Day 1 - Arrive in Boston. Welcome to Boston! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
Day 2 - Boston. Sightseeing focuses on the city's most prominent landmarks, including the sites of [FP] BOSTON NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK. See Boston Common; the Old State House; Old North Church, from where Paul Revere got the signal to start his famous ride; Freedom Trail; and Faneuil Hall, with a chance to browse in Quincy Market. Next, board a harbor CRUISE that takes you to see the Bunker Hill Monument. Balance of the day at leisure. (B)
Day 3 - Boston - Franconia Notch State Park - Quebec City. Journey north through New Hampshire, passing the state's capitol dome at Concord and continuing to the majestic beauty of Franconia Notch State Park in the scenic WHITE MOUNTAINS. Capture inspiring views of one of nature's true masterpieces as the grandeur of mountain scenery blends to a green carpet panorama in northern Vermont, which is blessed with innumerable forests and lakes. Enter the French-Canadian province of Quebec. The next two nights are in romantic Quebec City on the banks of the mighty St. Lawrence River. Until the British victory of 1759, Old Quebec was the center of New France, and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening, why not enjoy regional French cuisine with dinner in Old Town Quebec? (B)
Day 4 - Quebec City. Start the day with an included tour by a Local Guide of Canada's only walled city, including the Place d'Armes, ancient Place Royale, and the Plains of Abraham. The balance of the day is free for independent sightseeing. Tonight's included dinner outing takes you to Montmorency Falls and over to [LF] ILE D'ORLEANS for a delightful dinner at a fine restaurant in a restored 17th-century flour mill. (B,D)
Day 5 - Quebec City - Montreal. Travel southwest to Montreal, Canada's second-largest city. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes NOTRE DAME BASILICA, the Old Seminary of St. Sulpice, and a drive to the top of Mount Royal to enjoy a panorama of the city. Afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps stroll through the underground shopping area of Place Ville-Marie or visit historic Old Montreal. (B)
Day 6 - Montreal - Ottawa. Drive west into Ottawa, the country's beautiful capital. On a guided tour, you'll see the Canadian Mint, residences of the Governor General and Prime Minister, the hexagonal National Arts Centre, Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, and the stately residences. Dinner tonight is at a specially selected restaurant. (B,D)
Day 7 - Ottawa - Toronto. This morning, take a guided tour of [LF] PARLIAMENT OF CANADA, where you'll be in the center stage of Canadian democracy. Learn about the Parliament's history and hear stories about some of the key players. Later, sit back and relax as you journey through Ontario to Toronto, the cosmopolitan provincial capital. (B)NOTE:When the Parliament is unavailable to visit, a trip to Ottawa's Byward Market will be substituted, including the chance to sample a delicious Beavertail pastry, a Canadian specialty shaped like a beaver tail!
Day 8 - Toronto. On today's sightseeing, view Toronto's two city halls, the Ontario legislature buildings, the university, and some neighborhoods, including Chinatown. The balance of the day is free, and your Tour Director will have plenty of suggestions for things to do and see in Canada's largest city. Our optional dinner outing includes a visit to the top of the famous CN Tower for great views of Toronto's harbor and skyline. (B)
Day 9 - Toronto - Niagara Falls. Drive around the "Golden Horseshoe" of Lake Ontario and through vineyards and rich farmlands. Then, board a Niagara Falls sightseeing CRUISE for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering falls from river level. You may opt to take the optional helicopter flight over the falls. This evening, consider an optional dinner at a local restaurant followed by a once-in-a-lifetime experience to personally light up the falls. (B)NOTE:Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. Favorable conditions usually exist from May to November. When conditions are unfavorable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.
Day 10 - Niagara Falls - Lancaster. Cross the border at Rainbow Bridge and enter New York State. Then, journey into Pennsylvania through the rolling Appalachian Mountains and on to Lancaster, home of the Amish and Mennonite communities whose religious faiths stress humility, family, community, simple living, and separation from the world. Tonight, visit an [LF] AMISH FAMILY and their farm, where you will learn more about their faith, culture, and traditional way of life that excludes the use of modern conveniences such as electricity and telephones. You'll have the chance to visit the barn, see their miniature horses, learn about their homemade quilts and crafts, and enjoy a delicious dinner. (B,D)
Day 11 - Lancaster - Washington DC. This morning, depart for Washington DC, the nation's capital. Join us for the optional dinner tonight at one of Washington's favorite restaurants, followed by an illumination tour of some of the city's most beautiful monuments. (B)
Day 12 - Washington DC. This morning's sightseeing features many of Washington DC's famous landmarks, including the [FP] VIETNAM, KOREAN, and WORLD WAR II Memorials. Enjoy a ride through history on a tram tour while visiting ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, where you'll see the KENNEDY GRAVESITES. Also stop for photos at the White House and Capitol Hill. An afternoon at leisure to do as you wish. Be sure to visit the many museums of the Smithsonian Institution. This evening's farewell dinner is hosted by your Tour Director. (B,D)
Day 13 - Washington DC - Philadelphia - New York City. Travel north this morning to Philadelphia for included sightseeing focusing on the important buildings of this historic city, the "Birthplace of the Nation." Visit major attractions, including [FP] INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, home to the LIBERTY BELL and INDEPENDENCE HALL. Continue north into New Jersey. The tour ends at the Sheraton New York Times Square in the late afternoon for those guests with extra nights. (B)NOTE: Due to the Democratic National Convention being held in Philadelphia, the visit to Philadelphia may be impacted on the July 12 & 19 departures. If this should happen, alternative sightseeing will be provided.
Day 14 - New York City. A Local Guide takes you on a TOUR of the city's most famous sights: Times Square, Greenwich Village, the Financial District, and Chinatown. Then, great photo opportunities as you CRUISE New York Harbor and around the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The afternoon is at leisure. During your free time in Manhattan, take advantage of our optional activities"perhaps a flightseeing trip, a visit to the Empire State Building, or a Broadway show. Your local host can help arrange these and other excursions, and offer useful shopping and dining tips as well. (B)
Day 15 - New York City. The tour ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Kennedy, LaGuardia, or Newark International Airports. (B)