Tuesday, 30 May 2017


I love to travel but I have had few opportunities to do so. My last trip was to Punta Cana for my sister's wedding in 2014 and I loved it because I had so many people to spend time with on that trip. I was thinking about where I would like to go for another trip and I wanted to treat my mom. We had thought about somewhere tropical but I get bored easily and we wanted to see more than just a resort. So I suggested a weekend trip to New York City and my mom was all on board. A quick internet search brought up Comfort Tour and I saw that they had the perfect trip already planned and we just had to go! I picked the Victoria Day weekend in May as I knew it wasn't a holiday in New York and it was the weekend right after my birthday.

Comfort Tour is a bus tour company and they are based in Toronto. We left for the tour on Friday May 19, 2017. Comfort Tour have several pick up locations throughout the GTA starting in Scarborough and ending in Grimsby We chose the the Scarborough Town Centre pick-up because we were coming in from East of Toronto. The bus ride to the hotel is a long ride. The bus picked us up at 7:00 am and we didn't get to our hotel until 8:00pm but there were a lot of bathroom breaks and stops to eat along the way. We chatted with a lot of other travellers on the bus and got to know who we were travelling with. Our tour guide and bus driver were both extremely knowledgeable on the trip and were very experienced which was a huge relief. We crossed the border smoothly and along the drive our tour guide handed out maps of NYC as well as important information for pickup and drop-off times. The bus had Wifi which gave me something to do on the long journey.

The hotel we stayed at was the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, New Jersey The lobby was nice but the hotel room was just okay. When we arrived at the hotel we dropped our bags off and enjoyed the evening in the college town of New Brunswick. Each morning we had a complimentary breakfast which was delicious. 

The Saturday morning the bus left at 8:00am from the hotel towards New York City. It was such a cool ride to take the Lincoln Tunnel into the city and then we picked up a local tour guide who gave us a tour of Manhattan. The tour of the city was a mix of a bus tour and a walking tour. Our guide took us throughout the city pointing out all kinds of places of interest and he was very knowledgeable on the city. We got off to walk throughout Central Park, the 9/11 memorial and train station, and the tour ended at Grand Central Station where we had lunch. Our local guide was my favourite because he knew so much and could answer any questions we had. We left Grand Central Station and ended the tour by getting off at Bryant Park which was the drop-off and pick-up point for free time. We were dropped off at Bryant Park around 3:00pm and the bus would pick us up at 8:00pm but if we wanted to stay later we could take the train from Penn Station to New Brunswick, New Jersey. 

For free time on the Saturday I knew I wanted to see Manhattan from above so I asked the tour guide which viewing deck was the best and I was told Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Centre). So we walked through Times Square and made our way to Top of the Rock which was an unbelievable experience!

After going to the Top of the Rock we grabbed some Chipotle because most sit down restaurants had long line-ups that we didn't want to stand in. Then we finished the night with window shopping on Fifth Avenue and relaxing in Bryant Park before getting on the bus to go back to our hotel

On Sunday morning the bus left early at 7:40am because we were on our way to take a cruise to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. This was so exciting because we got such good views of the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty. My mom and I pre-purchased tickets to Wicked so we knew we had to leave the group early to make it to the show. We got to see the Statue of Liberty but only spent a little time on Ellis Island to look at the immigration museum they have before we took the cruise to Battery Park in Manhattan. From Battery Park my mom and I took a cab to Wicked the Musical where we picked up our tickets and then grabbed lunch before the show started.

Wicked was really long so we got out of the theatre at 5:40pm and we knew we wanted to see St. Patrick's Cathedral so we walked to the church and it was beautiful! We got to go inside and walk through it and was well worth it!

From St. Patrick's Cathedral we did some window shopping on Fifth Avenue before heading to Bryant Park to pick up the bus to go back to the hotel. We managed to do and see so much in two days and it was so much fun!

The Monday of the long weekend we left at 8:00am to head back to Canada and on our way back we stopped at the Waterloo Premium Outlets to do some shopping. Then we headed home and the way home always seems faster than the way there.

We had such a great time and I would definitely go on another Comfort Tours tour.

Have you been to New York City? If so what did you see when you were there?

Xo. Tara Berries