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California Zephyr and Rocky Mountains Discovery Eastbound

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Trip Overview

This nine-day rail journey will introduce you to sights and moments that are best experienced from the comfort from the train. No matter what the season, the California Zephyr is one of the most beautiful cross-country train routes in North America. Your trip begins with two nights in San Francisco, where you’ll get to sightsee and discover the city’s best attractions and popular landmarks. From there, you’ll board the California Zephyr and watch the scenery unfold as it travels east toward Denver and the majestic Rocky Mountains. During your two-night stay in Denver, you’ll have the opportunity to explore on your own and take an included day tour of Rocky Mountain National Park—an adventure you won’t soon forget! Following another evening onboard Amtrak, you’ll arrive in the Windy City of Chicago! Showcasing some of the world’s best sights, attractions, and activities, you’re bound to have a grand time.

Highlights

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco
  • Sightseeing tour of Denver Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Admissions to Skydeck Chicago
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from San Francisco to Denver; Denver to Chicago on the California Zephyr®
  • 6 nights' hotel accommodations
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Disclaimer:

Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Amtrak Vacations is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and all holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

DAY 1             YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN SAN FRANCISCO
Welcome to beautiful San Francisco! Today the day will be spent traveling on your own. Check in to your hotel and begin exploring this City by the Bay. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 2             SAN FRANCISCO
Today will be a day packed with sightseeing with a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour that will take you to all of San Francisco’s most popular attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, the Japanese Tea Garden, Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, Haight Ashbury, the Palace of Fine Arts, and so much more! Feel free to hope on and off at any of the 27 featured stops to discover the city at your own leisure. There is plenty to experience! Who knows, you may even stumble upon some hidden gems and local favorites! (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 3             OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Continue your journey eastbound onboard Amtrak toward Denver. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 4             DENVER
When you arrive in the “Mile High City” of Denver, Colorado, check into your hotel. Then, the remainder of the day and evening is yours to explore on your own. Located at the base of the mesmerizing Rocky Mountains, this vibrant city invites you to take in the sights and discover the best it has to offer. Visit Red Rocks Park, the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Zoo, and so much more! (Overnight in Denver)

DAY 5             DENVER
Experience the majestic splendor of the Rocky Mountains on a small group day tour of Rocky Mountain National Park. Widely celebrated for its abundance of wildlife and spectacular views, Rocky Mountain National Park will make you feel like you're on top of the world! Enjoy an included picnic lunch and several photo opportunities before heading back to your hotel for the evening. (Overnight in Denver)

DAY 6             OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Continue your journey eastbound onboard Amtrak toward Chicago. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 7             CHICAGO
Welcome to Chicago! This is an international city where art, culture, and history collide to offer you one of the most unique vacations. From gorgeous architecture to delicious cuisine, intriguing history, and world-class entertainment, the Windy City has it all! After you check into your hotel, the entire rest of the day and evening is yours to explore on your own. Make sure to visit the Skydeck with your included admission. No trip to Chicago would be complete without taking in the 360-degree views from the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 8             CHICAGO

Spend today discovering the most popular attractions throughout the city with your included hop-on, hop-off Big Bus sightseeing tour. Enjoy 14 different stops, including the iconic Centennial Wheel on the Navy Pier, visit Millennium Park, John Hancock Tower, Magnificent Mile, and so much more! (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 9             YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN CHICAGO

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza

Located in the center of downtown Chicago’s exciting River North area and minutes from the Loop and Michigan Ave the contemporary Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza offers exceptional views of the Chicago River and the Chicago skyline. Our recent $20 million redesign is apparent in every aspect of the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, from our stunning atrium lobby to our 521 comfortable and contemporary guest rooms and suites.

Palmer House Hilton

Welcome to The Palmer House®: a Hilton Hotel - an iconic, world-class downtown Chicago hotel and gateway to Chicago's rejuvenated Loop scene. A modern Chicago grand hotel, the Palmer House is a lively destination within walking distance of the best attractions the city of Chicago has to offer like Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the theater district. The guest rooms and suites match the hotel's French Baroque styling with metropolitan flair.

Warwick Denver Hotel

Boasting an ideal location that connects Denver's vibrant downtown area with all the charm and attractions of the local Uptown Neighborhood, Warwick Denver offers a true urban refuge in the Mile High City. The Warwick Denver was originally built as the Governer's Court, and is still remembered by many for the Playboy Club, the first and only one in Colorado. This luxury downtown hotel features private balconies and oversized guest rooms and suites designed elegantly to reflect the outdoor spirit of the Rockies. The exclusive rooftop heated pool and bar offer captivating year round panoramic views of the Denver skyline and snowcapped Rocky Mountains.

The attention to detail makes this boutique hotel the ideal place for business and leisure travelers seeking genuine, warm and dedicated service. A stone's throw from the pedestrian 16th Street Mall, the State Capitol building, and the eclectic Union Station, the Warwick Denver is also in close proximity to the convention center, The Denver Art Museum Larimer Square, Coors Field and the Pepsi Center.

Kimpton Alton Hotel (Formerly Holiday Inn Fishermans Wharf)

Of all San Francisco hotels, Holiday Inn San Francisco Hotel Fisherman's Wharf has one of the best locations, central to the Californian shopping capital. The hotel is in among the bars, cafes, and the vast number of specialty shops in Fisherman's Wharf. Hotels here, in the liveliest part of San Francisco, are right next to Chinatown, Pier 39 and the Cable Cars.

Hotel Zephyr

The Hotel Zephyr offers a one-of-a-kind hotel experience in the heart of the city's most iconic tourist attractions. Bringing a new dimension to Fisherman's Wharf by offering a twist on accommodations as well as a playful personality, our waterfront property features 361 stylish waterfront guest quarters, many with personal balconies

Park Central Hotel

Our newly re-imagined hotel elevates the standard of excellence in luxury hotels in San Francisco, while celebrating the timeless art of hospitality.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Amtrak Vacations is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and all holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

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