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Washington to New York City Discovery


From the history-filled streets of Washington DC to the exuberant neighbourhoods of New York City, join a local leader on a seven-day adventure along the USA’s East Coast. Museums, monuments and memorials make DC a joy to explore, then take a tour through the country’s history at the Gettysburg National Military Park. Learn about a different way of life as you spend a day with one of Pennsylvania’s Amish communities, and hear the untold stories of Philadelphia’s Black history when you explore its streets with a local guide. Take a bite out of the Big Apple as you join a New Yorker to dine in multicultural eateries and get a taste of the real New York.

7 days, from

$3,250

per person

GROUP SIZE

12 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

1
Trip code: STKY
Style: Comfort
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Details

Countries Visited:  United States Of America
Accommodation: Hotel (6 nights)
Transportation: Private vehicle
Meals: 2 dinners, 6 breakfasts
Group size: Minimum 1, Max 12

  • 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.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Washington DC

Welcome to Washington DC! Inspirational, aspirational, artistic and cultured, the USA’s capital city offers up plenty to entice a curious traveller. Your adventure begins with a 5pm welcome meeting, where you’ll be joined by your local leader and new travel companions. Our starting point hotel is only a 15 minute walk to the White House and 20 minute walk to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History so you will be well located to go exploring. If you arrive with time to spare, why not pop into one of the fantastic museums lining the National Mall, covering everything from natural history to American art. After your meeting, gather in a local restaurant and get to know each other over dinner. Once you’ve enjoyed a meal and swapped some stories, head out to explore DC by night on a tour of the city’s most iconic sights. Hop aboard an electric roadster, first discovering the Smithsonian complex and learning the stories behind these world-class museums. Continue past the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial, then take some time to admire the FDR and MLK memorials before taking a sunset walk along the Tidal Basin. Drive past the World War I and World War II Memorials to the Lincoln Memorial, then continue to what may be the country’s most famous building – the White House. Continue to Capitol Hill and marvel at the Capitol Building, then conclude your tour with a whole bunch of national knowledge under your belt.

Day 2: Washington DC

There’s so much to see and do in Washington DC, it can be tricky to know where to start. But worry not! Today is yours to discover all this remarkable city has to offer. Your leader will have loads of tips on how to get the most out of your day here. You may like to take a stroll or bike ride along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, or perhaps wander through the beautifully manicured United States Botanic Garden. If you’d like to take a deep dive into Capitol Hill you can book a tour that further explores the Capitol Building, Supreme Court and Library of Congress. For those looking to tour the White House, this must be booked in advance – you can reserve tickets between three month and three weeks before your visit, which need to be requested through your member of congress. The Georgetown neighbourhood really comes alive in the evening, with no shortage of animated bars and restaurants overlooking to Potomac River.

Day 3: Gettysburg

Today begins with a visit Arlington Cemetery where you’ll watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the final resting place of an unidentified service member from World War I. Hear sobering stories of the wars that lead to 400,000 veterans being buried here, then continue to Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. Head to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and enjoy a picnic lunch, then join an expert guide for a tour of the park. The site of the Civil War’s most brutal battle and the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address, the events that played out on this battlefield marked a major turning point in the war. Let your guide talk you through what unfolded here as you discover various monuments and trails, then head to the town of Gettysburg where you’ll spend the night.

Day 4: Lancaster

Depart Gettysburg this morning and drive to the city of Lancaster in Pennsylvania. On arrival, take some time out to explore the city – ask your leader for recommendations on the best things to check out here. Regroup in the afternoon to experience another way of living during a visit to an Amish farm and house. The state of Pennsylvania is home to the greatest number of Amish in the USA, with a community of around 30,000 in the Lancaster area. Known for their resistance to modern technology and traditional values, visiting an Amish community can feel like taking a step back in time. Meet a local guide to tour the farm and learn about life here, then settle in for a sunset picnic while you get to know some members of the community and hear more about Amish customs and culture.

Day 5: Philadelphia

After breakfast, say goodbye to Lancaster and make the drive to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s biggest city. On arrival, meet up with a Philly local who will guide you on a walking tour to discover the city’s rich African-American history. Learn about the important role Black Americans played in the foundation of the nation, visit important monuments and hear untold stories – this tour is sure to leave you with a deeper understanding of Philadelphia and Black history. The rest of the afternoon is yours for your own discoveries of this fun and fascinating city. You may like to pay a visit to the Reading Terminal Market, one of the oldest and largest public markets in the country. Take a stroll along the waterfront if you fancy hopping between different restaurants and bars, or pop into McGillins to grab a drink in the oldest pub in the city. If you’re feeling active, speak to your leader about booking a kayak tour along the Schuylkill River.

Day 6: New York

Rise bright and early this morning – the Big Apple is waiting! It’s called the City of Dreams for a reason – whether you’re looking for adventure, excitement, culture history, art, music or food, New York City is sure to deliver. The city is a melting pot of cultures, and nowhere is this more evident than its food. On arrival, meet with a local guide who knows NYC like the back of their hand and set off on a walking tour, taking in sights and bites along the way. Wander the streets of Little Italy, stroll past synagogues and Jewish clothing stores, visit the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the African Burial Ground, and get swept up in the frenetic energy of Chinatown. Pop into local eateries to sample knishes, prosciutto, dumplings, and more as your guide explains the history of these foods and the people who brought them to New York. The rest of the day is free for your own explorations of the city – your leader will be on hand with tips and recommendations.

Our Midtown Manhattan hotel is located right in the heart of it, a 15 minute walk to Times Square and a 20 minute walk to the Empire State Building.

Day 7: New York

Your adventure wraps up this morning, with a 10am check out from your hotel. If you’d like more time in New York City, just get in touch ahead of time and we’d be happy to arrange additional accommodation (subject to availability).

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