Rail trip to San Antonio and Caribbean Cruise
Spectacluar holiday train trip and cruise to some of the most beautiful places in the Carribean.
11 Day/10 Night Tour Features
2 days Sunset Limited Sleeper Roomette
One-way flight from Houston to Los Angeles
2 nights riverside hotel in San Antonio
Sightseeing in San Antonio
Deluxe motorcoach transportation
7 nights inside cabin on the Grand Princess cruise ship. Ports of call: Galveston, Costa Maya, Roatan Honduras, Belize, Cozumel and 2 days at sea
All of your meals while onboard the train
All of your meals and entertainment while onboard the Grand Princess
2 breakfasts in San Antonio
Fully escorted and narrated so you won’t miss a thing
Day 1 – Los Angeles Union Station Welcome to Los Angeles! Without a doubt the wide windows of a railroad coach serve up better and more accessible views than any mode of transport.
Day 2 – Rail Through the Southwest – San Antonio After a leisurely breakfast enjoy the views as the landscape changes from painted canyons to red rock vistas and Texas Longhorn working ranches.
Day 3 – San Antonio Enjoy a leisurely morning along the famous Riverwalk. Today the history of San Antonio comes alive as we are joined by a local guide for a highlights tour.
Day 4 – San Antonio – Board the Grand Princess Today, board our deluxe motorcoach bound for historic Galveston. View the seawall area and the restored buildings along the Strand before boarding the Grand Princess…our home away from home for the next 7 nights.
Day 5 – At Sea
Enjoy all of the amenities onboard. The Grand Princess has 9 restaurants, 3 show lounges, a Casino, Disco, Card Room, Game Arcade, 4 outdoor swimming pools, 1 indoor pool, 9 Whirlpools, 12 lounges, a putting green, basketball, fitness room, jogging track, volleyball, beauty salon, library, internet café, and even a Wedding Chapel! (All shipboard meals included)
Day 6 – Puerto Costa Maya Puerto Costa Maya is the newest port of call in the Mexican Caribbean. Built around the culture of the ancient Maya, and the rich expanse of the Yucatan Peninsula, enjoy sapphire blue seas, emerald green jungles, and a wealth of experiences ranging from diving shipwrecks to shopping.
Day 7 – Roatan, Honduras
Roatan is the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands with small towns and fishing villages built along the water’s edge. Ideal for snorkeling, explore the offshore coral reefs inhabited with brilliantly colored fish. (All shipboard meals)
Day 8 – Belize
Belize offers a thousand years of history. Formally known as the British Honduras, this area has the second largest barrier reef in the world. Dive, snorkel, explore the ancient Mayan ruins, take a once-in-a-lifetime canopy tour through the rain forest or visit the sanctuary for Howler monkeys. (All shipboard meals)
Day 9 – Cozumel Sitting off the Yucatan coast, Cozumel revels in its white sand beache
Day 10 – At Sea
Catch up on a good book and enjoy life at sea. (All shipboard meals)
Day 11 – Galveston-Fly to Los Angeles After breakfast this morning, disembark the Grand Princess in Galveston. Our motorcoach driver will shuttle you to the Houston Airport for your flight back to Los Angeles. Welcome Home!
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North Island Steam Explorer
Tuesday: Your Steam Journey Begins: Auckland – Tongariro National Park
We’ll depart from Auckland’s historic old Railway station and travel south via the Auckland waterfront, through the fertile farmland of the Waikato. We’ll follow the mighty Waikato River to Waitomo, where you can visit live Kiwis or tour the incredible limestone formations of the Waitomo Caves.
Then we’ll follow the Main Trunk Line through the King Country before travelling up one of New Zealand’s most impressive engineering feats: the Raurimu Spiral.
Wednesday: Tongariro National Park to Palmerston North
This morning you could play golf, tennis or croquet or visit the excellent Department of Conservation Visitor Centre. If you start early you have time to take the chairlift right to the top of the Mt Ruapehu ski runs.
Later in the morning we’ll drive to the ski town of Ohakune , or you can take the optional spectacular flight over the mountains. Once on board the train, we’ll travel the many spectacular viaducts of the Rangitikei Valley before descending to the Manawatu.
Thursday: Palmerston North to Wellington via Wairarapa
Today we’ll travel through the magnificent Manawatu Gorge before heading south across the Wairarapa region.
It’s one of the country’s premier wine regions and you may choose to wander around the town of Masterton or you can take either the Martinborough Wine Trail tour or a Wairarapa Gardens Tour.
For railfans, we stop en route at the Pahiatua Railcar Museum and when we get to Masterton have an excursion to the Fell Museum home of the unique and historic locomotive that used to climb the very steep Rimutaka Incline using the “Fell” system.
On our final evening in Wellington we’ll celebrate a very special dinner to farewell those leaving the North Island Steam Explorer and welcome those joining us for the South Island Steam Explorer.
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California and Mexico train trip and cruise
Fantastic rail/sea trip taking in a California and Mexico resorts.
Round-trip passage and sleeping car accommodations aboard Amtrak’s Coast Starlight from Seattle to Los Angeles
4 nights Baja California Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Monarch of the Seas”
1 night accommodation aboard the Queen Mary
1 night deluxe accommodation in Los Angeles Local sightseeing
Day 1–Board Amtrak's Coast Starlight
Today we depart from Seattle's King Street Station. Embark on Amtrak's Coast Starlight and enjoy a full day of daylight rail travel through beautiful Washington State and Oregon. Settle into your sleeping accommodations after a wonderful meal in the dining car. (L/ D on board train)
Day 2: Coastline–Arrive in Los Angeles
Another full day of daylight rail including the spectacular coast of California. Enjoy the scenery from the Pacific Parlour Car, complete with afternoon wine tasting. Arrive Los Angeles and check in to the Queen Mary, one time luxury ocean liner, now a floating hotel! (B/L/D on board train)
Day 3: Embark on the Monarch of the Seas
Enjoy an included breakfast aboard the Queen Mary. Explore this grand ocean liner that once sailed the oceans of the world, or the many attractions of Long Beach. In the afternoon, transfer to the cruise terminal to board Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas cruise ship. Settle into your cabin and enjoy the amenities of this intimate ship. (B/D)
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