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The Trans-American Rail Tour

(Tour code: SUG5)A 21-day USA tour from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast

Wake up in the city that never sleeps at the end of an epic adventure across the most diverse country in the world. This once in a lifetime journey takes you to some of America's most famous sights including Alcatraz, the Las Vegas strip, the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls, and travels on some spectacular railroad excursions.

21 days from£3,595per person
What’s Included
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Tour Highlights
  • San Francisco
  • Alcatraz
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Las Vegas
  • The Grand Canyon and the Grand Canyon Railroad
  • Durango & Silverton Railroad
  • Rocky Mountains excursion
  • Denver and Chicago
  • Niagara Falls
  • New York City
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Heritage Rail Excursions
    Amtrak journeys
    2 nights on Amtrak
  • 17 Nights' Accommodation
  • Selected Porterage
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Upgrades Available
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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.

The Golden Gate Bridge
Days 1-3

London to San Francisco

We depart from London Heathrow for San Francisco flying with Virgin Atlantic, where our base for three nights is the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway. 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'. You are free to continue exploring at leisure on Day 3. Explore the vibrant streets of Chinatown and the intriguing Golden Gate Fortune Cookie factory, or ride the trams (cable cars) up and down the hilly streets and visit the famous winding Lombard Street, which has the distinction of being 'the crookedest street in the world'.

  • Day 2 - Tour of San Francisco
  • Day 2 - Alcatraz
Yosemite National Park
Day 4

Yosemite National Park

We travel by train on the San Joaquin route through California's Central Valley, bordered by the coastal mountain ranges and Yosemite National Park. At Merced 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 vertical monolith of El Capitan and the spectacular Bridal Veil Falls. Heading back to Merced, we spend the night at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel.

  • Yosemite National Park
Las Vegas
Days 5-6

To Las Vegas

Our journey on the San Joaquin continues southwards on Day 5. Arriving in Bakersfield, we depart eastwards by coach through California and across the Mojave Desert into Nevada, with the terrain getting progressively more mountainous towards the Nevada border. We spend two nights at the LVH Hotel, close to the Las Vegas Strip. On Day 6 you are free to explore wonderful 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 doorstep including the world-famous casinos.

  • Las Vegas
Day 7

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.

  • The Hoover Dam
The Grand Canyon
Day 8

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 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. We arrive at the South Rim and main viewpoint of the Canyon where we take in the dramatic vistas. You have the option of taking a spectacular flight over the Canyon (payable locally) - a fantastic way to see the scale of this natural wonder!

  • Journey on Grand Canyon Railroad
  • The Grand Canyon
Monument Valley
Day 9

Monument Valley

Today we drive through Navajo country and Utah's Monument Valley - both familiar as the rugged landscape setting of America's Western movies. Monument Valley is one of America's defining images. 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 generations. We arrive in Durango where we spend the night at the Doubletree Hotel.

  • Journey through Monument Valley
Durango-Silverton Railroad
Days 10-11

US Railroads

On Day 10 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 11 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, past dramatic peaks and deep ravines and through the heart of the Colorado wine region. Our destination is Denver, where we spend two nights at the Warwick Hotel Denver.

*During the early part of the season the Durango and Silverton Railroad operates a winter timetable. During this period we enjoy an alternative journey from Durango to Cascade Canyon.

  • Durango and Silverton Railroad
  • Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Rocky Mountain National Park
Days 12-13

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 13 we leave the city by coach to explore the natural attractions of the Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, with majestic mountain vistas and a wide array of wildlife including elk, bighorn sheep, black bears, coyotes, eagles and hawks. This evening we join the California Zephyr overnight service.

  • Rocky Mountain National Park
Days 14-15

Denver to Chicago

On Day 14 we complete the journey to Chicago, arriving mid-afternoon for an introductory sightseeing tour, spending one night at the MileNorth Hotel. Day 15 is free to explore Chicago and perhaps climb the Willis Tower for a magnificent view. We board the Lake Shore Limited this evening for the overnight journey to Buffalo.

  • Tour of Chicago
Niagara Falls
Days 16-17

Niagara Falls

We arrive in Buffalo and transfer to Niagara Falls. We overnight at the Sheraton at the 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. At lunchtime on Day 17, we travel on the Maple Leaf service to New York City, where our hotel for three nights is the Beacon Hotel, located close to Central Park, just a short metro ride from Times Square.

Please Note: Group SUG506, departing on 29th May 2015, will stay at the Seneca Resort Niagara instead of the Sheraton at the Falls.

The Statue of Liberty
Days 18-21

New York, New York

We 'wake up in the city that never sleeps' today and begin our time in the Big Apple with a sightseeing tour including Central Park and glamorous Fifth Avenue, before enjoying a harbour cruise around Manhattan past the Statue of Liberty. You have plenty of free time to explore this exciting city, perhaps visiting bustling Grand Central Station, poignant 'Ground Zero', unsurpassed art galleries and museums or see a show on Broadway. We transfer to the airport on Day 20, flying overnight to London Heathrow arriving on Day 21.

  • Scheduled flights
  • Tour of New York
  • Manhattan Harbour Cruise

Please note

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

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