Early Booking Reminder: This tour has a limited departure and requires a very early reservation. Final payment for this tour is due by May 9, 2019. Bookings after May 9, 2019 will be made on a space available basis at the rate available at the time of booking and surcharges may apply.
Day 1 – ARIVE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA – Today, board your flight bound for the Bay Area to begin your California Rail Discovery. Upon arrival, meet your Tour Director and transfer to your hotel to begin a two-night stay in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, San Francisco. The “City by the Bay” highlights fascinating museums, world class cuisine and amazing shopping. Tonight, enjoy an included Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. Overnight in San Francisco.
Day 2 – SAN FRANCISCO CITY TOUR – SAN FRANCISCO BAY CRUISE – After an included breakfast, enjoy a San Francisco City Tour to see the Civic Center area, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Union Square, Seal Rocks, Pacific Heights and Pier 39. Experience a San Francisco Bay Cruise featuring views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the city’s skyline. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to browse the storefronts along Fisherman’s Wharf, sample a chowder filled sourdough bread bowl or take a cable car ride. Maybe join an optional excursion to Muir Woods to see some of the oldest and tallest Redwood trees in the world. Overnight in San Francisco.
Day 3 – SAN FRANCISCO – SAUSALITO – WINERY – SACRAMENTO – After an included breakfast, cross the Golden Gate Bridge to visit the picturesque city of Sausalito, where you can browse the numerous art galleries and shops. From Sausalito, the views looking back at the San Francisco Bay Area are spectacular. This afternoon, enter California’s most popular wine region for a Winery Tour and Tasting to sample the famous local product and learn about wine making. Later, travel to Sacramento, California’s capital and River City to check into your hotel for a two-night stay.
Day 4 – NAPA VALLEY WINE TRAIN – OLD TOWN SACRAMENTO – After an included breakfast, travel to California’s famous Napa Valley, where hundreds of wineries prosper. Board the Napa Valley Wine Train to enjoy a Wine Tasting and Lunch as you roll along the tracks through the incredibly scenic wine country. This memorable dining experience in faithfully restored Pullman rail cars evokes the spirit of the early 1900’s luxury rail travel. Later travel back and visit Old Town Sacramento. The commercial hub of the Gold Rush era is filled with shops, restaurants and entertainment venues yet retains 1800’s charm with original storefronts and wooden sidewalks. Overnight in Sacramento.
Day 5 – SIERRA NEVADA RAIL JOURNEY – LAKE TAHOE – After an included breakfast, board an Amtrak Train for a Sierra Nevada Rail Journey through the beautiful snow-capped Sierra Nevada Rail Journey through the beautiful snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Lake Tahoe area. Disembark your train in Truckee and board your motorcoach to drive to the spectacular year round resort area of Lake Tahoe to spend the next two evenings in the popular and revitalized South Lake Tahoe/ Stateline area.
Day 6 – VIRGINIA CITY – LAKE TAHOE CRUISE – After an included breakfast, we travel through historic Carson City, the capital of the “Silver State” of Nevada en route to visit Virginia City, site of the Comstock Lode and once the richest place in the world. The famous Old West town was once the west’s mining metropolis and featured notable residents Mark Twain and Bret Harte. Later enjoy a Lake Tahoe Paddlewheeler Cruise for spectacular views of picturesque Emerald Bay and the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains. Tonight’s included Farewell Dinner will be at a popular local restaurant.
Day 7 – RETURN FLIGHT HOME – After an included breakfast, transfer to the Sacramento airport and return home with wonderful memories of your California Rail Discovery. Meals: 6B, 1L, 2D