USA East Coast School Tour
Bring the classroom alive on this incredible educational tour which goes from New York to Orlando. Includes incredible sights such as the American Museum of Natural History, Ferry to the Statue of Liberty + Ellis Island, Empire State Building – 86th ﬂoor observatory, Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, Epcot, Kennedy Space Center and Universal Studios!
USA East Coast School Tour
Day 1: Depart from Johannesburg
Day 2: New York / Arrival Arrival in New York
You will be met at the airport by a local tour guide. Transfer to your hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight.
Day 3: New York Morning tour of Manhattan
New York Morning tour of Manhattan to ﬁrst discover Times Square and its massive billboards. Then go down 5th Avenue to view Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, imposing Rockefeller Center, the Flatiron Building, as well as Grand Central Station.
Continue to Central Park. Learn about the history and architecture of the park and also discover the landscapes, bodies of water, monuments and more as you visit attractions such as Belvedere Castle, Wollman Rink, Gapstow Bridge, Conservatory Garden, Shakespeare Garden, and the Loeb Boathouse. Observe the various unique species of trees in the park in their full glory, such as the Red Maple, Bald Cypress, Gingko, American Elm, European Beeches, London Plane and many more. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the park.
This afternoon, visit of the American Museum of Natural History. The museum complex houses 45 permanent exhibition halls, in addition to a planetarium and a library. The museum collections contain over 33 million specimens [of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, as well as human cultural artefacts] of which only a small fraction can be displayed at any given time. Return transfer to your hotel. Dinner for own account. Overnight.
Day 4: New York In the morning
Visit of the legendary sites like the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island where more than 12 million immigrants passed through the centre. Next, you will be taken on a walking tour of Wall Street and the Financial District with a photo stop at the 9/11 Memorial, Merril Lynch Bull as well as Trinity Church. Lunch for own account.
The afternoon is at your own leisure in Herald Square to do some shopping. Your tour guide will give you a Macy’s coupon for additional savings on your purchases. Return to Midtown for dinner (walking distance from the hotel) and overnight.
Day 5: New York
Start the day with a walk on the High Line. At the heart of the Meatpacking district, the High Line was an abandoned railroad track poised for demolition. Now converted into a green public park, thanks to the action of a neighbourhood association, it offers beautiful views and the tranquility of an oasis overlooking the traffic, which is particularly rare in New York.
Next see Greenwich Village with its tree-lined streets, Soho, Little Italy as well as Chinatown. Lunch in Chinatown. Afternoon trip to the Empire State Building to admire the view of the city from the 86th-ﬂoor observation deck. Floodlights illuminate the top of the building at night in colours according to different events taking place in New York. Return to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner for own account. Overnight.
Day 6: New York – Philadelphia – Washington D.C.
Leave for Philadelphia for a visit of the Hall of Independence. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were both signed in this redbrick building dating from 1732. You will see the Liberty Bell, one of the most powerful symbols of the country. The building is in a historic park with other sites of interest related to the Revolution. Lunch for own account at the historic Reading Terminal Market. Continue to Washington D.C. Dinner and overnight in the area.
Day 7: Washington D.C. Full-day guided tour of Washington D.C.
You will see some of the best known buildings in the United States such as the White House, the Supreme Court, the Capitol, seat of the U.S. Congress, followed by the broad Mall with monuments to several U.S. presidents. You will see among others: the Washington Monument, the most prominent structure in Washington, D.C. and one of the city’s early attractions. It was built in honour of George Washington, who led the country to independence and then became its ﬁrst President.
The Monument is shaped like an Egyptian pillar standing over 160 m tall; The Lincoln Memorial, dedicated in 1922 to honour President Abraham Lincoln. Thirty-eight Grecian columns surround a statue of Lincoln seated on a 3 m high marble base. This impressive statue is surrounded by engraved readings of the Gettysburg address, his Second Inaugural address and murals by French painter Jules Guerin; and Jefferson Memorial, a dome-shaped rotunda honouring the nation’s third president. The 19-foot bronze statue of Jefferson is located on the Tidal Basin, surrounded by a grove of trees.
You will also visit the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, a V-shaped granite wall is inscribed with the names of the 58,209 Americans missing or killed in the Vietnam War. Across the lawn is a life size bronze sculpture of three young servicemen. Lunch during the tour. Dinner for own account and overnight.
Day 8: Washington D.C.
In the morning, choice of one of the city’s Smithsonian museums (the National Museum of American History, the National Air & Space Museum) the National Gallery of Art or the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Lunch for own account. This afternoon, visit Mount Vernon, the former home of ﬁrst President of the United States, George Washington. Unlike any other president, Washington did not live in the White House. The mansion is built of wood in neoclassical Georgian architectural style, and the estate is on the banks of the Potomac River.
Washington acquired Mount Vernon in 1754, and over the next 45 years slowly enlarged the dwelling to create the resplendent 21-room residence we see today. Washington personally supervised each renovation; advising on design, construction as well as decoration—even during the Revolutionary War. Return to Washington D.C. Dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Washington D.C. – Orlando
This morning, visit of the Arlington National Cemetery, where you will see the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, Memorial Amphitheatre, as well as the John F. Kennedy Grave-site. Lunch. Transfer to the airport for your ﬂight to Orlando. Arrival in Orlando. Transfer to your hotel. Dinner for own account. Overnight.
Day 10: Orlando
Visit of Epcot Center, part of Walt Disney World. This centre comprises two theme areas, The World of the Future and The World Exposition. Their aim is to inform visitors about high-tech innovations regarding our contemporary world like the different technologies utilised in information systems, medicine as well as transportation. Lunch for own account in the park. Dinner and overnight in Orlando.
Day 11: Orlando
Leave for the Kennedy Space Center and nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force base. This centre is strategic for US space operations. You will see the Air Force Museum retracing aeronautical history and see an Imax ﬁlm. Lunch during the visit. Return to your hotel at the end of the day. Dinner for own account. Overnight.
Day 12: Orlando
Spend the day at Universal Studios Orlando. Universal Studios is a movie and television studio that allows guests to really dive into the action of movies as well as favorite TV shows. It also houses an area of restaurants, several shops, a local nightlife (City Walk). It is the largest theme park run by Universal Studios Theme Parks and the second largest in Florida and the country, surpassed only by the Walt Disney World Resort. Lunch for own account in the park. Dinner and overnight.
Day 13: Orlando / Departure
Free time in the morning. Transfer to the airport for your return ﬂight.
Day 14: Arrive in Johannesburg
This package is based on 40 paying students and 4 teachers. Should you wish to increase or decrease the group amount, please ask us.