Great California Train Adventure

Return To Previous Departs: 10/16/2018 Returns: 10/26/2018

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 the Amtrak California Zephyr and begin a breath- taking 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. B,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 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. L


Day 6 : The Pacific Coast
This morning we say goodbye to San Francisco and travel 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 for two nights in Monterey. D


Day 7 : Monterey Bay Aquarium & Whale Watching
This morning we enjoy a narrated whale watching excursion into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Look out for whales, dolphins, and other marine wildlife. After some leisure time on Cannery Row we will have a self-guided tour at the Monterey Bay Aquarium to see their fascinating exhibits.


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 reminisce 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
• Dinner at Louis Linguini's Restaurant on Cannery Row in Monterey
• Lunch aboard the MS Dixie II
• 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 San Francisco
• 2 nights in Monterey Bay
• 1 nights Apple Farm Inn in San Luis Obispo
• 2 nights in Los Angeles


Featured Attractions
• Amtrak California Zephyr
• Colorado Rockies
• Lake Tahoe narrated cruise
• Sierra Nevada Mountains
• San Francisco cable car ride & city tour
• Roaring Camp Railroad train ride
• 17 Mile Drive
• Monterey Bay Aquarium
• Whale Watching cruise
• 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: 8/2/2018

Itinerary ID:12208458 | Tour Code: RRGD1016181
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