Monday October 9, 2017
Today we depart Australia on our flight to San Francisco, we cross the International Date Line and arrive on the day we depart. On arrival we will be transferred to our hotel.
Tuesday October 10, 2017
Today we are transferred to the San Francisco train station and board the Coast Starlight train to Seattle. Passing through Santa Barbara, the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Portland, the Coast Starlight is regarded as one of the most spectacular of all train routes linking the greatest cities on the West Coast. We pass through the spectacular scenery of the Cascade Mountains on our way through Washington State and the city of Seattle.
Wednesday October 11, 2017
We arrive in Seattle in the late evening, where we will be met by our private coach and transferred to our hotel.
Thursday October 12, 2017
This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city with a local guide. We will see the Space Needle and visit Seattle Centre, a 30-hectare urban park. We will see Waterfall Garden dominated by a thundering seven-metre waterfall dropping from a massive wall of rubble. We will also visit nearby Pioneer Square. We will be transferred to the Boeing Factory just outside of Seattle. We will have a tour of the facilities and see how these amazing state-of-the-art aircraft are manufactured.
Friday October 13, 2017
Today we board the Empire Builder for a two-day journey to Chicago. The mighty Empire Builder takes us on an exciting adventure through majestic wilderness, following the footsteps of early pioneers.
Saturday October 14, 2017
We cross the North Dakota plains and travel over the spectacular Gassman Coulee Trestle. Skirting the Missouri River, we will cross into the Big Sky country in Montana and enjoy magnificent views of the Mississippi as we enter Chicago.
Sunday October 15, 2017
We arrive in Chicago in the late afternoon. Upon arrival we will be met by our private coach and transferred to our hotel. This evening will be at your own leisure.
Monday October 16, 2017
Lake Shore Limited
This morning we enjoy a tour of Chicago, the third largest city in the USA, with a local guide. During the tour we will see the Magnificent Mile, a part of Michigan Avenue, where exclusive shops line the wide boulevard. We also see the Fourth Presbyterian Church, built in the Gothic Revival style, and the 100 storeys-high John Hancock Centre. In the late afternoon we are transferred to Chicago train station, where we will board our overnight train to New York.
Tuesday October 17, 2017
We arrive in New York this evening and will be transferred by coach to our hotel. New York is situated on one of the world’s largest natural harbours and consists of the five boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island.
Wednesday October 18, 2017
Today we have a sightseeing tour of New York City. We will see the major sights of the city, including the Empire State Building, Wall Street, the Rockefeller Centre, Fifth Avenue, Times Square and much more. We will also visit Ground Zero, once the site of the World Trade Centre buildings. The afternoon is free for sightseeing and shopping. A walk up 5th Avenue is recommended, an unforgettable experience!
Thursday October 19, 2017
This morning we travel by boat to the famous Statue of Liberty. Engineered by Gustave Eiffel, it was a gift from France to the American people in 1886. We will have a chance to climb the statue that has been the symbol of freedom the USA has offered to immigrants for over 100 years. We then travel to historic Ellis Island, where half the population of the US entered the country for the first time. We will see the route that new immigrants took through the processing room, medical appraisal room and entry room. In the afternoon we are transferred to New York train station and board the Crescent, for our overnight train journey to New Orleans.
Friday October 20, 2017
French-settled and influenced, New Orleans is one of the USA’s most exciting and interesting cities, famous for its jazz, creativity, romance and drama. We arrive in the evening and are transferred to our hotel.
Saturday October 21, 2017
This morning we will enjoy a morning tour of the city with a local guide, including the key sights of the French Quarter: Jackson Square, Royal Street, the French Market and Bourbon Street, as well the nearby Garden District, Audubon Park, the Mississippi River and commercial Downtown. The afternoon will be free for independent exploration – perhaps a jazz concert.
Sunday October 22, 2017
This morning will be free for individual activity. In the afternoon we are transferred to New Orleans train station for our overnight train trip to Chicago
Monday October 23, 2017
This morning we arrive in Chicago and visit the Illinois Railway Museum, the largest railroad museum in the States. There are over 450 pieces of prototype equipment in its collection, as well as numerous displays. We are then transferred to our hotel for the night.
Tuesday October 24, 2017
Today we will be transferred to Chicago train station for the twoday journey back to San Francisco on the California Zephyr, which is considered one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America, travelling through the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
Wednesday October 25, 2017
En-route to San Francisco
Thursday October 26, 2017
We arrive in San Francisco in the late afternoon and are transferred to our hotel for our last night in the USA. This evening we will have an included dinner to celebrate our rail exploration of the USA.
Friday October 27, 2017
This morning will be free, perhaps for some last-minute shopping or sightseeing. We will be transferred to San Francisco International Airport in the late afternoon for our evening flight to Australia.
Saturday October 28, 2017
Arrival in Australia
We arrive back in Australia and the tour concludes.