California’s Historic Trains - 10 Day Tour
This tour is not offered this year. A variety of other spectacular train vacations in the USA are currently available for travel.
Experience California's major attractions and hidden treasures by road and by rail on this unique vacation. Start your trip in San Francisco, the "City by the Bay," where your sightseeing tour includes the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, and Nob Hill. Stroll the charming streets of Sausalito, then view Napa Valley in style aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. Sit back and relax as you pass many of the region’s notable vineyards and wineries. In Santa Rosa, the largest city in California’s wine country, enjoy some leisure time and a visit to the Korbel Winery for a champagne cellar tour and tasting. From Fort Bragg, travel on the 1885-era Skunk Train into the Coastal Mountain Range, home of the towering redwood trees.
At sunset, enjoy a sumptuous meal while traveling on the third-oldest railroad in North America, the Sierra Railroad. The fun continues with a trip to Yosemite National Park and a sightseeing tour of California's picturesque coast. Visit Carmel, a quaint town popular with writers, artists, and celebrities, and travel the spectacular 17-Mile Drive to Monterey with views of Lone Cypress, Cypress Point, and the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course. There will be free time and a sightseeing tour in Monterey; then travel back in time on Roaring Camp Railroad's 100-year-old narrow-gauge steam train. Finally, return to San Francisco for the perfect conclusion to your California train vacation.
- Hotel accommodations for 9 nights
- Scenic rail excursions: Napa Valley Wine Train, Skunk Train, Sierra Railroad and Roaring Camp Railroad
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- 7 meals (5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner)
- Sightseeing per itinerary (admission to all attractions included in tour price)
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Baggage handling
- Hotel to airport transfer
- Taxes and service charges
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Fisherman’s Wharf
- Napa Valley
- Korbel Winery
- Fort Bragg
- State Capitol
- California State Railroad Museum
- Railtown 1897
- Yosemite National Park
- Cannery Row
Day 1 - San Francisco
Welcome to San Francisco! Enjoy time at your leisure to relax or explore the city on your own. Your tour manager is available this evening to answer any questions you may have. Overnight Hotel Carlton.
Day 2 – San Francisco Sightseeing
This morning explore the famous “City by the Bay” on a sightseeing tour including the city’s most popular attractions including the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and Nob Hill. This afternoon is at leisure to discover more of this vibrant city on your own. Shop the stores of Union Square, ride one of San Francisco’s famous cable cars or enjoy a bay cruise. Your tour manager will have suggestions for the best places to shop and dine. Overnight Hotel Carlton.
Day 3 – Sausalito / Napa Valley Wine Train / Santa Rosa
Today our first stop is Sausalito, the jewel of San Francisco Bay. There’s time to stroll the charming streets, take in the breathtaking views, browse through the unique boutiques or enjoy the plaza area. Later, view the scenic Napa Valley in style aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. On board you’ll enjoy an elegant 3-course lunch. Sit back and relax as you pass many of the region’s notable vineyards and wineries. This evening we overnight in Santa Rosa, the largest city in California’s wine country. Overnight Best Western Garden Inn. (L)
Day 4 – Santa Rosa / Fort Bragg
This morning is at leisure in Santa Rosa. Consider visiting historic Railroad Square containing the old Northwestern Pacific Railroad depot and the former Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railroad depot. Walk among the notable buildings that are now home to a bustling shopping and dining district. This afternoon visit the Korbel Winery and enjoy a champagne cellar tour. You’ll see where the world-famous Korbel Champagnes were first made more than 100 years ago, visit the antique vaults and learn the history of the Korbel legacy. Your tour ends with a tasting of this bubbly libation. Your travels continue along historic Highway 1 to Fort Bragg. Overnight For Bragg Travelodge.
Day 5 – Skunk Train / Sacramento
The morning begins with a leisurely journey into the Redwoods, cross-crossing the Noyo River and chugging into the Coastal Mountain Range on the historic Skunk Train. Built in 1885 as a logging railroad, the Skunk line began as a means of moving massive redwood logs to sawmills of the coast. Steam passenger service started in 1904 but was discontinued 20 years later when the self-powered, yellow “Skunk” rail cars were inaugurated. The little trains were quickly nicknamed for their original gas engines, which prompted folks to say, “You can smell ‘em before you can see ‘em.” Moving at a leisurely pace, there will be plenty of time for taking photos of the exhilarating journey. Afterward, continue to Sacramento, a former Gold Rush town and now capital of the state of California. Overnight Hawthorne Suites. (CB)
Day 6 – Sacramento / Jamestown / Sonora The day begins with a sightseeing tour that includes Old Sacramento, the downtown area, the Governor’s Mansion and the State Capitol. Next, visit the California State Railroad Museum, widely regarded as one of North America’s finest railroad museums. Throughout the museum, 21 meticulously restored locomotives, cars and numerous exhibits illustrate how railroads have shaped people’s lives, the economy and the unique culture of California and the West. The day continues with a visit to Railtown1897. This State Historic Park is home to one of America’s last intact, still-operating railroad roundhouses. Known as the “The Movie Railroad,” Railtown 1897 and its historic locomotives and cars have starred in hundreds of film and TV productions. A guided walking tour will showcase the park’s authentic working railroad roundhouse, historic locomotives and the opportunity to view movie props and other artifacts used in the production of feature films. This evening, enjoy a delicious meal while traveling on the third-oldest railroad in North America, the Sierra Railroad, at sunset. Overnight Inns of California. (B, D)
Day 7 – Yosemite National Park / Merced
The highlight of today is a visit to Yosemite National Park, one of America’s first wilderness areas. Located in Central California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, Yosemite National Park encompasses an incredible 1,170 square miles of breathtaking natural splendor. Overnight Comfort Inn. (CB)
Day 8 – Carmel / 17-Mile Drive / Monterey
Today travel to California’s picturesque coast. Enjoy a visit to the lovely town of Carmel, a popular retreat for writers, artists and celebrities. A highlight of today’s journey is the spectacular 17-Mile Drive to Monterey, with views of Cypress Point, famous Pebble Beach Golf Course and the tenacious Lone Cypress. Upon arrival in Monterey, enjoy a sightseeing tour that includes a visit to historic Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck’s novel. During your free time, explore the unique shops and galleries, watch the sea lions and otters or visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Overnight Days Inn. (CB)
Day 9 – Roaring Camp Railroad / San Francisco
This morning’s journey is on the Roaring Camp Railroad and the 100-year-old steam train. Travel over trestles, through redwood groves and up a winding narrow-gauge grade to the summit of Bear Mountain. Once at the top, it is your choice to return do0wn Bear Mountain by train or via a walking trail with a trained guide. Upon arrival at Roaring Camp, there’s time to explore the old-fashioned general store, the opera house, depot and covered bridge. Return to San Francisco this afternoon. This evening is an optional farewell dinner—a perfect ending to your California holiday. Overnight Hotel Carlton. (CB)
Day 10 – Tour Conclusion
Your vacation ends today. Transfers to San Francisco International Airport are included.