USA Tours

USA. OMG! It's the land of opportunity. The land of supersized everything. Everything in the US is done with such gusto and there's so much excitement all year round, it's no wonder you want to tour America. Student Flights has got a sweet selection of American tours you'll love.

Take your bite of the US of A

Take Alcatraz tours. The infamous San Francisco jail held some of America's most notorious crims, and on an Alcatraz tour, you can peek inside this legendary prison. It's just a boat ride from San Francisco and the amazing Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco tours are definitely worth including in your American itinerary.

If you're spending some time in California, check out Los Angeles tours. Obsessed with the lifestyles of the rich and the famous? Look into Hollywood tours - they'll leave you with stars in your eyes. And, if the high roller lifestyle is making you wish your student income stretched a little further, maybe you should gamble on Las Vegas tours? Las Vegas is the party capital of the US and heaps of fun!

You can also take Grand Canyon tours from Vegas. You'll be blown away by the sheer size of the area, and the best way to see it is with a Grand Canyon helicopter tour or there's plenty of other Grand Canyon tours that are equally as awesome.

On the topic of natural wonders, don't forget Niagara Falls. Renowned for its beauty, if you're visiting the Big Apple you can take Niagara Falls tours from New York. Ah New York, New York! You really need to take a big bite out of this Big Apple. The best way to explore all of the NYC boroughs is with New York tours for all the major sights plus some local hotspots.

For what's happening in the US now and the deets on the best US tours, call Student Flights. We've also got sweet deals on stacks of other US tours like White House tours, Alaska tours, and Route 66 tours, so give us a call now on 1800 046 462.

USA Tour Holiday Packages

  • Empire State Building Observatory

    from $29*

    • Entrance to 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building.
    A visit to the top of the Empire State Building is about more than just visiting the world's most famous building. It's about the total experience. Whether it is someone's favorite love story about an unlikely couple named Harry and Sally, or a memory from their childhood of a great hulking ape named Kong that hated airplanes, everybody has their own love affair with the Empire State Building.

    A New York City Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, which soars more than a quarter of a mile into the atmosphere above the heart of Manhattan, has always been a must-see on every visitors list.

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  • All Loops Double Decker Tour

    from $69*

    • Transportation aboard a double decker bus with unlimited rides on the Uptown, Downtown, Brooklyn (tour is aboard the Gray Line Trolley), and Night Tour valid for one evening only.
    • Live English speaking guide on the bus.
    With more than 50 hop-on hop-off stops you can explore a host of Manhattan and Brooklyn landmarks and attractions such as the Empire State Building - Rockefeller Center- Greenwich Village - Wall Street - Stock Exchange - South Street Seaport - Lower East Side Bargain Shops - United Nations - Lincoln Center - Central Park/Strawberry Fields - Museum of Natural History - Cathedral of St. John the Divine - Harlem Apollo Theater - Harlem Market & Mosque - Museum Mile - Times Square - Brooklyn Heights - Grand Army Plaza - and the Brooklyn Museum. This tour consists of 4 routes, the Downtown Loop, the Uptown Loop, Brooklyn Loop, and the Night tour (Holiday Lights during the holiday season). Your ticket is valid for all of these tours over a 48 hour period. Night Tour valid for one evening only.

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  • Historic Hollywood: Stars & Bars

    from $75*

    • English speaking guide, select drink tastings and snacks.
    Tour famous and infamous LA bars, some of which have appeared in movies or television. Learn about film lore and fact while savoring your favorite cocktail. It's not only a chance to explore LA's past, it's a great opportunity to mix with the locals, or even have a star sighting.

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  • South Rim Coach and Las Vegas Evening Tour

    from $209*

    • Las Vegas Evening Tour.
    • South Rim Motorcoach Tour including lunch, complimentary hotel pick up & drop off, video entertainment, rest stops along the way, return to Las Vegas hotel by motorcoach.
    Las Vegas Evening Tour This evening bus and walking tour takes you down the Las Vegas Strip for a glimpse of the Vegas nightlife Tour includes the Dancing fountains at the Bellagio, Madame Tussauds at the Venetian, Bellagio Conservatory, Rio's Masquerade Show in the Sky and the Freemont Street Experience. Itinerary may vary from evening to evening. Extensive walking is required on this tour. Tour length is approx 6 hours from pick up to drop off.

    South Rim Motorcoach Tour Experience a big attraction at a small price - Grand Canyon National Park Your tour to the iconic South Rim of the Grand Canyon begins with pickup at your hotel and transfer to the the AirBridge bus terminal for a pre-trip orientation and complimentary continental breakfast before boarding your deluxe motorcoach. Once underway, your first stop is the high-tech and high-up O'Callaghan-Tillman Bridge, where you can take photos of Hoover Dam from an amazing "over-the-top" perspective. Look further out and you'll see a reminder of the past, Fortification Hill, an extinct volcano, now a stately mesa keeping its silent watch over Lake Mead. Moving on toward Grand Canyon South Rim, you'll travel on Interstate 40, which bypassed the legendary Route 66 in the 1970's. Those with a sharp eye might spot remnants of the Mother Road amid the vast expanse of the Southwest desert. Arriving at Grand Canyon National Park, you'll stop at two of the South Rim's most scenic overlooks to take in the breath-taking vistas of this wonder of nature. These are the classic "picture postcard" views you've always wanted to see, where the Grand Canyon is at its deepest, widest and most colorful. You'll have time to walk the easy paved Grand Canyon Rim Trail and shop for mementos of your tour as well. Your Grand Canyon South Rim tour price also includes a lunch at the National Geographic IMAX Theatre before the return trip to Las Vegas andv shuttle transfer back to your Las Vegas hotel.

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  • Discover the secrets of Waikiki

    Waikiki Explorer, 3 Days

    from $285*

    • 3 day tour departing Hawaii.
    • 2 nights accommodation in hotels.
    • Daily voucher for coffee and pastry.
    • Tour featuring Pearl Harbour, the USS Arizona Memorial and Punch Bowl.
    • Services of a Contiki concierge service.
    • Local taxes as per itinerary.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Waikiki

    There is no place on earth quite like the Hawaiian tropical islands - palm fringed blue lagoons, cascading waterfalls, ancient volcanoes and stunning beaches with fantastic surf. Stay in the Park Shore just minutes from world-famous Waikiki Beach. While you are here tap into the Contiki Customer Service Centre - our concierge is there to make your holiday hassle free and direct you to the best action on the Island.

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  • See the best of LA

    L.A. Explorer, 3 Days

    from $355*

    • 3 day tour departing Los Angeles.
    • 2 nights accommodation.
    • Hop on, hop off LA city sightseeing tour.
    • Daily voucher for coffee and pastry.
    • Services of a Contiki Hotel Representative.
    • Local taxes as per itinerary.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Los Angeles

    Contiki isn't just about big holidays, we also organise short breaks. Explore Los Angeles in depth with Contiki. Your city sightseeing tour will include; Hollywood, the Sunset Strip and Melrose Avenue. Visit Mann's Chinese Theatre, Walk on Hollywood's "walk of fame" then we visit Venice Beach and the urban sun-kissed community of Santa Monica. In your free time why not check out Universal Studios, Disneyland or the OC experience.

    DAY 1 ARRIVE LOS ANGELES
    Get into the city that mixes up glamour, grit and the American Dream: Los Angeles. It's packed with legends, full of energy and there are loads of things to do. Head to mythical Hollywood and walk across the holy ground for stars. Check out the Dolby Theatre, where the Oscars are held every year and Mann's Chinese Theatre, where so many greats have pressed their hands into the cement. Cruise down the hottest shopping street in LA, Melrose Avenue, and one of the best areas for nightlife, the Strip (Sunset Boulevard), with its billboards, clubs and eateries, before getting a glimpse at one of the world's wealthiest suburbs in Beverly Hills. A little further west discover Santa Monica, LA's oldest beach resort. Known for its liberal vibes, art galleries and wide sand beaches, Santa Monica is all about the California coast lifestyle. See the famous pier, which serves as a permanent amusement park, complete with a solar powered Ferris wheel. Maybe later travel out to LA's quirkiest suburb where anything goes: Venice Beach. A favourite hang out spot for locals, colourful Venice Beach attracts all sorts of people. Get a feel for street life when you hit the buzzing boardwalk, where performers, tattoo artists, hair braiders, musicians and roller bladders gather. Make sure you check out the markets and stalls, as well as the greased-up body builders pumping iron at the famous open air gym, Muscle Beach. Later head out and hit the town's hottest bars and clubs.

    DAY 2 LOS ANGELES
    In your free time, explore more of this colourful metropolis. LA has it all when it comes to shopping. Hit the boutiques of Melrose Ave or window-shop the epic designer stores of Rodeo Drive. This is the place to spot celebs. Visit the Fashion Museum for inspiration and see famous outfits from movies on display, then hunt down some funky threads and interesting materials in the Garment District, which is just a few steps from your hotel. Or visit the interactive Grammy Museum where you can record your own song or get up close to some award-show celebrity dresses. This city has food as diverse as its residents - you can find anything from burgers or tacos at a pavement stand to sushi in Little Tokyo, so make sure you make the most of this cultural melting pot. For some all-American sports, check to see if any basketball, baseball, soccer or football games are on while you're in town.

    DAY 3 DEPART LOS ANGELES
    For your last day spend a fun day exploring the world-famous theme parks. Get inside Walt Disney's magical imagination at Disneyland, where you can experience different theme zones and rides like Indiana Jones or Pirates of the Caribbean. For a behind-the-scenes look at movie making, head to Universal Studios and enjoy the thrills of this park's film theme.

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  • Explore Los Angeles in depth with Contiki.

    L.A. Explorer, 3 Days

    from $355*

    • 3 day tour departing Los Angeles.
    • 2 nights twin share hotel accommodation.
    • Hop on, hop off LA city sightseeing tour.
    • Daily voucher for coffee and pastry.
    • Services of a Contiki Hotel Representative .
    • Local taxes as per itinerary.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Los Angeles

    Your city sightseeing tour will include; Hollywood, the Sunset Strip and Melrose Avenue. Visit Mann's Chinese Theatre, Walk on Hollywood's "walk of fame" then we visit Venice Beach and the urban sun-kissed community of Santa Monica. In your free time why not check out Universal Studios, Disneyland or the OC experience.

    DAY 1 ARRIVE LOS ANGELES
    Get into the city that mixes up glamour, grit and the American Dream: Los Angeles. It's packed with legends, full of energy and there are loads of things to do. Head to mythical Hollywood and walk across the holy ground for stars. Check out the Dolby Theatre, where the Oscars are held every year and Mann's Chinese Theatre, where so many greats have pressed their hands into the cement. Cruise down the hottest shopping street in LA, Melrose Avenue, and one of the best areas for nightlife, the Strip (Sunset Boulevard), with its billboards, clubs and eateries, before getting a glimpse at one of the world's wealthiest suburbs in Beverly Hills. A little further west discover Santa Monica, LA's oldest beach resort. Known for its liberal vibes, art galleries and wide sand beaches, Santa Monica is all about the California coast lifestyle. See the famous pier, which serves as a permanent amusement park, complete with a solar powered Ferris wheel. Maybe later travel out to LA's quirkiest suburb where anything goes: Venice Beach. A favourite hang out spot for locals, colourful Venice Beach attracts all sorts of people. Get a feel for street life when you hit the buzzing boadwalk, where performers, tattoo artists, hair braiders, musicians and roller bladders gather. Make sure you check out the markets and stalls, as well as the greased-up body builders pumping iron at the famous open air gym, Muscle Beach.

    DAY 2 LOS ANGELES
    In your free time, explore more of this colourful metropolis. LA has it all when it comes to shopping. Hit the boutiques of Melrose Ave or window-shop the epic designer stores of Rodeo Drive. This is the place to spot celebs. Visit the Fashion Museum for inspiration and see famous outfits from movies on display, then hunt down some funky threads and interesting materials in the Garment District, which is just a few steps from your hotel. Or visit the interactive Grammy Museum where you can record your own song or get up close to some award-show celebrity dresses.

    DAY 3 DEPART LOS ANGELES
    For your last day spend a fun day exploring the world-famous theme parks. Get inside Walt Disney's magical imagination at Disneyland, where you can experience different theme zones and rides like Indiana Jones or Pirates of the Caribbean. For a behind-the-scenes look at movie making, head to Universal Studios and enjoy the thrills of this park's film theme.

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  • See the best of Hawaii

    Waikiki Explorer, 3 Days

    from $365*

    • 3 day tour departing Honolulu.
    • 2 nights accommodation.
    • Tour featuring Pearl Harbour, the USS Arizona Memorial and Punch Bowl.
    • Daily voucher for coffee and pastry.
    • Services of a Contiki Hotel Representative.
    • Local taxes as per itinerary.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Honolulu

    There is no place on earth quite like the Hawaiian tropical islands - palm fringed blue lagoons, cascading waterfalls, ancient volcanoes and stunning beaches with fantastic surf. Stay in the Park Shore just minutes from world-famous Waikiki Beach. While you are here tap into the Contiki Customer Service Centre - our concierge is there to make your holiday hassle free and direct you to the best action on the Island.

    DAY 1 ARRIVE HONOLULU
    Aloha Touch down in tropical Hawaii and check-in to your hotel. It's all about location with a prime spot on world-famous Waikiki Beach and a backdrop of extinct volcanoes and dramatic cliffs. Head straight out for a first taste of the turquoise waters and white sands - maybe even cool off in the Pacific Ocean. While you're here, make the most of our free concierge service at the Contiki Customer Service Center, which is just a short walk from the hotel. Our friendly, laid-back staff will give you pointers on the best stuff to do on Oahu, so that you can get the most out of your time here.

    DAY 2-3 HONOLULU
    As Hawaii's cosmopolitan hub, Honolulu serves up an easy-going mix of culture, fantastic food and incredibly gorgeous nature. With a few days here, you'll soon find yourself on "island time" enjoying the Hawaiian lifestyle. Kick start each day with an included coffee and a muffin, before hitting the soft sands of Waikiki Beach. With gentle waves, it is a great place to give surfing a go, or to just chill out and people watch. While you're here, learn about World War II on our included tour of Honolulu's historical hot spots. Visit the Pearl Harbor & Arizona Memorial and see the sunken USS Arizona up close. Then cruise through the crater of an extinct volcano when you visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Your Local Guide will tell you all about the fallen soldiers who are buried here. You'll also see the USA's only royal residence, Iolani Palace, and learn about the former royal family who lived there. Otherwise, turn the energy levels up with a surfing lesson, a bit of snorkelling or a fun Catamaran cruise and get out on the water like the locals. For some more action, hike up the neighbouring extinct volcano, Diamond Head, where you can walk through old tunnels built in World War II. Scenery-wise, Oahu is breathtaking. Touch base with your Contiki concierge to find where you can experience lush rain forests, colourful coral reefs, green valleys and waterfalls. Or else cruise a little further afield on Oahu's user-friendly public transport system to hang out on the world-famous surf beaches of the North Shore. Other ideas for your time here include kicking back at your hotel by the ocean-view pool and snacking on delicious tropical fruit like papaya or pineapples. Food-wise, our team is also happy to help you out and point you in the direction of some of the hottest eateries in town. With so many ethnic cuisines on offer, there's plenty of choice. Experience a traditional Hawaiian Luau(a feast), try out fresh red snapper or lobster at an open-air beachside bistro, snack on sushi in a cute Japanese restaurant, head to bustling Chinatown to find an authentic noodle joint or taste Hawaii's ahi poke (raw tuna salad). As for nightlife, Honolulu has it all. With traditional Hawaiian music performances, cool cocktail bars, laid-back lounges and pumping clubs, there is something for everyone. So get out there and explore it all in a fun night out

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  • Niagara Falls and Outlet Shopping Tour, 2 Days

    from $449*

    • 1 night hotel accommodation.
    • Professional tour guide.
    • Sightseeing in Niagara Falls and admission to Maid of the Mist (summer) or Scenic Tunnels (winter).
    • Air-conditioned van or coach transportation.
    Take an overnight trip to Niagara Falls and experience the power and beauty of this natural wonder.

    DAY 1 First depart from the Big Apple heading north where will pass the beautiful Delaware Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls passing Seneca Lake, arriving in the late afternoon. Tour the American Side of the Falls including the American Falls, Goat Island and sister Island. At night tour Niagara Falls where you can appreciate the colorful lighting of the waters. You will overnight in Niagara Falls.

    DAY 2 Leaving the hotel, hear the thundering water of Niagara-falls. See the falls up close from the Horse shoe falls and, experience the power aboard the Maid of the Mist (May-October only). At Noon the tour departs south to New-York Sate. On the way to New York, enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls along the way, find your own bargain with brand name stores for less. Evening return to New York.

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  • Venture out from San Francisco Bay on a three-day adventure to Yosemite and Tahoe.

    Yosemite and Tahoe, 3 Days

    from $459*

    • 3 day tour departing San Francisco.
    • 2 nights accommodation Camping (with facilities).
    • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches.
    • Visit Yosemite National Park.
    • Transport by Private vehicle.
    HIGHLIGHTS: San Francisco - Lake Tahoe - Yosemite National Park

    Day 1 San Francisco/Lake Tahoe
    As a truly multicultural city, San Francisco has a wealth of cuisines, cultures, artistic events and eclectic scenes over every hill and around every corner. Exhilarating in winter and gorgeous in the summer, Lake Tahoe is a popular holiday resort all year around to ski, snowboard, cycle, waterski and hike.

    Day 2 Yosemite National Park
    If heaven descended to Earth, it would probably look like Yosemite. One of America's most popular national parks, its waterfalls, dramatic cliffs and wilderness areas are breathtaking.

    Day 3 San Francisco
    With iconic sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Lombard Hill, The Castro and Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco is one of the world's most visited cities.

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