New York-Finger Lakes-Niagara Falls-Toronto-1000 Islands-New Jersey- Philadelphia-Washington DC-Amish Country
5days/4nights, New York/New York
2018 depart: Sun & Wed: Apr-Oct (NOTE: ITINERARY IN REVERSE FOR WEDNESDAY DEPARTURES)
day 01 New York-Finger Lakes-Niagara Falls
This morning at 07.00, we depart from Grayline Visitor Center heading north where we will pass the beautiful Delaware wate Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls passing Seneca Lake, arriving in the late afternoon. Tour the US side of Niagara including the American Falls, Goat Island and Luna Island. Experience the power of Niagara aboard the Maid of the Mist. At night, we can appreciate the colourful lighting of the waters.
day 02 Niagara Falls-Toronto-1000 Islands
Our day starts with the magnificent Horse Shoe Falls’ view followed by the visit of the picturesque village of Niagara on The Lake. We continue to Toronto, the financial capital of Canada. We visit the HTO Park, Brookfield Place - home of the Hockey Hall of Fame - City Hall and The Distillery Historic District. Towards evening depart Toronto east along the world famous Lake Ontario for an evening arrival to the 1000 Islands area (in April, based on weather’s conditions we may return to Niagara Falls for overnight).
day 03 1000 Islands-New Jersey
We start the day with a cruise through the amazing 1000 Islands along the St. Laurence River that was navigated about 500 years ago, by the French explorer Jacques Cartier. See the houses of the rich and famous built atop private islands – such as Boldt Castle and Heart Island. On the way to New York, enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls along the way, find your own bargain with brand name stores for less. Evening arrival to our hotel in New Jersey.
day 04 New Jersey-Philadelphia-Amish Country-Washington DC
Depart from New Jersey to Pennsylvania and to the city of brotherly love Philadelphia. Arriving in the historic area of Philadelphia we visit the famous Liberty Bell, one of the symbols of freedom in America, Constitution square and Congress Hall. Stroll Elfreth’s alley the oldest continuously inhabited street in America. Continue on a panoramic tour of Philadelphia that includes the financial district, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Historic Philadelphia and more. Departing Philadelphia we see the famous “Rocky Steps” and then continue to Lancaster county home of the Amish people. We start our visit with a ride on an authentic Amish Buggy through the Amish farm country and learn how they live without the benefit of modern technology, no electricity, running water, telephone service, or appliances. After the ride, we visit the Amish marketplace where we can shop for handmade arts crafts and products. In the late afternoon we depart east for an evening arrival in Washington DC.
day 05 Washington DC-New York
Start the day with a visit of Thomas Jefferson Memorial, by the Tidal Basin, surrounded with famous Japanese cherry blossom trees. Visit the Arlington National Cemetery, the changing of the guards and the Kennedy family gravesite. Next stop is Capitol Hill. See the US Capitol and the White House to understand the core of the US government. Continue to the Air and Space Museum before visiting the Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Korea and Vietnam Memorials. In the late afternoon, we head back to New York for an evening arrival.
Inclusions: 3* accommodation, daily breakfasts, tour director, air conditioned coach, service charges, taxes.
Sightseeing: Niagara Falls, Toronto, 1000 Islands (Cruise May-Oct only), Maid of the Mist (May-Oct) or Scenic Tunnels (Apr), Philadelphia, Washington DC, Amish Buggy Ride, Ontario Parliament (June-Aug).
Hotels: Niagara Falls-Wyndham Super 8, Gananoque-Comfort Inn (in April-WyndhamSuper 8), New Jersey-La Quinta Inn & Suites Fairfield, Washington DC-Wyndham Garden (or similar).
Notes: This is a multilingual tour. Tours are subject to change without notice pending climatic and local traffic conditions.