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East Coast Town and Country Retreat 2014

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U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., USALincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., USAWashington Monument in Washington, D.C., USACentral Park in New York City, USAManhattan skyline in New York City, USAStatue of Liberty in New York City, USAGettysburg in Pennsylvania, USA
U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., USA
Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., USA
Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., USA
Central Park in New York City, USA
Manhattan skyline in New York City, USA
Statue of Liberty in New York City, USA
Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, USA
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: USA and Canada 2014
    At Leisure 2014
  • Style: At Leisure
  • Description: Explore the great metropolis of New York City, see Thomas Jefferson's book collection at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and tour the site of one of the Civil War's most pivotal battles in Gettysburg. Travel through the green landscapes of Pennsylvania as you experience the Amish heritage and relax on your 2 night stay at the luxury Four-Diamond resort in Bedford to experience both town and country and on this east coast guided trip.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to New York City! Check into your hotel and spend the afternoon relaxing from your travels or explore this great metropolis on your own. At 5:30 pm, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at the hotel.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: New York Hilton Midtown (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Embark on a city tour exploring the Big Apple with a Local Expert and discover the most vibrant features of this remarkable metropolis. See Times Square, Rockefeller Center and many more famous Manhattan sites. Drive through the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn, getting a glimpse into these eclectic neighbourhoods. Enjoy the evening at leisure offering endless opportunities in the city that never sleeps. Catch a Broadway show or dine at one of the unlimited choices of delectable restaurants.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 3


    The day is yours at leisure to take on the city as you please. Enjoy a long walk in beautiful Central Park, head to Fifth Avenue for some of the city's best shopping, visit the moving 9-11 Memorial, or just explore the bustling streets soaking up the atmosphere. Tonight, finish your New York adventure with dinner in Manhattan.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 4


    Travel through the green landscapes of Pennsylvania as you make your way to Amish Country in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. View the verdant fields and clapboard farmhouses before stopping at the Kitchen Kettle Village, a shopping village with 32 unique stores. Experience the heritage of the Amish people, browse the handmade products and soak up the local culture. Perhaps try a local favourite like "chow-chow" or "shoe-fly pie." Then journey onward to the town of Bedford to your Authentic Accommodation and luxury Four-Diamond hotel sitting alongside the Bedford Springs. You are welcomed with afternoon tea followed by a tour of the historic property and resort where for more than 200 years, the eight mineral springs located on the property have served as an important gathering place. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the resort with your travelling companions.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Omni Bedford Springs Resort (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Today is at leisure for you to enjoy the serene atmosphere of the scenic Cumberland Valley. Relax or take advantage of the resort's many optional activities such as hiking, biking or fly-fishing. This afternoon, delight in a cooking demonstration by one of the hotel's expert chefs complete with a tasting of the delicious creations.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 6


    Bid farewell to Bedford and continue to the historical site of Gettysburg. Join your Local Expert for a tour 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 the backdrop for Abraham Lincoln's call for "a new birth of freedom" in his famed Gettysburg Address. Arrive in the nation's capital and enjoy the evening on your own to explore the offerings of Washington, D.C.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Today, immerse yourself in the proud heritage of a nation as you view the White House, the striking Washington Monument and the sprawling National Mall with a Local Expert on a Small Group Sightseeing tour. Reflect on the country's most turbulent days at the Lincoln Memorial and the somber World War II memorial. Visit the Library of Congress for a Unique Insight, the book collection of Thomas Jefferson. In 1814, Jefferson offered to sell his book collection to the Library of Congress after the British burned Congress and the nation's Capital. His was the largest private collection at the time, and was purchased for US$23,950 in 1815. Today, only a third of the original 6,487 volumes remain after a second fire to the Library in 1851. Enjoy the evening at leisure.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 8


    Rise for a second day of discoveries in Washington, D.C. Visit Arlington National Cemetery and learn about the final resting place of the nation's heroes. Pay tribute to those who dedicated their lives to the American ideals at the Tomb of the Unknowns and the Kennedy gravesite. This afternoon is at leisure to chart your own course through America's capital city—visit one of the Smithsonian Institution's renowned museums or stroll around the Dupont Circle neighbourhood, designed by Pierre Charles L'Enfant just after the Civil War. This evening, a special Farewell Dinner awaits you and your travel companions—the perfect ending to your time together.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 9


    Your trip comes to an end with a transport to Ronald Reagan Airport or Dulles International Airport or extend your stay at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert Learn all about the Battle of Gettysburg during a visit to the Military Park.
  • Local Expert For included sightseeing in New York City and Washington, D.C.
  • Unique Insight See Thomas Jefferson's impressive book collection at the Library of Congress.
  • Authentic Accommodation Stay alongside the Bedford Springs at a luxury resort where 10 U.S. Presidents have stayed, seven of whom visited during their presidency.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • New York CitySee the sights on a guided city tour; experience the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn.
  • Lancaster CountyAppreciate the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle; enjoy a stop at the Kitchen Kettle Village for some shopping.
  • GettysburgVisit the historical battlefield with an expert guide.
  • Washington, D.C.Learn about the nation's capital on a guided tour; pay tribute at the Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Small Group SightseeingSee Washington, D.C. on a guided tour with a group of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience.


  • 8 full breakfasts
  • 4 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in New York
    • 2 three-course dinners
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Washington, D.C.

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided trip
  • 8 nights First Class accommodation

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