Classic Mid-Atlantic - Insight Vacations

Classic Mid Atlantic (Summer 2018)

Duration: 10 days Visiting: United States

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Between the big ticket items of New York, Washington, DC and Niagara Falls, this fascinating journey runs the gamut of American history and surprises with an eclectic mix of visits.

  1. Day 1

    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.

  2. Day 2 - Relaxed Start

    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.

  3. Day 3

    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.

  4. Day 4

    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.

  5. Day 5

    Niagara Up-Close.

    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.

  6. Day 6

    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.

  7. Day 7

    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.

  8. Day 8

    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.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Exploring NYC.

    (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.

  10. Day 10

    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.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Gettysburg: Gain a deeper understanding of the infamous battle and major turning point in the Civil War with a Local Expert.
  • Lancaster: Step back in time to gain a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Pennsylvania Amish with a Local Expert.
  • New York: Explore the highlights of the city with your Local Expert.
  • Punxsutawney: Meet a member of the 'Inner Circle' and learn about the town's weather-predicting groundhog.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Corning: At the Corning Museum of Glass, watch artisans at work and sandblast your own keepsake.
  • New York: View Manhattan’s skyscrapers, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty from your harbour cruise.
  • Niagara Falls: Greet the howling spray, wind and thunder at the base of the falls, on-board your cruise.
  • Washington, DC: Your ‘monumental’ tour includes the Lincoln Memorial and WWII Memorial.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Washington, D.C.: See the The White House and Capitol
  • Niagara Falls: Browse the shops and galleries of Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Philadelphia: View Independence Hall and visit the Liberty Bell. Explore the Independence National Historic Park.
  • New York: During your guided tour see the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Central Park.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • New York: Toast to new friends and fond memories during your Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Niagara Falls: At a Highlight Dinner, an unforgettable evening of fresh local cuisine awaits, paired with the region's most renowned beverage, ice wine.
  • Philadelphia: Choose from a selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Pittsburgh: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at LeMont, where delicious cuisine is complemented by breathtaking city views.
  • Included Quality Dining: 8 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Continental Breakfast (CB) and 5 Dinners with wine (DW).

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Lancaster: The Lancaster Arts Hotel features deluxe accommodation all decorated by local Pennsylvania artists, and displays some of Lancaster's finest works of art.
  • New York: For city centre hotel locations, the Marriott Marquis is unmatched, set in New York City’s Times Square.
  • Niagara Falls: Insight ensures you don’t miss out on scenic locations. The Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview Hotel and Spa hotel is situated closest to the falls and each room has stunning views.
  • Pittsburgh: The Omni William Penn is a classic hotel with a modern twist.
  • Washington DC: At the Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection, you'll stay just half a mile from The White House.

ADDITIONAL 5 STAR SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat touring coach, with extended Business Class legroom and on-board restroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are 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 (where available).
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers from Washington Dulles and Ronald Reagan Airport and to JFK, La Guardia or Newark Airport are available only on arrival and departure days. Should your flights not coincide with these transfers, or additional accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations, charged transfers are available. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

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.

Washington D.C. Illumination Tour

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

Code: WAS0001

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

Accommodation

 

The Mayflower Autograph Collection Washington DC

Washington D.C. (Central) - USA

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

Omni William Penn Hotel Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh (Central) - USA

Omni William Penn

Marriott Fallsview Hotel and Spa Niagara Falls

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 Arts Hotel

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.

Hilton at Penn Landing Philadelphia

Philadelphia (Central) - USA

New York Marriott Marquis

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.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
10959 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 06 August, 2018

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    Trip: Excellent itinerary & choices of hotels & restaurants.

    Service: From our tour driver & tour director to every last person on our tour were all wonderful & very nice.

  • 06 August, 2018

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    Trip: Was good . Organised. Nice and friendly people. Made very good friends . All team we’re so friendly and polite . Especially our Aussie bros

    Service: Very good .

  • 26 July, 2018

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    Trip: I enjoyed each place visited. Very informative and lots of fun. Visited places I dreamed about one day seeing

    Service: Everything was well organized. The tour director was great and we had the best driver.

  • 23 July, 2018

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    Trip: I would have liked more time in Washington, D.C. Having expert guides was a plus, loved learning about the history of the destinations.

    Service: I had a great time on my trip. I traveled alone and felt very comfortable with my tour director and driver. The hotels were very nice and safe. I would have like more time in Washington because there is so much to see and do. Because this was my first trip with insight and with a guided tour I didn’t know what to expect. I would have liked more information when I called customer service on what was expected and maybe some recommendations. Overall, I had a wonderful time and look forward to my next trip. My advise to anyone wanting to do a guided tour is do your homework on the destinations and things to do on your free time.

  • 23 July, 2018

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    Trip: All the locations had much to offer. Some of the places would have been better if we could have stayed more than 1 night.

    Service: Trip was well planned. Jacki, our tour director , was amazing! She cared about each of us as individuals. Her bus activities helped to pass the time on our "long travel days". We would definitely use Insight again. We hope to do a different tour with Jacki to other new destinations in our future.

  • 23 July, 2018

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    Trip: Every site was really interesting.

    Service: Tour Guide Jackie Lappin and Bus Driver, John Taylor, were a pleasure to be with. Nothing was too difficult for them. Always very helpful.

  • 16 July, 2018

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    Trip: Good itinery, great placed loved Punxsutawney Ground Hog visit

    Service: Good well organised trip

  • 15 July, 2018

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    Trip: All goos One can only take in so much ---- just ideal

    Service: Great Tour director, excellent Driver, Top Hotels, Dinners who could not ask for more.

  • 14 July, 2018

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    Trip: Itinery excellent, all please visited, excellent

    Service: Trip was very good, itinery excellent.

  • 03 July, 2018

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    Trip: Couple of places we would like to have missed and spent more time at main attraction. eg Niagra Falls when we went to Niagra Falls village. Would like to have seen around falls. No time.

    Service: Saw some bucket list sights. Mainly OK. Didn't like the problem between the tourguide and the driver.

  • 02 July, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary was full and sometimes a bit tiring but we loved it all and saw everything we wanted to.

    Service: We thoroughly enjoyed our experience with Insight Vacations. Everything went to plan and was organised very efficiently. The group of people on the trip were friendly as were Jacki our Tour Director and Roseli our driver which made for a wonderful time.

  • 25 June, 2018

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    Trip: The driver is the reason I gave this score. She was very anxious and unprofessional. There appeared to be tension between her and the Tour Director.

    Service: The American parks Trailtour was excellent. The driver Willis Peet and the tour director Jason Cohen were both well organised and very professional. Jason’s commentaries were full of information and his directions were clear. The bus was always clean. The Mid Atlantic Tour was not as well organised.Jackie Lappen started the tour a little disorganised but quickly got on top of things. She definitely knew the information and delivered it in a clear and interesting manner. She was most professional. The driver Roselli Couta was a most anxious driver. She appeared to not know where she was going on several occasions. I heard her arguing with Jackie while she was driving and she did not listen to where Jackie was telling her to go. She spoke on the handheld phone whilst driving and I saw her eating while driving. She did not act in a professional manner at all times. She was often the last one back to the bus at rest stops. At the end of the tour she gave out her personal email address to all the passengers, not a very professional action. Jackie did a great job to try to minimise the tension on the bus.Her situation must have been very difficult.

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