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An American coast to coast adventure by train

Experience the USA in style on this enhanced version of our successful USA Coast to Coast tour, staying in many unique hotels entangled with key moments in American history. Take in the Rockies by rail, enjoy a dinner cruise around the San Francisco Bay and view the Grand Canyon on a heritage rail journey.

Highlights
  • New York
  • Manhattan Harbour dinner cruise
  • Washington DC
  • Chicago and an architecture cruise
  • Denver and a journey on the Royal Gorge Railroad
  • Journey on the Durango & Silverton Railroad
  • Monument Valley
  • Los Angeles and Hollywood, including a stay on the RMS Queen Mary
  • San Francisco
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
    3 overnight Amtrak journeys
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    Selected Lunches
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Upgrades Available
    Regional Departures Available

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Days 1-2 New York
New York

London to New York

We leave London and fly to New York, where we spend two nights at the Intercontinental Barclay, a historic hotel that has welcomed guests since 1926. A former railroad hotel for established visitors travelling to the city, the building was originally constructed as part of the Grand Central Terminal expansion, but soon gained popularity with the well-heeled arriving by rail and looking to stay in supreme comfort and style in Manhattan's East Midtown. Having undergone extensive renovation, the Barclay is now known for seamless blend of contemporary accommodation highlighted by Federalist touches true to the hotel's history.

On Day 2 we take a guided tour of the 'Big Apple', including Central Park, an open, leafy space set amongst the city's skyscrapers. Later we enjoy a cruise around Manhattan Harbour. We have dinner on board as we spot landmarks including Ellis Island and the torch-wielding icon, the Statue of Liberty.

Includes:
  • Scheduled flights
Days 3-4 Washington DC
Washington DC

Washington D.C.

Today we take Amtrak's Acela Express south to Washington DC, the nation's seat of government. On arrival we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city's iconic buildings including the White House, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. Later we transfer to the our hotel for a two-night stay at The Willard.

Frequented by Abraham Lincoln, this glorious hotel has seen some pivotal moments in US history; Mark Twain wrote novels here, and it was also where Martin Luther King Jr. penned his legendary 'I have a dream' speech. Day 4 is free. Maybe visit the fantastic Smithsonian Institution - the world's largest museum complex, with 19 museums and even a National Zoo.

Day 5 Capitol Limited
Capitol Limited

To the Mid-West

We leave Washington on the Capitol Limited sleeper service to Chicago. The journey takes us on the route of the historic Baltimore & Ohio Line, through the Potomac Valley and past the Allegheny Mountains before crossing into Ohio. Relax and enjoy the view from the Sightseer Lounge.

Days 6-8 Chicago
Chicago

The ‘Windy City’

We arrive in Chicago after breakfast on board. Here we enjoy a tour of 'the Windy City', seeing the Levee area and the Little Italy neighbourhood. We then transfer to our hotel. This afternoon we embark on a fascinating cruise exploring Chicago's diverse architecture, before enjoying the superb city views at sunset over a glass of Champagne from the Hancock Tower. On Day 7 you have an opportunity to explore the city further at your own pace. On Day 8  we join the overnight California Zephyr, travelling through the Great Plains of Nebraska to Denver.

Day 9 Denver
Denver

Denver

Today we arrive in Denver, nicknamed the 'Mile High City' as it is exactly a mile above sea level. We take an orientation drive of the city centre, overlooked by majestic mountain peaks, before arriving at the Grand Hyatt Denver, where we spend the next two nights.

Day 10 Royal Gorge Railroad
Royal Gorge Railroad

Royal Gorge Railroad

We travel to Cañon City today, to join the heritage Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Travelling in restored 1950s carriages, we embark on a marvellous journey through the stunning Royal Gorge. Our route also takes us under the Royal Gorge Bridge, the highest suspension bridge in the world.

Days 11-12 Durango & Silverton Railroad
Durango & Silverton Railroad

The Rockies

This morning we join the train for a stunning daytime journey to Grand Junction. We follow more of the route of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad - regarded as one of the USA's most scenic rail journeys - into the Rocky Mountains, past dramatic peaks and deep ravines. We arrive in Grand Junction and overnight at our hotel. This evening we enjoy dinner at the popular Rockslide Brewery.

On Day 12 we transfer to Silverton, to join the narrow-gauge Durango & Silverton Railroad for a journey through the National Forest and the pretty Aminas Valley to Durango. This evening be sure to visit the hotel's famous Diamond Belle Saloon, which recreates the turn of the 20th century with its honky-tonk musicians and 'gunfights'.

Days 13-14 Monument Valley
Monument Valley

Monument Valley and Flagstaff

Today's journey takes us through Monument Valley into Arizona. The sandstone red buttes and seemingly endless expanse of red sand is not only the typical Wild West image, but is also one of the most legendary sights in the whole of the USA. Later we arrive in Flagstaff, for two nights at the Little America Hotel. Day 14 is free for you to relax in Flagstaff.

Day 15 The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

We travel by rail to the incredible Grand Canyon today. We transfer to Williams, and join the Grand Canyon Railroad for a wonderful journey in vintage carriages hauled by historic locomotives, to the Grand Canyon, one of the world's most awe-inspiring sights. We arrive at the South Rim and main viewpoint to take in the dramatic vistas, enjoying free time to observe this incredible landmark. Later we make our return journey on the heritage railway, enjoying dinner before we join the Southwest Chief sleeper service to Los Angeles.

Day 16 Hollywood
Hollywood

Hollywood

Today we discover lively Los Angeles and the 'dream factory' of Hollywood on a guided tour, where we have time to see the footprints of the stars at Mann's Chinese Theatre or to take a stroll along the legendary Hollywood Boulevard. Experience the most luxurious shopping street in the world - Rodeo Drive. This evening, we board the RMS Queen Mary, a former U-boat dodging ocean liner, and a unique base from which to explore Los Angeles from her moorings in Long Beach.

Days 17-18 Coast Starlight
Coast Starlight

The Coast Starlight to San Francisco

Leaving Los Angeles, we travel on board the Coast Starlight for a journey along the stunning Pacific coast shoreline. Relax and enjoy the views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. On arrival in San Francisco we transfer to the elegant Palace Hotel. On Day 18 we take a tour of San Francisco, admiring landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge. Your afternoon is free. We then mark our final evening with a farewell dinner during a cruise around San Francisco Bay.

Days 19-20 Flying home
Flying home

Return to London

We transfer to the airport for our flight back to London, arriving on Day 20.

Includes:
  • Scheduled flights
Please note

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience with all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Scheduled flights from London Heathrow to New York and San Francisco to London
  • Rail and coach travel as described

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 14 nights' hotel accommodation
  • 1 might on the RMS Queen Mary in Los Angeles (departure dependent)
  • 3 overnight train journeys in two-berth roomette

Delicious meals included

  • 29 meals, including 18 breakfasts, 2 lunch and 9 dinners

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided tours in New York including a dinner cruise of Manhattan harbour
  • Guided tours of Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
  • Dinner cruise around San Francisco Bay
  • 3 heritage rail journeys including First Class seats on the Grand Canyon Railroad

Enhancing your tour

  • Bedroom with shower/WC on overnight trains: from £695 per person (twin occupancy only)
  • Upgrade your flight to Premium Economy from £400 per person each way

 

British Citizens do not require a visa to enter the USA but please see the Visa section of 'Things You Should Know' for details of the USA's Visa Waiver Programme and the ESTA form, which must be completed online prior to departure and is subject to an administration charge.

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