America’s Historic Cities
Experience some of the most notable and impressive sites in New York, Gettysburg, Lancaster, Williamsburg, Washington D.C. and beyond on this 10-day tour of America’s Historic Cities.
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Beginning and ending in Washington D.C., this tour captures the essence of America, both in its past and present. Tours of renowned monuments, historic buildings and famed sites are only part of the equation on this round-trip journey through Mount Vernon, New York City, Philadelphia, Gettysburg and Williamsburg. Guests are treated to plenty of unstructured time, as well as comfortable transportation between locations.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Nine (9) nights hotel accommodation
- Business class transportation aboard the Acela Express
- Washington D.C. touring, including an evening illumination monument tour, the U.S. Capitol Building, and the Smithsonian Institute.
- Potomac River cruise to Mount Vernon and a tour of George Washington's estate
- Arlington National Cemetery Tram Tour
- New York City touring, including a Statue of Liberty Photo Cruise, the Empire State Building, the 9/11 Tribute Center and 9/11 Memorial
- Ride on the New Hope & Ivyland Scenic Railroad
- Guided tour of Independence Hall with a stop at the Liberty Bell
- Visit to an Amish Farm and store
- Gettysburg Cyclorama, museum and a tour of the battlefield with a local guide
- Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
- Visit to Yorktown
- Colonial Williamsburg
- Deluxe motorcoach transportation
- Services of a professional tour manager
Day 1 - Arrive Washington D.C
Using your preferred airline, arrive in Washington, D.C. this afternoon. Check into the hotel prior to the group's welcome dinner at a DC landmark. Following dinner, we enjoy an evening illumination tour of the city's famed monuments. Overnight Washington, D.C. (D) .
Day 2 - Washington D.C.
Our day begins with a guided tour of the US Capitol Building. Visit the Rotunda, Statuary Hall, and many other locations in this historic building. Following the Capitol, make a stop at the World War II Memorial and a photo stop at the Washington Monument. This afternoon and evening are yours to explore DC at your leisure. Stroll through the Smithsonian Museums, visit the National Holocaust Memorial Museum, or check out the National Zoo. Your tour manager will be happy to help you plan your day. Overnight Washington D.C. (B)
Day 3 - Mount Vernon
After breakfast, we depart our hotel and travel to Alexandria. It is from here that we set off for a scenic cruise along the Potomac River en route to Mount Vernon. Upon arrival, lunch is on your own, and then the group meets for a tour of the mansion. The 1735 farmhouse features 21 rooms spread over one and a half stories, advanced architectural techniques and all of the historic splendor one could desire from a centuries-old estate. Take a peek at George Washington's tomb, the lush gardens and outbuildings before heading back to the hotel for the evening. The rest of the day is yours to explore the town as you please. Overnight Washington, D.C. (B)
Day 4 - Arlington National Cemetery/New York City
Check out of your hotel this morning, and enjoy a relaxing tram tour through Arlington National Cemetery, America's most hallowed ground. Here, rows of white tombstones acknowledge the sacrifice of generations of American military. The tour includes stops at the Kennedy gravesite and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where you will witness a changing of the guard ceremony.
Once the tour is complete, the group will transfer to Union Station for a ride aboard the Acela Express to New York City. The ride lasts just under 3 hours. The excitement of New York City awaits!
Upon arrival into Penn Station, the group will walk a few short blocks to the Empire State Building. The express elevator takes you to the 86th floor observation deck for unforgettable views of the city and beyond. Afterwards, check into your Times Square hotel. The evening is yours to explore the "city that never sleeps." Enjoy a show on Broadway, try out a local restaurant, or stroll through Times Square. The options are endless. Overnight New York City. (B)
Day 5 - New York City
Today finds you exploring the city on a driving tour around the most popular sites in Manhattan. Visit Uptown, Downtown, Midtown, and everyplace in between. You'll also have a chance to take a short stroll through iconic Central Park. Enjoy some of the most notable sites New York City has to offer as you make your way to the tour's final stop in the Financial District. You are on your own for lunch at the World Financial Center after the tour. Our day continues with a guided visit at the 9-11 Tribute Center - where you will share in the stories of those who were there. Our visit also includes a guided visit to the 9-11 Memorial, a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Later, enjoy a relaxing cruise of New York Harbor. The multi-story cruisers get as close to the Statue of Liberty as permitted, giving passengers unbeatable photo opportunities. The cruise also provides a look at the Big Apple's sites from a unique perspective. Return to the hotel after the cruise, and take the evening to visit favorite sites from the tour, relax in your room or enjoy another theater performance. Overnight New York City. (B)
Day 6 - New Hope/Philadelphia/Lancaster
We depart New York City first thing this morning and travel to New Hope, Pennsylvania aboard a deluxe motorcoach. In New Hope, the group steps back in time aboard the New Hope & Ivyland Scenic Railroad. This steam train journey takes us through beautiful and historic Bucks County and along a famed route from the movie “Perils of Pauline.”
Once we make our way through the hills and valleys and back to the motorcoach, it is off for Philadelphia we go. Once in Philadelphia, you'll have plenty of time to see the Independence Park Visitor Center, take photos of the Liberty Bell and stroll through Independence Park. You'll also have time for lunch at your choice of many area restaurants. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour through Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here the stories of the birth of a nation and visit the room were the Declaration of Independence was signed.
The motorcoach then continues on to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, our home for the night. After checking into the hotel, the group meets once again for an included dinner at Hershey Farm. Overnight Lancaster. (B, D)
Day 7 - Gettysburg
After breakfast, the group makes a stop at an Amish farm. Here you will have an opportunity to explore their farm and learn about the Amish way of life. Purchase a few handmade items from their store to take home. Then, its on to Gettysburg. The Gettysburg Cyclorama and Museum will be the first stop. Both visual and interactive exhibits capture your attention, as you explore the history of the battle that changed the course of the Civil War. We continue on to the Dobbin House Tavern for a group lunch before heading out for a tour of the Gettysburg battlefield. This tour is led by a highly trained guide and provides an in-depth look at the history of the area. At the tour's conclusion, the final stop for the evening is our hotel. Check in, and enjoy an evening at your own pace. Overnight Gettysburg. (B, L)
Day 8 - Charlottesville/Monticello/Williamsburg
The day's itinerary begins with a southbound journey to the charming city of Charlottesville, Virginia. Our coach arrives around lunch time, and you are free to explore Main Street's various eateries for lunch. We re-board the motorcoach after lunch for a short ride to Monticello. Enjoy a guided tour of Thomas Jefferson's home upon arrival, which includes a glimpse at many of the structure's 43 rooms, including the famed dome room. After the tour, you are invited to explore the grounds and gardens at your own speed.
This afternoon, the group makes its way back onto the motorcoach for the final leg of the journey, to Williamsburg. Check into your hotel room once in Williamsburg, and then the evening is yours to relax or to get to know the city. Overnight Williamsburg. (B)
Day 9 - Yorktown and Colonial Williamsburg
Step back in time with this morning's trip to Yorktown. This Revolutionary settlement includes indoor and outdoor exhibits, as well as a period-accurate war encampment and farm. Interact with actors dressed in garb from the late 1700's during your guided visit. From Yorktown, we make our way to Colonial Williamsburg. The afternoon is yours to enjoy Colonial Williamsburg at your leisure. Get in touch with the Revolutionary town's past with an Orientation Walk, visit some of the famous residents' homes, see the historic sites and learn more about the customs of the period. Enjoy an authentic tavern dinner this evening at the King's Arms Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg, then return to the hotel for a night of leisure. Overnight Williamsburg. (B, D)
Day 10 - Trip Conclusion
This morning, the tour of America’s Historic Cities comes to a close. Transfers to Washington D.C. airports are available for all flights after 1 p.m. There is an optional stay-behind available in Washington, D.C., should you desire to extend your vacation. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include Hyatt Hotel Arlington VA, Sheraton Times Square, New York City, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Lancaster, Hotel Gettysburg and DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg VA
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Dates & Prices
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America's Historic Cities: Departs 9th September 2016 ($2,989)