Star Spangled Banner Flight Inclusive

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Star Spangled Banner Flight Inclusive

from £1,949
Duration: from 14 days
Countries: United States of America
Between the pearly whites of LA, glitz of Vegas, stunning streets of San Fran and proverbial bright lights of NYC, this is a tour where sunglasses are highly recommended. Flights included *based on cheapest available date, prices may vary*

Star Spangled Banner Flight Inclusive

Day 1: Los Angeles, California
Start the day right with a sightseeing tour. Venice Beach has white sands, glistening sea and the best people-watching in the world, so keep your eyes peeled for the kookiest of Los Angelenos in their natural habitat. Santa Monica brings bright colours with vibrant murals, café-lined streets, and the iconic Santa Monica pier, while Beverly Hills is all about bling and looking beautiful. And Hollywood? Well it needs no introduction.


Day 2: Los Angeles
Whether you spend your day getting up close and personal with the characters you loved as a kid at Disneyland, seeking those thrills at Universal Studios, or spying on celebrity mega-mansions on a Movie Star homes tour, LA will leave you starry-eyed. Stroll the Walk of Fame and see the handprints of the rich and famous at the Chinese Theatre, or get cultured at The Getty Centre. You could spend weeks working your way through this vast city – your challenge is to nail it in a day.


Day 3: Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Nevada
Dodge the cacti and the critters as you drive across the Mojave desert, bound for the glitter of Las Vegas. Arrive to a driving tour of the Strip and 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 sun sets, board the bus and do what Vegas does best — parties.


Day 4: Las Vegas
Anything goes in Vegas. You could go high with a heli-tour over the Strip or a 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 a nightclub crawl amongst the bright lights and sights.


Day 5: Las Vegas (Day trip to Grand Canyon)
Slow the pace, take in the air and soak in a few billion years of rock history with a daytrip to the Grand Canyon. If you take the chopper tour, you’ll get a 360° view of the jaw-dropping scenery, or you could stay grounded, but feel smug for hiking the rim to see some equally awesome vistas.


Day 6: Las Vegas to Lake Tahoe
As the saying goes, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, so leave it all behind and settle in for the drive to Lake Tahoe. Go from open desert to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, to North America’s largest alpine lake, all before dinner.

Day 7: Lake Tahoe to San Francisco, California
Wake up to a morning at the lake. If the mercury is high, you could choose to dip into the lake with a swim, or ride it with some watersports. Then again, you could stay dry and stretch your legs with a hike or mountain bike ride to see the lake from on high. If there’s snow on the ground and longjohns in your bag, there’s no need to hole up inside, you can ice skate, go tubing or take a scenic gondola ride before jumping on the coach to San Francisco.

Day 8: San Francisco
Hello San Fran! As you take a city tour of SF you’ll stroll the Golden Gate Bridge, spot ‘The Rock’ that is Alcatraz and hit up North Beach and Chinatown. No tour would be complete without having a honking welcome from the sea lions of Fisherman’s Wharf, just be sure to stand upwind.

Day 9: San Francisco
Today, you’re free to roam. Trolley rides and pitting yourself against the incline of Lombard Street would be our picks. If you’re looking to hop over to Alcatraz to hear the stories of Al Capone and the other notorious inmates, be sure to book. Then when you escape the ‘escape-proof’ island, finish your day with a sunset catamaran cruise.


Day 10: San Francisco to New York City
Time to say goodbye to San Fran and leave behind the Painted Ladies and pier-side chowder, but no sad faces here as you say ‘how you doin’?’ to The Big Apple.


Day 11: New York City
New York will knock your socks off – whether you’re seeing it from land, water or air – there’s no doubt. See all the super-sized skyscrapers from the water on a NY harbour cruise and from an altogether different angle at the One World Tower. Plus, NYC is super-easy to get around, thanks to the subway. You’ll have a 7-day pass to go subterranean and get exploring for the rest of the afternoon.


Day 12: New York City
Riding the subway and wandering your way around the wildly different neighbourhoods of the city is a great way to see the place – the yellow cabs whizz by, the smell of the sidewalk pretzel stands waft your way and the whole place feels like one big movie set - but you can’t beat seeing NYC from the air. Take a heli-tour for the best photos and memories possible, then refuel with a Brooklyn pizza tour, it’s a buzzing neighbourhood with understandably world-famous food.


Day 13: New York City
By now you’ll know that this truly is the city that doesn’t sleep, so you could slow the pace with an optional bike tour of Central Park. Or keep pounding the pavements to mingle with the hipsters in Williamsburg, kill it at karaoke in the East Village, take to the batting cages at Randall’s Island, tag yourself in Times Square…the list is limitless.

Day 14: New York City
Prepare to pack up your I Heart NYC hoodies, after breakfast this tour is calling ‘it’s a wrap’. Then again, you’ve got four days left on that subway pass. Are you really ready to go?

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Price details:

from £1,949


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9 breakfasts & 4 dinners
9 nights accommodation in hostels & 4 nights hotel/lodge upgrade
Flights + airport transfers between San Francisco and NYC
7 day NYC Metro Pass
National Park entry fees
Modern air-conditioned coach/mini-coach
Guided tours of all major cities
Awesome Trip Leader

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 9:15am in Los Angeles.
Finish Time: Approximately 9am in New York.

About StudentUniverse

StudentUniverse has been supplying the best flight, hotel and tours deals to students around the world for years now and we’re delighted to be the preferred travel partner of and to make your travel experience even more amazing.

We have a great team of travel gurus that understand what a gap year is all about just waiting to help you, and since we are part of the Flight Centre Travel Group we are able to offer the best flights, gap year packages, hostels, tours, volunteer placements and insurance - the works. This is not your average travel agency, it’s the ultimate backpacker travel agency.

If you’d like to get in touch to chat about your travels, even if you’re in the preliminary stages and you’d just like some advice, give us a call on 0333 333 9923 or submit an enquiry to StudentUniverse – we’d love to hear from you.

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