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Adventures for 18-35’s Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Colombia, the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Costa Rica & USA & Canada

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Most companies have taglines, slogans and jingles. At Contiki, we have a way of life. It’s called #NOREGRETS. We treat every day as a new adventure. We build friendships that last a lifetime. We live every day like it’s our last and leave absolutely nothing behind. #NOREGRETS isn’t just a travel philosophy. It’s at the heart of everything we do.

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“ACTION EXPRESSES PRIORITIES” – Gandhi. It’s easy to believe in things, but much harder to live them. They’re not just words we say, they’re words we live by: Make every moment count. You only get one shot at life, but if you do it right, that’s all you’ll need. We’re about people, not things. It’s people’s individuality, diversity & a little bit of craziness that makes the world go round.

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Life’s an adventure. Push yourself – you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.

Do things with passion. Life isn’t just there to be lived; it’s there to be loved.

Be young & stay that way, no matter what your age. Always see the world through youthful eyes.

Tread lightly, respect our world & its inhabitants. Walk around the world, not over it.

Challenge everything. Disregard what seems impossible. Embrace change.

Be part of the story. Don’t sit on the sidelines – get involved & make your mark.

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OUR TRIPS #NOREGRETS Make every moment count Discover the Americas Travel made easy Online tools Save with Contiki Tread lightly & Contiki Cares

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CENTRAL AMERICA & MEXICO TRIPS SEE P.24 SOUTH AMERICA TRIPS SEE P.40

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No other company can explore the Americas quite like us, because we know exactly what young explorers want when they travel. From the coolest places to stay in comfort & private ways to travel TO delicious meals & more sights & experiences, it’s hard to imagine a better way to discover these two destinations. Well-seasoned explorers & those starting out with a taste for adventure will always get their fix with us.

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TRAVEL

PACKING TIPS 101

TRAVELING SOLO

FIRST TIME TRAVELER

Packing is easy if you’ve got the basics sorted! Bring enough to cover you for a few days (who wants to be inside doing laundry when you could be checking out the sights?)

More than half our travelers go at it solo, so on our trips you’re guaranteed to meet up with like-minded people from all over the world. We make it easy to connect with other travelers on your trip through Contiki MeetUps (see opposite page) before you leave home.

We know any big adventure can be stressful, so if you’ve got questions, let us know! Give us a call, drop us a line on Facebook, tweet us or shoot us an email our team of experts can help with anything & everything Contiki.

It’s a good idea not to forget flip-flops & comfy shoes for when you’re out exploring too! You’ll need all your favorite creature comforts & bathroom essentials, sunglasses, plus adaptor plugs. Just remember that, like most airlines, on our trips there’s a maximum of 44 lbs (20kg) per person. We recommend leaving lots of space... for shopping of course!

WEATHER

CASH ON CONTIKI ATM machines are readily available throughout most of the destinations we visit, and our Team know the best places to access cash on the go. Take some cash & credit cards. For currency converting, try our handy Shout! App (opposite).

It can change pretty quickly in some places, no matter what the season. Keep an eye on your favorite weather websites, so you have a good idea about the temperatures at the time you’re traveling, and pack all the appropriate gear you might need.

NEED A PASSPORT OR VISA? Getting a passport is easy, so don’t let it stop you from getting the journey started. Get ready for new stamps & new adventures wherever you want to go. Visit www.travel.state.gov & follow the links to the passport section, download & print the forms then apply (in person) & you’re done. Our tip: Passports can take some time to get back, so leave a good amount of time before taking your trip (just in case). Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries included in your trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa & other entry/ exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations) change regularly. Consult Contiki or your travel agent to determine any visas you require & how to obtain them.

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JOIN US every way to stay connected We know there’s more to your travels than the time you spend away, so we created a number of exclusive Contiki online tools to help you get the most out of your travel experience. Find out more at contiki.com.

timeline Create a shared group timeline of your travel adventures.

Download our App today - It’s Free.

meetups

Shout! brings together the photos, videos & updates of everyone traveling on the same trip to create one epic story of your group’s adventure. Save every moment & create a real-time timeline of your awesome travels to share with your friends back home. Find out more at contiki.com/app

Meet other travelers before you go & chat while on your trip.

Travel tools View your trip itinerary, maps plus connect with fellow travelers before, during & after your trip. And there’s more! Looking for a restaurant? A museum? The population of Guatemala? Shout! has you covered.

our digital goodies meetups Meet the rest of your travelers before you go in our trip-specific MeetUps. Access it on the go with our iPhone & Android app, ‘Shout!’. contiki.com/meetups

BrochUrEs Create a personalized Contiki e-brochure. Choose the trips you want to compare, then download or share on Facebook & Twitter. contiki.com/brochures

LAYAWAY Register your trip online & share with your family & friends to help you pay off your trip, or use the tool to budget your own payments. contiki.com/layaway

Reviews Don’t just take our word for it, check out trip reviews & see what our past travelers have to say. contiki.com/reviews

Check-in Check in for your trip before you go. It’ll save you time & paperwork on the first day of your trip & and ensures we have your important details on file. contiki.com/checkin

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WiFi

WiFi available at many of the places we stay means it’s easy to keep in touch on your adventure.

Head to ‘The Exchange’ for the lowdown on all the latest music, fashion, food, nightlife & so much more from the places you visit around the globe. Searching for the hottest trends or the best spots to get your fashion or food fix? We’ve got you covered. We pull together the insider gossip from a host of special guest contributors, including some of the coolest brands, celebrities, bloggers, our travelers & our own Contiki team out on the road. It’s everything you’ll need to know from the moment you touch down.

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WAYS TO

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1. Pay early & save more

Book & pay early for the best deal on your trip & airfare. Don’t miss out as these discounts are subject to availability & may be withdrawn. Check contiki.com for latest availability. #1 SAVE UP TO US$890*

Pay in full on or before 28th August 2014 & save up to 10%

#2 SAVE UP TO US$665*

Pay in full on or before 30th October 2014 & save up to 7.5%

2. Traveling Again Traveled with us or one of our sister companies before? Welcome back to the family with a 5% discount. See p.108-109 for more.

3. two or More Trips Keep exploring! Book 2 Contiki trips, 7 days or longer at the same time & get US$50 off your second booking.

4. Book with Friends More is merrier! Book with 4 or more friends & everyone saves 5%, 7 or more everyone saves 7.5%, 10 or more everyone saves 10% or invite a lucky 11th friend for free.

The facts: All these discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only. (This excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation, Inca Trail Permit & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip). You can combine loyalty discounts (‘Traveling Again’), group discounts (‘Book with Friends’), multi trip discounts (‘2 or more’) & early payment (‘Pay Early’) discounts on trips of 7 days or longer. ‘Pay Early’ savings only apply to departures on or after 31st October 2014, they do not apply to Calgary Stampede departures or bookings made within 45 days of trip departure & may not be combined with Last Minute Deals. Group discounts (‘Book with friends’) is available on all trips.* Pay early savings of US$890 & US$665 based on The Latin Quest p.44-45.

US$20 Million Customer Protection

CONTIKI LAYaway Let others help fund your trip!

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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Got an upcoming birthday, graduation or special event? Once you’ve booked, register your trip online & share with your family & friends to help fund your adventure. You can also use Layaway to make payments yourself, allowing you to pay off your trip over time. contiki.com/layaway

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21 GREAT TRIPS FROM 6 TO 37 DAYS

peru, argentina, brazil l, mexico, Co ost ta Rica a, guatemala, belize e, colombia a, ecuador & the galapagos islands

8 NEW trips FOR 2015 to COLOMBIA, belize & GUATEMALA

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Our Backstage Pass to Latin America. Say yes to hotels & comfy overnight stays, and no to hostels & putting up tents. Say yes to included flights & private transportation, and no to 18-hour public bus rides. Say yes to new travel friends your age, and no to exploring with 50-year olds. Say yes to expert guides every step of the way, and no to missing out on local secrets. Say yes to amazing inclusions, and no to paying extra for the essentials. EXCLUSIVE inclusions As the original adventure travel company, we know youth travel better than anyone. No other company can give you a better experience of the real Latin America with more included. Swap your 9-5 routine for the Inca Trail, Lake Titicaca, Sugarloaf Mountain or Iguassu Falls. You also get local access with authentic experiences like tango lessons, get you around in private transportation, as well as included flights & other fun ways to explore this part of the world.

E CLUS EX SIV VE FO FOOD Get adventurous & dive into the stuff the locals love. We include breakfast every day, some lunches & lots of evening meals, with some quirkier treats thrown in too. From BBQs to Argentine steak, fresh homemade tortillas to delicious Peruvian ceviches made by those who know it best – feel your taste buds come alive in Latin America! And we still leave you lots of ME Time to head out & explore other eats, to your taste & budget.

EXCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATIONs Our accommodations set 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, like WiFi, that our travelers love. We also mix it up with our Special Stay experiences like lodges in the Colca Canyon, the Amazon jungle & the Costa Rican & Guatemalan rainforests – it’s all about fun ways to get you local.

EXCLUSIVE team Our Team of Tour Managers & expert Local Guides have the sole focus of making your trip the time of your life & giving you their insider access to each & every destination. You’ll love their passion for exploring & opening your eyes & ears to all things Latin for the best possible travel experience.

EXCLUSIVE Options We know that doing your own thing is important when you travel, so we provide you with loads of time to create your path – we call it ME Time, because it’s all about you. If you want to chill, you can. Or, if something more upbeat calls, then that’s cool too. Want to whitewater raft, kayak through the Amazon or Caribbean, hike a volcano? That’s just a taste of what’s to come. We’ve hand-picked a range of treats unique to the places you visit, which we organize for you – plus, our exclusive access means great prices you won’t get elsewhere. It’s all about making it count.

WORDS WE LIVE BY: Without a healthy disregard for the impossible we would be just another travel

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PASS to LATIN AMERICA

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backstage pass exclusive inclusions are highlighted on each trip page

company, and that’s nowhere near good enough for us. That’s why we challenge everything.

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UNLIKE OTHERS, WE DON’T BELIEVE OUR TravelERS SHOULD PAY EXTRA FOR THE ESSENTIAL SIGHTS & EXPERIENCES. GET READY TO SEE & DO MORE, ALL INCLUDED ON US. Latin America is brimming with spectacular sights & amazing stuff to do. We’ll make sure you see & do it all. We have all the iconic sights you want to see figured out, along with parts you wouldn’t get to without a local friend in the know. And on top of that, it’s all included. With Contiki, you get incredible value that can’t be matched when you go at it alone, or with anyone else. In-depth, real experiences Included orientations at every stop, mixed with our Local Guides & Tour Manager knowledge, will dig beneath the surface in every destination. Add to this the ultimate sights & delicious meals that only this part of the world offers, and you’re set for the experience of a lifetime.

Exclusive experiences Lots of our included experiences can’t be found anywhere else. Who else would take you for a tango lesson, get you whitewater rafting, go on a favela tour in Rio, on a sunset boat cruise? All included as part of your trip.

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OUR INCLUDED EXPERIENCES – Visit Cristo Redentor & explore Rio’s favelas – Whitewater raft in Costa Rica – Learn to tango in Buenos Aires – Experience sunrise at Machu Picchu – Explore World Heritage sites like Belize Barrier Reef, Tikal, Antigua, Monte Alban, Oaxaca & Quito – Sunset boat cruise in Acapulco – Visit a Mayan community among the volcanoes of Lake Atitlán – Explore a sacred highland temple in Chiapas – Explore the unique floating islands of Lake Titicaca – Learn to make delicious tortillas in Lake Atitlán – Explore ancient Mayan sites in Mexico

And that’s just the start...

WORDS WE LIVE BY: We get one shot at life, but if you do it right, that’s

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PASS exclusives ✓inclusions Experience ancient Incan cultu E ure ffirst hand as we explore thee fl th f oa o ting islands of Lake Tittic ica aca, Peru. Take a boat ride to Uros os & Taq qui uile islands tto o meet the friendly locals to exp x erie ieenc ncee thei eiir un uniq iqu ue way o of life.

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Make ke a spl plas a h ass you u ride the rapids of the Sarapiquí Riveer. Thiis areea iss know own as THE place for those who love to hit thee wat ater & rafft. Witth your expert guide leading g the charge, prrepar a e yo yourseelf for an adrenaline rus ush! Su Sun u ris se at Mac ach achu ch hu Piicc cc chu h

No wordss can a descr c ib be the feeling of experie ienc n ing a Mach Ma chu u Picchu hu sun unrise & watching the mist liffting ng over the mountain - you’ll just have to do it yourself.

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all you need. That’s why we always make every moment count.

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ME Time = free time, and it’s exactly that. It means having the freedom to choose. Whether it’s relaxing at the beach or in a café, heading off to explore the local market down the road or getting a locally guided tour, ME Time will ensure you get your fix, with the inside word on where to go & what to do. Really want to make every moment count? Our ME Time optionals give you the chance to take your trip to a whole new level with must-do experiences & it’s your call on what that level is! You could be diving with sharks one day, ziplining through jungles the next before hang gliding in Rio! But if that’s not really your thing, then how about kayaking in the Amazon, horseriding, or just exploring followed up with a chocolate making lesson? Our exclusive access means you’ll get great deals & your ME Time optionals are all organized by us.

WORDS WE LIVE BY: At Contiki, we are young. But being young isn’t always about age. It’s about a

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PASS exclusives ✓ OPTIONS ME TIME OPTIONALS Look out for the “Don’t Miss” call outs on our trip pages for some great tips on how to spend your ME Time. ME Time optionals available per trip are highlighted by the M symbol in our itineraries & include:

• Kayaking, the Amazon • Ziplining, Costa Rica • Hiking the Inca Trail, Peru • Sugarloaf Mountain, Brazil • Speedboat ride, Iguassu Falls

• Snorkeling, the Caribbean • Volcano hiking making lesson, • Chocolate Guatemala • ATV adventure, Costa Rica • Surf lessons, Costa Rica

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state of mind. Being young is treating every day as a chance to live life out loud, utterly & completely.

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CLARISA, MACHU PICCHU

DO THINGS WITH

meet our amazing team - we include both tour managers & expert local guides as part of every trip. Everyone loves that friend who knows where to go, what to do, and knows all the shortcuts along the way. 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 & TripAdvisor 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. Our team takes care of all the boring stuff like sorting hotels, dinner reservations & bookings, to ensure you don’t miss an opportunity to make every moment count.

And it’s easy – our expert Spanish, Portuguese & English speaking team does all the talking & gets you to the right places quickly & stress free. And you learn even more when you travel with us, through key insider knowledge from our included Local Guides who complement our Tour Managers perfectly – it’s knowledge that you can’t find on the web.

expert local guides

So you can relax & enjoy what you came to do – take on new experiences in some of Latin America’s coolest spots.

no MANDATORY tipping, only passionate service & exclusive local knowledge.

WORDS WE LIVE BY: For the Contiki team, the connections & friendships we’ve made around the world mean we work

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meet Clarisa Tour Manager Clarisa has an insatiable love for all things travel & all things Peru. “I was born in Cusco, the famous capital of the Incan Empire. I’m very passionate to share my culture, my amazing country rich in customs, traditions & absolutely beautiful landscapes. Adventure runs through my veins & making travelers feel at home is something that I enjoy – I’m in love with my job & my company because I can be myself.”

meet gaby meet OLI T ur Man To nager “I love my job because it perfectly links th thee th things I enjoy the most: natu na ture re, fu fun people & Costa Rica! My d day ayss are spent doin ng what I love lo ve – opening travelers’ eyes to new ne w ex expe peri r ences. Our gro roups love every minute of the tr trip ip,, from the howlin ing g mo monkeys in the morning to the thrilling ex expeeri rience ce o off whitewater rafting. Traveleers eenjoy the expe ex peri rieences here – our days can vary from fr om a rref efre r shing swim im iin n ma maje jest stic ic wate wa terf rfal alls ls tto o fa fasc scin inat atin ing g walk lks on hang gin ing g brid idge g s th throug ugh h th the cllou ud fore fo rest st – it’ t’ss na natu ture re a att it itss be best st.” .

meet our team. visit contiki.com/team

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better together & have fun doing it. That’s why people are at the heart of everything we do – we’re about people.

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WHAT MAKES US · Hotel ls · Lodges · Special Stays · Twin-share · no tents ever! (Justt a comfforrta (Jus tabl blee ec e oo camp overnight with h enn suittes) Amazing facilities & eats Great facilities are key (think pools, bars & WiFi) & waking up to breakfast every morning means you’ll start the day out right (think fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, pancakes, coffee, fresh juice & more). It’s all about comfort & facilities that ensure you get a great night’s night s sleep, every night.

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We love food, so we include more · breakfast daily · lots of lunches · many included dinners Let us take you on a journey of flavors, sights & sounds – the way the locals eat. We include breakfast each day – think scrambled eggs or omelettes, fresh fruit, cereals, yogurt, breads, meats & more. We also include some lunches & lots of evening meals, but we still leave lots of time for our travelers to head out & explore on their own time & budget. We include a ton of special experiences too, from succulent Argentinian steak & sizzling BBQs, to fresh tortillas and even Peruvian ceviche. And in your ME Time, hit the streets & follow your nose – our team of Latin America based experts will help you uncover the best spots at amazing prices. We’re pretty good at catering to your dietary requirements too – just let us know when you book & we’ll do our best to accommodate.

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CENTRAL 10 GREAT TRIPS FROM 6 TO 25 DAYS 6 NEW trips FOR 2015 to BELIZE & GUATEMALA

YUCATÁN

CANCUN

MERIDA MORELIA MICHOACÁN

GUERRERO

IXTAPA

QUINTANA ROO

GULF OF MEXICO

MEXICO

MEXICO CITY TAXCO Oaxaca

Guatemalan Rainforest

BELIZE CAYE CAULKER

SAN CRISTOBAL

ACAPULCO OAXACA CHIAPAS

SANTA ELENA GUATEMALA

TEHUANTEPEC LAGO ATITLAN PACIFIC OCEAN

Honduras

ANTIGUA El Salvador

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AMERICA costa rica, guatemala, belize & mexico

National Park ks,, incredible marine life & cloud forests to beachES, volcanoes & adr renaline - Central America & mexico o have got it ALL. Mix x this up with h adventures to ancient ruins, beau utiful beaches & epic c nig ghts out - we e’ve e got all l the ho ots spots covered. What's your ad dventure?

Nicaragua

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SAN JOSÉ

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COSTA RICA Panama

PACIFIC OCEAN

TRIPS Mexico, Belize & Guatemala Latin Legends Central Trail Mexico Grande Mexican Fiesta Yucatán Highlights Sol Seeker Mayan Rocker Caribbean Encounter Costa Rica Unplugged

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NEW TRIP 2 FLIGHTS INCLUDED THE CARIBBEAN

25 Days 3 countries From US$5989pp* US$240 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to US$550. See p.10 for details

MEXICO BELIZE GUATEMALA

CANCUN 3

MERIDA 1 YUCATÁN

Playa del Carmen

GULF OF MEXICO

MORELIA 1

QUINTANA ROO

MICHOACÁN

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MEXICO CITY 2

IXTAPA GUERRERO

ACAPULCO 2

Guatemalan Rainforest

1 TAXCO Oaxaca 2 Monte Alban OAXACA

Mitla

SAN CRISTOBAL 2

Flores BELIZE

CHIAPAS

Chiapas

LAGO ATITLAN 1

Those who live for the great outdoors will get their fix on a volcano hike in Antigua! Comfy shoes for this hike are a must, as well as your camera – an absolute necessity!

Visit contiki.com/mexico-belize-guatemala

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1 SANTA ELENA

2 CAYE CAULKER

Comitan

TEHUANTEPEC 1

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Belize City

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GUATEMALA

PACIFIC OCEAN

2 ANTIGUA

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

9 World Heritage sites visited

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ola amigos! Take the maximum Mexican dosage & explore it all, with a dash of Belize & Guatemala in the mix to keep things fresh. It is jam packed full of culture, flavors & World Heritage sites… our experiences will have your Instagram updates going out of control!

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25 days

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

•• •

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 snorkelling, 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, & 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 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

• • •

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 & 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

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 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)

• •

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

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. Tonight, party in great bars & dance clubs ’til the sun comes up. Hotel (B,D) M Snorkeling & zipline adventure Day 13: Cancun to Caye Caulker. Adios Mexico, but we’ll be back! We’ll head to Chetumal for some exploring before it’s on to Belize. We’ll park up on this Caribbean island, where the motto is “go slow.” Tonight, prepare to feast on fresh seafood & your chance to sample the reggae nightlife! Hotel (B,D) Experience the Belize Barrier Reef

Day 14: Caye Caulker. The day is all yours! You could try swimming with sharks at Belize’s World Heritage Barrier Reef, kayaking the mangroves or lazing on “The Split” where sipping & sunbathing is the scene! Tonight, it’s an amazing sunset sail with snacks, drinks & music. Hotel (B)

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MEXICO, BELIZE & GUATEMALA

Sunset boat cruise

M Dive or snorkel on Belize Barrier Reef Day 15: Caye Caulker to Guatemalan Rainforest. Next up, Guatemala’s Peten via Belize City! On arrival at our awesome Jungle Lodge, there’s the option to fly through the rainforest canopy on ziplines… why not! Explore the local ruins then drift to sleep to the sounds of the forest.  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,D) Stay in Tikal National Park

Day 16: Guatemalan Rainforest to Santa Elena (Flores). Rise early to watch daybreak unfold from the top of the Mayan ruin, Templo IV. We’ll take a guided tour of the area or you could explore the magnificent jungle ruins, before a trip to the island of Flores, built on the ancient Mayan centre, Tayasal. Hotel (B,D) Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park M Jungle ziplining experience

Day 17: Santa Elena to Antigua. From the relaxed Flores to Guatemala’s bustling capital city! Skip the lines & head straight for the unique beauty & relaxed vibe of World Heritage Antigua. Experience the historic & beautiful town, with its rooftop flowerbeds, horse drawn carriages & cobblestone streets. Hotel (B) Sightseeing tour of colonial Antigua

Day 18: Antigua. With the day all yours, see the sights & tick those boxes. Adventure seekers can hike a volcano or ride mountain bikes. Or if you want to relax you could try making local native chocolates or shop for traditional textiles. Hotel (B) M Hike the Pacaya volcano Day 19: Antigua to Lago Atitlán. We’ll take a private boat to a lakeside Mayan community & meet local artisans who’ll teach us to make yummy tortillas by hand. Afterwards, relax on a hammock or try paragliding for epic views! Hotel (B) Visit a Mayan community among the volcanoes of Lake Atitlán & learn to make tortillas

Day 20: Lago Atitlán to San Cristobal de las Casas. We’ll make our way through small Mayan communities of Guatemala’s highlands before we reach the beautiful & rugged territory of Chiapas. Next on the list, the evergreens & cool cultural capital of San Cristobal de las Casas via Comitan! Hotel (B) Visit the cute town of Comitan

Day 21: San Cristobal de las Casas. Adventurers

could try horseback riding or mountain biking this morning, then we’ll visit the Mayan hillside communities of San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan. Tonight, try some traditional Tamales Chiapanecos before hitting the town. Get festive! Hotel (B,D) Enter a sacred highland temple to experience ancient traditions in Chiapas M Horseback ride the evergreen highlands of Mexico

Day 22: San Cristobal de las Casas to Tehuantepec. After a morning relaxing, we’ll descend from the forested hills into the beautiful coastal plains of Tehuantepec, where you’ll visit the city square. This evening, chill by the pool before a delicious local meal. Hotel (B,D) Day 23: Tehuantepec to Oaxaca. First up we head to World Heritage Oaxaca then it’s onto Matatlan. Later we head to Mitla, where sacred rites were once carried out among the geometrical stonework, still intact. We’ll discover colonial architecture this evening, stopping at the local market for some delicious chapulines…yum! Hotel (B)

• • •

Visit the Zapotec religious center Mitla Taste fiery mescal & sample spicy chapulines in the valley of Oaxaca Locally guided walking tour of colonial Oaxaca

Day 24: Monte Alban. Discover local museums & shops before we visit Monte Alban, built on a mountaintop. Famous for its traditional crafts, we will visit a local workshop before our last night…Salud! Hotel (B,D) Visit the UNESCO site Monte Alban & discover a local workshop

Day 25: Oaxaca to Mexico City. This morning we travel to the center of the ancient Aztec universe. We’ll take a panoramic tour of World Heritage Puebla, then head to Cholula. Choose to enjoy a relaxed lunch in the small town plaza or enter the ruins & explore the ancient tunnels (entrance fee not included). This evening, we arrive Mexico City, where you can say adios to your amigos! (B) Visit Cholula where the church Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios stands above the buried pyramid Tlachihualtepetl

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

backstage pass Included in your trip price: 24 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

 Unique Special Stay: 1 night Jungle Lodge & 23 nights in twin-share hotels 37 meals: 24 breakfasts (B), 13 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager plus local guides in some destinations 2 internal flights & transfers Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Water taxi from Belize City to Caye Caulker (round trip) Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Acapulco catamaran cruise • Cruise on a ‘Trajinera’ & discover Xochimilco

How much & when

• Tour the Pyramids of Teotihuacan

Code: MCMC 2015/16

• Relax on a horse drawn carriage ride in Merida

Start Mexico City

Finish Mexico City

Total Cost US$ pp*

Start Mexico City

Finish Mexico City

Total Cost US$ pp*

• Visit the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza • Sunset boat cruise

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2015 Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep

10 7 12 16 21 11 15

5989 5989 5989 5989 5989 5989 5989

Oct 17 Nov 10 Dec 5 ● Dec 29

5989 5989

2016 Jan 16 Feb 27

6169 6169

Feb 9 Mar 22

The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/mexico-belize-guatemala. Included Flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.108 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$1610. Start Mexico City 7:00am & end Mexico City approx. 6:00pm. ●

Trip spends Xmas in San Cristobal de las Casas.

Important: the following border crossing fees are not included in the trip price. You will need to pay them locally (approx.): departing Mexico US$30, entering Belize (by ferry) US$5, leaving Belize for Guatemala US$1, entering & departing Guatemala US$3. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

• Visit a Mayan community among the volcanoes of Lake Atitlán • Taste fiery mescal, sample spicy chapulines & learn to make tortillas • Enter a sacred highland temple in Chiapas Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Kayak the crystalline Caribbean M Ride a horse drawn carriage through World Heritage Antigua M Hike a volcano (availability subject to lava flow) M Paraglide Lake Atitlán M Mountain bike the cloud forests of San Cristobal M Ride horseback among the Maya See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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CANCUN 3

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Playa del Carmen

GULF OF MEXICO QUINTANA ROO

MEXICO CITY 1

Guatemalan Rainforest

Belize City

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Oaxaca 2

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Mitla

SAN CRISTOBAL 2

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Comitan

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LAGO ATITLAN 1

GUATEMALA

2 ANTIGUA

PACIFIC OCEAN

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2 CAYE CAULKER

BELIZE

CHIAPAS

Chiapas

TEHUANTEPEC 1

In a Mexican cenote! These beautiful underground reservoirs are a must do – great for a refreshing dip.

Flores

8 World Heritage sites visited

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o a lap of the Central American circuit. Explore the hotspots of Mexico & two of our newest destinations, Belize & Guatemala. Live it local as you explore a mix of stunning sites, local food & diverse experiences – you’ll leave wanting to do a few extra laps!

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 & Hacienda 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 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)

• •

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. Tonight, party in great bars & dance clubs ’til the sun comes up. Hotel (B,D) M Snorkeling & zipline adventure Day 6: Cancun to Caye Caulker. Adios Mexico, but we’ll be back! We’ll head to Chetumal for some exploring before it’s onto Belize. We’ll park up on this Caribbean island, where the motto is “go slow.” Tonight prepare to feast on fresh seafood & your chance to sample the reggae nightlife! Hotel (B,D) Experience the Belize Barrier Reef

Day 7: Caye Caulker. The day is all yours! You could try swimming with sharks at Belize’s World Heritage Barrier

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Reef, kayaking the mangroves or lazing on “The Split” where sipping & sunbathing is the scene! Tonight, it’s an amazing sunset sail with snacks, drinks & music. Hotel (B) Sunset boat cruise M Dive or snorkel on Belize Barrier Reef

Day 8: Caye Caulker to Guatemalan Rainforest. Next up Guatemala’s Peten via Belize town! On arrival at our awesome Jungle Lodge, there’s the option to fly through the rainforest canopy on ziplines… why not! Explore the local ruins then drift to sleep to the sounds of the forest.  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,D) Stay in Tikal National Park

Day 9: Guatemalan Rainforest to Santa Elena (Flores). Rise early to watch daybreak unfold from the top of the Mayan ruin, Templo IV. We’ll take a guided tour of the area or you could explore the magnificent jungle ruins, before a trip to the island of Flores, built on the ancient Mayan centre, Tayasal. Hotel (B,D) Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park M Jungle ziplining experience

Day 10: Santa Elena to Antigua. From the relaxed Flores to Guatemala’s bustling capital city! Skip the lines & head straight for the unique beauty & relaxed vibe of World Heritage Antigua. Experience the historic & beautiful town, with its rooftop flowerbeds, horse drawn carriages & cobblestone streets. Hotel (B) Sightseeing tour of colonial Antigua

Day 11: Antigua. With the day all yours, see the sights & tick those boxes. Adventure seekers can hike a volcano or ride mountain bikes. Or if you want to relax you could try making local native chocolates or shop for traditional textiles. Hotel (B) M Hike the Pacaya volcano Day 12: Antigua to Lago Atitlan. We’ll take a private boat to a lakeside Mayan community & meet local artisans who’ll teach us to make yummy tortillas by hand. Afterwards, relax on a hammock or try paragliding for epic views! Hotel (B) Visit a Mayan community among the volcanoes of Lake Atitlan & learn to make tortillas

Day 13: Lago Atitlan to San Cristobal de las Casas. We’ll make our way through small Mayan communities of Guatemala’s highlands before we reach the beautiful & rugged territory of Chiapas. Next on the list, the evergreens

C. AMERICA & mexico CAriBBEAN WATERS

How much & when & cool cultural capital of San Cristobal de las Casas via Comitan! Hotel (B) Visit the cute town of Comitan

Day 14: San Cristobal de las Casas. Adventurers could try horseback riding or mountain biking this morning, then we’ll visit the Mayan hillside communities of San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan. Tonight try some traditional Tamales Chiapanecos before hitting the town. Get festive! Hotel (B,D) Enter a sacred highland temple to experience ancient traditions in Chiapas M Horseback ride the evergreen highlands of Mexico

Day 15: San Cristobal de las Casas to Tehuantepec. After a morning relaxing, we’ll descend from the forested hills into the beautiful coastal plains of Tehuantepec, where you’ll visit the city square. This evening, chill by the pool before a delicious local meal. Hotel (B,D) Day 16: Tehuantepec to Oaxaca. First up we head to World Heritage Oaxaca then it’s onto Matatlan. Later we head to Mitla, where sacred rites were once carried out among the geometrical stonework, still intact. We’ll discover colonial architecture this evening, stopping at the local market for some delicious chapulines…yum! Hotel (B) Visit the Zapotec religious centre Mitla Taste fiery mescal & sample spicy chapulines in the valley of Oaxaca Locally guided walking tour of colonial Oaxaca

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Day 17: Monte Alban. Discover local museums & shops before we visit Monte Alban, built on a mountaintop. Famous for its traditional crafts, we will visit a local workshop before our last night… Salud! Hotel (B,D) Visit the UNESCO site Monte Alban & discover a local workshop

Day 18: Oaxaca to Mexico City. This morning we travel to the center of the ancient Aztec universe. We’ll take a panoramic tour of World Heritage Puebla, then head to Cholula. Choose to enjoy a relaxed lunch in the small town plaza or enter the ruins & explore the ancient tunnels (entrance fee not included). This evening, we arrive Mexico City, where you can say adios to your amigos! (B) Visit Cholula where the church Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios stands above the buried pyramid Tlachihualtepetl

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

LATIN LEGENDS

18 days

Code: MXMC 2015/16 Start Mexico City

Finish Mexico City

Total Cost US$ pp*

2015 Feb Mar Apr May Jul Jul Aug Oct

21 21 25 30 4 25 29 24

Start Mexico City

Finish Mexico City

Total Cost US$ pp*

Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Nov

10 7 12 16 21 11 15 10

4819 4819 4819 4819 4819 4819 4819 4819

Dec 12 ● Dec 29

4819

2016 Jan 23 Mar 5

4965 4965

Feb 9 Mar 22

The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/latin-legends. Included Flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.108 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$1085. Start Mexico City 7:00am & end Mexico City approx. 6:00pm. ●

backstage pass

2015

Trip spends Xmas in San Cristobal de las Casas.

Important: the following border crossing fees are not included in the trip price. You will need to pay them locally (approx.): departing Mexico US$30, entering Belize (by ferry) US$5, leaving Belize for Guatemala US$1, entering & departing Guatemala US$3.

Included in your trip price: 17 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

 Unique Special Stay: 1 night Jungle Lodge & 16 nights in twin-share hotels 26 meals: 17 breakfasts (B), 9 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager plus local guides in some destinations 2 internal flights & transfers Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Water taxi from Belize City to Caye Caulker (round trip) Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Local taxes & service charges

For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

Exclusive inclusions

Oaxaca

• 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 • Sunset boat cruise • Visit a Mayan community among the volcanoes of Lake Atitlán • Taste fiery mescal, sample spicy chapulines & learn to make tortillas • Enter a sacred highland temple in Chiapas Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Mayan culture adventure complete with ziplining, rappelling, canoeing & lunch! M Kayak the crystalline Caribbean M Ride a horse drawn carriage through World Heritage Antigua M Hike a volcano (availability subject to lava flow) M Paraglide Lake Atitlán M Mountain bike the cloud forests of San Cristobal M Ride horseback among the Maya See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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14 Days 3 countries From US$3639pp* US$260 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to US$345. See p.10 for details

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CANCUN 1

QUINTANA ROO

GULF OF MEXICO

Mexico City

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Belize City

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Comitan

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Chiapas

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Ziplining in Guatemala! Thrill seekers can get a fix as they speed through the rainforest canopy for incredible views & heart racing fun.

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et ready to face up against 3 heavy amigos – Mexico, Belize & Guatemala. They’ll wrestle it out over 14 days with a variety of cultures, food & amazing experiences. It’s an unforgettable trio so grab a camera, your sense of adventure & let’s go!

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Day 3: Caye Caulker The day is all yours! You could try swimming with sharks at Belize’s World Heritage Barrier Reef, kayaking the mangroves or lazing on “The Split” where sipping & sunbathing is the scene! Tonight, it’s an amazing sunset sail with snacks, drinks & music. Hotel (B) Sunset boat cruise M Dive or snorkel on Belize Barrier Reef

Day 4: Caye Caulker to Guatemalan Rainforest Next up Guatemala’s Peten via Belize town! On arrival at our awesome Jungle Lodge, there’s the option to fly through the rainforest canopy on ziplines… why not! Explore the local ruins then drift to sleep to the sounds of the forest.  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,D) Stay in Tikal National Park

Day 5: Guatemalan Rainforest to Santa Elena (Flores) Rise early to watch daybreak unfold from the top of the Mayan ruin, Templo IV. We’ll take a guided tour of the area or you could explore the magnificent jungle ruins, before a trip to the island of Flores, built on the ancient Mayan center, Tayasal. Hotel (B,D) Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park M Jungle ziplining experience

Day 6: Santa Elena to Antigua From the relaxed Flores to Guatemala’s bustling capital city! Skip the lines & head straight for the unique beauty & relaxed vibe of World Heritage Antigua. Experience the historic & beautiful town, with its rooftop flowerbeds, horse drawn carriages & cobblestone streets. Hotel (B) Sightseeing tour of colonial Antigua

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MONTE ALBAN

How much & when

Day 1: Arrive Cancun Touchdown in Cancun, Mexico’s gateway to the Caribbean where sun, music & sights await! Meet your Contiki Team, then you can either stargaze from the beach, or get amongst the nightlife at Parque las Palapas. Hotel (D) Day 2: Cancun to Caye Caulker Adios Mexico, but we’ll be back! We’ll head to Chetumal for some exploring before it’s onto Belize. We’ll park up on this Caribbean island, where the motto is “go slow.” Tonight prepare to feast on fresh seafood & your chance to sample the reggae nightlife! Hotel (B,D) Experience the Belize Barrier Reef

C. AMERICA & mexico CENTRAL TRAIL

14 days

Code: CAMC 2015/16 Start Cancun

Finish Mexico City

Total Cost US$ pp*

2015 Feb Mar Apr Jun Jul Jul Sep Oct

25 25 29 3 8 29 2 28

Start Cancun

Finish Mexico City

Total Cost US$ pp*

Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Nov

10 7 12 16 21 11 15 10

3639 3639 3639 3639 3639 3639 3639 3639

Dec 16 ● Dec 29

3639

2016 Jan 27 Mar 9

3749 3749

Feb 9 Mar 22

Included Flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.108 for important info.

Day 8: Antigua to Lago Atitlán We’ll take a private boat to a lakeside Mayan community & meet local artisans who’ll teach us to make yummy tortillas by hand. Afterwards, relax on a hammock or try paragliding for epic views! Hotel (B) Visit a Mayan community among the volcanoes of Lake Atitlán & learn to make tortillas

Day 9: Lago Atitlán to San Cristobal de las Casas We’ll make our way through small Mayan communities of Guatemala’s highlands before we reach the beautiful & rugged territory of Chiapas. Next on the list, the evergreens & cool cultural capital of San Cristobal de las Casas via Comitan! Hotel (B) Visit the cute town of Comitan

Day 10: San Cristobal de las Casas Adventurers could try horseback riding or mountain biking this morning, then we’ll visit the Mayan hillside communities of San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan. Tonight try some traditional Tamales Chiapanecos before hitting the town. Get festive! Hotel (B,D) Enter a sacred highland temple to experience ancient traditions in Chiapas M Horseback ride the evergreen highlands of Mexico

Day 11: San Cristobal de las Casas to Tehuantepec After a morning relaxing, we’ll descend from the forested

hills into the beautiful coastal plains of Tehuantepec, where you’ll visit the city square. This evening, chill by the pool before a delicious local meal. Hotel (B,D) Day 12: Tehuantepec to Oaxaca First up we head to World Heritage Oaxaca then it’s on to Matatlan. Later we head to Mitla, where sacred rites were once carried out among the geometrical stonework, still intact. We’ll discover colonial architecture this evening, stopping at the local market for some delicious chapulines… yum! Hotel (B) Visit the Zapotec religious centre Mitla Taste fiery mescal & sample spicy chapulines in the valley of Oaxaca Locally guided walking tour of colonial Oaxaca

* 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$715. Start Cancun 5:00pm & end Mexico City approx. 6:00pm. ●

Trip spends Xmas in San Cristobal de las Casas.

Important: the following border crossing fees are not included in the trip price. You will need to pay them locally (approx.): departing Mexico US$30, entering Belize (by ferry) US$5, leaving Belize for Guatemala US$1, entering & departing Guatemala US$3. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

13 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

1 night Jungle Lodge & 12 nights in twin-share hotels 20 meals: 13 breakfasts (B), 7 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager plus local guides in some destinations 1 internal flight & transfer Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Water taxi from Belize City to Caye Caulker (round trip) Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Sunset boat cruise • Visit a Mayan community among the volcanoes of Lake Atitlán

• • •

• Taste fiery mescal, sample spicy chapulines & learn to make tortillas • Enter a sacred highland temple in Chiapas Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

Day 13: Monte Alban Discover local museums & shops before we visit Monte Alban, built on a mountaintop. Famous for its traditional crafts, we will visit a local workshop before our last night… Salud! Hotel (B,D) Visit the UNESCO site Monte Alban & discover a local workshop

ME TIME optionals

Day 14: Oaxaca to Mexico City This morning we travel to the center of the ancient Aztec universe. We’ll take a panoramic tour of World Heritage Puebla, then head to Cholula. Choose to enjoy a relaxed lunch in the small town plaza or enter the ruins & explore the ancient tunnels (entrance fee not included). This evening, we arrive Mexico City, where you can say adios to your amigos! (B) Visit Cholula where the church Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios stands above the buried pyramid Tlachihualtepetl

Included in your trip price:

 Unique Special Stay:

The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/central-trail.

Day 7: Antigua With the day all yours, see the sights & tick those boxes. Adventure seekers can hike a volcano or ride mountain bikes. Or if you want to relax you could try making local native chocolates or shop for traditional textiles. Hotel (B) M Hike the Pacaya volcano

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OAXACA

M Kayak the crystalline Caribbean M Ride a horse drawn carriage through World Heritage Antigua M Hike a volcano (availability subject to lava flow) M Paraglide Lake Atitlán M Mountain bike the cloud forests of San Cristobal M Ride horseback among the Maya See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL

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

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1 FLIGHT INCLUDED mexico city

13 Days 1 countrY From US$2669pp* US$206 per day pay early & save up to US$239. See p.10 for details

SAVE MEXICO

CANCUN 3

CANCUN

MERIDA 1 YUCATÁN

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

Playa del Carmen

GULF OF MEXICO

MORELIA 1

QUINTANA ROO

MEXICO CITY 2

MICHOACÁN

IXTAPA 2

GUERRERO

1 TAXCO

Belize Guatemala

ACAPULCO 2

ExplorerJane 23: Awesome tour, so much fun. We saw a lot during the day...Our tour guide was great. Definitely recommend.

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PACIFIC OCEAN

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4 World Heritage sites visited

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his trip 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.

MEXICO MEXICO GRANDE CHICHEN ITZA

How much & when

MEXICO CITY

13 days

Code: MEXG 2014/15/16 Start Mexico City

Finish Cancun

Total Cost US$ pp*

2014 Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

16 13 18 15 6

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

•• •

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, &

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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 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

• • •

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 & 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

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 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)

• •

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

17 14 28 14 4 18 9 23 6

Finish Cancun

Total Cost US$ pp*

Jul Jul Jul Aug Sep Oct Oct Nov Dec Dec

9 23 30 13 3 1 29 26 17 31

2669 2669 2669 2669 2669 2669 2669 2669 2669 2669

Jan 28 Feb 25 Mar 10

2749 2749 2749

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2015 Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

28 25 30 27 18

2669 2669 2669 2669 2669

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29 26 12 26 16 30 21 4 18

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2016 Jan 16 Feb 13 Feb 27

The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/mexico-grande. Included Flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.108 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$899. Start Mexico City 7:00am & end Cancun 11:00am. ● Trip spends Xmas in Mexico City. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

Included in your trip price: 12 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

12 nights twin-share hotel accommodation 18 meals: 12 breakfasts (B), 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach 1 internal flight & transfer Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • 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 all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Mayan culture adventure complete with ziplining, rappelling, canoeing & lunch! M Horseback ride along the shoreline & plantations See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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. Then for your last night, party in great bars & dance clubs ’til the sun comes up. Hotel (B,D)

M Snorkeling & 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)

TAXCO

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9 Days 1 countrY From US$1735pp* US$193 per day

MEXICO CITY 2

MICHOACÁN

IXTAPA 2

SAVE

GULF OF MEXICO

MORELIA 1

pay early & save up to US$175. See p.10 for details

1 TAXCO

GUERRERO

2 ACAPULCO PACIFIC OCEAN

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World Heritage sites visited

ACAPULCO

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Itinerary & Sightseeing

backstage pass Included in your trip price: 8 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

8 nights twin-share hotel accommodation 12 meals: 8 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

Code: MEXF 2014/15/16 Start Mexico City

• Acapulco catamaran cruise • Cruise on a ‘Trajinera’ & discover Xochimilco • Tour the Pyramids of Teotihuacan Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals

Finish Mexico City

Total Cost US$ pp*

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Finish Mexico City

Total Cost US$ pp*

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2016 Jan 16 Feb 13 Feb 27

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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

•• •

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

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 & explore its sidewalk cafés, bazaars, boutiques & museums. Hotel (B,D) Guided tour of Teotihuacan

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

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 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 add US$549. Start Mexico City 7:00am & end Mexico City 11:00am. ● Trip spends Xmas in Mexico City. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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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, & watch the sunset on a party cruise. Hotel (B,D)

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MEXICO 1 FLIGHT INCLUDED

YUCATÁN HIGHLIGHTS

6 days

6 Days 1 countrY

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From US$1419pp* US$237 per day SAVE

5 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

QUINTANA ROO

1 MEXICO CITY

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

3 CANCUN

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 whitestone 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

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

Merida Cathedral

Included in your trip price:

Playa del Carmen

YUCATÁN

GULF OF MEXICO

FOR MORE WAYS TO SAVE. See p.10 for details

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CANCUN 3

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How much & when 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)

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5 nights twin-share hotel accommodation 8 meals: 5 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach 1 internal flight & transfer Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

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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

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1 night Jungle Lodge & 9 nights in twin-share hotels 16 meals: 10 breakfasts (B), 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager plus local guides in some destinations 2 internal flights & transfers Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Water taxi from Belize City to Caye Caulker (round trip) Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations Local taxes & service charges

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The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/sol-seeker. Included Flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.108 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$755. Start Mexico City 7:00am & end Antigua 11:00am. Important: the following border crossing fees are not included in the trip price. You will need to pay them locally (approx.): departing Mexico US$30, entering Belize (by ferry) US$5, leaving Belize for Guatemala US$1. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

Day 2: Mexico City to Merida Leave behind the buzz of Mexico City & fly to the beautiful whitestone 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

Day 3: Merida to Cancun via Chichen Itza Immerse yourself in 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)

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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 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. Tonight, party in great bars & dance clubs ’til the sun comes up. Hotel (B,D) M Snorkeling & zipline adventure Day 6: Cancun to Caye Caulker Adios Mexico, but we’ll be back! We’ll head to Chetumal for some exploring before it’s onto Belize. We’ll park up on this Caribbean island, where the motto is “go slow.” Tonight prepare to feast on fresh seafood & your chance to sample the reggae nightlife! Hotel (B,D) Experience the Belize Barrier Reef

Day 7: Caye Caulker The day is all yours! You could try swimming with sharks at Belize’s World Heritage Barrier Reef, kayaking the mangroves or lazing on “The Split” where sipping & sunbathing is the scene! Tonight, it’s an amazing sunset sail with snacks, drinks & music. Hotel (B) Sunset boat cruise M Dive or snorkel on Belize Barrier Reef

Day 9: Guatemalan Rainforest to Santa Elena (Flores) Rise early to watch daybreak unfold from the top of the Mayan ruin, Templo IV. We’ll take a guided tour of the area or you could explore the magnificent jungle ruins, before a trip to the island of Flores, built on the ancient Mayan center, Tayasal. Hotel (B,D) Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park M Jungle ziplining experience

Day 10: Santa Elena to Antigua From the relaxed Flores to Guatemala’s bustling capital city! Skip the lines & head straight for the unique beauty & relaxed vibe of World Heritage Antigua. Experience the historic & beautiful town, with its rooftop flowerbeds, horse drawn carriages & cobblestone streets. Hotel (B) Sightseeing tour of colonial Antigua

Day 11: Depart Antigua This morning it’s adios to your amigos. So say your goodbyes before heading home, or get out & do some more exploring in Antigua. (B)

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Day 8: Caye Caulker to Guatemalan Rainforest Next up Guatemala’s Peten via Belize City! On arrival at our awesome Jungle Lodge, there’s the option to fly through the rainforest canopy on ziplines… why not! Explore the local ruins then drift to sleep to the sounds of the forest.  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,D) Stay in Tikal National Park

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Antigua. Meet up with your Contiki Team, then get out & see the sights. Adventure seekers can hike a volcano or ride mountain bikes. Or simply relax & shop for local textiles & chocolate. Hotel M Hike the Pacaya volcano

Day 3: Lago Atitlán to San Cristobal de las Casas. We’ll make our way through Guatemala’s highlands before reaching Chiapas. Next up, the evergreens & cool cultural capital of San Cristobal! Hotel (B) Visit the town of Comitan

Day 2: Antigua to Lago Atitlán. Take a private boat to a lakeside Mayan community. Afterwards, relax on a hammock or try paragliding! Hotel (B) Visit a Mayan community among the volcanoes of Lake Atitlán & learn to make tortillas

Day 4: San Cristobal de las Casas. Adventurers could try horseback riding or mountain biking this morning, then we’ll visit the Mayan hillside communities. Tonight try some Tamales Chiapanecos before hitting the town. Hotel (B,D) Enter a sacred highland temple

M Horseback ride Day 5: San Cristobal de las Casas to Tehuantepec. Head into the beautiful coastal plains of Tehuantepec & visit the city square. This evening, enjoy a delicious local meal. Hotel (B,D) Day 6: Tehuantepec to Oaxaca. First up, Oaxaca then it’s onto Matatlan. Later we head to Mitla, where sacred rites were once carried out. Discover colonial architecture this evening & stop at the local market for some delicious chapulines…yum! Hotel (B) Visit Mitla

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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 add US$335. Start Antigua 8:00am & end Mexico City approx. 6:00pm. ● Trip spends Xmas in San Cristobal de las Casas. Important: the following border crossing fee is not included in the trip price. You will need to pay it locally (approx.): entering Mexico (by land) US$30.

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Sample food in Oaxaca Locally guided walking tour of colonial Oaxaca

Day 7: Monte Alban. Discover local museums & shops before we visit Monte Alban. Famous for its traditional crafts, we visit a local workshop before our last night… Salud! Hotel (B,D) Visit Monte Alban & a local workshop

Day 8: Oaxaca to Mexico City. Travel to the center of the ancient Aztec universe. Take a tour of Puebla, then head to Cholula. Enjoy lunch or enter the ruins & explore ancient tunnels (entrance fee not included). Later we arrive in Mexico City & say adios! (B) Visit Cholula

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Cancun. Touchdown in Cancun, Mexico’s gateway to the Caribbean where sun, music & sights await! Meet your Contiki team, then get amongst the nightlife at Parque las Palapas. Hotel (D) Day 2: Cancun to Caye Caulker. Adios Mexico! We’ll head to Chetumal for some exploring before it’s onto the Caribbean island of Belize. Tonight prepare to feast on fresh seafood & your chance to sample the reggae nightlife! Hotel (B,D)

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Experience the Belize Barrier Reef Day 3: Caye Caulker. The day is all yours! You could try swimming with sharks at Belize’s World Heritage Barrier Reef, kayaking the mangroves or lazing on “The Split”! Tonight, it’s an amazing sunset sail with snacks, drinks & music. Hotel (B) Sunset boat cruise M Dive or snorkel on Belize Barrier Reef Day 4: Caye Caulker to Guatemalan Rainforest. Next up Guatemala’s Peten via Belize City! On arrival at our awesome

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Jungle Lodge, there’s the option to fly through the rainforest canopy on ziplines! Explore the local ruins then drift to sleep to the sounds of the forest.  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,D) Stay in Tikal National Park Day 5: Guatemalan Rainforest to Santa Elena (Flores). Rise early to watch daybreak unfold from the top of the Mayan ruin, Templo IV. We’ll take a guided tour of the area before a trip to the island of Flores, built on the ancient Mayan center, Tayasal. Hotel (B,D)

The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/caribbean-encounter. Included Flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.108 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$380. Start Cancun 5:00pm & end Antigua 11:00am. Important: the following border crossing fees are not included in the trip price. You will need to pay them locally (approx.): departing Mexico US$30, entering Belize (by ferry) US$5, leaving Belize for Guatemala US$1.

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Day 7: Depart Antigua. This morning it’s adios to your amigos. So say your goodbyes before heading home, or get out & do some more exploring in Antigua. (B)

backstage pass Included in your trip price: 6 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

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his 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.

Itinerary & Sightseeing 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

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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 white water rafting, a canopy adventure or rappelling 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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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)

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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. Hotel (B)

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Day 9: Monteverde to Manuel Antonio It’s all sun & good times this morning, we’re off to the 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 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 opt in for a horseback ride through the jungle & to the Tacori waterfalls. Hotel (B) Visit a local market M Horseback riding

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

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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 with the rainforest, stunning water & home to the Atlantic green turtle.  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) See Braulio Carrillo National Park Look out for wildlife on our boat ride

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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 add US$705. Start San José 8:00am & end San José 5:00pm. Please note: Do not book flights before 8:00pm. ● Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Arenal. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Included in your trip price: 11 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

 Special Stay experiences: 2 nights Tortuguero Jungle Lodge, 1 night Sarapiqui Rainforest Lodge & 8 nights in twin-share hotels 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

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

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Start Quito. Hola Quito! Meet your group before exploring. Your expert guide will teach you all about this city & its past, then check out the views at Panecillo. Later, visit the Equator line before dinner. Hotel (D) Locally guided city tour to see the Presidential Palace, Independence Square & Churches of San Francisco, La Compania & La Catedral Visit Panecillo lookout Visit the Inti Ñan Museum at the Equator 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 rafting adventure are the perfect ways to spend the day. Hotel (B) Thermal springs swim M Rafting experience Day 3: Tena to Baños. Chill or opt to visit an indigenous community before it’s back on the road to Baños, nestled under the still active Tungurahua volcano. Tonight, get local as you learn to salsa. Hotel (B,D) Salsa dancing lesson Day 4: Baños. With a free day, explore Baños your way! Hotel (B) Day 5: Baños to Guayaquil. Today we head to Guayaquil. A walk down the promenade is essential. Tonight, set sail on an evening river cruise with drinks. Hotel (B) Evening 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, get out on the water as we head off to Isabela Island. 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 kayak with sea lions & snorkel with colourful fish. This afternoon, we’ll visit the Wall of Tears – you might even see some baby tortoises along the way! Hotel (B,L) Wildlife kayaking adventure Visit the Wall of Tears Snorkelling experience Day 8: Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island. Relax this morning before we take off to Santa Cruz Island. This afternoon, we’ll visit Tortuga Bay for a stroll along the beach & a swim. Hotel (B) Visit Tortuga Bay Day 9: Santa Cruz to San Cristobal Island. We’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station this morning & check out the tortoises & land iguanas before heading out to San Cristobal! This afternoon, explore the island by bike before watching the sunset. Hotel (B) Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station See the island’s famous sea lions Day 10: San Cristobal Island. First up: a coastal cruise to spot

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native birds, before hitting the water in search of puffer fish & cute sea lion pups. We’ll snorkel around Kicker Rocks 143m 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 Explore Kicker Rock’s 143m cone 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 city sights. Hotel (B,D) See the Historic Centre, Barranco & Mira Flores Day 14: Lima to Arequipa. We 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 relaxing 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! Island 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) City walking tour Visit San Blas, La Catedral,

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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 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 ride to Kilometre 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.42-43 for more info. Code: QURJT

Day 22: Aguas Calientes to Cusco. Wake up 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 Jungle canopy hike 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 spots like La Boca. Tonight, get

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ready to tango at a lesson & show. Hotel (B,D) See the neighbourhoods of San Telmo, La Boca, Puerto Madero, Recoleta, Palermo Chio & Palermo Soho Tango lesson, show & dinner Day 29: Buenos Aires. First, we see the other half of the city on our coach tour, then the day is yours to explore. Tonight, head out to experience 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’ll cross back into Argentina & visit their side of the falls with a walk to see Devil’s Throat. The day is all yours & tonight we have tasty BBQ. Hotel (B,D) Visit Iguassu Falls Try a tasty 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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Itinerary & Sightseeing 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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to experience today before we take the train to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B) 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 ride to Kilometre 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.42-43 for more info. Code: LIRJT (Reverse Code: RJLIT) 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

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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 & soccer – not to mention world-renowned beef & red wine. This morning, get out & experience the iconic

How much & when city spots like San Telmo & La Boca. Tonight, get ready to tango with the locals at a dance lesson & show. Hotel (B,D) See the neighbourhoods of San Telmo, La Boca, Puerto Madero, Recoleta, Palermo Chio & Palermo Soho Tango lesson, show & dinner

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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 at the hotel. Tonight, try delicious BBQ. Hotel (B,D) Visit Iguassu Falls Taste delicious BBQ See Devil’s Throat

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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. If you’re up for it, try surfing 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,D) Day 23: Rio de Janeiro. This morning, we’ll visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. We’ll give you a unique insidersonly 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

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 Unique Special Stays: 1 night Colca Canyon Lodge, 1 night Amazon Jungle Lodge & 22 nights in twin-share hotels 37 meals: 24 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 10 dinners (D) Trekking option - 38 meals: 24 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 10 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & English speaking local guides 1 international & 5 internal flights & transfers

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The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/southam-adventurer. Included Flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.108 for important info. Please note: Prices do not include a reciprocity tax of US$160 (as of April 21st, 2014) required to be paid prior to arrival. Clients must pay a departure tax of US$40 (as of April 21st, 2014) upon exiting Brazil. Departure taxes are paid in cash at the airport. * 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 (trip only) add US$1855. Single room supplement (trip + Inca Trail) add US$1855. LIRJ/LIRJT: Start Lima 8:00am & end Rio 11:00am. RJLI/RJLIT: Start Rio 7:00am & end Lima approx. 5:00pm. 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. ● Trip spends Xmas in Cusco & NYE in Jungle Lodge. ◆ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Puno. ▲ Trip spends Xmas in Buzios. ◗ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Cusco. ✚ Trip spends Xmas in Buzios & New Year’s Eve in Iguassu Falls. ■ Trip spends Xmas in Buenos Aires & New Year’s Eve in Cusco. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Sightseeing tours of all major areas Local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • 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 • BBQ feast in Iguassu • City tour of Rio • Locally guided Rio favela tour • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Mountain biking adventure M Learn to surf lesson M Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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ant a taste of Peru, Argentina & Brazil? Follow Incan foosteps in Machu Picchu & check out the jungle action in the Amazon on this incredible trip. Dive into Buenos Aires cool vibes, before it’s all beaches & bikinis in Buzios & the fabulous home of carnival, Rio.

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 tons 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) Day 3: 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 ride to Kilometre 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.42-43 for more info. Code: CURJT Day 4: Machu Picchu to Cusco. Wake up 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 & soccer – not to mention worldrenowned 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) See the neighbourhoods 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 soccer game, drink wine 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

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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 BBQ. Hotel (B,D) Visit Iguassu Falls Taste delicious BBQ See Devil’s Throat

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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) 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 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,D) 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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The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/southam-explorer. Included Flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.108 for important info. Please note: Prices do not include a reciprocity tax of US$160 (as of April 21st, 2014) required to be paid prior to arrival. Clients must pay a departure tax of US$40 (as of April 21st, 2014) upon exiting Brazil. Departure taxes are paid in cash at the airport. * 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 (trip only) add US$1655. Single room supplement (trip + Inca Trail) add US$1655. Start Cusco 8:00am & end Rio 11:00am. Please note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Please note: The Inca Trail is closed for maintenance in February. ● Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Jungle Lodge. ◆ Trip spends Xmas in Buzios. ▲Trip spends Xmas in Cusco & New Year’s Eve in Puerto Maldonado. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

Included in your trip price: 18 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

 Unique Special Stay: 1 night Amazon Jungle Lodge & 17 nights in twin-share hotels 27 meals: 18 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D) Trekking option - 28 meals: 18 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & English speaking local guides 1 international & 4 internal flights & transfers Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Sightseeing tours of all major areas Local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Walking tour of Cusco & entry to La Catedral & the Temple of Koricancha • Tango show & lesson in Buenos Aires • BBQ feast in Iguassu • Guided favela tour & city tour in Rio • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

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Day 18: Rio de Janeiro. Today is yours to explore. Try hang gliding or grab your towel, sunglasses & ipod & chill on Rio’s famous Ipanema Beach. 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

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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 & the 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 city tour to see the Presidential Palace, Independence Square & Churches of San Francisco, La Compania & La Catedral Visit Panecillo lookout Visit the Inti Ñan Museum at the Equator 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 rafting adventure are the perfect ways to spend the day. Hotel (B) Thermal springs swim M Rafting experience Day 3: Tena to Baños. This morning is all about ME Time. Chill or opt to visit an indigenous community before it’s back on the road to Baños, nestled under the still active Tungurahua volcano. Tonight get local as you learn to salsa at our included lesson. Hotel (B,D) Salsa dancing lesson 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. Go horseback riding, canyoning or rappelling for a slice of adventure. Hotel (B) 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 colourful Cerro Santa Ana district as your backdrop is essential. Tonight, set sail on an evening river cruise with drinks. Hotel (B) Evening 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 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 Day 7: Isabela Island. This morning, we’ll kayak with sea lions & snorkel with colourful fish (keep your eyes peeled for turtles!). This afternoon, we’ll visit the Wall of Tears – you might even see some baby tortoises along the way! Later, relax on the beach & take in this amazing place. Hotel (B,L) Wildlife kayaking adventure Visit the Wall of Tears

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Snorkelling experience Day 8: Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island. Relax this morning 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) Visit Tortuga Bay 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, opt to explore the island’s highlands 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  Day 10: San Cristobal Island. First up: a coastal cruise to spot native birds, before hitting the water in search of puffer fish & cute sea lion pups. We’ll snorkel around Kicker Rock & its famous 143m 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 Explore Kicker Rock’s 143m cone  Visit stunning Puerto Grande beach Day 11: San Cristobal to Guayaquil. There’s time to relax this morning & take in the beauty of the island & 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,D) 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 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

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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! Island 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 modernday 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 loads 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

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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 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 ride to Kilometre 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.42-43 for more info. Code: QULIT

Day 21: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. Adventure & adrenaline await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s tons to experience today before we take the train to Aguas Calientes this afternoon. Hotel (B) Day 22: Aguas Calientes to Cusco. Wake up 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 amazing 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 like the giant otter, before spending the afternoon relaxing. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided jungle catamaran boat trip Day 26: Puerto Maldonado to Lima. Your trip ends on arrival in Lima, where it’s time to say ‘adios!’ to your mates. (B)

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Included in your trip price: 25 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

 Unique Special Stays: 1 night Colca Canyon Lodge, 1 night Amazon Jungle Lodge & 23 nights in twin-share hotels 40 meals: 25 breakfasts (B) 5 lunches (L) 10 dinners (D) Trekking option - 41 meals: 25 breakfasts (B) 6 lunches (L) 10 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & English speaking local guides 1 international & 5 internal flights & transfers

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The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/galapagos-andes. Included Flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.108 for important info. Please note: Prices do not include a departure tax of US$31 (as of April 21st, 2014) upon exiting Peru. Departure taxes are paid in cash at the airport. * 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 (trip only) add US$1149. Single room supplement (trip + Inca Trail) add US$1149. Start Quito 7:00am & end Lima approx. 5:00pm. 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 (subject to increase). Please ensure you have this money ready to ensure entry to these locations. ● Trip spends Xmas in Cusco & NYE in Jungle Lodge. ◆ Trip spends Xmas in Cusco & NYE in Puerto Maldonado. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

• Galapagos BBQ feast at our favourite 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 Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Rappelling (abseiling) & canyoning day trip M Kayaking trip on the Tambopata River or Jungle Canopy climb M San Cristobal Island guided biking adventure See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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rom the heights of volcanoes to the unexplored waters of Galapagos, this trip is a must for lovers of the great outdoors. Whether you are snorkelling with sea lions & rays, or chilling with the Galapagos giant tortoise, this adventure is epic!

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QUITO

How much & when

BAÑOS

ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS ISLAND HOPPER

11 days

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Finish Guayaquil

Total Cost US$ pp*

2014 Sep Oct Nov Dec

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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 & the 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 city tour to see the Presidential Palace, Independence Square & Churches of San Francisco, La Compania & La Catedral Visit Panecillo lookout Visit the Inti Ñan Museum at the Equator

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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 rafting adventure are the perfect ways to spend the day. Hotel (B) Thermal springs swim M Rafting experience

Day 3: Tena to Baños This morning is all about ME Time. Chill or opt to visit an indigenous community before it’s back on the road to Baños, nestled under the still active Tungurahua volcano. Tonight get local as you learn to salsa at our included lesson. Hotel (B,D) Salsa dancing lesson

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. Go horseback riding, canyoning or rappelling

for a slice of adventure. Hotel (B) 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 colourful Cerro Santa Ana district as your backdrop is essential. Tonight, set sail on an evening river cruise with drinks. Hotel (B) Evening 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 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 kayak with sea lions & snorkel with colourful fish (keep your eyes peeled for turtles!). This afternoon, we’ll visit the Wall of Tears – you might even see some baby tortoises along the way! Later, relax on the beach & take in this amazing place. Hotel (B,L) Wildlife kayaking adventure Visit the Wall of Tears Snorkeling experience

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Day 8: Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island Relax this morning before we take off to Santa Cruz Island. This afternoon, we’ll visit Tortuga Bay where we finish up

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with a stroll along the beach & a swim. Hotel (B) Visit Tortuga Bay

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, opt to explore the island’s highlands 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 

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Day 10: San Cristobal Island  First up: a coastal cruise to spot native birds, before hitting the water in search of puffer fish & cute sea lion pups. We’ll snorkel around Kicker Rock & its famous 143m 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 Explore Kicker Rock’s 143m cone  Visit stunning Puerto Grande beach

8 2 2 30 27 25

Finish Guayaquil

Total Cost US$ pp*

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2 30 27 24 22 19 17

3349 3349 3349 3349 3349 3349 3349

Jan 14 Feb 11

3449 3449

backstage pass

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25 23 20 18

3349 3349 3349 3349

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18 12 12 9 7 4

3349 3349 3349 3349 3349 3349

2015 Jan Feb Mar Mar Apr May

Start Quito

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22 20 17 14 12 9 7

2016 Jan 4 Feb 1

The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/ecuador-galapagos-hopper. Included Flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.108 for important info. Please note: Prices do not include a departure tax of US$42 (as of April 21st, 2014) upon exiting Ecuador. Departure taxes are paid in cash at the airport. * 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$465. Start Quito 7:00am & end Guayaquil approx. 4:00pm. 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 (subject to increase). Please ensure you have this money ready to ensure entry to these locations. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

Included in your trip price: 10 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

10 nights twin-share hotel accommodation 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 Sightseeing tours of all major areas Local taxes & service charges (excluding Galapagos, see price panel)

Exclusive inclusions • Go local at a salsa lesson • Evening river cruise & drinks • Galapagos BBQ feast at our favourite local spot Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Rappelling (abseiling) & canyoning day trip M Ziplining M San Cristobal Island guided biking adventure See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

KICKER ROCK

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Day 11: San Cristobal to Guayaquil There’s time to relax this morning & take in the beauty of the island before heading back to the mainland where your trip ends on arrival. (B) Please note: Do not book flights before 8:00pm.

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NEW TRIP 2 FLIGHTS INCLUDED

6 Days 1 country

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS SANTA CRUZ Baltra

ISABELA

From US$2285pp* US$381 per day SAVE

Puerto 2 VILLAMIL

Puerto Ayora 1 2 SAN CRISTOBAL Puerto BAQUERIZO MORENO

ECUADOR Guayaquil

FOR MORE WAYS TO SAVE. See p.10 for details

Visit contiki.com/galapagos-hopper

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

GALAPAGOS

How much & when

backstage pass Included in your trip price: 5 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

5 nights twin-share hotel accommodation 9 meals: 5 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & English speaking local guides 2 internal flight & transfers Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Sightseeing tours of all major areas Local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Snorkel & kayak adventure • BBQ feast Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals

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Finish Guayaquil

Total Cost US$ pp*

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2355 2355

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The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/galapagos-hopper. Included Flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.108 for important info. Please note: Prices do not include a departure tax of US$42 (as of April 21st, 2014) upon exiting Ecuador. Departure taxes are paid in cash at the airport. * 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$255. Start Guayaquil 6:00am & end Guayaquil approx. 4:00pm. 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 (subject to increase). Please ensure you have this money ready to ensure entry to these locations. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

1 World Heritage sites visited

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Guayaquil to Isabela Island Meet up with your Contiki crew this morning as we fly to Santa Cruz Island. Before arriving in Puerto 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 (D) See famous Galapagos’ giant tortoises Visit some lava tunnels Boat ride to Isabela Island

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Day 2: Isabela Island This morning, we’ll kayak with sea lions & snorkel with colourful fish (keep your eyes peeled for turtles!). This afternoon, we’ll visit the Wall of Tears – you might even see some baby tortoises along the way! Later, relax on the beach & take in this amazing place. Hotel (B,L) Wildlife kayaking adventure Visit the Wall of Tears Snorkelling experience

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Day 3: Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island Relax this morning 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) Visit Tortuga Bay

Day 4: 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 opt to explore the islands highlands 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  M Guided biking adventure

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Day 5: San Cristobal Island  First up: a coastal cruise to spot native birds, before hitting the water in search of puffer fish & cute sea lion pups. We’ll snorkel around Kicker Rock & its famous 143m 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 Explore Kicker Rock’s 143m cone  Visit stunning Puerto Grande beach

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Day 6: San Cristobal to Guayaquil There’s time to relax this morning & take in the beauty of the island before heading back to the mainland, where your trip ends on arrival. (B) Please note: Do not book flights before 8:00pm.

Look for the M symbol in the itinerary & visit contiki.com

ISABELA ISLAND

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ARGENTINA & BRAZIL EXPERIENCE

INCLUDED

10 days BUZIOS Airport 2

10 Days 2 countries

RIO DE JANEIRO 3

backstage pass

Paraguay

2 IGUASSU FALLS Included in your trip price: 9 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

BRAZIL

9 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

ARGENTINA

2

pay early & save up to US$270. See p.10 for details

Visit contiki.com/southam-experience

Uruguay

World Heritage sites visited

BUENOS 2 AIRES

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

Itinerary & Sightseeing 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, dance & soccer – 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) See the neighborhoods of San Telmo, La Boca, Puerto Madero, Recoleta, Palermo Chio & Palermo Soho Tango lesson, show & dinner

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Day 2: Buenos Aires Today is all yours! You could catch a soccer game, drink wine 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 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, caipirinha. Hotel (B) Visit Iguassu Falls

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 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.

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Entry to Christ the Redeemer for amazing city views Locally guided favela tour M Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain

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)

Day 9: Rio de Janeiro Today is yours to explore. Try hang gliding or grab your towel, sunglasses & ipod & chill on Rio’s famous Ipanema Beach. 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 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 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 10: Depart Rio de Janeiro Our adventure ends after breakfast, when it’s time to say ‘Tchau’ (goodbye) to your travel mates. (B)

Day 7: 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,D) 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)

polo experience, B.A.

RIO CARNIVAL! FEB 13TH - FEB 18TH 2015 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 revellers, 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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13 meals: 9 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & English speaking local guides 2 internal flight & transfers

Iguassu Falls

Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Sightseeing tours of all major areas

Code: BARJ 2014/15/16

Tonight we have tasty BBQ. Hotel (B,D) Visit Iguassu Falls Taste delicious BBQ See Devil’s Throat

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Local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Tango show & lesson in Buenos Aires • BBQ feast in Iguassu • City tour of Rio • Locally guided Rio favela tour • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

Code: RJBA 2014/15/16 (REVERSE TOUR) Start Rio de Janeiro

Finish Buenos Aires

Total Cost US$ pp*

Start Rio de Janeiro

Finish Buenos Aires

Total Cost US$ pp*

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The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/southam-experience. Included Flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.108 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. Please note: Prices do not include a reciprocity tax of US$160 (as of April 21st, 2014) required to be paid prior to arrival. Clients must pay a departure tax of US$40 (as of April 21st, 2014) upon exiting Brazil. Departure taxes are paid in cash at the airport. Single room supplement add US$1109. BARJ: Start Buenos Aires 7:00am & end Rio 11:00am. RJBA: Start Rio 7:00am & end Buenos Aires 11:00am. ✚ Trip coincides with the Rio Carnival. ● This trip spends Xmas in Buzios. ◆ This trip spends Xmas in Buenos Aires.

ME TIME optionals M Helicopter flight over Iguassu Falls M Soccer (when available) See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

la boca, b.a.

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3 FLIGHTS INCLUDED

14 Days 1 countrY From US$3295pp* US$236 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to US$270. See p.10 for details

PERU

Brazil

AGUAS CALIENTES (Machu Picchu) 1

Rainforest

AMAZON LODGE 1

INCA TRAIL

1 Lima

Ollantaytambo

1 PUERTO MALDONADO

PERU

SACRED 1 VALLEY

don’t miss

CUSCO 4 Bolivia

Sweet, sour & delicious! The South American born Pisco Sour cocktail is a must for those after something tantalizing to sip on in the sun.

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Andes

Chivay

COLCA CANYON 1

2 PUNO/LAKE TITICACA

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

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PACIFIC OCEAN

1 AREQUIPA

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

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enture into Peru’s hotspots. From ancient Incan culture to 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 & re-live the trip over a perfect Pisco Sour.

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Itinerary & Sightseeing

How much & when

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 of things to do & with a free afternoon the city’s yours to explore. Hotel (D) See the Historic Centre, Barranco & Mira Flores

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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 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: 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

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Day 9: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes Adventure & adrenaline await! From biking & hiking to rafting, there’s tons to experience today before we take the train to Aguas Calientes this afternoon. Hotel (B) 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 ride to Kilometre 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.42-43 for more info. Code: LILIT

Day 10: Aguas Calientes to Cusco Wake up 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: 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) 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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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 & Picchu Picchu volcanoes Indulge in a relaxing hot spring dip

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The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/peru-uncovered. Included Flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.108 for important info. Please note: Prices do not include a departure tax of US$31 (as of April 21st, 2014) upon exiting Peru. Departure taxes are paid in cash at the airport. * 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 (trip only) add US$570. Single room supplement (trip + Inca Trail) add US$570. Start Lima 8:00am & end Lima approx. 5:00pm. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Note: The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance. ● Trip spends Xmas in Cusco & New Year’s Eve in Jungle Lodge. ◆ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Puno. ▲ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Cusco. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

amazon jungle

Included in your trip price: 13 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

 Unique Special Stays: 1 night Colca Canyon Lodge, 1 night Amazon Jungle Lodge & 11 nights in twin-share hotels 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 internal flights & transfers Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Sightseeing tours of all major areas Local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • 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 all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River M Mountain biking adventure See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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

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How much & when Included in your trip price: 10 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

 Unique Special Stay: 1 night Colca Canyon Lodge & 9 nights in twin-share hotels 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 internal flight & transfers Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Sightseeing tours of all major areas Local taxes & service charges

Exclusive 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 Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals Look for the M symbol in the itinerary & visit contiki.com

Code: LICU/LICUT 2014/15/16 Start Lima

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The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/inca-panorama. Included Flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.109 for important info. Please note: Prices do not include a departure tax of US$31 (as of April 21st, 2014) upon exiting Peru. Departure taxes are paid in cash at the airport. * 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 (trip only) add US$369. Single room supplement (trip + Inca Trail) add US$369. 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. ● Trip spends Xmas in Cusco. ◆ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Puno. ■ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Cusco.

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Itinerary & Sightseeing 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 of 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 Visit the Taquile & Uros island communities

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M Whitewater rafting 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 ride to Kilometre 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.42-43 for more info. Code: LICUT

Day 6: Puno to Cusco First up: 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 9: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes Adventure & adrenaline await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s tons to experience today before we take the train to Aguas Calientes this afternoon. Hotel (B)

Day 10: Aguas Calientes to Cusco Wake up 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 mates as your trip ends after breakfast. (B)

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7 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

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Included in your trip price:

Rainforest

AGUAS CALIENTES

From US$2095pp* US$262 per day SAVE

Brazil

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World Heritage sites visited

Itinerary & Sightseeing

 Unique Special Stay: 1 night Amazon Jungle Lodge & 6 nights in twin-share hotels 12 meals: 7 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 3 dinners (D) Trekking option - 13 meals: 7 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 3 dinners (D)

How much & when

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & English speaking local guides 2 internal flights & transfers

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 tons to experience. Hotel (D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, La Catedral & San Pedro Market

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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

there’s lots to experience today before we take the train to Aguas Calientes this afternoon. Hotel (B) Day 3: 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 ride to Kilometre 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.42-43 for more info. Code: CULIT Day 4: Aguas Calientes to Cusco Wake up early & be among the first to enter Machu Picchu. See the sun rising above the incredible

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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 trip ends on arrival in Lima, where it’s time to say ‘adios!’ to your travel mates. (B) Please note: Do not book flights before 9:00pm.

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Code: CULI/CULIT 2014/15/16 Start Cusco

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The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/andes-amazon. Included Flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.108 for important info. Please note: Prices do not include a departure tax of US$31 (as of April 21st, 2014) upon exiting Peru. Departure taxes are paid in cash at the airport. * 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 (trip only) add US$389. Single room supplement (trip + Inca Trail) add US$389. Start Cusco 8:00am & end Lima approx. 5:00pm. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Note: The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance. ● Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Cusco. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

Local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Walking tour of Cusco & entry to La Catedral & the Temple of Koricancha Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals Look for the M symbol in the itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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NEW TRIP 3 FLIGHTS INCLUDED

11 Days 1 country From US$2945pp* US$268 per day SAVE

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taste Food lovers listen up! Indulge in Bandja Paisa, considered Colombia’s national dish. A platter of steak, pork & chorizo sausage, rice & red beans – its delish!

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ola! Like the sound of rolling hills, coffee plantations, ziplining, white sand beaches, toucans, colonial architecture & colourful locals? If that sounds like you then let us help you uncover Colombia! This epic new trip gives you a taste of everything, from mountains & forests to sea & sand & everything in-between.

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* 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$655.

Day 1: Arrive Bogotá Meet up with your Contiki Team & jump into vibrant & diverse Bogotá. This bustling city is a cool mix of old, new, trendy, traditional, stately & charming – its museums, churches, colonial mansions & stately buildings are a balance between its historical past & the future. First up, we’ll take to the old town, La Candelaria to explore by bike. Hotel (D) Biking tour of La Candelaria Visit La Plaza de Bolivar See the Palace of Justice, the Colombian Congress & the Gold Museum

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Day 2: Bogotá It’s time to explore… with sites like the Donación Botero, the hilltop view point of Monserrate, the city’s art galleries including the national gallery & modern art museum, there’s so much going on. Or simply wander around the traditional colonial Candelaria district packed with boutiques, restaurants & parks for insight in to life in the capital. Hotel (B)

M Visit Zipaquirá & its famous Salt Cathedral Day 3: Bogotá to Armenia We leave the city behind & fly to the coffee region, considered the heart & soul of the country. Our journey takes us through some stunning scenery, lush green rolling hills of coffee, plantains & yucca. We’ll discover the region’s coffee plantations on a guided tour, to experience the whole process from seedling to coffee cup & everything in-between.  Contiki Special Stay (B) Tour a coffee plantation

Day 4: Armenia Today, relax by the pool or get a feel for country life here. You can opt to explore the colorful tiny colonial town Salento & the

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spectacular Cocora Valley with its huge & famous wax palms. Adrenaline junkies can try the Ziplines too! Later, we delve into the culinary heart of Colombia with a delicious hands-on cooking class.  Contiki Special Stay (B,D) Interactive cooking class M Zipline experience

Day 5: Armenia to Medellín Today, we fly to Colombia’s second largest city – Medellín. Your Team will get you in the know on this city’s colourful history. Hotel (B) Day 6: Medellín This city has had a remarkable rebirth & this morning we will tour the central part of town to bring it to life & discover why Medellín is so important to Colombia in terms of both commerce & culture. Tonight, we’ll get into the vibrant nightlife. (B,D) Medellín city tour See “Parque Berrio” the famous Botero sculpture park Ride the city’s famous metro & cable car system for amazing city views

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famous Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta – the highest coastal mountain range in the world. We reach Tyrona National Park, with its pristine waters & unspoiled beaches, so get ready to hit the costal paths. Look out for some of the Kogi tribe residents, plus the array of lush fauna & flora. Hotel (B,L) Visit Tyrona National Park Locally guided walk M Horseback riding

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Day 9: Santa Marta to Cartagena Carved from a colorful history of Caribbean heat, with fusions of African, indigenous & European culture, Cartagena is Colombia’s living, breathing & pulsating museum. Color splashes every corner, balconies overflow with blossoms & energy seeps beneath the ancient wooden doors of hotels, restaurants & Casa Privadas. Hotel (B) Locally guided city tour See Purto del Reloj (Clock Tower), Plaza de los Coches & Plaza San Pedro Claver

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Day 7: Medellín to Santa Marta This morning, we leave the city behind & fly to Santa Marta, the oldest town in Colombia. Located on the Caribbean coast, it’s the perfect place to relax & soak up the sun. Tonight, chill with a cold Aquila beer & indulge in Caribbean fish in one of the many restaurants as you take in the charm of this coastal city. Hotel (B) Orientation tour of town M Watersport experiences

Day 10: Cartagena It’s time to explore! The streets are alive with life & peoplewatching is an endless activity. This can be done strolling the cobbled streets or from the comfort of a local restaurant with cool fruit juice in hand. Tonight, we will wrap up the trip with a traditional horse & cart ride along the cobbled streets. Afterwards, enjoy a tropical cocktail at the famous Café del Mar with spectacular views over the Caribbean sea. Hotel (B,D) Horse & carriage ride Dinner at Café del Mar

Day 8: Tyrona National Park Pack a beach bag & walking shoes because today we drive along the foothills of the

Day 11: Depart Cartagena Your trip ends this morning where it’s time to say adios to Colombia & the group. (B)

10 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

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The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/hola-colombia.

Itinerary & Sightseeing

backstage pass

2015

Start Bogota 8:00am & end Cartagena 11:00am Note: Included flight times are subject to change. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

2 nights in Colombia’s famous Coffee Region & 8 nights in hotels 15 meals: 10 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 4 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & English speaking Local Guides 3 internal flights & transfers Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Sightseeing tours of all major areas Local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions

Plaza de Bolivar, Bogota

• Guided bike tour of La Candelaria (Bogotá) • Coffee tour & tasting experience • Colombian cooking class • Cable car ride to Santa Domingo (Medellín) • Visit Tyrona National Park • Horse & carriage tour through Cartagena’s historic walled city • Local meal at Café del Mar Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Day tour of Salento & Cocora Valley M Santa Marta locally guided tour M Salsa dancing experience M Day trip to beautiful Isla Grande Island M Delicious gastronomic experience See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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CONTIKI CARES treadright foundation We’re founding partners of the TreadRight Foundation Contiki believes that we have a responsibility to create memorable travel experiences without putting tourist destinations at risk & there’s much more to that than just words on paper. TreadRight guides Contiki on all things sustainable – from helping us choose which global projects to support, to working with our operators, to supporting our very engaged global team & educating travelers on sustainable practices. While Contiki continues to strive to increase our sustainability efforts, we know there is much more we can do, and that’s where TreadRight comes in. To learn more about TreadRight, their projects & where they’ve donated more than US$2 million to date – plus for great tips on how to be a responsible traveler – visit www.treadright.org.

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loving it local We’re proud to support local businesses on our trips, whether it be via the activities we do, the places where we eat or the accommodations in which we sleep. 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 operators may own their own vehicles & run their own show independent of locals, wherever possible, Contiki work only with local suppliers & businesses. What you can do Taking care of the environment shouldn’t stop when you go traveling. 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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We’ve done some great things In 2012, we launched our inaugural Earth Month Expedition – giving travelers & our team the chance to celebrate Earth Month & get hands-on with our projects. 2012’s trip explored the Mesoamerican Reef system in Mexico, in 2013 we visited the Galapagos Islands & 2014 is all about exploring beautiful Costa Rica. Check out contiki.com/contikicares

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Our Backstage Pass to the USA & Canada. Say yes to comfort-packed hotels & unique Special Stays, and no to hostels & camping. Say yes to comfy private transport & included flights on some trips to get you around, fast. Say yes to new travel buddies your age, and no to exploring with 50-year olds. Say yes to an included 2-person team of USA & Canada experts, every step of the way, and no to missing out on key local secrets. Say yes to amazing inclusions, and no to paying extra for the essentials. EXCLUSIVE inclusions As the original adventure travel company, we know youth travel better than anyone. No other company can give you a better experience with more included. Take to these two amazing countries like a well-seasoned pro. We fast-track you to local access as part of our price, because we don’t believe in our travelers paying extra for the essential sights.

EXCLUSIVE FOOD We love food! We take the hassle out of getting each day started with breakfast included most days, meaning you start the day full & ready to take on each destination. We throw in lots of delicious dinners too, for local tastes. Think a meaty BBQ feast in Dallas, a Chinatown dinner in San Fran & deep-dish pizza in Chicago. At all other meal times, especially lunches, we don’t believe in feeding our travelers a generic tasteless snack, so we leave you lots of ME Time to head out & explore other eats, to your taste & budget.

EXCLUSIVE Options Free time is key for any traveler, so on our trips we provide you with lots of time to create your path. We call it ME Time, because it’s all about you. If you want to chill, you can. Or, if something more upbeat calls, then that’s cool too. Snowboard in Tahoe, hot air balloon over the desert, or explore by 4WD. Or perhaps you'll want to shop, paddleboard or go to the beach?

EX XCL C US SIV VE AC CCO COMM MM MOD ODAT ATIO AT IO ONs Having a place to rest your head is key at the end of any explorer's day. What sets us apart is our comfy overnights – a combination of hotels & unique Special Stays. Comfort to us means pools, WiFi at most destinations & fluffy towels. It’s that home away from home feeling - absolute bliss.

That’s just a taste of what’s to come. We’ve hand-picked a range of treats unique to the places we visit, which we organize for you – plus, our exclusive access means great prices you won’t get elsewhere. It’s all about making it count.

EXCLUSIVE team Your personal Tour Manager & Driver team are with you every step of the way, with a sole focus of making your trip the time of your life. Included as part of the experience, they’ll open up each & every destination – loading you up with insider access you can’t get on your own as well as answering your A to Z’s in every single spot. This all makes for the best possible travel experience.

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See more, do more, live more. In each & every destination, we get you closer with the must-do’s as part of our price. What will you be doing in the places we visit? Here’s just a taste of what you can experience in 10 of our cities. All included.

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San Fran served up! Start with a MUNI travel pass, then get out on the water for a seriously memorable experience, taking in beautiful San Fran on a catamaran trip around the city’s legendary bay & under the famous bridge. We’ll also get you in the know with a feast in the city’s iconic Chinatown.

This city is packed with icons, and we get you acquainted with them all! Get to know Lady Liberty as we take you to Liberty Island for a true New York experience. And to really make every moment count in NYC, we’ll head to the top of the iconic Empire State Building – for those Instagram worthy views.

Las Vegas We know you want to rub shoulders with the high rollers, so we take to the world-famous ‘Strip’ on a limo ride, with champagne of course, the only way to do it in Vegas!

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Miami Neon lights, blades & babes. As you explore Miami’s South Beach, with its cool Art Deco architecture & anything-goes attitude – we’ll fast track you to all the best spots. It’s Miami, baby.

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Washington, DC In the capital city we get you into all the must-see monuments, with an overload of icons from Lincoln to the Pentagon to the White House, and everything in-between!

Grand Canyon We take you on a hike of the South Rim, before stopping for the sunset at one of the Canyon’s best spots. And, after the sun sets, you’ll go to sleep knowing you’re right in the heart of the National Park. No better place to sleep.

Banff Take to the skies on a gondola ride for the best views of the Rockies, then embrace adventure as you roll onto Athabasca Glacier on a ‘Ice Explorer’ – seriously cool (excuse the pun…) & sleep in a chalet with views of the Rockies…we’re not sure it could get much better than that!

Niagara Falls Cruise Niagara Falls to feel the spray of the crashing water – a Canadian ‘must-do’! We also get the taste buds talking with a wine tasting of some of the local drops, to see a different side of this part of Canada.

Boston Get in the know with a tour of Harvard – one of the world’s most famous universities – with famous scholars like Mark Zuckerberg, Theodore Roosevelt, Barack Obama & Matt Damon! When you’re done, take a stroll down the Freedom Trail & explore the city sights like Quincy marketplace, and of course the ‘Cheers’ bar!

Chicago You cannot leave Chicago without delving into a deep-dish pizza, so we make sure it’s included. Showing up with an empty stomach is an absolute must!

And that’s just a taste of what you could experience in the USA & Canada, on us. Check out the trip pages for even more on what you’ll see & experience on our trips.

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ME ME Time = free time, BECAUSE WE KNOW IT'S KEY WHEN YOU TRAVEL. IT MEANS HAVING THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE. Travel is all about being in control of what you want to do, whether it’s getting your culture fix at a gallery in NYC or floating sky high inside a hot air balloon in Phoenix, whitewater rafting in the crazy Rockies or getting a locally guided tour of a place you’ve always wanted to know more about. Our Backstage Pass offers you the inside scoop on where to go & what to do & ensures you get all the time you need plus more! Our ME Time optionals give you the chance to take your trip to a whole new level with must-do experiences – it’s your call on what that level is! You could be on a helicopter flying over the Grand Canyon one day & horseback riding the next, before hitting up Universal Studios! But if that’s not really your thing, then how about a Rock & Soul museum visit in Memphis, or just exploring Vegas & taking in a show? Our exclusive access means you’ll get great deals & your ME Time optionals are all organized by us.

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state of mind. Being young is treating every day as a chance to live life out loud, utterly & completely.

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DO THINGS WITH meet our amazing team... tour managers & drivers Both included as part of your USA & Canada experience Everyone loves that friend who knows where to go & what to do, and knows all the shortcuts along the way.

tour managers Our Tour Managers are one of the most incredible things about our trips. They’re experts on USA & Canada. They’re the best in the business & are with you every day of your adventure – all included. It’s like Google maps, Wikipedia & TripAdvisor 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 as much of each region, your way. Our team also takes care of all the boring stuff like sorting hotels, dinner reservations, bookings & making sure you don’t miss an opportunity to make every moment count.

our drivers We also have our Drivers, who are the bosses of the road. They pick you up & drop you off, plus unload 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.

local guides To make your trip even more amazing we include Local Guides at most of our stops, allowing you to get a more in depth experience of the places we visit. They will give you the insider’s perspective of each location – and give you the chance to pick their brains on anything & everything local!

meet brooke Tour Manager, from L.A After spending nearly 5 years in the Contiki office working in Marketing, the road called out to me, and now I’m part of our On-Road team showing our amazing travelers around my home country. Contiki is a massive part of who I am, I’ve done lots of trips myself, so I know all about the Contiki spirit. I’d love to show you why this country is so amazing – really, what are you waiting for?

no MANDATORY tipping, only passionate service & exclusive local knowledge.

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MEET MATT Tour Manager & NYC Local Guide If I could describe NYC in 3 words I would have to say exciting, overwhelming & cultural! This city is a place where there isn’t just something for everyone, there’s everything for everyone. Watching people fall in love with my city – the greatest city in the world – is what I love about this job. Oh, and when you’re here you can’t leave without eating a pastrami sandwich at Katz’s Deli on Houston Street, relaxing in Central Park & watching live theater or sports. I’ll see you here soon!

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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, Coronado Island & Old Town San Diego  Panoramic view of the city’s skyline from Coronado Bridge M Speedboat adventure

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Day 3: San Diego to Phoenix Leave the beach behind & head towards 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’. Lodge (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 back country 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. Lodge Hike along the Canyon’s South Rim Watch a spectacular sunset & frame up some shots at a panoramic viewpoint M Heli flight over the Grand 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 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 Cirque du Soleil show

• ••

Days 8-11: Ski or board at Lake Tahoe If you’re traveling between December - March, this trip 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 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

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 city’s iconic cable cars Visit Fisherman’s Wharf MUNI travel pass Sunset catamaran cruise

• • •• •

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 starstudded Oscar Awards, the Hollywood sign, Mann’s Chinese Theater & the Walk of Fame

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Finish Los Angeles

Total Cost US$ pp*

backstage pass

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14 21 28 4 11 25 2 9 16 23 30 6 13

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20 27 10 24 10 17 24 14 28 5 9 19 26 9 23 27 30 7 11

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2015 Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr Apr Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun

Start Los Angeles

Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

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

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14 21 25 1 4 8 22 1 5 15 6 13 20 27 3 10 24 1 8 15 22 29 5 12

2365 2365 2365 2365 2365 2365 2365 2365 2365 2365 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2185 2185 2425 2425 2185

19 26 9 23 8 15 22

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6 ✝ 13 ✝ 27 ✝ 10 ✝ 24 ✝ 2 ✝ 9 ✝

Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar

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 samesex roommate at no extra charge. WWAW: Summer single room supplement of US$785. WWIN: Winter single room supplement of US$795. ◗ WWIN: Winter peak single room supplement for 2014 of US$1219. ✱ WWIN: Winter peak single room supplement for 2015 of US$1219. ● Trip spends Xmas at Lake Tahoe. ■ Trip spends Xmas in San Diego & New Year’s Eve at Lake Tahoe. ▲ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in San Diego. ◆ Trip spends Xmas in Phoenix & New Year’s Eve at Lake Tahoe. † These trips stay 3 nights in Lake Tahoe & 2 nights in San Francisco. For these trips use code WWIN. Trip starts 7:00am & ends approx. 5:30pm. Do not book flights before 9:00pm. For more ways to save see p.10. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

Included in your trip price: 13 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

 Special Stay experience: 2 nights at Pines Resort overlooking Bass Lake & 9 nights in twin-share hotels, 2 nights in a twin-share lodge 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

Exclusive inclusions • 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 MUNI travel pass • Experience San Fran’s Chinatown with dinner & a tour • Sit back, chill & enjoy the San Fran sunset on a catamaran cruise Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Hot Air Balloon flight in Phoenix M San Fran guided bike adventure M Snowmobile ride (Ski Tahoe option) See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

• ••

SAN FRANCISCO

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SAN FRANCISCO

+ SKI OR BOARD LAKE TAHOE

11 Days 3 STATES From US$1799pp* US$164 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to US$209. See p.10 for details

California Arizona Nevada

James C: I would 100% recommend this tour to anyone. It was that good, I would consider doing it again.

Wyoming

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

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Yosemite National Park

Combine this trip with an LA Explorer trip, giving you more time to see LA, hit the shops & visit Disney’s theme parks. More on p.105.

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Mojave Desert

2 LAS VEGAS

2 GRAND CANYON

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Los Angeles

Got more time? Check out our Big West trip on p.98-99 or combine this trip & see more! Plus you’ll also save US$50 with our multi-trip discount. See p.10.

ARIZONA

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New Mexico

SAN DIEGO

2 World Heritage sites visited

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Places visited Nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stays

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dventure seekers unite for a wild West Coast adventure! Try LA’s sun & beaches, the mighty Grand Canyon & livin’ large in Vegas - & why not?! Get back to nature at Bass Lake & Yosemite before rolling through ‘bay city’ ...chilled out San Fran.

USA LA TO THE BAY SONORAN DESERT

How much & when

Grand Canyon National Park

11 days

Code: WWAF/WWLA 2014/15/16 Start Los Angeles

Finish San Francisco

Total Cost US$ pp*

2014 Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

1 8 15 22 29 12 19 26 3 10 17 24 31

Day 1: Los Angeles to San Diego Meet up with your Contiki Team & head south to San Diego & get the adventure started! Tap into the ‘California Dream’ on a tour through the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Tonight, enjoy tasty Mexican cuisine & then party at a downtown club or chill 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, Coronado Island & Old Town San Diego  Panoramic view of the city’s skyline from Coronado Bridge

•• • •

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 towards 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’. Lodge (B,D)

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• • •

Shop for Native American jewelry 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. Lodge 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

• •

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 Cirque du Soleil show

• ••

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 trip 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

• • •

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 city’s iconic cable cars Visit Fisherman’s Wharf Sunset catamaran cruise

• •

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr Apr Apr Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul

7 14 28 11 25 4 11 1 15 22 26 29 6 13 20 27 3 10 14 17 20 24 28 1

Finish San Francisco

Total Cost US$ pp*

backstage pass

2015 Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec ✝ Dec ✝ Dec ◗✝● Dec ◗✝■ Jan ✝▲ Jan

11 18 25 1 8 22 29 6 14 21 28 4 11

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Itinerary & Sightseeing

Start Los Angeles

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

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18 22 25 29 1 5 8 15 19 22 29 2 5 12 19 26 3 10 17 24 31 7 21 28 5 13 20 27 3 10

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17 24 7 21 6 13 20

1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825

Included in your trip price: 10 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

 Special Stay experience: 2 nights at Pines Resort overlooking Bass Lake & 6 nights in twin-share hotels, 2 nights in a twin-share lodge 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

Exclusive inclusions

2016 Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar

6 ✝ 13 ✝ 27 ✝ 10 ✝ 24 ✝ 2 ✝ 9 ✝

Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar

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 samesex roommate at no extra charge. WWAF: Summer single room supplement of US$515. WWLA: Winter single room supplement of US$645. ◗ WWLA: Winter peak single room supplement for 2014 of US$1065. ✱ WWLA: Winter peak single room supplement for 2015 of US$1065. ● Trip spends Xmas at Lake Tahoe. ■ Trip spends Xmas in San Diego & New Year’s Eve at Lake Tahoe. ▲ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in San Diego. ◆ Trip spends Xmas in Phoenix & New Year’s Eve at Lake Tahoe. † These trips stay 3 nights in Lake Tahoe & 2 nights in San Francisco. For these trips use code WWLA. Trip starts 7:00am & ends approx. 11:00am. For more ways to save see p.10. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

• 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 all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Explore San Diego Zoo M San Diego speedboat adventure M Heli flight over the Grand Canyon See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

••

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

LAKE TAHOE

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8 Days 3 STATES

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LAS VEGAS 2

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ARIZONA

1

LAS VEGAS

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7 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

5 nights in twin-share hotels, 2 nights in a twin-share lodge 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

Exclusive inclusions • Feast on Mexican cuisine • Live it up Vegas-style with a limo ride & champagne Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals Look for the M symbol in the itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

SAN DIEGO

Start Los Angeles

Finish Las Vegas

Total Cost US$ pp*

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Start Los Angeles

Finish Las Vegas

Total Cost US$ pp*

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

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13 20 3 17 2 9 16

1289 1289 1289 1289 1289 1289 1289

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$409. ● Trip spends Xmas in San Diego. ■ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Lake Tahoe. ▲ Trip spends Xmas in Phoenix. ◆ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in San Diego. † For these trips use code WWWH. Trip starts 7:00am & ends approx. 11:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

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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 neighbourhoods. 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, 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 towards 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’. Lodge (B,D) Shop for Native American jewellery

• •

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. Lodge 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

• • •

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Included in your trip price:

Code: WWAT/WWWH 2014/15/16

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backstage pass

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Visit contiki.com/western

Sedona

SAN DIEGO 2

World Heritage sites visited

mix &

SAVE

pay early & save up to US$135. See p.10 for details

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 Cirque du Soleil 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.

Combine this trip with an LA Explorer trip, giving you more time to see LA, hit the shops & visit Disney’s theme parks. More on p.105.

Got more time? Check out our LA to the Bay trip p.78-79 or combine this trip & see more! Plus you’ll also save US$50 with our multitrip discount. See p.10.

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8 days

8 Days 2 STATES

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From US$1329pp* US$167 per day SAVE

CALIFORNIA

World Heritage sites visited 1 1

Days 2-5: Ski or board at Lake Tahoe If you’re traveling between December - March, this trip 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 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

• •

•• •• •

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

Los Angeles

Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging

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 See the home of the starstudded Oscar Awards Visit Santa Monica See the famous Hollywood sign, Mann’s Chinese Theater & Hollywood’s Walk of Fame M Hollywood walking tour

• • ••

Got more time? Check out our Wild Western trip p.76-77 or combine this trip & see more! This trip connects with the Grand Southern p.82-83 or Southern Adventure p.84-85. Plus you’ll also save US$50 with our multitrip discount. See p.10.

Code: WWAV/WWCA 2014/15/16 Start Las Vegas

Finish Los Angeles

Total Cost US$ pp*

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Total Cost US$ pp*

Exclusive inclusions

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in the beautiful coastal town of Carpinteria. Hotel (D) Visit famous Stearns Wharf, California’s oldest working wharf

Day 7: 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

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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

Day 4: 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 city’s iconic cable cars Visit Fisherman’s Wharf 3 day travel pass Sunset catamaran cruise

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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 Cirque du Soleil show

7 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

2 bass lake

pay early & save up to US$155. See p.10 for details

Visit contiki.com/california

Included in your trip price: Yosemite National Park

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• Discover the real San Fran with a MUNI 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 Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals Look for the M symbol in the itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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$425. WWCA: Winter single room supplement of US$435. ◗ WWCA: Winter peak single room supplement for 2014 of US$855. ✱ WWCA: Winter peak single room supplement for 2015 of US$855. ● Trip spends Xmas at Lake Tahoe. ■ Trip spends New Year’s Eve at Lake Tahoe. † These trips stay 3 nights in Lake Tahoe & 2 nights in San Francisco. For these trips use code WWCA. Tour starts 4:00pm & ends approx. 5:30pm. Do not book flights before 9:00pm.

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ow this is what we call 26 days of good times. So...bring it! High roll in Vegas, go large in Texas, over-indulge in New Orleans & live it up in Miami before the best of the East Side & the legendary bright lights of NYC.

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26 days

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 worldfamous ‘Strip’ Visit Fremont Street & see the light-&-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. Lodge (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. Lodge (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 an action packed day in Durango, an adventure seeker’s paradise. Then it’s on to Albuquerque. Hotel (B,D) Experience Durango’s outdoor playground 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) 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) Visit the John F. Kennedy 6th Floor Museum

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Visit Fort Worth Stockyards

Stadium Day 10: Dallas to Memphis. Stop in Little Rock as we head through the South to Memphis, the birth place of blues, rock ‘n’ roll & soul music. Hotel (B,D) See Little Rock Central High School & delve deeper into the civil rights movement 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 Visit Beale Street, home of Blues music Tour Graceland M Rock & Soul museum tour Day 12: Memphis to New Orleans. Let the good times roll as we take you sightseeing through French inspired New Orleans, and the home of jazz music. Hotel (B) See the French Quarter, Jackson Square & the French Market M Taste of New Orleans dinner 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

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la & NY

Combine this trip 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.

Got more time? Starting in L.A this trip connects with the Grand Northern, North by North East & Grand Canadian. Starting in N.Y. it connects with the Wild Western, LA to the Bay & Western Highlights.

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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) See downtown Miami & the famous Art Deco architecture 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) M Ride Thriller Day 19: Miami to Daytona Beach via Kennedy Space Center. Touch base with outer space as you explore Kennedy Space Center before arriving in the NASCAR capital, Daytona Beach. Hotel (D) Tour Kennedy Space Center Day 20: Daytona Beach to St. Augustine. This morning, chill on the beach, or thrill seekers could find themselves riding shotgun in NASCAR for a serious adrenaline rush! This afternoon, we’re onto picturesque St. Augustine. Hotel (B) 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’ 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

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M Visit the Dallas Cowboy’s

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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

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Days 24-25: Washington D.C. Enjoy 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’ Day 26: Washington D.C. to New York. Stop in Philadelphia before arriving in the Big Apple, where the trip ends & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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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$1555. ★ IMPORTANT NOTE: These departures have a modified itinerary with an overnight in Cocoa Beach instead of Daytona Beach. ● Trip spends Xmas in Orlando & New Year’s Eve in Raleigh. ■ Trip spends Xmas in Las Vegas & New Year’s Eve in Dallas. ▲ Trip spends Xmas in Durango. ◆ Trip spends Xmas in the Grand Canyon ✚ Trip spends Xmas in Miami & New Year’s Eve in New Orleans. Trip starts 7:00am & ends approx. 5:30pm. Please note: Do not book flights before 9:00pm.

Included in your trip price: 25 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

23 nights in twin-share hotels, 2 nights in a twin-share lodge 32 meals: 19 breakfasts (B), 13 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

Exclusive inclusions • 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 • Tuck into ribs & enjoy BBQ treats the Southern way • Mardi Gras masking in New Orleans • 5,4,3,2,1…blast off at the Kennedy Space Center • Take a walking tour of charming Savannah Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M M M M

Heli flight over the Grand Canyon Durango horseback riding New Orleans Swamp tour Miami Party cruise

See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

DALLAS

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Phil Pavlidis: To all my contiki USA friends, thank you for making my experience the best I have ever had. It has been great sharing all these experiences with you, even the scary ones.

ROUTE 66

13 Days 11 STATES From US$2059pp* US$159 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to US$220. See p.10 for details

California / Nevada Arizona / Utah Colorado / New Mexico Texas / Arkansas Tennessee / Mississippi Louisiana

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

Visit contiki.com/southern-adventure

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ow does an adventure from the ‘City of Angels’ to the ‘Big Easy’ sound? Spend 13 days rock ‘n’ rolling through the South, at Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Mississippi river & Graceland… to name a few! Why not meet real cowboys, indulge in a famous southern BBQ & give laid-back Memphis a go? Its all here.

USA SOUTHERN ADVENTURE Cadillac Ranch Amarillo, TX

How much & when

MONUMENT VALLEY

13 days

Code: GSLS 2014/15/16 Start Los Angeles

Finish New Orleans

Total Cost US$ pp*

Day 3: Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon Get your kicks on historic Route 66 as you journey to the breathtaking Grand Canyon. Lodge (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. Lodge (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 11: Memphis Pay homage to “The King” on a tour of Graceland. Later, make your pilgrimage through this ‘musical mecca’ before partying on famous Beale Street. Hotel (B) See the Civil Rights Museum Visit Beale Street, home of Blues music Tour Graceland M Rock & Soul museum

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) Visit the John F. Kennedy 6th Floor Museum Visit Fort Worth Stockyards M Experience a western rodeo

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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, and the home of jazz music. Hotel (B) See the French Quarter, Jackson Square & the French Market M Taste of New Orleans dinner

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

la & NY

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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

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Combine this trip 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.105 & p.107.

MATcH

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 10: Dallas to Memphis Stop in Little Rock as we head through the South to Memphis, the birthplace of blues, rock ‘n’ roll & soul music. Hotel (B,D) See Little Rock Central High School & delve deeper into the Civil rights movement Cross the Mississippi River

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Day 6: Durango to Albuquerque Time for an action packed day in Durango, an adventure seeker’s paradise. Then it’s onto Albuquerque. Hotel (B,D) Experience Durango’s outdoor playground M Hot air ballooning

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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 worldfamous ‘Strip’ Visit Fremont Street & see the light-&-laser show

Got more time? Check out our Grand Southern trip. This trip also connects with the Eastern Discovery, Northern Adventure, Wild Western, LA to the Bay & Western Highlights. Speak to Contiki & see our trip pages for more details. Plus you’ll also save US$50 with our multi-trip discount. See p.10.

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10 nights in twin-share hotels, 2 nights in a twin-share lodge 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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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$715. ● Trip spends Xmas in Las Vegas & New Year’s Eve in Dallas. ■ Trip spends Xmas in Durango. ▲ Trip spends Xmas in the Grand Canyon. ◆ Trip spends NYE in New Orleans. GSLS: Trip starts 7:00am & ends approx.11:00am. GSNS: Trip starts 9:00am & ends approx. 5:30pm. GSNS: Do not book flights before 9.00pm. For more ways to save see p.10. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

• Visit the infamous 6th Floor Museum in Dallas • Pay tribute to the ‘King of Rock & Roll’ at Graceland • Tuck into ribs & enjoy BBQ treats the Southern way Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M M M M

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

See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

GRACELAND, MEMPHIS

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

14 Days 13 states From US$2425pp* US$174 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to US$250. See p.10 for details

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Combine this trip with a New York Uncovered trip, giving you more time to experience all the Big Apple has to offer. More on p.107.

Got more time? Check out our Grand Southern trip p.82-83 or combine this trip & see more! Starting in New Orleans this trip connects with the Grand Northern p.92-93, North by North East p.94-95 & Grand Canadian p.100-101. Plus you’ll also save US$50 with our multi-trip discount. See p.10.

Visit contiki.com/eastern-discovery

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ravel across the entire East, with more action, culture & adventure than you can handle! Ride along the Florida coast & hit the beaches of Miami, before taking in the fast-paced lifestyle & city action in Washington D.C. You’ll be leaving with a few stories to tell - that’s for sure!

USA EASTERN DISCOVERY NEW ORLEANS

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NEW ORLEANS

14 days

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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

Day 5: Orlando to Miami Venture south to the beachside playground of Miami. Hotel (B,D) See downtown Miami See the famous Art Deco architecture

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Day 6: 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) M Party cruise Day 7: Miami to Daytona Beach via Kennedy Space Center Touch base with outer space as you explore Kennedy Space Center before arriving in the NASCAR capital, Daytona Beach. Hotel (D) Tour Kennedy Space Center

Day 8: Daytona Beach to St Augustine This morning, chill on the beach, or thrill seekers could find themselves riding shotgun in NASCAR for a serious adrenaline rush! This afternoon, we’re onto picturesque St. Augustine. Hotel (B) See Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, a 300 year old fortress

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’

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

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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. Enjoy 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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Included in your trip price: 13 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

13 nights in twin-share hotels 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

Exclusive inclusions • Mardi Gras masking in New Orleans • 5,4,3,2,1…blast off at the Kennedy Space Center • Take a walking tour of charming Savannah Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M New Orleans swamp tour M Ride Thriller in Miami See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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 samesex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of US$845. ★ IMPORTANT NOTE: These departures have a modified itinerary with an overnight in Cocoa Beach instead of Daytona Beach. ● Trip spends Xmas in Orlando & New Year’s Eve in Raleigh. ■ Trip spends Xmas in Miami. GSLE: Trip starts 9:00am & ends approx. 5:30pm. GSNE: Trip starts 7:00am & ends approx. 11:00am. GSLE: Do not book flights before 9:00pm. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

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

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

3 FLIGHTS INCLUDED

NEW YORK

14 Days 3 STATES From US$3625pp* US$259 per day pay early & save up to US$275. See p.10 for details

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CALIFORNIA NEVADA NEW YORK

SHOP... On Broadway, NYC. Shopaholics will love this famous street, packed with everything from Steve Madden to MAC - trust us, it’s heaven for those that love to shop!

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ind out what happens when East meets West. With four hot US cities & loads of time to explore, it will surely be two of the best weeks ever! Absorb the sun & fun in LA, the cool vibes of San Fran, then try high rolling in Vegas, before finishing up in the bright lights of the one… the only… NYC!

USA BEST OF USA SAN FRANCISCO

How much & when

SAN FRANCISCO

14 days

Code: TUSA 2014/15/16 Start Los Angeles

Finish New York

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2014 Aug Aug Sep Sep Nov Dec

18 25 1 15 17 8

Itinerary & Sightseeing 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

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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 ‘LALive’ 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 see 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, Alcatraz & the city’s iconic cable cars Cross the Golden Gate Bridge 3 day Muni travel 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

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

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Days 8-9: Las Vegas Hang out for a couple of days in ‘Sin City’ full of glamor & excess. High roll in one of the countless casinos, do some high-end bargain shopping in the factory outlets, catch a 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,D) 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 & Museum Row, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art & Guggenheim Museum See famous neighborhoods like Soho, Greenwich Village & TriBeCa View the World Trade Center memorial, 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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Included in your trip price: 13 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

13 nights in twin-share hotels 12 meals: 6 breakfasts (B) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team 3 internal flights & transfers to San Francisco, Las Vegas & New York 3 day Muni pass in San Fran 7 day Metro pass in New York Sightseeing tours of all major cities

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The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/best-of-usa. Included Flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.108 for important info. * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can share you with a samesex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of US$1555. TUSA: Trip starts 8:00am & ends approx. 11:00am. TUSR: Trip starts 4:00pm & ends approx. 11:00am. For more ways to save see p.10. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

Local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Get an insider’s look at LA on a guided walking tour • Discover the real San Fran with a MUNI travel pass • Enjoy the San Fran sunset on a catamaran cruise • Enjoy dinner & a tour of San Fran’s Chinatown • 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 all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M M M M

Visit Disneyland Party club crawl in Los Angeles Cirque du Soleil show in Vegas NYC ‘Sex & the City’ tour

See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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

NEW YORK

17/06/2014 12:32


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

BRYCE CANYON

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pay early & save up to US$249. See p.10 for details

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

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.

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t’s you vs the North! This trip is filled with a delicious selection of 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!

USA NORTHERN ADVENTURE

How much & when

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

14 days

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Finish Los Angeles

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2015 May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Day 3: 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 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

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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) Day 6: Yellowstone National Park. This morning, we journey into the world’s first national park – Yellowstone – for a serious nature fix of geysers & amazing wildlife, so get your camera ready. Tonight, we head back to Cody. Hotel (B,D) See the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the famous ‘Old Faithful’ geyser, wildlife such as buffalo, elk & possibly bears Day 7: Cody to Jackson Hole. This morning, we explore the crown jewel of America’s national parks on our way to Jackson Hole.

Day 9: Park City to Kanab via Bryce Canyon National Park. Get active & hike among the richly colored rock formations of Bryce Canyon National Park on the road from Park City to Kanab. Hotel (B,D) See the bizarre shaped canyons & rock spires called “hoodoos” M Hot air balloon ride

Day 10: Grand Canyon National Park. Get ready for what will no doubt be a highlight, the legendary Grand Canyon where you can Hike, walk, or simply relax the way you want at this phenomenal natural wonder, then it’s back to Kanab. Hotel (B)

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Day 8: Jackson Hole to Park City. Take in the views through Idaho before arriving in the mountain town of Park City. Although it’s famous for its skiing & the Sundance Film festival, Park City is definitely a summer playground as well. Hotel (B) M Whitewater rafting (seasonal)

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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

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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 Trail ride & Cookout

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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

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Hike along the Canyon’s North Rim Capture incredible photos from a panoramic viewpoint

Day 11: Kanab to Las Vegas via Zion National Park. 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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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 samesex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of US$775. Trip starts 8:00am & ends approx. 5:30pm. Do not book flights before 9:00pm. For more ways to save see p.10. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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GRAND CANYON

Included in your trip price: 13 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

13 nights in twin-share hotels 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

Exclusive inclusions • Discover a Native American legend at the Crazy Horse Memorial • Live it up Vegas-style with a limo ride & champagne Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals

Days 12-13: Las Vegas. It’s all glitz & glamor 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 Cirque du Soleil show

M Architecture cruise in Chicago M Whitewater rafting in Jackson (seasonal) M Heli flight to the Grand Canyon M Ziplining, Park City

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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

Start Chicago

See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Mt. RUSHMORE

Combine this trip with an LA Explorer trip, giving you more time to see LA, hit the shops & visit Disney’s theme parks. More on p.105.

Got more time? Check out our Grand Northern trip p.92-93 or combine this trip & see more! This trip connects with the Wild Western p.76-77, LA to the Bay p.78-79 & Western Highlights p.80. Plus you’ll also save US$50 with our multi-trip discount. See p.10.

YELLOWSTONE

17/06/2014 12:33


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

NIAGARA FALLS

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pgrade to the Grand & let the US take you by storm! With 20 US states & 2 Canadian provinces, you’ll be overwhelmed by this unforgettable journey. Start with the Big Apple, experience a slice of Canada, then enjoy all the stops on the way to Vegas baby!

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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) 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,D) 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 & cuttingedge 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

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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 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 including the fascinating Amish Country before we 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, and 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 cuttingedge architecture, world-class museums, legendary blues music, fantastic dining & highend 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

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

• •

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: Yellowstone National Park. This morning, we journey into the world’s first national park – Yellowstone – for a serious nature fix of geysers & amazing wildlife, so get your camera ready. Tonight, we head back to Cody. Hotel (B,D) See the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the famous ‘Old Faithful’ geyser, wildlife such as buffalo, elk & possibly bears Day 19: Cody to Jackson Hole. This morning, we explore the crown jewel of America’s national parks on our way to Jackson Hole.

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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) Niagara boat cruise to the base of the Falls See Niagara Falls M Heli ride over the falls

Madison. Hotel (B,D) Drive through America’s beautiful heartland M Tour the Harley Davidson Museum

Combine this trip 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.105 & p.107.

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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 bustling university town. Hotel (B) Walk the historic Freedom Trail Visit Harvard University M Trolley 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

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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

Got more time? Combine this trip & see more! This trip connects with the Wild Western p.76-77, LA to the Bay p.78-79 & Western Highlights p.80. Plus you’ll also save US$50 with our multi-trip discount. See p.10.

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

Capture incredible photos from a panoramic viewpoint

Day 20: Jackson Hole to Park City. Take in the views through Idaho before arriving in the mountain town of Park City. Although it’s famous for its skiing & the Sundance Film festival, Park City is definitely a summer playground as well. Hotel (B) M Whitewater rafting (seasonal)

Day 23: Kanab to Las Vegas via Zion National Park. 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

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

Days 24-25: Las Vegas. It’s all glitz & glamor 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 22: Grand Canyon National Park. Get ready for what will no doubt be a highlight, the legendary Grand Canyon where you can hike, walk, or simply relax the way you want at this phenomenal natural wonder, then it’s back to Kanab. Hotel (B) Hike along the Canyon’s North Rim

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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

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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 samesex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of US$1805. Trip starts 7:00am & ends approx. 5:30pm. Do not book flights before 9:00pm. For more ways to save see p.10. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

backstage pass Included in your trip price: 25 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

25 nights in twin-share hotels 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

Exclusive inclusions • Feel the student spirit on a ‘Hahvahd’ (Harvard) tour • Stroll Quebec on a walking tour • Cruise Niagara Falls • 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 Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Bike ride in Chicago M Toronto brewery tour M Cookout & trail ride in Jackson Hole (seasonal) M Cirque du Soleil show in Vegas See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

17/06/2014 12:49


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!!!!!!!!

CHICAGO

13 Days 10 STATES & 2 CANADIAN PROVINCES From US$2215pp* US$171 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to US$220. See p.10 for details

New York / Connecticut Rhode Island / Massachusetts New Hampshire / Maine Quebec / Ontario Pennsylvania / Ohio Indiana / Illinois

QUEBEC

LAKE SUPERIOR

Combine this trip with a New York Uncovered trip, giving you more time to experience all the Big Apple has to offer. More on p.107.

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Got more time? Check out our Grand Northern trip p.92-93 or combine this trip & see more! This trip connects with the Grand Southern p.82-83 & Southern Adventure p.84-85 (use low cost carrier Southwest Airlines to fly to L.A.) & the Northern Adventure p.90-91. Plus you’ll also save US$50 with our multi-trip discount. See p.10.

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eed more pics to revive your Facebook account? How about a trip up to Quebec & then an unforgettable journey down to Chicago! Explore the charm of Canada, feel the rush at Niagara Falls, experience all the good times in Cleveland before the grand finale in Chicago…get your camera ready!

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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 samesex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of US$1035. Trip starts 7:00am & ends approx. 11:00am. For more ways to save see p.10. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

Included in your trip price: 12 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

12 nights in twin-share hotels 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

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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 bustling university town. Hotel (B) Walk the historic Freedom Trail Visit Harvard University M Trolley tour

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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

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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) Scenic drive through Maine & across the US/Canadian border

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 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,D) Guided walking tour of Old Quebec

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

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

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

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

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• Stroll Quebec on a walking tour • Cruise Niagara 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

• Visit the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame • Go local with a deep dish pizza dinner in Chicago Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

Day 11: Cleveland to Chicago Cross the Midwest as you roadtrip from one lake town to the next including the fascinating Amish Country before we 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, and U.S. Cellular Field, home to the Chicago White Sox baseball club See the Hancock Building, Willis Tower & the Magnificent Mile

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

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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 & highend shopping in the Windy City. Hotel (B,D) Dig into some Chicago style pizza M Bike the lakefront

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

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ake on the Eastern loop & update your travel resumé. Start in NYC, head to Washington D.C. for some capital fun, then jump over 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...You’ll want to do the loop on repeat!

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Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Itinerary & Sightseeing 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

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, and Washington Monument See the Lincoln, Jefferson, FDR, Vietnam, Martin Luther King Jr. & Korean Memorials

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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

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Day 5: Pittsburgh to Niagara Falls Spend the morning in Pittsburgh before saying farewell to the USA as we cross 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) Niagara boat cruise to the base of the Falls Tour a winery See the CN Tower, Rogers Center, eclectic shops on Yonge Street & the University of Toronto

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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

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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 M Adventure jet boat ride

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Day 10: Montreal Indulge in the city’s mix of Euro charm & North American 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 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 Market place, Faneuil Hall & the original Cheers Bar

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Included in your trip price: 12 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

12 nights in twin-share hotels 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

Exclusive inclusions • Re-live the historical past on a walking tour of Philly

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• Visit Gettysburg National Military Park • Cruise Niagara Falls • 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 Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Heli ride over Niagara falls M Toronto pub crawl with a local guide M 2nd City Improv & dinner M Guided bike tour of the Old City Montreal See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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

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

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ry some California dreaming mixed with Canada aye! Get the best of the West with some of the country’s favorite spots. From the beaches to cities to mountains to lakes, this trip is an epic blend of adventure, culture & chilled out times.

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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) Drive through the O.C. (Orange County) & along the scenic Pacific Coast See downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter, 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 towards 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’. Lodge (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. Lodge 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

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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 Cirque du Soleil 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 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 a morning 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 zip-lining, 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 Mountain biking

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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

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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)

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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)

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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 area’s 200 glaciers. We’ll roll right onto the Athabasca Glacier in a custom designed “Ice Explorer”, and have time to explore.  Contiki Special Stay, Rocky Mountain Chalet (D) Glacier Experience See the vivid blue color 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

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

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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

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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

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

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The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/bigwest. Included Flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.108 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$1295. LACRS: Single room supplement of US$1505. ● This trip is 24 days long & spends 2 nights in Calgary during the “Stampede”. For this trip use code LACRS. Trip starts 7:00am & ends approx. 11:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

CALGARY STAMPEDE SPECIAL Trip 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 Big West trip departure that ties into this event with 2 nights in Calgary during the Stampede, making this trip 24 days long. Look for departures marked with • in the price panel on this page (LACRS).

1 international flight & transfers from San Francisco to Vancouver Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • 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 Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals 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 Zip line adventure in Whistler M Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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Day 12: Whistler to Kamloops. Photo ops of Canada’s awesome mountain & lake scenery are everywhere on the way to Kamloops. Scenic drive through the Lillooet Mountain Range See Seton Lake reservoir & picturesque Lillooet, Duffy & Kamloops Lakes M Peak 2 Peak gondola 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) 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 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.  Contiki Special Stay, Rocky Mountain Chalet (D) Glacier Experience See the vivid blue color of Peyto Lake (seasonal), the Saskatchewan River Valley & Weeping Wall

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CALGARY STAMPEDE SPECIAL Trip 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 trip departure that ties into this event with 2 nights in Calgary during the Stampede, making this trip 22 days long. Look for departures marked with • in the price panel on this page (GCSTR).

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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

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 19: Vancouver. Feel the young vibe of the city while exploring its hip shops & cafés. Later, enjoy a dinner cruise around the harbor & head out for a night on the town! Hotel (B) M Sunset dinner cruise

• •

Day 20: Vancouver. Your adventure ends this morning & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.

backstage pass Included in your trip price: 19 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

 Special Stay experience: 2 nights in a Rocky Mountain chalet & 17 nights in twin-share hotels (19 nights Stampede departure) 20 meals: 10 breakfasts (B), 10 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging 1 internal flight & transfers from Toronto to Vancouver Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

How much & when

Exclusive inclusions

Code: GCNY/GCSTR 2015 Start New York

Finish Total Vancouver Cost US$ pp*

May May Jun Jun Jul Jul

Start New York

Finish Total Vancouver Cost US$ pp*

2015

2015 1 May 22 Jun 5 Jun 26 ● Jul 17 Aug 31 Aug

20 10 24 17 5 19

3879 3879 3879 4365 4035 4035

Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

7 14 28 11 18

Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

26 2 16 30 7

4035 4035 4035 4035 4035

The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/grand-canadian. Included Flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.108 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 samesex roommate at no extra charge. GCNY: Single room supplement of US$1509. GCSTR: Single room supplement of US$1745. ● This trip is 22 days long & spends 2 nights in Calgary during the “Stampede” (the Western Canada section of this trip operates in reverse). For this trip use code GCSTR. Trip starts 7:00am & ends approx. 11:00am. For travel insurance see p.109.

NY

• •

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 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) Niagara boat cruise to the base of the Falls See Niagara Falls M Heli ride over the falls 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 zip-lining, 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 Mountain biking

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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 busy 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) 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,D) 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 & cuttingedge 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 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

• Feel the student spirit on a ‘Hahvahd’ (Harvard) tour • Stroll Quebec on a walking tour • Cruise Niagara Falls • 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 all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M M M M M

Jet boat adventure in Montreal Toronto Pub crawl Heli flight over the Rockies Canoeing & zip lining in Whistler Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver

See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Combine this trip with a New York Uncovered trip, giving you more time to experience all the Big Apple has to offer. More on p.107.

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THE ROCKIES

+ CALGARY STAMPEDE

11/13 Days 2 CANADIAN PROVINCES From US$2119pp* US$193 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to US$220. See p.10 for details

BRITISH COLUMBIA ALBERTA

Troy: Had an excellent tour once again & can’t wait to be on another & a different continent.....

BRITISH COLUMBIA

ALBERTA

Mt. Robson

2 JASPER THE ROCKIES

Columbia Icefield

KAMLOOPS 1

Lake Louise

2 BANFF 2 WHISTLER

RELAX... At Whistler’s Scandinave Spa. Endless spa treatments & amazing mountain views make it the ideal place to unwind.

1 World Heritage sites visited

1

Visit contiki.com/canada-rockies

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1

Places visited Nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stays

1 VERNON

2 CALGARY (Stampede only)

2 VANCOUVER Saskatchewan Washington Montana

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lame Canada for this unforgettable trip! Let the adrenaline junkie within run free while you experience the great outdoors. Take a hike or ride along wildlife trails, get on a gondola, a horse, a helicopter, or whatever improves your views of this world-renowned hub for those that live to explore.

Itinerary & Sightseeing

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

• •

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)

• • ••

Day 5: Jasper You might catch a glimpse of the impressive wildlife in

JASPER

11/13 days

Code: CRCR/CRST/CRSTR 2015

• •

CANADA & THE ROCKIES

How much & when

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 Day 2: Whistler North America’s top alpine resort is your playground for high-energy outdoor activities, like zip-lining, 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 Zip line adventure

CANADA

Start Finish Total Vancouver Vancouver Cost US$ pp*

Start Finish Total Vancouver Vancouver Cost US$ pp*

2015

2015

May May Jun Jul Jul Jul

& 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)

• •

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 color 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 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

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

• •

Day 9: Venon 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

• • • •

Day 10: Vancouver Feel the young vibe of the city while exploring its hip shops & cafés. Later, enjoy a dinner cruise around the harbor & head out for a night on the town! Hotel (B) M Sunset dinner cruise Day 11: Vancouver Your Canadian adventure ends this morning & it’s time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends.

10 May 31 Jun 14 Jun 1 ● Jul 5 ■ Jul 26 Aug

20 10 24 13 17 5

2119 2119 2119 2555 2555 2225

Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

9 16 23 6 20 27

Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

19 26 2 16 30 7

2225 2225 2225 2225 2225 2225

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 samesex roommate at no extra charge. CRCR: Single room supplement of US$715. CRST/CRSTR: Single room supplement of US$949. ●

This trip is 13 days long & spends 2 nights in Calgary during the “Stampede”. For this trip use code CRST.

This trip is 13 days long & spends 2 nights in Calgary during the “Stampede” (this trip operates in reverse). For this trip use code CRSTR.

Trip starts 10:00am & ends approx. 11:00am.

backstage pass Included in your trip price: 10 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

 Special Stay experience: 2 nights in a Rocky Mountain chalet & 8 nights in twin-share hotels (10 nights Stampede departure) 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

For more ways to save see p.10. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Exclusive inclusions • 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 all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Mountain biking in Whistler M Maligne Lake cruise (seasonal) M Horse ride & cowboy cookout in Banff M Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

CALGARY STAMPEDE SPECIAL Trip 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 trip departures to tie into this event, with 2 nights in Calgary during the Stampede, making this trip 13 days long. Look for departures marked with • or ■ in the price panel on this page (CRST/CRSTR).

Visit www.contiki.com/calgarystampede

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1 FLIGHT INCLUDED

9 Days 2 cANADIAN PROVINCES

BRITISH

ALBERTA

COLUMBIA Lake Louise

From US$1915pp* US$213 per day SAVE

BANFF 4 Calgary

3 WHISTLER

1

pay early & save up to US$165. See p.10 for details

1 VANCOUVER

World Heritage sites visited Washington 1

Visit contiki.com/powder

WHISTLER

1

Itinerary & Sightseeing

whistler

backstage pass Included in your trip price: 8 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

 Special Stay experience:

4 nights in a Rocky Mountain chalet & 4 nights in twin-share hotels 11 meals: 6 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

How much & when Code: SKIR 2014/15/16 Start Finish Vancouver Calgary

Exclusive inclusions

ME TIME optionals

Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Dec

24 7 21 7 21 12

Start Finish Vancouver Calgary

Total Cost US$ pp*

2016 Dec 21

1915

Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Dec

1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1975

2015

• Capilano Suspension Bridge • Gondola Ride Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

Look for the M symbol in the itinerary & visit contiki.com

Total Cost US$ pp*

2014 Dec 13

1 15 1 15 29 20

Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar

2 23 6 20 5 19

Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar

10 31 14 28 13 27

1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975

The above prices are accurate as of June 6th, 2014 & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing, please go to contiki.com/powder. Included Flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.108 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 samesex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of US$375. Note: Lift tickets & equipment are not included in this package. Trip starts 8:00am & ends approx. 4:30pm. For more ways to save see p.10. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

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Places visited Nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stays

Day 1: Vancouver Welcome to Canada! 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 no shortage of things to do. Hotel (D) City sightseeing including Stanley Park, Chinatown & Robson St.

Day 2: Vancouver to Whistler This morning 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. Hotel (D) Capilano Suspension Bridge M Snowmobiles

Days 3-4: 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,D)

M Ski or boarding Day 5: Whistler to Banff Say farewell to the fun times in Whistler, before it’s onto the next phase of adventure! We fly to Calgary before transferring to legendary Banff National Park where we spend the next 4 nights.  Contiki Special Stay, Rocky Mountain Chalet (B,D) Days 6-8: Banff The next 3 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, head to the hot springs to chat about your days up the mountain & wind

down, or head out for a welldeserved post-piste (slope) drink.  Contiki Special Stay, Rocky Mountain Chalet (B,B,B,D) Transfer to ski resorts in Banff National Park M Skiing & snowboarding M Dog Sledding & Heli rides

Day 9: 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 trip ends in Calgary this afternoon. (B) Gondola ride

WHY CHOOSE US? • More choice - bring your own gear, or hire 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

MUST-KNOWS:

• More than just a ski trip - epic options for on & off the slopes

• Gear hire (snowboard & boots or ski’s incl boots & poles)

• More included - sightseeing, bridge walk, gondola rides & more

• Lift pass 1 day pass

• Lessons half-day Visit contiki.com/powder for more

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SKI OR BOARD During winter, three of our existing year-round trips include time in the snow playground of Lake Tahoe. Wild Western · Winter Winter to the Bay · Winter LA California Highlights ·

TAHOE

From December to March, these 3 trips feature the same itinerary as the summer trips 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 trips feature 1 less night in San Fran (excluding LA to The Bay), see the trip 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

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). Visit contiki.com/winter-wild-western.

something for everyone – beginners, intermediates & advanced. 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.

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 10.67 metres, so fantastic conditions are the norm. And with so much great terrain, there’s a perfect balance of

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). Visit contiki.com/winter-la-to-bay. 8 days Winter California Highlights: Las Vegas (1 night), Lake Tahoe (3), San Francisco (2), Carpinteria (1). Visit contiki.com/winter-californiahighlights.

Note: Ski passes, equipment & clothing hire are not included in the trip price.

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.

Chill on the beautiful island of Oahu with our 2 & 4 night packages in Honolulu.

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 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 (4/6/14 - 31/3/15)

Code Standard Room

2 Nights Twin LA3S US$299

2 Nights Single LA3S US$474

4 Nights Twin LA5S US$505

4 Nights Single LA5S US$854

Conditions: There is no Contiki Tour Manager included on this stopover package. This package must be booked in conjunction with a trip. For twin-share accommodation, 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.

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Highlights: • Our package includes a pre-booked trip 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 & a short walk to Waikiki Beach & shops

& restaurants. Enjoy Hawaii’s perfect sunsets

from famous Duke’s restaurant on Waikiki Beach.

how much & when Valid (4/6/14 - 31/3/15) 2 Nights Twin Code (Low Season) HI3S Standard Room (from) US$299

2 Nights Single HI3S US$495

4 Nights Twin HI5S US$535

4 Nights Single HI5S US$915

Code (High Season) HI3S Standard Room (from) US$329

HI3S US$545

HI5S HI5S US$585 US$1015

Conditions: There is no Contiki Tour Manager included on this stopover package. For twin-share accommodation, 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.

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NEW YEAR IN

NEW YORK

Look for the M symbol in the itinerary & visit contiki.com

Total Cost US$ pp*

Jan 2

1245

Start New York

Finish New York

Total Cost US$ pp*

Jan 2

1275

2015/16 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. Trip starts 8:00am & ends approx. 11:00am. For travel insurance see p.109.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

1 World Heritage sites visited

Visit contiki.com/new-york

Exclusive inclusions

Finish New York

2014/15

From US$1245pp* US$312 per day

3 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

ME TIME optionals

Start New York

Dec 30

Included in your trip price:

• 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 & visit the Statue of Liberty

Code: NYNY 2014/15

4 Days 1 STATE

backstage pass

3 nights in twin-share hotels 4 meals: 2 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager Metro pass for the duration of your stay Local taxes & service charges

How much & when

Itinerary & Sightseeing 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) M Helicopter tour of NYC & the harbor 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 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) M ‘Sex & the City’ tour Day 4: Depart New York This morning after breakfast it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.

How much & when

NEW YEAR IN

Code: LVNY 2014/15 Start Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS From US$665pp* US$167 per day

3 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

3 nights in twin-share hotels on the beach 3 meals: 2 breakfasts (B), 1 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager Local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • NYE dinner & party with open bar (you must be 21 years of age or older to attend)

ME TIME optionals Look for the M symbol in the itinerary & visit contiki.com

Jan 2

665

Start Las Vegas

Finish Las Vegas

Total Cost US$ pp*

Jan 2

685

2015/16 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. Trip starts 4:00pm. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

4 Days 1 STATE

Included in your trip price:

Total Cost US$ pp*

2014/15 Dec 30

backstage pass

Finish Las Vegas

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent. Visit contiki.com/las-vegas

Itinerary & Sightseeing 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. Cruise ‘the Strip’, see the Fremont Street Experience, then party at a hip Las Vegas club. Hotel (D) M Group Photo 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

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& ring in the New Year at a Vegas club – entry & open bar is included. Hotel (B) M Helicopter flight to the Grand Canyon Day 3: Las Vegas Happy New Year! There might be some sore heads, so have a lie-in this morning! It’s 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)

M See a Cirque du Soleil show M Limo ride with champagne Day 4: Depart Las Vegas This morning say farewell to your new friends & the bright lights of Las Vegas.

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USA NEW YORK UNCOVERED

4 days

4 Days 1 STATE

backstage pass Included in your trip price:

From US$889pp* US$223 per day SAVE

3 AMAZING OVERNIGHTS

3 nights in twin-share hotels 3 meals: 2 breakfasts (B) 1 dinners (D)

FOR MORE WAYS TO SAVE. See p.10 for details

An experienced & professional Tour Manager Local taxes & service charges

1

Visit contiki.com/new-york-uncovered

World Heritage sites visited

Itinerary & Sightseeing

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 & 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 memorial & 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.

How much & when

• The Big Apple’s all yours with a 7 day metro pass

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• Get a bird’s eye view of Manhattan from the Empire State Building

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• Visit the Statue of Liberty Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals Look for the M symbol in the itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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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$585. Trip starts 8:00am & ends approx. 11:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.109.

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Got more time? Combine this trip & see more! Starting in N.Y. this trip connects with: Grand Southern p.82-83, Eastern Discovery p.86-87, Grand Northern p.92-93, North by North East p.94-95, Eastern Escapade p.96-97 & Grand Canadian p.100-101.

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QUESTION? QUE Answers to frequently asked questions & things you need to know:

What’s included? Touring Vacations • Transportation, coach, mini-coach, van, train, canoe, flights & ‘on trip’ airport transfers listed in the ‘Backstage Pass’ section as specified. • Accommodations, breakfasts, lunches & dinners listed in the ‘Backstage Pass’ section on trip pages. • Sightseeing listed in the ‘Itinerary & Sightseeing’ section in each trip itinerary. Unless specified, entrance fees to these locations are included. • Experienced Contiki Team, Tour Manager & Local Guides. Explorer Packages • Accommodations & meals as detailed on p.105-107 • Sightseeing tour as detailed on p.105-107.

What’s not included? • Personal expense money, personal insurance, medical fees. • Airport transfers to trip 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 trip pages. • Me Time optional activities such as mountain biking, speed boat rides, whitewater rafting, helicopter flights etc. • Some meals, as detailed on p.22, p.75 & in itineraries, (unless specified under “Backstage Pass”). • Reciprocity Tax in Argentina for some nationalities – check www.provinciapagos.com. ar for more info. • Departure Tax at airports & border crossong fees in some destinations - see price panels for applicable trips. • Galapagos National Park Fee of US$100 (must be paid in cash). • Ecuador INGALA Fee of US$10. (Must be paid in cash). • Ecuador Isabela Island Fee of US$5. (Must be paid in cash).

Included flights Flights as specified on individual trip itineraries are included as part of the price. As detailed within our Booking Conditions (p.111) under ‘General’ we rely on international conventions regarding air travel and other transportation as specified. Through enrollment and payment for your trip 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 airline’s terms & conditions of travel and the application of all relevant International Conventions and applicable national and international law governing air transportation.

Group size We average around 30 people per group on our Mexico trips and no more than 30 on the rest, which is the perfect size to explore with each region & get amongst it all!. 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 lunches & dinners not included in the trip price, 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 (Argentina), Real (Brazil), US$ (Ecuador), Peso (Mexico), Colón (Costa Rica), Quetzal (Guatemala), Peso (Colombia), Belize Dollar (Belize).

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The countries we visit in Latin America 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, Bogota & Guatemala 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. USD is preferred in Argentina & should be brought with you in the country as it is not available through cash machines (ATM). All major 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

What should I pack? 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.

How much luggage can I bring? Latin America trips: 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 Trip, including leaving space for on trip purchases: • Due to the large number of flights on Contiki Latin America trips, 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 trip & Contiki reserves the right to refuse to accept over sized baggage on trip. USA & Canada trips: Baggage is restricted to ONE REASONABLE SIZED SUITCASE 29’’ x 20’’ x 10’’ (73cm x 50cm x 25cm) & maximum weight of 44lbs (20 kilos). Trips with internal flights will incur a fee by the airline for additional

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 trip. 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 help arrange these for you in Lake Tahoe & on the Powder Rush trip. Note: Contiki is not responsible for any fees incurred as a result of overweight luggage.

Past traveler 5% discount 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 trip. Clients must have completed a trip before they can redeem the discount on a subsequent trip 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-trip accommodation rates & other selected products. The discount applies to brochured prices only & cannot be combined with any non-brochured special market promotions.

me time Optional Activities WHEN DO I CHOOSE? Optionals are arranged & paid for on trip. 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 except in Argentina where USD in preferred– see “HOW MUCH MONEY DO I NEED”. USA & Canada: You pay on trip with major credit cards, debit cards or cash (US$ in USA or C$ in Canada, except trips that visit both the USA & Canada where US$ will be accepted).

Acceptance of risk It’s important that you acknowledge that at times traveling on a Contiki Latin America trip 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 trips: At the time this brochure went to press (June, 2014) 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 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 trips: At the time this brochure went to press (June, 2014), 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.

Departure points All Contiki trips 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 & trip departure times.

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 Latin America, 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 while on your trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas PRIOR to the departure of your trip. Any costs whatsoever regarding obtaining, replacing or changing visas while on trip (including accommodation, 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 trip. 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 trip & 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 trip. 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.

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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 authorisation 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 the 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.

Booking Security

Contiki vacations Travel Protection Plan

Contiki has been running trips 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: 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

no mandatory tipping reward only excellence!

Cancellation, unexpected medical expenses, injuries, theft, lost luggage or money can significantly disrupt & ruin your vacation. For Latin America trips 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 trips 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 vacation. For insurance details, please speak to your travel agent or Contiki when you are booking your trip.

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 mandatory tipping – reward only excellence!

Will I get more information? Upon receipt of final payment, your trip documentation will be released 21 days prior to your departure. Make sure you visit contiki.com for our travelers guide. It’s packed full of essential info for your vacation. You’ll also receive a comprehensive day-by-day itinerary including full details & costs of all optional activities available on your trip. 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 trip prior to departure at contiki.com/ checkin. Checking in will save you time on your first day of trip, 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 trip see p.8.

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Travel insurance

important information Security is a major concern to all of us and the situation globally is constantly changing. Events around the world, coupled with the “Travel Advisories“ put out by various governments, may at times necessitate changes to the accommodations and itinerary or even trip cancellation. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further information in this regard. You must accept these risks involved in travel to any country that may experience security difficulties and accept responsibility for your own travel decisions.

what else? Regular passport checks are common throughout Latin America. It’s essential that when you book your trip that you provide the passport details for the passport you will be traveling with.

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 Carrier-caused 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 © Sarah Duff p.6-7 & p.39 Arenal Volcano, p.24-25 Boat Ride, p.38 Ziplining. Photo Courtesy of © Ascom Riotur, Rio de Janeiro Tourist Board p.12-13 Rio. Photo Courtesy of © Colca Canyon Casa de Mama Yacchi p.20 Colca Canyon Lodge. Photo Courtesy of © Costa Rica Jungle Lodge p.20 Swimming Pool. Photo Courtesy of © Casona Del Lago Guatemala p.20 Swimming Pool. Photo Courtesy of © Jungle Lodge, Tortuguero p.20 Jungle Lodge. Photo Courtesy of © VISITGUATEMALA. COM GUATEMALA TOURISM BOARD - INGUAT - p.31 Local Colour. Photo Courtesy of © Banco de Imágenes de PromPerú p.42 Train to KM 104. Photo Courtesy of © Dan Lumelski p.42 Machu Picchu. Photo Courtesy of © Claire Midgley p.45 Lizard, p.47 Iguassu Falls, p.49 Rio, p.53 Flamingos, p.54 Giant Tortoise, Sea Lions, p.55 Iguassu Falls, p.61 Hill Trek. Photo Courtesy of © Céline Cousteau CauseCentric Productions p.62-63. Photo Courtesy of © Adventure Cat San Francisco p.68 & p.78 Catamaran Cruise. Photo Courtesy of © Brewster Inc, Brewster Ice Explorer Columbia Icefield p.73 Ice Explorer. Photo Courtesy of © Hotel Croydon Miami p.74 Swimming Pool. Photo Courtesy of © Hotel Figueroa LA p.74 Hotel Room. Photo Courtesy of © The Pines Resort Bass Lake p.74 Hotel Exterior. Photo Courtesy of © Ian Bailey p.79 Grand Canyon National Park, p.83 Monument Valley, Floodlight Rodeo, p.90 Bryce Canyon. Photo Courtesy of © ELVIS PRESLEY ENTERPRISES INC © EPE, Reg. U.S. Pat & TM Off p.85 Graceland.

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STAY LONGER OPTIO OPTIONS Look up the start city of your trip below for departure point information about where your trip starts & how to get there. There are also details on how to extend your vacation & stay longer either before or after your trip (marked below as PRE & POST). Take advantage of our specially negotiated ‘Stay Longer’ hotel rates listed below, which can be arranged through Contiki or your travel agent when you book your trip. For the most up-to-date details go to contiki.com/staylonger & contiki.com/departurepoints. THE AMAZON

latin america

Stay Longer rate: Single US$185 Twin US$95 (6/24/14 - 3/31/15) (4/1/15 - 3/31/16)

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.

LAS VEGAS

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 (6/24/14 - 3/31/15) Stay Longer rate: Single US$195 Twin US$99 (4/1/15- 3/31/16)

LOS ANGELES 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 (6/24/14 - 3/31/15) (4/1/15 - 3/31/16) Miyako Hotel 328 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Tel: (213) 617-2000 www.miyakoinn.com

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Harrah’s Las Vegas 3475 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas Tel: (702) 369-5000 www.harrahslasvegas.com Stay Longer rate: Single US$85 Twin US$45 (6/24/14 - 3/31/15) Stay Longer rate: Single US$85 Twin US$45 (4/1/15 - 3/31/16)

NEW ORLEANS The Whitney Hotel 610 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130 Tel: (504) 581-4222 www.whitneyhotel.com Stay Longer rate: Single US$115 Twin US$59 (6/24/14- 3/31/15) The Hotel Modern 936 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans, LA70130 Tel: (504) 962-0900 www.thehotelmodern.com Stay Longer rate: Single US$115 Twin US$59 (4/1/15 - 3/31/16)

NEW YORK 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 (6/24/14 - 3/31/15) Hotel Beacon (Best of USA only) 2130 Broadway at 75th Street New York, NY 10023 Tel: (212) 787-1100 www.beaconhotel.com Stay Longer rate from: Single US$335 Twin US$195 (4/1/15 - 3/31/16) 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 (6/24/14 - 3/31/15) (4/1/15 - 3/31/16)

CALGARY Days Inn Calgary Northwest 4420 16th Ave NW Calgary, AB T3B 0M4 Tel: (403) 288-7115 www.daysinn.com Stay Longer rate from: Single US$155 Twin US$79 (6/24/14 - 3/31/15) & (6/24/15-3/31/16)

SAN FRANCISCO Hotel Whitcomb 1231 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103. Tel: (415) 626-8000 www.hotelwhitcomb.com Stay Longer rate: Single US$189 Twin US$95 (6/24/14 - 3/31/15) Stay Longer rate: Single US$189 Twin US$95 (4/1/15 - 3/31/16)

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 (6/24/14 - 11/30/14) Stay Longer rate: Single US$135 Twin US$69 (12/1/14 - 3/31/15) Stay Longer rate: Single US$189 Twin US$95 (4/1/15 - 11/30/15) Stay Longer rate: Single US$135 Twin US$69 (12/1/15 - 3/31/16)

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 trip. Accommodation at the following hotels need to be arranged through your travel agent & are subject to availability. Accommodations before and/or after your Contiki trip is only available for a maximum stay of 2 nights for all trips pre or post with the exception of a maximum stay of 1 night pre or post for the following trips: Best of USA (LANY), Best of USA (NY-LA), New York Uncovered, New York New Year, Las Vegas New Year.

Please note: There is no pre or post available with LA Explorer or Waikiki Explorer.

notes • Nights must be consecutive. • Book at the same time as you book your Contiki trip. • Gateways are subject to change. Any changes should be reflected in trip documents • If you require twin accommodation both persons must book at the same time using the same booking reference number. • If you book twin-share but you’re travelling on your own, we’ll arrange for you to share with same sex room-mates. • Rates are per person per night, either in a single or twin room. Rates include all taxes & service charges. • Rates for all accommodation shown above only apply to Contiki clients booking extra accommodation immediately before and/or after their trip. • 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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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 April 3rd, 2014. 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 any 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 April 3rd, 2014. 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 any 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 (June, 2014) 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. 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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. 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 To reserve your airfare, a non-refundable and non-transferable deposit of US$350 per person is required at time of booking. Once your airfare is confirmed and Contiki has received your air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. Contiki reserves the right to issue your ticket based upon receipt of your land and air deposit. Any subsequent changes and/or revisions to your airline reservation after receipt of your deposit is subject to revision fees and/or airlineimposed change or cancellation fees. These fees are a minimum of $350, and in some instances may be up to 100% of the ticket price. 1.4 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 need your passport to enter the trail. It is important that the passport information 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 the time of travel. If your information changes it can result in a penalty & cancellation of your 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. If you have booked a tour including the Inca Trail Trek the additional deposit you paid at the time of booking is non-refundable. 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: .......................................................................................75% 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. If you have booked a tour including the Inca Trail Trek the additional deposit you paid at the time of booking is non-refundable.

3.5 These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be levied by your Travel Agent. All cancellation policies valid as at 23rd May 2014 and are subject to change. Final policy will be confirmed at time of booking. 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 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 mandatory 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 BerkelyCare we are able to offer comprehensive travel insurance at group discount rates (see details on page 109). 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 2014 to March 2016. 4. OPERATING COMPANIES The programs advertised in this brochure on p. 26-61 are owned and operated by: Contiki Holidays Latin America Ltd, Picquet House, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands. Please note that Contiki utilises ground handlers to assist with the operation of our products. These ground handlers include: Journey Mexico (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala), Galakiwi (Ecuador & Galapagos Islands), Costa Rican Trails (Costa Rica), Colombia 57 (Colombia) & Altura Travel (Argentina, Brazil & Peru). The programs advertised in this brochure on p.76-107 are operated by: Contiki US Holdings Inc, 801 East Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA, 92805. This brochure was published in June 2014 and supersedes any other current brochure in the market.

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• Call Contiki at 1-866-CONTIKI, visit contiki.com or contact your local travel agent to confirm that there’s space on the trip you have chosen. You can add a pre- or post-night to your Contiki trip (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 trip and US$200 per person for second and subsequent trips 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 nonrefundable 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 trip to your travel agent, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the Booking Conditions as set out on p.111 which make up the contract between you and Contiki.

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