Best of East Coast USA - Classic Group

Best of East Coast USA - Classic Group

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Best of East Coast USA - Classic Group

9 Days Starting in Bar Harbor, USA and ending in Washington D.C., USA

Visiting: Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Kennebunkport, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C.

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

ABECWZN20

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 40

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

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Tour operated in:

English
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Tour Overview

Discover the iconic sights and unique regional character of East Coast USA. Starting your journey in Maine, enjoy the rocky shoreline, majestic views and rugged nautical charm of Acadia National Park. Tour part of Boston’s famous Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile trail with 16 historically significant sites before arriving at the bright lights of New York City. Join a local expert to see the iconic sights and skyline of the Big Apple and join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience tasting local specialities at a neighbourhood public market. In Washington, D.C. see the Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial and conclude your journey in style with a dinner cruise on the Potomac River.

Highlights

  • Embark on a cruise to the base of Niagara Falls.

  • Visit historic Kingston, Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, Ile d'Orleans, Quebec City, Acadia National Park, Kennebunkport, Boston's Freedom Trail, Times Square in NYC, Philadelphia's Liberty Bell, and Washington D.C.

  • Take in the natural beauty of Acadia National Park, with its dramatic rocky shoreline and rugged nautical charm.

  • Follow the rocky Maine shoreline to the picturesque town of Kennebunkport.

  • Explore the UNESCO-listed Independence National Historic Park and see the famous crack that runs down the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.

  • Explore the great city of Boston and follow part of the red-brick Freedom Trail.

  • Take a city tour of the history-lined streets of Washington, D.C., and learn about the proud heritage of a nation.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive In Bar Harbor

Location: Bar Harbor

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Harborside Hotel Spa & Marina

Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to Bar Harbor, a vibrant historic city on Maine's scenic Atlantic Coast. The evening is saved for a delectable Welcome Dinner with your new friends, as you feast on authentic Maine lobster, a local specialty and one that won't disappoint.

Day 2: Explore Acadia National Park

Location: Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Harborside Hotel Spa & Marina

Meals Included: Breakfast

Take in the natural beauty of Acadia National Park, with its dramatic rocky shoreline and rugged nautical charm. You'll witness amazing views of the park from the top of Cadillac Mountain, while guests wanting to explore on foot can join their Travel Director to view well-known spots such as Thunder Hole. You'll have time to explore Bar Harbor on your own. Stop for an ice cream or head to the bustling souvenir stores to stock up on some holiday treats.

Day 3: Coastal New England To Boston

Location: Bar Harbor, Kennebunkport, Boston

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hyatt Regency Boston

Meals Included: Breakfast

Follow the rocky Maine shoreline, stopping in picturesque Kennebunkport, a glitzy, New England resort town and the iconic home of the Bush family. The town has a number of fine, well-preserved mansions, many of which have been turned into charming inns.

Day 4: Boston, The Cradle Of Liberty

Location: Boston

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hyatt Regency Boston

Meals Included: Breakfast

Famous for its American Revolutionary war history, Boston is a place for keen history buffs. Join your Travel Director as they guide you along the Freedom Trail, a route that leads you to several historically significant sites, including the Old State House and the meeting house where the Boston Tea Party of 1773 was planned. The rest of your day is at leisure. Perhaps take a stroll to Downtown Crossing or historic Faneuil Hall. For foodies in search of the city's best street eats, head to Boston's North End. With its large Italian community, this part of town houses some of the best Italian bakeries in the city, as lines of shoppers circle the block to get their hands on fresh cannoli and other treats.

Day 5: A Bite Of The Big Apple

Location: Boston, New York City

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: New York Marriott Marquis

Meals Included: Breakfast

Follow the bright lights to New York City. Choose to visit the Top of the Rock Observation Deck with stunning views of the New York skyline. Alternatively, take a scenic bike tour of Central Park and explore its iconic sights. Your hotel is in the heart of Midtown and a short, 10-minute walk from the United Nations Headquarters and just steps away from Grand Central Terminal and the Chrysler Building.

Day 6: A Manhattan Masterpiece Relaxed Start

Location: New York City

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: New York Marriott Marquis

Meals Included: Breakfast

Explore the City that Never Sleeps with your Local Expert, before heading out on your own. If it's tranquility you're after, relish the calm of Central Park, an expansive space designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Later, MAKE TRAVEL MATTER by visiting Essex Lower East Side Neighborhood Market for a food tour and demonstration.

Day 7: Liberty In Philadelphia And D.C.

Location: New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C.

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Melrose Georgetown Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel to Pennsylvania's largest city, Philadelphia, where the Liberty Bell first chimed and Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. Explore Independence National Historic Park and visit the Liberty Bell with your Travel Director. Journey to Washington, D.C., the nation's capital. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Perhaps join an optional Illuminations Tour in the evening before spending the night at the luxurious Fairmont Washington D.C. Georgetown.

Day 8: Washington, D.C. Sightseeing And Leisure Time

Location: Washington, D.C.

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Melrose Georgetown Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

In the morning, immerse yourself on a sightseeing tour and delve into the proud heritage of a nation. View the White House, the striking Washington Monument, and sprawling National Mall. Reflect on the country's most turbulent days at the Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial. Next, visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the newest member of the Smithsonian Institution and the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. The rest of the day is at leisure. Join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Celebration Dinner and toast to new friends and fantastic memories.

Day 9: Depart Washington, D.C.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Meals Included: Breakfast

A morning transfer at leisure will take you to Dulles International Airport or Reagan National Airport for your flight home. Alternatively, extend your stay at your own pleasure.

What's Included

  • Meals

    8 Breakfasts (B), 1 Dinner (D), 1 Dinner with Wine (DW), including special dinners like an authentic Main Lobster dinner in Bar Harbor and a Celebration Dinner in Washington DC.

  • Unique Experiences

    Cooking demonstration in Ottawa, visit to the Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot Project, cruise to the base of Niagara Falls, and city tours with Local Experts in Montreal, Quebec City, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

  • Special Access

    Visit historic Kingston, Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, Ile d'Orleans, Quebec City, Acadia National Park, Kennebunkport, Boston's Freedom Trail, Times Square in NYC, Philadelphia's Liberty Bell, and more.

  • Accommodations

    Stay in carefully selected hotels throughout the tour, enhancing your experience of the destinations visited.

  • Transportation

    Travel in comfort with transportation provided throughout your tour, including city tours and transfers between destinations.

What's Not Included

  • Airfare

    International and domestic airfare to and from the start and end points of the tour are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Optional Activities

    Any optional activities or excursions not mentioned in the tour itinerary are not included.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, room service, alcoholic beverages, and minibar charges are not included.

  • Gratuities

    Gratuities for Travel Director, driver, local guides, and hotel staff are not included.

Check out our Q&As

  • What are the highlights of the Washington, D.C. tour?

    In Washington, D.C., you will view the White House, the Washington Monument, and the National Mall. You will also visit the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The tour concludes with a Celebration Dinner.

  • What will I see in Philadelphia?

    In Philadelphia, you will explore Independence National Historic Park and visit the Liberty Bell, where you can learn about its historical significance.

  • What historical sites will I visit in Boston?

    In Boston, you will follow the Freedom Trail, which leads to several historically significant sites, including the Old State House and the meeting house where the Boston Tea Party of 1773 was planned. You can also visit Downtown Crossing, historic Faneuil Hall, and Boston's North End.

  • What kind of dinner can I expect on the first day in Bar Harbor?

    On the first day in Bar Harbor, you will enjoy a delectable Welcome Dinner featuring authentic Maine lobster, a local specialty.

  • What happens on the last day of the tour?

    On the last day, you will have a morning transfer to Dulles International Airport or Reagan National Airport for your flight home. Alternatively, you can extend your stay at your own pleasure.

  • What activities are available in Acadia National Park?

    In Acadia National Park, you can take in the natural beauty with its dramatic rocky shoreline and rugged nautical charm. You can witness amazing views from the top of Cadillac Mountain and explore well-known spots such as Thunder Hole. There is also time to explore Bar Harbor on your own.

  • What can I do in Kennebunkport?

    In Kennebunkport, you can explore the picturesque town, check out its quaint boutiques and local craft shops, and see the fine, well-preserved mansions, many of which have been turned into charming inns.

  • What are the options for exploring New York City?

    In New York City, you can visit the Top of the Rock Observation Deck for stunning views of the skyline or take a scenic bike tour of Central Park. You will also have the opportunity to explore the city with a Local Expert and visit the Essex Lower East Side Neighborhood Market for a food tour and demonstration.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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