Day 1: Depart Chicago
Canadian Winter Spectacular tour members will meet the Tour Director in the Metropolitan Lounge at Chicago’s Union Station throughout the morning. We’ll board Amtrak’s Empire Builder, a double-decker, Superliner-equipped train, in time for its 2:15 p.m. departure. This famous train will carry us across seven northern states to Seattle, Washington.
Relax in your comfortable private Roomette sleeping accommodations. Bedrooms are available at an additional cost.
After settling in, you may want to go to the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge car for spectacular viewing of the passing scenery. All full-course, tastefully prepared, dining car meals are included.
Day 2: En Route
This morning we cross the remote flatlands of western North Dakota and eastern Montana. The agricultural landscape continues until mid afternoon.
Meal(s): B, L & D
Day 3: Seattle / Vancouver
You may want to rise early to watch the sun come up over some spectacular scenery. This morning the Empire Builder will enter the 7.8 mile-long Cascade Tunnel. For the next several hours we’ll wind through the scenic Cascade Mountains. Finally, we roll south through the lush Puget Sound area and ease into Seattle’s King Street Station.
We’ll board our deluxe motorcoach for a sightseeing tour of the Seattle area. It will include Chinatown, concrete floating bridges, Lake Washington, the arboretum, the University of Washington, plus sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. We will also visit the famous Seattle Space Needle, with incredible photo opportunities from the observation deck and Pike Place Market.
We will continue on to Vancouver, one of North America’s most prosperous cities and one of its most beautiful.
We will check into the deluxe Blue Horizon Hotel, our home for tonight. The hotel is convenient to many of this great city’s major attractions.
Day 4: Vancouver
This morning we’ll check out of our hotel and embark on a three-and-a-half hour sightseeing tour of the city. The tour will include Gastown, Chinatown, Stanley Park, English Bay, Marine Drive, the waterfront and Queen Elizabeth Park with an “on-your-own” lunch stop at Granville Island.
This afternoon we will visit the world-famous Vancouver Aquarium. More than 8,000 marine animals are featured. They represent such diverse habitats as Arctic Canada and the Amazon Rain Forest. The ocean floor and its inhabitants can be viewed through the simulated portholes of a submarine in the North Pacific Gallery. A whale show and shark dives are also offered.
This evening we’ll transfer to The Keg Steakhouse for an included dinner.
Following our leisurely dinner we’ll transfer to the VIA Rail Station to prepare for our 8:30 p.m. departure. We’re about to embark on one of the world’s greatest rail passenger experiences . . . The Canadian! For four days and nights we’ll travel 2700 miles between the towering Canadian Rockies’ peaks, across the vast Prairie Plains and through the Canadian Shield wilderness on our way to Toronto. Enjoy a welcome reception in the lounge car upon departure. Relax in the comfort of your private Cabin.
Day 5: En Route
All meals aboard The Canadian are included in the elegant, art deco dining car. You’ll want to rise early this morning to enjoy breakfast in the dining car. Afterward head to one of the all-glass, bubble-top Vistadomes where you may be fortunate enough to catch the sun rising over the brilliant snow covered peaks and pine forests of the Canadian Rockies. What a thrilling rail journey you’ll experience today! Our train will wind between some of the highest peaks in the Canadian Rockies.
The most stunning scenery of the day will be experienced as we follow the Miette River toward Jasper; first Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, comes into view and then we’ll roll through Yellowhead Pass.
Meal(s): B, L & D
Day 6: En Route
Three great meals, onboard activities and viewing the Great Plains of Canada are highlights as you roll into Winnipeg at 8:30 p.m. You can stroll “The Forks” while the train is serviced for its 10:30 p.m. departure. The Forks features vast array of dining and shopping experiences… just make sure you are back in plenty of time, the next train will be in 3 days.
Meal(s): B, L & D
Day 7: En Route
Today we discover the fascinating, rugged landscape of Northern Ontario as our train winds between pristine lakes and rock protrusions created by the last great glacier.
Meal(s): B, L & D
Day 8: Toronto / Montréal
We’ll arrive in Toronto’s Union Station at 9:30 a.m.
At 11:30 a.m. we will board one of VIA Rail’s swift trains to Montréal. Arrival is scheduled for 4:47 p.m. We will check into the Hotel Bonaventure, located across the street from the train station.
Day 9: En Route
This morning we’ll transfer to the VIA Rail Station and prepare to board Amtrak’s Adirondack for our 10:20 a.m. departure for the 222-mile run along Lake Champlain and the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. This has been described as one of the top ten scenic train rides in the world!
Arrival into Schenectady is scheduled for 5:27 p.m. You will board the Lake Shore Limited for the 7:32 p.m. departure for Chicago. Eastern passengers will remain on the train until 5:57 p.m. when the train reaches Albany. They will spend the night at the Hampton Inn & Suites Albany Downtown.
Day 10: En Route to Chicago
This morning we are scheduled to arrive into Chicago at 9:45 a.m. Passengers will continue to home destinations throughout the day. Eastern people will depart Albany for home destinations.
*Midwest tour members only
Sat., Feb., 18 to Mon., Feb. 27, 2017
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- The Empire Builder
- The Canadian
- The Adirondack
- The Lake Shore Limited
- Travel 2200 miles across seven northern U.S. states on the Empire Builder, one of Amtrak’s premier trains. You will be treated royally on this fabulous train.
- Vancouver is one of North America’s most prosperous cities and one of its most beautiful. We’ll embark on a three-and-a-half hour sightseeing tour of the city including Gastown, Chinatown, Stanley Park, English Bay, Marine Drive, the waterfront and Queen Elizabeth Park.
- The Vancouver Aquarium is home for more than 8000 marine animals. They represent such diverse habitats as Arctic Canada and the Amazon Rain Forest.
- Travel 2700 miles aboard VIA Rail Canada’s Canadian between the towering Canadian Rockies, across the vast Prairie and through the Canadian Shield to Toronto.
- A great conclusion to your tour will be a fast run on VIA from Toronto to Montréal and a ride along Lake Champlain on Amtrak’s Adirondack, described as one of the top ten scenic train rides in the world!
- Round-trip transportation by rail from Chicago.
- Private-room sleeping accommodations on the Amtrak trains for three nights in private Roomettes. Travel VIA Rail in a Cabin for four nights. (Travel in a Berth and save $375 per
- person, see Page 32 for a description of VIA accommodations.)
- First-class hotel accommodations for five nights.
- 18 meals.
- Extensive sightseeing including and admissions to the Sulphur Mountain Gondola.
- Baggage handling, taxes & tips.
- Services of a professional America by Rail Tour Director.
$4,195 - 10 Days
Upgrade: Bedroom + $795
FLY OPTION: Fly to Seattle, return from Albany.
America by Rail will be happy to arrange your flights. Airfare is not included in above price.
All prices are per person/double occupancy unless otherwise stated.
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