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Great Western Holiday is not offered this year. A variety of other spectacular trips to see America by rail are currently available for travel as well as another similar trip America's Great National Parks .
Without question, Arches & Canyonlands, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks offer some of the most stunning scenery in North America. Arches & Canyonlands with their canyons, mesas and buttes are stunning and must be seen to be believed. Grand Teton, with its jagged mountains, lakes and rich wildlife is a jewel and Yellowstone, with its geysers, hot springs and waterfalls is a visual feast. We have combined all four of these great National Parks into one glorious holiday with fine hotels, epic scenery and intelligent planning. Even better, all sightseeing is included, from a float trip on the Snake River to complete touring in Yellowstone including Old Faithful and during our visits to Arches & Canyonlands. There is a professional tour manager to handle the details from start to finish and most meals, of an exceptionally high quality, are included. For maximum comfort, all but one of our hotel stays are two nights long, something almost no other program offers.
Great destinations deserve a great train and we have re-created a classic 1950's era streamliner train, similar to such legends as the North Coast Limited, the City of San Francisco and the Denver Zephyr to convey our guests to and from Chicago and the National Parks in great style and comfort. With comfortable Pullman sleeping car accommodations, an inviting lounge area with large windows for taking in all of the wonders of the west, our Great Western Limited provides a level of accommodation, dining & service not found on any Amtrak train. With our own attentive staff, superb dining (all meals, wines & spirits are included while aboard!), plenty of room and a delightful ambiance with such amenities as fresh flowers, Afternoon Tea, nightly turn-down service and much more, there is simply no finer way to see the West. Best of all, our journey to Utah takes us over the storied Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad 'Main Line through the Rockies' with a daylight passage through stunning Glenwood Canyon and the Front Range of the Rockies and there can be no nicer entrée to the magnificent vistas that await you on this entire holiday.
We invite you to compare this exquisite holiday with those offered by any other company, most of which require days of endless bus travel, a different hotel every night and travel on public conveyances and you will agree that this Holiday puts others to shame.
- Train travel from Chicago to Utah aboard the Great Western Limited, a scenic overnight trip. Our guests enjoy the stunningly beautiful daylight passage through the Colorado Rockies. All meals, wines & spirits aboard are included.
- Fully hosted from start to finish by a professional tour manager that handles all the details.
- A two-night deluxe hotel stay in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Four Diamond-rated Little America Hotel with full breakfast and welcome dinner.
- Many meals including breakfast daily.
- Complete sightseeing throughout including all admission fees.
- Overnight visit to Jackson Hole with raft trip on the Snake River and complete touring of Grand Teton National Park.
- Two-night stay in Yellowstone National Park along with complete sightseeing including Old Faithful geyser and the amazing Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.
- Two night stay at the spectacular Red Cliffs Resort with complete touring in Arches & Canyonlands National Parks.
- Train travel from Grand Junction to Chicago aboard the Great Western Limited, an overnight journey.
- A leisurely, relaxed pace.
Day 1 - Depart Chicago
Guests depart Chicago bound for Utah. There is a welcome reception and dinner as we roll west over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in great comfort and style. (D)
Day 2 - Salt Lake City
All day is spent traversing the spectacular Colorado Rockies today with the passage through Glenwood Canyon being the highlight. We arrive in late evening in Salt Lake City and transfer to the Four-Diamond rated Little America Hotel for a two-night stay. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Salt Lake City
Late this morning embark on a sightseeing tour of Salt Lake City including the beautiful Temple Square. This afternoon is at your leisure. Tonight is a special dinner for our group in the acclaimed Steakhouse Restaurant at the Little America Hotel. (B, D)
Day 4 - Yellowstone
After breakfast, we begin our scenic drive to Yellowstone National Park for an afternoon arrival at the Clubhouse Inn at West Yellowstone, our home for the next two evenings. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)
Day 5 - Yellowstone
Today we see all of Yellowstone's majesty with visits to Upper & Lower Falls, Hayden Valley, Old Faithful, Fountain Paint Pot, and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. You will want your camera handy since today is a visual feast of unequaled splendor. Yellowstone is America's first National Park and is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk along with a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs. (B)
Day 6 - Grand Teton
We drive south today to spectacular Grand Teton National Park, a lovely landscape rich with jagged mountains, glaciers, pristine lakes and amazing wildlife including bison, moose and antelope. Our guests enjoy all afternoon and evening at leisure in the heart of historic downtown Jackson, Wyoming and a drink at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is a must! A very special treat awaits tonight: an outdoor cowboy cookout dinner against the backdrop of the towering Teton Range. Overnight at the 49er Inn. (B, D)
Day 7 - Grand Teton/Provo
After breakfast this morning, we enjoy a morning float trip on the Snake River, highlighted by one of the most stunning mountain ranges in the world, the Grand Tetons. We then travel south to Provo, Utah, passing the site of the original Oregon Trail en route, for an evening arrival at the superb Provo Marriott where deluxe rooms await. (B, L)
Day 8 - Moab
This morning we depart for Moab and the Red Cliffs Lodge, possibly the best of all of our hotels and certainly the most stunning setting possible, overlooking the Colorado River. Our guests uniformly praise this as the highlight of a trip filled with many highlights and we enjoy a two-night stay in this extraordinary setting. All afternoon is free to enjoy the facilities, spa or nearby winery of this remarkable resort. (B)
Day 9 - Arches & Canyonlands
Saving the best for last, today is another visual masterpiece as we tour both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks with their glorious rock formations, natural arches, mesas and buttes. Tonight, a special farewell reception makes for a special end to a glorious day.
Day 10 - All Aboard!
We board the Great Western Limited today at Grand Junction, Colorado, for the epic daylight passage through the Colorado Rockies over the storied Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad traveling through Glenwood Canyon for a journey described by the BBC as one of the top ten train rides in the World. Later tonight, we enjoy a special Farewell Dinner on the train and pass through Denver en route to Chicago. Overnight on- board. (B, D)
Day 11 - Welcome Home
We cross the Mississippi River after breakfast and are soon speeding through the rich farmland of Illinois bound for Chicago with an afternoon arrival in the Windy City. (B, L)