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Grand Canyon to Yosemite Roundtrip from Chicago

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Trip Overview

Throughout this eleven-day roundtrip rail journey from Chicago to the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, you will experience moments of discovery and wonder. The first stop is the pine country of Williams, Arizona, where you’ll get acquainted with Route 66 history before boarding the legendary Grand Canyon Railway and travelling to the gorgeous South Rim. Considered to be the “true Grand Canyon,” the South Rim showcases the expansive, breath-taking views you’ve most likely seen in magazines and on Facebook. With close to two dozen incredible viewpoints, during your tour you’ll have the opportunity to look deep down into the heart of the mighty Grand Canyon and take in all the majesty of this national park. In the charming coastal city of San Francisco, get to know its character, distinct neighborhoods, and fascinating things to do. Finally, visit Yosemite for a complete day tour of the park’s famous landmarks and to learn about its history before climbing aboard Amtrak’s California Zephyr and riding the rails back to Chicago.

Highlights

  • Roundtrip service in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon
  • Sightseeing tour of Yosemite National Park
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Williams; Williams to San Francisco on the Southwest Chief®, Coast Starlight®, and California Zephyr®
  • 6 nights' hotel accommodations; 4 nights onboard Amtrak®
  • 2 meals included (1 breakfast, 1 dinner)
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                        YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN CHICAGO
Depart Chicago’s Union Station onboard the Southwest Chief today for an overnight journey to Williams, Arizona. Enjoy comfortable accommodations, delicious meals, and of course, all the incredible views along the way! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 2                        WILLIAMS
Welcome to the quaint mountain town of Williams, Arizona! Famous for being the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon,” and its location along historic Route 66, it’s the perfect place to begin your eight-day adventure. Head to Wild West Junction, just a few minutes’ walk from downtown, to see Wild West-era buildings, enjoy a cold one at the Long Horn Saloon or simply enjoy the old-timey atmosphere. However you choose to spend your time in Williams, you’ll surely feel like you’re stepping back in time. (Overnight in Williams)

DAY 3                        WILLIAMS TO GRAND CANYON
After having breakfast at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, board the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. There’s a reason the South Rim has been hosting visitors since the 1850’s. It’s awe-inspiring. Except, back then, the trip here meant surviving a bone-jarring stagecoach ride that took anywhere from one to two days! With close to two dozen expansive, breath-taking viewpoints, the South Rim will provoke childlike wonder and a sense that the world is so much more magnificent and grand than you imagined. (Overnight in Grand Canyon) B 

DAY 4                        GRAND CANYON
Today, take advantage of your included Freedom Rim tour and ponder the Grand Canyon’s beauty and mystery. There are plenty of photo opportunities of the panoramic vistas, with each being stunning. From the South Rim, look down at the Colorado River and spot the Phantom Ranch, as well as the North Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails. From Mather Point, get unobstructed views of Vishnu Temple and Temple of Zoroaster. (Overnight in Grand Canyon)

DAY 5                        OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Ride the Grand Canyon Railway back to Williams, where you’ll enjoy an included dinner at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel before boarding Amtrak’s Southwest Chief and Coast Starlight trains to San Francisco. (Overnight onboard Amtrak) D

DAY 6                        SAN FRANCISCO
Welcome to San Francisco! From illustrious museums to classic landmarks, the options you have when exploring this West Coast gem of a city are endless. For a peninsula that’s just 7x7 miles, there is plenty to enjoy. After checking into your hotel and getting settled, start exploring! Check out Top of the Mark on your own for pristine views of the city with an expertly crafted cocktail in hand, stop to see the famous switchbacks of Lombard Street, or relax in Mission Dolores Park. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 7                        SAN FRANCISCO TO YOSEMITE
Are you ready to discover all the beauty and wonder of a national park that has been touted to be among the most beautiful places in the world? Located along the Sierra Nevada Mountains in central California, Yosemite’s remote corners and beaten paths never get old. During your day tour of Yosemite from San Francisco, you’ll get to experience the park’s legendary landmarks, views, and history. See El Capitan (look for rock climbers high up on the rock face), Yosemite Falls, Inspiration Point, Half Dome, and Yosemite Village from a unique perspective and learn all about the park’s history. Find peace and serenity among giant sequoia trees or when sitting by the Merced River. Arrive back in San Francisco just in time to take in a beautiful sunset while enjoying dinner on your own in Fisherman’s Wharf. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 8                        SAN FRANCISCO
Today, use your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour and bay cruise to continue getting familiar with this charming City by the Bay. Visit Haight-Ashbury, China Town, and North Beach and the ruins of Sutro Baths at Lands End. Enjoy the candy-colored Victorians that line Alamo Square Park, walk through the Presidio, take in the stunning views from Coit Tower, or stroll through modern-art museum SFMOMA’s impressive permanent collection and visiting exhibits. Your bay cruise will give you a unique viewpoint of the cityscape and surrounding places of interest, which are essential parts of any visit to San Francisco. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 9                        OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK     
Today, board the California Zephyr for your scenic, long-haul journey back to Chicago. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 10                      OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Continue riding the rails en route back to Chicago and take in all the captivating views of the American West—gorgeous grasslands, snow-capped peaks, and vast plains. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 11                      YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN CHICAGO

 

LEGEND FOR MEALS: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D –Dinner

El Tovar

El Tovar Hotel, the premier lodging facility at the Grand Canyon, opened its doors in 1905 and was most recently renovated in 2005. In the past, the Hotel has hosted such luminaries as Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Western author Zane Grey, and many others. Today, El Tovar retains its elegant charm. Located on the Canyon rim, it features a fine dining room (open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), lounge and curio shop with newsstand.

Kachina Lodge

Located directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon, the Kachina Lodge is a great hotel for all guests visiting the South Rim.

Maswik Lodge

Maswik Lodge is a modern facility spread over several acres of ponderosa pine forest, located just 1/4 mile from the Canyon's edge. Maswik Lodge features a cafeteria that is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. Here you will also find a sports bar with a wide screen TV, a curio shop stocked with handicrafts and gifts, and a transportation/activities desk.

Thunderbird Lodge

Conveniently located between El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge, Thunderbird is a contemporary lodge located at the South Rim.

Yavapai Lodge

Yavapai Lodge is Grand Canyon National Park Lodges' largest facility and is surrounded by pinyon and juniper woodlands, about 1/2 mile from the rim. With modern rooms and many services within a few steps, this is a convenient choice for families. Yavapai East rooms feature in-room air conditioning and Yavapai West rooms have vaulted ceilings with ceiling fans. The Lodge is located next to the Market Plaza, which includes a general store, bank, and U.S. Post Office.

Holiday Inn Fishermans Wharf

Of all San Francisco hotels, Holiday Inn San Francisco Hotel Fisherman's Wharf has one of the best locations, central to the Californian shopping capital. The hotel is in among the bars, cafes, and the vast number of specialty shops in Fisherman's Wharf. Hotels here, in the liveliest part of San Francisco, are right next to Chinatown, Pier 39 and the Cable Cars.

Hotel Zephyr

The Hotel Zephyr offers a one-of-a-kind hotel experience in the heart of the city's most iconic tourist attractions. Bringing a new dimension to Fisherman's Wharf by offering a twist on accommodations as well as a playful personality, our waterfront property features 361 stylish waterfront guest quarters, many with personal balconies

Park Central Hotel

Our newly re-imagined hotel elevates the standard of excellence in luxury hotels in San Francisco, while celebrating the timeless art of hospitality.

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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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