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.

Williamsburg & Washington DC



Begins in Philadelphia and ends in Washington DC


April, May, June, September and October

Your Tauck Itinerary includes:

• Round trip scheduled flights
• Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
• 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 5 dinners
• Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
• Services of a Tauck Tour Director


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


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


After breakfast enjoy the journey as you travel through Pennsylvania farmland to Lancaster County.  A sightseeing tour with a local guide gives you an insight into the unique cultural heritage of the Amish, the inhabitants of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Enjoy a special country lunch before you travel on to historic Gettysburg, where a National Park guide will help you explore the Gettysburg National Military Park, site of one of the Civil War's most significant battles. This evening, enjoy a talk from a local guide who recounts the experience of a civillian during the 1863 fighting.
Hotel: Wyndham Gettysburg
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Travel south crossing the Mason-Dixon line, then on to Virginia's National Museum of the Marine Corps where you'll discover interactive exhibits chronicling more than 200 years of history. Continue to Colonial Williamsburg and discover Virginia's colonial capital. Dinner tonight is in an authentic colonial tavern.
Hotel: Williamsburg Inn/Lodge 
Breakfast and dinner included


Enjoy a full day exploring Colonial Williamsburg, restored to its 1770 grandeur. Meet historic interpreters in colonial dress who represent actual citizens from 18th century Williamsburg, and experience an in-depth look at America's early days first-hand! Step back in time in the living history museum and see the Capitol Building, still flying the British flag; Raleigh Tavern, the House of Burgesses; the Governor's Palace; Bruton Parish Church; and many other historic colonial homes and shops.
Hotel: Williamsburg Inn/Lodge
Breakfast and lunch included


Depart Williamsburg for visit to Jamestown, founded as the first permanent English settlement in the 'New World'. Enjoy a detailed and informative talk of the influences of the Powhatan, English and African cultures. On a walking tour you will see exhibits on America's early heritage. Then it's on to the nation's capital, Washington DC.
Hotel: Fairmont, Washington, DC
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Today you travel to Mount Vernon where you'll learn more about George Washington's beloved Mount Vernon estate. Perched overlooking the Potomac River, tour the mansion and beautiful landscaped grounds and explore the new interactive museum. Return to Washington DC for visits to the Lincoln Memorial, Capital Hill and the Vietnam, Korean & WWII War Memorials. End the day with a special evening of farewell cocktails and dinner at your hotel.
Hotel: Fairmont, Washington, DC
Breakfast and dinner included


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


From £2612 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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