Eastern USA & Canada Escape (incl. New York)- XEUN
Number of Days: 15
Kick off with two full days in the Big Apple, enjoying ample time to explore NYC! We then take to the road and tick off must-see destinations like Newport, Boston, Detroit and Pittsburgh and Washington. After this, we cross the border to Canadian destinations like Quebec city, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and the iconic Niagara Falls. You'll get true insider experiences like tasting maple syrup in Toronto, visiting JFK's house in Washington and taking in the splendour of the White Mountain National Forest.
North America is one of the world’s ultimate travel destinations. The itinerary has been carefully designed to combine organised experiences with free days in New York, Boston, Quebec City and Washington, so you can tailor your vacation how you like it.
DAY 1: Arrive in New York City
New York, New York! Welcome to the Big Apple! Today is your first day in New York City and it's yours to explore and start your planning your time here - you have two full free days to experience the city!
Arrive in New York, check in to your hotel and enjoy the delights of the Big Apple!DAY 2: New York City - Free dayYou have the entire day to explore New York, one of the major commercial and financial centers in the world! Make time for main attractions like Times Square, Broadway and the Empire State Building! Hop on a bus to the 9/11 memorial, cross the Brooklyn Bridge and drinking a famous Starbucks coffee. There's also the breathtaking Statue of Liberty. Ferries depart from the New York harbour and from here you can see one of the most iconic skylines in all of America. Feel like taking the road less travelled? Walk around the Lower East side in Manhattan, or the more residential Upper West Side. Here attractions like Central Park and the Natural History Museum await! Remember to taste iconic New York dishes like New York Pizza, corn dogs or a bagel with cream cheese. Interesting fact: the cost of a single subway ride will be the same as a slice of pizza. It’s been nearly equal for 50 years!DAY 3: New York City - Free dayDay three in New York and still truckloads to see! Travel by movie locations if you wish, New York is one of the most famous filming locations in the world. Grand Central Terminal where movies like Superman, The Avengers and TV series like Gossip Girl were filmed. Want to go shopping? Head to Madison Avenue for luxurious designer shops or Union Square, one of the hottest shopping and eating areas. If you have time left, stroll just a few blocks north and make your way to Broadway to experience the musical mecca of America. New York is home to numerous theatres and claims to be the 'home of musicals'!
New York truly never sleeps and the bars are open till the small hours of the morning! Your visit to the Big Apple will be a memorable one no matter how you spend it, you can bet on it!
DAY 4: New York City, NY - Newport, RI - Boston, MA
We hope you enjoyed your New York vacation, because today we meet up with your tour leader and fellow travellers, wave the Big Apple goodbye and make our way to Boston. En route to the next leg of our Eastern US & Canada tour our first stop is in Newport in the state of Rhode Island. This oceanside town has a fascinating history. It started out as a vital port in the 1600s and became a haven for artists. Since then it has become a popular US holiday destination and is now home to the US Naval War College. After some free time for lunch we drive through the state of Connecticut towards Boston. Once we've checked in at our hotel, your tour leader will accompany you on a driving tour of Boston. You'll see a few famous landmarks, like Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. At the welcome dinner this evening you'll have the opportunity to really get to know all your fellow travellers.
Visit Newport: We enjoy some free time for lunch in this lovely seaside town with its unique New England charm.
Driving tour of Boston: We hit the streets in our tour bus to see some of Boston's most famous sights.
Welcome dinner: Enjoy your first meal with the rest of your tour group and Expat Explore tour leader.DAY 5: Boston, MA - Free dayToday you have a free day in Boston to explore the capital of Massachusetts. You can make your own way or chat to your tour leader about optional outings, including a hop-on hop-off bus tour, which offers the most convenient method of getting around the city and visiting its major sights including Beacon Hill, Boston’s most historic and affluent neighborhoods and the 221-feet high Bunker Hill monument that commemorates the first major battle of the American Revolution.Optional Excursions
DAY 6: Boston, MA - Cannon Mountain, NH - Quebec City, QCCheers Boston! Today our USA tour crosses over into Canada via the White Mountain National Forest. Before leaving the States we'll stop over at Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire. Here our group takes the aerial tramway all the way up the mountain. From this vantage point we can see as far as New York, Maine and Vermont. Get your cameras ready, this calls for a photo or two! After crossing into Canada we make straight for the country's only walled town - Quebec City. We make a quick stop at the hotel and then set out on foot to explore the city. Our walking tour takes us all over. You will see Old Quebec, an important UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other historical places of interest include Chateau Frontenac and the Quebec fortifications. After the tour, continue to explore by yourself and then meet up with the group for an included dinner this evening.
White Mountain National Forest drive. This scenic area hugs the striking White Mountains throughout Maine and New Hampshire.
Scale Cannon Mountain. We catch a ride to the top via the aerial tramway to gaze out over no less than four US states.
Guided tour of Quebec City. Our Canadian tour kicks off with a lovely tour that features Quebec City's best-loved sights.
Visit Old Quebec. An historic part of the city that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.DAY 7: Quebec City, QC - Free dayA Canadian tour isn’t complete without lots of opportunity for personal exploration. Today we're giving you an entire day to see Quebec at your own pace. There are plenty of outdoor activities and cultural destinations to discover. Feel like a bit of day trip? Speak to your tour leader about outings to the Ile D' Orleans and Montmorency Falls. Or just follow your nose & see where you end up!Optional Excursions
DAY 8: Quebec City, QC - Montreal, QC - Ottawa, ONThat's it for Quebec! The next stop on our Canada holiday is Ottawa, the country's capital. Along the way, we'll make a stop in Old Montreal, with some free time for lunch. Now is a good time to try a local delicacy. We highly recommend some piping hot poutine - French fries topped with gravy and cheese curd (yum!). Arriving in Ottawa, we'll make a stop at the hotel and then go on a walking tour of the city. Your tour leader will introduce you to Parliament Hill and some other famous landmarks.
Experience Old Montreal. Next, our Canadian tour takes us to Old Montreal. We stop in this charming, historic city with some free time for lunch.
Getting to know Ottowa. Today we also encounter the country's capital. When we arrive, your tour leader will accompany you on an orientation walk.
DAY 9: Ottawa, ON - McDonalds Corners, ON - Toronto, ONToday our Eastern US & Canada tour takes us to Toronto via McDonalds Corner. This is where we'll stop for a tasting and demo of one of the country's biggest exports - maple syrup. Did you know that Canada sends 9.4 million+ litres of this popular waffle topping into the world each year? When we've settled in at our Toronto hotel, your tour leader will take you on a city centre orientation tour. Get your bearings and set off on your own to explore this evening.
ExperiencesMaple syrup sampling & demo. If there is one thing Canada is famous for, it's maple syrup. We stop to taste some & learn more about the sapping process.
Toronto city centre tour. When we arrive in Toronto, your trusty tour leader will take you on an orientation tour of the Toronto core.Optional Excursions
DAY 10: Toronto, ON - Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON - Niagara Falls, ONYou cannot call a Canada holiday complete without a Niagara Falls experience. Today we leave the shores of Great Lake Ontario to travel to these famous falls. Along the way, we'll break with free time for lunch at Niagara-on-the-Lake. This is a great time to sample some Canadian ice wine. Next up - the majestic Horseshoe Falls! Once we've booked into our Niagara Falls hotel, the evening is yours. There is the option to join in on an organised boat tour to the falls, or you make your own way. Stroll along Clifton Hill, visit a casino or go see the falls at night - it's up to you.
ExperiencesSample ice wine. Think you know all about wine? Wait until you try a dessert wine made from grapes that froze naturally on the vine. It's sweet, fiery and delicious.
Comfort stop at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Situated on the shores of grand Lake Ontario, this small town is as charming as they come.
Encounter the iconic Horseshoe Falls. This waterfall is one of the three bodies of water that collectively form Niagara Falls.Optional Excursions
DAY 11: Niagara Falls, ON - Detroit, MIToday our Canada & USA tour takes us back to the States. After waving Canada goodbye, we're off to Detroit. This tough, gritty city is known for American Motown music and muscle cars. Although Detroit was hit badly by the great recession, it didn't take the beating lying down. This is a city that reinvents itself. Your tour leader will accompany you on a driving/walking tour when we arrive. Learn more about Detroit and its fascinating history, before enjoying an included dinner.
ExperiencesA walking/driving tour on Detroit's Rise, Fall & Renewal. Follow a proud local on a tour of their home town. Detroit may be in financial dire straits, but it's still as vibrant as ever. See restored buildings & learn more about renewal plans for the future.
DAY 12: Detroit, MI - Cleveland, OH - Pittsburgh, PANext, our US holiday takes us to Pittsburgh via Cleveland. We stop over in the 'rock 'n roll capital of the world'. Time to try some American roadside cuisine! We recommend the Polish Boy. This famous sandwich is a delicious combination of bun, grilled kielbasa sausage, chips & coleslaw. We then continue to Pittsburgh. Here we take a ride on the century-old Duquesne Incline that takes us all the way up Mt Washington. From the observation deck at the top you'll be able to see the city and it's three rivers. Tonight is a free night, so you can set out on your own or join the group to enjoy Pittsburgh’s nightlife.
ExperiencesComfort stop in Cleveland, OH. This bustling metropole is home to the stately Cleveland Museum of Art.
A trip on the Duquesne Incline. This historic inclined plane railroad was built in the late-1800s and goes all the way up Mt. Washington.
DAY 13: Pittsburgh, PA - Washington DCThe next stop on our Eastern US & Canada tour is America's proud capital city. We travel east to Washington DC and start our tour of the city immediately. First on the list is Arlington Cemetery and the resting place of the late JFK. After a stop at the hotel, we're off again. Enjoy a ride on the coach and see Washington's most famous landmarks all lit up. The Illumination tour includes after-dark sightings of famous landmarks like the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, the White House and the Pentagon. After this exciting ride, we enjoy dinner at the hotel.
ExperiencesSee Arlington Cemetery. This famous landmark is America's way of honouring the soldiers who died defending their country.
See JFK's final resting place. John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States and one of its best-loved public figures.
Tour DC after dark. See famous buildings like the White House and Washington Monument all lit up.DAY 14: Washington DC - Free dayWashington is a city like no other and today you have the full day to explore it. Check off a few items on your personal bucket list or chat with your tour leader. There are a few optional outings that can be enjoyed through our company. E.g. you could take a ride on the Old Town trolley and see the city's main sights. You get to stay at each stop as long as you like, and catch the next trolley when you're ready. If you really feel like seeing it all, we recommend the Washington DC Explorer Pass. This all-inclusive ticket saves you a lot of money. Ticket holders get access to the Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off tour. This includes famous landmarks and destinations like the National Geographic Museum and Madame Tassauds DC. It also gives you access to bike, kayak and SUP rental. As evening falls, you can join in on another optional outing - the Potomac River cruise. See iconic DC sights like the Washington Monument from the water while you enjoy a delicious buffet. There are also on-board entertainment like interactive games and a DJ.
DAY 15: Washington DC - Philadelphia, PA - New York City, NYToday is the final day of our Eastern US & Canada Tour. We wave DC goodbye and travel to New York via Philadelphia. Enjoy some free time to grab some tasty street food and make your way to explore the Liberty Bell Centre or Independence Hall on foot. Back on the coach, it's off to the Big Apple. Our tour concludes once we arrive in New York City. Hope you had an amazing experience and made memories to last you a lifetime.
Comfort stop in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania’s largest city is known for its rich history. We break with some free time for lunch at the Pennsylvania Convention Centre. From here you can easily visit the Liberty Bell Centre or Independence Hall while you enjoy a bite on the run.
- 14 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
- Services of your tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip.
- 14 breakfasts, 6 dinners
- Local taxes and fees
- Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
- 24 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
- From $4995 per person twin share.