The Famous Snow Train Sacramento, Reno

Getting there is half the fun! From the lush Sacramento Valley, through the historic Mother Lode Country, to the top of the High Sierras… let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! The Snow Train is undeniably romantic and is one of America’s most spectacular rail rides! Party and dance as we leisurely snake our way through the beautiful mountains and sing in the Piano Lounge Car like Bing Crosby’s yodeling party, clickity-clacking toward Vermont in “White Christmas” – only with better views (sorry, Vermont)! Strolling minstrels, magicians, and fun themes add to the festivities. Soon we’ll arrive in the Biggest Little City in the World – Reno.

Day 1 – Salem OR to Sacramento CA
Welcome to Sacramento! First stop is a scrumptious lunch aboard the fabulous Delta King… an authentic 285 foot riverboat! The Delta King Hotel in Old Sacramento is a unique Sacramento treasure. Experience old world charm and service complimented by modern amenities and acclaimed cuisine. Although the Delta King doesn’t cruise any longer, she remains a permanent landmark on the river. Next meet our wonderful step-on guide, for a tour of Sacramento and the state capitol building. Retrace Sacramento’s fascinating history at the city’s most popular landmarks: Sutter’s Fort, Stanford Mansion, and many other historic sites. Next, we’ll tour the beautiful state capitol and surrounding 40 acre garden. This “Mini White House” is a must see! Your evening is free to explore Old Sacramento on your own… This national historic landmark overflows with things to see and do such as horse drawn carriage rides and dozens of restaurants from 5-star to a hot dog on the boardwalk; Old Sacramento has something for everyone! Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza (L, D)

Day 2 – Sacramento CA to Reno NV
Depart for a tour of the historic Rail Road Museum… It is a complex of historic facilities and unique attractions and is widely regarded as one of North America’s finest railroad museums. After we’ll be whisked away for our next endeavor, the Snow Train to Reno! The theme for this year’s trip is a Rat Pack is Back! It features: First class reclining seats with picture windows, historical narration, strolling minstrels, a dance car featuring the FunAtics, a four-piece dance band that converts to a strolling Dixieland combo during depot stops, a 1940’s-era piano lounge car where the furniture is comfy and the pianist knows a dizzying array of tunes, and a café/bar in the Great Dome car to view tremendous mountain vistas and the snow-capped peaks above! Enjoy wandering between the cars; this is always a good time! Lunch will be provided today aboard the train. Approximate Arrival time in Reno is 6:00pm… Welcome to Reno, the “Biggest Little City in the World”! Your evening is free… In your Snow Train Package you will receive a Winner’s Book full of valuable coupons for shows, museums, meals, drinks, and much more.  We will give you this book on arrival in Sacramento. Harrah’s will be our home for the next two nights and is located right across the street from the train station… We will direct you to the hotel and your room where your bags will be waiting for you. Harrah’s Hotel and Casino is a complete destination with everything you want, from the seven mouth-watering restaurants, a 60,000 square foot casino, and headline entertainment, the fun is endless. Harrah’s West Tower (B, L)

Day 3 – Reno Local Touring
After breakfast we’ll welcome our friendly step-on guide, as we make our way over the Sierra Mountains to Lake Tahoe! Our guide will regale us with stories of the history of this magnificent area. Next board the Tahoe Queen, a historical sternwheeler paddle boat, where you can step back in time to the days of Mark Twain and the Mississippi River boats. Enjoy the unsurpassed beauty of Lake Tahoe as we enjoy lunch on our 2 ½ hour cruise. We’ll return to Reno for a free evening and dinner on your own… Enjoy shopping, strolling along Reno’s friendly river walk, or try your luck at gambling! Some interesting suggestions for the area: Nevada Museum of Art, National Automotive Museum, and the Acrobats of China show at Circus Circus. Harrah’s West Tower (B, L)

Day 4 –  Reno to Salem OR
After breakfast we’ll meet at the Hotel lobby to walk over to the train station together where we’ll depart on the Snow Train for Sacramento… Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery with daylight views of the Sierras’ Eastern slopes. The Donner Pass is the most historic and scenic rail line in America! Add the snowy beauty of wintertime, and it’s spectacular. Our return trip will include a Deli boxed lunch aboard the train. Upon arrival we’ll head to the airport for our flights home with wonderful memories of this beautiful trip. (B, L)


Snow Train Sac. Reno

“Custom Tours” were designed for groups of 24 or more… If you have a group that wants to book one of these trips… or wants us to design a tour for your groups specific needs… please don’t hesitate to call us. Our tours are designed with a “love of discovery”. Our creative itineraries can be custom-designed to your request including some “must see” attractions as well as “off-the-beaten-path” experiences.