Venture from the heart of the Midwest to the American Southwest on this exciting adventure from Chicago, Illinois to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
About the Tour
Beginning in Chicago, this 6-day excursion takes travelers from the hustle and bustle of the city through the vast landscape of the United States. On the overnight journey to Lamy, New Mexico, the Southwest Chief takes riders through the plains, desert, mountains and even by ranches and pueblos. The trip provides a little-seen look at the country, as well as an insiders look at the towns of Santa Fe and Albuquerque. With two days and two nights in each of the two cities, travelers have ample time for planned activities and individual sightseeing opportunities.
- Overnight from Chicago to Lamy aboard the Southwest Chief
- Four nights of hotel accommodations
- Convenient bus transfer between Lamy and Santa Fe
- Rail Runner transport between New Mexico's cities
- Trolley Tour of Albuquerque
- Schedule conducive to sightseeing
- Optional after-tour extension
Day 1 - Travel from Chicago to Lamy, NMTo begin the first leg of this 6-day expedition, guests must arrive in Chicago on their own accord. At 3 p.m., the Southwest Chief departs for its overnight voyage to Lamy. Superior sleeping and dining cars keep riders comfortable on the journey, and while Coach accommodations are provided, Roomette and Bedroom upgrades are possible.
Day 2 - Quick Transfer from Lamy to Santa FeThe Southwest Chief is set to arrive in Lamy at approximately 2:20 p.m. on the second day. Once in town, there is approximately an hour of free time to grab a bite to eat or shop before catching the 3:15 p.m. bus to Santa Fe. At less than an hour in length, the bus ride is quick and painless and still provides ample time for initial sightseeing once in Santa Fe. This is the first of two overnights.
Day 3 - Out and About in Santa FeToday you are on your own to explore Santa Fe. We suggest the Loretto Line, a tram tour which provides an in-depth look at some of Santa Fe's most significant sites. Hotel accommodations are provided on the third night, as well.
Day 4 - Transfer to AlbuquerqueDeparting in either the late morning or early afternoon, depending on the day of the week, the Rail Runner train transfers guests from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. The train station in Albuquerque is located in the heart of the Downtown area, so dining, entertainment, shopping and more are within close proximity upon arrival. For convenience, buses depart directly from the Rail Runner station and transport travelers to Old Town for the first night overnight in Albuquerque.
Day 5 - Tour AlbuquerqueLearn more about the art, history and culture of the city on a scheduled tour with the Albuquerque Trolley Company. Historic Route 66, Old Town, Museum Row, the railyards and even some historically significant neighborhoods are included with the tour, which begins at 11 a.m. This is the final planned day and overnight of the trip.
Day 6 - End of JourneyThere are no planned activities or tours on the final day, and guests are free to return home or continue their exploration of Albuquerque. The Sandia Mountains are a perfect place to see the natural side of the city, as is Cibola National Forest.
Optional Addition - Transfer to Los Angeles: As a post-tour extension, which is not included in the price, travelers have the option to take the Southwest Chief from Albuquerque to Los Angeles. Guests who elect to take advantage of this opportunity travel through the desert and through the mountains of Southern California. One overnight is included in Pershing Square area of Los Angeles.
La Posada, Santa Fe
At this 5 star hotel in Santa Fe, the rich history of the Southwest meets modern amenities and upscale comforts. Set on six beautifully landscaped acres just steps from Santa Fe's Historic Plaza, La Posada de Santa Fe, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa, surrounds guests with local artwork, adobe architecture and luxurious casita-style accommodations unmatched at other Santa Fe hotels.
Albuquerque at Old Town, Albuquerque
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town provides guests with a rich, authentic, cultural experience in the heart of the city’s historic and tourist district. It exemplifies Albuquerque Style with a unique blend of New Mexico's Pueblo, Spanish Territorial and Western cultural influences. This hotel provides a variety of great services and amenities, creating a great home base for any New Mexico vacation. Guests can walk to Albuquerque’s Historic Old Town Plaza to experience 400 years of history. Old Town has seven world-class museums and 150+ shops, restaurants, galleries and a variety of seasonal cultural events, fairs and festivals to enjoy.
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.
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.
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