Cities of the Great East (8460)

8 days from Boston to Washington DC

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Explore America’s historic cities on this affordable escorted vacation. Begin in Boston with guided sightseeing of the Freedom Trail, including Boston Common, the Old State House, the Old North Church, and more. Next, head for the “Big Apple” to enjoy a free afternoon to explore New York City’s sights, perhaps with a harbor cruise or a Broadway show. The following day, join us for guided sightseeing to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the Financial District, and Chinatown.

Travel from NYC to Philadelphia. Enjoy guided sightseeing to see the historic sites in the “City of Brotherly Love,” including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. Next, visit Washington, DC with guided sightseeing including the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, the Lincoln and National WWII Memorials, and photo stops at Capitol Hill and the White House. Your budget vacation through the great cities of the U.S. is rich in history everyone should see!

Small-Group Discovery Dates Available

Cosmos offers Small-Group Discoveries on select North America dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.


Cities of the Great East map

 Photo Highlights

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Independence Hall

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

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.


Notes:

Enjoy the fall colors of New York and surrounding areas on our special Fall Foliage departure: September 25 (if Mother Nature permits).

 Itinerary

Day 1 BOSTON

Welcome to Boston, a treasure trove of American history. Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 BOSTON

Your morning guided tour of Boston highlights the historic sites of the Freedom Trail: Boston Common, the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, and the Old North Church. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own.

Day 3 BOSTON–NEW YORK CITY

Depart Boston and head south to the “Big Apple.” New York City began its extraordinary history as the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam. Upon arrival, take an optional cruise of New York Harbor past the magnificent skyscrapers and historical landmarks that make this the most recognizable skyline in the world. The remainder of your day and evening are at leisure. Perhaps take in a Broadway show this evening.

Day 4 NEW YORK CITY

Today begins with a guided tour of the city’s most famous sights: Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the Financial District, and Chinatown. Afterward, you are free to explore more of New York at your leisure. Perhaps visit the Tenement Museum, and hear the stories of some of the 12 million immigrants who entered the United States between 1892 and 1954. Enjoy a walk along the unique Highline, a park created on a historic elevated New York Central Railroad spur; or go window shopping on fashionable Fifth Avenue. Your Tour Director will be available to help you with additional sightseeing plans as well as give shopping and dining suggestions.

Day 5 NEW YORK CITY–PHILADELPHIA

This morning, travel to the “City of Brotherly Love,” once the largest English-speaking colonial city in the world after London. Afternoon sightseeing focuses on sites important to the birth of the United States. Visit the Liberty Bell and learn how this State House bell was transformed into an extraordinary symbol. Also visit Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776.

Day 6 PHILADELPHIA–WASHINGTON DC

Depart the “handsome city” of Philadelphia for the U.S. capital founded on July 16, 1790, and the seat of government, Washington DC. Located along the Potomac River on the East Coast, this cosmopolitan city holds an unmatched cache of the country’s history, sites, and artifacts. “DC” (the District of Columbia) was created to establish a central location for the running of the government. Your afternoon is free for independent exploration. The nation’s capital has an endless list of things to do, from museums packed with history to a thriving restaurant scene.

Day 7 WASHINGTON DC

Begin this morning’s sightseeing with a Local Guide and visit the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. Afterwards, continue on to experience the solemn majesty of the Lincoln and National WWII Memorials, and conclude with photo stops at Capitol Hill and the White House. The remainder of your day is free for independent sightseeing. Perhaps visit Arlington National Cemetery, the African American History Museum or the Washington Monument. This evening, join an optional dinner at one of Washington’s favorite restaurants, followed by an illumination tour of the monuments.

Day 8 WASHINGTON DC

Your vacation ends this morning. You can also extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Washington DC further.



Transportation:

Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.

 Tour Director

With COSMOS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

BRENDA BROOKS

Escorting tours for more than 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!

Tour Director - BRENDA BROOKS

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


New York City
Washington DC

New York City

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!

Price Range: $$$

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

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 Empire State Building.

Price Range: $

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

Ascend 70 floors into the sky and take in sweeping 360-degree city views from three viewing decks.

Price Range: $

Washington DC

Dinner and National Monuments by Night

Dinner and National Monuments by Night

The evening starts with dinner at a favorite local restaurant and is capped off with an illumination tour of several of DC's most famous memorials. A beautiful city any time of day, it is especially beautiful at night!

Price Range: $$



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