Tailor made rail holidays across USA – Follow Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America!
Below are examples of the three parts of the TV programme outlining the routes taken by Billy Connolly. They can be booked (with flights included from the UK and fully bonded) as individual trips or as the complete circuit of all three rail journeys. Any of the itineraries can be changed to suit your requirements so please contact us with your individual requirements and we will put a quote together for you. 01728 748209 or send an enquiry.
The recent range of television programmes that have seen celebrities travelling the world by train has certainly helped fuel people’s interest in rail holidays. Most recently we have been entertained by Billy Connolly’s observations about America’s backyard towns as he travels the four ‘corners’ of the USA by train. Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America was a 3 part series that followed the Glaswegian-born comic as he took a ‘circular’ rail adventure around the United States on a 6,000-mile rail trip. Billy does what he does best, offer witty, insightful and wide-eyed reactions to the places and people he encounters on his journey. But the series also highlighted the many rail routes available to travellers who wish to experience their own slice of American life and culture.
Using a specialist AITO partner tour operator Travel With Jules can offer railway tourists the chance to follow in Billy’s tracks and create their own tailor made train journey through America.
The operator has designed three US rail tour options based on the three episodes in Billy’s series, which can be altered and adapted to suit your preferred route and stopovers. Take the train to enjoy the views from one major city to another or take advantage of the places en route and discover an America off the beaten tourist track. All include journeys on some of America’s iconic trains and railroads. The plane/train option is a great way to see vast parts of America within the time frame of a holiday. Below are the summary itineraries for each section of the journey and prices include return flights from London.
Episode 1 – Chicago to Seattle
Begin your rail journey in Chicago and travel on the Empire Builder train to Seattle, visiting Montana’s answer to Glasgow (named after Billy Connolly’s own home city) en route and much more.
• Explore Chicago and Seattle • Travel on the mighty Empire Builder • Minnesota State Fair (subject to date of travel) • A true slice of Americana • Optional excursions can be arranged and this holiday can be tailored to suit your interests • Break your journey at any of the 39 stops between Chicago and Seattle • Follow Billy’s footsteps and stop in Glasgow, Montana or Williston, North Dakota • Enjoy the hospitality of small town America • 9 Days from £2,220 pp
Episode 2 – Seattle to Dallas
Journeys on the jewel in the crown of America’s rail network and hurtle past jaw dropping vistas of land and sea along the West Coast and Pacific Ocean as you ride the Coast Starlight route from Seattle via San Francisco down to Los Angeles. Then travel by train to Dallas across ‘Big Country’ and under ‘Big Skies’.
• Pacific Ocean shoreline scenery • Travel the full length of the beautiful Coast Starlight route • Hearst Castle and Nitt Witt Ridge • Sightseeing in Seattle, Los Angeles and Dallas • Optional excursions can be arranged and this holiday can be tailored to suit your interests • Stop off at any of the 30 stops between Seattle and El Paso to explore • Option to spend time in Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio or Oakland • 15 Days from £2,665 pp
Episode 3 – San Antonio to New York
Travel from San Antonio in Texas and head north along the soulful Crescent Route to New York – a ‘Big Easy’ journey to the ‘Big Apple’. It is a colourful rail route that mirrors Billy’s TV journey.
• Experience the heart of the Lone Star State • Enjoy a Bayou swampland boat trip • Sightseeing in Baltimore, Birmingham and New York • Admire the beauty and heritage of the American South on “The Crescent” • Optional excursions can be arranged and this holiday can be tailored to suit your interests • Break your journey to stay at more than 40 stops between Dallas and New York • Option to spend time in Houston, Lafayette, Atlanta, Charlotte or Washington. Take a side trip to Montgomery • 15 Days from £2,700 pp
For those who are keen to explore America fully but prefer the security and companionship of an organised escorted rail tour then we can offer you the epic East to West tour of the USA in the autumn. USA – Coast to Coast train tour – Departs 3 September 2016 – 22 Days from £5,120pp (shorter 17-day option beginning in Denver available from £3,935pp)
From New York, travelling via Chicago, Denver, LA to San Francisco. Enjoy sightseeing around these cities, riding some of America’s pioneering railroads and visiting famous landmarks along the way such as the iconic Grand Canyon, the Rockies, Santa Fe, Taos Pueblo, Hollywood and Alcatraz.
• City transfer tours of New York, Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles • Dinner cruise in New York and San Francisco • Scenic journeys by Amtrak • Sightseeing tour of San Francisco including Alcatraz • Scenic journeys on the Royal Gorge, Pikes Peak, Durango and Silverton, Cumbres and Toltec, Rio Grande and Grand Canyon Railroads • Daytrip to Taos Pueblo • Leisure time in New York, Chicago, Santa Fe, Grand Canyon and San Francisco.
Any of the itineraries can be changed to suit your requirements so please contact us with your individual requirements and we will put a quote together for you. 01728 748209 or send an enquiry.