- Although the hotel in New York was close to Times Square, it was very basic - no tea & coffee making facilities.
Published on: 15 December 2013
Festive Fun US-style!
Discover two of the eastern seaboard's most colourful cities on this wonderful break, as you enjoy the excitement and magic of the 'holiday season'. Search for gifts on New York's Fifth Avenue, in Boston's Quincy Market or in one of New England's bargain-filled outlet malls, and see cities that don't have to dream of a White Christmas!
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Fly direct to New York, transferring to central Manhattan for a two-night stay. After check-in, wrap up warm and take your first bite of the 'Big Apple'. Perhaps you'll head to the Rockefeller Center, with its famous skating-rink, or stroll past Fifth Avenue's magnificent stores. You'll find numerous bars and restaurants nearby, and your tour manager will be on hand to direct you.
An exciting day of sightseeing and shopping begins ? perhaps with a hearty New York breakfast. Join the optional Guided City Tour, or hunt festive bargains in famous stores, speciality outlets and Christmas markets, like Grand Central Station's. You might take a carriage ride in Central Park, or visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art's famous nativity display.
This evening, why not round off your visit by taking to the air on an optional Manhattan Skyline Helicopter Ride? You might book to see a Broadway show, or Radio City Music Hall's famous Christmas Spectacular.
Today you'll travel to historic Boston. Check in to your welcoming hotel, in the Victorian `Back Bay' area, then soak up the city's festive atmosphere. Close by are the glittering Prudential Center and ultra-modern Copley Plaza malls, and 'old' Boston's elegant Newbury Street. This evening, a world of dining choice includes traditional Boston Clam Chowder and New England lobster.
Our optional guided city tour will reveal this historic place, where the gold-domed State House overlooks the Common upon which America's Founding Fathers once strolled. Shop at famous Quincy Market and the Christmas Market at busy Downtown Crossing. In nearby Cambridge, historic Harvard Square's Holiday Craft Fair showcases New England artisans and artists.
Enjoy another evening in the city, perhaps taking in a seasonal show or dining in style at the 'Top of the Hub' ? the Prudential Center's 52nd-floor restaurant.
Today you'll head to the Merrimack Premium Outlets 'factory' shopping mall in New Hampshire for 'tax-free' shopping and sensational daily discounts of between 25 and 65 percent. Browse over 100 designer and brand-name stockists offering fashion through to homeware, as well as last-minute Christmas gifts. You'll then head back to the airport and the return overnight flight.
Arrive back in the UK, at the end of a wonderful pre-Christmas break.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
British citizens require machine-readable passports, valid for 90 days after the return date, when travelling to the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta . The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required.
All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Sightseeing flights by helicopter are weight controlled and balanced. Please contact us if you wish to book a helicopter flight and your bodyweight exceeds 250lb. (In such cases, a seat may have to be left empty, and some companies may charge a premium.)
Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday, though regular stops will be made for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout, including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. Customary gratuity to a coach driver or tour manager is about $5 per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 12-15 per cent of the bill and, in the bar, leave a dollar or so per drink.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.