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Trip Type : Small Group Tour
US & Canada Discovery Winter tour
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US & Canada Discovery Winter

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
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: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
12 days
From: $ 3,620 $ 302 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Winter is a great time to travel the States and Canada! It is less crowded and the snow and Christmas decorations can be magical. This flexible itinerary is specially designed to show you not only the highlights but also the added bonus of some seasonal treats.
  • Enjoy a home cooked meal with an Amish bishop and his family and learn about another way of life.
  • Attend an ice-hockey match in Toronto to learn all about this national pastime from a local's perspective - which must be enjoyed with cold beer and some tasty Canadian snacks of course.
  • This is our only trip that goes to Ottawa, a beautiful city full of grand Victorian architecture and fascinating museums.
  • Canadians love a winter festival, and depending on when you visit there's always something going on like Christmas markets or the festival of lights in Toronto and Montreal.
  • Visit the Von Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe to learn the truth behind the Sound of Music, then strap on some snowshoes for a walk through the mountains.
  • The Freedom Trail in Boston is one of the best free ways to learn about America's history. Taking you indoors and out, this living museum spans at least 16 sites across the city.

Short Description

Canada and America are big places with big reputations, and their larger-than-life personalities are all the more impressive in the snow. Check out the Windy City, see a completely different side of American life in small-town Ohio, experience the misty magic of Niagara Falls, attend an exhilarating ice hockey match in Toronto, be charmed by stately downtown Ottawa, explore eclectic and French-infused Montreal, get behind the scenes of American food production en route to Stowe, walk the Freedom Trail in Boston, and finish up among the snow-dusted icons and skyscrapers of New York. Along the way, there’s a slew of winter festivals and Christmas markets to explore.

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
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City Chicago
End City New York

Travel Theme

Cultural High Adventure

Destinations

United States Canada

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Itinerary

Day 1 Chicago

Welcome to Chicago, USA. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. If you arrive early and have time, why not go ice skating in Millenium Park, check out Winter Wonderfest in (December and January), or find a little blues club or comedy club to curl up and have a drink in. If it's the season, perhaps visit the Christkindlmarket, an excellent traditional German-American Christmas market which runs in November and December. In the evening, settle into your hotel in downtown Chicago.

Day 2 Berlin

In the morning the trip starts with a long drive to Berlin, Ohio, which usually takes around seven hours. As part of the largest Amish settlement in the world, Berlin is at the heart of Amish country in Ohio. After checking in to the hotel in the evening, the group will visit a local's house for dinner tonight. The menu consists of homemade bread, baked chicken, vegetables, salad, pie, beverages and more. This is a unique chance to learn about the hosts, who will also be sat at the table with you.

Day 3 Niagara Falls/Toronto

Today the group will make the six hour journey to Niagara Falls. Once there, take a walk around town, and stop at a couple of different viewpoints to see the falls in action. Winter is a lovely time to see the falls, as the mist and spray blows in the wind and settle to create oddly shaped ice sculptures here and there. Afterwards, enjoy a free evening in Toronto. Perhaps explore dining options in and around Yonge-Dundas square, or check out what's playing at the Bell Lightbox cinema in the entertainment district.

Day 4 Toronto

Today you'll join a local guide on an Urban Adventure tour.  Depending on the time of year this will either be a Hockey in Toronto tour or Kensington Market and Chinatown tour where you'll explore two of the city’s most colourful and multicultural neighbourhoods. On the walking tour you'll experience the history, culture and individuality of both of these areas - your guide will also enlighten you with some local stories and intriguing history surrounding Toronto’s Chinatown. With your time in Toronto otherwise free, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy. Maybe visit the Hockey Hall of Fame or go shopping in the PATH underground market.

Day 5 Ottawa

Drive to Ottawa, the capital city of Canada (approximately 5 hours). In the afternoon, perhaps check out the awesome Gothic parliament building, or visit the National Gallery of Canada or the Canadian Museum of History. Byward Market Square is great for a meal, with quality cuisine from all over the world (don't miss the beaver-tails – an Ottawa trademark a delicious winter snack). Try your ice staking skills on the Rideau Canal Skateway. Every winter from December to February, 7.8 km (4.8 miles) of the Rideau Canal transforms into the world’s largest outdoor skating rink.

Day 6 Montreal

Drive to Montreal (approximately 2.5–3 hours). This is a compact island city, which is great for walking around and exploring the neighbourhoods on foot. In the afternoon you’ll enjoy a walking tour of Old Montreal with a local guide that takes you through the maze of narrow and charming streets with an option to visit the famous Notre-Dame Basilica. Montreal is also home to more than 80 ethnic communities and enjoys an outstanding reputation for gourmet dining. Perhaps head to one of the many restaurants for dinner in the evening.

Day 7 Montreal

Today is a free day in Montreal. For lunch perhaps try the famous pastrami sandwiches at Schwarz's Deli, or relax over a long brunch at Beauty's Luncheonette. The winter activities on offer are many. The Old Port hosts the Montreal Skating Rink or perhaps visit Mont Royal for some snowshoeing. Alternatively and depending on exact dates check out one of the many winter festivals the city delivers each year; Fete des Neiges de Montreal festival (January & February), Igloofest music festival (January) or Montreal en Lumiere festival (late February). For dinner, the unique O Noir restaurant is a fine choice – it's a social enterprise with blind waiters in which you eat in the dark, and proceeds go to good local causes.

Day 8 Stowe

In the morning, head south and back across the border into the USA on your way to Stowe (approximately 3 hours). En route, stop at the picturesque Lake Champlain to stretch your legs. A bit further down the road is the Ben and Jerry's Factory, where you'll take a tour and try some ice-cream. Depending on time and season, you may also stop at a chocolate factory, cheese-maker's or a maple syrup farm. There's a lot to do in Stowe once you arrive: perhaps visit the Von Trapp Family Lodge (this is the family from the Sound of Music); ride the Mount Mansfield gondola; or try some winter activities like sleigh riding or snowshoeing.

Day 9 Boston

Drive to Boston (approximately 4 hours). Enjoy a free afternoon to explore. Perhaps visit the Harvard Campus or take a tour of the Samuel Adams brewery and sample a warming ale. Alternatively, take a stroll around Copley Square for its beautiful historic buildings, such as the French-Romanesque Trinity Church.

Day 10 Boston

Today is a free day to explore Boston, and it's highly recommended you walk the Freedom Trail. Start at the beginning, middle or end and wind your way through the streets of this very modern city and its historic paths. This is Boston’s indoor/outdoor history museum, with 16 'official' sites to explore. Afterwards, possibly go on a free student-led tour of Harvard University. Tonight, perhaps go for an optional dinner at Union Oyster House, which is reputedly the oldest restaurant in the United States.

Day 11 New York

In the morning, drive along the Connecticut coastline to New York (approximately 5 hours). Arrive late in the afternoon. With a Metrocard in hand and some guidance from your leader you'll be set to explore the Big Apple with the evening free to do as you wish. Perhaps take a walk around Times Square and grab yourself a slice a pizza, New York style or head to the Rockefeller Center for a skate on the famous ice rink.

Day 12 New York

Your US and Canada Discovery adventure comes to an end today. There are no activities planned for the final day and you're able to depart the accommodation at any time. As there's a great deal to do in New York City, we recommend staying a few extra days to make the most of this exciting city. If you need help booking extra accommodation (subject to availability), our reservations team will be happy to assist. You should also consider doing our one-day sightseeing tour of New York (urbanadventures.com).

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Maximum Number of People in Group: 13

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Your leader will provide basic information about the sights and cities you'll be visiting but please note that our leaders are not 'tour guides' in the traditional sense. They are adventure travel specialists and are there to organise your trip, arrange activities and help with questions or problems you may have while on your tour. Your leader will provide you with all the important information you need to embark on your own explorations. They are also responsible for driving the van and navigating across the country. The allowable driving times for drivers is strictly controlled in North America. This ensures our drivers are well rested and are not over-tired from too many hours on the roads. While your group will have a minivan for all included activities on the trip, please note that the services of the van and the driver may not be available for your use during free time, or after you have arrived for the day. If you need a special trip into town you may need to arrange transport or a taxi. We endeavour to provide the services of an experienced leader however, situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. It's strictly forbidden for non-qualified rangers to present any information about some National Parks in North America, therefore we adopt a system (as requested by the park rangers) where our leader will encourage travellers to visit the information centres in the National Parks for details about the site. We have designed our trips to make the most of your time in the States, but please understand that there are certain times during each day that your leader will need to be off duty from work. This includes having meal and rest periods and personal time. Your leader will provide you with all the important information you need to embark on your own explorations.

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Finish point

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites
  • 100 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10006, USA
  • New York
  • NY
  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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