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The Great Alaska Adventure



September 12 - 28, 2011
17-Days From $3,295. pp
Entirely Without Flying!




Until the mid 1960’s, any quality vacation included a train trip aboard a great train like the City of San Francisco or Broadway Limited, combined with a grand ocean liner like the ss Mauretania or ss Statendam. The entire holiday was carefree without the indignities of red-eye flights, airport security checks and strip searches. Therefore, it is with special pleasure that we revive this stylish manner of travel for a marvelous late summer vacation to Alaska, ‘The Great Land’, by classic streamliner train and Dutch ocean liner. This allows guests to depart any California point by train and travel in comfort and style to Alaska, all without a single flight, airport or bus ride.

Our special private train departs historic Los Angeles Union Station and travels up the glorious ‘Coast Route’ of the Union Pacific with 113 miles along the blue Pacific. Guests in Northern California board later this evening. Onboard, there is a swank lounge and dining room and all guests enjoy comfortable Pullman sleeping car accommodations, all with beds and in-room restroom facilites. All meals, wines & spirits are included and luxury amenities abound, from welcome gifts to Afternoon Tea. There is an attentive staff, fresh flowers and excellent dining overseen by famed chef Regina Charboneau. In fact, Uncommon Journeys and Regina’s culinary masterpieces were notably praised in the pages of Gourmet Magazine, the only American train to be featured in Gourmet since the 20th Century Limited in 1963! Our journey north is beautiful with a daylight crossing of the Cascade Mountain Range and a passage along Puget Sound before an evening arrival in Seattle.

Guests enjoy two nights in Seattle at the excellent Warwick Hotel in the heart of downtown with plenty of time to take in all that the Emerald City has to offer before a short scenic ride north to Vancouver on the Talgo train on September 15th. Here too, deluxe accommodations await at the Hyatt Regency and we have included a tour of this beautiful city along with Afternoon Tea overlooking English Bay. Due to the schedule of ms Zuiderdam, our passengers enjoy two full days in Vancouver.

Setting sail under Lions Gate Bridge the afternoon of September 17th, Zuiderdam travels up the gorgeous Inside Passage to Alaska with port calls in Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan with a highlight being a cruise through seldom-visited Tracy Arm. Our guests enjoy another day in Vancouver on September 24th when Zuiderdam calls there for a day before continuing our voyage south to San Diego. Our four-day passage from Vancouver to San Diego is the perfect relaxing end to the trip, a chance to enjoy sea travel at its best with time for sleeping in and enjoying breakfast in bed, lunch on deck with new found friends, Afternoon Tea, taking in a movie, visiting the spa and our favorite, drinks in the luxurious Crow’s Nest Bar atop the Bridge with great views. Naturally, we have included special amenities onboard including intimate cocktail parties, dinner in the Pinnacle Grill one evening and much more. Upon arrival at San Diego, transfer to the train station and free connecting travel home to any California point is included.

This is a rare opportunity to travel all the way to the Great Land in comfort and style without flying. There are two major drawbacks to this holiday: it operates only once and that the special train can accommodate only 30 lucky passengers so prompt reservations are encouraged. We invite you to join us. All Aboard!

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