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East Coast USA and Canada

14 Day USA & Canada Tour from New York

14 Days
2 Countries

United States, Canada

11 Cities

New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, Lancaster County, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal, Franconia Notch State Park, Boston

20 Meals

1 Welcome Reception, 13 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners, 3 Lunchs

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 48-52
Tour brand Trafalgar

Trafalgar

If you like hassle free travel with everything handled for you – looking to meet great people, eat great food, enjoy great sightseeing, and have immersive experiences, Trafalgar is for you.  From the iconic not-to-be-missed to one-of-a-kind local experiences, including Be-my-Guest dining and stays with stories, you’ll connect deeper to your destination, and every tour has at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER immersive impact experience included advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), offering you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community. As the world’s leading tour company and trusted by more than 5 million guests, Trafalgar tours are simply the best value for your vacation dollar.

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Perfect for history lovers, you’ll connect with the heritage of two nations, exploring Washington D.C.’s White House and Lincoln Memorial, a simpler Amish way of life, strolling Canada's French inspired Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto, and the thunderous Niagara Falls on this East Coast USA and Canada tour.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Greetings From New York City

Take a bite of the Big Apple and you’ll wish you’d had more, as the vision and passion of this vibrant city inspires you to believe your dreams really will come true. Check in to your New York hotel and spend the afternoon exploring its soaring skyline on your terms. This evening, you’ll meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.

The Statue of Liberty in New York, USA
Accommodation New York Hilton Midtown
Included Meals Welcome Reception

Day 2

Explore the Highlights of NYC and Philadelphia

From the iconic to the unexpected, we embark on an orientation tour of the City that Never Sleeps. View the towering Art Deco façades of the Empire State Building, pulsating Times Square and the tranquil mid-city oasis of Central Park. We’ll journey through the Land of the Free to Philadelphia and visit the Liberty Bell Center to gaze upon the famous cracked bell whose inscription has inspired so many to “proclaim liberty”. View Independence Hall, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, before traveling to Washington, D.C.

The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, USA
Accommodation Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C.
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience
New York City Sightseeing

Join a Local Specialist on a guided journey through New York City's iconic sights including the Empire State Building, SoHo, Greenwich Village, Wall Street and Central Park.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience
Independence National Historic Park

Explore the UNESCO-listed Independence National Historic Park and see its famous cracked bell whose inscription has inspired so many to "proclaim l...

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Iconic Experience

Day 3

Immerse Yourself into Historical Washington, D.C.

Celebrate the proud heritage of a nation as you view the memorials and monuments that have made Washington famous. Pass the White House, the U.S. Capitol Building, the Lincoln Memorial, and the World War II and Vietnam War memorials. Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. This is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture and houses over 40, 000 fascinating artifacts.

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C, USA
Accommodation Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C.
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Take guided tour of Washington DC, USA
Washington D.C City Tour and Memorials

Explore the nation's proud heritage today as you view the White House, striking Washington Monument and National Mall, stretching from the Lincoln ...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
National Museum of African American History and Culture

This striking museum has collected more than 40,000 artefacts that reflect history, politics, sports, arts and entertainment. Explore the richness ...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences See the Capitol, the White House and the Jefferson Memorial lit up at night on the Washington Illumination Tour, USA
Washington Illumination Tour

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. Vi...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Potomac River Sightseeing Lunch Cruise

With the sunshine reflecting off the Potomac, there’s no better place to enjoy an afternoon in Washington, D.C. than aboard a Spirit lunch cruise. ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Engage in the Stories of Amish Country

Journey into the rural back roads of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County with a Local Specialist today, immersing yourself in the traditional agricultural lifestyle of the Amish and the Mennonites, who live much the same they did when they first settled here over 200 years ago. This evening enjoy a hearty Regional Dinner, and try your hand at making your own whoopie pies for dessert.

Man on horse and cart in Lancaster County, USA
Accommodation The Inn At Leola Village
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Learn about Amish traditions at Plain & Fancy Farm near Lancaster, USA
Amish Culture and Traditions

Inside the Homestead at Plain & Fancy Farm, you learn of Amish traditions and practices, plain clothing and life without electricity from the g...

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Dive Into Culture

Trafalgar Difference Enjoy a Stays with Stories experience at The Inn at Leola Village, Leola, Pennsylvania, USA
Inn at Leola Village

Pennsylvania’s Amish Country springs to life at the Inn at Leola Village. Dating back to 1867, the Inn has served as farmhouse, tobacco farm and ca...

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Trafalgar Difference

Day 5

Discover the Artistry of Glassblowing

We’ll travel north across Pennsylvania’s rural landscapes to the New York State, stopping en route at the Corning Museum of Glass. Witness first-hand the delicate craft of glassblowing and admire the glass artistry on display in its galleries. Later, we’ll cross the Canadian border bound for Niagara Falls.

Glass Blower in The Corning Museum of Glass, USA
Accommodation Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture
Corning Museum of Glass

Visit the Corning Museum of Glass and learn about the art, history, culture, technology, science, and craft that tells the riveting story of the mu...

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Dive Into Culture

Day 6

Take in the Sights and Flavors of Niagara Falls

Experience the rush of cascading waters as you embark on an exhilarating boat ride to the base of Horseshoe Falls, which plunges dramatically into Lake Ontario. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own, contemplating this tremendous force of nature. This afternoon we'll Connect With Locals at Ravine Winery and sample some of Niagara's regional cuisine paired with their delicious vintages at a Be My Guest Experience. Upon returning to Niagara Falls enjoy the remainder of the day as you please.

Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Canada
Accommodation Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest Visit Ravine Winery near Niagara, Ontario, Canada
Farm-to-Table Lunch at Ravine Vineyards

Visit Ravine Winery, a humble and inviting family farm of rustic charm that's more than just a winery. You’ll learn about wine production and susta...

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Canada
Niagara Falls Boat Cruise

Embark on an exhilarating boat ride to the base of Horseshoe Falls, which plunges dramatically into Lake Ontario as you contemplate this tremendous force of nature.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Dine by night at Skylon Tower Restaurant and discover the magic of the Niagara Falls illumination, Canada
Skylon Tower Restaurant

Choose to indulge in a culinary experience at the Summit Suite Buffet Dining Room of Skylon Tower, where casual dining meets distinctive flavors am...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a Helicopter Flightseeing tour over Niagara Falls, Canada
Niagara Falls Helicopter Flightseeing

Enjoy an exhilarating and scenic helicopter flight and experience the views of the awe-inspiring Niagara Region as you gently lift off over the Whi...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Get Expert Hockey Tips and Tricks

Skirt the shores of Lake Ontario and stop in Oakville where you will learn the art of playing hockey like a real Canadian hockey player. Dive Into Culture and embrace Canada's national sport, learning the secrets and superstitions of hockey players as a team staff member walks you through a day in the life of a player. Go inside the players' dressing room and put on the full hockey gear. Grab your stick and it's off onto the ice where you'll soon find out whether you are a lefty or righty, and learn how to score the big goal. Head to Toronto for an introductory tour, the rest of your day is at leisure to explore the city. 

Ice Hockey players in Niagara Falls, Canada
Accommodation Chelsea Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture
Ice Hockey Player Experience

Dive into Culture and embrace Canada's national sport, learning the secrets and superstitions of hockey players as you walk through a day in the li...

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Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Tour Toronto City in Canada
See Toronto

Get ready to unlock the best of Toronto. Tick off all the must-sees including Queens Park, named in 1860 after Queen Victoria, and the bustling dis...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences
CN Tower Admission and Panoramic Views

Opened in 1976, the CN Tower defines the Toronto skyline and remains a celebrated architectural marvel, wonder of the modern world, world-class ent...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Toronto Foodie Walking Tour

This is THE most important food tour to take in Toronto! On this 2-hour food tour, you'll explore downtown Toronto like no other tourist, enjoying ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Explore Ottawa

Today we stop off in Kingston where you can enjoy lunch on your own before heading to Ottawa for an orientation tour of Canada's capital city. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

View of Toronto, Canada
Accommodation Sheraton Ottawa
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Parliament Buildings and tulips in Ottawa, Canada
Ottawa City Sightseeing

Delve into Canada's capital city as you enjoy views of the elegant Gothic buildings of Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor ...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences enjoy-an-ottawa-river-cruise-canada
Ottawa River Cruise

Our Ottawa river cruise offers the finest views along the river. With departures from the Hull Marina in Jacques Cartier Park and the Ottawa Docks,...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Unlock the Traditions of Québec City

Travel to Madohoki Farm for breakfast followed by a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience with a presentation of the Algonquin People including the Friendship dance.
Our love affair with French-speaking Canada continues today as we go on our voyage to Québec City and the UNESCO-listed Old Québec. Immerse yourself in the city’s joie de vivre and romantic 17th-century façades, but not before we have lunch at an authentic Cabane a Sucre (Sugar Shack), a tradition dear to Quebecois.

Parliament Buildings and tulips in Ottawa, Canada
Accommodation Delta Hotels Quebec
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Dive Into Culture Lunch at Cabane a Sucre sugar shack in Quebec, Canada
Quebecois Sugar Shack

Dive into Culture with lunch at an authentic Cabane a Sucre (Sugar Shack), a tradition dear to Quebecois.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Indigenous Cultural Space Guided visit in Quebec, Canada
Mādahòkì Farm Visit

Join your Indigenous Cultural Ambassadors at Mādahòkì Farm for a guided visit that outlines the diversity of First Nations cultures across Canada. ...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Day 10

Wander the Historic Streets of Québec City

Explore Québec City's winding streets and historic sites, joining your Local Specialist for an in-depth discovery of a city that exudes all the charm of old Europe. Delve into Québec City’s French and English military past at the fortified Citadel and the Plains of Abraham, the site of a major colonial battle. The afternoon and evening are yours to explore La Vieille Capitale on your terms.

Chateau Frontenac in Old Quebec City, Canada
Accommodation Delta Hotels Quebec
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience
Quebec City Sightseeing

Join a Local Specialist and explore Quebec City's winding streets and historic sites for an in-depth discovery of a city that exudes all the charm ...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Enjoy dinner in Ile D' Orleans and see Montmorency Falls, Canada
Evening on Ile D' Orleans and Montmorency Falls

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” ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 11

Sample the Flavors of Montréal

Visit a local farmers market outside of Montréal to experience the flavors of the region during a lunch tasting including wine and cider. Meet your Local Specialist and visit Notre-Dame Basilica, the Old Port of Montréal, and Place Jacques Cartier. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Glasses of Beer in Montreal, Canada
Accommodation Le Center Sheraton Montreal
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Dive Into Culture Visit a local farmers market and enjoy a lunch tasting including wine and cider near Montreal, Canada
Montréal Farmers Market

Visit a local farmers market outside of Montreal to Dive into Culture and experience the flavors of the region during a lunch tasting including wine and cider.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Take walking tour of Montreal City, Quebec, Canada
Montreal City Sightseeing

Join a Local Specialist who will introduce you to Montreal, Canada's cultural capital where festivals, art, cuisine and a certain joie de vivre are...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience
Notre Dame Basilica

Discover the history of the first neo-gothic church in Canada as you visit the Notre Dame Basilica. Marvel at its breathtaking architecture and str...

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Iconic Experience

Day 12

Journey to Rustic Franconia Notch

Return to the United States this morning and traverse New Hampshire bound for Boston, one of the oldest cities in America.

Autumn Colours, White Mountain, USA
Accommodation Hilton Boston Park Plaza
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Through Franconia Notch and White Mountains

Enjoy a scenic drive through Franconia Notch, in the heart of the White Mountains. Journey past sugar maple and white birch. Make sure to keep an e...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 13

Engross in the History of Boston

Connect with the living history of Boston this morning, touring the city’s red brick Freedom Trail with stops at the Old North Church and Boston Harbor, the site of the famous Tea Party protest. Spend the rest of the day on your terms. Consider a visit to the bar that inspired the TV show Cheers or stroll through the centuries-old Boston Common. This evening, toast your memorable East Coast experiences at a Farewell Dinner.

Jogger in Boston, USA
Accommodation Hilton Boston Park Plaza
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience
Boston City Sightseeing and Freedom Trail

Discover some of Boston’s most famous sights as you delve into the city’s transformative past. Follow part of the red-brick Freedom Trail that brin...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences
"Hahvahd" Walking Tour

Come along for an enlightening private tour of "Hahvahd", the beautiful and historic campus of one of the world’s premiere educational institutions...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Historic Harbor Cruise

Boston’s inner and outer harbors are awash in legend and lore. Not to mention beauty. On this fully narrated 90-minute tour, we’ll regale you with ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 14

Farewell Boston

Depart Boston today at your leisure.

Street in Boston, USA
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
New York City Sightseeing

Join a Local Specialist on a guided journey through New York City's iconic sights including the Empire State Building, SoHo, Greenwich Village, Wall Street and Central Park.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Independence National Historic Park

Explore the UNESCO-listed Independence National Historic Park and see its famous cracked bell whose inscription has inspired so many to "proclaim l...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Washington D.C City Tour and Memorials

Explore the nation's proud heritage today as you view the White House, striking Washington Monument and National Mall, stretching from the Lincoln ...

See More
Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
National Museum of African American History and Culture

This striking museum has collected more than 40,000 artefacts that reflect history, politics, sports, arts and entertainment. Explore the richness ...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Amish Culture and Traditions

Inside the Homestead at Plain & Fancy Farm, you learn of Amish traditions and practices, plain clothing and life without electricity from the g...

See More
Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Inn at Leola Village

Pennsylvania’s Amish Country springs to life at the Inn at Leola Village. Dating back to 1867, the Inn has served as farmhouse, tobacco farm and ca...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Corning Museum of Glass

Visit the Corning Museum of Glass and learn about the art, history, culture, technology, science, and craft that tells the riveting story of the mu...

See More
Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Farm-to-Table Lunch at Ravine Vineyards

Visit Ravine Winery, a humble and inviting family farm of rustic charm that's more than just a winery. You’ll learn about wine production and susta...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Niagara Falls Boat Cruise

Embark on an exhilarating boat ride to the base of Horseshoe Falls, which plunges dramatically into Lake Ontario as you contemplate this tremendous force of nature.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Ice Hockey Player Experience

Dive into Culture and embrace Canada's national sport, learning the secrets and superstitions of hockey players as you walk through a day in the li...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Toronto

Get ready to unlock the best of Toronto. Tick off all the must-sees including Queens Park, named in 1860 after Queen Victoria, and the bustling dis...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Ottawa City Sightseeing

Delve into Canada's capital city as you enjoy views of the elegant Gothic buildings of Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor ...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Quebecois Sugar Shack

Dive into Culture with lunch at an authentic Cabane a Sucre (Sugar Shack), a tradition dear to Quebecois.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Mādahòkì Farm Visit

Join your Indigenous Cultural Ambassadors at Mādahòkì Farm for a guided visit that outlines the diversity of First Nations cultures across Canada. ...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Quebec City Sightseeing

Join a Local Specialist and explore Quebec City's winding streets and historic sites for an in-depth discovery of a city that exudes all the charm ...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Montréal Farmers Market

Visit a local farmers market outside of Montreal to Dive into Culture and experience the flavors of the region during a lunch tasting including wine and cider.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Montreal City Sightseeing

Join a Local Specialist who will introduce you to Montreal, Canada's cultural capital where festivals, art, cuisine and a certain joie de vivre are...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Notre Dame Basilica

Discover the history of the first neo-gothic church in Canada as you visit the Notre Dame Basilica. Marvel at its breathtaking architecture and str...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Through Franconia Notch and White Mountains

Enjoy a scenic drive through Franconia Notch, in the heart of the White Mountains. Journey past sugar maple and white birch. Make sure to keep an e...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Boston City Sightseeing and Freedom Trail

Discover some of Boston’s most famous sights as you delve into the city’s transformative past. Follow part of the red-brick Freedom Trail that brin...

See More
Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
All transport and transfers shown
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Washington D.C., Amish Country in Lancaster County, Oakville Hockey Academy, Quebec City, Montreal and The Sugar Shack with a Local Specialist 
Discover New York City, Toronto, Ottawa, Boston
Visit The Smithsonian Institution, Ferme Guyon Farmers Market, Notre Dame Basilica, Liberty Bell Center, Corning Museum of Glass, Niagara Falls
View Time Square, the Empire State Building, White House, Lincoln Memorial, Independence Hall
Scenic Cruise Cruise Niagara Falls and embark on an exhilarating boat ride to the base of Horseshoe Fall

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Washington Illumination Tour

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. Vi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Potomac River Sightseeing Lunch Cruise

With the sunshine reflecting off the Potomac, there’s no better place to enjoy an afternoon in Washington, D.C. than aboard a Spirit lunch cruise. ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Skylon Tower Restaurant

Choose to indulge in a culinary experience at the Summit Suite Buffet Dining Room of Skylon Tower, where casual dining meets distinctive flavors am...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Niagara Falls Helicopter Flightseeing

Enjoy an exhilarating and scenic helicopter flight and experience the views of the awe-inspiring Niagara Region as you gently lift off over the Whi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
CN Tower Admission and Panoramic Views

Opened in 1976, the CN Tower defines the Toronto skyline and remains a celebrated architectural marvel, wonder of the modern world, world-class ent...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Toronto Foodie Walking Tour

This is THE most important food tour to take in Toronto! On this 2-hour food tour, you'll explore downtown Toronto like no other tourist, enjoying ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Ottawa River Cruise

Our Ottawa river cruise offers the finest views along the river. With departures from the Hull Marina in Jacques Cartier Park and the Ottawa Docks,...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Evening on Ile D' Orleans and Montmorency Falls

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” ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
"Hahvahd" Walking Tour

Come along for an enlightening private tour of "Hahvahd", the beautiful and historic campus of one of the world’s premiere educational institutions...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Historic Harbor Cruise

Boston’s inner and outer harbors are awash in legend and lore. Not to mention beauty. On this fully narrated 90-minute tour, we’ll regale you with ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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  • Official Languages across USA: English the official language of USA.
  • Currency used in USA: The currency of USA is the American Dollar ($).
  • Capital:: The capital of USA is Washington, DC.
  • Time Zone(s) in USA: Several time zones are used across different regions of the USAs to establish standard time: Eastern Standard Time (EST), Central Standard Time (CST), Mountain Standard Time (MST), Pacific Standard Time (PST), Alaska Standard Time (AKST), Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST). It's important to note that some regions within each time zone may observe daylight saving time, which would result in a one-hour shift during the daylight saving time period.

The climate and weather in the United States vary greatly due to its large size and diverse geography. The country experiences a wide range of climate types, including temperate, Mediterranean, subtropical, arid, and alpine climates. In general, the eastern and central parts of the United States have a humid continental climate, characterized by hot and humid summers, and cold winters. The western coastal regions, such as California and the Pacific Northwest, have a more Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The southern states have a subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and mild winters. The southwestern and western regions, including states like Arizona and Nevada, have a desert or arid climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters. The northernmost parts of the country, particularly Alaska, have a subarctic and alpine climate, with extremely cold winters and cool summers.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Comfortable walking shoes. North and Central America, along with Canada, offer a vast range of terrains. To make the most of your trip, it is vital to pack shoes that can cater to all your activities, from strolling on Hawaii's beaches to dining at a sophisticated restaurant in Toronto.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: From the snowy peaks of the Rockies to the steamy jungles of Costa Rica, you’ll encounter a myriad of climates. To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing. We advise you to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. 
  • Modest attire: In some religious sites, modest clothing is required, so we suggest carrying a shawl or scarf to cover your shoulders or legs when necessary.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

As an American traveler going on a guided tour within the USA, there are a few essential things to know about electricity and adaptors to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. Since you are traveling within the USA, you won't need to worry about voltage and plug type differences. Just pack your electronic devices as you would for any domestic trip, and you'll be all set to enjoy your guided tour in the United States!

  • Voltage and Plug Type: As an American traveler, you won't need a voltage converter or plug adapter for your electronic devices within the country.
  • Compatibility: Since you are traveling within the USA, your electronic devices, such as smartphones, laptops, and camera chargers, should be compatible with the standard voltage and plug type used in the country. You can use your regular chargers and power cords without any issues.
  • Hotels and Accommodations: Most hotels and accommodations in the USA provide electrical outlets compatible with American plugs. You won't need to worry about adaptors or converters within the country.
  • Airports and Public Places: Airports, train stations, and other public places in the USA will have outlets that match the American standard, so you can quickly charge your devices while on the go.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Since you don't have to worry about converting the voltage, you can bring a travel dryer or pack one from home. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in most hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in the USA, especially in major cities and tourist areas.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. 

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are not included or available on tours that operate in the United States and Canada. Guests will be provided local transfer options after booking so they can make their travel arrangements from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while traveling.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include COVID, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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