Boston, New York & Washington, D.C.

8 days
The East Coast of the United States is home to some of the country’s most significant cities, and this is your chance to experience the highlights of each one. Hit the Northeastern hub of Boston before continuing on to New York City, which buzzes with energy day and night. Rediscover America’s roots in Philadelphia, then explore the monuments and museums of Washington, D.C., the nation’s impressive capital.

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Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: This tour involves a moderate level of walking, sometimes on uneven terrain or uphill.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Boston, Massachusetts 2 nights Hotel info

Day 1: Arrival in Boston

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Massachusetts! Arrive in Boston and transfer to your hotel. Then, meet your fellow travelers at an included welcome dinner.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Boston

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set off on a guided tour of Boston, one of the oldest cities in America.

• Sweep through 250 years of American history on the Freedom Trail

• Pass by Paul Revere’s House and Boston Common

• View Faneuil Hall, the Old State House and King’s Chapel

• Enter the Old North Church

Enjoy a free afternoon in Boston or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Boston Tea Party Museum & Lunch $89pp* Details

Head to the Fort Point Channel, where you’ll be transported back to 1773 at the Boston Tea Party Museum. During an interactive experience at this floating museum, you’ll discover what happened when colonists held this famous political protest against the British, which led to the Revolutionary War. Then continue on to a local restaurant in Boston's Seaport District to enjoy a lunch of traditional New England fare.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

New York City, New York 2 nights Hotel info

Day 3: Travel to New York City

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head south from Boston, traveling through Connecticut to arrive in multicultural New York City, the most populated city in the U.S.

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of New York City

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover the bustling hub of New York City by boat, by bus and on foot during a guided tour today.

• Board a cruise at 42nd Street to see the island borough of Manhattan from the Hudson River

• Enjoy commentary from a local guide as you pass iconic landmarks, including the neoclassical Statue of Liberty

• Disembark from the boat and continue uptown to pass Central Park and 5th Avenue with your Tour Director 

• Discover the neighborhoods of Little Italy, SoHo and Chinatown before taking time to explore on your own

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1 night Hotel info

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Philadelphia

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Philadelphia, where you’ll uncover the history and flavor of the City of Brotherly Love on a guided tour.

• Stop at the Independence Visitor Center and see the nearby Liberty Bell 

• Walk to Reading Terminal Market, where you can sample a wide variety of fresh food and local specialties for lunch

• Enter Independence Hall, the location where both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed

• Take a photo at the Rocky Statue and “Rocky Steps” at the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Washington, D.C. 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Washington, D.C. via Annapolis

  Included meals: Breakfast

Stop to explore Annapolis, Maryland’s capital city, en route to Washington, D.C.

• Pass the U.S. Naval Academy and see Ego Alley along the city’s waterfront  

• View Thomas Shoal Lighthouse, a National Historic Landmark located in the Chesapeake Bay

Continue on to Washington, D.C. to view some of the city’s iconic sites this evening.

• Stop for a photo at the White House 

• See the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall

• Visit the Lincoln Memorial and the nearby Korean War Veterans Memorial

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Washington, D.C.

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Get to know Washington D.C., the country’s political center, on a guided tour. 

• Enter the Visitor Center at the U.S. Capitol Building, a working office and symbol of the U.S. government and its people

• Walk to the Library of Congress, the oldest federal cultural institution in the U.S.

Enjoy an afternoon to explore on your own before saying goodbye to your group at an included farewell dinner this evening.

Day 8: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to continue exploring Washington, D.C.

Add Washington, D.C. Starting from $549 pp

Home to the United States federal government and so much more, the political heart of the country pulses with life. Reflect on the past at the monuments and memorials that line the National Mall, explore the museums of the Smithsonian and feel American history as it's being made.

Washington, D.C. 2 nights

Day 8: The Smithsonian Museums

  Included meals: Breakfast

Visit the Smithsonian, a complex made up of 19 museums, many of which line the National Mall. Begin at the National Museum of American History with your Tour Director, then continue exploring at your own pace.

Day 9: Free day in Washington, D.C.

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Washington, D.C. or add an excursion.

Day 10: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Passport & visa requirements

  • U.S. citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within the United States.
  • In order to enter the United States, Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please be sure to have any additional required identification with you as well.          

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and some cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times as well as getting in and out of boats.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.        


  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Boston and depart from Washington, D.C. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.      

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Most domestic airlines impose charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.          

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.          


  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to this region.
  • Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • During the summer months, take proper care with sun exposure and heat.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.           


  • In Boston, look out for seafood specialties like lobster rolls and clam chowder.
  • From pizza to bagels to deli sandwiches, there are many specialties New York City is known for that are worth a taste.
  • You’ll find a wide variety of culinary options in both Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, where must-try picks include soft pretzels and cheesesteaks.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • All of North America operates on 110-120 volts and uses Type A or B plugs with two flat pins or two flat pins and one round pin, respectively.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
  • Some of the hotels on this tour will provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed for hotels in more remote locations.    


  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.  

Time zones

  • All of the states on this tour are on Eastern Standard Time (EST).
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s noon on tour.      


  • The U.S. dollar is the currency you will be using on this tour. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • Many banks and businesses now primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.                   


  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.


Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/31/2017

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Time!

This was a great tour. We had not seen a lot of the East Coast and this was a great tour to get started with. We are going to continue to see more of the east coast. Our tour director Alan was great and very informative during our trip and places we stopped. Would love to tour with him again. Thanks, Go Ahead for another great tour.


Thank you for the kind review, Michelle! We're glad that you enjoyed your trip to the East Coast, and we're happy that Alan was able to make your tour even better! Thank you for traveling with Go Ahead and we hope to welcome you on another tour in the future!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | April 25, 2017