South To Los Angeles
PRIVATE RAIL CAR/TOURIST TOUR
DECEMBER 17-18, 2017
Private railroad cars now allow travelers the option to step back in time and recapture that romantic era of train travel that Amtrak cannot provide. Once upon a time rail barons and wealthy socialites traveled the country on luxurious private railroad cars, dining on fine china and crystal and being pampered by the onboard staff. Now this form of luxury rail travel is being offering to everyone at a very reasonable price.
Passengers can sip on cocktails and nibble on hors d' oeuvres while sinking into deep leather sofas in lounges and vista domes and relax by the rhythm of the train wheels rolling down the track. All meals are prepared fresh onboard and made to order by the onboard gourmet chefs.
These private luxury rail cars are coupled onto the rear of scheduled Amtrak passenger trains all over the country. Our first class passengers are separated from the Amtrak passengers by locked doors. We provide our own onboard staff including our chef and make up our own gourmet menus for all meals. All drinks and food is included in the ticket price from the time you step onboard until you detrain. Everything is first class with every detail included. This is passenger train travel at it's finest.
Three former California Zephyr cars have just completed an assignment in Seattle and need to be returned to their home base in Los Angeles and we are offering space on the positioning move Seattle to Los Angeles. Included in this positioning move will be the Silver Solarium Vista Dome-Sleeper-Rear end Lounge, the Silver Lariat Vista Dome Coach, and the Silver Rapids Sleeper.
Our chefs will prepare all meals on board from fresh ingredients. Daily meals will include breakfast, lunch, afternoon hors d'oeuvres and dinner. The bar, which features complimentary premium labels of beer, wine, and spirits, will be open until midnight.
Accommodations: Note: This car will be added if needed. Silver Rapids has roomettes and bedrooms. Bedroom pairs may be opened ensuite, providing a couple with lower berth accommodations and individual rest rooms. Silver Rapids has a shower/changing room at one end of the car. Bedrooms have rest room annexes in each room, with toilet and sink. Roomettes have a sink in the room. Toilet facilities are a few feet down the hall.
Silver Solarium has bedrooms, a drawing room, and a stateroom. Each room has a rest room annex that includes a shower. All overnight guests will be provided with cotton terry cloth robes for use while aboard. The other usual hotel amenities will also be provided.
DAY 1 sunday DECEMBER 17: (B-L-D)
We will board our private cars, located at the rear of Amtrak's Coast Starlight at Seattle and depart at 9:35AM. Guests may also board at any Amtrak station served by this train. As we make our way south enjoy breakfast in one of the Vista Dome cars as the scenery speeds by. The train arrives in Portland at 1:50PM and departs at 2:25PM so you are welcome to take a stroll on the platform right after lunch. 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. As darkness falls you may want to have a nightcap with your follows passengers before turning in. Klamath Falls will be reached at 10:00PM.
DAY 2 monday DECEMBER 18: (B-L-D)
Morning finds us arriving in Sacramento at 6:35AM and breakfast will be served after departing Martinez which is one hour out of the Capitol. Enjoy views of the Bay and if it is clear the Golden Gate Bridge. You may want to 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 grade of 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 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 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.
all prices are per person
Day Rider Oakland To Los Angeles$299
Day Rider Seattle to Eugene$259
Day Rider, Seattle to Portland$179
Full payment is due at time of booking
TOUR CONDITIONS FOR 2017 **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.