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East Coast in Depth

1 country
7 states9 cities
3 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
Special departure: 25 September will experience Autumn colours
Explore America's fascinating history on this tour of the country's east coast. From George Washington's home to the cutting-edge sprawl of New York, this tour is a journey of discovery told through the iconic monuments, buildings and landmarks shaped by America's tumultuous history.Monumental AmericaLearn more about America's capital, Washington, DC, as you tour the city's major sights, such as the White House, Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall. Stop to visit George Washington's home en route to Williamsburg where you'll step back through time with a tour of Colonial Williamsburg - considered the world's largest living museum. Stroll through an in-tact town of around 100 preserved 19th-century homes that played a pivotal role in the Civil War in Harper's Ferry, before learning more the Civil War on a guided tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield with a Civil War Historian.The Big AppleNew York, New York! Get to know New York City's rich history and vibrant culture through its kitchens as you eat your way through Little Italy on a walking food tour. See what all the fuss is about as you discover some of the city's most iconic sites, such as the Statue of Liberty, Fifth Avenue, Central Park and Times Square.To the Freedom TrailMoving on from New York we'll envy the opulent 'Summer cottages' of Millionaire's Row, explore the eclectic and flamboyant artisan colony of Provincetown, see the Gingerbread house of Martha's Vineyard's and visit Plymouth Rock before stopping at key spots along the Boston Freedom Trail.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to the USA. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $300pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 17 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 17 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

American history

  • Explore Washington, DC's most famous sights. including the White House, the Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall.
  • Discover the craft, history and contemporary art of espionage at the International Spy Museum.
  • Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Washington, DC at your own pace.
  • Visit George Washington's home, historical Jamestown and the Visitor Centre.
  • Tour the world's largest living museum, Colonial Williamsburg.
  • Stop at Thomas Jefferson's house and primary plantation, Monticello.
  • Enjoy lunch at the historic Michie Tavern.
  • Learn about America's civil war at the Gettysburg Museum.
  • Tour the Gettysburg Battlefield with a historian.
  • Visit Amish country and share lunch with a local Amish family in their home.
  • Learn more about Philidelphia's history on a tour.
  • Learn about New York City's cultural and culinary heritage on a walking food tour through the Bronx and Little Italy.
  • Spend a full day touring New York City, seeing Central Park, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Centre, World Trade Centre Memorial and the Statue of Liberty.
  • Enjoy a day of exploring New York City at your own pace.
  • Explore the home of one of America's greatest writer's, Mark Twain.
  • See how the other half live on a tour of Newport's opulent 'summer cottages, including the Breakers Mansion.
  • Cruise along Cape Cod National Seashore to discover Chatham Lighthouse and the eclectic artisan colony of Provincetown.
  • Enjoy a full day touring Martha's Vineyard, seeing the iconic 'gingerbread houses' and stopping along the African American Heritage Trail.
  • Explore the original settlement and major sights of the Plymouth Colony.
  • Walk along the Boston Freedom trail to see sights such as the Boston Massacre, Old Granery burying ground, Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall and the Old Church Bunker Hill.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
20
Price From
AUD $10,745
Start Location
USA
End Location
USA
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
10 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced, Walking
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
08 May 201927 May 2019AvailableAUD $10,205
14 Aug 201902 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $9,805
25 Sep 201914 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $10,505
ItineraryExpand
East Coast in Depth

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Washington, DC

Welcome to the United States of America, and its capital Washington, DC. Home to some of the country's most iconic monuments and buildings, including, of course, the White House, this is a city full of rich history just waiting to be explored. Enjoy a relaxing welcome drink at the hotel.

Day 2. Washington, DC

We set out for a tour of the major city sights this morning, visiting the Capitol Building, the White House, Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall and the Washington Monument. We'll also visit the International Spy Museum to learn about the craft, history and contemporary art of espionage before our group welcome dinner this evening. [B,D]

Day 3. Washington, DC

Today is at leisure for you to explore Washington, DC at your own pace. Why not make some time to explore one of the Smithsonian's 11 museums and galleries on the National Mall? [B]

Day 4. Washington, DC - Williamsburg

On our way to Williamsburg today we'll stop at the house of America's first president and the capital's namesake, George Washington, in Mount Vernon. We'll also take a tour of Jamestown's historical sights and learn more about Pocohontas at the Visitor Centre. [B]

Day 5. Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg is considered the world's largest living museum, with over 40 sites and trades, two world-class museums and four historic taverns. After a short orientation, you'll be able to see as much of Colonial Williamsburg as you can fit into the rest of the day at your own pace. [B]

Day 6. Williamsburg - Harpers Ferry

This morning we set out for Harpers Ferry, a quaint and historic community reminiscent of America's past. Enjoy an evening at leisure to explore the town's picturesque streets. [B,L]

Special Experience: En route to Harpers Ferry we'll stop in Charlottesville to visit Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's primary plantation, before lunch at the historic Michie Tavern.

Day 7. Harpers Ferry - Lancaster

We'll begin our day with a tour of the historic district in Harpers Ferry, which preserves around 100 historic buildings in what is essentially an intact 19th century town that played a pivotal role in the Civil War. [B]

Special Experience: Visit the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Centre to learn more about America's Civil War, including a guided tour of the battlefield with a Civil War historian.

Day 8. Lancaster

Lancaster, also known as Pennsylvania Dutch Country, is famed for its large Amish population. This morning we'll take a tour of Amish country and learn more about their culture, traditions and history. [B,L]

Special Experience: Immerse yourself in the culture of the Amish people as we share a traditional lunch with a family in their home.

Day 9. Lancaster - New York

On our way to New York we'll stop to see some of Philadelphia's iconic sights, such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and other revolutionary monuments. [B,D]

Special Experience: Discover New York City's Little Italy on a food tour down Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.

Day 10. New York

The huge, sprawling metropolis of New York is America's epicentre of arts, entertainment and dining, and undoubtedly has something to offer everyone. We're going to see some of the city's highlights today, such as the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Centre and Fifth Avenue. [B]

Day 11. New York

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this amazing city. [B]

Day 12. New York - Newport

Today we depart for Newport, Rhode Island, with a stop in Hartford for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the home of Mark Twain, the accomplished author behind works such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Roughing It and The Gilded Age. [B]

Day 13. Newport

Newport, home to breathtaking views and historic mansions. Our morning tour will see us cruising down Ocean Drive and Millionaire's Row to see the opulent 'summer cottages' of the Gilded Age. We'll even have the opportunity to tour a few of the mansions, including the Breakers, home of the Vanderbilt family. [B]

Day 14. Newport - Plymouth

After breakfast we'll continue our drive along the Cape Cod national seashore, stopping at the 'elbow' to see Chatham Lighthouse. We'll also spend some time in the coastal artisan colony of Provincetown, known for its eclectic and flamboyant culture, beautiful beaches and brilliant art galleries. [B]

Day 15. Plymouth

Special Experience: Board a ferry to Martha's Vineyard, an island south of Cape Cod. Take in the breathtaking scenery on a tour of the island, which will include the famous Gingerbread Houses in Oak Bluffs and stops along the African American Heritage Trail. [B]

Day 16. Plymouth - Boston

We'll be transported back in time as we explore the Plimoth Plantation today, a living museum that replicates the original settlement of the Plymouth Colony. We'll also visit
Plymouth Rock, the traditional site of disembarkation of the founders of the Plymouth Colony. [B]

Day 17. Boston

Our tour today takes us along the path of the historical Freedom Trail, visiting sites of historical significance in the American Revolution. The trail connects 16 sites including Boston Common, the Old Granary Burying Ground, Quincy Market and Old North Church, each telling its own story. Tonight we'll enjoy a group dinner to farewell our amazing tour. [B,D]

Day 18. Depart Boston

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 19. In transit
Day 20. Arrive Australia