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Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans & Los Angeles by Rail


Soul-capturing music, fantastic cuisine and great entertainment for the whole family lie ahead on this cross-country journey from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California.

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11 days From $2,365 per person

2021 Tour code: TU-CMNW-21

About the tour

From the grandiose buildings of the city of Chicago and Los Angeles to the deep history of New Orleans and Memphis, this thoughtfully planned adventure gives travelers a unique look at some of the country's most well-known cities. The trip is spread over the course of 11 days and 10 nights, with two days in each city - Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans and Los Angeles - for individual sightseeing and for exciting, package-provided tours. Three of the 10 overnights are spent aboard Amtrak's comfortable passenger trains, while the remaining seven nights are spread between hotels across the country.


What’s included


Day 1 - Arrive in Chicago

Travelers begin this 11-day excursion by traveling to Chicago using their preferred method. The day concludes with an overnight in the city.

Day 2 - The Best of Chicago

Get an in-depth look at the city of Chicago on your second day in town, thanks to the Chicago Grand Half-day Tour. Cruise down Outer Drive, through President Obama's old neighborhood and through the heart of the city to see some of the most-visited sites. Adler Planetarium, the Art Institute, the Wrigley Building, Wrigley Field, Symphony Hall and other famous landmarks make up just some of the stops. Board the City of New Orleans at Chicago's Union Station for your overnight train to Memphis at 8 p.m.

Day 3 - Free Day in Memphis

The third day of this Chicago-to-Los Angeles journey begins at approximately 6:30 a.m. with arrival in Memphis, Tennessee. This day is entirely open for independent exploration, and this gives guests the perfect opportunity to check out world-renowned Beale Street, which is known for its history, culture, and, of course, delicious barbecue. Overnight Memphis.

Day 4 - Explore Memphis's Colorful Music Past

Using the Memphis Music Attractions Pass, travelers get an inside look at some of the most significant musical sites in Memphis. Tour Sun Studios, which is known as the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Rock 'n' Soul Museum. The piece de resistance of the tour is a visit to Graceland. Overnight Memphis.

Day 5 - Transfer from Memphis to New Orleans

Board the City of New Orleans at 6.50 a.m and spend the day enjoying the scenery of the South. The train arrives in The Big Easy around 3:30 p.m. and travelers have the rest of the day to listen to jazz music, taste traditional Cajun food and explore the city. Overnight New Orleans.

Day 6 - Experience Everything New Orleans Offers

Visit Jackson Square, the Arts District and over 15 other popular sites aboard a double-decker bus on the sixth day of this cross-country experience. The Hop-on Hop-off Tour in New Orleans allows passengers to spend as much or as little time as they desire at the destinations; however, a continuous 2-hour tour is also an option. Overnight New Orleans.

Days 7 & 8 - Sunset Limited to Los Angeles

Aboard the Sunset Limited, travelers get a view of the southernmost part of the United States while en route to Los Angeles. The train departs at 9 a.m., and scenery along the way includes Bayou country, the Mexican border and even deserts and mountain ranges. The Sunset Limited's Sightseer Lounge Car provides the best view of the colorful landscape. Overnight train.

Day 9 - Arrive in Los Angeles

Arrival in Los Angeles is scheduled for 5:35 a.m. If your room is available, guests are free to check into their hotel at this point or to start their exploration. Some of the most popular sites in the Los Angeles region include the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, Griffith Observatory, Six Flags and numerous museums. Overnight Los Angeles.

Day 10 - Universal Studios Trip

A trip to Universal Studios adds an exciting element to the last day of organized activity. At Universal Studios Hollywood, there are rides such as Transformers, Jurassic Park and The Simpsons that appeal to adventure-seekers, as well as numerous 3-D and 4-D movie experiences, set tours and shows. Overnight Los Angeles.

Day 11 - Trip Concludes

Your vacation concludes this morning.

Additional information

Pricing Plans

Amtrak accommodations are available in Coach class, Roomette and Bedroom.

Coach accommodations include a reclining seat with leg rest.

Roomette accommodations include a private cabin that features two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, which converts to an upper and lower berth at night.

Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Palmer House Hilton, Chicago

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Millennium Biltmore, Los Angeles

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Holiday Inn Select Downtown Memphis, Memphis

Holiday Inn Select Downtown Memphis, Memphis

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Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

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