ICONIC CITIES & BEYOND

SELF-DRIVE

11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

Boston | New York | Philadelphia | Washington DC

 

Take the Amtrak train or drive to discover the culture and history of four iconic East Coast cities, all with their own rich and diverse tapestry. Explore the neighborhoods and hidden secrets of Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC as only locals do.

 

INCLUSIONS

  • 10-night accommodation

 

Not included

International and domestic airfare · Car rental · Tolls · Parking fees · National Park admission · Meals · Gratuities to hotel personnel, guides · Beverages · Optional excursions

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DAY 1 BOSTON

Although many visitors know about Boston’s rich history and its role in the Revolutionary War, they may not be aware of the city’s world-class museums, numerous universities, and abundant shopping opportunities. Begin your exploration of the city on The Freedom Trail’s 16 historic stops, including the famous Old North Church, Paul Revere House and Faneuil Hall Marketplace with 100-plus shops and pushcarts as well as 50 restaurants, pubs, and food vendors. Spend a day enjoying some of the Museum of Fine Arts’ 450,000-plus works of art or the Museum of Science’s eye-opening exhibits. For a more intimate experience, visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum or the Nichols House Museum. Walk across the Charles River on the Longfellow Bridge or take the “T” (subway) to Cambridge, locally known as “the City of Squares,” which refers to charming neighborhoods where you will find fine dining, museums, and unique shopping experiences. Cambridge is also famous for the ivy trimmed campus of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both of which offer tours.

Accommodation: Boston for 2 nights

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DAY 2 BOSTON

Shoppers will enjoy Newbury Street in the affluent Back Bay, with its Iconic Cities and Beyond Massachusetts – New York – Pennsylvania – District of Columbia Public Garden, Boston Take Amtrak to discover the culture and history of four iconic East Coast cities, all with their own rich and diverse tapestry. Explore the neighborhoods and hidden secrets of these cities as only locals do. Times Square, New York City high-end boutiques in restored brownstone houses, and Copley Place, a two-level mall with top brand-name stores. South Boston, known as Southie, is home to the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the South Boston Waterfront, now emerging as the Seaport District with restaurants and cruise tours. In the heart of Boston, the Waterfront and Harbor Walk link many neighborhoods and offer breathtaking waterfront views as well as great dining options on and off the water. Sports fans should plan to watch a Boston Red Sox baseball game (April through October) and take a tour of Fenway Park, the oldest Major League Baseball Park in the country. When the weather is nice, stroll through the Boston Common and take a ride on one of the famous Swan Boats in the Public Garden.

Today’s Suggested Optional Experience (at an additional cost)

OLD TOWN TROLLEY TOUR SILVER PASS – BOSTON (BOS-TROL):

Hop aboard one of these trolleys and you’ll experience ‘’Transportainment’’, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment. Turn back the pages of history and relive colonial Boston. Coming from various backgrounds, each conductor narrates the sightseeing tour with his or her own blend of trivia, colorful anecdotes, and humorous stories to ensure that your experience is both enjoyable and informative.

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DAY 3 BOSTON · NEW YORK

Time to leave Boston behind and travel to one of the most iconic cities in the world. Filling four days with exciting things to do in New York City is ridiculously easy. Head to Broadway to take in a show; buy online well ahead of your trip or try your luck with day-of show half-price tickets at the TKTS booth in Times Square. Stretch your mind at enriching museums both large, Metropolitan Museum of Art or Museum of Modern Art, and small, The Frick Collection or Morgan Library and Museum. Enjoy panoramic views of midtown Manhattan from the Empire State Building’s open-air observatory or from Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. Alternatively, head to One World Observatory’s 100th floor for stunning views of the harbor and the entire city.

Accommodation: New York for 3 nights

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DAY 4 NEW YORK

Today, explore the ethnic and cultural diversity of New York’s five boroughs. Foodies will love the Greek food from Astoria in Queens or dim sum in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Dig into a hearty Russian dinner in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, and work it off with a stroll on the boardwalk. If you are looking for great pizza, take the free ferry to Staten Island and enjoy spectacular views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty on the way. The Bronx is famous for the Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Gardens, but explore further and discover Little Italy, centered around Arthur Avenue and East 187th Street, with its cafes and restaurants. Sports fans can catch a New York Yankees baseball game in the Bronx or a Mets game in Queens. See U.S. Open Tennis matches at the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

Today’s Suggested Optional Experience (at an additional cost)

BIG APPLE HELICOPTER TOUR DOWNTOWN (NYC-LHDB):

New York City isn’t called the “Big Apple” for nothing! This very popular tour provides awe inspiring views of the Big Apple’s most iconic landmarks. As you soar above the famous Hudson River you will fly right by the magnificent Statue of Liberty in all her glory. View Governors and Ellis Island and see Manhattans Financial District and the new Freedom Tower before cruising past the cavernous landscape of the NYC skyline. Sites include the Empire State Building, Chrysler, Woolworth, and Met Life Buildings and the USS Intrepid to mention a few. You will even catch a glimpse of the George Washington Bridge and the world-renowned Central Park before heading back to the heliport. Voted “Number #1 Tour” by our customers.

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DAY 5 NEW YORK

Enjoy yet another day in “The City that Never Sleeps”. Do not miss Madison Square Garden, known as “The Garden,” to locals, to see the New York Knicks play basketball, the New York Rangers play hockey or to attend one of the headlining concerts. At the Barclays Arena, take in a New York Islanders hockey game or a Brooklyn Nets basketball game. If you enjoy walking, then New York City is the destination for you. Cross the Brooklyn Bridge, relax on the Sheep Meadow, walk around the reservoir in Central Park or visit Strawberry Fields. Don’t forget the High Line, a park stretching along a former rail line between 10th and 12th avenues from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street in Manhattan.

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DAY 6 NEW YORK · PHILADELPHIA

Enjoy your last moments in New York and travel to Pennsylvania. Philadelphia is city of icons, such as the famous LOVE statue, the “Rocky Steps” at the Museum of Art and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Visit Independence Hall National Historical Park, home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence were signed. In addition to the Constitution Center, Philadelphia is home to an astounding collection of museums, artistic venues, and historical attractions. Visit the Ben Franklin Museum to learn about one of the Founding Fathers of the USA and enjoy the outdoors at beautiful Longwood Gardens or Fairmount Park.

Accommodation: Philadelphia for 2 nights

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DAY 7 PHILADELPHIA

Shops, art galleries, restaurants and pubs line the historic cobblestone streets of Philadelphia’s Old City district. View classical works by Renoir, Cézanne and Picasso at the Barnes Foundation or at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with its collection of more than 240,000 items. Relax and take in the surroundings while dining al fresco at Rittenhouse Square. Browse more than 400 shops and restaurants at the King of Prussia Mall. You could happily spend a week eating and drinking your way through vibrant Philadelphia’s abundant restaurants, food markets and craft breweries. The Reading Terminal Market, the USA’s oldest farmers market, is also the city’s most popular attraction.

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DAY 8 PHILADELPHIA / WASHINGTON

Leave Philadelphia behind and set out for the capital of the United States. There’s a lot to see in Washington, D.C., but a trip to the National Mall is a must for any itinerary. This national park encompasses Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. Capitol and more. Two nearby attractions, the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, offer a fascinating history of paper currency and the birth of the USA.

Accommodation: Washington for 3 nights

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DAY 9 WASHINGTON

Enjoy another day in the US Capital. Head north to experience Georgetown University, surrounded by lively shops and cafes, for lunch and people-watching. Board a water taxi from Georgetown to cross the Potomac River to Old Town Alexandria’s charming historic district that dates to the 18th and 19th centuries. A trip to Arlington in Virginia is a must; visit Arlington House, once the home of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, and the Arlington National Cemetery.

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DAY 10 WASHINGTON

Today, go to the National Harbor to see its beautiful waterfront and marina. Sports fans should not miss the chance to visit the revitalized Southwest Waterfront along the Potomac River and Nationals Park, which is the home of the Washington Nationals professional baseball team.

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DAY 11 WASHINGTON

Enjoy your last moments in Washington DC and leave for the airport at your leisure.

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