Explore a young nation on this journey from Capitol Hill. Visit George Washington’s home, watch reenactments on Gettysburg’s battlefields, and take dinner in a famous haunted tavern.
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Multiple departures are available in 2022 and 2023.
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DAY 1 - ARRIVE WASHINGTON D.C. (Welcome Reception)
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. SIGHTSEEING (B)
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 - MOUNT VERNON - YORKTOWN - WILLIAMSBURG (B, Regional Dinner)
Today’s travels begin treading in the footsteps of America's first president by visiting Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington. Step back into the 18th century, strolling the estate’s lush gardens, grounds, and fascinating museum galleries. Delve into the history and Dive Into Culture at the American Revolution Museum at the Yorktown Victory Center surrounded by period artifacts and experiencing first-hand the dramatic "Siege of Yorktown" with a 180-degree surround screen and dramatic special effects. Your tour continues on to Williamsburg, founded in 1638 as Middle Plantation, and the former capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. This evening is the ultimate in Williamsburg sightseeing, enjoying a Regional Dinner sampling the best of Colonial Williamsburg’s historic district.
HOTEL - HILTON GARDEN INN WILLIAMSBURG
DAY 4 - WILLIAMSBURG SIGHTSEEING (B)
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 - RICHMOND - CHARLOTTESVILLE - MONTICELLO (B, L)
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 - SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK - GETTYSBURG (B, REGIONAL DINNER)
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 MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® 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 BATTLEFIELD - PHILADELPHIA (B, FAREWELL DINNER)
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 - DEPART WASHINGTON D.C (B)
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.
Will I need a passport/visa?
Passports are needed when travelling outside of your home country. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip. You are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your guided holiday. Depending on your nationality, you may need visas to enter certain countries included on your trip. Please note that obtaining visas can take up to six weeks prior to your departure. It is strongly advised that you consult your Travel Agent and the local Consulate or Embassy of the country you are visiting well in advance to determine which visas they require and how to obtain them.
Authentic COVID-19 vaccination certificate (electronic or paper showing date and time of vaccination(s)) with final or booster dose given at least 15 days before departing is required for this trip.
Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.
Properties used in the tour is subject to change without notice.