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Pacific Coast - Canada to California

(Tour code: VOJ6)Enjoy a 14-day tour along North America's coastline

Journey along North America's Pacific coastline, travelling from the Canadian seaport of Vancouver, to bohemian San Francisco aboard some of the most iconic railways on the continent. Along the way discover some of the western seaboard's hidden gems such as the popular cities of Seattle and Portland, and the rolling vineyards of California.

Tour Highlights
  • Vancouver
  • Seattle City Tour
  • Snoqualmie Falls and Railway
  • North West Railway Museum
  • Portland
  • Coast Starlight journey
  • San Francisco
  • Muir Woods
  • Sonoma Valley
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    1 Night On The Coast Starlight
  • 11 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Upgrades Available

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Travel to Vancouver
Day 1

London to Vancouver

We depart London on our flight to Vancouver, arriving later that day. On arrival, we check into our base for the next three nights, the Blue Horizon Hotel.

Days 2-3

Exploring Vancouver

Today begins with a guided sightseeing tour of Vancouver. We begin in the historic Gastown quarter, which is known for its famous steam clock. We also visit lively Chinatown, a frenetic tangle of streets filled with the enticing aromas of Chinese cuisine. Our tour finishes at Granville Island in the heart of the city. Your afternoon is then free to spend as you wish; with its colourful cafés and artists' workshops, the island is a great place to stroll around, and you could enjoy lunch at the lively Granville Market. Day 3 is free for you to explore. Perhaps take a ferry to Vancouver Island, and discover its genteel tearooms, Victorian architecture and picturesque setting. Another popular option is verdant Stanley Park, with its famous Totem Poles. The park also offers a 'seawall walk' around its perimeter, where you can admire the superb coastal views.

Day 4


After an early start we board the train that takes us south across the United States border to Seattle, on a beautiful route that takes in the marvellous scenery of America's northwest coast. Arriving into Seattle, we spend three nights at the Mayflower Park Hotel. This afternoon we take a sightseeing tour of the 'Emerald City'. Later we continue to Pike Place Market, arguable Seattle's most popular attraction. Here fishmongers entice customers with their famous 'fishthrowing' antics, whilst other stalls - ranging in content from bright, vivid flowers to antique books - continue to attract shoppers. Why not finish the day off with a visit to the Space Needle (payable locally) to view the city from above as the sun sets?

Snoqualmie Falls
Day 5

Snoqualmie Falls and North West Railway

Our excursion today takes us to the enchanting Snoqualmie Falls. At 270ft, this powerful torrent is one of the tallest falls in America, and is listed on the National Register. After time to admire the stunning falls, we continue to the North West Railway Museum, a heritage line that features a number of exhibits from its illustrious past. We then enjoy an atmospheric steam-hauled* return journey in historic carriages from the Snoqualmie Depot. The line passes through the alluring countryside around the Snoqualmie River, before passing the crest of the falls to admire them from a different angle. We return to Seattle after an eventful day. *Journeys steam-hauled wherever possible.

Day 6

Discovering Seattle

Enjoy a day at leisure to discover more of Seattle and the surrounding area. Why not visit Bainbridge Island? The view of Seattle's skyline from the ferry is worth the trip alone. Bainbridge also boasts a number of galleries, cafés and idyllic boutique shops in its historic Winslow district, which makes it a delight to stroll around.

Days 7-8


From Seattle, we take Amtrak's Cascades rail service to Portland. Although it is the largest city in Oregon, Portland still retains a charming small-town feel; the city still features many of its pretty tall townhouses with their Gothic gables and elaborate façades. On our arrival we enjoy lunch at the iconic Jake's Famous Crawfish, which has stood for over 100 years. We then embark on a guided tour of the city, taking the cable car from the waterfront up 500ft to Marquam Hill. From here the views over the city and its skyscrapers are wonderful. We also visit the tranquil Japanese Garden, with its authentic and distinct Japanese styles - from ponds to bridges and foliage. Afterwards, we transfer to the Surfsand Resort, situated in Cannon Beach, an upmarket town with a laid back feel situated on the stunning Oregon Coast, where we spend the next two nights. Day 8 is free for you to further explore Portland. Why not take a stroll through the delightful Washington Park?


Coast Starlight
Day 9

The Coast Starlight to San Francisco

Following a morning by the sea, you are free to relax in this tranquil location, or possibly explore this beautiful coastline further. Famous for Haystack Rock towering 235 feet out of the ocean and its long stretches of sand. After lunch we join the Coast Starlight rail sleeper service for the journey to San Francisco. Sit back and admire the views from the observation car as we make our way south. The diverse scenery ranges from flat farmland to lush vineyards, and from grassy plains to wide lakes and marshland as we make our way into California. Dinner is also included on board before you retire to your cabin for the evening.

San Francisco
Days 10-11

San Francisco

This morning we arrive in San Francisco, one of the USA's most beautiful cities. Here we enjoy breakfast in a local restaurant, before a guided tour of the cosmopolitan city's famous landmarks and attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge. We also see the Fishermen's Wharf, with its resident seal population. Later we transfer to the Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf for the next three nights. Your afternoon and Day 11 are then free to spend at leisure; perhaps visit the famous island prison of Alcatraz.

Muir Woods
Day 12

Muir Woods and the Sonoma Valley

On today's excursion we drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and past the Marin Headlands to Muir Woods, a magnificent Redwood forest. Here we admire the impressive Coastal Sequoia trees, which are the tallest trees in the world - and found exclusively in this part of California. We then continue to the Sonoma Valley, a famous wine-producing region. Here a local guide is on hand to detail the history and geography of the area, and later we enjoy tastings of some of the local wines. On our return to San Francisco, we drive through picturesque Sausalito and enjoy a photo stop at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

Return to the UK
Days 13-14

Return to London

Your morning is free before we transfer to the airport for the flight back to London, arriving the following day.


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