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  • New York is one of the most exciting, cosmopolitan cities in the world, with over 150 museums, 400 art galleries and nearly 20,000 restaurants! Not to mention the shopping, the music and the fabulous theatre!

    • Central Park, New York City

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    • Fall in the Adirondacks

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    • Rochester

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    • Lower Manhattan

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    • Sailing on Finger Lakes

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    • Phillipsburg Manor

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    • Beach in Long Island

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    It weaves its magical spell on even the most hardened traveller as you catch that first jaw-dropping glimpse of the glittering Manhattan skyline as you cross the Hudson River. It’s hard to believe, but there’s so much more - venture on beyond the city to the relatively under-stated and definitely under-rated New York State where picturesque wineries, lakes, rivers, islands and Niagara Falls beckon.

    The Big Apple

    New York City boasts over 150 museums, 400 art galleries, 40 theatres on Broadway alone and nearly 20,000 restaurants from fine dining to eclectic neighbourhood diners. Upper Manhattan is the cultural heart of the city, home to Carnegie Hall and Metropolitan Opera House, whilst Midtown is all about Broadway and Central Park, the Empire State Building and Radio City Music Hall. Head to Fifth Avenue for the designer boutiques and big-name department stores; Wall Street heads up the appeal of Lower Manhattan and there’s historic Battery Park and trendy SoHo.

    Location, location, location

    Make the most of your stay by choosing a hotel in the right place, to suit your tastes and interests. North America Travel Service has selected a matchless choice of quality hotels with locations that include Central Park, Times Square, Battery Park and Fifth, Park and Madison Avenues. Styles range from grand sophistication to chic boutique.

    Beyond New York City

    Add on a stay beyond the city, or avoid the city lights and head straight for a fascinating fly-drive holiday - there’s so much to explore, whichever season you travel in. The Hudson Valley is just 30 minutes from Manhattan, with open countryside flanking the Hudson River. It’s like stepping into another world. Drive through the Catskill Mountains for some stunning scenery and sample some of the region’s wines. The Finger Lakes (there are 11 of them) are captivatingly beautiful, and are home to some fine wineries, antique stores and boutique shops. You can even enjoy an up-close view of Niagara Falls without having to cross the border into Canada.

    Island life

    Stretching out from Manhattan along the Atlantic coast is Long Island, home not least to JFK Airport itself. The Hamptons, especially, are the manicured playground of many of America’s rich and famous. One of our team sums them up as Beverly Hills meets New England with a healthy absence of glitz! The coastal towns that make up the Hamptons are elegant and sophisticated with golf courses, beaches, vineyards, sprawling estates and impressive mansions.

    Our New York Collection

    To see the wide selection of hotels, fly drives and sightseeing options available click the relevant tab at the top of this page. Add them into your Travel Planner or simply call or email for a quotation.

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      Aside from incredible Manhattan, it's also worth visiting the neighbouring boroughs of Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. They have a wealth of different cultures and sights to explore. See the Manhattan skyline from the Promenade in Brooklyn.

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      Take a bicycle tour around Central Park. It's great fun and a wonderful way to see so much of this unique landmark in the heart of Manhattan.

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      The Finger Lakes of upstate New York are beautiful. Tour the 'wine trail' along the coast of Seneca Lake, with over 31 wineries and their enticing tasting rooms. Sample award-winning wine that never goes beyond New York State!

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      The US side of Niagara Falls lies within a state park. Get up close to the thundering water at the Cave of the Winds or cross over the border to Canada for the best vista.

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      The George Eastman House in Rochester is the former home of Kodak’s founder. It now houses the leading museum of photography, set in the historical mansion.

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      Travel north of Manhattan into the Hudson Valley and visit Kykuit, home of the Rockefeller family (it’s closed on Tuesday to allow a day of privacy for the current generation of the family in residence).

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      On the Hudson River is the former home of President Franklin D Roosevelt; take a guided tour and learn why this four-term president was so beloved of the American public.

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      Stony Brook, a small town on Long Island, dates back to the 17th century. Book a horse and carriage ride for a suitably slow-paced tour of this quaint and historical gem.

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      The best beaches are in the Hamptons, they are uncrowded and unspoilt (but car-parking is extortionate!). You can take the Hamptons Jitney bus from Manhattan if you prefer not to drive.

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      Visit the ‘Grand Canyon of the East’ in Letchworth State Park in the western region of New York state. Go biking, hiking and white water rafting in one of eastern USA’s most scenically magnificent areas.

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  • New York Skyline & Scenery

    Begins in Buffalo, New York and ends in New York City, New York

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door  car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • River Gorge

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    • George Eastman House, Finger Lakes

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    • Statue of Liberty

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    • Buffalo

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    • Rochester

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    • Long Island Beach

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    • Niagara Falls

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    Day 01 Day 02

    Arrive Buffalo

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Buffalo. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and drive to your hotel, where you spend the first two nights of your adventure.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Buffalo

    Day 02

    Buffalo & Niagara Falls

    Today is yours to visit the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls. You will find an abundance of attractions in the area; however make sure you take time to digest the magnificent sight of the thunderous falls. Take a boat ride into the falls for a closer look, but be sure to pack a waterproof jacket as you may get wet!

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Buffalo

    104Mi/168Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Rochester

    Today, leave Buffalo and drive along the scenic Great Lakes Seaway Trail to Rochester. The scenery is stunning as you meander along the lakeside. Rochester is a bustling small town with a variety of quaint shops, restaurants and museums such as George Eastman House, the home and museum of Kodak’s founder. Heading south, your journey takes you past Lethworth State Park. Well worth a visit, it is known as the Grand Canyon of the east.

    Hotel: Woodcliff Hotel & Spa

    46Mi/74Km

    Day 05 Day 06

    Finger Lakes Region

    Today’s journey is short, but wonderfully scenic, into the Finger Lakes region. Rolling hills, waterfalls and deep gorges accompany your drive to Seneca Lake. Home to 31 wineries, it has a myriad of wine trails to explore. Your next two nights are at the small town of Geneva, where you’ll find quaint shops, restaurants, art galleries and museums. Why not take a hike through Watkins Glen Gorge and State Park or visit the Montezuma National Wildlife Museum?

    Hotel: Geneva on the Lake Resort

    246Mi/396Km

    Day 07 Day 08

    Rhinebeck

    An early start this morning as you travel across the north east of the state bound for Rhinebeck in the Hudson Valley. This is the longest journey of your itinerary, but once again you’re going to be driving through some breath-taking scenery. The Rhinecliff Hotel, your base for the next two nights, was built in 1854 as a railway hotel and it still as charming today. Located just a few miles from the Catskill Mountains and a five minute drive from the market town of Rhinebeck, which is also wonderfully historic and boasts 437 sites on the National Historic Register.

    Hotel: The Rhinecliff Hotel

    75Mi/121Km

    Day 09

    Tarrytown

    Follow the Hudson River south today to Tarrytown, which offers the perfect complement of history, dining, shopping and nature. En route, perhaps make stops at the towns of Poughkeepsie and West Point. Sitting on the majestic Hudson River, West Point offers superb views across the Tappan Zee Bridge to historic districts made up of 19th and 20th century architecture. Whilst in Tarrytown visit the Rockefeller estate of Kykuit, Sleepy Hollow and Lyndhurst, America’s greatest Gothic revival castle.

    Hotel: Sheraton Tarrytown

    61Mi/99Km

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    Long Island

    Hauppauge is your base for the next three nights as you discover the jewel that is Long Island. One of the many places of interest worth visiting is Stony Brook. If you call ahead you can be shown around this picture postcard village in a horse-drawn carriage! Known for its grand estates and as a summer playground for the rich and famous The Hamptons are a must see. Comprising Northampton and Southampton, they showcase sophistication and elegance at its best. Sample exquisite fine wines at Martha Clara Vineyard and Borghese Vineyard, or drive to Green Port, a charming and bustling fishing port with a myriad of private yachts and boats.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Long Island

    47Mi/76Km

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    New York

    Return your car rental as you arrive at the famous Big Apple, the most exciting, cosmopolitan city in the world. New York City is home to the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Empire State Building, Times Square and much, much more. Your hotel sits in a great position just a short stroll from Central Park and Fifth Avenue, where great shopping and tempting dining options await.

    Hotel: Manhattan NYC, an Affinia Hotel

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    Journey home

    There’s time for some last minute shopping this morning before you make your way back to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1889 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    A one way drop off fee on the car hire is not included and payable locally.

  • New York Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

    New York City

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    • Hop on Hop off Bus New York

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    Explore the landmarks of New York City on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. With either a 48 or 72 hour pass the city is yours to explore aboard a fully-narrated double decker bus. Various loops will take you around the city, showcasing the highlights, famous buildings, monuments and landmarks. If you like what you see, you can hop-off the bus, explore for as long as you like and hop-on the next bus that comes along. From the Empire State Building, Central Park and the National History Museum to Times Square, Fifth Avenue and Brooklyn, a hop-on hop-off tour is a great

    Duration: 2 or 3 Day Pass

    Prices

    From £42 per person for a 48 hour ticket.

    From £48 per person for a 72 hour ticket.

    New York Movie & Television Tours

    New York City

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    Perfect for lovers of the big and small screen, these tours take in some of New York's most recognisable movie and television sights.

    NYC TV & Movie Tour

    Straddle fiction and reality as you visit famous sites from the big and small screen.

    • Pass the Oscorp and Daily Bugle office buildings from Spider-man and The Amazing Spider-man
    • Visit the park featured in Glee, The Mindy Project and When Harry Met Sally
    • Catch a glimpse of the hotels featured in Modern Family and American Hustle
    • Spot The Original Soup Man, along with other Seinfeld locations
    • Visit popular spots from Friends including the gangs apartment building
    • Stop at McGee's pub, the bar used as the inspiration for the one used on How I Met Your Mother

    Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour

    Visit the locations from iconic films shot against New York's most famous backdrop.

    • Walk where the cast of Glee dances and sings "I Love New York"
    • Take photos at the famous ice skating rink from Love Story and Serendipity
    • See where Steve Carell and Tina Fey escaped the bad guys in Date Night
    • Visit Bethesda Terrace seen in the final scene of The Avengers, Gossip Girl and so much more
    • Go on location to the Bandshell from Breakfast at Tiffany's
    • Visit the Boathouse Cafe used in When Harry Met Sally
    • Feed the pigeons where Macaulay Culkin feeds them in Home Alone 2

    Sex and the City Hotspots

    Following in the footsteps of Carrie & Co. as you visit locations from the popular TV show and movies.

    • Visit the site of Carrie and Big’s wedding rehearsal dinner
    • Scout the bar owned by Steve and Aidan
    • Reminisce Miranda’s embarrassing underwear moment in the village
    • Pass the café where Samantha invites the girls to Abu Dhabi
    • Get some retail therapy like Carrie & Co. at Greenwich Village boutiques
    • Indulge in cupcakes like when Carrie confides in Miranda about Aidan
    • Pass Carrie’s charming brownstone stoop

    Sopranos Sites

    Join the mob on a trip through Sopranoland.

    • Stop at Bada Bing
    • Check out Barone Santation, Tony’s legitimate business
    • Sit on the steps of the diner where Chris was shot
    • See Pizzaland, The Muffler Man, and other sites from opening credits
    • Stop at Father Phil’s Parish
    • Sit in the restaurant booth where Tony sat in the final scene of the series

    All tours are led by either a local actor or actress.

    Prices

    From £38 per person for the NYC TV & Movie Tour

    From £22 per person for the Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour

    From £43 per person for the Sex and the City Hotspots Tour

    From £45 per person for the Sopranos Sites Tour

     

    New York Sightseeing Cruises

    New York City

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    It’s widely agreed that the best way to see New York's spectacular skyline is from the water, so these tours make a great addition to any trip to the city. All tours are narrated by professional guides, who are knowledgeable and ensure you don’t miss a thing.

    Full Island Cruise

    Discover Manhattan in the steps of the great explorers on this two and a half hour cruise, taking in over 101 sights across the city, including three rivers, seven major bridges, five boroughs and a magnificent close-up of the Statue of Liberty.

    Liberty Cruise

    Hop on-board for a quick yet inspirational one hour harbour tour. Hear all about the majestic State of Liberty, historic Ellis Island and the World Financial Center, whilst enjoying excellent views of the city’s spectacular skyline.

    Harbour Lights Cruise

    Relax with a favourite cocktail and light snack whilst enjoying a spectacular sunset and evening views of the city on this one and a half hour sailing.

    Prices

    From £30 per person for the Full Island Cruise

    From £25 per person for the Liberty Cruise

    From £27 per person for the Harbour Lights Cruise

    New York CityPass

    New York City

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    • New York

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    New York deserves to be explored and a CityPass includes six of its best attractions:

    • The Empire State Building – panoramic views of the New York skyline from the 86th floor observatory.
    • American Museum of Natural History – featuring the renowned Dinosaur Hall and the Hall of African Mammals, considered some of the best museum displays in the world.
    • The Metropolitan Museum of Art – over two million works of art spanning across 5,000 years of culture.
    • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island trip, or a two hour sightseeing cruise.
    • Guggenheim Museum or Rockefeller Centre – choose to see one of the world’s finest collections of contemporary art, or climb 70 stories to the Top of the Rock Observation deck.
    • 9/11 Memorial & Museum or Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum.

    Pre-booking takes away any worries of missing out and saves you time and money.

    Prices

    From £106 per person

    One World Observation Deck

    New York City

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    Start your unique experience at the One World Observatory by boarding a Sky Pod elevator. Ascend to the to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than sixty seconds as an incredible high-definition time lapse video on the glass walls your Sky Pod elevator recreates the development of New York City’s skyline from the 1500s to today’s skyscrapers.

    When you get to the top, be prepared to explore three levels filled with innovation and inspiration. But first, immerse yourself in a 2-minute screening session at the See Forever Theater that presents the unique pulsating rhythm of the Big Apple in three dimensions, by combining bird’s eye imagery, time-lapse shots and patterns. As the video ends and the screen rises slowly, revealing the observation deck and the amazing panoramic views of New York City and beyond.

    Head to the main Observatory on the 100th floor, also known as the Discovery Level and experience the Big Apple like never before. Enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views of the city, taking in her iconic sights and neatly lined the blocks and avenues. See the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Woolworth Building and the Statue of Liberty. From your lofty position you can look down on the helicopters that take tourists high over Manhattan and see just how many boats fill the surrounding water.

    The Main Observatory also features the expansive Sky Portal, where you can take a walk high above the streets of New York. Those brave enough step a circle of video screens that deliver an unforgettable high-definition view of the streets below.

    If you want to complete the day with a drink, a bite to eat or dinner, One World Observatory offers three distinct options at the 101th floor, all of them with a setting that is truly and magnificently one-of-a-kind.

    Prices

    From £27 per person.

    Bike the Brooklyn Bridge Tour

    New York City

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    • Bike the Brooklyn Bridge

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    There are few better ways of explore Manhattan AND Brooklyn than by bike, which, while being eco-friendly and fun, is also a healthy way of getting around. Start in lower Manhattan and cross both the Williamsburg and Brooklyn Bridges and thrill to the views from their peak points. From atop the bridge you can see the Hudson River Park, Battery Park, South Street Seaport, the Statue of Liberty and all of Lower Manhattan! Pedal through up-and-coming DUMBO, plus historic Brooklyn Heights. Stop on the Promenade where the most famous vista of Manhattan’s skyline can be enjoyed. You will be accompanied by an experienced instructor/guide throughout your tour and the tour is moderate difficulty with some challenging areas. Along the route there are plenty of scheduled stops to learn about the sites, soak in the atmosphere and take pictures.

    Duration: 3 Hours

    Prices

    From £44 per person.

    Boston & New York

    Boston & New York

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    • Boston, Massachusetts

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    • Statue of Liberty, New York

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    • Broadway, New York

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    • Brooklyn Bridge, New York

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    • New York City

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    • Boston, Massachusetts

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    Explore vibrant Boston, metropolitan New York City and travel on America's famous railroads.

    Includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Amtrak rail tickets from Boston to New York
    • Accommodations as stated

    Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days

    Days 1 - 3 Boston

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight, arrive in Boston and transfer to Sheraton Boston, your base for the next three days. Boston is a modern metropolis, rich in history and culture. It has some of the best restaurants, hotels, nightlife and attractions in New England and your hotel's central location makes it very easy to get around.

    Hotel: Sheraton Boston

    Days 4 - 6 New York

    Travel by rail from Boston to New York and check into Stewart Hotel, your base from which to explore the city at your leisure. As one of the most exciting cities in the world, New York City has 150 museums, 400 art galleries and 20,000 restaurants.

    Hotel: Stewart Hotel

    Prices

    From £915 per person based on two sharing a Standard room. Other room categories are available on request.

    New York Dining Cruises

    New York City

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    • Spirit of New York

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    • Dining Room

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    • Jubilee Deck

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    Enjoy fabulous views of Manhattan while you sail out of Chelsea Pier, experiencing fabulous food and onboard entertainment from a live DJ.

    Spirit of New York Lunch Cruise

    Lunch Cruises are two hours in length and depart from Chelsea Piers in New York City. Narration during the Lunch Cruise provides interesting facts about sights along Spirit’s route including, the Freedom Tower, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Governors Island. You’ll also enjoy panoramic views of the New York City and New Jersey skylines from the windows along the dining decks or from our outdoor observation lounge. A delicious lunch buffet is provided throughout the experience with a wide selection of choices. Musical entertainment is also provided by an onboard DJ creating the perfect, relaxing environment.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Spirit of New York Dinner Cruise

    Departing from Chelsea Piers in New York City, Dinner Cruises sail for two to three hours along a route that includes many notable attractions. Watch the NYC skyline sparkle at night and see the Statue of Liberty. Catch a glimpse of the Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Williamsburg Bridges aboard Spirit of New York. Whilst enjoying incredible views surrounding Spirit of New York you can enjoy a delicious buffet-style dinner menu. After dinner, head topside to enjoy stunning views of Manhattan from the open-air observation lounge and dance to music provided by the onboard DJ. Spirit Dinner Cruise gives you the chance to dine, dance and see Manhattan like never before.

    Duration: 2 to 3 hours

    Spirit of New York Sunday Brunch Cruise

    A Spirit of New York Brunch Cruise is the perfect weekend activity. Cruising for 2 hours during the afternoon, you’ll have plenty of time to relax, sample delicious items from Spirit’s brunch buffet, and take in the spectacular panoramic views of the city skyline. See well-known New York attractions like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Governors Island. Spirit’s open-air rooftop observation lounge. Onboard DJ entertainment also plays a selection of popular music and old favourites for dancing during the cruise. 

    Duration: 2 hours

    Prices

    Spirit of New York Lunch Cruise

    From £68 per adult and £40 per child.

    Spirit of New York Dinner Cruise

    From £120 per person.

    Spirit of New York Sunday Brunch Cruise

    From £78 per adult and £47 per child.