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Uncommon Journeys

3.0 | Average
  • 50% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
  • Local Specialist
  • 1990
  • Alameda, California, United States
  • 3

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Worst touring trip we have ever taken! July 2019

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Uncommon Journeys should cease to exist. Our trip touring the 4 Western National Parks over 11 days was a complete disaster. Spent over 60 hours on a bus and one night on a train. Tour guide was totally inept and changed our itinerary at his will. At the total cost of over

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Had wonderful vacations with Uncommon Journeys January 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We have had wonderful vacations with Uncommon Journeys. Tours are "spot on" in descriptions and the results EXCEED expectations. The professional tour guides are superb in trains, motor coaches and on cruise ships. They become, like most of the tour groups members, friends ( some result in long term friendships). U.J.'s CEO has appeared on our vacations in the least expected places and shares a segment of the tour with us.
We believe this tour company provides excellent products, superb guides and VALUE that often are uncommon in this segment of the business world.
We eagerly await out next vacation with Uncomon Journeys.
Hank Dozier/Beth Addison, Portland, Maine
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Founded in 1990, Uncommon Journeys specializes in luxury rail and cruise travel throughout the USA and Canada.

What Makes Them Stand Out?

Uncommon Journeys has chosen the path of “do one thing and do it well,” to great success. Providing luxury train and cruise travel, they have grown to understand this space well. They cater primarily to older travelers, satisfying the needs and interests of this type of traveler.

Who Travels With Them?

Typically older travelers travel with them. It’s the perfect couples getaway or comfortable small group adventure with a few friends.

Where Do They Operate?

Their trips operate throughout the US and Canada.

Why Travel With Them?

Extensive knowledge of the train and cruise travel space. Private travel through beautiful country with someone who knows how to offer a spectacular, easy, and comfortable experience. They have a number of theme options, giving a lot of choice as to the type of sites you’ll see and the pace of the trip.

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From Uncommon Journeys

With the most elegant and opulent private railway carriages available, Uncommon Journeys operates more private and special trains than any other travel operator in North America. Our railway cars have been acclaimed in such prestigious publications as Gourmet, Town & Country and Sunset magazines.

Also widely regarded as one of the nation's most experienced and elegant travel companies specializing in Ocean Liner Travel, Uncommon Journeys is proud to be one of Cunard Line's top Inner Circle agencies, a distinction shared by few other travel companies, and is a top producer for Holland America Line, and Silversea Cruises.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience impossible to duplicate in the industry, Uncommon Journeys looks forward to the honor and privilege of welcoming you aboard in the not too distant future.

Uncommon Journeys was founded in 1990 and specializes in unique programs featuring both train & ocean liner travel. The company is considered one of the leaders in the rail/cruise niche, enjoying a nationwide reputation for programs that are both innovative and of superb value.

Uncommon Journeys is best known for operating three well-known private luxury rail carriages throughout the United States, the Houston, Los Angeles, and City of Angels. These cars are regarded as among the finest in North America and offer a level of service, dining, and decor rarely matched. In fact, a recent magazine article described the dining aboard 'Houston' as 'The Best Food On Rails In North America'.

Dining and service is under the aegis of famed American chef Regina Charboneau of Regina's, San Francisco. Considered one of America's finest chefs, Regina has been featured in the pages of Gourmet andBon Appetit and has appeared on numerous television programs, most recently with Julia Child in New Orleans.

An indication of the quality of these rail cars can be judged by the fact that companies and organizations as diverse as the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., Remy Martin, Cunard Line Ltd. and HM Government have all enjoyed the hospitality aboard these famous carriages.

Uncommon Journeys is a proud member of Cunard Lines' prestigious Inner Circle, a select group of travel professionals that do a large volume of business with this legendary company. It is notable that when Abercrombie & Kent, the famed British touring company, were looking for an operator for their North American luxury train program, they chose us to be the provider of such a product to their discriminating clientele. Other notable business connections include Holland America Line, the Venice Simplon-Orient Express, Four Seasons Hotels Ltd. and Southern Pacific Railroad.

13 days
Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
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From: $ 4,895


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