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GreatAmericanCitiesTour

Great American Cities Rail Tour

Experience not one but four of America's most exciting and vibrant cities on this 8 day Rail Tour.

Highlights Include

  • Boston
  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington

Itinerary

1

Boston

Welcome to Boston! At Logan International Airport, you will be greeted by your local host and assisted with your hotel transfer. While in Boston experience the Freedom Trail, as it winds its way through 350 years of history. Stop at bustling Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. Visit Old Ironsides, the oldest ship in the US Navy. See the boats in the Public Gardens, or enjoy a whale watch cruise from Boston Harbor.

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New York

"200 miles"

Depart this morning for "The Big Apple." Your AMTRAK train allows you to relax and enjoy the comfort and service of rail travel. New York, a mere rock of an island, is the nation's largest city and commercial centre. From Wall Street's stock exchange to the galleries of SoHo, the sparkling diamond district and the cobblestone streets in the South Street Seaport, New York has something for everyone. Take the ferry to Ellis Island and view the Statue of Liberty, which welcomed immigrants to the land of freedom. Explore the neighbourhoods, take in the bright lights of Broadway, shop on Fifth Avenue and eat your way through Chinatown, Little Italy or New York's famous deli's.

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Philadelphia

"103 miles"

Welcome to Philadelphia! Explore this marvelous city, home to Independence National Park, with the Liberty Bell, Franklin Court and Independence Hall. Discover the city's many museums-from the Franklin Institute to the Rodin Museum; and from the unusual Mutter Museum of human anatomy to the world-class Musuem of Art; the City of Brotherly Love is endlessly eclectic. See, up close, the Liberty Bell, which marks the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Tread upon the floorboards where Betsy Ross stitched the American flag. Explore the historic Independence Hall, where the US was born. Stroll the bustling water-front at Penn's Landing, marking the site where William Penn, city founder, landed in 1682. This evening, enjoy fine dining at one of Philadelphia's famous eateries, or stroll lively South Street.

6

Washington DC

"136 miles"

Depart today for Washington's history, power and spectacular beauty. Arrive in Union Station, restored to turn-of-the-century grandeur, and view the sights from your trolley tour. Enjoy the city's famous monuments, explore the Smithsonian's many museums or visit Arlington National Cemetery, the White House, the Capitol Building and much more.

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Depart

Take time for last minute shopping or sightseeing before you head to the airport for your homeward flight.


What's included?

  • Private meet and greet and arrival transfer in Boston
  • All Amtrak transportation
  • Old Town Trolley, Boston
  • City Sights tour of New York City
  • Trolley Works of Philadelphia
  • Old Town Trolley, Washington DC
  • 7 nights accommodation, plus tax

How to book

Daily Departures Year Round.

Please call us on (01892) 779900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your travel dates, and preferred standard of accommodation for a detailed & competitively priced quotation.

AmericasHeritageTour

America's Heritage Rail Tour

You will have a chance to sample all of America's Heritage on this enjoyable 14 day Rail Tour.


Itinerary

1

Boston

Welcome to Boston! At Logan International Airport, you will be greeted by your local host and assisted with your hotel transfer. While in Boston experience the Freedom Trail, as it winds its way through 350 years of history. Stop at bustling Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. Visit Old Ironsides, the oldest ship in the US Navy. See the boats in the Public Gardens, or enjoy a whale watch cruise from Boston Harbor.

4

New York

"200 miles"

Depart this morning for "The Big Apple." Your AMTRAK train allows you to relax and enjoy the comfort and service of rail travel. New York, a mere rock of an island, is the nation's largest city and commercial centre. From Wall Street's stock exchange to the galleries of SoHo, the sparkling diamond district and the cobblestone streets in the South Street Seaport, New York has something for everyone. Take the ferry to Ellis Island and view the Statue of Liberty, which welcomed immigrants to the land of freedom. Explore the neighbourhoods, take in the bright lights of Broadway, shop on Fifth Avenue and eat your way through Chinatown, Little Italy or New York's famous deli's.

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Philadelphia

"103 miles"

Welcome to Philadelphia! Explore this marvelous city, home to Independence National Park, with the Liberty Bell, Franklin Court and Independence Hall. Discover the city's many museums-from the Franklin Institute to the Rodin Museum; and from the unusual Mutter Museum of human anatomy to the world-class Musuem of Art; the City of Brotherly Love is endlessly eclectic. See, up close, the Liberty Bell, which marks the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Tread upon the floorboards where Betsy Ross stitched the American flag. Explore the historic Independence Hall, where the US was born. Stroll the bustling water-front at Penn's Landing, marking the site where William Penn, city founder, landed in 1682. This evening, enjoy fine dining at one of Philadelphia's famous eateries, or stroll lively South Street.

9

Williamsburg

"294 miles"

Journey today to Williamsburg, Virginia's colonial capital, the most extensively restored 18th century town in the US, or visit Busch Gardens, for a day of fun and entertainment.

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Washington DC

 "154 miles"

Depart today for Washington's history, power and spectacular beauty. Arrive in Union Station, restored to turn-of-the-century grandeur, and view the sights from your trolley tour. Enjoy the city's famous monuments, explore the Smithsonian's many museums or visit Arlington National Cemetery, the White House, the Capitol Building and much more.

14

Depart

Take time for last minute shopping or sightseeing before your homeward flight.


What's included?

  • All AMTRAK rail transportation
  • Lodging as indicated, including tax
  • English sightseeing tours in BOS, NYC, PHL and DC
  • Passenger Documentation
  • Boston Elite Limo Service

How to book

Daily Departures Year Round.

Please call us on (01892) 779900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your travel dates, and preferred standard of accommodation for a detailed & competitively priced quotation.

GreatCanadianCities

Great Canadian Cities

Want to explore Coastal California but don't want to drive? Then look no further as this exciting 10 Day Independent Rail Tour lets you see all the highlights of the Golden State and more without the driving.

Highlights Include

  • Toronto
  • Niagara Falls
  • Ottawa
  • Quebec
  • Montreal

Itinerary

1

Toronto

Welcome to Toronto! Multicultural, bustling and dynamic, Toronto rightly deserves to be called a metropolis. You’ll be impressed by its pace, its stark lines, the cleanliness of its streets, its high class stores and its well-established reputation as a city of business. Transfer on your own to your downtown hotel and collect your
travel documents before setting out to ex-plore. Enjoy a guided tour of Toronto. See City Hall, Chinatown and much more. This afternoon take advantage of the opportu-nity to see even more of Toronto. Toronto is
one of the top centers of English-language theatre, after London and New York. If you enjoy museums, art centers and art galler-ies, you’ll find plenty to delight you in this effervescent city. Noteworthy are, among others, the famous Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Science Centre of Ontario. The Lake Ontario wa-terfront exerts a strong pull: you can stroll, visit Ontario Place or the Skydome, or admire the sunset from the top of the CN tower, the world’s highest free-standing structure.

Also visit Niagara Falls. Shaped like a gigantic, 675-metre-long horseshoe, these magnificent waterfalls are 54 meters high. Their incredible power and the flow of water of up to 6 millions liters per second make them one of the country’s most enduringly popular attractions. Long known as a honeymoon destination, Niagara Falls is without question a highly developed tourist centre. With boat cruises to the foot of the falls, helicopter fly-overs, underground tunnels, and dinner over-looking the top, the falls can be admired from every angle.

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Ottawa

 "280 miles"

Board VIA RAIL this morning for a trip to Canada’s capital. The Rideau Canal which winds through the centre of the city is a highly prized leisure spot. A stop at the Parliament Building is essential. Visit its galleries and the magnificent circular library, and watch the changing of the guard, or attend the famous question time. Check out the stalls at Byward market, look around the antiques market or stroll through the gardens and public rooms of Rideau Hall, house of the governor-general.

In the evening, visit the Hull Casino. Home to more than 29 museums, Ottawa is a hotbed of cultural activity. The Canadian Museum of Civilization has an impressive collection of totems standing in its historical gallery. The Canada Science and Technology Museum overflows with ingenuity. The National Gallery of Canada is also well worth a visit.

6

Quebec City

"274 miles"

Today, Québec, the only walled city in North America awaits. As you stroll through the streets and alleys of this
romantic city, you will see and feel the traces of history all around you. Poised on a headland below which the St. Lawrence narrows, the “Old Capital” was first a fur-trading post, and then became a major fort in New France. Close by, on the Plains of Abraham, the English and French fought one of the most important battles in the
history of the Americas. As a result, control over the colony passed to the British, who laid the political foundations of the Canada we know today.

You will soon understand why Québec City‘s historic district appears on Unesco’s world heritage list! Take the time to visit the museums, enjoy a drink in a sidewalk café, and take a short river cruise.

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Montreal

"155 miles"

Today, you’re off to Québec’s largest city, Montréal. Its museums, concert halls, movie theatres, department stores and specialized shops justify the city’s inter-national reputation. Bilingual Montréal is also the world’s second-largest French-speaking city, after Paris. In Old Montréal, on the shores of the St. Lawrence river, you will find architecture dating back to the era when Canada was New France. The downtown area is home to the Fine Arts
Museum, La Place des Arts (a concert-hall and art gallery complex), and a host of other attractions. Mount Royal, the
wooded hill that dominates the city, is a park that is a pleasure to relax in. Visit the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Olympic Park and the Biodôme (where complete natural ecosystems are reproduced). Try your luck at the Casino de Montréal.

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Toronto

"337 miles"

Return to Toronto this morning to catch your homeward flight, taking with you memories of a very special holiday in Canada's great Eastern cities.


What's included?

  • Arrival Shuttle Transfers in Toronto
  • Via Rail Transportation
  • Toronto City Tour
  • Old Quebec Tours City Tour
  • Grayline Montreal Hop on Hop off Tour
  • 9 nights accommodation, with tax

How to book

Daily Departures Year Round.

Please call us on (01892) 779900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your travel dates, and preferred standard of accommodation for a detailed & competitively priced quotation.

SohotoSouthBeachTour

Soho to South Beach Rail Tour

Experience the excitement and adventure of travelling all the way from New York to Miami by rail on this 17 Day tour.

Highlights Include

  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington DC
  • Charleston
  • Savannah
  • Orlando
  • Miami

Itinerary

1

New York

Depart this morning for "The Big Apple." Your AMTRAK train allows you to relax and enjoy the comfort and service of rail travel. New York, a mere rock of an island, is the nation's largest city and commercial centre. From Wall Street's stock exchange to the galleries of SoHo, the sparkling diamond district and the cobblestone streets in the South Street Seaport, New York has something for everyone. Take the ferry to Ellis Island and view the Statue of Liberty, which welcomed immigrants to the land of freedom. Explore the neighbourhoods, take in the bright lights of Broadway, shop on Fifth Avenue and eat your way through Chinatown, Little Italy or New York's famous deli's.

4

Philadelphia

"97 miles"

Welcome to Philadelphia! Explore this marvelous city, home to Independence National Park, with the Liberty Bell, Franklin Court and Independence Hall. Discover the city's many museums-from the Franklin Institute to the Rodin Museum; and from the unusual Mutter Museum of human anatomy to the world-class Musuem of Art; the City of Brotherly Love is endlessly eclectic. See, up close, the Liberty Bell, which marks the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Tread upon the floorboards where Betsy Ross stitched the American flag. Explore the historic Independence Hall, where the US was born. Stroll the bustling water-front at Penn's Landing, marking the site where William Penn, city founder, landed in 1682. This evening, enjoy fine dining at one of Philadelphia's famous eateries, or stroll lively South Street.

6

Washington DC

"136 miles"

Depart today for Washington's history, power and spectacular beauty. Arrive in Union Station, restored to turn-of-the-century grandeur, and view the sights from your trolley tour. Enjoy the city's famous monuments, explore the Smithsonian's many museums or visit Arlington National Cemetery, the White House, the Capitol Building and much more.

8

Charleston

"530 miles"

Take a scenic ride through Civil War battlefields and the misty lowlands of South Carolina to Charleston. Discover the charm of this southern city, reflecting antebellum elegance.

10

Savannah

"106 miles"

Travel to romantic Savannah, Georgia's oldest city, established by James Oglethorpe around a series of 24 squares. Explore the restored waterfront, where historic cotton warehouses and brokerages house specialty shops and restaurants. Many historic homes are open for touring.

12

Orlando

"380 miles"

Depart Savannah this morning on Amtrak's Silver Service for Orlando, where your most difficult decision will be what to do first! Home of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, and more. Orlando attracts visitors from around the world to experience its magic.

15

Miami

"236 miles"

A mid-morning train takes you to Miami, offering sparkling sand beaches, pulsating nightlife, water adventures, shopping, and fine dining on South Beach. Relax on the beach for your last days on holiday or discover all that the south of Florida has to offer.

17

Depart

This afternoon, transfer to Miami's airport for your homeward flight OR choose an optional three-day extension in the sun and fun!


What's included?

  • All AMTRAK rail transportation
  • Lodging as indicated, including tax
  • Meet & Greet & Transfer on arrival in NYC
  • English sightseeing tours in NY, PHL and Washington DC
  • Passenger Documentation on arrival

How to book

Daily Departures Year Round.

Please call us on (01892) 779900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your travel dates, and preferred standard of accommodation for a detailed & competitively priced quotation.

AcrosstheArcticCircle

Across the Arctic Circle

One of the world’s most rewarding experiences is to travel across the Arctic Circle and experience life in this unique Canadian region consisting of the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. In many respects this is the “real frontier” region of Canada, full of fascinating history and many surprises and possibly the real frontier of North America.

This unique journey navigates the entire length of the famous Dempster Highway, past the marker at Eagle Plain where the Dempster crosses the Arctic Circle. The road parallels the Richardson and Ogilvy Arctic mountain ranges, where a foot print of today will possibly be the first time that a human being has walked in those “hills”.

This adventure visits the fabled gold rush towns of Dawson City and Whitehorse and Yellowknife on the Great Slave Lake. It travels on the White Pass and Yukon Narrow Gauge railroad, following the “Train of 98”, as did the gold seekers way back in…1898. It goes as far north as Inuvik on the Beaufort Sea and into the North West Passage to visit Tuktoyaktuk, an Inuit frontier settlement. This is truly “The land of the midnight sun”.

Highlights Include

  • Experience this unique land
  • The remoteness of the region
  • “Accessible inaccessibility”
  • Virtually untouched by tourism
  • Rich local culture
  • Incredible wildlife
  • Vast and unspoiled wilderness

Itinerary

1

Edmonton to Yellowknife

Join at Edmonton Airport for your flight in the north city of Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening we all gather together for an orientation briefing. 2 nights accommodation at the Explorer Hotel.

2

Yellowknife

This northern, yet somewhat sophisticated town is full of surprises from the magnificent Prince of Wales Museum and the nearby unique Legislative Building to the curious and feisty neighborhood of Back Bay with its mix of frontier-style commercial and residential inhabitants. Float planes arrive and depart on the water air strip in Back Bay, adding to the hustle and bustle of the community. Mining is huge in this territory and recent discoveries of high-quality diamonds have added luster to the already mature gold mines in the area.

Today, we tour the bustling town and visit its remarkable contrasts. We take a short hike out to the Cameron Falls Ramparts and enjoy a packed picnic lunch.

3

Yellowknife to Inuvik

We fly across the Arctic Circle and arrive in the town of Inuvik, which in Inuvialuktun, means “the place of man”. An orientation drive will acquaint us with this unique Arctic community.

The planned town of Inuvik is at the head of the Mackenzie River Delta. It is a transit town for goods and supplies heading both north to the drilling stations and then south again for re-supply. It has a real frontier atmosphere. Strolling the streets one can instantly get an appreciation for the vibrant, yet resourceful, life which these Northern Canadians lead. 2 nights accommodation at the Hotel McKenzie.

4

Inuvik and day to visit Tuktoyaktuk

We take a short flight along the Arctic coastline to visit Tuktoyaktuk on the Beaufort Sea. Its name means “It looks like Caribou” which is quite apt because “Tuk” is on the migratory path of these wonderful northern creatures and they are central to much of the heritage and current life of the Inuit people.

Due to its excellent harbour, Tuk became a central point for oil and natural gas exploration and related services in the Canadian Arctic region.

5

Dempster Highway to Eagles Plains

We travel today on the famed Dempster Highway over somewhat inhospitable terrain that traverses low mountain ranges. “The Dempster”, as it is known locally, is an extraordinary road leading North through some of the most lonely and inaccessible territory in North America. The road was only completed in the late 1980’s. It is used as a year round supply route to the communities on the Beaufort Sea, which have access to the Arctic Ocean and the Northwest Passage.

Between October and June, trucks roll north the entire winter season. Their drivers sleep at Eagle Plains, using the Ice-Bridges, rather than the ferries over the rivers and never turning off their engines for as long as it takes to get there and back.

The Dempster runs for 450 miles through a variety of stark, yet magnificent scenery. Treeless tundra, alpine foothills, valleys with arctic wildflowers, which all come to life in the brief Arctic summer. View extensive grazing plains for the migrating herds of Caribou, while off in the distance, two Arctic mountain ranges, The Ogilvy’s and The Richardsons, loom majestically, almost like silent sentinals as we travel on our way.

See communities such as Tsiigehnjik (Arctic Red River) and Teet’lit Zhen (Fort McPherson) before arriving at the Arctic Circle. A small sign commemorates this momentous crossing. The Eagle Plains Motel where we will spend the night is just down the road from the circle.

6

Eagle Plains to Dawson City

We continue south today on the Dempster through vast stretches of open countryside. This is an excellent area to keep your binoculars handy as a number of bird and animal species may be viewed from the highway.

Travel alongside the Klondike River to the confluence at the mighty Yukon River and the town of Dawson City, the capital of the Yukon until 1953.

2 nights accommodation at the Downtown Hotel.

7

Dawson City

At the height of the Gold Rush, Dawson City boasted the largest population of any town north of San Francisco and west of Winnipeg. Today, Dawson City has a permanent population of just 2000, which swells considerably during the short, but intense, Yukon summer.

An admirable conservation and restoration program has ensured that the days of the Klondike and the memories of those fortune-seekers will never be forgotten by lovingly caring for significant buildings in this his historic town.

We have ample time to visit Bonanza Creek and to inspect one of the massive dredges which moved earth and aggregate in search of gold. One of the joys of a visit to Dawson City is strolling the back streets and seeking out the cabin where Robert Service wrote his famous poems and then wandering into a local establishment for a coffee and a chat with whomever is here – a colourful and authentic character or a visitor from afar.

8

Dawson City to Whitehorse

We travel 331 miles on the Klondike Highway, a former stagecoach trail connecting the two largest communities in the Yukon. Stop at the dreaded “Five Finger Rapids” on the Yukon River where many of the large stern wheelers foundered en route to the goldfields.

This road is still frontier country and you will see many local vehicles with the obligatory “stone shields” over their windshields and Australian style “Roo-Bars” in front of their radiators for safety.

An orientation drive acquaints us with Whitehorse (population 20,000) before checking into our hotel. 2 nights accommodation at the Goldrush Inn.

9

Daytrip to Skagway, Alaska

Today, we travel down by motor coach to Skagway, Alaska. Stroll through the streets of this pioneer town before boarding the narrow-gauge White Pass and Yukon Route Railway.

Our route climbs over the fabled gold-rush “Trail of ’98” to the Yukon Territory. Learn of the “Golden Stairs” of Chilkoot Pass climbed on foot by thousands of adventurers, many coming from as far a field as Europe, to seek their fortune. Often they hired human pack-horses to trek alongside them over the narrow trail, which was cut into the often snowbound pass as they inched North towards their destiny. We visit Carcross en route.

This evening, we take you out on the town to a performance of the Frantic Follies. Whitehorse still has a frontier atmosphere with its broad streets, riverfront location and the surrounding mountains and creeks which still contain sizeable deposits of gold.

10

Whitehorse to Vancouver

We transfer to Whitehorse Airport for our flight south to Vancouver and bid the north farewell. Our trip ends at Vancouver International Airport.


What's included?

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 9 Breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Sightseeing as indicated
  • Private motor coach and services of a fully qualified Franklin & Frobisher Tour Director
  • Scheduled flights between: Vancouver and Whitehorse, Inuvik and Yellowknife, Yellowknife and Edmonton
  • Private flight between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk (return)
  • Applicable Taxes

What's not included?

  • International Flights
  • Meals and sightseeing not already indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities to your drivers, local guides and your Franklin & Frobisher Tour Director
  • Air taxes are not included as these are always subject to change. Currently they are:
    Yellowknife – Edmonton: $ 41.68 per person
    Yellowknife – Inuvik: $ 33.00 per person
    Vancouver – Whitehorse - $ 65.00 per person

How to book

Daily Departures Year Round.

We can offer this itinerary in a wide range of accommodation types including Superior Hotels and Small Inns.

Please call us on (01892) 779900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your travel dates, and preferred standard of accommodation for a detailed & competitively priced quotation.

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