California Zephyr Experience - 5 Day Tour
Long considered one of the most scenic routes in the United States, the California Zephyr takes you from Chicago to San Francisco by way of the spectacular Rockies and Sierras.
Natural beauty so spectacular it takes your breath away - on a dazzling ride that touches the sky!
- Hotel accommodations for two nights
- Hop On Hop Off Chicago sightseeing tour
- 2 Nights Train Travel on Amtrak's California Zephyr
- All Meals on board the train (Roomette & Bedroom passengers). View Sample Menu
- Experience the majestic Rocky and Sierra Nevada Mountains
- Ride through the Moffat Tunnel
- See Colorado's Gore
- Byers and Glenwood Canyons
- Winter Park
- Truckee River
- Donner Lake
- San Pablo Bay and the Carquinez Strait
Day 1 - Independent arrival into Chicago. Transfer to your hotel, located in the heart of downtown Chicago. Explore the most spectaculars areas of the city with a hop-on/ hop-off trolley tour or simply by jumping on the closest Chicago "L" train. Museums, the famous Magnificent Mile, shopping and world-renowned cuisine are all within steps of your hotel. Overnight Chicago.
Day 2 - Arrive at Chicago's historic Union Station for your afternoon departure. For those passengers with sleeping accommodations, check into Amtrak's First Class Metropolitan Lounge. Once onboard the famous California Zephyr, settle into your private sleeping room as you begin your 2300 mile journey to San Francisco. After settling in, you may want to visit the glass-walled Observation Car or head to the Lounge Car to meet some new friends. Enjoy dinner in the Dining Car as you cross the mighty Mississippi River. All meals on the train are included for sleeping car occupants. Departs daily from Chicago, Illinois: 2:00PM*. Overnight train.
Day 3 - This morning wake up to a magnificent view of the Colorado Rockies on the horizon. Enjoy your breakfast in the dining car as the Zephyr climbs the front range of the Rockies and heads toward the Great Continental Divide. Be sure to look for wild-life when passing through the ski resort town of Winter Park, Colorado. Continue to take in awe-inspiring scenery and canyons through late afternoon. On board you will enjoy lunch and dinner. Overnight train.
Day 4 - Today begins the final leg of your journey West as the Zephyr climbs from Nevada to California. By mid-morning, the train arrives in the "The Biggest Little City in the World" of Reno, Nevada. As you cross the border from Nevada into California your climb through the legendary Donner Pass, the high point in the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Arrival into Emeryville is scheduled for early evening and an Amtrak Shuttle is waiting to transfer you to the Ferry Building in downtown San Francisco. From here you can catch a taxi to your hotel located at fabulous Fisherman's Wharf. Arrives Emeryville, California: 4:10PM*. Overnight San Francisco.
Day 5 - When you awake this morning, you may want to enjoy breakfast at one of the many restaurants on the San Francisco Bay- all within walking distance of your hotel. Spend the day exploring Golden Gate Park, Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, and Jackson Square. Tours of Alcatraz and boat tours on the bay are available at Fisherman's Wharf, not to mention countless shops and restaurants. Check out from your hotel and transfer on your own to the airport.
- Duration: 51 hours and 20 minutes*
- Distance: 2,438-miles
- Amenities: Sightseer Lounge Car, Dining Car, Checked Baggage, Non-Smoking
- Frequency: Daily
Hotels include the Hilton Palmer House and Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf. Amtrak accommodations are in Coach class and include a reclining seat with leg rest and access to the Sightseer Lounge car.
Upgrades to Roomette and Bedroom sleeping accommodations are available for an additional fee and include all meals aboard the train and access to the Metropolitan Lounge in Chicago’s Union Station.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
Senior discounts and single pricing are available upon request. Contact a rail specialist for details.
Call 877-929-7245 today to book your California Zephyr Experience vacation.
* Arrival and Departure times are subject to change. Please be advised that passengers traveling on California Zephyr Trains may encounter delays of approximately three to six hours due to heavy congestion, speed restrictions and other operating conditions.
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, tax included. Prices are subject to change, and all reservations are based upon availability at time of booking.