2-Day New York/New Jersey to Corning, Watkins Glen State Park, Niagara Falls (Scenic Hotel Stay) In-depth Tour

Tour Code: GOL-NYC-101
Duration: 2 Day(s) / 1 Night(s)
Tour Guide: Chinese, English
Quality: Budget
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2-Day New York/New Jersey to Corning, Watkins Glen State Park, Niagara Falls (Scenic Hotel Stay) In-depth Tour
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Overview

Experience: UNESCO, Family

Extra (Excluded): Wifi, Meal etc...

Tour Guide:Chinese, English


Available Days :

Tue, Thu, Sat & Daily

Highlights :

Stay Overnight in scenic hotel, few minutes walk to the one of the Seven "New World Wonders" - Niagara Falls!

Get to Goat Island, visit the "Cave of the Winds", and experience roaring waterfalls a few steps away!

24 hours in the Niagara Falls area with many in-depth tour options, and watch the spectacular Niagara Falls Illumination! Experience the Watkins Glen in Finger Lake Area.

Get closer to Niagara Falls by taking the Maid of Mist!

Enjoy the night view of Niagara Falls.

In-Depth tour of Niagara River: Whirlpool Park, Old Fort Niagara and Great Lake Ontario.

  • An additional $40/room will be charged for groups departing on Friday and Saturday.

Itinerary

Today we will be heading to the Corning Glass Museum! The museum is located in western New York and is dedicated to history, art, and the science behind glassmaking. Following, we will be visiting Niagara Falls and overlooking the American Fall, the Horseshoe Fall, and the Bridal Veil Fall! Here, you will be simply amazed by the beauty of the falls and what makes Niagara Falls worth the visit. 

Itinerary:

New York → Corning Museum of Glass (Optional, 90 mins) → Watkins Glen State Park (Optional, 60 mins, it will not be visited based on attraction closure) → Hotel → Niagara Falls Night Tour (Optional, 90mins)

Itinerary From 01/01/2024:

Corning Museum of Glass (Optional, 90 mins) → Watkins Glen State Park + Finger Lake (Optional, 90 mins, it will not be visited based on attraction closure) → Hotel → Niagara Falls Night Tour (Optional, 90mins)

Kindly Reminder:

Watkins Glen State Park is a summer itinerary, executed after the opening of the canyon, usually from April to October each year.


Hotel: Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls Or similar.


Attractions

A glass-made museum located in the NYC is known as Corning Museum of Glass. The science, history and art of the glass can be seen at this place.

Corning, NY

Corning is a city that is located in Steuben County in New York, it is situated on the Chemung River. The population of the city is around 11,000 and the city is named after Erastus Corning.

Niagara Falls is already a very beautiful place, it is famous for tourists who visit it in large numbers each year. It such an interesting place that people can even get an In-Depth tour so that they can understand the place better.

The Village located outside the Watkins Glen is known as Watkins Glen State Park. It is located in the region of Finger Lakes. The park remains open for public throughout the year.

Today we will be exploring the true beauty and nature of Niagara Falls! We will start by visiting the Niagara Whirlpool State Park and the Old Fort Niagara. Finally, we will take a ride on the famous Maid of the Mist. 

 

Summer Itinerary: (Apply when Maid of the Mist resumes)

Niagara Falls In-depth Tour (Optional, 120 mins, include Whirlpool State Park and Old Fort Niagara State Park) → Maid of the Mist (Optional, 40mins, it will not be visited based on attraction closure) → Niagara Falls Daytime View (30 mins) → New York

 

Winter Itinerary: (Apply when Maid of the Mist closes)

Niagara Falls In-Depth Tour (Optional, 120 mins, include Whirlpool State Park and Old Fort Niagara State Park) → Cave of the Winds (Optional, 45 mins) → Niagara Falls Daytime View (30 mins) → New York

 

Special Notes:

1. In case of the closure of Old Fort State Park, the in-depth tour of Niagara Falls will be cancelled.

2. Maid of the Mist Niagara Falls Boat usually closed in winter season, it will not be visited based on attraction closure.

3. If time permits on the day trip, guests will have the opportunity to participate in the IMAX: Niagara (USA side) (Optional, 30 mins) to watch the story of Niagara Falls up close!


Attractions

Cave of the Winds, NY

Discovered in 1834, The Cave of Winds is a natural cave located at the Niagara Falls, behind the Bridal Veil Falls. It is a popular tourist attraction due to the tropical storm like conditions and the beautiful sight at the site.

Maid of the Mist Boat Ride, Niagara Falls, NY

Maid of the Mist Boat is a famous water ride that runs in Niagara Falls. The boat tour provide beautiful scenic views to the visitors.

Situated close to Youngstown in New York, US, Old Fort Niagara is a reinforcement constructed to safeguard the interests of New France in America. The Niagara fall and the museum have made the place even more attractive.

Whirlpool State Park, NY

On the north of the city of Niagara Falls, there is a park located in Niagara County known as Whirlpool State Park. From the hiking to the picnic tables and pavilions, everything can be enjoyed at this park.


  The order of itinerary may change without any notice depending on weather situations or for some other unforeseen circumstances.

  The order of activities held during the tour is planned by the tour guide. So, it may be different from what is mentioned on the tour page. On fewer occasions, Tour Guide has to skip an attraction or few during the tour depending on weather, traffic, group interest or some other reason.

  Some attractions are seasonal. So, when they are closed they will be replaced with some other attraction.

  You can skip some optional activities during the tour and plan something on your own. Make sure that you coordinate with Tour guide and stay with the group with next activity. Please note you cannot stay on the bus if you skip some optional activity.

  Probable hotel names are mentioned in the itinerary. It can be similar or a different hotel of the similar rating. Exact Hotel details can only be provided one day before the departure.

  Maximum 4 people of any age can stay in 1 Room in the hotel.

  These tours are conducted in a group. A group can have people of several cultures. We expect each person to coordinate with Tour guide to make sure things are on track.

  Though attractions are optional but you have to at least take 2 attractions.

Pricing


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What's Included

  Passengers will be picked up and dropped off at their chosen locations. (Please take notice of locations and times of pick up)  

  Tour is accompanied by the tour guide.  
  
 Most of the tours are carried out in air conditioned bus. A minivan can also be used depending on the number of people booking the tour.  
 
  Tour is inclusive of hotel accommodation.  
  
  Tour package price includes all the taxes.  

What's Excluded

 Cave of the Winds: 4/1/2023-10/15/2023 Adult: $21 and Children 17/person will be charged.

 Cave of the Winds: 10/16/2023-03/31/2024 Adult: $14 and Children $10/person will be charged.

  Rates could alter without prior notice.

  Fee for all Optional Activities and entrance paid in cash to the tour guide. He will arrange tickets for the whole group. Some attractions might be closed on public holidays. Seasonal attractions will be closed after a certain time and itinerary will be changed based on it. Optional activities price may change or can be different as displayed on the website.

  Guide will arrange meals and drinks when requested as they are not included in the package.

 A minimum of $12 service fee per passenger per day is not included in the price of the tour package. You can pay it in cash to Tour guide and bus driver. This service fees collected from passengers complement the incomes of driver and the tour guide.

  Such expenses as telephone services, alcoholic drinks, beverages and laundry services which are private room services.

  Services related to travel insurance.

  Other personal expenses.

Important: We never encourage customers to purchase admission packages from outside sources and try using them in this tour with discount. If they do, they must arrange transport on the same day. If you skip some attraction, you cannot do it on your own. You can sit near the bus or visit some nearby place, but you will not be allowed to sit in the bus.


Attraction Prices

Attractions Adult Child(3-11 yrs) Senior(65+ yrs)
Cave of the Winds, NY $14.00 $10.00 $14.00
Corning Museum of Glass, NY $22.00 $0.00 $19.00
IMAX Theatre, Niagara Falls, NY $12.00 $9.00 $12.00
Maid of the Mist Boat Ride, Niagara Falls, NY $28.25 $16.50 $28.25
Niagara Falls In-Depth Tour, NY (Including Old Fort Niagara and Whirlpool State Park) $35.00 $25.00 $35.00
Niagara Falls Night Tour, NY $35.00 $25.00 $35.00
Watkins Glen and Finger Lakes, NY $22.00 $17.00 $22.00
Watkins Glen State Park, NY $15.00 $10.00 $15.00

  All the prices are listed in USD.

  Any Amount paid in cash to the Tour Guide is not refundable.

  Tour display price is based on double occupancy. It is the price each person will pay if a group of two is traveling.

  Prices may change without any notice.

  Prices include hotel accommodation, transportation and taxes.

  Admission Tickets to different places and meals are NOT included in the tour price.

  Mandatory Tip for tour guide and driver are NOT included.

  Only the tour guide can purchase entrance tickets for you. Pre-purchased tickets are NOT acceptable.

  There must be at least one passenger of 18 years for every booking made with GoldenBusTours. For Children between the age group of 2 to 14 years, a different price will be charged. Please refer to Child price on our pricing calendar. Child Age may vary between different bus operators. Maximum 4 people of any age can stay in 1 Room in the hotel. If the 5th person is infant you will be charged normally then with the second room as an expense.

  Activities are optional though, but each customer has to participate in 2 activities at least. No city pass allowed. Some attractions are mandatory. Each customer has to take part in them and have to pay for them in cash.

Departure Location

Departure Location

  • 133-30 39th Avenue, (Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant) Flushing, NY 11354 at 07:00 AM
  • 6102 8th Ave, (TD Bank) Brooklyn, NY 11220 at 07:00 AM (Drop off at Chinatown, Pick-up only, no drop-off)
  • 463 7th Ave, Herald Square (Andrews Coffee Shop), New York, NY 10018 at 7:10 AM
  • 853 Broadway, Union Square (Capital One Bank) New York, NY 10003 at 7:20 AM
  • 75 Chrystie St, Chinatown, Manhattan, New York, NY 10002 at 08:00 AM
  • 125 Jersey City, NJ 07310 (Newport  Plaza exit at 18th Street, next to ACME supermarket), NJ at 08:20 AM
  • 828 US - 46, (Top Quality Food Market) Parsippany, NJ 07054 at 08:50 AM
  • 5 Times Square (Red Lobster), New York, NY 10036 at 07:00 AM

Return Location

  • Usually the same as departure location but different time. Some locations are only for pickup.

Important Notes

  Arrive at departure location 10 to 15 minutes before the mentioned time to make sure you catch the bus on time. If in case you are late, the bus will not wait for you at the location and ultimately you will miss the entire tour (no refund in this case).

  Return time on the website is just an estimation. Expect some variation always. Time may change depending on traffic and weather situations

  There is a possibility that tour operator may use a shuttle to drop you off at the return location. It usually happens in the case of multiple return locations.

  You can leave the tour at any place only after signing a Tour Departure Form for leaving the tour early.

  Please note that price will stay the same even if you leave the tour early.

  If you have booked a pre-tour hotel stay, then you will have to arrange your own transport from hotel to departure location.

  If you have booked extra night hotel after the tour, then you will arrange transport from drop off point to hotel.

  On West Coast tours some bus operators have a lot of departure locations. A slow start is expected on these tours.

Policies

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Same Cancellation policy would apply even if the cancellation or reschedule request comes because of the COVID. We strictly follow the policy after COVID.
 
No matter the reason for the cancellation, we are forced to carry costly charges from our travel and hotel providers in the form of penalties and fees that are incurred when there is a cancellation of confirmed or pending bookings. As such, there are cancellation penalties or fees incurred.

Determination of the time of cancellation will be done when the notice is received and confirmed by our office. You must make any notice of cancellation directly to GoldenBusTours by email or webmail at the Contact Us section.

Cancellation charges 

⇒  16 days or more prior to departure, 10% of the tour fees will be charged as cancellation.

⇒  9 to 15 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour fees will be charged as cancellation.

⇒  Within 8 days prior to departure, 100% tour fees will be charged as cancellation.

Any Amount paid in cash to the Tour Guide is not refundable.


There is no refund for unused features. You forfeit the entire payment when you are a no-show on the departure date and unable to join the tour for any reason including COVID.

An add-on fee of 6% for handling fees is charged in addition to the above penalties. No matter what the reason for cancellation is, the processing fee will be deducted on each refund.

In order for there not to be a cancellation, a minimum number of participants are required. We reserve the right to cancel a scheduled trip although every effort is made by us to ensure that normal operations are maintained. We reserve the right to cancel or re-schedule any tour departure with respect to operating requirements or circumstances beyond control. In case a cancellation is made at any given moment in time before departure, our only liability as GoldenBusTours will be to refund you the amount we received for the booking of the tour. We will try our best to re-book the same or similar tour if the future travel plan suits you. We are not responsible for any cancellation penalties that may have been incurred on any other travel arrangements like separate purchase of air tickets, visa cost, taxi fare etc. We are not liable for any other travel arrangements that have been affected as a result of the cancellations. 

Note: More than 30 days after the completion of the tour, we cannot grant any refunds. Each Cancellation Request must be received in writing by email.

Cancellation and reschedule charges are applicable even if you are NOT able to take the tour because of visa rejection, COVID or any other serious issue. If you reschedule a tour and later decide to cancel it then cancellation charges will be applicable to the original departure date and not to the rescheduled one.

Reservation, Booking & Redemption

Terms & Conditions

Any travel service purchases indicate your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions set out herein.

You are advised to carefully read through and understand these Terms & Conditions before making your booking.


Tour Confirmation

You will get an email immediately once you place an order. Tour Confirmation usually takes 2, 3 days except for urgent order. Urgent orders can be confirmed in a day or even few hours, but we can’t assure success in these cases. On fewer occasions, some of the others may require a longer period of time for confirmation. You are advised not to book airline tickets unless you have received the confirmation.


E-Ticket (Mandatory to be on bus)

Your e-ticket includes complete operator information such as local telephone numbers at your destination. You are required to print the e-tickets and bring them along with you on the trip. They will be needed as proof of purchase.


Changes in Booking

You may incur a fee for any revisions or alterations made to the reservation when the booking has already been confirmed. Cancellation fees may be applied to things such as name changes or corrections. They may also apply to tour date changes or tour itinerary changes. Please note that no departure changes are permitted 72 hours before departure.


Changes in Tour Itinerary

We are continuously striving to improve tour itineraries and features. In the event of unforeseen circumstances that are beyond the control, we do reserve the right to vary the itineraries and to substitute hotels. Duplicate departures may operate during certain peak periods, sometimes in reverse order. As such, hotels may vary from those included on the itinerary pages.

Reschedule

​If you want to reschedule your tour (change the departure date or choose a different tour) then a reschedule fees may be applied. No reschedule request will be entertained within 15 days before the departure date. 

Cancellation and reschedule charges are applicable even if you are NOT able to take the tour because of visa rejection.

Pricing

1. One room can accommodate maximum 4 people. Even if you are 5 people including 1 month old baby you still need 2 rooms.

2. If you can carry your child up to 2 years of age then you do not need to book seats for him. It may vary from one tour to another.

3. Service providers hold the right to change the itinerary and hotel arrangements without any notice.

4. Child (0-9 years) and Single traveler going on the tour have special rates. These prices vary from one tour to another.

5. Meals and Attractions are not included. You can ask your tour guide to try to arrange the meal for you as per your requirements. For attractions, admission fees pay it to the tour guide on the tour.

6. Prices may change without any notice because of prices fluctuation in the market.

7. All prices mentioned on the website are in US dollars.

8. In Case of Bank Wire Transfer customer have to bear Wire transfer fee.

9. Tour package price is inclusive of taxes.

10. Tour Prices are every individual and in view of room inhabitance.

11. Hotels and the city/country  of stay may change based on availablity.

Child Rate:

Child rates are applicable for children between (0-12 years) of age. Parents are advised to bring car seats for the safety of their child.

Buy 2 Get 3rd discounted: Get 3rd Ticket on special discounted rates on the purchase of 2 tickets.

Responsibility

1.We highly recommend you to provide your flight details while booking tour with us or at least send us flight details via email 3 days before your tour departure. In case of non-compliance, you will be asked to join your hotel on the first day of tour at your own expense
 
2. Please check our return timings before booking your return flights at the end of the tour. During high season (National and Summer Holidays) book your flights at least 1 hour later than the suggested time.

3. Before booking any tour make sure to go through every detail like tour itinerary, tour price, cancellation policy,  reschedule and refund policies.

4. You should either bring a printed copy of your E-Ticket or bring it in your smartphone on the day of tour departure. You should also bring a valid photo ID along with your E-Ticket. In the case of any issues for not carrying E-Ticket or Photo ID GoldenBusTour will not be responsible.

5.Make sure to provide a valid phone number so we can reach you in the case of any emergency.

6. Please read all important notes, inclusion, exclusion section, terms and conditions, policies and below notes.

    6a. Tour Operator holds the right to cancel the tour at any time depending on poor weather condition or some other unforeseen circumstances. However, GoldenBusTour will update its customers about the cancellation and shall not be held accountable for charges other than tour fees.

    6b. Change in tour price will not affect any confirmed booking.

    6c. Tour Operator can change the order of itinerary at any time without any notice.

7.You will be responsible for your travel documents during the tour.

8.Reach Departure location about 20 to 30 minutes before departure time. Unfortunately, no one will wait for you in case you get in late. The bus mostly has Bus Operator name and logo on it. Even if you are five minutes late and miss the bus then GoldenBusTours or Tour Operator will not be responsible. There will be no refund in this case. You will be charged 100% tour fee.

Reviews

Reviews

Mr Joshi
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My daughter booked this tour for me and my wife and her. I was concerned about how they would accommodate us. I am an old man and often require some assistance on these tours. The tour staff was always ready to help me/my wife in any way possible to make sure we have an astonishing experience and they were often cared for us in many places like Secret Caverns where we had trouble walking.

Agankhsha
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I heard a lot about Niagara Falls and whenever in America, I tried to visit the falls. One of my friends suggested that I should book a tour as I have never been there, but I always wondered if these tour companies will provide the experience I can gain on my own. Taking a risk I choose this tour but it sure did prove great. It was a highly organized and managed tour with great staff and experienced guides. The hotels were also amazing along with the food and everything!

Jyoti Shah
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I moved to New York back in 2008 and since then visited the Niagara Falls 3 times. This was my fourth time but this was the first time when I choose a planned tour rather than going there by myself. I was with a friend of mine who also never tried tours. We had an amazing trip as our buses were on time, the hotel was quite comfortable and the guide was an experienced man who shared with us great knowledge about every place. The most fascinating place was the Secret Caverns as it was a miracle existing through ages.

Chris Mara
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My tour guide Shelley Liu was absolutely amazing. She spoke great English and made my experience extra fun. She was happy to help and always smiling. I would book a trip with her as my guide any day. I give her 5 stars and was my best traveling experience ever.

Kumar
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A very well organized tour on whole. The tour guide was a Chinese guy but he was able to communicate with us in English language. I was disappointed that hotel did not offer any complimentary breakfast. Most of the hotels offer it but not sure why they did not offer. Apart from this it was an amazing tour. My kids really enjoy the Maid of the Mist Boat Ride. It is a perfect family!

Mingh
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The collection of places in this tour is sure mind-blowing! The Corning glass museum is the best site for me in this whole package. The transportation and hotel were satisfying but the thing that bothered me was that I was traveling with a family and my brother got sick but was not provided with proper accommodations so he wasn’t able to enjoy. Otherwise, I had an amazing experience at every place.

Fei Wang
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I took their tour last year it was a different tour. My parents were in US. So, I booked this one. I was impressed just because the hotel was close to the Niagara Falls. The previous one I booked had hotels 30 mins away from the Falls. So, we could not get enough time to explore Niagara on our own. However, on this tour the hotel was like 10 mins away by walk and for me it was a deal breaker. Thank you!

Stephany
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I would really like to thank Golden Bus Tours for organizing that tour, it was really great and well organized and punctual. Next i was to thank the tour guide who was really a stand up guy, he was very helpful and very professional and really funny. great Job Golden Bus Tours. I would really like to use your services again, but next time i would visit the West coast.

Ravish
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I am very happy with this trip and Shelly guide helped us.she care all members.thanks.

Jürgen Bohm
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This was a new tour on the offering and we were little skeptical to take it. Corning, Watkins Glen State Park and Niagara Falls are the main attractions of this tour. This is a longer tour comparatively to others and it was real fun and I must say that we took the right decision by going on this tour.

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