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All the best of the South awaits you on this exciting rail journey. Start your journey in the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans, and be seduced by the music, the cuisine and the culture that makes ‘The Big Easy’ one of the most vibrant cities in the US. Spend three days taking in the best sights of the city before boarding Amtrak’s Crescent line and heading north to Washington, DC. Discover the top attractions and monuments of our nation’s capital with exciting included tours. Then head back down South on Amtrak’s Palmetto train for two nights in Charleston and two nights in Savannah for a real taste of these two historic and vibrant Southern cities.


  • Sightseeing city tour of New Orleans
  • Sightseeing Swamp & Bayou Tour
  • Monuments by Moonlight Tour of Washington, DC
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Washington, DC
  • Admission to International Spy Museum
  • Sightseeing city tour of Charleston
  • Sightseeing tour of Magnolia Plantation
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Savannah
  • Sightseeing cruise of Savannah


  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from New Orleans to Washington, DC; Washington, DC to Charleston; Charleston to Savannah on the Crescent® and Palmetto®
  • 9 nights' hotel accommodations
  • 1 meal included (1 brunch or dinner)
Trip Map


Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Amtrak Vacations is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and all holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

Welcome to New Orleans and the start of your adventure down South! Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for a three-night stay and set out to discover the intoxicating sights and sounds of ‘The Big Easy.’ (Overnight in New Orleans)

Start the day with a jazz brunch at the famous Court of Two Sisters restaurant (dinner at a popular restaurant is included when brunch is unavailable). After your brunch serenade, you'll get to see all New Orleans has to offer on a citywide tour. Absorb the sights and sounds of the world famous French Quarter and historic Jackson Square. Explore the city's remarkable cemeteries or "Cities of the Dead." Hear fascinating tales of voodoo and piracy on Bayou St. John, the waterway used by Jean Lafitte and his band of pirates, as you make your way to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. View the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway and much more. (Overnight in New Orleans) BR OR D

Experience the timeless beauty of Southern Louisiana like no other on a scenic boat trip through the serene swamp and bayou. Hear all about the fascinating mysteries of the swamps, bayous, and the Cajun "joie de vivre." Observe the distinct beauty of the Louisiana bayous, the home to many species of animals and plant-life. (Overnight in New Orleans)

Board Amtrak’s Crescent line this morning for your overnight journey to Washington, DC. Enjoy the comfortable accommodations onboard and the scenic views out the window as you journey northeast to Washington, DC. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

Welcome to the nation’s capital! Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Set out to discover the fascinating history of our nation on a hop-on, hop-off tour though Washington, DC. Stops include the Jefferson Memorial, the National Cathedral, and the Smithsonian, which contains 15 separate museums, and the National Zoo. You will also have your choice of admission to some of the best museums in the country. Choose from the popular International Spy Museum or the Newseum. (Overnight in Washington, DC)

Enjoy another day touring Washington, DC. Come the evening, tour the most popular attractions by moonlight on your included Monuments by Moonlight tour, including Georgetown and the Waterfront, The Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Memorial. Also make sure to leave time for those under-the-radar gems as well. Visit President Lincoln’s cottage, Hillwood Estate, eat (and drink) at Logan Circle’s 14th Street corridor, or explore Dupont Circle’s art galleries, shops, and coffeehouses. (Overnight in Washington, DC)

This morning, make your way to Washington, DC’s Union Station and board Amtrak’s Palmetto to Charleston. Enjoy the comfortable ride and the scenic views along the day. Arrive in Charleston this evening and check-in at your hotel for a two-night stay. (Overnight in Charleston) 

Today you will explore Charleston on a guided tour of the city! Your tour will bring you to some of Charleston's top attractions, including the Joseph Manigault Mansion, the very popular Rainbow Row where you will see many historic houses painted in festive, pastel colors, and the city's military college, The Citadel. Your full day of historic sightseeing will explore the best of what Charleston has to offer. (Overnight in Charleston)

This morning you will depart for a comprehensive tour of one of the oldest Southern plantations, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Your guided tour will take you to the historic Magnolia Plantation House that rests along the Ashley River. Along with the tour of the house, you will enjoy a ride past the Audubon Swamp inhabited by alligators, egrets, and other native wildlife. Between the Magnolia Plantation House and the swamps, this tour will give you a unique blend of history and nature! In the evening, board the Palmetto for the short journey to Savannah. On arrival, check in at your hotel for a two- night stay. (Overnight in Savannah)

Today, get to know Savannah today on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing city tour and a harbor cruise. Explore the extraordinary architecture, lush botanicals, impressive plantations and history of this gorgeous coastal city. Your tours promise a delightful combination of sightseeing and entertainment. (Overnight in Savannah)


LEGEND FOR MEALS: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

The Francis Marion Hotel Charleston

The historic Francis Marion Hotel, named for the Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox,” has a long tradition of gracious service, elegant accommodations, and hosting splendid banquets and events dating back to its opening in 1924.

Holiday Inn Riverview Charleston

The Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview is a unique landmark hotel located right on the Ashley River and just 1.5 miles from the Historic District of Downtown Charleston. This 100% non-smoking, full-service hotel offers several complimentary amenities, as well as views of the Charleston Peninsula, the Charleston Harbor, the Ashley River, the City Marina, and more!

The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

Experience the ultimate in southern charm at our hotel in the heart of historic Charleston. Opened in 1853, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel is a unique hotel close to the Museum Mile and many historic downtown sights.

Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter

Enjoy the best of the past and present in a single location at the Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans hotel. Only steps away from top attractions in the Big Easy, this hotel in the Warehouse District of New Orleans pairs historic features like original exposed brick and plantation shutters with modern touches.

Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome

The Holiday Inn® New Orleans Downtown Superdome hotel's outstanding location and amenities promise to make your New Orleans vacation a dream come true. You can enjoy all the legendary sights and sounds of this world-class city when you stay at one of the best New Orleans, LA hotels. Sample and savor the revelry of the French Quarter or test Lady Luck at Harrah's Casino. The allure of stunning museums of the Arts District are easily reached via our free shuttle.

Hotel Monteleone

It's been said that the French Quarter begins in the lobby of the Hotel Monteleone. In fact, this venerable establishment sits majestically at the foot of Royal Street. giving guests the best point of departure for all things New Orleans. This historic landmark is a member of Historic Hotels of America. The hotel boasts 25 meeting and reception rooms, 600 newly renovated rooms and suites, two award-winning restaurants, the famous Carousel Bar, Logo Shop, and heated rooftop pool.

Best Western Plus Savannah Historic District

The Best Western Plus Savannah Historic District is an inviting hotel with superior amenities and genuine southern charm. With a fantastic location in the Historic District, we are walking distance to River Street, City Market and local museums and historic sites.

DoubleTree Hotel Historic Savannah

Enjoy the newly renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Savannah Historic District hotel, situated between iconic River Street and Savannah’s City Market. Immerse yourself in the city and discover many nearby Savannah attractions.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Savannah Midtown

The Fairfield Inn & Suites Savannah Midtown is conveniently located around the corner from Savannah’s Twelve Oaks and Abercorn Walk shopping centers, and just a quick drive from downtown Savannah and Savannah/Hilton Head International airport.

Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic Distric

With its convenient location and historic framework, the Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District makes for one of the best places to stay in Savannah, GA.

Courtyard Washington, DC/U.S. Capitol

Escape ordinary travel routines when you book at Courtyard Washington, DC/U.S. Capitol hotel near Union Station DC and NoMa station.

Holiday Inn Capitol

When visiting our nation's capital, cast your vote for the full-service comfort and convenient location of the Holiday Inn Capitol - Washington DC. Only minutes from the city's most popular museums and monuments, our inviting downtown Washington DC hotel accommodations feature classic décor and soothing color patterns sure to please even the most discriminating traveler.

The Mayflower Hotel

The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection has been a Washington, DC landmark since opening its doors over 90 years ago. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, our hotel has been completely refreshed, offering a host of modern amenities, while still maintaining a sense of iconic luxury. Immerse yourself in the beauty of our sweeping marble lobby before getting comfortable in our redesigned guestrooms.

Phoenix Park Hotel

Enjoy a unique opportunity to experience the luxury of Irish country estate in the heart of Washington, DC's Capitol Hill. With traditional oil paintings, opulent marble staircase and traditional décor. The Phoenix Park Hotel also embraces the charisma and magic of one of the most established dining and entertainment restaurants in the area, The Dubliner.

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Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Amtrak Vacations is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and all holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

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