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Trip Overview

Visit the magnificent Grand Canyon, along with the gorgeous Southwestern cities of Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Flagstaff on this nine-day rail journey. Immerse yourself in the rich culture and fascinating heritage of Albuquerque. Spend some quality time in the colorful and historic Santa Fe. Get up close and personal with the wondrous Grand Canyon and take in some of the most breathtaking vistas in North America. Explore the astounding natural wonders of Flagstaff, including the stunning Red Rocks of Sedona. This Grand Canyon Explorer rail journey promises a relaxing trip full of spectacular sights!

Highlights

  • Sightseeing walking tour of Santa Fe
  • One-way Grand Canyon Railway to the Grand Canyon in Coach class
  • Grand Canyon Freedom Tour
  • Sightseeing tour of Sedona


Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Albuquerque to Santa Fe and Santa Fe to Williams on the Southwest Chief®
    8 nights' hotel accommodations
  • One-way shuttle transfer from Maswik Lodge to Flagstaff hotel
  • Round-trip transfer from Flagstaff to Sedona
  • 1 meal (1 breakfast)
Trip Map

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 ARRIVE ALBUQUERQUE

Welcome to Albuquerque, a truly gorgeous city full of stunning sights. Albuquerque's robust culture and even more robust heritage make it a fascinating place to visit. Take advantage of your free time today to enjoy all this city has to offer while enjoying its clear blue skies and fresh desert air. (Overnight in Albuquerque)

DAY 2 ALBUQUERQUE > SANTA FE

Travel on your own to the Amtrak station and board the Southwest Chief for a breathtaking ride to Lamy. Carving through canyon passages only a few feet wider than the train itself, you'll see spectacular landscapes and pristine vistas not visible from any interstate or highway. From Lamy, you will board Amtrak's Thruway bus to transfer to Santa Fe. This city not only offers stunning views of the serene mountains, but it is also known as a treasure for art, culture, and cuisine. Enjoy a free day exploring all that Santa Fe has to offer before settling in for the evening. If you are looking for something to do, Canyon Road is full of restaurants, cafes, and art galleries. (Overnight in Santa Fe)

DAY 3 SANTA FE

Today, you will see all the sights of Santa Fe on a guided walking tour of the city. The “City of Holy Faith” is a colorful and historic town, nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Founded over 400 years ago by the Spaniards and inhabited by the Pueblo Indians for over 1,000 years, Santa Fe is quite a unique destination. This culturally diverse and gorgeous city attracts travelers from all over the world. (Overnight in Santa Fe)

DAY 4 SANTA FE > WILLIAMS

Travel on your own to the Amtrak station and board the train to Williams. Upon arrival in Williams Junction, you will be transferred to the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. After you settle in, relax and enjoy a good night's sleep. Tomorrow, your Grand Canyon adventure awaits! (Overnight in Williams)

DAY 5 GRAND CANYON ONBOARD GRAND CANYON RAILWAY This morning, enjoy your included hearty breakfast at the Grand Depot Café, the perfect starting place for your Grand Canyon adventure! Then, board the Grand Canyon Railway, which will take you right into the heart of Grand Canyon National Park. Discover the stunning sights of the Grand Canyon on a guided tour of the Canyon's majestic South Rim. Formed over 17 million years ago, the Canyon's landscape is truly a breathtaking sight to behold. (Overnight in the Grand Canyon) B

DAY 6 GRAND CANYON

The entire day is yours to explore the Grand Canyon! Check out any of the Canyon's sights you didn't get a chance to see yesterday. There is no shortage of things to do here. Go for an invigorating hike or a leisurely walk. Or, simply relax and bask in the fresh air. (Overnight in the Grand Canyon)

DAY 7 GRAND CANYON > FLAGSTAFF

This morning, you will have some more free time to explore the Grand Canyon before departing in the early afternoon for Flagstaff. After your arrival, you will check in to your hotel and settle in for a relaxing evening. (Overnight in Flagstaff)

DAY 8 FLAGSTAFF >SEDONA > FLAGSTAFF

Get up close and personal with the red rocks of Sedona on your included Ultimate Jeep Tour. This excursion combines the rugged and historic exclusive Soldiers Pass Trail Tour with the Old Bear Wallow Tour, giving you spectacular views of Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon from high up Bear Wallow Canyon. After your tour, the rest of the day is yours to explore Flagstaff. If you are looking for something to do tonight, head to the Lowell Observatory for an evening of stargazing. (Overnight in Flagstaff)

DAY 9 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN FLAGSTAFF

Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Crowne Plaza Albuquerque

The Crowne Plaza is situated on a 14-acre oasis in the University of New Mexico & midtown district that captures the unique flavor & artistry of the southwest.

Courtyard by Marriott Flagstaff

Settle in and feel at home at the newest hotel in Flagstaff, the Courtyard by Marriott. Opened in the Summer of 2009, let us make your stay in Flagstaff unforgettable. Conveniently located at the crossroads of I-17 and I-40, our hotel sits up on a hill across the street from Northern Arizona University.

Little America Hotel

Set in 500 acres of Ponderosa Pine forest, Little America Flagstaff is a haven from the mundane. Inviting hospitality combined with the natural beauty and serenity of Northern Arizona will instill a passion to return to this distinctive resort.

Springhill Suites by Marriott - Flagstaff

Bringing a fresh perspective to life on the road, the SpringHill Suites Flagstaff enriches your travel experience by combining the expected, familiar comforts of home with tech-savvy amenities and the elements of surprise.

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is nestled amongst the Ponderosa pine forest in Williams, Arizona - "Gateway to the Grand Canyon." Owned and operated by Grand Canyon Railway, this hotel is one of the finest in the Grand Canyon -Flagstaff - Williams area.

Maswik Lodge

Maswik Lodge is a modern facility spread over several acres of ponderosa pine forest, located just 1/4 mile from the Canyon's edge. Maswik Lodge features a cafeteria that is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. Here you will also find a sports bar with a wide screen TV, a curio shop stocked with handicrafts and gifts, and a transportation/activities desk.

Thunderbird Lodge

Conveniently located between El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge, Thunderbird is a contemporary lodge located at the South Rim.

La Posada Resort & Spa

Nestled on six carefully manicured acres just steps from the historic Plaza, La Posada de Santa Fe stands out as an artful hotel in the heart of Santa Fe, NM. Authentic adobe-style architecture, unique accommodations, award-winning service, diverse dining options, and a subtle sense of Southwestern magic and charm come together to create La Posada - The Art Hotel of Santa Fe.

Sage Inn

Santa Fe Sage Inn and Suites is one of the best hotels in Santa Fe, NM. Our splendid downtown Santa Fe, NM, hotel is centrally located to all the destinations visitors love to take in when visiting enchanting Santa Fe.

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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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