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America's Historic East

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 40 - 44 people
Destination(s): Pennsylvania   Virginia  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History  
Season: May - June
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1999 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2069 US Dollar (USD)

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Imperial Splendors: •Historical Centre of the City of Salzburg
•Historical Centre of Vienna
•Historical Centre of Prague
•Palaces and Ponts of Potsdam and Berlin
•Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrássy Avenue


Day 1 Arrive in Washington DC

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


Day 2 Washington DC

This morning’s sightseeing features many of Washington DC’s famous landmarks, including the LINCOLN, VIETNAM, KOREAN, and WORLD WAR II Memorials. Take a guided tram tour of ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, where you’ll see the KENNEDY GRAVESITES, the TOMB OF THE UNKNOWNS, and ARLINGTON HOUSE, the Robert E. Lee Memorial. The remainder of the day is free to pursue your favorite interests. Maybe visit the Smithsonian Institute, Georgetown, the National Cathedral, or other prominent monuments and museums. Try our optional dinner tonight at one of Washington’s favorite restaurants, followed by an illumination tour of the monuments. (B)


Day 3 Washington DC–Mount Vernon–Yorktown–Williamsburg

This morning we visit MOUNT VERNON, the restored home of George Washington. Tour the house and gardens, and visit the gravesite. Then, visit YORKTOWN HISTORICAL BATTLEFIELD PARK, where the British surrendered to Washington’s troops in 1781, bringing the American Revolution to a successful conclusion. Your evening is free. (B)


Day 4 Williamsburg. Excursion to Jamestown Settlement

This morning, enjoy an exclusive [LF] 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 savored by 18th-century patriots. (B,D)


Day 5 Williamsburg–Richmond–Monticello–Shenandoah National Park

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.” Journey to Charlottesville to tour MONTICELLO, Thomas Jefferson’s estate with its beautiful gardens and imposing mansion designed by Jefferson himself. Enjoy photo stops and panoramic vistas from Skyline Drive in beautiful SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, where you will stay for the night. (B,D)


Day 6 Shenandoah National Park–Harpers Ferry–Gettysburg

Today, follow the route as Lee’s army during its invasion of Pennsylvania. In West Virginia, visit HARPERS FERRY, 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. Enjoy a tour of Gettysburg and hear your Local Guide vividly recount the Battle of 1863. Also spend some time exploring the newly renovated museum and cyclorama. This evening, enjoy a Colonial-style candlelight dinner at the elegant [LF] DOBBIN HOUSE TAVERN, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (B,D)

SPECIAL FEATURE: 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 Center.

Day 7 Gettysburg–Valley Forge–Philadelphia

This morning, enjoy an exclusive [LF] PRESENTATION by one of America’s heroes of the 19th century—Ulysses S. Grant. Then, travel through Lancaster County past Amish farmlands to VALLEY FORGE. Take a tour of the national historical park, the camp where Washington and his troops endured the harsh winter of 1777-1778. See Washington’s headquarters, the Grand Parade, and the Washington Memorial Chapel. Continue to Philadelphia, where your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (B,D)


Day 8 Philadelphia

This morning your sightseeing focuses on the important buildings of this historic city, the birthplace of the nation. Major attractions 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. (B)


Vacation Highlights

WASHINGTON DC
Guided sightseeing including Arlington Cemetery tram tour

MOUNT VERNON
Visit George Washington’s home

YORKTOWN
Visit Yorktown Battlefield

WILLIAMSBURG
[LF] Exclusive performance by professional historian; visit Colonial Williamsburg; Colonial-style dinner

JAMESTOWN
Visit Jamestown settlement

RICHMOND
Visit St. John’s Church

CHARLOTTESVILLE
Visit Monticello

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing

HARPERS FERRY
Visit Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

GETTYSBURG
Visit Gettysburg National Military Park; [LF] Dobbin House Tavern experience; [LF] Ulysses S. Grant historical interpreter

VALLEY FORGE
Visit Valley Forge National Historical Park

PHILADELPHIA
Visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall; farewell dinner

NOTE:

•Enjoy spectacular fall colors on our special Fall Foliage departures: September 20-October 11 (if Mother Nature permits).


Hotels

WASHINGTON DC Capital Hilton (SF)
WILLIAMSBURG Holiday Inn & Suites Gateway (F)
SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK Skyland Resort (F)
GETTYSBURG Gettysburg Hotel (F)
PHILADELPHIA Sheraton Society Hill (SF)

Meals

Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Philadelphia

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices are based on double occupancy land only and vary on departure dates. Also available August - October

Supplier Information
Location: Canada
Joined InfoHub: Feb 1999
Client Request Served: 1291

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