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9-Day Chicago, East Coast 2019 New Year's Eve Countdown from Chicago with Airport Transfers

  • Tour code: 755-3529
  • Available: 12/25/2018
  • Depart from: Chicago, IL
  • Duration: 9 Days 8 Nights
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Highlights:

Visit Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Finger Lakes, Hershey, Ithaca, Lancaster, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC. Have a party at Times Square during the New Years Eve countdown. Inclusions: Roundtrip airport transfer, 8 nights hotel accommodations

Special Remarks:

  • Exclusive visit to Chicago Theatre, a Baroque-style historical landmark
  • Cross world-famous Brooklyn Bridge on foot
  • Celebrate the New Year at Times Square Countdown with 3 choices
  • No head-back: spend shortest time visiting as many cities as possible
  • Free hand warmer for all guests on the day of New Year countdown
  • Tour is 100% guaranteed; if cancelled 120% of the price will be refunded

Pricing Details

Single: $1230
Double (/Person): $899
Third Person Adult: $640
Child (Age 0-12): $640
Fourth Person Adult: $640
Child (Age 0-12): $640

Note: *Price in USD is based on the lowest price per person per room over the next 30 days. Exact prices are displayed when you select a date.

  • Child rates: Child rates apply to those who are 0-12 yrs old. Child above 2 yrs must take the seat. Customers are welcome to use child safety seats on that have lap and/or shoulder belts/harnesses for the infant under 2 yrs.
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Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Chicago
  • Day 2 Chicago
  • Day 3 Chicago - Detroit(281 miles)
  • Day 4 Detroit - Pittsburgh - Washington DC(394 miles)
  • Day 5 Washington DC - Baltimore - Hershey - Lancaster - Philadelphia(216 miles)
  • Day 6 New York
  • Day 7 New York Times Square Countdown
  • Day 8 Upstate New York - Ithaca/Cornell University(36 miles)
  • Day 9 Niagara Falls - Cleveland - Chicago(556 miles)
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Day 1 Chicago

Today, guests will gather in Chicago. Those who fly into O'Hare Airport between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm will meet the tour guide in the baggage claim area for free transfer to the hotel. Guests who arrive before 5:00 pm will be able to embark on an optional night tour of the city. (To arrange the night tour, it requires at least 4 guests enrolled.)

Chicago is a city of color and history. The largest city in the American Midwest, it sits on Lake Michigan. It is home to one of the world's tallest buildings, the Willis Tower, and many other amazing activities.

  • Start from the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park, we will set off for Michigan Avenue where you can have a wonderful view of the Magnificent Mile in the night and take a walk alongside the Chicago River. The last stop will be the Michigan Lakeside with the panoramic view of the world-class city skyline of Chicago.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child (3-12 yrs) $15; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $25
Standard Hotel: Best Western O'Hare or equivalent

Day 2 Chicago

Today, we will spend our time sightseeing at some of the best places in Chicago, including Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Cloud Gate, Navy Pier, the Chicago Theatre, the Magnificent Mile, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Water Tower. To take in a stunning panoramic view of the city, we will ascend to the top of 360 CHICAGO. Our Tour Guide will lead you to walk along the beautiful Chicago River, appreciating several world-famous buildings in Chicago.

Chicago is a city of color and history. The largest city in the American Midwest, it sits on Lake Michigan. It is home to one of the world's tallest buildings, the Willis Tower, and many other amazing activities.

  • Always Visit
    Located in Chicago's busy Loop area, Millennium Park was opened in 2004 and is a state-of-the-art park. The Pavilion and Great Lawn is now a popular spot to host concerts, and the iconic Cloud Gate is located in this park.
    Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 6:00am - 11:00pm
  • Always Visit
    Buckingham Fountain in Chicago's Grant Park is one of the largest fountains in the world and one of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions. It throws as much as 15,000 gallons of water into the air every minute.
    Opening Hours: Sun Apr 15 - Oct 31 8:00am - 11:00pm
  • Always Visit
    This impressive and somewhat bizarre stainless steel sculpture is the focal point of AT&T Plaza in Chiago, Illinois' Millennium Park. Nicknamed "The Bean" due to its shape, it was constructed in 2006 and designed by British artist Anish Kapoor.
  • Always Visit
    Both a designated Chicago Landmark and a member of the US National Register of Historic Places, this is Chicago's most popular tourist spot. It is home to a small theme park and fairground, as well as a minigolf course.
  • Always Visit
    In the busy Loop area of Chicago is the city's namesake theater with its iconic marquee, which has become an unofficial symbol of the city. It hosts performances of all kinds, including drama, comedy, dance, and more.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $15; Child (3-12 yrs) $10; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $15
  • Always Visit
    The Magnificent Mile is an upscale neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. It is known for its shopping, hotels, and nightlife. It is also home to famous Chicago landmarks like the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and the Chicago Water Tower.
  • Always Visit
    The Chicago Avenue Water Tower and Pumping Station was built in 1869 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Now defunct, the building serves as an art gallery for locals and tourists alike.
  • Always Visit
    This observsation deck sits atop the John Hancock Tower in Chicago, providing exquisite aerial views of the city's skyline that you can't get anywhere else. The new LIFT feature extends out above the city below for an exhilirating experience.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $28; Child (3-12 yrs) $21; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $28|Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 9:00am - 11:00pm
  • Always Visit
    The Art Institute is the 2nd-largest art museum in the US after the Met in New York. It houses pieces by renowned painters such as Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne, as well as an extensive collection of African-American art.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child (Under 14 yrs) Free; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $25|Opening Hours: Fri - Wed 10:30am - 5:00pm, Last entry time is 4:30pm, Thu 10:30am - 8:00pm, Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
Standard Hotel: Best Western O'Hare or equivalent

Day 3 Chicago - Detroit(281 miles)

Our tour will start with Detroit, the capital of automobiles in the United States. We will visit Henry Ford Museum, you will have the chance to try the famous Detroit hot dog! Then we will also stop at the headquarters of the General Motors Company. Situated on the waterfront of Detroit River, the complex is made of 7 buildings and cost over 500 million dollars to build in the 1970s. Then visit the headquarters of the General Motors.

Detroit is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Michigan, the fourth-largest city in the Midwest and the largest city on the United States-Canada border. It is the seat of Wayne County, the most populous county in the state.

  • Always Visit
    This National Historic Landmark in the suburbs just outside Detroit is dedicated to the collection and preservation of Americana. The Henry Ford museum contains things such Lincoln's Ford's Theater seat and Rosa Parks' famous bus.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $23; Child (5-11 yrs) $17.25; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $21
Standard Hotel: Hotel:Quality Inn & Suites North Youngstown or equivalent

Day 4 Detroit - Pittsburgh - Washington DC(394 miles)

We will leave Detroit in the morning and head east into Pennsylvania. Our first stop today will be Pittsburgh, PA, where we will take a tour of the city, which is known for its industry. We will then journey to Washington, DC to visit all of the famous monuments. Guests will also have a chance to take a Boat Tour on the Potomac River. We will spend the night in the DC area.

The capital of the United States of America sits on the scenic Potomac River. Monuments, museums, and Americana characterize this historic city, which is located in the District of Columbia between the states of Maryland and Virginia.

  • Always Visit
    This iconic American monument honors the 16th president of the United States. Abraham Lincoln was president during the American Civil War, and is most famous for the Emancipation Proclamation that freed all of the slaves in the US.
  • From 1/15/2017, if the cruise closed, we will visit International Spy Museum instead.
    The Potomac River runs along Washington, DC, the capital city of the United States of America. Visitors to this famous locale can opt to see many of the area's most historic landmarks and memorials in a unique way.
    From 1/15/2017, if the cruise closed, we will visit International Spy Museum instead.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $26; Child (2-12 yrs) $18; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $23|Opening Hours: Mar - Nov, Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1.|Duration: Approx. 45 Minutes
  • Always Visit
    This memorial in Washington, DC serves as a place to remember the American soldier who were lost or killed during the tumultuous Vietnam War. Originally controversial in design, the simple memorial has become a shrine for the American people.
  • Always Visit
    This memorial commemorates those who served for the United States in the Korean War. It is located south of the Reflecting Pool at the National Mall. The simple memorial is triangular in shape will a circle at the top.
  • Outside Visit
    (Outside Visit) The world-famous White House in Washington, DC is the official residence of the president of the United States and the place where most of the work is done. The facade of this neoclassical mansion is a global icon.
    Duration: Approx. 20 Minutes
  • Outside Visit
    (Outside Visit) The famous United States Capitol is the meeting place of the US Congress, and has been for more than 200 years. The building is famous for its elaborate dome and intricately designed, detailed columns.
    Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Standard Hotel: Comfort Inn Capital Beltway or similar

Day 5 Washington DC - Baltimore - Hershey - Lancaster - Philadelphia(216 miles)

We will leave DC in the morning and visit nearby Baltimore, MD, where we will see its iconic Inner Harbor. Then, we will be heading to the famous Hershey's Chocolate World located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. There, we will enjoy the exciting 4D Chocolate Mystery Show. You will also have a chance to taste the delicious, freshly made chocolate! We will journey to Lancaster, PA, the heart of Amish Country. Here, we will visit the Amish Farm and House to learn about this unique culture that shuns modern technology. We will then move on to Philadelphia, PA, where we will visit National Independence Park, which is home to some of the city's most famous sites. We will stay overnight in a New Jersey hotel.

This famous and historic port town in Maryland has played key roles throughout the United States' history. From meetings of the founding fathers to the Battle of Baltimore that spawned a national anthem, this city is steeped in history.

  • Always Visit
    The Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland has been a major United States port since the 1700s, and today is also a popular tourist destination. The Inner Harbor area features sports stadiums, museums, eateries, shops, and an aquarium.

Fun, sweetness and adventure await at Hershey's Chocolate World. You'll be greeted by giant HERSHEY'S Product Characters as you enter this delightful world of food, shops and entertainment devoted to all things chocolate.

  • Always Visit
    Explore the many wonders of CHOCOLATE! At Hershey's Chocolate World, a free 10-minute automated ride takes you through the steps of producing chocolate, from picking the cocoa beans to making candy bars.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $21.95; Child $21.95; incl. 4D Chocolate Mystery Show and Tasting

Lancaster is a city located in South Central Pennsylvania which serves as the seat of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County and one of the oldest inland towns in the United States. The city's primary industries include healthcare, tourism, public administration, manufacturing, and both professional and semi-professional services.

  • Always Visit
    This authentic Amish farm in Lancaster, PA is more than 300 years old, and an educational experience for the whole family. This 25-acre farm is dedicated to teaching people about the Amish lifestyle in a fun and constructive way.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $20; Child (3-12 yrs) $13; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $20|Opening Hours: Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1.

One of the most historically significant cities in the United States, Philadelphia was the first capital of the U.S.The City of Brotherly Love draws history buffs and lovers of culture from all corners of the globe!

  • Always Visit
    This National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania serves as a way of preserving important Revolutionary War sites for future generations. Called "America's most historic square mile," this 55-acre park in the "Old City" district is not to be missed.
Standard Hotel: Hotel Somerset, Holiday Inn Somerset or equivalent

Day 6 New York

Our first stop of the day will be the Empire State Building so we can get a full view of the city we are about to explore. Then, we will take a Statue of Liberty Cruise that will take us to the base of Lady Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. After that, we will stop by the USS Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. Of course, we will not miss the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art. We will conclude today's excitement in Times Square. There you will have a chance to visit the world-famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and take fun photos with wax sculptures of American and international celebrities. We will have dinner at Times Square before returning to the hotel.

The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, The Cultural Capital of the World... whatever you call New York City, its impact on worldwide culture and business is undeniable. Seeing this famous metropolis is something no one ever forgets!

  • Always Visit
    One of the most recognizable landmarks in the word, this famous skyscraper is the second-tallest building in New York City. It was completed in 1931 and made a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1986.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $37; Child (6-12 yrs) $31; Senior (Over 62 yrs) $35|Opening Hours: 8:00am - 2:00am|Duration: Approx. 45 Minutes
  • Always Visit
    This famous military history museum on Manhattan's West Side is inside the now-defunct World War II aircraft carrier, the USS Intrepid. Exhibits include real military aircraft as well as recreations of military life aboard the ship.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $33; Child (5-12 yrs) $24; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $31|Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 10:00am - 5:00pm, Holiday hours apply. Time subject to change. Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25.|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Always Visit
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art is not just the largest art museum in the United States, but also one of the three biggest in the world. Its collection contains more than 2 million works of art.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child (Under 11 yrs) Free; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $17|Opening Hours: Fri - Sat 10:00am - 9:00pm, Time are subject to change without further notice., Sun - Thu 10:00am - 5:30pm, Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1, and the first Monday in May.|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Always Visit
    Called "The Crossroads of the World," this major intersection in midtown Manhattan-- where Broadway hits Seventh Avenue-- is a world-famous icon of both New York City and the United States. It has appeared in countless forms of media.
  • Always Visit
    Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum is a favorite attraction of people all over the world. Uncannily lifelike wax sculptures of figures both modern and historic decorate the halls of this museum, which dates back to London and 1836.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child (3-12 yrs) $23; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $25|Opening Hours: Sun - Thu 9:30am - 10:00pm, Fri - Sat 9:00am - 12:00pm|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Always Visit
    This boat ride through New York Harbor loops its way around Ellis Island, home of the Statue of Liberty. Ellis Island was the arrival point for immigrants to the East Coast of the US for decades.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $29; Child (3-12 yrs) $17; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $24|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Standard Hotel: Hotel Somerset, Holiday Inn Somerset or equivalent

Day 7 New York Times Square Countdown

In the morning we will visit the Financial District, Wall Street, taking pictures with the symbol of New York Stock Exchange - Charging Bull, and visiting Trinity Church (Outside). Then we will be heading to the internationally known Brooklyn Bridge. After lunch in Chinatown, we will visit the most ?luxury? street in the world, the Fifth Avenue. There, we will visit Rockefeller Center, a noted commercial complex built in the 1930s. In the afternoon, we will arrive in the Times Square countdown area and get ready to celebrate the coming of 2019 with thousands of visitors from all over the world! During that time, roads around the countdown zone will be closed for pedestrian only; you can freely enjoy the bright lights of Times Square and experience the world-famous New Year Eve's celebrations. (There would be no space for storage shopping bags so please do not purchase any goods on that day.)

You will have 3 options for the countdown:

1. You may walk to Times Square and watch performances before the countdown. At the same time, the countdown zone will be closed for pedestrians only; you may experience the world-famous New Year street celebrations to witness the historic moment. (Free of charge)

2.Buy an Applebee Party Pass! Be in the center of it all - and feel the electricity & excitement of a "real" Times Square New Year's Eve experience! Enjoy an All-Inclusive Evening of a Lifetime at The World's Largest Applebee's: Premium Chef's selection buffet, Premium Open Bar, Party Favors, House DJ / Live Entertainment, Dance Floor, Champagne Toast at Midnight ($375 for adults, $250 for kids)

3. New York Sightseeing Countdown Dinner Cruise. Cruise into the New Year in style aboard our New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise! Your majestic evening on the ferry features stunning views of the New York City skyline and 3 hours of first-rate entertainment. In the climate-controlled interior of the cruise boat, dance the night away as the DJ spins the greatest hits of the year! Enjoy a little bubbly or pick your poison at the open bar as you count down the final hours of 2018. When the clock strikes midnight, make a toast and turn your head to the sky for a brilliant fireworks display that illuminates iconic landmarks and adds splashes of color to the skyline. ($411 per person)

****Special Service:

  • Indoor waiting area on W48 St (between 5th Ave and 6th Ave);
  • Hotel shuttle bus: departure at 18:00/21:00/01:30.
  • All guests will be provided a pack of hand-warmer to keep warm in countdown zone.
  • The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, The Cultural Capital of the World... whatever you call New York City, its impact on worldwide culture and business is undeniable. Seeing this famous metropolis is something no one ever forgets!

    • Always Visit
      One of the most famous shopping areas in the world-- and one of the most expensive-- New York City's Fifth Avenue cuts across Manhattan and hold some of its most famous landmarks and event centers.
    • Always Visit
      Called "The Crossroads of the World," this major intersection in midtown Manhattan-- where Broadway hits Seventh Avenue-- is a world-famous icon of both New York City and the United States. It has appeared in countless forms of media.
    • Always Visit
      The Financial District is the neighborhood on the southernmost tip of Manhattan, and, as its name suggests, the center of industry for the city, where many of the headquarters for New York's largest financial companies are located.
    • Always Visit
      This famous street in New York City's Financial District has become synonymous with American financial enterprises. It is also the home of the New York Stock Exchange, and has been (or still is) the location of several other exchanges.
    • Always Visit
      Easily one of New York City's most recognizable landmarks, the towering arches of the Brooklyn Bridge have welcomed drivers to the island of Manhattan for years. The two automobile lanes of the bridge are divided by a designated pedestrian walkway.
    Standard Hotel: Hotel Somerset, Holiday Inn Somerset or equivalent

    Day 8 Upstate New York - Ithaca/Cornell University(36 miles)

    On the New Year's Day, we will continue our journey and head to the beautiful Finger Lakes region in Upstate New York. Finger Lakes is famous for having beautiful valleys and waterfalls. There, we will visit Ithaca, a town located at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake, one of the largest lakes in the Finger Lakes region. Ithaca is also the home to Cornell University, an Ivy League school. Guests can choose to take a guided Cornell Campus Tour at your own expense.

    The Finger Lakes is a group of 11 long, narrow, roughly north-south lakes in central New York. The Lake's shapes reminded early map-makers of human fingers.

    • Always Visit
      Home to over 20,000 students, Cornell University is an Ivy League university situated in the heart of Ithaca, NY. Visitors can walk the large, lush campus, and explore nearby sites like Bebe Lake and Tirphammer Falls.
      Opening Hours: Daily
    • Always Available
      We will visit the beautiful campus of Cornell University where you will have a chance to overlook the beautiful Cayuga Lake. We will also take a leisure walk in Cornell University’s botanic garden as well as appreciate the stunning waterfalls and valleys within the Cornell Campus.
      Admission (Optional): Adult $15; Child $10; Senior $15
    Standard Hotel: Hotel:Days Inn Erie, Comfort Inn Erie or equivalent

    Day 9 Niagara Falls - Cleveland - Chicago(556 miles)

    On our way back to Chicago, we will make another stop in Cleveland to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We will return to Chicago at night. See detail in "Departure and Arrival".

    Cleveland is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Cuyahoga County, Fashion Week Cleveland, the city's annual fashion event, is one of the few internationally recognized fashion industry happenings in North America.

    • Always Visit
      The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was actually established quite recently, in 1983. Still, induction has quickly become a massive honor, and the pipe dream of many a young musician playing too loudly in their parents' garage.
      Admission (Optional): Adult $26; Child (6-12 yrs) $16; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $24

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    Booking changes
    A fee may be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed. Name changes or corrections may be treated as a cancellation and cancellation fees will apply. A change of tour date or tour itinerary may be treated as a cancellation, and normal cancellation fees will apply. Please be noted that we do not allow departure change 48 hours before departure.

    Cancellations and Cancellation Fees
    Regardless of reason, cancellations result in costly charges from our travel and hotel providers covering penalties and fees incurred by canceling confirmed and pending bookings. Therefore, cancellation penalties and or fees will apply. Time of cancellation will be determined when notice is received and confirmed by our office. Notice of cancellation must be made directly to TakeTours by email or through web mail at Contact Us .

    Tour Departure: This tour has 100% guaranteed departure; if the tour is cancelled there will be refund of 120%. Restrictions apply; due to weather conditions, State Emergencies, Airport Closures or anything beyond the control of the tour operator the 120% refund will NOT apply.

    Cancellation penalties per person for tours last 5 or more days(Notification day and departure day are not counted)

    NOTE: We cannot grant any refunds more than 30 days after completion of tour.

    Itinerary Variations
    We constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary - we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods duplicate departures may operate, and sometimes in reverse order in which case hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages.

    Tour Cancellation:
    We reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any tour departure in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. If cancellation is made any time prior to departure* of the tour, TakeTours' only liability will be to refund to the passenger the amount it has received for the tour booking. We will try to re-book the same or similar tour.. Please note that we are not liable for any cancellation penalties incurred on any other travel arrangements including air tickets purchased separately from customers.

    We are not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations.

    I recommend this tour!

    Posted by: sorrasant on 2017-01-10

    Nice tour guide Mr.Peter Kaw also nice driver and nice accomodation. Just only long distance for travel on the bus but for me I accepted! Because we have to visit many important place.

    I recommend this tour!

    Posted by: sorrasant on 2017-01-10

    Everything was nice for this trip. Tour guide Mr Peter Kaw And the driver are really nice give a good information good drive and good accommodation as well. Just only one thing The distance is take so long time but can understand we have to sight seeing many important thing . I accepted!

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