American Railway Explorer Details Unveiled

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In May, we reported on the 2011 summer launch of American Railway Explorer (ARE), offering four different itineraries around the United States. We followed up and discovered the "rail cruise" will be agent-commissionable.

To recap, the Phil Anschutz-owned line will start at approximately $900 per day for the four-day West Coast Explorer, traveling from Napa and Los Angeles, and up to $1,500 per day for the 11-day Transcontinental Explorer, from Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Eight-day trips will include The Southwest Explorer between Napa and Santa Fe, NM, and The Northwest Explorer between Napa and Jackson, WY.

This spring, the Examiner announced passengers will start their journey at an overnight stay in a hotel for a welcome dinner in the originating city. Travel Agent Central also found out services onboard ARE will include having their sleeper cars straightened up overnight, similar to a hotel. Details, including agent deals, will be forthcoming.

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