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12 nights accommodation
10 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Lodge
Hotels and lodges are the name of the game. Think warm, comfy beds and lively communal areas for you and your new travel buddies to socialise.
15 included Meals
9 Breakfast, 6 Dinner
We'll get 15 of your meals and you get the rest. You can refuel over breakfast and grab some authentic American dinners from us but you'll also get an opportunity to sample some of this country's best gourmet fare.
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Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
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All transport included during the trip
Included in your trip is transport on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.
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Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
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15 included, 18 optional that you can add
The coolest thing about travelling with Contiki is that we include a lot of extras while you're exploring. Relish the nightlife of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, cross the mighty Mississippi River and visit the offbeat Cadillac Ranch in Texas. We'll take you to the South rim of the Grand Canyon, teach you about American history and show you how to live it up Vegas style! There's plenty to do in the Land of the Free.
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Take a venture to the 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 New Orleans and ending in Los Angeles, with highlights like Memphis, the Grand Canyon & Texas in between. 
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DAY 1 - Arrive New Orleans
New Orleans
Welcome to the first day of what might just be the best 14 days of your life. It's time to fully immerse yourself in  New Orleans with a whole day to yourself. Start out at Cafe Du Monde for a tasty beignet, and pick up some treasures at the French Market. This diverse city has so much going on; visit the Garden District, spend a few hours in the soul kitchens and jazz clubs of the French Quarter or even hang out in Jackson Square with the musicians, artists and fortunetellers. There's a cooking school on offer for those keen to whip up some Gumbo, jambalaya and creole recipes. Back in the city, the Mardi Gras Museum could be on the cards, and may even convince you to come back another time to experience the real thing first hand.
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
School of Cooking
USD $30.00
Taste of New Orleans
USD $33.00
DAY 2 - New Orleans to Memphis via Jackson
New Orleans

You've let the good times roll (or “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler”, as the motto goes). It's time to gather your party beads and empty your hurricane cups, because we're veering north today. 

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Visit Beale Street, home of Blues music
Jackson

If Jackson was cool enough for Johnny Cash to sing about, then it's sure as hell cool enough for us. We'll drop in to see if we can pick up on some of that Delta blues inspiration before continuing on to Memphis.

Memphis

It's no wonder Memphis, Tennessee, pulls so many pilgrims - not only is it the home of blues, it's also the home of barbecued meat. Now that's a winning combo. Lose yourself to dance on a group night out on Beale Street,  where Blues music was first birthed among its juke joints and honky tonks.

DAY 3 - 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.

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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 4 - Memphis to Dallas via Little Rock and Taxarkana
Memphis

Make like a band and get the show back on the road. Today we'll cross the Mississippi River and head through the Deep South, arriving in the Lone Star state by nightfall.

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Cross the Mississippi River
Little Rock

We'll make a stop here to look around Little Rock Central High School, one of the founding places of 'desegregation' which brought black civil rights issues into peoples lounge rooms at a time when much of the world had no idea what was going down in America's South.

Texarkana

You may be looking at this name thinking what the...and you would be right. After a quick photo op at the border of Texas and Arkansas (aptly named Texarkana) and some lunch, it's back on the road to our next stop. 

Dallas

We arrive in Fort Worth (think western style with modern vibes), ready to take on anything and everything Texan. Tummies will be rumbling, so we'll 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 5 - Dallas/Fort Worth
Dallas

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.

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Visit Fort Worth Stockyards
Visit the Sixth Floor Museum
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Cowboy Stadium Tour (including transportation)
USD $35.00
DAY 6 - Dallas to Amarillo
Dallas

Today we cast the Dallas Cowboys and their cheerleading companions aside and make for the real cowboys of the Texas Panhandle.

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Experience Big Texan culture & food.
Amarillo

Heading west we travel into the heart of cowboy country - yes this really is the way to Amarillo. This town may be little but it sure is mighty when it comes to country living. The old west accommodation even has a Texas shaped pool and a hotel for your horse, if you thought to bring it along. Tonight over dinner, you could try your hat at 'The Big Texan Steak Challenge' - a true Man Vs Food moment for those who have more metabolism than sense.

DAY 7 - Amarillo to Albuquerque via Santa Fe
Amarillo

Leave the dusty plains of Texas behind in the rearview mirror, because we're en route to the mountains of New Mexico. We'll make a stop on the way out of town where it is strictly Americana with a Cadillac ranch full of unique art and a timeline of Cadillac models. Grab a can of spray paint and leave your mark on a Cadillac buried in the sand. 

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Visit the Cadillac Ranch
Visit Old Town Albuquerque
Santa Fe
Albuquerque

As we pull into New Mexico's largest city sometime in the late afternoon, you'll instantly be hit with the Spanish vibes. Adobe buildings hundreds of years old line Old Town, and hip Nob Hill is peppered with shops, bars and restaurants. 

DAY 8 - Albuquerque to Durango
Albuquerque

The only way to start your day in Alberquerque is bobbing through the sky in a hot-air balloon, getting snap-happy with the fiery desert vistas below. Quite literally, #nofilterneeded. That being said, a sleep in might be nice too - either way, we'll be on the road to Durango by late morning. 

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Drive through the Rocky Mountains
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Hot Air Balloon
USD$195.00
Horse Back Trail Ride (Seasonal)
USD $89.00
Rafting (seasonal)
USD $32.00
Snowmobiles - Single or Double Rider (seasonal)
Single - USD $88.00, Double USD $101.00
Durango

The great outdoors is the 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. Durango literally means "water town", and considering the number of microbreweries it has, we might just ditch the water for something a bit stronger. 

DAY 9 - Durango to Grand Canyon via Monument Valley
Durango

This morning we'll leave the Rocky Mountains behind with one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World in our sights.

Monument Valley
Grand Canyon

Nothing can prepare you for the impact of the Grand Canyon - it's a legit 'you had to be there' moment. We'll pull in late today, have a moreish group dinner and check into our lodge to get a good night's sleep before getting up close and personal with the canyon in the morning.

DAY 10 - Grand Canyon National Park
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. 

 

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Grand Canyon Biking (seasonal)
USD $45.00
Canyon Jeep Riding (winter)
Helicopter Flight - Imperial
Helicopter Flight - North Canyon
USD $186.00
DAY 11 - Grand Canyon to Las Vegas via Route 66
Grand Canyon

Immersing yourself in the purity of nature has been magical, but something a little more tainted is calling your name - that's right, we're Vegas bound baby!

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City sightseeing tour
Visit Fremont Street for the light-and-laser show
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Group Photo
USD $15.00
VIP club entry
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

Viva Las Vegas! And you certainly will live the life of Las Vegas on this extended stop in the place so aptly dubbed ‘Sin City’. A nighttime tour of the famous ‘Strip’, including  a stop for pics at the legendary Vegas sign will show you the after dark offerings of this absolutely outrageous city. Freemont Street is on tonight's agenda, where the main attraction is a super impressive light and laser show, then it's all about hitting the town, Vegas style. 

DAY 12 - 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.

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Experience some of the world's largest hotels & casinos
Go wild in Vegas with a Party Bus
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Cirque du’ Soleil show
USD $87.00
VIP club entry
High Roller Anytime
USD $32.00
DAY 13 - Las Vegas to Los Angeles via Mojave Desert
Las Vegas
We are on the home stretch peeps. We’re leaving Las Vegas on a journey through the vast and dusty Mojave Desert and back into unmistakable scenery of Southern California.
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Cross the Mojave Desert
See the famous Joshua Trees
Mojave Desert
Los Angeles
Can it be true - is it really over? We'll finish of this truly slife changing trip by book ending it back in Los Angeles where it’s time to say goodbye to you're new best friends (who won't be feeling so new by this point). 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, and we hope you leave with a brand new perspective on travel.
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Haley Cassady
Traveled Dec 2018
Amazing trip, loved seeing the southern states and all of the culture they had to offer.
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Haylee Bishop
Traveled Nov 2018
Purchasing this Contiki was a great decision as it took a lot of the stress out of my holiday while allowing me to see all of the places I wanted to go to. It was a cost effective, stress relieving decision!
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Maddison Horn
Traveled Oct 2018
The was eye opening and brilliant. It often left me for a loss of words. Activities offered were fun and interesting. I enjoyed the whole trip and it was a brilliant experience
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Emily Glennie
Traveled Sep 2018
This trip was the perfect touch of the south. I loved it and it was great that they have some fun inclusions like Graceland which I haven’t had in past contikis. I only wish it went for a bit longer!
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Jordan Rowe
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Good to learn new things.
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Charmaine Adams
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Good tour manager and trip driver. Had a great experience and was good value for money.
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Liam Brotz
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The accommodation was fantastic and the tour guide was very informative
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Claudia Hackney
Traveled Aug 2018
I wish I went on the longer one! I got to see so much and experience things I never could by myself
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Georgie-Ann M
Traveled Jul 2018
I really enjoyed this trip, the places were beautiful and we got a taste of everything. I definitely recommend this trip to anyone who doesn’t want to do a long contiki. I wish I had chosen to do the grand southern contiki as you get close with your group and it’s a really good experience and great value for money.
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Anonymous
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I would definitely take another contiki!
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Anonymous
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Had best tour guide who waa full of info on places we where visitin and the extras made it even more fun and exciting. Couldnt wait for the next town and new excitin activites!
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Rona McCreanor
Traveled Jul 2018
Emma was an amazing trip leader! Couldn’t have asked for better
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Christopher Wooller
Traveled Jun 2018
everything is well thought out, every dollar spent is worth it.
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Jessica Bradley
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I thought it was well priced for what was included
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Samantha Upton
Traveled Jun 2018
Saw so many amazing places, it's a real good "taste tester" to see which places you'd like to go back and visit for longer.
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Anonymous
Traveled May 2018
Itinerary could be modified to allow more days in certain states and make the bus days further apart. Would also have liked it to be more open about the fact the Southern Adventure was part of a larger tour, and again with the eastern leg. Majority of people did not realise this was the case. When researching this trip, there didn’t seem to be many trips for under 20 days that focused on less travelled states of the USA. I was looking to find a trip that didn’t include LA, Vegas, NYC or any of the major stops. Or at least have to spend too many days here. Would have liked to do the middle part of the Grand Southern (minus Florida) and covered those smaller states that are harder to get to and were more focused on the history of the US. I understand Vegas and Florida added a different element to the tour to balance out the history, however there would definitely be a market out there for a trip that was between the 10-20 days and allowed people to discover another side to the US. Overall, the trip was great however would have preferred a smaller group size. Having almost 50 people makes things that little bit more challenging and time consuming. It’s hard to get to know 49 other people, especially if you’re only on part of an extended tour.
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Paige Vernon-Smith
Traveled May 2018
Great places, amazing hotels in great locations and a fabulous tour manager!
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Lachlan Henderson
Traveled Feb 2018
Well worth every dollar and I would do it again in a heart beat
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Ashleigh Baker
Traveled Jan 2018
Traveled to amazing locations and awesome extras
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Anonymous
Traveled Dec 2017
One of the best trips I have done. I could not speak highly enough of my guide Kade Ferguson, he went above and beyond throughout my trip. Kade had wealth of knowledge on american history and local knowledge and always made the long drives interesting. Thank you for everything Kade, I will differently be a Contiki customer again because of you.
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