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San Francisco, Chicago and New York Eight-Night Eastbound Transatlantic Voyage

Includes A Day Trip To Alcatraz In San Francisco

17days from
£2,339*per person


With so many elements included in the price it is not surprising that our exclusive cruise and stay holiday is one of our best sellers. Board a flight just once to enjoy this epic journey from west to east coast USA, with a voyage home on board Cunard's Queen Mary 2, the only true ocean Liner. Our signature holiday brings together three of the most iconic cities in the USA with the romance of a trans-continental train adventure and the elegance of a Queen Mary 2 voyage to Southampton.
Visit Alcatraz in San Francisco, admire spectacular views of the Rockies from the comfort of your sleeper train and sample the delights of Chicago. Journey past the Great Lakes and through upstate New York to Manhattan before relaxing in refined sophistication on board Cunard Queen Mary 2 all the way back to Southampton.


  • Fly from the UK to San Francisco for an overnight hotel stay close to Union Square. The hotel is ideally located close to the central San Francisco shopping area, including the world famous cable car right at the corner.
  • A further overnight hotel stay. Take the famous cable car nearby over the hill to Fisherman's Wharf - a world class tourist destination. Here you will find Pier 39 a huge entertainment, dining and shopping experience and Fisherman's Wharf where there are lots of bars, fishing boats and restaurants. Enjoy a free boat trip to Alcatraz and you will also see a magnificent views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Perhaps visit Golden Gate Park where you will find the carousel, a huge conservatory, a huge botanical garden, a Japanese tea garden and a buffalo paddock among other attractions. You can walk through to the Dutch Windmill on the coast and have a marvellous lunch overlooking the Pacific Ocean. For a more local feel visit the Castro and hippy Haight Ashbury.
  • Make your way to the Amtrak Ferry Building Office centrally located at the junction of Market Street and the Embarcadero in San Francisco to board the Coach at 07:50 for a 30 minute drive to the train terminus at Emeryville for your Amtrak California Zephyr train service to Chicago. Spend two-nights' on board the train in a sleeper roomette on full-board. Pack an overnight bag for the three night journey and check your main luggage into the baggage car. Embark the California Zephyr at 09:10 for a two night journey across the Rockies to Chicago. The train crosses the Nevada state line just before Reno and passes through Salt Lake City in Utah. Then it's on to Colorado through Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs where the infamous gunslinger Doc Holliday is buried. The Fraser River cuts a swathe through the Arapahoe National Forest and Fraser Canyon. The train crosses the continental divide in the Moffat Tunnel which is 6.5 miles long. Just past Denver (the mile high city) the train drops down to the start of the great plains into Nebraska and onto Omaha.
  • The final part of the journey takes you though Iowa and into Illinois to the metropolis of Chicago - America's third largest city, arriving at 1450 where you will have the afternoon to spend at leisure. Amtrak will automatically transfer your main luggage between trains. Perhaps shop on the Magnificent Mile, stare at the reflections in the giant 'Cloud Gate' stainless steel bean sculpture or stand on the glass 'Ledge' 103 floors up in the Willis Tower - the tallest building in the US. The Lakeshore Limited train departs at 21:30 for an overnight journey via the Great Lakes to Manhattan. Spend overnight on board the train in a sleeper roomette on full-board.
  • Arrive into Penn station at 1835 and walk across the street to spend three-nights in the four-star New Yorker Hotel (or similar). Perhaps visit Macy's Department Store just a couple of doors away or enjoy the panoramic views of New York from the top of the Empire State Building as the sun sets over the horizon and the lights twinkle on. Enjoy a stroll through central Park and go shopping on 5th Avenue to take advantage of the exchange rate and the lower prices. Have wander up to Times Square nearby, visit Brooklyn Bridge, Wall Street, the Ground Zero memorial, Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty.
  • Transfer to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal to embark the magnificent Queen Mary 2. Enjoy the sail-away party from New York at 1700 next to the Terrace Pool as the ship inches under the Verazzano Narrows Bridge on her way out to sea and across the Atlantic back to the UK.
  • Relax and make the most of the myriad of facilities available on board the ship, from fantastic entertainment to delicious and diverse dining options.
  • Disembark the ship after breakfast.

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • Fly just once
  • Visit three top US cities in one holiday
  • The friendliness of San Francisco
  • The difference of Chicago
  • The buzz of Manhattan
  • Iconic Cunard Transatlantic crossing
  • Un-interrupted relaxation on board ship

Our Price Includes

  • One-way flight from the UK to San Francisco
  • Two-nights' four-star room-only accommodation in San Francisco (in hotel featured or similar)
  • Alcatraz tour in San Francisco
  • Amtrak coach transfer from San Francisco centre to Emeryville train station
  • Three-nights' full-board transcontinental Amtrak train journey in a sleeper roomette
  • Afternoon at leisure in Chicago between train services
  • Three-nights' four-star room-only accommodation in Manhattan (in hotel featured or similar)
  • Port transfer in New York
  • Eight-nights' full-board cruise accommodation on board Cunard's Queen Mary 2 between New York and Southampton
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The Handlery Union Square -


Setting the standard in affordable luxury - this family owned hotel is located at Union Square - shopping central in San Francisco. The Handlery Union Square Hotel offers personal service, comfortable rooms, and a warm atmosphere. It is ideally located near main San Francisco attractions, including the world famous cable car right at the corner. With 24-hour reception, 24-hour room-service, bar, restaurant, lounge, fitness centre, indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

Wyndham New Yorker Hotel -


This large art deco style hotel comprises 1,014 rooms spread over 40 floors and is perfectly situated on 34th St just across from Madison Square Garden and New York Penn Station. On the same street - just two blocks away you will find Macy's Department Store and a little further on the Empire State Building graces the skyline. Renovated in 2000, this air-conditioned city hotel welcomes its guests through revolving doors into a large and impressive lobby. It is also centrally located close to Times Square, countless restaurants, shops and bars.

Ship Information

Cruise Overview
The iconic 151,000 tonne Queen Mary 2 is the only true ocean liner in the world and was built to carry on the tradition of a Transatlantic service linking Southampton with New York. This spacious ship was launched in January 2004 & was extensively refurbished in 2016. Transatlantic Queen Mary 2 voyages have become very popular and are now the latest fashion in crossing the Atlantic rather than flying. Many people are recognising that a Cunard Queen Mary 2 voyage between New York & Southampton is an ideal special treat for a family celebration, as part of a longer holiday or for a very stylish second holiday of the year.
Cabin Details
The luxuriously appointed staterooms have private en-suite facilities, air conditioning, flat-screen cable TV's with free in-room movies, vanity area, hair dryer, telephone, minibar and free room service.
Dining Details
The magnificent Britannia restaurant caters for the majority of the guests on-board over two sittings and as one for breakfast lunch and dinner offering bespoke White Star service with a la carte menus. The King's Court area offers almost 24-hour dinning in an enlarged self service buffet style restaurant. In addition there are two further self service restaurants- the Chef's Galley & La Piazza. Each night both of these convert to "Pop Up" a la carte speciality restaurants# . On sunny days the the Boardwalk Cafe on the top deck serves delicious grill style lunches for continuous sunbathing. The Verandah restaurant# offers speciality lunch & dinners for an extra charge; while pub style lunches in the Golden Lion Pub are free of charge.
Activities Details
The unique Cunard Insights Programme provides an impressive line up of guest speakers & lectures and the Cunard Maritime Quest is discovery trail around the ship charting the history of Cunard. Superlative white-gloved afternoon tea is taken in the Queen's Ballroom which is the largest ballroom at sea hosting the captain's cocktail parties, themed balls and big band style live entertainment in the evening. This ship even has a planetarium and its own art gallery. There is an indoor pool with a retractable glass roof and two whirlpools, two outdoor pools with three whirlpools and a separate kid's splash pool . You will also find a library, children's clubs, numerous bars & a casino. The Royal Court Theatre offers spectacular shows and entertainment and the G32 nightclub is ideal for night owls.
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Advertised hotel is subject to change and other same standard hotels may be offered as an alternative

Optional Extras:

Food and drink in San Francisco, Chicago & New York. Make your own way from your San Francisco hotel to the Amtrak coach pick point for your coach connection Emeryville station. Amtrak sleeper roomette to private en-suite bedroom upgrade on the train. Stateroom upgrades - Drinks on board the train - Gratuities on board the train - Drinks on board ship - Gratuities on board ship - Specialty dining restaurants on board ship#

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