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America Coast to Coast by Rail

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17 DAYS from €4927pp

Tour Highlights
  • Visit the White House and US Capitol building in Washington DC
  • Sail along San Francisco Bay with stunning views of Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Board the Grand Canyon Railway for an unforgettable journey to the Grand Canyon
  • Cruise Manhattan Harbour, marvelling at Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
  • Take in the sights of star-studded Los Angeles
  • Embark on a journey along the fabled Route 66
  • Enjoy a cruise showcasing the stunning architecture of Chicago
  • Travel along the famous Durango and Silverton railroad

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America Coast to Coast by Rail

Witness iconic landmarks and hidden gems as you journey from the Statue of Liberty to the White House, and explore bustling cities like NYC and Chicago. Take in stunning heartland scenery and experience the neon lights of Las Vegas. Perfect for first-time visitors or seasoned travellers, this thrilling adventure across the United States promises unforgettable memories.

Tour Itinerary

UK to New York

Depart London on your scheduled direct flight to New York. On arrival, you will be met by a local tour director and transferred to your hotel in New York for the night.

New York

This morning, embark on a 90-minute cruise along Manhattan Harbour, taking in the countless iconic sights and landmarks New York has to offer, including the towering Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from the boat. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided city tour of the 'Big Apple', exploring bustling upper Manhattan and taking a scenic stroll through Central Park. Later in the day, enjoy some time at leisure to explore the city at your own pace; maybe take in the bright lights of kaleidoscopic Times Square, gaze at the iconic Empire State Building or get lost in one of the many art galleries.

New York to Washington DC

Today, transfer to Amtrak Station by coach to begin your journey to Washington DC by rail. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the USA's capital city and seat of political power, visiting well-known landmarks essential to the country's political history, such as the unmistakable White House, the famous Capitol Hill and the neighbourhood of Georgetown.

Washington DC

Today is at leisure for you to explore and experience the many museums, monuments and historical sites of this fascinating capital city, for example ,the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Junior delivered his famous 'I Have a Dream' speech, the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

Washington DC to Chicago

Start your day with a transfer to Washington DC Union station by coach to catch an overnight train to Chicago, along the historic B&O line through the Potomac Valley, showcasing the breathtaking sceneries of the United States. We will pass the historic Harpers Ferry and the Allegheny Mountains on the way to Pittsburgh, crossing into Ohio and heading north to Cleveland across Indiana as the train continues through the night.


After arriving in Chicago, the capital of Illinois, enjoy a stunning sightseeing tour of famous landmarks such as the Willis Tower and Millennium Park, the headquarters of the infamous Al Capone, and the site of the St Valentine's Day Massacre. Spend the evening enjoying dinner and live music.

  • Dinner

This morning, embark on a cruise showcasing Chicago's impressive architecture, setting off from the activity filled Navy Pier. The rest of the day and evening are at leisure for you to further explore the 'Windy City'. For food we recommend trying a Chicago specialty, the traditional deep-dish pizza.

Chicago to Grand Junction

Today, enjoy your morning at leisure to relax or take in some last minute sightseeing, before transferring to Chicago Union Station by coach for your overnight train to Grand Junction, travelling through the cornfields and plains of Iowa and Nebraska.

Grand Junction

Upon arrival at Grand Junction train station, enjoy a short orientation tour before checking into your hotel in the afternoon.

Grand Junction to Durango, via Silverton

Today, make your way along the Million Dollar Highway to Silverton by coach, enjoying the 'wild west' scenery Hollywood has made famous around the world. After a leisurely lunch, at your own pace, and a chance to browse the shops in Silverton, head to Durango along the famous Durango and Silverton railroad, travelling past canyons, emerald-green rivers and desolate wilderness.

Durango to Flagstaff

Depart Durango hopping on the coach and heading towards Flagstaff, stopping at the red-sand desert region of Monument Valley for a scenic tour of this ancient site famous for its towering sandstone structures.


Our journey begins along the legendary Route 66 towards Williams, where we join the Grand Canyon Railway. The train ride takes you through picturesque terrains, pulled by historic locomotives, until you reach the spectacular Grand Canyon. Gaze down into the chasm as the Colorado River rushes below and admire this natural phenomenon from the South Rim. Later return to Flagstaff and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Flagstaff to Las Vegas

Continue your journey along Route 66, passing through Seligman, a quirky small town along a preserved section of Route 66 that captures a vibrant slice of Americana. Continue onwards to experience the neon vibrancy of Las Vegas.

Las Vegas to Los Angeles

Depart Las Vegas, travelling across the vast desert to Los Angeles. Upon arrival, a fascinating guided tour commences, taking you to stroll along the star-studded Hollywood Walk of Fame, witness the iconic Hollywood sign, then continue to Beverly Hills, a sophisticated haven of glamorous mansions and star estates. As we arrive at your hotel for the night, we bid farewell to our coach driver.

Los Angeles to San Francisco

Today, travel by coach to Union Station to catch a Coast Starlight train to San Francisco. Upon arrival at Amtrak Station, you will be transferred to your hotel in San Francisco for the night.

San Francisco

This morning, embark on a coach tour of the charming San Francisco, admiring the laid-back vibes and colourful Victorian buildings. Visit Pier 39, a shopping district filled with arcades and restaurants. Witness the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf on an evening cruise to Sunset Bay, and head back to your hotel for the night.

San Francisco to UK

Transfer for your overnight return flights to the UK, or continue on to your chosen extension.

Important Information


You will need to obtain an ESTA visa. This must be applied for at least 7 days before you are due to land in the USA. All UK passport holders must have a biometric e-passport and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you are expected to arrive back in the UK. Important note: if you do not have a bio-metric e-passport, you will be refused entry into the USA. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be who will be able to arrange the ESTA visa on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. The cost of the visa is approximately £46.50.


We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight to New York is with Virgin Atlantic, departing from London Heathrow. Please note that all flight times and numbers listed above are provided for guidance only and are subject to change. Final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage. There is also an allowance of one cabin bag not exceeding 25cm x 45cm x 56cm in size and one personal bag not exceeding 45 cm x 36 cm x 20 cm that you can take on the aircraft as hand luggage. Weight restrictions will be finalized on your e-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay an additional fee for this at check-in. Heathrow Airport advises that you should arrive at the airport at least three hours prior to your flight time for international departures.
IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. A printed E-ticket is no longer required at check-in, all you need to do is present your passport to the staff at the desk and your boarding pass will be given to you.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties. All our tours feature a 'Tour Pace' to help find the right holiday for you. To travel on any of our tours requires unaided mobility and the ability to stroll around the sights, climb stairs and get on and off coaches and boats. The tour pace for America Coast to Coast by Rail is challenging. A higher level of fitness as required as you may be on your feet for most of the day though this will be interspersed with regular breaks and vary from day to day. You will be walking around the sights, getting on and off coaches, trains, boats and climbing steps which may be irregular. There may be some time spend at high altitude. You will stay in variety of hotels, possibly including overnight trains, and accommodation standards may not match those you are used to at home. Our guides will always endeavour to provide the highest level of service and assistance; however, they cannot be expected to cater for customers who are unfit to complete the itinerary.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 25, and the maximum will be 35. If in the unlikely event there are less than 25 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date, then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip. This ensures that you always have first-hand knowledge. Should the tour not meet minimum numbers, then it may be operated with local guides.

Currency Information

The currency in America is the United States Dollar (USD). You will be able to change currency both before you travel and whilst you are away. You will also have access to ATMs during your tour where you can withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, any meals not included in the itinerary as well as drinks and any additional snacks. Approximately £800- £1000 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour. It is a good idea to try and maintain a supply of small notes and change in the local currency for tipping or small purchases.
It is customary to tip both your driver and guide.
We would recommend to tip approximately USD$8 - $10 per day. This is a total of USD$136 - $160 per person to budget for tips on your trip.
Tipping will be collected throughout your tour and the Tour Leader would be tipped at the end of your trip. Tipping whilst on the trains is at your discretion, however we would suggest budgeting $10 per person, per night, however you will only need to tip based on the service you receive on the train
Tips are accepted in the local currency.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2024 Dates
12 Sep 202428 Sep 2024€4927.00
10 Oct 202426 Oct 2024€4927.00

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Average Flying time

8 hours

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