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 cocktail reception and dinner.
In Freedom’s Footsteps: Philadelphia To Washington, DC
- 11 Days / 10 Nights
- April to October
- Round trip scheduled flights
- Accommodation for 10 nights as specified
- 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 6 dinners
- Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
- Services of a Tauck Tour Director
- Classic tour
From £4,465 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.
Steeped in history, Philadelphia combines the old with the new. Enjoy a day exploring the many attractions. Begin the morning with an early-opening private tour of the Museum of the American Revolution, followed by a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic district. Tour Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and view the Liberty Bell, before spending the rest of the day as you please.
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.
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. You’ll travel through some of these towns as you continue on this afternoon to Charlottesville, Virginia for a two-night stay.Omni Charlottesville Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
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.Omni Charlottesville Hotel (Breakfast and lunch included)
Begin the day with a private guided tour of the historic Virginia State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson and French architect Charles-Louis Clérisseau, and modeled after an ancient Roman temple in southern France. Following lunch at a local bistro, enjoy a walking tour of Richmond’s historic center led by guides from the city’s celebrated 120-year-old history museum, The Valentine. Today’s final destination is Colonial Williamsburg, where you’ll spend the next two nights.Williamsburg Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
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. You’ll enjoy activities and demonstrations throughout the day.Williamsburg Lodge (Breakfast included)
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.
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.
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.
Time for some last minute shopping before you transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
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