Pacific Coastal Odyssey
Discover America’s stunning Pacific Coast on this 11-day rail-cruise journey to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco & Vancouver
Relive the excitement of the Santa Fe Trail crossing New Mexico and Arizona on the Southwest Chief.
Imagine five fabulous days aboard the beautiful Holland America Zaandam. The endless activities are designed to stimulate, educate, entertain and inspire. From art auctions to virtual golf, this ship is loaded with fun things to do. We’ll enjoy sumptuous cuisine in three main dining rooms, three specialty restaurants and alternative eateries like a poolside pizzeria and grill, a steakhouse and an intimate Italian restaurant.
Fall in love with beautiful San Diego. It’s one of America’s premier cities and California’s historic birthplace. Our sightseeing tour includes downtown’s renowned Gaslamp Quarter, the Embarcadero, Balboa Park, Old Town and the famed Hotel Del Coronado.
In everyone’s favorite city by the bay, San Francisco, you’ll have many options including Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, the Mission District, Telegraph Hill, the Presidio and Fisherman’s Wharf.
The Empire Builder’s routing near Glacier National Park will highlight our relaxing return trip from Seattle to Chicago.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Round-trip transportation by Amtrak, Holland America Cruise Line and connecting motorcoach
- Private Roomette on the trains for four nights
- Inside stateroom on the Zaandam for five nights
- First class hotel accommodations for one night
- Sightseeing tour in San Diego
- 26 meals
- All gratuities are included: rail, cruise, motorcoach
- Services of a professional Tour Director
- Baggage handling, taxes & tips.
Day 1 - Depart Chicago
Pacific Coastal Odyssey members will meet our Tour Director in the Metropolitan Lounge of Chicago’s Union Station. We’ll board the Southwest Chief for its 3:00 p.m. departure. Relax in your private Roomette sleeping accommodations. Bedrooms are available at an additional cost. Bottled water, juice and coffee are available in the sleeping cars. Enjoy a full-course dinner in the dining car. You will want to spend time in the Sightseer Lounge where the glass windows rise from floor level to the ceiling. It is a great place to view the passing scenery. (D)
Day 2 - En Route to Albuquerque
Last night we traveled across the state of Kansas. We will be near the Colorado border when you awaken. Today you will experience the excitement of the Santa Fe Trail as we cross New Mexico and Arizona. You will have time for a trainside walk when we arrive in Albuquerque at mid afternoon. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Los Angeles/San Diego
You’ll want to have an early breakfast, our arrival into Los Angeles is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. We will board the Pacific Surfliner for the 9:55 a.m. departure. We’ll travel 128 miles along the beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline to San Diego on a Pacific Surfliner from Los Angeles to San Diego. Upon arrival we will board our deluxe motorcoach and transfer to the beautiful, waterfront Seaport Village for an “on-your-own” lunch. You will have time to visit some of the unique stores. At 2:00 p.m. we will set out on a sightseeing tour of San Diego. Our tour includes downtown’s renowned Gaslamp Quarter, the Embarcadero, Balboa Park, Old Town and the famed Hotel Del Coronado. Following our tour we will check into the Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel Old Town, our home for the night. (B)
Day 4 - Embark on Holland America's ms Zaandam
You’re free this morning to relax or explore. At 12:00 p.m. we’ll transfer to the cruise ship terminal where we’ll board the beautiful Holland America Zaandam. We will set sail at 11:00 p.m. Holland America Line has been a recognized leader in the cruising industry for over 137 years. Innovative programs and superior amenities have earned them the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award from The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and one of the highest rates of repeat guests in the industry. You’ll discover a wealth of both fun and enriching activities: partake in as many—or as few—as you like. Enjoy delicious cuisine from a broad range of dining venues, enjoy a casual bite poolside to a formal five-course dinner. Led by Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, the exceptional culinary staff creates signature Holland America Line dishes using only the freshest produce and the highest quality meats and seafood available. Following dinner you can choose from a variety of evening entertainment. Catch a musical production show, dance the night away, visit one of the many lounges featuring live music and award-winning entertainment, watch a first-run movie in the theater or try your luck at the casino. (B, D)
Day 5 - Cruising
Ahh, now this is relaxing! There is as much or as little as you care to do. The Daily Program delivered to your stateroom each night will be your guide to the following day’s activities and events. Activities include language classes, bingo, cruise staff-conducted trivia and sports (ping pong, putting and chipping, etc.) competitions, movie screenings (with freshly popped popcorn), art auctions and casino tournaments. And of course you can always just curl up with a good book as the blue Pacific Ocean drifts by. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - San Francisco
This morning we arrive in San Francisco, everyone’s favorite “City by the Bay.”
Sample optional shore excursions include: Scenic San Francisco, Muir Woods and Sausalito, Hop-on Hop-off San Francisco Highlights, Hop-on Hop-off San Francisco Highlights & Golden Gate Bay Cruise, San Francisco & Sausalito. (B, L, D)
Days 7 & 8 - Cruising
Relax and enjoy the amenities of the ship. (Day 7 - B, L, D, Day 8 - B, L, D)
Day 9 - En Route
This morning we’ll arrive in Vancouver, B.C. where we will disembark. Upon arrival we will board our motorcoach and travel to Seattle and will arrive at Seattle’s King Street Amtrak station in time to board the Empire Builder. Roomette sleeping accommodations and all dining car meals are included. Upgrades to Bedrooms are available for an additional cost. After settling in you can enjoy the beautiful Puget Sound scenery between Seattle and Everett. (B, D)
Day 10 - En Route
Enjoy a delicious dining car breakfast and then head for the Sightseer Lounge car. Today a dramatic panorama of snow-capped Rocky Mountain peaks will begin to rise above the horizon, becoming increasingly dynamic as we approach Glacier National Park. The scenery is striking as we wind past waterfalls, river gorges and other sights. The rest of the day we’ll cross the remote flatlands of eastern Montana and western North Dakota. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - En Route to Chicago
Breakfast and lunch on the train are included. After we go through Minneapolis-St. Paul we head south along the west bank of the Mississippi River. The train winds between the river bank and high bluffs. Later in the morning, we pass through the picturesque Dells Country of Wisconsin. The Empire Builder is scheduled to arrive in Chicago’s Union Station late this afternoon.
At the conclusion of the tour some travelers will continue to home destinations. Others will spend the night in Chicago and continue home tomorrow. (B, L)
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!
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort, ms Zaandam is a prize in the mid-size ship category. On the musically themed Zaandam, you'll find musical instruments such as Bill Clinton's saxophone and signed guitars from Queen, Iggy Pop, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones throughout the ship. In her soaring three-story atrium: a Baroque-style Dutch pipe organ, inspired by the traditional barrel organs still found on the streets of The Netherlands.
While on-board, choose from an array of onboard activities that allow you to pursue new interests or relax and rejuvenate.The Greenhouse Spa & Salon offers spa treatments, a thermal pool and lounge and salon services. Our fully equipped Fitness Center includes state-of-the-art cardio and weight machines, as well as classes in Yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling and more. On deck enjoy two outdoor pools, along with basketball and practice tennis courts.
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed and shower. All L-, N- & NN-category staterooms also have 1 sofa bed & pullman upper. M- & MM-category staterooms also have 1 sofa bed. Approximately 182–293 sq. ft.
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub, shower. All FF-category staterooms also have 1 sofa bed & pullman upper. Approximately 140–319 sq. ft.
Vista Suite Staterooms
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, whirlpool bath & shower, sitting area, private verandah, mini-bar, refrigerator, floor-to-ceiling windows. All A-category staterooms also have 1 sofa bed. Approximately 297–379 sq. ft. including verandah.
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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|28th April 2018||$2,995||Book Now|
|28th April 2018||$3,095||Book Now|
|28th April 2018||$3,295||Book Now|
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Inside Cabin: Departs 28th April 2018 ($2,995)
Oceanview Stateroom: Departs 28th April 2018 ($3,095)
Vista Suite Stateroom: Departs 28th April 2018 ($3,295)
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