New U.S. East Coast 7 Days (From NYC/NJ)
Day 1 Home - New York City (Full Day)
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. We will also spend time in the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, which contains more than two million works of art.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza or similar
Day 2 New York - Philadelphia - Washington D.C.
Depart from NYC in the morning to walk along the historical cobblestone streets along Independence Mall State Park. See the Liberty Bell in its newly renovated home at the Liberty Bell Center and stroll through the centuries old Independence Hall and Congress Hall, birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
From Philadelphia, we continue to explore America's proud past by sightseeing at America's seat of governing power -the Capitol Hill and the White House. These two magnificent buildings are home to the Senate and the House of Representatives as well as the President of the United States.
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: Hilton or similar
Day 3 D.C. - Corning Glass Center - Niagara Falls
From Washington D.C., We then 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: Adam"s Mark or similar
Day 4 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: Double tree/Sheraton or similar
Day 5 Boston - Rhode Island - Boston
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, with a brief visit in Plymouth where Mayflower carrying the first group of pilgrims arrived in 1620, reach Newport, Rhode Island. Known as a new England summer resort, the city is very famous for its mansions built by the richest families in this country. Breakers, the summer "cottage" of Vanderbilt family, is among the largest.
Hotel: Double tree/Sheraton or similar
Day 6 Boston - New Haven - NYC
Anything in common between Presidents Bush and Clinton? Yale University at New Haven must be one of the few items on the list. What a beautiful college town! Back to NYC in the afternoon, focus on the diverse downtown area: Little Italy, SOHO, and Chinatown. Walk through City Hall Park, and experience Brooklyn Bridge by foot.
Hotel: Radisson or Marriott, or equivalent
**If you are taking the 7-day tour, you will be escorted to Boston Logan Airport in the morning for flight departing after 1:30 PM or one of the NYC airports in the afternoon for flight departing after 7 P.M.
Day 7 NYC - West Point - Woodbury Outlet - Hometown
"Much of the history we teach was made by people we taught." The oldest military academy in the United States. West Point trains more U.S. Army officers than any other single institution. A high proportion of distinguished American generals have been West Point graduates, including two American Presidents (Grant and Eisenhower) and many famous generals (Robert E. Lee, John J. Pershing, Omar Bradley and Douglas MacArthur). East of this great academy is one of the world's top shopping destinations. Woodbury Common is a shopaholic's dream -- designer clothing at bargain prices! The mall now has 220 stores occupying more than 800,000 square feet and is one of the largest contiguous outlet centers in the world. You'll find tremendous great deals here and not just on clothing, there are stores for home furnishing, jewelry, luggage, leather, gifts and specialty items as well. During our 3-hour stay, certainly you can find impressive savings at Burberry, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gap Outlet, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, J.Crew, Lacoste, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and more.