The West Coast of America
San Francisco Return
Travel & Accommodation
Map & Itinerary
- Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and expert local guides
- 10 nights in premium hotel accommodation
- Take the San Joaquin rail route through Central Valley
- Travel on the incredible Grand Canyon Railway
- Journey aboard the famous Coast Starlight train and Grand Canyon Railway
- Visit the Park MGM Las Vegas hotel and casino
- Explore the vibrant landscapes of Yosemite National Park
- Visit Hoover Dam in the Black Canyon of Colorado River
Map & Itinerary
- Itinerary and inclusions 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
- No meals are included in this tour
- The overnight train journeys on Amtrak are based on shared facilities
- Flights to depart San Francisco after 8pm
- Prices are for land and rail only. Flights not included
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Your rail journey of the USA begins today in San Francisco. Home to cable cars, world-class restaurants and a bustling cultural scene, San Francisco never ceases to amaze newcomers as well as locals. Upon arrival at the airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights, Le Meridien Hotel San Francisco
Enjoy an enthralling half-day sightseeing discovery of San Francisco. Stop at the Golden Gate Bridge, said to be the most famous bridge in the world. You will also meet a community of sea lions which lives at the popular Fisherman’s Wharf.
San Francisco, Yosemite National Park
Travel by train on the San Joaquin route through California’s Central Valley, which is bordered by coastal mountain ranges.
Journey by train on the San Joaquin route through California’s Central Valley. At Merced you’ll board a coach to Yosemite National Park, where you’ll enjoy a tour of the Valley Floor, taking in views of Half Dome, the 914-metre El Capitan and the spectacular Bridalveil Falls. Afterwards, head back to Merced to spend the night.
Stay: Courtyard Merced, Merced
Visit the Park MGM Las Vegas for a glimpse into the glittering world of hotels and casinos which line the famous Las Vegas Strip.
Board your train to continue southwards on the San Joaquin route today.
Continue the journey on the San Joaquin route southwards today. Arriving in Bakersfield, you’ll transfer by coach across the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas in the state of Nevada.
Stay: Two Nights, Park MGM Las Vegas
Explore Las Vegas at leisure today. The monorail is a great way to discover the spectacles of the famous Las Vegas Strip. Absorb the atmosphere and enjoy a selection of entertainment choices on your doorstep including the world-famous casinos.
Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Flagstaff
Head across Nevada to Arizona, via the towering Hoover Dam, where you’ll see this remarkable concrete-arch gravity dam, and engineering feat firsthand. Entering Arizona you’ll drive on the legendary Route 66. Arrive in Flagstaff for a two-night stay amid 500 picturesque acres of ponderosa pine forest.
Stay: Flagstaff, Little America Hotel
Grand Canyon, Lake Havasu City
Travel on the spectacular Grand Canyon Railway.
Travel in vintage carriages hauled by historic locomotives on the Grand Canyon Railway to see the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. Created by the Colorado River over a period of six million years, the canyon is up to 29 kilometres wide, and 1.6 kilometres deep. Arrive at the South Rim, which is the main viewpoint of the canyon, to take in dramatic vistas. Continue to Lake Havasu City, built on the shores of the mighty reservoir Lake Havasu, created by the Parker Dam on Colorado River.
Stay: Hampton Inn and Suites Lake Havasu City
Start your discovery of Los Angeles, the City of Angels, with a sightseeing tour which includes city landmarks such as Hollywood Boulevard and the Sunset Strip. You’ll also see the Chinese Mann Theatre, which hosts the annual Oscars ceremony.
Stay: Airtel Plaza Van Nuy
Coastal Starlight, Monterey
Travel aboard the iconic Coast Starlight for a daytime journey along the Pacific Coast.
Today, you’ll reach the Pacific Coast at Ventura, where the Coast Starlight heads north, following the coastline and the Pacific Coast Highway. Relax in the sightseer lounge and enjoy panoramic views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Follow the coast north of Santa Barbara. Entering the Salinas Valley, pass the Santa Lucia and Diablo mountain ranges en route to Salinas, from where you’ll transfer to Monterey for two nights.
Stay: Two Nights, Casa Munras Monterey
Enjoy a full day in coastal Monterey. One of the city’s top attractions is its world-class aquarium but you might also like to explore the town’s Fisherman’s Wharf or its coastal trails. Either way, you’ll soon find yourself easing into Monterey’s breezy coastal vibe.
Monterey, Depart San Francisco
This morning transfer to San Francisco for your return flight.
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