A crimson bridge, cable cars, a sparkling bay, and streets lined with elegant Victorian homes—San Francisco is undeniably one of the world’s great cities. Reason enough to join us on a spectacular seven-day journey through Northern California on the California Rail Discovery.
Begin your trip with a two-night stay in the Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco. A tour of the “City by the Bay” will show the city’s many highlights & features a San Francisco Bay Cruise for spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the beautiful skyline. In the afternoon, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and take in the sights and smells of the majestic redwood trees of Muir Woods. These are some of the oldest and tallest coastal redwoods in the world. Later enjoy some free time browsing the storefronts along Fisherman’s Wharf, sample a chowder-filled sourdough bread bowl or take a Cable Car ride. The next day enjoy Napa Valley’s stunning scenery and sample some local wines during a Winery Tour & Tasting. Explore Old Sacramento’s Waterfront and visit the California State Railroad Museum to see beautifully restored railroad cars and locomotives that illustrate rail history in California and the West. Continue your tour and board Amtrak’s California Zephyr which travels east into the spectacular snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Lake Tahoe area. Enjoy the next three evenings in scenic and popular South Lake Tahoe. Visit Reno’s famous National Automobile Museum and discover the historic town of Virginia City, once considered the richest city in America during its’ Old West mining days. Finally, a Paddlewheeler Cruise on Lake Tahoe and a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant will cap off your California Rail adventure. Please review the itinerary details and keep in mind that roundtrip airfare is included in the tour price. We hope that you can join us on this incredible trip!
DAY 1: ARRIVE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
Today board your flight bound for the San Francisco Bay Area to begin your California Rail
Discovery. Upon arrival meet your Tour Director and transfer to your hotel to begin a two-night stay in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, San Francisco. “The City by the Bay”
highlights fascinating museums, world-class cuisine & amazing shopping. This evening
enjoy a Beer & Wine Reception followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow Alumni
travelers at a popular restaurant in the Fisherman’s Wharf/Pier 39 area.
(D) Overnight: San Francisco
DAY 2: SAN FRANCISCO CITY TOUR & BAY CRUISE – MUIR WOODS
Today enjoy a San Francisco City Tour to see the Civic Center area, Chinatown, Golden
Gate Park, Union Square, Seal Rocks & Pier 39. Experience a San Francisco Bay Cruise
featuring views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz & the city’s skyline. This afternoon
cross over the Golden Gate Bridge en route to visit Muir Woods National Monument
to see some of the oldest & the tallest Redwood trees in the world. Later enjoy time
at leisure to browse the storefronts along Fisherman’s Wharf, sample a chowder-filled
sourdough bread bowl or take a Cable Car ride.
(B) Overnight: San Francisco
DAY 3: NAPA VALLEY WINERY – OLD SACRAMENTO WATERFRONT
This morning travel into California’s famous Napa Valley, where hundreds of wineries
prosper, and stop for a Winery Tour & Tasting to sample some local wines while learning
about winemaking. While Napa is best known for its prodigious Cabernet Sauvignon
production, growing conditions are favorable for a wide range of grapes. This afternoon
travel to Sacramento and arrive at the Old Sacramento Waterfront to visit the California
State Railroad Museum to see beautifully restored railroad cars and locomotives that
illustrate rail history in California and the West. Old Sacramento was the commercial hub
of the Gold Rush Era and is filled with shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues yet
retain 1800s charm with original storefronts and wooden sidewalks. Later check into
your hotel for an overnight stay in the “River City”. Tonight join your fellow travelers for
dinner at a local restaurant in Sacramento.
(B,D) Overnight: Sacramento
DAY 4: SACRAMENTO – SIERRA NEVADA RAIL JOURNEY – LAKE TAHOE
This morning board an Amtrak Train for a Sierra Nevada Rail Journey through the
beautiful snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Lake Tahoe area. Disembark your
train in Truckee and board your motorcoach to drive to the spectacular year-round resort
area of Lake Tahoe to spend the next three evenings in the popular and revitalized South
Lake Tahoe/Stateline area.
(B) Overnight: Lake Tahoe
DAY 5: RENO – VIRGINIA CITY
This morning travel through historic Carson City, capital of the Silver State of Nevada en
route to Reno, Nevada, and see the iconic ‘The Biggest Little City in the World’ sign. Visit
Reno’s famous National Automobile Museum, recognized as one of the top auto museums
in the world features the original Harrah Auto Collection of gaming pioneer Bill Harrah.
Then visit Virginia City, the site of the Comstock Lode and once the richest place in the world.
The famous Old West town was once the west’s mining metropolis and featured notable
residents Mark Twain & Bret Harte. Return to your Lake Tahoe resort for an evening at your
(B) Overnight: Lake Tahoe
DAY 6: LAKE TAHOE CRUISE
Today enjoy a Lake Tahoe Paddle Wheeler Cruise for spectacular views of the picturesque
Sierra Nevada Mountains and Emerald Bay which features the 1929 Nordic-style mansion
Vikingsholm. Later, enjoy some leisure time in the Lake Tahoe area. Maybe take a stroll
down to the lake, do some shopping or experience the amenities of your resort hotel.
Tonight meet your fellow Alumni travelers for a Beer & Wine Reception followed by a
Farewell Dinner at a popular local restaurant in Lake Tahoe.
(B,D) Overnight: Lake Tahoe
DAY 7: LAKE TAHOE – SACRAMENTO AIRPORT
Today transfer to the Sacramento airport & return home with wonderful memories of your