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Cities of the Great East (8460)

8 days from Boston to Washington DC

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Explore America’s historic cities on this affordable escorted vacation. Begin in Boston with guided sightseeing of the Freedom Trail, including Boston Common, the Old State House, the Old North Church, and more. Next, head for the “Big Apple” to enjoy a free afternoon to explore New York City’s sights, perhaps with a harbor cruise or a Broadway show. The following day, join us for guided sightseeing to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the Financial District, and Chinatown. Travel from NYC to Philadelphia. Enjoy guided sightseeing to see the historic sites in the “City of Brotherly Love,” including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. Next, visit Washington, DC with guided sightseeing including the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, the Lincoln and National WWII Memorials, and photo stops at Capitol Hill and the White House. Your budget vacation through the great cities of the U.S. is rich in history everyone should see!

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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

BOSTON
Sightseeing with Local Guide; harbor cruise

NEW YORK CITY
Sightseeing with Local Guide

PHILADELPHIA
Sightseeing; visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall

WASHINGTON DC
Sightseeing with Local Guide; visit the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

Guides:

PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR

Notes:

Enjoy the fall colors of New York and surrounding areas on our special Fall Foliage departure: September 23 (if Mother Nature permits).

UNESCO World Heritage

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Independence Hall
Transportation:

Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

WASHINGTON DC. Your vacation ends this morning. You can also extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Washington DC further.

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

BOSTON Welcome to Boston, a treasure trove of American history. Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2

BOSTON Your morning guided tour of Boston highlights the historic sites of the Freedom Trail: Boston Common, the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, and the Old North Church. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own.

Day 3

BOSTON–NEW YORK CITY Depart Boston and head south to the “Big Apple.” New York City began its extraordinary history as the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam. Upon arrival, take an optional cruise of New York Harbor past the magnificent skyscrapers and historical landmarks that make this the most recognizable skyline in the world. The remainder of your day and evening are at leisure. Perhaps take in a Broadway show this evening.

Day 4

NEW YORK CITY Today begins with a guided tour of the city’s most famous sights: Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the Financial District, and Chinatown. Afterward, you are free to explore more of New York at your leisure. Perhaps visit the Tenement Museum, and hear the stories of some of the 12 million immigrants who entered the United States between 1892 and 1954. Enjoy a walk along the unique Highline, a park created on a historic elevated New York Central Railroad spur; or go window shopping on fashionable Fifth Avenue. Your Tour Director will be available to help you with additional sightseeing plans as well as give shopping and dining suggestions.

Day 5

NEW YORK CITY–PHILADELPHIA This morning, travel to the “City of Brotherly Love,” once the largest English-speaking colonial city in the world after London. Afternoon sightseeing focuses on sites important to the birth of the United States. Visit the Liberty Bell and learn how this State House bell was transformed into an extraordinary symbol. Also visit Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776.

Day 6

PHILADELPHIA–WASHINGTON DC Depart the “handsome city” of Philadelphia for the U.S. capital founded on July 16, 1790, and the seat of government, Washington DC. Located along the Potomac River on the East Coast, this cosmopolitan city holds an unmatched cache of the country’s history, sites, and artifacts. “DC” (the District of Columbia) was created to establish a central location for the running of the government. Your afternoon is free for independent exploration. The nation’s capital has an endless list of things to do, from museums packed with history to a thriving restaurant scene.

Day 7

WASHINGTON DC Begin this morning’s sightseeing with a Local Guide and visit the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. Afterwards, continue on to experience the solemn majesty of the Lincoln and National WWII Memorials, and conclude with photo stops at Capitol Hill and the White House. The remainder of your day is free for independent sightseeing. Perhaps visit Arlington National Cemetery, the African American History Museum, or the Washington Monument. This evening, join an optional dinner at one of Washington’s favorite restaurants, followed by an illumination tour of the monuments.

Day 8

WASHINGTON DC Your vacation ends this morning. You can also extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Washington DC further.

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

DARYL JENKINS

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

"After a trip to Moscow in 2006, I developed an insatiable desire for travel. I really enjoy working with people, so tour directing seemed like a natural fit. I believe travel is vital to becoming a more well-rounded person. Exposure to other people and cultures gives us a better understanding of just how much we all have in common. I enjoy being able to share places and experiences that I love with others-I look forward to seeing you on the road!"

Tour Director -  DARYL JENKINS

BRENDA BROOKS

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"I have been conducting tours for many years. I love sharing my part of the world with travelers and watching them have fun, knowing that I play a part in their enjoyment. I am from the Deep South, so I feel that I have much to share in that area. I also conduct tours in the Midwest, the East, Southeast, Northeast, and Eastern Canada. Some of my favorite hobbies are cooking, entertaining, playing the piano, daily walks, reading, and travel!"

Tour Director -  BRENDA BROOKS

 Accommodations

BOSTON
NEW YORK CITY
PHILADELPHIA
WASHINGTON DC

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



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