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The Grand East Escorted Tour

New York * Boston * Quebec City * Montreal * Ottawa * Toronto * Niagara Falls * Gettysburg * Amish Country * Washington DC * Williamsburg * Roanoke * Gatlinburg * Great Smoky Mountains * Nashville * Memphis * New Orleans * Pensacola * Orlando * Miami

The title says it all - The Grand East is a 21 day escorted tour, detailing the highlights of the United States and Canadian East Coast cities.

2018 - 21 Days from £2,838 per person sharing including scheduled flights

Itinerary

Day 01 - UK - New York  

Your holiday begins with a direct flight to New York with Virgin Atlantic, o­n arrival transfer independently to your hotel. Your first evening is at leisure. Take a walk around the shops and restaurants of Times Square or maybe take a Manhattan Island Cruise.

Overnights (2): The Lexington - New York

Day 02 - New York

A Day at leisure to view the sites of the sites, take a ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, or visit the World Trade Centre memorial. Meet your tour director in the evening.

Day 03 - New York – Boston

Depart New York for historic New England, Travel along the Long Island Sound to historic Boston. Enjoy a walking tour along the Freedom Trail which begins at the Boston Common and winds beside the State House, Kings Chapel, the Old South Meeting House, the Boston Massacre Site and the fronts of many taverns and pubs where Americas Founding Fathers toasted freedom. Walk the cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill, steeped in history, which contains one of the city’s most beautiful neighbourhoods. 

Overnight (1): Marriott Quincy - Boston

Day 04 - 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 will cross the international border to enter the Canadian Province of Quebec. Perhaps visit an authentic maple farm and this evening, take the opportunity to sample some of the celebrated French Canadian cuisine (optional).

Overnight (1): Tryp by Wyndham Hotel Pur - Quebec City

Day 05 - Quebec City - Montreal

Begin the day with a tour of Quebec City, the French capital of the province and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include the Quebec Provincial Parliament Building and the Citadel. Then enjoy a walking tour of the walled city, where you will see the Chateau de Frontenac, as well as unparalleled views of the St 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 De Tresor before departing to Montreal, the area known as the "Vieux Port" with stops at Place Jacques Cartier and Notre Dame Basilica,

Overnight (1): Gouverneur Hotel Place Dupuis - Montreal

Day 06 - Montreal - Ottawa – Toronto

Depart Montreal 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.

Overnight (1): Bond Place - Toronto

Day 07 - Toronto - Niagara Falls

Begin the day with a drive through Toronto's impressive collection of modern skyscrapers, mostly 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 about 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.

Overnight (1): Best Western Cairn Croft Inn - Niagara Falls

Day 08 - Niagra Falls - Gettysburg - Amish Country

Today ride though 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 is 1863.  Travel along the Susquehanna River to South Pennsylvania for overnight.

Overnight (1): Genetti Hotel & Suites - Amish Country

Day 09 - 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 the world that stopped in the mid-1850s.  No electricity mechanical devices, nor modern equipment is to be found here.  In the afternoon, continue to the nation's capital, Washington D.C.

Overnights (2): Washington Hilton - Washington DC

Day 10 - Washington, D.C.

Enjoy the 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.

Day 11 - Washington DC - 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).

Overnight (1): Holiday Inn Tanglewood – Roanoke

Day 12 - Roanoke - Gatlingburg

Travel along portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway before an afternoon arrival in Gatlinburg, the heart of Tennessee

Overnight (1): Edgewater Inn Great Smokey Mountains

Day 13 - Gatlinburg - Great Smoky Mountains – Nashville

Enjoy the breath-taking scenery as you visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Stop at the Mountain Farm and Museum to explore the life of an Appalachian farmer.  Continue through Knoxville to Nashville, capital of Tennessee and home to country and western music.  Bring your boots and join your fellow travellers at the Wild Horse Saloon, where you can kick up your heels and give line dancing a go (optional).

Overnight (1): Clarion Nashville Downtown – Nashville

Day 14 - Nashville – Memphis

Travel across the countryside and arrive in Memphis, the city known for blues music, cotton and the home of Sun Records.  Take a city tour including Beale Street, the heart of the blues music scene.  This afternoon, fans of the "The King of Rock and Roll" can tour Graceland, former home of Elvis Presley (optional).

Overnight (1): Guesthouse at Graceland – Memphis

Day 15 - 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 Dixieland jazz band (optional).
Overnights (2): Staybridge Suites French Quarter - New Orleans

Day 16 - New Orleans

A full day of leisure to take in the French flavour 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.

Day 17 - 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 alongside the swaying sea oats, dipping your toes in the warm waters of the emerald green Gulf of Mexico.

Overnight (1): Hampton Inn Cordova Mall – Pensacola

Day 18 - 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.

Overnights (2): Radisson Celebration Resort – Orlando

Day 19 – Orlando

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).

Day 20 - Orlando - Kennedy Space Center – Miami

Visit Kennedy Space Centre, home of America's space program (admission included).  Continue to the cultural melting pot of vibrant Miami Beach.  Your tour ends here.

Overnight (1): The Hall Miami Beach – Miami

Day 21 - Miami – UK

Time to relax by the pool this morning or take a walk along Miami Beach before transferring independently to Miami Airport to check in for your flight home.

Day 22 - Arrive UK


 

 

Departure Dates 

2018

 

Twin Share 

 

Single Traveller 

May 11, 25 £2,838 £3,769
June 08 £2,838 £3,769
June 22 £3,318 £4,249
July 06, 20 £3,318 £4,249
August 03 £3,318 £4,249
August 17, 31 £2,949 £3,910
September 14, 21, 28  £2,949 £3,910
 
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Tour Price Includes:

  • Scheduled flights with Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow
  • Airport taxes, security charges and the Air Passenger Duty
  • 18 nights Accommodation
  • 1 nights accommodatio pre and post tour
  • Porterage
  • Air Conditioned Motorcoach
  • Tour Guide from day 2 to day 19
  • Guided walking tour of Bostons Freedom Trail
  • Guided Tour of Quebec City
  • Tour Gettysburg National Military Park
  • Visit to Amish Farmhouse and Museum
  • Comprehensive Tour of Washington DC
  • Memphis city tour including the Lorraine Hotel and Beale Street
  • Tour Kennedy Space Centre

Not Included:

  • Meals
  • Airport Transfers
  • Gratituites
  • Optional Experiences


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