Great Southern Explorer - New York to Miami


South Beach, Miami

Visit: South Beach, Miami, USA

About the Tour

Fly to New York and embark on a truly diverse tour of the USA featuring the glitz and glamour of New York, the music sounds of New Orleans in the Deep South and the golden beaches of Miami. This ‘Great Southern Explorer’ holiday also covers the highlights of Washington D.C, the colonial capital of Williamsburg, the Great Smoky Mountains, and, Elvis Presley’s Memphis – it really is an American adventure not to be missed!

Tour Includes


  • 13 nights hotel
  • Return flights to New York and from Miami
  • Airport transfers in the USA
  • Fully escorted in the USA by a Tour Manager
  • Air-conditioned coach travel
Dates & Prices

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

    Visa/ESTA is required prior to travelling. Please call for more details.

    Fly to New York, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Philadelphia

    Philadelphia

    Transfer from New York to Washington, D.C. via Philadelphia, the birthplace of the nation, where you will stop to see Independence Hall and Liberty Bell.

    The White House

    The White House

    Enjoy a city tour with highlights such as the U.S. Capitol Building, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, the F.B.I. Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the White House and Arlington National Cemetery, site of the JFK Memorial. Spend the remainder of the day exploring some of the many museums comprising the Smithsonian Institute or stroll the banks of the Potomac River.

    Williamsburg

    Williamsburg

    Depart this morning for Williamsburg, Virginia’s colonial capital. Walk along the Duke of Gloucester Street to visit some of the impressive public buildings, colonial houses and the College of William and Mary (admissions not included).

    Blue Ridge

    Blue Ridge

    Travel along portions of Blue Ridge Parkway before an afternoon arrival in Gatlinburg, nicknamed 'the Heart of the Smokies'.

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Stop at the Mountain Farm and Museum to explore the life of an Appalachian farmer. Continue through Knoxville to Nashville, capital of Tennessee and home to country music. Join your fellow travellers in an optional visit to the Wild Horse Salon, where you can kick up your heels and give line dancing a go.

    Graceland

    Graceland

    Travel across the countryside and arrive in Memphis, the city known for blues music, cotton and home of Sun Records. Take a city tour including Beale Street, the heart of the blues music scene. This afternoon, fans of The King of Rock 'n' Roll have the opportunity to join an optional tour Graceland, former home of Elvis Presley.

    New Orleans

    New Orleans

    Today’s tour takes you to Mississippi, the Magnolia State. Pass through Jackson, the state capital, and continue to Louisiana and New Orleans, the home of the famous Mardi Gras celebrations. Tonight, join an optional trip and immerse yourself in Creole culture on board an authentic Mississippi Riverboat dinner cruise and enjoy the rhythms of a Dixieland jazz band.

    French Quarter

    French Quarter

    A full day at leisure to take in the French flavour and grandeur of New Orleans. Explore the French Quarter with its trademark wrought iron balconies overlooking the narrow cobblestone streets. Stand at the top of one of the infamous New Orleans levees and gain the perspective of how these unique feats of architecture guard the city.

    Bellingrath Home

    Bellingrath Home

    Travel along the Mississippi Gulf Coast through Mobile, Alabama to the city of Pensacola. Visit one of the top 10 rose gardens in America at the Bellingrath Home (admission included). While visiting Pensacola Beach, walk alongside the swaying sea oats, dipping your toes in the warm waters of the emerald green Gulf of Mexico.

    Travel along the Florida panhandle to Ocala, known for thoroughbred horse ranches. Continue through central Florida, heart of America’s citrus industry, and on to Orlando for an evening arrival at your hotel.

    Orlando

    Orlando

    Day at leisure. Revitalize by the pool, take a hot air balloon flight or visit one of Orlando’s attractions, such as Disney World, Sea World, or Universal Studios (admissions are at extra cost).

    Kennedy Space Centre

    Kennedy Space Centre

    Visit Kennedy Space Centre, home of America’s space program (admission included). Continue to the cultural melting pot of Miami Beach.

    Miami

    Miami

    Spend time in Miami before we transfer to the airport for the return overnight flight to the U.K.

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Washington D.C. City Tour
    • Lincoln Memorial
    • Great Smoky Mountains
    • Tour of Nashville
    • Memphis City Tour
    • Bellingrath
    • Kennedy Space Centre

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Washington monuments at night with dinner in D.C.
    • Elvis Presley’s Graceland
    • New Orleans Plantation & Jazz Brunch
    • Universal Studios in Orlando

    Notes

       

    Single Room Supplement from £600.00 (15 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    • You will stay at hotels such as:

    • • Lexington Hotel, New York 
    • • Washington Hilton, Washington D.C.
    • • Holiday Inn Tanglewood, Roanoke
    • • Edgewater Inn Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg
    • • Clarion Nashville Downtown, Nashville
    • • Guest House at Graceland, Memphis
    • • Staybridge Suites, New Orleans
    • • Hampton Inn Cordova Mall/Courtyard by Marriott, Pensacola
    • • Radisson Celebration Resort, Orlando
    • • The Hall Miami Beach, Miami 

    • All hotels are of a minimum European 3-star standard.

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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