River Cities Fall Foliage Rail Tour – 2015

River Cities Fall Foliage Rail Tour – 2015

St. Louis, MO – Kansas City, MO – St. Louis, MO
Thursday October 8, 2015 thru Sunday Oct 11, 2015
Four days & three nights

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All Aboard!

For several years, American Rail Excursions, Inc. has operated highly acclaimed fall foliage tours from St. Louis and Chicago.  Now, by popular demand we are introducing a new, deluxe, economical four day, three night fall rail tour.  This tour which begins and ends in St. Louis promises to be the ultimate in overnight private rail-car travel adventure on a budget.

Our nostalgic pocket stream-liner will embark on our River Cities Fall Foliage Rail Tour visiting  Kansas City and it’s attractions.  Passengers will enjoy the many sights, first-class service, complimentary premium beverage and snack service and fine dining of freshly prepared traditional railroad fare while traveling on-board our train.  Your reserved overnight accommodations aboard our train, either double bedroom or deluxe suite, are yours for the entire trip.  No hassles of unpacking and repacking or transfers to and from hotels.  We will travel the care-free, car-free way,… no traffic or driving stress.

Check it out!  Inclusive food, beverage, fun, travel and lodging is provided aboard our luxurious rail-cars

 Tour Highlights:

 Enjoy the spectacular fall foliage from the comfort of our private rail cars as our River Cities Fall Foliage Tour travels through the Meramec and Missouri River Valleys.
See small town mid-America up close as our train calls on many iconic Missouri Towns.
Enjoy two days plus of leisurely exploration of the greater Kansas City, MO area.
Get acquainted with the popular sights and local favorites that Kansas City has to offer during an included, fully narrated trolley tour.
Visit close sites like,

      * Union Station, Kansas City    * Crown Center
      * Hallmark Visitors Center    * WWI Museum

at your own pace.

Enjoy Kansas City Shopping, Dining and Nightlife spots on your own such as,

      * Country Club Plaza    * Power and Light District
      * Historic Westport    * The River District
      * Downtown Kansas City

• Occupy our private rail cars overnight as your hotel throughout the tour.
Enjoy complimentary premium beverage and snack service aboard our rail cars, throughout the trip.
Dine aboard our private rail cars as per itinerary with freshly prepared meals created by our on-board chef.  Enjoy up to one continental breakfast, three breakfasts and two lunches.

Itinerary:

Thursday, Oct 8, 2015 (DAY 1)

 St Louis Arch8:30 AM: (approx) Passengers boarding our River Cities Fall Foliage Tour will meet our on-board service manager at Amtrak’s St. Louis Gateway Transportation Center, 430 S. 15th St., St Louis, MO 63103.  You will be greeted by American Rail Excursions, Inc. first class on-board service attendants.  We will assist and guide you and your luggage to our awaiting private rail cars.  Upon boarding, our on-board service staff will assist with your luggage and guide you to your accommodations.  After an instructional review of the cars amenities of your accommodations and you have read the on-board information packet, feel free to step down to our lounge and enjoy a complimentary juice, freshly brewed coffee, continental breakfast items or a morning libation from the bar.  You will have some time to get acquainted with our other passengers before our departure. 

9:15 AM: Depart St. Louis, MO via Amtrak #311, the Missouri River Runner, our River Cities Foliage Rail Tour.
With the “All Aboard” called out by the conductor we gradually ease our way out of the station and head west.  Peering through the windows of our train, the landmark Gateway Arch gradually disappears as we pick up speed.

Continental Breakfast: Just in case you might not have had breakfast you can enjoy an array of fresh fruit, assorted juices, pastries, granola bars, tea, milk or freshly brewed coffee.

Morning: With so much history involved on this route you’ll certainly want to enjoy the views.  Washington, MO, the second westbound and second to last eastbound station is a former Missouri Pacific traditional brick station.  Built in 1923, it is included in the city’s historical district.  Washington sits in the south bank of the Missouri River, approximately 50 miles from St. Louis, in what has been described as the heart of the Missouri wine country.

Amtrak River Runner fallVoted Missouri’s “Most Beautiful Town” and tucked away in the Missouri River Valley, Herman is a picture-book village when 19th century brick buildings hug the sidewalk as they do in Germany. Herman is known for its many world class wines.

As we continue to follow the majestic Missouri River our train calls on “America’s Most Beautiful Small Town”, Jefferson City, Missouri’s State Capital.  The Capitol Building sits atop a bluff overlooking our train and the tree lined Missouri River.

12:00 Noon: (approx) Lunch will be served on-board while enroute.  The sights of the scenic countryside have kept your eyes affixed out our windows to this beautiful route.  Our on-board chef has freshly prepared a delicious luncheon for your rail dining pleasure.  Enjoy the countryside, conversation and a glass of wine with your meal!

Afternoon: As our River Cities Fall Foliage Rail Tour continues through the rolling hills, forests and ever-changing scenery, enjoy a complimentary premium beverage and snack our dapper first-class on-board staff will be happy to deliver your beverage of choice right to your seat or, upon request, to your private accommodations.  Just Ask!

2:55 PM: AR Kansas City, MO via Amtrak #311 the Missouri River Runner.  KC_Union_INTMay we suggest you take this opportunity to step off off our River Cities Fall Foliage Rail Tour private cars and visit and explore Union Station, Kansas City.  Upon completion of Amtrak’s passenger station work our train will wye (turn around) and return to the Amtrak station.  At some time afterward, the Kansas City Terminal Railroad will remove our private rail cars from the train and park them on the old station tracks of Union Station, Kansas City where we will remain parked for the next few days.

Late Afternoon: After our private rail cars have been relocated to the Union Station house track our lounge will be reopened.  Enjoy a complimentary premium beverage and snack before heading out for dinner on your own.

Dinner: On your own this evening while visiting the Greater Kansas City area.  Union Station offers Pierponts Restaurant at Union Station, an upscale “Culinary Jewel” steakhouse.  Just over the pedestrian bridge, at the Freight House, you can enjoy some Kansas City barbecue at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue Restaurant.  If Italian food is what you crave, then Lidia’s Kansas City Restaurant, also located in the Freight House, is just the place for you.  Grünauer, a German restaurant, is also situated in the Freight House as well.  The choices abound.

Evening: With the sun already gone the lights of the city silhouette the skyline.  Enjoy a complimentary after dinner drink in our lounge.  While you have been out and about our on-board staff has transformed your accommodations from it’s daytime configuration to one set for sweet slumber tonight.  When you decide… you may return to the overnight comfort of your private room.  Our lounge will remain open until 11 PM local time.KC night

Night: Occupy rail-cars overnight while parked in Kansas City.  Sweet Dreams!

Friday, Oct 9 2015 (Day 2)

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM: This morning, as you awaken to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, our on-board chef has freshly prepared a hearty breakfast for your enjoyment.

Morning: Today is set for exploration of the sights of the Greater Kansas City area.  An included, fully narrated, trolley tour will allow you to see the highlights of Kansas City.  This tour originates at the front of Union Station and departs at 10:00 AM, 12:00 noon, 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

Lunch: On your own while touring.

Kansas city Nelson with shuttlecock4:00 PM (approx) As you return to your downtown oasis after a day of touring stop off in our lounge for a complimentary  premium beverage and snacks.  Enjoy lively conversation about today’s discoveries while touring.  Relax and enjoy,… after all,… you’re on vacation!

Dinner: On your own at any of the greater Kansas City restaurants.

Evening: Complimentary premium beverage and snack service continue until 11 PM tonight.

Night: Occupy rail-cars overnight while parked in Kansas City..

Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 (Day 3)

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Breakfast served in-board, parked in Kansas City.

All Day: Today is yours to enjoy on your own.  Visit the sights and attractions you would enjoy.  Our train will be open during the day in case you wish to return and freshen up a bit.Harry_S._Truman_Presidential_Library_and_Museum

Lunch: On your own while enjoying the city sites.

4:00 PM: Our ever-popular lounge is open and welcoming our “Travelers ” back home!  Our first-class on-board service attendants have that complimentary premium beverages ready and waiting for your enjoyment.  Discussions of the days site-seeing discoveries abound.  It seems that everyone has found that special place for dinner this evening.

Dinner: Tonight is your last night on the town.  Enjoy your restaurant of choice on your own this evening.

Evening: Our lounge will once again be open until 11 PM local time serving complimentary premium beverages of your choice.  You may return to your private accommodations at any time.
Pleasant dreams.

Night: Occupy rail-cars overnight while parked in Kansas City.

Note: Sometime this evening or in the wee hours of the morning our private
rail cars our  River Cities Fall Foliage Rail Tour will be moved from Union
Station, Kansas City back over to Amtrak’s Kansas City Station for
tomorrows departure back to St. Louis.

Sunday, Oct 11, 2015 (Day 4)

Missouri river7:30 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast will be served on-board while parked in Kansas City, MO and enroute.

Morning: Passengers enjoy the scenic views of the rolling Missouri countryside. Our route will follow the original line of the Pacific Railroad. (Circa 1865). The Pacific Railroad was the first railroad completed west of the Mississippi River. Our route (of the eagles) cuts overland through Warrensburg and Sedalia. We’ll follow the Missouri River valley from Jefferson City to about Gray Summit. Upon passing through the tunnel at Gray Summit, we enter the Meramec River valley as we descend into St. Louis, MO.

12 Noon – 1:30 PM: Luncheon served aboard our rail-cars, en-route. For our St. Louis, MO bound passengers we suggest enjoying lunch as our scheduled arrival time into St. Louis, MO is approximately 1:55 PM.

1:55: AR St. Louis, MO: With the St. Louis skyline glistening in the warm afternoon sun, the tower rising from old St. Louis Union Station welcomes us back. As our train drifts by the station, now a historic landmark, we slowly grind to a halt. Our first class on board staff bid farewell to our St. Louis departing passengers, as they alight from our train.

New found friends bid farewell as all step off the train. Our trip ends here.

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Thank you for traveling with us.

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What’s Included:
 • Attentive first-class service provided by our American Rail Excursion, Inc. staff.
 • Round-trip rail and accommodations aboard our private rail-cars for this trip based upon
your reservations.
 • Double Bedroom, Single or double occupancy aboard our private rail-cars (per your reservation).
 • Complimentary baggage transfer at St Louis Gateway Transportation Center to our private rail-cars.
 • Four days and three nights lodging and transportation accommodations aboard our private rail-car.
 • One continental breakfast, three breakfasts, one lunch all served on-board while en-route or while parked, based upon your itinerary.
 • All meals prepared fresh by our on-board chef
 • Complimentary premium beverage and snack service throughout our entire trip.
 • Includes a trolley tour of Kansas City.

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Food and Beverage Service:

American Rail Excursions Inc. nostalgic rail tour includes (as per your itinerary) nostalgic rail dinning featuring traditional American cuisine, freshly prepared by our on-board chef. The combination of fine food, crisp linens, first-class on-board service and awe inspiring scenery set the stage for a most memorable trip. Menus are ever-changing, reflecting the influences of the towns and cities we visit. Bon appétit!

The following is a sample of cuisine, freshly prepared aboard our rail cars.

Our sample menus include:

Sample Breakfast Menu

 Denver Scrambled with Cheese
 Old Fashioned Railroad French Toast
 Potatoes O’Brian
 Tender Sausage links
 Crisp Bacon
 Assorted Fresh Fruit
 Assorted Cold Cereal
 Assorted Breakfast Pastries
 English Muffins
 Toast & Jelly
 Assorted Chilled Juice,
 Freshly Brewed Coffee, (Regular or decaffeinated)
 Assorted Teas
 Milk, Hot Chocolate
 Complimentary Eye-opener from our bar

 Sample Lunch Menu

 Tossed Caesar salad Served with homemade Croutons and freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
 Baked spaghetti or lasagna
 Garlic bread sticks
 Spumoni ice cream
 Freshly Brewed Coffee (Regular or Decaffeinated)
 Assorted Teas
 Soft Drinks
 Milk
 Domestic and Imported Beers, or Wine
 Your Favorite Mixed Drink from the Bar

Our on-board chef prepares all meals fresh.

Premium Beverage Service Includes:

 Miller Lite and Heineken beers
 Chardonnay, Merlot, and White Zinfandel wines
 Mixed drinks derived from scotch, bourbon, gin, vodka, rum and mixers. (No blender or frozen drinks)
 Soft Drinks including Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Ginger Ale
 Bottled still waters
 Fresh Brewed Coffee (Regular or Decaffeinated)

Dry Snacks include:

• Planter’s dry roasted peanuts
• Goldfish
• Chex mix
 Gardetto’s Mix

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About Your Accommodations:

Double Bedrooms:

Double bedrooms have space for two passengers. Each double bedroom features either one large couch or a small couch and lounge chair for comfortable private day travel. Every double bedroom has a large window. By night, each double room has two beds (1-upper and 1-lower). Every room is furnished with adjustable climate control, fan, reading lights, fold-down table, garment closet and full-length door mirror. The annex (your private bathroom) has a fold-down sink; large lighted wall mirror, toilet and a 110-volt convenience outlet. Your linens, towels and soap are also provided. Best of all, your attendant will turn down your bed, arrange for a wake-up call and bring your morning tea, coffee, or juice right to your room. All sleeping cars are equipped with a shower.

Costs: Double Bedroom, Double Occupancy:

2 people, 1 room, one upper and one lower bed at night

   St. Louis boarding: $999.00 per person double occupancy, double bedroom.

Double Bedroom, Single Occupancy:

   St. Louis boarding: $1,899.00 per person single occupancy, double bedroom.

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Deluxe Suite:

Accommodates two adults in lower beds with two ensuited double bedrooms. Each deluxe suite features one large couch, a small couch, two lounge chairs and two tables for comfortable private day travel. Each deluxe suite has two large windows. By night, each deluxe suite has two lower beds. The deluxe suite is furnished with adjustable climate control, fan, reading lights, fold-down table, garment closet and full-length door mirror. The annex (your private bathroom) has a fold-down sink; large lighted wall mirror, toilet and a 110-volt convenience outlet. Your linens, towels and soap are also provided. Best of all, your attendant will turn down your bed, arrange for a wake-up call and bring your morning tea, coffee, or juice right to your room.

Costs: One deluxe suite, Double Occupancy:

2 people, one deluxe suite, two lower beds at night

   St.  Louis boarding, $3,798.00 double occupancy, one suite.

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Why you should participate in this Unique Excursion

This is the comfortable, hassle-free way to see the fall foliage in its splendor. We will be attached to Amtrak trains, but only our passengers will have use of our private cars. Your room on the train is your hotel. No checking into and out of hotels. No unexpected hotel charges. No baggage hassles. Just excellent service by a friendly crew. We make it simple and pleasant for you. 

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May we make your reservation today?

A 50% deposit per person is due at time of booking.
Full open balance due by 9/19/15
Call for availability after 9/20/15
No refund unless trip is canceled.
Tickets are transferable to another person with prior approval.

River Cities Fall Foliage Rail Tour

Thursday, October 8, 2015 thru Sunday, October 11, 2015

Trip #AR-15-I-1

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Thank You!

American Rail Excursions, Inc.
23600 Marshall St.
Dearborn, MI 48124-1431

Frank Corley, reservations
Phone 313-300-8411
Email: franktrainman23600@hotmail.com
or
Carole Sheeler, reservations
Phone 417-818-5969
Email: carolesheeler@gmail.com
or
Roger J. Verbeeren Jr., home office
Phone 618-451-0100
Email: roger@americanrail.com

Important Information – Please Read

American Rail Excursions, Inc. welcomes everyone who wishes to travel with us on our public trips. However, because this is vintage railway equipment produced in the 1940’s and 1950’s, there are no special facilities available for those passengers that might have a disability.  We welcome those passengers that are disabled, but please consider the suitability of these trips carefully. We encourage you to call us at 618-451-0100 or e-mail us at roger@americanrail.com for additional information for your specific situation.

Responsibility

Enrollment in and payment for a tour shall constitute agreement and acceptance by the passenger of the terms and conditions set forth herein.  In the responsibility of their own negligence, neither American Rail Excursions, Inc., Royal Street Railcar, LLC, Pacific Union Sleeping Car Co. L.L.C., Powhatan Rail Services, Inc. dba American Rail Excursions or IFE Leasing, Inc. nor their agents shall be responsible for cancellations, delays, diversions, or substitution of  equipment or any act of omission whatever by Amtrak, transportation companies, of any other persons providing any of these services necessitated by same.  Nor shall they be liable for any loss or damage to baggage or property, or for injury, illness, or death, or for any damages or claims whatsoever arising from the loss or the negligence of any person not their direct employee or under their exclusive control. Transportation companies, Amtrak, etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board train or conveyances.  The passenger contracts in use by Amtrak or transportation companies and passengers or purchasers of this tour, assumes no responsibility in this connection.  Payments are not refundable unless the trip is canceled.  We reserve the right to cancel a trip prior to departure, in which case your entire payment to us will be refunded without further obligation on our part.  Smoking is not permitted on these cars.  As is the case of all travel, regardless of destination, we cannot guarantee clear weather at all times. Clouds, rain or other weather conditions beyond our control may obscure scenic highlights.  We have no control over the various transportation companies providing services for the excursions, and thus it must be understood that changes in the equipment, dates, routes, or other accommodations, though unlikely, can occur.

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