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California Highlights

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6 nights accommodation
6 nights in Hotel
We always provide comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere - think comfy, centrally located twin share rooms and the best crew to travel with. You'll enjoy some of our favourite Californian hotels, including the Lake Tahoe Boutique Hotel.
5 included Meals
2 Dinner, 3 Breakfast
We'll get 5 of your meals and you get the rest. You can refuel over breakfast and grab some authentic American dinners from us but you'll also get an opportunity to sample some of this country's best feeds.
Team
Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
Transport
All transport included during the trip
Included in your trip is transport on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.
Your group
Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
Experiences
5 included, 9 optional that you can add
You'll enjoy the comfort of a Limo style party bus in a Las Vegas, shredding the powder at Lake Tahoe ski resort and getting down with the hippie vibes in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. California Highlights is sure to blow your mind.
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Heya West Coast wanderer, wait 'til you see the treats we have in store for you. We'll be immersed in cool California vibes after a stint in Nevada's wild Vegas. We'll hit the slopes in Lake Tahoe, people watch from coffee shops in San Fran & get a make new friends. 7-days abroad never looked so good.
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DAY 1 - Arrive Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Welcome to Vegas, baby! You have today all to yourself but you’ll need to run to a tight schedule to fit in all of Vegas' weird and wonderful charms. Travel the world in a day, taking in the famous Bellagio fountain, a Venetian gondola and even an Egyptian pyramid, all whilst staying firmly within the city's realm. Feeling romantic? Stop by and see one of the many Elvis impersonators for a shotgun wedding ceremony, and maybe even get hitched yourself...(joking). Tonight live like a baller while you cruise along the 'Strip' in a party bus and don't stress, the bills on us. Later, you’ll witness the 24-hour party scene first hand when you head out for a night with the crew.
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Go wild in Vegas with a Party Bus
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Cirque du’ Soleil show
USD $87.00
VIP club entry
High Roller Anytime
USD $32.00
Speed Vegas Racing Experience
$117-416.00
DAY 2 - Las Vegas to Lake Tahoe via Mojave and Sierra Nevada
Las Vegas

From the ridiculously flashy Vegas ‘Strip’ to the outdoor capital of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this change of scenery will bring you and the crew back to nature again.

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Sierra Nevada
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DAY 3 - Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe
 Morning snow angels! It's time to hit the slopes! Whether you're a beginner bound for the bunny hill or a pro who owns the terrain park, Tahoe offers things to do both on and off the slope. Beginners can get a ski or board lesson with one of the expert instructors, or those with a bit more experience can get straight out there. Not keen on getting up on the slopes? Take the lift or gondola and enjoy the views over the lake, taking a few selfies for good measure. This lakeside spot is nestled between the Sierra Nevada mountains, and a good way to relax after the bright lights and big city vibes of Vegas. 
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
1 Day Lift Ticket - Heavenly
USD $95.00 *subject to change
2 Day Lift Ticket - Heavenly
USD $185.00 *subject to change
DAY 4 - Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe
Hit the slopes of Heavenly to get your snow fix.  Our jump on a snowmobile and get into the back-country.  Back at the lodge, you could relax, grab a hot chocolate and breathe in the mountain air. 
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Snowmobiling
Single - USD $110.00, Double - USD $75.00
DAY 5 - Lake Tahoe to San Francisco via Old Town Sacramento
Lake Tahoe
We dust the snow off our boots this morning and make way to the city for the final leg of the adventure. Bye bye mountain air, it's been real. 
Colourful characters, freethinkers, and artists have all descended upon San Francisco to make this place an historically eclectic place. Via Oakland and the Sacramento Valley, we to descend upon the treasure of beatnik culture, cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge. 
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Visit Fisherman's Wharf
Cross the Golden Gate Bridge
See North Beach, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury & the city's iconic cable cars
Chinatown Dinner
Old Town Sacramento
On our drive, we'll roll back the clock at Old Town Sacramento. Re-fuel on some lunch (your Trip Manager will give you a local recommendation) then we're back on the road towards tonight's stop.
San Francisco
Colourful characters, freethinkers, and artists have all descended upon San Francisco to make this place an historically eclectic place. Via Oakland and the San Joaquin Valley, we to descend upon the treasure of beatnik culture, cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge.
DAY 6 - San Francisco
San Francisco
Now that you have the city sussed you can dive a little deeper and tap into what you didn't tick off yesterday with a full free day to do your thing, with a bike tour thrown in for good measure. On two wheels, we'll cross the Golden Gate Bridge, go past Fisherman's Wharf and Crissy Field - some say the bridge shows off some of her best angles from this spot, and with us you'll get right there. See the sea lions of Pier 39, grab a chowder bowl, an Irish coffee at Buena Vista cafe in your free time, kick it in Chinatown or take a ferry ride across San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz. As the old saying goes 'I left my heart in San Francisco' will ring true as you prepare to depart tomorrow. But first, the home of chowder bowls - yet another tick box as you sink into fresh clam chowder and soft sourdough bread bowls. Prepare for a collective mmmm. When night falls, we'll head to Chinatown for a tour and slurp on noodles, egg rolls and dumplings. 
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
San Francisco Bike Tour
USD $47.00
California Academy of Sciences
USD $29.00
DAY 7 - Depart San Francisco
San Francisco
This morning the tour ends and it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends.
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Ryan Johnson
Traveled Jan 2019
Better breakfasts were needed and more nights out as well as included activities.
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Anonymous
Traveled Dec 2018
I put all the comments in the earlier question
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Jesse Emery
Traveled Nov 2018
A lot of errors on contiki’s behalf cause a lot of stress and anxiety for me
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Emily Rajic
Traveled Nov 2018
We saw many sites that I wouldn’t have been able to see myself or missed out on seeing on my own travels
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Anonymous
Traveled Nov 2018
Joined the LA to the bay group in Vegas which made it hard to make friends since they already knew each other for a week
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John Kaczkowski
Traveled Nov 2018
Had a blast but would have liked to spend an extra day in Bass Lake
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Anonymous
Traveled Oct 2018
Joined halfway through western explorer - this means you are not part of the group.
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Anonymous
Traveled Sep 2018
I wish I could spend two nights as a group in Vegas otherwise all other destinations were full of joy, fun and comforts!
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Christa Buscemi
Traveled Aug 2018
The tour was great but I thought that I paid a lot of money for this tour but we didn’t get very much included such as meals and added activteies. We only saw 3 different places and almost had too much free time. That was a little bit disappointing.
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Kirstin Seebach
Traveled Mar 2018
Worth the money to have everything organized for you... wish the breakfasts had more to offer though
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Anonymous
Traveled Jan 2018
Not the best route, felt rushed, not enough time in Vegas, tour guide could have been better
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Anonymous
Traveled Jan 2018
I feel that I was mislead. We thought we were booking a tour that we would be on from beginning to end, instead we joined another tour that had already started 5 days prior. Had we known we were being tacked on to an existing tour we would not have chosen this.
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Anonymous
Traveled Jan 2018
The trip itself was pretty amazing, however our small contiki group joined 2 tours who had both been travelling together for some time already. Because we joined in the very last week it was easy to feel alienated from the others as they had already had plenty of time to form friendships and bonds. The trip manager went above and beyond and the places we saw were fantastic, the social side of this holiday was a big let down for a solo traveller like myself.
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Nicholas Radcliffe
Traveled Nov 2017
Awesome trip. it was well planned and done good. Only notes about the trip was I didn't know my group would be merged with western Highlights and La to the bay.
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Alanna Vial
Traveled Nov 2017
Excellent value for money
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Anonymous
Traveled Nov 2017
It wasn't the best tour to pick. We started on the previous tour's last night in Vegas then the next day you're straight on a bus for 8 hrs, didn't really have time to look around in Bass Lake and then your last days in San Fran are free time. A trip I could have done on my own. The hotel in San Fran was terrible being on the worst street in the city with people shooting up drugs - did not feel safe and did not add to my experience. Only plus was Yosemite and getting to meet some nice people.
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Mariam Aly
Traveled Nov 2017
I thought inclusions would be more of a valuable experience. In san fran one day it was just a walking tour to china town + dinner. The other a day just a continental breakfast and the rest of the day is free time. Also, I was starting my trip where I found out that we were merged with a 40 people group who had already started 1 week before and bonded together and were already at the end of their trip. The california highlights people (7 people we felt lost in the middle)
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Richard Oliver
Traveled Oct 2017
Great value for money the optional extras are definitely worth the extra expense.
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Jack Williams
Traveled Sep 2017
As I explained before joining an ongoing contiki found it hard to make solid friend ships
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Anonymous
Traveled Sep 2017
Amazing trip. Wonderful tour leader and bus driver
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