America The Beautiful

Summary
Experience an incredible journey across the most diverse country in the world. Immerse yourself in cosmopolitan New York, historic Washington, D.C., Southern hospitality, toe-tapping Memphis, Dallas—the Texan star, historic Route 66 and the bright lights of Las Vegas and Los Angeles.  
22 DAYS PRICES STARTING FROM US$ 7495
  • Itinerary
  • Dining
  • Experiences
  • Hotels
  • Additional Highlights
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15
  • Day 16
  • Day 17
  • Day 18
  • Day 19
  • Day 20
  • Day 21
  • Day 22

Welcome to New York: Enjoy some time to explore this vibrant city. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal. ( WD )Hotel: New York Marriott Marquis (2 nights).

A Manhattan Masterpiece: Start the morning with a tour revealing all of the amazing sites that make the city so famous. With your Local Expert, see the towering Empire State Building, the iconic Chrysler Building and expansive Central Park. Ascend to the Top of the Rock, the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Building, for a sprawling view of the booming island of Manhattan. In the evening, enjoy a delicious Highlight Dinner at Bond 45, a typical NYC steak and seafood restaurant, awarded a prestigious Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. ( FB , HD ) Hotel: New York Marriott Marquis.

On to the Capital: Travel from the city that never sleeps, to the capital city of Washington, D.C. ( FB ) Hotel: The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection, Washington, D.C. (2 nights).

Sightseeing in the Capital: Join a city tour of Washington, D.C. with a Local Expert and discover all of the amazing memorials and monuments in the nation’s capital, including the White House, Washington Monument and National Mall. The rest of the day is at leisure. Later, feast like a king at Filomena Ristorante as you enjoy superb service alongside old world Italian cuisine. ( FB , HD ) Hotel: The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection, Washington, D.C.

Monumental Washington, D.C. to the City of Oaks: Leaving the Capital behind, begin your journey to Raleigh. En route visit Richmond, the capital city of Virginia. Arrive in Raleigh, the ‘City of Oaks’ for a Highlight Dinner at The Pit, a staple in North Carolina featuring some of the best barbecue cuisine in the state. ( FB , HD ) Hotel: Hilton North Raleigh.

Tobacco Farms and the Carolinas: En route to Charleston, stop at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, taking you back in time to a simpler way of a life. In a genuine turn-of-the-century homestead, see how rural families lived, worked and cultivated one of the country’s most important crops. Then, head to the other Carolina, South Carolina that is. This evening’s Highlight Dinner is at Poogan’s Porch restaurant, a favourite of well-known celebrities and locals who rave about this Southern institution. ( FB , HD ) Hotel: The Mills House, Charleston (2 nights).

Charming Charleston: Visit the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens with a Local Expert, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one of the oldest plantations in the South, dating back to 1676. Discover Charleston, South Carolina’s oldest city, during a historic carriage tour where you may catch a glimpse of Rainbow Row, Antebellum Mansions, hidden gardens and courtyards, churches and elaborate graveyards. ( FB ) Hotel: The Mills House, Charleston.

Atlanta, Cultural Capital of the New South: Set off for Atlanta, Georgia. Journey into the heart of CNN Worldwide for a close-up look at global news in the making. An exclusive guided walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes, including access to the working studios. Go in search of the secret formula with a visit to the World of Coca-Cola. Learn the history of one of the planet’s best-loved beverages and take your taste buds on a trip around the world with more than 100 different varieties of Coke products to sample. The evening is at leisure to relax or explore. ( FB ) Hotel: Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

Memphis, Home of the Blues: Travel from one amazing Southern city to another on your way to Memphis, legendary home of the Blues, barbecue and The King, Elvis Presley. ( FB ) Hotel: The Westin Memphis Beale Street (2 nights).

Graceland and Everything Elvis: A day dedicated to Graceland, home and final resting place of Elvis Presley. Your tour includes an interactive audio-guided tour of the Graceland Mansion and grounds. In the evening, soak up the atmosphere on famous Beale Street as you join your friends for drinks and a delicious Highlight Dinner at a swanky, speakeasy style restaurant located inside BB Kings Blues Club. ( FB , HD ) Hotel: The Westin Memphis Beale Street.

A Taste of Bourbon in Little Rock: Bid farewell to Memphis and travel to Little Rock for a private tour of Rock Town Distillery. Sample Arkansas whiskey and learn about the production process, all the way from grain to glass. Then, visit the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum dedicated in 2004 to Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States. The museum features replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room and showcases a timeline and alcoves highlighting life at the White House. In Scott, enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Marlsgate Plantation with its stately mansion shaded by ancient oaks overlooking the serene waters of Bearskin Lake. Majestically rising amid acres of rice, cotton and soybeans, Marlsgate is a reflection of the opulent plantation era and the perfect Southern setting for the evening’s Highlight Dinner. ( FB , HD ) Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Little Rock.

Deep in the Heart of Texas: Visit the Stockyards National Historic District, established to preserve Fort Worth’s livestock history and promote the history of one of the greatest livestock and meatpacking industries in the world. Later, get out your dancin’ shoes for a true Western experience—a private Country Western dance lesson. In Fort Worth, a professional dance instructor will teach you three basic dances at the world’s largest Country Western bar. ( FB )Hotel: Hilton Fort Worth (2 nights).

Cowboys and Country Western: The Dallas Cowboys are one of the country’s richest sports franchises and football fans are in for a real treat with a guided VIP tour of Cowboy Stadium (subject to availability). In a fascinating look behind the scenes, you are privy to places normally off limits during game days—the field, the media press box, the Cowboys and even the Cheerleaders locker rooms are all included. Later, cast your mind back as one of the pivotal moments in U.S. history is brought to life during a visit to the JFK Sixth Floor Museum, the site of the President’s assassination. Then, choose from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening. ( FB , DA ) Hotel: Hilton Fort Worth.

Is This the Way to Amarillo?: After breakfast, get those cameras out and be amazed by the 10 classic Cadillacs buried nose down in the dirt at the famed Cadillac Ranch pop art installation. At tonight’s Highlight Dinner, take part in the “everything is bigger in Texas” persona that the state has at the Big Texan. ( FB , HD )Hotel: Holiday Inn West, Amarillo.

 Santa Fe, the City Different: StaTravelling along Route 66, continue to Santa Fe for a guided trolley tour of the historic city discovering the local art colony, Pueblo traditions, architecture, the Palace of the Governors and the Loretto Chapel with a Santa Fe historian. The evening is at leisure. ( FB ) Hotel: The Inn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe.

From Santa Fe to Flagstaff: During free time in the morning, continue your exploration of Santa Fe. Head toward Flagstaff for a photo stop in Winslow, Arizona to meet the ‘Man Standin’ on the Corner’. In homage to the Eagles song ‘Take It Easy’, the town has erected a giant mural and life-size bronze statue of, you guessed it, a man standing on a corner. Continue on to Flagstaff for the evening. ( FB ) Hotel: Little America Flagstaff.

Mystical Sedona and the Grand Canyon: Admire the red rock formations used as backdrops for many Western movies as you arrive in mystical Sedona. There is free time to explore at your leisure. Wind down stunning Oak Creek Canyon, one of Arizona’s finest drives, before arriving at the majestic Grand Canyon. Learn all about the vibrantly coloured hues of the canyon from a geology lecturer while sipping on a glass of sparkling wine. Later, savour a Highlight Dinner in the Thunderbird Room at your hotel, designed to match the awe-inspiring landscape. ( FB , HD ) Hotel: National Park Lodges, Grand Canyon.

Get your Kicks and Vegas Fix: Bid farewell to the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon. Driving along these desert oases is like cruising back in time to see the classic motels, diners and gas stations of a simpler time. Continue along Route 66, stopping at the Americana hotspots of Seligman and Kingman. Maybe you’ll find your fortune in Las Vegas, where the afternoon and evening are at leisure. ( FB ) Hotel: Caesars Palace Las Vegas (2 nights).

Leisure Time in Sin City: This is a free day to enjoy as you please. Relax by the swimming pool, try your luck at the casinos, or explore the famous Strip—look out for pirates sinking a galleon at Treasure Island and the musical water ballet of the Bellagio’s fountains. Shoppers will enjoy browsing the Forum Shops at Caesars or the ultra-luxurious Crystals at the City Center, featuring the world’s most elite designers. ( FB ) Hotel: Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

Sunny Los Angeles: Depart the glittering lights of Las Vegas for the thriving metropolis of Los Angeles, the City of Angels. Take some time to explore this vibrant city. ( FB ) Hotel: JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE (2 nights).

The City of Angels: Immerse yourself in Tinseltown. See Grauman’s Chinese Theater, spot the Hollywood sign and stroll along the Walk of Fame. Enjoy a private tour of the Dolby Theatre, current home of the Oscars. If all the sightseeing makes you hungry, you’ll find plenty of choices to sate your appetite during a tour and tasting at the historic LA Farmer’s Market, with its colourful collection of restaurants and shops. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant. ( FB , CD ) Hotel: JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE.

Depart Los Angeles: Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Los Angeles.

New York: Enjoy a delicious Highlight Dinner at Bond 45, recipient of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Washington, D.C: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Filomena Ristorante as you feast on old-world Italian cuisine.

Raleigh: Savour a BBQ Highlight Dinner at The Pit.

Charleston: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Poogan’s Porch, a local institution and favourite.

Memphis: Head to famous Beale Street and a swanky speakeasy inside BB King’s Blues Club for a delicious Highlight Dinner.

Little Rock: EnjEnjoy a Highlight Dinner at Marlsgate Plantation, a stately mansion with a majestic setting.

Fort Worth: Choose from a selection of delicious restaurants on a Dine Around evening.

Amarillo: You’re in for a real Texas treat during a Highlight Dinner at the Big Texan where everything really is bigger in Texas.

Grand Canyon: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner and incredible views in the Thunderbird Room at your resort with your travelling companions.

Los Angeles: Bid farewell to your newfound friends at a lively Celebration Dinner.

New York: Visit some of the city’s most iconic sites with a Local Expert.

New York: Marvel at the sweeping skyline views, including some of the city’s most prominent landmarks from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at the Rockefeller Center.

Washington, D.C: Discover the awe-inspiring sites of the United States capital with a Local Expert.

North Carolina: At the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, learn about cultivating one of the most important crops in this part of the country.

Charleston: Step back in time with a guided visit to the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Little Rock: Learn the whiskey making process with a private tour and tasting at the Rock Town Distillery.

Charleston: Discover South Carolina’s oldest city during a historic carriage tour where you may catch a glimpse of Rainbow Row, Antebellum Mansions, hidden gardens and courtyards, churches and elaborate graveyards.

Atlanta: A guided walking tour of the Global Headquarters of CNN.

Atlanta: Learn the history and sample the flavours at the World of Coca-Cola.

Memphis: Enjoy the Elvis Experience at Graceland Mansion and grounds.

Little Rock: Visit the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.

Fort Worth: Visit the Stockyards National Historic District, established to preserve Fort Worth’s rich livestock history.

Fort Worth: Take your partners for a private Country Western dance lesson.

Dallas: Enjoy a guided VIP tour at the home of one of the richest sports franchises in America—the Dallas Cowboys (subject to availability).

Dallas: Can you remember where you were when you heard? Experience a private tour at the site of JFK’s assassination.

Santa Fe: With an expert in history, art and culture, tour historic Santa Fe on a guided trolley tour.

Grand Canyon: With a geology lecturer, learn about the formation of one of the United States’ most renowned natural wonders while sipping on a glass of sparkling wine.

Los Angeles: Step beyond the red carpet, a behind-the-scenes look at the Oscars on a private tour of the Dolby Theatre.

Washington, D.C: Stay in luxury at the The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection.

Memphis: The Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel connects you to the unmistakable sound, culture and history of the blues, whilst offering you a soothing and relaxing retreat.

Las Vegas: Iconic Caesars Palace sets the standard for opulent detail, impeccable service and lavish accommodation that will enhance your stay in this dazzling city.

Los Angeles: Located In the heart of the city and setting a new standard of luxury, the stunning JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE Hotel is the focal point of Los Angeles.

Hotel Overview: The AAA Four-Diamond, Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe is located at the end of The Santa Fe Trail and nestles perfectly into its historical surroundings near the Plaza – a real haven of luxury. In New York, you experience the excitement and bustle of Times Square where your hotel, the Marriott Marquis is located.

 

New York – Enjoy a city tour.

Washington, D.C. – Enjoy a city tour.

Richmond – Visit the capital city of Virginia.

Charleston – A historic tour of South Carolina’s oldest city.

Fort Worth – Visit the Stockyards National Historic District.

Cadillac Ranch – See the 10 classic Cadillacs buried nose down in the dirt.

Winslow – Stop to pay homage to the ‘Man Standin’ on the Corner’.

Sedona – Spend time in this mystical town.

Route 66 – Stop in Kingman and Seligman.

Additional Five Star Services : An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your ‘travelling concierge’, this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your ‘friend in a foreign land’. Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight’s luxury air-conditioned 40-guest coach, with extended leg room and an on-board restroom. It’s Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour. A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating insights and commentaries. At every hotel, you’ll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery right to your door. Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels. Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi. With Insight Flourishes, from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination. Included airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 22.

Included Quality Dining : 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 21 Full Breakfasts (FB), 8 Highlight Dinners (HD), 1 Dine-Around (DA), and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD).

Tour Pace Description : Travelling from coast to coast you require an expertly planned itinerary – and this is one of the best. It moves along at a moderate pace in order to cover the necessary ground, yet includes relaxing two-night stays in key cities for your comfort so you won’t miss out on seeing the sights.