The Great Eastern USA
As you travel along America's east coast, you'll make amazing discoveries and enjoy exciting experiences. Admire the White House, sample life in the USA's oldest Amish settlement, see the Liberty Bell, marvel at the Empire State Building and much more as you journey from Washington DC to Boston.
- Just You Tour Manager as your host
- 10 nights in hotels of a good standard
- 10 breakfasts
- Specialist Local Guide
- Welcome drink
- Overseas transfers & other transportation
- See Washington DC's iconic highlights
- Visit Amish Dutch Country
- Explore Philadelphia on a tour
- View Philadelphia from the One Liberty Place Observation Deck
- Tour of New York City
- Mystic Seaport maritime museum
- Plimoth Plantation tour
- Tour of historic Boston
- Arlington, Alexandria & monuments cruise to Georgetown
- Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
- Sightseeing cruise around Manhattan Island
- Midtown Manhattan including Top of the Rock Observation Deck & Central Park in a horse & carriage
- Whale-watching trip from Plymouth Harbour
Make your own way to Washington DC, where we'll meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Join your travelling companions for an included drink this evening.
Today we'll discover the highlights of Washington DC on a guided tour. Iconic sights lining the National Mall to the Capitol Building include the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, and of course, we'll make a stop at the White House. There is so much to see and do in Washington DC, so we've left this afternoon free for you to explore independently or in the company of your travelling companions. The Smithsonian is a collection of 19 world-class museums – all are free to enter and most are located around the mall.
You have a free day to explore more of DC today in the company of your fellow travellers. In addition to the free Smithsonian Institute sites, there are many other attractions including the Newseum, an interactive museum dedicated to journalism.
If you'd like to discover more on an organised optional excursion you could choose to explore the areas around DC. This day out begins as we cross the Potomac River to Arlington National Cemetery, making stops at famous grave sites including that of the Kennedys. We will then make our way to Old Town Alexandria, to see wonderfully preserved 18th and 19th century buildings. This nationally designated historic district also boasts a thriving arts scene, and if you make your way to King Street you can stop for lunch in one of the restaurants here. We'll then board a boat and enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the Potomac River, passing famous landmarks including the Pentagon.
This tour comes to an end in the historic neighbourhood of Georgetown, where we'll discover beautiful tree-lined cobbled streets and some of DC's best shops and restaurants.
You can travel back to the hotel with your Tour Manager or perhaps you'll spend more time here making your own discoveries. A great place for a stroll is Waterfront Park, which stretches for miles along the banks of the river, or perhaps walk through the university's leafy campus.
Our tour continues today as we head to Lancaster County. Less than three hours' drive from the heart of American government, we'll discover America's oldest Amish settlement. On a tour of the Dutch Country this morning we'll meet the people who live a centuries-old 'Plain' lifestyle and see how windmills are used to harness the power of nature and the horse and buggy is the primary form of transport. Perhaps take a ride in one before we head onto Philadelphia for our two-night stay. This evening you'll see 'Philly from the Top' as we head to the Observation Deck of One Liberty Place, a 61-storey skyscraper. The views are fantastic and you'll learn all about the history and the icons of this fabulous city.
The USA's original capital is a liberal melting pot of people and cultures. It's here that the Declaration of Independence was written, signed and introduced in 1776, and our tour will show you all its highlights. The 'most historic square mile in the United States' features the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Congress Hall and Christ Church, where George Washington and Benjamin Franklin once worshipped. Admire the city's tallest building, the Comcast Center, and stroll along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where there are many museums including the renowned Franklin Institute, the Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
During free time this afternoon, why not join our optional visit to the Eastern State Penitentiary. Once the world's most famous prison, which held notorious criminals including Al Capone, it now serves as a fascinating museum.
Today we head to the thrilling city of New York, where a three-night stay gives you plenty of time to discover its numerous famous highlights. On arrival, we'll enjoy a tour with a Local Guide who will introduce sights such as the Empire State Building, Wall Street, Broadway, the One World Trade Center, Chinatown and Times Square. The rest of the day is free, so you can head off and explore this fabulous 24-hour city at your own pace.
With today at leisure, it's completely up to you what you do. Your Tour Manager will be able to point you in the right direction, all you have to do is decide which attractions you want to visit. Perhaps step inside St Patrick's Cathedral, or spend the day exploring museums including the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art or the American Museum of Natural History.
Today we also offer an optional sightseeing cruise around Manhattan. From the water you'll see famous landmarks such as the iconic Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, the UN Headquarters and the Yankee Stadium. You'll also cruise under the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
During an evening at leisure, why not catch a Broadway Show with your fellow travellers - the choice is amazing.
There's even more time today to make your own discoveries in ths thrilling city.
If you'd rather join an optional excursion, your Tour Manager will take you to Midtown Manhattan, on a great morning out which starts with a stroll to the Rockerfeller Center. Here we'll head up to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck to take in wonderful views. It's difficult to decide which is the best view in New York, but from here you'll see Central Park to the north, and if you look south you'll see the Empire State Building and all the way down to lower Manhattan.
We're just a few blocks away from the southern section of Central Park, and a horse-and-carriage ride will give you a well-deserved rest. It's also a fabulous experience, and will take you past many of the park's highlights, including Strawberry Fields, dedicated to the memory of John Lennon.
After you've bid your horse and driver farewell, why not join your Tour Manager and your travelling companions on a walk down Fifth Avenue, dipping into famous stores including Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany's.
Our tour continues today as we head to Mystic in Connecticut, the most southern state of New England. Here, we include a visit to Mystic Seaport, a fascinating maritime museum which features a replica 19th century coastal village, a working shipyard and more than 500 historic vessels. We'll then continue to Plymouth in Massachusets, where we'll stay for two nights.
A quintessential New England town, Plymouth is where America's founding fathers first set foot in the New World in 1620. We'll step back in time at Plimoth Plantation, a living museum that tells the story of these early settlers from England.
During an afternoon at leisure why not join an optional whale-watching trip. Knowledgeable naturalists will guide you on a journey out to Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Bank. The area is a primary feeding ground for humpback, finback, pilot and minke whales, and sightings are not uncommon. If you're lucky you might even spot the endangered right whale.
Our final destination is Boston, one of the east coast's finest cities. Once a hotbed of revolutionary activity, known for the Boston Tea Party – a protest against tax on tea – it's now a cosmopolitan city that proudly showcases its historic past. An included tour takes you along parts of the famous Freedom Trail to the Granary Burial Ground, Beacon Hill and Quincy Market.
Later, you can join your fellow travellers on a transfer to the airport or choose to make your own arrangements.
Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your vacation before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.
By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.
Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change. The full range of excursions will be detailed in your vacation information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.
USA - New York Circle Line Cruise
This is just about everyone’s favourite excursion in the ‘Big Apple’, sailing all the way around Manhattan Island, taking in over 101 sights including the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge which connects the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, and the Yankee Stadium. Each cruise is narrated by one of the professional on-board guides.
Cruise - Approximate duration 2½ hours – A Must
USA - Philadelphia - Eastern State Penitentiary
Take the opportunity to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary, once the world’s most famous prison, it now serves as a fascinating museum. You’ll learn about the highlights of its 142-year history, architecture and notorious inmates including Al Capone. You will also have some free time to explore the public spaces and maybe a cell.
Half Day – Moderate Walking – Highly Recommended
USA - Arlington, Alexandria and monuments cruise to Georgetown
Cross the Potomac River from Washington DC to Arlington National Cemetery. Join a trolley tour to see this exceptional site, making a stop at the Kennedy grave site. Next, we'll travel to Old Town Alexandria, beautifully preserved with 18th and 19th century architecture, brick sidewalks and a thriving food scene and arts culture. There are many cafes and restaurants on King Street that leads directly to the Old Towns attractive harbour. After time for lunch we'll take a sightseeing cruise along the Potomac River past the Pentagon back to DC and our final destination of Georgetown. This historic DC neighbourhood has tree lined cobbled streets and some of the city’s best shops and restaurants. Choose to travel back to the hotel or spend more time in the area at the waterfront park or strolling through Georgetown University's leafy campus.
USA - Midtown Manhattan - Top of the Rock and Horse and Carriage
Visit one of the city’s biggest attractions, Top of the Rock, where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the city. This will be followed by a horse & carriage ride in Central Park.
Half Day – Moderate Walking – Not to be missed
USA - Plymouth - Whale Watching from Plymouth
Experience a Whale watching boat trip in the company of a knowledgeable naturalist. Head out to Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Bank, a marine sanctuary and one of the primary feeding grounds for Humpback, Finback, Pilot and Minke whales where you will find yourself within feet of some of these most graceful, rare mammals in the world.
Duration 3-4 hours – Memorable Experience
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Dates and Prices
Make Your Own Way
Friday 12 Jun 2020
Make Your Own Way
Friday 11 Sep 2020