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