The Grand East

19 nights from £2,629 per person Including Flights

Overview

The Grand East escorted tour starts in New York for a night in Manhattan before moving north to the cobblestone streets of Boston. You’ll continue along the New England coastline to the resort of Kennebunkport before you cross the Appalacians and enter Canada. Stay in historic Quebec City and cosmopolitan Montreal and then head west to Ontario, where you’ll stop in Canada’s elegant capital Ottawa. Follow the Thousand Islands Parkway to arrive in Toronto, the country’s biggest city and a dynamic cultural and financial powerhouse.

Leave Canada via unmissable Niagara Falls to enter the States again, heading past the Finger Lakes to Amish Country and Gettysburg, with a tour of the battlesite. Your next major stop will be in Washington DC, with time to visit many of the monuments and museums the American capital is famous for.

There’s plenty more to come, as you drive along the Blue Ridge Parkways and through the Great Smoky Mountains to visit musical cities Nashville and Memphis before a stop in New Orleans, home of jazz and thriving once more. Next it’s east, following the Mississippi Gulf Coast to Florida, stopping in Orlando, the Kennedy Space Centre and Miami.

Highlights

  • In Boston, walk the historic Freedom Trail and the cobbled streets of Beacon Hill
  • Take in the beauty of the White Mountains
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Quebec City, see the Québec Provincial Parliament Building and the Citadelle
  • Marvel at the might of Niagara Falls
  • Enjoy a city tour of Washington D.C.
  • Enjoy breath-taking scenery at the Great Smokey Mountains National Park
  • Tour Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley
  • Take a Mississippi Riverboat cruise
  • Explore Kennedy Space Station

Itinerary Overview

19 night tour begins in New York and ends in Miami

New York 1 night – Boston 1 night – Quebec City 1 night – Montreal 1 night – Toronto 1 night –Niagara Falls 1 night – Harrisburg 1 night – Washington DC 2 nights – Winston 1 night – Asheville 1 night – Nashville 1 night – Memphis 1 night – New Orleans 2 nights – Pensacola 1 night – Orlando 2 nights, Miami 1 night

2021 Departures

10 April
17 April
08 May
22 May
05 June
19 June
03 July
17 July
31 July
14 August
28 August
11 September
18 September
25 September

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Day 1

Fly to New York

Arrive New York City and transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet your Tour Manager in the evening. If you would like time to explore New York City, then book an extra night to give you chance to discover this great city at leisure.

Hotel: The Dylan Hotel NYC or similar

Day 2

New York – Boston

Depart New York for historic New England. Travel along the Long Island Sound to historic Boston. Enjoy a walking tour along the Freedom Trail and the cobbled streets of Beacon Hill, steeped in history, which contains one of the city’s most beautiful neighbourhoods.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Boston Brookline or similar

Day 3

Boston – New England – Quebec City, Canada

This morning travel through the New England states of New Hampshire and Vermont on your way to Canada. You will pass small villages and drive through the picturesque White Mountains. In the late afternoon, cross the American-Canadian border to enter the province of Quebec. You can choose to visit an authentic maple farm and this evening, and take the opportunity to sample some of the celebrated French Canadian cuisine (optional).

Hotel: Hotel Universal Quebec City or similar

Day 4

Quebec City – Montreal

Begin the day with a tour of Quebec City, the capital of the province and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include the Québec Provincial Parliament Building and the Citadelle. Then enjoy a walking tour of the walled city, where you will see the Chateau de Frontenac, as well as unparalleled views of the Saint Lawrence River. Then you may want to enjoy a delicious pastry, baguette or candy treat or, if time allows, may we suggest a visit to Rue du Tresor before departing to Montreal. Upon arrival, enjoy a tour of Old Montreal, the area known as the “Vieux Port,” with stops at Place Jacques Cartier & the lovely cathedral - Notre Dame Basilica.

Hotel: Best Western Ville-Marie Montreal Hotel & Suites or similar

Day 5

Montreal – Ottawa – Toronto

Depart Montreal for the capital of Canada - Ottawa. This small but vibrant city of parks and flowers boasts one of the most impressive parliament buildings in the world. In the afternoon, continue along the Thousand Islands Parkway to the largest city in Canada, Toronto, located on the shores of the vast Lake Ontario. Join an optional excursion on the St. Lawrence River which explores the magnificent scenery on a relaxing cruise.

Hotel: Bond Place Hotel Toronto or similar

Day 6

Toronto – Niagara Falls

Begin the day with a drive through Toronto’s impressive collection of modern skyscrapers, most notably, the CN Tower, the world’s tallest free-standing structure. Do you dare stand on the glass floor located more than 300 metres above Toronto (optional)? Continue along Lake Ontario, crossing the Welland Canal, before arriving at Niagara Falls where you will be amazed at this natural wonder of the world. Stroll along Table Rock, see the unique Floral Clock and view the thundering water of the Horseshoe Falls. Perhaps take an optional tour on the renowned Hornblower Niagara Cruise boat ride at the base of the Falls.

Hotel: Best Western Cairn Croft Inn Niagara Falls or similar

Day 7

Niagara Falls – Gettysburg – Amish Country

Today ride through the rolling farmland of upstate New York, known as the Finger Lakes Region, and enter the Keystone State of Pennsylvania. This afternoon, visit the historic Gettysburg Civil War National Battleground, site of the largest battle ever fought on American soil, and the place where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous address in 1863. Travel along the Susquehanna River to Amish Country.

Hotel: Wyndham Garden York or similar

Day 8

Amish Country – Washington D.C.

Travel through rural countryside to Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Visit an Amish Museum and see their 300-year-old tradition of simple living. The Amish people live in a world that stopped in the mid-1850s. They use no electricity, mechanical devices, or modern equipment. In the afternoon, continue to the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. for a two night stay

Hotel: Washington Hilton or similar

Day 9

Washington, D.C.

Enjoy a city tour with such highlights as the U.S. Capitol Building, the FBI Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the White House and Arlington National Cemetery, site of the John F. Kennedy Memorial. Spend the remainder of the day exploring some of the many museums comprising the Smithsonian Institute.

Hotel: Washington Hilton or similar

Day 10

Washington D.C. – Williamsburg – Roanoke

Depart this morning for Williamsburg, Virginia’s colonial capital. Walk along the Duke of Gloucester Street to visit some of the impressive public buildings, colonial houses and the college of William and Mary.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Tanglewood Roanoke or similar

Day 11

Roanoke – Blue Ridge Parkway – Pigeon Forge

Today, travel along portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway, through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains for an early afternoon arrival in Pigeon Forge, in the heart of Tennessee. This evening you have the option of attending Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede dinner and show!

Hotel: Creekstone Inn Pigeon Forge or similar

Day 12

Pigeon Forge – Great Smoky Mountains – Nashville

Enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Stop at the Mountain Farm and Museum to explore the life of an Appalachian farmer. Continue through Knoxville to Nashville, capital of Tennessee and home to country & western music.

Hotel: Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Downtown or similar

Day 13

Nashville – Memphis

Travel across the countryside and arrive in Memphis, the city known for blues music, cotton and home of Sun Records. Take a city tour including Beale Street, the heart of the blues music scene. This afternoon, fans of “The King of Rock and Roll” have the opportunity to tour Graceland, former home of Elvis Presley (optional).

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown or similar

Day 14

Memphis – Jackson – New Orleans

Today’s tour takes you to Mississippi, the Magnolia State. Pass through Jackson, the state capital, and continue to Louisiana and New Orleans, the home of the infamous Mardi Gras celebrations. Tonight, immerse yourself in Creole culture on board an authentic Mississippi Riverboat dinner cruise and enjoy the rhythms of a Dixieland jazz band (optional).

Hotel: Hilton New Orleans Riverside or similar

Day 15

New Orleans

A full day at leisure to take in the French flavour and grandeur of New Orleans. Explore the French Quarter with its trademark wrought iron balconies overlooking the narrow, cobblestone streets. Stand atop one of the infamous New Orleans levees and gain the perspective of how these unique feats of architecture guard the city.

Hotel: Hilton New Orleans Riverside or similar

Day 16

New Orleans – Gulf of Mexico – Pensacola

This morning, travel along the Mississippi Gulf Coast through Mobile, Alabama to the city of Pensacola. En route we visit one of the top 10 rose gardens in America at the Bellingrath Home (admission included). Visit Pensacola Beach, walk alongside the swaying sea oats, dipping your toes in the warm waters of the emerald green Gulf of Mexico.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Pensacola or similar

Day 17

Pensacola – Orlando

Travel through rural Florida to Ocala, known for thoroughbred horse ranches. Continue through central Florida, heart of America’s citrus industry, and on to Orlando America's family playground for a two night stay.

Hotel: Grand Orlando Resort at Celebration or similar

Day 18

Orlando

Day at leisure. Spend the day relaxing by the pool, or visit one of Orlando’s attractions, such as Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, or experience Disney’s wildest adventure yet, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park (admissions not included).

Hotel: Grand Orlando Resort at Celebration or similar

Day 19

Orlando – Miami

Drive to the Kennedy Space Center, home of America’s space program. The tour  continues on to the cultural melting pot of Miami Beach.

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Miami South Beach or similar

Day 20

Miami

Your tour comes to and end today. It's time to head to the airport for your flight home.

  • Return scheduled transatlantic flights
  • Services of a Tour Manager thoroughout
  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach transportation
  • Hotel accommodation as per hotels listed above (or similar)
  • Porterage of one bag per person
  • Walking tours of Boston and Quebec
  • City tours of Montreal, Washington, Nashville and Memphis
  • Amish Farmhouse Museum
  • Kennedy Space Centre
  • Bellingrath Home tour

What's Not Included

  • Manhattan Helicopter Flight (13-15 minutes) New York, - $210
  • Circle Line (2hrs harbour cruise) New York - $35
  • Boston 45 minutes harbour tour - USS Constitution - $27
  • Dinner at Sugar Shack, Quebec City - $39
  • Montreal by Night and Dinner, Montreal - $55
  • Saint Lawrence River Cruise, Rockport - $24
  • CN Tower Toronto - $35
  • Niagara Falls by day (Skylon Tower + Lunch) Niagara Falls - $65
  • Niagara Helicopter Flight (8-10 minutes)                Niagara Falls - $139
  • D.C. by night with Dinner, Washington D.C. - $65
  • Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede (Dinner and Show), Pigeon Forge - $49
  • Country Hall of Fame and RCA Studio B  Nashville - $39
  • Graceland Mansion Tour, Memphis - $37
  • Elvis Experience (mansion tour, automobile, airplane and visitor center/museum) - $59
  • New Orleans Dinner Cruise - $75
  • Jazz Brunch, New Orleans - $69
  • Magic your way Epcot OR Disney's Hollywood Studios OR Disney's Animal Kingdom, Orlando - $132
  • Universal Studios and Island of Adventure (park to park day ticket), Orlando - $189
  • Medieval Times Dinner, Kissimmee - $59
  • Miami City Tour and Everglades - $75
  • Key West in One Day, Miami - $69

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