I have just booked our next big holiday for September 2014!
New England & Canada in the Fall with New York Add-on
Here's our itinerary but we have an extra few days in New York to do exactly what we want and hopefully meeting up with a longtime blog friend namely Daryl
. We leave England on 15th September and return on 30th September.
Day 1: UK/Boston
Your holiday begins with a flight to Boston, Massachusetts,
the natural starting point for any tour of New England and your base for
the next three nights.
Day 2: Boston
At one time, Boston was a hotbed of revolutionary activity,
perhaps the most famous act being the Boston Tea Party. These days, it’s
a modern, cosmopolitan city that takes pride in its revolutionary past,
preserving it for future generations. The narrow, winding streets and
squares of the old quarter provide an abrupt and delightful contrast
with the city’s modern skyscrapers and bustling lifestyle. Boston also
boasts perhaps the finest seafood in the world. An included morning
sightseeing tour takes you along parts of the famous Freedom Trail to
the Granary Burial Ground, the harbour (site of the Boston Tea Party),
Beacon Hill, Quincy Market and Cambridge, home of Harvard University.
Your afternoon is free to enjoy this wonderful city before returning to
Day 3: Boston
Feel free to explore more of Boston independently today, or
join your Tour Manager on an exciting full-day optional tour to
beautiful Cape Cod. Renowned for its up-market coastal resorts, Cape
Cod’s shores are a playground for the rich and famous. In contrast to
this is Plymouth, where America’s founding fathers first set foot in the
Day 4: New Hampshire
Today is where the views really become something special as
you drive into New Hampshire. The countryside is reminiscent of parts of
Britain, but on a much grander scale, with thousands of square miles of
forest ready to burst into multi-coloured splendour every autumn.
Greens, golds, reds and oranges all work together to create a magical
patchwork landscape that is unrivalled. Tonight, you will stay in North
Day 5: New England
Enjoy a leisurely day amidst New England’s glorious
countryside today as you drive through the White Mountains and Franconia
Notch State Park into Vermont. You won’t want to put your camera down
for even a minute, as there is just so much to see at every turn. A
short visit will be made to Montpelier, the smallest state capital in
the USA, before continuing to Stowe for an overnight stop.
Day 6: Vermont
Drive northwards through the gentle Vermont countryside to
the Canadian border and on to Montreal. The magnificent bilingual city
of Montreal occupies an island at the junction of the St Lawrence and
Ottawa rivers, and although hundreds of miles from the sea, it is a
major port and Canada’s second city. Montreal’s cobbled streets, 17th
century buildings and beautiful parks and gardens are an obvious draw
for the many visitors that come here each year, as are the fine
restaurants and countless open-air cafés. Take any opportunity you can
whilst in the city to relax in one of these cafés to indulge in a spot
of people-watching. A sightseeing tour of the city this afternoon will
give you an excellent overview of life in the city and introduce you to a
selection of its finest sights. With three nights in Montreal, there’s
plenty of time to discover more for yourself.
Day 7: Quebec City
The heart of French Canada, Quebec City is the destination
of today’s included excursion. The only walled city in Canada, it stands
proud on the St Lawrence River and is an enticing blend of winding
cobbled streets, ancient churches, Norman-style houses, stone buildings,
public squares and horse-drawn calèches. Famous sights include the
Cathedral, Château Frontenac, the Basilica, the Citadel, and Plains of
Abraham, scene of the decisive battle in 1759 between the French and the
English for the control of Canada.
Day 8: Ottawa
Leaving cosmopolitan Montreal behind, it’s time to travel to
elegant Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Proudly stood on the Rideau
Canal, you’ll see some of its main attractions, including the Parliament
Buildings and grand Chateau Laurier hotel. It’s then on to the exciting
city of Toronto for a two-night stay.
Day 9: Toronto
Toronto is Canada’s largest city and its commercial and
cultural centre is dominated by the 1,815ft high CN Tower, one of the
world’s tallest free-standing structures. It also boasts a vibrant
nightlife, with world-class theatre, ballet and opera, and every style
We will enjoy a sightseeing tour of this popular city this morning and
you will have time this afternoon to explore at your own pace
Day 10: Rochester
This morning we leave Toronto and continue to the mighty
Niagara Falls, one of the greatest sights in the New World. Situated
some 80 miles south-east of Toronto, the Falls are divided into two
parts – the Canadian and American Falls. The Canadian Falls are the
larger, 180ft high with a crest of 2,200ft, forming a curve known as
Horseshoe Falls – truly breathtaking. For the most dramatic close-up
view, you can don special waterproofs and ride the boat ‘Maid of the
Mist’ close to the thundering waters (operates mid-May to mid-October).
This afternoon you will return to the USA by entering New York State,
which is also famous for its wonderful autumn colours. You’ll stay
overnight stay in Rochester.
Day 11: New York
After the wonderful natural scenery of New England, it’s
time to experience the wonders of New York, where you will stay for two
nights in Manhattan, close to Times Square. An irresistible, exciting,
eclectic city, New York truly is a 24-hour city, with no shortage of
things to do and places to see at any time of the day or night.
a whole range of optional excursions available to help you get the most
out of your time here – just talk to your Tour Manager, who will be
able to give you plenty of advice if you haven’t already planned every
minute of your time before leaving home!
Perhaps take a cruise
around Manhattan, head to Harlem, visit the enigmatic Statue of Liberty,
or even treat yourself to a helicopter ride over the famous skyline.
For all you shopaholics out there, Fifth Avenue is the place to be, and
when the hustle and bustle gets too much, slow the pace down with a
leisurely Hansom cab ride through Central Park. In the evening, you’re
spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants – from diners serving
burgers to five-star restaurants, New York has it all, and of course,
the smash hit shows of Broadway are a real to-do. You’ll be planning
your return before you even leave the city!
Day 12: New York
This morning join an included tour of New York City, which
takes you from Broadway, Times Square and the Empire State Building to
Greenwich Village, then Chinatown, the Bowery and Wall Street. The rest
of the day is then free for you to continue your explorations, and once
again a range of optional excursions will be available.
Day 13 to 15: New York
Doesn't it sound fabulous??