LA Explorer (2 Nights) (Start Los Angeles, End 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.Day 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.Day 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.Arrive Los 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

Travel Dates: From 29/05/2015 to 02/04/2016

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

Waikiki Explorer (2 Nights) (Start Honolulu, End 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 packageDay 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!Arrive HonoluluContiki concierge serviceHonoluluContiki concierge serviceSightseeing tour featuring Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona memorial & the Punch Bowl

Travel Dates: From 29/05/2015 to 02/04/2016

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

LA Explorer (4 Nights) (Start Los Angeles, End 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.Day 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.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.Arrive Los 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

Travel Dates: From 29/05/2015 to 04/04/2016

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

Waikiki Explorer (4 Nights) (Start Honolulu, End 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 packageDay 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!Arrive HonoluluContiki concierge serviceHonoluluContiki concierge serviceSightseeing tour featuring Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona memorial & the Punch Bowl

Travel Dates: From 29/05/2015 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.

Travel Dates: 30 December 2014, 30 December 2015

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

Las Vegas New Year (Start Las Vegas, End 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.Day 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.Day 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.Day 4Depart Las VegasSay farewell to your new friends and the glitz and glam of Las Vegas.Arrive 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 Year's Eve in Las VegasNew Years Eve entry into a fabulous Vegas nightclub

Travel Dates: From 30/12/2015 to 02/01/2016

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

New York to Chicago

New York

Day 1 New York CityArrive to the joining hostel at any time. Welcome meeting at 7:00pm. 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 pre-trip accommodation. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome MeetingDay 2 New York City/Newburgh (1D)Dive into the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple on a brief orientation to the city with the CEO, then trade in the big city for a campfire. Additional Notes: This tour departs New York City mid-day on Day 2. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 112km)Day 3 Newburgh/Finger Lakes (1B, 1L, 1D)Discover one of the highest waterfalls east of the Rocky Mountains, Taughannock Falls. Take a hike to explore this beautiful area on foot, rent a kayak or paddleboard, or just relax by the lake. Opt to taste wine from one of the local vineyards. Included Activities: Taughannock Falls Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 375km)Day 4 Finger Lakes/Niagara Falls (1B, 1L, 1D)An exciting adventure awaits in Niagara Falls. Feel the rushing waters of the falls taking the famous "Maid of the Mist Boat Tour." Return after darkness settles over the Niagara region and witness the Falls illuminated in a rainbow of colour! Included Activities: Maid of the Mist Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 190km)Day 5 Niagara Falls/Sandusky (1B, 1L, 1D) Transport: Approximate Distance to Sandusky: 430km (267 mi) Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))Day 6 Sandusky/Chicago (1B) Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 470km)Day 7 ChicagoWe recommend booking post-tour accommodation if you would like to enjoy more of the city. Included Activities: Departure Day

Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 12/09/2016

7 days
FROM $840*
7 days FROM $840*

San Diego, Grand Canyon & Vegas

Los Angeles

Day 1 Los AngelesThere's a lot to see and do in LA, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and other hot spots around the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome MeetingDay 2 Los Angeles/San Diego (1D)Your CEO will point out a few famous neighbourhoods and landmarks on the drive out of town. Cruise through Orange County and along the incredible Pacific coastline to the truly remarkable city San Diego. Sun, sand, food and fun awaits us in this beautiful beach city. When the sun sets, experience the Gaslamp Quarter District with numerous pubs and nightclubs. Included Activities: Coronado Island Visit Mission Beach Visit Transport: Private Van (6.00 hour(s), 190km)Day 3 San Diego/Scottsdale (1B, 1L)In the evening, enjoy a night out in historic downtown Scottsdale. Pull on your jeans and cowboy boots and get ready to kick up your heels in this western town famous for its country music. Additional Notes: To better experience the city, for our night in Scottsdale, we give up camping in favour of hotel accommodation. Included Activities: Imperial Sand Dunes Visit Transport: Including stops Private Van (8.00 hour(s), 660km)Day 4 Scottsdale/Grand Canyon (1L, 1D)Charge up your camera batteries in time for this next breathtaking experience as we take Arizona's famous scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon en route to the Grand Canyon. Included Activities: Montezuma Castle Visit Slide Rock State Park Visit Grand Canyon Sunset Transport: Includes stops to Montezuma Castle, and Slide Rock. Private Van (8.00 hour(s), 400km)Day 5 Grand Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D) Included Activities: Grand Canyon South Rim VisitDay 6 Grand Canyon/Las Vegas (1B, 1L) Included Activities: Vegas Strip Visit Transport: Private Van (9.00 hour(s), 480km)Day 7 Las Vegas Included Activities: Departure Day

Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 03/10/2016

7 days
FROM $864*
7 days FROM $864*

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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