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Trails of Liberty

8 Days 1 Country 7 Cities

Step back into Colonial America and visit Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania on this Family Experiences trip.

"An experience of a lifetime"

Hsiao Ling Caroline Chai

About this trip

Exciting moments in U.S. history are uncovered in this East Coast family encounter, from the Declaration of Independence to the Battle of Gettysburg.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… dining at one of the 'most haunted' homes in Gettysburg, followed by your special guest taking you back to a time, maybe four score and seven years, to learn about life in the Civil War.

Trip type: Family Experience

Trip code: DTLF

7 Nights


11 Meals
  • 7 full breakfasts.

  • 3 dinners.

  • 1 lunch.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Washington, D.C. (3 Nights)

Ghosts and heroes, ammunition, battle strategies and chocolate making-you're sure to have a blast as history comes alive on this patriotic adventure. Check in to your hotel, then set out on your own to explore the nation's capital. At 6 p.m. gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Kick-off Party.

Kick-Off Party
Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown

2. Washington, D.C. Sightseeing and Free Time

Join a Local Specialist for a tour of the capital and many of its famous landmarks. View the Washington Monument, the National Mall, the Capitol and the White House. You'll be awed as you walk right up to the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon to explore wherever you want. Maybe visit one of the world's greatest museums like the Smithsonian Institution. Check out the space vehicles at the National Air and Space Museum or look up at the bellies of the gigantic dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History.

Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Illumination Tour

You’ll be wowed by this illuminated overview of the nation’s capital city at night! See the Capitol, the White House and the Jefferson Memorial. Visit the Kennedy Center for a rooftop walk and end the evening at the Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial. (Stops are subject to weather and local restrictions). Tour length: 2 hours. (Minimum: 20 guests).

Adult Price: US$39.00

3. Washington, D.C. Free Time

Enjoy an entire day to explore all of the activities and historic sights the United States capital city has to offer. See the adorably playful pandas at the National Zoo or perhaps take the whole family to learn about one of the most mysterious and exciting jobs around, being a spy, at the International Spy Museum. The kids will love a chance to test their spy skills at the School for Spies. Tonight, enjoy a lively dinner with your travelling companions.

Full Breakfast

4. Washington D.C. – Philadelphia (2 Nights)

Follow in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin, the great inventor and statesman, as you travel to Philadelphia. Stop at the Reading Terminal Market, an old train shed opened in 1892 that now houses a huge marketplace featuring food stands serving up yummy local delights. With so many choices, you may need a while to decide which treats you want to try-maybe dig into an authentic Philly cheesesteak or a piping hot Pennsylvania Dutch apple dumpling. Continue on to the Independence National Historic Park and visit the National Constitution Center. You'll find out how the giant Liberty Bell cracked when you visit it on display in its own pavilion. View Independence Hall where Franklin and the other founding fathers started the country's favourite national holiday with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Full Breakfast
Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown

5. Philadelphia Free Time

Today is all yours to explore the friendly "City of Brotherly Love." Your Travel Director will be happy to help you plan your day. In the evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Dinner At Historic City Tavern And Guided Walking Tour Of Old Town

Old Town Philadelphia, the historic center of this great city, is best seen by foot. Come join us for a walking tour around the streets where the American nation was born. Step back in time with our knowledgeable guide to see where Betsy Ross created the first American Flag, Carpenter’s Hall where the First Continental Congress met in 1774, the site of Benjamin Franklin’s home, the First Bank of the United States and much more. We end the tour with a three-course dinner at the historic City Tavern, a favorite meeting place of many of the Founding Fathers, and often called the unofficial site of the First Continental Congress. Duration: 2 hours (Minimum: 30 guests).

Adult Price: US$79.00

6. Philadelphia – Lancaster County – Hershey – Harrisburg

Wave goodbye to Philadelphia as you make your way to Amish country, Lancaster County, for a special lunch. Then travel on to another world-Hershey's Chocolate World that is-where you'll learn the chocolate making process of this Cultural Insight and everyone will get to try their hand and make their very own customised chocolate candy bar. Later, get settled in at your hotel in Harrisburg.

Full Breakfast
Radisson Harrisburg

7. Harrisburg – Gettysburg

"Four score and seven years ago," Gettysburg was one of the most important battlegrounds in the Civil War where President Lincoln gave his remarkable Gettysburg Address and it's your first destination this morning. Tour the battlefield with a Local Specialist and be amazed by the greatest collection of Civil War relics at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum. Get settled in to your hotel before meeting your newfound friends for a festive Regional Meal Farewell Dinner at the "most haunted" 19th century Dobbins House with a special guest.

Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Wyndham Gettysburg

8. Gettysburg – Mount Vernon – Depart Washington, D.C.

Be assured that George Washington really did sleep here with today's visit to Mount Vernon, the home and final resting place of the first President of the United States. Kids, search for clues to solve the nine different puzzles with the special map you will receive as you tour the mansion and gardens, and walk along the forest trail to meet the farm animals. Return to Washington, D.C. where your journey ends with a transfer to the airport or to the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel for guests extending their stay.

Full Breakfast

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    Make your very own chocolate bar at Hershey's Chocolate World.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialists
    Get a more in-depth look in Washington, D.C. and visit the historic battlefield of Gettysburg.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Washington, D.C.

    • See the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol Building and the Liberty Bell

    • Visit Lancaster County, Hershey's Chocolate World, Mount Vernon, Gettysburg National Military Park and Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

What's Included


    • 7 full breakfasts.

    • 3 dinners.

    • 1 lunch.

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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

    • 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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