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Private Railcar Excursions and Tours for 2014

including

Dinner at Hearst Castle
(Two Tours!)
and
On Our Way to Santa Fe

Dinner at Hearst Castle,
September 18-19, 2014

Experience what it was like to be an honored guest of William Randolph Hearst! This exclusive overnight getaway includes travel from Oakland Panoramic View of Hearst Castle to the region in vintage private railcar SILVER LARIAT, a private catered dinner at Hearst Castle and special behind the

scenes tours personally conducted by a Museum Executive. Also included is lodging in a deluxe ocean-front hotel in San Simeon, and a short wine-tasting tour prior to reboarding in Paso Robles. Aboard SILVER LARIAT you'll be pampered by our professional staff who will provide luncheon, hors d'Oeurves and dinner prepared for you fresh in our kitchen, as well as our complimentary bar.

***This tour is limited to 18 guests***

Itinerary

Thursday, September 18: Our private railcar will be added to the southbound Coast Starlight, Amtrak train 11, at the Oakland Jack London Square Station. Scheduled arrival time is 8:35 AM. At the railcar we are greeted by our Steward and assisted aboard. We enjoy a champagne toast or a mimosa and a light morning snack as our train glides out of the depot and begins its journey to Paso Robles. Around noon the Steward rings the diner chimes and announces that the luncheon service will begin. The verdant Salinas Valley right outside our windows makes the perfect companion to our meal.

Tables are set with crisp starched linens and fine china and glassware reminiscent of the glory days of rail travel. Meals are prepared fresh on board by our chefs. Throughout the journey our bar featuring premium labels of beer, wines from the Central Coast, and spirits, is complimentary. After enjoying a multi-course luncheon, our train arrives Paso Robles, where we will detrain to the waiting coach from Hearst Castle. Our coach will whisk us right to the front door of the Castle, where we will be greeted by a Museum Executive, and treated to a rare, behind-the-scenes tour.

Neptune Pool, Hearst Castle We get a taste of what it must have been like as one of Mr. Hearst's guests as the Castle has been reserved for our

exclusive use. The Hearst family is still involved with the Central Coast. Our meal features beef grown here on the Hearst Ranch and wines from grapes grown in the Hearst Vineyards.

Best Western Cavalier Resort After dinner, the Castle motorcoach will take us to our overnight accommodations at the Cavalier Ocean Front Resort.


Friday, September 19: Following breakfast, we board our motorcoach for a ride across the crest of the Coast Range and into the wine region of the Central Coast. With a great variety of microclimates, the area is renowned for the high quality red and white wines it produces. We’ll enjoy a tour and tasting at two wineries, and a bite of lunch before we reboard the train at 3:15 PM.

Settled in again aboard our private railcar, we enjoy a glass of Central Coast wine as we begin our ascent of Cuesta Pass. We are treated to home-made hors d’Oeuvres and a multi-course dinner that our chef has made for us in his tiny kitchen. Timing is perfect to enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Santa Lucia Mountains as our train glides on its way back to Oakland. Nine thirty PM comes all too swiftly, and our journey for now is over, but we resolve to return soon to this charming piece of California!.

Part of the proceeds from these tours will be used to benefit Hearst Castle

Tours of Hearst Castle include climbing stairs. There are no elevators or ramps

Please contact California Zephyr Railcar Charters by clicking here or calling (714) 751-2032 for a color brochure, additional information, reservations and booking the September 18-19 Hearst Castle Tour.

Dinner at Hearst Castle,
October 9-10, 2014

Experience what it was like to be an honored guest of William Randolph Hearst! These exclusive overnight getaways includes travel from Los Angeles Panoramic View of Hearst Castle to the region in vintage private railcar COLONIAL CRAFTS, a private catered dinner at Hearst Castle and special behind the

scenes tours personally conducted by a Museum Executive. Also included is lodging in a deluxe ocean-front hotel in San Simeon, and a short wine-tasting tour prior to reboarding COLONIAL CRAFTS in Paso Robles. Aboard COLONIAL CRAFTS you'll be pampered by our professional staff who will provide luncheon, hors d'Oeurves and dinner prepared for you fresh in our kitchen, as well as our complimentary bar.

***This tour is limited to 18 guests***

Itinerary

Thursday, October 9: Our steward will meet us in the main waiting room of Los Angeles Union Station and conduct us to private railcar Colonial Crafts waiting for us on the rear of the Amtrak's Coast Starlight departing at 10:25 AM. As the train leaves the depot, we enjoy a champagne toast to begin our journey to San Luis Obispo. Luncheon will be served around Noon following the sound of the dinner chimes.

As we sit down, the ongoing views of the Pacific shoreline provide a continually changing scene for our meal. The tables are set with crisp starched linens, fine china and glassware in the railroad tradition. Our meals are prepared fresh on board by our chef. Enjoy throughout the trip our complimentary bar including premium labels of beer, wines from the Central Coast and spirits.

After enjoying some mid-afternoon hors d'Oeuvres, we arrive in San Luis Obispo where we transfer to our waiting coach from Hearst Castle. Our coach brings us directly to the front door of the castle where we will be greeted by the Museum Director, and treated to a rare behind-the-scenes tour. As we tour the Castle, we notice that our group are the only guests. At the conclusion of the tour, we will sit down to a four-course dinner under the collonade of the Neptune pool with the surrounding mountains and the ocean far below.

Neptune Pool, Hearst Castle We get a taste of what it must have been like as one of Mr. Hearst's guests as the Castle has been reserved for our

exclusive use. The Hearst family is still involved with the Central Coast. Our meal features beef grown here on the Hearst Ranch and wines from grapes grown in the Hearst Vineyards.

Best Western Cavalier Resort After dinner, the Castle motorcoach will take us to our overnight accommodations at the Cavalier Ocean Front Resort.

Friday, October 11: After breakfast, we board our trolley coach for a trip over the Coast Range and down into the Paso Robles wine region. We will enjoy a tour and tasting at two wineries with a light lunch before we reboard Colonial Crafts at 1:38 PM.

Heading south, we enjoy a glass of Central Coast wine as we head up and over Cuesta Pass. Hor d'Oeurves followed by dinner are served as we observe the golden sunset over the beach as we glide back to Los Angeles and a 9:00 PM arrival.

Part of the proceeds from these tours will be used to benefit Hearst Castle

Tours of Hearst Castle include climbing stairs. There are no elevators or ramps

Please contact Colonial Crafts toll free at (877) 224-1150 or at Colonial Crafts@earthlink.net for a color brochure, additional information, reservations and booking for the October 9-10 Hearst Castle Tour.

Testimonials

Wonderful service, food was superb, the entire two days were very memorable. The tour was extra special, the guide and his knowledge were the best and we got the feeling that we were special as well.
Dick and Sherry S.

Excellent. Food was absolutely delectable and the service could not have been more accommodating. Please thank your team again for us. Tour a bit short, but the trip to the archives was the highlight! Fantastic, Passionate, Knowledgeable Host.
Kelly L.

The whole trip was outstanding--service, Hearst Tour, dinner, motel, trolley, wine and olive tours, length of time on train. If you are planning another next year, would like to do it again, just because it was such a interesting, well planned and managed trip.
Judy D.

Fabulous people, food, and service. We can't imagine better. Tracy was a fantastic guide and we felt privileged to see the archives, especially. Tracy kept things moving along, but we never felt rushed. Sunset was incredible.
Maria P. and Richard H.

On Our Way to Santa Fe
July 28 - August 2, 2014

Join us on a unique 7-day luxury adventure tour of the beautiful sites in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico. You’ll travel from Los Angeles aboard four restored cars from the golden age of rail travel, including 2 Vista-Domes from the fabled California Zephyr. All guests will have sleeping car accommodations, and meals aboard the train will be prepared fresh by our chefs in our kitchen, and served on fine monogram china on California Zephyr table linens.

When we arrive in Santa Fe your luggage will be transferred to La Fonda Hotel, a former Fred Harvey property that is right on the Plaza. This fine hotel will be our home for the next 3 nights. The Santa Fe Opera is playing while we’re in town, and we’ve worked the schedule to accommodate opera aficionados who might wish to take in a performance or two while we’re in Santa Fe.

We are also offering a day on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, traveling from Chama to Antonito, or for those who have a desire to sample the native culture we’ll take you to Chimayo and Taos Pueblo.

***This tour is limited to 45 guests***

Please contact California Zephyr Railcar Charters by clicking here or calling (714) 751-2032 for color brochure, additional information, reservations and booking of the On Our Way to Santa Fe Tour.

Click here for information on other popular trips aboard COLONIAL CRAFTS.

This page updated:
01/12/2014