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The Trans-American Rail Tour
from £4395 pp
USEFUL INFO
  • Location
    California, United States of America
  • Board Basis
    Selected Meals Included
  • Duration
    19 Days
  • Holiday Type
    Escorted Tours
  • Brochure/Itinerary
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Wake up in the city that never sleeps at the end of this epic adventure. 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, including the Grand Canyon Railroad.

Tour Inclusions
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  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Scheduled flights in Economy Class from London Heathrow to San Francisco and New York to London
  • All rail and coach travel throughout
  • 15 nights' hotel accommodation (room only)
  • 2 overnight train journeys in a two-berth roomette (meals included)
  • Exciting excursions and free time to explore
Excursions Included
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  • Guided tours of San Francisco, Chicago and New York
  • 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
  • Free time in Las Vegas and Denver
  • 2 heritage rail journeys
Tour Highlights
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  • San Francisco
  • Alcatraz
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Las Vegas
  • The Grand Canyon and the Grand Canyon Railroad
  • Durango & Silverton Railroad
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • New York, Denver and Chicago
  • Niagara Falls
Tour Itinerary
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Days 1-2: London to San Francisco 

We depart from London Heathrow for San Francisco where our base for two nights is the Westin San Francisco. Our sightseeing tour on Day 2 includes the inspiring Golden Gate Bridge and the popular Fisherman's Wharf.

Day 3: 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.

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.

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, and a mile deep. 

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. 

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

Days 11-12: Denver and the 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. 

Days 13-14: Chicago

On Day 13 we complete the journey to Chicago, arriving this afternoon. You are at leisure until this evening, when we visit the Buddy Guys Legends Club for dinner and a Blues show. We spend tonight at the Cambria Hotel. On Day 14 we explore Chicago with a guided sightseeing tour of the city. 

Days 15-16: Niagara Falls

We arrive in Buffalo and transfer to Niagara Falls. We spend the night at the Sheraton at the Falls hotel, 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.

Day 17: 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.

Days 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 Day 19.

Price Information
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Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote. 

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