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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.

  • 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
  • Heritage Rail Excursions
    Amtrak Journeys
  • Selected Porterage
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

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Days 1-2 New York
New York

New York

Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Intercontinental Times Square in New York.

On Day 2 we enjoy an authentic American diner breakfast to start our day, before setting out for 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 lunch on board as we spot landmarks including Ellis Island and the torch-wielding icon, the Statue of Liberty.

  • Sightseeing tour of New York
  • Manhattan Harbour Cruise
Days 3-4 Washington DC
Washington DC

Washington D.C.

Today we take Amtrak's Acela Express south to Washington D.C., 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 Mayflower Hotel for a two-night stay. Situated 900 yards away from the White House, The Mayflower Hotel has traditionally been known as 'the hotel of presidents', and indeed, 33rd President Harry S Truman referred to it as the city's 'Second Best Address', the first being the seat of government itself. Our stay here offers luxury with a hint of history, in an establishment that was previously frequented by many of the country's famous political figures since the hotel's opening in 1925.

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 3: Tour of Washington D.C.
  • Day 4: At leisure
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


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 at 360 Chicago. Day 7 is at leisure, allowing you 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.

  • Architecture Cruise in Chicago
Day 9 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.

  • Guided City Tour
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.

  • Journey on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad
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.

  • Excursion to the Grand Canyon
Day 16 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.

  • Guided tour of Hollywood
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. On arrival in San Francisco we transfer to the hotel, located in the city's Downtown area. 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.

Day 19 Flying home
Flying home

Homeward Bound

You are free to make your way to the airport for our flight back home.

Please note

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

Recommended Airport Arival

For this tour, we recommend you fly in to New York Airport (airport code JFK), which is approximately 17 miles from your first hotel. Our recommended departure airport is San Francisco Airport (SFO), which is approximately 13 miles from your final hotel in San Francisco.

Departure Times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; this is where you will meet your Tour Manager.

What’s included

An escorted experience and travel during your tour

  • The services of a professional Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Rail and coach travel as described

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 14 nights' hotel accommodation, including 2 nights at the 4-Star Intercontinental Times Square in New York, 2 nights at the 4-Star Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C., 2 nights in the 5-Star Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, 2 nights in the 4-Star Grand Hyatt in Denver, 1 night at the 3-Star Springhill Suites in Grand Junction, 1 night at the 3-Star Strater Hotel in Durango, 2 nights in the 3-Star Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, and 2 nights in either the 4-Star Omni San Francisco or the 4-Star Hyatt in San Francisco
  • 1 night 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 tour of New York including a lunch cruise of Manhattan harbour
  • City tour of Chicago
  • Tour of Los Angeles
  • Explore San Francisco with a guide
  • City tour of Washington D.C.
  • Orientation drive around Denver
  • Dinner cruise around San Francisco Bay
  • 3 heritage rail journeys
  • First Class travel on the Grand Canyon Railroad to the Grand Canyon's South Rim
  • Monument Valley

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers


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Dimitri Zgonis
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An American coast to coast adventure by train


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