Most people are surprised to hear that it’s possible to complete a New York to Niagara Falls day trip, but it can be done comfortably with plenty of time for sightseeing while you’re there.
Take the stress out of planning for a Niagara Falls visit by letting a professional tour company take care of it all for you. This tour collects passengers from any hotel in Manhattan from 23rd to 7th street early in the morning, and takes them straight to the airport for a flight to Buffalo.
On arrival in Buffalo, an experienced tour guide will be waiting to collect you and take you to the tour bus, and you’ll be on your way to Niagara Falls. It really is that simple. Because the tour makes visiting Niagara Falls so easy, it’s a popular choice, and places book up very quickly. You’ll need to book a minimum of five days in advance of any trip.
First Stop: The Maid of the Mist
The falls themselves are the star of the show on this tour, but they’re so big that you can’t truly appreciate them unless you see them from every angle. That starts with a breathtaking panoramic view while you’re enjoying lunch. That’s the first place you’ll go after arriving at your destination.
After lunch, it’s time to get on board one of the longest-tenured and hardest-working ferry services in the world, the Maid of the Mist. It’s one thing to see Niagara Falls; it’s quite another to feel the spray on your face and hands. The Maid of the Mist has been offering that experience to visitors since the first boat went out in 1846. The ferry will sail deep into Horseshoe Falls so you can see, hear and feel the raw power of the Falls up close and personal.
Please note that the Maid of the Mist is only available between May and October, so if you’re visiting outside of this period your experience will be a little different. Instead of riding the ferry, you’ll board the ‘Journey Behind the Falls,’ which does exactly what it sounds like. An elevator will raise you up and behind the cascade of water, giving you a unique perspective of the fifty-meter sheer drop, and the deafening roar of 160,000 square meters of water thundering past your head every minute.
Onto The Falls
The Falls are divided up into three sections: The Bridal Veil Falls, the Horseshoe Falls, and the Canadian Falls. There’s also the famous Niagara Whirlpool, and that’s also included on the tour. While moving from position to position to see the Falls from all angles, you’ll step between two countries. The Niagara Falls are so enormous that part of them is in the USA, and the other part is in Canada. You’ll see it from both nations, so you’ll get the full picture.
This is a highly popular tourist attraction, so do be aware that it may be crowded. Weekday trips are usually quieter than weekends, but whenever you decide to visit, you’ll still receive the full tour. The Maid of the Mist is an excellent way to see the Falls in warmer weather, but visitors in winter will be glad they’re safely inside the warmth of the elevator.
The Essential Points
When your order has been processed, you will receive a voucher. You must print this voucher out and present it as proof of purchase for your day trip. Tourists can be collected from any hotel in Manhattan situated between 23rd and 7th street. Collection times will range from 04:45 to 09:30 depending on location.
As the tour extends into Canada, all visitors must ensure that they have the necessary documentation. British passport holders are not required to purchase an eTA or visa for access to Canada in relation to this trip.
When booking this trip, you will be asked for passport details including your full name, passport number, date of birth, and passport expiry date. You must also confirm contact details for the hotel you’re staying at.
In the event that the regular tour is unavailable or fully booked on your preferred date, please click here to book a fully guided day trip to Niagara Falls.
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