The East

From vibrant cities to the most dramatic landscapes in the USA, the East is home to an abundance of history, arts, culture, entertainment, nightlife and fine dining. Some of the top cities in the USA reside here such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago. The destinations stand alone as city breaks but can also be combined with some beautiful natural scenery very close by. See our fly-drive itineraries for inspiration or contact us for ideas.

Suggested Itineraries

Discover the Open Road of Illinois

Based on a double room, including flights, 10 nights accommodation, car hire with insurance and taxes.

Day 1
Fly from the UK to Chicago and check-in to the Essex Inn on Grant Park for three nights.

Days 2 & 3
Chicago has something for everybody. Spend your time enjoying the world-class shopping on the ‘Magnificent Mile’, striking architecture, beautiful beaches, fantastic music and nightlife and wonderful museums.

Day 4
(200 miles) Before you embark on your road trip to Springfield, fill up with breakfast at Lou Mitchell’s legendary Route 66 café on Jackson Boulevard in Chicago. Collect your hire car and begin the 200 mile journey to Springfield, meandering past many delightful all-American haunts, including the Polka Dot Café, the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac. Arrive in Springfield for two nights at the State House Inn. 

Day 5
Spend the day enjoying exploring the city including popular Route 66 spots, such as  Shea’s Gas Station Museum, the Cozy Drive Inn, and Just Off Route 66 Diner. Make sure you save some time to visit some of Springfield’s other attractions including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site or the State Capitol.

Day 6
(253 miles) Leave Springfield and drive north to Galena, surrounded by rolling hills and lush valleys. The city itself boasts beautiful 19th Century architecture, antique shops, art galleries and fine restaurants, while in the local area outdoor activities abound, with hiking, golf and fishing. Stay for two nights at the Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel. 

Day 7
Spend the day enjoying the quaint small town charm, visit one of the many local wineries or relax in one of areas many day spas. You can choose to be as active or laid-back as you like.

Day 8
(79 miles) Drive to Rockford and explore the fascinating sites. Make a visit to the Burpee Museum, home to some rare exhibits including “Jane” the teenage T-Rex.  Stay in Rockford for 2 nights at the Best Western Clock Tower Resort. 

Day 9
Dive into some outdoor activities, from kayaking along the Rock River to biking through Rock Cut State Park. Or just take in the stunning scenery whilst taking a stroll through the majestic Anderson Japanese Gardens.

Day 10
(72 miles) Drive to Rosemont for your final night and enjoy the new Fashion Outlets. Stay for 1 night at the Hilton Rosemont. 

Day 11
(4 miles) Return to Chicago Airport and catch your flight back to the UK.

10 Nights
Prices from:
£1240 per person
The Ultimate Experience: Great Lakes Fly-Drive

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Day 1
Arrival Chicago.
Transfer to your Chicago hotel and spend the afternoon discovering the Windy City. This city offers excellent cultural and sports activities. This evening try a famous Chicago-style pizza and afterwards check out some of the many famous Chicago Blues and Jazz clubs.
Overnight: Chicago, Illinois

Day 2
Chicago to Madison - 196 miles. Begin your morning with a walking tour of Chicago, noted for its architecture including the Loop, shopping the "Magnificent Mile" of Michigan Avenue and walking along the Lakefront of Lake Michigan. Take in one of the best views of the city from the top of the Sears Tower Skydeck. This afternoon drive to Madison, the Capital of Wisconsin, with beautiful lakeside views. Overnight: Madison, Wisconsin

Day 3
Madison to Minneapolis / St. Paul - 270 miles. Continue your travels across Wisconsin, America's freshwater playground to the twin cities. Suggested stops along the way include Baraboo to visit the Circus World Museum, and the resort town of the Wisconsin Dells. Here boat and duck tours of the Wisconsin River offer magnificent views of the Sandstone bluffs of the Lower and Upper Dells.Overnight: St. Paul, Minnesota

Day 4
Madison to Minneapolis / St. Paul & Bloomington. Enjoy this city of parks and lakes; this morning, take a tour of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and discover the uniqueness of these “twins”. This afternoon, “Shop ‘til you drop” at the famous Mall of America in Bloomington. With 520 stores, 50 Restaurants and Nickelodeon Universe with over 30 rides, there will be no shortage of activities. Overnight: Country Inn and Suites at Mall of America, Bloomington

Day 5
Bloomington to Grand Rapids - 173 miles. Today travel north through the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” to Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Nestled in tall timber on the western edge of the Mesabi Iron Range, Grand Rapids, the birthplace of Judy Garland, is rich with the dual heritage of iron mining and logging. Overnight: Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Day 6
Grand Rapids to Bayfield - 175 miles. Return to Wisconsin to Bayfield, the gateway to the Apostle Island National Lakeshore, a magnificent natural wilderness region. A cruise among the islands of Lake Superior, the largest body of fresh water in the world, will give you a memorable and lasting impression of this unspoiled area. Later today, take a ferry to Madeline Island, the largest of the Apostle Islands, to tour the old trading post and Indian burial grounds. Overnight: Bayfield, Wisconsin

Day 7
Bayfield to Marquette - 185 miles. Continue into Michigan and explore the picturesque Keweenaw Peninsula. See historic Fort Wilkens and visit the Delaware Copper Mine before travelling on, via the L’Ansse Indian Reservation, to Marquette. Overnight: Marquette, Michigan

Day 8
Marquette to St. Ignance - 162 miles. Follow scenic state road 28 to Munising. Take a cruise into Lake Superior past the Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore to view the sandstone cliffs, caves, arches and columns. Afterwards drive to Tahquamenon Falls State Park near Newberry to view two striking waterfalls on the Tahquamenon River. In Paradise, stop by to visit the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, where the original bell from the shipwrecked Edmund Fitzgerald is on display. The Whitefish Point Lighthouse in this Lake Superior “Graveyard of Ships” is also open for tours. Take State Route 123 to St. Ignace. Overnight: St. Ignace, Michigan

Day 9
St. Ignace. Take the ferry to spend the day on Mackinac Island, a timeless resort island of the 19th century where no motor vehicles are allowed. Take a horse-drawn carriage or rent bicycles. Visit Fort Mackinac, perched on a bluff overlooking the harbor. Be sure to stop by the Grand Hotel to enjoy the magnificent view from the veranda. Return back to St. Ignace late afternoon. Overnight: St. Ignace, Michigan

Day 10
St. Ignace to Detroit - 288 miles. Journey through Michigan to Detroit, home of Motown and Motor City, USA. Stay in nearby Dearborn, home of Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. This living history museum explores the industrial revolution and achievements of famous Americans such as the Wright Brothers and Thomas Edison. Overnight: Dearborn, Michigan

Day 11
Dearborn to Cleveland - 140 miles. Make your way to the ‘New American City’, Cleveland, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. In the evening enjoy one of the many restaurants located in the riverside Flats. Overnight: Cleveland, Ohio

Day 12
Cleveland to Pittsburgh - 133 miles. Discover the cultural city of Pittsburgh, visit the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History, and the Warhol Museum. In the evening indulge in the cultural district’s many theatres. Overnight: Pittsburgh

Day 13
Pittsburgh to Erie - 128 miles. Travel along the Seaway Trail, stopping at the various wineries. End the day with the worldfamous sunset over Presque Isle. Overnight: Erie

Day 14
Erie to South Bend - 357 miles. Drive to Indiana, the ‘Hoosier State’, to visit the Northern Indiana Amish Community. Then continue to South Bend, home of worldfamous Notre Dame University and home to one of America’s great industrial legacies, the Studebaker Corporation. Overnight: South Bend, Indiana

Day 15
South Bend to Chicago - 99 miles. Stop at the pristine Indiana Dunes en route to Chicago. Spend your last afternoon shopping along State Street and Michigan Avenue before your final evening of exciting nightlife.

Day 16
Depart for home.

15 Nights
Prices from:
£1440 per person
The Best of Route 66

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation

Day 1
Arrive in Chicago where you will stay for 2 nights.

Day 3 
Chicago to Springfield, approx. 190 miles. Before you embark on your road trip, fill up with breakfast at Lou Mitchell's legendary Route 66 café on Jackson Boulevard in Chicago. Meander past many delightful all-American haunts, including the Polka Dot Café, Dixie Truck Stop and Shea's Gas Station Museum.

Day 4
Springfield to St Louis, approx. 100 miles. As you drive into Missouriyou should make a stop at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge - this original Route 66 span over the Mississippi River has been reopened as the world's longest pedestrian and biking bridge. The bridge offers a great view of the river and the downtown St Louis skyline.

Whilst in St Louis visit the Gateway Arch in the heart of downtown where the original Route 66 passed by. Enjoy one of the tastiest spots along the Mother Road at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, or the Donut Drive-In across the street, both Route 66 landmarks.

Day 6
St Louis to Springfield, approx. 220 miles. Heading through the rolling hills of the Ozark Mountains, remnants of the old Route 66 are everywhere just off the highway. Much of the old highway frontage has been preserved along St Louis Street.

Day 7
Springfield to Oklahoma City, approx. 280 miles. Cross into Oklahoma and experience a change in scenery and culture. This is a cattle country and the area gave rise to the era of American cowboy.

Day 8
Oklahoma City to Amarillo, approx. 260 miles. Overnight in Amarillo and make sure you take a drive along Amarillo Boulevard, the original Route 66, still dotted with 1950s motels that are so iconic of an American road-trip.

Day 9
Amarillo to Albuquerque, approx. 285 miles. The next state on your list is New Mexico, which still has the most miles of the original Route 66 that are driveable today. Even in its heyday, the number of roadside businesses that sprung up along the Mother Road here was exceptional and today in towns such as Tucumcari locals still cling on to as much of the original Americana as possible. 

Day 11
Albuquerque to Flagstaff, approx. 320 miles. Head to Flagstaff, where are many of the old bricks buildings in the downtown area are original to Route 66. Be sure to visit the Museum Club a historic roadhouse that still welcomes visitors to quench their thirst after a long day on te road. Stay an extra night here if you want to take a day trip to the Grand Canyon.

Day 12
Flagstaff to Barstow, approx. 350 miles. Route 66 continue from Flagstaff west into California through the high Arizona desert from Seligman to Kingman.Then drive on Barstow, where the Main Street is a section of Route 66.

Day 13
Barstow to Santa Monica, approx. 130 miles. The last stretch of your 'Main Street of America' journey will take you to the California coast and Santa Monica, where Route 66 reaches the Pacific Ocean. Today Santa Monica is a haven for beach lovers with a boardwalk, pier, a;usements, street performers, side walk cafes and bars and a true California atmosphere.

Day 15
Head for the airport for your flight back to the UK. 

14 Nights
Prices From:
£1260 per person
Complete New England Itinerary

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
Boston, MA
Begin your holiday in Boston, with a two night stay. As America’s oldest city, Boston has a lot of history, but yet has a modern and contemporary vibe. Having undergone a lot of renovation, the harbour area is now a great place to explore and you can take a unique Segway tour of the area.

Day 3
Boston to Freeport, ME, approx. 125 miles
Maine's scenic coastline boasts small fishing villages and many lighthouses. On your way there are numerous places of interest to stop including Salem, Portsmouth, Kennebunkport and Portland. Why not take a fishing trip on a lobster boat and discover more about the region’s staple food..

Day 4
Freeport to Bar Harbor, ME, approx. 135 miles
Acadia National Park boasts miles of hiking trails, cycling and riding paths, fabulous scenery and wildlife. Shop in the boutiques of Bar Harbor or take to the water with a wale watching trip or sea kayaking adventure. Stay two nights.

Day 6
Bar Harbor to the White Mountains, NH, approx. 195 miles
Spend two nights in either Jackson or North Conway. Don’t miss a trip up Mount Washington, either by car or the cog railway. Outdoor activities abound here, as well as the tax free shopping at the factory outlets in North Conway. A short drive away, will bring you to the Lakes region and Lake Winnipesaukee, where the film 'On Golden Pond' was set.

Day 8
White Mountains to Stowe, VT, approx. 110 miles
Travel along the scenic Kancamagus Scenic Highway, stopping en-route at the Flume Gorge before continuing on to Stowe for one night.

Day 9
Stowe to Woodstock, VT, approx. 65 miles
Visit Lake Champlain or enjoy two free samples of the delicious ice-cream at the Ben and Jerry’s Factory. End your day in the Woodstock / Quechee area, with its spectacular gorge and quaint shops. Stay one night.

Day 10
Woodstock to the Berkshires, MA, approx. 110 miles
Home to many picturesque villages and rolling hills. The area is renowned for its Autumn colours. Overnight in Lenox, Stockbridge or Williamstown.

Day 11
The Berkshires to Mystic, CT, approx. 115 miles
Enjoy this historic seaport with its world-class aquarium, shopping and choice of restaurants.

Day 12
Mystic to Newport, RI, approx. 45 miles
Take a cliff-top walk past the famous mansions, some of which are open for guided tours. Spend one night here.

Day 13
Newport to Cape Cod, MS, approx. 90 miles
Spend two nights in one of the small towns such as Falmouth, Chatham, Dennis or Chatham. Cape Cod boasts some great beaches and there are whale watching tours available from both Hyannis and Provincetown at the very tip of the Cape.

Why not take a day trip to either Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard. Both are easy to get around on foot, by bicycle or bus, so leave your car behind.

Day 15
Cape Cod to Boston, approx. 90miles

14 Nights
Prices from:
£1279 per person
Southern New England

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation

Day 1
Boston, MA
Arrive in Boston for two nights.Walk the Freedom Trail and learn the facinating history of the city as well as checking out the great shopping and dining. Why not take the train or boat (seasonal) to Salem, location of the famous Witchcraft Trials.

Day 3
Boston to the Berkshires, MA, approx. 130 miles
En-route stop at Sturbridge Village, a living museum that takes you back to life in late 18th Century. Spend two nights in the Lenox/ Stockbridge area, exploring the beautiful countryside.

Day 5
The Berkshires to the Litchfield Hills, CT, approx. 60 miles
Enjoy some of the many outdoor activities available such as canoeing, kayaking, horse riding and cycling. Stay for one night.

Day 6
Litchfield Hills to Mystic, CT, approx. 90 miles
Overnight in Mystic, home to the old mystic Seaport and Mystic aquarium.

Day 7
Mystic to Newport, RI, approx. 45 miles
Shop in some of the boutiques in the harbour area, take a walk along the scenic coastal path or visit one of the former 'Summer homes' of America's rich and famous. Stay two nights in Newport.

Day 9
Newport to Cape Cod, MA, approx. 90 miles
Boat trips are available to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Both islands are easy to explore on foot, so you can leave your car on the mainland. Drive to the far tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown, for a whalewatching trip. Spend two nights in Cape Cod.

Day 11
Return to Boston, approx. 90 miles

10 Nights
Prices from:
£1072 per person
Maine Coast

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
Boston, MA
Begin your holiday in Boston, with a two night stay. Boston has a lot of history, but yet has a modern and contemporary vibe. Having undergone much renovation, the harbour area is now a great place to explore - especially with a unique Segway tour. Get a bird's eye view of the whole city and beyond from the Skywalk Observatory at the top of the Prudential Center and then enjoy some great shopping in the mall below.

Day 3
Boston to Freeport, ME, approx. 125 miles
En-route stop at Cape Elizabeth and Two Lights State Park, before travelling on to Portland, a great small city with maritime history and cobbled streets. Spend the night in Freeport, well known for its designer outlet shopping.

Day 4
Freeport to Bar Harbor, ME, approx. 135 miles
Continue north and around the coast to the Acadia National Park area and spend two nights in Bar Harbor. Explore Acadia National Park, hike or rent a canoe or kayak and get a view of the coastline from the water.

Day 6
Bar Harbor to Kennebunkport, ME, approx. 180 miles
Discover this pretty fishing port with its boutiques, lobster restaurants and fishing boats.

Day 7
Kennebunkport to Salem/Rockport, MA, approx. 75 miles
Close enough to spend the day in Boston, yet far enough away that you can enjoy the coastal scenery, relax on a beach or visit a local museum.

Day 8
Fly home from Boston

7 Nights
Prices from:
£860 per person
Capital Region: Vibrant Cities, Secret Gardens & Magnificent Mountains

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.


Day 1
Arrive Washington DC. Washington's inspiring museums, powerful monuments and memorials attract guests from around the globe. The city is diverse and cosmopolitan, its neighbourhoods brimming with hip shops and restaurants. Many attractions are free, like the Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art and the Library of Congress. The city's outdoor parks and gardens are not to be missed. Located in view of the US Capitol are the US Botanic Gardens, featuring an exotic jungle, a tropical rainforest and more than 10,000 varieties of orchids. Perched on one of DC's highest points, the National Arboretum rambles over 444 acres. Whether blanketed in spring green or autumn gold, it offers a welcome refuge for the naturalist. Designed for cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, the gardens at Hillwood contain more than 3,500 varieties of plants and trees, along with ivy clipped from Buckingham Palace. Spend two nights in Washington, DC.

Day 3
Washington, DC to Baltimore (approx. 40 miles). Baltimore's famed Inner Harbor is a vibrant downtown waterfront area home to dining (try a Maryland crab cake) and shopping opportunities and great attractions including the National Aquarium and its 16,000 creatures, and the nearby American Visionary Art museum, displaying unique works by self-taught artists. Garden lovers should visit the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, home to 35 flowerbeds that provide a kaleidoscope of colours from early spring until late fall. A short drvie from Baltimore brings you to the 22-acre Ladew Topiary Gardens, considered the most outstanding topiary garden in the USA by the Garden Club of America. Or head west to Frederick for a visit to Surreybrooke, a family run farm with a variety of beautiful gardens and historic outbuildings. Stay two nights in Baltimore.

Day 5
Baltimore to Annapolis (approx. 30 miles). Sail away to Annapolis and let the Chesapeake Bay soothe your soul. Feast on steamed crabs, stroll the historic downtown, or just relax and watch the boats go by. Annapolis is Maryland's capital city, and the state house, completed in 1779, has become an iconic landmark. In the heart of downtown is the William Paca Garden, a two-acre oasis of natural beauty and artful elegance. Quiet Waters Park offers 6 miles of trails, formal gardens and paddle boating amidst 336 beautiful acres. Sandy Point State Park features sandy beaches along the Chesapeake Bay with swimming, hiking, fishing and excellent views of the majestic Bay Bridge. Spend one night in Annapolis.

Day 6
Annapolis to Chincoteague (approx. 140 miles). Today's drive takes you across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and down Maryland's Eastern Shore, home to quaint fishing villages, wildlife preserves and a gentler way of life. Visit the Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely, a 400-acre native garden and preserve dedicated to the appreciation and conservation of the region's native plants. Near Cambridge, the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge was created as a haven for ducks and geese migrating the Atlantic flyway. It's home to the largest population of bald eagles on the East Coast. Driving, walking and cycling trails make it easy to get close to local wildlife. Further south your day's journey brings you to the serene fishing village of Chincoteague, your gateway to a national seashore and a national wildlife refuge. Enjoy the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, animals in their natural habitat and beaches that go on forever. Be sure to visit the wild horses on Assateague Island. Stay for one night in Chincoteague.

Day 7
Chincoteague to Williamsburg (approx. 140 miles). Head south today and cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, a modern engineering wonder. Continue on to Colonial Williamsburg, America's most extensively restored 18th century town. So complete and compelling is the restoration that visitors feel they are in a crown colony 300 years ago. Tour the meticulously restored buildings and stroll the cobbled streets with costumed interpreters plying their trades. Behind most buildings you'll find tidy flower or formal clipped boxwood gardens. For thrills and spills visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg (in season), voted America's most beautiful theme park for 18 consecutive years. The flowers and lush landscaping are awesome, as are the rides! Enjoy two nights in Williamsburg.

Day 9
Williamsburg to Richmond (approx. 60 miles). West from Williamsburg along Virginia's historic Route 5 brings you to the James River Plantations, dating to the 1700s and once home to Virginia's social and economic elite. Continue on to Richmone, Virginia's capital city and capital of the confederacy during the Civil War. Its historic origins have given way to a modern vibrant city. The Shockoe Slip and Carytown neighbourhoods have plentiful shopping and dining options. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is noteworthy for its collection of Art Deco, Art Nouveau and contemporary American Art. The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers more than 40 acres of spectacular gardens and a classical domed Conservatory - the only one of its kind in the mid-Atlantic. Maymont, a 100-acre Victorian estate reflecting the splendour of the Gilded Age, features magnificent gardens and animal exhibits including bison, black bear and otters. Don't miss a drive down grand Monument Avenue, lined with statues to Civil War generals. Stay one night in Richmond.

Day 10
Richmond to Charlottesville (approx. 70 miles). Charlottesville offers a delightful blend of college town, small city sophistication, and an active arts and cultural scene, all served up with a dash of history. Mis with locals and students on the downtown pedestrian mall, home to quirky shops, coffee houses, street musicians and fine dining. Thomas Jefferson's mountaintop home, Monticello, is surrounded by extensive flower and vegetable gardens and a vineyard, all following his original plan. Nearby is the University of Virginia, an architectural treaure designed by Jefferson and featuring historic gardens lovingly restored by the Garden Club of Virginia. Both Monticello and the University are listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Take a short drive into the rolling Virginia countryside to tour a local vineyard and sample award-winning Virginia wine. Spend one night in Charlottesville.

Day 11
Charlottesville to Shenandoah National Park (approx. 60 miles). As you wind your way north from Charlottesville, take in a portion of the Skyline Drive, one of the most beautiful parkwasys in the nation. Enjoy views of the Shenandoah Valley below, featuring picture-postcard farms and charming villages. Shenandoah National Park offers 100 species of trees, a variety of wildflowers, 54 different mammals and 59 species of birds - you are bound to see some form of wildlife! You can hike along the Appalachian Trail or explore the wonders of the Park with a Ranger-guided tour. Fall is a spectacular time to visit, when warm days combine with crisp, cool nights to turn the foliage into delightful displays of yellows, reds and golds. Visit Luray Caverns, a national landmark and home to the world's only "Stalacpipe" Organ that plays its hauntingly beautiful music on natural formations. Try and unravel the mystery of the maze inside Luray's ornamental garden, where over 1,500 American Arborvitae create a half-mile pathway enhanced with misting fog! Enjoy one night on the Skyline Drive.

Day 12
Shenandoah National Park to Washington (approx. 75 miles). Head north today into Virginia's hunt country, where horse farms and vineyards are set in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The quaint village of Middleburg or bustling Leesburg are good stops for specialty and boutique shopping and lunch. Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets offer 110 name brand outlet stores. Before turning in the car at Dulles Airport, visit the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, companion to the National Air & Space Museum in DC, which together house the world's largest collection of aviation and space artefacts.

11 Nights
Prices from:
£965 per person
Capital Region: Virginia's Crooked Road

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
Washington to Luray (approx. 80 miles). Arrive in Washington and begin your journey by heading East to Front Royal and joining the Skyline Drive in the beautiful Shenandoah National Park. Visit the caves at Luray, enjoy hiking, biking or wildlife watching, or simply admire the wonderful views. Stay one night in the Luray area.

Day 2
Luray to Lexington (approx. 90 miles). Continue south on the Skyline Drive andjoin the Blue Ridge Parkway at Waynesboro. Outdoor activities abound and there are numerous places to stop and enjoy the surroundings. Lexington is a short distance from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and its entire downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In nearby Raphine, visit Clark's Ole Time Music Center, where you can listen to live bluegrass and old time Appalachian mountain music. Overnight for one night in Lexington.

Day 3
Lexington to Rocky Mount (approx. 80 miles).Rocky Mount is the gateway to the Crooked Road and has a historic downtown area with unique shops and a popular farmers market. The Blue Ridge Institute and Museum at Ferrum, 10 miles from Rocky Mount, is the official State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore and old-time string band music, blues, ballads, traditional bluegrass, gospel music can all be found here in the exhibits, galleries, concerts and activities. Stay one night in Rocky Mount.

Day 4
Rocky Mount to Galax (approx. 75 miles). Head south west towards Galax, home of the Old Fiddler's Convention in August. En-route stop at the Floyd Country Store, a historic shop celebrating traditional Appalachian music and heritage. The store has a fantastic selection of Old-Time and Bluegrass CDs and music accessories, penny candy, old-fashioned housewares and gifts, and unique selections from local artisans, as well as Carhart clothing! It is also home to the Friday Night Jamboree with live music every Friday night from 6.30pm. Stay 2 nights in the Galax area (during the Old Fiddler's Convention we recommend a 3 night stay if you want to enjoy more of the convention).

Day 5
Galax. Aptly dubbed the "World Capitol of Old Time Mountain Music" by the Virginia legislature, Galax embraces its traditional music with a passion. Every Friday night throughout the year the renovated Rex Theater in downtown Galax hosts "Blue Ridge Backroads Live," a unique weekly radio show featuring Old Time & Bluegrass bands from throughout the region. Enjoy the mountain activities available such as hiking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, as well as the New River State Trail Park - one of the top 10 mountain bike trails in the USA.

Day 6
Galax to Bristol (approx. 85 miles). Nestled along the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, lies Bristol, a city blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, performing arts, cultural opportunities, historical attractions, and sporting events. Experience one of Bristol's many Musical venues, and annual Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion festival dedicated to Bristol's distinction as the "Official Birthplace of Country Music". Depending on the timing of your visit you can hear the sounds of some of the best old time and bluegrass music around at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons on a Saturday night, just 20 miles away. Spend 2 nights in Bristol.

Day 7
Bristol. Today, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum houses the original relics that helped create America's most recognizable tunes. Not to forget about the next generation of musical innovators, the museum hosts live performances every Thursday night on its one-of-a-kind "pickin' porch". The Paramount Theatre (on State Street) often plays host to big-name national acts, but provides guests with a rare opportunity to hear the show up-close and personal. More casual venues, where food and spirits often accompany the music, include the State Line Bar & Grill, Bristol Bar & Grill, Sessions 58 at the Vinyard, Chop's at the Holiday Inn, Java J's, Confetti's, and Ireson's Pub.

Day 8
Bristol to Wise (approx. 70 miles). The town of Wise is in a unique setting, high on the Appalachian Plateau surrounded by lusch and rugged landscape. Wise has a small-town charm and friendliness, yet offers the visitor a good selection of shopping and dining opportunities. Close by there are vineyards, outdoor activities and the Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center in Clintwood, which focuses on the importance of Ralph Stanley as an exemplar of traditions, his life and influences on the careers of many other famous artists. Stay 1 night in Wise.

Day 9
Wise to Roanoke (approx. 190 miles). On the edge of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke is a classic 'All American' city with museums, galleries, shops and wineries. Enjoy hiking on the Appalachian Trail, mountain biking or water sports on Smith Mountain Lake. There are also several golf courses in the area. Overnight for one night in Roanoke.

Day 10
Roanoke to Charlottesville (approx.120 miles). Heading North today you travel to Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia. With numerous historic attractions including Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, and the University itself, Charlottesville is also a very lively town with great restaurants and nightlife, including some live music venues.

Day 11
Charlottesville to Washington Dulles (approx. 105 miles). Some time for some last minute shopping or sightseeiong before returning to Washington Dulles for your flight home.

10 Nights
Prices from:
£1199 per person
Capital Region: City Lights and Beyond

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
Arrive in Washington DC. Washington DC is a cosmopolitan capital city, packed with many famous sights and free attractions and is home to some of the world’s best-known museums and galleries, including the Smithsonian Institution, and the International Spy Museum. Combine this with hip new restaurants and bars, stunning hotels, great nightlife, live music, theatres, charming neighbourhoods and terrific shopping options and you have a fantastic city break destination. With the added attraction of year round events and festivals, it all comes together to make Washington DC the perfect choice for a taste of the American experience. Spend two nights in Washington DC.

Day 3
Washington DC to Baltimore (approx. 40 miles). ‘Charm City’ as it is known, is surrounded by waterfront restaurants, serving fresh local seafood as you overlook the Chesapeake Bay. If it’s pizza and pasta that whet your taste buds, head off to one of the cosy restaurants in Little Italy before spending the evening amongst the lively restored area of Fells Point, where many old bars and pubs have been restored. Be sure to find time to stop to shop in Harborplace Shopping Mall, crammed with named shops and more cafes and restaurants.
It’s not just food and drink that make the city so popular. Baltimore is home to the national Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, IMAX theatre, Historic Federal Hill, Maritime Museums and the USS Constellation. There are harbour cruises available or you could take a water taxi to Fort McHenry or Fells Point. Spend two nights in Baltimore.

Day 5
Baltimore to St Michael's (approx. 70 miles). This picturesque waterfront village is situated on the Chesapeake Bay Eastern shore, just a leisurely drive from Baltimore. Stroll around this quaint village browsing in the unique shops, art galleries and boutiques before stopping to enjoy some freshly-caught crabs and oysters. A great location for rejuvenating, golfing, sailing or simply sitting with a glass of wine and your favourite book and watch the boats pass by. Visit nearby Tilghman Island, home of the Maryland Skipjack Fleet, or take the Bellevue Ferry across the Tred Avon River to Oxford, an original ‘Port of Entry’ for the early settlers. The whole area offers a quiet charm and relaxation from the hustle and bustle of the cities, and so a nice contrast to the rest of the holiday. Stay two nights in St Michael’s.

Day 7
St Michael's to Alexandria (approx. 85 miles). Journey back towards Washington to Alexandria, on the edge of the Potomac River. Known for its 18th and 19th Century architecture, award winning restaurants, boutique shopping and art galleries, Alexandria is a great place to stay for your last night, offering easy access into Washington DC for any sightseeing you missed at the beginning of your trip or for enjoying the city’s own attractions. Voted one of the Ten Most Walkable Cities, you can leave your car and explore Alexandria on foot. Enjoy the cobbled streets and breath-taking views of the Potomac River, followed by a meal in a pavement café or restaurant, or perhaps a ghost tour or pub crawl!

Day 8
Alexandria to Washington Dulles (approx. 20 miles). You will have most of your day free before your flight back to the UK, or why not extend your holiday to experience more of the Capital Region’s ‘City Lights and Beyond’.

7 Nights
Prices from:
£969 per person
Capital Region: Hip and Historic

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
Arrive in Washington DC. Begin your holiday in the nation’s capital, packed with famous sights, free attractions and museums, and an endless calendar of special events, Washington DC offers year-round inspiring experiences. It boasts some great undiscovered neighbourhoods, alternatives to traditional sightseeing, such as ‘Bike the Sites’, world-class shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Explore the ‘must sees’ such as the Washington Monument and the National Mall, Capitol Building, Smithsonian Museums, International Spy Museum and stop for a picture at the White House. After that, do some shopping at Union Station, in Georgetown or at the Eastern Market on Capitol Hill at the weekends, dine by the river in the South West Waterfront area, or take a dinner cruise on the Potomac and end the day with a show or sporting event, or in one of the bars or nightclubs in Adams Morgan. Stay 2 nights in Washington DC.

Day 3
Washington DC to Baltimore (approx. 40 miles).Baltimore is a city of neighbourhoods, each more charming than the last and all with different styles. It has nearly 300 years of history to discover, yet has a wealth of shopping, dining, sporting events and more to enjoy. Visitors of all ages should take a Duck Tour and see the harbour sights from land and water in a amphibious vehicle, and families will enjoy the National Aquarium, Port Discovery or the Maryland Science Center. Buy an all-day pass for the water-taxis and experience the city from a different angle, take a cruise on the Chesapeake Bay or an informative walking tour of the city. Stay 2 nights in Baltimore.

Day 5
Baltimore to St Michael's (approx. 70 miles).Nestled on the Chesapeake Bay Eastern shore, the charming town of St Michael’s is a great spot to enjoy some of the maritime heritage of the Bay or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. Wander through the art galleries and boutique shops of the town, visit the outstanding Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, try your hand at sailing, take a fishing trip or play a round of golf. In the evening enjoy some freshly caught crab or other locally caught delights. The nearby town of Oxford and also Tilghman Island are also fun places to visit whilst in St Michael’s. Stay 2 nights in St Michael’s.

Day 7
St Michael's to Virginia Beach (approx. 185 miles). Your journey down the Eastern Shore will take you past Chincoteague and Assateauge Islands, both with wonderful wildlife refuges, pristine Atlantic beaches and small local inns and restaurants, definitely worth a visit if your time permits. Another good stopping point is Crisfield, ‘Crab Capital of the World’ and gateway to Smith and Tangier Islands, where the local inhabitants still have broad Devonian accents. Virginia Beach has the usual beachfront hotels and not only boasts a boardwalk strip of bars, restaurants and nightclubs but also has long stretches of golden sands and is popular with young and old alike. There is so much to do here and you can surf, skim or boogie board all summer long, take a kayak through the pristine waters of the back bay, explore some of the many bike trails, visit First Landing State Park where the early settlers first came ashore in 1607, or spread out your beach towel and relax on the beach! Stay 3 nights in Virginia Beach.

Day 10
Virginia Beach to Williamsburg (approx. 60 miles). Explore this restored town, a living museum recreated to reflect the colonial 18th Century capital of Britain’s largest, wealthiest and most populous colony. Tour the meticulously restored buildings, various interpretive activities and craft workshops. The cobbled streets and lush green commons make an enjoyable afternoon stroll. Take the scenic Colonial Parkway to the Jamestown Settlement, a reconstruction of the first permanent English settlement in America. Yorktown is also a ‘must see’, where America finally won its independence by defeating the British in 1781. Nearby the thrills and spills of theme park Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA will bring you straight back to the 21st Century. Stay 2 nights in Williamsburg.

Day 12
Williamsburg to Shenandoah National Park (approx.150 miles).The Shenandoah Valley features picture-postcard farms and inns along country roads and the popular Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway, probably the most beautiful parkway in the nation. One of the natural wonders of this world is the 100- million-year-old Natural Bridge! Be sure to visit the region’s many caverns, which include Luray, with the only stalacpipe organ, and Shenandoah, with an elevator to take you underground! A hundred species of trees, a variety of flowering shrubs and wildflowers as well as 54 different mammals and 59 species of birds live along the parkway and you are quite likely to see a bear! If you’re interested in the great outdoors, you’ll love the hiking and gentle biking trails along with many other recreational activities. The park is a fabulous attraction year round, but the Autumn colours are particular popular and the season begins around the middle of October. There are special tours available, including chairlift rides from some of the ski areas to view the colours from above. Stay 2 nights in the Shenandoah National Park area.

Day 14
Shenandoah National Park to Charlottesville (approx. 45 miles). Charlottesville is a captivating blend of colourful history, distinctive architecture, Southern hospitality and small city sophistication. It is a charming town with many shops, boutiques, antique shops and bookstores all situated amongst a cobbled Main Street with restaurants, wine tasting rooms and coffee/tea shops. The University of Virginia is situated here and so Charlottesville is a vibrant student city, as well as having been the home to Thomas Jefferson. You can visit the Thomas Jefferson home, Monticello, an architectural masterpiece and his beloved mountaintop home. Guided tours of the house are offered daily throughout the year, with outdoor gardens and plantation tours offered daily between April and October. Stay 1 night in Charlottesville.

Day 15
Charlottesville to Washington Dulles (approx. 95 miles). Enjoy the scenic drive back to the airport for your return trip to the UK, or stop off en route at one of the vineyards in the area.

14 Nights
Prices from:
£1129 per person
Capital Region: Civil War Trail

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
Washington DC to Manassas. Arrive Washington Dulles Airport. Overnight Manassas.

Day 2
Manassas to Hagerstown (approx. 95 miles). Tour Manassas National Battlefield Park commemorating two great battles of the Civil War. The 1861 battle of Manassas (Bull Run) was the first major land battle of the war. Here General Thomas J Jackson earned his name as ‘Stonewall’ Jackson. The second Battle of Manassas in 1862 demonstrated Robert E Lee’s generalship when 70,000 Federal troops under John Pope were defeated by Lee’s 55,000 Confederates. Travel north via historic Leesburg with its strong links to Mosby’s Rangers and nearby Ball’s Bluff. Cross into Maryland and head for Hagerstown where you will spend the next two nights.

Day 3
Hagerstown (approx. 90 miles). The next two days are spent re-living Lee’s two invasions of the North. Drive to Gettysburg (1863) and tour the battlefield. Visit the museum and electric map to get an overview of the three day battle. Drive the tour route to visit the Peach Orchard, Devil’s Den and Little Round Top. Follow Pickett’s charge to the high water mark of the Confederacy. Return to Hagerstown.

Day 4
Hagerstown to Winchester (approx. 65 miles). Visit Antietam Battlefield (1862), scene of the bloodiest day in American history. Walk the Cornfield, Sunken Lane and re-live Burnside’s attack across the lower bridge. Then, like the Army of Northern Virginia, head south to Virginia. Visit Harpers Ferry at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. Here John Brown’s famous raid (1859) was ended by Federal soldiers under the command of Robert E Lee. Stonewall Jackson captured the town en route to the battle of Antietam. Continue to Winchester, a town that changed hands more than 70 times during the Civil War. Visit Jackson’s Headquarters in Braddock Street. Overnight Winchester.

Day 5
Winchester to Lexington (approx. 130 miles). Travel South down the Shenandoah Valley, the breadbasket of the Confederacy. Drive to Middletown to visit Belle Grove, Sheridan’s headquarters during the battle of Cedar Creek (1864). Continue to New Market Battlefield (1864) where young cadets from the Virginia Military Institute were rushed North to assist in this Confederate victory. Continue South to Lexington, home of the Virginia Military Institute. Visit Jackson’s tomb, the Jackson Museum and the Lee Chapel. Overnight in Lexington.

Day 6
Lexington to Richmond (approx. 170 miles). Turn towards Richmond. Visit Appomattox Court House where on April 9th 1865 Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered his men to Ulysses S Grant and the Armies of the Potomac and the James thus effectively ending the war. En route to Richmond stop at Sailor’s Creek, site of the last major battle of the Civil War in Virginia(1865). If time allows visit Drewry’s Bluff where Confederate batteries above the James River repulsed Union gunboats in 1862. On to Richmond where you will spend three next 3 nights.

Day 7
Richmond (approx. 80 miles). Tour the Petersburg National Battlefield site of the long siege commencing in 1864. Visit City Point the site of Grant’s headquarters throughout the siege and Pamplin Historical Park where Union forces finally broke through the Confederate defences and ended the siege of Petersburg (1865). Pamplin Historical Park is also the site of the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier.

Day 8
Richmond (approx. 40 miles). Spend the day in and around Richmond capital of the Confederacy. Tour the White House of the Confederacy and the Museum of the Confederacy. Drive the length of Monument Avenue with its famous statues of Confederate leaders. Visit Hollywood Cemetery where approximately 18,000 Confederate soldiers, including Generals George Pickett and J E B Stuart are buried. Richmond National Battlefield is on the site of Chimborazo, Richmond’s wartime hospital, and traces the Seven Day Battles to save Richmond in 1862. Visit the battle sites of the campaign that started on June 26 1862 at Beaver Creek Dam and ended in the bloodbath at Malvern Hill on July 1 1862.

Day 9
Richmond to Alexandria (approx. 120 miles). Turn North towards Washington. Within a 17 mile radius of Fredericksburg four major battles, Fredericksburg (1862) Chancellorsville (1863) the Wilderness (1864) and Spotsylvania Court House (1864) are memorialised. View the famous stone wall on Marye’s Heights, site of fierce fighting in December 1862. Visit the Stonewall Jackson Shrine at Guinea Station where Jackson died in May 1863 shot in error by his own men after his triumphant victory at Chancellorsville. Continue North to Alexandria for your overnight stay.

Day 10
Alexandria to Washington (approx. 40 miles). Visit Fort Ward Museum where one of the 68 forts that ringed the Federal capital has been restored or drive to nearby Arlington where Robert E Lee left his home and his career in the Federal army to take command of the Virginia forces in April 1861. A spiteful Federal government began burying Union soldiers in the grounds of the house in 1864 and thus began Arlington National Cemetery. Return to Washington Dulles Airport.

9 Nights
Prices from:
£859 per person
Pennsylvania: The Amish and Their Quilts

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
Philadelphia to Lancaster (approx. 80 miles). On arrival into Philadelphia, pick up your rental car and drive out into Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country. The Lancaster area will be your base for the next four nights. The town itself is steeped in tradition.

Days 2 to 4
Lancaster. You are at leisure to explore on your own and there are a variety of options available. Visit Lancaster Market and wander around this charming town with its many interesting shops and boutiques, or shop for some great bargains at one of the Outlet Shopping Malls.
Visit the Amish towns of Intercourse and Bird in Hand, take a ride on a buggy through some of the lovely Amish farms, stop at one of the roadside stands, visit craft and quilting shops and sample the home cooked food at a variety of local restaurants.

Day 5
Lancaster to Philadelphia (approx. 80 miles). On your way back to Philadelphia, stop off at Longwood Gardens created by Pierre S. Du Pont where you will be able to wander around and visit the Conservatory which is the largest planted area under glass in the world. It was styled after the Glass Houses in Kew and is split into different climate zones, the displays are magnificent. There is a restaurant at the Gardens where you will be able to enjoy lunch. Continue on to Philadelphia where you will spend 3 nights.

Days 6 & 7
Philadelphia. This vibrant and exciting city will bring you straight back to the 21st Century, yet it is also steeped in history. A great way to discover all the city has on offer is to take a trolley tour and you can then pick the spots you want to see more of – the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall or one of the many museums. Shopping (which is tax free on clothing and shoes!), restaurants and nightlife abound and there are several distinct neighbourhoods to enjoy, such as the Historic District, Rittenhouse Square or Fairmont Park area.

Day 8
Return to the airport for your flight home.

7 Nights
Prices from:
£800 per person
Explore Pennsylvania

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
Pittsburgh.Arrive in Pittsburgh, pick up your rental car and drive to your hotel in the centre of the city for 1 night. Pittsburgh is an eclectic city and is well worth a visit. It has a wealth of cultural events and entertainment. A visit to the Warhol Museum which honours the work of the famed artist and Pittsburgh native Andy Warhol is a must as is a visit to the Carnegie Museum which houses a remarkable collection of French Impressionist, post Impressionist and American Art. The Carnegie Museum of natural History has one of the best dinosaur collections in the world. If you are a sports fan watching a baseball or football game at the Heinz Field is a great experience. The city has many excellent restaurants.

Day 2
Pittsburgh to Laurel Highlands. Approximately 64 miles (1½ hours). Spend the morning exploring Pittsburgh before driving the Laurel Highlands for one night. In the beautiful wooded mountains of the Laurel Highlands you can enjoy a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater. Fallingwater is in a beautiful location wit its original furnishings and artwork. You can also visit Kentuck Knob another stunning house built by Frank Lloyd Wright which is now owned by Lord Palumbo. Golfers can enjoy a game at Seven Springs Mountain Resort which also has an excellent spa. Ohio Pile close to Falling Water offers white water rafting year round.

Day 3
Laurel Highlands to Gettysburg. Approximately 171 miles (3 hours) Gettysburg is a charming town and there are many ways to explore the area. To view the battlefields of Gettysburg you can either take a tour on an air-conditioned bus listening to a recorded story, drive your own car with an auto tape tour or hire a Licensed Battlefield Guide to ride with you to explain the three famous days in 1863. There are also self-guided walking tours or walking tours with a park ranger. If none of the above options appeal you can tour the 40 miles of battlefield roads by bicycle or gallop across the 5,700 acres of field by horseback. To further understand the courage and hardships of the soldiers visit some of the Civil War related museums or take an authentic Civil War house tour by day and a haunted ghost tour by night. Live theatre includes a personal visit with "President Lincoln", Civil War plays and ghost stories. Throughout the year you can talk to the soldiers in encampments and reenactments. When you have had enough history, enjoy a train ride through the beautiful countryside, ride on miniature horses, visit some quaint villages, play a game of golf and quench your thirst at a local brewery or winery.

Day 4
Gettysburg. At leisure.

Day 5
Gettysburg to Hershey. Approximately 50 miles (1 hour) Chocolate ... chocolate ... and more chocolate! Hersheys Chocolate World has been satisfying cravings for 30 years. The Hershey Company is open daily and always free. You can learn about making chocolate, experience Hershey’s 3D Show, and of course, eat some chocolate! Hershey Park has more than 60 rides with some terrifying roller- coasters! Harrisburg is Pennsylvania’s State Capital and is a 20 minute drive away. Here you can visit the Capitol, there are free guided tours of this striking building the architecture was inspired by St. Peter's Basilica and the Paris Opera House.

Day 6
Hershey to Lancaster. Approximately 29 miles (40 minutes) A chance to witness a simple way of life and take a refreshing trip back in time. Thousands of Amish and Mennonite residents live around Lancaster. A great way to experience the Amish lifestyle is by train on the Strasburg Railroad. Steam past Amish families in modest dress working the farms of this beautiful region where windmills dot the landscape. Explore the side roads where you will see quaint houses and villages and many folk driving horse and buggies.

Day 7
Lancaster. At leisure.

Day 8
Lancaster to Poconos. Approximately 125 miles (2½ hours) Drive from Lancaster to Poconos stopping at the beautiful small town of Jim Thorpe with its quaint storefronts, Victorian houses with a backdrop of hillside and trees. You will be staying at Mount Poconos where you can enjoy the beautiful countryside and relax, play golf, hike, play tennis, swim or an indulgent day at the spa.

Day 9
Poconos. At leisure.

Day 10
Poconos to New Hope. Approximately 87 miles (1¾ hours). Drive down the Delaware Water Gap along the Delaware Canal to New Hope for one night. New hope is a lovely historic town on the banks of the Delaware River. It has over 200 unique shops, art galleries, antiques stores and restaurants.

Day 11
New Hope to Philadelphia. Approximately 41 miles (1 hour) Drive along Route 30 to Philadelphia where you will spend 2 nights. Philadelphia is a city with two amazing sides. It is a progressive city alive with the excitement of theatres, symphony halls, museums, restaurants and cafes and it is a historic city where the Declaration of Independence was signed, the Liberty Bell rang out and people such as Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross and John Hancock helped shape America. Here you can take in fascinating history by day ad world-class entertainment by night. Walk through the meeting rooms of Independence hall, take a carriage ride by Elfreth’s Alley, dine in style and enjoy the hospitality of this vibrant city.

Day 12
Philadelphia. At leisure.

Day 13
Return your car to the airport before taking your flight home.

12 Nights
Prices from:
£923 per person
Pennsylvania Wild

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
Philadelphia. Arrive in Philadelphia and transfer to your hotel for 2 nights.

Day 2
Philadelphia. Spend the day enjoying this historic city, take a walk through the Independence Halls, see the Liberty Bell, visit some of the city’s great museums or simply walk around the city enjoying the atmosphere.

Day 3
Philadelphia to Pocono Mountains. Approximately 100 miles (2 hours). Drive along Route 611 to Route 209 which is very scenic setting aside some time to visit the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area where 70,000 acres have been set aside along a 40 mile stretch of the Delaware River. The park offers scenic drives, hiking and biking and waterfalls. Alternatively you can watch Bald Eagles while paddling down the Upper Delaware River. Visit the scenic town of Milford. Lush wilderness and abundant wildlife mark the stretch of Route 6 through Pike County. Villages such as Lords Valley, Greeley and Shohola offer a glimpse of the region’s vast history. Spend the night at Woodloch Pines.

Day 4
Pocono Mountains to Scranton. Approximately 50 miles (1.5 hours). Your journey on Route 6 traverses the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack, the 52 miles of shoreline offers endless opportunities for swimming, boating and fishing. Walk along scenic trails or enjoy the sights from a number of scenic outlooks. In the village of Honesdale you will see evidence of the county’s prosperous past and industrial legacy, including an 1850s Gravity Railroad passenger car. Some of the most valuable glass in the world came from White Mills. From 1865 to 1921 Christian Dorflinger created exquisite pieces of cut glass for everyone from President Lincoln to the Prince of Wales. Today his home houses the largest display of Dorflinger glass in the world.

Day 5
Scranton. Spend the day exploring some of the quaint towns along Route 6 and the Endless Mountains or visit Lackawanna State Park where there is boating, hiking and fishing. If industrial history takes your fancy take a trip 300 feet below the surface to explore the once active Lackawanna County Coal Mine. The Steamtown National Historic Site, dedicated solely to steam locomotion is worth a visit.

Day 6
Scranton to Wellsboro. Approximately 160 miles (3 hours). Continue along Route 6 enjoying picturesque scenery and Victorian Villages. Stop at the Wyalusing Rocks Overlook for a breathtaking view of the Susquehanna River. Visit French Azilum Wysox, the site of a settlement built for refugees of the French Revolution. Take a walking tour of Wellsboro and enjoy the beautiful gaslights and tree lined streets. Stay in Wellsboro for two nights.

Day 7
Wellsboro. Visit Leonard Harrison State Park or Colton Point Park for spectacular views of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. The Canyon is 50 miles long and plunges 1000 feet to Pine Creek. Horse and Conestoga wagon tours are available to the Canyon, the tour takes 2 and a half hours through the Pine Creek Gorge along the rail-trial. In the afternoon can hike or mountain bike (rentals available) on the rail-trail, horse riding is also available. At weekends you can take an excursion trail around the Tioga-Hammond Lake. Astrology classes are offered at Cherry Springs State Park in the evenings on some weekends. Visit the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum and explore a lumberjack’s way of life.

Day 8
Wellsboro to St Mary's. Approximately 90 miles (2 hours) Continue your journey to St. Mary’s for one night. At Benezette you will find the largest free-roaming herd of elk in the northeast. To help you discover these majestic creatures we have mapped out a route which winds its way through three forests. You will be able to hear bull elk call to each other from the Gilbert Farm and Ent’s Run sites on Winslow Hill or photograph them at Hicks Run Wildlife Viewing Area.

Day 9
St Mary's to Allegheny National Forest. Approximately 50 miles (1.5 hours) McKean County is the eastern gateway to the Allegheny national Forest and Allegheny Reservoir. Drive along the Longhouse national Scenic Drive to enjoy the seasonal highlights of the Mountain laurel which blooms in early June, and the blazing fall foliage, which peaks in early October. You will have time to boat, fish, canoe or swim at the Allegheny reservoir. Other activities include hiking, biking and ATV Riding. Also visit the Kinzua Bridge which was built in 1882 and was the highest and longest railroad viaduct in the world until a tornado destroyed a portion of the viaduct in 2003. In the city of Bradford the Zippo lighter was first ignited, you can visit the Zippo Case Visitors Centre which showcases this icon of American pop culture.

Day 10
Allegheny National Forest. At leisure to explore more of this beautiful region.

Day 11
Allegheny National Forest to Pittsburgh. Approximately 180 miles (3 hours) Today your journey will take you along the Allegheny River, a designated Wild and Scenic River through the Cook Forest to Pittsburgh where you will stay for two nights. Stop at the Sawmill to discover local artisans. Keep your eyes open and camera ready for wildlife like whitetail deer, black bears, bobcats and red-tail hawks.

Day 12
Pittsburgh. Spend the day in this vibrant city, visit the Andy Warhol Museum and the Carnegie Museum which has a wonderful collection of French Impressionist, post Impressionist and American Art. The city has many good restaurants.

Day 13
Pittsburgh. Return your car to the airport before taking your flight to the UK.

12 nights
Prices from:
£1289 per person
Fly Fishing Pennsylvania

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
Philadelphia. Arrive in Philadelphia, collect your car and drive to your hotel for one night. There will be time to have a look at some of the key points of interest of this charming city – the first city of America. There will be time to see the Liberty Bell and tour Independence Hall. Dine in one of Philadelphia’s great restaurants. 7 of the top 50 restaurants in America are located in Philadelphia.

Day 2
Lancaster and Carlisle. Approximately 123 miles (2 hours). Drive to Carlisle via Lancaster taking Route 30. Stop in Lancaster and visit the Amish Farm and House where you will gain an insight into the lifestyle of Lancaster’s Amish People and how they have changed over the years. Continue your journey to Carlisle where you will spend three nights with two days fishing for trout in some of the cool limestone waters of the area.

Days 3 & 4
Fishing. We suggest we arrange a guide for you for the first day so that you do not waste precious fishing time. There are many streams to choose from but we would suggest a selection of the following: Le Tort Spring Run which embraces much of America’s fly fishing history and a challenging stream to fish, Big Spring Run Creek, Yellow Breeches Creek, Falling Spring Branch, Codorus Creek, Honey Creek and Willow Run.

Day 5
Carlisle to Centre County. Approximately 40 miles (1 hour). A comfortable drive from Carlisle through beautiful countryside will take you to one of Pennsylvania??s best fishing areas. Central Pennsylvania is a haven for tremendous mayfly hatches and large wild brown trout - who has not heard of Penns Creek, Spruse Creek and Elk Creek. The streams are spread over quite a large area so we will arrange accommodation around the streams you would like to fish. The streams we would highly recommend are Penns Creek, Spring Creek, Lower Bald Eagle Creek, Fishing Creek and Spruce Creek but there are many others to try.

Days 6 & 7
Centre County. Fishing the streams of the area.

Day 8
Centre County to Philadelphia. Approximately 144 miles (2.5 hours). For those who are short of time, drive back to Philadelphia via Route 30 which will take you through Gettysburg and Lancaster. It is well worth stopping in Gettysburg to visit the battlefields.

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Day 8
Centre County to Pike County. Approximately 182 miles (3.5 hours). Take a scenic drive to Pike County and to the town of Milford where you will stay for three nights.

Days 9 & 10
Fishing the West Branch of the Delaware River. There is about 30 miles of excellent fishing on the West Branch of the Delaware River and you can fish on both the Pennsylvania side and the New York State side of the river. Again we would highly recommend a guide for at least one of your two days here.

Day 11
Milford to Philadelphia. Approximately 134 miles (2.5 hours). Return to Philadelphia on Route 32, the drive is very scenic. Drop off your car at the airport in time for your return flight to London.

 

7 or 10 Nights
Prices from:
£863 or £976 per person
West Virginia's Autumnal Adventure

Price includes flights, accommodation, car hire, tax and fuel surcharges

West Virginia is the third most forested state in the USA - nearly 80 percent is tree-covered with 36 state parks and seven state forests forming more than 200,000 acres of natural wonder and scenic beauty to provide tourists with a brilliant show of fall colour across the Mountain State. West Virginia's varied topography and elevation, ranging from a few hundred feet above sea level to nearly a mile high, stretches the leaf-peeping season from late-September into the early days of November. Viewing fall foliage is one of the most popular activities and it ties in with many traditional festivals. There are small towns and villages to discover with quaint local shops and inns, numerous outdoor activities from hiking and biking, to rafting and fishing or just driving the scenic byways and admiring the view.

Day 1
Fly to Washington DC, Dulles. On arrival pick up hire car and drive to Charles Town approximately 41miles (duration 1hour) and spend 1 night at the Hillbrook Inn.

Day 2 to 4
Drive from Charles Town to Rough Run approximately 116miles (duration 2 ½ Hours) and spend 3 nights in the Wildernest Inn.

Day 5
Drive from Rough Run to Snowshoe area approximately 74miles (duration 2 ½ hours) and spend 3 nights at the Brazenhead Inn.

Day 8
Drive from Snowshoe area to White Sulphur Springs approximately 60miles (duration 2hours) and spend 2 nights in The James Wylie House.

Day 10
Drive from White Sulphur Springs to Lewisburg approximately 10miles (duration 10 minutes) and spend 1 night at the General Lewis Inn.

Day 11
Leave Lewisburg and drive back to Charleston, drop car off at airport and fly home.
 

10 Nights
Prices from:
£1182 per person
West Virginia: Highland & Byways

Price includes flights, car hire, tax and fuel surcharges

Day 1
Fly to Washington DC, Dulles. On arrival pick up hire car and drive to Charles Town approximately 41miles (duration 1hour) and spend 1 night in Washington House Inn.

Day 2 to 4
Drive from Charles Town to Rough Run approximately 116miles (duration 2 ½ Hours) and spend 3 nights in the Wildernest Inn.

Day 5
Drive from Rough Run to Harpers Ferry approximately 123miles (duration 2 ½ hours) and spend 2 nights at the Harpers Ferry Guest House.

Day 7
Leave Harpers Ferry and drive back to Washington DC, Dulles and drop car off at airport. Fly Home

6 Nights
Prices from:
£855 per person
The Wonders Of Upstate New York

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
New York to Hudson Valley, approx. 90 miles. In the Lower Hudson Valley rugged hills rise nearly 1,000 feet above the river. Magnificent mansions perch on top. By the time the river reaches the upper valley, the landscape smoothes out a bit, yet the views are still as spectacular. Farms and estates occupied by the same families for centuries span the river banks. Overnight for two nights in the Hudson Valley.

Day 3
Hudson Valley to Saratoga Springs, approx. 100 miles. Known in the 21st Century for horse racing, this area has been welcoming visitors to the mineral springs since the 14th Century when Native Americans discovered the healing powers of the waters. Soon, Saratoga Springs became referred to by many as the Queen of Spas. There is an interesting visitor centre in the Saratoga National Historical Park. Stay one night in Saratoga Springs.

Day 4
Saratoga Springs to Lake George, approx. 30 miles. Begin your journey into the natural paradise of the Adirondack Mountains. Noted for its sparkling lakes, majestic mountains and rushing streams, the Lake George region is the perfect place to get in tune with the outdoors, whether your preference is serene or extreme. Spend one night in Lake George.

Day 5
Lake George to Lake Placid, approx. 80 miles. Continue your discovery of the Adirondack Mountains, which witnessed the building of America when lumberjacks, miners and armies from France, Britain and Colonial America each had their impact on the region. If you love the outdoors, 160 lakes and ponds with endless miles of trails await. In between, you’ll discover historic villages, great restaurants, museums, art galleries and antiques. Stay two nights in Lake Placid.

Day 6
Lake Placid has been the focus of the world twice during the 1932 and the 1980 Olympics. If you want to be active, you can hike miles of trails through Adirondack Park, raft the rivers, go fly fishing, bungee jumping, horseback riding, mountain climbing, backpacking, or bicycling. If you’d rather explore at a more leisurely pace, take a ski gondola to the top of one of the mountains, check out the galleries, boutiques, glass blowers and other shops.

Day 8
1000 Islands to Northern Finger Lakes, approx. 120 miles. The ‘must see’ sites include the New York Wine and Culinary Center, located in Canandaigua and the Strong National Museum of Play which offers fun for all ages. Visit the quaint town of Seneca Falls situated on the Erie Canal. Stay for one night in the Northern Finger Lakes.

Day 9 & 10
Northern Finger Lakes to Rochester, approx. 50 miles. Rochester is a great blend of the old and the new, the cultural and the industrial, built-up environment and natural beauty and very interesting history. Money Magazine recently ranked Rochester as one of the ‘10 Best Places to Vacation’ and USA Today called the region a ‘serendipitous and surprising getaway’. Overnight for two nights in the Rochester region.

Day 11
Rochester to Buffalo, approx. 105 miles. Situated at the base of the Niagara River, which connects Lakes Erie and Ontario - its proud shipping and industrial heritage earned it the nickname “Queen City of the Lakes”. Must- see attractions include Albright-Knox Art Gallery, one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary art in the United States and Darwin Martin House Complex - designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the preeminent architect of the 20th century. Overnight for 2 nights in Buffalo.

Day 12
Spend one more day relaxing in the Buffalo area.

Day 13
Buffalo to Niagara, approx. 25 miles. Even repeat visitors to Niagara Falls thrill to the thunder and roar as six million cubic feet of water falls over the rocks every minute. Join the millions of travellers who every year are awed by the sights and sounds of magnificent Niagara Falls and don’t miss the illumination at night! Spend two nights in Niagara Falls.

Day 14
Niagara Falls to Corning, approx. 145 miles. En-route make a stop at Letchworth State Park, known as the Grand Canyon of the East. Along the way visit Watkins Glen State Park where a descending stream cascades 400 feet down past 200 foot high cliffs. On arrival head for the Corning Museum of glass where you can explore glass from all perspectives through works of art, stained glass, modern glass innovations and even make your own. Overnight for one night in Corning.

Day 15
Corning to New York, approx. 250 miles. Either head back to the airport today for your flight home, or spend a couple of nights in New York City.

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New York State: Castles on the Hudson

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation.

Day 1
New York City to Poughkeepsie, approx. 85 miles. It’s a bit surreal; the number of castles of every shape and size perched along the banks of the Hudson River. In some places, dramatic palisades drop 1,000 feet straight to the water and elswhere lush landscapes gently roll to the waters edge. Industrial magnates, such as the Rockefellers and the Goulds built their magnificent homes here. Overnight for two nights in the Hudson Valley.

Day 2
Tour one of the many mansions or visit Springwood the family home of Franklin Roosevelt, where 300 acres of the original expansive farm are open for strolling and there is a great visitor centre detailing the lives and work of both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Day 3

Visit Albany, the New York State Capital and one of the most European looking cities in the United States. It is very walkable and has some interesting architecture. On your way back to New York City, visit New Paltz where original stone houses flank the oldest street in America.

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A Trip to The End - Long Island

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Day 1
New York City to Southampton, approx. 90 miles. Long Island is only a short distance from New York City yet is many worlds away. The north shore is known as the Gold Coast, from the early 20th century when magnificent estates were built for the Chryslers, Roosevelts and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Continuing farther east is the North Fork, known for fishing and quaint villages, farms and wineries.

Day 2
The South Shore of Long Island is home to the Hamptons, a well known playground for the rich and famous. There are also many lighthouses, the most famous of which is Montauk Lighthouse, at the eastern tip of Long Island. Fire Island National Seashore is accessible from Long Island by bridge and ferry. Long Island also has over 30 wineries just waiting to be explored and savored at each stop.

Day 3
Time for a bit more touring, soaking up the sun and last minute relaxing before returning to New York City.

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New York State: Serene, Cool Catskills Getaway

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Day 1
New York City to Mount Tremper, approx. 110 miles. On your way north to the Catskill Mountains, make time to explore some of the magnificent mansions that line the Hudson Valley. Overnight for two nights in Mount Tremper.

Day 2
Driving through the Catskills provides wonderful photo opportunities – mountainous skylines, wildlife, bright blue waters and country farms. Enjoy some of the numerous outdoor activities on offer or just relax in the fresh air. Try a visit to Cooperstown – this is small town Americana at its very best.

Day 3
Travel Route 28 that traverses the Catskills Park – often called the “Miles of Smiles” road because there is so much to see and experience. On your way back to New York City, visit the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and museum, which celebrates 41 years since the famous 60s outdoor concert.

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East Coast Cities by Rail
Price includes flights, Amtrak train travel and accommodation based on 2 people sharing. 

The cities of Philadelphia, Washington, DC and New York offer unique experiences in their own right, but together allow you to enjoy American city life at its best. Travelling on Amtrak offers you a glimpse of the countryside as well. 

Day 1 - Washington, DC
As the nation's capital, Washington, DC is famous for the White House, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. Washington's most famous museums belong to the Smithsonian Institute and whatever your interest you can find it here. Enjoy the city's different neighbourhoods, dining, shopping and nightlife. Stay for two nights. 

Day 3 - Washington, DC to Philadelphia
Take the two hour Amtrak journey to Philadelphia, the First City of America. As well as the plentiful art museums and galleries, visitors should not miss a visit to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Three nights in Philadelphia will give you the chance to explore at leisure and take in the vibrant atmosphere. 

Day 6 - Philadelphia to New York City
Your East Coast Cities tour ends in New York, a short hour and a half train journey from Philadelphia. New York itself needs little introduction. The city is renowned for its Broadway theatre, famous landmarks, Fifth Avenue shopping and many fabulous musems. Spend your final two nights in New York, exploring the city that never sleeps.

Day 8 - Depart from New York City

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Heritage of America - Escorted Tour
Price includes, flights,  services of a professional tour leader,  accommodation,  excursions, meals paid locally. 

Guaranteed Departures 2017- Apr 1- Apr 10, Apr 2- Apr 30, Apr 22- May 1, May 5- May 14, May 26 - Jun 4, Jun 23 - Jul 2, Jul 14- Jul 23, Sep 1 - Sep 10, Sep 8- Sep 17, Sep 15- Sep 24, Sep 16- Sep 25, Sep 22 - Oct 1, Sep 29- Oct 8, Oct 6 - Oct 15, Oct 13 - Oct 22, , Oct 20- Oct 29.

Guaranteed Departures 2018- Mar 2- Mar 11, Mar 9- Mar 18, Mar 16 - Mar 25, Apr 13 - Apr 22, Apr 20 - Apr 29, Apr 27- May 6, 

Day 1 New York City, New York - Tour Begins

Explore America’s heritage, history and scenic horizons on this in-depth tour of the eastern United States.

Day 2: New York City

Meet your fellow travellers for a welcome breakfast at the famous Ellen’s Stardust Diner. Then, a local guide leads you on a fascinating tour of the “Big Apple.” You’ll see Greenwich Village, the Wall Street district, Little Italy, Chinatown, the Empire State Building, Central Park, and other time-honoured landmarks. Visit St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan, a place where George Washington once worshipped, and where recovery workers came for rest and care during their time at the World Trade Center site. This afternoon, discover “the city that never sleeps” at your own pace.

Today breakfast is included. 

Day 3 New York City - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Gettysburg

This morning the choice is yours! Choose from a menu of New York’s diners for breakfast. Next, travel to Philadelphia and embark on a tour of “the Birthplace of a New Nation” which highlights the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Independence Hall is rich in heritage as the location of both the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the drafting of the Constitution. Continue on to Gettysburg, site of the Union victory that marked a turning point in the Civil War. En route, travel through the Amish Country of Lancaster, the second-largest Amish community in America, and view the community farmlands. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a historic Gettysburg tavern.

Today breakfast and dinner is included. 

Day 4 Gettysburg

Visit the Gettysburg National Military Park and Museum. Begin your tour by experiencing the film “A New Birth of Freedom.” View the breathtaking Cyclorama, a 360-degree cylindrical painting by the French artist Paul Philippoteaux, depicting the climactic battle of Pickett’s Charge. This original 1884 work of art is the largest in the country. Continue on to discover the Museum of the American Civil War and explore its galleries. Step onto the battlefield with a guided tour of the site illuminating those three historic days in 1863 and the decisive battle that changed the course of American history forever. This afternoon the choice is yours. You may choose to visit President Eisenhower’s home (a National Historic Site) where you will tour his farm; this site served as the President’s weekend retreat and as a meeting place for world leaders during the Cold War-era tensions. Or perhaps you would prefer to embark on a guided walking tour of historic downtown Gettysburg with a local expert dressed in period clothing who will bring to life the true stories of the town’s civilians who were caught up in the battle. Tonight, enjoy a home-cooked family-style meal in a historic barn (dating back to 1764) and experience life on a third generation family-owned farm.

Today breakfast is included. 

Day 5 Gettysburg - Shenandoah Valley - Charlottesville, Virginia

Today we make our way to Virginia. Along the way, travel through Shenandoah National Park via the famous Skyline Drive, along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where scenic expanses of Shenandoah Valley wilderness extend in all directions. Pause at a local vineyard set in the picturesque countryside. Set out on a tour of the winery followed by a tasting of their delicious wines. This afternoon, explore Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall, one of the longest pedestrian malls in the U.S., before dining at a local restaurant.

Today breakfast and dinner is included. 

Day 6 Charlottesville - Williamsburg

Visit Monticello, the beautiful home and gardens of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson was not only the third U.S. President and author of the Declaration of Independence, but he was an accomplished inventor and true “Renaissance man.” This afternoon, arrive in the historic town of Williamsburg. Tonight, begin your journey into Revolutionary-age America by dining in a Colonial Williamsburg tavern specializing in colonial fare.

Breakfast and dinner is included today. 

Day 7 Colonial Williamsburg - Yorktown - Williamsburg

Open the day by viewing “Story of a Patriot,” a short film that introduces you to Colonial Williamsburg, one of the world’s finest living history museums. Costumed reenactors populate the streets and buildings, bringing the customs and sentiments of 1770 to life. Tour the Governor’s Palace and Gardens before enjoying time to independently wander the cobblestone streets and explore some of the 88 historic buildings. This afternoon visit the newly opened American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Learn about another poignant turning point in American history as you immerse yourself in the world of Revolutionary America. Here, at the Yorktown Battlefield, American independence was won. Tour the museum’s vibrant galleries and interactive exhibits in a state-of-the-art setting that will impact all your senses. Explore the expanded outdoor living history museum with a recreated Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.

Today breakfast is included. 

Day 8 Williamsburg - Washington, D.C.
Visit Mount Vernon, the beloved home of the first U.S. president, George Washington. Wander the beautiful plantation grounds he adored and tour the home, filled with 18th-century artifacts. Then, travel to Washington, D.C. Explore the world-famous Smithsonian Institution’s countless treasures. Choose between a visit to the famed National Air and Space Museum or the National Museum of American History. Among the National Air and Space Museum’s collection in the location on the National Mall are the famous Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, and the Apollo 11 command module Columbia. The National Museum of American History features artifacts from locomotives to the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to compose the national anthem; to the First Ladies Hall containing many ball gowns worn by America's First Ladies. The evening is free to continue to explore on your own.

Today breakfast is included.

Day 9 Washington, D.C.
This morning, a guided tour of America's capital affords wonderful views of the Capitol building, the White House, monuments and museums. Your first stop will be the White House Visitor Center where you will gain insight into the many transitions this historic residence has undergone. Continue your tour with a stop at the moving World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. Your tour ends with a photo stop at the U.S. Capitol building. This afternoon, visit Arlington National Cemetery to view the Tomb of the Unknowns and the Kennedy gravesites. Toast the end of a wonderful trip this evening at a farewell dinner.

Today breakfast and dinner is included. 

Day 10 Washington, D.C. - Tour Ends

Your tour ends in Washington, D.C. this morning.
Today breakfast is included.

 

9 Nights
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Colours of New England - Escorted Tour
Price includes flights, services of a professional tour leader, excursions and some meals. 

Guaranteed Departures 2017- Sep 23 - Sep 30, Sep 26- Oct 3, Sep 28- Oct 5, Sep 29 - Oct 6, Oct 1- Oct 8 , Oct 3 - Oct 10, Oct 7 - Oct 14, Oct 8- Oct 15, Oct 10 - Oct 17, Oct 13 - Oct 20.

Day 1 - Boston, Massachusetts - Tour Begins
Welcome to Massachusetts, the beginning of your journey through New England’s charming and vibrant northern states. Relax during a two night stay in the heart of Boston.

Day 2 - Boston
Start your day with a sightseeing tour that features the Old South Meeting House, Public Gardens, Old North Church, Beacon Hill and the U.S.S. Constitution. Stop at the famed Faneuil Hall marketplace, bustling with various street performers and colourful kiosks of local handiwork. Tonight, the atmosphere becomes very “Ye Olde New England” when you enjoy a welcome dinner at America’s oldest Oyster House, located on the historic Freedom Trail. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 3 - Boston - Woodstock, Vermont - Stowe
Set out for Vermont, the “Green Mountain State.” Traditional white steeple churches, quaint villages and tree-covered mountainsides dot the charming landscape of your journey. In Woodstock, a covered bridge in the town centre, along with the beautifully restored Georgian houses that surround the town green, add credence to its reputation as “the quintessential New England village.” Visit the impressive 165 foot deep, mile-long Quechee Gorge before continuing to Stowe for a two night stay. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 4 - Stowe
Watch apples transform into cider the old-fashioned way - using a rack and cloth press - during a trip to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. A tour of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory teaches you about the ice cream process and ends with a delicious sample of their sweet treats. This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure in Stowe, a lovely New England town. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 5 - Stowe - North Conway, New Hampshire
Today you are New Hampshire-bound! Soak in the lovely New England countryside as you journey through the White Mountains of New Hampshire to North Conway. En route, visit the Rocks Estate, home to the North Country Conservation & Education Center. Tour the farm and learn about the history and importance of maple sugaring in the region, including a visit to a virtual tap room. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6 - North Conway - Lake Winnipesaukee - North Conway
Begin your day with a visit to New Hampshire’s picturesque lakes region, a popular vacation spot for visitors year-round. Board the m/s Mount Washington and spend the next hour cruising stunning Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire's largest lake. After your cruise, visit the charming town of Wolfeboro, the “oldest summer resort in America.” Later, return to North Conway via the Kancamagus Highway, a scenic byway offering spectacular views of the White Mountains region. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 7 - North Conway - Boothbay Harbour, Maine*
Depart New Hampshire for Maine, arriving in beautiful Boothbay Harbour, the “boating capital of New England.” View the rugged coastline on a drive along picturesque Ocean Point Road. This afternoon, enjoy a relaxing cruise through Boothbay Harbour for spectacular views of the coast, including lighthouses, summer homes, and even local wildlife, such as the harbour seals. Learn about New England’s lobster industry and watch as a lobster trap is pulled aboard the boat to view the day’s catch. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a very special farewell dinner featuring the fresh native lobster for which coastal Maine is renowned. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 8 - Boothbay Harbour - Kennebunkport - Boston, MA - Tour Ends
Today you travel through the seaside community of Kennebunkport, along spectacular Ocean Drive. See Walker’s Point, former President George H. W. Bush’s summer home, which is situated on a rocky promontory, before returning to the Boston airport. The many pleasant memories of your Colours of New England adventure will last a lifetime. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 9 - Arrive Home

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New York & Niagara Falls Mini – Escorted Tour
Price includes, flights, services of professional Tour Leader, transportation in customised vehicle, 2 hotel night in twin share accommodation 

Guaranteed Depatures 2017- Jun 22-Jun 24, Jul 06-Jul 08,  Jul 20-Jul 22, Jul 30- Aug 01, Aug 06-Aug 08,  Aug 13-Aug 15,  Aug 17-Aug 19, Aug 24-Aug 26 , Aug 27-Aug 29, Sep 10-Sep 12, Sep 24-Sep 26.
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Day 1: New York & Niagara Falls
Today you'll head for the beautiful Delaware Water Gap in the famous Appalachian Mountains. After a scenic stop in the Pocono Mountains you make your way to the spectacular Niagara Falls, where you can cross Rainbow Bridge into Canada for an incredible illuminated night-time view of this natural wonder!

Day 2: Niagara Falls & Finger Lakes
In the morning get up close and personal (and very wet!) on an included `Maid of the Mist' boat cruise to the thundering base of Niagara Falls. Then it's on to wine country and the shores of the Finger Lakes for a night at beautiful Seneca Falls. 

Day 3: Seneca Falls & New York 
On your return south to the New York area stop for a two hour shopping spree at the Woodbury Common Premium Outlet Mall with its 228 department store, shops, bars and restaurants! What better way to round off your New York and Niagara Falls experience?

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Historic Route 66 – Escorted Tour
Price includes, flights, services of professional tour leader, transportation in customised vehicle, all 12 hotel nights accommodation on a twin share basis, meals paid locally.

Guaranteed Departures 2017- 01 Jul - 14 Jul, 19 Aug - 01 Sep, 02 Sep - 15 Sep

2018- 30 Jun-13 Jul, 18 Aug-31 Aug, 01 Sep-14 Sep

Immortalized in folklore, cinema and song, Route 66 remains the iconic symbol of the great American road trip; a journey of adventure, discovery and the freedom of the open road. Cruising 'America's Main Street', the first paved highway linking Chicago with the West. You'll cross eight states and make a small detour for the biggest sight in the West, the magnificent Grand Canyon. From snow-cones and corndogs, to cowboys, country music and rock'n'roll - it's classic Americana all the way, as you travel from the heartland to the coast on the world's most famous road.

Day 1: Chicago
You've arrived in Chicago, the official start of Route 66. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs in your hotel for you to meet you tour leader and fellow travelling companions with the remainder of the day free to explore. Grab yourself a slice of deep-dish pizza, venture up the Willis Tower or take to the streets for your very own walking tour along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Day 2: Chicago to Springfield
After leaving Chicago, You will head south to the first iconic Route 66 stop, Springfield, the capital of the state of Illinois. Springfield's favourite son was Abraham Lincoln and you pay a visit to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, which is the home that he lived in with his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, from 1844 until 1861 when he became US president. Springfield is also the birthplace of the corndog and drive-thru restaurants.

Day 3: St Louis
From Springfield, Illinois, it is only a couple of hours driving to St Louis, Missouri. St Louis is one of the largest cities in USA with a metropolitan population of over 2.8 million. Founded in 1764 it became a major port on the Mississippi River and even hosted the Olympic Games in 1904. The Gateway Arch commemorates the settlement of America's West and it was from here that countless pioneers set out to conquer the wild frontier. Stop at Ted Drewes, an Iconic Route 66 attraction, and try a `Concrete' - über-thick milkshakes made from vanilla frozen custard. Perhaps you can spend the evening checking out the city's vibrant nightlife.

Day 4: Branson
Home to Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and their version of 'The Strip', Branson has become to country music what Las Vegas is to gambling. With over 50 dinner theatres, shows and other entertainment oddities, Branson is where it is at in Missouri.

Day 5-6: Oklahoma City
Oklahoma, with more driveable miles of the old highway than any other state, is a mecca for fans of the Mother Road. Oklahoma City is the capital and the largest city in the state. You spend a couple of nights here and enjoy a full day to discover some of the city's many cultural attractions. Visit the Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum and the Coleman Theatre, built in the late 1920's, it defines an era of vaudeville and silent films. Oklahoma is also the gateway to cowboy country so what could be a better introduction to the 'Wild West' than an optional visit to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Originally established in 1955 as the Cowboy hall of Fame and Museum, it has broadened its scope to encompass both Western and Native American artwork and artefacts as well as historic photographs.

Day 7: Amarillo
Amarillo in the state of Texas is our destination for today. On the 'Way to Amarillo' and before you leave Oklahoma, you will visit the 'official' Route 66 Museum, where you will learn about the legends surrounding the road we are travelling on and a short stop at Lucille's Service Station & Roadhouse. Then it is on to Amarillo where you will make your way to the Big Texan Steak Ranch for a steak meal (optional). If you can eat a 72 Oz steak in less than one hour, you get it for free! This is man versus food for real!

Day 8: Albuquerque
Your Route 66 road trip continues with a visit to the Cadillac Ranch, where 10 classic cars are buried nose-down in the dirt. The owners encourage graffiti so grab a spray can and leave your mark! After a short driving time you reach the Midpoint Café, the midway point between Chicago and Los Angeles, famous for hot coffee and rolls. Activities include driving through the Tijeras Canyon and stopping at Tucumcari Post and Curios.

Day 9: Gallup
From modern cultures to ancient civilizations you make a stop by the 'Sky City' ruins on the Acoma Native American Reservation. You will spend the night in Gallup, New Mexico, home to a diverse population with a third of its residents being of Native American decent. Stay at the El Rancho Hotel, a little slice of history, counting John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn amongst its famous guests.

Day 10-11: Grand Canyon National Park
So it is not on the original Route 66, but it is so close it would be a crime to pass it by! The Grand Canyon is an iconic symbol of the Desert Southwest and a spectacle not to be missed. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend, even as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon. Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 445 kilometres (277 miles) long, up to 29 kilometres (18 miles) wide and over 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) deep. Snaking through the canyon floor is the mighty Colorado River, which runs 2330 kilometres (1450 miles) through seven US states and two Mexican states.

In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic flight over the canyon, which offer perspectives that you cannot see by visiting on foot. Also recommended is the film show at the IMAX Theatre, which will give you a good overview of the area and how it developed. There are many walks that you can enjoy ranging from easy to moderate ones. There is also time to shop around for local souvenirs.

Day 12-13: Las Vegas
The historic Route 66 town of Seligman and the Snow Cap Diner make for a quirky stop en route to the Hoover Dam before we hit Vegas, renowned as the 'tacky capital of the world'. If it is gambling you want, you have come to the right place as nowhere else in the world will you find so many casinos. But if you really want to look at something different, stop by one of its countless wedding chapels. In Las Vegas we enjoy a city tour that takes you to some of the quirky things that epitomises this city, as well as learn about some of its colourful history. You will also have time for some last-minute bargain shopping and relax by a pool before nights out on the town amidst the bright lights, casinos and world-class shows. You may also like to enjoy a buffet dinner at one of Las Vegas' famous all-you-can-eat dining places.

Day 14: Las Vegas to Los Angeles
On your final day you return to California and follow Route 66 across the great Mojave Desert to the city of Los Angeles. The tour finishes at the very end of the road at Santa Monica Pier.

13 Nights
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