Tours North America Tours Eastern USA & Canada Escape (incl. New York)

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Summary

Can’t decide between booking a trip to New York or taking east Canada tours? With our Eastern USA & Canada Escape including New York, you can do both! Spend three nights in NYC, with accommodation just outside of Times Square, in the heart of Manhattan! Visit Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, Detroit and Philadelphia. Enjoy free days in Boston, Quebec and Washington D.C. Marvel at breathtaking natural sights like Cannon Mountain, White Mountain National Forest, Horseshoe Falls and more! From New York City to Canada and more, this North America tour has it all. 

Highlights

  • Spend two full days exploring New York City
  • Discover the natural wonder of Niagara Falls
  • Experience the vibrant music culture of Detroit and Cleveland 
  • Cross the border into Canada, visit Quebec City, Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake and more
  • Explore historic cities including Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Start Point

Hotel in New York City | Check-in from 03:00 PM

End Point

Hotel in New York City | 05:00 - 09:00 PM
DAY 1: Start of tour in New York City

New York, New York! Welcome to the Big Apple! Today is the first day in New York City and it's yours to explore as you wish. Check into the accommodation for the next three nights which is located just outside of Times Square, in the heart of the city, making exploring very convenient! Start planning the many adventures to experience over the next two full free days in this exciting city!

Please note: Day 1-3 is unescorted with free time to explore New York City. You will meet up with your tour leader on the morning of Day 4.

DAY 1: Start of tour in New York City

New York, New York! Welcome to the Big Apple! Today is the first day in New York City and it's yours to explore as you wish. Check into the accommodation for the next three nights which is located just outside of Times Square, in the heart of the city, making exploring very convenient! Start planning the many adventures to experience over the next two full free days in this exciting city!

Please note: Day 1-3 is unescorted with free time to explore New York City. You will meet up with your tour leader on the morning of Day 4.

Experiences

Three Nights in New York: Arrive in New York, check in to your hotel just outside of Times Square, in the heart of the city, and enjoy the delights of the Big Apple! Look forward to two full days and three nights in one of the world’s most exciting cities.

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DAY 2: New York City: Free Day

Enjoy the entire day to explore New York, one of the world’s major commercial and financial centres! Make time for main attractions like Times Square, Broadway, the Empire State Building and the breathtaking Statue of Liberty. Take a ferry from the New York harbour and see one of the most iconic skylines in all of America. Top attractions like Central Park and the Natural History Museum await! The choice is yours. Be sure to taste classic New York dishes like New York pizza, corn dogs or a bagel with cream cheese. Fun 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!

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DAY 3: New York City: Free Day

Day three in New York and still so much to see! New York is one of the world’s most famous filming locations. Make a stop at 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. Stroll just a few blocks north to Broadway to experience the musical mecca of America. 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!

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DAY 4: New York City - Newport - Boston

As the New York vacation comes to an end, meet up with your Expat Explore tour leader and fellow travellers this morning. Wave goodbye to the Big Apple and travel to Boston. En route to the next leg of this Eastern US & Canada tour, stop 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, drive through the state of Connecticut towards Boston. Enjoy a welcome dinner with the group tonight.

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Visit Newport: Enjoy some free time for lunch in this lovely seaside town with its unique New England charm. This town was founded in 1639 and became an important port in the colonial era. Since then it has transformed into a bustling artists' community and popular holiday destination. It is also home to the US Naval War College.

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DAY 5: Boston: Free Day

This full day in Boston begins with a driving tour accompanied by your tour leader. Look forward to seeing a few famous landmarks, like Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. Afterwards, enjoy the option of visiting the famous, and very prestigious, Harvard University. The rest of the day is free to explore the capital of Massachusetts! A good way to get around the city is by taking the hop-on hop-off bus tour, which is very convenient and visits major sights including Beacon Hill, Boston’s most historic and affluent neighbourhoods and the 221-feet high Bunker Hill monument that commemorates the first major battle of the American Revolution.

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Driving tour of Boston: Hop back on the coach for a driving tour with your tour leader. Discover some of Boston’s best-loved attractions including Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market.

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DAY 6: Boston - Flume Gorge - Quebec City

Cheers Boston! Today, this USA tour crosses over into Canada. On the way, drive through the spectacular White Mountain National Forest to visit Flume Gorge in New Hampshire. This natural gorge extends for 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty and the sheer walls narrow to 12 feet apart in places. Take a memorable photo on the boardwalk which takes you deep into the gorge. Enjoy some free time for lunch in the town of Littleton before crossing into Canada! Head into the country's only walled town - Quebec City. Settle into the hotel for the evening or set out on foot to explore the city.

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White Mountain National Forest drive: This scenic area hugs the striking White Mountains throughout Maine and New Hampshire. Drive through this beautiful region where Flume Gorge is located.

Explore Flume Gorge: Experience the natural beauty of the Flume Gorge, a natural gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty.

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DAY 7: Quebec City: Free Day

This morning, set off on a walking tour to discover Quebec City. See Old Quebec, an important UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other historical places of interest include Chateau Frontenac and the Quebec fortifications. After the tour, the rest of the day is free. A Canadian tour isn’t complete without lots of opportunities for personal exploration! There are plenty of outdoor activities and cultural destinations to discover. Feel like taking a day trip? Choose to join an excursion to Montmorency Falls, a breathtaking waterfall. Or, simply follow your nose and see where you end up!

Experiences

Guided tour of Quebec City: Kick off the Canadian part of the tour with a walking tour that features Quebec City's best-loved sights. See historic locations including Chateau Frontenac, the Place Royale and the Citadel/Musée Royal 22è Régiment.

Visit Old Quebec: Explore this historic part of the city that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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DAY 8: Quebec City - Montreal - Ottawa

Bid adieu to Quebec this morning. The next stop on this Canada holiday is Ottawa, the country's capital. Along the way, make a stop in Old Montreal, with some free time for lunch. Now is a good time to try a local delicacy. Trying some piping hot poutine - French fries topped with gravy and cheese curd (yum!) is highly recommended. Arriving in Ottawa, make a quick check-in at the hotel and head to Parliament Hill for a walking tour. See a few of Ottawa’s top attractions. The tour concludes in ByWard Market. Here, take a picture by the OTTAWA sign and get some dinner before heading back to the hotel for the evening.

Experiences

Experience Old Montreal: Visit Old Montreal, a charming, historic city dating back to the 17th century. Enjoy some free time to explore and grab lunch. This is the perfect opportunity to try poutine - Canada’s national dish!

Discover Ottawa on a walking and driving tour: Encounter Canada’s capital city today. Your tour leader will accompany the group on an orientation driving and walking tour showcasing Parliament Hill and more top attractions.

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DAY 9: Ottawa - McDonalds Corners - Toronto

Today this Eastern US & Canada tour travels to Toronto via McDonalds Corner. Enjoy a stop here for a delicious included breakfast of French toast, pancakes and more, followed by a tasting and demo of one of the country's biggest exports - maple syrup! Tour the maple syrup farm and museum and learn all about this sweet treat. Later, arrive in Toronto. Your tour leader will take the group on a city centre orientation tour. Get your bearings and set off on your own to explore this evening. Opt to take the excursion up to the CN Tower for some unmissable views of the city!

Experiences

Breakfast at a Maple Farm: Choose from delicious options like french toast, pancakes and maple sausages, with tea, coffee or a soft drink. Did you know that Canada sends 9.4 million+ litres of this popular waffle topping into the world each year? Learn more about Canada’s most famous export with a tour, demonstration and tasting.

Toronto city centre tour: Arrive in Toronto and enjoy an orientation driving tour of the Toronto core with your tour leader. See top sights including City Hall and Yonge-Dundas Square.

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

A Canada holiday is not complete without a Niagara Falls experience. Today, leave the shores of Great Lake Ontario to travel to these famous falls. Along the way, enjoy a stop at Niagara-on-the-Lake. This quaint town is known for its wineries. Visit a local winery and sample some local wines, including Canadian ice wine. Next up - the majestic Horseshoe Falls! Join an optional boat tour to witness the falls up close, or experience them from above with an optional helicopter ride! The evening is free to explore. Stroll along Clifton Hill, visit a casino or go see the falls at night.

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Sample 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.

Visit Niagara-on-the-Lake: Situated on the shores of Grand Lake Ontario, this small town is as charming as they come. Enjoy some free time to explore.

Encounter the spectacular Horseshoe Falls: This waterfall is one of the three bodies of water that collectively form Niagara Falls. Stop at Table Rock and snap some memorable pictures of this breathtaking natural sight.

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DAY 11: Niagara Falls - Detroit

Today, head back to the States to explore more of the USA! After waving Canada goodbye, travel onwards to Detroit. This tough, gritty city is known for American Motown music and muscle cars. Although Detroit was heavily affected by the recession, it didn't take the beating lying down. This is a city that has reinvented itself. Enjoy an introduction to Detroit on a driving tour with your tour leader and learn more about the city’s history and resurgence. Choose to explore further on an optional Detroit walking tour or spend the rest of the evening exploring at your own pace.

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Driving tour of Detroit: Learn all about Detroit's rise, fall and renewal on a driving tour with your tour leader. Detroit may have fallen on hard times following the recession, but it's still as vibrant as ever. See restored buildings and learn about renewal plans for the future.

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DAY 12: Detroit - Pittsburgh

Next up on this US holiday, travel to Pittsburgh via Cleveland. Stop over in the Rock 'n Roll capital of the world! Enjoy some free time to visit the iconic House of Blues or grab some lunch. This is the perfect time to try some American roadside cuisine such as a Polish Boy. This famous sandwich is a delicious combination of bun, grilled kielbasa sausage, chips and coleslaw. Alternatively, take this opportunity to visit the amazing Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! Then, continue onwards to Pittsburgh. Here, take a ride on the century-old Duquesne Incline that travels all the way up Mount Washington. From the observation deck at the top, admire the city and its three rivers!

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Visit Cleveland, Ohio: This bustling metropolis is home to the stately Cleveland Museum of Art, the famous House of Blues and the iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Enjoy free time in the entertainment district to explore, grab lunch or visit one of these exciting destinations.

Take 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. At the top, admire the views of the entire city and its three beautiful rivers.

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DAY 13: Pittsburgh - Washington D.C.

After breakfast, leave Pittsburgh behind and head onwards to America's proud capital city. Travel east to Washington D.C. and, upon arrival, start touring the city straight away! Look forward to exploring this must-see American city and its important monuments and landmarks. First up is a visit to Arlington Cemetery and the resting place of the late JFK. See some of Washington’s renowned attractions on the way to tonight’s hotel. Snap a photo in front of the White House and honour history at the WW2 memorial. Check into the hotel later this afternoon and enjoy a free evening.

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See Arlington Cemetery: This famous landmark is America's way of honouring the soldiers who died defending their country. Here, 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.

Explore Washington, D.C.: Discover some of Washington’s most iconic landmarks including sights like the White House, Washington Monument, the Pentagon and more! Enjoy guided tours and free time to explore this fascinating city.

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DAY 14: Washington D.C.: Free Day

Washington is a city like no other and today, you have the full day to explore it! The morning begins with an orientation driving tour of the National Mall and Smithsonian Museums. Afterwards, why join the optional Extended Washington D.C. Sightseeing Tour? Discover more of the city’s highlights and gain a fascinating insight into the city’s important history. See the Korean War and Vietnam Veterans memorials, the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials and much more! Alternatively, hop on the Old Town trolley to visit all the major sights or visit one of the Smithsonian Museums. The National Museum of Natural History is a must-visit!

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DAY 15: Washington, D.C. - Philadelphia - New York City

This may be the final day of this Eastern US & Canada Tour but there are still plenty of experiences to be had today! Wave D.C. goodbye and travel to New York via Philadelphia. Enjoy some free time to grab some tasty street food (a Philly cheesesteak is a must!) and to explore the city. Or, join your tour leader for a walking tour to see top sights including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Ben Franklin Grave, Betsy Ross House and more! Hop back on the coach in the afternoon and head back to the Big Apple. The tour concludes upon arrival in New York City. Expat Explore hopes you had an amazing experience and made memories to last you a lifetime!

Experiences

Visit Philadelphia: Pennsylvania’s largest city is known for its rich history and was actually the birthplace of the United States. Enjoy some free time to explore downtown Philadelphia. From here, visit the Liberty Bell Centre or Independence Hall and enjoy a bite to eat. Or, join your tour leader for a walking tour to learn more about this exciting city.

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What's Included

Accommodation

  • 14 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms with private bathrooms
  • Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room

Meals

  • 14 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
    *Vegetarian options available for all meals on request

Transport

  • Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)

Tour Leader

  • Fully guided tour with experienced tour leader
  • Tour leader will accompany group throughout and manage all logistical details

20 Experiences!

  • Spend three nights in New York City
  • Visit Newport, a charming New England seaside town
  • See the sights on a Boston driving tour
  • Enjoy a scenic White Mountain National Forest drive 
  • Explore Flume Gorge at the base of Mount Liberty
  • Embark on a guided tour of Quebec City 
  • Visit Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Experience Old Montreal
  • Discover Ottawa on a walking and driving tour
  • Eat breakfast at a Maple farm
  • Tour the vibrant Toronto city centre
  • Taste ice wine at a local winery
  • Visit Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Encounter the spectacular Horseshoe Falls
  • Discover Detroit on a driving tour
  • Visit Cleveland, Ohio; home to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Take a trip on the Duquesne Incline
  • See Arlington Cemetery and JFK’s final resting place
  • Explore Washington, D.C. and its many monuments
  • Visit Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States

Accommodation

Hotels are chosen closer to departure date. We do use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here.

New York City

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Boston and Harvard University

After your sightseeing tour of Boston in the morning, why not discover many more wonderful sights after lunch? See more important landmarks before riding the Boston underground to Harvard University, one of the most prestigious universities in the world! After exploring the beautiful Harvard campus, the tour will head back to where it began. Then, taste the famous Boston Cream Pie before enjoying free time to further explore some of the top sights in Boston. A visit to one of the city’s impressive museums is highly recommended.

Optional Excursions

Unless marked as “Pre-Book”, all optional excursions can be booked on tour and paid for in cash (in the stated currency) to your tour leader.
Prices and availability are subject to change

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Reviews

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33 reviews
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Max Verified Buyer 2023-10-09
Informative and enjoyable tour
The tour was enjoyable and met my expectations. The tour leader Larry was clearly very experienced and knowledgeable and he tried to accommodate any and all requests made by group members throughout the tour which I appreciated. Leo the bus driver was friendly and drove us safely throughout the tour despite challenging driving conditions at times.
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Jools Verified Buyer 2023-08-06
An Eye-Opening and Fun North American Adventure!
This tour of the Eastern part of the USA and Canada really changed my perception of both these countries. I would think I have seen, tasted and heard all about these countries before even setting foot on their soils but experiencing these nations in person has enhanced and even changed what I thought I knew. Starting with the three nights in New York, journeying north through New England and into Quebec and venturing East through Ottawa, Toronto to the breath-taking Niagara Falls and going down south into Mid-Western America through Detroit, Pittsburgh and eventually arriving in Washington DC, this trip had it all and it's an experience I won't forget! If you are curious about this part of the North American continent, then I would recommend going on this tour. You will be in safe hands with Larry the knowledgeable and friendly tour director and our driver Leo was the ultimate professional motor coach operator! Good times and good company were had in this part of the world!
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Nellie Verified Buyer 2023-08-02
Great, well-organised tour that offered a lot!
We had a great experience (again) with Expatexplore. Larry was a very good and efficient tour operator that communicated well and spent some time with each inidividual. He is helpful and accommodating. Leo is a warm-hearted and very skilled busdriver that also had excellent communication skills. They are both a credit to the company!!
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Kerena Verified Buyer 2023-07-14
Excellent tour, holiday of a lifetime!
The 16days USA / Canada tour was interesting and exciting, with many highlights, including nature hikes in Canada, to exploring the streets of major cities and learning about their politics and regional history. Adventure activities included a helicopter flight over Niagara Falls and a boat trip into the magnificent Horseshoe Falls at Niagara, hiking through Flume Gorge and Montmorency Falls in Quebec. Our tour leader Larry, made each day interesting and fun, with his abundant local knowledge and keen sense of humour. Other personal highlights for me were visiting Washington, Alexandria, Quebec City, Detroit and making friends along the way with my fellow adventurers. Many thanks to Larry for all you did for us and a special shout out to Leo, our Driver, for his driving skills and keeping us safe, much appreciated!
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Ana Verified Buyer 2023-06-26
Overall, the tour was wonderful!
For first time travelers to the US and Canada, this tour is an amazing option to get a grasp of the culture and attractions the two countries have to offer. Larry (tour guide) was excellent! He really knows about his stuff and is always willing to accommodate any of your concerns. He's also willing to answer any questions you have regarding anything (and I mean anything, regardless of whether your question involves the tour or not). However, I would not recommend this tour to those which struggle to walk moderate distances and those who find stairs difficult as this tour heavily involves these activities. Also, it is also important to keep in mind that walking in the pouring rain is inevitable so better to come prepared and bring a waterproof jacket, a cap, an umbrella and shoes which can get wet. With regards to meals, there isn't really a lot of options for breakfast and their meals severely lack vegetables, but they do offer fruits. Food servings in America is excessive as compared

Why this tour?

With so much to see in both the USA and Canada, it can be hard to choose between the two! Not to mention that North America is massive and finding time to travel to both can be tricky. However, with this Eastern USA & Canada Escape + New York tour, you won’t have to worry about any of that! We’ll take you all the way from New York City to Canada, with visits to Pittsburgh, Detroit, Boston, Washington and more!

Combining a trip to New York with tours of Eastern USA and Canada allows you to experience two countries over 15 days! You’ll be able to visit multiple destinations and enjoy a number of highlights in each location.

Some of these highlights are:

  • Guided tours of Quebec City, Toronto city centre, Detroit and Washington DC, as well as a walking tour of Ottawa and a driving tour of Boston. Your guides will offer plenty of local insight into these fascinating places.
  • Sampling regional delicacies such as New York pizza, poutine in Old Montreal, Canadian ice wine at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Polish Boys in Cleveland and, of course, authentic Canadian maple syrup on a maple farm!
  • Visits to multiple sites of incredible natural beauty such as Niagara Falls, Cannon Mountain, White Mountain National Forest and Flume Gorge. These are serious bucket-list experiences!
  • Free days to explore at your own pace in New York, Boston, Quebec and Washing D.C.
  • See the many iconic monuments of Washington D.C. as well as fascinating historical sights in New Port, Boston and the gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Quebec.
  • Options to add on a spectacular helicopter ride or boat trip when you visit Niagara Falls!

Is this the right tour for me?
If you’ve dreamed of seeing the USA and Canada but weren’t sure how to go about it, this tour has got you covered! Starting in New York and then travelling to Canada before heading back through the Eastern USA, this tour will reveal untouched natural beauty, friendly locals and rich history.

What will the accommodation be like?
All hotels have been hand-selected by the Expat Explore team. Travellers will share with someone of the same gender. A single supplement upgrade is available for those seeking more privacy.

Are coach tours to Canada and the USA expensive?
The USA and Canada can be pricey to visit. However, on this Expat Explore guided group tour, the accommodation, transport, most meals and many experiences are included in the tour price. This gives you more budget to spend on the things you love! 

When is the best time to visit Canada and the USA?
With so many gorgeous natural landscapes, Eastern USA and Canada offer so much to see all year round. However, winter (December-February) can be a difficult time to travel due to extreme temperatures. The summer months from June-August are pleasantly warm and perfect for outdoor activities. While May and September are slightly cooler and great for avoiding crowds.

Get ready to experience all the beauty and bucket-list experiences of New York, Eastern USA and Canada on this fun, affordable and convenient group tour!