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Grand Southern

(Start Miami)

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The one that heads West via the soulful South, kicking off in Miami

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  • Duration

    21 days

  • Places

    16 places

  • Meals

    17 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Maximum 52 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Miami, Orlando, Panama City Beach, New Orleans, Memphis, Dallas/Fort Worth, Amarillo, Santa Fe, Durango, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Monument Valley, Route 66, Mojave Desert

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About this trip

Travel through the USA doesn't get any grander than this. This sprawling adventure takes you from the sun-soaked city of Miami, through the smooth jazz and intoxicating charm of New Orleans, the gob-smacking Grand Canyon, and ends in the hotspot city of Los Angeles. Welcome to the Great American Road Trip - the open road has never felt so good.

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Top Experiences

17 included & 26 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Helicopter Flight - Grand Kingdom

    Free Time Add-On

    Grand Canyon

  • Horse Back Trail Ride (Seasonal)

    USD $89.00

    Durango

  • Included

    New Orleans

Grand Southern (Start Miami)

17 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Authentic Cuban Dinner in Little Havana
  • See the famous Art Deco architecture
  • Check out Wynwood Walls and Little Havana
  • One-way transfers to the amusement parks
  • Walking Tour of the French Quarter with tasting of pralines & beignets
  • Enjoy the nightlife of Bourbon Street
  • Visit the legendary Sun Studios
  • Visit Little Rock High School Historic Site
  • Visit Fort Worth Stockyards
  • Visit the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo
  • Entry into Monument Valley Tribal Park
  • See the Painted Desert
  • Drive through Monument Valley in a 4x4
  • Visit Fremont Street for the light-and-laser show
  • Evening tour of the famous Vegas 'Strip'
  • See the Seven Magic Mountains
  • See the famous Hollywood sign, Mann's Chinese Theatre & Hollywood's Walk of Fame

26 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Learn how to salsa dance in Miami
  • Bike tour of South Beach USD $35.00
  • Clear water kayaking
  • Thriller speed boat ride in Miami USD $33.00
  • Universal Studios USD $179.00
  • Taste of New Orleans USD $33.00
  • New Orleans School of Cooking Demo & dinner
  • Airboat Swamp Tour USD $60.00
  • Rock & Soul Museum USD $10.00
  • Visit Graceland
  • Cowboy Stadium Tour (including transportation) USD $35.00
  • Visit to Meow Wolf in Santa Fe
  • Hot air balloon in Santa Fe
  • Rafting (seasonal) USD $32.00
  • Horse Back Trail Ride (Seasonal) USD $89.00
  • Snowmobiles - Single or Double Rider (seasonal) Single - USD $88.00, Double USD $101.00
  • Jeep ride Seasonal
  • Grand Canyon Biking (seasonal) USD $45.00
  • Helicopter Flight - Grand Kingdom
  • Helicopter Flight - North Canyon USD $186.00
  • VIP club entry
  • Graceland Wedding Chapel
  • High Roller Anytime USD $32.00
  • Dig This Experience
  • Stratosphere Sky Jump
  • Food tour in downtown LA

Map & Itinerary

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  • River route
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DAY 1 - Miami

Miami

Welcome to Miami, with its sprawling beaches, art-deco masterpieces, tropical charms and buzzing party scenes. We could take a bike ride tour of South Beach, or maybe learn to salsa? There's no better way to bond with your new crew.

DAY 2 - Miami

Miami

The day is ours to explore sun-soaked Miami. For anyone looking for an adrenaline rush, the option is there for a Thriller Speedboat across the bay. Alternatively, head downtown, hit the Bayside Marketplace or Wynwood Walls. Options for a bike down the beach or a Party Boat adventure are on the cards for anyone who wants to live out their Will Smith dreams circa 1998.

DAY 3 - Miami to Orlando

Miami

Another slightly cleaner type of fun awaits us today - Orlando, the home to more than a dozen theme parks and belly screams a-plenty. 

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

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.

DAY 5 - Orlando to Panama City Beach via Tallahassee

Orlando

You can leave your Mickey ears on, but we're on the move again today, this time westward. We'll be turning the clocks back an hour as we journey to Tallahassee, which means an extra hour in Florida's vibrant capital. 

Tallahassee

Panama City Beach

Tonight we'll settle in 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 6 - Panama City Beach to New Orleans

Panama City Beach

Tear yourself away from the beach - a feast of music, food and culture awaits!

New Orleans

A melting pot of French & Caribbean infusions, New Orleans will steal our hearts as soon as we arrive. We'll kick off the festivities today with a swoon-worthy walking tour of the French quarter, jamming in Jackson Square before sampling beignets & marveling at Antebellum mansions, all to the sweet sounds of Southern jazz, of course.

DAY 7 - 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.

DAY 8 - New Orleans to Memphis

New Orleans

Leaving New Orleans won't be easy, but we're heading to somewhere with an equally meaty musical heritage.

Memphis

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

DAY 9 - 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.

DAY 10 - Memphis to Dallas

Memphis

 Swinging past Little Rock High School, a historic site of the Civil RIghts movement, we'll head to Dallas.

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 ranch experience.

DAY 11 - 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.

DAY 12 - Dallas to Amarillo

Dallas/Fort Worth

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.

Amarillo

DAY 13 - Amarillo to Santa Fe

Amarillo

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

Santa Fe

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.

DAY 14 - Santa Fe to Durango

Santa Fe

See ya, Santa Fe, we're headed to Durango.

Durango

Welcome to Colorado's adventure capital! This historic mining town is packed with gorgeous scenery, buzzing nightlife and excellent eateries.

DAY 15 - Durango to the Grand Canyon Via Monument Valley

Durango

Bidding farewell to Durango, We'll journey past the ‘Wild West' landscapes to...

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.

Grand Canyon

Finally our journey takes us to showstopper: The Grand Canyon National Park (entrance included, naturally)

DAY 16 - 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. 

DAY 17 - Grand Canyon to Las Vegas via Route 66

Grand Canyon

With the timeless beauty of the Grand Canyon imprinted in our brains forever, we'll swap hiking boots for dancing shoes as we pull up in Sin City via the historic Route 66.

Route 66

Following the legendary Route 66, we stop off for a souvenir hunt in the old historical town of Seligman. You’ll be transported back to the 1940s while you stroll past the original facades of shops and motels.

Las Vegas

We've reached the one and only Sin City. Upon arrival we'll cruise the iconic strip & check out the Vegas sign. Feeling romantic? Stop by and see one of the many Elvis impersonators for a shotgun wedding ceremony, and maybe even get hitched yourself...(joking).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.

DAY 18 - 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.

DAY 19 - Las Vegas to Los Angeles via Mojave Desert

Las Vegas

After partying it up in Las Vegas, we'll take the scenic route through the Mojave Desert, where you'll get acquainted with the famous Joshua trees.

Mojave Desert

Los Angeles

Welcome to the City of Angels. Don't worry, there is plenty of free time to explore this evening. From the sites you see on the silver screen, to Melrose and Muscle Beach you’ll be wowed at every stop and your phone will no doubt be full of Instagram worthy pics.

DAY 20 - Los Angeles

Los Angeles

The day is yours to explore the City of Angels. Opt to visit Universal Studios or Disneyland or check out LA Live entertainment venue.  The shopping goes off, so look for deals in the garment district. Visit the Grammy Museum and for the foodies among us there's a downtown LA food tour to taste all of the wonders of the multicultural food Mecca.

DAY 21 - Depart Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Time to say goodbye to your crew. It's been a blast, but all good things must come to an end. With our sun-kissed skin and eyes on the next horizon, it's time to plan our next Contiki. Peru, anyone?

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  • 20 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

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