Best Of The East

14 day Adventure - from £1455

Explore fast-paced Washington D.C. and Chicago, get a nature fix in Shenandoah, Mammoth Cave and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, hear the rhythm and blues in Nashville and relive America’s history in Philly.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Philadelphia’s Rocky Steps
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Nashville’s country music scene
  • Guided bike tour of Chicago
  • Niagara Falls ‘Maid of the Mist’
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Your Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive New York

Arrive in New York for the start of your big adventure. After checking into your hotel, you have the rest of the day and this evening to explore your surroundings. Tomorrow morning, you will need to rise early to meet with your guide, you will be hitting the road at 7.30 am, so get a good night sleep. 

Day 2 & 3: New York – Philadelphia – Washington D.C.

Strap on your boxing gloves and head for Philadelphia’s famous ‘Rocky’ steps to recreate a piece of movie history. Cast your eyes on Independence Hall where brave men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England to help shape the US Constitution. Peruse the Reading Terminal Market and if all this action has got you hungry, grab yourself an iconic Philly cheesesteak, one of the many famous local specialities not to be missed! Washington D.C. is next on the agenda and you’ll really enjoy the grandeur of the nation’s capital. From the impressive Smithsonian Museums to the White House and the city’s trendy bars, the capital has something for everyone. 

Day 4: West Virginia

West Virginia is famous for its mountain scenery and there’s heaps to do, but for all the adventure junkies out there, one thing you definitely must do is an optional white water rafting trip. If you want to stay on dry land but still want in on all the action, try your hand at zip lining through the trees for an awesome bird’s-eye view of this beautiful ‘Mountain State’. 

Day 5 & 6: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

You’ll have no problem understanding why this is the most visited national park in America, it’s simply stunning. Known to the Cherokee people as the ‘Place of Blue Smoke’, the valleys offer great walking trails for you to explore. As you hike the amazing trails, keep your eyes peeled for the American Black Bear and the native White-Tailed Deer that also roam the trails.

Day 7 & 8: Nashville

Leaving the Smokies, you and your fellow Trekkers head to the centre of American country music in Nashville, Tennessee. Expect a big slice of Southern charm where music fills the air; you’ll be toe-tapping in no time. You can’t come all the way to the music capital without paying a visit to the Jonny Cash Museum or the Country Music Hall of Fame, where you can learn all about the history and tradition of country music. If you didn’t like country music before you arrived, we’re pretty sure you’ll be an expert in all things country before you leave!

Day 9: Mammoth Cave National Park

Enjoy an awesome stop at Mammoth Cave National Park and feel like an explorer as you delve deep into the cave in search of stalagmites and stalactites. Then follow the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to Indiana. You’re sure to be blown away by the superb scenery as you enter the land of the ‘Great Lakes’. With a capital full of culture, amazing nightlife and a wide mix of culinary delights, you’re bound to be more than impressed. 

Day 10 &11: Chicago

Chicago is awesome! Home to North America’s tallest building, the Willis Tower helps make up an incredible skyline that towers over the sandy shoreline of Lake Michigan. Hit the city’s highlights on an included ‘Bobby’s Bike Hike’ tour of Chicago, which includes views of the Willis Tower and Navy Pier. Exploring the city on two wheels is a sure-fire way to work up an appetite for a slice of Chicago’s famous deep-dish pizza. 

Day 12: Lake Erie

Cross the Midwest to Cedar Point Amusement Park – home of Millennium Force – the greatest roller coaster in the world! If the thrill of the ride gets too much for you, head to Lake Erie for some chill-out time around a roaring campfire. You won’t arrive until the afternoon when you can buy a ‘Twilight Pass’, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the rides!  

Day 13: Niagara Falls

It’s on to one of America’s greatest natural attractions, Niagara Falls. Experience the full force of the falls as you wear your waterproof blue poncho and hop aboard an included ‘Maid of the Mist’ cruise. Prepare to get a little wet as you get up close and personal to a serious amount of water! For the ultimate show, head to the falls at night and see them lit up in all their glory. 

Day 14: Niagara Falls – New York Area

It’s time to head back into the New York area. Why not add a city tour and have the ease of being guided to the city’s hotspots by a local New Yorker? After that, it’s time to say goodbye to your new Trek buddies. Be sure to leave yourself a day or two to experience the excitement of the ‘Big Apple’. 

14 day Adventure - from £1455

With flights from £1855

OPTIONS

  • Add extra nights in New York – from £76
  • Add a 5 night beach stay in Miami – from £415
  • Choose to fly economy, premium, business or first class

DEPARTURE DATES

2020
17th May 12th August
14th June 19th August
28th June 26th August
26th July 2nd September
5th August

 

Tours are subject to availability. Call 0333 234 0922 or enquire online to check your departure date.

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Call Freedom Destinations for departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations may apply – call 0333 234 0922 or enquire now for more details** Note: Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1st April 2020 onwards.

YOUR 18-38 ADVENTURE

First class 18–38 touring with the company of others. Our experienced guides will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Your guided tour includes:

  • Superb sightseeing and activities
  • Air-conditioned travel
  • 1 night pre-tour accommodation
  • 10 nights camping
  • 2 nights in budget lodging
  • Professional tour leader
  • Extra night options

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