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CNA Trans America Rail Tour – Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco

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Total 21 nights


Day 1, 2 & 3
Arrival New York

Depart London Heathrow - 15:10

Arrive New York - 12:55

Journey Time 7 hours 35 minutes

(Please note: Flight times are subject to change)

Welcome to the Big Apple, once capital of the United States, now considered the capital of the world. New York, a mere rock of an island, is the nation’s largest city and commercial center. From Wall Street’s stock exchange to the galleries of SoHo, the sparkling diamond district and the cobblestone streets in the South Street Seaport, New York has something for everyone. Take the ferry to Ellis Island and view the Statue of Liberty, which welcomed immigrants to the land of freedom. Explore the neighborhoods, take in the bright lights of Broadway, shop on Fifth Avenue and eat your way through Chinatown, Little Italy, or New York’s famous deli’s. A tour of this fascinating city to show you the highlights is included.

Overnight - New York


Day 4 & 5
New York - Washington, D.C.

Say goodbye to New York this morning as you take the Amtrak train to the nation’s capital Washington DC. Arrival in Washington is at Union Station, restored to turn–of–the–century grandeur, check into your hotel and then the city’s history, power and spectacular beauty await you. View the sights from your trolley tour. Enjoy the city’s famous monuments, explore the Smithsonian’s many museums or visit Arlington National Cemetery, the White House, the Capitol Building and much more.

Overnight - Washington, D.C.


Day 6
Overnight on Capitol Limited Train to Chicago

Back to Union Station this morning to join Amtrak’s Capitol Limited train that runs daily between Washington, DC and Chicago. Your journey takes you through the Potomac Valley, past historic Harpers Ferry and the Allegheny Mountains into Pittsburgh then into Ohio and through the night to Cleveland, and into the center of Chicago.

You pass through Harpers Ferry, West Virginia in the late afternoon at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers that Thomas Jefferson said is “perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in nature. Originally a trading post the town became famous when, in 1859, abolitionist John Brown and his small band tried to seize the facility and touch off a slave revolt in the southern states. Colonel Robert E. Lee rushed federal troops to the scene on trains, the first time in history that a railroad was used for military purposes. The raid was soon ended and Brown hanged. Shortly after leaving Harpers Ferry we come to Martinsburg station on the right. The red brick four-story building with two wooden porches, is the oldest working train station in the U.S., having been in continuous use for over 160 years. Built in 1847, it is the only structure in Martinsburg to survive the destruction of the Civil War, and is a designated a National Historic Landmark. We then pass through the Cumberland Gap, a natural gap in the mountains that has provided people with East/West passage for centuries. On the east end is famous Lover’s Leap. Legend holds than an Indian princess fell in love with a federal soldier; the couple wished to wed but the princess’ father forbade it. In despair, they climbed to the top of a 1,000-ft. cliff of Wills Mountain (to the right) and leapt to their death. The state line doubles here as the famous Mason/Dixon Line, known by most people as the dividing line between free and slave states before the Civil War. The Capitol Limited continues through the night to arrive in Chicago the following morning.

Overnight - Capitol Limited Train  


Day 7
Chicago

Welcome to the vibrant and bustling city of Chicago clinging to the southern shores of Lake Michigan. Home to skyscrapers (it’s here the word originated), lakefront beaches, and restaurants reflecting its regional food specialties, magnificent shopping and unique architecture that epitomizes the spirit of the city.

Overnight - Chicago


Day 8
Chicago

A four hour tour of the city shows you the North and South Side business and residential districts for stunning architecture and fascinating history. During this tour you will visit all of the beautiful parks including Lincoln Park, Washington Park and Grant Park. See virtually the entire length of the scenic Outer Drive along Lake Michigan. Stops will be made at the fascinating Lincoln Park Conservatory and the Museum Campus, known for its breathtaking view.

Overnight - Chicago


Day 9
Overnight on Empire Builder train to Glacier National Park

Depart this afternoon on Amtrak’s “Empire Builder” heading westward for the Great Plains and Big Sky Country. Traveling daily between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail, the mighty Empire Builder takes you on an exciting adventure through dramatic wilderness, following the footsteps of early pioneers. This is one of the most majestic routes on the US rail system and today you'll have magnificent views of the Mississippi and see the glowing night skyline of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Overnight - Empire Builder Train


Day 10
Glacier National Park

Awake this morning in the state of North Dakota as the train passes Rugby the geographical center of the United States. Traveling through an area where Sitting Bull and the Sioux Nation lived we cross into Montana passing Wolf Point, home of the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Near Wagner on July 3, 1901, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’s “Wild Bunch” pulled off one last great train robbery – a hold up of the Great Northern Flyer and then it’s the Bear’s Paw Mountains where in 1877, after a 1,700-mile retreat, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Indians recognizing the hopelessness of his position, finally surrendered to the U.S. Army. At Cut Bank we get our first view of the Rockies, then passing Browning, headquarters of the Blackfeet Indian Nation, we finally arrive at Glacier National Park and the famous Glacier Park Lodge our home for the next two nights. The lodge located in close proximity to the National Park has a western theme and you’ll be amazed at the huge Douglas fir pillars that are over 40 feet high and 40 inches in diameter forming a support in the distinguished lobby

Overnight - Glacier National Park


Day 11
Glacier National Park

Included today is a full day tour of this magnificent park with the itinerary due to the seasonality of the tours either Old North Trail Tour or International Peace Park Tour. Final tour will be confirmed at the time of the booking.

Old North Trail Tour: This morning drive over Marias Pass, with wildlife viewing at Goat Lick and a stop at the historic Izaak Walton Inn. After an optional lunch at Lake McDonald Lodge, tour the grand cedar and hemlock forests that lie within the Lake McDonald Valley. Ascend to the high alpine region of the Going-to-the-Sun Road at Logan Pass and down into the St. Mary Valley. Stop at the Wild Goose Island overlook for another incredible photo opportunity. The tour finishes with grand vistas
of grassland, prairie and mountains as you arrive back at your hotel.

International Peace Park Tour: Begin your morning on the Old North Trail, one of the oldest highways in the world. See unparalleled views as you wind along Montana plains and peaks. Visit the incredible Many Glacier Valley along the way to Waterton Lakes National Park and the historic Prince of Wales Hotel. Arrive just in time for the optional Afternoon Tea served in the lobby, overlooking the Waterton Valley with views looking back into Montana. Return along the base of Chief Mountain, the spiritual landmark of the Blackfeet Indians. A Passport is required for this tour.

Overnight - Glacier National Park


Day 12
Overnight on Empire Builder Train to Portland

Most of the day to relax and enjoy the scenery and then this evening we re-join the Empire Builder train and spend the night continuing with our westward journey.

Overnight - Empire Builder Train


Day 13
Portland

Travel to Portland, the beautiful “Rose City”, a city of contrasts surrounded by natural beauty, from Washington Park and the West Hills to the Willamette River and Waterfront Park.

Overnight - Haines Junction, YT


Day 14
Portland

Portland is Oregon’s most populous city, and the third most populous city in the Pacific Northwest. Whether in the Cultural District downtown or a transfigured warehouse in the trendy Pearl District, it is easy to see why Money magazine has called Portland the “Best Big City” in North America. Portland is known for its large number of microbreweries and micro-distilleries, as well as its enthusiasm for coffee. Rich in Northwest arts and heritage, the city and region are also noted for strong land-use planning, excellent public transportation and a progressive regional government. Our morning city tours will start by enjoying tea and other refreshments while taking in the iconic views of Portland and surrounding volcanic peaks at the historic Pittock Mansion. The Pittock Mansion was home to two influential Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919 and is now a city park and treasured landmark. Next we explore the neighborhoods! Portland is divided into four main quadrants: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest. Each quadrant has its own distinct feel and unique attractions including art galleries, boutiques, cafes, restaurants and performance spaces. Included in your guide’s narration will be the fascinating history of a few of Portland’s ten famous bridges. Some of the other neighborhoods we will be visiting include the Pearl Disctrict, Nob Hill and Hawthorne. Portland is proud of its parks and its legacy of preserving open spaces. Parks and green space planning date back to John Charles Olmsted, and today more than 8,100 acres of ecologically valuable natural areas have been purchased and permanently protected from development. We will visit at least two of the following parks: Washington Park, Mt Tabor Park, McCall Waterfront Park and when the season is right, the International Rose Test Garden. Your guide will bring the parks alive by interpreting history, flora and fauna. Our tour ends at one of Portland’s greatest treasures: Powell’s Books – the largest independent, new and used bookstore in the world!

Overnight - Portland


Day 15
Overnight on Coast Starlight Train to San Francisco

Reboard the Coast Starlight and travel south via Oregon City, end of the famous Oregon Trail. Take note of the snow-capped peaks of the Three Sisters Mountains before traveling through Eugene and the climb into the spectacular mountain scenery of the Cascades. Comfortable reclining seats with pillows are provided as the train travels through the night to Emeryville0 and San Francisco (Sleeping car accommodation with included meals can be provided subject to supplementary cost and availability)

Overnight - Coast Starlight Train


Day 16
San Francisco

Welcome this morning to wonderful San Francisco, a popular international tourist destination, renowned for its steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture and famous landmarks. Visit Fisherman’s Wharf and enjoy local fare. Take a trip to Alcatraz Island; see the world-famous sea lions at Pier 39, and the Aquarium. Perhaps take a cruise on San Francisco Bay with magnificent views of Golden Gate Bridge. Spend time in Golden Gate Park and ride the famous cable cars.

Overnight - San Francisco


Day 17
Muir Woods & Sausalito

You are collected at your hotel this morning for a half-day bus tour to John Muir Woods National Park, just 17 miles northwest of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll marvel at the size of the giant redwoods at John Muir Woods. And you will enjoy the bay views, shopping, art galleries and fabulous mansions in Sausalito, home to some of the country’s wealthiest citizens. This afternoon is at leisure for personal sightseeing and shopping.

Overnight - San Francisco


Day 18
Monterey & Carmel

Enjoy a sightseeing tour to Monterey and Carmel from San Francisco. This is a fully narrated 11-hour bus tour that departs from your hotel and returns to San Francisco. This tour shows California's rugged Central Coast, a view that will both humble and inspire you. Starting the Monterey portion of the tour, you will travel south via Highway 1 through Santa Cruz offering a spectacular view of the Central Coastal area. The tour includes scheduled stops at Steinbeck's Cannery Row in Monterey - known for the characters in John Steinbeck's novel "Cannery Row." Find seaside exploration, shopping and activities for everyone on Monterey's beautiful shoreline. There are vista points along 17 Mile Drive including stores, art galleries and the restaurant district of Carmel that are perfect for lunch and shopping! You will visit the one-square mile city of Carmel, located on the Bay of Carmel above the white-sand beach which offers a picturesque and beautiful memory for the last portion of your tour. The trip back to San Francisco will take you through the Silicon Valley in the San Jose and Santa Clara counties.

Overnight - San Francisco


Day 19
Overnight on Coast Starlight Train to Paso Robles

An exciting day as we re-join Amtrak’s “Coast Starlight” at Emeryville Rail Station. From Emeryville to Los Angeles, the tracks follow the same route as the old Spanish mission road, “El Camino Real.” From 1769 to 1823, Franciscan Friar Junipero Serra founded a chain of 21 missions and four mission chapels along this road from San Diego to Sonoma. Each was built to be one day’s horseback journey from the next. Serra himself has become known as the “Apostle of California.” We travel through, San Jose, known as the capital of Silicon Valley for its location within the booming technology industry. Then through the Santa Clara Valley, with the Santa Cruz mountain range on the right, and Mt. Hamilton (4,430 ft.) on the left as we leave San Jose. Leaving the Salinas Valley, we pass by the Diablo Range. San Benito Mountain (5,258 ft.) on the left is the highest point on the range. To the right is the Santa Lucia Range. We follow the Salinas River for the next 100 miles and as we pass through this quaint town of San Miguel, we see Mission San Miguel Archangel, founded in 1771, and one of Father Serra’s original missions along El Camino Real. We leave the train at Paso Robles “The Pass of the Oaks” halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, one of the fastest-growing premium vineyard and winery regions in California, Enjoy a sit down wine tasting followed by an afternoon Wine Tour before spending the night in Paso Robles.

Overnight - Paso Robles


Day 20
Heart Castle & Los Angeles

This morning we leave on a tour to the Hearst Castle where you will be guided to the National Geographic Theater to view “Hearst Castle – Building the Dream” in large screen format before starting the Grand Rooms Tour. Every evening, W. R. Hearst’s guests gathered in the grand social rooms on the ground floor of Casa Grande (his formal name for the twin-towered building, or main house). Follow their footsteps and experience what it was like to be a guest at The Enchanted Hill—known today as Hearst Castle. At the end of the guided portion of your tour, stroll on your own through the gardens and wander at your leisure around the Neptune Pool and the Roman Pool. The tour concludes with an included deli lunch and a drive to San Luis Obispo where we re-join the Coast Starlight train for our southbound journey to Los Angeles where we arrive late this evening.

Overnight - Los Angeles


Day 21
Los Angeles

Get ready to be a part of Entertainment Capital of the world. There are few cities that offer as much entertainment, excitement and diversity as do the attractions in Los Angeles. A 5 hour tour includes many of Los Angeles most appealing sights, with visits to Hollywood Blvd, Mann Chinese Theater, Kodak Theatre, World Famous Farmers' Market and The Grove, Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica Pier and 3rd Street Promenade. The tour includes 5 stops at various points of interest, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is fully guided with sightseeing commentary - a fun and exciting way to get an overview of the city so that you can decide later where you'd like to focus your time.

Overnight - Portland


Day 22
Depart Los Angeles

Your tour ends today as you take your flight home

Depart Los Angeles - 21:30
Arrive London Heathrow - 15:50*
Journey time - 10hr 20mins

* Arrival time into the U.K is the following day

(Please note: Flight times are subject to change)

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Introduction

Wake up in the city that never sleeps at the end of an epic adventure across the most diverse country in the world. This once in a lifetime journey takes you to some of America's most famous sights including Alcatraz, the National Mall, Willis Tower and Hollywood, and travel on some spectacular railroad excursions.

Accommodation

No. of nightsLocationAccommodation
3New York, NYInterContinental The Barclay
2Washington, DCOmni Shoreham Hotel
1 --Overnight on Capitol Limited Train
2Chicago, ILPalmer House Hotel
1 --Overnight on Empire Builder Train
2Glacier National Park, MTGlacier Park Lodge
1 --Overnight on Empire Builder Train
2Portland, ORBenson Hotel
1--Overnight on Coast Starlight Train
3San Francisco, CAHotel Monaco
1Paso Robles, CAPaso Robles Inn
2Los Angeles, CAInterContinental Beverly Hills

'CNA Trans America Rail Tour' Inclusions

  • Arrival sedan transfer from New York aiport to hotel
  • One way Amtrak ticket from New York to Washington
  • One way Amtrak ticket from Washington to Chicago (Overnight comfortable reclining seat provided, sleeping car accommodation with included meals can be provided subject to supplementary cost and availability).
  • One way Amtrak ticket from Chicago to Glacier National Park (Overnight comfortable reclining seat provided, sleeping car accommodation with included meals can be provided subject to supplementary cost and availablity).
  • One way Amtrak ticket from Glacier National Park to Portland (Overnight comfortable reclining seat provided, sleeping car accommodation with included meals can be provided subject to supplementary cost and availablity).
  • One way Amtrak ticket from Portland to Emeryville (Overnight comfortable reclining seat provided, sleeping car accommodation with included meals can be provided subject to supplementary cost and availablity).
  • Thruway bus service from Emeryville to San Francisco upon arrival and San Francisco to Emeryville upon departure; will advise of scheduled departure at time of booking
  • Old Town Trolley tour of Washington, DC
  • Gray Line of Chicago Grand City tour
  • One of: Old North Trail Tour or International Peace Park Tour (final tour to be confirmed at time of booking) in East Glacier Park
  • Evergreen Escapes city tour of Portland
  • Gray Line of San Francisco Monterey & Carmel Tour
  • Gray Line of San Francisco Muir Woods & Sausalito Tour
  • Wine Wrangler 1/2 day wine tour
  • Wine Wrangler tour of Hearst Castle (disembarking at train station in San Luis Obispo)

Financial Protection

By booking this complete package with Complete North America you benefit from reduced rates on flights, accommodation and car rental along with complete financial protection. Package holidays are sold by Complete North America Limited as a member of the Hays Travel Independence Group. All payments will be handled by Hays Travel Limited and will be financially protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under Hays Travel Limited's ATOL Number 10531. The ATOL scheme ensures that you will not lose the money you have paid over and will not be stranded abroad should the ATOL holder fail.

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Hawaii add-on 

From £699 per person

Paradise awaits...

Extend your trip with a visit to the beautiful island of Oahu, the Heart of Hawaii. Oahu is home to the State capital of Honolulu, which offers magnificent palaces, museums and art galleries as well as the world famous Waikiki Beach. Indulge in world class hotels, shopping and dining and visit the Memorial of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor or the Polynesian Cultural centre to experience the rich island tradition.

6 days/ 5 nights add-on to include: Roundtrip Transpacific flights (Between Mainland USA & Hawaii), Lei Meet & Greet at airport in Hawaii, Round-trip Airport Transfers and 5 nights hotel accommodation*

*'From' price based upon a Standard room at the Aqua Aloha Surf Hotel, Oahu (Upgrade options available)... Contact us for more details

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CNA Trans America Rail Tour

Itinerary Summary

New York, NY
3 nights
Washington, DC
2 nights
Capitol Limited Train
1 night
Chicago, IL
2 nights
Empire Builder Train
1 night
Glacier National Park, MT
2 nights
Empire Builder Train
1 night
Portland, OR
2 nights
Coast Starlight Train
1 night
San Francisco, CA
3 night
Paso Robles, CA
1 night
Los Angeles, CA
2 night

Total 21 Nights

 



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