Day 1 Arrive Los Angeles
Hello America! Welcome to the City of Angels. Here you’ll meet the crew and kick off your trip in true A-list Hollywood style with visits to places you’ll recognise from the silver screen. It’s a jam-packed day with so much to see and do - from Melrose to Muscle Beach you’ll be wowed at every stop and your phone will no doubt be full of Instagram worthy pics. Tonight exchange highlights of the day over a delicious American-Asian fusion feast.
Day 2 - Day 3 Los Angeles
By now you will have discovered just how sprawling this metropolis is. And you'll probably be feeling pretty thankful you have 5 days here to uncover it. It's the perfect amount of time to ensure you tick off all the touristy stuff - think Universal Studios & Santa Monica Boulevard - and still have time to get fully immersed in all the local cultural fun. Want to know where the locals hang, or better yet, the celebs? Your LA local hotel rep who is exclusive to Contiki travellers, is here to help. Tickets to amusement parks (and transport), entry to museums, whatever you like - just ask and consider it done.
Head to another theme park today, the same deal as yesterday applies...hello 10 year old you. If you feel like a cruisy day out, rent a bike and dodge fitness fanatics as you ride along the foreshore, pack a picnic and hit one of the golden beaches, or sample some of the city’s delectable food at a Mexican street stall or Little Tokyo. Style-fiends will love getting outfit inspo at the Fashion Museum and hunting down colourful clothes in the Garment District.
Day 4 Los Angeles to San Francisco
Catch you soon LA - this morning we're San fran bound on our included flight.
San Francisco’s hip, bustling metropolis is bursting with free-thinkers, artists and techies ready to revolutionise your world with their big ideas. Together we’ll spend the afternoon drinking in the city sights, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the chubby seals at Fisherman’s Wharf as your Trip Manager gives you the inside track, making you feel like a local in no time.
Day 5 - Day 6 San Francisco
How about treating yourself to a food safari today? A renowned foodie city that brought us the likes of sourdough, fortune cookies and chowder, it would be wrong not to eat and drink yourself silly at just some of the 3000 cafes, restaurants, food trucks and more. Go on – you deserve it; think of those hills! Work it all off with a bike ride (or a snooze). Tonight really does give #NOREGRETS it's meaning, as we take you on an optional cruise of the city's Bay and under the famous bridge. Sipping a drink and toasting your group to the good times had and yet to come as the sun sets is a truly unforgettable moment.
Day 7 San Francisco to Las Vegas
It’s time to say goodbye to the city by the Bay, and hello to the city of sin, as today, we’re bound for Las Vegas.
Get ready for a full-blown non-stop assault on the senses. This is Las Vegas - or Sin City - a place of dreams & epic debauchery. This huge man-made entertainment precinct in the middle of the desert is all about total excess. You’ll be blinded by the bright lights and gob smacked at the thought of all the $$$ running through more than 75 massive casinos. A nighttime tour of the famous ‘Strip’, including a stop for pics at the legendary Vegas sign will show you what's on offer after dark in this absolutely outrageous city. Freemont Street is on tonight's agenda, where the main attraction is a super impressive light and laser show, before heading out for a night to remember in the bright lights of Vegas.
Day 8 - Day 9 Las Vegas
Spend the morning lazing by the poolside sipping on recovery cocktails, or maybe opt to soar in a helicopter above the Grand Canyon – one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders. This city has some quirkier offerings too, like the Neon Museum and the Atomic Testing Museum. At night, we’ll treat you to a cruise down the strip, Vegas Style.
Day 10 Las Vegas to New York
Today, we leave Las Vegas behind, though perhaps there’ll be just enough time before the flight to gorge yourself silly at an all-you-can eat buffet…
Welcome to the Big Apple - the concrete jungle that dreams are made of. Pinch yourself though, because you’re not dreaming: those yellow cabs, Brooklyn hipsters and bagel delis actually do exist in real life, and with your seven-day travel pass, the whole city is at your fingertips.
Day 11 New York City
HELLOOOOO BIG APPLE! Let’s get you somewhat more familiar with this place by opening up Manhattan. Museum Row includes all the most prestigious NYC galleries and historical museums and you will get to see it all. Shop till you drop on Fifth Avenue or take a spin over this huge city island in a chopper for the best possible view.
Day 12 - Day 13 New York City
Get up close to one of the world’s most recognizable icons, the Statue of Liberty. Then, with a free day, you can take off at your own pace and discover more of the ultimate big city.
Get on 2 wheels in a fun optional guided tour and peddle your way through Central Park, New York’s heart and “lungs”. Our Local Guide knows this popular haunt’s hidden spots and will tell you all about this iconic green space.
Otherwise, get familiar with New York’s various flavors and step into its global kitchen. Try some hand made pasta in atmospheric Little Italy, or authentic noodles from a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in bustling Chinatown. Pick up a bagel and some salami from a deli or buy an authentic American hot dog from a street stand.
Use your free time to explore New York’s vibrant and diverse neighborhoods up close. Soak up the bohemian feel of the former center point of the folk movement, Greenwich village. This hub of alternative culture still has a buzzing street life and cute, sidewalk cafes. Take a walk through stylish Soho and check out its hip, funky boutiques, the warehouse district and its trademark iron architecture.
Shopping-wise, New York is one of the world’s hottest cities and a leading trend-setter, so get some tips from your Trip Manager on where to go for the latest fashions.
If you’re into the hit show “Sex and the City”, don’t miss your chance to find out more with our fun optional locally guided tour around the girls’ favorite city hot spots in New York this afternoon.
Use your free night to head back to your favorite city spot for a cocktail or ask your Trip Manager for some fresh ideas and head out with your friends.
Day 14 Depart New York City
Your trip comes to an end this morning, so say adios to your Trip Manager and all your new pals. Time to start planning your next holiday, eh! Reunion in Europe perhaps?