By Vintage Train! 12-Days From $2,995 pp
National Parks Of The West A
Twice Only In 2014 July 29-August 9 and August 26-September 6, 2014
visual feast to The Great National Parks of the West by vistadome Streamliner train, our very own Great Western Limited. The only holiday to feature Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Yosemite, all in one glorious holiday, Plus two nights in 'Everybody's Favorite City', San Francisco with a fine hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf. Never before to our knowledge has there been an elegantly crafted tour to the Great National Parks of the West that offered up, in one glorious vacation Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Yosemite, with a scenic crossing of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and time in San Francisco as added benefits. Nicer still, our guests enjoy something that no other western holiday offers, travel aboard our own classic 1940's era vintage streamliner train with 'vista-dome' cars for your viewing pleasure. With a sensible pace (most of our hotel stays are two-nights long), comprehensive sightseeing throughout, a professional tour manager to handle all of the details and much more, there is simply no nicer nor better way to travel from the Crown of the Continent at Glacier National Park to Yosemite than this holiday. We invite you to join us. All Aboard!
All aboard the vintage
GREAT WESTERN LIMITED Highlights:
Glacier National Park
Yosemite National Park
Upper Yellowstone Falls at Yellowstone National Park
Free or low-cost travel aboard Amtrak's 'Empire Builder' train from Seattle/Portland or Chicago/Midwest points to our starting point in Glacier National Park, Montana, an overnight journey. Guests with less time may fly into Kalispell, Montana with a free shuttle to our hotel in Whitefish. Two night stay in quaint Whitefish, Montana with complete touring of stunning Glacier National Park, Montana including the famed 'red Jammer' buses over the extraordinary Going to the Sun Highway. Two night visit to Yellowstone National Park with comprehensive sightseeing including Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Two night visit to Jackson, Wyoming with touring of Grand Teton National Park and a float trip on the Snake River. Train travel from Provo, Utah to Sacramento aboard the ‘Great Western Limited’, an overnight journey in Pullman sleeping car comfort over the Union Pacific Railroad. All meals, wines & spirits are included aboard the special train. Full day visit to Yosemite with complete touring and overnight at the Yosemite View Lodge along the rushing Merced River. Two night stay in San Francisco at Fisherman's Wharf with Bay Cruise and Farewell Dinner. A leisurely relaxed pace with more time in Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier National than most tours offer. Many meals including breakfast daily. Complete sightseeing from start to finish including all admission fees, excursions and transfers. Fully hosted by a professional tour manager.
Condensed Itinerary: Day 1:
Guests arrive by train from western or Midwestern points in quaint Whitefish, Montana to begin a two-night stay, just a short drive from Glacier National Park. Guests may also fly into nearby Kalispell, just 15 minutes away by complimentary shuttle. Overnight at the Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge. Day 2:
We depart this morning aboard one of the red open-air â€˜jammerâ€™ buses for the stunning trip over the famed Going to the Sun Highway across the Continental Divide. Later, a visit to shimmering Lake McDonald where a boat cruise is enjoyed. Many of our passengers rate this the prettiest day of the entire tour and you will soon see why. A second night at the Rocky Mountain Lodge. Tonight is our casual welcome dinner, a nice way to meet your fellow travelers. (CB, D) Day 3:
Today is a scenic drive along Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi and through rustic Montana to Bozeman where superb accommodations await us at the Homewood Suites. (CB, R) Day 4:
Yellowstone National Park
A short drive this morning brings us to the North Entrance of the Yellowstone National Park, America's first National Park and we arrive at lovely Lake Yellowstone this afternoon where we will stay the evening in the Lake Yellowstone cabins. (B) Day 5:
Yellowstone National Park
Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America's first national park and after breakfast, we begin a day that is a visual feast. You will see Upper and Lower Falls, Hayden Valley, Old Faithful, Fountain Paint Pot and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. We exit the park this afternoon and drive south into spectacular Grand Teton National Park, a spectacular landscape rich with jagged mountains, glaciers, pristine lakes and amazing wildlife including bison, moose and antelope. Here too, like in Yellowstone, our guests enjoy a two-day visit with plenty of free time. Overnight at the 49er Inn. Be sure to check out the legendary Million Dollar Cowboy Bar! (B) Day 6:
Jackson Hole, WY
Today we tour Jackson Hole with the highlight being an afternoon float trip on the Snake River. Grand Teton National Park protects stunning mountain scenery and a diverse array of wildlife. The Teton Range is the focal point of the park, the youngest range in the Rocky Mountains. An active normal fault, the Teton Fault, lies on the 40 mile long mountain front. Rock is jetted into the sky some 7,000 feet from the flat plains, with the highest peak at 13,770 feet, the Grand Teton. Happily, we have all evening at leisure to enjoy
Fares By Accommodation: this quaint and historic setting. Overnight at the 49er Inn. (B) Day 7:
Departing Jackson Hole this morning we travel south, stopping at the Oregon Trail Historical Center and then traveling along the Great Salt Lake with an evening arrival in Provo Utah where we enjoy dinner before boarding our private train, the Great Western Limited for our trip west to Sacramento via the famed Overland Route of the Union Pacific Railroad. There are after-dinner drinks and dessert in the club car tonight as we travel over the original Transcontinental Railroad. Overnight is spent in Pullman sleeping car comfort with crisp sheets, warm blankets and wonderful pillows. (B, D) Day 8:
Morning finds us arriving in Reno at breakfast time and beginning our spectacular trip over the Sierra Nevada Mountains past names that read like an American history course: Stanford Curve, Donner Lake, Blue Canyon and the American River overlook to name just a few. Most of today is spent traversing this engineering marvel with its snow sheds and steep grades before our afternoon arrival and overnight stay in the Sacramento area where suites await us at the superb Homewood Suites in Roseville, (B, L, R) Day 9:
Double Berth (Pullman Section) $3,295 pp Traditional Pullman upper/lower berths. Seating by day, comfortable beds by night.
Standard Double Bedroom
One large room with upper and lower berths and private enclosed bathroom with toilet and washbasin. Perfect for couples traveling together.
Superior Double Bedroom $3,595 pp Same as Standard Double Bedroom except instead of two armchairs, features large sofa by day. These rooms are also slightly larger in length.
Two Double Bedrooms combined to guarantee two lower beds or a large queen bed. Includes two picture windows, and two separate bathrooms with washbasins and toilets!
Yosemite National Park
This morning we have a short scenic drive south to Yosemite with our first glimpse of awe inspiring El Capitan and Half Dome. Yosemite always inspires reverence and amazement and happily, our guests have plenty of time to savor all of this glorious 'cathedral of Nature', to use John Muir's phrase, this afternoon with a complete tour of the Valley floor. Our hotel tonight is at El Portal alongside the rushing Merced River. (B) Day 10: San Francisco Today we travel north to San Francisco up the great Central Valley, and begin our two-night stay in San Francisco at Fisherman's Wharf to begin our visit to 'Everybody's Favorite City'. This evening is at leisure with plenty of nearby activities to explore. (B) Day 11: San Francisco
Two Roomettes $3,295 pp Two individual single rooms offering individual lower beds, Individual washbasin and toilets in each room. Perfect for friends traveling together.
(Including one roomette aboard the train and exclusive single occupancy Hotel accommodations throughout.) Lower bed with washbasin and toilet.
A magical day that begins with a complete city tour followed by a Bay Cruise that circles Alcatraz and sails under the Golden Gate Bridge. All afternoon is at leisure to explore the city on your own: Chinatown, colorful North Beach, chic Union Square with its fine shopping or a cable car ride are all fun options for this afternoon. Tonight is our special farewell dinner at Fisherman's Wharf, a great treat. (B,D) Day 12: Journey Home Guests travel home today by air or train or may opt to extend their stay in Northern California.
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