West Coast Swing
Discover the best of British Columbia and America's west coast on an exciting rail-sail adventure.
In 1939 Canadian Pacific put out a nifty brochure titled, appropriately 'Glorious British Columbia' and this heading perfectly summarizes our view of this beautiful Province. This Fall, we have a truly glorious holiday that features train travel, time in Seattle 'The Emerald City', and two full nights in lovely Victoria, aptly described as “More British than Britain.” We will continue with sightseeing including the legendary Butchart Gardens with its famed floral displays, and two days in Vancouver before the highlight of our holiday, a rare Pacific Coastal voyage down the West Coast to San Diego. With excellent hotels, a leisurely pace and a traditional Ocean liner ambiance with Holland America Line, this holiday is always popular and always sells out.
In fact, stylish touches abound on this holiday, from our welcome dinner in Seattle to a special cocktail party aboard the ms Noordam, and a very special evening in the elegant Pinnacle Grill during our voyage south to San Diego. Naturally, there is a professional tour manager from start to finish to handle all of the details so that you can relax and enjoy your holiday.
Our holiday begins with a scenic ride to Seattle aboard the Coast Starlight train with a two-night stay at the Roosevelt Hotel along with plenty of free time to enjoy 'The Emerald City.' In Seattle, we have included a special welcome dinner and well as a visit to Pikes Market before we sail to Victoria for our two-night stay in this magical setting with plenty of free time along with our special visit to Butchart Gardens with traditional Afternoon Tea. In Vancouver, our guests enjoy an overnight stay at the splendid Sheraton Wall Centre along with a sightseeing tour and bon voyage luncheon on sailing day. Saving the best for last, we then board Holland America's ms Noordam at Vancouver for a rare Pacific Coastal voyage south to San Diego, a nice way to sample traditional Ocean liner travel, with a stop in picturesque Astoria, Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia River en route. Onboard there is as much, or as little to do as you like and we cannot imagine a nicer way to travel home. We have included dinner one evening in the superlative Pinnacle Grill as well as a farewell cocktail party. There is only one flaw in this entire indulgent holiday; it will fill quickly, and prompt reservations are encouraged to avoid disappointment.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Free train travel from any California point to Seattle aboard the Coast Starlight, a scenic overnight journey.
- Overnight hotel stay in Seattle at the superb Westin Hotel.
- Two-night stay in Vancouver at the Sheraton Wall Centre.
- 4-night Pacific Coast cruise from Vancouver to San Diego aboard Holland America Line's Dutch ocean liner the ms Noordam with a special visit to San Francisco, sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge and a day-visit to charming Avalon/Catalina Island en route.
- Return train travel to and California point from San Diego.
Day 1 - Depart for Seattle
One-way coach Amtrak travel is included from any California point to Seattle. Guests depart from their closest Amtrak city today for this overnight trip. Overnight train.
Day 2 - Arrival in Seattle
Evening arrival into Seattle by train where we transfer to the Roosevelt Hotel for our two-night stay
Day 3 - Seattle
All morning is free to relax and explore Seattle’s Space Needle, vibrant shopping, or Pioneer Square. Tonight is our special welcome dinner, a nice treat to meet your fellow travelers. A second night at the superbly located Roosevelt Hotel. (B, D)
Day 4 - Seattle/Victoria
We depart the hotel late morning and visit Pikes Market before boarding the Victoria Clipper ferry for the high-speed ride through the Juan de Fuca straight to Victoria. Overnight at the Hotel Grand Pacific. (B)
Day 5 - Victoria, BC
All morning to relax or visit the magnificent Parliament Buildings and downtown Victoria. The Indian buffet lunch at the Bengal Bar of the Empress is recommended. After lunch, we enjoy famed Butchart Gardens with the special treat of Afternoon Tea at this lovely site. (B, AT)
Day 6 - Vancouver, BC
We travel from Victoria to Vancouver by ferry through the lovely Straits of Georgia. The afternoon and evening are at leisure to explore Vancouver’s vibrant downtown. Overnight at the Sheraton Wall Centre. (B)
Day 7 - Cruise to San Diego
Depart the hotel this afternoon and board the ms Noordam to begin the journey to San Diego. Sailing is scheduled for 4:00 pm. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Excursion to Astoria, OR
Take some time today to explore Astoria, Oregon from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Overnight ship. (B,L,D)
Day 9 & 10 - At Sea
Another day at sea to sleep in and enjoy all of the ship's many amenities. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - San Diego
We disembark in San Diego after breakfast time, where your tour comes to an end. (B)
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Inside Cabin. Two lower beds convertible to 1 queen sized bed, sitting area.
Outside Standard cabin. 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen sized bed, sitting area, picture window with obstructed view.
Larger Outside cabin. 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen sized bed, sitting area, picture window.
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen sized bed, bath & shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor to ceiling windows.
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The best part of the tour was the Rocky Mountaineer trip from Vancouver to Whistler. It was a beautiful bright day and the views are spectacular. We saw the salmon spawning and magnificent scenery. I have already recommended it to several friends.
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