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Amtrak Vacations

2.4 | Disappointing
  • 36% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
  • Local Specialist
  • 1972
  • Beverly, Massachusetts, United States
  • 3

Amtrak Vacations Reviews & Ratings 36% Recommend

2.4 out of 5
Excellent 2 Great 1 Average 2 Disappointing 0 Terrible 6
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Tour Reviews


Does Not Recommend

Don’t do it! August 2019

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
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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Does Not Recommend

Worst Customer Service Ever July 2019

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
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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Does Not Recommend

Don’t waste your hard earned money July 2019

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
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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Does Not Recommend

Worst experience ever June 2019

  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
In July 2018 I booked a trip for 2 to GNP in July 2019. My husband and I are both older with some mobility issues, so I made sure to book a bedroom. I paid in full in January. 2.5 weeks before we were to depart, Amtrak notified my agent that they didn't have a bedroom and would give us two roomettes (room too small, bunks too small, no toilet for old people who need to pee a million times at night). My agent tried for a week to get them to give me a bedroom, but they kept saying "the trains were rearranged and we don't have a bedroom. But we'll keep trying to get one for them." Needless to say, we cancelled the trip (had to cancel or lose money on hotels) and figure out something else to do with our airline tickets. NEVER NEVER EVER WILL I USE AMTRAK; AND I WILL WARN ALL MY FRIENDS, RELATIVES, AND ACQUAINTANCES TO AVOID IT AS WELL. STAY AWAY!!!!!!
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Does Not Recommend

Amtrak is Dirty, Filthy Waste of Money December 2018

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
The cars were last rehabbed in the 1980s. The rooms are dirty, the facilities filthy. Forget the "chef inspired" cuisine. It no longer exists. Instead, you get vending machine microwaved food not fit for humans. The restrooms and showers are indescribably filthy. I've seen prisons that were cleaner. They go through the Rockies at night (can't see anything) and remove the observation car when you hit the Cascades at daylight. Don't waste your money. For what Amtrak charges for a room and how they describe the food, etc, you'd think it's a cruise ship on rails. It most definitely is not. It’s ridiculous to suggest a “wine paring” with vending machine food haphazardly microwaved and served on plastic plates. Google “Amtrak cardboard” and read the story where Amtrak handed passengers a cardboard box to poop in. You can’t make this stuff up.

I read many of the other reviews that rated it higher. In many cases, the review was older—in some cases 10 years old. In other cases, the review was for a short trip or people who sat/slept in coach which is much cheaper. I get that a short trip or paying only for coach and bringing your own food could be fun. What isn’t fun is the brochures that tout “chef inspired cuisine” which no longer exists, the conditions of the cars, the filthy bathrooms and showers, etc. compared to the description of what you’ll get on an Amtrak Vacation and the price which is about what you’d pay for a cruise. There is no comparison. Amtrak is a terrible vacation experience.

While still aboard the train, I wondered why Amtrak was still selling the trip as a Vacation Package yet the cars were is such bad shape, there were no cleaners on board, the food looked like it used to be good but was now terrible. Why? The answer is Acela. That’s the high speed modern train service between Washington and NYC. Because Acela is frequented by politicians, lawyers, finance types and the media, Acela gets all the gravy. There’s no money left for the rest of the system. Fine. But they shouldn’t keep selling a service they haven’t been able to deliver in years.
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Never ever book with Amtrak Vacations November 2018

  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Didn't give me the right information from the get-go. I had to call several times with issues with my vouchers and tickets. Didn't get a break down of the cost of what I was paying for when I booked my trip, and I think they cheated me more money than the trip was worth. The last hotel they booked for me was ghetto as hell and I got BED BUGS!!!
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Stride Review

Since 1971, Amtrak has operated railway services throughout the contiguous United States, with more than 300 trains traveling on 21,300 miles of track each day. 

What Makes Amtrak Vacations Stand Out?

  • Railway vacations through North America
  • Eco-friendly, flexible, and fun way to explore 
  • Pre-planned or customizable trips
  • Inclusive packages
  • Incredible views and unique dining experiences

There’s something about a rail journey that connects one to the past, while feeling distinctly futuristic.

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, which let’s face it, is much slower when compared to grabbing a flight. But that’s part of the fun.

Amtrak Vacations aims to show people North America, and creating lasting memories through journeys that incorporate scenic landscape views, excellent service, and inclusive packages.

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.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Amtrak Vacations?

  • Families and older travelers
  • All physical levels
  • Those looking for a slow-paced and relaxed vacation

train track through national park

Rail journeys 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 something scenic and easy, with a few options here and there to get out and explore the landscape on foot.

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.

These journeys cover North America, and more specifically United States and Canada. Those who travel with Amtrak are largely US and Canadian Citizens on cross country trips. That said, it can also be an attractive way to cover a lot of ground for international travelers. However note that some of the time off the train will be to your own devices, without a guide, so if language barrier is an issue be sure to keep this mind.

Top Destinations

  • United States
  • Canada

Glacier national park with Amtrak

Amtrak Vacations are available in North America 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.

Travel Style

A journey with Amtrak Vacations can be done on a budget, or more luxury. 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 Choose a Trip With 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.

Amtrak offers many ways to relax, including spacious cabins and seats, spectacular views, and a unique dining experience. Amtrak aims to transform travelers’ state of mind as they pass through the natural beauty outside.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I have a local Amtrak station near me. Can I begin and/or end my tour there?

Yes! Tours with Amtrak vacations can be started or finished at any one of the 300 Amtrak stations covering the USA and Canada. And most itineraries can be taken in reverse order, for your convenience.

2. Do you include sightseeing in the itinerary?

Yes, sightseeing excursions are included in all of the itineraries with Amtrak vacations. You do have the option to add on additional sightseeing activities. These are available for an upgrade fee.

3. Do the sleeper cars have private facilities?

Amtrak has two levels of sleeper car: “Roomettes” and “Bedrooms”.

The Roomettes are ideal for one or two passengers, and are a good option for budget travelers - sinks and bathrooms are shared, though there are multiple to a car. They feature reclining seats that form a bed, on opposite sides of the large viewing windows.

Bedroom setups are great for couples or those wanting a more exclusive travel experience. They feature a private sink, toilet, and shower.

4. Are meals included?

Yes, all meals are included in the inclusive packages offered by Amtrak. There are varying levels of dining available, from luxurious private service to a more cafeteria level experience.

Amtrak is able to accommodate most dietary needs and restrictions if given proper notice. They recommend 72 hours notice at least.

5. How much luggage can I bring?

Amtrak requires that each passenger bring no more than 2 large pieces of luggage, not exceeding 50 lbs.

6. When should I arrive at the train station?

It is recommended to arrive at least 30 minutes before you train departs. If you require special assistance, Amtrak requests that you allow for more than 30 minutes to ensure you reach your departure.

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From Amtrak Vacations

Amtrak Vacations combines the thrill of riding the rails with inclusive travel packages for one-of-a-kind vacations throughout North America. We specialize in Escorted and Independent Rail Journeys, Rail and Sail Vacations, Rail Getaways and more. Amtrak Vacations offers over 300 rail vacations to amazing cities, scenic landscapes and spectacular National Parks with options to depart from more than 500 Amtrak rail stations across the country.

Our knowledgeable vacation consultants provide unparalleled service while planning your rail vacation inclusive of accommodations, sightseeing tours, dining options and entertainment. They are full of tips and details about life on the train and keen to share their passion for travel with you to help you make the most of this memorable experience.

Escorted Rail Vacations

Combine the thrill of rail travel with amazing destinations, a professionally-planned itinerary, knowledgeable local guides and an Amtrak escort to bring all the elements together, and you have the complete package.

Our escorted vacations bring people together to discover famous landmarks, hidden treasures, fascinating cultures and spectacular scenery. Guided by knowledgeable tour managers with an exceptional level of service, our professionally planned itineraries deliver unique adventures, culinary experiences, iconic attractions and unforgettable moments.

Independent Rail Journeys

Take an unforgettable journey by train to visit America’s renowned National Parks and world-famous cities. Travel cross country and witness the beauty and grandeur of the Great American landscape from the comfort of the observation car. Explore the stunning Pacific coast and watch waves crash on the shore while you take lunch in the dining car.

We have carefully crafted vacations that showcase the incredible variety that North America has to offer. We will plan your itinerary to make sure you get the most out of every destination, and so the hardest decision you will have left to make will be choosing when to leave!

Rail and Sail Vacations

Explore North America by land and sea on a Rail and Sail Vacation®. Travel in comfort and luxury via Amtrak to exciting New York City before departing for the relaxing shores of Bermuda on a 7-night Celebrity Cruise®; or explore the eclectic city of Seattle before cruising along glacier wonders of Alaska. Unique vacation experiences inclusive of hotel and ship accommodations, entertainment and sightseeing, these fully escorted adventures take all the worry out of travel.

Family Adventures

Share the natural wonders and cultural delights of the United States and Canada on a Family Adventure. Leave the driving and planning to us and spend more time making memories.

Designed for families of all ages, our escorted rail adventures will delight everyone with fascinating destinations and attractions, exciting activities and entertaining learning experiences for an unforgettable family vacation.

Rail Getaways

A short trip never falls short of adventure and excitement on a Rail Getaway with Amtrak Vacations®. These 2-4 day, single-city getaways combine your travel needs into a simple vacation package. Inclusive of hotels, sightseeing and entertainment, these unescorted getaways let you explore at your own pace without the hassle of planning the details.

National Parks

The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier National Park - these are destinations that are known and admired worldwide for their awe-inspiring landscapes. We can get you there. Hop aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railway and we will take you up to the breathtaking South Rim. Enjoy the delights of the California Zephyr and then a trip to the spectacular geysers of Yellowstone. Experience the big skies of Montana on the Empire Builder and the unspoiled wilderness of Glacier National Park.

We can offer the convenience of an Escorted Rail Journey like National Parks of the Southwest with a tour manager to guide you, or you can travel independently on Peaks to Pacific or a shorter Glacier Park Getaway. Wherever you choose to go we can ensure you see the best that these amazing destinations have to offer.


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