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The Great American Trail

Follow in the footsteps of Billy Connolly as he explores the Great American Trail

From £4,245 per person


Follow in the footsteps of Billy Connolly as he explores the Great American Trail, tracing the journey Scottish immigrants made in the 18th century from the east coast to the deep south.

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights
Days 1-2 - To Boston
Boston

Following a direct flight from London Heathrow to Boston, transfer from the airport to your centrally located, 4-Star hotel.

On Day 2, enjoy a free day to explore Boston, an east coast city that has long been central to the history of immigration in America. You could follow the Freedom Trail, discovering important sites from the country's War of Independence, visit Harvard University, or stop off at one of the city's many museums or art galleries. Alternatively, take the train to nearby Salem, famous for its 17th-century witch trials.

Days 3-5 - Travel to and explore New York
Statue Of Liberty, New York

Transfer to the station this morning for the local rail service to New York. On arrival in the 'Big Apple', check into your 4-Star hotel, close to many of the city's main attractions.

Days 4 & 5 are free to go sightseeing, there's plenty of opportunity to explore the immigrant ancestry of New York. Take a harbour cruise around Manhattan to see the Statue of Liberty and visit Ellis Island, or perhaps call in at Carnegie Hall, built by Dunfermlineborn industrialist and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie.

Days 6-7 - Explore Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Take a fast train and enjoy 2 nights in Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution were signed by the founding fathers. From Philadelphia, it's easy to take a day trip to Atlantic City, the original Las Vegas, or Wilmington. Here you could take a ride on the Wilmington and Western Railroad, stroll along the scenic Christina River, or visit the historic Nemours Estate.

Days 8-9 - Explore Richmond
State Capitol Building, Richmond

Take the train to Richmond, Virginia, today, a destination known for being the site where founding father, Patrick Henry, gave an incendiary speech kick-starting the Revolutionary War.

On Day 9, enjoy an included trolley tour that includes some of Richmond's most historic and popular landmarks. See the State Capitol, Monument Avenue, St John's Church, Libby Hill, the Richmond White House, Museum of the Confederacy and much more over the course of a couple of hours.

Day 10 - Explore Washington D.C.
White House, Washington D.C.

Today continue by rail to Washington D.C., the indomitable capital of the USA and a political powerhouse for generations. Make the most of your included 2-day hop-on-hop-off bus pass which allows you to see some of the city's most famous sights easily and conveniently. Wonder at the grandeur of the White House and the U.S Capitol building, see the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, and head into the suburbs to visit Georgetown and Arlington, the final resting place of JFK.

Day 11 - Overnight train to New Orleans
Amtrak - Crescent

After a leisurely day spent exploring Washington, make your way back to the station for the overnight sleeper service to New Orleans. Travelling in a Viewliner Roomette, you'll enjoy reclining seats that convert into beds, a picture window to admire the passing scenery, and meals served in the train's friendly dining car.

Days 12-14 - New Orleans
New Orleans

You arrive into New Orleans this evening and check into your 4-Star hotel. Days 13 and 14 are ripe for exploration, and New Orleans has plenty to offer. Eat beignets at the famous Café Du Monde, stroll through the picturesque French Quarter, visit a lively jazz bar, and sample some delicious Creole cuisine. If you want to go further afield, we can easily arrange a bayou or plantation tour, or even a trip on a traditional paddle boat along the mighty Mississippi.

Days 15-16 - Memphis
Graceland

Travel by rail to Memphis today, the second largest city in Tennessee. Spend 2 nights here at your 4-Star hotel, and enjoy using your included Memphis Music Attraction Discount Pass. This gives you instant access to the city's rock 'n' roll history, granting admission to 4 world famous attractions.

Visit Graceland, Elvis' former 14-acre mansion, and view his preserved living quarters as well as his private aircraft and car collections, before making your way to Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. The performance roster here once boasted the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash. You can also use your pass to gain entrance to the Memphis Rock 'N' Soul Museum and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

Days 17-19 - Nashville Music
Nashville

Continue your historical and musical adventures today, as you transfer by coach to Nashville. Synonymous with country music, Nashville is still a haven for fans and performers alike. During your time here, there's an included bus tour of the city, taking you past sights such as Riverfront Park, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Tennessee State Capitol, and the Parthenon in Centennial Park. A self-guided tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the world's largest music museum, gives an amazing insight into the 'who's who' in the world of country music.

A real treat lies in store on Day 19 as, just like Billy Connolly, you make a visit to Nashville's premier country music stage, the Grand Ole Opry. Beginning life as a humble radio station in 1925, it now holds regular country music concerts that are highly-regarded the world over. Becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry Hall of Fame cements an artist as a legend of country music, with current members including the Everly Brothers, Dolly Parton, and Willie Nelson.

Please Note: On one of these evenings you will have the chance to enjoy a show at the Grand Ole Opry.

Days 20-21 - Journey home
Flight home

Spend a relaxed morning looking around Nashville before your private airport transfer this afternoon. Depart on your overnight flight to London Heathrow, arriving in the morning of Day 21.

Departure Dates

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Trains
Hotels
What's included

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

Enhancing your tour

Upgrades

We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

London Hotels
London hotels

Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your return to London, you would like to break your journey with an overnight stay before continuing home.

We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.

Hotel Board Star Weekday room rate Weekend room rate
Pullman London St Pancras B&B 4-star From £240 From £220
Comfort Inn Kings Cross B&B 3-star From £150 From £150
President Hotel B&B 3-star From £110 From £110

 

The prices above are from prices and are per room per night based on 2 sharing a twin/double room, subject to availability. Prices may change without prior notice. Booking conditions apply. If you would like a quote for your particular holiday please contact us on 01904 521900

UK rail connections
UK train tickets

Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.

We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.

Estimated costs of return rail travel in the UK can be found on our add-ons page.

For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.

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