Highlights:Visit New York, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, Niagara Falls. Inclusions: 5 nights hotel accomodations, Transportation via air-conditioned vehicle
Enjoy a complimentary steak dinner in New York! Free Cherry Blossom Bloom watch from Mar 15 to April 30. U.S. side only - Passengers do not need a visa/passport to join this tour. The tour is available daily. Click Here for Mon, Thu and Sun departures.
100% guaranteed departure; if cancelled 120% will be refunded.
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My wife and I, Jayasri, are an Indian couple over 50 years of age. We took the six day tour and have great appreciation for the entire packaging, logistics, hotels and our guide CiCi, who not only per... More>>
My wife, daughter, and I choose to go to the East Coast through TakeTours. It was a great trip made even better by our awesome guide, Mr. Steven Yaan. He was friendly and knowledgeable through the who... More>>
Our tour guide, James, was very efficient and accommodating. I highly recommend this tour. Time were efficiently used. Nice hotels.
Flights can be booked into any of the three major New York City area airports. Those flying in to EWR can either take our shuttle to the hotel for some rest or go shopping at Jersey Gardens Mall. Those flying into LGA or JFK before 3:00 pm will have the opportunity to tour Flushing, Queens. All who arrive before 5:00pm have the option of joining a 3-hour Night Tour of the city. Shuttle service will be available from all airports. There will be an additional charge for those who arrive after 10:00pm.
More»The mall is about a half-hour out of New York City, which makes it a good day trip for those touring New York. It is also close to Newark Airport, and its convenient location makes it popular with travellers.«Less
More» This famous and historical New York neighborhood is best known for its flourishing Chinatown area, the second-largest in New York City and the most quickly growing. Today, it is even larger than the Chinatown in Manhattan.«Less
More» The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, The Cultural Capital of the World... whatever you call New York City, its impact on worldwide culture and business is undeniable. Seeing this famous metropolis is something no one ever forgets!«Less
More»New York City is at its best at night! Join this special tour of the City that Never Sleeps and see for yourself the constant buzz and murmur always present under the eternally bright lights of the Big Apple.«Less
Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child $25
Standard Hotel: Edison Hotel/Palace Hotel/Ramada Inn or similar
Deluxe Hotel: Sheraton/Hilton/Doubletree/Radisson/Hotel Somerset/Crowne Plaza/Courtyard/Hilton Garden/Holiday Inn or similar
Today we will spend the day touring New York City. Whether you know it as the Big Apple, the City That Never Sleeps, Gotham, or any of its other myriad of nicknames, it is sure to be an excellent experience. Stops on our tour include Wall Street, Times Square, the Empire State Building, a guided tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, an exploration of the USS Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, and Madame Tussauds' Wax Museum.
More» The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, The Cultural Capital of the World... whatever you call New York City, its impact on worldwide culture and business is undeniable. Seeing this famous metropolis is something no one ever forgets!«Less
More»One of the most recognizable landmarks in the word, this famous skyscraper is the second-tallest building in New York City. It was completed in 1931 and made a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1986.«Less
More»Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum is a favorite attraction of people all over the world. Uncannily lifelike wax sculptures of figures both modern and historic decorate the halls of this museum, which dates back to London and 1836.«Less
More»The Metropolitan Museum of Art is not just the largest art museum in the United States, but also one of the three biggest in the world. Its collection contains more than 2 million works of art.«Less
More»This famous street in New York City's Financial District has become synonymous with American financial enterprises. It is also the home of the New York Stock Exchange, and has been (or still is) the location of several other exchanges.«Less
More»This boat ride through New York Harbor loops its way around Ellis Island, home of the Statue of Liberty. Ellis Island was the arrival point for immigrants to the East Coast of the US for decades.«Less
More»This famous military history museum on Manhattan's West Side is inside the now-defunct World War II aircraft carrier, the USS Intrepid. Exhibits include real military aircraft as well as recreations of military life aboard the ship.«Less
More»Called "The Crossroads of the World," this major intersection in midtown Manhattan-- where Broadway hits Seventh Avenue-- is a world-famous icon of both New York City and the United States. It has appeared in countless forms of media.«Less
Standard Hotel: Edison Hotel/Palace Hotel/Ramada Inn in New Jersey or similar
Deluxe Hotel: Sheraton/Hilton/Doubletree/Radisson/Hotel Somerset/Crowne Plaza/Courtyard/Hilton Garden/Holiday Inn in New Jersey or similar
New York - Philadelphia - Washington DC (232 miles)
Today we will drive to Philadelphia, PA, the birthplace of the United States. Here, we will visit National Independence Park, which is home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Guests will also have the chance to take a Duck Boat Ride on the river.
From there, we will continue on to Washington, DC, where we will see the US Capitol, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and much more. Guests will also be able to visit the National Air and Space Museum or the National Museum of Natural History. We will spend the night in the DC area.
More» One of the most historically significant cities in the United States, Philadelphia was the original American capital. The City of Brotherly Love draws history buffs and lovers of culture from all corners of the globe!«Less
More»The famously cracked Liberty Bell is a sign of American Independence and spirit. Located at Liberty Bell Center in Philadelphia, PA, this symbol of the American Revolution was crafted in 1752-- more than 250 years ago.«Less
More»One of Philadelphia's most famous landmarks, Independence Hall in Independence National Historical Park is the location where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated, written, and ratified by the Founding Fathers of the USA.«Less
More»Hop in a vehicle that knows no boundaries! These former military "duck boats" can drive both on land and in the water. Guests will be treated to a tour of Philadelphia in two different ways on one vehicle.«Less
Admission (Optional): Adult $19; Child $11; Senior $19; Price not not includes taxes and fees.
More» The capital of the United States of America sits on the scenic Potomac River. Monuments, museums, and Americana characterize this historic city, which is located in the District of Columbia between the states of Maryland and Virginia.«Less
More»This iconic American monument honors the 16th president of the United States. Abraham Lincoln was president during the American Civil War, and is most famous for the Emancipation Proclamation that freed all of the slaves in the US.«Less
More»One of the Smithsonian Institute's museums in Washington, DC, the National Air and Space Museum chronicles the history of flight. From the Wright Brother to Buzz Aldrin, the exhibits at this museum explore all of humanity's air travels.«Less
More»This memorial in Washington, DC serves as a place to remember the American soldier who were lost or killed during the tumultuous Vietnam War. Originally controversial in design, the simple memorial has become a shrine for the American people.«Less
More»This memorial commemorates those who served for the United States in the Korean War. It is located south of the Reflecting Pool at the National Mall. The simple memorial is triangular in shape will a circle at the top.«Less
More»The world-famous White House in Washington, DC is the official residence of the president of the United States and the place where most of the work is done. The facade of this neoclassical mansion is a global icon.«Less
More»The famous United States Capitol is the meeting place of the US Congress, and has been for more than 200 years. The building is famous for its elaborate dome and intricately designed, detailed columns.«Less
More»The Potomac River runs along Washington, DC, the capital city of the United States of America. Visitors to this famous locale can opt to see many of the area's most historic landmarks and memorials in a unique way.«Less
Standard Hotel: Comfort Inn/Days Inn/Sleeping Inn or similar
Deluxe Hotel: Sheraton/Hilton/Radisson/Wyndham/Four Points/Crowne Plaza/Courtyard/Metro Points/Tremont Plaza or similar
Washington D.C. - Corning - Niagara Falls (431 miles)
We will head north to visit the Corning Glass Museum in Corning, NY. We will then continue on to Niagara Falls, NY where we will take the famous Maid of the Mist boat ride, see the Adventure Movie and A Native Journey: The Spirit of the Mist, and view the nighttime Illumination of the Falls. Guests can then choose either to stay in the Falls Park for self-exploration or have an in-depth tour that includes visits to the Power Vista and Old Fort Niagara.
More»This museum in western New York is dedicated to the history, art, and science behind glassmaking. Its collection contains more than 45,000 objects, some of which date back millennia. It was founded in 1951 and sees 400,000 visitors annually.«Less
Admission (Optional): Adult $16; Child (Under 19 yrs, Free) Free; Senior (Over 62 yrs) $15|Opening Hours: (Closed on January 1, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25)
More» Known and loved for both their power and their beauty, the Niagara Falls offer an experience unlike any other. More water tumbles down from the Niagara River every minute than any other place in the world.«Less
More»This famous boat ride gets passengers up close and personal with the Niagara Falls! The Maid rides right into the mists thrown up by the roaring cascade as the Niagara River tumbles over the edge of the falls.«Less
More»This movie, which guests will view on an impressive 45-foot-wide screen, tells the history of human interaction with the falls, focusing largely on the "daredevils" who have crossed, boated, and even jumped off them.«Less
More»For more than 75 years, visitors to Niagara Falls have been able to enjoy a nighttime illumination of the impressive American and Horseshoe falls. Every night of the year at dusk, visitors can experience the falls a new way.«Less
More»Niagara, like many impressive wonders of nature, is a sacred place for the local Native American people. This show uses dance as a storytelling medium through which to showcase the impact that the falls have had on native culture.«Less
More»This interesting and exciting fuller tour of the greater Niagara area takes guests to sights they otherwise may not see, such as the impressive and modern Niagara Power Vista or the historic Old Fort Niagara.«Less
Standard Hotel: Comfort Inn/Days Inn/Sleeping Inn or similar
Deluxe Hotel: Adam's Mark/Radisson/R.I.T/Rochester Plaza/Park Plaza/Holiday Inn/Clarion Hotel or similar
Niagara Falls - Boston (466 miles)
We will head northeast from Niagara Falls, NY to Boston, MA, and spend the rest of the day touring this historic city where the American Revolution was born. Stops on our comprehensive tour include Harvard University, MIT, Trinity Church and more! The day will end with a New England favorite, a Lobster Dinner.
More» Boston is a city as beautiful as it is historically significant. Visitors can walk the Freedom Trail and see where the seeds of the American Revolution were sown or visit the North End and look out over the harbor.«Less
More»The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts is a research university known the world over for its highly selective and intense academics, and MIT alumni include 24 Nobel Prize winners and 22 Rhodes Scholars.«Less
More»One of the most famous institutions of higher learning in the world, Harvard University in Cambridge, MA has been standing since 1636, making it the oldest university in the United States. Tourists come for both history and the architecture.«Less
More»Trinity Church is located in Boston's upscale Back Bay neighborhood. It is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, and the elaborate and ornate building has become a landmark and icon in downtown Boston.«Less
More»New England is known for its lobster, and often gift shops will even have stuffed or plastic toys for their excited patrons tourists. Having a lobster dinner in Boston is certainly on many a visitor's to-do list.«Less
Standard Hotel: Quality Inn/Comfort Inn/Days Inn or similar
Deluxe Hotel: Sheraton/DoubleTree/Radisson/Courtyard/Four Points/Wyndham/Holiday Inn or similar
Boston - New York (214 miles)
Before leaving Boston, we will take a Harbor Cruise and have lunch at Quincy Market. After, guests may choose to either fly out of Boston or head back to New York and be dropped off at the airports there. See "Departure and Return Details" for information on when to book flights.
More» Boston is a city as beautiful as it is historically significant. Visitors can walk the Freedom Trail and see where the seeds of the American Revolution were sown or visit the North End and look out over the harbor.«Less
More»Quincy Market in the Faneuil Hall marketplace of downtown Boston is a historic building that still serves as a souvenir marketplace and food court today. The area has expanded to include two other marketplace buildings as well.«Less
More»See the famous Boston skyline like never before with a cruise of Boston Harbor. From the peak of the Prudential tower to the quaint North End, this beautiful and historic city is best viewed from the bay!«Less
1 steak dinner (Only available for paid customers who join a tour on 4/16, 5/10, 6/14, 11/8 or 12/6. Taxes and tips ($7/person) are not included. The third and fourth people in a party need to pay $35/person to have the dinner or $10/person to have a seat.)
5 nights hotel accomodations
Transportation via air-conditioned vehicle
Airport pick up from JFK/LGA/EWR and drop off on the last day. Complimentary transfer is available between 8:30 and 10:00pm. Outside this time, guests will be charged. The fees are: JFK and LGA: $90 (up to 5 people), $180 (6 - 10 people); EWR $130 (up to 5 people), $210 (6 - 10 people).
A Native Journey: The Spirit of the Mist (Optional)
$13 (6-12 yrs)
$20 (Over 62 yrs)
Maid of the Mist (Optional)
$9.90 (Under 11 yrs)
Niagara Falls Adventure Movie (Optional)
$9 (3-12 yrs)
$12 (Over 62 yrs)
Niagara Falls In-Depth Tour (Optional)
$15 (Under 11 yrs)
$22 (Over 62 yrs)
Duck Boat Tour (Optional)
Chinese Style Dinner (Optional)
$11 (6-12 yrs)
$16 (Over 62 yrs)
Potomac River Cruise (Optional)
$15 (6-12 yrs)
$20 (Over 62 yrs)
Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
If you would like to join the optional activities, please pay the fee in cash to the tour guide. You cannot buy / use the tickets on your own or use City Passes. The tour guide will arrange the tickets for the group.
All meals and drinks during the trip.
Service Fees: A total of $7 / day / person should be paid to tour guide and the bus driver as a service fee. Any child / Infant reserving a seat will have to pay the service fees as well. Ex: 2 people taking a 2-day tour would pay: $7 x 2 (seats) x 2 (days) = $28. From 5/1/2014, the service fee amount will be changed to $8 / day / person.
Personal room fees: such as laundry or valet services, telephone calls, or alcoholic beverages/mini bar items, unless they are otherwise specified.
Any private expenses
Steak Dinner: The tour guide will choose a restaurant according to passenger numbers. The menu options at the different locations are as follows.
Outback: Drink: soda | Appetizer: salad | Main Course: steak and mashed potatoes | Dessert: cheesecake
Applebee's/Ruby Tuesday: Drink: soda | Appetizer: salad | Main Course: steak and vegetables | Dessert: ice cream
City passes are not accepted during an escorted tour due to the fact that they do not correspond into the tour schedule. The group entrance tickets provided by tour guides have fast lane and tour guides accompany passengers for activities.
Itineraries are subject to change due to the weather, transportation and other conditions, in order to provide the best experience for you.
Customers are held solely responsible for their own travel documents and/or visas if required.
Hotel rooms: Each hotel room can accommodate no more than 4 guests (adults or children), and existing bedding must be used
Language: All tours are escorted by professional bi- or multi-lingual tour and/or driver guides (English/Chinese). Depending on the number of passengers booked for a particular departure, tours and/or languages may be combined to operate the tours.
Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a receipt of
booking by email.
Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your e-ticket. You must print the e-tickets and take them along on your trip; they are your proof of purchase.
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A fee may be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed. Name changes or corrections may be treated as a cancellation and cancellation fees will apply. A change of tour date or tour itinerary may be treated as a cancellation, and normal cancellation fees will apply.
Cancellations and Cancellation Fees
Regardless of reason, cancellations result in costly charges from our travel and hotel providers covering penalties and fees incurred by canceling confirmed and pending bookings. Therefore, cancellation penalties and or fees will apply. Time of cancellation will be determined when notice is received and confirmed by our office. Notice of cancellation must be made directly to Taketours by email or through web mail at Contact Us .
Tour Departure: This tour has 100% guaranteed departure; if the tour is cancelled there will be refund of 120%. Restrictions apply; due to weather conditions, State Emergencies, Airport Closures or anything beyond the control of the tour operator the 120% refund will NOT apply.
Cancellation penalties per person for 1-4 days tours
15-30 days prior to departure - 10% of total purchase amount.
7-14 days prior to departure - 25% of total purchase amount.
4-6 days prior to departure - 50% of total purchase amount.
Within 3 days prior to departure - 100% of total purchase amount.
Day of departure or no show - 100% per person.
Unused features are non-refundable. No shows forfeit entire payment.
Trips require a minimum number of participants to avoid cancellation. We reserve the right to cancel a schedule trip to fully refund affected customers although tour companies will make every efforts to maintain the normal operation.
There is 6% handling fee add-on to the above penalties.
Cancellation penalties per person for tours last 5 or more days
Up to 46 days prior to departure - 10% of total purchase
21-45 days prior to departure - 25% of total purchase
8-20 days prior to departure - 50% of total purchase
1-7 days prior to departure - 100% of total purchase
Day of departure or no show - 100% per person.
Unused features are non-refundable. No shows forfeit
There is 6% handling fee add-on to the above
NOTE: We cannot grant any refunds more than 30 days after completion of tour.
We constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary - we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods duplicate departures may operate, and sometimes in reverse order in which case hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages.
We reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any tour departure in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. If cancellation is made any time prior to departure* of the tour, Taketours' only liability will be to refund to the passenger the amount it has received for the tour booking. We will try to re-book the same or similar tour.. Please note that we are not liable for any cancellation penalties incurred on any other travel arrangements including air tickets purchased separately from customers.
We are not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations.
We currently offer Buy 2 get 3rd Free promotion and the rate in the shopping cart has been adjusted automatically to reflect this discount. If you have 3 people sharing one room, when booking online, you need to enter 3 people so you will get three seats and one room. There's no difference for adult rate and child rate. If you have 4 people sharing one room, you will need to enter 4 people, so you will get 3rd one for free. Again, the price will be automatically adjusted.
Optional activities admission fee is not included in the tour price, but the tour guide will arrange activities for passengers during the tour. If passengers are interested in activities,they can pay cash directly to the tour guide on the tour.
When booking the tour online, under "Price a Trip, Book now", you will find an option - "Do you need to extend hotel stay?"
By clicking on "Yes" you can enter the date you need for extended hotel and decide the hotel option.
Meals are not included in the tour price but the tour guide will arrange meal stops. Normally the tour stops at shopping plaza or food court where passengers can see a few options and decide their own meals. For breakfast, if the hotel has complimentary service, the tour guide will inform passengers upon check-in.
The places where we make stops for meals have different variety of food selections including vegetarian options.
At Niagara Falls there are several Indian restaurants, where passengers can choose from.
There's a parking within walking distance from the Manhattan pick-up location. The parking address is 38 Bowery St,New York, NY 10013. The parking fee is $45 for overnight parking.
There's no parking service in Edison (Kam Man Food Inc) and Parsippany (Top Quality Food Market)in NJ. The stores do not allow parking. There's some free street parking space nearby. But the space availability is not guaranteed.
Departure information, including time and location, is listed in the “Departure And Return Details” section of the tour itinerary. There is a link to a map online as well. Also, e-Ticket will include full pick-up time and location information. Once the booking is done online, you will receive eTicket in your email.
We appreciate our customers feedback. Once you complete the tour, TakeTours will send you an email regarding your travel experience. By submitting a review or photo taken during the trip, you will be able to earn 100 points.
How do I redeem my loyalty points?
Simply log in to your TakeTours account and select the product you wish to buy. Add the product to your shopping cart to see how many points are needed to purchase it. If you have enough points to purchase the product, select "yes" to pay by points.
Taketours/Gotobus is a complete online travel company and uses a completely secure and automated booking system, therefore we can only accept bookings made online, using an authorized and valid credit card/debit card (visa,mastercard and amex)and paypal, check (by fax or mail) and money order (by mail).
All the tour available dates are listed online under "Departure Date" drop-down menu. As long as you can select the date online and complete the booking, that means that date is available. You can also refer to the calendar. All the available dates are shown in blue color.
The tour gets sold out fast so we encourage to book the tour in advance.
For local tours, please arrive at the pick-up location stated on your eTicket 20 minutes in advance. The tour bus will have the name of the trip placed on the bus front window.
For tours with airport pick up. Airport greet and meet: Your tour escort will be wearing a yellow uniform and holding a sign with your name. Domestic arrivals, your tour escort will wait at the baggage claim area/outside of the arrival's (restricted) area. International arrivals, your tour escort will wait just outside of customs exit.
No. You do not. E-Ticket will be automatically emailed to you after you complete your booking online. All you need to do is to bring a valid picture ID along with a printout of eTicket you receive to board the scheduled bus.
You will find an electronic brochure for each tour on our website describing all activities and itineraries. Printed brochures are not available. If you do not find adequate information about a tour on our website, please contact our online help.
Contact customer support
If you want to cancel this tour, you can see the tour's cancellation policy on the same itinerary page. To complete the cancellation policy, you can e-mail to email@example.com. Your refund request will be answered and processed promptly. If you do not receive any reply, that means your request is not processed. Please contact us immediately.
I want to stay an extra night in NY. If I book the pre-tour hotel, how do I meet up with the tour for Day 1? Do I go to the airport? What time? by Donna on 2014-01-13
If you arrive before the tour's starting time, please self check in the hotel, you may take the shuttle to meet the tour guide at the airport on the departure date.The airport hotels suggested(Days Inn JFK,Hampton Inn New York),please pay attention on Read more on the right of "5 Do you need to extend hotel stay?" when you are booking and choosing arriving early
Taketours on 2014-01-14
I am doing the 6 day east coast tour with my 11 month old in couple of weeks, can I bring her stroller and car seat? What are the luggage restrictions? by Jessika on 2013-08-28
You can bring a car seat and a foldable stroller for the baby.Normally, a passenger is allowed to take one big piece of luggage and one carry-on. You may bring additional luggage if there is space in the luggage compartment.
Taketours on 2013-08-29
I'm confusing on the price, with this price ($398), if I want to stay in Sheraton hotel, do I need to pay more and how much in total ?
Thanks ! by Lien Luc on 2013-06-28
The total price will show after you click on "calculate". If you have 2 people, the cost is $398x2 for standard hotel option. For deluxe, it's $398x2 + $224.
Taketours on 2013-06-28
Please let me know that the Hotels provided in this tour have a Internet facility? by Saqib Javed on 2013-05-15
Yes, all hotels have internet facility.
Taketours on 2013-05-15
is this bus have a toilet specility? by Mark on 2013-04-16
Yes, generally we use big coach bus with restroom and air-conditioner.
Taketours on 2013-04-16
Hi will I have time to take helicopter tours in niagara falls? by swetha bm on 2013-03-22
The helicopter tour is on the Canadian side. This tour visits US side of Falls only. If you have valid travel document, you can cross the rainbow bridge to enter Canadian side. However, the border crossing time may take up to a few hours.
Taketours on 2013-03-22
We are from Japan, can we enter the tour? After the tour, can we prolong our stay in New York and still send us back to the airport?
Thank you very in advance. by Etsumei Sun on 2013-01-27
Thanks for your inquiry. There is no limitation on nationality.Please take this tour with your valid ID. If you need extra hotel stay when the tour ends, you can refer to "Price a Trip, Book Now', #5 Do you need to extend hotel stay" to view hotel options. Normally the tour operator will drop passengers off at the airport after the tour. Or you can leave the tour in advance.Please make sure you inform the tour guide before you leave the tour.
My wife and I, Jayasri, are an Indian couple over 50 years of age. We took the six day tour and have great appreciation for the entire packaging, logistics, hotels and our guide CiCi, who not only personally took care of all our needs and comfort but also ensured that we enjoyed the tour. I would recommend this to friends, Indian vegetarians, and would also personally take another tour for other cities I have not visited.
My wife, daughter, and I choose to go to the East Coast through TakeTours. It was a great trip made even better by our awesome guide, Mr. Steven Yaan. He was friendly and knowledgeable through the whole day and showed great enthusiasm, engaging everyone on our tour. We were very impressed by your management team and really appreciated the efforts of your company. We like to also share our hotel experience, provided hotels were also excellent. We would recommend this tour to everyone. Choose TakeTours.
I just returned to Malaysia with fond memories after visiting America for the first time. I am glad I signed up with TakeTours. James, our tour guide, a lovable American who speaks perfect Chinese, handled the group well with his organizational and people skills. No one was left out in his commentaries on tourist attractions and details pertaining to the itinerary and accommodation. I was pleasantly surprised with the hotels provided for this tour. The rooms were spacious and the sheets were clean. This allowed us to sleep well. Even though the bus was seated to its maximum capacity, the seats were comfortable enough for the long bus rides. It was action-packed from day 1. Cheers to James for making this trip such a sweet one.
The tour by and large is good. Ms.Sofi Wong is efficient and tough organizer and highly communicative & really helpful .The driver of the bus is stony silent but skilful and stored and lifted all the luggage single handedly .The hotels are fine and we got breakfast free at two of them and had nice swim in SPA at Hilton Double Tree .The money is worth. In the six day package the (last leg ) journey to Boston consumes whole day time and next day by noon the tour heads back to NewYork after having Boston Cruise and Lunch at Quinnesy. We r not allowed to spend much time at Harward and Massachusetts Institute due to time constraint. I suggest that Boston can be best avoided in the package and that saves money and strain. I suggest that brief narration of attractions be given before hand in Chinese/English on slips (to be returned ) so that there will be no room for complaints.
Good value for money - an efficient and well-managed tour. They cut the things you don't really need to save costs. Great if you want to see a lot in a short period of time and don't want to drive yourself. Make sure you have access to data roaming as they are quite flexible about what you do if you stay in the time frame (doing this means that you can easily find alternative food options on Yelp etc). Our tour guide Al was great.
This was our first time taking a bus tour. This tour was a real pleasure. Allen is our guide. He was very informative of the regions we traveled through. The tour route was well planned and executed in a timely fashion. John is our bus driver. He drove very safely and efficiently. The bus was very clean and quite comfortable.
This was one of our best trip in the USA. Everything was organized and we had great time with this tour. Our leader Jenny and our driver Mr Nan were professional. We are extremely satisfied with this tour.
It was really good trip. we were so happy during the trip. first day we could not believe our room. We did not wait like this room. It was really comfortable, especially our tour guide was so nice,smart,polite.most important thing is this tour is very cheap.if we go the usa again or Europe will choose this hour.thank youuuu !
We were happy with this tour as we were lucky having our tour guide Coco. She has an excellent english (not the case for other chinese guide).She was very well planing and organizing the tour and we enjoy a lot. The negaitve thing is taketour cut cost to make price competitive by cutting the BKF. We needed to look around to buy food or needed to pay hotels for BFK if available
Good tour for the price. Reasonable time for sightseeing. Boston can be excluded nothing worth the travel. Great hotels. Disappointed as the night tour was full and we couldn't take it. For people who want to see more places in a week and don't want to drive.
I joined 6 days East Coast Tour, overall I did enjoy the tour since this was my first time in New York. We travelled many places, with many new friends coming with. I recommend this tour for those who are eager to know many places with good price indeed. You gotta be ready for a fast-pace tour itinerary, such as preparing your water supply and breakfast for the following day.
It was a nice trip well planned ,
our tour guide Mr. MARS was very cooperative and he did his full efforts to make this tour more amazing. Last 2 days was really boring because lot of lot of traveling. My suggestion is that the Boston should be excluded from this tour and as a alternative the New Jersey Atlantic City included in that tour. Over all a good tour and one more thins our Bus Driver Mr Mike also a great Character.
My parents took this tour. Overall they were very satisfied. Everything was well organized. The restaurants that the bus took them to were not the best. They had too look for other options (vegetarian). The tour guide's English was not the best and very little information/explanation in English. Overall good value for money to get a glimpse of major attractions for someone on a tight budget and schedule. Well suited for the elderly. I personally like to explore and spend more time at places and this tour is not for me.
This tour was an excellent value for the money. Personally, one can never visit so many places in such a short time. Tour Guide had complete knowledge of the places visited. Recommended without exception!
Trip was good. We were excited to see more number of places to visit each day. We had lots of fun. It was very safe and secure. Only thing is we did not have much time to spend at each attraction. May be additional 30 min would have been sufficient.
The accommodations were good. But we did not have much time to eat. Potomac River Cruise wasn't a great point of interest. In Niagara and Boston it rained0, so we spent more time in the bus. I think there are too many objective and time is too short.
This is my second time with TakeTours on the same 6 days East Coast tour, I just like to make a compliment to Joyce Kwong on her animated and detailed description on each attraction and cruise which I didn't received the last time, she had made this tour more enjoyable.
The only thing I can pick on is the the work of inflation makes the side dishes with the $28 Lobster dinner duller than what I had on my first trip.
The tour planning was excellent.
Tour Hotels were little far from city, but very good.
There time management in Niagra was very good. Our Tour guide so smart and caring..., she managed to make us travel first in the "maid of mist" tour, which was very difficult.
it was my life time memory.
Nicely organized. It's great to tour with you.
The pickup person to have full yellow uniform or a red umbrella as instead of she locating us we had to locate her. Booklet of details of all visiting places to be given so we can experience the visit more.
Stay to be in inn istead of hotels at far distance.
Guide with umbrela is great idea to locate him.
Thanks. We shall definitely refer you to our friends.
Pradip Bane, India
We had a pleasant experience traveling with TakeTours. Our guide Kenny is nice and helpful. Strongly recommend this if you only have a few days holiday but want to cover as many places as possible. Most of the hotels are reasonably good. Just a gentle reminder that as breakfast in hotel is not included, so maybe you can prepare some instant noodles yourselves. Try to get breakfast/fruits/mineral waters whenever you see supermarket.
My parents has taken this tour to see east coast and they were quite impressed with the way the tour was conducted. Right from the pick-up (LGA airport) to drop off (at Boston airport), they enjoyed every bit of it. Hotels were good. Overall, I would like to recommend it to everyone (especially couples).
This is a great option if you want to cover the East Coast landmarks and you are short on time. The accommodation and transport were very good and the guide Jackie was very informative and helpful. Only thing they may not be able to cover all the sites in NYC due to shortage on time
The tour was well organised and met our expectation. If you want to see all the highlights offered, within the same period of time, in the most affordable manner, it is hard to beat this one.
Some of the sites visited such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art can take days if you really want to explore them. If you are staying in NYC after the tour, you can skip the Met during the tour and keep the tickets for later visit yourself.
I'd skip the Washington DC cruise. Nothing wrong with it but there's just not much to see. I think it'd be better to spend more time at the Smithsonian. There were just so much to see there.
Our tour guide, Eleana did a good job in running the tour smoothly. Ivan who picked us up from the airport was also very friendly and helpful.
Excellent tour, Great Experience
Our tour guide Dean was really good and he knew History about this country and places that we visited.
Recommend this Tour if you are ok with the travel and having quick visit to each attractions(Not a relaxed tour)
Great option for travelers who would like to see highlights of different states in a short period without wrecking your brains to navigate around, or breaking your legs from the walking. Lunches are rather rushed, but we do not mind saving the time for the attractions.
Attractions: Niagara Falls is the highlight of the trip. Maid of the Mist is a must! Exhilarating ride that left us in awe. The IMAX movie is very interesting too. Metropolitan Museum is amazing and the glass making show at Corning is great. Time is too short for the museums so go on your own if you prefer to have a real experience. In my opinion, can totally give Hershey's World and Washington DC cruise a miss.
Accommodation: We upgraded the hotels after the second night as we find the standard hotel rather yicky. The upgraded hotels are clean, comfortable and have free and stable Wifi.
Service: The tour is well-organized and the bus departs on time. Our tour guide Jacky is awesome. He is sincere, attentive and professional and covers the history and attractions in both English and Mandarin. Kudos to him and our driver!
The trip was great and the standard hotels were ok very comfortable and clean the beds were like sleeping on a cloud.
You get to see a lot of country
not that you stay there long but you get a chances to know where you can come back to another time.
The journey was really good, exciting, We knew a lot of places, and took adventage of everything. The experience was awesome.
We thought that Boston would be nice, but it was not enough for us. The Tour Guide (Melody) was pretty nice and explain everything in chinese and english too. The bus driver (Heri) a real funny cuban guy , help us a lot. And it still be short time to know a lot of things of every city and place.
We recommend this tours.
We'd like to recommend this travel agency as it offers a good service at a reasonable price.
Attractions: The route covers the major attractions on the east coast but the highlight is undoubtedly the Niagara Falls. Although it's half the height of Yellowstone waterfalls, it makes some impression and the Maid if the Mist boat ride is breathtaking. Surely, you'll get wet! We are also impressed by Boston, especially its harbour area, Financial District, and the city which combines historic buildings and modern skyscrapers with lots of green area.
Transport: All in all, you'll get a general idea of major cities but not the area because the bus runs along highways, so there are no views to see during a long journey! The advantage however, is that the bus stops at shopping areas with various eateries so everybody can make their own choice.
As for accommodation, hotels are of a good standard, rooms clean, often with complimentary breakfast but located outside cities. The tour was well-organised, without delays. Sincere greetings to our tour guide Anthony for his lovely songs and friendly approach.
My family and I had a wonderful time on this trip, we enjoyed and had so much fun. Everything is perfect, but probably add more activities. Our tour guide Celine was amazing, she helped us alot. Great job Celine, and thank you!..
We took this East coast tour on July 7, 2012 from New york. Our guides, Antony and Andy, was very knowledgeable and amazing in every way. It was great from the moment we found our guide at the bus and they are very helpful. We booked this tour through online
and it would impossible to imagine a better choice. Each stop was well planned with structured activity. It is very fully planned, time wise. Though time is short for each attraction since we have to cover many it is acceptable. New york, Washington DC and Niagara falls we enjoyed very much.
Washington Cruise, and Boston Cruise can be avoided not much fun. However this is not mandatory you can skip it.
within the short time of 6 days, we covered 4 states. This is completely amazing. Actually on the last you can book the Air Ticket from Boston instead of coming to New york so we can save some time.
Thank you Antony and Andy you were amazing and your help was so appreciated. and also Bus Driver Luis he was very cooperative.
Overall good but little bit too intense, not enough time for sleeping, also different force-majors are not taken into account. Would not suite to those who wants a relaxed holidays. Some hotels had little problems,e.g. like broken coffee-maker and you have no breakfast in the hotel because you have to leave at 6.30am. Generally good time management, lots of excursions, pleasant tour guide. Time was not waisted!
Enjoyed the trip overall.. I like that it's semi-guided and we can enjoy our own time (as long as we don't get late for the bus) ... I like that we don't have to go inside a museum or join the cruise if we don't want to.. At least, we have freedom for the activities and not get stuck..
Pros: Got to see a lot of tourist attractions.. Accommodations were decent EXCEPT for one (Motel 6) ... My favorite was Niagara Falls... I wish we spent more hours on this one especially the night view.. It was spectacular.. Plus, we get to cross the Canadian border! (It was just me & my bf's decision OK..Not the whole group..)
CONS: Motel 6 was disgusting! There was cigarette ash in our table drawer.. I killed a bug flying in our room.. The sheets didn't look newly-washed.. I guess they just fix the bed without replacing the sheets.. I wish we stayed someplace else.. Washington DC cruise was boring.. There must be something better to do in Washington DC to replace the cruise part.. Metropolitan Museum was nice but we didn't go with the group.. We went there on our own time cause I don't think that 2 hours is enough... MAke it 4.5 hours at least..
We decided to take the morning tour, so we reached the airport at 7.30 am. You have to give them a call and their representative will come to pick you guys up from the airport (around 8.30 am).
Morning Tour of NY City was good and was a good decision.
Ms Joyce Kwong was our tour guide and that was the best thing to happen to all of us in the tour. She spoke both English and Chinese fluently which made us very comfortable. Tour schedule was hectic but the coverage was good. Best things we liked about the tour
NYC Morning Tour (which was optional if you arrive at the airport before 8.30 am)NYC Night Tour, NYC City Tour, Liberty Cruise, Washington DC, and Niagara Falls. If people are coming from LAX, we would recommend them to take flights from Boston on the Last Day, which would save them a lot of time instead of going back to NY and take a flight to LAX.
Overall the trip was very good and i would recommend this trip.
The tour has been made memorable thanks to our tour guide Ms Joyce Kwong. Her language skills both in English and Chinese , dramatic narration, knowledge of History and culture and above all her ever smiling personal approach made us to forget the tiring schedules. The cruise tours at Boston and Washington should be dropped. Though 80 % are chineese, we all felt like one family. I will recommend this tour for anyone interested but seniors and Children should be aware of the schedule stress.
Enjoyed the trip. It covered lot of places and attractions in a short time which suited my parents visiting from India.. However cruises in DC and Boston were not necessary.. Told my tour guide that we wanted to skip the Boston cruise one day in advance but were told that reservation had already been made. We were forced to take the cruise.. due to tight schedule we didn't get enough time to explore the fascinating Intrepid museum and Smithsoniam Air force museum.. Tour guide (Sam) was knowledgeable and friendly.. However he spent 80% of time explaining things in Chinese. Overall the tour was good.
I travelled with seven of my family members. Ivan, the tour leader ensured that we sat together and rotated the seats throughout the trip. As we were Muslims, he tried to arrange for suitable food for us on those occassions where we had to go to Chinese restaurants. we were dropped off at Chinatown at the end of the trip and he arranged for cab and stayed behind until the taxi arrived to fetch us to our hotel in upper Manhattan. Thanks Ivan, you were great!
The tour take us to many places, although the schedule is really tight. This will be a great tour for people who want to know about what attractions every places have. So people can come back to visit the places that they find interesting in the future. If you are looking for tour that allows you to discover every attractions deeply, or you don't want a tight schedule, this tour will not be the one you want. But overall, this tour is in good value for its price.
The night tour of NYC for $25 is not worth it at all. In addition, after coming out of the airport on first day we had to wait 3 to 4 hours for the night tour in chinatown near office which was very uncomfortable. From Day 2 the tour was Ok with the tour guide Arron who was friendly. The other problem was that the locations we stopped at for meals which most of the time chinese oriented with less choices on food. It would be convinient for all the tour participants where if the stop can be made at a location which has a wider range for the benefit of all the tour participants. Overall the tour was ok.
Start of tour was little rough, as we did not get a chance to get into NYC night tour, although we were there before 5 pm. We spent only 1 day seeing NYC city and I felt that it was short. Apart from that rest of the tour was just fantastic!! Our tour guide Joyce, was really good !! ... she made all the difference.
The start of the tour was a bit disorganised but was handled professionally. The hotels, although a bit far from the cities, were all superb. Elena was funny, witty and has great patience! The Potomac River cruise should have been shelved as there's not much point of interest to see. Overall, the tour was all worth it!!!
This is awesome tour. Thanks to Angie the tour guide to make the tour simple and great. My parents were really happy with it. I would recommend considering more food options instead of only Chinese. Thanks again
We (family of four) attended 6 day East coast tour, it was amazing. Covered many attractions but unfortunately little time to view them. Tour guide was caring and would wait for people who were late. Travel was tiring especially during last 2 days. Variety of attractions, cruises, shopping, heritage buildings and crab dinner. Driver was reliable and safe. Hotels were better than promised on web.
My 11 yr. old daughter and I joined the 6 day East Coast Tour from June 15-20, 2011.
This was the first time we went on a group tour like this and we were very happy that we did because it's all worth it. It was a wonderful experience for both of us and very informative at the same time. I would like to share our experience from this trip and hopefully other people may find it helpful if they want to take this tour someday.
*ARRIVAL FROM AIRPORT*
We had a little problem meeting with the representative upon arrival at the airport.
To avoid unnecessary delays, make sure that the company has the correct contact phone numbers and other information in case they need to get hold of you once you arrive at the airport.
It took about half an hour before I met the representative and by that time I was a little bit crabby. I would like to extend my apologies to Michael and Ian for being grumpy the day we arrived at La Guardia Airport.
*OUR TOUR GUIDE-Jason Song*
He did an excellent job keeping everyone well entertained from day 1 up to the last day of our tour. He's a funny friendly guy with a big heart!
He speaks in English Language first then translates it to Chinese whenever he is explaining something or just giving us common instructions to follow.
He is so generous that he bought chocolates for all of us when we visited Hershey Factory. He also bought half dozen of glass flowers when we went to the Corning Museum and 6 people received a glass flower through a drawing. He is very good in giving us advice when to buy food ahead of time so we could eat at the bus or during the cruise. He give us ideas of what to expect for the next day's attractions so we can plan ahead of time whether we want to join or we want to skip it and just stroll in the nearby area. Excellent job Jason!
*OUR BUS DRIVER- Luis Montoya*
He did an excellent job keeping everyone safe during the whole trip. He is very considerate and well aware that we have a hectic schedule from the time we get up in the morning and how late we get back to our hotel rooms that's why he allowed us to bring drinks and food inside his bus on the account that we need to be cautious not to spill anything and that we need to put away our trash which is very reasonable.
We didn't have to worry about loading and unloading our luggage because he took care of them the whole trip. Awesome job Luis!
Before you go in this tour, check the attractions and the fees involved. They are listed and itemized under Overview tab and scroll all the way at the bottom and you will find a chart under additional note.
There weâ€™re quite a few places we visited that we didn't have to pay. Attractions requiring fees are OPTIONAL. You don't have to go in and pay if you don't want to. But if you want to join make sure that you bring EXTRA CASH because you cannot use Credit Card to pay the entrance fee. I thought all along that people will have to fall in line and pay individually using cash or credit card once you get to the ticket booth or gate. But it make a lot of sense that the company purchase group tickets in advance so we get it at a discounted price and we donâ€™t have to worry getting stuck in line because itâ€™s a waste of time.
Our tour guide did not start collecting money for entrance tickets until the second day of our tour. He explained it very clearly that the paid attractions are not MANDATORY.
We stayed in different hotels every night. Rooms were pretty decent and clean. We don't have to worry about checking-in because Jason is in charge of getting our key/card. When we check-out in the morning all we have to do is drop-off the key at the service desk and head back to the bus. There was one night our group hotel was upgraded and we all stayed at Radisson for no extra fees. There were hotels that offered FREE breakfast but it's up to you how you're going to squeeze it in your morning routines since they want us to be in the road around 6:45 or 7:00 am at the latest. When we do skip breakfast at the hotel, Jason is very considerate and he would take our group where we can get breakfast.
During the tour, there were several restaurants that they brought us for lunch/dinner. I remembered there were at least 2 Chinese buffet restaurants we ate breakfast and lunch and the Cashier won't accept my VISA card. They only accept CASH. Maybe the reason behind that is they know that the majorities are foreigners and it will be a lot easier for them to just take CASH payment instead of credit card.
On our last night, our group was in Boston and we had Lobster Dinner for $28 per person regardless of age. This is actually not part of the itinerary. It should have been dinner at Washington for $14 per person. But anyway, we join the group because I love lobster!
Well, for the $28 lobster dinner you get one whole lobster. And the rest of the food needs to be shared with 7 other people. Each table accommodates 8 people. Other food that came with lobster were stir fry green beans, sea weed soup, chicken, fish, tofu, green vegetable and tea.
In my opinion $28 is a little bit too much for one person especially for my daughter who did not eat very much. Anyway, this lobster dinner is not mandatory. Some people did not join the group dinner. Considering that this restaurant was located in the China Town area you will not have trouble finding other eating place.
Our group was lucky because we didnâ€™t get stuck with Chinese food the whole 6 day trip. We had Subway, Burger King, McDonalds and fresh fruits. We stopped couple of times in a big grocery store as well as dollar store.
*ATTRACTIONS/PLACES WE VISITED*
As I mentioned earlier, you have a choice whether you want to see the actual attraction or you just want to sit in the bus or go for a walk around the area which I think will be a waste of time and money. Since you decided to pay for this trip might as well join the fun!
We enjoyed every single place we visited. But there were couple of places that stick out the most. My daughter's favorite was of course the Hershey Factory trip. It would have been better if we get to see factory workers and real machine working during the actual chocolate production instead of going into a mini train ride where you see three singing cows and some fake chocolate syrup going through tubes after tubes. Well, this is a FREE train ride anyway so I guess it's not that bad after all. Prices for gift souvenirs and chocolates were pretty high compared to regular store.
It surprised me that the Maid of the Mist attraction was the cheapest cruise on the list since this was my favorite. Itâ€™s okay to skip the Boston Cruise but not the Maid of the Mist-itâ€™s a one of a kind experience!
We joined all the paid attractions listed and I think they were okay. I donâ€™t want to elaborate on each and every single attraction since every person has different opinion.
At the beginning of our tour, Jason explained to us he will collect service fees for himself and for the bus driver at the last day of our tour. He wanted to make sure that customers/passengers are satisfied with their services before we pay them. This I believe is the RIGHT way of doing it. If tour guides demand for tip/service fee at the beginning of the tour it only shows theyâ€™re not professional. You donâ€™t give tip to waiters until youâ€™re done eating or you donâ€™t give tip to a taxi driver until you arrive safe in your destination.
The $3 service fee which you have to pay for your tour guide and driver on a per day basis-per person may add up at the end of the tour. But remember they are rendering their services from 6:45 am until 10:00 pm and so they very well deserve that service fee. I gave those guys extra tip because they played an important role in making this tour such a memorable and wonderful experience.
To all the staff of TakeTours- You did a fantastic job! Thank you very much!
My parents enjoyed this tour. The hotels was good. The extra ticket prices and tips did add to the cost though. Staff was very helpful and friendsly. They helped my dad to find the misplaced camera. I my slef planing a tour with them very soon.
Nice trip... many places to see... nice clean hotels... I wish there was more time at each stop.
Had to wake up early 6a.m. and got to hotels 9-10 p.m. Very tight schedules. Not much time to sleep. But everything else was enjoyable.
The tour is as described in the details and almost all the destinations were covered. tour guide and driver were considerate and pretty informative. Thanks Keensy and Kenny. The schedule is very tight so have a day of rest before getting on to the tour and if possible after the tour finishes before boarding the flight. The hotels were very decent almost all of them 4 star but better to have dinner before arriving to hotel. Take full advantage of free 3rd & 4th seat on buying 2 seats.
Even movies played in the bus, could see Inception, Karate Kid, Legend of the Guardians, Faster ..thanks. positive word of mouth for sure.
It was a great experience. Our tour guide Daniel was very considerate and helpful considering I had couple of seniors and a kid with me. We were fortunate enough to attend the Cherry Blossom too. Daniel and the driver took a few extra stops so that we could enjoy the Cherry Blossoms and a couple of other places. The Hotels were good. The schedule was little tight but that is expected when it covers so many places. Overall, the whole trip was very enjoyable and well placed and I would definitely recommend this tour. Thanks Daniel!!!
I had an excellent experience on this tour. Our tour guides Ivy and Lynn were very good. We went to the right places at right times and really enjoyed each and every moment. They both were extremely helpful. Although most of the tourist were from China, there were few from other countries and preferred vegetarian meals. Most of the stop-overs were at Chinese food places. In future if you could stop at the place where we had other cuisines would be extremely helpful. I also feel you should have a separate tour for shoppers. During the shopping times, you could consider having a tour to places where you would get the cheapest deals.
Reached LGA at around ~5pm. Had to wait for ~40 mins to get picked up by the tour. Apparently due to traffic, but shouldn't the tour operator already factor this into account and wait for us?
Was sent to a hotel (HJ) near Newark airport. This room is old, dusty and does not seem clean.
New York trip was pretty good. Tour guide (Jason) was nice and very patient with all of us. Would've loved to spend more time in certain places and skip others. Intrepid museum was worth it, but Metropolitan was not really worth it in my opinion because the time spent there was very little - insufficient to go through the exhibits to make the entrance fee worth it - in my opinion, this could have been skipped.
Philly and DC tour were pretty good. Although the DC tour was not worth it. Nothing much to see from the river.
Hershey's chocolate world is good. Corning museum is just ok.
Try not to take this tour in winter time. Niagara was not worth a winter trip... Spring, Summer, Fall would've been better. Couldn't take any good night photos in winter, but of course this is all our own choice to take the tour in winter. And the Maid of the Mist is not running as well in winter.
Boston tour was good, but it was just for half a day. In my opinion, this is insufficient. Could have spent more time in MIT or at least bring us to take good photo of famed the Strata Center. Also could've brought us to see more of the Freedom Trail stops.
This was a good introductory tour of the East Coast. Hotel was good for the rest of the tour apart from the first night. Recommended to take just the 5 days and purchase your own hotel for the first night.
Tour guide (Jason) was nice. Quite worth the $3 per day fee charged.
Bus driver #1 (Andy) was nice. He was quiet, but does his job without complaints. Bus driver #2 (Sunny) was not very friendly (From DC onwards). He seemed reluctant to be doing his job. Also does not allow us to bring up soft drink / coffee to the bus. Sometimes we did not have enough time to eat and thus have to bring the food up the bus. If we're not allowed to bring up soft drink / coffee that we purchased with the fast food meal, what are we supposed to drink after our meal? I understand the fear of spilling the drinks, but this could have been handled better by telling us to be careful or telling us properly instead of telling us rudely that we could not bring those up the bus.
The tour was good, according to the planning. Except the trip to Philadelphia and Washington, although the weather had the guilt because our bus was trapped by snow and we couldn't go to Philly and arrived later to DC, the guys in charge of the bus could have been more sagacious and have asked for help earlier. Only one problem, the first night we were accommodated in a room that smelled like tobacco. Supposed that all the rooms in the trip have were for not smokers...
Overall it was a good trip. There were few things we felt, if considered, it would have been better.
1) The total of estimated cost of admissions to the sights should be clearly mentioned. 2) Dinner at Washington D.C and Boston seemed compulsory. People at the restaurant were not ready to provide us with the meal that we requested. They didn't even care to check with us whether we are fine. 3) Our tour guide was ok, she made sure everything is punctual but seemed less friendly.
All the hotel accommodations were really good. As a group our advice to the future groups is that before paying for the admissions (188$ total) make sure where the dinner is going to be and what type of food they will offer you. If you don't like it, please refrain from that particular payment. Make sure you are on time to the bus at all times. It is a very worthwhile trip to take and with reasonable charges. Therefore we enjoyed it and will recommend it to our friends in future.
Admission costs are listed on this tour page, under "Optional Admission Fees". If you have any questions regarding these fees in the future, feel free to give us a call in advance.
My parents and I took this tour and we had fun. Thanks to Justin (our tour guide) who took care of us like family and he was so full of information for all places we visited.
First two days we end up eating nothing because the bus stops only front of Chinese/sea food and we are vegetarian. other than that it was amazing tour.
My parents took this 6 day tour from Sept 1 2010 to Sept 6 2010. Here are few issues
1) Admission fees to various attractions: They were charged more than what was mentioned in your website for senior citizen. For Statue of liberty cruise they were charged $23 person and website shows $21 per person. USS Intrepid they were charged 22 against 20. Metropolitan museum charged 20 against 15. Washington DC cruise charged 22 against 20. The money was collected by tour guide.
2) Instead of asking for tips they demanded service charges $6 per day per person. This money was also given to tour guide
3) Beside above issues, the services provided by the package tour were very satisfactory and professional, which we appreciate. The reception of the guests on first day was excellent as your representative was constantly in touch with us till we check in the hotel. Thanks
The tour was organised in an excellent manner. It was better than I expected before. Thanks goes to Patrick and the driver. Indeed my hotels were very good. I suggest to publish exact hotel details in advance, once ticket is purchased instead on the day of tour. I recommend that everyone take this tour.
Thank you, Ivan, Karen, and Chris. I had a wonderful time on my trip. I am grateful to you for being so good at what you do, and for even taking my picture at times. I will always remember how great it was.
Enjoyed the trip, everything that was promised was delivered and more, good and safe hotels and convenient locations for food and rest stops, very helpful and friendly staff. Most importantly very affordable. I will travel with them anytime again.