Day 1: Arrive in New York
Arrive in New York for the start of your Gems of the Northeast self drive. Welcome to the world-famous ‘Big Apple’! New York City is the ultimate cosmopolitan city in the world; there is lower Manhattan’s Chinatown and Little Italy, the traditionally Jewish Lower East Side, the more artsy concentrations of SoHo, Tribeca, and the East and West Villages. Of course, there is the celebrated architecture of corporate Manhattan, with the skyscrapers in downtown and midtown forming the most unforgettable images. Tonight is your time to start the exploration of this iconic city.
Hotels: (Standard & Budget) Excelsior Hotel or similar (2 nights)
Day 2: New York
Today is a day to further explore New York’s attractions, consider a bicycle tour through Central Park, a boat tour of New York Harbour to see the Statue of Liberty and for an unforgettable bird’s eye view, you can opt to experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of a helicopter ride over this magnificent city. With so much to see and do a well-planned route around the city’s sights will help you see the best New York has to offer. In the evening it’s worth visiting the spectacle that is Times Square for dinner and a Broadway show.
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE – The Big Apple Heli Tour
New York City isn’t called the ‘Big Apple’ for nothing! This very popular tour provides awe-inspiring views of the Big Apple’s most iconic landmarks. As you soar above the famous Hudson River you will fly right by the magnificent Statue of Liberty in all of her glory. View Governors and Ellis Island and see Manhattans Financial District and the new Freedom Tower before cruising past the cavernous landscape of the NYC skyline. Sites include the Empire State Building, Chrysler, Woolworth and Met Life Buildings and the USS Intrepid to mention a few. You will even catch a glimpse of the George Washington Bridge and the world renowned Central Park before heading back to the heliport.
Day 3: Boston (218 miles)
Collect your car this morning, leave the Big Apple behind and travel to the City of Boston, one of the oldest cities in America. Boston is another city with lots to see and do, some of the highlights include the Boston Commons, Beacon Hill and Cheers Bar, the Botanical Gardens, Newbury Street and Copley Square, you may also want to take the time to walk the Freedom Trail, one of Americas’ first historic walking tours.
Hotels: (Standard) Hampton Inn & Suites Boston Crosstown or similar (1 night)
(Budget) Midtown Hotel or similar (1 night)
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE – Old Town Trolley Tour
Hop aboard one of these trolleys and you’ll experience a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment. Turn back the pages of history and relive colonial Boston. Coming from various backgrounds, each conductor narrates the sightseeing tour with his or her own blend of trivia, colourful anecdotes, and humorous stories to ensure that your experience is both enjoyable and informative.
Day 4: Niagara Falls (470 miles)
Today you will head west across Massachusetts where you can choose to stop briefly at the quaint artists’ town of Stockbridge. As you continue on your journey, the rolling hills of upstate New York will become visible followed by the Finger Lakes Region, famous for its many vineyards. While in this region look out for Geneva, this small and picturesque village sits on the shores of Seneca Lake, the largest of the five Finger Lakes from which it takes the name. Drive on to the Canadian border where you will encounter the Niagara Falls, one of the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders.
Hotels: (Standard) Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Falls View or similar (2 nights)
(Budget) Best Western Cairn Croft Hotel or similar (2 nights)
Day 5: Niagara Falls to Toronto (Round trip)
This morning you can choose to join a tour to Toronto. A tour of the city will take you to the famous Skydome Stadium and the CN Tower and ends at the renowned Eaton Centre, with its numerous restaurants, eateries and shops located right on the water in the city’s center. Here you can enjoy lunch on your own while taking in the sights. Later you will return to Niagara, to spend more time around the majestic falls.
Day 6: Washington D.C. (467 miles)
After crossing the border back into the US, your journey continues south through Pennsylvania and Amish Country, a popular destination due mostly to the many plain-sect residents known as the Amish or Pennsylvania Dutch. The Amish are excellent farmers so while in the area you can stop at typical fresh fruits and produce stands where you may witness their way of life. You will be arriving in Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital, in the late afternoon. The nation’s showcase puts on quite a display for its guests with numerous monuments and attractions. Tonight you may want to take a tour of this great city; you haven’t seen Washington D.C. until you’ve seen it at night!
Hotels:(Standard) The Wink Hotel or similar (2 nights)
(Budget) Red Roof Plus Alexandria or similar (2 nights)
Day 7: Washington D.C.
Today is yours to enjoy this powerful metropolis. Washington is very easy to get around and allows visitors to explore museums and the surrounding attractions effortlessly; surprisingly, admission to most major attractions is free. The major highlights include the White House, The U.S Capitol building, the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. While exploring the sites on your own, you may also want to visit the Library of Congress, the National Cathedral and the Air & Space Museum which is the most visited of all the Smithsonian museums. The choices are endless.
Day 8: Philadelphia (Depart New York) (232 miles)
This morning while on your way to New York, stop briefly in Philadelphia, ‘The City of Brotherly Love’. Philadelphia was the most influential town in the process of the American Revolution and the original capital of the nation. The main attractions are Independence Hall, known as the place where Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence was created, and the Liberty Bell Pavilion, which houses the 2,080 lbs bell. And it wouldn’t be a trip to Philadelphia without a stop at the Termini Brothers Bakery; here you will have the chance to experience the making of your own cannoli and rewardingly eat it with a fresh cup of coffee!
When back in New York, return your car to the depot and depart at your leisure to the airport, or choose to stay longer by adding a New York City Stay.
8 day Self Drive - from £1126
With flights from £1530
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 £866
- Add a New York Helicopter Tour – from £203
- Add a Boston Old Town Trolley Tour – from £39