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Northeastern Family Discovery

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Overview

This 11-night family camping holiday is a fantastic mix of vibrant cities, stunning National Parks and fun activities. You will experience a wonderful canoeing trip though the Algonquin Provincial Park, and feel the spray of Niagara Falls on a cruise. You can hike in the Green Mountains and swim in Smugglers Notch State Park. Try out the local speciality of cheesy chips with gravy in Montreal and head to the top of the CN Tower in Toronto. If you want you can choose to spend a couple of days in New York, either at the beginning or end of this tour.

Highlights:

  • Have fun at different campsites throughout the Finger Lake region, Ontario, Quebec and Vermont
  • Explore the stunning Finger Lakes region, either on foot or by canoe
  • Enjoy a day in Toronto, and perhaps take in a baseball game
  • Experiment with the cuisine in Montreal
  • Choose from myriad outdoor activities in Vermont, such as hiking, biking, swimming
  • End with some retail therapy at one of America’s biggest shopping malls – Woodbury Common Outlet Mall

Details

Day 1

New York

You will meet with your tour leader and group this evening in New York. You will be heading off to the beautiful Finger Lakes region in the morning, so if you want to spend time in the Big Apple then simple book a few days either at the beginning or the end of this tour.

Overnight: Hotel included, with meals paid locally

Day 2

New York to the Finger Lakes New York State

Head upstate to the stunning Finger Lakes region, where you will find a whole host of activities from water sports for the children and wine-tasting for the adults. You can choose to hike or bike along the beautiful lakes, deep gorges and rolling hills. Or get out onto the water from some swimming or kayaking.

Overnight: Camping with meals included

Day 3

Niagara Falls

Today you will see Niagara Falls in all its glory. There are three waterfalls straddling the USA and Canada border, and combined they have the highest flow rate in the world. You will enjoy a Maid of the Mist tour, taking you right into the falls, an amazing experience for all of the family.

Overnight: Camping with meals included

Day 4

Toronto

Your next destination is the multi-cultural city of Toronto. For birds eye views of the city and Lake Ontario head to the top of the CN Tower, and dare each other to cross the glass walkway. Or you could rent bikes for a more down to earth tour of the city. You can take a ferry to the islands or even go and see a baseball game.

Overnight: Camping with meals included

Days 5 & 6

Algonquin Provincial Park

Time to leave the city behind and head out to Canada’s oldest Provincial Park – Algonquin. Famous for its rocky ridges, maple hills and abundance of lakes (around 2,500 of them!) You can explore the park on the self-guided walking trails, or you can explore by water and rent a canoe.

Overnight: Camping with meals included

Days 7 & 8

Montreal

Montreal is the next stop, where you can enjoy the laid-back charm of this family-friendly city. The Biodome is well worth a visit – the Olympic velodrome converted into a nature museum, which recreates the different ecosytems of the Americas, including a Tropical Rainforest and the Sub-Antarctic zone with penguins. At the Botanical Gardens there is an Insectarium full of creepy crawlies and BuzzGround is a fun adventure playground.

Overnight: Camping with meals included

Day 9

Smugglers Notch State Park – Stowe, Vermont

Travelling back into the USA, you will stop at the Smugglers Notch State Park in the beautiful Green Mountains. This is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, with trails to waterfalls and lakes to swim in. Continue on to the popular mountain resort of Stowe, packed with activities such as biking, hiking and swimming.

Overnight: Camping with meals included

Days 10 & 11

Green Mountains National Forest

Continue south through Vermont to the Appalachian Gap. Here you will have the opportunity to take an easy hike following the ridge of the Green Mountains to Haystack Mountain, giving you beautiful views of the valley.

Overnight: Camping with meals included

Days 12

Woodbury Common Outlet Mall – New York

Today you will head back to New York, but not before stopping off at Woodbury Common Outlet Mall, where you can shop ‘til you drop at the 228 department stores and shops (or just wait for the others in one of the many cafes). Then you can either fly home from New York, or choose to add-on a few days to see the iconic sights of this fabulous city.

Flights home today must be booked for departure after 9pm.

 

What’s Included

  • International flights
  • Travel on the tour in an air-conditioned private vehicle
  • 9 nights camping and 2 nights in 3* hotel on a twin share basis
  • Please see Accommodation section below for more details
  • Services of a professional tour leader
  • Leader guided waterfall walk
  • Maid of the Mist Cruise at Niagara Falls
  • Half day canoe trip in Algonquin Provincial Park
  • Driving tour of Montreal and visit to Basilique Notre-Dame

 

What’s Not Included

  • Transfers to the joining point of the tour and away from the finishing point
  • Meals paid locally (apart from when camping)
  • CN Tower in Toronto CAD$28
  • Baseball game in Toronto CAD$20-50
  • Ferry to Toronto Islands CAD$7
  • Bike rental in Toronto CAD$15-35
  • Jet boat ride in Montreal CAD$67
  • Montreal O’Noir Restaurant in the dark CAD$35-50

 

The majority of nights on this tour will be spent camping so that you can experience the most breath-taking natural scenery at close quarters. Campgrounds are selected either for their scenic beauty or for their convenience to the places you’ll explore.

All the necessary equipment will be provided including spacious dome tents, self-inflating sleeping mats, camp lights, and all kitchen & cooking equipment. You will need to bring a warm sleeping bag and a pillow.

One night will be spent in a hotel, as shown in the itinerary.

All meals whilst camping are included in the price of the tour. The Tour Leader coordinates the local shopping and assists the group in creating healthy, hearty breakfasts, picnic lunches and delicious dinners.

Breakfasts may include fresh fruits, cereal, toast, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Fried bacon or sausage, pancakes or eggs will also be available on more leisurely mornings. Lunches are typically picnic style. Evening meals range from grilled meat, fresh fish or chicken dishes, as well as occasional regional specialities such as Mexican food or BBQ’s. Vegetarian options will also be available. If you have a special diet, then feel free to bring any particular foods, beverages or whatever you need. Be sure to let us know at time of booking and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

One night will be spent in a hotel on this tour, as shown on the itinerary, and here you will be able to choose when and where you eat, with all meals payable locally.

 

An essential part of these family activity holidays is getting the whole group involved and helping out around the campground. With guidance from your tour leader, everyone sets up and packs down the camp together. The high quality tents are very easy to set up and take down on your own, and the tour leader will show you how. Typically it takes only 15 minutes to set up the tens and the camp kitchen.

Please don’t bring more than one medium sized suitcase, soft holdall or rucksack (maximum 20kg) and your sleeping bag. Small hand baggage may also be carried inside the vehicle.

When you are camping all your meals at the campsite are included so we recommend you budget for around $15 per day for snacks, drinks, tips and general spending

When you are staying in hotels we recommend an average budget of $50 per day to cover all meals, snacks, drinks, tips and general spending.

In addition to this you should also budget for optional activities you would like to participate in. Some sample costs are listed in the What's Included section.

 

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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