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Great Western Circle Journey

Featuring Our Classic Streamliner,
the'Great Western Limited'
May 15 - 29,2011
October 23 - November 6,2011
15-Days of Scenic Wonders.
Entirely First Class and Fully Escorted!



Condensed Daily Itinerary
Day 1 Chicago Union Station
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We gather our group in Chicago where we board the Texas Eagle. This afternoon and begin our journey to San Antonio over the Union Pacific Railroad passing the famed Arch in St.Louis tonight after dinner. The train features an invitng café-lounge car, the perfect spot to enjoy meeting new found friends.
Day 2 San Antonio Texas
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We speed across the Lone Star state with an evening arrival in San Antonio where superb accommodations welcomes us. Weh enjoy a three-night stay in this enchanting city.
Day 3 San Antonio Texas
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Today we enjoy a guided tour of San Antonio that includes the Alamo and our guests have the best location in town to enjoy the lovely Riverwalk area. Tonight, all evening at leisure to enjoy this magical setting from our Riverwalk Hotel.
Day 4 San Antonio Texas
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This morning a visit to the lovely Texas Hill Country with all afternoon free before a special treat, our dinner cruise on the river through San Antonio. After dinner we board our train and stay overnight parked at the station for an early morning departure tomorrow morning.
Day 5 The "Great Western Limited"
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Breakfast time finds us bound for California over the famed ‘Sunset Route’ of the Union Pacific, the last transcontinental rail line completed in this country. A highlight today is the Pecos River High Bridge as we roll west.
Day 6 California’s Pacific Coast
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Morning finds us arriving in the City of Angels where we transfer to the COAST STARLIGHT for the stunning trip north along the California Coast with the train traveling right along the Ocean! You will want to have your camera ready. Tonight is spent in stunningly beautiful Pismo Beach overlooking the Pacific, a two-night stay in this magnificent setting.
Day 7 Hearst Castle San Simeon
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Today is a day of superlatives with a visit to fabled Hearst Castle, the most opulent private home ever built in America, famously referred to by William Randolph Hearst as ‘the ranch’. Words do not do justice to Hearst Castle. And after our tour we will visit one of the wineries the Central Coast is well-known for, as well as charming Morro Bay before returning to our hotel.
Day 8 Yosemite National Park
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This morning we drive east to another jewel in California, magnificent Yosemite, another wonder that is beyond descriptive language. On the way, we stop at the Sugar Pine Narrow-Gauge Railroad for a trip through the Redwoods before arrival for our overnight stay at Yosemite.
Day 9 Yosemite Valley
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We enjoy additional touring of the park today including viewing El Capitan and Half Dome which are glorious in Spring. After Yosemite we drive north to Oakland where we enjoy a special dinner before boarding the ‘Great Western Limited’ for Portland.
Day 10 Portland Oregon
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We arrive in Portland this afternoon and enjoy a brief visit to the famed Rose Garden on our way to the hotel, a perfect introduction to ‘The Rose City’. Our hotel tonight is the amazingly restored Hotel Multnomah-Embassy Suites, the grandest hotel in town, where suite accommodations await.
Day 11 Portland Oregon
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Another beautiful day with a special treat, we drive east to the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, enjoying a cruise through the Gorge by Sternwheeler riverboat, an excursion many of our guests rate the highlight of their holiday. Later today, free time to enjoy Portland with a special dinner at one of the most historic and acclaimed restaurants in Portland, Huber’s, often touted as having the best turkey in the country. We concur.
Day 12 Seattle Washington
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We depart Portland this afternoon for Seattle on the sleek new 'Talko' train, a short 3.5 hour journeypast Mt.St.Helens and along the Puget sound and upon arrival in Seattle, transfer to the Hoomwood Suites Hotel where suite accomodations await!
Day 13 The "Great Western Limited"
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This morning we tour the massive Boeing facility where the jetliners are made followed by a visit to colorful Pikes Market with its open-air food stalls and great views of Elliot Bay. There is even time this afternoon to visit the flagship Nordstrom store or ride the Monorail before we board the ‘EMPIRE BUILDER’ in late afternoon bound for Glacier National Park and the passage out of Seattle is remarkable with running along the Puget Sound followed by a daytime passage through the Cascade Mountains alongside the rushing Skykomish River.
Day 14 The "Great Western Limited"
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Saving the best for last, after breakfast, our train passes through Glacier National Park and we are soon speeding across Montana and the prairies over the Burlington Northern Railroad. All day to enjoy train travel at its best.
Day 15 The "EMPIRE BUILDER"
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Morning finds us along the Mississippi River passing through St. Paul and we arrive at Union Station this afternoon, with new found friends and memories to last a lifetime.

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