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USA Coast to Coast
The ultimate American coast to coast adventure by train

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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Tour highlights
- New York including harbour tour
- Chicago and Denver
- Durango and Silverton Railroad
- The Grand Canyon Railroad
- RMS Queen Mary
- Washington
- Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
- Monument Valley
- Los Angeles and Hollywood
- San Francisco including a visit to Alcatraz

Day 1 - London to New York
We depart from London for New York, where our base for three nights is the Beacon Hotel, within easy reach of Central Park, Broadway and Times Square.

Day 2 - Sightseeing in New York
See the incredible sights of the 'Big Apple', including Central Park and glamorous Fifth Avenue on our guided tour, before enjoying a harbour cruise around Manhattan past the Statue of Liberty. Your afternoon is free to continue exploring New York.

Day 3 - At leisure in New York
Today is free for you to explore 'the city that never sleeps', and your options are virtually endless as New York offers something for everyone. New York's neighbourhoods, including Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Little Italy, East Village, the West Side and Harlem, all take on a unique character of their own, but remain quintessentially 'New York'. Enrich your mind at one of the city's many museums, such as the Guggenheim, American Museum of Natural History, or the Museum of Modern Art. Discover unparalleled shopping in 57th Street's upmarket boutiques or visit Wall Street for a taste of the city's financial hub.

Day 4-5 - Washington DC
On Day 4 we take the train south to Washington, the nation's capital, where we spend two nights at the Affinia Hotel, located opposite Union Station and close to many of Washington's main sights. This afternoon we begin a guided tour of this elegant city, passing many of the famous landmarks including the White House, Capitol Hill, historic Georgetown and the Pentagon. Day 5 is free to explore Washington at leisure. Why not visit the world's largest art, science and history museum complex - the fantastic Smithsonian? There are many other terrific places to visit, including Arlington Cemetery and lively Adams Morgan and many other sights.

Day 6 - To the Mid-West
We leave Washington late-afternoon on the Capitol Limited. The Capitol Limited service runs daily between Washington DC 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 into Pittsburgh, before crossing into Ohio and heading north to Cleveland, across Indiana and eventually into the centre of Chicago. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the passing scenery from the comfort of the Sightseer Lounge before moving to the dining car to enjoy dinner - included as part of the journey.

Day 7 - The Windy City
We arrive in Chicago after breakfast on board the Capitol Limited. We board a coach at the station for a city tour that revisits the 'dry and lawless years' of the 1920s and '30s, taking in the site of the St Valentine's Day Massacre and Al Capone's headquarters, as well as less violent landmarks! Your afternoon is free to explore Chicago. The Willis Tower - Chicago's equivalent of the Empire State Building - is a must-see, and the nearby Hancock Centre offers similarly terrific views. We spend the night at the Mile North Hotel, located within walking distance of Navy Pier, the shops of the Magnificent Mile and the lake.

Day 8 - Chicago at leisure and the Great Plains
A free morning today gives you chance to further explore Chicago at leisure. Nobody should leave Chicago without taking a ride on the "Loop" - Chicago's iconic overhead metro. This afternoon we board the California Zephyr for an overnight journey to Denver, which 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. Dinner is served in the train's dining car this evening.

Day 9 - Denver: the Mile High City
We arrive in Denver (nicknamed the 'Mile High City' as it is at an altitude of exactly one mile above sea level) early this morning, with breakfast served in the dining car shortly before we disembark. Our morning arrival means you have a free day to explore the city's sights. Denver boasts a mile-long promenade lined with cafˇs and shops and a mountain view down every street. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has a space museum and the world's most advanced digital planetarium. Our home in Denver is the centrally-located Warwick Hotel.

Day 10 - Rocky Mountain National Park
Today we leave the city by coach to explore the natural attractions of the Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, with majestic mountain vistas and a wide array of wildlife including elk, bighorn sheep, black bears, coyotes, eagles and hawks.

Day 11 - Into the Rockies by rail
Today we embark 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, past dramatic peaks and deep ravines to the city of Grand Junction, in the heart of Colorado's wine region. We enjoy an overnight stay at the Hampton Inn, close to many downtown restaurants, museums and theatres.

Day 12 - Through the mountains
A coach takes us through the San Juan Mountains to Silverton, an old mining town. Here we board the Durango and Silverton Railroad* for a journey through breathtaking canyons, past emerald-green rivers, across the remote wilderness of the National Forest, to Durango. The town retains its Wild West look, with many restored buildings, a vintage narrow-gauge railway, station and museum. We spend the night at the Doubletree Hotel.

*During the early part of the season the Durango and Silverton Railroad operates a winter timetable. During this period we enjoy an alternative journey from Rockwood to Cascade Canyon and Durango.

Day 13 - Monument Valley
Familiar from a hundred westerns, the rugged landscape of Utah's Monument Valley is one of America's defining images. 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 generations. The journey through Navajo country takes us to Flagstaff for two nights at the Little America Hotel.

Day 14 - Flagstaff
Enjoy a day at leisure in the fabulous setting of Flagstaff, maybe by spending the morning relaxing at the hotel's outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) and hot tub before enjoying a gentle walk amidst the hotel's 500 acre private ponderosa pine forest.

Day 15 - Grand Canyon
Today we head along the legendary Route 66 to the town of Williams to join the Grand Canyon Railway. We travel in vintage 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 (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep. We arrive at the South Rim and main viewpoint of the Canyon. You have the option of taking a spectacular flight over the Canyon (payable locally) - a fantastic way to see the scale of this natural wonder! During the evening we transfer to the station to join the Southwest Chief for the overnight journey to Los Angeles. The Southwest Chief is unique among Superliner trains as it is permitted to reach speeds of up to 90mph on sections of the route.

Day 16 - Los Angeles and the RMS Queen Mary
We spend the morning in Hollywood, with free time to see the footprints of the stars at Mann's Chinese Theatre or to take a stroll down the famous Hollywood Boulevard. We then travel to Long Beach for one night on board the RMS Queen Mary, which has a fascinating history as a luxury ocean liner and due to its role in World War II as a U-boat dodging, high-speed troop carrier.

Day 17 - The Coast Starlight
We join Amtrak's Coast Starlight for a daytime journey, leaving sprawling LA and travelling north along the scenic Pacific coast shoreline to San Francisco. Relax in the Sightseer Lounge and enjoy spectacular views through floor-to-ceiling windows as the train hugs the coast, passing vast stretches of pristine beaches north of Santa Barbara, then takes us through the wine county of San Luis Obispo. We arrive into Oakland, a suburb of San Francisco, and transfer to the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, our base for three nights. The hotel enjoys a great location close to the cable car terminus, with excellent views over San Francisco.

Day 18 - San Francisco and Alcatraz
Sightseeing on our first morning includes the inspiring Golden Gate Bridge and the popular Fisherman's Wharf, home to a famous population of sea lions. We then head across San Francisco Bay, by ferry from Pier 33, to visit the infamous island of Alcatraz, most famous for its time as a prison. Known also as "The Rock", from where there are no known escape survivors, the island's notable former residents include Al Capone and the 'Birdman of Alcatraz'. Our tour of the island takes us into the prison itself, seeing the cells as they were, with examples of some escape attempts on display.

Day 19 - A day at leisure in San Francisco
Your second day in San Francisco is free, so why not explore the vibrant streets of Chinatown and the intriguing Golden Gate Fortune Cookie factory, or ride the trams (cable cars) up and down the hilly streets and visit the famous winding Lombard Street, which has the distinction of being 'the crookedest street in the world"? You could spend time taking in the city's culture with visits to the Museum of Modern Art or the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, enjoy some opera, jazz or ballet, or visit the Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill for stunning views. A trip to Haight-Ashbury takes you into one of the city's most fashionable areas. Known as "the Haight", this inter-section is famous for its association with the hippie-culture era of the 1960s.

Days 20-21 - Journey Home
We transfer to the airport for the overnight flight to London, arriving mid-morning on Day 21.

Departure dates and price -

2013 Dates

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(per person)

Single
Room

10-Apr-13

£3158

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17-Apr-13

£3198

£4493

24-Apr-13

£3228

£4523

03-May-13

£3298

£4593

06-May-13

£3298

£4593

10-May-13

£3298

£4593

15-May-13

£3298

£4593

17-May-13

£3298

£4593

22-May-13

£3298

£4593

29-May-13

£3793

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03-Jun-13

£3328

£4623

07-Jun-13

£3348

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14-Jun-13

£3398

£4693

17-Jun-13

£3398

£4693

26-Jun-13

£3528

£4823

05-Jul-13

£3578

£4873

10-Jul-13

£3578

£4873

19-Jul-13

£3578

£4873

26-Jul-13

£3578

£4873

07-Aug-13

£3548

£4843

09-Aug-13

£3548

Please call

16-Aug-13

£3548

£4843

28-Aug-13

£3398

£4693

30-Aug-13

£3398

£4693

04-Sep-13

£3398

£4693

06-Sep-13

£3398

Please call

09-Sep-13

£3398

Please call

13-Sep-13

£3398

£4743

16-Sep-13

£3398

£4748

20-Sep-13

£3398

£4748

23-Sep-13

£3398

Please call

27-Sep-13

£3398

£4748

02-Oct-13

£3328

£4678

11-Oct-13

£3328

£4678

16-Oct-13

£3298

£4648

What's Included

- Scheduled flights London to New York and San Francisco to London
- Rail and coach travel as described
- 16 nights' hotel accommodation (room only)
- 3 overnight train journeys in two-berth roomette (meals included)
- Guided city tours in New York, including Manhattan harbour cruise, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco
- 4 iconic Amtrak journeys on the Capitol Limited, California Zephyr, Southwest Chief and Coast Starlight
- Rocky Mountain National Park excursion
- 2 fantastic rail journeys on heritage lines of Durango & Silverton Railroad and Grand Canyon Railroad
- Time to explore the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and harbour cruise to Alcatraz for a tour of the famous prison
- Transfers and luggage handling in USA, flight taxes and charges
- The services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
- Single room prices include the supplement for single occupancy throughout including sole occupancy of a roomette on overnight trains: £1,295 (Apr-Sep 2013), £1,350 (06 Sep-Oct 2013)

Not Included

- Cancellation, medical & travel insurance: from £110.50
- The Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) administration charge

Trains...

Amtrak trains
Amtrak trains provide the passenger rail services in the USA, and relaxing on board one of its comfortable long distance trains is simply the best way to discover this vast country, its great cities and ever-changing landscape.

On 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.

On tours involving journeys on overnight sleeper services, passengers enjoy a meal in the restaurant car if they are travelling during a mealtime. Passengers travelling during the day may purchase meals from the restaurant car where this service is provided. Many Amtrak trains also have Lounge, Dinette and Cafe cars where passengers can buy snacks, meals and beverages and take advantage of the comfy seating.

Washington - Chicago on the Capitol Limited
Washington to the Allegheny Mountains
Our overnight journey on board the Capitol Limited takes us 764 miles (1,230km) from Washington, DC to Chicago. We begin at Washington's beautifully restored Union Station and as we leave the city we catch glimpses of landmarks such as the blue and gold dome of the largest Catholic cathedral in the US. The train soon enters the state of Maryland and we begin our climb through the Appalachians, which offers us wonderful views of the Allegheny Mountains along the way.

Across the Appalachian Trail to Harpers Ferry
The Capitol Limited crosses the famous Appalachian Trail, the world's longest continuous footpath, and travel over the Potomac River into West Virginia. The train then carries us along the beautiful Potomac River Valley and through the historic town of Harpers Ferry, renowned for its pivotal role in the American Civil War, before continuing through the peaceful, rolling countryside - once the scene of huge battles during the Civil War.

Through Maryland and Ohio to Cleveland
On leaving Martinsburg, the home of the oldest working railway station in the US, the Capitol Limited re-enters Maryland and heads through Cumberland towards the Cumberland Gap - a pass through the Appalachian Mountains. We quickly reach the Maryland/Pennsylvania State Line and travel towards Pittsburgh, arriving in the city at nightfall. Soon after leaving Pittsburgh we cross another State Line into Ohio and continue through the state's farmlands to Cleveland. Situated on the southern shores of Lake Erie, the city of Cleveland has been called home by many famous Americans - including political leaders, John D Rockefeller and Superman!

To Chicago
During the night we continue through Ohio on a route which follows the shore of Lake Eyrie to Sandusky, one of the Great Lakes' major coal shipping ports, and the port city of Toledo, situated at the western end of the lake. Leaving Lake Eyrie behind us we head into Indiana and race westwards across the state, arriving at the Illinois/Indiana State Line in the morning. Shortly after entering Illinois we reach the outer suburbs of Chicago. Enjoy the excellent views of the Chicago River and the dramatic city skyline as the Capitol Limited makes its final approach to our destination, the 'Windy City' of Chicago and its imposing Union Station..

Chicago - Denver on the California Zephyr
The full route of the California Zephyr runs from Chicago in the east to Emeryville, California in the west. During our overnight sleeper journey on the California Zephyr as part of our USA Coast to Coast holiday, we travel on just a section of this route - from Chicago to the 'mile high' city of Denver, a 17 hour 1,038 mile (1670 km) trip.

Chicago to the Mississippi
As we leave Chicago, the California Zephyr follows the Chicago River and we catch glimpses of the Sears Tower, which dominates the city's skyline. We travel through the state of Illinois, stopping at Princeton and Galesburg, before reaching the Mississippi River. The Illinois/Iowa State Line runs down the centre of the Mississippi: we cross the river into Iowa and, moments later, make a stop in the city of Burlington.

Across Iowa to Nebraska
We travel right across the Midwestern state of Iowa from east to west, reaching the Missouri River and the Iowa/Nebraska State Line just after we make a stop in the city of Council Bluffs. Our first stop in Nebraska is Omaha, the birthplace of a number of famous names including Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando and Malcolm X.

Through Colorado to Denver
The California Zephyr takes us through Nebraska, passing through cities such as Lincoln and Hastings. On reaching the Colorado/Nebraska State Line, we change from Central to Mountain Time: clocks go back one hour at this point. We continue across Colorado, making a stop in Fort Morgan, the hometown of Big Band musician, Glen Miller, until we finally reach our destination, Denver.

On some of our USA tours we travel this route in reverse, beginning in Denver and ending in Chicago..

Flagstaff - Los Angeles on the Southwest Chief
The full journey of the Southwest Chief stretches 2,256 miles (3,631km) from Chicago to Los Angeles, taking passengers on a historic route well-trodden by American Indians, Spanish conquistadors and fur trappers. We travel on just a short section of the route from Flagstaff in Arizona to Los Angeles overnight; we board the train in the evening and arrive at our destination the following morning.

The Southwest Chief departs Flagstaff and takes us along the route of the famous US Route 66 highway, through Arizona to the State Line, where we enter California. We cross the Colorado River and travel through the Mojave Desert, making stops in small desert towns before ascending the Cajon Pass at a height of 3,811 feet (1,162m). Created by the movements of the San Andreas Fault, the Cajon Pass offers a route through the San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountains. The Southwest Chief continues through Fullerton in Orange County and passes through the sprawling suburbs of Los Angeles before reaching the end point of our journey: the Mission Revival style Los Angeles Union Station.

Los Angeles - San Francisco on the Coast Starlight
The Coast Starlight runs on the 1,390-mile (2,237km) route from Los Angeles to Seattle, taking its passengers along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, through lush, green valleys and impressive mountain ranges. On our USA Coast to Coast holiday we travel just a short section of this journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

LA to the Pacific Coast
Our journey begins in Los Angeles Union Station, which opened in 1939 and is a blend of Spanish and Art Deco architecture. Leaving the urban sprawl of Los Angeles behind us, we travel past the famous Forest Lawn Memorial Park, the final resting place of many of Hollywood's famous names including Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn and Walt Disney.

After passing through Glendale we reach the city of Burbank, home to many of the biggest film studios including Warner Brothers, Disney and Columbia. We continue through the San Fernando Valley towards the Santa Susanna Mountains and the Simi Hills, and travel along the narrow Simi Valley towards the Pacific Coast and the city of Oxnard. We finally reach the Pacific Coast at Ventura, at which point the Coast Starlight begins to head north, hugging the coastline and following the Pacific Coast Highway. We enjoy spectacular views of the ocean and the long stretches of golden, sandy beaches, as well as the islands of Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa.

Santa Barbara to San Francisco
The train makes a stop in Santa Barbara before continuing along the coast, passing the Point Conception Lighthouse and crossing the high trestle over Jalam Beach Park, just before it crosses the Vandenberg Air Force Base. We travel alongside the famous Pismo Beach and then begin to head inland to San Luis Obispo. Shortly after leaving the city, we cross the Stenner Creek Trestle and begin to ascend 1,000 feet in 11 miles to the Cuesta Pass. We travel through cattle ranch country to Paso Robles and then onwards through the Salinas Valley, past 18th century mission towns and the Diablo Mountain Range to Salinas.

The final stage of our journey takes us through Castroville, the 'artichoke capital of the world', Gilroy, the 'garlic capital of the world' and the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountain Range. We make a stop in San Jose, the first state capital of California, before reaching our destination, the vibrant city of San Francisco.

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.

Durango and Silverton Railroad between Durango and Silverton
The Durango & Silverton Railroad has been in continuous operation since 1882 - now 129 years ago. It still operates steam engines and vintage rolling stock, and, perhaps most impressively, they are all indigenous to the line. The locomotives in use today made their first appearance there between 1923 and 1925.

The line climbs from Durango into the San Juan Mountains at Silverton, on a journey lasting 3 ½ hours. This allows plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent scenery

Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to the Grand Canyon
Vintage diesel locomotives and classic coaches have been painstakingly restored to their original condition on the Grand Canyon Railway. Occasionally steam engines do run, but to limit the effects on the environment they are powered on vegetable oil!

The route starts at the south end at the historic Williams Depot, built in 1908. Trains run north through the state of Arizona and terminate at the Grand Canyon Depot, which was finished in 1910.

As well as the fascinating scenery, during your rail journey you can also enjoy musicians performing numbers from the early 20th century, and actors performing a staged shoot-out. There are also attendants on board, happy to answer any questions you may have.

Upgrades
Upgrade your cabin on the overnight trains from a Superliner Roomette to an en suite bedroom with shower/WC: £495 per person
Cabin upgrades are only available for twin occupancy.

Flight upgrades are available. Please contact us for up to the minute offers

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