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Cities + Soul from New York

  • Code #XNB
  • 22 Days
Duration
22 Days
/21 Nights
Availability
Jul,2017-Nov,2018
Group Size
Max 50
Departure City: 
New York Area
Ends in: 
Los Angeles
Accommodation
Hotel
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Trip Overview

Take the southern route from New York State all the way to glamourous Los Angeles! See the awesome sights of the world's favourite city, New York, before getting your culture fix in the nation's capital, Washington DC. Then it's time to soak up that famous Southern charm in Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans. You'll cross the wild Texan plains and experience Austin's world-renowned music scene, not to mention a Navajo guided backroads tour of Monument Valley. The mighty Grand Canyon and legendary Las Vegas are up next, followed by the chance to relax in sun-drenched San Diego, before finishing this incredible tour in celebrity central, Los Angeles.

Included Highlights 
  • Urban Adventures tour of Washington monuments
  • Tour of Elvis' Graceland in Memphis
  • Classic Memphis BBQ dinner & Texan steak dinner
  • Navajo guided backroads tour of Monument Valley
  • Pizza party at the Grand Canyon
  • Las Vegas party bus along The Strip
  • New Orleans Bourbon Street jazz & blues music
  • Leave your mark at Cadillac Ranch with spray cans
  • Hiking in Grand Canyon National Park
  • California's white sandy beaches in San Diego
  • Tour of Hollywood, Los Angeles
  • Admission to amazing national parks - Monument Valley & Grand Canyon
  • Las Vegas all-you-can-eat buffet
Treknical Details

Interests

Beaches
Cities
Deserts & Canyons
Large Group

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 50
Hotel
21 Nights

Food & Meals

  • 20 breakfasts & 4 dinners

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader and driver
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi on board

Essential Information

  • We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.
  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).

Resources

Cities + Soul
Download Trek Tips
New York
Download City Guide
Los Angeles
Download City Guide

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from.

You will meet your tour leader and group at 18:00 hrs in the hotel lobby on day one. Full details will be sent with your final documentation. If you would like to book additional nights before your tour please request at the time of booking.

Also departs from Los Angeles

Welcome to the 'Big Apple', the city that never sleeps. Before your arrival meeting with your fellow Trekkers at 18:00 hrs in the hotel lobby, why not head out into the urban jungle that is loved the world over, and do some exploring? You've seen it, like, a billion times on the big screen, as the backdrop to romance and drama and battling superheroes; but that's nothing compared to the real thing. Go grab a coffee over in Brooklyn, wander around Central Park or take a ride on the subway to really feel like a New Yorker. This city is full on, with excitement around every corner, so don't waste a second!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Century 21 department store FREE
East River & Hudson River Waterfront Parks FREE
Ellis Island US$18-$22
Historic Battery Park FREE
South Street Seaport tall ships US$12
Statue of Liberty US$18-$21
Walk the Brooklyn Bridge FREE

From one incredible city to another, you arrive in Washington DC, the historical and political hub of America. We've included a locally guided Urban Adventures tour of the city monuments so you can get your head around the city's history with a local expert. On top of all that you'll also have the chance to grab a selfie with the world-famous White House and wander around the magnificent buildings of the Smithsonian Museums. If by the end of the day you're suffering from historical overload, why not finish the day off with a drink in Georgetown to discover the treasures of this city not only by day, but also by night.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast (x2) included

Optional Activities

Bike rental US$16-$75
Smithsonian National Museums FREE

Heading south it's time to embrace the unmistakable mountain vibes of Asheville, where you can enjoy epic views of the Great Smoky Mountains. This is one cool place, with home-grown micro-breweries, tons of posh chocolate shops to tempt yourself with, and a whole range of different restaurants where you can get your very first taste of the iconic Southern cuisine, yum! You're in country music territory now, so make sure you head to the popular Altamont Theatre, where the locals hang out and listen to their favourite tunes.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast included

With your love of all things country in full swing, it's perfect timing as you cruise into Nashville, the undisputed home of country music. Experience musical history with a visit to the world-famous Grand Ole Opry and The Country Music Hall of Fame. If you're looking for a rocking party make sure you join us for a night in the Wildhorse Saloon, by the end of the evening you and your Trek mates will be line dancing legends. Hit 'The District' - the nightlife hub of the city, or laze in one of the many parks for a more relaxing Nashville experience.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast included

Optional Activities

Country line dancing US$10
Country Music Hall of Fame US$25-$40
Country western saloons US$varies
Grand Ole Opry US$37-$90
Johnny Cash Museum US$19
Ryman Auditorium tour US$20-$30

Music and meat lovers rejoice, you're in Memphis baby! Memphis is the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, so head down Beale Street where music is literally playing around every corner. Included is a visit to Graceland, the place that Elvis called home and the second most visited home in the USA after the White House. To see a different side of Memphis, make sure you visit the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel, where Martin Luther King was assassinated. The people of this awesome city sure know a thing or two about cooking up a mighty feast on a fiery BBQ and after two days of exploring Memphis, you'll no doubt have worked up an appetite, so it's a good thing we've included a tasty Memphis BBQ for you and your Trek gang to devour.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast (x2) and dinner (x1) included

Optional Activities

Civil Rights Museum US$15
Gibson guitar factory US$10
Rock 'n' Soul Museum US$12
Stax Museum of American Soul Music US$12
Sun Studio US$12
Visit the Peabody Hotel FREE
Elvis Experience US$58
Graceland entrance only US$39

If you love drinking and if you love eating even more, you're in for a treat as you spend three awesome days in New Orleans. Life moves at a much slower pace here, so make the most of the laid-back vibes. Spice up your trip with some lip-smacking Cajun and Creole grub, ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River or relax to the sounds of Dixieland jazz in the French Quarter. For a really unique Southern experience check out a 'Voodoo and Graveyard' tour or grab yourself a big ol' bowl of authentic gumbo! There aren't many places in the world like New Orleans, so enjoy every minute!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast (x3) included

Optional Activities

Alligator swamp tour US$23-$40
Jazz clubs US$10-20
Mardi Gras World US$20
Mississippi steamboat ride US$30-$80
Preservation Hall US$15-$20
Scandalous Cocktails tour US$25
School of Cooking US$28-$150
Southern mansion tour US$20-$25
Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20

Bumper stickers throughout the city read 'Keep Austin Weird'. We don't know about you, but that statement alone makes us eager to explore this city! With its funky charm and iconic musical heritage, you'll have a blast here. Seeing as you're in the 'live music capital of the world', why not check out some live music?

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast (x2) included

Optional Activities

Barton Springs US$4

Is this the way to Amarillo? We think it might be! Step into the real Texas with its grasslands, rolling hills and sprawling valleys. Stop at Cadillac Ranch, a famous American roadside attraction with the classic cars half-buried nose-first in the ground. For years, visitors have been rocking up with a spray can and decorating the cars and now it's your turn. This is perfect Instagram material right here! Everything's bigger in Texas, and that includes the Big Texan Steak Ranch along the old Route 66, so bring your appetite.

Accommodation

Motel included

Meals

Breakfast and dinner included

With 325 days of sunshine per year plus some of the best Mexican food in the USA, Santa Fe won't disappoint. For all the art lovers out there Santa Fe is the one for you. Visit Canyon Road, home to art galleries, cultural treasures such as hand-woven Navajo rugs, historic adobe buildings and a vibrant restaurant scene. Head on over to Bumble Bee's for some grade-A Tex-Mex and sample some of the live music which Santa Fe is known for.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast included

Red rock vistas are next on the agenda, with Monument Valley your first stop! You'll no doubt have seen a million photographs of this stunning place, but there's nothing quite like seeing it with your own two eyes. Towering buttes and mesas can be seen for miles and set against the red desert, they really are striking. Immerse yourself in the native culture on an included guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and backroads, hear your hosts speak in their native tongue and be blown away by their hospitality.

Accommodation

Motel included

Meals

Breakfast included

Next up is a big ole' hole in the ground, that we like to call the mighty Grand Canyon. As you approach the canyon edge you'll struggle to find the words to describe the feeling of standing right in front of one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Once you've finished taking it all in, it's time for some hiking. With various trails around the national park, there's something for every fitness level. If you're looking for a more badass trail, venture down to Plateau Point on the Bright Angel Trail; or if you just want more awesome views but without the hassle of a long hike, head along the West Rim Trail. To really see the Grand Canyon in all its glory, take an optional helicopter flight over and into the canyon. Totally mind-blowing! Tonight you'll enjoy a pizza dinner overlooking the Grand Canyon, or during cooler months you'll eat nearby.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast (x2) and dinner (x1) included

Optional Activities

Helicopter flight US$254-$284
IMAX Theater US$15

No words that you read here can truly do Las Vegas justice; you simply have to experience it for yourself. It's a world-famous hotspot for wild partying, a forest of flashing neon and pumping music, home of epic roller coasters, and a treasure trove of quality restaurants and massive shops. So where do you even start? How about with stroll down The Strip - you won't make it all the way along though, as it's a whopping four miles long, but it's a great way to experience the buzz of this crazy city. The food here is as big as the partying and with an all-you-can-eat buffet included, you won't leave Vegas hungry. Included is a party bus so you and your fellow Trekkers can feel like celebrities as you cruise and party your way along The Strip! No matter what you get up to in 'Sin City', just remember `what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas'!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast (x1) and dinner (x1) included

Optional Activities

Clubs & casino shows from US$10
Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220
Go karting US$26
Gun range US$20-$100
Helicopter flight US$124
Roller coasters US$25-$40
VIP club tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100

Leave the desert in your rear-view mirror - you're off to San Diego with it bronzed bodies, big shades and baggy shorts. There really is no better way to wind down after an epic road trip than by chilling out on some of California's awesome beaches. If you're not ready to relax just yet, make sure you visit the famous San Diego Zoo with over 3,000 animals or head to the Gaslamp Quarter where you'll find the heart and soul of San Diego's party scene.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast (x2) included

Optional Activities

Baseball game from US$20
Bike rental US$5-15
Rollerblading US$5-15
San Diego Zoo US$48
Water sports US$10-$75

The final leg of your journey takes you up the coast to the 'City of Angels', but it's not over just yet! With the California sunshine on your face, visit Hollywood Boulevard for a stroll along the Walk of Fame and grab yourself a photo of that massive Hollywood sign that you've only ever seen on the big screen. You now have 22 days of action-packed memories to take away with you. And that's a wrap!

This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Accommodation

None included. Tour ends at 17:00hrs

Meals

Breakfast included
We offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from additional hotel nights, travel insurance, city sightseeing and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

NEW YORK AREA - HILTON NEWARK AIRPORT

1170 Spring St, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

The 4 star hotel offers free airport shuttle and many onsite amenities including fitness room, indoor pool, spa.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £76 | US$99 | Eur92 | AU$130 | NZ$136
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £133 | US$173 | Eur160 | AU$227 | NZ$238
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION - NEWARK AIRPORT

Transportation from Newark International Airport is the cheapest and most convenient. From Baggage Claim at the airport, take the AIRTRAIN to station P4 and wait for the Hilton Newark Airport Complimentary Shuttle. This will bring you directly to the Hotel and a shuttle arrives/departs every 15-20 minutes. The journey will take approximately 10mins, depending on traffic. It is customary to tip the driver who helps you with your bag ($1-$2 per bag).

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION - JFK & LA GUARDIA AIRPORTS

From both JFK and La Guardia airports you must first transfer to New York Penn Station located at 31st and 7th Streets in Midtown Manhattan and then take another transfer to Newark International Airport. 

1). To transfer from the airport to New York Penn Station: 
By Shuttle: You can pre-book your transfer on the Super Shuttle website by searching for "Penn Station" landmark when prompted. A shared transfer service costs US$19 plus tip. 

By Bus: The most convenient service is the "New York Airport Express Service Bus". This bus departs from both airports every 20-30 minutes (7am- midnight) and stops are located at the 'Express Bus Stop' at each airport terminal. Cost is US$15. For reservations or for more info call (718) 875-8200 or visit their website at www.nyairportservice.com/. Use taxis for transport during the hours of midnight-7am. 

2). To transfer from NY Penn Station to Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station: 
Trains depart New York Penn Station every 10-15 minutes to Newark Airport. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window for approx. $12.50 and wait until the train board displays your track. ALL trains that go to Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station are displayed as "EWR." The train ride to the airport station is about 25 minutes and you will be asked to show you ticket while on the train. 

3.) To transfer from Newark Liberty International Train Station to the Hilton Newark Airport: 
After exiting the train follow the signs for the "AIRTRAIN". Take the AIRTRAIN to station P4 and wait for the Hilton Newark Airport Complimentary Shuttle. This will bring you directly to the Hotel and a shuttle arrives/departs every 15-20 minutes. It is customary to tip the driver who helps you with your bag ($1-$2 per bag). 

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

LOS ANGELES - FAIRFIELD INN MARRIOTT

525 North Sepulveda Boulevard, El Segundo, Los Angeles, CA 90245  

This hotel offers free WiFi, air-conditioning, mini-market, plus an outdoor pool, fitness centre and free shuttle service to LAX.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £95-106 | US$123-138 | Eur114-127 | AU$161-180 | NZ$169-190
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £165-185 | US$215-241 | Eur198-222 | AU$281-315 | NZ$295-331
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

The hotel operates a free airport to hotel pickup from the international airport to the Fairfield Inn & Suites Hotel. Whilst this is a complimentary service a tip of US$1-$2 is generally expected. On arrival to the airport, please call the hotel and advise them which terminal you are at and to arrange pick up. The transfer should take approximately fifteen minutes by road depending on traffic. For airport drop-off, please arrange this with the reception staff.

Booking our 3 day New York to Niagara mini adventure is a perfect way to extend your adventure. Leaving the bright lights and crazy nights of New York area behind, venture deep into 'up state' New York to the thundering wonder of the incomparable Niagara Falls before a night on the shore of the Finger Lakes with it's many waterfalls and wineries.

New York Mini Adventure Highlights

  • Drive through the Delaware Water Gap
  • Visit the stunning Finger Lakes town of Seneca Falls
  • Niagara Falls & the Maid of the Mist cruise
  • Woodbury Common Outlet Mall

Book your Niagara Mini Adventure here or call us to add to your booking.

Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations. We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. 

Why Book Your Flights with Trek?

  • Secure your flight with a deposit of only £125 per person
  • Date changes free of charge (subject to terms)
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Call us now on 0208 682 8920 for today's special offers or

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At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ​

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.

There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.

Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!

As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

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