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Southern Adventure

(Start Los Angeles - From Feb 2021)

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The one that hits American hotspots from West to East via the soulful South

Travel Style

Discoverer

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

  • Duration

    12 days

  • Places

    9 places

  • Meals

    9 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Maximum 54 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager and Driver team

Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Durango, Santa Fe, Amarillo, Dallas/Fort Worth, Route 66, Monument Valley

Southern Adventure (Start Los Angeles - From Feb 2021)

12 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Beverly Hills
  • See Mann's Chinese Theatre, Walk of Fame and drive along the famous Sunset Strip
  • Visit Santa Monica & Venice Beach
  • Evening tour of the famous Vegas 'Strip'
  • Visit Fremont Street for the light-and-laser show
  • See the Seven Magic Mountains
  • Sunset along on the Grand Canyon's rim (Seasonal)
  • Stop on Route 66
  • Entry into Monument Valley Tribal Park
  • See the Painted Desert
  • Visit the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo
  • Visit Fort Worth Stockyards

19 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Sip & Slide at OUE Skyspace
  • Food tour in downtown LA
  • 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
  • Canyon Jeep Riding (winter)
  • Helicopter Flight - Grand Kingdom
  • Helicopter Flight - North Canyon USD $186.00
  • Horse Back Trail Ride (Seasonal) USD $89.00
  • Rafting (seasonal) USD $32.00
  • Jeep ride Seasonal
  • Snowmobiles - Single or Double Rider (seasonal) Single - USD $88.00, Double USD $101.00
  • Visit to Meow Wolf in Santa Fe
  • Hot Air Balloon in Amarillo
  • Cowboy Stadium Tour (including transportation) USD $35.00

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 11 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    9 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Lodge

    Hotels and lodges are the name of the game. Think comfy pillows and lively communal areas for you and your new travel buddies to socialise.

About this trip

Take a venture to the deep south where a distinctly different American culture will lure you in. Deserts and canyons will pleasure your eyes while cowboys and jazz bars will liven your nights. Kicking off in LA and ending in Fort Worth, with highlights like Vegas, Santa Fe and the Grand Canyon in between.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
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Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    Los Angeles

  2. 2 2 nights

    Las Vegas

  3. via via

    Route 66

  4. 2 2 nights

    Grand Canyon

  5. via via

    Monument Valley

  6. 1 1 night

    Durango

  7. 1 1 night

    Santa Fe

  8. 1 1 night

    Amarillo

  9. 2 2 nights

    Dallas/Fort Worth

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DAY 1 - Arrive Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Get into the city that mixes up glamour, grit and the American Dream: Los Angeles. It’s packed with legends, full of energy and there are loads of things to do. Head to mythical Hollywood and walk across the holy ground for stars. Check out the Kodak Theatre, where the Oscars are held every year and Mann's Chinese Theatre, where so many greats have pressed their hands into the cement. Cruise down the hottest shopping street in LA, Melrose Avenue, and one of the best areas for nightlife, the Strip (Sunset Boulevard), with its billboards, clubs and eateries, before getting a glimpse at one of the world’s wealthiest suburbs in Beverly Hills. A little further west discover Santa Monica, LA’s oldest beach resort. Known for its liberal vibes, art galleries and wide sand beaches, Santa Monica is all about the California coast lifestyle. See the famous pier, which serves as a permanent amusement park, complete with a solar powered Ferris wheel. Maybe later travel out to LA’s quirkiest suburb where anything goes: Venice Beach. A favourite hang out spot for locals, colourful Venice Beach attracts all sorts of people. Get a feel for street life when you hit the buzzing broadwalk, where performers, tattoo artists, hair braiders, musicians and roller bladders gather. Make sure you check out the markets and stalls, as well as the greased-up body builders pumping iron at the famous open air gym, Muscle Beach. Later head out and hit the town's hottest bars and clubs.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Beverly Hills

  • See Mann's Chinese Theatre, Walk of Fame and drive along the famous Sunset Strip

  • Visit Santa Monica & Venice Beach

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Sip and Slide at OUE Skyspace

DAY 2 - 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.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Food tour in downtown LA

DAY 3 - 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 4 - Las Vegas

Las Vegas

You have today all to yourself but you’ll need to run to a tight schedule to fit in all of Vegas' weird and wonderful charms. Travel the world in a day, taking in the famous Bellagio fountain, a Venetian gondola and even an Egyptian pyramid, all whilst staying firmly within the city. 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 live like a baller while you cruise along the 'Strip' in a party bus and don't stress, the bill is on us. Later, you’ll witness the 24-hour party scene first hand when you head out for a night with the crew.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • High Roller Anytime

    USD $32.00

  • Dig This Experience

  • Top Golf Experience

  • Sky Combat Ace Experience

  • Stratosphere Sky Jump

DAY 5 - Las Vegas to Grand Canyon

Las Vegas

Today we are on the move through the desert of Nevada, heading into Arizona’s high country. You will have some down time on the coach, so kick-back, relax, and take in the surroundings as you watch the big ol' US of A fly by.

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.

Grand Canyon

Prepare to have your mind blown as we continue on to the unforgettable landscape of the Grand Canyon. This location is one of the world’s most recognizable natural wonders and the pride of Arizona. We'll settle in for the night at our comfy Lodge in the heart of the National Park. Take a step outside and marvel at the endless starry skies. Tomorrow promises to be a day to remember. 

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Sunset along on the Grand Canyon's rim (Seasonal)

  • Stop on Route 66

DAY 6 - 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 epitome of a #NOREGRETS moment for you and the squad. 

 

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Grand Canyon Biking (seasonal)

    USD $45.00

  • Canyon Jeep Riding (winter)

  • Helicopter Flight - Grand Kingdom

  • Helicopter Flight - North Canyon

    USD $186.00

DAY 7 - Grand Canyon to Durango via Monument Valley

Grand Canyon

It is undoubtedly difficult to leave the Grand Canyon, but it is time to enter the Wild, Wild West! Onwards to Monument Valley! But first, one last stop for photos at the red rockin' canyon before it's time to hit the road. 

Monument Valley

An iconic desert backdrop that has been home to countless movie sets, Monument Valley serves up mesas and stone spires as far as the eye can see. You'll recreate the world famous running scene from Forrest Gump, because Life is Like Box of Chocolates! You'll get to know the Native American history of the area as you learn about the Navajo way of life in the largest reservation in the United States. Later, we will head through a narrow gorge to the striped walls of the Painted Desert where you'll even see a rock shaped like a sombrero - hola!

Durango

Next it's on to Colorado’s adventure capital, our home for the night. Set amidst a mountainous backdrop, Durango is a cute old mining town where the terrain is rugged, the trees are abundant and quaint gets a whole new meaning. This college town has young blood running through it's veins, so a great place to head out and explore when the sun goes down. 

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Entry into Monument Valley Tribal Park

  • See the Painted Desert

DAY 8 - Durango to Santa Fe

Durango

The great outdoors is a way of life in Durango with adrenaline pumping river rafting on offer to you and your fellow thrill seekers. If you'd rather explore the region on horseback then pick your trusty steed and be on your way in true old school traveller style. This afternoon it’s a total change of scenery when we enter New Mexico, where sunbaked earthen brick buildings stand out against the bright blue sky.

Santa Fe

Boasting influences from Mexico, Spain, and Native American cultures, historic Santa Fe is a true melting pot of culture. Take a walk around town to see interesting styles of architecture, shop for beautiful turquoise jewellery in the market and  sample all of the different types of regional food on offer.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Horse Back Trail Ride (Seasonal)

    USD $89.00

  • Rafting (seasonal)

    USD $32.00

  • Jeep ride (Seasonal)

  • Snowmobiles - Single or Double Rider (seasonal)

    Single - USD $88.00, Double USD $101.00

  • Visit to Meow Wolf in Santa Fe

DAY 9 - Santa Fe to Amarillo

Santa Fe

Rise and shine! Does anyone know the way to Amarillo? We're headed to this larger than life city this morning.

Amarillo

In true Americana Style, we'll visit Cadillac Ranch, a unique art exhibit celebrating the golden age of Cadillacs. Our accommodation tonight even has a Texas shaped pool and a hotel for your horse if you thought to bring it along. Tonight, try your hat at the "Big Texan Steak Challenge" for a true man vs food moment. Eternal glory awaits anyone who can finish this Texas sized meal in one hour or less.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Hot Air Balloon in Amarillo

DAY 10 - Amarillo to Dallas/Fort Worth

Amarillo

After sleeping off that gigantic Texan steak dinner it's time to head somewhere BIG, because everything is bigger in Texas. 

Dallas/Fort Worth

Today we arrive in Fort Worth, ready to take on anything and everything Texan. Still hungry after last night's feast? We've got you covered. Dive mouth first into an over-indulgent big BBQ feast of ribs, sausages, chicken and more - not for the faint hearted (veggies don't worry, you won't be going hungry). A night out with the locals will get you in the Texan spirit, before falling into a blissful sleep which will probably having you dreaming of BBQ.

DAY 11 - Dallas/Fort Worth

Dallas/Fort Worth

Dallas is home to Oil Tycoons, rich ranchers, a thriving tech industry, and of course the Dallas Cowboys, also known as ''America's Team''. Feeling like an investigation? We include a visit to the 6th floor museum where you can learn more about the assassination of President John F Kennedy and try your hand at figuring out 'whodunnit.' Back in Fort Worth, enjoy lunch and sightseeing around Sundance Square, try a craft beer on the Ale Trail or pick up some genuine leather boots and hats at the world famous Justin's Boots. You will be looking good tonight as we head to the Fort Worth Stockyards, home of the cowboy hall of fame and the world's largest honkey tonk, Billy Bob.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Fort Worth Stockyards

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Cowboy Stadium Tour (including transportation)

    USD $35.00

DAY 12 - Depart Dallas/Fort Worth

Dallas/Fort Worth

It's time to say our farewells and wrap up this epic adventure. Want to keep going? Then check out our Grand Southern!

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