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14 Day Best of USA

Contiki Guided Tour starting in Los Angeles and finishing in New York

Countries Visited: USA 
2015 Contiki USA & Canada Tours Operator: Contiki
Reviews: (1)
Style: USA    Email a Friend
Duration: 14 Days    Compare Tour
From: Los Angeles to New York    Save to Shortlist
Tour Code: TUSA
  

Tour Description

The name says it all. With 4 hot USA cities wrapped into 1 tour, these are 2 weeks you don't want to miss out on! Start in the 'City of Angels' & hit the streets to see the Walk of Fame and the stars' homes in Hollywood Hills. Fly north to San Fran, famous for its cable cars & the Golden Gate Bridge, before partying with the high rollers in Vegas. Then after all the West Coast action, more excitement awaits you under the bright lights & hustle & bustle of the Big Apple, where you'll finish your tour in style.

Contiki Accommodation & Transport

  • 13 nights twin-share hotel accommodation
  • Flights & transfers to San Francisco, Las Vegas & New York
  • 3 day Muni pass in San Francisco
  • 7 day Metro Pass in New York
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities
  • Local taxes

Exclusive Inclusions

  • Keep your eyes peeled for film shoots on a guided walking tour of downtown L.A.
  • See the famous Hollywood sign, Mann's Chinese Theatre & Hollywood's Walk of Fame
  • Drive along famous Sunset Strip
  • Visit Santa Monica and its famous pier
  • Visit Venice Beach
  • See Rodeo Drive and Melrose Avenue
  • Visit Fisherman's Wharf
  • Transfers and flight to San Francisco
  • See North Beach, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury & the city's iconic cable cars
  • See Alcatraz
  • Cross the Golden Gate Bridge
  • 3 Day MUNI Pass
  • Treat your tastebuds with a Chinatown dinner & tour in San Fran
  • Sit back, chill & enjoy the San Fran sunset on a catamaran cruise
  • 3 Day MUNI Pass
  • Transfers and flights to Las Vegas
  • Evening tour of the famous Vegas 'Strip'
  • Visit Fremont Street & see the light-and-laser show
  • Non-stop nightlife
  • Live it up Vegas-style with a limo ride & champagne
  • Transfers and flight to New York
  • The Big Apple's all yours with a 7 day travel pass
  • See Wall Street and the NYSE
  • See Harlem's Apollo Theatre
  • See Museum Row including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Guggenheim Museum
  • See the famous neighbourhoods of New York such as Soho, Greenwich Village and TriBeCa.
  • Visit Central Park
  • Visit fashionable Fifth Avenue & see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center & Tiffany's
  • Visit the World Trade Center
  • Come face to face with the Statue of Liberty
  • Get a birds eye view of Manhattan from the Empire State Building
  • Visit the Empire State Building & take an elevator to the Observation Tower (102 floors up)

Exclusive Food

  • 11 meals: 6 breakfasts & 5 dinners

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Arrive Los Angeles
Meet up with your fellow travellers and Tour Manager before heading straight out into the city that mixes up glamour, grit and the American Dream: Los Angeles. It's packed with legends, full of energy and there are loads of things to do. You'll head out for an insider's look at downtown LA on our morning walking tour. Your Local Guide will tell you all about the architecture, fill you in on American pop culture and show you some of the old theatres from Los Angeles' heyday. Then head to mythical Hollywood and onto holy ground for the stars. Check out the Kodak Theatre, where the Oscars are held every year and the Chinese Theatre, where so many greats have pressed their hands into the cement. We'll cruise down the hottest shopping street in LA, Melrose Avenue, and one of the best areas for nightlife, the Strip (Sunset Boulevard), with its billboards, clubs and eateries, before getting a glimpse at one of the world's wealthiest suburbs in Beverly Hills, where your Tour Manager will give you the background on the who's who of Hollywood A little further west and we arrive in Santa Monica, LA's oldest beach resort. Known for its liberal vibes, art galleries and wide sand beaches, Santa Monica is all about the California coast lifestyle. Your Tour Manager will give you some history on the city and then show you the famous pier, which serves as a permanent amusement park, complete with a solar powered Ferris wheel. Later, we travel out to LA's quirkiest suburb where anything goes: Venice Beach. A favourite hang out spot for locals, colourful Venice Beach attracts all sorts of people. Get a feel for street life when you hit the buzzing boadwalk, where performers, tattoo artists, hair braiders, musicians and roller bladders gather. Make sure you check out the markets and stalls, as well as the greased-up body builders pumping iron at the famous open air gym, Muscle Beach. After dinner, you'll head straight out for an optional Hollywood Pub Crawl through some of the towns hottest bars and clubs. Meals: Dinner (1)
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Los Angeles
In your free time, explore more of this colourful metropolis. LA has it all when it comes to shopping. Hit the boutiques of Melrose Ave or window-shop the designer stores of Rodeo Drive. Visit the Fashion Museum for inspiration and see famous outfits from movies on display, then hunt down some funky threads and interesting materials in the Garment District. This city has food as diverse as its residents - you can find anything from burgers or tacos at a pavement stand to sushi in Little Tokyo, so make sure you make the most of this cultural melting pot. For some all-American sports, check to see if any basketball, baseball, soccer or football games are on while you're in town. Spend a fun day exploring the world-famous theme parks of LA. Get inside Walt Disney's magical imagination at Disneyland, where you can experience different theme zones and rides like Indiana Jones or Pirates of the Caribbean. For a behind-the-scenes look at movie making, head to Universal Studios and enjoy the thrills of this park's film-themed rides. Otherwise, have a look at the Hollywood Bowl programme, pack a picnic and head to an outdoor summer concert or hang out with some of your new friends in the funky bars and live music clubs of Hollywood. Meals: Breakfast (1 day)
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Los Angeles To San Francisco
This morning, we board our flight for San Francisco. Colorful, cosmopolitan and creative, San Francisco is packed with characters, free-thinkers, and artists. You'll see the signs of its recent history where it served as the hub of the gold rush, as well as the center for Beatnik and Hippy cultures. Get familiar with this buzzing city as your Tour Manager shows you around San Francisco's key sights. Walk across San Francisco's landmark suspension bridge, the Golden Gate. We stop off at Fisherman's Wharf for a slice of the historic waterfront lifestyle, where you can order some fresh fish or crab from sidewalk stands. You'll also check out the city's iconic row houses on Alamo Square. Thriving with activity, Chinatown is a fun, kitsch experience. Your Tour Manager will take you there to see its hidden spots tonight. Learn about the history of the gold rush as you walk through the bustling district, past traditional herb-sops, Buddhas, and flashing neon lights. Then eat together at one of its many authentic restaurants.. Meals: Dinner (1)
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San Francisco
With 2 full days here, get a real feel for San Francisco and its hilly streets. Chalk up a local experience by jumping on a cable car and exploring the city. If you've booked ahead of time, catch a ferry out to Alcatraz, the former island jail that once held A-list criminals like Al 'Scarface" Capone, Soviet spies and crime bosses. Walk around the old cells and get the background on these bad boys. You could turn back the clock to the 'Summer of Love" with a visit to cool Haight-Ashbury, the center point of 1960s alternative culture. Once packed with 75000 hippies, it now has chilled-out cafes, record stores, second hand clothes shops and bookstores to rummage through. With over 3000 places to eat and drink, San Francisco has endless choices. Head to the city's gritty Latin American quarter, Mission District, for Mexican tacos or El Salvadorian pupusas (corn flat breads stuffed with cheese, pork or beans) or hit North Beach for some Italian. Tonight there's an included sunset sail out on San Francisco's famous bay. Meals: Breakfast (2 days), Dinner (1 day)
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San Francisco To Las Vegas
Get ready to arrive in larger-than-life Las Vegas - a man-made entertainment oasis smack in the middle of the desert. Often dubbed Sin City, it's all about glitz, neon lights, and excess. See the bright lights of this city and its world-famous casinos in a first taste of Vegas kitsch as the group heads down the main drag, the 'Strip", and your Tour Manager fills you in on the story behind Vegas. Then cruise downtown to Freemont Street and experience a slice of the spectacular at a light and laser show in a massive pedestrian mall. Meals: Dinner (1)
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Las Vegas
With two free days, you've got time to get a real feel for this outrageous town, so keep an eye out for Elvis impersonators and fast-paced chapel weddings! Explore more of the Strip and check out over-the-top versions of international icons, like the Eiffel Tower, Venetian canals and gondolas, a Roman temple or the pyramid, whose nightlight can be seen from the moon. Try your luck at one of the casinos and sit yourself down at a blackjack table with the high-rollers. For a different kind of thrill you can visit a Strip-view roller coaster or sky-high theme park. If you work up an appetite, tuck into an all you can eat buffet or eat from the kitchen of a celebrity chef. Discover the quirky side of Las Vegas' at the Neon Museum and for a look into this town's atomic heyday in the 50s, visit the Atomic Testing Museum. If you just want to relax, position yourself poolside back at the hotel and soak up the Las Vegas sun. There's a chance to discover the mind-blowing landscape of the Grand Canyon, one of the world's most recognizable natural wonders, in a fantastic optional helicopter flight. See an optional variety show with the group then get some pointers on Las Vegas' hot spots from your Tour Manager before your included limo ride; whatever you do make the most of this towns' 24/7 action with some of your new friends. Meals: Breakfast (1 day)
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Las Vegas To New York
Leaving Las Vegas behind, we catch a flight and hit New York next. Cool, chic and pumping with urban soul, this is one knock-out town. From yellow cabs to delis, from hit shows to cutting-edge galleries, from iconic monuments to street culture, this city has it all.
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Hello Big Apple!
Get familiar with the Big Apple as your Tour Manager shows you round New York's core spots today. You'll kick start the day as your Tour Manager opens up Manhattan. See the USA's economic heart on Wall Street and the famous stock exchange NYSE, before checking out the cultural hub of Harlem and the famous Apollo theater, where jazz, blues and soul greats like James Brown performed. You'll see Museum Row, which includes some of the world's most prestigious museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Check out the towering Rockefeller center, which took 70 000 workers to build, the Gothic St Patrick's Cathedral and the exclusive jewelry store, Tiffany's before making a sobering stop at the World Trade Center Site, where the Twin Towers once stood. After dinner tonight, we'll all head down to Times Square. Take in the bright night lights of this popular meeting point, right in the thick of the theater district. With free time, maybe you could catch a late show, New York style. Or else, with so much variety and so many places to go, head out with some friends and explore the city's incredible nightlife. Meals: Breakfast (1), Dinner (1)
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New York, New York
Get up close to one of the world's most recognizable icons, the Statue of Liberty. Then, with a free day, you can take off at your own pace and discover more of the ultimate big city. Get on 2 wheels in a fun optional guided tour and peddle your way through Central Park, New York's heart and 'lungs". Our Local Guide knows this popular haunt's hidden spots and will tell you all about this iconic green space. Otherwise, get familiar with New York's various flavors and step into its global kitchen. Try some hand made pasta in atmospheric Little Italy, or authentic noodles from a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in bustling Chinatown. Pick up a bagel and some salami from a deli or buy an authentic American hot dog from a street stand. Use your free time to explore New York's vibrant and diverse neighborhoods up close. Soak up the bohemian feel of the former center point of the folk movement, Greenwich village. This hub of alternative culture still has a buzzing street life and cute, sidewalk cafes. Take a walk through stylish Soho and check out its hip, funky boutiques, the warehouse district and its trademark iron architecture. Shopping-wise, New York is one of the world's hottest cities and a leading trend-setter, so get some tips from your Tour Manager on where to go for the latest fashions. If you're into the hit show 'Sex and the City", don't miss your chance to find out more with our fun optional locally guided tour around the girls' favorite city hot spots in New York this afternoon. Use your free night to head back to your favorite city spot for a cocktail or ask your Tour Manager for some fresh ideas and head out with your friends. Meals: Breakfast (1)
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More Of Manhattan
Start the day of with an adrenaline-pumping optional ride on the famous Hudson River. Hit speeds of up to 72km/hr(45mph) and check out Manhattan's incredible skyline from the water. Otherwise, use your free time to get out of the city for a change of scene. Head out to beautiful Brooklyn by walking over the historic Brooklyn Bridge or visit the colourful suburb, the Bronx, known for its zoo and botanical gardens. For something different, hit the Lower East Side and learn about New York's mixed history and immigrants at the Tenement Museum. If you're feeling hungry, visit the Chelsea Market - it's packed with gourmet foods from brownies to lobster. Tonight is the last night on tour, and we're going to make it unforgettable. After a farewell dinner, we'll head straight to the top of New York's most famous landmark, the Empire State Building. Take in the gorgeous night lights of Manhattan and sweeping views over the city from 102 floors up.
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Depart New York City
Your tour ends this morning so it's time to say goodbye to your new friends and Tour Manager.

14 Day Best of USA Reviews

Tour reviews from past clients of Global Journeys. 1 Reviews. Average Rating 4.0 of 5.

Our tour was really good and had an amazing time. I would have loved it more if it was longer as I felt rushed in certain cities. There was so much to do and not enough time! Tour manager was exceptional and very knowledgeable. Overall, fantastic trip and would use Global Journeys again. Thank you!

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Contiki create hassle-free vacations with an unbeatable mix of sightseeing, culture, people your own age & free time. Contiki are the worldwide leader in tours for 18-35's, operating in over 40 countries around the world.
Region: USA Guided: Tour Host & Driver Age Restriction: 18-35 years
Style: USA Coach: 5 Star Flights: N/A
Accommodation: 3+ Star Max Group Size: N/A Airport Transfers: N/A
Hotels: Central - Mostly Free Coach WiFi: No Tips: Optional on Tour
* Source: Contiki for tours in USA . Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do many people travel on Contiki solo?

Yeah they do, and they have an amazing time! About 50% of Contiki travellers are on their own, but not for long! The experience of travel builds lasting relationships which you'll cherish for your lifetime. If you're concerned about travelling alone, don't be, you're making one of the best decisions of your life.

Is Contiki only for 18 to 35 year olds?

Contiki are the original travel company for 18–35s. For Contiki, travelling is all about discovering amazing places with a bunch of like-minded people and having a great time doing it. To cater to this market and provide a product which not only meets, but exceeds your expectations, Contiki tours are only available to those between 18 and 35. In some circumstances, a passenger aged 17 will be accepted onto Contiki tours under the supervision of another passenger over 18 and with the consent of their parent or guardian.

How much luggage can I bring?

For Contiki's USA tours, luggage is restricted to one reasonable sized, non-expanding suitcase size up to 29" x 20" x 10" (73cm x 50cm x 25cm) and a maximum weight of 20 kilos (44lbs.) plus one small hand/day bag that can go on the coach with you. No metal frame backpacks please, their bulky shape makes coach packing difficult and they are likely to damage other luggage. Contiki reserves the right to refuse to accept larger suitcases on tour. Note: Baggage is carried at the owner's own risk and insurance is strongly recommended.

What should I pack?

Like spending money, everyone's bound to be different depending on how many unique outfits you want to wear, what the weather is going to be like, how often you're willing to do washing - (most of the places Contiki stay at have the facility to do washing). A great tip is to pack a range of things that can mix, match and layer!

How much spending money should I bring?

We're all different; some of us want souvenirs, some of us want to indulge in nights out and some want to shop til they drop and some just want to experience it all! Travellers cheques in small denominations (in a main currency) are the safest way to carry your personal spending money. In America, carry US$ travellers cheques. You can also get cash at local ATMs along the way if needed. Remember that you'll need to allow enough to cover lunches, some dinners, shopping, entrance fees to some attractions, optional activities and activities, souvenirs, drinks and evening entertainment/nightclubs. A full list of optional activities and approximate costs will be sent to you with your travel documents.

The tour I'm looking at doesn't have dates in the month I want to do it in, why not?

If departure dates are not showing up in the month you wish to travel, it's because the tour does not depart during that time due to operational or seasonal reasons.

Where will my tour start and finish?

The majority of Contiki tours start at the Contiki Hotel where you will spend your first night on tour. This information will be on your Contiki tour documents which will be issued to you 21 days prior to departure.

When will I get my Contiki documents?

Global Journeys will send your documents 21 days prior to your departure from Australia. Bookings made less than 21 days prior will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Can I book and pay for my Optional Activities now or on tour?

All Optional Activities are booked and paid for on tour with your Tour Manager. Usually on the first day you'll have a chance to discuss what's available and then, when it comes time to book, your Tour Manager will collect a cash payment for the activities.

How much free time will I have?

Contiki schedules plenty of free time during your trip so that you can also explore on your own. If you're concerned about having too much free time, Contiki offers fabulous optional activities. Also if at any time you feel like even more 'you' time, just have a chat with your tour manager about meeting up with everyone later. You can tailor your trip how you like; it's YOUR holiday!

Do I need a passport and travel visas?

You will need a valid passport. Obtaining correct visas is your own responsibility. Not having correct visas could mean you missing out on part or all of your trip. Please refer to the Visa section on our website - which should be used as a guide only. Then, double check with the individual Embassies before you depart, remembering that visa requirements can change at short notice. For most of the countries where visas are required, it is NOT possible to obtain the visa whilst on the trip and some visas take 3-4 weeks to obtain.

Does the price shown include flights?

Contiki Holidays are inclusive of all transport once the tour begins. On tour, all coaches, trains, ferries, tuk tuks, bicycles, internal flights, whatever, are included in the cost of your tour. Everything you need to get around from the first to last day of tour. However, flights to and from your home city are NOT included. Global Journeys can also organise your flights if you wish, & we also recommend booking with your favourite airline online.

What's the weather going to be like?

Weather is tricky as everywhere is different and it's always changing. Luckily, Global Journeys provide temperature, and rainfall averages on every itinerary webpage. Look to the right of this page!

Are prices based on double occupancy?

Most prices are based on double occupancy, unless otherwise specified. For example, Most Concept tour prices are based on quad share with twin room bookings on a request basis incurring a surcharge. Some tours offer single occupancy for an additional cost, or triple– or quad–share for a reduced price.

Pre Departure Information

Contiki operate pre departure meetings which are a great opportunity for you to meet your Tour Manager and your fellow travellers, and also saves a lot of time the next morning.

When and where?
Pre departure meetings in the US are held either the evening before your tour or on the morning of departure at the departure hotels. The time and location of your pre departure meeting will depend on the city you are beginning your tour in.

Anaheim
The pre departure meeting for tours departing from LA will be at the Best Western Stovalls Inn at Anaheim, just across the road from Disneyland. The meetings take place here at 7pm the night before the tour starts. If you don't make the pre departure meeting you should be at the Best Western Stovalls Inn at Anaheim between 6:30 and 7am the morning of departure for a 7:45am departure at the very latest. People travelling on non-US passports on tours travelling south to San Diego and Tijuana in Mexico should check the entry requirements into Mexico, have their I-94 forms (filled out at US Customs upon your first entry to the US) and US entry documents on them for the next day of adventure into Mexico.

New York
Tours departing New York have a pre departure meeting in the departure hotel at 7pm the evening before departure. Check the information sheet at the hotel reception as to the exact location of your meeting. If you don't make the pre departure meeting you should be at your departure hotel between 6:30 and 7am the morning of departure for a 7:45am departure at the very latest. Check your Contiki Travel Documents for your departure hotel.

Other Cities
If you tour starts in another city (New Orleans, Orlando, Chicago for example) usually meet up at 7am on the morning of departure. Exact information will be made available in your Contiki Travel Documents closer to the time of departure.

What to Bring to your Pre Departure Meeting

  • Your Passport
  • Your Contiki Travel Doc's & Vouchers
  • Next of Kin Emergency Contact Information
  • US immigration documents including the I-94 form (obtained at US Customs and usually stapled into your passport) for Non-US passport holders

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11 May 2015 24 May 2015   AU $4,285 AU $6,140 AU $95 AU $4,190  
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01 Jun 2015 14 Jun 2015   AU $4,285 AU $6,140 AU $95 AU $4,190  
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31 Aug 2015 13 Sep 2015   AU $4,285 AU $6,140 AU $95 AU $4,190  
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08 Feb 2016 21 Feb 2016   AU $4,285 AU $6,140 AU $95 AU $4,190  
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