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Hawaii by Rail - 2018

  • Hawaii by Rail - 2018
  • Hawaii by Rail - 2018
  • Hawaii by Rail - 2018

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Chicago

Hawaii by Rail tour members will meet the Tour Director in Chicago’s Union Station. The Metropolitan Lounge will be our base in Chicago. The Willis Tower, one of the world’s tallest buildings, is close by. Other Chicago attractions are a brief cab ride away.

We’ll board the Southwest Chief, for a 3:00 p.m. departure. Relax in your private Roomette sleeping accommodations. Bedrooms are available at an additional cost. Bottled water, juices and coffee are available in the sleeping cars. Enjoy a full-course dinner in the dining car.

You will want to spend time in the Sightseer Lounge where the glass windows rise from floor level to the ceiling. It is a great place to view the passing scenery.

Meal(s):  D

Day 2: En Route

Today you’ll begin to relive the excitement of the Santa Fe Trail as we cross New Mexico and Arizona. You will have time for a trainside walk when we arrive in Albuquerque at mid afternoon.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 3: Los Angeles / San Pedro

Our arrival into Los Angeles’ beautiful Union Station is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. We’ll transfer by motorcoach to the Hilton. You are free the rest of today to relax or explore this interesting area. The legendary Queen Mary, the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Pacific Ocean are nearby. We are minutes away from historic Pine Avenue, home to several unique shops and restaurants.

Meal(s):  B

Day 4: Los Angeles / Star Princess®

This morning is free to explore or relax. At noon we’ll transfer to the beautiful Princess Cruise Line’s Star Princess®, our luxurious new home. Following a bountiful luncheon, you can relax or explore this gorgeous ship. The Princess Patter newspaper is delivered nightly to your stateroom. It will be your guide to the activities and events of the following day. Departure is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

Meal(s):  L & D

Days 5, 6, 7 & 8: Cruising

Ahh, now this is the life. Do as little or as much as you care to. Pamper yourself with a massage or facial at the Lotus Spa & Salon. Shop in the extensive boutiques for duty-free liquor, designer clothing and gifts. Head to the internet café or library. Tee up at the putting course. There is a jogging track and state-of-the-art fitness center for those looking to work off some of the fantastic cuisine. Swim in one of four sparkling pools or relax in the spa. You’re never too far from one of the eight relaxing hot tubs.

Try your luck at the Casino featuring a variety of table games, slots (including nickel slots for the not-so-high roller), video poker, etc.

Other daily activities include bingo, craft-making, art auctions, pool games, trivia contests, wine and cocktail tasting and that traditional cruise-favorite, shuffleboard!

Watch first run movies, concerts and sporting events on the 300-square-foot Movies Under the Stars outdoor screen (enjoy with popcorn and a blanket in the evening).

Princess is renowned for fine cuisine. Dine casually at the Horizon Court, Prego Pizzeria, or Trident Grill. Dining rooms include the Amalfi, Portofino and Capri. There is also an ice cream bar, afternoon tea and 24-hour room service.

To say the nightlife onboard is entertaining is an understatement. The performers are seasoned professionals and their performances are of the same caliber as what you would see on a Broadway stage.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 9: Hilo

On the lush side of the Big Island find world-class botanical gardens, macadamia-nut plantations and, of course, the molten lava flows of Kilauea, home of Pele, hotheaded goddess of fire.

Sample optional shore excursions: Best of Hilo and Akaka Falls; explore the Land of Frozen Fire; Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens; Off the Beaten Track; Mauna Kea Summit Adventure.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 10: Honolulu, Oahu

Classic Hawaiian allure: pineapple plantations, surfing beaches, hula shows, luaus and high-energy discos. Quieter moments await at the Arizona Memorial.

Sample optional shore excursions: City, Punchbowl and USS Arizona Memorial; Polynesian Cultural Center; Paradise Cove - a Polynesian Luau. Natural Highlights of Oahu; Pearl Harbor, Honolulu and the Mighty Mo.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 11: Nawiliwili, Kauai (Port Allen)

Get ready for lush fern grottos, grand canyons and the dramatic cliffs of the Na Pali Coast.

Sample Shore Excursions: Grand Canyon of the Pacific; Scenic Kauai back roads adventure; Wailua River Cruise and Fern Grotto.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 12: Lahaina, Maui

Glamorous resorts, stunning beaches, world-class golf courses, historic Lahaina Town: this enchanting island has it all, plus a magnificent volcano and the annual migration of the Humpback whales.

Sample optional shore excursions: Haleakala Crater and Iao Valley; Adventure to Hana; Maui Tropical Plantation and Ocean Center.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Days 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17: Cruising

Revisit the vast list of daily activities. Remember the daily Princess Patter is your guide for all the great activities going on around the ship.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 18: Ensenada, Mexico

We’ll visit Ensenada (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). The third largest city in Baja California, Ensenada boasts a protected harbor and modern port facilities, making it Baja California’s leading seaport. We sail for Los Angeles later this evening.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 19: Los Angeles / En Route

We’ll disembark this morning and board a motorcoach for a tour of Los Angeles.

On today’s sightseeing tour we’ll encounter many famous attractions. We’ll see Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and visit Hollywood’s Walk of Fame where you see the hand and foot prints of the stars! We’ll visit the Hollywood & Highland Center home of the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s and Mann’s Chinese Theatres) and the Dolby Theatre (formerly Kodak Theatre), home of the Academy Awards. We’ll enjoy an on-your-own lunch at the famous Farmers Market with a variety of food, fresh fruit and baked goods as well as post cards and souvenirs.

After the tour we’ll continue to Los Angeles Union Station where we’ll board Amtrak’s Southwest Chief for Chicago. Again you’ll enjoy private-room sleeping accommodations, all the train meals and other amenities experienced on your westbound train. Count on a full-course dining car dinner upon departure.

Meal(s):  B & D

Day 20: En Route

You’ll want to take advantage of the fascinating scenery of Arizona and New Mexico our train will pass through during the day.  The Sightseer Lounge is the best vantage point.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 21: En Route to Chicago

The Southwest Chief will roll across northern Missouri, a corner of Iowa and all of Illinois before our late afternoon arrival in Chicago. Some members will change to trains bound for Midwest, Eastern and Southern home cities. Others will stay overnight and continue home tomorrow.

Meal(s):  B & L


21 Days

Wed., Feb. 14 to Tues., Mar., 6, 2018


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  • Kauai
  • Maui
  • Ensenada

Tour Highlights

  • Hawaii! Just the name has a romantic aura to it. Join us on this vacation to paradise. If you have an aversion to flying or airports, this is your opportunity to experience the magic We’ll spend a day at Nawiliwili on Kauai where you can visit the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. With a day and evening in Honolulu, Oahu will be a highlight of our tour. You’ll want to consider visiting the Arizona Memorial. We’ll have many options at Lahaina on Maui. Our ship will visit Hilo on Hawaii (known as "the Big Island"), where you’ll have an option of experiencing the Land of Frozen Fire.
  • Imagine four fabulous days at sea in each direction aboard the beautiful Star Princess®. The endless activities are designed to stimulate, educate, entertain and inspire. From art auctions to virtual golf, this ship is loaded with fun things to do. We’ll enjoy sumptuous cuisine in three main dining rooms, three specialty restaurants and alternative eateries like a poolside pizzeria and grill, a steakhouse and an intimate Italian restaurant.
  • On our sightseeing tour of Los Angeles we’ll see Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and visit Hollywood’s Walk of Fame where you see the hand and foot prints of the stars! We’ll visit the Hollywood & Highland Center home of the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s and Mann’s Chinese Theatres) and the Dolby Theatre (formerly Kodak Theatre), home of the Academy Awards.

Tour Package

  • Round-trip transportation by rail and cruise ship.
  • Private Roomette on the trains for four nights.
  • Inside cabin on the cruise for 15 nights.
  • First-class hotel accommodations for one night.
  • 56 meals.
  • A great variety of shore options can be arranged through the cruise line at all cruise destinations for an additional cost.
  • Baggage handling, taxes and tips: rail, cruise (including service charge) and motorcoach.
  • Services of a professional America by Rail Tour Director.

Tour Pricing

$4,995 - 21 Days
Bedroom on Amtrak + $995
Ocean View Stateroom + $475
Balcony Stateroom + $975

Single $7,425
Ocean View Stateroom + $950
Balcony Stateroom + $1,950

FLY OPTION - Fly to / from Los Angeles. 17 Days
Price: $3,995
Single $5,495
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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