1) I am planning a visit to New York + Washington + Toronto + Quebec City + Montreal in end Sep / Oct 2012 (my third visit to your beautiful city!) and looking at several escorted tours for Eastern US / Canada (usually advertised as 13-16 days itinerary) with companies such as Insight / Cosmos / Trafalgar. This time round, will be bringing my parents as well!
Has anyone been on these tours? I am looking for best value tours (ie. not necessarily 4/5* hotels or luxury tours) with at least 50% of the meals provided and covering all the major sights. If there are other reputable companies besides Insight / Cosmos / Trafalgar offering such tours, please let me know! Any advice on ways to save money for such tours (ie. book through the web etc?)?
2) To experience the fall foliage, when is the best time to visit? Will late Oct be too late?
Appreciate your advice. Looking forward to experience the bustling sights of of NY again after 8 years! Thanks in advance!