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The USA means 50 different places and states of mind, spread out over some 3.6 million square miles. It’s 2,500 miles from , and that again to Hawaii, so if you wake up in Louisiana, you’ll see a different horizon, be in a different time zone, have a different major urban area, and have a different favourite team than if you wake up in Albuquerque.
While we think of ourselves as “American,” despite the influence of TV, suburban sprawl, strip malls, and chain restaurants, the United States hasn’t yet become a monolithic place. Each region still speaks with its own accent, enjoys its own favourite foods, and has its own political and social attitudes. Whatever you want to see, do, or eat, you’re likely to find it within the vast and diverse confines of the United States of America.
The images of the country are embedded in the mind of every traveller: endless highways cutting through shimmering deserts; forests of skyscrapers towering over urban jungles; acres of beaches dotted with surfboards; high mountain peaks and green river valleys; magnificent feats of engineering, from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Hoover Dam. The country’s emblems are so familiar that they constitute as much a part of the world’s culture as its own – Lady Liberty, the Grand Canyon, the Empire State Building, the US Capitol, the “Hollywood” sign, the list goes on.
The combination of a shoot-from-the-hip mentality with laissez-faire capitalism and religious fervour can make the USA maddening at times, even to its own residents. But what’s most surprising, perhaps, is how such an initially daunting land can prove so enticing – its vibrant mix of peoples, striking landscapes and city skylines, and rich musical, cinematic, and culinary heritage seduce almost every visitor in the end.
And for all of its pride and bluster, the USA can be a land of quiet nuances: snow falling on a country lane in Vermont, cherry trees blooming under Washington memorials, alligators swimming through the bayou. You could easily plan a trip that focuses on the out-of-the-way hamlets, remote wilderness, eerie ghost towns, and forgotten byways that are every bit as “American” as its showpiece icons and monuments. Putting aside the sheer size of the place, deciding exactly what version of America you want to see may be the hardest decision of all.
The vast nation of Canada, second largest country in the world, offers a range of experiences for visitors that are as wide as the land itself. From its large cosmopolitan cities to its frozen northern tundra; its snowy mountain peaks to its rugged coastlines; and its rich farmlands to its pioneering outposts, Canada offers something to suit the taste of every traveller. Canada is bound in the west by the Pacific Ocean and Alaska, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the north by the polar ice cap, and in the south by the United States of America.
It is a country renowned for its stunningly beautiful scenery and love of the outdoors. Even the cities have been carefully designed to preserve metropolitan green belts and parklands, ensuring that Canadians are never far from their natural heritage. The country has a French and British heritage, which is reflected in its cuisine, culture and customs, mixed in with the legacy of the country’s own enigmatic aboriginal First Nations history.
In the south the Rocky Mountains intrude into Canada across the border with the United States, separating Canada’s two main tourist provinces, British Columbia and Alberta. The mountains abound with winter sports resorts. Throughout the nation the most popular venues for outdoor pursuits, year round, are the country’s huge national parks. There are more than 41 of these, one of them, Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta, being larger than the country of Switzerland. Canadian national parks are unique in that they have cities and towns inside the protected areas, which provide comfortable bases for exploring the natural and man-made attractions of the reserves.
Great tracts of Canada are completely unspoiled: ninety per cent of Canadians live within 160km of the US border.
Discover this staggeringly beautiful country and explore every corner from the glistening skyscrapers of Toronto, the restaurants of Montreal, the walled Old Town in Québec City and the laid-back ambience of Vancouver, to the spectacular Niagara Falls and the rolling plains of the Prairies.
The Grand East
The Grand East tour begins and ends as follows:
Duration 20 Days – from New York to Miami
Duration 19 Days – from New York to Orlando
Duration 17 Days – from New York (Day 1) to Orlando (Day 17)
Please view itinerary description below.
New York Arrival
Arrive in New York City and transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet with your Tour Director in the evening.
New York – Boston
Depart NYC for historic New England. Travel along the Long Island Sound to Boston, MA. Enjoy a walking tour along the Freedom Trail and the cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill, steeped in history, which contains one of the city’s most beautiful neighborhoods.
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 Québec. Perhaps visit an authentic maple farm and this evening, take the opportunity to sample some of the celebrated French Canadian cuisine (optional).
Quebec City – Montreal
Begin the day with a tour of Québec City, the French capital of the province and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include the Québec 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 Montréal. Upon arrival, go on a tour of Old Montréal, the area known as the “Vieux Port,” with stops at Place Jacques Cartier & Notre Dame Basilica.
Montreal – Ottawa – Toronto
Depart Montréal 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.
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.
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.
Amish Country – 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, or modern equipment. In the afternoon, continue to the nation’s capital, 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.
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).
Roanoke – Blue Ridge Parkway – Gatlinburg
Travel along portions of Blue Ridge Parkway before an afternoon arrival in Gatlinburg, the heart of Tennessee.
Gatlinburg – Great Smoky Mountains – Nashville
Enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 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).
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).
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).
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.
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.
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 at leisure. Revitalize 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).
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.
For passengers leaving the tour today in Orlando, tour ends upon check-out from your hotel in Orlando.
Your tour ends upon check out from your hotel.
Prices, Dates, Hotels & Conditions
The final price you will pay for this tour is that displayed in USD. Prices converted in other
currencies are for guidance purposes only and are approximate.
APR 13, 27
MAY 11, 25
JUNE 8, 22
JULY 6, 20
AUG 3, 17, 31
SEP 14, 21, 28
YOUR ESCORTED MOTORCOACH TOUR INCLUDES
– Services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
– Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach with onboard restroom facilities
– Hotel accommodations as specified or similar
– Sightseeing as specified
– Hotel taxes; service charges; and baggage (one suitcase per person)
TOUR HIGHLIGHT INCLUSIONS
– Welcome reception
– Guided walking tour of Boston’s historic Freedom Trail
– Travel through Vermont and New Hampshire and visit a quintessential New England town
– Guided tour of Quebec City
– See Niagara Park’s Floral Clock with 16,000 flowers & Westminster Chimes
– Tour Gettysburg National Military Park
– Visit to Amish Farmhouse and Museum
– Comprehensive city tour of Washington DC
– See the Lincoln Memorial and “go back in time”
– Visit the Great Smoky Mountains
– Tour Nashville and have time to enjoy the Honky Tonks
– Memphis city tour including the Lorraine Hotel, site of the MLK assassination as well as Beale Street, famous for the Blues clubs
– Visit one of America’s most famous home and gardens: Bellingrath
– Tour Kennedy Space Center
THE DYLAN HOTEL
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT BOSTON BROOKLINE
GOUVERNEUR HOTEL PLACE DUPUIS
BOND PLACE HOTEL
BEST WESTERN CAIRN CROFT INN
WYNDHAM GARDEN YORK
HOLIDAY INN TANGLEWOOD
EDGEWATER INN GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS
INN AT OPRYLAND
CROWNE PLAZA MEMPHIS DOWNTOWN
HILTON NEW ORLEANS RIVERSIDE
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT PENSACOLA
WYNDHAM ORLANDO RESORT INTERNATIONAL DRIVE
HILTON GARDEN INN MIAMI SOUTH BEACH
PRE & POST HOTELS
PRE: New York, The Dylan Hotel
POST: Miami, Hilton Garden Inn Miami South Beach
This tour crosses the U.S./Canada border. Passengers should obtain relevant visas for both nations prior to travel where necessary.
– Tour & have dinner at a Canadian maple farm
– Night tour of Montreal and a classic French Canadian dinner
– Maid of the Mist ride with lunch at Niagara Falls
– Washington Monuments at night with dinner in fashionable D.C.
– “All-American” Picnic at a surprise destination en route