Contiki Launches new USA Trips for 2019-20 including Alaska, Glamping and Portland
With young travellers craving more ‘second cities’ on their holidays and unique out-of-the-way travel destinations, Contiki Holidays has launched 7 brand new trips in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, California & the Southern USA, along with 13 improved trips across North America in their latest release, joining the ranks of 32 existing trips for the region.
The diversity of the North American landscape may be surprising to even some seasoned travellers – and the new & improved Contiki trips cover an impressive amount of ground, from the sweeping red rock formations of Monument Valley to towering icy glaciers in Alaska, the ‘thousand islands’ of Canada to the iconic Grand Canyon, and the Pacific Coast’s Columbian River Highway to the thundering Niagara Falls.
The new trips for 2019-20 feature an impressive collection of North America’s spectacular National Parks, ticking off North America’s 6 most popular parks including Yellowstone – the world’s first National Park – the Rocky Mountains in Canada, and the new additions of Denali & St Elias National Parks in Alaska. Two brand new dedicated National Park camping trips give travellers the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in nature; showcasing the best of Yosemite National Park and the best of the Southwest National Parks, including Bryce Canyon National Park, Monument Valley and Zion National Park.
Unique accommodation is a key feature of Contiki’s USA & Canada offering for 2019-20. The new and improved trips for the region offer new insta-worthy glamping experiences in Zion National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains. For two nights, travellers sleep in triple share safari-style tents, featuring real beds, luxury bathrooms and cafe-style dining options. Other trips in the region include overnights in a Bass Lake summer camp with swimming pool and rustic cabins, and a picturesque Banff chalet complete with indoor pool & sauna.
Contiki’s complete USA & Canada product offering delivers an impressive variety of real, local and unique experiences on every trip. For more detail on the experiences Contiki offer in the USA & Canada, visit our website.
Alaska invites you to feel the call of the wild, as you traverse spectacular, untouched landscapes and spot roaming wildlife and gobsmacking glaciers. Stopping off at some of the biggest and most spectacular National Parks in the world, you’ll hike and camp in the heart of nature, canoe down winding rivers, stay in cosy lodges and have plenty of opportunities for scenic flights, touring mines and even ice climbing.
Grab your best plaid shirt and get ready for a decidedly hip tour of the laid-back Pacific Northwest. Starting in sun-soaked San Fran, you’ll check out all that bohemian beauty before heading through Portland, Astoria and Seattle, along with exploring the great outdoors of the Columbian River Highway, the magnificent Multnomah Falls and Mt Hood. Expect plenty of craft beer, incredible music, natural beauty and delicious regional food along the way.
Been California dreamin’ on a winter’s day? We’ve got the ultimate vacation for you. Travelling from the iconic Golden Gates of sun-soaked San Fran, through surf hotspot Santa Cruz, winding through giant redwoods and rugged coastlines to Big Sur, magical Malibu and Santa Monica Pier, this travel trip brings you the best of this sun-soaked part of the world, with plenty of palm-fringed beaches, breath-taking bays and dazzling LA glamour along the way.
Enrich the soul on this trip through America’s south, with mouth-watering BBQs, southern hospitality and the sultry sound of jazz and blues. This one brings you from Fort Worth through Austin, Houston and New Orleans, taking in all of the mosaics of music, culture, history and delicious food that the deep south has to offer. Authentic experiences abound – from a traditional Texan BBQ, to a walking tour of New Orleans’ famous French Quarter.
This trip hits all the glittering stars of the American south in 11 days, from the sultry jazz and sumptuous food of New Orleans, down through other musical meccas like Memphis and Nashville before the show stopping finale – glamping under canvas in the majestic Great Smoky Mountains.
Perhaps the world’s most famous National Park, Yosemite is best known for its waterfalls, but still manages to pack in gigantic glaciers, dreamy meadows, plunging valleys, ancient trees and jaw-dropping wildlife. This trip takes you from San-Fran into the heart of nature, where you’ll camp under starlit skies, hike through the giant sequoia trees and cycle by the Merced River, falling in love with every single rock, tree and living thing you pass.
This trip starts and finishes in Las Vegas, but where you travel in between is worlds apart from the glittering lights of Sin City. This one’s all about Mother Nature, as you journey through the Zion canyon and the organic amphitheatre of Bryce, before heading through Monument Valley, Lake Powell and saving the best till last at the gobsmacking Grand Canyon. Along the way you’ll be hiking, camping under starlit skies and spotting wildlife, with options for a Navajo-led hike around Antelope Canyon and a helicopter over the Grand Canyon’s rim.
Katrina Barry, MD – Contiki commented – “North America is an incredibly diverse region with countless opportunities for adventure, and we are really proud of the variety of itineraries and unique experiences that the team have pulled together for this latest product launch. We know our travellers are increasingly interested in off-the-beaten-track destinations, so it’s exciting to be able to offer two brand new and lesser-explored destinations with our Alaska and Pacific Northwest trips. Now with 39 Contiki trips in the USA & Canada, we’re able to really showcase this region to our travellers.”
Contiki is also offering guests a 10% Early Payment Discount on all trips 7 days or longer, just book and pay for your trip in full by 13 Aug 2019 to save!