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Colonial history meets big city sights on this compelling East Coast tour. Experience the historic quarters of Boston and Philadelphia, the grandeur of Washington DC’s monuments, and the thrilling excitement of New York City.
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Fly to New York where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
This morning explore the 'Big Apple', one of the world's most exciting cities. On today's guided sightseeing see New York City's major attractions, including the Empire State Building, Broadway, Greenwich Village, Chinatown and Trinity Church. Afterwards, head for Boston, the 'Cradle of American Liberty'. An elegant city, which combines early colonial history with modern innovation, Boston has many historic landmarks which reflect the important part it has played in the United States' history.
Enjoy a guided sightseeing morning tour of Boston, see Faneuil Hall, the Old North Church and Boston Common. This afternoon is free, so why not visit Copley Square, Chinatown or the Museum of Fine Arts?
Experience a journey through New Hampshire, passing the state's Capital Dome at Concord and the scenic White Mountains. Capture inspiring views of mountain scenery, vast forests and innumerable lakes on the drive through Vermont. Continue to the Canadian border, where you will notice a change in language and tradition as you enter the French-Canadian province of Quebec.
Today starts with a guided tour of North America's only walled city, crowned by the great turrets of the Chateau Frontenac. Until the British victory of 1759, Old Quebec was the centre of 'New France', and has now been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls are the Place d'Armes, the Laval Seminary, the star-plan Citadelle and the ancient Place Royale. Also see the old-world houses crowding the narrow streets in Lower Town by the St Lawrence River and the historic Plains of Abraham. The afternoon and evening are at leisure to explore further or relax.
Today drive to the cosmopolitan city of Montreal. Major attractions on this afternoon's guided sightseeing tour include modern and Old Montreal, St Joseph's Oratory and a photo stop at the top of Mount Royal.
Travel to Canada's beautiful capital Ottawa, situated on the Ottawa River. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city beginning on Parliament Hill with its gothic buildings. See the Governor General's official residence, the National Arts Centre, the stately residences and embassies. The afternoon is at leisure so perhaps take the opportunity to visit the Canadian Museum of History or Byward Market.
Follow the route of the Rideau Canal south to the amazing St Lawrence Islands National Park and enjoy an included scenic cruise along the St Lawrence River, past wooded islands with beautiful summer homes. Make a short stop in the historic city of Kingston, before heading on to Toronto, Ontario's capital and Canada's largest city.
The 1,815-feet high CN Tower, one of the tallest towers in the world, is just one of Toronto's stunning architectural highlights. Others include the New City Hall Plaza, the downtown banking district and the ultra-modern Roger's Centre. The remainder of the day is free to explore other sights. Tonight, why not join an optional excursion for dinner at the top of the soaring CN Tower?
Travel around the west end of Lake Ontario, through rich farmlands and vineyards to one of the world's most amazing natural wonders, Niagara Falls. Your included sightseeing offers spectacular views of the Falls from scenic points along the edge of the gorge, and from the decks of your sightseeing cruise where you will experience the thundering columns of water up close! Your overnight stay is in Niagara Falls.
Leave Canada today and head through the Appalachian Mountains and along a portion of the winding Susquehanna River, into rich Pennsylvania Dutch farm country. This is an area populated by 17th and 18th century settlers from Germany, who retain many elements of their traditional culture. Overnight in Lancaster County.
Lancaster County is the home of the Amish and Mennonite sects. This morning stop at the Amish Farm and House where a local guide explains the faith and way of life of these people whose tradition forbids the use of electricity or telephones in the home. Continue to Washington DC for an afternoon arrival.
A full day to explore the world's most influential and powerful capital city. Your guided sightseeing includes a visit to Arlington National Cemetery to see the graves of American heroes, including those of Robert and John F Kennedy. After, visit the Lincoln Memorial and there are photo stops at Capitol Hill and the White House. This afternoon is free so why not visit historic Union Station for lunch?
Travel north this morning to Philadelphia for included sightseeing focusing on the important buildings of this historic city, the birthplace of the nation and the steps of the Museum of Art where Rocky was filmed. See the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
This morning, leave for New York City where the evening is at leisure.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in New York.
Niagara Falls: Operation of the sightseeing cruise is subject to favourable weather/river conditions. A walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be offered as a replacement
Autumn Foliage: Enjoy the spectacular colours of the north-eastern states and Ontario. Weather permitting, the best time historically to see the autumn foliage is on departures between 7 September - 7 October
Accommodation as stated or similar
Wonderful experience with great company, well organised and never a dull moment. Thank you.
Very enjoyable if tiring on occasions. The whole tour went very smoothly.
So so much
A very enjoyable holiday albeit not very restful at times due to some early starts, necessary to keep to schedule. Out of town hotels were used in some instances - this made free evenings difficult and should preferably only be used if transport is to be provided. It would be nice if breakfasts were included.
Again great holiday but hotels a little too far from centre of events.
The only hotel which we were dissatisfied wih was the Heritage Hotel in Washington. Our room wasn't clean, the carpet was damp and the beds were uncomfortable. Not only that it was in a poor location and we were initially told that we had to make our own way back to the hotel via the subway. It was only when several people complained that the driver agreed to pick us up after our free time sightseeing. We went for a hot breakfast in this hotel and arrived just as the restaurant opened, however even though we were the first there, the breakfast was cold. My husband asked for his to be microwaved but it came back, still luke warm. After complaining we eventually had the bill halved. No doubt to say we were very disappointed. At another hotel, free breakfast were offered to all guests, except Cosmos guests and we had to pay $7.00! when I asked about this, I was informed that Cosmos had not paid for this service. On the whole it was a fantastic holiday, we saw lots of wonderful sights and there were some excellent optional tours. We were never told though that we would have another tour guide in every city we visited. Even though their knowledge of the local town was very much appreciated, it incurred extra expense in tips , which we were unaware of.
It was a very interesting tour and while the individual city guides were good, the tour Guide was very disappointing. He had little knowledge of the cities we visited, communicated poorly, was obsessed by American Football. What he did tell us was after nudging by the driver. He spoilt the holiday. Not to your usual standard by a long way.
Very enjoyable on the whole; the only downside being that some of the hotels were a bit far out from main attractions.
Fast moving holiday with lots to see and do. Now I've been there I wouldn't want to go back to Montreal, but understand why it could not be missed from the itinerary. Disappointed in the Amish experience but loved Old Quebec and Ottawa. Excellent tour manager and driver.
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