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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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  • Independent Rail Holidays

Jazz Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll

10 Days | from £1,049

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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Map route of Jazz Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll

The All American

17 Days | from £2,349

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 Denver's 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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Map route of The All American

Great American – Majestic Landscapes

12 Days | from £2,099

New York City Chicago Denver San Francisco Napa Valley

Enjoy the best of America on a coast to coast train journey across the entire United States from New York City to San Francisco! Enjoy a multi-day sightseeing tour of the “Big Apple.” Get to know Chicago on a hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour that will take you to all...

  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-on sightseeing tour of New York City
  • Multi-day 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 and Industry (VIP Entry) OR 360 Chicago (Express Entry)
    - Adler Plantarium (VIP Entry) OR Art Institute of Chicago (Fast Pass)
  • Sightseeing tour of Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Napa and Sonoma

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from New York City to Chicago; Chicago to Denver; Denver to San Francisco on the Lake Shore Limited® and California Zephyr®
  • 8 nights' hotel accommodations; 3 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 2 meals (2 dinners)
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Map route of Great American – Majestic Landscapes

Rails to the Grand Canyon

5 Days | from £549

Los Angeles Williams Grand Canyon National Park

Get ready for a scenic trip of a lifetime from the City of Angels to the majestic Grand Canyon! Board Amtrak in Los Angeles and enjoy the picturesque scenery of the great American Southwest as you venture over to Arizona. Your next stop is the magnificent Grand Canyon,...

  • Roundtrip in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Grand Canyon Freedom Tour

Package Also Includes:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Los Angeles to Williams on the Southwest Chief®
  • 2 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 2 meals (1 breakfast, 1 dinner)
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Map route of Rails to the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Discovery with Los Angeles

13 Days | from £1,899

Chicago Santa Fe Williams Grand Canyon National Park Flagstaff Los Angeles

Journey from Chicago to the Great Southwest and on to Hollywood on the journey of a lifetime! Start in Chicago and experience the best of what the “Windy City” has to offer. From there you will head south through the American heartland to Santa Fe, a city steeped in...

  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Sightseeing walking tour of Santa Fe
  • Roundtrip service in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Grand Canyon Freedom Tour
  • Sightseeing tour of Sedona
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles


Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Santa Fe; Santa Fe to Williams; and Williams to Los Angeles on the Southwest Chief®
  • 10 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights onboard Amtrak
  • 2 meals included (1 breakfast, 1 dinner)
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Map route of Grand Canyon Discovery with Los Angeles

Grand National Parks with Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon

14 Days | from £2,399

Chicago Salt Lake City Yellowstone National Park Los Angeles Williams Grand Canyon National Park Chicago

Three of the nation’s greatest national parks await you on this rail journey across America! Take in the great expanse of the American West as you travel across the Great Plains and through the Rocky Mountains aboard Amtrak. Stop to explore all the sites and wonders...

  • Sightseeing tour of Yellowstone's Lower Loop*
  • Dinner at The Roof Restaurant in Salt Lake City
  • Sightseeing tour of Yosemite National Park
  • Sightseeing city tour of Los Angeles
  • Roundtrip service in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Motorcoach Freedom Tour of the Grand Canyon's South Rim

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Salt Lake City; Salt Lake City to San Francisco; San Francisco to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to Williams; Williams to Chicago in Coach accommodations on the California Zephyr®, Coast Starlight®, and Southwest Chief®
  • 9 nights' hotel accommodations; 4 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 3 meals included (1 breakfast, 2 dinners)

*Yellowstone Lower Loop Tour is seasonal. During winter months, Old Faithful Explorer Tour will be substituted.

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Map route of Grand National Parks with Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon

American Heritage

10 Days | from £1,799

Boston New York City Philadelphia Washington

From the historic streets and neighbourhoods of Boston to the gleaming monuments of the nation’s capital, your trip is full of things to see and do. Walk in the footsteps of Paul Revere, John Adams and other Patriots of the Revolutionary Era as you walk the famous...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Boston
  • Boston CityPASS® including:
    - New England Aquarium
    - Museum of Science
    - Skywalk Observatory
    - Harvard Museum of Natural History OR Boston Harbor Cruise
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of New York City
  • New York City 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
  • Dinner at The View Restaurant
  • 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!
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Washington DC
  • Admission to the International Spy Museum or the Newseum

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Boston to New York City; New York City to Philadelphia; and Philadelphia to Washington, DC on the Northeast Regional
  • 9 nights' hotel accommodations
  • 2 meals included (2 Dinners)
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Map route of American Heritage

Route 66 by Rail

14 Days | from £1,999

Chicago St. Louis Albuquerque Williams Grand Canyon National Park Los Angeles

Board Amtrak and ride the rails along historic Route 66! Take in the iconic architecture of Chicago, “The Windy City,” enjoy a walking tour around historic Albuquerque, ride the Grand Canyon Railway to the Canyon’s South Rim, and tour Beverly Hills in Los Angeles...

  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Admission to the Gateway Arch Tram in St. Louis
  • Walking sightseeing city tour of Albuquerque
  • Roundtrip service in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Grand Canyon Freedom Tour
  • Sightseeing city tour of the Star Homes in Los Angeles


PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to St. Louis; St. Louis to Albuquerque; Albuquerque to Williams, Williams to Los Angeles on the Texas Eagle® and Southwest Chief®
  • 11 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 3 meals (1 breakfast, 2 dinners)
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Map route of Route 66 by Rail

California Zephyr Rail Experience

7 Days | from £769

Chicago San Francisco

Experience America riding on one of its most scenic train routes: the California Zephyr®! After beginning your journey in Chicago with a little sightseeing, ride the rails west across the country. From the waving wheat fields of the Great Plains, to the craggy peaks...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Admission to the Chicago Skydeck at the Willis Tower
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco


Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to San Francisco on the California Zephyr®
  • 3 nights' hotel accommodations, 2 nights' onboard Amtrak
  • 1 meal included (1 dinner)
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Map route of California Zephyr Rail Experience

Northern Rail Experience

11 Days | from £1,199

San Francisco Chicago Seattle San Francisco

Venture from the breathtaking great plains of the Midwest to the serene waters of the Pacific Coast on this scenic rail journey from Chicago to San Francisco, with a stop in Seattle. Enjoy the landscape as you travel along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail....

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Seattle*
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco
  • Sightseeing tour of Muir Woods and Sausalito
  • Sightseeing cruise in San Francisco

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® from Chicago to Seattle on the Empire Builder®; Seattle to San Francisco on the Coast Starlight®; San Francisco to Chicago onboard the California Zephyr® in Coach accommodations
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodations; 5 nights onboard Amtrak
  • 1 meal included (1 dinner)

*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, EMP Museum or Woodland Park Zoo, and Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit.

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Map route of Northern Rail Experience
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