East Coast 5 Day (D.C.)
Day 1 Washington D.C.
1:00PM Meet Tour Guide at National Air and Space Museum's Lobby (Near by information desk)
Tour begins at Washington D.C., the seat of our nation's government. Our tour guide will gladly meet you in front of The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW), The tour then proceeds to the National Air and Space Museum, featuring the original 1903 Flyer plane designed by the Wright brothers, the Spirit of St. Louis flown by Lindbergh, and actual spacecraft such as the Apollo 11 command module.
We then head to the Lincoln, and Jefferson Memorials, where we can honor these notable past presidents. All of these memorials are lined with stunning decorations and the stirring words of these great American heroes. We will then pay tribute to our modern heroes in the armed forces by touring the Vietnam and Korean War Veterans Memorial. The Vietnam Memorial, designed by Maya Lin, is a simple yet touching site containing a monument inscribed with the names of lost and fallen soldiers. The Korean War Veterans Memorial is equally inspiring, capturing the tension and uncertainty of war on faces of the fighting forces.
Hotel: Comfort Inn/Best Western or similar
Day 2 D.C. - Corning Glass Center - Niagara Falls
From Washington D.C., head to the Corning Glass Center, featuring over 30,000 objects from every era of glass-making, including real glass-making on-site. Visitors can see the fragile art of glass-making. You will witness firsthand craftsman and artisans handily working superheated glass into delicate decorative pieces.
Afterwards, we depart for American portion of Niagara Falls, to see the majestic views of nature up close. It is important to note that Niagara Falls, consisting of the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls, features spectacular views in the nighttime, and cameras are a must!
Hotel: Best Western/Days Inn or similar
Day 3 Niagara Falls - Boston
We continue our sightseeing in Niagara Falls to see the majestic views of nature up close. Hop on a boat-ride on the Maid of the Mist (seasonal) where you can "soak"in the excitement and see the power of the Falls up close. We will also be heading to the IMAX Theatre Niagara Falls (optional) where you can experience Niagara Falls' incredible stories, and see the most complete collection of barrels that have fallen down the mighty Falls.
The tour then proceeds to in Boston in the evening, where we will have the opportunity to visit downtown Boston and Quincy Market. Situated between Boston's financial district, the waterfront, North End, Government Center and Haymarket, the vibrant Quincy Market is one of America's oldest gathering place. There will also be an opportunity to partake in Boston's most famous export-the lobster-during dinner.
Hotel: Quality Inn/Comfort Inn or similar
Day 4 Boston - NYC
We continue our tour of Boston in the morning by visiting the pristine campuses of Harvard and MIT, both world-class educational institutions. We will also visit prominent sites in Boston such as the State House, built between 1795 and 1797 on Beacon Hill overlooking the Boston Common, and recently featured in the major Hollywood film "The Departed."There will also be an opportunity for a harbor cruise (optional), where you can view Boston's magnificent skyline and Charles River. In the afternoon, we will arrive in New York, the largest metropolis in the United States, and transfer to our hotel for overnight accommodation.
Hotel: Hampton Inn/Howard Johnson or similar
Hotel: Hampton Inn/Howard Johnson or similar
Day 5 New York City
We start off our tour in New York City by heading to Ground Zero, site of the tragic events of September 11th, to pay our respects and to witness the massive rebuilding efforts. From there we head to Wall Street at the heart of the financial district, home to America's wealth and business interests. The tour proceeds to Chinatown, the largest Asian community in the United States. We will take in a Waterway cruise of the New York City harbor, where you can view the city's magnificent skyline and sights, including the busy South Street Seaport, the Statute of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge from the Hudson and East River. An entertaining and informative tour guide will provide interesting facts about all of the sights that make this city special. We will visit Rockefeller Center, NBC Studios, and the surrounding shopping district along Fifth Avenue, where cutting edge fashion and luxury brands reside. No tour of New York City would be complete without a tour atop the Empire State Building, where on the 86th floor, 1,050 feet above the city's bustling streets, the Observatory offers panoramic views from within a glass enclosed pavilion. We will also see the newly transformed USS Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum. The tour continues to the bright lights of Time Square and the Broadway Theatre District, where there is an opportunity to see celebrities up close and personal at Madame Tussaud's. We will visit the United Nations, a gathering place for 192 countries to meet and discuss important issues of the world such as peace and human rights.
The tour wraps up at 6:00 pm to return to Washington D.C. (Free transfer service is available from New York to Downtown DC (715 H St NW). There is no tour guide accompanies this ride.) or customers can also select to be dropped off at a NYC area airport (JFK, LGA, EWR). There will be some service fee for the rider to the airport, $100/per way).
*Please note that the timing and sequence of events in this itinerary is subject to change so that we can best tailor the tour to meet your expectations. *
Maid of the Mist: Available from April to Oct 24 (Opening date depends on ice condition in the River)