Great California Train Adventure

Return To Previous Departs: 9/25/2018 Returns: 10/5/2018

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 Tour Director & local guides
 Motorcoach & professional driver
 Rail transportation
 Baggage handling at hotels
 $100 travel voucher for a future tour

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

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

Featured Attractions
• Amtrak California Zephyr
• 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 
• Darmel Mission Basillica Museum
• Coastal Highway 1
• Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
• Hearst Castle Grand Rooms tour & film
• Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
• Guided Hollywood tour featuring the Hollywood Walk of Fame
• LA Farmer’s Market
• Warner Brothers Studio VIP tour

Highest Elevation: 6,850 feet 

Tour Pricing

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

Final Payment Date: 7/12/2018

Itinerary ID:32870666 | Tour Code: RRGD0925181
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