Pacific Coastal Odyssey
Discover America’s stunning Pacific Coast on this 12-day rail-cruise journey to San Diego, Catalina Island, San Francisco, Victoria, and Vancouver.
Discover America's stunning Pacific Coast on this 12-day rail-cruise journey. Begin your trip at Chicago's Union Station, where you will board Amtrak's renowned Southwest Chief to Los Angeles. In LA, you’ll spend a day exploring the city’s most famous sights, from Chinatown to Exposition Park and the famed Hollywood stars. Continue your Pacific Coast journey aboard the Crown Princess, a luxurious ship where you can enjoy evening entertainment, spa services, exquisite dining, and relaxation. After rejuvenating with a full day at sea, arrive in beautiful San Francisco, where you’ll spend a day touring Fisherman’s Wharf, the Maritime Museum, and more. Next, travel by ship to Astoria, Oregon, a stop on the Lewis and Clark expedition, before heading to Victoria, British Columbia, where you can embark on excursions to the enchanting Butchart Gardens or whale watching. Your last night on the ship will take you to Vancouver, where you’ll board a deluxe motorcoach to Seattle. Enjoy a tour of this iconic city, including Lake Washington and sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Your epic rail and sea journey ends with a trip back to Chicago on Amtrak’s famous Empire Builder, where you’ll pass through the stunning Rocky Mountains and striking waterfalls and gorges of Glacier National Park.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail transportation on Amtrak (4 nights on train),
- 6-night cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Crown Princess
- Hotel accommodations for 1 night
- 29 meals
- Los Angeles sightseeing tour
- Ports of call including San Francisco, Astoria, Victoria and Vancouver
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour manager
Day 1 - Depart Chicago
Pacific Coastal Odyssey tour members will meet the tour manager in Chicago's Union Station. The Metropolitan Lounge will be our base in Chicago. The Willis Tower, one of the world's tallest buildings is close by. Other Chicago attractions are a short cab ride away. We'll board the Southwest Chief for its mid-afternoon departure. Relax in your private Roomette sleeping accommodations. Bedrooms are available at an additional cost. Bottled water and coffee are available in the sleeping cars. Enjoy a full-course dinner in the dining car. You will want to spend time in the Sightseer Lounge where the glass windows rise from floor level to the ceiling. It is a great place to view the passing scenery. Overnight train. (D)
Day 2 - Southwest Chief to Los Angeles
Last night we traveled across the state of Kansas. We will be near the Colorado border when you awaken. Today you will experience the excitement of the Santa Fe Trail as we cross New Mexico and Arizona. You will have time for a trainside walk when we arrive in Albuquerque at mid afternoon. Overnight train. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Los Angeles
Our arrival is scheduled for 8:15 am. We will board a comfortable motorcoach and strike out on an extensive tour of Los Angeles. The famous sites we'll visit include Chinatown, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Exposition Park, and Mann's Chinese Theatre where the hand and footprints of many stars are imprinted in concrete. Enjoy an “on-your-own” luncheon break at the world-famous Farmers Market. Overnight Los Angeles. (B)
Day 4 - Crown Princess
This morning is free to explore or relax. At noon we'll transfer from our hotel to the beautiful Crown Princess operated by Princess Cruises. This ship is a jewel on the high seas filled with innovative features and luxurious amenities. Swim in one of sparkling pools or shop the boutiques or get a massage in the Lotus Spa. Dine casually or more elegantly in one of the many formal dining rooms and specialty restaurants. Following a luncheon buffet, you can relax or explore our beautiful home for eight days. Departure is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Overnight ship. (L,D)
Day 5 - Full Day at Sea
Ahh, now this is the life. Do as little or as much as you care to. Pamper yourself with a massage or facial at the Lotus Spa & Salon. Shop in the extensive boutiques for duty-free liquor, designer clothing, and gifts. Head to the internet café or library. Tee up at the putting course. There is a jogging track and state-of-the-art fitness center for those looking to work off some of the fantastic cuisine. Swim in one the sparkling pools, including a swim-against-the-current lap pool. You're never too far from one of the relaxing hot tubs.Try your luck at the Casino featuring a variety of table games, slots (including nickle slots for the not-so-high roller), video poker, etc.Other daily activities include bingo, craft-making, art auctions, pool games, trivia contests, wine and cocktail tasting, and that traditional cruise-favorite, shuffleboard!Watch first run movies, concerts, and sporting events on the 300-square-foot Movies Under the Stars outdoor screen (enjoy with popcorn and a blanket in the evening).To say the nightlife onboard is entertaining is an understatement. The performers are seasoned professionals and their performances are of the same caliber as what you would see on a Broadway stage. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - San Francisco
You'll soon realize why Tony Bennett left his heart here. San Francisco is a city of culture, historical landmarks and world renown dining. Our ship will arrive at Pier 35 on the city's bustling downtown waterfront. Many of the city's major attractions are within walking distance or a short cab ride. Public buses and cable cars run every few minutes. For the shoppers, Pier 39 and the world famous Fisherman's Wharf offer more than 110 stores, a dozen bay view restaurants, street performers, and live daily entertainment. Hyde Street Pier is the location of the National Park Service's Maritime Museum; here you can board historic ships such as the 1886 square-rigger Balclutha and 1914 paddlewheel tug Eppleton Hall. Tonight we'll enjoy another great evening of dining and entertainment. Overnight ship. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - At Sea
Relax and enjoy the amenities of the ship and sit back and enjoy the ocean slide by. Overnight ship. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Astoria, Oregon
Astoria, a city of 10,000 located on Oregon's pristine Pacific Ocean coastline, dates from the winter of 1805-06, when the Lewis and Clark expedition camped at Fort Clatsop. Astoria's attractions include the 125-foot high Astoria Column, Columbia River Maritime Museum and the Fort Clatsop National Memorial. Overnight Ship. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Victoria, British Columbia
We will arrive in Victorian North America's most "British" city and the capital of British Columbia, Victoria. You may wish to embark on an excursion to the enchanting Butchart Gardens, go whale-watching, or enjoy high tea in one of the downtown hotels. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Vancouver/ Seattle
We'll disembark this morning in Vancouver. Upon arrival we will board our deluxe motorcoach for Seattle. We'll board Amtrak's Empire Builder and travel 2200 miles to Chicago. Relax in your private Roomette sleeping accommodations. Bedrooms are available at an additional cost. All full course dining car meals are included. Overnight train. (B,D)
Day 11 - Empire Builder
Enjoy a delicious dining car breakfast and then head for the Sightseer Lounge car. About 8:00 am, a dramatic panorama of snow-capped Rocky Mountain peaks will begin to rise above the horizon, becoming increasingly dynamic as we approach Glacier National Park. The scenery is striking as we wind past waterfalls, river gorges, and other sights. The rest of the day we'll cross the remote flatlands of eastern Montana and western North Dakota. Overnight train. (B,L,D)
Day 12 - Arrive Chicago
Breakfast and lunch on the train are included. The train makes a brief stop in Minneapolis-St. Paul this morning and heads south along the west bank of the Mississippi River. The train travels between the river bank and high bluffs. Later we pass through the picturesque Dells Country of Wisconsin. The Empire Builder is scheduled to arrive in Chicago's Union Station late this afternoon. Many of our tour members will conclude their vacation by transferring to other Amtrak trains bound for home cities. Some will spend the night in Chicago and continue home by air tomorrow. (B,L)
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