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  • Philadelphia
  • Washington DC
  • Luray
  • Roanoke
  • Pigeon Forge
  • Charleston
  • Savannah
  • St Augustine
  • Orlando

And what if you crossed the Atlantic in the footsteps of the history of the new world? That is what the East Coast Explorer has to offer. This 14-day itinerary starts with the cradle city of the United States, Philadelphia and continues to Washington DC, the seat of power today. Next you enjoy one of the most stunning natural settings in the Shenandoah National Park and the enchanting Blue Ridge Mountains, before you reach the capital of fun, Orlando, the final destination of this fabulous trip along the US east coast.


Day 1 - New York > Philadelphia (151 km)

Today you travel to historic Philadelphia with its Liberty Bell and Declaration of signed on July 4, 1776. Ever heard of Betsy Ross? Not? Find out who she was and especially what she is famous for. Enough history? Pop in at first US National Zoo and say hello to over 1,300 animals or visit The Please Touch Museum, one of its kind.

Standard Hotel:  HI Express Midtown (Room only)

Days 2 - 3 - Philadelphia > Washington (224 km)

Twenty million trourists visit the American Capital each year! Amazing that you will find so many free attractions here. Downtown DC, Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill, Lincoln Memorial, the Potomac River, the Capitol, the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill and of course the illustrious White House call this city home. The lively nightscene is also something to be reckoned with. Fortunately you spend 2 nights here ...

Standard Hotel:  Days Inn Connecticut Ave

Day 4 - Washington DC > Luray (150km)

You have some additional time to enjoy the capital before you drive to Luray. As you leave Washington, you can stop at the National Air and Space Museum's annex, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, which houses devices that are too bulky for the downtown museum. This is the perfect opportunity to see the shuttle Discovery, a Concorde or Enola Gay. You are staying tonight north of Shenandoah National Park.
Standard Hotel:  Skyland Resort

Day 5 - Luray > Roanoke (230 km)

This morning you will drive through the Shenandoah National Park and along one of the most stunning roads in the United States: the Blue Ridge Parkway. East of Virginia and forover 750 km, it connects this beautifully wooded park with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina.
Standard Hotel:  Sleep Inn Tanglewood (Room only)

Day 6 & 7 - Roanoke > Pigeon Forge (410km)

The Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains mark your route to Pigeon Forge. Here you are at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ideal base for the next two nights. If you fancy country music, Pigeon Forge is full of attractions like Dollywood, the theme park of country singer Dolly Parton.
Standard Hotel:  Wild Bear Inn

Day 8 & 9 - Pigeon Force > Charleston (555 km)

Charleston is a compelling place. Its historic district lined with tall, narrow houses, wooden shutters and ironwork balconies and its palm tree fringed roads evoke a Caribbean feel. The climate is tropical, life laid-back. Hop on a horse-drawn carriage, pick one of the many guided hiking tours or visit the stunning Magnolia Plantation & Gardens.

Standard Hotel:  Days Inn Patriot Point (Room only)

Day 10 - Charleston > Savannah (171 km)

Get ready for 100 antebellum and pre-Revolutionary houses, a pretty waterfront shopping area. Since John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1994) thousands flock to see the sights from the mega-bestseller. Visit Old Fort Jackson or savour some fresh seafood.

Standard Hotel:  Country Inn and Suites Midtown

Day 11 - Savannah > St Augustine (284 km)

St Augustine is an eye- and heart catcher. Its delightful historic district is the oldest permanent settlement in the US and has cobblestone streets, quaint cafes, and unique shops. The Tour the Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental US. Feel like some action? Climb the 219 steps to the top of the lighthouse for breath-taking, panoramic view. Feel like unwinding? Attend a wine tasting tour or settle down on one the beaches across the bay.

Standard Hotel:  The Ponce

Day 12 & 13 - St Augustine > Orlando (169 km)

Consider a stop at Silver Springs where you can board a glass-bottom boat and see the creatures up to 80 feet beneath the surface. Orlando, the Theme Park capital of the world, welcomes you for 3 days of fun and excitement. Walt Disney World, Epcot®, Universal‘s Islands of Adventure® and SeaWorld Orlando are just some of the better known entertainment park with capital E. Make sure you stop at the dolphin nursery, where you can see new dolphin mothers and their calves!

Standard Hotel:  Champions World Resort (Room only)

Day 14 - Orlando

Your selfdrive end here unless you feel like you can extend with a few extra days or another selfdrive.

Hotels & Meals

Mainstream American cuisine is similar to that in other Western countries. Wheat is the primary cereal grain. Traditional American cuisine uses indigenous ingredients, such as turkey, venison, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, squash, and maple syrup, which were consumed by Native Americans and early European settlers.

Slow-cooked pork and beef barbecue, crab cakes, potato chips, and chocolate chip cookies are distinctively American foods. Soul food, developed by African slaves, is popular around the South and among many African Americans elsewhere. Syncretic cuisines such as Louisiana Creole, Cajun, and Tex-Mex are regionally important. The confectionery industry in the United States includes The Hershey Company, the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America. In addition, Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world. The United States has a vast breakfast cereal industry that includes brands such as Kellogg's and General Mills.

Characteristic dishes such as apple pie, fried chicken, pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs derive from the recipes of various immigrants. French fries, Mexican dishes such as burritos and tacos, and pasta dishes freely adapted from Italian sources are widely consumed. Americans generally prefer coffee to tea. Marketing by U.S. industries is largely responsible for making orange juice and milk ubiquitous breakfast beverages.

The American fast food industry, the world's largest, pioneered the drive-through format in the 1930s. Fast food consumption has sparked health concerns. During the 1980s and 1990s, Americans' caloric intake rose 24%; frequent dining at fast food outlets is associated with what public health officials call the American "obesity epidemic". Highly sweetened soft drinks are widely popular, and sugared beverages account for nine percent of American caloric intake.


Travel Documents

  • Travel documents: All Belgian nationals*  (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (biometric) containing min. 2 blank pages,  valid at day of entry and during the entire stay. Connections recommends to let common sense prevail and to build in some slack in terms of validity. Often unforeseen circumstances (weather factors, volcanoes, and threats all kinds) are the cause of a mandatory postponed return date. A credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car.Please keep this in mind. We strongly recommend you to print out the Esta- or Eta permit and to have it on you while you travel to avoid problems. 

  • All passengers who travel to and /or via the U.S. must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The ESTA procedure must be requested via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and paid by a personal credit card only.

  • Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents. They must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and pay by a personal credit card only.


Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year.  We guarantee you the best protection at the best price. 

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes. We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our Connections' Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.


No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to www.itg.be.
Medical interventions and costs can soon become outrageous in the U.S.A. Reflect before leaving and subscribe a decent travel insurance. Our protections All-in Premier insurance was especially designed specifically for travel to the U.S.A. and provides ample cover for all major calamities (fly-on-time and natural disasters included)!

Time Zones

The United States span 4 time zones:

  • Eastern (- 6 h)
  • Central (- 7 h)
  • Mountain (- 8 h)
  • Pacific (- 9 h)

Daylight saving time 2018: In The USA the clock is set forward in the night of Sunday 12 MAR 2017 at 2am.  In Belgium, the clock is set forward on Sunday 26 MAR 2017 at 02am. This entails that between 12 and 26 March, the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.

Winter time 2018: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on Sunday 29 OCT 2017 at 02am.  The USA turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 5 nov at 2am. That entails that during the latter week the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.



US Dollar (USD), 1 USD = 0,92 EUR & 10 EUR = 10.83 USD (01/05/2020)

Payment Methods
  • A personal credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. The most convenient method of payment is by credit card but cash euros and dollars in small amount come in handy. Inform yourself timely, as from January 15, 2015 your Visa and/or MasterCard credit card (and possibly other types of credit cards) has automatically been set to "not for use in the US, for US car rental agencies and during cruises under the American flag".
  • You must then apply for a release of your credit card. This may be done prior to your arrival in the U.S. (in your bank branch or via the telephone number listed on the back of your credit card or by means of a special form available for PC banking) as well as after arrival in the US (through a withdrawal at an ATM. Please note, in this case there will be a transaction fee charged to your account). The same applies to the Maestro function in your bank card.


Average Temperatures (°C):
Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
San Francisco 13 16 16 17 18 19 19 19 21 21 18 14
Las Vegas 14 17 21 26 31 37 40 39 34 27 19 14
New York  3  5 10 16 22 26 29 28 24 18 12  6
Miami 24 25 26 28 30 31 32 32 31 29 27 25
Chicago -1  2  8 15 22 27 29 28 24 17 9  2
Washington DC  6  8 13 19 24 29 31 30 26 20 14  8

What's included?

  • 13 nights accommodation in listed hotels or equivalent
  • Digital roadbook

What's not included?

Your international return flight and car rental.
The total to be paid will depend on your travel dates/class and the size and category of your rental car.

Good to Know

Start or end your journey with an unforgettable citytrip or extend with another awesome selfdrive.
Make the most of your flight and make a stopover in New York, Washington D.C., Chicago or Philadelphia enroute to your selfdrive destination.

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