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Southwest Chief with Santa Fe and Albuquerque


Venture from the heart of the Midwest to the American Southwest on this exciting adventure from Chicago, Illinois to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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6 days From $1,110 per person
Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2022 Tour code: GC-SCSW-22

About the tour

Beginning in Chicago, this 6-day excursion takes travelers from the hustle and bustle of the city through the vast landscape of the United States. On the overnight journey to Lamy, New Mexico, the Southwest Chief takes riders through the plains, desert, mountains and even by ranches and pueblos. The trip provides a little-seen look at the country, as well as an insiders look at the towns of Santa Fe and Albuquerque. With two days and two nights in each of the two cities, travelers have ample time for planned activities and individual sightseeing opportunities.


What’s included


Day 1 - Travel from Chicago to Lamy, NM

Arrive in Chicago independently, and make your way to historic Union Station. Your journey begins as you board the Southwest Chief, traveling across Illinois, crossing the mighty Mississippi, and continuing through the Midwest en route to New Mexico. Visit the Sightseer Lounge with its floor-to-ceiling windows offering impressive views of the picture-perfect scenery passing before you. Overnight train. 

Day 2 - Quick Transfer from Lamy to Santa Fe

Arrive in Lamy, NM this afternoon. Once in town, there is approximately an hour of free time to grab a bite to eat or shop before catching the bus to Santa Fe. At less than an hour in length, the bus ride is quick and allows ample time for initial sightseeing once in Santa Fe. Overnight Santa Fe. 

Day 3 - Out and About in Santa Fe

Today you are on your own to explore Santa Fe. Visit the Georgia O'Keefe Museum, stroll through Santa Fe Plaza and Canyon Road, or hike the Puye Cliff Dwellings. Travel around on the Loretto Line, a tram tour which provides an in-depth look at some of Santa Fe's most significant sites. Overnight Santa Fe.

Day 4 - Transfer to Albuquerque

Departing in either the late morning or early afternoon, the Rail Runner train transfers guests from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. The train station in Albuquerque is located in the heart of the Downtown area, so dining, entertainment, shopping and more are within close proximity upon arrival. Overnight Albuquerque. 

Day 5 - Tour Albuquerque

Learn more about the art, history and culture of the city on a scheduled tour with the Albuquerque Trolley Company. Historic Route 66, Old Town, Museum Row, the railyards and even some historically significant neighborhoods are included with the tour, which begins at 11 a.m. Overnight Albuquerque. 

Day 6 - End of Journey

Your journey through America's Southwest concludes upon checkout at your hotel. 


Additional information

Please note

Optional Addition - Transfer to Los Angeles: As a post-tour extension, which is not included in the price, travelers have the option to take the Southwest Chief from Albuquerque to Los Angeles. Guests who elect to take advantage of this opportunity travel through the desert and through the mountains of Southern California. One overnight is included in Pershing Square area of Los Angeles.

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.


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