Historic Highlights - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

8 days

from $2750 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"The travel experience was outstanding"
Bernice , Aug 2014

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

It's Insider moments like… standing on the battlefield as a foremost expert of the Civil War talks of the people behind the Gettysburg battle. Painting a picture of the war cries and cannons that ripped through the tranquil landscape before you, they share incredible details that bring this eerie setting to life. We also meet another local in Washington, D.C., who talks about the history and the modern day happenings of America's capital city, as they reveal some of its most iconic monuments and memorials.

Trip type:
Regional Explorer
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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    Welcome to Washington, D.C.! Check into your hotel and spend your 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


    Capital Hilton

  • 2.


    Immerse yourself in the proud heritage of a nation, joining a Local Expert 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. Visit Arlington National Cemetery, where many of America's heroes rest, on a narrated tram ride. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to chart your own course through America's capital city.


    Full Breakfast

  • 3.


    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. Enjoy the evening to relax.


    Full Breakfast


    DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg

  • 4.


    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 rough life was for the early colonists when they came to America in 1607. Walk through the life-size 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 evening, head to a local tavern for a delicious Regional Meal followed by a walking tour.


    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

  • 5.


    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. Relax this evening over dinner.


    Full Breakfast,Dinner


    Omni Charlottesville

  • 6.


    Bid farewell to Charlottesville and travel through Shenandoah National Park along beautiful Skyline Drive before continuing on 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.


    Full Breakfast


    Wyndham Gettysburg

  • 7.


    Cannons blazing, trumpets sounding, the blue and the gray—join your Local Expert 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. A short drive takes you from war to the peace of Lancaster's traditional Amish agricultural community. Spend some time among their verdant fields and clapboard farmhouses before arriving in Philadelphia, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Stay in the heart of the city's historic district, within walking distance of dozens of landmark buildings. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow American history enthusiasts for a festive Farewell Dinner.


    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner


    Sheraton Society Hill

  • 8.


    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 Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Return to Washington, D.C., where a transfer connects you to Dulles International Airport or Ronald Reagan National Airport, or to the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., for guests extending their stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 5:30pm from Dulles International Airport or 6:30pm from Ronald Reagan National Airport.


    Full Breakfast

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    For included sightseeing in Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg.

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What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tours of Washington, D.C. and Philadephia.
  • Scenic Drive in Shenandoah National Park.
  • See the Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol Building and The Liberty Bell.
  • Visit Arlington Cemetery, Lancaster County, Gettysburg National Military Park, Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg.


  • 7 full breakfasts.

  • 3 dinners

    (including Regional Meal, three course dinner and Farewell Dinner).
  • Welcome Reception with light appetisers.

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • 7 nights First Class accommodation
  • 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 holiday

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences


Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


  • Gettysburg Civil War Feast with Special Guest from Civil War Era

    Adult Price: $62.00 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. Duration: 3 hours. (Minimum: 20 guests).


  • Washington Illumination Tour

    Adult Price: $39.00 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).
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