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Top 10 escorted tours in America's East
Here’s our pick of the best escorted tours through the eastern states of America, all of which are quite fabulous for those seeking hassle-free getaways – you’ll have a dedicated Tour Manager throughout and hand-picked accommodation. An escorted tour means that you always have an expert guide on hand and you don’t have to worry about getting lost or missing your train. Generally the more expensive the tour, the more meals and excursions will be included in the price as well as upgraded accommodation so do bear this in mind when you’re browsing our selection.
New England's Fall Foliage
How long: 7 nights
What: For a chance to get into the soul of the north-eastern states that transform into a kaleidoscope of colour in autumn, this gently-paced tour captures all that is great and good about New England. You’ll be treated to the sensational views of Vermont, the White Mountains and the Maine coast, as well as some amazing experiences such as museum visits, sampling regional culinary favourites and aerial views of the picturesque White Mountains. Staying in luxury accommodation and dining on delicious meals, this is a superb glimpse at the beauty of New England.
The best bits: Stay at the Von Trapp Family Lodge, the place the real-life Von Trapp family of the Sound of Music called home after they fled Austria, and here you will enjoy a three course dinner paired with tastings of their very own Trapp Lager.
More information and to book: New England's Fall Foliage
East Coast USA and Canada
How long: 13 nights
What: We love this tour partly because the itinerary takes in so many fantastic sights but also the great number of meals and excursions led by an expert Tour Manager allowing you to experience the very best of eastern America and Canada with no stress and at great value. You won’t just visit Niagara Falls you’ll also visit a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, not only do you have all breakfasts included you’ll also enjoy two lovely lunches & five delicious dinners PLUS tours of New York, Toronto, Washington DC, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Boston.
The best bits: Take a step back in time with a local specialist as you explore the rural roads of Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County where you’ll learn about the traditional agricultural lifestyle of the Amish and the Mennonites. You’ll arrive at your hotel which is a historic preservation in the heart of Amish Country where you’ll dine on a hearty dinner before practicing making whoopie pies for your dessert.
More information and to book: East Coast USA and Canada
How long: 9 nights.
What: Setting the standard for tours worth crossing the Atlantic for, this well-priced trip assures sights that allow you full bragging rights. Kicking off in New York and ending in the political and power capital of Washington DC, visual treats include the mighty Niagara Falls, the shores of Lake Ontario, and the Gettysburg Civil War National Battleground. There’s also a walking tour along Boston’s Freedom Trail, a scenic journey through the countryside of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and a fascinating visit to an Amish museum.
The best bits: Quintessential Americana awaits in Boston, the historic city known as Beantown that tempts with centuries-old buildings, world-class museums, and artsy wonders. Highlights include walking along the Freedom Trail to gaze at the Granary Burial Grounds, Old State House, Boston Common and Faneuil Hall, shopping at the downtown Quincy Market, and hitting the cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill for Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian architecture, antique shops, and historical landmarks.
More information and to book: Eastern Discovery
Great Eastern Cities
How long: 7 nights.
What: The name sums this tour up, featuring the best cities that make up the cultural fabric of the USA are uncovered on a tour that scores high on the sightseeing front. Following a two-night stay in New York for all the glistening skyscrapers, big-name museums and galleries, hip restaurants and high-end shopping you can muster, there’s also wine tasting in Finger Lakes Country, and visits to Niagara Falls, Amish Country and Gettysburg National Military Park. Big-city thrills in Washington DC and Philadelphia wrap things up nicely.
The best bits: Following a guided sightseeing tour of Manhattan, you’ll have plenty of time to get to grips with this big and bold city at your own pace. Walk the 1.45-mile-long High Line that stretches from the Meatpacking District through Chelsea, get your arty kicks at MOMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim, pay your respects at the 9/11 Memorial, and head to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck atop the Art Deco-style GE Building for knockout 360-degree city views.
More information and to book: Great Eastern Cities
How long: 12 nights
What: Taking in a lot more of the eastern seaboard than the name suggests, the advantage is that you also get to explore the fantastic music cities of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans and finish up in the sunshine state of Florida. You can also sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains.
The best bits: Set in the southwestern corner of Tennessee, Memphis more than matches its myth as home of the blues and the birthplace of rock n’roll. Enjoy a downtown tour that includes the iconic Beale Street, relive the soul and attitude of rock gods at Sun Studio on Union Avenue, and enter the wrought-iron gates of Graceland - Elvis Presley’s sublimely kitsch, bizarre, and impossibly over-the-top mansion that’s part-museum and part-shrine.
More information and to book: Southern Explorer
The Great American Crossing
How long: 15 nights.
What: Raising the bar for coast-to-coast adventure, this unrivalled tour allows you to experience all the contrasting characters of the USA. Kicking off in New York and ending in Los Angeles, you’ll get to glam it up in cities such as Philadelphia, Washington, Salt Lake City, Chicago and Las Vegas, whilst also enjoying the eye-popping Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon National Parks, Gettysburg National Military Park, Grand Teton, Badlands, and more. You may also choose to extend your stay and travel up the Californian coast to the glittering bay city of San Francisco.
The best bits: Impossible to pick one thing from this particular tour – votes from our specialist America team put the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls in first place, and as the author I’m going to put Washington DC in their as my favourite US city with its fascinating museums and memorials dotted through the gorgeous wide open parks.
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How long: 9 nights.
What: Delve into America’s captivating past with this eight-day escorted tour through some of the USAs most significant and famous locations from history. Beginning in Washington, D.C., you’ll journey to Mount Vernon, Williamsburg, Jamestown, Charlottesville, Gettysburg and Philadelphia, witnessing incredible scenery, impressive landmarks and notable points of interest along the way. You’ll learn about the importance sites of the Civil War, visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall and take a step back in time to the lives of early colonists.
The best bits: On Day 3 visit the home of the nation’s first president, George Washington, on the banks of the Potomac River in Mount Vernon then visit the Yorktown Victory Centre and watch Revolutionary War history come to life. Learn more about America’s past upon arrival into Williamsburg then in the evening, head to a local tavern for a meal with your group.
More information and to book: Historic Highlights
Boston, Cape Cod and the Islands
How long: 7 nights
What: Discover some of New England’s most beautiful and quintessential cities and towns on this wonderful seven-night escorted tour. Starting and ending in Boston, you’ll have the chance to discover everything that makes this region so lovable, including stays in Cape Cod, Newport, Nantucket Island and Martha’s Vineyard.
The best bits: From kooky villages with rainbow-coloured cottages and cool towns brimming with culture, to brilliant museums infused with deep history and little islands home to stunning natural beauty, there is much to see and do on this trip. Whether you fancy trying succulent seafood straight from the sea, delving into the region’s past, relaxing on dazzling beaches or exploring the coast by catamaran, there’s something for everyone on this coastal adventure.
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Tastes and Sounds of the South
How long: 9 nights
What: Immerse yourself in classic Southern hospitality, beginning in Nashville and visiting Memphis and Natchez before ending in New Orleans. An exciting glimpse into the heritage of this beautiful region, this tour showcases the sights, sounds and delicious tastes of the south with some unique and unforgettable activities along the way. From visits to the Country Music Hall of Fame to captivating dining experiences and fantastic city tours, you’ll treasure the charm and warm welcome of the south.
The best bits: On Day 6 you’ll visit historic Natchez, founded in 1716 and home to a rich antebellum culture. In the evening, enjoy some classic Southern hospitality at two special residences in one evening. Firstly, head to the private home of Joe Stone whose property was built in the 1850s and contains a gallery collection of rare maps, a charming billiards hall and beautiful glasswork. You’ll sip on cocktails as Joe performs on the piano and explains the meaning behind the songs. Afterwards, head over to the residence of Esther Carpenter, built in 1804, to hear stories about the past and present of this historic estate. Esther, an esteemed chef, will host a delicious four-course dinner with wine for a true taste of the Deep South.
More information and to book: Tastes and Sounds of the South
How long: 8 nights
What: There’s little lovelier than leaf-peeping amid vibrant fall foliage in the most storied parts of New England. So it’s easy to see why this season-specific tour holds such appeal, mostly for the blazing blooms and changing palette of trees. Beginning and ending in Boston, there’s everything from glassblowing in Quechee to hitting Maine’s Highway 1 to drive past lighthouses and quaint fishing towns. You’ll also learn about lobster fishing at Bar Harbour, ascend the Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, and visit the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in Vermont.
The best bits: The top of the 466-metre-high Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is the very highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard - and famously the first place to view the sunrise in the US between March and October. The views are spellbinding, especially in the autumn months when the land below dazzles with a blazing mix of pinks, oranges, reds, yellows and purples.
More information and to book: Autumn Colours