Southern Adventure
from $4793
Duration: 12 Days
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 Fort Worth, with highlights like Vegas, Santa Fe and the Grand Canyon in between.
Day 1
Start Los Angeles
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
End Dallas/Fort Worth
It's time to say our farewells and wrap up this epic adventure. Want to keep going? Then check out our Grand Southern!
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