This spectacular Santa Fe and Taos rail tour is a unique 7-day luxury adventure tour of the beautiful sites in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico. You’ll travel from Los Angeles to Santa Fe and back on four restored cars from the golden age of rail travel. When you arrive in Santa Fe your luggage will be transferred to La Fonda Hotel, a former Fred Harvey property that is right on the Plaza. This fine hotel will be your home for four nights.
The Tour include Chimayo and Taos, with its thriving artist colony and Pueblo, which is one of the oldest continuously
inhabited cities in North America. You’ll also spend a day riding the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway from Chama, NM to Antonito, CO. The Santa Fe Opera is playing while you’re in town, and the tour schedule can be modified to accommodate opera aficionados who might wish to take in a performance or two while they’re in Santa Fe.
Call 877-929-7245 today to book your Santa Fe and Taos vacation.
- All meals while traveling aboard the private cars, including full bar service.
- Listed tours with listed meals.
- Hotel accommodations at La Fonda in Santa Fe.
- Transfers between your hotel and the train.
Our ‘train within a train’ will consist of Colonial Crafts, a former Pennsylvania sleeper-lounge; Silver Rapids, a roomette bedroom sleeper from the California Zephyr; Silver Lariat, a vista-dome diner lounge, also from the California Zephyr; and Silver Solarium, a vista-dome sleeper-lounge-observation car from the California Zephyr.
All guests will have sleeping car accommodations, and meals aboard the train will be prepared fresh by our chefs in our kitchen, and served on fine monogram china on California Zephyr table linens.
Accommodations aboard the train include roomettes, each sleeping 1 person; bedrooms, accommodating 2 people, and drawing rooms, accommodating up to 3 people. Each sleeper is equipped with one or more guest showers. The combination of cars provides an exceptional amount of public space, and the professional staff will see to it that your on-board experience is an outstanding one.
Day 1 - August 9: Private railcars will be on the rear of Amtrak train #4, the Southwest Chief. Guests may board at Los Angeles Union Station, Fullerton, Riverside, or San Bernardino. Departure time from Los Angeles is 6:45 PM. You’ll have a gala Welcome Aboard cocktail party, followed by dinner, as you make your way out of the basin and across the desert. Bars in Colonial Crafts and Silver Solarium will be open until midnight to accommodate revelers.
Day 2 - August 10: As the sun rises, you speed across the northern Arizona plateau, through Flagstaff, Winslow, and the Painted Desert, on your way to Albuquerque and Santa Fe. A buffet breakfast will be available from 7-9. you’ll have about 40 minutes to stretch your legs in Albuquerque, and inspect the jewelry and other wares being sold by native American artists on the station platform. Luncheon will be served upon your departure from Albuquerque. At Lamy, approximately one hour past Albuquerque, the private train cars will be removed from the Southwest Chief and taken into downtown Santa Fe. Arrival in Santa Fe will be about 3:30 PM. You’ll transfer your luggage to La Fonda Hotel for your 4 nights stay. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy. Be sure to take in the Santa Fe Opera tonight.
Day 3 - August 11: Today is a leisurely day. You’ll do a late morning city tour and a tour of a bronze foundry where some of the area’s exquisite statues are made. Tonight is an Opera night.
Day 4 - August 12: Today you rise early to take your motorcoach to Chama for a thrilling ride on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway. This 64 mile remnant of the once extensive Denver & Rio Grande Western narrow gauge system uses coal-burning steam locomotives built during the early years of the last century pulling coaches of a style similar to those used from the very earliest days of the railroad. You’ll cross between New Mexico and Colorado 11 times and exceed 10,000 feet altitude on our journey. A simple, hearty luncheon will be provided in the railroad’s lunchroom at Osier. The motorcoach will meet us at the end of the line, in Antonito, for the ride back to Santa Fe.
Day 5 - August 13: Enjoy a motorcoach tour of Taos, home to a thriving artist colony made famous by Georgia O’Keefe, and a walking tour of the Taos Pueblo, continuously inhabited for over 1,000 years. Artisans in the pueblo produce
contemporary and traditional wares from clay, stone, leather, wood and canvas.
On the way to Taos you’ll visit Chimayo, an early Spanish town, where you’ll enjoy an early lunch. You’ll also visit the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge.
Day 6 - August 14: Enjoy a ‘morning off’ to explore Santa Fe. Just outside the hotel’s front door in the Plaza are shops and street vendors selling handicrafts, southwestern apparel and art. A must-see is the Georgia O’Keefe museum,
just a short walk away. After check-out, luggage will be transferred back to the train in preparation for your 12:30 PM departure from the station. Luncheon will be served upon departure. The train cars will be added to the Southwest Chief about 2:25 PM.
Enjoy hors d’Oeuvres and cocktails in the lounges as the train speeds west into the setting sun through green sagebrush country accented with high red mesas. You’ll have a special last night out dinner, and the bars will remain open until midnight for the night-owls.
Day 7: August 15: Enjoy the ride down Cajon Pass into the LA basin, and relax with a cup of coffee while watching commuters battle the freeways on their way to work. Breakfast will be available from 6 until 8 AM. Scheduled arrival in Los Angeles is 8:10 AM, where your adventure ends in the same place it began 7 days ago.
Per Person Rates:*
- Bedroom (Double Occupancy): $3,899
- Roomette (Single Occupancy): $3,899
- Drawing Room (Triple Occupancy): $3,333
* Single hotel suppliment is $525 per person.
Call 877-929-7245 today to book your Santa Fe and Taos vacation.
Guests must be able to walk and negotiate steps, either on their own, or with assistance, as the historic private railcars do not accommodate wheelchairs. Redcap assistance is available at major stations.
This tour features extended durations at high altitude. The city of Santa Fe is at an altitude of 7,300 feet. Check with your doctor if you have any questions about your body’s ability to cope with these altitudes or activities. Plan to pack some warm winter clothing. The layer system works best. The historical averages are between a low of 10 and a high of 40 degrees F.
We strongly urge guests to obtain travel insurance, if you are not already covered. Travel insurance protects you and gives coverage for many unexpected problems, including trip cancellation or interruption, trip delay, missed connections, itinerary change, emergency medical, medical evacuation, lost or delayed baggage, accidental death or injury, and more.