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Historic Highlights

8 Days 1 Country 9 Cities

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

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About this trip

A portrait of American history, this trip mixes the modern bustle of Washington, D.C. and landmarks from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… walking through historic Williamsburg and learning about the rich legacy and heritage of African American. Sylvia Tabb Lee uses moving songs to take you back to a time of unspeakable barbarity.

Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: DHIH

7 Nights


10 Meals
  • 7 full breakfasts.

  • 3 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Your Itinerary

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.

Welcome Reception
Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown

2. Washington, D.C. Monuments, Memorials and Free Time

Immerse yourself in the proud heritage of a nation, joining a Local Specialist to 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.

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. – 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.

Full Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg

4. Jamestown – Colonial Williamsburg

Before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Captain John Smith and his hardy band of 104 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 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 to 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, enjoy a interesting cultural presentation by Sylvia Tabb-Lee, a Cultural Insight.

Full Breakfast

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. For a more genteel window into Jefferson's life, explore Monticello (translating to "little mountain"), his neoclassical Italian estate perched atop a hill. Continue to Charlottesville where you have the afternoon to explore the city.

Full Breakfast
Omni Charlottesville

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.

Full Breakfast
Regional Meal
Wyndham Gettysburg

Optional Experiences

Gettysburg Civil War Feast With Special Guest From Civil War Era

Join this insightful evening of the Civil War Period featuring dining and entertainment at the Dobbin House Tavern. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Dobbin House is a colonial restaurant where candlelit elegance, superior food in abundance, and gracious service bring back the sights, sounds and tastes of two centuries ago. During dinner, a “special guest” will share his recollections of the Civil War and historic Gettysburg. This is an evening not to be missed. Approx. tour length: 2 hours. (Minimum: 20 guests).

Adult Price: US$64.00

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.

Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Sheraton Society Hill

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 effects it has had around the world. Then explore Independence National Historic Park, home of the renowned Liberty Bell. Return to Washington, D.C., to Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan National Airport or to the Renaissance in Washington, D.C. Downtown for guests extending their stay.

Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Cultural Insights
    An interesting cultural presentation from Sylvia Tabb-Lee.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Washington, D.C. and on the Gettysburg battlefield.

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

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Washington, D.C.

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

    • Visit Mount Vernon, Gettysburg National Military Park, Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Monticello.

What's Included


    • 7 full breakfasts.

    • 3 dinners.

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

Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience


Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.

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Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 28 Reviews

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    Service rating : Great tour!!!Product : ThIs tour included all the highlights, which included the beginning of the United States and the founding fathers.

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    Service rating : The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and bus driver was a great driver. This was the best American History tour vacation ever.Product : Thanks Trafalgar for making are vacation so much fun. We'll be talking about this trip forever.

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    I really enjoyed my trip with Trafalgar. I would have rated it as 5 star if visited more actual historical sites rather than recreated sites.

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    Best Director in Amber Kramer, and Driver-Arthur Berra

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    Service rating : A. one. hotels and foodProduct : Well though out I every detail

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