Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours.
When travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta . The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.
Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
Local laws stipulate that that there must be at least one person aged 21 or over occupying each room booked. Casino floors cannot be entered by under 21s unless they are accompanied by an adult aged over 21.
All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
The hotels used will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.
Set in an old bank building, this hotel is full of character and close to a number of restaurants as well as the Alabama River. The guest rooms have modern amenities.
In the heart of the buzzing French Quarter, this hotel has its own sports bar and a restaurant, as well as an indoor swimming pool, all the rooms in this hotel have TV with pay-per-view movies and a tea- and coffee-making facilities.
Please note that some dates will be accommodated at the similar Hampton Inn, New Orleans.
Set on the contraband Bayou waterfront, this hotel has a lavish pool area and spa, and many bars and restaurants including a buffet and casino floor. All the rooms in this hotel are very nicely furnished and have great facilities.
This new hotel, next door to the Galleria, Houston s shopping, dining and entertainment district, has a restaurant and bar, a gym and an outdoor swimming pool with a deck. All the guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, bathrooms with rain showers, coffee-makers and safes and TV.
This historic hotel stand in the heart of the city, across from the Alamo and the famous Riverwalk with its many restaurants and bars. It has an outdoor swimming pool and continental breakfast is included free for all guests. The guest rooms are well appointed, the plantation shutters being a particularly nice feature.
In downtown Austin, this hotel has a restaurant, gym and outdoor swimming pool. All rooms have TV, microwaves and fridges.
Walk out from this modern hotel into the lively action of the Stockyards, where you ll also find a number of dining options. A hot breakfast buffet is included at this hotel, and it also has a gym, an outdoor swimming pool, a small restaurant and a bakery counter with a bar. The guest rooms are very comfortably furnished.
Enjoy an overnight stay in this new hotel, which has an outdoor swimming pool, a gym, a restaurant and a bar. Guest rooms have TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities and hairdryers.
Inspired by Elvis s warm hospitality, this new hotel offers guests the chance to stay just a few steps from the gates of Graceland. Every aspect of the hotel is designed to reflect the King s personal style from the Southern Colonial exterior to the restaurants, bar, theatre and gift shop, and even the seasonal pool and pool bar. Each room is comfortably furnished and has a fridge, TV and tea-and coffee-making facilities. The hotel also runs a reasonably priced shuttle service to Beale Street.
This impressive modern hotel boasts a restaurant, a pub and an indoor swimming pool. All the guest rooms have fridges and microwaves.
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in conveniently located, alternative hotels of a similar standard. Very occasionally, owing to large conventions and demand for this tour, hotels may be located outside the downtown core in the major cities visited.