California Zephyr and Mexico Cruise
Pair a train journey across America's western frontier with a 10-day Mexico cruise for the perfect fun in the sun rail-cruise vacation.
Pair a train journey across America's western frontier with a 10-day Mexico cruise for the perfect fun in the sun rail-cruise vacation. Beginning in Chicago, board the legendary California Zephyr for the journey across the Colorado Rockies and Sierra Nevada Mountains to San Francisco. There will be time to see all of the sights before boarding the Grand Princess for your 10-night cruise to Cabo San Lucas, Loreto, La Paz and Puerto Vallarta.
Known for its glorious white-sand beaches, Cabo San Lucas is the embodiment of paradise. Nevertheless, the rest of the ports of call are equally as glorious, full of history and unique culture. The days at sea are just as exciting, with the Grand Princess offering an array of activities and entertainment to keep passengers busy, including live shows, a nine-hole putting course, and a variation of fabulous boutiques. There truly can be no better way to explore Mexico than by rail and sea.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Transportation aboard Amtrak (2 nights on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 1 night
- All meals aboard the train and ship
- San Francisco sightseeing tour
- 10-night Mexico Cruise aboard the Grand Princess
- Port of Call:
-Cabo San Lucas
Day 1 - California Zephyr to San Francisco
Arrive at Chicago's historic Union Station and prepare for your 1:50 pm departure aboard the legendary California Zephyr bound for San Francisco. As the train begins the 2,400+ mile journey across the country, get acquainted with the train's features including the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge offering stunning views of the passing scenery. Overnight train. (D)
Day 2 - California Zephyr and the Rockies
Stunning views of the Colorado Rockies await you this morning as the Zephyr climbs the front range of the Rockies. Keep an eye out for wildlife and enjoy the breathtaking scenery from your onboard accommodations, or opt for a more panoramic setting in the Sightseer Lounge. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Over the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Bay
The train arrives in Reno, Nevada mid-morning and continues across the border into California, climbing through the legendary Donner Pass, the high point in the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains. The California Zephyr is scheduled to arrive in Emeryville around 4:10 pm this afternoon. Upon arrival, hop a shuttle for your transfer to the San Francisco Ferry building, where you can take a taxi to your hotel near the acclaimed Fisherman's Wharf. Overnight San Francisco. (B, L)
Day 4 - San Francisco Sightseeing / Grand Princess to Mexico
Store your luggage at the hotel following your morning check-out and make your way to Pier 43 1/2. Here you board a coach or double-decker bus for a sightseeing tour of the city, hitting all of San Francisco's hot spots. Highlights include the Presidio, Twin Peaks, Mission Dolores, Nob Hill, Union Square, Chinatown, and North Beach. Afterwards, collect your luggage and make your way to the cruise port to board the Grand Princess and prepare for your 4:00 pm sailing. Overnight ship. (D)
Day 5-6 - At Sea
With two days at sea, you can elect to be active one day and do nothing the next. The Grand Princess offers a smorgasbord of activities from a personal enrichment or yoga class to rejuvenating spa treatments and relaxing pools. Check out the ship's world-class art collection or peruse the large selection of fine items for that perfect gift at the on-board duty-free shop. Enjoy delightful dining experiences and fantastic after-dinner entertainment that ranges from live shows and the onboard casino to a variety of lounges for music, dancing or cozy post-meal cocktails. Overnight ship. (2B, 2L, 2D)
Day 7 - Cabo San Lucas
Welcome to Mexico! Today's port of call is Cabo San Lucas. You can swim in the warm waters, relax on one of the white-sand beaches or try sportsfishing, some of the finest in the world. Your ship will anchor in Cabo San Lucas, and will use launches to transport passengers ashore. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Loreto
Today finds you in Loreto. This beautiful town located on the Sea of Cortez offers much to see and do. Go whale watching, visit colonial missions, or simply enjoy the beach. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - La Paz
John Steinbeck's novel, "The Pearl," featured this seaside paradise. Explore the town and its wonderful restaurants and cultural sights or relax at one of its renowned beaches during your day in this delightful city. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Puerto Vallarta
Today's port of call is Puerto Vallarta. This sleepy town became an international resort sensation after it made its appearance in the movie “Night of the Iguana” starring Richard Burton. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 11-13 - At Sea
Spend your next three days at sea exploring the ship and enjoying a plethora of on-board activities. Overnight ship. (3B, 3L, 3D)
Day 14 - San Francisco
Your cruise comes to an end this morning when you dock in San Francisco. Transfer to the airport is included. Please make flight arrangements departing no earlier than noon. (B)
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Dates & Prices
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|25th January 2015||$2,649||Book Now|
|4th February 2015||$2,649||Book Now|
|14th February 2015||$2,649||Book Now|
|25th January 2015||$3,054||Book Now|
|4th February 2015||$3,054||Book Now|
|14th February 2015||$3,054||Book Now|
|25th January 2015||$3,600||Book Now|
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|25th January 2015||$3,995||Book Now|
|4th February 2015||$3,995||Book Now|
|14th February 2015||$3,995||Book Now|
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Amtrak Roomette / Oceanview Stateroom: Departs 25th January 2015 ($2,649), 4th February 2015 ($2,649), 14th February 2015 ($2,649)
Amtrak Bedroom / Oceanview Stateroom: Departs 25th January 2015 ($3,054), 4th February 2015 ($3,054), 14th February 2015 ($3,054)
Amtrak Roomette / Mini Suite: Departs 25th January 2015 ($3,600), 4th February 2015 ($3,600), 14th February 2015 ($3,600)
Amtrak Bedroom / Mini Suite: Departs 25th January 2015 ($3,995), 4th February 2015 ($3,995), 14th February 2015 ($3,995)
Valid government-issued photo ID and birth certificate (or valid USA passport) are required for cruises starting and ending at a US port.
Port taxes of $108.57 are not included. Princess reserves the right to impose a fuel supplement of up to $9 per person per day on all passengers if the NYMEX oil price exceeds $70 per barrel, even if the fare has been paid in full.
Please be advised that passengers traveling on California Zephyr trains may encounter delays of approximately three to six hours due to heavy congestion, speed restrictions and other operating conditions.