Firstly, the trek was exceptionally expensive for what it was - I have been left very disappointed.
Tour - £1300
Flights - £1100
Spending money - Upwards of £1000
To put that in perspective, I could have booked out a central NY apartment from Boxing Day - 2nd Jan for nearly half the price of the tour alone.
Day 1 - Meet in New Jersey, Newark and travel 8 + hours to upstate NY to Buffalo. I assure you, there is no need for this stop off. It is used as a sleepover before heading to Canada (So, why didn't we just meet in Canada?). The hostel was shabby.
Day 2 - Get up early to do an additional 8+ hours to Toronto. We were promised we would get to see the 'breathtaking Finger lakes'... We looked at this out of the window on the motorway. Breathtaking is the amount of money I paid for this trip to experience an 'unforgettable experience'. The Toronto hostel was basic but clean. We didn't see or do anything in Toronto because we had to be up early to then begin the travel to Montreal. Whilst travelling to Toronto, we did visit Niagara Falls. We had 45 minutes there... So could not do all the touristy things like ride the boat nor go behind the falls. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. We also had a stop off in China Town, which TrekAmerica described as "sight seeing in ultra trendy Toronto|", let me assure you now; China Town is not remotely ultra trendy by any stretch of the imagination. We had dinner and then paid $40 to visit the CN Tower. That only gets you to a certain height above the city... its $120 all the way to the top and I thought breakfast at the Shard was overpriced, not in comparison. The sight of the city is not breath taking, At all.
Day 3 - Christmas Eve. Montreal.
Unfortunately, a lady on our tour lost her passport which increased the driving time from 8 hours to 12 hours. We were stuck on the bus for an obscene amount of time... We could not explore what Toronto had to offer. Again, this trip cost me £1300. So, it transpired that the consulate was not open on Christmas Eve. Trek America failed to call ahead before hand, so the whole group remained on the bus for the duration of this affair. So, no 'sight seeing in ultra trendy Toronto'.
Christmas Day - Montreal.
The Montreal hostel was pleasant and the hostel did put on a few good things e.g. Xmas Pub Crawl etc. However, due to everything being closed, there wasnt anything to do. We walked round Mt Royale, this was nice. But for £1300 and £1000 spending money and £1100 on flights, I am expecting a little more than nice. So, early to bed as we have another full day on the bus for Boxing Day. Yipee. That's right, no more sight seeing not even Boxing day shopping.
Day 4 - En route to Stowe.
5 hours to drive to Burlington, which is a cute little stretch of stored. Thats it. Once in Stowe, we stayed in a something similar to a log cabin, which was adorable BUT the wifi did not work and there was like one bathroom between 10 of us... We then had to pay a $10 contribution for a meal prepared for us. Erm, I just paid £1300 for this trip and we're staying in Hostels. What an insult! Stowe has nothing exciting going on in it unless there is snow... (whilst this isnt TrekAmericas fault) I hope this gives you an idea that we spent a little over 48 hours in purgatory. We had a free day in Stowe and we saw the Von Trapp Family lodge. Again, early to bed as we had to make our way to Boston.
Day 6 - Boston
So, more travelling on the bus... We stopped off in Salem. Salem is actually pretty cool due to the history associated with the area. We had 2 free days in Boston but one day was spent 8 hours travelling. We were not well equipped with information on the area at all. Luckily, I have some friends in Boston and they took us round the freedom trail, frogmoor lake, shopping in Cambridge, Harvard, MIT and the sight where the tragic Boston Bombings happened. But please, save your money and book an Airbnb round the area and spend 4 days there enjoying this lovely city. You'll still have change from £1300 at least!
The last leg of the tour, on our way to New York. Again, more and more bus time - a total of 10 hours from Boston to NY as we stopped off by Yale. Seeing all these uni's may have been good had their been a frat party. Anyway, the hostel in NY was ideally located in all fairness. But it was basic. All our time was free in NY and well, it is what you make it. At least New York is awesome!
All in all, we spent on average of the time awake just over a third of our time travelling on a bus.
This is an honest experience had by me, it was very expensive for something I would never describe as an 'unforgettable experience'
Please note that the tour guides were lovely and so kind.
Response from TrekAmerica:
"Thank you for the feedback regarding your Northeastern BLT. Without your name it isn’t possible for us to address your points directly however, having reviewed other feedback forms submitted by travellers on the recent Christmas/New Year’s departure I notice the majority rated the tour as excellent.
TrekAmerica are very clear on our website and brochure as to what is included and amount of time spent in each place. This includes the Trek Tips document available for download prior to purchase which also details the style of accommodation plus optional activities and prices.
Being the holiday period it does occur that some activities and points of interest are closed. We do mention this clearly on the website tour page, but also that the tour leaders will source things to fill the time each day. I note other travellers were content with the tour and how time was spent, and we are sincerely sorry you do not share the same sentiments and the tour did not meet your expectations."