Northern Adventure (Until Oct 2016)

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You will visit: Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Nevada & California

True to its name, escape for 2 weeks to some of the USA’s hottest destinations & experience what this amazing country has to offer. Start in Chicago & roll through America’s Midwest on your way to Sioux Falls. Salute Presidents past at Mt Rushmore, buckle up for a rodeo in Cody, then get back to nature on a hike through a National Park. Take it up a notch at the end as you rub shoulders with Vegas' high rollers & spot an Elvis or two! This tour really is a unique mix of things to see & do in the good ol’ USofA.

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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 Chicago to Madison

Meet up with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager in happening Chicago before we continue on into the USA’s heartland and across the plains of Wisconsin.

Next stop: Milwaukee. It’s home to the nation’s largest beer brewers and to Harley-Davidson. Learn about the city’s famous brew in a behind the scenes look with our Local Guide at the Miller Brewery.

Later, we pull into Madison, a friendly college town. If you’re up for a night out, grab a few buddies and hang out among the lively student population on State Street, where there’s a choice of taverns, local specialty breweries, comedy clubs and bars.

Day 1: Hotel Dinner

  • Visit Miller Brewing Company, home to the nation's largest beer brewer
  • Enjoy an evening in Madison, home to the University of Wisconsin
2 Madison to Sioux Falls

Cross the Midwest and pretty Minnesota farmlands before hitting the wild and stunning state of South Dakota.

We travel across the county’s biggest prairies and enter a region once dominated by the Sioux Tribes – the only Native American Nation to defeat the US army.

Arrive in Sioux Falls and get the background behind the city’s name with a visit to Falls Park, where many tribes originally established their homes.

Day 2: Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

  • Visit Falls Park and the waterfall that gave the town its name
3 Sioux Falls to Mt. Rushmore

Watch the amazing natural sites of South Dakota go by as we journey through Badlands National Park, past a surreal, lunar landscape of rugged-edged cliffs, sharp spires and crevices. With a stop here there’s time to walk the easy-going Fossil trail, take it all in and see fossils found within the park that are on display.

Day 3: Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

  • See the fascinating lunar landscape with its colourful buttes, pinnacles & spires
  • Walk the Fossil Trail
4 Mt. Rushmore

Today is all about South Dakota’s Black Hills – sacred land to the Sioux and patriotic hot spot for Americans.

We visit iconic Mt Rushmore and see the 18 m (60ft) stony faces of four former US presidents. It took over 14 years to carve Jefferson, Lincoln, Washington and Roosevelt into the rock.

You’ll be blown away by the massive monument of the famous Sioux warrior, Crazy Horse. Standing at 563 feet tall and carved out of rock, this work in progress is amazing. Get a crash course in heroism and learn how he led the Sioux tribes to victory at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Get ready for Custer State Park famous for its bison herds, other wildlife, scenic drives. Take a jeep ride through the park and maybe catch sight of the wildlife, hike a trail or simply relax at its historic lodge and take in the beauty of the area. xxx

Day 4: Hotel Breakfast

  • Discover a Native American legend at the Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Jeep Ride
    USD $54.00
5 Mt. Rushmore to Cody

Cut into Wyoming’s cowboy country and travel across historic routes that the legendary Pony Express (postal service on horseback) used to follow and see where the pioneers lived. Stop off at the Devil’s Tower, a massive natural monument formed by volcanic activity.

Then it’s on to Cody. With pick-up trucks, dusty streets, lots of cattle and legendary beginnings, this ‘rodeo capital of the world’ still has its Wild West charm.

Use your free time to check out Cody’s Historic Trail Town and get the low down on the cowboys who used to hang out in the local saloons, like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or see the Irma Hotel Bar, an expensive gift from Queen Victoria to Buffalo Bill Cody, the town’s namesake.

Otherwise, if the season’s right, you’ve got a chance to experience an authentic rodeo and see some of professional cowboys at work in a fun night time optional.

Day 5: Hotel Breakfast

  • Discover a Native American legend at the Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Cody Rodeo
    USD $18.00
6 Yellowstone

Today we’re up for some of the USA’s most awe-inspiring scenery as we head to Yellowstone, the world’s first national park. The result of a massive volcanic eruption, the park is a breathtaking spectacle of nature. Tonight we head back to Cody.

Day 6: Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

  • See the famous 'Old Faithful' geyser
  • Catch a glimpse of buffalo, elk and possibly bears
  • See Yellowstones' stunning lake & some of its almost 300 waterfalls
7 Cody to Jackson Hole

Explore the crown jewel of America's national parks. It's a masterpiece of wilderness, wildlife & natural wonders. Set you sights on the towering spires of the Teton Range & arrive in the chic, yet western-styled ski & boarding town, Jackson Hole.

Day 7: Hotel

  • Group Photo
    US$15.00
8 Jackson Hole to Park City

ake in the views through Idaho before arriving in the mountain town of Park City. Although it’s famous for its skiing & the Sundance Film festival, Park City is definitely a summer playground as well

Day 8: Hotel Breakfast

  • Whitewater Rafting (Seasonal)
    USD $66.00
9 Park City to Kanab via Bryce Canyon National Park

Get active & hike among the richly coloured rock formations of Bryce Canyon
National Park on the road from Park City to Kanab

Day 9: Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

  • Hike one of the trails into the canyon & enjoy the dazzling colours
  • See the bizarre shaped canyons & spires called "hoodoos"
10 Grand Canyon National Park

Today, we discover the mind-blowing landscape of the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s most recognizable natural wonders and pride of Arizona.

A day here means time to take in the immensity and spine-tingling beauty of the scene-stealing canyon – you won’t be able to stop looking at it!

Hike along the rim for full-blown vistas of the dramatic scenery. See some of the oldest exposed rocks on earth, take in the depths of the abyss and soak up the wildness of the area. There are trails for all levels of hiking, so take it up a notch or cruise along at your own pace.

Day 10: Hotel Breakfast

11 Kanab to Las Vegas via Zion National Park

It’s a change of scene today when we cut back into Utah and visit Zion National Park – with loads of greenery, waterfalls and colorful cliffs, it’s a far cry from the dry parks and rock formations we’ve seen so far. Your Tour Manager will point out the park’s landmarks, including the Watchman and the West Temple.

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.

Then cruise downtown to Freemont Street and experience a slice of the spectacular at a light and laser show in a massive pedestrian mall.

Day 11: Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

  • See the gigantic red & white stone formations of West Temple & Watchman
  • See the soaring cliffs, sculptured canyons, and dramatic landscapes
  • Live it up Vegas-style with a limo ride & champagne
  • Evening tour of the famous Vegas 'Strip'
  • Visit Fremont Street
12-13 Las Vegas

With a free day, 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, sit yourself down at a blackjack table and watch the high-rollers or go for a ride at one of the casino’s theme-parks. If you work up an appetite, tuck into an all you can eat buffet, and lunch American style.

For something different, discover Las Vegas’ trademark art 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.

Tonight, get some pointers on Las Vegas’ hot spots from your Tour Manager and make the most of this towns’ 24/7 action with some of your new friends.

Day 12: Hotel Breakfast
Day 13: Hotel

  • Experience some of the world's largest hotels & casinos
  • Non-stop nightlife
  • Live it up Vegas-style with a limo ride & champagne
  • Group Photo
    USD $16.00
  • V Theater
    USD $54.00
  • Helicopter Flight - Grand Celebration
    USD $340.00 (plus fuel surcharge)
14 Las Vegas to Los Angeles

Leaving behind Las Vegas, we journey through the vast Mojave Desert, with its iconic Joshua trees, into Southern California. Our tour ends once we arrive in Los Angeles, where it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends.

Day 14:

  • See the famous Joshua Trees

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What's Included

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

Accommodation

  • 13 nights accommodation: 13 nights in twin-share hotel
  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

Team

An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team

Food

  • 16 meals: 10 breakfasts & 6 dinners

Inclusions

  • 2 World Heritage Sites visited
  • Visit Miller Brewing Company, home to the nation's largest beer brewer
  • Enjoy an evening in Madison, home to the University of Wisconsin
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Me Time

  • Jeep Ride
  • Cody Rodeo
  • Group Photo
  • Whitewater Rafting (Seasonal)
  • Group Photo
  • V Theater
  • Helicopter Flight - Grand Celebration
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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$146
  • 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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