You will visit: New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal & Boston
Get a taste of the USA & Canada on this 13 day North Eastern loop – it’s a perfect mix of culture, action & adventure. Start in NYC & head South West as we make our way through Philly to Washington D.C for a taste of life in the capital. As we head into Canada, get ready for a cultural & natural feast! From the beauty of Niagara Falls through to the party vibes of Toronto, there’s loads to experience here. Indulge in the French feel of Montreal before you head Stateside, finishing up back in the bright lights of the Big Apple.
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Itinerary + Backstage Pass & ME Time Optionals
ME Time Optionals
ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Tour Manager in local currency.
Your Backstage Pass gives you incredible exclusive experiences you’ll only get with Contiki. From food to accommodation to exclusive access to the best sights, your Backstage Pass gives you unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.
Meet up with your Contiki Crew, say so long to the Big Apple & hello to the historic, hip & art filled city, Philadelphia.
- Re-live the historical past on a guided walking tour of Philly
- Cheesesteak Segway Tour USD $80.00
On your way to the nation’s capital, we’ll turn back the clock with a visit to Amish Country. Tonight we’ll see the sites on an illumination tour of the city’s famous monuments.
- Visit Amish country
- Evening Illuminations Tour
- See the Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam, FDR & Korean Memorials
- See the White House, Capitol Building & Washington Monument
- Tour of Amish Farm House USD $8.00
With two full days to explore the capital, you can visit some fascinating museums and monuments, or hang out in the city’s vibrant neighborhoods for a different feel.
We’ll visit Arlington National Cemetery, where JFK is buried and thousands of US soldiers lie. You’ll see the sobering sight of endless rows of white headstones and have the chance to watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Then get some pointers from your Tour Manager on where to go next.
Get a dose of culture at the Smithsonian Museums. This is a one-stop culture spot, made up of 19 different museums. It has it all – from natural history to space, so the choice is yours, and best of all, it’s free!
You can also visit the world-class Holocaust Museum and learn about one of history’s darkest moments as you honor the victims.
For something fun and intriguing, head to the Spy Museum. Find out about infamous FBI cases and what it means to be a secret agent, while you listen to bugs and play around with gadgets and interactive displays.
Later, hit Georgetown, D.C.’s oldest district and see how it has injected itself with new energy. 200 year-old buildings hold hip galleries and boutiques – it’s a great place to pick up something funky. It’s also a global kitchen - try something from the 50 different types of ethnic food on offer. With a university crowd, Georgetown is vibrant and young, so spend some time exploring the laid-back lounges and upscale bars.
For something more upbeat, get down and funky in Adams-Morgan, another trendy district.
- Visit John F. Kennedy's Grave & the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery; See the Changing of the Guard
- Visit the Smithsonian Museums of Natural History, Air & Space and American History
- Visit the Holocaust Museum
- Visit the Newseum USD $21.00
Visit the Civil War site of Gettysburg, where President Lincoln gave the famous Gettysburg Address. Then it’s onward to Steel City, Pittsburgh. For an amazing view of the city and its three rivers, take a ride on the century old Duquesne Incline and view the city from its observation deck atop Mt. Washington. Afterwards, eat like a local and sink your teeth into a seriously tasty sandwich, filled with meat, coleslaw and fries, at the well-known Primanti Brothers Restaurant. Legendary! Once you’ve had your fix, you and your crew could head out to one of the many fun neighbourhoods’ for a night on the town with the group.
- Visit Gettysburg National Military Park
- See the Strip District, Heinz Field & PNC Park
Say farewell USA as we cross into Canada for a day exploring Niagara Falls. This world famous spot is right on the border of the USA and Canada, and we’ll get you closer to these epic falls. Jump on board the ‘Maid of the Mist’ and cruise along the river to the base of the world’s second largest falls for a closer look. You’ll see the incredible volume of water pouring over the cliff and feel the sheer power of the spray. But don’t worry – there is an included rain poncho to keep you dry. If that's not enough why don't you secure a seat on the helicopter and see everything from a different view. When the evening arrives, after a pretty eventful day, you will get to witness the beautiful illuminations of the Niagara falls, then you will get the option of going to watch an IMAX movie. Fouuff… what a day!
- Maid of the Mist boat cruise to the base of the Falls
- Feel the spray on the Maid of the Mist
- Evening Illuminations of Niagara Falls
- Helicopter Flight USD $120.00
- IMAX Movie USD $11.50
- Dinner overlooking the Falls USD $39
Soak in the vineyards vibes & orchards of Niagara on the Lake. Tour a winery & sample some regional drops before arriving in Toronto.
- Tour a winery
- Sample some of Niagara's best with a wine tasting
- See CN Tower, Rogers Centre, eclectic shops on Yonge Street & the University of Toronto
- Party Pub Crawl USD $27.00
Toronto is loaded with things to do, so some ideas for your free time include getting away from it all by jumping on a local ferry and heading out to one of Toronto’s leafy islands. With no cars, cute cottages and windswept nature, these are the perfect places to chill out.
Or, for something different, visit the fantastic Bata Shoe Museum and see its quirky, impressive collection of footwear.
If something sporty is more your thing, head to the Hockey Hall of Fame and honor Canada’s national sport.
Otherwise, explore Toronto’s melting pot, experience different pockets of culture and taste food from all over the world.
Start by having a bit of fun in colorful and chaotic Chinatown.
It’s packed with little shops selling anything from knick knacks to lanterns, and its streets are full of stalls dishing up all sorts of tasty Asian dishes. Check out the bustling vibe of near-by Kensington Market, a vibrant, multi-cultural neighborhood that is fascinating to walk around. Popular with locals, Kensington Market serves up bakeries, tapas (Spanish style nibbles), international grocery stores, Mexican and Jewish food, vintage stores and one-of-a kind boutiques. Round off your experience with some espresso and pastries in Little Italy.
Get your heart racing in an optional excursion up CN tower, where you can walk the glass floor and enjoy the widest-reaching vistas in Toronto.
Enjoy an insider’s look at Toronto’s night life on an optional guided party pub crawl around the city’s hot spots tonight and finish your time off in this city with a night to remember.
- CN Tower USD $26.00
- Brewery Tour USD $10.00
- Dinner and Improv Show USD $70.00
Enjoy nature’s beauty as you drive through the stunning ‘1000 Islands’, well 1,864 islands to be exact, you certainly wont see then all but you’ll see some amazing views. It's a day en route to the Canadian capital, Ottawa. When you arrive you’ll get to checkout the sights like the Rideau Canal, which is French for ‘Curtain’, it's one of Canada’s famous heritage sites and you’ll hear about the history behind this war related Canal. After taking a tour of the impressive Parliament Building, you’ll enjoy dinner in the By Ward Marketplace, a historic farmers' market and shopping district by day, and a favourite gathering place of restaurants and clubs by night. You’ll love it!
- Travel along the St. Lawrence River Valley & see the Thousand Islands Region
- See the Rideau Canal
Today we are off to experience the fun French feel of Montreal. This city combines its French heritage with a diverse global population, You’ll be heading to a few stunning locations like the Olympic Stadium & Old Town which was once donned one of North Americas great cities, the area has an awesome atmosphere with a cool cosmopolitan vibe.
- Visit Old town Montreal, the old port & Mount Royal, Montreal’s largest park
- See St. Joseph’s Oratory
- See the unique Olympic Stadium
- Group Photo USD $15.00
- Jet Boat Ride USD $59.00
With a free day ahead of you, explore Montreal’s creative core and joie de vivre (joy of living).
See some of the city’s innovations, like the world-famous Biodome, where you can walk through different eco-systems, from ocean fronts to woodlands, and get up close to all sorts of wildlife.
Montreal is a great place to shop. On St Laurent Boulevard (it’s affectionately dubbed “The Main”) look through cutting-edge boutiques, jewelery stores and artists’ workshops. Otherwise just hang out in an outdoor café among the throngs of people and get a real feel for Montreal’s street life.
For a different shopping experience, head underground to Montreal’s famous underground-city. With 19 miles of shops and restaurants right under the heart of the city, it’s got it all.
Lunchtime: go local and head to Jean-Talon Market, with its bustling stalls and friendly atmosphere. Try some tasty baked goods, fresh produce or delicious snacks, like calamari and chips. Then kick back with some of the best coffee in town from near-by Little Italy.
Tonight, explore Montreal’s amazing nightlife with some friends. There’s so much to choose from – jazz bars in the down town area, the student vibes of the Latin Quarter, the clubs of Rue St. Catherine or the festive outdoor atmosphere and cozy lounge bars back up the hill on Mt Royal, where Rue St. Denis is a happening night spot.
Afterward, round off your night with a Montreal favorite: poutine (French fries with gravy and cheese curd).
- Bike Tour CAD $62.00
Today it’s on to historic New England with a tasty stop and a historic stop along the way. Excitement will be high as you pull up to the home of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Your mouth will be watering as you get to try all the delicious flavours in the ice cream factory, then you’ll be stopping off at the historic Concord for a wander and to walk off all the free ice cream you inhaled. There is a lot to see today and at the end you will get an 80’s throwback, as you visit the bar where everybody knows your name ‘Cheers’ Bar, which you can reflect on over dinner with the crew.
- Visit the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory
- Stop in historic Concord
- See Boston Common, Quincy Marketplace, Faneuil Hall & the original 'Cheers' Bar
With a full day here, you’ll get a feel for this user-friendly city, which is easy to explore on foot.
In your free time, walk through a living time line and follow Boston’s famous Freedom Trail, which takes you past 2 and a half centuries of history. Learn about Boston’s rebellious role on its road to independence as you explore the cobbled lanes and historic hot spots.
Discover more of Boston. Pound the pavements or choose our optional Hop-on-Hop-off trolley tour and cover more of the city. You’ll get the background on Boston’s famous Tea Party, when Boston citizens threw tons of tea into the harbor in protest against the British Crown.
Head back to Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market for a bit of souvenir shopping and a dose of history. Dubbed the “Cradle of Liberty” this famous brick building has played a key role in the city for over 250 years. Check out the stalls loaded with New England’s crafts, pick up some Boston-made items and order some local food at a push cart eatery or restaurant.
For a bit of the local lifestyle, take in the waterfront by following the Haborwalk. Made up of 62.8 km (39miles) of paths weaving through diverse neighborhoods, it is a great way to experience Boston’s maritime flavor and see its working ports in action.
Get into the city’s café culture on Italian flavored Hanover Street in Boston’s oldest residential district. Sip on a cappuccino as you take in the city’s iconic brick architecture.
If you just want to relax, kick back with the locals and people-watch in one of the nine parks that make up the city’s “Emerald Necklace”. You could return to Boston Common, where public hangings took place in the old days, – now it’s a great place to hang out.
Finish the day at one of the city’s excellent local restaurants. For a final night dinner, join us for an all time American favourite, a delicious and hands on Maine lobster clam bake.
- Walk the historic Freedom Trail
- Feel the student spirit on a 'Hahvahd' (Harvard) tour
- Codzilla Speed Boat USD $21.00
- Trolley Tour USD $38.00
- Lobster Clam Bake USD $55.00
See the capital of Rhode Island, Providence before heading back to the bright lights of NYC where the tour ends & it’s time to say good-bye to your new friends.
- Visit Providence, the capital of Rhode Island
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