Sightseeing; Liberty Bell; Arlington National Cemetery; White House; Washington Monument; Mount Vernon; Yorktown; Jamestown; Colonial Williamsburg; St. John Church; Monticello; Farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower; Gettysburg National Military Park; National Constitution Center; Independence National Historical Park; Shenandoah National Park;
Enjoy 8 Days Historic Highlights Escorted tour featuring sightseeing and many activities in Gettysburg, Philadelphia, Shenandoah National Park, Washington DC and Williamburg. Hartford Travel Guide and Trip PlannerRead Full Description
- Trip Length:
- 8 days
- Best Time to Go:
Jul 05, 2008 to Jul 12, 2008
Sep 06, 2008 to Sep 13, 2008
Sep 27, 2008 to Oct 04, 2008
Aug 02, 2008 to Aug 09, 2008
Oct 04, 2008 to Oct 11, 2008
Sep 20, 2008 to Sep 27, 2008
Jul 12, 2008 to Jul 19, 2008
Oct 11, 2008 to Oct 18, 2008
Oct 18, 2008 to Oct 25, 2008
- Recommended for:
Infants (under 2)
Children (2 - 5)
Children (6 - 8)
Children (9 - 11)
Children (12 - 14)
Children (15 - 17)
Adults (18 - 20)
Adults (25 - 29)
Family Trip, Group Retreat, Trip Around the World
Detailed Trip Description
Enjoy 8 Days Historic Highlights Escorted tour featuring sightseeing and many activities in Gettysburg, Philadelphia, Shenandoah National Park, Washington DC and Williamburg. Hartford Travel Guide and Trip Planner
Day 1 - Washington DC
Arrive Washington DC.
You have a complimentary transfer to your hotel, where the rest of the day is free. Your Tour Director will be available this afternoon to answer any questions.
Food and Dining
Meet your travelling companions this evening at a Welcome Reception.
Stay at Capital Hilton (F).
Day 2 - Washington DC
This morning’s tour of Washington highlights views of the city's most famous landmarks, including the White House, Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol. See the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial.
Then cross the river and take a narrated tour of Arlington National Cemetery. (FB)
Day 3 - Williamsburg
Washington DC - Mount Vernon - Williamsburg.
Your first stop this morning is Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington. Then head south through Virginia to Yorktown, where the British Army was finally defeated, ending the Revolutionary War. On to Colonial Williamsburg.
Food and Dining
This evening, enjoy a special Virginia colonial dinner. (FB,D)
Stay at Crowne Plaza Hotel Williamsburg at Fort Magruder (F).
Day 4 - Williamsburg
Jamestown Excursion - Colonial Williamsburg.
This morning visit Jamestown, site of the first permanent English settlement in America, founded in 1607. See replicas of the ships that brought the first settlers to the New World, and the re-created fort and Indian village.
There is time to explore the site before returning to Colonial Williamsburg. Step back into the 18th century as you stroll along the Duke of Gloucester Street where the townspeople, adorned in period costumes, go about their daily lives in faithfully restored shops, taverns and homes. (FB)
Day 5 - Williamsburg
Williamsburg - Monticello - Shenandoah National Park.
Travel to Richmond, once the capital of the Confederacy and now the capital of Virginia.
See the State Capitol and St. John's Church where Patrick Henry exclaimed "Give me liberty or give me death." From here, continue into the rolling hills of Virginia’s countryside to Monticello, the beautiful home of President Thomas Jefferson.
This afternoon, head into the Blue Ridge Mountains, following the scenic Skyline Drive of Shenandoah National Park. (FB,D)
Stay at Big Meadows Lodge (MF).
Day 6 - Gettysburg
Shenandoah National Park - Gettysburg.
Travel north through the town of Harpers Ferry, site of abolitionist John Brown’s raid which ignited the early flames of the Civil War.
Next to Gettysburg to tour the nearby farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. (FB)
Stay at Gettysburg Hotel (F).
Day 7 - Philadelphia
Gettysburg - Amish Country - Philadelphia.
Tour the Gettysburg National Military Park this morning with a local guide.
Then on through Lancaster County into the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch countryside, the land of the Amish. See the rich farmlands and learn more about these peaceful people. Finally, travel to Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love.”
Food and Dining
This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at the hotel. (FB,D)
Stay at Courtyard Philiadelphia Downtown by Marriott (F).
Day 8 - Washington DC
Philadelphia - Depart Washington DC.
On an orientation tour of Philadelphia, visit the award-winning National Constitution Center, the first museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution.
Then on to Independence National Historical Park, home of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.
Return to Washington DC with stops at Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airports and at the Washington DC hotel for passengers extending their stay. Please do not schedule flights before 5:30 p.m. from Dulles International or 6:30 p.m. from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airports. (FB)
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