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14 days
1 World Heritage Site visited.
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You will visit: New York, Nevada & California, including New York City, Las Vegas, San Francisco & Los Angeles

The name says it all. With 4 hot USA cities wrapped into 1 tour, these are 2 weeks you don’t want to miss out on! Start by spending a few days under the bright lights of the Big Apple. From there fly out for some West Coast action. First, party with the high rollers in Vegas. Then fly to the coast and chill in San Fran, famous for its cable cars & the Golden Gate Bridge. Finish your tour in style in the 'City of Angels', where you can hit the streets to see the Walk of Fame and the stars' homes in Hollywood Hills.

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ME Time Optionals

ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Tour Manager in local currency.

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1 Arrive New York City

Meet up with your fellow travellers and Tour Manager at the Kick-Start meeting, then the evening is yours to explore. After your included dinner tonight, we’ll all head down to Times Square. Take in the bright night lights of this popular meeting point, right in the thick of the theater district. With so much variety and so many places to go, head out with some new friends and explore the city’s incredible nightlife.

Hotel Dinner

  • See the lights of Times Square
  • The Big Apple's all yours with a 7 day travel pass
2 Hello Big Apple!

Get familiar with the Big Apple as your Tour Manger & Local Guide opens up Manhattan. See the USA’s economic heart on Wall Street and the famous stock exchange NYSE, before checking out the cultural hub of Harlem and the famous Apollo Theatre, where jazz, blues and soul greats like James Brown performed.

You’ll see Museum Row, which includes some of the world’s most prestigious museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum.

Check out the towering Rockefeller center, which took 70,000 workers to build, the Gothic St Patrick’s Cathedral and the exclusive jewelry store, Tiffany’s before making a sobering stop at the World Trade Center Site, where the Twin Towers once stood. Then take an optional helicopter ride for the most unique view over the city.

Hotel Breakfast

  • See Wall Street and the NYSE
  • See Harlem's Apollo Theatre
  • See Museum Row including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Guggenheim Museum
  • Visit fashionable Fifth Avenue & see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center & Tiffany's
  • Visit the World Trade Center
  • Helicopter - Big Apple
    USD $135.00
  • Helicopter - New York, New York
    USD $194
3 New York, New York

Get up close to one of the world’s most recognizable icons, the Statue of Liberty. Then, with a free day, you can use your included Metro Pass to discover more of the ultimate big city at your own pace.

Get on 2 wheels in a fun optional guided tour and peddle your way through Central Park, New York’s heart and lungs. Our Local Guide knows this popular haunt’s hidden spots and will tell you all about the iconic green space.

Otherwise, get familiar with New York’s various flavors and step into its global kitchen. Try some hand made pasta in atmospheric Little Italy, or authentic noodles from a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in bustling Chinatown. Pick up a bagel and some salami from a deli or buy an authentic American hot dog from a street stand.

Use your free time to explore New York’s vibrant and diverse neighborhoods up close. Soak up the bohemian feel of the former center point of the folk movement, Greenwich Village. This hub of alternative culture still has a buzzing street life and cute, sidewalk cafes. Take a walk through stylish Soho and check out its hip, funky boutiques, the warehouse district and its trademark iron architecture.

Shopping-wise, New York is one of the world’s hottest cities and a leading trend-setter, so get some tips from your Tour Manager on where to go for the latest fashions.

If you’re into the hit show “Sex and the City”, don’t miss your chance to find out more with our fun optional locally guided tour around the girls’ favorite city hot spots in New York this afternoon.

Use your free night to head back to your favorite city spot for a cocktail or ask your Tour Manager for some fresh ideas and head out with your friends.

Hotel Breakfast

  • NYC Food Cart Tour
    USD $43.00
  • TV & Movie Tour
    USD $40.00
  • 'Gossip Girl' Tour
    USD $41.00
4 More of Manhattan

Use your free time to get out of the city for a change of scene. Head out to beautiful Brooklyn by walking over the historic Brooklyn Bridge or visit the colourful suburb, the Bronx, known for its zoo and botanical gardens.

For something different, hit the Lower East Side and learn about New York’s mixed history and immigrants at the Tenement Museum. If you’re feeling hungry, visit the Chelsea Market – it’s packed with gourmet foods from brownies to lobster.

Tonight is the last night in NYC and we’re going to make it unforgettable. After an included dinner, we’ll head straight to the top of New York’s most famous landmark, the Empire State Building. Take in the gorgeous night lights of Manhattan and sweeping views over the city from 102 floors up.

Hotel

  • Get a birds eye view of Manhattan from the Empire State Building
  • Central Park Bike Tour (seasonal)
    USD $45.00
  • 'Sex and the City' Tour
    USD $41.00
  • The Ride
    USD $64.00
5 New York City to Las Vegas

Get ready to arrive in larger-than-life Las Vegas – a man-made entertainment oasis smack in the middle of the desert. Often dubbed Sin City, it’s all about glitz, neon lights, and excess.

See the bright lights of this city and its world-famous casinos in a first taste of Vegas kitsch as the group heads down the main drag, the “Strip”, and your Tour Manager fills you in on the story behind Vegas.

After dinner, cruise to downtown’s Fremont Street and experience a slice of the spectacular at a light and laser show in a massive pedestrian mall.

Hotel Dinner

  • Transfers and flights to Las Vegas
  • Visit Fremont Street & see the light-and-laser show
  • Evening tour of the famous Vegas 'Strip'
  • Non-stop nightlife
6-7 Las Vegas

With two free days, you’ve got time to get a real feel for this outrageous town, so keep an eye out for Elvis impersonators and fast-paced chapel weddings!

Explore more of the Strip and check out over-the-top versions of international icons, like the Eiffel Tower, Venetian canals and gondolas, a Roman temple or the pyramid, whose nightlight can be seen from the moon. Try your luck at one of the casinos and sit yourself down at a blackjack table with the high-rollers. For a different kind of thrill you can visit a Strip-view roller coaster or sky-high theme park. If you work up an appetite, tuck into an all you can eat buffet or eat from the kitchen of a celebrity chef.

Discover the quirky side of Las Vegas’ at the Neon Museum and for a look into this town’s atomic heyday in the 50s, visit the Atomic Testing Museum.

If you just want to relax, position yourself poolside back at the hotel and soak up the Las Vegas sun.

There’s a chance to discover the mind-blowing landscape of the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s most recognizable natural wonders, in a fantastic optional helicopter flight.

See an optional variety show with the group then get some pointers on Las Vegas’ hot spots from your Tour Manager before your included limo ride; whatever you do make the most of this towns’ 24/7 action with some of your new friends.

Hotel Breakfast

  • Live it up Vegas-style with a limo ride & champagne
  • Helicopter Flight - Grand Celebration
    USD $367.00 (plus fuel surcharge)
  • V Theater
    USD $58.00
8 Las Vegas to San Francisco

This morning, you board the flight for San Francisco. Cosmopolitan and creative, San Francisco is packed with characters, free-thinkers, and artists. You’ll see the signs of its recent history where it served as the center for Beatnik and Hippy cultures.

Get familiar with this buzzing city as your Tour Manager shows you around San Francisco’s key sights. Walk across San Francisco’s landmark suspension bridge, the Golden Gate. We stop off at Fisherman’s Wharf for a slice of the historic waterfront lifestyle, where you can order some fresh fish or crab from sidewalk stands. You’ll also check out the city’s iconic row houses on Alamo Square.

Thriving with activity, Chinatown is a fun, kitsch experience. Tonight, your Tour Manager will take you there to see its hidden spots. Learn about the history of the gold rush as you walk through the bustling district, past traditional herb shops, Buddha’s and flashing neon lights. Then eat together at one of its authentic restaurants.

Hotel Dinner

  • Transfers and flights to San Francisco
  • Cross the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Visit Fisherman's Wharf
  • See North Beach, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury & the city's iconic cable cars
9-10 San Francisco

With 2 full days here, get a real feel for San Francisco and its hilly streets. Chalk up a local experience by jumping on a cable car and exploring the city. If you’ve booked ahead of time, catch a ferry out to Alcatraz, the former island jail that once held A-list criminals like Al “Scarface” Capone, Soviet spies and crime bosses. Walk around the old cells and get the background on these bad boys.

You could turn back the clock to the “Summer of Love” with a visit to cool Haight-Ashbury, the center point of 1960s alternative culture. Once packed with 75000 hippies, it now has chilled-out cafes, record stores, second hand clothes shops and bookstores to rummage through.

With over 3000 places to eat and drink, San Francisco has endless choices. Head to the city’s gritty Latin American quarter, Mission District, for Mexican tacos or El Salvadorian pupusas (corn flat breads stuffed with cheese, pork or beans) or hit North Beach for some Italian.

Tonight there’s an included sunset sail out on San Francisco’s famous bay.

Hotel Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner

  • Sit back, chill & enjoy the San Fran sunset on a catamaran cruise
  • 3 Day MUNI Pass
  • California Academy of Sciences
    USD $25.00
  • San Francisco Culinary Tour
    USD $46.50
  • San Francisco Bike Tour
    USD $40.00
11 San Francisco to Los Angeles

This morning hop a flight to the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles.
After that you head to mythical Hollywood, the holy ground for the stars. Check out the Dolby Theatre, where the Oscars are held every year and the Chinese Theatre, where so many greats have pressed their hands into the famous cement stars.

You’ll cruise down the hottest shopping street in LA, Melrose Avenue, and one of the best areas for nightlife, the Sunset Strip with its billboards, clubs and eateries. Your Tour Manager will give you the background on the who’s who of Hollywood and a glimpse of one of the world’s wealthiest suburbs in Beverly Hills.

A little further west and you arrive in Santa Monica, LA’s oldest beach resort. Known for its liberal vibes, art galleries and wide sand beaches, Santa Monica is all about the California lifestyle. Your Tour Manager will give you some history on the city and show you the famous pier, which serves as a permanent amusement park, complete with a solar powered Ferris wheel.

Later, we travel to LA’s quirkiest suburb where anything goes: Venice Beach. A favourite hang out spot for locals, colourful Venice Beach attracts all sorts of people. Get a feel for street life when you hit the buzzing boardwalk, where performers, tattoo artists, hair braiders, musicians and roller-blader’s gather. Make sure you check out the markets and stalls, as well as the greased-up body builders pumping iron at Muscle Beach, the famous open air gym.

Tonight party in L.A.'s hippest new hot-spot. Downtown has reinvested in it's social and cultural centre to create an amazing variety of clubs, pubs, cafes and bars for any taste and sensibility.

Hotel Dinner

  • Transfers and flights to Los Angeles
  • Keep your eyes peeled for film shoots on a guided walking tour of downtown L.A.
  • See the famous Hollywood sign, Mann's Chinese Theatre & Hollywood's Walk of Fame
  • Visit Santa Monica and its famous pier
  • Visit Venice Beach
  • See Rodeo Drive and Melrose Avenue
12-13 Los Angeles

In your free time, explore more of this colourful metropolis. LA has it all when it comes to shopping. Hit the boutiques of Melrose Ave or window-shop the epic designer stores of Rodeo Drive. This is the place to spot celebs!

Visit the Fashion Museum for inspiration and see famous outfits from movies on display, then hunt down some funky threads and interesting materials in the Garment District, which is just a few steps from your hotel. Or visit the interactive Grammy Museum where you can record your own song or get up close to some award-show celebrity dresses.

This city has food as diverse as its residents – you can find anything from burgers or tacos at a pavement stand to sushi in Little Tokyo, so make sure you make the most of this cultural melting pot.

For some all-American sports, check to see if any basketball, baseball, soccer or football games are on while you’re in town.

For your last day spend a fun day exploring the world-famous theme parks. Get inside Walt Disney’s magical imagination at Disneyland, where you can experience different theme zones and rides like Indiana Jones or Pirates of the Caribbean. For a behind-the-scenes look at movie making, head to Universal Studios and enjoy the thrills of this park’s film theme.

Hotel Breakfast

  • Tour Stars Homes
    USD $42.00
  • Starline Hop-On/ Hop-Off
    USD $38.00
  • Universal Studios
    USD $69.00
  • Grammy Museum
    USD $11.00
  • Disneyland Transfer with Park Hopper
    USD $161.00
  • Disneyland Transfer Pick a Park
    USD $128.00
  • Disneyland Transfer
    USD $42.00
  • Hollywood Club Crawl
    USD $20.00
14 Depart Los Angeles

This morning, the tour ends and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.

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Backstage Pass

Our backstage pass includes all of this and more, and it's free as part of your trip.

Exclusive Accommodation

  • 13 nights twin-share hotel accommodation
  • Flights & transfers to San Francisco, Las Vegas & New York
  • 3 day Muni pass in San Francisco
  • Metro pass for the 5 days in New York
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities
  • Local taxes

Exclusive Team

  • An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

Exclusive Food

  • 11 meals: 6 breakfasts & 5 dinners

Exclusive Inclusions

  • See the lights of Times Square
  • The Big Apple's all yours with a 7 day travel pass
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Me Time

  • Helicopter - Big Apple
  • Helicopter - New York, New York
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