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Cowboys & Cajuns

8 day Rail Holiday - from £1149

With flights from £1679

This scenic rail journey through the great states of Texas and Louisiana takes you through three remarkable cities: Dallas, San Antonio and New Orleans.


  • River cruise along the San Antonio River Walk
  • The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas
  • The mysterious Alamo
  • Swamp and bayou tour in New Orleans
  • Texas Ranger Museum
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Dallas/Fort Worth

Welcome to Fort Worth! While a thoroughly modern city, Fort Worth also stays true to its original trading post roots. During your time in the city, use your included Stockyards Adventure Pass to visit the Stockyards Museum and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame for a real taste of what life was like for the pioneers who settled in the city and the cowboys who made Fort Worth their home in the late 19th century.

Hotel: Hilton Fort Worth or similar

Day 2 - Dallas/ Fort Worth

Spend another day discovering the culture-rich city is also considered the ‘museum capital of the Southwest’, with several renowned museums located in the beautiful Fort Worth Cultural District. And foodies won’t be disappointed in Fort Worth – the eclectic cuisine features Texas’ best ingredients and rich Western Heritage combined with a unique mix of flavors from around the world. Enjoy all the best of Fort Worth on this fun getaway!

Hotel: Hilton Fort Worth or similar

Day 3 - San Antonio

Take the morning to see more of the sights of Fort Worth before boarding the train for a relaxing journey down south to San Antonio. Enjoy the colourful desert landscapes as you wind south through the great state of Texas. Upon arrival in San Antonio, check in at your hotel for a two night stay.

Hotel: Menger Hotel or similar

Day 4 - San Antonio

Get to know San Antonio on a hop on hop off tour that gives you a chance to explore the most popular destinations in this city at your own pace. Just hop off, scope out the exciting attractions, and then hop back on. Uncover the mysteries of the Alamo. Explore Mission San Jose. Spend some time in the historic Market Square. The trolley makes hourly stops, so you can take your time and enjoy each destination at your leisure. 

Hotel: Menger Hotel or similar

Day 5 - New Orleans

Travel on your own to the Amtrak station and board the Sunset Limited to New Orleans. Take in the stunning southwestern desert landscape as it passes by. Upon your arrival into the ‘Big Easy’, you will transfer on your own to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is yours to start exploring this festive city. If you are looking for something to do, why not head to the exciting French Quarter, where there is always something to see and of course, eat!

Hotel: Wyndham New Orleans – French Quarter or similar

Day 6 - New Orleans

Today you will experience the timeless beauty of Southern Louisiana in a custom-built swamp boat as you travel through part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park. During your bayou tour, native guides will reveal the mysteries of the swamps, bayous and the Cajun ‘joie de vivre’. You will also get a chance to observe the nesting grounds of local Louisiana wildlife, like alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and many species of snakes. Come the evening, get ready for some classic Creole cuisine at Tujague’s, the second oldest restaurant in New Orleans and widely considered to be one of the best.

Hotel: Wyndham New Orleans – French Quarter or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 7 - New Orleans

Cook and eat an authentic Louisiana meal today at New Orleans School of Cooking! Take an interactive class with an expert chef who will guide you in seasoning and preparing a mouth-watering feast of New Orleans-inspired cuisine.

Hotel: Wyndham New Orleans – French Quarter or similar
Meals: Lunch

Day 8 - Farewell from New Orleans

Spend the day at your leisure and then make the choice to either stay a while longer in New Orleans, move on to another great American experience or head to the airport for your flight home.

8 day Rail Holiday - from £1149

With flights from £1679


  • Add extra nights in New Orleans, San Antonio or Dallas
  • Choose to fly Economy, Premium, Business or First Class

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Note: Tour departs Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Train upgrades available.

Prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room and include meals where shown. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Amtrak travel is for Coach Accommodations unless otherwise stated. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Please call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations may apply. Please note, itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1 April 2022 onwards.

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Discover America on an exciting independent rail adventure. All rail explorers can be booked as they are or you can choose to add extra days to extend your stay in the USA.

Your rail holiday includes:

  • Superb sightseeing and activities
  • Comfortable travel by rail journey
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals as shown
  • Option to add extra nights
  • Free time in great cities

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