Cities of the Great East (8460)

8 Day Tour from Boston to Washington DC

2020 Tour Details

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. Take a harbor cruise to see the Bunker Hill Monument and the Boston Tea Party ship. 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 free time and guided sightseeing, including Arlington National Cemetery and the Eternal Flame near the gravesites of President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy. Visit the Lincoln and National WWII Memorials, with 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!
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 Tour Highlights

BOSTON
Sightseeing with Local Guide; harbor cruise
NEW YORK CITY
Sightseeing with Local Guide
PHILADELPHIA
Sightseeing; visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
WASHINGTON DC
Sightseeing with Local Guide; visit Arlington National Cemetery

Notes:

Enjoy the fall colors of New York and surrounding areas on our special fall foliage departures: September 21 & 28 (if Mother Nature permits).

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

4 breakfasts

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

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. Next, board a harbor CRUISE to see the Bunker Hill Monument and the Boston Tea Party ship. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own.

Breakfast Breakfast

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.

Breakfast Breakfast

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.

Breakfast Breakfast

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.

Breakfast Breakfast

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 ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY to see the graves of American heroes, including those of John and Robert Kennedy. 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. 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.

 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

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 Optional Excursions

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