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.
Immerse yourself in the 'sin city' of Las Vegas, taking in the seemingly endless range of entertainment that's on offer
Experience some of the most scenic rail routes aboard world-famous trains including Amtrak, and the Grand Canyon Railway
Discover ‘the city that never sleeps’ New York, on a guided tour, visiting Grand Central station and other famous landmarks
Make a fascinating trip to the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River, immersing yourself in the beauty of this natural wonder
Explore the dramatic landscapes of the Rocky Mountains, visiting some of its most impressive scenery
2 overnight train journeys in a 2-berth roomette (meals included)
15 Nights' Accommodation
Excursions & Entertainment
UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Food & Drinks
7 meals including 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Days 1-2 - London and San Francisco
We depart London Heathrow for San Francisco, where our base for
2 nights is Le Meridien Hotel San Francisco. Our sightseeing tour
on Day 2 includes the inspiring Golden Gate Bridge
and popular Fisherman's Wharf. We also cruise to the famous island
of Alcatraz, once a federal penitentiary housing notorious
criminals such as Al Capone and the fascinating 'Birdman of
Day 3 - Yosemite National Park
We travel by Amtrak train today to Merced. From here a coach
takes us to Yosemite National Park where we enjoy a tour of the
valley floor, taking in views of Half Dome, the 3,000-foot El
Capitan, and the spectacular Bridalveil Falls. We stay in Merced
for the night.
Days 4-5 - To Las Vegas
We board our Amtrak service to Bakersfield today continuing to
Las Vegas by coach. On arrival, we check into the famous Park MGM
hotel for 2 nights. On Day 5, you are free to
explore incredible Las Vegas at leisure. The Las Vegas monorail is
a great way to discover 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 to choose from.
Day 6 - The Hoover Dam and Flagstaff
Today, we head across Nevada to Arizona, via the Hoover Dam.
Entering Arizona, we take the legendary Route 66, following this
famous road until Flagstaff, where we spend 2 nights at the Little
America Hotel, set amidst 500 acres of ponderosa pine forest.
Days 7-8 - The Grand Canyon and Monument Valley
We travel in vintage carriages hauled by historic locomotives on
the Grand Canyon Railway today, 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.
On Day 8, we drive through Navajo country and
Utah's Monument Valley - familiar as the rugged setting of many
American Western movies. The whole region presents the imagery of a
bygone era, where cowboys still spend lonely months herding cattle
across miles of untouched hills and Native Americans still perform
age-old rituals. We reach Durango for a night at the Holiday Inn
Days 9-10 - Exploring the US by railroad
On Day 9, we board the Durango and Silverton Railroad* for a
journey through breathtaking canyons, past emerald-green rivers and
dense forests to Silverton. We continue by coach to Grand Junction
and stay at the Hampton Inn. On Day 10, we set out
on one of the USA's most scenic rail journeys, travelling aboard
the California Zephyr. Our journey takes us up into the Rocky
Mountains, through the heart of Colorado's wine region. Our
destination is Denver, where we spend 2 nights at the AC Hotel
*During the early part of the season the Durango &
Silverton Railroad operates a winter timetable. During this period
we enjoy a journey from Durango to Cascade Canyon by rail.
Days 11-12 - Denver and the Rocky Mountains
Day 11 is free for you to explore Denver's
attractions. The city boasts a milelong promenade lined with cafés
and shops, and there's mountain views lurking down every street. On
Day 12, we take a tour of the Rocky Mountains,
seeing the Red Rock Amphitheatre and Buffalo Bill's Grave. We head
over to Breckenridge for lunch before continuing to Loveland Pass,
situated at an elevation of 11,990 feet and offering panoramic
views of the Rockies. Tonight, we rejoin the California Zephyr for
our journey to Chicago.
Days 13-14 - Chicago
We arrive into Chicago's union station this afternoon, and you
are at leisure for the rest of the day. On Day 14,
we explore Chicago on a guided sightseeing tour of the city. Set on
the shores of vast Lake Michigan, the 'Windy City' 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 rail journey to Buffalo, on the cusp of Niagara
Days 15-16 - Niagara Falls
We arrive in Buffalo and transfer to our hotel located close to
the spectacular Niagara Falls. The waterfall is loved by travellers
all over the world for its emerald colour and a descent so forceful
that the spray casts a mist around it. On Day 16,
we travel to New York by train, taking a tour of iconic Grand
Central station, on our arrival. We then transfer to the Marriott
East Side hotel.
Day 17 - New York, New York
We wake up in 'the city that never sleeps' today, setting out on
a guided tour that includes Central Park and glamorous Fifth
Avenue, before taking a harbour cruise around Manhattan and past
the Statue of Liberty. You also have free time to explore this
exciting city; perhaps visit poignant 'Ground Zero' or catch a show
Day 18-19 - London
Bidding a fond farewell to New York and the US, we transfer to
the airport today for our flight to London Heathrow, arriving on
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature
the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown
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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
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
Holiday very good it was just a shame about the Australians
Mr J Elliott
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.
Fantastic trip. Fabulous people and great tour manager.
Very good, saw some wonderful places. Meal times were disjointed, more time in San Fran and NY would have been good.