Bus Trips


Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the Statue of Liberty, the famous colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor! Our ferry departs from Liberty Park, NJ and the first stop is Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants began their American dream. You will see the Great Hall, where the immigrants were processed, and the four rooms where immigrants were detained. You can experience your arrival as if you are an immigrant with the new 45” audio guide. When you have completed your self-guided tour of Ellis Island, you can take the ferry to Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty. Lunch is on your own in one of the café’s on either island. Dine in or enjoy a picnic outside with sweeping views of New York! Return by the New Jersey ferry to Liberty Park, NJ. Allow enough time to view the Empty Sky Memorial to those from New Jersey who perished on 9/11, before boarding the bus and departing for home. Roundtrip Ferry ticket allows you to depart Liberty Park, NJ and get off at both Ellis Island and Liberty Island for touring on your own, before returning to Liberty Park, NJ.


Course #         9613    Departs NHS  Time:  8:00 AM                       Date  Saturday            6/23/18                        Fee $99 /Kids 6-12 $89




Savor the Flavor of Providence, RI.  Begin your day at Scalio’s Bakery, well-known for their fine bread and pastries.  Enjoy a tour and demonstration along with a sampling of pastry and coffee or tea.  Continue on to Trattoria Zooma, a Southern Italian kitchen featuring handmade pasta and wood-fired pizza.  The chef delights and entertains you with his tableside demonstration of the techniques used in pizza making.  Enjoy a 5-course family-style meal which includes salad, assortment of grilled pizzas, fried mozzarella, potato gnocchi, penne pasta, and chicken marsala with cannoli and coffee.  Following lunch, stroll over to Venda’s Ravioli Emporium to shop for fine Italian foods, olive oil, cheeses and more!  Complete your day with a riding Tour of Providence with a local step on guide. Children welcome, minimum age 16.


Course #         9614                Date 5/19/18               Fee $115



Newtown departure will be from the Cromwell, CT Park & Ride lot Please arrive by 7:30 AM. The Bus will leave promptly at 7:45.  Directions to the Lot can be found online at: http://www.ct.gov/dot/cwp/view.asp?Q=259406 - Choose Cromwell.


Directions from I-84 going East toward Waterbury:

·         Continue on I-84 to Exit 27/691/Meriden

·         Take exit 11/I-91 N/Hartford/Springfield

·         Then Take exit 21/State Rte. 372/Cromwell/Berlin

·         Take Right onto Berlin Road

·         Take Right onto Sebethe Drive

·         Park & Ride will be 200 Feet on Right



Take a HUGE BITE out of the “Big Apple!  The New York City by Land & Sea tour is an adventure that covers New York City by bus, foot and boat!  You will begin your adventure by land on a riding tour of Manhattan.  Highlights include notable New York City landmarks in midtown and lower Manhattan with plenty of opportunity to hop off and on the bus so wear comfortable shoes.  Midday, the bus will drop you at the pier at South Street Seaport.  Lunch is on your own, so pace something delicious to eat and bring it with you, or choose to dine at one of the Pier 17’s restaurants/cafes.  But wait, there’s more…  Following lunch, you will board the Circle Line’s Statue of Liberty Express, sailing up, down and all around New York harbor.  While enjoying an hour-long, narrated cruise, the ship will pause up close to the majestic Lady Liberty.  Be sure your phone is charges so you are able to get amazing photographs of her, Ellis Island, Governors Island and the expansive Brooklyn Bridge.  This s a chance to see New York City up close and personal without the hassle of driving to the city and searching for parking, or spending your day on subways and in taxis.  Just kick back and enjoy so much of what Manhattan has to offer.  Price includes round trip transportation, provided by Friendship Tours, admission to the Circle Line cruise and bus driver gratuity.  Detailed itinerary will follow closer to excursion.  It is sure to be a wonderful experience for everyone.  SO START SPREADIN’ THE NEWS so we can fill that bus!!!  Children welcome, minimum age 16.

Course #         9611    Departs NHS  Time:  8:00 AM                       Date:  Saturday           4/28/18                        Fee $109




Begin your day in New York City with an early lunch on your own at the Grand Central Terminal food court—remember to look up at the beautiful ceiling!  Spend the afternoon at the New York Public Library for a guided tour of the history and architecture of this landmark building flanked by the two lions—Patience and Fortitude.  There are many beautiful spaces within but perhaps the most spectacular is the Rose Main Reading Room.  After a year-long renovation that spiffed up the enormous research room—which is about as long a two city blocks—its plaster rosettes, celestial mural, and ornate chandeliers are more glorious than ever.  Next will be a self-guided visit of the Morgan Library which began as the private library of financial Pierpont Morgan, one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the US.  The complex consists of J.P. Morgan’s exquisite library, refurbished in 2010, along with the splendid, marble-covered rotunda, a red-paneled study, and other glorious rooms.  This trip included a Friendship Tours Tour Director for the day to assist in maneuvering your way through New York City!  This trip requires a moderate level of walking as the libraries and Grand Central are large buildings. Children welcome, minimum age 12.


Course #         9612    Departs NHS  Time:9:00 AM             Date:   Saturday                4/7/18       Fee $109