Great East Coast Cities - 2014

5 out of 5 stars

8 days

"Saw everything we wanted and more!"

Discover the spectacular cities of the east coast of the USA with this fascinating guided trip. Visit the iconic White House and Washington Monument, pause for a poignant moment at the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia and soak up Colonial history in Boston. Take in all the iconic American landmarks as you experience these unique city tours.

Trip type:
At Leisure
Trip code:

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    Welcome to Washington, D.C. Your leisurely exploration of America's favourite East Coast metropolises begins in the nation's capital. Get settled at your hotel and step out on your own to get acquainted with this capital city. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.


    Welcome Reception


    Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel (MD)

  • 2.


    Immerse yourself in the proud heritage of a nation today as you join a Local Expert on your Small Group Sightseeing tour to view the White House, the striking Washington Monument and the sprawling National Mall. Reflect on the country's most turbulent days at the Lincoln Memorial and the somber World War II memorial. Next, visit Arlington National Cemetery and learn about the final resting place of the nation's heroes. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to chart your own course through America's capital city — visit one of the Smithsonian Institution's renowned museums or stroll around Dupont Circle neighbourhood, designed by Pierre Charles L'Enfant just after the Civil War.


    Full Breakfast

  • 3.


    Travel up the Atlantic seaboard to the City of Brotherly Love where you can walk in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin. View Independence Hall, visit the Liberty Bell and enjoy some time on your own to explore the Independence National Historic Park. Then it's on to New York City. Take it easy or venture out to the pulsating streets of Times Square before a delicious dinner at a Manhattan restaurant.


    Full Breakfast,Dinner


    New York Hilton Midtown (SF)

  • 4.


    Take a bite of the Big Apple today on a tour of the city's highlights with a Local Expert. See the towering Empire State Building, the mirrored peak of the iconic Chrysler Building and expansive Central Park, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Visit Battery Park with views of the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France. Then ride the elevator 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. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy — take in a Broadway show, visit the American Museum of Natural History, or just explore the bustling streets, soaking up the atmosphere of one of the world's greatest cities.


    Full Breakfast

  • 5.


    Boston is awash in history, from the Old North Church — made famous in Longfellow's poem about Paul Revere's midnight ride — to the Cambridge campus of Harvard University, the nation's oldest institute of higher learning, founded just a few years after Boston itself. This afternoon, get to know Boston's most famous beer, a Local Speciality, with a tour and tasting at the Samuel Adams Brewery. Arrive in Boston at your Authentic Accommodation, The Omni Parker House. The hotel's legendary ‘Saturday Club' was frequented by some of the brightest minds from the Golden Age of Literature — Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne and Longfellow. Generations of local and national politicians — including Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and William Jefferson Clinton — assembled for private meetings, press conferences, and power breakfasts here.


    Full Breakfast,Dinner


    Omni Parker House (MD)

  • 6.


    Explore Boston on your own today. Rise early and hit the streets — or sleep late and enjoy a leisurely breakfast with a copy of the Boston Globe. Explore many of the city's most famous sights. Stroll the green spaces of the Boston Common and take a summer-time ride on one of the famous Swan Boats in the Public Garden, get lucky enough to catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, or discover the continental art collection at the lovely Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, designed to resemble a 15th-century Venetian palace.


    Full Breakfast

  • 7.


    Once the destination of choice of the Vanderbilts, Astors and Carnegies, the beautiful seaside town of Newport now offers history aficionados a wealth of architectural landmarks and entertaining stories of life among the 19th-century rich and famous. See the rows of mansions along Ocean Drive before touring The Breakers, the 70-room Italianate palace Cornelius Vanderbilt called his "cottage." Tonight in Boston, raise a glass with your newfound friends at a festive Farewell Dinner.


    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 8.


    A complimentary transfer is provided to Boston Logan International Airport or extend your stay at the Omni Parker House.


    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation

    Stay at an Historic Hotel of America and landmark of Boston since 1855.
  • Hidden Treasure

    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert

    For included sightseeing in Washington, D.C. and New York City.
  • Local Speciality

    Visit the Samuel Adams Brewery for a tour and tasting.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Arlington National Cemetery

    Learn about the final resting place of the nation's heroes.
  • New York City

    Enjoy a tour of the city's famous attractions including Battery Park and views of the Statue of Liberty. Look out on it all from the Top of the Rock observation deck.
  • Newport

    Tour the Vanderbilts' opulent mansion, The Breakers.
  • Philadelphia

    Explore Independence National Historic Park, including the Liberty Bell. View Independence Hall, the site where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the United States Constitution was drafted.
  • Small Group Sightseeing

    See Washington, D.C. on an expert guided tour with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience.
  • Washington, D.C.

    Explore the main attractions; take pictures of the White House, view the Capitol, Washington Monument and visit the Lincoln and World War II Memorials.


  • 4 evening meals:

    2 three-course dinners
    Farewell Dinner with wine in Boston
    Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Washington, D.C.
  • 7 full breakfasts

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences



    Adult Price: $35.00

    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). Tour length: 2 hours. (Minimum: 20 passengers).


    Adult Price: $35.00

    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). Tour length: 2 hours. (Minimum: 20 passengers).



    Adult Price: $29.00

    Come along for an enlightening tour of the beautiful and historic campus of one of the world’s premiere educational institutions. Our 45-60 minute walk around Harvard Yard includes views of 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 in 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. Then, break for lunch on your own at one of the many restaurants around Harvard Square. On the way back to the hotel, pass by Tory Row with its architecturally fabulous homes built in the Georgian and Victorian eras, including the Longfellow House, home of the influential poet and Harvard professor Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Tour length: 3-4 hours. (Minimum: 15 passengers).

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