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The Big Easy (ex. Miami) 2018/19 (18 Days, Miami to Los Angeles or reverse)

There are regular vacays. And then there's The Big Easy. No comprende? Let us break it down. On this gem of a trip you can 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 ber-cool Austin and gawk at the bright lights of Vegas. Throw in a stop at the Grand Canyon and you've got yourself one tasty, sun-filled adventure. Let's go!


Las Vegas party bus
Spray paint cadillacs at the Cadillac Ranch outside Amarillo
Guided tour of Miami
Driving tour of Austin
Visit an authentic Bayou Rum distillery
Jeep tour of Monument Valley with Navajo guide
Visit Fort Worth Historic Stockyards
Driving tour of the Las Vegas Strip
Day trip to Grand Canyon National Park
Visit the Space Center Houston (home of NASA)
Entry to The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas
14 Breakfasts
14 Lunches
14 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $3,749
Start Location
Miami, USA
End Location
Miami, USA
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Day 1: Miami, Florida
Meet the group and get ready to take on this epic adventure. If you arrive early, 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. Tonight, see Miami come to life at night (if this place could get more lively) and join a club crawl.
Day 2: Miami to Florida Gulf Coast
Ease into things in Florida's Gulf Coast with an optional sunset cruise. Optional activities: -Sunset cruise over the Florida Gulf
Day 3: Florida Gulf Coast to Panama City Beach
Gators be gone, 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. If sprawling out in the sun isn't for you, there is just about every watersport under the sun, national parks to explore and beachside restaurants to park up in for a spot of lunch. (Try the chargrilled grouper or Apalachicola oysters for a taste of the area.) Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 4: Panama City Beach to New Orleans, Louisiana
A relaxing day by the beach will just about ready you for the awesome assault on the senses that is New Orleans. Music-lovers are spoilt for choice with all the jazz clubs and cajun dancing spots. A good bet is to hit Bourbon or Frenchmen Street for live music every night of the week. Foodies will have a hard time picking between gumbos and po-boys, jambalaya and muffulettas, beignets and bananas Foster. Maybe just try 'em all. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 5: New Orleans
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. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 6: 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. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Swamp tour -Cooking demonstration in New Orleans
Day 7: New Orleans to Lake Charles (via Baton Rouge)
With a trip to the Bayou Rum Distillery and an orientation tour through Baton Rouge, you won't be short of totally awesome things to see. Included today: -Visit an authentic Bayou Rum distillery -Orientation tour of Baton Rouge Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 8: Lake Charles to Austin, Texas (via Houston Space Center)
Reawaken those childhood dreams of riding in a rocket at the Space Center Houston before we rock up in Austin. Tonight: feast on a Texan BBQ. Included today: -Driving tour of Austin -Visit the Space Center Houston (home of NASA) Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 16: Grand Canyon to Las Vegas, Nevada
From the red stripes of the Grand Canyon to the Strip in Vegas, via the oh-so-famous Route 66. 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 the sun sets, board the bus and do what Vegas ds best - parties. Included today: -Day trip to Grand Canyon National Park -Driving tour of The Strip Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Heli-tour over the Grand Canyon
Day 15: Durango to Grand Canyon region, Arizona (via Monument Valley)
Jump in a Jeep for a tour through Monument Valley before we hit the Grand Canyon tonight. This is going to be one of those once-in-a-lifetime-type experiences, so prepare for an epic day. Included today: -Entry to Monument Valley Tribal Park -Jeep tour of Monument Valley with Navajo guide Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 14: Durango
A free day to hit the rapids on Animas River, hike, bike or zipline. Or take it easy and see the scenery from steam train in this gorgeous old mining town. The views? OMG. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Horse riding -Whitewater rafting -Ziplining -Chuckwagon Dinner Show
Day 13: Albuquerque to Durango, Colorado via Santa Fe
There's a chance to take to the skies with hot air ballooning in Albuquerque before taking to the road to Durango. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Hot air balloon ride
Day 9: 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. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 11: Dallas/Fort Worth to Amarillo
Amarillo is a go big or go home kinda place. See someone take the 72oz. steak (2kg) challenge at a Texan steakhouse for proof. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 10: Austin to Dallas/Fort Worth
Visit the JFK 6th Floor Museum to learn about his life and legacy and later we visit Fort Worth - the city of 'cowboys and culture'! Watch the Texas longhorn cattle drive at the Fort Worth Historic Stockyards, and explore its Western heritage by checking out the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, shops, restaurants, and saloons. Tonight, we highly recommend Billy Bob's Texas - the World's Largest Honky Tonk. This 127,000 square feet (nearly 12,000 square metres) dancehall is outfitted with over 30 bar stations and can hold up to 6,000 people! Time to get your two step on. Included today: -Entry to The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas -Visit Fort Worth Historic Stockyards Meals: -Breakfast
Day 17: Las Vegas
Anything gs in Vegas. You could go high with a heli-tour over The Strip or ride the High Roller Observation Wheel. Just remember to save some energy for a night out amongst the bright lights and sights. Meals: -Dinner Optional activities: -Heli-tour over the Las Vegas Strip -Entry to the High Roller Observation Wheel -VIP Club Entry -Shooting range experience
Day 12: Amarillo to Albuquerque, New Mexico
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 paint cadillacs at the Cadillac Ranch outside Amarillo Meals: -Breakfast
Day 18: Las Vegas to Los Angeles, California
Wipe away the last traces of glitter, board the coach and head across the cactus-scattered Mojave desert to La La Land.