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Great American Majestic Landscapes - Independent Rail Tour

11 Nights Tour from £2,039 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Enjoy the real America on this coast to coast independent rail tour. After an exciting few days in New York you’ll board an overnight train to Chicago travelling along the banks of the Eerie Canal, Mohawk River and Lake Michigan. After exploring the Windy City, board the California Zephyr to Denver and the Rocky Mountains. The final leg is to San Francisco and then finish with a day touring the Napa Valley where you’ll sample the fabulous wines of this region.

Highlights

  • Experience the most beautiful train trip in America on the California Zephyr from Chicago to Denver and then on to San Francisco, enjoy stunning vistas of the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains en route to the West Coast
  • A full-day tour of the Rocky Mountain National Park including lunch in Great Lake
  • Includes a Chicago CityPASS giving VIP entry to the SkyDeck, Planetarium, Aqaurium and other top attractions
  • Savour a dinner on San Francisco’s vibrant waterfront
  • Enjoy a day touring Sonoma and Napa, sampling the wares of this famous wine-producing region


 Itinerary Overview

Fly into New York stay 2 nights – Overnight train - Chicago stay 2 nights – Overnight train - Denver 2 nights – Overnight train - San Francisco stay 2 nights – Fly home

Details

Day 1

Fly to New York

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

Overnight: Holiday Inn Times Square (or alternative)

Day 2

New York

We’ve included a multi-day hop on hop off sightseeing tour of New York City, so you can stop off at the iconic Empire State Building, enjoy a stroll in Central Park, visit 5 Avenue for the designer shops and a multitude of other attractions

Overnight: Holiday Inn Times Square (or alternative)

Day 3

Lakeshore Limited Train - New York - Chicago

This morning make your way to Penn Station and board Amtrak to Chicago, the Lakeshore Limited train. Sit back and enjoy the sights of America rolling past as you travel west to the Windy City.

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

Day 4

Chicago

Arrive into the Windy City and swap the train for a hop-on hop-off bus for an introduction to Chicago. Stretch your legs with a stroll through Millennium Park and browse the shops of the Magnificent Mile. Tonight there is a dinner included in a popular local restaurant.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza (or alternative)

Day 5

Chicago

Today continue your exploration of the sights Chicago using your CityPASS, which included admission into a great range of attractions such as the Field Museum, the SkyDeck, the Shedd Aquarium and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza (or alternative)

Day 6

California Zephyr Train - Chicago - Denver

Travel to Union Station and board Amtrak to Denver, the California Zephyr. Relax on board as you continue your journey west, through Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and into Colorado. You’ll be spending the night on the train, so will wake to enjoy the majestic landscapes as you head into the Rockies.

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

Day 7

Denver

Arrive into Denver and transfer independently to your hotel, then enjoy the afternoon and evening exploring this delightful city filled with quirky shops, bars and restaurants.

Overnight: Quality Inn Central Denver (or alternative)

Day 8

Denver

Today you will take a full –day sightseeing tour of the Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Rockies and drive over the Berthoud Pass, before visiting the charming ski town of Winter Park and then lunch in Grand Lake.

Overnight: Quality Inn Central Denver (or alternative)

Day 9

California Zephyr Train - Denver – San Francisco

Board the train at Denver’s historic Union Station for the relaxing journey to San Francisco, back on the California Zephyr. Get another perspective on the Rocky Mountains from your train seat and enjoy your final overnight rail journey heading to the west coast of California.

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

Day 10

San Francisco

You’ll pull into Emeryville Station, and then you can explore this charismatic city including the most photographed bridge in the world – the Golden Gate. Tonight you’ll dine at one of San Francisco’s waterfront restaurants

Overnight: Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf

Day 11

Napa Valley

Enjoy a full day touring the famous wine growing regions of Sonoma and Napa. Soak up the lovely scenery as you sip on the local wine. Then you’ll return to San Francisco for your final night.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf

Day 12

Fly home

  • International flights to New York returning from San Francisco
  • One-way Amtrak in Coach class accommodation from New York City to Chicago on the Lakeshore Limited; Chicago to Denver and Denver to San Francisco on the California Zephyr
  • 8 nights’ hotel accommodation as described above or similar, subject to availability. Upgraded hotels are available at a supplement
  • 2 dinners included
  • The following excursions:
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of New York
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Chicago CityPASS including:
  • Shedd Aquarium (VIP entry)
  • SkyDeck Chicago (Fast Pass)
  • The Field Museum (VIP Entry)
  • Museum of Science (VIP entry) OR 360 Chicago (Express Entry)
  • Adler Planetarium (VIP Entry) OR Art Institute of Chicago (Fast Pass)
  • Sightsightseeing tour of Rocky Mountain National Park (off season this is replaced with a Mountain Parks Tour)
  • Sightseeing Tour of Napa and Sonoma

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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