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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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Highlights
  • Optional experiences
  • Accommodation
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  • Dates & prices

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.




  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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)


  • 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.


  • 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 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.

*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



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.


Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on 7828 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 17 November, 2017


    Trip: We do not like one night stops and would prefer less cities for longer stays

    Service: The customer service from the guide and driver was excellent.

  • 07 November, 2017


    Trip: well organised and great tour leader

    Service: well organised

  • 07 November, 2017


    Trip: well organised and great tour leaders

    Service: well organised

  • 30 October, 2017


    Trip: The destinations were wonderful, and the hotels were superb.

    Service: Wonderful experience and a wonderful Tour Director & Driver

  • 29 October, 2017


    Trip: Covered the cities we wanted to see and gave us a good oversight of them Not sufficient time in Ottawa

    Service: Overall service very good - driver, tour director, guides, choice of hotels etc. - and the extra leg-room on the coach Dis-appointed with location of hotel in Ottawa - casino, out of town

  • 25 October, 2017


    Trip: Loved them all apart from one disappointing dinner

    Service: Will use again and recommend to others

  • 23 October, 2017


    Trip: Interesting places to visit. Would like to have had time to go into Salem, particularly at this time of year re Halloween.

    Service: Great tour director and driver. Very friendly, helpful, and lots of information about all the places we visited.

  • 23 October, 2017


    Trip: Comfort and met expectations

    Service: Accomodation and comfort coach . we had great tour director,Jacki Lappen very knowlegeble and bus driver was excellent Dennis,very skillfull in his driving in tight places and helpful to us.

  • 23 October, 2017


    Trip: Usual good customer service, but a little rushed at times. One night stops don't allow time to see much of a city. If only staying for one night, would like an earlier hotel arrival time, allowing us to see more. A little concerned about long shifts worked by our driver with no break for fifteen days. Clip on name tags a disaster. If wearing a jumper, there was nothing to clip on to. Most only lasted a few days.

    Service: Good customer service by tour director and driver.

  • 23 October, 2017


    Trip: Quality of hotels was first class. Provided meals were excellent excepting one in Boston which was not up to usual standard. Both tour director and driver did a wonderful job. Perhaps would have liked one more night in Washington as there was lots to see. We tried to book extra nights in both Toronto and New York which were not available with our Insight booking but perhaps that’s all up to the hotels and not Insight.

    Service: Certainly would buy from them against. Very professional tour company.

  • 23 October, 2017


    Trip: Just not enough time to do this tour justice. so much to see in a short time frame but it was good none the less

    Service: Both the Tour Director and Coach Driver did their jobs well and looked after our needs.

  • 23 October, 2017


    Trip: More time in New York & zBoston would have been good.

    Service: Excellent.

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