California Rail Discovery

September 11-17, 2024 | 7 days

$3525 per person, double occupancy





HIGHLIGHTS: San Francisco City Tour, Muir Woods, Napa Valley Winery Tour & Tasting, Sierra Nevada Rail Journey, California State Railroad Museum, Two Cruise Experiences, San Francisco Bay Cruise, Lake Tahoe Paddle Wheeler Cruise, Old Sacramento Waterfront, Virginia City, NV, Reno & National Auto Museum, Two Night Stay in San Francisco, Three Night Stay in Lake Tahoe


2 nights at Hotel Zephyr or Westin St. Francis Union Square, San Francisco
1 night at Hyatt Regency or Embassy Suites, Sacramento
3 nights at Lake Tahoe Resort, Harrah’s or Harvey’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline/South Lake Tahoe





Day 1 | September 11, 2024 | Arrive San Francisco

Today board your flight bound for the San Francisco Bay Area for 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. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers at a popular restaurant in the Fisherman’s Wharf/Pier 39 area.
(D) Overnight: San Francisco

Day 2 | September 12, 2024 | 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 enroute 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 | September 13, 2024 | 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 wine making. 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 & is filled with shops, restaurants and entertainment venues yet retains 1800’s 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 | September 14, 2024 | 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 | September 15, 2024 | Reno – Virginia City

This morning travel through historic Carson City, capital of the Silver State of Nevada enroute to Reno 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 featuring the original Harrah Auto Collection of gaming pioneer Bill Harrah. Then visit Virginia City, 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 hotel for an evening at your own pace.
(B) Overnight: Lake Tahoe


Day 6 | September 16, 2024| 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, take a gondola ride up the mountain or experience the amenities of your hotel. Tonight’s Farewell Dinner will be at a local restaurant in the area.
(B,D) Overnight: Lake Tahoe


Day 7 | September 17, 2024 | Lake Tahoe – Sacramento Airport

This morning transfer to the Sacramento Airport & fly home with wonderful memories of your California Rail Discovery.




“Book Now” Rates Dbl – $3525, Sgl $4550. (no triples available). After 6/28/24, rates increase $100 per person.


Roundtrip Airfare – DFW
6 Nights Accommodations
9 Meals: 6 Breakfasts (B) & 3 Dinners (D)
Sightseeing per Itinerary
Admissions per Itinerary
Hotel Transfers
Professional Tour Director
Motorcoach Transportation
Baggage Handling at Hotels

Travel insurance
Items of a personal nature
Expense of any required PCR or Antigen tests


**Travel insurance is recommended**

PAYMENTS:  A non refundable deposit of $400 per person is due with reservation.  Final payment is due June 1, 2024. Payments may be made by check, cash, or zelle.  If paying with a credit card, a 5% fee is assessed. (We accept MC, VI & AX).

If cancelled before 6/1/2024, deposit is retained. If cancelled after 6/1/2024,  package is totally non refundable.  INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENED.

FULL LEGAL NAMES: must be given as stated on PASSPORT. Please send us a copy of your passport.



INSURANCEInsurance is highly recommended.  Please contact Sharon Carr Travel for a quote.  SCT can book the insurance for you after your trip deposit is made.  Please note “cancel anytime” insurance must be done at the same time as the deposit.  It does have restrictions and only repays 80% of the trip cost.  Insurance does not cover a pandemic.

Any out of pocket expenses caused by airline delays are the sole responsibility of the client and any refunds due are at the sole discretion of the airline.  Client must contact the airline directly for any reimbursement.  Once again, INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

RESPONSIBILITY:  Sharon Carr Travel/Journey House offers retail travel services to customers, which are provided by separate and independent vendors of travel services. Sharon Carr Travel/Journey House does not operate, control, or otherwise provide the services of the independent travel vendors. Hence, customer agrees that Sharon Carr Travel/Journey House acts only as agent for the client in acquiring transportation, hotel accommodations, sightseeing, and other privileges, or services for the clients’ benefit, and on the express condition that Sharon Carr Travel/Journey House  shall not be responsible for any loss, accident, injury, delay, defect, pandemic, omission or irregularity which may occur or be occasioned, whether by reason of any act, negligence or default of any company or person engaged in or responsible for carrying out any of the arrangements, or otherwise in connection there with. The suppliers reserve the right to make minor adjustments to the itinerary.   Sharon Carr Travel /Journey House will not be held responsible should any of these suppliers fail to provide the travel services purchased, whether through default or any other cause.  Sharon Carr Travel /Journey House is not responsible for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air schedules or other causes.  All such losses or expenses will be the responsibility of the member of the tour.  Sharon Carr Travel /Journey House is not responsible for any loss or damage to luggage during the tour.  Also, Sharon Carr Travel /Journey House is not liable for any illnesses contracted during or after travel, is not liable for medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered during or after travel.  Acceptance of the Tour Contract will serve as a Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement.  This agreement is binding on your heirs, legal representatives and assigns. If, for some reason, a trip must be rescheduled due to any of the above reasons, participants are bound by the new dates of travel, and can only obtain a refund if insurance has been purchased and insurer is contractually bound.  SHARON CARR TRAVEL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WEATHER RELATED OR MECHANICAL DELAYS.

NOTE TO TRAVELER: The traveler assumes and understands that there is a risk involved with travel and travel activities and/or excursions. The traveler is responsible for reading and abiding by all Health and Safety protocols of the vendor & the destination prior to travel, has reviewed the travel itinerary for accuracy, has been advised of all applicable fees imposed by Sharon Carr Travel/Journey House Travel and the suppliers, and has been offered the option of purchasing trip cancellation/interruption insurance. The traveler also understands that discounted fares and vacation packages typically involve restrictions and that changing any aspect of any travel arrangements may result in the payment of additional money.


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