Napa to Albuquerque on The American Orient Express
PLEASE NOTE: Grandluxe Rail Journeys, formerly the American Orient Express, ceased operations effective August 28, 2008.
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New Mexico's adobe architecture, the Grand Canyon National Park, Santa Barbara, the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, and Napa Valley's vineyards are all waiting for you on this incredible 8 day rail adventure. In adition you'll make a special stop in Sacramento to see the California State Railroad Museum, adjacent to Sacramento's historic old town. All this in the unparalleled comfort and convenience of a GrandLuxe rail journey.
Glide along in restored Vintage Pullman, Single Sleeper, Single Sleeper Grand Class, Triple Suite, Parlor Suite, Classic Presidential Suite, Grand Suite and Gold Suite Carriages as you journey through the Southwestern United States and Pacific Coast.
Day 1 - Napa Valley, California
April 30, 2008 Welcome to GrandLuxe. Your journey begins in Napa where you arrive early to explore the area on your own. Check-in and orientation, the board the GrandLuxe Express. Enjoy a welcome aboard Champagne reception and dinner Overnight on the GrandLuxe Express. (D)
Day 2 - Napa Valley, California
Enjoy a taste of Americaís culinary heartland. Today all will enjoy a unique excursion on the Napa Valley Wine Train with wine tasting and gourmet lunch onboard, shopping and a visit to Domain Chandon Winery. Overnight on the GrandLuxe Express. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Sacramento, CA
Rail History Comes Alive. Visit the California State Railroad Museum, one of North Americaís finest and most visited rail museums. You will also have time to explore and shop in historic Old Sacramento. Overnight on the GrandLuxe Express. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - San Francisco, California
An enchanting day in the City by the Bay. Choose from: Fisherman's Wharf and a variety of museums, a culinary excursion, or time to shop and explore Union Square. Overnight on the GrandLuxe Express. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Santa Barbara, California
The perfect place to stroll, shop and admire the Pacific Ocean. Free time to explore and shop the famous Paseo. Lunch at one of Santa Barbara's finest restaurants. Scenic afternoon rail journey along the Pacific Coast. Overnight on the GrandLuxe Express. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Grand Canyon National Park
Your luxury train brings you to one of the worldís most spectacular geologic wonders. You will have the opportunity to take part in various activities at the South Rim including guided hikes, historic tours, etc. Overnight on the GrandLuxe Express (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe calls itself "the city different," and your visit will clearly show you why. Santa Fe is a city that embraces its natural environment unlike any other in the United States. Renowned for its amazing artists and inventive chefs, Santa Fe is the perfect place to spend the last full day of your GrandLuxe adventure. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of downtown and a tour of an artist's home and studio. Take time by yourself to visit the many world-renowned galleries, shops, and museums-including the Georgia O'Keefe Museum and the Institute of American Indian Arts. Enjoy lunch at a fine restaurant in this culinary city. Later, reboard the train for our farewell dinner and then cozy up in your cabin for your final night aboard. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Say farewell to the GrandLuxe Express and the friends you've made on your journey. (B)
Optional Tour packages
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