Big West and Powder Rush in New Contiki USA & Canada Programme

Big West and Powder Rush in New Contiki USA & Canada Programme

Contiki Holidays has launched its new USA & Canada 2013 – 2015 brochure with two new epic itineraries: The Big West and The Powder Rush. Clients can avail of 10% off all Contiki USA & Canada tours if booked before 29th August 2013. The USA is the number one destination from Ireland and Contiki reports an increase in sales of 30% over last year. 

The Big West

The Big West tour combines the glitz and glamour of the Californian Coast, the desert oasis of Arizona and Nevada, and the adventure playground of British Columbia and Alberta in Canada.

The tour begins in Los Angeles, exploring the Pacific Coast and visiting San Diego, then it’s inland into Arizona and Nevada, visiting the Grand Canyon National Park where options include a hot air balloon ride over the Sonoran Desert and the ‘Valley of the Sun’, or a helicopter flight over the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The playground of the West Coast is up next, Las Vegas. Relax back at Yosemite National Park, swim, catch some rays, and hike around the Yosemite Valley’s Park trails. In San Francisco cross the Golden Gate Bridge and visit North Beach, Chinatown, Golden Park and the Fisherman’s Wharf. The adventure continues in Whistler, Canada with hiking and exploring the quaint village, the National Parks of Jasper and Banff in the heart of the Rockies.

Adrenalin junkies won’t want to miss out on once-in-a-lifetime USA Me Time options, including a hot air balloon flight over the Sonoran Desert, 4WD backcountry tour in Sedona, a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon, and in Canada a helicopter flight over Assiniboine Glacier in Banff or rafting in Jasper.

Contiki’s 22-day The Big West costs from €3,209pp and includes flights and transfers from San Francisco to Vancouver, all other travel in comfortable coaches with free wi-fi, meals and hotel accommodation and sightseeing tours of all major cities.

The Powder Rush

The Powder Rush brings skiers and snowboarders to Canada’s ski resorts of Whistler and Banff. This trip starts at Whistler Blackcomb resort, the largest ski resort in North America, where participants can try a zip line, take a snowmobile ride, sleigh ride or, of course, ski! Hit the slopes and explore Whistlers famous terrain. Vancouver sightseeing includes Stanley Park, Chinatown and Robson Street and on to Kelowna, famous for its orchards and wine. Next up is Banff, Canada’s oldest national park, for two days’ skiing and snowboarding or mix it up and try some cross-country skiing. The tour ends in Calgary with a gondola ride to Sulphur Mountain.

Me Time options on The Powder Rush include a helicopter flight and visit to hot springs.

The Powder Rush costs from €1,193pp and includes hotel accommodation, travel in comfortable coaches with wi-fi, a sightseeing tour of Vancouver, sleigh ride in Whistler, and a wine tasting experience in Kelowna.

Exclusive Inclusions

Sharon Jordan, Country Manager, Contiki Ireland said: “The USA has always been a very popular destination with Contiki travellers in Ireland and continues to prove so, with sales up by 30% this year. Contiki has a great range of itineraries across the USA and Canada and we are delighted to offer a further two new exciting tours. Each Contiki tour includes the essential combination of exclusive inclusions, amazing places to stay, diverse ways to get around, great food and plenty of time to explore. Plus, by including more in the trip, Contiki offers great value for money.”

The new USA & Canada programme still includes experiences such as the Coachella Music Festival, white water rafting in the Canadian Rockies, living like a cowboy in the Mid-West and touring the Hollywood Homes Tour in Los Angeles. Popular itineraries such as Los Angeles to the Bay and Eastern Discovery are still included.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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