Great Railway Journeys of USA

Oct 7
Coast Starlight
Empire Builder,
Including flights, accommodation,
guided sightseeing, tours, meals

This tour will be a fantastic opportunity to travel on some of the most spectacular railway journeys in the USA. Experience crossing the Rockies on the famous California Zephyr! Enjoy the big sky country on the Empire builder between Seattle and Chicago through Idaho, Montana, North Dakota Minnesota and Wisconsin before arriving into Chicago. The Lake Shore Limited from Chicago to New York and the Palmetto from New York to Savannah. See the USA like you have never seen it before!

Highlights Include

  • Coast Starlight train to Seattle
  • Sightseeing tour of Seattle including Space Needle Centre and Boeing Factory
  • Empire Builder two day journey to Chicago
  • Magnificent views of the Mississippi
  • Sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Sightseeing tour of New York City
  • Travel by boat out to the famous Statue of Liberty
  • the Palmetto Train from New York City to South Carolina
  • Sightseeing tour of Savannah
  • Journey to San Francisco on the California Zephyr
  • Farewell dinner


  • Return economy-class air travel from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to the USA
  • Bedroom or Roomette sleeper rail travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals aboard the train
  • Accommodation in first-class hotels, taxes and service charges
  • Breakfasts daily
  • Sightseeing tours as listed in the itinerary
  • Entry to museums and attractions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Tour management by Travelrite International Pty. Ltd
  • A Travelrite travel bag
Great Railway
Journeys of

DAY 1 Monday October 7, 2019 Departure
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.

DAY 2 Tuesday October 8, 2019 Coast Starlight
Today we are transferred to 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 mountain scenery of the Cascade Mountains on our way through Washington State and the city of Seattle.

DAY 3 Wednesday October 9, 2019 Seattle
We arrive into Seattle in the late evening we will be met by our private coach and transferred to our hotel.

DAY 4 Thursday October 10, 2019 Seattle
This morning we are taken on a sightseeing tour of the city with a local guide. We will see the Space Needle Centre and visit Seattle Centre, a 74-acre urban park. We will see Waterfall Garden near historic Pioneer Square, dominated by a thundering twenty-two foot waterfall dropping from a massive wall of rubble and also Pioneer Square. We will transfer 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.

DAY 5 Friday October 11, 2019 Empire Builder
Today we board the Empire Builder, for a two day journey to Chicago. The mighty Empire Builder takes you on an exciting adventure through majestic wilderness, following the footsteps of early pioneers.

DAY 6 Saturday October 12, 2019 Empire Builder en-route to Chicago
As you cross the North Dakota plains and travel over the spectacular Gassman Coulee Trestle. Skirting the Missouri, you’ll cross into the Big Sky country in Montana and enjoy magnificent views of the Mississippi.

DAY 7 Sunday October 13, 2019 Chicago
We arrive into Chicago in the late afternoon, we will be met by our private coach and transferred to our hotel. This evening will be at your own leisure.

DAY 8 Monday October 14, 2019 Chicago
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.

DAY 9 Tuesday October 15, 2019 Lake Shore Limited
A free day in Chicago to perhaps visit the Art Institute, enjoy a River Cruise, visit the Millennium Park and many other attractions. In the late afternoon we are transferred to Chicago Train Station where we will board our overnight train to New York.

DAY 10 Wednesday October 16, 2019 New York
We arrive into New York this evening and will be transferred by our own private coach to our hotel. New York is situated on one of the world’s largest natural harbours and consists of five boroughs Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx and Staten Island.

DAY 11 Thursday October, 17 2019 New York
Today we have a sightseeing tour of New York City. We will see the major sites 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. The afternoon is free for sightseeing and shopping. A walk up 5th Avenue is an unforgettable experience!

DAY 12 Friday October 18, 2019 New York
This morning we travel by boat out to the famous Statue of Liberty. A gift from the French to American people in 1886 and engineered by Gustave Eiffel, it has been the symbol of the freedom of the USA to immigrants for over 100 years. We will have a chance to climb the statue. We then travel to historic Ellis Island where half the population of the US entered the United States for the first time. We will see the route that new immigrants took through the processing room, medical appraisal room and entry room.

DAY 13 Saturday October 19, 2019 Palmetto
This morning we are transferred to New York Train Station and board the Palmetto, a passenger train service operated by Amtrak over the 1,334 km from New York City south to Savannah, Georgia, via the Northeast Corridor to Washington, D.C., then via Richmond, Virginia, Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Charleston, South Carolina. Upon arrival we are transferred to our city hotel.

DAY 14 Sunday October 20, 2019 Savannah
Today we enjoy a sightseeing tour of this southern city, with a local guide. We will see the city’s fascinating architecture and walk through some of its famous squares. Its historic district is filled with cobblestoned squares and parks such as Forsyth Park shaded by oak trees covered with Spanish moss. At the centre of this picturesque district is the landmark, Gothic-Revival Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. The tour also includes Georgia’s picturesque coastal region & the beautiful Bonaventure Cemetery.

DAY 15 Monday October 21, 2019 Savannah
A free day for independent sightseeing. Perhaps visit Savannah’s cobblestoned Waterfront district or some of the historic homes such as The Isaiah Davenport house built in 1820.

DAY 16 Tuesday October 22, 2019 Denver
This morning we fly to Denver and upon arrival are transferred to our hotel.

DAY 17 Wednesday October 23, 2019 California Zephyr
This morning we are transferred to Denver Railway Station for a two day/ one night journey back to San Francisco on the California Zephyr. Considered as one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America, travel through the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

DAY 18 Thursday October 24, 2019 San Francisco
We arrive into 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!

DAY 19 Friday October 25, 2019 Departure
This morning will be free perhaps you can do some last minute shopping or sightseeing. We will be transferred to San Francisco International Airport in the late afternoon for your evening flight to Australia.

DAY 20 Saturday October 26, 2019 In flight

DAY 21 Sunday October 27, 2019 Arrive Australia

Twin Share Twin Share Single Fare
Roomettes $10,750 $14,750
Bedrooms $13,569 $18,143


  • Return economy-class air travel from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to the USA
  • Bedroom or Roomette sleeper rail travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals aboard the train
  • Accommodation in first-class hotels, taxes and service charges
  • Breakfasts daily
  • Sightseeing tours as listed in the itinerary
  • Entry to museums and attractions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Tour management by Travelrite International Pty. Ltd
  • A Travelrite travel bag


  • Passport and visa fees (please note a USA ESTA is required prior to departure at a cost of approximately $US16 per person)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and general expenses unless specified in the itinerary
  • Additional travel arrangements not in the detailed itinerary. These will be quoted for separately


International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair-climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.

Tour Operator:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64005 817 078) is the tour operator.

Tour Costs:
The tour costs are based on airfare, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rate at 1/12/18. Travelrite reserves the right to alter the costs if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with full refund of monies paid or modify arrangements. No alterations to price will be made within 60 days of departure from Australia.

Deposits and Payments:
A deposit of $900 per passenger for is required at the time of booking. A second payment of $1000 per person will be required four weeks after confirmation of your booking. Full payment will be required 90 days before departure for the tour. A 1.5% administration fee will be charged on payment by Visa, Mastercard and AMEX cards.

Air taxes:
From Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane as listed in the itinerary. Please contact us for air taxes from different cities. Air taxes are as at 1/12/18. If they change due to government and airline charges and currency variations, Travelrite International reserves the right to charge additional amounts.

Cancellation Charges:
Cancellations within 90 days of departure will result in the loss of all monies paid. Cancellation outside 90 days from departure will result in a cancellation fee of $900 per person.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is recommended to cover the costs of cancellation fees due to illness, death in family, etc.

Minimum Tour Numbers and Conditions:
The tour has been priced on the basis of a minimum number of passengers having booked 90 days prior to departure. Travelrite reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of all monies paid or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified cost.

Tour Organisation:
Travelrite reserves the right to
change advertised entrances if necessary for the smooth operation of the tour.

The tour is based on arrangements that do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals, airfare or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced. Travel Documents: All passengers will require a valid passport. An ESTA is required for your visit to the USA for Australian passport holders. It can be obtained on-line for a small fee. If you hold another passport please check with Travelrite.

Luggage is restricted to one suitcase per person on this tour.

Travelrite International Pty Ltd. is the tour organizer. Travelrite acts only as an agent in the making of arrangements for hotels, transportation, restaurants or any other service and does not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in the tour, or by act of God. Further no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this tour and/ or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any tour and/or make such changes in the tour as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the tour. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be undertaken in the state of Victoria.

How to Book:
Bookings can be made by sending full names and addresses of intending tour members with a deposit of $900 for the tour. Please send to:

Travelrite International Pty. Ltd.
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103

Further information or a booking form can be obtained by telephoning Travelrite International on the following numbers:

Toll Free 1800 630 343
Phone: (03) 8803 6868
Fax: (03) 9836 8068

About Travelrite International:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 36 years. It has two fully ATAS accredited (No. A10538) offices at Balwyn and Heathmont. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.


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