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CANADIAN SUNSET

Our Canadian Sunset is a jewel of a trip featuring a rare four-night voyage through Upper Canada and scenic 1000 Islands aboard Canada's only riverboat, the 66-passenger Canadian Empress, at the height of autumn colors.  Also included is scenic train travel, four nights in New York State's beautiful Finger Lakes region, fine hotels, daily sightseeing and much more, concluding with visits to historic Niagara on the Lake and Niagara Falls for visual splendor throughout.

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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.

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New Year’s at the Grand Canyon

2024/25 DATE:
December 29, 2024 – January 5, 2025
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 Gallup, New Mexico 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 iconic Paris Las Vegas Hotel. Here too, fine dining awaits including a magnificent farewell dinner at famed Lawry’s, the Prime Rib. Starting at just $2,395pp, this is a wonderful end to a year, or a nice beginning to a new one.

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Great Western Holiday

2024 DATE:
September 20 to 27
2025 DATES:
March 17 to 24
October 13 to 20
RATES:
8 Days from $3,995 per person

This is a showcase trip that is literally and metaphorically a peak experience, combining in one holiday great train travel with extraordinary sights including Pikes Peak, the Royal Gorge, the Garden of the Gods, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway and three nights in glorious Santa Fe. Limited to 24 guests, we begin with vintage train from Chicago to Denver with classic Pullman sleeping cars, fine dining in a swank diner-lounge car and attentive service. Naturally all meals, wines & spirits aboard are included.

We then enjoy fine hotels along with rides on the famed Pikes Peak Cog Railway to the top of Pikes Peak, the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad, and plenty of free time to enjoy lovely Colorado Springs. Heading south we travel on the storied Royal Gorge Railroad through the Royal Gorge before the high point of the trip, a steam train trip over the extraordinary Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the longest, highest and most authentic steam railroad in the country. We traverse the entire line on this full day magical excursion. Saving the best for last, we then have three nights in glorious Santa Fe with great dining and sightseeing.  You may want to book now as this trip will sell out quickly.

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Southwest Enchantment

2024 DATE:
September 30 to October 8
2025 DATES:
March 24 to April 1
October 20 to 28
RATES:
9 Days from $4,495 per person

We have long found the Southwest one of the most stunning parts of the country and have created a brilliant holiday with fine hotels, a leisurely pace, travel over the original Route 66, some exceptional dining and a train ride on the storied Grand Canyon Railway, all in a small group that will not exceed 18 guests. Discover one of the most enchanting towns in America, Santa Fe, and in Winslow explore the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest before the centerpiece of your trip, a two-night stay at the famed La Posada Hotel.

Visit little known Homolovi State Park with its excellent visitor center devoted to the Hopi, and stunning Meteor Crater, the best-preserved meteor impact site on earth. Saving the best visual splendor for last, marvel at the Grand Canyon, traveling the entire South Rim. Board the Grand Canyon Railway for the scenic trip to historic Williams, AZ. Next, travel west over the most interesting part of Route 66 through towns like Ash Fork and Seligman on this historic roadway, complete with 1940’s era road signs for Burma Shave, a wonderful journey back in time while en route to Las Vegas. In Las Vegas, we have included a deluxe hotel stay for two nights a farewell dinner at Lawry’s Prime Rib.

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Rockies to the Red Rocks

2024 Dates:
April 23 to 30
October 15 5o 22
2025 Dates:
April 22 to 29
September 23 to 30
RATES:
8 Days from $4,295 per person

Experience the majesty of America’s spectacular Western parks, carved over the eons into masterpieces of nature, from the soaring stone bridges of Arches to the mesmerizing spires of Canyonlands and from Monument Valley’s iconic vistas to the timeless grandeur of the Grand Canyon. Aboard the legendary Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, take in an extraordinary landscape of towering mountains, deep canyons, the Continental Divide and along the Colorado River, the same route once showcased by the original California Zephyr. 

As a special treat, marvel at the beauty of Dead Horse State Park, a rarely visited beauty just as stunning as the National Parks, and in the Grand Canyon, relish a panoramic ride aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railway. Along the journey, magical touches abound, including an expert Navajo guide in Monument Valley, two nights in entrancing Moab, a farewell dinner at Lawry’s the Prime Rib in Las Vegas and, of course, all hotels, transportation and sightseeing included along with your dedicated Uncommon Journeys professional tour manager.

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Spring West Coast Swing

2024 DATE:
April 17 to 28
RATES:
13 Days from $2,495 per person

Operating in spring of 2024, our West Coast Swing offers up the very best of the West Coast by train and ship, with some of the prettiest sights on earth. Beginning in historic Old Sacramento, our guests enjoy relaxed visits with comprehensive sightseeing included to Yosemite, stunning Hearst Castle and Morro Bay, the California Coast, the wine growing region of Paso Robles, and San Diego.

And this is all before the highlight of our holiday, a rare five-day Pacific Coastal voyage aboard the splendid Nieuw Amsterdam of Holland America Line from San Diego to Vancouver that features two more legendary West Coast stops, lovely Santa Barbara and charming, very British Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, followed by Vancouver. With fine hotels, most meals and special attractions like the California State Railroad Museum and more, we look forward to showing you the very best of the West Coast. All Aboard!

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Rocky Mountain Majesty

2024 DATES:
May 3 to 10
October 18 to 25
2025 DATES:
May 16 to 23
October 17 to 24
RATES:
8 Days from $4,695 per person

Rarely does one holiday offer the visual splendor this one does beginning with visits to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, along with a visit to lesser-known Dead Horse State Park which is a hidden jewel, with complete touring of each park, and this is after two indulgent nights at the superlative Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. After Arches & Canyonlands, we board, right in Moab, the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train for a two-day journey, traveling in daylight hours only, to Denver. In addition to this fine train, our guests enjoy an overnight stay en route in historic Glenwood Springs. This train trip is legendary, traveling along the Colorado River and through Glenwood Canyon and through the Rockies in supreme comfort in big-windowed cars and every creature comfort onboard.

Upon arrival in Denver, we transfer to lovely Colorado Springs for a three-night stay where more stunning vistas await, from the spectacular Garden of the Gods to the famed Pikes Peak Cog Railway to the top of Pikes Peak. We also visit the impressive US Air Force Academy and enjoy a trip through the Royal Gorge over the Royal Gorge Railroad. With fine hotels, great dining, transportation, all transfers and complete sightseeing, this is one of our nicest western holidays ever. All Aboard!

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Springtime in Yellowstone & Grand Teton

2024 DATE:
June 9 to 15 – ONCE ONLY!
RATES:
7 Days from $3,495 per person

Our ‘Springtime in Yellowstone & Grand Teton’ is the first of our new Uncommon Journeys Select departures featuring deluxe small-group touring with never more than 14 guests on a luxury Mercedes Sprinter with personalized attention, roomy 2-1 seating, upgraded complimentary snacks (including See’s candy) and best of all, the ability to see places and things not possible with a big bus.

We begin with a stay in one of America’s grandest hotels in Spokane and then enjoy Yellowstone and Grand Teton at the perfect time of the year, before crowds and hot weather. With comprehensive sightseeing included everywhere, well-chosen hotels, most meals and a professional travel manager, this is a supremely comfortable way to travel. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.

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Best of the West

2024 Dates:
June 19 to 30 SOLD OUT
July 10 to 21
July 31 to August 11
September 4 to 15
RATES:
12 Days From $5,995

Gaze at the delicate persimmon-hued rock formations of Arches National Park and then peer across a landscape of extraordinary shapes carved over millennia by the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park. Float down the Snake River beneath towering peaks in Grand Teton National Park, witness Old Faithful keep her schedule in Yellowstone National Park and in Glacier National Park, ascend to the heavens along the Going to the Sun Road.

Ride aboard America’s greatest train ride, the showcase Rocky Mountaineer, with a stunning daylight passage through the Colorado Rockies from Denver right to Moab. Experience Lake McDonald’s mirror-like waters, the frontier fun of Jackson and Park City’s captivating silver mining history. As you watch the rising sun reveal the vertical cliffs of Moab, listen to the wind whisper through the pines at Yellowstone National Park, and touch the sky from the soaring mountains of Glacier National Park, the magnificence of America’s beauty envelops you.

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Wonders of the West

2024 DATE:
June 29 to July 7 SOLD OUT
July 20 to 28
August 10 to 18
September 1 to 9
2025 Dates:
June 21 to 29
July 26 to August 2
August 16 to 24
September 6 to 14
RATES:
9 Days From $3,995

Bask in the grandeur of America’s western landscapes, from surreal pools and geysers to idyllic lakes and colossal peaks seemingly shaped by a heavenly sculptor. Journey by elegant train to Glacier National Park, where you’ll wind along the breathtaking Going to the Sun Road, every turn a visual marvel. On shimmering Lake McDonald, the crown jewel of Glacier Park, you will enjoy a cruise on emerald-hued waters while gazing at the Continental Divide.

Relish additional time on pristine waters with a dinner cruise to Jackson Lake’s Elk Island during your visit to Grand Teton National Park, a unique opportunity to dine amidst a sublime setting. In timeless Jackson, soak up the exhilarating atmosphere of the Old West, and in intriguing Salt Lake City, applaud the architectural jewels of Temple Square. Whether watching majestic bison roam or spouts of steam gush skyward, this uncommon journey will bring you closer than ever to the miraculous wonders of the west.

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Canadian Rockies & Alaska with the Queen

2024 DATES:
July 27 – August 10 – ONCE ONLY!
RATES:
15 Days from $4,995 per person

For summer of 2024, we have a one-time special holiday that is very special indeed since it combines in one stylish and relaxed journey two places on every traveler’s bucket list: Alaska’s stunning Inside Passage including Glacier Bay and the majestic Canadian Rockies, both at the perfect lime of the year.

And since how one travels is often as important as the destination, here too, we offer up two more bucket list experiences: Travel through the heart of the Canadian Rockies on a stunning daylight passage aboard Via Rail Canada’s showcase Canadian with its iconic dome cars followed by Alaska aboard the acclaimed Queen Elizabeth of Cunard Line. Thus, our guests enjoy the last great train in North America along with travel aboard a ship that is the heir to the great traditions established with the original Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth 2. While countless ordinary cruise ships offer Alaska cruises, there is only one Queen ship offering it and these two components make our holiday a splendid undertaking.

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Glories of the West

2024 DATE:
August 22 to 31 – ONCE ONLY!
RATES:
10 Days from $4,695 per person

Our new Glories of the West holiday offers up great vistas of some of the most extraordinary scenery in North America, on a leisurely paced and well-designed Western holiday. Begin in Denver with two nights in the ‘Mile High City’ which allows not only time to see the historic downtown center but a beautiful full day excursion that takes the storied Pikes Peak Cog Railway to the top of Pikes Peak, a short but fun ride aboard the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad and last but not least a driving trip with an expert narrator through the epic Garden of the Gods.

Next we board the California Zephyr for a spellbinding day trip through the Rockies over the former Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, the ”Main Line through the Rockies” to Utah, a visual feast of the highest order. Then we move on to two nights at lovely Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and then for a long time favorite of ours, the gorgeous Gates of the Mountain cruise on the Missouri River near Helena, made famous by Lewis & Clark on their great expedition west. After two nights in Helena, a scenic drive west to Coeur d’Alene Idaho and historic Spokane. Better still, as an early booking bonus, guests may continue to the grand spectacle of Alaska including Glacier Bay aboard Holland America Line for as little more as $199pp.

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Great Glacier Park & Pacific Coast

2024 DATE:
September 11 to 22 – Once Only!
RATES:
12 Days from $4,295 per person

Begin with train travel to Spokane aboard the Empire Builder followed by a stay at one of the great hotels of America, the historic Davenport, followed by three days in Glacier National Park with complete sightseeing including the Going to the Sun Road, a cruise on Lake McDonald, Many Glacier and adjacent Waterton National Park. Then, on to Banff and Lake Louise with special treats like dinner atop Sulphur Mountain and its epic gondola ride, the Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper past dozens of glaciers and towering mountains followed by an overnight stay in lovely Jasper. Next up is a daylight train ride through the Rockies aboard Via Rail Canada’s famed Canadian with its iconic vista-dome cars.

After the train ride, travel to Vancouver and the Queen Elizabeth, stopping for filet mignon at the celebrated Gotham Steakhouse in Vancouver. Aboard the Queen Elizabeth, enjoy the closest thing to a classic ocean liner voyage available today. And there can be no grander end to any holiday than sailing into San Francisco aboard a majestic liner. This holiday has only one flaw– it will sell out quickly and prompt reservations are encouraged.

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A Train Holiday to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, the Black Hills & Mt. Rushmore

2024 DATE:
September 13 to 22 – ONCE ONLY!
RATES:
10 Days from $4,895 per person

For many years, our guests have asked us to offer a trip to impressive Mt. Rushmore in addition to our usual offerings to Grand Teton and Yellowstone each summer, and we have finally tailored the perfect holiday that offers, on one leisurely vacation, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, the Black Hills and Mt. Rushmore. Nicer still, our tour ends with a style and manner of transport that has all but vanished, travel aboard our own vintage streamliner train, the Great Western Limited on an overnight passage from Denver to Chicago, a rare chance to enjoy classic train travel with Pullman sleeping cars, an observation lounge car and excellent dining (naturally, all meals, wines & spirits while aboard are included).

Comfort, along with wildlife and stunning views, abounds on this trip, with most of our hotel stays being at least two nights long. Our guests enjoy time in Salt Lake City, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, historic Cody and three nights in Black Hills/Mt. Rushmore. Comprehensive sightseeing is featured and highlights include a cruise on lovely Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park, complete touring of Yellowstone including Old Faithful, the Upper and Lower Loops and the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. In Cody, there is not only a visit to the Buffalo Bill Historic Center but a chuckwagon dinner under the stars. And, of course, visits to Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, historic Deadwood and even a ride aboard the Black Hills Central Railroad.

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Connoisseurs Great Pacific Northwest

2024 DATE:
September 14 to 22 – ONCE ONLY!
RATES:
10 Days from $3,595 per person

For September of 2024 we have created a special one-time holiday that combines in one relaxing trip a number of unusual destinations in the great Pacific Northwest along with two famed modes of travel: Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train with its epic views of the Pacific coast and the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth, one of the nicest ships afloat, on a rare Pacific coastal voyage. To these fun modes of travel we have added in fine hotels, some great sightseeing, a visit to spectacular Olympic National Park in Washington and lovely Harrison Hot Springs, BC.

After two blissful nights at Harrison Hot Springs a short drive brings us to Vancouver, where another highlight awaits, a grand bon voyage sailing day luncheon at the acclaimed Gotham Steakhouse, one of the highest rated restaurants in Canada. Saving the best for last, we then board the stately Queen Elizabeth at Vancouver Harbor, setting sail on a rare Pacific coastal voyage with all of the luxury and amenities you would expect on one of the world’s most fabled ships. While there are many reasons to savor a short sampler voyage on the Queen Elizabeth, one of the best reasons is the excitement of sailing under San Francisco’s majestic Golden Gate Bridge in true Ocean Liner fashion.

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Steam through the West

2024 DATE:
October 4 to 12 – Once Only!
RATES:
9 Days from $3,995 per person

A one-time trip that features three great train trips behind Steam through the American West with rides over the storied Grand Canyon Railway to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the historic Nevada Northern Railway and the fabled Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Nicer still, we have great ‘non-train’ adventures like a tour of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, a ride over the original Route 66 across Arizona, a full day visit to stunning Lake Tahoe and much more.

With a relaxed pace, fine hotels, some great dining including breakfast daily, comprehensive sightseeing and more, this is a wonderful trip. Additional highlights include an overnight stay in Las Vegas on the Strip, a trip aboard the California Zephyr over the Sierra Nevada between Reno and Sacramento and a visit to the acclaimed California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. All Aboard!

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North by Northwest

2025 DATE:
April 30 to May 10
RATES:
11 Days from $3,995 per person

Our one-time North by Northwest offers up a visual feast of great vistas beginning with the rightly praised route of the Coast Starlight train from California to the Pacific Northwest. And this is just the beginning of wonderful sights that include Mt. Rainier National Park followed by a full day exploration of seldom-visited North Cascades National Park. And this is just the warm up for what comes next, an Alaska Inside Passage mini-cruise with mile after mile in the Inside Pasage where whales, bears and eagles are often sighted. This rare five-day voyage also features two fun ports in Alaska – Sitka and Ketchikan – for the ultimate Pacific Northwest holiday.

Nicer still, we have fine hotels, with each stay being two nights, comprehensive sightseeing (all included), some great meals and a professional tour manager to oversee the entire program with transfers, special parties and much more. This is an ideal springtime holiday when crowds are less, at a remarkably attractive price. We look forward to welcoming you aboard this vacation, with ease and comfort throughout. All Aboard!

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Spring West Coast Swing

2025 DATE:
May 2 to 13
RATES:
12 Days from $3,995 per person

Our Spring 2025 West Coast Swing offers up a visual feast in one elegant and relaxing holiday that includes Old Sacramento, Yosemite, stunning Hearst Castle, Pismo Beach and train travel over the famed Coast Route of the Union Pacific Railroad, traveling along the blue Pacific for 131 miles.

Our guests enjoy two days at Yosemite National Park and a ride on the pretty Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad before traveling to Hearst Castle for a visit of this stupendous sight! We also visit Morro Bay and picturesque Pismo Beach, all before the centerpiece of our holiday, a rare Pacific Coastal cruise from California to Vancouver aboard the Royal Princess with stops in San Francisco and lovely Victoria, BC en route. One departure only and certain to sell out so call now. All Aboard!

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Journey to the Great Bear Rainforest

2025 DATE:
October 1 to 12 – ONCE ONLY!
RATES:
12 Days from $3,495 per person

This is a splendid one-time trip to the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia and Alaska that visits the land of the white spirit bears. You will see mist-shrouded inlets along British Columbia’s untamed coastline, isolated outposts like Bella Bella and view Alaska’s Inside Passage. With train travel aboard the famous Coast Starlight, a comfortable three-night deluxe hotel stay (with breakfast daily and all taxes), a full day visit to Mt Rainier National Park and sightseeing to wondrous sights like Snoqualmie Falls and quaint Gig Harbor, this holiday is a visual treat.

Other nice features include a visit to the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park with bears, moose, mountain goats and deer in a natural setting that we drive through with an expert narrator. And to end on an elegant note, during our stay in Victoria we visit lovely Butchart Gardens, where our guests enjoy Afternoon Tea. Call now for special early booking bonuses and amenities. All Aboard.

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