16 Day Circle USA by Rail

Amtrak Tour

May 2014

Day 1: Depart New Orleans 1:55 PM. For Chicago with a roomette for overnight sleeping.

Day 2: 9:45 am arrive in Chicago. Our first stop will be the waterfront where we will take a narrated Skyline cruise where you can enjoy the skyline of Chicago. by River and Lake. After our cruise we will visit the Willis Tower the highest building in the Western Hemisphere for a breathtaking view of the Chicago area. We will have time to freshen up at our hotel before going out for dinner. Tonight we will feature a treat found only in Chicago the “Pizza Pot Pie” Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3: Breakfast is included at the hotel, before departing for the Chicago Botanical Gardens. On arrival at the Garden you will be taken on a 45 minute tram tour to show you the highlights of the Garden you will then have two hours to explore the gardens on your own, take photos and visit the gift shop. After three hours in this spectacular garden you will wonder where the time went and most travelers will always want more time to enjoy the Gardens. After a stop for lunch at Navy Pier (On Own) we will continue with our sightseeing tour as you travel through Chicago's main business section, one of the financial centers of the world and always bustling with activity. We will visit the "Loop" and State Street - the great street where Chicago's fame began. Travel by the striking Richard J. Daley plaza with its acknowledged masterpiece, the Pablo Picasso sculpture, created specifically for Chicago. You'll take a ride on Wacker Drive, the double-decked thoroughfare that wends its way under the city. Then travel over the Chicago River, made to flow backwards by one of the world's greatest engineering feats. You'll see the famous, white Wrigley Building announcing the beginning of the Magnificent Mile and Michigan Avenue where Chicago's most exclusive stores exhibit their wares. You'll see Chicago's elegant seven-level shopping complex the renowned Water Tower Place. For the shoppers you will have time to shop the magnificent mile before retuning to the hotel to freshen up. Tonight we will feature an evening of dinner theater at Tommy Guns Garage, Not long after the turn of the century, in a decade known as the Roaring Twenties, the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages was outlawed and strictly prohibited. Nevertheless, men like Alphonse Capone and his mafia family, refused to adhere to the law, opening illegal speakeasies across the city of Chicago, offering alcohol, gambling and hotbox entertainment. Tommy Gun’s Garage is an Audience Interactive “Speakeasy” that offers a musical comedy review with gangsters, da flappers and YOU!!!!!(uh, dat’s audience participation). After a delicious sit-down dinner, join “Vito”, “Gloves”, and da “gangsters” and da “flappers” for non-stop comedy and dangerous fun. You will be transported back to da 1920’s complete wit da boss’s 1928 Model “A” Ford, Roaring Twenties music and memorabilia from da Twenties. Da mugs and da molls dance and sing da Charleston and udder musical selections from Cole Porter to George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and more…. All played by Chicago’s Sinfully Orchestra. Be ready to hide your hooch (alcohol) cause we could get raided by da coppers at anytime. Be careful, you could get pulled up on stage at any time to perform a sobriety test given by Officer Murphy. Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4: This morning we will visit the spectacular Field Museum and make a stop at the Rock Bottom Brewery we you will have the opportunity to taste 8 different beers and have lunch before boarding the train. Your train departs Union Station at 2:15 and arrives in Whitefish Montana at 9 PM the next day. Meals included on the train Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5: All day train to Whitefish. Overnight at the Best Western Rocky Mountain Inn Whitefish. All meals on train included.

Day 6: Your morning is at leisure to enjoy the park. Daily shuttle service to the park is available for approximately $25 per person round trip. If you cross into the Waterton Lake part of the park you will need a passport. In May parts of Glacier National Park may be closed due to snow however many parts of the park will be open. Breakfast

Day 7: You have another day to enjoy this magnificent park we suggest you take one of the 52 mile trips across the going to the sun road. Or explore the area around Whitefish. It is also the perfect time to catch up on laundry. Train departing at 9:16 PM for Seattle.

Day 8: This morning you arrive in Seattle at 10:25 Am. Transferred to your hotel will be provided and have the rest of the morning to enjoy the Pikes Market Place. Included in your package is a two day Seattle hop on hop of pass so you can see the sites of Seattle that are the most interest to you. Tonight we feature a seafood feast at the Crab Pot Breakfast and dinner.

Day 9: The day is at leisure for you to do the things that you want to do. Perhaps you will want to do an underground tour of Seattle, take a cruise on Lake Washington, a harbor cruise, see the fish ladders, and visit the Space Needle or the Science Center. Tonight we offer an optional cruise to Tilicum Island for a night of native dancing and Salmon roasted over an alder fire. Breakfast.

Day 10: Depart Seattle at 9:45 am for your overnight train to San Francisco. This is a very scenic ride as it travels along the Pacific Northwest coast, past Red Wood trees and spectacular views. All meals on train included

Day 11: The train stops just outside of San Francisco and you will continue by motor coach into San Francisco. Upon arrival in San Francisco you will be transferred to your hotel. This morning we have included hop on hop off pass so you can see San Francisco at your own pace. This narrated tour allows you to get off and on 14 different spots. You are sure to want to spend time in Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown or perhaps ride the cable car. Breakfast

Day 12: This morning an included trip takes you across the Golden Gate Bridge to see the Giant Red Woods in Muir Woods and Sausalito. Breakfast

Day 13: The train travels along the west coast of California departing San Francisco at 8:50AM and arriving in Los Angeles at 9:00 PM. You will overnight in Los Angeles in a centrally located hotel.. Breakfast.

Day 14: You have the whole day to explore Los Angeles, Your expert guide will lead you on a discovery of Los Angeles' most famous and infamous places. You'll see the Chinese Theatre and its celebrity footprints, those legendary streets Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Strip and Rodeo Drive, the Farmer's Market, the La Brea Tar Pits, Olvera Street, Chinatown and all the other sites you've seen countless times on TV and in the movies. You have time to take a stars home tour if you like before departing on 3:00 PM train. This train takes you through the southwest part of the country through Albuquerque New Mexico, and on to New Orleans All meals while on board the train are included.

Day 15: Train through the Southwest. Travel will be on the Sunset limited and will go through Tucson, El Paso, San Antonio and on to New Orleans. All meals while on board the train are included.

Day 16: Arrive New Orleans 2:55 PM. . Breakfast and lunch included.

Tour features:

  • 16 day Rail pass with roomettes
  • Admission and Tram Tour Chicago botanical Gardens
  • 2 nights Chicago Essex Hotel
  • Chicago City Tour
  • 2 nights Best Western Whitefish
  • Admission to the Field Museum or Shed Aquarium
  • 2 nights Seattle Quality Hotel
  • All train to hotel transfers
  • 2 Nights San Francisco Warwick
  • Ride the Duck Seattle
  • 1 Nights Los Angeles First Class Hotel
  • Seafood Feast at the Crab Pot
  • All meals while on the train
  • San Francisco Hop on Hop off pass
  • Italian Dinner Chicago
  • Muir Woods and Sausalito trip
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Los Angeles City Tour
  • Dinner and Show at Tommy Guns Garage
  • Tour director through out (based on minimum of 15 travelers)
  • Baggage service for 1 bag per person

Total Cost:
$3,279 per person - Double
$3,179 per person - Triple

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