LA Explorer (2 Nights) (Ends in Los Angeles)

Los Angeles

Day 1Arrive Los AngelesGet 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.Head to mythical Hollywood and walk across the holy ground for stars. Check out the Dolby Theatre, where the Oscars are held every year and Mann's Chinese Theatre, where so many greats have pressed their hands into the cement.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.A little further west discover 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. See the famous pier, which serves as a permanent amusement park, complete with a solar powered Ferris wheel.Maybe later 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. Later head out and hit the town's hottest bars and clubs.Accommodations: HotelDay 2Los AngelesIn 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 epic designer stores of Rodeo Drive. This is the place to spot celebs!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, which is just a few steps from your hotel. Or visit the interactive Grammy Museum where you can record your own song or get up close to some award-show celebrity dresses.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.Accommodations: HotelMeals: Breakfast (1) dayDay 3Depart Los AngelesFor your last day spend a fun day exploring the world-famous theme parks. 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 theme.Accommodations: Meals: Breakfast (1) dayLos AngelesLA party hot spotsLA Live Entertainment ComplexHop-on-hop-off LA city sightseeing tour featuring Downtown LA, Hollywood & Santa MonicaEasy access to Universal Studios, Hollywood & amazing shopping

DepartingFrom 29/04/2015 to 02/04/2016

3 days
FROM $355*
3 days FROM $355*

Waikiki Explorer (2 Nights) (Ends in Honolulu)

Honolulu

Day 1Arrive HonoluluAloha! Touch down in tropical Hawaii and check-in to your hotel.It’s all about location with a prime spot on world-famous Waikiki Beach and a backdrop of extinct volcanoes and dramatic cliffs. Head straight out for a first taste of the turquoise waters and white sands – maybe even cool off in the Pacific Ocean.While you’re here, make the most of our free concierge service at the Contiki Customer Service Center, which is just a short walk from the hotel. Our friendly, laid-back staff will give you pointers on the best stuff to do on Oahu, so that you can get the most out of your time here.Please note: This is an unescorted packageAccommodations: HotelDay 2HonoluluAs Hawaii’s cosmopolitan hub, Honolulu serves up an easy-going mix of culture, fantastic food and incredibly gorgeous nature. With a few days here, you’ll soon find yourself on “island time” enjoying the Hawaiian lifestyle. Kick start each day with an included coffee and a muffin, before hitting the soft sands of Waikiki Beach. With gentle waves, it is a great place to give surfing a go, or to just chill out and people watch.While you’re here, learn about World War II on our included tour of Honolulu’s historical hot spots. Visit the Pearl Harbor & Arizona Memorial and see the sunken USS Arizona up close. Then cruise through the crater of an extinct volcano when you visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Your Local Guide will tell you all about the fallen soldiers who are buried here. You’ll also see the USA’s only royal residence, Iolani Palace, and learn about the former royal family who lived there. Otherwise, turn the energy levels up with a surfing lesson, a bit of snorkeling or a fun Catamaran cruise and get out on the water like the locals. For some more action, hike up the neighboring extinct volcano, Diamond Head, where you can walk through old tunnels built in World War II. Scenery-wise, Oahu is breathtaking. Touch base with your Contiki concierge to find where you can experience lush rain forests, colorful coral reefs, green valleys and waterfalls. Or else cruise a little further afield on Oahu’s user-friendly public transport system to hang out on the world-famous surf beaches of the North Shore.Other ideas for your time here include kicking back at your hotel by the ocean-view pool and snacking on delicious tropical fruit like papaya or pineapples.Food-wise, our team is also happy to help you out and point you in the direction of some of the hottest eateries in town. With so many ethnic cuisines on offer, there’s plenty of choice. Experience a traditional Hawaiian Luau(a feast), try out fresh red snapper or lobster at an open-air beachside bistro, snack on sushi in a cute Japanese restaurant, head to bustling Chinatown to find an authentic noodle joint or taste Hawaii’s ahi poke (raw tuna salad). As for nightlife, Honolulu has it all. With traditional Hawaiian music performances, cool cocktail bars, laid-back lounges and pumping clubs, there is something for everyone. So get out there and explore it all in a fun night out!Accommodations: HotelMeals: Breakfast (2 days)HonoluluContiki concierge serviceSightseeing tour featuring Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona memorial & the Punch Bowl

DepartingFrom 29/04/2015 to 02/04/2016

3 days
FROM $365*
3 days FROM $365*

LA Explorer (4 Nights) (Ends in Los Angeles)

Los Angeles

Day 1Arrive Los AngelesGet 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.Head to mythical Hollywood and walk across the holy ground for stars. Check out the Dolby Theatre, where the Oscars are held every year and Mann's Chinese Theatre, where so many greats have pressed their hands into the cement.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.A little further west discover 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. See the famous pier, which serves as a permanent amusement park, complete with a solar powered Ferris wheel.Maybe later 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. Later head out and hit the town's hottest bars and clubs.Accommodations: HotelDay 2Los AngelesIn 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 epic designer stores of Rodeo Drive. This is the place to spot celebs!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, which is just a few steps from your hotel. Or visit the interactive Grammy Museum where you can record your own song or get up close to some award-show celebrity dresses.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.Accommodations: HotelMeals: Breakfast (3 days)Day 5Depart Los AngelesFor your last day spend a fun day exploring the world-famous theme parks. 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 theme.Accommodations: HotelMeals: Breakfast (1) dayLos AngelesLA party hot spotsLA Live Entertainment ComplexHop-on-hop-off LA city sightseeing tour featuring Downtown LA, Hollywood & Santa MonicaEasy access to Universal Studios, Hollywood & amazing shopping

DepartingFrom 29/04/2015 to 04/04/2016

5 days
FROM $599*
5 days FROM $599*

Waikiki Explorer (4 Nights) (Ends in Honolulu)

Honolulu

Day 1Arrive HonoluluAloha! Touch down in tropical Hawaii and check-in to your hotel.It’s all about location with a prime spot on world-famous Waikiki Beach and a backdrop of extinct volcanoes and dramatic cliffs. Head straight out for a first taste of the turquoise waters and white sands – maybe even cool off in the Pacific Ocean.While you’re here, make the most of our free concierge service at the Contiki Customer Service Center, which is just a short walk from the hotel. Our friendly, laid-back staff will give you pointers on the best stuff to do on Oahu, so that you can get the most out of your time here.Please note: This is an unescorted packageAccommodations: HotelDay 2HonoluluAs Hawaii’s cosmopolitan hub, Honolulu serves up an easy-going mix of culture, fantastic food and incredibly gorgeous nature. With a few days here, you’ll soon find yourself on “island time” enjoying the Hawaiian lifestyle. Kick start each day with an included coffee and a muffin, before hitting the soft sands of Waikiki Beach. With gentle waves, it is a great place to give surfing a go, or to just chill out and people watch.While you’re here, learn about World War II on our included tour of Honolulu’s historical hot spots. Visit the Pearl Harbor & Arizona Memorial and see the sunken USS Arizona up close. Then cruise through the crater of an extinct volcano when you visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Your Local Guide will tell you all about the fallen soldiers who are buried here. You’ll also see the USA’s only royal residence, Iolani Palace, and learn about the former royal family who lived there. Otherwise, turn the energy levels up with a surfing lesson, a bit of snorkeling or a fun Catamaran cruise and get out on the water like the locals. For some more action, hike up the neighboring extinct volcano, Diamond Head, where you can walk through old tunnels built in World War II. Scenery-wise, Oahu is breathtaking. Touch base with your Contiki concierge to find where you can experience lush rain forests, colorful coral reefs, green valleys and waterfalls. Or else cruise a little further afield on Oahu’s user-friendly public transport system to hang out on the world-famous surf beaches of the North Shore.Other ideas for your time here include kicking back at your hotel by the ocean-view pool and snacking on delicious tropical fruit like papaya or pineapples.Food-wise, our team is also happy to help you out and point you in the direction of some of the hottest eateries in town. With so many ethnic cuisines on offer, there’s plenty of choice. Experience a traditional Hawaiian Luau(a feast), try out fresh red snapper or lobster at an open-air beachside bistro, snack on sushi in a cute Japanese restaurant, head to bustling Chinatown to find an authentic noodle joint or taste Hawaii’s ahi poke (raw tuna salad). As for nightlife, Honolulu has it all. With traditional Hawaiian music performances, cool cocktail bars, laid-back lounges and pumping clubs, there is something for everyone. So get out there and explore it all in a fun night out!Accommodations: HotelMeals: Breakfast (4 days)HonoluluContiki concierge serviceSightseeing tour featuring Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona memorial & the Punch Bowl

DepartingFrom 29/04/2015 to 04/04/2016

5 days
FROM $635*
5 days FROM $635*

Las Vegas, New Year, 4 Days

United States

HIGHLIGHTS: Las Vegas Meet your Contiki Crew in Las Vegas and see what all the fuss is about - New Years in "Sin City" Here you can check out the Grand Canyon, shop at the Las Vegas Premium outlets or catch a Vegas show - or just party the days and nights away in wicked Las Vegas DAY 1 ARRIVE LAS VEGAS Meet up with your fellow travellers and Tour Manager this afternoon in larger-than-life Las Vegas - a man-made entertainment oasis smack in the middle of the desert. 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", your Tour Manager will fill you in on the story behind the city. Then cruise downtown to Freemont Street where you'll experience the spectacular light and laser show in a massive pedestrian mall. Top off the day with our trip to the top of the Stratosphere, Las Vegas' tower. Take in the night lights and sweeping views over the city from over 300 meters (1000ft) up. DAY 2 NEW YEAR'S EVE IN LAS VEGAS With a free day, 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 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. For something different, discover Las Vegas' trademark art at the Neon Museum and for a look into this town's atomic heyday in the 50s, visit the Atomic Testing Museum. Tonight, ring in the New Year at a hip Las Vegas club with the group, kick back at the open bar and explore the city in a big Vegas night out. DAY 3 LAS VEGAS 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, sit yourself down at a blackjack table and watch the high-rollers or go for a ride at one of the casino's theme-parks. If you work up an appetite, tuck into an all you can eat buffet, and lunch American style. If you just want to relax, position yourself poolside back at the hotel and soak up the Las Vegas sun. Tonight, there's an optional Las Vegas show on offer for the group. Then get some pointers on Las Vegas' hot spots from your Tour Manager and make the most of this towns' 24/7 action with some of your new friends. DAY 4 DEPART LAS VEGAS Say farewell to your new friends and the glitz and glam of Las Vegas. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Departing30 December 2014, 30 December 2015

4 days
FROM $765*
4 days FROM $765*

Las Vegas New Year (Ends in Las Vegas)

Las Vegas

Day 1Arrive Las VegasMeet up with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager this afternoon in larger-than-life Las Vegas – a man-made entertainment oasis smack in the middle of the desert. 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”, your Tour Manager will fill you in on the story behind the city. Then cruise downtown to Freemont Street where you’ll experience the spectacular light and laser show in a massive pedestrian mall. Accommodations: HotelMeals: Dinner (1) dayDay 2New Year's Eve in Las VegasWith a free day, 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!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.For something different, discover Las Vegas’ trademark art at the Neon Museum and for a look into this town’s atomic heyday in the 50s, visit the Atomic Testing Museum.Tonight, ring in the New Year at a hip Las Vegas club with the group, kick back at the open bar and explore the city in a big Vegas night out. Accommodations: HotelMeals: Breakfast (1) dayDay 3Las VegasExplore 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, sit yourself down at a blackjack table and watch the high-rollers or go for a ride at one of the casino’s theme-parks. If you work up an appetite, tuck into an all you can eat buffet, and lunch American style.If you just want to relax, position yourself poolside back at the hotel and soak up the Las Vegas sun.Tonight, there’s an optional Las Vegas show on offer for the group. Then get some pointers on Las Vegas’ hot spots from your Tour Manager and make the most of this towns’ 24/7 action with some of your new friends. Accommodations: HotelMeals: Breakfast (1) dayDay 4Depart Las VegasSay farewell to your new friends and the glitz and glam of Las Vegas.Accommodations:Las VegasEvening tour of the famous Vegas 'Strip'Experience some of the world's largest hotels & casinosVisit Fremont Street & see the light-and-laser showNew Years Eve entry into a fabulous Vegas nightclub

DepartingFrom 30/12/2015 to 02/01/2016

4 days
FROM $785*
4 days FROM $785*

Yosemite Park & Napa Valley

Las Vegas

Day 1 Las VegasArrive to our joining hotel any time. Welcome meeting in the evening. Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned, though a brief departure meeting will be held in the hotel on the evening. The meeting will start at 6 PM local time and we will meet in front of the Starbucks Coffee Shop on the main casino floor. Please look for your CEO with a G Adventures shirt; Vegas is a busy place! This tour leaves Las Vegas early on Day 2; if you would like to spend any additional time here, we recommend booking pre-tour accommodation.Day 2 Death Valley NP/Bishop (L,D)Visit one of the country's most rugged landscapes, the legendary Death Valley, the hottest and driest spot and home to the lowest point in North America. Surrounded by peaks which soar to over 14,000 feet in elevation, Bishop, one of "America's Coolest Mountain Towns" sits directly in the center of an incredible area of natural beauty. Enjoy secluded hot springs where star gazing is amazing. Note that on Day 3, we intend on using the Tioga Pass, a scenic a route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Bishop with Yosemite NP. In the spring and autumn seasons, there's a chance that the pass will be closed due to poor weather conditions or even snow. In such a case, we use an alternate route today, and will spend the night in Lake Isabella instead of Bishop. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip. Approximate Distance: 430 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops)Day 3 Yosemite NP (B,L,D)In the morning visit ancient Mono Lake and walk among dramatic and fascinating tufa towers. Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes as you enjoy one of the most scenic drives in California: the Tioga Pass! Take short hikes to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows and walk amongst giant sequoias. With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes. Approximate Distance: 236 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops on the Tioga Pass)Day 4 Yosemite NP (B,L,D)Full day to explore Yosemite National Park. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape. Option to rent bikes in Yosemite Valley. Estimated Travel time: 2 hoursDay 5 Napa Valley/Petaluma (B,L,D)Venture out to world famous wineries in beautiful Napa Valley. Enjoy a nice lunch, then opt to taste delicious wine and leave the driving to us. In the afternoon take an optional canoeing trip on the scenic Napa River. Approximate Distance to Napa River: 351 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including stops)Day 6 San Francisco (B)Arrive to one of the most iconic cities in the world: San Francisco. Your CEO will point out some popular sites on the drive into town–perhaps you'll catch a glimpse of the stately Golden Gate Bridge, a marvel of engineering and deco design. Go back in time and take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills or rent a bike to explore the city on wheels. In the evening, take an optional sunset sailing trip. For our final night in San Francisco, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre. Approximate Distance: 75 km Estimated Travel Time: 4 hrs (including stops)Day 7 San FranciscoDepart at any time. There's a lot to see and do in San Francisco, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation. Haight-Ashbury, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and the city's famous cable cars await you.

DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 16/10/2016

7 days
FROM $800*
7 days FROM $800*

New York to Chicago

New York

Day 1 New YorkArrive to our joining hostel at any time. Welcome meeting at 7:30pm. From the Statue of Liberty to Ground Zero to Chinatown, New York City is full of things to do and see. We recommend spending extra time here; please speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation.Day 2 New York/Newburgh (1D)Dive into the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple on a brief orientation to the city with your CEO, then hit the road and head out of the cit. Later enjoy your first night with the group by chilling out around the campfire. Approximate Distance: 112 km Estimated Travel Time: 3 hrs (including stops)Day 3 Finger Lakes (1B,1L,1D)Enjoy a day out in nature as you take in the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes region. Discover one of the highest waterfalls east of the Rocky Mountains, Taughannock Falls, dropping 215 foot! Explore this beautiful area on foot, cool off in the crystal clear water or just relax by the lake. Optional canoeing. Approximate Distance: 375 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops)Day 4 Niagara Falls (1B,1L,1D)An exciting adventure awaits you in Niagara Falls that will last a lifetime. Feel the rushing waters of the falls by taking the famous "Maid of the Mist Boat Tour". Optional, dive into a world of discovery at the Cave of the Winds and get soaked! Stay until darkness settles over the falls and witness when the Falls are illuminated in a rainbow of color! Approximate Distance: 190 km Estimated Travel Time:4 hrs (including stops)Day 5 Cleveland/Sandusky (1B,1L,1D)Travel to Cleveland. Opt to dive into the history of Rock 'n' Roll at the Rock 'n' Roll Music Hall of Fame before continuing to Sandusky for the night. Approximate Distance to Sandusky: 430 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including a stop in Cleveland)Day 6 Chicago (1B)One thing is for sure, you'll never be bored in Chicago. Start off your last afternoon with a brief orientation to the city with your CEO and then opt to explore the many attractions Chicago has to offer, starting with the famous Willis Tower, formerly knows as the Sears Tower. Relax at the Millennium Park, enjoy dazzling music and wander on the boardwalk of the Navy Pier. In the evening, enjoy a last night with the group. For our final night in Chicago, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre. Approximate Distance: 470 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops)Day 7 ChicagoDepart at any time. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if you would like enjoy more of the city.

DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 12/09/2016

7 days
FROM $892*
7 days FROM $892*

Home to the Big Apple, the White House, the Grand Canyon and more

Take a trip to the Grand Canyon, check out the presidential profiles at Mount Rushmore, indulge your inner child at Disneyland, or witness the intensity of the majestic Niagara Falls. Time your United States holiday just right and you can be partying at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, taking in the vibe of the Coachella Musical Festival or watching the leaves change colour during fall in New England.

USA: Route 66Get Your Kicks on Route 66

While the East coast and the West coast of America jostle for pole position, you don't have to choose a winner. Criss-cross America to take in the frontier landscape of the Mid-West and Great Plains. Travel down the west from Seattle through so-hip-right-now Portland and San Francisco to the Southwest cities of Las Vegas and Santa Fe. On the Atlantic side, salsa from Miami through the Deep South to Washington D.C. and then up to New York and Boston.

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When is the best time to travel to the States?

The U.S. is a large country with a varied climate. Depending on the activities that you are looking to take part in, the country is enjoyable anytime of year. Generally speaking the ‘low season’ is considered to be the northern hemisphere winter (November to February). Depending on where you are travelling to it may be snowing so the demand for seats could be lower. If you’re travelling for winter sports or skiing, this may actually be the busy season for such destinations as Denver, Aspen, Vail and the many other winter holiday destinations. Winter can also be a great time to travel to the sunny destinations of Florida, Texas and the southwest where warm days and cool nights can be enjoyed.

US Holidays

The U.S.A. celebrates many different holidays. They offer a glimpse into the culture and can be some of the best times of the year to travel! Americans know how to decorate and they enjoy getting into the celebratory spirit.

Thanksgiving - (fourth Thursday of November each year) is the busiest time of travel. Even more so than Christmas as Americans have a four day holiday. It’s also a huge shopping experience with sales from every retailer over Black Friday (equivalent to the Boxing Day sales in Australia).

Christmas - While not a long work holiday period for American’s, this can be a super time to experience American hospitality. Streets are decorated and the festive spirit abounds. There is nothing as spectacular as enjoying a white Christmas in great cities like New York or Chicago.

Halloween - (31 October) Halloween is a country wide celebration. Although not a public holiday it’s one of the most spectacular times of the year to visit as autumn (locally known as ‘Fall’) leaves begin to fall. The trees are turning brown and every street corner is decorated with ghoulish scenes. Look out for the trick-or-treaters though; you are better off giving a treat then receiving a trick.

CONSULTANT TIP: Where possible try to avoid school holidays and major holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving to help secure a lower airfare. The summer school holidays in the U.S. are June, July and August and considered peak times of travel.

Have you considered a cruise?

There is nothing more relaxing then sailing the high seas. Unpack just once and enjoy the rest of your cruise in all its relaxing splendour. Best of all, your entertainment and food comes in the one ticket price. Cruises are a great way to see multiple destinations and visit exotic ports along the way, making it a convenient, cost effective way to see the world.

Several cruise lines sail between Australia and the U.S.A. via ports in such beautiful places like New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Tahiti and more.

For the ultimate in Trans-Pacific luxury, talk to us about a cruise on Cunard’s famous Queen Mary 2 or Queen Victoria from Los Angeles to Sydney. Why not fly one way and cruise home? You may be surprised at just how affordable this can be. Come in and ask your Flight Centre Travel Expert for a quote today.

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