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Discover America's West - Vancouver to San Diego Independent Rail Tour

12 Nights Tour from £2,499 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

A wonderful opportunity to travel the Pacific Coast without having to drive – take this independent rail tour to see all the iconic sights of this amazing coastline. Start in one of our favourite cities – Vancouver – then cross the border to the laid-back city of Seattle before boarding the overnight train the “Coast Starlight” for the scenic journey to San Francisco. After exploring San Francisco, you’ll then experience the beautiful rail route along the coast to Los Angeles. Enjoy time in LA before boarding Amtrak’s “Pacific Surfliner” for the short trip to San Diego where you will find miles of white sand beaches and fun attractions for all ages and interests.


Highlights

  • Experience the wonders of Yosemite National Park on a full day tour
  • Enjoy a sightseeing cruise of San Diego harbour
  • Sample world-class wines on a tour of the beautiful winelands of Sonoma and Napa
  • Explore the wonderful Pacific North-western cities of Vancouver & Seattle and the southern Californian sunshine cities of LA and San Diego


Itinerary Overview
Fly into Vancouver stay 2 nights – Seattle stay 2 nights – Overnight train – San Francisco 3 nights – Los Angeles stay 2 nights – San Diego stay 2 nights - Fly home

Details

Day 1

Fly to Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver and transfer independently to your hotel for a two night stay.

Overnight: Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Downtown Vancouver (or alternative)

Day 2

Vancouver

We’ve included a multi-day hop on hop off sightseeing tour of Vancouver, so you can explore this lovely city with ease. We recommend visiting Granville Island where you’ll find a great market and an eclectic mix of art & craft stalls and independent boutiques. Ascend the Vancouver Lookout to enjoy the sweep of the harbour and to watch the floatplanes taking off from  the water.

Overnight: Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Downtown Vancouver (or alternative)

Day 3

Vancouver - Seattle

This morning board the train to head south to the USA and the city of Seattle, where you’ll check into your hotel for two nights. We’ve included a Seattle CityPASS which gives you access to all the major attractions of the city.

Overnight: Quality Inn & Suites Seattle Center (or alternative)

Day 4

Seattle

A full day to continue your Seattle exploration, make sure you visit the iconic Space Needle and how about taking a harbour cruise – all included in your CityPASS.

Overnight: Quality Inn & Suites Seattle Center (or alternative)

Day 5

Seattle – Overnight on the “Coast Starlight” - San Francisco

Board the Amtrak “Coast Starlight” for your overnight rail journey to San Francisco. A gorgeous part of your route, you’ll marvel at the snow-capped Cascade Mountain Range as you travel down the Pacific Coast.

Overnight: Onboard Amtrak in Coach Class – Upgrade to a sleeper cabin including meals for a supplement

Day 6

San Francisco

Arrive in San Francisco for a couple of days sightseeing in this incredible city. We’ve included a hop-on hop-off bus tour, which is a great way to orientate yourself and discover the different neighbourhoods such as Chinatown, Union Square and North Beach. Tonight there is a dinner included on popular Fisherman’s Wharf.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf (or alternative)

Day 7

San Francisco – Yosemite National Park – San Francisco

Today you’re heading out of the city and along the Merced River to the spectacular Yosemite National Park on a sightseeing tour. Marvel at the massive redwoods, stroll the mountain trails and admire the cascading waterfalls, then head back to San Francisco for the night

Overnight: Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf (or alternative)

Day 8

San Francisco – Sonoma & Napa – San Francisco

A full day sightseeing tour, taking you over the Golden Gate bridge and into the beautiful countryside of northern California and the winelands of Sonoma and Napa. Enjoy some tastings of local wines in a winery or two, then head back to the city for the evening.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf (or alternative)

Day 9

San Francisco – Los Angeles

Continue your southbound rail adventure with the scenic route from San Francisco to Los Angeles, just sit back and enjoy the stunning coastal views. Arrive into LA and check into your hotel for two nights.

Overnight: The LA Hotel Downtown (or alternative)

Day 10

Los Angeles

Spend the day hopping on and off the bus to experience all the great sights of LA – Rodeo Drive, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Santa Monica Pier, to name just a few.

Overnight: The LA Hotel Downtown (or alternative)

Day 11

Los Angeles – San Diego

It’s a short but beautiful train trip today on Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner to San Diego – known as America’s Finest City. Check out the different districts of the Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy.

Overnight: Wyndham San Diego Bayside (or alternative)

Day 12

San Diego

This morning why not visit the USS Midway, Coronado Island or Balboa Park, and in the afternoon enjoy the harbour cruise that we’ve included.

Overnight: Wyndham San Diego Bayside (or alternative)

Day 13

Fly home

  • International flights to Vancouver returning from San Diego
  • One-way Amtrak in Coach class accommodation from Vancouver to Seattle, Seattle to San Francisco, San Francisco to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to San Diego
  • 1 night onboard Amtrak - Upgrade to a sleeper cabin including meals for a supplement
  • 11 nights’ hotel accommodation as described above or similar, subject to availability. Upgraded hotels are available at a supplement
  • 1 dinner included
  • The following excursions:
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Vancouver
  • Admission to Vancouver Lookout
  • Seattle CityPASS including:
  • Space Needle
  • Argosy Harbor Cruise
  • EMP Museum
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco
  • Sightseeing tour of Yosemite National Park
  • Sightseeing Tour of Napa and Sonoma
  • Hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles
  • Hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of San Diego
  • Sightseeing harbour cruise of San Diego


What’s not included?
Travel to and from the city hotels and stations

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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