Northeastern Explorer

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  • Trip code : APNX
  • Trip length : 12
  • Trip starts in : New York Area
  • Trip ends in : New York Area
  • Maximum group size : 13
  • Ages: 18+
  • Meals:  All meals paid for locally
  • Accommodation: 11 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation
  • Transport: Private transportation
  • Pre-tour accommodation: As this tour departs at 0730 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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  • Hiking in Acadia National Park
  • Experience the multi-cultural buzz of Toronto
  • Discover charming New England
  • Breathtaking scenery in the Finger Lakes
  • Explore the unique French-inspired city of Quebec
  • Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist scenic cruise
  • Walk the narrow lanes of Montreal
  • Visit the Salem Witch Museum
  • Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston

Share in the pioneering spirit of the early settlers as you follow Native American trade routes and discover the New World for yourself. Soak up the french heritage of Quebec and the proud history of Boston, enjoy the rugged coastline of Acadia National Park and the included Maid of the Mist Cruise at Niagara Falls. Featuring cosmopolitan cities, small country towns and picturesque landscapes, colonial New England and French Canadian culture offer a perfect mix of yesterday and today.

 

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Day
1

New York Area & Finger Lakes

Leaving the big city behind, we travel west through the Garden State of New Jersey and the Pocono Mountains to the Finger Lakes region, a beautiful forested region full of lakes and inland waterways. They are also some of the deepest lakes in USA. The area is also New York State's largest wine producing region with over 100 vineyards located around the lakes. We visit one of the wineries for an option for some wine tasting. There is also a chance to take a dip in the cool waters of one of the lakes.

Accommodation: Hotel included

Meals: Paid locally

Day
2

Niagara Falls & Toronto

We reach the border with Canada and stop to feel the thunder and bask in the spray of one of North America's best known natural attractions - Niagara Falls. These famous falls are located on the Niagara River, which drains from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, and form the actual border between USA and Canada. There are two major falls - the American Falls and the iconic Horseshoe Falls, also known as the Canadian Falls. The Horseshoe Falls has a drop of 53 metres (173 feet) and the American Falls has a drop of between 21-30 metres (70-100 feet). We enjoy a cruise on the 'Maid of the Mist', which takes up right up to the base of the falls. After visiting the falls, we continue along the shores of Lake Ontario to Canada's largest city - Toronto.

Accommodation: Hotel included

Meals: Paid locally

Day
3

Toronto

We enjoy a free day to explore cosmopolitan Toronto. With a city population of 2.5 million and a metropolitan population of over 5 million, it is one of the largest cities in North America and has an exciting, multicultural buzz about it. Those with a head for heights and a passion for panoramic views can head up to the observation tower at the top of CN Tower. When completed in 1976 it was the world's tallest tower with a height of 553 metres (1815 feet) - a status it held for 34 years. From enjoying a lunch of 'dim sum' in Chinatown or dinner at Greektown to visiting the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Eaton's Shopping Complex or the comprehensive and spacious Toronto Zoo, there is a lot to choose from.

Accommodation: Hotel included

Meals: Paid locally

Day
4-5

Montreal

We travel from Ontario to the French-speaking province of Quebec and Canada's cultural capital, Montreal, well-know for its music, museums and avant-garde artistic flair. We enjoy the European-style charms with its lively summer festival season and French culture. Montreal was also the site of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games and we can pay a visit to the stadium that is the largest in Canada. One of the highlights is an optional Dinner in the Dark at O'Noir - where you eat in the pitch black and your other senses are heightened. Soak up the atmosphere of the narrow lanes, quirky cafes and world class shopping, or scream across the Lachine Rapids on an extreme jet-boat tour! Why not try a classic local meal of Poutine - cheesy curds on top of thin French fries and topped with a thick gravy.

Accommodation: Hotel included

Meals: Paid locally

Day
6-7

Quebec City

We continue our journey of historic discovery by spending a few days exploring the streets of North America's only surviving walled city and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Quebec City. Founded in 1608 on the banks of the St Lawrence River, it is one of the oldest cities in North America and as a major French-speaking cultural centre, arguably one of its most European. We enjoy a couple of nights here to make our own discoveries in this wonderful city. Strolling round the Old Town literally takes us back in time and along the way we can check out some of the local delicacies on sale. Old Quebec has many important and iconic places including Place Royale, Plains of Abraham, Place d'Armes, the Chateau Frontenac Hotel and the old city walls. 12 kilometres from Quebec City are the mighty Montmorency Falls, which are higher than Niagara Falls. To see the other side of Quebec, why not try a Ghost Walking tour where storytellers lead you through the streets of the Old Town by lantern recounting the hangings and hauntings of days gone by.

Accommodation: Hotel included

Meals: Paid locally

Day
8-9

Acadia National Park

Leaving Canada, we cross back into the United States and head "Down East" to the State of Maine. Our destination is Acadia National Park - the only national park in New England. Situated on a series of rocky coastal islands, this reserve was originally named Lafayette National Park in 1919 and took on its present name in 1929. It's a perfect place to enjoy hiking and mountain biking, or climb into a sea kayak (optional) to gain better access to the rugged coastline and some of the scenic hidden coves.

Accommodation: Hotel included

Meals: Paid locally

Day
10-11

Boston

Visit the Salem Witch Museum and step back in time to the Witch Trials of 1692. In Boston, retrace the steps of the nation's forefathers with an included tour of the Freedom Trail or stroll the shops and stalls of Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. Harvard University is nearby and as the oldest institution of higher learning in America, has plenty for history buffs to enjoy. After all this exploring why not hit the waterfront for a traditional
seafood dinner

Accommodation: Hotel included

Meals: Paid locally

Day
12

Boston & New York Area

Saying goodbye to `Bean Town', we make our way back towards the `Big Apple' for the end of the tour and one last chance to explore the city at your leisure.

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.

 

included1

  • Services of a professional tour leader
  • 11 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab)
  • All transportation by private vehicle
  • Hiking in Acadia National Park
  • Experience the multi-cultural buzz of Toronto
  • Discover charming New England
  • Breathtaking scenery in the Finger Lakes
  • Explore the unique French-inspired city of Quebec
  • Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist scenic cruise
  • Walk the narrow lanes of Montreal
  • Visit the Salem Witch Museum
  • Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston

 

optional-extras

  • Jet boat ride in Montreal US$67
  • CN Tower in Toronto US$28
  • Quebec City's Citadelle US$FREE
  • French Cuisine US$various
  • Baseball Game in Boston US$15-$40
  • Wine tasting in Finger Lakes Region US$3-$30
  • Mountain biking in Acadia US$20-$25
  • Sea kayaking in Acadia US$39-$50
  • Montmorency Falls, Quebec US$15
  • Montreal O'Noir Restaurant in the dark US$35-$50
  • Old Quebec Ghost walking tour US$17

 

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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.

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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.

Vaccinations

There are no compulsory vaccinations for North America. However all travellers are advised to ensure that their diphtheria, tetanus and polio vaccinations are kept up to date.Recommendations do change from time to time so please consult your doctor or vaccination centre for up to date information.

 

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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 CAD$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 CAD$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

Meals

On hotel based tours, you will usually eat out in local restaurants. To help you budget for your meals on average hotel breakfasts cost from US$6-12, lunches from US$8-15 and dinners from US$13-30; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine costs approximately US$5 per glass and beer US$4 per bottle. Please also be aware that a tip of approximately 15%-18% is added to group meals in North American restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices.

Your Tour Leader may offer your group the option to operate a ‘lunch only’ food kitty, this has proven to be a popular alternative to three daily restaurant meals. Leaders will fully explain this option while on your tour, and the whole group will have to agree for this system to run. Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements before travelling.

 

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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