New Orleans Express
Discover the magic of New Orleans on this 6-day independent train vacation.
Experience New Orleans your way on this 6-day independent train vacation. Beginning in Chicago, travel 1800 miles aboard Amtrak's City of New Orleans to the Big Easy where you can discover amazing architecture, culture, and cuisine in this magical city. Explore the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, and Jackson Square. Sample the Cajun and Creole cuisine. Indulge in a beignet and coffee from the famous Café du Monde. Shop along Royal Street. Return to Chicago by train with colorful memories of your New Orleans vacation.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Transportation aboard Amtrak City of New Orleans - 2 nights on Train
- Hotel accommodations for 3 nights
- Chicago Hop-On/ Hop-Off tour
- New Orleans Hop-On/ Hop-Off tour
- Evening jazz cruise
Day 1 - Chicago
Arrive in Chicago and transfer on your own to your centrally-located hotel. Get acquainted with the city on a Hop-On/Hop-Off sightseeing tour to Chicago's most popular sights and attractions including Willis Tower for incredible views from the Skydeck, Navy Pier for lakeside entertainment and dining, the Magnificent Mile for extensive shopping opportunities, world-class museums and more! Overnight Chicago.
Day 2 - Train to New Orleans
The day is yours to revisit some of the sights from yesterday's sightseeing tour or set off on your own to explore the city and so some last minute shopping for souvenirs. Early this evening transfer on your own to historic Union Station this evening, where you will board Amtrak's City of New Orleans and prepare for your 8:00 pm departure. As the train makes its way south through Illinois, enjoy dinner in the dining car and relax in the Sightseer Lounge. Overnight train.
Day 3 - New Orleans
Spend the day relaxing aboard the train rolls through the Mississippi Delta toward the Crescent City. The City of New Orleans is scheduled to arrive at 3:30 pm. Upon arrival, transfer to your centrally-located hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure.
Day 4 - New Orleans Sightseeing
New Orleans is said to be a magical place with a balance of Old World and New, where European traditions blend with Caribbean flair. The history is as colorful as the local culture and architecture, and the food and music are legendary. See the sights of New Orleans on a Hop-On/Hop-Off sightseeing tour. Beginning in Jackson Square, see the city's famous landmarks and admire the French Creole architecture. Popular attractions along your route include the Superdome, the French Market, St. Louis Cemetery, the Insectarium, Mardi Gras World and more! This evening, enjoy an evening jazz cruise along the Mississippi River. See stunning views of the New Orleans skyline from the river while live jazz from the world-renowned Dukes of Dixieland fills the air.
Day 5 - New Orleans
The morning is free to further explore this magical city. Early this afternoon, transfer on your own to the train station in time for the 1:45 pm departure of the City of New Orleans bound for Chicago. You'll want to spend time in the Sightseer Lounge and share your New Orleans experiences with fellow travelers. Overnight train.
Day 6 - Return to Chicago
The City of New Orleans is scheduled to arrive in Chicago's Union Station at 9:00 am where your New Orleans Express vacation comes to an end.
Rail Your Way
Add more flexibility to your rail vacation by choosing when and where to begin and end your vacation. Whether you want to go east to west, west to east, north to south, south to north, start at the beginning, travel the reverse itinerary or begin in the middle, Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your rail vacation so you can have the experience you want.
Look for the Rail Your Way icon to identify those vacations that offer customized rail connections or joining points. Ask your rail specialist how you can have Rail Your Way!
Extend Your Vacation
Extend your rail vacation with new city packages in Chicago, Toronto, and Vancouver. Optional pre- or post-night packages include hotel accommodations for two nights and popular local sightseeing, and may be added to the beginning or end of qualifying rail vacations.
Look for the Extend Your Vacation icon to identify those vacations which offer new city stay packages. Ask your rail specialist for details about these pre- and post-night extensions.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Palmer House Hilton and Hotel Monteleone.
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.
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This was our first vacation by rail and will not be my last! I was impressed with VBR staff assistance. Cooperation and attention to detail. Almost found it hard to believe that so many details could be pulled together, so quickly. We really appreciated the coordination and planning provided!
'All the hotels and the hop on hop off excursions were great'
Dates & Prices
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|Departs Daily between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2019||$1,125||
|Departs Daily between 1st January 2020 and 31st December 2020||$1,187||
|Departs Daily between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2019||$1,575||
|Departs Daily between 1st January 2020 and 31st December 2020||$1,615||
|Departs Daily between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2019||$1,775||
|Departs Daily between 1st January 2020 and 31st December 2020||$1,815||
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Amtrak Coach: Departs daily between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2019 from $1,125, daily between 1st January 2020 and 31st December 2020 from $1,187
Amtrak Roomette: Departs daily between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2019 from $1,575, daily between 1st January 2020 and 31st December 2020 from $1,615
Amtrak Bedroom: Departs daily between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2019 from $1,775, daily between 1st January 2020 and 31st December 2020 from $1,815
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