NORTHEASTERN BLT Trip Notes

 

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  • Trip code : ANEB
  • Trip length : 9 days
  • Trip starts in : New York Area
  • Trip ends in : New York Area
  • Maximum group size : 13
  • Ages : Min 18-38
  • Meals : 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners included at ranch. All other meals paid locally.
  • Accommodation : All accommodation - 6 hostel & 2 guesthouse nights.
  • Transport: Private transportation with free Wi-Fi (USA only)
  • Pre-tour accommodation: As this tour departs at 07:30 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.
  • Post-tour accommodation: This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly straight after the tour, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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  • Visit the mighty Niagara Falls
  • Explore the sights of Toronto and Montreal
  • Hit the highlights on Boston's Freedom Trail

The best of Northeastern USA & Canada can now be enjoyed year-round. Head out of New York to Boston and hit the famous Freedom Trail and nightlife, followed by two nights in Stowe, perfect for people who love to live the more extreme life. Next up is Montreal with its European flair and Toronto with some amazing views of the mighty Niagara Falls. You will stay in city centre locations to get you to the heart of the action, as you explore the stunning wonders of Northeastern USA. Hold on to your hats and keep your camera batteries charged!

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The following itinerary is applicable for all 2015 departures. For the 2014 itinerary, please scroll down.

Day
1-2

New York Area & Boston (2015)

Head to Boston for a slice of history starting with a walk along the Freedom Trail and stop at some of America's historical hotspots. But Boston is not all about the history, we've laid on a trip to Harvard University to see the brains of America hard at work. A trip to Boston wouldn't be complete without a trip to the famous 'Cheers' bar for a cheeky beverage after a great first day in the states.
Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

Day
3-4

Stowe (2015)

If 'Chunky Monkey' and the 'Vermonster' mean something to you, then you're going to love Stowe as we enjoy an included tour of the one and only Ben & Jerry's ice-cream factory. During the winter, this 'Ski Capital of the East' puts on an incredible winter spread, but remains a highlight during summer months with hiking, biking and swimming, this really is an adventure lover's playground.
Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

Day
5-6

Montreal (2015)

Expect a little European flair, as Montreal is the second largest French speaking city in the world (only beaten by Paris). Museums, galleries, eateries and clubs mix a cocktail of the best bits from both continents and we promise you you're definitely in for a good time here. Don't miss out on the "Underground City" including 30km devoted to all things retail, or an adventurous jet-boat ride on the river. Ever eaten your dinner in complete darkness? Well, now you can with a visit to O'Noir, a restaurant where you eat in the pitch black - make sure you don't wear your best clothes, it's sure to get messy.
Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

Day
7

Toronto (2015)

Toronto is where all the trendy people are at, with high-fashion stores and cosy cafes on College and Queen Streets, there is no shortage of cool places to hang out. View the city from above with a trip to the top of the CN Tower and gaze across the beautiful Lake Ontario. Toronto is the city that everyone wants to be seen in and you'll find an eclectic mix of cultures here, you may even spot a celeb or two as they can't get enough of this awesome city either.
Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

Day
8

Niagara Falls & Finger Lakes (2015)

Travel cross Rainbow Bridge back into America and you'll be greeted with one truly epic sight, Niagara Falls. Made up of three waterfalls this mighty natural wonder will blow you away at its sheer size and the noise it makes is pretty immense too. Take the optional Maid of the Mist cruise and prepare to get wet as you get a truly awesome perspective of the falls up close and personal. Next up is Finger Lakes and we're pretty sure you're going to love it. Here you'll find an abundance of vineyards and award-winning wines, you won't know where to start.
Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

Day
9

New York Area (2015)

You head back towards the 'City that never sleeps', New York, New York. For a storybook ending to an incredible trip, we highly recommend adding on a night or two to explore this incredible city. There is so much to see and do here, from a trip to the top of the Empire State Building, to a shopping spree along Fifth Avenue, the opportunities are endless. If you really don't know where to begin why not take a city tour with Urban Adventures?

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Day
10-11

New York (2015 NEW YEAR SPECIAL DEPARTURE ONLY)

Our 22nd Dec departures will spend 2 extra nights in New York at the end of the trip, finishing on 1st January. The extra nights will be in a centrally located hostel and the group will use public transport. (Please note this departure is only available for passengers aged 21 and over).

2014 TOUR ITINERARY

The following itinerary is applicable for all 2014 departures. For the 2015 itinerary, please scroll up.

Day
1

New York Area & Buffalo (2014)

Famous for getting LOTS of snow and as the birthplace of spicy-hot chicken wings, Buffalo is a waterfront city situated on the eastern shores of Lake Erie. As the second largest city in New York State, there is a thriving music scene, culinary culture and late night clubbing on West Chippewa Street. Why not visit the Anchor Bar for their famous chicken wings - well known to have invented the taste sensation in 1964.
Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

Day
2

Toronto (2014)

Visit the crashing Niagara Falls and make the last few paces into Canada across nearby Rainbow Bridge. Why not opt for the Maid of the Mist cruise to get up close. No freestanding structure in the western hemisphere stands taller than the CN Tower, so get up and gawp down over Toronto and Lake Ontario. Browse trendy stores and cosy cafes on College and Queens Street, and don't be too surprised to see an A-lister: TO (that's Toronto, Ontario) is Canada's answer to Hollywood.
Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

Day
3-4

Montreal (2014)

Expect a little European flair, as Montreal is the second largest French speaking city in the world (only beaten by Paris). Museums, galleries, eateries and clubs mix a cocktail of the best bits from both continents and we promise you you're definitely in for a good time here. Don't miss out on the "Underground City" including 30km devoted to all things retail, or an adventurous jet-boat ride on the river. Ever eaten your dinner in complete darkness? Well, now you can with a visit to O'Noir, a restaurant where you eat in the pitch black - make sure you don't wear your best clothes, it's sure to get messy.
Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

Day
5-6

Stowe (2014)

Expect a little European flair, as Montreal is the second largest French speaking city in the world (only beaten by Paris). Museums, galleries, eateries and clubs mix a cocktail of the best bits from both continents and we promise you you're definitely in for a good time here. Don't miss out on the "Underground City" including 30km devoted to all things retail, or an adventurous jet-boat ride on the river. Ever eaten your dinner in complete darkness? Well, now you can with a visit to O'Noir, a restaurant where you eat in the pitch black - make sure you don't wear your best clothes, it's sure to get messy.
Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

Day
7-8

Boston (2014)

Here in 'Beantown' relive the revolution along the Freedom Trail, and depending on the season, we will stop by Salem, the town responsible for the witch trials of 1692 where you'll have the chance to step back in time at the Witch Trials Museum. Later, grab a bite to eat in an Italian trattoria, a seasonal brew in an Irish pub, or head to the original 'Cheers' bar. While in Boston, why not visit Daddy's Dough who serves up the best fried dough in the Greater Boston area?
Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

Day
9

Boston & New York Area (2014)

We head back towards the 'City that never sleeps'. This tour is not scheduled to spend any time in New York City so make sure you book extra hotel nights and explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple on your own. Splurge along Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building, or soak up the trendy, laidback vibe of Greenwich Village before heading home. Now, that's what you call a storybook ending.

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Day
10-11

New York (2014 NEW YEAR SPECIAL DEPARTURE ONLY)

Our 22nd Dec departures will spend 2 extra nights in New York at the end of the trip, finishing on 1st January. The extra nights will be in a centrally located hostel and the group will use public transport. (Please note this departure is only available for passengers aged 21 and over).

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  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • All accommodation - 6 hostel & 2 guesthouse nights
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi (USA only)
  • Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston
  • Sightseeing in Toronto, Montreal and Boston
  • Ben & Jerry's Ice cream tour
  • Check out the famous Harvard University
  • Visit the mighty Niagara Falls
  • Visit the stunning Finger Lakes (2015 only)

optional-extras

  • Jet boat ride in Montreal CAD$67
  • CN Tower in Toronto CAD$28
  • French Cuisine CAD$various
  • Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist cruise US$16
  • Boston's Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market US$FREE
  • Baseball Game in Toronto CAD$20-$50
  • Snowshoeing in Stowe (winter only) US$20
  • Montreal O'Noir Restaurant in the dark CAD$35-$50
  • Salem Witch Trials Museum US$10
  • Skiing in Stowe (winter only) US$120-$150
  • Mountain biking, Stowe (summer only) US$40-$70
  • Ice Skating, Stowe US$15

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Discovery

Discovery tours are all about exploring & experiencing the world with like-minded people, dipping your toe beneath the usual tourist surface & discovering the real essence of a region. They are genuinely innovative, exciting & imaginative tours that offer that little bit more to travellers.

Style Facts

  • Enjoy a destination in depth and comfort
  • Tourist class hotels and family homestays
  • Both private and local transport
  • A number of included activities and meals throughout
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

Plus

Our Plus tours allow you to immerse yourself within a destination or culture whilst travelling and sleeping in comfort. They are packed with highlights to ensure you get the most out of your valuable time away yet are also slower paced allowing you time to savour the culture, traditions and sights of your destination – the perfect balance.

On some trips we’ll push you out of your comfort zone to ensure an authentic experience, on other trips you will stay in amazing places where there is no ‘roughing it’ involved. There is plenty of choice so you can select a trip with as much activity or as little as you wish. Our small groups ensure a more intimate experience and that the impact on the local environment and community is kept to a minimum. Extra Comfort tours offer rich and rewarding adventures and are stress-free, safe and, most importantly, fun!

Style Facts

  • Innovative itineraries offering authentic travel encounters
  • A mix of active adventure, culture, wildlife, sightseeing and relaxation
  • Well appointed, quality hotels in central locations
  • Arrival transfers, transport (mostly private) and accommodation included
  • Many meals and adventure activities also included
  • Fully trained and experienced local leaders

 This tour is operated by our partners Grand American Adventures

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A necessary bugbear of adventure travel, visas can appear complicated, costly and confusing to apply for. Imaginative Traveller recommend applying for visas with a professional visa service who can guide you though the process and take care of lodging and collecting your passport with multiple embassies, so we have teamed up with The Visa Machine.

The Visa Machine ‘live and breathe’ visas and have the expertise to provide current and accurate information and arrange the correct visas for your trip, quickly and at a good price.

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health-and-fitness

If you have any medical condition such as diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, take prescribed  medicines, or have a condition that will affect your participation in the trek, you must tell us at the time of booking. Please be aware we may require a doctor’s note prior to travel for some conditions. This information is essential in case of emergency. All the vehicles carry a basic first-aid kit, but for everyday use you should bring your own medical supplies, such as, pain relievers, antibiotic cream, upset stomach relievers, in addition to sunscreen and insect repellent.

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Your spending money needs to cover meals not included in the tour, drinks personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs and snacks along the way. For hotel based tours we recommend you take at least US$50 dollars per person per day, but it’s better to bring more than you need rather than run short on tour. You will also need to budget for any optional activities you wish to do. ATM/Cash points are widely available in all major cities and small towns, but may be limited in some off the beaten track destinations, so we suggest you have US$150 with you in cash. Please ensure that your credit or debit cards have international access and a PIN number to access your funds at the start of the tour.

travel-insurance

You must have extensive travel insurance as a condition of booking with us, and without evidence of a valid policy you won’t be allowed to start your trip. Please click here for more information

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Responsible tourism is at the heart of Imaginative Traveller. For 20 years we have taken customers to places around the world in social and environmentally responsible manner, ensuring everyone involved respects and maintains the natural and often delicate balance of the destination.

As travellers ourselves we are well aware of the impact that tourism can have and whilst economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, it should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment. It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit. We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.

We believe giving something back is essential. We therefore work with our customers and the people we visit to ensure the benefits go directly to contribute to local cultures and environmental conservation. This is not only good the communities we visit but it also gives our travellers more enriched adventures.

For further information about responsible travel please click here.

other-important-information

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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