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Pennsylvania | Philadelphia

Fabulous Philadelphia remains something of a well-kept secret. This scintillating city is one of the oldest in the United States and the nation’s fifth largest.

The heart of Philadelphia is home to some famous landmarks including the impressive City Hall, Reading Terminal Market and the colourful Friendship Gate which marks the entrance to Chinatown. Also, a must visit is the Historic Waterfront District with its charming courtyards and brick-paved pathways encompassing the stylish Society Hill area.

Learn more about the making of the first American flag at the Betsy Ross House, visit Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Philadelphia’s Museum of Art which sits at the top of the steps made famous in the 'Rocky' movies.

For some retail therapy take in the shopping at Franklin Mills Mall with more than 200 outlet stores, or the King of Prussia Mall located at Valley  Forge.

Did you know Philadelphia...

~ Is the 5th largest city in the U.S. and 2nd largest on the East Coast.

~ Is known as the birthplace of America and home to the Nation’s most historic square mile – Independence National Historical Park.

~ Is home to many “firsts” in the U.S.: hospital, stock exchange, White House/Capital, university, mint, zoo, department store and diamond district.

~ Its Chinatown is one of the largest in the U.S.

~ Fairmount Park is the nation’s largest municipal park (even bigger than New York’s Central Park).

~ Has more than 200 BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) style restaurants, 250 outdoor cafés and is home to more than 2,500 restaurants.

~ The region is home to more than 12 breweries.

~ King of Prussia Mall is the nation’s largest retail shopping complex & includes 7 department stores, 375 specialty stores and 50 restaurants and eateries.

~ Fourth of July festival is called Philadelphia’s Wawa Welcome America! and stages the nation’s largest free outdoor concert.

~ Is home to the world’s largest indoor flower show.

~ Bill Cosby, Will Smith, Kevin Bacon, Seth Green, Richard Gere, Peter Boyle and Kevin Eubanks are just some popular entertainers that were born here.

~ Has more public art than any other U.S. city.

Colonial America


15 Days/14 Nights

Begins and ends in Philadelphia

DEPARTURES

Year round

YOUR FLY DRIVE INCLUDES:

• Round trip scheduled flights
• Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
• Accommodations as stated

DAY 1 ARRIVE PHILADELPHIA

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Philadelphia. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Why not start your trip with dinner at one of the traditional taverns?
Hotel: Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel

DAY 2 PHILADELPHIA

Welcome to America’s ’Birthplace of Independence’ where many great attractions such as Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Franklin Court and the Betsy Ross House can be found. Dine in some of the country’s best restaurants and discover another great option in the city; tax free shopping.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel

DAYS 3 & 4 GETTYSBURG

Driving distance: 79Mi/131Km
Leaving the bright lights of Philadelphia behind you’ll discover Penn Dutch Country today, with visits to Kitchen Kettle Village and perhaps an Amish home. Drive through York to Gettysburg, once a battle site in the American Civil War.
Hotel: Wyndham Gettysburg

DAYS 5 & 6 WASHINGTON, DC

Driving distance: 121Mi/205Km
Today you will be welcomed into America’s capital! Enjoy the famous monuments, the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, Washington Monument and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial which are best viewed on a bike or Segway tour. Explore the Smithsonian’s many museums, visit Arlington Cemetery, the White House, Capitol Building and much more. This evening, choose a fabulous eatery or take in a performance at the Kennedy Centre or Ford’s Theatre.
Hotel: Loews Madison Hotel

DAY 7 RICHMOND

Driving distance: 105Mi/168Km
Richmond remains one of America's most handsome capital cities. Explore over 400 years of history, from Civil War to Civil Rights, magnificent architecture, world-class museums and monument-lined streets. Visit the Edgar Allan Poe Museum and the Museum and White House of the Confederacy, or indulge in Richmond's diverse shopping and dining scene.
Hotel: Omni Richmond

DAYS 8 & 9 WILLIAMSBURG

Driving distance: 62Mi/100Km
Journey to Williamsburg, Virginia along scenic Route 5, and visit one of the many plantations along the way. Don’t miss Colonial Williamsburg, the most extensively restored 18th century town in the United States, or Jamestown Island, where America’s first English settlement was established. Visit exciting Busch Gardens for a day of fun and entertainment, and don’t miss the famous Williamsburg Pottery Outlet.
Hotel: Williamsburg Lodge

DAYS 10 & 11 VIRGINIA BEACH

Driving distance: 59Mi/94Km
Visit Newport News’ impressive Mariner’s Museum or the Virginia Living Museum before travelling to Virginia Beach. Experience the Virginia Marine Science Museum where visitors attempt to predict the weather, or enjoy a simulated journey to the bottom of the sea. Visit nearby Norfolk and stroll through the acres of azaleas, camellias and roses.
Hotel: Hilton Virginia Beach

DAYS 12 & 13 ANNAPOLIS

Driving distance: 217Mi/347Km
Today your drive takes you north to Annapolis, Maryland’s colonial capital city and now a favourite yachting port. Explore the charming harbour and visit the US Naval Academy.
Hotel: Loews Annapolis

DAY 14 BALTIMORE

Driving distance: 30Mi/48Km
A short drive brings you to Baltimore, America’s ’Renaissance City’, with its glittering harbour and National Aquarium. Plan a visit to Baltimore’s Inner Harbour for unique shops, live entertainment and diverse eateries.
Hotel: Hotel Monaco, Baltimore

DAY 15 JOURNEY HOME

Driving distance: 91Mi/150Km
Time for some last minute relaxation before making your way to Houston Airport, to return your rental car and checking in for your flight back to the UK.

PRICES

From £1655 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

In Freedom's Footsteps

Philadelphia


11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS

Begins in Philadelphia and ends in Washington DC

DEPARTURES

April, May, June, September and October

Your Tauck Itinerary includes:

• Round trip scheduled flights
• Accommodation for 10 nights as specified
• 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 7 dinners
• Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
• Services of a Tauck Tour Director

DAY 1 ARRIVE PHILADELPHIA

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Philadelphia. Upon arrival, a transfer to your hotel, the Sofitel Philadelphia, is included. This evening meet up with your fellow Tauck travellers for a welcome reception and dinner.
Hotel: Sofitel Philadelphia
Dinner included

DAY 2 PHILADELPHIA

Steeped in history, Philadelphia combines the old with the new. Enjoy a day exploring the many attractions. Tour Independence Hall, ride a horse-drawn carriage along cobblestone streets, see Liberty Bell and visit the National Constitution Centre. 
Hotel: Sofitel Philadelphia
Breakfast included

DAY 3 AMISH COUNTRY & GETTYSBURG

Travel through rolling Pennsylvania farmland to Lancaster County for a guided tour that reveals the cultural traditions of the Amish. Continue on to Gettysburg National Military Park for a visit to the amazing interpretive center and the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War which features 12 exhibit galleries. Following dinner, a storyteller recounts the harrowing experience of civilians trapped in the town of Gettysburg during the ferocious fighting.
Hotel: The Gettysburg Hotel
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 4 HARPER'S FERRY AND SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK

A morning drive with a Gettysburg expert takes you through some of the battlefields, viewing pivotal sites and hearing their stories. Travel on to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, where you’ll visit to the site of John Brown’s failed 1859 raid on the town’s federal arsenal. Later, ride the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the gorgeous Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.
Hotel: Big Meadows Lodge/Skyland Resort
Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 5 MONTICELLO AND CHARLOTTESVILLE

Today you travel to Charlottesville for a visit to the third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson’s beloved Monticello, hilltop house. After lunch featuring colonial fare and servers in 18th-century period attire, visit the University of Virginia’s landmark Rotunda and Grounds. You’ll end the afternoon with a private presentation on “Slavery, the Plantation and the Civil War” by Dr. Leni Sorensen.
Hotel: Omni Charlottesville Hotel
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 6 RICHMOND AND JAMESTOWN

Meet with Richmond Civil War historian and author Mark Howell, who share insights about the impact of the Civil War in Virginia. Next, you’ll gain further insights into Union, Confederate and African American viewpoints when you visit Historic Tredegar and the Tredegar Iron Works. Following lunch, travel to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. Today’s final destination is Colonial Williamsburg, where you’ll spend the next two nights.
Hotel: Williamsburg Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 7 COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG

Colonial Williamsburg is yours to explore as you please. Discover the recreated cobblestone streets which bring a bygone era back to life. Encounter local residents, from artisans and tradespeople to militiamen and ordinary citizens. Visit authentically restored buildings such as the Governor’s Palace, Raleigh Tavern and Bruton Parish Church.
Hotel: Williamsburg Lodge
Breakfast included

DAY 8 WASHINGTON, DC

This morning visit magnificent Mount Vernon, the estate of America’s first president, George Washington. Overlooking the Potomac River; explore the state-of-the-art interactive museum, the 18th-century mansion and landscaped grounds. You’ll have a late afternoon arrival in Washington, DC, and dine at a local restaurant.
Hotel: The Willard Washington, DC
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 9 WASHINGTON, DC

Today you’ll start with a sightseeing tour of iconic Washington sights, including the White House, Capitol Hill, the National Mall, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. On a visit to the Lincoln Memorial, you’ll have an opportunity to see the poignant memorials to those who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Then it’s on to Newseum, a captivating museum featuring interactive exhibits about the world of media.
Hotel: The Willard Washington, DC
Breakfast included

DAY 10 WASHINGTON, DC

This morning it’s an early admission to the Rotunda of the National Archives for a private viewing of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The afternoon is free for you to take in more attractions, or perhaps go shopping. This evening, a memorable week concludes with a farewell reception and dinner.
Hotel: The Willard Washington, DC
Breakfast and lunch included

DAY 11 JOURNEY HOME

Time for some last minute shopping before you transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Breakfast included

PRICES

From £3599 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

Philadelphia CityPass


Explore the sights and sounds of Philadelphia with the CityPass, which includes five of the city’s best attractions:

  • The Franklin Institute
  • Philadelphia Trolley Works and Big Bus Company
  • Adventure Aquarium
  • Philadelphia Zoo OR National Constitution Centre
  • Eastern State Penitentiary OR Please Touch Museum
  • Pre-booking takes away any worries of missing out and saves you time and money, often allowing you to skip the queues. CityPass tickets are valid for nine days from the first day of use.

    From £45 per person

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