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Las Vegas And The Golden West

San Francisco Return

Trip Code: RJTVGG12
12 Days
  • Travel & Accommodation
  • Map & Itinerary
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Trip Inclusions

  • Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and expert local guides
  • 10 nights in premium accommodation
  • An overnight train journey in two-berth roomette
  • All tipping and airport transfers

Travel & Accommodation

Large suspension bridge spanning the pristine blue waters between the mountain ranges on a bright sunny day

Stunning San Francisco

Home to cable cars, world-class restaurants and a bustling cultural scene, San Francisco never ceases to delight.

Horizontal strectched diamond shape welcome sign to Vegas with hotels in the background

The Bright Lights of Vegas

Dazzling lights, casinos, and incredible stage shows, you need to see Las Vegas to believe it.

Panoramic view of the coastline along which white capped waves lap at the shoreline, as a train snakes it way along

Ride the Southwest Chief

Board Amtrak’s overnight Southwest Chief along the historic route to Los Angeles.

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • All prices include airport transfers and tipping
  • Porterage is not included
  • Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed at documentation
  • Prices are for land/rail only. Flights not included
North America Map RJTVGG12 2019
San Francisco Return

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

Your incredible rail journey of the USA begins today in the beautiful cosmopolitan city of San Francisco. Home to cable cars, world-class restaurants and a bustling cultural scene, San Francisco never ceases to delight and amaze — the perfect starting point for your journey. Upon arrival at the airport you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel for a comfortable two-night stay.

Stay: Two Nights, San Francisco, Westin St Francis

Insider Experience

In the afternoon board a ferry at Pier 33 and cross San Francisco Bay to the infamous island of Alcatraz. You’ll journey right into the prison to see the cells as they were when it was operational, and hear fascinating stories of some of the escape attempts by prisoners that took place over the years.

Enjoy a sightseeing tour today, visiting some of the city’s most famous sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf.

Insider Experience

Depart from Oakland by train, on the San Joaquin route through California’s Central Valley, bordered on the west by coastal mountain ranges and on the east by Yosemite National Park.

Upon arrival at Merced by rail, you’ll transfer by coach into Yosemite for a fascinating tour of the Valley Floor. Here, take in spectacular views of Half Dome at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley, the 3,000 ft El Capitan and Bridalveil Falls.

Stay: Turlock, Fairfield Inn

Rejoin the San Joaquin route today and continue on your journey to Bakersfield. From here, your trip takes you by coach across the incredibly vast Mojave Desert. During this part of your trip take an up-close look at desert life as you pass small, isolated villages and abandoned ghost towns before the bright lights of Las Vegas appear. Upon arrival, settle into your hotel, where you will spend the next two nights. Then, the night is yours to head out and take in the fascinating sights and sounds of this buzzing world-famous city.

Stay: Two Nights, Las Vegas, Tropicana Hotel or similar

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore one of the most unique cities in the world. Home to amazing sights within its resorts, Las Vegas offers something for everyone. The monorail is a great way to explore the exotic delights of the Strip, from the African-themed Sahara Hotel to the MGM Grand, via resorts with Oriental, Roman and Parisian themes, and Las Vegas’ version of Venice. Later, perhaps choose one of the top-class shows or entertainment options right on your doorstep, including world-famous casinos. Whether it is entertainment, dining, relaxation or shopping you’d prefer, there is no end to the exciting ways you can spend your day and night in this glittering city.

Today, you’ll travel across Nevada to Arizona via the Hoover Dam. This remarkable engineering masterpiece was completed in 1936 to end the flooding, which was caused by the Colorado River. Entering Arizona, drive along the legendary Route 66, which has been immortalised in song, before arriving in the town of Williams.

Stay: Williams, Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Insider Experience

Travel aboard vintage carriages hauled by historic locomotives on the Grand Canyon Railway to see the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon.

Insider Experience

This evening drive to Flagstaff to board Amtrak’s overnight Southwest Chief to Los Angeles.

Arrive at the South Rim, the Canyon’s main viewpoint and an ideal base to experience the dramatic vistas. Return to Williams on the Grand Canyon Railway.

Stay: Amtrak Southwest Chief Sleeper Train

Insider Experience

Travel to Long Beach for one night on board the RMS Queen Mary. This ship, which is now a hotel, has a fascinating history as a luxury ocean liner, as well as being a high-speed troop carrier during the Second World War. On board, enjoy the ship’s original 1930s artwork and art deco styling, with each stateroom offering a glimpse into ocean travel over the decades throughout the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Your evening is free to spend exploring the attractions of Long Beach at your leisure.

This morning, relax aboard the Southwest Chief as it continues through Fullerton in Orange County, travelling past the sprawling suburbs of Los Angeles before reaching Union Station. Your first stop in Los Angeles is star-studded Hollywood. Enjoy free time here to explore the home of the USA’s film industry, with the chance to walk in the stars’ footsteps along the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard and to soak up the atmosphere. Later, enjoy a free evening aboard the RMS Queen Mary.

Stay: Los Angeles, RMS Queen Mary

Insider Experience

Travel aboard the iconic Coast Starlight for a daytime journey along the stunning Pacific Coast shoreline. Upon reaching the Pacific Coast at Ventura, the Coast Starlight heads north, hugging the coastline and following the Pacific Coast Highway. On board, relax in the Sightseer Lounge Car and enjoy spectacular views through floor-to-ceiling windows. See stretches of pristine beaches as the train hugs the coast north of Santa Barbara.

Entering the Salinas Valley by rail, pass the Santa Lucia and Diablo mountain ranges en route to Salinas, where you’ll transfer by coach to Monterey.

Stay: Three Nights, Monterey, Casa Munras

This morning after breakfast, you will explore the wonderful Californian coastline. This includes seeing the exclusive residences of 17 Mile Drive and the attractive waterfront of Cannery Row, which was made famous by John Steinbeck. You will also visit Carmel, where Clint Eastwood was once mayor, a charming town that has attracted artists for decades. Later this afternoon, discover the Big Sur, where the Pacific coastline rises dramatically into the Santa Lucia Mountains.

Enjoy the day at leisure to explore. Perhaps stroll the historic quarter or visit the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. You might like to visit Stevenson House, where author Robert Louis Stevenson lived and wrote The Old Pacific Capital.

Your journey comes to an end this morning with a transfer to San Francisco airport.

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