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Southerner from Miami

  • Code #SMW
  • 18 Days
Duration
18 Days
/17 Nights
Availability
Jan,2018-Feb,2019
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
Miami
Ends in: 
Las Vegas
Accommodation
Camping
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Trip Overview

Travel the glorious open road from ocean to ocean, leaving the shimmering shores of Florida and making your way across state line after state line towards the bright lights of Las Vegas. On the ride enjoy the perfect blend of cosmopolitan cities, small-town America, glorious deserts and the spectacular national parks that pave the way. Discover off the beaten track destinations as well as the hard hitting highlights, all on one big 18 day adventure!

Included Highlights 
  • Navajo guided 4x4 backroads tour through Monument Valley
  • Overnight in traditional Navajo hogan in Monument Valley
  • Half day float trip on the Rio Grande in the Big Bend area of Texas
  • Overnight Cowboy Camp including hearty campfire meals
  • Beach life in Destin and Key West
  • Enjoy the legendary nightlife on Bourbon Street, New Orleans
  • Experience an awe-inspiring Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Travel the original Route 66 & visit the roadside town of Seligman
  • Encounter the neon lights & famous nightlife of Las Vegas
  • Admission to amazing national parks & monuments - Big Bend, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon & Death Valley
Treknical Details

Interests

Cities
Deserts & Canyons
National Parks
Small Group

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Camping
10 Nights
Budget Lodging
5 Nights
Hotel
2 Nights

Food & Meals

  • We run a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$150 which covers all your meals whilst camping

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)

Essential Information

  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).

Resources

Our City Guides and Trek Tips include all you need to know about this Trek. They contain all the trip details, plus information on everything from visas to spending money and what to pack.
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Las Vegas
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Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!

As this tour departs at 07:30 we recommend that you book pre tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.

Also departs from Las Vegas

Leave behind the art deco seafront of Miami and head out to the crystal clear waters of Key West, with some awesome opportunities for snorkelling and diving. The amount of fun water-based activities to get involved in here is endless. If you want to relax then you're definitely in the right place. Treat yourself to some delicious Key Lime Pie or head down to South Beach, a popular beach with locals and tourists. End your first day at the famous Mallory Square and toast to your new Trek buddies as you watch the sun go down.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals

Paid locally

Optional Activities

Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum tour US$13
Kayaking (half day) US$65
Snorkelling US$45
Water sports package (full day) US$150

There are plenty of options for a fun day out amongst Orlando's theme parks. Whether you choose Disney's Magic Kingdom or Universal's Harry Potter World, Orlando is one big playground, bound to bring out the big kid you. And if novelty themed rides don’t appeal to you, head over to Kennedy Space Center. Learn about NASA and see where rockets are launched. Pretty epic right?

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Disney World US$114
EPCOT Center US$94
Kennedy Space Center US$50
Universal Studios US$105

Drive north to the white sand beaches of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Located on the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico, Destin is the perfect post-theme park location. Treat yourself to some beach time where all you need to worry about is which swimmers to wear.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Paid locally

Next up, a city that requires no introduction, New Orleans! The laid-back vibes, delicious food and all important Southern charm make this Deep South city one of the highlights on your all-American road trip! Explore the enchanting French Quarter, people watch over coffee and sweet fried beignets, ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River, enjoy world-class jazz at Preservation Hall or sample a ‘Hurricane’ cocktail at Pat O'Brien's...the opportunities are endless! For a really authentic Southern experience check out a ‘Voodoo and Graveyard’ tour or brush up on your cooking skills at the New Orleans School of Cooking and cook up a big ole' bowl of gumbo! You'll stay right in the heart of the French Quarter so you're never far from all the toe-tapping action!

Accommodation

Apartment included

Meals

Paid locally

Optional Activities

Jazz clubs US$10-20
Preservation Hall US$15-$20
Mississippi steamboat ride US$30-$80
Southern mansion tour US$20-$25
Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20
School of Cooking US$28-$150

Enter gator territory and see how many you can spot, among other wildlife, on our optional Louisiana swamp tour. Slowly drift past ancient Indian burial mounds and fishing villages while taking in the unique scenery of the mysterious bayous of Cajun country (it’s a must do!). Then on to the ‘Lone Star State’ for a big-hearted welcome for the first of your nights in mighty Texas, a state larger than some countries!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Alligator swamp tour US$23-$40

Today you head west to historic San Antonio, with a rich and colourful history and the home of the Alamo, a symbol of Texan pride. The famous River Walk is a subterranean complex of boutique shops, bars and restaurants that meanders for 4km through the wooded downtown area and is a fantastic place to while away the afternoon; take advantage of the tax-free shopping!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Visit the Alamo FREE
Alamo IMAX Theater US$14

Sitting right on the Mexican border and named after the sharp twist in the Rio Grande, you're going to have a fantastic time in this truly memorable national park. The winter temperatures are a blessing and this is a great spot for hiking, so dust off your walking boots and hit one of the many desert trails where you'll see plants, lizards and fields of cacti, finishing with a blazing sunset. Save some energy for an included float trip on the Rio Grande, and take in the surrounding Chisos mountains laced in colourful layers of volcanic ash, from the water.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Hot springs FREE

Located on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, where the sun’s always shining, Las Cruces is brimming with culture, galleries, interesting museums and delicious Tex-Mex food. Camp beneath the stars on high desert terrain.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Sand boarding US$18

You don't get much more Wild West than Tombstone, ‘the town too tough to die’. Unlike some towns that are recreated to look Western, the buildings in Tombstone are the originals and the locals are proud to preserve their heritage. The merchants run their stores in their Western wear, and actors playing the parts of famous locals stroll around Allen Street between shows. Saloons like Big Nose Kate's and Doc Holliday's have barmaids dressed as Western saloon girls that call out at passers-by. On the outskirts of town, the Boothill Cemetery is where people can visit the gravesites of those that died here. Don't miss the re-enactment of the O.K. Corral showdown and a chance to get dressed up in authentic Western clothing. This is the perfect opportunity to snap a Wild West selfie with your fellow cowboys and cowgirls!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral US$10
Haunted Bird Cage Theatre US$10

Today you're in for a treat with a stop at an authentic Wild West cowboy camp. You and your band of desperados will strike gold on a unique night in the sticks! Opt to mount a trusty steed and trot between the iconic Saguaro Cacti, with their curved arms and looming up to 6 metres high (20ft). Fresh from the saddle, tuck into an authentic dinner cooked on the open fire before a night under a million desert stars; this is an experience you'll be reliving for years to come!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Western horseback riding US$70

Monument Valley, a land of classic Western scenery and the Navajo Nation's greatest natural treasure, is next on the cards! An included 4x4 jeep tour with a Navajo guide will take you round the remote backroads of an area made famous by scores of celebrated Western movies, where you can learn about their culture. To top off an awesome day of exploring, you'll then spend an unforgettable night in a traditional Navajo hogan, hearing secret stories of Navajo legends around a roaring campfire.

Accommodation

Hogan included (multi-share)

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Just when you thought you'd it seen it all, life got a little more awesome as you and your road trip squad pull up at the epic Grand Canyon! This place is the real deal and as you hit the trails and soak up all this inspiring scenery you'll be lost for words. Pack your boots, camera and water before venturing into the canyon itself along the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point. For a one of a kind (some would say life-changing) experience, choose to take to the skies and fly over the vast canyon below on a truly unmissable scenic helicopter flight. Speechless? You should be! Mother Nature just keeps on giving as you watch the sun rise or set over this special place; make sure to capture some amazing photographs to show the folks back home.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Paid locally

Optional Activities

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

Trade in natural wonders for man-made ones, as you make your way to buzzing Las Vegas, with its awesome clubs and glamourous hotels. We recommend you book extra nights to enjoy all that Sin City has to offer. Try an optional helicopter ride down The Strip, see the bright lights or simply chill out by the hotel pool.

This tour ends at approximately 17:00. 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.

Accommodation

None included. Tour ends at 17:00

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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.

 

MIAMI - COURTYARD MIAMI SOUTH BEACH

1530 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Centrally located in the South Beach Art Deco district of Miami Beach, this hotel offers rooftop outdoor pool, gym and free Wi-Fi.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £90-142 | US$118-185 | Eur108-171 | AU$153-242 | NZ$161-254
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £157-248 | US$205-323 | Eur189-298 | AU$267-422 | NZ$281-443
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

If you are flying into Miami, take a Super Shuttle service for approximately US$22 per person which operates 24 hours a day. You can pre-book your transfer on the Super Shuttle website by searching for the "Courtyard Miami Beach South Beach" as your drop off point. If you wish to take a taxi, you can find one outside the terminal and should cost approximately US$35 and take 35 minutes depending on traffic. 

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.

 

LAS VEGAS - BALLYS

3645 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Located on the Las Vegas Strip, this hotel offers spacious rooms, 8 restaurants, fitness center, full-service spa, outdoor pool and an extensive casino.

 

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £89 | US$118 | Eur107 | AU$152 | NZ$159
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

The hotel does not operate an airport shuttle service. The quickest way to transfer from the airport to Bally’s is by taxi which can be found by queuing up outside the airport terminal, after following the sign for taxis. The cost will be approximately US$18-$20 and a tip of 15% is generally expected.

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)
  • We are ATOL protected and IATA licensed
  • Personal service - you're more than just a number

Call us now on 0208 682 8920 for today's special offers or

Request a flight quote

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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