5 Nights Accommodations at Loews Madison Hotel, Roundtrip Airfare including taxes, Hotel Transfers, Home Pick-up, 8 Meals: 5 Breakfasts & 3 Dinners.
U.S. Capitol Building Tour, World War II Memorial, White House Visitor Centre, Smithsonian Institution, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Old Town Alexandria, Washington National Cathedral, and Ford’s Theatre.
DAY 1 – WASHINGTON, D.C.
Explore America’s hertiage and history on this in-depth tour of the capital city of the United States-Washington, D.C.
DAY 2 – WASHINGTON, D.C.
Your day begins with a stop at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Centre for a guided tour of this historic and storied building. Then, discover the celebrated history of America’s capital on a tour with a local expert. Delight in wonderful views of the White House, National Mall and many monuments and museums. We continue with stops at the moving World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a special welcome dinner. (B, D)
DAY 3 – WASHINGTON, D.C.
This morning, visit the White House Visitor Centre where you will gain insight into the many transitions this historic residence has undergone. Then, uncover some of the treasures of the Smithsonian Institution with a visit to your choice of the famed National Air and Space Museum or the National Museum of American History. Among the National Air and Space Museum’s collection in their location on the National Mall are the famous Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, and the Apollo 11 command module Columbia. The National Museum of American History features artifacts from locomotives to the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to compose the national anthem; to the First Ladies Hall containing many ball gowns worn by America’s First Ladies. The afternoon is at leisure to continue exploring on your own. (B)
DAY 4 – WASHINGTON, D.C.
Arlington National Cemetery – Mount Vernon, Virginia – Alexandria
Visit Arlington National Cemetery for a narrated tour including the Tomb of the Unknowns and the Kennedy gravesites. This afternoon, visit Mount Vernon, the beloved home of the first U.S. president, George Washington. Wander the beautiful plantation grounds he adored and tour the home, filled with 18th-century artifacts. Next, arrive in Old Town Alexandria, a charming community nestled along the Potomac River. Enjoy time at leisure to wander the cobblestone streets, view the historic Colonial architecture, and stop at some of the trendy boutiques. This evening it’s Diner’s Choice…you’ll choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of old town Alexandria’s amazing restaurants. (B, D)
DAY 5 – WASHINGTON, D.C.
This morning, visit the Washington National Cathedral. This magnificent church took 83 years to complete and has been host to poignant moments in America’s history such as province funerals, Presidential inaugural masses and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last sermon. Admire the beautiful craftsmanship of the cathedral as you learn more about its history during a docent-led tour. This afternoon, visit Ford’s Theatre* where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on that fateful night in 1865. Tour the theatre and hear about the timeline of events that transpired as John Wilkes Booth’s plan unfolded. Finish your tour with a visit to the neighboring Petersen House, the boarding house to which the fatally injured Lincoln was carried. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a special farewell dinner commemorating the end of a wonderful journey. (B, D)
DAY 6 – WASHINGTON, D.C.
Your tour comes to a close in Washington, D.C. this morning. (B)
Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice
8 Nights Accommodations, Roundtrip Airfare including taxes, Hotel Transfers, Home Pick-up, 13 Meals: 7 Breakfasts & 6 Dinners.
Reykjavik, Golden Circle, Thingvellir National Park, Gulfoss Waterfall, Geysir, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Cave Tour or Lava Field Walk, Breidafjördur Bay, Seljalandsfoss, Vík, Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre, Skogar Museum, Skógafoss, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Vatnajökull National Park & Glacier, Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching
DAY 1 – OVERNIGHT FLIGHT
Set out on a journey full of dramatic contrasts. Discover Iceland, a land forged by fire and ice. Steaming lava fields reflect a volcanic nature. Massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords.
DAY 2 – Reykjavik, Iceland
Tour Begins – Begin in the capital city of Reykjavik. Join a local expert for a walking tour of the city’s old section featuring Hallgrimskirkja church, city hall, the harbour and Reykjavik’s oldest building, home of the Kraum Icelandic design centre. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers during a sumptuous Icelandic dinner at a popular local restaurant. (D)
DAY 3 -Reykjavik – Golden Circle – Reykjavik
Travel the memorable Golden Circle, a route encompassing many of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders: waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, lava fields, and volcanos. Begin at Thingvellir National Park, where Icelanders gathered in A.D. 930 and established one of the world’s first parliaments. Find yourself standing upon one of the globe’s most geologically significant landscapes, Thingvellir’s rugged rift valley. This UNESCO World Heritage site marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the point where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Next, marvel at the beauty of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, a stunning 100-foot double cascade. Stop at the famous thermal area of Geysir to admire the hot spring Strokkur’s explosive vertical spout that reaches a height of up to 90 feet. Your day concludes with a visit to Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation centre to learn how the locals grow delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of Iceland’s geothermal energy. (B)
DAY 4 – Snæfellsnes-Cave/Lava Field Tour
Experience the otherworldliness of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Take in the dramatic landscapes of black and white sand beaches, stunning cliffs, mountains peaks, volcanic craters, soaring waterfalls, rocky coastlines, intimate fishing villages, and its remarkable Snæfellsjökull glacier. This afternoon it’s your choice! You may choose a guided Vatnshellir Cave tour* and descend 100 feet below ground to an 8,000-year-old lava tube where you’ll experience total darkness and see amazing rock pigments, lava formations, stalagmites, stalactites, and more. Or, perhaps you’d prefer to walk the lava field and put your camera to work snapping photos of nature’s artwork of varying textures, colours and arrangements of this dramatic landscape. Next, we continue on and pause at Kirkjufell, acclaimed to be the most photographed mountain in Iceland. Your day concludes with a nature cruise in Breidafjördur Bay. Experience countless birds like puffins**, cormorants, kittiwakes and the majestic white tailed eagle soaring amongst basalt rock columns. While cruising, try delicious fresh scallops and sea urchin roe straight from the ocean. Seafood simply doesn´t come fresher than this! (B, D)
DAY 5 – Stykkishólmur – Vík
Embark on a true Icelandic cultural adventure as you spend time with a family that keeps alive a 400-year-old tradition of catching and preserving Greenland shark. See the fishing boat utilized by their grandfather; the tiny farmer’s church; and explore the museum to learn more about Iceland’s deep relationship with this trade. Before leaving, taste “hakare,” cured shark meat. Continue the adventure travelling Iceland’s south coast. Learn about geothermal renewable energy with a visit to Hellisheiði, the largest power station in Iceland and the second largest geothermal power station in the world. Make a picture stop at Waterfall Seljalandsfoss, one of few waterfalls providing you with a walkway for views from the inside out. Arrive in Vík, Iceland’s most southerly village and one of the most visited sites in Iceland. (B, D)
DAY 6 – Stykkishólmur – Vík
Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre – Skogar Museum – Vik
Drive along the scenic south shore to Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre. Learn about a family’s struggle to adapt during and following the dramatic 2010 explosion of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull Volcano that brought European flights to a halt. Visit Skogar Museum which contains an outstanding collection covering all aspects of Icelandic life including farm and domestic artifacts, as well as turf-built houses. Nearby is the impressive Skógafoss waterfall, one of the largest in Iceland. Then, view Reynisfjara, a black volcanic sand beach surrounded by basalt columns and cliffs scattered with caves and rich bird life including the fulmar, black guillemot, razorbill, gannet and various types of seagulls. Later, see the unique natural rock formations at Dyrhólaey. (B, D)
DAY 7 – Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon – Skaftafell – Vík
Set sail*** among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Get to taste the 1,000-year-old ice and possibly see some seals. Later, stop at Skaftafell, gateway to Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe. Marvel at the Alpine environment of Iceland’s highest mountains and the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest glacier. (B, D)
DAY 8 – Reykjavik
Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching
Choose how to enjoy your last day in Iceland! Perhaps you’ll embark on a drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula, known for its rugged landscape, lava fields, numerous hot springs, and home to the Blue Lagoon; take a dip in the pleasantly warm, mineral-rich waters of the geothermal pool, located in the middle of a dramatic lava field. Or maybe you’d prefer to further explore the wonders of Iceland’s waters during an informative whale watching adventure in the bay of Faxaflói; have your camera ready for minke and humpback whale sightings, along with white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises in their natural habitat. Later, gather with your fellow travellers for a local dining experience and share stories of your days in Iceland. (B, D)
DAY 9 – Reykjavik
Tour Ends – Depart for home with many incredible Icelandic memories. (B)
Spotlight on New York City
4 Nights Accommodations at Sheraton Times Square, Roundtrip Airfare including taxes, Hotel Transfers, Home Pick-up, 5 Meals: 3 Breakfasts & 2 Dinners.
Two Broadway Shows, Greenwich Village, Wall Street, 9/11 Memorial, Choice of 9/11 Museum or One World Observatory, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island
DAY 1 – New York City
New York City, New York – Tour Begins
“Start spreading the news,” because today you arrive in America’s most exciting metropolis for a getaway filled with shopping, sightseeing and endless entertainment. Relax as you enjoy a single hotel stay in the heart of the city.
DAY 2 – New York City
This morning, enjoy breakfast at a local eatery before setting out to embrace the energy of this fascinating city on a locally guided tour of the “Big Apple.” You’ll see Greenwich Village, the Wall Street district, Little Italy, Chinatown, the Empire Province Building, Central Park and other time-honoured landmarks. Visit St. Paul’s Chapel in lower Manhattan, a place where George Washington once worshipped and where recovery workers came for rest and care during their time at the World Trade Centre site. This afternoon, visit the 9/11 Memorial. Then, the choice is yours! You may choose to visit the 9/11 Museum, a poignant tribute to the lives lost at the World Trade Centre site in September 2001. Or, perhaps you would prefer One World Observatory, an amazing observation deck with spectacular views of New York City and beyond, located on the 110th floor of One World Trade Centre. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice…choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of the city’s popular locations in exhilarating Times Square. Following dinner, take your seat for an included Broadway show! You’ll choose from a selection of Broadway’s biggest hits.* (B, D)
DAY 3 – New York City
Start your day with a fun-filled breakfast at the famous Ellen’s Stardust Diner, a 50s-themed restaurant featuring a singing wait staff. Next, board a ferry to Ellis Island. Take in the incredible views of the towering Statue of Liberty as your ferry cruises by her. More than 12 million people passed through Ellis Island on journeys of immigration. Since 1886, “Lady Liberty” has welcomed immigrants and visitors to New York Harbour. Created as a token of friendship between the U.S. and France, the Statue of Liberty has become a global symbol of freedom. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore “the city that never sleeps.” (B)
DAY 4 – New York City
This morning it’s another Diner’s Choice…your breakfast is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of the city’s great restaurants. Enjoy some free time to discover the city at your own pace. Your Tour Manager will have plenty of suggestions for great ways to spend your time. Maybe you’d enjoy a shopping spree at some of the world’s most famous department stores, including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. This afternoon, the curtains rise for your second Broadway show. Say farewell to this extraordinary city as we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
DAY 5 – New York City
Your tour comes to a close with many pleasant memories of your exciting tour of fabulous “New York, New York.”
Spotlight on New Orleans
4 Nights Accommodations at Bourbon Orleans Hotel, Roundtrip Airfare including taxes, Hotel Transfers, Home Pick-up, 6 Meals: 4 Breakfasts & 2 Dinners.
French Quarter, Choice of Cabildo or Presbytere Museum, New Orleans School of Cooking, Jazz Revue, Swamp Tour, Choice of National WWII Museum or Mardi Gras World
DAY 1 – New Orleans, Louisiana
Tour Begins – Step into a cultural melting pot in the “Jazz Capital of the World” – New Orleans! This soulful city abounds with rich history, mouth-watering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and an incomparable soundtrack.
DAY 2 – French Quarter
Get to know the city’s famous French Quarter on a walking tour featuring the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Continue on to the bustling French Marketplace where you’ll explore Pirates Alley and the Pontalba. Then the choice is yours! Perhaps you’ll enjoy exploring the Cabildo, a Spanish Colonial building that houses the Louisiana Province Museum and extensive exhibits on the Battle of New Orleans. Or, you may choose to spend time at the Presbytere strolling through exhibits that feature the history of Mardi Gras and Louisiana hurricanes including Katrina. Next, stop to taste a true New Orleans favourite – beignets at Café Du Monde. Tonight, roll up your sleeves and prepare to discover how to cook New Orleans-style! During a unique cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, your chef will indulge you in everything that Louisiana cuisine has to offer. Following dinner, discover why New Orleans is known as the “Birthplace of Jazz” when you take in a spirited jazz revue at a local French Quarter jazz club. (B, D)
DAY 3 – French Quarter
Set out on a drive along New Orleans’ historic Esplanade Avenue. Then, journey through Louisiana’s swamp on a cruise* narrated by your captain. Learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem while keeping an eye out for wildlife including bald eagles, herons, turtles and alligators! Return to New Orleans and spend the remainder of the day at leisure to discover this great city your way. (B)
DAY 4 – New Orleans
This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of New Orleans with a local guide. Begin by seeing St. Louis Cemetery #3 which opened in 1854 and holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city’s cemeteries. Then, relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. This romantic road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions as well as Tulane and Loyola, two world-famous universities. This afternoon, the choice is once again yours! Take a walk through history at the National World War II Museum to learn about the American experience in the war. Or, you may prefer to celebrate the festive side of New Orleans at Mardi Gras World; come to know the history of this unique tradition and tour a working warehouse where artisans create spectacular floats for the famous parades. Tonight, enjoy a taste of New Orleans during dinner at one of the French-Creole restaurants the city is known for. (B, D)
DAY 5 – New Orleans
Your tour of this captivating city comes to a close today. (B)Questions?Book Tour!