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INDIVIDUAL TOUR GROUP TOUR

Coasting through the American East

  • 2165 km
  • 15 days / 14 nights
New York - Philadelphia - Washington D.C. - Harrisburg - Niagara Falls (U.S. Side) - Detroit - Chicago
Activity :
  • Adventure
  • Culture
  • Beach
  • Culinary
Terrain :
  • Coastal
  • Forest

The American East Coast is the epitome of urban culture, home to some of the world's greatest cities. New York's skyscrapers, Philadelphia's heritage, Detroit's motoring past and Chicago's abundant public art are all waiting for you, and so is the world's most famous waterfall - Niagara!

Trip Type
Self Drive 365
Forget early wake-up calls, scheduled departures and the regular battery of sight- seeing destinations. That’s because when you’re out on a self-drive holiday, you decide where to go, what to see, and what to drive. And with Self-Drive 365, the road, the destination and that palpable connect between man and machine is all yours to explore!
Skill Level
Easy
Here's a road trip that is suited to those looking for a laid back drive, as well as veterans.

Is this road trip for me?

  • If you fancy exploring the American urban landscape and the gorgeous Niagara Falls, then this is the road trip for you, as long as you are comfortable riding on the right side of the road.

Highlights

  • Exploring he urban landscape of New York
  • Visiting the Statue of Liberty
  • Visiting the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia
  • Visiting the Capitol building and museums in Washington D.C.
  • Experiencing the grandeur of the Niagara Falls
  • Exploring the history of America at the Hendry Ford Museum in Detroit
  • Discovering the art and culture of Chicago
Start of Tour New York
Day 1
Total Driving Distance 2165 km
End of Tour Chicago
Day 15
  • Driving Days :

    Total 11 Days

  • Rest Days :

    Total 4 Days

  • Day 1 New york
    • None (Meals on your own)
    • Arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel in New York.
    • Enjoy a hop-on-hop-off tour of New York's downtown.
    • Overnight in New York.

  • Transfers

    Arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel in New York.

    On arrival in New York, you will be taken to your hotel.

  • Activities

    Enjoy a hop-on-hop-off tour of New York's downtown.

    Check-in and head out to explore New York by way of a 48-hour hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Downtown NYC is where you want to start your trip off: this is where NYC was born and where you will find the best of culture, shopping, architecture and food. Major attractions to cover are Times Square, Theatre District, Union Square, SoHo, Little Italy, St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Empire State Building.

    Note: Transfers from the hotel to the hop-on-hop-off point are at your own cost.

  • Day 2 New york
    • Breakfast
    • Enjoy a hop-on-hop-off tour of New York's uptown, followed by a visit to the Statue of Liberty.
    • Overnight in New York.

  • Activities

    Enjoy a hop-on-hop-off tour of New York's uptown, followed by a visit to the Statue of Liberty.

    Start your day off with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour. A colossal, neo-classical sculpture on Liberty Island in the New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty is accessible by ferry only. The ferry departs from Battery Park, first taking you to Liberty Island and then onwards to Ellis Island. Ellis Island was the gateway for more than 12 million immigrants between 1892 and 1954, making it the nation's busiest immigrant inspection station for over 60 years.

    Note: Transfers from the hotel to the hop-on-hop-off point are at your own cost.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure. If you are still left with time and energy after visiting all the downtown and uptown attractions, NYC still has loads to offer: the High Line, Standard Biergarten, New York Skyline Viewing from the Staten Island Ferry, Ellen's Stardust Diner, B&H Video and Grand Central Station with its famed Whispering Corner.
    While downtown New York does house of the bulk of the city's attractions, NYC is much more than just that. Upper Manhattan, or Uptown, is the uppermost part of Manhattan and had its own set of attractions; the recommended ones include the Riverside Church, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, American Museum of Natural History and Lincoln Center.

  • Day 3 New york
    • Drive
    • Distance:160 km
    • Breakfast
    • Pick up your car and drive to your hotel in Philadelphia.
    • En route, you could explore Princeton University and the Princeton Art Museum.
    • Overnight in Philadelphia.

  • Transfers

    Pick up your car and drive to your hotel in Philadelphia.

    Pick up your rental car and head to Philadelphia via US-I 94.

    Note: Transfers from the hotel to the car rental company are at your own cost.

  • Activities

    En route, you could explore Princeton University and the Princeton Art Museum.

    En route, you can visit Princeton University, one of the oldest and most reputed universities in the world known for its huge campus and historic sites, and the Princeton Art Museum, home to 92,000 works of art from antiquity to contemporary times. En route Philadelphia, stop at the Grounds for Sculpture at Hamilton Township, NJ, where you will find beautiful sculptures by Seward Johnson among other interactive exhibits. Arrive in Philadelphia, enjoy a beer at the famous Independence Beer Garden or go to any of the many speakeasy bars like The Ranstead Room or Hop Sing Laundromat.

  • Day 4 Philadelphia
    • Breakfast
    • Explore the city of Philadelphia on your own, namely Independence Hall, Liberty Bell and the Schuylkill River Bank Boardwalk.
    • Overnight in Philadelphia.

  • Activities

    Explore the city of Philadelphia on your own, namely Independence Hall, Liberty Bell and the Schuylkill River Bank Boardwalk.

    Drive around in Philadelphia, visiting the famous Independence Hall where the US Constitution was debated and adopted and the Liberty Bell, a huge bronze bell that symbolizes freedom in the USA. You can also walk the breath-taking 2000-foot-long pathway called the Schuylkill River Bank Boardwalk or opt to visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Orchestra or the Kimmel Centre.

  • Day 5 Philadelphia
    • Drive
    • Distance:270 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from your hotel in Philadelphia to your hotel in Washington D.C via Delaware.
    • Overnight in Washington D.C.

  • Activities

    Drive from your hotel in Philadelphia to your hotel in Washington D.C via Delaware.

    Drive to Washington D.C. via the N Dupont Highway. You will drive through Delaware, which is where you should stop if you are in the mood for shopping. You see, shopping is tax-free in Delaware. Head to the Christina Mall, home to many upscale retailers, where you can save big bucks on your purchases. Carry on via route US I-95. If you wish, halt at Inner Harbor in Baltimore, a sight-seeing hub known for its science centre, aquarium and observation deck with amazing city views. The hungry ones among you should head to Power Plant Live and Fells Point, crammed with bars, eateries and music venues. Continue your journey to Washington D.C. and check-in.

  • Day 6 Washington d.c.
    • Breakfast
    • Discover the best of Washington D.C. with a hop-on-hop-off bus tour.
    • Overnight in Washington D.C.

  • Activities

    Discover the best of Washington D.C. with a hop-on-hop-off bus tour.

    Take the hop-on-hop-off bus tour in Washington D.C. and visit the famous Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; National Air and Space Museum, which holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world; and the National Zoological Park, which is home to 1,500 animals.

    Note: Transfers from the hotel to the hop-on-hop-off point are at your own cost.

  • Other Recommendation

    After the hop-on-hop-off tour, the rest of the day is at leisure to visit the official residence of the US president, The White House and then tour the Lincoln Memorial, built in honour of the 16th President of the US, Abraham Lincoln. Visit George Town, famous for its canals. Later in the evening, visit 'Adams Morgan' or 'Dupont Circle', a multicultural neighbourhood with happening nightlife and popular restaurants, clubs, pubs, karaoke bars and cafes. Dupont Circle is also the center of DC's LGBT community. If time permits visit the International Spy Museum and the George Washington Estate at Mt. Vernon.

  • Day 7 Washington d.c.
    • Drive
    • Distance:220 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from your hotel in Washington D.C. to your hotel in Harrisburg,
    • Overnight at Harrisburg.

  • Transfers

    Drive from your hotel in Washington D.C. to your hotel in Harrisburg,

    Post breakfast, head out to Harrisburg via the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and I-695 N. En route, you could visit the Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York showcasing the region's manufacturing heritage. Reach Harrisburg via route I-83 and you could visit the National Civil War Museum and State Museum of Pennsylvania, showcasing the history of Pennsylvania.

  • Day 8 Harrisburg
    • Drive
    • Distance:60 km
    • Breakfast
    • Full day excursion to Hershey, where you can explore the Hershey Chocolate World.
    • We also recommend a visit to Hershey Park and ZooAmerica.
    • Overnight in Harrisburg.

  • Activities

    Full day excursion to Hershey, where you can explore the Hershey Chocolate World.

    Visit Hershey Chocolate World, a one-stop-shop for all your chocolate needs.

  • Activities

    We also recommend a visit to Hershey Park and ZooAmerica.

    The rest of the day is at leisure. You can explore Hershey Park, a theme park that features a variety of roller coasters, rides, themed areas, entertainment zones and eateries; Laff Trakk, SlideWinder and the Claw are the must-do rides. If time permits you could also visit ZooAmerica, home to more than 200 animals from five regions of North America.

  • Day 9 Harrisburg
    • Drive
    • Distance:330 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from your hotel in Harrisburg to your hotel in Niagara Falls; en route, we recommend you visit the Corning Museum of Glass.
    • Overnight in Niagara (U.S. Side).

  • Activities

    Drive from your hotel in Harrisburg to your hotel in Niagara Falls; en route, we recommend you visit the Corning Museum of Glass.

    Drive from Harrisburg to Niagara Falls via US-322 W/Paxton St. We recommend you stop at the Corning Museum of Glass, dedicated to the art, history and science of glass-making. En route, you can also halt at the Fort Hunter Mansion, a beautiful 18th century mansion open for public tours, and Dansville to eat at one of its many restaurants and eateries.

  • Day 10 Niagara falls (u.s. side)
    • Breakfast
    • Wear a poncho and hop on a Maid of the Mist boat to experience the splendour of the Niagara Falls up close.
    • Overnight in Niagara Falls (U.S. Side).

  • Activities

    Wear a poncho and hop on a Maid of the Mist boat to experience the splendour of the Niagara Falls up close.

    First on the list in Niagara is the mighty Falls; wear a poncho and hop on a Maid of the Mist boat to experience the splendour of the Niagara Falls up close.

  • Other Recommendation

    You have the rest of the day at leisure. You could visit the Aquarium of Niagara, home to more than 1,000 different species; you can also attend one of their live interaction sessions with sea lions and penguins. Alternatively, you could browse through the 200+ designer fashion outlets at Niagara Falls and if time permits, visit the Old Fort Niagara, a 17th century fort.

  • Day 11 Niagara falls (u.s. side)
    • Drive
    • Distance:650 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from your hotel in Niagara Falls to your hotel in Detroit.
    • Overnight in Detroit.

  • Transfers

    Drive from your hotel in Niagara Falls to your hotel in Detroit.

    Drive from Niagara to Detroit via US U-90 W. En route, you can visit the Bicentennial Tower, offering panoramic views of Lake Erie; and USS Niagara, a wooden-hulled snow-brig that served in the Battle of Lake Erie. Driving through Cleveland, visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that recognizes artists and producers that have had a major influence on the development of rock and roll. On you reach Detroit, check-in to the hotel.

  • Day 12 Detroit
    • Breakfast
    • Visit the Henry Ford Museum, a tribute to America's traditions of ingenuity and innovation.
    • Overnight in Detroit.

  • Activities

    Visit the Henry Ford Museum, a tribute to America's traditions of ingenuity and innovation.

    Drive around Detroit and visit the Henry Ford Museum, a national historic landmark and a large indoor and outdoor museum complex. It houses the presidential limousine of John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln's chair from Ford Theatre, the Wright Brothers' bicycle shop and many more historical exhibits.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure. You could visit the Detroit Zoo, home to 2000+ animals belonging to 245 species and Motown Museum, where artist like Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye recorded much-loved music. When hunger strikes, head to the Red Olive Family Restaurant in Warren for a wide variety of cuisines, ranging from Greek and Mediterranean to good old American.

  • Day 13 Detroit
    • Drive
    • Distance:475 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from your hotel in Detroit to Chicago, through famous cities like Jackson, Kalamazoo and Michigan City.
    • Overnight in Chicago.

  • Activities

    Drive from your hotel in Detroit to Chicago, through famous cities like Jackson, Kalamazoo and Michigan City.

    Drive to Chicago from Detroit via I-94 W. En route, you can stop at the Honolulu House, a historic home in Marshall built in 1860 with Hawaiian-inspired architecture mingled with Italianate and Gothic Revival styles. Also at Marshall, you could visit the American Museum of Magic, which houses a collection of magical paraphernalia and illusions. Next en route, in New Buffalo, is the opportunity to kayak and paddle-board in the Galien River. On arrival at Chicago, drop off vehicle at the car rental agency and head to your hotel.

    Note:

    • Kayaking and paddle-boarding in the Galien River will be at your own cost.
    • Transfers from the car rental agency to the hotel are at your own cost.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Day 14 Chicago
    • Breakfast
    • Explore Chicago by way of a hop-on-hop-off bus tour.
    • Overnight in Chicago.

  • Activities

    Explore Chicago by way of a hop-on-hop-off bus tour.

    Discover Chicago by way of a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, enjoying the panoramic views of Chicago's finest skyscrapers and impressive landmarks.

    Note: Transfers from the hotel to the hop-on-hop-off point are at your own cost.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Fort Dearborn (Michigan Ave & Wacker Drive), Chicago Theater, The Willis Tower & Skydeck Chicago, Palmer House Hilton & Millennium Park, Art Institute, The Hilton Chicago, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Sheraton Grand, Navy Pier, Water Tower Place, John Hancock Observatory and much more sites on the hop-on-hop-off bus tour.

    For a second breakfast we strongly recommend visiting Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe.

  • Day 15 Chicago
    • Breakfast
    • Departure transfer from your hotel to the airport in Chicago.

  • Transfers

    Departure transfer from your hotel to the airport in Chicago.

    After breakfast, check out of the hotel and take a taxi to the O'Hare International Airport for your flight back home.

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation as per hotels mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeings as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Overseas travel insurance that covers accidental or medical expenses and miscellaneous benefits.
  • Car as per your package selected.


Exclusions

  • Cost of your round trip economy class airfare.
  • Airline / airport taxes valid for the duration of the tour.
  • Visa fees.
  • Services of Cox & Kings tour manager or local representative.
  • Loss Damage Waiver for the vehicle.
  • Optional and Add-On tours unless otherwise specified.
  • Airline / hotel surcharges (if applicable) during high / festive season to be paid extra per person.
  • Porterage at hotels, apartment, airports, seaports, tips, laundry, wines, mineral water, telephone charges, all items of personal nature and also, food & drinks not forming part of the included menu.
  • Cost of US$ 2,50,000 granted by Reserve Bank of India under the Liberalised Remittance Scheme.
  • Any increase in rate of USD leading to an increase in tour cost coming into effect prior to departure. However, the rate prevailing on the given day of payment will apply.
  • Meals, tips, laundry, telephone, optional excursions and other items of a personal nature.
  • Cost of foreign exchange for personal use.
  • Cost of petrol / diesel / parking charges / tolls for the vehicle provided.
  • Client has to pay in case of damage to the vehicle by accident.
  • Spare parts / engine oil of any kind.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.
Categories Intermediate Sedan - Hyundai Elantra or similar Full-Size Sedan - Ford Taurus or similar SUV - Ford Edge or similar Sportscar - Ford Mustang or similar
ECONOMY 2,16,086 2,78,672 2,85,114 2,89,579
STANDARD 2,52,467 3,15,053 3,21,494 3,26,033
  • New York 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Hotel Hampton Inn Manhattan
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Philadelphia 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Harrisburg 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Holiday Inn Harrisburg
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Detroit 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Double Tree By Hilton Detroit
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Chicago 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Crown Plaza Chicago - Northbrook
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
    • INTERMEDIATE SEDAN

    Hyundai Elantra or Similar.
    Starting from
    4 Pax including driver
    Included in trip
    • 4 Doors
    • AC
    • Automatic
    • Diesel
things-to-carry
  • Travel light, try to stay under 45 lbs (20 kg).
  • Driving licence and International Driving Permit
  • Credit Card
  • Cash
  • Smartphone for maps
  • Phone Charger
  • First-aid kit
  • Swiss Knife
  • Water
  • Tissue box and wet wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Spare plastic bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Small toolkit
  • Warm clothes
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