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Vacations By Rail Offers Families Early Booking Bonus

Sep 4, 2015
Vacations By Rail, the most comprehensive global rail provider in the U.S., has introduced four new U.S. itineraries in its 2016 brochure along with an Early Booking Bonus.

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At Gleneagles, falconry is more than for the birds


Eileen and Margo at Gleneagles
Margo is a Harris Hawk at the British School of Falconry here on the grounds of the historic Gleneagles Hotel, the first in the country and extremely popular with kids. In fact, we had an audience as I was learning to hold Margo and let her fly. more
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Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland – a foodie paradise


Chefs table at Gleneagles Deseo restaurant
What is vacation without good food and Gleneagles Hotel certainly delivers. It is home to Andrew Fairlie, chef of Scotland’s only two Michelin-starred restaurant. But the other restaurants offer something special as well—maybe trying Scottish food for the first time. more
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Gleneagles: Famous for golf but beloved by UK and US families


Walking in the maze at Gleneagles
Gleneagles is known for golf—it is home to three of Scotland’s best championship courses but today, only 30 per cent of guests play golf and Gleneagles is a kid-friendly resort that draws families from the United Kingdom as well as the United States back year after year more
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Cruise shore excursions: go with a group or on your own?


Or you might see a cute border collie as we did on the Isle of Mull
When you take a cruise, you can opt for a shore excursion offered by the cruise line, or you can take your own, often booking local guides. more
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At Scotland’s Fort George: a youth bagpipe band outperforms


One of the youngest band members
Tour buses took us to Fort George, where the Inverness Youth Band with 30-plus members --drummers as young as nine and led by adults are “Beating Retreat,” performing a traditional military ceremony 16th Century England. more
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The Miracle of Camp 60 – in the Orkney Islands north of Scotland


The Italian Chapel in the Orkney Islands
In the Orkney Islands, north of Scotland, our cruise excursion takes us to an unexpected place: The Italian Chapel at a former POW camp, also known as The Miracle of Camp 60. more
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At sea with Windstar – connecting families and generations


Forward deck and bridge of Windstar Star Legend
Of the 204 passengers, there are 117 who have sailed Windstar, some as many as 11 times. While you may think of this as a cruise line for adults, I’ve been thinking of this as a way for grown and mostly grown kids to connect with parents and grandparents, sharing new experiences. more
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Finding a hidden gem of a restaurant on a remote road in Scotland


Shirley Spears at her Three Chimneys Inn on Isle of Skye
Three Chimneys Restaurant and six-room inn is on an out of the way stretch of road on the Isle of Skye where you brake for sheep crossing the road and the fish you eat for lunch might have been caught that morning, the lettuce just harvested. more
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Learning about the origins of the Titantic in Belfast, Northern Ireland


Artwork at the Titantic Experience in Belfast
We are on day two of our cruise aboard the Windstar yacht Star Legend – the Gaelic Explorers tour. We’ve anchored in Portrush and taken an excursion bus for the one-hour trip to Belfast to learn about the building of the Titantic. more
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Cruising Ireland and Scotland on a Windstar yacht


Lunch on deck as ship is about to depart Dublin
We are on an eight-day Gaelic Explorer Windstar Cruise on a yacht with just 212 passengers can go to smaller ports. Windstar, known for its sailing yachts, has added three more yachts from Seabourn—these without sails--that after a $12 million refurbishment have joined the fleet. more
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