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Eastern Escapade (Start Boston, end Boston)

14 days with Contiki   Rating: Budget
Restricted to Ages 18-35

Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Arrive Boston
Oh hey there Boston, let's do this. Spend the afternoon with your Trip Manager getting acquainted with the city’s core spots and distinct Irish flavour, then come sundown get friendly with the team over an included dinner and wander round town.

Day 2 Boston
Boston is steeped in history, so weave your way through the 18th century today on the Freedom Trail. This red-brick path winds past a plethora of sites integral to the revolution, and is guaranteed to inspire your inner rebel. Take well-deserved coffee breaks at groovy cafes, have a snooze in one of the nine parks that comprise the city’s “Emerald Necklace” and reward yourself with a mouthwatering seafood feast.

Day 3 Boston to New York City
We pack our bags and say Goodbye to Boston without leaving anything behind and we are heading for the Big Apple.
HELLOOOOO BIG APPLE! Let’s get you somewhat more familiar with this place by opening up New York Manhattan. Museum Row includes all the most prestigious NYC galleries and historical museums and you will get to see it all. Tonight, opt in to tick off a bucket list item by heading to the most famous New York landmark, the Empire State Building. With an uninterrupted view of the concrete jungle lit up like a Christmas tree, that's one big tick off the ever growing list.

Day 4 New York City
Side and take in some immigration history at the Tenement Museum. Grab a gourmet bite to eat at the famous Chelsea Market or opt to channel New Yorks most famous foursome on a Sex and the City tour, then perhaps hit trendy Williamsburg or the East Village to check out some impressive urban street art. Whatever you're feeling, NYC won't disappoint.

Day 5 New York City to Philadelphia
Start spreading the news; we are leaving today, and you've been a part of it in old New York. That’s right ladies and gentlemen our next stop is calling, and it sounds a whole lot like Philly. But not before a trip to visit Lady Liberty herself...oh yes. At 151ft she is one of the city's great symbols and a gift from France, so a selfie here wouldn't go astray. With a fully ticked list we say a fond farewell to the Big Apple.
Arriving in Philly we'll check out Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. You’ll see the historic Liberty Bell – Philadelphia’s main landmark that weighs in at a whopping 2080lb (944kg). Imagine trying to ring that thing! And make sure you try out the local speciality - Philly cheese steak - before channelling Rocky on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Day 6 Philadelphia to Washington D.C. via Amish Country
Say goodbye to this city teeming with people and history. This is where America declared its Independence; they're used to a little rabble-rousing, and we're sure you've made quite the impact.

Welcome to DC. We'll get right into it by visiting the Arlington Cemetery and the home of JFK. We'll take you on an illumination tour of the city and with our Trip Manager leading the charge, we'll cruise on the coach under the city glow, stopping for photos and talks along the way at the most iconic monuments. Thirsty? DuPont nightlife could be calling, so head out D.C style.

Day 7 Washington D.C.
Peddle round the city on a pushbike this morning to get your bearings, or take a Segway tour for an almost serious way to get around. Later, you could dose up on intellectualism at one of the 19 Smithsonian Museums, visiting the world-class Holocaust Museum and treating your inner Bond (or Bond girl) at the Spy Museum.

Day 8 Washington D.C. to Pittsburgh
After breakfast, it's time to leave the political stage behind (sigh) in favour of steel city and Andy Warhol's home town, no less.

Steel city (aptly named for being the home of US steel production) is home to bridges and steel, but also so much more. The city is where three rivers meet, and is the home of the Heinz brand, for those who love their beans (they are after all good for your heart...). The city's baseball team, the Pirates, might be playing tonight, so if they're in town we recommend grabbing a foam finger and a hotdog and hitting up the park. Another not to miss is a Primanti Brothers sandwich (just trust us, we got this).

Day 9 Pittsburgh to Niagara Falls
We nead north into a new country today, oh Canada! What lies ahead is something you've no doubt been waiting for, the thundering Niagara Falls.
You can’t get much wetter than at the world’s second-largest waterfall. Experience Niagara Falls’ surging power first-hand on a cruise that takes you right up to its base. And don’t worry you shouldn't get too wet, the Ponchos are on us. Tonight, you could choose to dine right by the Falls, quite literally, because why not?

Day 10 Niagara Falls to Toronto via Niagara on the Lake
The falls don't really have many bad angles, so get a birds eye view on a heli ride this morning if you feel like getting up up and away. Back on land, we say goodbye to the 165ft high masterpiece, as city life calls us again.
Before we hit the city, we go a little bit country - wine country in fact. Yes, little known fact but Canada boats some rather delicious drops. We'll tour a local winery, sample a few wines, including their speciality, ICE wine. The grapes are left until the first frost, hence the name ice. Hungry tummies filled at a country picnic, it's back on the road to Turonno (that's how the locals say it, so you're ready to go).
Canada's biggest city will keep you on your toes. There's loads to sink into, so get right in. Your Trip Manager will fill you in on the hot spots of this fabulous city soon after we arrive, then tonight head out and find your niche in its cosmopolitan melting pot.

Day 11 Toronto
Toronto caters to everyone’s taste – and we’re not just talking about food (though the cuisine is pretty phenomenal). Go bush on one of the city’s leafy islands via a local ferry, honour Canada’s national sport at the Hockey Hall of Fame or get lost in the kitsch chaos that is Chinatown. If you’d rather experience Toronto from above, ascend the CN Tower and brave its glass floors. When it gets dark, make your night in the city one to remember - the trendiest areas in town (and we're sure you'll agree) are Queen West and Kensigton. Ask your Trip Manager for bar recommendations, though The Hideout is our personal fave, with live music, cheap drinks, good food, free pool and games galore.

Day 12 Toronto to Montreal via Kingston
So long Turonno we are outta here, but we'll continue to keep it real in Canada.
This tiny town is what one would describe as quaint, and like a step back in time. Set on the banks of the St Lawrence River, it's got European vibes in the architecture and the gardens. We've got some time on our hands, so maybe grab a bite to eat at Chez Piggy - another of our faves. And it's got more than just pork on the menu, poutine anyone?
Together, we’ll take a spin around Montreal’s Old Port and quays before crawling up Mt Royal. We’ll familiarise ourselves with a few signature sites, then perhaps take a dreamy wander around town whilst trying to remember our high school French.

Day 13 Montreal
Today is all yours - lap up as much of Montreal’s creative juices and infectious joie de vivre as you can take. Feel the thrill of a jetboat ride down the St Lawrence, add some cutting-edge threads to your wardrobe at The Main, munch your way through various countries at Jean-Talon market and groove the night away at a jazz bar downtown or in the Latin Quarter. It would be rude not to grab a serving of poutine on the way home, wouldn’t it?

Day 14 Montreal to Boston via Waterbury & Concord
It might be the last day on trip, but it wouldn't be right to send you off without a few more treats in store. And oh what a treat we have in store...
Ben, Jerry. Together they make up Ben & Jerry's, aka possibly the best ice cream on the planet. We'll head to the factory for a tasting and a tour, because it would be wrong not to in this part of the world. Everything here is weird, wacky and wonderfully creamy, and there's even a graveyard for flavours been and gone!
We make a stop in Concord, New Hampshire's capital city, home to a historic Main Street and one of the oldest State Houses' in the USA.
Grab those tissues, it's time for the adventure to end. Swap social deets, hug it out and make plans to reunite for the next trip. Thai Island Hopper anyone?

All This Included
You've come this far, you best see more than just the captivating NYC, which is precisely what this loop from Boston will ensure you do. A Harvard University tour, Niagara Falls, Wall Street & the White House are just some of the quintessential American experiences these two weeks will deliver.
  • We always provide comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere - think comfy, centrally located hotels with your awesome new squad.
  • See Boston Common, Quincy Marketplace, Faneuil Hall & the original Cheers Bar
  • Feel the student spirit on a 'Hahvahd' (Harvard) tour
  • Visit the Statue of Liberty
13 nights in twin-share hotels
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