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USA Rail Holiday - The Northern Explorer
The Northern Explorer gives you the opportunity to see the rugged Northwest States, but not before sampling the delights of Chicago. Then you're off into the wilderness aboard the Empire Builder through picturesque valleys and beautiful mountains to Seattle and then down the awe inspiring pacific coast to San Francisco. This adventure tour takes you back to nature without leaving the comfort of your train.
Price per person includes:
Return flights to Chicago/home from San Francisco
10 nights hotel and train accommodation
A personalised road book with travel tips and day to day itinerary with local area information
The Willis Tower & Shedd Aquarium in Chicago
Cruise across Lake Michigan and Seattle’s Space Needle
Pike Place Market in Seattle
The San Juan Islands and whale watching (in-season)
Washington State Ferry service around Seattle’s harbour
Alcatraz island, Pier 39 and Golden Gate Bridge
Chinatown and historic Cable Cars in San Francisco
Bon Voyage UK Chauffeur Service
Start in style and put the finishing touches to a memorable holiday with our Chauffeur Drive Service. Your smart, uniformed driver will meet you at your door and whisk you to and from the airport terminal so you are guaranteed a stress-free and relaxing journey. You’ll travel in a showroom condition Mercedes E Class for two people or a sumptuous Viano for families or groups up to six.
Your Bon Voyage travel consultant has all the detail, so just mention if you'd like this option included in your holiday quote.
Day 1 : Arrive Chicago
Day at leisure in the Windy City.
Chicago is a city for all tastes. As lovely as Paris with its striking architecture and leafy parks, as entertaining as London and as bustling as New York.
There are world class art galleries and museums, vibrant theatres, intimate blues and jazz clubs, comedy bars, acres of green and the city even has a beach! Getting around Chicago is easy with The Loop Skytrain in the central area, buses and well run subway. The best introduction to the city is the Chicago North Shore Tour bus tour.
This 2-hour tour starts downtown and includes the lakeside sweep, the harbour and the world famous zoo before returning via Michigan Avenue and the night club area.
You'll love the shopping available along the "Magnificent Mile", the lively Chicago Blues Clubs and the amazing variety of eateries here. If you have time visit the impressive Buckingham Fountain, this is where iconic Route 66 starts or take a cruise on Lake Michigan.
Days 3-4 : Board the Empire Builder
Board the sleek Empire Builder for a 2 night voyage to Seattle winding through the remote rugged northern states. Pass through Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho before arriving in the cosmopolitan city of Seattle.
(All accommodation and food is included whilst on-board).
Day 5 : Arrive Seattle
Arrive refreshed in Seattle mid-morning and make your way to your hotel.
Days 6-7 : Seattle
Take time to explore the cosmopolitan city of Seattle, for a magnificent view a trip up the Space Needle is a must.
Seattle has one of the most scenic settings in America, curved around the shore of Elliott Bay, with lake Washington behind and the snowy peak of Mount Rainier hovering faintly in the distance. With glass skyscrapers gleaming across the bay the city combines its superb natural surrounding with a modern skyline.
Be sure to hop on a cruise of the harbour, take a boat tour of the San Juan Islands, visit famous Pike's Place Market and eat in one of the fish restaurants along the harbour.
Day 8 : Board the famous Coast Starlight train to San Francisco
Board the famous Coast Starlight train for an overnight trip to San Francisco. You'll cruise past Mount Rainier and journey through the Oregon and Northern Californian wilderness, before you pull into Emeryville just 12 miles from San Francisco. From Emeryville you will be transported by bus into the heart of the city.
(All accommodation and meals are included whilst you are on-board).
Day 9 : Arrive San Francisco
San Francisco is full of iconic images- those little cable cars climbing halfway to the stars, the scarlet slash of the Golden Gate Bridge, the dragon-adorned gateway to Chinatown, and the sombre, island-sited Alcatraz, once a formidable prison, now a tourist attraction.
Discover the attractions of this beautiful city en foot, by cable car or the superb BART system. See places like Union Square, The Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, China Town, Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf.
Day 10 : San Francisco
It's a day of leisure today- why not head off to Fisherman's Wharf for breakfast, Chinatown for lunch and hop on a Bay Dinner Cruise in the evening.
Perhaps you'd like to hire a bike and rides across the Golden Gate Bridge or visit Golden Gate Park and stroll around the incredible, new Museum of Sciences?
Day 11 : Depart San Francisco
It's time to leave San Francisco for your mid afternoon flight home.
Why not extend your time in this stunning city by the bay, or perhaps venture just outside San Francisco and explore the Redwoods of Muir Woods?
Call the travel experts at Bon Voyage to discuss your dream Northern Explorer tour.