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Classic Mid-Atlantic

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Pennsylvania Amish
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10 Days from $2,786 per person

Between the big ticket items of New York, Washington, D.C. and Niagara Falls, this fascinating journey runs the gamut of American history and surprises with an eclectic mix of visits that are pure Americana.

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  1. Welcome to Washington, D.C., the nation's capital. On arrival at the airport, your transfer takes you to your luxurious hotel, proclaimed by President Truman to be Washington, D.C.'s ‘Second Best Address' after The White House. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to get to know each other over drinks and a light meal.
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    hotel:The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection, Washington, D.C. (2 nights).
  2. In the morning, immerse yourself in the proud heritage of a nation. View The White House, the striking Washington Monument and sprawling National Mall. Reflect on the country's most turbulent days at the Lincoln Memorial and the somber World War II Memorial. The rest of the day is at leisure to chart your own course through the capital. Suggestions include one of the renowned Smithsonian museums or a stroll around Dupont Circle.

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    hotel:The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection
  3. Depart for Gettysburg. Cannons blazing, trumpets sounding, the blue and the gray – your Local Expert uncovers it all at the site of one of the Civil War's most pivotal battles. Just four months after the historic struggle, the battlefield was also the backdrop for Abraham Lincoln's call for ‘a new birth of freedom' in his famed Gettysburg Address. Move on to Pittsburgh, the City of Bridges. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at the award-winning restaurant LeMont.

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    hotel:Omni William Penn, Pittsburgh.
  4. Travel to the rural town of Punxsutawney, and learn firsthand about an important part of American folklore. The town is most famous for its resident groundhog, Phil. Every year he emerges from his burrow and predicts whether there will be six more weeks of winter, or an early spring, based in whether or not he sees his shadow. Meet with a member of the "Inner Circle," a small group of local dignitaries and business leaders who act as Phil's caregivers throughout the year. Cross the border and into Niagara Falls where your hotel overlooks the majestic Horseshoe Falls in all its glory.

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    hotel:Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview (2 nights).
  5. View thundering Niagara Falls during a cruise to the base of the cascades. The region's climate is ideal for wine-making so embark on a night of culinary delights, with a Highlight Dinner at a family-owned winery. Taste their award-winning wines, including ice wine - a regional specialty made from grapes that froze while still on the vine. Sample some of Niagara's local cuisine, created with seasonal ingredients. 

    meal(s):FB, SE
    hotel:Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview.
  6. Continue your discovery of the Mid-Atlantic's unique characteristics with a visit to the ultra-modern Corning Museum of Glass. Learn about the art, history, culture, technology, science, craft and design that tells the riveting story of the museum's single material–glass. Watch master artisans at work as they form the raw material into delicate shapes and figures and sandblast your own keepsake. Later, arrive in Lancaster.
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    hotel:Lancaster Arts.
  7. Roll back in time to explore the rural back roads of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County with a Local Expert. Learn about the traditional agricultural lifestyle of the Amish and the Mennonites, who live much the same as they did when they first settled here over 200 years ago. Then it's on to Philadelphia where in the evening, your Tour Director offers you a selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.
    meal(s):FB, DA
    hotel:Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing.
  8. Walk in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. Amid ‘America's Most Historic Square Mile'; view Independence Hall, visit the Liberty Bell and enjoy some time on your own to explore Independence National Historic Park. Then it's on to New York City. In the afternoon, enjoy a harbour cruise for glittering views of Manhattan's skyline, Ellis Island and the towering Statue of Liberty. The evening is at leisure. Your hotel is located in the heart of Times Square and the Broadway theatre district.
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    hotel:New York Marriott Marquis (2 nights).
  9. Take a bite of the Big Apple on a tour of the city's highlights with a Local Expert. See the towering Empire State Building, the mirrored peak of the iconic Chrysler Building and expansive Central Park, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Then ascend to the Top of the Rock, the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Building, for a sweeping view of the skyscrapers, parks, rivers and urban canyons that make up the teeming isle of Manhattan. At night, join your Tour Director for a lively Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant and toast to new friends and fantastic memories.
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    hotel:New York Marriott Marquis.
  10. Bid farewell this morning and take your complimentary transfer to JFK, Newark International Airports or La Guardia Airport for your flight home.
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Meal Summary

1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 9 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 1 Dine-Around (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD)

Included Highlights

Signature Experiences

  • Washington, D.C.: Your ‘monumental' guided tour includes the Lincoln Memorial and WWII Memorial.
  • Gettysburg: Gain a deeper understanding of the infamous battle–a major turning point in the Civil War.
  • Niagara Falls: Greet the howling spray, wind and thunder at the base of the falls aboard your cruise.
  • Corning: At the ultra-modern Corning Museum of Glass, watch artisans at work and sandblast your own keepsake.
  • Lancaster: Step back in time to gain a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Pennsylvania Amish.
  • New York: View Manhattan's skyscrapers, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty from your harbour cruise.
  • New York: Enjoy sweeping skyline views from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Washington, D.C.: See the The White House and Capitol.
  • Niagara Falls: Browse the shops and galleries of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • Philadelphia: View Independence Hall and visit the Liberty Bell. Explore the Independence National Historic Park.

New York: During your guided tour see the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Central Park.

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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,350.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $103 per person.

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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls Helicopter Flightseeing

Adult Price: $121.00 | Child Price: $75.00

Enjoy an exhilarating and scenic helicopter flight and experience the views of the awe-inspiring Niagara Region as you gently lift off over the Whirlpool Rapids and Rainbow Bridge. See the green grass and floral beauty of Queen Victoria Park stretch below you as the helicopter passes by the American Falls and Skylon Tower. Follow the curve of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and see rainbows magically appear and disappear. This is a ride you do not want to miss! Operates daily, weather permitting. Subject to weather conditions.

Washington

Washington Illumination Tour

Adult Price: $39.00 | Child Price: $39.00

You’ll be wowed by this illuminated overview of the nation’s capital city at night! See the Capitol, the White House and the Jefferson Memorial. Visit the Kennedy Center for a rooftop walk and end the evening at the Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial. (Stops are subject to weather and local restrictions).

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