This was our 4th tour with Riviera, and once again it exceeded expectations..
Flying via Dublin meant we went through pre-authorisation for US Immigration at Dublin airport - which only took 35mins from arrival. Aer Lingus however isn't the best carrier - legroom wasn't great and alcoholic drinks were chargeable!
Our tour manager was Caroline, she was friendly, helpful and professional.
We enjoyed Washington more than we expected to, though feel that there was a bit of a wasted morning on the day we travelled to New York. The train times probably dictate the itinerary, yet we felt to be at a bit of a loose end. The hotel was located in an up-and-coming area, with a very handy metro link to Union Station.
New York was amazing! Our first visit, but won't be our last. I think that the tour could be extended by a day, to give another full day in this city, as two days just isn't enough. The hotel here had small rooms (no fridge either), but was well situated in walking distance of all the midtown Manhattan sights. The HOHO 2 day pass was welcome, and also included a boat trip to the Statue of Liberty.
The only early start on this tour was the day we travelled via Amtrak to Niagara. The train journey was long (9 hrs) but there's always something to see out of the window. I spotted various wildlife, including bald eagles, herons, hawks, deer and terrapins.
The tour has been carefully planned so that you disembark the train in the US part of Niagara, and take a coach over the Canadian border, which saves crossing the border on the train - a longer and more arduous option.
Niagara Falls was as amazing - the tour provides a ticket which allows you to travel through the area and visit various attractions.
Finally, a trip up the CN Tower in Toronto - with great views all round.
All-in-all, this is a great tour. There's lots of free time to do your own thing in each location, with help from passes and tickets provided. Highly recommended.
Review by: Robert Gudgeon on 12/06/2019
Washington DC, with its Capitol Building, the White House and many more famous historic monuments is fabulous and nearby George Washington’s home. And Arlington Cemetery; truly moving.
Amtrak to New York and a cacophony of sound and light. We took the open top tour buses to visit many of the tourist sights; the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in the south and Central Park in the north. The Empire State building visit is one not to miss. Although it poured for the two days of our visit, the weather couldn’t dampen our enthusiasm to see this wonderful city. We stayed in the Doubletree Times Square West Hotel and as we didn’t have breakfast included, we found a local diner called the Westway Diner. Their menu is extensive and the portions huge; typical New York fare.
Next, Amtrak to Niagara Falls. If we had thought that the sights of the previous two cities were special, this place really blew us away! To see the falls for the first time from the coach as we entered Canada was spectacular! Our hotel, the Sheraton, is situated right across from the American falls and our room overlooking the falls was immense in size with a great view. We arrived on Sept 11th and were privileged to witness a special firework display in honour of the New York fallen; a memory that will not fade… The trip to the falls on the Hornblower boat was really fun. Don’t think they give out waterproof ponchos for no reason! We got soaked, but just burst out laughing!
And then all too soon, it was our last day and we were off to Toronto. The view from the CN Tower on a beautiful day was nothing short of spectacular. My wife and I both had several walks on the glass floor, some 342m above the ground!
Our tour manager, Gill, was nothing short of fantastic from beginning to end! Her calm, professional and organised manner meant we all got the best from the holiday and Gill ensured we got to our appointed locations on time and fuss-free.
This is a brilliant tour. Busy? Yes, but really worth it.
Review by: John Moorfield on 05/09/2018
This was the first time we have ever booked a guided tour. It was excellent, our tour guide Noel unfortunately cracked a rib and hurt his arm after being pushed down an escalator on our arrival at Washington airport. He carried on and looked after group very well. The hotels were superb and would recommend you book a Falls View room in Niagara as ours was on the 19th floor overlooking the Falls with the biggest bath ever. We would have liked one more day in New York to see a bit more of the Big Apple. Washington was amazing. Great holiday with very nice people. Thank you Noel
Review by: David and Cheryl Callen on 10/06/2016
We have just returned from our trip to Washington DC, New York and Niagara Falls. Our tour guide was Caroline Day. We should just like to say how much we enjoyed the trip and how professional and helpful Caroline was. The
local tour guide in Washington (Dave) was also very good and indeed had to think on his feet and improvise when our tour coach for the Washington tour was about one hour late.
All the arrangements went well, including the transport and luggage arrangements between cities.
The only observation we would like to make (along with many of our co-travellers) is that we would have liked longer in New York - maybe one more full day. We would not have minded paying for one further day/night’s stay, which would have enhanced our experience.
Finally, a special mention goes to John Sopik, our coach driver on the last day from Niagara to Niagara-on-the-lake and Toronto and on to the airport, for his exceptional help in tracking down our lost wallet, recovering it and posting it on to us in the UK.
We wouldn’t hesitate to book another tour with Riviera and would recommend the company to others.
Review by: Des and Pam Brannan on 21/09/2016