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Enjoy the ultimate American coast to coast adventure

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20212022
20 days From £4,095 per person

2021 Tour code: USG21

About the tour

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime coast to coast rail journey across the most diverse country in the world! Your photo album will include many of America's highlights including the Statue of Liberty, the White House, the Wild West, the Rockies, the Grand Canyon, Hollywood Boulevard and the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London and New York

We leave London Heathrow and fly to New York, where we spend 2 nights at the Marriott East Side hotel.

Day 2 - New York

On Day 2, we enjoy a cruise around Manhattan Harbour, spotting landmarks from our unique vantage point on the water such as Ellis Island and the torch-wielding icon, the Statue of Liberty. Later, we take a guided tour of the 'Big Apple' that includes Central Park, an open, leafy space set amongst the city's skyscrapers.

Day 3 - To Washington DC

On Day 3 we take the train south to Washington D.C., the nation's capital, where we spend 2 nights at the Courtyard Washington DC/US Capitol hotel. This afternoon we begin a guided tour of this elegant city, passing many famous landmarks including the White House, Capitol Hill, historic Georgetown and the Pentagon

Day 4 - Washington

Day 4 is free to explore Washington at leisure.

Day 5 - To the Mid-West

We leave Washington late-afternoon on Amtrak's Capitol Limited. This service runs daily between Washington D.C. and Chicago, following the historic B&O line through the Potomac Valley. Our overnight journey takes us past historic Harpers Ferry and the Allegheny Mountains to Pittsburgh, before we cross into Ohio and head north to Cleveland across Indiana.

Day 6 - Overnight to Chicago

We arrive in Chicago after breakfast, boarding a coach at the station for a city tour that revisits the 'dry and lawless years' of the 1920s and '30s. We take in the site of the St Valentine's Day Massacre as well as Al Capone's headquarters and some of the city's landmarks and architecture including Willis Tower and Millenium park.

Day 7 - Chicago

Your afternoon, and Day 7, is free to explore Chicago. 

Day 8 - To Denver

After a free morning on Day 8, we board the California Zephyr for an overnight journey to Denver that takes us across the cornfields and plains of Iowa and Nebraska. The Zephyr has a Sightseer Lounge where you can relax and enjoy the views.

Day 9 - Denver

We arrive in Denver (nicknamed the 'Mile High City' as it sits exactly 1 mile above sea level) early this morning, with breakfast served in the dining car beforehand. After a guided orientation drive, the rest of your day is at leisure to explore. 

Day 10 - Rocky Mountain National Park

On Day 10 we enjoy a full-day excursion exploring Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park. Renowned worldwide for their breathtaking scenery, abundant in turquoise rivers, lush forests, majestic mountain vistas, and wildlife such as elk, black bears, coyotes, eagles and hawks, these parks are the jewels in Colorado's crown. Later, we head back to our hotel for an evening at leisure.

Day 11 - Heritage American rail

Today we embark on one of the USA's most scenic rail journeys, travelling along the route of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. Our journey takes us into the Rocky Mountains, past dramatic peaks and deep ravines to the city of Grand Junction, in the heart of Colorado's wine region. We stay overnight here.

Day 12 - Durango & Silverton Railroad

On Day 12, we transfer to Silverton for a journey on the Durango & Silverton Railroad, travelling through breathtaking canyons, past emerald-green rivers, and across the remote wilderness of the National Forest to Durango, where we spend the night at the Holiday Inn & Suites Durango Central.

Day 13 - Monument Valley and Flagstaff

After breakfast at the hotel, we depart Durango. Familiar from a hundred westerns, the rugged landscape of Utah's Monument Valley is one of America's defining images and we discover it today as we pass through en-route to Flagstaff. 

Day 14 - Grand Canyon

On Day 14 we head along the legendary Route 66 to the town of Williams, where we join the Grand Canyon Railway. We travel in carriages hauled by historic locomotives to the Grand Canyon to see one of the world's most awe-inspiring sights. 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.

Day 15 - Las Vegas

We make our way by coach transfer, via Route 66, to Las Vegas. Here we have a free afternoon at leisure. 

Day 16 - Los Angeles

After our stay at the Park MGM Hotel, we take a coach to Los Angeles. On arrival we have lunch and then some free time, before a guided tour that features sights such as Hollywood Boulevard. Later, we check-in to the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Burbank for a leisurely evening.

Day 17 - San Francisco

Today we head to San Francisco by train. On arrival, we transfer by coach to our hotel.

Day 18 - Sightseeing tour of San Francisco

Day 18 begins with a coach transfer to Pier 39, a popular shopping district with arcades and restaurants. Here we meet our tour guide who introduces us to the impressive views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf, an area famous for its sea lions, on our sightseeing tour. Later, we board our ship for a memorable sunset cruise - the perfect way to bid farewell to San Francisco.

Day 19 - San Francisco to London

We transfer to the airport today, for our flight to London Heathrow.

Day 20 - London

We arrive on Day 20  at London Heathrow.

Additional information

Please note

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

Departure times

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.

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Hotels

Hampton Inn Chicago Magnificent Mile, Chicago

Hampton Inn Chicago Magnificent Mile, Chicago

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AC Hotel by Marriott Denver Downtown, Denver

AC Hotel by Marriott Denver Downtown, Denver

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Holiday Inn & Suites Durango Central, Durango

Holiday Inn & Suites Durango Central, Durango

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Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

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Hampton Inn, Grand Junction

Hampton Inn, Grand Junction

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MGM Park Hotel

MGM Park Hotel, Las Vegas

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Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Burbank Airport

Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Burbank Airport, Burbank

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New York Marriott Marquis

New York Marriott Marquis, New York

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Le Meridien Hotel

Le Meridien Hotel, San Francisco

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Courtyard Washington D.C./ US Capitol, Washington D.C.

Courtyard Washington D.C./ US Capitol, Washington D.C.

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Trains

Amtrak Trains
Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Durango & Silverton Railroad
Grand Canyon Railway

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4.8 stars4.8 / 5 · 24 reviews

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Mr M Green

5 stars

Submitted Oct 31 2019

Loved everything and everywhere- went with an open mind. Obviously some places were better than others but still enjoyed all

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Ms G Nelson

5 stars

Submitted Sep 06 2019

It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience from beginning to end. Our tour manager was very organized and exceptional.

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Mr R Morton

5 stars

Submitted Sep 05 2019

Very professional company and an excellent holiday.

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Mr D Woolf

4 stars

Submitted Aug 09 2019

Very good tour and an excellent tour manager, just a couple of niggles to stop it being 5 star.

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Ms M O'Brien

4 stars

Submitted Nov 08 2018

Wonderful way to see a lot of city's in the USA.

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Mrs A Cahill

4 stars

Submitted Nov 08 2018

Excellent variety of things to do, and downtime on a busy schedule to recuperate. Only one hotel was too far out for guests to get a meal but luckily the coach driver took those who wanted to back into town.

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