The Grand Canyon awaits on this spectacular Rails to the Rim vacation.
About the Tour
Beginning in Los Angeles, board Amtrak's Southwest Chief for the overnight journey to Flagstaff, Arizona, where you will catch the historic Grand Canyon Railway for the ride to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. This 4-day rail vacation includes travel aboard two iconic trains, hotel accommodations in Flagstaff and Grand Canyon National Park, sightseeing and more!
- 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 1 - Depart Los Angeles aboard Amtrak's Southwest ChiefBoard Amtrak's Southwest Chief and prepare for your journey to Flagstaff, Arizona. Watch the sunset from your onboard accommodations or, for more dramatic views, from the train's Sightseer Lounge with its floor-to-ceiling windows. Spend the evening relaxing aboard the train and getting acquainted with your fellow travelers. Overnight train. (D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 2 - Early morning arrival in Flagstaff, ArizonaThe Southwest Chief pulls into Flagstaff early this morning. You'll be transferred to the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, where you will have time for a few more hours of sleep before freshening up and grabbing a hearty breakfast at the Fred Harvey Restaurant. Board the Grand Canyon Railway train for a 9:30 am departure to the South Rim of the Canyon. This historic train was built more than a century ago to transport ore in the Wild West. Upon arrival you will be met by tour buses waiting to take you on a Freedom Tour of the Grand Canyon, offering an impressive overview of this breathtaking natural wonder. Overnight Maswik Lodge. (B)
Day 3 - Grand Canyon at LeisureSpend 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 HotelSpend 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)
Hotels include the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and Maswik Lodge.
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.
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
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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