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USA The world would be a pretty boring place without the USA. This is the land that makes movie stars, has streets paved with their famous names and has homes in Memphis once graced by Elvis. Then there is NASA and all the glory that comes with rockets and moon landings, you can visit Alcatraz at night and imagine Al Capone sitting in his cell, walk the Golden Gate Bridge and surf Californian waves. Take a bite out of the Big Apple or follow the Mississippi until you reach a crawfish boil. The USA offers a different experience with every turn in the road. It is jam-packed with iconic sights that need little introduction: The Grand Canyon; Mount Rushmore; The White House - it’s so different, and so diverse, no two days need be the same. Visit one of 58 national parks and trace the history of Native Americans. And once you’ve filled your viewfinder with every landmark on the map, put down your camera and pick up a fork. Foodies, you’ve come to the right place. From the all-American diner to corn dogs at baseball games, you won’t go hungry in the land of Uncle Sam. The USA. It’s a big to-do list, but do it you must.

6 T I PS FO R YOU R HOLIDAY 1 / WHAT'S YOUR FLAVOUR? Take your bib because we guarantee the USA will have you drooling. The food here is phenomenal, mostly because it’s so diverse. From San Francisco’s seafood chowder served in its own sourdough bowl, to the classic Texas BBQ, complete with ribs dripping in special sauce, you won’t go unsatisfied in the states. The Deep South will awaken your taste buds with Cajun spices, while California won’t disappoint with its extensive wine varietals and farm-to-table dining experiences which showcase a rich harvest sought from vineyards and ranches. And heaven forbid we forget the drink! From a cup of Joe sipped at a roadside diner, to Kentucky Bourbon and beer made from smooth Oregon hops, you won’t go thirsty either.

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3 / HERE'S A TIP - TIP! The USA is the realm of the one dollar bill, and with good reason, they’re perfect for quick tipping. As a relatively alien concept to the average Kiwi, in the States, tipping for almost any customer-facing service is commonplace. That’s because for certain jobs, U.S. salaries are far lower than their NZ equivalent and gratuities help to bump up the wages, most notably in hospitality.

2 / GET OUTDOORS, THE GREAT OUTDOORS For all its sparkly cities and wow-factor skylines, North America is as much about nature as it is urban aesthetics. You’ll already know the acclaimed national parks, but there’s also lesser-known Bryce and Zion, Great Smoky Mountains and Yellowstone that echoes with the sound of volcanic belches. Away from the country’s national parks, there are ample coastlines to explore, glaciers to admire and rivers with rapids so bewitching, you’ll be compelled to don a paddle and go canoeing.


5 / HISTORY IN ALL ITS GLORY A country that’s seen its fair share of transition, the USA’s history is fascinating. Many people endeavour to find out more about America’s slavery years and as one of the nation’s top museums of African-American history, the DuSable Museum in Chicago will no doubt enthral. For an insight into the USA’s bloody Civil War, visit one of the nation’s many battlefields. The Antietam National Battlefield is particularly impressive, with immaculately preserved historic buildings and commentary. And if you love a good conspiracy, visit The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, which details all things JFK, including his assassination.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota

4 / FOR THE LOVE OF SPORT Sport. It’s the five letter word Americans utter more than any other, and if you’ve ever witnessed the media storm of the Super Bowl, you’ll know ‘the game’ is a pretty big deal. From basketball to football, if there’s a point to be scored, they’re playing. The ferocity of American football will have you gritting your teeth, while the atmosphere inside a stadium is spine-tingling electric. Don’t forget to buy a corn dog, it’s not a genuine American experience unless a hot dog’s consumed.

6 / WHAT’S LIFE WITHOUT MUSIC? Toe tapping is a widespread habit in the USA and that’s because there’s always an addictive beat to be bopping to. We’re talking blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll, not to mention Broadway musicals and Las Vegas shows. New Orleans is well known as the birthplace of jazz, and even today, there are dimly lit bars busting with improvised melodies and trumpet swinging performers. In Memphis, musicians tear the roof off with melancholic blues and it’s also home to Graceland, Elvis Presley’s former estate. In the USA, every city has a song to sell. Grunge was born in Seattle and still resides there today, it is of course the final resting place of grunge kingpin, Kurt Cobain. Whereas New York is all about Broadway’s razzle dazzle; the epitome of time-worn glamour.

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San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles: three great cities, each with their own unique appeal. You could easily spend a week in each one, but it’s only when you get beyond the cities that you realise just how vast and diverse this region is. The towering Sierra Nevada mountains and eerie Death Valley are at opposite ends of the spectrum, but you’ve also got the dramatic Pacific Coast, the fabulous wine regions of Sonoma and Napa and some seriously impressive national parks. And that’s just California – it’s only a five hour drive from Los Angeles to the man-made wonder that is Las Vegas, which is a great base to see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World; the Grand Canyon. Not forgetting north of California, the ‘Beaver State’ of Oregon and the ‘Evergreen State’ of Washington, with a diversity of landscapes from the picturesque Pacific coastline to the arid deserts east of the Cascade Range. Heading further inland the National Parks of the West are spectacular with deserts, geysers, canyons, hoodoos and rock arches. There is so much to explore. But it’s one thing to run through the near-endless list of highlights: far better that you start planning a visit.


LOS ANGELES

A PERFECT STAY IN LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles really does have something for everyone, with 120

kilometres of coastline, a flourishing downtown, acclaimed restaurants, trend-setting fashion, a thriving arts scene and internationally flavoured neighbourhoods. It is home to world-famous theme parks like Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain and a close neighbour of Disneyland, while studios like Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures offer the ultimate film and TV fan experiences. If you enjoy arts and culture L.A. has many museums and galleries. Some world-class museums to put on your to do list are: The Broad, a contemporary art museum; The Getty Center, where the art collection is displayed in spectacular buildings set in beautiful gardens; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) with more than 150,000 works and the California Science Centre, home to the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Or why not attend a performance by the L.A. Philharmonic at the spectacular Walt Disney Concert Hall or an outdoor concert at the Hollywood Bowl? Some neighbourhoods you’ll want to explore are: Hollywood, where you can tour the Dolby Theatre (home of the Oscars) and find your favourite ‘stars’ along the Walk of Fame; West Hollywood, where you'll have no shortage of places to eat or shop; Beverly Hills where you can stroll along world-famous Rodeo Drive and admire the luxury boutiques and Downtown, which has had a renaissance over the past few years and is now very much worth visiting. The historic core has iconic landmarks like the Grand Central Market and Orpheum Theatre and the vibrant Financial District offers culture, an eclectic mix of eats, modern art and world-class theatre, opera and ballet. For a change of pace head to the beach, check out Santa Monica with its iconic pier, great shopping and endless dining options. Hire a bike and cruise along the beachside bike paths to Venice Beach, there’s excellent people watching, street art and the hidden gem of the historic Venice Canals.

Our favourite things to see and do Shopping – From West Hollywood’s Farmer’s Market, the Beverly Centre in Beverly Hills to Century City Westfield, shopping with the stars on Rodeo Drive and finding a bargain at Citadel Outlets. You’re in for a shopping treat. Santa Monica – People watch, visit the local markets, explore the wooden pier, hire bikes and cycle the 35 kilometre oceanfront boardwalk from Santa Monica to Redondo. Have your picture taken at the end of the famous Route 66. Getty Museum – Is free to enter and has a priceless collection of art. It’s bursting with an extensive collection of antiquities, paintings, drawings, sculpture and 19th and 20th century American and European photographs. Hiking Runyon Canyon – For some amazing views over the city of Los Angeles head to where the celebs love to hike, Runyon Canyon. It is a 160 acre park with a number of different hiking trails. Downtown Los Angeles – Dotted with museums, historic buildings and plenty of bars and restaurants. Check out a basketball game at the Staples Centre, the historic Bradbury Building, the ultra-modern Walt Disney Concert Hall and the tasty treats at Grand Central Market. The Broad – This Downtown L.A. gallery is home to nearly 2000 works of art from Eli and Edith Broad’s personal collection and is the most prominent collection of post-war art in the world. The Griffith Observatory – Check out the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean to Downtown L.A. from its perch on Mt. Hollywood in Griffith Park. Exposition Park – In Downtown L.A., home to the California Science Center, the Natural History Museum and the California African American Museum. Sports – A basketball game at Downtown L.A.’s Staples Centre is heaps of fun. This is the home arena of the L.A. Lakers and the L.A. Clippers so it’s easy to find a home game. Grammy Museum – Learn about the history and cultural significance of American music as well as the creative process and the art and technology of the recording process. There’s great interactive exhibits to play with too. Drinks with a view – Some downtown bars also boast unforgettable city views. 71Above, Spire 73, 18 Social and Perch are some great options.

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Wyndham Santa Monica at the Pier This is a fantastic location just 300 metres from Santa Monica Pier and the beach. There’s a bike shop across the road, you’ll definitely want to hire a bike and cycle the Ocean Front Walk to check out Venice Beach, which will only take about 15 minutes, and the very picturesque Venice canals. You are also less than a five minute walk to the heart of the shopping precinct, Third St Promenade.

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A superb spot in the heart of Santa Monica. You’re just a three block stroll from the beach and famous pier and the cool Third Street Promenade is just a short two block walk away. The Expo train line station is just across the road and this train will have you in Downtown L.A. in just 45 minutes. A great spot if you’re going to be exploring locally and further afield.

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This all-suite hotel is in a great spot, just a 10 minute walk from the pier and the beach where you’ll want to wander or bike along the Ocean Front Walk. The pedestrian shopping area of Third St Promenade is under a 15 minute walk away and the nearby Pico Boulevard area is a lively part of town with lots of dining options, some great street art and a weekly farmers market.

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Right on Ocean Avenue, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, you are just a five minute stroll to the famous pier and beach and less than five to the heart of the shopping and dining precincts, so a very central spot. This trendy hotel is also exceptionally environmentally friendly and has a fab solar heated pool which is the perfect spot to relax and soak up the sun.

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This very chic hotel is located in a quiet residential area, yet you’re still an easy walk to plenty of cafés and restaurants, shops and Ocean Ave - it’s only a 15 minute walk to the famous pier. You’re also close to Montana Ave, a relaxed part of town with a great stretch of more than 150 shops and cafés, we recommend Primo Passo Coffee Co for a decent latté.


Located in the heart of Venice Beach, where seaside charm and the vibrant boardwalk combine to create an unforgettable experience. You’re only a short walk from the ocean and bike paths and only minutes away from the shopping and dining scene in Santa Monica.

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Hop on the courtesy hotel trolley shuttle and in no time you are at Universal Studios and Universal Citywalk. From here you can catch the metro where it’s just one stop to ‘Hollywood/Highland’ and the Walk of Fame. When the sightseeing is done, sit and relax by the pool amongst seven acres of gardens in North Hollywood.

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Located in the heart of the revitalised downtown area, this hotel is in ‘The Bloc’ a cool office, shopping, dining and nightlife precinct. You’re on the 7th Street corridor that links the financial, fashion, jewellery and theatre districts, so great for wandering. And when you want to get further afield the metro is just on the corner.

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This boutique style hotel has a relaxed and comfortable setting. Located by the Hollywood Hills you just have to venture out the front door and you’re within a 10 minute walk to the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Boulevard and the Highland Centre, which includes the Kodak Theatre and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

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Step outside and find yourself opposite the Comedy Store and Saddle Ranch Chop House, so you don’t have to go far for entertainment. It’s easy to get out and explore the city as the local bus to Hollywood leaves right outside the door, or the Hop on Hop off tour bus departs from directly across the road. After a long day exploring Beverly Hills and Hollywood (which are both a 10 minute drive away), retreat to the Mediterranean pool for a dip.

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Located on one of the main roads in West Hollywood, Santa Monica Boulevard (or you might have heard of it by its other name…Route 66!), you’re in the heart of WeHo. There's a great choice of shops and restaurants very close by or it’s less than a 15 minute stroll to the dining spots on Sunset Strip. You’re also only around a 10 minute walk from the West Hollywood Design District, with 250+ studios and leaders in art, design, food and fashion.

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Conveniently positioned in the heart of Beverly Hills, you're in a great central location from which you can explore. Be part of the buzz while you enjoy the high end shops of Rodeo Drive, just a five minute drive away. Enjoy the chic dining and sizzling nightspots of Beverly Hills and, who knows, you may even find yourself doing a bit of celebrity spotting!

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An awesome downtown location with the L.A. Live precinct right next door, here you’ll find movie theatres, bars, concerts and shows, restaurants and the Grammy Museum. The Staples Centre (home to the Lakers and Clippers) is just a three minute walk away, so great for catching a basketball game. There’s plenty to explore in the area, including the amazing Broad Art Gallery, futuristic looking Walt Disney Concert Hall and Grand Central Market.

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Head out from the ultra-stylish hotel and in no time at all you are seeing stars on the pavement as you stroll along the Walk of Fame and past the Kodak Theatre, home of the Academy Awards. Hollywood and Highland Centre with shops, dining and night life are on your doorstep. Make sure you allow some time to relax by the pool.

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Learn where the magic is created, where to find the stars, and where to have the real fun in L.A. Hop on and off a double decker bus all day long taking in the sights of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Downtown L.A., Chinatown, Santa Monica and more.

Discover the capital of the entertainment industry, architectural gems and playgrounds of the rich and famous on this guided tour of Los Angeles. Have your photo taken with the famous Hollywood sign, cruise Sunset Strip and see whose names you can spot on the Walk of Fame.

SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD TM

Looking for a thrill? Six Flags has some of the fastest, tallest, wildest, gut-wrenchingest rides in the U.S. including a few record-breakers. They have everything from pulse-pounding roller coasters to options for tots.

Go behind-the-scenes on the world-famous Studio Tour to explore real film sets where movies are made. Explore the mysteries of Hogwarts™ castle and experience pulsepounding rides that transport you into a world of magic and excitement, including the new Jurassic World The Ride.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD TM VIP EXPERIENCE Immerse yourself in a full day of movie magic, with a guide, as you discover the Universal Studios the general public doesn’t see. Plus, enjoy additional benefits such as unlimited express access to each ride and attraction and reserved seating at select shows, a gourmet lunch and more!

WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR HOLLYWOOD Tour a working Hollywood studio, explore sets and soundstages used to create shows such as Gilmore Girls, The Big Bang Theory and more! Get a behind-the-scenes look at props and costumes and enjoy a hands-on introduction to the world of filmmaking. ©2019 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.


Hermosa Beach

CATALINA ISLAND – A DAY IN PARADISE

BIKE TOUR OF SANTA MONICA AND VENICE BEACH

CITY, BEACH & CELEBRITY HOMES TOUR

Located just 35 kilometres off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island is picture perfect and a world away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. The air and water are clear, the community is laid-back and friendly and there’s not one traffic light on the whole island.

Pedal by the famous beach and mellow streets of Santa Monica, past the iconic pier and then on to cruise the canals of Venice Beach. Enjoy the beautiful sun and cool breeze as your guide shares fascinating details about the neighbourhoods along the way.

See some stunning celebrity homes and iconic sights like the Hollywood Sign, Sunset Strip, Bel Air, Beverly Hills and the Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as stopping to explore scenic Santa Monica and eclectic Venice Beach.

CITADEL OUTLET

MOVIE LOCATIONS TOUR

The awesome outlet shopping centre is around 30 minutes from Los Angeles and Anaheim and has around 115 shops with so much to choose from. You can get there by Uber, by shuttle from downtown LA or if you’re heading home on a late flight, get a transfer from your hotel to CITADEL and then on to LAX once your shopping is done!

Visit over 50 movie locations onboard a customized cinematic bus – featuring stadiumstyle seating and a screen playing movie scene clips while your guide narrates while showing you the real-life locations where the movie scene was actually filmed.

ETHNIC NEIGHBOURHOODS AND FOOD TOUR Uncover a mix of nationalities that make up the City of Angels. You’ll visit hole-in-the-wall eateries, markets and snack shops. Taste food from Koreatown, Little Armenia and Thai Town as well as experiencing the culture.

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OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO

ANAHEIM Anaheim is one of those rare places where it’s almost impossible to keep from grinning from dawn ‘til dusk. With two Disney Theme Parks – Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park – and an energetic entertainment, dining and shopping district, Anaheim is one of the favourite holiday destinations on the West Coast. For a taste of Americana, be sure to take in a baseball or hockey game, but be warned, even here the happiness is infectious – where else but Anaheim could an ice hockey team called the Mighty Ducks be taken seriously!? If sports aren’t your thing, get lost at the outlets at Orange – a giant shopping and entertainment complex that’s guaranteed to keep that smile in place a little longer or cruise out to Huntington, Newport and Laguna Beaches for that Californian beach vibe.

Shopping – Outlets at Orange, Mainplace at Santa Ana and South Coast Plaza have great shopping and entertainment for the whole family.

ART – Anaheim Resort Transit System allows you to get around and explore the Anaheim Resort area – it will get you to the Disneyland Resort, Amtrak, Outlets at Orange Mall and the Packing District. Angel Stadium – Grab a hot dog and popcorn and join the locals to watch a baseball game.

Anaheim GardenWalk – There are a variety of stores and you can dine at some favourites like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., PF Changs and The Cheesecake Factory.

Interactive Dinner Experiences – Medieval Times or Pirates Adventure. Have sword fights and duels and plenty of crowd interaction, head along to one of these unique dining experiences kids of all ages are sure to love.

Catalina Island – Enjoy a day out, only an hour’s ferry ride away from Long Beach. Explore the island by golf cart or foot. Try zip lining, rock climbing or take one of the scenic tours on offer around the island.

Anaheim Packing District – For over 20 artisan eateries and live music, head to the Anaheim Packing District, about a 10 minute drive north of the Disneyland Resort and easily accessible by the ART.

Downtown Santa Ana – Jump on the ART shuttle and head to the emerging centre for arts, farm-to-table restaurants and craft beer at downtown Santa Ana. Just a 15 minute drive from the Anaheim Resort area.

Beaches – Take a day out and head to nearby Huntington, Laguna or Newport Beaches where you can shop in boutique stores or relax on the beach.

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Two magical Theme Parks. One incredible shopping, dining and entertainment district. All within walking distance of one another, along with legendary Disney service and a generous helping of pixie dust! Now is the perfect time to turn an incredible holiday into the ultimate Southern California experience.

Disneyland Park

Disney California Adventure Park

The one-and-only original! Wonders and memories abound in magical lands brimming with timeless attractions, outstanding entertainment, beloved Disney Characters and astonishing thrills galore! Touch down in a far away galaxy filled with epic adventures and your favourites from Star Wars! Must-See: Indiana Jones™ Adventure, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Fantasmic!, Pirates of the Caribbean, ‘it’s a small world’, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasy Faire.

More stories! More adventures! Explore seven exciting lands overflowing with immersive Disney, Pixar and Marvel attractions, entertainment and dining! Sensational surroundings, spectacular shows and pure Disney imagination offer thrills and adventure for everyone.

Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Tickets

Downtown Disney District

The multi-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Ticket entitles admittance to both Theme Parks – Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park – for the validity of your Park Hopper Ticket. The ticket allows you to visit both parks on the same day. Three day or more tickets include Magic Morning* early entry on one day. *All tickets, offers, events, age ranges, attractions and entertainment may be seasonal and are subject to change.

The Downtown Disney District is conveniently located in the heart of all the action and is easily accessible for guests of the Disneyland Resort. This area has something for everyone with an assortment of shopping options, distinctive dining and world-class entertainment on offer year-round. Newly opened dining experiences not to be missed include Ballast Point Brewing Company, Salt & Straw and Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes.

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Must-See: Toy Story Midway Mania!, Soarin’ Around the World, Incredicoaster, Frozen – Live at the Hyperion, Radiator Springs Racers, Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!, World of Color.

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Frozen – Live at the Hyperion

Disney Character Dining

Get swept up in the magic of Frozen – Live at the Hyperion at Disney California Adventure Park. This dazzling theatrical spectacular brings some of your favourite Frozen Characters to life on stage through elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects and showstopping production numbers. It’s truly an unforgettable experience that will captivate the whole family.

Share a delicious meal along with some hearty laughs and great photo opportunities with your favourite Disney Character friends at a fun-filled Character dining experience, offered at various locations throughout the Disneyland Resort. Be sure to pre-book your Character dining experience to ensure you don’t miss out.

Star Wars: Galaxy Edge

Disney FASTPASS Service

Live your very own Star Wars story in a whole new land where a galaxy far, far away unfolds all around you at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, now open within Disneyland Park. Around corners and through back alleys, you can build your own droid and custom lightsaber and sample the curious concoctions of the local cantina. Then, gather your crew and take control of the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. And, opening Jan 2020, find yourself caught in an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

Included in your Disneyland Resort Park ticket is the ability to save your place in line for some of your favourite attractions, while you enjoy the rest of the park! Look out for the FASTPASS sign near the entrance of selected attractions, and check to make sure the return time works for you. Then insert your park ticket into the FASTPASS machine and it will generate a FASTPASS ticket printed with your return time. Simply return to ride at your FASTPASS return time and enjoy the attraction with minimal wait! Or for greater flexibility, purchase Disney MaxPass when you arrive at Disneyland Resort.

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Relax and take a trip through time to discover the fun of the ultimate California beach boardwalk… with a distinctively Disney touch. From the surfing Goofy statue in the lobby to the roller coaster inspired water slide at the rooftop pool, everything about this hotel tells you that you’re in for a totally unique, totally Disney experience!

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The rich history and natural beauty of California welcomes guests to an elegant escape inspired by the 19th-century Arts and Crafts movement. Enjoy the award-winning Napa Rose restaurant and the special hotel guest entrance to Disney California Adventure Park. This hotel offers enough luxuries to keep all of your senses indulged for the duration of your stay.

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Be surrounded in the spirit and wonder of Disneyland Resort! Staying in the Adventure, Fantasy or Frontier towers you’ll love the hotel’s whimsical rooms. The special Disney furnishings, including light-up Sleeping Beauty Castle headboards, will make for a stay that your family will treasure. Enjoy monorail inspired waterslides across an amazing, immersive pool area, two delightful restaurants and more.

Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests Benefits Right Next Door – Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and the Downtown Disney District, are just steps from your door. Extra Magic Hour – Early Admission to the parks every day of your hotel stay. Allows registered Disneyland Resort hotel guests’ admission into select attractions on select days before the applicable park opens to the general public. Valid theme park ticket and active hotel room key required. “Key to the Magic” – Charge meals and merchandise right to your room, and have purchases delivered directly to your hotel.

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This great value hotel has super comfortable rooms and there are great options for families with family suites where the kids have their own room. It’s only a 15 minute walk to the Disneyland Resort Parks and Anaheim GardenWalk or 1.5 blocks in the other direction to the Target department store or just get the local Anaheim Resort Transit bus that has a stop nearby – this will get you right to Disneyland so you can save your feet for the theme parks.

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With just a two block walk to the Disneyland Resort and Downtown Disney District you’ll have plenty of choices for eating and entertainment. Start your day with the complimentary breakfast and after a busy day of adventure, head to the outdoor heated pool and hot tub, the perfect way to relax and unwind.

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Best Western Plus Stovalls Inn Beyond the pool with its famous topiary shrubs you can see the Disneyland Resort opposite. The main entrance to Disneyland Park is about a 15 minute walk away, but getting around Anaheim from this hotel is a breeze. The Anaheim Resort Transit shuttle stops right in front of the hotel.

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A great choice for families with plenty of family friendly rooms and complimentary breakfast. The kids will feel really welcome with their own registration desk, a family photo station and a ‘find Mickey’ game in the lobby. PLUS you’re just a seven minute walk from Disneyland Resort and only a five minute walk to Anaheim GardenWalk with plenty of restaurant options.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Convention Center

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This suite property is in a great location just a 10 minute walk from the restaurants of GardenWalk and a 15 minute walk to the main gates of Disneyland. Start your day with complimentary breakfast and after a busy day at the parks relax around the fire pit and enjoy an evening get together with complimentary beer and wine Monday through Thursday. The spacious suites will have everyone feeling right at home.


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This is an excellent choice for a family holiday. You’re just an 11 minute walk from the main gates of Disneyland but if you need a rest, the ART bus has a stop right outside that takes you to the front gates. The Anaheim GardenWalk, which has loads of dining options, is just across the road but you don’t need to dine out every night as the suites have full kitchens. The hotel also has breakfast included daily and a grocery service where you order online and they’ll deliver for free. If you need a rest from the theme parks, the hotel has a heated pool open year-round, a playground and a sports court for tennis, basketball or volleyball.

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This hotel is in a great central location in the Anaheim Resort area. It’s an easy 15 minute walk from Disneyland and just a 10 minute walk to the many dining options at Anaheim GardenWalk. Or if your feet need a rest the Anaheim Resort Transit system has a stop nearby that will take you straight to Disneyland. The rooms are comfy and stylish and there’s something for every size family, including kid friendly suites with bunk beds. After a long day you can take some time out and relax and recover in the heated outdoor swimming pool and spa.

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This family friendly hotel is in a fantastic location, it is just a five minute walk to the entrance of Disneyland Resort which is great if you need to come home for a rest during the day! There are also plenty of dining options within an easy walk from the hotel. Rooms are great for families, as they have bunks, and the pièce de résistance is the amazing on-site waterpark. With water slides (one nine metres high), a 1500 litre drench bucket, water cannons, swimming pool and kid's pool it is loads of fun. The waterpark also boasts superb views of the Disneyland fireworks.

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That morning coffee from the lobby café is heavenly before you set out for the day. Hop on the Anaheim Resort Transit shuttle service outside the hotel and save the walking for Disneyland. Your stylish, contemporary designed suite provides a separate lounge and bedroom, for families of up to six, and also features a fridge and microwave, which makes staying in for breakfast ideal for families. At the end of your busy day chill out in the whirlpool spa and heated pool.

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Enjoy a resort feel over three hectares of gardens and walkways at this Kiwi favourite hotel. The pirate themed water park, Castaway Cove, will keep the kids happy when not at Disneyland. Not to worry adults, there is another pool amongst the gardens in a quieter area. Adjacent to the hotel is Mimi’s Café which is a great spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner with delicious home cooked food. Then it is just a 10 minute stroll and you’ll be at the front gates of Disneyland Resort – so convenient!

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Disneyland Resort is just under a 10 minute walk away and for some upmarket retail therapy, hop on the South Coast Plaza shuttle that leaves from outside the hotel three times a day. After a hectic day of shopping or theme parks, relax around the resort style pool, before dining at one of the four restaurants on-site. Or take a seven minute stroll to the Anaheim GardenWalk for even more dining options.

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An urban paradise for all ages, this is a mustsee in Southern California. With more than 4000 animals and lots of things to see and do, it’s a great place for families. Excitement is the mood for the day as you encounter Chinese wildlife at Panda Trek and see lots of animals.

Indulge in a night of feasting and revelry inside Queen Maria Isabella’s 11th Century-style Castle. Feast on a four-course dinner in true Medieval, pre-cutlery fashion and witness live jousting, sword fighting, and awe-inspiring equestrian skills as six daring knights compete to be champion.

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Awesome fun awaits with more than 60 rides, shows and attractions. Explore in DUPLO® Playtown, experience the brand-new LEGO® City 4D Movie, dive into the LEGO CITY: Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride or go-behindthe-scenes like a star at the brand new THE LEGO MOVIE™ 2.

Family fun never stops when you visit California’s first theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm. Experience world-famous thrill rides and live shows. Make sure you don’t miss Camp Snoopy, home of the PEANUTS gang. *Option to buy entry ticket only, or with transportation

Enjoy a tour of downtown L.A. before stopping in Hollywood where you have free time to explore the sights. Next stop is the L.A. Farmers Market and The Grove, then it’s off to the coast via Beverly Hills to spend some time in Santa Monica.

Sit back and relax on your transfer which will have you arriving before the gates open and leaving when the gates close, so you can fit it all in. Go behind-the-scenes of a working studio on the Studio Tour and enjoy the mysteries of Harry Potter, thrilling theme park rides and shows.


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A PERFECT STAY IN SAN FRANCISCO

This is an incredibly vibrant city with iconic landmarks such as the

majestic Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, where some of America’s most famous gangsters did their time, super steep streets and the crookedest street in the world – Lombard St. This is a great city simply to wander in. Colourful neighbourhoods have their own personality so strolling through them and soaking up the atmosphere is a great way to get a feel for the city. There’s upmarket Nob Hill with its lovely architecture, the Mission District with lots of great restaurants and bars, Fisherman’s Wharf with plenty of places to try their famous seafood chowder, Haight Ashbury which still has a boho feel, North Beach with plenty of Italian bakeries and the narrow streets of Chinatown. There's plenty to do too. Bike or stroll the walkways of the Golden Gate Bridge for great views, jump on a cable car to get yourself to the top of a super steep street, say "hi" to the sea lions that have called the end of Pier 39 home or go shopping in Union Square. If you are an art lover there are two very famous art museums – San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) which was transformed and reopened in 2016 and The de Young Museum which is in the Golden Gate Park. This park is one of the largest urban parks in the world with 1017 acres stretching from the edge of the Haight Ashbury district to Ocean Beach. San Francisco is also a great base to explore more of Northern California, Yosemite National Park, Sonoma Wine Country and Napa Valley are all easily accessible. You can day trip to these places, or, take a few days and get to experience these amazing spots.

Our favourite things to see and do Cable Cars – A ride on a cable car is compulsory in San Francisco. Grab one from Market Street to Fisherman’s Wharf on Powell-Hyde and PowellMason lines or the California line runs from the Financial District through Nob Hill to Van Ness Ave. Golden Gate Bridge – Decisions, decisions – walk, cycle, drive or take a helicopter flight over the bridge. Union Square – Great shopping! Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Union Square. Alcatraz – A prison for the first half of the 20th century, now a fab tourist attraction. Ferry across to this unmissable landmark. We definitely recommend pre-purchasing tickets before you go – these can sell out months in advance in high season (May-September). Sausalito – Spend an afternoon in this seaside town browsing the cafés, restaurants, shops and galleries. Ghirardelli Square – Chocolate lovers rejoice. Ghirardelli Square is home of the chocolate by the same name and has fabulous sundaes and chocolate treats. Ferry Building – Shop at the Farmers’ Market with the locals for great food and crafts. Lombard Street – Drive or walk down the most crooked part of the street between Hyde and Leavenworth streets – beware, it’s steep. Alamo Square – See the six sisters and other ‘painted ladies’ – the famous row of colourful Victorian houses. Mission District – San Francisco’s oldest neighbourhood has some of its hottest new restaurants and galleries. Visit the historic Presidio – This former military base is now a national park and a National Historic Landmark District, widely known for its natural beauty, art and culture. SFO Museum of Modern Art – One of the largest museums of modern art in the U.S. Discover work by artists from around the world, including Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol and stroll through the outdoor sculpture garden. California Academy of Sciences – Explore earth, ocean and space all in one place. It combines an aquarium, natural history museum, planetarium and four-story rainforest under a 2.5 acre living roof.

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Location plus! Walk out the front door and you’re a quick walk from Macy’s and Bloomingdales to get your retail therapy fix, or hop on the cable car at the corner and take a ride up and over the hill to Fisherman’s Wharf. In the evening you don’t have to go far for a good meal whilst mixing with locals at The Grill located next door. To round off your stay why not see a show as the Theatre District is a short walk away.


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Situated in the very heart of San Francisco, this is a superb location to base yourself. Union Square, which is surrounded by great shops and a stop for the hop on hop off tours, is less than a five minute walk away. Then in the other direction is the massive Westfield Shopping Centre, the main cable car stop at Market St and the Powell Metro Station – all less than two minutes walk away. It is super easy to get out and about and explore, whether it be on foot or by the great local transport.

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In the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf and close to Pier 39 you’ll find this bright, modern hotel. Buy some delicious chocolates at Ghirardelli Square and jump on the nearby cable car to Union Square where you can shop, shop, shop. At the end of your busy day enjoy a swim in the outdoor, heated pool and relax around the fire pits in the outdoor living room before heading to your spacious guest room.

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This hotel is funky and fun and all about great service. The location is hard to beat, waterfront at Fisherman’s Wharf and the closest hotel to Pier 39 with its shopping and dining – grab some clam chowder at one of the local seafood eateries. You’re also an easy walk to the Alcatraz ferry, Ghirardelli Square and the famous cable cars and historic streetcars – so getting around the city is a breeze.

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San Francisco is all about style and so is this hotel. Located in the Theatre District with cafés and delis all around, you will have no trouble finding somewhere to eat day or night. Meet up with fellow travellers and locals in the hotel’s Bar Adagio, a perfect spot for a quick bite to eat and a cocktail before a night out on the town. Its a great location for that retail therapy or a show at a nearby theatre too.

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Nestled in the heart of San Francisco just a short walk from the historic cable cars and fantastic shopping in Union Square and Westfield Mall. Rooms feature big windows with views out over the city. After a busy day sightseeing why not enjoy dinner in the hip Thai restaurant Kin Khao or wind down with a cocktail at Cable 55 bar. This downtown location provides effortless convenience to everything in this amazing city.

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After opening its doors in 1904 this historic hotel is a landmark among the city and hosted presidents and many dignitaries over the years. It is very extremely centrally located in the heart of San Francisco and is the only hotel right on Union Square. Cable cars stop just outside the door and there is plenty of shopping, dining, theatre and nightlife just steps away. Featuring sophisticated, yet classic, guest rooms and world-class dining, the Westin St. Francis is renowned for its legendary service.

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DELUXE WINE COUNTRY Calling all wine lovers! Drive through California’s famous premium wine producing region before visiting wineries in both Sonoma and Napa Valleys. Time to stroll, sip and relax and let someone else do the driving.

HOP ON HOP OFF DOUBLE DECKER BUS See the sights from the top deck of an original London bus or open top sightseeing bus. The view is unbeatable as you explore this beautiful city. Hop on and off as you please with your 1 or 2 day pass. Ask us about adding a trip out to Alcatraz – a must-see in San Francisco.

BRIDGE TO BRIDGE CRUISE See both of San Francisco’s famous bridges, the Golden Gate and Oakland Bay Bridge, on one tour. Explore stunning San Francisco by boat and learn about the city’s rich history, architecture and much more.

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SAN FRANCISCO CITY TOUR Photo opportunities are aplenty on this fabulous tour. San Francisco is a city of spectacular views, a variety of cultures, quaint neighbourhoods and of course the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Your tour will be both informative and fun.

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MUIR WOODS, GIANT REDWOODS AND SAUSALITO

BIKE THE BAY – GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE TO SAUSALITO

Pass through the coastal mountains to Muir Woods, bursting with California Coast redwood trees, among the oldest and tallest on earth. Enjoy a stop in quaint Sausilito on your way back.

Enjoy a spectacular guided bike tour from Fisherman’s Wharf, across the famous Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. You are then free to explore quaint Sausalito on your own before catching the ferry back to San Francisco.


SAN FRANCISCO FOGCUTTER CITY TOUR Enjoy an unforgettable experience of San Francisco travelling in classic California style in a vintage surf-inspired ‘woody’. You’ll enjoy well known areas of San Francisco like the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park and much more!

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK This is a spectacular guided day tour to Yosemite Valley. You'll see amazing rock formations, expansive skylines, and lovely waterfalls. Then, enjoy a few hours of free time to explore at your own pace - rent a bike, take a hike or check out the visitor's centre.

MONTEREY AND CARMEL TOUR

TASTE THE MISSION

Travel down the stunning Coastal Highway 1. See gorgeous vistas and wildlife along the scenic 17 Mile Drive, drive by the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course and visit the lovely coastal towns of Carmel by the Sea and Monterey.

The Mission District is bursting with so many flavours and culinary favourites, as well as a rapidly changing food landscape, even the locals can’t keep up with what’s new! You’ll have a chance to talk with chefs who eagerly share stories about their creations.

LITTLE ITALY AND NORTH BEACH WALKING TOUR

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK OVERNIGHT TOUR

If you fancy yourself as a foodie or culture buff then you can’t miss this walking tour. Soak up the lively atmosphere of one of the city’s most popular districts and experience a slice of the top things to do in North Beach, such as tasting coffee and watching bread being freshly made.

Take in the highlights of Yosemite Valley and explore the stunning High Country on this smallgroup tour. You will see Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, giant Sequoia trees and amazing views from Glacier Point with your professional guide and stay in a hotel nestled beneath the towering pines.

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Just 48 kilometres north of San Francisco, Sonoma County sits in the heart of California’s renowned wine country. Here you can hike through ancient redwood forests, explore the Pacific coastline, stroll small towns, shop boutiques and galleries, taste your way along farm and cheese trails, meet with winemakers and sip glorious wines at one of the many wineries. Day 1: Sonoma & Sonoma Valley (70km) Check out the downtown plaza of Sonoma, with its collection of cafés, restaurants, wine tasting rooms, olive oil tasting and galleries, before heading to Buena Vista Winery, founded in 1857, it is the birthplace of California wine. Next, head to Cornerstone, a cute country marketplace which has boutique wine rooms, craft distillery, local artisans, yummy food and gorgeous gardens. It’s a good place to while away a few wine country hours. Day 2: Guerneville, Bodega Bay & Sebastopol – Santa Rosa (158km) Make your way to the eclectic town of Guerneville, home to the Giant Redwoods at Armstrong State Preserve, before heading on the famous Highway 1 where you’ll have the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean next to you. There’s lots of small beaches and spectacular views along here, and from Nov-Apr it is whale watching season, so keep your eyes peeled. Sebastopol, is worth a stop, especially for “The Barlow” a cool open-air marketplace, covering 12.5 acres, where some great chefs, vintners and artisans have come to work side-by-side. Day 3: Healdsburg, Santa Rosa & Petaluma (80 km) Take some time to explore Healdsburg, a charming small town well worth a wander, where the town plaza is lined with shops, restaurants, tasting rooms and galleries. In Santa Rosa you’ll want to explore the South A Street Art District for the largest concentration of artists in Sonoma. Then there’s the riverside town of Petaluma, a foodie haven, with a great mix of ethnic cuisines and awarding-winning restaurants using the best locally grown products. Our favourite places to stay: • Flamingo Resort & Spa, Santa Rosa • The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma • Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country, Santa Rosa

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Highlights worth seeing along the way Jack London Historic Park, Glen Ellen – Visit the houses and gravestone of author Jack London, the property is a national historic landmark and the on-site museum is worth a visit. Sonoma Marin Cheese Trail – There are plenty of cheese makers around and this trail is a great way to see some of the most popular. Bodega Bay – A quaint fishing village with headland hiking trails, kayaking, water sports and famed for its oysters and fresh crab. Bodega – Famous for being the location of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie ‘The Birds’. Charles M. Schulz – Santa Rosa is home to the museum that celebrates cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, you’ll also see colourful street sculptures of Snoopy and Peanuts characters throughout the city. Wine Road – A picturesque trip taking you past wineries in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys of Northwest Sonoma County. Petaluma – Home to craft breweries, port distillers and antique shops. Wine Tour by Bike – From the historic downtown to world-famous wineries you can easily explore by bike, on mainly flat roads. Enjoy awardwinning wines at local wineries, then have a picnic lunch among the vines. There’s guided or self-guided options, as well as e-bikes.


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NAPA VALLEY 3 DAYS/3 NIGHTS SUGGESTED SELF-DRIVE The Napa has been endowed with the perfect environment to cultivate some amazing wines, but that is just the beginning. With more than 1200 square kilometres of breath-taking views, an array of accommodation options and lovely spas and some of the USA’s best food, it’s a fantastic destination to explore. Day 1: Napa Valley Start the day with breakfast at the Oxbow Public Market, a bustling food hall with everything from bakeries to restaurants. Then drive to di Rosa, an art preserve on the Carneros Highway that houses the most significant holding of Bay Area contemporary art.

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Driving back toward Napa, you’ll see the brightly coloured Carneros Inn, a perfect spot to stop for lunch at their Boonfly Café or FARM Restaurant. Day 2: Napa Valley – Yountville – St. Helena (20km) You’re going to need to rise early, but it’ll be well worth it. Get yourself to Napa Valley Aloft for a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the valley, followed by a sparkling wine breakfast. It’s one of those lifetime experiences you’ll never forget. By now you’re probably eager to do a little walking, after all that eating, drinking, and being merry. Spend the afternoon wandering around the charming town of St. Helena, stopping for a coffee in one of the many cafés.

Highlights worth seeing along the way Domaine Carneros – Sample the sparkling wine at this French château founded by the noble French family behind the Champagne Taittinger. Napa Valley Wine Train – Take a tour of the wineries in the area by train or for something special enjoy a three hour dining excursion. The Hess Collection – This beautiful vineyard has a little something for everyone. You can enjoy beautifully crafted wine and food pairing, learn to blend wine, stroll through the Hess Family's awe-inspiring private art collection or take a vineyard tour in an ATV.

Day 3: St. Helena – Calistoga (15km) Calistoga is the northernmost town in the valley but before you arrive make sure you stop at Castello di Amorosa, an authentic recreation of a Tuscan medieval castle.

The Culinary Institute of America – If you have a passion for food and wine and a craving to learn, you can’t miss a stop at the Culinary Institute of America. They have cooking and wine classes, demonstrations, tastings, an award-winning restaurant and tours.

For lunch why not treat yourself at Solbar, the Michelin star restaurant at Solage Resort and Spa. Head to Indian Springs, a historic hotsprings resort for a spa treatment then enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants on Lincoln Avenue.

Napa Premium Outlets – Take advantage of massive savings on branded clothing like Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger and many more.

Our favourite places to stay: • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley, American Canyon • Best Western Plus Stevenson Manor, Calistoga • The Westin Verasa Napa

Oakville – Try wine tasting at one of the most iconic wine estates in the valley – Opus One. Round Pond Olive Mill – For a change of pace from wine-tasting, try olive tasting instead, then stay and enjoy a lunch of cheese, bread and fresh produce.

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SAN DI EGO A PERFECT STAY IN SAN DIEGO

California’s second largest city, just an hour north of the Mexican

border, still manages to retain the feel of a seaside resort town. It will always garner hordes of visitors with its world-famous attractions, but there are plenty of other reasons to stay for a few extra days. Some great areas of San Diego to check out are the Downtown and Gaslamp Quarter where modern architecture and Victorian-Age buildings stand side-by-side. You’ll discover eclectic galleries, chic boutiques, trendy nightclubs, rooftop bars, gastropubs, craft beer haunts and fine dining restaurants lining the streets. Then there is the Mission Valley and Old Town, the area is within a 15 minute drive of Balboa Park and the Downtown Gaslamp Quarter. It also has family friendly dining and shopping at the Fashion Valley and Mission Valley malls. The Old Town has boutiques, lots of Mexican restaurants, art galleries, mariachi bands and margaritas – it’s lots of fun! If you’re in need of some fresh sea air, head to Mission Bay Park just minutes from downtown and surrounded by 40 kilometres of shoreline, with a variety of waterways, inlets and islets to explore. Mission Bay is bordered by several beach communities, each with their own distinct vibe. Mission Bay is not to be confused with Mission Beach, which along with Pacific Beach, is the hang out for the cool 20-something crowd. Along the five kilometre oceanfront boardwalk, you’ll find funky surf shops, beach bars, cafés and nightclubs.

Our favourite things to see and do USS Midway – Take a trip through American naval history. This enormous ship, the longest serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century, offers a range of interactive exhibits and numerous restored aircraft. LEGOLAND California Resort – The Resort features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions. Marvel at cities built entirely out of millions of LEGO® bricks in Miniland USA. San Diego Zoo & Safari Park – An urban paradise for all ages with more than 4000 rare and fascinating animals. See giant pandas, gorillas, tigers, flamingos, polar bears, koalas, and many more. Balboa Park – The 1200 beautiful and lushly planted acres in the downtown area is home to; more than 17 museums, many performing arts venues, lovely gardens, trails, and the San Diego Zoo. Las Cuatro Milpas – If you can be patient enough to wait in the line that is pretty much always out the door, then you will be rewarded with some of the best Mexican food to ever touch your lips. Liberty Public Market – Browse the trendy eateries, bars, and specialty food and craft vendors at this bustling market, located in an updated Navy building in Liberty Station. The huge, grassy, outdoor eating area also features a vegetable and herb garden. La Jolla – The coastline around here varies dramatically, from 92 metre sea cliffs, to rocky reefs, to secluded coves and wide golden sandy shores. Although some of the beaches are inaccessible, the views are beyond spectacular. Coronado – Just across the bay from downtown this island paradise has lovely white sand beaches, gentle surf, a charming main street and the historic Hotel del Coronado. Old Town Trolley Tour – This hop on hop off trolley tour is a great way to get around all of the main sights in San Diego such as Balboa Park, Coronado, Old Town and Little Italy.

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PAL M S PRI NGS

A PERFECT STAY IN PALM SPRINGS

With over 350 days of sunshine a year, Palm Springs has the perfect

blend of outdoor adventure and casual relaxation. With everything from old Hollywood history, Native American heritage to a stellar collection of mid-century modern architecture, you’ll find things are a bit different here. Start your stay by learning about the masters of mid-century modern architecture by taking a tour of some of the most notable architecture in Palm Springs before heading to the Palm Springs Art Museum which has over 28 galleries. Outdoor action more your thing? Climb aboard the world’s largest rotating tramcar at The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to experience a 10 minute breath-taking journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon. Pack a picnic and hike the majestic Indian Canyons or join a ranger guided tour to learn about the Agua Caliente Cahuilla (pronounced Kaw-we-ah) Indians who settled in the Palm, Murray, Andreas, Tahquitz and Chino Canyons. Once you arrive to the top, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley. How about some golf? Palm Springs has over 120 golf courses. Enjoy a morning round of golf at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort or Indian Canyons Golf Resort, both courses have unparalleled desert beauty and challenging terrain for all levels. Palm Springs is also known as Hollywood’s favourite playground so while playing golf, enjoying the architecture or hitting the shops – keep your eyes open, you never know who you might spot!

Buzz – An easy way to cruise the Palm Springs area. The city’s free trolley service operates Thursday-Sunday and makes it easy to get around downtown and uptown Palm Springs with over 30 stops. Mid-Century Modern Architecture – Palm Springs has one of the largest concentrations of mid-century modern architecture in the country. Learn about the masters of modern architecture and take a tour of the desert’s most notable architecture in downtown Palm Springs. Palm Springs Air Museum – The Palm Springs Air Museum houses one of the nation’s largest collections of World War II aircraft. The Buddy Rodgers Theatre shows daily documentaries about aviation in the military with an emphasis on World War II. Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon – These canyons have more than 160 kilometres of trails along streams, ancient palm groves and stunning canyons with lovely views and outdoor adventure. VillageFest – A free downtown festival held every Thursday evening. Browse more than 180 vendors offering beautiful art, handcrafted items and tasty food. Hollywood in Palm Springs – Discover the secluded retreats and exclusive estates of Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe or Elvis Presley by taking a celebrity tour or follow Palm Springs’ own ‘Walk of Stars’ through downtown Palm Springs. Did you know Sonny Bono was once mayor here? Coachella – This annual music and arts festival is held every April over two weekends and attracts some of the biggest names in music. Joshua Tree National Park – It’s about an hours drive to the rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park. Named for the region’s twisted, bristled Joshua trees, the park straddles the cactus-dotted Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert. Elvis’s Honeymoon Hideaway – Elvis and Priscilla spent their honeymoon here and it is one of the mid-century classic houses you can take a peek inside.

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Windmills – Located in the gateway to Coachella Valley, one of the windiest places in southern California, there are around 4000 turbines that generate enough power for the entire Coachella Valley. Tours are available.

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S EAT T L E A PERFECT STAY IN SEATTLE

Orcas swimming next to a ferry, salmon swimming upstream in the

middle of town, and cheese making at Pike Place Market are just some of the experiences you may not expect to find on a visit to Seattle. Why not join a walking tour of the hottest places to eat in Seattle or a chef-led tour where you will indulge in lots of delicious treats. Food in the Pacific Northwest is mouth-watering; from tasty crab, salmon and other seafood pulled straight from local waters and nearby shores to fresh, local, meat and vegetables. At Pike Place Market there are many fantastic eateries so when you’re not sure what kind of food you’re in the mood to eat, just head to Pike Place Market and sample a little of everything or hop on one of several market tours that focus on food, history, or a little of both. For something a bit different make sure you’re around when the famous fish-throwing happens – something you need to see to believe. Now it’s time to hit the streets as Seattle is a great walking city. Wander the bustling waterfront, a unique area of the city with dozens of paths and public spaces. Or just sit and simply enjoy a little bit of people watching as you absorb the local scene. End your day with some awe-inspiring views and fine dining up the iconic Space Needle. At a height of 185 metres, the Space Needle boasts fabulous 360 degree views that include Mt. Rainier, Puget Sound, the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, the beautiful city of Seattle and beyond.

Our favourite things to see and do Boeing Factory – Go behind the hangar doors to discover Boeing’s inner workings on a tour of the Boeing Factory. Starting at Future of Flight where you’ll be able to discover 8500 square kilometres of interactive aviation exhibits. View the flight line and aeroplanes in various stages of assembly. Chihuly Garden and Glass – Located just beneath the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass traces the art and career of world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. The Museum of Flight – More than 150 historic artefacts are on display here, including the legendary SR-71 Blackbird, an original Concorde jetliner and the actual 707 jet used as Air Force One during the ‘50s, ‘60s and early ‘70s. Many of the exhibits are hands-on and perfect for kids. Pike Place Market – This is Seattle’s most iconic attraction — and it’s filled with tasty treats. There are aisles of fruits and vegetables, tables overflowing with fresh floral bouquets, and booth after booth selling all manner of locally made jewellery, clothing and gifts. Smith Tower – Once the tallest building west of the Mississippi, the Smith Tower has offered Seattle’s best views to the public for over 100 years. Elevator operators whisk visitors in an old-fashioned copper and brass elevator car to the 35th floor where you’ll step into the past as you enter the historic observatory. Seattle Aquarium – Featuring a stunning viewing window that looks into a 454,000 litre aquarium filled with salmon, colourful rockfish, vibrant sea anemones, and other native Washington marine life. Seattle Underground Tour – Seattle was rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire of 1889. This has left underground footpaths and storefronts which are absolutely fascinating. Water Taxi – Get a water taxi to West Seattle, locals and tourists will agree that the water taxi has some of the best views of the Seattle skyline.

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Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) – A museum dedicated to the history and exploration of both popular music and science fiction. Harbour Cruise – See some of the most famous landmarks, natural and man-made from the water.


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A PERFECT STAY IN PORTLAND

Portland is a great walking city with tons of public transport, an

atmosphere that celebrates the arts, a culture of great food, artisan coffee, craft beer, urban wineries and neighbourhoods full of cool boutiques with handmade clothes and crafts. The Portland Saturday Market (Mar-Dec, Sat-Sun) is alongside the river and full of local artisans. It is a perfect starting point for a leisurely walk through the city. While you’re in the downtown area, the Portland Art Museum has a large collection of northwest art from the 19th century to the present day. The Pearl District is a trendy part of town which was formerly an industrial area, and is now home to boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars, many of which are located in refurbished warehouses. It’s also home to Portland’s oldest brewery – with over 70 in the city, this of course means plenty of beer tastings are available at some fantastic breweries. Next, you may want to savour the sights and scents of the oldest public Rose Test Gardens in the USA. There are more than 10,000 roses, with the peak of the rose season late spring. Washington Park, where the Rose Gardens are located, has year round attractions including the Japanese Gardens and Pittock Mansion and the views over the city are spectacular. And as fantastic as Portland is to spend time in, it is also easy to do some short getaways from the city. The mountains, waterfalls, wine country and other assorted attractions, which Oregon is famous for, are all a short drive away.

Bikes and Segways – There’s around 400 kilometres of bike lanes and many of them run through downtown and past popular attractions, shops and restaurants. You can hire bikes and Segways or do a guided tour that will take you around the bridges, breweries, food carts and parks of Portland as well as further afield to explore the wine country and Columbia River Gorge. Food Trucks – Portland’s food truck scene is massive with over 600 in the city. They are generally grouped together in ‘pods’ around the city. Alder Street, Cartopia and Mississippi are a few of the great pods to visit. There are also food cart tours if you fancy a few hours sampling some delicious treats. Powell’s City of Books – This is the world’s largest independent bookstore that takes up a whole city block. It has new releases and second hand books sharing the shelves and is a must for book worms. Nob Hill – This is a fun area with some of the city’s trendiest shops and eateries. Don’t forget there is no sales tax in Oregon, so shopping is definitely worth considering. Columbia River Gorge – Starting around 50 kilometres from Portland this scenic area has amazing views, more than 90 waterfalls and heaps of hiking trails. Wine Country – Less than an hour’s drive is the gorgeous Willamette Valley, home to more than 250 wineries, quaint towns, rolling farmland and delicious pinot noir. Coffee – Portland’s coffee culture keeps people caffeinated with a mix of independent roasters and small cafés. Wash your single origin long black down with a doughnut from Blue Star or Voodoo Doughnuts where you can try lots of crazy flavours like Bacon Maple Walnut.

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Breweries – Portland has been a hub for the USA craft beer scene since the 1980s. They say it’s the fresh ingredients like Willamette Valley hops, barley and Bull Run water that makes their beer so good. There are plenty of brewpubs, beer themed events and brewery tours – you’re bound to find a brew you love.

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Music – The city is known for its indie rock music and you can check out gigs at local hangouts like the Doug Fir Lounge or McMenamins.

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OREGON

OREGON Oregon has amazing natural wonders and some incredibly diverse scenery, along with a great food, wine and beer scene and really friendly locals. It is the perfect state for a self-drive holiday and you are sure to have many ‘wow’ moments.

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Day 1: Portland – Coos Bay (355km or 389km) After spending some time exploring Portland and surrounds, head to the dramatic coastline of Oregon with its beautiful views and quaint towns. If you don’t want to spend too long in the car today, you can head out to the coast at Florence before making your way along the coast to Coos Bay. Coos Bay is home to massive sand dunes, some reaching 500 feet high, and is at the southern entrance to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

Day 1: Portland – Cannon Beach – Newport (300km) The Oregon coast is one of the region’s most visited attractions. With 580 kilometres of beautiful coastline, the scenery is dramatic with pristine sand beaches in some areas and rugged cliffs in others.

Day 2: Coos Bay – Crater Lake – Grant’s Pass (454km) Crater Lake National Park, the deepest lake in the U.S., is definitely worth a visit. The views from the visitor centre over the lake are spectacular and there are a selection of hikes you can do including the popular Rim Trail. Day 3: Grant’s Pass – Redwoods National Park – Eureka (266km) Make your way to California and the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center, from here it’s easy to explore the soaring redwoods. Carry on down the coast to Eureka, stopping on the way at the Klamath River Overlook, where the freshwater river meets the Pacific Ocean at a huge estuary. Day 4: Eureka – Fort Bragg (265km) Continue south via the famous “Avenue of the Giants” – a narrow strip of U.S. 101 with redwoods so close and so tall that they create a dramatic ‘avenue’. Day 5: Fort Bragg – San Francisco (279km) Start the morning with a walk on the unusual Glass Beach, where the beach is absolutely covered with colourful sea glass before making your way to San Francisco, either travelling down the coast or by heading inland and exploring the Sonoma wine region on your way.

Our favourite places to stay: • Red Lion, Coos Bay • Weasku Inn, Grant’s Pass • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Eureka • Holiday Inn Express, Fort Bragg

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Day 2: Newport – Florence – Eugene – Grant’s Pass (400km) Carry on to Florence with its historic old town and 65 square kilometres of sand dunes. Passing through the mystical Siuslaw National Forest will take you to Eugene. Day 3: Grant’s Pass – Crater Lake – Bend (333km) A highlight of your trip will be the majestic Crater Lake. Its pristine water is surrounded by cliffs that reflect in the lake, it is absolutely beautiful. Next it is Bend, a mecca for outdoor adventures and only 35 minutes from the Mt Bachelor ski resort. Day 4: Bend – Smith Rock – Painted Hills – Bend (290km) Today you’ll see two stunning sights – Smith Rock with its sheer cliffs and deep river canyons and The Painted Hills whose rolling hills with stripes of yellows, golds, browns and reds are spectacular. Day 5: Bend – Columbia River Gorge – Hood River, via the Historic Highway (248km) Take the Historic Columbia River Highway, which has some lovely scenic viewpoints, to Hood River, a cute town by the river. Day 6: Hood River – Mt Hood – Columbia River Gorge & Waterfalls – Portland (254km) Mt Hood is as popular in the winter as it is in the summer, you can ski year round here. Along the Columbia River Gorge there is a huge concentration of around 90 stunning waterfalls. Our favourite places to stay: • Shilo Inn Suites, Bend • Elizabeth Oceanfront Suites, Newport • Weasku Inn, Grants Pass • Hampton Inn & Suites Hood River

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L AS V EGAS

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO

LAS VEGAS It’s one of the most famous cities in the world, and certainly one of the most provocative. You probably think you know what it’s all about, but spend a little time getting to know this fun city and you’ll discover its many surprises. To begin with, as fabulous as the casinos are, you don’t actually need to throw your money into a slot machine to have a good time. Check out one of the amazing live shows, from Cirque du Soleil to famous pop stars, or go window shopping (and celebrity spotting) in the many luxury brand boutiques. Just 50 kilometres out of town you’ll find the Hoover Dam, a massive piece of engineering that seeks to control the Colorado River. Be sure to add on a trip to the Grand Canyon to see what this mighty river is capable of.

Shopping – With outlet malls at either end of The Strip, designer stores aplenty and everything in between, there’s something for any shopping budget.

Fremont Street – Dating back to 1905, this is the home of old casinos like the Golden Nugget. Try zip lining across Fremont Street with the neon lights dazzling around you.

Exotics Car Racing – What do you feel like driving? A Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche or an Aston Martin? There’s over 50 cars to choose from which you can then take out on the racetrack.

High Roller – This 168 metre observation wheel dominates the landscape and gives you amazing views over Las Vegas.

Neon Museum – Explore the history of Vegas through these unique neon signs. Take a tour of the Neon Boneyard where more than 150 classic neon signs rest.

The Park Vegas – This cool outdoor dining and entertainment district is also home to the Park Theatre and T-Mobile Arena where you can catch a concert or a sports game.

Play the tables – Of course you couldn’t really go to Vegas without trying your luck at any of the hundreds of casinos.

Fun for free – Watch the beautiful fountain show outside the Bellagio, watch the Volcano erupt outside the Mirage and see the light and laser show downtown at the Fremont Street Experience.

Great Outdoors – Explore the stunning national parks and recreation areas just outside of Las Vegas including Red Rock Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Lake Mead.

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Enter the imposing façade of an Egyptian sphinx, into the pyramid with its elevators rising on a 39° angle and you are in another world. There are rooms in their towers, as well as unique pyramid rooms with slanted windows. One level above the casino is the world’s largest Atrium for great shopping and dining, there are 15 eateries on-site, as well as some great shows. Check out Blue Man Group, Carrot Top or R.U.N the brand new Cirque du Soleil live action thriller.

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In a central location, this is a true oasis with everything you could want and more. Take a stroll through the Tropical Wildlife Habitat, nestled in the hotel’s lush 15 acre grounds where there are exotic birds, fish and turtles and of course a huge flock of flamingos. There’s also the great family friendly Beach Club Pool or the adult only Go Pool with a lively pool party vibe. When the sun goes down there are a couple of bars, a nightclub and the on-site Margaritaville.

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This incredibly central hotel has modern rooms with cool artwork and furnishings. You certainly don’t have to go far for fun - on-site there is of course a casino, then there are 11 restaurants including Gordon Ramsay’s Burger joint and some pretty cool bars, the Miracle Mile Shops (one of The Strip’s biggest malls), a rooftop pool – with it’s own Flowrider wave pool and DJ’s and then there is the entertainment. See Gwen Stefani and Shania Twain headlining and world-renowned illusionist Criss Angel has his show Criss Angel MINDFREAK.

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The LINQ Hotel & Casino Located right in the centre of the Las Vegas Strip, this is the social hub for trend-setters and partiers alike. Spend your days lounging around the adult only chic pool deck before experiencing one of the three bars at the hotel. Step outside and you’re in the heart of the LINQ Promenade with numerous eating and drinking opportunities as well as the LINQ High Roller observation wheel from where you can see across the whole of Las Vegas.

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Located on the south of the Las Vegas Strip, this hotel features a unique South Beach vibe and has plenty to keep you entertained. There’s a casino, four restaurants including Robert Irvine’s Public House along with some casual dining options and the lovely Mandara Spa. During the day, chill out on a lounger by the great pool surrounded by palm trees and gardens – it even has a swim-up blackjack table! At night, there’s also plenty going on with a comedy club and Prince Tribute Show.

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Enjoy fully renovated rooms and experience everything you love about Paris in the very heart of the Las Vegas Strip. You really are transported to the City of Lights with all the same passion, excitement, and ambience of Europe’s most romantic city. At dusk ride the elevator up the Eiffel Tower to the top-floor observation deck for a breath-taking view of Las Vegas, or visit the French restaurant on the 11th floor boasting views of the glittering Strip. There’s four higher end restaurants (including Gordon Ramsay’s Steakhouse), seven casual restaurants and a buffet at the hotel as well as a rooftop pool and gorgeous Mandara Spa.

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This super iconic hotel, with it’s New York skyline exterior including a huge replica of the Statue of Liberty, is at the south end of The Strip. There’s some great dining and drinking options like the Nine Fine Irishmen, an Irish pub that was shipped to Las Vegas, and the Bar at Times Square with its duelling piano show. Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil is on-site as is a casino, 13 restaurants, spa, pool and of course a roller coaster. But you’re an easy 15 minute stroll along the always vibrant Strip to the Bellagio Fountains or just wander to the Park MGM (five minutes) and hop on the free tram.

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This is a super hip hotel right in the heart of Las Vegas, that has one-of-a-kind private terrace rooms where you can sit and look out over The Strip. There are three distinct pool experiences, so you’ll need to choose the scene that best suits your mood – whether it’s chilling out or dancing to a DJ. There are some very cool bars as well as a massive nightclub at the hotel, not to mention some great dining options. There’s more than 25 dining options including the famous Rose. Rabbit.Lie., Beauty & Essex and É by José Andrés. It will be a struggle to step out of the hotel!

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This is one of the ultimate Las Vegas hotel experiences. Inspired by the villages of Europe it is famed for its elegance and opulence and overlooks a Mediterraneanblue lake with performing fountains. Wander through the stunning conservatory and botanical gardens (that change seasonally) or take in an art exhibit at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts. Spend the day relaxing by one of the five swimming pools before heading to see a show like the stunning ‘O’ by Cirque du Soleil.

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Sit and watch the gondolas go by or even experience a romantic ride on one. Add to this the winding canals, the marble floors and hand painted frescoes and you are surrounded by the grandeur and romance of Venice. Stroll along the cobblestone walkways, shop in boutiques amongst beautiful buildings, or a walk in St Marks Square without the pigeons is an experience in itself. Don’t forget to stop for a delicious Italian espresso.

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LAS VEGAS SHOWS

GRAND CANYON DRIVE, FLY AND FLOAT TOUR

GRAND VOYAGER WITH HELICOPTER FLIGHT AND BOAT

The most thrilling, one-of-a-kind Grand Canyon experience. Explore the West Rim in a state-of-the-art Tour Trekker, drop 4000 feet into the Canyon on a 10 minute helicopter ride, then enjoy a 20 minute pontoon ride on the mighty Colorado River.

A tour of the Grand Canyon isn’t complete until you see it from the air, ground and water. Enjoy an airplane flight out to the West Rim where you’ll hop on a helicopter for your trip to the bottom of the canyon and take a cruise along the Colorado River. Ask about adding on the Skywalk.

GRAND CANYON WEST RIM TOUR

GRAND CELEBRATION

Travel in comfort in Pink Jeep’s Tour Trekker to the Grand Canyon’s stunning West Rim. Take in majestic sights and enjoy some of the most awe-inspiring views on the planet. Your guide will share facts on the history, culture, geology, flora and fauna on this exceptional adventure.

Descend, land and walk the canyon floor. Travel in a state of the art helicopter and touch down by the banks of the Colorado River where you’ll enjoy a picnic. Ask about adding on the Skywalk or tour over The Strip on your return to Las Vegas.

BRYCE CANYON AND ZION NATIONAL PARK TOUR

You must-see at least one Vegas show when visiting. From resident headliners, magicians, and comedians to the incredible world-class events like Le Rêve – The Dream, or Cirque du Soleil’s seven resident productions, each performance is an unforgettable event, with a show to suit everyone.

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Explore Bryce Canyon, famous for its unique geology, where over time erosion has shaped the rock into bizarre shapes, including slot canyons and spires called hoodoos. Then you’ll head to Zion National Park with its dramatic landscape of sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs.


Discover the urban lifestyle of Salt Lake City, the perfect mountain town of Park City and the surreal scenery of the Mighty 5® national parks. A trip to the Mighty 5® means watching the sunrise over towering natural monuments, hiking, biking, exploring and stargazing. It’s hard to imagine so much inspiring beauty and outdoor adventure in one place until you see it for yourself.

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Utah’s capital is fairly compact so it’s easy to explore on foot. Visit the historic and spiritual heart of Utah, Temple Square, which is home to the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir who have frequent performances and dress rehearsals that are open to the public. Satisfy your shopping fix with a stroll through City Creek Centre or take in the view of the city from the steps of the State Capitol.

Discover a landscape unlike any other in the world. There’s over 2000 natural stone arches, hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. There’s scenic roads in the park and loads of trails, so it can be explored by anyone. At sunset the red rock becomes saturated with the radiance of the sun and is a photographers’ dream, and at sunrise, rays of light break over dramatic horizons.

Formed by the currents of Utah’s Green and Colorado Rivers you’ll find incredibly beautiful scenery with wave after wave of deep canyons, towering mesas, pinnacles, cliffs and spires. There’s paved scenic drives, family friendly hikes and one of the west’s most photographed landforms – Mesa Arch. There’s also longer hiking trails and overnight hiking for experienced trampers.

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It’s hard to rival the parks sense of expansiveness, with sweeping vistas and a seemingly endless landscape of limitless sky and desert rock. There are plenty of hiking trails ranging from easy strolls to strenuous hikes involving steep climbs near cliff edges. Hikes can take you deep into narrow gorges, to the top of high cliffs for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding area or under natural stone arches.

Taking a hike or an easy stroll is the best way to take in the unbeatable scenery and to get amazing views of the hoodoos. Stop at Inspiration Point where the view stretches seemingly forever, as light catches the spires, hoodoos and ever-eroding canyon walls. The most brilliant colours of the park come alive with the rising and setting of the sun, which is also a great time to see animals and birds.

Here you’ll explore some spectacular landscapes - gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Take an easy day hike such as the Emerald Pools Trail with its pools, waterfalls and lovely views; the Weeping Rock Trail or the Canyon Overlook Trail, which runs to a high overlook above the Great Arch, commanding gorgeous vistas of the lower reaches of Zion Canyon.

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ARIZONA Arizona is full of incredible natural wonders, one-of-kind places and a fascinating history. Their parks feature everything from the grandest of canyons to red rock buttes, acres of saguaros cacti and areas with dark sky status. Then there’s wine country, the Old West and native lands where you can see the arts and way of life from thousands of years ago.

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Phoenix & Central Arizona

Scottsdale

Sedona & North Central Arizona

Phoenix is surrounded by mountains and has sunshine 85 percent of daylight hours, but what really sets it apart is its dramatic Sonoran Desert scenery. You don’t have to leave the city to find plenty of adventure with multiple hiking and biking trails right in town. You’ll also find award-winning restaurants, great museums, high desert golf courses, an impressive desert botanical garden, major league sports teams and some sensational resorts.

Scottsdale’s desert landscape offers endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon, explore landscapes on a hike, or unleash your inner cowboy for a horse ride. Head to the cool Old Town where you’ll find art galleries, boutiques, some amazing dining options and wine tasting rooms. You also must-visit Taliesin West, about 25 minutes north, which was Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home for more than 20 years.

Hike the trails in Sedona, dine at fabulous restaurants, sample a local wine, or just marvel at the iconic red rocks that jut upwards from the high desert floor, they’re truly breathtaking. Explore plenty of small towns Jerome is a favourite - an old mining town that went from boom town to ghost town and then in the 1960’s the town was restored with historic accuracy and today has art studios, galleries, wine tasting rooms and some great restaurants.

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Flagstaff & Northern Arizona

Tucson & Southern Arizona

Western Arizona

Flagstaff is the largest town in northern Arizona and is an exceptional base to explore from. Within 80 minutes or less you can explore seven national parks and monuments – including the Grand Canyon. It’s nestled in the high country mountains and home to some great skiing, a lovely historic downtown with trendy restaurants, craft breweries and local galleries, 20 kilometres of Route 66 and not to mention it’s dark sky city status – great for star gazing.

Here you’ll find lush desert with stately saguaro, wine country in Sonoita and Elgin, art and copper mines in Bisbee and watch out for Old West outlaws in Tombstone. In Tucson there’s plenty of ranches, horse riding and old west roots, but you’ll also find yourself amongst spas, resorts and golf courses - not to mention amazing, trend-setting restaurants. Tucson was the first city to earn the designation of World City of Gastronomy by UNESCO.

Cool off in any of the region’s lakes or the Colorado River. There’s plenty for the adventurous as well as museums, Route 66 nostalgia, natural wonders, and wildlife. Follow the Colorado River’s path from the Hoover Dam to Mexico, you’ll find gems like Kingman, the heart of Route 66, with frequent classic car events, glowing neon signs, and an overall retro vibe. Or enjoy Yuma with the river, lakes and the beautiful Sonoran Desert and historic sites.


Snow-capped mountains, canyons, desert, geysers, flower meadows the Western USA boasts so many different landscapes, all epic in their scale and often teeming with wildlife. You can stay in a park, make a day trip from a nearby town or simply drive through on one of the breathtakingly scenic roads through the parks. There are 58 parks in the National Park Service, but here’s just a pick of some of the most popular in the west.

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NATIONAL PARKS OF THE WEST

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Grand Canyon, Arizona

Yosemite, California

Yellowstone, Wyoming

Vast, magnificent and beautiful, the Grand Canyon is a natural wonder you must-see to believe. Stretching 443 kilometres from end to end and in places up to 28 kilometres wide, its rocky walls descend more than a kilometre to the canyon’s floor. It’s one of the seven natural wonders of the natural world, a UNESCO World Heritage-site and at the top of many bucket lists. The Grand Canyon is divided into three unique areas that each offer a distinct experience.

This is California’s most popular national park, with 3.8 million visitors a year, and covers almost 3108 square kilometres. There’s lush valleys and majestic peaks, punctuated by giant sequoia trees, dramatic waterfalls and soaring granite outcrops like El Capitan and Half Dome. There are 1200 kilometres of trails to explore on foot or by bike, plus rafting and rock climbing for the adventurous. Drive through Wawona Tunnel to see the vista from Tunnel View, take a stroll around the base of Yosemite Falls to work up an appetite and watch the sun set on Half Dome.

This is the oldest national park in the U.S. covering an area of nearly 9065 square kilometres. The majority of the park is in Wyoming (96%) but there’s also a small section in Montana (3%) and Idaho (1%). Above ground you’ll find dramatic canyons, rivers, huge expanses of forest and plenty of animals including bears, bison, wolves, antelope and elk. Below the ground, active volcanic and hydrothermal systems create hot springs, mud pools, steam vents and half the world’s geysers. The most famous of these ‘Old Faithful’ jets boiling water into the air every 35 to 120 minutes. There are eight developed visitor areas with visitor centres, lodging and museums including: Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower-Roosevelt, Canyon Village, Grant Village, Old Faithful and Madison.

There’s the South Rim which is close to Flagstaff and the most popular area. Home to Grand Canyon Village it has the most services and free shuttle buses through the park (Mar-Sep). The North Rim has lots of snow in the winter so is only open from around midMay-October. This area is visited by far less people and is a remote place to enjoy the beauty of the canyon in more solitude. The West Rim is easily accessible from Las Vegas and there are plenty of tours available including by bus, jeep, plane and helicopter. You can also test your nerve by walking on the glass Skywalk that extends 20 metres out from the edge of the canyon, 1200 metres above the canyon floor.

The park is open year round and has distinct appeal no matter what time of the year you visit. Spring brings gushing waterfalls, summer allows for all outdoor pursuits, autumn boasts colourful trees and fewer crowds, and winter becomes a snowy wonderland. Getting around the park is easy as there is a transport system that allows you to meander through the park car-free.

You could also do a road trip to include other parks that are within a day or two drive, a couple of options would be Yellowstone plus Grand Teton National Park or Yellowstone plus Glacier National Park – or both!

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Southwest National Parks Tour

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3 days/2 nights

Departing San Francisco, this small group tour has guides who are hand picked and specifically trained to know everything you want to know about the park which covers 3080 square kilometres of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in central/eastern California.

A fantastic way to see the Southwest on a tight schedule. It starts with Zion and Bryce Canyon and then continues deep into the wild west. Tour Antelope Canyon, overnight in Monument Valley and gaze into the mysterious depths of the Grand Canyon.

Explore Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Craters of the Moon - three unique ecosystems with massive peaks, valleys teeming with wildlife, glaciers and thermal features. Learn how it came into existence and about the animals that call this wilderness home.

Day 1: San Francisco – Yosemite National Park As you settle in for the journey, you’ll get a taste of California’s rich agricultural hub as you pass through a slice of the Central Valley famous for specialty fruits and nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cherries and strawberries.

Day 1: Las Vegas – Zion & Bryce National Parks Zion has an impressive landscape made up of a mix of white, pink and red sandstone cliffs and ancient petrified sand dunes towering over 600 metres above the canyon floor. There are enchanting walks and hikes for every fitness level so you’ll have time to stretch the legs. Stroll around the Emerald Pools Trail, enjoy the Temple of Sinawava, the Great White Throne and Weeping Rock. After exploring Zion, head to Bryce Canyon. A giant natural amphitheatre created by erosion, Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos. These red, orange and white spires provide spectacular views.

Day 1: Salt Lake City – Jackson Travel to Jackson and learn about the unique geology and history of Northern Utah, Southeastern Idaho and Western Wyoming. Explore the Gros Ventre Slide area and enjoy exploring historic Jackson.

Take your first walk to the legendary Giant Sequoia Grove and enjoy a picnic lunch and wander among the world’s largest trees. Next is a narrated tour through Yosemite’s glaciated valley, making a few stops along the way to snap some pictures of some of the famous waterfalls and rock formations. You’ll have a few hours of free time this afternoon to explore on your own. There’s a number of options of where to go, including a leisurely walk through the Ansel Adams Gallery, the historic Ahwahnee lodge, or get your pulse up with a hike or bike ride along the river. Day 2: Yosemite National Park – San Francisco You’ll have the full day to explore with a plethora of views and options. The tour will take you to Glacier Point to see the majestic view of the valley floor and from here you can choose what you’d like to do. Do you want to hit some hiking trails? Check out the visitor’s centre? Check out the bike trails? Your guide knows all the different hike options, so check in with them to find out what would suit you best. In the afternoon you’ll meet up with the group again to head to the base of El Capitan before heading back to San Francisco.

Day 2: Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon & Monument Valley Head past Lake Powell (with an optional visit to Antelope Canyon) and wind through more of the Southwest’s spectacular scenery to one of the most iconic locations in the USA... Monument Valley. This is the backdrop for many famous western movies and home to the Navajo Indians, you are in for a real treat. Hop onboard a 4x4 jeep and enjoy an included Navajo guided tour. Day 3: Grand Canyon South Rim – Las Vegas Visit a traditional Navajo trading post before following the Colorado River through the Painted Desert to one of the seven natural wonders of the world - Grand Canyon. You can choose to get a bird’s eye view on an optional helicopter ride, stroll along the rim, take a hike into one of the deepest and most diverse canyons on earth or simply relax in one the rim cafés and admire the magnificent view. *Camping option also available

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Grand Teton & Yellowstone Explorer

Yosemite Overnight Tour

5 days/4 nights

Day 2: Grand Teton National Park Enter into Grand Teton National Park and start your day with photography and wildlife opportunities at Schwabacher’s Landing and Mormon Row. Continue to Jenny Lake for a boat tour and a hike up to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. Afterwards head north to Jackson Lake and Coulter Bay for an afternoon of more hiking and wildlife watching before returning to Jackson. Day 3: Yellowstone National Park Drive through Grand Teton to Yellowstone National Park. Once in Yellowstone, explore the West Thumb Geyser Basin and Old Faithful. Continue your way to Madison Junction with stops at Black Sand Basin, Grand Prismatic Spring, Firehole Geyser Basin, and other areas. There will be some great hikes and multiple opportunities to enjoy watching the wildlife. Day 4: Yellowstone National Park Spend more time in Yellowstone National Park, visiting Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and its fun hikes to Uncle Toms Cabin and Red Rocks overlooks. Also visit Dunraven Pass, Tower Falls, Lamar Valley, Mammoth Hot Springs, and Norris Geyser Basin. Day 5: Yellowstone – Salt Lake City This morning, explore just outside of Yellowstone National Park in Island Park with stops at Big Springs and Johnny Sacks historic cabin. There will also be stops at Upper and Lower Mesa Falls before heading back to Salt Lake City.

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)

Inclusions: Pick up/drop off at your San Francisco hotel, 1 nights accommodation, professional guide, transportation to/from Yosemite in biofueled mini-coach, Yosemite Park entrance fee, narrated guided tour

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, transport in a modern 14 passenger tour bus or minivan, expert tour guide, Navajo guided Monument Valley 4x4 jeep tour, 3 picnic lunches, park admissions, tour of Grand Canyon National Park

Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation, tour guide, comfortable transport, 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner, park entrance fees

Price Guide From: $785

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The price guide shown is per adult, per tour for twin share based on low season travel. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


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Southwest Highlights Tour

National Parks of Colorado

National Parks Explorer

7 days/6 nights

8 days/7 nights

15 days/14 nights

Enjoy an overnight adventure in the iconic Monument Valley, experience the real Wild West, immerse yourselves in the amazing Utah landscapes of Zion, Bryce, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and stare over the rim of the Grand Canyon.

From mountain peaks to beautiful hidden valleys and from historic trains to ancient ruins, Colorado is full of opportunities to explore. Starting in Denver and Colorado Springs, travel through the Rocky Mountains to the Western Range.

Pass through some of the most diverse and beautiful scenery in the USA. Enjoy a tour of San Francisco, witness the eruptions of stunning geysers in Yellowstone National Park. Take a guided tour of Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

Day 1: Las Vegas – Zion National Park See massive canyon walls and red sandstone cliffs ascending toward a brilliant blue sky in Zion. There’s hikes to choose from like the challenging hike on a narrow ridge line to Angels Landing or take it easy exploring the pristine Emerald Pools.

Day 1: Denver – Colorado Springs Visit the Garden of the Gods, a park containing a wide variety of plant and animal life along with cool red sandstone rock formations.

Day 1-2: San Francisco

Day 2: Bryce National Park A short drive today takes you into Bryce National Park. Take a stroll and marvel at the unique sandstone spires (hoodoos) that rise dramatically from the natural amphitheatre. Hike down into the hoodoos for an up close and personal experience with this fascinating landscape. Day 3-4: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks Visit Arches National Park, home to over 2000 arches, for a hike up to Delicate Arch. Enjoy walks in Canyonlands National Park where the Green river meets the Colorado for some spectacular scenery. Day 5: Monument Valley Today, head to one of the most iconic locations on the planet. The background for many famous western movies and home to the Navajo Indians. Hop onboard a 4x4 jeep and enjoy an awesome guided tour of Monument Valley. Day 6: Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend & Grand Canyon There’s an optional visit to Antelope Canyon, followed by a scenic walk to view Horseshoe Bend before heading to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Take in a bird’s eye view on an optional helicopter ride, stroll along the rim at sunset, take a hike into the one of the deepest and most diverse canyons on earth or simply relax and admire the view. Day 7: Grand Canyon – Las Vegas Arrive back in Las Vegas at approximately 5pm. *Camping option also available

Day 2: Royal Gorge – Great Sand Dunes – Alamosa Take a vintage train ride on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad and visit Royal Gorge Park where the world’s highest suspension bridge towers above the river. Travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park to see the tallest dunes in North America. Day 3: Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railway Board the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad and climb into the mountain peaks. Day 4: Mesa Verde Travel to Mesa Verde National Park and visit cliff dwellings that have been well preserved in the desert climate. Day 5: Durango – Silverton Railroad – Grand Junction Ride the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad with the Rockies, alpine meadows and the Animas River making for wonderful scenery. Day 6: Grand Junction – Glenwood Springs Take a scenic gondola ride for incredible views of the Roaring Fork Valley, Mt. Sopris and Colorado River. In the afternoon there is rafting through spectacular Glenwood Canyon. Day 7: Glenwood Springs – Rocky Mountain – Westminster Take a scenic drive through the heart of the Colorado Rockies passing through Vail and Silverthorne. Enter the Rocky Mountain National Park and travel the Trail Ridge Road for an afternoon of mountain roads, wildlife and breathtaking views.

Day 3: San Francisco – Lake Tahoe – Sierra Nevada Mountains – Reno Day 4: Reno – Black Rock Desert – Twin Falls Day 5: Twin Falls – Craters of the Moon – Yellowstone Visit Craters of the Moon, this eerie desert landscape so closely resembles lunar conditions that the training for the first men on the moon actually took place here. Day 6: Yellowstone Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour of this immense geothermal wonderland. Highlights include Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs and Yellowstone Canyon’s falls (seasonal). Day 7: Yellowstone – Grand Tetons – Jackson – Salt Lake City Day 8: Salt Lake City – Canyonlands National Park – Moab Day 9: Moab – Arches National Park – Moab Day 10: Moab – Capitol Reef – Bryce Canyon Day 11: Bryce Canyon – Lake Powell – Grand Canyon – Flagstaff Day 12: Flagstaff – Seligman/Route 66 – Las Vegas Day 13: Las Vegas (Death Valley Optional) Day 14: Las Vegas – Mojave Desert – Beverly Hills – Los Angeles Day 15: Los Angeles

Day 8: Westminster Tour ends after breakfast.

Departures: Set departures (Mar-Nov)

Departures: Set departures (Jun-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation, transport in a modern 14 passenger bus or minivan, 7 picnic style lunches, national park hikes, Navajo guided jeep tour of Monument Valley, Grand Canyon sunset or sunrise

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, comfortable transportation (Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van or similar), Tour Director, 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners, entrance fees, sightseeing as per itinerary, whitewater rafting

Inclusions: 14 nights accommodation, sightseeing as per itinerary, Tour Director, transport by deluxe coach

Price Guide From: $3500

Price Guide From: $4879

Price Guide From: $4495

The price guide shown is per adult, per tour for twin share based on low season travel. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Southwest Highlights Tour requires a US$50 per person food kitty to be paid directly.

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EXPERIENCE EASTERN USA

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The Eastern side of the USA is a blended symphony of culture. From the highest concentration of states in the upper North East, to the long and lazy states further South, the East has something for everyone. Let’s start up the top with the likes of New York City, Washington, DC, Boston and Philadelphia. These are the cities we’ve heard so much about and seen so many times in the movies we love. Boston with its amazing history, Washington, DC with its monuments and culture and the big city buzz of ‘The Big Apple’. You can see some of the most famous spots in the world here, and you quickly realise that there’s nothing quite like actually being there yourself.

The great lakes that line the border with Canada will take your breath away no matter what time of the year you visit, and the countryside that surrounds them is absolutely worth exploring. The cities that line these lakes are also high points of interest, there’s the buzzing blues and jazz hub of Chicago and Detroit; the home of Motown just to name two. Once you head down south you’re in for a change of scenery. Launch yourself into relaxation mode on the beaches of Florida – with 1250 kilometres of coastline you’re sure to find a spot that takes your fancy, or get into the huge Everglades National Park, a massive network of forests and prairies and wetlands. This is only the surface of the awesome nature of the Eastern USA. It’s all there, and it’s all begging to be explored.


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A PERFECT STAY IN NEW YORK CITY

New York City is an amazing melting pot that you’ll fall in love with again and again. Even if you’ve been before, you’ll discover new experiences every time you visit. NYC packs more to see and do into one compact area than any other place on earth. It’s made up of five boroughs and each of them have their own must-sees, great restaurants, cultural hot spots and unforgettable activities. Immerse yourself in art, science, history and pop culture at one of New York City’s many spectacular museums and galleries. You can’t miss a show in the iconic Theatre District. From dramatic plays, bold musicals and long-running hits, there’s something to suit all tastes. Central Park is a must-see for anyone visiting New York, no matter the time of year. Manhattan’s most famous park is 843 acres and full of trees, gardens, rolling meadows, arches, sculptures, statues and photo opportunities – like Strawberry Fields, the peaceful retreat that was created in memory of John Lennon. After you feel the emotion of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, take a tour over to the iconic Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island where you will also be rewarded with stunning views of the lower Manhattan skyline. To hang out with the hip crowd, head to Williamsburg in Brooklyn, where you can hear live music every night, shop for vintage clothes and get a great meal. And since the best things in life are free, consider a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for amazing views. Your eating choices in New York City are as limitless as your cravings. Want a 15-course tasting menu at the latest trendsetting restaurant? A giant steak for two at an old-time steakhouse? A plateful of Chinese dumplings? Or a hot dog from a cart on the footpath - the city has food from every corner of the world on offer. The list of things to do never ends!

Our favourite things to see and do Highline – Take a walk on the Highline, a former railway line on the west side of Manhattan that has been converted into a dynamic park. Times Square – The vibrant Theatre District with neon lights and big billboards, for those iconic New York pics. Museums – There are 150 museums in Manhattan, including the famous American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Brooklyn Bridge – Walk or bike over the spectacular bridge for breathtaking views of NYC. Staten Island Ferry – This free ferry is not only a convenient way to get from Manhattan to Staten Island, but it’s also one of the best (and most affordable) ways of seeing the Statue of Liberty. Sport – Get along to a game with passionate supporters. The Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Jets, Giants, Yankees and Mets are favourite home teams. Views from the top – To get a real perspective of New York you need to see it from above. Head up the iconic Empire State Building for views across lower Manhattan; Top of the Rock for views of Central Park and the Empire State Building or One World Observatory for views of Manhattan and across to Brooklyn. Grand Central Station – Even if you’re not going anywhere, it is worth taking a look at this historic station, make sure you check out the Whispering Gallery. Chelsea Market – Head to this urban food court in the Meatpacking District with more than thirty-five vendors with everything from soup to nuts, wine to coffee, cheese to cheesecake. Listen to live jazz – The city is packed with amazing venues but one to try is The Django in the Roxy Hotel. With it’s vaulted ceilings and great cocktails it feels very ‘old’ New York. The Tenement Museum – An excellent museum that tells the stories of immigrants to New York throughout history. There’s a variety of stories and the guided tours go inside two historic tenement buildings. The Vessel – Check out this very cool structure made up of intricate spiral staircases. It’s located at the new Hudson Yards precinct. Tickets are free but booking in advance is a good idea.

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Theatres, shopping and iconic sights all come to mind when you think of New York. Staying in midtown Manhattan is another. From the New Yorker you are a few minutes walk or short subway ride away from the Theatre District, the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden and bustling Times Square. Don’t miss the Tik Tok Diner by the hotel, open 24 hours a day serving the true all day breakfast.

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You’re close enough to experience the buzz and excitement of Manhattan, yet far enough removed to feel like a local. You’ll be right at home with a grocery store opposite the hotel and your room equipped with kitchenette and microwave, so having a picnic with the locals in Central Park, just two blocks away, is a must during the summer. If it’s winter, the picnic will be out, but there is always the ice skating rink to experience.


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The Marmara Park Avenue

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This is a great central location, the Empire State Building is only a five minute walk away, you can be in Times Square with a 20 minute stroll and the nearest subway station is less than one minute’s walk away, so exploring is really easy. The hotel is housed in a historic building with a modern and stylish interior. Rooms and suites have nice high ceilings, big windows, marble bathrooms and all the mod cons including iPads for your use, and there is a huge array of dining options within a block or two.

Novotel New York Times Square

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With sleek styling, dramatic ambiance, and captivating views throughout the hotel, the Novotel New York Times Square is an excellent choice in a fantastic spot. Unique to hotels in the Times Square area is the Supernova Bar and Restaurant where you can enjoy a cocktail or two watching the sights and sounds of Times Square below.

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A great midtown location that has you at the crossroads of the city’s most iconic neighbourhoods. You’ve heard of Macy’s Department Store, Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building, well there they are right on your doorstep and Penn Station is across the road, so getting around New York is a breeze. Whether you’re hitting the shops, going to a show or just exploring this vibrant city, you’re perfectly situated to do it all.

The Westin New York Grand Central

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You are on East 42nd Street – just the address alone conjures up images of the famous musical. Step through the front door and you will notice the attention to detail, from the level of service to the comfortable guest rooms. The fashionable East Side has you close to Fifth Avenue shopping, dining and the iconic Grand Central Station.

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Situated in the heart of Broadway’s buzzing Theatre District and just a short walk from Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue shopping and Times Square - who could ask for anything more? Enjoy dining at District M – café by day and pizza bar and cocktail lounge at night. Or try the crave-worthy creations from one of the seven vendors at City Kitchen.

Crowne Plaza Times Square

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You literally won’t believe your eyes with this amazing spot right in the middle of Broadway and Times Square. The shopping is great, especially in the little boutiques around West 42nd Street. After you’ve done that you’ve got to get that famous photo standing on the traffic island in the middle of Times Square, and then hit a show.

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NEW YORK

SIGHTSEEING

CENTRAL PARK BY BIKE TOUR Explore the sites of world-famous Central Park. From Bethesda Fountain to Strawberry Fields and the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, you’ll see it all. You’ll also visit lesser-known sights like Cleopatra’s Needle and the Shakespeare Garden. A fun day out for all.

LOCAL FLAVOURS OF BROOKLYN WALKING TOUR Get a taste of the local food and culture of Brooklyn as you visit some of its many eateries and small food shops. During your walk you’ll have the chance to sample everything from artisanal cooking spots to long-standing Middle Eastern markets, so make sure you come hungry.

NEW YORK SHOWS One of the must-do’s when visiting is to see a Broadway show. Long-running shows like Chicago, The Lion King, Wicked and The Book of Mormon continue to please, alongside newer hits like Ain’t Too Proud, Disney’s Frozen, and Moulin Rouge. Don’t miss out, be sure to book before you leave.

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ALL AROUND TOWN DOUBLE DECKER BUS TOUR Discover the best sights in Manhattan on a double decker bus. Hop on and off at up to 50 stops, including the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Times Square and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Upgrade to include a Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry ticket.

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9/11 MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

Enjoy a full day guided tour of the Big Apple. See the sights of lower and upper Manhattan, from Harlem all the way through to Battery Park. Enjoy lunch in Little Italy and a 90 minute harbour cruise. Finish your day at the Top of the Rock Observation deck.

Gain a deeper understanding of the events surrounding the attacks on the World Trade Center and the acts of heroism that rallied a nation in the very moving 9/11 Museum. The memorial outside has the names of every person who died in the terrorist attacks inscribed in bronze around the twin memorial pools.


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Six attractions for one low price – Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, The Met and a choice of: Guggenheim Museum OR Top of the Rock; the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OR a sightseeing cruise and 9/11 Memorial Museum OR Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

The no-hassle way to see Washington, DC in a day. Pass through New Jersey and Maryland before arriving at the nation’s capital. See the White House before continuing to the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. In the afternoon enjoy a panoramic city tour before departing for New York.

STATUE OF LIBERTY AND ELLIS ISLAND GUIDED TOUR This guided tour visits these two iconic sites. Tour Lady Liberty’s turf before heading inside for another perspective from the observation decks. Then ferry to Ellis Island and learn about the millions of people who arrived here between 1892 and 1954.

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NIAGARA FALLS BY AIR This a great option for those who don’t have much time up their sleeves. After flying to upstate New York you’ll be transferred to Niagara Falls, just minutes away. Here you’ll enjoy a half day guided tour of Niagara Falls from both the American and Canadian sides.

WOODBURY COMMON PREMIUM OUTLET SHOPPING Shop until you drop at over 220 designer stores. About an hours drive from Manhattan you’ll find stores such as Burberry, Coach, Toys ‘R’ Us and many more. And with your complimentary VIP Savings coupon book, you’ll save even more!

PHILADELPHIA AND AMISH COUNTRY Head to Philadelphia where you’ll visit the Liberty Bell, Constitution Square and Independence Hall, some of the symbols of freedom in America. Next stop is Lancaster County home of the Amish people. You’ll tour an Amish farmhouse and learn how they live without modern technology.

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A PERFECT STAY IN BOSTON

Pack your walking shoes, because this compact city, home of the American Revolution, is perfect to explore on foot.

Delve into the USA’s history on The Freedom Trail and visit landmarks of the Revolutionary era, including the site of the Boston Massacre, Faneuil Hall and Paul Revere’s house. Step off the trail and visit the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum to learn about the most important event leading up to the Revolutionary War on a guided tour. Boston is full of distinctive architectural styles of the Colonial era, Federalist era and Victorian brownstones. You can’t miss a visit to Beacon Hill where you can see the most photographed street in America – Acorn Street. All this walking must be working up an appetite well - Boston is a worldclass culinary destination. Boston and seafood are like peas in a pod, and here you will find all the staples – like delicious lobster rolls, clam chowder and fried clams. Finish off with a sweet treat of Boston Cream Pie. A gorgeous harbour walk takes you along the shoreline of Boston Harbour. Head out on the water to enjoy great views of the city or take one of the many activities like cruising along the Charles River, or seasonal whale watching out from the harbour. To see the best sites from both land and water and learn about Boston’s history, you could take a Boston Duck Tour or on a hop on hop off trolley tour.

Freedom Trail – With so many historically significant buildings and locations in the downtown area, this trail will take you into the backbone of the American Revolution story. Visit sites such as Boston Common, Massachusetts State House, Park Street Church, Granary Burying Ground and Old North Church. Do it on your own or on a walking tour. Boston Common and the Public Garden – The oldest park in the country, established in 1634, Boston Common is a local landmark. The Public Garden was founded in 1837 as a botanical garden and the swan boats of the garden have become an icon of the city since they started operating in 1877. Museums – Spend time at one of the many museums in the city such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science and the John F Kennedy Presidential Museum. Fall Foliage – One of the most beautiful times to visit Boston is during the fall when the spectacular colours come out in the city. New England Seacoast – Admire the unique scenery of New England’s spectacular coast. Stop for views of the famous ‘Nubble Light’ lighthouse in York and visit Kennebunkport Village on Maine’s coast. Cape Cod – Head out of the city for the day and down to Cape Cod – a world of sand dunes and beaches. Spend time exploring the area’s quaint seaside villages. Salem – History of the 1692 witch trials is in abundance in Salem. A visit to The Witch House, the only structure in Salem with direct ties to the Salem Witch Trials is a must. Sports – Stop by for a tour of Fenway Park, home to the Red Sox. Bostonians love sports, and The Sports Museum of New England has artefacts and exhibits relating to all types of sports from football to figure skating. Quincy Market – Opened to the public in 1826 the market is still serving Boston with lots of good food, shopping and is a great place to hang out.

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North End – The hub of the Italian-American community, this is a vibrant part of town with cute narrow streets and loads of great restaurants and cafés.

The Midtown Hotel The Boston Park Plaza Hotel The Godfrey Hotel Boston Marriott Copley Place

Harvard – Established in 1636, this is America’s oldest university. Get the train there and either take a walking tour or wander around the campus on your own.

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New England is filled with rich history, scenic villages and outdoor adventures at every turn. Discover historic towns, white sand beaches, lighthouses, brilliant fall foliage, expansive lakes and panoramic mountain views. And don’t forget the restaurants with delicious seafood chowder, fresh lobster and blueberry pie.

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Massachusetts has beautiful forests and mountains in the west, the famous holiday islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in the East, and in between the lovely Cape Cod with great beaches, cute small towns and plenty of Kennedy family heritage. This state is filled with America’s history, with Pilgrims at Plymouth, Witch Trials in Salem, and the start of the American Revolution in Boston. With galleries and museums throughout, there’s plenty of culture to discover in this diverse state.

Maine has an absolute stunning coastline with over 60 lighthouses, inlets, islands, sandy beaches and the quaintest of seaside villages. One of Maine’s gems is Mt Desert Island, home to the cute town of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park – which is easily accessible from town and you can drive around it on the Loop Road. The island has plenty of breath-taking views, bays, fishing villages and lobster shacks. You’ll be sure to enjoy the fresh lobster and seafood chowder all over Maine!

With the reputation as an outdoor paradise it is home to lakes, rivers, cute country towns, forests and mountains, including Mt. Washington, the highest mountain in the northeast. Take a drive on scenic byways through the White Mountains which will take you through forests and past covered bridges and waterfalls – particularly stunning during the fall foliage. Then there is Portsmouth, on the coast, with plenty of history, a fun dining scene and the living history Strawbery Banke Museum.

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This is such a picturesque state at any time of the year, but it is exceptionally pretty during ‘fall foliage’ as there are just so many trees! The mountains and forests have great skiing and hiking and there is plenty of agriculture with the area being famous for their cheese, maple syrup, apples and cider. Historic Route 100 through the middle of Vermont is a fantastic way to see the heart of the state, including the most gorgeous small towns and of course the famed covered bridges.

This state has a vibrant maritime heritage, which includes whaling, shipbuilding and the construction of the world’s first nuclear submarine. Wander through quaint towns along the coastline, such as the beloved Mystic Seaport, and stroll along some lovely beaches. Take in the grounds of famed Yale University in New Haven, tour Mark Twain’s House in Hartford or hit one of the many culinary trails on offer such as the Chocolate Trail or Pizza Trail.

This tiny state sure has a lot going for it. Newport is a great base and is where the richest of American families came to summer from the 1870’s to the 1920’s. Much of that history still stands now in the form of enormous clifftop mansions, many open to the public. Take a wander around the historic downtown area where you’ll find cobblestone paths, wharves and plenty of boutiques and restaurants. Explore further afield for some nice beaches, beautiful homes and some lovely coastal views.

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Day 1-2: Boston Day 3: Boston – Salem – Portsmouth – Kennebunkport (150km) Along the route north lies almost four centuries of history, as well as some of the coast’s finest beaches. First stop is Salem, the location of the infamous witch trials. Day 4: Kennebunkport – Wiscasset – Bar Harbor (340km) Travel along the Maine Coast to Bar Harbor, you’ll see quaint fishing villages along the way. Day 5: Bar Harbor – Acadia National Park – Bar Harbor (564km) A full day to explore this lovely national park. Day 6: Bar Harbor – White Mountains (370km) Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the White Mountains. Day 7: White Mountains – Stowe (200km) Day 8: Stowe – Green Mountains – The Berkshires (260km) Take in some of the most spectacular scenery in Vermont’s Green Mountains and see picture-perfect villages and some of Vermont’s famous covered bridges. Day 9: The Berkshires – Lenox – Newport (290km) Day 10: Newport – Cape Cod (160km) Day 11: Cape Cod Discover magnificent Cape Cod with its high cliffs, rolling dunes, broad beaches, kilometres of walking trails and picturesque villages. Day 12: Cape Cod – Boston (130km) Our favourite places to stay: • Hyannis Harbor Hotel, Cape Cod • The Inn on Mount Desert, Bar Harbor • Glen House Hotel, White Mountains • Newport Marriott, Rhode Island

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Highlights worth seeing along the way Portsmouth – The third oldest settlement in the U.S. Discover this quaint city that will have you feeling like you are in Portsmouth, England. Enjoy a visit to Strawbery Banke, an outdoor living history museum. Acadia National Park – Discover soaring peaks, dramatic glacier-carved valleys, lakes and the rugged shoreline with the only fjord on the U.S. Atlantic Coast. White Mountains – A landscape dotted with historic villages and enchanting covered bridges. Mount Washington – Drive to the summit for some amazing views. Or take a trip on the Mount Washington Cog Railway – the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway. Green Mountains – With their dense forests, these mountains are home to bears, moose and deer. You’ll also see cute villages and some covered bridges. Newport – Visit the iconic mansions where some of America’s most prominent families, from the Astors to the Vanderbilts, used to summer. Cape Cod – Check out the quaint seaside villages, visit the memorial to President John F. Kennedy and enjoy a harbour cruise.


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A PERFECT STAY IN WASHINGTON, DC

Monuments, memorials, museums, impressive government buildings

and home of the President of the USA, Washington, DC is full of iconic landmarks and steeped in history and culture. The city is really easy to get around, it’s flat and easy to navigate with its streets laid out in a grid system, but if your feet need a rest there is a clean and safe Metro system. A great way to get a good fix of the famous sites is to take a leisurely stroll from the Lincoln Memorial and reflection pool, past the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and around the edge of the tidal basin. This will have you meandering through the FDR Roosevelt Memorial to the impressive Jefferson Memorial, if you are here in the spring the cherry blossoms are gorgeous. From here it is a 15 minute walk to the Washington Monument and the National Mall which is lined with Smithsonian Institute Museums. These incredible museums are free to enter – with 17 in total it would be virtually impossible to see them all in one visit, so it pays to do some research. Some of the most popular are the Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, the American History Museum and the National Museum of African American History & Culture, which opened in September 2016.

Our favourite things to see and do White House – No visit to DC is complete without getting a selfie outside the White House. Vietnam Veteran Memorial – Next to the Lincoln Memorial, this simple but moving memorial contains more than 58,000 names of Americans that died in the Vietnam War. Bike Tour – Biking to all of the main monuments and memorials in the National Mall area is a great option. It’s nice and flat and you’ll get great insights from your guide. Cherry Blossoms – They generally bloom between mid March and mid April and are absolutely beautiful. The Cherry Blossom Festival will run from 20 March-12 April 2020 and there are lots of events during this time. Hop On Hop Off Tours – Get your bearings and learn about the city with a guided tour. You can stay on the bus or trolley for the full circuit or get on and off at the designated stops. Washington Monument – Built to honour George Washington, the 169 metre marble obelisk towers over the city and you can head up for great views. 14th Street and U Street – U Street used to be famous for its incredible jazz scene, and there are still some great jazz bars. From here if you walk down 14th St towards Logan Circle you’ll be spoilt for dinner choices as this is a vibrant area with loads of eateries.

They brand new Spy Museum opened in 2019 and has all new exhibits, many interactive, with the foremost collection of spy artefacts in the world and first-person accounts from top intelligence officers.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial – This powerful memorial recognises the history-making civil rights leader and serves as a lasting tribute to the freedom, opportunity and justice for which he stood.

By now you’ll have worked up an appetite, so head for Dupont Circle where there are plenty of bistros, bars and boutiques and some great people watching.

Arlington Cemetery – This is the final resting place of more than 400,000 fallen heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan and veterans from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War and America’s Civil War. Established in 1864, the cemetery is still fully operational today.

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Washington Plaza The Dupont Circle Hotel Omni Shoreham The Mayflower Hotel Kimpton Hotel Palomar

Georgetown – This idyllic, tree lined suburb is one of the city’s most upmarket. There are plenty of beautiful mansions, high-end shops, riverfront restaurants and the picturesque Georgetown University. District Wharf – This area has been transformed over the past few years and is now bursting with more than 20 restaurants and bars, music venues loads, shops and loads of fun events. It is definitely worth checking out.

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Our favourite things to see and do

A PERFECT STAY IN CHICAGO

Sport – Depending on the time of year, you’ll be able to join the sports mad locals at a Bears, Bulls, White Sox, Cubs or Blackhawks game.

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skyscrapers and one HUGE lake – Chicago has a vibrant energy that reflects its diverse culture. By day the shopping is superb and at night the music scene comes alive. Not to mention the architecture that Chicago is famous for, which has a lot to do with the rebuilding of the city after the great fire of 1871. In contrast to the towering skyscrapers are the Art Deco gems and the parklands on the banks of Lake Michigan. The morning is the best time of the day to head to Millennium Park to see the famous ‘bean’. This silver sculpture, known officially as Cloud Gate, makes for some great photos as the city buildings reflect onto the sculpture. From here the Art Institute of Chicago is just a five minute stroll through the park and has one of the world’s largest collections of French impressionist paintings, along with the very cool modern wing with its contemporary art collection. Take a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk where there is a string of little parks, dining areas and great photo opportunities. You will definitely want to take in the city’s diverse architecture. This is where the first skyscraper was built and today you’ll see modern mirrored skyscrapers standing alongside beautiful historic gems. A great way to see the highlights and learn the history is on an architecture river cruise. When you’re ready for dinner you’ll be spoilt for choice as Chicago has an amazing culinary scene with celebrity chefs, more than 20 Michelin star restaurants, rooftop bars, ethnic dining from around the globe and lots of local favourites.

Deep Dish Pizza – Indulge in some cheesy goodness at the famous pizzerias that serve up the huge and delicious deep dish pizza. Uno Pizzeria & Grill (a mainstay since 1943) and Giordano’s are two good pizza spots. Hot Dogs – The Chicago way is with seven toppings; mustard, onions, bright green sweet relish, a dill pickle, tomato slices, spicy pickled peppers and a dash of celery salt. And absolutely no ketchup. Music – They say the term ‘jazz’ was first coined in Chicago back in 1914, and there are still many great live jazz clubs around the city, Andy’s is a good one to check out. If blues is more your style then Buddy Guy’s Legends is a great place to start. The man himself still plays there sometimes. Music Festivals – Hear living legends at the Chicago Jazz Festival, which occurs over the U.S. Labour Day weekend. Or if you’re more rock ‘n’ roll than jazz the famous Lollapalooza Music Festival is 30 July-02 August 2020. Theatre – There is an amazing theatre scene with five Tony award-winning theatre companies and over 200 theatres in total. You can find anything from a Broadway show to an edgy original play, along with a symphony orchestra, dance companies and a world-class opera company.

Dinosaurs – Pay a visit to The Field Museum to see the largest, most complete, best preserved T.Rex ever discovered. They call her Sue!

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Hit the Beach – Dip your toes into the cool blue waters and silky sand along the 41 kilometres of Lake Michigan shoreline, there’s 26 beaches and 30 kilometres of bike path along the waterfront.

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Great Views – Get up high and see for miles from either the Willis Tower’s Skydeck or if you’re feeling brave you can ‘tilt’ over the city at 360 Chicago – where the moving glass enclosure leans you over the edge of the John Hancock Centre.

Public Art – In the heart of the downtown ‘Loop’ area there is some great public art including a massive Picasso sculpture and a Chagall mosaic.

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Navy Pier – Ride on the ferris wheel that’s modelled after the very first ferris wheel ever built for Chicago’s 1893 World Expo. You can also take lake cruises from here.


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Our favourite things to see and do

A PERFECT STAY IN PHILADELPHIA

Philadelphia brings history to life. From the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the founding of America’s first hospital, botanical garden, zoo, library and more, the city is rich in attractions that tell the country’s story. In addition to its rich heritage, Philadelphia has top-notch museums, the largest city park in the United States, cool neighbourhoods and delicious food!

Start your exploration of the city with the Historic Mile and Historic District at the Independence Visitor Center. Visit Independence Hall, where the Founding Fathers signed the declaration of independence and the USA began, and the nearby iconic Liberty Bell and President’s House.

Washington Square West – Head west to wander through the narrow streets like Jessup, Camac, Irving, Sartain and Quince, its red-brick architecture is quintessential Philadelphia. Street art – Check out some of Philadelphia’s famous murals, or the outside walls of the Magic Gardens. Enjoy an authentic Philly cheesesteak – These awesome sandwiches consist of chopped steak and a choice of cheeses and/or fried onions on a hoagie roll. For an iconic Philly experience, visit the corner of South 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue, where rivals Geno’s Steaks and Pat’s King of Steaks feed the masses daily. Reading Terminal Market – This is America’s oldest farmer’s market and still a foodie paradise. Set below a former railroad terminal, the 125-yearold market has fresh produce, seafood, meats and cheese as well as dozens of restaurants, shops and boutiques.

You’ll want to take some time on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, also known as Museum Mile, which is the home of museums, cultural institutions and other attractions. Some of the favourites are the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Rocky Statue, Rodin Museum, Barnes Foundation (one of the world’s best collections of French impressionist paintings), The Franklin Institute (science museum) and Love Park, home to Philadelphia’s LOVE sculpture.

Rocky – Pose with the Rocky Statue and run up the “Rocky Steps”. Since the films release in 1976, the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art have become a tourist attraction. Jog up the stairs ‘a la’ Rocky Balboa and enjoy the spectacular view of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the city skyline.

For something a bit different, take a tour of Eastern State Penitentiary. Once the most famous prison in the world, today it’s in ruins of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Its cells once held America’s most notorious lawbreakers, including “Slick Willie” Sutton and “Scarface” Al Capone. After 142 years in use, it closed its doors as a prison in 1971 and is now a National Historic landmark.

Elfreth’s Alley – This was home to 18th century artisans and tradespeople and now, over 300 years later, the very picturesque historic 32 houses that line the cobblestone alley are a designated National Historic Landmark.

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Penns Landing and Delaware River Waterfront – Once a series of dilapidated old piers this revitalised area is now a great part of town. Encompassing parts of Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Old City, Society Hill, Queen Village and Pennsport, the waterfront has some cool parks, great outdoor venues for concerts and festivals and stellar views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

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Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens – Marvel at Isaiah Zagar’s mosaic masterpiece on South Street.

Independence National Historical Park – A UNESCO World Heritagesite and known as the birthplace of American democracy is home to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Congress Hall, the National Constitution Center, the Benjamin Franklin Museum and the Independence Visitor Center.

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ORLANDO There are smiles, and then there are heart-racing, taste-bud tempting, once-in-a-lifetime smiles; those are the kinds of smiles waiting for you in Orlando. There’s Walt Disney World Resort that has to be seen to be believed – four theme parks and two water parks cover 69 square kilometres wrapped up with shopping and dining at Disney Springs. Then there is Universal Orlando Resort with two theme parks, including two exciting Harry Potter lands – Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley – as well as their own water park Volcano Bay. There’s also entertainment at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and in contrast to the theme parks, Cape Canaveral is nearby on the coast, so put aside a day to visit Kennedy Space Centre. There is so much diversity, so much to do – you’ll need to come back again!

Abundant Shopping – The warm weather of Florida is the perfect backdrop to the large variety of outlet centres, specialty stores, boutiques and malls. An afternoon at The Florida Mall with more than 250 stores and restaurants will have you double checking your Visa. Make sure you include a visit to the Premium Outlets Orlando, where you’ll find discounts galore.

Dining – Downtown is a hot spot for chic and trendy restaurants such as Citrus, The Boheme and Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant.

Day trip to Miami – If you’re short on time but still want to check out the Art Deco world of South Beach in Miami you can head down for a day.

St. Augustine – Head north to the oldest city in the USA where you can spend the day exploring the cobble streets of this charming waterfront city.

Nascar – In February enjoy a day out watching the high octane thrills of NASCAR racing.

Beaches – With 1250 kilometres of Florida coastline to explore, hire a car and head to one of the many beach communities.

Golf – Escape the theme parks and head for a round or two of golf at one of the many golf courses in the area. Disney even have three of their own!

Universal Citywalk®– Enjoy casual and fine dining, live music, movies, shopping, miniature golf, the world-renowned Blue Man Group and more.

Disney Springs Area – Enjoy wonderfully unique places to dine, shop and play as the Disney Springs transforms into a timeless and vibrant waterfront entertainment district.

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Live the fantasy as Disney stories come to life - from voyages with pirates to timeless tales with princesses. Zoom to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. And meet some favourite Disney Characters in person. Must-See: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Happily Ever After, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire

Set your coordinates for the edge of the galaxy - Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Shrink down to the size of a toy alongside Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang in Toy Story Land. Experience incredible shows, drop down a haunted elevator shaft and rock out on a wild coaster ride. Must-See: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ Attraction, Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Toy Story Land, Fantasmic! Show.

The magic of nature comes alive! Take a picturesque safari expedition. Brave a Yeti and twisting mountain passes. Walk under floating mountains and then fly on the back of a banshee. Even sing and clap along with some special Disney friends on stage. Must-See: Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, Finding Nemo – The Musical, Festival of the Lion King, DINOSAUR, Kali River Rapids, Pandora – The World of Avatar, Rivers of Light

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Walt Disney World Resort Park Tickets

Sail into Arendelle with Anna, Elsa and friends on the Frozen Ever After attraction. Fly over spectacular scenic wonders on every continent on Soarin’ Around the World. Explore the cultures, cuisine and fun of 11 great nations and cap it off with a spectacular fireworks show. Must-See: Soarin’ Around the World, Mission: SPACE, Test Track Presented by Chevrolet, World Showcase, Epcot Forever

Drop in, chill out and cool off at two splashtacular Water Parks – overflowing with thrill rides, chill rides, relaxing lounge areas, wave pools, and much more. Must-See: Humunga Kowabunga, Miss Adventure Falls and Crush ‘n’ Gusher at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Cross Country Creek and Summit Plummet at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Walt Disney World Resort Park tickets provide entry to one of the four Theme Parks for each ticket day (3-10 day options). You can also include options like the Park Hopper – where you visit multiple Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks on the same day or the Park Hopper Plus option – where you add visits to Disney Water Parks.

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Value Resorts

Enjoy larger-than-life themes and family-friendly rates in a fun-filled hotel featuring comfort, convenience and amenities. The hotel’s standard rooms sleep up to four people, plus a baby in a cot and the family suites sleep up to 6 people, plus a baby in a cot. Value hotels have food court style dining, pools, playgrounds and arcades. These are very family orientated hotels. Value resorts include: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort; Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort; Disney’s All-Star Music Resort; Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort; Disney’s Pop Century Resort

These well-appointed hotels immerse you in a themed setting close to the magic and brimming with extra touches at reasonable rates. These hotels have food court style dining as well as casual dine in restaurants. Pools are themed and have a waterslide and generally there’s also a gym. Moderate resorts include: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort; Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort; Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground; Disney’s Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter; Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

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Moderate Resorts

Delight day and night to the grand settings, perfectly appointed details, ideal locations and seemingly endless indulgences of the finest Walt Disney World rooms and suites. Standard rooms sleep up to 4 or 5 people, plus a child in a cot and suites sleep 6-8 people. Some hotels also have club-level rooms with extra benefits. Pools are themed and have a water slide and the hotels have food court style dining as well as casual restaurants, signature restaurants and Disney Character Dining at some. Deluxe resorts include: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge; Disney’s BoardWalk Inn; Disney’s Contemporary Resort; Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa; Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort; Disney’s Wilderness Lodge; Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

Savour the comforts of home in spacious villas, most with kitchens or kitchenettes along with laundry facilities. One bedroom villas sleep up to 4 or 5 people and two bedroom villas sleep up to 8–9 people. There are themed pools with water slides and food court style dining along with casual and signature restaurants. Deluxe Villa resorts include: Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge; Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas; Disney’s Beach Club Villas; Disney’s BoardWalk Villas; Disney’s Old Key West Resort; Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort; Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Villas; Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Guest Benefits

Disney FastPass+ Service

Complimentary Airport Service – Disney’s Magical Express Service transports you between Orlando International Airport and your Disney Resort hotel. Complimentary Transportation – Motor coaches, ferries, monorails and the Disney Skyliner provide access across Walt Disney World Resort. Extra Magic Hours – Get access to select attractions at one Theme Park each day beyond the standard operating schedule. MagicBands – MagicBands let you enter Disney Parks (with valid admission), check in at attractions and entertainment experiences you’ve previously selected with FastPass+ service, and unlock your Disney Resort hotel rooms.

With Disney FastPass+ service (included with Theme Park admission), you can reserve access to select attractions, shows and Character Greetings ahead of time. The service helps families plan ahead and spend more time having fun together. You can even make changes on the go with the My Disney Experience mobile app or at in-Park kiosks. If you’re staying on-site at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel you can reserve access to some of your favourite attractions 60 days prior to check-in. Otherwise you can reserve access 30 days prior to your park visit.

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This is a fun, bright, retro themed resort right in the heart of Universal’s theme parks. It’s also great if you need some time to chill out with two massive pools, a water slide, lazy river, bowling alley and a games arcade. There are free shuttles to both of the Universal Theme Parks and you even get in to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the park opens.

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Bask in the sun, explore the area’s attractions and enjoy theme park shuttle services from this well positioned hotel on International Drive. From here it’s just a short drive to Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando. After a busy day at the theme parks, retreat to your home away from home, with all suites offering plenty of space for the whole family.

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Be hurled into the cutting-edge worlds of today’s hottest entertainment. You’re the star as you go beyond the screen, behind the scenes and step into the action alongside your favourite characters from the biggest TV shows and movie franchises. Nobody immerses you in movie magic like Universal Studios Florida.

A spectacular volcano towering over a sun swept beach. Swaying palm trees lining your path through a picturesque island escape. From thrilling water slides to secluded waterfalls, this is a water theme park like no other. It’s the perfect place to get away from it all, a beach paradise to enjoy right in Orlando.

Explore space travel and experience history in the making. An incredible glimpse of what goes on at the USA’s government installation that manages and operates America’s astronaut launch facilities. If you want to take this a step further, there is an option to have lunch with an astronaut.

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Your imagination becomes reality with more than 50 rides and shows you’re sure to enjoy. Experience LEGO® NINJAGO® World, where you can sharpen your ninja skills or hop on the Coastersaurus and take a journey through a jungle with life-sized animated LEGO brick dinosaurs.

Take a closer look at alligators and exotic wildlife as you glide through 4200 acres of untouched nature reserve, the swamp is free of any development and is 100% pure Florida wilderness. After your airboat ride you’ll have time to explore at Wild Florida a wildlife park with plenty of exotic animals.

Embark on an epic journey through the worlds of heroes, myths and legends. From the streets of a comic book city, to a secret school of witchcraft and wizardry. From an island where the world’s most colossal ape reigns, to a prehistoric jungle where hungry dinosaurs roam, once-in-a-lifetime adventure awaits.

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A PERFECT STAY IN MIAMI

Travel down the East Coast of the United States and eventually you’ll

find yourself in Miami, on a finger of land that pokes out between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. You’re only a few degrees shy of the tropics, and that sultry atmosphere is enhanced by the rich variety of cultural influences. Head across the bridge from Miami Beach, passing plenty of cruise ships in dock on the way, to the heart of the downtown area. It is in a picturesque setting with the skyscrapers of the city alongside Biscayne Bay. Between the water and the city sits Bayfront Park, overlooking the marina. It’s a nice park which also has shopping and dining options. You’ll definitely want to check out Calle Ocho in Little Havana, the vibrant Cuban neighbourhood. Calle Ocho is the main street in Little Havana where fruit stands, art galleries, Cuban restaurants and cigar shops line the avenue. The famous domino park is an open air area with tables where locals while away the afternoon playing dominoes. Next, it’s back to buzzing Miami Beach for a wander along the boardwalk where you can gaze over the white sand and crystal blue waters or to admire the beautiful Art Deco architecture. In 1926 South Beach was flattened by a huge hurricane and the subsequent building boom meant a concentration of Art Deco buildings. They really are gorgeous and if you stroll south between Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, you will see many of the most impressive examples.

Our favourite things to see and do Hop On Hop Off Tour – This is a great way to get to the different suburbs of Miami and to learn about the city along the way. Ocean Drive – Fronting the beach in South Beach there are lots of cafés and bars along here. It is the place to be and be seen. Art Deco Museum – This small exhibit will teach you all about the major historic design styles in Miami Beach (Mediterranean Revival, Art Deco and Miami Modern). They also take walking tours from here. Lifeguard Towers – All along the beach are the funky, brightly painted lifeguard towers, they are dotted along the beach and all are different – great for photo ops. Española Way – This is a cute little pedestrian street in South Beach that has a good selection of restaurants including a traditional Cuban restaurant. Wynwood – Known for its many colourful murals Wynwood Walls is an outdoor museum showcasing large-scale works by some of the world’s best-known street artists. The surrounding streets have converted warehouses housing craft breweries and funky art galleries. Bike Tours – Miami is very flat, so bike tours are a great way to explore. Some of the most popular are the Little Havana Bike Tour, Art Deco Segway Tour and the Miami Beach Bike Tour. Everglades – This preserved ecological system is just an hour’s drive away and is the third largest National Park in the U.S. These subtropical wetlands occupy 1.5 million acres of sawgrass prairies, saltwater marshes and a diverse population of wildlife that includes bald eagles, whitetailed deer and of course the alligators. Key West Tour – If you don’t have time to spend in the Florida Keys this is a great way to get a taste. You will head down to Key West and once there you’ll have free time to do your own thing.

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Museum Park – This park in the central city holds lots of outdoor events and is home to two excellent museums. The Perez Art Museum, housed in an impressive state of the art building, and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens – This is a very grand European style mansion with lovely gardens that were built in the early 1900’s. They retain much of their original character and you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve just popped to Italy.

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Florida Keys is one of the most unique places on earth. Calm. Serene. Laid-back. Just the right setting to recharge your batteries and rejuvenate your spirits.

Start your Keys experience on your drive south from Miami to Key Largo – the gateway to the Keys, about an hour’s drive from Miami. Once in Key Largo, kick off your shoes and put on your togs. This is the perfect place to explore dazzling underwater parks and reef. The real fun begins at mile marker 113, where the Florida Keys Scenic Highway begins. From Key Largo to Key West you’ll cross 42 bridges over bright blue water, including the engineering marvel that is the Seven Mile Bridge. Next you’ll hit Islamorada – why not have a go at game-fishing before heading further south to Marathon, right in the heart of the Keys and a place where pirates once roamed. Here you can check out the archaeological digs at Crane Point Hammock which have revealed over seven centuries of natural treasures. Last but not least, you’ll arrive in Key West – the end of the line and the southernmost point in the United States. An island city of palm-lined streets boasting Victorian homes and gingerbread conch houses, head to Duval Street in Old Town Key West where you’ll find the best restaurants and shops.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park – This nature reserve offers snorkelling, diving, camping and kayaking. An underwater highlight is the massive Christ of the Deep statue. Under the sea – Whether you scuba dive, snorkel, or ride a glass-bottom boat, don’t miss gazing at the coral reef. Sunset at Mallory Square – Witness the circus-like atmosphere of this nightly celebration, it might seem touristy but it’s a must for all first time visitors. Duval Crawl – Shop, eat and drink. Key West’s Duval Street and the nearby streets make a good day’s worth of window-shopping and people-watching. On the water – From angling for trophy-size fish to zipping out to the Dry Tortugas, you just have to get out on the water. Key Largo – The best place for first time divers and one of the best places to learn is at the Key Largo National Maritime Sanctuary which has kilometres of coral reefs. Islamorda – This is one of the world’s top game-fishing destinations. For nearly 100 years, seasoned anglers have fished the clear, warm waters teeming with trophy-worthy fish. Marathon – Boasting some of the best boating activities including: deep-sea, reef or flats fishing, plus a local sand bar, waterfront restaurants, jet-ski tours, kayaking, paddle-boarding, or just cruise the turquoise waters. Key West – A beautiful tropical island, where the moonflowers bloom at night and the classical Caribbean homes give off an air of romanticism.

Finish up your day by enjoying a cocktail watching a spectacular sunset and mixing with the fun-loving locals.

Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory – Walk through a magical environment filled with hundreds of the most beautiful butterflies, an impressive collection of flowering plants, colourful birds and cascading waterfalls.

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The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum – Right in Old Town Key West, this unique property was home to one of America’s most respected authors. Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote here for more than 10 years. Step back in time and visit the rooms and gardens that witnessed the most prolific period of this Nobel Prize winner’s writing career.

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EXPERIENCE THE SOUTH

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It’s all about soul... smell the cornbread, hear the blues in Tennessee and the sound of jazz in Louisiana. Enjoy music, food and culture in exciting cities all across the Southern States.

The ole Mississippi River flows down to New Orleans, Louisiana. A city that has gone through tragedies but the soul is still there. Jazz and the blues bring the French Quarter to life along the famous Bourbon Street and oh that Creole and Cajun cuisine thrills the senses. The city celebrates food and fun during the world-famous ‘Mardi Gras’ held every year just before the 40 days of Lent. Memphis, Tennessee, known more these days as the home of Elvis Presley, is where the sound of blues began when W.C. Handy penned the first blues song. Graceland and Beale Street are two famous addresses in the heart of the south.

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Discover the capital of country music – Nashville, Tennessee. Live music can be seen and heard every day and night of the week. With more than 130 music venues, featuring nearly every genre of music, it’s easy to see why this is the city that ‘music calls home’. Texas cities beat with a pulse all of their own. They’re richly historic and cutting-edge modern, full of unique culture, iconic architecture and music that’s second to none. Steeped in cowboy lore, Texas proudly holds onto its heritage. Delve into the history by visiting the Alamo in San Antonio and museums in Houston, or live out cowboy dreams on a dude ranch. When you get hungry, grab a bite of Tex-Mex cuisine or world-famous Texas BBQ. No matter what kind of adventure you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Texas.

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Home to scores of jazz music, a plethora of history and piles of mouth-

watering treats. New Orleans is a true melting pot of cultures and has an enchanting atmosphere. Try all the classic New Orleans flavours – beignets, po-boys, gumbo and jambalaya all whilst listening to some toe tapping jazz or blues. New Orleans is a vibrant, buzzing, history laden city and is a fantastic place to spend some time. Start the day by wandering through the French Quarter, it is only a 13 block by seven block area and the buildings are just gorgeous. There are many different styles of architecture blending Spanish, French, Creole and American styles together with walled courtyards, intricate cast iron balconies, cottages, mansions and lots of bright colours. Jackson Square is the central point of the French Quarter, and has plenty of buskers and artists selling their works all around the square and just across the street is the famous Café du Monde. Opened in 1862 it is famous for its beignets and chickory coffee, this is all they sell and there is often a queue, even though it is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our favourite things to see and do Cooking Schools – If you’re interested in the local food then this is a great way to not only learn how to make the local delicacies but to also learn about the history of the food and culture. Royal Street – Running parallel to Bourbon Street it’s bursting with boutiques, art galleries, antique stores and restaurants. Walking or Biking Tours – These are a great way to learn about the fascinating history of the city and to see some little hidden gems you may not find on your own. Cemeteries – Some of the cemeteries in New Orleans are also tourist attractions with their elaborate crypts and mausoleums. St. Louis Cemetery #1 and Lafayette Cemetery #1 are the most popular. World War II Museum – This museum is consistently rated as the top thing to do in New Orleans and is an incredible interactive museum. Mardi Gras World – This gives you a great history of the Mardi Gras, you can even watch artisans making the floats. Preservation Hall – This is an amazing 45 minute acoustic show in an historic, intimate venue in the French Quarter. It’s been around since 1961 and has three shows most nights, you need to queue as it’s first-in-firstserved or there are very limited seats on a pre-sale basis.

You will also want to explore the Garden District, this is a gorgeous part of town, full of beautiful old mansions, with lovely gardens. You can easily get to the Garden District by street car, it’s a fun way to get around the city.

Swamp Tours – Head out to the nearby swampland (bayou) where you’ll go by boat into the bayou. Cruise along checking out the wildlife (including alligators) and flora and hear about the Cajun history.

In the evening you will be ready to hear some music! Bourbon Street is the famous central street that has many bars and music venues and this is party central. If you prefer something a bit more low key, then head to Frenchmen Street. Just a 10 minute walk from the heart of French Quarter, there are two blocks of great live music venues.

Plantation Home Tours – Within an hour’s drive of the city you can see a number of beautiful plantation homes. Some of the most famous ones are Laura Plantation, a creole style home with a fascinating family history and Oak Alley Plantation, this stunning mansion is in a very picturesque location at the end of an oak lined drive.

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Local Delicacies – Food in Louisiana is different to anywhere else in the U.S. The Creole and Cajun food is prevalent on menus in all levels of restaurants and you will see things such as crawfish etouffee, gumbo, jambalaya, muffulettas and po-boys.

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LOUISIANA 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS SUGGESTED SELF-DRIVE Louisiana’s cultural bounty is endless – whether you’re a music lover, history enthusiast, foodie or outdoor adventurer you are going to be spoilt for choice. Louisiana has an unparalleled diversity of cultures which contributes to the food, architecture and history of this fascinating place. Day 1-2: New Orleans You’ll love exploring New Orleans. Day 3: New Orleans – Baton Rouge (130km) You can visit one of the largest plantation homes in the South, Nottoway Plantation and relive the fascinating history. Then hit Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana. Check out the cute downtown Main Street and then take a free guided tour of the ‘New’ State Capitol, which is the largest state capitol building in the United States.

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Day 4: Baton Rouge – Lafayette (93km) Get your taste buds ready as Lafayette is the heart of the Cajun country so you will be feasting on some amazing food as they have a bustling culinary scene along with rich cultural heritage.

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Day 5: Lafayette – Houma (164km) Venture into Houma’s swamps and wetlands with exotic birds, brilliant flora, raccoons and a wide assortment of reptiles, including of course alligators. The historical downtown district of Houma has centuries-old architecture.

St. Francisville – This quaint small town has a historic main street, plantation homes, antique shops, boutiques, art galleries and museums.

Day 6: Houma – New Orleans (90km) Head back to New Orleans via plantation country where you could see Evergreen Plantation, Laura Plantation and Oak Alley just to name a few.

Whitney Plantation – This plantation museum focusses on slavery through art, exhibits, restored buildings and hundreds of first-hand accounts of life as a slave. It gives a unique perspective of the lives of Louisiana’s enslaved people.

Rural Life Museum, Baton Rouge – This open air museum shows how life was in 18th and 19th century rural Louisiana. It’s a great way to see the lifestyle and ways in which people lived.

Acadian Village, Lafayette – An authentic showcase of historic homes alongside winding bayous depicting the unique Acadian architecture of the time.

Greenwood Gator Farm – Learn all about alligators up close… and we mean REAL CLOSE! You will see these large creatures and may even see them hatch from eggs.

Our favourite places to stay: • Hilton Garden Inn Lafayette/Cajundome • Courtyard Houma • Hotel Indigo, Baton Rouge • Maison Dupuy Hotel, New Orleans

Tabasco – Avery Island is the home of world-famous Tabasco sauce and is surrounded by swamps and marshes where pepper fields grow. There is a self-guided, 10-stop Tabasco tour that will take you through the Tabasco Museum, the greenhouse, the barrel warehouse and the factory building.

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A PERFECT STAY IN MEMPHIS

Memphis, Tennessee, is where the sound of blues began when W.C.

Handy penned the first blues song and also where rock ‘n’ roll was born. The music is still alive and well today and Beale Street throbs with music at any time of the day or night. The Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum is definitely the first place to visit. Created by the Smithsonian Institute it is an excellent museum. It begins with a short film about the history of music in the south you then continue on with an audio tour that takes you on a chronological journey through Memphis’ music milestones. There is plenty of memorabilia and a great selection of tunes to listen to. From here there is a free shuttle that takes you to Graceland about a 15 minute drive away. Starting from the main ticket booth where you pick up your audio/iPad tour you then bus across the street to the Graceland mansion. Wander through at your own pace with the audio tour giving some fascinating insights into Elvis and his time living here. The rest of the Graceland complex has Elvis’ car collection, private plane and memorabilia. Next it’s back on the free shuttle to Sun Studios, where you’ll hear more about Elvis’ career, as it was here that he cut his first demo. There is a guided tour of a small museum and then you head into the actual studio where Elvis along with other greats such as Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash recorded. By now you’ll be ready for some refreshments so it’s time to hit Beale Street, the downtown street with two blocks of live music venues – B.B. Kings Blues Club is a great place to start.

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National Civil Rights Museum – Memphis has a very rich history in the civil rights movement and is where Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. The actual motel where this happened is now part of this excellent museum. It takes you on a historical journey through slavery, the Civil War and into more modern history such as the Rosa Parks bus boycott, the freedom rides in 1961 and the student sit ins of the 1960’s. Peabody Ducks – These ducks live at the Peabody Hotel and every day at 11am they come down the elevator and head to the fountain in the lobby where they spend the day. Then at 5pm, off they go again and march through the lobby and back into the lift to head upstairs for the night. This has been going on since the 1930’s. Get there early to get a good vantage point. BBQ – Memphis is home to more than 100 BBQ restaurants so finding the local delicacy will not be an issue. The question is whether you like your BBQ wet or dry, slab or pulled, hot, mild, tangy or sweet? Charlie Vergos Restaurant has been making their BBQ since 1948 and are still going strong, it’s a great place to try. Cooper and Young – This is where the locals hang out, at the intersection of Cooper Street and Young Avenue. Grab a cab here and then within a few steps in any direction, you can hear some great music and find some great restaurants. Gibson Guitars – Take a tour of Gibson’s Memphis guitar factory and see Gibson’s skilled Luthiers craft some of the finest guitars in the world. See and hear how Gibson has helped shape the world of music for over 100 years. Memphis Music Hall of Fame – Showcasing some of the greatest musicians of all time, each were responsible for shaping modern music and changing the world forever right from Memphis.

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Stax Museum of American Soul – As churches were the birthplace of soul the tour starts in a church that has been reassembled inside the museum. There’s a great video that gives insights into how things were when Stax Studios was formed and the huge impact Stax had on soul music.


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A PERFECT STAY IN NASHVILLE

Discover the capital of country music – Nashville, Tennessee. Live

music can be seen and heard every day and night of the week. With more than 130 music venues, featuring nearly every genre of music and a rich history of music since its very beginnings it’s easy to see why they call themselves ‘Music City’. A great place to start your stay is the Country Music Hall of Fame. It has more than 2.5 million artefacts, including countless recordings, photographs, costumes, instruments and more. There is also the hall of fame, a rotunda where you’ll see brass plaques of those who have received the highest honour in country music. From here you can get the shuttle to RCA Studio B to do a guided tour. Here, from 1957-1977, there was some amazing country and pop music recorded, they are referred to as the studio of 1000 hits and say that very few other studios can claim as many hits as them. Some of the artists who recorded here were The Everly Brothers, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Charley Pride. After you get the shuttle back to the heart of the city you’re just a block to Lower Broadway or ‘Honky Tonk Row’. A honky tonk is basically a bar that has a stage and live music and Honky Tonk Row is jam packed with them. They have live music day and night and don’t cost a thing, there are usually no cover charges to get in, but there are tip jars for the band so you can show your appreciation that way. Many a famous country music star started their careers on this amazing street – you may see the next star in the making.

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Our favourite things to see and do Hop On Hop Off Tours – A great way to see the highlights of the city and to learn about the history of Nashville. Grand Ole Opry – This famous country music venue has concerts that are broadcast as a live radio show and is a must! The radio show has been going for 90 years and each show consists of an Opry member and guest artists performing – they play about three to four songs each. You can even do backstage tours. Johnny Cash Museum – Full of memorabilia and the story of Johnny Cash’s life. Musicians Hall of Fame – This gives a great overview of the history of music in the southern USA. There is also a whole area on the Grammys and an interactive area where you can play instruments and sing your heart out (with the privacy of headphones). BlueBird Café – You’ll know about this place if you’ve seen the TV show Nashville. It’s a venue in the suburbs where they have up and coming artists from all around the U.S. perform their own songs. This is where Taylor Swift was discovered as a 15 year old. Check their website for tickets. Ryman Auditorium – This lovely historic building is where the Grand Ole Opry started its life. The self-guided tour here includes a movie which gives you the history of the Ryman which is still a popular venue today. Puckett’s – A great place to get your fix of southern food with live music most nights. Honky Tonks – Tootsies Orchid Lounge and Layla’s are two great places to try for live music. If you want to try some line dancing then Wild Horse Saloon is the place for you. Jack Daniels – About 1.5 hours from Nashville is the Jack Daniels Distillery. Here you can do a guided tour and hear the complete story of their whiskey and their founder Mr Jack. Bi Centennial Park – This 19 acre park is worth a wander to check out the 60 metre granite map of the state, the World War II Memorial and the Pathway of History.

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THE SOUTHERN MUSIC JOURNEY 7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS SUGGESTED SELF-DRIVE Taking this journey through Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee will have you learning about some significant U.S. history, experiencing amazing live music, feasting on superb local cuisine and retracing the steps of some of your musical heroes. Day 1: New Orleans – Baton Rouge – Natchez (315km) Head along the Great River Road, alongside the Mississippi River, to see a number of plantation homes such as Oak Alley and Laura Plantation. Check out the new and old capitol buildings of Baton Rouge. Day 2: Natchez – Vicksburg (116km) Natchez is perched on a high bluff above the Mississippi River and has over 430 antebellum homes. Leave Natchez and get onto the beginning of Highway 61, or the Blues Highway, which takes you through the Mississippi Delta, the birthplace of the blues. Take a self-guided driving tour of the Vicksburg National Military Park. Day 3: Vicksburg – Clarksdale (250km) Detour via Indianola to visit the B.B. King Museum before arriving in Clarksdale, in the Mississippi Delta, a great place to see the blues! Day 4: Clarksdale – Memphis (125km) Stop at the Gateway to the Blues Museum, housed in an old train depot, which gives a great overview of the history of the blues. Day 5: Memphis Check out the attractions such as the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Graceland and the Civil Rights Museum as well as enjoying live music on Beale Street. Day 6: Memphis – Nashville (340km) Day 7: Nashville From the home of the blues to the home of country music you’ll enjoy checking out the County Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studio B, Grand Ole Opry and of course the honky tonks on Lower Broadway. Our favourite places to stay: • Comfort Inn, Clarksdale • Hampton Inn & Suites, Natchez • Comfort Inn Downtown, Memphis • Best Western, Vicksburg

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Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history along the Lower Mississippi River. A unique blend of beauty and history, acclaimed cuisine and lively showboat-style entertainment. So step onboard and experience America from the indescribable perspective of the river with American Queen Steamboat Company.

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Taste of the True South 9 days/8 nights Step aboard the American Queen and enjoy the ultimate steamboat holiday, stroll the decks admiring the views, join Hop-on Hop-off shore excursions and at night take in the Showboat entertainment in the Grand Saloon. Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana Your journey beings with a deluxe hotel stay in New Orleans. Day 2: New Orleans, Louisiana Explore the city at your leisure with an afternoon transfer to the American Queen. Day 3: Nottoway, Louisiana Tour Nottoway Plantation, the South’s largest, most glorious remaining Antebellum mansion with a rich history dating back to 1859. Day 4: St. Francisville, Louisiana Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, lending a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere. Day 5: Natchez, Mississippi This charming river town was first inhabited by Natchez Indians and French explorers. It was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi. Day 6: Vicksburg, Mississippi Described as the ‘Key to the South’ by Abraham Lincoln, this southern gem delivers a rich history unlike any other Civil War city. Day 7: Port of the Mississippi Delta Lower Mississippi River voyages include a unique glimpse into a Port of the Mississippi Delta. These small river towns have been the inspiration for authors, musicians and artists for centuries. Day 8: River Cruising Treat yourself to a massage in the American Queen’s Spa or browse the gift shop for that perfect keepsake.

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TEXAS This is one big and very diverse state. You can stroll on sandy beaches, explore majestic canyons, play cowboy and enjoy world-famous music and food. These three cities will give you a taste of Texas – there’s down to earth yet sophisticated Austin, a university town that over the past few decades has grown into a bustling city. Dallas has the country’s largest urban arts district, a huge sports scene and heaps of attractions. Then Houston, America’s fourth-largest city, is very cosmopolitan, filled with world-class dining, arts, shopping and nightlife.

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Houston

Dallas and Fort Worth

This is America’s fourth-largest city and very cosmopolitan, filled with world-class dining, arts, shopping and nightlife. Whether you’re spending a day, a weekend or a week in Houston, it has something to keep everyone entertained.

Everyone’s heard about Dallas, whether it’s from the iconic TV show, the Dallas Cowboys and their cheerleaders or the infamous JFK assassination. But what you might not realise is that Dallas is a vibrant city with an excellent arts, culture and dining scene along with lots of interesting history.

The tree-lined, pedestrian-friendly, Houston Museum District has over 19 museums to explore. Some favourites are; the Contemporary Arts Museum, the Museum of Natural Science, the Holocaust Museum, Houston Museum of African American Culture and the Health Museum.

The main historic sites are in the downtown area and easy to explore on foot. You’ll definitely want to wander through the West End admiring the historic buildings, visit the very moving Holocaust Museum and the Old Red Museum full of local history and of course check out the JFK Memorial Plaza, the grassy knoll and the excellent Sixth Floor Museum to learn more about the life and legacy of JFK. Dallas also has one of the largest arts districts in the U.S., with 68 acres of arts, entertainment and culture. It is home to the Dallas Art Museum, Nasher Sculpture Centre, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Centre, Opera House and lots of outdoor public art.

There is some great shopping – and it’s tax free for international shoppers in Texas. Houston is arguably the style capital of The South and there are plenty of options for all budgets - from the Galleria to bargain hunting at the Premium Outlets, you’ll find it all. Even if you’re not a huge sports fan, a sports game in the USA is a fun experience. In Houston the teams to check out are the Astros baseball team and the Rockets basketball team. Of course a trip to Houston wouldn’t be complete without seeing the number one attraction – Space Centre Houston. Discover the future and remarkable past of America’s spaceflight programme and see rockets, and the historic mission control. Make sure you take the NASA Tram Tour which is your chance to get a behind the scenes look at NASA Johnson Space Centre.

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Dallas is also a sports fans’ dream as you can find all of the major American sports leagues. Cheer on the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars or the Texas Rangers. Just a 45 minute drive, but a world away, is Fort Worth. This smaller, more laid-back city has a pretty downtown with Sundance Square at its heart with plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment. It is also home to the Stockyards National Historic Site, this historic area certainly gives you the feeling of what a cowboy town must-have been like back in the day. And twice a day they have a long horn cattle drive where cowboys walk these huge beasts down the main street! Quite a sight to see.

Our favourite places to stay:

Our favourite places to stay:

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Hotel Indigo Galleria DoubleTree by Hilton by the Galleria The Westin Galleria Magnolia Hotel Houston

Homewood Suites by Hilton Dallas Downtown Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown Westin Downtown Dallas


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Austin

San Antonio

Austin is not only the Texas state capital but also the Live Music Capital of the World®! Live music can be enjoyed in more than 250 venues throughout they city. That is just the beginning – it is also home to unique attractions, world-class museums and beautiful outdoor spaces.

With its colourful history, Texan hospitality, contemporary art and historic architecture, San Antonio is a unique place to visit. You’ll want to start with the famous Alamo, right in the heart of downtown. Originally a Spanish colonial mission, this is where Texan defenders held Mexican troops at bay in their claim for Texas independence.

Stroll through the stately Texas State Capital building and visit the Bullock Texas State History Museum for some Texas history. Head to The Contemporary Austin Art Museum at Laguna Gloria, which has great sculptures set in lovely gardens on the edge of Lake Austin. You’ll also want to check out the bright and funky mural scene. These murals illustrate the city’s more quirky side and pop up around the city. There’s a good variety in and around Downtown and South Congress.

There are four other Spanish colonial missions set along the San Antonio River, which are part of a UNESCO World Heritage-site, all four are still active Catholic parishes and Missions Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan, and Espada are just as beautiful as the Alamo - and slightly less busy!

Get out and about and explore The Hike and Bike trail that follows the edge of downtown Lady Bird Lake for more than 16 kilometres. If you take to the water by kayak, canoe or paddle board you can get a great view of the downtown Austin skyline.

You’ll want to take a wander in the historic King William District with its beautifully preserved 19th century homes, many that have been reincarnated into cafés, art galleries, museums and shops. And you also won’t want to miss Market Square, with the bright colours and vibrancy of a traditional Mexican Mercado, with plenty of cafés and food stalls and the famous Tex-Mex cuisine.

Austin is also a foodie paradise and home to Texas’ best BBQ joints, craft beer and farm-to-table-cuisine. Food trucks are also really popular and there are a number of food truck ‘parks’ where you can find anything from cupcakes to tacos to Korean and of course Texas BBQ.

Plan for an evening stroll along San Antonio’s famed River Walk. An urban oasis that winds its way through the city’s CBD, cobbled paths meander through quiet, parks and it feels quite European with its riverside cafés and bars, galleries and boutiques.

Our favourite places to stay:

Our favourite places to stay:

• Hilton Garden Inn Downtown • Hyatt Place Austin Downtown • Omni Austin Hotel Downtown

• El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel • Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk • Omni La Mansion Del Rio

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T EX AS TEXAS 10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS SUGGESTED SELF-DRIVE Day 1-2: Houston Experience the best of Texas’ largest city. Begin with the Museum of Natural Science in the Houston Museum District and experience the world’s finest collection of gems and minerals, dinosaur fossils and more. Day 3: Houston – Dallas (385km) Day 4: Dallas Visit The Sixth Floor Museum to walk through a timeline of John F. Kennedy’s life, presidency and assassination. Day 5: Dallas – Fort Worth (52km) Here America’s Western heritage is showcased everywhere you go especially at the Stockyards National Historic District, where you’ll see real cowboys in the daily Longhorn cattle drive. Day 6: Fort Worth – Austin (305km) Day 7: Austin Austin is known as the gateway to the Texas Hill Country and site of The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Austin is also an arts and cultural hub with an amazing music scene. Day 8: Austin – San Antonio (128km) Day 9: San Antonio A land of epic battles, flowing rivers and a flourishing culture. Day 10: San Antonio – Houston (318km)

Our favourite places to stay: • Comfort Suites – Near the Galleria, Houston • El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio • Sheraton Dallas Hotel • The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel

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Dallas

TEXAS Austin Houston San Antonio

Highlights worth seeing along the way Space Center Houston – 45 minutes from downtown Houston this is a fascinating day out. Known around the world as the home of NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control and astronaut training, it’s amazing to see behind the scenes. Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Fort Worth – Honouring excellence in rodeo and the Western lifestyle in Texas. Austin – Catch a live performance at one of Austin’s nearly 200 music venues within walking distance of downtown. Discover some amazing food with everything from BBQ and Tex-Mex to award-winning cuisine. San Antonio Missions – In the 18th century, Spanish priests established five Catholic missions along the San Antonio River. Today, these missions represent the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America and are a UNESCO World Heritage-site. George W. Bush Library and Museum, Dallas – Featuring a replica of the Oval Office, beams from the World Trade Center twisted from the events of 9/11, a Texas Rose Garden and a number of interactive exhibits. You can even experience the presidential decision-making process first-hand.


You won’t have trouble finding things to see and do in this charming Southern State. From the buzzing state capital Atlanta for your big city fix to scenic farmland and forests taking you to incredibly historic towns and villages. Then there’s Augusta, the home of the famous Masters Golf Tournament and the beaches, quaint seaside towns and barrier islands along the Atlantic Coast.

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Atlanta

Savannah

Golden Isles

Famous for being the home of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., Coca-Cola and CNN this city continues to grow and grow and is big and bustling. These three famous Atlanta icons all have popular attractions associated with them – The Martin Luther King, Jr. historic site commemorating the life, work and legacy of the civil rights leader, the World of Coca Cola showcasing the brand’s history, bottling and global products and you can also do an ‘Inside CNN’ studio tour. Atlanta also has a thriving arts scene with museums, music venues, theatre and galleries – including the acclaimed High Museum of Art. Sport is also very popular so depending on the season you could catch a Braves baseball game, a Falcons NFL game or Hawkes basketball game.

Established in 1733, this is one of Georgia’s oldest and prettiest cities. There are parks full of oaks dripping in moss, antebellum mansions, intricate ironwork and of course plenty of Southern charm and hospitality.

This area, nestled along stretches of sand dunes and salt marshes, is made up of the mainland city of Brunswick and four barrier islands. Each are quite distinct, but all have impressive landscapes and plenty to see and do.

Along with quaint cobblestoned streets, fountains and squares, the historic district has around 1000 restored buildings. They’ve used the original colours; pinks, reds, blues and greens and this is now the largest National Historic Landmark District in the U.S., it is just gorgeous.

The mainland town of Brunswick has a great old town lined with Victorian homes and a bustling waterfront where you can watch the shrimp boats unload, and then sample the catch of the day at one of the many restaurants.

You’ll definitely want to wander down River Street, with its old cotton warehouses now housing antique shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants and check out some of the museums, historic homes and art galleries to learn about the city’s history and culture. If you’ve had your fill of history, then check out the vibrant City Market, a great place to head, in the evening for dinner and nightlife.

St. Simons Island is the largest and has moss draped, oak-lined streets, sandy beaches, historic sites and some great dining. Sea Island is just a short drive away and home to some very swanky resorts. Little St. Simons Island is only accessible by boat and is a big nature sanctuary, there are limited accommodation options, and if you’re not staying there then you’ll need to do a guided tour to visit. Jekyll Island has a 15 kilometre white sand beach, four golf courses and a historic district.

Our favourite places to stay:

Our favourite places to stay:

Our favourite places to stay:

• Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Midtown • Hyatt Place Atlanta Downtown • Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

• Holiday Inn Express Historic District • Hilton Garden Inn Historic District • Hotel Indigo Historic District

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Aside from these famous sites there is the Centennial Olympic Park, where art instalments, including a five-ringed fountain, commemorate Atlanta’s hosting of the Olympics in 1996. The Margaret Mitchell House where Gone With the Wind was written and the 33 acres of exhibitions, historic houses and gardens at the Atlanta History Centre.

Hampton Inn & Suites Brunswick Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island The King and Prince Beach, St. Simon Island

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GEORGI A GEORGIA 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS SUGGESTED SELF-DRIVE Day 1: Atlanta – Athens (116km) Athens is home of the University of Georgia and nestled just below the Blue Ridge Mountains. There’s a vibrant, restored Victorian downtown with plenty of impressive gardens and historic architecture to check out. Day 2: Athens – Watkinsville – Madison – Eatonton – Milledgeville – Macon (165km) This journey takes you on the Antebellum Trail, where you will pass through historic communities that escaped General Sherman’s burning march. If you’re a history buff you may want to spend a couple of days exploring this area.

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Day 3: Macon – Savannah (267km) Macon has picturesque architecture and a rich history, the best sights are the city itself. Day 4-5: Savannah Known for its natural beauty, magnificent architecture, quaint squares and rich history. A great way to explore is by the hop on hop off trolley tour. Day 6: Savannah – Brunswick (185km) On the way check Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, walk beneath old Oak trees, explore the out-buildings and take a lantern tour of the house you will hear tales of the tragic history of the rice fields. Day 7-8: Golden Isles Drive to Jekyll Island, which has over 30 kilometres of paved trails through beaches, marshes, forests and historic sites if you wanted to stretch the legs and hire a bike. Drive to St. Simons Island and climb to the top of St. Simons Lighthouse for some great views.

Highlights worth seeing along the way Visitor Centres – These are a great first port of call in Georgian towns as they have good information and often self-guided tour maps. Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens – Tour the three-storey tropical conservatory, miles of nature trails and beautiful outdoor gardens. Eagle Tavern Museum, Watkinsville – Built in 1801, this historic stage coach stop and tavern has artefacts from Antebellum Georgia. Elder Mill Covered Bridge, Watkinsville – Visit this lovely 1860’s covered bridge overlooking the mill and creek. Eatonton – Pick up a self-guided walking tour brochure which features 75 historic homes including Antebellum and Victorian era structures. Milledgeville – Take a guided trolley tour through the historical district and hear fascinating stories of the spirited Old South. Otis Redding Statue, Macon – Check out the ‘Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay’ life-size bronze statue of the local soul music icon located on the banks of the Ocmulgee River. Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Jekyll Island – See where rehabilitation efforts aim to save all five threatened or endangered sea turtles that nest in Georgia.

Our favourite places to stay: • Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, Athens • Homewood Suites by Hilton Macon North • Hampton Inn & Suites Brunswick • Hotel Indigo Historic District, Savannah

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This is a land of history, culture, food and music. Music legends Nat King Cole and Hank Williams were born here and artists like Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones came here to cement their careers. Gospel is sung in churches and blues and jazz set the mood in local bars. Enjoy mouth-watering BBQ, local seafood and museums covering everything from Civil Rights and music to history and fast cars.

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Montgomery

Birmingham

Beaches and Gulf Coast

No city has played a greater role in the history of Alabama than Montgomery. From the Civil War to Civil Rights, it is steeped in fascinating history.

This is Alabama’s biggest city and also very famous for its role in the Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights District is bursting with history, and was the scene of some violent struggles in the 1960’s. It has some fascinating landmarks such as the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute with an excellent introduction to the region’s volatile history and the infamous Sixteenth Street Baptist church, nominated as a World Heritage-site.

The southern tip of Alabama is best known for Mobile Bay and the white sand beaches of the Gulf Coast.

The State Capitol is worth visiting, it is where in 1861 the breakaway Confederate States of America were born, resulting in the American Civil War. It is also the city in which Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. and others began laying the foundation for much of the Civil Rights movement. The church on Dexter Avenue where King delivered his message of freedom and equality still stands and welcomes visitors. The Civil Rights Memorial & Centre is a mustsee. There are two parts – the museum with its powerful and informative film and exhibits and the incredibly moving sculpture dedicated to those who died during the modern Civil Rights movement. Montgomery also has the Hank Williams Museum and the Rosa Parks Museum which depicts events that started the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In the evening stroll along the banks of the Alabama River on the Riverwalk.

Check out Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of vintage motorcycles and Sloss Furnaces where you can learn about the history of the steel industry. In the evening hear live music in the many entertainment districts or visit any of the new rooftop bars located in downtown. A must-see is one of the last remaining juke joints in America, Gip’s Place. Open only on Saturday evenings, enjoy live music and great food as you take in the sounds of blues, jazz, and a little bit of soul.

Mobile is an historic city, the first capital of the French Louisiana Territory and home of the first U.S. Mardi Gras. Each year during carnival time the streets of downtown are filled with marching bands, brilliantly coloured floats and teeming crowds of parade goers. Across Mobile Bay is the romantic city of Fairhope, stroll the downtown streets lined with art and gift shops before going to the restaurants located on the bay. See the shrimp boats of Bayou La Batre, made famous in Forest Gump, and watch birds on the barrier Dauphin Island before taking a ferry ride across the bay to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for 50 kilometres of sun, sand and fun. Sugar-white beaches, fresh seafood, championship golf courses, charter fishing trips, wildlife areas and historic sites are just a few of Gulf Shore’s treasures.

Our favourite places to stay:

Our favourite places to stay:

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Hampton Inn & Suites Montgomery Downtown Renaissance Hotel & Spa DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Montgomery Downtown

Hampton Inn & Suites Birmingham Downtown – The Tutwiler Redmont Hotel Birmingham, Curio Collection by Hilton Elyton Hotel

Hampton Inn Gulf Shores The Admiral Hotel Mobile Curio Collection by Hilton The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, Mobile

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Nashville TENNESSEE

6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS SUGGESTED SELF-DRIVE Day 1: Memphis or Nashville – Muscle Shoals – Huntsville (350/325km) First stop is the famous Muscle Shoals, where the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon and others came to record their hits. Tour FAME Studios and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame before carrying on to Huntsville, home to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the largest space museum in the world and home to U.S. Space Camp. Day 2: Huntsville – Birmingham (165km) In Birmingham, where a giant statue of Vulcan overlooks downtown, you can find music, food galore and plenty of history including many Civil Rights struggles. It is also home of America’s largest collection of motorbikes at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and the Historic Sloss Furnaces. Day 3: Birmingham – Selma – Montgomery (224km) Selma was the starting point of the Selma-to-Montgomery Civil Rights march of 1965, learn all about it at the National Voting Rights Museum. Continue to Montgomery where Hank Williams, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks all made history. There are wonderful museums and sites dedicated to these people who shaped America’s history. Day 4: Montgomery – Gulf Shores (312km) Continue south to the Gulf of Mexico and the beach side resort towns of Gulf Shores/Orange Beach. Here the beach is soft and white and the water is blue and warm and there are many bars and restaurants. Day 5: Gulf Shores – Mobile (88km) Mobile is an historic port city. It’s Spanish, French and Southern heritage means interesting architecture and culture. Day 6: Mobile – New Orleans (234km)

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Highlights worth seeing along the way FAME Studio, Muscle Shoals – The effect that this studio has had in the world of music is undeniable. FAME has been involved in the production of records that have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide. Southern Food – Known for award-winning BBQ and soul food. Saw’s Soul Kitchen in Birmingham is renowned for its Southern soul food and be sure to stop by the famous Dreamland Bar-B-Que in Birmingham or Mobile. The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham – Where four young girls died from a Ku Klux Klan bombing. Tours are available during the week and on Sunday the congregation welcomes you to join them. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute – Go inside to see the cell where Dr. King was imprisoned when he wrote “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” part of the museum’s Civil Rights Movement experience. RTJ Golf Trail – The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, a collection of 468 holes at 11 sites, stretches from Muscle Shoals to Mobile.

Our favourite places to stay: • Homewood Suites by Hilton Huntsville Downtown • Hampton Inn & Suites Birmingham Downtown – The Tutwiler • Hampton Inn Gulf Shores • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Montgomery Downtown

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USS Alabama, Mobile – Explore the battleship, winner of nine battle stars in World War II, at one of America’s most impressive military parks. Bellingrath Gardens – There is always something blooming in the amazing gardens of this 65 acre estate.

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TOURING


CAR RENTAL

DRIVING IN THE USA Exploring America by car is easy. Driving on the right hand side of the road may be different, however the roads are excellent, well sign-posted and spacious. Just remember the centre line should be by the driver!

Choosing your Rental Car

Things to think about:

Take into consideration the size of the vehicle you require. If the vehicle is to be used for day touring from a central base, then a smaller vehicle may be adequate and easier for parking. If doing longer travel, remember you will have luggage to transport around as well as the shopping, so a midsize to larger vehicle should be considered. We suggest you book before leaving home, as this will save you money and ensure that you get the vehicle of your choice.

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Emergency Roadside Assistance While each vehicle is serviced and cared for individually there may be an instance that you need some assistance. You can rest assured that in the USA, Hertz provides Emergency Roadside Assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Explore the U.S. in our best fleet ever. Whether you’re touring the States in an SUV or sightseeing in a sports car, Hertz offers a range of vehicles to make your U.S. trip unforgettable.

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Parks and Nature in Nevada

Eastern Values

Pacific Coast Explorer

7 days/6 nights

9 days/8 nights

11 days/10 nights

From extraordinary landscapes to historic locations, Nevada offers limitless destinations for you to experience. Explore ghost towns, national and state parks and discover a state that will have you telling some unforgettable stories.

History, culture and the sense of wonder of Niagara Falls await. Go back in time as you travel through Amish country and Gettysburg to the powerhouse of USA – Washington, D.C. In Boston wander along the historic Freedom Trail.

Travelling from Seattle, see the rich landscape of Mount Rainier, a Washington state icon. Enjoy coastal scenery along Oregon’s Pacific Coast Scenic Byway and see some of the world’s tallest trees in Redwood National Forest.

Day 1: Las Vegas – Death Valley National Park (228km) Head into Death Valley National Park and stop at Zabriskie Point for a scenic view across the park. Then it’s on to Badwater – the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere.

Day 1-2: New York

Day 1: Seattle Enjoy the sights of Seattle.

Day 2: Death Valley National Park – Rhyolite – Tonopah (221km) Day 3: Tonopah – Lake Tahoe (373km) Enjoy your afternoon in the Lake Tahoe area with a ride up the Heavenly Gondola or end your day with a sunset cruise to stunning Emerald Cove. Day 4: Lake Tahoe – Virginia City – Reno (107km) Visit Genoa, Nevada’s oldest town before heading to historic Virginia City to take a tour of one of the oldest mines in Nevada. Day 5: Reno – Ely (514km) See quirky characters, charming towns and hidden treasures along the ‘Loneliest Road in America’. Day 6: Ely – Great Basin National Park – Ely (244km) Day 7: Ely – Cathedral Gorge State Park – Las Vegas (491km)

Day 3: New York – Finger Lakes – Buffalo (613km) Travel across New York State through the Finger Lakes Country towards the Canadian border. Day 4: Buffalo – Niagara Falls – Buffalo (64km) Take a short drive to Niagara Falls to view the thundering waters of the Horseshoe Falls. Day 5: Buffalo – Amish Country (241km) Travel into Pennsylvania Dutch Amish country and explore this region and lifestyle. Day 6: Amish Country – Gettysburg – Washington, DC (431km) Head through the Appalachian Mountains along the Susquehanna River. Visit the historic Gettysburg Civil War National Battleground. Day 7: Washington, DC Explore the capital and its many historical landmarks. Day 8: Washington, DC – Philadelphia (223km) Drive to Philadelphia, home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Day 9: Philadelphia – New York (154km)

Day 2: Seattle – Mt. Rainier National Park – Mt. St. Helens – Portland (430km) Check out the views of the two big peaks in Washington. Day 3: Portland – Oregon Dunes – Redwood National Park (560km) The dramatic coastline of Oregon has panoramic vistas and picturesque towns for you to enjoy. Day 4: Redwood National Park – Eureka (380km) Pass former Russian fishing settlements as you continue your drive today. Day 5: Eureka – San Francisco (280km) Day 6: San Francisco Enjoy exploring San Francisco, Alcatraz is a must. Day 7: San Francisco – Monterey/Carmel (200km) Head down the stunning landscape of 17-Mile Drive en route to the village of Carmel. Day 8: Monterey/Carmel – Big Sur – Central Coast (390km) Day 9: Central Coast – Santa Barbara – Malibu – Santa Monica – Los Angeles (376km) Day 10-11: Los Angeles

Departures: Daily Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation Price Guide From: $657

Lake Ontario

NEVADA

Niagara Falls

Reno

Ely

Lake Tahoe Virginia City

Great Basin NP

Cathedral Gorge State Park

Rhyolite Death Valley NP

Departures: Daily (Apr-Oct) Inclusions: 10 nights accommodation and welcome kit with detailed day to day itinerary Price Guide From: $1738

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Seattle

Finger Lakes

Portland

WASHINGTON

Mt.Rainer Mt.St.Helens

Buffalo

Lake Erie Tonopah

CALIFORNIA

Departures: Daily (Apr-Oct) Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation and welcome kit with detailed day to day itinerary Price Guide From: $1467

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Redwood NP

Amish Country

New York

PENNSYLVANIA

WASHINGTON, DC

Eureka

CALIFORNIA San Francisco

Philadelphia Gettysburg

Las Vegas

PACIFIC OCEAN

ATLANTIC OCEAN

The price guide shown is per adult twin share based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Rental car, road tolls, fuel, national park entrance fees, admission fees and surcharges not included.

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Big Sur Los Angeles

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Golden California

Sunshine Trails

Yellowstone to Glacier Drive

12 days/11 nights

13 days/12 nights

13 days/12 nights

Marvel at 17-Mile Drive’s ‘The Lone Cypress’ before joining Highway 1 to experience the stunning coastline. Discover a different perspective than what’s seen in the big cities as you enjoy Danish-style hospitality in Solvang.

Theme parks, beaches, everglades and Art Deco architecture are all part of the mix that makes up Florida. Cross the bridges to Key West, travel up the Gulf Coast then head down the coast to the beaches of Miami.

Head to the ‘Real America’ and explore Wyoming, where the classic cowboy culture is alive and well, and beautiful Montana with windswept plains, imposing mountain peaks and crystal-clear rivers and streams.

Day 1-3: San Francisco Explore this fascinating city.

Day 1: Miami

Day 1: Jackson, Wyoming Spend the day exploring this historic western town.

Day 4: San Francisco – Monterey/Carmel (202km) The 17-Mile Drive road along the coast from Pacific Grove to Carmel boasts magnificent seaside scenery. Day 5: Monterey/Carmel – Central Coast (394km) Day 6: Central Coast – Solvang – Malibu – Los Angeles area (334km) Day 7: Los Angeles area Day 8: Los Angeles area – Las Vegas (450km) Day 9: Las Vegas (Grand Canyon Optional) Take a short drive to Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, or see one of the great natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon. Day 10: Las Vegas – San Diego (538km)

Day 2: Miami – Key West (260km) Cross the 42 bridges to Key West for amazing clear blue water and white sand beaches. Day 3: Key West – Key Largo (156km) Day 4: Key Largo – Everglades National Park – Naples (256km) Day 5: Naples Enjoy the swanky town of Naples where designer shopping and fine dining compliment the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches. Day 6: Naples – Sarasota (160km) Visit the winter residence of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, just outside Fort Myers on your way to Sarasota. Day 7: Sarasota – Crystal River (290km) Day 8: Crystal River – St. Augustine (200km) Day 9: St. Augustine – Orlando (180km) Enjoy the theme park capital of the world, Orlando, your base for the next three nights.

Day 11: San Diego A full day to discover some of San Diego’s attractions.

Day 10-11: Orlando

Day 12: San Diego – Los Angeles (195km)

Day 12: Orlando – Cocoa Beach (97km)

Day 2-3: Grand Teton National Park Check out the iconic mountain ranges. Day 4-6: Jackson – Yellowstone National Park (155km) Yellowstone has thermal activity, dramatic canyons, rivers and forests and is home to lots of animals including bears, wolves, bison and elk. Day 7: Yellowstone National Park – Cody (187km) Cody is a town built by the legendary Old West showman Buffalo Bill Cody. Day 8: Cody – Red Lodge, Montana (180km) Day 9: Red Lodge – Bozeman (272km) Bozeman is a relaxed town with an historic downtown. Day 10: Bozeman – Missoula (323km) Day 11-13: Missoula – Glacier National Park (328km) Experience the large concentration of glaciers and more than a million acres of mountains, forests, and lakes.

Day 13: Cocoa Beach – Miami (317km)

Departures: Daily Inclusions: 11 nights accommodation and welcome kit with detailed day to day itinerary Price Guide From: $1527

Departures: Daily Inclusions: 12 nights accommodation, welcome kit with detailed day to day itinerary Price Guide From: $1221

San Francisco

CALIFORNIA

NEVADA

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St Augustine

Monterey/ Carmel

Silver Springs Crystal River Sarasota

Orlando

GULF OF MEXICO

ATLANTIC OCEAN

FLORIDA

Naples Everglades National Park Key West

Departures: Daily (May-Sep) Inclusions: 12 nights accommodation Price Guide From: $2680

MONTANA

Missoula Yellowstone NP

Miami

IDAHO

Bozeman Red Lodge Cody

Jackson & Grand Teton NP

WYOMING

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Western Values

American Music and Movie Trails

Historic Route 66

14 days/13 nights

14 days/13 nights

16 days/15 nights

Explore the scenes that make up the Southwest such as Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. Visit the striking Grand Canyon and the vibrant Las Vegas, cross the famous Golden Gate Bridge, and spend time exploring San Francisco.

Relive great music and movie moments. For jazz lovers, immerse yourself in the jazz sound along Bourbon Street, New Orleans and then on to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in Birmingham.

Get your kicks on Route 66! This is your chance to do the ultimate American road trip, passing through some amazing and diverse scenery. Highlights include the Mississippi River and the Petrified Forest National Park.

Day 1: Los Angeles

Day 1-2: Chicago Spend time exploring the city.

Day 1-2: Chicago

Day 2: Los Angeles – Anaheim – Palm Springs (236km)

Day 3: Chicago – St. Louis (480km)

Day 3: Chicago – St. Louis (460km)

Day 3: Palm Springs – Joshua Tree National Park – Laughlin (418km) Day 4: Laughlin – Williams – Flagstaff (235km)

Day 4: St. Louis – Springfield (340km)

Day 4: St. Louis – Memphis (451km) Graceland, home of the late Elvis Presley is a must. Day 5: Memphis

Day 5: Flagstaff – Grand Canyon – Lake Powell/Page (307km) Day 6: Lake Powell/Page – Bryce Canyon (270km) Day 7: Bryce Canyon – Zion National Park – Las Vegas (380km) Day 8: Las Vegas

Day 6: Memphis – Clarksdale – Vicksburg (234km) Stop in Clarksdale, heart of the Delta Blues, to visit the Delta Blues Museum filled with memorabilia from B.B. King and Muddy Waters. Day 7: Vicksburg – New Orleans (470km) Day 8: New Orleans

Day 9: Las Vegas – Death Valley – Fresno (720km) Day 10: Fresno – Yosemite – San Francisco (245km) Day 11: San Francisco Day 12: San Francisco – Monterey/Carmel – Central Coast (465km) Day 13: Central Coast – Santa Barbara – Los Angeles area (408km) Day 14: Los Angeles

Day 9: New Orleans – Birmingham (544km) A highlight will be a visit to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in Birmingham. Day 10: Birmingham – Chattanooga (238km) Day 11: Chattanooga – Nashville (213km) Nashville, ‘Music City USA’, is the destination today. Don’t miss a visit to the Ryman Auditorium and a night at the Grand Ole Opry. Day 12: Nashville – Louisville (280km) From Blue Grass to Brass Bands, Kentucky has popular music for every listener.

Day 5: Springfield – Tulsa – Oklahoma City (520km) Nowhere is Route 66 more at home than in Oklahoma, where the pavement follows the contours of the land as though it has always been there. Day 6: Oklahoma City – Amarillo (420km) Day 7: Amarillo – Albuquerque (450km) Day 8: Albuquerque Day 9: Albuquerque – Santa Fe – Albuquerque (186km) Day 10: Albuquerque – Holbrook (420km) Day 11: Holbrook – Grand Canyon National Park/Williams (290km) Day 12: Grand Canyon National Park/ Williams – Las Vegas (480km) Day 13-14: Las Vegas – Santa Monica/Los Angeles (470km) Day 15-16: Los Angeles/Santa Monica

Day 13: Louisville – Chicago (480km) Day 14: Chicago Departures: Daily Inclusions: 13 nights accommodation, welcome kit with detailed day to day itinerary Price Guide From: $1361

ILLINOIS

Yosemite NP

Montery/Carmel Central Coast Santa Barbara Los Angeles

Departures: Daily (Apr-Oct) Inclusions: 15 nights accommodation and welcome kit with detailed day to day itinerary Price Guide From: $1885

Chicago

CALIFORNIA San Francisco

Departures: Daily (Apr-Oct) Inclusions: 13 nights SOUTH accommodation and DAKOTA welcome kit with detailed day to day itinerary Price Guide From: $1820

NEVADA

Fresno Death Valley

UTAH

Solvang Las Vegas Laughlin Palm Springs

Louisville

MISSOURI

Zion NP Bryce NP St.George

Visalia

Chicago

KENTUCKY

St. Louis

TENNESSEE

Memphis

Las Vegas Grand Canyon Calico

Nashville

Holbrook Los Angeles Gallup

Chattanooga

Lake Powell Grand Canyon NP Flagstaff Needles

ARIZONA

Birmingham

Vicksburg

LOUISIANA

ALABAMA

St. Louis Santa Fe Amarillo Albuquerque

Tulsa

Springfield

Oklahoma City

ATLANTIC OCEAN

New Orleans

The price guide shown is per adult twin share based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Rental car, road tolls, fuel, national park entrance fees, admission fees and surcharges not included.

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TOURING WITH JUCY RV RENTALS Eat. Sleep. Explore. Repeat. You can do it all in a JUCY Mini RV! Located in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas, these customised rental vehicles are perfect for long or short getaways. JUCY originated in New Zealand and has been in the USA since 2013, they’re the best choice for fun, excitable travellers wanting to have the adventure of a lifetime.

JUCY Trailblazer

Things to think about:

The JUCY Trailblazer has all the modern features of a mini RV including a fridge, two gas stoves, sink and two comfortable double beds to sleep up to four people. The minivan base makes it super easy to drive and it’s economical on gas too – fantastic for exploring the best of the United States.

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Check drivers licence requirements before booking. JUCY USA rent to 21+ with a valid licence

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There are three pick up locations – Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Oakland (San Francisco)

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There are plenty of additional items available for hire such as: Kitchen kit with: cutlery, dinnerware, pots and pans, can/bottle opener, utensils, dish towel, bedding kit including: linen, pillow, duvet and towel, GPS, various mileage pack options, external picnic table, camping chairs, heater, snow chains, Inverter, winter pack including: sleeping bag, thermos flask and hand warmers

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Vehicles can be picked up Monday to Friday between 1pm and 3pm and 9am - 11am on Saturdays

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You can return your JUCY vehicle Monday to Saturday between 9am and 11am. If you are wanting to begin your adventure earlier or later, JUCY offers After Hours pick ups and drop offs. Additional fees will apply

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If you like to be close to the comforts of home, JUCY highly recommend KOA campgrounds - they have excellent facilities and JUCY customers get discounts get a 10% discount off their stay just by showing their keys

Jucy Trailblazer

Seat belts

Sleeps up to

Engine

Transmission

5

4

V6/3.3 litre

Automatic

Features: • 2x butane gas stoves • 31-42 quarts (30-40l) fridge (size not guaranteed) • Sink with tap and drain • 5.2gal (20l) water tank • 6.6gal (25l) waste water tank • Internal table • DVD player • CD player and radio • 2x bench seats • 2x double beds • Blinds • Storage space under benches (soft bags) • Power steering and ABS • Air conditioning in cabin You are charged for mileage, but you can pre-purchase mileage packages. Some options include: Unlimited miles - US$25 + tax per night, 500 mile package - US$120 + tax, 100 miles/night - US$12 + tax per night. Once you have used all your miles that you purchased, you will then be charged 25c per additional mile. This will be calculated at the end of your trip.

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The USA is an awesome self-drive destination and a great place to hire a motorhome. With wide roads and highways, drive with ease through the big cities and small towns. Forget the worries of trying to find accommodation and allow yourself the freedom and flexibility to explore this vast country at your own pace. Whether you decide to free camp or park up at a designated camp ground, the options are endless.

Cruise America Motorhome Details

Hints and Tips:

Rates Include: Statutory Liability Coverage, Supplemental Liability Insurance & VIP Coverage, additional driver fee

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Check the driving licence and minimum age requirements before planning to book. In most cases the minimum age is 21

Not Included: Fuel, deposit, one way rental charges (if applicable), convenience kits with dishes, cookware, pillows, linen, towels, sleeping bags and cleaning equipment, cancellation and amendment fees, insurances, extra mileage prices & generator

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Hire a GPS with your motorhome as Google maps on a smart phone may be out of range on those roads less travelled

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One way hires may be permitted to selected locations at an additional fee

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When you leave your vehicle don’t leave any valuables in sight – always take your passport with you

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Pick up depots are usually located outside the CBD, sometimes up to an hour away. Check with your travel agent on the best option to get there

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Motorhomes are much more suited to the open roads of the countryside than the congestion of the cities

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Want to travel into Canada? This is permitted; you just have to advise when you book

Group

C17 Truck Camper

C19 Compact Motorhome

C25 Standard Motorhome

C30 Large Motorhome

Max Seatbelts

3

3

5

7

Ideal for

3 travellers

3 travellers

5 travellers

7 travellers

Vehicle pick up time is between 1pm to 4pm. Vehicle return time is between 9am to 11am. Please note times may change on Saturdays. Vehicles cannot be collected on same day as arrival. Price may vary depending on the pick-up location. Driver’s licence and experience restrictions apply. All rental centres are closed on Sundays and public holidays. A minimum of 7 days rental is applicable.

M OTORH OM E

ADVENTURE BY MOTORHOME

Explore the best of the USA › Choose from 2 to 7 berth motorhomes › Trusted suppliers like Cruise America, Apollo, Road Bear, El Monte, Star RV, Escape Campers, Britz & Mighty › Freedom to drive into Canada › Accommodation and transport all in one

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RAI L EXPLORE BY RAIL Trying to see as much of America as possible can be a daunting task. Amtrak holds the key to opening up the whole of the USA, serving over 500 destinations in 46 States and three Canadian Provinces. From the busy vibrant cities to the mountains and the sea, you can experience unforgettable scenery including some that can only be seen by train as you criss-cross your way across America. With the choice of point to point fares, overnight services and Amtrak Rail Passes, planning is made easy.

Amtrak Rail Tickets

Amtrak’s Coast Starlight

Amtrak’s Empire Builder

Point to Point If you just want to visit one or two cities, point to point regional tickets may be all that is required. A choice of standard or business class seating is available as well as sleeper tickets for the overnighters. Prebook your seat before you leave to avoid disappointment. Between New York and/ or Boston, Washington, DC or Philadelphia, try out the superior comfort and speed of the Acela Express with a choice of first or business class reserved seats.

Route: Seattle – Portland – Los Angeles Travel time: 36 hours (one way) Amenities: Dining car, sleeping car, lounge/ café car, Pacific Parlour car.

Route: Chicago – St. Paul/Minneapolis – Spokane – Portland/Seattle Travel time: 46 hours (one way) Amenities: Dining car, sleeping car, lounge/ café car.

Amtrak Rail Passes When you want to travel from State to State or stop at a lot of places within one State, the USA Rail Pass gets you around the USA with ease and complete access to the Amtrak network. Three pass types are available with varying number of segments and days for the entire USA. On the long overnight journeys purchase (additional cost) a sleeping option of Roomette or Bedroom for the sector required. The Bedroom option has a private enclosed restroom.

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Amtrak’s most popular long-distance route is widely regarded as the most stunning and welcomes more than 455,000 passengers a year. The Coast Starlight links the great cities on the West Coast. The scenery along the Coast Starlight route is unsurpassed - dramatic snow-covered peaks of the Cascade Range and Mount Shasta, lush forests, fertile valleys and long stretches of Pacific Ocean shoreline provide a stunning backdrop for your journey. This west coast train adventure travels daily, passing through Santa Barbara, the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Portland. To see long stretches of Pacific shoreline, views you won’t get from the highway, book a seat on the coast side of the train. If you upgrade from coach to a small private room with beds you’ll have upgraded dining. Want to extend your trip to San Diego? Connect to the popular Pacific Surfliner train at L.A.’s Union Station.

Experience the rugged splendour of the American West. Travelling daily between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail, the Empire Builder takes you on an exciting adventure through majestic wilderness, following the footsteps of early pioneers. From Chicago, you’ll have magnificent views of the Mississippi and see the night skyline of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Awake the next morning as you cross the North Dakota plains and travel over the spectacular Gassman Coulee Trestle. You’ll cross into the Big Sky country in Montana, passing by Glacier National Park. From Spokane, you can either head south along the Columbia River Gorge to Portland or cut through the Cascade Mountains north to Seattle’s Puget Sound. Along the way there are mountain passes and long tunnels. During spring and summer, an onboard volunteer National Park Service ranger shares facts about the landscape.


Ever dreamed of climbing on a Harley and cruising through the U.S.? Or jumping on a Honda Gold Wing and touring national parks? Discover the U.S. as it was meant to be seen – on a Harley-Davidson, Honda, Triumph, BMW or Yamaha. Whether you are looking to experience the open roads with a group of fellow bike enthusiasts on a guided tour or blaze your own trails on a self-drive tour, EagleRider has the perfect ride.

Wild West 1

Pacific Coast

Route 66

8 days/7 nights

10 days/9 nights

15 days/14 nights

Solitary deserts, vibrant cities, deep canyons and high mountains – this guided motorcycle vacation has everything.

If winding down the Pacific Coast with the breeze in your hair and the sun on your face, stopping in at seaside towns sounds like a dream – then this tour is for you.

Cross eight states and 3900 kilometres from Chicago to Los Angeles on the original Route 66, also known as the ‘Mainstreet of America’.

Day 1: Los Angles Day 2: Los Angeles – Palm Springs Day 3: Palm Springs – Laughlin Day 4: Laughlin – Grand Canyon Day 5: Grand Canyon – Monument Valley Day 6: Monument Valley – Bryce Canyon Day 7: Bryce Canyon – Las Vegas Day 8: Las Vegas

Day 1: Seattle Day 2: Seattle – Ocean Shores, WA Day 3: Ocean Shores – Newport, OR Day 4: Newport – Crescent City, OR Day 5: Crescent City – Fort Bragg, CA Day 6: Fort Bragg – San Francisco, CA Day 7: San Francisco – Monterey, CA Day 8: Monterey – Pismo Beach, CA Day 9: Pismo Beach – Los Angeles, CA Day 10: Los Angeles

Day 1-2: Chicago – Springfield Day 3: Springfield – St. Louis Day 4: St. Louis – Joplin Day 5: Joplin – Oklahoma City Day 6: Oklahoma City – Amarillo Day 7-8: Amarillo – Santa Fe Day 9: Santa Fe – Gallup Day 10-11: Gallup – Grand Canyon – Laughlin Day 12-13: Laughlin – Las Vegas – Victorville Day 14-15: Victorville – Los Angeles

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Nov) Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 1 x bike & fuel, helmet, custom riding jacket, tour leader, support vehicle & transport from hotel to EagleRider location Price Guide From: $5123

Departures: Set departures (Jul) Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation, 8 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 1 x bike & fuel, helmet, custom riding jacket, tour leader, support vehicle & transport from hotel to EagleRider location Price Guide From: $6558

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct) Inclusions: 14 nights accommodation, 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 1 x bike & fuel, helmet, custom riding jacket, tour leader, support vehicle & transport from hotel to EagleRider location Price Guide From: $8197

Bryce Canyon

Ocean Shores

Seattle

Chicago

Newport

Monument Valley Crescent City

Las Vegas Laughlin Los Angeles

Palm Springs

Grand Canyon

Fort Bragg San Francisco Monterey

M OTORCYC LE

ADVENTURE BY MOTORCYCLE

Las Grand Vegas Canyon Santa Fe Victorville Amarillo Laughin Gallup Santa Monica

Springfield St Louis Joplin Oklahoma City

Pismo Beach Los Angeles

The price guide shown is per adult twin share based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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California Explorer

Rhythms of the South

Western Trails

2 days/1 night

8 days/7 nights

8 days/7 nights

A great way to get a taste of this famous part of California, especially if you’re short on time or not so keen to drive your self.

The South has long been romanticised. Explore the beautiful architecture of New Orleans, visit Jonesboro, the official ‘Gone with the Wind’ town and see plantation homes that were the inspiration for the film.

Heading inland from Los Angeles you’ll enjoy the best of the west. From the glamorous Palm Springs to a Navajo Indian reservation and from national parks to amazing shopping you won’t be disappointed.

Day 1: San Francisco – Monterey/Carmel – Central Coast Depart San Francisco for the drive to the Monterey Peninsula, known for its magnificent homes and lovely beaches. In Monterey, visit Fisherman’s Wharf and famous Cannery Row. Then tour charming Carmel-by-theSea, noted for its quaint houses, upscale art galleries and unique stores.

Day 1: New Orleans

Day 1: Los Angeles

Day 2: New Orleans Immerse yourself in the charm and excitement of one of America’s most unique cities.

Day 2: Los Angeles – Palm Springs – Phoenix Check out Palm Spring’s lively downtown and golf courses at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains.

In the afternoon continue through Paso Robles, home of fine wineries. Overnight in a quaint Central California Coastal town. Day 2: Central Coast – Santa Barbara – Santa Monica – Los Angeles Journey south through the Santa Ynez Valley into Santa Barbara where palm–lined walkways border white sandy beaches. Upon arrival in Los Angeles take an orientation tour that includes Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Century City before arriving in Santa Monica, home to the finish line of Historic Route 66.

Day 3: New Orleans – Baton Rouge – Natchez Today head into Mississippi and on to Natchez where every year the citizens open their lovingly restored antebellum homes so you can have a glimpse into southern life. Day 4: Natchez – Mississippi River Valley – Memphis Leave Natchez and drive on to Memphis, also known as the ‘Home of the Blues’. No visit to Memphis is complete without a visit to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. Day 5: Memphis – Nashville Continue on to Nashville, the capital of country music. Day 6: Nashville Day 7: Nashville – Chattanooga – Atlanta On your journey to Atlanta enjoy a stop at Bulloch Hall, one of the outstanding plantation homes of the area.

Day 4: Grand Canyon – Monument Valley – Page/Lake Powell Enter a Navajo Indian reservation and pass through the Painted Desert to visit Monument Valley, an area that embodies perhaps the most iconic images of the American West. Day 5: Page/Lake Powell – Kanab – Bryce Canyon You’ll love visiting spectacular Bryce Canyon. Day 6: Bryce Canyon – Zion – Las Vegas See the massive rock formations at Zion before arriving in dazzling Las Vegas. Day 7: Las Vegas

Day 8: Atlanta

Day 8: Las Vegas – Mojave Desert – Los Angeles Travel to Los Angeles via the Mojave Desert, home to clusters of unique Joshua Trees.

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Mar)

Inclusions: 1 night, sightseeing as per itinerary, Tour Director, Deluxe transportation by sprinter or transport by comfortable coach

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, sightseeing as per itinerary, Tour Director, transport by comfortable coach

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, sightseeing as per itinerary, Tour Director, transport by comfortable coach

Price Guide From: $555

Price Guide From: $1752

Price Guide From: $1770

Nashville

San Francisco

TENNESSEE

NEVADA

Chattanooga

Memphis

Monterey/Carmel San Luis Obispo Central Coast

Natchez

Santa Barbara Los Angeles

NEVADA CALIFORNIA Las Vegas

Atlanta

CALIFORNIA

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Day 3: Phoenix – Sedona – Grand Canyon Travel through the Sonoran Desert to Sedona, a city situated encircled by distinctive red-rock monoliths before arriving at Grand Canyon National Park.

Baton Rouge

LOUISIANA

Jackson

MISSISSIPPI New Orleans

GEORGIA

Los Angeles

PACIFIC OCEAN

UTAH Zion NP

Bryce NP Monument Valley Grand Canyon NP

Kanab Page

Mojave Desert

Sedona

Palm Springs Phoenix

ARIZONA

The price guide shown is per adult twin share based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


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Deep South Discovery

Pacific Coast Explorer

Colours of New England

9 days/8 nights

9 days/8 nights

10 days/9 nights

Head south to learn some of the fascinating history of the Civil War, admire picturesque towns, hear about the Civil Rights Movement and enjoy the unique blend of Spanish, French, Caribbean, African and Anglo-Saxon influences in New Orleans.

Discover Seattle, visit volcanoes, traverse the stunning Oregon Coast and part of the Pacific Coast Highway. You’ll see some of the oldest tress in the world in Redwood National Park and enjoy California’s Wine country in Sonoma County.

This is a small group tour, maximum of 20, and it is slower paced with plenty of free time so you are able to really explore these amazing East Coast cities at your own pace. You’ll have a local expert in each city who’ll give you plenty of tips.

Day 1: Arrive Atlanta

Day 1-2: Vancouver A full day at leisure provides ample time to take in Vancouver’s sights and attractions or make an optional trip across to Vancouver Island.

Day 1: Boston

Day 2: Atlanta Enjoy a city tour including a visit to the boyhood home of Martin Luther King. You will also learn about Margaret Mitchell, who wrote “Gone with the Wind.” Day 3: Atlanta – Augusta – Charleston Head to Augusta before arriving in Charleston one of the most historic and charming cities of the South. Day 4: Charleston – Beaufort – Savannah Take a walking tour of Charleston’s preserved historic district. Day 5: Savannah Enjoy the charm of Savannah with its pretty tree lined streets and squares. Day 6: Savannah – Montgomery Head into the heart of the Deep South, Alabama. Montgomery, the capital, is central to the Civil Rights Movement. Visit the Rosa Parks Library and Museum. Day 7: Montgomery – Selma – New Orleans Discover Selma, another centrepiece of the Civil Rights Movement. Visit the Edmund Pettis Bridge where the historic March from Selma to Montgomery began.

Day 3: Vancouver – Seattle Cross the border into Seattle, set on the waterfront and framed by snow-capped mountains. Day 4: Seattle – Mt Rainer – Mt St Helens – Portland Visit Mount Rainier National Park and Mount St. Helens, both active volcanoes, en route to Portland. Day 5: Portland – Newport – Coos Bay Enjoy a scenic drive along Oregon’s coastline. Day 6: Coos Bay – Redwood National Park – Eureka Continue along the rugged Oregon coastline to California’s spectacular Redwood Coast with sparkling beaches, cascading rivers, quiet countryside, historic communities and a forest as old as dinosaurs.

Day 2: Boston – Salem – Kennebunkport – Portland Explore almost four centuries of history as well as some of the East Coast’s finest beaches. Day 3: Portland – Bar Harbor View the state’s jagged coastline, rocky beaches and quaint villages. Day 4: Bar Harbor – White Mountains Head inland where the landscape is dotted with covered bridges and picturesque towns. Day 5: White Mountains – Stowe – Green Mountains Visit Stowe, a classic 200-year-old village nestled beside Vermont’s highest peak. Day 6: Green Mountains – Newport Head to Rhode Island, home to great coastal scenery and architecture. Day 7: Newport – Cape Cod Continue to the unspoiled natural beauty of Cape Cod.

Day 7: Eureka – Sonoma Head to Northern California’s Wine Country.

Day 8: Cape Cod Take an optional trip to Martha’s Vineyard, just a 45 minute ferry ride away.

Day 8: Sonoma – San Francisco Cross the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.

Day 9: Cape Cod – Plymouth – Boston Visit Plymouth, where English colonists first made a home.

Day 9: San Francisco

Day 10: Boston

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Jun-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (Sep-Oct)

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation, 3 breakfasts, sightseeing as per itinerary, Tour Director & transport by comfortable coach

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, sightseeing as per itinerary, Tour Director, transport by comfortable coach

Inclusions: 9 nights, 1 breakfasts, sightseeing as per itinerary, Tour Director, transport by comfortable coach

Price Guide From: $2297

Price Guide From: $3334

Price Guide From: $2515

Day 8-9: New Orleans Free at leisure to take in the French flavour and grandeur of New Orleans.

Atlanta Selma

LOUISIANA New Orleans

Augusta Savannah

Seattle

Charleston Beaufort

Portland Newport Coos Bay

Montgomery

ALABAMA

GULF OF MEXICO

GEORGIA

CANADA

Vancouver

SOUTH CAROLINA

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Redwood NP

PACIFIC OCEAN

Eureka

WASHINGTON

Mt.Rainer

Green Mountains

OREGON

Bar Harbor

MAINE VERMONT Stowe White Mountains NEW HAMPSHIRE

USA CALIFORNIA

Sonoma Napa San Francisco

The price guide shown is per adult twin share based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

MASSACHUSETTS

Portland Kennebunkport Salem

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Boston

Cape Cod Newport RHODE ISLAND

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© Talia Salem

Chicago to Los Angeles

Eastern Discovery

West Coast Insider

11 days/10 nights

11 days/10 nights

14 days/13 nights

Hit the road across the USA on this epic journey through eight states. Experience everything from cities to stunning natural beauty and everything in between. You’ll even travel along the famous Route 66 for part of your journey.

Discover the best of the east coast of the USA and Canada. Travel along Long Island Sound to Boston where you can explore the Freedom Trail. Tour Gettysburg National Military Park and enjoy a comprehensive tour of Washington, DC.

This is a small group tour, maximum 20, where you will see plenty in these West Coast hot spots. You’ll focus on local experiences and explore either by walking or in a smaller vehicle so it’s a bit more flexible.

Day 1-2: Chicago

Day 1: New York

Day 1: San Francisco

Day 3: Chicago – Mississippi River Crossing – Sioux Falls Travel through the Midwest then cross the Mississippi River.

Day 2: New York – Boston

Day 2-3: San Francisco Enjoy a tour of the city’s most famous sights.

Day 4: Sioux Falls – Badlands – Mt Rushmore – Rapid City Pass through South Dakota to Badlands National Park. Day 5: Rapid City – Bighorn Mountains – Cody Enter Wyoming, with its twelve mountain ranges. Day 6: Cody – Yellowstone Enjoy a sightseeing tour of this geothermal wonderland. Day 7: Yellowstone – Grand Teton – Salt Lake City Travel through Grand Teton National Park.

Day 4: Québec City – Montréal Take a tour of Québec City by coach and by foot before departing for Montréal. Day 5: Montréal – Ottawa – Toronto This morning you’ll see Ottawa which boasts one of the most impressive parliament buildings in the world. Then continue along the 1000 Islands Parkway to Toronto where you can enjoy an optional excursion on the St. Lawrence River. Day 6: Toronto – Niagara Falls

Day 4: San Francisco – Yosemite View some of Yosemite’s awe-inspiring scenery. Day 5: Yosemite – Mojave Desert – Las Vegas Day 6: Grand Canyon You’ll have time at Grand Canyon West to explore the views. Day 7: Las Vegas – Palm Springs – San Diego Day 8: San Diego Day 9: San Diego – Orange County – San Pedro This morning head north along the SoCal coast. Day 10: Los Angeles A full day touring in Los Angeles.

Day 8: Salt Lake City – Bryce Canyon Visit spectacular Bryce Canyon.

Day 7: Niagara Falls – Gettysburg – Amish Country

Day 9: Bryce Canyon – Lake Powell – Grand Canyon – Flagstaff Visit Grand Canyon National Park, one of the seven great natural wonders of the world.

Day 8: Amish Country – Washington, DC Travel through rural countryside to Pennsylvania Dutch Country where you can visit an Amish Museum before departing for Washington, DC.

Day 10: Flagstaff – Route 66 – Las Vegas

Day 9: Washington, DC

Day 11: Las Vegas – Mojave Desert – Los Angeles Travel via the Mojave Desert with its clusters of unique Joshua trees.

Day 10: Washington, DC – Philadelphia – New York

Day 13: Monterey – San Francisco Visit the quaint village of Carmel after a drive along the scenic 17-Mile Drive.

Day 11: New York City

Day 14: San Francisco

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)

Inclusions: 10 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, sightseeing as per itinerary, Tour Director, transport by comfortable coach

Inclusions: 10 nights accommodation, sightseeing as per itinerary, Tour Director, transport by comfortable coach

Inclusions: 13 nights, 2 breakfasts, sightseeing as per itinerary, Tour Director, Deluxe transportation by sprinter or minicoach

Price Guide From: $3879

Price Guide From: $2762

Price Guide From: $5319

Grand Teton NP

Cody

IDAHO NEVADA

WYOMING

Salt Lake City Bryce Canyon NP

Los Angeles

SOUTH DAKOTA

Mt Rushmore Badlands

Ottawa

Lake Erie

Lancaster

Flagstaff

CALIFORNIA ARIZONA

USA

Amish Country

NEVADA Yosemite NP Big Sur

Hearst Castle

Niagara Falls

Lake Powell

Monterey/Carmel

Stowe

Thousand Islands Lake Toronto Ontario

IILINOIS

Day 12: Central Coast – Monterey Head north along Highway 1 to unique Hearst Castle.

San Francisco

Montréal

WISCONSIN

Sioux Falls Chicago

UTAH Las Vegas

Rapid City

Day 11: L.A. – Santa Barbara – Central Coast Pass through Malibu to Santa Barbara.

Québec City

CANADA

MINNESOTA

Yellowstone NP

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Day 3: Boston – New England – Québec City Explore the rural New England states of New Hampshire and Vermont before crossing into Canada.

Boston New York Philadelphia

Washington, DC

Central Coast

CALIFORNIA

Santa Barbara Los Angeles

ATLANTIC OCEAN

PACIFIC OCEAN

San Diego

Las Vegas

Grand Canyon NP

Mojave Desert Palm Springs

ARIZONA

The price guide shown is per adult twin share based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Trafalgar infuses every trip with the best moments, like their exclusive Insider Experiences, VIP treatment and relaxing free time. Every element of their holidays is carefully crafted to take you to the heart of a destination, bringing local cultures to life with the perfect balance of the right experiences, sights, inclusions, hotels, even the locals you meet. Giving you the best holiday.

Five Epic National Parks

Tastes & Sounds of the South

9 days/8 nights

10 days/9 nights

Delve into the stories and natural splendour of the Old West, from the peaks of the Grand Tetons, the bubbling mudpots of Yellowstone, the eerie hoodoos of Bryce Canyon to Zion National Park.

Join us for a little honky-tonk, home cookin’, hot-footed hoedown and a whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll on this inspiring at leisure jaunt through the deep south.

Trip Highlights: -- Enjoy Arizona hospitality with the Mayor of Williams, John Moore, at a western-themed dinner -- Cruise down the Snake River on a float trip and keep an eye out for moose and grizzly bears amidst the pine-clad river banks -- Visit Jackson, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Williams, Grand Canyon, Salt Lake City and more -- Board the Grand Canyon Railway from the South Rim of the UNESCOlisted Grand Canyon

Trip Highlights: -- Join a pianist and a chef for an evening of true southern hospitality and an opportunity to explore the sights and sounds of two beautiful Natchez estates -- Delve into the life and foot-tapping tunes of Johnny Cash with a member of his family and with costumed guides at the Frogmore Plantation -- For sightseeing in Memphis, the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, on a reconstructed cotton plantation and in New Orleans -- Meet the Tanners on their cotton plantation and learn how your visit helps them to preserve the history of their estate and Mississippi cotton plantation heritage

Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Nov)

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation, daily full breakfast, 4 dinners including Be My Guest, experienced Travel Director, transport & sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation, daily full breakfast, 5 dinners including Be My Guest, experienced Travel Director, sightseeing & transport as per itinerary

Price Guide From: $4225

Price Guide From: $4275 West Yellostone

Yellowstone NP Grand Teton NP Jackson

IDAHO

WYOMING NEVADA PACIFIC OCEAN

Las Vegas

TENNESSEE

Memphis

Salt Lake City

UTAH

Zion NP

Bryce NP

TOURI NG

SIMPLY THE BEST... WAY TO HOLIDAY

LOUISIANA Frogmore Plantation

Nashville Graceland

MISSISSIPPI Natchez

Grand Canyon NP Williams

Oak Alley Plantation

New Orleans

ARIZONA The price guide shown is per adult twin share based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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TRAVELLING WITH INSIGHT VACATIONS Insight Vacations provides seamless, stress-free travel with small group sizes, luxury coaches with business class legroom, and hand-picked hotels in exceptional locations. Their trips include a carefully curated collection of authentic experiences and mustsee attractions, with highly-trained Travel Directors on hand to ensure your journey runs smoothly.

Enchanting Canyonlands

New England’s Fall Foliage

7 days/6 nights

8 days/7 nights

From exploring the crimson landscapes and diverse scenery of Monument Valley to chasing the bright lights of Las Vegas, this allAmerican journey introduces you to America’s West in complete style.

Embark on a autumnal journey through this truly picturesque corner of North America, brimming with Americana and alive with the spectacular colours of an Indian Summer.

Trip Highlights: -- Grand Canyon: Join a Local Expert for an informative presentation and witness the burnt orange hues of the canyon walls -- Monument Valley: Join a Navajo guide in an open-air vehicle to explore the iconic vistas of this Navajo Tribal Park -- Bryce Canyon National Park: Enjoy the rugged beauty with a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the hoodoos -- Lake Powell: A testament to the power of water over rock, glide through the narrow sandstone turns of Antelope Canyon during your cruise

Trip Highlights: -- Boston: Follow part of the Freedom Trail that brings to life the story of the American Revolution -- Stockbridge: Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum, a wonderful snapshot of Americana, built to showcase the amazing artwork produced during his long career -- Woodstock: Explore one of the finest operating dairy farms in America and also a museum of Vermont’s rural past at the Billings Farm and Museum -- Franconia Notch: Enjoy superb panoramic views onboard the aerial tramway

Departures: Set departures (Feb-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Sep-Oct)

Inclusions: 6 nights premium accommodation with full breakfasts daily, 4 evening meals, experienced Trip Director, luxury 40-seat coach with double the standard leg room, sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 7 nights premium accommodation with full breakfasts daily, 5 evening meals, experienced Trip Director, luxury 40-seat coach with double the standard leg room, sightseeing as per itinerary

Price Guide From: $3895

Price Guide From: $4625

UTAH

NEVADA

Bryce NP Lake Powell Monument Valley

Zion NP Las Vegas

Grand Canyon NP

Oak Creek Canyon Sedona

Franconia Notch

VERMONT Woodstock Billings Farm & Museum Bennington

PACIFIC OCEAN

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Phoenix

Scottsdale

ARIZONA

Mount Washington

Waterbury Stowe

MAINE

White Mountains North Conway Portland Kennebunkport

NEW HAMPSHIRE ATLANTIC OCEAN MASSACHUSETTS

Williamstown

Boston

Stockbridge

The price guide shown is per adult twin share based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Make your next journey extraordinary with Luxury Gold. Enjoy exclusive VIP experiences, exceptional dining, luxury hotels and impeccable service on their small group escorted journeys. You’ll travel aboard luxury coaches with business class legroom and a Travelling Concierge will be with you all the way, sharing their indepth local knowledge and taking care of all the logistics.

Southern Grace

The Sumptuous Soul of America

9 days/8 nights

14 days/13 nights

Step into the heartland of soul music, as you travel from Nashville through Memphis and on to New Orleans. Along the way, you’ll taste the region’s renowned cuisine and experience southern hospitality at its best.

Join in for a toe-tapping trip of rock, jazz and country. Explore Chicago, a foodie city, before heading to the musical meccas of Nashville and Memphis. End your trip with jazz in the Mississippi Delta and New Orleans.

Trip Highlights: -- Nashville: Join the ranks of superstar musicians like Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson and record a song at legendary Studio B, take home the recording as a truly unique souvenir -- Memphis: Take a private, after-hours tour of Graceland before sitting down to a special dinner on the grounds of the estate -- Natchez: Learn to make the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep, before an elegant, four-course Southern dinner in the period surroundings of the Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens -- Louisville: Visit Churchill Downs on a private tour and meet a retired Kentucky Derby Jockey

Trip Highlights: -- Nashville: Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and get a private behind the scenes look at the song writing process with a local songwriter and singer -- Chicago: Appreciate the variety of impressive styles and achievements in design during your architectural river cruise, as a Local Expert reveals how the city was transformed after the Great Fire of 1871 -- St Louis: Join an exclusive guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre -- Memphis: Take a private, after-hours tour of Graceland before sitting down to a special dinner on the grounds of the estate

Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Inclusions: 8 nights luxury accommodation with full breakfasts daily, 5 evening meals, experienced Travelling Concierge, luxury 40-seat coach with double the standard leg room, sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 13 nights luxury accommodation with full breakfasts daily, 1 lunch, 8 evening meals, experienced Travelling Concierge, luxury 40seat coach with double the standard leg room, sightseeing as per itinerary

Price Guide From: $6395

Price Guide From: $9695

Nashville

Memphis

TENNESSEE

Frogmore Plantation

Natchez

LOUISIANA Houmas House Plantation

Chicago

ILLINOIS KENTUCKY

St. Louis

MISSOURI

MISSISSIPPI

Louisville Bowling Green Nashville

TENNESSEE

Memphis

ATLANTIC OCEAN MISSISSIPPI Frogmore

New Orleans

TOURI NG

TRAVELLING WITH LUXURY GOLD

Natchez

LOUISIANA

The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

ATLANTIC OCEAN

New Orleans

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BACK-ROADS TOURING With a maximum of 18 passengers, Back-Roads are the experts in small group touring. Picture a touring holiday which delves that much deeper. One that invites you to see a destination through the eyes of the locals who call it home. Where journeys are made for absorbing never-to-be-forgotten views. And each day ends in a hand-picked boutique retreat.

Classic California Coast

Charming New England: Scenic Summer

6 days/5 nights

10 days/9 nights

Filled with awe-inspiring nature, delicious flavours and layers of fascinating history, the sun kissed West Coast is an adventure waiting to happen. Experience the famous Highway 1 on this tour from L.A. to San Francisco.

Brimming with historic towns, beautiful harbours, vast forests - and of course, delicious seafood, this picture-perfect slice of small-town America is the perfect place to relax and get back to nature.

Trip Highlights: -- Admire the rugged beaches of Malibu -- Travel one of the world’s most celebrated coastline routes -- Tour the historic Old Mission in Santa Barbara which was established in 1786 -- Taste wines at an estate in Santa Ynez Valley -- Swing by San Luis Obispo County, this area has plenty of beautiful beaches and old world charm -- Visit the truly impressive Hearst Castle -- Visit some beautiful spots in Big Sur State Park

Trip Highlights: -- Wander cobblestone streets and get to the heart of the historic redbrick town of Portsmouth -- Explore magnificent Casco Bay, which is home to dozens of islands, plenty of lobster boats – and no fewer than seven lighthouses -- All aboard the Mt Washington Cog Railway to see the verdant landscapes of the National Forest as you head to the mountain on a steam locomotive -- Travel through the Green Mountain National Forest to Manchester – a cute town filled with white church steeples -- Taste fresh oysters at an oyster farm in Rhode Island -- Visit the famous Cape Code National Seashore

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (May-Aug) Ask about the Fall Foliage departures

Inclusions: 5 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, driver and tour leader, premium mini-coach transport, sightseeing & all entrances

Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners, driver and tour leader, premium mini-coach transport, sightseeing & all entrances

Price Guide From: $3629

Price Guide From: $6459

San Francisco

NEVADA

Half Moon Bay Monterey

Burlington

Jackson

CALIFORNIA

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Manchester

Portsmouth

Boston Williamstown MASSACHUSETTS Plymouth Stockbridge Cape Cod

Santa Barbara Malibu

MAINE

Casco Bay Portland

Lake Winnipesaukee

Big Sur Cambria San Luis Obispo

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VERMONT

Los Angeles

CONNECTICUT

NEW

Newport

RHODE ISLAND

The price guide shown is per adult twin share based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Every ship in the fleet is packed with palate-pleasing dining options, incredible entertainment and unforgettable activities - not to mention itineraries that take you to some of the world’s most adventure-filled shores. Discover thrills for every kind of adventurer onboard any of their ships. From the daredevils to the culinary crusaders, and fun-loving families to couples on a romantic getaway.

Eastern Caribbean & Perfect Day

Western Caribbean & Perfect Day

8 days/7 nights

8 days/7 nights

Slide into adventure on The Perfect Storm racing waterslides. Have a bucket of fun at Splashaway BaySM water park. The new Symphony of the SeasSM is overflowing with bolder ways to fill your time.

Show-stopping moves during Mamma Mia! High climbing at the Rock Climbing Wall. And fresh Japanese flavour at Izumi. The excitement never ends onboard Allure of the SeasSM.

Cruise Highlights: -- Enjoy a Perfect Day at Cococay. Conquer the tallest waterslide in North America or grab a drink at the swim-up bar and soak up the scene in the largest freshwater pool in the Bahamas -- Explore Puerto Rico’s vibrant capital, San Juan, with its 500 years of history and culture to explore -- Discover St. Maarten sitting at the crossroads of the Caribbean -- Grab your board and get ready for 100,000 litres of rushing amazingness headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 12 metre long FlowRider surf simulator aboard the ship

Cruise Highlights: -- Roatan, Honduras – wander the West End Village with restaurants, bars, craft shops and piers with water taxis to ferry you to popular spots along the coast -- Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico – venture into the jungle for a glimpse of some Maya ruins or kick back in the village of Mahahual -- Enjoy the Mexican culture and Caribbean vibes in Cozumel, Mexico. Snorkelling, ruins, hiking – there’s plenty to choose from -- Enjoy a Perfect Day at Cococay. Conquer the tallest waterslide in North America or grab a drink at the swim-up bar

Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Nov 2020-Apr 2021)

USA activities onboard, port charges & government taxes

Inclusions: 7 night cruise in an Inside stateroom, all meals, entertainment,

Inclusions: 7 night cruise in an Inside stateroom, all meals, entertainment, activities onboard, port charges & government taxes

Price Guide From: $2145

Price Guide From: $1342

SM

Orlando

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Miami

C RUI S I NG

ROYAL CARIBBEAN ®

Cococay

Cococay Cozumel

Labadee San Juan CARIBBEAN SEA

Charlotte Amalie

Puerto Costa Maya Roatan

CARIBBEAN SEA

The price guide shown is per person twin share in cabin category shown, based on low season travel including port taxes, fees & gratuities. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Itineraries and pricing may vary slightly, please reconfirm at time of booking.

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CELEBRITY CRUISES ® With Celebrity Cruises® you’ll be in the perfect place at the perfect time, and experiencing the pinnacle of luxury. Their luxurious cabins make your stay warm and welcoming. Dining is an engaging experience for all the senses, casual or sophisticated, inside or under the starlit sky. Celebrity Cruises® offers a wide array of activities and each is designed to exceed your expectations of a luxury cruise.

Eastern Caribbean & The Bahamas

Boston, Maine & Canada

9 days/8 nights

13 days/12 nights

The Bahamas is home to light blue waters, translucent underwater caves, a rich royal heritage and exclusive private isles. These can all be found throughout a beautifully scattered string of 700 islands.

Cruise to New England and Eastern Canada, exploring stunning coasts and historic towns. Make your way further south to the old seaside town of Portland before walking the Freedom Trail in Boston.

Cruise Highlights: -- Discover Puerto Rico with gorgeous landscapes with lush green mountains, balmy waters, white-sandy beaches, delicious rum drinks and so much more -- Cruise to St. Maarten and explore the dozens of alluring beaches that ring the island -- Tortola, one of the most scenic islands in the Caribbean, also has a fascinating cultural and historical side -- Experience the beauty of St. Thomas beaches with a wonderful picnic on Magens Bay beach or snorkel in the turquoise Caribbean Sea

Cruise Highlights: -- Explore Boston, one of the oldest cities in the USA, which has an abundance of historic sites and national treasures -- Portland is a pretty coastal towns and has a rich history to explore. Established in 1632 the city still has plenty of rustic charm -- Visit Acadia National Park, which has a network of hiking trails and the most breath-taking views of the Atlantic -- Experience the heritage of Quebec City’s Old Town, this UNESCO World Heritage-site was established over 400 years ago

Departures: Set departures (Jun-Aug)

Departures: Set departures (Aug-Oct)

Inclusions: 8 night cruise in an Inside stateroom, meals, entertainment features concert-style performances

Inclusions: 12 night cruise in an Inside stateroom, meals, entertainment features concert-style performances

Price Guide From: $2037

Price Guide From: $3210

Fort Lauderdale Nassau

Sydney Charlottetown Saint Halifax John

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Bar Harbor

British Virgin Islands Puerto Rico St. Maarten St. Thomas

Portland Boston

Cape Liberty

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The price guide shown is per person, per cruise, twin share, based on lead in cabins and low season travel including port taxes, fees & gratuities. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Itineraries may differ slightly, please reconfirm at time of booking.


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Please read these booking conditions carefully CONSUMER GUARANTEES ACT The guarantees under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 will apply to services supplied by us except where they are acquired, or held out as being acquired for business purposes. 1. OUR SERVICES AND OBLIGATIONS 1.1 House of Travel Ltd (‘we” or “us” as the case may be) supply services consisting of arranging and co-ordinating travel facilities and services, and making bookings and issuing vouchers to be redeemed by suppliers of travel, entertainment, and accommodation facilities or services (“Suppliers”). House of Travel Ltd is part of the House of Travel group. 1.2 We undertake to perform these services with reasonable care and skill. We will not be liable for any loss or damage which results from the act, default or omission of any person other than ourselves, our employees or agents, or any cause independent of human control. This includes (but is not limited to), loss or damage which arises directly or indirectly from any act of God, weather disruptions, dangers incidental to the sea, fire, breakdown in machinery or equipment, acts of Governments or other authorities de jure or de facto, wars whether declared or not, hostilities, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, deaths, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines or medical or customs regulations. 1.3 We are not able to exercise control over services we do not supply directly, therefore we will not be responsible for any loss or damage arising from: • Any booking made directly with a service Supplier by your travel agent, or • Any services which are not directly provided by us and which are additional to those recorded in clause 1.1 above. 1.4 We will endeavour to provide the most suitable travel arrangements to meet the particular requirements you make known to us. However, travel is an individual experience, and your preferences and opinions may vary from our own. For this reason, we cannot take responsibility for your individual satisfaction. 2. SUPPLY OF TRAVEL, ENTERTAINMENT AND ACCOMMODATION SERVICES AND FACILITIES 2.1 When we make bookings with Suppliers, we are acting as a booking agent for such Supplier. 2.2 All travel, entertainment, and accommodation facilities or services are supplied directly to you by the Suppliers. We have no control over the facilities or services themselves, or the manner in which they are provided by the Suppliers. Therefore you should be aware of the following conditions:

your travel agent is advised of changes which occur after booking, your travel agent is able to contact you.

9. RESERVATION AMENDMENTS 4.3 Maps and Photographs: Maps are shown for general information and may not necessarily reflect actual routings, locations or services provided. Photographs may show places in the geographic area which are not included in your booking. Hotel room photographs may not be the actual room occupied. 4.4 Property Information: Descriptions featured in this brochure are drawn from information provided by our Suppliers. Any facilities or services shown are subject to change at any time. Please advise your travel agent if you have any special requirements. 4.5 Room Bedding: Based on existing bedding in the room. Requests for specific bedding arrangements must be made at the time of booking but can not be guaranteed. For example, twin share may consist of single beds or a shared double bed. 4.6 Rental Cars: We cannot guarantee to provide a particular model or colour within the car category. Availability of car categories is subject to confirmation at the time of booking. We reserve the right to substitute different models. If a vehicle is returned prior to the end of the reserved rental period or if the vehicle is picked up later than the reserved date, NO REFUND will be made for unused rental days. 5. PRICES 5.1 The prices provided are a guide only based on low season, per adult share twin pricing and is correct at the time of printing. The actual price may differ to that indicated due to currency fluctuations, seasonal specials, special events, trade shows or peak periods. Prices for tours are based on per adult per tour for share twin based on low season travel. Prices for cruises are per person for the complete cruise based on the lead-in cabin category on a low season sailing. 5.2 We will guarantee the price of the portion of the booking as processed by us, against currency fluctuation for a period of seven (7) days from the time of confirmation of the booking; note: special conditions apply for cruise bookings. It is the responsibility of your travel agent to advise you of the date of confirmation. If your booking remains unpaid after the seven (7) day guarantee period it will be subject to currency fluctuation, up to the time full payment is received by us. 5.3 Events beyond our control, such as changes to the prices of aviation fuel or changes to the cost of services or facilities may result in the prices charged to you being different from those shown in the brochure. You should check all prices with your travel agent before making reservations, and before ticketing.

• We will not be liable for any loss or damage of any kind which may arise from your use or consumption of, or inability to use or consume those facilities or services.

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• The provision of those facilities or services is subject to the terms and conditions of your contract with each Supplier.

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• Where for any reason, a Supplier is unable to provide particular facilities or services, then that Supplier may be entitled, under its contract with you, to substitute those services or facilities with comparable or equivalent facilities or services without incurring any liability to you. You should check your contract with each Supplier. • All facilities or services described by us are subject to availability from the Supplier. • We will not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage relating to your baggage, personal possessions, health or welfare, or delays or travel disruptions unless these arise directly from the service we provide to you. 3. BUSINESS PURPOSES You agree that where our services are acquired for business purposes, or where you hold yourself out as acquiring our services for business purposes, the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 will not apply to any supply of goods or services made under these conditions, and we will not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage of any kind to you, including any consequential loss or damage however it may be caused. 4. INFORMATION IN THIS BROCHURE 4.1 While we attempt to ensure that the contents of this brochure are correct, accurate, and up to date at the time of printing, the contents of this brochure are drawn from information supplied to us by Suppliers. We do not have, and cannot be reasonably expected to have, personal knowledge about all of the facilities or services provided by each Supplier. 4.2 Facilities or services may change after the date of printing. We endeavour to keep travel agents informed of any changes to information in this brochure which are brought to our attention. Prior to completing your booking, you should ask your travel agent whether they are aware of any changes to the published information. You should also make sure that if

cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. See Section 10.

We are happy to incorporate any reasonable amendments you request. An amendment constitutes a change to an existing booking and will attract a $25 fee per amendment prior to final payment and the issuing of the travel documents, and a $50 fee per amendment after travel documents have been issued. These fees are to cover administration and communication costs. You may also be required to pay any Supplier imposed fees. 10. INSURANCE We strongly recommend that you insure yourself fully against cancellation, loss of luggage and personal property, and medical expenses. Your travel agent will be able to provide you with further information. 11. ITEMS NOT COVERED Unless otherwise specified, the cost of airfares, meals, drinks, laundry, insurance, sightseeing, transfers, local taxes, airport departure taxes, Airline imposed insurance levies, passenger service charges and Passport or Visa application fees are not included. 12. VISAS/PASSPORTS For all holidays in this brochure you will require a valid passport. You are responsible for arranging your own passport, visa and health requirements including inoculation. You should check with your travel agent who will be able to provide you with the necessary information. 13. NON-USE OF SERVICES OR FACILITIES If, of your own choice, you decide not to use part or parts of the arranged services or facilities, you will not be entitled to a refund from us (provided we have carried out our service with reasonable skill and care and to your requirements) and you may not be entitled to a refund from any Supplier. 14. HEALTH OR DISABILITY Some Suppliers may reserve the right to refuse to carry or accommodate people who because of a health condition or disability may require services or facilities to be provided in a special manner. You should check this with your travel agent. 15. SERVICE SATISFACTION During your holiday, if you encounter any situation where the service supplied to you does not meet your satisfaction, please take the matter up with the Supplier immediately. Your contract for each service is with the Supplier. If this is not possible immediately, or if you are still dissatisfied, please contact your travel agent. Both we and your travel agent will endeavour to investigate on your behalf and to negotiate with the Supplier to resolve the matter as soon as possible, so that you continue to enjoy your journey.

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