It may be hard to come up with a better place to start your east USA trip than New York, literally and figuratively the historic gateway to America. From buzzing urban you drive to dazzling nature as you head towards the world famous Niagara Falls. And what to think of a travel back in time: the Amish community will catapult you right back to the start of the previous century. Washington DC needs no introduction as does Philadelphia, the cradle of the USA.
Day 1 & 2 - > New York City
From the time of your arrival you will be sucked into the whirlwind of experiences in the 'Big Apple': impressive skyscrapers, flashing huge billboards at Times Square, Broadway, the magnificent setting of the Statue of Liberty, the many elegant shops on Fifth Avenue, exquisite museums and a vibrant nightlife.
Day 3 - New York City > Buffalo (613km)
Today you drive across the state of New York via Finger Lakes. Take the opportunity to stop at Watkins Glen on the shores of Seneca Lake and taste the famous wines of this region. Next, continue to Buffalo.
Day 4 - Buffalo > Niagara Falls > Buffalo
Today you drive to the Falls! Once there, numerous opportunities exist to see, hear, feel and experience them. You can take the tunnel to the edge of the Falls and listen to their deafening roar while you feel the spray on your face. Or, you can board the cruise to the foot of the Falls and feel how the engines battle against the current . The most awesome way is possibly an eagle's view of the Falls by helicopter! But it does not really matter what way you pick to get close up and personal, as long as you experience this natural wonder to the fullest! The thundering sound of the Falls and the impressive tons of water gliding over the edge are two sensations that will be glued to your memory forever and 3 days.
Day 5 - Buffalo > Amish Country (241km)
You exchange the state of New York for Pennsylvania as you set foot on the land of the Amish and discover their way of life that fits in perfectly with the beauty of the local countryside.
Day 6 & 7 - Amish Countrry > Washington DC
Today you cross the Appalachians along the Susquehanna River and visit the site of the Battle of Gettysburg. Your route takes you to the US capital Washington DC. Two days to make the most of the Federal Capital: Capitol Hill, the White House, the Mall, a remarkable range of exquisite museums by the Smithsonian Institute, Jefferson Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, Arlington Cemetery where you will find the grave of late president JF Kennedy... You will not have one second to feel bored, that must is certain. And the evenings? Georgetown and its many ethnic restaurants are bound to capture your heart.
Day 8 - Washington DC > Philadelphia (223km)
Day 9 - Philadephia > New York City (154km)
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: 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.
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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
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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)!
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)
- 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):
- 8 nights accommodation in listed hotels or equivalent
What's not included?
Your international return flight and car rental, unlisted meals and beverages aw well as personal expenses such as fuel, tips, etc