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10 Days Culinary Holiday and Food Trek in USA

  • Philadelphia - Washington DC - Raleigh - Charleston - Savannah - Atlanta - New Orleans

USA Food Trek and Culinary Tour

If you live, breathe, and dream about food, then this is the tour for you. Packed to the brim with awesome places to explore, and eateries "As Seen on TV". You will have the chance to take part in food challenges or simply treat your taste buds to some of America's foodie delights. Along the way you'll be traveling through some of America's cultural and historical hot-spots to learn about this fascinating part of the world. If all that is not enough, as you make your way from New York City to New Orleans you will witness some amazing scenery as you prepare yourself for your next culinary pit-stop.

Highlights

  • Driving tour of Raleigh
  • Visit Philadelphia and Washington DC
  • Climb the famous Rocky Steps in Philadelphia
  • Visit local eateries as featured in the TV series Man vs Food
  • Visit the Civil Rights Museum in Birmingham
  • Iconic Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah
  • Explore Drayton Hall Plantation
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 10 days with instruction
  • English
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TrekAmerica uses a combination of hostels, hotels, motels and cabins on their budget lodging tours. Accommodation will be arranged on a single sex, multi or twin share basis. Where possible, they will keep the group together, but this cannot be guaranteed. They will also try to accommodate couples, however twin rooms cannot be guaranteed.

There is no Food Kitty collected on budget lodging tours and meals will need to be paid for locally. However, a lunch kitty has proven a popular alternative to three meals out. This is optional and the tour leader will help organize it for those groups that choose this option.

Please note that some hotels may take a debit or credit card as a deposit at check in. They may also take an amount to cover incidentals. Funds can be held until check out at which time the amount actually incurred will be charged. Please clarify with the hotel when you check out that all deposits will be refunded as promptly as possible.

Day 1 - New York Area and Philadelphia

New York City is a food lover's paradise, with delicious restaurants and street stalls around every corner, so you will be spend quite a bit of time here, exploring the heart of this culinary city and its iconic sights. Afterwards, you will be making your way down to Philadelphia, the home of the delicious Philly cheese steak sandwich. Tony Luke's is the best in town. If you're a movie fan then you can follow in the footsteps of Sylvester Stallone, up the 'Rocky' steps, for that all important photo and you will also want to be working off that sandwich you had earlier too.

Accommodation: Hostel night.

Days 2 and 3 - Washington DC

This historical city has something for everyone, from the impressive Smithsonian Museum to the White House and tons of trendy bars just waiting for you to explore. There you can rent a bike and see the city from the comfort of your saddle. It wouldn't be a foodie tour without a stop at Ben's Chili Bowl, a landmark restaurant in the city. You'll be hard pushed to find a local who hasn't eaten there. Even the President himself is a regular! Finish your time in Washington DC with a trip to Georgetown to see the beautiful architecture and to experience the famous nightlife.

Accommodation: Hostel nights.

Day 4 - Raleigh

State capital of North Carolina, Raleigh is known as the 'City of Oaks' thanks to the trees that line the streets through the heart of the city. If you're a fan of hot dogs, then you might want to visit The Roast Grill which serves up "the best darned hot dogs on the planet"! Afterwards, walk off that hot dog with a stroll down the Neuse River Trail, a scenic trail with loads of wildlife viewing opportunities.

Accommodation: Hotel night included

Day 5 - Charleston

The oldest city in South Carolina, this places just oozes with character and what better way to experience it than with an included visit to an Antebellum Mansion and an authentic plantation? Stroll along the coast and take photos of the Morris Island Lighthouse that stands several hundred feet offshore or jump aboard an optional Charleston water taxi, where you could spot some interesting wildlife. Experience the ultimate taste of the south with a Charleston Nasty Biscuit; a chicken biscuit (which is actually more like a scone) covered in gravy. Sounds gross, right? But, it's totally delicious and a favorite with the locals.

Accommodation: Hostel night.

Days 6 and 7 - Savannah

Pay a visit to the hauntingly beautiful Bonaventure Cemetery, a place which has captured the imaginations of filmmakers and poets alike. Savannah is rich in culture and heritage and a stroll down River Street with its boutique shops, galleries and pubs is a great introduction to this side of the city. Get your music fix in the Bay Street Blues Bar and finish your day off at either the Old Pink Hous' for the best shrimps and grits around or Angels BBQ for the Voodoo Juice challenge - "Victory today, tomorrow hell to pay".

Accommodation: Hostel nights.

Day 8 - Atlanta

Known as the New York of the south, this buzzing metropolis is home to Gladys Knight's famous chicken and waffles restaurant. If you're feeling a little thirsty why not head to the World of Coca-Cola where you can sample over 100 different flavors of everyone's favorite beverage?

Accommodation: Hotel night.

Days 9 and 10 - Birmingham and New Orleans

Whilst in the "heart of Dixie" you can visit Birmingham's Civil Rights Institute and listen to some of the best blues and country tunes around. Visit Little Donkey, a fabulous Mexican restaurant where the corn tortillas are freshly made in-house and the tacos are out of this world. End the tour in the jazz-tastic city of New Orleans where you can party till the sun comes up on the world famous Bourbon Street. Jazz music is literally flowing out of every bar you come across. Before you head home be sure to sample some gumbo and jambalaya. It is Southern cuisine at its best.

Accommodation: Hotel night.

This tour ends at approximately 17:00 on the 10th day. If you are planning to fly on the same day, it is advised to not book a flight that departs before 22:00.

  • Discover Philadelphia
  • Explore Raleigh
  • Explore Washinghton DC
  • Trip to Charleston
  • Trip to Savannah
  • Visit Atlanta
  • Visit Birmingham
  • Visit New Orleans

This tour will take you all across east side USA. You will start your trip in New York City, with its delicious restaurants and street stalls around every corner. Afterwards you will travel to Philadelphia, the home of the delicious Philly cheese steak sandwich and movie scenes from Rocky. From there you will make your way to Washington DC, one of the most influential cities in the world. The next stop will be Raleigh, also known as the "city of oaks", where you can admire the abundant wildlife and beautiful nature. In Charleston, the oldest city in South Carolina, you will be able to admire the coast and take photos of the Morris Island Lighthouse. Next on the list is Savannah, rich in culture and heritage and a place which has captured the imaginations of filmmakers and poets alike. Atlanta, also known as the New York of the south, is a buzzing metropolis and home to Gladys Knight's famous chicken and waffles restaurant. Finally, the tour will end in Birmingham, "the heart of Dixie", followed by New Orleans, the very essence of jazz music and "cool" nightlife.

During this trip, you will sample some of the most famous dishes in east USA.

There are many exciting optional activities for you to choose from during your trip, giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don’t. Below are the main optional activities for this trip, which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and are paid for locally.

  • Attend local food challenges
  • Attend Mavericks Kitchen Store cookery lesson in Charleston
  • Experience the "Ghosts of the South" tour
  • Go on a Rickshaw ride
  • Hire a water taxi
  • Rent a bike and tour the city on wheels
  • Try the famous Philly cheese steaks
  • Visit the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham
  • Visit the First Africa Baptist Church in Savannah
  • Visit the Historic Theater in Savannah
  • Visit the Magnolia Garden in Charleston
  • Visit the Smithsonian National Museums
  • Visit the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta
  • 9 nights accommodation - 6 hostel and 3 hotel nights
  • National park entrance fees
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Food and beverages
  • Insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airports are Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) or LaGuardia Airport (LGA).

  • From Newark Airport you can take the “Airtrain” to Station P4, then wait for the Hilton Newark Airport complimentary shuttle to the Hotel. The journey is about 15 to 20 minutes, and departs approximately every 15-20 minutes.
  • From JFK or LaGuardia Airport, you can catch a "Super Shuttle" from the baggage claim area of both airports to New York Penn Station which is located in Midtown at 31st and 7th Streets and costs approximately 25 USD including the tip. Then you can take a train from New York Penn Station to the Newark Liberty International Airport (all trains going to Newark Airport are noted as “EWR” on the board and trains depart approximately every 10-15 minutes, with the journey lasting about 22 to 25 minutes, at the price of approximately 12.50 USD per ticket). From Newark Airport, you can take the “Airtrain” to Station P4 and then wait for the Hilton Newark Airport Complimentary Shuttle to take you to the Hotel.