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Please note: there is a change in the itinerary from April 2015 on days 7 & 8. Please see the itinerary for further details.

Please note: due to the popularity of this trip we have added two new departures on the 24th February and 10th March 2015

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You will visit: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York

Contiki's Eastern America tour will give you action and adventure, as well as time to chill out and unwind. From the relaxed beauty of the Southern States to the fast-paced lifestyle of the Northern hotspots, get a good taste of America! While you're up north, why not get consumed by the city that never sleeps, New York. And down South, get charmed by some traditional southern hospitality. Still craving more northern action? The Big Apple Explorer offers you the complete sights of the exciting city of New York.

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Itinerary + Inclusions & ME Time Optionals

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 Trip Manager in local currency.

Inclusions

On our trips we don't just take you to the destinations, we make sure you get under the skin of every place you visit. From amazing food & accommodation, to exclusive access to incredible experiences, with Contiki you'll get unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.

1 Arrive New Orleans

Meet up with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager in swinging New Orleans. A meeting point of European style and Caribbean flavors, this town is busy with soul, flamboyance, festivities and a whole lot of jazz!

To learn more about local flavors, sign up for the New Orlean’s Cooking School optional and have a go at making classics like gumbo (a type of stew), shrimp Creole and bread pudding.

Experience the stunning French Quarter, made up of hidden courtyards, soul-kitchens and jazz clubs. Hang out in Jackson square and watch musicians, fortune tellers and artists.

Then turn the energy levels up with a visit to Bourbon Street. Humming night and day, it is all about music and bars. So make your first night on tour one to remember by living the New Orleans’ motto “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler” - let the good times roll!

Hotel

  • See the French Quarter, Jackson Square & the French Market
  • See the Garden District Mansions
  • Enjoy the nightlife of Bourbon Street
  • School of Cooking
    USD $27.00
  • Airboat Swamp Tour (seasonal)
    USD $55.00
2 New Orleans to Panama City Beach

With time to relax on the coach, enjoy a siesta or get some tips for the up-coming destinations from your Trip Manager. Travel through Southern Mississippi, with a stop in Jackson for lunch. Afterwards, we head to Southern Alabama to soak up some sun with an overnight stop at "The World's Most Beautiful Beaches" - Panama City Beach.

Hotel Breakfast,Dinner

3 Panama City Beach to Orlando

Get ready to arrive in the former farming town of Orlando. This ordinary town was transformed into the most-visited place in the state by Walt Disney’s imagination, when he created Disney World. Now Orlando is all about wild rides, fantasy and amusement parks, so get some pointers from your Trip Manager and take your pick!

Hotel Breakfast

4 Orlando

Free time means a day out in one of the many fun parks located here with some friends. There are loads of options; Disney World with its 4 parks, Universal Studios and several water parks. The parks also serve up theme-bars and clubs, so if you’re keen, keep it moving tonight at one of them.

Hotel Breakfast

  • One way transfers to the amusement parks
  • Universal Studios
    USD $128.00
5 Orlando to Miami

Flamboyant, flashy and fabulous, Miami is hot and loud. Packed with diverse neighborhoods, each with their own character, Miami is great place to hang out.

First up it's a look around the downtown. You’ll see the Miami Heat (basketball team) arena, the high rises of the financial district and the outdoor shopping area of the Bayside Marketplace. You’ll also get a feel for the city’s Latin vibe in Little Havana, with its Cuban influence and history.

Then, discover stylish South Beach with its iconic art deco buildings, swaying palm trees and neon lights. Sizzling any night of the week, South Beach is where all the action is, so explore it in a night out with your friends.

Hotel Breakfast,Dinner

  • See downtown Miami
  • Thriller speed boat ride
    USD $30.00
6 Miami

Tropical Miami oozes energy and a free day here means time to get into this happening hub.

Head down to Ocean Avenue and people-watch. If you’re looking to relax, kick back among the toned, bronzed bodies on South Beach and take a swim in the warm waters of the southern Atlantic.

Have a go on 2 wheels in a fun included biking excursion with the group and get familiar with the waterfront neighborhoods. Your Local Guide will give you an insider’s view on this colorful town, and take you to many of Miami’s signature sites like Casa Casuarina (Versace Mansion), the Bass Art Museum and the Holocaust Memorial before winding down with something cool to drink at Miami’s Marina.

If you’ve got time to live a bit of the local Latin lifestyle, return to Little Havana and order some Cuban rice and beans, followed by some sweet Cuban coffee. Try your hand at dominoes on one of the outdoor tables on Calle Ocho (Eighth Street) or pick up a Cuban cigar and some salsa music at one of the little shops.

Before you hit the shops, get some pointers about where to head from your Trip Manager, who knows the ins and outs of Miami. For shopping in style, stroll through the outdoor shopping promenade of the Lincoln Road mall and for bargains, head to Espanola Way. Tonight, live a slice of the high life and party it up Miami style out on the water in our optional harbor party cruise.

Hotel Breakfast,Dinner

  • Wander through vibrant Art Deco period architecture & party like a rockstar in a city famous for it's nightlife
  • Roll Miami-style on a guided bike tour of South Beach
  • Miami Party Cruise
    USD $60.00
7 Miami to Daytona Beach via Kennedy Space Center

Today you get the chance to touch base with outer space as you explore the incredible Kennedy Space Center before arriving in the NASCAR capital, Daytona Beach!

PLEASE NOTE: Trips departing before April 2015 will head to Cocoa beach and visit the Kennedy Space Center tomorrow, as the below itinerary

Today, we roll on to the surfing capital of the East Coast, Cocoa Beach. Our hotel is in walking distance to the beach, so hit some of the biggest waves in Florida or try out some volleyball on the beach. Watch the locals fishing off the pier and order some fresh seafood later on at beachside grill.

Hotel Breakfast

8 Daytona Beach to St. Augustine

This morning there's time to chill on the beach, or for those adventurous thrill seekers why not ride shotgun in a NASCAR for a serious adrenaline rush!

Back on the coach, we cruise through a wildlife reserve and journey on to pretty St. Augustine, America’s oldest inhabited city, complete with cobblestones, a laid-back harbor and small beaches. Head to the timeworn streets of the Spanish quarter with the group, soak up the Mediterranean feel with its colorful buildings and courtyards, and see the 17th Century Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.

PLEASE NOTE: Trips departing before April 2015 will head from Cocoa Beach to St. Augustine via the Kennedy Space Center as the itinerary below

Hit the Space Coast, home to NASA, and visit the fascinating Kennedy Space Center, the only rocket launch point for space missions in the Western Hemisphere. You’ve got time to explore the massive series of buildings, as you learn about space exploration and get up close to pieces of the moon, mission capsules, astronaut’s gear and space shuttles. You’ll also see the launch and landing pad first hand.

Back on the coach, we cruise through a wildlife reserve and journey on to pretty St. Augustine, America’s oldest inhabited city, complete with cobblestones, a laid-back harbor and small beaches. Head to the timeworn streets of the Spanish quarter with the group, soak up the Mediterranean feel with its colorful buildings and courtyards, and visit the 17th Century Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.

Hotel Breakfast,Dinner

  • 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ... blast off at the Kennedy Space Center
  • See Castillo de San Marcos National Monument America's 300 year old fortress
  • Tour America's oldest city
9 St. Augustine to Savannah

Free-wheeling Savannah is up next and its all about southern charm. Fall under its spell as you check out the old cotton warehouses, historic city squares and mansions. Spared from the destruction of the Civil War, you’ll see original historic buildings here.

Visit stunning Forsythe Park and see gorgeous moss covered oak trees, surrounding historic homes and inns. Take in the sub-tropical plants, flowers and lush greenery that spill onto the town’s 24 public squares.

Perhaps enjoy dinner along the waterfront tonight and experience southern hospitality at its best.

Hotel Breakfast

  • See the historic city squares, homes & gardens made famous by the film 'Forrest Gump'
  • Guided walking tour of charming Savannah
  • Enjoy nightlife along the riverfront
  • Group Photo
    USD $15.00
10 Savannah to Raleigh via Charleston

En route to Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, we swing by pretty Charleston, the town that inspired a dance craze. Former Civil War hot spot, this town is all about southern charm with its wide porches, shuttered buildings and Victorian architecture. With carriage rides into the historic district, old mansions on the waterfront and palm trees dotted about, this place is stunning.

If you’re hungry, try some delicious shrimp and grits (corn based polenta) before we continue on to Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina.

Hotel Breakfast,Dinner

  • See the historic Southern town of Charleston
11 Raleigh to Washington D.C.

This morning, cross over the border into Richmond for a slice of history. After a look around the old center we head to Carytown, a young and funky district, for lunch.

Next up: the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. It’s the USA’s political core, buzzing with decision makers and busy with museums, monuments and politics.

Get inspired on our Illuminations Tour around D.C’s famous structures and see the city brilliantly lit up against the night sky. Your local guide will fill you in D.C’s signature sites and monuments, like the Capitol Building, Washington Monument and the White House.

We’ll drive along the National Mall, a traditional place of protest and of key events in the USA’s past. Enjoy an overview of presidential history with a look at the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King gave his “I have a dream” speech, the Jefferson memorial with its famous columns and the Roosevelt Memorial. Remember those who died in Vietnam and Korea as you check out the memorials to those conflicts.

Hotel Breakfast,Dinner

  • Visit historic Richmond, VA
  • Evening Illuminations Tour
  • See the Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam, FDR & Korean Memorials
  • See the White House, Capitol Building & Washington Monument
  • See the Pentagon
12-13 Washington D.C.

With two full days to explore the capital, you can visit some fascinating museums and monuments, or hang out in the city’s vibrant neighborhoods for a different feel.

We’ll visit Arlington National Cemetery, where JFK is buried and thousands of US soldiers lie. You’ll see the sobering sight of endless rows of white headstones and have the chance to watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Then get some pointers from your Tour Manager on where to go next.

Get a dose of culture at the Smithsonian Museums. This is a one-stop culture spot, made up of 19 different museums. It has it all – from natural history to space, so the choice is yours, and best of all, it’s free!

You can also visit the world-class Holocaust Museum and learn about one of history’s darkest moments as you honor the victims.

For something fun and intriguing, head to the Spy Museum. Find out about infamous FBI cases and what it means to be a secret agent, while you listen to bugs and play around with gadgets and interactive displays.

Later, hit Georgetown, D.C.’s oldest district and see how it has injected itself with new energy. 200 year-old buildings hold hip galleries and boutiques – it’s a great place to pick up something funky. It’s also a global kitchen - try something from the 50 different types of ethnic food on offer. With a university crowd, Georgetown is vibrant and young, so spend some time exploring the laid-back lounges and upscale bars.

For something more upbeat, get down and funky in Adams-Morgan, another trendy district.

Hotel Hotel Dinner

  • Visit John F. Kennedy's Grave & the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery; See the Changing of the Guard
  • Visit the Smithsonian Museums of Natural History, Air & Space and American History
  • Visit the Holocaust Museum
  • Visit the Newseum
    USD $21.00
14 Washington D.C. to New York

Leaving the capital behind, we continue on to New York.

First up is Philadelphia. Check out Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the historic Liberty Bell – Philadelphia’s landmark that weighs in at 2080lb (944kg). Don’t forget to try a Philly cheese steak, a local speciality.

We top off your travels with New York, where it’s time to say farewell to your new friends, as the trip ends here late this afternoon.

Please note: It's best not to book flights before 9:00pm.

Breakfast

  • See the Liberty Bell & Independence Hall
  • Travel through the Lincoln Tunnel into Manhattan
  • Enjoy a panoramic view of New York City Skyline
  • New York City Pass
    USD $72.00
  • 'Sex and the City' Tour
    USD $45.00
  • 'Gossip Girl' Tour
    USD $41.00
  • TV & Movie Tour
    USD $40.00

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What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

Accommodation

  • 13 nights twin-share hotel accommodation
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities
  • Local taxes & service charges

Team

An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team

Food

  • 18 meals: 11 breakfasts & 7 dinners

Inclusions

  • 1 World Heritage Site visited
  • See the French Quarter, Jackson Square & the French Market
  • See the Garden District Mansions
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Me Time

  • School of Cooking
  • Airboat Swamp Tour (seasonal)
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  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$173
  • You only need a US$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in installments, with Contiki Easy Pay

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