Fall Colours Of New England & Canada
13 nights. September 2019 - October 2020. From £1949.00.
North America's finest scenery
This wonderful holiday showcases the sensational autumn colours of one of the world's most beautiful corners, the sights and sounds of some of North America's greatest cities, and in the plunging torrents of Niagara Falls, one of its most breathtaking natural wonders. From Manhattan, to the scenic Maple Leaf Trail from Toronto to Quebec City, via Ottawa and Montreal, and from stunning Vermont and coastal Maine to elegant, 'blue-blood' Boston, this tour has it all.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsEnjoy time in mesmerising New York City
Spend two nights in the shadow of Niagara Falls
Visit pretty Niagara-on-the-Lake
Enjoy a short stay in sparkling, waterfront Toronto
Join the 'Maple Leaf Trail' to present-day capital Ottawa
Stay in stylish, sophisticated Montreal
Disco ver historic Quebec City, overlooking the mighty St Lawrence River
Take in beautiful views on a 'Fall Foliage' drive through the stunning New England countryside
Discover coastal Maine's Portland and Kennebunkport
Explore historic, elegant Boston
Follow the Pilgrims' footsteps at Plimoth Plantation
Complete the holiday with a visit to Newport, Rhode Island
13 nights' room-only accommodation in a series of good-quality hotels in Hasbrouck Heights (2 nights), Niagara Falls (2) Toronto (1), Montreal (2), Jay Peak (1), Bethel (2) and Hull (3)
Return flights to New York
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly to New York, and upon arrival, meet your Tour Manager and board the coach for the transfer to New Jersey and the hotel for a two-night stay. Rest and relax after the journey.
Day TwoBoard the coach and head into the heart of New York, downtown Manhattan. Explore on your own, or more likely join the optional tour of the City that Never Sleeps, in the company of our guide. Marvel at the famous sights - the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, bustling Times Square, the green acres of Central Park, the southern tip of Wall Street and the waterfront district, looking out towards the Statue of Liberty. The tour includes a visit to the breathtaking Top of the Rock at the towering Rockefeller Center, from where the whole of Manhattan and beyond can be viewed from the 70th-floor viewing platform.
Day ThreeToday you'll head north, boarding the coach for the scenic journey through beautiful rural Upper New York State, its forested landscape dotted with quintessential New England towns and villages, to spend two nights in Niagara Falls. Enjoy your first evening in this colourful, bustling resort that has grown up around the cascades, and which draws visitors from across the globe.
Day FourEnjoy a full day in Niagara, perhaps board the Hornblower Niagara Cruise for a spray-soaked passage close to the foot of the torrent. Alternatively, for a bird's eye view of the magnificent Falls, take an optional helicopter ride above the tumult or enjoy lunch from the viewpoint of an overlooking restaurant.
Day FiveThis morning you'll make the short journey to the historic and delightful town of Niagara-on-the- Lake, with its pretty houses and world-famous Shaw Theatre, one of America's most celebrated playhouses. Later, continue to the sparkling city of Toronto and explore its glittering waterfront, sky piercing CN Tower and its colourful historic neighbourhoods including Chinatown, Greektown and Little Italy on an optional guided city tour. Indulge in some shopping in the city's ultramodern malls, or in the evening make the most of the city's cosmopolitan dining options, or perhaps take in a show - Toronto is Canada's capital of live entertainment and performance art, with many world-class productions gracing the city's stages.
Day SixToday you'll board the coach to head along the colourful Maple Leaf Trail, travelling east to romantic Ottawa, Canada's administrative capital. Explore the beautiful Canadian capital with its Victorian houses, grand Parliament Buildings and the famous Rideau Canal, which is set against the leafy background of the Gatineau Hills. Later, continue on into the great French Canadian province of Quebec and into Montreal, the world's second-largest French speaking metropolis, for a two-night stay. Soak up the atmosphere of one of Canada's epicentres of style and sophistication, perhaps dining in the Vieux Port District.
Day SevenToday's included excursion is to charming, historic Quebec City, North America's only walled city. Enjoy an optional, fascinating city tour in the company of a local guide upon arrival and explore the narrow, cobbled alleyways of the lower Basse Ville and its upper Haute counterpart, which together form the endlessly enthralling Vieux-Quebec, dominated by the monumental Citadelle and the Chateau Frontenac hotel. Exuding charm from its every pore, with countless monuments, churches and 16th and 17th-century buildings, Quebec City is sure to prove one of the highlights of the entire holiday. Return to Montreal for a second evening, perhaps in lively Plateau Mont Royal.
Day EightAfter a relaxing morning, perhaps spent exploring Montreal's historic Vieux Port area, board the
coach once more for the scenic journey back towards the US border, crossing into leafy Vermont to spend the night in the exquisite surroundings of the mountain resort Jay Peak.
Day NineA truly memorable day awaits, as you journey through stunning scenery, via Franconia Notch and the spectacular fall foliage of the Kancamagus Highway through the White Mountains. Pass Mount Washington, New England's highest point, and continue to the beautiful mountain village of Bethel in Maine, nestled at the foot of appropriately named Paradise Hill.
Day 10Today brings opportunities to enjoy the delights of Bethel, although many will wish to join the optional excursion to Mount Washington, journeying aboard the historic Cog Railway - the only one east of the Rockies - to the summit of New England's highest peak, at the heart of the scenic White Mountains region. Having returned to Bethel, enjoy an evening guided drive in search of moose.
Day 11Journey further into the 'Great State of Maine', calling at the prosperous coastal city of Portland, with its waterfront wharves and fine seafood restaurants. Visit delightful beach-resort Ogunquit and the exclusive Bush Family retreat of Kennebunkport, before crossing into Massachusetts to spend three nights in seafront Hull, close to elegant Boston.
Day 12Enjoy a full day in America's most European city, perhaps joining the fascinating optional guided tour to explore the famous Freedom Trail through its compact heart, taking in the gold-domed State House and the Old North Church, the green acres of Boston Common and the cobbled streets of historic Beacon Hill. Visit colourful Quincy Market with its speciality stalls, many of which sell delicious cuisine from around the world. Perhaps try a dish of clam chowder or delicious New England lobster before a stroll around the harbourside, or cross the Charles River to famous Cambridge, home to Harvard University. Return back to Hull for your second overnight stay.
Day 13Journey towards the South Shore and enjoy the chance to follow in the footsteps of the Pilgrim Fathers at Plymouth, as you stroll around the historic streets of 'America's Hometown' and visit the fascinating Plimoth Plantation, where the early days of the European settlers are re-enacted. You'll then travel on to Cape Cod and visit Hyannis, still a home to the Kennedy clan. Enjoy your final night in Hull.
Day 14Return to New York, via the elegant sophistication of Newport, Rhode Island, the East Coast's premier resort town and famous home to some opulent weekend cottages of America's wealthiest families. Journey to the airport, for the return overnight flight.
Day 15Arrive back in the UK at the end of a wonderful holiday. Back to top
AccommodationNew England and Canada Fall Colours Touring Hotels
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three- to four-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Passports and visasWhen travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta . The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program. Please note an ETA is not required for Canada.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Border crossingPlease note there is a US$6 per person charge to cross the border from Canada to the USA. This is payable in cash at the border crossing and is not included in the tour price.
TippingGratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.
SmokingSmoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
On your flightAll outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
Luggage allowanceYou are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotelsShould circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Hotel roomsStandard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
Departure dates and fall coloursThis tour covers a large distance, from New York and as far north as Ontario and Quebec in Canada, and so Fall foliage will naturally vary. On early departures, leaves are more likely to have turned in the northern areas covered, whereas on later dates it is the more southern areas that will be most notable, with leaf-fall having already occurred further north. Back to top