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7 Days, New York to Chicago

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The Big Apple, Finger Lakes, a Windy City, and some waterfalls that are so famous they don't need a nickname - welcome to the most jam-packed week-long road trip read more...

    • Are young at heart
    • Prefer fast-paced and budget-friendly trips
    • Want to have meaningful encounters with local people
    • Love making new friends
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 6 nights accommodation (Hotels/hostels (2 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (4 nts)).
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Air-conditioned private touring van).
  • Entrance fees to all state parks.
  • Amish community visit.
  • Orientation to Chicago.
  • Maid of the Mist boat tour (Niagara Falls).
  • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size.
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes

We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 110-145 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

Day 1 Arrive New York City
Day 2 New York City/Newburgh
Day 3 Newburgh/Finger Lakes
Day 4 Finger Lakes/Niagara Falls
Day 5 Niagara Falls/Sandusky
Day 6 Sandusky/Chicago
Day 7 Depart Chicago
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Places Visited
  • New York
  • Newburgh
  • Finger Lakes
  • Niagara Falls.
  • Sandusky
  • Chicago
  • New York to Chicago Map
  • DAY 1 Arrive New York City

    Arrive at any time. Consider arriving a few days early to see more of this famous city.

    Arrive to the joining hostel at any time. Welcome meeting at 7:00pm.

    From the Statue of Liberty to Ground Zero to Chinatown, New York City is full of things to do and see. We recommend spending extra time here; please speak to your sales agent to book pre-trip accommodation.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip.

    Optional Activities
    Times Square Visit
    New York City
    Come experience the hub of the city that never sleeps. Head to Midtown Manhattan at Broadway and Seventh Avenue - the heart of all the action. Covered in illuminated billboards and advertisements, Times Square is one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections and a major centre of the world's entertainment industry.

    Central Park Visit
    New York City 1h-3h
    Discover Central Park, an 843-acre masterpiece of landscape architecture. Much of the park appears natural, but it is almost entirely landscaped. Designed in the 19th century, it is one of America's greatest works of art and the nation's first public park. Explore its walkways and gardens, and, like many other visitors, fall in love with this spectacular green space. Central Park has become the most famous and beloved urban park in the world, featuring extensive walking tracks, bridle paths, an ice-skating rink, a swimming pool, the Central Park Zoo, the Central Park Conservatory Garden, a wildlife sanctuary, a large area of natural woods, and an outdoor amphitheater.

    Empire State Building Visit
    New York City 1h-3h
    30-60USD per person
    Soak in stunning views of New York and beyond from the top of one of the most famous landmarks in the world. The Empire State Building's Observatory is a main attraction of New York's skyline, stretching 1,250 ft (381m) high. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 New York City/Newburgh

    Spend the morning exploring the USA's biggest urban playground.

    Dive into the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple on a brief orientation to the city with the CEO, then trade in the big city for a campfire.

    Private Vehicle
    New York City - Newburgh 3h 112km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Optional Activities
    Staten Island Ferry
    New York City
    Hop on the Staten Island Ferry, "one of the world's greatest (and shortest) water voyages" (according to guidebooks), and enjoy a stunning view of New York Harbour for free! See the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, in perfect view, and get a unique viewpoint of Lower Manhattan's skyline and its skyscrapers and bridges. Long before any bridges were built, the ferry transported people between Manhattan and its boroughs; ferry service is offered between Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan and St. George on Staten Island.

    9/11 Memorial Visit and One World Trade Center Observation Deck
    New York
    24-58USD per person
    Remember 9/11 on a visit to Ground Zero. A Memorial and Museum have been created to commemorate those lost on 9/11.

    Chinatown Visit
    New York
    Lively and diverse, New York City's Chinatown has so much to see and do for urban adventurers. This growing community is considered to have the largest Asian population in a city outside of Asia. (Dinner)

  • DAY 3 Newburgh/Finger Lakes

    Enjoy a day out in nature taking in the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes region. Visit towering Taughannock Falls, cool off in the lake, or sample wine from a local winery.

    Discover one of the highest waterfalls east of the Rocky Mountains, Taughannock Falls. Take a hike to explore this beautiful area on foot, rent a kayak or paddleboard, or just relax by the lake.

    Private Vehicle
    Newburgh - Finger Lakes 6h 375km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Taughannock Falls Visit
    Taughannock Falls
    Discover one of the highest waterfalls east of the Rocky Mountains, Taughannock Falls, which drops 66m (215 ft). Hike along the river 1.2km (.75 mi) to the end of the gorge trail for stunning views at the base of the falls. Or view the falls from above at the overlook vista.

    Free Time
    Finger Lakes Afternoon
    Enjoy a free afternoon to spend at the lake or taste at a local winery.

    Optional Activities
    Finger Lakes Kayaking and Paddle boarding
    Finger Lakes 2h-4h
    20-32USD per person
    Opt to glide across the lake by kayak or test your balance on a paddleboard. Grab a paddle and get ready to be wowed by natural beauty in every direction. Take time to float and soak in the stunning scenery of the rolling hills and sky that stretches forever. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 4 Finger Lakes/Niagara Falls

    Get wet on the Maid of the Mist boat tour, and be sure to check out the falls illuminated in the evening.

    An exciting adventure awaits in Niagara Falls. Feel the rushing waters of the falls taking the famous "Maid of the Mist Boat Tour." Return after darkness settles over the Niagara region and witness the Falls illuminated in a rainbow of colour!

    Private Vehicle
    Finger Lakes - Niagara Falls 4h 190km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Maid of the Mist Tour
    Niagara Falls
    Ready to "explore the roar"? The Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist tour takes visitors on an excursion into the basin of Niagara Falls State Park's Horseshoe Falls. Generations of Niagara Falls visitors have named the Maid of the Mist tour as one of the highlights of their trip. A favorite Niagara Falls State Park attraction for more than 150 years, the dramatic passage ferries past the base of the American Falls, and on to the basin of Horseshoe Falls, through roiling waterfall whitewater and massive rock formations. The Maid of the Mist returns guests to shore with new found appreciation of the power and grandeur of Niagara Falls.

    Optional Activities
    Cave of the Winds Visit
    Niagara Falls
    12USD per person
    Experience a wet and wild mist zone in the Cave of the Winds Tour. Travel 175 ft (53m) down by elevator into the Niagara Gorge. Pull on a rain poncho and sandals, and follow walkways along Niagara River to the Hurricane Deck a few feet from the torrent. No need to shower today as Niagara Falls will bathe you in its downpour. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 5 Niagara Falls/Sandusky

    Travel to Cleveland and opt to tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Continue on to Sandusky, and opt to catch some thrills at a local amusement park.

    Private Vehicle
    Niagara Falls - Sandusky 6h
    Approximate Distance to Sandusky: 430km (267 mi)

    Optional Activities
    Cedar Point Amusement Park
    Sandusky 1h-3h
    40USD per person
    Boost your adrenaline at the "Roller Coaster Capital of the World." Hop on one of 72 rides (including 16 roller coasters) on offer at the Cedar Point Amusement Park, a park awarded "Best Amusement Park in the World" by Amusement Today for 16 years in a row.

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
    Cleveland 1h-3h
    22USD per person
    Discover the spirit and history of rock and roll at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 150,000 square-foot, seven floor museum features a number of always-changing exhibits that explore rock and roll's past and future. See collection pieces from bands and artists ranging from The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Metallica, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and more. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 6 Sandusky/Chicago

    Stop for lunch in the Amish community of Shipshewana, before continuing on to Chicago. Walk along the river to Millennium Park, enjoy dazzling music, and stroll the boardwalk of the Navy Pier.

    Private Vehicle
    Sandusky - Shipshewana 4h 275km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Amish Community Visit
    Stop for a lunch break in this character-rich Amish community. Opt to take a short buggy ride around town.

    Private Vehicle
    Shipshewana - Chicago 3h30m 240km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Opt to ride to the top of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, then hit the town for a night out with the group.

    Optional Activities
    Willis Tower
    19-40USD per person
    Visit Willis Tower, which reaches 412m (1,353 ft) and 103 floors into the sky. Step "outside" on the Skydeck's glass ledge for a jaw-dropping view of Chicago and up to four states.

    Millennium Park Visit
    Discover downtown Chicago's beautiful "front lawn", Millennium Park, featuring green design and four artistic highlights: the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate (aka the Bean), the Crown Fountain, and the Lurie Garden. Located near Chicago's Lake Michigan shoreline, the park was originally intended to celebrate the millennium, but opened four years later in July 2004.

    Navy Pier Boardwalk
    Chicago 1h-3h
    Wander through this Chicago landmark and check out the rides, theatres, museums, restaurants, shops, art, music, and more, along this lakefront boardwalk.

    Amish Buggy Ride
    4-7USD per person
    Enjoy a short buggy ride around this unique, character-rich community, and learn a little bit about the history of the surrounding area. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Depart Chicago

    Depart at any time.

    We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if you would like to enjoy more of the city.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (None (Meals on your own))

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals


    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 110-145 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 22 passengers,at an average there are 16 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. An essential part of your trip is participation - from putting up your tent (while camping) or packing it away in the morning, to helping with meal preparation and cleaning up - it is all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your CEO will do all the meal planning, but we do ask the clients to help with the preparation and washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun! All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. All tents have built-in insect nets. Self-inflating mattresses are also provided, which are approximately 4cm thick, warm and comfortable.

  10. Proper sleeping bags are necessary for this tour. Evening temperatures can reach -9°C - 0°C. Please ensure that your sleeping bag is rated to (-17°C for spring and fall trips and 0°C for trips June - Sept). If you prefer you can purchase a proper sleeping bag on the first day of the trip. Prices range from $40-$60USD.

  11. In order to cover the vast distance in North America to be able to visit several different parks and cities along our trip, we will have a couple of long driving days.

  12. All walks and hikes proposed by our CEO will be easy to moderate level. You may choose to participate or not, but exploring our national parks on foot is part of our way of travelling. It's a healthy way to discover North America's beauty and landscape.

  13. Please note that some trips could be a combination of multiple G Adventure tours. You should expect some group members to join or leave the tour between tour segments.

  14. Regarding our wi-fi equipped vehicles: we have limited bandwidth, and in the interests of allowing all travellers to access the wi-fi, travellers should limit their access to reasonable levels. Please note that wi-fi is not always available due to areas with limited or no cell phone service (e.g. in parts of national parks).

  15. Please note that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 and in Canada, 19 (with Alberta and Quebec at 18). Many bars and clubs will ask for ID at the door, therefore listening to live music in certain bars or spending a night out in Las Vegas or New Orleans is not possible when you are under the legal age, even if you don't plan on consuming alcohol. Drinking laws in both countries are strictly enforced and our CEOs are unable to help those under age obtain alcohol of any kind.

  16. While this should not stop those under legal drinking age from booking a tour, it is important to note that if a traveller is under-age there are certain optional nighttime activities that they may not legally be able to participate in. When trying to book the right trip, we recommend that travellers under legal drinking age take this into consideration when booking a tour that visits several big cities.

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