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CANADIAN ROCKIES & ALASKA WITH THE QUEEN

For June 2023, indulge in a one-time special holiday that combines in one stylish and relaxed journey two places on everyone's bucket list: Alaska's Inside Passage including stunning Glacier Bay and the majestic Canadian Rockies, both at the perfect time of the year.

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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

2023 DATE:
September 1 to 12
RATES:
12 Days from $5,695 per person

Gaze at the delicate persimmon-hued rock formations of Arches National Park and then peer across a landscape of extraordinary shapes carved over millenia 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. This uncommon journey begins and ends with overnight rides on our private

classic streamliner train, the Great Western Limited, where the Golden Age of Rail Travel is alive and well. Experience the rugged majesty of the upper Missouri River, the frontier fun of Jackson and the silver mining history of Park City. 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

2023 DATE:
September 10 to 18
RATES:
9 Days from $4,995 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 24 guests so prompt reservations are strongly encouraged.

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New Year’s at the Grand Canyon

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

2023 DATE:
September 7 – 14
RATES:
7 Days from $2,695 per person

With only one departure in 2023 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

2023 DATES:
August 5 to 20 – Once Only!
RATES:
16 Days from $3,895 per person

Only rarely does an itinerary come together that offers the perfect blend of interest and beautiful places, at the right time of the year, combined with a great ship. With fantastic places in Alaska like Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, and our favorite, Glacier Bay, this is a magical itinerary. After an overnight in charismatic Seattle, you’ll head north to Vancouver for a pre-cruise afternoon and evening in this beautiful city. The Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth, heir to a proud tradition established by the original Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and later by the Queen Elizabeth 2, is your civilized conveyance to Alaska, the Great Land.

Aboard your superb ship, you’ll enjoy classic ocean liner comfort, viewing Alaska from its finest perspective, by sea up close. Marvel at the Queen’s lavish public rooms, including the grand two-deck-high Queen’s Room, complete with chandeliers, where traditional Afternoon Tea is served daily and big band music plays every evening. Best of all, as a grand finale Queen Elizabeth sails south on a rare Pacific Coastal cruise to San Francisco, with the ultimate Ocean Liner arrival, sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Canadian Rockies & Alaska with the Queen

2023 DATES:
June 24 to July 7
RATES:
14 Days from $4,995 per person

For summer of 2023, 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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Rockies to the Red Rocks

2023 DATES:
April 21 – 28
October 21 – 28
RATES:
8 Days from $3,995 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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North by Northwest

2023 DATES:
August 11 to 20
RATES:
8 Days from 4,695 per person

Join us on a rare journey to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, at the perfect time of the year, aboard our own vintage streamliner train, the Great Western Limited. Delight in our classic Pullman sleeping cars and exclusive amenities such as fine dining courtesy of a dedicated chef, an Observation Lounge with large windows and glorious daytime viewing of Glacier National Park, the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound. In Seattle, enjoy a comprehensive tour including Pikes Market, and in Portland relish breathtaking experiences including a full day in the stunning Columbia River Gorge complete with sternwheeler riverboat cruise as well as a ride aboard the newly re-opened Mt. Hood Scenic Railway.

You’ll also appreciate a lovely visit to the Oregon’s acclaimed Willamette Valley wineries, where you will meet local vintners and sample award-winning varietals. However, the zenith of this journey is without a doubt a full day visit to spectacular Olympic National Park, with its glacier-capped mountains, lush rainforests and coastal vistas. With fine hotels, a special train, comprehensive sightseeing and a leisurely pace, this holiday will sell out quickly, so prompt reservations are highly encouraged.

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Glories of the West

2023 DATE:
August 24 to September 2 – ONCE ONLY!
2024 DATE:
ONCE ONLY! August 22 to 31
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 $199.00pp.

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

2023 DATE:
September 9 to 18
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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Canadian Rockies to Denali

2023 DATES:
July 11 to 26 – ONCE ONLY!
RATES:
16 Days from $4,995 per person

Discover the extraordinary scenery of the rugged Canadian Rockies and far-flung Alaska on this perfectly conceived blend of both iconic destinations. You’ll appreciate a relaxed stay in uniquely scenic Banff, encircled by towering peaks, and delight in the alpine charm of Jasper.

Take in the shimmering skyline of Vancouver as you sail north to Alaska, The Last frontier. Along the way, view colossal glaciers, visit enchanting fishing villages and witness the incredible wildlife of this untamed land. You’ll continue to Denali National Park for a two-night stay absorbing the true soul of unspoiled Alaska.

As if this weren’t wondrous enough, we’ve included not one but two signature train voyages with domed cars – one aboard Via Rail’s legendary Canadian and another on Denali’s McKinley Explorer, both boasting unparalleled views of the surrounding panoramas. All Aboard!

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Portland and the Great Columbia & Snake Rivers

2023 DATES:
September 7 to 15 – ONCE ONLY!
RATES:
9 Days from $4,495 per person

Join us on a very special voyage of discovery which combines a journey aboard our own private vintage Streamliner train, the Great Western Limited, from California to lovely Portland, where an overnight luxury hotel stay awaits you along with plenty of free time. With comfortable Pullman sleeping car accommodations, fine dining with our own chef (all meals, wines & spirits on this special train are included) and magnificent scenery, there is no finer way to travel to the City of Roses.

After two nights in Portland we proceed east along the Columbia & Snake Rivers for a visual feast of waterfalls, great vistas and towns of great charm like historic Pendleton. We have even included an epic boat trip up the Snake River, possibly the prettiest river trip in America. Saving the best for last, we end in lovely Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with two nights in this magical settlement. With extraordinary sights, comprehensive included sightseeing, fine hotels and a leisurely pace, this holiday is is certain to sell out quickly. We invite you to join us. All Aboard!

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Peaks to Pacific

2023 DATE:
August 31 to September 5 – ONCE ONLY!
RATES:
6 Days from $2,995 per person

Join us for a remarkable train journey West from Salt Lake City over the historic Overland Route from Salt Lake City to Northern California, traveling through places that evoke the mystique of the Old West: The Overland Wagon Trail, Emigrant Gap, Donner Lake, Dutch Flat, Cape Hom, Gold Run, Blue Canyon, Hangtown and Sacramento – just some of the historically freighted places we pass through. Perhaps saving the best for last, we end up at San Francisco’s fabulous Fisherman’s Wharf.

Not only is this holiday a visual feast, but to travel West you’ll ride aboard a splendid private Streamliner, our very own Great Western Limited, complete with Pullman sleeping cars with real beds and soft pillows, fine dining (all meals, wines & spirits while aboard are included in the fare) and lovely little touches like fresh flowers, elegant menus, an attentive staff and a professional tour manager to make your journey a civilized passage. Since the capacity of the Great Western Limited is restricted to only 24 lucky guests, prompt reservations on this one-time excursion are highly recommended.

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