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Riverwalk to the French Quarter Roundtrip from Chicago

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Trip Overview

Have the time of your life in two great Southern cities on this rail journey roundtrip from Chicago. First, get up close and personal with San Antonio with tours of the Alamo and Buckhorn Saloon and Museum. Enjoy a lovely riverboat cruise where you will see all the magnificence San Antonio has to offer. Soak in the beautiful landscape and panoramic views of the North American Southwest as you take a scenic train ride from San Antonio to New Orleans, where you will experience the Crescent City like no other. Once you arrive in Nola, you will explore the incredible art, breathtaking architecture, delicious Creole cuisine, and fascinating history of the Big Easy.

Highlights

  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off pass w/ River Walk boat cruise, Tower of the Americas admission + admission to Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum
  • Sightseeing city tour of New Orleans

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to San Antonio on the Texas Eagle®; from San Antonio to New Orleans on the Sunset Limited®; and from New Orleans to Chicago on the City of New Orleans.
  • 6 nights' hotel accommodations
  • 1 meal included (brunch)
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 CHICAGO > SAN ANTONIO
Depart Chicago today on Amtrak's Texas Eagle on an overnight journey to San Antonio. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 2 SAN ANTONIO
Arrive in San Antonio this evening and check in at your hotel for a three-night stay. (Overnight in San Antonio)

DAY 3 SAN ANTONIO
Today, begin using your multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Antonio. Explore famous San Antonio landmarks, like the Alamo and Mission San Jose. Your tour also includes admission to one of San Antonio's many fascinating museums and a leisurely riverboat cruise along the San Antonio River. (Overnight in San Antonio)

DAY 4 SAN ANTONIO
Continue using your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to see the Alamo, Riverwalk, Mission San Jose, and the Market Square. (Overnight in San Antonio)

DAY 5 SAN ANTONIO TO NEW ORLEANS
Today, travel to the Amtrak station and board the Sunset Limited to New Orleans. Kick back and relax as you watch the gorgeous southwestern desert landscape pass by your window. Upon your arrival into the “Crescent City,” you will travel to your downtown hotel. After you are all settled in, go ahead and start exploring the exciting streets of the French Quarter. Let the festive jazz music serenade you as you get to know New Orleans. (Overnight in New Orleans)

DAY 6 NEW ORLEANS
Today you will discover all the “Big Easy” has to offer on an exciting city tour. Spend the day absorbing the sights and sounds of the world-famous French Quarter and historic Jackson Square. Visit NOLA's remarkable cemeteries, or "Cities of the Dead," as the locals call them. Marvel at stories of voodoo and piracy on Bayou St. John, the waterway used by Jean Lafitte and his band of pirates. Make your way to the serene shores of Lake Pontchartrain. View the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. (Overnight in New Orleans)

DAY 7 NEW ORLEANS
The entire day is yours to spend exploring more of New Orleans. Enjoy a festive brunch in the French Quarter before you begin to explore! Go back to any sites you want to explore more, like Jackson Square or the “Cities of the Dead.” Or, venture to an area you didn't get a chance to see yesterday. There is so much to do and see in this fascinating city. (Overnight in New Orleans) BR or D

DAY 8 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Spend the morning taking in more New Orleans sights and sounds before boarding the train this afternoon for your return overnight trip to Chicago. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 9 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN CHICAGO

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

Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter

Enjoy the best of the past and present in a single location at the Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans hotel. Only steps away from top attractions in the Big Easy, this hotel in the Warehouse District of New Orleans pairs historic features like original exposed brick and plantation shutters with modern touches.

Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome

The Holiday Inn® New Orleans Downtown Superdome hotel's outstanding location and amenities promise to make your New Orleans vacation a dream come true. You can enjoy all the legendary sights and sounds of this world-class city when you stay at one of the best New Orleans, LA hotels. Sample and savor the revelry of the French Quarter or test Lady Luck at Harrah's Casino. The allure of stunning museums of the Arts District are easily reached via our free shuttle.

Hotel Monteleone

It's been said that the French Quarter begins in the lobby of the Hotel Monteleone. In fact, this venerable establishment sits majestically at the foot of Royal Street. giving guests the best point of departure for all things New Orleans. This historic landmark is a member of Historic Hotels of America. The hotel boasts 25 meeting and reception rooms, 600 newly renovated rooms and suites, two award-winning restaurants, the famous Carousel Bar, Logo Shop, and heated rooftop pool.

Crockett Hotel

As spirited and spellbinding as the Lone Star State itself, the Crockett is a historic boutique hotel and beloved San Antonio landmark, continuously operating for more than a century. Named after legendary frontiersman Davey Crockett, this independent hotel located just 18 steps from the Alamo delights modern-day travelers with 138 newly renovated guestrooms and suites, an outdoor swimming pool, Ernie’s Bar, and Landmark, a daily gathering spot for complimentary hot breakfast featuring Texas-shaped waffles, breakfast tacos and other signature fare.

Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk

Located in the heart of downtown and directly on the River Walk, Holiday Inn San Antonio River Walk is a newly renovated, sophisticated hotel that offers the ultimate travel experience. Whether you're in town for business or pleasure, our contemporary hotel features a warm atmosphere with modern design features.

Menger Hotel

Built in 1859, this beautiful structure has become an important part of San Antonio's history. The hotel is located downtown, immediately adjacent to both the Alamo and the Rivercenter Mall. In addition to its significance as a historical landmark, the Menger offers unparalleled amenities including: The famous Colonial Room Restaurant, the Menger Bar, downtown San Antonio's largest outdoor swimming pool and a full service spa.

Omni La Mansion Del Rio Hotel

Omni La Mansión del Rio is ideally nestled along the historic River Walk on the banks of the Paseo del Rio in downtown San Antonio.

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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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