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The USA Coast to Coast

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*This experience runs on selected dates – (Prices may vary according to departure dates)
*Rooms are en-suite and twin where possible. If you are a solo traveler, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex  

25 days Journey Across the Mighty US of A!

Visiting 1 country: USA

 

They say life’s a highway – so what better way to grab it by the horns than to head out on the ultimate road trip through the US of A? Hop on the party machine, chow down on supersized cuisine and live out your American dreams in the likes of California, Arizona, Texas, Florida and New York City. This action-packed American adventure will definitely be an experience to write home about.

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Day 1: New York City to Washington, District of Columbia

Meet with the gang bright and early in NYC before we hit the road to Philadelphia. Note: cheese-steak recommended. Tonight, see Washington all lit up on an illumination tour and make the most of your night with a chance to bond with the crew over dinner.

Day 2: Washington, D.C.

‘Gram yourself in front of some of the USA’s most iconic buildings, recreate famous movie moments, play spot the senator… Today you can get a real feel for the powerhouse that is DC. Get your bearings and tick off all the must-see places with an optional segway or bike tour. However you travel, this is the place to clue yourself up on all things American history and visit some of the many memorials, monuments and museums.

Day 3: Washington, D.C. to Charlotte, North Carolina

Swap the capital for North Carolina’s biggest city. Take it easy with a stroll around Charlotte’s museums and sample some old-school foodie classics, or opt in to go fast and furious on a Speedway tour.

Day 4: Charlotte to Savannah, Georgia, South Carolina

Sample the charm of Charleston, then prepare to recreate that ‘life is like a box of chocolates’ scene on Forrest Gump’s bench: we’re going to Savannah.

Day 5: Savannah

Today’s options: slow the pace with a Slow Ride pub crawl, or get your spine tingling with a ghost tour (if you dare). Not to scare you, but Savannah is one of America’s most haunted cities – so keep your eye out for spooks as you visit a selection of haunted and historic houses, all while hearing bone-chilling tales of of ghosts and ghouls.

Day 6: Savannah to Orlando, Florida

Roll into Orlando today, where there’s year-round sunshine and a certain friendly mouse reigns supreme.

Day 7: Orlando

Opt in to spend the day with the characters you loved as a kid at Walt Disney World – or, for the thrill-seeking option, make sure you check out Universal Studios to unleash your inner movie buff. Did we mention you can also go to the Kennedy Space Center today if you so choose? So. Many. Options.

Day 8: Orlando to Miami

B’bye Magic Kingdom and mouse ears, we’re off for an Everglades airboat tour on the way to Miami. After a driving tour of the city, you can thank Miami’s distinct Latin flair for our seriously tasty dinner.

Day 9: Miami

Take a trip to Little Havana to people-watch in the cafés, stroll by pretty pastel houses and dodge the Speedo-clad skaters of South Beach, or take an optional speed boat trip. After an authentic Cuban dinner, see Miami come to life at night (if this place could get more lively) and join a club crawl.

Day 10: Miami to Florida Gulf Coast

Ease into things in Florida’s Gulf Coast by throwing yourself into the nightlife at one of its many beach bars.

Day 11: Florida Gulf Coast to Panama City Beach

‘Gators, begone! We’re off to seek out turquoise waters and sandy beaches. At Panama City Beach you can while away the afternoon shopping, exploring or just plain lying around doing very little.

Day 12: Panama City Beach to New Orleans, Louisiana

A relaxing day by the beach will just about ready you for the awesome assault on the senses that is New Orleans. Music lovers will be spoilt for choice with all of the city’s jazz clubs and dancing spots. Foodies will have a hard time picking between gumbo and po-boys, jambalaya and muffulettas, beignets and bananas Foster. Maybe just try ‘em all. Tonight, the legendary party vibes of Bourbon Street await, so arm yourself with a Hand Grenade cocktail and get those toes tapping.

Day 13: New Orleans

Today’s the day to tick off any leftover items on your ‘things I MUST do in the Bayou’ list. Swing dance in NOLA, creep yourself out in one of the ‘Cities of the Dead’, find out what a steam calliope sounds like, or just have a taste of true New Orleans crawfish. Today’s optionals? We’re glad you asked. Choose from a swamp tour, a cooking demo or a paddleboat cruise.

Day 14: New Orleans to Lake Charles

On our way to Lake Charles we’ll make a pit stop at Baton Rouge, where there’s an orientation tour on the cards.

Day 15: Lake Charles to Austin, Texas

Reawaken those childhood dreams of riding in a rocket at the Houston Space Center before we rock up in Austin. Tonight: feast on a Texan BBQ.

Day 16: Austin

The city is yours today. Hello thrift shopping, Airstream cuisine (cooler than regular food trucks) nudists, boot scooters, cheese makers and a cathedral of junk. When you’re done with the weird, there’s Zilker Park and SoCo to check out. Be sure to hit 6th Street tonight for a live music smorgasbord.

Day 17: Austin to Dallas/Fort Worth

First today, we’ll pay a visit to The Sixth Floor Museum – the fateful place where JFK was shot. Afterwards, we’re off to Dallas and the Fort Worth Historic Stockyards for a step back in time to the Wild West. From its original brick walkways to its wooden corrals, Fort Worth has it all. Tonight, we highly recommend Billy Bob’s Texas – the World’s Largest Honky Tonk. This enormous dancehall has over 30 bars and can hold up to 6,000 people! Time to get your two step on.

Day 18: Dallas/Fort Worth to Amarillo

Amarillo is a ‘go big or go home’ kinda place. See someone take the 72oz steak challenge at a Texan steakhouse for proof.

Day 19: Amarillo to Albuquerque, New Mexico

Feeling artistic? Good. It’s time to channel Banksy at Cadillac Ranch (an art installation of half-buried Cadillacs) on Route 66. You’ll get to crack out the spray paint and get creative on the tailfins of these all-American automobiles. Next up: Albuquerque (the home of Breaking Bad).

Day 20: Albuquerque to Durango, Colorado

Wanna get that adrenaline pumping? Durango’s the place to do it, so feel free to get involved in some optional whitewater rafting on the Animas River today. Less bumpy options include hiking, biking and zip-lining. Afterwards, zip up your boots – we’re off to visit a ranch. Anyone for some tasty homegrown eats?

Day 21: Durango

You’ve got a free day in Durango, so make it count. There’s a whole bunch of exciting optionals to choose from – or if you’d rather slow the pace, you could simply spot prairie dogs and gaze at the cracking scenery from the Durango Silverton steam train.

Day 22: Durango to Grand Canyon region, Arizona

Today feels like a Navajo jeep tour kind of day. One that goes through Monument Valley. Even though it’s a bumpy ride, you’d be forgiven for wanting to miss the bus, especially once you learn the stories of the mesas from our Navajo guide. Tonight: the Grand Canyon awaits.

Day 23: Grand Canyon to Las Vegas, Nevada

Today we’re rolling from the red stripes of the Grand Canyon (where you could take to the skies on an optional heli-tour) to The Strip in Vegas, where we’ve got a driving tour all lined up. When the sun sets, don your finest outfits – it’s time to board the party bus. Afterwards, there’s some optional club entry to take advantage of. Don’t mind if we do!

Day 24: Las Vegas

Anything goes in Vegas. Our suggestions? Well, you could go high with an optional heli-tour over The Strip, ride the High Roller Observation Wheel or visit a shooting range. Whatever you choose, just remember to save some energy for one last Sin City night out.

Day 25: Las Vegas to Los Angeles, California

Wipe away the last traces of glitter and board the coach – it’s time to head back to La La Land, where this trip wraps up.

Additional information

Country

USA

Duration

3 Weeks +

Travel Style

IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL

Highlights

  • Day trip to Grand Canyon National Park
  • Historic Stockyards, Fort Worth
  • Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo
  • Navajo Jeep tour, Monument Valley
  • NASA Space Center, Houston
  • Ranch visit, Durango
  • Night illumination tour, Washington, DC
  • Airboat experience, Everglades
  • Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas
  • Party bus, Las Vegas

Inclusions

What’s included

  • 22 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L),12 dinners (D)
  • 24 nights accommodation in hotels, motels and lodges
  • Natonal Park entry fees
  • Modern air-conditioned coach/mini-coach
  • Guided tours of all major cities

What’s not included

  • International flights
  • Extra meals & drinks

Accommodation

24 nights accommodation in hotels, motels and lodges.

We stay at good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, while striving to keep the cost affordable. However, standards and ratings may differ to what you are used to in your own country. It’s also worth noting that standards may also vary throughout the different regions of the country you are visiting.

If you are a solo traveler, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex. If you are travelling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with us. We never presume that two people travelling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have booked pre or post trip accommodation, please note that most hotels in North America require you to present a credit card at check in even if your accommodation has been pre-paid for. The hotel will either place a temporary hold on a set amount (called a pre-authorisation) or will make a manual swipe of the card. This is done to cover incidentals, for example if you consume something from the mini-bar, or if you damage the hotel room. Your card will NOT actually be charged unless you use the mini-bar, etc. Please ask the hotel front desk clerk for a further explanation when checking in if you are unsure about why they need the card. Again, this is standard procedure at most hotels and is typically not something you need to be concerned about.

Meals

22 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 12 dinners.

Please note that drinks are not included with meals, except at breakfast where coffee, tea and/or juice may be included. If you wish to purchase drinks at dinner you may do so at your own expense.

If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise us when you book. However, please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

Additional Info

Group Size
Maximum 50 people

Transport
Air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people) or spacious mini-coach (maximum 20 people)

Start/Finish Times
Start time:
Meet at 8am in Los Angeles

Finish time:
Approximately 5pm in New York City

Age Restriction
Please note that this experience has a maximum age limit of 40

Optional Activities

On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money. None of the Optional Activities on your trip are operated by us, nor do they form part of your contract with us for your trip. Should you participate in any Optional Activities your contract will be with the local supplier and their conditions will apply.

Please note: while we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up-to-date as possible, they are subject to change and in rare circumstances the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.

Please note that optional activities and prices are subject to change.

Las Vegas, Nevada
Visit a shooting range: From € 87
Ride the High Roller Observation Wheel: € 31
Heli-tour over the Las Vegas Strip: € 109
Club entry: Prices vary

Grand Canyon, Arizona
Heli-tour over the Grand Canyon: € 250

Durango, Colorado
Horse riding (summer only): € 82
Whitewater rafting (summer only): € 52
Ziplining (summer only): From € 113
Chuckwagon Dinner Show: € 27
Mountain bike tour (summer only): TBC
Snowmobile tour (winter only): € 117

New Orleans, Louisiana
Swamp tour: € 16
Cooking demonstration: € 31
Paddleboat cruise: From € 27

Miami, Florida
Miami speedboat ride: € 27

Orlando, Florida
Visit Walt Disney World: From € 87
Visit Universal Studios Orlando: From € 87
Visit the Kennedy Space Center: Approx € 87

Savannah, Georgia
Slow Ride pub crawl: € 27
Savannah ghost tour: € 22

Charlotte, North Carolina
Speedway tour: € 18

Washington, DC
Bike or segway tour of Washington, DC: € 31

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Entry to the One Liberty Observation Deck: € 11

Passenger Safety

One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it’s important to be aware of the following:

When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellow travelers if you become separated.

In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.

It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don’t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.

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