Boston & New York

Boston & New York: East Coast Rivals
Follow an 18th century costumed guide as he takes you back in history on Boston’s Freedom Trail Tour, then head to New York City and ferry to Ellis Island to see the Statue of Liberty.
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Day 1 Hello Boston
Meet your tour director
Freedom Trail walking tour
Old North ChurchPaul Revere's HouseOld Granary Burial GroundBoston CommonKing's ChapelOld State HouseFaneuil Hall
Dinner
Details: Freedom Trail walking tour
Follow a portion of the red brick trail that lines Boston's sidewalks and visit some of the most important historical sites of the American Revolution and the Abolitionist movement. This 2.5 mile walk, beginning at the Boston Common and ending at the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, also includes the site of the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere's house, and the Old North Church.
Day 2 Cambridge & Salem
Breakfast
Harvard University walking tour
Salem city walk
Witch Trial MemorialOld Burying PointPickering Wharf
Salem Witch Museum visit
Dinner
Details: Boston Duck Boat guided sightseeing tour (seasonal)
One of America's first cities, Boston straddles the Old and New World, its winding streets and busy harbor evoking Victorian England even while its skyscrapers and cutting-edge institutions reflect the American penchant for growth and change. See the city's (and nation's) origins at the Boston Common and State House, site of the Boston Massacre that helped spark the American Revolution. Copley Square and Back Bay bring to mind the literary Boston of Emerson, James, and Thoreau, with graceful houses and wide sidewalks testifying to the area's historic wealth (the posh area had more humble beginnings, however; it started out as a swamp!). The intellectual fervor continues in Cambridge, home to MIT, Harvard University, and all the students, cafés, and bookstores you'd expect in such a big-name college town. You'll also see Boston's North End, which the city's large Italian population has claimed for its own since the 1920’s. While the gelato and cannoli here may be sweet, they're no match for Boston's weirdest disaster -- in 1919, a giant storage tank of molasses collapsed, sending a 15-foot-high wave of the sticky sweet goo through the neighborhood and killing 21 people.
Details: Salem city walk
Salem, site of the first colony in Massachusetts, is remembered more for the events that occurred in 1692, when local girls accused three women of witchcraft. The accusations spread, and in one year nineteen women and one man were executed as witches. Theories about the reasons behind the witch hunt abound -- tension over traditional Puritan values conflicting with new commercial interests, fear of recent smallpox outbreaks and Indian attacks manifesting itself, even hallucinogenic fungus growing in the town's rye -- but no conclusive answer has been found. Explore the history, theories, and myths with your local step on guide. Want a more chilling witch experience? Visit the House of the Seven Gables, made famous in Nathaniel Hawthorne's short novel. In his version, the spooky, rambling house was cursed when bought unfairly from a witch. Even if you ignore the ghost stories, the house offers a great inside look at the oldest surviving 17th-century wooden mansion in New England.
Day 3 Boston--New York
Breakfast
Travel to New York
Midtown walking tour
Rockefeller CenterSt. Patrick's CathedralTrump TowerTimes SquareGrand Central Terminal
Dinner
Details: Midtown walking tour
Take a walking tour through the humming streets of New York’s Midtown which is the home of famous sights such as Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Madison Square Garden and some of the city’s most revered museums and institutions.
Details: Empire State Building & Observatory visit
The Empire State Building rises over the Manhattan skyline like a throne. Admire its Art Deco curves up close as you ascend a quarter of a mile skyward to get New York's best aerial view. From the top, you'll see the Monopoly-board patchwork of skyscrapers, hotels, apartments, and parks that make up the city. Note that the tallest buildings cluster in Midtown—this section of the island has the strongest foundations, making it the only area where skyscrapers won't sink into the harbor.
Day 4 New York City
Breakfast
Lower Manhattan guided sightseeing tour
Trinity ChurchWall Street9/11 Memorial visitChinatownLittle Italy
Dinner
Optional  Broadway show  $75
Details: Ferry boat to Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty
The statue, a joint venture between the U.S. and France, was commissioned to honor the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and the friendly Franco-American relations established at that time. Once a gallows field for convicted pirates, Ellis Island became a federal immigration station in 1892. In the years that followed, Ellis Island saw roughly 12 million immigrants pass through its halls to enter the United States of America. In 1965 Lyndon B. Johnson declared the island part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, and in 1990 it was reopened as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which today attracts over 2 million visitors per year. Over 40% of American citizens can trace their family heritage to Ellis Island!
Details: Lower Manhattan guided sightseeing tour
Tour Lower Manhattan, where industry, immigration, and colonial history converge. As the symbol of Western capitalism, Wall Street's modern traders bristle with cell phones, PDAs, and other modern tech accessories. This area's original traders, however, were Dutch colonialists, who gave the street its name by building a wall here to protect themselves from British settlers. Nearby Trinity Church, once the tallest building in the city, holds the grave of Alexander Hamilton and other Revolutionary luminaries who helped shape the emerging United States, and thousands of immigrants, who shaped the modern country, came in through Battery Park, the immigration entry point for the city until the operation moved to Ellis Island.
Day 5 New York City
Breakfast
Central Park walking tour
Cherry HillStrawberry FieldsBelvedere CastleDelacorte Theater
Madison & Park Avenues
Travel home
Details: Metropolitan Museum of Art visit
The Metropolitan Museum, known to New Yorkers as the MET, houses a vast permanent collection of over two-million works of art, as well as cutting-edge feature exhibitions from the world’s most prominent artists. Tour the museum’s grand halls, drawing inspiration from the masters. Highlights include European Paintings, Modern Art & Photography, and The Costume Institute, as well as the stunning traditional works of Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.
Details: Central Park walking tour
Take a walking tour of the most famous park in the United States. With over 800 verdant acres located smack-dab in the middle of bustling Manhattan, Central Park has been a bucolic oasis amidst the towering buildings of urban New York. Your local guide will lead you through the park, as you make your way past bikers, rollerbladers, and the occasional horse-and-buggy! And don't forget to watch out for one of Central Park's most famous year-round residents, Pale Male, the red-tailed hawk that calls Central Park his home.

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  • Day 5 Start New York extension
    Breakfast
    Central Park walking tour
    Cherry HillStrawberry FieldsBelvedere CastleDelacorte Theater
    Madison & Park Avenues
    Dinner
    Details: Metropolitan Museum of Art visit
    The Metropolitan Museum, known to New Yorkers as the MET, houses a vast permanent collection of over two-million works of art, as well as cutting-edge feature exhibitions from the world’s most prominent artists. Tour the museum’s grand halls, drawing inspiration from the masters. Highlights include European Paintings, Modern Art & Photography, and The Costume Institute, as well as the stunning traditional works of Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.
    Details: Central Park walking tour
    Take a walking tour of the most famous park in the United States. With over 800 verdant acres located smack-dab in the middle of bustling Manhattan, Central Park has been a bucolic oasis amidst the towering buildings of urban New York. Your local guide will lead you through the park, as you make your way past bikers, rollerbladers, and the occasional horse-and-buggy! And don't forget to watch out for one of Central Park's most famous year-round residents, Pale Male, the red-tailed hawk that calls Central Park his home.
    Day 6 New York City
    Breakfast
    Travel home
    Details: American Museum of Natural History visit
    Walk past exhibits chronicling human evolution, see examples of minerals, gems and space meteors and stand next to full-sized dinosaur skeletons in the grand marble halls of this museum.
    Details: Chelsea High Line walkway
    Located on Manhattan's West Side and running from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the bustling streets. It is operated and maintained by members of the community, who fought to preserve the High Line when there was talk of it being demolished. This beautiful 1.45 mile walk gives you an unprecedented view of the city below!
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    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip transportation
    • Breakfast daily (except arrival day)
    • Dinner daily (except departure day)
    • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
    • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
    • Overnight security chaperone
    • Tour Diary™
    • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.

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