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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 Journeys

The All American

17 Days | from £2,149

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 £1,599

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

Blues and the Bayou

6 Days | from £499

Memphis New Orleans

Celebrate the beautiful sights and pleasant sounds of the South on this six-day rail journey through two musically vibrant cities. Your vacation starts in Memphis, the birthplace of Rock ‘n' Roll, which includes a tour of Elvis' elaborate home, Graceland. Next, you...

  • Sightseeing city tour of Memphis including admission to Graceland
  • Swamp and bayou tour in New Orleans*
  • Sightseeing city tour of New Orleans

Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Memphis to New Orleans onboard the City of New Orleans®
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodations
  • 1 meal included (1 brunch**)

*A Battlefield Cruise in New Orleans aboard a paddlewheel boat can be substitute for the Swamp and Bayou Tour

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

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Pacific Northwest

8 Days | from £1,049

San Francisco Portland Seattle

Get ready for the trip of a lifetime through three gorgeous cities: San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. Get to know San Francisco on board a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour that takes you to the city's most popular attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge. Check...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco
  • Sightseeing tour of Muir Woods and Sausalito
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Portland*
  • Dinner cruise in Portland
  • Sightseeing city tour of Seattle
  • Admission to the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from San Francisco to Portland; Portland to Seattle onboard the Coast Starlight®
  • 6 nights' hotel accommodations; 1 night onboard Amtrak
  • 2 meals included (2 dinners)

*Multi-day hop-on, hop-off tour is seasonal from late May to early October. The Oregon Historical Society admission will be included in the off-season.

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Map route of Pacific Northwest

Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans

9 Days | from £1,299

Nashville Memphis New Orleans

Take in three of America’s most musical cities on your Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans rail journey! Begin in Nashville, the heart of the Country Music industry. Take a tour of the city and enjoy an unforgettable live music experience at the Grand Ole Opry! Next,...

  • Immerse yourself in the USA's unforgettable musical heritage
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Nashville with a guided tour
  • Experience the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville
  • Discover Elvis's Gracelace mansion in Memphis
  • Explore New Orleans using a multi-day attraction pass
  • Enjoy a walking tour or battlefield cruise of New Orleans

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Amtrak rail travel in standard (coach) class throughout
  • 8 nights' hotel stay
  • 1 meal included (1 dinner or brunch)
  • Intermediate car rental for 4 days in Nashville
  • Sightseeing city tour of Nashville with admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Admission to the Johnny Cash Museum
  • Admission to a Grand Ole Opry performance
  • Sightseeing city tour of Memphis with admission to Graceland
  • Multi-day Visiticket Power Pass
  • Sightseeing walking tour or battlefield cruise of New Orleans (French Quarter Walking Tour, Cemetery and Gris Gris Walking Tour, Original Cocktail Walking Tour, or Chalmette Battlefield Cruise)
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Map route of Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans

Northern Rail Experience

11 Days | from £1,099

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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Peaks to Pacific Journey

10 Days | from £1,299

Denver Salt Lake City Yellowstone National Park San Francisco

Looking for a scenic vacation with a splash of city excitement? Then this Denver to San Francisco trip, with stops in Salt Lake City, Yellowstone National Park and Yosemite, is just what you need! First, see the majestic Rocky Mountains of Denver on a guided tour of...

  • Sightseeing tour of Rocky Mountain National Park*
  • Sightseeing tour of Salt Lake City
  • Dinner at The Roof Restaurant in Salt Lake City
  • Sightseeing tour of the Lower Loop of Yellowstone National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Yosemite National Park

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® from Denver to Salt Lake City; Salt Lake City to San Francisco on the California Zephyr® in Coach accommodations
  • 8 nights' hotel accommodations;1 night onboard Amtrak
  • Roundtrip transfers between Salt Lake City and West Yellowstone
  • 1 meal (1 dinner)

*Rocky Mountain National Park Tour is seasonal from late May to late September on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Denver Highlights Tour will be offered when Rocky Mountain National Park Tour is unavailable.

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Map route of Peaks to Pacific Journey

Rails to the Grand Canyon

5 Days | from £449

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

California Coast

10 Days | from £1,249

San Francisco Paso Robles Los Angeles San Diego

Travel down the golden California Coast as you venture from San Francisco to San Diego, with stops in Paso Robles and Los Angeles, on board Amtrak®. Enjoy an entertaining day of sightseeing in San Francisco on board a double-decker bus and hop on and off at your...

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco
  • Sightseeing tour of Paso Robles' wineries
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Diego
  • Sightseeing cruise of San Diego


Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from San Francisco to Paso Robles; Paso Robles to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to San Diego onboard the Coast Starlight® and Pacific Surfliner®
  • 8 nights' hotel accommodations
  • 2 meals included (1 lunch, 1 dinner)
  • Flights from UK to San Francisco, San Diego to UK
  • One-way transfer from airport to hotel in San Francisco and hotel to airport to hotel in San Diego
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Map route of California Coast

America’s National Parks with San Francisco

13 Days | from £2,149

Denver Rocky Mountain National Park Arches National Park Salt Lake City San Francisco

Enjoy some of the most gorgeous landscapes in the world on this train tour from Denver to Salt Lake City that includes three spectacular national parks - Yellowstone, Arches, and Canyonlands - as well as time in the great cities of Salt Lake and San Francisco. Begin in...

  • Sightseeing tour of Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Arches and Canyonlands National Park
  • Sightseeing city tour of Salt Lake City
  • Dinner at The Roof Restaurant in Salt Lake City
  • Roundtrip transfers between Salt Lake City and West Yellowstone
  • Sightseeing tour of Yellowstone National Park
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco
  • San Francisco CityPASS® including:
    -3-Day Muni & Cable Car Bus Passport
    -California Academy of Sciences
    -Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure
    -Aquarium of the Bay
    -Exploratorium OR San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Denver to Grand Junction, Grand Junction to Salt Lake City, and Salt Lake City to San Francisco onboard the California Zephyr®
  • 11 nights' hotel accommodations, 1 night onboard Amtrak
  • 2 meals included (2 dinner)
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Map route of America’s National Parks with San Francisco
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