Northeast Discovery

12 Days / 11 Nights

 

 

Your itinerary

 

Day 1

New York Arrive in New York City, America’s premier city and greatest attraction. Transfer to your hotel in Midtown Manhattan, conveniently located within minutes of Times Square, the Broadway Theaters, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue and Central Park.

 

 

Day 2: New York > Newport > Cape Cod > Boston

(230 m / 370 km)

Begin your journey this morning with a drive along the Hudson River to the northernmost tip of Manhattan, where you can make a quick photo stop at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park. This area of Manhattan is as peaceful and undeveloped as downtown Manhattan is crowded and overbuilt, and you’ll have superb views of both the Hudson River and of Manhattan’s only remaining primordial forest, in Inwood Park. Continue north through Connecticut towards Massachusetts and arrive in historic Boston, the “Cradle of the American Revolution” and New England’s premier city. Founded in 1630 by English Puritans, Boston quickly became colonial New England’s largest seaport and remains its cultural and political capital. Get oriented on the Freedom Trail, a self-guided walking tour of historic Boston’s most important revolutionary sites and events.

 

Day 3: Boston

A full day to explore Boston and its surroundings. Begin your day rambling through the cobblestone streets and fine brick houses of Beacon Hill, the traditional home of Boston’s “Brahmins”, early Boston’s social, intellectual and artistic elite. Then, cross the Charles River to the vibrant streets of Cambridge and Harvard University, America’s first institute of higher education (1636). Return through Back Bay’s boulevards for stylish shopping and dining, then make your way to the Fenway for the artistic treasures of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.

 

 

Day 4: Boston > White Mountains (New Hampshire)

(200 m / 320 km)

This morning, spend more time in Boston, take a side trip to Salem, home of the famous witch trials, or depart directly for the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Named for their often snow-covered peaks, the White Mountains are the tallest in New England, and the roads through the high mountain passes make for beautiful scenic driving. Take the Mount Washington Auto Road to the highest summit, and you’ll pass through four climate zones, from temperate to tundra.

 

Day 5: White Mountains (New Hampshire) > Quebec\

(315 m / 500 km)

Depart this morning for Canada through the northernmost reaches of Vermont. Arrive this afternoon in Quebec City, the 400-year-old capital of Quebec. Head for the Basse-Ville (Lower Town) of Vieux-Quebec (Old Quebec) on the St Lawrence River waterfront, for dinner and a stroll around the 18th-century streetscapes surrounding the Place Royale.

 

 

Day 6: Quebec > Montreal

(165 m / 265 km)

Today, depart early and follow the St Lawrence River for the short drive to Montreal, the largest French-speaking city after Paris. Begin in Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal) and the Place Jacques-Cartier, where street musicians and acrobats perform for audiences seated in outdoor cafes. From there, stroll along the cobblestone streets to the waterfront at the Vieux-Port (Old Port) and visit the Marche Bonsecours’ art galleries and native crafts shops. From here, take a river cruise or a thrilling jetboat tour to the Lachine Rapids (reservations recommended). Linger in the Old Town, or explore Montreal’s modern Downtown district, home to some of Canada’s premier art & history museums, or beautiful Parc du Mont-Royal, designed by the creator of New York’s Central Park, with splendid views overlooking the city. There’s no shortage of nightlife in Montreal, with plenty of clubs Downtown, in the Plateau Mont-Royal and the Quartier Latin, or return to the Vieux-Port for live jazz, blues or traditional musique quebecoise.

 

Day 7: Montreal > Ottawa

(124 m / 200 km)

Ottawa is the capital of Canada. Unique as a North American capital, the city is bilingual. English is the first language of a majority of the population, but French is the first language of a significant number. Staff in most stores and restaurants speak both well and, in general, bilingualism is common. There are many national museums and galleries in Ottawa and neighbouring Gatineau. All museums in Ottawa have free admission on Canada Day, July 1, although they are generally very crowded then. The best way to enjoy the city’s attractions is on foot.

 

 

Day 8: Ottawa > Toronto

(280 m / 450 km)

Toronto is Canada's largest city, its financial and cultural capital, a lively, multicultural, vibrant and diverse metropolis. It's also an inviting and friendly place: Toronto means "meeting place" in the native Huron tongue, and the name fits well. The area first attracted the French and English fur traders for its fine harbor and connection to the trails and canoe routes into the Canadian wilderness. After the French defeat in the the Seven Year's War, the area was settled by British colonists and as late as World War II, Toronto was still an overwhemingly Anglo-Saxon city. That has all changed in the 60 years since the war, as immigrants from the world over have moved here: the Portuguese and East Indians to Kensingon Market, the Chinese to Chinatown, the Greeks to Greektown, the West Indians, Poles, Dutch, Germans and Scandinavians elsewhere, so that now Toronto is proud of and celebrates its rich and stimulating cultural and ethnic diversity.

 

Day 9: Toronto > Niagara Falls

(80 m / 128 km)

A full day to explore Niagara Falls. A scenic natural wonder, Niagara Falls’ magnificent cascade attracts visitors from the world over to watch the water of four Great Lakes – at a rate of 3 million liters per second – drop 60 meters on its way to Lake Ontario. Niagara Falls can easily be explored on foot – you can walk across the Rainbow Bridge to Canada – and is especially impressive on a Maid of the Mist boat tour. Here, at the foot of Horseshoe Falls, a spectacular 180° curtain of water surrounds you. In the evening, enjoy dinner from high above the Falls on Skylon Tower, where on a clear day you can see Toronto (40 mi / 65 km away), enjoy the sunset and watch the colorful nighttime illumination of the Falls (Dinner / Tower Admission not included). After dinner, try your luck in one of Niagara Falls casinos.

 

 

Day 10: Niagara Falls > Lancaster

(340 m / 547 km)

A hub of art, culture, shopping and dining, historic downtown Lancaster is a vibrant city packed with activities for locals and visitors alike - the heart of Lancaster County's creative side. The city is situated in the center of Lancaster County, and its seven square miles are packed with art, museums, historical attractions, restaurants and cafes, theatres, shops and boutiques. Visit the Central Market, the country’s oldest operating 'farmers' market. Stroll through the streets to get the best feel of the city.

 

Day 11: Lancaster > Washington, DC

(120 m / 200 km)

Washington DC is more than a city and less than a state. It is a district created by Congress in 1790 as a place to convene and conduct government business. Originally it was laid out as 16 km/10 mile wide square cut through by the Potomac river in between the States of Virginia and Maryland. The terrain was christened District of Columbia and the new capital being constructed there was given the name Washington. In 1790 president George Washington commissioned a French army engineer by the name of Pierre l'Enfant to construct a glorious capital after the example of Paris. The full name of the newborn town became Washington, District of Columbia. Nowadays, Washington DC is a city of contrasts. The central part, with the huge wide-open Mall as its central point, has been magnificently conceived with wide avenues lined with statuesque buildings and monuments. It is one of the States’ most cosmopolitan cities with countless neighborhoods and ethnic restaurants offering a variety of exotic dishes.

 

Day 12: Washington, DC – New York

(220 m / 350 km)

Continue on back to New York for additional nights, or for your journey home.

 

 

The places you’ll enjoy staying

Day City Hotel Std
1 New York (NY) Travel Inn
2 Boston Area - Woburn Best Western New Englander
3 Boston Area - Woburn Best Western New Englander
4 White Mtns - North Conway (NH) Merrill Farm Resort
5 Quebec City (QC) Hotel Clarion Quebec
6 Montreal (QC) Hotel Lord Berri Montreal
7 Ottawa (ON) Novotel Ottawa
8 Toronto (ON) Bond Place Hotel
9 Niagara Falls (ON) Days Inn Fallsview Casino
10 Lancaster (PA) Red Roof Inn Lancaster
11 Washington - DCA (DC) Capitol Skyline
12 New York (NY) No Overnight

 

Fly-Drive prices

 

Date From Date To Sgl Dbl Tpl Quad
1-Apr-12 18-Apr-12 $1695 $1695 $1836 $1984
19-Apr-12 31-Oct-12 $2034 $2034 $2189 $2344

 

 

 

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