Sightseeing:In New York City, Niagara Falls, and Washington DC; orientation tour in Philadelphia, Maid of the Mist cruise, Arlington National Cemetery, Korean and Vietnam War Veterans Memorials
Scenic Highlights:New York, Pocono Mountains, Niagara Falls, and Philadelphia.
Local Guides for city sightseeing in New York City and Washinton DC; services of a professional Tour Director.
- Enjoy the spectacular colors of New York and surrounding areas on our special fall foliage departures: September 13 to October 4 (if Mother Nature permits).
Day 1New York City
Welcome to the “Big Apple!” Enjoy time at leisure to relax or to do some independent exploring.
Day 2New York City
New York City is one of the world’s most exciting cities, buzzing with atmosphere and packed with fascinating sights and great shops. On today’s guided sightseeing tour, see the major attractions—Broadway, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, bustling Chinatown, City Hall, Wall Street, and Trinity Church. This evening, choose from the many fine restaurants the city has to offer or maybe enjoy a famous Broadway show.
Day 3New York City–Corning–Niagara Falls
Depart Manhattan, heading northwest across New Jersey through the Pocono Mountains and into upstate New York, arriving in Corning at midday. Late this afternoon, cross the border at Rainbow Bridge and proceed to the Canadian side of the Niagara River in the province of Ontario. Spend the next two nights in beautiful Niagara Falls.
Day 4Niagara Falls
On this morning’s sightseeing tour, behold the spectacular falls for amazing close-ups. Your afternoon is free, so consider hopping aboard the “People Mover” (local transport) to visit attractions such as the Butterfly Conservatory, Great Gorge Adventure, Botanical Gardens, and Niagara Parks Greenhouse, or maybe ride the aerial cable car. (CB)NOTE:Operation of the Maid of the Mist cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. When weather is unfavorable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted. Last day of operation for the 2013 season is October 24.
Day 5Niagara Falls–Philadelphia
Head southeast through the Appalachian Mountains and into the Susquehanna River Valley. Then, on to the handsome city of Philadelphia for an overnight stay. (CB)
Day 6Philadelphia–Washington DC Area
The birthplace of American independence, the “City of Brotherly Love” is steeped in history. Your morning orientation tour focuses on the historic landmarks, then on to the U.S. capital and seat of government, Washington DC, for a 2-night stay. Later, join the optional outing, featuring dinner followed by a tour of the city’s most famous monuments and memorials.
Day 7Washington DC Area
The nation’s capital is a sightseeing treasure trove, and your half-day tour with a Local Guide features the Korean, Vietnam, and National WWII Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, and other well-known sights. Stop for photos at the White House and Capitol Hill. The afternoon is free. Your Tour Director will suggest independent activities for exploring this fascinating city.
Day 8Washington DC
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Dulles or Reagan International Airports are included. You can also extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Washington DC further with a variety of exciting optional excursions. For passengers who would like to return to New York City, the motorcoach will transfer you to Newark International Airport (please schedule flights after 5:30 pm) or to the Excelsior Hotel at no additional cost.
Transportation:Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.
Years of Experience: 21 years
I have been conducting tours for many years. I love sharing my part of the world with travelers and watching them have fun, knowing that I play a part in their enjoyment. I am from the Deep South, so I feel that I have much to share in that area. I also conduct tours in the Midwest, the East, Southeast, Northeast, and Eastern Canada. Some of my favorite hobbies are cooking, entertaining, playing the piano, daily walks, reading, and travel!