Explore the East Coast: New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC

The east coast of the US is home to some of the most historic cities with New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC all clinging to the Atlantic. Begin and end in the hustle and bustle of New York; enjoy Times Square, Central Park, Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty before heading on to Philadelphia, where a historical tour is just the thing to work up an appetite for some authentic Philly cuisine. Discover some of the most important monuments in the country in Washington, before returning to New York.


Start
New York, United States
Finish
New York, United States
Country
United States
Style
Comfort
Theme
Short Breaks
Code
SSAB
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 2

Why we love this trip

  • Go behind the neon signs and chain stores to discover the hidden treasures of New York's Times Square on a guided walking tour

  • Washington DC was built with the blocks of American history. See the illuminated monuments and memorials of the capital by night aboard a sustainable eCruiser bus

  • Explore the historical sights of Philadelphia, once the capital of the US and a pivotal player in the Revolutionary War

  • With accommodation, transport and day tours organised for you, seeing the best of America's east coast in a short period of time is easy

  • The flexibility of this independent trip allows you to do what you want, when you want...without the restrictions of a packed itinerary

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is an independent trip. Although you'll be meeting up with local guides for Urban Adventure day tours in different destinations, there's no overall trip leader so you'll be responsible for finding your own way to meeting points, train stations and around cities. Your local city guides will be full of sightseeing, transport and dining tips.

  • The cities visited on this trip are quite expensive, so be prepared to pay above average prices for meals when eating out. If you do a bit of research, there are plenty of affordable options, and your guides will be able to recommend some great restaurants.

Itinerary

Welcome to New York. Check in to your hotel by midday. In the early afternoon, meet your guide for the Beyond Broadway Urban Adventure. Times Square can feel crowded and touristy when you first arrive, but the tour will open your eyes to some true local haunts. The rest of the evening is free for you to explore this immense city. Your guide will be able to provide you with recommendations for some great places to eat and drink.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Secrets of Times Square Urban Adventure
Optional Activities
  • American Museum of Natural History - USD22
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art - USD25
  • Empire State Building - USD27
  • Museum of Modern Art - USD25
  • Guggenheim Museum - USD22
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
In the morning take a two-hour train south to Philadelphia. On arrival into the city, meet your guide for the History in HD Urban Adventure. From the building where the United States Constitution was signed to the site of the house where George Washington once lived, embark on a historical journey through Philadelphia. The tour finishes in the late afternoon and you have the rest of the evening free to explore. Your guide will be able to suggest some things to do and see in the city.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • History in HD Urban Adventure
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast, travel to the nation's capital of Washington DC (approximately 2-3 hours). Your day is free to explore this compact city, before meeting up with your guide in the evening for the Monuments by Night Urban Adventure. Climb aboard an open-air electric vehicle for a tour around some of the city's most iconic sights. Cruise by the Washington Monument and the Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Jefferson Memorials, which all look spectacular when they’re lit up at night. You'll be on your own tomorrow, so if you want any recommendations about what to see and do in town, now's a good time to ask your guide.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Monuments By Night Urban Adventure
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is free to explore Washington DC on your own. Perhaps head to the White House, take a tour of the National Museum of Natural History or stroll through the manicured park of the National Mall. Discover the cobbled streets, harbour or university in the historical district of Georgetown. In the evening, perhaps try some authentic American food at one of the many grill joints in town.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • National Gallery of Art - Free
  • National Museum of Natural History - Free
  • National Museum of Crime and Punishment - Free
  • National Museum of American History - Free
  • National Archives - Free
  • National Air & Space Museum - Free
  • International Spy Museum - USD21
  • Newseum - USD22
  • Arlington National Cemetery - Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take the train back to New York this morning (approximately 3-4 hours), where your trip comes to an end. There are no more activities planned for today and you're free to depart at anytime.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Train

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights)

Included Activities

  • Secrets of Times Square Urban Adventure
  • History in HD Urban Adventure
  • Monuments By Night Urban Adventure

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Important notes

1. This is an independent itinerary and you will not be escorted by a tour leader.
2. This trip starts at midday on day 1 and finishes on arrival in New York on day 5. If departing from New York on day 5 we recommend you don't book a flight before 6pm.

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