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Eastern USA & Canada Escape (incl. New York) - 15 Days

Start point: New York City
End point: New York City

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! 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.



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Arrive in New York, check in to your hotel and enjoy the delights of the Big Apple!

Accommodation A selection of the accommodation we stay at in this destination.

Hampton Inn Manhattan - Times Square South
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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! 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.

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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! 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.

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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.



Experiences

Visit Newport: We enjoy some free time for lunch in this lovely seaside town with its unique New England charm.

Welcome dinner: Enjoy your first meal with the rest of your tour group and Expat Explore tour leader.

Accommodation A selection of the accommodation we stay at in this destination.

Quality Inn Revere
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DAY 5: Boston, MA - Free day

Today you have a free day in Boston 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 neighborhoods and the 221-feet high Bunker Hill monument that commemorates the first major battle of the American Revolution.

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DAY 6: Boston, MA - Flume Gorge, NH - Quebec City, QC

Cheers Boston! Today our USA tour crosses over into Canada, and on the way we 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. With a boardwalk taking you deep into the gorge, this is a priceless photo opportunity! 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 before hopping on the coach and heading to the hotel. 



Experiences

White Mountain National Forest drive. This scenic area hugs the striking White Mountains throughout Maine and New Hampshire.

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

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.

Accommodation A selection of the accommodation we stay at in this destination.

Hotel Travelodge Quebec
Must Hotel Jaro
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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 Montmorency Falls. Or just follow your nose and see where you end up!

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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 quick check-in at the hotel and then hop back on the coach to Parliament Hill for a walking tour.



Experiences

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 Expat Explore tour leader will accompany you on an orientation walk.

Accommodation A selection of the accommodation we stay at in this destination.

Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa East
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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 an included breakfast, followed by 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.



Experiences

Breakfast at a Maple Farm. Choose from delicious options like french toast, pancakes and maple sausages, with tea, coffee or soft drink.

Maple 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 Expat Explore tour leader will take you on an orientation tour of the Toronto core.


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Accommodation A selection of the accommodation we stay at in this destination.

Chelsea Hotel
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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. You can join a boat tour to the falls, or experience them from the viewing points at the top. Stroll along Clifton Hill, visit a casino or go see the falls at night - it's up to you.



Experiences

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.

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.

Accommodation A selection of the accommodation we stay at in this destination.

Best Western Fallsview
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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 has reinvented itself. Your Expat Explore tour leader will accompany you on a driving/walking tour when we arrive. 



Experiences

A 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.


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Accommodation A selection of the accommodation we stay at in this destination.

MotorCity Hotel
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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.



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Comfort 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.


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Accommodation A selection of the accommodation we stay at in this destination.

Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place
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DAY 13: Pittsburgh, PA - Washington, D.C.

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. The tour includes sightings of famous landmarks like the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, the White House and the Pentagon. 



Experiences

See 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.

Walk/ Driving tour of DC. See famous buildings like the White House and Washington Monument.

Accommodation A selection of the accommodation we stay at in this destination.

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Alexandria - Old Town
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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. Check off a few items on your personal bucket list or chat with your Expat Explore tour leader. 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, and gives you 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.

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DAY 15: Washington, D.C. - 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.



Experiences

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.

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