The perfect winter escape is just a state away!
About the Tour
The perfect winter escape is just a state away! Travel by train from Los Angeles’ historic Union Station to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon. This perfectly-planned getaway includes travel aboard Amtrak’s iconic Southwest Chief and the historic Grand Canyon Railway, accommodations in Williams and Grand Canyon National Park, sightseeing at the famous South Rim of the Canyon and more!
- Santa Ana Canyon
- Cajon Pass
- Mojave Desert
- Colorado River
- Grand Canyon
- Mohave Point
- Hermits Rest
Inclusions: Los Angeles, CA to Grand Canyon, AZ
- Roundtrip transportation aboard Amtrak (2 nights on train)
- Roundtrip train travel on the Grand Canyon Railway
- Hotel accommodations for 3 nights, including 1 night at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
- Meals onboard the train when upgrading to a roomette or bedroom
- 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner at the Fred Harvey Restaurant
- Motorcoach South Rim tour
Day One - Amtrak's Southwest Chief to ArizonaDepart Los Angeles this evening aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief bound for Williams Junction, Arizona. Spend the evening relaxing aboard the train as you travel through some of the West's amazing scenery. Overnight train. (D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 2 - Early arrival in FlagstaffEarly this morning the Southwest Chief pulls into Flagstaff, where you board a motorcoach transfer to your hotel. A room will be waiting for you at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. Take time for a bit more sleep before freshening up for breakfast at the Fred Harvey Restaurant. Afterwards, board the Grand Canyon Railway train for the scenic journey to the South Rim of the Canyon. This historic train was built more than a century ago to transport ore in the Wild West before becoming a passenger train to many notable people from U.S. presidents to movie stars. Upon arrival embark on a Freedom Tour of the Grand Canyon, offering an impressive overview-and stunning photo opportunities-of this amazing natural wonder. Overnight Maswik Lodge. (B)
Day 3 - Free Day at the Grand CanyonSpend the morning exploring the South Rim on your own or take another guided tour. There are several historical buildings worth visiting including Buckey O'Neill's Cabin, the longest continually standing structure in the South Rim, or Desert View Watchtower with one of the few views of the bottom of the Canyon and the Colorado River. Board the Grand Canyon Railway southbound to Williams at 3:30 pm. Dinner this evening is at the Fred Harvey Restaurant. Overnight Williams. (D)
Day 4 - Grand Canyon Railway Hotel
Spend the day at leisure and enjoy the luxury of a bygone era at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. The hotel is just a block away from downtown Williams and historic Route 66. Spend time relaxing at indoor pool and hot tub, or get outdoors and enjoy the horseshoe pit, volleyball court & basketball court.
Relax at the hotel for a bit before your transfer to the Flagstaff station, where you will catch the Southwest Chief bound for Los Angeles. Overnight train. (B)
Day 5 - Arrival in Los Angeles' Historic Union Station
When you awake this morning, you will be nearing Los Angeles. Prepare for arrival at Union Station, where your Rails to the Rim adventure comes to a close. (B Sleeping Car passengers only)
Know before you go
Please be aware Amtrak may experience occasional schedule changes and service disruptions. Vacations By Rail recommends visiting the Amtrak web site prior to your departure for the latest information.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
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