keeping these destinations in pristine condition for generations to come!  Check out how you can get involved through TourismCares.org.

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
November 16, 2016

Feature in the Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune has featured Amtrak Vacations and our new Grand National Parks package. We always place heavy emphasis on serving Chicago as it is one of Amtrak’s major hubs. With demand for travel to the National Parks steadily increasing, Amtrak Vacations has rolled out a new package called Grand National Parks, a round trip from Chicago that visits three of the most popular national parks, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon.

Read the rest of the story here: www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-amtrak-vacations-launches-25-new-rail-packages-2016

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
October 27, 2016

Recognized by Logimonde Media and PAXNews.com  

A leading resource for Canadian travel trade news, Logimonde Media and its website PAXNews.com, recognized Yankee Leisure Group and our President Frank Marini for his presentation at the 2016 Ensemble Travel Conference. 2017 will see Canada’s 150th birthday and PAXNews notes that it will prove to be a huge year for Rail Travel within North America. Following years of increased ridership, Rail Travel is now more sought after than ever as a relaxing, scenic, and more authentic means of travel.

Read the rest of PAXNews’ article here: PAXNews.com/news/agency/five-things-pax-learned-2016-ensemble-conference/newsletter

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
March 7, 2016

TravelAge West Editor’s Pick Awards 

Yankee Leisure Group is excited to announce that our brands have recently been chosen for the TravelAge West Editor’s Pick Awards in two different categories – Best North American Rail Provider and Best Tour Operator; USA and Canada! At Amtrak Vacations and Yankee Holidays, we strive to put together the most compelling, exciting and beautiful vacation packages for our travelers. We’re honored to be recognized by TravelAge West.

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
January 7, 2016

A SPECIAL PROJECT WITH TOURISM CARES

On a recent trip to Williams, Arizona, members of the Yankee Leisure Group (YLG) staff joined forces with Tourism Cares in a series of service projects aimed at preserving and enhancing this beautiful Southwest destination. A nonprofit charitable arm of the travel and tourism industry, Tourism Cares commits itself to the upkeep and protection of some of the world’s most beautiful travel destinations. Their past work includes rehabilitating New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, cleaning up the shores of Pensacola, Florida, and even global programs such as youth outreach in Myanmar. On our trip to Arizona, the YLG staff took part in cleaning up the surrounding communities of Williams and Flagstaff, repainting town hall, and restoring the local ranch and rodeo. We are honored to have been part of Tourism Cares’ amazing work in keeping these destinations in pristine condition for generations to come! Check out how you can get involved through TourismCares.org.

To learn more about the breathtaking destinations of Arizona, check out Amtrak Vacations.

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
December 25, 2015

TIS THE SEASON TO DONATE!

This holiday season, Yankee Leisure Group Inc. and our staff took part in supporting our local communities by conducting an Ugly Sweater Food Drive.  Our Laguna Hills, CA team partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank (http://feedoc.org/) who help provide food, education and advocacy for the hungry.  They are committed to finding innovative, sustainable ways to end famine in Orange County, CA.  Our Beverly, MA team partnered with Beverly Bootstraps (http://www.beverlybootstraps.org/) who provide critical resources to families and individuals so they may achieve self-sufficiency.  We are proud to help our communities and take part in the fight against hunger!

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
December 9, 2015

“AMTRAK VACATIONS OFFER MORE ADVENTURES FOR FAMILIES – Vacation packages to popular U.S.
destinations, national parks”

WASHINGTON – Amtrak Vacations, one of the leading rail travel package providers in North America, is offering more adventures in 2016 to popular destinations in the U.S., including trips to fascinating attractions,
activities and entertaining learning experiences geared for multi-generational families.

Some adventures include travel to Glacier National Park to enjoy the “Land of the Shining Mountains” and experience endless outdoor activities or Glenwood Springs in Denver to visit Glenwood Caverns Park to ride the trams through the mountains and caverns. Other adventures include trips to the Grand Canyon, Washington, D.C., and Yosemite National Park.

Amtrak Vacations offers more than 300 rail packages for independent and escorted rail journeys, trips to U.S. National Parks and rail & sail vacations. Traveling by rail offers a complete travel package with transportation, bedrooms and food service and allows passengers to relax the moment they board the train.

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
November 21, 2015

TRAVEL WEEKLY – GLOBAL TRAVEL MARKETPLACE

Heather Forcier and Jim Marini of Yankee Leisure Group Inc. collaborating at Travel Weekly’s Global Travel Marketplace. This conference connects the most influential travel agents in North America with global travel suppliers, and provides a platform to expand your network, share ideas and build strategic partnerships to grow your business.

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
November 16, 2015

YANKEE HOLIDAYS LAUNCHES DEDICATED NATIONAL PARK BROCHURE

LAGUNA HILLS, CA–Yankee Holidays has released both their 2016 Yankee Holidays and a brand new 2016 National Parks brochure. The new brochures include independent vacation packages to over 90 cities across the US & Canada as well as new National Park packages which feature accommodations inside the national parks.

Popular packages include: New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Nashville and New Orleans. In addition to the wide variety of Yankee Holidays city destinations are their adventurous National Park Trips such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier National Park and Crater Lake to name a few.

With the growing demand for travel to the U.S. national parks, the 2016 National Park brochure features many of the over 55 unique national park itineraries. Furthermore, Yankee Holidays has teamed up with the National
Park Foundation, the official charity of the U.S. National Parks, to help fund park education programs and initiatives to create awareness and preservation of the National Parks. The National Park Foundation will receive a portion of revenue from any Yankee Holidays National Park program.

Visit YankeeHolidays.com for all 2016-2017 Yankee Holidays products and the new 2016-2017 Yankee Holidays and Yankee Holidays National Parks brochure.

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
October 25-28, 2015

2015 ENSEMBLE TRAVEL GROUP INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Yankee Leisure Group President, Frank Marini, was one of the main speakers at the opening, general session of the conference. This year’s topic was focused on Amtrak Vacations’s National Parks By Rail products and our partnership with the National Park Foundation – Park Adventures.

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
October 9, 2015

YANKEE LEISURE GROUP ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION

LAGUNA HILLS, CA – Yankee Leisure Group and its brands, Amtrak Vacations and Yankee Holidays have announced a multi-year partnership with the National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks. NPF will receive a portion of revenue from any Amtrak Vacations or Yankee Holidays National Park programs.

The donation will help NPF protect national parks, connect people from all backgrounds to parks and National Park Service programs and inspire the next generation of park stewards.

“We are thrilled to support the National Park Foundation and do our part to preserve the national parks for generations to come,” said Frank Marini, President of Yankee Leisure Group Inc. “To kick off our partnership, we have created a new Park Adventures logo that will be featured on all of our national park itineraries in our brochures and websites that signify that a portion of the trip will be donated to the National Park Foundation” Amtrak Vacations and Yankee Holidays have over 55 unique national parks itineraries and have released several new itineraries for 2016 including Yellowstone to Yosemite by Rail , Great Southwest feat. The Grand Canyon , Rocky Mountains to Yosemite and America’s National Parks.

“American railroads and our national parks share a long history and we are excited to write another chapter of this legacy with Yankee Leisure Group,” said David French, senior vice president of marketing, communications and corporate partnerships at the National Park Foundation. “Through our partnership and committed efforts, we will invite new audiences into the parks, cementing the foundation of park enjoyment and stewardship for generations to come.”

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
September 2, 2015

AMTRAK VACATIONS LAUNCHES 2016/17 RAIL VACATIONS

LAGUNA HILLS, CA – Amtrak Vacations announces the release of their 2016-2017 Rail Vacations that feature 16 new rail vacation packages.

A number of the new rail vacations continue to expand on National Park destinations. With new rail vacations like Yellowstone to Yosemite by Rail, Great Southwest feat. The Grand Canyon , Rocky Mountains to Yosemite and America’s National Parks, Amtrak Vacations now offers over 40 unique National Park rail journeys. From weekend getaways to cross country journeys, there is something for every traveler.

“With record consumer demand for rail travel to the U.S. National Parks this year, 2015 will be the best year in our company’s history. We are already seeing the same trend for National Park rail travel on the rise for 2016!” says Frank Marini, President of Amtrak Vacations.

Amtrak Vacations also announced the new Rail Experiences Series which features a number of the most scenic & iconic Amtrak® routes in the US. One example is the new Northern Rail Experience where guests enjoy Amtrak’s Empire Builder®, Coast Starlight® and California Zephyr® routes.

Amtrak Vacations also released their 2016 Early Booking Discounts, customers can save $400 per couple for 2016 Escorted Rail Journeys or $300 per couple for most 2016 Independent Rail Journeys if booked by December 31, 2015.

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
June 24, 2015

AMTRAK VACATIONS HOSTS AVOYA TRAVEL ON THE CALIFORNIA COAST INDEPENDENT RAIL
FAMILIARIZATION TRIP

On May 29th, Amtrak Vacations hosted a number of the Best of the Best Avoya Travel Agencies and guests on their California Coast Independent Rail Journey. The trip started in San Diego and featured both the Pacific Surfliner and the Coast Starlight trains as they traveled up the coast with overnights in Los Angeles, Paso Robles and San Francisco.

The participants enjoyed everything from the glitz and glam of Los Angeles, to wine tasting at local wineries in Paso Robles, to experiencing the best San Francisco has to offer and much, much more. The real awe inspiring moments, however, were aboard the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and Coast Starlight. The trip provided the agents an experience of viewing the Pacific Ocean in ways that can only be seen by train.

“I feel like I am on a ride at Disneyland, “said Bonnie Galloway, owner of Bellwether Travel LLC, an Independent Agency of the Avoya Travel Network “We’ve lived here (in California) since 1969, been up and down the coast literally hundreds of times and I have not seen it like this” said Kelley Lemmon. “It is an incredible experience.”

“The trip is great I love the train” said Connie Lemmon, owner of Connie Lemmon Travel, an Independent Agency of the Avoya Travel Network. “Yesterday we did the segment from Los Angeles to Paso Robles and today we are in Cambria going on a wine tour this afternoon. I already have a couple of clients who are interested.”

“We were delighted and honored to be able to host the Fam trip on our California Coast Amtrak Vacations Journey. To hear how much the Independent Affiliates enjoyed the rail experience brings a smile to my face. I
find that today so many customers and travel agents are looking for a new unique experience… especially when traveling in the US….and Rail Travel is it.” – Frank Marini, President, Amtrak Vacations

“We want to thank Amtrak Vacations for offering the 7-night California Coast FAM to Avoya’s Independent Agency network so that they could experience first-hand the amazing vacation experience they offer travelers. Seeing the United States by rail is a unique and special travel experience, and Amtrak Vacations is a wonderful option for travel professionals offer for clients interested in US-based travel.” – Brad Anderson, Co-President, Avoya Travel.

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
December 23, 2014

NEW HIRE – DIRECTOR OF INSIDE SALES

We are happy to announce our new Director of Inside Sales: John Vavrina.

Prior to joining YLG, John was Vice President of Sales at CIE Tours International. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing CIE Tours’ inside and outside sales teams; establishing strategic sales-growth initiatives, quotas and goals; and creating training programs for sales representatives. During John’s tenure, CIE accomplished its two highest revenue years in the history of the company.

John has also served as Director of Sales at Grand Circle Travel. In this role, he was responsible for business development in the group travel market and he created their outside sales team. Under John’s leadership, this team successfully increased new business sales by 76% in their first year, accounting for several millions of dollars of new business.

In addition, John served as Director of Inside Sales at Collette Vacations. He oversaw the inside sales and outbound sales teams at Collette.

John earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management from Hofstra University, and is also a graduate of a three-year executive program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
October 26, 2014

2014 ENSEMBLE TRAVEL GROUP CONFERENCE

Frank Marini was one of the speakers at the opening general session of the conference. The topic of the discussion was regarding Yankee Holidays and Amtrak Vacations and the growth of domestic and rail travel throughout the United States.

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
October 1, 2014

YANKEE HOLIDAYS LAUNCHES NEW 2015-2016 PRODUCT BROCHURE AND WEBSITE ENHANCEMENTS

BEVERLY, MA – Yankee Holidays, a leading provider of independent city vacations featuring many of the most popular destinations in North America has announced the release of a NEW 2015 brochure! “I am excited to introduce our new vacation packages to even more exciting destinations,” says President, Frank Marini. “In addition to more than # new vacation packages to some of the most popular destinations throughout the U.S. and Canada, we are introducing 10 amazing vacations to our U.S. National Parks including the Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. With accommodations available both in and around the National Parks, along with exciting activities, Yankee Holidays brings you closer to America’s majestic treasures than ever before.”

With brand new vacation packages including the new 5-day Grand Canyon and Sedona Ultimate Experience or the new 4-day Las Vegas and Grand Canyon Experience, travelers are able to witness the spectacular and breathtaking beauty of regions like the Red Rocks of Sedona or the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Travelers can choose from one of five (5) exciting vacations to the Grand Canyon that may also include a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vega or an excursion aboard the Grand Canyon Railway. Simply said, there is no other
place in the world like the Grand Canyon.

In addition to the National Parks vacations, Yankee Holidays has launched vacation packages to popular destinations including Charleston, Memphis, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Montreal, Niagara Falls, Quebec and many more!

With set dates and pricing through March 2016 for more than 50 destinations throughout the United States and Canada, booking a vacation with Yankee Holidays is easy. Plus, they offer pre- and post-cruise getaways to popular destinations including New York City, Baltimore, Seattle, San Diego, Vancouver, New Orleans, San Francisco and more!

The NEW 2015 Yankee Holidays brochures and e-Brochures are now available to order online at YankeeHolidays.com.

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
October 15, 2014

Amtrak Vacations Launches eTicketing and eDocuments

Amtrak Vacations has recently announced an “eTicket” and “eDocument” service that will enable agents to book itineraries and supply all the necessary information via email. Furthermore, the foregoing provides them
with the opportunity to branch out to an international clientele with greater ease, and shift away from working exclusively with customers residing in the United States.

From a client perspective, choosing one of the 300+ rail vacations offered by Amtrak Vacations, has never been quicker or more simple. With the click of a button, arrangements can now be made in a matter of minutes, and travel documents printed from virtually anywhere (eliminating the hassle of waiting in line at the station prior to departure). In addition, travelers have the option of storing tickets on their smartphones and tablets, which they will be required to produce for the conductor as part of the boarding process).

Finally, in anticipation of the upcoming 2015-2016 Escorted and Independent Rail Journeys option, an Early Booking Discount will be applied to tickets purchased by individual travelers ($500 for couples) for any 2015 Independent (or Escorted) Rail Journey booked by December 31st, 2014.

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YANKEE LEISURE GROUP INC. NEWS RELEASE:  
September, 2014

AMTRAK VACATIONS LAUNCHES NEW 2015-2016 BROCHURE FEATURING 25+ BRAND NEW RAIL JOURNEYS!

Amtrak Vacations announces the launch of its 2015-2016 brochure featuring over 20+ new products including escorted rail journeys, independent rail journeys, rail and sail programs with new partner, Norwegian Cruise Lines. In addition to these new products, Amtrak Vacations has also launched new family weekend getaways.

“After a record breaking year for Amtrak Vacations we are excited to introduce new and exciting destinations to our already popular vacation programs,” said Frank Marini, President of Amtrak Vacations.

The new Glacier National Park Escorted vacation offers travelers a chance to experience one of the most pristine natural environments in the world. This nine-day rail journey features three full days of breathtaking scenery and tours inside Glacier National Park including overnight stays at the famous Glacier Park Lodge. In addition to Glacier National Park, visits to Chicago and Seattle give travelers a chance to enjoy all these great cities have to offer traveling on Amtrak’s Empire Builder .

The new Music Cities of America Escorted vacation takes you on an eight-day rail journey through three cities pulsing with legendary music including Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans aboard Amtrak’s City of New Orleans.

The new National Parks of the Southwest Escorted vacation combines relaxation and spectacular views of our countries most popular National Parks. Enjoy overnight stays and tours of the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park as well as a day trip to Bryce Canyon. Travel aboard Amtrak’s Southwest Chief in comfort on this once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

The new Route 66 by Rail Independent vacation takes you on a journey to relive American history by traveling along Route 66, also known as “the Mother Road”! With admission to 3 museums in Kingman, AZ including the Powerhouse Route 66 Museum, guided tours in Albuquerque and Los Angeles and so much more, this new 16-day rail journey offers fun and excitement around every bend.

Amtrak Vacations has also expanded its family adventures with the introduction of a new series of Family Weekend Getaways to destinations like San Diego, Chicago, New York City, Niagara Falls, Seattle and more! These weekend programs are perfect for school breaks, summer vacations and quick getaways for families of all ages.

In addition to these amazing rail journeys and family vacations, Amtrak Vacations has added the following NEW programs: Southern Heritage with Jekyll Island Escorted | Northern National Parks Escorted | California and the Golden West | Midwest to the Pacific and many, many more!

Amtrak Vacations will be offering an Early Booking Discount for their NEW 2015-2016 Escorted and Independent Rail Journeys. Travelers will save $250 per person for any 2015 escorted journey booked by December 31, 2014 and $150 per person for any 2015 independent journey booked by December 31, 2014.