Eastern USA & Canada Escape (incl. New York)

15 Days, 2 Countries. Enjoy 15 Fantastic days exploring the best of the eastern United States and Canada, from dazzling New York to Boston, Washington, Quebec and beyond!
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Summary

This eastern USA & Canada Escape tour is a jam-packed, thrilling tour of the United States and Canada. Join us for 15 days of pure adventure as we cover eight states including New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Massachusetts, and the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario.

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.

Jump on board with Expat Explore and glide across the country in convenience and comfort, soaking up the amazing experiences USA and Canada have to offer!

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Why this Trip

  • All tour dates are guaranteed to depart.
  • No minimum numbers required.
  • All accommodation has free wifi & air-conditioning.
  • Massive early bird savings.
  • Only 10% deposit or minimum $80.00 required and no booking fees.

Itinerary PrintView full Itinerary here

Start in: New York City

New York, from 14:00 hrs
End in: New York City

New York, TBC
Duration: 15 Days
Ages: 10 - 75+
Places: 2 Countries
24 Experiences

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!

DAY 2: New York City - Free day

You 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 day

Day 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 Expat Explore 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 Expat Explore 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.

DAY 5: Boston, MA - Free day

Today you have a free day in Boston to explore the capital of Massachusetts. You can make your own way or chat to your Expat Explore 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.

DAY 6: Boston, MA - Cannon Mountain, NH - Quebec City, QC

Cheers 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.

DAY 7: Quebec City, QC - Free day

A 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 Expat Explore tour leader about outings to the Ile D' Orleans and Montmorency Falls. Or just follow your nose & see where you end up!

DAY 8: Quebec City, QC - Montreal, QC - Ottawa, ON

That'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.

DAY 9: Ottawa, ON - McDonalds Corners, ON - Toronto, ON

Today 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.

DAY 10: Toronto, ON - Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON - Niagara Falls, ON

You 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.

DAY 11: Niagara Falls, ON - Detroit, MI

Today 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 Expat Explore 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.

DAY 12: Detroit, MI - Cleveland, OH - Pittsburgh, PA

Next, 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.

DAY 13: Pittsburgh, PA - Washington DC

The 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 Expat Explore 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.

DAY 14: Washington DC - Free day

Washington 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 Expat Explore 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, NY

Today 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.


Tour Accommodation


* Please note that we do use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here

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What's Included

  • 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 Expat tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip. You can also book any of the optional excursions available during your tour with your tour leader – please see the 'Essential Information' tab for more details.
  • 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)
  • Free Expat Explore tour souvenir – a memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip.

Optional Excursions

Optional excursions are payable in cash currency to your tour leader whilst on tour.
  • Hop-on, hop-off bus tour
  • Historic Quebec half-day trip
  • CN Tower
  • Niagara Falls cruise
  • Sunset dinner cruise
  • Philly From The Top

Return customers get 10% off!

If you have traveled with us before you qualify for a 10% rebate. To claim your rebate, simply type your previous Booking Number in the "Special Notes" box at the final Payment step of the checkout. 

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How we make awesome trips affordable

  • No intermediary: You book directly from the tour operator so you don't have to pay any travel agent.
  • As a Europe leading bus tour operator we have 11 years of experience finding the best hotels for your budget and continuously optimizing our selection based on customer feedback.
  • We book our hotels well in advance so we get early bird rates that we can pass on to you!
  • Thanks to the great number of people who travel with us each year, we can negotiate great deals that would be quite impossible for you to find on your own.

Detailed Info Pack

  • Tour start & end points
  • Pre-departure information
  • Pre-tour accommodation

For more information on, starting points & times, emergency contact details, budgeting for your tour & much more you can download our information pack here.

Helpful Pre-Trip Info

Visa

Most nationalities will require pre-arranged visas or Electronic System for Travel Authorization's (ESTA's) for the USA and Canada for this tour. Please see our visas page for more information. It is your responsibility to contact the relevant embassy to confirm your visa requirements. Where a visa is required Expat Explore can provide support documentation upon request - please contact us for more information.

On tour costs

Please refer to the tour itinerary for full details of the activities and meals that are included in the tour cost, and those which are optional/extra. We would recommend budgeting $50-75 per day (this excludes optional excursions, see the essential tour information page for details and prices).

Room Sharing

Please note, by default all rooms are twin bed rooms.

  • Partners: When you book for more than one person, we will by default group you together in a room (unless you specifically request us not to). If you are unequal numbers (3, 5, 7 etc.) and we are unable to secure a triple room then the the remaining traveler will be roomed with another passenger of the same gender. 
  • Single Travelers: If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.
  • Triple Room requests: We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please contact our customer services team to request a triple room. Please note that in some hotels, the triple may be a double and a single bed, or the third bed may be a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveller of the same gender.

Free-time

In some destinations you will have a full free day, where you can choose to join our optional excursions or explore on your own.

Meeting Point

Your tour starts and finishes in New York City. Please have a look at our essential tour information page for detailed information.

Passport

This should be valid for at least six months after you have returned home from your trip. You should also have at least two blank pages as visas and entry/exit stamps can take up a whole page.

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Have a question?

Are children allowed on your tours?

Our tours are not suitable for children under the age of 10 years old. However, at the discretion of Expat Explore we may consider younger children on certain tours if they meet certain criteria and a request is received in writing via email for consideration. Expat Explore reserves the absolute right to accept or decline a booking at our discretion.

Are flights included?

No, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the meeting destination for the first day of your tour. Make sure you keep departure times and possible delays in mind when booking flights. We recommend Skyscanner for comparing prices from the vast majority of airlines.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

Before the tour starts, you will receive an email from us requesting your dietary requirements. There is always a vegetarian option, which is a meal without meat. We try as much as we can to offer you the traditional local cuisine.

Can you provide a triple room?

We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please contact our customer services team to request a triple room. Please note that in some hotels, the triple room may consist of a double bed and a single bed, or a double bed and a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveller of the same gender.

Can you send me a quote?

The price shown on the website for your departure date on the day you book is the price you will pay. If you would like to make a group booking for 10 or more people please contact us.

Do I need a visa?

Please see our visas page and the pre-departure planning section for more information.

Do I need to change money before the tour?

Please make sure you bring with you for the start of the tour the local currency(ies) you will need for at least the first three days, as there may not be an opportunity to change currency at the very beginning of the tour. You should budget for any optional excursions you wish to do in this period (see 'Optional Excursions' tab above) and non-included meals. We don’t recommend carrying large amounts of cash with you on tour; you are better off withdrawing enough cash to last you for the next 5-7 days, rather than carrying enough cash to last you for the entirety of the tour. Please refer to your pre-departure information for more information on the currencies you will require for your particular itinerary.

Do you have on-tour luggage storage facilities?

No, we do not have these facilities. For security reasons you will be required to keep your belongings with you at all times. Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to bring.

How can I get the documents I need to apply for my visa?

Expat Explore can provide travellers requiring visas with visa support documents on a request basis. Please note that you are required to pay for your tour in full in order to receive the documents. This is an embassy/consulate requirement by law. Once you have received confirmation that your booking has been paid in full, you can request your visa support documents by emailing info@expatexplore.com - please allow up to 10 working days to receive these documents.

How do I book/pay?

You can book online through our website or call our customer service team to make a booking over the phone. You must pay a deposit of 10% or 50 GBP (whichever is greater) via our online payment platform to secure your place. You can pay the remaining amount up to 35 days before departure, with a debit/credit card or with a bank transfer.

How many other people will be on the tour?

It depends on how many other people book! There could be up to 51 other passengers, so you will have the opportunity to make lots of friends!

How much luggage can I bring?

Due to weight and space limitations, you are allowed to bring one main piece of luggage weighing no more than 20kg, and one small soft bag for hand luggage. On all tours, you will have to carry your own luggage (e.g. into hotels and up to your room if hotels don’t have elevators). Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to pack.

Is my deposit refundable?

Your deposit payment secures your place(s) on the tour and the price you pay. Your deposit paid at the time of booking is non-refundable. Our full Terms and Conditions can be viewed online.

Is travel insurance compulsory?

Yes, and you are responsible for arranging your own insurance. Passengers and their personal property travel with Expat Explore solely at their own risk. Please refer to our travel Terms & Conditions for more specific information. For a relatively small price, travel insurance provides you with the peace of mind so that you can enjoy your tour without any worries. To receive a quote from one of our preferred travel insurance partners, please click here

What about room sharing & single supplements?

If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.

What is included in the tour price

The tour price includes accommodation for the duration of the tour; transport by private coach; breakfasts, lunches and dinners as per your itinerary and guided walking tours and excursions as per your itinerary. On top of this, you will have your Expat Explore tour leader to assist you along the way with great tips and handy advice! Please refer to the ‘Included’ section of the itinerary where a full breakdown is given.

What is the average age of your groups?

We have a very wide range of ages on our tours, and do not restrict our passengers to certain age groups or limits. A positive attitude and an open mind are more important than a number!

What level of fitness do I need to participate in these tours?

All travellers are required to carry their own bags, get on and off the coach and use public transport. Our city walking tours can last up to 3 hours and certain places involve walking up and down lots of steps. We want you to enjoy your tour, so read through the itinerary thoroughly and make your own conclusions as to whether you feel that you are fit and healthy enough.

What time does each day start on tour?

Generally, we like to make an early start, so that you can spend more time at each destination. On your free days, you can have a lie in if you wish!

Where does my tour depart from?

Please see the 'Tour Start & End Points' tab at the beginning of the Help Section for more information on the start and end points, and meeting times.

Who will be my tour leader?

Will I get confirmation of my payment?

As soon as your payment has been processed by our accounts team, we will send you a confirmation email. Please note this may take up to 5 working days, depending on your method of payment.
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