AMTRACK'S FAMOUS "EMPIRE BUILDER" TRAIN
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
Relax and discover the delight of overnight training in the Canadian Rockies.
Operates: No scheduled departures
Tour Length: 9 Days, 8 Nights
Departs From: Cleveland, OH
Single Room - $3,548.00
Double Room - $2,698.00
- 8 Nights Accommodations
- 4 National Parks
- 2 Nights aboard Empire Builder Train - Amtrak
- 2 Nights Whitefish, Montana
- Glacier National Park
- Going-to-the-Sun Highway
- Kootenay National Park
- 3 Nights in Banff, Alberta
- Moraine Lake & Valley of Ten Peaks
- Icefields Parkway & Peyto Lake
- Athabasca Glacier Snow Coach
- Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
- Waterton Lakes National Park
- Round Trip Train from Cleveland
- Hotel Transfers
- 9 Meals:
- 6 Breakfasts
- 3 Dinners
- Touring Mentioned Below
- Luggage Handling and Taxes
- 2 Nights - Empire Builder Train in Coach Class Seat
- 2 Nights - Whitefish, Montana
- 3 Nights - Caribou Lodge or Ptarmigan Inn, Banff
- 1 Night - East Glacier National Park area Lodges, Glacier National Park
Day 1: Depart Cleveland - All Aboard
Board Amtrak in Cleveland and ride to Chicago's Union Station where you will board Amtrak's famous "Empire Builder" Train bound for Montana and Glacier National Park. sit back and relax as you ride the rails and overnight onboard as the train heads West through Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana.
Day 2: Ride the Rails - Glacier National Park
Awake this morning as you continue Westward on the train and relax to the passing scenery. Today you travel through North Dakota and Montana arriving in Whitefish, Montana this evening. Meet your Premier World Discovery Tour Director and transfer to your hotel for a two night stay in Whitefish.
Day 3: Whitefish - going to the Sun Highway
This morning our destination is the heart of Glacier National Park, the Crown Jewel of the Continent. The excitement begins as you board a 1930's Red jammer Touring Car for a ride over the Going-to-the-Sun Highway featuring incredible scenery and acclaimed as one of the most beautiful roadways in the world. The 52-Mile long engineering marvel crosses the Continental Divide through Logan Weeping Wall and Birdwoman Falls along with many spectacular mountain vistas. Meals: (B, D)
Day 4: Kootenay National Park - Banff
Head North through British Columbia along the western slope of the Canadian Rockies, into the heart of Canada's great timberlands and Kootenay National Park. See the bright red walls of Sinclair Canyon and travel through Radium Hot Springs. arrive in Banff for a three-night stay in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Meal: (B)
Day 5: Lake Louise and Banff Tour
This morning travel north to see tow of the crown jewels of the Canadian Rockies: Moraine Lake and Lake Louise. First stop to view spectacular Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Next stop at the Chateau Lake Louise to explore and capture spectacular views and photos of Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier. Later enjoy a Banff Area Tour including Mt. Rundle, Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain and the Hoodoos. The late afternoon is at leisure to shop or explore Banff on your own. Meal: (B)
Day 6: Banff
- Icefields Parkway - Banff
Today travel much of the Icefields Parkway, situated between Lake Louise and Jasper and considered one of the most scenic highways in the world. See a panorama of snow-capped mountains peaks, hanging glaciers, waterfalls, canyons, and often wildlife such as moose, big-horn sheep and bear. Scale Bow Pass with a stop to see turquoise blue Peyto Lake. Ride in a specially designed Snow Coach on the 1000 foot-thick Athabasca Glacier, part of the Columbia Icefield. Tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Banff. Meals: (B, D)
Day 7: Banff - Buffalo Jump - Glacier National Park
Today travel south and visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. The interpretive center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and bears witness to a custom practiced by native people of the North American plains for nearly 6000 years. Later enter Waterton Lakes National Park and see the historic Prince of Wales Hotel. Travel across the boarder to Montana and Glacier National Park, a haven for some of the world's endangered species such as the gray wolf and grizzly bear. Overnight at one of the East Glacier Park area lodges. Enjoy your Farewell Dinner this evening. Meals: (B, D)
Day 8: East Glacier - Empire Builder Train
Board Amtrak's Empire Builder Train today for the return journey back to Chicago. Sit back and relax as you ride the rails and overnight onboard the train. Meal: (B)
Day 9: Arrive Chicago's Union Station - Home
The Empire Builder train arrives in Chicago's Union Station late this afternoon. Transfer trains to travel to home to Cleveland with wonderful memories of your travel experience.
This is a Gold Card Program Tour, which can earn you $100 in Free Travel.
****The balance for all train trips are due 90 days before departure, at which time it will become non-refundable. Any bookings made within the last 90 days are subject to availability and will require full payment at the time of booking.****
The Amtrak station's address in Cleveland is: 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, it is very close to the Brown's Stadium and the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.
Departure & Return time are as follows, but are always subject to change.
Departing: Cleveland-Chicago: 3:45am - 9:45am (about 7 hours on the train)
Chicago-Whitefish, MT: 2:15pm - 8:56pm (arrive next day) (about 32 hrs on train)
Returning: East Glacier-Chicago: 9:54am - 3:55pm (29 hours on the train)
Chicago-Cleveland: 9:30pm -5:35am (7 hours on the train)
Arrive in Cleveland 2 days later from Montana.
There are only two trains which go through Cleveland and they are both in the early morning hours. Travelers usually need to arrive about 1 hour prior to scheduled departure. We use the later Chicago-Cleveland return train because Amtrak often runs behind schedule, so we make sure to take the later train so we don't have people missing the earlier train.
Terms and Conditions:
For overnight tours, the deposit is based on the cost of the tour as follows:
- Overnight Tours Under $150 > $25 Deposit
- Overnight Tours $150-$800 > $75 Deposit
- Overnight Tours $801-$1,500 > $100 Deposit
- Overnight Tours over $1,501 > $250 Deposit
Up to 30 days prior to departure date, a full refund will be made. *Air and cruise tours, and some longer tours, may be different—be sure to ask for details when making your reservation. Tours including tickets also generally have earlier non-refundable dates. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 30 days prior to your departure date. However, we will do our best to recover as much as we can, but cannot guarantee anything. There will be no refund, for any reason, for a “no-show” on the day of the tour. A “Refund Protection Plan” is available at our office at a minimal cost. This insures you a full refund in case of a death or illness in the immediate family up to 24 hours before the tour departs. (It does require a doctor’s written note or copy of death notice.) On longer tours, we have a special insurance plan available if you are interested, and it will be sent to you with your confirmation. We encourage you to take advantage of these protection plans. The Refund Protection Plan does not apply to Day Trips, nor are there any refunds for Day Trips, with a few exceptions.
Gad-About Tours Inc. reserves the right to cancel any tour that has not reached a minimum number of reservations. We reserve the right to change tour prices and itinerary. Tours are prepared up to a year in advance and may be impacted by circumstances that arise which are beyond our control. We reserve the right to cancel or refuse service to anyone, in our sole discretion. We always avoid changes and cancellations if at all possible, as we realize the inconvenience to you, our valued customer.
All of our tours are by late-model, deluxe wide-body motorcoach. They are equipped with air-conditioning, reclining seats, public address system, VCR, and emergency restrooms. Our intent is for all overnight tours to be professionally escorted for your convenience. Upon occasion, in order to avoid canceling a trip with a low passenger count, our driver may serve both positions of driver and escort, and all are professionally trained to do so. Also, on air trips with low passenger counts, we may not be able to provide an escort from our company. However, we will provide airport transportation*, plus a guide from our connecting company will meet you upon arrival at your destination and be with you throughout the entire tour. (*If only a few are going on a given air tour, we will pay your airport parking fee in lieu of using the coach.)
Your lodging is included on all overnight tours. All hotels are AAA rated. We never use second-rate hotels, restaurants, or activities on any tour, to the best of our ability to make that determination. Payment of telephone calls, room service, and other incidentals at places of lodging are the responsibility of the customer.
One suitcase per person is included in the price of your tour. You are also permitted a carry-on, which is your responsibility. Additional luggage may be transported at the cost of $5.00 per bag, per day. It is wise to travel light. Luggage tags are provided and required for hotel identification, and are sent with the final letter with the phone numbers of your hotels.
TAXES AND GRATUITIES:
All taxes and gratuities for included meals and activities are included, unless otherwise mentioned by the Escort. Driver and Escort gratuities are not included in the price of the tour, and are optional. However, the suggested gratuity as posted by the American Bus Assoc. for a job well done is $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the tour escort, and $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the driver. We request that you express this on an individual basis, and let the quality of service received be your guide.
On all overnight tours, we use a daily seat rotation. The first day of a trip, we allow you to choose your seat when you get on, and rotate from there. We feel this is fair to all involved. If the coach is not full, a less formal rotation may be used at escort’s discretion.
We make regular stops for restrooms and for the convenience of smokers; however, we have a NO SMOKING policy aboard all coaches.
Gad-About Tours, Inc. is bonded, insured, and registered with the ICC, number MC 198451. We act only as agents and are not responsible to any person for any loss of time or money due to a change or delay beyond our control. Nor are we responsible for non-performance by those we have contracted with. Any claims against Gad-About Tours Inc. must be made, in writing, within 30 days of the trip.