Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Highlights of the Eastern US & Canada tour
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Highlights of the Eastern US & Canada

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
14 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Take a bite out of the big apple
  • Embrace the diversity of toronto and montreal
  • Follow the freedom trail in boston and the path to independence in philadelphia
  • Feel the spray of niagara falls

Short Description

This grand tour of the eastern U.S. and Canada is a sensory overload of everything that makes North America great — skyscrapers, monuments, Niagara Falls, canoeing, poutine, subways, whales, sunshine, designer boutiques, and nature hikes. On this adventure, pile into our own private vehicle, clocking miles of smiles all over New York, Washington DC, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, and all points in between. Your friends are already jealous.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Lodging Level Camping
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City New York City
End City New York City

Destinations

United States Canada

Age Requirement

Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • Your Discover Moment: Montreal
  • Entrance fees to all national parks and monuments
  • Orientations to Washington DC
  • Toronto
  • Montreal and Boston
  • Maid of the Mist boat tour (Niagara Falls)
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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Itinerary

Day 1 New York City

We recommend spending extra time here to fully explore the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 New York City/Washington DC (1B, 1D)

Follow the American history trail in Philadelphia with visits to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, then continue on to the nation's capital. Included Activities: Independence National Historical Park Visit Liberty Bell Visit Monuments by Moonlight Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 340km)

Day 3 Washington DC (1B)

Take your time as you spend a full day exploring this fascinating city. After the sun sets over Washington DC experience a truly magnificent night as the monuments illuminate over the National Mall.

Day 4 Washington DC/Allegheny National Forest (1B, 1L, 1D)

It is time to leave the city behind and get back to nature. This scenic drive hugs the shoreline of the mighty Allegheny Reservoir and provides stunning vistas and recreational opportunities. Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 450km)

Day 5 Allegheny National Forest/Niagara Falls (1B, 1L, 1D)

Stay after dark and witness the falls illuminated in a rainbow of colour. Hit the casino if you're feeling lucky (& are 21 or older!). Additional Notes: Opening day for Maid of the Mist is usually the end of April or beginning of May, but is dependent on ice conditions. Included Activities: Maid of the Mist Tour Border Crossing (United States - Canada) Border Crossing (United States - Canada) Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 200km)

Day 6 Niagara Falls/Toronto (1B)

Our campsite for the night is located outside of the city. Included Activities: Orientation Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 7 Toronto (1B, 1D)

Spend the day discovering Toronto's hotspots. Wander down Queen St West, take the ferry over to the Toronto Islands, or check out a Blue Jays game.

Day 8 Toronto/Ottawa (1B, 1D)

Travel to Canada's capital city, Ottawa. With free time, opt to explore ByWard Market, visit the parliament buildings, wander the Gleeb neighbourhood, or indulge in a classic Canadian treat – the Beaver Tail (don't worry, it's not actually from a beaver)! Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)

Day 9 Ottawa/Montreal (1B)

Travel to Montreal and enjoy a brief orientation to the city with the CEO. Bienvenue à Montreal! Now that's hospitality with a distinctly French flavour - and what could be more appropriate for the second largest French-speaking metropolis in the world? For our two nights in Montreal, we stay close to the action in a simple hotel in the city centre. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)

Day 10 Montreal (1B)

Enjoy free time to explore this bilingual cosmopolitan city. Opt to climb Mont Royal, wander and shop the historic district or visit La Ronde amusement park.

Day 11 Montreal/Boston (1B, 1L)

Cross back into the US and travel through the beautiful state of Vermont. Enjoy a brief orientation to Boston upon arrival to learn more about the layout of the city. Head to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market in the North End and see some of the oldest pubs in the city. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Canada - United States) Freedom Trail Orientation Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s))

Day 12 Boston/Cape Cod

Spend a free day in Boston. Check out the Freedom Trail, Boston Common, Fenway Park, Harvard, or take a famous Duck Boat Tour. In the evening, head to Cape Cod just in time to set up camp. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 166km)

Day 13 Cape Cod (1B, 1D)

Hang out and relax on the beach, take a ferry to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket, or take an optional whale watching tour.

Day 14 Cape Cod/New York City (1B, 1L)

Enjoy an optional last dinner with your group before saying goodbye. Additional Notes: Please note this trip ends on arrival to New York. If you wish to spend the night in the city, speak to your sales agent about booking post-accommodation. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 470km)

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During this short 2 weeks trip, I traveled many places and met many people. Those places and especially the people will always have a special place in my heart. I was concerned about traveling with such a large group but over these few days we really bonded and I've met beautiful people whom I hopefully will meet again. Thanks to G Adventures I had the time of my life.
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Cool immersion into eastern US culture and history.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Air-conditioned private vehicle, walking. We use 25-passenger vehicles perfect for cross-country road trips on our 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours in the United States. Our new fleet of more cushy vehicles give travellers all the comfort of a big coach bus, but with a small-group experience. They put rider wellbeing first and foremost, with high-backed bucket seats and built-in headrests for all seats on board, huge 92cm-tall (36 in) windows that make every seat a window seat, an aisle way with enough headroom for most of stand upright, sliding seats that free up more shoulder room while on the road, A/C, charging stations, wi-fi, and loads of other features. We use a trailer to carry luggage and camping equipment. These are durable vehicles that allow us to drive on most types of roads in North America. This is not a physically demanding journey. However, please take note of the travel times and distances in the itinerary. Despite some of the long days, most clients feel that the diversity of the North American landscape, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience! A typical day of driving will include about six hours driving by one of the CEOs and two to five hours of stops along the way. Keep in mind that North America is a really big place – New York to New Orleans alone is the equivalent of driving across most of Europe, and we cover that much ground in a single week. Driving time is the perfect opportunity to catch up on sleep, relax, and swap stories with your fellow travellers. While we try to travel into and out of cities during non-rush hour times, heavy traffic is a reality of some of the places we visit. As a result, some drives may be a bit longer than listed in the day-to-day itineraries. Bring your patience and a smile, and we'll get through it!

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Max 22, avg 16.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accomodations

Hotels/hostels (4 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (9 nts).

Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. We use a combination of hotels and hostels, but most of the nights on tour are spent camping in tents in public and private campgrounds. Multi-share accommodation, on a single-sex basis (typically 4-6 people per room), is common in the U.S. and is the way you will be spending your hostel nights. We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavor to your trip. Couples: Please note that due to the types of accommodation used in the U.S., couples will likely be split into separate rooms where we use multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations. All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied, including comfortable camp mattresses. We supply dome tents that take only 5 minutes to assemble/disassemble. They are good quality, durable, industry-standard, oversized 2-person tents, each with 2 separate and convenient zip-up doors, so that each person has his/her own entrance. We use 2 types of campgrounds in North America: 1. Private campgrounds: These are privately run sites, usually with all services such as fire pits, picnic tables, drinking water, toilets & shower buildings. Some have small outdoor swimming pools and laundry facilities. These campgrounds are typically located near national park entrances or towns. 2. Public campgrounds: These are park-run sites, usually with basic facilities such as fire pits, picnic tables, and drinking water. In some cases, this type of campground doesn’t have showers, only pit toilets and a lake! In other locations, toilet and shower facilities may be located outside the campground, or at times in another location a drive away. Some may have shower fees for onsite facilities ($2-6/shower).

Guides

1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size.

Age Notes

Min. Age: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. An essential part of your trip is participation - from putting up your tent (while camping) or packing it away in the morning, to helping with meal preparation and cleaning up - it is all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your CEO will do all the meal planning, but we do ask the clients to help with the preparation and washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun! All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. All tents have built-in insect nets. Comfortable, self-inflating mattresses are also provided, which are approximately 4cm thick. 2. Proper sleeping bags are necessary for this tour. Evening temperatures can reach -9°C - 0°C. Please ensure that your sleeping bag is rated to (-17°C for spring and fall trips and 0°C for trips June - Sept). If you prefer you can purchase a proper sleeping bag on the first day of the trip. Prices range from $50-$150USD.  3. In order to cover the vast distance in North America to be able to visit several different parks and cities along our trip, we will have a couple of long driving days. 4. All walks and hikes proposed by our CEO will be easy to moderate level. You may choose to participate or not, but exploring our national parks on foot is part of our way of travelling. It’s a healthy way to discover North America’s beauty and landscape. 5. Please note that some trips could be a combination of multiple G Adventure tours. You should expect some group members to join or leave the tour between tour segments. 6. Regarding our wi-fi equipped vehicles: we have limited bandwidth, and in the interests of allowing all travellers to access the wi-fi, travellers should limit their access to reasonable levels. Please note that wi-fi is not always available due to areas with limited or no cell phone service (e.g. in parts of national parks). 7. Please note that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 and in Canada, 19 (with Alberta and Quebec at 18). Many bars and clubs will ask for ID at the door, therefore listening to live music in certain bars or spending a night out in Las Vegas or New Orleans is not possible when you are under the legal age, even if you don't plan on consuming alcohol. Drinking laws in both countries are strictly enforced and our CEOs are unable to help those under age obtain alcohol of any kind. While this should not stop those under legal drinking age from booking a tour, it is important to note that if a traveller is under-age there are certain optional nighttime activities that they may not legally be able to participate in. When trying to book the right trip, we recommend that travellers under legal drinking age take this into consideration when booking a tour that visits several big cities.

Meals

Most of the meals on this tour are included in the tour price. When a meal is not included, this is because there are often many options available - we would like to give you the opportunity to explore a bit and taste the local cuisine yourself. In these cases, your CEO will be able to suggest some good local restaurants or options for you to choose from. All included meals will be prepared from fresh local produce. The majority of the shopping for food will be done before the trip departs, and fresh goods, such as meats, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, will be bought en route during the trip from supermarkets, local shops and markets. Breakfasts will generally consist of breads and cereals, if time allows a warm breakfast may be prepared. Many lunches will be provided en-route and will be light meals such as sandwiches and/or salads. All evening meals will be freshly-prepared hot meals, and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes. Our CEO will organize the meal preparation and lead the way here, but will prepare a duty schedule for ensuring a fair, rotating participation from you and your group members in the meal preparation and dish washing duties. Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Rules & Other Requirements

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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Meals Included:

12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

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