Amtrak: New York to Washington DC

8 days Rail Tours
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington D.C.

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Let the train take the strain on this fantastic journey, taking in 3 of America's most fascinating and historic cities - sit back in comfort and admire the ever-changing vistas as you're whisked effortlessly from New York to Philadelphia and, finally, Washington D.C.!


Day 1: New York

It's not time to board the train just yet - you've got 3 nights in New York to enjoy! On landing, transfer to your hotel independently, right in the heart of the action. After settling in, there's time to get your bearings and enjoy a delicious meal, either in your hotel or the surrounding area. Then, indulge in a little nightlife perhaps; there are some great music bars and clubs to tempt you. Alternatively, get a good night's sleep; after all, there's some major sightseeing to tackle the next day!

Accommodation stay – 3 nights at the Hotel Excelsior or similar.

Day 2: New York

New York is literally stuffed with attractions, including museums, landmark buildings and, of course, the shops! We can arrange a CityPASS® * for you, giving you access to many of New York's most famous sights, including the Guggenheim Museum, American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art, the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum and the Empire State Building. Also included is a 2-hour Circle Line Harbor Cruise - a great way to admire that famous skyline! A visit to the Statue of Liberty is another must, taking time to stop off at Ellis Island. Once you've worn your shoe leather into the ground, head back to the hotel for a quick freshen-up, then out again into the night to enjoy more of New York's fabulous energy after dark.

Day 3: New York

No trip to New York would be complete without some serious shopping! Once you've done your cultural bit, head to Fifth Avenue! Renowned throughout the world for its exclusive designer shopping, its home to stores such as Gucci, Cartier, Fendi and, of course, Tiffany's! Greenwich Village has more one-of-a-kind boutiques and great shoe stores! Other famous stores include Macy's and Bloomingdale's - both vast department stores selling almost everything you can think of. You can also join us on an excursion to Woodbury Common premium outlets, located just outside of New York and offering amazing discounts on countless designer brands!

Day 4: New York to Philadelphia (Amtrak Journey)

After so much fun and excitement, settle down on the train for the short journey to Philadelphia. If it's your first time here, you may be surprised at how familiar it feels; that's because so many films have been shot here, including Trading Places, Witness and Rocky! After checking in at your hotel, it's time to explore. Independence National Historic Park (known as INHP) is a good place to start - you could spend an entire day here marveling at its buildings, including the hall itself, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. After so much culture, it's time to sample the local cuisine. Philadelphia is home to some of the USA's best gourmet restaurants, although the street food is pretty fantastic too!

Accommodation stay - 2 nights at the Radisson Blu Warwick or similar.

Day 5: Philadelphia

After a leisurely breakfast, head to Old City to walk down America's oldest residential street, Elfreth Alley. In Center City is City Hall - take a trip up to the observation deck* and you'll be rewarded with great views. Chinatown will provide you with a good lunch in a lively atmosphere, and at Reading Terminal Market watch the Amish farmers sell their produce. Society Hill has cobbled streets, gas lamps and some very fine houses indeed. At night, South Street is the place to be, with bars, restaurants, cafés and clubs galore!

Day 6: Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. (Amtrak Journey)

It’s time to say goodbye to the 'friendliest city in America' and hello to Washington, D.C., the driving seat of the US! After leaving your bags at your luxury hotel, head to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue - that's the White House to you and me! Other historic sites include the US Capitol, Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, where you can enjoy fantastic views across the city. The Smithsonian Institution is also unmissable, boasting 17 museums, all of which are FREE!

Accommodation stay – 2 Nights at the Marriott Wardham Park or similar.

Days 7 & 8: Washington, D.C.

If more sightseeing appeals, take the Washington Duck Tour - a unique vehicle that travels on land and water; it's worth a ride even if there weren't any sights to see! For retail enthusiasts, the shopping in Washington DC is incredible. Head to Georgetown for one-off stores and the stylish 'Shops at Georgetown Park' mall with over 70 shops, including Abercrombie & Fitch and Victoria's Secret. After dark, head to trendy Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan for a great night out. On day 8 head to the airport for your overnight flight back to London.

Meals: This tour is based on a Room only basis

All tour documents with Amtrak tickets to be collected from the first hotel. Please note hotels are subject to change, a final hotel list will be confirmed approximately 30 days prior to departure.

*Denotes local charge – Optional trips and excursions suggested on the itinerary are bookable and payable locally.

This is a set tour itinerary, if you have booked any pre/post or optional tour arrangements please refer to your separate vouchers and final documents.

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability, flights (if included) and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated, not tour only. Single room and flight upgrade prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the itinerary and additional tour notes.

Pre/Post Tour information

If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can easily add on a pre or post night stays for you. Our Sales Team will work with you to arrange the best connecting flights and book any additional hotel stays. Simply tell us what you’d like and we can arrange it.

Time difference

  • Eastern Time Zone: GMT -5 hours
  • Pacific Time Zone: GMT -8 hours
  • Mountain Time Zone: GMT -7 hours
  • Central Time Zone: GMT -6 hours

Tour inclusions

Accommodation listed above with Amtrak tickets

Tour exclusions

  • All Flights and airport transfers in the UK
  • Travel Insurance
  • Car hire and insurance unless this has been booked by the sales consultant
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
  • The required ESTA application
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary.

Dining inclusions

Room Only


Accommodation listed on the itinerary is a mix of 3-4V graded properties. Please note some tours are up to 3 weeks in duration and there may be some nights when staying in remote locations e.g. the National Parks, when the ‘V’ rating may vary. Hotels are subject to change up until 30 days prior to departure, but you will be advised of any changes.

Visa requirements

It's mandatory for everyone travelling to or transferring through the US, under the Visa Waiver Program, to obtain approval to travel no later than 72 hours prior to travel by completing an online process ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) scheme. Failure to obtain an ESTA could result in the passenger being denied boarding by the airline. The cost of an ESTA is currently approx $14 per person and can be obtained by visiting Once completed & approved, the ESTA application is valid for two years and allows multiple visits without the need to reapply – simply update your details on the same website. Travelers can apply for an ESTA even if they have no firm plans to travel to the US. If you need any further information on the ESTA or you have any other visa queries, then try the Visit USA Website where further information on the scheme and up to date fee can also be found. The ESTA is very similar to the automated visa that you purchase to enter Australia and is completely paperless.