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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

Travel Style

Discoverer

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

  • Duration

    26 days

  • Places

    20 places

  • Meals

    19 Breakfasts, 8 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

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

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

27 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
  • Visit the legendary Sun Studios
  • 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
  • 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
  • Visit the Smithsonian Museums of Natural History, Air & Space and American History

27 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
  • Rock & Soul Museum USD $10.00
  • Visit Graceland
  • 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
  • Bike tour of South Beach USD $35.00
  • Learn how to salsa dance in Miami
  • Clear water kayaking
  • See the Biltmore Estate
  • Segway city tour
  • Central Park Bike Tour (seasonal) USD $42.00

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 25 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    24 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Lodge

About this trip

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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Map & Itinerary

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

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

    Durango

  6. 1 1 night

    Albuquerque

  7. 1 1 night

    Amarillo

  8. 2 2 nights

    Dallas/Fort Worth

  9. 2 2 nights

    Memphis

  10. 2 2 nights

    New Orleans

  11. 1 1 night

    Panama City Beach

  12. 2 2 nights

    Orlando

  13. 2 2 nights

    Miami

  14. 1 1 night

    St Augustine

  15. 1 1 night

    Savannah

  16. 2 2 nights

    Asheville

  17. 1 1 night

    Richmond

  18. 2 2 nights

    Washington DC

  19. via via

    Philadelphia

  20. New York City

+10 more

DAY 1 - Los Angeles to Las Vegas

Los Angeles

We'll kick things off today in the famed City of Angels, where we'll set off through the Mojave Desert, marvelling at the majestic Joshua Trees, before reaching the one and only Las Vegas.

Las Vegas

On arrival we'll cruise the iconic strip & check out the Vegas sign. Tonight, choose to hang out around Fremont Street or opt for a VIP nightclub experience for the kind of glitzy night out that only Vegas can provide.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Evening tour of the famous Vegas 'Strip'

  • Visit Fremont Street for the light-and-laser show

  • See the Seven Magic Mountains

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • VIP club entry

DAY 2 - Las Vegas

Las Vegas

You're in Vegas, baby! And the city's weird & wonderful charm isn't going to uncover itself. Experience the grandeur of the city's opulent casinos before joining our famed party bus. As we cruise down the strip and dance the night away, this is the perfect way to bond with your Contiki family, Vegas style.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • High Roller Anytime

    USD $32.00

  • Dig This Experience

  • Top Golf Experience

  • Sky Combat Ace Experience

  • Stratosphere Sky Jump

DAY 3 - Las Vegas to The Grand Canyon

Las Vegas

Today we'll leave the glittering lights of Vegas behind for something even more jaw-dropping.

Grand Canyon

Cruising the historic route 66, we'll stop for some photo ops before reaching the Grand Canyon National Park (entrance included, naturally).

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Stop for photos & souvenirs along Route 66

  • Entry into Grand Canyon National Park

DAY 4 - Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

You will be contemplating life, existence, and the immense size of the Grand Canyon with a free day to spend in Grand Canyon National Park. You can spend your day feeling a part of the wilderness as you go hiking through the exposed rock, but by far the most spine tingling experience at this natural wonder is one of our optional chopper rides through the UNESCO World Heritage site. Indulgent sure, but one of those life moments you deserve to treat yourself to. Tonight settle in to watch the sunset on the rim - the image with plaster a wide grin on your face for years to come. 

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Grand Canyon Biking (seasonal)

    USD $45.00

  • Helicopter Flight - Grand Kingdom

  • Helicopter Flight - North Canyon

    USD $186.00

DAY 5 - Grand Canyon to Durango via Monument Valley

Grand Canyon

With the beauty of the Grand Canyon imprinted on our brains forever, we'll journey past some Wild Western landscapes towards...

Monument Valley

...this monumental place has an iconic cluster of sandstone buttes, and we'll get a chance to visit the Monument Valley Tribal park as we wind our way through the Rocky Mountains.

Durango

We've arrived in our home for the evening, Colorado's adventure capital: Durango

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Entry into Monument Valley Tribal Park

  • See the Painted Desert

DAY 6 - Durango to Albuquerque

Durango

Today is all about getting the pulse racing. With heaps of seasonal adventure activities, you could find yourself trying some exhilarating white water rafting, soaking up the scenery on a horseback trail ride or cruising on snowmobiles.

Albuquerque

With our hearts still racing, this afternoon we'll head to sun soaked New Mexico

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Drive through the Rocky Mountains

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Rafting (seasonal)

    USD $32.00

  • Horse Back Trail Ride (Seasonal)

    USD $89.00

  • Hot Air Balloon

    USD$195.00

DAY 7 - Albuquerque to Amarillo

Albuquerque

Santa Fe calls, a city rich with Native American and Hispanic influences. We'll have the chance for an epic hot air balloon ride and refuel with some enchiladas, but we'll save some space for the food in our next destination...

Amarillo

Is this the way to Amarillo? We'll visit the quirky Cadillac Ranch today before taking the Amarillo steak challenge, if you have the stomach for it.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Experience Big Texan culture & food.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Hot Air Balloon

    USD$195.00

DAY 8 - Amarillo to Fort Worth

Amarillo

We'll say farewell to Amarillo and sweet Marie today as we head towards a Texan icon.

Dallas/Fort Worth

Here in the land of leather boots & Cadillacs, you'll soon learn that ‘bigger is better' is a way of life. An overnight stay in the cowboy town of Fort Worth will give you the full Texan experience.

DAY 9 - Dallas/Fort Worth

Dallas/Fort Worth

Today we'll dive deep into the Texan way of life. We'll see a cattle drive, visit the Dealey Plaza and have options to tour the iconic home of the Dallas Cowboys or see the 6th floor museum.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Fort Worth Stockyards

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Cowboy Stadium Tour (including transportation)

    USD $35.00

DAY 10 - Fort Worth to Memphis

Dallas/Fort Worth

Swinging past Little Rock High School, a historic site of the Civil Rights movement, we'll head to a place with a big rock heritage.

Memphis

We'll get a city orientation of musical Memphis this afternoon, with a whole day of sightseeing awaiting us tomorrow.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Beale Street, home of Blues music

  • Visit the Civil Rights Museum

DAY 11 - Memphis

Memphis

Today's the day to get into the history of music your way. We'll start with a visit to Sun Studios where Elvis recorded his very first song. Want more? Why not check out Graceland, the home of the King, or the Rock and Soul Museum.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the Legendary Sun Studios

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Rock & Soul Museum

    USD $10.00

  • Visit Graceland

DAY 12 - Memphis to New Orleans

Memphis

We'll say farewell to Memphis today as we head to somewhere with a meaty musical heritage of its own.

New Orleans

This city will romance you with its soul and have you swooning over its spiritual heart - the French Quarter. The main drag culminates at Jackson Square with the iconic wrought iron balconies lining the streets. You'll be hard pressed to pick which you find more enchanting, the European/Caribbean fusion food or the non-stop jazz festival vibe. No matter which, tonight we turn up the volume and hit Bourbon Street to sample the live music and bar culture that New Orleans has to offer. This evening, why not opt for a Taste of New Orleans dinner, to taste all the melting pot of flavours this fascinating place has to offer?

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Walking Tour of the French Quarter with tasting of pralines & beignets

  • Enjoy the nightlife of Bourbon Street

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Taste of New Orleans

    USD $33.00

DAY 13 - New Orleans

New Orleans

Now that you know New Orleans like one of the locals, it's your day to do your own thing. Stroll down Frenchmen street for the sounds of jazz and funk, head to the vast grassy oasis of the city park or check out the New Orleans museum of art for an extensive collection of gorgeous French masterpieces. Our recommendation? Head to the New Orleans school of Cooking for some classic gumbo, or experience your own Airboat adventure.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • New Orleans School of Cooking Demo & dinner

  • Airboat Swamp Tour

    USD $60.00

DAY 14 - New Orleans to Panama City Beach

New Orleans

Leaving New Orleans won't be easy, but knowing we're bound for one of the “world's most beautiful beaches” helps.

Panama City Beach

There's only one way to test the rumours, so we'll take a dip in the crystal clear waters and kick back on the pure white sands of Panama City Beach.

DAY 15 - Panama City Beach to Orlando

Panama City Beach

Tear yourself away from the beach, there are exciting times ahead!

Orlando

We arrive in Orlando today with a trip to Universal Studios on the cards. We hope you budgeted for butterbeer.

DAY 16 - Orlando

Orlando

Today is your opportunity to visit the epic Universal Studios, where you can visit Diagon Alley, splash around in the vast water park or visit the islands of adventure. There's something for everyone in this dizzying spectacle of rides, film and entertainment.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • One-way transfers to the amusement parks

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Universal Studios

    USD $179.00

DAY 17 - Orlando to Miami

Orlando

We'll venture south to glamorous Miami today.

Miami

A little mouthwatering Cuban cuisine will get us in the mood with a delicious regional group deal setting the scene for two full days of art deco & celeb-spotting in this tropical paradise.  For anyone looking for an adrenaline rush, the option is there for a Thriller Speedboat across the bay.

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 18 - Miami

Miami

It's time for some magical Miami sightseeing today. We'll head downtown, hit the Bayside Marketplace, Wynwood Walls and of course the South Beach. Options for a bike down the beach or a Party Boat adventure are on the cards for anyone who wants to party in the city where the heat is on.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Cuban dinner

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Bike tour of South Beach

    USD $35.00

  • Learn how to salsa dance in Miami

  • Clear water kayaking

DAY 19 - 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 20 - 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 21 - 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 22 - 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 23 - 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 24 - 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 25 - 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.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the Smithsonian Museums of Natural History, Air & Space and American History

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Segway city tour

DAY 26 - 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?

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Central Park Bike Tour (seasonal)

    USD $42.00

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