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Landscapes of Eastern Canada and USA

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15 Days from $2,150 per person

Compare the cultures, sights and sounds of the east coast's most powerful and historic cities to the European charm and old worldly feel of French Canada. 

This lively trip also takes you through the peaceful Dutch farmlands of Pennsylvania and passed the roaring Niagara Falls: a recipe for an exhilarating east coast adventure.

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  1. Welcome to New York City. Get settled in at your hotel before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.
    hotel:The Excelsior
  2. Enjoy a guided tour of New York City with a Local Specialist. Venture south to Philadelphia to explore Independence National Historical Park. Visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both signed. The rest of the day is free.
    hotel:Vacation Inn Philadelphia - Cherry Hill
  3. Drive to Washington, D.C., the nation's capital, where a Local Specialist takes you on a guided sightseeing tour of many of the city's famous landmarks and monuments. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please.
    hotel:Wyndham Garden Washington, D.C. North BW Parkway
  4. Enjoy a full day at leisure to continue exploring the capital city. Whether you want to delve into American history or visit the Smithsonian, your Travel Director will be happy to help you plan your day. 

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  5. Enter Pennsylvania Dutch farm country, one of the largest settlements of Amish people. Join a Local Specialist to learn about the culture and way of life of the Amish people. This evening, why not join an optional Amish family-style dinner featuring traditional Amish fare?
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    hotel:Wingate by Wyndham Lancaster/PA Dutch Country
  6. Head northwest, crossing western New York State along a portion of the Susquehanna River and through the Appalachian Mountains before crossing the border into Canada and arriving in Niagara Falls late afternoon.
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    hotel:Best Western Plus Cairn Croft
  7. Of all the natural wonders east of the Mississippi, Niagara Falls is perhaps the greatest. See the Canadian and American sides of the falls this morning as you cruise to the base of Horseshoe Falls. The afternoon is free to relax or explore further. Perhaps partake in an optional excursion to Niagara-on-the-Lake including a visit to a local ice winery followed by dinner and a show.
  8. Travel north through the rich farmlands and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula, before arriving in Toronto. The rest of the day and evening are yours to do as you please; perhaps join an optional dinner at the CN Tower, rising high above the city.
    hotel:Chelsea
  9. In Kingston, board a scenic cruise for an introduction to the unique sights and heritage in the famous Thousand Islands National Park region of the St. Lawrence River. Head to Ottawa where you will enjoy an orientation tour to view the city's most famous landmarks. The rest of the day is free.
    hotel:Days Inn Downtown
  10. As you enter the French-speaking province of Quebec, you'll notice the change in language and traditions. Arrive in Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its narrow cobblestone streets and stone buildings it exudes a strong European feel.
    hotel:Classique, Sainte Foy
  11. Join a Local Specialist on an exploration of Old Quebec, the historic heart of French Canada. Learn about the city's history and culture while strolling past its many attractions. The afternoon and evening are yours to do as you please.
  12. This morning, a traditional Iconic Breakfast is served at Erabliere le Chemin du Roy. Enjoy breakfast at this Cabane a Sucre (Sugar Shack) while learning how maple syrup is harvested and used for various other maple products. Travel through the French Canadian countryside to Montreal, Canada's liveliest city. On arrival, embark on an orientation tour of the city with a Local Specialist. This evening is free.
    meal(s):Iconic Breakfast
    hotel:Sandman Montreal - Longueuil
  13. Cross the border back into the United States and journey among Vermont's scenic White Mountains through groves of maples—a spectacular sight in autumn—and through New Hampshire where you'll view the State Capitol in Concord before arriving in Boston, Massachusetts.
    hotel:Vacation Inn Express, Saugus
  14. Your morning sightseeing tour introduces you to the famous Freedom Trail, a historic path winding its way through 350 years of history. See Old North Church and Paul Revere's House; stop at bustling Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market and Boston Harbor, site of the Tea Party and home to Old Ironsides. The afternoon is free to explore on your own.
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  15. Bid farewell to your Travel Director and travel companions as your trip comes to an end.
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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 $995.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $158 per person.

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • Enjoy a guided tour of New York with a Local Specialist
  • Embark on a sightseeing tour of the city
  • Visit some of the city's most famous landmarks with a Local Specialist
  • Learn about the Amish culture and way of life with a Local Specialist
  • View the Canadian and U.S. sides of the falls aboard a cruise
  • Sightseeing includes the harbourfront, Queen's Park, Ice Hockey Hall of Fame, Yorkville and Chinatown
  • Board a scenic cruise through the Thousand Islands National Park region
  • View some of the city's well-known landmarks like Parliament Hill and Rideau Hall
  • Iconic Breakfast at a traditional Cabane a Sucre (Sugar Shack) where you'll learn how maple syrup harvested and turned into other maple products
  • Explore Old Quebec and other famous sites of the city with a Local Specialist
  • Sightseeing includes the Freedom Trail, Old North Church, Paul Revere's House, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market and historic Boston Harbor

Reviews

Sunday, October 15, 2017
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Service rating : All of our questions were answered quickly and in a friendly manner. We were prepared to have a great vacation.....and we did!
Vacation : The tour was a wonderful experience! Only item we believe needs to be corrected is in the description of the Lancaster PA Amish buggy ride option......it was not a "buggy" but a specially designed "wagon" ride. So sad that tourists were not given the option of having their photo taken with a real "buggy", even without a horse and by standing beside the "buggy" rather than the "wagon".
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about this disappointment but happy that you enjoyed the trip overall.  Thank you for taking the time to write.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • 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. 

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.

Bird-In-Hand

The Amish Buggy Ride

Adult Price: $13.00 | Child Price: $13.00

Enjoy a ride through the Amish countryside on a horse-drawn wagon. You never know what you may see on the back roads during this 20-25 minute ride, be it children at recess at the one-room school, farmers plowing or harvesting with mules and horses, Amish roadside businesses, cows heading to the barn for milking, or Amish homes with the flowers and gardens. Travel as the Amish travel, and watch the world go by at a slower pace in the oldest Amish settlement in the world.

Bird-In-Hand

The Amish Family Meal

Adult Price: $42.00 | Child Price: $42.00

The Amish Home Meal is an all you can PA Dutch family style meal that is prepared at the kitchen of the Restaurant at Hershey Farm and is transported to the Lil Country Store and Miniature Horse Farm which is the homestead of Henry and Linda Stoltzfus and their family.  The family, who is Old Order Amish, then serves and interacts with you during the meal which is served in the “dawdi” house (grandparents’ house). You may also shop in the little store to purchase Amish made products and visit in the barn with the miniature horses!

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.

Boston

Boston Harbor Cruise

Adult Price: $27.00 | Child Price: $23.00

We’ll regale you with hero tales of the Revolutionary War and local legends of the sea on this fully narrated 90-minute tour through Boston's inner and outer harbors. Learn how the harbor was transformed into one of the cleanest waterways in the country. Other highlights include the nation's oldest continuously manned lighthouse, the Harbor Islands National Park, Boston's working port and examples of extravagant waterfront living.

Niagara Falls

Oh Canada Eh Dinner and Show

Adult Price: $73.00 | Child Price: $73.00

The original all-Canadian musical experience! Located in Niagara Falls, the award-winning Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show has entertained over 800,000 guests from around the world and is the seven-time winner of Niagara Falls Tourism's Attraction of the Year. Our two hour show features all-Canadian music; from maritime folk songs to modern pop. Come meet our singing Mountie, Hockey Player, Anne of Green Gables, Klondike Kitty and more. Full of laughs, this musical celebration of Canada will delight audiences of all ages. While you're enjoying the show, our performers serve our famous all-Canadian, family-style meal: French Canadian Pea Soup, Garden Salad, Fresh Bread, Alberta Grade Eh? Roast Beef, Lightly Battered and Fried Atlantic Haddock, Manitoba Roast Chicken, New Brunswick Vegetable Medley, PEI Potatoes and Maple Chocolate Cake for dessert. At what other restaurant are you served your dinner by a singing Mountie? A new, re-imagined version of the Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show is now on stage. This highenergy production features over 65 songs from all-Canadian artists including music from Celine Dion, the Bare Naked Ladies, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne & Paul Anka.

Niagara Falls

Niagara on the Lake excursion with Ice Wine Tasting

Adult Price: $25.00 | Child Price: $25.00

"Often touted as one of Ontario’s most beautiful towns, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a quaint little town of 15,000 people, nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario where the Niagara River opens out into the lake. This beautiful and historic town used to be home for Ontario’s parliament and it has the distinction of having the world’s first anti-slavery law passed here in 1793. The architecture dates back to when the town was originally known as Newark - the first capital of Upper Canada in 1792. Niagara-on-the-lake offers many interesting attractions on the main street and surrounding area. Take a walk up and down the main street, admire the colonial architecture and explore the many rustic shops and eateries of this historic town. Some highlights on the main street are the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Greaves Jams & Marmalades, boutique ice cream shops and many other little family run boutique shops and cafes. The climate and conditions in the Niagara region make it one of the best areas in Canada for growing fruit and making wines, so we visit a boutique winery to learn about and taste the famous “Icewine.” Elegant, silky, lush, decadent - wine critics wear out thesauruses describing Icewine. Year after year, the Icewines made by the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake take the top awards at competitions around the globe. "

Philadelphia

Dinner at Historic City Tavern & Guided Walking Tour of Old Town

Adult Price: $77.50 | Child Price: $77.50

Old Town Philadelphia, the historic center of this great city, is best seen by foot. Come join us for a walking tour around the streets where the American nation was born. Step back in time with our knowledgeable guide to see where Betsy Ross created the first American Flag, Carpenter’s Hall where the First Continental Congress met in 1774, the site of Benjamin Franklin’s home, the First Bank of the United States and much more. We end the tour with a three-course dinner at the historic City Tavern, a favorite meeting place of many of the Founding Fathers, and often called the unofficial site of the First Continental Congress.

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).

Quebec City

Evening on Ile D' Orleans and Montmorency Falls

Adult Price: $66.00 | Child Price: $66.00

Join us for a special evening on the Ile d’Orleans. Located a few miles east of downtown Quebec in the St. Lawrence River, the “Island of Orleans” was one of the first areas occupied by early French colonists. Gaze upon the towering Montmorency Falls; higher than the Niagara Falls, the impressive Montmorency Falls stand 83 meters (272 feet) tall. The falls form at the mouth of the Montmorency River, where it drops over a cliff into the St. Lawrence River. Then travel through the rolling farmlands to the south side of the island and stop for a dinner at Le Moulin de Saint-Laurent Restaurant with renowned Chef Martin Pronovost, who has been nominated for a Crystal Award in the category `Canadian Chef of the Year` in both 2010 and 2011. Passionate about food and with an eye and ear always looking toward trends, culinary innovation remains a continual objective. To that end, with abundant creativity, Martin prepares meals with great passion and the result is a flavorful table for you to discover.

Toronto

CN Tower Admissions & 360 Restaruant

Adult Price: $93.00 | Child Price: $93.00

Since the CN Tower opened in 1974, Canadians and tourists from around the world have made the trip to Toronto to celebrate this marvel of civil engineering. At 1,815 feet (553.33 meters) tall, the award-wining communications and observation tower was formerly designated the world’s tallest freestanding structure (surpassed in 2009 by a Dubai skyscraper.) Your admission gives you access to the Lookout Level for panoramic views as well as the Glass Floor where you can peer straight down 1,122 feet (342 meters). Dine at the 360 Restaurant, acclaimed for its exquisite cuisine, exceptional service, and spectacular selection of local and International wines. Guests enjoy a panoramic tour of the city as the restaurant completes one full revolution in 72 minutes.

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