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Great California Train Adventure

Departs: 10/2/2018 Returns: 10/12/2018

11 Days | All Airfare Included

Enjoy first class service aboard the Amtrak California Zephyr while viewing the majestic Colorado Rockies.
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Daily Itinerary Items

Day 1 : Fly to Denver
Our overnight accommodations are in Denver, Colorado’s capital city. This evening, enjoy getting acquainted with our fellow travelers.

Day 2 : Colorado Rockies
This morning we board our train and begin a breathtaking climb up the frontal range of the Rockies. We cross the Continental Divide through the 6.2 mile Moffat Tunnel, one of 29 tunnels along our route! Enjoy the views as we make our way through the spectacular canyons of the Rocky Mountains. Our private sleeping car compartments are comfortable sitting rooms by day that easily convert to cozy sleepers at night. All meals are included in the Dining Car aboard the train. Tonight we travel into Utah. L,D

Day 3 : Sierra Nevadas
Enjoy breakfast as Nevada landscapes greet us. We disembark the train in Reno midmorning, then continue by motorcoach for a delightful day of leisure time and sightseeing. Tonight we travel to Lake Tahoe in the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains for the evening. B

Day 4 : Lake Tahoe Cruise
This morning we board the M.S. Dixie paddlewheeler for a narrated cruise on sapphire-blue Lake Tahoe, voted as the “Best Boat Cruise” for several years running. Following our cruise, we make our way through California’s beautiful Central Valley to San Francisco where we enjoy excellent accommodations for two nights. B,L

Day 5 : San Francisco
After a ride on one of the city’s timeless cable cars, we are joined by an expert local guide for a city tour of the City by the Bay. We see the highlights of this bustling city including Twin Peaks, Market Street, Chinatown and iconic Golden Gate Park. After our tour, we enjoy lunch and leisure time at famous Pier 39, located along Fisherman’s Wharf. This afternoon we sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island on a narrated cruise on San Francisco Bay. L

Day 6 : The Pacific Coast
This morning we say goodbye to San Francisco as we make our way south to the Roaring Camp Railroad Station. Upon arrival we board one of the most authentically preserved narrow-gauge steam engines in America and enjoy a round trip journey through the towering redwood groves to the summit of Bear Mountain and back. Later we enjoy scenic vistas of California’s famous 17 Mile Drive. Have your camera ready for stops along the route including the Lone Cyprus and Pebble Beach. We then make our way to our accommodations in Monterey. L,D

Day 7 : Monterey Bay Aquarium
After a leisurely morning we enjoy a self-guided tour at the Monterey Bay Aquarium to see their fascinating exhibits. This afternoon takes us on a tour of the beautiful Carmel Mission Basilica Museum to view their awe inspiring art and learn about their history.

Day 8 : Hearst Castle
Today’s route follows coastal Highway 1 where roaring waves, sheer rocky cliffs and stunning ocean views dominate the landscape. At Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park we get another view of California’s majestic Redwoods. Today we tour Hearst Castle, an elegant mountaintop estate of the late William Randolph Hearst. Discover fabulous art, priceless antiques and beautiful gardens after viewing the introductory film Building the Dream. Our overnight accommodations are in San Luis Obispo. D

Day 9 : Reagan Library
Our journey continues south this morning to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. We take time to explore the largest Presidential Library in the United States, including exhibits such as Air Force One, the National Treasures Gallery, a tribute to First Lady Nancy Reagan and the Oval Office. Afterwards, we make our way to Los Angeles for a comfortable two-night stay. B

Day 10 : Hollywood Highlights
This morning we pick up a local guide for a tour of Hollywood. See Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Walk of Fame while learning this fascinating city’s history. This afternoon we explore the Farmer’s Market before a Warner Brothers  Studio VIP tour. We experience the magic of filmmaking and see the iconic sets from beloved television shows and movies. Tonight we say goodbye at a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner. B,D

Day 11 : Fly Home

B - Breakfast; CB - Continental Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner; T - Tea

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes
• All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
• Holiday Vacations Tour Director
• Motorcoach and professional Driver
• Rail transportation
• Baggage handling at hotels
 $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour

12 Excellent Meals Featuring
• All meals aboard Amtrak
• Lunch on Pier 39
• Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner

All Accommodations Featuring
1 night on the Amtrak California Zephyr Superliner
1 night at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
2 nights at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District
2 nights at the Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
2 nights at the the Embassy Suites in Los Angeles

Attractions & Highlights
• Colorado Rockies
• Lake Tahoe narrated cruise
• Sierra Nevada Mountains
• San Francisco cable car ride, city tour & bay cruise
• Roaring Camp Railroad train ride
• 17 Mile Drive
• Monterey Bay Aquarium
• Carmel Mission Basilica Museum
• Coastal Highway 1
• Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
• Hearst Castle Grand Rooms tour & film
• Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
• Hollywood guided tour & Walk of Fame
• LA Farmer’s Market
• Warner Brothers Studio VIP tour

Tour Pricing

Category - Occupancy Price (Per Person)
Roomette - Airport Double $4899
Roomette - Airport Single $6099

Final Payment Date: 7/20/2018

Guaranteed Airport Departure Cities

All tour prices include airfare from the guaranteed airports listed below. Additional cities, including flights from states not listed, are availible on request. Additional fees may apply. for more information, please call 1-800-826-2266 and one of our friendly Tour Consultants will be happy to assist.


The requirement to collect your date of birth, gender and full name as it appears on the government issued photo identification you will use on your tour is federally mandated by the Transportation Security Administration. TSA's privacy policy as well as additional details can be found at using the keywords Secure Flight.






Little Rock, Fayetteville


Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco





District of Columbia

Washington D.C.


Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonvillle, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa/St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach






Chicago, Moline/Quad Cities


Indianapolis, Evansville, Fort Wayne, South Bend


Des Moines, Cedar Rapids




Louisville, Lexington


New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport






Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Saginaw


Duluth, Minneapolis/St.Paul, Rochester


Jackson, Gulfport/Biloxi


St.Louis, Kansas City, Springfield/Branson


Billings, Bozeman, Missoula


Omaha, Lincoln


Las Vegas

New Jersey


New Mexico

New York

New York City, Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse

North Carolina

Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh/Durham

North Dakota

Fargo, Bismark, Grand Forks


Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton


Oklahoma City, Tulsa




Philadelphia, Allentown, Harrisburg/Middleton, Pittsburgh

South Carolina

Charleston, Greenville/Spartanburg

South Dakota

Sioux Falls, Rapid City


Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis


Houston (IAH) George Bush InterContinental Airport, Austin, Dallas/Ft.Worth, San Antonio


Salt Lake City


Norfolk, Richmond


Seattle/Tacoma, Spokane

West Virginia



Milwaukee, Appleton, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison, Central WI/Wausau/Mosinee


Tour prices are guaranteed and include airfare, federal taxes, airport security charges, airline segment fees, airport passenger facility charges and fuel surcharges, if applicable. International airfare also includes applicable airport fees and taxes assessed by individual countries. Airline luggage fees are an additional charge and are payable directly to the airlines at check in.


Seat assignments are controlled by the airline. We will no longer solicit requests and seating cannot be guaranteed by Holiday Vacations


PLease be advised that some commercial airlines offer reduced award miles to travelers booked on a group reservation. Holiday Vacations is happy to submit your frequent flyer number to the airlines, but makes no guarantee that full mileage will be awarded.


Departue cities are subject to change due to limited or discontined airline service. The availablility of airline seats may be limited from each departure city. Holiday Vacations reserves the right to provide ground transportation to or from a larger or alternate airport.


You may request a departure from a city not listed. Holiday's air department will determine the feasibility of your request and advise you of any additional cost, if applicable.


You may request a land only price. If the tour is purchased as land only, it will be your responsibility to meet the group at the arrival airport at the time designated by Holiday Vacations. If you prefer, you can join the tour at the first night's hotel. Taxi or other airport transfer costs are not included for independant arrival or departure.

Itinerary ID:32575764 | Tour Code: RRGD1002181
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