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Washington Philadelphia and New York


Route:
  • UK
  • Washington DC
  • Lancaster City
  • Philadelphia
  • New York
  • UK

5 DAYS from £1029pp

Tour Highlights
  • Visit the White House and US Capitol building
  • in the capital city of Washington DC
  • Explore Amish Country in Pennsylvania, witnessing the traditional agricultural lifestyle of the Amish
  • Enjoy a city tour of Philadelphia, view the Liberty Bell and wander through stunning Fairmount Park
  • Embark on a tour of New York City - 'the city that never sleeps' embrace the lights of Times Square and observe the Empire State building and the Statue of Liberty.

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Washington Philadelphia and New York

This exciting and diverse tour of America's East Coast goes into the cradle of U.S. history. From the magnificent monuments and political powerhouses of the capital Washington DC, travel back in time through the Dutch Country of the Amish community on your way to Philadelphia, the birthplace of Independence. Round off with a rip-roaring trip to New York, taking in the sights and sounds that make the Big Apple so irresistible. A Tour de Force that will live long in the memory.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Washington DC

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Washington DC. On arrival transfer to your hotel in Alexandria

2
Washington DC

This morning enjoy a guided tour of the USA's capital city and seat of political power. The focal point of the world's largest democracy is, of course, the Capitol Building, with its iconic classical dome, home to the Senate and House of Representatives for over 200 years. At the opposite end of the National Mall is the impressive Lincoln Memorial, where the arresting statue of the seated Abraham Lincoln stares sternly down, his immortal Gettysburg Address inscribed for all to read. From these same steps, Martin Luther King delivered his legendary 'I Have A Dream' speech to over 250,000 civil rights supporters. The 3-hour tour will provide memorable views of other signature landmarks, including the impressive Washington Monument obelisk, the poignant Vietnam Memorial, and the most recognisable of them all, the White House. The afternoon is free to discover more of the capital at leisure. Guests often choose to visit some of the excellent museums and galleries clustered along the National Mall, such as the Air and Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art, amongst many others, most of which are free to enter.

  • Breakfast
3
Philadelphia via Lancaster County

Journey into the heart of Pennsylvania and the rural back roads of Lancaster County, home of the Amish community. Witness the simpler, centuries-old lifestyle of the 'Plain People', centred around family, farming, and faith. Discover the traditions, customs, and trappings of 'Dutch Country', where horse and buggy is still the mode of travel and working windmills dot the landscape. Reflect on this slower and more peaceful way of life as you travel on to Philadelphia and return to the 21st century. A fascinating tour of 'Philly' will encompass several famous landmarks which shaped American history. See Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the Liberty Bell, an iconic symbol of American freedom now located in the National Historical Park. Check into your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure within the city.

  • Breakfast
4
New York City

After breakfast, it's time to head for New York City and a juicy bite of the Big Apple. Upon arrival enjoy a tour of 'The City that Never Sleeps', which will open your eyes to the countless iconic sights and landmarks New York has to offer. Feel the racing pulse of the city in kaleidoscopic Times Square, visit the legendary theatreland of Broadway and gaze at the iconic Empire State Building, once the tallest structure in the world. From the art deco beauty of the Chrysler Building to the glass and steel empires of Wall Street, the world's financial powerhouse, and Central Park's green haven, New York is a city of contrasts. An afternoon at leisure offers the chance to explore more of this enthralling city - perhaps a visit to the awe-inspiring Grand Central Station, or a trip to Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty on the Staten Island Ferry. Get a taste of the bohemian life - and fantastic food - down in Greenwich Village. Alternatively, escape the hustle and bustle of the streets and return to the tranquil mid-city oasis of Central Park to relax.

  • Breakfast
5
New York to the UK

Spend the morning soaking up more of this unique city at your own pace before your transfer to the airport for your return flight or chosen extension.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

A visa is not required for entry into the USA for UK passport holders. You will need a tourist card which you can get on arrival by completing an immigration form provided either on the flight or on arrival at the airport. You will need to obtain an ESTA visa This must be applied for at least 7 days before you are due to land in the USA. Please advise if you would like us to arrange this for you. All UK passport holders must have a Bio-metric ePassport and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you are expected to arrive back in the UK. Important note: if you do not have a Bio-metric ePassport, you will be refused entry into the USA. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be who will be able to arrange the ESTA visa on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. The cost of the visa is approximately £25. If you wish to apply for the visa yourself, you can do so online by visiting the website. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your initial flight is to Washington Dulles International Airport with United Airlines, departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2.
Please note; Effective July 9, 2018, lithium batteries that are installed in any checked or carry-on baggage must be removed by the customer. Once removed, these batteries can be transported on board. Smart bags that do not have a removable battery cannot travel on any United or United Express? flights.
IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.
Each passenger is entitled to 23KG of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding (Max 7kg - 50cm/37cm/ 25cm) in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check ? in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure.
If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 30, and the maximum will be 45. If in the unlikely event there are less than 30 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date, then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour meaning that you will be met by a local guide in each of the cities that you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in America is the United States Dollar (USD). You will be able to change currency both before you travel and whilst you are away. You will also have access to ATMs during your tour where you can withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, meals, drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour. Tipping is common practice in America. It is customary to tip your guides and driver, please allow approx. $6-$10 per person per day. All tips will be collected by your tour director on the last day. Tipping at restaurants, hotel staff etc is discretionary

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
2019 Dates
11 Sep 201915 Sep 2019£1199.00Book Now
16 Oct 201920 Oct 2019£1199.00Book Now
30 Oct 201903 Nov 2019£1099.00Book Now
2020 Dates
04 Mar 202008 Mar 2020£1029.00Book Now
29 Apr 202003 May 2020£1099.00Book Now
10 Jun 202014 Jun 2020£1099.00Book Now
09 Sep 202013 Sep 2020£1199.00Book Now
14 Oct 202018 Oct 2020£1199.00Book Now
28 Oct 202003 Nov 2020£1099.00Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Dollar

Average Flying time

8 hours

Min/Max temperature

1 °C / 5 °C

Spoken languages

English

When to go

Weather can vary throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Washington D.C.

Philadelphia

What to pack
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream and a hat with a big brim for sunny days
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Ruck sack or light bag
  • Personal toiletries and first aid kit
  • A plug adaptor - The official voltage for the USA is 120 and operates on a 2 pronged North American outlet
Tour Map
Washington Philadelphia and New York Route Map
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