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New York City & Washington, D.C.

6 days |  8 days with Washington, D.C. extension
Group size1838 travelers
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Uncover 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 two of America's most famous locales. Start in the Northeastern hub New York City. Between strolling through Central Park during the day and enjoying after-dinner walks, you’ll see why it's rightfully known as the City That Never Sleeps. Then, continue on to Washington, D.C., the nation’s impressive capital, and explore the area's many monuments and museums.

Your tour package includes

  • 5 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners with beer or wine
  • 3 sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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Included highlights

  • Times Square
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Central Park
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • U.S. Capitol Building
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New York City, New York3 nights
Day 1: Arrival in New York City
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to New York City! Meet your fellow travelers and Tour Director for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of New York City
Included meal: Breakfast

Join your Tour Director for a guided walking tour of Midtown Manhattan, the bustling, central hub of New York City.

  • Take in the bright lights of Times Square, the site of the city’s annual New Year’s Eve ball drop
  • Walk past Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, and the iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Stroll through beautiful Central Park, which spans an impressive 843 acres
  • Enter the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a self-guided visit to view some of the more than two million pieces of art by the likes of Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Monet

Enjoy a free afternoon in New York City or add an excursion.

9/11 Memorial & Museum and One World Tower

From $69 per person

Day 3: Free day in New York City
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in New York City or add excursions.

Empire State Building & Dinner

From $165 per person

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

From $45 per person

Washington, D.C.2 nights
Day 4: Transfer to Washington, D.C.
Included meal: Breakfast

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Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Washington, D.C.
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell 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.

Please note: Entrance cannot be guaranteed to the Capitol Building and Library of Congress which are currently closed to the public.

Visit Washington, D.C.’s famous monuments on a guided tour this afternoon.

  • Head to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall
  • Stop by the Lincoln Memorial and the nearby Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • Make a stop at the National World War II Memorial

Celebrate your trip with your group during a farewell dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Day 6: 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, Washington, D.C. is both a political and cultural hub. 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 6: Free day to visit the Smithsonian Museums
Included meal: Breakfast

Visit the Smithsonian, a complex made up of 19 free-to-enter 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 7: Free day in Washington, D.C.
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a 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

From $55 per person

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

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Overall rating 4.8 out of 5
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    New York and DC
    03/18/22 by 1st-time traveler Esmeralda

    First time doing a tour and I really enjoyed it. We got to enjoy, explore and make new friends. Our tour guide Monica was great!

    Mother daughter whirlwind trip
    03/18/22 by 1st-time traveler Anna

    Under a week ….whirlwind trip ; a much needed break from work for daughter..beautiful weather ..cherry blossoms were in their glory in D.C.

    New York City & Washington , D.C
    09/10/21 by 2nd-time traveler Elsa

    I’m disappointed about the excursion to the Empire State Building & Dinner, I think that for the money I paid the dinner was not what I expected to be , didn’t worth what I paid, 2 tacos and guacamole

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 12/06/21

    Dear Elsa, Thank you for your feedback! We are de...

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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.


    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.
    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York Times Square West
    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York Times Square West

    This stylish hotel is located in Midtown West Manhattan just a quick walk from the Empire State Building. Guests enjoy the rooftop High Bar with unobs...

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    Holiday Inn Capitol
    Holiday Inn Capitol

    This modern hotel is located downtown. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and on-site restaurants. Nearby, you’ll find the National Mall, Smithsonia...

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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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    Local weather

    Washington Harbor, United States of America
    Weather averages
    High 78 °FLow 53 °F
    New City, United States of America
    Weather averages
    High 83 °FLow 53 °F


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    Passport, visa & entry requirements
    • U.S. citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within the United States. If you plan to use a state-issued ID or driver's license on or after May 3, 2023, it will need to meet Real ID requirements. Real ID compliant versions of these IDs will have either a yellow or black star, white star inside a yellow or black circle, or a white star inside a bear in the top righthand corner. Please visit dhs.gov for more information.
    • 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.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code BNW.
    Tour pacing & mobility
    • You will walk for at least 2 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.
    • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
    • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
    • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in New York City, New York 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
    • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
    • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
    • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code BNW.
    • 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 Washington, D.C., 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.
    • 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.
    • You will use the U.S. dollar 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 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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