The Big Easy Tour

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The Big Easy Tour

from £2,430
Duration: from 20 days
Countries: United States of America
Who said you couldn’t do it all in 20 days? New Orleans to the paradise city of LA, Austin to the bright lights of Vegas and the majestic Grand Canyon! This is the trip of a lifetime.

The Big Easy Tour

There are regular vaycays. And then there’s The Big Easy. Compare the Cuban eats of Miami with the cajun flavours of New Orleans; get your dose of palm trees and Prada in LA; scratch beneath the surface of the uber-cool city of Austin and gawk at the bright lights of Vegas. Throw in a stop at the gawk-worthy Grand Canyon and you’ve got yourself one tasty, sun-filled adventure!

Day1: Los Angeles, California to Las Vegas, Nevada

After a drive through the cactus-scattered Mojave desert, start your stay in Las Vegas in style with a driving tour of the Strip. You’ll go around the world ‘Vegas-style’, to see the Eiffel Tower, an Egyptian pyramid, the New York City skyline and Venice's St. Mark's Square. Then when the sun sets, board the bus and do what Vegas does best — parties.

Included today:
-Las Vegas party bus

Day 2: Las Vegas 

Anything goes in Vegas. You could go high with a heli-tour over the Strip or ride the High Roller Observation Wheel. If you feel the need for speed, get your go-karting on. You can even go to a heavy equipment playground and drive a bulldozer around. Just remember to save some energy for the optional nightclub crawl among the bright lights and sights. 

Day 3: Las Vegas to Grand Canyon region, Arizona

From the Strip in Vegas, towards the red stripes of the Grand Canyon, via the oh-so-famous Route 66. But there’s a good amount of road between us and that great, big hole, so we’ll rest up for the night in Flagstaff before hitting the canyon tomorrow.

Day 4: Las Vegas to Grand Canyon region, Arizona

From the Strip in Vegas, towards the red stripes of the Grand Canyon, via the oh-so-famous Route 66. But there’s a good amount of road between us and that great, big hole, so we’ll rest up for the night in Flagstaff before hitting the canyon tomorrow.

Day 5: Grand Canyon to Durango, Colorado

Today feels like a Navajo jeep tour kind of day. One that goes through Monument Valley. Even though it’s a bumpy ride, you'd be forgiven for wanting to miss the bus, especially once you learn the stories of the mesas from our Navajo guide. But a night among Durangotangs (residents of Durango) awaits.

Included today:
-Monument Valley Navajo jeep tour

Day 6: Durango 

Hitting the white water rapids on Animas River is on offer today. Less bumpy options include hiking, biking and ziplining, and completely smooth-ride seekers can spot prairie dogs and cracking scenery from the Durango Silverton steam train in this gorgeous old mining town. And after all that you could book the Chuckwagon Dinner Show, cowboys sing, comedians crack jokes and dinner is served.

Day 7: Durango to Santa Fe, New Mexico

After a trip down Route 64, there’s a walking tour of Santa Fe. Take the afternoon to explore the city’s museums and landmarks. See the mishmash of architecture: centuries-old clay houses, a Victorian mansion, the Pueblo-style Palace of the Governors and Territorial-style shops and restaurants.

Included today:
-Brief walking tour of Santa Fe

Day 8: Santa Fe to Amarillo, Texas

First up, the Blue Hole where we stop for a swim in this gorgeous sapphire lake in the middle of the desert. Then channel Banksy at Cadillac Ranch on Route 66 - an art installation of half-buried Cadillacs - where you’ll get to crack out the spray paint and get creative on the tailfins of these all-American automobiles.

Included today:
-Spray painting Cadillacs at the Cadillac Ranch

Day 9: Amarillo to San Antonio

After a day on the road, stretch your legs with a wander along River Walk. It’s dotted with independent restaurants and shops, that are well worth a look. Plus, it’s the perfect place for bar-hopping. Go from American wine bar to Irish pub to Mexican Cantina to Oktoberfest in a biergarten, all next to the babbling San Antonio river.

Day 10: San Antonio to Austin

before we rock up in Austin. There’s a pub crawl you can join tonight, unless you prefer to watch 1.5million bats emerge from the underside of Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. In fact, that happens about 20mins before sunset (March to October), so there’s time for bats and then beers around the bars.

Included today:
-Visit to the Alamo

Day 11: Austin 

Hello thrift shopping, Airstream cuisine (cooler than regular food trucks) and the ethos ‘Keep Austin Weird’. Need more? Nudists, boot scooters, cheese makers and a cathedral of junk - just a few of the things you might see on your free day in Austin. And when you’re done with the weird, there’s Zilker Park and SoCo to check out. But be sure to hit 6th Street tonight for a live music smorgasbord.

Day 12: Austin to Lafayette, Louisiana

afayette has more restaurants per capita than any other American city. Also Zydeco, it’s a crazy mix of African American urban blues, Louisiana French accordion and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Catch some live music and maybe even try your hand (or more like feet) at Zydeco dancing after you’ve tasted the area’s Cajun roots at tonight’s group dinner. Prepare for spice, rice and all things nice.

Included today:
-Cajun dinner

Day 13: Lafayette to New Orleans

Before hitting the hubbub of New Orleans, you can dip into an optional swamp tour. You’ll travel through a beautiful and strangely surreal cypress/tupelo swamp, spotting alligators and egrets and other wildlife found in this part of the world. Then ready yourself for the awesome assault on the senses that is New Orleans. After dinner, you’ll be spoilt for choice with all the jazz and blues clubs. A good bet is to just hit up Bourbon or Frenchmen Street for live music every night of the week.

Day 14: New Orleans 

You could take to the water and see New Orleans from an optional steamboat tour. On dry land, foodies will have a hard time picking between gumbos and po-boys, jambalaya and muffulettas, and beignets and Bananas Foster. Maybe just try ‘em all. You could browse the shops and stalls of the French Market, peruse the art and antiques on Royal and Chartres Streets and learn about the local brewing scene in NOLA. And when night falls, head out and hit the clubs to hear New Orleans do its thing.

Day 15: New Orleans

Today’s the day to tick off any leftover items on your ‘things I MUST do in the bayou’ list. Swing dance in NOLA, creep yourself out in one of the ‘Cities of the Dead’, find out what a Steam Calliope sounds like, or just have a last taste of true New Orlean crawfish.

Day 16: New Orleans to Panama City Beach, Florida

We’re off to seek out turquoise waters and sandy beaches for an afternoon of shopping, mooching or just plain lying around doing very little.

Day 17: Panama City Beach to Florida Gulf Coast

If you’re still recovering from New Orleans, a chilled evening and a cold compress might be required. So ease into things in Florida’s Gulf Coast with an optional sunset cruise. If Panama City Beach did the job of recharging your batteries, throw yourself into the nightlife at one of the many beach bars. Whatever you do, enjoy this balmy bit of beachside.

Day 18: Florida Gulf Coast to Miami

Bienvenido a Miami, where the weather is hot and the characters are colourful. Tonight we roll into the land of ice cream-toned art deco buildings, Double Ds and Cuban deliciousness.

Day 19: Miami

Take a trip to Little Havana to people-watch in the cafes, while street musicians provide a Cuban backing track. Stroll by the pretty pastel houses and dodge the Speedo-clad skaters of South Beach. Or let the hop on/off bus tour show you the sights so you get your bearings and see more of the nooks and crannies of the city. After an authentic Cuban dinner, see Miami come to life at night (if this place could get more lively) and join a club crawl with VIP entry.

Included today:
-Cuban dinner

Day 20: Miami 

The trip might be finishing this morning, but are you finished with Miami? That South Beach street food isn’t going to eat itself.

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Price details:

from £2,430

Group size

Maximum 50 people


Air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people) or spacious mini-coach (maximum 20 people)

Start/Finish Times

Start Time: Meet at 7:45am in Los Angeles.
Finish Time: Approximately 9am in Miami.

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