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See the best that America and Canada have to offer on this jam-packed tour filled with adventure and beauty!
Dream of visiting the US and Canada, but not sure if you have time for both? With this tour you do! Spend 3 nights in NYC, with 2 full days to explore while you stay just off Times Square in the heart of Manhattan. Visit Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, Detroit & Philadelphia. Enjoy free days in Boston, Quebec and Washington D.C. Tick off must-see destinations like Cannon Mountain, White Mountain National Forest & more. This trip is the very best of the Eastern US & Canada all rolled into one.
We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list one week prior to your departure date.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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