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Southern Adventure

(Start Los Angeles - Until Jan 2021)

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The one that indulges you in Southern hospitality and Cowboy Culture over 13 awesome days

Travel Style

Discoverer

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

  • Duration

    13 days

  • Places

    15 places

  • Meals

    9 Breakfasts, 6 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, Mojave Desert, Route 66, Monument Valley, Santa Fe, Little Rock, Jackson

Southern Adventure (Start Los Angeles - Until Jan 2021)

18 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • City sightseeing tour
  • Visit Fremont Street for the light-and-laser show
  • Sunset along on the Grand Canyon's rim (Seasonal)
  • Stop on Route 66
  • Entry into Monument Valley Tribal Park
  • See the Painted Desert
  • Drive through the Rocky Mountains
  • Visit the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo
  • Experience Big Texan culture & food.
  • Visit Fort Worth Stockyards
  • Visit Beale Street, home of Blues music
  • Visit the Civil Rights Museum
  • Visit Little Rock High School Historic Site
  • Pay tribute to the 'King of Rock & Roll' at Elvis' home Graceland
  • Visit Beale Street, home of Blues music
  • Pay tribute to the 'King of Rock & Roll' at Elvis' home Graceland
  • See the French Quarter, Jackson Square & the French Market
  • Locally guided city tour

18 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Group Photo USD $15.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hot Air Balloon USD$195.00
  • Cowboy Stadium Tour (including transportation) USD $35.00
  • Visit the legendary Sun Studios USD $12.00
  • Rock & Soul Museum USD $10.00
  • Taste of New Orleans USD $33.00

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 12 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    10 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 New Orleans, with highlights like Vegas, the Grand Canyon & Texas in between. 

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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. via via

    Mojave Desert

  3. 2 2 nights

    Las Vegas

  4. via via

    Route 66

  5. 2 2 nights

    Grand Canyon

  6. via via

    Monument Valley

  7. 1 1 night

    Durango

  8. 1 1 night

    Albuquerque

  9. via via

    Santa Fe

  10. 1 1 night

    Amarillo

  11. 2 2 nights

    Dallas/Fort Worth

  12. via via

    Little Rock

  13. 2 2 nights

    Memphis

  14. via via

    Jackson

  15. 1 1 night

    New Orleans

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DAY 1 - Los Angeles to Las Vegas via Mojave Desert

Los Angeles

Welcome the City of Angels and the start of your epic travel adventure. Your excitement will reach new heights as you meet your brand new Contiki Fam on our way to Las Vegas 

Mojave Desert

The first leg of the journey will take your group through Southern California and the vast Mojave Desert. Here, you will hear all about the iconic Joshua Trees, for which the National Park and a famous U2 album are named.

Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas! You will certainly live the life of a high roller over the next few days in Sin City. We will head out on a nighttime tour of the famous strip so that you can get your bearing in this outrageous city. We will stop for pics at the legendary Vegas sign before heading to Fremont Street where the main attraction is a super impressive light and laser show, before hitting the town, Sin City style.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • City sightseeing tour

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

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Group Photo

    USD $15.00

DAY 2 - 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 3 - 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 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 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 5 - 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 6 - Durango to Albuquerque

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. 

Albuquerque

Albuquerque isn't just about Breaking Bad, it is also famous for its historic old town and beautiful mountain landscape. Albuquerque is also home to the world famous International Balloon Fiesta, where every October thousands of people take to the skies in true French tradition. Tomorrow morning, you will get your chance to fly high above the Rio Grande in a balloon ride of your very own. 

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Drive through the Rocky Mountains

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • 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

DAY 7 - Albuquerque to Amarillo via Santa Fe

Albuquerque

Rise and shine with the larks for an experience to remember- an optional hot air balloon ride that will have you drifting over the mighty Rio Grande. Albuquerque is legendary for its perfect ballooning conditions so get out there and experience the incredible vistas from such great heights.

Santa Fe

Safely back on land, we will head towards the delightful melting pot of Santa Fe. America's oldest capital city boasts influences from Mexico, Spain, and American Indian cultures, a true melting pot of history, food, and 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. This is one seriously tasty stop.  

Amarillo

Today we head east into the heart of cowboy country-yes, this really is the way to Amarillo. What this town lacks in size, they truly make up for in big country pride. In true Americana Style we will visit the Cadillac Ranch, a route 66 roadside art installation dedicated to the classic age of the American Cadillac. Our hotel tonight even has a Texas Shaped pool and a hotel for your horse if you thought to bring it along. Feeling like a champion? Try your hat at 'the Big Texan Steak Challenge'- a true Man vs Food experience where you will pit your metabolism against a Texas Sized Steak. Eternal glory waits for the 10% of challengers able to complete the meal in under an hour. Are you texan enough? 

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo

  • Experience Big Texan culture & food.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Hot Air Balloon

    USD$195.00

DAY 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - Dallas to Memphis via Little Rock

Dallas/Fort Worth

We'll farewell Dallas as we head on to the border of Texas and Arkansas where you can literally be in two places at once. Stand with one cowboy boot planted in Texas and one in Arkansas when we visit the town of Texarkana (see what they did there).  

Little Rock

See Little Rock the capital of Arkansas, and the infamous Central High School, the scene of a major turning point of the Civil Rights movement before continuing on to Memphis 

Memphis

This afternoon we cross over the Mississippi River and pull in to the musical mecca and BBQ capital of Memphis. Memphis moves to its own rhythm; blues, soul and rock’n’roll to be exact. Get a feel for this historically musical place as we start out with a city tour. See the Lorraine Motel (now the Civil Rights Museum), where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated back in 1968. See Mud Island, the Gibson guitar factory, the Orpheum Theatre, Rock’n’Soul Museum and the buzzing hub, Beale Street just to name a few. Get geared up tonight for a night to remember on world famous Beale Street. 

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Beale Street, home of Blues music

  • Visit the Civil Rights Museum

  • Visit Little Rock High School Historic Site

DAY 11 - Memphis

Memphis

Today we pay homage to Elvis, the late and great King of Rock’n’Roll. We'll visit and tour his former home, Graceland, where you will get up close and personal with his fabulously flamboyant jumpsuits and many gold records. The afternoon is then yours to do with Memphis what you will - we recommend a visit to the Sun Studios where many of the greats have recorded albums over the years.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Pay tribute to the 'King of Rock & Roll' at Elvis' home Graceland

  • Visit Beale Street, home of Blues music

  • Pay tribute to the 'King of Rock & Roll' at Elvis' home Graceland

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit the legendary Sun Studios

    USD $12.00

  • Rock & Soul Museum

    USD $10.00

DAY 12 - Memphis to New Orleans

Memphis

After feasting on BBQ delights and visiting Beale St in Memphis it's time to move it right along, heading to New Orleans via Jackson Mississippi. 

Jackson

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. 

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the French Quarter, Jackson Square & the French Market

  • Locally guided city tour

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Taste of New Orleans

    USD $33.00

DAY 13 - Depart New Orleans

New Orleans

It is true, it’s over. We finish of this truly spectacular trip this morning, where it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends. Many a teary hug will be had with the people you have made unforgettable memories with. What a truly once in a lifetime opportunity for adventure!

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