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From New York City: Niagara Falls & 1000 Islands 3-Day Tour

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Activity provider: Empire Vacations Inc

From New York City: Niagara Falls & 1000 Islands 3-Day Tour

Activity provider: Empire Vacations Inc

From US$ 460 per person

Experience the fury of Niagara Falls with a ride on the Maid Of the Mist and cruise through the 1000 islands on this 3-day tour from New York City.

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72 hours
  • New York City

  • Watkins Glen State Park (sightseeing, hiking)

  • Niagara Falls, USA Side (guided tour)

  • American Falls

  • Luna Island

  • Goat Island

  • Maid of the Mist Boat Tour, Niagara Falls (guided tour, boat cruise)

  • Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls (view)

  • Niagara-on-the-Lake (guided tour)

  • Toronto (guided tour)

  • HTO Park, Toronto

  • Brookfield Place

  • Distillery District

  • Thousand Islands, Canada (guided tour, sightseeing)

  • St Lawrence River (guided tour, boat cruise)

  • New York City

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
  • Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls
  • Tour both the American and Canadian sides of the Falls, plus Goat Island
  • Cruise through the amazing 1000 Islands
  • Shop till you drop at the outlet mall
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Experience the fury of Niagara Falls with a ride on the Maid of the Mist and cruise through the Thousand Islands on this three-day tour from New York City.

Day 1: New York - Finger Lakes - Niagra Falls An early morning departure takes you north from the Big Apple as you pass the beautiful Delaware Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls, passing Seneca Lake, where you will arrive in the late afternoon. Tour the U.S. side of the falls including the American Falls, Goat Island, and Luna Island. At night, tour Niagara Falls where you can marvel at the colorful lighting of the waters while on board the Maid of the Mist. Overnight: Ramada by Wyndham.

Day 2: Niagra Falls - Toronto - 1000 Islands

Start the day with the Horseshoe Falls’ view followed by a visit to the picturesque village of Niagara on the Lake. We continue to Toronto, the financial capital of Canada. Visit the HTO Park, Brookfield Place, city hall, and The Distillery Historic District.  Towards the evening, take off from Toronto along the world-famous Lake Ontario for an evening arrival to the 1000 Islands area (in April, based on weather conditions, you may return to Niagara Falls to stay overnight).

Overnight: Gananoque at Comfort Inn (April: Ramada by Wyndham).

Day 3: 1000 Islands - New York 

Start the day with a cruise through the amazing 1000 Islands along the St. Laurence River. See the houses of the rich and famous built atop private islands. After lunch, head to New York State. On the way, enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls where you can shop for bargains in name-brand stores before your return to New York City in the evening.

  • 2-nights hotel accommodation on the USA side including tax and a continental breakfast
  • Air-conditioned bus or van
  • Professional tour guide
  • Sightseeing in Niagara Falls and 1000 Islands from the USA side
  • Admission to the Maid of the Mist
  • 1000 Islands cruise (May to October)
  • Gratuities
  • Meals

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Meeting point

Outside the side entrance to the Port Authority bus terminal building on 42nd st (between 8th and 9th ave) at 6:30 AM

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Important information

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  • Free Wifi is provided on all buses (not vans)
  • In the event that parts of this itinerary remain inaccessible due to COVID-19, an alternate itinerary will be provided, with final details available prior to your departure
  • The Maid of the mist will be operated from the American side
  • Full COVID vaccination is required to enter Canada for non-citizens
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Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 89 reviews

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The tour was very nice. Our tour guide Joseph organized everything very well and designed the tour very well. The hotels were good although on the Canadian side not on the American side as the description says. However, that was more of an advantage for us because we wanted to experience more of Canada. The hotel at Niagara Falls was also only a 15-minute walk from the falls, so we could walk there again in the evening and see the illuminated falls including the fireworks. The other hotel at the 1000 Islands was also close to the water which was nice. A good mix of nature and city (Toronto) sightseeing with one more outlet shopping stop in America. I couldn't have asked for a better tour and would recommend everyone to see Niagara Falls and 1000 Islands.

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September 21, 2022

Loved how packed the days were with activities! But this was also very exhausting 6am-10pm days are long and can be very tiring esp. for elders or people w/ health conditions that require rest. Some of the pit spots should be longer or removed altogether to readjust the schedule and avoid delays. Loved our Spanish-speaking guide who was very knowledgeable and shared so many interesting facts about the places we visited.

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September 19, 2022

Despite the many kilometers to cover, the trip is well organized, with frequent breaks along the way. The guides Bryan and Alberto were very helpful and attentive to the needs of all participants. The bus driver is very good. The hotels weren't top notch and the breakfast in the first hotel (in Niagara Falls) was unpresentable. Overall an experience to recommend

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July 14, 2022

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