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Marvel at the majestic South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and the wondrous wilderness of Yosemite National Park on this eight-day rail journey. The transcendent beauty experienced in each place just seems to come with the territory. Beginning in the pine country of Williams, Arizona, you’ll get acquainted with Route 66 history before boarding the legendary Grand Canyon Railway and traveling to the gorgeous South Rim. Considered to be the “true Grand Canyon,” the South Rim showcases the expansive, breath-taking views you’ve most likely seen in magazines and on Facebook. With close to two dozen incredible viewpoints, during your tour you’ll have the opportunity to look deep down into the heart of the mighty Grand Canyon and take in all the majesty of this national park. In the charming coastal city of San Francisco, get to know its character, distinct neighbourhoods, and fascinating things to do. Finally, visit Yosemite for a complete day tour of the park’s famous landmarks and to learn about its history.

Highlights

  • Roundtrip service in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon
  • Sightseeing tour of Yosemite National Park
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco with a Bay Cruise

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Williams to San Francisco on the Southwest Chief® and Coast Starlight®
  • 6 nights' hotel accommodations
  • 2 meals included (1 breakfast, 1 dinner)
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                        YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN WILLIAMS
Welcome to the quaint mountain town of Williams, Arizona! Famous for being the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon,” and its location along historic Route 66, it’s the perfect place to begin your eight-day adventure. Head to Wild West Junction, just a few minutes’ walk from downtown, to see Wild West-era buildings, enjoy a cold one at the Long Horn Saloon or simply enjoy the old-timey atmosphere. However you choose to spend your time in Williams, you’ll surely feel like you’re stepping back in time. (Overnight in Williams)

DAY 2                        WILLIAMS TO GRAND CANYON
After having breakfast at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, board the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. There’s a reason the South Rim has been hosting visitors since the 1850’s. It’s awe-inspiring. Except, back then, the trip here meant surviving a bone-jarring stagecoach ride that took anywhere from one to two days! With close to two dozen expansive, breath-taking viewpoints, the South Rim will provoke childlike wonder and a sense that the world is so much more magnificent and grand than you imagined. During your included Freedom Rim tour, ponder the Grand Canyon’s beauty and mystery. (Overnight in Grand Canyon) B

DAY 3                        GRAND CANYON
Today, experience all the activities and views that you didn’t get a chance to yesterday. There are plenty of photo opportunities of the panoramic vistas, with each being stunning in its own right. From the South Rim, look down at the Colorado River and spot the Phantom Ranch, as well as the North Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails. From Mather Point, get unobstructed views of Vishnu Temple and Temple of Zoroaster. (Overnight in Grand Canyon)

DAY 4                        OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Ride the Grand Canyon Railway back to Williams, where you’ll enjoy an included dinner at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel before boarding Amtrak’s Southwest Chief and Coast Starlight trains to San Francisco. (Overnight onboard Amtrak) D

DAY 5                        SAN FRANCISCO
Welcome to San Francisco! From illustrious museums to classic landmarks, the options you have when exploring this West Coast gem of a city are endless. For a peninsula that’s just 7x7 miles, there is plenty to enjoy. After checking into your hotel and getting settled, start exploring! Check out Top of the Mark on your own for pristine views of the city with an expertly crafted cocktail in hand, stop to see the famous switchbacks of Lombard Street, or relax in Mission Dolores Park. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 6                        SAN FRANCISCO TO YOSEMITE
Are you ready to discover all the beauty and wonder of a national park that has been touted to be among the most beautiful places in the world? Located along the Sierra Nevada Mountains in central California, Yosemite’s remote corners and beaten paths never get old. During your day tour of Yosemite from San Francisco, you’ll get to experience the park’s legendary landmarks, views, and history. See El Capitan (look for rock climbers high up on the rock face), Yosemite Falls, Inspiration Point, Half Dome, and Yosemite Village from a unique perspective and learn all about the park’s history. Find peace and serenity among giant sequoia trees or when sitting by the Merced River. Arrive back in San Francisco just in time to take in a beautiful sunset while enjoying dinner in Fisherman’s Wharf. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 7                        SAN FRANCISCO
Today, use your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour and bay cruise to continue getting familiar with this charming City by the Bay. Visit Haight-Ashbury, China Town, and North Beach and the ruins of Sutro Baths at Lands End. Enjoy the candy-coloured Victorians that line Alamo Square Park, walk through the Presidio, take in the stunning views from Coit Tower, or stroll through modern-art museum SFMOMA’s impressive permanent collection and visiting exhibits. Your bay cruise will give you a unique viewpoint of the cityscape and surrounding places of interest, which are essential parts of any visit to San Francisco. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 8                        YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN SAN FRANCISCO

LEGEND FOR MEALS: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D –Dinner

El Tovar

El Tovar Hotel, the premier lodging facility at the Grand Canyon, opened its doors in 1905 and was most recently renovated in 2005. In the past, the Hotel has hosted such luminaries as Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Western author Zane Grey, and many others. Today, El Tovar retains its elegant charm. Located on the Canyon rim, it features a fine dining room (open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), lounge and curio shop with newsstand.

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.

Kachina Lodge

Located directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon, the Kachina Lodge is a great hotel for all guests visiting the South Rim.

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.

Yavapai Lodge

Yavapai Lodge is Grand Canyon National Park Lodges' largest facility and is surrounded by pinyon and juniper woodlands, about 1/2 mile from the rim. With modern rooms and many services within a few steps, this is a convenient choice for families. Yavapai East rooms feature in-room air conditioning and Yavapai West rooms have vaulted ceilings with ceiling fans. The Lodge is located next to the Market Plaza, which includes a general store, bank, and U.S. Post Office.

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.

Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman's Wharf

When you are welcomed to Pier 2620 Hotel by our friendly associates, you'll find more than a comfortable place to stay. You'll find a community made up of staff, ready and willing to share our passion for San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf and the hotel with you.

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

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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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