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Trip #1: The Westbound OVERLAND
An Excursion to Mark the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike
Chicago, IL to Denver, CO to Emeryville (Oakland), CA
2,438 miles of scenery and fun!
Thursday, May 2 thru Sunday, May 5, 2019
The BERLIN is proud to participate in two Golden Spike Excursions, operated by Altiplano Railtours, in May 2019. Plan to be a part of history as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad!
Our excursion will utilize the beautiful private railcars BERLIN and SUPER DOME.
Our journey will begin at Chicago, IL on May 2nd, 2019. You may board further down the line at regularly scheduled Amtrak stops with advance notification, but the fare will be the same. We will travel behind Amtrak’s California Zephyr to Denver, CO where we will lay over one night. The next day we travel onward to Emeryville, CA.
THURSDAY May 2nd : Today we will depart Chicago, IL behind Amtrak train #5. A member of our staff will greet you at the Amtrak Metropolitan lounge and escort you to the train. Boarding begins at 1:30 PM with a 2:00 PM departure. We will begin our trip by passing through northern Illinois and cross the Mississippi River before arriving at Omaha, NE around 11 PM. A welcome aboard hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served upon boarding followed later by a full dinner
FRIDAY May 3rd: Breakfast will be served this morning as we arrive into Denver, CO. Today is a free day for you to explore. Local rail highlights include the Forney Museum of Transportation and the Colorado Railroad Museum. Otherwise you are free to explore the city on your own. Your railcar serves as your hotel (though you may book a hotel separately if you wish at your own expense). Our dome lounge will feature a happy hour this evening.
SATURDAY May 4th: We will depart Denver Union Station at 7:30 AM. Our journey today will take us through a variety of famous rail landmarks. We begin by climbing the Front Range of the Rockies through the Big-Ten curves before plunging into the Rocky Mountains. After passing through Byers Canyon and Glenwood Canyon we will arrive into Glenwood Springs after lunch. By nightfall we will be speeding across the Utah desert. All meals served onboard today.
SUNDAY May 5th: Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard today as we traverse the Northern Nevada desert. After passing through Reno, NV we will cross famous Donner Pass before gliding into Sacramento, CA and completing our journey at Emeryville (Oakland), CA.
BERLIN fares and availability – All rooms contain a toilet, sink and private shower.
Suite A: $2999 per person, double occupancy
Suite B: SOLD
Suite C: $2999 per person, double occupancy
Bedroom D: $2250 per person, double occupancy
Suite E: $2750 per person, double occupancy
Payment can be made by check or money order. Checks and money orders should be made payable to Altiplano Railtours and mailed to: Altiplano Railtours, 7256 Gerard Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55346.
Refund Policy: Cancellation refund rules: 100 days prior to the start of any tour you will receive a full
refund. 99 to 61 days before the departure of any tour you will receive a 50% cash/50% travel credit refund. Any cancellations received 60 or less days before the start of any tour will not receive any refund. These cancellations rules apply to everyone. We highly recommend obtaining trip insurance to cover you in case of accident, health issue, or a similar problem. The cost per person is very low.
Altiplano Railtours reserves the right to make equipment changes without notice and to make schedule changes with notice.