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FALL COLORS ZEPHYR
CALIFORNIA TO WEST VIRGINIA
PRIVATE RAIL CARS/TOURIST/RAILFAN
OCTOBER 9-18, 2017
TRAVELING THESE ROUTES
Tickets available over entire trip or just segments
LOS ANGELES TO OAKLAND
OAKLAND (EMERYVILLE TO DENVER & CHICAGO
CHICAGO TO HUNTINGTON
Celebrate the glories of Fall from your seat in a Vista-Dome! Experience what it was like to travel on the Scenic Way Across America in our Silver Fleet of private luxury rail cars. Our Silver Fleet cars which will be the Silver Rapids, Silver Lariat and Silver Solarium, will be coupled to the rear of Amtrak's Coast Daylight, California Zephyr and Cardinal and will travel over what is arguably the most beautiful rail route in the US as we make our way to Chicago, and on to Huntington, West Virginia. The Silver Lariat and Silver Solarium is to be a part of the famed New River Gorge special trains.
Our route will take us on a daylight trip northbound of our Los Angeles up the scenic California Coast with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Then enjoy the steep climb into the Santa Lucia Mountains with spectacular views of the San Luis Obispo Valley and our own train as it rounds a horseshoe curve and continues to climb into the mountains and passes through several tunnels to reach Cueata Pass and on into the Salinas Valley before entering the Bay Area. Our private cars will be parked at the Amtrak coaching yard. Remember, our cars are your hotel for all nights including those when the cars are parked for the night.
The next morning our cars are placed on the rear of Amtrak’s California Zephyr for the journey Oakland eastbound through the Bay Area then crossing the Sacramento Valley before heading up into the High Sierra Mountains passing over the Summit of Donner Pass, first crossed by rail in 1867. After a stop in Reno, Nevada we continue out across the Nevada desert and along the south shore of the Great Salt Lake to Salt Lake City, which is reached in the wee hours. Early Birds will watch dawn break over the Wasatch as we climb to Soldier Summit, then follow the Price River to the desert of eastern Utah. Shortly before leaving Utah we encounter the Colorado River deep in the remote Rudy Canyon, and follow it for many miles east into the Rockies almost to its source near the Continental Divide. Along the way we will travel through the fabled Five Canyons of the Colorado, most famous of which is Glenwood Canyon, for which the Vista-dome was conceived. All the time we will see nature's spectacle of Fall Colors unfold before us. We may even see some antelope, deer, or perhaps a migrating herd of elk in the higher reaches. We cross the Continental Divide underground, in the over six mile long Moffatt Tunnel. Emerging back into late afternoon daylight we begin our nearly two hour descent of the Front Range to Denver. As twilight approaches we get the illusion of an airliner slowly coming in to land as the lights of Denver, which we first saw far below, get ever closer. After a stop in Denver we set off to race across eastern Colorado,
Nebraska, and Iowa on our way to Chicago. We cross the mighty Mississippi at Burlington in late morning, and start the final leg of our journey to the Windy City. For those passengers continuing on to West Virginia you will have two nights in Chicago to explore the points of interest in this city. As our private cars are serviced you will transfer to a hotel of you choice (Not Included in the Tour Price) Then our journey continues with our cars coupled to Amtrak's Cardinal, which will depart Chicago in the late afternoon on Oct 17. Overnight we will travel through Indiana, parts of Ohio and Kentucky, and arrive at our destination in Huntington at about breakfast time.
DAY 1 MONDAY OCTOBER 9: (L-D)
We will start boarding our private cars at 9:45AM , located at the rear of Amtrak's Coast Starlight parked at Los Angeles Union Station, in time for a 10:10 AM departure. Guests may also board at any Amtrak station served by this train such as Burbank or Van Nuys. As we make our way north through the San Fernando Valley we enter the Santa Susana Mountains near Chatsworth at an elevation of 952 feet as we leave the greater Los Angeles area behind and soon enter Simi Valley. 67 miles north of Los Angeles we make a quick stop at Oxnard which is near the Pacific Ocean. Soon after departing Oxnard the tracks swing over to the beach and the blue waters of the Pacific. For over 100 miles the Coast Starlight will follow the Pacific Ocean. At some points the tracks are almost on the beach and no more than an elevation of 7 feet. We make our next station stop at Santa Barbara which is 104 miles north of Los Angeles. Next we pass through Surf well named for the foamy breakers seen from the train. The tracks then swing into the Casmalia Hills and into the lush Santa Maria Valley before again coming back to the ocean for one more look at Pismo. The train then climbs up to San Luis Obispo to an elevation of 238 feet. If both the northbound and southbound Coast Starlight's are online they will meet here. Once we depart be sure and either take a Vista Dome seat or open vestibule and enjoy the steep climb into the Santa Lucia Mountains with spectacular views of the San Luis Obispo Valley and our own train as it rounds a horseshoe curve and continues to climb into the mountains and passes through several tunnels to reach Cueata Pass and on into the Salinas Valley. Our next stop is at Paso Robles. As we race up the Salinas Valley we pass through many farms with field after field of lettuce and vegetables. This is Americas salad bowl. A brief stop at Salinas is made before we continue north as the sun sets in the west and we make our way to San Jose where another passenger stop is made. All too soon we enter the greater San Francisco Bay Area and arrival in Oakland.
DAY 2 TUESDEAY OCTOBER 10: (B-L-D)
Depart from the Oakland coaching yard at the rear of the California Zephyr for the short run to Emeryville to pick-up the Amtrak passengers. We then depart Emeryville at 9:10AM for the run along the San Francisco Bay , across the Sacramento Valley and over Donner Pass in the High Sierra. Lunch will be served as we climb into the mountains. Arrival in Reno is at 4:06PM. Passengers may board or detrain at any Amtrak station where this train makes a stop. This would be: Martinez, Davis, Sacramento, Roseville, Colfax, Truckee, or Reno. After departing Reno we speed out across the Nevada desert as you enjoy the sunset as you have dinner in the dome cars. Later in the evening you can have a night cap and turn in for the night. In Nevada the train makes stops at Winnemucca and Elko and we can take passengers at both of these stations.
DAY 3 WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11: (B-L-D)
Arrival in Salt Lake City, Utah is at 3:05AM and departure is at 3:30AM. We start the climb up into the Wasatch Range of Utah just before sunrise. Wake up to the scenic splendor of this colorful mountain range with a hot cup of coffee before a full breakfast is served in the dome cars. Once we reach Solder's Summit the train enters Price River Canyon and heads east into the eastern Utah desert towards Colorado. Soon we enter remote Ruby Canyon as the train runs next to the Colorado River and into Colorado deep in this canyon with bright red rock cliffs raising hundreds of feet above the train. As we make our way across Colorado we enter Glenwood Canyon deep in the Rockies and again following the Colorado River as lunch is served. Next the train enters Little and Big Gore Canyons with countless tunnels. At the ski resort of Winter Park we enter the 6.2 mile Moffat Tunnel and run under the massive spine of the Rockies and then start the steep descend towards Denver. Arrival in Denver is scheduled for 6:38PM. You are welcome to stretch your legs. Departure is at 7:10PM as our train picks up speed for the fast night run across Nebraska.
DAY 4 THURSDAY OCTOBER 12: (B-L)
Early risers will catch the crossing over the Missouri River and into Iowa. The morning hours our train crosses Iowa running through the many farms. Late morning we cross the Mississippi River and enter Illinois. Finally we arrive in Chicago at 2:50PM. Our Chicago passengers leave us here but our Huntington passengers will need to arrange their own lodging for five nights and rejoin us Tuesday late afternoon.
DAY 6 TUESDAY OCTOBER 17: (D)
Our Zephyr cars will be attached to Amtrak Cardinal departing Chicago at 5:45PM. After you get all settled in to your bedrooms then join us in the Vista Domes for cocktails and dinner as night falls crossing the Indiana countryside. For those still up you can stretch your legs in Indianapolis for a few minutes before departure at 11:59PM.
DAY 7 WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18: (B)
Early risers will catch a glimpse of Kentucky before we cross the Ohio River and enter West Virginia. Arrival at Huntington at 7:09AM. Passengers planning on riding the NRHS's New River Gorge excursion may stay onboard our cars if you wish which will be parked next to the depot. The New River Gorge tickets are sold separately by the NRHS. Follow this link for additional information and reservations: www.newrivertrain.com
*12 GORMET MEALS
*GUARANTEED VISTA-DOME SEATING
*PULLMAN SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS
*COMPLIMENTARY BAR FEATURING PREMIUM BEER-WINE-SPIRITS
ONBOARD TRAIN ACCOMMODATIONS
One person. Single murphy-style bed, sink with hot and cold running water in room. Sofa-style chair and visitor bench by day. Small closet for hanging garments. Generous overhead storage shelf.
1 or 2 persons. Upper and lower berths. Upper berth is the same size as the lower, with lots of headroom for those wishing to sit up and read. Enclosed annex containing toilet and sink (toilet, sink and hand-held shower in Silver Solarium.) Closet for hanging garments; overhead storage for luggage.
Up to 3 persons. Two lower berths and one upper berth, same size as lowers. Sofa and folding chair for day use. Larger annex with toilet, sink, and fixed-head shower. Larger closet for hanging garments. Overhead luggage storage.
One or two persons. Booth seating folds to be come a standard double (full) bed. Large closet for hanging garments, shelves under closet for luggage storage. Annex with toilet sink and shower.
ALL PRICES ARE PER PERSON
Los Angeles to Chicago, Oct 9-12:
Double Bedroom: double occupancy$2,999
Drawing Room: double occupancy$3,499
Stateroom: double occupancy$3,499
Emeryville to Chicago, Oct 10-12:
Double Bedroom: double occupancy$2,499
Drawing Room: double occupancy$2,999
Stateroom: double occupancy$2,999
Los Angeles to Denver, Oct 9-11:
Double Bedroom: double occupancy$1,999
Drawing Room: double occupancy$2,399
Stateroom: double occupancy$2,399
Emeryville to Denver, Oct 10-11:
Double Bedroom: double occupancy$1,499
Drawing Room: double occupancy$1,899
Stateroom: double occupancy$1,899
Chicago to Huntington, Oct 17-18:
Double Bedroom: double occupancy$1,199
Drawing Room: double occupancy$1,599
Stateroom: double occupancy$1,599
Los Angeles to Oakland, Oct 9:
deposit to hold space$500
if ticket price is less than $500
full payment due at time of booking
Final payment due August 9, 2017
TOUR CONDITIONS FOR 2021 **PLEASE READ CAREFULLY**
Tour Price: All tour prices are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. Those people that use a credit card for payments a 3% conveyance fee will be added to the tour price. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.
note: For those passengers wanting to continue on to Huntington, West Virginia we will give you a 10% off of your entire ticket from California to West Virginia.