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Boston, New York & Washington, D.C.

with Washington, D.C. extension
  • Duration: 8 or 11 days
  • Group size: 18-35
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Relive American history in the cultural capitals of the East Coast.

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.

Your tour package includes
  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 5 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Boston’s Freedom Trail
  • New York Harbor Cruise
  • Independence Hall
  • the Annapolis waterfront
  • National Mall
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Day-by-day itinerary
Boston, Massachusetts2 nights
Day 1: Arrival in Boston
Included meal: 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 meal: 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 Boston Common, Paul Revere’s House and the Old North Church

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

• Visit the Bunker Hill Monument and view the USS Constitution located in Charlestown Navy Yard

Enjoy a free afternoon in Boston or add an excursion.

Fenway Park Tour & Lunch
Excursion (additional cost)
New York City, New York2 nights
Day 3: Transfer to New York City
Included meal: Breakfast

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 meal: Breakfast

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

• 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, Pennsylvania1 night
Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Philadelphia
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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
Day 6: Washington, D.C. via Annapolis
Included meal: 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

Join your Tour Director and 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.

Then, enjoy an afternoon to explore on your own before joining your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Day 8: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Extension to Washington, D.C.

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 meal: 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 meal: Breakfast

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

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 10: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews
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Historic East coast trip
by 2nd time traveler 

Trip itself was great. The guides were fantastic, full of information about the historical sites we were visiting. They took really good care of us, the hotels and meals provided were excellent. I would heartily recommend "Go Tours" for this kind of experience. The only drawback was the air fli...

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Great tour!
by 3rd time traveler 

This was an excellent tour especially if you have an interest in American history. We were able to see and do A LOT! There were many stops planned in the tour, but also some time to explore on our own as well. Accommodations and food were excellent. We had a great tour director who helped us out wi...

by 5th time traveler 

the location of the hotels in reference to the main tour sites was excellent they were with in walking distance from our hotel, Our tour Bob is outstanding individual, The group enjoyed being able to stroll on our free time GOOD JOB GO AHEAD

Great Time!
by 6th time traveler 

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. T...

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

The Battery Wharf Hotel

This luxurious hotel is located in the North End neighborhood. Guests enjoy fine European linens, a spa, workout classes, a bar, and a bistro. Nearby,...

Hilton Garden Inn Central Park South

This comfortable hotel is located in Midtown Manhattan. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and free internet access. Nearby, you'll find the Hell's ...

Flights

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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FAQ
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, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
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.
Transportation
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Boston and depart from Washington, D.C. A representative from Go Ahead Tours 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 Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours 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 our 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.
Health
  • 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 [cdc.gov](https://www.cdc.gov).
  • 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 Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • In New England, look out for seafood specialties like lobster rolls and clam chowder, especially in Boston where fine dining and casual options abound.
  • 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.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • 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 locations on this tour are on Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s noon on tour.
Currency
  • 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.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in USD.
  • We recommend tipping $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend $2USD 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 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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