Begin this Viator Exclusive guided tour from New York City to Niagara Falls with hotel pickup. After arriving at Republic Executive Airport on Long Island, skip the airport procedures, security check and long lines and hop right on the private plane.
During the 90-minute flight, enjoy the view from the window and indulge in an in-flight breakfast. Once on the ground, get ready for the waterfalls. While other tours take you through Buffalo International Airport, a 40-minute drive once you've landed, this luxury charter takes you right to Niagara, a short 10-minute ride from all the attractions.
Board the comfortable couch for the short ride to the falls and learn about the history of the area from your guide. Enjoy the legendary waterfalls and the many attractions nearby. Indulge in a delicious lunch (if you're traveling independently, lunch is on your own). Choose to explore on your own with five hours of free time or go with the local guide where you'll visit sites on both sides of the border (don't forget your passport).
At day’s end, relax during your return flight with drop-off back in Manhattan. If you’re lucky, the pilot may fly over Niagara Falls en route, giving you the opportunity to take aerial pics from a unique vantage point.
Option 1: Full-Day Guided Tour (U.S. and Canada)
With a guide in charge of your itinerary throughout the day, you’ll visit key landmarks of Niagara Falls by coach, including some walking. First, experience a scenic 30-minute ride aboard the world-famous Maid of the Mist, where you’ll get up close to the base of Niagara Falls, including the basin of Horseshoe Falls, located on the Canadian side (rain poncho provided).
Back on land on the U.S. side, view the steep-walled Niagara Gorge and discover how the churning waters carved out this magnificent spectacle. After a tour of Niagara Falls State Park, stop at Terrapin Point and the American Observation Tower. See Goat Island, Three Sisters Islands and Luna Island, and enjoy great photo ops of the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.
Crossing over to the Canadian shore (passport or visa required), enjoy a lunch buffet at Sheraton At The Falls, which overlooks the majestic cascades. Continue on to sights including the White Water Walk; Horseshoe Falls; Table Rock; Toronto Power Generating Station; Dufferin Islands; Oakes Garden Theatre; the Giant Whirlpool; and the Floral Showhouse, Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Glen and Botanical Gardens in Niagara Parks. If you'd like, enjoy time for souvenir shopping before your tour ends.
Option 2: Independent Experience (U.S.-Side Attractions)
Meet your host on arrival, and travel by coach to the water’s edge. Your experience includes the following attractions:
‘Maid of the Mist’ Cruise:
Enjoy a 30-minute cruise aboard the Maid of the Mist, a 19th-century sightseeing boat. Travel around the base of the falls and into the basin of the thundering Canadian Horseshoe Falls!
Cave of the Winds Tour:
Wearing a souvenir rain poncho plus specially designed sandals, follow a guide along wooden walkways through a stormy mist zone within Niagara Gorge. At the Hurricane Deck, breathtaking torrents gush a few feet from you to create tropical storm conditions.
Niagara Adventure Theater:
Watch a 40-minute film inside the Niagara Falls State Park Visitor Center, and learn all about the Niagara Falls’ history.
Aquarium of Niagara:
This family-friendly aquarium on the banks of the Niagara Falls is home to penguins, seahorses and sea lions alongside more than 1,500 other aquatic animals that represent ecosystems from the Great Lakes to coral reefs.
Option 3: Independent Experience (Canada-Side Attractions)
Show your passport or visa on arrival to your host, and then travel by coach to the Canada side, with access to the following attractions:
Hornblower Niagara Cruise:
Take a 30-minute cruise within Niagara Great Gorge. Have your camera poised, ready to capture close-up sights of the thundering American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and famous Horseshoe Falls.
Journey Behind the Falls:
Descend 150 feet (46 meters) by elevator to observation decks behind the gushing cascades of water. Walk through tunnels around the Cataract Portal and Great Falls Portal to both the upper- and lower-observation decks, and gaze in awe as the water crashes to the bottom of the Horseshoe Falls beside you.
Stand on a moving platform while hearing ancient stories about Niagara Falls. Feel the air temperature drop, while water and snow is sprayed through the air; it’s an all-encompassing experience!
White Water Walk:
Take an elevator to the bottom of the Niagara Gorge, and walk along the boardwalk adjacent to the mighty rapids of the Niagara River.