New York, Niagara Falls & Washington DC (8000)

8 Day Tour from New York City to Washington, DC

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On this affordable vacation, arrive in the “Big Apple” and venture northwest through the Pocono Mountains to upstate New York. Cross the border to the Canadian side of the Niagara River and spend two nights in beautiful Niagara Falls. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Niagara Falls, and board a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering waterfalls from river level. During your free time in Niagara Falls, perhaps visit the Butterfly Conservatory, Great Gorge Adventure, Botanical Gardens, or ride the aerial cable car. Next, travel southeast through the Appalachian Mountains to the City of Brotherly Love—Philadelphia! Explore the birthplace of American independence on your Philadelphia orientation tour before moving on to the U.S. capital, Washington DC. Washington DC is a sightseeing treasure trove, and your tour highlights the well-known sites, such as Arlington National Cemetery and the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials. Your vacation ends with free time to explore Washington DC.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In New York City, Niagara Falls, and Washington DC; orientation tour in Philadelphia, Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise, Arlington National Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National WWII Memorial, Capitol Hill, and the White House. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in New York City and Washington DC; services of a professional Tour Director.

Scenic Highlights:
New York, Pocono Mountains, Niagara Falls, and Philadelphia.

NOTE:
Enjoy the spectacular colors of New York and surrounding areas on our special fall foliage departures: September 8 to October 4 (if Mother Nature permits).

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 New York City

Welcome to the “Big Apple!” Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 New 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 3 New York City–Corning–Niagara Falls

Depart Manhattan, heading across New Jersey through the Poconos and into upstate New York, arriving in Corning midday. Late this afternoon, cross the border to the Canadian side of the Niagara River in Ontario. Spend the next two nights in beautiful Niagara Falls.

Day 4 Niagara Falls

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing excursion to Niagara Falls that includes a SIGHTSEEING CRUISE past the world-famous falls. Your afternoon is free, so consider visiting 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 2016 season is 30 November.

Day 5 Niagara 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 6 Philadelphia–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 7 Washington DC Area

The nation’s capital is a sightseeing treasure trove, and your half-day tour with a Local Guide features a visit to Arlington National Cemetery to see the graves of American heroes, including those of John and Robert Kennedy. After, the National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation Lincoln and National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation National WWI Memorials, National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation Washington Monument, and photo stops at Capitol Hill, the National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation White House, and other well-known sights. The afternoon is free. Your Tour Director will make suggestions for independent exploration.

Day 8 Washington 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.

 Tour Director

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.

DARYL JENKINS

Years of Experience: 8

After a trip to Moscow in 2006, I developed an insatiable desire for travel. I really enjoy working with people, so tour directing seemed like a natural fit. I believe travel is vital to becoming a more well-rounded person. Exposure to other people and cultures gives us a better understanding of just how much we all have in common. I enjoy being able to share places and experiences that I love with others-I look forward to seeing you on the road!

Tour Director - DARYL JENKINS

 Accommodations

NEW YORK CITY Excelsior Hotel (ST)
NIAGARA FALLS Best Western Plus Cairn Croft (F)
PHILADELPHIA Wyndham Philadelphia Historical District (F)
WASHINGTON DC AREA Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

New York City
Niagara Falls
Philadelphia
Washington DC

New York City

90-Minute Skyline Cruise

90-Minute Skyline Cruise

View the magnificent architectural wonders and historical landmarks that make this the most famous skyline in the world. This 90-minute Skyline Cruise offers more sights than any other cruise in the New York Harbor. An entertaining and informative "certified" Tour Guide will provide interesting facts about all the sights that make New York City so special, including the Empire State Building, the United Nations, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. Frequent departures throughout the day all year round.

Approximate value: $31 USD per person

Broadway Shows

Broadway Shows

No trip to New York is complete without attending a Broadway show. From the newest musical sensation to perennial favorites, there is something for everyone on Broadway. Discounted tickets are available for many shows, The New York Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Opera. Prices range from around $100 up to $200 per person. Prices vary based on show, schedule and seat location. The price shown above is a "from" price only and actual pricing will be provided when ordering.

Approximate value: $100 USD per person

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building offers unmatched views of New York and neighboring states. Get skyward and discover what the city looks like when you are 1,050 feet high at the top of New York's most iconic skyscraper. The 86th floor observatory, with its popular 360-degree outdoor deck, also has indoor viewing galleries for guests to enjoy the views rain or shine, day or night.

Approximate value: $32 USD per person

New York Helicopter Tour 'The Big Apple'

New York Helicopter Tour 'The Big Apple'

New York City isn't called the "Big Apple" for nothing!! No visit to New York City is complete without a dazzling and incredible tour around the city from the air. Sights you will see include Governors and Ellis Islands, Manhattans Financial District, the New Freedom Tower, Empire State Building, Chrysler, Woolworth, Met Life Buildings, USS Intrepid, the George Washington Bridge and Central Park. The "Big Apple," is a 11-15 minute flight. (Note: There is a mandatory $35.00 per person heliport facility/security fee which must be paid directly at heliport.)

Approximate value: $199 USD per person

New York, New York Helicopter Tour

New York, New York Helicopter Tour

This is an enhanced harbor tour that includes views of New York City's five boroughs! Your tour begins down the Hudson River, Manhattan's Financial District, Woolworth Building, and Ellis Island-allowing for a birds-eye view of the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, and Verrazano Bridge, which joins Brooklyn and Staten Island. Then return up the Hudson to view Midtown's famous skyscrapers: Empire State, Chrysler, and Met Life (Pan Am) Buildings; along with Central Park; Yankee Stadium, home of the New York Yankees; St. John the Devine Cathedral; Columbia University; George Washington Bridge; and the Palisade of New Jersey. Tour last approximately 20 minutes.

Approximate value: $285 USD per person

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

At 850 feet above sea level, you are at the crossroads of commerce and culture, atop an art deco masterpiece and monument to progress. Originally opened over 70 years ago, the design of this deck was inspired by great ocean liners of the era, the perfect metaphor for floating above New York with unobstructed views in all directions. At Top of the Rock, you are surrounded by history, intrigue, architecture, transportation, invention, collaboration, and over eight million people from all over the world. The 67th and 69th floors include outdoor terraces which feature fully transparent, safety glass. The 70th floor, the uppermost level, provides a completely open air, unobstructed 360-degree view of New York City and beyond.

Approximate value: $30 USD per person

Niagara Falls

Niagara Helicopter Sightseeing

Niagara Helicopter Sightseeing

Take a thrilling eight-minute ride over the most famous falls in North America. You will be dazzled by the sights of the Rainbow Bridge, Horseshoe Falls, and Whirlpool Rapids. Bring your camera and it's up, up, and away! Helicopter tour duration approximately 12 minutes. Weather permitting.

Approximate value: $130 CAD per person

Skylon Tower Dinner

Skylon Tower Dinner

Niagara Falls fine dining is quite literally taken to the top at this world-famous Revolving Dining Room at 775 feet above the Falls. Relax and enjoy as we revolve silently 360 degrees once each hour. Dine by night and you'll discover the magic of the Falls illumination, dazzling city lights below and seasonal Falls fireworks. And the admission to the Ride-to-the-Top and Indoor/Outdoor Observation Decks Niagara Falls attraction is always FREE when dining. After dinner, take a ride with us to Table Rock for a view of the falls at night, where every year over 8 million visitors stand close to the thundering water rushing over the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.

Approximate value: $65 CAD per person

Philadelphia

Philadelphia Carriage Ride

Philadelphia Carriage Ride

Enjoy an evening horse-drawn carriage ride from Independence Hall with a knowledgeable guide. A wonderful way to see this historic city!

Approximate value: $29 USD per person

Washington DC

Washington DC by Night & Dinner at a Favorite Local Restaurant

Washington DC by Night & Dinner at a Favorite Local Restaurant

The evening starts with dinner at a favorite local restaurant, then continues with an illumination tour of several of the most famous memorials, including the WWII and Jefferson Memorials, as well as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The tour lasts about 2 hours not including dinner.

Approximate value: $53 USD per person

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