Western Train Tour
September 8 - 17, 2018
From the mountains to the sea, come explore the best of the west by train!
- Amtrak California Zephyr Superliner
- Roaring Camp Steam Train
- Benziger Winery Vineyard Tour
- San Francisco, California
- Lake Tahoe Cruise
- Hearst Castle Tour
- ‘17-Mile Drive’ in Pebble Beach
- Monterey Aquarium
- Carmel Mission Basilica Museum
- Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
- Colorado Rockies
- 10 Meals Included
- Top Quality Accommodations
- Professional Tour Director
- Luxury Motor Coach Transportation
rates PER PERSON
Deluxe Train Rooms
Double (Group of 2): $4,699
Triple (Group of 3): $4,599
Quad (Group of 4): $4,499
Roomette Train Rooms
Double (Group of 2): $4,399
Triple (Group of 3): $4,299
Quad (Group of 4): $3,199
INCLUDED IN TOUR
- Professional tour director
- Professional motor coach driver
- All flights and transfers
- Local departures
- Step on guides for city tours
- Top quality accommodations – 4 Star and above
- Luxury motor coaches
- Many meals on tour, equal amount of breakfasts and lunches/dinners
- Tips on all meals
- All taxes, fees, visas, etc. included in total price of tour
- Personalized service
- Final documents for trip details, 8 weeks prior to departure
- Luggage handling
- Much, much more!
NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR
- Every meal not included – guests are informed about how much more money to expect to pay for meals prior to departure
- Tips for photographer and driver - $4-$6 per person per day is recommended
- Baggage Fees when flying ($25 per direction per bag)
- Personal expenses (souvenirs, phone calls, and other personal costs)
Day 1: Fly into Denver
Your Western Train Tour begins! Depart from the most convenient departure location available and fly to Denver, Colorado. Enjoy a day in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains meeting the tour director and seeing the sights. Check into our lodging and have a relaxing night as we prepare for our train trip to the west tomorrow!
Hampton Inn and Suites, Denver, CO
Day 2: All Aboard!
*Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
Board the California Zephyr Amtrak Train that will take us west from Denver, Colorado through small mountain towns and over the rugged Rocky Mountains for the next two days. Enjoy all of our meals included, panorama car scenic views and more during this trip over the biggest mountain ranges in the United States. Lodging on the train are the deluxe rooms with bathroom and shower in each room.
Night on the Train
Day 3: Arriving into Reno/Tahoe
Arrive into Reno, Nevada ‘The Biggest Little City in the World’ this evening. We won’t stay long though as we make our way to the beautiful city of South Lake Tahoe for an afternoon cruise of California’s most famous freshwater lake. Spend the evening next to Heavenly Ski Resort, a magical place to be in the fall.
Holiday Inn Express, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Day 4: Napa and Sonoma Valley
California wines are known throughout the world as unique and delicious. Enjoy seeing the fully functional vineyard as we tour and taste wines at Benziger Winery. After lunch in Sonoma we’ll spend some time in downtown Napa to explore the town; we finish our day with an included dinner downtown. Spend our evening in Napa and travel into San Francisco tomorrow morning!
Hampton Inn, Napa, CA
Day 5: San Francisco
Depart the hills of Napa today and arrive into the ‘City by the Bay,’ San Francisco, by late morning. Get to know the city and see highlights like Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Twin Peaks, and Market Street. We’ll travel out to the best-known prison in the United States, Alcatraz, for the afternoon. Finish you evening on Pier 39 for dinner and free time on your own.
Zephyr Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Day 6: Roaring Camp Steam Train
Have some free time this morning then travel south to the Roaring Camp Steam Train in Fenton, California for our last train leg of the tour. Travel through Redwood trees and learn the history of this historical steam train. Later we’ll arrive into Monterey, a picturesque community that sits on the ocean and is home to Pebble Beach Golf Course. We’ll travel the beautiful ‘17-mile drive’ that wraps around the posh golf community in Pebble Beach and spend the next two nights in Monterey. Dinner is on your own tonight.
Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA
Day 7: Monterey
Today is a leisurely day in one of the calmest West Coast cities in the United States. For the morning we’ll check out the aquarium on a self-guided tour then enjoy some free time and lunch at historical Cannery Row. Tour the Carmel Mission Basilica Museum in the afternoon and finish off the day with an included dinner.
Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA
Day 8: Big Sur and Hearst Castle
We make our way south down through the awesome Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park en route to the world-renowned Hearst Castle. Newspaper magnate William Henry Hearst owned this massive mansion until his death in 1951. The incredible estate boasts many features including beautiful architecture and if we’re lucky, ZEBRAS (descendants from the Hearst private zoo)! Finish up the day at our hotel just an hour’s drive south.
Hilton Garden Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA
Day 9: Los Angeles
Coming to the end of the trip brings us to the ‘City of Angels’ in Los Angeles, California. We’ll arrive before lunch then pick up our local guide who will bring us around the city to sights like Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Walk of Fame and many others. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening and prepare to fly home tomorrow.
Double Tree Hotel, Culver City, CA
Day 10: Fly Home
Wake to get to the airport today and fly home. We made some incredible memories through California, Colorado, and Nevada over the last 10 days. Hopefully this isn't your last vacation with Bluebird Guided Tours. We had a great time, see you again soon!