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Eastern Discovery (Start New York City)
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Contiki's Eastern America tour will give you action and adventure, as well as time to chill out and unwind. From the relaxed beauty of the Southern States to the fast-paced lifestyle of the Northern hotspots, get a good taste of America! While you're up north, why not get consumed by the city that never sleeps, New York. And down South, get charmed by some traditional southern hospitality. Still craving more northern action? The Big Apple Explorer offers you the complete sights of the exciting city of New York.

North America
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Easy
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 160566
  • Starts: New York City, United States
  • Finishes: New Orleans, United States
You will Visit
  • New York City
  • Washington DC
  • Raleigh
  • Savannah
  • Charleston
  • St Augustine
  • Daytona Beach
  • Miami
  • Orlando
  • Tallahassee
  • New Orleans

Itinerary

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Day 1: New York to Washington D.C.

Stop in both Annapolis and Philadelphia on our way to the city where it all happens, Washington, D.C. See the city all dressed up in light during tonight's illumination tour that includes views of the White House and the Capitol Building.

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Day 2-3: 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. There’s a chance to cover a lot of ground and get familiar with DC by renting a bike. 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.

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Day 4: Washington D.C. to Raleigh

We leave hustle and bustle of Washington D.C. for a little Southern Hospitality. Take a break in historic Richmond, a city steeped in American history, before arriving in Raleigh.

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Day 5: Raleigh to Savannah via Charleston

Raleigh to Charleston - Charleston, the birthplace of the dance craze of the same name. Here, horse and carriages are the norm and the ‘low country’ favourite of shrimps and grits are menu regulars, which should be high priority on your agenda today. Learn some facts from our Local Guide, and visit a historical rice plantation. Later, more beautiful 17th Century buildings will excite the architecture enthusiasts as we stroll along stunning Church Street and the waterside promenade, visiting the 200 year old market.

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Day 6: Savannah to St. Augustine

Wander the historic squares of Savannah before heading into the cobblestoned ones of America's oldest city, St. Augustine. From April 2016, there will be an additional day in Charleston on this day Charleston Get a full dose of the Southern charm with a day trip to historic Charleston. Stroll the cobblestone streets and take in the beautiful 17th century homes along Church Street. Take a horse and carriage ride or dig into a "low country" favourite - shrimps and grits.

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Day 7: St. Augustine to Daytona Beach via Kennedy Space Centre

Today drive south and touch base with outer-space as you explore the Kennedy Space Center before arriving at the surfing capital of the East Coast, Cocoa Beach.

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Day 8: Daytona Beach to Miami

We'll cruise downtown, taking in the Miami Heat basketball arena and the outdoor shopping mecca, Bayside Marketplace, then why not go a little Miami Vice on a 'Thriller' speedboat tour of the Bay. Want to make it a night to really remember? Opt for our boat party and cruise around Miami harbour, spending your evening like a celeb

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Day 9: Miami

Tropical Miami oozes energy and a free day here means time to get into this happening hub. Head down to the boardwalk 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 biking optional 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, 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 8 (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 Miami’s ins and outs. 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.

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Day 10: Miami to Orlando

Venture north, with a drive through the country’s largest subtropical wilderness- the Everglades. Then, it’s on to the entertainment hub of Orlando.

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Day 11: 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.

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Day 12: Orlando 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. Later, we're off to soak up some sun with an overnight stop at "The World's Most Beautiful Beaches" - Panama City Beach.

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Day 13: Panama City Beach to New Orleans

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, join an optional excursion on a traditional Mississippi riverboat and head out along the famous river. With a live Dixie jazz band and loads of Creole cooking, you’ll soon get into life in the “Big Easy”. Then 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!

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Day 14: Depart New Orleans

Our tour ends after breakfast. It’s time to say goodbye to your new friends and Contiki Crew.

Inclusions:
      Accommodation
    • 13 nights: 13 nights in twin share hotel accommodation
      Staff
    • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
      Food
    • 15 meals: 10 breakfasts & 5 dinners
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Tour Highlights:
  • Cuban Dinner
  • See the French Quarter, Jackson Square & the French Market
  • Enjoy the nightlife of Bourbon Street