Best of Eastern Canada & USA (Small Group)

Best of Eastern Canada & USA (Small Group)

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Best of Eastern Canada & USA (Small Group)

16 Days Starting in Toronto (ON) and ending in Washington D.C.

Visiting: Toronto, Niagara Falls, Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Kennebunkport, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C.

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

SABECZM20

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 24

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Please advise request

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Cultural, History

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Tour Overview

See the top destinations in two countries on this 16-Day guided tour of Canada and the U.S. Stroll the urban-but-regal Queen's Park in downtown Toronto, then get up-close to the world’s most famous waterfall, Niagara Falls. Wander the grand mansions of Montreal and step inside the Notre-Dame Basilica — a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture, featuring a gold and azure-hued sanctuary — with a Local Expert. In Maine, dine on decadent, authentic local lobster caught fresh from a nearby harbor. Walk with a guide along part of the Freedom Trail in Boston, a 2.5-mile trail with 16 historically significant sites, including the house where the Boston Tea Party was planned in 1773. In Philadelphia, see the Liberty Bell, rung throughout history to announce some of the country’s most historical moments, such as the death of George Washington. In New York City, meet local vendors at a neighborhood public market and taste local specialties.

Highlights

  • Philadelphia: Explore the UNESCO-listed Independence National Historic Park and see the famous crack that runs down the Liberty Bell, whose inscription has inspired so many in history to "proclaim liberty.

  • Niagara Falls: Get up close and personal with the mighty Falls! Experience the awesome power, thundering water and amazing mist from a state of the art eco-catamaran, making it a perfect and memorable way to experience this natural wonder.

  • Montreal: Join a local Expert who will guide you around Old Montreal and Mont Royal. View the Notre-Dame Basilica, the colorful old port and Place Jacques-Cartier, both at the magnificent heart of the old city.

  • Quebec City: Quebec is a UNESCO World Heritage site as you see the Latin Quarter, Plains of Abraham, City Hall, Palace Royale and views of the grand Chateau Frontenac.

  • Ottawa: Visit Madahòkì Farm and experience a lively traditional Pow Wow dance. Join this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and learn about diversity of Indigenous cultures across Canada and how they revive the traditional arts by creating partnerships with elders and artisans.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Thrilling Toronto

Location: Toronto

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Westin Harbour Castle

Meals Included: Dinner, with Wine

Welcome to Toronto, a vibrant city on Lake Ontario, full of fine restaurants and bars, as well as an eclectic mix of cultures. After settling in, feel free to explore the town and discover what it has to offer. At 18:00, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

Day 2 : Toronto And The Thundering Falls Of Niagara Relaxed Start

Location: Toronto, Niagara Falls

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hilton Toronto

Meals Included: Breakfast

Visit Toronto's top sights as you see Queen's Park and the Parliament Buildings, before venturing on the quaint town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, a 19th century village that offers gorgeous views of Lake Ontario. See the flowers and old-world architecture of the city before heading to the spectacular Niagara Falls. Take in this great natural wonder up-close on a catamaran, cruising right up to the base of the falls before returning to Toronto.

Day 3 : Kingston And Ottawa

Location: Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Novotel Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Journey to historic Kingston, otherwise known as the Limestone City. Here you’ll view the city’s storied buildings, churches and fortifications, many of which being constructed from limestone itself. Continue to the Canadian capital of Ottawa where you’ll join a cooking demonstration at a local barn owned by Just Food, a nonprofit organization that brings dining experiences focused on sustainable food and farming practices. Learn new culinary skills and discover more about local cuisine using staples from the Canadian terroir such as maple sugar, haskaps, Labrador tea and wildflowers. End the experience with a delicious three-course dinner with wine, before heading back to your hotel.

Day 4 : Canada's Capital To Montreal

Location: Ottawa, Montreal

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Get ready for an exciting morning exploring Ottawa, with a tour of the city’s stately boulevards. Then, you'll join your Indigenous Cultural Ambassadors and experience a lively traditional Pow Wow dance. Join this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and learn about the Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot Project which aims to revive the traditional arts by creating partnerships with elders and artisans. Continue to the diverse metropolis of Montreal, which is in the French-speaking province of Quebec.

Day 5 : Montreal, The Royal Mountain

Location: Montreal

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today you’ll join a Local Expert who will guide you around Old Montreal. The narrow cobblestone streets draw you in with their lively little plazas, shops and cafes. From the grand mansions of Mount Royal to the iconic Notre-Dame Basilica, Old Montreal is a historic neighbourhood that is now a major hot spot with beautiful architecture and plenty of opportunities for photo-ops. The rest of the day is free to enjoy as you please.

Day 6 : Montmorency Falls Park To Quebec City Relaxed Start

Location: Montreal, Quebec City

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hilton Quebec City

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Depart Montreal and head to Montmorency Falls today. Stop at a traditional Sugar Shack and learn how maple syrup is harvested and prepared while enjoying the scenery. After lunch, continue onwards to Montmorency Falls Park where you will experience that natural wonder that towers 272 feet (84 m) tall over the Saint Lawrence River. Walk the full width of the falls on a suspension bridge between both sides of the park, or if you are feeling adventurous, you can take the panoramic staircase down along the cliffside. After taking plenty of pictures, you will continue to Quebec City.

Day 7 : Quintessential Quebec Relaxed Start

Location: Quebec City

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hilton Quebec City

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Discover more of Quebec City’s history and charm with a Local Expert. You'll see the Latin Quarter, Plains of Abraham, City Hall and Palace Royale, while learning about the city’s long history as one of the oldest European settlements in North America. No visit to Old Quebec would be complete without seeing the grand hotel Château Frontenac, designated a National Historic Site of Canada as it was one of the first grand railway hotels completed in Canada. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. In the evening enjoy your highlight dinner in historic old Quebec.

Day 8 : Quebec To Bar Harbor

Location: Quebec City, Bar Harbor

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: Harborside Spa & Marina Bar Harbor.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner

Bid 'Au Revoir' to Quebec City as you cross the U.S. border and travel toward Mount Desert Island on the Atlantic Coast. A tranquil getaway, this large island comes with freshwater lakes, rugged clifftops, forests and striking mountains. Make the most of the serene setting at your hotel, which is situated on the island itself. The evening is saved for a delectable Highlight Dinner with your new friends, as you feast on authentic Maine lobster, a local specialty and one that won't disappoint.

Day 9 : Explore Acadia National Park

Location: Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Harborside Spa & Marina Bar Harbor.

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 10 : 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 11 : 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 12 : 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 13 : A Manhattan Masterpiece Relaxed Start

Location: New York City

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: New York Marriott Marquis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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 14 : 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 15 : Washington, D.C. Sightseeing And Leisure Time

Location: Washington, D.C.

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Melrose Georgetown Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

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 16 : 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

  • Accommodation

    As per detailed in itinerary

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. and On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.

  • Fully Guided

    Yes. An experience Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.

  • Meals

    As per detailed in itinerary

What's Not Included

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum group size is 24 guests.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Complimentary arrival and departure transfer by shuttle coach is included on the arrival and departure day of your guided holiday. If your flight times do not coincide with the shuttle coach transfer timings you may choose to book and purchase a transfer.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Hotel and restaurant tips are included. All taxes and porterage charges at hotels are also included.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    The fitness level Low - These tours generally have up to 1-3 miles of walking per day and may involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, An English speaking local guide on this tour.

  • 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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