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Summary

This Eastern USA and Canada trip delves into the rich history of the continent. Visit incredible cities like Boston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Eat, shop and explore in Toronto, Quebec and Montreal. Move from one fascinating landscape to the next and encounter the sweeping beauty of the magnificent Niagara Falls! Sip ice wine, try maple syrup and get a taste of local life along the way. See the iconic White House and grab your chance to visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! Travel with ease, experience world-famous cities and discover the allure of Expat Explore’s East Coast tours.  

Highlights

  • Experience the incredible natural wonder of Niagara Falls
  • Explore historic cities including Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
  • Visit Quebec City, Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake and more in Canada
  • Discover the famous music and culture of Detroit and Cleveland
  • Choose to tick the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame off your bucket list

Start Point

Hotel in New York City | 06:30 AM

End Point

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

Jump into this Eastern US & Canada holiday without wasting a second. After meeting up with the tour leader and tour group in the morning, travel from New York to Boston. Along the way, stop in Newport, Rhode Island, with some free time to explore and grab lunch. This beautiful seaside town has a rich history and today boasts a vibrant artistic atmosphere. Leaving Newport behind, travel through Connecticut to Boston. Enjoy an included welcome dinner tonight and get to know your fellow travellers and tour leader. Settle in for the evening and get some rest before another day of exploring tomorrow!

Meals: Dinner

DAY 1: Start of tour in New York - Boston

Jump into this Eastern US & Canada holiday without wasting a second. After meeting up with the tour leader and tour group in the morning, travel from New York to Boston. Along the way, stop in Newport, Rhode Island, with some free time to explore and grab lunch. This beautiful seaside town has a rich history and today boasts a vibrant artistic atmosphere. Leaving Newport behind, travel through Connecticut to Boston. Enjoy an included welcome dinner tonight and get to know your fellow travellers and tour leader. Settle in for the evening and get some rest before another day of exploring tomorrow!

Experiences

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 2: Boston: Free Day

After breakfast, set off on a driving tour with your tour leader. See a few of Boston’s highlights, including Quincy Hall and the city’s oldest park. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own. 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 ft high Bunker Hill monument that commemorates the first major battle of the American Revolution. Alternatively, join the Boston and Harvard University optional excursion and discover one of the world’s most prestigious universities!

Experiences

Driving tour of Boston: Hop on the coach for a driving tour with your tour leader showcasing Boston’s best-loved attractions. See top sights including Quincy Hall and the city’s oldest park.

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DAY 3: Boston - Flume Gorge - Quebec City

See ya Boston! Today this US holiday crosses the border into Canada. But first, visit Flume Gorge in New Hampshire. Drive through the White Mountain National Forest and admire the majestic scenery along the way. This natural gorge extends for 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty, and the sheer walls narrow to 12 feet apart in places. The boardwalk which takes you deep into the gorge offers a priceless photo opportunity! Afterwards, enjoy some free time for lunch in the nearby town of Littleton. Next, cross into Canada and head straight for Quebec City, the country's only walled settlement. Check into the hotel and enjoy a free evening to relax or set out and explore the nightlife.

Experiences

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

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DAY 4: Quebec City: Free Day

Canadian holidays call for lots of exploration and that’s just what this full day in Quebec is for! This morning, head out on a walking tour with a local guide. Discover historical places including Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not to mention Chateau Frontenac, the Place Royale and the Citadel/Musée Royal 22è Régiment! The rest of the day is free to explore as you wish. This beautiful city has plenty of cultural destinations and outdoor activities to enjoy. Head out of town to drink in the stunning landscapes. Alternatively, choose to join in on an optional day trip to Montmorency Falls, a spectacular waterfall on the Montmorency River!

Experiences

Guided tour of Quebec City: The Canadian part of the tour kicks off with an exciting, locally guided walking tour that features Quebec City's best-loved sights 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 5: Quebec City - Montreal - Ottawa

Au revoir Quebec! The next stop on this Eastern US & Canada holiday is Ottawa, Canada's capital. On the way, stop in Old Montreal. This is a great time to try a local favourite; poutine! This is Canada’s national dish: french fries topped with cheese curd and gravy! Later, arrive in Ottawa, do a quick check-in at the hotel and then hop back on the coach for an orientation walking and driving tour, highlighting Parliament Hill and a few other top attractions. The tour concludes in ByWard Market. Snap a quick photo by the OTTAWA sign and grab something to eat, 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 6: Ottawa - McDonalds Corners - Toronto

After leaving Ottawa, the Canadian holiday continues towards Toronto. On the way, stop for a quintessential Canadian experience - a visit to a maple farm! Enjoy breakfast at a maple farm complete with pancakes, French toast and, of course, authentic maple syrup before touring the farm and museum. Later, arrive in Toronto where your tour leader will lead the group on a tour of the city centre. After checking into the hotel, the rest of the evening is free to explore Toronto at your own pace. For spectacular views of the city, why not take the optional excursion up to the CN Tower?

Experiences

Eat 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 Canada exports over 9.4 million litres of maple syrup per year? That's a whole lot of waffle topping! Enjoy a Maple syrup sampling and demonstration. If there is one thing Canada is famous for, it's maple syrup. Taste some and learn more about the sapping process while touring this local farm.

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 7: Toronto - Niagara-on-the-Lake - Niagara Falls

No Canadian vacation package is complete without a visit to Niagara Falls! Today, leave Toronto behind and travel away from the Great Lake Ontario to this famous natural landmark. Before reaching the falls, make a stop at Niagara-on-the-Lake, a quaint town known for its wineries. Stop at a local winery and enjoy a tasting of their wines, including Ontario's renowned ice wine. Afterwards, visit Niagara's majestic Horseshoe Falls. To see more of this spectacular region, embark on an optional boat tour or an unforgettable helicopter ride! The evening is yours to explore. Seeing the falls at night is highly recommended!

Experiences

Taste 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 a local winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake and sample some of their locally produced varietals.

Explore 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 majestic 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 8: Niagara Falls - Detroit

After breakfast, get ready to travel back to the United States. Arrive in Detroit in the afternoon. This urban and gritty American city is best known for muscle cars and Motown music. After the recession, Detroit began to reinvent itself. Head off on a guided driving tour to learn more about the rise, fall and renewal of this great city. The evening is free to explore at your own pace or to join an optional Detroit walking tour to see more of the city’s top attractions and learn more about its fascinating history.

Experiences

Driving tour of Detroit: Learn about the rise, fall and renewal of this fascinating city on a driving tour upon arrival. Detroit fell on hard times during the recession but it's still as vibrant as ever and has seen a renewal in recent years. See restored buildings and learn more about renewal plans for the future.

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DAY 9: Detroit - Cleveland - Pittsburgh

Today, the tour makes its way to Pittsburgh via Cleveland. Stop in Cleveland’s entertainment district and enjoy free time to grab lunch or visit the famous House of Blues. While here, try a Polish Boy. This sandwich features grilled kielbasa sausage on a bun with barbecue sauce, coleslaw and chips. American roadside cuisine at its best! During this free time, there is also the fantastic option of visiting the one and only Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This is a must for music lovers. Later, arrive in Pittsburgh and take a ride on the 100-year-old Duquesne Incline. Reach the observation deck atop Mt. Washington and admire the views of the entire city and its three beautiful rivers.

Experiences

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 10: Pittsburgh - Washington, D.C.

The next stop on this American adventure is Washington, D.C.! Home to important monuments, museums and many things to do, Washington, D.C. is a must-visit city on any America tour. Travelling east, reach the nation's capital and start exploring immediately. A visit to Arlington Cemetery, the resting place of JFK, is included in today’s itinerary. On the way to tonight’s accommodation, see some of Washington's most famous landmarks. Get a photo in front of the White House and pay your respects at the WW2 Memorial. Check into the hotel and look forward to a free evening.

Experiences

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 11: Washington, D.C.: Free Day

This morning begins with an orientation driving tour of the National Mall and Smithsonian Museums. The rest of the day is free to visit one of the museums or to further explore Washington. A visit to the National Museum of Natural History is highly recommended. The Old Town trolley takes visitors to all the major sights! Or, choose to join the optional Extended Washington D.C. Sightseeing Tour. This will uncover further highlights of the city as well as offer fascinating insight into the city’s important history. See the Korean War and Vietnam Veterans memorials as well as the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials and much more!

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DAY 12: Washington, D.C. - Philadelphia - New York City

Today is the last day of this Eastern USA and Canada tour but the adventure isn’t over yet! Wave goodbye to Washington and head to New York via Philadelphia. Enjoy some free time in the heart of downtown Philly. Here, grab some lunch on the go and explore on your own or join your tour leader for a walking tour. This tour will showcase top attractions including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Ben Franklin Grave, Betsy Ross House and more! In the afternoon, head to the Big Apple, where the tour concludes. Expat Explore wishes you a safe journey onwards!

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

  • 11 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

  • 11 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

19 Experiences!

  • Visit Newport, a seaside town in New England
  • See the sights on a driving tour of Boston
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the White Mountain National Forest
  • Explore Flume Gorge at the base of Mount Liberty
  • Embark on a locally 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
  • Explore Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Encounter the majestic 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.

Boston

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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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Additional Information

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Reviews

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Sundar N P S Verified Buyer 2023-09-13
Exhilarating tour of USA and Canada
Exploring nice locations alongside a scenic route
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Lorma Verified Buyer 2023-08-04
Larry was excellent / professional tour guide…
Booked our 3rd expat tour next year 2024…
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Alice Verified Buyer 2023-08-02
Amazing experience
Another amazing tour by expat ! Exactly as described plus more
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RP Verified Buyer 2023-06-16
Well managed tour
I enjoyed this tour as it was nicely managed. I will certainly opt for next tour thru Expt Explorer.
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Huh Verified Buyer 2022-09-24
Very good
Thanks Larry and Kevin, capable, professional and polite.

Why this tour?

Join this eastern USA and eastern Canada tour and enjoy 12 days of iconic American and Canadian landmarks, historic cities, gorgeous scenery and a real taste of local life! You’ll travel from New York City northwards to Canada on this East Coast tour package.  

The USA and Canada attract travellers from around the world for a number of reasons. The United States is very much a part of the world’s pop culture and history; it has a wide-reaching influence! It’s the home of superstars and billionaires as well as many famous cities that we see on TV and read about in novels. The USA has impressive sites, history and is a riveting mishmash of cultures. Just north of the border is Canada and what makes a Canadian trip so alluring is the country's pure natural beauty, its rich history and, of course, the friendly people!  

Begin and end this trip in New York City with the option to add on a 3-night stay. You can explore “the city that never sleeps” before or after your tour and experience the hype of New York holidays first-hand! A real bucket list adventure!

On this vacation package to Canada and the USA, you’ll get to experience a number of highlights: 

  • Enjoy a true bucket list experience and see Niagara Falls in person! This Eastern USA & Canada tour visits the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side (the falls straddle the border between Canada and the USA).
  • Why not make it extra special and add a boat trip or helicopter ride? (Available as optional add-ons when you visit Niagara Falls). 
  • History, history, history! You’ll get to explore cities rich with history in both the USA and Canada.
  • Discover more on guided tours of Quebec City (including a visit to Old Quebec which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular stop on Canada vacation packages!) and Detroit in Michigan, USA, which is famous for its cars and Motown music! Your guides will offer local insight into these fascinating destinations.
  • Embark on orientation tours of Boston, Ottawa, Toronto, and Washington D.C. with your tour leader who will help familiarise you with these top eastern travel destinations and let you know about the top attractions and hidden gems!
  • Indulge in ice wine and maple syrup tastings. No Canadian vacation packages would be complete without tasting some of the country’s most famous products! 

Is this the right tour for me?

Will there be any free time?
Yes! This tour offers an excellent balance of included activities and experiences as well as free time to explore each destination. There are also three full days included. Enjoy free days in Boston and Washington D.C. where you can enjoy the highlights of an east coast USA holiday as you wish. Also make the most of a full free day in Quebec City and discover more of this beautiful Canadian city which is a highlight of eastern Canada tours. 

What will the accommodation be like?
Hotels that have been hand-selected by the Expat Explore team are included on this trip. Travellers will share with someone of the same gender. A single supplement upgrade is available at the time of booking your Eastern USA & Canada Escape.

What sites will I see on this tour?
Famous sites on this tour include Niagara Falls, the White House, Château Frontenac, Washington Monument, the Pentagon, Arlington Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial, the Liberty Bell and more. 

What are the best tours in Canada?
The best tours in Canada are those that include top attractions, showcase the scenery and offer ample time to explore the country’s wonderful cities - which is just what this tour does! 

Is it cheaper to travel with a tour?
Absolutely! The USA and Canada can be pricey to visit. On a 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! 

Experience the best of the region on this Eastern USA and Canada trip on a tour that is convenient, affordable and fun!