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On this tour of three major cities of the Pacific Northwest Coast, you’ll never be far from the sea.

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10 days From $2,425 per person
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2022 Tour code: TU-EBSW-22

About the tour

Blanketed by forests and surrounded by mountains, Seattle, Victoria, and Vancouver offer unmatched scenery. Begin in Chicago, and then traverse the wild Western states on Amtrak's legendary Empire Builder train. From there, immerse yourself in the Pacific Northwest's unique blend of nature, fresh food, and vibrant culture.

Reminder: A valid passport is required to cross the U.S./Canada border.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Chicago

Welcome to the Second City! Upon your arrival to Chicago, transfer on your own to your hotel. Enjoy a hop-on/hop-off tour of the city's best-known landmarks. Overnight Chicago.

Day 2 - Amtrak

You have the morning free to explore Chicago before making your way to Union Station for you 2:15 pm departure. Settle into your onboard accommodations and prepare for you journey west to Seattle! Be sure to take advantage of the Sightseer Lounge and Dining Car, where you'll be able to mingle with other passengers and take in the passing scenery. Overnight train.

Day 3 - Amtrak

You have a full day on the train to relax and admire the diversity of the American West's beautiful landscape. Winding through the Rocky Mountains and crossing wide open plains, you'll see Colorado's snow-capped peaks, Montana's dense forests, and the Martian landscape of Eastern Washington. Overnight train.

Day 4 - Arrive Seattle

Arrive in Seattle this morning, and transfer independently to your centrally-located hotel. You have the entire day free to get acquainted with the city. Overnight Seattle.

Day 5 - Seattle

On today's hop-on/hop-off tour of Seattle (seasonal), you'll explore the best that the Emerald City has to offer. This evening, take a stroll along the waterfront or have dinner in one of the city's quirky, distinct neighborhoods. Don't miss the opportunity to grab a pint at one of the city's many microbreweries! Overnight Seattle.

Day 6 - Seattle to Victoria

Today, board the Victoria Clipper ferry. You'll arrive in the heart of downtown Victoria at the city's Inner Harbour. Spend the rest of the day exploring Victoria on your own. This quaint city has a distinctly British feel. Overnight Victoria.

Day 7 - Victoria

Today, you'll enjoy a Hop-on Hop-off tour, on which you'll see the best of Victoria's natural and architectural delights. The tour includes a stop at the Oak Bay Marina, where you'll have an entirely unique photo opportunity with the wild seals who hang around the docks. Overnight Victoria.

Day 8 - Victoria to Vancouver

Transfer from Victoria to Vancouver by ferry. Kick off your time in Vancouver by renting a bike and riding along the Seawall in Stanley Park, or grab a bite to eat at one of the city's many acclaimed restaurants - Vancouver has arguably the best Asian food in North America. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 9 - Vancouver

Today's hop-on/hop-off tour of Vancouver will take you to the city's must-see sights. You'll visit a number of notable spots, including Granville Island, an exciting shopping area, Stanley Park, and Vancouver's Chinatown - one of the largest in North America. Spend your last evening getting to know one of Vancouver's colorful neighborhoods and sampling the fresh local cuisine. Overnight Vancouver. 

Day 10 - Tour ends in Vancouver

Your independent rail tour of Chicago, Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle comes to a close today.

Additional information

Pricing Plans

Amtrak accommodations are available in Coach class, Roomette, and Bedroom.

Coach accommodations include a reclining seat with leg rest.

Roomette accommodations include a private cabin featuring two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, converting to an upper and lower berth at night.

Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day, and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower. All travelers have access to the Sightseer Lounge.

Roomette and Bedroom accommodations include all meals aboard the train. 

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Palmer House Hilton, Chicago

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Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown

Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown

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Georgian Court Hotel, Vancouver

Georgian Court Hotel, Vancouver

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Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria

Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria

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JULIE

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Submitted 22 Sep 2019

The train part was cramped and uncomfortable but the food was excellent. The rest of the trip, hotels, ferries was fabulous!

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