The Grand East
New York-Boston-New England-Québec City-Montréal-Ottawa-Toronto-Niagara Falls-Gettysburg-Amish Country-Washington DC-Williamsburg-Roanoke-Blue Ridge-Cherokee-Great Smoky Mountains-Nashville-Memphis-Jackson-New Orleans-Mobile-Pensacola-Orlando-Miami
2019 Sat: Apr 13, 27. May 11, 25. Jun 08, 22. July 06, 20. Aug 03, 17, 31. Sep 14, 21, 28
20days/19nights, New York/ Miami
19days/18nights, New York/Orlando
17days/16nights, New York/Orlando
Child rates for children 07-12 years and single supplement on request.
day 01 New York Arrival
Arrive in New York City and transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet with your Tour Director in the evening.
day 02 New York-Boston
Depart NYC for historic New England. Travel along the Long Island Sound to Boston, MA. Enjoy a walking tour along the Freedom Trail and the cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill, steeped in history, which contains one of the city’s most beautiful neighborhoods.
day 03 Boston-New England-Québec City
This morning travel through the rural New England states of New Hampshire and Vermont on your way to Canada. You will pass through small picturesque villages and the White Mountains, particularly beautiful during the fall foliage. You’ll cross the international border to enter the Canadian province of Québec. Perhaps visit an authentic maple farm and this evening, take the opportunity to sample some of the celebrated French Canadian cuisine (optional).
day 04 Québec City-Montréal
Begin the day with a tour of Québec City, the French capital of the province and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include the Québec Provincial Parliament Building and the Citadelle. Then enjoy a walking tour of the walled city, where you will see the Chateau de Frontenac, as well as unparalleled views of the Saint Lawrence River. Then you may want to enjoy a delicious pastry, baguette or candy treat or, if time allows, may we suggest a visit to Rue du Tresor before departing to Montréal. Upon arrival, go on a tour of Old Montréal, the area known as the “Vieux Port,” with stops at Place Jacques Cartier & Notre Dame Basilica.
day 05 Montréal-Ottawa-Toronto
Depart Montréal for the capital of Canada, Ottawa. This vibrant city of parks and flowers boasts one of the most impressive parliament buildings in the world. In the afternoon, continue along the 1,000 Islands Parkway to the largest English-speaking city in Canada, Toronto, located on the shore of Lake Ontario. Join an optional excursion on the St. Lawrence River which explores the magnificent scenery on a relaxing cruise.
day 06 Toronto-Niagara Falls
Begin the day with a drive through Toronto’s impressive collection of modern skyscrapers, most notably, the CN Tower, one of the world’s tallest free-standing structure (1,815 ft. /553 m). Do you dare to stand on the glass floor located more than 300 meters above Toronto (optional)? Continue along Lake Ontario, crossing the Welland Canal, before arriving at Niagara Falls, where you will be amazed at this natural wonder. Stroll along Table Rock, see the unique Floral Clock and view the thundering water of the Horseshoe Falls. Later, take an optional tour on the renowned Maid of the Mist boat ride at the base of the Falls.
day 07 Niagara Falls-Gettysburg-Amish Country
Today ride through the rolling farmland of upstate New York, known as the Finger Lakes Region, and enter the Keystone State of Pennsylvania. This afternoon, visit the historic Gettysburg Civil War National Battleground, site of the largest battle ever fought on American soil. This is the place where President Lincoln gave his famous address in 1863. Travel along the Susquehanna River to Amish Country.
day 08 Amish Country-Washington DC
Travel through rural countryside to Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Visit an Amish Museum and see their 300-year-old tradition of simple living (admission included). The Amish people live in a world that stopped in the mid-1850s. They use no electricity, mechanical devices, nor modern equipment. In the afternoon, continue to the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.
day 09 Washington DC
Enjoy a city tour with such highlights as the U.S. Capitol Building, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, the F.B.I. Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the White House and Arlington National Cemetery, site of the JFK Memorial. Spend the remainder of the day exploring some of the many museums comprising the Smithsonian Institute or simply walk the banks of the Potomac River.
day 10 Washington DC-Williamsburg-Roanoke
Depart this morning for Williamsburg, Virginia’s colonial capital. You will have some free time to walk along the Duke of Gloucester Street to visit some of the impressive public buildings, colonial houses and the College of William and Mary (admissions not included).
day 11 Roanoke-Blue Ridge Parkway-Gatlinburg
Travel along portions of Blue Ridge Parkway before an afternoon arrival in Gatlinburg, the heart of Tennessee.
day 12 Gatlinburg-Great Smoky Mountains-Nashville
Enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Continue through Knoxville to Nashville, capital of Tennessee and home to country & western music. Bring your boots and join your fellow travelers at the Wild Horse Saloon, where you can kick up your heels and give line dancing a go (optional).
day 13 Nashville-Memphis
Travel across the countryside and arrive in Memphis, the city known for blues music, cotton and home of Sun Records. Take a city tour including Beale Street, the heart of the blues music scene. This afternoon, fans of “The King of Rock and Roll” have the opportunity to tour Graceland, former home of Elvis Presley (optional).
day 14 Memphis-Jackson-New Orleans
Today’s tour takes you to Mississippi, the Magnolia State. Pass through Jackson, the state capital, and continue to Louisiana and New Orleans, the home of the infamous Mardi Gras celebrations. Tonight, immerse yourself in Creole culture on board an authentic Mississippi Riverboat dinner cruise and enjoy the rhythms of a Dixieland jazz band (optional).
day 15 New Orleans
Your day is at leisure to take in the French influence and grandeur of New Orleans. Explore the French Quarter with its trademark wrought iron balconies overlooking the narrow, cobblestone streets. Stand atop one of the infamous New Orleans levees and gain the perspective of how these unique feats of architecture guard the city.
day 16 New Orleans-Gulf of Mexico-Pensacola
Travel along the Mississippi Gulf Coast through Mobile, AL to the city of Pensacola. Visit one of the top 10 rose gardens in America at the Bellingrath Home (admission included). Visit Pensacola Beach, walk along side the swaying sea oats, dipping your toes in the warm waters of the emerald green Gulf of Mexico.
day 17 Pensacola-Orlando
Travel along the Florida panhandle to Ocala, known for thoroughbred horse ranches. Continue through central Florida, heart of America’s citrus industry, and on to Orlando, America’s family playground.
For passengers leaving the tour today, tour ends upon arrival at Orlando at approximately 16.00 hours.
day 18 Orlando
Day is at leisure. Spend the day relaxing by the pool, or optional visit to Walt Disney World attraction, such as Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.
day 19 Orlando-Miami
Visit Kennedy Space Centre, home of America’s space program (admission not included). Continue to the cultural melting pot of vibrant Miami Beach.
For passengers leaving the tour today in Orlando, tour ends upon check-out from your hotel in Orlando.
day 20 Miami
The Grand East tour concludes this morning upon your check out from your hotel.
Inclusions: twin share, welcome reception, tour director, deluxe coach, porterage, service charges, taxes.
Sightseeing: guided walking tour of Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, travel through Vermont & New Hampshire & visit a quintessential New England town, guided tour of Quebec, see Niagara Park’s Floral Clock, Gettysburg National Military Park, Amish Farmhouse and Museum, Washington DC, see the Lincoln Memorial & “go back in time”, Great Smokey Mountains, Nashville, Memphis, Bellingrath, Kennedy Space Centre.
Hotels: New York-Dylan, Boston-Courtyard by Marriott Boston Brookline, Québec-Hotel Universel, Montréal-Des Goveneur Place Dupuis, Toronto-Bond Place Hotel, Niagara-Best Western Cairn Croft Inn, Amish Country-Wyndham Garden York, Washington-Washington Hilton, Roanoke-Holiday Inn Tanglewood, Gatlinburg-Edgewater Hotel & Conference Centre, Nashville-Inn at Opryland, Memphis-Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown, New Orleans-Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Pensacola-Courtyard by Marriottl, Orlando-Wyndham Orland Resort International Drive, Miami-Hilton Garden Inn Miami South Beach (or similar)
Notes: All bookings are made only on English spoken tour departures, however some tours may be modified to multilingual (2 languages) at short notice. Tours are subject to change without notice pending climatic and local traffic conditions.
Optional excursions: tour & have dinner at a Canadian maple farm, night tour of Montréal and a classic French Canadian dinner, Maid of the Mist ride with lunch at Niagara Falls, Washington Monuments at night with dinner in fashionable D.C. and “All-American” Picnic at a surprise destination en route.
Optional excursions need to be arranged with the tour director at the start of the tour.