East Coast Highlights

From £2,069.10
Duration 10 Days
Departures from Jun 2020 - Jun 2021
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From £2,069.10
Duration 10 Days
Departures from Jun 2020 - Jun 2021
Tour Overview

​Explore the iconic highlights of America’s east, starting in the capital Washington DC, where a tour will introduce all the iconic sights such as the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. Discover the centuries-old ‘Plain’ lifestyle of the regions of Lancaster County and Dutch County, before continuing on to Philadelphia. Head to the Observation Deck of One Liberty Place to see ‘Philly from the Top’, see the Liberty Bell and visit Society Hill, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, before heading to the iconic city of New York for a three-night stay. Enjoy a guided tour around the Big Apple, discovering highlights including the Empire State Building, the beautiful Chrysler Building, Broadway and Wall Street, the One World Trade Center and the city’s pulsating heart – Times Square. Enjoy a lunch cruise around Manhattan Bay for a moment of calm, before setting off to make your own final discoveries. 

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Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic
  • 8 nights in great quality hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • 6 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage 

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Guided tour of Washington DC
  • Experience the 'Plain' lifestyle on a visit to the Dutch Country
  • View Philadelphia from the One Liberty Place Observation Deck
  • Guided tour of Philadelphia
  • See New York's highlights on a guided tour
  • Manhattan lunch cruise​

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Washington DC

​Depart on your scheduled flight to Washington DC, the capital of the USA. On arrival we'll transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2 Washington DC

You'll discover the USA's capital city this morning, with iconic monuments and the corridors of power at the forefront of your sightseeing tour. Washington DC radiates outwards from the Capitol Building, whose classical dome is instantly recognisable, whether you are a political watcher or not. Located at the eastern end of the National Mall, it has housed the meeting chambers of the Senate and House of Representatives for more than two centuries, and it's where your day begins.
At the other end of the mall, you'll see the imposing Lincoln Memorial. Stand back and admire the huge statue of a seated Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, and read the words of his famed Gettysburg Address, which is inscribed on the wall of the south chamber. You can also stand on the steps facing towards the Washington Memorial where Martin Luther King delivered his 'I have a dream' speech.
Our next iconic destination is the White House, the official office and residence of the US President, and we'll also see the Vietnam Memorial among other famous landmarks. 
Take time to make your own discoveries this afternoon - you could choose to visit one of the many Smithsonian museums located along the National Mall. They are all free to enter, and there's something for everyone, from the Air and Space Museum and the Natural History Museum to the National Gallery of Art and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. 

Meals included: B

Day 3 Washington DC - at Leisure

​Today has been left free so that you can explore Washington DC at your own pace. Perhaps you'll choose to head back to the National Mall, where 11 of the 19 Smithsonian museums are located, or why not check out the Newseum. Set over seven levels with 15 galleries and 15 theatres, this interactive museum is dedicated to journalism and the importance of a free press.
Alternatively, you could choose to join your Tour Manager and head off on an optional tour of the areas around DC. This day out begins as we cross the Potomac River to Arlington National Cemetery, making stops at famous grave sites including that of the Kennedys. We will then make our way to Old Town Alexandria, to see wonderfully preserved 18th and 19th century buildings. This nationally designated historic district also boasts a thriving arts scene, and if you make your way to King Street you'll find plenty of café​s and restaurants, so maybe make a stop for lunch. At the pretty harbour we'll then board a boat for a sightseeing cruise along the Potomac River, passing the Pentagon as we go.
Our final stop will be Georgetown, an historic neighbourhood with beautiful tree-lined cobbled streets and some of DC's best shops and restaurants. After the tour ends, you can choose to travel back to the hotel with your Tour Manager or opt to spend more time in the area. A great place for a stroll is Waterfront Park, which stretches for miles along the banks of the river, or perhaps walk through the university's leafy campus.
This evening you have the option of a cycling tour, to see the city's monuments spectacularly illuminated.

Meals included: B

Day 4 Washingtom DC - Philadelphia

We've a complete change of pace today as we drive to Lancaster County. In the home of America's oldest Amish settlement you'll experience the centuries-old 'Plain' lifestyle still lived by thousands of people. We'll take a tour of the Dutch Country, where windmills are used to harness the power of nature and the horse and buggy is the primary form of transportation.
Today's journey ends as we reach Philadelphia, America's first capital, which is known as the 'City of Brotherly Love'. This evening you'll see 'Philly from the Top' as we head to the Observation Deck of One Liberty Place, a 61-storey skyscraper. The views are fantastic and you'll learn all about the history and the icons of this fabulous city. 

Meals included: B

Day 5 Philadelphia

​You'll get to know Philadelphia a little better on this morning's sightseeing tour. As the birthplace of America, the city is home to no fewer than 67 National Historic Landmarks. Stroll along the cobbled streets of Society Hill, where in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed. You'll also see UNESCO-listed Independence Hall, where the declaration, as well as the United States Constitution, were debated and adopted, and the Liberty Bell. Other highlights include the US Mint and Betsy Ross House, where the first American flag is said to have been made.
With so much to see and do, your free afternoon is sure to fly by as you make your own discoveries. The city has a thriving arts culture, so maybe head to Benjamin Franklin Parkway with its monumental fountains, plazas and a host of museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Here, fans of the 'Rocky' movies, in which Sylvester Stallone played boxer Rocky Balboa, can have their photo taken with a statue of the 'Italian Stallion', created for Rocky III. A must is to then ​recreate the boxer's famous run up the museum steps and his raised-arms salute.

Meals included: B

Day 6 Philadelphia - New York

​The final stop on your holiday is New York, where on arrival, you'll head off on a tour with a Local Guide, who will show you around the Big Apple. Highlights include the iconic Empire State Building, the theatre district of Broadway, the beautiful Chrysler Building, Wall Street, One World Trade Center and the city's pulsating heart, Times Square.
Your hotel is located in Midtown Manhattan, close to Grand Central Terminal, so after you've settled in, why not head out and explore. Also referred to as Grand Central Station, this is so much more than a rail terminal - you can shop here, admire its famous ornate ceiling, and maybe eat at its famous Oyster Bar.

Meals included: B

Day 7 New York

Today we will see Manhattan from a different perspective on a sightseeing tour from the water. Your sightseeing lunch cruise will give you breathtaking views of this thrilling city as you admire the One World Trade Center, the UN headquarters, the Yankee Stadium and more. You'll also sail under the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, and the pièce de résistance of your tour is sure to be the iconic Statue of Liberty. Also known as Liberty Enlightening the World, this enduring symbol of freedom and democracy is probably New York's most famous landmark.
During your free afternoon you might choose to head to lower Manhattan, where you can take a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, or make your way downtown to Greenwich Village. This bohemian district, where the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan forged their musical careers, is home to a host of attractions and is a foodie's paradise. 

Meals included: L

Day 8 New York - at Leisure

You can explore New York today at your own pace, or why not join our optional morning tour. ​With your Tour Manager you'll see the best of Midtown Manhattan, starting with a trip up the Rockerfeller Center to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. The views from up here are spectacular, with Central Park to the north, and if you gaze south, one highlight is the Empire State Building in all its glory. Back down on the ground, you'll then stroll the few blocks to Central Park, also known as 'New York's backyard'. You can then rest your legs as you discover its highlights on a horse-and-carriage ride. You'll leave the park and head onto the famous shopping street of Fifth Avenue, with attractions such as the Museum of Modern Art and St Patrick's Cathedral within easy reach, not to mention enticing stores including Tiffany's and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Day 9 New York - UK

After free time we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Day 10 UK

​You'll arrive back in the UK today.

Accommodation

The Fairfax at Embassy Row

Housed in a stately 1927 building, this luxury hotel is a 3-minute walk from the Dupont Circle Metro station and 1 mile from The White House. The rooms feature Georgian-style decor, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Property features include fitness centre. Dining options include an elegant lounge with fireplaces and a classic American restaurant.

Hampton Philadelphia Inn Center City - Convention Center

The 4-star Hampton Inn Center City is situated in downtown Philadelphia. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, gym and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.

Hyatt Place Times Square South

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.