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Explore America’s fascinating history on this tour of the country’s east coast. From George Washington’s home to the cutting-edge sprawl of New York, this tour is a journey of discovery told through the iconic monuments, buildings and landmarks shaped by America’s tumultuous history.

Monumental America
Learn more about America's capital, Washington, DC, as you tour the city's major sights, such as the White House, Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall. Stop to visit George Washington's home en route to Williamsburg where you'll step back through time with a tour of Colonial Williamsburg - considered the world's largest living museum. Stroll through an in-tact town of around 100 preserved 19th-century homes that played a pivotal role in the Civil War in Harper's Ferry, before learning more the Civil War on a guided tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield with a Civil War Historian.

The Big Apple
New York, New York! Get to know New York City's rich history and vibrant culture through its kitchens as you eat your way through Little Italy on a walking food tour. See what all the fuss is about as you discover some of the city's most iconic sites, such as the Statue of Liberty, Fifth Avenue, Central Park and Times Square.

To The Freedom Trail
Moving on from New York we'll envy the opulent 'Summer cottages' of Millionaire's Row, explore the eclectic and flamboyant artisan colony of Provincetown, see the Gingerbread house of Martha's Vineyard's and visit Plymouth Rock before stopping at key spots along the Boston Freedom Trail.

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INCLUSIONS

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to the USA. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $300pp pre-paid 

Accommodation & Meals

  • 17 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 17 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

  • Included sightseeing as detailed by the itinerary

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price. 

Not Included:

  • Airfares if booking tour only package
  • Airport Transfers if tour only package or arriving pre and/or post tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any unspecified tips
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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25 SEP - 14 OCT 2019
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$15245 tour & airfare*
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THE ‘SOLO TRAVELLER SAVING’

SAVE an additional $75 with our ‘Solo Traveller Saving’ (STC)

In addition to any other savings, when you book this tour with your own room and also the airfare with us, we include a $75 saving on your total package price.  Offer is not available when you book to share a room or in conjunction with any Reduced Single Supplement Offer (RSS)

RETURN TRAVELLER REWARD - SAVE $100
Once you have booked and departed with us on an international tour, you qualify for our Return Traveller Reward on your next international tour booking. The offer does not apply to any cruises, resort packages, or tours within Australia. 

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 $ 15245

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Share and save with our roommate match option. If you opt to share with a friend, or with a roommate match, SAVE $3950 on the package price for your own room.

* SEE 'MORE INFORMATION' section below for Other Price Information


Trip Code: usaeast19-9

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tour Washington's famous sights, including the White House, the National Mall and the Spy Museum
  • Visit Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's primary plantation, followed my lunch at the historic Michie Tavern
  • Discover New York's Little Italy on a food tour down Arthur Avenue and the Bronx
  • Tour New York City's major sights, including the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and Times Square
  • Ride the ferry to Martha's Vineyard for a full day tour 

Included Sightseeing, American History

  • Explore Washington, DC's most famous sights. including the White House, the Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall.
  • Discover the craft, history and contemporary art of espionage at the International Spy Museum. 
  • Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Washington, DC at your own pace.
  • Visit George Washington's home, historical Jamestown and the Visitor Centre.
  • Tour the world's largest living museum, Colonial Williamsburg.
  • Stop at Thomas Jefferson's house and primary plantation, Monticello.
  • Enjoy lunch at the historic Michie Tavern.
  • Learn about America's civil war at the Gettysburg Museum.
  • Tour the Gettysburg Battlefield with a historian.
  • Visit Amish country and share lunch with a local Amish family in their home.
  • Learn more about Philidelphia's history on a tour.
  • Learn about New York City's cultural and culinary heritage on a walking food tour through the Bronx and Little Italy.
  • Spend a full day touring New York City, seeing Central Park, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Centre, World Trade Centre Memorial and the Statue of Liberty.
  • Enjoy a day of exploring New York City at your own pace.
  • Explore the home of one of America's greatest writer's, Mark Twain.
  • See how the other half live on a tour of Newport's opulent 'summer cottages, including the Breakers Mansion.
  • Cruise along Cape Cod National Seashore to discover Chatham Lighthouse and the eclectic artisan colony of Provincetown.
  • Enjoy a full day touring Martha's Vineyard, seeing the iconic 'gingerbread houses' and stopping along the African American Heritage Trail.
  • Explore the original settlement and major sights of the Plymouth Colony.
  • Walk along the Boston Freedom trail to see sights such as the Boston Massacre, Old Granery burying ground, Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall and the Old Church Bunker Hill.

Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after your flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs. 

DAY 1
Arrive Washington, DC

Welcome to the United States of America, and its capital—Washington, DC. Home to some of the country’s most iconic monuments and buildings, including, of course, the White House, this is a city full of rich history just waiting to be explored. Enjoy a relaxing welcome drink at the hotel.

DAY 2
Washington, DC

We set out for a tour of the major city sights this morning, visiting the Capitol Building, the White House, Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall and the Washington Monument. We’ll also visit the International Spy Museum to learn about the craft, history and contemporary art of espionage before our group welcome dinner this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3
Washington, DC

Today is at leisure for you to explore Washington, DC at your own pace. Why not make some time to explore one of the Smithsonian's 11 museums and galleries on the National Mall?

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4
Washington, DC - Williamsburg 

On our way to Williamsburg today we’ll stop at the house of America’s first president and the capital’s namesake, George Washington, in Mount Vernon. We’ll also take a tour of Jamestown’s historical sights and learn more about Pocohontas at the Visitor Centre.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5
Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg is considered the world’s largest living museum, with over 40 sites and trades, two world-class museums and four historic taverns. After a short orientation, you’ll be able to see as much of Colonial Williamsburg as you can fit into the rest of the day at your own pace.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6
Williamsburg - Harpers Ferry 

This morning we set out for Harpers Ferry, a quaint and historic community reminiscent of America’s past. Enjoy an evening at leisure to explore the town's picturesque streets.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Special Experience: En route to Harpers Ferry we’ll stop in Charlottesville to visit Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s primary plantation, before lunch at the historic Michie Tavern.

DAY 7
Harpers Ferry - Lancaster 

We’ll begin our day with a tour of the historic district in Harpers Ferry, which preserves around 100 historic buildings in what is essentially an intact 19th century town that played a pivotal role in the Civil War.

Visit the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Centre to learn more about America’s Civil War, including a guided tour of the battlefield with a Civil War historian.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 8
Lancaster 

Lancaster, also known as Pennsylvania Dutch Country, is famed for its large Amish population. This morning we’ll take a tour of Amish country and learn more about their culture, traditions and history.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Special Experience: Immerse yourself in the culture of the Amish people as we share a traditional lunch with a family in their home.

DAY 9
Lancaster - New York 

On our way to New York we’ll stop to see some of Philadelphia’s iconic sights, such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and other revolutionary monuments.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Special Experience: Discover New York City’s Little Italy on a food tour down Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.

DAY 10
New York 

The huge, sprawling metropolis of New York is America’s epicentre of arts, entertainment and dining, and undoubtedly has something to offer everyone. We’re going to see some of the city’s highlights today, such as the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Centre and Fifth Avenue.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11
New York

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this amazing city. Breakfast

DAY 12
New York - Newport

Today we depart for Newport, Rhode Island, with a stop in Hartford for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the home of Mark Twain, the accomplished author behind works such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Roughing It and The Gilded Age.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13
Newport

Newport, home to breathtaking views and historic mansions. Our morning tour will see us cruising down Ocean Drive and Millionaire’s Row to see the opulent ‘summer cottages’ of the Gilded Age. We’ll even have the opportunity to tour a few of the mansions, including the Breakers, home of the Vanderbilt family.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14
Newport - Plymouth 

After breakfast we’ll continue our drive along the Cape Cod national seashore, stopping at the ‘elbow’ to see Chatham Lighthouse. We’ll also spend some time in the coastal artisan colony of Provincetown, known for its eclectic and flamboyant culture, beautiful beaches and brilliant art galleries.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15
Plymouth

Special Experience: Board a ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, an island south of Cape Cod. Take in the breathtaking scenery on a tour of the island, which will include the famous Gingerbread Houses in Oak Bluffs and stops along the African American Heritage Trail.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16
Plymouth - Boston 

We’ll be transported back in time as we explore the Plimoth Plantation today, a living museum that replicates the original settlement of the Plymouth Colony. We’ll also visit

Plymouth Rock, the traditional site of disembarkation of the founders of the Plymouth Colony.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17
Boston

Our tour today takes us along the path of the historical Freedom Trail, visiting sites of historical significance in the American Revolution. The trail connects 16 sites including Boston Common, the Old Granary Burying Ground, Quincy Market and Old North Church, each telling its own story. Tonight we'll enjoy a group dinner to farewell our amazing tour.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 18
Depart Boston

Today we begin our journey home.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 19
In Transit

DAY 20
Arrive Australia 

 

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Washington

Holiday Inn Capitol

3

Williamsburg

Hilton Garden Inn

2

Harpers Ferry

Clarion Inn

1

Lancaster

Lancaster Marriot at Penn Square

2

New York City

ROW NYC Hotel

3

Newport

Marriott

2

Plymouth Harbor

Hotel 1620

2

Boston

DoubleTree by Hilton

2

Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

Lancaster Marriott Penn Square, Lancaster, PA

ROW NYC Hotel, New York, NY

Marriott Hotel, Newport, RI

HOLIDAY INN CAPITOL
Sit back, relax and enjoy your stay at the Holiday Inn, Washington-Capital, which is situated just one block from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and within walking distance to other Washington, D.C. attractions. Guests can enjoy on-site dining at the Capitol Bistro and Starbucks or take advantage of inroom refrigerators and coffeemakers. The hotel also features free wifi, swimming pool, a gym and a bar.

HILTON GARDEN INN WILLIAMSBURG
Surrounded by quality attractions, including historic Jamestown, the Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg is only moments from Colonial Williamsburg and provides many free amenities along with exceptional facilities, including an onsite restaurant and bar, gym and free wifi. Rooms include tea and coffee facilities, a microwave, fridge and private bathroom.

CLARION INN HARPERS FERRY
Featuring an onsite restaurant and bar, an indoor pool, outdoor tennis court, and free wifi, the Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry is convenient, comfortable and a great place to relax from sightseeing. Rooms feature a microwave and refrigerator, flat-screen TV, coffee maker, an iron and ironing board.

LANCASTER MARRIOTT AT PENN SQUARE
Featuring elegant interiors, impeccable service, as well as remarkable architecture and history - including a preserved section of the Underground Railroad – the Lancaster Marriot at Penn Square is a memorable experience. This hotel is located in a prime downtown location in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and is just a walk away from some fantastic dining and entertainment experiences. Rooms at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square are equipped with 32-inch LCD TVs and free wifi.

ROW NYC HOTEL
The Row NYC hotel has pioneered a new era of individuality among Times Square hotels by meeting NYC’s signature urban grit with grandeur. The Row NYC features a café and lounge, and in-house gourmet food market, a sugar factory (and a fitness studio to burn it off) and a convenience store. NYC is right at your doorstep here, but you might find it hard to leave!

NEWPORT MARRIOTT
Edging the harbour, Newport Marriott offers resort style comfort in this historic downtown district, appointed with luxurious amenities and spa-like bathrooms with walk-in waterfall showers. Enjoy delectable American cuisine, draft beers, fine wines and specialty cocktails at our stylish restaurants and bars overlooking stunning views of the shimmering waterfront.

HOTEL 1620 PLYMOUTH HARBOUR
Situated across the street from the bay, Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor offers spacious, beautifully appointed Plymouth accommodations in a convenient setting within walking distance to shops and dining. Amenities include free WiFi, an onsite restaurant and bar, a gym and an indoor pool.

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON BOSTON DOWNTOWN
Located in the heart of the theatre district, the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Downtown feature free wifi, a gym, and an onsite restaurant and bar. Travellers interested in old town exploring should check out the nearby Chinatown, restaurants and beautiful architecture.

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.


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GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Washington DC      
Depart from: Boston, Massachusetts  

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

Early Check In
If your flight arrives well in advance of the hotel check in time, then we recommend travellers consider booking an additional night at the hotel the evening prior to guarantee a morning check-in. Early check in without payment can be requested, and is at the discretion of the hotel, but cannot be guaranteed.

Late Check Out
If your flight departs after the hotel check out time we recommend that you make an enquiry with us about securing a late check out with payment.  Some hotels will require payment in full of the next night of stay while others may have a rate for a late check out such as a payment to extend check out until 6pm as an example.

Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

TRANSFERS

When you travel on the group flights booked with us as part of your package, airport transfers on arrival and departure are included as part of your package.

When you travel on other dates or not with the group flight additional charges apply for airport transfers on arrival and departure.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 20 travellers. This is a Solos Mix tour.

SOLOS MIX
We’ve hand picked a line up of tours with that are popular choices for solo travellers. There’s a mix of travellers, single travellers and couples travelling together – this is our SOLOS MIX offer.  From our ‘know-how’ these are trips popular with solo travellers. We only select small group tours for our Solos Mix tours. There’s a good likelihood of more than a few solo travellers also that may join this tour.

For all ‘Solos Mix’ international tours receive our exclusive SOLO TRAVELLER SAVING (STS), when you book the tour with us, with your own room

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
A moderate to faster pace. There are some days with early starts and full days of touring.  There are 2 and 3 nights of stay for this itinerary.

Travellers of 70 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor.

Fit to Travel Holiday Requirements:

A minimum level of fitness is required to be able to participate on a Bunnik Tour, you are required to at least:

  • Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid
  • Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
  • Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
  • Carry your own luggage
  • Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats 

Passengers 70 years or over must provide a signed Fitness to Travel declaration form from their doctor within one month of making their booking. While we will still confirm your place on your tour, flight tickets cannot be issued until both completed forms have been received. Additional costs may be incurred if completed forms are not received by Bunnik Tours within these time frames.

Bunnik Tours generally does not accept bookings for single travellers 80 years of age and over without a travelling companion. Neither our Tour Director nor your fellow travellers are equipped to act as a carer.

Passengers must inform us and the service provider of any medical conditions which may affect your ability to participate in the tour.

At our discretion we, including the service provider, can exclude you in a tour or in any activity if we consider that you are unable to safely participate in that tour or activity or if we consider your participation may place the safety of other guests at risk.

We exclude all liability for any illness, injury or death sustained by you on tour because of any pre-existing medical condition. You release us from all liability arising out of your medical condition, illness, or injury that you may suffer during the tour or as a result of the tour. 

ABOUT THE MEALS
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

GROUP GUIDE
This is a group tour with a coach driver and locally based English speaking guide. Your tour guide is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

TRANSPORT
Coach, cable car and boat cruises 

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Due to the handling of luggage on our tours and coaches, checked baggage is limited to 20kg and a minimum of hand luggage.

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 
Wifi is readily available at all hotels.  Some hotels may charge for this service.

You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone. 

SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to.  

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group.

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