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Great East Coast Cities

Statue of Liberty, New York
8 Days from $2,474 per person

The White House, Liberty Bell and Times Square – see some of the United States' most famous landmarks in this gentle discovery of great American cities.

 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… passing through sculpted iron gates on your way to look around Cornelius Vanderbilt's palatial mansion in Newport – the socialite called it his ‘cottage'. And, of course, it's seeing the iconic sights of Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

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  1. Welcome to Washington, D.C. Your leisurely exploration of America's favorite East Coast metropolises begins in the nation's capital. Get settled at your hotel and step out on your own to get acquainted with the city. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.
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    hotel:Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown
  2. Immerse yourself in the proud heritage of a nation today as you join a Local Specialist to view the White House, the striking Washington Monument and the sprawling National Mall. Reflect on the country's most turbulent days at the Lincoln Memorial and the somber World War II Memorial. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to chart your own course through America's capital city. Visit one of the Smithsonian Institution's renowned museums or stroll around Dupont Circle, designed by Pierre Charles L'Enfant just after the Civil War.
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  3. Travel up the Atlantic seaboard to the City of Brotherly Love where you can walk in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin. View Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and enjoy some time on your own to explore Independence National Historic Park. Then it's on to New York City. Take it easy or venture out to the pulsating streets of Times Square before dinner at a Manhattan restaurant.
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    hotel:New York Hilton Midtown
  4. Take a bite out of the Big Apple today on a tour of the city's highlights with a Local Specialist. 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. Visit Battery Park with views of the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France. Then ride the elevator 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. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy—take in a Broadway show, visit the American Museum of Natural History, or just explore the bustling streets, soaking up the atmosphere of one of the world's greatest cities.
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  5. Enjoy an entire day on your own in the city that never sleeps. From the shops on 5th Avenue, including the famous Tiffany's featured in Audrey Hepburn's iconic role in Breakfast at Tiffany's, to the moving National September 11 Memorial and Museum, the possibilities are endless.
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  6. Make your way from New York to another iconic city of New England, Boston. On your way, stop in Newport, the beautiful seaside town and one time destination for the Vanderbilts, Astors and Carnegies. See the rows of mansions along Ocean Drive before touring The Breakers, the 70-room Italianate palace Cornelius Vanderbilt called his "cottage." Arrive in Boston, awash in history, from the Old North Church—made famous in Longfellow's poem about Paul Revere's midnight ride—to the Cambridge campus of Harvard University, the nation's oldest institute of higher learning, founded just a few years after Boston itself.
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    hotel:Boston Marriott Copley Place
  7. Explore Boston on your own today. Rise early and hit the streets—or sleep late and enjoy a leisurely breakfast with a copy of the Boston Globe. Later, get to know Boston beer, a Cultural Insight, with a tour and tasting at a local brewery. Explore many of the city's most famous sights. Stroll the green spaces of the Boston Common and take a summertime ride on one of the famous Swan Boats in the Public Garden, get lucky enough to catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, or discover the continental art collection at the lovely Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, designed to resemble a 15th century Venetian palace. Tonight, raise a glass with your newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.
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  8. This morning, say farewell to "The City on a Hill". A transfer is provided to Boston Logan International Airport or choose to extend your stay in Boston.
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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

7 nights' accommodations, 7 full breakfasts, 3 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Cultural Insight

  • Visit a local brewery in Boston for a tour and tasting.

Local Specialist

  • Joining you in Washington, D.C. to view some of the most historic buildings and at iconic sites in New York City.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Washington, D.C. and New York City
  • Orientation of Boston
  • Visit Independence National Park, Battery Park, "Top of the Rock" and Newport, Rhode Island
  • View the Liberty Bell, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and the Statue of Liberty

Optional Add-Ons

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.

Boston

"Hahvahd" Walking Tour

Adult Price: $32.00 | Child Price: $32.00

Come along for an enlightening tour of "Hahvahd", the beautiful and historic campus of one of the world’s premiere educational institutions. Led by actual current students, you will be entertained and inspired with stories about Harvard history and personal experiences in the University they call home. While exploring the campus, you’ll learn about Harvard history, including the untold stories and lore of Harvard University, and Harvard culture - stories and tips from current students about what it's like to live and study at Harvard. Walk around the famous Harvard Yard – including Old Yard and New Yard – and view historic buildings including Harvard Lampoon, Memorial Hall, Sever Hall, the 320,000-squarefoot Widener Library, home to three million volumes; the Harvard Memorial Church, honoring Harvard’s men and women who gave their lives during World War I; Massachusetts Hall, the oldest surviving building at Harvard College and one-time dormitory to US Founding Fathers John Adams, John Hancock and Samuel Adams; and the John Harvard Statue, honoring the university’s first benefactor.

New York

Liberty Helicopters Big Apple

Adult Price: $254.00 | Child Price: $254.00

New York City isn’t called the “Big Apple” for nothing!! This very popular tour provides awe inspiring views of the Big Apple’s most iconic landmarks. As you soar above the famous Hudson River you will fly right by the magnificent Statue of Liberty in all of her glory. Highlights include views of Governors and Ellis Islands, Manhattan’s Financial District and the New Freedom Tower, the Empire State, Chrysler, Woolworth and Met Life Buildings, USS Intrepid and catch a glimpse of Central Park. Approximately 12-15 minutes. Subject to weather conditions, availability and pricing may increase for high season after September.

New York

Zephyr Statue of Liberty Express Cruise

Adult Price: $28.00 | Child Price: $28.00

There’s no better way to see the Statue of Liberty! Climb aboard for this 60-minute cruise and take advantage of the elegant amenities inside while admiring the spectacular sights outside. Narrated by informative and wildly entertaining guides, this tour will cruise by the legendary landmarks of downtown and pause at the feet of Lady Liberty. Capture perfect pictures from the breezy sundeck or from the climate-controlled inside. It’s an unforgettable experience!

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).

Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
25 May 17 1 Jun 17 checkmark $2,725$2,521pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
$2,725 $2,521 pp
15 Jun 17 22 Jun 17 checkmark $2,725$2,521pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
$2,725 $2,521 pp
13 Jul 17 20 Jul 17 checkmark $2,675$2,474pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
$2,675 $2,474 pp
17 Aug 17 24 Aug 17 $2,675$2,474pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
$2,675 $2,474 pp
7 Sep 17 14 Sep 17 checkmark $2,775$2,567pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
$2,775 $2,567 pp
28 Sep 17 5 Oct 17 checkmark $2,775$2,567pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
$2,775 $2,567 pp

Crossovers: These departures will operate per the 2016 brochure; hotels and inclusions may vary.

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 $1,295.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $80 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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