Golden Gate Holiday
Embark on the beautiful one time journey west from Salt Lake City to Northern California traveling through the same places that evoke the mystique of the Old West.
We offer a one-time journey west, over the same historic Overland Route next June, from Salt Lake City to Northern California traveling through the same places that evoke the mystique of the Old West: The Overland Wagon Trail, Emigrant Gap, Donner Lake, Dutch Flat, Cape Horn, Gold Run, Blue Canyon, Hangtown and Sacramento are just some of the historically freighted places we pass through. And like Frank Leslie and his party, we conclude our trip west at the storied Palace Hotel.
Not only is this holiday a visual feast but to travel west, we have a splendid private vista-dome Streamliner, our very own Great Western Limited, complete with Pullman sleeping cars with real beds and soft pillows, fine dining (all meals, wines & spirits while aboard are included in the fare) and all of the little touches like fresh flowers, elegant menus, an attentive staff and a professional tour manager to make our journey West a civilized passage. Beginning with the superb Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City with a two day stay, the wonderfully located River Terrace Inn right alongside the Napa River in the heart of California's Napa Valley and, of course, the Palace Hotel, this is a relaxing and luxurious vacation. We have included such treats as a trip aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train as well as a visit to colorful Sausalito, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge to round out this stylish holiday.
Since the capacity of the Great Western Limited is restricted to only 48 lucky guests, prompt reservations on this one-time excursion are highly recommended.
Highlights and Inclusions
- All accommodation including one night aboard the Great Western Limited.
- Train ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train through Napa Valley.
- 9 meals (4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners).
- Sightseeing tours in Salt Lake City and San Francisco.
- Wine tour and tasting session in Napa Valley.
- A special welcome and farewell dinner.
- San Francisco Bay Cruise.
Day 1 - Arrive Salt Lake City
Guests arrive in Salt Lake City and join us at the elegant Little America Hotel with the balance of the evening at leisure. The hotel is in the heart of downtown.
Day 2 - The Great Western Limited
All morning to sleep in with a midday sightseeing tour of this lovely City with the afternoon at leisure with plenty of time for taking in the Mormon Temple and its fascinating museum. Tonight is our casual Welcome dinner at the Little America Hotel and since we do not depart until 10pm for the special train, our rooms are available for relaxing in until our 10pm departure. Upon boarding the train, we enjoy a second dessert as we roll west in great style over the Union Pacific Railroad. Tonight, comfortable beds with soft pillows await. (B,D)
Day 3 -The Napa Valley
Morning finds us passing through Reno and beginning our ascent of the Sierra Nevada Mountains with brunch served as we travel past Donner Lake. This is the storied route carved out of sheer rock by Chinese workers for the original Central Pacific Railroad and every mile is tinged with history of this epic achievement. Later today, we pass Sacramento and disembark in Martinez for the very short drive to Napa where luxury accommodations await at the Embassy Suites. Evening at leisure. (B,L)
Day 4 -The Napa Valley
We have left the morning free for you to explore quaint downtown Napa and at midday we board the famed Napa Valley Wine Train for a pretty ride through the Napa Valley with lunch en route in the elegant dining car before we stop for a winery tour, with tasting. We reboard the train and are back in Napa in late afternoon with a special dinner awaiting. Overnight at the Embassy Suites. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Sausalito & San Francisco
Another magical day as we depart Napa and drive to San Francisco, stopping en route in enchanting Sausalito with time for lunch in this amazing setting. We arrive at the storied Palace Hotel this afternoon with all evening free to enjoy ‘Everybody's Favorite City'. Our hotel has the best location in town, a short walk to Fisherman's Wharf and the cable cars. We have intentionally left the evening free. Overnight at the Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf. (B)
Day 6 - San Francisco
Our final full day to enjoy San Francisco and we have included a bay cruise today that passes under the Golden Gate Bridge, a great opportunity for photos. We have left the morning at leisure, with time to perhaps visit the Palace of Fine Arts, the new Museum of Modern Art or the nearby Marina district. Tonight is our special Farewell Dinner overlooking the Bay. Overnight at the Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf. (D)
Day 7 - Homeward
Guests depart for home today by air or train or may extend their holiday, even taking in Southern California if they like.
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
The Great Western Limited
The Great Western Limited features lovingly restored private rail cars from the golden era of streamliner train travel with a wide choice of sleeping accommodations. From affordable Standard Double bedrooms to superior Double Bedrooms, to single bedrooms and suites, there is something to meet every desire and budget. All room types provide comfortable Pullman beds, abundant pillows, nightly turndown service and most importantly, 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 with fresh scones and strawberry butter and stylish cocktail hours.
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