Grand Southern

Grand Southern

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Grand Southern

21 Days Starting in Los Angeles (CA) and ending in Miami (FL)

Visiting: Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seligman (AZ), Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Durango, Santa Fe, Amarillo, Fort Worth, Memphis, New Orleans, Panama City Beach, Orlando, Miami

Tour operator:

Contiki

Tour code:

GSLAA19

Age range:

18-35

From:
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$3896 (USD) Operator discount: -$724 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$205 -19%
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Tour Overview

Travel through the USA doesn't get any grander than this. This sprawling adventure takes you from the glitz of Vegas through the gob-smacking Grand Canyon, the smooth jazz and intoxicating charm of New Orleans to the sun-soaked party scene of Miami. Welcome to the Great American Road Trip - the open road has never felt so good.

Highlights

  • 7 Dinner (D)

  • Los Angeles: Follow the lead of music icons through the decades and hang out on this infamous stretch of Sunset Boulevard.

  • Los Angeles: This needs no introduction. See the palm-lined playground of the rich and famous with 30 of your new BFFs.

  • 16 Breakfast (B)

  • Los Angeles: Photo op! Ramble around the iconic pink stars and hunt down your favourite celebs.

  • Los Angeles: A trip to Cali isn’t complete without seeing this boho beach town. Complete with its famous skate plaza and bodybuilders.

  • Los Angeles: Soak up those cool Cali vibes with your new Contiki fam. Explore the iconic pier and array of boutiques, bars and eateries.

  • Las Vegas: Just when you thought Vegas couldn’t get any crazier, this nightly light show comes along and proves you wrong. Intense!

  • Las Vegas: Where else would you find the Eiffel Tower and a Sphinx on the same street? See all the weird and wonderful Vegas highlights.

  • Las Vegas: This rainbow of rocks in the Nevada desert is cool AF and guaranteed a spot on our Insta page.

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Start Los Angeles
Location: Los Angeles
Accommodation: Kawada Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to LA, home to celeb-swamped suburbs, blistering beaches, open-air gyms and of course, all things Hollywood. We’ll start our West Coast adventure with a visit to Beverly Hills, plus Venice Beach and a wander around Santa Monica. Does it get more star-studded than this? We think not.

Day 2: Los Angeles
Location: Los Angeles
Accommodation: Kawada Hotel (or similar)

Today is yours to explore. You can opt to visit Disneyland, see what’s popping at the LA Live entertainment venue, or do some shopping at the garment district. There’s also the Grammy Museum and downtown LA food tour – helping the foodies taste all of the wonders of this true multicultural food Mecca.

Day 3: Los Angeles To Las Vegas
Location: Los Angeles, Las Vegas
Accommodation: Tropicana Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Dinner

We'll kick things off today in the famed City of Angels, where we'll set off through the Mojave Desert, marveling at the majestic Joshua Trees, before reaching the one and only 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.

Day 4: Las Vegas
Location: Las Vegas
Accommodation: Tropicana Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

You're in Vegas, baby! And the city's weird & wonderful charm isn't going to uncover itself. Experience the grandeur of the city's opulent casinos as we stroll down the strip and dance the night away, this is the perfect way to bond with your Contiki family, Vegas style.

Day 5: Las Vegas To The Grand Canyon
Location: Las Vegas, Seligman (AZ), Grand Canyon
Accommodation: Under Canvas Grand Canyon (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we'll leave the glittering lights of Vegas behind for something even more jaw-dropping.
Cruising the historic route 66, we'll stop for some photo ops before reaching the Grand Canyon National Park (entrance included, naturally).
We've arrived at another one of our jaw-dropping highlights of this trip... The Grand Canyon! And if you’re here during the summer months, you’ll get to set up camp at Under Canvas – a Special Stay where the views and vibes are simply sublime. (Here during the winter? Fear not, we'll bed down at the Red Feather Lodge which is just nearby.)

Day 6: The Grand Canyon
Location: Grand Canyon
Accommodation: Under Canvas Grand Canyon (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we’ll have a free day to spend in the Grand Canyon National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). We’ll hike (and bike) through the exposed rock, feel our spines tingle on a unique helicopter ride(!), and then gather in the evening to watch one of the world’s most mesmerizing sunsets.

Day 7: Grand Canyon To Durango
Location: Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Durango
Accommodation: Days Inn by Wyndham (or similar)
Meals Included: Dinner

With the beauty of the Grand Canyon imprinted on our brains forever, we'll journey past some Wild Western landscapes towards...
This monumental place has an iconic cluster of sandstone buttes, and we'll get a chance to visit the Monument Valley Tribal park as we wind our way through the Rocky Mountains
We've arrived in our home for the evening, Colorado's adventure capital: Durango

Day 8: Durango To Santa Fe
Location: Durango, Santa Fe
Accommodation: The Lodge at Santa Fe (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

The great outdoors is a way of life in Durango with adrenaline pumping river rafting on offer to you and your fellow thrill seekers. This afternoon it’s a total change of scenery when we enter New Mexico, where sun-baked earthen brick buildings stand out against the bright blue sky.
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 jewelery in the market and sample all of the different types of regional food on offer.

Day 9: Santa Fe To Amarillo
Location: Santa Fe, Amarillo
Accommodation: Big Texan Inn (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Rise and shine! Does anyone know the way to Amarillo? We're headed to this larger than life city this morning.
In true Americana Style, we'll visit Cadillac Ranch – a unique art exhibit celebrating the golden age of Cadillacs. Tonight’s accommodation even has a Texas-shaped pool and a hotel for your horse (you know, just in case you need it). Tonight, you can try 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.

Day 10: Amarillo To Fort Worth
Location: Amarillo, Fort Worth
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Worth Downtown (or Similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We'll say farewell to Amarillo and sweet Marie today as we head towards a Texan icon.
Here in the land of leather boots & Cadillacs, you'll soon learn that ‘bigger is better' is a way of life. An overnight stay in the cowboy town of Fort Worth will give you the full Texan experience.

Day 11: Dallas/Fort Worth
Location: Fort Worth
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Worth Downtown (or Similar)

Today we'll dive deep into the Texan way of life. We'll see a cattle drive, visit the Dealey Plaza and have the option to see the 6th floor museum.

Day 12: Dallas/Fort Worth To Memphis
Location: Fort Worth, Memphis
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Swinging past Little Rock High School, a historic site of the Civil Rights movement, we'll head to a place with a big rock 'n roll heritage.
We'll get a city orientation of musical Memphis this afternoon, with a whole day of sightseeing awaiting us tomorrow.

Day 13: Memphis
Location: Memphis
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today's the day to get into the history of music your way. We'll start with a visit to Sun Studios where Elvis recorded his very first song. Want more? Why not check out Graceland, the home of the King, or the Rock and Soul Museum.

Day 14: Memphis To New Orleans
Location: Memphis, New Orleans
Accommodation: La Quinta Inn and Suites New Orleans Downtown (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

We'll say farewell to Memphis today as we head to somewhere with a meaty musical heritage of its own.
After some free time to explore this hearteningly soulful city, we’ll turn up the volume and hit Bourbon Street to sample the live music and lively bar culture. This evening, venture out for a New Orleans dinner, to taste all the melting pot of flavors this fascinating place has to offer.

Day 15: New Orleans
Location: New Orleans
Accommodation: La Quinta Inn and Suites New Orleans Downtown (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Now that you know New Orleans like one of the locals, it's your day to do your own thing. Stroll down Frenchmen street for the sounds of jazz and funk, head to the vast grassy oasis of the city park or check out the New Orleans museum of art for an extensive collection of gorgeous French masterpieces. Our recommendation? Head to the SoFAB – Southern Food & Beverage Museum for some classic gumbo, or experience your own Airboat adventure.

Day 16: New Orleans To Panama City Beach
Location: New Orleans, Panama City Beach
Accommodation: Baymont by Wyndham Panama City Beach (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Leaving New Orleans won't be easy, but knowing we're bound for one of the “world's most beautiful beaches” helps.
There's only one way to test the rumours, so we'll take a dip in the crystal clear waters and kick back on the pure white sands of Panama City Beach.

Day 17: Panama City Beach To Orlando
Location: Panama City Beach, Orlando
Accommodation: Baymont by Wyndham Universal Blvd (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Tear yourself away from the beach, there are exciting times ahead!
We arrive in Orlando today with a trip to Universal Studios on the cards. We hope you budgeted for butterbeer.

Day 18: Orlando
Location: Orlando
Accommodation: Baymont by Wyndham Universal Blvd (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is your opportunity to visit the epic Universal Studios, where you can visit Diagon Alley, splash around in the vast water park or visit the islands of adventure. There's something for everyone in this dizzying spectacle of rides, film and entertainment.

Day 19: Orlando To Miami
Location: Orlando, Miami
Accommodation: Catalina Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We'll venture south to glamorous Miami today.
A little mouthwatering Cuban cuisine will get us in the mood with a delicious regional group deal setting the scene for two full days of art deco & celeb-spotting in this tropical paradise.  For anyone looking for an adrenaline rush, the option is there for a Thriller Speedboat across the bay.

Day 20: Miami
Location: Miami
Accommodation: Catalina Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

It's time for some magical Miami sightseeing today. We'll head downtown and of course the South Beach. Options for a bike down the beach, a clearwater kayaking float, or party in the city where the heat is on.

Day 21: End Miami
Location: Miami
Meals Included: Breakfast

Time to say goodbye to your crew. It's been a blast, but all good things must come to an end. With our sun-kissed skin and eyes on the next horizon, it's time to plan our next Contiki. Peru, anyone?

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  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    In 1961, a guy called John Anderson founded Contiki in New Zealand. Whilst later bought by The Travel Corporation, the tour company had already been using the name ‘Contiki’ since its inception.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Contiki trips are designed & operated exclusively for those aged 18-35 years. Your travelling companions will be like-minded adventurers within that age range. The age range is adhered to strictly.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® is our commitment to protect people, wildlife and the incredible planet we all share. Powered by The TreadRight Foundation, a non-profit organisation and Contiki’s guiding hand when it comes to making travel matter.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    All documentation will be sent via email around 21 days prior to your trip departure. You can also access information on your trip by signing up to My Contiki via the top right icon of the homepage.

Reviews of this Operator

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Northern Choice plus Kaikoura

16-Jan-2023

The trip ran so smoothly and was well organised! The extra add ons were amazing and all the services were spot on. Food places were reasonable. I'm definitely booking my next contiki trip again soon!

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Sophie  

Exceptional customer service

14-Jan-2023

Contiki were exceptional in providing customer service. They provided me with lots of information and were quick in responding to all my questions. I found that they were super helpful.

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First time traveling with Contiki. Highly recommend! You’ll have a blast

17-Jan-2023

First time traveling internationally since Covid and glad I spent the trip with Contiki. The travel, lodging, meals, activities everything was planned effortlessly. Going to Greece in may with contiki. Highly recommend

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Amazing trip. Made great friends and memories. Can’t wait for my next trip

15-Jan-2023

I had 24 people on my contiki and I think it was the perfect number, we all got to know each other well and got along great. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable, the hotels were nice and in great locations.

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Tanner Stokes  

My amazing trip to Africa

13-Jan-2023

Sherif was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about every single small detail at each site that we visited. In addition to his great service, he has a glowing spirit that made me feel like I had family with me the entire trip. Anything that I was concerned about, he always had an answer and was there to help. I truly enjoyed my experience and will purchase a tour with him in the future

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of contiki charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

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