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New York State Discovered Self-Drive

15 days from €3,695pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Experience the thundering cascades of Niagara Falls by boat or helicopter.

  • Go walking or canoeing in the Adirondack Mountains, looking out for moose, beavers and coyotes.

  • Sample wines from the beautiful vineyards of the Finger Lakes region.

  • Enjoy the multitude of shopping, sightseeing and dining options in New York City.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
Fully insured vehicle hire
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  • Buffalo
  • Niagara Falls
  • Ithaca
  • Clayton, New York
  • North River
  • Lake Placid
  • New York

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from Ireland.

Day 1 Niagara Falls

International outbound flight , Buffalo , Niagara Falls

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Buffalo. You arrive in Buffalo this morning collect your hire car and head to nearby Niagara Falls where the remainder of the evening is free to explore at your leisure.

Day 2 Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Spend the day exploring the flower-adorned streets of this historic town. You may wish to take a stroll along the lake-side parklands or visit the Canada`s pretty town of Niagara on the Lake. This afternoon you are booked onto the Maid of the Mist boat tour, which will take you right up to the falls for a spectacular view!

Day 3 Ithaca

Niagara Falls , Ithaca

Depart the falls at your leisure today and head south east to New York State`s Finger Lakes region. The afternoon is free to take a boat trip on the lake, hire a bicycle or explore the shops and restaurants along the waters edge.

Day 4 Ithaca


Enjoy a full day exploring the wonderful Finger Lakes today. We recommend a visit to Buttermilk Falls State Park where you will find more than 10 waterfalls tumbling some 500ft below into clear pools. In the afternoon why not head to Corning, home to the impressive Cornell University as well as the massive Corning Museum of Glass.

Day 5 Clayton, New York

Ithaca , Clayton, New York

Leave the Finger Lakes and head to the wonderful 1000 Islands area where you will be based for the next few nights.


Day 6 Clayton, New York

Clayton, New York

Enjoy a full day of activity in 1000 Islands. You may wish to take in some excellent kayaking on the St. Lawrence River or perhaps head to Wellesley Island State Park and enjoy some bike riding.


Day 7 North River

Clayton, New York , North River

Leave the river today and head into the largest wilderness in the US, the Adirondack Park. Head to your lodge in the heart of the park where the afternoon is free to explore the local area.


Day 8 North River

North River

Enjoy a full day of walking, cycling, kayaking and exploring some of the best scenery in the US. .


Day 9 Lake Placid

North River , Lake Placid

Continue north today as you head to the site of two winter Olympics, Lake Placid. Upon arrival to your hotel overlooking the impressive scenery of Mirror Lake, spend the afternoon exploring at your leisure.

Day 10 Lake Placid

Lake Placid

Mirror Lake and Lake Placid are at your disposal today as you spend a full day in the area. You can kayak on the waters, swim in the shallow outer parts or just relax on the beach. The nearby mountains are great for gentle hiking and afford spectacular views over the region.

Day 11 New York

Lake Placid , Albany , New York

It is a simple drive today and your head south to the state capital, Albany. Here you take the train for a scenic rail journey into New York City.

Day 12 New York

New York

You will have all day to explore Manhattan at your leisure today. Visit any of of New York's famous attractions within walking distance of your hotel; the Statue of Liberty, Madison Square Garden, the Rockefeller Center and the Empire State building. In the afternoon you can wonder the windy paths of Central Park for a lovely respite from the 'hustle and bustle' of the city.

Day 13 New York

New York

Today you will meet your guide in the Flatiron district for your walking culinary tour of this lesser known part of the city. The tour focuses on architecture as well as food as you walk through the historic district. This afternoon you may wish to visit Chelsea, where you can visit the famous market or walk the high line, an elevated public garden built on a disused railway track.

Day 14 International return flight

New York , International return flight

You have most of the day free for one last stroll around The Big Apple before heading to the airport for your onward flight.

Day 15 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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