Sightseeing:In New York City, Niagara Falls, and Washington DC; orientation tour in Philadelphia, Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise, Capitol Hill, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and Arlington National Cemetery, and National WWII Memorial.
Scenic Highlights:New York, Pocono Mountains, Niagara Falls, and Philadelphia.
Local Guides for city sightseeing in New York City and Washington DC; services of a professional Tour Director; local host service in New York City, where information is provided for independent exploration and dining.
- Enjoy the spectacular colors of New York and surrounding areas on our special fall foliage departures: September 12 to October 3 (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. On today’s 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 city’s many fine restaurants or maybe take in a 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 Ontario. Spend the next two nights in beautiful Niagara Falls.
Day 4Niagara Falls
This morning, enjoy an included sightseeing excursion to Niagara Falls that includes a SIGHTSEEING CRUISE past the world- famous falls. 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. NOTE:Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing 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 2014 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.
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 Capitol Hill, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, National WWII Memorial, 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 8New York City
Continue by motorcoach into New York City and check into the Excelsior Hotel for the next two nights.
Day 9New York City
Stay a little longer in the Big Apple and discover the sights this amazing city has to offer. During your free time in Manhattan, take advantage of several optional activities, such as a helicopter flight over the “City That Never Sleeps,” a ride up to the 86th floor of the Empire State Building, or a Manhattan harbor cruise. Your local host can help arrange these and other excursions, as well as offer useful shopping and dining tips.
Day 10New York City
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided to Kennedy, LaGuardia, or Newark International Airports.
Transportation:Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
This Cosmos travel package does not include meals. Most of our hotels offer anything from coffee to a full breakfast, so you can start the day the way you like best. At most lunch stops, your Tour Director will have information on local restaurants. Dinnertime is your chance to sample local cuisine. Sometimes your Tour Director will offer an optional dinner outing.
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: 20 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!