Eastern Charms

9 day Self Drive - from £1299

A scenic view of history, this drive takes you from the hustle of New York to the quaint charms of Lancaster County; combining the beauty of New York’s Finger Lakes, Niagara Falls and Chesapeake Bay with the nations historic cities.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New York City sightseeing
  • Majestic Niagara Falls
  • Amish Villages in Lancaster
  • Washington D.C.’s monuments
  • Philadelphia, home to the Liberty Bell
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in New York

Arrive in New York and make your way to the central Manhattan hotel. New York is an adrenaline-charged, history-laden place that holds immense romantic appeal for visitors. Wandering the streets here, you’ll cut between buildings that are icons to the modern age.

Standard & Budget Hotel: Excelsior or similar

Day 2 - New York

Get ready for an unforgettable day of sightseeing. New York City, deservingly called ‘the city that never sleeps’, offers something for everyone at all times of the day or night. Among the most visited attractions are Time Square, Central Park, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the famous Brooklyn Bridge. Walking across the bridge is a huge thrill, particularly if you start from the Brooklyn side and view the Manhattan skyline as your stroll across. 

Standard & Budget Hotel: Excelsior or similar

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE – New York Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
The most convenient way to take in all of New York City as you are able to get on and off the double-decker coach at all the highlight you want to visit. Enjoy our Downtown Loop Tour, where you’ll experience Greenwich Village, Chinatown and beyond. Take in the Uptown Loop, for a view of Central Park West, the Dakota Apartment Building and Harlem’s Apollo Theatre. Or hop aboard the Brooklyn Loop, for a view of the Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Antique Furniture District.

Day 3 - Ithaca (282 miles)

Today you can pick up your hire car and head out on the open road. On your way to Ithaca, we recommend you stop at West Point and take a tour of this scenic military academy on the west bank of the Hudson River. Keep on your journey up the west bank to Hyde Park where the Vanderbilt Mansion stands virtually unchanged from the time the Vanderbilt’s used it as their summer retreat. After a look around the mansion, head just a bit west and take a look at the vivid natural beauty of the Catskills, before carrying on to Ithaca.

Standard Hotel: Country Inn & Suites or similar

Budget Hotel: Econo Lodge Hotel or similar

Day 4 - Niagara Falls (175 miles)

Drive away from Ithaca this morning in the direction of the majestic Niagara Falls by way of the Finger Lakes. Once you arrive, experience the sights and sounds of one of nature’s most beautiful creations. Let your adventure begin within feet of the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. You can take an elevator ride 175 feet down to the base of Bridal Veil Falls to walk along the base of the falls on a series of wooden stairs and decks. Feel the power of Niagara Falls from the Hurricane Deck just feet from the pounding waters.

Standard Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview or similar

Budget Hotel: Best Western Cairn Croft Hotel or similar

Day 5 - Corning (147 miles)

This morning is yours to do as you please. Take one more look at the falls or explore the Greater Niagara Region, before you depart for Corning in the afternoon. Once in Corning be sure to visit the Corning Museum of Glass which is the world’s largest glass museum, featuring 35 centuries of glass artistry and live glass-blowing demonstrations.

Standard & Budget Hotel: Radisson Hotel Corning or similar

Day 6 - Lancaster (202 miles)

Lancaster County is well-known for its quaint Amish villages where time seems to have stood still. Today you can explore and discover the Amish life-style by taking a guided tour through an authentically furnished 1840’s Old Order Amish farmhouse, go on a horse and buggy ride through town and eat authentic Amish foods prepared with hand-picked ingredients.

Standard Hotel: Amish View Inn & Suites or similar

Budget Hotel: Lancaster Arts Hotel or similar

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE – Amish Farmlands Tour
An integral part of ‘The Amish Experience’ is the Amish Farmlands Tour taking you deep into the countryside and the heart of some of the most beautiful farmland and the oldest Amish community in the world. These are the same fertile fields that had attracted and have kept our Amish neighbours here for over 250 years. And only a local guide can answer your questions and point out the fascinating activities we may observe on any given day. When you join one of Lancaster’s only certified guides on an air-conditioned motor coach tour of the out-of-the-way back roads and country lanes, you’ll experience a new sense of the work and family ethic that continues to mark the Amish way of life. You’ll see one-room schoolhouses like the one where Jacob and his younger siblings learned their ‘English’ subjects. You’ll witness spectacular panoramas of patchwork farmland that are unparalleled in their intrinsic beauty, all farmed with horses and mules rather than tractors.

Day 7 - Washington D.C (135 miles)

Drive away from Lancaster this morning toward Washington D.C. Along the way, you will encounter the Chesapeake Bay area and all its lighthouses. While in the bay area, visit Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland and a beautiful historical seaport, before the journey continues to Washington D.C.

Standard Hotel: The Wink Hotel or similar

Budget Hotel: Red Roof Plus Alexandria or similar

Day 8 - Washington D.C.

Admission to most of Washington’s major attractions is free and today you will have a chance to explore for yourself. Many of the city’s most famous sites are located along the National Mall, often called the ‘Nation’s Front Yard’. Of course, there is more to Washington than historical site-seeing, Washington has also developed an active nightlife; besides the world-class restaurants, you can see Broadway shows, Washington-only political satires, and live music of all types.

Standard Hotel: The Wink Hotel or similar

Budget Hotel: Red Roof Plus Alexandria or similar

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE – Guided Monuments Bike Tour
Freedom, fun, monuments and a breeze. This tour covers the monuments and memorials on the National Mall and Potomac Tidal Basin. See the Washington Monument, Vietnam Memorial, World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial and more. This tour also allows for time to walk around and explore the memorials in depth.

Day 9 - Philadelphia (Depart New York) (250 miles)

Travel through Philadelphia today, home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Your final destination is New York where the self drive comes to an end. Return your car at the airport and catch a scheduled flight back to the UK.

9 day Self Drive - from £1299

With flights from £1733

Optional Experiences

Our Budget option includes all the benefits of our standard but offers a lower category of accommodation for the more budget conscious.

  • Budget accommodation – from £945
  • Add a New York Hop on Hop off Bus Tour – from £59
  • Add an Amish Farmlands Tour – from £29
  • Add a Guided Monuments Bike Tour – from £39

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Price is per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room and includes pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited mileage. One-way fees charged locally. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard. Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1st April 2021 onwards.

SELF DRIVE TOURING

Enjoy independent touring at its very best. Book our self drives as they are or add extra days in the places you choose. Normally available in both directions.

Your self drive includes:

  • Well planned, easy to follow route
  • Travel guide and maps
  • 8 nights pre-booked hotel accommodation
  • A choice of standard or budget hotels
  • Modern air-conditioned car
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Roadside assistance
  • Car upgrades available upon request

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