All Aboard For San Antonio and New Orleans
Enjoy the sights and sounds of San Antonio and New Orleans on this 8-day round-trip rail journey featuring Amtrak’s Texas Eagle, City of New Orleans and Sunset Limited.
San Antonio’s old Spanish flavor, multi-cultural heritage and numerous parks and plazas make it one of America’s most picturesque cities. Enjoy extensive sightseeing (Alamo, River Walk, Mexican and Farmers Market . . . and much more). In colorful and fun-filled New Orleans, you’ll be staying in a first-class French Quarter hotel, tour its major attractions and have time to wander the famous French Quarter on your own. Discover great shops and galleries plus exquisite dining and Dixieland jazz spots. During our free day in New Orleans you’ll have many options to consider; a traditional mule drawn carriage ride through the French Quarter, lunch aboard a paddlewheel ship on the Mighty Mississippi, The Audubon Aquarium, the National WWII Museum and Hop On/Hop Off double-decker bus tours, to name a few.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Travel aboard Amtrak’s Texas Eagle, City of New Orleans and Sunset Limited
- Round-trip transportation by Amtrak and deluxe motorcoach
- Reclining coach seat with leg rest on Amtrak for two nights
- First-class hotel accommodations for five nights
- 12 meals
- Sightseeing tours of San Antonio and New Orleans
- Baggage handling, taxes and tips
- Services of a professional Tour Director
Day 1 - Depart Chicago
All Aboard for San Antonio and New Orleans tour members will meet the Tour Director in Chicago’s Union Station where we will board the Texas Eagle for San Antonio.
This train features double-decker Superliner equipment. Relax in your comfortable reclining coach seat with leg rest. Roomettes or Bedrooms are available at an additional cost. All dining car meals are included on overnight trains. You may want to go to the Sightseer Lounge car for some refreshments and good conversation with your fellow tour members. (D)
Day 2 - En route - San Antonio
This morning our train rolls through eastern Texas in a straight line, due west, past small farms and pine forests. We arrive in Dallas late morning and Fort Worth early afternoon. You’ll have time for a brief train-side walk in Fort Worth. We’re scheduled to arrive in San Antonio around 9:55 p.m. Upon arrival, we’ll transfer to our hotel, the Drury Inn & Suites Riverwalk. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - San Antonio
After breakfast, our sightseeing guide will greet us at 10:00 a.m. and share information on historic San Antonio. We’ll embark on a San Antonio tour by motorcoach. Our first stop will be a visit to the Alamo, perhaps the most sacred of America’s historic shrines. Next we will stop at “Battle for Texas: The Experience”. This interactive adventure transports you back to the 1836 epic battle of the Alamo. You will learn the stories behind the 250 never-before-seen collections of artifacts. We will then enter the three-story Victorian lobby of the Menger Hotel built in 1859 and enjoy a sumptuous lunch.
Following lunch we will board our motorcoach and transfer to the 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas. The tower was built in honor of the 1968 World’s Fair celebrating San Antonio’s 250th anniversary. The Skies Over Texas is a sophisticated ride that takes visitors on a high-flying trip across the Lone Star State in the 4-D theater. The tower offers the most breathtaking view of San Antonio, especially the Alamo. We will then return to the hotel. You’re free to explore the quaint shops and galleries along the world-famous River Walk described as “The American Venice”. The River Walk offers a wide variety of “on-your-own” dinner options (Tex-Mex being the regional favorite!) (CB, L)
Day 4 - En route - New Orleans
We’ll transfer to the Amtrak station for the 6:25 a.m. departure of the Sunset Limited to New Orleans. Settle into your reclining coach seat with leg rest. Head to the Sightseer Lounge to enjoy the scenery across east Texas and into Louisiana. A dining car and Café Car are available for “on-your-own” meals. Rice and sugar cane fields and the swampy bayou country of Louisiana are the primary attractions. Our arrival into New Orleans is scheduled for 9:40 p.m. Upon arrival we’ll transfer to our hotel, the Hampton Inn Downtown / French Quarter. (CB)
Day 5 - New Orleans
Following a Continental breakfast in our hotel, we’ll embark on a two-and-a-half-hour sightseeing tour of the Greater New Orleans area. The tour will include the St. Louis Cemetery III where the above ground burial system will be explained; beautiful City Park, the Lakefront area, the uptown section with its antebellum and new homes, Tulane and Loyola Universities, Audubon Park, the French Market and the Old Mint. You’re free the rest of the afternoon and evening. You’re in one of the most attractive cities in the world. Take full advantage of all there is to see, do and taste. Enjoy coffee and beignets (a special doughnut-like pastry) at famous Café du Monde. (CB)
Day 6 - New Orleans
This is a totally free day to enjoy this exciting city. Some options include a traditional mule drawn carriage ride through the French Quarter, lunch aboard a paddlewheel ship on the Mighty Mississippi, The Audubon Aquarium, The National WWII Museum and Hop On/Hop Off double-decker bus tours. (CB)
Day 7 - New Orleans
You are free this morning to relax in your hotel or explore some more or do some last minute shopping.
Early this afternoon we’ll transfer to Union Station prior to the 1:45 p.m. departure of the northbound City of New Orleans. Relax in your comfortable reclining coach seat or optional private sleeping room. Meals are included. You’ll want to spend some time reminiscing with your fellow tour members about the great experiences you shared the past few days. (CB, D)
Day 8 - En route to Chicago
Following a dining car breakfast, we’ll arrive in Chicago’s Union Station at 9:00 a.m. Tour members will depart for home destinations throughout the day. Those returning to Eastern home cities will have time to take a Gray Line sightseeing tour, to shop or visit some of Chicago’s major attractions. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
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.
Dates & Prices
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: Departs 27th April 2019 ($1,995), 5th October 2019 ($1,995)
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