Beauty of America’s West
From some of the best cities on the West Coast to stunning national parks, America’s beautiful West awaits on this amazing journey.
Your adventure begins with an unforgettable ride aboard the Southwest Chief, a train that takes you through the night to Flagstaff. And it is here that your true expedition takes off. See the amazing colors of the Grand Canyon; try your luck on the Las Vegas Strip; get an up-close look at the most scenic sites in Yosemite National Park; watch history come to life in Sacramento; lose your heart in the City by the Bay and gain perspective as you relax alongside the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America and a favorite destination of travelers. By train, deluxe coach and even boat, take in all that America’s vast, wondrous terrain has to offer, and then some, as you make memories to last a lifetime.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail travel on Amtrak (1 night on train)
- Amtrak's San Joaquin from Bakersfield to Fresno
- Amtrak's California Zephyr from Emeryville to Truckee
- Rail excursion aboard the Virginia & Truckee Railroad
- Hotel accommodations for 11 nights, including a 2-night stay on Fisherman's Wharf and 2-nights in Lake Tahoe
- 13 meals
- Meals onboard the train when upgrading to a roomette or bedroom
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Yosemite National Park
- San Francisco City Tour
- Muir Woods
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Baggage handling
Day 1 - Southwest Chief to Flagstaff
Board the legendary Southwest Chief in Chicago or Los Angeles, settle into your onboard accommodations and prepare for your overnight rail journey. Overnight train.
Day 2 - En Route to Flagstaff
As you travel into the scenic Southwest, you will feel the same excitement the pioneers felt as they headed west. Admire the changing scenery from the train's glass-walled Sightseer Lounge and enjoy chatting with your fellow travellers about the adventure that awaits. Upon arrival in Flagstaff this evening, transfer to the nearby hotel for a two-night stay. Overnight Flagstaff, AZ.
Day 3 - The Grand Canyon - A Powerful and Inspiring Landscape along the Colorado River
Today, experience one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then travel by deluxe motorcoach to the Grand Canyon. Immense in size, America's most famous natural attraction stirs the soul with colourful strata of rock as well as showcases an excellent record of history. You'll get a chance to view the Canyon from several observation areas with a knowledgeable guide. At the Watchtower, see vistas of the Colorado River, the Canyon, the Painted Desert and Kaibab National Forest. Overnight Flagstaff, AZ. (B, D)
Day 4 - En Route/Las Vegas, Entertainment Capital of the World
Board your deluxe motorcoach and travel northwest 250 miles to fabulous Las Vegas. Late this afternoon, you'll arrive in Las Vegas, the magnificent oasis in the desert. Your home for the next two nights is a centrally-located hotel on the Strip. Enjoy the evening on your own. Will you take in a world-renowned show, hit the jackpot in the casino or dine in the restaurant of an award-winning chef? Overnight Las Vegas, NV. (B)
Day 5 - Las Vegas - The Pulsating Strip and Fremont Street
Join us for a tour of three spectacular hotels in Las Vegas. With the afternoon at leisure, you can shop, relax by the pool or continue hotel-hopping. Tonight, you'll experience the original Las Vegas, now known as "downtown," which still rivals the strip as a favourite destination. The Fremont Street Experience features an impressive $70-million canopy of light and sound that envelopes the historic hotels and casinos along four city blocks. Then, have free time to explore the fabulous downtown casinos and restaurants. Overnight Las Vegas, NV. (B)
Day 6 - En Route/Fresno - California, Here We Come!
Depart Las Vegas on your deluxe motorcoach, stopping in Barstow, California, for lunch on your own. Arrive in Bakersfield in time to catch a 3:45 pm San Joaquin train to Fresno, California. Early this evening you'll arrive in Fresno, gateway to Yosemite, and transfer to your hotel for the night. Overnight Fresno, CA. (B)
Day 7 - Yosemite National Park - Massive Granite Monoliths
Enjoy a continental breakfast in your hotel before boarding your motorcoach for what is destined to be a spectacular day. Ride the scenic journey into the park and experience El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Falls and Half Dome, the park's most visited attractions. This afternoon, take a two-hour narrated sightseeing tour of this World Heritage Site as the Yosemite experience comes alive with natural beauty and a strong sense of American history. Later this afternoon, we'll continue to Sacramento, California's capital city. Overnight Sacramento, CA. (B)
Day 8 - Sacramento - Gateway to Gold Country
Start the morning with a tour of the California State Railroad Museum featuring a collection of lovingly restored train engines and vintage rail cars. The remainder of the day is free to explore one of Sacramento's many delightful attractions. Relive the California Gold Rush in historic Old Sacramento or shop to your heart's content in the mega-shopping mall, both within walking distance. Overnight Sacramento, CA. (B)
Day 9 - En Route/San Francisco - The Golden City by the Bay
This morning you depart Sacramento via motorcoach for San Francisco. Stopping for lunch on your own, we'll arrive in the world-famous "City by the Bay" at noon. This afternoon, you are sure to leave your heart in San Francisco with a 3 1/2 hour sightseeing tour, including Golden Gate Park, Jackson Square, Telegraph Hill, the Presidio and Fisherman's Wharf. The afternoon tour will end at Fisherman's Wharf, where you can enjoy dinner at one of its famous seafood restaurants on the water. Overnight San Francisco, CA. (B)
Day 10 - San Francisco - Muir Woods
Today we cross the famous Golden Gate Bridge on our way to Muir Woods and its magnificent 800-year-old, 250-foot tall redwood trees. Before returning to San Francisco, we will stop in the village of Sausalito with its Mediterranean style. Enjoy dinner on your own in San Francisco this evening. Overnight San Francisco, CA. (B)
Day 11 - Truckee - Lake Tahoe
Enjoy one last breakfast by the bay this morning before continuing to your next destination. From your hotel, you will transfer to Emeryville, where the California Zephyr is waiting to whisk you away. Your destination is Truckee, CA, which is situated right on the border of Nevada and is your gateway to beautiful Lake Tahoe. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a motorcoach tour of this mountain town before continuing onto Lake Tahoe for the night. Overnight Lake Tahoe. (B)
Day 12 - Virginia & Truckee Railroad
More beautiful sights lie ahead this morning with your excursion aboard the Virginia & Truckee Railroad through the rugged landscape of Nevada. As you twist and turn through the hills of the Comstock along the route, relive the days of silver and gold mining. This evening we will embark on one final excursion: a Zephyr Cove Sunset Dinner Cruise. As the sun goes down, you will enjoy marvellous views over Emerald Bay and a delectable menu aboard an authentic paddle boat. Overnight Lake Tahoe. (B, D)
Day 13 - End of Tour
Our journey concludes this morning. After breakfast, we will make our way to Reno, NV. Transfers to Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Reno Amtrak station for planes and trains departing after 1:00 p.m. (B)
Rail Your Way
Own your holiday, make it bespoke, especially designed for you. This could be as simple as a variation to one of our existing tours by choosing where and when you want to begin and end your journey. Or something totally unique with your chosen destinations and hotels for the time you want. Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your holiday so you can have the experience you want.
Ask your rail specialist for details.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the DoubleTree by Hilton (Flagstaff), Tropicana (Las Vegas), Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Fresno), Embassy Suites Riverboat Promenade (Sacramento), Hotel Zephyr Fisherman’s Wharf (San Francisco), and Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel.
Amtrak accommodations are available in Coach class, Roomette, and Bedroom. Coach accommodations include a reclining seat with leg rest. Roomette accommodations include a private cabin featuring two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, converting to an upper and lower berth at night. Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower. Roomette and Bedroom accommodations include all meals aboard the train
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