Bourbon & Beaches
Hold onto your sunnies at Disney World. Around 200 pairs show up at Lost & Found each day; that’s around 1.65 million pairs since it opened in 1971. Then again, a glass eye and a prosthetic leg also showed up and were later claimed. Happiest place on earth indeed.
Day 1-2 - New York Area - Washington D.C.
The Smithsonian has heaps of cool stuff, like the original NASA-designed Bubble Boy outfit and Indiana Jones' whip and fedora. Sadly, you probably won't see all 137 million objects. Drown your sorrows at a bar in Georgetown.
- Morning group meeting at 7:30am on day 1
- Visit the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, do a 'Rocky' on the steps of the art museum, or try a Philly cheesesteak for an early lunch
- Head out of the New York area into Washington DC
- Explore the best of America's Capital - from the Smithsonian to DC's illuminated monuments
- Take an illumination tour of the monuments with your leader in the evening
- Why not take advantage of the great nightlife in Georgetown!
Day 3 - Appalachian Mountains
There's no apples in the Appalachians. Maybe all the black bears ate them? Regardless, there's heaps of stuff to see and do (besides eating apples, which is super boring anyway).
- Head out on one of the shorter hikes in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest
Day 4 - Ocoee
Ready for some whitewater rafting? Good. Because if you want, you can chuck on a lifejacket and grab a paddle today. You'd be crazy not to.
- Choose to don a lifejacket, grip a paddle and bounce along a churning stretch of white water, for pure adrenalin
Day 5 - Nashville
Drive to Nashville, the home of guitar-shaped pools and male ponytails. There'll be a bit of bar hopping at the honky tonks tonight then swing past the Wildhorse Saloon for a free line dancing lesson. BYO fringed denim jacket.
- Drive to the home of country music - Nashville
- Perhaps visit Wildhorse Saloon for a free line dancing lesson
- Hop in and out of Broadway's bars and honky tonks where more than just country is on offer
Day 6 - Memphis
There's been more than 1000 songs written about Memphis. After hitting blues bars on Beale Street you might come up with one of your own. Chances are you won't remember it the next day, so bring a pen.
- Continue to Memphis
- Perhaps visit the Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel
- In the evening it is all about the blues on Beale Street
Day 7-8 - New Orleans
Pat O'Brien's has been open since 1933, and during prohibition you needed a password to get in. It's home to the original Flaming Fountain, the Hurricane cocktail and a duelling piano bar. When you're done drinking and dancing, go look for gators in the bayous.
- Head into the French Quarter of New Orleans
- Walking tour by leader
- Hear the real deal at Preservation Hall, echoing with chirpy trumpet and smooth sax or sample a Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's
- Do the Huckleberry Finn thing as you chug along the Mississippi River
- Look for gators on the included Louisiana swamp tour through the mysterious bayous of Cajun country
- Optional voodoo and graveyard tour
- Optional cooking class
Day 9-10 - Panama Beach
The sand of Panama City's beaches has been described as "sugar white". Don't try and put any around the rim of your mojito glass though. Speaking of mojitos, they're one of the main reasons we'll give you a day to recover in the sun.
- Head to the Gulf of Mexico's 'Southern Riviera' - Panama City
- Enjoy lazy beach days or jet ski the afternoon away
- Pack dancing shoes with your flip-flops as the party spirit simmers into the small hours at the famous beachfront clubs of the Gulf Coast
- Tomorrow may be the perfect day to recover on the beach and soak up the sun
Day 11 - Florida Coast
Continue the hunt for the best beach along the Florida Coast and practice your snorkelling and tubing in the crystal springs. Tough gig.
- Head further along the Florida Coast ,keeping eyes peeled for that perfect beach stop
- Another day in paradise to work on your tan in the Sunshine State, or try snorkelling or tubing in of Florida's many crystal clear natural springs
Day 12-13 - Orlando
Disney World is the happiest place on earth. End of story. You've got three days to feel like a kid again, except this time you won't burst into tears at the sight of a giant Goofy (or was that just us?).
- Perhaps take a trip to Disney World
- If that doesn't fill up your time, slip-slide around Wet 'n' Wild or cross the final frontier at Kennedy Space Center
Day 14 - Miami
We're nominating South Beach as one of the top five people-watching spots in the world. It's like Baywatch with a twist, even the lifeguard stands are art deco masterpieces. The trip wraps up around 5pm today.
- Seek out SoBe (aka South Beach) to stroll the art deco seafront or pose with the beautiful people on sugary sand
- Wind down in the many bars and nightspots
This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.
What to Know
Tour leader, transport and sightseeing.
- International flights, airport transfers, departure taxes, visas, insurance (compulsory on all trips), meals not listed (lunches and dinners), any optional tours or activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, tips and items of a personal nature.
Safety InformationUNFENCED CAMP SITES:
On some trips you will at times stay in unfenced camp sites within national parks. While this is a fantastic experience, there are a few safety rules to follow. While staying in national parks it's important that you listen to any advice given by your tour leader and the park rangers regarding responsible and safe behaviour.BEARS:
Whilst travelling throughout North America it's not uncommon to encounter bears within campsites and national parks. Your group leader has been specifically trained for these situations and, if camping, will inform the group on how to 'bear proof' the camp in the evenings or when the site is unattended. There's absolutely no reason to be alarmed by this possibility as it is extremely rare for bears to attack humans.
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