Posted by: realcheapvacationdeals | March 3, 2009

Timeless Destination. Quality Time Together.


The Way of the West

Catch the Wild West show in the morning before the train leaves. And then, keep your eyes open while on the train… You never know when bandits may show up. But fear not, Marshal Goodmoore has never allowed the train to be robbed. At least not yet.


Timeless Destination. Quality Time Together.
It’s Time To Go.

Reading about the west in a book just doesn’t compare to experiencing it first-hand. Spring Break is upon us, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Spend the day with your family while riding the rails behind a vintage locomotive as you venture through pine forests and high desert until you come upon the sight that will redefine your children’s interpretation of the word “big” – the Grand Canyon. Create lasting memories and experience the way of the west on the way to the canyon. All aboard Grand Canyon Railway!


Featured Package:

Railway Express – 2 days, 1 night

One of our most popular packages. Stay the night at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and save 20% on rail fare.

Day 1
  • Arrive in Williams for an overnight stay at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. Enjoy the small town charm of the mountain community situated at almost 7,000 feet elevation. The hotel is just a block from Route 66 which runs through downtown Williams.
Day 2
  • The next morning, wake up in the fresh mountain air and prepare for a day of fun.
  • Before the train leaves, the Old West comes to life as the Cataract Creek Gang and the Marshal square off just west of the depot. The era of the 6-shooter is still in charge!
  • Then hop aboard the historic train for the 65-mile journey from Williams to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Travel to the canyon on one of 4 classes of service.
  • The train pulls into the historic Grand Canyon Depot, built in 1910. The depot sits just steps from the rim in the shadow of the historic El Tovar Hotel, the signature hotel of the Grand Canyon built in 1905 by the Santa Fe Railroad.
  • Guests can add a motorcoach rim tour to their trip which visits some of the best viewpoints along the rim. The tour is approximately 1.5 hours and is designed to work with the train schedule to maximize your time at the canyon..
  • Explore the most gazed upon spectacle in the world during the layover, which is over 3 hours. Then board the train for the southbound journey.
  • The train arrives back to Williams in the evening before dinner.


Only $345 for a family of 4!

Only Available by calling 1-800-843-8724


Extend it another day:

Railway Express Plus – 3 days, 2 nights

The package itinerary includes everything in the Railway Express, plus:

Day 2
  • Spend a second night at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams.


Only $514 for a family of 4!

Only Available by calling 1-800-843-8724


End-to-End Fun:

The Canyon Limited Plus – 4 days, 3 nights

Add a night in Grand Canyon National Park with the package with it all. A great long weekend or mid-week vacation. The package itinerary includes:

Day 1
  • Arrive in Williams and check-in to the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel.
  • Enjoy dinner at the Grand Depot Café, located next to the hotel.
Day 2
  • Awake to the fresh mountain air and have breakfast at Grand Depot Café.
  • Catch the Wild West Show next to the depot before the train departs.
  • All aboard! Hop aboard the vintage train and enjoy the 65-mile journey to the canyon.
  • Once at the canyon, your bags will be transferred to your lodge while you enjoy a guide-narrated motorcoach rim tour of the South Rim. Then, check-in to your hotel room at Maswik Lodge, about a 1/4 mile from the edge of the canyon.
  • Enjoy the grandeur of the South Rim. You’ll have over 24 hours to shop, hike, explore or just relax.
Day 3
  • Spend the day enjoying the Grand Canyon, and be sure not to miss the sunrise.
  • The Southbound train departs in the afternoon on its way back to Williams. Head back to the small mountain town.
  • Upon arrival to Williams, you’ll check back in to the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel.
  • Have dinner at Grand Depot Café and reminisce about your once-in-a-lifetime journey.
Day 4
  • Awake for your last morning in Williams. Enjoy a final breakfast at the Railway’s restaurant before heading off to your next destination.


Only $1,012 for a family of 4!



The Polar Express™

Experience the magic of The Polar Express™, the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. The Polar Express comes to life when the train departs the Williams Depot for a journey through the dark and quiet wilderness for a special visit to the “North Pole.” Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the magical story. Watch the joy on the children’s faces when the train arrives at the North Pole, where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting! Santa will board The Polar Express and hand each child their own special gift. Make this a family holiday tradition. Call today to make your reservations because space is limited to those who truly believe in the spirit of Christmas!

Polar Express tickets are only available by calling 1-800-THE-TRAIN (1-800-843-8724).



The train leaves each night at 6:30 p.m. Most evenings have a second departure time at 8:00 p.m. Availability changes frequently so please call 1-800-THE-TRAIN to check the status of packages and individual ticket sales. Please have multiple travel dates in mind, in case your first choice is not available.


2009 Dates Now Available – Book Now for the Best Dates!


2009 Polar Express Ticket Prices

Adults: $29
Children (2 – 15): $14 Sunday through Thursday in November and all of January
Children (2 – 15): $19 weekends in November and all of December


Come see Santa in 2009 aboard the Polar Express! 2009 departure dates:

  • November 13-15, 19-23, 25, 27-30, 2009
  • December 2-7, 9-14, 16-23, 2009
  • January 2-3, 8-9, 2010


Polar Express Tickets Go Fast!

The trains to the North Pole sell out every year. Call 1-800-THE-TRAIN now to reserve your Polar Express seat!



Spend the night at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel for $109 per night from January 4 through March 14, 2009 and save 50% off Coach Class train travel. Plus, save 50% off the cost to upgrade! It’s the 50 | 50 Deal. Only available by calling 1-800-843-8724


  • Overnight stay + roundtrip Coach Class train: $174 per couple, normally $239 per couple
  • Overnight stay + roundtrip First Class train: $239 per couple, normally $368 per couple
  • Overnight stay + roundtrip Observation Dome Class train: $269 per couple, normally $428 per couple
  • Overnight stay + roundtrip Luxury Parlor Class train: $279 per couple, normally $468 per couple


Only available by calling 1-800-843-8724


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