Stay United States | 12 days

Going on an adventure along the rails… This convivial and eco-responsible art of traveling makes you experience an original getaway in complete serenity, without fear of bad weather and traffic jams. Give yourself a break out of time where contemplation is queen. Contemplate the horizon from the panoramic wagon, before arriving at the heart of the great metropolises of the American East. All aboard!

Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington… These four culturally diverse capitals are steeped in history: abolition of slavery, emancipation of women, American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, signing of the American Constitution… Boston, visit its gigantic park, the oldest public garden in the United States and its mythical Harvard campus. In New York, a megalopolis in perpetual motion, unmissable sites, architectural lessons, musicals and exceptional museums await you. In Philadelphia, the first American city to be classified by Unesco, art and history are omnipresent, from the Barnes Foundation to the Benjamin Franklin Museum, and the South Street district is resolutely trendy. Washington unveils its avenues designed by the French architect Pierre l’Enfant, its green spaces, its spectacular “Memorials” dedicated to great men. This tailor-made trip is a dive into the cradle cities of the New World.

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Program

DAY 1: France / Boston

Departure for Boston, at the same time historical, cultural, natural… Discover all the facets of Boston by visiting it on foot. To take full advantage, we advise you to take the CityPass. Overnight at Boston Park Plaza.

DAYS 2 & 3: Boston

Climb to the top of the John Hancock Tower or discover Beacon Hill, its cobbled streets and old houses. Then head to Boston Common, a pleasant twenty-hectare green lung. Don’t miss The Freedom Trail which lines up Revolutionary War sites such as Old North Church, Old South Meeting House, Faneuil Hall. And visit the campus of the prestigious Harvard University. Nights in Boston Park Plaza.

DAY 4: Boston / New York

Departure by train for New York. Visit the unmissable sites of Manhattan but also Brooklyn, the Bronx or Staten Island. As for Broadway and Times Square, they bring together the best of musicals. Overnight at The Manhattan at Times Square.

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DAYS 5 & 6: New York

Walk down 5th Avenue from Central Park to Battery Park via the Flat Iron and Union Square. Take a cruise to see the skyline, bridges, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Lovers of architecture, appreciate the Art Deco style with the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building as well as an international style with the UN. Continue by surveying Chelsea, Tribeca, Greenwich, SoHo, Chinatown, Lower East Side and the Brooklyn Bridge. Climb to the top of the Top of the Rock to contemplate a sublime panorama. Spend the evening in the Meatpacking District on your way up the Green Line. Beyond Harlem, meditate at the Cloisters. Also discover the diversity and authenticity of Brooklyn. Do not omit the unmissable Central Park, nor the Metropolitan, Whitney, Guggenheim and MoMA museums, but also the American Museum of Natural History or the Museum of the City of New York. Nights at The Manhattan at Times Square.

DAY 7: New York / Philadelphia

Depart by train for Philadelphia. Visit Independence National Historic Park. Stroll through the old neighborhoods with cobbled streets and tree-lined squares between the Delaware and the Schuylkill. End the evening with music at Warmdaddy’s. Here again, the CityPass is precious to you! Overnight at Wyndham Historic District.

DAY 8: Philadelphia

In Philadelphia, art is everywhere: in museums, on the streets and on walls. Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art as well as the Barnes Foundation. Then head to South Street, the avant-garde district, with its restaurants and shops. Overnight at Wyndham Historic District.

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DAY 9: Philadelphia / Washington DC

Depart for Washington by train. Far from the skyscrapers, discover the high places of power, the museums of the Smithsonian Institution and the spectacular “Memorials”. Then stroll through the lively neighborhoods of Georgetown, Seventh Street District or U Street. Overnight at The Melrose Georgetown.

DAY 10 & 11: Washington DC

Discover Arlington Cemetery. Stroll through the old town of Alexandria between colonial houses, restaurants and shops. Then head to the galleries of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Explore the Spy Museum or the interactive Newseum before the return flight. Nights at The Melrose Georgetown.

DAY 12: France

Arrived in France.

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The price includes

  • Direct transatlantic flights on Air France
  • Hotel nights in a double room in the hotels mentioned in the program (or similar)
  • Train tickets for routes between Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC
  • A personalized road book and French-speaking assistance on site

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