AMERICA’S HISTORIC EAST

HIGHLIGHTS

Independence Hall • Valley Forge National Historic Park • Amish Farm & House • Amish Family Style Dinner • Gettysburg National Military Park • Harpers Ferry National Historic Park • Shenandoah National Park • Monticello • Jamestown Settlement • Colonial Williamsburg • Mount Vernon • Arlington National Cemetery • Twilight Illumination Tour • Ford’s Theatre

 

INCLUDES

9 Nights Hotel Accommodations, 14 Meals, Tour Director, Motorcoach Transportation, Sightseeing per Itinerary, Baggage Handling

TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL        EASY  1   2   3   4  ACTIVE

Day 1 - ARRIVE PHILADELPHIA

Arrive in Philadelphia, PA which in Greek translates to ‘the city of brotherly love’. Meet your Tour Director and transfer to your Philadelphia hotel for a 2-night stay. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant in Philadelphia. (D)

 

Day 2 - PHILADELPHIA SIGHTSEEING

Today enjoy a Philadelphia City Tour to see the Most Historic Square Mile in America featuring Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center. Visit Independence Hall, the site where the United States Constitution was debated and adopted & the setting for the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence. Later visit the National Constitution Center, the only museum dedicated to the United States Constitution. (B)

 

Day 3 - PHILADELPHIA - VALLEY FORGE - LANCASTER

This morning visit Valley Forge & tour Valley Forge National Historical Park which preserves our nation’s history and tells the story of the Continental Army during the winter of 1777-78. On December 19, 1777, George Washington led a weary Continental Army into Valley Forge. For the next six months, the divided groups of militiamen came together to form a true army, one capable of taking the fight to their British foes. This afternoon visit an Amish Farm & House to learn about their faith, culture and way of life that forbids the use of electricity or telephones in the home. See the Amish distinctive style of dress and the use of horse-drawn buggies in place of cars. Later enjoy a traditional Amish Family Style Dinner. (B,D)

 

Day 4 - LANCASTER - GETTYSBURG - HARPERS FERRY - SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK

This morning visit the somber grounds of Gettysburg National Military Park, site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Today, 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 onto visit Shenandoah National Park, the scenic mountain haven of the Mid-Atlantic featuring wetlands, waterfalls, rocky peaks, many bird species, deer and the elusive black bear. Travel on the park’s famous Skyline Drive which follows along the scenic crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. (B,D)

 

Day 5 - MONTICELLO - WILLIAMSBURG

This morning visit Monticello, the mountaintop home of the third President of the US, Thomas Jefferson. Explore the mansion, gardens, and plantation designed by Jefferson himself. Next drive to Richmond to see Virginia’s capital and once the capital of the Confederacy. See St. John’s Church, the site of Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech. Later arrive in Williamsburg for a two night stay to explore incredible Colonial highlights. (B)

Day 6 - JAMESTOWN - WILLIAMSBURG

Today a short ride brings you to Jamestown, founded in 1607 as the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Visit the restored full-scale Jamestown Settlement. Later visit Virginia’s largest historical attraction, Colonial Williamsburg, a 173-acre living history museum. Start at the Visitor’s Center then head out at your own pace to explore the 88 restored and reconstructed 18th century buildings. Mingle with costumed townspeople and witness craftsmen demonstrations. Tonight enjoy a traditional Tavern Colonial Dinner with your fellow travelers. (B,D)

 

Day 7 - MOUNT VERNON - WASHINGTON DC

Enjoy breakfast then travel to Mount Vernon, President George Washington’s beautiful estate overlooking the Potomac River. The “Father of Our Country” called Mt. Vernon home for more than 45 years. Later arrive in Washington DC for a 3-night stay. This evening enjoy a DC Twilight Illumination Tour of the famous monuments including those dedicated to Lincoln & Jefferson. (B)

 

Day 8 - WASHINGTON DC - ARLINGTON - DC CITY TOUR

This morning visit Arlington National Cemetery to see the Kennedy Grave Sites and famous Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This afternoon enjoy a Washington DC City Tour including the World War II, Korean & Vietnam War Memorials, fantastic views of Capitol Hill & other Memorials and a stop for White House photos. (B)

 

Day 9 - WASHINGTON DC - NEWSEUM & FORD’S THEATRE - SMITHSONIAN

Today visit the Newseum, an interactive museum of news tracing the evolution of print and electronic communication from the earliest days of the U.S. to the technologies of the present and future. Later tour Ford’s Theatre, the site of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. It is a working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum and learning center. Enjoy the afternoon to visit the world’s greatest and largest museum, the Smithsonian Institution. Comprised of several spacious museum buildings, the Institution features the well known Air & Space, American History and Natural History Museums among others. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers at a popular local restaurant in the DC area. (B,D)

 

Day 10 - FLY HOME FROM WASHINGTON DC

Travel to the airport for your flight home with wonderful memories of your America’s Historic East Tour. (B)

 

†Land only rates do not include hotel transfers. Roundtrip air package includes hotel transfers.

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