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California, Arizona, Texas, Florida - plenty to see before we reach NYC! If you're hoping for authentic America, we'll drive through the Rocky Mountains, eat local dishes & visit Elvis' home of Graceland. After almost a month on tour y'all be feelin' right at home.

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  • AstroJoeUK
  • Booked from United Kingdom
  • Traveled July 2010
  • 27
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 1 Countries

Tour Review

A-MAZING! I would recommend this tour, and Contiki in general to anyone thinking of doing it. Even the things I was a little apprehensive or unsure about turned out to be a fantastic time; most enjoyable!

My Contiki was: Thrilling-Amazing-Worth doing

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21 July 2010 - 15 August 2010

  • JadeRenee94
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled August 2015
  • 21
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 1 Countries

The absolute best time of my life

I could go on and on and on about this trip because it really was the most incredible time in my life. But, honestly for anyone who is even mildly considering doing this tour - do it! I cannot give you my experiences but I can promise you it will be absolutely incredible. I went on my own and made lifelong friends that I'm already planning another trip with. From the moment you start this tour it's high intensity, lots of drinking, lots to take in and super fast paced - and that never stops. The entire time is crazy busy, crazy partying and crazy fun. Some of the destinations where you think you'll have a quiet night and just wash your hair are the nights that you end up naked in the ocean at 3am. I'm not by any means a big partier, but this trip brings the best out in you and I cannot emphasise that enough. My favourite places were Vegas and Miami - just for the atmosphere and weather, but absolutely everywhere was a new and exciting experience. I did the majority of the optionals and for the most part they were really awesome. And the accommodation is amazing (the Grand Canyon being the exception)! If you're lucky enough to get Harold (sexy Chocolate) as your driver and Serena as your Tour Manager, you'll have an absolutely amazing and hilarious time. For anyone who is like me and is reading reviews to work out whether or not you want to do the tour, DO IT. You will have #noregrets :) #ContikiSerena #RollOut

My Contiki was: Exceeded huge expectations-Best time of my life-SoManyRegretsWhileDrunk

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23 August 2015 - 17 September 2015

  • Trudi1301
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled June 2012
  • 31
  • Level 5 Traveller
  • 5 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

Grand southern June 2012

There were many highlights on this tour. Las Vegas was definitely a 24 hours a day city. A great way to start the tour. I felt No matter how many photos I took even from the helicopter there was no way of showing in a photo how big the canyon is. Dallas was the best for accommodation. Memphis was not to miss for Elvis and the Graceland tour. New Orleans was an interesting place to. My favorite was Miami. The optional thunder jet boat ride will definitely be a ride I will never forget.

My Contiki was: Nightlife-Music-History

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6 June 2012 - 1 July 2012

  • Lotte
  • Booked from New Zealand
  • Traveled May 2010
  • 23
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Tour Review

I had the time of my life!!!! Met new people and tried new things! If i could do it all again i would no question about it!

My Contiki was: Fun-Unforgettable-

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26 May 2010 - 20 June 2010

  • Lanz987
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled June 2014
  • 23
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 1 Countries

i want to do this tour again !!

words cannot describe how amazing this contiki tour was. I am so glad I travelled the states with contiki. everything was planned and thought out for me. all I did was rock up and they showed me all the great sights. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone and everyone.

My Contiki was: beautiful-amazing-well planned

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4 June 2014 - 29 June 2014

  • Philip Sherriff
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled April 2013
  • 29
  • Level 5 Traveller
  • 5 Contikis
  • 36 Countries

Great Tour

Had a great tour with a great group of party goers and the trip was made all the better with Jack Larsen as our Tour Manager!

My Contiki was: Epic-Awesome-Crazy

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3 April 2013 - 28 April 2013

  • Holly
  • Booked from United Kingdom
  • Traveled July 2014
  • 25
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Grand Southern USA

This is an amazing way to see so much in a short space of time. From biking around the Grand Canyon to pool parties in Vegas to boat rides in Miami, there was so much to see and do. The optionals were fantastic, great variety of activities. I went on my own and it was my first time travelling out of Europe but I met so many great people, there was a fantastic atmosphere between everyone. The accommodation was good, some lovely hotels and some basic but we were so busy that we hardly spent much time in the hotel rooms. Our tour manager and bus driver were amazing, they were always there to help, give advice and just have a chat. It takes the hassle out of planning and organising and allows you to make the most of travelling and having fun! I would highly recommend doing a contiki tour, it is one of the best things I've ever done. I'm doing another contiki next year in Australia!

My Contiki was: Amazing-Incredible-Unforgettable

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30 July 2014 - 24 August 2014

  • Lydia Lysaght
  • Booked from New Zealand
  • Traveled July 2014
  • 21
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

Best month of my life!

This trip was seriously great. We had an amazing tour guide and a great bunch of people on our tour, which I've learnt is very important. Loved the combination of big nights out in places like Vegas and Miami and the more relaxed places like the Grand Canyon.

My Contiki was: Epic-Party-Scenery

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13 July 2014 - 7 August 2014

  • Sarah
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled October 2014
  • 22
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Grand Southern Tour Sept/Oct 2014

What an amazing trip! I highly recommend everyone to do this trip. What an unbelievably great Contiki crew that I had to make my trip absolutely awesome. Rachel and Ricky were so helpful the whole trip AND after the trip. I had an absolute ball. #family #noregrets

My Contiki was: amazing-full on-mateship

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1 October 2014 - 27 October 2014

  • kate
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled June 2014
  • 25
  • Level 5 Traveller
  • 5 Contikis
  • 32 Countries

had a GRAND time :)

It's hard to put into words how amazing this trip was. There was countless moments when I felt like pinching myself because I didn't believe I was there. I really recommend this tour if you want to see a great snapshot of America. I would love to list all my favourite moments but I would be typing an absoltute novel. Big shoutout to my amazing tour manager, Jack Larsen and our driver Marcel "E" - who helped make the tour so incredible!

My Contiki was: --

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22 June 2014 - 17 July 2014

  • nicole.burgan
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled July 2013
  • 24
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Amazing

Trip of a life time

My Contiki was: --

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31 July 2013 - 25 August 2013

  • Pippa
  • Booked from New Zealand
  • Traveled December 2015
  • 33
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

Awwesomesauce

Trip was awesome!! The Grand Southern was a blast. It exceeded my expectations by so much. I had a great guide and bus driver (Sexy Chocolate). Our guide James was so knowledgeable about the history of the places we visited. He knew all the best place to eat and drink and made recommendations that were spot on, so we didn't waste our time trying to figure things out. Also he managed to score us a dinner reservation at the famous Mrs Wilkes Dinning Room in Savannah. Obama has eaten there. By far the best southern food I've ever had. If your tour guide can't get you in there, go and line up as soon as you get into Savannah, it'll be worth it. All the places we hit were fantastic. There wasn't a spot where I thought "Meh could have skipped this". If anything I'd wish we'd had longer in some places, especially the places we hit up for just one night. Great people on the tour. I was worried it'll just be a bunch of people looking to get drunk but it wasn't like that at all. I think when you spend that much money, people actually want to experience the trip and not just drink through it. At least that's what I found with my group. If you're on the fence about doing this trip...jump! Don't hesitate, you won't ever regret it.

My Contiki was: Over&Over-SexyChocolate-Hashtag!

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10 December 2015 - 4 January 2016

  • Tarajl93
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled January 2015
  • 21
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 1 Countries

The bomb :)

Awesome trip, very fast-moving and so much fun

My Contiki was: --

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8 January 2015 - 2 February 2015

  • Jelly_Bean
  • Booked from United Kingdom
  • Traveled July 2010
  • 28
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

Tour Review

The most fun I have ever had. Justin Camarda was an excellent tour manager, so relaxed. The best way to see so much in so little time!

My Contiki was: --

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21 July 2010 - 15 August 2010

  • megieb
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled September 2013
  • 21
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 1 Countries

AMAZING !!!!

I recently returned from my trip doing the Grand Southern (LA to NY) - this was honestly the best time of my life! It was my first time overseas, so I travelled with my sister and we had a blast! Of course we were nervous going but once we were there and met everyone on our bus we lost all our nerves. Our group became family. We were blessed to have such amazing people on our tour and a great tour guide Andy. Since we have been back everyone has organised multiple contiki catch ups and we are all heading to Brisbane for Australia Day next year together! I have definitely made friends for life. From the very start it was a lot of partying and socializing. There were always moments to wind down and catch up on sleep on the bus. I wouldn't recommend doing this tour if you are under 21 as it would be extremely difficult to watch the rest of the group go out almost every night and be stuck in the hotel room. I am happy to answer any specific questions if you would like more info. My advice is to JUST BOOK IT! You will have #noregrets :)

My Contiki was: Life Changing-Fun-Friendships

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4 September 2013 - 29 September 2013

  • Alice
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled November 2015
  • 23
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 1 Countries

Southern in November

So honesty. November 2015 was a VERY warm November for the USA, so while this is true for my time, it is probably not true for a usual November tour!!! The Grand Southern is a combination of two tours (LA-NOLA) Southern Adventure and (NOLA-NYC) Eastern Discovery. The first half of my trip is a fantastic mix of party, history and natural wonder. The second half is a lot more party. History and culture is more focused on DC on this half. My guide Rachael Bushner was freaking amazing! Info, playlists, local insights always on point. She made it a really fantastic trip. Really approachable. More than earned her tip! The driver, less amazing. This tour can be super fun. Relax and let everything else go. I held on to work pressures for a while, but after a while (particularly Vegas) you bond and end up with new friends. We missed seeing Little Rock, which left a bad taste in my mouth. But I still had a great time on tour. Weather: Pack layers. Admittedly it was super warm, so I only really needed them in Grand Canyon, DC and NYC, but have options. The canyon gets super cool, particularly at night. The Optionals: Group Photo: I like them, they are nice to look back on. Cirque Show: Worth it, seeing a show in Vegas is always different. High Roller Pass: The people on my trip that did it said it was great for views of the strip (better at night). Canyon Helicopter: No question, do it! I did the longer one, the shorter one apparently can be a little short. We went all the way over to the North Rim (far side). I am still in awe! Canyon Jeeping: My group went Jeeping around the canyon, a great way to cover a lot of ground and our guide was super knowledgeable and hilarious! Durango stuff: None was in season when we were there, and there is really nothing in Durango before noon. Ballooning: Couldn't operate, but I am told it is amazing. Cowboy Stadium Tour: I wouldn't do it again, but it was interesting. Their guides will spend a lot of time talking about tiles and the number of TV screens. It is more a funny story later thing, particularly if everyone is relaxed and having fun. Rock and Soul Museum: If you are hard core muso or enthusiast it is great, if you only do one in Memphis do Sun Studios. If doing both you will have virtually no free time in Memphis. Sun Studios: A bit of fun, but between this and Graceland most of your full day in Memphis is gone. I would go to the Lorraine Motel (Civil Rights Museum) instead of either. Taste of New Orleans: Not worth it. Pretty much everyone on my trip did it, but everyone on my table was disappointed. School of Cooking: Fun, but the class is with the general public. Also it is watching someone else cook, not cooking yourself, just a heads up, I misunderstood. Swamp Tour: Check if it is alligator season! The people on my tour saw some and had fun, but the warm weather really helped in that regard. Universal Studios: Fun day. A bit of something for everyone. Some demonstration shows, meet characters, rides, etc. I liked it. Choose LA or Orlando, not both! Party Cruise: Can be a bonding experience and a fun night. Drinks are super expensive in Miami, there are some included. I stayed at the hotel drinking on the roof top with some of the other travellers which was super fun too! Bike Tour: You don't have to be super fit, so it can be a great way to kick of your day. Speed boat: A bit of fun, seeing the homes of the rich and influential. Can also get you soaked! Parasailing: Didn't run. Speedway: If you are a serious rev-head it can be great, otherwise it is a long time at an empty race track. NYC Pass: Great. If you are doing NY Uncovered, it is included in that. Other NYC extras: Base on your own likes and dislikes. Note, they only run on certain days, so unless you are in NYC for over a week you can plan it, otherwise wait and see what is there on your days. Would I recommend anything? New Orleans, do a ghost tour. Dallas, go to the rodeo. Canyon, get up for the sunrise. Pack a sense of adventure!!!

My Contiki was: Culture-History-Fun

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5 November 2015 - 30 November 2015

  • Meg
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled January 2015
  • 18
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

No words,

My Contiki was: --

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8 January 2015 - 2 February 2015

  • Libby
  • Booked from New Zealand
  • Traveled June 2013
  • 21
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 1 Countries

A trip of a lifetime!!

I went on this trip by myself and before I had even got to LA I was already speaking with 15+ people who were also doing this trip. We had such a great group of people who all got along and it was our tour managers first trip by himself taking a group. There were big days and long nights out partying and sightseeing of course, but it evens itself out when you have long bus days so you can sleep it off! Never say no to anything because you will regret it. Met so many awesome people, and keep in contact with alot and planning future holidays together even. This really was a trip of a lifetime, there is so much to see and do in America, and travelling solo via Contiki is the best way. Hopefully one day I will do the Grand Northern and have the same experience. 26 days is the perfect amount of time. Don't think about it for too long, this is something you wont' regret!

My Contiki was: besttripever-hungover-greatpeople

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19 June 2013 - 14 July 2013

  • MarkDrever
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled September 2010
  • 23
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 1 Countries

Tour Review

My Contiki was: jagerbombs-gratuity-taxi!

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22 September 2010 - 17 October 2010

  • Sammieb389
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled August 2014
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 17 Countries

So many friends to sit with !

I went on this trip solo, and it was the best! Made so many friends , and had so many awesome experiences. They free pour in the USA so get ready to get really drunk, like white girl wasted , bed at 3 in the morning and up at 7 for bags to coach ! Like your sleep? We'll Soz you won't be getting much, but it's totally worth it, you don't want to miss out. You get to see so many things and visit so many places that I can't even remember them all. Make sure you do Grand Canyon helicopter ride and horse riding in Durango. Tips: girls take a pair of flats because after one night in heels you won't want to wear them anymore. Best places were Grand Canyon, but don't follow the cowboy with the lights on his bike into the forest, just saying. Also loved Washington , so many historical things to see, but don't overload the hotel elevator and have to get the fire department to get you out, just saying ! In summary, if your considering this trip, just do it ! You will never know if you never go! P.s beware of the new people :-/ they will come .

My Contiki was: Friends -Laughter -Mind opening

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20 August 2014 - 14 September 2014

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