WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Uncommon Journeys, a tour operator here,
is enticing world travelers with a unique trip that takes
passengers around the world via a luxury train and then aboard
The firm also is trying to entice agents to book the adventure
by paying a 13% commission.
The tour begins in the passengers' hometown with a private rail
transfer to Los Angeles via the historical Houston, a luxurious
The Houston features a Presidential Suite, formal dining room
and an open-air observation lounge.
Prior to departure, at most major U.S. cities served by Amtrak,
guests are able to entertain family and friends aboard the Houston
at no additional charge.
All meals, wines and spirits are included as well as morning
coffee and seven-course dinners at night.
Upon arrival in Los Angeles, guests will stay at the Peninsula
Hotel, located in Beverly Hills.
Guests stay in suite accommodations for two nights and receive
limousine transfers from the train and then to the QE2 on the day
of the sailing.
Aboard the QE2, guests stay in a Princess or Queens Grill suite
that features ocean views, bathrooms with tubs and showers, walk-in
closets and sitting areas.
The 91-night sailing departs from Los Angeles for New York and
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., crossing the Pacific Ocean first.
Ports of call include Fiji; the Great Barrier Reef, off the
coast of Queensland, Australia; Hong Kong; Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City,
Vietnam; Bangkok, Thailand; Cape Town, South Africa; St. Helena, an
island in the South Atlantic Ocean, and Madeira, an island off the
coast of Morocco.
Complete fares begin at $55,000 per person, double, taking into
consideration a 20% discount if booked and paid for by Aug. 1.
Guests also receive a $2,000 on-board credit per cabin.
To book, call (800) 323-5893; fax (510) 933-1187.