This tour will begin in New York City after guests have met at the specified departure location. We will begin with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm to go over the next few days. Guests will be able to find out the location of the meeting from the hotel's reception desk. If they will be late, guests are asked to please notify the desk.
New York - Washington DC (235 miles)
Today, we will drive south towards Washington, D.C., the capital of the U.S. On the way, we will stop in Philadelphia, where we will be able to spend some free time exploring this city. When we arrive in Washington, we will also be able to explore at our own leisure before meeting up with the guide in the evening for a Monuments by Night Urban Adventure. On this, we will board an open-air vehicle that will drive us past some of the city's most iconic sights, like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial, which all look spectacular when illuminated at night.
More»One of the most historically significant cities in the United States, Philadelphia was the original American capital. The City of Brotherly Love draws history buffs and lovers of culture from all corners of the globe!«Less
More»The capital of the United States of America sits on the scenic Potomac River. Monuments, museums, and Americana characterize this historic city, which is located in the District of Columbia between the states of Maryland and Virginia.«Less
More»This iconic obelisk is a memorial to the commander-in-chief of the American revolutionary army and eventual the first president of the United States of America, George Washington. The massive stone structure began construction in 1848.«Less
More»This iconic American monument honors the 16th president of the United States. Abraham Lincoln was president during the American Civil War, and is most famous for the Emancipation Proclamation that freed all of the slaves in the US.«Less
More»The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a memorial to the third president of the United States. The impressive building is neoclassical in design and has been standing since 1943. It sees more than two million visitors every year.It's only available during the Cherry Blossom time.«Less
We will have today free to explore Washington, D.C. at our own leisure. There is no shortage of places we can go, including the White House, the National Museum of Natural History, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and more!
More»The capital of the United States of America sits on the scenic Potomac River. Monuments, museums, and Americana characterize this historic city, which is located in the District of Columbia between the states of Maryland and Virginia.«Less
More»The world-famous White House in Washington, DC is the official residence of the president of the United States and the place where most of the work is done. The facade of this neoclassical mansion is a global icon.«Less
More»Centered on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Institution is a series of museums dedicated to research and spreading knowledge. Some of the most notable Smithsonian museums are the National Air and Space Museum and the Museum of American History.«Less
Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 8:30am - 5:30pm
More»It's part of the Smithsonian Institution and is the worlds finest museum and research complex. The Museum is dedicated to stimulating curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unmatched research, collections, exhibitions, and educational outreach programs.«Less
More»The National Gallery of Art was established in 1937 and is still open to the public for no admission fee. It has one of the best art collections in the world, dating from the Middle Ages to the present.«Less
More»One of the Smithsonian Institute's museums in Washington, DC, the National Air and Space Museum chronicles the history of flight. From the Wright Brother to Buzz Aldrin, the exhibits at this museum explore all of humanity's air travels.«Less
Opening Hours: Open daily except December 25
More»This military cemetery spans more than 600 acres in northern Virginia on the border with Washington, DC. It contains the graves of Presidents Taft and Kennedy as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.«Less
Washington D.C. - Appalachian Mountains (98 miles)
Today, we will journey into the breathtaking scenery of the Appalachian Mountains. The section we will be in is called the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it is among these peaks that we will find Shenandoah National Park, one of the highest and most scenic sections of these mountains. Taking the Skyline Drive along the crest of the peals, we will travel through deep woods, passing spectacular vistas. We will stop briefly to stretch our legs under impressive oak trees and admire the gorgeous views. In the afternoon, we will drive to our campsite for the night.
More»Although the scenic Skyline Drive is likely the most prominent feature of the park, almost 40% of the land area 79,579 acres has been designated as wilderness and is protected as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.«Less
Appalachian Mountains - Nashville (550 miles)
Today we will drive further south until we reach Nashville, Tennessee. Once we get settle in, we can visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, which contains the golden Cadillac that once belonged to Elvis Presley. Another point of interest is Music Row, where more than 50 recording studios and approximately 200 music publishing houses are located. The Wildhorse Saloon is a great spot to enjoy authentic southern food and live music in the evening.
More»Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County.«Less
More»The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1961, although a building itself wasn't constructed until 1967. The Hall is dedicated to the preservation and exploration of both country music itself and the culture that surrounds it.«Less
Nashville - Memphis (196 miles)
Today, we will head west to Memphis. Just outside of the city, we will be able to visit Graceland, the former home and burial site of Elvis Presley. Here, we will be able to see his cars, private planes, and more. In the evening, we should consider checking out the traditional blues clubs on Beale Street, made famous by legendary musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King. For those of us with an interest in history, we can visit the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the former Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was tragically assassinated. If we have time, we can visit the Sun Studio, often regarded as the "Birthplace of Rock." It boasts the first recordings of legendary performers like Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
More»Memphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee. And it is the youngest of Tennessee's major cities, founded in 1819 as a planned city by a group of wealthy Americans including judge John Overton and future president Andrew Jackson.«Less
More»This massive, opulent mansion in Memphis, Tennessee was the home of Elvis Presley. It is a National Historic Landmark and today serves as a museum. Guests can visit the site of Elvis' grave and tour the thirteen-acre estate.«Less
More»Located at the heart of downtown Memphis, Beale Street is home to blues and so much more. Spanning 1.8 miles, from the Mississippi River to East Street, visitors can expect a lively atmosphere filled with restaurant, bars, and music festivals.«Less
More»The Lorraine Motel is part of the National Civil Rights Museum and marks the location where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. The newly renovated museum includes interactive exhibits and short films that both are powerful and educational.«Less
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 9:00am - 6:00pm, Closed Tuesdays, Sun 11:00am - 6:00pm
More»Billing itself as the birthplace of rock and roll, this recording studio was used by some of the most famous names in country and rock music from 1950 until 1969. It was reopened in 1987 and is a National Historic Landmark.«Less
Memphis - New Orleans (395 miles)
Today, we will make the long drive across the state of Mississippi until we reach New Orleans. After checking into our hotel in the French Quarter, we will have some free time to get to know the "Big Easy." In this city, we will find an eclectic mix of European, Creole, and Cajun cultures manifest in the city?s architecture, cuisine, and music. We should be sure to take a walk down rowdy Bourbon Street or through the former plantation area of the Garden District. In the evening, we can convene as a group to toast the end of our journey over a delicious Cajun-style dinner.
More»The city known as the "Big Easy" is most famous for its colorful and exciting Mardi Gras celebration. Visitors will marvel at its distinctive Cajun culture and cuisine that is unlike anything else in the world.«Less
More»The most famous area of New Orleans is also the oldest. Dating back to the city's founding in 1718, this National Historic Landmark district is known for its nightlife, restaurants, and celebrations. Its most famous locale is Bourbon Street.«Less
More»Extending 13 blocks in the French Quarter, Bourbon Street is the most famous thoroughfare in New Orleans, a top destination for generations of partygoers. It is home to some of the best bars and restaurants in the city.«Less
More»Once, the area of New Orleans' Garden District was covered exclusively by plantations. Because of its many affluent mansions and historic houses, it is on the National Register of Historic Places.«Less
After breakfast today, the tour will come to an end though guests are welcome to stick around in New Orleans to further explore the city. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations.
Start Location: Hampton Inn JFK, 144-10 135th Ave, Queens, New York, NY
Finish Location: Clarion Inn Hotel, 1300 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112
Accommodations: camping with facilities (5 nights), hotel (2 nights
Transportation via private vehicle
Shenandoah National Park
Fully guided tour
Mandatory service fee expected between $5-10 per day, per person
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PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: The purchase of any travel services represents your acceptance Terms & Conditions set out herein. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand these Terms & Conditions prior to booking.
Validity: Dates, itineraries and prices are valid from 01 January 2015 until 31 December 2015. Beyond 31 December 2015 dates, itineraries and prices are indicative only.
Overland kitty: On some Overland trips you are required to contribute to a Kitty. The Kitty is a compulsory on-ground payment put into a central fund and overseen by the travellers and the crew. It helps fund accommodation, camp meals and some included activities. A full description of what the Kitty includes is in the Trip Notes. Kitty amounts are subject to change so please check our website for the up-to-date amount 48 hours prior to your trip commencement.
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Late bookings: For any bookings or additional services accepted within 15 days of departure we reserve the right to charge a AUD$50 late fee to cover our additional administration costs.
Cancellation by the traveler: If you cancel a trip after making a booking you will lose some or all of the money you have paid for the trip. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:
60 days or more prior to departure, we will charge $250;
between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, we will retain the deposit or 50% of the total booking cost; whichever is greater, and
less than 30 days prior to departure, we will retain 100% paid by you in connection with the booking.
Different fees may apply to airline tickets depending on the carrier being used. You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking which will cover cancellation penalties in certain circumstances. If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services.
Cancellation Policy: We may cancel a trip at any time up to 60 days before departure, subject to clause 15. We may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. If we cancel a trip you may choose between us applying the amounts paid toward an alternative trip or receiving a full refund. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking such as visas, vaccinations or non-refundable flights.
Booking amendments: If you wish to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party you must notify us at least 60 days prior to the proposed departure date. A fee of AUD$125 per person per change will apply (in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators or airlines). If you notify us less than 60 days prior to the proposed departure date the refund policy applicable to cancellations will apply. Transfers to a third party are only permitted where the transferee meets all the requirements in relation to the trip, and transfers to another departure can only be made to a departure within the current validity period. Amendments to any other arrangements made in conjunction with your trip will incur an AUD$50 administration fee per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators or airlines. No amendments are permitted to your booking within 10 days of departure.
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Minimum: General Policy: For the majority of our trips the minimum age for children is 12. All travelers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for the child's day to day care. Please note we cannot guarantee triple or joining rooms for families; accompanying adults may be required to share with others in the group on a twin share basis. Variations: A minimum age of 18 applies to many of our Overland Adventures, while a minimum age of 5 applies to our Family trips.
Maximum: General Policy: For the majority of our trips we have no upper age limit though we remind you that our trips can be physically demanding and a Self-Assessment form is required for all passengers 70 years and over. Variations: On many our Overland Adventures a maximum age of 70 applies. Please refer to the "your fellow travelers" section of the relevant Trip Notes to check if any specific age variations apply.
Small groups & combination trips: Our trips are guaranteed to depart once they have one fully paid traveler (unless minimum group size specifically states otherwise); this means at times we can have very small groups. Many of our trips are designed to fit with other departures to create a longer "combination" trip; this means that some of your group may have already been travelling together for some weeks when you commence your trip. If you would like to know how many people are booked on your trip or any combination trip it is part of please ask prior to making your booking.
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Travel insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers and should be taken out at the time of booking. At a minimum your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum coverage of US$200,000. We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. You must provide proof of your travel insurance on the first day of your trip; you will not be able to join the trip without it. If you obtain travel insurance through us you acknowledge that you are satisfied with the level of insurance we have arranged.
Flexibility: You appreciate and acknowledge that the nature of this type of travel requires considerable flexibility and you should allow for alternatives. The itinerary provided for each trip is representative of the types of activities contemplated, but it is understood that the route, schedules, itineraries, amenities and mode of transport may be subject to alteration without prior notice due to local circumstances or events.
Change of itinerary: While we endeavor to operate all trips as described we reserve the right to change the trip itinerary. Please refer to our website before departure for the most recent updates to your itinerary.
Before departure: If we make a major change we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before departure. The definition of a major change is deemed to be a change affecting at least one day in five of the itinerary. When a major change is made you may choose between accepting the change, obtaining a refund of money paid on the land portion of the trip only or accepting an alternative tour offered.
After departure: We reserve the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or events outside of our control. In such emergency circumstances the additional cost of any necessary itinerary alterations will be covered by you: please refer to the Trip Notes for your trip for details of Emergency Funds which you agree to carry, to be used in such instances.
Please note we are not responsible for any incidental expenses that may be incurred as a result of the change of itinerary such as visas, vaccinations or non-refundable flights.
Authority on Tour: The decision of the group leader is final on all matters likely to affect the safety or well-being of any person participating in the trip. If you fail to comply with a decision made by a group leader, or interfere with the well-being of the group, the group leader may order you to leave the trip immediately, with no right of refund. You must at all times comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited, and you also agree to travel in accordance with our responsible travel guidelines.
Acceptance of Risk: You acknowledge that the nature of the trip is adventurous and participation involves a degree of personal risk. You will be visiting places where the political, cultural and geographical attributes present dangers and physical challenges greater than those present in our daily lives. We use information from government foreign departments and reports from our own contacts in assessing whether the itinerary should operate. However it is also your own responsibility to acquaint yourself with all possible relevant travel information and the nature of your itinerary. You acknowledges that your decision to travel is made in light of consideration of this information and you accept that you assume the personal risks attendant upon such travel.
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To the fullest extent permitted by law:
any liability for any loss, death, injury or damage which you may suffer (directly or indirectly) in connection with or arising out of your participation in a trip, or any breach of the Booking Conditions, is excluded;
you release us and our officers, employees, agents and representatives from any liability and expressly waive any claims you may have against us arising out of or in connection with your participation in a trip; and
any condition or warranty which would otherwise be implied by law into these Booking Conditions (Implied Warranty), is excluded.
To the extent an Implied Warranty cannot be excluded, our liability in respect of the Implied Warranty is limited to (in our absolute discretion): (i) the provision of a similar trip to an equivalent value; or (ii) a refund of the total amount received by us from you in connection with your booking. Any claim by you is excluded to the extent that it is for indirect or consequential loss, loss of profits or economic loss, however it arises, or for indirect, special, punitive or exemplary damages.
Optional Activities: Optional activities not included in the trip price do not form part of the trip or this contract. You accept that any assistance given by your tour leader or local representative in arranging optional activities does not render us liable for them.
Errors and Omissions: Although we have made a concerted attempt to verify the accuracy of statements made in our trip documentation including brochure, website and Trip Notes we cannot be held responsible for any error, omission or unintentional misrepresentation that may occur.
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