Discover the vibrant, varied United States on a once in a
lifetime journey that takes you to some of America's most famous
sights including Alcatraz, the Las Vegas strip, the Grand Canyon
and Niagara Falls.
Experience some of the most scenic rail routes aboard world-famous trains such as the Durango & Silverton Railroad
Discover ‘the city that never sleeps’ New York, on a guided tour
Make a fascinating trip to the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River
Explore the dramatic landscapes of the Rocky Mountains, visiting some of its most impressive scenery
2 overnight train journeys in a two-berth roomette (meals included)
15 nights’ hotel accommodation (room only)
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Days 1-2 – San Francisco
Meet your Tour Manager and group today at the Le Meridien
Hotel in San Francisco. Our sightseeing tour on Day
2 includes the inspiring Golden Gate Bridge and the
popular Fisherman's Wharf. We also visit the infamous island of
Alcatraz, once a federal penitentiary housing notorious criminals
such as Al Capone and the 'Birdman of Alcatraz'.
Day 3 – Yosemite National Park
We travel by train on the San Joaquin route through California's
Central Valley, bordered by coastal mountain ranges and Yosemite
National Park. At Turlock we transfer by coach to Yosemite itself
to enjoy a tour of the Valley Floor, taking in views of Half Dome,
the 3,000 foot El Capitan and the spectacular Bridalveil Falls.
Heading to Turlock, we stay at the Best Western Orchard.
Days 4-5 - To Las Vegas
Our journey on the San Joaquin railroad continues southwards
on Day 4. Arriving in Bakersfield, we
transfer by coach across the Mojave Desert into Nevada, with the
terrain getting progressively more mountainous towards the Nevada
border. We spend two nights in Las Vegas.
On Day 5, you are free to explore
incredible Las Vegas at leisure. The Las Vegas monorail is a great
way to explore the amazing sights and spectacles of the Las Vegas
Strip and its variety of resorts, with top class shows and an
extraordinary selection of entertainment choices on your
Day 6 - The Hoover Dam and Flagstaff
Today we head across Nevada to Arizona, via the Hoover Dam.
Entering Arizona we arrive on the legendary Route 66 and Flagstaff,
where we spend two nights at the Little America Hotel, set amidst
500 acres of ponderosa pine forest.
Day 7 - The Grand Canyon
We travel in vintage carriages hauled by historic locomotives on
the Grand Canyon Railway to see one of the world's most
awe-inspiring sights, the Grand Canyon. The canyon, created by the
Colorado River over a period of 6 million years, is up to 18 miles
wide, 1 mile deep and is one of the most visited sites in the US.
We arrive at the South Rim and main viewpoint of the canyon to take
in the dramatic vistas.
Day 8 - Monument Valley
Today we drive through Navajo country and Utah's Monument Valley
- familiar as the rugged setting of America's Western movies. The
whole region has the imagery and feel of a bygone age, where
cowboys still spend lonely months herding cattle across miles of
untouched hills and Native Americans still perform rituals passed
down through the ages. We reach Durango and stay at the Tour Inn
& Suites Hotel.
Days 9-10 - US Railroads
On Day 9 we board the Durango and
Silverton Railroad* for a journey across the remote wilderness of
the National Forest through breathtaking canyons, past
emerald-green rivers, to Silverton. We continue by coach to Grand
Junction and stay at the Hampton Inn.
On Day 10 we travel on one of the
USA's most scenic rail journeys along the route of the Denver and
Rio Grande Railroad. Our journey takes us up into the Rocky
Mountains, through the heart of the Colorado wine region. Our
destination is Denver, where we spend two nights at the Staybridge
*During the early part of the season the Durango and
Silverton Railroad operates a winter timetable. During this period
we enjoy a journey from Durango to Cascade Canyon.
Days 11-12 - Denver and Rocky Mountain National Park
You have a free day to explore Denver's sights. The city boasts
a mile-long promenade lined with cafés and shops and a mountain
view down every street. On Day 12 we explore
the natural attractions of the Rocky Mountain National Park and
Estes Park, with a wide array of wildlife including elk, bighorn
sheep, black bears, coyotes, eagles and hawks. Tonight we join the
California Zephyr sleeper train.
Days 13-14 - Chicago
On Day 13 we complete the journey to
Chicago, arriving this afternoon. You are at leisure this evening.
We spend the night in Chicago. On Day
14 we explore Chicago with a guided sightseeing tour
of the city. Set on the shores of the vast Lake Michigan, the
'Windy City' of Chicago is home to a wealth of incredible
architecture, world-class museums, and wonderful restaurants. We
board the Lake Shore Limited this evening for the overnight journey
to Buffalo on the cusp of Niagara Falls.
Days 15-16 - Niagara Falls
We arrive in Buffalo and transfer to Niagara Falls. We spend the
night in the Hyatt Place hotel in Niagara Falls, located within
walking distance of the attractions on the US side of the
spectacular falls. You have the opportunity to explore the falls
from the water on a river tour (payable locally).
At lunchtime on Day 16, we travel on the
Lake Shore Limited service to New York City, where we spend
the next two nights.
Day 17 - New York, New York
We wake up in 'the city that never sleeps' today and enjoy a
guided tour including Central Park and glamorous Fifth Avenue,
before enjoying a harbour cruise around Manhattan past the Statue
of Liberty. You also have free time to explore this exciting city;
perhaps visit bustling Grand Central Station, poignant 'Ground
Zero', or see a show on Broadway.
Day 18 - Homeward Bound
Today you are free to make your way to the airport at your own
pace, for your flight back home.
For this tour, we recommend you fly in to San Francisco
International (airport code SFO), which is approximately 15 miles
from your first hotel. Our recommended departure airport is
John F. Kennedy International (JFK), which is approximately 17
miles from your final hotel in New York.
You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime
after 14:00; this is where you will meet your Tour
It was exactly what we thought it would be and met all our needs. Travel was good, hotels excellent (apart from Niagara, which didn’t detract from the overall experience). Guide was excellent and what we saw was exceptional.
Mr K Kimmey
Submitted Nov 21, 2018
Tour manager was one of the best I've ever had. Accommodations were excellent. Enjoyed the total trip. Beautiful scenery great guides at ever tour.
Mrs P Jackson
Submitted Oct 31, 2018
Tour very good it was just a shame about the Australians
Mr J Elliott
Submitted Oct 31, 2018
It was very well organised with a wonderful tour manager keeping everything under control which could not be faulted. A very enjoyable but very tiring 19 days.
Submitted Sep 26, 2018
Fantastic trip. Fabulous people and great tour manager.
Submitted Jul 15, 2018
Very good, saw some wonderful places. Meal times were disjointed, more time in San Fran and NY would have been good.