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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
51 days
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Highlights

  • New York, Washington DC and Chicago
  • America's Golden West, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon
  • Los Angeles and San Francisco
  • Shanghai, Beijing and the Great Wall of China
  • Xian and the Terracotta Warriors
  • Tsar's Gold Private Train from Mongolia
  • Lake Baikal, Siberia, Irkutsk & Novosibirsk
  • Moscow
  • Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Venice

Short Description

Beginning and ending in London, we travel just under 23,000 miles across the globe on this incredible worldwide adventure. Starting in the iconic 'Big Apple', we chart a course across the heartland of America, to the West Coast. From there, we cross the Pacific into Asia and immerse ourselves in the rich legacies of China, before boarding the iconic Tsar's Gold Train for the journey across Russia. For the final leg of the journey, we head into central Europe, south through the imperial cities to Venice, boarding the luxurious Simplon-Orient- Express for the journey home.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City LONDON
End City VENICE

Trip Includes

  • Guided tours of New York, Washington D.C, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco
  • Scenic journeys on the Royal Gorge Railroad, Durango & Silverton Railroad and the Grand Canyon Railroad,
  • Journey through the Rocky Mountains & Monument Valley and along the Pacific Coastline
  • Excursion to the Grand Canyon with flyover
  • Time at leisure in a host of iconic US cities
  • Guided tours of Shanghai, Hangzhou, Xian, and Beijing
  • Excursions to Lingyin Temple, the Longmen Grottoes, Terracotta Warriors, the Great Wall of China, and the Forbidden City
  • Cruises across Hangzhou's West Lake and along the River Li
  • Time at leisure in a host of iconic Chinese cities
  • A variety of exciting excursions across Mongolia, Russia and central Europe

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Itinerary

DAY 1 - LONDON TO NEW YORK
New York
We fly from London to New York, for three nights at the Waldorf Astoria.

DAY 2 - SIGHTSEEING IN NEW YORK
Statue of Liberty
On Day 2 we take a sightseeing tour of 'the Big Apple'. taking in highlights such as Fifth Avenue and Central Park, before our cruise around Manhattan harbour. We have lunch on board as we spot landmarks including Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

DAY 3 - AT LEISURE IN NEW YORK
Times Square, New York
Day 3 is then at leisure; with its global influence on entertainment, New York offers something for everyone.

DAYS 4-5 - NEW YORK TO WASHINGTON DC
Washington DC
Today we take the train to Washington D.C, the nation's capital. We enjoy a sightseeing tour of its iconic buildings including the White House, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. Later we transfer to our hotel for two nights. Day 5 is at leisure for you to explore the political powerhouse.

DAY 6 - THROUGH THE MIDWEST TO CHICAGO
Capitol Limited
We leave Washington on the Capitol Limited sleeper service to Chicago.

DAY 7 - EXPLORING CHICAGO
Chicago
After arrival in Chicago, we take a tour of 'the Windy City', including the Little Italy neighbourhood. This afternoon we cruise on Lake Michigan, enjoying lunch on board as we admire Chicago's skyline from the sparkling waters. We spend tonight at the Intercontinental Hotel, on Chicago's 'Magnificent Mile' where your evening is free.

DAY 8 - CHICAGO TO DENVER
California Zephyr
On Day 8 we take breakfast high above Chicago at 360 Chicago, formerly the Hancock Tower, and join the overnight California Zephyr to Denver.

DAY 9 - DENVER
Denver State Capitol
Today we arrive in Denver, nicknamed the 'Mile High City' as it is exactly a mile above sea level. We take an orientation drive of the city, flanked by majestic mountain peaks, before arriving at the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa for a two-night stay.

DAY 10 - ROYAL GORGE RAILROAD
Royal Gorge Railroad
On Day 10 we take an excursion on the Royal Gorge Railroad. Travelling in restored 1950s carriages, we embark on a journey through the stunning Royal Gorge, enjoying lunch on board as we head alongside the wild Arkansas River.

DAY 11 - THROUGH THE ROCKIES
Rocky Mountain National Park
We follow the route of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad - regarded as one of the most scenic rail journeys in the States - into the Rocky Mountains. We arrive in Grand Junction for an overnight stay, and enjoy dinner at the popular Rockslide Brewery.

DAY 12 - THE DURANGO & SILVERTON RAILROAD
Durango & Silverton Railroad
On Day 12 we board the Durango & Silverton Railroad travelling through canyons, forests and the pretty Aminas Valley to Durango.

DAY 13 - MONUMENT VALLEY
Monument Valley
Today's journey takes us through Monument Valley, one of the USA's truly legendary locations. Later we arrive in Flagstaff for two nights at the Little America Hotel.

DAY 14 - AT LEISURE IN FLAGSTAFF
Flagstaff
Today is free for you to relax in Flagstaff, or maybe explore the hotel's private 500-acre pine forest, nestled at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks.

DAY 15 - THE GRAND CANYON RAILWAY
The Grand Canyon
On today's excursion we join the heritage Grand Canyon Railroad in Williams for a wonderful journey to the Grand Canyon, one of the world's most awe-inspiring sights. Formed over millions of years, the Canyon is up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep in places. We arrive at the South Rim to absorb the dramatic vistas, before taking a flight over this natural wonder - a fantastic way to admire its huge scale. Later we join the Southwest Chief Sleeper service to Los Angeles.

DAYS 16-18 - LOS ANGELES AND SAN FRANCISCO
RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach
Arriving in Los Angeles, today we discover the lively city and the 'dream factory' of Hollywood on a guided tour. We then transfer to our base for tonight, the RMS Queen Mary, a former U-boat dodging ocean liner. This evening we enjoy dinner in the ship's glamorous Sir Winston restaurant. On Day 17 we board the iconic Coast Starlight for a journey along the Pacific coast shoreline to San Francisco. Enjoy spectacular views of golden beaches through the full-length windows. In San Francisco we transfer to the elegant Fairmont Hotel on Fisherman's Wharf. On Day 18 we take a tour of San Francisco, admiring landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge.

DAY 19 – AT LEISURE
San Francisco
Today is free for you to continue exploring. Perhaps visit the infamous prison island of Alcatraz or explore the vibrant streets of Chinatown. Tonight we mark our final evening in the USA in style, with a farewell dinner cruise around San Francisco Bay.

DAYS 20-21 - SAN FRANCISCO TO SHANGHAI
Fly to Shanghai
Today you have the option to fly from San Francisco to Shanghai arriving on

Day 21, otherwise you may choose to return to London.

DAYS 22-25 - SHANGHAI AND HANGZHOU
Shanghai
Arriving in Shanghai on Day 21. We spend the next three nights at the Grand Mercure Central. On Day 22 we embark on an introductory tour of Shanghai, beginning at the Shanghai Museum, a dynamic city where traditional markets and futuristic skyscrapers stand side by side. Dinner tonight is served at the hotel. We discover more with a city tour of Day 23 where highlights include Yu Garden, the French Concession and the Xintiandi district. On Day 24 we leave Shanghai and make the short journey by train to Hangzhou, a city celebrated throughout China for its natural beauty. We spend two nights here at the Courtyard by Marriott by Wulin Hotel and after checking in you are free to begin exploring. We embark on a guided tour on Day 25 taking in the Lingyin Temple and enjoying a cruise across West Lake.

DAYS 26-28 - GUILIN AND ZHENGZHOU
Guilin
We take an internal flight to Guilin today where we check into the Park Hotel for two nights ahead of a cruise down the spellbinding River Li on Day 27. On

Day 28 we join the high-speed rail service northwards through rural China to Zhengzhou where we overnight.

DAY 29 - THE LONGMEN GROTTOES
Customers
We journey to Luoyang on Day 29 to visit the UNESCO listed Longmen Grottoes, a site where over 100,000 images of Buddha have been hand carved into the cave's limestone walls, before continuing to Xian for two nights at the Grand Mercure Hotel.

DAYS 30-31 - THE TERRACOTTA WARRIORS
Terracotta Warriors
Today we visit the superb Terracotta Warriors. Built as a replica of the first Emperor of China's army, the 6,000 life-sized statues were designed to protect him in death. After time to explore, we enjoy a tour of Xian's ancient landmarks such as the city walls, the Grand Mosque and Muslim Street. Tonight we enjoy a special dumpling banquet. On Day 31 we take the high-speed train to Beijing, for four nights at the Novotel Peace Hotel.

DAY 32 - DISCOVERING BEIJING
The Great Wall
On Day 32 we visit Beijing, and discover this fascinating city on a sightseeing tour, beginning at Tiananmen Square, the political heart of the city. Surrounding the square are reminders of China's communist power, and Imperial rule. We continue into the neighbouring Forbidden City, the Emperor's seat for around 600 years, and a stunning and vast complex of wooden imperial palace buildings, which according to folklore, consists of 9,999 rooms.

DAYS 33-35 - SIGHTSEEING IN BEIJING & ON TO MONGOLIA
Tiananmen Gate
We travel to Mutianyu to visit the majestic Great Wall of China on Day 33. Stretching from the Gobi Desert to the Korean border, the Great Wall is a genuine relic of dynastic China's proud history. We ascend onto the Great Wall by chair lift, enabling us to closely admire this magnificent structure, as well as the stunning mountain terrain. On Day 34 we have ample time to further explore Beijing with a full-day at leisure. On Day 35 you can transfer to the airport for the journey back to London (see pages 138-139), or continue your epic adventure. We travel by sleeper train through the great steppes of the Gobi Desert arriving at the Mongolian border on Day 36.

DAYS 36-37 - ULAANBAATAR & THE MONGOLIAN ALPS
Mongolian Yurt
We join the elegant Tsar's Gold Private Train for the incredible journey to Moscow on Day 36. We arrive on Day 37 at the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. We enjoy a guided tour of the city, which takes us past sights including the Lama Museum and the Choijn Lama Temple.

DAY 38 - GANDAN MONASTERY
Ulan Ude, Lenin Statue
We visit the Tibetan-style Buddhist Gandan Monastery on Day 38. We then enjoy an excursion into the heart of 'Mongolian Switzerland'. We experience a traditional lunch in a tent settlement populated by nomadic herdsmen and enjoy a horse-riding show before returning to the train.

DAY 39 - ULAN UDE
Lake Baikal
Arriving in Russia, we reach Ulan Ude, where we enjoy a city tour.

DAY 40 - LAKE BAIKAL
Irkutsk Cathedral
On Day 40 we take the bus to a typical Siberian village before continuing to Lake Baikal, the world's largest freshwater lake. We travel on a private line directly on the lakefront, before enjoying a boat ride on the vast waters. Later (weather permitting) we stop for a local picnic dinner on the shore.

DAYS 41-42 - IRKUTSK AND NOVOSIBIRSK
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Novosibersk
We arrive in the city of Irkutsk, which we explore on a guided tour. We spend tonight at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Irkutsk, then re-join the train on Day 42 and make our way across Siberia, arriving in Novosibirsk on Day 43.

DAY 43 - NOVOSIBIRSK
Yekaterinburg
Upon arrival, we receive a traditional Russian welcome with bread and salt, and take a guided tour including Russia's largest Opera House and the iconic Trans-Siberian Monument.
DAY 44 - YEKATERINBURG
Kazan Cathedral
Today we arrive in Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Ural Mountains. During a city tour we visit the Cathedral on the Blood, a memorial built on the site where the Imperial Romanov family were murdered in 1918.

DAY 45-47 - KAZAN TO MOSCOW
Red Square
Crossing the Asia- Europe divide, on Day 45 we reach Kazan, where we learn about its past on a guided tour of its magnificent Kremlin. On Day 46 we arrive in Moscow, the captivating Russian capital, where we disembark the Tsar's Gold and spend two nights at the InterContinental Tverskaya Hotel. We explore the city on a panoramic tour, seeing the illuminated sights as darkness falls. We cross the vast Red Square and experience the artistic treasures of Moscow's metro system, enjoying a magnificent tour of the Kremlin, the city's iconic walled citadel on Day 47.

DAY 48 - ARRIVAL IN VENICE
On Day 48 we head to Moscow's International Airport for the flight to Venice, Italy where we transfer to our hotel via a private water taxi.


DAYS 49-51 - THE VENICE-SIMPLON ORIENT EXPRESS
The Venice-Simplon Orient Express
Today we enjoy a guided tour of the Floating City. On the morning of Day 50 we join the world-famous The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Relax and watch the stunning scenery as we eventually pull into Paris after breakfast on Day 51. From here we continue by rail to Calais, enjoying brunch on board. Emerging from the Channel Tunnel in Folkestone, we board the steam-hauled Belmond British Pullman for the final leg of our epic adventure. Our journey of almost 23,000 miles around the globe then concludes in style as we pull into London Victoria station

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Just returned from Cologne Christmas Markets, had a great time despite the very wet evenings! The Trip by Wyndham Hotel was ideal. Very close to the station & Cathedral yet very quiet for such a central location. My only comment would be that the day trip on the Monday to Wuppertal could be reduced to just a half day, giving more time in beautiful Cologne.
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Just returned from the Golden Triangle in India. We had a fantastic tour manager Roger Marsden who was very organized with a great sense of humor. We were very impressed with the overall organization of the trip and the sights that we saw. We would recommend this trip.
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Just back from the golden triangle India tour. very well organised and the tour manager Ed was terrific. We stayed in wonderful hotels in Delhi, Shimla, Agra and Jaipur and saw some stunning sights. We used the recommended company to obtain visas - this was extremely expensive and I would not use them again - it is difficult, but not impossible, to get evisas yourself or there are companies that will do it for you at a fraction of the cost GRJ charge. We also upgraded our flights through GRJ - never again - the cost was £1400 instead of £1000 direct through BA. One small gripe on the tour itself - we were taken to three different wholesale outlets which was too many - the time would have been much better used with trips to other sights with only one, or at most two, wholesale outlets
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We went on the golden triangle trip to India in October 15 ! It was an amazing holiday and very well organised 10/10 to our tour manager Alan for an excellent trip! Hotels were very nice and all our excursions well planned and very interesting thanks to our Indian guide Dilip! Thus is our second trip with Great Rail and we would highly recommend them, a bit more expensive than some other companies but well worth it when you don't have to worry about getting to your next destination ! We have also done coast to coast USA and would highly recommend this tour as well ! Would like to see some younger people on these trips and you don't have to be a rail enthusiast to go !
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Just back from tracks of deep south tour a must for any music fan had a fantastic time with a jam packed itinerary and a big thanks to the hard working Ken our tour guide
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Just returned from Discovering Japan tour. Fantastic time, Tour Manager was Lydia Boyd, excellent organiser and lovely personality. Tour was well planned and hotels/porterage very good. Had previously done Golden Triangle and preferred the eating arrangements on that trip with evening meals in hotels included - we got a little weary of trawling round restaurants this time. Would have liked an extra evening towards the end of the holiday as it becomes a bit rushed. Will certainly use GRJ again.
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  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Scheduled flights from London to New York and San Francisco to Shanghai (overnight)
  • All internal flights as described (Economy Class)
  • Scheduled flight from Moscow to Venice
  • Rail and coach travel as described

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Accomodations

16 nights' hotel accommodation across the USA including 1 night aboard the RMS Queen Mary ocean liner 3 overnight train journeys on board Amtrak Sleeper services in two-berth roomettes 14 nights' hotel accommodation across China 1 night aboard a sleeper service through the Gobi Desert 4 nights' hotel accommodation across Mongolia and Russia 9 nights on board the Tsar's Gold Private Train 2 nights in Venice 1 night on board the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express

Novotel Peace Hotel, Beijing
Ideally situated in the heart of Beijing, the 4-Star Novotel Peace Hotel is within walking distance of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Its facilities include a lobby bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as a selection of hot and cold snacks. There are two restaurants serving international and French cuisine, as well as an indoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre. Massage therapies are available (payable locally). The air-conditioned rooms feature facilities such as a telephone, television, hairdryer and complimentary Wi-Fi. A dry cleaning and ironing service is available at this hotel (payable locally).


Intercontinental Hotel, Chicago
Set on Chicago's 'Magnificent Mile', the InterContinental Hotel's grand and ornate interior blend seamlessly with its proud surroundings. Other than its authentic grandeur and unsullied reputation, the hotel's claim to fame is its opulent Junior Olympic-sized pool, where Johnny Weissmuller trained for the Olympics. The pool makes up just a part of its dedicated health club and spa, and a wide array of treatments and packages are available. The hotel also boasts excellent dining experiences. All rooms are en-suite, offering stunning views of the city, and are well-equipped with cable/satellite television, telephone, desk, bathrobe, hairdryer, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and individual climate control. A dry cleaning and laundry service is available at this hotel.


The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, Denver
Regarded as a treasure of Denver, The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa is one of the oldest in the city - and offers a level of service that is virtually unmatched in Colorado. This prestigious triangular building's guests include most of the US presidents and even the Beatles. Beautifully appointed throughout, the hotel enjoys a superb location right in the heart of the city. An excellent range of dining experiences are available, as well as a coffee shop and cocktail bar. The hotel also offers a salon and spa, including a rejuvenating steam room. All rooms are en-suite and classically decorated to give the appearance of having taken a step back through time, while still enjoying modern amenities. These amenities include flat-screen HD television, Wi-Fi and coffee maker. A dry cleaning/laundry service is available at this hotel.


Strater Hotel, Durango
Conveniently located in downtown Durango, the esteemed Strater Hotel lays its claim to fame as the inspiration for a number of popular Wild West films. This is due in no small part to its classically decorated interior, with sophisticated Victorian charm. The historic Room 222, where Louis L'Amour penned some of his famous novels, is a designated National Literary Landmark. The hotel boasts a traditional fine Western dining restaurant. Guests can unwind with live music and a selection of cocktails in its two esteemed bars, or in the hotel's theatre. All rooms are well-appointed with authentic Victorian furnishings and are equipped with typical modern amenities expected of a hotel of this standard. A dry cleaning/laundry service is available at this hotel.


Little America Hotel, Flagstaff
The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff stands in 500 acres of ponderosa pine forests at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks and offers a perfect base from which to explore the natural wonders of Northern Arizona. The hotel benefits from a full-service restaurant and a lounge bar. Leisure facilities include a fully-equipped gym, a heated outdoor swimming pool (open seasonally) and a hot tub, plus a selection of sports and activities are available on request. The Little America Hotel also has a gift shop selling a wide selection of clothing, books, jewellery, art work and souvenirs. The well-appointed rooms at the Little America Hotel are situated in four two-storey lodges within the grounds. Each room is both comfortable and spacious, featuring two queen-sized beds and a sitting area. Facilities within the room include two telephones, a flat screen television, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board and a safe. Overnight laundry and dry cleaning services are available at this hotel, as well as a coin-operated laundry.


El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon
Set in a prime location for exploring the Grand Canyon, the El Tovar Hotel offers comfort and luxury just a few feet away from the rim of the mighty spectacle. The splendid hotel has hosted celebrated guests including Theodore Roosevelt and Albert Einstein, and is now a National Historic Landmark. This ambient hotel offers an intoxicating mix of European architecture for the main building and Native American charm for its dining facilities. All rooms are en-suite and are equipped with air conditioning, cable television, telephone, safe and coffee maker.


Grand Hotel Europa, Innsbruck
The prestigious Grand Hotel Europa is Innsbruck's only 5-Star hotel, and is situated in a central location surrounded by the mountains and the attractions of the Tyrolean capital. The hotel boasts a restaurant serving multiple award-winning gourmet cuisine including regional and international dishes, as well as a bar offering a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as a menu of light meals and snacks. Leisure facilities include a sauna, steam bath and a small gym. Massage treatments are available (advance booking required, payable locally). The comfortable bedrooms are either decorated in a modern, contemporary style or they offer a more traditional, Tyrolean environment. All come equipped with air conditioning, a telephone, television, safe and tea and coffee making facilities. Dry cleaning/laundry services are available at this hotel.


Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk, Irkutsk
Housed in a modern building, the 4-Star Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk is situated in downtown Irkutsk, within walking distance of the city's theatre and Kirov Place. The hotel benefits from a restaurant serving both Siberian and international cuisine and a bar offering a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as a selection of meals and light snacks. There is also a fully equipped gym and a 24-hour shop selling snacks and drinks. Free Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby. The air-conditioned rooms come with a telephone, flat screen television, and tea and coffee making facilities.


RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach
The RMS Queen Mary, the former Cunard ocean liner and Second World War troop ship, provides a unique base from which to explore Los Angeles from her moorings in Long Beach. The ship offers numerous on-board restaurants, bars and cafes serving a wide range of cuisine from family-friendly American cuisine to fine dining, Starbucks coffee and pastries to an authentic British afternoon tea. There is a fully-equipped gym open 24 hours a day and a spa offering a range of beauty treatments and therapies (payable locally), plus a selection of on-board boutiques and shops, selling gifts and souvenirs, couture clothing, ocean liner memorabilia and day to day essentials. Much - but not all - of the accommodation on board is in the original First Class Staterooms. All Staterooms are individually decorated with a blend of tradition and old-world elegance and the best in modern amenities, and come with an LCD flat screen satellite television, a hairdryer and Wi-Fi internet access. A mini fridge is available upon request and a laundry service is available.


InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel, Moscow
The grand, marble-floored InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel is located close to Pushkin Square in the heart of Moscow. The 4-Star hotel has elegant rooms and excellent facilities including the Chekhonte Restaurant and the P-Square Bar. The hotel's leisure facilities include a 24-hour gym, a sauna and steam bath, as well as a 'spa & wellness' centre offering a range of treatments, massages and beauty therapies (payable locally). The rooms come equipped with air conditioning, a safe, minibar, satellite TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There are self-laundry facilities for guests at the hotel, plus there is a dry cleaning/laundry service.


Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City
The glamorous Waldorf Astoria Hotel has been emblazoned in popular culture, thanks in no small part to its famous residents such as Cole Porter and Marilyn Monroe, and also lays claim to inventing "Eggs Benedict" and the "Waldorf Salad". With a dinner included and breakfast every day, there is plenty of opportunity to sample the hotel's famous dishes. As well as its selection of restaurants, bars and lounges, the Waldorf Astoria has a fully equipped fitness centre, hairdresser and a spa offering a range of beauty treatments and therapies (payable locally). All rooms are well-appointed, spacious and stylishly decorated for an excellent introduction to New York. Amenities include a telephone, flat-screen cable television, desk and internet access. For your added convenience, the hotel offers a dry cleaning, pressing and laundry service.


Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
The historic Fairmont Hotel is located in the exclusive Nob Hill area of San Francisco. Central to the Financial District, Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf, the property is located at the only spot in San Francisco where each of the City's cable car lines meet.


Grand Mercure Shanghai Central, Shanghai
The Grand Mercure Shanghai Central is ideally situated in the heart of Shanghai, just minutes away from some of the city's attractions. The rest are all in easy reach from Shanghai's efficient Metro system, only a two minute walk away. The hotel boasts an impressive variety of both local, greater Chinese and international cuisine from its three restaurants, as well as a host of refreshing beverages from the bar. There is also a fitness and wellness centre, including a gym and sauna, and massages are available. All well-appointed rooms are en-suite and are equipped with air conditioning, desk, satellite television, telephone, safe and tea and coffee-making facilities. The hotel offers a laundry/dry cleaning service.


Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace, Ulaanbaatar
The superb 5-Star Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace enjoys an enviable location in central Ulaanbaatar. The hotel has a number of restaurants serving a selection of Mongolian, European and Japanese cuisine. Its leisure facilities include a fully-equipped fitness centre, a sauna, and a comprehensive spa & wellness centre which offers many massages and beauty treatments (payable locally). The spacious rooms are equipped with a telephone, flat screen television, entertainment centre, safe and tea and coffee making faciltiies. A dry cleaning/laundry service is available.


Hotel Papadopoli Venezia, Venice
The 4-Star Hotel Papadopoli Venezia in Venice is located in the historic centre of the city, minutes from the Grand Canal. The hotel has a restaurant with an exotic Winter Garden, a café bar serving hot meals and cold snacks, and a library. Rooms are decorated in 18th century Venetian style décor and are air conditioned with a television, telephone, safe, minibar and hairdryer. Some rooms enjoy views over the Tolentini Canal or the Papadopoli Gardens. A dry cleaning/laundry service is available.
In 2013, Great Rail Journeys' customers awarded Hotel Papadopoli a Gold Award for overall best hotel in Italy.


Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof, Vienna
The prestigious Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof enjoys and enviable location in the heart of UNESCO-protected Vienna's Old Town, close to the Hofburg Palace, St Stephen's Cathedral and the State Opera House. It has been welcoming guests for well over a century, and is a well-respected landmark in the city. The hotel has a restaurant and a bar which serves traditional Viennese coffee and pastries by day, before transforming itself into a piano bar by night. Leisure facilities include a gym, sauna and a steam room. Beauty treatments are available (payable locally). The rooms are air conditioned and come equipped with a telephone, flat screen television with Pay-TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, radio, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, a safe and a hairdryer. A laundry service is available at the hotel.


Radisson Blu Centrum Hotel, Warsaw
The 5-Star Radisson Blu Centrum Hotel in Warsaw is located in the business district, within reach of the Old Town. The hotel has two restaurants, a bar and a leisure centre with a swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and a gym. Spa, massage and beauty treatments are available (pay locally). The stylish, comfortable rooms are equipped with individual climate control, telephone, television, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar, safe and a hairdryer. A laundry service is available at the hotel.


The Willard, Washington DC
Elegant and luxurious, The Willard is a true Washington DC landmark and is located just one block from the White House itself. Frequented by Abraham Lincoln and numerous other US presidents, this glorious, historic hotel has seen some pivotal moments in US history; Mark Twain wrote two novels here, and it was also where Martin Luther King completed his legendary "I have a dream" speech. It goes without saying that the facilities at The Willard are extensive and impressive. Afternoon tea is hosted in Peacock Alley, French bistro cuisine is served at Café du Parc, whilst Occidental Grill & Seafood offers a menu of steak and safood. For a relaxing drink, try the Round Robin Bar, which also serves a selection of light meals and snacks, or the Scotch Bar. Leisure facilities include a fully-equipped gym and a luxurious spa offering a wide range of treatments and therapies (payable locally). All rooms at The Willard are air conditioned and come with a telephone, flat screen television, high-speed internet access, radio, CD player, safe and a minibar. A laundry service is available at the hotel.


Grand Mercure Renmin Square, Xian
Set within the ancient walls of Xian, the 4-Star Superior Grand Mercure Renmin Square, Xian combines chic Chinese design with modern touches. Among the hotel's many facilities is a restaurant serving both Chinese and western cuisine, a bar and lounge, a fitness centre and a wellness centre offering massages. The rooms are air conditioned and come with a television, telephone, minibar, safe, Wi-Fi and tea & coffee making facilities. A laundry service is available at the hotel.

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Meals Included:

  • 27 meals in the USA including 16 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 11 dinners, including breakfast in Chicago's 360 Tower and lunch aboard a Manhattan harbour cruise , dinner aboard the RMS Queen Mary and dinner cruise around San Francisco Bay
  • 32 meals in China including 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 11 dinners including a dumpling banquet in Xian and Peking duck in Beijing
  • 37 meals in Europe including 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 13 dinners

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