Rails & Sails of the Sierra Nevada 2023 & 2024
Featuring San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and the Sacramento Southern Railroad
 7 Days • 10 Meals
Air Holiday
Two nights in the “City by the Bay,” two scenic rail experiences and two narrated, leisurely cruises are highlighted by a journey through California’s Sierra Nevada. Experience Nevada’s rich mining heritage and rugged frontier history along with a special wine-accompanied dinner aboard the Old Vine Express.

 Highlights
  • 10 Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Spend two nights in San Francisco with narrated city tour
  • Narrated bay cruise to see Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge
  • Ride the famed California Zephyr for a scenic ride through the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountain Range
  • Spend two nights in Lake Tahoe boasting casinos and great entertainment for evening fun
  • Visit the once bustling Virginia City and tour the 1859 Chollar Mine
  • See the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City
  • Leisurely lunch cruise on the turquoise waters of Lake Tahoe aboard the MS Dixie II
  • Tour Old Sacramento and the California State Capitol Building
  • Visit the California State Railroad Museum
  • Ride the Sacramento Southern Railroad along the Sacramento River

 Itinerary
Day 1  Arrive in San Francisco
Arrive in San Francisco and transfer to your lodging in the Fisherman’s Wharf area. Meet your Tour Manager in the hotel lobby at 6:00 p.m. for dining suggestions.
Day 2  San Francisco Touring and Bay Cruise
Embark on a guided tour of San Francisco and see many of the landmarks that made the city known throughout the world. See Union Square, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, Chinatown and the world’s most crooked street, Lombard Street. In the afternoon, set sail on a narrated San Francisco Bay cruise, taking in the city’s waterfront, Fort Mason, the Presidio, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Tonight, dinner is on Fisherman’s Wharf capping off a memorable day. Meals: B, D
Day 3  Ride the California Zephyr through the Sierra Nevada Range
This morning, board Amtrak’s famed California Zephyr for the scenic ride through the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountain Range with their rugged mountains and lush forests. Arrive Truckee, Nevada where you board your waiting motorcoach for the drive to the year round resort area of Lake Tahoe which boats casinos and great entertainment for evening fun. Upon arrival, check into the hotel where dinner awaits. Meal: D
Day 4  Virginia City Mine Tour and Carson City
Begin the day in Virginia City, once a thriving, vibrant metropolis of 25,000 residents because of the Comstock Lode, a rich deposit of silver ore discovered in 1859. At the Chollar Mine experience the real working conditions of a Comstock miner on a guide-led visit down the old mine tunnel. Spend some free time in Virginia City with its wooden sidewalks, historic buildings and lively saloons.

Then, make a stop in Carson City at the Nevada State Railroad Museum. See the extensive collection of locomotives, rolling stock, artifacts, photographs and memorabilia directly related to railroads and railroading in Nevada. Meals: B, L
Day 5  Lake Tahoe Cruise
This morning view the scenery from the water with a cruise on the turquoise waters of Lake Tahoe, the largest and second deepest Alpine lake in North America. From the deck of the Dixie II, view castles and mansions tucked between inlets and picturesque points while enjoying an included lunch. En route to Sacramento, take in the spectacular mountains, breathtaking forests and sparkling clear waters along the way. At the California State Capitol Building, see its extensive collections of statues, paintings and portraits. Meals: B, L
Day 6  Old Sacramento, Baker Family Wines and the Sacramento Southern Railroad
Today, a local guide conducts a narrated tour of Old Sacramento, designated a National Historic Landmark District. Then, visit the California State Railroad Museum to learn the importance the “iron horse” played in connecting California with the rest of the nation.

Climb aboard the Sacramento Southern Railroad for a journey along the scenic Sacramento River pulled by a historic steam or diesel locomotive. At the Baker Family Winery, taste the fruits of Major League Baseball’s Dusty Baker labors outside the dugout. Tonight, your Tour Manager hosts a special farewell dinner. Meals: B, D
Day 7  Return Home
Your tour ends with a group transfer to the Sacramento International Airport for flights home after 11:00 a.m. Meal: B

 Accommodations
Days 1 & 2  Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California
Days 3 & 4  Lake Tahoe Resort, South Lake Tahoe, California
Days 5 & 6  Holiday Inn, Sacramento, California
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Per Person twin Single Room
September 18, 2023 Request a Quote $2,699 + $1,199
September 25, 2023 Request a Quote $2,699 + $1,199
September 23, 2024 Request a Quote $2,999 + $1,229
September 30, 2024 Request a Quote $2,999 + $1,229
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Rooms for the night before and after the tour are available.
Cost for a room in San Francisco is $499, and in Sacramento is $299, tax included.

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