America’s Historic Cities
History and the highlights of the American culture await as we explore Washington DC's monuments and memorials, Williamsburg, and New York City.
Aboard Amtrak's Capitol Limited, riders travel from Chicago to Washington D.C. to begin an interesting adventure chock-full history and information. The tour continues through the cities of Williamsburg, Virginia and New York City, where guests have the opportunity explore both on their own and with the group to get the most of each city.
Join this tour in Washington D.C. on Day 2 based on your travel preference.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Transportation aboard Amtrak's Capitol Limited from Chicago to Washington D.C. (1 night aboard train)
- Business class accommodations on the Acela
- 8 nights hotel accommodations
- 9 meals, including a Tavern Dinner in Williamsburg
- Washington D.C. touring including the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, World War II Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and Martin Luther King Memorial
- Arlington National Cemetery
- Mount Vernon
- 9/11 Memorial & Tribute Center, Empire State Building and Times Square
- New York City Tour including Uptown, Midtown, Greenwich Village, SoHo
- Transportation aboard a deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour manager
Day 1 - Depart Chicago aboard the Capitol Limited or Join the Group on Day 2 in Washington, DC
Arrive in Chicago's historic Union Station, meet your tour manager, and board the Capitol Limited at approximately 6:40 p.m. for an overnight journey to Washington D.C. On board, soak up the lush farmland scenery that perfectly exemplifies America's heartland. Further sites along the way include the tall peaks of the Allegheny Mountains and the historic Harper's Ferry. Before arriving in Washington D.C., the train also passes through the Potomac Valley.
Day 2 - Arrive Washington D.C.
Breakfast is served aboard the Capitol Limited before arrival in the U.S. capital at approximately 1:10 p.m. Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel. This evening begins with a welcome dinner, and there is a planned stop at the White House for a photo opportunity.
Day 3 - Washington D.C. Sightseeing
This morning we head to Arlington National Cemetery for the a tram tour through the cemetery. Rows of white gravesites and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are just some of the highlights of the tour. Of course, the tram ride would not be complete without passing by President John F. Kennedy's gravesite, which is complete with an eternal flame. A trip to the Iwo Jima Memorial is in store, as well, with its location near Arlington National Cemetery. The day continues with visits to some of Washington D.C.'s other impressive sites, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Veteran's Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This evening is at leisure. Overnight Washington D.C.
Day 4 - Ferry Ride to Mount Vernon and Further Memorial Viewing
The day begins with breakfast at the hotel, and after, meet at the Washington D.C. marina for a ferry ride across the Potomac River to Mount Vernon. The first part of the day is spent exploring the gardens, farms and impressive home that are all a part of Mount Vernon. The still-functional gristmill and the slave memorial are other highlights of George Washington's property. Upon returning to the capital city, there are even more historically significant sites to see. We continue to the National WWII Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Overnight Washington D.C.
Day 5 - Smithsonian Visit
You are free to explore Washington D.C. on your own for much of the fifth day. There are numerous museums, including the Spy Museum, the Holocaust Museum and the National Gallery of Art, to explore, as well as beautiful architecture throughout the city. The waterfront is a great place to relax and watch the boats pass by. Later in the day, board the motorcoach that travels through D.C.'s historic Dupont Circle and to the world-renowned Smithsonian Museum. Overnight in Washington D.C.
Day 6 - Transfer to Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg is on the itinerary for the sixth day. This impressive area, known as the Revolutionary Town, gives visitors a look at life in the 18th century. The day in Williamsburg begins with a guided tour of the historic sites within the town, as well as a look at some of the gardens, museums and more. Take some time to explore the city on your own before stepping back in time and getting a taste of Colonial fare during an authentic tavern dinner. Overnight in Williamsburg.
Day 7 - Acela Express to New York City
Enjoy breakfast and a few hours of free exploration time before boarding the Acela Express at approximately 11:20 a.m. for transport between Washington D.C. and New York City. Riders have the option to eat lunch on board before arriving in the Big Apple at 2:45 p.m. Overnight New York City.
Day 8 - New York City
This morning we set out for a tour of New York City. Some of the Big Apple's most notable tourist spots are included on this tour, including the 9/11 Memorial, Tribute Center, the Empire State Building and, of course, Times Square. Overnight New York City.
Day 9 - Free Day in New York City
Get a better look at the world-famous museums, the trendy neighborhoods and the impressive historic buildings of the city during this free day. Rockefeller Center, Central Park and Ellis Island are just some of the sites not to miss. Overnight in New York City. (B)
Day 10 - Trip Concludes
Your tour comes to a close this morning. Transfers to the New York airports or Penn Station can be arranged by your tour manager.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include Hyatt Hotel Arlington VA, DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg VA and Sheraton Times Square, New York City.
Amtrak accommodations are available in Coach class, Roomette, and Bedroom. Coach accommodations include a reclining seat with leg rest. Roomette accommodations include a private cabin featuring two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, converting to an upper and lower berth at night. Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day, and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower. All travelers have access to the Sightseer Lounge. Roomette and Bedroom accommodations include all meals aboard the train.
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
Dates & Prices
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|23rd April 2016||$2,989||Book Now|
|9th September 2016||$2,989||Book Now|
|23rd April 2016||$3,314||Book Now|
|9th September 2016||$3,314||Book Now|
|23rd April 2016||$3,624||Book Now|
|9th September 2016||$3,624||Book Now|
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America's Historic Cities - Amtrak Coach: Departs 23rd April 2016 ($2,989), 9th September 2016 ($2,989)
America's Historic Cities - Amtrak Roomette: Departs 23rd April 2016 ($3,314), 9th September 2016 ($3,314)
America's Historic Cities - Amtrak Bedroom: Departs 23rd April 2016 ($3,624), 9th September 2016 ($3,624)