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Wonders of the Panama Canal - 2017

  • Wonders of the Panama Canal - 2017
  • Wonders of the Panama Canal - 2017
  • Wonders of the Panama Canal - 2017
  • Wonders of the Panama Canal - 2017
  • Wonders of the Panama Canal - 2017
  • Wonders of the Panama Canal - 2017

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Chicago

Wonders of the Panama Canal tour members will meet the Tour Director in Chicago’s Union Station. At 6:40 p.m. we’ll depart on the Capitol Limited for Washington, DC. This train features double-decker Superliner equipment. Relax in your comfortable, private Roomette. Bedrooms are available at an additional cost. All dining car meals are included. Go to the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge car for spectacular viewing. A full-course dining car dinner will be served upon departure.

Meal(s): D

Day 2: En Route

You will enjoy spectacular scenery along the white water Youghiogheny River and the climb over Sand Patch, the highest point of rail service in the Northeast. We’ll arrive into Union Station early afternoon and enjoy an “on-your-own” lunch. This stately building is much more than a train station. There is an expansive food court, six full service restaurants and more than 100 specialty shops on three levels with everything from jewelry and apparel to gifts and boutique items and much more. A walk outside the station provides a view of the United States Capitol Building and the historical United States Postal Museum is just across the street.

We’ll depart on the Silver Meteor at 7:25 p.m. for Ft. Lauderdale.  This train features Viewliner equipment.

Meal(s):  B & D

Day 3: En Route /Ft. Lauderdale

We’ll be rolling across northern Florida this morning. You’ll be amazed at the large cattle ranches, citrus groves and  other interesting scenery our train will pass by. Upon our evening arrival into Ft. Lauderdale we’ll transfer to the Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach, our home for the evening.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 4: Ft. Lauderdale / Embark

This morning we’ll transfer to the Port Everglades cruise terminal where we’ll board the beautiful Celebrity Infinity®. This ship is filled with innovative features and luxurious amenities. Swim in one of the sparkling pools or shop the boutiques or get a massage in the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®. Dine in one of the dining rooms or specialty restaurants. Following a luncheon buffet, you can relax or explore your beautiful home for the next 16 days. Sailing is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

From traditional fine dining to endless buffets, the Celebrity Infinity features 16 dining options including a Bistro on Five, Murano exquisite fine dining, Qsine which offers a 360o view, Ocean Liners, Tuscany Grille, The Porch and other specialties.

When it comes to entertainment, this ship is filled with excitement: seven bars, lounges and  nightclubs. You’ll find a variety of live music, dancing and  comedy throughout the ship.

Meal(s):   L & D

Day 5: Cruising

Do as little or as much as you care to. Pamper yourself with a massage at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®. Shop the Trade Routes Boutique for duty-free liquor, designer clothing and gifts. Head to the internet café or library. There is a jogging track and fitness center for those looking to work off some of the fantastic cuisine. Catch up on your favorite team at the Sports Bar. Enjoy a latte at the Café al Bacio & Gelateria. The Rooftop Terrace gives you a chic new way to experience the great outdoors, with creative cocktails, favorite snacks, and movies alfresco. 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 activities include bingo, crafts, art auctions, pool games, trivia, wine and cocktail tasting and  that traditional cruise favorite, shuffleboard!

This evening you’ll find a variety of live music and comedy throughout the ship.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 6: Cruising

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 7: Cartagena, Colombia

Cobbled streets, balconies with blooming bougainvillea, and pastel plazas make Cartagena one of Latin America’s most photogenic cities. A fortress wall surrounds the historic village’s pastel-colored architecture, quaint streets and  fine cathedrals, containing them like jewels. Stroll through the walled old town (Ciudad Murallada), shop the boutiques housed in what used to be dungeons and  enjoy the rich history.

Sample optional shore excursions include: A Taste of Cartagena, Cartagena by Land and Sea,Café San Alberto Coffee Tasting and Historical Tour, Cartagena City Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Cartagena Panoramic Sightseeing, La Popa Monastery and Gold Museum.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 8: Colón, Panama

Colón is the second largest city in Panama.  There are numerous venues for shopping. Colón is home of Chagres National Park, a 3,000,000-acre rainforest preserve, and the Gamboa Rainforest Preserve, which lies within Soberania National Park.

Sample optional shore excursions include: Authentic Expedition to an Embera Indian Village, Fishing at Gatun Lake, Gamboa Aerial Tram, Grand Tour of Panama, Fort San Lorenzo and Gatun Locks. 

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 9: The Panama Canal

The Panama Canal isn’t just the quickest link between the Atlantic and the Pacific, it’s also the most beautiful! “The land divided, the world united”. It’s hard to imagine a more fitting motto for what irrevocably changed the world forever. For fifty miles the canal transects the exotic emerald jungles of Panama and gives one an appreciation of what a Herculean task it was to build this waterway before the advent of computers and giant earth movers.
The canal is also a wildlife sanctuary. Caymans prowl its waters, while sloths move slowly through the trees. Harpy eagles glide on thermals while searching for prey and ocelots hunt along the rainforest floor. There are a thousand details awaiting observant wildlife enthusiasts, including vibrantly colored toucans.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 10: Cruising

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 11: Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Located along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Puntarenas is a great place to see native wildlife ranging from scarlet macaws to the alpha predator of Central America, the jaguar. Surfers from around the world regard this region of Costa Rica as prime surfing waters. As one of the country’s leading fishing ports, Puntarenas is the perfect place to enjoy fresh seafood, including ceviche de corvine - bits of fresh fish marinated in lime juice with onions, peppers and  spices.

Sample optional shore excursions include: Costa Rica Coffee and Plantation Experience, Costa Rica Traditions, Hummingbird Gardens, Butterfly and Frog Park, Pacific Train, Boat and Bus Adventure, Paos Volcano, Sarchi, Country Drive and Lunch.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 12: Cruising

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 13: Puerto Quetzal

This port city was constructed in 1984 to help connect nearby cities. Travelers often venture out to Antigua, a 90-minute trek to where 17th century colonial facades beckon and Guatemalan history comes alive.

Sample optional shore excursions include: Auto Safari Chapin, Best of Colonial Antigua, Antigua Past and Present, Maya Jade, Chocolate and Colonial Antigua, Guatemalan Estate and Gardens.

Meal(s):B, L & D

Days 14 & 15: Cruising

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 16: Puerto Vallarta

Blessed with 25 miles of golden beaches within spectacular Banderas Bay, Vallarta presents limitless possibilities for enjoying the Pacific.

Viejo Vallarta, the quaint Old Town, offers a mix of red-tiled buildings, cobbled streets, chic shops, and bustling open markets. It’s like taking a step back to a much simpler time. Many of the crafts are made by local Indians who have used the same methods for hundreds of years.

Optional shore excursions include: Puerto Vallarta City Sights; Mexican Fiesta & Lunch; Dolphin Encounter; Sea Lion Adventure; Marietas Islands Eco Adventure; Countryside Horseback Ride; Town, Country & Tequila and Catamaran, Beach & Snorkel.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 17: Cabo San Lucas

The jewel of the Baja Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas has something for everyone.

Like to golf? Several world-class courses will provide fun, challenge and breathtaking scenery for the novice duffer or the scratch golfer alike. Cabo San Lucas is famous for its marlin fishing. Anglers of all skill levels will find some of the greatest fishing in the world, with everything from private charters to huge party boats. Beachcombers can build a sand castle, parasail, swim or just relax and catch some warm Baja rays. The sports enthusiasts an enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, rock climbing and  many other activities.

Today’s optional shore excursions include: Art and Culture of San Jose del Cabo, Cabo Luxury Sail, Cabo San Lucas Sport Fishing, Cabo’s Premier Yacht Experience.

Tonight we’ll enjoy another great evening of dining and entertainment.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 18: Cruising

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 19: San Diego

You’ll want to enjoy an early breakfast as we dock in San Diego today at 6:00 a.m. Upon disembarking from the Celebrity Infinity we’ll board our deluxe motorcoach and transfer to the San Diego Zoo.  The Zoo is one of the greatest zoological gardens in the world.  First, you’ll take a tour of the entire zoo complex on a double-decker conveyance. You’ll have time to explore the zoo on your own.

Following an “on-your-own” lunch we’ll board our motorcoach and transfer to the San Diego Amtrak Station where we’ll board a Pacific Surfliner for the 2:47 p.m. departure.  Relax in your comfortable coach seat.  Arrival into Fullerton is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. We will board the Southwest Chief for the 6:45 p.m. departure for Chicago.

Relax in your private Superliner Roomette or Bedroom. Enjoy 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.

You’ll have time for a trainside walk in Albuquerque at noon.   

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 21:  En Route to Chicago

The Southwest Chief will roll across Northeast Missouri, a corner of Iowa and all of Illinois before our  afternoon arrival in Chicago. Some tour members may change to trains bound for Midwest, Eastern and Southern home cities. Others may spend the night in Chicago and fly home tomorrow

Meal(s):  B & L







21 Days

Sat. Oct. 21 to Fri., Nov. 10, 2017


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  • Cartagena
  • Colón
  • Panama Canal
  • Puntarenas
  • Puerto Quetzal
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Cabo San Lucas
  • San Diego
  • The Celebrity Infinity®

Tour Highlights

  • Spectacular 15 night cruise aboard the luxurious Celebrity Infinity®.
  • Cartagena, Colombia, rich with picturesque Spanish colonial villages and fine cathedrals.
  • At the Caribbean end of the Panama Canal, Colón is the second largest city in Panama.
  • Even after 100 years the Panama Canal remains a monumental engineering feat. The epic waterway also provides breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife.
  • In Puntarenas, Costa Rica see brilliant wildlife. Enjoy optional shore excursions to a variety of natural wonders.
  • Puerto Quetzal is Guatemala’s largest Pacific Ocean port. Scenery includes beautiful beaches and volcanos in the distance.
  • Puerto Vallarta has 25 miles of beautiful beaches, cobblestone streets and excellent shopping.
  • Cabo San Lucas Cabo San Lucas is famous for its marlin fishing. Beachcombers can build a sand castle, parasail, swim or just relax and catch some warm Baja rays.
  • Visit world famous San Diego Zoo.
  • Travel on Amtrak’s famous Capitol Limited, Silver Meteor and the Southwest Chief.

Tour Package

  • Round-trip transportation by Amtrak, Celebrity Cruise Lines and connecting motorcoach.
  • Private Roomettes on the trains for four nights.
  • Inside Stateroom on the Celebrity Infinity cruise ship for 15 nights.
  • First-class hotel accommodations for one night.
  • Visit to the San Diego Zoo.
  • Shore options can be arranged through the cruise line at all cruise destinations for an additional cost.
  • Baggage handling, taxes & tips.
  • 57 meals.
  • All gratuities are included: rail, cruise (including service charge) and motorcoach.
  • Services of a professional America by Rail Tour Director.

Tour Pricing

$4,595 - 21 Days
    Bedroom on Amtrak + $945
    Upgrade to oceanview, balcony,
    or suite, call for pricing.

Single     $7,095
    Upgrade to oceanview, balcony,
    or suite, call for pricing.

FLY OPTION - Fly to Ft. Lauderdale / return from San Diego. 17 Days
Price: $3,495
Single: $5,095
America by Rail will be happy to arrange your flights. Air is not included in above price.

All prices are per person/double occupancy unless otherwise stated.

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