Vacations departing September 2018
Autumn Leaves Tour
Imagine traveling through the heart of America’s history while witnessing the kaleidoscopic spectacle of fall colors in the Northeastern United States. Our 14-day Autumn Leaves Tour takes you from Philadelphia to Gettysburg, Niagara Falls, along the shores of Lake Ontario, through the Adirondacks, the Green & White Mountains, Boston, Cape Cod, Bridgeport, New York City and back into Philadelphia against a backdrop of the rich colors of fall.
Our tour begins where our nation began, in historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - the cradle of American liberty, where you will see Independence National Historic Park, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Franklin Court. Next you will travel through the colorful fall scenery of picturesque Pennsylvania Dutch Country stopping at an Amish outpost to learn about this traditional way of life before visiting historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - the most important battlefield of the Civil War. You then continue north through Pennsylvania and New York State, stopping at the Corning Museum of Glass which showcases spectacular pieces of glass art and conducts demonstrations of glass blowing.
You will need to bring your passport on this tour as you will cross the Canadian border to the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls where millions of gallons of water spew over the horseshoe-shaped falls creating a powerful sight and sound. The tour continues along the shores of Lake Ontario to Kingston, home to Ft. Henry and the Royal Military College of Canada. Then we take to the water on an included 2.5 hour boat cruise through the 1000 Islands enjoying a fascinating narrative of the area’s history and views of the fabulous summer homes of the rich and famous including Boldt Castle.
Our tour then crosses back into the U.S. and travels through the colorful fall foliage of the beautiful Adirondacks with a stop at Lake Placid, site of the famous “Miracle on Ice” when the US men’s hockey team defeated the Russians in the 1990 Olympic Winter Games. We then journey through the breathtaking Green and White Mountains stopping to visit Franconia Notch State Park and the magnificent Flume Gorge. Turning south, the tour heads into Boston, Massachusetts and where you will enjoy a city tour including following the Freedom Trail, seeing the Boston Common and the Paul Revere House. Next you follow the New England coastline to Cape Cod and visit the Cape Cod National Seashore with its pristine beaches, lighthouses and wild cranberry bogs. There you will have the chance to join fellow travelers for an optional tour to Martha’s Vineyard before heading into Rhode Island for a visit to one of the famous Newport Mansions. Finally, you will discover the “Big Apple” - New York City, with sightseeing including the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building and Central Park before continuing to Philadelphia to depart for home full of memories of a lifetime.
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Hawaiian Islands Cruise & Tour
The islands of Hawaii encompass the ultimate vacation. Each offers an amazing mix of beautiful beaches, magnificent views and exquisite cuisine. Visit the four major islands of Maui, Hawaii (also known as “The Big Island”), Kauai and Oahu from Norwegian Cruise Line’s incredible Pride of America. This vibrant ship provides guests a collection of amenities with more than 15 restaurants and exciting nightly entertainment - a perfect combination to discover paradise and sail in luxurious style.
Cruise from Honolulu, Oahu and learn about the Hawaiian culture through the eyes of native ambassadors on board the ship. Enjoy port stops in Kahului, Maui, where you may wish to explore Iao Valley or the old whaling town of Lahaina. Next is Hilo and Kona, Hawaii, with the opportunity to snorkel along the “Gold Coast.” Then Nawiliwili, Kauai, that embraces the spectacular canyons, cliffs and waterfalls the “Garden Island” is well-known for. A special afternoon trip along the breathtaking Na Pali Coast is a final highlight and not to be missed. Sit back with a refreshing beverage and have your cameras ready for the amazing colors and incredible views that lie ahead.
A YMT Tour Director will greet you upon your return to Honolulu, Oahu. They will escort you to Pearl Harbor, where you will see the USS Arizona Memorial and the Pearl Harbor visitor center. Then enjoy sightseeing through Honolulu and a visit to Punchbowl Crater. The last two days of your vacation are free to spend at leisure. Waikiki Beach is the ideal spot to relax in the tropical climate and plenty of optional tours are available to satisfy everyone from a snorkel adventure to a Chief’s Luau.
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Legendary China & Yangtze River Cruise
Experience the mystique and culture of the Far East with YMT’s new China Tour which includes a Yangtze River cruise! You’ll spend 3 nights and see all the main sights in Beijing including Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and the Forbidden City. Visit the Great Wall of China where you’ll walk along an ancient path and discover one of the world’s most intriguing architectural marvels. Then it’s on to Xi’an to see the more than 8,000 figures that make up the Terracotta Warriors. Then, fly to Chongqing to see Giant Pandas before embarking on a remarkable 3-night Yangtze River Cruise with panoramic views of the world’s third longest river, complete with three included shore excursions. The final stop is Shanghai for 2 nights and more included sightseeing featuring the French Concession and Shanghai Museum. Three internal flights in China.
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Ultimate Hawaii Tour with Pearl Harbor Experience
Our 13-day, four-island Ultimate Hawaii Tour with Pearl Harbor Experience is packed with value and amazing sights and experiences. You’ll visit all four main islands, Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii (also known as “The Big Island”) to discover their unique features and enjoy included sightseeing and events on each of them, while carefully guided by one of our experienced local Tour Directors.
With an extensive Pearl Harbor experience, our tour includes a full day to learn about the events that brought the USA into WWII and ultimately the events that brought the war to a close. Visit the USS Arizona Memorial and explore the exhibit galleries at the Pearl Harbor visitor center, where you will also watch a short film. Continue to the battleship Missouri, where the Japanese signed the instrument of surrender to General Macarthur at the end of the War. And to close this day of historic insight and reflection, there will be a drive through the military Cemetery of the Pacific, situated in the Punchbowl Crater.
Also included on Oahu is our full day island tour where we’ll take you away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki and show you more of this diverse landscape where some highlights will include the famous surfing beaches of the North Shore, the village of Haleiwa and the Dole Pineapple Plantation.
All your inter-island flights on Hawaiian Airlines are included and next stop after Oahu is the island of Kauai where you’ll witness stunning landscapes with every turn. Have your camera ready to capture Opaekaa Falls; the Wailua River, during a leisurely boat cruise and the romantic Fern Grotto. The hanging ferns and tropical foliage will leave you speechless and you may even catch a glimpse of a wedding taking place.
The “Valley Isle,” known as Maui, is your next island to explore. We’ll take you to the quaint town old whaling town of Lahaina that will spoil you with art galleries and unique shops, a true delight to stroll around. You’ll stay in the resort of Kaanapali, which during the months of December to April is one of the best places in the world to spot migrating humpback whales, right from the beachfront.
Your last island-hop will take you to the “big island” of Hawaii, where you'll see the King Kamehameha Statue, visit Akatsuka Orchid Gardens and the Volcano Arts Center. On the final evening in Kona we invite you to join your fellow travelers and new found friends at the King Kamehameha’s Farewell Feast, a Hawaiian themed evening with dinner, entertainment and an open bar, a fitting way to end this vacation of a lifetime.
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