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Eastern Discovery

(Start New York City - Apr 2020 - Feb 2021)

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The one that entices you with east coast’s gems, kicking off in The Big Apple

Travel Style

Discoverer

Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    14 days

  • Places

    11 places

  • Meals

    9 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

New York City, Washington DC, Richmond, Asheville, Savannah, St Augustine, Miami, Orlando, Panama City Beach, New Orleans, Philadelphia

Eastern Discovery (Start New York City - Apr 2020 - Feb 2021)

7 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Asheville Food Tour
  • Guided walking tour of charming Savannah
  • Cuban meal group dinner in Miami
  • See the famous Art Deco architecture
  • One-way transfers to the amusement parks
  • Walking Tour of the French Quarter with tasting of pralines & beignets
  • Enjoy the nightlife of Bourbon Street

8 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Segway city tour
  • See the Biltmore Estate
  • Thriller speed boat ride in Miami USD $33.00
  • Miami Party Cruise USD $60.00
  • Bike tour of South Beach USD $35.00
  • Universal Studios USD $179.00
  • New Orleans School of Cooking Demo & dinner
  • Airboat Swamp Tour USD $60.00

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 13 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    13 nights in Hotel

About this trip

This trip is for anyone who has the words of Biggie ringing in their ears: "If I got to choose a coast I choose East."  Here on the East Coast you'll get to experience all things all-American, exploring art deco architecture in sun-kissed Miami, quaint mountain vistas in Asheville, relaxing on world topping beaches & finally landing in the BIg Apple itself.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. New York City

  2. via via

    Philadelphia

  3. 2 2 nights

    Washington DC

  4. 1 1 night

    Richmond

  5. 2 2 nights

    Asheville

  6. 1 1 night

    Savannah

  7. 1 1 night

    St Augustine

  8. 2 2 nights

    Miami

  9. 2 2 nights

    Orlando

  10. 1 1 night

    Panama City Beach

  11. 1 1 night

    New Orleans

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DAY 1 - New York City to Washington DC via Philadelphia

New York City

Welcome to The Big Apple! Here in stylish New York, we'll do our meet 'n greets before heading to the Nation's capital.

Philadelphia

We couldn't swing by Philly without stopping for some quintessential cheesesteak sandwiches on the way.

Washington DC

Take it all in as we touch down in the beating heart of this great nation. Jam-packed with museums & monuments, we'll all but conquer the endless galleries, tasty eats & historical sites in this amazing city.

DAY 2 - Washington DC

Washington DC

Today we'll get stuck into DC, visiting the world famous Smithsonian museums and soaking up a fascinating all-American story.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Segway city tour

DAY 3 - Washington DC to Richmond

Washington DC

Leaving DC behind, we're off to Richmond, aka RVA.

Richmond

Capital of the commonwealth of Virginia & home to the iconic University of Virginia Richmond is one of America's quintessential college towns - all pretty brick row houses, a buzzing street art scene and nitro-fuelled nightlife. We'll spend the day sightseeing, checking out the State Capital, historic Monument Avenue and the Poe museum, before hitting the town if you feel like it.

DAY 4 - Richmond to Asheville

Richmond

Richmond, you've been good to us, but North Carolina beckons.

Asheville

We'll leave Richmond behind and head to the hip mountain town of Asheville, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Known for its vibrant arts scene, foodie culture and historic architecture we have two days to explore. Today we'll cruise through the Blue Ridge Mountains, check out the downtown, the Montford District and the Thomas Wolfe district and more.

DAY 5 - Asheville

Asheville

Today we'll take a delectable foodie tour of Asheville, home to a rich culinary scene and heaps of breweries. After that, the day is all yours to explore the beauty of Asheville. Opt for an Electric Bike Tour, hop aboard some segways or even a paddleboard down the French Broad River.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Asheville Food Tour

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • See the Biltmore Estate

DAY 6 - Asheville to Savannah

Asheville

Leaving the mountains behind we venture to Savannah for a little Southern hospitality.

Savannah

Oak trees & tropical plants line the landscape here, as we head to the riverfront to enjoy the nightlife. We'll soak it all in, including River Street and the City Market.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Guided walking tour of charming Savannah

DAY 7 - Savannah to St Augustine

Savannah

See ya Savannah! St Augustine beckons.

St Augustine

Welcome to the quaint beaches & quiet allure of America's oldest inhabited city. As romantic as it is charming, we'll head across the cobblestone streets of St Augustine to the Old Spanish Quarter, and visit the iconic Castillo de San Marcos, a 300 year old fortress.

DAY 8 - St Augustine to Miami

St Augustine

Today we leave the quiet charm of St Augustine behind and head to the glitz and glamour of Miami.

Miami

A little mouthwatering Cuban cuisine will get us in the mood with a delicious regional group meal setting the scene for two full days of art deco & celeb-spotting in this tropical paradise.  For anyone looking for an adrenaline rush, the option is there for a Thriller Speedboat across the bay.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Cuban meal group dinner in Miami

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Thriller speed boat ride in Miami

    USD $33.00

DAY 9 - Miami

Miami

It's time for some magical Miami sightseeing today. We'll head downtown, hit the Bayside Marketplace, Wynwood Walls and of course the South Beach. Options for a bike down the beach or a Party Boat adventure are on the cards for anyone who wants to party in the city where the heat is on.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the famous Art Deco architecture

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Miami Party Cruise

    USD $60.00

  • Bike tour of South Beach

    USD $35.00

DAY 10 - Miami to Orlando

Miami

Moving on from Miami, there are exciting times ahead...

Orlando

We arrive in Orlando today with a trip to Universal Studios on the cards. We hope you budgeted for butterbeer.

DAY 11 - Orlando

Orlando

Today is your opportunity to visit the epic Universal Studios, where you can visit Diagon Alley, splash around in the vast water park or visit the islands of adventure. There's something for everyone in this dizzying spectacle of rides, film and entertainment.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • One-way transfers to the amusement parks

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Universal Studios

    USD $179.00

DAY 12 - Orlando to Panama City Beach

Orlando

Leaving Orlando behind won't be easy, but knowing we're about to experience one of the world's most beautiful beaches isn't so bad...

Panama City Beach

There's only one way to test the rumours, so we'll take a dip in the crystal clear waters and kick back on the pure white sands of Panama City Beach.

DAY 13 - Panama City Beach to New Orleans

Panama City Beach

Tear yourself away from the beach - a feast of music, food and culture awaits!

New Orleans

The love-child of French & Caribbean culture, New Orleans will steal our hearts as soon as we arrive. We'll kick off the festivities today with a swoon-worthy walking tour of the French quarter, jamming in Jackson Square before sampling beignets & marveling at Antebellum mansions, all to the sweet sounds of Southern jazz, of course.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Walking Tour of the French Quarter with tasting of pralines & beignets

  • Enjoy the nightlife of Bourbon Street

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • New Orleans School of Cooking Demo & dinner

  • Airboat Swamp Tour

    USD $60.00

DAY 14 - Depart New Orleans

New Orleans

It is true, it’s over. We finish of this truly spectacular trip this morning, where it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends. Many a teary hug will be had with the people you have made unforgettable memories with. What a truly once in a lifetime opportunity for adventure.

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- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a bottle of water
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
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