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Grand Southern

(Start Los Angeles - Apr 2020 - Jan 2021)

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The one that hits all the best spots from east to west and enriches the spirit in the Soulful South

26 Days
20 places

Visiting Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Durango, Albuquerque, Amarillo, Dallas/Fort Worth, Memphis, New Orleans, Panama City Beach, Orlando, Miami, St Augustine, Savannah, Asheville, Richmond, Washington DC, New York City, Monument Valley, Philadelphia

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Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style


  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Pay over time, interest free
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  • No booking fee, no change fees
  • Financing available with UpLift

What's included?

25 nights accommodation

24 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Lodge

27 Meals

8 Dinner, 19 Breakfast

You can expect to refuel with hearty breakfasts and delicious dinners from us but we'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best local cuisine. You'll taste it all - from simple street eats to gourmet fare.


Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Professional, insightful and fun, our Trip Managers, Drivers and Local Guides in the USA & Canada are highly trained and ready to show you this incredible part of the world. Armed with their little black books of must sees, dos and eats, they'll help you avoid the tourist traps and show you the time of your life.


All transport included during the trip

On this trip you'll be cruising in style across some sweeping scenery on one of our comfy air-conditioned private coaches.


26 included, 25 optional that you can add


- Soak up authentic America in a suite of unique towns like Albuquerque, Philadelphia and Memphis
- Get hooked on the Art Deco architecture and Cuban culture of vibrant Miami
- See a real life rocket at the Kennedy Space Centre, where NASA launched the first human trip to the moon
- Drive from the dusty plains of Texas to the mountains of New Mexico, stopping at a Cadillac Ranch where you can make your mark with a can of spray paint
- See some of the world's biggest casinos and cruise about in a party bus in none other than Las Vegas
- Admire the UNESCO National Park of the Grand Canyon before jumping on the original Route 66

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
Travel through the USA doesn't get any grander than this. This sprawling adventure takes you from the glitz of Vegas through the gob-smacking Grand Canyon, the smooth jazz and intoxicating charm of New Orleans, the sun-soaked party scene of Miami, the quaint mountain beauty of Asheville and winds up journeying from the nation's capital, Washington DC to the grandeur of New York. Welcome to the Great American Road Trip - the open road has never felt so good.

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Grand Southern (Start Los Angeles - Apr 2020 - Jan 2021)

26 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Evening tour of the famous Vegas 'Strip'
  • Visit Fremont Street for the light-and-laser show
  • See the Seven Magic Mountains
  • Stop for photos & souvenirs along Route 66
  • Entry into Grand Canyon National Park
  • Entry into Monument Valley Tribal Park
  • See the Painted Desert
  • Drive through the Rocky Mountains
  • Experience Big Texan culture & food.
  • Visit Fort Worth Stockyards
  • Visit Beale Street, home of Blues music
  • Visit the Civil Rights Museum
  • See the Staxx Records Soul Museum
  • Visit Graceland
  • Walking Tour of the French Quarter with tasting of pralines & beignets
  • Enjoy the nightlife of Bourbon Street
  • One-way transfers to the amusement parks
  • See the famous Art Deco architecture
  • Cuban meal group dinner in Miami
  • 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

25 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • VIP club entry
  • High Roller Anytime USD $32.00
  • Dig This Experience
  • Top Golf Experience
  • Sky Combat Ace Experience
  • Stratosphere Sky Jump
  • Grand Canyon Biking (seasonal) USD $45.00
  • Helicopter Flight - Grand Kingdom
  • Helicopter Flight - North Canyon USD $186.00
  • Rafting (seasonal) USD $32.00
  • Horse Back Trail Ride (Seasonal) USD $89.00
  • Hot Air Balloon USD$195.00
  • Hot Air Balloon USD$195.00
  • Cowboy Stadium Tour (including transportation) USD $35.00
  • Visit the 6th Floor Museum
  • Visit the legendary Sun Studios USD $12.00
  • Rock & Soul Museum USD $10.00
  • Taste of New Orleans USD $33.00
  • New Orleans School of Cooking Demo & dinner
  • Airboat Swamp Tour USD $60.00
  • Universal Studios USD $179.00
  • Thriller speed boat ride in Miami USD $33.00
  • Miami Party Cruise USD $60.00
  • Bike tour of South Beach USD $35.00
  • See the Biltmore Estate


Nights spent per location

  1. Los Angeles

  2. 2 2 nights

    Las Vegas

  3. 2 2 nights

    Grand Canyon

  4. via via

    Monument Valley

  5. 1 1 night


  6. 1 1 night


  7. 1 1 night


  8. 2 2 nights

    Dallas/Fort Worth

  9. 2 2 nights


  10. 2 2 nights

    New Orleans

  11. 1 1 night

    Panama City Beach

  12. 2 2 nights


  13. 2 2 nights


  14. 1 1 night

    St Augustine

  15. 1 1 night


  16. 2 2 nights


  17. 1 1 night


  18. 2 2 nights

    Washington DC

  19. via via


  20. New York City

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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 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
• 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


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