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DAY 2 – SIGHTSEEING IN WASHINGTON DC, TRANSFER TO NEW JERSEY (03 HOURS 30 MIN BY ROAD)
This is a comprehensive 6-hour tour around and through the nation’s capital, Washington, DC. From the comfort of an air-conditioned coach, drive past the White House, the many Smithsonian museums, the National Mall, Freedom Plaza and much more. Enjoy an entertaining and educational narrative from the expert local guide, with frequent photo op stops of the historic and iconic landmark locations. Also experience guided walks around the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Marine Corps Memorial (better known as the Iwo Jima Memorial) and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Along the way, learn about the history of these famous monuments and examine them up close. This tour also features a scenic, seasonal 1-hour boat cruise along the Potomac River (mid March to mid October). Lunch is available for purchase on board the boat. Outside of those dates, visit the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City for shopping and lunch.
DAY 3 – NEW YORK CITY SIGHTSEEING, BOAT CRUISE TO LIBERTY ISLAND
Meet your guide in Midtown Manhattan and drive through Times Square, continuing to St Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center to see NBC Studios and Radio City Music Hall. The tour continues on Fifth Avenue to Madison Square Park, with great photo ops of the Empire State Building and Flatiron Building. Next, visit the 9/11 Memorial and Trinity Church, the historic church where many people took refuge as the World Trade Center collapsed during the 9/11 attacks. Then venture to the South Street Seaport, a historic district with some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan and the site of New York City’s original port. From Pier 17, board a 1-hour luxury boat cruise that offers spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Manhattan and New Jersey skylines, Governor’s Island and the Brooklyn Bridge. Enjoy lively narration as you cruise around New York Harbor. After the cruise you will continue uptown to Central Park. Pass by Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center and the Dakota, the apartment building where John Lennon lived, then walk across the street into Central Park to visit the Strawberry Fields memorial to him. Your experienced guide shares informative commentary throughout the day as you hop off the bus to see the sights and get great photos. At the end of this comprehensive 5-hour New York City tour, you will be dropped back to the hotel.
DAY 4 – CORNING GLASS MUSEUM, TRANSFER TO BUFFALO (06 HOURS BY ROAD)
See the world’s most complete collection of glass objects at the Corning Museum of Glass. Your admission ticket, grants you access to 50,000 pieces on display in about a dozen galleries. Witness an expert create a work of art at a glassblowing demo; marvel at the history of glass works from Ancient Rome to Colonial America; peruse a variety of intriguing exhibits such as Glass in Nature and paperweights. Enjoy hands-on fun at the Glass Innovation Center with a focus on Optics, Vessels and Windows.
DAY 5 – NIAGRA FALLS WITH ‘MAID OF THE MIST’ BOAT RIDE
This is as close as anyone can get to Niagara Falls—without riding over them in a barrel, of course. This seasonal (May to October) tour travels to all the edges of the falls. The journey begins with an elevator ride down into the Niagara Gorge, where wooden walkways along the Niagara River lead to the observation deck of the Cave of the Winds, just a few feet from the powerful rush of the falls. It’s like being caught in a tropical storm. This is what it means to be close to Niagara Falls. Then it’s another elevator ride up to the only panoramic view of all three Niagara Falls — the American, Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Falls — from the observation tower. Stand over Niagara Gorge with an unobstructed view of all three as the waters rage below. Finally, hop on board the popular Maid of the Mist for a boat ride to the very edge of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the most powerful waterfall in North America. Operating dates of the Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds are approximate and depend on weather conditions.
DAY 6 – TRANSFER TO SAN FRANCISO (07 HOURS BY AIR), SIGHTSEEING TOUR
Your 4 hour tour in the City by the Bay begins at the famous Fisherman’s Wharf. From there, you’ll travel all over San Francisco with narration from your guide that will illuminate the city’s rich history and the stories behind its iconic structures and natural wonders. Get your camera ready for brief photo stops at San Francisco’s most famous landmarks. Appreciate the architectural beauty of the Palace of Fine Arts and its lagoon that elegant swans like to call home. See the towering eucalyptus trees in the Presidio as you ride through its winding scenic roads. Then it’s on to Golden Gate Park, which boasts 1,017 acres (412 hectares) of rolling grasslands, cypress trees and some of the city’s best museums, the California Academy of Sciences and the de Young Museum. For an urban park, it has quite a wild side — coyotes, hawks and even bison call it home. You’ll learn about San Francisco’s Gold Rush days, Spanish missionaries and Native Americans on your drive through the park, which stretches from the center of the city all the way to the Pacific Ocean. See the most famous architecture in San Francisco, the ornate, colourful Victorian homes that fill Height-Ashbury and other neighbourhoods. Your drive continues through the bright bustling streets of Chinatown, the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside of Asia, and on through neighbouring North Beach, which still has lots of Italian charm. Your tour comes to a leisurely end back at Fisherman’s Wharf, where views of the bay and Alcatraz make for perfect final photo ops.
DAY 7 – TRANSFER TO LAS VEGAS (08 HOURS BY ROAD)
Enjoy a buffet breakfast and check-out. Sit back and relax in your coach as we proceed to Las Vegas. On arrival, check-in to your hotel. Later, you can explore the grandeur of your own hotel or you can just walk along the Las Vegas Boulevard – The Main Street.
DAY 8 – GRAND CANYON, NIGHT TOUR
This sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon begins with a hotel pickup in Las Vegas. Make the trek east in an air-conditioned, luxury motor coach, passing through the Mojave Desert and the Black Mountains and Grand Wash Cliffs of Arizona on the way. Arrive at the Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center for lunch and souvenir shopping, then proceed to Grand Canyon National Park for several hours of exploring at the South Rim. Make scenic stops at Bright Angel Lodge, one of the original hotel destinations at the Grand Canyon South Rim, and Mather Point, with the most popular overlook and trails lining the edge of the canyon. Visit the widest and deepest point of the South Rim at over 8,400 feet deep and 21 miles across. This day tour also includes a complimentary photo stop at Hoover Dam, either before or after visiting the Grand Canyon.
In the evening, join a crew of celebrity lookalikes for a fun-filled 90-minute ride down the Las Vegas Strip aboard an authentic London-style double-decker bus. Climb aboard your bus with a cast of fun celebrity impersonators like Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Elton John, John Lennon, Madonna, Shania Twain, Cher and many more, as you cruise past the most famous sights of the glitzy Vegas Strip. The impersonators on each ride are unique, ensuring a lively trip no matter what day you ride.
DAY 9 – TRANSFER TO LOS ANGELES (04 HOURS BY ROAD), HOLLYWOOD SIGHT SEEING
Hollywood Boulevard: This tour starts in front of LA City Tours, near the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Feel the magic of Hollywood as you visit memorable locations from hit movies. Look for your favourite celebrity hand-prints at the TCL Chinese Theater and search for their names on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You’ll also see Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Hard Rock Café, Dolby Theater — the new home of the Oscars — and many other fun attractions along the world famous Hollywood Boulevard.
Griffith Park & Hollywood Sign: Go inside Griffith Park from high above Los Angeles. Have your picture taken in front of the world famous Hollywood Sign – while also seeing spectacular city views. Don’t leave the city without these memorable moments. No trip to the “City of Angels” is complete without a great picture of the Hollywood Sign.
Beverly Hills & Sunset Strip: Tour Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, celebrity homes and more. Visit beautiful mansions, night clubs on Sunset Strip, (the Whiskey A-Go-Go, the Viper Room, the Roxy, and Chateau Marmont), and the most expensive shopping street in America – Rodeo Drive.
Sunny California Beaches: Visit the beautiful sunny California coastline and the high energy dining and night life of Santa Monica, Third Street Promenade, and Venice Beach. The A1-Noon LA City Tour also stops at Marina Del Rey.
DAY 10 – DEPARTURE FROM LOS ANGELES
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