3-Day Watkins Glen, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Niagara Falls Bus Tour from New York

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Tour Code : NYC30501

Departure City : New York City

Duration : 3 day(s) 2 night(s)

Availability : Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.

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Highlight :

Washington DC: White House, Capitol Hill, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veteran Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Smithsonian Institution, DC Potomac River Cruise*, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Madame Tussands Washington DC*; Philadelphia: Liberty Bell, Independence Hall; Niagara Falls, Maid of the Mist*, Power Vista*, Old Fort Niagara*, The Spirit of the Mist Native American Show*; Howe Caverns*, Secret Caverns*, Watkins Glen State Park*

Winter, itinerary will be substituted to NYC30504

Itinerary

Day 1 : New York - Howe Caverns or Secret Caverns - Niagara Falls

Departing from New York, we head for the Howe Caverns in Upstate NY. Here, our journey will wind us through limestone corridors, cavernous galleries, and under massive boulders to a subterranean riverbed carved over countless millennia. Deep in the cave, solid rock appears fluid: creating strange formations, flowing sheets and dripping stalactites. Mysterious grottos lead off into distant, unexplored passages path twists and turns ever downward to the glassy surface of an underground lake that trails off into the absolute darkness of the cave's Eastern Terminus. Then we will travel to the beautiful Niagara Falls. We first discover the local cultures through The Spirit of the Mist Native American Show. These are series of shows at Smokin Joes Native Center presented by the World Class Native Spirit Dancers. Come together as they take you on a journey of beautiful dance, traditional music and stories passed through the generations. Experience a full sensory show through exciting music, captivating dancing, exceptional costumes and genuine native singing. The show captures audiences of all ages! Then come to Goat Island, the spectacular night view of the falls will welcome you to the city with color and illumination.

Standard Hotel (2 star to 3 star): Holiday Inn Lockport, RIT Inn Rochester or similar

Day 2 : Niagara Falls - Watkins Glen State Park - Washington DC

We will continue the next day with tours of Niagara Falls. The most powerful waterfall in North America, an average of 4 million cubic feet of water falls over the crest every minute. A historical boat ride aboard the world famous Maid of the Mist offers up close and exciting views of the Falls. We are going to the Power Vista, which is located 4.5 miles downstream from Niagara Falls, set amidst the spectacular scenery of the Niagara River Gorge. You will also enjoy the incredible views 350 feet above the Niagara River in the comfortable environs of the glass enclosed walkway or feel the elements on the outdoor observation deck. We will also visit the Old Fort Niagara, located at the mouth of the Niagara River. Be sure to catch the short guided tour that explains a lot in a short time. The fact that the old French Castle from 1726 is still standing today is amazing. The history and importance of this fort is a compelling reason to preserve it and the artifacts in the museum were spectacular. If you're a history buff or just like tours of this kind you have to see this. The tour then continues to the Watkins Glen State Park, which is one of the most famous and scenic places in Upstate New York. The amazing Gorge Trail winds 1.3 miles over 20 beautiful waterfalls; such as rainbow falls, chain falls, endless falls etc. There are also suspension stone bridge and spiral tunnel that crosses high above the gorge. It is registered as a National Scenic Trail in the US. It is one of the most photographed places in the northeastern area.

Standard Hotel (2 star to 3 star): Holiday Inn, Best Western Annapolis or similar

Day 3 : Washington DC - Philadelphia - New York City

After a cruise along the Potomac River to view the city's skyline, you’ll be able to see the Capitol building, the meeting place of Congress, and the White House, the official residence and workplace of the president. We also visit the Jefferson Memorial, a monument meant to honor Thomas Jefferson, the founding father, drafter of the Declaration of Independence, and president of the United States. Our tour will take you to the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institute. Whats in there? 1903 Flyer, a sample of Moon rock for you to touch on, and much more. We will visit D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial, built in the manner of ancient Greek temples, which features a 20 foot tall seated statue of the famous president. We next pay our respects at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Korean War Memorials. The Vietnam War Memorial honors those that gave their lives in the war with over 58,000 names carved into the Memorial Wall. The Korean War Veterans Memorial is commemorates those who served in the Korean War. Nineteen stainless steel statues stand on a triangle field, when reflected on a 164-foot-long black granite wall, there appears to be 38 soldiers representing the 38th parallel. If time permits, we will be visiting the Madame Tussands Washington DC, which is the only attraction you can get close to the “44 presidents” of US. We will have the chance to explore the inner structure of The White House, taking photographs with Oval Office desk aka The Resolute Desk. The great names will be memorized and honored forever. Then we head to Philadelphia to see the now silent Liberty Bell echoing history in its newly renovated home at the Liberty Bell Center. Stroll through the centuries old Independence Hall and Congress Hall, the foundation for modern democracy and the birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. After a wonderful day, our bus goes back to New York City with a happy ending.

**Note: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday departure follows the itinerary as above. For Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday departures, we will skip the Howe Caverns and follow the reverse itinerary by first visit Philadelphia, DC, Watkins Glen and Niagara Falls the last.

**Note: The “Maid of the Mist” is only available from May to Oct.

**Note: Power Vista and Old Fort Niagara may be substituted with Niagara Falls IMAX moive. Home to “The Falls Movie: Legends of Adventure”.

Departure and Return info.:

  1. Brooklyn boarding location is ONLY for pickup service in the morning. Return location is Bowery St., Manhattan New York.

Pricing

Single Double (per person) Third Person Fourth Person
Adult Kid* Adult Kid*
$232 $132 Free Free $96 $96

*Kid ages 2-9 yr old, infant less than 2 yr old join the tour for FREE if NOT occupied a bus seat.

 

Price for Single Occupancy applies when one person stays in one standard hotel room.

Price for Double/Triple/Quadruple Occupancy applies when two/three/four people stay in one standard hotel room respectively. Thus, result in a lower per person price.

Maximum 4 guests in each hotel room (incl. kid and infant). Each standard hotel room comes with TWO full sizes or ONE queen size bed. Triple/Quadruple price does not guarantee a third/fourth bed in the room since each room is equipped with 2 beds. Roll-a-ways beds are regulations of each hotel; you are responsible for paying the additional cost for roll-a-way bed. Please check the availability at the time of check-in.


BUY 2 GET 1 FREE Promotion Rules:

The third guest joins the tour for FREE on share room basis. (Except applicable admission fee, service charge and fuel surcharge)

Late Cancellation or NO show of the Free-Fare passenger will result in $96 penalty fee for the reserved bus seat. The other participating passenger in the reservation is responsible for paying the penalty fee to the tour escort prior departure.

All other reschedule, change, and cancellation please refer to the Standard Cancellation and Refund Policy.


Price Includes:

  1. Ground transportation via deluxe Air-Conditioned and Lavatory Equipped motorcoach with complimentary pick-up and drop-off at chosen location. To insure fewer passengers operation, 15 seats minibus may be substituted.
  2. Passenger insurance while on board motorcoach. Due to motorcoach insurance policy, passengers over 2 years of age must purchase ticket in order to occupy seats.
  3. 2 night(s) hotel accommodation.
  4. Professional tour escort.
  5. Taxes included.

Price Excludes:

  1. All meals or drinks during the trip, but our tour escort will arrange for these.
  2. Personal room expenses such as hotel room services and meal, telephone calls, laundry services, on demand TV shows etc.
  3. Any private expenses such as airfare or any related transportation to the pick-up location, visa fee, travel document etc.
  4. Service fee for tour escort and driver: Minimum $8 per passenger per day.
  5. Optional admission fees to all attractions. Listed below. Prices are subject to change without prior notices.

Optional Activities:

Attractions Adult Kid (age)
Howe Caverns $25 $13 (5-11)
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum DC $23 $17 (4-12)
Maid of the Mist (Seasonal) $18.25 $10.65 (6-12)
Native American Dance Show $21 $13 (4-10)
Niagara Falls IMAX Movie USA $12 $8 (6-12)
Power Vista and Old Fort Niagara $25 $15 (under 11)
Secret Caverns $18 $10 (6-12)
Washington DC Potomac River Cruise $26 $18 (2-12)
Watkins Glen State Park $10 $8 (3-12)

Special Notes

Prior to booking your tour, it is your responsibility to read and all information related to your tour products listed under these Itinerary, Pricing, Special Notes and FAQ tabs. Terms and Conditions, Cancellation and Refund Policy can be found on the bottom of every webpage.

 

 


Trip Reservation Process:

All tours are open for early booking. It is recommended that customers should book tour at least two weeks before departure date. Bus seats will be pre-assigned after payment is made based on a first come first served basis. The following flowchart summarized the booking process.

process

 

 

  1. After you submitting your reservation online, you will receive a Pre-Order email within a couple of hours.
  2. Within 2 business days, we will send you a confirmation email to confirm your reservation of the trip. In this email, you could find the detailed boarding time and location of the trip, contact information of local service provider. Please print out this email with E-TICKET number as the boarding pass for the trip. Also, you can login to our website http://www.tripedition.com/index.php?route=account/login to check the status of your order.
  3. At the departure date, simply print out the E-TICKET if you have not already done so, and present it with your valid photo ID. Please note that this E-TICKET is the only proof of your purchase of the tour.
  4. Please make sure you have received our Final Confirmation Letter email with your E-ticket number before booking air tickets, extended hotel stays and etc., if applicable.

 

 

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email normally within two business days. Promotional offers such as BUY 2 GET 1 FREE and BUY 2 GET 2 FREE are provided and confirmed only on an availability basis. In the rare events (such as booking ONE day prior to the departure day), your reservation can not be confirmed by the service provider, a full refund will be credited back to your account.

The order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start date of the week. For the detailed arrangement, please email or call the local service provider prior to departure date to re-confirm. Their contact info will be listed in your final confirmation email.

We reserve the right to change the hotel to another of equal or better standard than the hotel mentioned in the itineraries.

Depending on the number of passengers booked for a particular departure, tours may be combined to ensure fewer passengers operation.

We do not recommend infants younger than 2 years of age to join the tours, since our tour guides are not specially trained to provide service to these types of passengers and cannot be responsible for their well being.

 

 


Boarding Tips and Travel Documents:

All passengers should arrive at the boarding location at LEAST 15 min. prior to the departure time.

All passengers must show E-TICKET (the boarding pass) for boarding.

Passengers are held solely responsible for their own valid travel documents

 

 


Travel Insurance:

We are not responsible for any occur on or during the tour. It is optional that passengers to purchase travel insurance. By accepting our policy, passenger should agree that we shall hold no responsibilities includes but not limited to the following unforeseeable events such as weather, accident, bus break down, sickness, theft, itinerary changes, delays or cancellation. We are strongly advising you to purchase travel insurance before departure to insure compensations for the unexpected causes above. Such travel insurance can be purchased through third party insurance suppliers.

 

 


Language:

All tours are escorted by professional bi- or multi-lingual tour guides and/or drivers guide. For driver guide tour, the language will be limited to English/Chinese.

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions


Will the bus wait for me if I’m late?

Sorry. Tour buses will depart on time. Please be understandable this is a group tour, we have to satisfy the entire group for a smooth operation of the tour. We recommend you arrive at the departure location 15-30 minutes prior the depart time.


Is the drop-off location the same as boarding location for all Tripedition tours?

The tours usually pick-up and drop-off at the same locations unless otherwise stated in the tour Departure and Return Info page.


What happens if I forgot to bring proper travel documents on the boarding day (Passport, Green card, Visa, etc.)?

You can NOT board the bus. The tour guide shall check anyone's proper travel documents prior boarding. Bear in mind, when you can NOT board for this reason, this also triggers the reschedule fee or cancellation penalty. Please refer to the Special Notes section of your booked tour for proper travel documents.


How many pieces of baggage am I allowed to bring?

We recommend two pieces of standard sized baggage per passenger due to the load limitation of the motorcoach. If the tour is operated by 14 seats minibus, only ONE piece per passenger is allowed.


Is there a restroom on the bus?

Yes, only for motorcoach buses. However, we recommend the use of lavatory when there is a personal emergency. All our local service providers, try to maintain a clean environment on the bus, therefore, the bus will make rest stops along the way (every 2-3 hours) at highway service area. If you need to use the lavatory on the way, you may ask the tour guide to open it for your use.


What can we do if we choose not to go on the optional activities?

Optional activities are booked through the tour guide while you are on the tour. If you do not wish to participate in certain tour activities, you can hang around the tourist attraction as you like to. The tour guide will inform guests on the return time to the tour bus before he/she dismisses the group.


We are vegetarians, should I join the tour?

Definitely Yes. Meal breaks will be arranged at hotels, various ethnic restaurants, food courts, and fast food restaurants. There should be vegetarian food for you to choose from the menus.

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