2017 Great Western Explorer

2017 Great Western Explorer

By Luxury Train
14 Days
Priced From:
$4,595 per person

2017 Great Western Explorer


Imagine three overnight trips on your own private Vista-Dome Streamliner train, the Great Western Limited, complete with Pullman car comforts, and daylight passage through the Rockies and across the Navajolands. Celebrate the rails with a ride down the Pacific Coast to Los Angeles and trips on the Yosemite & Sugar Pine Railroad and the storied Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Take a steamer to the charms of Catalina Island off the California Coast, discover the beauty of Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay on a sternwheeler and dine aboard the Delta King in Sacramento, a nostalgic riverboat from the 1920s. Along the way, stroll through Santa Fe’s galleries and explore its plaza, discover the grandeur of Hearst Castle, enjoy cotton candy on Santa Monica Pier and spend a day exploring the valley floor of Yosemite beneath towering Half Dome and El Capitan. Recline in the comfort of your room at the incomparable Biltmore in Los Angeles and savor the luxury of the Silver Legacy Resort in Reno. This is the trip you will be talking about for years.


  • Three separate overnight  passages on our private Vista-Dome Streamliner train with all meals, wines and spirits included
  • Rides on the Yosemite & Sugar  Pine Railroad and the storied Virginia & Truckee Railroad
  • Two-night stay in enchanting Santa Fe, NM with included sightseeing and plenty of free time
  • Superb hotels including  the luxurious Silver Legacy Resort  in Reno and the opulent Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles
  • Visit Hearst Castle, ride a Lake Tahoe sternwheeler, and take a steamer to lovely Catalina Island
Chicago, IL

Day 1: Chicago, IL

Leave Chicago this afternoon aboard our private Vista-Dome Streamliner train, the Great Western Limited. Cross the Mississippi River during dinner time and speed west into the sunset. (D)
Colorado Rockies

Day 2: Colorado Rockies

Enjoy a stunning daylight passage through the heart of the Colorado Rockies over the fabled Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, a breathtaking train journey. (B,L,D
Reno, NV

Day 3: Reno, NV

After a morning arrival with immediate check-in to the luxurious Silver Legacy Resort, relax and recharge before a midday departure for historic Virginia City for a ride on the newly restored Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Overnight at the Silver Legacy Resort. (B)
Lake Tahoe & Reno, NV

Day 4: Lake Tahoe & Reno, NV

Travel to spectacular Lake Tahoe for a day cruise aboard a sternwheeler with time at Emerald Bay. Overnight at the Silver Legacy Resort. (B)
Sacramento, CA

Day 5: Sacramento, CA

A short scenic drive through the High Sierras this morning past Donner Lake brings you to Old Sacramento with a visit to its justly famed California State Railroad Museum followed by dinner aboard the legendary riverboat Delta King. Overnight at the superbly-located Hyatt Regency. (B,D)
Yosemite National Park, CA

Day 6: Yosemite National Park, CA

A drive through California’s lush Central Valley brings you to incomparable Yosemite for a tour of the Valley floor including Half Dome and Bridal Veil Falls. Overnight at the Tenaya Lodge. (B)
Yosemite and California Coast

Day 7: Yosemite and California Coast

Ride the Yosemite and Sugar Pine Railroad followed by a visit to the famed Big Trees before heading to the Pacific Coast with the evening at leisure in quaint San Simeon, one of the most picturesque spots in California. (B,L)
Los Angeles, CA

Day 8: Los Angeles, CA

Tour the grandest private home ever built in America, extraordinary Hearst Castle overlooking the Pacific. After the castle, enjoy lunch nearby before another visual wonder, a 131-mile ride along the California coast by train to downtown Los Angeles. Begin a two-night stay at the fabled Biltmore Hotel, the Grande Dame of Los Angeles hotels. (B,L)
Catalina Island, CA

Day 9: Catalina Island, CA

Every great train journey should have at least a short ocean cruise and today you set sail for quaint and nostalgic Avalon on lovely Catalina Island, a magical place with charming shops restaurants and the famous casino. Overnight at the Biltmore amid the hotel’s spectacular frescoes. (B,D)
Santa Monica, CA

Day 10: Santa Monica, CA

After free time in the morning, depart for charming Santa Monica with a visit to its famed pier at the end of Sunset Boulevard. Next, travel along Hollywood Boulevard past Mann’s Chinese Theater for dinner on Olvera Street next to Union Station before boarding the Great Western Limited bound for Santa Fe, NM. (B,D
Santa Fe, NM

Day 11: Santa Fe, NM

The magnificent Navajolands of Arizona speed past the windows this morning before an afternoon arrival in enchanting Santa Fe for a two-night stay at the Inn & Spa at Loretto. (B,L)
Santa Fe, NM

Day 12: Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe is one of only nine cities in the world to be honored by UNESCO as a “Creative City”. Begin the day with a tour of the historic Plaza area and then have the afternoon free to enjoy the multitude of galleries and museums that make this one of the most magical towns in North America. There is an abundance of natural beauty and a particular treat is the Georgia O’Keefe Museum. The evening is at you leisure to enjoy one of the many acclaimed local restaurants. (B)
Great Western Limited

Day 13: Great Western Limited

Board the private Vista-Dome Streamliner train, the Great Western Limited, once again for a special Farewell Dinner as you cross the Continental Divide at Raton Pass. (B,D)
Chicago, IL

Day 14: Chicago, IL

Cross the Mississippi River during breakfast and arrive in Chicago this afternoon with memories of amazing places that will last a lifetime. For guests who might enjoy more time in the Windy City we offer special hotel rates at the regal Palmer House Hilton. (B,L)


THE GREAT WESTERN LIMITED  |  With a total of three overnight passages on our private train, the Great Western Limited, you will be singing the praises of rail travel for years to come. This lovingly restored train from the Golden Age of Rail Travel accommodates just a few lucky passengers and includes a legendary Vista-Dome car complete with the “Lounge in the Sky”, an inviting dining and lounge area. All meals are prepared fresh onboard by a skilled chef and served on tables graced with white tablecloths, gleaming cutlery, fine china and red roses. Indulgent delights include Afternoon Tea with fresh scones and strawberry butter, and stylish cocktail hours with hot hors d’oeuvres and oversized drinks. From affordable standard double bedrooms, superior double bedrooms, to single bedrooms and suites, there is something to meet every desire and budget. All room types provide comfortable Pullman beds, abundant pillows, nightly turn-down service, and most offer in-room facilities. This is travel the way it was meant to be.



Train Room Category

May 13

October 21

Double Berth (Pullman Sections)
Upper and lower berths


Standard Double Bedroom
One room with upper and lower berths and private enclosed bathroom with toilet and washbasin. Perfect for a couple traveling together.


Superior Double Bedroom
Same as Standard Double Bedroom except instead of two armchairs, features large sofa by day. These rooms are also slightly larger in length.


Suite Accommodations
Two Double Bedrooms combined to guarantee two lower beds or a large queen bed. Includes two picture windows, and two separate bathrooms with washbasins and toilets! (*Suite availability is very limited aboard the train. Only one per departure! Suites are approx. 14’ x 7’)


Two Roomettes
Two individual single rooms offering individual lower beds, Individual washbasin and toilets in each room. Perfect for friends traveling together.


Single Occupancy
Including one roomette aboard the train and exclusive single occupancy Hotel accommodations throughout. Lower bed with washbasin and toilet.


Fares are per person double occupancy unless otherwise indicated.

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