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- A guided tour of important places
- Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
- First Entrance fees
- Observation and participation in allowed activities
- Porterage for a maximum of two bags per person
- Professionally guided tour
- Drinks & Meal on Tour
- Excess baggage charge
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Nexus of the Arts
The Met, MoMA and the Guggenheim are just the beginning of a dizzying list of art-world icons. You’ll find museums devoted to everything from fin de siècle Vienna to immigrant life in the Lower East Side, and sprawling galleries filled with Japanese sculpture, postmodern American painting, Himalayan textiles and New York City lore. For a glimpse of current and future greats, delve into the cutting-edge galleries of Chelsea and the Lower East Side, with their myriad exhibition spaces and festive opening-night parties (usually Thursday night if you want to join in).
With its compact size and streets packed with eye candy of all sorts – architectural treasures, Old World cafes, atmospheric booksellers – NYC is a wanderer’s delight. Crossing continents is as easy as walking a few avenues in this jumbled city of 200-plus nationalities. You can lose yourself in the crowds of Chinatown amid bright Buddhist temples and steaming noodle shops, then stroll up to Nolita for enticing boutiques and coffee-tasting. Every neighborhood offers a dramatically different version of the city, from the 100-year-old Jewish delis of the Upper West Side to the meandering cobblestone lanes of Greenwich Village. And the best way to experience it is to walk its streets.
The Night Is Young
When the sun sinks slowly beyond the Hudson and luminous skyscrapers light up the night, New York transforms into one grand stage. Well-known actors take to the legendary theaters of Broadway and world-class soloists, dancers and musicians perform at venues large and small across town. Whether high culture or low, New York embraces it all: in-your-face rock shows at Williamsburg dives, lavish opera productions at the Lincoln Center, and everything in between. This is a city of experimental theater, improv comedy, indie cinema, ballet, poetry, burlesque, jazz and so much more. If you can dream it up, it’s probably happening.
There’s never been a better time to dine in New York. It’s a hotbed of seasonal and locally sourced cuisine – with restaurants growing vegetables on roof gardens or upstate farms, sourcing meats and seafood from nearby sustainable outfits, and embracing artisanal everything, from coffee roasting and whiskey distilling to chocolate- and cheese-making. Bars have also taken creativity to new heights, with pre-Prohibition-era cocktails served alongside delectable small plates – indeed, gastropubs are some of the most creative places to eat these days. Of course, you can also hit a gourmet food truck or dine at one of the 20,000-plus sit-down restaurants.
Forget Times Square and the Statue of Liberty – if you want to see the real New York, you need to head to Brooklyn. These days, the name is shorthand for ‘artsy cool’ the world over, but there’s far more here than hipster stereotypes. This sprawling borough (more than three times the size of Manhattan) is actually home to some of NYC’s most interesting, historic and culturally diverse neighborhoods, with singularly fantastic dining, drinking, shopping and entertainment options – not to mention some of the best river views in the five boroughs.
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Departing from Boston at 7am towards Washington, DC, we will spend the rest of the day visiting the US Capitol, Korean War Veterans Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the world-famous White House, and Lincoln Memorial. After dinner, we will head to our hotel. Overnight at Comfort Inn Tysons in Vienna, VA 22182 or similar hotel
After breakfast, we will visit Jefferson Memorial and National Air and Space Museum, and take cruise on the Potomac River, where we will be able to view the Pentagon and the other memorials from a relaxing vantage point on the water. The tour will continue on Baltimore, stopping at the scenic Inner Harbor for a break to take photos, and then to Philadelphia, where we will visit the Independence Hall and the iconic Liberty Bell. After dinner, we will head north to hotel in New Jersey. Potomac River Cruise: Additional option/cost for those who want to see the United States' capital in an exciting and innovative way can join a Potomac Cruise for a relaxing and enjoyable sightseeing experience. Overnight at Hotel: Madison Suites, NJ or similar hotel
Touring NY City
After breakfast, we will spend the day touring New York City. Stops include the Statue of Liberty Cruise, the Empire State Building, the USS Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, and Madame Tussauds' Wax Museum. We also will stop briefly at Rockefeller Center for photo. We'll arrive in Boston at around 9:00pm.
You’ll soon reach Niagara Falls, where you’ll spend one night. Explore the falls’ American side at night, and then hop on the iconic Maid of the Mist the next day for a boat ride. From Niagara Falls, head along Lake Ontario to the biggest city in Canada – Toronto! See the city’s top attractions, and then enjoy a boat cruise to the 1000 Islands on the St Lawrence River. At Niagara Falls, you’ll tour the American side at night and ride the famous ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat the next day. You’ll then see Toronto’s top attractions, take a cruise on the St Lawrence River and more. Accommodation at an Wyndham Super 8 or similar included for two nights.
Arrive at any major New York City area airport and jump on a shuttle share-a-ride bus to your midtown Manhattan hotel to begin your NYC experience. Take a hop-on hop-off tour for 1 full day to experience the sights of Manhattan. See the famous Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Village, and so much more. Soak up the views from a different angle on a hop-on hop-off harbor cruise overlooking the New York skyline. Get an escorted walking tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with a tour guide, and finish at the 9/11 Memorial.
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Take care of many of your New York City sightseeing and transportation needs in one go with this 3-day NYC package, including airport transfers, a hop-on hop-off bus tour, and a Statue of Liberty tour. Ride a double-decker hop-on hop-off bus for 1 days, including a Downtown loop. Get an escorted walking tour of the State of Liberty and Ellis Island with a tour guide and finish at the 9/11 Memorial.
Arrive at any major New York City area airport and jump on a shuttle share-a-ride bus to your midtown Manhattan hotel to begin your NYC experience. Take a hop-on hop-off tour for 1 full day to experience the sights of Manhattan. See the famous Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Village, and so much more. Soak up the views from a different angle on a hop-on hop-off harbor cruise overlooking the New York skyline. Get an escorted walking tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with a tour guide, and finish at the 9/11 Memorial. You will meet your guide early in the morning, skip the ticket line, and go ride to the ferry so you can get the most of your day. In addition to taking in New York’s liveliest and most fascinating historic sites. At the end of your stay in New York, take your included shuttle transfer back to the airport for your departure flight.
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