12 days departing NEW YORK AREA from

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

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Trip Overview

Share in the pioneering spirit of the early settlers as you follow Native American trade routes and discover the New World for yourself. Soak up the french heritage of Quebec and the proud history of Boston, enjoy the rugged coastline of Acadia National Park and the 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 mix of yesterday and today.

Included Highlights
  • Hiking in Acadia National Park
  • 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
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)

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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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Optional Activities (paid locally)
  • Jet boat ride in Montreal CAD$67
  • CN Tower in Toronto CAD$28
  • Quebec City's Citadelle CAD$FREE
  • French Cuisine CAD$various
  • Baseball Game in Boston US$15-$40
  • Wine tasting in Finger Lakes Region US$3-$30
  • Mountain biking in Acadia US$20-$25
  • Sea kayaking in Acadia US$39-$50
  • Montmorency Falls, Quebec CAD$15
  • Montreal O'Noir Restaurant in the dark CAD$35-$50
  • Old Quebec Ghost walking tour US$17

Itinerary Update

Please note from 01/01/2015 this tour will now have the following changes. After departing the New York Area the group will visit Philadelphia en route to spend two nights in Washington. One night will be removed from Quebec and the tour will no longer visit Acadia National Park, stopping in the White Mountains National Forest for one night instead. To read more click here >

Trip Departure Time

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

Day 1: New York Area & Finger Lakes

Leaving the big city behind, we travel west through the Garden State of New Jersey and the Pocono Mountains to the Finger Lakes region, a beautiful forested region full of lakes and inland waterways. They are also some of the deepest lakes in USA. The area is also New York State's largest wine producing region with over 100 vineyards located around the lakes. We visit one of the wineries for an option for some wine tasting. 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 2: Niagara Falls & Toronto

We 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, and form 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). We enjoy a cruise on the 'Maid of the Mist', which takes up right up to the base of the falls. After visiting the falls, we continue along the shores of Lake Ontario to Canada's largest city - Toronto.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 3: Toronto

We enjoy a free day to explore cosmopolitan Toronto. With a city population of 2.5 million and a metropolitan population of over 5 million, it is one of the largest cities in North America and has an exciting, multicultural buzz about it. Those with a head for heights and a passion for panoramic views can head up to the observation tower at the top of 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 a lot to choose from.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 4-5: Montreal

We travel from Ontario to the French-speaking province of Quebec and Canada's cultural capital, Montreal, well-know for its music, museums and avant-garde artistic flair. We enjoy the European-style charms with its lively summer festival season and French culture. Montreal was also the site of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games and we can pay a visit to the stadium that 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 and topped with a thick gravy.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 6-7: Quebec City

We continue our journey of historic discovery by spending a few days 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. We enjoy a couple of nights here to make our own discoveries in this wonderful city. Strolling round the Old Town literally takes us back in time and along the way we 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. To see the other 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 8-9: Acadia National Park

Leaving Canada, we cross back into the United States and head "Down East" to the State of Maine. Our destination is Acadia National Park - the only national park in New England. Situated on a series of rocky coastal islands, this reserve was originally named Lafayette National Park in 1919 and took on its present name in 1929. It's a perfect place to enjoy hiking and mountain biking, or climb into a sea kayak (optional) to gain better access to the rugged coastline and some of the scenic hidden coves.
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', we make our way back towards the `Big Apple' for the end of the tour and one last chance to explore the 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.

Special Departures

If you want to make sure you're right in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, then why not book one of our Special Departures.

4th July special departures

Be in Boston for 4th July Celebrations

One of the most celebrated occasions in the US, the 4th July is enjoyed across the country with parades, fireworks and festivities. Boston is a great place to join the party and watch the magnificent fireworks display burst over the banks of the Charles River.

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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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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.

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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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