13 days departing NEW YORK AREA from

Style: Discovery
Destination: USA / Canada
Tour Code: PNX

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Trip Overview

Share the pioneering spirit of the early settlers as you follow Native American trade routes and discover the New World for yourself. Learn about America's history in Philadelphia and Washington DC, visit an Amish community and the stunning Finger Lakes region. Soak up the French heritage of Quebec and the proud history of Boston, enjoy the rugged White Mountains National Forest and an included Maid of the Mist Cruise at Niagara Falls. Featuring cosmopolitan cities, small country towns and picturesque landscapes, colonial New England and French Canadian culture offer a perfect blend of cultures and experiences.

Included Highlights
  • Experience the multi-cultural buzz of Toronto
  • Discover charming New England
  • Breathtaking scenery in the Finger Lakes
  • Explore the unique French-inspired city of Quebec
  • Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist scenic cruise
  • Walk the narrow lanes of Montreal
  • Visit the Salem Witch Museum
  • Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston
  • Hiking in the White Mountains National Forest
  • Explore Philadelphia and Washington DC
  • Visit an Amish community in Lancaster
Tour Facts & Features
Accommodation: 11 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab)
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: All meals paid locally
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+
Wifi: Free wi-fi available in your vehicle (USA only, restrictions apply)

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

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2016 versions will be available in November. (Adobe Acrobat is required to read this pdf)

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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer 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 paid for locally. Please note all costs are subject to change.

  • Jet boat ride - Montreal CAD$67
  • CN Tower - Toronto CAD$32-$44
  • Citadelle museum tour - Quebec CAD$16
  • French cuisine - Montreal CAD$varies
  • Baseball Game - Boston from US$20
  • Wine tasting - Finger Lakes region US$6-$30
  • Montmorency Falls - Quebec CAD$3 (cable car CAD$14)
  • O'Noir restaurant in the dark - Montreal CAD$35-$50
  • Ghost walking tour - Old Quebec CAD$17

Day : 2016 departures only - Arrival day in New York area

Please note 2016 departures will be 13 days in duration including an additional night at the beginning of the tour. On this arrival day there will be a meeting at 18.00 with your tour leader and group, the tour will then depart the next day as per day one of the itinerary below. Fully updated itineraries and dossiers will be available from the end of October 2015.

All 2016 departure dates displayed online have been updated to reflect the inclusion of this arrival day.

Day 1-2: New York Area, Philadelphia & Washington DC

Departing the New York Area, your first stop is Philadelphia, or 'Philly' as the locals call it. Visit the Liberty Bell, climb the famous `Rocky' steps and enjoy some free time to peruse the colourful Reading Terminal Market to sample the local flavour. Why not cast your eyes on Independence Hall where brave men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England, an event which helped shape the U.S. Constitution. Next up is Washington DC where you may opt for an illuminated view of the famous icons such as the White House, Jefferson Monument and Capitol Hill - a great introduction to the city. When it comes to DC's museums, 'Land of the Free' and the sensational Smithsonian are well worth visiting. For sports fans, you can opt for a baseball game (in season) to ensure day two is full to bursting.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 3: Lancaster & Finger Lakes

Leaving DC behind you make your way towards the beloved Finger Lakes stopping en route in Lancaster Amish Country, a picturesque landscape that must be witnessed in person to be fully appreciated. Rolling hills with windmills dotting the horizon, and horse and carts sharing the road remind you that life here is much simpler. Continue onto the Finger Lakes region, a beautiful forested region filled with lakes and inland waterways - some of the deepest in USA. The area is also New York State's largest wine producing region with over 100 vineyards located around the lakes. You visit one of the wineries for an option for some wine tasting and there is also a chance to take a dip in the cool waters of one of the lakes.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 4: Niagara Falls & Toronto

You reach the border with Canada and stop to feel the thunder and bask in the spray of one of North America's best known natural attractions - Niagara Falls. These famous falls are located on the Niagara River, which drains from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario; forming the actual border between USA and Canada. There are two major falls - the American Falls and the iconic Horseshoe Falls, also known as the Canadian Falls. The Horseshoe Falls has a drop of 53 metres (173 feet) and the American Falls has a drop of between 21-30 metres (70-100 feet). You can enjoy an included cruise on the 'Maid of the Mist', which takes you right up to the base of the falls. After visiting the falls, you continue along the shores of Lake Ontario to Canada's largest city - Toronto.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 5: Toronto

Enjoy a free day exploring the cosmopolitan city of Toronto, which has a city population of 2.5 million and a metropolitan population of over 5 million, making it one of the largest cities in North America. Those with a head for heights and a passion for panoramic views can head up to the observation deck at the top of the CN Tower. When completed in 1976 it was the world's tallest tower with a height of 553 metres (1815 feet) - a status it held for 34 years. From enjoying a lunch of 'dim sum' in Chinatown or dinner at Greektown to visiting the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Eaton's Shopping Complex or the comprehensive and spacious Toronto Zoo, there is so much to do here, you won't know where to start.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 6-7: Montreal

You travel from Ontario to the French-speaking province of Quebec and Canada's cultural capital, Montreal. Well-known for its music, museums and avant-garde artistic flair, Montreal is one classy city and in the summer you can enjoy a huge selection of lively festivals. Montreal was also the site of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games and you can pay a visit to the stadium, which is the largest in Canada. One of the highlights is an optional Dinner in the Dark at O'Noir - where you eat in the pitch black and your other senses are heightened. Soak up the atmosphere of the narrow lanes, quirky cafes and world class shopping, or scream across the Lachine Rapids on an extreme jet-boat tour! Why not try a classic local meal of Poutine - cheesy curds on top of thin French fries, topped with thick Canadian gravy, you'll be quick to realise why this is a favourite with locals and tourists alike.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 8: Quebec City

Continue your journey of historic discovery by spending a day exploring the streets of North America's only surviving walled city and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Quebec City. Founded in 1608 on the banks of the St Lawrence River, it is one of the oldest cities in North America and as a major French-speaking cultural centre, arguably one of its most European. Strolling around the Old Town feels like stepping back in time and along the way you can check out some of the local delicacies on sale. Old Quebec has many important and iconic places including Place Royale, Plains of Abraham, Place d'Armes, the Chateau Frontenac Hotel and the old city walls. 12 kilometres from Quebec City are the mighty Montmorency Falls, which are higher than Niagara Falls and well worth a visit. To see another side of Quebec, why not try a Ghost Walking tour where storytellers lead you through the streets of the Old Town by lantern, recounting the hangings and hauntings of days gone by.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 9: White Mountains National Forest

The White Mountains are a mountain range covering a quarter of the state of New Hampshire and are especially beautiful to visit in autumn when the leaves turn from green to golden hues. Situated on the Appalachian Trail, this national forest boasts some incredible mountain scenery, which never fails to impress. The most famous of the mountains is Mount Washington (6,288-foot), which is the highest peak in the Northeastern U.S. and sits in a line of summits called the Presidential Range named after former U.S. presidents. Upon arrival you will enjoy half a day to hit the walking trails that are dotted around the forest.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 10-11: Boston

Visit the Salem Witch Museum and step back in time to the Witch Trials of 1692. In Boston, retrace the steps of the nation's forefathers with an included tour of the Freedom Trail or stroll the shops and stalls of Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. Harvard University is nearby and as the oldest institution of higher learning in America, has plenty for history buffs to enjoy. After all this exploring why not hit the waterfront for a traditional seafood dinner?
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 12: Boston & New York Area

Saying goodbye to 'Bean Town', you make your way back towards the 'Big Apple' for the end of the tour and one last chance to explore this eclectic city at your leisure.

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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Solo Sleepers Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own room for every night of the tour. The number of single rooms we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation

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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

Crowne Plaza Newark

The Crown Plaza offers a free airport shuttle to Newark Airport and boasts a fully equipped gym, indoor pool and on-site 24 hour dining.

  • Twin share:  per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
    Full room:  per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

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We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on 0208 682 8921 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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Travel Insurance

At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday.

Travel Insurance

Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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City Sightseeing Tours

If you are spending extra time in our gateway cities, you can now plan in advance by pre-booking unique city sightseeing day tours in addition to your trip.

New York City Tours


All city day tours are operated by local experts who are dedicated to take you behind the scenes so you know it like a local! When booking your trip, simply select your chosen city tours from the Tour Extras section on the online booking form.

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