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Grand Canyon Discovery by Amtrak

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination(s): Illinois  
Specialty Categories: Railway Trips   Sightseeing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2414 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3537 US Dollar (USD)

You've wanted to visit the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and what better way to do it than on Amtrak's Southwest Chief? On this independent tour, start with a short stay in Chicago before boarding the train and heading south to Arizona and the Grand Canyon. En route, stop in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where historic cultures thrive. Arrive at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and experience life as it was in the Wild West. Board the Grand Canyon Railway for an unforgettable excursion to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Sedona is your final destination, where you will be treated to an all-day tour of this picturesque city surrounded by red-rock monoliths.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Chicago. Welcome to Chicago! Take a walk down the Magnificent Mile for world-class shopping, dining and attractions. Overnight Chicago.

Day 2: Chicago. Enjoy your choice of a Chicago River/Waterfront Tour or the standard city tour. The best way to see the city’s architecture is by boat. A dinner at an Italian restaurant is included. Overnight Chicago.

Day 3: Chicago to Santa Fe on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief. Transfer on your own to Union Station to begin your rail journey on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief. Overnight on board.

Day 4: Arrive Santa Fe. Santa Fee is known as a treasure for art, culture, cuisine and its views. Overnight Santa Fe.

Day 5: Santa Fe Exploring. Take a walk with a well-known historian who takes you into artists’ homes. During the Santa Fe Opera festival in the summer, order tickets (additional) to a world-class performance. Overnight Santa Fe.

Day 6: Santa Fe to Williams/Grand Canyon. Travel by Amtrak to Williams Junction, arriving late this evening. Along the way, enjoy the changing landscape and listen to commentary from a National Park Ranger on board. Enjoy all of your meals in the train’s dining car. You will be shuttled the 15-minute trip to Williams Junction and the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel for overnight. (Tip: IRT travelers recommend a roomette upgrade for this day-long trip. We have included this in the price.)

Day 7: Grand Canyon Railway. Today enjoy breakfast at the Grand Depot Café before taking the trek into the canyon aboard the Grand Canyon Railway in first class. Fresh fruit, coffee and pastries are served. After the two-hour train ride, arrive at the canyon. Enjoy a Rim Tour, and hot lunch (if you like, add another night at the canyon if you want to have more adventures such as hikes, donkey rides and more). Overnight at Grand Canyon.

Day 8: Grand Canyon to Sedona. Enjoy your last morning and early afternoon at the Grand Canyon before departing by motorcoach on famous Route 66 to Flagstaff. Upon arrival at Flagstaff depot, private transfer to Sedona. Overnight Sedona.

Day 9: Explore Sedona. After your included breakfast, you will be treated to a full-day tour of Sedona, known for its stunning red rock formations. Overnight Sedona.

Day 10: Tour ends. Depart for Phoenix for flight home or to the Southwest Chief to LA or Chicago. (Transfers additional.)

Note: Itinerary can be done in reverse order. Extra nights can be added in any city for additional charge. Please inquire about adding upgrades, extensions, transfers.

Dates: Departs daily.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Double occupancy (moderate hotels): $2,414
- Single occupancy (moderate hotels): $3,537
- Upgrade available on Grand Canyon Railway:
* Dome Class: about $35 more (per person)
* Parlour Car Class with outdoor observation deck: about $58 (per person)

- Pricing is based on peak travel time and includes deluxe sleeper (double) and roomette (single) accommodation on overnight train, as well as a private roomette for Day 6 (doubles and singles)
- Save money by choosing a roomette or coach seating
- Sample price does not include transportation to Chicago to start your rail journey
- Price may vary based on availability and time of travel.

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