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Our Classic Mid-Atlantic adventure both surprises and delights. From chasing the bright lights in New York City to getting up close to the howling spray of Niagara Falls, get ready to experience an eclectic mix of cultures across ten enlightening days. You'll stay at the best addresses, including the esteemed Mayflower Hotel. This elegant joint has been dubbed Washington D.C.'s second-best address, after the White House no less. Meanwhile, award-winning dinners will keep you fueled throughout your journey, as you enjoy upscale twists on some tasty classics.
A Monumental Time in Washington, D.C.
Welcome to Washington, D.C., the nation's capital and a haven for history and art buffs alike. On arrival at the airport, your transfer will take you to your luxurious hotel, proclaimed by President Truman to be Washington, D.C.'s ‘Second Best Address’, after the White House. At 18:00 join your Travel Director and meet fellow guests at a private Welcome Dinner with drinks, based at your hotel.
Washington, D.C. Sightseeing.
In the morning, head out for a day of learning, as you're taught about the proud heritage of a nation. View the White House, 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, so if you feel like brushing up on your American history, head back to the National Mall where you’ll find an array of museums, most of which are free. These include the National Gallery of Art and National Air and Space Museum.
Gettysburg and Pittsburgh.
Depart for the now peaceful town of 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, otherwise known as the 'City of Bridges', and a creative hub well-known for its museums, parks, and delectable food. You will enjoy a Highlight Dinner at the award-winning, upscale eatery, LeMont, a place famous for its live music lounge and tasty food classics with a twist.
American Folklore in Punxsutawney.
Travel to the rural town of Punxsutawney to learn first-hand 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 U.S. 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 at Niagara Falls, where your hotel overlooks the majestic Horseshoe Falls in all its glory. Satisfy your palate with a night of culinary delights on a Highlight Dinner at a family-owned winery. Cool down with their award-winning wines, including ice wine – a regional speciality, made from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. You’ll also sample some of Niagara's local cuisine created with seasonal ingredients.
View thundering Niagara Falls during a thrilling cruise to the base of the cascades. Later, you'll have time to relax and indulge as you browse the shops and galleries of Niagara-on-the-Lake, a place recognized for its tree-lined streets, charming old world buildings, and wineries.
On to Lancaster.
Make your way to the Corning Museum of Glass, where you can 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. Head to Pennsylvania’s creative centre, Lancaster, and end your day at the Lancaster Arts Hotel, which houses striking works of art from local Pennsylvania artists in every room.
The Amish Country and Philadelphia.
Roll back in time and explore the rural back roads of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County with a Local Expert. Learn about the fascinating, 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 Pennsylvania’s largest city, Philadelphia.
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. Follow the bright lights to New York City. Here you’ll enjoy a harbour cruise for glittering views of Manhattan's skyline, Ellis Island, and the towering Statue of Liberty.This evening, experience a home-cooked meal and immerse yourself in local flavors with your EatWith host.
Take a bite of the Big Apple on a tour of the city's highlights with a Local Expert. See the Empire State Building and the mirrored peak of the Art Deco Chrysler Building as you admire one of the world’s most iconic skylines. For a full view of this monumental city, 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. If it’s tranquillity you’re after, relish the calm of Central Park, an expansive space designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. At night, join your Travel Director for a lively Celebration Dinner at Bond 45.
Depart New York City.
It’s time to say goodbye to the Empire State. A morning transfer will take you to JFK International, LaGuardia Airport or Newark Liberty International Airport for your flight home. Alternatively, if you would like to see more of New York, extend your stay at your own pleasure.
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 trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.
Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are 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. (Heritage) - USA
Pittsburgh (Hritage) - USA
Niagara Falls (Contemporary) - Canada
Lancaster (historic) - USA
The Cork Factory Hotel features comfortable accommodation set in the historic 19th century architecture that was once home to the Armstrong Cork and Kerr Glass companies.
Philadelphia (Traditional) - 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.
Our guests rate us
11508 independent user reviews received during the past year.
02 November, 2018
Trip: It was my first trip to DC/NY/Niagara Falls, It was exactly as I had hoped it would be.
Service: Our Travel Director was "on top" of everything and extremely knowledgeable about each place we visited. He created a wonderful group environment. I left having made 31 new friends. The Bus driver also extremely excellent and friendly. Feel very safe at all times. I would definitely love to travel again with Mitch Bach.
31 October, 2018
Trip: Eve with some bad weather, this tour was still very enjoyable.
Service: We have done 7 Insight bus tours now and always find them god value. This last tour was for us to partake in a bit of USA life.
22 October, 2018
Trip: Enjoyed the pace and all of the interesting locations. Mitch is a great asset for any traveler. His temperament, knowledge, and overall demeanor is outstanding. We have travel many times with Insight and our experience with your company just gets better and better. We will always plan future travel with Insight in mind.
Service: Excellent on all levels.
22 October, 2018
Trip: The itinerary was very good with many places of interest to see and do things. In addition the places we visited were made extra special by our tour director and bus driver.
Service: My husband and I considered this trip one of the best we have taken. The places and towns visited were all great and very interesting and the whole tour ran very smoothly. Our tour director Mitch Bach and bus driver John were fantastic and worked really well together and interacted with all guests on the tour fantastically.
22 October, 2018
Trip: Loved the majority of the itinerary, I would have preferred a more colonial historical sites like the Gettysburg stop, the capital. I didn't care to much for Punxsutawney, but for the long bus ride from Niagara to Philly you have to break it up, and Logistics. But overall it was good. Could have stayed a few more nights at some stops in stead of just one night.
Service: quick responses to my questions and concerns with great satisfaction. I would recommend them to others with no hesitations. We may take future vacation tour packages with them in the future.
22 October, 2018
Trip: Excellent! I would do this trip again if I had the same tour guide and bus driver.
Service: It was a wonderful experience. Our tour guide Mitch was excellent and very knowledgeable on all subjects. Our bus driver was also a joy to be with a excellent driver. This is a trip I'll remember forever.
09 October, 2018
Trip: Very hectic at times. Would have liked time to sort out in the evenings.
Service: Very good
09 October, 2018
Trip: Just about the right amount of coverage for the period of travel. The free and easy part of the itinerary was great. It gave me some private space and time. The hotels chosen were great. All the breakfasts were good. I enjoyed all the meals that were provided.
Service: - Clear Information - Clear Communication - Pleasamt Personality - Responsible - Engaging
09 October, 2018
Trip: Except for a trip to Washington DC many years ago the whole itinerary was new to me and I enjoyed it all!
Service: Excellent tour guide and bus driver; friendly, knowledgeable. Travel went smoothly.
08 October, 2018
Trip: Loved every place we went to
Service: Loved the tour, tour Director, Driver and all our Hotels. My only reason for a four star is because when we had dinner together, with the exception of Pittsburgh, which was fabulous, the private rooms allocated to fit us all in was way too small to sit and move around comfortably, and was also way to noisy because of the acoustics. This was my only complaint. Other than that I really enjoyed the tour tremendously. .
08 October, 2018
Trip: Got to see so much and all the hassle and worry is taken on by I right. Just have to sit back and enjoy the vacation.
Service: Love Insight Vacations. Would definitely recommend them and use them again.
08 October, 2018
Trip: Fabulous all the way around: great itinerary, first rate hotels and restaurants and their locations, fantastic tour director, very able driver. An added bonus was the tour director Gary’s professionalism, sense of humor, easy going manner.
Service: We went through a third party to book our reservation.