About the tour: The Grand East

Join us on this fantastic tour of the 'grand east' taking in the sights of New York, Boston and New England on our journey into Canada. See Québec City, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, before feeling the mists of the natural wonder of Niagara Falls. Then, walk the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg, the most decisive battle in the American Civil War, get an up-close taste of Amish culture, and see the seats of power with a grand city tour of Washington D.C. We will drive along the Great Smoky Mountains and go honky tonkin' in Nashville. The, dip your toes in the warm crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico and witness the first-hand ingenuity of the American space program at the Kennedy Space Centre. This tour truly is the grand east!

Tour Includes

  • 19 nights hotel
  • Flights to New York and from Miami
  • Airport transfers in the USA
  • Air-conditioned coach travel
  • Fully escorted in the USA by a Tour Director

21 days from £3619 pp

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
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  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Arrive in New York City and transfer to your hotel where you will meet with your Tour Director in the evening.

    We depart NYC for historic New England. Travel along the Long Island Sound to Boston, MA. Enjoy a walking tour along the Freedom Trail and the cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill, steeped in history, which contains one of the city’s most beautiful neighbourhoods.


    Included Highlights

    • Boston

    This morning, we travel through the rural New England states of New Hampshire and Vermont on our way to Canada. We will pass through small picturesque villages and the White Mountains, which are particularly beautiful during the fall foliage.

    We will cross the international border to enter the Canadian province of Québec.

    This evening, take the opportunity to sample some of the celebrated French-Canadian cuisine (optional).

    Québec City
    Quebec City

    Included Highlights

    • Québec City

    Begin the day with a tour of Québec City, the French capital of the province and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include the Québec Provincial Parliament Building and the Citadelle.

    Then enjoy a walking tour of the walled city, where you will see the Château de Frontenac, as well as unparalleled views of the Saint Lawrence River.

    You may want to enjoy a delicious pastry, baguette or candy treat, or, if time allows, may we suggest a visit to Rue du Tresor before departing to Montréal.

    Upon arrival, take an optional tour of Old Montréal, the area known as the 'Vieux Port', with stops at Place Jacques Cartier and Notre Dame Basilica.


    Included Highlights

    • Montreal
    • Québec Walking Tour

    We depart Montréal for the capital of Canada, Ottawa. This vibrant city of parks and flowers boasts one of the most impressive parliament buildings in the world.

    In the afternoon, we continue along the 1000 Islands Parkway to the largest English-speaking city in Canada, Toronto, located on the shore of Lake Ontario.

    Join an optional excursion on the St. Lawrence River which explores the magnificent scenery on a relaxing cruise.


    Included Highlights

    • Ottawa

    Begin the day with a drive through Toronto’s impressive collection of modern skyscrapers, most notably, the CN Tower, one of the world’s tallest free-standing structures (1,815 ft. /553 m). Do you dare to stand on the glass floor located more than 300 meters above Toronto (optional)? Expect fantastic views!

    We continue along Lake Ontario, crossing the Welland Canal, before arriving at Niagara Falls, where you will be amazed at this natural wonder. Stroll along Table Rock, see the unique Floral Clock and view the thundering water of the Horseshoe Falls.

    Later, take an optional tour on the renowned Hornblower Cruises boat ride at the base of the Falls.

    Niagara Falls
    Niagara Falls

    Included Highlights

    • Niagara Falls
    • Toronto

    Today, ride through the rolling farmland of upstate New York, known as the Finger Lakes region, and enter the keystone state of Pennsylvania.

    This afternoon, visit the historic Gettysburg Civil War national battleground, site of the largest battle ever fought on American soil. This is the place where President Lincoln gave his famous address in 1863.

    We travel along the Susquehanna River to Amish Country.


    Included Highlights

    • Amish Country
    • Gettysburg

    We travel through rural countryside to Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Visit an Amish museum and see their 300-year-old tradition of simple living (admission included). The Amish people live in a world that stopped in the mid-1850s. They use no electricity, mechanical devices, nor modern equipment.

    In the afternoon, continue to the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.

    Washington DC
    Washington DC

    Included Highlights

    • Amish Country & Museum
    • Washington DC

    Enjoy a city tour with highlights such as the U.S. Capitol Building, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, the F.B.I. Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the White House and Arlington National Cemetery, site of the JFK Memorial.

    Spend the remainder of the day exploring some of the many museums comprising the Smithsonian Institute, or, stroll the banks of the Potomac River.

    Washington D.C.
    Washington DC

    Included Highlights

    • Washington D.C.
    • Washington D.C. City Tour

    Depart this morning for Williamsburg, Virginia’s colonial capital. Walk along the Duke of Gloucester Street to visit some of the impressive public buildings, colonial houses and the college of William and Mary (admissions not included).


    Included Highlights

    • Williamsburg

    Travel along portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway/Mountains before entering the breathtaking scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains and National Park, before arriving in Gatlinburg in the afternoon and explore some of the unique restaurants on on main-street, during this evening leisure time.

    Blue Ridge
    Blue Ridge Parkway

    Included Highlights

    • Blue Ridge Parkway
    • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Continue today through Knoxville, the state’s third largest city before you arrive in the early afternoon in Music City USA, Nashville.


    Included Highlights

    • Nashville

    Travel across the countryside and arrive in Memphis, the city known for blues music, cotton and home of Sun Records. Take a city tour including Beale Street, the heart of the blues music scene.

    This afternoon, fans of 'the king of rock and roll' have the opportunity to tour Graceland, former home of Elvis Presley (optional).

    Memphis Skyline
    Memphis Skyline

    Included Highlights

    • Memphis

    Today’s tour takes us to Mississippi, the magnolia state. Pass through Jackson, the state capital, and continue to Louisiana and New Orleans, the home of the infamous Mardi Gras celebrations.

    Tonight, immerse yourself in Creole culture aboard an authentic Mississippi riverboat dinner cruise, and enjoy the rhythms of a Dixieland jazz band (optional).

    New Orleans
    New Orleans

    Included Highlights

    • New Orleans

    Enjoy a full day at leisure to take in the French flavor and grandeur of New Orleans. Explore the French Quarter with its trademark wrought iron balconies overlooking the narrow, cobblestone streets. Stand atop one of the infamous New Orleans levees and gain the perspective of how these unique feats of architecture guard the city.

    New Orleans
    New Orleans

    Included Highlights

    • New Orleans

    We travel along the Mississippi Gulf Coast through Mobile, AL, to the city of Pensacola. Visit one of the top 10 rose gardens in America at the Bellingrath Home (admission included).

    Visit Pensacola Beach and walk alongside the swaying sea oats, dipping your toes in the warm waters of the emerald green Gulf of Mexico.

    Pensacola Beach

    Included Highlights

    • Pensacola

    We travel along the Florida panhandle to Ocala, known for thoroughbred horse ranches.

    Continue through central Florida, heart of America’s citrus industry, and on to Orlando, America’s family playground!


    Included Highlights

    • Orlando

    Enjoy a day at leisure! Revitalise by the pool or visit one of Orlando’s attractions such as Disney World, Sea World or Universal Studios (admissions not included).


    Included Highlights

    • Orlando

    Today, visit the Kennedy Space Centre, home of America’s space program (admission included).

    We continue to the cultural melting pot of vibrant Miami Beach, and the hotel for our final night.

    Kennedy Space Centre
    Kennedy Space Centre

    Included Highlights

    • Miami
    • Kennedy Space Centre

    Transfer to Miami Airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.

    Arrival in the UK.

    All rooms have to be requested with our Partner, ATI. Once we have confirmed your requirements we will send you a new confirmation invoice. ATI Terms and Conditions do not allow any name changes once your booking is confirmed.

    This tour requires customers to have a certain degree of fitness as it is a very full itinerary. Wheelchairs must be prior approved by ATI. This is due to luggage space being at a premium on the coach.

    Customers are subject to 1 piece of hold luggage each, additional pieces are subject to approval by ATI and may be charged at a supplement.

    Passengers with medical conditions which impair their travels and may require assistance must make these conditions known at the time of booking. Tour Directors are not permitted to personally intervene or assist in medical emergencies, or assist passengers with prior medical conditions. Passengers with physical challenges must always travel with a companion who can assist them. All coaches are equipped with a lavatory.

    As facilities for properly serving the lavatory are extremely limited outside major metropolitan areas, the on-board lavatory is principally intended for emergency use. Of course, frequent stops are made throughout the day for the customers comfort.

    You may find that your tour coach does not have seat belts as American Law doesn't require them. Please note, due to local laws at least one person in each room booked must be aged 21 years or over.

    Persons under 21 years of age cannot enter casinos (including those in hotels) alone in the USA and must be accompanied at all times by an adult aged 21 or over.

    IMPORTANT VISA INFORMATION Travel Authorisation via the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) is required prior to travelling to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program, for which an additional charge of approximately $14 per person is made. Log onto the ESTA Web site at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and complete an online application in English. The web-based system will prompt you to answer basic biographical and eligibility questions typically requested on a paper I-94W form. Applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel, however, DHS recommends that applications be submitted no less than 72 hours prior to travel. It is your responsibility to ensure you hold the correct passport and visa (if required) to enter the United States of America. If you are in any doubt please contact the appropriate embassy.

    Single Room Supplement from £1,159.00 (21 days).

    The Grand East 21 days from £3619pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    01709 787 463


    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay at hotels such as:

    * The Dylan Hotel, New York City

    * Courtyard by Marriott Boston Brookline, Boston

    * Hotel Universel, Quebec City

    * Gouverneur Hotel Place Dupuis, Montreal

    * Bond Place Hotel, Toronto

    * Best Western Cairn Croft Inn, Niagara Falls

    * Wyndham Garden York, Amish Country

    * Washington Hilton, Washington D.C.

    * Holiday Inn Tanglewood, Roanoke

    * Edgewater Hotel & Conference Centre, Gatlinburg

    * Inn at Opryland, Nashville

    * Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown, Memphis

    * Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans

    * Courtyard by Marriott Pensacola, Pensacola

    * Grand Hotel Celebration, Orlando

    * Hilton Garden Inn Miami South Beach, Miami

    Please note: due to local laws at least one person in each room booked must be 21 years of age or over.

    All hotels are of European minimum 3-star standard

    The Grand Orlando Resort Celebration (or similar)

    Best Western Cairn Croft (or similar)

    Your Flights

    Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

    Estimated flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

    Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at [email protected].

    We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
    Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
    We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long haul flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

    Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

    For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at [email protected].

    The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
    This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.
    Flights to New York and returning from Miami are available from Heathrow and Manchester.

    We will book flights to coincide with the arrival of other passengers joining the tour from a variety of UK airports. This is to enable the smooth operation of transfers for the group. Your flight times will be confirmed with your travel documents.

    Flight supplements may apply for some airports. If your chosen airport carries a supplement, we will contact you to discuss.

    All prices and airports are subject to availability – routes can be reintroduced, cancelled or amended by the airline at any time.

    This holiday is operated by Leger Air Holidays Ltd. ATOL 3880.

    All of our coaches are modern and comfortable, and you can be assured of a high level of service. On selected air holidays, the executive coach may not have an onboard toilet or drinks facilities.

    Executive Features

    • Air conditioning
    • Drinks machines
    • Onboard toilet
    • Reclining seats

    Customer Reviews