America’s Historic Cities
Experience some of America’s most notable and historic sites on this 10-day tour through America’s Historic Cities.
Book a qualifying USA or Canada rail vacation or rail-cruise package of $1,000 or more per person from the Vacations By Rail 2017 brochure and select one of the following complimentary travel add-ons to include with your package:
- FREE pre- or post-night hotel stay
- FREE coach class connecting rail
Beginning and ending in Washington DC, this tour captures the essence of America, both in its past and present.Visit renowned monuments, tour& historic sites, and immerse yourself in the birth and history of a nation with visits to New York City, Philadelphia, Lancaster, Gettysburg and Williamsburg.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Nine (9) nights hotel accommodation
- Business class transportation aboard the Acela Express
- 12 Meals, including a Colonial Tavern Dinner
- Washington, DC sites include & the US Capitol, the Smithsonian Institute, Lincoln, Korea and Vietnam Memorials
- Potomac River Cruise to Mount Vernon
- Arlington National Cemetery Tram Tour
- New York City sites including: the Empire State Building, a Statue of Liberty cruise, the 9/11 Tribute Center, 9/11 Memorial
- Ride on the New Hope & Ivyland Scenic Railroad
- Guided tour of Independence Hall
- Pennsylvania Amish Country
- Gettysburg Battlefield tour with an expert guide
- Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
- Colonial Williamsburg
- Deluxe motorcoach transportation
- Services of a professional tour manager
Day 1 - Arrive Washington DC
Arrive in Washington, DC today and make your way to your hotel. This afternoon you are free to explore the city on your own. Meet your tour manager and fellow travelers this evening for a welcome dinner followed by an evening Illumination Tour of the city's famous monuments. Overnight Washington, DC (D)
Day 2 - Washington DC
Our day begins with a stop at the US Capitol. Enjoy a short film in the Capitol Visitor's Center before embarking on a tour with an expert Capitol guide. Following our Capitol tour, we'll make a stop at the World War II Memorial. This afternoon and evening are yours to explore DC at your leisure. Stroll through the Smithsonian Museums, visit the National Holocaust Memorial Museum, see priceless works of art in the National Gallery, or check out the National Zoo. Your tour manager will be happy to help you plan your afternoon. Overnight Washington DC (B)
Day 3 - Mount Vernon
After breakfast, we set off for a scenic cruise along the Potomac River to Mount Vernon, the estate of former President George Washington. Upon arrival, we'll make our way to the Visitor's Center, where you will have your choice of several places for lunch. This afternoon, we'll enjoy a guided tour of the mansion, built in 1735 and home to George and Martha Washington for forty-five years. Following our tour, we'll take some time to enjoy the estate. Stroll through the lush gardens, visit the outbuildings to watch demonstrations, stop by the slave quarters, and wander by the tomb of George and Martha Washington before heading back to our hotel for the evening. The rest of the day is yours to explore the town as you please. Overnight Washington, DC (B)
Day 4 - Arlington National Cemetery/New York City
After checking out of our hotel this morning, we will make our way to America's most hallowed ground, Arlington National Cemetery. Here, rows of white tombstones acknowledge the sacrifice of generations of American military. We'll board a tram at the Visitor's Center for an informative tour through the cemetery. Stops will be made at the Kennedy gravesite, Arlington House 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 relaxing ride aboard the Acela Express to New York City. The excitement of the Big Apple awaits! Our train arrives into Penn Station in the heart of Manhattan. On arrival, we'll 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 enjoy. Take in a show on Broadway, try out a local restaurant, or witness first-hand “the city that never sleeps” on a walk through Times Square. Overnight New York City - Marriott Marquis (B)
Day 5 - New York City
We start our day today with a relaxing stroll through Central Park. We'll visit iconic sites in the park made famous by the many movies and television shows filmed there. We then drive down the fames Fifth Avenue on our way Downtown to our ultimate destination, the Financial District. You'll see many of Manhattan's most notable sights as we make our way through town. You will have time for lunch on your own in Lower Manhattan before we continue touring.
Our next stop is a guided visit at the 9-11 Tribute Center - where you will share the stories of those who were there. We will also have a guided tour of 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.
This afternoon, we'll 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. We'll return to our hotel after the cruise. Tonight, enjoy a Broadway show, or find a new trendy spot for dinner, the evening is yours to enjoy. Overnight New York City, NY(B)
Day 6 - New Hope/Philadelphia/Lancaster
We say goodbye to New York this morning and make our way to Pennsylvania. Our first stop, New Hope, Pennsylvania where we will enjoy a ride on the historic steam train, the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad. The journey takes us through beautiful and historic Bucks County and along a famed route from the movie "Perils of Pauline."
Then, it is on to Philadelphia where you will have plenty of time to explore Independence Park, take photos of the Liberty Bell and see the gravesite of Benjamin Franklin. You'll also have time for lunch at your choice of many area restaurants. Today, enjoy a guided tour through Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear 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 the home of a local Amish family. Hear the stories of their faith and way of life over a meal catered by Hershey Farm Restaurant. You'll also have time to visit their miniature horse farm and farm store, where you can find unique gifts handmade by local Amish families. Overnight Lancaster
Day 7 - Gettysburg
After breakfast we will make our way to Gettysburg where we will visit the museum and see the famous Cyclorama. 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 will then make a stop at the Dobbin House Tavern for an included lunch before joining our expert guide for a tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield. Following our tour, we check into our Gettysburg Hotel for the night. The evening is free for you to enjoy. Overnight Gettysburg - Hotel Gettysburg (B, L)
Day 8 -Charlottesville/Monticello/Williamsburg
The day's itinerary begins with a southbound journey to the charming city of Charlottesville, Virginia. Upon arrival, you are free to explore the many shops and cafés on historic Main Street for lunch. We reboard 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 pace.
This afternoon we will make our way to our final destination, Williamsburg, VA. Your evening is free for you to explore Williamsburg. Stroll through the streets of Colonial Williamsburg, wander the campus of the College of William and Mary or find a quaint tavern for your evening meal. Overnight Williamsburg, VA (B)
Day 9 - Yorktown and Colonial Williamsburg
Step back in time with this morning's trip to Yorktown. This Revolution-era settlement includes indoor and outdoor exhibits, as well as, a period-accurate war encampment. During our guided visit, you will interact with authentically dressed interpreters who will share stories and relay the history of the Battle of Yorktown as well as life in America during the late 1700's. From Yorktown, we will make our way to Colonial Williamsburg. Find a quaint spot for lunch, then you can opt to join our guided walk through many of the historic buildings, or if you prefer, venture out on your own. Immerse yourself in the Colonial era by visiting the historic homes, shops and businesses. Interpreters in period dress will greet you and share stories and customs from Williamsburg's Colonial past. Tonight, we'll enjoy an included colonial tavern dinner at the King's Arms Tavern. Tonight, you may wish to take part in some of the evening activities available at Colonial Williamsburg. Overnight Williamsburg, VA (B, D)
Day 10 - Tour 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), Marriott Marquis (NYC), Cork Factory Hotel (Lancaster), Hotel Gettysburg (Gettysburg) and Williamsburg Lodge (Williamsburg)
+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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America's Historic Cities: Departs 14th April 2017 ($2,999), 6th September 2017 ($2,999)
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