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BEST OF
THE WEST

Visit six extraordinary National Parks of the West by classic Vista-Dome train, including Mesa Verde, Canyonlands, Arches, Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier.

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Being based in California, we must admit a built-in bias to the Western United States and we cover this beautiful region from top to bottom, starting at Glacier National Park, Montana and extending all the way to the Grand Canyon and Los Angeles in the south. Our ‘Great Western Limited’ classic train offers vista-dome viewing over three different routes with all scenic sections timed for daylight.

Whether you choose our stunning ‘Elegant Canadian Rockies’ program with Glacier National Park, Montana or the awe-inspiring ‘Yosemite to Denali’ holiday which features a virtuoso visual treat with Yosemite, Alaska’s Inside Passage and Denali all in one sublime, relaxing vacation, we can show you the West best. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.

ITINERARIES IN THE WESTERN U.S.

Best of the West

2021 DATES:
JUNE 13 – 24
JULY 11 – 22
AUGUST 15 – 26
SEPTEMBER 5 – 16
2022 DATES:
JULY 16 – 27
August 20 – 31
September 3 – 14
RATES:
12 Days from $5,695 per person

Our epic trip to six of the most extraordinary National Parks of the West along with something else no one else offers, our own vintage streamliner train, the Great Western Limited. Operating round-trip from Chicago, this is perhaps the ultimate National Parks vacation featuring Mesa Verde, Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks, all in one brilliantly arranged holiday with most of our hotel stays being two-nights long.

With extraordinary sightseeing included, ranging from a dinner cruise on the Colorado River at Moab to the famed Going to the Sun highway at Glacier National Park, this holiday is a visual feast. With a relaxed pace, fine hotels, excellent dining, and our own special train over a different route in each direction, this program is without equal and is limited to no more than 22 guests.

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Wonders of the West

2021 DATES:
June 22 – July
September 14 – 23
2022 DATES:
July 11 – 20
August 29 – September 7
September 12 – 21
RATES:
10 Days from $5,295 per person

This is a virtuoso performance serving up our own vintage streamliner train, the Great Western Limited combined with visits to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks, all in ten sublime days with the majority of our hotel stays being two nights each and unique features like two days in historic old west Jackson Wyoming and a full day in beautiful Salt Lake City at the acclaimed Little America Hotel.

With exceptional sightseeing including the Going to the Sun Road at Glacier National Park, the extraordinary Gates of the Mountain cruise on the Missouri River in the path of Lewis & Clark, complete sightseeing throughout Yellowstone and Grand Teton and some wonderful dining, this sensibly paced holiday is limited to a maximum of 22 guests to prompt reservations are strongly encouraged.

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Grand Canyons of the West

2021 DATES:
June 6 – 15
July 4 –13
August 8 – 17
August 29 – September 7
2022 DATES:
JULY 16 – 25
AUGUST 13 – 22
AUGUST 27 – SEPTEMBER 5
RATES:
10 Days from $4,995 per person

This is another brilliant trip to National Parks that only we offer. Beginning in Salt Lake City, we travel to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks with two nights in Moab, Utah with not only extensive sightseeing but plenty of free time along with a scenic sunset cruise on the Colorado River one evening. We then travel on to Capitol Reef, Bryce and Zion National Parks with sightseeing followed by Lake Powell with visits to the Navajo lands and a cruise on Lake Powell through the sandstone walls of Slot Canyon.

Saving for the best for last, is an overnight stay at the Grand Canyon before the most unique part of our holiday, travel to California aboard our own private streamliner train, the Great Western Limited with comfortable Pullman sleeping cars, fine dining and vista-dome lounge car. Limited to 22 guests per departure and offered only four times in 2021.

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Yosemite to Denali

2022 DATES:
August 23 – September 7
RATES:
16 Days from $4,995 per person

On this, one of our most popular trips each year, we combine the best of all possible worlds to bring you a breathtaking look at the wonders of the road less travelled. Begin with a two night stay in historic Old Sacramento with a visit to the acclaimed California State Railroad Museum before the panoramas of Yosemite change your view of the world forever. Enjoy an overnight ride on our private vista-dome train, the Great Western Limited, and soak in the eclectic vibe of stunning Seattle during an overnight stay.

After a scenic train ride to Vancouver, board Holland America Line’ elegant ms Nieuw Amsterdam for a magical, pampered voyage along Alaska’s coast through the spectacular Inside Passage, Glacier Bay, and glorious ports of call such as Juneau, cradled by mountains, and Skagway, a gold rush town with a special optional ride on the White Pass & Yukon Railroad. Walk along Ketchikan’s infamous Creek Street and explore Denali National Park with a Tundra Wilderness Tour capped by a journey to Anchorage aboard the luxurious McKinley Explorer train.

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New Year’s at the Grand Canyon

2021/22 DATES:
December 29, 2021 – January 5, 2022
2022/23 DATES:
December 29, 2022 – January 5, 2023
RATES:
8 Days from $2,395 per person

One of our most popular and affordable holidays to one of the prettiest places on earth. Travel to Winslow Arizona aboard the Southwest Chief train from either California or Midwest points starts this eight-day getaway, followed by a trip over the storied Grand Canyon Railway to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. While cool, this is a magical time to be at the Grand Canyon with a light dusting of snow against the purple canyon walls and few visitors.

We have two nights at the South Rim with sightseeing and free time before, on January 2nd, doing the scenic drive to Las Vegas for a three night stay at the stunning Five-star Bellagio Resort & Casino, the most celebrated luxury hotel in Las Vegas. Here too, fine dining awaits including a magnificent farewell dinner at famed Lawry’s, the Prime Rib. Starting at $2,395pp, this is a wonderful end to a year, or a nice beginning to a new one.

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Great West Coast Explorer

2021 DATES:
June 18 – 24
September 10 – 16
RATES:
7 Days from $2,295 per person

Twice in 2021 we will offer our guests the rare opportunity to enjoy classic train travel aboard our very own private train, the Great Western Limited on a spectacularly beautiful trip up the West Coast. This will be a special 1950’s era Streamliner with a Pullman sleeping car and a vista-dome car for dining and lounging in, past some of the most beautiful scenery in the country including 113 glorious miles along the California Coast. And reassuringly, capacity is limited to 22 guests.

Onboard the Great Western Limited, all bedrooms offer in-room facilities along with comfortable beds, plenty of pillows and individual temperature control. All meals, wines & spirits are included and dining is overseen by a professional chef. Little touches abound, from fresh flowers to Afternoon Tea at 4pm. But, not all of the magic is inside. Our guests travel over the famed “Coast Route’ of the Union Pacific Railroad along the blue Pacific Ocean.

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Alaska with the Queen

2022 DATES:
July 6 – 24
RATES:
19 Days from $3,895 per person

Only rarely do we come across an itinerary that offers the perfect blend of interest and beautiful places, at the right time of the year, combined with a great ship or train. When we do, we always find a way to make it even nicer and given that this is a rare time that a great Cunard “Queen” ocean liner will visit Alaska, we thought something quite special was called for.

With fantastic places in Alaska like Hubbard Glacier, Juneau and our favorite, Glacier Bay, this is a magical itinerary. Nicer still, it allows our guests to enjoy twonights in Seattle, the “Emerald City” with a city sightseeing tour and welcome dinner before heading North to Vancouver for a two night stay before sailing.

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Yosemite to Yellowstone

2022 DATES:
June 21 – 30
July 12 – 21
August 16 – 25
September 13 – 22
RATES:
10 Days from $2,695 per person

As the Nation’s leader in train travel, only Uncommon Journeys can offer a trip as brilliant as our Yosemite to Yellowstone program. Beginning in historic Old Sacramento, appreciate an overnight stay aboard the fabled Delta King riverboat, now an excellent hotel, and a visit to the acclaimed California State Railroad Museum. Next is awe-inspiring Yosemite, with a guided tour of the Valley floor and plenty of free time. The following day delight in what may be the highlight of the trip, travel aboard a 1950’s-era vintage vista-dome car from California to Eastern Nevada over the storied ‘Overland Route’ of the Union Pacific, the original transcontinental railroad. Onboard, you’ll find excellent dining and an open bar with all meals, wines & spirits to enjoy during your magnificent daylight passage over the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

After an overnight in Idaho Falls, we arrive in Yellowstone, stopping at lovely Mesa Falls en route. We then savor two full days in Yellowstone with complete touring of the park before another visual treat, Grand Teton National Park. In Old West Jackson, Wyoming, you’ll spend two nights, thrilling to a float trip on the Snake River with the Teton Range as the backdrop. No other holiday offers so much grandeur, comfort and convenience in only ten days. All Aboard!

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PANAMA CANAL WITH THE QUEEN

2022 DATES:
July 23 – August 9
RATES:
18 Days from $3,895 per person

Few travel experiences in the world compare with the scenery, history and engineering marvel of a transit of the Panama Canal and next summer, just once, we offer a rare oportunity to sail this spectacular voyage aboard a truly great ship, Cunard’s showcase Queen Elizabeth. Begin in great style by sailing under San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, passing Coit Tower, Alcatraz and Fishermans Wharf on the way, just the opening performance of your grand vacation. And because no one can ever enjoy enough time in San Francisco, we have an optional two-night luxury sampler available, at a superb hotel in Union Square for more time in “The City by the Bay”.

Traveling south, you’ll stop in glittering Los Angeles before sailing on to beautiful Cabo San Lucas on the tip of Baja California. Next up is Puntarenas in sunny Costa Rica, home to lush rain forests and coffee plantations, before the highlight of your cruise, a daylong transit of the Panama Canal from Pacific to Atlantic. A Dutch treat awaits you on the other side in Oranjestad, Aruba, a charming bit of Holland in the Caribbean featuring brightly colored houses and vibrant streets. After a final relaxing day at sea, you’ll arrive in beach-blessed Fort Lauderdale.

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