Washington, New York And Boston In The Fall
7 nights. September 2019 - October 2020. From £1349.00.
A trio of great cities and some stunning countryside
Beginning with a two-night stay in historic, colonial Williamsburg, gateway to all-powerful Washington and Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, this popular escorted tour includes the dazzling wonders of the 'Big Apple' - New York - and the blue-blood streets of elegant Boston, the most European of all American cities. Charlottesville's historic streets, forested New England ablaze with colour, Newport's studied grandeur and the opportunity, on an optional excursion, to visit Cape Cod and Plymouth, complete a wonderful autumn tour.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsVisit all-powerful Washington DC, home to the White House and Capitol Hill
A scenic full-day drive including the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park and Charlottesville
The famous skyline of New York - the world's most exciting city
The beautiful seafront mansions of Newport, Rhode Island
Discovering the story of the American Revolution on Boston's 'Freedom Trail'
Seven nights' room-only accommodation at a series of hotels in Williamsburg (2 nights), Fairfax (1), New Jersey (2) and Hull (2)
Return flights from your chosen airport to Washington, returning from Boston
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 Washington and upon arrival meet your Tour Manager and make the scenic journey into Virginia for a two-night stay in Williamsburg. Rest and relax after the journey, and enjoy your first evening.
Day TwoStep back in time on today's optional full day excursion visiting the popular attraction of Historic Jamestowne, the first permanent English settlement in America. Your visit will allow time to see the Glasshouse and be amazed at the artefacts discovered by the archaeologists at the original Jamestown Fort. Next stop is colonial Williamsburg, where you will be transported back to the pioneering days of the 18th Century as you stroll the living museum of cobbled streets and historic buildings, and hear ' residents' in period costume discuss 'the day's events' in the dialect of the time.
Day ThreeToday will be one to savour, as you enjoy our included tour and visit exquisite Charlottesville, the historic home of 'Founding Father' Thomas Jefferson, the third US President, where the spirit of earliest America is lovingly preserved in magnolia-lined streets and some of the country's oldest dwellings. Continue on into Virginia's fabled Blue Ridge Mountains, where breathtaking natural wonders can be explored in the beautiful Shenandoah National Park, a refuge for deer and other wildlife. Continue to Tysons Corner, close to Washington DC for the night.
Day FourA full-day visit to the enthralling US capital brings the opportunity to join a guided tour of the world's most powerful square mile, including Capitol Hill, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and, of course, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, The White House. After the chance to discover the 'little town' on the bank of the Potomac River, you'll journey on towards New York and New Jersey for a two-night stay.
Day FiveToday you'll make the journey east to cross the Hudson River to Manhattan, the pulsating heart of New York - the incomparable 'Big Apple'. Shop at leisure in some of the world's most iconic stores, take in the world-famous sights, visit one of the city's renowned museums, or take a stroll in leafy Central Park. Join our Guided City Tour, on which the likes of Central Park, Fifth Avenue and the Empire State Building will be brought to life. After a mesmerising day, you'll return to New Jersey.
Day SixA scenic journey leads to the fabled maritime resort town of Newport, Rhode Island, home to the opulent 'summer cottages' of some of America's wealthiest families, built along the rocky shoreline. Take in the atmosphere of this quintessential 'playground of the rich', with its racing yachts and other sleek craft in the famous harbour, before re-boarding the coach for the onward journey through some colourful Fall scenery into Massachusetts and a two-night stay in Hull, south of Boston.
Day SevenJoin our full day's optional tour onto Cape Cod and to Hyannisport, where you will see the JFK Memorial, before heading to Plymouth, where the first settlers landed in the New World. There's time to find lunch and a chance to view Mayflower II, a replica of the early settlers' ship, before visiting Plimoth Plantation, a fascinating living museum where costumed actors and realistic reconstructions depict a day's life in 1627.
Day EightToday you'll head into elegant Boston, America's most 'European' city. Join the optional City Tour and discover the city's rich and colourful history, as you take in sights including the gold domed State House overlooking Boston Common, the cobbled streets of Beacon Hill and the places associated with the events leading up to 1776 and Independence from the British. The afternoon is free for you to explore at leisure, perhaps taking in historic Faneuil Hall, and nearby colourful Quincy Market with its bars, restaurants and speciality stalls. Stroll around the harbour, perhaps visiting the city's world class aquarium, pay a visit to the famous 'Tea Party' ship or explore the delightful streets of Midtown. Later, transfer to Boston Airport for the return overnight flight.
Day NineArrive back in the UK, at the end of a marvellous Fall holiday. Back to top
AccommodationFollow the Fall Touring Hotels
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-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 three hours.
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.
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.
Departure dates and fall coloursThis tour covers a large distance from Massachusetts to southern Virginia, 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.
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.
Helicopter flightsSightseeing flights by helicopter are weight controlled and balanced. Please contact us if you wish to book a helicopter flight and your bodyweight exceeds 250lb. (In such cases, a seat may have to be left empty, and some companies may charge a premium.)
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, though regular stops will be made 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.
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. Back to top