Historic Highlights

Immerse yourself in American history on this Regional Explorer trip from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia. Explore a New World and young nation on this journey from Capitol Hill and the home of George Washington, to the bloody battlefields of Gettysburg and a haunted tavern.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Washington, D.C.

The political heart of America is your gateway to a memorable encounter with the Land of the Free and how it came to be so. After checking in to your hotel, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the museums, memorials and monuments of Washington, D.C. This evening, you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your journey.

Hotel: Yours Truly DC, 2 nights

Day 2: Washington, D.C. Monuments and Memorials

Roam the corridors of power, oak-lined avenues and noble tributes to America’s famous sons and daughters, as you explore the nation’s proud heritage today. View the White House, striking Washington Monument and National Mall, stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol building. Reflect on the country’s darkest days at the Lincoln Memorial and somber memorials to World War II and the Vietnam War. The rest of the day is free to chart your own course through America’s capital city.

Day 3: Washington, D.C. – Mount Vernon – Yorktown – Williamsburg

Tread in the footsteps of America’s first president, visiting Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington. Delve into the history of the American Revolution at the Yorktown Victory Center, experiencing first-hand the dramatic “Siege of Yorktown”. We’ll continue to Williamsburg, founded in 1638 as Middle Plantation, and the former capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. This evening, we’ll enjoy a Regional Dinner.

Day 4: Jamestown – Colonial Williamsburg

Pay tribute to the brave men and women who gave up their homeland to establish a New World. This morning, we venture to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, where we’ll gain insights into the trials that marked the lives of early 17th century colonists. Walk through the life-sized re-creations of the colonists’ crude fort, explore the mock-up of the Native American Powhatan village and climb aboard a replica of one of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia. We fast forward a few centuries and spend the rest of the day in Colonial Williamsburg, once Britain’s largest colony in the New World. Chat with blacksmiths, admire a fife and drum parade, and perhaps even engage in some politicking with a costumed Federalist in the town square. This afternoon, we ‘Dive into Culture’ and meet Sylvia Tabb-Lee who will bring America’s slavery history to life.

Day 5: Williamsburg – Richmond – Monticello – Charlottesville

Visit St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia-the very spot where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were inspired by Patrick Henry’s fiery “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. Continue to Charlottesville, where you’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then, visit Monticello, the neoclassical Italian estate where Jefferson once sought a quieter existence. The rest of your day is free.

Hotel: Omni Charlottesville

Day 6: Charlottesville – Shenandoah National Park – Gettysburg

Journey through the rolling hills of the Shenandoah National Park en route to Gettysburg where we’ll delve into the devastation of a four-year civil war pitting North against South. We explore the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, where our visit ‘Makes a Difference’ by contributing to their efforts to preserve the battlefield. This evening, indulge in a festive Regional Dinner at the “most haunted” 19th century Dobbin House, keeping an eye out for Uncle Abe who may grace the group with his presence.

Hotel: Wyndham Gettysburg

Day 7: Gettysburg – Philadelphia

Cast your mind back to the pivotal, yet tragic day on which Pickett led his charge on Gettysburg. Join a Local Specialist who will bring to life the events at Gettysburg which turned the tide in the Civil War. Just four months later, the battlefield served as the backdrop for Abraham Lincoln’s call for “a new birth of freedom” in his famed Gettysburg Address. We’ll journey to the City of Brotherly Love and site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence next. Stay in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district, within walking distance of dozens of landmark buildings. This evening, we’ll join our Travel Director and fellow American history enthusiasts for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Hilton at Penn’s Landing

Day 8: Philadelphia – Depart Washington, D.C.

Gain insights into the history of the U.S. Constitution and the effect it has had around the world during this morning’s tour through Philadelphia. We’ll explore the UNESCO-listed Independence National Historic Park and see its famous cracked bell whose inscription has inspired so many to “proclaim liberty”. The final stop on our journey is Washington, D.C., where we’ll transfer to either Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan National Airport or to the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown for guests extending their stay.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 11$3,195.00$4,245.00
May: 02$3,225.00$4,275.00
May: 30$3,195.00$4,245.00
June: 06$3,225.00$4,275.00
June: 13, 20$3,275.00$4,325.00
September: 12, 19$3,275.00$4,325.00
October: 03$3,275.00$4,325.00
October: 10$3,225.00$4,275.00
October: 24$3,125.00$4,175.00

Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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America’s Historic East

On this East Coast tour, discover the historic national treasures prominent in America’s history. Step back in time in Jamestown settlement, the first permanent English settlement in the new world, and Colonial Williamsburg, where costumed villagers re – enact life in 18th  – century Virginia. See the meeting place for Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other patriots, and enjoy a Colonial – style dinner at a local tavern, where you’ll experience a re – created supper experience savored by 18th – century patriots. Visit Richmond’s St. John’s Church, where Patrick Henry proclaimed, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Tour Jefferson’s beautiful and imposing estate, Monticello, and visit George Washington’s restored home, Mount Vernon.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Washington DC

Welcome to Washington DC! At 6 pm, meet with your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Hotel: Capital Hilton, 2 nights

Day 2: Washington DC – Excursion to Mount Vernon

This morning’s sightseeing features many of Washington DC’s famous landmarks, including the Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam and Korean War Veterans Memorials, with stops for photos at the White House and Capitol Hill. This afternoon, we visit Mount Vernon, the restored home of George Washington. Tour the house and gardens, and visit the museums. Try our optional dinner tonight at one of Washington’s favourite restaurants, followed by an illumination tour of the monuments.

Day 3: Washington DC – Fredericksburg – Yorktown –  Williamsburg

Today, travel south to Fredericksburg, known for its role in both the American Revolution and the Civil War. Here, enjoy an orientation tour and free time to explore the historic artifacts. Next, continue to Yorktown Historical Battlefield Park, where the British surrendered to Washington’s troops in 1781, bringing an end to the American Revolution. Continue to Williamsburg for a 2 – night stay.

Hotel: Woodland Hotel & Suites, 2 nights

Day 4: Williamsburg – Excursion to Jamestown Settlement

This morning, enjoy an exclusive Performance from Sylvia Tabb – Lee, a professional historian. Visit the nearby Jamestown Settlement for a guided tour to learn about the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Then, enter Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, where costumed villagers add to the authenticity. Stroll down its quaint streets, browse through the historic trade shops, and see the Public Gaol. Also, be sure to stop at Raleigh Tavern, the meeting place for Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other patriots. This evening, enjoy a Colonial – style dinner at a famous local Tavern for the chance to engage in a recreated supper experience savoured by 18th – century patriots.

Day 5: Williamsburg – Richmond – Monticello – Staunton

First stop is Richmond, Virginia’s capital and once the capital of the Confederacy. Visit St. John’s Church, where Patrick Henry proclaimed, “Give me liberty or give me death!” Next, Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s estate with its beautiful gardens and imposing mansion designed by Jefferson himself. Spend the evening in Staunton, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Hotel: Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Day 6: Staunton – Shenandoah National Park

Today, journey to beautiful Shenandoah National Park, home to spectacular vistas and a haven to wildlife. Enjoy photo stops and panoramic vistas from Skyline Drive. During your free time today, why not stroll one of the many hiking trails or just sit back and enjoy the scenery?

Hotel: Skyland Resort

Day 7: Shenandoah National Park – Harpers Ferry – Gettysburg

oday, follow the same route as Lee’s army during its invasion of Pennsylvania. In West Virginia, visit Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, where John Brown and his “army of liberation” staged their fateful raid on a U.S. Arsenal. Continue across Maryland to Gettysburg National Military Park. Then, tour Gettysburg and hear your Local Guide vividly recount the Battle of 1863. This evening, enjoy a Colonial – style candlelight dinner at the elegant Dobbin House Tavern, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Special Feature: Stay overnight at the historic Hotel Gettysburg, established in 1797. President Lincoln honed the immortal words of his Gettysburg Address just steps away from the hotel, and nearly a century later, the hotel served as President Dwight Eisenhower’s National Operations centre.

Hotel: Hotel Gettysburg

Day 8: Gettysburg – Valley Forge National Historic Park –  Philadelphia

This morning, enjoy an exclusive Presentation by one of America’s heroes of the 19th century – Ulysses S. Grant. Next, travel through Lancaster County past Amish farmlands to Valley Forge National Historic Park for a tour to see the camp where Washington and his troops endured the harsh winter of 1777 – 1778. See the Memorial Arch, the Grand Parade, and the Washington Memorial Chapel. Continue to Philadelphia, where your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner on the historic Moshulu ship. Launched in 1904, she has had a long and exciting career on the seas and is now considered one of Philadelphia’s best restaurants.

Hotel: Sheraton Society Hill

Day 9: Depart Philadelphia

Morning sightseeing focuses on the important buildings of the “Birthplace of the Nation.” Major attractions at Independence National Historical Park include the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Continue to the Philadelphia Airport for guests with homebound flights (please schedule flights from the Philadelphia Airport after 1:30 pm). For passengers who would like to return to Washington DC, the motorcoach transfers to the Capital Hilton at no additional cost.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 08, 15$3,849.00Price on Application
June: 05, 12$3,849.00Price on Application
June: 25$3,879.00Price on Application
September: 04, 11$3,879.00Price on Application
September: 25$3,949.00Price on Application
October: 01, 02, 09$3,949.00Price on Application

Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: Deluxe air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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