Connect with the heritage of two nations, exploring the corridors of the Capital, a simpler Amish way of life, Canada's cosmopolitan cities and the thunderous roar of Niagara Falls.
CITY TOUR in Washington D.C., Quebec City, Montreal, Boston
ORIENTATION of New York City, Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara-on-the-Lake
VIEW the Empire State Building, White House, Lincoln Memorial, Independence Hall
VISIT Liberty Bell Center, Lancaster County, Corning Museum of Glass, Niagara Falls, Amish Country in Lancaster County, Niagara Falls Cruise
CONNECT WITH LOCALS Visit a locally owned winery and savour regional flavours paired with their delicious wines. (Day 6)
DIVE INTO CULTURE Dive into Culture and embrace Canada's national sport, learning the secrets and superstitions of hockey players as a professional coach walks you through a day in the life of a player. Visit a local farmers market outside of Montreal to 'Dive into Culture' and experience the flavors of the region during a lunch tasting including wine and cider. (Day 7, 11)
LOCAL SPECIALIST For included sightseeing in the Amish countryside, Quebec City and Montreal. (Days 4, 10, 11)
STAYS WITH STORIES Stay at the historic Inn at Leola Village in Lancaster and Omni Parker House, symbolic to Boston's rich history and culture since 1855. (Days 4, 12)
First Class Travel Highlights:
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and local charges included
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
VIP entry to many sights
Arrive New York City
Take a bite of the Big Apple and you'll wish you'd had more, as the vision and passion of this vibrant city inspires you to believe your dreams really will come true. Check in to your New York hotel and spend the afternoon exploring its soaring skyline on your terms. This evening, you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at 5:30 p.m.
New York – Philadelphia – Washington, D.C. (2 Nights)
From the iconic to the unexpected, we embark on an orientation tour of the City that Never Sleeps. View the towering Art Deco façades of the Empire State Building, pulsating Times Square and the tranquil mid-city oasis of Central Park. We'll journey through the Land of the Free to Philadelphia and visit the Liberty Bell Center to gaze upon the famous cracked bell whose inscription has inspired so many to "proclaim liberty". View Independence Hall, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, before travelling to Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. Sightseeing
Celebrate the proud heritage of a nation as you view the memorials and monuments that have made Washington famous. Pass the White House, the U.S. Capitol Building, the Lincoln Memorial, and the World War II and Vietnam War memorials. Spend the rest of the day at leisure walking in the footsteps of great men and women who have shaped America as we know it today. Consider a visit to one of the Smithsonian museums or pay tribute to America's founding fathers at the many sites that dot the city.
Washington, D.C. – Lancaster County/Amish Country
Journey into the rural back roads of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County with a Local Specialist today, immersing yourself in the traditional agricultural lifestyle of the Amish and the Mennonites, who live much the same they did when they first settled here over 200 years ago. Our 'Stay with a Story' was built in 1873 in the heart of Amish Country. Enjoy a hearty Regional Dinner, and try your hand at making your own whoopie pies for dessert.
Lancaster County – Niagara Falls (2 Nights)
We'll travel north across Pennsylvania's rural landscapes to the eastern corner of New York State, stopping en route at the Corning Museum of Glass. Witness first-hand the delicate craft of glassblowing and admire the glass artistry on display in its galleries. Later, we'll cross the Canadian border bound for Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls Sightseeing
Experience the soul-stirring rush of cascading waters as we embark on an exhilarating boat ride to the base of Horseshoe Falls, which plunges dramatically into Lake Ontario. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own, contemplating this tremendous force of nature. We'll continue to the flower-filled, tree-lined historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. This evening we'll 'Connect with Locals' at a local winery and sample some of Niagara's regional cuisine paired with their delicious vintages at a 'Be My Guest' dinner.
Niagara Falls – Toronto
Skirt the shores of Lake Ontario and stop in Oakville where you will learn the art of playing hockey with a real Canadian hockey player. Dive into Culture and embrace Canada's national sport, as you learn the secrets of hockey players and how to score a goal from a professional coach. Continue on to Toronto where the rest of the day is free.
Toronto – Ottawa
After an introductory tour of Toronto, head to Ottawa for an orientation tour of Canada's Capital City. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please.
Ottawa – Quebec City (2 Nights)
Enjoy a breakfast on the grounds of the Museum of History followed by a presentation of the Algonquin People including the Friendship dance. 'Make Travel Matter' and learn and support the Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot School, a Treadright supported project. Our love affair with French-speaking Canada continues today as we go on our voyage to Quebec City and the UNESCO-listed Old Quebec. Immerse yourself in the city's joie de vivre and romantic 17th century façades, but not before we 'Dive Into Culture' with lunch at an authentic Cabane a Sucre (Sugar Shack), a tradition dear to Quebecois.
Quebec City Sightseeing
Explore Quebec City's winding streets and historic sites, joining your Local Specialist for an in-depth discovery of a city that exudes all the charm of old Europe. Delve into Quebec City's French and English military past at the fortified Citadel and the Plains of Abraham, the site of a major colonial battle. The afternoon and evening are yours to explore La Vieille Capitale on your terms.
Quebec City – Montreal
Visit a local farmers market outside of Montreal to 'Dive into Culture' and experience the flavors of the region during a lunch tasting including wine and cider. Savour the good life as you arrive in Montreal. Meet your Local Specialist and visit Notre-Dame Basilica, the Old Port of Montreal, and Place Jacques Cartier. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Montreal – Franconia Notch – Boston (2 Nights)
Return to the United States this morning and traverse New Hampshire bound for Franconia Notch, in the heart of the White Mountains. As you journey past sugar maple and white birch in their thousands, keep a keen eye out for the black bear, moose and deer that find sanctuary in these scenic forest landscapes. Our 'Stay with Story' in Boston was once a frequent haunt of powerful politicians and famous writers.
Connect with the living history of Boston this morning, touring the city's redbrick Freedom Trail with stops at the Old North Church and Boston Harbor, the site of the famous Tea Party. Spend the rest of the day on your terms. Consider a visit to the bar that inspired the TV show Cheers or stroll through the centuries-old Boston Common. This evening, toast your memorable East Coast experiences at a Farewell Dinner.
Depart Boston or New York
Depart Boston today at your leisure or return to New York, where a transfer is provided to JFK International Airport, or consider extending your stay in New York.