Premium USA Coast to Coast
Relax on our Premium USA Coast to Coast rail adventure, staying in all the best locations, this escorted rail tour takes you from New York to San Francisco.
Experience the USA in style on this enhanced version of our successful USA Coast to Coast tour, staying in many unique hotels entangled with key moments in American history. Take in the Rockies by rail, enjoy a dinner cruise around the San Francisco Bay and view the Grand Canyon on a heritage rail journey.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Scheduled flights from London Heathrow to New York and San Francisco to London
- Rail and coach travel as described
- 14 nights' hotel accommodation in some of the USA's most acclaimed hotels with breakfast every day
- 29 meals including 18 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 9 dinners
- 3 overnight train journeys in a two-berth roomette (meals included)
- Guided city tours in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco
- Cruises in New York's Manhattan harbor and San Francisco Bay
- 5 iconic Amtrak journeys on the Acela, Capitol Limited, California Zephyr, Southwest Chief and Coast Starlight
- 3 fantastic rail journeys on heritage lines of Royal Gorge Railroad, the Durango & Silverton Railroad and Grand Canyon Railroad
- The services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
Days 1 & 2 - London to New York
We leave London and fly to New York, where we spend two nights at the Intercontinental New York Times Square, a luxurious base from which to explore the famous avenues of Manhattan. Spread over an impressive 36 stories, the hotel features guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, perfect for soaking up the New York skyline, with views over the Hudson River and the Broadway Theatrer District afforded by the hotel's enviable position in Hell's Kitchen, just minutes away from the iconic Times Square, for which the hotel is named. After time to settle in, this evening we head out to an Italian restaurant on Times Square, for an authentic Italian-American dinner - a great introduction to one of the famous sub-cultures of this multi-ethnic city. On Day 2 we enjoy an authentic American diner breakfast to start our day, before setting out for a guided tour of the 'Big Apple', including Central Park, an open, leafy space set amongst the city's skyscrapers. Later we enjoy a cruise around Manhattan Harbour. We have lunch on board as we spot landmarks including Ellis Island and the torch-wielding icon, the Statue of Liberty. (Day 1 - D, Day 2 - B, L)
Days 3 & 4 - Washington DC
Today we take Amtrak's Acela service to Washington DC, the nation's stately seat of government. On arrival we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city's iconic buildings including the White House, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. Later we transfer to the Mayflower Hotel for a two-night stay. Situated 900 yards away from the White House, The Mayflower Hotel has traditionally been known as 'the hotel of presidents', and indeed, 33rd President Harry S Truman referred to it as the city's 'Second Best Address', the first being the seat of government itself. Our stay here offers luxury with a hint of history, in an establishment that was previously frequented by many of the country's famous political figures since the hotel's opening in 1925. Day 4 is at leisure - you could visit the fantastic Smithsonian Institution - the world's largest museum complex, with 19 museums and even a National Zoo. (Day 3 - B, Day 4 - B)
Day 5 - To the Mid-West
Today we leave Washington on the Capitol Limited sleeper service to Chicago. The journey takes us on the route of the historic Baltimore & Ohio Line, which runs through the Potomac Valley and past the Allegheny Mountains before crossing into Ohio. Relax and enjoy the view from the Sightseer Lounge. (B, D)
Days 6-8 - The "Windy City"
We arrive in Chicago after breakfast on board. Here we enjoy a tour of 'the Windy City', seeing the Levee area and the Little Italy neighbourhood. We then transfer to our hotel. This afternoon we embark on a fascinating cruise exploring Chicago's diverse architecture, before enjoying the superb city views at sunset over a glass of champagne at 360 Chicago. On Day 7 you have an opportunity to explore the city further at your own pace. On Day 8 we join the overnight California Zephyr, travelling through the Great Plains of Nebraska to Denver. (Day 6 - B, Day 7 - B, Day 8 - B, D)
Day 9 - Denver
Today we arrive in Denver, nicknamed the "Mile High City" as it is exactly a mile above sea level. We take an orientation drive of the city centre, overlooked by majestic mountain peaks, before arriving at the Grand Hyatt Denver, where we spend the next two nights. (B, D)
Day 10 - Royal Gorge Railroad
We travel to Cañon City today, to join the heritage Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Travelling in restored 1950s carriages, we embark on a marvellous journey through the stunning Royal Gorge. We head alongside the wild Arkansas River on what is widely considered to be the best-known section of the former Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. Our route also takes us under the Royal Gorge Bridge, which, at 1,053ft, is the highest suspension bridge in the world. (B, L)
Days 11 & 12 - The Rockies
This morning we join the train for a stunning daytime journey to Grand Junction. We follow more of the route of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad - regarded as one of the most scenic rail journeys in the States - into the Rocky Mountains, past dramatic peaks and deep ravines. We arrive in Grand Junction for an overnight stay at the Springhill Suites. This evening we enjoy dinner at the popular Rockslide Brewery. On Day 12 we transfer to Silverton, where we board the narrow-gauge Durango & Silverton Railroad for a journey through canyons, the National Forest and the pretty Aminas Valley to Durango. This evening be sure to visit the hotel's famous Diamond Belle Saloon, which recalls the turn of the 20th century with its honky-tonk musicians and 'gunfights'. (Day 11 - B, D, Day 12 - B)
Days 13 & 14 - Monument Valley & Flagstaff
Today's journey takes us through Monument Valley into Arizona. Still a stronghold of Navajo culture, the sandstone red buttes and seemingly endless expanse of red sand is not only the typical Wild West image, but is also one of the most legendary sights in the whole of the USA. Later we arrive in Flagstaff, for two nights at the Little America Hotel. Day 14 is free for you to relax in Flagstaff. (Day 13 - B, D, Day 14 - B, D)
Day 15 - The Grand Canyon
We travel by rail to the incredible Grand Canyon today. We transfer by coach to Williams, where we join the Grand Canyon Railroad for a wonderful journey in vintage carriages hauled by historic locomotives, to the Grand Canyon, one of the world's most awe-inspiring sights. We arrive at the South Rim and main viewpoint to take in the dramatic vistas, enjoying free time to observe this incredible landmark. Later we make our return journey on the heritage railway, enjoying dinner before we join the Southwest Chief sleeper service to Los Angeles. (B)
Day 16 - Hollywood & the RMS Queen Mary
Today we discover lively Los Angeles and the 'dream factory' of Hollywood on a guided tour, where we have time to see the footprints of the stars at Mann's Chinese Theatre or to take a stroll along the legendary Hollywood Boulevard. Experience the most luxurious shopping street in the world - Rodeo Drive. This evening, we board the RMS Queen Mary, a former U-boat dodging ocean liner, and a unique base from which to explore Los Angeles from her moorings in Long Beach. (B, D)
Days 17 & 18 - Coast Starlight to San Francisco
Leaving Los Angeles, we travel on board the iconic Coast Starlight for a journey along the stunning Pacific coast shoreline. Relax and enjoy spectacular views through floor-to-ceiling windows. On arrival in San Francisco we transfer to the elegant Omni Hotel. On Day 18 we take a tour of San Francisco, admiring classic landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge. Your afternoon is free for you to continue exploring. Tonight we mark our final evening in style, with a farewell dinner during a cruise around San Francisco Bay. (Day 17 - B, Day 18 - B, D)
Days 19 & 20 - Returning Home
We transfer to the airport for our flight back to London, arriving on Day 20. (Day 19 - B)
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels included are the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, Chicago; Grand Hyatt Hotel, Denver; Strater Hotel, Durango; Little America Hotel, Flagstaff; RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach; Intercontinental Times Square, New York City; Mayflower Hotel, Washington DC; Springhill Suites, Grand Junction; Omni Hotel, San Francisco.
Overnight journeys, accommodation is in a Superliner Roomette, with two comfortable reclining seats beside a large window, which convert to upper and lower berths at night. Each cabin has individual climate control, a fold down table, fresh towels and complimentary bottled water. WC, shower and washroom facilities are located at the end of each carriage. Roomettes are located on both the upper and lower levels of the double-deck carriages. On some Amtrak trains a limited number of bedrooms are available at a supplement. These cabins have a daytime sofa that converts to a wide lower berth and a comfortable upper berth at night, and the added benefit of their own en suite shower, washbasin and WC. During daytime journeys we travel in comfortable seats with plenty of legroom.
Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Trek across the dramatic peaks and deep ravines of the Rocky Mountains to Grand Junction, in the heart of the Colorado wine region. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad allows us to step back into the heyday of the American West and explore one of the most imposing and inspiring landscapes on the planet.
Grand Canyon Railway
Opened in 1901, the Grand Canyon Railway carried passengers and supplies over the sixty-five mile journey from the Arizona town of Williams to Grand Canyon Village at the canyon's South Rim.
Royal Gorge Railroad
The Royal Gorge Railroad was built to capitalize on the mining industry that had developed in Colorado on the discovery of silver in the area. Constructed by the famous Denver & Rio Grande Railway, it is now generally considered to be the best-known section of their line.
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