Description

    Iconic movie scenes and moments of history come alive on this tour of the northeast with some pretty tasty bites along the way. Follow the trail of American history to Philadelphia to visit the Liberty Bell and the famous "Rocky" steps, then venture to the Big Apple to explore the bustling streets of Manhattan. Dig into a classic New England lobster bake in the coastal city of Portland then take a guided tour of Boston's Historic Freedom Trail. Your heart, stomach, and mind will each be pleasantly filled by the end of this eight-day exploration.

    • Travel Style : Classic

    • Service Level : Standard

    • Physical Grading : 2 - Light

    • Merchandising : New Trips

    • Merchandising : Wifi

    • Trip Type : Small Group


    • What's Included:Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Philly Cheesesteak Taste Test, Philadelphia Your Discover Moment: New York City Your Foodie Moment: New England Lobster Bake, Portland Your Foodie Moment: North End Cannoli, Boston Your Discover Moment: Boston. Philadelphia Liberty Bell Visit, Independence National Historical Park Visit, Rocky Steps Visit, New York City Walking Tour, Guided Tour of the Freedom Trail Boston. Free time Portland. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

    • Highlights:Walk on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, Indulge in a classic New England lobster bake, Enjoy a guided tour of Boston's Historic Freedom Trail, Taste test Boston's best cannoli

    • Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

    • Itinerary Disclaimer:While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

    • Important Notes:Please note that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 and in Canada, 19 (with Alberta and Quebec at 18). Many bars and clubs will ask for ID at the door, therefore listening to live music in certain bars or spending a night out in Las Vegas or New Orleans is not possible when you are under the legal age, even if you don't plan on consuming alcohol. Drinking laws in both countries are strictly enforced and our CEOs are unable to help those under age obtain alcohol of any kind. While this should not stop those under legal drinking age from booking a tour, it is important to note that if a traveller is under-age there are certain optional nighttime activities that they may not legally be able to participate in. When trying to book the right trip, we recommend that travellers under legal drinking age take this into consideration when booking a tour that visits several big cities.

    • Group Leader Description:This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders, otherwise known as a Chief Experience Officer (CEO). The CEO will be the group manager, leader and driver - this person is experienced in the routes travelled. As the group coordinator and manager, the aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. They will also offer suggestions for things to do and to see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While our CEOs are trained and have resources to assist them along the way, the United States is the fourth largest country on the planet, and it is impossible for them to know everything about this massive country. We recommend local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds. Please note that specific tour guide licenses are required to guide in certain cities and regions, and as such, our CEOs will oftentimes provide brief orientation walks or drives to point out useful places like supermarkets, main squares and ATMs but for more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    • Group Size Notes:Max 14, avg 10

    • Meals Included:7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

    • Transport:Private vehicle, walking

    • About our Transportation:For this trip we use 15-passenger vans for up to 14 people plus the CEO/Driver. These vans are durable vehicles that allow us to drive on most types of roads in North America. Each van has a front passenger seat and 4 benches that will accommodate 3 people each with mandatory seat belts to keep us secure and safe. No standing is permitted in these vehicles. This is not a physically demanding journey. There is air conditioning to cool things down on warm days to keep everyone more comfortable. Travelling can be difficult, with long drives and limited space in the van. Please take note of the travel times and distances in the above itinerary. Despite some of the long days, most travellers feel that the diversity of the North American landscape, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience!

    • Solo Travellers:We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

    • Accommodation:Hotels (7 nts).

    • Joining Hotel:For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.

    • Joining Instructions:There are three major airports in the Washington, DC region: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code: DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI). Arriving at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) This airport is approximately 5 miles away from the Joining Hotel in the Downtown area of the city. Depending on time of arrival and transportation method chosen, departure locations vary. Please note, not all transportation options are located on the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level. Taxi/Ride App - The easiest way to get to your hotel is to get a taxi. Rates range from $15-$20 depending on traffic. Can have additional surcharge for 2+ travelers. Public Transport - Take Blue Line Subway from National Airport station to Farragut West station. Price is approximately $5. Arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) This airport is approximately 27 miles away from the Joining Hotel in the Downtown area of the city. Depending on time of arrival and transportation method chosen, departure locations vary. Please note, not all transportation options are located on the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level. Taxi/Ride App - The easiest way to get to your hotel is to get a taxi. Rates range from $60 depending on traffic. Can have additional surcharge for 2+ travelers. Public Transport - From the main terminal/arrivals hall take the 5A bus to N Moore St & Rosslyn Station Bus Bay C. From there, transfer to subway from Rosslyn Station to Farragut West station - total travel time depends on traffic. Price is approximately $15. Arriving at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) This airport is approximately 33 miles away from the Joining Hotel in the Downtown area of the city. Depending on time of arrival and transportation method chosen, departure locations vary. Please note, not all transportation options are located on the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level. Taxi/Ride App - The easiest way to get to your hotel is to get a taxi. Rates range from $90 depending on traffic. Can have additional surcharge for 2+ travelers. Public Transport - From the arrivals hall walk 2 minutes to the Off-Site Parking Pick-Up (Zone 4) and take the shuttle: BWI MARC/Amtrak Station. From the BWI Airport Rail Station, take MARC Train to Union Station. From Union Station Metro Station, take the Red Line toward Shady Grove and get off at Farragut North Station. Price is approximately $65. Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. Your CEO will organize a short meeting in the evening, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.

    • Arrival Complications:We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier and contact us as soon as possible. If you have a pre-booked transfer, and you have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

    • Emergency Contact:Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call the G Adventures Local Representative. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
 G Adventures Local Representative (Las Vegas) 
 From outside the USA: 1-412-423-8143 From within the USA: 412-423-8143 If you are unable for any reason to contact our local representative, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618 Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

    • Packing List:Cold Weather: • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater • Scarf • Warm gloves • Warm hat • Warm layers Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear

    • Visas and Entry Requirements:All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your own responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. Visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as far as possible, but rules do change and sometimes without warning. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements.

    • Spending Money:Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

    • Emergency Fund:Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

    • Optional Activities:New York City - Times Square Visit (Free) - Top of the Rock (26-32USD per person) - High Line Visit - Broadway Show - Central Park Visit (Free) - Empire State Building Visit (32USD per person) New York - 9/11 Memorial Visit and One World Trade Center Observation Deck (24-58USD per person) - Statue of Liberty Visit (18USD per person) Boston - Fenway Park Visit (18USD per person) - Portland Brewery Tour (99USD per person) - Duck Boat Tour (35-43USD per person) - Boston Brewery Tour (99USD per person) - Harvard Tour - Boston Harbour Tour - Kayaking Portland - Portland Harbour Tour - Portland Old Port Visit

    • Safety and Security:Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it deemed necessary, due to safety concerns. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy and explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions. Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s). Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. Read more about travel safety for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.

    • A Couple of Rules:Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of people in the sex trade is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they engage in any form of paid sex work.

    • Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation:The Planeterra Foundation planeterra.org is a Canadian non-profit organization that helps empower local people to develop their communities, conserve their cultures, and create humane and supportive systems for their endeavours. Planeterra provides capacity building and catalyst grants to get community social enterprises off the ground. These businesses address local challenges by providing benefits for indigenous people, empowering marginalized women, and granting disadvantaged youth access to education, employment, and brighter futures. Planeterra also works to ensure these businesses have a thriving customer base by integrating programs into G Adventures’ itineraries globally. G Adventures is Planeterra’s largest corporate donor, covering all operating costs so 100% of your donation will bring opportunity to people in need. Dollar-a-Day Program G Adventures’ Dollar-a-Day Program provides travellers with the opportunity to give back to the people and places visited on our tours by donating one dollar for every day you are on trip. 100% of these donations go directly to support community development projects worldwide that are implemented by Planeterra.

    • Feedback:After your travels, we want to hear from you! Your feedback information is so important to us that we'll give you 5% off the price of your next G Adventures trip if your feedback is completed on-line within 30 days of finishing your trip. Your tour evaluation will be e-mailed to you 24 hours after the conclusion of your trip. If you do not receive the tour evaluation link in the days after your tour has finished, please drop us a line at customerservice@gadventures.com and we will send it on to you.

    • Minimum Age:You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

    • International Flights:Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

    Itinerary (8  days)

    • 1

      Washington DC

      Arrive at anytime.

    • 2

      Washington DC/Philadelphia

      Follow the trail of American history to Philly. Immerse in the local culinary scene with a Philly Cheesesteak Taste Test. Visit Independence National Historical Park and the Liberty Bell and learn about these iconic sites of American history. Visit the famous 'Rocky' steps before enjoying a free evening in the City of Brotherly Love.

    • 3

      Philadelphia/New York City

      Leave Pennsylvania behind and welcome the Big Apple! Take to the streets and check out the city. Join the CEO for a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, pass by Wall Street, see Lady Liberty from Battery Park, while exploring the streets, sounds and sights of Manhattan. Enjoy a free night to head up the Rockefeller, check out Times Square, check out the sights from the High Line, or take in a Broadway show.

    • 4

      New York City

      Enjoy a full free day (and night) to explore the city that never sleeps. Opt to stroll Central Park, catch a show, visit museums, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, or the 9/11 Memorial.

    • 5

      New York City/Portland

      After taking a bite out of the Big Apple, travel to one of Bon Appetit's Restaurant Cities of the Year. Known for their craft beer, artsy vibe, and fresh seafood, enjoy a classic New England lobster bake in this coastal city. Then opt to head out for a night on the town with the locals.

    • 6

      Portland/Boston

      Enjoy a free morning to soak up more of Portland. Opt to hop on a boat and tour the Portland coastline, take a brewery tour, or walk through old town to shop and sample some famous treats. In the afternoon, take the short drive from Portland down the coast to Boston. Opt to visit museums, go shopping, or indulge at world-class restaurants and local bars. Choose to check out the famous Fenway Park, home to baseball's Boston Red Sox on a tour or for a game if the team is in town.

    • 7

      Boston

      Take a guided tour of Boston's Historic Freedom Trail, from Boston Common to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. Head to the North End to taste test the best Cannolis before enjoying a free day in the city. Absorb the history and culture of the city, or chow down on traditional New England fare. Opt to take a Havard tour, Duck Boat tour, Kayak on the Charles, set sail on a Harbor Cruise, or set off on a brewery tour.

    • 8

      Boston

      Depart at anytime.


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