California Zephyr & Hawaii Cruise
Say “aloha!” as you set sail on a 19-day rail-cruise adventure!
Begin your journey in the Windy City where you board the renowned California Zephyr for your two-night journey across America's western frontier to San Francisco. After spending some time in the City by the Bay, embark on a 15-night Hawaiian cruise aboard the Grand Princess. This rail-cruise journey is the absolute perfect getaway to escape the winter blues.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Transportation aboard Amtrak (2 nights on the train)
- Hotel accommodations for 1 night
- All meals onboard the train and ship
- 15-night cruise aboard the Grand Princess
- Transfers to cruise terminal and back included
- San Francisco sightseeing tour
- Port of Calls:
Day 1 - Depart Chicago aboard the California Zephyr
Depart the Windy City aboard Amtrak's legendary California Zephyr bound for San Francisco at 2:00 pm. Take this time to get to know your fellow passengers or admire the passing scenery from the Sightseer Lounge with its floor-to-ceiling windows. Overnight train. (D)
Day 2 - California Zephyr En Route to San Francisco
Awake to magnificent views of the Rockies on the horizon. The scenery only gets more breathtaking as the day progresses! Overnight train. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Arrive in "The City by the Bay"
Highlights of your final day on the train include a mid-morning stop in “The Biggest Little City in the World,” Reno, and the legendary Donner Pass, the high point in the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains. You're scheduled to arrive in Emeryville at 4:10 pm. Transfer on your own to your centrally-located San Francisco hotel with the evening at leisure. Overnight San Francisco (B, L)
Day 4 - San Francisco and Hawaiian Cruise
Start the day with a guided tour of San Francisco. Highlights include the Palace of Fine Arts, the Civic Center, Fisherman's Wharf and more! After the tour, board the Grand Princess and embark on your 15-night Hawaiian cruise! Overnight ship. (D)
Days 5-8 - Grand Princess
Spend the first four days of your journey at sea. The Grand Princess offers a variety of onboard amenities. Visit the incredible Lotus Spa; relax at the Sanctuary, an adults-only section of the ship; play basketball or shuffleboard; or, just sit on the deck and catch some rays as you sail towards paradise. Overnight ship. (4B,4L,4D)
Day 9 - Hilo, Hawaii
Arrive at your first port of call, Hilo. You may wish to visit the Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum, see the dazzling waterfalls of Rainbow Falls, or gaze at the stars at the Imiloa Astronomy Center. Overnight ship. (B,L,D).
Day 10 - Honolulu, Hawaii
Discover beautiful Honolulu! There is so much to do in this historic city. Take time to visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. Or see Doris Duke's old home, Shangri La, which is now a center for Islamic Arts and Culture. There are also several hiking trails and beaches for you to discover. Overnight ship. (B,L,D)
Day 11 - Kauai, Hawaii
Today's port of call is the island of Kauai. Kauai is the oldest main Hawaiian Island. Only 562 miles long, Kauai is full of amazing activities. The National Tropical Botanical Garden and Smith's Tropical Paradise are havens for nature lovers. Or take a tour of Grove Farm, a former sugar plantation which is now a museum. Overnight ship. (B,L,D)
Day 12 - Maui, Hawaii
Spend the day in gorgeous Maui. From its breathtaking beaches to the incredible seaside streets, there is so much to do in this little slice of paradise. You can take a bike tour of Maui with The Kaleakala Bike Company or visit the Maui Ocean Center for a marine adventure. Overnight ship. (B,L,D)
Days 13-16 - Grand Princess
Take these four days to relax at sea as you journey to your final port of call, Ensenada, Mexico. Take in a show at one of the ship's theatres. Do some shopping at the ship's stylish boutiques. Hit a few balls on the Princess Links, a nine-hole putting course. Or just relax with a good book in the ship's library. These three days are the perfect opportunity to take advantage of all the Grand Princess has to offer. Overnight ship. (4B,4L,4D)
Day 17 - Ensenada, Mexico
This afternoon arrive at your final port of call, Ensenada. Ensenada has a plethora of great activities and sights for you to spend your afternoon discovering. Do some kayaking at Bahia de Los Angeles. While there keep your eyes out for possible whale sightings! Or venture over to Avenida Lopez Mateos for some shopping. This beautiful Mexican city is the perfect ending to your tropical cruise. Overnight ship. (B,L,D)
Day 18 - Grand Princess At Sea
Begin your journey back to the mainland as you spend your final day at sea. Overnight ship. (B,L,D)
Day 19 - San Francisco
This morning, disembark the Grand Princess in San Francisco, where your rail-sail vacation comes to an end.
Post Trip Extension
Ask a rail specialist about adding this 4-day/3-night post-trip option to your California Zephyr with Hawaiian Cruise rail-sail vacation.
Day 19 - San Francisco
Spend the day in San Francisco at leisure. Overnight San Francisco.
Day 20 - California Zephyr to Chicago
Board the California Zephyr at 7:00 am for your journey back to Chicago. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 21 - California Zephyr
Spend the day relaxing on the train as you continue your journey to the Windy City. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 22 - Chicago
Arrive in Chicago at 3:15 pm. (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!
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
Hotel included is the Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf.
Oceanview: Travel aboard the Grand Princess is in an Outside Cabin including an ocean view. Oceanview cabins include a shower, two full size beds and closet.
Balcony: Travel aboard the Grand Princess is in a Balcony including a private balcony view. Balcony includes shower, queen-size bed, closet and outside sitting area.
Amtrak accommodations are available in Roomette and Bedroom. 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.
+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.
Dates & Prices
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|23rd February 2018||$3,945||Please call for availability.|
|20th March 2018||$3,945||Book Now|
|11th April 2018||$3,945||Book Now|
|24th January 2019||$4,212||Book Now|
|3rd April 2019||$4,212||Book Now|
|18th April 2019||$4,004||Book Now|
|23rd February 2018||$4,585||Please call for availability.|
|20th March 2018||$4,585||Book Now|
|11th April 2018||$4,585||Book Now|
|24th January 2019||$5,025||Book Now|
|3rd April 2019||$5,025||Book Now|
|18th April 2019||$4,596||Book Now|
|23rd February 2018||$4,505||Please call for availability.|
|20th March 2018||$4,505||Book Now|
|11th April 2018||$4,505||Book Now|
|24th January 2019||$4,715||Book Now|
|3rd April 2019||$4,715||Book Now|
|18th April 2019||$4,507||Book Now|
|23rd February 2018||$5,155||Please call for availability.|
|20th March 2018||$5,155||Book Now|
|11th April 2018||$5,155||Book Now|
|24th January 2019||$5,528||Book Now|
|3rd April 2019||$5,528||Book Now|
|18th April 2019||$5,099||Book Now|
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Amtrak Roomette / Outside Stateroom: Departs 23rd February 2018 from $3,945 - Please call for availability 20th March 2018 ($3,945), 11th April 2018 ($3,945), 24th January 2019 ($4,212), 3rd April 2019 ($4,212), 18th April 2019 ($4,004)
Amtrak Roomette / Balcony Stateroom: Departs 23rd February 2018 from $4,585 - Please call for availability 20th March 2018 ($4,585), 11th April 2018 ($4,585), 24th January 2019 ($5,025), 3rd April 2019 ($5,025), 18th April 2019 ($4,596)
Amtrak Bedroom / Outside Stateroom: Departs 23rd February 2018 from $4,505 - Please call for availability 20th March 2018 ($4,505), 11th April 2018 ($4,505), 24th January 2019 ($4,715), 3rd April 2019 ($4,715), 18th April 2019 ($4,507)
Amtrak Bedroom / Balcony Stateroom: Departs 23rd February 2018 from $5,155 - Please call for availability 20th March 2018 ($5,155), 11th April 2018 ($5,155), 24th January 2019 ($5,528), 3rd April 2019 ($5,528), 18th April 2019 ($5,099)
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Port taxes for 2018 are $230 per person and for 2019 are $240 per person.