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Historic Highlights

8 Days 1 Country 8 Cities

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

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    • Crossovers: All 2017 departure dates will operate as per the 2017 brochure. Itineraries, durations, hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
    • Airport arrival on Day 8 for Dulles International will be at 4 p.m. and Ronald Reagan National Airport arrival will be at 5 p.m., please be aware when booking your flights.
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    • 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. 
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    Early payment discount

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    Code: XXXXX

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      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

      iNotes
      • Crossovers: All 2017 departure dates will operate as per the 2017 brochure. Itineraries, durations, hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
      • Airport arrival on Day 8 for Dulles International will be at 4 p.m. and Ronald Reagan National Airport arrival will be at 5 p.m., please be aware when booking your flights.
      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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 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

      Delve into America's past-the dogged tenacity of pilgrims, settlers and soldiers who fought for their New World and young nation revealed on this journey from Capitol Hill and the home of George Washington, to the bloody battlefields of Gettysburg and dinner with a special guest in a haunted tavern.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: DHIH

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      11 Meals
      • 7 full breakfasts

      • 1 lunch

      • 3 dinners

      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


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      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 1 lunch

        • 3 dinners


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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)

      Welcome to Washington, D.C. Check in to your hotel and spend the afternoon relaxing or set out on your own to take in some highlights of the nation's capital city. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

      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

      Immerse yourself in the proud heritage of a nation and view the White House, the striking Washington Monument and the National Mall, stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol building. Reflect on the country's most turbulent days at the Lincoln Memorial and the somber World War II Memorial. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to chart your own course through America's capital city.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

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

      From the nation's capital, travel to the home of its first president, George Washington, on the banks of the Potomac River in Mount Vernon. Visit the Yorktown Victory Center and watch Revolutionary War history come to life. Delve even further into America's past upon arriving in Williamsburg-settled in 1638 as Middle Plantation. This evening, head to a local tavern for a Regional Meal.

      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

      Before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Captain John Smith and his hardy band of settlers established the first permanent English settlement in the New World, Jamestown. With the insight of your guide, you'll find out how difficult life was for the early colonists when they came to America in 1607. 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. Then, fast forward to the 18th century and spend the rest of the day in Colonial Williamsburg, Britain's largest colony in the New World from 1699 to 1780. Chat with blacksmiths, take in a fife and drum parade, even engage in some politicking with a costumed Federalist in the town square. This afternoon, meet Sylvia Tabb-Lee who will bring history to life with her presentation, a Cultural Insight.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 4

      Day 5

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

      Visit the very spot where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were inspired by Patrick Henry's fiery "Give me liberty or give me death" speech when you visit St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia. Continue to Charlottesville where you'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. For a more genteel window into Jefferson's life, explore Monticello (translating to "little mountain"), his neoclassical Italian estate perched atop a hill. 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

      Bid farewell to Charlottesville and travel through Shenandoah National Park on the way to Gettysburg. Here you'll immerse yourself in the narrative of the U.S. Civil War. Visit the incredible Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, home to the breathtaking Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama painting. Get settled in to your hotel before meeting your newfound friends for a festive Regional Meal at the "most haunted" 19th century Dobbins House with a special guest.

      Hotel

      Wyndham Gettysburg

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Wyndham Gettysburg

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 7

      Gettysburg – Philadelphia Day 7 - Gettysburg – Philadelphia

      Cannons blazing, trumpets sounding, the blue and the gray-join your Local Specialist 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 also the backdrop for Abraham Lincoln's call for "a new birth of freedom" in his famed Gettysburg Address. Travel to Philadelphia, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Stay in the heart of the city's historic district, within walking distance to dozens of landmark buildings. This evening, join your 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

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      Day 8

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

      Walk in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin in one of the foremost cities of American history. Begin with a visit to the National Constitution Center-an interactive museum tracing the history of the U.S. Constitution and the effect it has had around the world. Explore Independence National Historic Park, home of the renowned Liberty Bell and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Washington, D.C. for a transfer to either Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan National Airport or to the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown for guests extending their stay.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 8

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Cultural Insights
        Enjoy an engaging cultural presentation from Sylvia Tabb-Lee

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing on the Gettysburg battlefield

      • Join Trafalgar
        Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow - You'll explore the Gettysburg Visitor Center and Cyclorama to discover the history of this famous sight and help support the battlefield's preservation with the proceeds from your visit. In Colonial Williamsburg and the Kings Arms, discover the work of a not-for-profit cultural organisation, visit its museums and find out how ticket sales help to fund their educational mission.

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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

        • 1 lunch

        • 3 dinners


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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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      Guest Reviews and Ratings

      • Guest Service Rating from 116 Reviews

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        Service rating : The itinerary, director, hotels, sights, bus driver were all very good and enjoyableProduct : Extra night illumination tour in DC very enjoyable

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        Service rating : Very efficient Tour DirectorProduct : Would like to have spent more time some areas but appreciate not possible given tour length

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        Service rating : Excellent to good hotel accommodations. Excellent meals. Excellent Group leader, Amber *Personal information removed by Feefo*, who was organized, with wonderful attitude, helpful, informative, concerned and an excellent listener. We had an Excellent, friendly bus driver. Plenty

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        I went for the historic history and and found out more than I dreamed of. The Tour Director, Tasha, was excellent and kept us going without excessive free time. The representatives of Patrick Henry and Abraham Lincoln were amazing.

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        Service rating : Guide very knowledgable, interesting, helpful always! Knew best places to go, from her experience. The driver was terrific, helpful, and the two worked together seamlessly. Wonderful, educational trip!Product : Great places to see, only regret not seeing Arlington!

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