13 days departing NEW YORK CITY 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 then head to the stunning Finger Lakes region with an included wine tasting evening. Soak up the French heritage of Quebec and the proud history of Boston, enjoy the rugged White Mountains National Forest and `Maid of the Mist' cruise at Niagara Falls. Featuring cosmopolitan cities, small country towns and picturesque landscapes, colonial New England and French Canada offer the perfect blend of culture and experiences.

Included Highlights
  • Breathtaking scenery and wine tasting in the Finger Lakes
  • Niagara Falls 'Canadian Hornblower' scenic cruise
  • Explore Philadelphia and Washington DC
  • Experience the multi-cultural buzz of Toronto
  • Walk the narrow lanes of Montreal
  • Explore the unique French-inspired city of Quebec
  • Hiking in the White Mountains National Forest - the king of the Appalachian Trail
  • Discover charming New England
  • Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston
Guaranteed departures

All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 12 hotel nights in twin share accommodation. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see 'Dates and Prices' tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle and boat
Meals: All meals paid locally
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle (USA only). Maximum of five users at one time.

New vehicles in USA for 2016

From 2016 you'll travel in a new upgraded vehicle which has been designed with your comfort in mind. Our private, air-conditioned vehicles are custom-built to suit our style of travel, so getting from one destination to the next will be an even more enjoyable experience.

Extra-large windows for better viewing
Wider seats with more leg room
6'3'' interior height for added comfort
Electric bi-fold entry door for quicker and easier access
Overhead luggage racks, reading lamps and on-board TV screen

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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 December.

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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 that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Smithsonian National Museums - Washington DC US$FREE
  • Jet boat ride - Montreal CA$67
  • CN Tower - Toronto CA$32-$44
  • Citadelle museum - Quebec CAD$free
  • Bike rental - Washington DC US$16-$75
  • Baseball Game - Boston from US$20
  • Montmorency Falls - Quebec CAD$3 (cable car CAD$14)
  • O'Noir restaurant in the dark - Montreal CA$35-$50
  • Ghost walking tour - Old Quebec CAD$17

Day 1: Arrival day in New York City

Welcome to the 'Big Apple', the city that never sleeps on the bustling island of Manhattan in New York State. This city needs no introduction and there's plenty to keep you entertained ahead of your welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs in your hotel. Wander around on foot, explore Manhattan and Brooklyn on a cruise, or simply grab yourself a central Manhattan view for a spot of people watching to acquaint yourself with this lively city.
Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals: Paid locally

Day 2-3: New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC

Departing New York City, 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. 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 US Constitution? Visit Washington DC where you may opt for an illuminated view of the famous icons such as the White House, Jefferson Monument and Capitol Hill - the perfect introduction to the city. When it comes to DC's museums, 'Land of the Free' and the sensational Smithsonian are well worth a stop. Sports fans can opt to watch a baseball game (in season) for an authentic American experience.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 4: Lancaster and Finger Lakes

Leaving DC behind you make your way towards the beloved Finger Lakes, 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. A wine tasting experience at one of the vineyards is included and there's also a chance to take a dip in the cool waters of one of the lakes.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 5: Niagara Falls and Toronto

You reach the border Canadian border, stopping 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 (70-100ft.). You can enjoy an included cruise on the 'Canadian Hornblower', which takes you right up to the base of the falls. Afterwards, continue along the shores of Lake Ontario to Canada's largest city, Toronto.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 6: 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. Enjoying a lunch of dim sum in Chinatown and dinner in Greektown, visiting key sights in between including the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Hockey Hall of Fame, Eaton's Shopping Complex and Toronto Zoo. There is so much to do here, you won't know where to start!
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 7-8: Montreal

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 Olympic Games and you can visit 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 for a unique culinary experience. 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 9: 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's 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. Eight miles (12km) 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 10: White Mountains National Forest

The White Mountains National Forest is 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 (1,917 meters / 6,288ft.), which is the highest peak in the Northeastern US and sits in a line of summits called the Presidential Range named after former US presidents. Upon arrival you'll enjoy half a day to hit the walking trails that are dotted around the forest.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 11-12: Boston

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 13: Boston and New York City

Saying goodbye to Beantown, you make your way back towards the city that never sleeps 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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  • Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)

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 our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

Skyline Hotel


Located in the Hell's Kitchen district, this hotel offers an indoor heated pool with great views of the Manhattan skyline and is just a short walk from Times Square and other city attractions.

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      Based on single, twin or double room.

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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.

See our insurance page for more information.

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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