This comprehensive escorted tour is an unfiltered insight to the cityscapes of east coast America and Canada. Modern lifestyles and history unite as New York and Boston play host, while an immersion into the French chic of stunning Montreal and the sophistication of cosmopolitan Toronto reveal contrasting Canadian cultures. New England’s varied scenery of mountain, coast, village and town slow down the pace while Niagara provides one of the world’s truly great natural spectacles.
• 12 nights accommodation
• Baggage handling at hotels
• Transportation by luxury coach
• Entrance to the following parks & sites: Independence Hall, An Amish Farm, Maid of the Mist cruise at Niagara, Thousand Islands cruise
• Washington DC tour
• City tour of Boston – Freedom Trail
• Orientation tour of Philadelphia
• City tour of Toronto
• City tour of Montreal
• City tour of New York
• Tour director throughout
Day 1 New York
Arriving at New York airport, you will make your way independently to Manhattan where you will meet your tour director. Once you have checked into your hotel room, you will be free to spend the rest of your evening at leisure. Overnight New York.
Day 2 New York to Washington, DC
Departing New York this morning, your first stop will be in Philadelphia, known as the City of Brotherly Love, so named by its founder, William Penn, who envisioned a city of religious tolerance. Your orientation tour includes a visit to the historic Hall of Independence, where both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were both signed and the Liberty Bell, the iconic symbol to American Independence as well as other historic sites associated with the Revolution. An afternoon’s guided tour of an Amish farm and farmhouses in Lancaster takes you back in time to a slower, peaceful way of life enjoyed by the Amish community. America’s capital, Washington DC welcomes you for an overnight stay.
Day 3 Washington, DC to Corning
Your morning tour of Washington will introduce you to some of the great national monuments to America’s proud democracy: the White House, the Supreme Court and the Capitol, seat of US Congress. A drive down the National Mall is a commemoration of presidential legacies with monuments to presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Franklin D Roosevelt. An afternoon’s drive through Pennsylvania to upstate New York has you arriving in Corning for an overnight stay.
Day 4 Corning to Niagara Falls
Drive through the celebrated Finger Lakes region and cross over the Canadian border to Niagara Falls. This afternoon board the Hornblower Niagara Cruise VIP tour for an up close and personal experience of the world’s most visited falls. The rest of the day is yours to take in the falls by yourself. You may wish to take the ‘Journey behind the Falls’ tour, the Falls Incline Railway and dinner overlooking the falls. Overnight Niagara Falls.
Day 5 Niagara Falls to Toronto
Make a stop at charming Niagara-on-the Lake, one of the best preserved 19th century villages in North America and a delightful spot to browse with its lakeside location, tree-lined streets and historic houses before heading onto the city of Toronto. This afternoon’s city tour showcases Saint Michael’s Cathedral, the City Hall and the financial district. Overnight Toronto.
Day 6 Toronto to Montreal
An early departure takes you along the shores of Lake Ontario to the Thousand Islands area. Here you will cruise the Saint Lawrence for a close look at the collection of islands that dot the mighty river. Continue to Montreal, the second largest French-speaking city in the world. Sitting proudly on its island in the Saint Lawrence, Montreal provides a combination of old with its historical Vieux Port and the more contemporary downtown with its underground network of shopping and restaurants. Your afternoon tour takes in the main highlights including a trip up Mont Royal for unrivalled views of the city below. Overnight Montreal.
Day 7 Montreal to Portland
A morning departure takes you back across the US border and into the state of Maine. Travel along the White Mountains Trail National Scenic Byway, noted for its stunning scenery, covered bridges and picturesque villages and the Kancamagus Highway provides one of the most beautiful drives in all of New England. Continue to Portland, your home for the night.
Day 8 Portland to Boston
More beautiful scenery awaits today dominated by several iconic lighthouses so associated with New England. Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are both quintessential, quaint New England villages and provide an ideal break before a stop at the town of Salem and its connections with the infamous witch trials of 1692. Continue on to Massachusetts’ capital, Boston for the first of a two-night stay.
Day 9 Boston
Discover historic Boston this morning on a walking tour along the Freedom Trail where no less than sixteen historical sites reveal colonial Boston and its ties with the Revolutionary War, most significant being Boston Common, Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts State House, and the King’s Chapel and burying ground. Your afternoon and evening at leisure mean that you have the chance to explore on your own. Overnight Boston.
Day 10 Boston to Providence
Drive south to the town of Plymouth, site of the landing of the Mayflower and the first permanent settlement in New England. Enjoy the clapperboard homes, quaint harbours, windswept beaches and romantic lighthouses on a tour of Cape Cod before continuing to the town of Providence in Rhode Island. Overnight Providence.
Day 11 Providence to New York
Depart for New York where there will be a city tour beginning in the borough of Brooklyn for a glimpse of the historic 19th century brownstones, Prospect Park and Park Slope. Continue to the island of Manhattan and discover all those iconic sites including Times Square, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Rockefeller Center, the Flatiron Building, Grand Central Station before continuing to Wall Street and the Financial District and on to Greenwich Village with its tree-lined streets, Soho and Chinatown. Overnight New York
Day 12 New York
You have a whole day at leisure to do exactly what you wish: time for shopping, visit a museum, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building. The choice is yours.
Day 13 New York – End of Tour
Enjoy a morning of leisure for any last minute shopping or sightseeing. Make your way back to the airport or alternatively extend your stay with additional nights in New York.Want to alter anything?
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