California Rail Tour July 28-August 4, 2018

Guaranteed Departure to Sacramento, San Francisco, Monterey, Yosemite, and more!

Beautiful California Coast

Day 1All aboard!  Today arrive in Sacramento, shuttle service from the airport to your hotel will be provided.  Upon arrival at the hotel, meet your Tour Director for check-in and a brief orientation.  This evening, join the group for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant in historic Old Sacramento. (D)

Day 2 - This morning enjoy a tour of colorful Sacramento.  Your first stop is the I874-vintage Capitol Building, recently restored to its turn-of-the-century splendor.  Next, visit the Old Sacramento Historic District, where you can step back in time to the era of the Pony Express, the ’49ers, and the arrival of the Central Pacific Railroad.  Catch the vision of men like Leland Stanford, who dreamed of shining rails stretching from coast to coast.  With over 225,000 square feet of exhibition space, the buildings within the California State Railroad Museum complex use stimulating exhibits, enthusiastic and knowledgeable docents, and beautifully restored railroad cars and locomotives to illustrate railroad history in California and the West.  Right at the Museum, you will board the Sacramento Southern Railroad for your first historic train ride.  Since 1984, more than one million guests have taken a ride aboard the Sacramento Southern Railroad, served by all-volunteer crews.  You’ll have time to explore Old Sacramento at leisure and have lunch on your own.  In the afternoon depart Sacramento and travel north through central California on your way to Ukiah for overnight.  Join the group for dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 3This morning head deep into Redwood Country aboard the Skunk Train.  With occasional whistles as it chugs through tunnels, over bridges and past open meadows, the train follows the same coastal “Redwood Route” as it has since 1885.  Built as a logging railroad, the Skunk line began that year as a logical vehicle for moving massive redwood logs to Mendocino Coast sawmills from the rugged back country.  Steam passenger service was started in 1904 and discontinued in 1925 when the self-powered, yellow “Skunk” rail cars were inaugurated.  The little trains were quickly nicknamed for their original gas engines, which prompted folks to say, “You can smell ’em before you can see ‘em.”  After the train ride we’ll stop near Healdsburg at a local winery for a guided Winery Tour & Wine Tasting.  Then check into your hotel with the evening free to enjoy the quaint town of Healdsburg. (CB,L)

Day 4 - This morning travel east to California’s beautiful Napa Wine Country and the Napa Station where you will board the Napa Valley Wine Train.  The Napa Valley Wine Train provides a relaxing three-hour, thirty-six mile round-trip journey from the historic town of Napa, through one of the world’s most well-known wine valleys to the quaint village of St. Helena, and back.  Enjoy a three course meal and wine tasting in lavishly restored historic railcars.  Next travel south and cross Golden Gate Bridge on your way to San Francisco, the most romantic city in the world.  Arrive at Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 where you will have free time to explore, do some shopping, ride the world famous trolley cars and have dinner on your own..  Later this evening, transfer to your hotel located just south of San Francisco. (B,L)

Day 5This morning travel south toward the scenic Santa Cruz mountains.  You will enter the domain of the giant redwoods, the tallest living things on earth.  You’ll have a chance to marvel at these incredible trees first-hand as you visit the Roaring Camp, a former mining town, and now a bustling mountain retreat.  Board the Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad, an authentic narrow-gauge 19th Century railway, and enjoy a ride amid the pristine beauty of the mountains.  This Railway boasts the steepest railroad grades in the U.S., so be ready for a little excitement, as well as for breathtaking scenic beauty!  After the beautiful ride and some free time for lunch on own, depart the redwoods and travel toward the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean on our way to Monterey, the town made famous by John Steinbeck.  During a “Behind the Scenes Tour” of Monterey Bay Aquarium you will have a personalized tour focused on your interests and questions as you experience the ultimate insider’s view of the Aquarium.  Next join the group for a scenic drive on beautiful “17-Mile Drive” past world-famous Pebble Beach with amazing picture stops along the way.  Return to Monterey with some free time to enjoy the many boutiques and restaurants on Cannery Row.  Afterwards, check into your hotel for overnight. (CB)

Day 6Depart Monterey this morning and enter Yosemite National Park for touring.  Yosemite, “Jewel of the Sierra,” is described as home of the most beautiful streams, the loftiest granite domes, the noblest forests, and the deepest ice-sculpted canyons in the world.  You’ll experience the clear air and sunshine first-hand as you board the Valley Tram and travel to Yosemite’s most famous scenic highlights, including El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, and the geologically-fascinating Half Dome.  After spending the day in Yosemite, our accommodations are in Mariposa. (CB,D)

Day 7 Depart Yosemite this morning and arrive in Jamestown, CA for touring of Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, home to one of America’s last intact, still-operating railroad roundhouses. Known as “The Movie Railroad,” Railtown 1897, its historic locomotives and cars have starred in hundreds of film and TV productions. Next take a short drive to Ironstone Vineyards, located in the heart of the Sierra Foothills, California’s scenic Gold Rush Country.  Join the group for a special farewell luncheon, a gourmet buffet served in the Culinary Center.  After lunch, take a guided tour of the grounds followed by a wine tasting and a chance to try your hand at gold panning.  Altogether a great California experience!  Depart Ironstone and travel to Sacramento for your final night.  The evening is free to relax and have dinner on your own. (B,L)

Day 8 - Today you will return home with incredible new memories of the beauty of California and its railroads. (B)

 

Tour Includes: 

  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • 13 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Admissions & Sightseeing as listed in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfers in California
  • Baggage Handling at hotels
  • Taxes & Gratuities on meals & hotels
  • Professional Tour Director

 

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Dates/Pricing

DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
07/28/2018Quote
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Nature Observance
Cultural/Educational
History
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