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We always provide comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere - think comfy, centrally located hotels and the best crew to travel with.
15 included Meals
10 Breakfast, 5 Dinner
We'll get 15 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 cuisine. You'll taste it all - from greasy burgers to gourmet fare.
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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.
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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.
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The coolest thing about travelling with Contiki is that we include a lot of extras while you're exploring. We'll show you the vibrant nightlife of Bourbon Street in New Orleans and you'll get a full view the White House in Washington DC. There's plenty to do in the Land of the Free.
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"If I got to choose a coast I choose East." Ah, the wise words of Notorious B.I.G. still ring in our ears. Here on the east you'll get to experience all things all American, exploring art deco architecture in Miami, going to the grave of J.F.K., swimming in world topping beaches & finally landing in the epicentre of the world. 
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Panama City Beach
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St Augustine
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DAY 1 - Arrive New Orleans
New Orleans
Welcome to the first day of what might just be the best two weeks of your life. It's time to fully immerse yourself in  New Orleans with a whole day to yourself. Start out at Cafe Du Monde for a tasty beignet, and pick up some treasures at the French Market. This diverse city has so much going on; visit the Garden District, spend a few hours in the soul kitchens and jazz clubs of the French Quarter or even hang out in Jackson Square with the musicians, artists and fortunetellers. There's a cooking school on offer for those keen to whip up some Gumbo, jambalaya and creole creations.
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School of Cooking
USD $30.00
DAY 2 - New Orleans to Panama City Beach via Mobile
New Orleans

There's some coach relaxation time today, which means we're on the road again. We will be travelling though Southern Mississippi and onto Panama City Beach. Hello coastal views...

Mobile
Panama City Beach

Arriving in to the heat of Florida today we soak up some sun with an overnight stop at one of "The World's Most Beautiful Beaches" - Panama City Beach, testing out the hype with a dip in the clear blue waters.

DAY 3 - Panama City Beach to Orlando
Panama City Beach

With its white sand and aqua blue water, this beach is popular all year round with just about everyone from families to spring breakers. But all good things must come to an end, so onwards we go.

Orlando

Orlando was once a farming town but has since undergone a transformation into the most visited place in Florida. It is now home to the happiest place on earth, Disney World. Walt Disney’s imagination was instrumental in turning this place into the fun, fantasy and amusement-loving spot that it is today. Savvy shoppers, this place has many an outlet mall just waiting for you to flex your credit card in - think rock-bottom prices on Nike, Ray-Ban, Lululemon and more - so prepare to do some serious bank balance damage.

DAY 4 - Orlando
Orlando

How you spend today is entirely up to you. Will you be downing butterbeer in the Three Broomsticks at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Straining your vocal chords on slides with gradients that shouldn't be legal at a water park? Or cuddling up to childhood friends like Minnie and Mickey at one of Disney World's four parks? Whatever your choice, it's sure to be a ripper of a day, and seeing as most parks also offer themed bars and clubs, it techically doesn't have to end.

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Universal Studios
USD $179.00
DAY 5 - Orlando to Miami
Orlando

We’ll bid adieu to the happy times had in Orlando with many fun memories and Mickey Mouse memorabilia as we move onto the sweet, sweet heat of marvellous Miami.

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Cuban feast
See Downtown Miami
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Thriller speed boat ride
USD $33.00
Miami Party Cruise
USD $60.00
Miami

Hot, loud and fabulously flashy, Miami will knock your socks off. This character driven place has so many diverse neighbourhoods, each with their own unique culture. We'll cruise downtown, taking in the Miami Heat basketball arena and the outdoor shopping mecca, Bayside Marketplace.  Why not go a little Miami Vice on a Thriller speedboat tour of the bay? After experiencing a slice of the city's Cuban side with a mouthwatering dinner tonight (on us), take a stroll down the super cool South Beach and peruse the art deco buildings and bright neon lights, finishing up with a night of dancing amidst Miami's uber fun club scene. Want to make it a night to really remember? Opt for our boat party and cruise around Miami harbour, spending your evening like a celebrity.

DAY 6 - Miami
Miami

You’ll discover energetic Miami today with free time to do as you please. This urban tropical paradise is a fabulous place to people watch, so head down to Ocean Avenue and drink it all in. Swimming, bike riding tours or museum visits are also on the cards this afternoon. Little Havana is a must see with Cuban flavours to taste, dominoes to be played and salsa music to be danced to. Tonight, get into the nighttime vibes once again, because well, why not?

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Wander through vibrant Art Deco period architecture & party like a rockstar in a city famous for it's nightlife
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Bike tour of South Beach
USD $35.00
DAY 7 - Miami to Daytona Beach (Cocoa Beach From Apr 2019)
Miami

We'll be leaving Miami this morning, but Florida, we're not done with you yet...

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BBQ Dinner (From Apr 2019)
Daytona Beach or Cocoa Beach

It’s all about fast cars as we make our way to Daytona Beach (for departures from Apr 2019 you will visit Cocoa Beach), most well known as the NASCAR capital of America.

DAY 8 - Daytona Beach (Cocoa Beach From Apr 2019) to St Augustine via Kennedy Space Center
Daytona Beach or Cocoa Beach

This morning is dedicated to down time, either laying low on the beach or hitting the skies on a parasail, then we're back on the road.

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See the Castillo de San Marcos
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Parasailing
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Blast off at the Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center

Next up, you can opt to visit the Kennedy Space Centre, where we make contact with planets far, far away. Home to NASA, the space centre represents a very important part in intergalactic exploration history. Here you’ll see the space shuttle launch pad, the massive buildings that make up the centre, and all the astronaut gear you could dream of. 

St Augustine

We head though a wild life reserve and arrive in the picturesque city of St. Augustine, a true hidden gem in every sense of the word. This is America’s oldest inhabited city complete with cobblestone streets, quaint beaches and a lazy harbor port, and we'll start off with a walking tour to see it up close for ourselves. Spin back the clock a little more with a visit to the Spanish quarter, where you can romanticise about colourful courtyards and visit the 17th Century Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.

DAY 9 - St. Augustine to Savannah
St Augustine

Adios St. Augustine, it’s been real nice. But we must push on to freewheeling Savannah where the southern charm will certainly be turned on for you and your fellow globe roamers.

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Group Photo
USD $15.00
Savannah

Spared from the destruction of the Civil War, this stunning place still retains its original city squares and mansions, all in mint condition. You will have the chance to visit the beautiful Forsyth Park where oak trees covered in moss stand tall about the grounds, whist sub-tropical plants and flowers grow beneath. As the sun goes down, enjoy the nightlife this evening with a waterfront dining experience complete with the crew.

DAY 10 - Savanna to Raleigh via Charleston
Savannah
The southern hospitality is second to none in the delightful Savannah, and after a good rest and some great food its back aboard the coach (is it starting to feel like home yet?) where we travel to Charleston, SC before arriving at our home for the night, Raleigh, situated in the state of North Carolina.
Charleston
Charleston, the birthplace of the dance craze of the same name. Here, horse and carriages are the norm and the ‘low country’ favourite of shrimp and grits are menu regulars, which should be high priority on your agenda today. Learn some facts from our Local Guide, and visit a historical rice plantation. Later, more beautiful 17th Century buildings will excite the architecture enthusiasts as we stroll along stunning Church Street and the waterside promenade, visiting the 200 year old market.
Raleigh
We pull up the brakes for an over night stop in North Carolina's capital city of Raleigh. Get some good zzz's here before we head on tomorrow for a big day of travel and some more sight seeing.
DAY 11 - Raleigh to Washington DC via Richmond
Raleigh

This morning we leave Raleigh behind and cross over the border into Richmond for a fine slice of history. 

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See the White House, Capitol Building & Washington Monument
Evening Illuminations Tour
See the Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam, FDR & Korean Memorials
See the Pentagon
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Segway city tour
Richmond
Washington DC

Welcome to this mighty nation’s capital, world travellers. It is the very core of the USA’s political world and is packed full of museums, monuments and some of the most important history in the country. Enjoy an overview of presidential history at the Lincoln Memorial, famous for being the spot where Martin Luther King gave his ‘I have a dream’ speech. With our Trip Manager leading the charge, we'll cruise on the coach under the city's glow, stopping for photos and talks along the way at the most iconic monuments. 

DAYS 12-13 - Washington DC
Washington DC

With two full days to get around the capital, you’ll not only take in the political history of Washington D.C. including the Arlington Cemetery and JFK's grave, but you will also get to stop in some of the buzzing neighbourhoods around town. It’s a fascinating city with so much to see, but a stand out spot is Georgetown, D.C.’s oldest area, where you’ll find hip galleries, boutiques and oodles of different cuisines. Later on, grab a drink and settle into one of many laid-back lounge bars in the trendy district of Adams-Morgan.

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
Visit the Smithsonian Museums of Natural History, Air & Space and American History
Visit John F. Kennedy's Grave & the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery; See the Changing of the Guard
DAY 14 - Washington to New York
Washington DC

Leaving the capital in our wake, we continue on the road to NYC, stopping off for a visit in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia

Wassup Philly! Here we'll check out Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and you’ll see the historic Liberty Bell – Philadelphia’s main landmark - that weighs in at a whopping 2080lb (944kg). Make sure you save room for the local specialty - Philly cheese steak - before channelling Rocky on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Get some rest on the coach this afternoon, NYC is calling...

New York City

Start spreading the news, we're leaving today, to be a part of it in old New York. That's right ladies and gents, your trips comes to an end today so say adios to your Trip Manager and all your new pals. Time to start planning your next holiday, eh! Reunion in Europe perhaps?

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I think the included meals need work and some more inclusion activities would be great
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Jessica Nicholls
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A once in a lifetime, life changing experience.
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Prateek Grover
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The included breakfasts were disappointing. Many hotels had only one or two options for breakfast. Also, I would have liked to know that most people on the Contiki were a part of the greater 'Grand Southern' tour. I was highly sad to leave them half way through the trip (would have booked the longer one if I knew most were doing that).
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I enjoyed seeing the many locations around the east coast of the United States, however, I would have liked the different stops to be a bit more refined and balanced with an extra day spent in Miami and less time in smaller cities like Daytona and St. Augustine. I would of liked to join in on the nightlife with the rest of the group, however i was under 21 which made it difficult to participate in any activities in the evening. Could have been a bit more inclusive if this was addressed but not the end of the world. I noticed that sickness was also spreading on the bus, but that is just the nature of Contiki and travelling with others, its bound to happen. But the surfaces and air in the bus should have been disinfected every day which was not the case and didn't help with everyone not being able to shake off the cough and cold. The accommodation quality varied dramatically between locations, I think some of the places we stayed at were definitely subpar and out too far from the main areas in the cities. On the other hand, accommodation in places like Miami and New Oreleans was exactly the quality I was expecting or exceeded. Overall I really felt the other travellers and the destinations made the trip exciting and fun, however there were issues that can be addressed to make the experience better and more inline with the cost of the trip itself.
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Adam Sass
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Awesome sore heaps of America and learnt a lot from host james
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The places we went were amazing but could have stayed more than 12 hours at half of them.
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Simon Pears
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Great value, Incredible trip and a once in a lifetime experience. I am so happy I chose to do this trip, I will never forget it.
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It was awesome experience
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The trip was amazing and the cities were great. I love the layout of the tour and the activities
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Sarah Brundritt
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Incredible experience, with so many things to do and see!
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I loved going to Orlando and would go back again.
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It was overall good! I do think some of the food was terrible, for example the dinner in Miami, we had to wait an hour to get food, we only got served at 9pm, when we did finally get served, we were the last table to go out and there was almost no food left, so we were left hungry!
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Ryan Muldrew
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Great tour guide! (Natalie Sokol)
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Great times were had by all
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David Chalmers
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Good value for money would do again
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Natasha Radjabi
Traveled Mar 2018
Hotels were nice, the included activities were good but there could have been more included activities instead of optionals for the price you pay. I'd rather stay with the group in a nice hostel and have more included experiences, than continuously pay for added extras.
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Lauren Burn
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Best trip ever! Got a taste tester for many states and cities
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Ryan Petherick
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Being a party animal and a bit older the 7 am starts and a fair few one night stays were at time challenging.
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