The Grand East Escorted Tour

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Introduction

The Grand East tour starts in New York for a night in Manhattan before moving north to the cobblestone streets of Boston. You’ll continue along the New England coastline to the resort of Kennebunkport before you cross the Appalacians and enter Canada. Stay in historic Quebec City and cosmopolitan Montreal and then head west to Ontario, where you’ll stop in Canada’s elegant capital Ottawa. Follow the Thousand Islands Parkway to arrive in Toronto, the country’s biggest city and a dynamic cultural and financial powerhouse.

Leave Canada via unmissable Niagara Falls to enter the States again, heading past the Finger Lakes to Amish Country and Gettysburg, with a tour of the battlesite. Your next major stop will be in Washington DC, with time to visit many of the monuments and museums the American capital is famous for.

There’s plenty more to come, as you drive along the Blue Ridge Parkways and through the Great Smoky Mountains to visit musical cities Nashville and Memphis before a stop in New Orleans, home of jazz and thriving once more. Next it’s east, following the Mississippi Gulf Coast to Florida, stopping in Orlando, the Kennedy Space Centre and Miami.

 

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive New York

Upon arrival transfer (not included) to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2: New York- Boston

Travel along the Long Island Sound to historic Boston, MA. Enjoy a walking tour along the Freedom Trail which begins at the Boston Common and winds beside the State House, King’s Chapel, the old South Meeting House, the Boston Massacre site and the fronts of many taverns and pubs where America’s “Founding Fathers” toasted freedom. Walk the cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill, steeped in history, which contains one of the city’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Motorcoach tour commences. Joining passengers meet in the lobby of the hotel at 07:30 hours for a 08:00 hours departure.

Day 3: Boston- New England- Quebec 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 Quebec. Perhaps visit an authentic maple farm and this evening, take the opportunity to sample some of the celebrated French Canadian cuisine (optional).

Day 4: Quebec City- Montreal

Begin the day with a tour of Quebec City, the French capital of the province and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include the Quebec 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 Montreal. Upon arrival, go on a tour of Old Montreal, the area known as the “Vieux Port,” with stops at Place Jacques Cartier & Notre Dame Basilica.

Day 5: Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto

Depart Montreal 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 6: Toronto- Niagara Falls

Begin the day with a drive through Toronto’s impressive collection of modern skyscrapers, most notably, the CN Tower, 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 7: 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 8: Washington D.C

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 9: Washington D.C

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 D.C- Williamsburg-Roanoke

Depart this morning for Williamsburg, Virginia’s colonial capital. 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- Cherokee/ Ashville

Travel along portions of Blue Ridge Parkway before an afternoon arrival in Cherokee, the heart of North Carolina.

Day 12: Cherokee - Great Smoky Mountains-Nashville

Enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Stop at the Mountain Farm and Museum to explore the life of an Appalachian farmer. 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

A full day at leisure to take in the French flavor 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 at leisure. Revitalise by the pool, take a hot air balloon flight or visit one of Orlando’s attractions, such as Disney World, Sea World, or Universal Studios (admissions not included).

Day 19: Orlando-Kennedy Space Center-Miami

Visit Kennedy Space Center, home of America’s space program (admission included). Continue to the cultural melting pot of vibrant Miami Beach. Overnight at Miami.

Day 20: Tour End

Transfer (not included) from hotel to airport for your onward journey to London.