Escorted Journey with Platinum Travel and Insight Vacations
9 Nights From €2550 (Per Person)
District of Columbia
May 2015 to October 2015
Prices from €2550
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Washington D.C.: Your ‘monumental' guided tour includes the Lincoln Memorial and WWII Memorial.
Gettysburg: Gain a deeper understanding of the infamous battle - a major turning point in the Civil War.
Pittsburgh: Visit the Cathedral of Learning and its striking Nationality Rooms.
Niagara Falls: Greet the howling spray, wind and thunder at the base of the falls aboard your cruise.
Niagara Falls: Stop at a local winery on the Niagara Peninsula for a taste.
Corning: It's in a glass of its own! Corning's Museum of Glass will blow your mind and shatter all perceptions. Everything becomes crystal clear at this most fascinating museum. Sandblast your own keepsake.
Lancaster: Step back in time to gain a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Pennsylvania Amish.
Longwood Gardens: Experience the world of Longwood Gardens - a place of dazzling displays that elevate the art of horticulture.
New York: View Manhattan's skyscrapers, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty from your harbour cruise.
New York: Enjoy sweeping skyline views from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at the Rockefeller Center.
Washington D.C.: View the White House, Capitol, Lincoln and WWII Memorials.
Niagara Falls: Ascend the Skylon Tower. Browse the shops and galleries of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Philadelphia: View Independence Hall and visit the Liberty Bell. Explore the Independence National Historic Park.
New York: During your guided tour see the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Central Park.
Pittsburgh: Witness breathtaking views of the city whilst enjoying dinner.
Niagara Falls: An unforgettable dining experience! Enjoy 360 degree views from the revolving restaurant atop the Skylon Tower.
Philadelphia: Choose from a selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around evening.
New York: The foodie culture of this city is legendary! Find out why at your farewell Celebration Dinner with wine.
Welcome Reception (WD), 9 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 1 –Dine-Around (DA), 1 three-course table d’hote dinner (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD)
New York: For city centre hotel locations you can't beat the Marriott Marquis set in New York City's Times Square.
Niagara Falls: Insight ensures you don't miss out on scenic locations! Your luxurious Marriott hotel is situated closest to the falls and each room has stunning views.
Washington D.C.: At the Mayflower Renaissance you'll stay just half a mile from the White House.
Philadelphia: The stylish Omni hotel is at Independence Park and is surrounded by rich revolutionary history and culture.
Pittsburgh: The classic Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh defines elegance.
Your expert Insight Tour Director will smooth your way throughout your vacation. Acting as a 'travelling concierge', he or she is also an expert guide, a consummate organiser and your friend in a foreign land
The majority of Insight hotels have free WiFi access in lobby or bedroom areas and WiFi is also generally available on most touring coaches.
We include Personal radio headsets - these give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries
Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing an authentic food or beverage of the region
We'll handle your Baggage everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel
Your Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
Day 1 A Monumental Time in Washington D.C.
Welcome to Washington, D.C., the nation's capital! On arrival at the airport, your transfer takes you to your luxurious hotel proclaimed by President Truman to be Washington, D.C.'s “Second Best Address” after the White House. At 6.00 pm, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over drinks and a light meal.
Day 2 Washington D.C. Sightseeing
This morning, immerse yourself in the proud heritage of a nation. Join a local expert to view the White House, the striking Washington Monument and sprawling National Mall. Reflect on the country's most turbulent days at the Lincoln Memorial and the somber World War II memorial. The rest of the day is at leisure to chart your own course through the capital. Suggestions include one of the renowned Smithsonian museums or a stroll around Dupont Circle neighbourhood, designed by Pierre Charles L'Enfant just after the Civil War.
Day 3 Gettysburg and Pittsburgh, from Battles to Bridges
Depart for Gettysburg this morning. Cannons blazing, trumpets sounding, the blue and the gray - join your local expert at the site of one of the Civil War's most pivotal battles. Just four months after the historic struggle, the battlefield was also the backdrop for Abraham Lincoln's call for “a new birth of freedom” in his famed Gettysburg Address. Move on to Pittsburgh, the City of Bridges. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant where delicious cuisine is complemented by breathtaking views of the city at night.
Full Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Niagara Falls
Start your day with a visit to the Cathedral of Learning. Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, this 535 ft tall (163 metres), 42-story Pittsburgh landmark, is the centrepiece of the University of Pittsburgh's main campus. One of the cathedral's most interesting features consists of 28 ‘Nationality Rooms,' classrooms designed by members of the community in the styles of different nations and ethnic groups. Continue north to cross the border toward Lake Erie and into Niagara Falls where your hotel overlooks the majestic Horseshoe Falls in all their glory. As the evening approaches, ascend the Skylon Tower, Niagara Fall's highest and most spectacular viewpoint. A Highlight Dinner is served 775 ft (236 metres) up in the famous dining room, which slowly rotates once an hour, offering panoramic views of the falls below. Once you've pried yourself away from the window, settle in for a good night's sleep.
Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner
Day 5 Niagara Up Close
In the morning, get an up close look at the thundering falls during a cruise to the base of the cascades. Browse the shops and galleries of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The region's climate is ideal for wine-making, so stop at a local winery for a taste, before returning to your hotel.
Day 6 A Touch of Glass on the way to Lancaster
Continue your discovery of the Mid-Atlantic's unique characteristics with a visit to the ultra-modern Corning Museum of Glass. Learn about the art, history, culture, technology, science, craft and design that, combined, tell the riveting story of the museum's single material - glass. Watch master artisans at work as they form the raw material into delicate shapes and figures and sandblast your own keepsake! Later, arrive in Lancaster.
Day 7 The Amish Country and Philadelphia
Roll back in time to explore the rural back roads of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County. Learn about the traditional agricultural lifestyle of the Amish and the Mennonites, who live much the same as they did when they first settled here over 200 years ago. Continue toward Longwood Gardens, one of the world's premier horticulture showplaces. Stroll through the conservatory, outdoor gardens and fountains, amongst the beautiful scenery. Then onward to Philadelphia where this evening, your Tour Director offers you a selection of local restaurants for your dining pleasure.
Full Breakfast, Dine Around
Day 8 A Bite of the Big Apple
Walk in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. Amid “America's Most Historic Square Mile” view Independence Hall, visit the Liberty Bell and enjoy some time on your own to explore the Independence National Historic Park. Then it's on to New York City. This afternoon, enjoy a harbour cruise for glittering views of Manhattan's skyline, Ellis Island and the towering Statue of Liberty. This evening is at leisure at your hotel, located in the heart of Times Square and the Broadway theatre district.
Day 9 Exploring NYC
Today, take a bite of the Big Apple on a tour of the city's highlights with a local expert. See the towering Empire State Building, the mirrored peak of the iconic Chrysler Building and expansive Central Park, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Then ascend to the “Top of the Rock,” the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Building, for a sweeping view of the skyscrapers, parks, rivers and urban canyons that make up the teeming isle of Manhattan. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a lively Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant and toast to new friends and fantastic memories.
Full Breakfast, Celebration Dinner
Day 10 Depart New York City
Bid farewell this morning and take your complimentary transfer to the JFK or Newark International Airports or La Guardia Airport for your flight home.
Insight Vacations have top class hand picked hotels in the best locations, in all their destinations.
The majority of Insight hotels have free WiFi access in lobby or bedroom areas
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The accommodation on this tour, as with all Insight Vacations tours is of a very high standard, ranging from four star to de-luxe hotels in great locations. Accommodation where appropriate is within the National parks. You won't be disappointed !
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