Glories of theWest
Four Exclusive Departures Only! June 1 - 13; June 29-July 11; August 3 -15; & August 31-Sept. 12, 2014 Fares Starting At $3,995 pp
The Great National Parks of the West by Classic Streamliner train, aboard the ‘Great Western Limited’. The ultimate holiday to Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks with excellent hotels, exceptional dining, sightseeing and our own private train operating via the Colorado Rockies in daylight!
ALL ABOARD! Our Classic Streamliner Train
GREAT WESTERN L I M I T E D
Features: Train travel from Chicago to Grand Junction,
ithout question, Arches & Canyonlands, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are truly the 'Wonders of the West' and oﬀer some of the most stunning scenery in North America. Arches & Canyonlands with their canyon, mesas and buttes are stunning and must be seen to be believed. Grand Teton, with its jagged mountains, pristine lakes and rich wildlife is a jewel and Yellowstone, with its geysers, hot springs and waterfalls is a visual feast. Not as well known, but equally splendid is Glacier National Park, Montana with its storied 'Going to the Sun' Highway over the Continental Divide and happily, we have combined all ﬁve of these great National Parks into one glorious holiday with excellent hotels, epic scenery and intelligent planning. Nicer still, ALL sightseeing is included, from a ﬂoat trip on the Snake River during our visit to Grand Teton, to complete touring in Yellowstone including Old Faithful and during our stay in Glacier National Park, the fabled red open-air 'jammer' buses. There is a professional Tour Manager to handle the details from start to ﬁnish and most meals, are included. For maximum comfort, all but two of our hotel stays are two nights long, something almost no other program oﬀers. Great destinations deserve a great train and we have re-created a classic 1950's era streamliner train, similar to such legends as the North Coast Limited, the City of San Francisco and the Denver Zephyr to convey our guests from Chicago to and from the National Parks in great style and comfort. With a choice of comfortable Pullman sleeping car accommodations, an inviting lounge area with large windows for taking in all of the wonders of the west, our Great Western Limited provides a level of accommodation, dining & service not found on any Amtrak train. With our own attentive staﬀ, classic railroad dining (all meals, wines & spirits are included while aboard!), plenty of room and a delightful ambiance with such amenities as fresh ﬂowers, afternoon tea, nightly turn-down service and much more, there is simply no ﬁner way to see the West. Best of all, our journey to Utah takes us over the storied Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad 'Main Line through the Rockies' with a daylight passage through stunning Glenwood Canyon and the Front Range of the Rockies and there can be no nicer entrée to the magniﬁcent vistas that await you on this entire holiday. We invite you to compare this exquisite holiday with those oﬀered by any other company, most of which require days of endless bus travel, a diﬀerent hotel every night and hotels outside of Yellowstone and you will agree that this holiday puts others to shame.
Colorado aboard the 'Great Western Limited' , a scenic overnight trip. Our guests enjoy the stunningly beautiful daylight passage through the Colorado Rockies. All meals, wines & spirits aboard are included. Fully hosted from start to ﬁnish by professional Tour Manager that handles all the details. A two-night deluxe lodging at the Red Cliﬀs Resort with complete touring of Grand Teton National Park. Overnight stay the Four Diamond-rated Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. Two-night visit to Jackson Hole with raft trip on the Snake River and complete touring of Grand Teton National Park. Two-night stay in Yellowstone National Park along with complete sightseeing including Old Faithful geyser and the amazing Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Two-night visit to Jackson Hole with raft trip on the Snake River and complete touring of Grand Teton National Park. Two-night stay in Yellowstone National Park along with complete sightseeing including Old Faithful geyser and the amazing Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Two-night stay in Whiteﬁsh, Montana at the Four Diamond-rated Lodge at Whiteshish Lake, with complete sightseeing included the famed red 'Jammer' buses over the extraordinary ‘Going to the Sun Highway’. A leisurely, relaxed pace with more time in Grand Teton & Yellowstone than any other deluxe tour oﬀers. Many meals including breakfast daily. Complete sightseeing throughout including all admission fees.
DAY 1: Depart Chicago Guests depart Chicago bound for Utah. There is a welcome reception and dinner as we roll west over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad in great comfort and style. (D) DAY 2: Overnight Moab, UT All day is spent traversing the stunning Colorado Rockies with an afternoon arrival in Grand Junction, Colorado. The highlight today is awe- inspiring Glenwood Canyon. We begin our two night stay at the superb Red Cliﬀs Resort overlooking the Colorado River, a resort so remarkable many consider it the highlight of their holiday. Transfer to the hotel is included. (B,L,AT) DAY 3: Overnight Moab, UT We tour Arches National park this morning, with the afternoon free to enjoy the resort. The forces of nature have acted in concert to create the landscape of Arches, which contain the greatest density of natural arches in the world, over 2100 amazing formations of varying colors. The highlight of the afternoon is a visit to Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands preserves a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers themselves. After a spectacular day of scenery. Tonight is our welcome dinner at Red Cliﬀs Resort. (B,D) DAY 4: Overnight Salt Lake City We depart Red Cliﬀs this morning and drive north to Salt Lake City with plenty of time to relax and explore. Overnight this evening is at the acclaimed Little America Hotel. (B) DAY 5: Jackson Hole After breakfast, we depart for Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park. Wonder at this spectacular landscape, rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes and extraordinary wildlife. The abrupt vertical rise of the jagged Teton Range contrasts with the horizontal sage covered valley and glacial lakes at their base, creating world-renowned scenery that attracts nearly four million visitors per year. Check into the superbly located Homewood Suites to begin our two-night stay. There is time tonight to enjoy Jackson Hole, including the fabled Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. (B,L) DAY 6: Jackson Hole After breakfast, we enjoy a morning ﬂoat trip on the Snake River with the backdrop of the most impressive mountain range in North America, the Grand Tetons. The afternoon is free to explore quaint downtown Jackson and we highly recommend a visit to the storied Silver Dollar Bar. Tonight an old-west treat, an outdoor cowboy cookout with a great view of the Grand Teton Range. (B,D)
DAY 7: Yellowstone We drive north to Yellowstone. America's ﬁrst National Park, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. This afternoon we check into the Lake Yellowstone Frontier Cabins, located inside Yellowstone National Park. (B) DAY 8: Yellowstone Today we see all of Yellowstone's majesty with Upper & Lower Falls, Hayden Valley, Old Faithful, Fountain Paint Pot, and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. You will want your camera handy since today is a visual feast of unequaled splendor. (B) DAY 9: Fairmont Hot Springs Another pretty day as we drive north to picturesque Fairmont Hot Springs, the perfect midtrip indulgence. Admission to the soothing hot springs is included and there is a ﬁne spa as well as a range of outdoor activities. (B,D) DAY 10: Friday Glacier Park A beautiful day as we travel into Glacier National Park with an afternoon visit to Many Glacier, surrounded by the high peaks of the Lewis Range. Overnight is spent at the charming Lodge at Whiteﬁsh Lake, one of the only AAA four-diamond rated hotels in Montana. This lovely hotel, on the shores of Whiteﬁsh Lake is far and away the best lodge in the area with superb food and an intimate scale. The hotel features many ﬁne dining an relaxation activities including private beach and lakeside pool and hot tubs. (B) DAY 11: Glacier Park The Big Day! We depart this morning aboard one of the famed red open-air 'jammer buses for a spellbinding day that ﬁnds us traversing the breathtaking 'Going to the Sun' Highway over the Continental Divide. Later today, shimmering Lake McDonald where an early evening boat cruise is included. Many of our passengers rate this the prettiest day of the entire tour which is saying quite a lot. Overnight at the Lodge at Whiteﬁsh Lake. (B,D)
GREAT WESTERN L I M I T E D Our Great Western Limited features lovingly restored private rail cars from the golden era of streamliner travel with a wide choice of accommodations. From aﬀordable standard double bedrooms to superior double bedrooms, to single bedrooms and suites, there is something to meet every desire. ALL room types provide comfortable Pullman beds, large pillows, turndown service and in room facilities. For those wishing for even greater savings, we also oﬀer comfortable Pullman Sections. There is an inviting dining & lounge area for relaxing in and all meals are prepared freshly onboard and served on tables graced with fresh ﬂowers. Indulgent delights include afternoon tea and stylish cocktail hours.
PULLMAN ACCOMMODATIONS & FARES DOUBLE BERTH PULLMAN SECTION Upper and lower berths
June July & September
$3,995 pp $4,295 pp
STANDARD DOUBLE BERTH
Private cabin with upper/lower berth, enclosed toilet and wash basin.
June July & September
$4,495 pp $4,695 pp
SUPERIOR DOUBLE BERTH
Larger private cabin with upper/lower berth, enclosed toilet and wash basin.
DAY 12: All Aboard! After breakfast, guests depart from Glacier Park Lodge aboard the ‘Great Western Limited’ which makes a special stop at the hotel. Tonight is our Farewell Dinner as we speed east to Chicago. (B,L,D)
June July & September SUITE ACCOMMODATION
$4,795 pp $4,995 pp
June July & September
$6,695 pp $6,996 pp
DAY 13: Journey Home The ‘Great Western Limited’ The arrives in St. Paul, Milwaukee and Chicago today. Easy connections with other points can be made in Chicago and we oﬀer attractive hotel add-on rates for added convenience. (B,L)
333 S. Indian Canyon Dr., Ste. H, Palm Springs CA 92262 www.ps-uncommonjourneys.com
Local,760.424.2205 Toll Free, 888.508.3401
Two Double Bedrooms combined
Two single occupancy cabins with lower berth.
June July & September
$4,695 pp $4,895 pp
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Published on Oct 8, 2013
Train Travel: The Great National Parks of the West by Classic Streamliner train, aboard the ‘Great Western Limited’