Pacific Coastal Odyssey
Discover America’s stunning Pacific Coast on this 12-day rail-cruise journey to San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Ensenada
Imagine seven fabulous days aboard the beautiful Grand Princess®. 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 Santa Barbara. The flowers, the Spanish architecture, the parks and the mild temperatures provide a wonderful experience.
In everyone’s favorite city by the bay, San Francisco, you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour that includes Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, the Mission District, Telegraph Hill, the Presidio and Fisherman’s Wharf.
See the spectacular views as the California Zephyr winds and climbs through the Sierra Nevada’s beautiful Donner Pass, the Colorado Rockies and under the Continental Divide.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Round-trip transportation by Amtrak, Princess Cruise Line and connecting motorcoach.
- Private Roomette on the trains for four nights.
- Inside stateroom on the Grand Princess for seven nights.
- First class hotel accommodations for two nights.
- Sightseeing tour in San Francisco.
- Baggage handling, taxes & tips.
- 34 meals.
- All gratuities are included: rail, cruise, motorcoach.
- Services of a professional Tour Director
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 famous California Zephyr in time for its 2:00 p.m. departure. The Zephyr features double-decker Superliner equipment. Relax in your comfortable Roomette sleeping accommodations. Bedrooms are available at an additional cost. After settling in you may want to go to the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge. Enjoy a sumptuous, full-course dinner in the dining car. All meals are included on the Zephyr. (D)
Day 2 - Colorado Rockies
The Zephyr will depart Denver this morning and begin its climb over the Front Range of the awesome Colorado Rockies. Throughout the day the train will wind around sharp mountain curves and through numerous tunnels. You’ll look down at fast-flowing streams winding through valleys far below. The breathtaking mountain vistas will continue until late afternoon.(B, L, D)
Day 3 - En Route/San Francisco
During the night you crossed the dry, sparsely populated Nevada countryside. Today’s scenery will be almost as spectacular as that experienced yesterday as the Zephyr ascends the Sierra Nevada mountains through the famous Donner Pass. From rugged terrain and pine trees to lush greenery and palm trees . . . in just three hours.
Our arrival in Emeryville is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. Then it is on to the famous “City by the Bay”. Our home for tonight is the Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf. There are excellent restaurants, markets, import houses and souvenir shops nearby. (B, L)
Day 4 - San Francisco / Grand Princess®
This morning is free to explore or relax. At noon we’ll transfer to the beautiful Princess Cruise Line’s Grand Princess®, our luxurious new home. Following a bountiful luncheon, you can relax or explore this gorgeous ship. The Princess Patter newspaper is delivered nightly to your stateroom. It will be your guide to the activities and events of the following day. Departure is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. (L, D)
Day 5 - Cruising
Ahh, now this is the life. Do as little or as much as you care to. Pamper yourself with a massage or facial at the Lotus Spa & Salon. Shop in the extensive boutiques for duty-free liquor, designer clothing and gifts. Head to the internet café or library. Tee up at the golf simulator. There is a jogging track and state-of-the-art fitness center for those looking to work off some of the fantastic cuisine. Swim in one of four sparkling pools, including a swim-against-the-current lap pool. You’re never too far from one of the eight relaxing hot tubs.
Try your luck at the Casino featuring a variety of table games, slots (including nickel slots for the not-so-high roller), video poker, etc.
Other daily activities include bingo, craft-making, art auctions, pool games, trivia contests, wine and cocktail tasting and that traditional cruise-favorite, shuffleboard!
Watch first run movies, concerts and sporting events on the 300-square-foot Movies Under the Stars outdoor screen (enjoy with popcorn and a blanket in the evening).
Princess is renowned for fine cuisine. Dine casually at the Horizon Court and Bistro, Prego Pizzeria, or Trident Grill. Dining rooms include the Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli. There is also an ice cream bar, afternoon tea and 24-hour room service.
To say the nightlife onboard is entertaining is an understatement. The performers are seasoned professionals and their performances are of the same caliber as what you would see on a Broadway stage. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, called the American Riviera, is a place where food, art, history, fashion, wine and sunshine mix to create a delightful and unique experience. Santa Barbara’s Old Mission can be traced back to the 1700s and is referred to as the “Queen of the Missions”. Just outside Santa Barbara lies Santa Ynex Valley, home to numerous world-renowned wineries located in the Scenic beauty of dramatic mountains, lush valleys and oak trees.
Sample optional shore excursions:
Solvang & Wine Tasting, Santa Barbara by Trolley, Solvang on your own, Montecito Stars & History Tour, Santa Barbara Walking, Food Photo tour, Wine Tasting & Picnic Lunch and Whale Watching. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Los Angeles/Long Beach
Los Angeles / Long Beach is the gateway to Southern California. You can get behind the scenes of movie making, marvel at the glitz of Hollywood, or explore historic Olvera Street.
Sample optional shore excursions:
The Getty & Beverly Hills, Orange County, Highlights of Long Beach and Harbor Cruise of LA. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - San Diego
This morning we arrive in San Diego. You’ll have the day to explore this beautiful city with Spanish and Mexican heritage.
Sample optional shore excursions: City Drive & La Jolla Highlights, Old Town Trolley Tour, Countryside, Vineyards Wine Tasting, Balboa Park Discovery, San Diego Harbor Cruise, San Diego
Zoo and Sea World Adventure Park. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Ensenada
We’ll visit Ensenada, Mexico today. The third largest city in Baja California, Ensenada boasts a protected harbor and modern port facilities, making it Baja California’s leading seaport.
Sample optional shore excursions: La Bufadora Adventury & City Drive, Bodegas de Santo Tomas & Riviera del Pacifico, city Drive & Mexicn Folkloric Fiesta, Casa Don Lupe, LA Cetto & Wine Tasting and Guadalupe Valley Wine Tour. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - At Sea
Relax and enjoy the amenities of the ship. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - San Francisco
This morning we’ll disembark from our ship and board a motorcoach for a sightseeing tour of San Francisco, including Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, the Mission District, Telegraph Hill and the Presidio.
You’re free this afternoon to ride a cable car or just wander around world-renowned Fisherman’s Wharf. You’ll have time to discover the excellent restaurants, markets, import houses, galleries and souvenir shops.
Our home for the night is the Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf. (B)
Day 12 - En Route
This morning we’ll board the famous California Zephyr for the return journey across seven states to Chicago. This is the most scenic long distance rail journey in the U.S. The Zephyr features double-decker Superliner equipment.
After settling in, you may want to go to the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge car with its comfortable seats. It is a great place to view the passing scenery. Bottled water, juice and coffee are available in the your sleeping car. All meals on the trains are included beginning with a full-course lunch in the dining car.
Relax in your private Roomette or Bedroom sleeping accommodations.
As we travel eastward we leave the lush green landscape and palm trees of California and enter the rugged terrain dotted with pine trees of the high Sierra Nevada mountains. We will ride through the famous Donner Pass this afternoon. (L, D)
Day 13 - En Route
This morning we’ll pass through eastern Utah and western Colorado.
Following your delicious dining car breakfast, you’ll want to view the spectacular scenery from the Sightseer Lounge car.
When we leave Glenwood Springs at 12:10 p.m., we’ll travel through the towering, narrow Glen Canyon. We will then begin to climb through the awesome Rockies toward the Continental Divide. We’ll encounter the famous, 6.2-mile long Moffatt Tunnel and literally go under the Continental Divide. The mountain vistas will continue throughout the afternoon. (B, L, D)
Day 14 - En Route to Chicago
During the night we traveled across the Great Plains. Our train will roll across Iowa and Illinois before our afternoon arrival in Chicago. Some tour members will change to trains bound for Midwest, eastern and southern home cities. Others may spend the night in Chicago and fly home tomorrow. (B, L)
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Inside Cabin: Departs 29th March 2017 ($3,495)
Oceanview Stateroom: Departs 29th March 2017 ($3,795)
Balcony Stateroom: Departs 29th March 2017 ($4,095)
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