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Trip Overview

The best of the Pacific Northwest awaits you on this 13-day scenic rail holiday! Your journey begins in Vancouver, where you will tour the diverse city, visiting the waterfront and stopping at top attractions such as Stanley Park and the Vancouver Lookout. While in Vancouver, take a day tour to Victoria and discover the charms of the city and the delightful Butchart Gardens. From there, take the train down to Seattle and discover the best sights of the ‘Emerald City,’ from the Space Needle to Pike Place Market. Next up is Portland, where you’ll discover the city on a sightseeing cruise. You will then board the Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train for the journey south through the snow-capped Cascade Mountain range towards San Francisco. While in San Francisco, you will have plenty of time to see such iconic attractions as the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf. Wine lovers take note - you will also take a special tour out to Napa and Sonoma Valley. This rail journey of the great Pacific Northwest has something for everyone!


  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Vancouver
  • Admission to the Vancouver Lookout
  • Sightseeing tour of Victoria with admission to Butchart Gardens*
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Seattle**
  • Seattle CityPASS® including:
    • Space Needle
    • Seattle Aquarium
    • Argosy Harbor Cruise
    • Museum of Pop Culture OR Woodland Park Zoo
    • Pacific Science Center OR Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit
  • Sightseeing cruise of Portland
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco
  • San Francisco CityPASS® including:
    • California Academy of Sciences
    • Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure
    • Aquarium of the Bay OR Walt Disney Family Museum
    • Exploratorium OR San Francisco Zoo
  • Sightseeing tour of Napa and Sonoma Valley

*Sightseeing tour of Victoria with admission to Butchart Gardens is seasonal and runs from March to November. In the off-season, roundtrip ferry from Vancouver to Victoria is included with free time to explore Victoria. **Hop-on, hop-off tour is seasonal from  May - September, a guided tour will be substituted.


  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Vancouver to Seattle; Seattle to Portland; and Portland to San Francisco onboard the Cascades® and the Coast Starlight®
  • Roundtrip ferry service from Vancouver to Victoria
  • 12 nights' hotel accommodations; 1 night onboard Amtrak
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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.

Welcome to Vancouver! Travel on your own to your hotel and start exploring this nature lover's paradise, where the majestic mountains meet the serene coast. (Overnight in Vancouver)

DAY 2              VANCOUVER
Today's full day of sightseeing begins with a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour that will take you to all of Vancouver's most popular attractions, including Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island, and more! The tour will feature live commentary, so you will get to learn what makes Vancouver so special. Feel free to hop on and off at any of the stops to explore them at your own leisure. Today also includes admission to the Vancouver Lookout, which towers hundreds of feet over the city. Sweeping 360-degree views of Vancouver await you at the top! (Overnight in Vancouver)

Enjoy time in beautiful Victoria today. Set on the sparkling Strait of Juan de Fuca, at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, this quaint coastal gem has a dynamic blend of serene mountain views, historic charm, and urban appeal. It also offers breath-taking views of the Olympic Mountains. View the spectacular displays at Butchart Gardens and discover the many other top sights of this scenic city, including the famous Fairmont Empress Hotel, Fisherman’s Wharf and Christ Church Cathedral. (Overnight in Vancouver)

Head to the train station today for the scenic journey to Seattle onboard Amtrak’s Cascades train. Upon arrival in Seattle, check in at your hotel and take the rest of the day to explore the city. (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 5              SEATTLE
Use your included CityPASS, as well as your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing passes to discover the city today. Visit all the city’s top attractions, including the world-famous Pike Place Market! Your fun-filled day in Seattle also includes a ride to the top of the Space Needle, the most iconic structure in the city, and access to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit. (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 6               SEATTLE
Spend the day at your leisure discovering more of Seattle. Stroll the waterfront, take in the Seattle Aquarium, or discover the Museum of Pop Culture. Or simply relax in one of the many coffee shops that made the area famous and mingle with the friendly locals. (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 7              PORTLAND
Travel to the Seattle train station and board the Coast Starlight bound for Portland. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay and set out to discover “The City of Roses.” If you’re looking for something to do, Portland has more than 30 local breweries. It is also a shopper’s paradise as there is no sales tax. With all the excitement of a big city and the charm of a small town, Portland is an amazing destination with so much to offer. (Overnight in Portland)

DAY 8               PORTLAND
Discover more of Portland today! Stroll through the many sprawling urban parks en route to a wonderful array of museums, art galleries, antique stores and vintage shops, cafes and bistros. Enjoy the included boat cruise highlighting the many unique and beautiful bridges overlooking the picturesque Willamette River. (Overnight in Portland)

Continue to enjoy Portland today, then make your way to the train station for your overnight journey onboard the Coast Starlight to San Francisco. Take in views from the train of the snow-capped Cascade Mountain range and enjoy comfortable accommodations onboard. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 10             SAN FRANCISCO
Arrive in San Francisco this morning and have a full day to adventure around the city. Check into your hotel and then begin to use your multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to see the most popular landmarks in the city such as Union Square, the Haight Ashbury district, and Chinatown. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 11             SAN FRANCISCO
Continue to explore San Francisco on your hop-on, hop-off tour of the city. With stops at Golden Gate Park, Pier 39, and the Palace of the Arts, this tour is perfect for visiting all of the top attractions in the “Bay City”. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 12             SAN FRANCISCO
Get a taste of Northern California's famous wine country today on this day trip to both Sonoma and Napa Valley. From Michelin starred cuisine, rolling vineyards, storybook inns, beautiful beaches, and unforgettable Pinot Noirs, there's plenty to appreciate and indulge in on this wine-lovers tour. (Overnight in San Francisco)


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

Georgian Court Hotel Vancouver

The Georgian Court Hotel is a 4 star boutique hotel and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Situated downtown Vancouver, steps from BC Place Stadium – home of the Vancouver Canucks – Rogers Arena, fashionable Robson Street and many downtown Vancouver’s main tourist attractions.

Hampton Inn & Suites Vancouver

For unbeatable Vancouver accommodations in the heart of downtown, drop your bags at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Downtown Vancouver for a hassle-free metropolitan stay-experience. Featuring contemporary accommodations with a stylish downtown vibe, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, Downtown Vancouver delivers comfortable rooms and suites with generous amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, mini-kitchen stations and heavenly Cloud Nine beds by Serta®.

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel

Those who stay at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel enjoy an innovative fitness center with treadmills and elliptical trainers, as well as a whirlpool and heated indoor swimming pool. All rooms have 32-inch flat screen televisions, free high-speed Internet, fog-free mirrors, plush bathrobes, and the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed. Rooms are also smoke-free so that those guests that have allergies or sensitivities never have to worry

Benson Hotel

Explore all Portland has to offer from one of the city’s most treasured historic landmarks. Founded in 1913, The Benson features elegant European design with a host of modern amenities. See why U.S. Presidents and CEOs have made The Benson their home away from home for a hundred years—and why The Oregonian voted us Best Portland Hotel in 2012.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle

Perfectly located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the award-winning Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle – Downtown offers an exceptional blend of service, style and comfort..

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

One of the city’s most celebrated historic landmarks and a premier luxury hotel in Seattle, Fairmont Olympic Hotel is conveniently located in downtown Seattle, close to Pike Place Market and many local attractions.

Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

Located just three blocks from the Space Needle, Chihuly Glass Museum, Monorail, the Pacific Science Center, and the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP), Hyatt Place Seattle is conveniently located close to all major attractions. Complimentary 24/7 shuttle service to Pike Place Market, downtown shopping, and the waterfront! Complimentary hot breakfast buffet for all Amtrak guests. Complimentary shuttle service to Westlake Station for Link Light Rail service directly to Pioneer Square (5 minutes) and the Stadium Station (9 mins) for T-Mobile & CenturyLink Stadiums. Our Gallery menu has food and beverage options available 24/7 plus lots of amazing restaurants just a few steps away.

Warwick Seattle Hotel

Warwick Seattle is an elegant hotel located in downtown Seattle and within walking distance to most Seattle attractions such as the Seattle Center, home of the Seattle Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and MoPOP (formerly Experience Music Project), and the Seattle Opera, Pike Place Market, world-class shopping and a multitude of dining and entertainment options

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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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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