North America’s finest scenery
See the sensational Fall colours, plunging Niagara and some of the greatest cities in the USA and Canada as we journey from glittering Manhattan to Toronto's 'Maple Leaf Trail' and Quebec, and from stunning Vermont to coastal Maine and Boston. Join us to discover North America at its stunning autumnal best.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Day One: Fly to New York
Fly across the Atlantic to New York. Upon arrival, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay, and to rest and relax after your journey.
Day Two: Explore Manhattan
Today you'll head into the heart of New York. Explore on your own, or join our optional guided tour, which ends with a visit to the Top of the Rock for phenomenal views from the towering Rockefeller Center. Later today we'll return to New Jersey for a further night.
Day Three: Travel through Upper New York State to Niagara Falls
Today you'll head north, boarding the coach for the scenic journey through beautiful, rural Upper New York State to spend two nights close to Niagara Falls. Enjoy your first evening in the colourful, bustling resort city that has grown up around the cascades, and which draws visitors from across the globe.
Day Four: See the Niagara Falls
Enjoy a full day in Niagara, perhaps board the Hornblower Niagara Cruise for a spray-soaked passage close to the foot of the torrent. Alternatively, for a bird's eye view of the magnificent Falls, take an optional helicopter ride above the tumult or enjoy lunch from the viewpoint of an overlooking restaurant.
Day Five: Visit Niagara-on-the-Lake en route to Toronto
This morning you'll make the short journey to the historic delightful town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, with its pretty houses and world-famous Shaw Theatre (one of America's most celebrated playhouses). After time to explore, we'll continue to the sparkling city of Toronto where you'll be able to see its glittering waterfront, sky-piercing CN Tower and its colourful contrasting neighbourhoods, including Chinatown and Little Italy, on an optional guided tour.
Day Six: Follow the Maple Leaf Trail to Ottawa
Today, you'll board the coach and travel east along the colourful Maple Leaf Trail to romantic Ottawa, Canada's administrative capital. Spend some time exploring its streets lined with pretty Victorian houses, the grand Parliament buildings and Rideau Canal, before continuing to Montreal for a two-night stay.
Day Seven: Spend the day in Quebec City
Today's included excursion takes us to charming, historic Quebec City - one of Canada's oldest and most picturesque settlements. See the stunning Chateau Frontenac, ancient ramparts and UNESCO-listed centre on a fascinating, optional guided city tour, before we return to Montreal.
Day Eight: Explore Montreal's Vieux Port and travel to Jay Peak
After a morning spent exploring Montreal's historic Vieux Port area, board our coach once more for the scenic journey back across the US border into leafy Vermont, to spend the night in the exquisite surroundings of the Jay Peak mountain resort.
Day Nine: Travel through the White Mountains to Bethel
Travel through stunning scenery via the Franconia Notch and the spectacular fall foliage of the Kancamagus Highway. On this memorable day, we'll pass through the White Mountains, and head to the beautiful mountain village of Bethel, in the 'Great State of Maine', for a two-night stay.
Day 10: Ride on the Mount Washington Cog Railway to New England's highest peak
Discover the sheer beauty of New England's scenery on today's optional tour. We'll journey along the leafy lanes of northern Maine and enjoy a ride on the Mount Washington Cog Railway to the summit of the highest peak in New England.
Return to Bethel, and this evening enjoy a guided drive in search of moose.
Day 11: Visit Portland, Ogunquit and Kennebunkport
On today's journey, call at prosperous Portland, with its waterfront wharves and fine seafood restaurants, then visit delightful beachside Ogunquit and exclusive Kennebunkport before crossing into Massachusetts to spend three nights in Hull, close to elegant Boston.
Day 12: Spend the day discovering Boston
Explore Boston, today, and perhaps join our optional guided city tour, which will show you where America's Founding Fathers once strolled. See famous Quincy Market, the Harbourside or the wonderful New England Aquarium, or cross the Charles River to the home of Harvard University. You'll find many opportunities to enjoy dinner here - perhaps sampling the local clam chowder, or a delicious New England lobster.
Day 13: Visit the Plimoth Plantation and Hyannis
Today, you'll have the chance to follow in the Pilgrim Fathers' footsteps at Plymouth, in the historic streets of 'America's Hometown'. You'll visit the fascinating Plimoth Plantation, where the early days of the European settlers are re-enacted. You'll then travel on to Cape Cod and visit Hyannis, hometown of the Kennedy clan.
Day 14: Visit Newport on Rhode Island
Return to New York via the elegant sophistication of Newport, Rhode Island. The East Coast's premier resort town is famously home to some of America's wealthiest families and their opulent weekend 'cottages'. You'll then transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.
Day 15: Arrive home
Arrive back in the UK at the end of a wonderful holiday.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Passports and visas
When travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from 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. Note too that if you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program. Please note an ETA is not required for Canada.
Foreign Office travel advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Please note there is a US$6 per person charge to cross the border from Canada to the USA. This is payable in cash at the border crossing and is not included in the tour price.
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.
Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though 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.
On your flight
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.
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, please let us know at the time of booking 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.
Changes to your hotels
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.
Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
Departure dates and fall colours
This tour covers a large distance, from New York and as far north as Ontario and Quebec in Canada, and so Fall foliage will naturally vary. On early departures, leaves are more likely to have turned in the northern areas covered, whereas on later dates it is the more southern areas that will be most notable, with leaf-fall having already occurred further north.