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5-Day Tour of America from New York City

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5-Day Tour of America from New York City

Activity provider: Empire Vacations Inc
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From US$ 790 per person

Take a guided 5-day excursion to discover Niagara Falls, Toronto, the 1000 Islands, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and the Amish Country in Lancaster. Enjoy included accommodation and entry tickets.

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Duration 5 days
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English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region
  • Tour the American side of the Niagara Falls
  • See the falls up close from Horseshoe Falls
  • Cruise through the amazing 1000 Islands along the St Lawrence River
  • Experience the historic town of Washington DC, with its museums and memorials
Full description

A full 5-day excursion to see Niagara Falls and the Thousand Islands. Continue to the historic city of brotherly love in Philadelphia and see the famous Liberty Bell and Independence Hall Square. You will also visit Washington DC, the US capital, and the US Mint. Continue to Lancaster to learn about the Amish community.

Day 1: New York – Finger Lakes – Niagara Falls In the morning, you'll depart from the Big Apple and head north. Pass the beautiful Delaware Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region.

Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls, passing Seneca Lake, arriving in the late afternoon. Board the Maid of the Mist and tour the U.S. side of the falls, including the American Falls, Goat Island, and Luna Island. At night, get the chance to appreciate the colorful lighting of the waters. Overnight: Radisson Grand Island.

Day 2: Niagara Falls – Toronto – 1000 Islands

Start the day with views of Horseshoe Falls followed by a visit to the picturesque village of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Then, continue to Toronto, the financial capital of Canada.

Visit the HTO Park, Brookfield Place, city hall, and The Distillery Historic District. Towards the evening, take off from Toronto along the world-famous Lake Ontario for an evening arrival to the 1000 Islands area (in April, based on weather conditions, you may return to Niagara Falls for overnight).

Overnight: Gananoque at Comfort Inn (April: Ramada by Wyndham at Niagra Falls).

Day 3: 1000 Islands – New York

Start the day with a cruise through the amazing 1000 Islands along the St. Laurence River. See the houses of the rich and famous built atop private islands.  After lunch, head to New York. Enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls along the way and find some bargains in the brand-name stores. Arrive at your hotel in New Jersey in the evening. Overnight: La Quinta Inn and Suites, Fairfield.

Day 4: New Jersey – Philadelphia – Washington DC Depart New Jersey to the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia. Upon arriving, visit the historic area of Philadelphia, visit the famous Liberty Bell and both Constitution Square and Constitution Hall, some of the symbols of freedom in America.

Then embark on a panoramic tour that includes Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Elfreth’s Alley (the oldest inhabited street in America), and more. Departing Philadelphia, see the famous “Rocky Steps” and then continue north to Lancaster county home of the Amish people.

Start your visit with a ride on an authentic Amish Buggy through the Amish farm country and learn how they live without the benefit of modern technology, no electricity, running water, telephone service, or appliances. After the ride, visit the Amish marketplace where you can shop for handmade arts and crafts. Overnight: Holiday Inn Express and Suites DC.

Day 5: Washington DC – New York Start the day with a visit to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, by the Tidal Basin, surrounded by famous Japanese cherry blossom trees. Visit the Arlington National Cemetery, the changing of the guards, and the Kennedy family gravesite.  The next stop is Capitol Hill. See the US Capitol and the White House to understand the core of the US government. Continue to the Air and Space Museum before visiting the Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Korea, and Vietnam Memorials. In the late afternoon depart for an evening arrival in New York.

Includes
  • 4 nights hotel including tax and continental breakfast
  • Air-conditioned bus or van
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Sightseeing in Niagara Falls, 1000 Islands, Philadelphia and Washington DC
  • Admission to the Maid of the Mist
  • 1000 Islands cruise (May to October)
  • Amish buggy ride
  • Gratuities
  • Meals
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Outside the side entrance to the Port Authority bus terminal building on 42nd st (between 8th and 9th ave) at 6:30 AM

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport
  • Visa, if required

Know before you go

  • The Air and Space Museum is currently closed for renovation. During this time, the tour will visit the Natural History Museum instead.
  • In the event that parts of this itinerary remain inaccessible due to COVID-19, an alternate itinerary will be provided, with final details available prior to your departure.
  •  Free Wi-Fi is provided on all buses (not vans).
  •  Tour departs every Sunday from April to October.
  • Due to security, a passport or U.S. ID will be required to enter Arlington Cemetery.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 35 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4/5
  • Transportation
    3/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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Professional, helpful and friendly guides.

Professional, helpful and friendly guides who had put together the trip in a super good and versatile way. Nice buses and 3 out of 4 hotels really good. However, we had expected the trip to start with Niagara Falls, ie north on and therefore had warm clothes on. Only when the tour started in the bus and the suitcases were under the bus, we were told that the tour instead started in Philadelphia, ie with about 36 degrees, it took some of the pleasure of the trip which became too hot and sweaty. One could well have informed of the change in an email to me. Or a trip I highly recommend to others

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October 10, 2019

Well organized tour, in 5 days allows you to see many things, even if the distances to be covered are considerable. Competent guides, spoke in Italian (we were almost all Italian), therefore complete and accurate descriptions. I liked less the choice of hotels for overnight stays, all a little distant from the inhabited center, which created some discomfort for those who after several hours of bus and therefore tired, wanted to look for a place to dine or visit the place. The worst choice of the organizers concerns the last night before the visit to Washington, to stay overnight in a hotel out of the way, 15 minutes from the city and to make an early riser at 6 in the morning to avoid traffic. Would an overnight stay in Washington cost all the more to avoid a much greater inconvenience? I conclude with the tips requested / recommended at the end of the tour, $ 10 per day per person, us in 3 for 5 days $ 150, it seems excessive. Anyway, I repeat very nice tour and positive experience.

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September 26, 2019

Absolutely amazing!!!!

The best trip ever!! Our tour guide Ben was unbelievable amazing, super knowledgeable, positive energy, enthusiastic, made our experience one of a kind!!! OMG Thank you so much Ben, cannot imagine this trip with out you. And also our driver Mario!! Thank you so much, you are a sweetheart!! Worth every penny!! Everybody should book this!!

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August 17, 2019

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