The California Zephyr

Chicago to San Francisco (3 days, 2 nights)

Travel along America’s earliest transcontinental rail route. Following the trail of pioneers and gold prospectors, this historic route passes through Denver and climbs and descends through the spectacular Rocky Mountains in daylight, stopping at historic Glenwood Springs, gateway to Aspen. Salt Lake City is enroute as well. The following day, we pass through Reno, NV and then climb the Sierra Nevada mountains and pass through the famed Donner Pass (7,088’) and into California. This transcontinental voyage terminates at Emeryville, CA across the bay from San Francisco.

Day 1: Begin by boarding your private car at Chicago Union Station in early afternoon. You will be greeted by your private chef and steward who have been busy and prepared a welcome reception. We depart on Amtrak train # 5, the California Zephyr. In early evening, we cross over the Mississippi River, and enjoy dinner under the stars in the vista dome as you pass through the heart of the mid-west.

Day 2: After a morning arrival in Denver, the California Zephyr begins the climb into the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. From the vantage of the vista dome, view the stunning landscapes of the Colorado Rockies. Throughout the day, the finest regional cuisine will be served at breakfast, lunch and dinner, prepared onboard by your chef and steward.

Day 3: This morning, the rail line climbs into the rugged Sierra Nevada, after passing through Reno. The train traverses Donner Pass through the heart of the Sierra, before descending into the fertile Sacramento Valley. Another sumptuous breakfast and lunch are served onboard. Arrival in Emeryville (San Francisco) is scheduled for a late afternoon to end your transcontinental adventure.

Itinerary is also available in opposite direction. Round-trip, six days, Chicago/San Francisco may also be chartered. Transfers to downtown hotels and hotel reservations can be arranged to complement your trip. Please note that hotel reservations are needed in the San Francisco bay area as Amtrak does not allow stationary occupancy while we are parked in the yard.

You may also select to add a stopover in Denver or Salt Lake City en route to San Francisco. The historic 1880’s Denver Union Station is located in the revitalized LoDo section of the city, near Coors Field, with many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance.

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