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Southern Soul

Dallas to New Orleans

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The one that uncovers the soul of the Deep South, from Dallas Fort Worth to New Orleans jazz bars

Duration
8 Days
Places
5 places

Visiting Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, New Orleans

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

Discoverer

Group Size

Max 30 people

Transport Style

Coach

Highlights

  • See the state capital building, Moon Towers & The Driscoll Hotel
  • See the University of Texas
  • Visit Congress St
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

7 nights accommodation

8 nights in Hotel

Throughout this trip you'll be resting your head in cool, comfy & quality hotels

9 Meals

2 Dinner, 7 Breakfast

You can expect to refuel with hearty breakfasts and delicious dinners from us but we'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best local cuisine. You'll taste it all - from simple street eats to gourmet fare.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Professional, insightful and fun, our Trip Managers, Drivers and Local Guides in the USA & Canada are highly trained and ready to show you this incredible part of the world. Armed with their little black books of must sees, dos and eats, they'll help you avoid the tourist traps and show you the time of your life.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

On this trip you'll be cruising in style across some sweeping scenery on one of our comfy air-conditioned private coaches.

Experiences

10 included, 4 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Bond with you Contiki family over an authentic and mouthwatering Texan BBQ feast in Austin
- Check out Austin's world famous live music scene
- Take a river cruise through the charming melting pot of San Antonio•
- Chow down on gumbo in the New Orleans school of cooking
- Take a walking tour of the New Orleans French quarter, jamming in Jackson Square & marveling at Antebellum mansions

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs

Enrich the soul on this trip through America's south, with mouthwatering BBQs, southern hospitality and the sultry sound of jazz and blues. This one brings you from Fort Worth through Austin, Houston and New Orleans, taking in all of the mosaics of music, culture, history and delicious food that the deep south has to offer. Authentic experiences abound - from a traditional Texan BBQ, to a walking tour of New Orleans' famous French Quarter.

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Southern Soul Dallas to New Orleans

10 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See the state capital building, Moon Towers & The Driscoll Hotel
  • See the University of Texas
  • Visit Congress St
  • Feast on Texas BBQ
  • Walking Tour
  • Visit the Alamo
  • San Antonio Mission
  • River Walk and South Alamo Street
  • Walking Tour of the French Quarter with tasting of pralines & beignets
  • New Orleans School of Cooking Demonstration & Dinner

4 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Austin City Bicycle Tour
  • Austin Kayaking
  • River Cruise
  • Airboat Swamp Tour USD $60.00

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
Fort Worth
2
2 nights
Austin
1
1 night
San Antonio
1
1 night
Houston
3
3 nights
New Orleans
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain American trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

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.

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