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2-Day New York/New Jersey to Philadelphia, Ice National Harbor, Hersheys Chocolate World and Christmas Tour

Tour Code: GOL-NYC-160
Duration: 2 Day(s) / 1 Night(s)
Tour Guide: Chinese, English
Quality: Budget
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2-Day New York/New Jersey to Philadelphia, Ice National Harbor, Hersheys Chocolate World and Christmas Tour
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Overview

Experience: UNESCO, Family

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

Tour Guide:Chinese, English


Available Days :

Sat (2019-11-23 To 2019-12-31) | 2019-12-26

Highlights :

Join us this Christmas on our exclusive Christmas short trip and visit One Liberty Observation Deck, Tanger Outlets, Potomac Indoor Ice Festival, National Christmas Tree, Basilica of the National Shrine, Franciscan Monastery, Amish Farm and Hershey’s Chocolate World. Hurry up as we have a limited time 15% discount.

Itinerary

In the morning, our guests will depart from New York and arrive in Philadelphia city to enjoy exploring its most stunning attractions. Stop at the One Liberty Observation Deck for the panoramic 360° view of the Philadelphia, and the highlight includes City Hall, Delaware River, Love Park, and others. Next, our guests will either choose to visit the magical Christmas wonderland at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center or visit the Tanger Outlets at National Harbor for best Christmas outlet shopping experience. Enjoy the great Indoor Christmas décor, twinkling lights, and indoor snowfall at the Gaylord National Convention for the energizing Christmas theme. In the afternoon, guests will continue to the National Christmas Tree Ceremony at the White House garden (outside) and enjoy the colorful lights, Christmas trees, and decors, the festival held throughout the annual month and known as the Pageant of Peace.

Hotel: Holiday Inn or Similar.


Attractions

Hersheys Chocolate World, PA

Hershey’s Chocolate World is located in the chocolate town of Pennsylvania. It is actually the name given to eight different visitor centers which got started in Hershey.

ICE! Sculpture Exhibition, DC

If you wish to have some fun or bring some warmer climates friends or family to this ICE exhibition, this place is the best. It is 9 degrees Fahrenheit in the tent and you can get coats or hat. This exhibit is hugely representing a small city.

National Christmas Tree, DC

Refers to an evergreen tree, which can be seen at the ellipse’s northeast quadrant, which is very close to the famous white house. Since 1923 the tree has been decorated on Christmas occasions.

One Liberty Observation Deck, PA

The One Liberty Observation Deck in Philadelphia is located in the heart of the city and is easily accessible and is in walking distance from other major attractions. You can come here during the day, during the night or be it any season, even when covered with a blanket of snow, as it is open 365 days a year.

Philadelphia, PA

A renowned American city with the tourist destinations like Independence Hall and Liberty Bell is Philadelphia. It is Pennsylvania’s largest city.

Tanger Outlet National Harbor, MD

This outlet, Tanger has awesome collections of brand-name stores namely, Polo Ralph Lauren, Vince Camuto, Nike Factory Store, Pandora, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, and more. The discounts prices make this place a must-halt and enjoy the waterfront nearby. This is a pretty outlet offering best deals.

White House, DC

White House is an official residence/house of president of America and the place where every government’s strategies and plans devised. The architecture of this somehow classical mansion is a global icon.

On the 2nd day, we will visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Roman Catholic Church in the United States. It is designed in the Byzantine-Romanesque style of architecture. This massive superstructure houses more than 70 chapels and oratories. We will also visit the Franciscan Monastery- Holy Land which constitutes of grounds and monastery. From there, we will visit the Amish Farm in PA. A 25-acre farm which is 300 years old and educates the visitors about Amish lifestyle and traditions. Post lunch, we will head to Hershey’s Chocolate World and get to witness the process of how cocoa beans gets transferred to chocolates, and they might let you taste some samples. We will head back to New York at night.


Attractions

Amish Farm and House, PA

Amish Farm and House is tourist spot situated in Lancaster County, PA.US. It became a proper tourist attraction in 1955. It provides its visitors a keen look into original Amish lifestyle and culture.

Amish Meal, PA

Amish have a great reputation for good food. Several tourist restaurants are featuring “Pennsylvania Dutch” and “Amish-style” cooking. Amish food is very filling, typically and is not low-fat. Most Amish homes have the garden growing celery, carrots, tomatoes, peas, potatoes, sweet corn and vegetables.

Basilica of the National Shrine, DC

This is a magnificent church narrating history. Take guided tours to understand history through the basilica lower level. The entrance is the crypt level, an impressive basilica featuring Catholic components, best architecture design and many small shrines dedicated to Catholic saints, an ideal place for meditation and prayer.

Hersheys Chocolate World, PA

Hershey’s Chocolate World is located in the chocolate town of Pennsylvania. It is actually the name given to eight different visitor centers which got started in Hershey.

Hersheys, PA

Hershey is a well-known brand in confectionary industry; the company is located in the township of Derry which is in Pennsylvania United States Of America. The company was found by Milton.S.Hershey.

Mount St. Sepulchre Franciscan Monastery, DC

This is a hidden gem. Tucked away in Washington, DC, this monastery is worth visiting. It has unique architecture, solemn places, and gardens. The church looks splendid, take a guided tour to view basement spaces, and the gardens are peaceful.

Washington, DC

The federal capital of America which is a District of Columbia is said to be as Washington DC. The state is approved in the year 1790. It has 409 feet highest elevation. The district has 22nd rank among other states of US.


  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)

  All tours are carried out in air conditioned bus. We may also use a minivan depending on the number of people booking the tour.

  A professional tour escort will be with you throughout the tour.​

  Tour package price includes all the taxes.


What's Excluded

  Rates could alter without prior notice.

  Optional fees will be paid in cash to the guide. 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.

  Daily Service charges for driver and the guide is $10 minimum per person. 

  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)
Amish Farm and House, PA $12.95 $4.95 $11.95
Amish Meal, PA $28.00 $18.00 $28.00
Hersheys Chocolate World, PA $21.95 $21.95 $21.95
ICE! Sculpture Exhibition, DC $47.30 $39.60 $47.30
One Liberty Observation Deck, PA $16.00 $11.00 $16.00

  All the prices are listed in USD.

  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.

  A free (i.e. Buy 2 Get 1 Free) person, not showing up on a departure date will result in a penalty. The penalty is usually the fourth person price, but it varies. Free person has to pay for some admission tickets that is included in the tour package price of Paid Person.

  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 06:45 AM
  • 6102 8th Ave, (HSBC Bank) Brooklyn, NY 11220 at 07:00 AM (Drop off at Chinatown, Pick-up only, no drop-off)
  • 75 Chrystie St, Chinatown, Manhattan, New York, NY 10002 at 08:00 AM
  • 125 Eighteenth St, (Acme Market) Jersey City, NJ 07310 at 8:15 AM
  • 275 NJ-18, (near Lake Ave side) East Brunswick, NJ 08816 at 9:00 AM

Return Location

  • 125 Eighteenth St, (Acme Market) Jersey City, NJ 07310 at 7:45 PM
  • 133-30 39th Avenue, (Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant) Flushing, NY 11354 at 08:30 PM
  • 75 Chrystie Street, Chinatown, Manhattan, New York, NY 10002 at 09:00 PM

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

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 re-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.

We reserve the right to cancel or re-schedule any tour departure with respect to operating requirement 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 passenger with the amount we received for the booking of the tour. We will try our best to re-book the same or similar tour. We are not responsible for any cancellation penalties that may have been incurred on any other travel arrangements inclusive of separate purchase of air tickets.

We are not liable for any other travel arrangements that have been affected as a result of the cancellations.


Cancellation Charges

⇒  8 days or more prior to departure - 10% of the tour fees will be charged as cancellation

⇒  4-7 days prior to departure - 75% of the tour fees will be charged as cancellation

⇒  3 days prior to departure – 100% tour fees will be charged as cancellation

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


There is no refund for unused features. You forfeit the entire payment when you are a no show.

Cancellation or Reschedule charges are applicable even if you are NOT able to take the tour because of visa rejection. If you reschedule tour and later decides to cancel it then cancellation charges will be applicable to the original departure date and not to the rescheduled one.

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.

Note: 

For any refund case, we do include the discount offered already. This is where GoldenBusTours is playing its role to make sure its customers get the best available deal at an affordable price.

No refund request or complaint will be entertained after 30 days of tour departure. You have to send a formal complaint through email.

Buy 2 Get 3rd Free: 

⇒  In the case of free passenger cancellation kindly update us 7 days before the departure. 

⇒  In the case of late cancellation request or free passenger does not show up on tour day then $128 will be charged.

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

All reschedule or change in tour requests should be sent seven days before the departure date. Reschedule requests made 7 days more before departure is subject to reschedule Fee. There is $100/per day/per Room charges for rescheduling usually.

Cancellation or 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 3 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

Yong Ts'ui
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Although the price was not cheap, but for a tour this organised and complete I guess it’s a fair amount. I am more than pleased with this tour. Easy pick up and drop off points from the bus. They really know how to do the job that is for sure. I also loved the itinerary, although the tour is for 2 days but we have covered massive grounds in limit time, all thanks to the organisers. It is best, such short tours both money and time worthy.

Miller
  • 73
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We are 4 of us working as laborers, but always wished to go on this bus tour and see new places. Yes, today we are happy to have made our dream come true. We are out on a 2 day tour to Longwood garden, Annapolis and ice sculpture. The sculptures looked so natural that I had to be dragged from that place.

Barrett
  • 61
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This was my first time travelling with a tour company. Golden bus Tours provided us with an brilliant opportunity to explore Adventure Aquarium, Ice Sculpture Exhibition in Washington DC Naval Academy and Longwood Gardens. We really enjoyed the visit to White House to watch the ceremony of US President lightening up the National Christmas tree. It was a memorable trip. I recommend this tour and this company.

Kurt
  • 36
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The tour was spending and would have appreciated if it had been for a 3 day tour. I felt we had to rush with the ice sculpture exhibition. There were so many that I at least wished to see each sculpture closely taking more time. Finally the tour was good.

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