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Eastern Discovery

(Start New Orleans - Apr 2020 - Feb 2021)

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The one that exposes you to east coast’s delights, kicking off in alluring New Orleans

Travel Style

Discoverer

Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    14 days

  • Places

    11 places

  • Meals

    12 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

New Orleans, Panama City Beach, Orlando, Miami, St Augustine, Savannah, Asheville, Richmond, Washington DC, New York City, Mobile

Eastern Discovery (Start New Orleans - Apr 2020 - Feb 2021)

10 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See the famous Art Deco architecture
  • Check out Wynwood Walls and Little Havana
  • Cuban dinner
  • See the Castillo de San Marcos
  • See the historic city squares, homes & gardens made famous by the film 'Forrest Gump'
  • Asheville Food Tour
  • See the Pentagon
  • See the White House, Capitol Building & Washington Monument
  • See the Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam, FDR & Korean Memorials
  • Evening Illuminations Tour

7 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • School of Cooking USD $30.00
  • Universal Studios USD $179.00
  • Thriller speed boat ride in Miami USD $33.00
  • Bike tour of South Beach USD $35.00
  • Clear water kayaking
  • Learn how to salsa dance in Miami
  • See the Biltmore Estate

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 13 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    13 nights in Hotel

About this trip

This trip is for anyone who has the words of Biggie ringing in their ears: "If I got to choose a coast I choose East."  Here on the East Coast you'll get to experience all things all-American, exploring art deco architecture in sun-kissed Miami and quaint mountain vistas in Asheville, relaxing on world topping beaches & finally landing in the political epicentre of the world.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    New Orleans

  2. via via

    Mobile

  3. 1 1 night

    Panama City Beach

  4. 2 2 nights

    Orlando

  5. 2 2 nights

    Miami

  6. 1 1 night

    St Augustine

  7. 1 1 night

    Savannah

  8. 2 2 nights

    Asheville

  9. 1 1 night

    Richmond

  10. 2 2 nights

    Washington DC

  11. New York City

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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.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • 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.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • 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.

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.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the famous Art Deco architecture

  • Check out Wynwood Walls and Little Havana

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Thriller speed boat ride in Miami

    USD $33.00

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?

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Cuban dinner

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Bike tour of South Beach

    USD $35.00

  • Clear water kayaking

  • Learn how to salsa dance in Miami

DAY 7 - Miami to St Augustine

Miami

Today we leave the glitz of Miami behind & head north...

St Augustine

...to the quaint beaches & quiet allure of America's oldest inhabited city. As romantic as it is charming, we'll head across the cobblestone streets of St Augustine to the Old Spanish Quarter, and visit the iconic Castillo de San Marcos, a 300 year old fortress.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Castillo de San Marcos

DAY 8 - St Augustine to Savannah

St Augustine

This morning we leave St. Augustine for Savannah, an other historic charming city.

Savannah

Oak trees & tropical plants line the landscape here, as we head to the riverfront to enjoy the nightlife. We'll soak it all in, including River Street and the City Market.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the historic city squares, homes & gardens made famous by the film 'Forrest Gump'

DAY 9 - Savannah to Asheville

Savannah

Savannah, you've been good to us, but North Carolina beckons.

Asheville

We leave the coast behind and head to the hip mountain town of Asheville, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Known for its vibrant arts scene, foodie culture and historic architecture we have two days to explore. Today we'll cruise through the Blue Ridge Mountains, check out the downtown, the Montford District and the Thomas Wolfe district and more.

DAY 10 - Asheville

Asheville

Today we'll take a delectable foodie tour of Asheville, home to a rich culinary scene and heaps of breweries. After that, the day is all yours to explore the beauty of Asheville. Opt for an Electric Bike Tour, hop aboard some segways or even a paddleboard down the French Broad River.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Asheville Food Tour

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • See the Biltmore Estate

DAY 11 - Asheville to Richmond

Asheville

Leaving the mountains behind, we're off to Richmond aka RVA

Richmond

Capital of the commonwealth of Virginia & home to the iconic University of Virginia Richmond is one of America's quintessential college towns - all pretty brick row houses, a buzzing street art scene and nitro-fuelled nightlife. We'll spend the day sightseeing, checking out the State Capital, historic Monument Avenue and the Poe museum, before hitting the town if you're in the mood.

DAY 12 - Richmond to Washington DC

Richmond

Leaving Richmond behind, it’s a short drive to the Nation’s capital.

Washington DC

 Jam-packed with museums & monuments, we'll all but conquer the galleries, tasty eats & historical sites that frame this amazing city, starting with the Arlington Cemetery and Washington Mall.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Pentagon

  • See the White House, Capitol Building & Washington Monument

  • See the Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam, FDR & Korean Memorials

  • Evening Illuminations Tour

DAY 13 - Washington DC

Washington DC

Today we'll get stuck into DC, visiting the world famous Smithsonian museums and soaking up a fascinating all-American story.

DAY 14 - Washington to New York

Washington DC

We don't know what's more exciting: the two days we just spent in D.C or the fact that The Big Apple lies ahead.

New York City

Paying a visit to Philadelphia for some irresistible cheese-steak sandwiches, we'll wrap up this epic tour in stylish New York. Want to spend more time NYC? Why not jump on our New York Explorer trip?

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What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter the USA and Canada on your trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. You can find more info at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa and other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs and quarantine regulations) do change regularly.

Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry and deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they only intend to stay for a short period. Important to consider:

• Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged
• Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of
your trip and will result in you incurring considerable expense and
inconvenience
• It is better for you to apply for all visas before you leave home
• It is essential that the entry and exit dates are correct on the visa

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our American trips you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73 x 50 x 25 cm (or 29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20 kg (44 lbs) & one piece of hand luggage.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. Their passion for getting you in the know on every single detail of America is what makes our travellers walk away from their experience knowing that they made every moment count. Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in North America. They know their way around like the back of their hands & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a bottle of water
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
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The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around US$3 per person per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

We love WiFi, and keeping your accounts updated as you travel is key! The hotels all have WiFi where you can access your email to let your friends & family know you have arrived safely in Los Angeles, or email after your trip with all your stories.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. In the USA & Canada we have programmes such as our Wheels For Change program, FareStart’s flagship restaurant in Seattle, and the Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot in Toronto. To find out more about our conscious travel experiences in North America, visit Contiki.com/about/contikicares.