2013 Trips: Kings of California
DAVE ALVIN • CHRIS SMITHER • PETER CASE • RICK SHEA
October 20-26, 2013, Los Angeles to Seattle and return.
**As of 10/13, this trip is sold out. The available space we advertised on 10/12 was snapped up.*
Join us for an unforgettable adventure on board private vintage streamline railroad cars from Los Angeles to Seattle and return, October 20-26, 2013. Be one of just 45 participants on this journey the length of California and into Washington... our tracks hugging the ocean for over 100 miles, over brawny hills, through wide fields and high plains; past towering Mount Shasta and over the stunning Cascade Range on one of the most spectacularly scenic rail journeys on earth! Your host is the legendary DAVE ALVIN, with musical guests CHRIS SMITHER, PETER CASE and RICK SHEA. There will be a starting and end night in Los Angeles, a kickoff show in LA, then once on board, plenty of music, laughter and camaraderie. Naturalist Elsabe Kloppers will be with us to point out the outstanding natural features of our route. Freshly-prepared meals in our own dome car with glass-enclosed 360 degree views and lovingly restored sleeping cars from the golden age of streamliners make for an unforgettable travel experience. Music and jamming will start early and go all trip long. Get ready for a non-stop musical adventure.... all aboard!
SUNDAY 20 October
Los Angeles hotel check-in in afternoon. Shuttle bus to/from evening concert. Priority admission to concert.
MONDAY 21 October
You'll feel like a 1940's movie star as we board our private cars, attached to the rear of Amtrak's COAST STARLIGHT, in the mission-deco masterpiece of Los Angeles Union Station. Departure is at 10:15 am. After lunch we'll have a music program and our first Open Mic in the Performance Car as our train runs for over 100 miles hugging the rugged California Coast. At San Luis Obispo we cut inland, over the stunning Cuesta Grade, and as the sun goes down, dinner is served. Evening concerts follow. Upon arrival in Oakland (scheduled arrival at 9:30 pm) we add our additional sleeper (we are limited to just four cars south of Oakland) and the miles slide by effortlessly as music and socializing continue well into the night.
TUESDAY 22 October
During the night our train turns north through Chico and Dunsmuir, past snow-covered Mt. Shasta (a spectacular sight for early risers), and then over the Cascade Mountains, one of the most breathtaking crossings of a mountain range in the US, passing through over 20 tunnels! Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board, with nature program, Peter Case's songwriting seminar, open mic and concerts in the Performance Car. Arrive Seattle in the evening. The train serves as our hotel for the night (patrons wishing to stay at nearby hotels are welcome to do so; we are happy to provide suggestions). We'll have the lounge car open late for night owls.
WEDNESDAY 23 October
Continental breakfast is available on board, with the day free to explore this fascinating city. In the evening there will be a concert featuring our artists at the Tractor Tavern. Your tickets and shuttle between train and venue are provided.
THURSDAY 24 October
Our train departs Seattle at 9:45 am. We'll have a workshop, an open mic and concerts in the Performance Car, continental breakfast, lunch and dinner in the diner and spectacular scenery all day! Night falls as we cross the Cascades.
FRIDAY 25 October
During the night we retrace our route, with morning arrival in the Bay Area. The return journey to LA unfolds onboard with breakfast, workshops, lunch, an Open Mic, a concert finale and dinner, with arrival in Los Angeles scheduled for 9:00 pm. Our hotel accommodations are again provided.
SATURDAY 26 October
Hotel checkout and return home (additional nights at our group rate are available with advance notice).
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LA-SEATTLE AND RETURN IN PRIVATE ROOM: $3,589.00 per person for private, enclosed room, sleeping car space (one or two person rooms). Price includes all train activities, meals and beverage service (soft drinks, coffee/tea, water, beer/wine) enroute, facilities and shower in each car, two nights shared hotel room in Los Angeles (single supplement for private hotel room in LA for the two nights is $200 additional), concerts in Los Angeles and Seattle, motorcoach transport to/from LA show. Gratuities and other transfers not included.
LA-SEATTLE AND RETURN - PRIVATE ROOM NORTH OF OAKLAND: $3,489.00 per person for one or two person private accommodation Oakland-Seattle return (common space LA-Oakland return). Price includes all train activities, meals and beverage service (soft drinks, coffee/tea, water, beer/wine) enroute, facilities and shower in each car, two nights shared hotel room in Los Angeles (single supplement for private hotel room in LA for the two nights is $200 additional), concerts in Los Angeles and Seattle, motorcoach transport to/from LA show. Gratuities and other transfers not included.
LA-SEATTLE AND RETURN - BERTH SPACE: $3,289.00 per person for semi-private berth accommodations. Price includes all train activities, meals and beverage service (soft drinks, coffee/tea, water, beer/wine) enroute, facilities and shower in each car, two nights shared hotel room in Los Angeles (single supplement for private hotel room in LA for the two nights is $200 additional), concerts in Los Angeles and Seattle, motorcoach transport to/from LA show. Gratuities and other transfers not included.
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Credit cards (Visa, MC, Amex) and checks accepted. $300 per person non-refundable deposit to hold space. Payment plans happily accommodated. 2% discount for entire payment or series of postdated checks received within ten days of sign up (offer ends 6/1/13). Payments outside of deposit are refundable until 60 days prior to departure. Reservations are transferable. Trip is limited to 50 patrons. Liability release signature required.
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THE FINE PRINT
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