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Eastern US & Canada Grand Vacation with Extended Stay in New York City (8205) - 2014 / 2015

17 Day Tour from New York City to New York City


Eastern US & Canada Grand Vacation with Extended Stay in New York City
The Parliament Building in Toronto
The Parliament Building in Toronto
Beautiful Niagara Falls at sunset
New Yorks skyline from Central Park
Get an up close view of Niagara Falls
Toronto is Ontarios capital and Canadas largest city
The Washington Monument in Washington DC
Downtown Toronto located on the shores of Lake Ontario
Picturesque Québec City overlooking the St Lawrence river
Visit the top of the 1,815-foot CN Tower for great views of Toronto
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

This grand vacation travels through northeastern parts of the U.S. and Canada. Begin in New York City with an exciting sightseeing tour, then travel north to Boston, a city known for its Colonial history, for a guided tour and time to discover the city on your own. North through New Hampshire’s beautiful mountains and scenery on your way to Québec, a French-Canadian province. Enjoy a guided tour of historic walled Québec City, one of the best-preserved cities in North America. Turn south to cosmopolitan Montréal, one of the world’s largest French-speaking cities, for an included sightseeing tour. Drive west to the capital of Canada—Ottawa—for city sightseeing and free time to explore. Visit St. Lawrence Islands National Park with an included scenic cruise on the river. On to cosmopolitan Toronto, Canada’s largest city and Ontario’s capital. See major landmarks such as the CN Tower and SkyDome Stadium on a city tour. From Toronto, travel to Niagara Falls and board your sightseeing boat for up-close views of the thundering waterfalls. Depart Canada and travel through the Appalachian Mountains into Pennsylvania Dutch Country to learn about the faith, culture, and way of life of the Amish in Lancaster County. Then, visit the capital of the U.S., Washington DC, and spend two nights getting to know this fascinating city. Your guided tour includes the major highlights. Finally, stop in Philadelphia for included sightseeing focusing on the important buildings of this historic city. Return to New York City for two final overnights—a fantastic way to end your journey.

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Sightseeing:
In New York City, Boston, Québec City, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Washington DC, and Philadelphia; scenic cruise along the St. Lawrence River, Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise, Amish farm & house, Liberty Bell & Independence Hall, Arlington National Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and Capitol Hill, & National WWII Memorial.

Scenic Highlights:
Faneuil Hall, the Old North Church, Boston Common, scenic White Mountains, French-Canadian province of Québec, St. Lawrence River, Québec City (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Place d’Armes, Laval Seminary, the star-plan Citadelle, Old Montréal, Seminary of St. Sulpice, Mount Royal, modern Montréal, Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal, Rideau Falls, CN Tower, Niagara Falls, Appalachian Mountains, and Pennsylvania Dutch farm country.

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Québec City, Montréal, Ottawa, and Amish farm & house; services of a professional Tour Director; local host service in New York City, where information is provided for independent exploration and dining.

NOTE:

  • Enjoy the spectacular colors of New York, New England, Ontario, and Québec on our special fall foliage departures: September 3 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. Your Tour Director is on hand this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2New York City–Boston

This morning, on the included sightseeing tour with a local expert, visit Broadway, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, City Hall, Wall Street, and Trinity Church. This afternoon, head for Boston—the “Cradle of American Liberty.” Visit its historic landmarks, reflecting the important part it has played in the history of the United States.

Day 3Boston

On your morning guided tour of Boston, see Faneuil Hall, the Old North Church (where Paul Revere was signaled for the departure of British troops to Lexington), and Boston Common. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. This evening, why not join your traveling companions for dinner at a popular downtown restaurant?

Day 4Boston–Québec City Area

Journey north through New Hampshire, passing the State Capitol at Concord and on to the scenic White Mountains. Continue to the Canadian border, where you’ll notice a change in language and tradition as you enter the French-Canadian province of Québec. Overnight in historic Québec City on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.

Day 5Québec City Area

This morning, join your fellow traveling companions on a unique optional excursion to the Erabliere Chemin du Roy Sugar Shack. Visitors to the sugar cabin will enjoy a typical Québec breakfast, along with a guided visit and presentation to explain the process of maple extraction. Afterward, return to Québec City for a guided tour of Canada’s only walled city, crowned by the turrets of Château Frontenac. Until the British victory of 1759, Old Québec was the center of New France; today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls reside the Place d’Armes, Laval Seminary, the star-plan Citadelle with grand vistas from its bastions, and ancient Place Royale. See the Old World houses crowding narrow streets in Lower Town and the historic Plains of Abraham, where General Wolfe stormed the slopes. The afternoon is at leisure.

Day 6Québec City Area–Montréal

Today, drive to cosmopolitan Montréal, one of Canada’s largest cities. Home of Expo ‘67 and the 1976 Summer Olympics, included sightseeing includes St. Joseph’s Oratory, the lookout atop Mount Royal, once-walled Old Montréal, Notre Dame Church, the Seminary of St. Sulpice, built by the first missionary settlers, and modern Montréal.

Day 7Montréal–Ottawa

Drive west to Ottawa, Canada’s beautiful capital. Your city sightseeing includes Parliament Hill with its gothic buildings, the Canadian Mint, the Rideau Canal, the hexagonal National Arts Centre, and stately residences and embassies. With the free afternoon you could visit the Canadian Museum of Civilization, with panoramic views of Parliament Hill across the Ottawa River.

Day 8Ottawa–Kingston–Toronto

Trace the Rideau Canal south to the amazing St. Lawrence Islands National Park. Enjoy many wooded islands along the St. Lawrence River, sprinkled with beautifully simple to opulent summer homes on your included SCENIC CRUISE.

Day 9Toronto

Setting Toronto’s exciting architectural pace are City Hall; the downtown banking district; Roger’s Center; and stunning CN Tower, more than a third of a mile high. See all this and more on your morning city sightseeing tour. Then, spend the rest of the day exploring the city sights on your own, including Harbourfront, Ontario Place, and Chinatown.

Day 10Toronto–Niagara Falls

Travel south along the lakeshore and through the rich farmlands and vineyards of Ontario to Niagara Falls. Stop at Table Rock and hear the raging waters. Then, board your SIGHTSEEING BOAT for amazing close-ups at the base of the falls.

NOTE:
Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather 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 11Niagara Falls–Lancaster

Leave Canada today and head southeast through the Appalachian Mountains and along a portion of the Susquehanna River into Pennsylvania Dutch farm country. Tonight, join the optional excursion and experience a traditional Amish dinner.

Day 12Lancaster–Pennsylvania Dutch Country–Washington DC Area

This morning, stop at the AMISH FARM & HOUSE. A Local Guide explains the faith, culture, and way of life of these people for whom tradition forbids the use of electricity or telephones in the home. On to Washington DC for an afternoon arrival.

Day 13Washington DC Area

Your half-day guided tour features Capitol Hill, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery, National WWII Memorial, and many other well-known sights. Also stop for photos at the White House and Capitol Hill. Then, cross the Potomac River and see the graves of American heroes—including those of Robert, Ted, and John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis—in beautiful Arlington Cemetery. Your Tour Director will also suggest a number of independent activities that explore different facets of this splendid city.

Day 14Washington DC Area–Philadelphia

Travel north this morning to Philadelphia for included sightseeing focusing on the important buildings of this historic city, the “Birthplace of the Nation.” The remainder of your day is free for independent sightseeing.

Day 15Philadelphia–New York City

This morning, visit the LIBERTY BELL and INDEPENDENCE HALL. Afterward, leave for New York City. Check into the Skyline Hotel for the next two nights.

Day 16New York City

The “Big Apple” beckons. New York has it all, from Broadway shows to museums, shopping, and great restaurants.

Day 17New York City

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided to Kennedy International, LaGuardia, or Newark Airports.

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.


NEW YORK CITY Skyline Hotel (MF)
BOSTON Holiday Inn Boston-Brookline (MF)
QUÉBEC CITY AREA Hotel Universel (MF)
MONTRÉAL Best Western Ville-Marie (F)
OTTAWA The Cartier Place Suite Hotel (F)
TORONTO Best Western Primrose Hotel (F)
NIAGARA FALLS Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel (F)
LANCASTER Heritage Hotel Lancaster (ST)
WASHINGTON DC AREA Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria (F)
PHILADELPHIA Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia (F)

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.

BARBARA BURYIAK

Years of Experience: 22 years

As a Tour Director for more than two decades, I've always had a passion for travel. At 18, I traveled solo throughout Europe. A few years later, I was one of three youth ambassadors on a cultural exchange to Burkina Faso. As a Tour Director, I enjoy showing off America's Heartland. I encourage my guests to talk to the locals and try the regional foods. Guests often tell me that their fondest memories are of their time spent in small towns with "real Americans."

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