• Amtrak's Southwest Chief in Canyoncito, New Mexico
  • Coast to Coast with Grand Canyon
  • New York Skyline
  • Universal Studios City Walk, Los Angeles (c) Travis Conklin

Coast to Coast with Grand Canyon

Historic Rail, Rail Tour, Route 66
From £2725 per person
05 Apr 2022 – 26 Oct 2022

Save up to £400 per couple on USA & Canada Train Holidays

Coast to Coast with Grand Canyon Tour Highlights:

  • Rail travel on Amtrak (3 nights on train)
  • 1 night at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
  • New York City, Chicago and Washington, DC sightseeing tours.
  • Grand Canyon Freedom Tour
  • Universal Studios theme park pass
Quick facts
Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights
Holiday Type: Rail Tour
Grade: Standard/Superior
Start / Finish: New York / Los Angeles
Flights: Additional Cost


Day 1:
Arrive in New York City

Welcome to the Big Apple! Upon arrival in New York City, 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 New York’s many fantastic restaurants. Overnight New York City.

Day 2:
New York Sightseeing

Board a double-decker sightseeing bus for a fantastic 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 3:
Amtrak to the U.S. Capitol

This morning head to bustling Penn Station and board Amtrak for your 10:35 am train trip to Washington, DC. 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 4:
DC Sightseeing

See all of Washington, DC’s best sites on today’s tour of the nation’s capital. Highlights include the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. Capitol Building and more historic sites and monuments. The remainder of the day is yours to explore this vibrant city at leisure. Overnight Washington, DC.

Day 5:
Capitol Limited to Chicago

The better part of the day is free to visit one of Washington, DC’s many important 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 journey through Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana, visit the Sightseer Lounge car for panoramic views of the passing scenery, enjoy a fresh meal selection, and settle into your onboard accommodations for the comfortable trip west. Overnight train. (D Sleeping Car passengers only)

Day 6:
Chicago Sightseeing

The Capitol Limited is scheduled to arrive in Chicago this morning. 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 sightseeing 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 Sleeping Car passengers only)

Day 7:
Chicago at Leisure

You have a full day at your leisure in the Windy City. Visit one of the city’s amazing museums to view precious works of art, age-old fossils, or the solar system. Shop the fine stores along the Magnificent Mile. Enjoy a cocktail–and the views–from the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building. Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo, situated in the heart of the city. Stroll along the lakefront, see a first-run play and dine in a renowned steak house. Overnight Chicago.

Day 8:
Southwest Chief to Flagstaff

There’s no need to rush this morning. Sleep in 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 Williams, Arizona. As the train begins its journey west mid-afternoon, visit the Sightseer Lounge for stunning views of the passing scenery. Overnight train (D Sleeping Car passengers only)

Day 9:
En Route to Flagstaff

As 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 other travelers or get lost in thought as you enjoy the 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 Sleeping Car passengers only)

Day 10:
Grand Canyon Railway to the Grand Canyon

After 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 11:
The Grand Canyon

The 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 tonight for 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 12:
Arrive in Los Angeles

The Southwest Chief is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles’ Union Station this morning. 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 your tickets to a local sporting event or concert. Overnight Los Angeles. (B Sleeping Car passengers only)

Day 13:
Universal Studios

Your day is steeped in movie magic as you revel in the thrills of amusement park rides and behind-the-scenes tours at Universal Studios. Your front-of-the-line 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 14:
Return Home

Your vacation comes to an end this morning. Transfer on your own to the airport or railway station for your return trip home.

Key: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner


Day Train/City Standard/Superior
01-02 New York Paramount
03-04 Washington D.C. Holiday Inn Capitol at the Smithsonian
05-06 Onboard train Amtrak’s Capitol Limited
07 Palmer House Hilton Chicago
08-09 Onboard train Amtrak’s Southwest Chief
10-11 Grand Canyon Railway Hotel Grand Canyon
12-13 Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles
Standard Hotels

Standard hotels offer quality, style, comfortable accommodations, yet they are still considered “affordable”. Typically located in central areas.

Superior Hotels

With above-average service, upscale, high quality and comfortable, with a variety of amenities located in town. Rooms will be well furnished to a high standard.

National Parks Accommodations

Please be advised that accommodations near and in the National Parks are rustic in nature and not always of the same level of comfort as accommodations in metropolitan areas.

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.

Info & Extras

International long-haul flights and pre/post tour hotels available at additional cost

Upgrade your Experience

  • Elevate your experience – Add Roomette and Bedroom private sleeping accommodations for your rail journey
  • Extend your stay – Add hotel nights in New York or Los Angeles
Southwest Chief

Passing through eight states on its route between Chicago, IL, and Los Angeles, CA, the Southwest Chief highlights some of the Southwest’s most stunning regions. The train operates daily and makes a stop in Albuquerque during its 40 plus-hour cross-country expedition.

Dining on the Train

Enjoy a hot meal in the train’s full-service Dining Car or have it delivered to your private sleeping accommodations. Meals are included for all travelers with Roomette and Bedroom accommodations. Dining cars feature seasonal menus with a variety of entree selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Complement your meal with a selection of cocktails, beer and wine as well as coffee, tea and soft drinks.

Sleeping on the Train

These double-decker trains offer three accommodation levels. Choose the one that best suits your travel preferences. A limited number of family bedrooms and accessible bedrooms are available.

  • Bedroom accommodations are best for 2 travelers. During the day, relax on a large sofa and 1 reclining chair next to a picture window. Nighttime configuration features an upper and lower berth. Bedrooms include a private en-suite toilet, sink and shower. (Dimensions: 6’6” x 7’6”)
  • Roomette accommodations are private, cozy cabins ideal for 1-2 travelers. Daytime configuration features 2 reclining seats beside a picture window, which convert to upper and lower berths at night. A single shower is located on the lower level of each car. (Dimensions: 3’6” x 6’6”)
  • Coach accommodations have spacious reclining seats with leg rests, fold down trays and individual reading lights.

Operates & Prices

Amtrak Coach
From £2725.00 Share Twin/Double

Amtrak Roomette
From £3349.00 Share Twin/Double

Amtrak Bedroom
From £4375.00 Share Twin/Double

  • Lead prices per person based on a Twin/Double Room.
  • Single & Triple/Quad Rates on request.
  • Pre/post touring accommodation available
Special Discounted airfares available if booked as part of this package – request a quote.


Save up to £200 per person on qualifying 2022/23 Train Holidays. Offer ends 31 May 2021.

  • Save £75 per person on holidays priced between £1,000 – £1,499 per passenger
  • Save £100 per person on holidays priced between £1,500 – £2,499 per passenger
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  • Save £200 per person on holidays priced at £4,000 or more per passenger

Terms: Offer is valid for new 2021 bookings made before 28 Feb 2022 for travel between 01 April 2022 to 31 March 2023. Savings is on the base price of the tour, excluding flights. Offer is non-transferable, subject to availability and may be modified or withdrawn at any time. Not valid on Group Travel. Additional terms and conditions may apply.

  • Rail transport aboard Amtrak’s Capitol Ltd & Southwest Chief trains (3 nights on train)
  • Hotel accommodations for 10 nights, including 1 night at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Meals on the train included when upgrading to private sleeping accommodations
  • New York City, Chicago and Washington, DC sightseeing tours.
  • Grand Canyon Freedom Tour
  • Universal Studios theme park pass
  • Long-haul International Flights
  • Meals, admissions and/or optional tours unless specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Transportation upon arrival to/from airport (available at additional cost)
  • Gratuities to driver and guide at travelers discretion
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc
  • Use of hotel rooms before / after normal check in / out times and resort fees if applicable
  • No refunds for unused services or hotel nights
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