Best of Eastern Canada & USA - Insight Vacations

Best of Eastern Canada and USA (Summer 2017)

Duration: 16 days Visiting: Canada, United States

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Cosmopolitan cities embodying the eastern portion of North America blend perfectly with natural wonders and fun activities.

  1. Day 1

    Thrilling Toronto

    Welcome to Canada. On arrival at Toronto International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening, with drinks and a light dinner.

  2. Day 2

    Toronto and The Thundering Falls

    Rise to the top of the CN Tower, the tallest free-standing tower in the Americas, for views from four look-out areas. Travel up University Avenue to see Queen's Park, the Parliament Buildings and museum row. Then venture on to the spectacular Niagara Falls. View this great natural wonder up-close on a cruise to the base of the falls. Browse the shops and galleries of Niagara-on-the-Lake before returning to Toronto.

  3. Day 3

    Kingston and Ottawa

    Follow the shore of Lake Ontario to historic Kingston to view the old buildings, churches and fortifications on an expert-guided tour. Continue to the Canadian capital of Ottawa for an evening at leisure.

  4. Day 4

    Montreal, The Mount Royal

    Enjoy an orientation tour along Ottawa's stately boulevards seeing the green-peaked roofs of the Parliament, City Hall and National Gallery of Canada. Next, continue to Montreal in the French-speaking province of Quebec, known for its many festivals. Join a Local Expert to see the cobblestone streets and buildings of the old town, the grand mansions of Mount Royal, and visit the Notre Dame Basilica.

  5. Day 5

    The Old Walled City of Quebec

    Depart Montreal and venture north to visit the Montmorency Falls. Continue to Quebec City, set atop sheer cliffs at a narrowing of the St. Lawrence River. Your hotel is situated in the atmospheric heart of the old town and the rest of the day is yours to soak up the old world charm. For your dining pleasure, choose from a selection of local restaurants this evening.

  6. Day 6

    Quintessential Quebec

    In the morning, experience Quebec's unique European charm with a Local Expert. See the Latin Quarter, Plains of Abraham, Ramparts, National Assembly, Basilica, City Hall, Place Royale and Citadel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

  7. Day 7

    Quebec to Bar Harbor

    Bid 'Au Revoir' to Quebec and cross the US border. Enjoy the countryside while travelling east towards Mount Desert Island on the Atlantic Coast. Your home for the next two nights is the quintessential New England fishing village of Bar Harbor, Maine.

  8. Day 8

    Explore Acadia National Park

    Take in the natural beauty of Acadia National Park, with its dramatic rocky shoreline, beaver ponds and spectacular views from the top of Cadillac Mountain. There is also time to explore Bar Harbor on your own or perhaps join an optional nature cruise. In the evening, feast on a traditional Maine lobster at a Highlight Dinner.

  9. Day 9

    The Coast of New England to Boston

    Follow the rocky Maine shoreline south, stopping in picturesque Kennebunkport for a chance to soak up typical New England life. Pass by New Hampshire's only coastal city of Portsmouth en route to Boston, Massachusetts.

  10. Day 10

    Boston, the Cradle of Liberty

    Boston is one of America's oldest and most historic cities. Join your Tour Director for a look at some of the sites along the Freedom Trail including Beacon Hill, Faneuil Hall, Charlestown, Bunker Hill Pavilion and the meeting house where the Boston Tea Party was planned. The afternoon is at leisure for more sightseeing or shopping. Later, enjoy a delectable dinner at Salvatore's, a local favourite in Downtown Boston.

  11. Day 11

    Boston and Philadelphia

    Travel to Philadelphia where the Liberty Bell first chimed and Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence.

  12. Day 12

    Washington, D.C.

    Before heading to Washington, D.C., amid 'America's Most Historic Square Mile', explore Independence National Historic Park and visit the Liberty Bell. Once in Washington, D.C., enjoy some leisure time on your own.

  13. Day 13

    Washington, D.C. Sightseeing and Leisure Time

    In the morning, join a Local Expert and see Capitol Hill and the White House. Stops include the Lincoln, World War II and Vietnam Veterans Memorials. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Perhaps visit the Kennedy Center, one of the Smithsonian's museums or stroll through the historic cobblestone streets of Georgetown.

  14. Day 14

    A Bite of the Big Apple

    Depart the nation's capital and head to the Big Apple. Embark on a harbour cruise to take in dazzling views of Manhattan's skyline, Ellis Island and the towering Statue of Liberty. Your modern hotel could not be more central, set in vibrant Times Square. Step out on your own in the evening and feel the pulse of the city.

  15. Day 15

    A Manhattan Masterpiece

    Start your morning with a Local Expert on a tour that includes the Financial and Broadway Districts and Battery Park. Visit the Top of the Rock Observation Deck, with stunning views of the New York skyline. New York dining is legendary so in the evening, join your Tour Director and newfound friends for a Celebration Dinner at Bond 45, recipient of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

  16. Day 16

    Depart New York City.

    Your tour draws to a close after breakfast. There are departure transfers to JFK, Newark International and La Guardia Airports.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Toronto: Until recently, the CN Tower was the tallest free standing structure on earth with magnificent views.
  • Niagara Falls: Board your cruise and greet the howling spray, wind and thunder at the base of the falls.
  • Kingston: View the historic buildings and fortifications of the city with a Local Expert.
  • Montreal: See the cobblestone streets, architecture of the old town buildings and soak in the old world charm with a Local Expert.
  • Quebec: Experience the city's unique European charm with a Local Expert.
  • Bar Harbor: Experience the natural beauty of Acadia National Park.
  • Boston: Follow part of Boston's red-brick Freedom Trail which brings the story of the American Revolution to life.
  • Washington, D.C.: See Capital Hill, the White House and other iconic landmarks with a Local Expert.
  • New York: View Manhattan's skyscrapers, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty from your New York harbour cruise.
  • New York: Take in the famous sites and lights including the Financial and Broadway Districts with your Local Expert.
  • New York: Enjoy sweeping skyline views from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at New York's Rockefeller Center.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Toronto: Travel up University Avenue to see museum row, Queen's Park and City Hall.
  • Niagara Falls: Browse the shops and galleries of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • Kingston: See the old buildings, churches and fortifications.
  • Ottawa: Visit the Canadian Museum of Nature. See the Parliament building, City Hall and National Gallery of Canada.
  • Quebec: Visit the Montmorency Falls.
  • Kennebunkport: Stroll along the shops and historic buildings.
  • Philadelphia: View Independence Hall and visit the Liberty Bell.
  • Washington, D.C.: See the White House and visit the Lincoln Memorial.
  • New York: See the Financial and Broadway Districts and Battery Park.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Quebec: Enjoy a Dine-Around evening in Quebec City.
  • Bar Harbor: Feast on a traditional meal of Maine lobster.
  • New York: Enjoy a farewell Celebration Dinner at renowned Bond 45.
  • 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 15 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 1 Dinner (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD)

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Quebec: With its unique and contemporary style, the Hotel Manoir Victoria is located in the heart of the historic and culturally vibrant Old Quebec.
  • Bar Harbor: Overlooking Frenchman's Bay from Downtown Bar Harbor, the luxurious Harborside Hotel, Spa and Marina welcomes guests to a relaxed seaside retreat that embodies the spirit of coastal Maine.
  • Washington, D.C.: The Mayflower Hotel, an Autograph Collection, is a luxury hotel with unmatched elegance highlighted by an abundance of modern conveniences.
  • New York: Experience the excitement of a major city at the Marriott Marquis situated in Times Square.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 16.

Optional experiences

Most Insight tours already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Tour Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your tour. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Bar Harbor Nature Cruise (Seasonal)

Bar Harbor was once the playground of the industrial moguls of the 19th century. This cruise highlights the history and ecology of this enchanting old harbor. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, porpoises, whales and eagles along with the picturesque mansions and lighthouses that dot the phenomenally scenic coastline of ‘Down East’ Maine! Adults must show ID to board. Subject to weather conditions. Approx. duration: 2 hours

Adult Price: USD 34.00

Code: BHB0001

"Hahvahd" Walking Tour

Come along for an enlightening tour of "Hahvahd", the beautiful and historic campus of one of the world’s premiere educational institutions. Led by actual current students, you will be entertained and inspired with stories about Harvard history and personal experiences in the University they call home. While exploring the campus, you’ll learn about Harvard history, including the untold stories and lore of Harvard University, and Harvard culture - stories and tips from current students about what it's like to live and study at Harvard. Walk around the famous Harvard Yard – including Old Yard and New Yard – and view historic buildings including Harvard Lampoon, Memorial Hall, Sever Hall, the 320,000-squarefoot Widener Library, home to three million volumes; the Harvard Memorial Church, honoring Harvard’s men and women who gave their lives during World War I; Massachusetts Hall, the oldest surviving building at Harvard College and one-time dormitory to US Founding Fathers John Adams, John Hancock and Samuel Adams; and the John Harvard Statue, honoring the university’s first benefactor. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours

Adult Price: USD 32.00

Code: BOS0005

Niagara Falls Helicopter Flightseeing

Enjoy an exhilarating and scenic helicopter flight and experience the views of the awe-inspiring Niagara Region as you gently lift off over the Whirlpool Rapids and Rainbow Bridge. See the green grass and floral beauty of Queen Victoria Park stretch below you as the helicopter passes by the American Falls and Skylon Tower. Follow the curve of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and see rainbows magically appear and disappear. This is a ride you do not want to miss! Operates daily, weather permitting. Flight duration: 9 minutes

Adult Price: USD 121.00

Code: NIA0003

Dinner At Historic City Tavern & Guided Walking Tour Of Old Town

Old Town Philadelphia, the historic center of this great city, is best seen by foot. Come join us for a walking tour around the streets where the American nation was born. Step back in time with our knowledgeable guide to see where Betsy Ross created the first American Flag, Carpenter’s Hall where the First Continental Congress met in 1774, the site of Benjamin Franklin’s home, the First Bank of the United States and much more. We end the tour with a three-course dinner at a historic restaurant that shares in the wonder of Philadelphia! Approx. duration: 2 hours

Adult Price: USD 77.50

Code: PHL0003

Washington Illumination Tour & Dinner at Clyde's Restaurant

You’ll be wowed by this illuminated overview of the nation’s capital city at night! See the Capitol, the White House and the Jefferson Memorial. Visit the Kennedy Center for a rooftop walk and end the evening at the Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial. (Stops are subject to weather and local restrictions). Dinner is then served at Clyde's Restaurant. Clyde's Restaurant is where you'll find a home away from home. Clyde's is a family restaurant born from a sincere belief that great dining begins with fresh ingredients, friendly people and an unforgettable atmosphere. Approx. duration: 3 hours

Adult Price: USD 69.00

Code: WAS0003

Accommodation

 

Hilton Toronto

Toronto (Central) - Canada

Be at the center of the action when you stay at the Hilton Toronto hotel in Ontario, Canada. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto's entertainment, fashion and shopping district, close to Union Station, this Toronto hotel is connected to the PATH system, the city’s downtown underground pedestrian walkway. The 17 miles of connecting tunnel ensures easy access around the city, and is home to the world’s largest underground shopping space, offering over 1,200 outlets. The spacious guest rooms at this hotel in downtown Toronto have spectacular city views.

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

Montreal (Central) - Canada

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

Hyatt Regency Boston

Boston (Central) - USA

Discover the city’s newly renovated, downtown destination, Hyatt Regency Boston, where luxury and convenience collide. Steps from Boston’s most desirable area-attractions such as the Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, and Boston’s famous shopping destination, Newbury Street, the hotel sits at the edge of the city’s excitement. Tour the Freedom Trail, visit the Museum of Fine Arts, or catch a game at historic Fenway Park, all just minutes from Hyatt Regency Boston. Hyatt Regency Boston is the premier hotel for business and leisure travelers. Expect the best at Hyatt Regency Boston, where we make for easy, productive and stylish travels.

The Mayflower Autograph Collection Washington DC

Washington D.C. (Central) - USA

The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection, Washington, D.C

New York Marriott Marquis

New York (Central) - USA

Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of the city at New York Marriott Marquis. Get relaxed and energized simultaneously as you step into some of the largest guest rooms in NYC, amid the hustle and bustle of famed Broadway. Nestled in the heart of Times Square, our Broadway hotel in New York gives you easy access to exciting shows. Located near Fifth Avenue shopping, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Lincoln Center and Madison Square Garden, our hotel puts travelers in the midst of popular NYC attractions and business destinations.

  • Spectacularly Fabulous

    5 out of 5

    Delray Beach, United States

    All I can say about my Insight Tour is not only did it meet my expectations ( I have never been on an escorted tour) but it totally far surpassed what I thought I would experience. I have seen everything that I wanted on this tour and then some. Being 64 years old and never seeing Washington DC or the Liberty Bell was just so overwhelming and life changing, I can't even begin to tell you how good it made me feel to be an American. The beauty of the cities and the history, which was phenomenally explained to us by our tour director, Todd. He too, was spectacular, he had so much knowledge about everywhere we went it was so nice to listen to him talk about what we were going to visit. I actually looked forward to getting on the bus to listen to him speak. The hotels were beautiful, in the best locations, the breakfasts were outstanding and the meals that Insight offered were only the best to be had. Everything was just perfect. Also I have to give Kudos to our bus driver Edwin who made me feel so comfortable on all of the trips on the bus. I was never nervous and I trusted my life with his driving. All together I can't say anything negative. I had a wonderful experience. Met a lot of nice people and we all got along terrifically. Everyone was kind and very welcoming of each other. What a nice way to meet new people and my whole group was from Australia. and there were only 3 of us from the USA.. This tour was absolutely amazing.

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  • The Reynolds

    5 out of 5

    Shoalhaven Heads, Australia

    We loved our trip to Eastern Canada &the US! We had Dave as our guide who was amazing, very knowledgeable & professional, highly recommended!

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  • Wonderful experience

    5 out of 5

    WAHROONGA, Australia

    My husband and I recently returned from a 15 day Best of Eastern Canada and USA. We had a fabulous time over the two weeks and we were incredibly lucky scoring an amazing Tour Director in Todd where nothing was too much trouble and everything was executed smoothly and Edwin our coach driver was so skilful in manoeuvring the coach in and around the various cities together with being an all round wonderful driver always getting us safely to our destinations. We loved each of the cities in both Canada and the USA and were lucky enough to be travelling with a great group of people too. We loved Quebec city and would loved to have had a 3 night stay there instead of 2. Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC where also highlights as was New York City. We would thoroughly recommend this tour.

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  • Amazing Tour Director

    5 out of 5

    Grafton, New Zealand

    This was my second Insight Tour both tours were great. This Tour Director went away beyond duties that were expected by me, Howie Geib had enormous knowledge of the area we covered and took us in his own time to extra places. Just one of those places was the changing of the guard at Arlington Air Force Base. Thanks to all my friendly travelling companions for being so lovely, as I travel alone my travelling companions are very important to me. Cheers - Sandy

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  • Most enjoyable experience

    5 out of 5

    Gosnells, Australia

    We had a wonderful time on our Best of Canada and USA coach tour. Our Tour Director (Adrian) was knowledgeable very informative and enhanced our knowledge of Canada and USA. We visited many interesting places and more than was on the itinerary. We have made many new friends over the days of the tour. We left the tour totally satisfied with Insight Vacations and will certainly be taking another tour in the near future. From the "Meet and Greet" to the "Celebration Dinner" and all inbetween was a wonderful experience.

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  • terry and jan

    5 out of 5

    Kahibah, Australia

    great tour with a great crew very enjoyable holiday very comfortable coach with brilliant driver miss Gloria and very good tour guide Adrian the romanian

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  • A good way to see the country

    4 out of 5

    Penshurst, Australia

    I enjoyed the trip the bus had lots of leg room ,the company was great ,tour director Debbie was informative , accommodation was good, would I recommend it yes ,

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  • Amazing Trip

    5 out of 5

    Duncraig, Australia

    This was our first Insight trip but wont be our last, we had an amazing time, meet a wonderful group of people that we toughly enjoyed our holiday with, This tour was just fantastic and highly recommend to anyone wanting to see the best of Canada and USA, and a big thank you to our tour director Todd, he was just outstanding, I cant speak highly enough of him, he made our trip even more fantastic than we hoped, Anyone having second thought don't, Insight is the way to go, they are fantastic, see you again soon when we travel again,

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  • Great Trip

    4 out of 5

    Werrington, Australia

    We had a great trip, great sights, well organized. Tour Director Adrian and Coach Driver Gloria were great. Our tour group was very friendly and a joy to travel with.

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