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Grand Canyon Discovery by Amtrak
10-day Independent Tour

Tour Type:  First-Class

The Tour

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.

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The 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 Fe 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 Los Angeles 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.)

2014 Dates:
April 6, 13, 20
May 11
June 5, 8, 12, 14, 20
July 4, 10, 12, 18, 25, 31
August 29, 30, 31
September 4, 5, 6
October 26, 27, 29, 31
November 5, 9, 14, 17, 24, 29
December 31

The Prices

   2014 pricing
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  Moderate Hotels $2,109
  Deluxe Hotels $2,509

Deposit required:  $250 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 & singles).

Additional dates available on request.

Upgrade available on Grand Canyon Railway:
    •    Dome Class: about $35 more p.p.
    •    Parlour Car Class with outdoor observation deck: about $58 more p.p.

*Save money by choosing a roomette or coach seating.

*Sample price does not include transportation to Chicago to start your rail journey.  It also does not include transfers at the end of the journey. Sedona to Flagstaff train station is $35. Sedona to Phoenix Airport is $90 pp.

Price may vary based on availability and time of travel. Prices and packages are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at time of booking. If you want to stay at the El Tovar Hotel at the canyon, book at least one year in advance. Grand Canyon Hotel usually used is Maswick Lodge.

Add on to your trip: consider a visit to the famous La Posada Hotel, in Winslow, AZ, before, after or during your journey.


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Grand Canyon Discovery by Amtrak (Length:10 days)
The Highlights
Amtrak’s Southwest Chief from Chicago to Williams, Arizona, with all meals included in dining car.  Accommodation in sleeper service for 1 overnight and 1 day-long journey
Eight nights' accommodation hotels
Scenic Grand Canyon Railway one-way
Choice of Chicago River/Waterfront Tour or standard city tour
Dinner at Chicago Italian restaurant
Grand Canyon Rim Tour with hot lunch
Historic Santa Fe tour
Sedona Day Tour

Grand Canyon Discovery by Amtrak
Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Discovery by Amtrak
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