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Southern Sun Plus from New York

  • Code #SNB
  • 20 Days
Duration
20 Days
/19 Nights
Availability
Mar,2020-Nov,2020
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
New York Area
Ends in: 
Los Angeles
Accommodation
Budget Lodging
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Trip Overview

Take the southern route right the way across the continent. Get your culture fix in the country's capital, Washington DC, and follow the 'spine of America', the Appalachian Mountains, to the South. Soak up the famous Southern charm and sweet sounds of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans, before hitting Austin's world-renowned nightlife and crossing the wild Texan plains. Hit the red rock desert of the West, and then it's time for the big event, the mighty Grand Canyon and legendary Las Vegas, before the chance to work on that all-American tan in San Diego. I think the word you're looking for is epic!

Included Highlights 
  • Search for 'gators on a Louisiana swamp tour
  • Party bus tour of Las Vegas
  • Climb Philadelphia's 'Rocky' steps & see the Liberty Bell
  • Visit Washington DC's famous monuments & museums
  • Live music scene in Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans & Austin
  • Discover the buzz of New Orleans' Bourbon Street
  • Experience an epic Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Travel along Historic Route 66 and visit Seligman, AZ
  • California's white sandy beaches in San Diego
  • End your tour in glamorous LA
  • Admission to amazing national parks & monuments - Monument Valley & Grand Canyon
Treknical Details

Interests

Beaches
Cities
Deserts & Canyons
National Parks
Small Group

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Budget Lodging
6 Nights
Hotel
13 Nights

Food & Meals

  • All meals to be paid locally

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation

Essential Information

  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).
  • 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 all en route accommodation.
  • This tour requires a minimum number of five to operate. On rare occasions we may run with lower numbers.

Resources

Southern Sun Plus
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New York
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Nashville
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Memphis
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New Orleans
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Las Vegas
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Los Angeles
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FEATURED TOUR LEADERS
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Trek Leader
Michael

My name is Mike "Grizzly" Harding and I've been working for Trek America for over a decade. It is both an honor and a privilege to show people around the incredible, diverse, fascinating country I call home.

Fave Treat: 
Homemade ice cream sandwiches
Fave Song: 
Mrs. Potter's Lullaby by Counting Crows
Fave Place: 
Yosemite National Park but Wrangell-St. Elias is a very close 2nd
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Trek Leader
Jeff

I was born and raised in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Nowadays I spend my time exploring this big and beautiful country, while I spend my off season traveling other beautiful countries.

Fave Treat: 
S'mores!
Fave Song: 
Anything by The Beatles
Fave Place: 
New Orleans for food and culture, Austin for a big night out, Yosemite for fresh air and Glacier National Park for mountain hiking
Itinerary

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 hrs we recommend that you book pre tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.

Also departs from Los Angeles

Plus Accommodation

We use a combination of accommodation types on our Plus tours. Most cabins are multi-share rooms sleeping 4 to 6 people with shared facilities and hostel nights are generally arranged on a single sex, multi-share basis, subject to availability. Where possible we will keep the group together and try to accommodate couples; however twin rooms cannot be guaranteed and any additional upgrade costs for a private room will need to be covered by the passenger/s en route.

2020 Itinerary

Leave the New York area and travel to Philadelphia where you can climb the famous 'Rocky' steps for your own movie moment, and see the iconic symbol of American independence, the Liberty Bell. Head to Reading Terminal Market on an empty stomach and be prepared to be overwhelmed with delicious smells and flavours. Before you leave make sure you tuck into a famous Philly cheesesteak lunch. Then it's on to Washington DC for an introduction to the political, social and cultural history of the USA. Take time to explore America's capital city by people watching in one of the many green parks, discovering the famous monuments or exploring the Smithsonian National Museums. There’s plenty of trendy neighbourhoods to check out by night, head to Dupont Circle for its celebrated nightlife or get down to Georgetown for cool bars and eateries.

Accommodation

Hostel included (multi-share)

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Philly cheesesteak US$10
Smithsonian National Museums FREE
Bike rental US$16-$75

Touch down in the gorgeous pine-clad foothills of the Appalachian Mountain range. The scenery is beautiful and it’s also home to the American Black Bear and a former haunt of the Cherokee Indians.

Accommodation

Motel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Up next it’s Nashville, Tennessee - the shining star of the country music scene. You've seen the hit TV show, now experience it for yourself. Laze in the city's parks, hit the museums, hear live music in one of the many Broadway bars or learn to line dance - the opportunities are endless!

Accommodation

Hostel included (multi-share)

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Country Music Hall of Fame US$25-$40
Country line dancing US$10
Country western saloons US$varies
Johnny Cash Museum US$19
Grand Ole Opry US$32-$90
Ryman Auditorium tour US$20-$30

Memphis is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, and you won't want to miss out on an optional visit to Sun Studio, where the likes of Johnny Cash and BB King recorded some of their most famous records, and for blues music around every corner, head to Beale Street. You won't want to go home without a trip to Graceland, the former home of 'The King of rock ‘n’ roll', Elvis Presley. If you're wanting a little more than just some bluesy beats from your trip to Memphis, there’s much more to the city’s history. Pay a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel and see the place where Martin Luther King was assassinated.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Elvis Experience US$44
Civil Rights Museum US$19
Rock 'n' Soul Museum US$12
Stax Museum of American Soul Music US$12
Graceland entrance only US$35
Visit the Peabody Hotel FREE
Sun Studio US$14

You're well and truly in America's Deep South, so embrace those laid-back vibes because life moves at a much slower pace here - New Orleans is known as the 'Big Easy' after all. Why not spice up your trip with lip-smacking Cajun and Creole fare, ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River or relax to the sounds of Dixieland jazz in the French Quarter. People watch over deep fried beignets at Café du Monde, or for a really authentic Southern experience check out a ‘Voodoo and Graveyard’ tour! When the sun goes down, check out the jazz clubs of Frenchmen Street, hear the real deal in Preservation Hall, or head for the notorious nightlife of Bourbon Street. Whatever you choose, you'll have a blast.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

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

Enjoy an included swamp tour into the alligator habitat of southern Louisiana and see all sorts of wildlife in the mysterious wetlands of Cajun country. This is a long drive day so make sure your music playlist is up to date.

Accommodation

1 x Hostel (multi-share) and 1 x Motel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Austin has exploded as the ‘live music capital of the world’ and you’ll soon see why. Head to South Congress where some of the best street performers can be found, along with lively outdoor cafes and great boutiques. Grab a pair of cowboy boots at Allens Boots and head to the nearest Honky Tonk for a Texas Twostep session. During the day you can find some beautiful areas to relax, including Barton Springs and the trails around Lady Bird Lake, where you can laze around and watch the stand-up paddle boarders. Alternatively settle those food cravings with BBQ, Tex-Mex or food truck infusions. The night comes alive on Sixth Street, littered with bars and party goers. Or head to Rainy street, a quirky imitation of suburbia.

Accommodation

Motel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Next up is another Texas gem, home to world class barbeque and the armadillo, though sadly no holiday armadillos! Get to grips with Lubbock’s thriving arts scene, visit the West Texas Walk of Fame or catch a flick at the classic Stars and Stripes movie drive in.

Accommodation

Motel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum US$6
Drive-in movie US$8

With 325 days of sunshine per year plus some of the best Tex-Mex food in the USA, Santa Fe won't disappoint. For all the art lovers out there, visit Canyon Road which is home to art galleries, cultural treasures such as hand-woven Navajo rugs, historic adobe buildings and a vibrant restaurant scene. Head over to Meow Wolf, for a wonderfully weird immersive art experience set in a nondescript building, bound to leave you totally baffled.

Accommodation

Motel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Meow Wolf US$20

You’re on the road again, and you’re off to one of North America's most iconic landscapes. Hollywood has helped put this place on travel bucket lists the world over. You may recognise Monument Valley from countless Western movies, or from the movie ‘Forrest Gump’! Immerse yourself in the native culture on an optional guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and backroads, hear your Navajo hosts speak in their native tongue and be blown away by their warm hospitality. Marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape during the day, and the vast blanket of stars overhead when the sun goes down.

Accommodation

Motel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Navajo guided 4x4 tour (day) US$55

Make your way to the mighty Grand Canyon National Park. Nothing you've ever seen before will prepare you for this spectacular sight, it will simply take your breath away. Take an optional helicopter flight for the ultimate bird's-eye view and marvel at the brilliant colours from overhead. Or hike the impressive rim trails. To really see the Grand Canyon in all its glory, catch a sunset or sunrise when the colours really do amaze!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

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

En route to Las Vegas you'll drive along a section of Historic Route 66, stopping at the town of Seligman, joyfully frozen in time and full of quirky Americana. Grab a root beer and have a look around! Next it’s on to ‘Sin City’ itself - and there’s nowhere else on earth quite like it! Feel like a celeb on an included party bus and then treat yourself to a show, indulge in an all-you-can-eat buffet, or just watch the amazing crowds and neon signs as the glitzy hotels try to outdo each other with spectacular attractions. If that's not enough, you can always take an optional helicopter flight down The Strip. If you're still left wanting more, head on over to a chapel and get hitched by the one and only Elvis. Don't worry, it's not legally binding, but the folks back home don't know that, so just imagine their surprise!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

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

Head to San Diego  for some seriously laid-back vibes and powder white sand beaches. There's loads to keep you busy in this awesome West Coast city. Laze in grassy Balboa Park, or show off your skills by renting some rollerblades or a surfboard. You're in paradise so don your shades and soak up some rays. Later, explore the Gaslamp Quarter and experience the heart of San Diego's nightlife.

Accommodation

Hostel included (multi-share)

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Rollerblading US$5-15
Bike rental US$5-15
Water sports US$10-$75

Your tour ends on arrival into the 'City of Angels', LA. If you have time to spend a few extra days in this vibrant and exciting city, check out our city guide on how to get the best out of your time here.

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 17:00 hrs

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Reviews

What our trekkers say

4.6 out of 5

P4 | TREK AMERICA | SOUTHERN BLT | GRAND CANYON

NickyR

Best Trip ever!

Reviewed August 2018

Absolutely loved this trip. It was the first solo trip I'd ever done and it was amazing....I will say that it totally depends on the group that you're travelling with. There were a few in the group that didn't get on so well, but everyone was so nice and friendly that any disputes or clashes weren't focussed on as the sights we got to see were awesome!

Would definitely recommend

LARISSA B.

Breathtaking,once in a lifetime, awesome

Reviewed January 2018

I did this trip just on a year ago and it was the most amazing tour I have ever done. From start to finish our tour guide (Craig) went above and beyond. We started in New Jersey then drove down to Washington, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Houston, Austin, Santa Fe and many more. From Fried chicken to line dancing and even a Tabasco factory. I met so many awesome people and made lifetime friendships. Our tour leader made an effort to talk to everyone, making sure no one felt left out.

Past Trekkers Review

Incredible experience

Reviewed July 2016

I loved this trek so much! I went by myself and the moment I met my group and tour leader (Angela) we all got along so well. The itinerary was perfect, I thought it may be too rushed but actually I felt it was enough time to get a good idea of each place. The accommodation was so much nicer than I e...

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 £68 | US$89 | Eur81 | AU$115 | NZ$121
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £135| US$178 | Eur162 | AU$230 | NZ$241
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 £114 | US$134 | Eur122 | AU$172 | NZ$181
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £177 | US$233 | Eur213 | AU$301 | NZ$316
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.

Sticking around for a day or two after your trip? Arriving early for some big city fun? We don’t blame you. Making sure you catch ALL the highlights, we’ve partnered with GetYourGuide to show off the ultimate things to do in our fave cities.

Check out our city tours below >

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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 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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Our tours are aimed at young international travellers from around the world all with a sense of fun and a keen desire to explore. If you're travelling alone, don't worry... over 70% of our passengers are solo travellers and you'll soon be surrounded with like-minded people of a similar age who will quickly become your new best mates. Plus there are no single supplements.

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