This tour is not offered this year. A similar tour California’s Historic Trains is running along with a variety of other spectacular tours to see America by rail are currently available for travel.
California, here we come! Ride the rails through the stunning redwood forests, thrill to the breathtaking scenery along the Pacific coast and feel like a time traveler returning to the Gold Rush!
Experience a variety scenic train rides following the historic routes of California
- 9 Meals (3 dinners, 3 lunches and 3 breakfasts)
- Round trip airport transfers
- $35 in future travel credits
Day One - Best Western Tuscan Inn or Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California
Day Two - The Emerald Dolphin Inn, Fort Bragg, California
Day Three and Four - Holiday Inn Express, Sacramento, California
Day Five and Six - The Coast Santa Cruz Hotel, Santa Cruz, California
Rooms for the night before the tour are available. Cost for a room in San Francisco is $219, tax included.
Fort Bragg - The Mendocino Coast of Northern California
After an overnight stay in San Francisco, your journey continues with a panoramic city tour of the "City by the Bay." See the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, the world's most crooked street and watch cable cars ascend
the steep hills. The majestic drive up famous Route One along the Pacific Coast has often been called the greatest road trip in America. On the way, we'll stop in Sausalito, a charming boathouse community where you can stroll along the water, or browse the boutiques. As we continue our drive, you'll be awestruck by the towering mountains and dramatic cliffs, reflecting the wide scope of California's history. Then we arrive in Fort Bragg. Located on the Mendocino Coast, Fort Bragg was once home to the Pomo American Indians. Everywhere you look, you'll feel the serenity of the beautiful redwood forests.
The Skunk Railroad - "You can smell 'em before you see 'em!"
Experience the best of California mountain railroading on vintage coaches and open air cars. The first of our classic train rides, the Skunk Train was built as a logging railroad carrying the massive redwood logs to Mendocino Coast sawmills. The view remains pretty much the same as it has for centuries, as the train chugs through tunnels and bridges, sitting towering trees, families of deer and wide open wilderness. The railroad gets its unique name from the original gas engines, which prompted the locals to name it after the smell. Feel the excitement on these historic diesel powered and steam engine cars. Listen to the Train Singer and musicians who entertain with songs of the railroad and make history come alive. Has "gold fever" hit you yet?
Sacramento, California's State Capital and Sacramento River Train
You'll spend an afternoon free in Sacramento, a city filled with the carefree spirit of its Gold Rush past. The former headquarters of the First Transcontinental Railroad, Sacramento offers even more to learn. You may wish to delve further into history at the California State Railroad Museum, or visit the state Capitol Building, recently restored to its original elegance on your own.
Board the Sacramento River-Train, with its gleaming gold train cars, reflecting the area's famous Gold Rush heritage. The magnificent scenery, delightful
BBQ lunch and lively entertainment will enthrall you. Eureka! Hide your belongings because bandits are lurking along the trail in the Great Train Robbery
and there's sure to be a gunfight! Then, spend the afternoon along the riverfront in Old Sacramento, a National Landmark, and tour the old-fashioned saloons and stores of a bygone era.
Sierra Railroad and Brunch
The Sierra Railroad has the unique distinction of being the Hollywood "movie train" as more than 200 films, commercials and TV programs have been made along these tracks. Stars like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Drew Barrymore all got in on
the action here. See the unspoiled countryside, while enjoying delicious cuisine in the luxuriously-restored dining and lounge cars. And imagine your favorite stars riding these same rails!
Roaring Camp Railroad
Our last railroad is Roaring Camp's steam engines, among the oldest and best preserved narrow-gauge steam engines in the world. Travel through towering redwoods, up a winding narrow gauge grade and listen to the tales of railroading history. A visit to Roaring Camp is like a trip back to an 1880s mining town. Enjoy shopping in an old general store and explore historic structures of the Old West, including an opera house, depot and covered bridge.
Monterey and Santa Cruz - California Color
The magnificent Monterey Peninsula has been called the greatest meeting of land, sea and sky ever, and is yours to explore. Combining small town charm with exquisite natural wonders, this beautiful seaside community offers an ideal place to slowly meander through adobe buildings, Cannery Row or Fisherman's Wharf. Santa
Cruz is nicknamed "Surf City," but the excitement only starts on the waves. This is perfect locale to end our tour and certainly a place you'll want to visit again.
All Aboard for Adventure!
Join us as we share a spirited adventure aboard California's storied trains and bring home your own "golden" piece of American history!
- Arrive in San Francisco with included transfers to your hotel
- Meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at 6 p.m. for dinner on Fisherman's Wharf
- Panoramic city tour of San Francisco
- Visit Sausalito, the jewel of San Francisco Bay
- Scenic drive up famous Rte. #1 to Fort Bragg, California
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Ride the famous Skunk Train with box lunch
- Afternoon at leisure in Sacramento
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Ride the Sacramento River Train
- Great Train Robbery and Western Show with BBQ lunch
- Afternoon at leisure in Old Sacramento
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Ride the Sierra Railroad with brunch
- Afternoon at leisure in Santa Cruz
- Roaring Camp Train Ride
- Afternoon at leisure in Monterey
- Farewell dinner
- Group transfer to San Francisco Airport for flights after 12 p.m.