Filed under: Luxury Travel & Hotels
When you think of Amtrak, luxury travel is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But in an attempt to increase ridership, Amtrak has joined forces with GrandLuxe Rail Journeys, formerly known as the American Orient Express, to offer luxury passenger rail service aboard vintage Pullman cars.
The luxury cars will be attached to the back of Amtrak's regular trains, but will be treated as separate -- no mixing with the passengers from the other cars. Among other amenities, the sleeping cars will be equipped with a lounge featuring a live pianist and a dining car offering five-course meals.
Initially, Amtrak will offer the luxury rides on just three trains: the Silver Meteor, which travels a route from Washington to Miami, the Southwest Chief, which runs from Los Angeles to Chicago, and the California Zephyr from Chicago to San Francisco. Prices range from $789 to $2,000 per person for one to two-night journeys and service begins in October. All aboard!