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Northeastern Explorer

Share the pioneering spirit of the early settlers as you follow Native American trade routes and discover the New World for yourself. Explore the cosmopolitan and historic cities of Northeastern USA and Canada, as well as small country towns such as the Finger Lakes. Experience a real blend of cultures, from the colonial history of New England to French influences in Canada. You'll also enjoy a whole host of natural wonders along the way, from hiking on picturesque trails around Stowe, to an included wine tasting amongst the stunning scenery of the Finger Lakes, and an included catamaran cruise at Niagara Falls.

North America
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: PNX/208648
  • Starts: New York, United States
  • Finishes: New York, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • New York
  • Finger Lakes
  • Niagara Falls
  • Toronto
  • Montreal
  • Quebec City
  • Stowe
  • Boston

Itinerary

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Day 1: New York

Welcome to the 'Big Apple', the city that never sleeps on the bustling island of Manhattan in New York State. This city needs no introduction and there's plenty to keep you entertained ahead of your welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs in your hotel. Wander around on foot, explore Manhattan and Brooklyn on a cruise, or simply grab yourself a central Manhattan view for a spot of people watching to acquaint yourself with this lively city.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

02

Day 2: Finger Lakes

Leaving New York behind, you make your way towards the beloved Finger Lakes, a beautiful forested region filled with lakes and inland waterways - some of the deepest in USA. The area is also New York State's largest wine producing region, with over 100 vineyards located around the lakes. A wine tasting experience at one of the vineyards is included, and there's also a chance to take a dip in the cool waters of one of the lakes.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

03

Day 3: Niagara Falls - Toronto

You reach the Canadian border, stopping to feel the thunder and bask in the spray of one of North America's best known natural attractions, Niagara Falls. These famous falls are located on the Niagara River, which drains from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, forming the border between USA and Canada. There are two major falls - the American Falls and the iconic Horseshoe Falls, also known as the Canadian Falls. The Horseshoe Falls has a drop of 53 metres (173 ft.) and the American Falls has a drop of between 21-30 metres (70-100ft.). You can enjoy an included cruise on the 'Canadian Hornblower', which takes you right up to the base of the falls. Afterwards, continue along the shores of Lake Ontario to Canada's largest city, Toronto.

Meals Included: 1 breakfast included, other meals paid locally

04

Day 4: Toronto

Enjoy a free day exploring the cosmopolitan city of Toronto, which has a city population of 2.5 million and a metropolitan population of over 5 million, making it one of the largest cities in North America. Those with a head for heights and a passion for panoramic views can head up to the observation deck at the top of the CN Tower. When completed in 1976 it was the world's tallest tower with a height of 553 metres (1815 ft.) - a status it held for 34 years. For a taste of this truly multicultural city, we recommend a lunch of dim sum in Chinatown and dinner in Greektown, or taste your way through Kensington Market. Take the opportunity to visit the key sights in between - such as the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario or the Hockey Hall of Fame. There is so much to do here, you won't know where to start!

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • CN Tower CA$36-$48
  • Hockey Hall of Fame CA$19

05

Day 5-6: Montreal

Travel from Ontario to the French-speaking province of Quebec and Canada's cultural capital, Montréal. Well known for its music, museums and avant-garde artistic flair, Montreal is one classy city. In the Summer, you can often enjoy free city festivals. Montreal hosted the 1976 Olympic Games and it's possible to visit the stadium, which is the largest in Canada. Soak up the atmosphere of the narrow lanes, quirky cafés and world-class shopping, or scream across the Lachine Rapids on an extreme jet boat tour! Why not try a classic local meal of poutine - cheesy curds on top of thin French fries, topped with thick Canadian gravy? You'll quickly realise why this is a favourite with locals and tourists alike. One of the highlights in the city is an optional dinner in the dark at O'Noir restaurant, where you eat in the pitch black for a unique culinary experience.

Meals Included: 1 breakfast included, other meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Jet boat ride CA$69
  • O'Noir restaurant in the dark CA$39-$47

06

Day 7-8: Quebec City

Continue your journey of historic discovery by spending a day exploring the streets of North America's only surviving walled city, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quebec City. Founded in 1608 on the banks of the St Lawrence River, it's one of the oldest cities in North America and as a major French-speaking cultural centre, arguably one of its most European. Strolling around the Old Town feels like stepping back in time and there are many important and iconic places to see, including Place Royale, Plains of Abraham, Place d'Armes, the Chateau Frontenac Hotel and the old city walls. Along the way, you can check out some of the local delicacies on sale. Just 8 miles (12km) from Québec City are the mighty Montmorency Falls, which are higher than Niagara Falls and well worth a visit. To see another side of Quebec, why not try a ghost walking tour where storytellers lead you through the streets of the Old Town by lantern, recounting the hangings and hauntings of days gone by?

Meals Included: 1 breakfast included, other meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Citadelle museum CA$16
  • Montmorency Falls (cable car) CA$15
  • Ghost walking tour (Old Town) CA$20

07

Day 9: Stowe

Perhaps better known as a fantastic winter destination, in summer visitors can head out hiking or mountain biking on the surrounding trails which the area is so famous for. You can also wander the stores for handicrafts and sample the local cuisine. With a half day in Stowe, you'll certainly have enough to fill your time.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Mountain biking (summer only) US$45-$60

08

Day 10-11: Boston

In Boston, retrace the steps of the nation's forefathers with an included tour of the Freedom Trail or stroll the shops and stalls of Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. Harvard University is nearby and as the oldest institution of higher learning in America, has plenty for history buffs to enjoy. After all this exploring, why not hit the waterfront for a traditional seafood dinner?

Meals Included: 1 breakfast included, other meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market US$FREE
  • Baseball Game from US$20

09

Day 12: Boston - New York

Saying goodbye to Beantown, you make your way back towards `the city that never sleeps' for the end of the tour.This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Inclusions:
  • Services of a professional tour leader
  • All transportation by private vehicle
  • Free Wi-Fi in your vehicle (Maximum 5 users at one time)
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel: 11
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Tour Highlights:
  • Wine tasting amongst stunning Finger Lakes scenery
  • Niagara Falls Canadian 'Hornblower' scenic catamaran cruise
  • Experience the multi-cultural buzz of Toronto
  • Walk the narrow lanes of Montréal
  • Explore the unique walled city of Québec
  • Hiking opportunities on the trails surrounding Stowe
  • Discover charming New England
  • Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston