Washington to New York City Discovery

Trip Code: STKY

Why we love it

Experience Washington DC after dark on a night tour of the capital’s most important monuments, museums and memorials., Take a step back in time at the Gettysburg National Military Park and find out what made the battle here a turning point in the American Civil War., See another side of life when you visit an Amish farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Learn about their customs and traditions while enjoying a sunset picnic., Hear the untold stories of Philadelphia’s Black history from a local guide who will lead you around the city and show you its monuments., Get a taste of the real New York as you join a local guide to discover the best sights and bites this multicultural city has to offer.

Is this trip right for me?

Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Important information

FIRST DAY: Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 5pm. Please make your own way to the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
LAST DAY: Check out of the hotel is 10am. If you would like to book additional nights in New York please contact your booking agent
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
COVID: Please ensure you have checked local state information regarding COVID-19 restrictions and regulations before you travel

What to bring/pack

What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the places you are visiting and when you are travelling. We recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you can carry and lift your own luggage and walk with it for short distances or up or down a flight of stairs. Our travellers usually find the smaller their luggage is, the more they enjoy the trip not having to worry about carrying heavy bags! Aim to keep your main luggage under 15kg.

All luggage is carried in trailers or inside the vehicle so please don't bring more than one medium sized bag, backpack or suitcase per person. Your luggage may get some rough handling, so make sure it's a tough one. You'll also need a daypack to carry water, camera, jacket, etc when you’re exploring during the day.

Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:, https://www.intrepidtravel.com/packing-list, WATER BOTTLE
Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please use the water dispensers which are provided on some of our vehicles and at some of our accommodation. Your leader will advise whether tap water is safe to drink in your destination, if it is you can simply refill with tap water. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day., WINTER
If you are travelling on one of our North American trips in winter, be prepared for temperatures to drop well below 0C/32F. We recommend you bring shoes for walking across snow or ice (good waterproof walking boots with a good grip), a warm wind and waterproof jacket and trousers, gloves or mittens, thermals and base layers, fleece, good head wear and sunglasses.

Physical rating

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Joining your group

Comfort Inn Downtown DC/Convention Center, 1201 13th Street, NW, Washington DC, 20005, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Our starting point is only a 15 minute walk to the White House and 20 minute walk to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History you will be in a great position to get out and explore. All guest rooms include a refrigerator, coffee maker, and free WiFi.

Joining instructions

Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) is 26 miles/ 42kms from our hotel.
A taxi will cost approximately $85USD one way and take around 35minutes. There are also shared shuttle vans available at the airport. These will cost approximately $40-$55 USD and take 35minutes
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is 3.7 miles/6 kms from our hotel.
A taxi will cost approximately $16-$20USD one way and take around 10minutes. There is also shared shuttle vans available at the airport. These will cost approximately $20-$40USD and take 10minutes

Finishing your trip

Hampton Inn Manhattan Grand Central, 231 East 43rd Street, New York, 10017, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Our Midtown Manhattan hotel is located right in the heart of it. You will be surrounded by city dining, a 15 minute walk to Times Square and a 20 minute walk to the Empire State Building. Grand Central Station is a 5 minute walk away, enabling you to travel all around Manhattan easily by subway. All guest rooms have a coffee/tea maker, free WiFi, seating area and a 32-inch HDTV.

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is 17miles/27kms from our hotel.
A taxi will cost approximately $90-$120USD one way and take around 25minutes. There is also shared shuttle vans available at the airport. These will cost approximately $85USD and take 25minutes. You can also catch the tram from JFK airport to Jamaica Station then onto Grand Central Station.
La Guardia Airport (LGA) is 7miles/11kms from our hotel
A taxi will cost approximately $45USD one way and take around 15minutes. There is also shared shuttle vans available at the airport. These will cost approximately $60USD and take 15minutes.

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 6

Lunches included: 1

Dinners included: 2

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. If you have dietary requirements and/or food allergies, please let your booking agent know prior to departure.

Climate & seasonal information

WEATHER IN NORTH AMERICA
Due to the size and topography of the US and Canada, there's a huge amount of variation in the climate. We recommend you consider both the season and the part of North America you intend to visit, so that you can best pack for your adventure.

USA NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
The following national holidays are observed in the US, which can affect our itinerary as traffic can be extreme, and shops, restaurants and attractions can be closed:

New Year's Day (01 January)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (third Monday of January)
Washington's Birthday (third Monday of February)
Memorial Day (last Monday of May)
Independence Day (4 July)
Labor Day (first Monday in September)
Columbus Day (second Monday of October)
Veterans Day (11 November)
Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday of November)
Christmas Day (25 December)

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below.

Intrepid's Local Operator: +1 215-676-4500

Accommodations

The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline only and may change. On some occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our preferred accommodation. In these cases, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.

Throughout the trip, we request that our properties prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However, this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination or on some trips, have use of shared day rooms until all rooms are available.

Transportation

NORTH AMERICA VEHICLES
Our large fleet of vans are fully equipped with dual air-conditioning system, V8 engines and any camping or cooking equipment needed for your trip. Most have cloth-upholstered seats and carpeted interior with radio/tape or CD players. Your luggage is transported in a trailer which is towed behind the van.

The vans are regularly serviced in our own maintenance facility and continuously checked and serviced by a well-established network of maintenance and service facilities throughout the continent. However, unforeseen maintenance problems can still occur while on the road and we appreciate the patience of our travellers as we make necessary repairs as quickly as possible.

While your group will have a van for all included activities on the trip, the services of the van and the driver may not be available for your use during free time, or after you have arrived for the day. If you need a special trip into town you may need to arrange transport or a taxi.


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