Day 1 Boston
Meet up with your Contiki Team in the one & only Boston. We’ll explore this historic city on a sightseeing tour before having the rest of the day free.
Day 2 Boston
With a full day here, you’ll get a feel for this user-friendly city, which is easy to explore on foot. In your free time, walk through a living time line and follow Boston’s famous Freedom Trail, which takes you past 2 and a half centuries of history. Learn about Boston’s rebellious role on its road to independence as you explore the cobbled lanes and historic hot spots. Discover more of Boston. Pound the pavements or choose our optional Hop-on-Hop-off trolley tour and cover more of the city. You’ll get the background on Boston’s famous Tea Party, when Boston citizens threw tons of tea into the harbour in protest against the British Crown. Head back to Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market for a bit of souvenir shopping and a dose of history. Dubbed the “Cradle of Liberty” this famous brick building has played a key role in the city for over 250 years. Check out the stalls loaded with New England’s crafts, pick up some Boston-made items and order some local food at a push cart eatery or restaurant. For a bit of the local lifestyle, take in the waterfront by following the Haborwalk. Made up of 62.8 km (39miles) of paths weaving through diverse neighborhoods, it is a great way to experience Boston’s maritime flavour and see its working ports in action. Get into the city’s café culture on Italian flavoured Hanover Street in Boston’s oldest residential district. Sip on a cappuccino as you take in the city’s iconic brick architecture. If you just want to relax, kick back with the locals and people-watch in one of the nine parks that make up the city’s “Emerald Necklace”. You could return to Boston Common, where public hangings took place in the old days, – now it’s a great place to hang out.
Day 3 Boston to New York City
Hello New York! Get ready for 2 awesome nights in one of the world’s hottest cities. We’ll dive right in to the Big Apple & spend the afternoon discovering this iconic city’s sights from Wall Street, to the Guggenheim & Soho. After dinner, we head up to the 86th floor of the empire state building for unbeatable views of Manhattan by night, then hit the streets and get amongst the buzz and atmosphere of New York.
Day 4 New York City
Today, it’s all about ME Time! For something different, you can opt for an NYC food cart tour-the foodie in you will love it. Or take the rest of the day to explore. Shop 5th ave, visit Times Square or wander through NYC’s vibrant neighborhoods like the Lower East Side or Hell’s Kitchen. Tonight, do it local and head out for Pizza, cocktails, or catch a famous broadway show.
Day 5 New York City to Philadelphia
First up, this morning is a visit to Lady Liberty & then it’s Goodbye Big Apple & Hello Philly! We head to the historic, hip & art-filled city known as the “City of Brotherly Love”.
Day 6 Philadelphia to Washington D.C.
On your way to the nation’s capital, we’ll turn back the clock with a visit to Amish Country. Later, we’ll visit Arlington National Cemetery, where JFK is buried and thousands of US soldiers lie. You’ll see the sobering sight of endless rows of white headstones and have the chance to watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Tonight we’ll see the sites on an illumination tour of the city’s famous monuments.
Day 7 Washington D.C.
With a full day to explore the capital, you can visit some fascinating museums and monuments, or hang out in the city’s vibrant neighborhoods for a different feel. Get a dose of culture at the Smithsonian Museums. This is a one-stop culture spot, made up of 19 different museums. It has it all – from natural history to space, so the choice is yours, and best of all, it’s free! You can also visit the world-class Holocaust Museum and learn about one of history’s darkest moments as you honor the victims. For something fun and intriguing, head to the Spy Museum. Find out about infamous FBI cases and what it means to be a secret agent, while you listen to bugs and play around with gadgets and interactive displays. For something more upbeat, get down and funky in Adams-Morgan, another trendy district.
Day 8 Washington D.C.
It’s time to say farewell to your travel buddies when your trip ends after breakfast.