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  1. Day 1
    Arrive Miami
    Welcome to one of the world’s epic beachside hotspots, Miami! Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel buddies this afternoon before checking out the city. Chill in the sun, or jump on an optional speed boat tour on Biscayne Bay for some thrills. Tonight, do it local as we hit the town & party Miami-style.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 2
    New Year's Eve in Miami
    It’s a free day, so get amongst the groove of this awesome city. Do your own thing, or we’ll give you some other cool options, like hitting the streets on a South Beach bike tour, shopping at the city’s stores or hire a wave runner & hit the water for good times. Tonight join the party & ring in the New Year at one of the city’s coolest clubs - entry & open bar included.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 3
    Miami
    Happy New Year! Take it easy this morning, today’s a free day to chill Miami-style. Laze by the pool or beach, shop at the Lincoln Street Mall or check out the Coconut Grove district. Tonight, you can keep the party going on an optional harbour party cruise.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 4
    Depart Miami
    It’s time to say farewell to the good times in Miami, as your tour ends this morning & it’s time to say farewell to your travel buddies.
    Accommodations:

    Miami
    Hit the town & party Miami-style
    Go shopping at the Lincoln Street Mall
    Entry into one of the city's coolest clubs for New Year's Eve
    Chill out poolside or at the beach
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  3. Day 1
    Los Angeles to Las Vegas
    Meet up with your Contiki crew and Tour Manager before we hit the road. Journey through Southern California and the vast Mojave Desert, with its iconic Joshua trees, into Nevada.
    Get ready to arrive in larger-than-life Las Vegas – a manmade 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: Hotel
    Meals: Dinner (1) day

    Day 2
    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!
    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.
    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, 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: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 3
    Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon
    Leaving the desert of Nevada, we head into Arizona’s high country. With down time on the coach, plug in your iPod, catch up on some sleep or chat with your new friends.
    Following a section of the legendary Route 66, we stop in the town of Seligman. This historic town will give you a feel for the old style as you check out 1940s shop fronts and motels. This is a good place to pick up a souvenir for back home.
    We continue on to the mind-blowing landscape of the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s most recognizable natural wonders and pride of Arizona.
    Accommodations: Cabin
    Meals: Dinner (1) day

    Day 4
    Grand Canyon National Park
    A day here means time to take in the immensity and spine-tingling beauty of the scene-stealing Canyon – it has got a rep for a reason!
    This morning get up close to this UNESCO World Heritage site on an optional helicopter ride and get another angle on the Canyon as you fly over it.
    Hike along the South Rim for mind-blowing vistas of the dramatic scenery. See some of the oldest exposed rocks on earth, take in the deep abyss and soak up the wildness of the area. There are trails for all levels of hiking, so take it up a notch or cruise along at your own pace.
    Wrap up the day with a canyon sunset and take in the stunning changes of light while the sun goes down.
    Accommodations: Cabin
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 5
    Grand Canyon to Durango via Monument Valley
    It’s into the Wild West today as we travel past cacti, rocky plateaus and the iconic desert backdrop of Monument Valley. Packed with stone spires and mesas (flattop mountains), the valley is also home to Navajo culture. Learn about the American Indian and Navajo way of life as the group visits the Navajo Tribal Park.
    Your jaw will drop as we travel through a narrow gorge to the Painted Desert, where colorful rock formations dot the desert. Get your camera ready for a rock shaped exactly like a Mexican sombrero (hat).
    Then it's off to Colorado’s adventure capital and old-mining town, Durango, with its rugged nature and masses of trees.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Dinner (1) day

    Day 6
    Durango to Albuquerque
    Get into the region’s outdoor lifestyle in an adrenaline-pumping river-rafting optional or choose to discover the back country and an old mine on a four wheel drive excursion.
    This afternoon, it’s a total change of scene when we enter New Mexico, where sun-baked earthen brick buildings stand out against the bright blue sky. When we pull into Albuquerque, you’ve got time before dinner to uncover the city’s Spanish heritage. Check out the pueblo (old town), where the original settlement still stands, as well as small shops that sell knick-knacks, antiques and souvenirs.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 7
    Albuquerque to Amarillo
    Enjoy an unforgettable experience by choosing an optional hot air balloon ride over New Mexico in the early morning. This region is famous for hot air ballooning, so grab hold of your camera for the full-blown vistas over the desert and the Rio Grande.
    Next up is Santa Fe. It’s a prime example of how New Mexico mixes up Mexican, Spanish, Anglo and American Indian cultures. Walk around town and see pueblo style architecture or experience Santa Fe’s artistic flair and visit some of its 250 art galleries. It’s a great place to pick up some turquoise jewelery – a traditional craft of the American Indians.
    For lunch, try out some local spicy specialties like caldillo (green chilli stew), fajitas (sizzling meat and vegetables wrapped in tortilla) and tamales (cornmeal, meat and chili).
    Eastbound, we travel into the heart of cowboy country to laid- back Amarillo, a small, quirky town known for its ranches and cattle auctions.
    Get your dose of Americana at the Cadillac Ranch – a roadside open-air collection of off-beat art. Cast your eyes over the time line of Cadillac models and learn about this classic American car.
    Make the most of our “old west” accommodation tonight, complete with a Texas-shaped pool and horse hotel (stables for those travelling steeds). Later on, if you’re keen, put your hand up for the Big Steak Challenge and take on a 2.1kg portion (4.4lb) of beef.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Dinner (1) day

    Day 8
    Amarillo to Dallas
    Home to the Dallas Cowboys football team, oil millionaires, rich ranchers and a famous soap opera, Dallas doesn’t do things by halves. The “Big D” dishes up big attitude.
    You’ll get your bearings as your Tour Manager shows the group some of downtown Dallas’ core spots. Then there’s time to get out there among the city slickers and pound the pavements for a first taste of the Lone Star State’s famous city.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 9
    Dallas
    With a day to discover why things are bigger and better in Texas, you’ll get a real feel for this fast moving city.
    This morning, get the low down on one of Dallas’ darkest moments at the Sixth Floor Museum. Learn about the background on JFK’s life and assassination and even stand in the “gunman’s nest” (from where Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have taken aim).
    In your free time, chalk up a local experience and move around at your own pace on the city’s easy public transport. Check out where Dallas’ elite shop at the landmark Neiman Marcus – an upscale department store complete with 6 stories of luxury items. For something different, head to Deep Ellum, a neighborhood packed with funky clothing stores, up-and-coming galleries and loads of affordable restaurants.
    Later, we visit Fort Worth and its historic stockyards. Pick up some cowboy boots and keep an eye out for the Texas long-horn steer.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 10
    Dallas to Memphis
    With one foot in Texas and one foot in Arkansas, we visit the town of Texarkana! Make sure you grab a photo of yourself standing in two states.
    Stop by Little Rock and see the Central high school - a hot spot during the Civil Rights Movement! Then we cross over the mythical Mississippi River and pull into the 'musical mecca' and BBQ capital, Memphis. Hometown to blues, soul and rock’n’roll, Memphis moves to a lot of different beats. Get a feel for its rhythm as your Tour Manager points out the Gibson guitar factory, the Orpheum Theatre, Rock’n’Soul Museum and Beale Street.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 11
    Memphis
    Jump start the day with a tour of Graceland and pay homage to the King of Rock’n’Roll. Your Tour Manager will tell you Elvis’ story before you tour his 70s style mansion and get up close to his lifestyle, gold records and jumpsuits.
    After Graceland, you’ve got free time to explore Memphis.
    If you’re keen, we’ll drop you at the Civil Rights Museum. Housed in the Lorraine Motel, this is where Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. You can find out more about the American Civil Rights movement and its legacy here.
    Stop by at Memphis’ signature site, Sun Studios, where Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash all recorded. If you want to find out more about Memphis musical heritage, have a look around and even make your own record!
    If you’re hungry while your here, make sure you try out some Memphis BBQ, as this place is known for it.
    Later, head to Memphis’ core and former hub of African American culture, Beale Street. Birthplace of the blues, stomping ground of famous singers like B.B. King and Tina Turner, this historic street is a major landmark and a great place to listen to live music, kick back with a beer and party.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 12
    Memphis to New Orleans
    Drop by Jackson, Mississippi, and then cross Lake Pontchartrain on the longest causeway in the world.
    A meeting point of European style and Caribbean flavors, swinging New Orleans is busy with soul, flamboyance, festivities and a whole lot of jazz!
    Get your first taste of the city’s romance as the group looks into New Orleans’ spiritual heart: the historic French Quarter. See New Orleans’ main drag, the city’s original coffee shop Café du Monde, the French Market and thriving Jackson Square, with its pretty wrought iron balconies.

    Later, turn the energy levels up with a visit to Bourbon street. Humming night and day, it is all about music and bars. So make sure you live the New Orleans’ motto “Laissez les bon temps rouler” - let the good times roll!
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 13
    New Orleans
    A free day means time to absorb the atmosphere and lose yourself in the energy and diversity of New Orleans. You could hop on a historic street car and head to the southern end of the Garden District, where you can soak up the rundown elegance and old-world charm of the quarter’s Victorian mansions.
    Experience more of the stunning French Quarter, made up of hidden courtyards, soul-kitchens and jazz clubs. Hang out in Jackson Square and watch musicians, fortune tellers and artists.
    For a taste of tradition, sit down in historic Café du Monde and order the only two things on the menu: café au lait (milk coffee) and beignets (French donut).
    To learn more about local flavours, sign up for the New Orleans Cooking School optional and watch well-known local chefs make classics like gumbo (a type of stew), shrimp Creole and bread pudding, and then eat the food afterwards.
    Other ideas for your free time include rummaging through the farmers and flea markets on the square, visiting the Voodoo Museum for a look into more spellbinding traditions or reliving Mardi Gras at the Mardi Gras Museum.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 14
    New Orleans to Panama City Beach
    With time to relax on the coach, enjoy a siesta or get some tips for the up-coming destinations from your Tour Manager. Travel through Southern Mississippi, with a stop in Jackson for lunch. Afterwards, we head to Southern Alabama to soak up some sun with an overnight stop at "The World's Most Beautiful Beaches" - Panama City Beach.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 15
    Panama City Beach to Orlando
    Get ready to arrive in the former farming town of Orlando. This ordinary town was transformed into the most-visited place in the state by Walt Disney’s imagination, when he created Disney World. Now Orlando is all about wild rides, fantasy and amusement parks, so get some pointers from your Tour Manager and take your pick!
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 16
    Orlando
    Free time means a day out in one of the many fun parks located here with some friends. There are loads of options; Disney World with its 4 parks, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and several water parks. The parks also serve up theme-bars and clubs, so if you’re keen, keep it moving tonight at one of them.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 17
    Orlando to Miami
    Flamboyant, flashy and fabulous, Miami is hot and loud. Packed with diverse neighborhoods, each with their own character, Miami is great place to hang out.
    First up it's a look around the downtown. You’ll see the Miami Heat (basketball team) arena, the high rises of the financial district and the outdoor shopping area of the Bayside Marketplace. You’ll also get a feel for the city’s Latin vibe in Little Havana, with its Cuban influence and history.
    Then, discover stylish South Beach with its iconic art deco buildings, swaying palm trees and neon lights. Sizzling any night of the week, South Beach is where all the action is, so explore it in a night out with your friends.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 18
    Miami
    Tropical Miami oozes energy and a free day here means time to get into this happening hub.
    Head down to Ocean Avenue and people-watch. If you’re looking to relax, kick back among the toned, bronzed bodies on South Beach and take a swim in the warm waters of the southern Atlantic.
    Have a go on 2 wheels in a fun included biking excursion with the group and get familiar with the waterfront neighborhoods. Your Local Guide will give you an insider’s view on this colorful town, and take you to many of Miami’s signature sites like Casa Casuarina (Versace Mansion), the Bass Art Museum and the Holocaust Memorial before winding down with something cool to drink at Miami’s Marina.
    If you’ve got time to live a bit of the local Latin lifestyle, return to Little Havana and order some Cuban rice and beans, followed by some sweet Cuban coffee. Try your hand at dominoes on one of the outdoor tables on Calle Ocho (Eighth Street) or pick up a Cuban cigar and some salsa music at one of the little shops.
    Before you hit the shops, get some pointers about where to head from your Tour Manager, who knows the ins and outs of Miami. For shopping in style, stroll through the outdoor shopping promenade of the Lincoln Road mall and for bargains, head to Espanola Way. Tonight, live a slice of the high life and party it up Miami style out on the water in our optional harbor party cruise.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 19
    Miami to Daytona Beach via Kennedy Space Center
    Today you get the chance to touch base with outer space as you explore the incredible Kennedy Space Center before arriving in the NASCAR capital, Daytona Beach!
    PLEASE NOTE: Trips departing before April 2015 will head to Cocoa beach and visit the Kennedy Space Center tomorrow, as the below itinerary

    Today, we roll on to the surfing capital of the East Coast, Cocoa Beach. Our hotel is in walking distance to the beach, so hit some of the biggest waves in Florida or try out some volleyball on the beach. Watch the locals fishing off the pier and order some fresh seafood later on at beachside grill.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 20
    Daytona Beach to St. Augustine
    This morning there's time to chill on the beach, or for those adventurous thrill seekers why not ride shotgun in a NASCAR for a serious adrenaline rush!
    Back on the coach, we cruise through a wildlife reserve and journey on to pretty St. Augustine, America’s oldest inhabited city, complete with cobblestones, a laid-back harbor and small beaches. Head to the timeworn streets of the Spanish quarter with the group, soak up the Mediterranean feel with its colorful buildings and courtyards, and see the 16th Century Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.
    PLEASE NOTE: Trips departing before April 2015 will head from Cocoa Beach to St. Augustine via the Kennedy Space Center as the itinerary below
    Hit the Space Coast, home to NASA, and visit the fascinating Kennedy Space Center, the only rocket launch point for space missions in the Western Hemisphere. You’ve got time to explore the massive series of buildings, as you learn about space exploration and get up close to pieces of the moon, mission capsules, astronaut’s gear and space shuttles. You’ll also see the launch and landing pad first hand.
    Back on the coach, we cruise through a wildlife reserve and journey on to pretty St. Augustine, America’s oldest inhabited city, complete with cobblestones, a laid-back harbor and small beaches. Head to the timeworn streets of the Spanish quarter with the group, soak up the Mediterranean feel with its colorful buildings and courtyards, and visit the 16th Century Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 21
    St. Augustine to Savannah
    Free-wheeling Savannah is up next and its all about southern charm. Fall under its spell as you check out the old cotton warehouses, historic city squares and mansions. Spared from the destruction of the Civil War, you’ll see original historic buildings here.
    Visit stunning Forsythe Park and see gorgeous moss covered oak trees, surrounding historic homes and inns. Take in the sub-tropical plants, flowers and lush greenery that spill onto the town’s 24 public squares.
    Perhaps enjoy dinner along the waterfront tonight and experience southern hospitality at its best.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 22
    Savannah to Raleigh via Charleston
    Practice your best Southern drawl and get ready for a little Southern hospitality as you cross the Carolinas today. On our way, we stop in charming Charleston for lunch before reaching the college town of Raleigh, where we’ll have a bit of fun tonight.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 23
    Raleigh to Washington D.C.
    This morning, cross over the border into Richmond for a slice of history. After a look around the old center we head to Carytown, a young and funky district, for lunch.
    Next up: the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. It’s the USA’s political core, buzzing with decision makers and busy with museums, monuments and politics.
    Get inspired on our Illuminations Tour around D.C’s famous structures and see the city brilliantly lit up against the night sky. Your local guide will fill you in D.C’s signature sites and monuments, like the Capitol Building, Washington Monument and the White House.
    We’ll drive along the National Mall, a traditional place of protest and of key events in the USA’s past. Enjoy an overview of presidential history with a look at the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King gave his “I have a dream” speech, the Jefferson memorial with its famous columns and the Roosevelt Memorial. Remember those who died in Vietnam and Korea as you check out the memorials to those conflicts.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 24
    Washington D.C.
    With two full days to explore the capital, you can visit some fascinating museums and monuments, or hang out in the city’s vibrant neighborhoods for a different feel.
    We’ll visit Arlington National Cemetery, where JFK is buried and thousands of US soldiers lie. You’ll see the sobering sight of endless rows of white headstones and have the chance to watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Then get some pointers from your Tour Manager on where to go next.
    Get a dose of culture at the Smithsonian Museums. This is a one-stop culture spot, made up of 19 different museums. It has it all – from natural history to space, so the choice is yours, and best of all, it’s free!
    You can also visit the world-class Holocaust Museum and learn about one of history’s darkest moments as you honor the victims.
    For something fun and intriguing, head to the Spy Museum. Find out about infamous FBI cases and what it means to be a secret agent, while you listen to bugs and play around with gadgets and interactive displays.
    Later, hit Georgetown, D.C.’s oldest district and see how it has injected itself with new energy. 200 year-old buildings hold hip galleries and boutiques – it’s a great place to pick up something funky. It’s also a global kitchen - try something from the 50 different types of ethnic food on offer. With a university crowd, Georgetown is vibrant and young, so spend some time exploring the laid-back lounges and upscale bars.
    For something more upbeat, get down and funky in Adams-Morgan, another trendy district.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Dinner (1 day)

    Day 26
    Washington D.C. to New York
    Leaving the capital behind, we continue on to New York.
    First up is Philadelphia. Check out Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the historic Liberty Bell – Philadelphia’s landmark that weighs in at 2080lb (944kg). Don’t forget to try a Philly cheese steak, a local speciality.
    We top off your travels with New York, where it’s time to say farewell to your new friends, as the tour ends here late this afternoon.
    Please note: It's best not to book flights before 9:00pm.
    Accommodations:
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Mojave Desert
    See the famous Joshua Trees
    Las Vegas
    Visit Fremont Street & see the light-and-laser show
    Evening tour of the famous Vegas 'Strip'
    Experience some of the world's largest hotels & casinos
    Only Contiki: Live it up Vegas-style with a limo ride & champagne
    Non-stop nightlife
    Route 66
    Stop for photos & souvenirs
    Grand Canyon
    Hike along the Canyon's South Rim
    Capture incredible photos with a visit to a panoramic viewpoint
    Monument Valley
    Visit Monument Valley
    See the Painted Desert
    Durango
    Drive through the Rocky Mountains
    Albuquerque
    Visit Old Town Albuquerque
    Santa Fe
    Experience Native American culture
    Visit the historic art town
    Amarillo
    Visit the unusual outdoor tribute to the American automobile at 'Cadillac Ranch'
    Experience Big Texan culture & food.
    Dallas
    Only Contiki: Visit the infamous John F. Kennedy Sixth Floor Museum
    Enjoy the nightlife
    Only Contiki: Tuck into some ribs & enjoy BBQ treats the Southern way
    Ft. Worth
    Visit Fort Worth Stockyards
    Mingle with cows and cowboys in this rodeo town
    Little Rock
    Cross the Mississippi River
    Memphis
    Only Contiki: Pay tribute to the 'King of Rock & Roll' at Elvis' home Graceland
    Visit the Civil Rights Museum & Sun Studios
    Visit Beale Street, home of Blues music
    New Orleans
    See the French Quarter, Jackson Square & the French Market
    Orlando
    One way transfers to the amusement parks
    Miami
    See downtown Miami
    Wander through vibrant Art Deco period architecture & party like a rockstar in a city famous for it's nightlife
    Only Contiki: Roll Miami-style on a guided bike tour of South Beach
    Cape Canaveral
    Only Contiki: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ... blast off at the Kennedy Space Center
    St Augustine
    See Castillo de San Marcos National Monument America's 300 year old fortress
    Tour America's oldest city
    Savannah
    See the historic city squares, homes & gardens made famous by the film 'Forrest Gump'
    Only Contiki: Guided walking tour of charming Savannah
    Enjoy nightlife along the riverfront
    Charleston
    See the historic Southern town of Charleston
    Washington DC
    Visit historic Richmond, VA
    Evening Illuminations Tour
    See the Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam, FDR & Korean Memorials
    See the White House, Capitol Building & Washington Monument
    See the Pentagon
    Visit John F. Kennedy's Grave & the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery; See the Changing of the Guard
    Visit the Smithsonian Museums of Natural History, Air & Space and American History
    Visit the Holocaust Museum
    Philadelphia
    See the Liberty Bell & Independence Hall
    New York City
    Travel through the Lincoln Tunnel into Manhattan
    Enjoy a panoramic view of New York City Skyline
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  5. Day 1
    Los Angeles to Las Vegas
    Meet up with your Contiki crew and Tour Manager before we hit the road. Journey through Southern California and the vast Mojave Desert, with its iconic Joshua trees, into Nevada.
    Get ready to arrive in larger-than-life Las Vegas – a manmade 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: Hotel
    Meals: Dinner (1) day

    Day 2
    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!
    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.
    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, 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: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 3
    Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon
    Leaving the desert of Nevada, we head into Arizona’s high country. With down time on the coach, plug in your iPod, catch up on some sleep or chat with your new friends.
    Following a section of the legendary Route 66, we stop in the town of Seligman. This historic town will give you a feel for the old style as you check out 1940s shop fronts and motels. This is a good place to pick up a souvenir for back home.
    We continue on to the mind-blowing landscape of the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s most recognizable natural wonders and pride of Arizona.
    Accommodations: Cabin
    Meals: Dinner (1) day

    Day 4
    Grand Canyon National Park
    A day here means time to take in the immensity and spine-tingling beauty of the scene-stealing Canyon – it has got a rep for a reason!
    This morning get up close to this UNESCO World Heritage site on an optional helicopter ride and get another angle on the Canyon as you fly over it.
    Hike along the South Rim for mind-blowing vistas of the dramatic scenery. See some of the oldest exposed rocks on earth, take in the deep abyss and soak up the wildness of the area. There are trails for all levels of hiking, so take it up a notch or cruise along at your own pace.
    Wrap up the day with a canyon sunset and take in the stunning changes of light while the sun goes down.
    Accommodations: Cabin
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 5
    Grand Canyon to Durango via Monument Valley
    It’s into the Wild West today as we travel past cacti, rocky plateaus and the iconic desert backdrop of Monument Valley. Packed with stone spires and mesas (flattop mountains), the valley is also home to Navajo culture. Learn about the American Indian and Navajo way of life as the group visits the Navajo Tribal Park.
    Your jaw will drop as we travel through a narrow gorge to the Painted Desert, where colorful rock formations dot the desert. Get your camera ready for a rock shaped exactly like a Mexican sombrero (hat).
    Then it's off to Colorado’s adventure capital and old-mining town, Durango, with its rugged nature and masses of trees.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Dinner (1) day

    Day 6
    Durango to Albuquerque
    Get into the region’s outdoor lifestyle in an adrenaline-pumping river-rafting optional or choose to discover the back country and an old mine on a four wheel drive excursion.
    This afternoon, it’s a total change of scene when we enter New Mexico, where sun-baked earthen brick buildings stand out against the bright blue sky. When we pull into Albuquerque, you’ve got time before dinner to uncover the city’s Spanish heritage. Check out the pueblo (old town), where the original settlement still stands, as well as small shops that sell knick-knacks, antiques and souvenirs.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 7
    Albuquerque to Amarillo
    Enjoy an unforgettable experience by choosing an optional hot air balloon ride over New Mexico in the early morning. This region is famous for hot air ballooning, so grab hold of your camera for the full-blown vistas over the desert and the Rio Grande.
    Next up is Santa Fe. It’s a prime example of how New Mexico mixes up Mexican, Spanish, Anglo and American Indian cultures. Walk around town and see pueblo style architecture or experience Santa Fe’s artistic flair and visit some of its 250 art galleries. It’s a great place to pick up some turquoise jewelery – a traditional craft of the American Indians.
    For lunch, try out some local spicy specialties like caldillo (green chilli stew), fajitas (sizzling meat and vegetables wrapped in tortilla) and tamales (cornmeal, meat and chili).
    Eastbound, we travel into the heart of cowboy country to laid- back Amarillo, a small, quirky town known for its ranches and cattle auctions.
    Get your dose of Americana at the Cadillac Ranch – a roadside open-air collection of off-beat art. Cast your eyes over the time line of Cadillac models and learn about this classic American car.
    Make the most of our “old west” accommodation tonight, complete with a Texas-shaped pool and horse hotel (stables for those travelling steeds). Later on, if you’re keen, put your hand up for the Big Steak Challenge and take on a 2.1kg portion (4.4lb) of beef.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Dinner (1) day

    Day 8
    Amarillo to Dallas
    Home to the Dallas Cowboys football team, oil millionaires, rich ranchers and a famous soap opera, Dallas doesn’t do things by halves. The “Big D” dishes up big attitude.
    You’ll get your bearings as your Tour Manager shows the group some of downtown Dallas’ core spots. Then there’s time to get out there among the city slickers and pound the pavements for a first taste of the Lone Star State’s famous city.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 9
    Dallas
    With a day to discover why things are bigger and better in Texas, you’ll get a real feel for this fast moving city.
    This morning, get the low down on one of Dallas’ darkest moments at the Sixth Floor Museum. Learn about the background on JFK’s life and assassination and even stand in the “gunman’s nest” (from where Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have taken aim).
    In your free time, chalk up a local experience and move around at your own pace on the city’s easy public transport. Check out where Dallas’ elite shop at the landmark Neiman Marcus – an upscale department store complete with 6 stories of luxury items. For something different, head to Deep Ellum, a neighborhood packed with funky clothing stores, up-and-coming galleries and loads of affordable restaurants.
    Later, we visit Fort Worth and its historic stockyards. Pick up some cowboy boots and keep an eye out for the Texas long-horn steer.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 10
    Dallas to Memphis
    With one foot in Texas and one foot in Arkansas, we visit the town of Texarkana! Make sure you grab a photo of yourself standing in two states.
    Stop by Little Rock and see the Central high school - a hot spot during the Civil Rights Movement! Then we cross over the mythical Mississippi River and pull into the 'musical mecca' and BBQ capital, Memphis. Hometown to blues, soul and rock’n’roll, Memphis moves to a lot of different beats. Get a feel for its rhythm as your Tour Manager points out the Gibson guitar factory, the Orpheum Theatre, Rock’n’Soul Museum and Beale Street.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 11
    Memphis
    Jump start the day with a tour of Graceland and pay homage to the King of Rock’n’Roll. Your Tour Manager will tell you Elvis’ story before you tour his 70s style mansion and get up close to his lifestyle, gold records and jumpsuits.
    After Graceland, you’ve got free time to explore Memphis.
    If you’re keen, we’ll drop you at the Civil Rights Museum. Housed in the Lorraine Motel, this is where Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. You can find out more about the American Civil Rights movement and its legacy here.
    Stop by at Memphis’ signature site, Sun Studios, where Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash all recorded. If you want to find out more about Memphis musical heritage, have a look around and even make your own record!
    If you’re hungry while your here, make sure you try out some Memphis BBQ, as this place is known for it.
    Later, head to Memphis’ core and former hub of African American culture, Beale Street. Birthplace of the blues, stomping ground of famous singers like B.B. King and Tina Turner, this historic street is a major landmark and a great place to listen to live music, kick back with a beer and party.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 12
    Memphis to New Orleans
    Drop by Jackson, Mississippi, and then cross Lake Pontchartrain on the longest causeway in the world.
    A meeting point of European style and Caribbean flavors, swinging New Orleans is busy with soul, flamboyance, festivities and a whole lot of jazz!
    Get your first taste of the city’s romance as the group looks into New Orleans’ spiritual heart: the historic French Quarter. See New Orleans’ main drag, the city’s original coffee shop Café du Monde, the French Market and thriving Jackson Square, with its pretty wrought iron balconies.

    Later, turn the energy levels up with a visit to Bourbon street. Humming night and day, it is all about music and bars. So make sure you live the New Orleans’ motto “Laissez les bon temps rouler” - let the good times roll!
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 13
    Depart New Orleans
    Our tour ends after breakfast. It’s time to say goodbye to your new friends and Contiki Crew.
    Accommodations:
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Mojave Desert
    See the famous Joshua Trees
    Las Vegas
    Visit Fremont Street & see the light-and-laser show
    Evening tour of the famous Vegas 'Strip'
    Experience some of the world's largest hotels & casinos
    Only Contiki: Live it up Vegas-style with a limo ride & champagne
    Non-stop nightlife
    Route 66
    Stop for photos & souvenirs
    Grand Canyon
    Hike along the Canyon's South Rim
    Capture incredible photos with a visit to a panoramic viewpoint
    Monument Valley
    Visit Monument Valley
    See the Painted Desert
    Durango
    Drive through the Rocky Mountains
    Albuquerque
    Visit Old Town Albuquerque
    Santa Fe
    Experience Native American culture
    Visit the historic art town
    Amarillo
    Visit the unusual outdoor tribute to the American automobile at 'Cadillac Ranch'
    Experience Big Texan culture & food.
    Dallas
    Only Contiki: Visit the infamous John F. Kennedy Sixth Floor Museum
    Enjoy the nightlife
    Only Contiki: Tuck into some ribs & enjoy BBQ treats the Southern way
    Ft. Worth
    Visit Fort Worth Stockyards
    Mingle with cows and cowboys in this rodeo town
    Little Rock
    Cross the Mississippi River
    Memphis
    Only Contiki: Pay tribute to the 'King of Rock & Roll' at Elvis' home Graceland
    Visit the Civil Rights Museum & Sun Studios
    Visit Beale Street, home of Blues music
    New Orleans
    See the French Quarter, Jackson Square & the French Market
  6.  
  7. Day 1
    London to Paris
    Meet up with your fellow travellers and Contiki team as you start your adventure. Your Tour Manager knows all the ins and outs of where you’re going and your tour’s own On-road Cook will make sure you get big portions of tasty meals, made from fresh, local produce.
    Then we hit the road and take a ferry past the White Cliffs of Dover. We travel via World War I battlefields in the Valley of the Somme to Paris.
    Once we have set up camp we will depart for the 'Tour of Illuminations', where the French capital transforms into the "City of Lights". Lamp-lit bridges and cool little cafés give us a real taste of Paris’ romance. Your Tour Manager will fill you in on the world’s most recognised monuments like the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral - and the magnificent Champs-Élysées. Oui, oui, Paris!

    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Dinner (1) day

    Day 2
    Paris
    This town is loaded with possibilities. Discover its many bistros, museums, tree-lined avenues and diverse quartiers (neighbourhoods).
    Get a feel for French flair by window shopping on the Left Bank, step into the Notre Dame Cathedral or explore the endless galleries of the Louvre and get up close to the famous Mona Lisa. Try indulging in some delicious pastries and relax in one of Paris’ many green spaces.
    Time in Paris includes a trip out to France’s most well-known château: Versailles, once home to ‘the Sun King’ Louis XIV, and hot spot of the French Revolution. Check out the impressive exterior of this extravagant palace. Then there’s an opportunity to explore the former royal family’s luxurious living quarters.
    Treat yourself to a real Parisian night out, starting with an optional dinner in an atmospheric restaruant, where you can get to know your group. Then sign up for an authentic cabaret experience, complete with can-can girls and Champagne.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (2 days), Dinner (1 day)

    Day 4
    Paris to Lyon
    Southbound, we roll on through Burgundy’s wine country, past Beaujolais’ green hills and vineyards, and onward to our overnight stop in Lyon. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and a city soaked in history - as well as being the gastronomic capital of France!
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 5
    Lyon to Barcelona
    Today, we head south through the rugged and dramatic scenery of the Pyrénées mountains, over the border into Barcelona.
    A sizzling, festive capital any night of the week, Barcelona is all about action. In Spain fiesta time starts late, so settle in at one of Barcelona’s many outdoor squares to enjoy a glass of sangria and nibble on tapas (plate-sized snacks), before a fun night out exploring the city’s nightlife with your new friends.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 6
    Barcelona
    First stop: Montjuic. The hilltop has full-blown vistas of the city and it’s where we stop to check out the 1992 Olympic Games complex. Afterwards, get a look into Spanish architect Gaudi’s wild imagination with his Art Nouveau masterpiece, the Sagrada Família church. Your Tour Manager walks you through the cobbled lanes of Barcelona’s oldest district, the Gothic Quarter.
    There’s free time to discover more of Barcelona’s creative core. Pick up some quirky buys in the side streets or hit the big label shops on Plaça de Catalunya. Take in all of Barcelona’s buzzing street life on the tree-lined La Rambla – a boulevard packed with street performers, artists, shops and stalls.
    Other ideas for your afternoon off include hanging out in the colourful gardens of Parc Güell or kicking back with the locals on the beach and taking a swim in the Mediterranean sea. For lunch, there’s plenty of delicious local seafood to try as well as Spain’s signature dish, paella.
    Wrap up your time in this hot city with an optional flamenco dance show for a closer look into Spanish culture. Get some tips on regional food from your Tour Manager and head to one of the excellent local restaurants to try out the flavours of Catalan cuisine, like crema catalana (caramalised custard), cargos a la llauna (cooked snails) and the fantastic Rioja wine! Afterward, hit the pumping clubs of Port Olympico, by the water.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 7
    Barcelona to French Riviera
    Unwind on the coach and take in the rustic beauty of Provence, known for its pretty landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and wild herbs. A stop for lunch in Arles means a look at the ancient Roman Arena and at a typical provincial French town.
    It’s back on the road to the rugged coast line of the stunning Côte d’Azur. Follow the beautiful sapphire waters past the movie-star glamour of Cannes (famous for its annual film festival), to Antibes.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 8
    French Riviera
    Next stop on the Riviera and home to the French perfume industry is Fragonard perfumery. Learn about how perfume is made and some of its more surprising ingredients. It’s also a chance to pick up a bottle or 2 at great prices.
    In your free time live a bit of the lifestyle with a visit to the local markets. Try out the region’s produce like lavender honey, aioli (garlic mayonnaise) and mouth-watering rosé wine.
    Window shop the chic boutiques or choose a beach and catch some sun among all the bronzed bodies!
    Tonight get a taste of the high life in Monaco, the glamorous principality packed into just 1.92km2 and home to the Formula 1. Get the inside story on the royal family and their place of residence from your Tour Manager. Try your luck at a casino later on!
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 9
    French Riviera to Venice
    Onwards to Italy and Verona, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Get romantic and stand under one of the world’s most famous shrines to love, Juliet’s balcony from Romeo and Juliet. Check out the main shopping street and the Roman arena, before heading on to Venice.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 10
    Venice
    Venice is packed with character - crammed with hidden lanes and linked by a network of canals.
    The group travels on our private boat through the waters of the lagoon to visit the city’s historical heart. The limestone Bridge of Sighs, the Gothic arches of the Doge's Palace and the expanse of St. Mark’s Square (pigeons and all!) show off Venice’s unique beauty and way of life.
    Take some time to explore the floating city and lose yourself in the backstreets. There’s an optional walking tour where you can discover the labyrinth of interweaving lanes, waterways, palaces, piazzi and markets with our Local Guide. You’ll see historic monuments, hidden treasures and the Rialto market - a local favourite for food shopping.
    Maybe grab a table on St. Mark’s Square and eat some delicious Italian food al fresco.
    Cap off the day with an optional gondola ride & share this amazing experience with your friends - seeing Venice from on the water is unforgettable!
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 11
    Venice to Florence
    Wind through the Apennine Mountains and Tuscan countryside to the Renaissance city of Florence, with a stop at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
    The scene-stealing Duomo Cathedral rises above Florence, which serves up frescoes, markets and priceless art. After dinner, walk along the River Arno with your Tour Manager, take in the atmosphere and head into the heart of Florence, where you can sit back and relax Tuscan style with a glass of Chianti wine.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 12
    Florence
    Jump start the day uncovering this open-air museum and its UNESCO World Heritage city centre.
    Our Local Guide gives you the inside track as the group learns about Florence’s cultural beginnings and explores streets crammed with artworks from masters like Michelangelo. Then take a look into a skillful demonstration of Florentine leather making and understand this region’s traditional art.
    With bargains and bustle, the city’s markets are a great place to hang out. Grab a gelato and enjoy this gorgeous city.
    Tonight, there’s a choice of a group dinner – an authentic Tuscan feast. Try regional dishes in the heart of Florence. Then keep it moving with a night out and get your groove on at Florence’s biggest club.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 13
    Florence to Rome
    Travel through Tuscany’s rustic hills, past the recognisable cypress tree landscapes of this olive oil-producing region, to vibrant Rome.
    Stylish Rome oozes energy and overflows with relics from another age. Our special access coach tour gets you right into the thriving atmosphere of this living timeline as your Tour Manager shows you the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia. Continue on foot to check out the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Honour tradition at the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin in the fountain’s waters (it’s meant to improve your chances of returning to Rome!) or maybe hang out with your new friends at the Spanish Steps, sit back with a few slices of pizza and people watch.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 14
    Rome
    This morning, make the most of our Local Guide’s inside knowledge with an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.
    Take off into the city and absorb the atmosphere, as Vespas flash past timeworn monuments that are surrounded by fountains, pizzerias, cafés and bars. Before you hit the shops, let your Tour Manager point you in the right direction with some tips on the best buys.
    In your free time, live the local lifestyle by indulging in a long lunch on a paved piazza or knock back a shot of espresso at the bar, like the Romans do.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 15
    Rome to Sorrento
    From Naples, it’s a boat ride to the main marina of the Isle of Capri. Soak up the views and head off with some friends into the cute, white-washed villages where you could try out the region’s sweet lemon liqueur, limoncello.
    Set on sheer slopes, Sorrento doles up sweeping views over the Bay of Naples. There’s free time tonight to explore Sorrento’s web of narrow streets. Find a little local restaurant where you can eat Italian-style, right in the heart of this knock-out location.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 16
    Sorrento to Corfu
    Then there’s time to chill out on the coach, crossing through the rugged landscapes of southern Italy, before boarding the overnight ferry to Greece. Check out the amazing 360 degree views from the deck!
    Accommodations: Overnight Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 17
    Corfu
    Corfu is all that’s great about Greek island living and with our fantastic campsite location, you only have to walk down a short pathway to get to the beach. You’ll immediately find yourself on “local time”, browsing the markets of the UNESCO World Heritage listed old town and bargaining with the laid-back locals.
    Jump on board the Captains Cruise optional with a bunch friends for a fun day out on the water. It will give you another angle on idyllic Corfu. Work up an appetite swimming in the secluded spots and then feast on a lunch of olives, salad, cheeses, fresh bread and dips.
    Corfu also gives you the chance to dive into action with a selection of water sports, like parasailing, banana-boating and waterskiing. Otherwise hire a car for a deeper look into Corfu and venture across the island to explore some beautiful, remote beaches.
    While you’re here, why not take part in our fun toga theme party!
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (3 days), Dinner (1 day)

    Day 20
    Corfu to Athens
    From Corfu, head to the mainland and travel to the impressive, man-made Corinth Canal.
    Athens is next, a city crammed with myth and ancient wonders, and busy with modern, urban soul.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 21
    Athens
    This morning, soak up the city sights on a sightseeing tour, then make the most of your day in Athens and explore the back streets of the Plaka district, do some shopping and indulge in the local delicacies of this ancient city.
    Tonight, take time to chill at the campsite after dinner.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 22
    Athens to Kavala
    Northbound, we travel past mythical Mt Olympus, Greece’s highest peak, and stop off for a crash-course in ancient heroism at Thermopylae, where just 300 Spartan soldiers held off the invading Persian army’s masses of thousands.
    After cruising by Byzantine Thessaloniki, we arrive in the port town of Kavala.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 23
    Kavala to Gallipoli
    This morning, we farewell Greece and travel into Turkey.
    Make a pilgrimage to the site of a major bloody battle, Gallipoli. Visit stunning Anzac Cove where World War I troops landed, Lone Pine Cemetery, where Australian troops are buried and check out the memorial for New Zealand soldiers.
    Later, we head into easy-going Eceabat. Take a walk along the waterfront, complete with stunning views over Asia, or write some postcards back at the campsite.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 24
    Gallipoli to Istanbul
    Ferry across the Dardanelles, crossing from Europe into to Asia, to Troy.
    We get inside the legend of one the world’s most famous battles and explore the excavation site of mythical Troy. Learn how heroes and gods fought in a ten year war, as our Local Guide unravels the layers of history.
    Back on the coach and into Europe, we continue on to Istanbul – the last stop on the Silk Road and the only city in the world to span two continents.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 25
    Istanbul
    With a full day here, there is time to get a real feel for this cultural melting pot.
    You've got the chance to check out one of the city’s major draw cards, the stunning Blue Mosque. It’s an amazing building with a series of domes and minarets dominating the skyline, complete with a breathtaking interior of tens of thousands of blue tiles.
    After that, you could plunge into several kilometres of shops at the Grand Baazar - it’s an unforgettable shopping experience! Walk through a maze of lanes, where tacky trinkets and authentic treasures are sold side by side. With carpets, jewellery, spices, music, electronics and more, the place is buzzing, so make sure you’ve got your haggling hat on.
    There are heaps of options for your afternoon here, so live a bit of Istanbul’s daily life. Try your hand at backgammon in a sidewalk cafe and watch the crowds go by as you sip on Turkish coffee. Chill out in a tea garden, or take to the time-honoured tradition of the hammam (steam bath house) and get scrubbed down on heated marble stones.
    Opt for a dinner complete with belly dancers and watch some top dancers perform this famous Eastern art. Istanbul’s nightlife is fantastic and your Tour Manager knows what you’re after – so find out about the city’s happening bars and clubs and go discover!
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 26
    Istanbul to Sofia
    This morning, it’s on to Sofia, Bulgaria’s largest city.
    Once behind the Iron Curtain and today an emerging capital, Sofia brings together traditional Tsarist architecture and a modern feel.
    It’s the perfect place to explore on foot. Your Tour Manager will lead a walking tour through this compact town. You’ll see the massive Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, complete with golden domes, mosaics and murals, and then check out the stalls that surround the building.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 27
    Sofia to Struga
    Cut across Macedonia and stop off for lunch in Skopje, known for its thriving outdoor cafés. Try some Macedonian specialities like burek (delicious local bread) with white cheese or a local pizza.
    Next up it’s Struga, tucked in between mountains and one of Europe’s most gorgeous, oldest lakes. Our campsite is located right beside the water, so you can take a dip whenever you feel like it.
    After dinner, position yourself at a lakeside terrace with a local beer and take in the peaceful surroundings.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 28
    Struga to Durres
    Today we say farewell Macedonia and head over the border and into Albania. Albania serves up mind-blowing scenery scattered with the remains of old war-bunkers – a sad reminder of its recent past. Your Tour Manager will give you this country’s story on the coach as we follow the coast to our overnight stop.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 29
    Durres to Dubrovnik
    Sticking to the shoreline, continue through tiny Montenegro to the spectacular fortress town of Dubrovnik, well known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 30
    Dubrovnik
    With Baroque buildings, museums and monasteries, this eye-catching UNESCO World Heritage Site is great to explore. Get lost in the walled city’s web of winding streets.
    You’ve got free time so pull up at a table in the pedestrian district of the stunning Old Town. Lunch on fantastic fresh seafood or a spicy beef stew. For full scale views of the area, wander along the 2kms of Old Town walls or hike up Mt. Srj.
    Otherwise, take a moment to remember Croatia’s recent history at an open-air exhibition and war memorial. Or else get away from it with a taste of paradise on the small neighbouring island of Lokrum. With botanical gardens, a small lake and gorgeous beaches, this is the perfect place to chill out.
    In the afternoon, try our optional Dubrovnik Cruise. Jump on the family-run boat and island hop!
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (2 days), Dinner (1 day)

    Day 32
    Dubrovnik to Zadar
    Weaving up the Dalmatian Coast towards Split, we pass crystal clear waters scattered with green islands.
    Meet with Roman heritage when you wander through the domain of Diocletian’s Palace in the city centre, complete with 220 buildings and an imposing cathedral.
    We stop in Zadar overnight and camp in Paklencia National Park, right beside the water.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 33
    Zadar to Budapest
    Cruise through stunning Paklencia National Park and pass Central Europe’s largest lake, Lake Balaton, often dubbed the ‘Hungarian Sea’, before continuing on to the ‘Paris of the East’, Budapest.
    With two cities rolled into one, this exotic town has a bit of everything. Buda and Pest sit on different sides of the river, but bring together the stunning buildings and atmosphere that makes Budapest so romantic.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 34
    Budapest
    On the Buda side of the river, from the Fisherman’s Bastion, you’ll get a full-blown view of the city and learn about Budapest’s history in a nutshell! Check out the colourful Church of St. Matthias, the Royal Palace and the Chain Bridge. Your Tour Manager knows all about Budapest’s bumpy history and will tell you more with a visit to the Liberation Monument.
    Free time means a chance to treat yourself to a truly local experience: a spa and thermal bath. With outdoor thermal pools, healing waters, Art Nouveau architecture and spa treatments, this is the perfect way to unwind. For more of Budapest’s outdoor lifestyle, it’s a short bus ride to visit Margaret Island, a favourite among the city’s residents with its gardens, fountains, pools and ruins.
    Take in a different view of the city from the Danube River, while cruising past night-time Budapest. Our Local Guide talks about Hungary’s heyday and points out the city’s important buildings from this period, which are lit up for the night. Try some Hungarian specialties, like goulash and cabbage rolls, and enjoy some drinks.
    Launch into Budapest’s nightlife and live it up like the locals by heading to a beerhouse, a riverside bar or a happening club.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 35
    Budapest to Vienna
    As we cruise through Slovakia we’ll pause for lunch in quaint Bratislava. We head into the compact old town and check out its medieval castle. Order yourself the regional speciality, treska (cold fish salad), or try some local cheeses.
    Our next stop is the cultural hub of Vienna. Tonight, we’ll head to the city’s famous amusement park, Prater Park, for a fun night of Ferris wheels, ghost trains and over 200 attractions.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 36
    Vienna
    Your Tour Manager starts the day by introducing the group to the city’s historical heritage. There’s the imperial grandeur of Schönbrunn Palace, the elegantly ornate State Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral – a Gothic masterpiece. Cruise down Kärntner Strasse, Vienna’s main shopping spot and buy some traditional ceramics and materials for gifts back home.
    There’s free time to check out the magnificent squares and majestic palaces or the city’s art galleries. Take a break in a coffee house like the locals do, chill out in Vienna’s manicured gardens or wander along the Danube River.
    Get schnaps savvy with a behind-the-scenes look into this local liqueuer’s production in an optional excursion to the Old Vienna Schnaps Museum. Later, there’s a chance to experience Vienna’s musical legacy with a Mozart and Strauss concert in one of the city’s imperial palaces.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 37
    Vienna to Prague
    Roll through Bohemia to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Český Krumlov. The town is all about old-world charm, cute shops, cosy cafés and winding cobblestone lanes.
    This afternoon, relax on the coach as we head to the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 38
    Prague
    Prague is a beautiful and atmospheric city. It’s also pretty compact, so it’s best explored on foot. Get straight into Prague’s historic heart with your Tour Manager. You’ll walk together over the landmark Charles Bridge, through Hradčany Castle, the home of the original Bohemian Kings and to the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral along the way.
    Choose a lunch cruise on the Vltava River, which runs through the heart of Prague, and take in stunning views of the city from the water. The Czech capital has a really mixed past so look out for signs of the Holy Roman Empire, the Bohemian Empire, the Nazis and the Communists.
    Free time means you can get deeper into Prague’s Old Town in your own time. The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a jumble of little lanes, alleys and courtyards. Slow the pace down and give yourself a chance to uncover its hidden treasures.
    Spend some time in the picturesque Old Town Square, where historic buildings and churches surround cafés that spill out onto the pavement. With some world-famous Czech pilsner in hand, park yourself at a table, people-watch and try out some of the traditional local dumplings. This is also the spot to pick up some famous Bohemian glass, beads or garnet and amber jewellery
    By night, Prague bursts with possibilities. Loaded with all types of music, from jazz bars and hip DJs to opera, there is something for everyone, so make the most of it with your friends.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 39
    Prague to Munich
    This morning, remember one of history’s darkest moments with a sobering stop at the Dachau concentration camp memorial. Learn more at the museum and walk through the remaining living quarters.
    Afterwards we travel to the home of the world-famous Oktoberfest, Munich - a city that blends traditional Bavarian culture and modern lifestyle.
    Explore the heart of Munich’s old town with the crew, and head to Marienplatz. It’s a central gathering spot famous for the Glockenspiel - a Gothic clock, complete with 32 dancing figures and 43 chiming bells.
    Later why not give an optional bike tour a go and get off the beaten track and onto Munich’s side streets with our Local Guide.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 40
    Munich
    Use your free time to discover more of Munich. Give an optional bike tour a go and get off the beaten track and onto Munich’s side streets with our Local Guide.
    Otherwise head back to the old town and hunt around the little shops on the pedestrian-only lanes or for a change of scene, head to the university area. With shaded streets, buzzing pavement cafés and cute bookstores, it’s a great way to spend a chilled-out afternoon.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 41
    Munich to Swiss Alps
    Today, travel past the stony cliffs of Liechtenstein, into the capital, Vaduz, where you can grab some lunch and in enjoy it in the shadow of the Royal Family’s 12th century castle.
    Next stop: the jaw-droppingly beautiful alpine town of Lucerne. With covered wooden bridges, cobbled lanes and quaint buildings, Lucerne’s centre is perfect to explore on foot. Also to stock up on lots of genuine Swiss chocolate! Your Tour Manager can give you pointers on where to pick up the best-priced watches Switzerland is so famous for.
    Tonight, we head to the Alpine heights of Lauterbrunnen and stay in a typically Swiss region, complete with chalets.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 42
    Swiss Alps
    It’s a change of pace among Switzerland’s massive Alps. Take in the amazing views from the campsite.
    Opt to visit Jungfrau Mountain, head up the sheer slopes of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site on a cog rail to Europe’s highest railway station, and step out onto the “roof” of Europe for spine-tingling views.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 43
    Swiss Alps to Heidelberg
    Over the border and into Germany, we head to the university town of Heidelberg. Wander around, grab a late lunch and check out its famous Baroque church. With free time this afternoon, you could relax at one of Heidelberg’s pubs with some friends or climb the Gothic church’s spire for great views over this pretty town.
    Tonight, get out and about and experience a bit of the local student lifestyle.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 44
    Heidelberg to Amsterdam
    The coach follows the Rhine River, weaving through valleys dotted with castles and vineyards.
    Next stop - the pretty, old-world village of St. Goar, complete with fairy tale castle and even a free-hanging cuckoo clock! Learn about local know-how and get savvy on the craft of beer steins.
    Head into the buzzing capital of Amsterdam and check out the eye-opening Red Light District, where the creative and the wacky come together on narrow cobbled streets, 24/7.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 45
    Amsterdam
    Kick start the morning with an optional bike ride and cruise into the countryside, where you can bike around like the laid back locals, past working windmills, in the world-famous cheese village of Edam. In an intro into Dutch culture, see how clogs are made and try some of the famous Dutch Edam at a cheese farm.
    There’s free time this afternoon to experience Amsterdam’s coffee shops, museums and quirky, cool boutiques. Wander along the canals and past gabled houses.
    Tonight, say farewell to your newly formed family of friends with a final dinner in Amsterdam. Enjoy a laugh, a glass of wine and reminisce together.
    Afterwards make your way into town to enjoy the wonderful night life of this unique city.
    Accommodations: Twin Share Tent
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 46
    Depart Amsterdam
    This morning after breakfast we transfer you to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10:00am) where your tour ends. Or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay.
    Accommodations:
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Dover
    See the White Cliffs of Dover
    Paris
    Only Contiki: Exclusive 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour
    See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
    See Château Versailles (entrance not included)
    Barcelona
    See Gaudi's Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex
    Only Contiki: Walking tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter
    Provence
    Visit the historic city of Arles
    French Riviera<
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    ARRIVE ATHENS (2 NIGHTS)
    Welcome to Athens! You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax or spend time exploring the wonders of this ancient city. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception, including a light meal and welcome drink, with your travelling companions and your Travel Director.(Welcome Reception)

    Day 2
    ATHENS SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME
    Classical Athens was a centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, and is widely seen as the cradle of Western Civilisation and the birthplace of democracy. One of the world's oldest cities, discover the rich heritage of Athens during your morning sightseeing tour with your Local Expert. Explore the Acropolis and view the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. Marvel at the Agora, the Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus. Enjoy an included visit to the spectacular Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities. See Hadrian's Arch, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. In the evening, perhaps choose to dine in the lively Plaka area of the city.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 3
    ATHENS – CORINTH – MYCENAE – EPIDARUS – NAFPLION
    Cross the mighty Corinth Canal to the Peloponnesian Peninsula and visit the ancient city of Corinth with your Local Expert. In Mycenae − a mighty kingdom of ancient Greece and a military stronghold − see the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace with your Local Expert. Later visit the amphitheatre and view the Sanctuary of Aesculapius, the God of Medicine in Epidaurus with your Local Expert. The rod of Aesculapius, a snake-entwined staff, remains the symbol of medicine to this day. Arrive later in Nafplion where you will dine tonight at your hotel.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 4
    NAFPLION – OLYMPIA
    Enjoy a spectacular drive east across the Mountains of Arcadia to ancient Olympia. Connected to many gods and myths, Olympia is also the site of the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest dinner of authentic local cuisine on an olive farm.(Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Day 5
    OLYMPIA – PATRAS – DELPHI
    Meet your Local Expert and spend the morning visiting the ancient Olympic stadium and the Temples of Zeus and Hera − the wife of Zeus and one of the most important deities in Greek mythology. Driving north to Patras, you cross the Gulf of Corinth to mainland Greece before continuing to Delphi.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 6
    DELPHI – THERMOPYLAE – KALAMBAKA
    Tour Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassos with your Local Expert and see the site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo dating from the 4th century. It was here that every four years athletes competed in the Pythian Games, a precursor of the modern Olympics. A picturesque early afternoon drive brings you to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defense by Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. After seeing the memorial, cross the fertile Thessaly region, the 'bread basket of ancient Greece' and travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 7
    KALAMBAKA – METEORA – ATHENS
    Drive to Meteora, one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. Visit two of the six monasteries built on sandstone rocks above the town with your Local Expert. A scenic drive brings you back to Athens. Why not consider joining your travelling companions for a celebration dinner on your final night?(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 8
    EMBARK -AT SEA - MYKONOS
    Transfer to the port and board your ship. This afternoon arrive in Mykonos and stroll through the picturesque streets. Take time to enjoy the sunset at a waterside restaurant.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Day 9
    AT SEA - KUSADASI - SAMOS - AT SEA
    Arrive at the Turkish resort of Kusadasi.  You will have the chance to visit ancient Ephesus, one of the seven churches of the Roman province of Asia, or shop in the local markets and savour the atmosphere. After lunch visit the verdant island of Samos which was fertile ground for some of the great minds of ancient Greece, including Aesop, Epicurus and Pythagoras.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Day 10
    AT SEA - MILOS - AT SEA
    A full day on Milos.  This little island has the greatest number of beaches in the Cyclades. Stroll along the marble-paved esplanades or visit the Church of Panayia Thalassitra for one of the best views in the Aegean.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Day 11
    AT SEA - LAVRION - SYROS - AT SEA
    Return to the port in Athens this morning and consider visiting the temple of Poseidon at Sounio. Then set sail for Syros - the capital of the Cyclades islands.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Day 12
    AT SEA - CESME - BODRUM - AT SEA
    The sugar-sand beaches of Turkish Cesme or the fascinating Archaeological Museum await you today. In the evening arrive in Bodrum which has been described as the St. Tropez of Turkey - thanks to its pristine beaches and stellar nightlife.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Day 13
    AT SEA - KOS - AT SEA
    After a short sailing arrive in the birthplace of Hippocrates. A whole day to discover the beauties of this island including the ancient site of Asklepion.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Day 14
    AT SEA - IOS - SANTORINI - AT SEA
    Tiny Ios is home to 365 churches. Relax at Mylopotamos Beach, a white sand beach more than a kilometer in length and one of the top ten beaches in Europe. Later sail to the last stop on the cruise. Santorini will leave you breathless. With its cliffs rising from the blue waters of the Aegean this island is sure to captivate you. Enjoy spectacular views overlooking the Caldera.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Day 15
    DISEMBARK IN ATHENS
    This morning, disembark from your cruise ship and transfer to the airport for your flight home.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Sightseeing Highlights
    City Tours in Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia and Delphi.
    Visit the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum in Athens, the ancient ruins in Corinth, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia, the home of the Oracle at Delphi and the incredible rock monasteries in Meteora.
    View the Parthenon, the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus in Athens, the Amphitheatre and Sanctuary of Aesculapius at Epidaurus and the battle site at Thermopylae.
    See the Corinth Canal, the Lion Gate and Agamemnon's Palace at Mycenae.
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