West Coast Swing

Dates: Sep 21, 2017 - Oct 1, 2017

Travel: By Train and Ocean Liner

Duration: 11 Days

Priced From: $2,695 per person

In 1939 Canadian Pacific put out a nifty brochure titled, appropriately 'Glorious British Columbia' and this heading summarizes perfectly our view of this beautiful Province. This Fall, we have a truly glorious holiday that features train travel, two full nights in Portland and Seattle 'The Emerald City', and a day visit to Vancouver before the highlight of our holiday, a rare Pacific Coastal voyage down the West Coast to San Diego. With fine hotels, a leisurely pace and a traditional Ocean liner ambiance with Holland America Line, this holiday is always popular and always sells out.

In fact, stylish touches abound on this holiday, from our welcome dinner in Portland, to a special cocktail party aboard the ms Amsterdam, and a very special evening in the elegant Pinnacle Grill during our voyage south to San Diego. Naturally, there is a professional tour manager from start to finish to handle all of the details so that you can relax and enjoy your holiday.

Our holiday begins with a scenic ride to Portland aboard the Coast Starlight train with a two-night stay at the Embassy Suites. We then travel North with a detour en-route to ride the Chehalis Centralia steam train before arriving in Seattle for two nights at the Sheraton Hotel along with plenty of free time to enjoy 'The Emerald City'. In Vancouver, our guests enjoy a day visit with a sightseeing tour and luncheon. Saving the best for last, we then board Holland America's ms Amsterdam at Vancouver for a rare Pacific Coastal voyage south to San Diego, a nice way to sample traditional Ocean liner travel, with a stop in lovely Victoria, aptly described as “More British than Britain”, with an opportunity to make an optional visit to legendary Butchart Gardens with its famed floral displays. And just as lovely, our second port of call is San Francisco, sailing under the Golden Gate for a full day visit to the ‘City by the Bay’. Onboard there is as much, or as little to do as you like and we cannot imagine a nicer way to travel home. We have included dinner one evening in the superlative Pinnacle Grill as well as a farewell cocktail party. There is only one flaw in this entire indulgent holiday, it will fill quickly and prompt reservations are encouraged to avoid disappointment. All Aboard!


  • Free train travel from any California or West Coast point to Portland, OR aboard the Coast Starlight, a scenic overnight journey.
  • Two-night hotel stay in Portland at the Embassy Suites.
  • A ride on the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad in Milburn, WA with views of wooded forests, old farmsteads, country homes, and tranquil nature sites.
  • Two-night hotel stay in Seattle.
  • Full day visit to Vancouver with sightseeing.
  • 5-night Pacific Coastal cruise from Vancouver to San Diego aboard Holland America Line's Dutch ocean liner ms Amsterdam with rare visits to Victoria, British Columbia and beautiful San Francisco, sailing twice under the famous Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Return train travel to any California or West Coast point from San Diego.

DAY 1: September 21

One-way coach Amtrak travel is included from any California point to Portland. Guests depart from their closest Amtrak city today for this overnight trip.

DAY 2: September 22

Afternoon arrival into Portland by train where we transfer to the Embassy Suites hotel for our two-night stay. (R)

DAY 3: September 23

A morning visit to the stunning Columbia River Gorge with afternoon free to enjoy the the “Rose City” with its unexpected attractions ranging from gardens and museums to one of the largest retailers of books. Tonight is our special welcome dinner at Huber’s, a Portland institution since 1879. (B)

DAY 4: September 24

Mid-morning departure for Seattle, stopping en route for a ride on the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad steam train with views of wooded forests, old farmsteads, country homes, and tranquil nature sites before arriving at the Sheraton Hotel for our two-night stay.

DAY 5: September 25

All morning is free to relax and explore Seattle’s Space Needle, vibrant shopping, or Pioneer Square. A second night at the superbly located Sheraton Hotel. (B,D)

DAY 6: September 26

We depart the hotel this morning for Vancouver where we enjoy a sightseeing tour and lunch with free time before board the ms Amsterdam this afternoon to begin our voyage to San Diego. We are scheduled to sail at 11:00pm. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: September 27

Victoria, BC 8:00am - 2:00pm (B,L,D)

DAY 8: September 28

Cruising the waters of the Pacific Coast. (B,L,D)

DAY 9: September 29

San Francisco, CA 8:00am - 11:00pm (B,L,D)

DAY 10: September 30

Cruising the waters of the Pacific Coast. (B,L,D)

DAY 11: October 1

We disembark in San Diego after breakfast time and guests make connections to travel home. (B)


For more than 130 years, Holland America Line has taken discriminating guests like you to the most magnificent around the world. From the moment you step aboard this classic cruise ship, you will believe that the Golden Age of ocean travel has just begun. It's evident in the gleam of brass brightwork, the curve of a teak deck chair, the sound of pleasant musical chimes summoning you to dinner. Ours are the traditions that have long defined classic cruising, refined for a new generation seeking sophistication and romance.

We have included travel from any California/West Coast city aboard the Coast Starlight train to Seattle. Guests who wish to upgrade from the included coach accommodations may upgrade to bedroom accommodations and pricing varies by date and room type. Like airline tickets, rates are less costly when early reservations are made.  Regardless of your accommodation onboard, the train offers stunning Sightseer Lounge cars with wrap-around windows so you do not miss a moment of some of the grandest scenery in America, full dining car service as well as snack bar service for lighter refreshments.


Complete Fares & Accommodations
Listed fares are per person, based on Double Occupancy.

Ship Stateroom Category


Verandah Stateroom 
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen sized bed, bath & shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor to ceiling windows.


Large Outside
Larger Outside cabin. 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen sized bad, sitting area, picture window.


Outside Stateroom
Outside Standard cabin. 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen sized bed, sitting area, picture window with obstructed view.


Inside Stateroom
Inside Cabin. Two lower beds convertible to 1 queen sized bed, sitting area.


Port taxes of $239 per person are additional and not included in the above fares. All prices listed are per person, and based on Double occupancy. Upgrade to sleeping compartment on the train to Seattle is available, please call for current rates.

RESERVATION CANCELLATION INFORMATION: A 35% deposit of the Total Fare is required to confirm reservations aboard this program. Final Payment is due 90 days prior to the departure date and no later than 90 days prior to tour departure. Payment by VISA, Mastercard, Discover Card, or check is accepted. Cancellation penalties do apply and for this reason trip cancellation insurance is recommended. Trip insurance is available at a modest cost and additional information may be obtained from your travel professional or the insurance carrier of your choice. The following cancellation penalties apply should you have to cancel for any reason, including medical, once deposit has been made: Cancellations after deposit has been made but prior to date of final payment are subject to a$750.00per person penalty: Cancellations 90-60 days prior to sailing are subject to a 40% penalty of the Total Fare: Cancellations 30-59 days prior to sailing are subject to a 80% penalty of the Total Fare: cancellations 29-15 days prior to sailing are subject to 90% penalty of theTotal Fare: cancellations 14 days or less are subject to a100% penalty of the Total Fare.Trip cancellation insurance is available and is strongly and urgently recommended. Given that the resale of cancelled space will likely result in a lost opportunity to sell other space, these fees are due regardless of resale. Name changes and departure date changes are considered cancellations and are subject to cancellation fees.

TICKETS & DOCUMENTS: Tickets and documents will be sent via USPS promptly upon receipt from the railway, airline, or cruise company but only after final payment. This is customarily 14 days prior to sailing. Documents include: ship tickets, a complete itinerary, baggage tags, helpful hints, train or air tickets (when applicable) and shore excursion tickets (when applicable). All guests purchasing any tour or program less than 30 days prior to sailing will receive their ship tickets at the pier upon embarkation.

TRIP INSURANCE INFORMATION: Cancellation insurance is available at modest cost from various insurance providers and is strongly & urgently recommended. Policies can be obtained that provide protection in the event of trip cancellation, pre-existing medical conditions, trip interruption, personal injury or damage to property. Uncommon Journeys and Train Holidays does not endorse any particular type of policy or company but does encourage all guests to consider the purchase of some type of travel insurance.

ITINERARY CHANGES: Changing your itinerary after reservations have been made can result in loss of advantages gained by early planning. In addition, the results of last minute changes may be disappointing. All changes to travel itinerary once deposit has been made are subject to a $75.00 per person, per change administrative and handling fee. This includes, but is not limited to, date and itinerary changes on airline and rail tickets, name changes on documents, reissue and refund of rail or air tickets, et. al. Changes are not assessed for stateroom upgrades or for the addition of services, unless air reservations are altered and/or travel documents must be reissued.