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From historic sites to beautiful scenery, enjoy the great cities of the Northeast and Canada on this exciting eastern Canada and U.S. tour. Your tour begins and ends in New York City with overnights in Boston, the Québec City area, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Lancaster, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. Enjoy guided sightseeing of the must-see sights in each of the cities, such as Boston’s Freedom Trail; Québec City’s Palace Royale, the historic square known as the birthplace of French America; Montréal’s 19th-century Notre Dame Church; Ottawa’s Parliament Hill; Toronto’s iconic, 1,815-foot-tall CN Tower; Washington DC’s most famous landmarks and Arlington National Cemetery; and Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both signed. In Pennsylvania Dutch country, learn about the history of the Amish community—including their faith, culture, and way of life without the use of telephones or electricity in the home—at the Amish Farm & House. Two extra nights in New York City give you time to see all of the sites and to explore on your own. Scenic drives also await you on this eastern Canada & U.S. tour. Travel through New Hampshire’s White Mountains, with some of the most beautiful scenery in the eastern U.S. In Canada, travel along the lakeshore and through the rich farmlands and vineyards of Ontario to Niagara Falls. In Niagara Falls, enjoy a cruise to hear the roar and view the falls up-close at the base of the falls. It is nothing short of spectacular! You’ll also enjoy a cruise in Thousand Islands National Park, where you’ll pass opulent summer homes, wooded islands, and lush landscapes. Vibrant cities, historic sites, and stunning scenery…this Eastern U.S. & Canada tour features all of this and more!
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In New York City, Boston, Québec City, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Washington DC, and Philadelphia; scenic cruise along the St. Lawrence River, Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise, Amish farm & house, Liberty Bell & Independence Hall, Arlington National Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Capitol Hill, and National WWII Memorial.Guides:
Local Guides for city sightseeing in New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Québec City, Montréal, Ottawa, and Amish farm & house; services of a professional Tour Director; local host service in New York City, where information is provided for independent exploration and dining.Scenic Highlights:
Faneuil Hall, the Old North Church, Freedom Trail, Boston Common, scenic White Mountains, French-Canadian province of Québec, St. Lawrence River, Québec City (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Place d’Armes, Laval Seminary, the star-plan Citadelle, Old Montréal, Seminary of St. Sulpice, Mount Royal, modern Montréal, Ottawa River, the Rideau Canal, Rideau Falls, CN Tower, Niagara Falls, Appalachian Mountains, and Pennsylvania Dutch farm country.Notes:
Enjoy the spectacular colors of New York, New England, Ontario, and Québec on our special fall foliage departures: September 3 to October 7 (if Mother Nature permits).
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
NEW YORK CITY. Welcome to the “Big Apple!” Your Tour Director is on hand this afternoon to answer any questions.
NEW YORK CITY–BOSTON. This morning, on the included sightseeing tour with a local expert, visit Broadway, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, City Hall, Wall Street, and Trinity Church. This afternoon, head for Boston—the “Cradle of American Liberty.” Visit its historic landmarks, reflecting the important part it has played in the history of the United States.
BOSTON. On your morning guided tour of Boston, see Faneuil Hall, the Old North Church (where Paul Revere was signaled for the departure of British troops to Lexington), the Freedom Trail, and Boston Common. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. This evening, why not join your traveling companions for dinner at a popular downtown restaurant?
BOSTON–QUÉBEC CITY AREA. Journey through New Hampshire, passing the State Capitol at Concord and on to the scenic White Mountains. Continue to the Canadian border, where you’ll notice a change in language and tradition as you enter the French-Canadian province of Québec. Overnight in historic Québec City on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.
QUÉBEC CITY AREA. This morning, join your traveling companions on a unique optional excursion to the Érablière le Chemin du Roy Sugar Shack. Visitors to the sugar cabin will enjoy a typical Québec breakfast, along with a guided visit and presentation to explain the process of maple extraction. Afterward, return to Québec City for a guided tour of Canada’s only walled city, crowned by the turrets of Château Frontenac. Until the British victory of 1759, Old Québec was the center of New France; today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls reside the Place d’Armes, Laval Seminary, the star-plan Citadelle with grand vistas from its bastions, and ancient Place Royale. See the Old World houses crowding narrow streets in Lower Town and the historic Plains of Abraham, where General Wolfe stormed the slopes. The afternoon is at leisure.
QUÉBEC CITY AREA–MONTRÉAL. Today, drive to cosmopolitan Montréal, one of Canada’s largest cities. Home of Expo ‘67 and the 1976 Summer Olympics, included guided sightseeing includes St. Joseph’s Oratory, the lookout atop Mount Royal, once-walled Old Montréal, Notre Dame Church, the Seminary of St. Sulpice, built by the first missionary settlers, and modern Montréal.
MONTRÉAL–OTTAWA. Drive west to Ottawa, Canada’s beautiful capital. Guided city sightseeing includes Parliament Hill with its gothic buildings, the Canadian Mint, the Rideau Canal, the hexagonal National Arts Centre, and stately residences and embassies. With the free afternoon you could visit the Canadian Museum of History, with panoramic views of Parliament Hill across the Ottawa River.
OTTAWA–THOUSAND ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK–KINGSTON–TORONTO. Trace the Rideau Canal south to the amazing Thousand Islands National Park. Enjoy many wooded islands along the St. Lawrence River, sprinkled with beautifully simple to opulent summer homes on your included SCENIC CRUISE.
TORONTO. Setting Toronto’s exciting architectural pace are City Hall; the downtown banking district; Roger’s Center; and stunning CN Tower, more than a third of a mile high. See all this and more on your morning city sightseeing tour. Then, spend the rest of the day exploring the city sights on your own, including Harbourfront, Ontario Place, and Chinatown.
TORONTO–NIAGARA FALLS. Travel south along the lakeshore and through the rich farmlands and vineyards of Ontario to Niagara Falls. Stop at Table Rock and hear the raging waters. Then, board your SIGHTSEEING BOAT for amazing close-ups at the base of the falls. NOTE:Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather conditions. When weather is unfavorable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.
NIAGARA FALLS–LANCASTER. Leave Canada and head southeast through the Appalachian Mountains and along a portion of the Susquehanna River into Pennsylvania Dutch farm country. Tonight, join the optional excursion and experience a traditional Amish dinner.
LANCASTER–PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH COUNTRY–WASHINGTON DC AREA. This morning, stop at the AMISH FARM & HOUSE. A Local Guide explains the faith, culture, and way of life of these people for whom tradition forbids the use of electricity or telephones in the home. On to Washington DC for an afternoon arrival.
WASHINGTON DC AREA. The nation’s capital is a sightseeing treasure trove, and your half-day tour with a Local Guide visits Arlington National Cemetery to see the graves of American heroes, including those of John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert. Afterward, the Lincoln and Washington Monuments, National WWII Memorial, and photo stops at Capitol Hill, the White House, and other well-known sights. Your Tour Director will also suggest a number of independent activities that explore different facets of this splendid city.
WASHINGTON DC AREA–PHILADELPHIA. Travel north this morning to Philadelphia for included sightseeing focusing on the important buildings of this historic city, the “Birthplace of the Nation.” Visit the LIBERTY BELL and INDEPENDENCE HALL.
PHILADELPHIA–NEW YORK CITY. This morning, leave for New York City via Newark International Airport for those with homebound flights. Please schedule flights after 6 pm. For guests with flights out of Kennedy or LaGuardia airports, transfers are not included; we suggest booking flights after 7 pm. The trip ends in Manhattan in the late afternoon for guests on the New York city extension. Check into the Skyline Hotel for the next two nights.
NEW YORK CITY. The “Big Apple” beckons. New York has it all, from Broadway shows to museums, shopping, and great restaurants.
NEW YORK CITY. The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided to Kennedy International, LaGuardia, or Newark Airports.
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.
Escorting tours for more than 10 years
"In addition to leading tours all over the United States and Canada, I enjoy my travels outside of North America, including Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Originally from Connecticut, my favorite season is autumn when the stunning fall foliage transforms the area into an even more beautiful landscape. I have a particular interest in U.S. history, and really enjoy connecting the places we visit on tour with stories from the past and contemporary issues of the present."
Escorting tours for more than 20 years
"During a summer in Ireland when I was 12, I was bitten by the "travel bug." I lived in Europe and became a Tour Director after graduating with a degree in European Languages. I am never as alive as when I am on the road. The haunting echo of a saxophone on a New Orleans street, the heady evening perfume of Jasmine in bloom, the sweet taste of a beignet, and the joyous "AA-eeeee!" of a Cajun dancer all need to be experienced... observing them from afar is not enough."
Escorting tours for more than 20 years
"By the time I was 11 years old, I knew I wanted to be a Tour Director. My parents loved to share photos of their trips with me, and they would tell me, "You should do that; you'd be great at it!" They planted a seed that grew. On my 21st birthday, I traveled on a 12-country, 30-day tour of Europe. Six months later, I enrolled in tour directing school, and I've been in this career for over 30 years. My travel advice is simple: enjoy the experiences that are unique to the places you are visiting."
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!"
BOSTON Crowne Plaza Boston - Newton (F)
LANCASTER Heritage Hotel Lancaster (ST)
MONTREAL Best Western Ville-Marie (F)
NEW YORK CITY Skyline Hotel (MF)
NIAGARA FALLS Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel (F)
OTTAWA The Cartier Place Suite Hotel (F)
PHILADELPHIA Courtyard Philadelphia City Avenue (F)
QUEBEC CITY Hotel Lindbergh (MF)
TORONTO Chelsea Hotel, Toronto (SF)
WASHINGTON DC Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria (ST)