Cities of the Great East (8460)

8 Day Tour 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. 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).

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

  • Independence Hall

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 your 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

Escorting tours for more than 20

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

Boston
New York City
Philadelphia
Washington DC

 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
Philadelphia
Washington DC

New York City

90-Minute New York Harbor Cruise

90-Minute New York Harbor Cruise

This fully narrated cruise offers introduces visitors to the impressive NYC skyline and so many of the most famous landmarks.

Price Range: $

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: $$$

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: $

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: $

Philadelphia

Philadelphia Carriage Tour

Philadelphia Carriage Tour

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

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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