Best of Eastern Canada & USA - Insight Vacations

Best of Eastern Canada and USA (Summer 2018)

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.

    On arrival at Toronto International Airport, a transfer will take you to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

  2. Day 2

    Toronto and The Thundering Falls.

    Travel up University Avenue to see Queen's Park and the Parliament Buildings, before venturing on to spectacular Niagara Falls. View this great natural wonder up-close on a cruise to the base of the falls. Browse quaint Niagara-on-the-Lake before returning to Toronto.

  3. Day 3

    Kingston and Ottawa.

    Journey to historic Kingston and view the old buildings, churches and fortifications. Continue to the Canadian capital of Ottawa.

  4. Day 4

    Montreal, The Royal Mountain.

    Enjoy an orientation of Ottawa's stately boulevards. Continue to Montreal in the French-speaking province of Quebec. Join a Local Expert to explore Old Montreal, the grand mansions of Mount Royal, and the Notre-Dame Basilica.

  5. Day 5

    The Old Walled City of Quebec.

    Enjoy lunch at a local sugar shack, where you'll learn how maple syrup is created and harvested. Then visit Montmorency Falls. Continue to Quebec City, set atop sheer cliffs. For your dining pleasure, choose from a selection of local restaurants on a Dine-Around Evening.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Quintessential Quebec.

    (Relaxed Start) Experience Quebec's unique European charm with a Local Expert and the remainder of your day is at leisure.

  7. Day 7

    Quebec to Bar Harbor.

    Bid 'Au Revoir' to Quebec City as you cross the US border and travel toward Mount Desert Island on the Atlantic Coast.

  8. Day 8

    Explore Acadia National Park.

    Take in the natural beauty of Acadia National Park, with its dramatic rocky shoreline. You'll also have time to explore Bar Harbor on your own. In the evening, feast on traditional Maine lobster during a Highlight Dinner.

  9. Day 9

    The Coast of New England to Boston.

    Follow the rocky Maine shoreline, stopping in picturesque Kennebunkport for a chance to experience typical New England life. After you arrival into Boston, enjoy a delectable dinner at a local restaurant.

  10. Day 10

    Boston, the Cradle of Liberty.

    Join your Tour Director for a look at some of the sites along the Freedom Trail including the meeting house where the Boston Tea Party was planned. The rest of your day is at leisure.

  11. Day 11

    Liberty in Philadelphia.

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

  12. Day 12

    Washington, DC 'The American Rome'.

    Explore Independence National Historic Park and visit the Liberty Bell. In Washington, DC, enjoy some leisure time on your own.

  13. Day 13

    Washington, DC Sightseeing and Leisure Time.

    Admire Capitol Hill and the White House on a sightseeing tour of the United States' capital, before exploring on your own.

  14. Day 14

    A Bite of the Big Apple.

    Depart the nation's capital for the Big Apple. Visit the Top of the Rock Observation Deck, with stunning views of the New York skyline. Step out on your own and feel the pulse of the city.

  15. Day 15

    A Manhattan Masterpiece.

    Explore the ‘City that Never Sleeps’ with your New York insider. New York dining is legendary, in the evening join your Tour Director and newfound friends for a Celebration Dinner at vibrant Bond 45.

  16. Day 16

    Depart New York City.

    Your tour draws to a close today. There are departure transfers available to JFK, Newark International and La Guardia airports.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Montreal: With a Local Expert, explore quaint Montreal and soak in the old-world charm of the city.
  • Quebec: Experience the city's unique European charm with your Quebecois Local Expert.
  • New York: Take in the famous sites and lights with your local New York insider.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Niagara Falls: Board your cruise and greet the howling spray, wind and thunder at the base of the falls.
  • 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.
  • New York: Enjoy sweeping skyline views from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at New York's famed Rockefeller Center.
  • Washington, DC: View the sites of this historic capital including the White House and Capitol Hill.

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: 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

  • New York: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner at renowned Bond 45.
  • Bar Harbor: Feast on a traditional meal of Maine lobster at your Highlight Dinner.
  • Quebec City: Choose from a selection of delectable restaurants during a Dine-Around Evening.
  • Included Quality Dining: 15 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Lunch (L), 5 Dinners (D) with wine (DW).

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Toronto: Be at the centre of the action at the downtown Hilton Toronto.
  • New York: Experience the excitement of a major city at the Marriott Marquis situated in Times Square.
  • Ottawa: Located along the majestic shores of Leamy Lake, the Hilton Lac-Leamy boasts a beautiful, natural location just minutes away from downtown.
  • Quebec City: With its unique and contemporary style, the Hotel Manoir Victoria is located in the heart of the historic and culturally vibrant Old Quebec.
  • Washington, DC: The Mayflower Hotel, an Autograph Collection, has played an important role in Washington, DC’s social scene, hosting head of states and personalities since it opened in 1925.
  • Boston: Centrally located in the 'City on a Hill', the Hyatt Regency Boston is just steps away from many of the city's iconic sites.
  • Philadelphia: Situated along Philadelphia's historic waterfront, the Hilton Penn's Landing gives guests access to some of the country's most historic landmarks.
  • Bar Harbor: Overlooking Frenchman's Bay, the luxurious Harborside Hotel, Spa and Marina welcomes guests to a relaxed seaside retreat that embodies the spirit of coastal Maine.
  • Montreal: In the heart of downtown, the Hyatt Regency Montreal is a true urban oasis.

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 Toronto International Airport and to JFK, La Guardia or Newark Airports 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 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.

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

CN Tower Admissions Panoramic Views

Since the CN Tower opened in 1974, Canadians and tourists from around the world have made the trip to Toronto to celebrate this marvel of civil engineering. At 1,815 feet (553.33 meters) tall, the award-wining communications and observation tower was formerly designated the world’s tallest freestanding structure (surpassed in 2009 by a Dubai skyscraper.) Your admission gives you access to the Lookout Level for panoramic views as well as the Glass Floor where you can peer straight down 1,122 feet (342 meters). Casual and fine dining and an arcade are located in the tower but are not included in your admission. Approx. duration: 1 hour

Adult Price: USD 36.00

Code: TOR0001

*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

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

Statue of Liberty Express Cruise

There’s no better way to see the Statue of Liberty! Climb aboard for this 60-minute cruise and take advantage of the elegant amenities inside while admiring the spectacular sights outside. Narrated by informative and wildly entertaining guides, this tour will cruise by the legendary landmarks of downtown and pause at the feet of Lady Liberty. Capture perfect pictures from the breezy sundeck or from the climate-controlled inside. It’s an unforgettable experience! Duration: 1 hour

Adult Price: USD 31.00

Code: NYC0003

Accommodation

 

Hilton Toronto

Toronto (Contemporary) - 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.

Hilton Lac-Leamy Gatineau

Ottawa (Scenic) - Canada

This Gatineau-Ottawa hotel is beautifully situated on the shores of Leamy Lake. The Hilton Lac-Leamy is interconnected to the spectacular Casino du Lac-Leamy and is only five minutes from downtown Ottawa, the nation’s capital. Enjoy easy access to attractions such as Parliament Hill, National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Choose from a selection of spacious guest rooms, suites and executive rooms at the property. All 349 guest rooms feature exceptional views, bright decor, and complimentary internet access.

Hyatt Regency Montreal.

Montreal (Central) - Canada

Hyatt Regency Montreal.

Manoir Victoria

Quebec City (Central) - Canada

Harborside Hotel and Marina

Bar Harbor (Scenic) - USA

Hyatt Regency Boston

Boston (Traditional) - 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.

Hilton at Penn Landing

Philadelphia (Central) - USA

The Mayflower, Autograph Collection

Washington D.C. (Central) - USA

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

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
11432 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 18 November, 2018

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    Trip: Very diverse and covered all and more of stated tour.

    Service: Well organised and minimum hassle for me. Good variety of experiences

  • 17 November, 2018

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    Trip: The tour covered a number of cities and locations that interested my wife and I. Particularly travelling the autumn.fall seasons

    Service: Customer service was exceptional from the , tour guide to the driver, he location of hotels and their standard including dining choices. the standard of

  • 08 November, 2018

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    Trip: Liked the Canada end of the tour. We have been to boston, NY, Phily and DC several times. But it was a nice tour.

    Service: Roger was very knowledgable & nice.

  • 05 November, 2018

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    Trip: Autumn is the best time to do this trip

    Service: Absolutely

  • 02 November, 2018

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    Trip: I've already done this earlier in the survey.

    Service: My wife and I booked the 16 day tour plus 3 extra nights in Toronto and 3 extra nights in New York. Regarding the bus tour of eastern Canada and eastern USA we were particularly impressed with our Tour Director Todd Guise and his bus driver Joe Marchi. Todd managed to ensure that the hotel arrangements for his 38 guests went really smoothly in each of the seven destinations which, in itself, was no mean feat.Also, the arrangements for dinners included in the tour were carried out flawlessly. At appropriate times 'en route' Todd was able to supply significant relevant information regarding the the history and importance of cultural issues such as the events leading up and including the War of Independence in the colony at that time. Todd and Joe ensured that all tour guests has access to cold drinking water and a plentiful supply of snacks in between destinations. Joe's driving skills meant that we all felt really safe during some of the longer trips and we believe that everyone was impressed with his skills within the various cities which we visited. We had the impression that everyone really enjoyed the tour and we're sure that everyone would have expressed their appreciation in the usual way. # Mike and Anne Campbell

  • 01 November, 2018

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    Trip: cities and tours great!!!

    Service: Tour director and driver excellent, and hotels and locations first class

  • 29 October, 2018

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    Trip: A couple of days we had an included lunch and dinner on the same day would be better to space them out too much good in one day. Saw a lot and appreciated when we had two nights in same place. One of the dinner locations "Charthouse" restaurant in Boston had very bad service. Staff were rude and obviously did not care about us as customers. When I spoke to the manager he berated staff in front of customers - not surprising they were unhappy. Not a good experience. All other dinner and lunch locations were great and we were made feel very welcome. Would not recommend Charthouse for your future tours.

    Service: Roger and Jason were great - took good care of us. Roger was very knowledgeable on history of various cities we visited and chose music and entertainment that enhanced the experience and kept us busy on long bus journeys.

  • 29 October, 2018

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    Trip: It was good My husband & I enjoyed our tour

    Service: I was happy & yes I would recommend Insight

  • 29 October, 2018

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    Trip: Loved the itinerary - across Eastern Canada and USA was all fantastic to explore, although ideally we would have preferred more time in Ottawa and/or Washington DC by giving up a day in Toronto and/or Philadelphia. The Ottawa hotel was lovely but too far from the centre so no chance to explore independently. We managed to see and visit so much in the time available with our well informed tour guide and great coach driver and a great bunch of people on the tour with us - we all got along well. We would love to do it all over again!

    Service: Great tour with an excellent tour director and coach driver. Easy to explore what tours were on offer and good to get an early bird discount and a returning customer discount. Unfortunately our preferred date wasn’t available even tho we booked 10 months ahead. Customer service staff were responsive and helpful answering queries about airport transfers and staying additional nights.

  • 29 October, 2018

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    Trip: The places we visited were interesting and for the most part enjoyable. Rather than 2 nights in Toronto, one night in Niagara Falls and one night in Toronto would have been better. One night in Bar Harbor would have been sufficient, the cruise we took was too long and became boring after an hour. Our hotel room was on the ground floor and the view was the parking lot..........with what we paid for this trip all rooms should have premium view rooms.

    Service: You employ good people who are attentive to the needs of your customers. Roger was always available and Jason drove within the speed limit and caused no drama.

  • 29 October, 2018

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    Trip: See previous response.....we selected tour because the itinerary was what we were looking for.

    Service: The entire experience was outstanding. The itinerary exceeded all our expectations. Our guide, Todd Geist did an excellent job of optimizing the experience. Our driver, Joe Marchi was the best.

  • 29 October, 2018

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    Trip: Hotels, rest stops, dinners and planned trips beyond comparison

    Service: We had the best tour director whose knowledge was second to none. Hotels were exceptional and excursions priceless. We have never had a better vacation

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