A little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll

How would you answer this question:

Are you a little bit country, or a little bit rock n’ roll?

Jazz and blues on Contiki's Rock & Soul

If you’re like me, you’re probably a bit of both, and I like it even more in certain aspects of  my life, especially when they involve food or music.  It’s hard to ignore the fact that the music we listen to today is connected in some way to the rock and soul born in the heart of America.  You can discover a whole new world in your own backyard!

The birthplace of rock n’ roll is credited to the United States, where some of the most influential jazz, country, and rock n’ roll musicians of our generation made their mark in cities such as Chicago, Memphis, Nashville, and New Orleans.  Do the names BB King, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, or Johnny Cash ring any bells?  Even today, we’re still rockin’ out to their tunes and people flock by the thousands to pay tribute to their favorite artists, whether it’s at Elvis’ Graceland Mansion, or the Rock n’ Soul Museum.

Grab a bite in the Big Easy

With that much soul packed into one place, some of it is bound to seep into the food! Put on those elastic waistband pants and indulge in decadent beignets & cafe au lait from the Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans, or inhale some lip-smacking deep dish pizza in Chicago. There is food to dazzle the senses for every type of eater.  Hm, I’m hungry now.  Who else wants to get some soul food with me?

If you want to get in touch with either your country or rock n’ roll side, you can get the opportunity with Contiki’s Rock & Soul tour.  Spanning 7 states (Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana), Rock & Soul’s itinerary will knock your socks off.  There’s something for everyone:  Sports fans can choose to tour the Louisville Slugger Museum, or visit the Muhammad Ali center.  History buffs will visit Abraham Lincoln’s hometown. Foodies can discover epicurean delights unique to the region.  Adventurers can even go on an airboat swamp ride to see alligators!  And music-philes, this tour brings you the heart of rock and soul.  You won’t be singing the blues after you take this trip – all while discovering something new in the U.S.A.

Befriending alligators

We can make this trip even sweeter.  Contiki is currently offering $150 off any North America trips that you book (which ends March 24th!)- so its the perfect time to book Rock & Soul, departing exclusively on June 18th – ya dig?

It’s time to decide whether you’re a little bit country, or a little bit rock n’ roll – discover the world of Rock & Soul.

Press Release: Contiki Vacations Launches New 2011-2012 North America Brochure

Contiki Invites Travelers to Check Out Their Own Backyard

ANAHEIM, Calif., Contiki Vacations, the leader in fun travel packages for 18-35 year olds, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2011-2012 North America brochure. With two new tours and exciting trips throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico, the brochure presents travelers with more than 20 options to rock North America. The brochure is available in print and online at Contiki.com/brochures.

New trips include the Eastern Escapade, a 13-day jaunt through the major east coast highlights of the U.S. and Canada. Stops in New York, Washington D.C., Toronto, Montreal, and Boston offer a great blend of action, adventure, and culture.

Also new to the 2011 brochure is the 12-day Rock & Soul itinerary, which includes cool cities such as Chicago, St. Louis, Louisville, Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans. “We’re thrilled to announce the new Rock & Soul itinerary,” says Kelly Camps-Pitre, VP of Operations at Contiki Vacations. “It takes travelers through the heart of America to experience the rhythms of the river – the music, food, and people that make this region unique and popular.”

Contiki also presents tons of options for those staying local this winter, including New Year’s Eve packages in New York, Las Vegas, and San Francisco. By including hotels and New Year’s activities such as a dinner cruise with an open bar on the San Francisco bay, Contiki offers fantastic value for the ultimate party evening.

Select west coast trips include a customized visit to Lake Tahoe during the winter season. The beauty of the lake combined with some of the best slopes in the US and the nonstop nightlife of Nevada provide three action-packed days within the Wild Western, LA to the Bay, or California Highlights itineraries.

To celebrate the North America brochure launch, Contiki is offering $175 off land-tours ten days or longer. The promotion begins on September 14 and is available through September 27, 2010. For more details on the deal and other promotions, visit Contiki.com/Deals.

About Contiki
Contiki has helped students and young professionals travel to the world’s most fantastic destinations for over 45 years. The trips are hassle-free and include the perfect mix of sightseeing, culture and free time.  Choose from over 190 itineraries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada & the USA. For more information, visit Contiki.com.

USA for USA!

Save 10% off trips 8 days or longer with promo code USA10.*

Celebrate the things that make this country great: cowboys, Hollywood, Elvis Presley impersonators and bacon…not necessarily in that order, of course. Let Contiki show you the thrilling sights right in your own backyard and you’ll end up prouder than an airboat driver in a Mississippi swamp.

We’ll take you to the well-known iconic highlights and the lesser known, yet obscurely fascinating places of interest as well. We’re not only talking about the USA either, our Canadian neighbors to the North can show you what white-water rafting is really about while our neighbors to the South will welcome you to the boozy, beach playground of Cancun.

Whatever your flavor, Contiki can send you in the right direction. Did we mention the captivating array of international tour mates you’ll encounter?

*Applies to US residents only. Valid for Mexico, USA & Canada trips 8 days or longer. Must mention promo code USA10 to redeem. Applies to new bookings only. Must book and pay non-refundable $200 deposit by 31DEC11. Valid for travel through 31DEC12. Not combinable with other dollar off or percentage off promotions. May be combined with brochured deals. Normal booking restrictions apply.

Employee Post – North By North East Tour

By Brooke Scheer, Contiki Call Center Representative

As a peak season incentive I won the North by North East, North American tour. This 13 day tour started off in New York City, then continued into Boston, Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Cleveland, and ended in Chicago. This tour was without a doubt one of the best experiences I have had traveling in the States! Working for Contiki I am enriched with knowledge about our product and have certain expectations of what our tours are like, and with this particular tour I was overly impressed by the overall experience of the trip. From the hotel accommodations, meals, and optional excursions offered, I felt completely proud of our product from an employee standpoint, but most importantly beyond satisfied as a passenger. I would have to say my favorite parts of the trip included the old town of Quebec City, Niagara Falls and Chicago. I also enjoyed watching the Aussie’s experience America’s free pour system for the first time, those next mornings were priceless! Hehe.