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This 10-day trip onboard Amtrak from Chicago to Glacier National Park to Seattle is one you won't want to miss! Your tour kicks off in Chicago, where you'll enjoy an architecture sightseeing cruise of the Chicago River. Next up is Glacier National Park! Savor its breathtaking beauty and fresh mountain air while touring its most stunning peaks and valleys. Then it's on to Seattle! The gleaming “Emerald City” is sure to delight! A timeless journey awaits you!

Highlights

  • Sightseeing architecture cruise of Chicago
  • Two Medicine Valley Boat Cruise of Glacier National Park*
  • Big Sky Circle Tour of Glacier National Park*
  • Admission to the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden & Glass Exhibit
  • Sightseeing city tour of Seattle

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Glacier National Park and Glacier National Park to Seattle onboard the Empire Builder®
  • 7 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 1 meal included (1 dinner)

*Seasonal activity: Glacier Park Two Medicine Valley Boat cruise runs early June to early September and Big Sky Circle Tour runs mid-June to mid-September.

Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

DAY 1 ARRIVE CHICAGO
Welcome to Chicago! Transfer from the airport to your hotel and check in for an overnight stay. (Overnight in Chicago)
DAY 2 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Head over to Union Station in Chicago to board the Empire Builder train heading West.  Your journey to the national parks has begun! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 3 WILLIAMS
Enjoy the beautiful western scenery right outside the windows of the train as you head towards the Grand Canyon.  Take some time to relax in the observation car and take in some of the best views the Amtrak train offers.  This evening you will arrive in Williams, AZ.  The town is a quaint Route 66 community.  Relax and rest up this evening after checking in to your hotel. (Overnight in Williams)

DAY 4 GRAND CANYON
Awake this morning and head on over to the Grand Depot Café where your included breakfast awaits.  After a good meal to start the day, board the historic Grand Canyon Railway for the trip up to the Grand Canyon.  Enjoy the picturesque views of sprawling ponderosa pine forest around you as the train brings you right up to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  A truly spectacular sight to behold, the Grand Canyon will awe and inspire you.  Your tour picks you up from the depot and takes you all around the South Rim for amazing views and a great introduction to the Canyon.  This evening, relax at your South Rim hotel. (Overnight in the Grand Canyon) B

DAY 5 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
The morning and early afternoon are yours to continue exploring the Grand Canyon.  Get up early to enjoy a desert sunrise, visit one of several museums and historical attractions nearby, or just relax and soak in the scenery a bit longer.  This afternoon, the Grand Canyon Railway brings you back to Williams.  Enjoy an included dinner as you prepare to board Amtrak once more for your journey to the West Coast (Overnight onboard Amtrak) D

DAY 6 SAN FRANCISCO
Change trains this morning in Los Angeles as you prepare to ride up the spectacular California coastline.  The Coast Starlight train route follows the ocean north past warm, inviting countryside.  Arriving to San Francisco this evening, check in to your hotel and get a good rest.  Tomorrow you visit Yosemite! (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 7 SAN FRANCISCO > YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Today you will be picked up from your hotel and head off to experience the wonders of Yosemite National Park.  Along the way, enjoy the scenery around you as you travel through California' s agricultural heartland.  Arriving to Yosemite, you will find it is a place like no other.  From bold, rocky peaks such as El Capitan, to sprawling piney forests, to its abundance of wildlife, this park will amaze you.  This evening you return to San Francisco.  Take some time to enjoy the city at night or relax and savour the day of exploration you've had. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 8 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Before your train departs this evening, take the day to explore a wonderfully inviting city: San Francisco.  Use your included hop-on, hop-off tour pass to enjoy an excellent narrated tour of the city featuring popular spots such as Golden Gate Park, Chinatown, Union Square and more.  The pass also allows you to get off and re-board the tour at your convenience allowing you to spend time at any of the stops you’d really like to experience further.  This evening, you head out on Amtrak to Emeryville to meet the train taking you north. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 9 SEATTLE
As your train heads to Seattle, you will experience the relaxing scenery of the Pacific Northwest.  It’s rolling hills and green pine forests are easily viewed from the train.  You will arrive to Seattle in the evening and check in to your hotel for a good night’s rest. (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 10 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
This morning is free for you to explore Seattle.  Admission to the famous Space Needle is included for you.  Travel to the top of the tower for spectacular views of the bay, the surrounding landscape, and of course soaring Mt. Rainier.  Head over to Pike Place Market if you’re looking to explore a local landmark and maybe pick up something tasty.  This afternoon, you depart on the Empire Builder training heading to Glacier National Park. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 11 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Your train arrives in Glacier National Park this morning.  Your hotel is right across from the depot and makes for an easy check-in.  Take some time today to relax and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery all around. (Overnight in Glacier National Park)
DAY 12 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Today you begin your exploration of Glacier National Park’s unparalleled mountain beauty.  Your Big Sky Circle Tour picks you up from the hotel and carries you off through the park.  As your guide drives through mountains along Going-to-the-Sun Road, past majestic points of interest such as Logan Pass and Goat Lick, you are provided a wonderfully narrated experience.  You’ll learn about the history, geology, plants, and wildlife of the park as well as the history and folklore of the native Blackfoot and Flathead tribes that once called this land home. (Overnight in Glacier National Park) BDAY 13 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
No trip to Glacier National Park would be complete without a chance to experience one of its pristine mountain lakes.  Today you are transported to Two Medicine Valley, deep within the national park, for a sightseeing boat cruise.  Marvel at the natural beauty of the valley, the lake, and keep your eyes open for the wildlife that frequent the shoreline. (Overnight in Glacier National Park) BDAY 14 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
After breakfast this morning you’ll board the train, heading to Chicago and the completion of your once-in-a-lifetime holiday.  As you leave Glacier National Park behind, a wealth of impressive scenery still awaits.  As the train carries you home, be sure to keep your eyes towards the window and soaking up the soaring snow-capped peaks, rolling foothills, and wide-open plains unravelling before you along the way. (Overnight onboard Amtrak) B

DAY 15 OVERNIGHT IN CHICAGO
Arrive back in Chicago this afternoon and check in at your hotel for an overnight stay. Take the final night of your holiday to unwind in the Windy City, perhaps enjoying dinner out or relaxing at your hotel.

DAY 16 DEPART CHICAGO
Today a transfer will connect you from your hotel to the airport for your flight home.

DAY 17 ARRIVE IN THE UK

Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza

Located in the center of downtown Chicago’s exciting River North area and minutes from the Loop and Michigan Ave the contemporary Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza offers exceptional views of the Chicago River and the Chicago skyline. Our recent $20 million redesign is apparent in every aspect of the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, from our stunning atrium lobby to our 521 comfortable and contemporary guest rooms and suites.

Palmer House Hilton

Welcome to The Palmer House®: a Hilton Hotel - an iconic, world-class downtown Chicago hotel and gateway to Chicago's rejuvenated Loop scene. A modern Chicago grand hotel, the Palmer House is a lively destination within walking distance of the best attractions the city of Chicago has to offer like Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the theater district. The guest rooms and suites match the hotel's French Baroque styling with metropolitan flair.

Sheraton Grand Chicago

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, is ideally situated on the Chicago River, within walking distance of Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile shopping, Millennium Park, the Loop business district and all of the other local favorites that make Chicago a one of a kind destination.

The Westin Michigan Avenue

The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago Hotel, which is located on Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile, is steps from Lake Michigan, Michigan Avenue restaurants and premier Michigan Avenue shopping.

Glacier Park Lodge

Glacier Park Lodge was built almost a century ago by the Great Northern Railway. Located in East Glacier Park Village it is 3 miles outside of Glacier National Park. The Glacier Park Lodge's 161 guest rooms can accommodate over 500 people.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle

Perfectly located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the award-winning Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle – Downtown offers an exceptional blend of service, style and comfort..

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

One of the city’s most celebrated historic landmarks and a premier luxury hotel in Seattle, Fairmont Olympic Hotel is conveniently located in downtown Seattle, close to Pike Place Market and many local attractions.

Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

Our prime location in the heart of downtown Seattle offers you the combination of majestic Olympic Mountains views, the vibrancy of the Emerald City and the relaxing, quiet magnificence of the Puget Sound.

Quality Inn & Suites Seattle Center

Get your money's worth at the Quality Inn & Suites® Seattle Center hotel in Seattle, WA near Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Century Link Stadium and Seattle Underground Tour in Pioneer Square.

Sheraton Seattle

Sheraton Seattle Hotel is a contemporary urban retreat in the heart of downtown Seattle, Washington.

Warwick Seattle Hotel

Warwick Seattle is an elegant hotel located in downtown Seattle and within walking distance to most Seattle attractions such as the Seattle Center, home of the Seattle Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and MoPOP (formerly Experience Music Project), and the Seattle Opera, Pike Place Market, world-class shopping and a multitude of dining and entertainment options

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Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

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