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The Americas 2013 - 2015 Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands Costa Rica, Mexico USA & Canada

ONE LIFE ONE SHOT SO MAKE IT COUNT THE ORIGINAL

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. - mark twain

Memories aren’t created from the things you said you’d do. They’re built from things you’ve done. The moments captured. The world discovered. The lifetime seized. You only get one, after all, so make it count. A journey with Contiki is a kaleidoscope of unexpected adventures, inspiring places, lifelong friendships, brilliant stories & unforgettable memories. But most of all, it’s living life out loud, utterly & completely.

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life moves pretty fast. if you don’t stop & look around once in a while, you could miss it. - ferris bUELler

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No one wants to regret a chance not taken; to sit on the sidelines, experiencing the world through the status updates of friends. We want to get out there & see it first hand. To live it & breathe it for ourselves.

characters, to giant skyscrapers, flashing lights, vast deserts & cities, you won’t want to miss a thing. That’s why we cover off the highlights, but still give you lots of freedom & flexible options to pave your own path.

This is the original spirit of Contiki. The spirit that’s kept us taking 18-35 year olds on life- changing journeys since 1962. Back when there was no Facebook, no return date & no knowledgeable guide. Just a shared sense of adventure & a beaten up old mini-van. Since that first trip, we’ve spent 50 years perfecting the art of living with no regrets. And to tell you the truth, we’ve gotten pretty damn good at it.

With our local knowledge & years of experience, it’s like having a Backstage Pass to all of our destinations, making sure you experience the best of every single spot. Eat at the locals’ favorites, see the famous attractions without the lines & indulge in hotels, lodges & Special Stay overnights.

Exploring the grand & witnessing amazing on so many levels is what makes The Americas so unforgettable. From stunning natural wonders, ancient culture & cool local

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Best of all, you get to share all this with a new group of friends on our trips. A group of people who share your youthful & passionate curiosity for the world; people you actually want to stay in touch with. It’s all about making every moment count. And at Contiki, it’s what we do best.

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pay early & save more Book & pay early for the best deal on your tour & airfares. Don’t miss out as these discounts are subject to availability & may be withdrawn.

#1 Save up to US$830 Pay in full on or before August 29th, 2013 & save up to 10%.

#2 Save up to US$625 Pay in full on or before October 31st, 2013 & save up to 7.5%.

#3 Save up to US$415 Pay in full on or before December 19th, 2013 & save up to 5%. * Pay Early Savings of US$830, US$625 & US$415 are all based on the 1/8/2015 departure of the 37-day Latin Quest p.40-41.

we’ve got even more ways to save.

traveling again? If you’ve traveled with us before, we’d like to welcome you back with a 5% discount. Plus, we can hook you up with discounts with our sister companies as well. See p.96 for more.

2 or more Book 2 Contiki tours of 7 days or longer at the same time & get US$100 off the cost of the second tour.

book with friends We believe in the principle of “the more the merrier.” So the more friends you can round up, the more you will save.

4 or more Everyone saves 5% 7 or more Everyone saves 7.5% 10 or more Everyone saves 10%, or invite an 11th for free!

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The facts: All these discounts apply to the land portion of you tour price only. (This excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accomodations, Inca trail permit & optional activities. Your tour price does not include the costs of international or domestic flights that start or end your tour). You can combine group discounts (‘Book with friends’), multi tour discounts (‘2 or more’) & early payment (‘Pay Early’) discounts on tours of 7 days or longer. Pay early savings do not apply to bookings made within 45 days of tour departure, or bookings that already receive a 6 month or 12 month pay early discount or Calgary Stampede departures. The pay early savings above only apply to departures on or after October 31st, 2013.

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US$20 Million Customer Protection The traveling public has always been concerned about the protection of their advanced bookings. As part of Contiki’s commitment to providing our customers with peace of mind in all dealings with Contiki, Travcorp Financial Services Limited has provided a letter of credit to Contiki for US$20 Million with respect to all customers traveling with Contiki.

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365 days is the time it takes our precious planet to revolve around the sun. And the time in which Contiki is committed to delivering real change through our sustainability efforts. Exploring our precious planet is a privilege. A privilege that also comes with responsibility, and at Contiki we put that responsibility at the core of everything we do. Our R:evolve program supports our ocean conservation initiatives, and in April 2012 Contiki’s sustainability ambassador Céline Cousteau connected with Contiki team & community members to make a movement

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of change. The focus is on encouraging everyone to make a difference to our planet every day, and really make it count. As part of the initiative Contiki selected 10 R:evolve Leaders from inside the company and our community of travelers. They spent 10 days in Mexico & experienced first-hand the beauty of our oceans and the need to preserve our reefs & its inhabitants through their

work with the MAR Leadership Foundation, one of Contiki’s ocean sustainability projects. The end goal: to get every individual focused on their actions, and how they can count towards leaving the world a better place. Find out more & watch Céline’s documentary of the trip at: contiki.com/contikicares

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A chat with CEline Contiki: This year you traveled to Mexico with the Contiki team to work with the MAR Leadership Foundation. What was the highlight of the trip for you?

ALLYSSA ALLYSS SA BEA BEASLEY AUSTRALIA WHO TRAVELED TO MEXICO WITH CELINE COUSTEAU FOR MAR LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION “Winning the Contiki Earth Week competition to Mexico was an amazing & eye-opening experience. Not only did I get to dive the Mesoamerican Reef with Céline Cousteau & the MAR team, I experien nce c d first-h& the amazing work being done in sustaining our marine ecosystems. My fellow travelers & the Contiki team were fantastic & I have made friends that I will keep forever”.

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Céline: It was wonderful to see the Contiki R:evolve winners not only discover the world of diving, but learn about and take active part in the conservation efforts happening on the Mesoamerican Reef. I feel there was a sense of pride - not only had they won the trip because of their own sustainability initiative, but their company was really doing something positive in supporting the MAR Leadership program. My hope is this experience stays with them and continues to inspire them. Contiki: You worked closely on the 2012 R:evolve Initiative with the Contiki community. y What were your y thoughts g on the responses for making a commitment to the change? Céline: There were a lot of good ideas submitted and my belief is all of these can and should be implemented whether a winner or not. Many suggestions were as simple as recycling and consuming less, which are always good actions to follow. There were also intricate and thoughtful strategies that started with looking at how people function and to then create a sustainability project that adapted to their lifestyle, making it easy for them to integrate the initiatives proposed. Those ideas are the ones that are really about problem solving with people’s own options, limitations, and potential in mind. Contiki: What do you think Contiki travelers can do to make a change to our planet? Céline: Every journey offers possibilities: bring your own amenities rather than open a new shampoo in every hotel, recycle everything you can, bring a water bottle, don’t take all the printouts unless you need them (or better yet just share them). Ask how you can give back to the places you visit- either to people, culture and arts, the environment, other species or in any way you can think to. You can return to places you have visited and volunteer your time to local non-profits to restore local ecosystems, support communities or otherwise donate time. As travelers, we have incredible opportunities to give back to the places we visit. Contiki: What are some of your upcoming projects you are working on? Céline: I have a few film projects between the end of this year and early next year. The first is a short video about a humpback whale we rescued in Chile; the postproduction and distribution is sponsored by the TreadRight Foundation. The second project, which will begin production in 2013, is a full-length documentary to be shot in the Brazilian Amazon focusing on indigenous tribes dealing with a health crisis.

Follow Céline on twitter @celinecousteau and at celinecousteau.com

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latin America small group adventures

peru, argentina, brazil, ecuador & galapagos islands, costa rica & mexico

Witness the rich culture, taste the amazing flavors & experience the unreal action of Latin America first hand. No company does Latin America like Contiki, with more sights & the best ways to stay to tempt the explorer within. Indulge in all that is Latin America. From the exotic Galapagos & Costa Rica to the culture of Peru, Brazil, Mexico & Argentina – let us unlock the sights & sounds wherever you travel.

experience our latin america Small group adventures Around 25 people per trip is the perfect size for traveling Latin America. It’s an intimate travel experience that’s large enough for a group dynamic that rocks.

18-35’s only Relax knowing you’ll share your Latin American adventure with like-minded travelers – no younger, no older. It’s about traveling with a bunch of explorers like you, who are ready to discover Latin America’s best.

Local knowledge Our Latin America based team of experts give you an insider experience you’ll love, and our Local Guides give you that priceless knowledge that only a local can have.

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2 new tours to showcase even more of Latin America’s favourite spots – like the Galapagos Islands & Ecuador, and Costa Rica.

As well as all our inclusions, there’s no extra cost if you’re traveling solo, and we include local taxes & charges* in our tour prices, to make travel even easier.

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Amazing overnights Hotels, rustic lodges & our unique Special Stay overnights mean comfort, facilities & the best locations, every single night. No rolling out tents or hostels when you travel with us – it’s the best place to come home to at the end of each day.

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Included flights to get you there faster, plus private transportation makes it easy & efficient. There’s no squeezing in with other travelers when you travel Contiki. Along the way experience triciclos, trains & boats for local flavor & fun. * Our trips that visit the Galapagos Islands have a mandatory US$100 entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park, a US$10 INGALA fee & a US$5 Isabela Island tax that are only payable in cash on arrival. Please ensure you have this money ready or you will not be allowed entry to any of the above locations.

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to latin AMERICA Indulge in all that is Latin America. From the exotic Galapagos & Costa Rica to the culture of Peru, Brazil & Argentina let us unlock the sights & sounds wherever you travel. Your

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EXCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATIONS Our accommodations are what really sets us apart from the rest. It’s all about relaxing in comfort & style, with twin-share rooms full of charm & hotels stacked with additional facilities. Plus with our Special Stay lodges in the Colca Canyon, the Amazon jungle & the Costa Rican rainforest, you can see why we are at the top of the game.

EXCLUSIVE inclusions With boat cruises, train rides, triciclo trips, temple visits, tango lessons & the best overnights – we include more in our trips. With WiFi at lots of our accommodations plus internal flights & private transportation, you always travel in comfort & style.

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EXCLUSIVE team Our team lives in Latin America, so they’re perfect for giving you access to real, local experiences. Plus the insider knowledge of our expert Local Guides complements our Tour Managers perfectly with their in-depth knowledge of our amazing destinations.

EXCLUSIVE options Whether you want an in-depth cultural experience in Cusco, rappelling down waterfalls in Costa Rica or an adrenaline-pumping speedboat encounter in Iguassu, we make sure you have enough ME Time to create your own adventure.

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backstage pass exclusive inclusions are highlighted on each tour page

EXCLUSIVE access Access unique places & experiences like our Jungle lodge in the heart of the Amazon or the Galapagos Islands. Go off the beaten track & explore the local life in the Andes, or take a trip to the floating islands of Lake Titicaca. With private transportation it’s easy plus we include all the internal flights which means you get there faster.

EXCLUSIVE food Eat where the locals eat, tasting something new & being spoiled with delicious breakfasts every morning is all part of traveling with us. Explore all the flavours of Latin America like a Brazilian BBQ, Argentinian steak or Peruvian Ceviche, the food is as varied as the places we visit.

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TEAM “Not all those who wander are lost” Everyone loves that friend who knows where to go, what to do & all the shortcuts along the way – whether it’s shopping, eating or looking for that new experience. Our Tour Manager & Local Guide team are your personal experts on all things Latin America & they’re the best in the business. They‘re your google maps, Wikipedia & Trip Advisor all in one so you can fully immerse yourself in the destinations. They know the ins & outs of every location & their main focus is helping you see Latin America, your way.

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On our trips, get ready to expose yourself to the real Latin America, new authentic experiences & true local culture. Our team takes care of all the boring stuff like sorting hotels, dinner reservations, bookings & making sure you don’t miss an opportunity to make every second count. And it’s easy – our expert Spanish, Portuguese & English-speaking team do all the talking & get you to the right places quickly & stress free. Plus you learn even more when you travel with us, through key-insider knowledge from our included Local Guides (often their

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home) who complement our Tour Managers perfectly – it’s knowledge that you can’t find on the web. So you can relax & enjoy what you came to do – new experiences in some of Latin America’s coolest spots. In short, our team are The Business. Get ready for a Backstage Pass to Latin America, more experiences than you ever imagined & a travel experience lived to the fullest with no regrets.

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Local Guides, from Puerto Maldonado See… the incredible nature. Like the macaws – they’re the most beautiful here. Learn… about the jungle on our wildlife walks & keep your eyes peeled at the lodge for monkeys. Taste… Chichanovada prepared the traditional way. It’s amazing.

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Local Guide, lives in Cusco Hear... me speak three languages – Quechua my first Inca language, Spanish & English. And I love my country & love sharing it with you.

meet eileen Tour Manager from San Francisco

I love my job because… I feel passionate about my culture & heritage. You’ll love Peru because… it’s one of the most amazing places on earth, with a unique rich cultural heritage, beautiful cities & wonderful cuisine.

I love… translating Spanish for all my Contiki travelers & listening to them speak their first phrases as they travel. You’ll love… falling asleep to the sounds of the Amazon jungle.

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Try… Pollo a la brasa (roasted chicken) & fresh ceviche with a Pisco Sour. The Peruvians love it, so will you!

Passionate service & exclusive local knowledge.

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Travel is all about freedom & discovery. You want to get amongst it. See More. Do More. Live More. And go home utterly & completely regret free.

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We make sure you get all the time you need to explore your Latin America. Kick back in a hammock & listen to the sounds of the jungle, head off to explore that little market down the road, or take to the water for a scuba dive. Making the most of those personal moments that are unique to you is just as important as experiencing the big sights. They’re the memorable moments that happen when you least expect them, when you really connect with the places you visit & the people you travel with. Contiki’s Backstage Pass to Latin America means our Team will help you get off the beaten track with the inside word on where to go & what to do. If you really want to make every moment count, our ME Time optionals give you the choice to take your Latin American adventure to a whole new level. Try kayaking to the sounds of monkeys & macaws in the Amazon rainforest, feel the spray of Iguassu Falls from a jetboat, go scuba diving in Brazil, horseback ride to a spectacular waterfall & jump in for a swim in Costa Rica or snorkel in the warm Caribbean waters of Cancun. Our exclusive behind-the-scenes access means you’ll get great deals & your ME Time optionals are all organized by us, so it’s easy. Look out for the ‘don’t miss’ callouts on our tour pages for some great tips on how to spend your ME Time. ME Time optionals available per tour are highlighted by the M symbol in our itineraries.

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Kayaking, The Amazon ‘Unforgettable’ will feel like an understatement as you paddle down one of the largest rivers in the world. Relax & absorb the amazing untouched sights of the Amazon.

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Ziplining, Costa Rica Experiencing the beauty of the Costa Rican rainforest is one thing, ziplining through it is another. Prepare for an adrenaline kick as you fly through the trees & over rivers.

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Hike the Inca Trail Get yourself amped up for the ultimate hike! With an endless supply of culture, scenery, wildlife & ancient Incan ruins literally at your feet, you will understand why this is considered one of the top treks in the world.

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Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio Go up…1299ft up & see Rio in all its splendor. Climb the mountain in glasspanelled cable cars to the summit for astounding views & one of the city’s best spots for pics.

Speedboat ride, Iguassu Falls Prepare for an adventure that combines speed with a natural spectacle. Witness the largest series of waterfalls on the planet as you fly through the river at top speed.

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moment count See more, do more, live more. On our trips you’ll do just that. In Latin America we make sure you immerse yourself in the very best: The ultimate inclusions, the best team, the most incredible sights, included on us.

the must do’s all included Take in the magic of a sunrise at Machu Picchu, dance the salsa with the locals in Ecuador or take a dip in Chivay’s relaxing hot springs. It’s all included as part of your Backstage Pass, so you get value that can’t be matched by anyone else. Our trips are about experiencing the stuff you’ve always dreamed of as well as the stuff you could never have imagined; stuff you probably wouldn’t find without the inside scoop from us.

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live the real latin america A Latin American based team of experts, matched with our team of Local Guides in different destinations ensure you get beneath the surface & into the true heart of the destinations you visit. Combine this with our guided walks & talks, delicious local delicacies & incredible cultural sights – we’ll take you inside the real Latin America.

Exclusive Experiences We serve up Latin America’s best experiences. Ride catamarans or trajineras in Mexico, swim with turtles in Ecuador, hit the rapids in Costa Rica, taste regional delicacies in Brazil & more. We bring Latin America to life through exclusive experiences, like a guidebook never could.

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Whitewater rafting, Costa Rica In one of Latin America’s best spots for adventure, make a splash as you ride the rapids of the Sarapiquí River. This area is known for as the place for those who love to hit the water so it’s the perfect place to give it a try. With your expert guide leading the charge, get ready for an adrenaline rush & prepare to get wet!

Tango lesson, Argentina At the true home of Tango, colorful Buenos Aires, we get you moving and shaking as you perfect the art of their national dance. Learn tips & tricks on how it’s done, then watch the pros in action while you feast on delicious Argentinian treats. Ole!

Sunrise at Machu Picchu The magical cloudforest, the eerie silence as the morning light starts to bring this ancient sacred Inca site into view through the famous Sun Gate. No words can truly describe the feeling of experiencing the sunrise & clouds lifting over the mountain.

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epic experiences all included

Immerse yourself in the real Rio with a guided favela tour where you’ll discover the local way of life – from those that know it best. Finish up with a visit to Cristo Redentor – whose outstretched arms make for one of Latin America’s most famous symbols & the best views in the city.

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hotels, rainforest camps, beach & jungle lodges

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Our Latin American accommodationS ARE nothing short of amazing. It’s all about comfy overnights & a place you’ll love coming home to. It’s something else that makes us unique. From our hotels & lodges to our 3 incredible Special Stays, traveling Contiki-style means you’re guaranteed to sleep in comfort. what makes us differe ent? Comfort wh Co her ere e yo you ne need ed to be Roomss aree twin-share & well-lo Room loca cate ted d ho h te t ls & lodges ensure yo you’ u re rig ight ht amongst the action in the placees that cou ount! In Buzios & Rio we are near the beach & in Ar Areq equipa, Puerto Maldonado, Cusco & Ollantayttam ambo we’re right next to the main squares.

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Amazing facilities & eats Greatt fa Grea f cililiti ties are key ey ((th thiinkk pool ols, bars & WiFi) & waking gu up p to b bre reak akfa fast st eeve very morning means you’ u ll start r thee day a out right (like fresh fruit, scrambled eggs g , cereal, coffee, juice & more). It’ss alll abo out comfort & facilities you’ll love. Keep it lo local Our accommodations are unique, cute & reflect the surrou undings you visit, like a colonial hotel in Cusco. We keep it local, with

our authentic overnights such as our Amazon Jungle & Colca a Canyon Special Stays & our cosy rainforestt camp (see p.21 for more). Going solo o? We don’t charg ge single supplements for solo travelers. We’ll match you with a same-sex roommate, or iff you want, you can always opt for the priv ivac acyy of you o r own room for a little extra – it’s up to yyou ou.. Visit contiki.com/latiname meri rica c for more.

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Get back to nature in comfort you’ll love with our unique Amazon Jungle Lodge Special Stay.

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We arrive in Puerto Maldonado where you’ll meet your Local Guides, then it’s straight to the river for a ride deep into the rainforest! As you board our private boat, keep your eyes peeled for capybaras, macaws & even howler monkeys along the way. On arrival, you’ll soon see why this place is the perfect haven to relax. Take a walk through the rainforest with your guide who’ll give you the inside word on the area, or simply sit in a hammock & read your favorite book. A trip to the heights of a canopy tower for endless jungle views is a must. After a delicious home cooked meal, maybe head to the Capybara bar & sit back with a Coca tea or a Pisco Sour before heading back to your candle-lit room.

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With the jungle as your backdrop, the open walled rooms (complete with private en-suite facilities) & comfy beds are the ideal place to unwind as you fall asleep to the relaxing sounds of the rainforest.

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Try our Jungle Lodge

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You’ll love our Costa Rican Lodge, great facilities in paradise get you right to the heart of the jungle!

Go local with our rustic lodge in the Colca Canyon Wake up to panoramic Colca Canyon views from our cute lodge in the heart of ancient Inca territory. Its remote location means it’s the perfect way to get away from it all. Spacious rooms mean you’re always comfy & the friendly staff will ensure it’s a home away from home.

Sleep easy in our rainforest eco-camp

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Stay deep in the heart of the jungle in our cool Costa Rican rainforest eco-camp, with queen-sized beds, en-suite facilities & private covered terraces with comfortable chairs. You’ll really relax in this tropical paradise.

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From succulent Argentinian steak & sizzling Brazilian BBQs, to fresh Peruvian ceviche. The food here is as varied as the places you visit. On our trips prepare for edible delights, there’s no generic snacks when you travel with us. We include breakfast each day, some lunches & lots of evening meals. We don’t include every meal for a reason. We leave plenty of well-placed gaps so you can head out & explore in your time & to your budget. Start out the day right with included breakfasts that will impress – think scrambled eggs or omelettes, fresh fruit, cereals, yogurt, breads, meats & more. We include lots of meals & special experiences too, like a tango show, dinner & drinks, gallo pinto in Costa Rica &

a Brazilian BBQ dinner where you’ll indulge in mouth-watering treats, and some tried & tested traditional favourites in Peru. In your ME Time, hit the streets & follow your nose to find some local restaurants or markets for some authentic eats. Wherever you travel, our team of Latin American based experts will help you uncover some delicious local restaurants & street food at amazing prices. We’re pretty good at catering for your dietary requirements too – just let us know when you book & we’ll do our best to accommodate.

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Say farewell to 18-hour bus rides cramped in with other travelers. On our tours we include flights between destinations & we get you where you need to be fast, so you experience more.

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For shorter journeys it’s all about comfy private coach transportation. It’s more of a social event where you can sit back & chill or chat with your new travel buddies. Plus we also get you out on the water with boat rides on Lake Titicaca, in Rio, the Amazon, Costa Rica & the Galapagos. Plus train rides too, so you get the all-round Latin American experience.

BOAT RIDE, LAKE TITICACA

Latin America has some other seriously cool ways to get around – so we include them too. Think triciclo rides, canoes & cable cars. It’s all part of the adventure.

Why we’re different • Private transportation • Included flights • Train & boat rides • Fun ways to get around the local way, like triciclos, bikes & more

INCLUDED FLIGHTS

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PERU, ARGENTINA BRAZIL, ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS islands Friendly locals, endless landscapes, beaches, colorful cities & guaranteed good times, South America is like nowhere else. From Cusco, the Amazon & Iguassu Falls to the city buzz of Buenos Aires & legendary hotspots of Brazil (plus everything in between), we get you closer. Mix this with the incredible wildlife & sights in Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands & you’re ready for an in-depth South American adventure like no other.

PISAC

9 trips from 8 to 37 days

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Machu Picchu - the Lost City of the Incas. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the 7 new wonders of the world & Peru’s most famous spot. All our tours to Peru include a visit to Machu Picchu by coach from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town) but you can also try our hugely popular Inca Trail Trek experience. THE INCA TRAIL tREK OPTION We’ll take the train to “KM104”, our starting point for this day-long trek, where we’ll meet our expert Local Guide who’ll lead the journey. As you start the trek along the same path as the ancient Incas, you’ll soon know why this experience is considered a must-do. The views along the trail are mind-blowing & the combination of cloudforest, wildlife & waterfalls will wow & reward you at every turn. After the morning leg of the trek, we’ll stop for your included lunch where you can soak up more incredible views before it’s back on the trail. Arriving at the Sun Gate for that first glimpse of Machu Picchu will give you a total buzz – the endless views & landscapes mixed with the feeling of success at completing this once-in-alifetime trek is unbeatable. The next morning you get another chance to return to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes by coach with the group. For tours that do the hike see p.26-27, 28, 29, 34-35, 36-37, 38-39, 40-41.

essential booking ess requirements r When you book your tour (as early in advance as possible) it’s essential that you let us know the following details: • Your full name (as appears on passport), your nationality, date of birth & gender • Your passport number & date of expiry What else? It’s also important that the passport information that you submit with your application is exactly the same as the passport you will use to travel to Latin America. You will also need your passport to enter onto the trail. It’s best to play it safe – if your information changes it can result in a penalty & cancellation of admission to the trail. No refunds will be given.

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• Book early! To help preserve Machu Picchu for future generations, the Peruvian Government closely controls the number of travelers on the trail, with only 500 pre-purchased permits available each day. • Inca Trail permits are non-refundable & non-changeable so it’s essential you let us know your correct passport details at the time of booking so we can process your application quickly. Contiki will process your application on your behalf. • Your passport must have 6 months validity at the time of travel. To ensure you get your chance to hike the trail,

book your spot early. It’s advisable to book at least 3 months before traveling in the low season (between Oct & Apr) & 6 months before traveling in the high season (May to Sept), although it is at times possible to get permits outside these timescales. We will process your application within 3 days of booking; we cannot guarantee permit availability. Please note that the trail is closed in February for maintenance. All our Peru tours visit Machu Picchu, but it’s your choice to take the Inca Trail Trek option in addition to your tour. Travelers that choose to hike the trail will also have the chance to return to Machu Picchu by coach from Aguas Calientes with the group the following morning.

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PERU UNCOVERED 14 Days 1 countrY From US$3215pp* US$230 per day PERU

LOCAL COLOR IN PERU

your backstage pass includes • City tour of Arequipa visiting the Santa Catalina Convent • Hot spring swim in Chivay • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha • Walking tour of Cusco & entry to La Catedral & the Temple of Koricancha Plus Contiki Special Stays

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• Amazon Jungle Lodge • Colca Canyon Lodge AGUAS CALIENTES (Machu Picchu) 1

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ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals

don’t miss Sweet, sour & delicious! The South American born Pisco Sour cocktail is a must for those after something tantalizing to sip on in the sun.

M Whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River M Mountain biking adventure

1 AREQUIPA Places visited 1 or more nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stay Coach, mini-coach or van Plane, train or canoe

@JamieBerg27: Just got back from #Peru! Amazing experience (thanks @contiki!). #MachuPicchu was beyond beautiful Visit contiki.com/peru-uncovered

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Venture into Peru’s hotspots. From ancient Incan culture, the Andes & the Amazon, Peru has it all. Visit the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, colonial Cusco & Machu Picchu. Then when you’re done, sit back & relive the trip over a perfect Pisco Sour.

Day 1: Arrive Lima Meet your Contiki Team & group this morning before checking out the city sights. Made up of 43 districts with their own flair, bustling Lima is not short on things to do & with a free afternoon the city’s yours to explore. Hotel (D) See the Historic Centre, Barranco & Mira Flores

CUSCO

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Day 4: Colca Canyon to Puno This morning we visit the Colca Canyon & we’ll try to spot the Andean condor. Later, experience the majestic mountains & lakes of the Andes along the way to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Hotel (B) See the massive Colca Canyon Visit Cruz del Condor Visit Yanque

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Day 5: Puno Catch a lift on a triciclo before cruising Lake Titicaca to experience the island of Taquile & the floating Uros Islands. Experience the unique cultures & way of life here as we visit locals to see their handmade crafts & famous textiles. Hotel (B,D) Ride on a triciclo! Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca Visit the Taquile & Uros island communities

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Day 6: Puno to Cusco First up is Pukara & its ancient Inca ruins, where there’s a chance to buy their famous artistic ceramic bulls. See the last remaining two story Inca walls in Raqchi before reaching the heart of the ancient Incan empire, Cusco. Hotel (B) Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani See the Temple of Wiracocha

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Day 3: Arequipa to Colca Canyon We drive through Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve (home to the elusive vicuña) on our way to the Colca Canyon. We visit the village of Chivay for a relaxing hot springs swim & a night at our rustic lodge.  Contiki Special Stay (B,L,D) See wild vicuña See the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes Indulge in a relaxing hot spring dip

How much & when Code: LILI/LILIT 2013/14/15

Day 2: Lima to Arequipa We fly to Peru’s second largest city, the “White City” of Arequipa. Delve into the city’s history with a walking tour. Hotel (B) City walking tour Visit the Santa Catalina Convent & the Plaza de Armas

Day 7: Cusco The modern day starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore this ancient city on foot, then the afternoon’s yours. Head out & explore - from Inca buildings, intricate colonial architecture, artisan shops to boutiques, delicious cuisine & adrenaline activities, there’s lots to experience. Hotel (B,D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, La Catedral, Koricancha & San Pedro Market

Day 10: Aguas Calientes to Cusco Wake early & be among the first to enter Machu Picchu to see the sun rising above the mountain tops. Learn more about Machu Picchu as you tour with your guide, then spend some time exploring in your own time before returning to base. Hotel (B) Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar

Day 8: Cusco to Sacred Valley Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before spending the night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo Try some local Chicha de Jora

Day 11: Cusco Feed your adrenaline urges with activities like mountain biking & rafting. Get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife, try a “Cerveza Cusquena” & dance the night away & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club! Hotel (B)

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Day 9: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes Adventure & adrenaline await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s lots to experience today before we take the train to Aguas Calientes this afternoon. Hotel (B) M Horse riding through the Sacred Valley Day 9: Inca Trail Trek Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to ‘Kilometre 104” & trek amongst the cloudforest to the Sun Gate & Guardian House where your hard work is rewarded with incredible views of this magnificent ancient site before returning to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B,L) • Train to “Kilometre 104” • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.25 for more info. Code: LILIT

SHOPPING IN PISAC

Itinerary & Sightseeing

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Day 12: Cusco to Jungle Lodge Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. You could hike through the jungle for a canopy climb, then take to the shores with a flashlight to spot caiman, an Amazonian alligator!  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) Visit the Infierno community Puerto Maldonado city tour Canopy hike for amazing jungle views

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Day 13: Jungle Lodge to Puerto Maldonado Board a simple catamaran & keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like the giant otter, before spending the afternoon relaxing. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided jungle catamaran boat trip M Kayaking trip on the Tambopata River or jungle canopy climb

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The above prices are accurate as of May 24th, 2013 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date-pricing please go to contiki.com/peru-uncovered Included Flights: Prices above include the land tour & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the tour start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.96 for important info. Please note: Prices do not include departure tax of approx. US$31 (as of May 24th, 2013), which is payable at the airport upon departure.

Peru Uncovered 14 days What’s Included: 13 nights accommodation: 11 nights in twin-share hotels 2 nights in Special Stay experiences (more on p.20-21) 22 meals: 13 breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L) 6 dinners (D) Trekking option - 23 meals: 13 breakfasts (B) 4 lunches (L) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager English-speaking Local Guides 3 flights & transfers Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$260. See p.7 for details.

4 World Heritage sites visited

MEET THE FRIENDLY LOCALS

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement (tour only) add US$449. Single room supplement (tour + Inca Trail) add US$449. Start Lima 8:00am & end Lima 6:00pm. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Note: The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance. ●

Tour spends Xmas in Puno & New Year’s Eve in Cusco.

Tour spends Xmas in Cusco & New Year’s Eve in Jungle Lodge.

◆ Tour spends New Year’s Eve in Puno. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

PISAC

Day 14: Puerto Maldonado to Lima Your tour ends on arrival in Lima, where it’s time to say ‘adios!’ to your travel companions. (B) Please note: Do not book flights before 9:00pm.

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INCA PANORAMA

Places visited 1 or more nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stay Coach, mini-coach or van Plane or train

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Brazil

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From US$2315pp* US$211 per day

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Inclusions • City tour of Arequipa & visit the Santa Catalina Convent • Hot spring swim in Chivay • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha • Walking tour of Cusco & entry to La Catedral & the Temple of Koricancha Plus Contiki Special Stay • Colca Canyon Lodge Plus flight on map included in tour price!

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

What’s Included: 10 nights accommodation: 9 nights in twin-share hotels 1 night Special Stay experience (more on p.20-21) 15 meals: 10 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), & 4 dinners (D) Trekking option - 16 meals: 10 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) & 4 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager English-speaking Local Guides 1 flight & transfers Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Sightseeing tours of all major areas Local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$210. See p.7 for details.

4 World Heritage sites visited

Bolivia

Chivay

COLCA CANYON 1

backstage pass

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How much & when

Itinerary & Sightseeing

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The above prices are accurate as of May 24th, 2013 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date-pricing please go to contiki.com/inca-panorama Included Flights: Prices above include the land tour & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the tour start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.96 for important info. Please note: Prices do not include departure tax of approx. US$31 (as of May 24th, 2013), which is payable at the airport upon departure. * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement (tour only) add US$329. Single room supplement (tour + Inca Trail) add US$329. Start Lima 8:00am & end Cusco 11:00am. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Note: The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance. ● Tour spends Xmas in Puno. ▲ Tour spends Xmas in Cusco. ◆ Tour spends New Year’s Eve in Puno. For travel insurance see p.97.

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Day 1: Arrive Lima Meet your Contiki Team & group this morning before checking out the city sights. Made up of 43 districts with their own flair, bustling Lima is not short on things to do & with a free afternoon the city’s yours to explore. Hotel (D) See the Historic Centre, Barranco & Mira Flores

Day 2: Lima to Arequipa We fly to Peru’s second largest city, the “White City” of Arequipa. Delve into the city’s history with a walking tour. Hotel (B) City walking tour Visit the Santa Catalina Convent & the Plaza de Armas

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Day 3: Arequipa to Colca Canyon We drive through Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve (home to the elusive vicuña) on our way to the Colca Canyon. We visit the village of Chivay for a relaxing hot springs swim & a night at our rustic lodge.  Contiki Special Stay (B,L,D) See wild vicuña See the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes Indulge in a relaxing hot spring dip

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Day 4: Colca Canyon to Puno This morning we visit the Colca Canyon & we’ll try to spot the Andean condor. Later, experience the majestic mountains & lakes of the Andes along the way to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Hotel (B) See the massive Colca Canyon Visit Cruz del Condor Visit Yanque

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Day 5: Puno Catch a lift on a triciclo before cruising Lake Titicaca to experience the island of Taquile & the floating Uros Islands. Experience the unique cultures & way of life here as we visit locals to see their handmade crafts & famous textiles. Hotel (B,D) Ride on a triciclo! Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca

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Visit the Taquile & Uros island communities

Day 9: Inca Trail Trek Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to “Kilometer 104” & trek amongst the cloudforest to the Sun Gate & Guardian House where your hard work is rewarded with incredible views of this magnificent ancient site before returning to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B,L) • Train ride to “Kilometer 104” • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.25 for more info. Code: LICUT

Day 6: Puno to Cusco First up is Pukara & its ancient Inca ruins, where there’s a chance to buy their famous artistic ceramic bulls. See the last remaining two story Inca walls in Raqchi before reaching the heart of the ancient Incan empire, Cusco. Hotel (B) Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani See the Temple of Wiracocha

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Day 7: Cusco The modern day starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore this ancient city on foot, then the afternoon’s yours. Head out & explore - from Inca buildings, intricate colonial architecture, artisan shops to boutiques, delicious cuisine & adrenaline activities, there’s lots to experience. Hotel (B,D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, La Catedral, Koricancha & San Pedro Market

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Day 8: Cusco to Sacred Valley Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before spending the night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo Try some local Chicha de Jora

Day 10: Aguas Calientes to Cusco Wake early & be among the first to enter Machu Picchu to see the sun rising above the mountain tops. Learn more about Machu Picchu as you tour with your guide, then spend some time exploring in your own time before returning to base. Hotel (B) Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar

Day 11: Depart Cusco It’s time to say ‘adios!’ to your travel companions as your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Day 9: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes Adventure & adrenaline await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s lots to experience today before we take the train to Aguas Calientes this afternoon. Hotel (B) M Horse riding through the Sacred Valley

MACHU PICCHU

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Day 2: Cusco to Sacred Valley Today we explore the Sacred Valley. We’ll start the day with a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before spending the night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. With lots of cute cafés & restaurants, find a local spot to relax with your friends tonight. Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo Try some local Chicha de Jora

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Day 3: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes Adventure & adrenaline await! From biking & hiking to rafting

Day 3: Inca Trail Trek Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to “Kilometer 104” & trek amongst the cloudforest to the Sun Gate & Guardian House where your hard work is rewarded with incredible views of this magnificent ancient site before returning to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B,L) • Train ride to “Kilometer 104” • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.25 for more info. Code: CULIT Day 4: Aguas Calientes to Cusco Wake early & be among the first to enter Machu Picchu. See the sun rising above the incredible

mountain tops. Learn more about the sites as you tour with your guide, then spend time exploring before returning to the base. Hotel (B) Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar

Day 5: Cusco Feed your adrenaline urges with activities like mountain biking & rafting. Get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife, try a “Cerveza Cusquena” & dance the night away & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club! Hotel (B) M Mountain biking adventure Day 6: Cusco to Jungle Lodge Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. You could hike through the jungle for a canopy climb, then take to the shores with a flashlight to spot caiman, an Amazonian alligator! Later, relax in paradise at our incredible Jungle Lodge.  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) Visit the Infierno community Puerto Maldonado city tour Canopy hike for amazing jungle views

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Day 7: Jungle Lodge to Puerto Maldonado Board a simple catamaran & keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, like the giant otter before spending the afternoon relaxing. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided jungle catamaran boat trip M Kayaking trip on the Tambopata River or Jungle Canopy climb

Day 8: Puerto Maldonado to Lima Your tour ends on arrival in Lima, where it’s time to say ‘adios!’ to your travel companions. (B) Please note: Do not book flights before 9:00pm.

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Ollantaytambo

Plus Contiki Special Stay • Amazon Jungle Lodge Plus flights on map included in tour price!

Bolivia

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AMAZON RAINFOREST CANOPY

there’s lots to experience today before we take the train to Aguas Calientes this afternoon. Hotel (B) M Horse riding through the Sacred Valley

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PACIFIC OCEAN

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Day 1: Arrive Cusco As the modern day starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore the city on foot, then the afternoon’s yours. From Inca buildings, intricate colonial architecture, artisan shops to boutiques & delicious cuisine & adrenaline activities, there’s lots to experience. Hotel (D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, La Catedral & San Pedro Market

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Lima

• Walking tour of Cusco & entry to La Catedral & the Temple of Koricancha

Rainforest

AGUAS CALIENTES

From US$2119pp* US$265 per day

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Brazil

PERU

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

How much & when

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The above prices are accurate as of May 24th, 2013 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date-pricing please go to contiki.com/andes-amazon Included Flights: Prices above include the land tour & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the tour start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.96 for important info. Please note: Prices do not include departure tax of approx. US$31 (as of May 24th, 2013), which is payable at the airport upon departure. * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement (tour only) add US$395. Single room supplement (tour + Inca Trail) add US$395. Start Cusco 8:00am & end Lima 6:00pm. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Note: The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance. ● Tour spends New Year’s Eve in Cusco. ◆ Tour spends New Year’s Eve in Jungle Lodge. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

7 nights accommodation: 6 nights in twin-share hotels 1 night Special Stay experience (more on p.20-21) 12 meals: 7 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) & 3 dinners (D) Trekking option - 13 meals: 7 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L) & 3 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager English-speaking Local Guides 2 flights & transfers Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Sightseeing tours of all major areas Local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$170. See p.7 for details.

3 World Heritage sites visited

MOUNTAIN BIKING

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aRGENTINA & BRAZIL EXPERIENCE ?

Traveling Early For travel between June ‘13 - January ‘14 see opposite

10 Days 2 countries From US$3095pp* US$310 per day ARGENTINA BRAZIL

COPACABANA BEACH AT SUNSET

your backstage pass includes

Airport

BUZIOS 2

RIO DE JANEIRO 3 Paraguay

• Tango show & lesson in Buenos Aires • Brazilian BBQ feast in Iguassu • Boat cruise in Rio • City tour of Rio • Locally guided Rio favela tour • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue Plus flights on map included in tour price!

2 IGUASSU FALLS

ME Time ARGENTINA BRAZIL

Uruguay

BUENOS 2 AIRES Places visited 1 or more nightstops Coach, mini-coach or van Plane

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals

eat ... At Sukao Bar, Buzios. It’s the perfect place to grab a fresh juice or smoothie whilst taking a break from the beach.

M Helicopter flight over Iguassu Falls M Football (when available)

Danielle Potter: I’m currently on the Argentina & Brazil Experience...!!! Love South America!!!! :) Visit contiki.com/southam-experience

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Do catamarans, beaches, the rush of Iguassu & buzz of Rio sound like you? Mix this with cosmopolitan Buenos Aires & you’ve got the perfect combo of adventure, discovery & sun seeking in 10 epic days through Argentina & Brazil.

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires Hola Buenos Aires! This cosmopolitan city is filled with culture & diversity in everything from buildings to its people. As the birthplace of tango there’s a love of music, art, dance & football – not to mention world-renowned beef & red wine. This morning, meet up with your Tour Manager & group to get out & experience the iconic city spots like San Telmo & La Boca. Tonight, get ready to tango with the locals as you learn all the tricks at a dance lesson & show. Hotel (D) Visit the neighborhoods of San Telmo, La Boca, Puerto Madero, Recoleta, Palermo Chio & Palermo Soho Tango lesson, show & dinner

HANG GLIDING OVER RIO

Day 2: Buenos Aires Today is all yours! You could catch a football game, drink champagne at a polo match, hit the shops or pay a visit to the historic Gran Café Tortoni for a café con leche for some people watching. Tonight, head out to experience BA by night. Hotel (B) M Argentinian culinary experience

Traveling Early

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An experienced & professional Tour Manager English-speaking Local Guides

Total Cost US$ pp*

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3095 3095

Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van

Jan 14 Jan 28

3095 3095

Sightseeing tours of all major areas

2014 Jan 5 Jan 19

12 meals: 9 breakfasts (B) 3 dinners (D)

2 flights & transfers

Local taxes & service charges to experience the Falls. Try a speed boat ride to feel the spray of the Falls, or go for a swim back at the hotel. Tonight we have tasty Brazilian BBQ. Hotel (B,D) Visit Iguassu Falls Taste delicious Brazilian BBQ See Devil’s Throat

Brazilian bikini, get ready for good times in Rio. Hotel (B)

Day 5: Iguassu Falls to Buzios Get ready for sun, sand & surf as we head to Buzios with its white sand & endless beaches for a couple of days of R&R. Hotel (B)

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Day 4: Iguassu Falls We’ll cross back into Argentina & visit their side of Iguassu Falls with a walk to see Devil’s Throat. The day is all yours

Day 7: Buzios to Rio de Janeiro Home to the world’s largest Carnival celebration, Copacabana Beach & the

Day 8: Rio de Janeiro This morning we’ll visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. We’ll give you a unique insiders-only experience of visiting a favela & seeing the contrast of how some cariocas live. Hotel (B) Entry to Christ the Redeemer for amazing city views Locally guided favela tour M Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain Day 9: Rio de Janeiro Today is yours to explore this amazing city. Try hang gliding, sunbathe on the beach & this afternoon chill on a boat cruise around Rio’s famous harbor. Tonight, end the trip as we head out for a meal & our last night out in this amazing city! Hotel (B,D) M Hang gliding Day 10: Depart Rio de Janeiro Our adventure ends after breakfast, when it’s time to say ‘Tchau’ (goodbye) to your travel companions. (B)

Code: BARJ 2014/15 Start Buenos Aires

Finish Rio de Janeiro

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RIO CARNIVAL! FEB 28 - MARCH 5 , 2014 Take your trip to the next level & be part of what is considered the biggest carnival in the world! With over two million people per day celebrating on the streets of Rio, it’s like nothing you have ever seen. We take you to all the right places at the right times, so you see all the best performances & don’t miss a beat. Witness parades bursting with revelers, floats & adornments from numerous samba schools. Live for the moments, live with no regrets & don’t miss out on this indescribable experience!

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SAVE Pay early & save up to US$255. See p.7 for details.

2 World Heritage site visited

LA BOCA, BA

Traveling Early

Traveling between June 29, 2013 & Nov 30, 2013? The tour below (RJBA) starts at 7:00am in Rio & ends at 11:00am in BA. These tours spend 3 nights in BA & 2 nights in Rio. See contiki.com/southam-experience for more.

Code: RJBA 2013 (Reverse tour) Start Rio de Janeiro

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Finish Buenos Aires

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Start Rio de Janeiro

Finish Buenos Aires

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3095 3095 3095

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Code: RJBA 2014/15 (Reverse tour) Start Rio de Janeiro

Finish Buenos Aires

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Finish Buenos Aires

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Start Buenos Aires

Day 6: Buzios You could rise early & watch one of the amazing sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean. If you’re up for it try surfing, or other activities like scuba diving. Or simply sit back with a book, explore the town or just work on your tan with a cocktail. Hotel (B) M Learn to surf lesson

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2013

2013 Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct

Start Buenos Aires

Argentina & Brazil Experience 10 days 9 nights twin-share hotel accommodation (more on p.20-21)

Traveling between July 21, 2013 & Jan 19, 2014? The tour below (BARJ) starts at 7:00am in BA & ends at 11:00am in Rio. These tours spend 3 nights in BA & 2 nights in Rio. See contiki.com/southam-experience for more.

Day 3: Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls Today we fly to Puerto Iguassu then travel to the Brazilian side to see the 275 individual waterfalls that make up Iguassu. You could take a heli-flight for a different angle on the Falls, or try your luck at spotting macaws & toucans. Tonight, sample the delicious national drink, a caipirinha. Hotel (B) Visit Iguassu Falls

How much & when

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IGUASSU FALLS

Itinerary & Sightseeing

SOUTH AMERICA

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SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION HERE

The above prices are accurate as of May 24th, 2013 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date-pricing please go to contiki.com/southam-experience Included Flights: Prices above include the land tour & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the tour start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.96 for important info. Please note: For tours arriving in Argentina & departing Brazil, prices do not include a reciprocity tax of approx. US$160 (as of May 24th, 2013), which is required to be pre-paid prior to arrival at the airport & a departure tax of approx. US$40 (as of May 24th, 2013), which is payable at the airport on departure. * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement add US$1055. BARJ: Start Buenos Aires 7am & end Rio 11am. RJBA: Start Rio 7am & end Buenos Aires 11am. ● This tour spends Xmas in Rio & New Year’s Eve in Iguassu. ✚ Tour coincides with Rio Carnival. Tour operates during the 2014 World Cup, Brazil. See important note on p.97. For travel insurance see p.97.

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ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS Island hopper ?

Traveling Early For travel between June - December ‘13 see opposite

11 Days 1 countrY From US$3055pp* US$278 per day ECUADOR

SAN CRISTOBAL

your backstage pass includes • Go local at a salsa lesson • Sunset river cruise & drinks • Galapagos BBQ feast at our favorite local spot Plus flights on map included in tour price! Colombia

ECUADOR

QUITO 1 GALAPAGOS ISLANDS SANTA CRUZ Baltra

ISABELA

Puerto 2 VILLAMIL

Puerto Ayora 1 2 SAN CRISTOBAL Puerto BAQUERIZO MORENO

Places visited 1 or more nightstops Coach, mini-coach or van Plane or boat

1 TENA 2 BAÑOS

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals

1 GUAYAQUIL

M Rappelling (abseiling) & canyoning (day trip) M Locally guided bike tour down the “La Ruta de las Cascadas” M San Cristobal Island guided biking adventure

Peru

did you know ... Galapagos provided the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking theory of natural selection.

Melanie Weaver: I’ve just finished this tour. It was great.

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From the heights of volcanoes to the unexplored waters of Galapagos, this tour is a must for the lovers of the great outdoors. Whether you are snorkeling with sea lions & rays, or chilling with the Giant Galapagos Tortoise, this adventure is epic!

Day 1: Start Quito Welcome to Ecuador’s capital, Quito! Meet up with your Contiki Team & group before exploring. Your expert guide will teach you all about this city & the history of the Inca & Spanish invasion before the city’s best views at Panecillo. Later, visit the Equator line & wander between the two hemispheres. Tonight, head out for dinner with the group. Hotel (D) Locally guided tour to see the Palace of Congress, Presidential Palace, Independence Square & Churches of San Francisco, La Compania & La Catedral Visit Panecillo lookout Visit the Equator & Inti Ñan Museum

PINNACLE ROCK, Galapagos Islands

Day 2: Quito to Tena It’s out of the city & into the lush jungle with spectacular views en route. A thermal pool swim & a hummingbird sanctuary stop are the perfect relaxing ways to spend the day. Hotel (B) Thermal springs swim Visit a hummingbird sanctuary

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Day 3: Tena to Baños This morning is all about ME Time. Chill, opt to go rafting or visit an animal refuge center before it’s back on the road to Baños, nestled under the still active Tungurahua volcano. Hotel (B,D) Check out the Chimborazo region M Rafting experience

Day 4: Baños With a free day, explore your way & Baños goes off! Situated in a valley of waterfalls & hot springs, Baños is a hub for for travelers who love great weather, small town vibes & the great outdoors. Visit the hot springs, go horseback riding, trekking, rafting, climbing or mountain biking. Tonight, get local as you learn to salsa at our included lesson. Hotel (B) Salsa dancing lesson

Day 5: Baños to Guayaquil Today we’re off to discover Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city & its economic hub. This cosmopolitan city is one of Ecuador’s new hotspots, & a walk down the promenade with the city’s colorful Cerro Santa Ana district as your backdrop is essential. Tonight, set sail on a sunset river cruise with drinks. Hotel (B) Sunset river cruise

How much & when

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Traveling Early

Traveling between June 16, 2013 & Dec 15, 2013? The tour below coded GYQO starts at 6:00am in Guayaquil and ends at 11:00am in Quito. This itinerary spends 2 nights in Quito & does not visit Tena. See contiki.com/galapagos-ecuador for more.

Code: GYQO 2013 Start Guayaquil

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QUITO

Itinerary & Sightseeing

SOUTH AMERICA

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Total Cost US$ pp*

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Ayora we’ll check out the island’s old lava tunnels & see the incredible giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Later, get out on the water as we head off to Isabela Island to relax for two nights. Hotel (B,D) See famous Galapagos’ giant tortoises Visit some lava tunnels Boat ride to Isabela Island

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Day 7: Isabela Island This morning we’ll walk to the Wall of Tears. On return, spot colorful fish as you snorkel the underground lava tubes (keep your eyes peeled for turtles!) This afternoon we’ll visit some marine iguanas – you might even see some penguins along the way – then later you could hike the rim of one of the world’s largest active caldera, or relax on the beach. Hotel (B,L) ‘Panga’ boat ride adventure to spot the famous Galapagos wildlife Visit the Wall of Tears Snorkeling experience

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Day 8: Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island This morning we’ll head to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the island’s natural history, before we take off to Santa Cruz Island. This afternoon we’ll visit Tortuga Bay where we finish up with a stroll along the beach & a swim. Hotel (B) Guided tour of the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center Visit Tortuga Bay

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Day 9: Santa Cruz to San Cristobal Island We’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station this morning & check out the other species of tortoises & land iguanas before heading out to San Cristobal – keep an eye out for bathing sea lions! This afternoon explore the island by bike. Tonight, it’s all about relaxing over drinks at one of our favorite local spots while watching the sunset. Hotel (B) Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station See the island’s famous sea lions 

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Day 10: San Cristobal Island  First up: a coastal cruise to spot native birds, before hitting Sea Lion Island in search of puffer fish & cute sea lion pups. We’ll snorkel around Kicker Rock & its famous 469ft tuff cone looking out for manta rays, starfish & maybe the Galapagos shark. Later, relax on stunning Puerto Grande beach paradise, before it’s back to town for our Galapagos BBQ feast. Hotel (B,L,D) Boat cruise & off shore bird spotting experience Visit Isla Lobos (Sea Lion Island) Explore Kicker Rock’s 469ft cone  Visit stunning Puerto Grande beach

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Day 11: San Cristobal to Guayaquil There’s time to relax this morning or take in the beauty of the island on a kayak tour before heading back to the mainland where your tour ends on arrival. (B)

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10 nights twin-share hotel accommodation (more on p.20-21) 16 meals: 10 breakfasts (B) 2 lunches (L) 4 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager English-speaking Local Guides 2 internal flights & transfers Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van

Local taxes & service charges (excluding Galapagos. See price panel)

Start Quito

Finish Guayaquil

Total Cost US$ pp*

2014 Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug

What’s Included:

Sightseeing tours of all major areas

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$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$250. See p.7 for details.

2 World Heritage sites visited

The above prices are accurate as of May 24th, 2013 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date-pricing please go to contiki.com/ecuador-galapagos-hopper Included Flights: Prices above include the land tour & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the tour start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.96 for important info. Please note: Prices do not include departure tax of approx. US$26 (as of May 24th, 2013), which is payable at the airport upon departure. * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement add US$515. Start Quito 7:00am & end Guayaquil 11:00am. Note: The Galapagos Islands have a compulsory US$100 entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park, a US$10 INGALA fee & a US$5 Isabela Island tax that are only payable in cash on arrival. Please ensure you have this money ready to ensure entry to these locations. ● This tour spends Xmas in San Cristobal. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

BAÑOS

Day 6: Guayaquil to Isabela Island Today we fly to Santa Cruz Island. Before arriving in Puerto

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THE ADVENTURER

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Traveling Early For travel between June ‘13 & February ‘14 see opposite

25 Days 3 countries From US$6959pp* US$279 per day PERU ARGENTINA BRAZIL

IGUASSU FALLS

your backstage pass includes BRAZIL

• City tour of Arequipa visiting the Santa Catalina Convent • Hot spring swim in Chivay • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha • Walking tour of Cusco, La Catedral & the Temple of Koricancha • Tango show & lesson in Buenos Aires • Brazilian BBQ feast in Iguassu • Boat cruise in Rio • Rio city tour & favela tour • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue Plus Contiki Special Stays

PERU

AGUAS CALIENTES (Machu Picchu)

2 Lima

Rainforest

AMAZON LODGE 1

1

INCA TRAIL

Ollantaytambo Andes

PUERTO MALDONADO 1

1 SACRED VALLEY

CUSCO 4

Coast

Chivay

COLCA CANYON 1

Bolivia

PUNO/LAKE TITICACA 2

• Amazon Jungle Lodge • Colca Canyon Lodge

1 AREQUIPA Airport

BUZIOS 2

RIO DE 3 JANEIRO Parag a Paraguay

Plus flights on map included in tour price!

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

2 IGUASSU FALLS

ARGENTINA BRAZIL

ME Time optionals M Mountain biking adventure M Learn to surf lesson M Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain

Uruguay

3 BUENOS AIRES

Places visited 1 or more nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stay Coach, mini-coach or van Plane, train or canoe

play ... The token throwing Peruvian game Sapo. Keep your eyes peeled for these large bronze toads (the Sapo) & give it a go, you’ll love it.

@ jennWHYfer Favelas: Most eye-opening experience of the trip. #travel #contiki #riodejaneiro #brazil #favelas Visit contiki.com/southam-adventurer

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The ultimate trip for those that love to explore, this trip has Peru, Argentina & Brazil covered. From jungles, cool locals & mind-blowing sights, to waterfalls, beaches & big cities, no day is quite like the next.

Day 1: Arrive Lima. Meet your Contiki Team & group this morning before checking out the city sights. Made up of 43 districts with their own flair, with a free afternoon, get out & explore! Hotel (D) See the Historic Centre, Barranco & Mira Flores Day 2: Lima to Arequipa. We fly to Peru’s second largest city, the “White City” of Arequipa. Uncover the city’s history on a walking tour. Hotel (B) City walking tour Visit the Santa Catalina Convent & the Plaza de Armas Day 3: Arequipa to Colca Canyon. We visit the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve & Colca Canyon. We’ll stop for a hot springs swim & night at our rustic lodge.  Contiki Special Stay (B,L,D) See wild vicuña See the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes Hot spring dip Day 4: Colca Canyon to Puno. This morning try & spot the Andean condor. Later experience the mountains & lakes of the Andes along the way to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Hotel (B) See the huge Colca Canyon Visit Cruz del Condor Visit Yanque Day 5: Puno. Catch a lift on a triciclo before cruising the lake. Experience the floating Taquile & Uros Islands & meet the locals. Hotel (B,D) Ride on a triciclo! Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca Visit the Taquile & Uros island communities Day 6: Puno to Cusco. First up is Pukara & its ancient Inca ruins. See the last remaining two story Inca walls in Raqchi before reaching Cusco. Hotel (B) Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani See the Temple of Wiracocha Day 7: Cusco. As the modern day starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore the city on foot, before the day is yours to explore Inca buildings, shops or try some adventure activities. Hotel (B,D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, La Catedral & Koricancha Day 8: Cusco to Sacred Valley. Today take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before spending a night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo Try some Chicha de Jora Day 9: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. From biking & hiking to rafting there’s lots

to experience today before we take the train to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B) M Horse riding through the Sacred Valley

Day 9: Inca Trail Trek Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to “kilometer 104” & trek amongst the cloudforest to the Sun Gate & Guardian House where your hard work is rewarded with incredible views of this magnificent ancient site before returning to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B,L) • Train ride to “kilometer 104” • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.25 for more info. Code: LIRJT (Reverse Code: RJLIT)

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Day 10: Machu Picchu to Cusco. Be among the first to enter Machu Picchu for sunrise. Learn more as you tour with your guide then explore in your own time before returning to base. Hotel (B) Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar Day 11: Cusco. Feed your adrenaline urges with activities like mountain biking & rafting. Hotel (B) Day 12: Cusco to Jungle Lodge. Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. You could hike through the jungle for a canopy climb, then take to the shores with a flashlight to spot an Amazonian alligator!  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) Visit the Infierno community Puerto Maldonado city tour Canopy hike for amazing jungle views Day 13: Jungle Lodge to Puerto Maldonado. Board a simple catamaran & keep your eyes peeled for wildlife before relaxing. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided jungle catamaran boat cruise M Kayaking trip on the Tambopata River or jungle canopy climb Day 14: Puerto Maldonado to Lima. Back in Lima you could explore the areas of Miraflores, Larcomar Mall or Parque Kennedy, before maybe sipping your last Pisco Sour. Hotel (B) Day 15: Lima to Buenos Aires. Farewell Peru…next up, Argentina! Hotel (B) Day 16: Buenos Aires. Hola! This city is filled with culture & diversity. There’s a love of tango, music, art & football – not to mention worldrenowned beef & red wine. This morning, get out & experience the iconic city spots like San

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Telmo & La Boca. Tonight, get ready to tango with the locals at a dance lesson & show. Hotel (B,D) Visit the neighborhoods of San Telmo, La Boca, Puerto Madero, Recoleta, Palermo Chio & Palermo Soho Tango lesson, show & dinner Day 17: Buenos Aires. The day is all yours! You could catch a football game, drink champagne at a polo match, hit the shops or pay a visit to the historic Gran Café Tortoni for coffee. Tonight, experience BA by night. Hotel (B) M Argentinian culinary experience Day 18: Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls. Today we fly to Puerto Iguassu then travel to the Brazilian side to see the 275 individual waterfalls. You could take a heli-flight for a different angle, or try your luck at spotting macaws & toucans. Tonight, sample the national drink, a caipirinha. Hotel (B) Visit Iguassu Falls M Helicopter flight over the Falls Day 19: Iguassu Falls. We’ll cross back into Argentina & visit their side of the Falls with a walk to see Devil’s Throat. The day is all yours! Try a speed boat ride to feel the spray of the Falls, or go for a swim the hotel. Tonight, try delicious Brazilian BBQ. Hotel (B,D) Visit Iguassu Falls Taste delicious Brazilian BBQ See Devil’s Throat Day 20: Iguassu Falls to Buzios. Get ready for sun, sand & surf in Buzios with its white sand & endless beaches. Hotel (B) Day 21: Buzios. You could try surfing, or maybe scuba diving. Or sit back with a book, explore town or just work on your tan with a cocktail. Hotel (B) Day 22: Buzios to Rio de Janeiro. Home to the world’s largest carnival celebration, Copacabana Beach & the Brazilian bikini, get ready for good times! Hotel (B) Day 23: Rio de Janeiro. This morning we’ll visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. We’ll give you a unique insiders-only experience of visiting a favela & seeing how some cariocas live. Hotel (B) Entry to Christ the Redeemer for amazing city views Locally guided favela tour Day 24: Rio de Janeiro. Today is yours to explore this amazing city. Try hang gliding, sunbathe on the beach and this afternoon chill on a boat cruise around Rio’s harbor. Tonight, we head out for a meal & our last night out. Hotel (B,D) M Hang gliding Day 25: Depart Rio de Janeiro. Our adventure ends after breakfast, when it’s time to say ‘Tchau’ (goodbye) to your travel companions. (B)

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Itinerary & Sightseeing

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Traveling between Jul 6, 2013 & Jan 18, 2014? The tour below features 4 nights in Buenos Aires & 2 nights in Rio. See contiki.com/southam-adventurer for more.

Code: LIRJ 2013/14

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The tour below features a reverse itinerary with 2 nights in Rio & 3 nights in Buenos Aires. See contiki.com/ southam-adventurer for more.

Tour Tour plus Only Inca Trail US$ pp* US$ pp*

Local taxes & service charges

Pay early & save up to US$535. See p.7 for details.

Traveling between Jun 29, 2013 & Feb 1, 2014?

Finish Lima

Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van

$

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Start Rio de Janeiro

36 meals: 24 breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L) 9 dinners (D)

Tour Tour plus Only Inca Trail US$ pp* US$ pp*

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Code: LIRJ/LIRJT 2014/15 Start Lima

What’s Included: 24 nights accommodation: 22 nights in twin-share hotels 2 nights in Special Stay experiences (more on p.20-21)

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The Adventurer 25 days

World Heritage sites visited

The above prices are accurate as of May 24th, 2013 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date-pricing please go to contiki.com/southam-adventurer Included Flights: Prices above include the land tour & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the tour start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.96 for important info. Please note: Prices do not include departure tax of approx. US$40 (as of May 24th, 2013), which is payable at the airport upon departure. * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement (add US$1615. Single room supplement (tour + Inca Trail) add US$1615. LIRJ/LIRJT: Start Lima 8am & end Rio 11am. RJLI/RJLIT: Start Rio 7am & end Lima 6pm. Please note: The reverse itinerary spends 2 nights in Buenos Aires & 3 nights in Lima. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Note: The Inca Trail is closed for maintenance in February. ● Tour spends Xmas in Puno & NYE in Cusco. ▲ Tour spends Xmas in Cusco & NYE in Jungle Lodge. ◆ Tour spends New Year’s Eve in Puno. ◗ Tour spends Xmas in Buzios & NYE in Iguassu Falls. ✚ Tour coincides with Rio Carnival. ★ Tour coincides with Rio Carnival, no Inca Trail. Tour operates during the 2014 World Cup, Brazil. See important note on p.97.

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Traveling Early For travel between July ‘13 & January ‘14 see opposite

19 Days 3 countries From US$5799pp* US$306 per day PERU ARGENTINA BRAZIL

MACHU PICCHU

your backstage pass includes

BRAZIL PERU

AGUAS CALIENTES (Machu Picchu)

1 Lima

AMAZON LODGE 1

1

INCA TRAIL Ollantaytambo Andes

• Walking tour of Cusco & entry to La Catedral & the Temple of Koricancha • Tango show & lesson in Buenos Aires • Brazilian BBQ feast in Iguassu • Boat cruise in Rio • City tour of Rio • Rio favela tour • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue

Rainforest

CUSCO 3

PUERTO MALDONADO 1

1 SACRED VALLEY Bolivia

Coast

Plus Contiki Special Stay BUZIOS Airport 2 RIO DE 3 JANEIRO

• Amazon Jungle Lodge Plus flights on map included in tour price!

ME Time

Paraguay

2 IGUASSU FALLS

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

ARGENTINA BRAZIL

see ... Football (soccer)! The passion here is like nowhere else, so see if a game is on & get into the frenzy!

ME Time optionals M Kayaking trip on the Tambopata River M Visit to the gateway of Tigre’s River Delta Uruguay

BUENOS 3 AIRES

Places visited 1 or more nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stay Coach, mini-coach or van Plane, train or canoe

Jessika Braga: Was in the Amazon in Peru last summer, it was an amazing experience

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Cusco. As the modern day starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore this ancient city on foot, then the afternoon’s yours. Head out & explore - from Inca buildings, intricate colonial architecture, artisan shops to boutiques & delicious cuisine & adrenaline activities, there’s lots to experience. Hotel (D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, La Catedral & Koricancha

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Day 2: Cusco to Sacred Valley. Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before spending the night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo Try some local Chicha de Jora

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Day 3: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. Adventure & adrenaline await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s lots to experience today before we take the train to Aguas Calientes this afternoon. Hotel (B) M Horse riding through the Sacred Valley Day 3: Inca Trail Trek Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to “kilometer 104” & trek amongst the cloudforest to the Sun Gate & Guardian House where your hard work is rewarded with incredible views of this magnificent ancient site before returning to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B,L) • Train ride to “kilometer 104” • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.25 for more info. Code: CURJT Day 4: Machu Picchu to Cusco. Wake early & be among the first to enter Machu Picchu to see the sun rising above the mountain tops. Learn more about the sites as you tour with your guide, then spend some time exploring before returning to base. Hotel (B) Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar

Day 5: Cusco. Feed your adrenaline urges with activities like mountain biking & rafting. Get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife, try a “Cerveza Cusquena”, dance the night away & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club. Hotel (B)

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M Whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River Day 6: Cusco to Jungle Lodge. Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. After a jungle hike to the canopy tower for endless jungle views, take to the shores with a flashlight to spot caiman, an Amazonian alligator!  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) Visit the Infierno community Puerto Maldonado city tour Canopy hike for amazing jungle views

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Day 7: Jungle Lodge to Puerto Maldonado. Board a simple catamaran & keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, like the giant otter, before spending the afternoon relaxing. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided catamaran boat excursion

Day 8: Puerto Maldonado to Lima. On arrival in Lima, you could explore the areas of Miraflores, Larcomar Mall or Parque Kennedy for amazing views overlooking the Pacific Ocean, before maybe sipping your last Pisco Sour. Hotel (B) Day 9: Lima to Buenos Aires. Say ‘adios’ to Lima & ‘hola’ Buenos Aires! This cosmopolitan city is filled with culture & diversity in everything from buildings to its people. As the birthplace of tango there’s a love of music, art, dance & football – not to mention world-renowned beef & red wine. Hotel (B) Day 10: Buenos Aires. This morning, meet up with your Tour Manager & group & get out & experience the iconic city spots like San Telmo & La Boca. Tonight, get ready to tango with the locals as you learn all the tricks at a dance lesson & show. Hotel (B,D) Visit the neighborhoods of San Telmo, La Boca, Puerto Madero, Recoleta, Palermo Chio & Palermo Soho Tango lesson, show & dinner

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Day 11: Buenos Aires. The day is all yours! You could catch a football game, drink champagne at a polo match, hit the shops or pay a visit to the historic Gran Café Tortoni for a café con leche for some people watching. Tonight, head out to experience BA by night. Hotel (B) M Argentinian culinary experience Day 12: Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls. Today we fly to Puerto Iguassu then travel to the Brazilian side to see the 275 individual waterfalls that make

up Iguassu. You could take a heli-flight for a different angle on the Falls, or try your luck at spotting macaws & toucans. Tonight, sample the delicious national drink, a caipirinha. Hotel (B) Visit Iguassu Falls M Helicopter flight over the Falls

SacsayhuamAn, CUSCO

Want a taste of Peru, Argentina & Brazil? This is it! Follow Incan foosteps in Machu Picchu & check out the jungle action in the Amazon. Dive into BA’s cool vibes, before its all beaches & bikinis in Buzios & the fabulous home of Carnival, Rio.

How much & when

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Traveling between July 12, 2013 & Jan 24, 2014? The tour below coded CURJ/CURJT starts at 8:00am in Cusco & ends at 11:00am in Rio. These tours spend 4 nights in Buenos Aires & 2 nights in Rio. See contiki.com/ southam-explorer for more.

Code: CURJ/CURJT 2013/14

Day 14: Iguassu Falls to Buzios. Get ready for sun, sand & surf as we head to Buzios with its white sand & endless beaches for a couple of days of R&R. Hotel (B)

Code: CURJ/CURJT 2014/15

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Day 15: Buzios. You could rise early & watch one of the amazing sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean. If you’re up for it try surfing, or other activities like scuba diving. Or simply sit back with a book, explore the town or just work on your tan with a cocktail. Hotel (B) M Learn to surf lesson Day 16: Buzios to Rio de Janeiro. Home to the world’s largest carnival celebration, Copacabana Beach & the Brazilian bikini, get ready for good times in Rio. Hotel (B) Day 17: Rio de Janeiro. This morning we’ll visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. We’ll give you a unique insiders-only experience of visiting a favela & seeing the contrast of how some cariocas live. Hotel (B) Entry to Christ the Redeemer for amazing city views Locally guided favela tour M Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain

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Tour Tour plus Only Inca Trail US$ pp* US$ pp*

26 meals: 18 breakfasts (B) 2 lunches (L) 6 dinners (D) Trekking option - 27 meals: 18 breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager

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Day 13: Iguassu Falls. We’ll cross back into Argentina & visit their side of Iguassu Falls with a walk to see Devil’s Throat. The day is all yours to experience the Falls. Try a speed boat ride to feel the spray of the Falls, or go for a swim back at the hotel. Tonight we have tasty Brazilian BBQ. Hotel (B,D) Visit Iguassu Falls Taste delicious Brazilian BBQ See Devil’s Throat

SOUTH AMERICA

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SAVE Pay early & save up to US$440. See p.7 for details.

5 World Heritage sites visited

HAPPY HOUR The above prices are accurate as of May 24th, 2013 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date-pricing please go to contiki.com/southam-explorer Included Flights: Prices above include the land tour & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the tour start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.96 for important info. Please note: Prices do not include departure tax of approx. US$40 (as of May 24th, 2013), which is payable at the airport upon departure. * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement (tour only) add US$1535. Single room supplement (tour + Inca Trail) add US$1535. Start Cusco 8:00am & end Rio 11:00am. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Note: The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance. ● ▲

Tour spends New Year’s Eve in Cusco. Tour spends New Year’s Eve in Jungle Lodge. Tour operates during the 2014 World Cup, Brazil. See important notes on p.97.

For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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GALAPAGOS & ANDES 26 Days 2 countries From US$7045pp* US$271 per day ECUADOR PERU

MACHU PICCHU

your backstage pass includes • Go local at a salsa lesson • Sunset river cruise & drinks • Galapagos BBQ feast at our favorite local spot • City tour of Arequipa visiting the Santa Catalina Convent • Hot spring swim in Chivay • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha • Walking tour of Cusco & entry to La Catedral & the Temple of Koricancha

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BAQUERIZO MORENO

Plus Contiki Special Stays • Amazon Jungle Lodge • Colca Canyon Lodge

GUAYAQUIL

Plus flights on map included in tour price! PERU

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

Rainforest

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AMAZON LODGE 1

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Andes Chivay

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did you know ... Ecuador’s flag is yellow for the sun, blue for sky & sea, & red is the blood lost for their independence.

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Experience THREE of the most beautiful spots on earth rolled into one trip. Trail finders will be right at home on this journey packed with culture, heritage, water & wildlife.

SOUTH AMERICA Galapagos & Andes 26 days

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Start Quito. Welcome to Ecuador’s capital, Quito! Meet up with your Contiki Team & group before exploring. Your expert guide will teach you all about this city & the history of the Inca & Spanish invasion before the city’s best views at Panecillo. Later, visit the Equator line & wander between the two hemispheres. Tonight, head out for dinner with the group. Hotel (D) Locally guided tour to see the Palace of Congress, Presidential Palace, Independence Square & Churches of San Francisco, La Compania & La Catedral Visit Panecillo lookout Visit the Equator & Inti Ñan Museum Day 2: Quito to Tena. It’s out of the city & into the lush jungle with spectacular views en route. A thermal pool swim & a hummingbird sanctuary stop are the perfect relaxing ways to spend the day. Hotel (B) Thermal springs swim Visit a hummingbird sanctuary Day 3: Tena to Baños. This morning is all about ME Time. Chill, opt to go rafting or visit an animal refuge center before it’s back on the road to Baños, nestled under the still active Tungurahua volcano. Hotel (B) Check out the Chimborazo region M Rafting experience Day 4: Baños. With a free day, explore your way & Baños goes off! Situated in a valley of waterfalls & hot springs, Baños is a hub for travelers who love great weather, small town vibes & the great outdoors. Visit the hot springs, go horseback riding, trekking, rafting, climbing or mountain biking. Tonight, get local as you learn to salsa at our included lesson. Hotel (B) Salsa dancing lesson Day 5: Baños to Guayaquil. Today we’re off to discover Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city & its economic hub. This cosmopolitan city is one of Ecuador’s new hotspots, and a walk down the promenade with the city’s colorful Cerro Santa Ana district as your backdrop is essential. Tonight, set sail on a sunset river cruise with drinks. Hotel (B) Sunset river cruise Day 6: Guayaquil to Isabela Island. Today we fly to Santa Cruz Island. Before arriving in Puerto Ayora we’ll check out the island’s old lava tunnels & see the giant tortoises. Later, we are on a boat to to start our Galapagos adventure. Hotel (B,D) See famous Galapagos’ giant tortoises Visit some lava tunnels Boat ride to Isabela Island Day 7: Isabela Island. This morning we’ll walk to the Wall of Tears. On return, spot colorful fish as you snorkel the underground lava tubes (keep your eyes peeled for turtles!)

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This afternoon we’ll visit some marine iguanas – you might even see some penguins along the way – then later you could hike the rim of one of the world’s largest active caldera, or relax on the beach. Hotel (B,L) ‘Panga’ boat ride adventure to spot the famous Galapagos wildlife Visit the Wall of Tears Snorkeling experience Day 8: Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island. This morning we’ll learn about the island’s natural history at the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, before we take off Santa Cruz Island. This afternoon we’ll visit Tortuga Bay for stroll along the beach & a swim. Hotel (B) Day 9: Santa Cruz to San Cristobal Island. We’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station this morning & check out the other species of tortoises & land iguanas before heading out to San Cristobal - keep an eye out for bathing sea lions! This afternoon explore the island by bike. Tonight, it’s all about relaxing over drinks at one of our favourite local spots while watching the sunset. Hotel (B) Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station See the island’s famous sea lions M Island biking adventure Day 10: San Cristobal Island. First up: a coastal cruise to spot native birds, before hitting Sea Lion Island in search of puffer fish & cute sea lion pups. We’ll snorkel around Kicker Rock & its famous 469ft tuff cone looking out for manta rays, starfish & maybe the Galapagos shark. Later, relax on stunning Puerto Grande beach paradise, before it’s back to town for our Galapagos BBQ feast. Hotel (B,L,D) Boat cruise & off shore bird spotting experience Visit Isla Lobos (Sea Lion Island) Explore Kicker Rock’s 469ft cone Visit stunning Puerto Grande beach Day 11: San Cristobal to Guayaquil. There’s time to relax this morning & soak up those last rays. Hotel (B) Day 12: Guayaquil to Lima. Today we fly to Lima & relax before our next adventure. Hotel (B) Day 13: Lima. We’ll take a city tour to uncover the city sights, with 43 districts with their own flair, there’s no shortage of things to do. Hotel (B) See the Historic Centre, Barranco & Mira Flores Day 14: Lima to Arequipa.We fly to Peru’s second largest city, the “White City” of Arequipa. Delve into the city’s history with a walking tour. Hotel (B) City walking tour Visit the Santa Catalina Convent & the Plaza de Armas

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Day 15: Arequipa to Colca Canyon. We drive through Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve (home to the elusive vicuña) on our way to the Colca Canyon. We visit the village of Chivay for a relaxing hot springs swim & a night at our rustic lodge.  Contiki Special Stay (B,L,D) See wild vicuña See the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes Indulge in a relaxing hot spring dip Day 16: Colca Canyon to Puno. This morning we visit the Colca Canyon & we’ll try to spot the Andean condor. Later, experience the majestic mountains & lakes of the Andes along the way to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Hotel (B) See the massive Colca Canyon Visit Cruz del Condor Visit Yanque Day 17: Puno. Catch a lift on a triciclo before cruising Lake Titicaca to experience the island of Taquile & the floating Uros Islands. Experience the unique cultures & way of life here as we visit locals & see their handmade crafts & famous textiles. Hotel (B,D) Ride on a triciclo! Boat trip on Lake Titicaca Visit the Taquile & Uros island communities Day 18: Puno to Cusco. First up is Pukara & its ancient Inca ruins, where there’s a chance to buy their famous artistic ceramic bulls. See the last remaining two-story Inca walls in Raqchi before reaching the heart of the ancient Incan empire, Cusco. Hotel (B) Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani See the Temple of Wiracocha Day 19: Cusco. The modern day starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore this ancient city on foot, then the afternoon’s yours. Head out & explore - from Inca buildings, intricate colonial architecture, artisan shops to boutiques, delicious cuisine & adrenaline activities, there’s lots to experience. Hotel (B,D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, La Catedral, Koricancha & San Pedro Market Day 20: Cusco to Sacred Valley. Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before spending a night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo Try some local Chicha de Jora Day 21: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. Adventure & adrenaline await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s lots to experience today before

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What’s Included: we take the train to Aguas Calientes this afternoon. Hotel (B) M Horse riding through the Sacred Valley Day 21: Inca Trail Trek. Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to “Kilometer 104” & trek amongst the cloudforest to the Sun Gate & Guardian House where your hard work is rewarded with incredible views of this magnificent ancient site before returning to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B,L) • Train to “Kilometer 104” • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.25 for more info. Code: QOLIT Day 22: Aguas Calientes to Cusco. Wake early & be among the first to enter Machu Picchu to see the sun rising above the mountain tops. Learn more about Machu Picchu as you tour with your guide, then spend some time exploring in your own time before returning to base. Hotel (B) Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar

Day 23: Cusco. Feed your adrenaline urges with activities like mountain biking & rafting. Get into Cusco’s nightlife, try a “Cerveza Cusquena” & dance the night away & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club! Hotel (B) Day 24: Cusco to Jungle Lodge. Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. You could hike through the jungle for a canopy climb, then take to the shores with a flashlight to spot caiman, an Amazonian alligator!  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) Visit the Infierno community Puerto Maldonado city tour Canopy hike for amazing jungle views Day 25: Jungle Lodge to Puerto Maldonado. Board a simple catamaran & keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, before relaxing in the afternoon. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided jungle catamaran boat trip Day 26: Puerto Maldonado to Lima. Your tour ends on arrival in Lima, where it’s time to say ‘adios!’ to your travel companions. (B)

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Please note: Do not book flights before 9:00pm.

How much & when

25 nights accommodation: 23 nights in twin-share hotels 2 nights Special Stay experience (more on p.20-21) 38 meals: 25 breakfasts (B) 5 lunches (L) 8 dinners (D) Trekking option - 39 meals: 25 breakfasts (B) 6 lunches (L) 8 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager English-speaking Local Guides 1 international & 5 internal flights & transfers Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$565. See p.7 for details.

6 World Heritage sites visited

Code: QOLI/QOLIT 2014/15 GALAPAGOS WILDLIFE Start Quito

Finish Lima

Tour Tour plus Only Inca Trail US$ pp* US$ pp*

2014 Mar 3 Mar 31 Apr 28 May 26 Jun 23 Jul 21 Aug 18 Sep 15

Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct

7045 7045 7045 7045 7045 7045 7045 7045

28 25 23 20 18 15 12 10

7185 7185 7185 7185 7185 7185 7185 7185

Start Quito

Finish Lima

Tour Tour plus Only Inca Trail US$ pp* US$ pp*

2014 Oct 13 Nov 7 Nov 10 Dec 5 Dec 8 ● Jan 2

7045 7045 7045

7185 7185 7185

2015 Jan 8 Feb 2

7259 7259

7399 n/a

Feb 2 Feb 27

The above prices are accurate as of May 24th, 2013 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date-pricing please go to contiki.com/galapagos-andes Included Flights: Prices above include the land tour & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the tour start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.96 for important info. Please note: Prices do not include departure tax of approx. US$31 (as of May 24th, 2013), which is payable at the airport upon departure. * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement (tour only) add US$1025. Single room supplement (tour + Inca Trail) add US$1025. Start Quito 7:00am & end Lima 6:00pm. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Note: The Galapagos Islands have a compulsory US$100 entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park, a US$10 INGALA fee & a US$5 Isabela Island tax that are only payable in cash on arrival. Please ensure you have this money ready to ensure entry to these locations. ● This tour spends Xmas in Puno & NYE in the Amazon. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

LOCAL COLOR IN PISAC

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THE LATIN QUEST 37 Days 4 countries From US$10715pp* US$290 per day ECUADOR PERU ARGENTINA BRAZIL RIO DE JANEIRO

your backstage pass includes

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

QUITO 1

SANTA CRUZ ISABELA

Puerto Ayora 1

SAN CRISTOBAL

Puerto 2 VILLAMIL

2 Puerto BAQUERIZO MORENO

TENA 1 ECUADOR 2 BAÑOS

GUAYAQUIL 2

PACIFIC OCEAN

Flight to Lima

• Go local at a salsa lesson • Sunset river cruise & drinks • Galapagos BBQ feast at our favorite local spot • City tour of Arequipa visiting the Santa Catalina Convent • Hot spring swim in Chivay • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha • Walking tour of Cusco & entry to La Catedral & the Temple of Koricancha • Tango show & lesson in Buenos Aires • Brazilian BBQ feast in Iguassu • Guided Favela tour, boat cruise & city tour in Rio • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue Plus Contiki Special Stays • Amazon Jungle Lodge • Colca Canyon Lodge

Places visited 1 or more nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stay Coach, mini-coach or van Plane, train or canoe

Paraguay

Airport

RIO DE 3 JANEIRO

2 IGUASSU SU FALLS Flight from Guayaquil

3 ARGENTINA

BRAZIL

Lima

Rainforest

AGUAS CALIENTES (Machu Picchu) 1

AMAZON LODGE 1

INCA TRAIL Ollantaytambo

SACRED VALLEY 1 PERU Coast

1 PUERTO MALDONADO

CUSCO 4 Andes Chivay

COLCA CANYON 1

PUNO/LAKE TITICACA 2

1 AREQUIPA

BUENOS AIRES 3

Uruguay

BUZIOS 2

Plus flights on map included in tour price!

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

Give it a try ... Ceviche is a hugely popular dish around these parts. Citrus marinated raw fish with salt & seasoning… refreshingly healthy.

ME Time optionals M Rappelling (abseiling) & canyoning day trip M Rafting

Heath Haigh: Alpaca steaks in Peru are the best! Visit contiki.com/latin-quest

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ZIPLINING IN THE AMAZON JUNGLE

Do it all, experience everything & make the most of this unbelievable journey. From the bustling Rio streets to quiet ancient temples, live volcanoes & beautiful beaches, you’ll find that paradise doesn’t exist in just one place.

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Start Quito. Hola Quito! Meet your group before exploring. Your expert guide will teach you all about this city, then check out views at Panecillo. Later, visit the Equator line before dinner. Hotel (D) Locally guided tour including the Palace of Congress, Presidential Palace, Independence Square & Churches of San Francisco, La Compania & La Catedral Visit Panecillo lookout Visit the Equator & Inti Ñan Museum Day 2: Quito to Tena. Goodbye city & welcome to the jungle, with spectacular views en route, plus a thermal pool swim & hummingbird sanctuary stop on the way. Hotel (B) Thermal springs swim Visit a hummingbird sanctuary Day 3: Tena to Baños. This morning is all about ME Time. Chill, go rafting or visit an animal refuge. Then we head to Baños, nestled under the still active Tungurahua volcano. Hotel (B,D) Check out Chimborazo region M Rafting adventure Day 4: Baños. With a free day, explore Baños your way! Tonight we get a lesson in the art of salsa. Hotel (B) Salsa dancing lesson Day 5: Baños to Guayaquil. Today we head to Guayaquil. A walk down the promenade is essential. Set sail on a sunset river cruise with drinks. Hotel (B) Sunset river cruise Day 6: Guayaquil to Isabela Island. Today we fly to Santa Cruz Island. Before arriving in Puerto Ayora we’ll check out the island’s old lava tunnels & see the giant tortoises. Later, we start our Galapagos adventure. Hotel (B,D) See famous Galapagos’ giant tortoises Visit some lava tunnels Boat ride to Isabela Island Day 7: Isabela Island. This morning we’ll walk to the Wall of Tears. On return, spot colorful fish as you snorkel the underground lava tubes (keep your eyes peeled for turtles!) This afternoon we’ll visit some marine iguanas – you might see some penguins – then later you could hike the rim of one of the world’s largest active caldera, or relax on the beach. Hotel (B,L) ‘Panga’ boat ride adventure to spot the famous Galapagos wildlife Visit the Wall of Tears Snorkeling experience Day 8: Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island. This morning we’ll learn about the island’s natural history at the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, before we take off Santa Cruz Island. This afternoon we’ll visit Tortuga Bay for a stroll along the beach & a swim. Hotel (B) Day 9: Santa Cruz to San Cristobal Island. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station this morning & check out the tortoises & land iguanas before heading out to San Cristobal! This afternoon

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explore the island by bike before watching the sunset. Hotel (B) Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station See the island’s sea lions M Guided biking Day 10: San Cristobal Island. A coastal cruise to spot native birds, before hitting Sea Lion Island in search of sea lion pups. We’ll snorkel around Kicker Rock’s 469ft tuff cone looking out for manta rays, starfish & maybe the Galapagos shark. Later, relax on the beach, before a BBQ feast. Hotel (B,L,D) Boat cruise & off shore bird spotting experience Visit Isla Lobos (Sea Lion Island) Explore Kicker Rock Visit Puerto Grande beach Day 11: San Cristobal to Guayaquil. There’s time to relax this morning & soak up those last rays. Hotel (B) Day 12: Guayaquil to Lima. Today we fly to Lima where we relax before our next adventure. Hotel (B) Day 13: Lima. We’ll take a city tour to uncover the sights. Hotel (B) See the Historic Centre, Barranco & Mira Flores Day 14: Lima to Arequipa. Fly to the “White City” of Arequipa. Delve into the city’s history with a walking tour. Hotel (B) City walking tour Visit the Santa Catalina Convent & the Plaza de Armas Day 15: Arequipa to Colca Canyon. We drive through Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve on our way to the Colca Canyon. We stop for a hot springs swim before a night at our rustic lodge.  Contiki Special Stay (B,L,D) See wild vicuña See the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes Indulge in a hot spring dip Day 16: Colca Canyon to Puno. First up we’ll try & spot the Andean condor. Later, experience the Andes along the way to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Hotel (B) See the massive Colca Canyon Visit Cruz del Condor Visit Yanque Day 17: Puno. Catch a lift on a triciclo before cruising Lake Titicaca to the island of Taquile & the floating Uros Islands. Meet locals & see their handmade crafts. Hotel (B,D) Ride on a triciclo! Boat trip on Lake Titicaca Visit the Taquile & Uros island communities Day 18: Puno to Cusco. First up is Pukara & its ancient Inca ruins. See the Inca walls in Raqchi & then the ancient Incan empire, Cusco. Hotel (B) Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani See the Temple of Wiracocha Day 19: Cusco. We head to Machu Picchu, then the afternoon’s yours. Explore Inca buildings, or try local food or adrenaline activities. Hotel (B,D)

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City walking tour Visit San Blas, La Catedral, Koricancha & San Pedro Market Day 20: Cusco to Sacred Valley. Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before a night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the Pisac & Ollantaytambo ruins Try some local Chicha de Jora Day 21: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. Adventure & adrenaline await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s loads on offer, before we take the train to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B) M Horse riding through the Sacred Valley

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Day 21: Inca Trail Trek. Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to “Kilometer 104” & trek amongst the cloudforest to the Sun Gate & Guardian House where your hard work is rewarded with incredible views of this magnificent ancient site before returning to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B,L) • Train to ride “Kilometer 104” • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.25 for more info. Code: QORJT Day 22: Aguas Calientes to Cusco. Wake early & enter Machu Picchu for sunrise. Learn more about Machu Picchu on a tour, then explore. Hotel (B) Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar Day 23: Cusco. Why not start the day mountain biking & rafting? Then get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club! Hotel (B) Day 24: Cusco to Jungle Lodge. Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. You could hike through the jungle for a canopy climb, then chill to the sound of the jungle.  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) Visit the Infierno community Puerto Maldonado city tour Canopy hike for amazing jungle views Day 25: Jungle Lodge to Puerto Maldonado. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like the giant otter, before it’s back to the city. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided jungle catamaran boat trip Day 26: Puerto Maldonado to Lima. Today it’s back to Lima for our last day in Peru. Next up: red wine, steak & tango in Argentina! Hotel (B) Day 27: Lima to Buenos Aires. Today we board our flight to Argentina - it’s hola Buenos Aires! Hotel (B) Day 28: Buenos Aires. Today you’ll experience the iconic city

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spots like La Boca. Tonight, a tango lesson & show. Hotel (B,D) City bike tour Visit the neighbourhoods of San Telmo, La Boca, Puerto Madero, Recoleta, Palermo Chio & Palermo Soho Tango lesson, show & dinner Day 29: Buenos Aires. We see the other half of the city on our coach tour. Then the day is yours to explore & sample BA by night! Hotel (B) M Argentinian culinary experience Day 30: Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls. Today we fly to Puerto Iguassu to see the 275 individual waterfalls. Tonight, sample the national drink, a caipirinha. Hotel (B) Visit Iguassu Falls Day 31: Iguassu Falls. We cross back to Argentina & visit their side of the falls with a walk to see Devil’s Throat. The day is all yours & tonight we have a Brazilian BBQ. Hotel (B,D) Visit Iguassu Falls Try a tasty Brazilian BBQ See Devil’s Throat Day 32: Iguassu Falls to Buzios. We head to Buzios with its white sand & endless beaches. Hotel (B)

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Day 33: Buzios. You could rise early for the amazing sunrises over the Ocean. There are lots of activities to do through the day. Hotel (B) M Learn to surf lesson Day 34: Buzios to Rio de Janeiro. Home to the world’s largest carnival celebration, Copacabana Beach & the Brazilian bikini, get ready for good times in Rio. Hotel (B) Day 35: Rio de Janeiro. This morning we’ll visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, then get a unique insiders-only favela experience. Hotel (B) Entry to Christ the Redeemer for amazing city views Locally guided favela tour M Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain Day 36: Rio de Janeiro. It’s free time to see this amazing city. Then chill on a boat cruise. Tonight, end the trip as we head out for a meal. Hotel (B,D) M Hang gliding Day 37: Depart Rio de Janeiro. Your adventure ends & it’s time to say ‘Tchau’ (goodbye) to your group after breakfast. (B)

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SOUTH AMERICA The Latin Quest 37 days What’s Included: 36 nights accommodation: 34 nights in twin-share hotels 2 night Special Stay experience (more on p.20-21) 53 meals: 36 breakfasts (B) 5 lunches (L) 12 dinners (D) Trekking option - 54 meals: 36 breakfasts (B) 6 lunches (L) 12 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager English-speaking Local Guides 3 international & 6 internal flights & transfers Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$830. See p.7 for details.

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How much & when

World Heritage sites visited

Code: QORJ/QORJT 2014/15 Start Quito

Finish Rio de Janeiro

Tour Tour plus Only Inca Trail US$ pp* US$ pp*

Start Quito

Finish Rio de Janeiro

Tour Tour plus Only Inca Trail US$ pp* US$ pp*

GALAPAGOS SEA LIONS 2014 Mar 3 Mar 31 Apr 28 May 26 Jun 23 Jul 21 Aug 18 Sep 15

Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Sep Oct

8 6 3 1 29 26 23 21

10715 10715 10715 11015 10715 10715 10715 10715

10855 10855 10855 11155 10855 10855 10855 10855

2014 Oct 13 Nov 18 Nov 10 Dec 16 Dec 8 ● Jan 13

10715 10855 10715 10855 10715 10855

2015 Jan 8 Feb 2

11035 11175 11035 n/a

Feb 13 Mar 10

The above prices are accurate as of May 24th, 2013 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date-pricing please go to contiki.com/latin-quest Included Flights: Prices above include the land tour & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the tour start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.96 for important info. Please note: Prices do not include departure tax of approx. US$40 (as of May 24th, 2013), which is payable at the airport upon departure. * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement (tour only) add US$2185. Single room supplement (tour + Inca Trail) add US$2185. Start Quito 7:00am & end Rio 11:00am. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Note: Inca Trail is closed for maintenance in February. Note: The Galapagos Islands have a compulsory US$100 entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park, a US$10 INGALA fee & a US$5 Isabela Island tax that are only payable in cash on arrival. Please ensure you have this money ready to ensure entry to these locations. ● This tour spends Xmas in Puno & NYE in the Amazon. Tour operates during the 2014 World Cup, Brazil. See important notes on p.97. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

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We travel to experience the wonders that our world has to offer. we’re committed to ensuring they remain for generations to come. Conservation is at the heart of how we plan & run our trips. There are a bunch of ways that you can help. Learn more at: contiki.com/contikicares/you

contiki

oceans

Oceans cover 71% of the Earth’s surface & they form the largest habitat on the planet supporting the greatest variety of life. We support marine preservation through our projects around

the world, including the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program (MAR) which helps young environmentalists in their handson work protecting the world’s second largest barrier reef.

treadright foundation We’re founding partners of the TreadRight Foundation. Contiki believes that we have a responsibility to create memorable travel experiences without putting tourism destinations at risk, & there’s much more to that than just words on paper. TreadRight supports projects that encourage the development of tourism by encouraging initiatives which benefit a destination's

environment, natural & cultural heritage, & community. In partnership with TreadRight, Contiki continues to work with Céline Cousteau & the MAR Leaders, now for the second year. The Foundation has helped protect 7.4 million acres of forest in Brazil, supported the World Wildlife Fund’s work with indigenous sustainable tourism in Australia, plus much more.

What’s more, TreadRight is committed to continuing with this support for sustainable tourism for years to come – as the primary sponsors of The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards – encouraging tourism operators to develop & share sustainable tourism practices around the world. To learn more please visit www.treadright.org.

recyclin ng Contiki, as part of The Travel Corporation, is proud to be using 100% recycled paper for the body of our brochures. Some of the positive impacts of this include saving more

than 54,000* trees per year and reducing landfill waste that produces harmful greenhouse gases. In addition, the paper used is rated “Excellent” by the World Wildlife Federation’s (WWF) environmental benchmarking

tool. We are proud to commit to using one of the most environmentally friendly coated recycled papers on Planet Earth. *Calculations based on data from the Environmental Defense Network

loving it local

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We’re proud to support local businesses on our trips, whether it be via the activities we do, the places we eat or the accommodations in which we sleep.

operators may own their own vehicles & run their own show independent of locals, wherever possible, Contiki work only with local suppliers & businesses.

In Latin America, almost every one of the places we stay at are locally owned, so profits feed directly back to the local communities. Where other travel

What you can do? Taking care of the environment shouldn’t stop when you go travelling. Simple stuff like re-using your drink bottle, choosing products

with less packaging, recycling on the go or simply turning off the lights when you leave your hotel room are all ways to lessen your environmental impact.

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costa Rica & mexico

National Parks, incredible marine life, cloudforests to the beach, volcanoes & adrenaline - Costa Rica has it ALL. Mix this up with adventures in Mexico’s ancient Mayan ruins, beach life & nightlife like nowhere else - we’ve got these global hotspots covered. Wanting a short adventure, or an in-depth cultural experience with a twist? We’ve got options to suit everyone’s taste.

4 trips from 6 to 13 days

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MEXICO GRANDE 13 Days 1 countrY From US$2585pp* US$199 per day MEXICO

SNORKELLING IN THE CARIBBEAN

your backstage pass includes • Acapulco catamaran cruise • Cruise on a ‘Trajinera’ & discover Xochimilco from a different angle • Tour the pyramids of Teotihuacan • Relax & take in the sights on a horse drawn carriage ride in Merida • Visit the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza Plus flight on map included in tour price!

ME Time MERIDA 1 GULF OF MEXICO

MORELIA 1 MICHOACÁN

2 GUERRERO IXTAPA

CANCUN 3

YUCATÁN

QUINTANA ROO

MEXICO CITY 2 1 TAXCO 2 ACAPULCO

Playa del Carmen

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals M Mayan culture adventure complete with ziplining, rappelling, canoeing & lunch! M Dolphin Encounter

did you know ... Mexico introduced chocolate to the world. Look out for Ibarra, it’s a rich tasting Mexican chocolate laced with cinnamon. Yum!

PACIFIC OCEAN

Places visited 1 or more nightstops Coach, mini-coach or van Plane

ExplorerJane 23: Awesome tour, so much fun. We saw a lot during the day...Our tour guide was great. Definitely recommend. Visit contiki.com/mexico-grande

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TRAJINERAS, MEXICO CITY

MEXICO CHICHEN ITZA

This is the perfect way to explore this legendary country. Try sinking your teeth into delicious MEXICAN cuisine, getting up close to ancient Mayan culture, & taking in some sun & beach vibes. Blend this with big city action & cool locals, & you’ve got the Mexico Grande.

How much & when Finish Cancun

Total Cost US$ pp*

2013 Jun Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Start Mexico City

Finish Cancun

Total Cost US$ pp*

May Jun Jul Aug Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

29 19 10 7 28 25 30 27 18

2585 2585 2585 2585 2585 2585 2585 2585 2585

Jan 29 Feb 26 Mar 12

2659 2659 2659

2014

8 Jun 29 Jul 27 Aug 17 Aug 14 Sep 19 Oct 16 Nov 21 ● Jan

20 11 8 29 26 31 28 2

2585 2585 2585 2585 2585 2585 2585 2839

May Jun Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

30 27 27 17

2585 2585 2585 2585

2015

17 7 28 26 16 13 18 15 6

2014 Jan Feb Mar Apr

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Mexico City to Morelia Meet up with your Contiki Team & leave Mexico’s capital city behind. Arrive in Morelia with its fascinating colonial architecture & picturesque streets. Try some delicious local food, then it’s out for a night on the town. Hotel (D) Walking tour of Morelia Visit a local candy market See the spectacular illumination of Mexico’s most beautiful cathedral

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Day 2: Morelia to Ixtapa via Zihuatanejo Head out west to the sunny Mexican Riviera with its long stretches of white sand beaches. Then take it easy in the resort town of Ixtapa. Hotel (B) Visit Playa La Ropa & Zihuatanejo

Day 3: Ixtapa Have fun walking along the beach, or get local & discover an authentic ambience in a nearby beach village. The waters are perfect for snorkeling, kayaking, & fishing. Hotel (B,D) M Horseback ride along the shoreline & plantations Day 4: Ixtapa to Acapulco The bright lights & non-stop energy of Acapulco Bay are calling! Watch the worldrenowned & death-defying cliff divers. When the sun sets, experience the nightlife of Mexico’s ultimate party town. Hotel (B) Day 5: Acapulco Get into the local scene by exploring a traditional open-air market. Then, relax in the sun on the beach, sample mouthwatering seafood, & this afternoon watch the sunset on a party cruise. Hotel (B,D) Day 6: Acapulco to Taxco Wind into the Sierra Madre Mountains & find the quaint stucco buildings of Taxco nestled in the hills. Known for

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its fine silver crafts, check out artisan shops for the perfect souvenir. Hotel (B) Watch a local silver demonstration

Day 7: Taxco to Mexico City Return to Mexico City & visit the unique floating gardens & markets of Xochimilco. Then, it’s off through “The City of Palaces” to see the ancient ruins & colonial-influenced, yet modern, architecture. Hotel (B) Float through the canals of Xochimilco on a Trajinera Guided tour of Centro Historico, including the National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral & Templo Mayor Visit Coyoacán, birthplace of Frida Kahlo

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Day 8: Mexico City Start the day with a tour of the incredible ancient ruins of Teotihuacan. Then the day is yours to jump into the city’s high energy to explore its sidewalk cafés, bazaars, boutiques & museums. Hotel (B,D) Guided tour of Teotihuacan

Day 9: Mexico City to Merida Leave behind the buzz of Mexico City & fly to the beautiful white-stone city of Merida. Tour the city’s gorgeous colonial buildings, palaces & Hacienda before indulging in a mouthwatering Yucatecan meal. Hotel (B,D) Walking tour of Merida’s sights

Swim in a cenote (sink hole)

Day 11: Cancun & Playa del Carmen We’ll take a day trip to the beach playground of Playa del Carmen. Take a stroll along the Quinta Avenida & the stunning beach while enjoying the friendly local hospitality. Fill your day with everything from snorkeling the clear blue waters, hanging out in open-air cafés & restaurants, stopping for a beer or two with the locals, or people watching. You can even take a ferry across to the island of Cozumel before heading back to Cancun. Hotel (B) Visit Playa del Carmen

18 15 15 5

Jan Feb Mar Apr

Jan 17 Feb 14 Feb 28

What’s Included: 12 nights twin-share hotel accommodation (more on p.20-21)

Code: MEXC 2013/14/15 Start Mexico City

Mexico Grande 13 days

The above prices are accurate as of May 24th, 2013 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing-please go to contiki.com/mexico-grande Included Flights: Prices above include the land tour & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the tour start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.96 for important info. * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement add US$779. Start Mexico City 7:00am & end Cancun 11:00am. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. ● This tour spends Xmas in Acapulco & New Year’s Eve in Cancun. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

18 meals: 12 breakfasts (B) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager English-speaking Local Guides Flight from Mexico City to Merida Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$235. See p.7 for details.

4 World Heritage sites visited

MEXICO CITY

Day 12: Cancun Soak up all the Cancun action you want today - swim through a jungle lagoon, snorkel, or take a day trip to beautiful Isla Mujeres for some delicious seafood & sightseeing, or a dolphin encounter. Then for your last night, party in great bars & dance clubs ’til the sun comes up. Hotel (B,D) M Snorkelling & zipline adventure Day 13: Depart Cancun Your Mexican adventure ends this morning & it’s time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends. (B) SHOP FOR SOUVENIRS

Day 10: Merida to Cancun via Chichen Itza Immerse yourself in Mayan history on a guided tour at Chichen Itza – the country’s spectacular ancient ceremonial centre. This afternoon we arrive in legendary Cancun with its endless shopping, nightlife & outdoor hub. Hotel (B) Guided tour of the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza

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MEXICAN FIESTA 9 Days 1 countrY From US$1525pp* US$170 per day

GULF OF MEXICO

MORELIA 1 MICHOACÁN

IXTAPA 2

GUERRERO

PACIFIC OCEAN

1

backstage pass

12 meals: 8 breakfasts (B) 4 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager English-speaking Local Guides Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Local taxes & service charges

$

Day 1: Mexico City to Morelia Meet up with your Contiki Team & leave Mexico’s capital city behind. Arrive in Morelia with its fascinating colonial architecture & picturesque streets. Try some seriously delicious local food, then it’s out for a night on the town where you can learn to party like a local. Hotel (D) Walking tour of Morelia Visit a local candy market Watch the spectacular illumination of Mexico’s most beautiful cathedral

of Acapulco Bay are calling! Watch the world-renowned & death-defying cliff divers. When the sun sets, experience the nightlife of Mexico’s ultimate party town. Hotel (B)

Day 2: Morelia to Ixtapa via Zihuatanejo Head out west to the sunny Mexican Riviera with its long stretches of white sand beaches. Then take it easy in the resort town of Ixtapa. Hotel (B) Visit Playa La Ropa & Zihuatanejo

Day 6: Acapulco to Taxco Wind into the Sierra Madre Mountains & find the quaint stucco buildings of Taxco nestled in the hills. Known for its fine silver crafts, check out artisan shops for the perfect souvenir. Hotel (B) Watch a local silver demonstration

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ME Time optionals

8 nights twin-share hotel accommodation (more on p.20-21)

2 ACAPULCO

1 or more nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing

• Sit back & relax, cocktail in hand on an Acapulco catamaran cruise • Cruise on a colorful ‘Trajinera’ with a beer & discover Xochimilco from a different angle • Tour the pyramids of Teotihuacan

What’s Included:

1 TAXCO

BEACHLIFE on THE MEXICAN RIVIERA

Inclusions

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

MEXICO CITY 2

How much & when Code: MEX2 2013/14/15 Start Mexico City

Finish Mexico City

Total Cost US$ pp*

2013 Jun Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Start Mexico City

Finish Mexico City

Total Cost US$ pp*

2014

8 Jun 29 Jul 27 Aug 17 Aug 14 Sep 19 Oct 16 Nov 21 ● Dec

16 7 4 25 22 27 24 29

1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1675

May Jun Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

26 23 23 13

1525 1525 1525 1525

2015

17 7 28 26 16 13 18 15 6

25 15 6 3 24 21 26 23 14

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1565 1565 1565

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Day 3: Ixtapa Have fun walking along the beach, or get local & discover an authentic ambience in a nearby beach village. The waters are perfect for snorkeling, kayaking & fishing. Hotel (B,D) M Horseback ride along the shoreline & plantations Day 4: Ixtapa to Acapulco The bright lights & non-stop energy

Day 5: Acapulco Get into the local scene by exploring a traditional open-air market. Then, relax in the sun on the beach, sample mouthwatering seafood, & this afternoon watch the sunset on a party cruise. Hotel (B,D)

Day 7: Taxco to Mexico City Return to Mexico City & visit the unique floating gardens & markets of Xochimilco. Then, it’s off through “The City of Palaces” to see the ancient ruins & colonial-influenced, yet modern, architecture. Hotel (B) Float through the canals of

• •

Xochimilco on a Trajinera Guided tour of Centro Historico, including the National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral & Templo Mayor Visit Coyoacán, birthplace of Frida Kahlo

Day 8: Mexico City Start the day with a tour of the incredible ancient ruins of Teotihuacan. Afterwards, the day is yours to jump into the city’s high energy to explore its sidewalk cafés, bazaars, boutiques & museums. Hotel (B,D) Guided tour of Teotihuacan

Day 9: Depart Mexico City This morning the tour ends & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

IXTAPA

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement add US$875.

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$155. See p.7 for details.

Start Mexico City 7:00am & end Mexico City 11:00am. ●

This tour spends Xmas in Acapulco.

For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

2 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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MEXICO

YUCATAN HIGHLIGHTS

Yucatan Highlights 6 days

6 Days 1 country

backstage pass Inclusions

From US$1275pp* US$213 per day

MERIDA 1

GULF OF MEXICO

YUCATÁN

CANCUN 3 Playa del Carmen

QUINTANA ROO

1 MEXICO CITY

Plus flight on map included in tour price!

Places visited 1 or more nightstops Coach, mini-coach or van Plane

ME Time optionals

TEOTIHUACAN

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Mexico City Meet up with your Contiki Team & start the day with a tour of the incredible ancient ruins of Teotihuacan. Afterwards, the day is yours to jump into the city’s high energy & explore its sidewalk cafés, bazaars, boutiques & museums. Hotel (D) Guided tour of Teotihuacan

Day 2: Mexico City to Merida Leave behind the buzz of Mexico City & fly to the beautiful white-stone city of Merida. Tour the city’s gorgeous colonial buildings, palaces & Haçienda before indulging in a mouthwatering Yucatecan meal. Hotel (B,D) Walking tour of Merida’s sights

Day 3: Merida to Cancun via Chichen Itza Immerse yourself in beautiful FIRE DANCING

Mayan history on a guided tour at Chichen Itza – the country’s spectacular ancient ceremonial center. This afternoon we arrive in legendary Cancun with its endless shopping, nightlife & outdoor hub. Hotel (B) Guided tour of the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza Swim in a cenote (sink hole) M Mayan culture adventure complete with ziplining, rappelling, canoeing & lunch!

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Day 4: Cancun & Playa del Carmen We’ll take a day trip to the beach playground of Playa del Carmen. Take a stroll along the Quinta Avenida & the stunning beach while enjoying the friendly local hospitality. Fill your day with everything from snorkeling the clear blue waters, hanging out in open-air cafés & restaurants,

stopping for a beer or two with the locals, or people watching. You can even take a ferry across to the island of Cozumel before heading back to Cancun. Hotel (B) Visit Playa del Carmen

Day 5: Cancun Soak up all the Cancun action you want today swim through a jungle lagoon, snorkel, or take a day trip to beautiful Isla Mujeres for some delicious seafood & sightseeing, or a dolphin encounter. Then for your last night, party in great bars & dance clubs ’til the sun comes up. Hotel (B,D) Day 6: Depart Cancun Your Mexican adventure ends this morning & it’s time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends. (B)

• Tour the pyramids of Teotihuacan • Relax & take in the sights on a horse drawn carriage ride in Merida • Turn back the clock at the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time. M Snorkelling & zipline adventure

How much & when Code: MEX3 2013/14/15 Start Mexico City

Finish Cancun

Total Cost US$ pp*

2013 Jun Jul Aug Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Start Mexico City

Finish Cancun

Total Cost US$ pp*

What’s Included:

2014

15 Jun 6 Jul 3 Aug 24 Aug 21 Sep 26 Oct 23 Nov 28 ● Jan

20 11 8 29 26 31 28 2

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2015

24 14 5 2 23 20 25 22 13

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25 22 22 12

Jan Feb Mar Apr

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The above prices are accurate as of May 24th, 2013 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date-pricing please go to contiki.com/yucatan Included Flights: Prices above include the land tour & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the tour start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.96 for important info. * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement add US$345. Start Mexico City 7:00am & end Cancun 11:00am. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. ●

This tour spends New Year’s Eve in Cancun.

For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

5 nights twin-share hotel accommodation (more on p.20-21) 8 meals: 5 breakfasts (B) 3 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager English-speaking Local Guides Flight from Mexico City to Merida Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$100. See p.7 for details.

3 World Heritage sites visited

METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL, MEXICO CITY

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COSTa RICA UNPLUGGED 12 Days 1 countrY From US$2215pp* US$185 per day COSTA RICA

RARA AVIS WATERFALL

your backstage pass includes • Sunset cruise in Tortuguero • Rafting, canopy adventure or rappelling in Sarapiqui • Enjoy dinner at a traditional country estate Plus Contiki Special Stays • Jungle Lodge in Tortuguero • Rainforest Special Stay

ME Time

Nicaragua

SARAPIQUI 1

ARENAL 2 MONTEVERDE 2

2 TORTUGUERO

Poas Volcano National Park Braulio Carrillo National Park

GULF OF MEXICO

1 SAN JOSÉ Quepos

MANUEL ANTONIO

ME Time optionals

COSTA RICA

3

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count. M M M M

Manuel Antonio National Park

explore ... Love people watching? Grab an ice cream & spend an afternoon chilling out at Parque Central in San José.

Hot springs dip Selvatura Park ziplining ATV adventure Mangrove/Damas Island kayaking

PACIFIC OCEAN

Panama

1 1

Places visited Nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stays

Connie: Costa Rica!! Pura Vida!! This was a great trip, highly recommend it if you’re seeking adventure and activity at a moderate pace Visit contiki.com/unplugged

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This tiny country is a haven for discovery & adventure, so get ready to go in depth on this 12 day trip. From jungles & rainforests, to volcanoes, beaches, cool coffee plantations & even cooler locals, it’s the perfect way to uncover amazing Costa Rica.

Day 1: Arrive San José Meet up with your Contiki Team before heading out to explore Poás Volcano National Park & San José’s famous spots. Tonight, start the trip right & get to know your group over a delicious dinner at our favorite local restaurant. Hotel (D) San José tour see La Sabana Park, the Contemporary Art Museum, Central market, La Plaza de la Cultura & National Theatre Visit Poás Volcano National Park

Start San José

Day 3: Tortuguero Get ready to spot howler monkeys, toucans, sloths, reptiles & other animals on a guided boat ride through the National Park, where our expert local guide will give you the inside track on this amazing haven for wildlife. Later, it’s all about relaxing the way you want before our incredible sunset boat ride along the canals.  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) Wildlife boat cruise Sunset canal cruise

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Day 4: Tortuguero to Sarapiqui Rainforest Lodge (Pozo Azul Adventures Special Stay) Next up, our overnight eco camp in Sarapiqui – it’s perfect for those that love to relax. You’ll discover the rainforest on our Tirimbina chocolate tour to learn about one of mankind’s favourite treats, before a delicious BBQ feast.  Contiki Special Stay, Rainforest Lodge (B,L,D) Locally guided Tirimbina chocolate tour

Day 5: Sarapiqui to Arenal/ La Fortuna This morning’s yours, so choose from adrenaline pumping whitewater rafting, a canopy adventure or abseiling before checking out the perfectly symmetrical Arenal volcano. The area is known for its spa & mud pool treatments, so it’s

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2013 Jun Jun Jul Aug Aug Sep Nov Nov Dec

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How much & when Code: COSTA 2013/14/15

Day 2: San José to Tortuguero Say farewell to the big city as we head to Tortuguero via Braulio Carrillo National Park. Only accessible by boat or small aircraft, Tortuguero is famous for being one of Costa Rica’s most popular eco-tourism spots & the rainforest, stunning water & home to the Atlantic green turtle.  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) Visit Braulio Carrillo National Park Look out for wildlife on our boat ride

ARENAL VOLCANO

Itinerary & Sightseeing

COSTA RICA

12 3 24 21 11 9 13 11 1

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WHITEWATER RAFTING

the ideal place to treat yourself. Hotel (B,L) Try rafting, a canopy zipline or abseiling - your choice! See the incredible Arenal volcano

beautiful beaches of the Costa Rican Central Pacific coast! We’ll make a stop in Jaco before arriving at Manuel Antonio, a haven for those that love to relax. Hotel (B,D)

Day 6: Arenal/La Fortuna This morning maybe give canyoneering a go, then this afternoon experience the traditional Costa Rican way of life with a visit to La Casona Rio Fortuna. Get in the know as you learn how to mill sugar cane & make delicious coffee & tortillas, then enjoy a traditional homemade dinner with the owners. Hotel (B,D) Guided tour of La Casona & its local industries Learn how traditional products are made & try making some yourself! M Canyoneering (waterfall rappelling)

Day 10: Manuel Antonio This morning is all about doing your own thing. Hit the beach with your iPod & a book, head out to explore the town or just sit with a drink & work on your tan. This afternoon we’ll head to town for a look at the local market, where there’s your chance to pick up some souvenirs. Hotel (B) Visit a local market M Surf lessons

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Day 7: Arenal/La Fortuna to Monteverde Today it’s on to Monteverde, Costa Rica’s most popular reserve. It’s one of the most outstanding wild life sanctuaries in the tropics, filled with cloud forests, coffee plantations, monkeys, mist & friendly locals. This afternoon we hike into the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Hotel (B) Cross Lake Arenal Hike the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

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Day 8: Monteverde It’s an early start this morning as we visit Selvatura Park to walk the hanging bridges, visit the butterfly sanctuary and for the thrill seekers opt in for ziplining. This afternoon learn the A-Z about Costa Rica’s famous coffee & an evening horse ride. Hotel (B) Costa Rican coffee making tour

Day 11: Manuel Antonio It’s time to get active & walk with our expert guide through the exotic, bio-diverse tropical rainforest of Manuel Antonio National Park. This afternoon join us on an optional catamaran cruise. Set sail on our awesome boat trip to spot many dolphins, whales, sea turtles & birds. Don’t forget your swimming gear for swim stops & snorkeling. Hotel (B,D) Locally guided rainforest hike M Coastal kayak/snorkelling experience

Finish San José

Total Cost US$ pp*

2014

1 Jun 22 Jul 13 Jul 10 Aug 31 Sep 28 Oct 2 Nov 30 Dec ● Jan 21

Feb 1 Mar 1 Apr 19

Start San José

May Jun Jul Aug Aug Sep Nov Nov Dec

11 2 23 20 10 8 12 10 31

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Feb 11 Mar 11 Mar 25

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2015 Jan 31 Feb 28 Mar 14

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge.

Costa Rica Unplugged 12 days What’s Included: 11 nights accommodation: 8 nights in twin-share hotels, 2 nights in a lodge, 1 night Special Stay experience (more on p.20-21) 22 meals: 11 breakfasts (B) 4 lunches (L) 7 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager English-speaking Local Guides Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Sightseeing tours of all major areas Local taxes & service charges

Single room supplement add US$705. Start San José 8:00am & end San José 5:00pm. Please note: Do not book flights before 8:00pm. ●

Tour spends Xmas in Arenal & New Year’s Eve in Manuel Antonio.

▲ Tour spends Xmas in Arenal.

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$225. See p.7 for details.

For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent. ZIPLINING JUNGLE ADVENTURE

Day 12: Manuel Antonio to San José Relax in paradise this morning before we head back to San José where your tour ends on arrival. (B) Please note: Do not book flights before 8:00pm.

Day 9: Monteverde to Manuel Antonio It’s all sun & good times this morning, we’re off to the

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usa & canada including ski & boarding trips & hawaii stopovers.

Roll down Route 66 & see the bright lights of Vegas. Feel the spray of Niagara Falls or walk the rim of the Grand Canyon for a sunrise like no other. the usa & canada are massive places & offer something for every taste. Get ready to take a journey to the part of the world that has literally got it all. From comfy hotels, the best sights, to the best ways to spend your ME Time.

experience our USA & Canada the best team Our team of expert Tour Managers & Drivers take care of all the travel hassles & help you discover more as you vacation. Their knowledge & expertise means the best possible experience.

amazing overnights Comfy hotels in great locations & great facilities, mixed with lodges, chalets & resorts with a view mean overnights you will love. No pitching tents when you travel with us!

the coolest experiences From boat trips under the Golden Gate Bridge or cruising Miami by bike, to feeling the spray on the ‘Maid of the Mist’, our Backstage Pass inclusions get you closer to the USA & Canada’s best.

PALM SPRINGS

more choice Want an all-out American road trip? A Canadian adventure or a short & sweet trip around a state or two? Or even a festival? We’ve got it.

fun ways to travel See the USA & Canada from all angles, our comfy coaches, included internal flights, two wheels to no wheels or up on the water – we cover it all.

new goodies Two new trips to experience more. The Big West combining the USA & Canada & our Canadian winter trip – The Powder Rush.

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ROLL DOWN ROUTE 66 & SEE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF VEGAS. FEEL THE SPRAY OF NIAGARA FALLS OR WALK THE RIM OF THE GRAND CANYON FOR A SUNRISE LIKE NO OTHER. THE USA & CANADA IS MASSIVE, AND we ensure you experience its very best. Your

backstage pass

includes:

EXCLUSIVE access Discover USA & Canada in all its glory & don’t miss a moment. Our Team get you to all the right places & in some places you skip the lines – no one gets you access like us. Whether it’s a spectacular view of Niagara Falls or a catamaran ride under the Golden Gate Bridge, we help you make every second count. With WiFi at almost every stop, we make keeping in contact is easy. You focus on the fun & we sort everything else!

EXCLUSIVE accommodationS To get the most out of your trip, relaxation & rest is key. With hotels, lodges & Special Stays, you’ll be waking up on the right side of the bed every morning. Our hotels will impress – like in downtown LA, on the ‘Strip’ in Vegas or in the heart of San Fran. And you’ll get the best surprises at our Special Stays, like a Chalet in the Rocky Mountains, a lakeside resort near Yosemite National Park, & a lodge in Grand Canyon National Park.

EXCLUSIVE options EXCLUSIVE team Experiencing what interests & excites you is what traveling is all about. We give you the options & you pick your adventure! Whether it’s adrenaline you’re after, or witnessing landscapes from a different perspective or learning to cook something amazing, there are ME Time Optionals to suit every style so you can make every moment count. Like hot air ballooning over the Sonoran Desert, a Rodeo in Cody or a Cowboy cookout in Banff – it’s what puts Contiki trips above the rest.

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Our Team is what makes your Contiki so special, they’re the experts in the business & their main focus is making sure you make every second count. They show you the sights, give you access to all the local hotspots & help you whenever you need it. Our Tour Managers take care of all the details like sorting accommodations, booking activities & any hiccups along the way. Not to mention, our Drivers know the roads like the back of their hand & will get you from A to B – ASAP.

EXCLUSIVE food Try everything from local favorites to famous traditional tastes. Get the inside scoop & experience things like a New York style pizza, succulent Southern BBQ or an all-out Mexican feast. Tasting each region’s cuisine is an important part of traveling, & with lots of included meals & ME Time Optionals you’ll be spoiled for choice & your taste buds will thank you for it.

EXCLUSIVE inclusions There is a lot to explore & we pack so much into each of our trips. What makes it even better is that we also uncover those hidden local spots, making your experience even more unbelievable. We include all the key must-see’s – like a guided bike tour in Miami, a limo ride with champagne in Las Vegas, a cruise to Niagara Falls on the ‘Maid of the Mist’ as well as many hidden gems that will really make your trip unforgettable.

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ME

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HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE, PHOENIX

Heli ride, Niagara falls

Travel is all about freedom, discovery & getting amongst it – seeing more, doing more, living more. It’s about going home utterly & completely regret free. ME Time is your last ingredient to the perfect vacation. We make sure you get all the time you need to experience the USA & Canada, your way. It’s about having time to make your own choices – whether that’s hitting up the club scene in Miami, getting a cultural fix at a gallery in NYC or getting your adrenaline pumping in the Canadian Rockies.

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The personal moments are just as important as experiencing the big sites. These moments happen to you when you least expect it, when you really get into the places you visit & the people you’re traveling with. Our Backstage Pass to the USA & Canada means our team will help you get off the beaten track & give you the inside word on where to go & what to do. If you really want to make every moment count, our ME Time optionals give you the chance to take your trip to a whole new level, literally. Head to the ‘Top of the Rock’ for picture perfect NYC views, mountain bike or kayak in Whistler, learn to cook like a pro in New Orleans, or chill out & celeb hunt, LA style. Our exclusive behind-thescenes access means great value that’s easy – it’s all organized by us. Look out for the ‘don’t miss’ callouts on our tour pages for some great tips on how to spend your ME Time. ME Time optionals available per tour are highlighted by the M symbol in our itineraries.

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COOKING CLASS, NEW ORLEANS Take your first steps to becoming a Deep South cooking connoisseur! Learn how best to whip up tasty Southern Cajun & Creole treats then devour the results of your efforts!

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cowboy cookout & horse ride banff Grab your boots & hat & get ready for the ultimate cowboy experience – a horse ride & Canadian cookout. Learn the lasso & indulge – this delicious feast is set in front of a beautiful Banff backdrop & will impress any lone ranger.

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hot air ballon ride, phoenix Head on up! Phoenix is home to some amazing landscapes & the best way to see them is a bird’s-eye view. Be stunned by this breath-taking trip.

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kayaking, whistler Meet Mother Nature as you paddle the river in your very own kayak, see the magnificent mountain views & watch for Whistler’s abundant wildlife as you paddle down the calm lake water. It’s the perfect way to cool off on a warm day.

hollywood homes tour Witness the life of the rich & famous. Take a tour down the streets of Beverly Hills to see some giant mansions that are owned by some of your favorite Hollywood celebs.

Note: ME Time optional activities are not included in the price of your tour. They are run by 3rd party operators & on occasions, for some of the activities, travelers may be required to sign a waiver to participate. Before you leave it’s important that you check to see if your insurance includes your participation in adventure activities. Be aware that some of our optionals can be physically demanding & may involve some risk.

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Exclusive Experiences Lots of our inclusions can’t be found anywhere else. Like riding a limo in Vegas with complementary champagne, cruising on the Maid of the Mist in Niagara, & visiting the home of “The King” in Memphis.

the must do’s all included Making sure you check the boxes of things you’ve always dreamt of doing is what our inclusions are all about. Our trips offer a wide range of experiences, all included as part of your Backstage Pass, like gondola rides, limo rides & delicious local eats. Must-do sights & the hidden stuff too, so you get value that can’t be matched by anyone else.

live the real USA & Canada Hotels, lodges or our amazing Special Stays at every stop, plus Locally Guided special access tours & delicious regional tastes. You’ll get to know these amazing parts of the globe & our team will show you the best way to experience it.

INCLUDED SUNSET CATAMARAN RIDE IN SAN FRANCISCO

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Sit back & inhale the ocean breeze as you sail around San Francisco on a catamaran. Head under the Golden Gate Bridge, do a lap around Alcatraz & soak up the beautiful San Francisco landscape as the sun sets.

GUIDED BIKE TOUR OF MIAMI Where better to people watch via two wheels than in Miami! You & your Contiki convoy will take to the streets to see the local sights while you cruise alongside the legendary beach & its iconic Art Deco buildings with your Local Guide pointing all the best bits along the ride.

VISIT LADY LIBERTY IN NYC Get to know this world-renowned icon when you touch down onto Liberty Island. It’s a true NYC experience when you meet this lovely Lady, the views are breathtaking & getting a Facebook snap is a must.

RIDE IN A LIMO IN LAS VEGAS What happens in Vegas is nothing but great times, so jump into your Limo & pop a bottle of Champagne because that’s how we do it! We start your Vegas experience the best way possible & it will be a night you won’t forget in the city of neon streets, glamor & excess!

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TEAM

contiki “No ot all l those who wander are lost”

Our Tour Managers are the oracles of your trip. They are your personal tour guide & trip advisor, making sure all the niggly stuff is sorted. Want to know where to eat, shop, relax, or find some local secrets? They know all of that plus so much more. They too are passionate travelers who love being around people – it’s their job after all. Their job is to ensure your trip is relaxed & stress free, but their goal is to make sure you’re having the time of your life. Our Drivers are the bosses of the road, picking you up & dropping you off, plus unloading your bags at every stop. They know the routes with the best views, and they focus on getting you to each destination while you relax & have as much fun along the way. When combined with your Tour Manager they are a team that can’t be beaten.

To make your trip even more amazing we include Local Guides at many of our stops, allowing you to get a more in-depth encounter & Backstage Pass experience to the places we visit. They will give you an insider’s perspective on each location & allow you to experience some of the local culture. You will learn, be inspired & entertained throughout their tours. In short, our team is ‘The Business’. They will enhance your trip & help take it to the next level. They are with you every step of the way helping you explore, learn & have fun throughout your trip.

no MANDATory tipping, Passionate service & exclusive local knowledge.

The best of USA & Canada in your pocket. Introducing our SHOUT app for iphone & android. including content provided by Lonely Planet. contiki.com/app Includes content

meet matt

Local Guide & Tour Manager, lives in Brooklyn, NYC I love New York – especially NYC by night: the horns, the crowds, the chaos! I’ll uncover the real NYC, where the locals eat & drink, even in Times Square – I am a local & I love my job – it’s different every day.

CATAMARAN, SAN FRAN

ICE EXPLORER

OUR COMFY COACHES

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meet DAVID

Tour Manager from California Taking travelers to their first American sporting events & listening to live music is one of my favorite things about my job. What’s best about this place? The mix of cultured cities, amazing scenery & awesome food!

We mix it up on our tr rips with coaches, inclu uded flig ght ts, boat trips & fun ways to get aroun nd - think bikes, gondolas, or eve en a Canadian custo om built Ic ce Expl lorer! When you’re on the coach it’s more of a social event with friends than a way to get around. Check out the views, plug in your iPod, watch a DVD or just curl up in your reclining seat & chill. We always stop at lots of great places along the way, many that you’d miss if you traveled any other way. And on our Best of USA tour, we include flights to get you where you need to be, faster. You can charge your iPhones, iPads & cameras on board & it’s hassle

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Onboard

POWER OUTLETS

free! We’ll get you where you need to be & unload your bags, so you’ll hit the ground running. And that’s where the fun starts. You could find yourself sailing on a catamaran in San Fran, riding a gondola for Rocky Mountain views in Banff, in an Ice Explorer on a glacier in Canada, chilling like a local on a bike in Miami’s South Beach & even riding in a limo in Vegas. Get ready to let the good times roll.

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Our USA & CANADA accommodationS ARE nothing short of amazing. It’s all about comfy overnights & a place you’ll love coming home to. It’s something else that makes us unique.

Special Stay experiences

location, location, location

Traveling with Contiki not only means that you get to stay in some amazing places with exceptional facilities, you also get to experience our overnight Special Stays like a chalet in the stunning resort of Bass Lake, or being situated right in Canada’s beautiful Rocky Mountains. Too good to be true & you’ll get a few perfect snaps worthy of a FB post!

Location is key, at our hotels we have you set up in all the right spots. Right by the beach in Miami, on ‘The Strip’ in Las Vegas, in the heart of downtown LA & in central San Francisco, New Orleans & Vancouver. Allowing you to make the most of the sites around you & keeping it convenient, so you can explore more & create more unforgettable moments. Plus many of our

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locations have some key facilities every traveler loves, like pools, free WiFi, restaurants, bars & gyms. Going solo? We don’t charge single supplements for solo travelers. We’ll match you with a same-sex roommate, or if you want, you can always opt for the privacy of your own room for a little extra – it’s up to you.

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Food is One of the best parts of traveling so we serve up a range of Tasty regional Treats. Rich in flavor, diversity & big on size, the USA & Canada will ignite your inner foodie. Our meals are more than just a generic snack – experience Chicago’s deep-dish pizza, indulge in a festive Mexican feast in San Diego, or a meaty Southern BBQ while in Dallas. We fast track you to all the mouth-watering meals that each region has to offer, included as part of your Backstage Pass. With most of your breakfasts included & lots of evening meals, you’ll be spoiled with a variety

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of included meals. Plus we leave some wellplaced ME Time optionals & free time, so you can experience more & follow your senses to find something new. Our Crew knows all the local favorites & hidden gems. They’ll suggest where to go, what to try & maybe what not to try in each area, because life’s too short to eat bad food. You’ll discover some unforgettable food that you won’t find anywhere else.

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WILD WESTERN

+ SKI OR BOARD LAKE TAHOE

14 Days 3 STATES From US$2079pp* US$149 per day California Arizona Nevada

HAIGHT H HAI HA AI AIGH GHT GHT H ASHBURY, AS A S SH HB BUR BU UR U Y, SA S SAN AN A N FRAN FR F

your backstage pass includes • Go loco as you feast on traditional Mexican cuisine • Live it up Vegas-style with a limo ride & champagne • Discover the real San Fran with a 3 day travel pass • Experience San Fran’s Chinatown with dinner & a tour • Sit back, chill & enjoy the San Fran sunset on a catamaran cruise Plus Special Stay • The Pines Resort overlooking Bass Lake

ME Time

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Yosemite National Park

2 BASS LAKE CALIFORNIA

Santa Barbara

Mojave Desert

To all your favorite beats & pick up a vinyl or two at Amoeba records in über cool Haight-Ashbury, San Fran.

ME Time optionals

Route 66

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listen...

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CARPINTERIA 1 Los Angeles

ARIZONA

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M Visit SeaWorld in San Diego M San Francisco guided bike adventure M Snowmobile ride (Ski Tahoe option)

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Ruth: Just recommending a Contiki vacation to west coast of USA to my friend that I did; it was amazing! @Contiki_USA Visit contiki.com/wild-west

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Los Angeles to San Diego Meet up with your Contiki Team & head south to San Diego. Tap into the ‘California Dream’ on a tour through the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Tonight, enjoy tasty Mexican cuisine & then party at a hip downtown club or chill out at a cool beach bar. Hotel (D) Mexican feast Drive through the O.C. (Orange County) & along the scenic Pacific Coast See downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado Island & Old Town San Diego Panoramic view of the city’s skyline from Coronado Bridge M Speedboat adventure

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Day 2: San Diego Discover the city your way with a free day. With 70 miles of beaches, a world famous zoo, sailors & surfers, endless shopping & a Mediterranean climate this place is paradise. Hotel (B) Visit Mission Beach (weather dependent) M Learn to surf

Day 3: San Diego to Phoenix Leave the beach behind & head toward Phoenix, a metropolitan desert oasis. This sprawling city heats it up as a retail mecca & a melting pot of cuisines & some serious nightlife! Hotel (B) Scenic drive through Cleveland National Forest, Anza Borrego Desert & Sonoran Desert

Day 4: Phoenix to the Grand Canyon Travel from the ‘Valley of the Sun’ to the iconic Grand Canyon, stopping along the way in Sedona, a charming town in the heart of ‘red-rock country’. Cabin (B,D) Shop for Native American jewelry Drive through beautiful Oak Creek Canyon & see the stunning rock formations Visit Grand Canyon National Park M 4WD backcountry tour in Sedona

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Day 5: Grand Canyon National Park Take in this epic place today, a camera is a must. Hike, walk, or maybe opt for a helicopter flight for an up close experience with this natural wonder. Cabin Hike along the Canyon’s South Rim Watch a spectacular sunset & frame up some shots at a panoramic viewpoint

• •

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M Heli flight over the Grand Canyon Day 6: Grand Canyon to Las Vegas Get your kicks on Route 66 on the way to the bright lights of legendary Las Vegas. Hotel (B,D) Stop for photos & souvenirs on Route 66 Evening tour of the famous Vegas ‘Strip’ Visit Fremont Street

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Day 7: Las Vegas Be part of the Vegas buzz as you hang out on ‘the Strip’, relax & work on your tan poolside, or hit up Sin City’s party hot spots. Hotel (B) Experience some of the world’s largest hotels & casinos Limo ride & champagne Non-stop nightlife M See a variety show

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Day 8: Las Vegas to Bass Lake Say goodbye to the party in the desert & hello to outdoor adventures awaiting you in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Contiki Special Stay, Bass Lake Resort (D) Drive past Joshua trees the famous symbol of the Mojave Desert

Days 8-11: Ski or board at Lake Tahoe If you’re traveling between December - March, this tour packs in 3 fun-filled days of snow sports action at Lake Tahoe (instead of Yosemite). Hotel (D)(D)(B)(B) Look for departures marked in the price panel on this page (WWIN). Day 9: Yosemite National Park Enjoy the natural beauty of Yosemite – mountains, rock formations, meadows, waterfalls & wildflowers. Hike or bike around the valley floor & explore (weather dependent).  Contiki Special Stay, Bass Lake Resort (B,D) Relax in the stunning mountain paradise of Bass Lake – swim, soak up some sun & enjoy watersports (seasonal) See Yosemite’s famous rock formations, El Capitan & Half Dome See incredible Yosemite & Bridalveil Falls

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Golden Gate bridges. Hotel (B) Cross the Golden Gate Bridge See North Beach, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, the famous row houses on Alamo Square & the city’s iconic cable cars Visit Fisherman’s Wharf 3-day travel pass Sunset catamaran cruise

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Days 11-12: San Francisco There’s so much to do in this beautiful & cosmopolitan city for two full days. Ride the historic cable cars, hit the streets by bike, shop in Union Square, feel the hippie vibe in Haight-Ashbury, tour notorious Alcatraz Island, or stroll through Golden Gate Park. Hotel (B,D)(D) Chinatown dinner M Visit to California Academy of Sciences

Day 13: San Francisco to Carpinteria via Santa Barbara Today, journey south to the lush, sun-drenched American Riviera. Kick back on the beach or hit the shops & galleries in Santa Barbara. Then stay overnight in the beautiful coastal town of Carpinteria. Hotel (D) Visit famous Stearns Wharf, California’s oldest working wharf

Day 14: Carpinteria to Los Angeles Roll down the spectacular California coastline before stopping in Santa Monica where you can pick up a tasty lunch & do some last minute shopping. Afterwards we’ll head over to star-studded Hollywood before your USA adventure wraps up & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) See famous Malibu & its stunning coastline Visit Santa Monica See the home of the star-studded Oscar Awards, the Hollywood sign, Mann’s Chinese Theater & the Walk of Fame M Movie Star’s Home tour

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LOMBARD STREET, SAN FRAN

Go wild in the west... California, Arizona & Nevada are hot! From beach-side San Diego, desert vibes of Arizona, to high-rolling Las Vegas, it’s all go. Finish back in Cali for San Francisco chill, Santa Barbara charm & Hollywood glamour.

How much & when Code: WWAW/WWIN 2013/14/15 Start Los Angeles

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com * Prices above are based on twin-share (triple-share only in Bass Lake with no twin or single available). If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. WWAW: Summer single room supplement of US$719. WWIN: Winter single room supplement of US$729. ◆ WWIN: Winter peak single room supplement for 2013 of US$825. ▲ WWIN: Winter peak single room supplement for 2014 of US$825. ✱ WWIN: Winter peak single room supplement for 12/18/2013 & 12/24/2014 of US$915 ● Tour spends Xmas at Lake Tahoe. ■ Tour spends Xmas in San Diego & New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. ★ Tour spends Xmas in San Diego & New Year’s Eve at Lake Tahoe. ✚ Tour spends New Year’s Eve in San Diego. † These tours stay 3 nights in Lake Tahoe & 2 nights in San Francisco. For these tours use code WWIN. Tour starts 7:00am & ends approx. 5:30pm. Do not book flights before 9:00pm. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

USA Wild Western 14 days What’s Included: 13 nights accommodation: 9 nights in twin-share hotels 2 nights in a twin-share cabin 2 nights Special Stay experience (more on p.60-61) 17 meals: 9 breakfasts (B) 8 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$225. See p.7 for details.

2 World Heritage sites visited

more LA Combine this tour with an LA Explorer trip, giving you more time to see LA, hit the shops & visit Disney’s theme parks. More on p.95.

mix + match Got more time? Combine this tour & see more! This tour connects with the Grand Southern p.68-69 or Southern Adventure p.70-71. Plus you’ll also save US$100 with our multi-tour discount. See p.7. ME Time

Day 10: Bass Lake to San Francisco Head out of the mountains & into one of America’s most colorful & chilled cities. Catch awesome bay views as you cross the Oakland Bay &

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LA TO THE BAY

+ SKI OR BOARD LAKE TAHOE

11 Days 3 STATES From US$1715pp* US$156 per day CALIFORNIA ARIZONA NEVADA

ALAMO SQUARE, SAN FRAN

your backstage pass includes • Go loco as you feast on traditional Mexican cuisine • Live it up Vegas-style with a limo ride & champagne • Sit back, chill & enjoy the San Fran sunset on a catamaran cruise Plus Special Stay • The Pines Resort overlooking Bass Lake

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

NEVADA

SAN 1 FRANCISCO

Yosemite National Park

2 BASS LAKE CALIFORNIA Route 66

Mojave Desert

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Los Angeles

ARIZONA

Sedona

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M Explore San Diego Zoo M San Diego speedboat adventure M Heli flight over the Grand Canyon

With your iPod & your friends, work on a tan while watching surfers catch the waves at Mission Beach, San Diego.

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chill...

James C: I would 100% recommend this tour to anyone. It was that good, I would consider doing it again. Visit contiki.com/la-bay

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Want a wild West Coast adventure? Try LA’s sun & beaches, the mighty Grand Canyon & livin’ large in Vegas. You’ll get a nature fix at Bass Lake & Yosemite before finishing up rolling ‘bay city’ style in chilled out San Fran.

How much & when

SAN DIEGO

Code: WWAF/WWLA 2013/14/15 Start Los Angeles

Finish Total San Cost Francisco US$ pp*

2013

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Los Angeles to San Diego Meet up with your Contiki Team & head south to San Diego. Tap into the ‘California Dream’ on a tour through the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Tonight, enjoy tasty Mexican cuisine & then party at a hip downtown club or chill out at a cool beach bar. Hotel (D) Mexican feast Drive through the O.C. (Orange County) & along the scenic Pacific Coast See downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado Island & Old Town San Diego Panoramic view of the city’s skyline from Coronado Bridge

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Day 2: San Diego Discover the city your way with a free day. With 70 miles of beaches, a world famous zoo, surfers, endless shopping & a Mediterranean climate this place is paradise. Hotel (B) Visit Mission Beach (weather dependent) M Learn to surf

Day 3: San Diego to Phoenix Leave the beach behind & head toward Phoenix, a metropolitan desert oasis. This sprawling city heats it up as a retail mecca & a melting pot of cuisines & some serious nightlife! Hotel (B) Scenic drive through Cleveland National Forest, Anza Borrego Desert & Sonoran Desert

Day 4: Phoenix to the Grand Canyon Travel from the ‘Valley of the Sun’ to the iconic Grand Canyon, stopping along the way in Sedona, a charming town in the heart of ‘red-rock country’. Cabin (B,D) Shop for Native American jewelry

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Drive through beautiful Oak Creek Canyon & see the stunning rock formations Visit Grand Canyon National Park M Hot air balloon flight over the Sonoran Desert

Day 5: Grand Canyon National Park Take in this epic place today, a camera is a must. Hike, walk, or maybe opt for a helicopter flight for an up close experience with this natural wonder. Cabin Hike along the Canyon’s South Rim Watch a spectacular sunset & frame up some shots at a panoramic viewpoint M Bike tour along the Rim

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Day 6: Grand Canyon to Las Vegas Get your kicks on Route 66 on the way to the bright lights of legendary Las Vegas. Hotel (B,D) Stop for photos & souvenirs on Route 66 Evening tour of the famous Vegas ‘Strip’ Visit Fremont Street

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Day 7: Las Vegas Be part of the Vegas buzz as you hang out on ‘the Strip’, relax & work on your tan poolside, or hit up Sin City’s party hot spots. Hotel (B) Experience some of the world’s largest hotels & casinos Limo ride & champagne Non-stop nightlife M See a variety show

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Day 8: Las Vegas to Bass Lake Say goodbye to the party in the desert & hello to outdoor adventures awaiting you in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Contiki Special Stay, Bass Lake Resort (D) Drive past Joshua trees the famous symbol of the Mojave Desert

Days 8-11: Ski or board at Lake Tahoe If you’re traveling between December - March, this tour packs in 3 fun-filled days of snow sports action at Lake Tahoe (instead of Yosemite). Hotel (D)(D)(B)(B) Look for departures marked in the price panel on this page (WWLA). Day 9: Yosemite National Park Enjoy the natural beauty of Yosemite – mountains, rock formations, meadows, waterfalls & wildflowers. Hike or bike around the valley floor & explore (weather dependent).  Contiki Special Stay, Bass Lake Resort (B,D) Relax in the stunning mountain paradise of Bass Lake - swim, soak up some sun & enjoy watersports (seasonal) See Yosemite’s famous rock formations, El Capitan & Half Dome See incredible Yosemite & Bridalveil Falls

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Day 10: Bass Lake to San Francisco Head out of the mountains & into one of America’s most colorful & chilled cities. Catch awesome bay views as you cross the Oakland Bay & Golden Gate bridges. Hotel (B) Cross the Golden Gate Bridge See North Beach, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, the famous row houses on Alamo Square & the city’s iconic cable cars Visit Fisherman’s Wharf Sunset catamaran cruise

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com * Prices above are based on twin-share (triple-share only in Bass Lake with no twin or single available). If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. WWAF: Summer single room supplement of US$489. WWLA: Winter single room supplement of US$599. ◆ WWLA: Winter peak single room supplement for 2013 of US$695. ▲ WWLA: Winter peak single room supplement for 2014 of US$695. ✱ WWLA: Winter peak single room supplement for 12/18/2013 & 12/24/2014 of US$785. ● Tour spends Xmas at Lake Tahoe. ■ Tour spends Xmas in San Diego & New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. ◗ Tour spends Xmas in San Diego & New Year’s Eve at Lake Tahoe. ★ Tour spends New Year’s Eve in San Diego. † These tours stay 3 nights in Lake Tahoe & 1 night in San Francisco. For these tours use code WWLA. Tour starts 7:00am & ends approx. 11:00am. For more ways to save see p.7. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

LA to the Bay 11 days What’s Included: 10 nights accommodation: 6 nights in twin-share hotels 2 nights in a twin-share cabin 2 nights Special Stay experience (more on p.60-61) 12 meals: 7 breakfasts (B) 5 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$179. See p.7 for details.

2 World Heritage sites visited

more LA Combine this tour with an LA Explorer trip, giving you more time to see LA, hit the shops & visit Disney’s theme parks. More on p.95.

mix + match Got more time? Check out our Wild Western tour p.62-63 or combine this tour & see more! This tour connects with Canada & the Rockies p.88-89. Use low cost carrier Alaska Airlines to fly to Vancouver. Plus you’ll also save US$100 with our multi-tour discount. See p.7.

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Day 11: San Francisco This morning your tour ends & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.

EPIC EATS

SNOWMOBILING

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WESTERN HIGHLIGHTS 8 Days 3 STATES Utah

From US$1175pp* US$147 per day

NEVADA CALIFORNIA

LAS VEGAS 2

Route 66

GRAND 2 CANYON

backstage pass

Los Angeles Sedona

ARIZONA

Inclusions SAN DIEGO

• Feast on traditional Mexican cuisine • Limo ride & champagne in Vegas

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

What’s Included: 7 nights twin-share accommodation: 5 nights in hotels, 2 nights in a cabin (more on p.60-61) 8 meals: 5 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D) Professional Tour Manager & Driver team Air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$125. See p.7 for details.

1 World Heritage site visited

more LA Combine this tour with an LA Explorer trip & see more of this great city. More on p.95.

mix + match Got more time? Check out our LA to the Bay tour p.64-65 or combine this tour & see more! Plus you’ll also save US$100 with our multi-tour discount. See p.7.

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Day 1: Los Angeles to San Diego Meet up with your Contiki Team & head south to San Diego. Tap into the ‘California Dream’ on a tour through the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Tonight, enjoy tasty Mexican cuisine & then party at a hip downtown club or chill out at a cool beach bar. Hotel (D) Mexican feast Drive through the O.C. (Orange County) & along the scenic Pacific Coast See downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado Island & Old Town San Diego Panoramic view of the city’s skyline from Coronado Bridge M Speedboat Adventure

•• • •

Day 2: San Diego Discover the city your way with a free day. With 70 miles of beaches, a world famous zoo, sailors & surfers, endless shopping & a Mediterranean climate this place is paradise. Hotel (B) Visit Mission Beach (weather dependent) M Learn to surf

Day 3: San Diego to Phoenix Leave the beach behind & head toward Phoenix, a metropolitan desert oasis. This sprawling city

heats it up as a retail mecca & a melting pot of cuisines & some serious nightlife! Hotel (B) Scenic drive through Cleveland National Forest, Anza Borrego Desert & Sonoran Desert

Day 4: Phoenix to the Grand Canyon Travel from the ‘Valley of the Sun’ to the iconic Grand Canyon, stopping along the way in Sedona, a charming town in the heart of ‘red-rock country’. Cabin (B,D) Shop for Native American jewelry Drive through beautiful Oak Creek Canyon & see the stunning rock formations Visit Grand Canyon National Park M 4WD backcountry tour

• • •

Day 5: Grand Canyon National Park Take in this epic place today, a camera is a must. Hike, walk, or maybe opt for a helicopter flight for an up close experience with this natural wonder. Cabin Hike along the Canyon’s South Rim

Watch a spectacular sunset & frame up some shots at a panoramic viewpoint M Bike the Rim of the Grand Canyon Day 6: Grand Canyon to Las Vegas Get your kicks on Route 66 on the way to the bright lights of legendary Las Vegas. Hotel (B,D) Stop for photos & souvenirs on Route 66 Evening tour of the famous Vegas ‘Strip’ Visit Fremont Street

• • •

Day 7: Las Vegas Be part of the Vegas buzz as you hang out on ‘the Strip’, relax & work on your tan poolside, or hit up Sin City’s party hot spots. Hotel (B) Experience some of the world’s largest hotels & casinos Limo ride & champagne Non-stop nightlife M See a variety show

• ••

Day 8: Las Vegas Say goodbye to the party in the desert as your US adventure wraps up & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of US$399. ● Tour spends Xmas in San Diego & New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. ■ Tour spends Xmas in San Diego. ▲ Tour spends New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. Tour starts 7:00am & ends approx. 11:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

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USA

CALIFORNIA HIGHLIGHTS

California Highlights 8 days

+ SKI OR BOARD LAKE TAHOE

backstage pass Inclusions

8 Days 2 STATES

NEVADA

san francisco 3

Yosemite National Park

2 bass lake

From US$1255pp* US$157 per day

CALIFORNIA

las vegas 1 Mojave Desert

Santa Barbara

1 carpinteria Arizona

Los Angeles

1 1

SAN FRANCISCO

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Las Vegas Meet your Tour Manager this afternoon & tonight be part of the Vegas buzz as you hang out on ‘the Strip’ & hit up Sin City’s party hot spots! Hotel Limo ride & champagne Non-stop nightlife M See a variety show

••

Day 2: Las Vegas to Bass Lake Say goodbye to the party in the desert & hello to outdoor adventures awaiting you in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Contiki Special Stay, Bass Lake Resort (D) Drive past Joshua trees the famous symbol of the Mojave Desert

Days 2-5: Ski or board at Lake Tahoe If you’re traveling between December - March, this tour packs in 3 fun-filled days of snow sports action at Lake Tahoe (instead of Yosemite). Hotel (D)(D)(B)(B) Look for departures marked in the price panel on this page (WWCA).

Day 4: Bass Lake to San Francisco Head out of the mountains & into one of America’s most colourful & chilled cities. Catch awesome bay views as you cross the Oakland Bay & Golden Gate bridges. Hotel (B) Cross the Golden Gate Bridge See North Beach, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, the famous row houses on Alamo Square & the city’s iconic cable cars Visit Fisherman’s Wharf 3-day travel pass Sunset catamaran cruise

•• •• •

Days 5-6: San Francisco There’s so much to do in this beautiful & cosmopolitan city for two full days. Ride the historic cable cars, hit the streets by bike, shop in Union Square, feel the hippie vibe in Haight-Ashbury, tour notorious Alcatraz Island, or stroll through Golden Gate Park. Hotel (B,D)(D) Chinatown dinner M Guided bike adventure

Day 7: San Francisco to Carpinteria via Santa Barbara Today, journey south to the lush, sun-drenched American Riviera. Kick

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Day 3: Yosemite National Park Enjoy the natural beauty of Yosemite – mountains, rock formations, meadows, waterfalls & wildflowers. Hike or bike around the valley floor & explore (weather dependent).  Contiki Special Stay, Bass Lake Resort (B,D) Relax in the stunning mountain paradise of Bass Lake – swim, soak up some sun & enjoy watersports (seasonal) See Yosemite’s famous rock formations, El Capitan & Half Dome See incredible Yosemite & Bridalveil Falls

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back on the beach or hit the shops & galleries in Santa Barbara. Then stay overnight in the beautiful coastal town of Carpinteria. Hotel (D) Visit famous Stearns Wharf, California’s oldest working wharf

Day 8: Carpinteria to Los Angeles Roll down the spectacular California coastline before stopping in Santa Monica where you can pick up a tasty lunch & do some last minute shopping. Afterwards we’ll head over to star-studded Hollywood before your USA adventure wraps up & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) See famous Malibu & its stunning coastline Visit Santa Monica See the home of the star-studded Oscar Awards See the famous Hollywood sign, Mann’s Chinese Theatre & Hollywood’s Walk of Fame M Hollywood walking tour

• •• •

Places visited Nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stays

Plus Special Stay • The Pines Resort overlooking Bass Lake

How much & when

ME Time optionals

Code: WWAV/WWCA 2013/14/15 Start Las Vegas

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• Live it up Vegas-style with a limo ride & champagne • Make the most of your free time & discover the real San Fran with a 3-day travel pass • Treat your tastebuds with a Chinatown dinner & tour in San Fran • Sit back, chill & enjoy the San Fran sunset on a catamaran cruise

Total Cost US$ pp*

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com * Prices above are based on twin-share (triple-share only in Bass Lake with no twin or single available). If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. WWAV: Summer single room supplement of US$365. WWCA: Winter single room supplement of US$375. ◆ WWCA: Winter peak single room supplement for 2013 of US$469. ▲ WWCA: Winter peak single room supplement for 2014 of US$469. ✱ WWCA: Winter peak single room supplement for 12/24/2013 & 12/30/2014 of US$565. ● Tour spends Xmas at Lake Tahoe. ■ Tour spends New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. ◗ Tour spends New Year’s Eve at Lake Tahoe. † These tours stay 3 nights in Lake Tahoe & 2 nights in San Francisco. For these tours use code WWCA. Tour starts 4:00pm & ends approx. 5:30pm. Do not book flights before 9:00pm.

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

What’s Included: 7 nights accommodation: 5 nights in twin-share hotels 2 nights Special Stay experience (more on p.60-61) 9 meals: 4 breakfasts (B) 5 dinners (D) Professional Tour Manager & Driver team Air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$145. See p.7 for details.

1 World Heritage site visited

mix + match Got more time? Check out our Wild Western tour p.62-63 or combine this tour & see more! This tour connects with the Grand Southern p.68-69 or Southern Adventure p.70-71. Plus you’ll also save US$100 with our multi-tour discount. See p.7.

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GRAND SOUTHERN 26 Days 22 STATES From US$3939pp* US$152 per day WASHINGTON D.C.

California / Nevada Arizona / Utah / Colorado New Mexico / Texas / Arkansas Tennessee / Mississippi Louisiana / Alabama / Florida Georgia / South Carolina North Carolina / Virginia Maryland / Delaware Pennsylvania / New Jersey New York

your backstage pass includes • Live it up Vegas-style with a limo ride & champagne • Visit the infamous 6th Floor Museum in Dallas • Pay tribute to the ‘King of Rock & Roll’ at Graceland • Sink your teeth into ribs & enjoy BBQ treats the Southern way • Roll Miami-style on a guided bike tour • 5,4,3,2,1…blast off at the Kennedy Space Center • Take a walking tour of charming Savannah

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals.

ME Time optionals M Helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon M Durango horseback riding M New Orleans Swamp tour M Miami Party cruise

Visit contiki.com/grand-southern New York

Wyoming PENNSYLVANIA

NEW

Iowa Philadelphia

Nebraska

WASHINGTON DC 3

NEVADA UTAH

Illinois

COLORADO

Indiana

LAS VEGAS 2

Route 66

CALIFORNIA Mojave Desert

DELAWARE

W.Virginia

Kansas Monument Valley

JERSEY

MARYLAND

Ohio

Richmond

VIRGINIA

DURANGO 1

Kentucky

Missouri

1 RALEIGH 2 GRAND CANYON

Los Angeles

N.CAROLINA

Santa Fe

TENNESSEE ARKANSAS

1 ARIZONA

ALBUQUERQUE

AMARILLO 1

Oklahoma

MEMPHIS 2

S.CAROLINA

Little Rock

Charleston

NEW MEXICO

GEORGIA

MISSISSIPPI Jackson

TEXAS

2 DALLAS

1 SAVANNAH

ALABAMA

LOUISIANA

PANAMA CITY BEACH 1

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2 NEW ORLEANS ORLANDO 2

1 COCOA BEACH

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Get the best of LA to the Big Apple with 26 days of good times. Bring it! High roll in Vegas, go large in Texas, overindulge in New Orleans & live it up in Miami before the best of the East side & the legendary bright lights of NYC!

Day 1: Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Meet up with your Contiki Team & head out across the vast Mojave Desert to the bright lights of legendary Las Vegas. Hotel (D) Evening tour of the world-famous ‘Strip’ Visit Fremont Street & see the light-and-laser show

• •

Day 2: Las Vegas. Be part of the Vegas buzz as you hang out on ‘the Strip’, relax & work on your tan poolside, or hit up Sin City’s party hot spots. Hotel (B) Experience some of the world’s largest hotels & casinos Limo ride & champagne Non-stop nightlife M See a variety show

• ••

Day 3: Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. Get your kicks on historic Route 66 as you journey to the breath-taking Grand Canyon. Cabin (D) Stop for photos & souvenirs

Day 4: Grand Canyon National Park. Take in this epic place today, a camera is a must. Hike, walk, or maybe opt for a helicopter flight for an up close experience with this natural wonder. Cabin (B) Hike along the Canyon’s South Rim Watch a spectacular sunset & frame up some shots at a panoramic viewpoint M Bike the Rim of the Canyon

• •

Day 5: Grand Canyon to Durango via Monument Valley. Snap some photos of Monument Valley’s ‘Wild West’ landscape before arriving in the hip mountain town of Durango, the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Hotel (D) Visit Monument Valley See the Painted Desert M Whitewater rafting

••

Day 6: Durango to Albuquerque. Time for a Rocky Mountain high in Durango, an adventure seeker’s paradise. Then it’s on to Albuquerque. Hotel (B,D) Scenic drive through the Rocky Mountains M Hot air ballooning

Day 7: Albuquerque to Amarillo. Explore the exotic mix of Native American & Hispanic cultures in artistic Santa Fe. Then stop & add your graffiti to the eclectic “Cadillac Ranch” roadside icon on your way into “Cowboy Country”. Hotel (D) Experience Big Texan culture & food

Day 8: Amarillo to Dallas. We’re off to Dallas, where you’ll discover why everything is bigger & better in Texas! Hotel (B) M Dallas “Haunts” Day 9: Dallas. From big cars to big hair to big belt buckles & big

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attitude – you’ll see it all as you explore this slick city nicknamed “Big D.” Hotel (B,D) Visit the John F. Kennedy 6th Floor Museum Visit Fort Worth Stockyards M Visit the Dallas Cowboy’s Stadium

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Day 10: Dallas to Memphis. Stop in Little Rock as we head through the Deep South to Memphis, the birthplace of blues, rock ‘n’ roll & soul music. Hotel (B,D) See the Capitol Building, Bill Clinton’s home while Governor of Arkansas Cross the Mississippi River

• •

Day 11: Memphis. Pay homage to “The King” on a tour of Graceland. Later, make your pilgrimage through this ‘musical mecca’ before partying on the world-famous Beale Street. Hotel (B) See the Civil Rights Museum & Sun Studios Visit Beale Street, home of Blues music Tour Graceland M Rock & Soul museum tour

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Day 12: Memphis to New Orleans. Let the good times roll as we take you sightseeing through French inspired New Orleans, & the home of jazz music. Hotel (B) See the French Quarter, Jackson Square & the French Market M Jazz cruise

Day 13: New Orleans. A free day to simmer in the warm & soulful culture of “The Big Easy.” Meander through the French Quarter, feast on Southern cuisine, feel the spell of voodoo & this evening, get dancing in this party town! Hotel (B) Enjoy the nightlife of Bourbon Street M Cooking demo

Day 14: New Orleans to Panama City Beach. Head through Sweet Home Alabama to Florida’s Panama City Beach where you truly relax on the white sand beaches & swim in the crystal clear waters. Hotel (B,D) Day 15: Panama City Beach to Orlando. Leave the beach behind & get set for the energy of Florida’s entertainment hub, Orlando. Hotel (B) Day 16: Orlando. The thrill & excitement of Orlando’s many theme parks like Disney World, will keep you fully entertained day & night! Hotel (B) One way transfers to the amusement parks M Visit Universal Studios

Day 17: Orlando to Miami. Venture south to the beachside playground of Miami. Hotel (B,D) Day 18: Miami. Get into the groove of this fun global city

– chill on the beach, grab some roller blades, shop ‘til you drop, or star spot in South Beach’s hottest clubs. Hotel (B) See downtown Miami See the famous Art Deco architecture South Beach bike tour M Ride Thriller

•• •

Day 19: Miami to Cocoa Beach. Head north along the coast to the surfing capital of the East Coast, Cocoa Beach. Hotel (B,D) Day 20: Cocoa Beach to St. Augustine via Kennedy Space Center. Touch base with outer space as you explore Kennedy Space Center before arriving in picturesque St. Augustine. Hotel (B,D) Tour Kennedy Space Center See Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, a 300 year old fortress

••

Day 21: St. Augustine to Savannah. Walk the cobblestone streets of America’s oldest city before an evening out along Savannah’s busy waterfront. Hotel (B) See the historic city squares, homes & gardens made famous by the film ‘Forrest Gump’ M Trolley tour

Day 22: Savannah to Raleigh via Charleston. Get your last dose of Southern charm in Charleston en route to the college town of Raleigh. Hotel (B,D) See the Southern mansions

Day 23: Raleigh to Washington D.C. On your way to the nation’s capital, take a break in Richmond, a city steeped in American history. Tonight tour D.C after dark. Hotel (B,D) See the Pentagon, White House, Capitol Building & Washington Monument See the Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam, FDR & Korean Memorials

• •

Days 24-25: Washington D.C. With two free days explore D.C’s best. Maybe rent a bike to see all the famous memorials & monuments & choose from an endless list of other must-do’s, including museums, politics, shopping, sports & nightlife. Hotel (D) Visit the Smithsonian Museums Visit Arlington National Cemetery & see the changing of the guard M Visit the ‘Newseum’

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Day 26: Washington D.C. to New York. Stop in Philadelphia before arriving in the Big Apple, where the tour ends & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

MIAMI

Itinerary & Sightseeing

USA

How much & when Code: GSLA 2013/14/15 Start Los Angeles

Finish New York

Total Cost US$ pp*

2013 Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

Finish New York

Total Cost US$ pp*

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Nov Dec Dec Jan Jan

7 11 14 18 21 28 1 4 8 11 15 18 25 29 1 8 15 19 29 13 17 27 17 1 15 5 19

4075 4075 4075 4075 4075 4075 4075 4075 4075 4075 4075 4075 4075 4075 3959 3959 3959 3959 3959 3959 3959 3959 3959 3959 3959 3959 3959

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3959 3959

Finish Los Angeles

Total Cost US$ pp*

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11 25 16 30 13

3959 3959 3959 3959 3959

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3 17 3 24

3959 3959 3959 3959

2014

11 Aug 15 Aug 18 Aug 22 Aug 25 Aug 1 Aug 5 Aug 8 Sep 15 Sep 22 Sep 26 Sep 5 Sep 19 Oct 23 Oct 3 Oct 24 Nov 7 Dec 21 Dec 12 ● Jan 26 ■ Jan

2014 Jan 9 Jan 30 Apr 3 Apr 17 Apr 24 May 8 May 15 May 29 Jun 5

Start Los Angeles

Feb Feb Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jun

5 9 12 16 19 26 30 2 9 16 20 30 14 18 28 18 2 16 6 20

4075 4075 4075 4075 4075 4075 4075 3939 3939 3939 3939 3939 3939 3939 3939 3939 3939 3939 3939 3939

3 24 28 12 19 2 9 23 30

3939 3939 3979 4075 4075 4075 4075 4075 4075

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2015 Jan 8 Jan 29

Grand Southern 26 days What’s Included: 25 nights twin-share accommodation: 23 nights in hotels 2 nights in a cabin (more on p.60-61) 34 meals: 20 breakfasts (B) 14 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$405. See p.7 for details.

2 World Heritage sites visited

Code: GSNY 2013/14/15 Start New York

Finish Los Angeles

Total Cost US$ pp*

2013 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

2014

18 Nov 1 Nov 22 Dec 6 ◗ Dec 20 ✝ Jan

2014 Jan 10 Jan 24 Feb 7 Feb 28

Start New York

Feb Feb Mar Mar

12 26 17 31 14

3939 3939 3939 3939 3939

Oct Oct Nov Dec Dec

4 18 4 25

3939 3939 3939 3939

2015 Jan 9 Jan 23 Feb 6 Feb 27

17 31 21 5 ✚ 19 ▼

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of US$1455. ● Tour spends Xmas in Panama City Beach & New Year’s Eve in St. Augustine. ■ Tour spends New Year’s Eve in Albuquerque. ▲ Tour spends Xmas in Orlando & New Year’s Eve in Savannah. ◆ Tour spends Xmas in Las Vegas & New Year’s Eve in Amarillo. ◗ Tour spends Xmas in Albuquerque. ✝ Tour spends Xmas in St. Augustine & New Year’s Eve in Panama Beach. ✚ Tour spends Xmas in Durango. ▼ Tour spends Xmas in Cocoa Beach & New Year’s Eve in New Orleans. Tour starts 7:00am & ends approx. 5:30pm. Please note: Do not book flights before 9:00pm. For more ways to save see p.7. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

more LA & new york Combine this tour with an LA Explorer or New York Uncovered trip (or both), giving you more time to experience all these two great cities have to offer. More on p.94-95.

mix + match Got more time? Combine this tour & see more! Starting in L.A. this tour connects with the Grand Northern p.78-79, North by North East p.80-81 & Grand Canadian p.86-87. Starting in N.Y. this tour connects with the Wild Western p.62-63, LA to the Bay p.64-65 & Western Highlights p.66. Plus you’ll also save US$100 with our multi-tour discount. See p.7.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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SOUTHERN adventure 13 Days 11 STATES From US$1999pp* US$154 per day California / Nevada Arizona / Utah Colorado / New Mexico Texas / Arkansas Tennessee / Mississippi Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS

your backstage pass includes • Live it up Vegas-style with a limo ride & champagne • Visit the infamous 6th Floor Museum in Dallas • Pay tribute to the ‘King of Rock & Roll’ at Graceland • Sink your teeth into ribs & enjoy BBQ treats the Southern way

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals.

ME Time optionals M M M M

CALIFORNIA Mojave Desert

A martini at the chic Eiffel Tower Bar for a night out the way the locals do it, Vegas-style.

Jane6785: Our Tour Manager had so much knowledge of every place we went to. He was born & raised in the area, it was great having a local show you around.

NEVADA

LAS VEGAS 2

Bike the Rim of the Grand Canyon Whitewater rafting in Durango Dallas ‘Haunts’ New Orleans cooking demo

taste...

UTAH Route 66

COLORADO Monument Valley

1 DURANGO

Visit contiki.com/southern-adventure 2 GRAND CANYON

Los Angeles

ARIZONA

Santa Fe

TENNESSEE Oklahoma

1 ALBUQUERQUE NEW MEXICO

1 AMARILLO

ARKANSAS

MEMPHIS 2

Little Rock

MISSISSIPPI Jackson

2 DALLAS

Alabama

LOUISIANA

TEXAS

1

Places visited 1 or more nightstops

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USA

TEXAS

From Vegas to the Grand Canyon & the Big Easy, it’s time to go local. Get down with cowboys at a rodeo, dig into famous southern BBQ & learn to cook Cajun in New Orleans. Experience a Rocky Mountain high in Colorado then larger than life Texas & laid back Memphis.

How much & when Code: GSLS 2013/14/15 Start Los Angeles

Finish New Orleans

Total Cost US$ pp*

2013 Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

11 15 18 22 1 15 22 5 19 3 24 7 21 12 26 ●

2014 Jan 9 Jan 30 Apr 3 Apr 17 Apr 24 May 8 May 15 May 29 Jun 5 Jun 12 Jun 16 Jun 19

Start Los Angeles

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Southern Adventure 13 days What’s Included: 12 nights twin-share accommodation: 10 nights in hotels 2 nights in a cabin (more on p.60-61) 16 meals: 9 breakfasts (B) 7 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

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SAVE Pay early & save up to US$210. See p.7 for details.

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Los Angeles to Las Vegas Meet up with your Contiki Team & head out across the vast Mojave Desert to the bright lights of legendary Las Vegas. Hotel (D) Evening tour of the world-famous ‘Strip’ Visit Fremont Street & see the light-and-laser show

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Day 2: Las Vegas Be part of the Vegas buzz as you hang out on ‘the Strip’, relax & work on your tan poolside, or hit up Sin City’s party hot spots. Hotel (B) Experience some of the world’s largest hotels & casinos Limo ride & champagne Non-stop nightlife M See a variety show

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Day 3: Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon Get your kicks on historic Route 66 as you journey to the breath-taking Grand Canyon. Cabin (D) Stop for photos & souvenirs

Day 4: Grand Canyon National Park Take in this epic place today, a camera is a must. Hike, walk, or maybe opt for a helicopter flight for an up close experience with this natural wonder. Cabin (B) Hike along the Canyon’s South Rim Watch a spectacular sunset & frame up some shots at a panoramic viewpoint M Helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon

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Day 5: Grand Canyon to Durango via Monument Valley Snap some photos of Monument Valley’s ‘Wild West’ landscape before arriving in the hip mountain town of Durango, the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Hotel (D) Visit Monument Valley See the Painted Desert M Horseback riding

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Day 6: Durango to Albuquerque Time for a Rocky Mountain high in Durango, an adventure seeker’s paradise. Then it’s on to Albuquerque. Hotel (B,D) Scenic drive through the Rocky Mountains M Hot air ballooning

Day 7: Albuquerque to Amarillo Explore the exotic mix of Native American & Hispanic cultures in artistic Santa Fe. Then stop & grab a spray can at the eclectic “Cadillac Ranch” roadside icon on your way into “Cowboy Country”. Hotel (D) Experience Big Texan culture & food

Day 8: Amarillo to Dallas We’re off to Dallas, where you’ll discover why everything is bigger & better in Texas! Hotel (B) Day 9: Dallas From big cars to big hair to big belt buckles & big attitude – you’ll see it all as you explore this slick city nicknamed “Big D.” Hotel (B,D)

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Visit the John F. Kennedy 6th Floor Museum Visit Fort Worth Stockyards M Experience a western rodeo Day 10: Dallas to Memphis Stop in Little Rock as we head through the Deep South to Memphis, the birthplace of blues, rock ‘n’ roll & soul music. Hotel (B,D) See the Capitol Building, Bill Clinton’s home while Governor of Arkansas Cross the Mississippi River

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Day 11: Memphis Pay homage to “The King” on a tour of Graceland. Later, make your pilgrimage through this ‘musical mecca’ before partying on the world-famous Beale Street. Hotel (B) See the Civil Rights Museum & Sun Studios Visit Beale Street, home of Blues music Tour Graceland M Rock & Soul museum

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Day 12: Memphis to New Orleans Let the good times roll as we take you sightseeing through French inspired New Orleans, & the home of jazz music. Hotel (B) See the French Quarter, Jackson Square & the French Market M Jazz cruise

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Combine this tour with an LA Explorer or New York Uncovered trip (or both), giving you more time to experience all these two great cities have to offer. More on p.94-95.

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of US$679. ● Tour spends New Year’s Eve in Albuquerque. ■ Tour spends Xmas in Las Vegas & New Year’s Eve in Amarillo. ▲ Tour spends Xmas in Albuquerque. ◆ Tour spends Xmas in Durango. GSLS: Tour starts 7:00am & ends approx.11:00am. GSNS: Tour starts 9:30am & ends approx. 5:30pm. GSNS: Do not book flights before 9.00pm. For more ways to save see p.7. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97. GRACELAND, MEMPHIS

mix + match Got more time? Check out our Grand Southern tour p.68-69 or combine this tour & see more! Starting in L.A. this tour connects with the Eastern Discovery p.72-73 & Northern Adventure p.76-77. Use low cost carrier Southwest Airlines to fly to Chicago. Starting in New Orleans this tour connects with the Wild Western p.62-63, LA to the Bay p.64-65 & Western Highlights p.66. Plus you’ll also save US$100 with our multi-tour discount. See p.7.

Day 13: New Orleans This morning the tour ends & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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EASTERN DISCOVERY 14 Days 13 STATES From US$2285pp* US$164 per day Louisiana / Mississippi Alabama / Florida Georgia / South Carolina North Carolina Virginia / Maryland Delaware / Pennsylvania New Jersey / New York

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your backstage pass includes • Roll Miami-style on a guided bike tour • 5,4,3,2,1…blast off at the Kennedy Space Center • Take a walking tour of charming Savannah

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indulge... In some fish tacos washed down with a freshly squeezed juice at King & Grove on Miami’s Ocean Drive. Free WiFi too!

ME Time optionals M New Orleans swamp tour M Ride Thriller in Miami

Mark Middleton: Just counting down to my next #contiki. #USA #noregrets #hurryupjune

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ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

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Seeking action & adventure, blended with time to chill & unwind? This trip has your name all over it. Get charmed by the Southern States & Florida groove before the fast-paced lifestyle & city action in Northern hotspots like Washington D.C.

How much & when Finish New York

Total Cost US$ pp*

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: New Orleans Meet up with your Contiki Team & simmer in the warm & soulful culture of “The Big Easy”. Meander in the French Quarter, feast on Southern cuisine, feel the spell of voodoo & this evening, get dancing in this party town! Hotel Enjoy the nightlife of Bourbon Street M Cooking demo

Day 2: New Orleans to Panama City Beach Head through Sweet Home Alabama to Florida’s Panama City Beach where you truly relax on the white sand beaches & swim in the crystal clear waters. Hotel (B,D) Day 3: Panama City Beach to Orlando Leave the beach behind & get set for the energy of Florida’s entertainment hub, Orlando. Hotel (B) Day 4: Orlando The thrill & excitement of Orlando’s many theme parks like Disney World, will keep you fully entertained day & night! Hotel (B) One way transfers to the amusement parks M Universal Studios

grab some roller blades, shop ‘til you drop, or star spot in South Beach’s hottest clubs. Hotel (B) See downtown Miami See the famous Art Deco architecture South Beach bike tour M Party cruise

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Day 7: Miami to Cocoa Beach Head north along the coast to the surfing capital of the East Coast, Cocoa Beach. Hotel (B,D) Day 8: Cocoa Beach to St. Augustine via Kennedy Space Center Touch base with outer space as you explore Kennedy Space Center before arriving in picturesque St. Augustine. Hotel (B,D) Tour Kennedy Space Center See Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, a 300 year old fortress

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Day 5: Orlando to Miami Venture south to the beachside playground of Miami. Hotel (B,D)

Day 9: St. Augustine to Savannah Walk the cobblestone streets of America’s oldest city before enjoying an evening out along Savannah’s busy waterfront. Hotel (B) See the historic city squares, homes & gardens made famous by the film ‘Forrest Gump’ M Trolley tour

Day 6: Miami Get into the groove of this fun global city – chill on the beach,

Day 10: Savannah to Raleigh via Charleston Get your last dose of Southern

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charm in Charleston en route to the college town of Raleigh. Hotel (B,D) See the Southern mansions

Day 11: Raleigh to Washington D.C. On your way to the nation’s capital, take a break in Richmond, a city steeped in American history. Tonight tour D.C after dark with all the city lights. Hotel (B,D) See the Pentagon, White House, Capitol Building & Washington Monument See the Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam, FDR & Korean Memorials

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Days 12-13: Washington D.C. With two free days explore D.C.’s best. Maybe rent a bike to see all the famous memorials & monuments & choose from an endless list of other must-do’s, including museums, politics, shopping, sports & nightlife. Hotel (D) Visit the Smithsonian Museums Visit Arlington National Cemetery & see the changing of the guard M Visit the ‘Newseum’

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Day 14: Washington D.C. to New York Stop in Philadelphia before arriving in the Big Apple, where the tour ends & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) M New York City Pass

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Start New Orleans

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18 meals: 11 breakfasts (B) 7 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$235. See p.7 for details.

1 World Heritage site visited

more new york Combine this tour with a New York Uncovered trip, giving you more time to experience all the Big Apple has to offer. More on p.94.

2015

2014 Jan Jan Feb Feb

Start New York

What’s Included: 13 nights twin-share hotel accommodation: (more on p.60-61)

Code: GSLE 2013/14/15 Start New Orleans

Eastern Discovery 14 days

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of US$775. ● Tour spends Xmas in Panama City Beach & New Year’s Eve in St. Augustine. ■ Tour spends Xmas in Orlando & New Year’s Eve in Savannah. ▲ Tour spends Xmas in St. Augustine & New Year’s Eve in Panama Beach. ◆ Tour spends Xmas in Cocoa Beach & New Year’s Eve in in New Orleans. GSLE: Tour starts 9:30am & ends approx. 5:30pm. GSNE: Tour starts 7:00am & ends approx. 11:00am. GSLE: Do not book flights before 9:00pm. For more ways to save see p.7. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

mix + match Got more time? Check out our Grand Southern tour p.68-69 or combine this tour & see more! Starting in New Orleans this tour connects with the Grand Northern p.78-79, North by North East p.80-81 & Grand Canadian p.86-87. Plus you’ll also save US$100 with our multi-tour discount. See p.7.

NEW ORLEANS

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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BEST OF USA 14 Days 3 STATES From US$3539pp* US$253 per day CALIFORNIA NEVADA NEW YORK NEW YORK CITY

your backstage pass includes • Get an insider’s look at LA on a guided walking tour • Enjoy the San Fran sunset on a catamaran cruise • Experience San Fran’s Chinatown with dinner & a tour • Live it up Vegas-style with a limo ride & champagne • The Big Apple’s all yours with a 7 day metro pass • Get a bird’s eye view of Manhattan from the Empire State Building & visit the Statue of Liberty Plus flights on map included in tour price!

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals.

ME Time optionals M Visit Disneyland M Party club crawl in Los Angeles M See a variety show in Las Vegas M NYC ‘Sex & the City’ tour

Hayley Keigher: I did this September just gone! Absolutely amazing tour. So many inclusions that make the trip awesome! LAKE ONTARIO

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Days 2-3: Los Angeles The next two days are yours to explore the City of Angels. Get behind the scenes of the movie world at Universal Studios, explore the magical world of Disneyland, or check out ‘LA Live’ entertainment venue. The shopping scene goes off, so look for deals in the garment district, visit the Grammy Museum, or take a Movie Star Home Tour to how the rich & famous live. Hotel (B) M Visit Universal Studios Day 4: Los Angeles to San Francisco Next stop: San Fran - the city of roller coaster streets, countless cultures & the world-famous bridge. See it all on a city sightseeing tour. Hotel (D) Transfers & flight to San Francisco Visit Fisherman’s Wharf See North Beach, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury, the famous row houses on Alamo Square, Alcatraz & the city’s iconic cable cars Cross the Golden Gate Bridge 3-day Muni pass Sunset catamaran cruise

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Days 5-6: San Francisco Spend the next two days exploring the City by the Bay your way. Ride historic cable cars, feel the hippie vibe in Haight-Ashbury, tour notorious Alcatraz Island, or walk through Golden Gate Park. Hotel (B,D)(B) Chinatown dinner M LA Culinary food tour

Day 7: San Francisco to Las Vegas Leave your heart in San Francisco & fly to the bright lights of Vegas. Tonight, get straight into the non-stop nightlife in this legendary city. Hotel (D) Transfers & flight to Las Vegas Enjoy the non-stop nightlife

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Days 8-9: Las Vegas Hang out for a couple of days in ‘Sin City’ full of glamour & excess. High roll in one of the countless casinos, do some high-end bargain shopping in the factory outlets, catch a variety show & head out to party. We make sure you do Vegas like a high roller…you’ll cruise the streets in a limo, complete with champagne! Hotel (B) Evening tour of the famous ‘Strip’ Visit Fremont Street & some of the world’s largest hotels & casinos Limo ride & champagne M Heli flight to the Grand Canyon

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Day 10: Las Vegas to New York Leave the party in the desert behind & fly to the bright lights of New York City. Hotel Transfers & flight to New York

Day 11: Hello Big Apple! Take in the city’s icons on a sightseeing tour then you could take an optional heli ride over the city for endless views, or hit the shops. After dinner, hit the streets to be part of the atmosphere of Times Square & a night out in the city that never sleeps is a must. Hotel (B,D)

See Wall Street, the NYSE, Harlem’s Apollo Theater & Museum Row, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art & Guggenheim Museum See the famous neighborhoods like Soho, Greenwich Village & TriBeCa View the World Trade Center site, Battery Park & Central Park See St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center & Tiffany’s 7-day Metro pass M Heli flights around Manhattan

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Days 12-13: More of Manhattan This city has it all & you have two free days to explore. First up, check out the Manhattan skyline on our cruise to the Statue of Liberty, then head out & take NYC by storm! You could impress the foodie within on a NYC Food Cart walking tour, or hit the shops on 5th Avenue, or wander through NYC’s vibrant neighborhoods like the Lower East side with its cute boutiques, great coffee & street art. Maybe discover your inner Carrie on a ‘Sex & the City’ tour, go local & head out for pizza & cocktails or catch a Broadway show. Try cruising through Central Park on a bike tour, visit The Met or MoMa Gallery, or cross the historic Brooklyn Bridge, the options are literally endless here. You’ll also get a different view of the Big Apple when we head to the top of the Empire State Building for unbeatable views of Manhattan by night. Hotel (B) Visit the Statue of Liberty Rise up 86 floors by elevator, to the Observation Tower of the Empire State Building M Food cart tour

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11 meals: 6 breakfasts (B) 5 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Flights & transfers to San Francisco, Las Vegas & New York 3-day Muni pass in San Francisco 7-day Metro pass in New York

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Code: TUSA 2013/14/15 Start Los Angeles

Day 1: Los Angeles Meet up with your Contiki Team this morning & get an insider’s look at LA on a walking tour of downtown. Later, cruise down star-studded Hollywood Boulevard & the Sunset Strip. Shop ’til you drop or just chill amongst the sunny beach community of Santa Monica & then get into the vibrant energy of Venice Beach’s boardwalk. Hotel (D) Walking tour of downtown Los Angeles See Mann’s Chinese Theater & the “Walk of Fame” Drive along famous Sunset Strip Visit Santa Monica & Venice Beach See Rodeo Drive & Melrose Avenue

SAN FRANCISCO

With four hot US cities & lots of time to explore, this trip will blow your mind. Indulge in sun & fun in LA, before the cool vibes of San Fran & its iconic bridge. Try high rolling in Vegas, before finishing up in the bright lights of the one & only NYC.

The above prices are accurate as of May 24th, 2013 and include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing please go to contiki.com/best-of-usa Included flights: Prices above include the land tour & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the tour start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.96 for important info. * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of US$1515. TUSA: Tour starts 8:00am & ends approx. 11:00am. TUSR: Tour starts 4:00pm & ends approx. 11:00am. For more ways to save see p.7. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$269. See p.7 for details.

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NEW YORK CITY

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Day 14: New York This morning the tour ends & it’s time to swap emails & say farewell to your new friends.

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NORTHERN ADVENTURE 14 Days 11 STATES From US$2369pp* US$170 per day MONUMENT VALLEY

Illinois / Wisconsin Minnesota / South Dakota Wyoming / Montana Idaho / Utah / Arizona Nevada / California

your backstage pass includes • Discover a Native American legend at the Crazy Horse Memorial • Live it up Vegas-style with a limo ride & champagne

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals M Architecture cruise in Chicago M Whitewater rafting (seasonal) M Heli flight to the Grand Canyon

try... N9ne restaurant at the Palms, Las Vegas for a succulent steak feast (& keep your eyes peeled for celebs!). Cocktail on the side is a must.

Explorer1265106: It was fast paced & we saw some fantastic sights. Bryce Canyon was probably my favorite. Yellowstone National Park

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This tour is as varied as its destinations. Start in Chicago & roll through America’s Midwest, check out massive Mt Rushmore, buckle up in Cody, then get back to nature at the country’s famous National Parks. What else? The world’s party capital, Vegas!

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

USA Northern Adventure 14 days

How much & when Finish Los Angeles

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Day 6: Cody to Yellowstone This morning we head to the world’s first national park – Yellowstone – for a serious nature fix. Hotel (B,D) See the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the famous ‘Old Faithful’ geyser, wildlife such as buffalo, elk & possibly bears

Day 10: Grand Canyon National Park Hike, walk, or simply relax at this phenomenal natural wonder – just don’t forget your camera! Hotel (B) Hike along the Canyon’s North Rim Capture incredible photos from a panoramic viewpoint

Day 2: Madison to Sioux Falls Catch the pulse of the true American Midwest on your way to Sioux Falls. Hotel (B) Visit Falls Park & see the waterfall that gave the town its name

Day 7: Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole Explore the crown jewel of America’s national parks. It’s a masterpiece of wilderness, wildlife & natural wonders. Set your sights on the towering spires of the Teton Range & arrive in the chic, yet western-style ski & boarding town, Jackson Hole. Hotel M Cookout & Horseback ride (seasonal)

Day 11: Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas Before partying like a rock star in Las Vegas, get close to nature in the dramatic landscapes of Zion National Park. Hotel (B,D) See soaring cliffs, sculptured canyons & dramatic landscapes See the gigantic red & white stone formations of West Temple & Watchman Evening tour of the famous Vegas ‘Strip’ Visit Fremont Street

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Day 4: Mt. Rushmore Marvel at the American presidents’ faces on iconic Mt. Rushmore & see the world’s largest mountain carving, Crazy Horse Memorial, honoring the famous Lakota Sioux warrior. Hotel (B) Visit Mt. Rushmore National Memorial & Crazy Horse Memorial

Day 5: Mt. Rushmore to Cody Today we continue west as we steer toward the cowboy town of Cody & the heart of the American West. Hotel (B)

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Day 8: Jackson Hole to Salt Lake City Take in the views through Idaho before arriving in Salt Lake City. Hotel (B) Visit Temple Square See the impressive six-spire Temple & Mormon Tabernacle

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Day 9: Salt Lake City to Grand Canyon National Park Get active & hike among the richly coloured rock formations of Bryce Canyon National Park on the road from Salt Lake City to Kanab in Grand Canyon National Park. Hotel (B,D) See the bizarre shaped canyons & rock spires called “hoodoos”

Days 12-13: Las Vegas It’s all glitz & glamour as you hang out on ‘the Strip’, relax by the pool, or hit up Sin City’s party hot spots. Hotel (B,D) Experience some of the world’s largest hotels & casinos Limo ride & champagne M See a variety show

Finish Los Angeles

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of US$735. Tour starts 8:00am & ends approx. 5:30pm. Do not book flights before 9:00pm. For more ways to save see p.7. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

16 meals: 10 breakfasts (B) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$235. See p.7 for details.

2 World Heritage sites visited

more LA Combine this tour with an LA Explorer trip, giving you more time to see LA, hit the shops & visit Disney’s theme parks. More on p.95.

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Start Chicago

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2013

Day 1: Chicago to Madison Meet up with your Contiki Team before heading to Milwaukee for a tour of Miller brewery, one of the nation’s largest beer brewers, en route to the university town of Madison. Hotel (D) Drive through America’s beautiful heartland

13 nights twin-share hotel accommodation: (more on p.60-61)

Code: GNNE 2013/14 Start Chicago

Itinerary & Sightseeing

What’s Included:

mix + match Got more time? Check out our Grand Northern tour p.38-39 or combine this tour & see more! This tour connects with the Wild Western p.62-63, LA to the Bay p.64-65 & Western Highlights p.66. Mt rushmore

Plus you’ll also save US$100 with our multi-tour discount. See p.7.

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Day 14: Las Vegas to Los Angeles Leave the bling of Vegas behind & head through the vast Mojave Desert into California. Your US adventure wraps up when you arrive in Los Angeles where it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. See the famous Joshua Trees

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GRAND NORTHERN 26 Days 20 States & 2 Canadian Provinces From US$3889pp* US$150 per day

NIAGARA FALLS

your backstage pass includes • Feel the student spirit on a ‘Hahvahd’ (Harvard) tour • Stroll Quebec on a walking tour • Cruise Niagara Falls on the ‘Maid of the Mist’ • Visit the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame • Go local with a deep dish pizza dinner in Chicago • Discover a Native American legend at the Crazy Horse Memorial • Live it up Vegas-style with a limo ride & champagne

New York Connecticut Rhode Island Massachusetts New Hampshire Maine / Quebec Ontario Pennsylvania Ohio / Indiana Illinois / Wisconsin Minnesota South Dakota Wyoming / Montana Idaho / Utah / Arizona Nevada / California

ME Time

listen...

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

To live gigs at Dagobert, Quebec. DJ’s to electronic acts playing live makes for a fun night out.

ME Time optionals M Bike ride in Chicago M Toronto brewery tour M Cookout & Horseback ride in Jackson Hole (seasonal) M LA variety show

Melissa Carney: I miss you Canada #canada #montreal #city #travel #summer #contiki

Visit contiki.com/grand-northern QUEBEC CITY 2 QUEBEC LAKE SUPERIOR

MONTREAL 2

MONTANA

MAINE ONTARIO

MINNESOTA

WEST YELLOWSTONE 1

WISCONSIN

1 CODY IDAHO

JACKSON HOLE 1

SOUTH DAKOTA

WYOMING

2 MT. RUSHMORE

Badlands National Park

LAKE ONTARIO

TORONTO 3 Niagara Falls

Michigan KE LA

New York

1 CLEVELAND

CHICAGO 2

New Jersey

PENNSYLVANIA OHIO

ILLINOIS

MASSACHUSETTS Providence Rhode Island

CONNECTICUT

IE ER

Nebraska

1 SALT LAKE CITY

BOSTON 2 NEW YORK

MADISON 1 Milwaukee

1 SIOUX FALLS Iowa

NEVADA

NEW HAMPSHIRE

LAKE HURON

LAK EM ICH IGA N

Yellowstone National Park

Vermont

Maryland Delaware

INDIANA

UTAH W.Virginia

Colorado Bryce Canyon Nat’l Park

Virginia

Kansas Zion Nat’l Park

GRAND CANYON 2 NATIONAL PARK

CALIFORNIA

Kentucky

Missouri

LAS VEGAS 3 N.Carolina Grand Canyon

Tennessee Oklahoma

Los Angeles

ARIZONA

1 Arkansas

New Mexico

S.Carolina

Texas Mississippi

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Alabama

Georgia

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With 20 states & 2 Canadian provinces, get ready to go local. Start in the Big Apple before it’s all about Canada, America’s Great Lakes & Chicago en route to the American West. Chill at 4 National Parks before LAS Vegas.

CHICAGO

USA & CANADA

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: New York to Boston. Meet up with your Contiki Team in the one & only New York City. Take in the beauty of Rhode Island on our way to Boston. Hotel (D) Visit Providence, the capital of Rhode Island See Boston Common, Quincy Marketplace, Faneuil Hall & the original ‘Cheers’ Bar

• •

Day 2: Boston. Boston is a place at the forefront of American history & there’s plenty to do day & night in this bustling university town. Hotel (B) Walk the historic Freedom Trail Visit Harvard University M Trolley tour or jet boat ride

• •

Day 3: Boston to Quebec City. Today it’s on to the uniquely French-influenced Quebec City – a little piece of old world Europe in the middle of North America. Hotel (B,D) Scenic drive through Maine & across the US/Canadian border

Day 4: Quebec City. Experience the ‘joie de vivre’ of this city by strolling down cobblestone streets & stopping in cool, street side cafés & shops. With walled fortifications protecting ‘old Quebec’, this stunning city has become a living museum. Hotel (B) Guided walking tour of Old Quebec

Day 5: Quebec City to Montreal. The multi-cultural theme continues through to our next stop, Montreal, where the French combine with a diverse global population to serve up great food & cutting-edge culture. Hotel (B,D) Visit old town Montreal, the old port & Mt. Royal, Montreal’s largest city park See St. Joseph’s Oratory & the Olympic Stadium M Jet boat adventure

• •

Day 6: Montreal. You’ll love this city’s mix of Euro-charm & North American pizzazz. Head to one of the many great museums, try out an amazing range of food, shop in hip boutiques & later, party with the ‘oh so French’ Canadians. Hotel M Bike the Old City Day 7: Montreal to Toronto. Behold nature’s beauty as you drive through the ‘1000 Islands’ region en route to Canada’s largest city, Toronto. Hotel (D) Travel along the St. Lawrence River Valley & see the Thousand Islands See the CN Tower, eclectic shops on Yonge Street & the University of Toronto M 1,000 Island Boat Tour

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Day 8: Toronto. Toronto is another one of Canada’s multi-cultural hotspots. Maybe catch a baseball game, head to the top of the CN Tower or visit Gallery 44, the Zoo or Toronto Park for people watching. Tonight, feel the global vibe of this city’s nightlife. Hotel (B) M Pub Crawl Day 9: Toronto & Niagara Falls. Take a trip to mighty Niagara Falls & get soaked in its mist as it cascades between the Canadian/US borders. Hotel (D) Maid of the Mist boat cruise to the base of the Falls See Niagara Falls M Heli ride over the falls

• •

Day 10: Toronto to Cleveland. Leave Canada behind & make a musical pilgrimage to the vibrant arts scene of Cleveland. Hotel (B) Visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Day 11: Cleveland to Chicago. Cross the Midwest as you road trip from one lake town to the next & arrive in busy Chicago. Hotel (B) See Lake Michigan, Buckingham Fountain, the Navy Pier & Chicago River See Soldier Field, home to the Chicago Bears American Football team, & U.S. Cellular Field, home to the Chicago White Sox baseball club See the Hancock Building, Willis Tower & the Magnificent Mile

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Day 12: Chicago. With a free day to explore, discover cutting-edge architecture, world-class museums, legendary blues music, fantastic dining & high-end shopping in the Windy City. Hotel (B,D) Dig into Chicago style pizza M Architecture cruise

Day 13: Chicago to Madison. Stop in Milwaukee & tour Miller brewery, one of the nation’s largest beer brewers, en route to the university town of Madison. Hotel (B,D) Drive through America’s beautiful heartland

Day 14: Madison to Sioux Falls. Catch the pulse of the true American Midwest on your way to Sioux Falls. Hotel (B) Visit Falls Park & see the waterfall that gave the town its name

Day 15: Sioux Falls to Mt. Rushmore. Journey through the unique, lunar-like landscape of Badlands National Park before arriving in the stomping grounds of the Wild West. Hotel (B,D) See colorful buttes, pinnacles & spires Walk the Fossil Trail

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Day 16: Mt. Rushmore. Marvel at the American presidents’ faces on iconic Mt. Rushmore & see the world’s largest mountain carving, Crazy Horse Memorial, honoring the famous Lakota Sioux warrior. Hotel (B) Visit Mt. Rushmore National Memorial & Crazy Horse Memorial

Day 17: Mt. Rushmore to Cody. Today we continue west as we steer toward the cowboy town of Cody & the heart of the American West. Hotel (B) Day 18: Cody to Yellowstone. This morning we head to the world’s first national park – Yellowstone – for a serious nature fix. Hotel (B,D) See the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the famous ‘Old Faithful’ geyser, wildlife such as buffalo, elk & possibly bears

Day 19: Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole. Explore the crown jewel of America’s national parks. It’s a masterpiece of wilderness, wildlife & natural wonders. Set your sights on the towering spires of the Teton Range & arrive in the chic, yet western-style ski & boarding town, Jackson Hole. Hotel M Whitewater rafting (seasonal) Day 20: Jackson Hole to Salt Lake City. Take in the views through Idaho before arriving in Salt Lake City. Hotel (B) Visit Temple Square See the impressive six-spire Temple & Mormon Tabernacle

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Day 21: Salt Lake City to Grand Canyon National Park. Get active & hike among the richly colored rock formations of Bryce Canyon National Park on the road from Salt Lake City to Kanab in Grand Canyon National Park. Hotel (B,D) See the bizarre shaped canyons & rock spires called “hoodoos”

• • •

See the gigantic red & white stone formations of West Temple & Watchman Evening tour of the famous Vegas ‘Strip’ Visit Fremont Street

Days 24-25: Las Vegas. It’s all glitz & glamour as you hang out on ‘the Strip’, relax by the pool, or hit up Sin City’s party hot spots. Hotel (B,D) Experience some of the world’s largest hotels & casinos

Limo ride & champagne M Heli flight to the Grand Canyon Day 26: Las Vegas to Los Angeles. Leave the bling of Vegas behind & head through the vast Mojave Desert into California. Your US adventure wraps up when you arrive in Los Angeles where it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. See the famous Joshua Trees

How much & when Finish Los Angeles

Total Cost US$ pp*

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct

30 13 27 3 10 24 8 15 29

3889 3889 3889 3889 3889 3889 3889 3889 3889

May 27

3889

2013 Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct

5 19 2 9 16 30 13 20 4

25 nights twin-share hotel accommodation: (more on p.60-61) 31 meals: 19 breakfasts (B) 12 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

Start New York

SAVE

Finish Los Angeles

Total Cost US$ pp*

Pay early & save up to US$385. See p.7 for details.

Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct

3889 3889 3889 3889 3889 3889 3889 3889 3889 3889 3889

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2014

2014 May 2

What’s Included:

$

Code: GNGN 2013/14 Start New York

Grand Northern 26 days

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

23 6 27 4 18 1 8 15 29 12 19

17 1 22 29 12 26 2 9 23 7 14

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of US$1685. Tour starts 7:00am & ends approx. 5:30pm. Do not book flights before 9:00pm. For more ways to save see p.7. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

CHICAGO

World Heritage sites visited

more LA & new york Combine this tour with an LA Explorer or New York Uncovered trip (or both), giving you more time to experience all these two great cities have to offer. More on p.94-95.

mix + match Got more time? Combine this tour & see more! This tour connects with the Wild Western p.62-63, LA to the Bay p.64-65 & Western Highlights p.66. Plus you’ll also save US$100 with our multi-tour discount. See p.7.

Day 22: Grand Canyon National Park. Hike, walk, or simply relax the way you want at this phenomenal natural wonder – just don’t forget your camera! Hotel (B) Hike along the Canyon’s North Rim Capture incredible photos from a panoramic viewpoint

• •

Day 23: Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. Before partying like a rock star in Las Vegas, get close to nature in the dramatic landscapes of Zion National Park. Hotel (B,D) See soaring cliffs, sculptured canyons & dramatic landscapes

TORONTO

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NORTH BY NORTH EAST 13 Days 10 States & 2 Canadian Provinces From US$2095pp* US$162 per day New York Connecticut Rhode Island Massachusetts New Hampshire / Maine Quebec / Ontario Pennsylvania / Ohio Indiana / Illinois

RHODE ISLAND

your backstage pass includes • Feel the student spirit on a ‘Hahvahd’ (Harvard) tour • Stroll Quebec on a walking tour • Cruise Niagara Falls on the ‘Maid of the Mist’ • Visit the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame • Go local with a deep dish pizza dinner in Chicago

ME Time QUEBEC

QUEBEC CITY 2

LAKE SUPERIOR

MONTREAL 2

ONTARIO

MAINE

Vermont

LAK EM ICH IGA N

Wisconsin

HAMPSHIRE

TORONTO 3

LAKE ONTARIO

2 BOSTON NEW YORK

Niagara Falls

Michigan KE LA

CHICAGO 2

MASSACHUSETTS

CONNECTICUT

IE ER

PENNSYLVANIA

Providence Rhode Island

New Jersey

OHIO ILLINOIS

INDIANA

Millennium Park. Check out ‘The Bean’ or visit the Art Institute of Chicago & channel your inner creative for a chilled out afternoon.

M Visit the CN Tower in Toronto M Toronto pub crawl with a local guide M Architecture cruise in Chicago

New York

1 CLEVELAND

visit...

ME Time optionals

NEW LAKE HURON

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

1

Places visited 1 or more nightstops

Estar.Nicola1303 : I loved this tour, wish i had more funds to extend it to the “Grand Northern” i didn’t want to leave. Enjoyed EVERY MINUTE of the tour!!!!!!!! Visit contiki.com/north-east

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If city vibes are what gets you going then this tour is perfect. Take in the fast paced life of NYC & Boston then experience the Canadian charm in Quebec, Montreal & Toronto. Get a rush at Niagara Falls before it’s back to the US of A for the good times in Cleveland & cool Chicago.

QUEBEC

USA & CANADA North by North East 13 days

How much & when Finish Chicago

Total Cost US$ pp*

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct

17 31 14 21 28 11 25 2 16

2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095

May 14

2095

2013 Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct

5 19 2 9 16 30 13 20 4

2014 May 2

Itinerary & Sightseeing

• •

Day 2: Boston Boston is a place at the forefront of American history & there’s plenty to do day & night in this bustling university town. Hotel (B) Walk the historic Freedom Trail Visit Harvard University M Trolley tour

• •

Day 3: Boston to Quebec City Today it’s on to the uniquely French-influenced Quebec City – a little piece of old world Europe in the middle of North America. Hotel (B,D) Scenic drive through Maine & across the US/Canadian border

Day 4: Quebec City Experience the ‘joie de vivre’ of this city by strolling down cobblestone streets & stopping in cool, street side cafés & shops. With walled fortifications protecting ‘old Quebec’, this stunning city has become a living museum. Hotel (B) Guided walking tour of Old Quebec

Day 5: Quebec City to Montreal The multi-cultural theme continues through to our next stop, Montreal, where the

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12 nights twin-share hotel accommodation: (more on p.60-61)

Code: GNNN 2013/14 Start New York

Day 1: New York to Boston Meet up with your Contiki Team in the one & only New York City. Take in the beauty of Rhode Island on our way to Boston. Hotel (D) Visit Providence, the capital of Rhode Island See Boston Common, Quincy Marketplace, Faneuil Hall & the original ‘Cheers’ Bar

What’s Included:

French combine with a diverse global population to serve up great food & cutting-edge culture. Hotel (B,D) Visit old town Montreal, the old port & Mt. Royal, Montreal’s largest city park See St. Joseph’s Oratory & the Olympic Stadium M Jet boat adventure

• •

Day 6: Montreal You’ll love this city’s mix of Euro-charm & North American pizzazz. Head to one of the many great museums, try out an amazing range of food, shop in hip boutiques & later, party with the ‘oh so French’ Canadians. Hotel M Bike the Old City

it cascades between the Canadian/US borders. Hotel (D) Maid of the Mist boat cruise to the base of the Falls See Niagara Falls M Heli ride over the falls

• •

Finish Chicago

Total Cost US$ pp*

Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct

2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095

2014 May Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

23 6 27 4 18 1 8 15 29 12 19

4 18 9 16 30 13 20 27 10 24 1

15 meals: 9 breakfasts (B) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of US$945. Tour starts 7:00am & ends approx. 11:00am. For more ways to save see p.7. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$209. See p.7 for details.

1 World Heritage site visited

more new york Combine this tour with a New York Uncovered trip, giving you more time to experience all the Big Apple has to offer. More on p.94.

Day 10: Toronto to Cleveland Leave Canada behind & make a musical pilgrimage to the vibrant arts scene of Cleveland. Hotel (B) Visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Day 7: Montreal to Toronto Behold nature’s beauty as you drive through the ‘1000 Islands’ region en route to Canada’s largest city, Toronto. Hotel (D) Travel along the St. Lawrence River Valley & see the Thousand Islands See the CN Tower, eclectic shops on Yonge Street & the University of Toronto

Day 11: Cleveland to Chicago Cross the Midwest as you road trip from one lake town to the next & arrive in busy Chicago. Hotel (B) See Lake Michigan, Buckingham Fountain, the Navy Pier & Chicago River See Soldier Field, home to the Chicago Bears American Football team, & U.S. Cellular Field, home to the Chicago White Sox baseball club See the Hancock Building, Willis Tower & the Magnificent Mile

Day 8: Toronto Toronto is another one of Canada’s multi-cultural hotspots. Maybe catch a baseball game, head to the top of the CN Tower or visit Gallery 44, the Zoo or Toronto Park for people watching. Tonight, feel the global vibe of this city’s nightlife. Hotel (B) M Brewery tour

Day 12: Chicago With a free day to explore, discover cutting-edge architecture, world-class museums, legendary blues music, fantastic dining & high-end shopping in the Windy City. Hotel (B,D) Dig into some Chicago style pizza M Bike the lakefront

Day 9: Toronto & Niagara Falls Take a trip to mighty Niagara Falls & get soaked in its mist as

Day 13: Chicago The tour ends this morning & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

• •

Start New York

• • •

mix + match Got more time? Check out our Grand Northern tour p.78-79 or combine this tour & see more!

TORONTO

This tour connects with the Grand Southern p.68-69 & Southern Adventure p.70-71 (use low cost carrier Southwest Airlines to fly to L.A.) & the Northern Adventure p.76-77. Plus you’ll also save US$100 with our multi-tour discount. See p.7.

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eastern escapade 13 Days 8 States & 2 Canadian Provinces From US$2275pp* US$175 per day New York / New Jersey Pennsylvania / Maryland Ontario / Quebec New Hampshire Massachusetts Rhode Island Connecticut WASHINGTON D.C.

your backstage pass includes • Relive the historical past on a walking tour of Philly • Visit Gettysburg National Military Park • Cruise Niagara Falls on the ‘Maid of the Mist’ • Sample some of Niagara’s best with a wine tasting • Indulge in ice cream on a tour of ‘Ben & Jerry’s’ • Feel the student spirit on a ‘Hahvahd’ (Harvard) tour QUEBEC

ME Time

MONTREAL 2

LAKE SUPERIOR

ONTARIO

Maine

1 OTTAWA Vermont

LAK EM ICH IGA N

LAKE HURON

LAKE ONTARIO

TORONTO 2

NEW HAMPSHIRE

NEW YORK

Concord

2 BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS

1 NIAGARA FALLS

Michigan KE LA

CONNECTICUT

IE ER

New York

PENNSYLVANIA

PITTSBURGH 1

PHILADELPHIA Gettysburg 1

NEW

Providence Rhode Island

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals M Helicopter ride over the spectacular Niagara falls M Lobster dinner M Toronto pub crawl with a local guide M 2nd City Improv & dinner M Guided bike tour of the Old City Montreal

grab... An iconic ‘Philly Cheese Steak’ sandwich, one of the Philly’s most loved treats. Steak, oozing cheese & succulent seasoning all wrapped up in a bun is a seriously tasty snack.

JERSEY

Amish Country

Illinois

1

Indiana

Places visited 1 or more nightstops

Ohio

WASHINGTON DC 2

Amirah Ahmed: I wish I was still on contiki :(

MARYLAND W.Virginia

Virginia

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BOSTON

USA & CANADA

How much & when Finish New York

Total Cost US$ pp*

Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep

2275 2275 2275 2275 2275

2013 Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep

5 19 2 30 13

2014 May 23

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Day 2: Philadelphia to Washington D.C. On your way to the nation’s capital, we’ll turn back the clock with a visit to Amish Country. Tonight we’ll see the sites on an illumination tour of the city’s famous monuments. Hotel (B,D) Visit Amish Country, Arlington National Cemetery & changing of the guard See the White House, Capitol Building, & Washington Monument See the Lincoln, Jefferson, FDR, Vietnam, Martin Luther King Jr. & Korean Memorials

• • •

Day 3: Washington D.C. Take advantage of a full free day & the things to do here. The list is endless: tour the National Monuments, visit the Smithsonian Museums, people watch in colorful Georgetown or shop & get out into the pumping nightlife this evening. Hotel (B) Visit the Smithsonian Museums M ‘Newseum’ visit

Day 4: Washington D.C. to Pittsburgh Visit the Civil War site of Gettysburg, where President Lincoln gave the famous Gettysburg Address. Then it’s onward to the “Steel City” – Pittsburgh. Hotel See the Strip District, Heinz Field & PNC Park in Pittsburgh Visit Gettysburg

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Day 5: Pittsburgh to Niagara Falls Spend the morning in Pittsburgh before saying farewell to the USA as we cross

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into Canada for a day of exploring Niagara Falls. Hotel M Dinner & Falls experience Day 6: Niagara Falls to Toronto Soak in the vineyards, vibes & orchards of Niagara on the Lake. Tour a winery & sample some regional drops before arriving in Toronto. Hotel (B,D) Maid of the Mist boat cruise to the base of the Falls Tour a winery See the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, eclectic shops on Yonge Street & the University of Toronto

• ••

Day 7: Toronto Toronto is a fantastic multicultural hot spot & with a free day there’s a lot to see. Maybe catch a baseball game, or zoom to the top of the world’s tallest free standing structure, the CN Tower. Later feel the global groove of the city’s nightlife. Hotel (B) M Visit the viewing deck of the CN Tower Day 8: Toronto to Ottawa Enjoy nature’s beauty as you drive through the stunning ‘1000 Islands’ region en route to the Canadian capital, Ottawa. Hotel (D) See the Rideau Canal

Day 9: Ottawa to Montreal Today it’s on to the fun French feel of Montreal. This city combines its French heritage with a diverse global population, resulting in a cool cosmopolitan vibe. Hotel (B,D) Visit the Parliament building Visit Old Town Montreal, the old port & Mount Royal, Montreal’s largest park See St. Joseph’s Oratory & the Olympic Stadium

lifestyle as you explore today. Head to one of the many museums, taste an amazing range of food, shop the trendy boutiques & later party with the “oh so French” Canadians. Hotel M Adventure jet boat ride Day 11: Montreal to Boston Today it’s on to historic New England with a tasty stop at the home of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Hotel (D) Visit the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory See Boston Common, Quincy Marketplace, Faneuil Hall & the original Cheers Bar

• •

Day 12: Boston At the forefront of American history, there’s plenty to do day & night in this busy university town. Ride a trolley, check out Harvard or simply chill out & enjoy the city. Hotel (B) Walk the historic Freedom Trail Visit Harvard University M Old town trolley tour

Start New York

Finish New York

Total Cost US$ pp*

Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep

2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275

2014 17 31 14 11 25

Jun 4

Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep

6 27 4 18 1 29 12

Eastern Escapade 13 days What’s Included: 12 nights twin-share hotel accommodation: (more on p.60-61)

Code: ESTE 2013/14 Start New York

Day 1: New York to Philadelphia Meet up with your Contiki Team, say so long to the Big Apple & hello to the historic, hip & art filled city, Philadelphia. Hotel (D) Walking tour of Philadelphia

NIAGARA

Try this North Eastern loop. Start in NYC, head to Philly & Washington D.C. for a taste of life in the capital, then it’s en route to Canada for a cultural & natural feast! From Niagara Falls to the party vibes of Toronto & the French feel of the East, the action is endless.

18 9 16 30 13 10 24

2275

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of US$929. Tour starts 7:00am & ends approx. 5:30pm. Do not book flights before 9:00pm. For more ways to save see p.7. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

13 meals: 7 breakfasts (B) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$225. See p.7 for details.

2 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

more new york FRENCH TOAST!

Combine this tour with a New York Uncovered trip, giving you more time to experience all the Big Apple has to offer. More on p.94.

• •

Day 13: Boston to New York See Providence, the capital of Rhode Island before heading back to the bright lights of NYC where the tour ends & it’s time to swap email addresses with your new friends. Hotel (B)

MONTREAL

•• •

Day 10: Montreal Indulge in the city’s mix of Euro charm & North American

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The Big West 22/24 Days 3 States & 2 Canadian Provinces From US$4135pp* US$188 per day CALIFORNIA ARIZONA NEVADA BRITISH COLUMBIA ALBERTA

Mt. Robson

2 JASPER KAMLOOPS 1

Columbia Icefield

BRITISH

2 WHISTLER

3

Lake Louise

COLUMBIA

2 BANFF

1 VERNON

SAN DIEGO

2 CALGARY (Stampede only)

VANCOUVER

your backstage pass includes

ALBERTA

• Go loco as you feast on traditional Mexican cuisine • Live it up Vegas-style with a limo ride & champagne • Sit back, chill & enjoy the San Fran sunset on a catamaran cruise • Discover the Athabasca Glacier on the ‘Ice Explorer’ • Reach new heights on a gondola ride in Banff • Get back to nature as you picnic in the Rocky Mountains

Washington

Oregon

Plus Special Stays

Idaho

• The Pines Resort overlooking Bass Lake • Rocky Mountain Chalet Plus flight on map included in tour price!

ME Time

NEVADA

SAN 1 FRANCISCO

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

Utah

Yosemite National Park

2 BASS LAKE CALIFORNIA Route 66

Mojave Desert

2 LAS VEGAS

ME Time optionals

GRAND 2 CANYON

Los Angeles

ARIZONA

Sedona

SAN DIEGO 2

1 PHOENIX Sonoran Desert

1 1

Places visited Nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stays

M Whitewater rafting in Jasper M Speedboat adventure in San Diego M Visit SeaWorld or San Diego Zoo M Bike tour along the Rim of the Grand Canyon M Heli ride over the Rockies M Zipline adventure in Whistler M Visit Grouse Mountain in Vancouver

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Want the USA & Canada? Get the best of the west with some of the countries favourite spots. From the beaches to cities to mountains to lakes, this trip is an epic blend of adventure, culture & chilled out times.

USA & CANADA The Big West 22/24 days

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Los Angeles to San Diego. Meet up with your Contiki Team & head south to San Diego. Tap into the ‘California Dream’ on a tour through the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Tonight, enjoy tasty Mexican cuisine & then party at a hip downtown club or chill out at a cool beach bar. Hotel (D) Drive through the O.C. (Orange County) & along the scenic Pacific Coast See downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado Island & Old Town San Diego Panoramic view of the city’s skyline from Coronado Bridge Mexican feast

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Day 2: San Diego. Discover the city your way with a free day. With 70 miles of beaches, a world famous zoo, sailors & surfers, endless shopping & a Mediterranean climate this place is paradise. Hotel (B) Visit Mission Beach (weather dependent) M Learn to surf

Day 3: San Diego to Phoenix. Leave the beach behind & head toward Phoenix, a metropolitan desert oasis. This sprawling city heats it up as a retail mecca & a melting pot of cuisines & some serious nightlife! Hotel (B) Scenic drive through Cleveland National Forest, Anza Borrego Desert & Sonoran Desert M Hot air balloon flight over the Sonoran Desert

Day 4: Phoenix to the Grand Canyon. Travel from the ‘Valley of the Sun’ to the iconic Grand Canyon, stopping along the way in Sedona, a charming town in the heart of ‘red-rock country’. Cabin (B,D) Drive the scenic route past brilliantly colored sandstone cliffs & rugged peaks Shop for Native American jewelry Drive through beautiful Oak Creek Canyon Visit Grand Canyon National Park M 4WD backcountry tour in Sedona

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Day 5: Grand Canyon National Park. Take in this epic place today, a camera is a must. Hike, walk, or maybe opt for a helicopter flight for an up close experience with this natural wonder. Cabin Hike along the Canyon’s South Rim Watch a spectacular sunset & frame up some shots at a panoramic viewpoint M Heli flight over the Canyon

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Day 6: Grand Canyon to Las Vegas. Get your kicks on Route 66 on the way to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Hotel (B,D) Stop for photos & souvenirs on Route 66 Evening tour of the famous Vegas ‘Strip’ Visit Fremont Street

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Day 7: Las Vegas. Be part of the Vegas buzz as you hang out on ‘the Strip’, relax & work on your tan poolside, or hit up Sin City’s party hot spots. Hotel (B) Experience some of the world’s largest hotels & casinos Limo ride & champagne Non-stop nightlife M See a variety show

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Day 8: Las Vegas to Bass Lake. Say goodbye to the party in the desert & hello to outdoor adventures awaiting you in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Contiki Special Stay, Bass Lake Resort (D) Drive past Joshua trees the famous symbol of the Mojave Desert

Day 9: Yosemite National Park. Enjoy the natural beauty of Yosemite – mountains, rock formations, meadows, waterfalls & wildflowers. Hike or bike around the valley floor & explore (weather dependent).  Contiki Special Stay, Bass Lake Resort (B,D) Relax in the stunning mountain paradise of Bass Lake – swim, soak up some sun & enjoy watersports (seasonal) See Yosemite’s famous rock formations, El Capitan & Half Dome See incredible Yosemite & Bridalveil Falls

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Day 10: Bass Lake to San Francisco. Head out of the mountains & into one of America’s most colorful & chilled cities. Catch awesome bay views as you cross the Oakland Bay & Golden Gate bridges. Hotel (B) Cross the Golden Gate Bridge See North Beach, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, the famous row houses on Alamo Square & the city’s iconic cable cars Visit Fisherman’s Wharf Sunset catamaran cruise

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Day 11: San Francisco to Vancouver. This morning, say farewell to the American dream. Next up, we’re headed on an afternoon flight to Vancouver, Canada, where 11 more days of endless adventure await. Hotel (B) Day 12: Vancouver to Whistler. Today we wind along the Sea-to-Sky Highway to the world-famous resort town, Whistler, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics & a serious outdoor fix. Hotel (D) See Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains

Day 13: Whistler. North America’s top alpine resort is your playground for high-energy outdoor activities, like ziplining, mountain biking & rafting. There’s also a gondola ride for views over the town, canoeing & that’s just the start. Hotel (B)

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Day 20: Vernon to Vancouver. Journey through the stunning Okanagan Valley, Canada’s wine country, before arriving in Vancouver, where we will check out the sites of this cosmopolitan city. Hotel Drive through Kelowna, the largest city in British Columbia’s interior See Lake Okanagan & its floating bridge

Enjoy the shopping & activities in & around the quaint village Hike one of Whistler’s many trails M Canoeing or Mountain biking Day 14: Whistler to Kamloops. Photo ops of Canada’s awesome mountain & lake scenery are everywhere on the way to Kamloops. Hotel (D) Scenic drive through the Lillooet Mountain Range See Seton Lake reservoir & picturesque Lillooet, Duffy & Kamloops Lakes M Peak 2 Peak gondola Day 15: Kamloops to Jasper. Stop for a picnic in the heart of the Rockies at spectacular Mt. Robson on our way to Jasper. Adventure seekers have the chance to ride the rapids on a whitewater rafting trip. Hotel (B) Scenic drive along the Yellowhead Highway into the Rocky Mountains View Mt. Robson, the highest point in the Canadian Rockies (weather dependent) Stay in Jasper National Park Rocky Mountain picnic M Whitewater rafting (seasonal) Day 16: Jasper. You might catch a glimpse of the impressive wildlife in & around Maligne Canyon & Lake. Chill out on a scenic boat tour or relax & explore the quaint alpine village. Hotel (D) Visit Maligne Canyon, the deepest & longest limestone canyon in the Rockies Visit Maligne Lake – the largest in the Canadian Rockies (seasonal) M Maligne Lake cruise (seasonal) Day 17: Jasper to Banff. Take in the views of one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway & see some of the areas 200 glaciers. We’ll roll right onto the Athabasca Glacier in a custom designed “Ice Explorer”, before time to explore.  Contiki Special Stay, Rocky Mountain Chalet (D) Glacier Experience See the vivid blue colour of Peyto Lake (seasonal), the Saskatchewan River Valley & Weeping Wall Visit Lake Louise & the Lake Louise Château Day 18: Banff. Choose your own adventure in the mountains around Banff. Like a flight over the Rocky Mountains, horse riding, hiking, shopping & after hours, get into the local nightlife!  Contiki Special Stay, Rocky Mountain Chalet (B) Banff gondola M Horse ride & cowboy cookout Day 19: Banff to Vernon. Today’s travels take you through 3 national parks in a single day with a stop at the famous Roger’s Pass on one of the world’s great mountain roads. Hotel (B,D)

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Drive through Yoho, Glacier & Mt. Revelstoke National Parks See the incredible Spiral Train Tunnels & Kicking Horse Valley

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See Gastown, Chinatown & Lion’s Gate Bridge Visit the Totem Poles of Canada’s First Nations People in Stanley Park

Day 21: Vancouver. Feel the young vibe of the city while exploring its hip shops & cafés. Later, enjoy a dinner cruise around the harbour & head out for a night on the town! Hotel (B) M Sunset cruise Day 22: Vancouver. Your Canadian adventure ends this morning & it’s time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends.

How much & when Finish Total Vancouver Cost US$ pp*

2014 Apr May Jun Jun Jul

30 May 21 Jun 4 Jun 25 ● Jul 16 Aug

Start Los Angeles

Finish Total Vancouver Cost US$ pp*

2014 21 11 25 18 6

4135 4135 4135 4475 4239

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

30 6 13 27 10

23 meals: 13 breakfasts (B) 10 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Flight & transfers from San Francisco to Vancouver Sightseeing tours of all major cities

Code: LACR/LACRS 2014 Start Los Angeles

21 nights accommodation: 15 nights in twin-share hotels (17 nights Stampede departure) 2 nights in a twin-share cabin 4 nights Special Stay experience (more on p.60-61)

Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct

20 27 3 17 1

4239 4239 4239 4239 4239

The above prices are accurate as of May 24th, 2013 and include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing please go to contiki.com/bigwest Included flights: Prices above include the land tour & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the tour start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.96 for important info. * Prices above are based on twin-share (triple-share only in Bass Lake & Banff with no twin or single available). If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. LACR: Single room supplement of US$1145. LACRS: Single room supplement of US$1199. ● This tour is 24 days long & spends 2 nights in Calgary during the “Stampede”. For this tour use code LACRS. Tour starts 7:00am & ends approx. 11:00am. For more ways to save see p.7. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

calgary stampede Special tour departure

Local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$385. See p.7 for details.

3 World Heritage sites visited

more LA Combine this tour with an LA Explorer trip, giving you more time to see LA, hit the shops & visit Disney’s theme parks. More on p.95.

ATHABASCA GLACIER

Channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl at the worldfamous Calgary Stampede. The spirit of this amazing festival takes over the city for 10 days in July. See men ride bulls in rodeo, wrestle steers, race chuckwagons & have an outrageous time. The streets are packed with people ready for fun, as well as competitions, parades, dancing, live music & concerts. We have a special Big West tour departure that ties into this event with 2 nights in Calgary during the Stampede, making this tour 24 days long. Look for departures marked with • in the price panel on this page (LACRS). Visit www.contiki.com/calgarystampede

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GRAND CANADIAN

+ CALGARY STAMPEDE

20/22 Days 6 States & 4 Canadian Provinces From US$3685pp* US$185 per day

JASPER

New York / Connecticut Rhode Island Massachusetts New Hampshire / Maine Quebec / Ontario British Columbia / Alberta

your backstage pass includes • Feel the student spirit on a ‘Hahvahd’ (Harvard) tour • Stroll Quebec on a walking tour • Cruise Niagara Falls on the Maid of the Mist • Discover the Athabasca Glacier on the ‘Ice Explorer’ • Reach new heights on a gondola ride in Banff • Get back to nature as you picnic in the Rocky Mountains Plus Special Stay • Rocky Mountain Chalet Plus flight on map included in tour price!

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

don’t miss Baseball! If there’s a game on in Boston or Toronto, channel the vibes watching this legendary American sport.

ME Time optionals M Jet boat adventure in Montreal M Toronto Pub crawl M Heli flight in Banff M Canoeing & ziplining in Whistler M Visit Grouse Mountain in Vancouver BRITISH

Mt. Robson

ALBERTA

Richelle Normandale: 3 Contiki’s booked Grand Canadian, California Highlights & New York Uncovered all in August/September can’t wait.

2 JASPER

COLUMBIA

Columbia Icefield

KAMLOOPS 1

Lake Louise

2 BANFF 2 WHISTLER

1 VERNON

2 CALGARY Saskatchewan

(Stampede only)

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2 VANCOUVER Manitoba

ONTARIO

QUEBEC

QUEBEC CITY 2

Washington

LAKE SUPERIOR

MONTREAL 2

North Dakota Montana

Vermont Minnesota

Oregon

LAKE HURON

Wisconsin Idaho

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HAMPSHIRE

TORONTO 3

South Dakota

LAKE ONTARIO Niagara Falls

BOSTON 2 MASSACHUSETTS

NEW YORK

CONNECTICUT

Michigan

Wyoming

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Iowa

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From big cities to the great outdoors, this place rocks! Boston & NYC will leave you wide eyed before it’s all about Canada’s beauty. Try quaint Quebec before Montreal & Toronto, finishing up with the west’s natural wonders, glaciers, the Rockies & Vancouver.

WHISTLER

CANADA

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: New York to Boston. Meet up with your Contiki Team in the one & only New York City. Take in the beauty of Rhode Island on our way to Boston. Hotel (D) Visit Providence, the capital of Rhode Island See Boston Common, Quincy Marketplace, Faneuil Hall & the original ‘Cheers’ Bar

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Day 2: Boston. Boston is a place at the forefront of American history & there’s plenty to do day & night in this busy university town. Hotel (B) Walk the historic Freedom Trail Visit Harvard University M Trolley tour or jet boat ride

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Day 3: Boston to Quebec City. Today it’s on to the uniquely French-influenced Quebec City – a little piece of old world Europe in the middle of North America. Hotel (B,D) Scenic drive through Maine & across the US/Canadian border

Day 4: Quebec City. Experience the ‘joie de vivre’ of this city by strolling down cobblestone streets & stopping in cool, street side cafés & shops. With walled fortifications protecting ‘old Quebec’, this stunning city has become a living museum. Hotel (B) Guided walking tour of Old Quebec

Day 5: Quebec City to Montreal. The multi-cultural theme continues through to our next stop, Montreal, where the French combine with a diverse global population to serve up great food & cutting-edge culture. Hotel (B,D) Visit old town Montreal, the old port & Mt. Royal, Montreal’s largest city park See St. Joseph’s Oratory & the Olympic Stadium

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Day 6: Montreal. You’ll love this city’s mix of Euro-charm & North American pizzazz.

Head to one of the many great museums, try out an amazing range of food, shop in hip boutiques & later, party with the ‘oh so French’ Canadians! Hotel M Bike the Old City Day 7: Montreal to Toronto. Behold nature’s beauty as you drive through the ‘1000 Islands’ region en route to Canada’s largest city, Toronto. Hotel (D) Travel along the St. Lawrence River Valley & see the Thousand Islands See the CN Tower, eclectic shops on Yonge Street & the University of Toronto M 1,000 Island boat tour

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Day 8: Toronto. Toronto is another one of Canada’s fantastic, multi-cultural hotspots. Maybe catch a baseball game, head to the top of the CN Tower or visit Gallery 44, the Zoo or Toronto Park for people watching. Tonight, feel the global vibe of this city’s nightlife. Hotel (B) M Brewery tour Day 9: Toronto & Niagara Falls. Take a trip to mighty Niagara Falls & get soaked in its mist as it cascades between the Canadian/US borders. Hotel (D) Maid of the Mist boat cruise to the base of the Falls See Niagara Falls M Heli ride over the falls

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Day 10: Toronto to Whistler via Vancouver. Meet your new Contiki Team & wind along the Sea-to-Sky Highway to the world-famous resort town, Whistler, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics & a serious outdoor fix. Hotel (D) See Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains

Day 11: Whistler. North America’s top alpine resort is your playground for high-energy outdoor activities, like ziplining, mountain biking & rafting. There’s also a gondola ride for views over the town, canoeing & that’s just the start. Hotel (B)

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Enjoy the shopping & activities in & around the quaint village Hike one of Whistler’s many trails M Mountain biking

Day 12: Whistler to Kamloops. Photo ops of Canada’s awesome mountain & lake scenery are everywhere on the way to Kamloops. Hotel (D) Scenic drive through the Lillooet Mountain Range See Seton Lake reservoir & picturesque Lillooet, Duffy & Kamloops Lakes M Peak 2 Peak gondola

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Day 13: Kamloops to Jasper. Stop for a picnic in the heart of the Rockies at spectacular Mt. Robson on our way to Jasper. Adventure seekers have the chance to ride the rapids on a whitewater rafting trip. Hotel (B) Scenic drive along the Yellowhead Highway into the Rocky Mountains View Mt. Robson, the highest point in the Canadian Rockies (weather dependent) Stay in Jasper National Park Rocky Mountain Picnic M Whitewater rafting (seasonal)

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Day 14: Jasper. You might catch a glimpse of the impressive wildlife in & around Maligne Canyon & Lake. Chill out on a scenic boat tour or relax & explore the quaint alpine village. Hotel (D) Visit Maligne Canyon, the deepest & longest limestone canyon in the Rockies Visit Maligne Lake – the largest in the Canadian Rockies (seasonal) M Maligne Lake cruise

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Day 15: Jasper to Banff. Take in the views of one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway & see some of the 200 glaciers in the area. We’ll roll right onto the Athabasca Glacier’s icy slopes in a custom designed “Ice Explorer”, before time to explore.

calgary stampede Special tour departure Channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl at the worldfamous Calgary Stampede. The spirit of this amazing festival takes over the city for 10 days in July. See men ride bulls in rodeo, wrestle steers, race chuckwagons & have an outrageous time. The streets are packed with people ready for fun, as well as competitions, parades, dancing, live music & concerts. We have a special Grand Canadian tour departure that ties into this event with 2 nights in Calgary during the Stampede, making this tour 22 days long. Look for departures marked with • in the price panel on this page (GCSTR). Visit www.contiki.com/calgarystampede

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 Contiki Special Stay, Rocky

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Mountain Chalet (D) Glacier Experience See the vivid blue colour of Peyto Lake (seasonal), the Saskatchewan River Valley & Weeping Wall Visit Lake Louise & the enchanting Lake Louise Château See the majestic Banff Springs Hotel

Day 16: Banff. Choose your own adventure in the mountains around Banff. There’s so much offered like a flight over the Rocky Mountains, horseback riding, hiking, shopping & after hours, get into the pumping nightlife!  Contiki Special Stay, Rocky Mountain Chalet (B) Banff Gondola M Horse ride & cowboy cookout

Day 17: Banff to Vernon. Today’s travels take you through 3 national parks in a single day with a stop at the famous Roger’s Pass on one of the world’s great mountain roads. Hotel (B,D) Drive through Yoho, Glacier & Mt. Revelstoke

National Parks See the incredible Spiral Train Tunnels & Kicking Horse Valley

Day 18: Vernon to Vancouver. Journey through the stunning Okanagan Valley, Canada’s wine country, before arriving in Vancouver, where we will check out the sites of this cosmopolitan city. Hotel Drive through Kelowna, the largest city in British Columbia’s interior See Lake Okanagan & its floating bridge See Gastown, Chinatown & Lion’s Gate Bridge Visit the Totem Poles of Canada’s First Nations People in Stanley Park

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Day 19: Vancouver. Feel the young vibe of the city while exploring its hip shops & cafés. Later, enjoy a dinner cruise around the harbour & head out for a night on the town! Hotel (B) M Sunset cruise Day 20: Vancouver. Your Canadian adventure ends this morning & it’s time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends.

How much & when Code: GCNY/GCSTR 2013/14 Start New York

Finish Total Vancouver Cost US$ pp*

2013 Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

19 2 9 16 30 13 20

2014 May 2

Start New York

Grand Canadian 20/22 days What’s Included: 19 nights accommodation: 17 nights in twin-share hotels 2 nights Special Stay experience (more on p.60-61) 20 meals: 10 breakfasts (B) 10 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Flight & transfers from Toronto to Vancouver Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

3 World Heritage sites visited

more new york Combine this tour with a New York Uncovered trip, giving you more time to experience all the Big Apple has to offer. More on p.94.

Finish Total Vancouver Cost US$ pp*

QUEBEC

2014 7 21 28 4 18 2 9

3685 3685 3685 3685 3685 3685 3685

May 21

3835

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May Jun Jun Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

23 6 27 ● 18 1 8 15 29 12 19

Jun Jun Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct

11 25 18 6 20 27 3 17 1 8

3835 3835 4115 3835 3835 3835 3835 3835 3835 3835

The above prices are accurate as of May 24th, 2013 and include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing please go to contiki.com/grand-canadian Included flights: Prices above include the land tour & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the tour start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.96 for important info. * Prices above are based on twin-share (triple-share only in Banff with no twin or single available). If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. GCNY: Single room supplement of US$1355. GCSTR: Single room supplement of US$1565. ● This tour is 22 days long & spends 2 nights in Calgary during the “Stampede” (the Western Canada section of this tour operates in reverse). For this tour use code GCSTR. Tour starts 7:00am & ends approx. 11:00am. For more ways to save see p.7. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

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CANADA & THE ROCKIES 11/13 Days 2 cANADIAN PROVINCES From US$1985pp* US$181 per day

+ CALGARY STAMPEDE

BRITISH COLUMBIA ALBERTA

THE ROCKIES

your backstage pass includes • Discover the Athabasca Glacier on the ‘Ice Explorer’ • Reach new heights on a gondola ride in Banff • Get back to nature as you picnic in the Rocky Mountains Plus Special Stay • Rocky Mountain Chalet

ME Time BRITISH COLUMBIA

ALBERTA

Mt. Robson

2 JASPER Columbia Icefield

KAMLOOPS 1

Lake Louise

2 BANFF 2 WHISTLER

1 VERNON

2 CALGARY (Stampede only)

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals

relax... At Whistler’s Scandinave Spa. Endless spa treatments & amazing mountain views make it the ideal place to unwind.

M Mountain biking in Whistler M Sunset cruise in Vancouver M Maligne Lake cruise (seasonal) M Horse ride & cowboy cookout in Banff

2 VANCOUVER Saskatchewan

1 1

Places visited Washington Nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stays

Troy: Had an excellent tour once again & can’t wait to be on another & a different continent.....

Montana

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Experience the great outdoors. Take a hike or ride along wildlife trails, we’ll put you on a gondola, horseback, helicopter, or whatever improves your views of this world-renowned hub for those that live to explore.

Day 1: Vancouver to Whistler Meet your Contiki Team & wind along the Sea-to-Sky Highway to the world-famous resort town, Whistler, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics & a serious outdoor fix. Hotel (D) See Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains

Lake. Chill out on a scenic boat tour or relax & explore the quaint alpine village. Hotel (D) Visit Maligne Canyon, the deepest & longest limestone canyon in the Rockies Visit Maligne Lake – the largest in the Canadian Rockies (seasonal)

Day 2: Whistler North America’s top alpine resort is your playground for high-energy outdoor activities, like ziplining, mountain biking & rafting. There’s also a gondola ride for views over the town, canoeing & that’s just the start. Hotel (B) Enjoy the shopping & activities in & around the quaint village Hike one of Whistler’s many trails M Canoeing or zipline adventure

Day 6: Jasper to Banff Take in the views of one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway & see some of the 200 glaciers in the area. We’ll roll right onto the Athabasca Glacier’s icy slopes in a custom designed “Ice Explorer”, before time to explore.  Contiki Special Stay, Rocky Mountain Chalet (D) Glacier Experience See the vivid blue colour of Peyto Lake (seasonal), the Saskatchewan River Valley & Weeping Wall Visit Lake Louise & the enchanting Lake Louise Château See the majestic Banff Springs Hotel

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Day 3: Whistler to Kamloops Photo ops of Canada’s awesome mountain & lake scenery are everywhere on the way to Kamloops. Hotel (D) Scenic drive through the Lillooet Mountain Range See Seton Lake reservoir & picturesque Lillooet, Duffy & Kamloops Lakes M Peak 2 Peak gondola

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Day 4: Kamloops to Jasper Stop for a picnic in the heart of the Rockies at spectacular Mt. Robson on our way to Jasper. Adventure seekers have the chance to ride the rapids on a whitewater rafting trip. Hotel (B) Scenic drive along the Yellowhead Highway into the Rocky Mountains View Mt. Robson, the highest point in the Canadian Rockies (weather dependent) Stay in Jasper National Park Rocky Mountain Picnic M Whitewater rafting (seasonal)

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Day 5: Jasper You might catch a glimpse of the impressive wildlife in & around Maligne Canyon &

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Day 9: Vernon to Vancouver Journey through the stunning Okanagan Valley, Canada’s wine country, before arriving in Vancouver, where we will check out the sites of this cosmopolitan city. Hotel Drive through Kelowna, the largest city in British Columbia’s interior See Lake Okanagan & its floating bridge See Gastown, Chinatown & Lion’s Gate Bridge Visit the Totem Poles of Canada’s First Nations People in Stanley Park

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Day 10: Vancouver Feel the young vibe of the city while exploring its hip shops & cafés. Later, enjoy a dinner cruise around the harbour & head out for a night on the town! Hotel (B) M Visit Grouse Mountain Day 11: Vancouver Your Canadian adventure ends this morning & it’s time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends.

Day 7: Banff Choose your own adventure in the mountains around Banff. There’s so much offered like a flight over the Rocky Mountains, horseback riding, hiking, shopping & after hours, get into the local nightlife!  Contiki Special Stay, Rocky Mountain Chalet (B) Banff Gondola M Heli ride over the Rockies

JASPER

Itinerary & Sightseeing

USA

How much & when Code: CRCR/CRST/CRSTR 2013/14 Start Finish Total Vancouver Vancouver Cost US$ pp*

Start Finish Total Vancouver Vancouver Cost US$ pp*

2013

2014

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6 ● Jul 7 ■ Jul 28 Aug 11 Aug 18 Aug 25 Sep 8 Sep 22 Oct 29 Oct

18 19 7 21 28 4 18 2 9

2375 2375 2085 2085 2085 2085 2085 2085 2085

May 21

1985

2014 May 11

Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

1 15 5 ● 6 ■ 27 10 17 24 7 21 28

Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct

11 25 17 18 6 20 27 3 17 1 8

1985 1985 2375 2375 2085 2085 2085 2085 2085 2085 2085

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com * Prices above are based on twin-share (triple-share only in Banff with no twin or single available). If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. CRCR: Single room supplement of US$665. CRST/CRSTR: Single room supplement of US$875. ● This tour is 13 days long & spends 2 nights in Calgary during the “Stampede”. For this tour use code CRST. ■ This tour is 13 days long & spends 2 nights in Calgary during the “Stampede” (this tour operates in reverse). For this tour use code CRSTR. Tour starts 10:00am & ends approx. 11:00am. For more ways to save see p.7. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

Canada & the Rockies 11/13 days What’s Included: 10 nights accommodation: 8 nights in twin-share hotels (10 nights Stampede departures) 2 nights Special Stay experience (more on p.60-61) 10 meals: 5 breakfasts (B) 5 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$205. See p.7 for details.

1 World Heritage site visited

VANCOUVER

Day 8: Banff to Vernon Today’s travels take you through 3 national parks in a single day with a stop at the famous Roger’s Pass on one of the world’s great mountain roads. Hotel (B,D) Drive through Yoho, Glacier & Mt. Revelstoke National Parks See the incredible Spiral Train Tunnels & Kicking Horse Valley

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ATHABASCA GLACIER

calgary stampede Special tour departure Channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl at the worldfamous Calgary Stampede. The spirit of this amazing festival takes over the city for 10 days in July. See men ride bulls in rodeo, wrestle steers, race chuckwagons & have an outrageous time. The streets are packed with people ready for fun, as well as competitions, parades, dancing, live music & concerts. We have a couple of special Canadian tour departures to tie into this event, with 2 nights in Calgary during the Stampede, making this tour 13 days long. Look for departures marked with • in the price panel on this page (CRST/CRSTR). Visit www.contiki.com/calgarystampede

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THE Powder Rush 8 Days 2 cANADIAN PROVINCES From US$1565pp* US$196 per day

BRITISH

ALBERTA

COLUMBIA Lake Louise

BANFF 3 Calgary

2 WHISTLER 1 KELOWNA 1 VANCOUVER 1 1

Itinerary & Sightseeing

backstage pass Inclusions

Day 1: Vancouver to Whistler Welcome to Canada! We make our way to the legendary outdoor haven, Whistler Blackcomb resort, along the stunning Sea to Sky Highway. On arrival, we’ll help you get your bearings, then get right into the action & maybe try a zip line or snowmobile ride. Tonight, get to know your group over dinner & a sleigh ride. Hotel (D) Sleigh ride

• Sleigh ride in Whistler • Wine tasting in Kelowna • Gondola & breakfast in Banff Plus Special Stay • Rocky Mountain Resort

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

WHISTLER

How much & when

7 nights accommodation 4 nights in twin-share hotels 3 nights Special Stay experience (more on p.60-61) 8 meals: 5 breakfasts (B) 3 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to US$155. See p.7 for details.

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Winter 2014 Code: SKIR Start Finish Vancouver Calgary

What’s Included:

Places visited Nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stays

Total Cost US$ pp*

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Start Finish Vancouver Calgary

Total Cost US$ pp*

2014 Jan 13 Feb 3 Feb 17

1565 1565 1565

Feb 24 Mar 10 Mar 24

Mar 3 Mar 17 Mar 31

1565 1565 1565

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com * Prices above are based on twin-share (triple-share only in Banff with no twin or single available). If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of US$305. Note: Lift tickets & equipment are not included in this package. Tour starts 8:00am & ends approx. 4:30pm. For more ways to save see p.7. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

Day 2: Whistler The hills are calling! Get up on a board or skis & experience for yourself why Whistler Blackcomb is renowned for its runs & relaxed mountain life. With mild & wild terrain it doesn’t matter what your experience is, there’s something for any level. Or, if downhill isn’t your thing, then head out for a snowmobile or explore Whistler village. Hotel (B) M Ski or boarding Day 3: Whistler to Vancouver Have a sleep-in or explore the village before it’s back to the city. Feel the young vibe of Vancouver with its cool cafés – the shopaholics amongst us will love hitting the endless stores along Robson St. Explorers will love Gastown, Chinatown & the famous totem

poles of the First Nations in Stanley Park – there’s plenty on offer. Hotel City sightseeing include Stanley Park, Chinatown & Robson St.

Day 4: Vancouver to Kelowna Today we head to the country & the Okanagan Valley, famous for its orchards & known for its wine. This afternoon we’ll drop into a local winery to learn about, and then taste, this yummy regional drop. Hotel (D) Wine tasting experience

Day 5: Kelowna to Banff Next on our list: Legendary Banff National Park. As we cruise the highway get your camera ready – we head through 3 National Parks along our route, with endless stunning scenery.  Contiki Special Stay, Rocky Mountain Chalet (B,D) Days 6-7: Banff The next two days are yours to treat the snow hound within. With 3 resorts to choose from, Mt Norquay, Lake Louise or Sunshine, it’s the perfect place to get up on a snowboard or skis, or switch it up & try cross country skiing or even

snowshoe at Sunshine resort. Or treat yourself to a little bit of it all. After long days on the slopes then head to the hot springs to chat about your days up the mountain & wind down, or head out for a well-deserved post-piste (slope) drink.  Contiki Special Stay, Rocky Mountain Chalet (B)(B) Transfer to ski resorts in Banff National Park M Skiing & snowboarding

Day 8: Banff to Calgary This morning we take a gondola ride for all new views & breakfast at the top of Sulphur Mountain. Later, it’s back on the road before the tour ends in Calgary this afternoon. (B) Gondola ride & brunch

why choose us? • More choice – bring your own gear, or rent when you’re here – at Contiki-only prices.

• It’s easy – we’ll sort your lift passes & ski transfers to Banff resorts

• Options to ski/board at 4 of Canada’s top resorts

• Gear rental (Snowboard & boots or ski’s incl boots & poles) 1 day rental from 36 CAD*.

• More than just a ski trip – epic options for on & off the slopes • More included – sleigh & gondola rides, wine tasting & more

MUST-KNOWS:

• Lessons half - day from 99 CAD*. • Lift pass 1-day pass from 29 CAD*

*Gear rental, lift passes & lesson prices can vary per resort.

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LAKE TAHOE

During winter, three of our existing year-round tours include time in the snow playground of Lake Tahoe.

• Winter California Highlights • Winter LA to the Bay • Winter Wild Western

From December to March, these 3 tours feature the same itinerary as the summer tours up until Las Vegas. After this, they skip the visit to Yosemite & spend 3 nights in snowy Lake Tahoe resort for fun on & off the slopes. These tours feature 1 less night in San Fran (excluding LA to The Bay), see the tour page price panels for more. Where you’re headed:

Lake Tahoe is one of North America’s most beautiful lakes & also one of its best ski resorts, straddling 2 states – California & Nevada. It’s the perfect blend of amazingly spectacular scenery, pristine mountains & pumping nightlife. Where else can you find a place that offers all this natural beauty, great snow plus the 24 hour non-stop bling of Vegas-style casinos & clubs? Our travelers can hit the slopes at one of Tahoe’s awesome resorts, Heavenly. The average annual snowfall in Tahoe is 35 feet, so fantastic conditions are the norm. And with so much great terrain, there’s a perfect balance of something for everyone – beginners, intermediates & advanced.

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The slopes not really your thing? There’s lots to pick from including ice-skating & snowmobiling, head to a spa or just chill out in Tahoe village. Note: Ski passes, equipment & clothing rental are not included in the tour price. The itineraries:

14 days Winter Wild Western: San Diego (2 nights), Phoenix (1), Grand Canyon (2), Las Vegas (2), Lake Tahoe (3), San Francisco (2), Carpinteria (1). 8 days Winter California Highlights: Las Vegas (1 night), Lake Tahoe (3), San Francisco (2), Carpinteria (1). 12 days Winter LA to The Bay: San Diego (2 nights), Phoenix (1), Grand Canyon (2), Las Vegas (2), Lake Tahoe (3), San Francisco (1).

For more visit: contiki.com/winter-california-highlights contiki.com/winter-la-to-bay contiki.com/winter-wild-western

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new year in new york 4 Days, 1 state, new york From US$1249pp* US$313 per day

TIMES SQUARE

Itinerary & Sightseeing

backstage pass Inclusions

Day 1: Hello Big Apple! Meet up with your Contiki Team, then check out the city’s iconic sights. Later, you can get a bird’s-eye view of Manhattan on an optional helicopter flight, or chill out & take in the city’s vibes. After dinner, hit the streets for some drinks in the city that never sleeps! Hotel (D)

• NYE dinner & party with open bar (you must be 21 years of age or older to attend) • Get a bird’s-eye view of Manhattan from the Empire State Building

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

How much & when Code: NYNY 2013/14 Start New York

What’s Included: 3 nights twin-share hotel accommodation: (more on p.60-61) 4 meals: 2 breakfasts (B) 2 dinner (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager Metro pass for the duration of your stay Local taxes & service charges

M Helicopter tour of NYC & the harbor

Finish New York

Total Cost US$ pp*

Jan 2

1249

2013/14 Dec 30

Start New York

Finish New York

Total Cost US$ pp*

Jan 2

1279

Day 2: New Year’s Eve in New York Check out the Manhattan skyline as we cruise to Lady Liberty. For something different you can opt for a fun optional NYC Food Cart walking tour – the foodie in

you will love it. Or take the rest of the day to explore the Big Apple. Shop trendy 5th Avenue, visit Times Square or wander through NYC’s vibrant neighborhoods & indulge in some of the delicious international food that the city is famous for. New York is one of the world’s best places to party for New Year’s, so tonight we’ll get the action started with dinner & an open bar. Hotel (B,D) M ‘Sex & the City’ tour M NYC Food Cart walking tour Day 3: New York Welcome to the New Year!

Take it easy this morning, before kicking off the New Year Big Apple-style. You can catch a famous Broadway show, ice skate at Rockefeller Center, shop, or head to the ‘Highline’ for some people watching. Tonight get a different city view as we head to the top of the Empire State Building for unbeatable views of Manhattan by night. Hotel (B) Day 4: Depart New York This morning after breakfast it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.

2014/15 Dec 30

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Tour starts 8:00am & ends approx. 11:00am. For more ways to save see p.7. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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new year in miami 4 Days

From US$885pp* US$222 per day

Itinerary & sightseeing Itinerary & Day 1: Arrive Miami! Welcome to Miami! Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel buddies before checking out the city. Chill in the sun, or jump on an optional speed boat tour. Tonight, do it local as we hit the town & party. Hotel (D) Day 2: New Year’s Eve in Miami It’s a free day, so 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, rent a wave runner or some roller blades. Tonight join the party & ring in the New Year at one of the city’s clubs – entry & open bar included. Hotel (B)

Sightseeing

Day 3: Miami Happy New Year! Take it easy this morning, today’s a free day. Laze by the pool or beach, shop at the Lincoln Street Mall or check out Coconut Grove. Tonight you can keep it going on an optional party cruise. Hotel (B) Day 4: Depart Miami It’s time to say farewell to the good times in Miami & your new friends as your tour ends this morning. (B)

ME Time optionals

Bike tour of South Beach Thriller speedboat ride Party cruise

What’s Included: 3 nights twin-share hotel accommodation on the beach. 4 meals: 3 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D). A professional Tour Manager. Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed. NYE party with open bar (you must be 21 years of age or older to attend)

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Finish Miami

Total Cost US$ pp*

Jan 2

885

Jan 2

905

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com * Prices above are twin-share. Twin & single supplements available. If you are traveling solo, we can set you up with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge.Tour starts 9:00am.

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new year in las vegas 4 Days

From US$785pp* US$197 per day

Itinerary & sightseeing Itinerary & Day 1: Arrive Las Vegas! This afternoon meet up with your Contiki Team & get ready for good times in one of the world’s most famous party towns. Start the trip & cruise ‘the Strip’, see the Fremont Street Experience, then party at a hip Las Vegas club. Hotel (D) Day 2: New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas Today is a free day to experience ‘Sin City’. There’s the option of a helicopter flight to the Grand Canyon or start exploring the casinos. Tonight join the party & ring in the New Year at a Vegas club – entry & openbar is included. Hotel (B) Day 3: Las Vegas Happy New Year! There might be some sore heads, so sleep in this morning! It’s

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Sightseeing

another free day today, so rub shoulders with the high rollers at one of the many casinos. Grab a bargain at some of the city’s great factory outlets & later on catch a show or party all over again in one of Vegas’ clubs. Hotel (B) Day 4: Depart Las Vegas This morning, swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends & the bright lights of Las Vegas.

ME Time optionals

See a variety show Helicopter flight to the Grand Canyon Limo ride with champagne

What’s Included: 3 nights twin-share hotel accommodation on the beach. 3 meals: 2 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D). A professional Tour Manager. Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed. NYE party with open bar (you must be 21 years of age or older to attend)

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Finish Las Vegas

Total Cost US$ pp*

Jan 2

785

Jan 2

805

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com * Prices above are twin-share. Twin & single supplements available. If you are traveling solo, we can set you up with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Tour starts 4:00pm.

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new york uncovered 4 Days, 1 state, new york From US$889pp* US$223 per day

THE ICONIC MANHATTAN SKYLINE

backstage pass

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Inclusions • The Big Apple’s all yours with a 7-day Metro pass • Get a bird’s-eye view of Manhattan from the Empire State Building • Visit the Statue of Liberty

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

How much & when Code: EAEA 2013/14

What’s Included:

Start New York

3 nights twin-share hotel accommodation: (more on p.60-61)

2013

3 meals: 2 breakfasts (B) 1 dinner (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager Local taxes & service charges

1 World Heritage sites visited

mix + match Got more time? Combine this tour & see more! Starting in N.Y. this tour connects with: Grand Southern (p.68-69), Eastern Discovery (p.72-73), Grand Northern (p.78-79), North by North East (p.80-81), Eastern Escapade (p.82-83), Grand Canadian (p.86-87)

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Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Nov Dec Dec

Finish New York

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Total Cost US$ pp*

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Finish New York

Total Cost US$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Nov Dec Dec Jan Jan Feb Feb

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5 19 2 9 16 30 13 20 4 18 1 22 6 20

889 889 889 889 889 889 889 889 889 889 889 889 889 889

Jan Jan Feb Feb May

10 24 7 28 2

889 889 889 889 889

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Start New York

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov Dec Dec Jan Jan Feb Feb

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Day 1: Hello Big Apple! Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel buddies this morning & get ready for 4 awesome days in one of the world’s hottest cities. We’ll dive right into the Big Apple & spend the day discovering this iconic city’s sights from Wall Street to the Guggenheim & SoHo. This afternoon, you can get a bird’s-eye view of the city skyline on an optional helicopter flight, or take in the city & explore in your own time. After dinner tonight, hit the streets & get amongst the buzz & atmosphere of Times Square or head for a big night out & find out why New York is the city that never sleeps. Hotel (D) Take in panoramic views of New York City skyline See Wall Street, the NYSE, Harlem’s Apollo Theater & Museum Row, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art & Guggenheim Museum See famous neighborhoods like Soho, Greenwich Village & TriBeCa

• • •

See fashionable 5th Avenue, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center & Tiffany’s View the World Trade Center Site & Battery Park M Helicopter tour of NYC & the harbor

Day 2: New York, New York Check out the Manhattan skyline as we cruise to Lady Liberty. For something different you can opt for a NYC Food Cart walking tour – the foodie in you will love it. Or take the rest of the day to explore. Shop 5th Avenue, visit Times Square or wander through NYC’s vibrant neighborhoods like the Lower East Side & indulge in some of the delicious international food that the city is famous for, or you could discover your inner Carrie on a ’Sex & the City’ tour. Tonight, do it local & head out for pizza, cocktails or catch a famous Broadway show. Hotel (B)

Visit the Statue of Liberty M ‘Sex & the City’ tour M NYC Food Cart walking tour Day 3: More Manhattan Today’s another free day to explore the city your way. Try cruising through Central Park on a bike tour, visit The Met or MoMa Gallery, or cross the historic Brooklyn Bridge. Tonight get a different city view as we head to the top of the Empire State Building for unbeatable views of Manhattan by night. Hotel (B) Take the elevator to floor 86, to the Observation Tower of the Empire State Building M New York bike tour with a local guide through Central Park (seasonal)

Day 4: Depart New York This morning after breakfast it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of US$585. Tour starts 8:00am & ends approx. 11:00am. For more ways to save see p.7. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.97.

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la explorer

waikiki explorer

3 or 5 Days

3 or 5 Days

Explore on your own with our 2 & 4 night packages so you can live it up LA-style.

Highlights: • Our package includes a hop-on-hop-off LA city sightseeing tour featuring Downtown LA, Hollywood & Santa Monica • Daily voucher for breakfast • LA Live Entertainment Complex • LA party hot spots • Easy access to Universal Studios & Hollywood • Amazing shopping • Contiki Hotel Representative The Contiki hotel is centrally located in downtown LA the place to be, so you’re

Chill on the beautiful island of Oahu with our 2 & 4 night night packages in Honolulu.

right where the action is at. With Hollywood Universal Studios, LA Live & an endless shopping fix at your doorstep,

plus evening hot spots & the metro, it’s all about living it up in LA. With 2 or 4 nights options choose your explorer.

HOW MUCH & WHEN Valid (4/6/13 - 31/3/15)

Code Standard Room Extra Night

2 Nights Twin LA3S US$275 US$85

2 Nights Single LA3S US$435 US$165

4 Nights Twin LA5S US$455 US$85

4 Nights Single LA5S US$775 US$165

Conditions: There is no Contiki Tour Manager included on this stopover package. This package must be booked in conjunction with a tour. For twin-share accommodations, both persons must book at the same time, using the same booking reference number. Prices include appropriate taxes & service charges. The breakfast voucher is valid only with the stopover package & does not apply to pre- or post-accommodations.

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Highlights: • Our package includes a pre-booked tour featuring Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial & Punch Bowl • Daily voucher for breakfast • Great surfing beaches • Waikiki’s party hot spots • Watersports like surfing lessons & snorkeling • Amazing shopping • Palm-fringed blue lagoons & waterfalls The Contiki hotel is centrally located and a short walk to Waikiki Beach and of

shops & restaurants. Enjoy Hawaii’s perfect sunsets

from famous Duke’s restaurant on Waikiki Beach.

HOW MUCH & WHEN Valid (4/6/13 - 31/3/15) 2 Nights Twin Code (Low Season) HI3S Standard Room (from) US$265 Extra Night (from) US$105 Code (High Season) HI3S Standard Room (from) US$305 Extra Night (from) US$105

2 Nights Single HI3S US$435 US$205 HI3S US$499 US$205

4 Nights Twin HI5S US$465 US$105 HI5S US$529 US$105

4 Nights Single HI5S US$795 US$205 HI5S US$925 US$205

Conditions: There is no Contiki Tour Manager included on this stopover package. For twin-share accommodations, both persons must book at the same time, using the same booking reference number. Prices include appropriate taxes & service charges. The breakfast voucher is valid only with the stopover package & does not apply to pre- or post-accommodations.

coachella

Coachella festival april 2014 Palm Springs, sunshine & some of the world’s hottest acts blended with a mix of arts, great people & good times... it could only be Coachella music & arts festival! Let Contiki take you there. Don’t miss the legendary music festival that is Coachella & with Contiki you’ll get a chance to live the true California dream. Starting off in LA, say hello to Hollywood & LA’s sights before it’s off to the desert oasis of Palm Springs for 3 days of music & sunshine. The atmosphere here goes off, with festival lovers from around the world flocking to the area each year for two weekends of endless sunshine mixed with an unparalleled line-up of international artists & home grown talent who rock.

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What’s Included: 3-day festival pass & daily transfers to festival 5 nights twin-share accommodation 1 night in LA, 4 nights in Palm Springs LA city tour Breakfast daily & 2 dinners Experienced Tour Manager & Driver team

Why Contiki? With an included festival ticket, free transfers, hotel accommodations so you’re sleeping in comfort, (plus those extra special Contiki extras you’ll love like breakfast each day) it’s easy to get involved. This festival is a must-do & is at the top of any festival lover’s list, so don’t miss out! .

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Answers to frequently asked questions & things you need to know: What’s included? Touring Vacations • Transportation, coach, mini-coach, van, train, canoe, flights & ‘on tour’ airport transfers listed in the ‘What’s Included’ section as specified. • Accommodations, breakfasts, lunches & dinners listed in the ‘What’s Included’ section on tour pages. • Sightseeing listed in the ‘Itinerary & Sightseeing’ section in each tour itinerary. Unless specified, entrance fees to these locations are included. • Experienced Contiki Team, Tour Manager & Local Guides. • Tips for Local Guides & Local Drivers. Explorer Packages • Accommodations & meals as detailed on p.94-95. • Sightseeing tour as detailed on p.94-95.

What’s not included? • Personal expense money, personal insurance, medical fees. • Airport transfers to tour departure point. • Visas, passport fees, personal insurance & medical fees. • Excess baggage fees & tips for porters. • Sightseeing, visits & entrance fees & transportation other than those specified on tour pages. • Explore More optional activities such as mountain biking, speed boat rides, whitewater rafting, helicopter flights etc. • Some meals, as detailed on p.22-23, p.61 & in itineraries, (unless specified under “What’s Included”). • Reciprocity Tax in Argentina for some nationalities – check www.provinciapagos.com.ar for more info. • Departure Tax at airports for some nationalities. Check www.iatatravelcentre.com for more info • Galapagos National Park Fee of US$100 (must be paid in cash). • Ecuador INGALA Fee of US$10. • Ecuador Isabela Island Fee of US$5.

Included flights Flights as specified on individual tour itineraries are included as part of the price. As detailed within our Booking Conditions (p.99) under ‘General’ we rely on international conventions regarding air travel and other transportation as specified. Through enrolment and payment for your tour you acknowledge and accept such. Individual electronic tickets may not be issued to you prior to travel due to the group nature of the air/flight booking. In such circumstances you acknowledge that by receipt of any applicable boarding pass and/or by boarding the aircraft you have accepted the airlines terms & conditions of travel and the application of all relevant International Conventions and applicable national and international law governing air transportation.

Group size Contiki’s group size in Latin America averages around 25, a group size small enough to have an intimate Latin American experience but big enough to have ultimate fun. Group size in the USA & Canada averages around 45.

How much money do I need? You will need to ensure you allow enough money to cover optional lunches & dinners, souvenirs, shopping, drinks, optional activities, entrance fees to some attractions & evening entertainment. When traveling within Latin America, you’ll find that you’ll often be using local currency, particularly in remote areas. The local currencies are the Nuevo Sol (Peru), Peso “Argentino” (Argentina), Real (Brazil), US$ (Ecuador), Peso (Mexico), Colón (Costa Rica).

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The countries we visit rely largely on cash as opposed to credit cards or travelers checks. In the larger cities you’ll find that established stores will accept credit cards. VISA is the most readily accepted, but stores normally charge a surcharge. Local market stalls will operate on a cash only basis. Local currency is available through cash (ATM) machines however you shouldn’t depend solely on a credit/debit card for cash as they are not accepted in all areas & ATM maintenance is often neglected. ATMs are available in Lima, Buenos Aires, Cusco, Quito, Guayaquil, San José & Mexico City Airports. We recommend that you carry cash in small denominations of both US$ & local currency and have more than one credit card. Please note that travelers checks are generally only accepted in big cities at money exchanges or banks. Credit & debit cards are accepted in the USA & Canada. Remember to budget for lunch, some dinners & breakfasts, entrance fees to attractions, optional activities, nightclubs, souvenirs & drinks. A full list of optional activities & approximate costs will be sent with your travel documents or can be found online at www.contiki.com

or overweight bags & it is the client’s responsibility to pay. Fees range from USD $25-100. Contiki reserves the right to refuse to accept larger suitcases on tour. Any baggage over the restricted size or amount can be stored with Contiki in Los Angeles at no charge. Baggage is carried at the owner’s risk & baggage insurance is strongly recommended. If you have your own ski/boarding equipment, you may bring one pair of boots & skis or snowboard. Otherwise, your Tour Manager can arrange these for you in Lake Tahoe on tour. Note: Contiki is not responsible for any fees incurred as a result of overweight luggage.

Maldonado, Iquitos & Iguassu Falls. You should consult your local doctor or travel agent on what vaccinations &/or preventative medicines would be required. Don’t forget to bring with you any medication that you may require en route such as antihistamines, antibiotics, etc USA & Canada tours: At the time this brochure went to press (May, 2013), no vaccinations were necessary. However, it is wise to check up-to-date information with your doctor or travel agent prior to departure. Don’t forget to bring with you any medication that you may require en route, e.g. antihistamines, antibiotics.

Past traveler 5% discount

All Contiki tours described in this brochure depart from one of the hotels detailed on www.contiki. com/staylonger. Please check your itinerary & travel voucher for departure information. Please check at the reception desk of your departure hotel for details of when & where to meet with your group. Refer to www.contiki.com for details of pre-departure get-togethers & tour departure times.

Comfortable, casual clothing for day wear & ‘smart/ casual’ for dining & nights out. A pair of comfortable walking shoes is essential. For further details, please refer to your ‘Travelers Guide’ information book.

Eligibility for this discount is based on clients having booked & traveled with Contiki (or one of our Travel Corporation sister brands, visit www. thetravelcorporation.com for details) within 5 years of their last tour. Clients must have completed a tour before they can redeem the discount on a subsequent tour booking. Only one discount can be redeemed per past traveler annually. A deposit must be received before the discount can be applied to the booking. It is not available on pre- & post-tour accommodation rates & other selected products. The discount applies to brochured prices only & cannot be combined with any non-brochured special market promotions.

How much luggage can I bring?

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Latin America tours: Baggage is restricted to only one reasonably sized backpack/suitcase & one carry-on bag & luggage policies are strictly enforced. There are some things to consider when packing for a Contiki Latin America Tour, including leaving space for on trip purchases: • Due to the large number of flights on Contiki Latin America tours, your luggage needs to meet the weight & restrictions imposed by airlines. These limits are imposed by the airlines, not by Contiki. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred by overweight luggage. Please refer to contiki.com/luggage for more info. • You are responsible for carrying your own luggage. At times this will be in hotels without elevators (as is common in the region) or on various forms of transportation. • At hotels without elevators there may be porters but this is not guaranteed. • We recommend small hand luggage for the Galapagos – Larger luggage can be stored at the Guayaquil hotel to be retrieved on return. Please keep your luggage to a maximum suitcase size of 29” x 20” x 10” (73cm x 50cm x 25cm) & maximum weight of 44lbs (20kg), plus one small handbag / daypack that can be used as an overnight bag for Machu Picchu Pueblo (see below). Important: Every Contiki trip to Peru includes a train journey round trip to Machu Picchu Pueblo where we overnight. Perurail, the train operator, has strict baggage allowances. You are allowed to carry as hand luggage a day pack/backpack with a weight of no more than 11lb/5kg & with a maximum size of 62 linear inches/157cm (length + height + width). Perurail will charge for excess baggage. A daypack/backpack of approx 26L capacity is suggested. Contiki will store your main luggage at our Cusco hotel during this time. Baggage is carried at the owner’s risk & baggage insurance is strongly recommended. Luggage is not guaranteed or included in the cost of your tour & Contiki reserves the right to refuse to accept over sized baggage on tour. USA & Canada tours: Baggage is restricted to ONE REASONABLE SIZED SUITCASE 29’’ x 20’’ x 10’’ (73cm x 50cm x 25cm) & maximum weight of 44lbs (20 kilos). Tours with internal flights will incur a fee by the airline for additional

WHEN DO I CHOOSE? Optionals are arranged & paid for on tour. By leaving the final decisions until then you can choose at the same time as your new friends. You’ll get great value as we get you great rates & your Tour Manager can offer personal advice. Some activities are seasonal & weather dependent as well. HOW DO I PAY? Latin America: All Me Time Optionals can be paid cash in Local Currency – see “HOW MUCH MONEY DO I NEED”. USA & Canada: You pay on tour with major credit cards, debit cards or cash (US$ in USA or C$ in Canada, except tours that visit both the USA & Canada where US$ will be accepted).

What should I pack?

Acceptance of risk It’s important that you acknowledge that at times traveling on a Contiki Latin America tour may be more adventurous & presents greater challenges than your normal daily life. The civil infrastructure, medical facilities, transportation, telecommunications & accommodation standards may not be what you are used to. Cleanliness & hygiene standards also vary. As such there is some degree of personal risk inherent in traveling Latin America & as a Contiki traveler you accept this.

Brochure authenticity We have put a great deal of effort into producing this brochure. The information given & literature produced by Contiki has been compiled with care & is published in good faith. Sometimes, because of circumstances outside our control, we have to alter some activities due to seasonal closing or repairs to buildings, etc., especially early or late in the season. If this happens, alternatives will be arranged.

Do I need vaccinations? Latin America tours: At the time this brochure went to press (May 2013) the following immunisations are recommended for travelers in Latin America by the CDC (The Centre for Disease Control): Travelers should be up to date with their routine vaccinations: Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus (DPT), Poliovirus etc. Recommended for Argentina, Brazil & Peru: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid & Rabies, Malaria & Yellow Fever are also an issue in Puerto

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What are the age restrictions in bars & casinos? Laws in the United States dealing with purchasing alcohol, entering nightclubs & bars & gambling in casinos are strictly enforced. In the United States, you must be 21 years of age to purchase alcohol, enter nightclubs & bars & gamble in casinos & you will be asked for identification. Acceptable forms of identification to prove age include a valid passport or United States driver’s license. Laws in Canada differ from the United States, with 18 being the legal age in Alberta & Quebec & 19 being the legal age in British Columbia & Ontario for the above activities. The drinking age in Latin America is 18 years old.

Can I stay longer? Planning a few extra days? See our Special Hotel Rates in Los Angeles, Chicago, Hawaii/ Waikiki, Las Vegas, Mexico City, New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, Miami & Vancouver detailed on www.contiki.com/staylonger.

Do I need a passport or visa? Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries included in your tour. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas PRIOR to the departure of your tour. Any costs whatsoever regarding obtaining, replacing or changing visas while on tour (including accommodations, meals, flights & transfers incurred due to associated delays) are at your own expense. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a tour. Visa & other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations) change regularly. Visit contiki.com/visas for more information. Alternatively, consult your travel agent or visit your local embassy to determine which visas you require. Your passport must have at least six months validity at time of travel. Local immigration authorities may deny entry & deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they intend on staying only for a short period. Important to consider: 1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged. 2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your tour & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience. 3. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred as a result of you failing to obtain all necessary visas before the departure of your tour.

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4. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent before you leave home. 5. It is very important that the entry & exit dates are correct on the visa. Your travel agent will contact Contiki for full details. 6. You will need a machine-readable passport. USA: It is now mandatory that all nationals, or citizens, of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries who plan to travel to the United States for temporary business or pleasure under the VWP receive an electronic travel authorization through ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) prior to boarding a U.S. bound airplane or vessel. Applications must be filed online at least 72 hours prior to your departure date &, at time of printing, the cost is US$15. For more information please visit: www.cbp.gov or www.travel.state.gov or talk to your travel agent.

no MANDATory tipping reward only excellence! Every country in the world has different tipping customs & in Latin America & North America, within service industries, tipping is common practice. Tipping is totally optional & only given if you feel the service has exceeded your expectations. If you think your Contiki Team have done an exceptional job then you may wish to tip them. This is entirely discretionary – it’s completely up to you. No compulsory tipping – reward only excellence!

Will I get more information? Upon receipt of final payment, your documentation will be released 21 days prior to your departure. You’ll receive a comprehensive day-by-day itinerary including full details & costs of all optional activities available on your tour. Your free Contiki document wallet & luggage tag* will be sent to you with your travel documents. The wallet is a safe place for your tickets & passport. * Contiki reserves the right to substitute an alternative travel accessory for the Contiki document wallet.

Online check-in It is strongly recommended that you check in to your tour prior to departure at contiki.com/checkin. Checking in will save you time on your first day of tour, give you essential information & also ensure that Contiki can contact you in the unlikely event of any changes to your trip due to matters out of our control. For more information on how to get more before & after your tour see p.6.

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Booking Security

Contiki Vacations Travel Protection Plan

Contiki has been running tours for young people since 1962 & is a member of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA). USTOA includes all the major tour operators who are financially bonded for your security & who maintain the highest standards. Contiki is also a member of the National Tour Association (NTA) & the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). With the guarantees of these organizations, you know your vacation & money are secure with Contiki.

PROVIDING YOU WITH “ANY REASON” CANCELLATION FLEXIBILITY AND PEACE OF MIND WHILE YOU TRAVEL: Contiki Vacations Travel Protection Plan – designed exclusively with the following:

Travel insurance Cancellation, unexpected medical expenses, injuries, theft, lost luggage or money can significantly disrupt & ruin your vacation. For Latin America tours it is mandatory that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, evacuation & repatriation expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money & public liability before you travel. For USA & Canada tours Contiki very strongly recommends that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, evacuation & repatriation expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money & public liability before you travel. In some instances, you may not be accepted on a Contiki vacation unless you have arranged satisfactory insurance. You also agree to indemnify us against all third-party claims, actions, damages & remedies against us arising from your participation in your holiday. For insurance details, please speak to your travel agent or Contiki when you are booking your tour

2014 world cup - brazil During the 2014 soccer/football World Cup, Brazil will be even more exciting & busier than normal. Although every effort will be made to ensure minimal disruption, tours operating during this period are likely to experience some changes to the stated itinerary & / or changes to accommodation. By booking during this time you are accepting that changes to the stated itinerary & accommodations are likely.

what else? Regular passport checks are common throughout Latin America. It’s essential that when you book your tour that you provide the passport details for the passport you will be traveling with.

Priced at: Trips up to $2,000: $129 per person. Trips $2,001 or greater: $169 per person. Trips of 35 days or longer are subject to different pricing. Consult your Contiki Specialist for more details 1-800-CONTIKI. Note: prices are subject to change without notice SECTION I: TRAVEL ARRANGEMENT PROTECTION - Provided by Contiki Vacations* Trip Cancellation: Up to Total Trip Cost. Reimburses the nonrefundable Contiki Vacations cancellation penalties imposed if you must cancel your trip for a covered reason such as illness, injury or death to you, a traveling companion, or an immediate family member. Other reasons for cancellation include Common Carriercaused delays due to inclement weather, jury duty, subpoena, or a documented traffic accident en route to departure, and other reasons as cited in the plan description. The Contiki Vacations “Any Reason” Cancellation Waiver**. With the Contiki Vacations “Any Reason” Cancellation Waiver, Contiki Vacations will provide you with 100% of the cancellation charges in the form of a future travel credit certificate, should you cancel your tour more than 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure for any reason that is not eligible for cash reimbursement under the Trip Cancellation section of the Travel Protection Plan. Cancellation charges are reimbursed in the form of Contiki Vacations Travel Certificates allowing you a two year credit to travel with us at a later date! Please note that to be eligible for the “Any Reason” Cancellation Waiver, you must enroll and pay for the plan within two days of your initial trip deposit. The certificate is valid for two years, is non-transferable and non-refundable and may not be redeemed for cash. Future travel certificates do not include airfare cancellation charges for air arrangements unless those arrangements were provided by Contiki Vacations. Trip Interruption: Up to Total Trip Cost Trip Delay: Up to $1,000 ($150/day) SECTION II: TRAVEL INSURANCE BENEFITS Underwritten by Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company*** Baggage Protection: Up to $2,500 Bag Delay: Up to $500 Medical & Dental Expenses: Up to $50,000 Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation: Up to $50,000

SECTION III: EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE SERVICES Provided by On Call International While the above is not a complete description – a full plan description detailing the terms, conditions and exclusions will be sent to you – we have highlighted just a few of the plan benefits. If you have any Travel Protection Plan questions, or would like to request a copy of the plan description, please call our plan administrator, BerkelyCare, at 1-866-580-4871. You may also view the plan at http://www.berkely.net/travcorp/ctp/faq.htm The Contiki Vacations Travel Protection Plan is provided in addition to other applicable indemnity or insurance programs, where permitted by law and shall apply only after benefits have been paid. * For NY residents, Section I Travel Arrangement Protection (Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption & Trip Delay) is underwritten by Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio. ** For NY residents only, the “Any Reason” Cancellation Waiver may be purchased separately from the Contiki Vacations Travel Protection Plan. Contact 1-877-722-2195 for details. *** Section II Travel Insurance Benefits, Policy Number MZ0911064H0000A-U are underwritten by Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio: NAIC #10952 (all states except as otherwise noted) Policy/Certificate Form series TAHC5000. In CA, CT, HI, NE, NH, PA, TN and TX Policy/Certificate Form series TAHC5100 and TAHC5200. In IL, IN, KS, LA, OR, OH, VT, WA and WY Policy Forms TAHC5100IPS and TAHC5200IPS.

This plan was designed and is administered by BerkelyCareSM. IN CALIFORNIA: BerkelyCareSM is a service mark of Aon Direct Insurance Administrators, CA Insurance License # 0795465. IN ALL OTHER STATES: BerkelyCareSM is a division of Affinity Insurance Services, Inc. in all states other than CA, except: AIS Affinity Insurance Agency, Inc. in MN and OK and AIS Affinity Insurance Agency in NY. 5864684A

Photography credits Photo Courtesy of Çapkin van Alphen-CauseCentric Productions p.7 Celine Causteau. Photo Courtesy of Brandon Heredia p.16 - 17 Iguassu Falls, p.12 Favela Rio, p.34 Iguassu Falls, p.40 Rio de Janeiro. Photo Courtesy of Gaby Liliana p.14 & p.15 Local Guide. Photo Courtesy of Dan Lumelski p.16 & 31 Hang Gliding Rio, p.25 Machu Picchu. Photo Courtesy of Colca Canyon Casa de Mama Yacchi p.21 Colca Canyon Lodge. Photo Courtesy of Hotel Icaro Suite p.21 Hotel Room. Photo Courtesy of Costa Rican Jungle Lodge p.21 Swimming Pool. Photo Courtesy of Tess Murphy p.25 Inca Trail. Photo Courtesy of Banco de Imagenes de Prom Peru p.26 Llama’s. Photo Courtesy of Ascom Riotur Rio de Janeiro Tourist Board p.30 Copacabana Beach. Photo Courtesy of Julie Spedding p.31 Iguassu Falls. Photo Courtesy of Lorenz Artaker p.37 Rio Photo Courtesy of Adventure Cat p.56-57 Catamaran Cruise, Photo Courtesy of Brewster Inc, Brewster Ice Explorer Columbia Icefield p.58 Ice Explorer, Photo Courtesy of The Pines Resort Bass Lake p.60 Bass Lake Resort, Photo Courtesy of © ELVIS PRESLEY ENTERPRISES, INC. © EPE, Reg. U.S. Pat & TM Off. p.71 Graceland, Photo Courtesy of Carly Ringler. p.95 Coachella.

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tour departure points & stay longer options

Look up the start city of your tour below for departure point information about where your tour starts & how to get there. There are also details on how to extend your VACATION & stay longer either before or after your tour (marked below as PRE & POST).

SAN FRANCISCO Hotel Whitcomb 1231 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103. Tel: (415) 626-8000 www.hotelwhitcomb.com Stay Longer rate: Single US$175 Twin US$89 (6/1/13 - 3/31/14) Stay Longer rate: Single US$175 Twin US$89 (6/1/14 - 3/31/15)

canada VANCOUVER Sandman Hotel 180 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 4P4. Tel: (604) 681-2211 www.sandmanhotels.com Stay Longer rate: Single US$185 Twin US$95 (6/1/13 - 3/31/14) Stay Longer rate: Single US$185 Twin US$95 (6/1/14 - 3/31/15)

How to extend your stay Take advantage of Contiki’s special hotel rates in the cities shown & enjoy the opportunity to do a little sightseeing before and/or after your tour. Accommodations at the following hotels need to be arranged through your travel agent & are subject to availability. Accommodations before and/or after your Contiki tour are only available for a maximum stay of 2 nights for all tours pre or post with the exception of a maximum stay of 1 night pre or post for the following tours: Best of USA (LA-NY), Best of USA (NY-LA), New York Uncovered, LA. Explorer, Waikiki Explorer, Miami New Year, New York New Year, Las Vegas New Year

latin america For the most up-to-date details & pricing for Stay Longer & departure points for our Latin America trips visit contiki.com/staylonger & contiki.com/ departurepoints for all the latest info you need.

usa CHICAGO Best Western Grant Park Hotel 1100 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 Tel: (312) 922-2900 www.bwgrantparkhotel.com Stay Longer rate: Single US$ 195 Twin US$99 (6/1/13 - 3/31/14) Stay Longer rate: Single US$195 Twin US$99 (6/1/14 - 3/31/15)

HAWAII/WAIKIKI Queen Kapiolani Hotel 150 Kapahulu Avenue Honolulu, Hawaii 96815 Tel: 808-922-1941 www.queenkapiolani.com Stay Longer rate: Single US$205 Twin US$105 (6/1/13 - 3/31/14) Stay Longer rate: Single US$205 Twin US$105 (6/1/14 - 3/31/15)

LOS ANGELES

NEW ORLEANS

Doubletree Hotel downtown LA 120 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Tel: (213) 629-1200 www.doubletree3.hilton.com Stay Longer rate: Single US$165 Twin US$85 (6/1/13 - 3/31/14)

The Whitney Wyndham Hotel 610 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130 Tel: (504) 581-4222 www.wyndham.com Stay Longer rate: Single US$105 Twin US$55 (6/1/13 - 3/31/14) Stay Longer rate: Single US$105 Twin US$55 (6/1/14 - 3/31/15)

Figueroa Hotel (Best of USA only) 939 S Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA 90015 Tel: (213) 627-8971 www.figueroahotel.com Stay Longer rate: Single US$165 Twin US$85 (6/1/14 - 3/31/15) Miyako Hotel 328 E 1st St Los Angeles, CA 90012 Tel: (213) 617-2000 www.miyakoinn.com Stay Longer rate: Single US$165 Twin US$85 (6/1/14 - 3/31/15)

LAS VEGAS Harrah’s Las Vegas 3475 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas Tel: (702) 369-5000 www.harrahslasvegas.com Stay Longer rate: Single US$95 Twin US$49 (6/1/13 - 3/31/14) Stay Longer rate: Single US$95 Twin US$49 (6/1/14 - 3/31/15)

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NEW YORK Courtyard By Marriott - Upper East Side 410 East 92nd Street New York, New York 10128 Tel:(212) 410-6777 www.marriott.com Stay Longer rate from: Single US$220 Twin US$130 (6/1/13 - 3/31/14) Courtyard New York Manhattan 5th Ave (Best of USA only) 3 East 40th Street Tel: (212) 447-1500 New York, NY 10016 www.marriott.com Stay Longer rate from: Single US$255 Twin US$149 (6/1/14 - 3/31/15) Doubletree by Hilton NYC Chelsea 128 W 29th St New York, NY 10001 Tel: (212) 564-0994 www.doubletree3.hilton.com Stay Longer rate from: Single US$275 Twin US$139 (6/1/14 - 3/31/15)

notes • Nights must be consecutive. • Book at the same time as you book your Contiki tour. • Gateways are subject to change. Any changes should be reflected in tour documents • If you require twin accommodations both persons must book at the same time using the same booking reference number. • If you book twin-share but you’re traveling on your own, we’ll arrange for you to share with same-sex roommates. • Rates are per person per night, either in a single or twin room. Rates include all taxes & service charges. • Rates for all accommodations shown above only apply to Contiki clients booking extra accommodations immediately before and/or after their tour. • All rooms have private facilities.

Important Please note that on occasions stay longer accommodations & pricing can change. Please check contiki.com/staylonger for the most up-to-date info and pricing.

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booking conditions

Once Contiki accepts your booking by confirmation thereof a contract is made between Contiki & you upon the terms & conditions set out below.

Our Responsibilities 1. YOUR VACATION RESERVATION On receipt of your deposit, subject to availability and at our discretion, Contiki will reserve your place on your selected vacation. A contract is only made between you and us upon your booking being confirmed and accepted by us and our communication thereof to either you or your travel agent. 2. PRICE GUARANTEE a) Tour Prices: Are based on costs, tariffs, taxes, charges, levies and exchange rates as of 5th April, 2013. Should these change, the price of your vacation may increase. If the total price increases by more than 10%, you may cancel, without penalty, within 3 DAYS after we notify you of the increase. Except as explained below, we will not increase the price of your land vacation after we receive your full deposit for your land vacation. In exchange for this guarantee, no refund will be made if the cost factors described above are reduced. We reserve the right to recover from you increases in cruise line imposed fuel surcharges and in taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or its agencies. b) Airline Fuel Surcharges, Air-related Taxes, Fees & Restrictions, & Levies Imposed by any Government or its Agencies: As noted above, all quoted land and air prices include airline fuel surcharges and Air-Related Taxes and Fees, applicable as of 5th April, 2013. However, if the customer is notified of the potential for a price increase and we have received the customer’s written or verbal consent prior to accepting any payment, we reserve the right to recover from you increases in those surcharges. Any additional fees charged by the airlines, such as baggage handling, seat selections, and/or any other services are the sole responsibility of the passenger(s). Additional air-related restrictions apply. See www.contiki.com/restrictions for details. 3. IF WE CANCEL OR CHANGE YOUR VACATION 3.1 Contiki reserves the right to change or cancel any tour departure in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. 3.2 If a cancellation is made any time prior to the tour departure*, Contiki’s only liability will be to refund the passenger the amount it has received for the booking. Contiki will try and re-book the same or a similar tour and, where flights have been confirmed by Contiki, will attempt to confirm air seats for the new date selected, subject to availability. Contiki is not liable for any changes, amendment or cancellation penalties incurred on any other travel arrangements purchased separately. 3.3 If an alternative tour is not available or acceptable you will be entitled to either a full refund of monies paid by you to us or transfer to another Contiki vacation without payment of any transfer fee. *Please Note: The departure date constitutes the date indicated on Contiki’s invoice. If you do not join the tour on the day of departure then cancellation fees will be 100%. 3.4 If the change or cancellation is due to force majeure (i.e. circumstances like political unrest, war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, closure of airports or ports, industrial disputes, terrorist activity, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemic or health risk, Acts of God, adverse weather conditions or other similar events beyond Contiki’s control) we will give a full refund of any monies paid to us less reasonable expenses incurred by us in respect of your booking. 3.5 Contiki is not responsible for the costs of any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations or rescheduling of any tour departure. 4. VACATION DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 4.1 The information in our brochure is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print (May, 2013) but we cannot guarantee that any item or amenity mentioned will be available, especially where we have no direct control over it. 4.2 With respect to Contiki’s touring program Contiki will do our best, at our discretion, to select accommodations, sightseeing tours and transportation to give you good value for your money. 4.3 Contiki constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. Contiki is not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations. 4.4 Any special meal requirements will be made on a request basis only. Contiki cannot guarantee special meal requests nor will assume any responsibility or liability if clients special meal requests are not fulfilled. 5. LIABILITY 5.1 Contiki is responsible for properly arranging and conducting your vacation. 5.2 As a Tour Operator, Contiki makes arrangements with carriers, hoteliers and other independent suppliers to provide you with some or all of the travel services you purchase. These parties are independent suppliers over whom Contiki has no direct control. Unless caused by its own negligence, Contiki is not responsible for and accepts no liability in respect of any claims, losses, damages, costs or expenses arising out of: a) personal injury, sickness, disease, accident or death, however caused, including without limitation, where same results from your conduct on vacation. b) loss or damage to or delay of baggage or other property unless resulting from Contiki’s negligence in which case Contiki’s liability shall be limited to the actual loss but in no event would exceed the total vacation cost; c) delays and loss as a result of government action, weather, mechanical breakdown, equipment failure, labor disputes, sickness, acts of war, insurrection, terrorism, Acts of God or any other causes beyond Contiki’s direct control. Contiki cannot be responsible for interruption of air carrier service due to airline default. d) acts or omissions, whether negligent or otherwise, of suppliers of services or their personnel (including, without limitation, transportation and accommodation services) or of any other person or body unless such a person or body is employed by us, or is an agent of ours, and is acting within the scope of his or her authority. In no event is Contiki liable for the acts or omissions of independent third party contractors or of its own employees or agents acting outside the scope of their duties. e) loss of enjoyment, upset, disappointment, distress or frustration, whether physical or mental, resulting from any of the following: (i) any matter or topic described in sub-paragraphs (a) to (d) inclusive above. (ii) your failure to obtain the necessary documentation to travel. (iii) your failure to arrive on time for initial departure or for connections within the tour or to stay within or join your tour at any time after initial departure. (iv) your leaving the tour prior to its completion. (v) the need for Contiki to change itineraries or substitute accommodations or services, provided that Contiki makes every effort to supply the most comparable services and accommodations available. (vi) cancellation of the vacation by Contiki provided that a full refund of all monies paid is made to you. (vii) Many of our activities are action and adventure orientated. Sports and similar activities inherently involve risks of injury greater than those that would be encountered if you were not participating in such, and therefore, by voluntarily taking part in any sports or other such activities, you thereby acknowledge and assume any of the risks inherent therein. In the absence of negligence on our part, or on the part of our agents and representatives, neither we nor they accept any responsibility for, and shall not be liable for, any injury, illness, damage, loss, accident, expense, delay or any other irregularity resulting from your participation in any of the activities made available to you. (viii) We take every reasonable precaution possible to assure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment while you are taking part in a Contiki vacation. Contiki vacations are generally for the young, and not for the frail or those not generally enjoying good health. A change of climate, food, time and varied cultural habits often affects travelers differently. We therefore recommend that you advise your doctor that you are taking one of our vacations and ask if he or she recommends anything for your trip, even for something as

seemingly benign as an upset stomach. Since the brands of any medication to which you are accustomed may be unavailable in places to which you are traveling, we recommend you bring your own supply of any medication you will require and carry such medication in your hand luggage. Prescription drugs should be carried in the original labeled bottles. Should you fall ill during your Contiki vacation, we will make every reasonable effort to make prompt, sanitary, safe and proper medical care available to you. However, if at anytime or anywhere treatments of any sort are suggested to you that do not meet your needs or expectations, you should not hesitate to contact your own doctor. Also, please note that the same sorts of activities that can expose you to certain types of diseases at home can just as easily expose you to those same diseases abroad. This information is provided only for your convenience and we are not responsible or liable for any damages resulting from your failure to confirm or ascertain health information or medical precaution, if any, for the places which you will be visiting. (ix) Contiki is responsible for taking care to arrange and conduct your vacation properly. With you in mind, we have accepted applications from and interviewed numerous potential employees, and then we select only those people whom we believe in our best judgement would be responsible and congenial, Tour Managers, Representatives and Drivers. Although we firmly believe, based on personal interviews and certain disclosures made to us by our employees, that all of our employees enjoy excellent health, we, like other tour operators, are legally unable to confirm this in most, if not all, instances. YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES 1. BOOKING YOUR VACATION 1.1 In order to reserve your vacation, a deposit of US$200, per person per tour, or the full amount payable if booking is made within 45 days of departure, must be submitted to Contiki by you in respect of that vacation. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. The deposit is accepted as a first installment of the vacation price by Contiki only once the booking has been confirmed in writing by Contiki or your travel agent. Air-inclusive bookings may require additional non-refundable deposit at the time of booking. If paying by a third-party credit card your Contiki specialist will provide you a third-party authorization form that must be completely filled out and received by Contiki before payment can be received. 1.2 Your land reservation will be confirmed on receipt of a non-transferable, non-refundable deposit of US$200 per person for the first tour booked and then a deposit of US$200 for second and subsequent tours booked at the time of booking or the reservation will automatically be cancelled. 1.3 Inca Trail Trek If you wish to book a tour including the Inca Trail Trek you will be required to make an additional non-refundable deposit at the time of booking. Your reservations agent will advise you of the additional amount required. Should Contiki be unable to obtain a trail pass for the date requested your additional deposit will be refunded in full. You will also need your passport to enter onto the trail. It’s also important that the passport information that you submit with your application is exactly the same as the passport you will use to travel to Latin America & it must have 6 months validity at time of travel, if your information changes it can result in a penalty & cancellation of admission to the trail. No refunds will be given. 2. PAYING THE BALANCE 2.1 The balance of the vacation price must be paid by no later than 45 days before your scheduled vacation departure date which shall be by the due date stated on the confirmation issued to you by Contiki. 2.2 Air Payment: Payment in full for your airfare booked in conjunction with your Contiki vacation may be required at time of booking. The Department of Transportation now requires Contiki to inform you of the following conditions. The package price is subject to change until it has been paid in full. When this happens, it is usually the result of increases in fuel surcharges and or government taxes. You must consent to the possibility that, until you pay for your package in full, your price could go up. Once you have paid in full we would only pass along increases in government taxes if applicable at that time. You have 7 days from receipt of the first invoice to revoke your consent and request a refund, at which time we would cancel your booking. 2.3 If payment isn’t made by the due date, Contiki may assume that you have cancelled and cancellation charges in accordance with clause 3 below will be levied by Contiki. 2.4 Tickets and other documents won’t be forwarded until full payment has been received by Contiki. 2.5 In the case of Late Bookings made within 45 days of your departure, the full cost of the vacation will be payable immediately on booking. Documents can be emailed to the passenger at no additional charge or passenger can pay a $35.00 expedited shipping fee for physical documents. 2.6 Contiki reserves the right to cancel the booking and apply cancellation charges should payments not be received within the above specified periods. 2.7 Travel documents will be sent to you approximately 21 days prior to tour departure* (providing full payment has been received). However, if travel documents are required the next day or earlier than 21 days prior to departure* (providing full payment has been received), a fee of $35 per mailing will apply. Bookings made and/or payments received within 30 days of departure* incur a $35 per mailing document delivery fee. Any documents delivered outside the USA will incur a minimum fee of $50. The actual cost will be advised at time of booking. 3. IF YOU CANCEL 3.1 If notice of cancellation is received by Contiki 46 days or more prior to tour departure*, the non-refundable, non-transferable deposit will be retained along with the Travel Protection. 3.2 Notice of cancellation must be made in writing directly to Contiki. 3.3 The following scale of charges will apply when notice of cancellation is given after booking is confirmed: COACH TOURS (LAND ONLY) No. of days prior to Cancellation Fee tour departure* as a % of the total land price. No. of days prior to Cancellation Fee Tour departure* as % of the total land fee 46 days or more: .............................................. The non-refundable deposit 45-22 days: ........................................................................ 25% of tour fare 21-8 days: .......................................................................... 30% of tour fare 7-1 days: ............................................................................ 50% of tour fare Day of departure*/No show: .................................................................100% Extra night hotel accommodations that are cancelled within 14 days of booked date will incur 100% cancellation fee, outside 14 days the following fees will be charged: 45-22 days .............................................................................................25% 21-15 days .............................................................................................30% AIR ARRANGEMENTS These cancellation charges apply for airline arrangements made by Contiki: Prior to final payment a service fee of - $50 per person After final payment a service fee of - $75 per person plus any airline imposed penalties which may be up to 100% of the air ticket value. 3.4 Any cancellation of additional services booked prior to and after your tour or resort booking, such as pre and post accommodations and transfers, that are cancelled within 14 days of the tour departure incur a 100% cancellation fee. 3.5 These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be levied by your Travel Agent. 3.6 Please note that Contiki is not liable for any cancellation penalties incurred on any other travel arrangements including air tickets purchased separately from the air and land included package. * Please note: the departure date constitutes the date indicated on Contiki’s confirmation

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4. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING 4.1 If after your booking has been confirmed, you wish to change to an alternative departure date or you wish to change to a different Contiki vacation, you may do so subject to availability and provided the new vacation date is also in this brochure. 4.2 A fee of US$30 per person will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed. Any alterations risk the loss of air space or increased airfares. Name changes or corrections will be treated as a cancellation of air and all normal air cancellation fees will apply. A change of tour date or tour itinerary within 45 days of tour departure will be treated as a cancellation, and normal cancellation fees will apply except when the change is to an earlier departure date of equivalent or greater value in which case a US$30 per person amendment fee will be charged. 5. VACATION DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 5.1 Please read the brochure carefully for those items included in the price. No allowance or refund can be made for meals, accommodations, excursions, etc. that you elect not to take, or when museums, shops, etc are closed. Hotel facilities may vary from place to place. Meals may vary in style. 5.2 Contiki’s vacations are specifically planned for those in the 18-35 age group. Consequently the facilities and activities on a Contiki tour are not appropriate to persons outside this age bracket. If you have a question regarding the age groups, you should discuss this thoroughly with Contiki staff personnel. 5.3 Contiki strives to provide a safe, enjoyable and memorable travel experience for all passengers. Contiki welcomes passengers with special needs or disabilities. However, please note the following: • Passengers are required to advise Contiki, in advance, of any physical, medical or other special needs that require accommodation. A special needs form must be completed prior to final payment. • All guests must ensure they are medically and physically fit for travel. Contiki may impose safety requirements necessary for the safe operation of the tour. Contiki may also exclude an individual from participating in a tour or an activity if that individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety. • Contiki does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as pushing a wheelchair or assistance in eating, toileting or dressing). A companion capable of providing such assistance must accompany any passenger who requires services of a personal nature. • Contiki does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention will be provided by a local facility at the passenger’s expense. Contiki is not responsible or liable for any losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour, or for the quality of the care or services received. • Passengers should be aware some tours include rough terrain, extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, steps and locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair. During the tour, Contiki may make arrangements with carriers, hotels and other independent suppliers to provide travel services. These parties are independent entities over which Contiki has no control. Accommodations on international tours may differ from those in the United States. Contiki cannot guarantee disability access or accommodations for passengers traveling on international tours. • Contiki may, in its sole discretion, decline the booking of any passenger or remove any passenger who cannot comply or refuses to comply with Contiki’s terms and conditions. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred in the event a passenger is removed from a tour. Passengers agree not to hold Contiki or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions. 5.4 You are responsible for all travel arrangements and costs to/from the point of commencement/conclusion of the vacation. 5.5 There may be times when the Contiki Tour Manager or Representative has to make a decision in your best interest or the best interests of their group. You agree to comply with the authority and decisions of the appointed Contiki Tour Manager or Representative and the laws of the country in which you are traveling. If you do not so comply or if, in the Contiki Tour Manager’s or Representative’s opinion, you are not compatible with the general enjoyment and well-being of other members on the tour or the smooth operation of the vacation itself, we reserve the right to refuse to let you continue with the tour. We do not tolerate the possession or carriage of illegal or restricted substances (drugs). Furthermore, you agree that your fellow travelers and any Contiki Representatives have the right to travel/work in a safe environment. Any threats to their safety, well-being or inappropriate behavior by you, whether verbal or physical, will be taken extremely seriously and may result in the immediate termination of your vacation. In either event, you will be responsible for your own repatriation and related costs and have no claims against us. 5.5.1 You are responsible for any costs incurred as a result of damage or excess cleaning fees related to your accommodations. You are advised to immediately report any pre-existing damage in your room to hotel staff and/ or a Contiki Tour Manager as soon as it is discovered. 5.6 Where the passenger occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the operator or service providers, agents or co-operating organizations shall be liable for any illness, injury or death or any loss or damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of the accident or incident. 5.7 It is your responsibility to have a valid passport and all visas, permits and certificates required for your selected vacation before your departure as well as any necessary vaccinations and to comply with all applicable laws. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred as a result of failing to obtain necessary visas. Any costs whatsoever regarding obtaining, replacing or changing visas while on tour (including accommodations, meals, flights and transfers incurred due to associated delays) are at your own expense. 5.8 You agree that our Contiki Tour Managers or Representatives may take photographs and films of you while you are on vacation and that these may be used in our Group brochures and/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films. 5.9 Should you have a complaint in respect of the vacation, you should inform the Contiki Representative during the course of the vacation and if the matter cannot be resolved after the representative’s best endeavors to do so during the vacation, your complaint should be made in writing to Contiki as soon as is reasonably possible after the vacation but within 42 days thereof so that your complaint can be investigated. Email complaints to USCustomerService@Contiki.com. Any claims made after the 42 day period will not be considered by Contiki. If you choose to write to Contiki via the Internet, please provide your home address so that we are able to reply to you in writing. 5.10.1 The agreement arising between the passenger and the Operators under this brochure and the booking made by the passenger shall be governed by the law of the State of California, County of Orange, which shall have exclusive jurisdiction in the case of any dispute between the parties. 5.10.2 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be deemed to be re-written to give effect to the same purpose within the permitted limits of the law. The validity and enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected. 5.10.3 If you are unsuccessful in any legal action instituted against us, you agree to pay all our costs, including but not limited to, attorney/client costs.

6. INSURANCE It is compulsory that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money & public liability before embarking on a Contiki Latina America tour. For USA & Canada tours Contiki very strongly recommends that you take out comprehensive insurance cover. Please check that the insurance covers all of the activities that you are going to be participating in. Some policies exclude certain adventure activities. This should be arranged at the time of payment of the deposit & will, in certain circumstances, cover you against loss of deposit or cancellation fees from the date of confirmation of your booking, as shown in the insurance policy. You also agree to indemnify us against all third-party claims, actions, damages & remedies which may be brought against us in respect of your participation in the vacation. With the insurance of BerkeleyCare we are able to offer comprehensive travel insurance at group discount rates (see details on page 97). If you wish to have this valuable protection, please advise your Travel Agent to request the insurance and to include the cost of insurance when sending in your vacation deposit. Please note there will be no travel insurance provided unless you request it from your Travel Agent and the payment is forwarded to Contiki. Complete details of the coverage limitations and exclusions are included with your vacation invoice. 7. ILLNESS OR ABSENTEEISM In the event of your withdrawal from a vacation after the commencement as a result of illness, you must obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. No refunds will be made for any absence from the tour. 8. WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE VACATION PRICE Airfares (unless you purchase a land+air package), air-related taxes and fees passport and visa fees, insurance, laundry, phone calls, beverages, meals not detailed in the itinerary, tips to tour managers, representatives, drivers and local guides, items of a personal nature, excess baggage, and optional excursions. For more go to www.contiki.com/baggage 9. WEATHER CONDITIONS Under no circumstances can we be held responsible for snow or weather conditions, nor can any vacation be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of snow or weather conditions. GENERAL 1. CONTRACTING PARTIES 1.1 The Booking Conditions detailed herein contain the entire contract between you and Contiki. No representation, term, warranty or condition can be expressed or implied by reference to any other writing, advertisement or conversation. This contract may only be varied in writing by a duly authorized officer or director of Contiki. 1.2 Your contract is with us as the tour operating company. At any time and at our complete discretion we may nominate to you in writing any other company or person to have the benefit of some or all of those provisions of this contract, which we may then specify, as if you had agreed the provisions concerned directly with that company or person in the first place as well as agreeing them with us. We may at our complete discretion assign all or any rights and liabilities arising under or by virtue of this or any other contract with you. 1.3 Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international conventions, national and international law, which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol & Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road & the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage & delay to passengers & luggage. Enrolment in & payment for a tour shall constitute agreement & acceptance by the passenger of the terms & conditions set forth in this brochure which cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. 1.4 Contiki is not a carrier or hotelier nor does it own aircrafts, hotels or coaches. All bookings with carriers, hoteliers and other service providers are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by those carriers, hoteliers, and other service providers. Please note that some of these limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage to baggage. While we cannot accept any responsibility for any loss as a result of such actions or as a result of any act or omission of any such third-parties, we will give every reasonable assistance in helping to resolve any reasonable dispute. Please also note that Contiki cannot be held responsible for the failure of any of these parties to provide facilities or services for handicapped clients (see also 5.3 under Vacation Details & Conditions). 1.5 Please note that no airline or carrier depicted or recommended in this brochure by virtue of their endorsement of this brochure represent themselves either as contracting with any purchaser of a vacation from Contiki or as having any other legal relationship with any such purchaser. 1.6 Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to print, however; Contiki cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. 1.7 The agreement arising between the passenger and the Operators under this brochure and the booking made by the passenger shall be governed by the law of The State of California, County of Orange, which shall have exclusive jurisdiction in the case of dispute between the parties. 1.8 In the case of computer or human billing error we reserve the right to reinvoice passenger with correct billings. 2. The USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program. Contiki Vacations shares the coverage available under the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program with affiliates of The Travel Corporation who, as an Active Member of the USTOA, is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Contiki Vacations customers in the unlikely event of Contiki Vacations bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted by The Travel Corporation and shared among its affiliates may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by Contiki Vacations. More details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program and a list of affiliates may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 345 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1801, New York, New York 10001, or by email to information@ustoa.com or by visiting their website at www.USTOA.com. 3. VALIDITY The programs advertised in this brochure are valid from June 2013 to March 2015. 4. OPERATING COMPANIES The programs advertised in this brochure on p.26-49 are operated by: Contiki Vacations Latin America Ltd, Picquet House, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands. Please note that Contiki utilizes ground handlers to assist with the operation of our products. These ground handlers include: Journey Mexico (Mexico), Galakiwi (Ecuador & Galapagos Islands) and Costa Rican Trails (Costa Rica). The programs advertised in this brochure on p.62-95 are operated by: Contiki US Holdings Inc, 801 East Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA, 92805. This brochure was published in May 2013 and supersedes any other current brochure in the market.

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• Call Contiki at 1-800-CONTIKI, visit contiki.com or contact your local travel agent to confirm that there’s space on the tour you have chosen. You can add a pre- or post-night to your Contiki tour (if available) at the same time. • At the time of booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit of US$200 per person for first tour and US$200 per person for second and subsequent tours which must be received by Contiki within 3 days. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. Air inclusive bookings may require additional non-refundable deposit at the time of booking. • Once your deposit has been received, Contiki will send you or your travel agent confirmation of the booking details. • The balance of the reservation must be received by Contiki no less than 45 days before the departure date or at the time of booking if less than 45 days before departure. If payment is not received by Contiki, we will not be responsible for lost land and air reservations. • Contiki will then send your travel documents and detailed information to you or your travel agent about your vacation. IMPORTANT: By paying the US$200 deposit per person per tour to your travel agent, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the Booking Conditions as set out on p.99 which make up the contract between you and Contiki.

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