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Historic Highlights

Duration:8 days 7 nights
Tour Type:Escorted Coach Tours USA
Tour Activity:Culture, Heritage and History
Tour Region:Capital Region, Mid-Atlantic Region

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Historic Highlights

Duration:8 days 7 nights
Tour Type:Escorted Coach Tours USA
Tour Activity:Culture, Heritage and History
Tour Region: Capital Region, Mid-Atlantic Region

Tour Information

The Historic Highlights tour begins in Washington DC and ends in Washington DC.

Delve into America's past-the dogged tenacity of pilgrims, settlers and soldiers who fought for their New World and young nation revealed on this journey from Capitol Hill and the home of George Washington, to the bloody battlefields of Gettysburg and dinner with a special guest in a haunted tavern.

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Tours and holidays in Usa - Arrive Washington, D.C.

Day 1

Arrive Washington, D.C.

Welcome to Washington, D.C. Check in to your hotel and spend the afternoon relaxing or set out on your own to take in some highlights of the nation's capital city. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.


Day 2


Immerse yourself in the proud heritage of a nation and view the White House, the striking Washington Monument and the National Mall, stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol building. Reflect on the country's most turbulent days at the Lincoln Memorial and the somber World War II Memorial. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to chart your own course through America's capital city.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Washington, D.C. - Mount Vernon - Yorktown - Williamsburg

Day 3

Washington, D.C. - Mount Vernon - Yorktown - Williamsburg

From the nation's capital, travel to the home of its first president, George Washington, on the banks of the Potomac River in Mount Vernon. Visit the Yorktown Victory Center and watch Revolutionary War history come to life. Delve even further into America's past upon arriving in Williamsburg-settled in 1638 as Middle Plantation. This evening, head to a local tavern for a Regional Meal.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Jamestown - Colonial Williamsburg

Day 4

Jamestown - Colonial Williamsburg

Before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Captain John Smith and his hardy band of settlers established the first permanent English settlement in the New World, Jamestown. With the insight of your guide, you'll find out how difficult life was for the early colonists when they came to America in 1607. Walk through the life-sized re-creations of the colonists' crude fort, explore the mock-up of the Native American Powhatan village and climb aboard a replica of one of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia. Then, fast forward to the 18th century and spend the rest of the day in Colonial Williamsburg, Britain's largest colony in the New World from 1699 to 1780. Chat with blacksmiths, take in a fife and drum parade, even engage in some politicking with a costumed Federalist in the town square. This afternoon, meet Sylvia Tabb-Lee who will bring history to life with her presentation, a Cultural Insight.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Williamsburg - Richmond - Monticello - Charlottesville

Day 5

Williamsburg - Richmond - Monticello - Charlottesville

Visit the very spot where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were inspired by Patrick Henry's fiery "Give me liberty or give me death" speech when you visit St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia. Continue to Charlottesville where you'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. For a more genteel window into Jefferson's life, explore Monticello (translating to "little mountain"), his neoclassical Italian estate perched atop a hill. The rest of your day is free.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Charlottesville - Shenandoah National Park - Gettysburg

Day 6

Charlottesville - Shenandoah National Park - Gettysburg

Bid farewell to Charlottesville and travel through Shenandoah National Park on the way to Gettysburg. Here you'll immerse yourself in the narrative of the U.S. Civil War. Visit the incredible Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, home to the breathtaking Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama painting. Get settled in to your hotel before meeting your newfound friends for a festive Regional Meal at the "most haunted" 19th century Dobbins House with a special guest.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Gettysburg - Philadelphia

Day 7

Gettysburg - Philadelphia

Cannons blazing, trumpets sounding, the blue and the gray-join your Local Specialist at the site of one of the Civil War's most pivotal battles. The events at Gettysburg-where General George Meade's Army of the Potomac defeated Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia-turned the tide in the Civil War. Just four months after the historic struggle, the battlefield was also the backdrop for Abraham Lincoln's call for "a new birth of freedom" in his famed Gettysburg Address. Travel to Philadelphia, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Stay in the heart of the city's historic district, within walking distance to dozens of landmark buildings. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow American history enthusiasts for a Farewell Dinner.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Philadelphia - Depart Washington, D.C.

Day 8

Philadelphia - Depart Washington, D.C.

Walk in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin in one of the foremost cities of American history. Begin with a visit to the National Constitution Center-an interactive museum tracing the history of the U.S. Constitution and the effect it has had around the world. Explore Independence National Historic Park, home of the renowned Liberty Bell and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Washington, D.C. for a transfer to either Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan National Airport or to the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown for guests extending their stay.

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APR 7 1973
MAY 12, 26 2000
JUNE 16, 30 2000
AUG 18 1973
SEP 8, 15, 22 2000
OCT 6, 13 2000

- Services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
- Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach with onboard restroom facilities
- Hotel accommodations as specified or similar
- Sightseeing as specified
- Hotel taxes; service charges; and baggage (one suitcase per person)

- City tour in Washington D.C.
- View the Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol Building, the White House, Liberty Bell
- Visit Mount Vernon, Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, Gettysburg National Military Park

- 7 full breakfasts
- 1 lunch
- 3 dinners

- Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
- Cultural Insights: Enjoy an engaging cultural presentation from Sylvia Tabb-Lee
- Hidden Treasures: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure
- Local Specialists: For included sightseeing on the Gettysburg battlefield
- Gettysburg Visitor Center and Cyclorama: You'll explore the Gettysburg Visitor Center, discover the history of this famous sight and help support battlefield preservation with the proceeds from your visit. In Colonial Williamsburg and the Kings Arms, discover the work of a not-for-profit cultural organisation, visit its museums and find out how ticket sales help to fund their educational mission.

1-2 Washington DC Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown
3-4 Williamsburg Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg
5 Charlottesville Omni Charlottesville
6 Gettysburg Wyndham Gettysburg
7 Philadelphia Sheraton Society Hill

PRE: Washington DC, Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown
POST: Washington DC, Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown

We offer a range of optional experiences and entertainment options to complement our trips. These are purchased when you are on your trip.