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Our Iowa…and Yours, Too! 2020

  • 7 Days | 14 Meals
  • Multiple Dates
  • $1577

The U.S.A.’s 29th State Proudly Presented in Conjunction with Our Iowa Magazine

New York City at Christmastime 2020

Celebrate the Festive Holiday Season in the Big Apple

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Dec 09 - Dec 13, 2020
5 days | 4 nights • 7 meals
Starting at $1997

From the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree flanked by its stunning ice rink, to some of the best Christmas markets in the country, to the Radio City Rockettes…nothing quite rings in the Holidays like a visit to New York City during December. And now, for the first time ever, we visit the Big Apple at the height of the festive Christmas season. Unpack and stay for four nights at the iconic Hotel Beacon, located in Manhattan’s trendy Central Park West, as you share the joyous sights and sounds of New York City at Christmastime with your fellow travelers.

  • Unpack once at the Hotel Beacon, located in a residential neighborhood on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
  • Delight in Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular
  • Take in the tinsel-filled Rockefeller Center, including its famous Christmas Tree
  • Visit the city’s festive Holiday markets, including Bryant Park and Columbus Circle
  • See the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the submarine USS Growler, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • View over 130 landmarks including One World Trade Center, Yankee Stadium, the Statue of Liberty and more on a full circle cruise around Manhattan
  • Visit the stunning St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Enjoy a guided tour of NBC Television Studios at Rockefeller Plaza
  • Bag handling (1 per person) at hotels
  • Fees/tips for included attractions/meals
  • Welcome reception, 24-hour emergency call service, free bottled water on coach

Day 1—WELCOME TO NEW YORK CITY
With included transfers provided from either Newark’s Liberty International Airport or New York City’s La Guardia Airport, our time together begins at the Hotel Beacon, a haven of comfort amid the bustling excitement of New York City during the Christmas season. Feel just like a local on an optional short walk with your Discoveries Director. We’ll explore our surrounding residential neighborhood conveniently located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Afterwards, enjoy the included evening welcome dinner. D

Day 2—ROCKEFELLER PLAZA/ROCKETTES/MACY’S/CHRISTMAS MARKET
Start the morning with a satisfying breakfast before we are whisked away to enjoy one of the city’s top seasonal attractions--a walk through tinsel-filled Rockefeller Plaza. Get an up-close view of the beautiful decorations and sparkling lights that adorn what has become a world-wide symbol of the holidays…the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Perhaps enjoy a warm beverage as you gaze out the window at skaters taking a spin on the popular ice rink. From there, we head down the block to see the magical Christmas Spectacular by the Radio City Rockettes. Experience wonder like never before with NYC’s favorite holiday tradition featuring sensational dance numbers, dazzling special effects, and even Santa Claus himself! A trip through Midtown wouldn’t be complete with free time to explore Macy’s window decorations and “on your own” shopping time at this iconic department store. Later, as dusk arrives, we visit the Bryant Park Christmas Market. This European inspired open-air market features artisans from around the world. Located along Bryant Park’s terraces, the Holiday Shops are housed in custom-designed, “jewel box” kiosks. B

Day 3—SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM/MANHATTAN CRUISE/STATUE OF LIBERTY
The morning begins at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, showcasing the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the cruise missile submarine USS Growler, a Concorde SST, a Lockheed A-12 supersonic reconnaissance plane, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise. On the lower deck resides a reproduction of a World War I biplane. In the afternoon, check off many of the city’s iconic sights as we completely circumnavigate the island of Manhattan on a river cruise with reserved Premium Seating and lunch included. Pass under 20 bridges and gaze at over 130 landmarks such as One World Trade Center, the growing Brooklyn waterfront, the legendary Yankee Stadium, beautiful Gracie Mansion, the stately George Washington Bridge, and of course, an up close look at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Tonight, enjoy free time on your own to perhaps take in a concert at Lincoln Center, or stroll through the Upper West Side enjoying Christmas light displays. B, L

Day 4—ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL/NBC STUDIOS/HOLIDAY MARKET
No visit to New York at Christmas time would be complete without a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. First built in 1879, the Manhattan landmark is renowned for its soaring spires, colossal organ, and exemplary rose window, and is the seat of the Archbishop of New York. Then, head a few blocks for a guided tour of the NBC Television Studios at 30 Rock. Get inside look and visit the actual sets of the Today Show, the Tonight Show, Late Night with Seth Myers, or perhaps Saturday Night Live. Enjoy lunch on your own while perusing through Columbus Circle’s Holiday Market. It’s a great place to treat yourself to hot chocolate and gingerbread while browsing the booths, or relive the Old Country. This market is the only Christmas market in New York City with a stand that serves hot mulled wine (Gluhwein) and German Beer at their Bratwurst Stand. When the sun goes down, we savor an included dinner at the Playwright Tavern. This traditional Irish pub boasts some of the best food around. We cap off the evening with the quintessential New York experience--by taking in a Broadway play. B, D

Day 5—FAREWELL
After breakfast, for those who wish, enjoy a local church service of your choosing (taxi may be required), and depart at leisure. Included transfers are available from the Hotel Beacon back to New York’s La Guardia Airport or Newark’s Liberty International Airport. Seeing New York City decked out in the greens and reds of Christmas time will no
doubt give a whole new meaning to your holiday season…one you will soon never forget. B


QUALITY ACCOMMODATIONS:

Nights 1-4: Hotel Beacon, New York

 

 

Dates:
Dec 9-13, 2020

Price Per Person:
Double $1,997; Single $2,655

Pre-/Post-Tour Hotel: $355/night



Average Temp

December – Daytime 44 degrees / Nighttime 31 degrees

Time Zone

Eastern Time

Arrival Time

Schedule your flight into New York (LaGuardia Airport – LGA) or Newark (Liberty International Airport – EWR) to arrive before 3:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Departure Time

Schedule your flight home any time after 10:00 a.m. on Day 5.

Airport Information

Complimentary shuttle service is offered for travelers into New York between (LaGuardia Airport-LGA) or Newark (Liberty Int'l Airport-EWR).

Walking Distance

Moderate to extensive walking is required to fully enjoy this tour.

Currency

U.S. Dollar

Hotel Amenities

All rooms feature a fully-equipped kitchenette, marble bathroom with hair dryer, an iron and board, electronic safe, Keurig coffee maker, complimentary high-speed Internet, and The New York Times newspaper; the hotel features a bar, business center (24/7), and fitness center (24/7)

Additional Information

Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set, and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important information regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go!” packet arrives 2 to 3 weeks before departure containing your final travel documents.

Updates

Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/NYC

Travel Protection Available?

Yes, see CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TravelProtectionPlan.

Terms & Conditions

Tour reservations are subject to the terms and conditions on our website at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/terms.

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