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AMERICA'S HISTORIC EAST: First-Class USA Tours
and Holiday Packages For 2015
Photo courtesy of Fintrvlr
Tour Code - AHE
10 days - WASHINGTON D.C. to WASHINGTON D.C.
Your exclusive USA tours will commence in Washington D.C. by visiting Arlington National
Cemetery, the Vietnam, Korean, and FDR Memorials. Then visit Mount Vernon and the
Yorktown Historical Battlefield. Next day tour the archaeological site of Jamestown and Colonial
Williamsburg's Historic Area. An exclusive presentation by an Abraham Lincoln portrayer invites
you into his historic era. Continue exploration at Valley Forge for a behind-the-scenes tour. End
your trip with sightseeing in Philadelphia. For passengers who would like to return to
Washington DC, the coach will transfer passengers to the capital Hilton at no additional cost.
Exclusive performance by professional historian
Presentation by a local expert in Shenandoah NP
Dobbin House Tavern experience
Ulysses S.Grant historical interpreter
Independence Day in Washington DC - 4th July 2015
Tour Departure - 25 June 2015
Celebrate American Independence Day in the nation's
capital with festivities including a parade down
Constitution Avenue, free concerts, and a spectacular fireworks presentation over the National
Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide including Arlington National Cemetery tram tour
Visit George Washington's home
Visit Yorktown Battlefield
Exclusive performance by professional historian; visit Colonial Williamsburg; Colonialstyle dinner
Visit Jamestown settlement
Visit St. John's Church
SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
National Park Sightseeing, presentation by local park expert
Visit Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
Visit Gettysburg National Military Park; Dobbin House Tavern experience; Ulysses S.
Grant historical interpreter
Visit Valley Forge National Historic Park
Visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall; farewell dinner
FREE WIFI available on your motorcoach and in most hotels
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description,
including admission charges where applicable.
Breakfast – 9, Lunch – 0, Dinner – 4
Day by Day
1. ARRIVE IN WASHINGTON DC.
Welcome to Washington DC! At 6pm, meet with your travelling companions for a
welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
2. WASHINGTON DC.
many of Washington
DC's famous landmarks,
including the LINCOLN,
VIETNAM, KOREAN, and
WORLD WAR II
Memorials. Take a
guided tram tour of
CEMETERY, where you'll
see the KENNEDY
remainder of the day is
free to pursue your
Maybe visit the
National Cathedral, or other prominent monuments and museums. Try our optional
dinner tonight at one of Washington's Favourite restaurants, followed by an illumination
tour of the monuments. (B)
3. WASHINGTON DC-MOUNT VERNON-YORKTOWN-WILLIAMSBURG.
This morning we visit MOUNT VERNON, the restored home of George Washington. Tour
the house and gardens, and visit the gravesite. Then, visit YORKTOWN HISTORICAL
BATTLEFIELD PARK, where the British surrendered to Washington's troops in 1781,
bringing an end to the American Revolution. Your evening is free. (B)
4. WILLIAMSBURG. EXCURSION TO JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT
This morning, enjoy an exclusive PERFORMANCE from Sylvia Tabb-Lee, a professional
historian. Visit the nearby JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT for a guided tour to learn about
the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Then, enter COLONIAL
WILLIAMSBURG'S HISTORIC AREA, where costumed villagers add to the authenticity.
Stroll down its quaint streets, browse through the historic trade shops, and see the
Public Gaol. Also be sure to stop at Raleigh Tavern, the meeting place for Thomas
Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other patriots. This evening, enjoy a Colonialstyle dinner at
a famous local TAVERN for the chance to engage in a recreated supper experience
savoured by 18th-century patriots. (B,D)
5. WILLIAMSBURG-RICHMOND-MONTICELLO-SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK.
First stop is Richmond, Virginia's capital and once the capital of the Confederacy. Visit
ST. JOHN'S CHURCH, where Patrick Henry proclaimed, "Give me liberty or give me
death!" Journey to Charlottesville to tour MONTICELLO, Thomas Jefferson's estate with
its beautiful gardens and imposing mansion designed by Jefferson himself. Enjoy photo
stops and panoramic vistas from Skyline Drive in beautiful SHENANDOAH NATIONAL
PARK, where you will stay for the night. Tonight, learn about the park's history and
nature from a LOCAL EXPERT as you enjoy tasty S'mores around a fire. (B,D)
6. SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK-HARPERS FERRY-GETTYSBURG.
Today, follow the same route as Lee's army during its invasion of Pennsylvania. In West
Virginia, visit HARPERS FERRY, where John Brown and his "army of liberation" staged
their fateful raid on a U.S. Arsenal. Continue across Maryland to GETTYSBURG
NATIONAL MILITARY PARK. Enjoy a tour of Gettysburg and hear your Local Guide vividly
recount the Battle of 1863. Also spend some time exploring the newly renovated
museum and cyclorama. This evening, enjoy a Colonial-style candlelight dinner at the
elegant DOBBIN HOUSE TAVERN, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (B,D)
7. GETTYSBURG-VALLEY FORGE-PHILADELPHIA.
This morning, enjoy an exclusive PRESENTATION by one of America's heroes of the 19th
century-Ulysses S. Grant. Then, travel through Lancaster County past Amish farmlands
to VALLEY FORGE. Take a tour of the national historic park, the camp where Washington
and his troops endured the harsh winter of 1777-1778. See Washington's headquarters,
the Grand Parade, and the Washington Memorial Chapel. Continue to Philadelphia,
where your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner on the historic Moshulu ship.
Launched in 1904, she has had a long an exciting career on the seas and is now
considered one of Philadelphia's best restaurants. (B,D)
8. PHILADELPHIA-WASHINGTON DC.
Morning sightseeing focuses on the important buildings of this historic city, the
"Birthplace of the Nation." Major attractions include the LIBERTY BELL and
INDEPENDENCE HALL. Continue to the Philadelphia Airport for guests with homebound
flights then return to Washington DC, visiting Baltimore en route. (B)
9. WASHINGTON DC.
A full day at leisure. If you wish to see more of the sights, take the included OLD TOWN
TROLLEY that loops around the city, stopping at various museums and monuments. (B)
10. WASHINGTON DC.
The tour ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are
provided to Ronald Reagan National Airport or Dulles International Airport. (B)