California Zephyr Rail Experience

Chicago to San Francisco

Experience America riding on one of its most scenic train routes: the California Zephyr®!
After beginning your journey in Chicago with a little sightseeing, ride the rails west across the country. From the waving wheat fields of the Great Plains, to the craggy peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and the open desert landscapes of Utah and Nevada, there is no end to the scenic beauty you will enjoy along the way. Your journey ends in San Francisco with a little sightseeing in the city by the bay.
From €1529pp

What's Included

  • Flights from Dublin to Chicago and return from San Francisco to Dublin
  • 4 NIGHTS hotel accommodations; 2 NIGHTS on board Amtrak
  • Multiple sightseeing tours
  • Based on 2 adults sharing, travelling in November
  • Quote Ref 1509380 - Call us on 01 673 3840 or Email Us  

Staff Tips

Chicago-Navy Pier is very touristy and a bit of a tourist trap. The are views are worth it and you get of the city for a couple of hours.

Claire Somers

Travel Expert

Chicago-The best thin crust pizza in my opinion is at Pizano's, and that's on Madison--not too far from the river--also right off of Michigan Avenue. If you're at Millennium Park, you're super-close to either Giordano's or Pizano's.

Sarah McCormick

Travel Expert

San Francisco-Watch the seagulls; guard your snack food with your life anywhere within eyeshot of the ocean.

Terry Sheehan

Reservations Manager

Your Adventure...

Arrival in Chicago
Overnight aboard Amtrak®
Overnight aboard Amtrak®
San Francisco
San Francisco
Your Journey Ends in San Francisco
  • Day 1 Arrival in Chicago

    Welcome to Chicago! Upon arriving into the city, check into your hotel and start enjoying your time in the “Windy City”.
    (Overnight in Chicago)
    Hotel: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza.

  • Day 2 Chicago

    Today you will get to explore Chicago on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Your fully guided tour will allow you to get on and off at Chicago's top attractions. The tour's stops include the famous Navy Pier, the Shedd Aquarium, the Chicago Theatre, and the Willis Tower. While at the Willis Tower you will have admission to the ever-popular Skydeck Observatory level.
    (Overnight in Chicago)
    Hotel: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza or similar

  • Day 3 Overnight aboard Amtrak®

    This afternoon board Amtrak in Chicago's Union station for your journey west to San Francisco. Sit back and relax as the train heads from the Midwest to sunny California! (Overnight aboard Amtrak)

  • Day 4 Overnight aboard Amtrak®

    The train journey you experience is magnificent. After traveling across the great plains, your train enters the majestic Rocky Mountains this morning. After traveling past breathtaking alpine scenery for most of the day, the mountains begin to recede as you enter the more open desert spaces of Utah in the afternoon and evening. Keep your camera handy as you take in view after view of places you can only experience traveling by train.
    (Overnight aboard Amtrak)

  • Day 5 San Francisco

    After passing through the picturesque Sierra Nevada Mountains, you arrive today to San Francisco. This evening, relax and reminisce about the once-in-a-lifetime scenic journey you've just completed.
    (Overnight in San Francisco)
    Hotel: Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf or similar

  • Day 6 San Francisco

    Take time today to explore all San Francisco has to offer. With your included hop-on, hop-off pass you have a wonderful guided tour at your disposal taking in the city's most beloved points of interest. Hop-off and explore any such as Golden Gate Park, Union Square, Haight Ashbury, and many more when you'd like to explore further. San Francisco has a wide variety of experiences available to excite any visitor. Tonight you will enjoy dinner at a popular restaurant on San Francisco's Pier 39!
    (Overnight in San Francisco)
    Hotel: Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf or similar

  • Day 7 Your Journey Ends in San Francisco

    Please ask us about extending your stay for a few days in order to fully explore the wonderful waterfront city of San Francisco.

More Great Holiday Deals...

  • From

    California Coast by Rail

    Travel down the gorgeous California Coast as you venture from San Francisco to San Diego, with stops in Paso Robles a...
    • More Detail
  • From

    Boston and New York Rail Package

    Enjoy history and culture mixed with bright lights and night-life on this exciting journey.
    • More Detail
  • From

    American Heritage – The Best of East Coast Cities by Rail

    From the historic streets and neighborhoods of Boston to the gleaming monuments of the nation's capital, your trip is...
    • More Detail


By Adrienne Keogh

What to do in Chicago in One Day

By Kristin Skinner

Things to do in San Francisco at Night

By Adrienne Keogh

Best Rooftop Bars in San Francisco