Recall a bygone era and embark on a leisurely vacation from the UK to the western USA by cruise ship and train.
About the Tour
Beginning in Southampton, board the famous Queen Mary 2 for your 7-night passage across the Atlantic Ocean to New York City. Spend your days meeting new friends from around the world, taking advantage of the ship’s copious onboard amenities and services. The Queen Mary 2 docks in New York City, where your cross-country rail adventure begins. Travel by train to Washington DC, Chicago, the Grand Canyon and Los Angeles with ample time to explore each destination.
- One-way transportation aboard Amtrak's Acela from New York to Washington, DC
- One-way transportation aboard Amtrak's Capitol Limited from Washington, DC to Chicago (one night on train)
- One-way transportation aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief from Chicago to Williams Junction and Williams Junction to Los Angeles (two nights on train)
- Roundtrip travel aboard the Grand Canyon Railway
- One-way Trans-Atlantic crossing on the Queen Mary 2 for seven nights
- Hotel accommodations for 10 nights
- 29 meals
- Sightseeing and scenic excursions per itinerary
Day 1 - Embark Queen Mary 2 in Southampton, UKArrive on your own in Southampton in time for your afternoon sailing aboard the Queen Mary 2 for your Trans-Atlantic crossing. The Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built, combining impeccable service, luxurious accommodation and exquisite dining with modern innovations. Overnight ship. (D)
Days 2 - 7 - At SeaWith 14 decks, unsurpassed amenities including a Planetarium, and endless activities, you can do as little or as much as you'd like during your days at sea. The Queen Mary 2 provides you with a wealth of engaging experiences to enjoy every day. Broaden your horizons with a lecture series and stimulating workshops. Unwind in the spa. Shop fine boutiques for yourself or for souvenirs. Overnight ship. (6B, 6L, 6D)
Day 8 - Arrive New York CityWelcome to the Big Apple! Upon arrival in New York City this morning, transfer on your own to your centrally-located hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Visit Times Square, take in a theater performance, and enjoy one of the city's many fantastic restaurants. Overnight New York City. (B)
Day 9 - New York SightseeingBoard a double-decker sightseeing bus for an amazing tour of the city. Hop on and off at more than 30 different stops including Central Park, Lincoln Center, Fifth Avenue, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, and more. Overnight New York City.
Day 10 - High-Speed Train to the U.S. CapitolThis morning head to bustling Penn Station and board the high-speed Acela for your 10:00 am train trip to Washington, DC. Upon arrival, transfer on your own to your centrally-located hotel with the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure to explore the nation's capitol. Overnight Washington, DC.
Day 11 - DC SightseeingWashington, DC is full of amazing things to see and do. Get a lay of the land while learning all about the history that surrounds this great city on today's guided sightseeing tour of DC's top monuments and attractions. A special highlight is a boat cruise on the Potomac River! Overnight Washington, DC.
Day 12 - Capitol Limited to ChicagoThe better part of the day is free to visit one of Washington, DC's many famous museums and monuments, explore Georgetown, or see where the nation's elected officials conduct business on the Hill. This afternoon, make your way to DC's Union Station to board Amtrak's Capitol Limited for the overnight journey to Chicago. As the train makes its way through Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana, visit the Sightseer Lounge car for panoramic views of the passing scenery, enjoy a hot meal in the dining car with your fellow travelers, and settle into your onboard accommodations for the comfortable trip west. Overnight train. (D)
Day 13 - Chicago SightseeingThe Capitol Limited is scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 8:45 am. Transfer on your own to your centrally-located hotel, drop off your belongings, and hit the town for a full day of sightseeing on a hop on/hop off trolley tour. Visit the city's most popular attractions including Millennium Park, the Art Institute, Navy Pier, Willis Tower, the theater district and more. Overnight Chicago. (B)
Day 14 - Chicago at LeisureYou have a full day at your leisure in the Windy City. Visit one of Chicago's museums to view precious works of art, age-old fossils, or the solar system. Shop along the Magnificent Mile. Enjoy a cocktail and the views from the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building. Stroll along the lakefront, see a first-run play, and dine in a renowned steak house. Overnight Chicago.
Day 15 - Southwest Chief to FlagstaffSleep in this morning or finish your souvenir shopping. This afternoon make your way to Chicago's historic Union Station. Board Amtrak's Southwest Chief and settle in for the overnight journey to Flagstaff, Arizona. As the train begins its journey west mid-afternoon, visit the Sightseer Lounge for stunning views of the passing scenery. Overnight train (D)
Day 16 - En Route to FlagstaffAs you leave the plains of the Midwest behind, the scenery changes to colorful desert. Spend the day relaxing aboard the train. Read a book, chat with your fellow travelers or get lost in thought as you enjoy unsurpassed scenery from the lounge car or your seat. The train arrives in Flagstaff late this evening. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in neighboring Williams. Overnight Williams. (B, L, D)
Day 17 - Grand Canyon Railway to the Grand CanyonAfter breakfast at the Fred Harvey Restaurant, make the journey to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon aboard the vintage Grand Canyon Railway, the historic train that once transported the likes of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Doris Day. Once at the Grand Canyon, embark on a Freedom Tour of the South Rim, a narrated tour that visits some of the most prominent lookouts including Mohave Point and Hermits Rest. Overnight Grand Canyon. (B)
Day 18 - The Grand CanyonThe morning is yours to explore Grand Canyon Village and its historic buildings, either on your own or on an optional tour of the area. This afternoon board the Grand Canyon Railway for the return trip to Williams. Upon arrival, enjoy dinner at the Fred Harvey Restaurant. Take the evening to relax at the historic Grand Canyon Railway hotel before transferring to Flagstaff to board your train west to Los Angeles. After such a full day, you'll be ready for a good night's rest aboard the Southwest Chief. Overnight train. (D)
Day 19 - Arrive in Los AngelesThe Southwest Chief arrives at Los Angeles' Union Station at 8:15 am. Transfer on your own to your hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure. See Santa Monica Pier, visit the Getty Museum, shop the chic boutiques along Rodeo Drive, or ask your concierge to get you tickets to a local sporting event or concert. Overnight Los Angeles. (B)
Day 20 - Universal StudiosRevel in the thrills of amusement park rides and behind-the-scenes tours at Universal Studios. Your attractions pass gives you priority boarding privileges for all attractions, reserved seating at all Universal Studios show, and behind-the-scenes privileges at select attractions. Overnight Los Angeles.
Day 21 - Return HomeYour vacation comes to an end this morning. Transfer on your own to the airport for your return trip home from Los Angeles.
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 featuring two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, converting 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. All travelers have access to the Sightseer Lounge. Roomette and Bedroom accommodations include all meals aboard the train. Sleeping car passengers aboard the Southwest Chief enjoy meals in the train's Dining car. New contemporary and fresh dining choices replace traditional dining car service on the Capitol Limited. Sleeping car passengers may elect to have a chilled prepared meal selection delivered to your Roomette or Bedroom or enjoy meals in a private cafe or lounge car.
Know before you go
Please be aware Amtrak may experience occasional schedule changes and service disruptions. Vacations By Rail recommends visiting the Amtrak web site prior to your departure for the latest information.
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
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