Historic American Cities by Rail

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 8 Days | Boston to Washington DC
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details


Step back in time at the historic sites of the American Eastern Seaboard on a weeklong tour by rail. Stroll the cobblestoned streets of colonial Boston, and take in landmarks of New York City and the serene marble monuments and vast green spaces of Washington, D.C. (with a visit to the more-than-a-century-old headquarters of National Geographic). This trip is just the ticket for history buffs.

Trip Highlights

    • Explore Boston’s renowned Freedom Trail with a local expert, encountering historic churches, cemeteries, parks, and museums.
    • Take a photo walk with an acclaimed photographer through the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick.
    • Enjoy an insider’s tour of the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., and learn about a rich history of exploration which dates back more than a century.
    • Visit Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed.

Itinerary - 8 Days

Day 1 — Boston

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 — Boston

Accompanied by a local expert, delve into the rich history of the American Revolution along Boston’s Freedom Trail, which showcases some of the most significant sites that shaped the founding of America. This afternoon, explore the city and opt to visit Faneuil Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, or Fenway Park for a Red Sox game (season permitting). (1B)

Day 3 — New York City

Catch a train to the Big Apple. Set off on a photo walk with a local photographer through Brooklyn's trendy Bushwick neighborhood, known for its vibrant street art, galleries, and cafés. We’ll have many opportunities to take great shots and enjoy some tastings at local shops.

Day 4 — New York City

Take advantage of a free day to explore New York City. Opt for an excursion to Times Square or Central Park, catch a Broadway show, or visit landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, or 9/11 Memorial. (1B)

Day 5 — Philadelphia

Continue by train to Philadelphia. Set out on a walking tour to visit important sites in American history, including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed in the 1700s. (1B)

Day 6 — Washington, D.C.

Our next destination is the nation's capital. This evening, take a walk along the National Mall to view stately monuments, such as the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. (1B)

Day 7 — Washington, D.C.

This morning, visit the headquarters of National Geographic, which boasts a rich history of exploration dating back to 1888. Take a tour of the museum and get a behind-the-scenes look at National Geographic’s photo archives and remote imaging lab and see what the night sky looked like over D.C. the evening National Geographic was founded. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city, visit its museums, or go for a hike on the scenic trails of Rock Creek Park. (1B)

Day 8 — Washington, D.C.

Depart any time. (1B)

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.


  • Jun 30 - Jul 07, 2018
  • Jul 28 - Aug 04, 2018
  • Aug 11 - 18, 2018
  • Aug 25 - Sep 01, 2018
  • Sep 08 - 15, 2018
  • Oct 06 - 13, 2018
  • Apr 20 - 27, 2019
  • May 25 - Jun 01, 2019
  • Jun 29 - Jul 06, 2019
  • Jul 13 - 20, 2019
  • Jul 27 - Aug 03, 2019
  • Aug 03 - 10, 2019
  • Aug 24 - 31, 2019
  • Sep 07 - 14, 2019
  • Oct 05 - 12, 2019
  • Nov 16 - 23, 2019
  • Dec 21 - 28, 2019

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Activity Level


Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $1,719

What's Included

Internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional experiences are at an additional cost

Comfortable, mid-range hotels (7 nights)

Meals Included
7 breakfasts. Allow an additional $3410-535 for meals not included

Train, taxi, walking

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.