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LA Explorer

(4 nights)

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The one that gives you the freedom to explore the lights of LA

Travel Style

Short Trips & Festivals

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

  • Duration

    5 days

  • Places

    1 place

  • Meals

    3 Breakfasts

  • Team

    Unescorted

Los Angeles

LA Explorer (4 nights)

4 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Easy access to Universal Studios, Hollywood & amazing shopping
  • Hop-on-hop-off L.A. city sightseeing tour featuring Downtown L.A., Hollywood & Santa Monica
  • L.A. Live Entertainment Complex
  • L.A. party hot spots

0 Free Time Add-Ons

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

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 4 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    4 nights in Hotel

    You're new digs is a centrally located hotel, from which you can easily access all the wonders of Hollywood, LA's theme parks and the best party spots.

About this trip

LA is notoriously difficult to navigate for any new kid on the block. Our 4-night explorer will ensure you get the best of the city from the get go, staying at the right hotel, seeing all the right sites, & accessing plenty of LA's best party scenes to boot.

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  • Only $99 deposit to book*

    For a limited time, reserve your space now with a deposit of only $99, pay the rest 45 days before departure

  • Pay over time, interest free

    Can't pay in full? We've got you covered with our Part Pay Program

  • No booking fee, no change fees

    Change your travel dates or even your trip for free

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Nights spent per location

  1. 4 4 nights

    Los Angeles

DAY 1 - Arrive Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Dreams and stars and glitz and grit - oh yes, you've arrived in none other than legendary Los Angeles. This city is yours to uncover as you wish - think freestyle fun with some expertise from our LA local to point you in the right direction. Maybe you'll bar hop Sunset Boulevard, amble along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or do both with a spot of people watching in Venice Beach in between. We'll hook you up with a 'ho ho', a 48 hour Hop-on-hop-off bus ticket, so you can get around with the top down on what is definitely one of the best ways to see the city. Staying in Little Tokyo, your hotel is in the beating heart of Downtown, a local launchpad right where the action is at.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Easy access to Universal Studios, Hollywood & amazing shopping

  • Hop-on-hop-off L.A. city sightseeing tour featuring Downtown L.A., Hollywood & Santa Monica

  • L.A. Live Entertainment Complex

  • L.A. party hot spots

DAYS 2-4 - Los Angeles

Los Angeles

By now you will have discovered just how sprawling this metropolis is. And you'll probably be feeling pretty thankful you have 5 days here to uncover it. It's the perfect amount of time to ensure you tick off all the touristy stuff - think Universal Studios & Santa Monica Boulevard - and still have time to get fully immersed in all the local cultural fun. Want to know where the locals hang, or better yet, the celebs? Your LA local hotel rep who is exclusive to Contiki travellers, is here to help. Tickets to amusement parks (and transport), entry to museums, whatever you like - just ask and consider it done.

DAY 5 - Depart Los Angeles

Los Angeles

That's all folks! You are officially acquainted with the city of angels, and be now will probably be feeling pretty at home. Unless you've "been spotted" and flung into a new life as the next Leo-D, it's time to pack your bags and kick on to your next Contiki adventure.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What health and hygiene protocols are in place on trip?

The health and wellbeing of everyone who travels with Contiki has been, and always will be, our top priority. That’s why we’ve rigorously evaluated our experiences, training and protocols to make sure we not only meet our travellers wellbeing expectations, but exceed them in every single way. We sought guidance from the World Health Organisation and government agencies, and, as members of the World Travel and Tourism Council, we’ve been involved in defining global protocols. Due to our diligent work during this time, we’ve been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp - meaning we’re a business which has adopted global, standardised health and hygiene protocols. You can find details about how we’re prioritising your wellbeing when you travel with us here.

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.