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Grand Northern

(Until March 2020)

4.8
45 reviews
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The one that takes you on an adventure through 20 states & 2 stunning Canadian provinces

Duration
26 Days
Places
25 places

Visiting New York City, Boston, Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Cleveland, Chicago, Madison, Sioux Falls, Mt. Rushmore, Cody, Teton Valley, Salt Lake City, Grand Canyon, Kanab, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Rockport, Niagara Falls, Milwaukee, Badlands National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Mojave Desert

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

Discoverer

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style

Coach

Highlights

  • See Boston Common, Quincy Marketplace, Faneuil Hall & the original Cheers Bar
  • Visit New Haven home to the Yale University
  • Walk the historic Freedom Trail
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

25 nights accommodation

25 nights in Hotel

We always provide comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere - think comfy, centrally located hotels and the best crew to travel with.

27 Meals

10 Dinner, 17 Breakfast

We'll get 27 of your meals and you get the rest. You can refuel over breakfast and grab some authentic North American dinners from us but you'll also get an opportunity to sample some of the best gourmet fare, both in Canada and the US.

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.

Experiences

39 included, 19 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Get acquainted with the lovable country of Canada, visiting hotspots like Quebec City, Toronto and Niagara Falls
- Stop in the beer hub of the USA, taking a brewery tour in famed Milwaukee
- Visit Mt. Rushmore and take in the incredible monument of the 18 metre tall carvings of past presidents
- Get panoramic views of the mind-blowing Grand Canyon, journeying to the pristine North Rim to dodge the crowds
- Tap into the debauchery of Las Vegas with a party bus tour, laser light shows and plenty of casino time
- Take a peek at the authentic American culture of the north, exploring locations like Chicago, Salt Lake City and Madison

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
Just think, there are some poor unfortunate souls that have to fly from New York to LA, trapped above the clouds while we're down here seeing every damn thing this country has on offer. Niagara Falls, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, deep dish pizza in Chicago, farmlands of the Midwest. You guys, the grass is very green down here.

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Grand Northern (Until March 2020)

39 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Boston Common, Quincy Marketplace, Faneuil Hall & the original Cheers Bar
  • Visit New Haven home to the Yale University
  • Walk the historic Freedom Trail
  • Scenic drive through Maine's wilderness
  • Cross the Canadian Border/Arrive in Quebec
  • Explore the only walled city in North America
  • Stroll the streets on a walking tour
  • Visit Old town Montreal the Old Port and Mount Royal Montreals largest park
  • See St. Joseph's oratory
  • See the unique Olympic Stadium
  • See CN Tower, Rogers Centre, eclectic shops on Yonge Street & the University of Toronto
  • Feel the spray as you cruise to the base of the incredible Niagara Falls
  • See Niagara Falls
  • Visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • See Soldier Field home to "The Bears" American Football
  • See U.S. cellular, Field home to the Chicago White Sox baseball club
  • See Lake Michigan, Buckingham Fountain, the Navy Pier & Chicago River
  • See the Hancock Building, Willis Tower & the Magnificent Mile
  • Ciao Bella! Go local at a pizza dinner in Chicago
  • Drive through the American Midwest's beautiful farmlands
  • Enjoy an evening in Madison, home to the University of Wisconsin
  • Tour a Brewery
  • See the fascinating lunar landscape with its colourful buttes, pinnacles & spires
  • Visit the Spam Museum
  • Explore Custer State Park
  • Visit Mt. Rushmore
  • Discover a Native American legend at the Crazy Horse Memorial
  • See the Incredible wildlife in Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Visit Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Visit a panoramic viewpoint for photos
  • Capture some incredible photos with a visit to a panoramic viewpoint
  • Evening tour of the famous Vegas 'Strip'
  • Visit Fremont Street for the light-and-laser show
  • See the gigantic red and white stone formations of West Temple and Watchman
  • See the soaring cliffs sculptured canyons and dramatic landscapes
  • Go wild in Vegas with a Party Bus
  • Cross the Mojave Desert
  • See the famous Joshua Trees

19 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Trolley Tour USD $36.00
  • Urban Bike Adventure USD $41.00
  • Jet Boat Ride USD $49.00
  • Second City Improv Show USD $53.00
  • Helicopter Flight USD $95.00
  • Rogers Centre
  • CN Tower USD $27.00
  • Steam Whistle Brewery Tour USD $8.00
  • Architectural Cruise USD $32.00
  • Bike and Roll Chicago (seasonal) USD $35.00
  • Mount Rushmore Group Photo
  • Jeep safari
  • Horseback Ride
  • Cody Rodeo USD $19.00
  • Whitewater Rafting Seasonal US$66
  • VIP club entry
  • Cirque du’ Soleil show USD $87.00
  • High Roller Anytime USD $32.00
  • Helicopter Flight - Grand Celebration USD $380.00

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
New York City
2
2 nights
Boston
2
2 nights
Quebec City
2
2 nights
Montreal
via
via
Rockport
2
2 nights
Toronto
via
via
Niagara Falls
1
1 night
Toronto
1
1 night
Cleveland
2
2 nights
Chicago
via
via
Milwaukee
1
1 night
Madison
1
1 night
Sioux Falls
via
via
Badlands National Park
2
2 nights
Mt. Rushmore
2
2 nights
Cody
via
via
Yellowstone National Park
via
via
Yellowstone National Park
1
1 night
Teton Valley
1
1 night
Salt Lake City
via
via
Bryce Canyon National Park
1
1 night
Kanab
1
1 night
Grand Canyon
via
via
Zion National Park
3
3 nights
Las Vegas
via
via
Mojave Desert
Los Angeles
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain American trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

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
 
Tipping is customary in North America. It is an accepted practice in all areas of the service industry, & particularly in restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis. It’s common practice to tip if you feel that the service provided has been excellent.
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.

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