Embarking on an 11-day journey through the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, you're in for an unforgettable adventure filled with rich history, diverse cultures, and breathtaking landscapes.
This epic road trip will take you through New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Gettysburg, Amish Country, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia, providing a taste of the region's distinct charm and character.
Your journey begins in the heart of the United States' most iconic city, New York. After landing at one of the city's major airports, you'll check into your hotel and have the evening to explore the bright lights of Times Square or perhaps take a stroll through Central Park.
Exploring the city's famous landmarks. Visit the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Central Park, Times Square, and take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Enjoy a slice of classic New York pizza before settling in for the night.
Boston, Massachusetts, one of the oldest cities in the United States. Explore the historic Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, and the bustling neighborhoods of Beacon Hill and the North End. Don't forget to try some clam chowder, a regional specialty.
You'll cross the border into Canada and head to Quebec City, a charming and historic city with a strong French influence. Explore the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec, visit the stunning Château Frontenac, and enjoy a delicious meal at a local bistro. A short drive will take you to Montreal, a city known for its vibrant arts scene and delicious cuisine. Take a walk around Old Montreal, visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and indulge in some poutine, a Canadian favorite.
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After bidding adieu to Montreal, head to Toronto, Ontario's bustling metropolis. Explore the iconic CN Tower, stroll along the waterfront at Lake Ontario, and visit the historic Distillery District. Don't forget to try a peameal bacon sandwich, a local delicacy. Your next stop is the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls, just a short drive from Toronto. Spend the day exploring the falls from various viewpoints and perhaps take a boat tour to experience their thundering power up close. The evening offers a chance to admire the falls illuminated by colorful lights.
Leaving Canada behind, drive south to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a place steeped in American history. Tour the Gettysburg National Military Park, where the turning point of the Civil War unfolded. Explore the historic downtown area and learn about the famous Battle of Gettysburg. Your journey continues to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, home to the Amish community. Immerse yourself in their way of life with a visit to an Amish farm, a buggy ride, and the chance to sample their traditional cuisine.
Travel to the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. Spend the day exploring iconic sites such as the National Mall, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian museums. Wrap up your day with an enlightening visit to the U.S. Capitol. Your final stop takes you to Philadelphia, where you can explore the rich history of the American Revolution by visiting Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Museum of the American Revolution. Savor a Philly cheesesteak before concluding your remarkable journey.
This 11-day adventure through New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Gettysburg, Amish Country, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia offers a captivating blend of cultural diversity, historical significance, and natural beauty. It's a trip you'll remember for a lifetime, filled with unforgettable moments and a deeper appreciation for the remarkable tapestry of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.
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Australia New York City, United States of America
Welcome to New York City! Meet your group and tour leader in the evening for an informal welcome at the hotel. Until then, feel free to roam the famed streets of New York like a local or rest up for our great adventure ahead!
Meals: Inflight Menu
Accommodation: Hyatt Grand Central New York or similar
New York Boston
In the morning, we kick off our adventure heading north to historic New England via Long Island. Upon arrival, tag along your guide on a walking tour ridden with historic memorabilia on the Freedom Trail. Stroll the trail which includes landmarks such as Boston Common, King’s Chapel, the Boston Massacre site, and pubs and taverns where the founding fathers toasted freedom! Wander the cobblestone alleys of historic Beacon Hill, hiding away a most beautiful neighbourhood. You can roam the town freely after our tour, perhaps sample a local cup of clam chowder at Quincy Market – Boston’s first-ever marketplace constructed in 1826, now full of boutiques, shops, cafes and restaurants.
- Sightseeing of Boston
Accommodation: Courtyard by Marriott Boston Brookline or similar
Boston New England Québec City
Cruising the rural lands of New England through New Hampshire and Vermont, we make our way to the Great White North – Canada! Ride past quaint villages and the White Mountains providing lovely seasonal views, especially in spring! We will arrive in Québec City, Canada, in the evening. For culinary enthusiasts, you may take an optional tour of an authentic maple farm to sample bits of the lauded French-Canadian cuisine.
- White Mountains – Panoramic
- Group Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Universel or similar
Québec City Montréal
Our adventure continues with an urban discovery in the morning. Join your guide on a tour of Québec City, the capital of a mostly French-speaking province of Canada. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, some of the marvellous highlights will include the Québec Provincial Parliament Building and the Citadelle, followed by a walking tour of the walled city. Here you can see Chateau de Frontenac together with amazing views of Saint Lawrence River. With some time before we leave for Montréal, have a coffee break complemented by some delicious pastries. If time permits, you can also have a visit to Rue du Tresor, a colourful and picturesque open-air gallery in Old Québec. Driving on to Montréal, find your bearings on a walking tour around Vieux Port in Old Montréal with charming sights as Place Jacques Cartier & Notre Dame Basilica en route.
- Québec City Orientation Tour
- Sightseeing of the Provincial Parliament Building
- Sightseeing of Chateau de Frontenac
- Vieux Port Montréal Orientation Tour
Accommodation: Best Western Ville-Marie Montréal Hôtel & Suites or similar
Montréal Ottawa Toronto
The next stop is the capital of Canada, Ottawa! A bustling city of beautiful parks of colourful flowers has a panoramic ride through some of its impressive landmarks, including the gorgeous parliament building. We then journey along the 1,000 Islands Parkway toward the largest English-speaking city in Canada, Toronto! You can take some time to explore the city at your own pace or join an optional cruise on the St. Lawrance River, relaxing against the stunning scenery.
- Ottawa – Panoramic
- St. Lawrence River Excursion
Accommodation: Chelsea Hotel or similar
Toronto Niagara Falls
Resume our discovery this morning with a drive past the impressive Toronto skyline fitted with modern skyscrapers, the CN Tower among the most notable! One of the world’s tallest free-standing high-rise buildings, CN Tower towers over the city at 550m. If willing to bump up the adrenaline, you can take an optional tour of the tower and stand on a glass floor hanging at 300m above ground. Our voyage continues along Lake Ontario through the Welland Canal before we arrive at a most fascinating natural wonder, Niagara Falls! You can freely stroll along Table Rock and the unique Floral Clock, witness the thundering drop of the Horseshoe Falls, then hop on an optional Hornblower Cruise then navigate the base of the falls from close up!
- Sightseeing of Central Toronto
- Niagara Falls visit
- Hornblower Cruises boat ride
Accommodation: Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel or similar
Niagara Falls Gettysburg Amish Country
Bidding farewell to the fascinating nature of Niagara Falls, we ride on through the Finger Lakes Region and into the Keystone State of Pennsylvania! Our next stop is the Gettysburg National Military Park. It is here that the most decisive and largest battle of the American Civil War took place, as well as Abraham Lincoln’s famous address in 1863. After visiting Gettysburg we follow the captivating Susquehanna River, the longest river on the East Coast, to make it to pristine Amish Country Pennsylvania!
- Gettysburg Civil War National Battleground visit
Accommodation: Wyndham Garden York or similar
Amish Country Washington D.C.
Start the morning with a ride through the rural countryside of Pennsylvania Dutch Country and a visit to an Amish Museum. See up close their unique 300-year-old traditions to live a simple life, that is without the use of electricity, mechanical devices, modern equipment or the internet! In the afternoon we journey to the famous capital of the nation, Washington, D.C. to enjoy some personal leisure time and a good rest!
- Amish Museum visit
Accommodation: Washington Hilton or similar
Ready to explore the capital inside out? Tag along your expert guide to learn all about the marvelous sights such as the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the White House and Arlington National Cemetery, site of the JFK Memorial. Enjoy your personal leisure time in the afternoon, perhaps visit some of the many museums including the famous Smithsonian Institute or simply stroll the banks of the Potomac River.
- Sightseeing of Washington D.C.
Accommodation: Washington Hilton or similar
Washington D.C. Philadelphia New York City
Leaving the capital behind, we drive onwards to Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love”! Upon arrival, explore the charming historic district of the “City of Brotherly Love” and the birthplace of a nation. Enjoy a comprehensive city tour including landmarks such as the Liberty Bell and Independence National Historic Park, where the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. Return to New York City to soak in the bustling world metropolitan at your own tempo in the evening.
- Sightseeing of Philadelphia
Accommodation: Hyatt Grand Central New York or similar
New York Australia
Today its time to bid farewell to your fellow travel companions as you check out and make your way to the airport for your flight home or onward journey. We trust you have enjoyed this experience!
Meals: Inflight Menu
Inclusions & Exclusions
- Return International Economy Airfares from Melbourne Sydney or Brisbane to New York
- 10 nights Accommodation - 4 & 3 star hotels
- Transportation A/C coach or mini-bus
- Tour Guiding - Services of experienced tour leaders
- Orientation Walks
- Organised orientation walks at some of the towns visited
- Free Wi-Fi
- Complimentary hotel and coach Wi-Fi ( where available )
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- Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended)
- Meals (unless mentioned)
- Entrance fees to the sights and museums
- Anything of a personal nature
Wanting to arrive early/stay later: Want to stay longer in New York, nightly accommodation for $250 per person, per night.
Visas: Please note that entering the United States and Canada requires you to apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority).
Single Supplement: There is a single supplement on this program of $1900.
Group Size: The maximum group size is 45.
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