Western and Pacific Coast Treasures
PLEASE NOTE: Grandluxe Rail Journeys, formerly the American Orient Express, ceased operations effective August 28, 2008.
Private Rail Car Tours
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are a great alternative to the American Orient Express. Relive those days of first-class service, superb cuisine, and comfortable appointments. Travel in comfort and style aboard historic privately owned railcars.
Alternatives to Grandluxe Rail Journeys. The tours below go to some of the same great destinations using Amtrak:
If you are interested in a luxury rail experience in North America consider The Royal Canadian Pacific
Please contact a Vacations by Rail Specialist for alternatives to Grandluxe Rail Journeys, formerly the American Orient Express.
New Mexico's adobe architecture, the Grand Canyon National Park, Santa Barbara, the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, Napa Valley's vineyards, and the Seattle area's lush greenery and deep blue waters with Mt. Rainier in the distance. You'll see them all on this journey. Plus, in Sacramento, a treat for all: the California State Railroad Museum, adjacent to Sacramento's historic old town. All this in the unparalleled comfort and convenience of a 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 - Seattle, WA
Welcome Aboard Champagne Reception and Dinner. Overnight on the GrandLuxe Express. (D)
Day 2 - Sacramento, California
Rail history comes alive. California State Railroad Museum, one of North America's finest and most visited rail museums. Time to explore and shop in historic Old Sacramento. Overnight on the GrandLuxe Express. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Napa Valley, California
Enjoy a taste of America's wine country and culinary heartland. Lunch in the gorgeous Cask Room at Merryvale Winery. Copia, the American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, conceived by Robert Mondavi with assistance from Julia Child. 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 world's most spectacular geologic wonders. Lunch at historic El Tovar Hotel. Various activities at the South Rim. Farewell Dinner. Overnight on the GrandLuxe Express. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Santa Fe, New Mexico
Say farewell to the GrandLuxe Express and the friends you've made on your journey. (B)
Optional Tour packages
Enjoy one of the optional extensions or additional hotel nights before or after your journey. Contact Vacations By Rail for more details.