Get a taste of eleven cities in the USA and Canada

Taste the rich diversity of the USA and Canada. This city-hopping trip is packed full of culture, history and vibrant nightlife, with a wealth of museums, monuments and parks to explore. Start in the thriving city of Chicago, where a mix of huge skyscrapers and gorgeous lakefront walks await, before heading up to Canada to experience the clean coolness of Toronto and the French charm of Montreal. Then follow a trail of diverse cities down the east of the USA, from the bright lights of New York all the way to the south in New Orleans. Along the way delve deep into American history, from the Freedom Trail to the Washington DC monuments to civil rights historical sites. Discover the unique personalities of each city – every day promises new buzzing pockets of urban life to explore.

Chicago, United States
New Orleans, United States
United States
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
983kg pp per trip


  • Experience a diverse array of nightlifes and cityscapes
  • Walk the lakefront trails of Chicago
  • Marvel at the rampaging waters of Niagara Falls
  • Brush up on your French as you explore Montreal’s vibrant neighbourhoods
  • Walk the Freedom Trail for a dose of American history
  • Lose yourself in the bright lights of Manhattan
  • See iconic political monuments in the old and new capitals
  • Sample delicious Southern cuisine
  • Delve into Birmingham’s civil rights history
  • Soak up a mix of European, Creole and Cajun culture in New Orleans


Begin the adventure in the biggest and boldest city in the Midwest – Chicago. The third most populous city in the United States, and definitely one of the friendliest, Chicago is known for its vibrant urban culture, lakeside walking trails and some seriously stunning architecture.
Cross the border into Canada and perhaps head up the giant CN Tower for a look at this ultra-cool, ultra-clean capital – or see it from the ground on an optional bike tour. The next day, get a dose of one of North America’s most iconic marvels on a daytrip to the rampaging waters of Niagara Falls. If it’s not too cold, don a raincoat and head out on the waters for a Maid of the Mist boat tour.
Brush up on your French and discover a city that wears its European heritage on its sleeve. Home to more than 80 ethnic communities, Montreal is known for its fantastic food and atmospheric streets and neighbourhoods.
Swap French patisseries for Guinness on tap, and discover the fighting Irish spirit of a town that has been dubbed ‘The Athens of America’. Get caught up in the scholarly history of Boston with a trip to Cambridge, explore the Italian district or walk the Freedom Trail to learn about America’s founding fathers.
From the moment you spot the looming towers of New York on the horizon, it’s hard not to get caught up in the sheer size of this mega metropolis. From Times Square, Broadway, Central Park and the Empire State Building, there’s so much to see you could spend months just ticking off your to-do list.
Fall for friendly Philadelphia, fondly referred to as the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ thanks to its tourist-friendly and easy-to-negotiate city centre. Stop to admire the historical monuments and pop into the cultural centres as you venture about town. Later, enjoy a walking tour of the city’s historic sites, including Independence Hall and Benjamin Franklin’s House.
The nation's capital, Washington DC, is easily explored by foot. Stick your walking shoes on and go check out the White House, Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and the National Air and Space Museum, plus myriad other interesting museums. If your legs are still working in the evening, hit the dance floor in glitzy Georgetown.
A curious fusion of aesthetic beauty and unchecked public debauchery, Savannah has been described as ‘a beautiful lady with a dirty face’. But this is all part of the city’s charm. Soak up the quirky atmosphere as you marvel at the incredible mansions, colonial public buildings and neoclassic antebellum architecture.
Often referred to as the ‘New York of the South’, Atlanta is big city with a wide range of parks, museums, restaurants and bars to explore. Enjoy some free time to check out the World of Coca Cola, CNN Center, the Martin Luther King Jr Historic Site and the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum.
Hop aboard a train and head further into Dixie, arriving in Birmingham just in time to check out one of the centres of the Civil Rights Movement.
Take stock of the ‘Big Easy’, a jazzy, multicultural city that is pretty hard to pin down in one sentence. From the European-inspired French Quarter to the Cajun cuisine, this is one of the world’s most unique cities and a great place to end this exploration of the United States.
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Bus, Plane, Taxi, Train
Hotel (19 nights)
Included activities
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Museum
  • Kensington Market Urban Adventure
  • Niagara Falls
  • Philadelphia Urban Adventure


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1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
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USA & Canada City Explorer , September 2015