Boston to Washington D.C.

8 days from 1,644pp

Step back in time at the historic sites of the American Eastern Seaboard on a weeklong tour by rail. Stroll the cobblestoned streets of colonial Boston, and take in landmarks of New York City and the serene marble monuments and vast green spaces of Washington, DC (with a visit to the more-than-a-century-old headquarters of National Geographic). This trip is just the ticket for history buffs.
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8 days Boston to Washington D.C.

From 1,644 per person

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Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 – Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Boston

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities today, so spend the time exploring Boston.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h19:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

Doubletree by Hilton Boston Downtown (or similar)

Day 2: Boston

Walk the Freedom Trail with a local history expert. It showcases some of the most historically significant sites that shaped the nation, and you’ll learn about the beginnings of the American Revolution as it began in Boston. This afternoon is free to explore the city. Opt to visit Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, or try and catch a Red Sox game.

Opt to visit museums, go shopping at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, or visit Boston Common or Harvard square. If there’s time, visit famous Fenway Park, home to baseball’s Boston Red Sox, maybe even catch a game. For authentic Italian-American food and atmosphere, try Hanover Street in the North End.

Free Time
Boston Half Day

With rich history, scrumptious food, impressive museums, and die-hard sports fans, Boston has something for everyone – get out and explore!

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: The Freedom Trail

Discover Boston’s renowned Freedom Trail with the guided assistance of a traditionally costumed interpreter. This 2.5-mile route leads to historic sites including museums, churches, cemeteries, parks, and a ship – all of which together weave a seminal chapter in the history of the American Revolution. This experience isn’t only a beautiful way to see Boston; it’s the ideal introduction to a period of time that shaped a nation and ultimately world events.

Optional Activities – Day 2

Fenway Park Visit
Boston

18USD per person

Visit one of the oldest and most famous baseball stadiums in the country—a must-see for any fan. Even if you’re a baseball novice, a walk through the old-time stadium will leave you charmed. Snag some tickets if the Red Sox are in town and watch a game. Sit in the old wooden seats, eat a Fenway Frank, and root, root, root for the home team!

Accommodation

Doubletree by Hilton Boston Downtown (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3: Boston/New York

Catch the train to New York City. This afternoon, enjoy a photo walk with a local photographer through the trendy Bushwick neighbourhood. With vibrant street art, a German beer history, and a melting pot of culture, we’ll have numerous opportunities for some great shots. We’ll also visit a few local shops for tastings and samples.

Train
Boston – New York4h-5h220km

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: NYC Photo Walk

Set out on a guided photo walk with a locally renowned photographer in Bushwick, a working-class neighbourhood in Brooklyn known for its street art, gritty urban sensibility, and melting pot of culture. Gain a greater understanding of photography in front of an urban backdrop and, along the way, stop at local shops to taste some of the area’s most famous treats. Photography, graffiti, and food never came together so beautifully.

Accommodation

Cambria hotel & suites New York – Chelsea (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4: New York

Enjoy a full free day (and night) to explore the city that never sleeps. Opt to stroll Times Square or Central Park, catch a show, visit museums, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, or the 9/11 Memorial.

Carte Blanche
New York Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in New York City, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting Times Square, the Empire State Building, and walking the Brooklyn Bridge. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities – Day 4

Statue of Liberty Visit
New York

18USD per person

Pay a visit to “Lady Liberty”, dedicated in 1886 and a gift from the people France. Cruise through New York Harbor and stop off at Liberty Island to get a closer look at this iconic woman meant to welcome new immigrants to the United States. Opt to ride to the top and take in stunning views of the city.

Empire State Building Visit
New York1h-3h

32USD per person

Soak in stunning views of New York and beyond from the top of one of the most famous landmarks in the world. The Empire State Building’s Observatory is a main attraction of New York’s skyline, stretching 1,250 ft (381m) high.

9/11 Memorial Visit and One World Trade Center Observation Deck
New York

24-58USD per person

Remember 9/11 on a visit to Ground Zero. A Memorial and Museum have been created to commemorate those lost on 9/11.

Accommodation

Cambria hotel & suites New York – Chelsea (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5: New York/Philadelphia

Catch our train and continue on to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. Visit some of the American Revolutionary sites including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall — where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed.

Train
New York – Philadelphia1h-2h100km

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Liberty Bell Visit
Philadelphia1h

Admire the Liberty Bell, once hung in the steeple of Independence Hall. Walk through the Liberty Bell Center and learn about the facts and myths of this cracked, 940 kg (2,080 lbs) bell, an enduring symbol of freedom.

Independence National Historical Park Visit
Philadelphia1h-2h

Visit this notable park and delve into the history of the American Revolution and the nation’s founding. Stop off at Independence Hall—a UNESCO World Heritage Site— and see the location where the United States’ Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were discussed and adopted. Explore more of the park and see the First Bank of the United States, the Liberty Bell, and Carpenters’ Hall.

Accommodation

Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City – Convention Center (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6: Philadelphia/Washington D.C.

Continue by train to the capital, Washington DC. This evening, enjoy a walk with our CEO along the National Mall with the opportunity to view its iconic monuments and memorials including the Lincoln Memorial and reflecting pool, Vietnam Veterans, Korean War, and WWII memorials.

Train
Philadelphia – Washington D.C.1h30m-2h30m225km

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Monuments by Moonlight
Washington D.C.1h 2km

See a different side of the city by moonlight. Take a tour after the sun sets to see some of Washington DC’s most popular monuments and memorials all lit up.

Accommodation

Hotel RL Washington DC (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7: Washington D.C.

This morning, we visit the National Geographic headquarters for a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about the history of the society, its explorers’ past and present and what the future holds as they continue their pursuit of exploration, education, and storytelling to change the world. The afternoon is at your leisure. Opt to visit the many free museums, parks, or take a stroll past the White House.

Free Time
Washington D.C. Afternoon

The options are endless in the capital of the US of A, take your pick!

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: National Geographic Headquarters

Visit the stately headquarters of the National Geographic Society, located just a few blocks north of the White House. Enjoy insider access to learn about the colourful and important history of National Geographic, its past explorers, and what the future holds for this revered institution established in the 19th century. Be inspired by the Society’s belief in the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to change the world.

Optional Activities – Day 7

Arlington Cemetery Visit
Arlington National Cemetery1h-2h

Free

Visit Arlington National Cemetery, a military cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Wander through the tombs, see the eternal flame at John F Kennedy’s grave, and visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which represents the thousands lost in war. Spend some time at the memorial amphitheater or witness the changing of the guard.

White House Visit (Outside)
Washington D.C.

Free

Visit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and learn more about where the president of the US lives and works.

Washington Monument Visit
Washington Monument2h-6h 2-10km

Free

Visit the massive obelisk built to honour George Washington, the United States’ first president. The Washington Monument is the world’s tallest structure made entirely of stone and the world’s tallest obelisk. Reopened after suffering damage from an earthquake and hurricane, visitors can opt to travel to the top for a gorgeous view of the city.

Lincoln Memorial Visit
Lincoln Memorial

Visit the monument dedicated to the 16th US president, Abraham Lincoln, who was instrumental in the abolition of slavery.

Accommodation

Hotel RL Washington DC (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8: Washington D.C.

Depart at any time.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: The Freedom Trail, Boston
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: NYC Photo Walk, New York
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: National Geographic Headquarters, Washington D.C.
  • Carte Blanche: New York
  • Visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
  • Evening walk along the Washington Mall
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (7 nts)

Meals

7 breakfasts
Allow USD410-535 for meals not included

Transportation

Train, taxi, walking

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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