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America's Historic Heritage (8970)

9 Day Tour from Washington DC to Washington DC

2016 Tour Details

Join us on this exciting tour of the most influential and historic locations in American history. From its capital city, Washington DC, to the first English settlement, Jamestown, and the American Civil War battlefields, there is something for everyone interested in the history of the United States.

Start in Washington DC with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam and Korean Memorials, and more. Then, visit Mount Vernon, the Yorktown Historical Battlefield, and tour the archaeological site of Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg. Visit the graceful home of the third U.S. President, Thomas Jefferson. A guided visit of his Monticello estate reveals the impressive mansion designed by Jefferson himself. Next, follow Skyline Drive into spectacular Shenandoah National Park. Cross the Mason-Dixon Line into Pennsylvania, and visit the hallowed Gettysburg National Military Park and Battlefield. Head through Pennsylvania Dutch Country to Lancaster County, home of the religious Amish and Mennonite sects and where a Local Guide explains the faith, culture, and way of life here. Sightseeing in Philadelphia, the “Birthplace of the Nation,” includes the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Return to Washington DC for the conclusion of your fascinating journey through American history!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In Washington DC, Richmond, and Philadelphia; Arlington National Cemetery, Capitol Hill, White House, Lincoln Memorial, Korea Memorial, Vietnam Memorials, Mount Vernon, Yorktown Historical Battlefield Park, Jamestown Settlement, Colonial Williamsburg, St. John’s Church, Monticello Estate, Shenandoah National Park, Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, Gettysburg National Military Park & Battlefield, Amish farm & house, Valley Forge, Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Local Guides for sightseeing in Washington DC, Jamestown Settlement, Monticello Estate, Gettysburg National Military Park and Battlefield, and Amish farm & house; services of a professional Tour Director.

Scenic Highlights:
Shenandoah National Park and Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

NOTE:
Enjoy the spectacular colors of the Appalachian Mountains on our special fall foliage departures: September 10 to October 8 (if Mother Nature permits).

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Independence Hall

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

4 continental breakfasts

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Washington DC Area

Welcome to Washington DC. Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 Washington DC Area

Today begins with a guided sightseeing tour that shows you the graves of American heroes, including those of John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert, in beautiful Arlington National Cemetery. Afterward, your guided tour of the capital continues, with photo stops at Capitol Hill and the National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation White House, and visits to the National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation Lincoln, National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation Korea, and National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation Vietnam Memorials.

Day 3 Washington DC Area–Mount Vernon–Yorktown–Williamsburg

A day filled with historic attractions. First is MOUNT VERNON, the beloved home of George and Martha Washington, overlooking the banks of the Potomac River. Then, on to Yorktown on the York River, and a visit to National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation YORKTOWN HISTORICAL BATTLEFIELD PARK, where the British surrendered to Washington’s troops, bringing an end to the American Revolution on October 19, 1781. Late-afternoon arrival in Williamsburg.

Day 4 Williamsburg. Excursion to Jamestown Settlement & Colonial Williamsburg

A morning visit to nearby JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT for a guided tour to learn about the first permanent English settlement in the New World. The rest of the day is dedicated to COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG, where American heritage is proudly preserved in the reconstructed buildings and historical displays. Stroll down quaint streets and browse through homes, gardens, taverns, shops, and exhibits. In the Hall of Burgesses, listen as costumed interpreters debate the controversial steps that led to the Declaration of Independence.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 5 Willimasburg–Richmond–Monticello–Shenandoah National Park

Drive westward to Richmond, once the capital of the Confederacy, for a short sightseeing tour. See Monument Avenue, the White House of the Confederacy, the State Capitol, and ST. JOHN’S CHURCH, where Patrick Henry proclaimed, “Give me liberty or give me death!” Before arriving in Charlottesville, we visit the graceful home of the third U.S. President, Thomas Jefferson. The MONTICELLO ESTATE reflects Jefferson’s skills as an artist, architect, and designer. A guided visit features the impressive mansion designed by Jefferson himself. It is the only house in the U.S. that is on the UNESCO World Heritage List of international treasures. Then, follow Skyline Drive into spectacular National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK for an overnight.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 6 Shenandoah National Park–Harpers Ferry–Gettysbrug

Head for National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation HARPERS FERRY NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, where in 1859 John Brown made his ill-fated raid on the U.S. Arsenal. A visit to this quaint, historic community is like stepping into the past. Cross the Mason-Dixon Line into Pennsylvania, with a late-afternoon arrival in Gettysburg. Tonight we offer an optional outing to a local restaurant to enjoy the flavor of the area.

Day 7 Gettysburg–Lancaster

The day begins with a visit to the hallowed National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK AND BATTLEFIELD, site of the decisive campaign of the Civil War and where Abraham Lincoln delivered his immortal Gettysburg Address in November 1863. Enjoy a tour of Gettysburg and hear your Local Guide vividly recount the battle. Also spend some time exploring the newly renovated museum and cyclorama. Through Pennsylvania Dutch Country to Lancaster County, home of the religious Amish and Mennonite sects. Stop at the AMISH FARM & HOUSE, where a Local Guide explains the faith, culture, and way of life of these people, for whom tradition forbids the use of electricity or telephones in the home. Note the distinctive style of dress and the use of horse-drawn buggies in place of motor vehicles. This evening, join an optional dinner outing for a traditional Amish meal.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 8 Lancaster–Valley Forge–Philadelphia

On to National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation VALLEY FORGE, where Washington’s troops endured such hardship during the bitter winter of 1777-1778. Tour the national historic park and camp, and see Washington’s headquarters, the Grand Parade, and the Washington Memorial Chapel. Continue to Philadelphia, “Birthplace of the Nation.” Arrive in Philadelphia in the early afternoon. Major attractions on your sightseeing tour include National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation LIBERTY BELL and INDEPENDENCE HALL.

Day 9 Philadelphia–Washington DC Area

This morning, we make our way to Washington Dulles International and Reagan National Airports for those with homebound flights. Please schedule flights after 2 pm.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

 Tour Director

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 Accommodations

WASHINGTON DC AREA Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria (F)
WILLIAMSBURG Country Inn & Suites (F)
SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK Skyland Resort (NP)
GETTYSBURG Quality Inn Gettysburg (ST)
LANCASTER Heritage Hotel Lancaster (ST)
PHILADELPHIA Hampton Inn Philadelphia (ST)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Washington DC
Gettysburg
Lancaster

Washington DC

Washington DC By Night & Dinner at Tony & Joe's Seafood Place
Washington DC By Night & Dinner at Tony & Joe's Seafood Place

Washington DC By Night & Dinner at Tony & Joe's Seafood Place

The evening begins with dinner, then continues with an illumination tour of several of the most famous memorials as well as The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Tour last about 2 hours not including dinner.

Approximate value: $51 USD per person

Gettysburg

Historic Gettysburg Dinner
Historic Gettysburg Dinner

Historic Gettysburg Dinner

Dine in Gettysburg, and drift back over 200 years of history while enjoying casual fine dining at the oldest, most historic home in town! This is a colonial restaurant where candlelit elegance, superior food, and gracious service bring back the sights, sounds and tastes of two centuries ago. Subject to availability.

Approximate value: $32 USD per person

Lancaster

Hershey Farm Dinner
Hershey Farm Dinner

Hershey Farm Dinner

This dinner includes a Signature Baked Goods Demonstration. One of Hershey Farm's trained cooks will guide you step by step to create two of Hershey Farm's signature bakery items, Shoofly pie and whoopee pies. Your traditional family style meal includes fried chicken, and two other meats, three vegetable dishes, sweet and sour relishes, fresh baked rolls, warm apple pie, shoofly pie and vanilla ice cream.

Approximate value: $32 USD per person

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