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.
Guided tours of San Francisco, Chicago and New York
2 heritage rail journeys
Visit to Alcatraz Island
Manhattan Harbour cruise
Excursion to Yosemite National Park
Visit to the Rocky Mountains National Park
Excursion to Estes National Park
Excursion to the Hoover Dam
Visit to Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon's South Rim
2 overnight train journeys in a two-berth roomette (meals included)
All rail and coach travel throughout
15 Nights' Accommodation (room only)
2 nights at the Le Meridien Hotel in San Francisco, 1 night at the Best Western Orchard in Turlock, 2 nights at the 4-Star Park MGM in Las Vegas, 2 nights at the 3-Star Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, 1 night at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Durango
1 night at the 3-Star Hampton Inn in Grand Junction, 2 nights at the Staybridge Suites Hotel in Denver, 1 night in the Cambria in Chicago, 1 night at a Hampton Inn Niagara Falls hotel near Niagara Falls, and 2 nights at the 4-Star Parker Hotel in New York
Excursions & Entertainment
UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Flights and airport transfers
Flight from London Heathrow to San Francisco
Flight from New York to London
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Days 1-2 - London to San Francisco
We depart from London Heathrow for San Francisco where our base
for two nights is the Le Meridien Hotel. 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 fascinating 'Birdman of
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 Holiday 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 Suites.
*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 Mountains
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. As well as the diverse
animals which call these parks home, the Rocky Mountain National
Park and Estes Park also off er magnifi cent views of sweeping
aspen forests, shimmering lakes and noble old mountain ranges.
Tonight we join the California Zephyr sleeper train on our way to
Chicago in the North
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
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
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 18-19 - Homeward bound
Bidding a fond farewell to New York and the US, we transfer to
the airport on today, for the flight to London, arriving on
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature
the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be
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approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise
the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.
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.