VIA Rail Canada is very pleased to announce a strengthened partnership and new itineraries with Rail Specialist – Yankee Leisure Group “YLG” (operating brands: Amtrak Vacations, Unique Rail Journeys and Yankee Holidays). This partnership will expand tourism packages on VIA Rail for North American travelers, as well as providing additional options for travel agents to earn commission on a number of Canadian and North American rail bookings through Yankee Leisure Group/Amtrak Vacations.
“Strengthening our partnership with YLG is a great opportunity for VIA Rail Canada to introduce our product to new travelers across North America. We want to invite them to travel to Canada to see our beautiful country from the comfort of our trains and varied routes. These new itineraries not only provide great value but also a unique opportunity to combine our network with Amtrak’s to offer two nation rail vacations in one simple transaction, ” said Martin Landry, Chief Commercial Officer, VIA Rail Canada.
“We are thrilled to be working together with VIA Rail Canada to jointly launch these new and exciting rail vacations. Our goal is to showcase the best of what Canada and rail travel has to offer” said Frank Marini, President of YLG. “With our Amtrak Vacations brand, our travel agent partners in the U.S. and Canada now can only connect from any of the 500 Amtrak stations across the United States to these new VIA Rail packages, but also earn commission by booking Amtrak and VIA through us.”
The new Canadian Rockies vacation package will visit Vancouver, Victoria, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary. From the modern cosmopolitan city of Vancouver with popular areas such as Stanley Park, Gastown and Granville Island, to the majesty of the Canadian Rockies featuring Jasper and Banff and visiting such incredible sights as Medicine Lake, the Athabasca Glacier and the Columbia Ice Fields, this program has something for everyone!
The Cross Canada vacation package will visit Toronto and Niagara Falls before departing on The Canadian for a three night journey to the Canadian Rockies and the towns of Jasper and Banff. Travelers then move on to Vancouver where they can choose to extend their stay and visit the city of Victoria or travel to any of the cities that Amtrak services in the United States.
The Capitol to Capitol program begins in Toronto and journeys to Niagara Falls before visiting Ottawa, the capital of Canada, where they will see Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada and the Prime Minister’s residence. From there, travelers will journey to Montreal before departing for New York City, traveling through Philadelphia and to the U.S. Capitol of Washington D.C.
These new itineraries will operate on most days and in any direction throughout the year, giving travelers plenty of options regarding the days and seasons they would like to travel. Customers can also choose their level of accommodation, both onboard VIA’s trains and their hotel providing a price point to suit any budget