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Duration: 10 days Visiting: United States
A Monumental Time in Washington, DC.
Welcome to Washington, DC, the nation's capital. On arrival at the airport, your transfer will take you to your luxurious hotel, proclaimed by President Truman to be Washington, DC's ‘Second Best Address’, after The White House. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner with drinks.
Washington, DC Sightseeing.
(Relaxed Start) In the morning, immerse yourself on a sightseeing tour in the proud heritage of a nation. View The White House, the striking Washington Monument, and sprawling National Mall. Reflect on the country's most turbulent days at the Lincoln Memorial and the somber World War II Memorial. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Gettysburg and Pittsburgh.
Depart for Gettysburg. Cannons blazing, trumpets sounding – your Local Expert will reveal it all at the site of one of the Civil War's most pivotal battles. Just four months after the historic struggle, the battlefield was the backdrop for Abraham Lincoln's call for ‘a new birth of freedom’ in his famed Gettysburg Address. Move on to Pittsburgh, the 'City of Bridges'. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at award-winning LeMont.
American Folklore in Punxsutawney.
Travel to the rural town of Punxsutawney to learn firsthand about an important part of American folklore. The town is most famous for its resident groundhog, Phil. Every year he emerges from his burrow and predicts whether the US will have more months of winter or an early spring, based on whether or not he sees his shadow. Meet with a member of the 'Inner Circle', a small group of local dignitaries and business leaders who act as Phil's caregivers throughout the year. Cross the Canadian border to arrive into Niagara Falls, where your hotel overlooks the majestic Horseshoe Falls in all its glory.
View thundering Niagara Falls during a cruise to the base of the cascades. Browse the shops and galleries of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The region's climate is ideal for winemaking, embark upon a night of culinary delights, with a Highlight Dinner at a family-owned winery. Taste their award-winning wines, including ice wine – a regional speciality, made from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. Sample some of Niagara's local cuisine created with seasonal ingredients.
On to Lancaster.
At the ultra-modern Corning Museum of Glass, learn about the art, history, culture, technology, science, craft, and design that tells the riveting story of the museum's single material, glass. Sandblast your own keepsake before watching master artisans at work as they form the raw material into delicate shapes and figures.
The Amish Country and Philadelphia.
After your deluxe Continental Breakfast, roll back in time to explore the rural back roads of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County with a Local Expert. Learn about the traditional agricultural lifestyle of the Amish and the Mennonites, who live much the same as they did when they first settled here over 200 years ago. Then it's on to Philadelphia where in the evening, your Tour Director will offer you a selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.
A Bite of the Big Apple.
Walk in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin in the 'City of Brotherly Love', Philadelphia. Amid ‘America’s most historic square mile'; view Independence Hall, visit the Liberty Bell, and spend some time on your own exploring Independence National Historic Park. Then it's on to New York City. In the afternoon, enjoy a harbour cruise for glittering views of Manhattan's skyline, Ellis Island, and the towering Statue of Liberty. The evening is at leisure.
(Relaxed Start) Take a bite of the Big Apple on a tour of the city's highlights with a Local Expert. See the towering Empire State Building, the mirrored peak of the iconic Chrysler Building and expansive Central Park, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Ascend to the Top of the Rock – the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Building – for a sweeping view of the skyscrapers, parks, rivers and urban canyons that make up the teeming isle of Manhattan. At night, join your Tour Director for a lively Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant and toast to new friends and fantastic memories.
Depart New York City.
Bid farewell in the morning and take your complimentary transfer to JFK International, LaGuardia Airport or Newark Liberty International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in New York.
Most Insight trips 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 Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. 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.
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). Approx. duration: 2 hours
Adult Price: USD 39.00
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
Washington D.C. (Central) - USA
The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection, Washington, D.C
Pittsburgh (Central) - USA
Omni William Penn
Niagara Falls (Central) - Canada
Discover the beauty of Niagara Falls with a visit to this luxury hotel Perfectly located and filled with incomparable amenities, the Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa places you right in the heart of this beautiful region of Ontario, Canada. Many of our well designed hotel rooms and suites feature terrific views of the falls; Whether you're here for business or pleasure, you'll be thrilled with the luxury bedding, THANN bath products, and flat-screen TVs in your room.
Lancaster (Scenic) - USA
Situated in the heart of downtown, Lancaster Arts Hotel features deluxe accommodations with unique surroundings. All of the rooms, from the lobby to the suites, are filled with original works of art, especially that of local Pennsylvania artists. The 63 guestrooms and suites of Lancaster Arts Hotel have been appointed with comfort as well as beauty in mind. Taking a cue from the historic former tobacco warehouse that houses the hotel, designers have played with a successful juxtaposition of 21st century comforts such as wi-fi internet access, iPod docking stations, HDTV, flat-screen televisions with handcrafted furnishing, exposed ceiling beams and brick walls, and of course, that glorious art work.
Philadelphia (Central) - USA
New York (Contemporary) - 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.
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9808 independent user reviews received during the past year.
06 June, 2018
Trip: The main places I wanted to see were visited for an adequate time period.
Service: Well-organised; informative tour guide;comfortable accommodation.
04 June, 2018
Trip: Nice itinerary , a little to busy. Try to eliminate one night stops !
Service: Tour director very informative , helpful and friendly. Driver very good and friendly.
04 June, 2018
Trip: Was what we signed up for
Service: Good tour director and driver
04 June, 2018
Trip: Very interresting trip, great hotels
Service: Interresting trip, wonderful tour director
04 June, 2018
Trip: Loved the history at Gettysburg and meeting Groundhog, Phil. Having a taste of the Armish, the cities, the local food favourites and countryside. A great taste of this region and a good pace.
Service: All needs met efficiently, professionally and in a timely manner
04 June, 2018
Trip: All went well. Good tour director and hotels. Good travel companions with a good vibe through the tour
Service: Great tour directors, great hotels. Everything went without a hitch
04 June, 2018
Trip: the itinerary was perfect well done
Service: the tour director gary blender was out standing and very helpful when needed and the driver was excellent also well done to both people
04 June, 2018
Trip: Loved the falls. motels were nice
Service: Professional service. well managed. hassall free. great tour guide and bus driver
23 May, 2018
Trip: Could we have had Boston included ? that is the only thing that could have improved the itinerary
Service: We loved our tour with Insight Vacations, the itinerary was just what we were looking for, with the exception of Boston, but you cannot have everything. . The coach was extremely comfortable, there were adequate comfort stops and our driver, John Taylor, was extremely helpful and friendly. Our Tour Director, Gary Bender, was just about as good as a Tour Director could be, his dissemination of information was excellent, if he was unable to deliver a certain part of the itinerary he usually filled in with something else. His delivery was clear and concise, his sense of humour very much to our taste. I would not hesitate to recommend Insight Vacations to friends and family.
22 May, 2018
Trip: Our guide and driver were excellent.
Service: Our guide and driver were absolutely excellent. Our guides knowledge was great. The only thing that didn't interest us was the Punxutawney visit. And also our lunch was not successful. Trying to feed 42 people on pre-ordered - alot were pizza's meant a number of meals were cold. Our order never appeared but was rectified when we accepted something else and were not charged for it.
21 May, 2018
Trip: Excellent except groundhog trip
21 May, 2018
Trip: As advertised-saw highlights of each area.
Service: Great hotels, excellent meals, and great your director Gary Blendet.