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You set your own flexible schedule on these unescorted Independent Rail Vacations. Decide where you want to go, which train routes you want to take, how long you plan to stay, and what you want to see and experience. We’ll lock in your hotel reservations, sightseeing attractions, activities, dining and more!

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227 Vacation Packages

  • Independent Rail Holidays

Washington, New York, and Niagara Falls

9 Days | from £1,349

New York City Niagara Falls

Journey from America’s capital to the breathtaking majesty of Niagara Falls. Start in Washington where you will have ample opportunity to visit one of the Smithsonian Museums, take a picture in front of the White House, and stop by the many monuments around the city....

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Washington, DC
  • Monuments by Moonlight tour of Washington, DC
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of New York City
  • New York CityPASS® including:
    - Empire State Building Experience
    - American Museum of Natural History
    - Top of the Rock Observation Deck OR Guggenheim Museum
    - Ferry Access to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OR Sightseeing Cruise
    - 9/11 Memorial and Museum OR Intrepid Air and Space Museum
  • Niagara Adventure Pass* including:
    - Journey Behind the Falls
    - Hornblower Niagara Cruises
    - Niagara's Fury
    - White Water Walk
    - WEGO 48-hour hop-on, hop-off pass

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Washington, DC to New York City; New York City to Niagara Falls on the Northeast Regional® and Maple Leaf®
  • 8 nights' hotel accommodations

*Niagara Falls Adventure Pass is seasonal, in the off season the Niagara Wonder Pass will be substituted which includes Admission to the Butterfly Conservatory, Journey Behind the Falls, the Niagara's Fury and 2-day WEGO bus transportation

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Great American – Southern Trail

17 Days | from £2,649

Los Angeles San Antonio New Orleans Atlanta Washington New York City

Climb aboard Amtrak for a scenic 18-day journey across the American south. Enjoy sunny Hollywood on a guided tour of city and the homes of the stars! Then board the famous Sunset Limited your journey across the southern part of the country and into Texas, the Lone Star...

  • Sightseeing city tour of Los Angeles
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off w/ River Walk Boat Cruise + Tower of the America's admission
  • Sightseeing city tour of New Orleans
  • Atlanta CityPASS® including:
    -Georgia Aquarium
    -World of Coca-Cola
    -CNN Studio Tours
    -Zoo Atlanta OR Center for Civil and Human Rights
    -Fernbank Museum of Natural History OR College Football Hall of Fame
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Washington, DC
  • Monuments by Moonlight Tour
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of New York
  • Admission to the Top of the Rock

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak in Coach accommodations from Los Angeles to San Antonio; San Antonio to New Orleans; New Orleans to Atlanta; Atlanta to Washington, DC; and Washington, DC to New York on the Sunset Limited®, Crescent®, and Northeast Regional®
  • 14 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights' on board Amtrak
  • 1 meal (1 brunch)

*Jazz Brunch at The Court of Two Sisters may be substituted with a dinner at an alternative restaurant on select dates.

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Jazz Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll

10 Days | from £899

Chicago Memphis New Orleans

This ten-day rail journey is perfect for music lovers! Launch your vacation in Chicago and explore its famous blues scene and all the popular sites. Then, enjoy a relaxing train ride as you head to Memphis, the birthplace of rock ‘n' roll. Don’t forget to soak in the...

  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Sightseeing city tour of Memphis including admission to Graceland
  • Battlefield Cruise in New Orleans aboard a paddlewheel boat
  • Sightseeing city tour of New Orleans

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Memphis and Memphis to New Orleans onboard the
    City of New Orleans®
  • 7 nights' hotel accommodations; 1 night onboard Amtrak
  • 2 meals included (1 dinner, 1 brunch*)

* Dinner at a popular restaurant substituted when brunch in New Orleans is unavailable.

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The All American

17 Days | from £2,649

New York City New Orleans San Francisco Denver Chicago New York City

This 17-day rail journey highlights some of America’s most popular destinations. Travel from the bustling streets of New York to the historic French Quarter in New Orleans. Journey west to San Francisco the “Bay City” and then on to the “Mile High City” of...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of New York*
  • Sightseeing city tour of New Orleans
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco
  • Sightseeing tour of Rocky Mountain National Park**

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from New York City to New Orleans; New Orleans; New Orleans to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to San Francisco; San Francisco to Denver; Denver to Chicago; and Chicago to New York on the Crescent®, Sunset Limited®, Coast Starlight®, California Zephyr®, and Lake Shore Limited®
  • 10 nights' hotel accommodations; 6 nights onboard Amtrak
  • 2 meals (2 dinners)

*The hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour also includes admissions to either the Empire State Building Observatory or the Top of the Rock. A ferry ticket over the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. As well as a ticket to the Museum of the City of New York.

**The Gray Line Mountain Parks tour will be substituted during the off-season.

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America Coast to Coast Express

6 Days | from £699

New York City San Francisco

Journey across the length and breadth of America by train! Begin in the Big Apple, one of America’s greatest destination before boarding the train for your scenic ride. You’ll skirt the Great Lakes, pass over the Great Plains, through the Rocky Mountains, deserts,...

  • Sightseeing journey from Coast to Coast across America

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from New York to Chicago and Chicago to San Francisco on the Lake Shore Limited® and California Zephyr®
  • 2 nights' hotel accommodation, 3 nights' onboard Amtrak
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Discover America’s West – Vancouver to San Diego

13 Days | from £2,349

Vancouver Seattle San Francisco Los Angeles San Diego

Journey from the Pacific Northwest down the California coast and into Southern California on this unforgettable journey. Start off in Vancouver where you will get to adventure around the “Hollywood of the North”. Then take a quick jaunt south through the Cascade...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Vancouver
  • Admission to the Vancouver Lookout
  • Seattle CityPASS including:
    -Space Needle
    -Seattle Aquarium
    -Argosy Harbor Cruise
    -EMP Museum OR Woodland Park Zoo
    -Pacific Science Center OR Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco
  • Sightseeing tour of Yosemite National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Sonoma and Napa Valley
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Diego
  • Sightseeing harbor cruise of San Diego

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Vancouver to Seattle; Seattle to San Francisco; San Francisco to Los Angeles; and Los Angeles to San Diego on the Cascades®; Coast Starlight® and Pacific Surfliner® routes
  • 11 nights' hotel accommodations; 1 night onboard Amtrak
  • 1 meal included (1 dinner)
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Map route of Discover America’s West – Vancouver to San Diego

Empire Builder Rail Experience

7 Days | from £749

Chicago Seattle

Experience a wonderfully scenic train journey on this 7-day rail experience. After enjoying sightseeing around Chicago, board the Empire Builder for a journey across the top of the country and out to Seattle! From sprawling plains to majestic mountains, the Empire...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Admission to the Skydeck Chicago
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Seattle*

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Seattle on the Empire Builder®
  • 4 nights' hotel accommodations, 2 nights' onboard Amtrak

*In the off-season the Seattle CityPASS including: Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Harbor Cruise, EMP Museum OR Woodland Park Zoo, and Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit OR Pacific Science Center will be substituted for the hop-on, hop-off tour.

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Southern Heritage

10 Days | from £699

Washington Williamsburg Charleston Savannah St. Augustine

See the American South the way it was meant to be seen—on a scenic Amtrak journey through five beautiful cities! Discover all our nation's capital, Washington, DC has to offer on a sightseeing city tour. Travel back to the colonial days in Williamsburg. Explore the...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Washington, DC
  • Monument by Moonlight Tour in Washington, DC
  • Admission to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center
  • Sightseeing city tour of Charleston
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Savannah
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of St. Augustine


Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Washington, DC to Williamsburg; Williamsburg to Charleston; Charleston to Savannah; and Savannah to Jacksonville on the Northeast Regional®, Palmetto®, and Silver Meteor®
  • 2-day intermediate car rental
  • 9 nights' hotel accommodations
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Map route of Southern Heritage

Southern Rail Experience

12 Days | from £1,449

Chicago Seattle Los Angeles New Orleans Chicago

Travel from the pristine “Emerald City”, down the Pacific Coastline to the star-studded streets of Hollywood, and on to the swingin’ jazz clubs of New Orleans on the Southern Rail Experience. Explore both Seattle and Los Angeles on hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Seattle*
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles
  • Sightseeing city tour of New Orleans

Package Also Includes:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Seattle; Seattle to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to New Orleans; and New Orleans to Chicago on the Empire Builder®, Coast Starlight®, Sunset Limited®, and City of New Orleans®
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodations; 6 nights' onboard Amtrak®

*Seattle Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour is seasonal. Seattle CityPASS will be included in the off-season. The Seattle CityPASS includes admission to the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Museum of Pop Culture or Woodland Park Zoo, and Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit.

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Essential Spirit of America

6 Days | from £949

New York City Philadelphia Washington

Tour America’s most patriotic big cities on this six-day rail holiday that’s both fun and educational! Take in spectacular views of Manhattan from the ‘Top of the Rock,’ building or cruise out to the Statue of Liberty in New York. See the place where the US...

  • Admission to Top of the Rock Observation Deck
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of New York City
  • The Philadelphia Pass - All-inclusive 1-Day including:
    • Hop-on, Hop-off sightseeing tour
    • One Liberty Observation Deck
    • Philadelphia Museum of Art
    • Franklin Institute Science Museum
    • And many more!
  • 2-Day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Washington, DC with night tour

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from New York City to Philadelphia; Philadelphia to Washington, DC on the Northeast Regional®
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodations
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