Boston, New York City & Washington, DC

Boston, New York City & Washington, DC
See all the sights on Boston’s Freedom Trail Walking Tour, visit the town of the infamous Salem witch trials, ferry to Ellis Island, once the gateway to New York City, and climb the stairs to the Lincoln Memorial to look out over the US capital.
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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 at Faneuil Hall
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 Salem
Breakfast
Salem city walk
Witch Trial MemorialOld Burying PointPickering Wharf
Salem Witch Museum visit
Optional  Ghost tour  $15
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 Downtown New York
Breakfast
Lower Manhattan guided sightseeing tour
Trinity ChurchWall StreetChinatownLittle Italy9/11 Memorial visit
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--Washington, D.C.
Breakfast
Travel to Philadelphia
Philadelphia excursion
"Rocky Steps"Independence Hall visitLiberty Bell Center visit
Travel to Washington, D.C.
Dinner
Details: Philadelphia excursion
The names of its residents alone would be enough to draw anyone to Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman. Explore "America's most historic square mile" and see where the founding principles of America were created. Independence Hall saw the signing of both the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, which was read in public for the first time after the ringing of the Liberty Bell on July 8, 1776.
Details: Liberty Bell Center visit
See the bell that symbolizes one of the founding principles of the United States. The Liberty Bell was last rung on George Washington’s birthday in 1846 before its now-famous crack turned it into a silent reminder of what the United States stands for. Visit the center where the bell is housed; see video presentations and exhibits focusing on its origins, history and modern day role in the US.
Day 6 Washington, D.C. landmarks
Breakfast
Dinner
Washington, D.C. evening guided sightseeing tour
World War II MemorialLincoln MemorialVietnam Veterans MemorialKorean War MemorialNational MallTidal BasinMartin Luther King MemorialFDR MemorialJefferson MemorialWashington MonumentWhite House
Details: U.S. Capitol guided tour
Go on a guided tour of the building where the men and women who have been chosen to represent the citizens of the United States convene to discuss and decide on important legislature.
Details: Supreme Court visit
Walk the halls where some of the most influential Americans have walked and see the courtrooms where some of the most defining decisions in American history have been made.
Details: Mount Vernon excursion
George Washington so liked his estate at Mount Vernon that he placed the capital nearby so he didn’t have to move when elected president. Tour his gardens and mansion, where George and Martha lived from 1761 until his death in 1799. Don’t look for any cherry tree stumps in the garden, though—Washington never actually chopped down the tree as a lad. (We hate to ruin the story, but we cannot tell a lie!)
Details: Arlington National Cemetery & Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) visit
Created on the former estate of the family of Robert E. Lee’s wife Mary Anna Custis Lee (herself a descendant of Martha Washington), the Arlington National Cemetery contains the remains of more than 245,000 persons, mainly comprised of veterans and military casualties from every military incursion—from the American Revolution to the Iraq War. At the cemetery, make sure to visit the Tomb of Unknowns. Comprised of Yule marble quarried in Colorado, the tomb weighs more than 75 tons. And see the eternal flame that marks the grave of President John F. Kennedy.
Details: Washington, D.C. evening guided sightseeing tour
Night is the perfect time to see the capital, when white marble monuments and silvery pools glow in the floodlights. See the geometric memorials of the Mall—the imposing rectangular Lincoln Memorial, and the line of the Washington Monument bisecting the sky—as well as the innovative and moving monuments to the veterans of the Vietnam and Korean Wars.
Day 7 Washington, D.C.
Breakfast
Smithsonian Museums visit
Options include the National Air and Space MuseumNational Museum of Natural HistoryNational Museum of American HistoryNational Portrait GalleryNational Museum of the American IndianSmithsonian American Art Museum
Travel home
Details: Holocaust Museum visit
With more than 900 artifacts, 70 video monitors, and four theaters screening historic film footage and eyewitness testimonies, the Holocaust Museum provides a comprehensive—and moving—account of the Nazi persecution of Europe's Jewish communities and others during the 1930s and 40s. See newspapers and newsreels from the period, recreations of ghettos and concentration camp barracks, and a room filled shoes stolen from deported Jews that helps make real the sheer number of people killed during this tragedy.
Details: Smithsonian Museums visit
Choose between visiting the Air & Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, the American History Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the American Indian Museum or the American Art Museum. In a tomb in the Smithsonian Castle lie the remains of John Smithson, an Englishman who left his fortune to the U.S. government in 1829 for the establishment of a museum in his name. (The government was a bit at a loss, given that Smithson had never visited the U.S., had no connections to the U.S., and never told anyone why he was leaving his money to the U.S.) Since then, the Smithsonian Institution has grown into 16 museums, covering everything from art to zoology. See the giant squid and the insect zoo in the National Museum of Natural History, check out the Wright Brothers’ plane in the National Air and Space Museum, or venture with your Tour Director into the further reaches of this world-class institution.

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  • Day 7 Start extension in Washington, D.C.
    Breakfast
    Smithsonian Museums visit
    Options include the National Air and Space MuseumNational Museum of Natural HistoryNational Museum of American HistoryNational Portrait GalleryNational Museum of the American IndianSmithsonian American Art Museum
    Dinner
    Details: Holocaust Museum visit
    With more than 900 artifacts, 70 video monitors, and four theaters screening historic film footage and eyewitness testimonies, the Holocaust Museum provides a comprehensive—and moving—account of the Nazi persecution of Europe's Jewish communities and others during the 1930s and 40s. See newspapers and newsreels from the period, recreations of ghettos and concentration camp barracks, and a room filled shoes stolen from deported Jews that helps make real the sheer number of people killed during this tragedy.
    Details: Smithsonian Museums visit
    Choose between visiting the Air & Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, the American History Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the American Indian Museum or the American Art Museum. In a tomb in the Smithsonian Castle lie the remains of John Smithson, an Englishman who left his fortune to the U.S. government in 1829 for the establishment of a museum in his name. (The government was a bit at a loss, given that Smithson had never visited the U.S., had no connections to the U.S., and never told anyone why he was leaving his money to the U.S.) Since then, the Smithsonian Institution has grown into 16 museums, covering everything from art to zoology. See the giant squid and the insect zoo in the National Museum of Natural History, check out the Wright Brothers’ plane in the National Air and Space Museum, or venture with your Tour Director into the further reaches of this world-class institution.
    Details: National Archives visit
    Visit the building that houses the most important documents in the history of the United States, including the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence.
    Details: Ford's Theatre visit
    Ford’s Theatre may not be the best place to visit if you’re in government—not only was Lincoln assassinated here in 1865, but 22 War Department clerks were also killed when the floor collapsed in 1893. Tour the infamous theater and see how John Wilkes Booth crept up behind the president’s private box, shot him point blank, and leapt down to the stage below (breaking his leg in the process).
    Day 8 End tour
    Breakfast
    Travel home
    Details: International Spy Museum visit
    Think you have what it takes to be the next 007? Prove it during a visit to the International Spy Museum. Pick your weapon of choice in exhibits full of spy gadgets and gizmos, get professional intelligence training at the “school for spies”, travel back in time to the “secret history of histories” exhibit and discover the roles spies have played in the World Wars.
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    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip transportation
    • 6 overnight stays in hotels (7 with extension)
    • 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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