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Rail Discoveries: The Glamorous West Coast of America

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Explore the most captivating parts of America’s West Coast on this exciting tour that takes you from bohemian San Francisco to iconic Los Angeles, by way of the sights and sounds of fabulous Las Vegas.

  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Return flights from London to Oakland
  • Rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 7 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • 1 night on board Amtrak’s Southwestern Chief in a coach seat
  • 1 night on board the RMS Queen Mary
  • Guided tours of San Francisco and Los Angeles
  • Visit to Yosemite National Park
  • Time at leisure in Las Vegas
  • Visit to the Hoover Dam
  • Journey on the Grand Canyon Railway to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Travel on the Coach Starlight to Salinas

Days 1-2: To San Francisco

Meet your Tour Manager at the airport today, as you fly from London to Oakland. Upon arrival, check into your hotel, and the rest of your day is at leisure. Your hotel is the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway San Francisco.

On Day 2, you are picked up from your hotel by a coach to begin your half-day sightseeing tour.

Day 3: Yosemite National Park

Today, depart San Francisco along the San Joaquin route which takes you through California’s Central Valley by rail. Arrive at Turlock, where you transfer by coach into the incredible Yosemite National Park.

Days 4-5: Las Vegas

From the natural beauty of Yosemite, head to the glamorous and glittering sights of Las Vegas. Re-join the San Joaquin to travel to Bakersfield, heading across the eerily beautiful Mojave Desert and past derelict ghost towns and atmospheric villages.

Day 6: The Hoover Dam

Depart Las Vegas today and travel across Nevada to Arizona. On your way to your final destination of Flagstaff, stop off at the Hoover Dam.

Day 7: The Grand Canyon

Today is an undoubted highlight of the tour, as you have the chance to visit the Grand Canyon. Begin by travelling on board the Grand Canyon Railway to the South Rim of the natural wonder.

Day 8: Los Angeles and Hollywood

Arrive into Los Angeles this morning, where you are picked up by coach for a half-day tour of this bastion of entertainment.

Day 9: The Starlight Express to Monterey

This morning, take a ride on the Coast Starlight for a wonderful journey along the stunning Pacific coast shoreline. Reaching the coast at Ventura, the train hugs the coast along the Pacific Coast Highway, offering wonderful coastal views.

Days 10-11: Homeward Bound

Today, transfer to Oakland airport, where you take a return flight back to London, landing on Day 11. On arrival, your tour concludes.

Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

Surrounded by pine forests in the foothills of the San Francisco Peaks is the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, which offers the perfect base from which to discover and explore the natural beauty of Arizona. The hotel has a restaurant and bar and exceptional leisure facilities, including a heated seasonal outdoor pool, hot tub and fully equipped fitness centre.

SLS Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas

The 3* SLS Las Vegas is located just north of the famous Las Vegas Strip. With a range of live entertainment, 7 restaurants, and 2 bars, this is the ideal hotel in which to enjoy Las Vegas. This stylish and sophisticated resort offers comfort set amidst the thriving bustle of the world’s gambling capital cities.

RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach

This former Cunard ocean liner offers accommodation in its cabins, providing an interesting base from which to explore Los Angeles. It has a selection of restaurants, cafes and bars, a small lounge in the reception area and a sun deck. The cabins are all uniquely appointed with many original features and have air conditioning, a television and a hairdryer.

Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa, Monterey

The 3* Casa Munras Garden Hotel and Spa in Monterey is a charming old hotel built in a traditional Spanish style, combining elegance with excellent service, and make your stay in this Pacific city a delight. Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, beautiful gardens, a Spanish restaurant and a bar.

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, San Francisco

The 3-Star Holiday Inn Golden Gateway is situated in the heart of downtown San Francisco, within easy reach of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and the California street cable car line. The hotel’s facilities include the Café Marlette which serves breakfast and lunch and the Interlude Bar and Grill, a casual dining restaurant that serves dinner daily.

Hampton Inn Turlock

Offering an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, and Wi-Fi, the Hampton Inn Turlock is located a few hours away from Yosemite National Park. With these stunning surroundings, heralding the true beauty of the Grand Old USA, this is an excellent base for your time exploring this magnificent country.

Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.

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