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9-Day Chicago to Cleveland, Washington DC, New York, Philadelphia, Cornell University, Hershey Park & Times Square New Year's Eve Countdown Tour (Free Airport Pickup)

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9-Day Chicago to Cleveland, Washington DC, New York, Philadelphia, Cornell University, Hershey Park & Times Square New Year's Eve Countdown Tour (Free Airport Pickup)
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Departure City Chicago IL US
Return City Chicago IL US
Language Chinese and English
Available Days
Duration 9 Day(s) / 8 Night(s)
Tour code GOL-CHI-127A

Explore Niagara Fall, Millennium Park, Cloud Gate, Navy Pier, 360 CHICAGO, General Motors Company, Henry Ford Museum, Lincoln Memorial, Reflecting Pool, White House, US Capitol, Hershey Chocolate Factory, Cornell University, Washington Monument, Independence National Historical Park, Amish Village, Empire State Building, Central Park, Hudson River, US Intrepid, Wall Street, Fifth Avenue, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, and Time Square New Year Celebrations on our exciting bus tour starting from Chicago with special discounts and hotel accommodations.

Day 1
Hometown – Chicago (Night Tour) (12/25)

Guests will arrive at O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and meet our travel guide at the Luggage Claiming Area; then our guests will be transferred to the hotels. Free airport pick-up service is available from 9 AM to 9 PM. Arrivals at other times can take our paid pick-up service as $120 for the first two individuals and $10 for each additional individual. Arrivals reaching the hotels before 5 PM can enjoy our optional Chicago Night Tour to explore the vibrant culture of this vibrant town ($25/person, minimum four enrollments required). No pick-up services are available for the passengers arriving at Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW).

Hotel: Best Western O’Hare or similar.

Day 2
Chicago City Tour (12/26)

Today, our group will discover the core charms of Chicago city; begin by taking a walk at the famous Millennium Park surrounded by skylines and stunning architecture, as well as browse the city’s iconic Cloud Gate. Make a stop at Clarence Buckingham Memorial which is known to be the largest artificial fountain in the world. Continue the journey to Navy Pier which is the best western leisure park, full of gardens, family attractions, shops, restaurants, and exhibition facilities at the shoreline. Guests will also enjoy taking an exclusive tour of the Chicago Theatre. Arrive at Michigan Ave, the Magnificent Mile, which encompasses the most famous landmarks of the city including Art Institute of Chicago, historical Chicago Water Tower, and Grant Park. Take in the breathtaking aerial views of the city at 360 CHICAGO observation deck. Tour guide will also take us for a walking tour of the city along the river. We will be able to sightsee the amazing building and beautiful scenery of the city.

Hotel: Best Western O’Hare or similar.

Day 3
Chicago – Detroit (12/27)

In the morning, our group will set off to reach Detroit, also known to be the capital of automobiles. Make a stop at General Motors Company and don't miss to take photographs. Next, take a tour of Henry Ford Museum and discover the history of Ford automobiles with stunning historic models including John Kennedy's presidential limousine and the renowned Rosa Parks bus.

Hotel: Quality Inn & Suites North Youngstown or similar.

Day 4
Detroit – Pittsburgh – Washington, D.C. (12/28)

In the morning, arrive at Pittsburgh, mainly known as the City of Steels since it houses over three hundred steel businesses and four hundred and forty-six bridges. Make a stop at Point State Park which is at the junction of three major rivers. After that, we will head to the political capital of the country, Washington DC. Upon arrival, tour the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Reflecting Pool, Korean War Memorial. Continue to White House and US Capitol and don't miss taking photographs (outside view). The fun will begin as soon as our guests' board on a sightseeing Potomac River Cruise. Our group will also witness the renowned Washington Monument, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, World War II Memorial, and more as we pass by them.

Hotel: Comfort Inn Capital Beltway or similar.

Day 5
Baltimore – Hershey – Philadelphia – New Jersey (12/29)

Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland with a vibrant culture and iconic attractions. At the inner harbor of Baltimore sits the renowned Fort McHenry park where the American National Anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner” was first introduced. Baltimore’s hub is the place of Tobacco Trade with the England. After this, we will visit the Hershey Chocolate World where we will be able to see the Chocolate Make Process. Our group will then head to Lancaster to visit the Amish Village where we will try to know more about the community. Reach Philadelphia; make a stop at Independence National Historical Park. Here, tour the Independence Hall where the American Independence was first signed, and our tour guide will arrange some free time to wander around this historic park. Our group will also sightsee the famous landmarks of Philadelphia ranging from Liberty Bell to Congress Hall, Statue of Washington, and more. Head to New Jersey to spend the night.

Hotel: Hotel Somerset, Holiday Inn Somerset or similar.

Day 6
New York City (12/30)

Today, our group will set off in the morning to discover the core charm of Big Apple. Begin the day by stepping on the top floor of Empire State Building and enjoy the breathtaking bird-eye views of the city including Central Park, the country's largest urban park. Board on a sightseeing Hudson River cruise highlighting Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. Arrive at US Intrepid to browse the variety of aircraft and super airliners. Visit the country's largest Art Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art. Continue to Times Square, and Madame Tussauds on our New York Dreams tour. Enjoy dinner at Times Square before returning to hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Somerset, Holiday Inn Somerset or similar.

Day 7
New Year Times Square Countdown (12/31)

Start in the morning and visit the Financial District; Wall Street. Take pictures with the New York Stock Exchange, and Charging Bull. Then head to Trinity Church, view it from outside and take pictures. After, this we will visit the Brooklyn Bridge where you will walk on foot and get mesmerized by the great architectural wonder. Enjoy lunch in Manhattan Chinatown and visit the Fifth Avenue where we will visit the Rockefeller Center. After that, our group arrives at Time Square Countdown area, and our guests will have the following options:

  • Guests can take a walk to Time Square and enjoy the breathtaking performances before the Countdown. Enjoy the New Year Countdown Celebrations (free of any charge).
  • Get an Applebee Party Pass and the get in the center of the dazzling and vibrant celebrations of New Year’s Eve at Time Square. Immerse yourself in the All-Inclusive Evening at nation’s largest Applebee: Premium Open Bar, Dance Floor, Party Favors, Premium Chef’s selection Buffet, House DJ/Live, Champagne Toast at 12:00 AM ($375/adults, $250/kids).
  • Take a breathtaking New York Sightseeing Countdown Cruise featuring firework cruise, three-hour first-rate entertainment, New York skylines, Live DJ while cruise, open bar, and much more (must be over 21 to enter, $411 with transfer service to the pier). 

Hotel: Hotel Somerset, Holiday Inn Somerset or similar.

Day 8
Upstate New York – Ithaca/Cornell University (1st Jan)

We will start in the morning and head to the Finger Lake Region which is known for its waterfalls and beautiful scenery. There we will visit Ithaca, a town at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake, which is the largest lake in the region. Cornell University, an IVY League University is located here. We will visit the beautiful campus of the city. We will head to the Botanical Garden of the University and sightsee the waterfalls within the campus.

Hotel: Days Inn Erie, Comfort Inn Erie or similar.

Day 9
Cleveland – Chicago – Homeland (01/02)

Cleveland is the second largest city in Ohio. Here, we will tour the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum situated on the shore of Lake Erie. The museum contains seven exhibition floors, four theaters; learn about the history of Rock & Roll. Later, we will return to Chicago to conclude the tour.

  • 1. The order of itinerary may change without any notice depending on weather situations or for some other unforeseen circumstances.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Some attractions are seasonal. So, when they are closed they will be replaced with some other attraction.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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.
  • 6. Maximum 4 people of any age can stay in 1 Room in the hotel.
  • 7. 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.
  • 8. Though attractions are optional but you have to at least take 2 attractions.
cost includes

  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.

cost Excludes

  Rates could alter without prior notice.

  Airport pickup service charges $8/person.

  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.

Attractions Adult Child(3-11 yrs) Senior (65+ yrs)
Amish Village Tour, PA$20.00$13.00$20.00
Art Institute of Chicago, IL$25.00$0.00$25.00
Chicago 360, IL$28.00$21.00$28.00
Chicago Night Tour, IL$25.00$15.00$25.00
Chicago Theater, IL$18.00$13.00$18.00
Cornell University Campus Tour, NY$15.00$10.00$15.00
Empire State Building, NY$39.20$34.00$38.20
Hersheys Chocolate World, PA$15.00$11.00$15.00
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, NY$25.00$23.00$25.00
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY$25.00$0.00$17.00
Potomac River Cruise, DC$26.00$18.00$23.00
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, OH$26.00$16.00$24.00
The Henry Ford Museum, MI$23.00$17.25$21.00
USS Intrepid, NY$33.00$24.00$31.00
Important Notes
  • 1. All the prices are listed in USD.
  • 2. Tour display price is based on double occupancy. It is the price each person will pay if a group of two is traveling.
  • 3. Prices may change without any notice.
  • 4. Prices include hotel accommodation, transportation and taxes.
  • 5. Admission Tickets to different places and meals are NOT included in the tour price.
  • 6. Mandatory Tip for tour guide and driver are NOT included.
  • 7. Only the tour guide can purchase entrance tickets for you. Pre-purchased tickets are NOT acceptable.
  • 8. 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.
  • 9. 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.
  • 10. 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 Locations

Free Airport Pickup service is available from O'Hare between 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Meet the tour guide at the baggage claim area.    

Paid pickup service is available for 24 hours. $130 for 1 or 2 persons and $10 per additional person will be charged.    

Returns Locations

Free Airport Drop off service is available for O’Hare International Airport (ORD) for flights departing after 07:00 PM

Important Notes
  • 1. 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).
  • 2. Return time on the website is just an estimation. Expect some variation always. Time may change depending on traffic and weather situations
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. You can leave the tour at any place only after signing a Tour Departure Form for leaving the tour early.
  • 5. Please note that price will stay the same even if you leave the tour early.
  • 6. If you have booked a pre-tour hotel stay, then you will have to arrange your own transport from hotel to departure location.
  • 7. If you have booked extra night hotel after the tour, then you will arrange transport from drop off point to hotel.
  • 8. On West Coast tours some bus operators have a lot of departure locations. A slow start is expected on these tours.
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.


​If you wish to reschedule your tour (change the departure date or choose a different tour) then a reschedule fees may be applied. A reschedule fees of $25 or 6% (which one is higher) will be applied. Please note that all reschedule requests should be made before 18 days of tour departure. Requests made after the mentioned duration shall not be entertained.​

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


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. Final hotels booked may not be same as the one mentioned on the website.

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.


No matter the reason for the cancellation, we are forced to carry costly charges from out 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 

⇒  A 15% cancellation fee of the total tour purchase will be incurred if the cancellation occurs 13 days or more before the departure date.

⇒  A 40% cancellation fee of the total tour purchase will be incurred if the cancellation occurs 3-12 days or more before the departure date.

⇒  A 100% cancellation fee of the total tour purchase will be incurred if the cancellation occurs 3 days before the departure date.

⇒  A 100% cancellation fee of the total tour purchase will be incurred if the cancellation occurs on departure day.

An add-on fee of 6% for handling fees is charged in addition to the above penalties.


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

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: More 30 days after the completion of the tour, we cannot grant any refunds.

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.

Cancellation and 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.

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.

65 5

it was wonderful taking the bus tour to have a wonderful time on our New Year. My fiancé and I had a wonderful time on board. The tour was quite decent and well managed, we have been through major attractions of NY, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago. Decent accommodations. Thanks a lot!

63 8

I admit that the tour organizers did so well to make this tour best but the thing is we had to leave after the new year celebration. But the places we visited the Henry ford museum and I remember that we enjoyed so much exploring the depths of New York City. They provided us good hotels. I think it’s the only best way to have fun on the New Year celebration that to take this tour. Great Tour!

58 7

This tour of nine complete days was awesome, and we had the best time of our lives while celebrating the New Year at Time Square. The tour people took us to countless famous locations such as the Niagara Falls, empire state building, white house, and henry ford museum. Hotels were the best part of this tour, they were decent and excellent. It was such a memorable tour. Thank you for the great service!

47 9

the time we had on the course of our bus trip was very exhausting, and I remember we went to a lot of places especially the Empire State Building Observations deck and Chicago 360 Tilt Forward Deck was really the most amazing experience. Great time at New York.

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