Pacific Coastal Odyssey
Discover America's stunning Pacific Coast on this 11-day rail-cruise journey.
Discover America's stunning Pacific Coast on this 11-day rail-cruise journey. Begin your trip at Chicago's famous Union Station where you will board Amtrak's renowned Southwest Chief bound for Los Angeles. Once in the City of Angels, enjoy ample time to explore the attractions that make this town so famous. Snap a pic of the Hollywood sign, do some shopping along Rodeo Drive, feel like a star with a visit to Mann's Chinese Theatre, just to name a few.
Following your star-studded stay in Los Angeles, continue your Pacific Coast adventure when you board the Norwegian Jewel for your 5-day cruise. With the ship's several amenities such as the Mandara Spa, several shopping boutiques and numerous pools, your time on the ship is just as entertaining as your port of calls.
After having time to explore the ship, reach your first coastal city, San Francisco. The City by the Bay is a true haven of culture and unique cuisine. Visit the famed Fisherman's Wharf and Golden Gate Bridge, and make sure to hop on one of the city's classic cable cars! The day is yours to explore this historic city!
Continue the journey north to the pristine city of Astoria, Oregon. Discover this quaint city's most popular sights. You may wish to visit the Columbia River Museum, the Fort Clatstop National Memorial, or the 125-foot high Astoria Column, the beacon of the Pacific Northwest Coast. On the final leg of your cruise, sail to Seattle, Washington. With the help of an extensive sightseeing tour, visit classic sights like Pikes Place Market, the Space Needle and the Seattle Waterfront. Following your stay in Seattle, board Amtrak's Empire Builder to begin your journey back home from Chicago.
Scenic Highlights and Inclusions
- Roundtrip transportation by Amtrak, Norwegian Cruise Line and connecting motorcoach
- Private Roomette on the trains for 4 nights.
- Inside State Room on the Norwegian Jewel for 5 nights.
- First class hotel accommodations for 1 night.
- Sightseeing tours in Los Angeles and Seattle
- 20 meals
- All gratuities: rail, cruise, motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour manager
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park
- Exposition Park
- Mann's Chinese Theatre
- Fisherman's Wharf
- Hyde Street Pier
- Columbia River Maritime Museum
- Pike Place Market
- Space Needle
- Falmouth, Jamaica
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
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 - Norwegian Jewel
This morning is free to explore or relax. At noon we'll transfer from our hotel to the beautiful Norwegian Jewel. This ship is a gem 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 Mandara 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 pm. Overnight ship. (L,D)
Day 5 - Full Day at Sea
Today brings a full day to relax and enjoy this magnificent ship. Take a swim or play a round of mini-golf or try the virtual golf simulator. Indulge yourself with a relaxing massage. Shop in the duty-free Boutique featuring designer clothing and gifts, including Lladro, Swarovski, Calvin Klein, Tommy Bahama, Lancome, Clinique, Estee Lauder, and Fossil - all up to 30% off. Or just cuddle up with a good book as the Pacific Ocean drifts by. 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. We'll enjoy a final night on our beautiful ship as it traverses the Strait of Georgia to our final port, Vancouver. Overnight Ship. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Vancouver/ Seattle
We'll disembark this morning in Vancouver. Upon arrival we will board our deluxe motorcoach for Seattle. Following an “on-your-own” lunch, we'll continue on to Seattle. We will set out on a three-hour sightseeing tour of the Seattle area. It will include Chinatown, concrete floating bridges, Lake Washington, the arboretum, the University of Washington, plus sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. We will also visit the famous Seattle Space Needle, with incredible photo opportunities from the observation deck and Pike Place Market. The tour will end at the Seattle Amtrak station for a 4:40 pm departure on the Empire Builder. 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 10 - 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 11 - 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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|2nd May 2014||$2,795||Book Now|
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