Let the train take the strain on this 15 day/14 night tour of the north east coast. A four-centre holiday including Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. linked by the excellent AMTRAK rail service, allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy the changing scenery and look forward to exploring these wonderful cities. This independent tour is ideal for the traveller who wants to experience the four major north east cities, but who does not want to drive or take an escorted coach tour.
Day 1. Arrive Boston. Days 2, 3 & 4 Boston. Day 5. By train from Boston to New York. Days 6 & 7 New York City. Day 8. By train from New York to Philadelphia. Day 9. Philadelphia. Day 10. By train from Philadelphia to Washington, DC. Days, 11, 12, 13 & 14 Washington, DC. Day 15. Depart Washington DC.
Day 1. Arrive Boston. After arriving at Boston’s Logan International Airport, make your way to your city centre hotel – your base for the next four nights. Overnight: Midtown Hotel (Standard) or Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill (Superior).
Days 2, 3 & 4 Boston. Three full days to get to know Boston. Walk the famous Freedom Trail – a red line on the sidewalk that guides the visitor to the city’s many historical sites. Visit the War of Independence battleground at Bunker Hill, tour the aquarium, enjoy the panoramic views from the top of the Prudential Centre, stroll around the leafy colleges at Cambridge and Harvard. Use the Old Town Trolley sightseeing tour to ease the footwork and get you round the town easily. Refresh yourself with a cool beer in the “Cheers” bar. Sample some of the excellent restaurants and take in a concert – Boston Pops perhaps. If you would like to explore the countryside around Boston, Gray Line Tours offer a range of seasonal excursions to Cape Cod, Plimoth Plantation, Salem and more. Overnight: Midtown Hotel (Standard) or Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill (Superior).
Day 5. By train from Boston to New York. Board the train from Boston’s South Street station for the journey to New York. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening exploring New York from your hotel in the heart of this vibrant city. Overnight: Best Western Premier Herald Square (Standard) or Fitzpatrick Manhattan (Superior).
Days 6 & 7 New York City. Two and a half days to explore the Big Apple. A busy time shopping, sightseeing, lots of optional city tours, Broadway theatre visits, museums, galleries, the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, the Staten Island Ferry, Macy’s and much, much more. We include a two-day/All Loops ticket on GrayLine New York double-decker full city tour – a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour which allows you to get on and off an unlimited number of times at 65 major attractions in Manhattan and Brooklyn – a great way to see the city’s sights. Overnight: Best Western Premier Herald Square (Standard) or Fitzpatrick Manhattan (Superior).
Day 8. By train from New York to Philadelphia. The short train journey to Philadelphia allows you almost two full days to get to know ‘the city of brotherly love’. Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are symbols of the founding of the United States. The Academy of Fine Arts and the Rodin Museum are listed amongst the world’s finest museums and it is not difficult to see why the city is sometimes called the ‘Athens of America’. Shopping in downtown Philadelphia and the nearby – King of Prussia Mall and the Franklin Outlet Mall is excellent and you benefit from the absence of sales tax in Pennsylvania. Overnight: Wyndham Historic District (Standard) or Radisson Blu Warwick (Superior).
Day 9. Philadelphia. A free day to explore Philadelphia. Overnight: Wyndham Historic District (Standard) or Radisson Blu Warwick (Superior).
Day 10. By train from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. Washington D.C. is just down the line and as your Amtrak train brings you into the cathedral-like Union Station you realise this is a very special city. The wide avenues, the blinding-white buildings, the quaint brick pavements and gas lamps of leafy Georgetown, the many famous buildings and monuments, the wide Potomac River – all are laid out before you and yours to explore in the next four days. The Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, the FBI museum, the White House, Capitol Building, Arlington Cemetery, cruises on the Potomac to George Washington’s home – Mount Vernon, the galleries, shops and attractions of Washington demand your attention. Included in your holiday price is a two-day pass for the Big Bus double-decker hop-on/hop-off tour of Washington, D.C. to help you get around this lovely city but you’ll also find that the excellent subway system is easy to use and the major sights are very close and walkable. Overnight: Capitol Skyline Hotel (Standard) or Omni Shoreham Hotel (Superior).
Days, 11, 12, 13 & 14 Washington, D.C. Four full days to enjoy the nation’s capital. Overnight: Capitol Skyline Hotel (Standard) or Omni Shoreham Hotel (Superior).
Day 15. Depart Washington D.C. After checking out of your hotel make your way to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Just America will be pleased to provide prices for complete packages including flights from the UK. Please let us know your preferred dates and UK departure airport.
Ask about our upgrade fares to business class on the trains – travel in greater comfort for only a small supplement.
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* 14 nights hotel accommodation including local taxes.
* Amtrak rail tickets linking all four cities – standard economy seat (Business class upgrades available on request).
* Boston Old Town Trolley tour.
* GrayLine of New York Double-decker All-Loops pass valid for two consecutive days (upgrade to 3 days for only £5)
* Washington,D.C. Big Bus Double-decker sightseeing pass valid for two consecutive days.
Not included: Flights, airport taxes, travel insurance, meals, transfers & personal expenses.
Location No.nights Standard Hotels Superior Hotels Boston 4 Midtown Hotel Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill New York 3 Best Western Premier Herald Square (inc.bkfst) Fitzpatrick Manhattan Philadelphia 2 Wyndham Historic District Radisson Blu Warwick Washington, DC 5 Capitol Skyline Hotel Omni Shoreham Hotel
Tour prices:The prices shown in the price panels are for the accommodation elements only, they do not include flights or car rental (unless indicated). This enables you to choose the airline and car of your choice and add them to the accommodation package to create your holiday. Our reservations staff will be pleased to help you with flight availability, to suggest which is the best airline for your itinerary and to advise you of any special offers the airlines may have introduced.
Hotels:Hotels featured in our self-drive and independent tours are chosen for their location, value for money and facilities. Whenever possible we offer a choice of Standard or Superior hotels. There is no recognised 'star' system throughout North America for classifying hotels, motels and resorts. The hotel ratings for our tours are subjective and are provided to give you an understanding as to the level of facility. They are either the hotel's official categorisation as per the Official Hotel & Resort Guide, or Just America's. Standards vary from location to location, therefore ratings in the remote areas can differ from those in the cities. Standard hotels would be those classified as Moderate, and Superior hotels would be First Class, in the Official Hotel and Resort Guide. National Park accommodations are more rustic and are chosen almost entirely because of their location. It should not be assumed that because an hotel is listed as Superior that it has certain amenities. Often a hotel is classified as Superior due to its position, views or room standard, it does not always follow that a superior hotel will have a swimming pool, hair-dryers, golf course, room service etc. We will try to provide information on individual hotels on request although the internet is usually the quickest and most accurate source of information. Hotel rooms in North America usually have one or two double beds. Triple and Quad rooms have two double beds. Very few hotels in North America have three or four beds. It is sometimes possible to have a rollaway bed which can be requested, but cannot be guaranteed. Occasionally hotels are chosen purely for their location - i.e. half-way between two points of interest - and may be included as a one night stop to break up an otherwise long journey. Such hotels may not have the full facilities normally associated with a Standard or Superior hotel, but sometimes we don't have any other choice. Where possible hotels providing free car parking have been included, however in some locations, such as city centres, the hotels may make a charge.
Note:Hotels are not usually ready to accept guests until after 3 or 4 pm, so please try not to check in before mid-afternoon. Check out time is usually before 11 am or 12 noon. It is sometimes possible to arrange late check out, or the storage of luggage, but this is at the discretion of the hotel.
Tour notes and itineraries:On several of our tours the tour notes and itineraries are provided at the first hotel. On other tours this information is forwarded with the travel documents approximately 14 days prior to departure. We will endeavour to provide the best information we can to help you, but it is not our policy to provide mile by mile detailed route guides, the frequent changes to local road conditions, layouts etc., makes this impossible. We do provide maps, guides to the major attractions en route, and directions to hotels whenever possible. These are independent self-drive holidays and you will be required to read a map and locate attractions and hotels. Sat.Nav. is available from the car rental companies - at a charge - and you may find this useful, however all technology is prone to failure so we always recommend that you keep the maps handy.
Tailor-made holidays:We will be pleased to discuss your own ideas and itineraries and help you plan your holiday. If you would like to email, fax or mail an outline of your tour with dates, number of people, ages of children etc., to us we will be happy to advise you. We request that you include your daytime telephone number on all correspondence. Where you have chosen the route and we have designed a tailor-made holiday for you, it may not be possible to provide you with a detailed tour itinerary. We suggest that you read up about the area you are planning to visit well in advance, preferably before you book the holiday. Insight Guides cover almost every region of North America and are about the best on the market. Just America can also provide a some tourist information subject to availability, but we do not have detailed route information to cover every area of the Continent. You might find the internet to be the best source of free, up-to-date information.
National Park Passes:Both the US and Canada charge entrance fees for their national parks, and if you are visiting a number of parks, this cost can add up to a significant amount. We recommend that you purchase a Parks Pass at the first national park you visit. For the US the pass currently costs $80 for up to four adults (children under 16 are free). In Canada a family pass currently costs $136.40. Both passes provide unlimited visits to that country's parks for 12 months. The passes can only be used in the country of purchase. Full details available at www.nps.gov (for USA) and www.pc.gc.ca/index_e.asp
All hotels, trains and excursions are subject to availability at the time of booking.
Please note: This is very much a suggested itinerary. If you would like to vary the number of nights, the hotels or change the included sightseeing excursions, we will be pleased to offer advice and a price quotation.
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