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GLACIER Np to Los Angeles
The Montana Experience
PRIVATE RAIL CAR / TOURIST TOUR
JULY 11-14, 2016
We invite you to join us on a very unique and spectacular private rail car journey onboard the classic Silver Solarium California Zephyr Vista Dome, Sleeper, Lounge, and Round End Observation car. This is the sole car of this type left in operation in the United States and will be on a repositioning move from Whitefish, Montana to Los Angeles via the Colombia River Gorge. This wonderful train trip through some of the most spectacular scenery found in America's west is limited to only 8 guests. We will have a chef and steward aboard, so expect to be pampered! All meals will be prepared on board fresh, and cooked in our galley, then served in the vista-dome using our monogram china, on tables set with original California Zephyr tablecloths, cut flowers and first class service. All gourmet meals and a fully stocked open bar are included for the entire trip.
Silver Solarium's accommodations include two double bedrooms, each with an upper and a lower berth; One drawing room, with two lower berths and an upper berth; One stateroom with a booth that makes down into a double side by side bed. All rooms have enclosed annexes with toilet, sink, and shower. It would be a shame to come all this far and not take the time to visit one of the great national parks in this country, so why not plan to arrive in Whitefish a day or two early to explore spectacular Glacier National Park. Hotels abound in the area, including gems inside the Park built a century ago by the Great Northern Railway. You don't have to take the train to get to Whitefish as the Glacier International Airport , located in Kalispell, is served by Alaska, Allegiant, Delta, and United. This airport is about 15 minutes from the Whitefish Amtrak station.
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
DAY 1 MONDAY JULY 11:
Guests can board the Silver Solarium which will be parked at the Whitefish Train Station anytime they choose in the afternoon. If you have luggage you are welcome to drop it off at the car and our steward will place it in your room. Dinner will be served around 7:00pm. After dinner you can just relax onboard with your drink and get to know your fellow passengers or take a stroll through downtown Whitefish.
Our private rail car will be added to Amtrak's train 7, the westbound Empire Builder for a scheduled departure of 9:16 PM for the westbound journey through the Salish Mountains of North Western Montana. You can enjoy Western Montana slip into the darkness of night and the quarter moon setting in the sky from the Vista Dome before calling it a day and turning in. Remember this far north in July will still be light when the train departs.
DAY 2 TUESDAY JULY 12:
In the middle of the night the train arrives in Spokane, Washington and the Portland section of the Empire Builder is uncoupled from the Seattle section and we depart as train number 27 and head in a southwest direction towards the Colombia River Gorge. As the sun comes up we will be deep in the gorge following the shores of the Colombia River on the Washington side. Enjoy breakfast with breathtaking views of the river and Mt. Hood which is across the river on the Oregon side. You can spot Union Pacific freights across the river. Arrival in Portland, Oregon at 10:10AM. Our private rail car will be parked at Portland Union Station overnight, giving you plenty of time to explore Portland and its many attractions. Portland's light Rail system trams make a stop right in front of the station. The private car will be your hotel while in Portland.
COLOMBIA RIVER GORGE AT SUNRISE
SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF MT. HOOD CAN BE ENJOYED FROM OUR VISTA DOME
AS THE TRACKS RUN RIGHT ALONG THE RIVER
PORTLAND, OREGON WITH MT. HOOD
THE SKYLINE OF PORTLAND LOOKING ACROSS THE WILLAMETTE RIVER
DAY 3 WEDNESDAY JULY 13
Morning hours to explore Portland. Our private rail car will be placed on the rear of Amtrak's southbound Coast Starlight departing 2:25PM. After departing town the train rolls down the Willamette River Valley home to some of Oregon's finest vineyards. After departing Eugene at 5:10PM we start the gentle climb towards the Cascade Range as dinner is served. As the train gets closer to the mountains the grade gets steeper in order to reach the summit at Odell Lake which will be reached around 7:30PM. Enjoy the long daylight hours of summer as we travel through the mountains and head south towards California. You will again have a beautiful view of the quarter moon setting in the western sky as we pull into Klamath Falls at 10:00PM.
DAY 4 THURSDAY JULY 14:
Morning finds us arriving in Sacramento at 6:35AM. If you are up this early you can stretch your legs on the station platform. Breakfast will be served after departing Martinez as we run along the Bay and if it is clear you will see the Golden Gate Bridge. You can also stretch your legs at Oakland as the train will make a 15 minute stop here. Departure is scheduled for 8:50AM and San Jose at 10:07AM. Our next stop is at Salinas as we head down the Salinas Valley we pass through many farms with field after field of lettuce and vegetables. This is Americas salad bowl. Our next stop is at Paso Robles which is located on the Salinas River.
This city is known for its hot springs and mud baths, its abundance of wineries, production of olive oil, and almond orchards. All to soon we start down the steep Cuesta Pass grade in the Santa Lucia Mountains with spectacular views of the San Luis Obispo Valley as we round the horseshoe curve and continue to drop towards San Luis Obispo. Arrival is scheduled for 3:20PM and if the Northbound Coast Starlight is running on time we may meet it here. We pass through the many vineyards and soon you get your first view of the California Coastline at Pismo and again at Surf. Santa Barbara is reached at 6:02PM and for the next hour enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean as dinner is served. Arrival in Los Angeles is scheduled for 9:00PM.
THE COAST STARLIGHT ROUNDS THE HORSESHOE CURVE ON CUESTA PASS GRADE
THE VIEW OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN FROM OUR VISTA DOME
THE SILVER SOLARIUM VISTA DOME-SLEEPER-LOUNGE ROUND END OBSERVATION
IS THE ONLY CAR OF THIS TYPE STILL IN OPERATION IN THE UNITED STATES
AS THE SUN SETS IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN THE SOUTHBOUND COAST STARLIGHT
RACES TOWARDS LOS ANGELES
ALL PRICES ARE PER PERSON
|DOUBLE ROOM ..................................||$2,499|
|STATE ROOM .....................................||$3,099|
|DEPOSIT TO HOLD SPACE CONFIRMED||$700|
|FINAL PAYMENT DUE BY APRIL 11, 2016|
DOUBLE ROOM $2,499
DEPOSIT TO HOLD SPACE CONFIRMED$700
FINAL PAYMENT DUE BY april 11, 2016