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Immerse yourself in American history on this Regional Explorer trip from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia.

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    • "Gettysburg is a living monument to the significance of the battle that altered the course of the Civil War. Roaming the streets, you can still see the damage inflicted on the buildings from 155 years ago. It's incredible!"Meghan Sheridan, Global Guest Relations
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      • Crossovers: Itineraries, durations, hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
      • "Gettysburg is a living monument to the significance of the battle that altered the course of the Civil War. Roaming the streets, you can still see the damage inflicted on the buildings from 155 years ago. It's incredible!"Meghan Sheridan, Global Guest Relations
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Explore a New World and young nation on this journey from Capitol Hill and the home of George Washington, to the bloody battlefields of Gettysburg and a haunted tavern.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: DHIH

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      12 Meals
      • 7 full breakfasts

      • 4 dinners

      • 1 lunch

      On-trip Transport

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • 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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 4 dinners

        • 1 lunch


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      Arrive Washington, D.C. (2 Nights)

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      Washington, D.C. Monuments and Memorials

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      Washington, D.C. – Mount Vernon – Yorktown – Williamsburg (2 Nights)

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      Jamestown – Colonial Williamsburg

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      Williamsburg – Richmond – Monticello – Charlottesville

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      Charlottesville – Shenandoah National Park – Gettysburg

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      Gettysburg – Philadelphia

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      Philadelphia – Depart Washington, D.C.

      Day 1

      Arrive Washington, D.C. (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Washington, D.C. (2 Nights)

      The political heart of America is your gateway to a memorable encounter with the Land of the Free and how it came to be so. After checking in to your hotel, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the museums, memorials and monuments of Washington, D.C. This evening, you'll join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your journey.

      Hotel

      Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Washington, D.C. Monuments and Memorials Day 2 - Washington, D.C. Monuments and Memorials

      Roam the corridors of power, oak-lined avenues and noble tributes to America's famous sons and daughters, as you explore the nation's proud heritage today. View the White House, striking Washington Monument and National Mall, stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol building. Reflect on the country's darkest days at the Lincoln Memorial and somber memorials to World War II and the Vietnam War. The rest of the day is free to chart your own course through America's capital city.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Potomac River Scenic Lunch Cruise

      Enjoy a two-hour cruise on the Potomac River with a delicious lunch buffet with freshly prepared entrees, salads and desserts. Unlimited coffee, hot tea, iced tea and the best views of the Washington Monument and other iconic D.C. sights. Onboard entertainment and DJ music for fun from start to finish.

      Adult Price: US$86.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Washington, D.C. – Mount Vernon – Yorktown – Williamsburg (2 Nights) Day 3 - Washington, D.C. – Mount Vernon – Yorktown – Williamsburg (2 Nights)

      Tread in the footsteps of America's first president, visiting Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington. Delve into the history of the American Revolution at the Yorktown Victory Center, experiencing first-hand the dramatic "Siege of Yorktown". We'll continue to Williamsburg, founded in 1638 as Middle Plantation, and the former capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. This evening, we'll head to a local tavern for a Regional Meal with a fife and and drummer escort to the tavern.

      Hotel

      Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Jamestown – Colonial Williamsburg Day 4 - Jamestown – Colonial Williamsburg

      Pay tribute to the brave men and women who gave up their homeland to establish a New World. This morning, we venture to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, where we'll gain insights into the trials that marked the lives of early 17th century colonists. 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. We fast forward a few centuries and spend the rest of the day in Colonial Williamsburg, once Britain's largest colony in the New World. Chat with blacksmiths, admire a fife and drum parade, and perhaps even engage in some politicking with a costumed Federalist in the town square. This afternoon, we Dive into Culture and meet Sylvia Tabb-Lee who will bring America's slavery history to life.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 4

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      Williamsburg – Richmond – Monticello – Charlottesville Day 5 - Williamsburg – Richmond – Monticello – Charlottesville

      Visit St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia-the very spot where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were inspired by Patrick Henry's fiery "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. Continue to Charlottesville, where you'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then, visit Monticello, the neoclassical Italian estate where Jefferson once sought a quieter existence. The rest of your day is free.

      Hotel

      Omni Charlottesville

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      Omni Charlottesville

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Charlottesville – Shenandoah National Park – Gettysburg Day 6 - Charlottesville – Shenandoah National Park – Gettysburg

      Journey through the rolling hills of the Shenandoah National Park en route to Gettysburg where we'll delve into the devastation of a four-year civil war pitting North against South. We explore the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, where our visit Makes a Difference by contributing to their efforts to preserve the battlefield. This evening, indulge in a festive Regional Meal at the "most haunted" 19th century Dobbin House, keeping an eye out for Uncle Abe who may grace the group with his presence.

      Hotel

      Wyndham Gettysburg

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Wyndham Gettysburg

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Gettysburg – Philadelphia Day 7 - Gettysburg – Philadelphia

      Cast your mind back to the pivotal, yet tragic day on which Pickett led his charge on Gettysburg. Join a Local Specialist who will bring to life the events at Gettysburg which turned the tide in the Civil War. Just four months later, the battlefield served as the backdrop for Abraham Lincoln's call for "a new birth of freedom" in his famed Gettysburg Address. We'll journey to the City of Brotherly Love and site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence next. Stay in the heart of Philadelphia's historic district, within walking distance of dozens of landmark buildings. This evening, we'll join our Travel Director and fellow American history enthusiasts for a Farewell Dinner.

      Hotel

      Sheraton Society Hill

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Sheraton Society Hill

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Philadelphia – Depart Washington, D.C. Day 8 - Philadelphia – Depart Washington, D.C.

      Gain insights into the history of the U.S. Constitution and the effect it has had around the world during this morning's tour through Philadelphia. We'll explore the UNESCO-listed Independence National Historic Park and see its famous cracked bell whose inscription has inspired so many to "proclaim liberty". The final stop on our journey is Washington, D.C., where we'll transfer to either Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan National Airport or to the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown for guests extending their stay.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • DIVE INTO CULTURE
        Enjoy an engaging cultural presentation from Sylvia Tabb-Lee. (Day 4)

      • LOCAL SPECIALIST
        For included sightseeing on the Gettysburg battlefield. (Day 7)

      • MAKE A DIFFERENCE
        Explore the Gettysburg Visitor Center and discover the history of this famous sight and help support the battlefield's preservation with the proceeds from your visit. (Day 6)

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      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • 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


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      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 4 dinners

        • 1 lunch


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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