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New York State Discovered Self-Drive

13 days from £2,555pp

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

    Places visited:

  • New York
  • Ithaca
  • Niagara Falls
  • Rochester
  • Lake Placid
  • Saratoga Springs
  • 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.

Audley Travel specialist Aiste

What our specialists say...

New York City is one of the most popular cities to visit in the USA, but many visitors pass by the rest of New York State, which has much to explore and discover. After soaking up all the 'Big Apple' has to offer, this itinerary follows the Hudson River north to explore tranquil spots such as Finger Lakes, where you can enjoy a boat trip out on the water. You can also taste some of the state's finest wines in the Ithaca wine producing region, take an exhilarating helicopter trip over Niagara Falls, and follow hiking trails through the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, home to beavers, Canadian lynx and ospreys.

We recommend this trip for:

  • New York
  • Ithaca
  • Niagara Falls
  • Rochester
  • Lake Placid
  • Saratoga Springs

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 New York

International outbound flight , New York

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to New York. On arrival in New York make your own way to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax. Depending on your time of arrival, you could head out to visit a museum or art gallery, relax in Central Park or tuck into some food at one of the city's many multicultural restaurants.

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Day 2 New York

New York

Spend a day at leisure exploring New York City. You may wish to take a boat trip to Liberty Island and marvel at the Statue of Liberty, visit Ellis Island to learn about the city's immigration history, or take a trip to the top of the Empire State Building. Don't miss a visit to Ground Zero and the iconic Central Park, where you could take a horse and carriage ride through the grounds.

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Day 3 New York

New York

Continue exploring New York at your leisure. There are plenty of sights to see in this cosmopolitan city, including Times Square, Chinatown, the Brooklyn Bridge and the shops of 5th Avenue. This evening, you may wish to watch a Broadway show or enjoy some of the many entertainment options in buzzing Times Square.

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Day 4 Ithaca

New York , Ithaca

Collect your hire car from downtown Manhattan and drive four and a half hours north through the Delaware National Forest 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 water's edge.

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Day 5 Ithaca

Ithaca

Enjoy a full day in the Finger Lakes region. This beautiful area offers a wide range of activities such as walking, canoeing, mountain biking and fishing. Don't miss visiting some of the many wineries to sample the excellent local wines produced in the region.

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Day 6 Niagara Falls

Ithaca , Niagara Falls

Drive four hours west to the magnificent Niagara Falls. Here you can take a boat trip to the foot of the falls and soak up the spray from the crashing water, take a thrilling helicopter flight over the falls and cross the Rainbow Bridge to see the falls from a Canadian perspective.

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Day 7 Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Spend the day exploring the flower-adorned streets of the historic town of Niagara. You may wish to go jet-boating on the Niagara River, stroll along the lakeside parklands or visit the pretty Canadian town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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Day 8 Rochester

Niagara Falls , Rochester

Today your two and a half hour drive takes you along the shore of Lake Ontario to Rochester. There's time to explore the small lakeside communities en route, including Wilson with its boat marina and the tiny fishing town of Olcott.

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Day 9 Lake Placid

Rochester , Lake Placid

After a night in Rochester, your five and a half hour route today leads you east and northwards to the lake-studded scenery of the Adirondack Mountains, in the upper region of New York State. Depending on when you arrive, you can begin to explore this beautiful landscape on foot or simply relax at your hotel.

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Day 10 Lake Placid

Lake Placid

Enjoy a full day exploring the Adirondack Mountains or the delightful lake-strewn settlements nearby. Take some of the many hiking trails and keep watch for some of the wildlife, which includes beavers, moose, Canadian lynx, coyotes, bald eagles and ospreys. You could also head to the shores of Lake Placid or Lake George for a scenic boat trip.

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Day 11 Saratoga Springs

Lake Placid , Saratoga Springs

Drive for around two and a quarter hours from Lake Placid to Saratoga Springs where you have the afternoon free to explore this bustling historic town, which is well-known for horse racing - you can visit its National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame near the race course itself. The town is also close to the site of the 18th-century Battles of Saratonga, which helped bring the American Revolutionary War to an end. You can visit a museum documenting the battles located in the fields where they took place, 24 km (15 miles) southeast of Saratonga Springs.

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Day 12 International return flight

Saratoga Springs , International return flight

There's time this morning for last-minute shopping and sightseeing before making your three and a half hour journey back to New York. En route, you'll pass through small towns and villages, including Sleepy Hollow - the setting for the 19th-century gothic horror novel 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' by Washington Irving. Soon the Manhattan skyline comes into view and you can drop off your hire car before proceeding to the airport for your onward flight.

Day 13 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel specialist Molly
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